I LOVE playing at the Shabby Tea Room. But sometimes I just don't get it. I read their descriptions of different card styles, so I kind of understood what it meant to make a shabby card, but it seemed like "extremely ornate" was what I saw when I saw a "shabby" card that someone made. So I went to the source - shabbychic.com. I read what the shabby chic style is. What I understand now is that you can take something old and worn out and add beauty to it by adding pretty dainty, lacy, fabrics, lots of flowers, and lots and lots of white and pale colors. But it's not "extremely ornate." It's simple, clean, dainty, rustic, natural, and very girly. That's my interpretation anyway. Here is a quote from Rachel, owner of the Shabby Chic brand:
"I believe in cozy relaxed settings where kids are free to put their feet on the sofa and guests can place their cups on the coffee table without a care. For me, the secret to living well is to surround myself with beautiful things that are practical and deliciously comfortable."
So this card is the epitome of what I understand shabby chic to be... rustic, beautiful, simple, comfortable. What do you think?
I followed the colors and the textures in the inspiration photo from the Shabby Tea Room. I used an embossing folder for my white strip, and I hand stitched around the outside and the inside panels. I hand crocheted the flower with ecru crochet thread, and tied it around a simple sheer ribbon bow with a rustic wooden button. The sketch is from a new challenge called Atlantic Hearts.
Cardstock: White Daisy
Stamps: Country Life
Other: Black Embroidery Floss, Wooden Mini Medleys, Spellbinders embossing folder (not CTMH), ribbon from my stash and ecru crochet thread (not CTMH)