Saturday, July 24, 2010

Shabby Chic Vintage Birthday Card

Hello Everyone,
Nice rainy Saturday here in Michigan. For today's post I went shabby chic. My colors were inspired by the picture on the Play Date Cafe blog. The colors are: Mocha, Tan, Black, and White. In keeping with the inspiration photo, I used a vintagey, travel theme. Inspiration photo:

I used sketch #63 from Priscilla's Style Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge blog. Here is the sketch.

I used one of my favorite large stamps, Travel Abroad, from Hampton Arts. Really has a vintage feel. And the shape of the stamp worked well with the sketch #63. Here is the finished card. I photographed it on white and black background and could not decided which was best. So, I have included one of each. Just for fun.
I stamped the image on Tan CS using More Mustard (Stampin' Up) and distressed it with Vintage Photo (Ranger). Using the Crosshatch Background stamp stamp black CS with Versa mark and white CS with Vintage Photo ink. Cut to layer. Stamp a second Travel Aboard on tan CS and distress. Stamp frame (All Night Media) in black ink on both images. Cut out second image and layer over first. Make background from a paper doily. I stamped the doily with Crosshatch bk stamp and distressed it. I trimmed it to fit under the main image. Pierce the lower right corner of main motif and lace with metallic embroidery floss (DMC). Tie a ribbon around piece. Layer all on a piece of Chocolate Mousse CS (Coredinations) allowing the doily to hang over edge of CS. Using a scrap from the second stamped image, stamp the birthday Sentiment (My Favorite Things) and add to card. Here is the photo using the black background.
I have added a detail photo too. You can really see the background treatment on the doily in the detail photo.

Other Super Fun Challenges this card qualifies for:

Craftalicious Challenge: Birthdays

Stmpin B's Design Team: Use a background stamp

Artful Inkables:Make your own background paper

Stamping Vacation: Use a paper doily

Tuesday throwdown: Paper Piercing

Cafty Angels on Line: Shabby Chic

Well, I hope everyone is having a good day. Don't forget to take some time to relax! See ya.



  1. Karen, a BIG WARM WELCOME to the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge!! We are delighted that you have found us. Your card is marvelous!! Love the semi-monotone colors and your bow is AWESOME! The MMDesign Team thanks you for playing in our challenge this week.

    Phyllis MMDesign Team

  2. Hi Karen! Welcome to the Midnight Madness Challenge! We are so happy you found us and wanted to play along! Your card is FAB. I love the vintagey, traveltheme. Love the layering and the stiching in the corner. Really a great job!

    Thank you so much for playing with us, I hope to see you again next week!


  3. Awesome! I love your vintage card! Thank you for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown! We hope to see you again next week!


  4. Brilliant card i love it. Thanks for joining us at Craftalicious this week. luv gina xx

  5. Glad you joined the Stampin B with your wonderful vintage card. The bg stamp looks great as does the entire card. Awesome ribbon, too.

  6. Wonderful Vintage card, what fun ribbon! Thanks for playing at the PDCC.

  7. Hello Karen - it is great having you play along this week at MMSC - love your vintage card - your image is divine and all of your details are fabulous! Love it! It is great that you have played along with the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week, we love to see your creations and hope to see you again next week! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda MMSC Design Team

  8. Gorgeous Karen love everything about your card. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Angels.

  9. Very pretty, love the vintage look and the great details. So glad you joined us at TT this week.

  10. Karen, WELCOME to the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. So glad you could join in on the fun. Your creation, I have to say, it totally exquisite. So well put together and vintage done to perfection. You really made great use of Priscilla's sketch!

    Thanks SO MUCH for joining the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge and hope you can come play with us again next week!


  11. Karen-it's great to have you join us at Midnight Madness and treat us to this fabulous creation. It is so wonderful and unique. I love everything about it. I hope you will become a part of our challenge family as your creations are amazing. Great job with the sketch this week. Thank you so much for playing along with us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge.

    Bear Hugs,
    Carol :O}
    Midnight Madness Design Team

  12. Beautiful! Love all the details! Thanks for playing along with us at the PDCC!

  13. I JUST LOVE IT! I love the stamping in the background and the frame around the face--and that stitching.....I love it! Great job all around:) Thanks for joining in the fun at the PDCC:)

  14. Your card is gorgeous. I love the vintage look. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown.

  15. Oh this is beautiful, an absolutely gorgeous card

    Thanks for joining in our challenge at Craftalicious & best of luck

    Jan xx

  16. Such a pretty vintage creation! Love how you've worked our colour combo! Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe this week!

  17. This is shabby at it's glad to have you play with us in The Cafe : )

  18. Your card is beautiful! I'm looking for new blogs to follow and just became a follower on yours! I'll be back soon to see your latest creations! :-)



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