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Shabby Chic Gift Ideas – A Pretty Floral Frame.

Hello & Welcome to my post this month. I thought I’d steer clear of anything ‘festive’ just in case you’ve had enough already!!! However, this project would make a lovely gift for someone who loves all things ‘Shabby Chic’ & it gave me a chance to ‘play’ with this stunningly pretty collection & to use the latest USB which compliments the kit so well.

You will need: the cardboard backing from an old 8×8 Paper Pad, Shabby Chic Collection, Inspired Illustrations USB, thick card, Peeled Paint & Worn Lipstick Distress Inks, Crystal Stickles, Ballerina Liquid Pearls, glue & Candi Fix Foam Pads.


wp_20161025_12_56_58_proCut around the inside of the circular aperture & flowers.

wp_20161025_15_37_42_proInk around the edges of the paper & use a ball tool to shape the flowers.

wp_20161025_15_39_48_proCut a 12cm x 20cm piece of paper, scrunch it up to create the distressed look, then sand over it lightly to enhance the creases. Glue it to the cardboard where it will show behind the aperture.

wp_20161025_15_42_13_proGlue the paper with the aperture on top, making sure that the flowers are left to stand away from the base.

wp_20161025_16_03_17_proCut another piece of the striped paper to measure 5cm x 20cm, glue to the top & ink along the bottom edge.  Choose one of the circular toppers, ink all around the edge & glue in place in the centre of the aperture.

wp_20161025_16_04_04_proUsing the USB, I printed directly onto the patterned paper – 2 of the green & 2 of the pink. The rose illustration is Botanical Individual No.31 which was printed using the custom fit, half page & not fit to frame.

wp_20161025_16_24_28_proCarefully cut around one of the green images & glue into place. Then decoupage a few of the leaves from the other green sheet using the foam pads & repeat with the pink sheets.

wp_20161025_16_55_05_proAdd your choice of sentiments, inking around the edges & using the foam pads to add depth.

wp_20161025_17_28_06_proComplete the composition by making a selection of the die-cut flowers to add to the corners. To make the 4 small leaves, cut 4 of the green petals from one of the flowers, shape & glue into place. Add stickles & liquid pearls to embellish, then leave to dry completely.

wp_20161026_12_05_09_pro-1To create the stands for the frame cut 4 shapes from strong card measuring 10cm x 10cm with a curve 2cm away from the top left & bottom right corners as shown. Score 1cm down the left side.

wp_20161026_12_08_11_pro-1Stick 2 together to create 1 stand. Where you scored will attach to the back of the frame. Cover the stands in co-ordinating paper to give a nice finish.

wp_20161026_15_34_32_pro-1When the frame is dry, glue some paper to the back & attach the stands, this will give it a lovely finish & complete the project to a professional standard.

wp_20161113_15_55_54_pro-1Your project is complete & if you can part with it, will make a great gift for someone special.

I really do hope that you will try this, & of course, it would work with so many of the other collections too.

So, until next time,

Take Care & Happy Crafting,






  1. Lisa Shaw

    24th November 2016 - 1:13 pm

    What a wonderful project, Phillipa. Lots of tips and hints to also turn this into a stunning special card.
    Thanks for your inspiration!

    • phillipalewis

      24th December 2016 - 6:37 pm

      Thank You so much Lisa xxx

  2. Angie

    24th November 2016 - 10:50 pm

    Stunning Phillippa. Xx

    • phillipalewis

      24th December 2016 - 6:38 pm

      Thank You Angie xxx

  3. Sue Smith

    25th November 2016 - 9:42 am

    Nice one Phillipa! Love all your step by step photos! xXx

    • phillipalewis

      24th December 2016 - 6:38 pm

      Thank You Sue, much appreciated xxx

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