July 14, 2010

Card Style Week: Let's Do Shabby & Vintage

Who's up for a shabby and vintage challenge?


In the latest and greatest special issue from Paper Crafts magazine, Card Style, there are 31 pages of cards representing these layered, soft, old-time styles. 31! Oh my!

What makes a card shabby chic? Well, shabby chic is a style characterized by layering. It is soft, utilizing ribbon, lace, and techniques such as inking and distressing. The final product looks comfortable, weathered, and worn.

What makes a card vintage? Vintage goes a step further by adding old images, found items, and antique trinkets to the mix.

Here are a few of the besties, IMHO, from this stellar issue. Check it:

Thanks for Being You Card by Melissa Phillips, p. 106

Moxie Fab Alert: Going down our checklist, this card has it all: layers, softness, lace, ribbon, and inking to create that weathered, worn, comfortable look. Not to mention, it's absolutely sweet as pie!

Old-Fashioned Luck by Cindy Holshouser, p. 124

Moxie Fab Alert: In this moxie fab vintage card, I love the way Cindy has used an image that looks old because of the way it's colored. And even though there are many layers to this card, it isn't overdone. Everything is balanced. From the red and white overtones, to the floral accent echoing the flowers in the photo, to the subtle lace, to the fancy die-cut frame with the simple, most appropriate font, there is harmony in everything we see.

Enjoy by Anabelle O'Malley, p. 127

Moxie Fab Alert: The layers in this card are elegant, aren't they? There is dimension in this card, but it isn't too heavy--which is a balance that is very difficult to achieve in shabby and vintage cards. The best trick? Anabelle has kept the sentiment super simple--otherwise it would have been completely over-the-top. It's almost as though less is more where there's lots of more. Knowwaddamean?

Dream Big by Danielle Flanders, p. 133

Moxie Fab Alert: First of all, the shape. Second of all, the color combination. Third of all, that yummy textured, natural ribbon. Fourth of all, that button! And last but not least, the sentiment that sums up all the alls!

Glittery Hello by Betsy Veldman, p. 136

Moxie Fab Alert: Well my goodness it's all here in one gorgeous card. I am absolutely speechless, which doesn't happen often, my moxie fab friends!

I can see you're chomping at the bit to give shabby chic and vintage a try. Here's what you'll need to begin:
  • Create a card in the shabby chic or vintage style.
  • Upload it to your blog, click on your blog's title, copy the URL, and add it to Mr. Linky below.
  • Tell your readers that you've created your project for the Card Style Shabby Chic and Vintage Challenge in the Moxie Fab World and link it back to this post to encourage your readers to play along as well.
  • If you don't have a blog, upload your project to this flickr gallery, copy the URL to your project, and add it to Mr. Linky below. Make sure you set the security on your photo so that I can copy it. If I can't copy the image, I won't be able to offer it as a winning entry.
  • Upload your projects by midnight MDT on Monday, August 2.
  • Two winning entries will be shown on this blog on Wednesday, August 4 and will receive an "I'm Moxie Fab" challenge winner button as well as a copy of Card Style magazine.
Feeling all my layers,

~Cath

PS Be sure and click on over to Paper Crafts Connection where the Card Style Week celebration continues!

PPS Don't forget that we also have another challenge going on in the Moxie Fab World! It's the Finding Inspiration in a Layout Challenge and it ends on Monday of next week!

60 comments:

Ellie A. said...

Ok this would be a challenge for me I DROOL at all the shabby &Vintage cars I see but my cards always look a hot mess when I try to do them that way! BUT I will try it. Don't say I didn't warn you :)

clnapier07 said...

I love this style, but it really is a challenge for me. I have a hard time creating beautiful vintage cards. I will give it a shot though. Thanks for the challenge. :)

Danielle said...

Love all the cards featured! I can't wait to get started on this challenge!!

{VICKI} said...

Dream Big is my fave!

Diana Fisher said...

Those cards are so pretty!! :)

AHadley said...

LOVE all these cards!!! Just uploaded mine :)

Lin said...

I adore this style, but need lots of practice to achieve it. I really enjoyed the process, though! Thanks for all the wonderful examples! Perhaps this style would make a great issue all on its own?

Kimberly said...

This style was a challenge for me. You'll see in my entry that I made a clean and graphic card using similar elements. Couldn't help myself!

BonnieRose said...

I've put in my entry, this one was fun!

Kazan Clark said...

you have shown us works by the Masters! Gorgeous beyond words!

daniholland said...

Popped in a link to a card I made recently for a class - thought it fit the bill :)

Ros said...

Stunning mouth watering cards ....

Dani said...

I feel so inspired by all these beautiful cards!!

Ginger Claire said...

Gorgeous cards and a great challenge. You've got a lot to answet for - I've gone vintage crazy :) xxx

Terrie B x said...

Fabulous Inspo Ladies..TFS
I love Shabby Vintage....
Have a lovely week:)xxx

Mandee said...

Love LOVE this style and couldn't resist participating. I also spent a little time "drooling" over the other submissions...beautiful cards, ladies!

Tasha said...

Wow these cards are stunning!
love tasha xx

Sue VanDeVusse said...

I love this style, but it is always a challenge for me. Thanks for the challenge.

jo said...

I always read the blog but have never joined in with a challenge until now.
Thanks for the kickstart!!!

Peet said...

Love all these cards! Fabulous!!!

Maureen L. said...

This was tougher than the others ... shabby chic is not my "thing" but I tried. Hope you likey!

Melisa Hunter said...

Such fun challenges! Wish I had time to do them all!

Lisa V. said...

Wow! The best of the best. What can I say. I hope to get some projects in for this. I love the shabby/vintage style and I can't wait to get this issue.

Lisa V. said...

Wow! The best of the best. I love the shabby/vintage look. I really can't wait to get this beautiful issue.

SharonS said...

Ooops, entered twice. I didn't think it was entering--it kept disappearing! At least it's the right one lol! This is my favorite of the 4 cards I made. Thanks for a fun challenge!

Alyssa B said...

I have linked up...my first challenge in a long while!

Sally Lynn MacDonald said...

I had fun doing this. I had lots of lovely Webster's Pages paper and vellum that wanted to come out and play.

Judy Rozema said...

What awesome samples for inspiration! Loved this challenge and looking at everyone else's cards! Linked up!

cbuswell said...

My favorite style!!

Karen said...

tooooo fun!!

Cookie said...

I usually always do clean and simple or cute whimsy styles but decided to go a totally different direction for fun...I went with the Shabby/Vintage style doing a collage card...It was fun to try something totally different for a change! I loved it!

Sylvia said...

Cath, I got my package yesterday from my win on the I Want To Ride My Bicycle Post. It is fantastic! I used some it to make this card! Shabby chic is not my strong style, but it was extremely fun to do this card! Thanks for the nice goodie package and the chance to show our cards each week!

Heather Jensen said...

I am so glad you have a challange for the Shabby and Vintage. My favorite style! I also had a go at the clean and praphic challenge which couldn't be farther from my style.

Angy said...

Had a great time with this. Came together so quickly! Thanks for having a way for us to dip our toe in the waters that may be out of our box...

Terrie B x said...

Gorgeous...TFI x

Tiff said...

This style was way outside of my comfort zone! But, I think I'll be revisiting it soon!

Heather Maria said...

All the cards here are gorgeous Cath! But what a challenging challenge! It was great to try out something that I never usually do.

cbuswell said...

Loving this style!

Sharon Corn said...

My first challenge @ Moxie Fab World!

I really love this style! Hope to participate in more challenges!

Sarah said...

Beautiful cards to aspire to. It's not my usual style, but I'm happy I tried it!

Nerina said...

Looking forward to seeing what people have come up with for this one - nothing like some beautiful feminine shabby chic!

Sarah Schwerin said...

This is a great challenge - I love Shabby Chic and Vintage and the samples from the magazine are gorgeous. Melissa Phillips is an absolute legend when it comes to the Shabby Chic style. I found it hard, but I gave this challenge a go! Thanks for the inspiration!

dalla said...

i love shabby n vintage..don't want to miss this challenge..just added mine..

Glenda said...

By far, this is the one I struggle with the most.... thanks for getting me to stretch my boundaries.

Heather Jensen said...

I loved this one so much I made 2 cards for this challenge. :)

Fuzzy Slippers said...

This is a great challenge! I ended up making 2 different cards for this one. :)

Denise said...

these are the hardest for me...but I did 3!

Sylvia said...

great challenge and so many wonderful cards to look at! thanks for all your entries.. I'm loving to visit all of your blogs :)
Sylvia

Josie said...

There are so many wonderful entries ... i totally heart vintage cards... :)

Here's my take :
http://hearts-n-arts.blogspot.com/2010/07/moxie-fab-world-card-style-week-shabby.html

Jane said...

This IS a challenge for me...although I LOVE shabby and vintage...I'm not very good at it!

Maria said...

Love these cards! They are all beautiful. I love the shabby/vintage style. Thanks for the great contest!

Kristi said...

Love this challenge! This style is becoming my favorite.

Stella Schenkel said...

I just love love this challenge. It was so much fun to create a card and to participate!

Have a beautiful day!

Greetings,
Stella

cbuswell said...

I love this challenge, so many beautiful cards here!!

PapierGirl said...

It's great to have a challenge for the "Shabby/Vintage" catagory! I would love to see an issue that was dedicated just to this style! Thanks! :)

Camillae said...

Thanks for the challenge! I really have a great time and motivate me to create.

Mónica said...

It's my first challenge!!!! I hope you like it!!!!

Michelle said...

I am loving all these entries!

JOAN said...

Great challenges! I learned a lot about my own style. Thanks for a great issue and for a great challenge.

colleenk said...

I LOVE all the examples! This was a very fun challenge!