Friday 5 August 2016

Shabby Garden at Anything But Cute

Hello friends!

It is time for a new challenge at Anything But Cute and the amazing Lisa has chosen
Shabby Garden as her theme and she has provided a gorgeous mood board for inspiration!
I was inspired by every section of Lisa's stunning mood board and after a bit of advice
from two crafty superstars, Jenny and Darnell, I managed to finish off my card so that
I actually liked it - thank you ladies!

This is Lisa's gorgeous mood board, who could fail to be inspired by this beauty!
I started with some beautiful Maja Design paper and added some Deco Art modelling paste
through a Tim Holtz stencil.
A piece of recycled cardboard was coated with crackle paint.  The chippie window was backed with
Maja Design paper, a fancy trim was added to the top and the whole piece was coated in
Titan Buff Media Fluid paint, followed by a coat of Weathered Wood Crackle Medium and
then given a final coat of Titanium White Media Fluid paint.
The tiny birds (and the bird house) were gifts from my lovely friend Nicola, aren't they
just adorable?
A close up of the lovely birdhouse.  I added a piece of chain, coated with gesso, to 'hold up'
the little birdhouse.
Finally, I added some lace and ribbon across the card and made this corner decoration from
bits and pieces I had in my stash.

So, if you would like to join in with us at Anything But Cute, check out the details on the
challenge blog here.  You can also see some fabulous creations from my uber talented teamies.

As always, thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon!

Hugs, Anne xx


  1. Beautifully shabby Anne, I love the crackled window and that bow with the gorgeous flowers and twine sets it off a treat. A card anyone would love to receive xxx

  2. Absolutely beautiful Anne! You really nailed it here xx

  3. Fabulous creation Anne. What a lovely card to receive and it would look super framed as a keepsake.
    Toni xx

  4. there's something special about recycled cardboard, or is that just me that's a bit odd haha.
    You've created a beautiful piece of work here Anne
    Lynn xx

  5. An absolutely stunning card Anne! Wonderfully inspirational take on the moodboard. Thanku for referencing me. The lovely floral arrangement and draped bow looks divine. Have a lovely weekend. Nicola x

  6. This is so yummy anne...beautiful soft colours and gorgeous design. Still very cross that your card didn't get there ... i know i posted it! Big hugs lovely lady xx

  7. You make great creations, so I became your follower.
    I scrolled down your blog and everything is so amazing and inspiring!!
    Lia xx

  8. Oh boy Anne, I am so in love with your shabby garden card! Look at all the lovely pinks, yummy! The crackle is so beautiful on the corrugated cardboard and your fancy window is just divine! Love those little birdies from Nicola, how sweet of her to send you those. Your flowers and shabby bow are the perfect addition! I know how far outside your wheelhouse this style is, but you sure nailed it like a shabby chic pro! Fabulous to watch your process too Anne, I love following along! hugs :)

  9. Gorgeous card Anne, it almost looks as though it belongs as part of the mood board it fits with it so perfectly. Have a great weekend and happy crafting, Angela x

  10. Wonderful shabby creation Anne, that compliments the mood board beautifully.
    Julie x

  11. Oh! this is so pretty Anne, such beautiful soft colours used in your ribbon and flowers, I love the way you have picked up the soft pink colour in the window too. Those little birds are so swweet and look just the right size for that bird house. The beautiful lace and pearl pins finish off the shabby chic design perfectly. Mo x

  12. Wow, Anne! I was in love with your one photo, but now seeing how it all came together and up close, I'm more in love! Love that crackled corrugate the window (two great minds!), the birdies (more great minds!) and the birdhouse (I woulda had one too, except I didn't have a single tiny birdhouse in my stash)! Love it all, and find it uncanny how many similar elements we have! Big hugs, my friend!

  13. Stunning Shabby make Anne! Love it!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  14. This design is gorgeously shabby chic! Job well done dear Anne! The little window and the bird house are magical and when you added the white paint and the crackle it sent these over the edge for shabbyliscious! Wowzers for the texture created by the corrugated cardboard and that Maja paper creates a beautiful backdrop to this gem of a design. Fantabulous and awesome sauce!!!! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

  15. I just can't tell you how much I love this, Anne!! It is like looking at the mood board...a perfect representation!! The window is amazing!! I love the crackle!! The corrugated cardboard is a fabulous touch!! The texture and the colors are gorgeous!! I love, love this my friend!! Every detail is stunning!! Thank you for bringing the mood board to life!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  16. This is very pastel but wonderfully pretty. I love the birdies on the window. Another masterpiece!! Elaine xx

  17. Oh my, Anne, you do shabby like a pro and you rocked that challenge mood board indeed! I am completely in love with your so yummy and fantastic shabby garden card! Soft dreamy colors, amazing elegant window, those little birds, everything is just perfect here! You have managed to achieve an awesome texture with that cardboard piece and your little bird houese is simply a fabulous touch to the whole stunning design! It's a spectacular shabby vintage card, my friend!
    Have a great weekend! Big hugs to you! Branka xx

  18. Anne...this card is gorgeous!! It definitely has that lovely vintage shabby chic feeling. Love your crackled cardboard. Beautiful for your background!! Love your dainty window and birdhouse, too. Really a beautiful card with so many details from layers to sweet flowers.

  19. Anne, this is the most lovely card! The crackle, the birdhouse, the beautiful floral bow are all in perfect harmony. What an excellent take on the moodboard. Big hugs, Autumn

  20. Absolutely gorgeous! Anne Elegantly shabby, wonderfully designed and executed- a real beauty!
    Hugs x

  21. Anne, this is simply beautiful!! I love the romanticism you have created as well as those layers! xo

  22. It's really brilliant, Annie! You have captured the inspiration mood board perfectly!! I can now picture you sitting where you make the magic and after the final bit, sitting back and saying "Aha!" You nailed it!! Love and hugs, Darnell

  23. Ahhh, I adore this and you're right those tiny birds are just the cutest too!! Amazing take on the moodboard at ABCute, loving what you guys have made for this month - such a great theme xx

  24. I love all the elements you have used on this Anne - especially the hanging bird house.
    Sandy xx

  25. Ooh this is so beautiful! Love the texture and delicate colours and the birds and birdhouse are soooo cute! xxx

  26. SO pretty Anne! love all the texture and paste on this - the sweet birds on the window with their house hanging nearby - a beautiful inspired project! Julia xx

  27. SO pretty Anne! love all the texture and paste on this - the sweet birds on the window with their house hanging nearby - a beautiful inspired project! Julia xx

  28. Ahhh so Pretty Anne. Always love a projects with corrugated cardboard and yours is a perfect halo for your darling window. Your card is just lovely. j.

  29. Beautiful shabby chic card. Such pretty colors and texture with the cardboard. I know a few gardeners who would love to receive this card!


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