Saturday, 20 February 2010

Shabby Chic....

....and oh so pretty!
Morning peeps, The birds are tweeting and the sun is out and i'm not working woo hoo.
Perfect excuse to have a play and enter this weeks Lots To Do challenge
This week they want you to 'Use a Machine'
After being totally inspired by some of the wonderful blogs i visited on the OWOH Magic carpet i fell in love with all the gorgeous shabby chic fabric samplers i had seen and just had to try it out for myself.
My efforts were a little more reserved though, as i'm not totally comfortable with fabric working yet, so figured i'd start slow and i used a canvas as my base.
If you've not guessed by now, the 'machine' i used was my Sewing Machine, this is also something i'm not quite comfortable using lol but the piece came out ok in the end.
I used a small collection of fabrics and a lrg lace doillie, I frayed the edges on one piece of fabric and that gave me the loose fibres that created the birds nest.
I used the beautiful 'Lotus' stamp from Stampington & Company onto some glossy cardstock.
I used my machine to sew several of the layers together, and to also give a nice finishing detail.
 I stamped several outline hearts from the Roses are Red plate by The Artistic Stamper onto some old book pages and cut out and distressed um a bit with vintage photo then it was just a case of adding a few buttons and feathers and voila. Jobs a goodun.
Definatly not my usual style but i kinda like it and can see more being attempted!
This piece also fits in with a few other challenges
Thanks for dropping by, I'm off now to lose myself in ink, Ta Ra
♥ HUGZ ♥

24 comments:

Avril Ann said...

How great is this project, so much detail, I love it, many thanks for joining us at Sophisticats this week, Hugs Avril xxx

sam said...

O.M.G!!! How awesome is this...I love everything about it!!! Thank you so much for sharing this fabby project with us and joining in with our first challenge at OSAAT. All the best in all the challenges.
Sam x

Debby said...

Gorgeous piece!
Debby

stitchy said...

Minxy, are you kidding me, what a gorgeous card..I have a new favorite now lol..OMG this is just absolutely incredible, you are so very talented..thank you so much for sharing your art with us at OSAAT this week..good luck on your draws..
hugz
stitchy xx

johanna said...

what an extraordinary piece! the nest is so beautiful and that accumulation of hearts turns out great!!

crafty creations said...

Nicky this is an amazing piece of artwork - love it!!

Thanks for joining us again this week on the Lotstodo Challenge xx Hilda

Paula said...

very pretty and romantic

Deborah said...

Absolutely delightful! I wouldn't have known you were not that comfortable with your sewing machine - it doesn't show, believe me :-)

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Love your art piece, Minxy...love all the fabric and lace. Awesome! Thanks for your comments as well. Sorry I haven't been back to your blog but have been changing computer systems...from Vista to a new HP with Windows 7 and it has eaten up most of my time. You were mentioning Digital Art and I wondered if you were interested in the Stepping Stones Through PSP online program. It is actually out of your country. I know I am on your followers list, did you join mine? If so you can contact me by e-mail and I can give you information. Hugs, Gayle.

Tasha said...

This card is gorgeous, so unusual :-)
Thanks for joining us at Sophisti-cats
Hugs
Tasha
xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Liz's creative corner said...

This card is fantasic,love the layers, the stampis gorgeous and I adore the birds nest, thanks for joining us at OSAAT,hugs liz xx

Sarah said...

WOW!! such a Stunning card Beautiful detail throughout image & colours lovely, thank you so much for joining us at OSAAT.
Sarah xx

Chris said...

This is gorgeous, Nicky. I think you've got the shabby chic look down to a T.

Love the little nest. :o)

Cheryl said...

oh gorjus work hun thanks for joining us over at OSAAT hugs cheryl xxxx

gina g said...

What a fabulous project i love it, beautiful work. Thanks for joining the Sophisti-cats Challenge this week. luv gina xx

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Hello! Just swinging by after OWOH. This is such a lovely piece that you've created. I love the lace, the hearts and especially the birds nest. So pretty!
Sincerely, Theresa

Ellen said...

beautiful creation , love the layering and the use of fabric so many different textures

Cuchy said...

Love every detail.
So beautiful creation.

Zoechaos said...

Not sure words do this justice it is a marvellous piece so much detail and interest just wonderful.

mommabear said...

Its beautiful such a lot og nice texture

Ang C said...

Oh WOW!!!!


Love this piece

Jennie said...

This is fabulous, and so pretty :)

Spyder said...

This is fabulous! So much detail and thought has gone in this lovely card! Thank you for joining OSAAT's First Challenge! Hope to see you next time too!
(Lyn)

ju said...

Just love the way you have used lace and paper etc - yummy piece!