Shabby Chic Concept

Hi friends!  Today I'm excited to have been asked to be a guest designer for the Card Concept this month!  I love the idea of this challenge... it definitely encourages stepping outside of your box and trying on new cardmaking styles.  I've been chosen to guest in the shabby chic/vintage style.  I giggled a bit when I read Lesley's email, because shabby chic is a style I sometimes create in, but it's almost NEVER on purpose!  LOL  I go shabby to cover up my stamping boo-boos, which are quite frequent!  After all, the best way to cover up a little smudge is some sponged ink and a well-placed embellishment!  Needless to say it was super fun to try out this style from the very beginning.. a very good place to start!  {wink}

Mark and I are doubly blessed with examples of long lasting love in our family.  My parents celebrated their 50th anniversary in July, and Mark's parents celebrate their 50th this week.  We're in full swing party planning mode right now, so I thought I'd make a golden anniversary card for them.

For inspiration, I swapped the white pumpkins for a pair of ivory golden apples.  I liked the subtle vines and leaf garlands in the picture, so I picked a vine covered embossing folder to emboss all the panels of ivory, as well as the upper portion of the vellum sentiment piece.  I loved the border on the apple farm sign, so thought I'd do something similar for the top of my vellum panel.  I added a strip of adhesive pearl clusters to the top edge, then sprinkled some chunky glitter in between, which stuck to the extra adhesive and made a super elegant border.

The apples are from the Teachers Count set and I cut them with the coordinating Apples Die Set. The sentiment is from the Happy Anniversary plain jane.  My only other touch was a bit of white paint and some distress inks to shabby up the apples, some of my favorite lace trim and a whole bunch of distressed edges.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to head on over to the Card Concept blog today and check out what the challenge design team did with this inspiration piece!  And thanks so much to the Card Concept crew for allowing me to guest with y'all!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Teachers CountHappy Anniversary  (Verve Stamps)
Paper: ivory (Neenah), vellum cardstock
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko), vintage photo (Ranger Distress)
Accessories: Apples Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), gold embossing powder (Judikins), glass glitter (SU!), lace trim, pearl cluster trim (Recollections), vine embossing folder (Anna Griffin), white paint


  1. It always warms my heart to hear of such wonderful anniversary milestones! Happy 50th to your in laws! Sure they will adore this gorgeous creation!

  2. Happy anniversary to both parents! Mine are close to 50 as well! I think it's a wonderful testament. Thank you so much for guesting with us this month. Your card is amazing and I love that it was made from scratch in the shabby chic way! lol!

  3. this is stunning, Julee! Wow! I especially love those golden apples and the pearl/glitter accent! Celebrating love is the best, especially when it's long lasting love. Have fun with the celebrations!

  4. This is beautiful Julee, adore all these layers and the touch of gold. It is wonderful to have you as our Guest, thank you for joining us x

  5. Wow, Julie, I just love your beautiful ivory apple anniversary card idea! This is really beautiful and very classy and elegant! Thanks for joining us a guest designer at The Card Concept this week!
    Take care!

  6. Your card is amazing! What a wonderful keepsake for their anniversary.It's just gorgeous.

  7. What a blessing to have such love and commitment in your family! Your breath-taking card honors the beauty of love. Just adore the elegance of the golden apples, the shabby layers and the pearl cluster. You have outdone yourself!

  8. It's so wonderful to have you guesting with us this month Julee! Your card is fabulous!! I especially love the texture & bling!

  9. Your card is stunning! I love all of the embossing, especially the vellum! I need to try that! And that pearl trim and lace is perfect!
    Happy Anniversay to your parents and in-laws!

  10. Oh Julee!! I just LOVE your shabby chic beautiful card!! The white is just stunning and the way you frayed the edges is amazing! Love the lace and the pearl glittery element on top!! Just gorgeous and elegant! So glad you were a guest with us this week at The Card Concept!:)

  11. Julee, this card is gorgeous! Lovely layers and accents! Thanks for being our guest designer this week!
    The Leaf Studio

  12. Thank you for being our guest designer this week. Your card is exquisitely beautiful...what can I say!!? The lace...the texture...the clustering of pearls. Perfection!! :)

  13. Hello Julee: Oh my gosh!!! your card is gloriously beautiful, so elegantly shabby chic, I love that exquisite lace trim, the gorgeous pearl embellishment and the entire look of your card.
    I'm pinning this one!!
    Thank you for sharing at the Card Concept and congratulations on your Guest Designer Spot this week.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  14. LOVE the layers of soft texture! Great to have you guesting with us at The Card Concept:)

  15. Welcome to the Card Concept Julee!! I just love your shabby chic creation- so many details to absorb from the wonderful apples, the texture, the lace and pearls and that gorgeously embossed sentiment!! I am sure that your in-laws are going to be thrilled to receive this as a memento for their 50th anniversary- what a terrific testimony and milestone!! So thrilled to be designing with you this month- hugs and God Bless!


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