Monday, February 27, 2012

Shabby Accents Blog Hop


Welcome to the Shabby Accents Blog Hop!

If you have arrived here from Suzanne of Scrap With Suzy you are on the right track. If not, please start here.

The shabby chic style has been around for many many years, originating from Great Britain, where time worn items were showcased in most country homes. Today’s essence of shabby chic is to achieve that time worn layered vintage look from yesteryear by painting, distressing, dying or tea staining. Now we bring it to you right from our craft tables.

Please follow along as the following crafters showcase their handmade Shabby Chic Accents. Be sure to visit each blog, as each artist will be having a giveaway. Also, we have a couple of awesome sponsors who have generously donated for a “Grand Prize Giveaway”. Their shops are full of shabby goodness. To qualify, all you have to do is become a follower if not already and leave a comment on each blog stating you are a follower, or have become one.
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The Funkie Junkie Etsy Boutique - $15.00 Gift Certificate










Sa Crafters - $20 Gift Certificate









And now on to the deets on my project.  
For some time now, I have want to turn a book into a piece of shabby artwork and since I had some lead time on this project, I decided to go in that direction.  It's tedious having to rip all the pages, but I just worked on them a little at a time.  The torn edges were inked with Antique Linen DI.  I usually use Vintage Photo for inking edges, but this time I wanted to go a bit softer.  The base panel was clear embossed on white CS with the lace BG stamp from Wendy Vecchi's Sentimental Art (you'll be seeing that a lot because I'm totally in love with it!).  After clear embossing it, I ran over the entire piece with Tattered Rose Distress Stain, and then as is typical for me, I covered almost all of the pretty background up.  The cover sheet is a vintage music score cover that I downloaded from a vintage site on the internet.
                                                                                                                                                                                    I only used half of the book and ripped the spine off because it was the wrong width.  I cut a strip of Ranger Foil Tape to the desired length and width and ran it through my Vagabond with a embossing folder and then painted over the entire surface with a black acrylic paint dabber.  I let it dry about half way and removed most of it with a paper towel, leaving a tarnished silver effect.  I cut along the front edge with scallop scissors.  I was a little nervous about adhering it to the spine, but it went down beautifully with no wrinkles.  I thought the top and bottom needed a bit of silver edging too so I repeated the process, this time cutting both strips with the Vintage Lace Decorative Strip die (one of the few dies I still have left in my Etsy boutique - have more on order but Ranger is SUPER slow getting orders out since CHA).  I created a bit of framing for my vintage lady with the foil tape and same process and the butterfly as well.  
I used several flower dies, including Tattered Florals and Mini Tattered Florals to create my large flower with white CS swiped with Tattered Rose distress stain (you guessed it, I'm getting addicted to that stuff too!)  The leaves were cut with the Tattered Leaves die and swiped with Bundled Sage distress stain.  I made those curly things by ripping a very thin strip of paper, wetting it well with Claudine Hellmuth's Multi Medium Matte and wrapped it around a piece of wire.  Very fussy process and ended up with totally coated gluey fingers but it did achieve the effect I was going for.  
My upper corner element was made with Tattered Rose distress stained CS and the Tattered Pinecone die.  The leaf branches were cut with the Festive Greenery decorative strip die and dyed with Bundled Sage and Antique Linen distress stains.  The little charm was some metals that I shabbied up by white embossing them and added a pink pearl and a faceted Czech glass rose bead.  I added a piece of dyed seam binding left over from the Vintage Valentine's kit I was selling earlier this year.  

And now for the fun part.  I know you didn't come here just to see what I had made, although I do hope I have inspired you in some small way.  I do have a little prize to give away.  It's a lovely blue and green elements collection in celebration of spring.  It includes tags, buttons, Prima flowers, floss, chipboard, a flocking set and several 5x5" sheets of designer paper.

To enter the random drawing, you must leave a comment on my blog.  And to be eligible for the grand prize drawing, you must comment on each hop member's blog.  You DO NOT need to be  follower to win my blog candy prize.  Stop back by on Wednesday to see who the winner is.

Your next stop is Ashley from Marine Wife's Scrappin' Life.  If you should loose you way, here is the order of the hop line up


Theresa Neubaum - http://www.scrappyartcrafters.blogspot.com
CallyAnn Cornwell- http://callyanncraftycreations.blogspot.com
Suzanne- http://scrapwithsuzy.blogspot.com
Linda Coughlin - http://thefunkiejunkie.blogspot.com
Ashley- http://proudusmcwife415.blogspot.com
Amber Johnson - http://pixiperfectcreations.blogspot.com
Michele Eickholt ~ http://chelescrafts.blogspot.com/
Melissa Pinter- http://pinkpolkadotscrapping.blogspot.com
Janet Nagai http://www.createatdreamscrapbooks.blogspot.com/
Barbara Babe-http://barbarab3.blogspot.com
Gina Torres - http://californiascrappin-gcinderella21.blogspot.com/
Kristen http://huneebcreations.blogspot.com/
Erica Smole http://mycricutcraftroom.blogspot.com
Monica - http://scraps2treasure.blogspot.com
Alina - http://neverstopscrapping.blogspot.com/
Liz Mullen - http://scrapiliciouslife.blogspot.com
I hope you enjoyed the hop. Thanks for stopping by!

POST UPDATE:  Thanks to Michelle for asking how I got my concentric circles so perfectly spaced.  Here's the scoop:  I got the tearing started by cutting smaller sized openings with an Exacto knife.  I cut 4-5 pages at a time with the Exacto and then ripped around the opening varying the size of the opening as I went along.  And you don't have to be perfect.  Sometimes I would rip the opening too large, but the next page I would do smaller and it would cover up the larger opening.  I just kept making the openings smaller and smaller as I went along.  











Challenges Entered:
DYSU - Distress

Products Used: (I'm sorry so many of my Ranger products are sold out. Ranger is really backed up after CHA. I'm waiting on two orders and hope to be restocked in the next two weeks)


53 comments:

shari said...

Absolutely Beautiful!!! I love how you started with a book, your projects amaze me. Shari (cricutrookie) and yes I'm a follower and would love to win your drawing.

pbo said...

Oh my! I need to make one of these!!

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...what an absolute gem this is, vintage, romantic and very pretty...Mel :)

Sue said...

Oh Goodness Linda, my favourite Genre, and you do it so very very well. It must have taken you quite awhile to put this piece of Art together as it has so many elements and stages of construction. I can imagine you enjoyed the whole process, I know I would have, especially when one can see how it has turned out, it is absolutely beautiful, I could continue with this missive and talk endlessly on the special areas of the book but if I say I am totally enchanted I hope it conveys to you how much I like it.
Smiles:)

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Oh My WOW!!!!
So OVER THE TOP GORGEOUS!!!! That is so so drop mouth amazing!! Love all the detail...my my my!!!!

Theresa said...

this is so clever Linda! i am always so inspired by your creativity.

jude said...

Linda this is absolutely stunning .I also have wanted to do a book and seeing this beautiful creation youve given me the go head to have ago.Your embellishments ,lace and flowers are just gorgeous and set off the whole creation.
Thanks for show casing must hopa log to the next .I wouldnt have know about the blog hopp until saw your post so pleased joined in as theres some fab creations
hugs judex

Darlene G said...

This is so lovely, just so gorgeous. It looks like it was lots of work but well worth it. Thanks for sharing.

newfiecrafter(Marilyn) said...

This is so beautiful hard to believe that it started out as a book . Have been a follower of your blog for quite so time .
Marilyn

DeeDee said...

love the layering Linda.. LOVE IT!

Cec said...

This is gorgeous and so romantic. You use the most fun techniques in all your projects to create works of art and this is no exception. I love it!!
Hugs!
Cec

Dawn's Craft Place said...

This is just stunning!!!
The layers are amazing and I love the aging-feel like I stepped back in time.
I have some freebies on my blog today you might like to use.
Hugs sweetie

Vicki said...

Stunning! All the gorgeous details are amazing. Thanks for sharing you talent. I am a new follower.

Vicki
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Conniecrafter said...

Oh my what a Gorgeous creation, love the tearing of the pages to frame the picture, lovely flowers and like all the metal accents!

Liz said...

I'm blown away by your project,so beautiful! You've inspired me to go ahead and make one. Thanks for the inspiration!
Btw you have a new follower :)

Evette K. said...

STUNNING!!!!!!!! Very vintage and the colors are just marvelous. Great job. ekc

Michelle Gray said...

I didn't think it possible to pick a favorite of your work, but this is my latest favorite.
Please tell us how you got the concentrically sized openings so perfectly spaced.

ann said...

I love your beautiful project. I am getting inspired by all the shabby chic I am seeing. Ann O.

Anita Houston said...

You are the queen of vintage shabby chic!!! Where o where did you even come up with this book frame idea??? I'm in awe!!! You are the most inspiring crafter!!! WOW!!!

Vicki said...

Gorgeous altered book! Thanks so much for explaining how you did it too.

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Barbara Greenberg said...

What an absolute beautiful piece of art.
You can really tell how much work you put into it.
I am more than impressed

Sue C said...

Absolutely stunning Linda ! I love all the metal foil work, the butterfly is particularly gorgeous !
Sue C
x
P.S. Second parcel arrived today, thank you for the little extras too!

Bonnie said...

Very pretty!!! TFS

Clare D. said...

It's all so lovely, I don't know where to start. Well, I visit the store next! It's always great to meet a fellow Etsian! Love the distressed book page frame opening! Thanks for the chance to win! cjdempsey9 at msn dot com

Barbara B said...

Absolutely Beautiful! This is just so amazing. What an awesome project.
Great hopping with you. I am a new follower.
Barbara B.
http://barbarab3.blogspot.com
bkb248@gmail.com

Carolyn said...

Absolutely LOVE your altered book!!! It is beautiful!!! I put your blinkies on my blog...really dressed it up!!

Karen T said...

Almost couldn't find the comment link so much goodness on this website!! :) I love your blog, but really intrigued by your project today with the book and folded back pages in the center, really makes me want to try something like that!! :) Thanks for your inspiration Linda!

May said...

O my word, this is Jaw Dropping!! Stunning!you clever lady, Beautiful, Hugs May x x x

Teri said...

Very stunning!

silvia said...

Beautiful piece of art!! The ripped pages look wonderful!!

Pink Polka Dot Scrapping said...

Wow LINDA WOW thats all I have to say! You did such an amazing job on this book.. O my gosh the detail is so perfect.. Never thought of doing something like this... You worked so hardon this and I just absolutely love it! It was a pleasure Hopping with you and I am a NEW FOLLOWER... Great Job!! Great GREAT GREAT!! LOVE LOVE lol... I LOVE IT!!!

Suzy said...

WOW! I'm stunned by your beautiful work Linda. Thanks for sponsoring the hop. I had fun joining in! ;)
Suzanne suzyq28024@gmail.com

The Queen Bee said...

Absolutely breathtaking I love this book. I love how you tore the pages in a circle to create the frame very elegant project all around. I am a new follower.

Carole RB said...

Hi Linda

Your project is fantastic just like your other projects and cards. Thanks for the opportunity to win your yummy blog candy!

THE HOOSIER STAMPER said...

Oh my goodness, this is beautiful!!! Hugs! Leah Ann

craftaholic said...

Awesome and I am so very Inspired!! I have never seen anything so Beautiful!! Great job!! I am a follower here!! TFS!!!

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Pam said...

Once again I am blown away by what you've created! This is amazingly beautiful. I need to try one. It wouldn't come close to yours, but it would be a beginning. Love your work. Can't wait to see what's next.

Michele said...

Beautiful!! Your work is stunning! I'm a new follower and it's been great being on the hop with you :)
~Michele~
chelescrafts.blogspot.com

Me-Ma Kim said...

STUNNING!! I'm sure it took a while,but SO WORTH it!! I am a new follower, thanks for the chance at goodies! Have a GREAT Day,
Me-Ma Kim

lszalil said...

Wow! That is an absolutely amazing altered project.
I am now a follower and looking forward to seeing new projects.

Cindy said...

I've been a follower for a while now. Love the layered pages of the book!

LaNell said...

That is incredible. Just gorgeous.
Love to win this drawing. Thanks.

Ren-Yi said...

Gorgeous. I love how you altered a book into an amazing project. Completely shabby chic! Thanks for playing along with us at DYSU.

Lucy said...

Lovely work. Such detail is beautiful...

Lisa M said...

Okay Linda, here's the deal...
I'm to the point now where I can honestly admit, I never want your posts to end! It' like a fine expensive truffle that you must nibble on and savor for you know it will end, but you'll stretch it out as long as possible. Your blog is my truffle!
I hope by this you've deduced...I just whole heartedly admire your amazing work!
Kudos,
Lisa xx

nessy said...

wow ~ absolutely stunning , beautifully made!!
vanessa xx

Cindy said...

This is an amazing book. I love all your techniques and love that you explained how you accomplished each one. This will be something I want to do. I love all your projects- you're so talented.
Cindy

Katy said...

Wow! This is just a beautiful piece of work! Love it!

Suzanne C said...

Stunning! Well worth the work! a piece of art.

Shelley said...

LOVE IT!!! Great altered book.

lainey said...

WOW!! no other words for it :) lainey x

The Wired Angel said...

This is so clever and darling, Linda. Love it!

Linda Pekrul said...

Gorgeous project! Glad I noticed it on Tim's Chemistry forum! Now following!!

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