Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Shabby Chic Teddy Bea Dressing Table Box

Shabby Bea

Technique:  Papercraft

TeddyBea_90 "Dressing Up" from Teddy Bo

Kraft card
Flower Blooms by Pink Paislee

Pens, Pencils, Inks:
Prismacolor pencils

Matchbox die cutter
white gesso
Tim Holtz Hitch Fasteners
flowers by Kaisercraft
pink chalk
Rock Candy Stickles

The Teddy Bo Top Tip and "homework" assignment at Teddy Bo this week is to make a Shabby Chic creation.  Shabby Chic certainly isn't my natural style so it was a learning experience for me.  I have to say I think I was helped tremendously by the choice of designer paper, which to me sums up Shabby Chic.  Soft colours, vintage roses, cracked paint, I kind of feel like I cheated a bit and let the paper do all the heavy lifting!

I chose the image of Teddy Bea dressing up as I felt it suited the soft, vintage style that is encapsulated by Shabby Chic and coloured her with Prismacolors.  As this style first originated with renovating old furniture, I wanted to make a "piece of furniture" rather than a card, and made a dressing table box (my daughters are often remarking they have no storage for their trinkets and tid bits).

Shabby Bea

The base and lid of the box are made from thick chip board, covered with kraft card.  The match boxes are cut from kraft and lined with the designer paper.  Our Teddy Bo teacher used white spray paint to shabby her paper with, but I chose white gesso and swiped everything in my path with gesso to give a weathered look, and when dry sanded back to distress.

I stamped a Kaisercraft sentiment "Treasure these moments" on the base and sanded it back to age and distress it.  The catcher for the top portion of the card is a strip of lace hand dyed olive green.

Shabby Bea

I'm still quite nervous about lots of layers, and my natural tendency is the "less is more" philosphy so I added as much embellishment to the top as I was comfortable with!  The prima flowers I used have a lovely vintage feel, Bea's boa has sparkly fluff to simulate feathers, and her shoes have silver gel pen.  The little drawers have hitch fasteners by Tim Holtz, which add a nice vintage feel.

If you haven't participated in the Teddy Bo Top Tip Tuesday, it's a lot of fun and if you use a Teddy Bo image they will kindly send you a free graphic as a thank you for joining.  

I am also entering this at:

Simon Says Stamp Challenge:  Sparkle and Bling


  1. Fabulous project - love the style - thanks for joining in with Kathy's tutorial this week.
    Have an A plus for your homework
    Debbie xx

  2. Wonderful card/box, your shabby chic is beauticul and must perfectly coloured and and designed for the Bea.

    So happy you joined with us with the Simon Says Stamp challenge
    Heather xx

  3. Hi Morgan...this is just so beautiful. I love the image and your papers are gorgeous. Love it.
    Hugs Debbie x

  4. wow this is gorgeous morgan this is made beautifully.
    love your image and the coloring is great.
    also beautiful papers you have used.

    greetings karin

  5. Great work! I love the paper collection you chose, so shabby chic. Thanks so much for joining usvat Simon Says Stamp