Shabby Cards


I created these cards while I was at home. 
Among all the down time, I loved some creative time with my mom...
It was so fun. She is not really that interested in paper crafting, but enjoys indulging in the simple act of snipping paper and stamping as a way to spend time with me.
She is such a sweet soul.
{I love you, mom}

Now before I move onto the cards and get all sentimental on you - A very big thank you to all of you for the suuuuuuper sweet comments on my last post. Astrid, Vicky, Nadia, Jann, Ros, Cayla, Patty - Thank you so much for your kind words! Reading your comforting thoughts always brightens my day.

I am so happy to show you now what I worked on this past week while at home.
It was a true treat - creating from the heart :)


I played with these adorable stamps from TCM's Tweet of You set, stamping the birdcage, sentiment and darling little birdie onto some cream cardstock. The beautiful embossed label is from TCM's Season's Greetings stamp set.


I added in some lacey elements with a paper doily, lace trim, and a die-cut doily using this MFT die


The paper on this card, is from Bety's shop, and you can find the design right here. You will love her vintage collages. They are stunning just as they are, but even more fun and beautiful to create with.


Here's another little card using Bety's pretty collage sheets. I've simply printed them onto white cardstock and used over and over again on these cards. You can find the pretty paper collage here, and the beautiful adore tickets here.


I've used Maya Road chipboard wings, and a lovely button stamp from this TCM stamp set. 


Next up, another creation using Bety's beautiful artwork. This time, I used the flashcards. 


I added a couple of doilies...some pretty paper flowers and pearls, as well as a wood button, which I've painted with a soft petal pink.


The postage stamp die from MFT is just the perfect size for framing sentiments on cards. The one on this card is cut out of cream cardstock, and slightly inked around the edges.


There is something about creating these cards that made my heart all warm and fuzzy. 
I am so thankful, my dear friends, that I get days like that, to simply create. 
There is nothing quite like staring at a blank paper, wondering where it will take you... Then, with some paper, a few ribbons, buttons, and stamps, (and a bit of imagination) pulling all the pieces together into something entirely new and unexpected. 

I often create shabby chic things because I love the beauty of misfits. Nothing gives me more joy than taking items that have lost their luster, and might otherwise be headed for the dreaded disposal unit, and re-purposing them and giving them a home on my shabby creations...I love using up my little bits of scraps & treasures so much, that over time, my scrappy pile has dwindled down to almost nothing. I've strained my pile of 'junky treasures' so much that I now need to re-create shabby, worn trinkets in an attempt to mimic old and mismatched bits. But it is all a part of the fun. 

Once I have all the desired pieces I want to use, I love to pull them together, with a splash of white-washed tones, and see what comes of them.

Over the years, I've been asked so many times to re-create my cards into shabby-style classes, but with items I use, which are so rare and usually one-of a kind items from my stash, a replica class of my projects has been an unreachable goal for me. 

Until now :)

Recently, with a hope to share my shabby love, I ventured into something completely new. In an effort to make shabby chic design techniques accessible to everyone, I designed a Shabby Card & Box Kit for TCM.

  I was so worried about ordering the products without seeing them, designing a kit based on these products and not knowing if they would capture the essence of my style, and I was mostly worried about the instruction process, because I am such a hands-on person myself. I was also worried about how difficult it would be for you all to replicate it. 

Lisa was such an amazing help during the design process and made sure I had all the supplies I needed to pull off the look I so desperately wanted to share with you. I couldn't have done it without her help.

So, the kit has finally been released and I am so excited about it!

I hope at the very least that my kit will inspire you to give this beautiful style a try! And give you an insight into my shabby creations.

If inspiration is not enough and any of you nice ladies would like to try the kit itself,  Lisa has mentioned that she has a very limited amount of them, so I hope you can snatch one up before they are all gone. 

I hope to (one day soon) venture out of my own comfort zone and try a different style for myself. I have been very intrigued by all the mixed media art these days. 

But for now I must be getting off the computer...It is strange how quickly time flies when you are having fun. 
I promise I will be seeing you back here in a few days. Until then, I am going to keep chipping away at my to-do list.

Many wishes to you all for a lovely evening :) 

*Ivana*







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4 lovely comments:

*Beatriz Jennings* said...

OMG!! you are amazing girl! just love everything you create!! I have no words! wow!! Thank you so much for sharing!!! love these projects:)

Asia said...

You create unique cards, love the softness and delicacy. You have style. Congratulations Box Kit looks very beautiful! Too bad that's not for me (for now) Pozdrawiam :))

pattyo said...

These cards are so beautiful! I know what you mean about getting a warm, fuzzy feeling when you look at this style--I feel the same way! I just took a quick peek at your kit at TCM and it is absolutely gorgeous!

Plastic Card said...

It's adorable, simple And attractive, fabulous color scheme....

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