A Sweet, Shabby Chickie

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. 
          ~William Shakespeare

Pure Innocence One Sweet Chick

My Favorite Things challenged us to show our Shabby Chic side. Well, I was all over that like like a banty on a june bug. I thought I would try a little Shabby Chickie. (Hee Hee, I couldn't resist.)

I hatched this plan to have kind of a sweet and savory look – some soft feminine mixed with barn-yard distressed. I imagined this little darlin' was dressed in her Sunday go to meetin' clothes, but when her folks weren't looking, she snuck behind the chicken coop to play with the little chicks.

As you can see, I used everything but the crow. A card this crazy full of layers and embellishment would never fit in an envelope (well, kind of like most of my cards). So, I made a matching egg basket/box to put it in.

Pure Innocence One Sweet Chick Card and Box

I love how the bow turned out, so you get to see it up close.

One Sweet Chick Bow


I have so much to tell you about this project . . . rather than ramble on like an old hen party, just leave me a comment if you want me to give you a more detailed tutorial about this box. Meanwhile, here are a few chicken scratches about this project. (And, I promise, I'll quit with the chicken puns, but, it's just too much fun.)

  1. Cardboard isn't just for packing boxes any more. You can tear off the top layer of the brown paper to expose the inner cores/veins. If you don't tear all of it off, you can paint the top paper with acrylic paint and crackle medium to get a peeled paint look. And then, to age it just a little more, you can sponge the edges with chalk ink.
  2. This was my first time to use the rolled rose die from My Favorite Things Die-namics. I found it a little easier to roll the felt than the paper; but it's also fun to use with patterned paper spritzed with a little Glimmer Mist. I love being able to make my own roses to match the colors and papers in the project.
  3. That big round shape in the middle of the card is a chipboard circle. You can trace the circle onto your patterned paper, cut out your paper, and glue it to the chipboard. Then, sand the edges to make the paper conform to the shape of the chipboard. I also sponged the edges with some more chalk ink and put some Distressed Stickles along the edge. (It's a lot more sparkly in real life.)
  4. This My Mind's Eye paper is so luscious. The soft mini prints in the paper pack are perfect for paper piecing the dress and chick's shell and also for some of the rolled roses.
  5. Just to keep this all about the Shabby Chic look, there's lace, organza, tulle, sewing, buttons . . . like I said, everything but the crow.
  6. Believe it or not, somewhere among all those layers and embellishments is this sketch.

Here are the details on the ingredients I used.

  • Pattern Paper/Cardstock – My Mind's Eye Stella Rose, Bazzill, Neenah
  • Stamps – My Favorite Things Banner Alphabet and Pure Innocence One Sweet Chick
  • Color Mediums – Memento, Copics, ColorBox chalk ink, Making Memories acrylic paint
  • Other Mediums – Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Tim Holtz Distress Stickles (Rock Candy), Delta Creamcoat Crackle
  • Fibers – Some miscellaneous burlap, tulle, and lace from my stash; Baker's Twine
  • Tools – Stampin' Up! Cutter Kit for distressing the edges of the paper. My Favorite Things Rolled Rose Die, and Cloud Trio Die.
  • Embellishments – My Mind's Eye Buttons
  • Miscellaneous – Bazzill Really Big Chips

So, according to an English 19th Century Proverb: "A whistling woman and a crowing hen are neither fit for God nor men." I think that means it's time for me to quit cackling, shake a tail feather and fly this coop . . . 


Sweet Comments

  1. jane w. says:

    Linda…this is so cool…You are always amazing me cuz I love EACH one of your creations! :)

  2. this is so fabulous! such an amazing card…i just love it! you are so talented & so inspiring with your creations!! big hugs!

  3. Oh how!  I love all the texture from the burlap and felt.  Fabulous projects!

  4. Okay – meant "wow" not "how" on the comment above.    "Oh how" just doesn't have the same impact.


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