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A Shabby Chic Spring Card - House of Cards

Today I'm sharing a shabby chic card I created for House of Cards. This month's challenge is to use butterflies and/or colors from the inspiration photo. I went for the butterfly theme only, without knowing where to start and after a few handmade flowers and stamped butterflies I hit it off. I am so happy with how the design turned out!

The butterflies were stamped with my set Parisian Postcard released by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, fussy cut and added to the card around the sentiment's label and handmade flowers. Since I used blue for the flowers, and followed by brown for the butterflies and sentiment, I decided that my patterned paper from the recently released Floral Frames Paper Pack (available on Etsy here) would go together perfectly. I accentuated the color scheme with a light green. I used a few die cuts to add even more texture, layering and depth to the design, after all it is a shabby chic card!

I stenciled the patterned paper with crackle embossing paste, using my friend's Sue Kracker's custom stencils that I happen to love (click here to check them out)! I sprayed ink and perfect pearls, applied paint, added ribbon, pearls, gauze and distressed the edges of the patterned layer to give this creation all the final touches a proper European style shabby chic card should have. I am in love with the results.

Make sure you visit House of Cards to join this month's challenge and find some extraordinarily beautiful samples that will inspire you bunches! The design team is an inspiration to me always!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Make sure you stop by on May 1st for a new challenge at House of Cards and also for my Birthday Giveaway! 

I'm also sharing my card with:
Frilly & Funky - Spring Time Die Cuts
Mod Squad Challenge - Butterfly Focal
RRR Challenge - Things with Wings
Mixed Media Card Challenge - Flowers
SSS Monday Challenge - In the Middle
Dream it Up! - Showers of Showers
(used Dreamweaver Crackle Paste)
Card Mania - April Challenge


  1. WOW! This is just stunning Graciellie! Those flowers are gorgeous a long with the colors and details.

  2. Beautiful card Graciellie. Very elegant.

  3. Wow! This card is absolutely beautiful! i love the layers of pretty details!
    Take Care,
    Michele, HOC teamie!

  4. Stunning, love the colors and your flowers. The texture is great and all the beautiful layers. Thank you so much for participating this week at the Mod Squad Challenge

  5. Wow, this is incredibly gorgeous! I love the textures, colors and the flowers are beautiful! The details are amazing!
    Sherrie K

  6. This is over the top gorgeous Gracielle... i really love all the flowers and the birdcage and all the other beautiful things that you added to it. Thank you for sharing it with us on the RRR Challenge this time and hope to see you again :) Have a wonderful week.

  7. You are the queen of shabby chic, Graciellie! Such an amazing creation!

  8. This is breath-takingly STUNNING, Gracieliie! You are one of the most talented card-makers I've come across in a long time and I'm so very grateful to have you share in our challenge. I hope you will join us again real soon.
    Really Reasonable Ribbon

  9. You have outdone yourself with this card Gracie!!! This card is remarkable! Thanks so much for playing with us at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

  10. Lovely card. So many beautiful details to it. I love the way it turned out too. Thank you for joining our challenge at Dream it Up!

  11. lovely and dainty thnks for playing with us at rrr

  12. Oh, Gracie, I am so behind in my commenting, but I just had to leave a "hug" here for this stunning card! It's gorgeous in every sense of the word! The colors are stunning, and your details are fabulous! Hugs, sweet friend!

  13. As always Gracie, you make the most beautiful cards. Hugs, Barbara HOC DT

  14. Congrats on your top 3 win at Really Reasonable deserve it, this is so gorgeous!! hugs :)

    1. Thanks so much for letting me know Pamellia!!!

  15. beautiful, beautiful card! thanks for playing along with us at MMCC this month :)

  16. This is just stunning, those flowers and butterflies and the colors, wow! Donna HOC DT

  17. This is gorgeous, those flowers are divine and the textures and layering are just drool worthy!! Stunning card.Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funky xx

  18. Stunning card Gracie, my stencil worked very well for this. Wonderful card design and colors.


  19. Gorgeous project! Love all the beautiful blossoms! Thanks for joining along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge!

  20. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at the Mixed Media Card Challenge!

  21. This truly is superb Gracie! LOVE those beautiful blooms and all that wonderful layering. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  22. Thank you for playing along with us at Card Mania Challenges.
    Good luck!
    Marzena DT

  23. Hi Gracielle, could you email me re: Guest Designer spot at Frilly and Funkie -

    Sue C

  24. OMG! Your card is absolutely STUNNING! Love the vintage feel and elegance in your design!
    Ruza ~ HOC-Designer
    Ruza's Craft Corner

  25. Quanta beleza... meu coração se encheu de felicidade ao ver um trabalho tão lindo.

  26. Quanta beleza... meu coração se encheu de felicidade ao ver um trabalho tão lindo.

  27. wow stunning love everything about this


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