Shabby Chic Thanks

My Occasions Mini marathon of ideas continues . . . On tap today is Afternoon Tea Designer Series Paper (p. 8) and Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware (p. 7).  TIP:  Please don't forget that the Occasions Mini expires, June 30).

Afternoon Tea is a wonderful mix of large and small vintage patterns, with a lovely combination of Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi.  The Styled Silver Hodgepodge Kit offers 100 embellishments and 100 3/16" brads, all with a fresh, modern feel and thoughtfully sized to coordinate with Stampin' Up! punches.

The main design is from the Kind Thoughts stamp set (Stampin' Up! Spring-Summer Catalog, 2008, p. 119).  Chocolate Chip Craft Ink was hired for the job and stamped on Wild Wasabi card stock.  I next heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder.  TIP:  One of the benefits of the Craft Ink Pads (vs. Classic dye inks) is the ability to heat emboss in color.   I find myself using Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White and Very Vanilla Craft Ink Pads by far the most.

The star of the show and today's BRIGHT IDEA is the White Signo Gel Pen.  I touched up the open areas of the design to get a vintage/aged look.  Very easy and produces a pretty substantial impact.   One of the distress tools with the Cutter Kit (a handy little multi-tasker) gave the edges some shabby chic.

"Thanks" is from Fundamental Phrases and was inked and heat embossed identically to the main image.  I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to position it right where I wanted. For more details, please check out my Stampin-a-ma-jig tutorial.  After cropping with Stampin' Up!'s Small Oval Punch, the image was adhered to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.  A Styled Silver Hodgepodge label holder works perfectly with the small oval shape.  A couple Styled Silver Brads are the finishing touch.  TIP:  It's much easier to adhere the image where you want first and then add the hardware.

The card base is Wild Wasabi Textured.  Yum.  A floral pattern from Afternoon Tea was matted on Groovy Guava Textured card.  They look luscious together.  The vertical banner is a charming small pattern from Afternoon Tea.  TIP: Large and small patterns really offer a wow factor when combined.  That's what I love about Stampin' Up!'s Designer Paper.  Everything coordinates . . . large and small patterns, delicious colors, so many distinct looks.  A piece of Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon seemed like just the thing for the final chic.

Like this card or have a suggestion?  Please leave me a comment at the end of this post 🙂

Hugs and Pretties . . . . M

Die-Cut Blooms to Die For (Occasions Mini, p. 14)

Stamp Sets:  Kind Thoughts, Fundamental Phrases
Paper:  Afternoon Tea (Occasions Mini, P. 8), Wild Wasabi Textured, Wild Wasabi (untextured), Groovy Guava Textured
Cool Tools:  Heat Tool, Small Oval Punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Cutter Kit
The Perfect Touch:  Clear Embossing Powder, White Signo Gel Pen, Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardware (Styled Silver, Occasions Mini, p. 7)


  1. Love these colors! great card! tfs!

  2. I had not thought the afternoon tea DP would look so good, but it does on your card and as some one else said, I might consider getting a few carft ink pads for embossing purposes.

  3. Wonderful card. I love the white that you added to the central piece. Very cool. Joan

  4. I might have to get myself one of the pens… Very nice look! I also like the DSP in Afternoon Tea. Very pretty.

  5. colleen kramer

    Very Cool…hadn’t thought about this stamp as a main focal point, looks wonderful. Nice tip about the craft inks. I had not considered getting a couple just for the embossing. Hmmm….

  6. Mary, what a fabulous idea for this stamp! Very creative, and has such a big impact. TFS!

  7. This is so lovely, and I love the idea of using the Signo pen to color in the stamp!

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