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 . . . 

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Be My Baby Bumble Bee

Be my little baby bumble bee
(Buzz around, buzz around, keep a-buzzin' 'round)
Bring home all the honey, love, to me
(Little bee, little bee, little bee)
   – Music by Henry I. Marshall, lyrics by Stanley Murphy, 1912

 

I like making cards with a matching gift and I really wanted to make something that would do justice to this gorgeous felt from Benzie Bazaar. So, how about a card with gifts that can be attached right onto the card? Crazy, huh. Stay with me.

It starts out as a clean and simple card.

 

A handmade felt brooch attaches to the ribbon with a trinket/hat pin and a dangling bumble bee charm.

 

Basic Grey magnetic snaps placed between the paper layers attach a tag. The tag can double as a gift tag, bookmark or refrigerator magnet.

 

There's more inside . . . a luggage tag and embellished clip. You can write a personal note on the luggage tag and/or use the clip to attach a gift card.

 

Now . . . who should I give this to?

Oh my . . . where to start. There are quite a few ingredients.

  • Pattern Paper/Cardstock – Little Yellow Bicycle Seamstress, Chatterbox Parlor, Neenah
  • Stamps – My Favorite Things Just Bee Yourself
  • Color Mediums – Memento, Stampin' Up! Pastels, Copics
  • Embellishments – Chatterbox rivets, i-rock crystals, beaded chain, Making Memories vintage trinket pin, bee charm, Making Memories clip, Chatterbox tags, Basic Grey magnetic snaps
  • Fibers – DMC Floss (433), tulle netting, yellow seam binding, Chatterbox fibers, Benzie Bazaar felt
  • Tools – My Favorite Things Die-Namics (grass and inside scallop), Accu-cuts Gift Tag die, Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, i-rock crystal heat-setting tool
  • Challenges/Linking Parties – Fussy and Fancy Friday Sketch, Splitcoast Stampers WT313 Fun Felt and SPRINGSC11, Skip to My Lou Made by you Monday.

 

If you'd like some other ideas for using felt in your paper craft projects, just check out this growing gallery at the Splitcoast Stampers, WT313.

Bee Back Soon, because later this week I'll be sharing a tutorial for making this felt flower as a brooch or hair clip.

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You Are Bee-uiful

Do I love you because you're beautiful,
Or are you beautiful because I love you?
       ~Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Cinderella

MFT Bee Yourself

 

Irish Setters are rare in these parts. I took Mailey Dog to a new groomer yesterday and they told me they'd never seen an Irish Setter. (Yes, that made me a little nervous.) She's such a gorgeous dog with her beautiful chestnut "feathers" along her chest, legs, tail, and ears. I love watching how elegant she looks when she runs. Well, I was heartbroken when I picked her up and saw they turned her into a Labrador – no feathers! She looks naked to me. But the thing is, Mailey Dog has more bounce to her step today. Apparently, outward appearance isn't as important to her or maybe she just likes showing off her girlish figure. That dog is always teaching me new tricks.

(Yep, this is a before picture. And don't be looking for any naked Mailey pictures, at least not until I get used to her new cut.)

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Confession – I think I got a little carried away with the bow on this card. But, you guys are knocking my socks off with the entries for this go-round for the Catered Crop FTR7 challenge. I'm really loving all these pretty Spring colors. I think Lisa Cook's card might be bringing out our girlie sides with all the lovely lace and pearls. Here's my recipe – the ingredients in italics are part of Lisa's FTR7 recipe.

  • Pattern Paper – Studio Calico Tupelo, Little Yellow Bicycle Seamstress, October Afternoon Fly a Kite (gingham pattern)
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and Neenah
  • Stamps – My Favorite Things Just Bee Yourself
  • Color Mediums – Memento, Stampin' Up! Pastels, Copics
  • Embellishments – Antique button, Making Memories Vintage Findings, Stampin' Up! Basic Eyelets
  • Fibers – DMC Floss, tulle netting, Stampin' Up! Basic Grey taffeta ribbon, yellow seam binding, Benzie Bazaar felt
  • Misc. Supplies – German Glass Glitter
  • Tools – My Favorite Things Die-Namics (cloud and sun), Nestabilities
  • ThemeSpring
  • Challenges/Linking Parties – If the Shoe Fits (FF69), Papertake Weekly (Lemon Zingy), My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club (MFTWSC10), Crafty Soiree.

Katie's Nesting Spot

[Edited to add: Cool Bean! This card made the "Our Favorite Finds" at the My Favorite Things blog.]

 

So, I guess it's true what they say – beauty is in the eye of the Bee-Holder. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) And, you, my lovely readers, are all bee-utiful to me!

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