Saturday, 31 December 2016

Shabby Altered Emboridery Hoop by Kim

Hello friends, Kim here today to share my next project for Shabby is Chic Boutique on Zibbet.
This time I have created a shabby altered embroidery hoop. I used lots of laces and trims from the SCB Store. I surrounded the hoop with some of the gorgeous aqua tulle trim. I just loves this stuff, it is probably my favorite trim in the SCB store.

I printed off the image of the bird from Pinterest, and put it inside a frame from Michaels.

I used more of the tulle trim, this time in ivory, around the frame to make the image very soft and romantic looking.

I have done a full video tutorial which you can find below here.
Thanks for stopping by today and please check out all the great items in the SCB store.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Parisian Inspired Pillows by DT Member Goldie

Hi everyone Goldie here. While patiently waiting (yeah right!) for my December design team package I wasn't sure what to expect. This month I asked Amy to surprise me, you know like those cooking shows, open the box and surprise, see what you can do with what you have. Well let's just say I was pleasantly surprised and why wouldn't I be. I mean seriously, Shabby Is Chic Boutique and Amy Love have some of the most beautiful trims, laces and other goodies available on the market today! 

During the wait for my package to arrive I did what we all love to do, I perused Pinterest for inspiration. (I do this at least 3 times a week.) When I saw what Amy chose for me I was so excited because I knew exactly what I was doing with it. 

Shabby vintage-ish style pillows. I used some fabric from my stash as well as my sewing machine and a few odds and ends to create this adorable set of pillows.


For the largest pillow I used Shabby Is Chic Boutique Glittered Polka Dot Tulle Lace, Embroidered Sequined Trim, White Tassel Trim, 2 Cream colored Rolled Roses and 1 Copper colored Rolled Rose. (These are beautifully made.) I also used a bit of the White Pearl Garland. All of these items were either sewn on or glued on using Fabri-Tac glue. I love how this pillow turned out!
 The medium sized pillow was very simply done with Shabby Is Chic Boutique White Rosette Trim down the center front, glued with Fabri-Tac glue. Down the center on the reverse side I used the 6mm White Braid Trim. I then used a needle and thread to draw the center of the pillow inwards. (I love this look.) To cover the stitches in the back center I used a Shabby Is Chic Boutique Rhinestone Cameo from my own Shabby Is Chic Boutique stash (it does exist) and a Mini Doily Applique from my package to make a beautiful center that was attached with hot glue. To finish off the front I used a bit of hot glue to adhere the very sparkly Gold Bling with Pearl. I can't decide which side I like better as they both turned out fantastic. 

On the small pillow I used Shabby Is Chic Boutique White Stretch Lace sewed at the outside edges as I attached the front and back sides of the pillow together. To finish this cute little pillow I used needle and thread to draw the front and back centers together, I also gathered the White Stretch Lace at the center and stitched it in place. To cover the stitching on the back I hot glued a small flat back pearl from my stash. For the front I used hot glue to add 2 dangle bits from the White Tassel Trim, then added some White Pearl Garland. For a centerpiece I used a Mini Doily Applique and a larger flat back pearl from my stash. I think this one turned out adorable. I discovered I've been actually using it as a pincushion. Thinking it needs to move to the bedroom with the others. 
Lastly, I made a sachet for a closet or drawer. I used 2 of Shabby Is Chic Boutique Heart Appliques. I applied a little amount of hot glue and adhered some white tulle from my stash to the backside of each applique. Then glued them together back to back leaving an opening at the top. I filled this little lovely with a delightful smelling tea called Winter Mist. Yes, I said tea! (It's my favorite and makes the whole house smell like Christmas all the time.) I closed the top with glue. I used small dabs of hot glue to adhere Shabby Is Chic Boutique 6mm Ivory flat back Pearl Trim around the edges on the front and back I used a bit of white seam binding from my stash to make a hanger as well as a double bow for each side. To add some sparkle, I added a Shabby Is Chic Boutique Mini Teardrop Bling to the center of each bow. This tiny delight turned out so sweet. I'm thinking I have to make more of these!!
Thank you Amy for choosing the items that you did, I think everything worked out perfectly. Also thank you to everyone for your time and attention today, don't forget to go see all the wonderful things Amy has to offer at Shabby Is Chic Boutique so you can create your own set of shabby chic pillows.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

2017 SCB DT Call!!

We are having a DT CALL!!!!

What we are looking for:
Card makers
Mixed media artists
Fabric artists
We are looking for a variety of styles for our team.

You will be required to create two projects a month using SCB products.
You must have an active blog or YouTube Channel to which you post regularly with a minimum of 2 post per month featuring SCB products with links back to our blog or YouTube video. These posts will also be published on the SCB blog with your links added. You must be able to write professional, concise and personable posts as well as provide clear photographs of all of your work.
You must have a Facebook page. We do the majority of our communication in our private group.
You are required to promote Shabby is Chic Boutique on forums, our blog, and social media outlets like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr and other sites.
You should be organized, able to meet deadlines and be a TEAM Player!!
From time to time, there may be optional additional project opportunities, but advanced notice will always be given. For example, blog hops.
The opportunity to be apart of a fun, supportive group.
An opportunity to have your work featured through our blog, store, and other social media sites.
A discount to SCB store.
Free Design Team Packages
This is for a three month term that begins on Febuary 1st. The new design team will be announced publicly on Jan. 23rd.


Make a project specifically for this DT Call showcasing laces, trims, and embellishments so we can get an idea of your design style.  The items you use for your entry do not have to be purchased from SCB. Make a blog post or YouTube video sharing your project with the heading “Entry for Shabby is Chic Boutique DT Call”,  Send the link to your project along with the following information when applying.

Please provide your name, mailing address, email address. Include links to your social media: Facebook, Instagram, etc. List any current and past design team experience and any galleries where you feature your work. Send all of this information to with DT call and your name in the title.
This DT call ends January 16th . It is open to US and Canada applicants.

Please do not apply at this time if you are currently designing for a company that sells similar products as SCB.

Father Christmas and his Reindeer by Kim Fuller

Good morning friends! Kim here today with my next DT Project for Shabby is Chic Boutique on Zibbet.
This time I have altered some Christmas ornaments that I got at my local dollar store. First up is my shabby and wintery Father Christmas.
We have all seen some funky looking Christmas decorations at our local dollar stores, and this fella was no exception to the rule. He was originally very, and I mean very tanned looking. This Santa is just a plastic head that came with some tinsel for a beard and a very funny looking hat. Really, he needed lots of work, and I wanted a challenge, so here we go!
 I totally repainted his face and eyes, to give him a softer and more rosy cheeked look. I used some chalk paints from my stash to repaint him, and then gave him a coat of Mod Podge to ensure that the pain would not come off the plastic.
I used a vintage table cloth, which I cut up for his hood and draped it over his head. I added a bit of stuffing to the top of his head so it would sit up nicely on him. I also used lots of laces from the SCB store on him and cut them up and made him look shabby and wintery.
I used various SCB laces, seam binding, wool, unbraided rope trim and a bit of the original tinsel beard and totally revamped his beard for him, I think it really makes him look handsome now!
While I was at the dollar store, I also picked up some glittery white branches and berries.  I cut them up and added them to the side of his face for some dimension and also added some seam binding and some ribbon from my stash too. I used some of the tinsel that was from his beard to make a bow with as well.

He is really kind of adorable, and will have a nice place to hang in my home this Yuletide season.
Now on to the reindeer! 
When I spotted these at the dollar store, they were silver plastic with a giant glitterly red Pointsettia on them, oh ya, and some red polka dot ribbon!  Not my style at all!
I gave each of the reindeer an over haul with some white chalk paint to start off with. Then, I choose to make two of them pink and one of them in a shabby Aqua colour. These little beauties are going as gifts to some crafty friends of mine, and I needed to make them in their favorite colours.
Once I had the white paint on them, I used some of the Prima Art Alchemy paints on them and also some Prima Bloom Sprays in coordinating colours.
I then added some laces from SCB and also some trims, pearls and flowers to their backs to give them a festive look.

I am pretty pleased with how they came out, from their silver coats to this Shabby look, I think its quite a transformation.

Next time you are at your local dollar store, take a second look at some of the items they have, they are inexpensive and can be transformed into something that looks rather expensive. Challenge yourself to try something like this, I had lots of fun, and as we all know the holiday season can get very expensive and this is a good way to cut costs down and give a gift that can be appreciated every year!
Thanks for stopping by, and please check out all the great items from the SCB Store!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Shabby Mixed Media Canvas by DT Goldie Carlon

Hello all, Goldie here with my next project for Shabby is Chic Boutique on Zibbet.

I admit it, I love mixed media -- always from afar! Lol! Seriously though I do love almost all types of mixed media projects. The way some folks can put all their crafty thoughts and goodness out there and express themselves how they do is beautiful. I on the other hand, not so much. I've tried a few projects before, and always felt like it just looked like a disaster...until this time.  As part of my Design Team Package for Shabby Is Chic Boutique I asked Amy Love for her Gold Embroidered Tulle Lace. When I first asked for it I had a certain project in mind, but upon having it in hand I knew I had to go a different path. To me it looked like the edges of an ornate gilded cage.

I started this project with a 10" x 10" canvas from my stash. Decided it needed a coat of gesso. Next step I gave the canvas a light coat of gel medium and adhered only the top layer of a Black and White French Napkin which can be purchased at Shabby Is Chic Boutique in the Napkins and Paper section. (This particular napkin has four (4) images available on it instead of just one over all image making it useful for additional projects.) I dried the napkin with a quick burst of heat from my heat tool - to set it and avoid tearing. Then applied another light top coat of more gel medium to seal and gave it another go over with the heat tool. Next I gave the entire surface a spritz of homemade pink w/gold mica shimmer spray and dried it with the heat tool. It didn't feel "pink " enough so I repeated that process again and was finally satisfied with the color. 

Next step was the butterfly. I fussy cut a butterfly including the tiny antennae from just one layer of that same Shabby Is Chic Boutique 
Black and White French Napkin. (Lol! Not an easy thing to do!) I then coated a piece of white card stock with gel medium and adhered the butterfly to it. A shot on both sides with the heat tool to set it then gave the front and back a thin top coat with more gel medium and another blast with the heat tool. I then had to fussy cut again. I should say that it might have been easier to adhere the butterfly first the same way and cut once but at this point who knows. Like I said, I'm a mixed media newbie. I used white card stock as backer on purpose to allow the white areas on the butterfly to shine white. Black card seemed to dull the white areas. This being said I did want the edges and the back of my butterfly to be black so I used a black Copic marker from my stash and simply colored the back. Zero bleed through because of the gel medium. For sparkle I brushed a coat of Glitter Mod Podge to the front and back. To trusty heat tool.
Next I printed a saying onto a piece of textured pearl white card stock from my stash. I cut it up into segments and used gel medium only on the back to adhere it to the canvas. (I used to tell myself this everyday years ago.) 

Next I used plain mod podge to stiffen the above mentioned gorgeous Shabby Is Chic Boutique Gold Embroidered Tulle Lace. To speed along the drying process I used the heat tool. I will say it again, using the heat tool to speed up the process could cause damage to these delicate laces and trims but with proper care and complete attention to the task at hand it can be done.

Next step along the bottom edge of the canvas I used a strip of beautiful White Tassel Trim which can be found in the Laces and Trims section of Shabby Is Chic Boutique. I also used some birdcage veil trim from my stash, I have had this for so long I don't even remember where it came from. (The only label on it says "Birdcage Veil Trim" literally that and nothing else.) I attached this with small dots of hot glue to the back side of that nicely stiffened piece of the Gold Embroidered Tulle Lace then added foam dots for dimension at the top edge of the canvas to mimic the top of a gilded cage. I then gave the veil trim a slight tug and repeated the process to do the bottom edge of the canvas to complete the look of a cage. From here I took that sparkly butterfly and used a needle to poke a tiny hole in it and secured a spiral of gold wire from my stash to the front with a small dot of hot glue then poked a hole through the butterfly in the canvas in the exact same spot and threaded the wire through the canvas and secured the wire on the back with another dot of hot glue. To finish the butterfly, I added a black flatback pearl from my stash to cover the tiny gold wire on the front. 
Next I used the very sumptuous Rows of Pearls Trim found in the Laces and Trims section at Shabby Is Chic Boutique. I wrapped the entire outside edge of the canvas with this beautiful very well made (5 rows) flat-back pearls. I used Fabri-Tac glue to attach and it really does frame this piece perfectly. 

Lastly, to show exactly what my quote means --I ripped a hole in the birdcage veil to allow the butterfly to "escape its cage". The idea behind this entire project is just that...setting yourself free. The muted flat black butterfly inside is just a mere "shadow" to the sparkling free one that broke out of the cage.
This time I have created a mixed media canvas.  You can find details and photos of my work in the video posted below!
Thanks for stopping by today, and please check out Shabby is Chic Boutique on Zibbet.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Shabby Chic Captured Fairy Lantern

Hello friends, Donna here today with my next Guest DT project for Shabby is Chic Boutique. This time I have created a shabby fairy lantern.
I took a galvanized lantern and removed the glass and using tin snips removed the metal snowflakes from the front. Then I spray painted the entire lantern white.
I used glue and embossing powder around the edges of the glass to give it a frosted look. Be careful embossing glass though. It gets really hot.  After replacing the glass I used the different laces and pearl strands to decorate the lantern.

I used extra fine snow glitter on the foam roses to give them a glittery effect. I just painted glue on the edges and dipped them in to the glitter.  I added resin snowflakes to the front with light blue flatback pearls on them.
Next I stamped the fairy on blue cardstock using white pigment ink and embossing powder. Then embossed using a heat tool and fussy cutting it out. I placed in the back of the lantern.
I then embossed a sentiment on a sheet of acetate and using glue attached to the front.
Lastly I placed glitter tulle and a battery operated candle inside.
For the handle, I wrapped braided trim around it.

All the products with the exception of snowflakes, and candle can be found in the Shabby is Chic Boutique. Make sure to head over and check out the store full of beautiful items!!



Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Shabby Chic Loaded Envelope by GDT Sue Ann

Hello friends, Sue Ann here today with my next Guest Design Team project for Shabby is Chic Boutique.

Let's get started on how to!
 First, using the mailing envelope seal the top flat to the inside of the envelope. Cut papers of your choice to cover outside of the envelope and glue on. Cut a piece to fit inside the back of the envelope and glue in place as well. Cut a V shape opening on the front of the envelope. Cut a piece of paper for the back pocket the size you need. Fold the paper doily in half and glue to the pocket front.
 Now, glue the pocket to the lower back side of your envelope. Be sure not to glue the top edge or else you won't have a pocket. Glue flat ink lace to both sides of the envelope. Glue the embroidered white rose Lace around the top edge starting at the point of the V shape and ending there as well. Glue a doily flower in the center but be sure to glue it to the front of the envelope and not the inside too. Glue a white leaf to each side of the flower. Glue the folded tulle trim all around the bottom edge of the envelope.
Glue the daisy section of the embroidered rose Lace on the top edge of the folded tulle trim. Now decorate the front of your envelope using various pieces from your stash that you like. I used a combination of small pieces like the frame and etc. Accessories: TAGS- cut 3 tags 7" X 3" in size from papers or cardstock. Using the white acrylic paint, dab paint around the edges of the vintage images and set aside to dry. Make 3 pink seam binding bows and glue one to the top center of each tag. Using the 16 mm flat back Pearl buttons glue one to the center of each bow. Glue a vintage image to the center of each tag. Using a die cut word glue to the bottom area of each tag. Or you may stamp this area with a sentiment if you prefer.
Business envelope: cut a triangle shape from a scrap of paper and glue to the top edge of the envelope. Using the daisy section of the heart daisy Dangle Lace glue it around the V cutout to decorate. Glue a mini doily at the center point of the V. Glue a small flower to the center of the doily. Rosette Staff: make a small Rosette from matching papers. Glue a small Die cut to the front center. Paint the skewer stick with one coat of white acrylic paint. Glue rosette to the skewer stick. Glue a mini paper doily to the back of the rosette. Make another pink seam binding bow and glue to the stick and glue a Pearl button on the bow.
Gift Cards: make 3 gift cards 3" X 4" in size using white cardstock and printed papers. Decorate the cards in any way you choose to. Make 3 white envelopes to match and you may stamp an image on the front of each envelope for decoration. Back Pocket: make a bow using white sheer ribbon and glue onto the bottom of the paper doily. Make a tiny rosette and glue to the center of the bow. Glue a tiny Die cut to the center of the rosette.
Please watch my video below for more info and pictures of my project.
I hope you've enjoyed my project and please visit Shabby is Chic Boutique for all your Shabby supplies!
Wishing Everyone a Blessed Thanksgiving and Big Huge Hugs

Thursday, 17 November 2016

A Little Fairy Magic by DT Member Nichola

Hello everyone, Nichola here today with my next project for Shabby is Chic Boutique on Zibbet.
*gasps!* How cute is this years batch of peg fairies?! I made these ones with embellishments and trims from Shabby is Chic Boutique.

I'm so smitten with them. This Folded Tulle Trim is absolutely perfect for the little skirts. The little flatback pearly embellishments are also from Shabby is Chic Boutique. I didn't include them here, but these Silver Fairy Wand Charms would be a super cute addition!

I just love their floofy hair made from real wool roving. In all different colours.
They're such happy little things. With their acorn caps and their butterfly wings. I hope you'll make some too! And spread a little sweetness to those around you.

Thanks for stopping by today, and please check out Shabby is Chic Boutique on Zibbet, and for more info on this project and my other projects for SCB, please visit my blog Pixie Hill

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Shabby Chic Altered Jars by DT Member Goldie

Good morning friends, Goldie here with my design team project for Shabby is Chic Boutique on Zibbet.
This time I have altered some vintage canning jars and a large bottle.

 My first project started out simple enough. I knew I wanted to use these two vintage canning jars. I didn’t have a plan or direction but I knew it was going to be pretty when finished because I was using Shabby Is Chic Boutique laces trims and embellishments. Using items from my design team kit as well as past Shabby Is Chic Boutique purchases this is what I came up with... 
I wrapped pretty Shabby Is Chic Boutique White Polka Dot Tulle trim which I secured to the jar with a tiny dab of hot glue only on the seam at the back. I then wrapped this lovely Shabby Is Chic Boutique Butterfly Dangle Lace at the top edge of the tulle trim and secured it the same with just a small dot of hot glue. I didn’t feel that it required loads of glue to keep it in place. To spice it up and add that iconic Shabby Is Chic Boutique flare I pulled out some Shabby Is Chic Boutique 3mm Rhinestone Chain. I thought about wrapping it around the jar as well but opted for a more out of the box approach so I cut each rhinestone apart and adhered each piece individually with a dot of hot glue. On the butterfly centers I hot glued cream colored flat back pearls from my stash. Not wanting to leave the neck of the jar naked and to keep the "canning jar feeling" I tucked the lid into the wire holder then used a cream colored pearl strand and a vintage paper flower from my stash also secured with a small dot of hot glue. For a centerpiece I used a gorgeous Shabby Is Chic Boutique Rhinestone Cameo secured with a spot of hot glue. Finally to keep my votive candle in place, I poured in some Himalayan Pink Salt. It allows the votive to sit firmly and not slide around. I love the look it adds to this project.

My process for this jar is exactly the same as the first jar except for the items used. On this one I used the beautiful and delicate Shabby Is Chic Boutique Soft Pink Stretch Lace first. Followed by a second Shabby Is Chic Boutique White Butterfly Dangle Lace. For sparkle I used more individual cuts of Shabby Is Chic Boutique 3mm Rhinestone Chain. For the butterfly centers on this jar I used Shabby Is Chic Boutique flat back Pearl Hearts. For the neck of the jar I loosely wrapped a generous length of Shabby Is Chic Boutique Pearl Garland in Ivory and secured it with a pink vintage paper flower from my stash using a dab of hot glue. The centerpiece on this jar is the same as the first as well as how I secured the votive. I will say it again, I love this project. 

Each of the recipients for these jars will adore the vintage chic feel to these home d├ęcor pieces but most of all they will love the items from Shabby Is Chic Boutique used to create these one of a kind gifts this holiday season.
Now, on to my favorite!
I started with this...
I knew I wanted to add lights to this bottle but I didn't want them to go in at the neck. So I used a glass drill bit and drilled a hole in the backside at the bottom edge of the bottle. (Take your time so as to NOT crack the glass.) 
I wanted sparkle as well, so I used one of Amy Love's favorite mediums (Glitter Mod Podge) from my stash. I sponged this on using a very light coat. Let dry overnight or you can speed up the process using a heat tool. (Be careful NOT to get overly close as it will bubble if over heated.) I love the sparkle and shimmer this adds to a project. 
Next step, I used small dots of hot glue to adhere a gorgeous Shabby Is Chic Boutique 9" WHITE Bridal Applique to the front of the bottle. Simple enough right? To further add to the beauty of this applique on each "stitched flower" on the pattern I used a dot of glue to add a Shabby Is Chic Boutique flat back Pearl Flower. The dimension it added is perfect. For a highlight at the top of the bottle I used a Shabby Is Chic Boutique Silver Metal Medallion that I bent to cup around the neck. I adhered it and a vintage bling piece from my stash with E6000. On the top of the cork I used a Shabby Is Chic Boutique Pearl Cluster bling piece which I glued on with a few dabs of hot glue. Around the neck I added a length of Shabby Is Chic Boutique Pearl Garland in Ivory folded into the center of a double bow made from white seam binding from my stash. For the centerpiece I used a second piece of the beautiful and versatile Shabby Is Chic Boutique Silver Metal Medallion pieces. This one I bent slightly to shape then cut in half and adhered each piece with E6000 just slightly apart to give the illusion of an oval. Making a nice background to attach the absolutely gorgeous Shabby Is Chic Boutique Bling Cameo Brooch. I removed the pin back and adhered with E6000
After allowing to dry overnight I finally got to add a small strand of lights from my stash. This altered bottle is beautiful and I think has to be a keeper. I love the sparkle but most of all, I love the display it makes for all of my pretties from Shabby Is Chic Boutique. 

Thank you so much for hanging out with me today I hope you enjoyed what you've seen. Also, please don't forget to check out my video below for more information on how I put these projects together.

Thanks for stopping by and please check out Shabby is Chic Boutique on Zibbet for all the items I used and more amazing goodies too!
Big crafty hugs ~ Goldie