Tuesday, April 5, 2016

On the {Shabby} Farm

Howdy! and welcome to my little slice of blog-land.  I have missed quite a few posts and been a bit absent.  Life has really gotten busy, and I have struggled to find time to do the things that make my soul happy.  {frown}  Things like paper crafting, baking, sewing, and sitting in the {mountain} quiet.  But, I can see the 'light' at the end of this busy tunnel {smile}.  I am working on scheduling time to do those things that make me the happiest!  Have patience and you will be delighted!
Last week, was 'Antique Week' in Round Top, Texas.  And yes, I hopped on a plane, and traveled over 700 miles, to hunt, peck, and look for antique, rustic, shabby treasures.  Oh my!  Was it splendid!  A wonderfully adventurous girlfriend accompanied me.  And, yes, we did have a blast!  We stayed at this super cute, super country, incredibly nostalgic farm-style cottage @ Olle Hotel, in Flatonia, Texas.  LOVE IT!
Anyways, I wanted to make the B & B owner a hand-made card, thanking her for the hospitality and great attention to detail.  I am entering this card in a few challenges, too!
The wonderful talented folks over @ Brown Sugar Challenge Blog, have an Anything Goes challenge.  
The creative & whimsical folks over @ Crafty Sentiments Designs, want you to use Lace & Pearls on your entry.
here is what I created:

Recipe:  I used kraft card stock for the base of the card.  I used card stock from paper trey ink.  I just love the heavy weight of their card stock.  I added two strips of pattern papers from two different manufacturers.  The pink gingham is the reverse side of a pink floral pattern paper from Lost & Found.  The pink, yellow, and grey floral pattern paper is from My Mind's Eye (My Sweetest Things).
I sewn a simple border with my sewing machine to help convey a homespun look.  I added three trims: white lace trim, white cotton trim, and a pale pink seam binding.  All of which were machine sewn to attach them to the card front.

I created a multi-loop bow with the same seam binding.  I tied a vintage pink button with cream twine to the seam binding bow.  I also added a double large loop bow with the cream twine.  I stuck a large perl stick pin in just behind the bow.
I added a square of dark grey polka dot pattern paper as the matt for the yellow stamped distressed square.  I stamped the distressed square, onto a scrap piece of very vanilla card stock, in so saffron classic ink.  I fussy cut the square and inked the edges with crumb cake classic ink.  I stamped two images in going grey classic ink.  The 'post mark' was masked not to go beyond the edges, and the farm silhouette.  
I stamped the sentiment in basic black classic ink onto a scrap piece of very vanilla card stock.  I used a photo corner punch to create the flag ends.  I sponged the edges of the card stock with crumb cake classic ink.  I adhered the sentiment banner with foam tape to 'lift' it off the card front.
I added a single white paper blossom.  I painted the petal tips with white paint and added glitter before allowing the paper blossom to dry.  
The final touch was a single white/clear vintage button tied with cream twine.  And you know me, I could add sequins, and white paint to the edges of the card.  But, I showed restraint.  I wanted something simple, sweet, country, and shabby.  Not too over done.
Thank you for looking!  Oh, I only used one stamp set: On The Farm, by paper trey ink.


Patricia Alvarez said...

Great card. I love the design and the stitching. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments Designs. I hope to see you again on the next challenge! Good luck!!! Patricia

laurigami said...

So gorgeous card. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments Designs. hugs

Karen said...

Lovely card, thanks for sharing it with us in the Brown Sugar Challenge, Karen DT