Daily Archives: July 16, 2010

Paper Crafts Magazine Presents: A Card Style Mystery Blog Hop

Welcome to the Paper Crafts Magazine Card Style Mystery Blog Hop. I’m super excited to be part of today’s Card Style Celebration, blog hop and to be part of this very special publication.

edited to add… there have been a few blog issues today with some of the links. If you are finding yourself unable to scroll down in a blog, go back to the original and try opening the link in a new window. If you just want to scroll down, you can also try using the arrow keys on your keyboard to solve this issue.

Card Style is Paper Crafts’ latest special publication and it’s a very exciting and unique issue. The magazine is broken into four distinct styles with cards for a myriad of occasions in each. There’s Fun & Cute, Clean & Graphic, Classy & Elegant and Shabby & Vintage and something for everyone.

I was assigned to create Shabby and Vintage designs for this magazine which were a lot of fun to work on. I love distressing, inking and painting, not to mention adding lots of layers and goodies to my designs. The most challenging thing about it was making each design distinct and unique while still capturing the essence of the Shabby and Vintage style.

Card Style has just been released for sale this week and if you’re looking for a copy, you can find it here at Paper Crafts Shop.


I love a myriad of different styles but one I return to time and time again is Shabby & Vintage. Why do I love it so much? Is it the stitching, the beautiful muted colors, or the well-worn and loved look? Perhaps it’s the love of ink and paint left over from my art class days. It could be my inner girly-girl love of lace and flowers or even my fascination with pattern and all that texture. Perhaps it has something to do with my love of all things old and my childhood daydreams of being Laura Ingalls Wilder. I’m sure it’s a combination of many of the above but can I pin it down to one? Absolutely not.


Today’s card is a classic Shabby & Vintage card with lots of layers, stitching, ribbon, lace and all manner of goodies. In the Shabby & Vintage style I can group all my favorite embellishments together to make a special card.

Supplies: patterned paper, chipboard, stickers and applique by Melissa Frances, sewing machine, doily by Little Yellow Bicycle, Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink by Ranger, pearl Flourishes  by Zva Creative, Crystal Trinket Pin and Medallion flower by Maya Road, twine, hem tape ribbon.

Quick Tip: It may be difficult to see in the above photo but I distressed the  beautiful Maya Road ribbon flower. By taking ink and sandpaper to pre-made embellishments you can easily make them look old and well-loved.

Have some fun today with the Card Style Blog Hop by clicking on the Card Style button below to find out the next mystery blogger. Which style will the next blogger be creating in ? Knowing this blogger, she’ll have something wonderful to share!


Now as with most fun blog hops, this mystery hop has a fabulous prize. Three prizes to be precise! Each prize is valued at over $350.00 and you can find pictures of the loot on Moxie Fab World and Paper Crafts Connection.

How can you win one? You’ll have 20 chances to win by simply leaving a comment on each of the 18 mystery bloggers entries as well as both Moxie Fab World and Paper Crafts Connection. All comments must be posted by Sunday, July 18th. Winners will be announced on both the Moxie Fab World and Paper Crafts Connection blogs on Tuesday, July 20th.

You can start by leaving a comment on my blog here.

Have fun with the mystery hop and have a wonderful weekend!