Challenge: Chic to be shabby

This week at Simon Says Stamp & Show we are challenged to be Shabby Chic. Well – you could be shabby, chic, or any variation of that! It doesn’t have to be the whole project either – any element on your project that fits with our theme would work. So join in! Visit the blog to see all of the other creations and to enter. This week’s prize (as always) is a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp! The winner is randomly drawn – you can enter by posting to your blog, flickr, or other site too. See the blog for entry details and rules as ususal.



I went Easter (because seriously, it’s going to be here SOOOOOON) with my tag – and I love the results!



For my tag background I sprayed with vibrant colors of dylusions ink sprays, then once dry I misted with the white linen dylusions mist and patted dry. This is why you see some spots of more color, and other areas that are more pastel. Love this!

The bunny is stamped (with archival ink) onto specialty stamping paper that I then colored with watercolor pencils and used a water brush to spread the color out. Again – love how it turned out!!

I used watercolors to color a scrap of paper for my homemade grass, grabbed some stickers and a doily, and before you know it my elements of creative play were coming together in a tag that is ready to be placed on a very special box of Easter chocolates.

I love the contrast of soft colors with the black archival ink, and I think that this white dylusions mist is going to prove to be an awesome tool since I love that it makes such a big difference in the color of my tag.

I wish you very happy crafting! Stay tuned – I’ve got a full week of projects coming!

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32 thoughts on “Challenge: Chic to be shabby”

  1. Sweet Easter tag! Love the pretty pastels with the charming bunny on the doily!

  2. What a great idea to soften the background colors with the white spray! Your tag has a totally handmade feel about it that’s just wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. I really do need the white Dylusions spray. The colours in the background are a lovely backdrop for the rabbit and doily. Lovely tag May x x

  4. Great tag, May! I love the bright mists of bright color and the way you layered in the doily! 🙂

    Simon Says Stamp!

  5. Love the way you toned down the brights…perfectly done and what a perfect pastel palette…phew, say that 10 times fast! Love your chocolate bunny too! Yummy!

  6. Great layers May and I love that background blueprint stamp. Love what you have done with the doily and bunny rabbit…..great make and it’s hard to believe Easter is here already !!!

    Annie x

  7. Tim Holtz sent me over. The tag is adorable. Love the doily. Thanks for telling us how you did the tag. I love the combo of colors on the tag they really portray the Easter Egg look and the bunny is soooo cute.

  8. I love the Springy colors in your card. The stamped image is very charming as well.

  9. May…a huge congrats on being named to Tim’s Noteworthy Blogs! Your spring tag is so pretty and is such a great use of Tim’s products. As I said in an earlier comment…very nicely done. Great color blending of the background. I love the blueprint eggs stamped into the background topped with the doily and the sweet blueprint bunny. Nicely done! <3 Candy

  10. Love anything Shabby and Chic!!! The colors you chose are outstanding and the doily is great, you really know your stuff. CONGRATS:)

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