August 15, 2017

Monochromatic Coffee Drinks

Our challenge this week was to make a monochromatic card; you can still use black and white/ivory. I got the new Perfect Blend stamps and dies from Neat & Tangled stamps during their recent sale. This was a perfect time to use them!c4c monochromatic I love getting Frappuccinos at Starbucks. I’m not into coffee but I sure love those! There was a sale on them, half price for a week, I am ashamed to say I had one almost every day!

This card uses some old My Mind’s Eye paper for the base and other layers. The drinks were stamped on X-Press it paper and blended with Copic markers. The straws are a separate piece, I inserted them into the cup die cut by using a craft knife to cut where a real drink lid would be cut and tucked them in. The drink mix inside the cups was coloured with R 81, 83, and 85 markers in a swirly pattern. I was trying to mimic those drinks where they add syrup to the cup first then blend the drink making pretty swirls. I saw Sandy Allnock do this once and it looked fantastic. The layers were cut with Label 55 dies from Spellbinders and the banner was hand cut except for the banner end which was done with Fishtail Banners from Sunny Studio. Believe it or not, I got that pretty lace at the dollar store! It’s a really nice cotton lace.

Monochromatic cards are so fun and easy because so many of the decisions are already made! Hope you can come and join us this week!

Enjoy, Rebecca

August 07, 2017

Bright Summer Fun!

Before I get started with my card, I wanted to mention why I’ve been behind with my promised increase in posts. We were all sick for a couple weeks. Then last Monday, we took my little 5 year old son Teddy to get some fillings done at the dentist. He isn’t able to hold still enough (has ADHD) so we opted to have general anesthetic. After 45 minutes we were surprised to have the anesthetist come out and talk to us. Teddy’s throat closed so badly that he was too unstable to take the breathing tube out. They had to transport him to hospital but we expected once there they would stabilize him quickly and he’d be fine. Nope, they had to get a specialized transport team in from the local children’s hospital and take him to yet another children’s hospital over 2.5 hours away. Turns out his lung collapsed and he ended up in ICU for a day and a half, on antibiotics and in an induced coma to allow the swelling to go down. It was terrifying. Fortunately he is better now and home but it’s been a crazy week. Hopefully I can get caught up on cards I posted to SCS and some book reviews this week!

So, on to the card. Our challenge this week was to make a bright and happy summer card! No problem. As you probably know, summer cards, especially beach ones, are my absolute favourite. I love that we have such a variety of challenges at Crazy 4 Challenges!

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I used papers from a past Simon Card Kit to create this cute night beach scene. I was trying to make the scene appear as if lanterns were being floated through the sky while a couple relaxed on their balcony after a fun day on the water. The images were all pieced from an old Taylored Expressions set called Hanging Out Beach. The flippers and goggles were coated in Glossy Accents to make them appear like shiny, rubbery plastic. The towel stripes, bathing suit stripes and surfboards were all blinged up with a Wink of Stella pen. The sandy layer is real sand paper while the tree trunk, coconuts and sentiment were stamped on real wood veneer paper. A few touches of Copic marker gave the items colour and shading.

One fun touch I added was to carefully bend the blue-green towel using my bone folder until the fibres were softened. That way I could fold it up as if it was tossed aside casually in a lump. If I had folded it, it wouldn’t look as natural or casual. I added foam tape underneath to help support the ‘towel’ when the card is in the mail.

Come on over to our blog to be inspired by our challenge. Then pop back in after you’ve made your project so you can link it up!

Enjoy, Rebecca

July 30, 2017

Orange Kitty Hello

This little kitty is one of my favourite older stamps. This week at Crazy 4 Challenges, we had a colour combo for our inspiration. Use the colours of a tiger, orange, black and white.

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I’m not a huge fan of bright colours so I went with softer versions. And I added a few pastels; they are almost neutrals right? Wink, wink!! :)

The kitty is coloured with Copic markers along with a soft airbrushed background. The circle was die cut with dies from Simon Says Stamp. The sentiment is by Altenew stamped with black Versafine ink. Instead of my usual sequins, I used buttons today. I think they give a really cute homey touch to this adorable card.

If you love orange and black, pop on over to the Crazy 4 Challenges blog!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Entered In: Match the Sketch 187

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July 16, 2017

Celebrate Everyday Moments

I’m so excited to finally show you one of the cards I made for SCS in January.

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I started with this glorious cupcake paper from Bo Bunny. It uses so many of my favourite colours too! Mmmm. I love when pastels are accented with a pop of a bright or darker colour in this case the fuchsia! While not a big fan of black it works perfectly here! The oval die cut which I think is either sponged or airbrushed with a tiny bit of colour, makes a perfect mat for the cake slice inside a cloche! Some gold thread makes the chipboard (Bo Bunny) pop too! I just can’t stop adding gold! I’m so glad that gold is the trend right now and not silver as I definitely prefer the warm shimmer of gold, rose gold and copper!

I added some narrow washi tape above the patterned paper just to help it look more finished then some ribbon and glitter. The pink Distress glitter was adhered (Scor-Tape) to the card right next to the ribbon and trimmed on an angle so it almost appears that the ribbon has a glittered edge. Really Reasonable Ribbon has some awesome deals on the lovely paper flowers I used on this card; their colours compliment the paper perfectly!

Another chipboard piece provides a sentiment I really believe in. My religion doesn’t celebrate holidays or even birthdays so we really have to take advantage of smaller moments to celebrate and enjoy. It certainly makes things less stressful to celebrate a lot of small moments rather than just a few huge ones. A sprinkling of sequins and gems from Lucy’s Cards provides some sparkle and bling to this fun card!

Enjoy, Rebecca

July 15, 2017

Congratulations Wedding Shaker

Shakers are all the rage and I can’t seem to stop making them!! Have you made any yet? If not, you have to try them! They are super fun to both the making and the playing! I keep mine for a couple days before making so my 5 year old son, Teddy, and I can play with them! He’s completely enamoured with all my interactive cards.

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Do you even find you have a piece of patterned paper (My Mind’s Eye-Fancy That) that is so lovely you can’t bear to cut it up? I find that to be true often when a paper has a border or is a full-sheet design rather than a repeating pattern. The gold dots around the edges of this piece were so pretty, I couldn’t bear to cut it small enough for an A2 card so this card is a whopping 6x6”! Yes, you will have to buy oversized envelopes or make them yourself. But I think it’s worth it!

TIP: One way to mail an oversized card without buying or making special envelopes is to wrap it in tissue, add some washi tape, a pretty tag or an embellishment then mail it in a plain white 9x12” envelope cut down to size.

Instead of building from the bottom up to make my shaker, I decided to work from the top down. That way my shaker’s edges are hidden under the gold striped paper. This is an elegant way to create a shaker especially if you find you have trouble getting the layers to align and look neat. My paper was cut with an oval nesting die (Spellbinders) to create a frame for my shaker then the acetate was adhered to the back of the frame. You don’t need as much adhesive for this layer as there won’t be any sequins trying to escape! To make things easier, I used the nesting dies to cut fun foam Strong adhesive was added to the fun foam on both sides. I placed the fun foam on a scrap of a quilt patterned paper then added my sequins. Finally I placed it altogether!

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With so many sequins, all this card needed was a layered black sparkly die cut sentiment (Simon Says Stamp/Wink of Stella) and a silk ribbon (May Arts) bow. I haven’t given this one away yet because I’m still busy playing with it there haven’t been any weddings or anniversaries yet but I hope the happy couple will love this card!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Summer Hello

I can’t believe I waited so long to use this awesome new card kit from Simon Says Stamp. Anything beachy or ocean themed is my favourite! I might even do my own version of 1 kit 10 cards! I’ve got 2 so far!

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I made this card using sketch for this week’s Crazy 4 Challenges. There’s one paper in the kit with a lot of fun borders so I used them for the banners on the sketch. I am kind of allergic to making cards weighted to the right of the card, not sure why, so I moved the focal panel over.

The sentiment was stamped in Distress ink but to get enough coverage I had to stamp it three times. That was enough to make it bleed into the patterned paper which made the sentiment fuzzy. I tried to fix it with a Distress marker but ick, that didn’t look so hot either. Last ditch effort was to try to stamp over the whole mess and emboss the sentiment. I actually like the way the sentiment looks with the green popping out from under the gold.

When you make a card using this sketch, be sure to link it up over at the Crazy 4 Challenges blog!

Enjoy, Rebecca

July 12, 2017

Finally!

It’s been an amazing 6 months but sadly my term at SplitcoastStampers is over. Fun doesn’t even come close to describe my time with the Dirty Girls. The themes were so creative and allowed us so much free rein to come up with truly awesome creations! Now that my term is up, I am free to blog my cards!

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This box was absolutely one of my favourite creations. It seems anytime that I work with Maggie Holmes products from Crate Paper, I make something I REALLY love! The box was plain so I covered it with some 12x12 paper from the Bloom collection. Everything else except the ribbon, buttons, sequins and sentiment are from one Maggie H collection or another. Layering all of these beautiful embellies made me so happy! I can’t wait until a friend or family member has a baby so I can give a sweet little gift in there.

I will be coming back later in the week with some more cards and a book review (or two!). I have boys and they really aren’t into the crafts I do. But I’ve been contacted by a publisher and given some books to review for free. While I was given the books, I was not required to review them favourably or otherwise, and everything I write is my unbiased opinion.

Enjoy, Rebecca

July 11, 2017

Paris Sending Hugs Card

It’s time for another Crazy 4 Challenges card! This week we were challenged to make a card using a travel destination, any city, country or place.

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Of course, my romantic, shabby chic and summer-loving self immediately thought of the beach and Paris. Hard to chose but Paris won as I hadn’t made a shabby card in a while. It’s pretty hard for me to make one without tons of dimensional flowers but using Webster’s Pages paper helps a lot as the paper already has many shabby elements on it.

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Do you know what colour the Eiffel Tower is? I thought it was silver/raw metal colour but actually it is painted three shades of bronze. The bottom is the darkest and the top is the lightest. Apparently this enhances the look against the sky. When I found that out, I tried to mimic this in my die cut (Hero Arts). I added silver distress stain to the top and copper to the bottom leaving the center plain. Then I added bronze over top hoping the colours below would blend with the bronze on top. It didn’t work as I had to add too many colours of stain to get a solid look but it’s still pretty!

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I added some stamping, the clock, flourish on the left, the birds at the top and bits of script and postmarks. On the background paper I added gold crackle paste through a doily stencil. I hope you like how this turned out! I kinda love it! We would love to have you join us this week. Any destination, maybe your dream vacation? :)

Enjoy, Rebecca

July 01, 2017

Safari Stuffed Animal Baby Gifts

I know, that’s an odd title right? Our challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges this week was to be inspired by something in a park. I like to think outside the box on these challenges sometimes so I went past the typical neighbourhood park like the ones around my house. Then I thought about a safari park. And the stamp set I only used once, Wild Cuddly Critters!

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This card is mostly one layer. I was going to tie some ribbon around the card below the sentiment but the outside had to stay pretty plain because of how I decorated the inside…

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So cute right? I wanted it to look like a baby room but still allow the critters to  take center stage. So I stamped the furniture in kraft so it faded into the background. Did you notice how I made them look like gifts? The giraffe has a bow, the elephant a tag and the lion is sitting in crumpled tissue like he came out of a gift bag. The patterned paper was added as a rug and that’s where I will add my message.

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I know there are many dies out there that allow you to make pop up cards, I even have some. But it’s also pretty easy to make some small tabs to create a pop up without any dies! It also means you don’t have to use two layers to make your card because there are no cuts through to the front of your card base.

Is this a long weekend for you? If so, you have some more time to play along this weekend! Hope you will join us!

Enjoy, Rebecca

June 30, 2017

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

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Welcome to my entry for this season’s Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop. As usual, I went for a shabby theme this time.

sum 17 coffee lovers (2)I started by choosing a paper pack, the Bloom collection by Maggie Holmes from Crate Paper. She is one of my favourite designers EVER! The gorgeous paper I used for the background has been calling my name for along time but it is VERY busy! So I spread some gesso over the middle 3/4 of the paper. Some of the pattern shows through but not all. Over that I added some light embossing paste through a Prima stencil. They make the best shabby embellishments EVER! I added glitter and embossing powder to the paste. That’s the gold roses you see in the background.

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Next I layered a bunch of embellishments and my focal tea cup and saucer (Altenew). Most of the paper pieces are Maggie Holmes embellies, the trims are from my stash, the washi is from Recollections. I hand calligraphed the sentiment with Dr Ph Martins iridescent ink. Last I added a bit of shimmer with a Wink of Stella pen and some gems from Lucy’s Little Things.

Enjoy, Rebecca

June 17, 2017

Critter Stack!

This week our challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges is a sketch! My favourite! This one is tall and skinny (but you can alter it if you wish) so I pulled out my favourite stamp for this shape of card.

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Super cute critters right? I have no idea what the real name of the stamp is as it was purchased over 10 years ago! You could Google the company Eat Cake Graphics though if you are interested. I used my new Simon Says Stamp barely beige ink so I could do some no line colouring. The cow didn’t work out that great because 2 of my markers needed their nibs cleaned. It causes weird shiny spots and prevents the ink from blending well. I really loved how the chicken and sheep turned out though. I was looking hard for a sentiment to use; when I saw this one it made me laugh out loud. These critters are sure fighting (and maybe losing) a hard battle to stay stacked up!

I hope you will join us for this sketch. Look forward to seeing you there over at the blog!

Enjoy, Rebecca

June 07, 2017

Beachy Cake Box

Hi! I have a beautiful cake box video up on SplitcoastStampers today! You can see it by visiting this link. Cake Box SCS.

Here is a sneak peak! Go check it out!

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Thanks for visiting and have an awesome crafty day!

Rebecca

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat Retirement Card

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat! Can you repeat that please? That’s the theme of the week at Crazy 4 Challenges! You can repeat any shape, die cut, embellie, image or sentiment as long as you repeat something at least 3 times!

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Hubby is constantly needing retirement cards, mostly for men, at work. So this was the perfect opportunity to repeat some images! The banner at the bottom was repeatedly stamped with Happy Retirement (PTI) on some old Basic Grey paper. It’s a great way to use a smaller sentiment as the repetition allows the sentiment to stand out and adds emphasis. The focal image is stamped on watercolour paper and watercoloured with my hodge podge of professional paints. (many different brands)

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I love how both the sky and water fade out towards the bottom! For the foam of the ocean near the boat, I layered my watercolouring. Each layer made the water darker, I started out with a pale wash, but I made sure to vary the top edge. Click on the photo to see it larger. It then gives the illusion of the texture of the water as the boat moves through it. A touch of gel pen helped to add more white to the white caps. If you look carefully at the sails, you will see I added the shadows of the rigging. It seemed like a nice touch to add. It isn’t perfect as I would have liked; I faded out the shadows of sails (on the other sails) when they should be crisp lines but oh well.

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I also used repetition on the background, stamping the captain’s wheel, a companion image to the sailboat, over and over in a ‘random’ pattern. It’s not truly random, start at one corner and stamp in triangles, not straight lines, but it looks random-ish when you are done. This is an awesome and fun challenge. Pop on over to the C4C blog for more inspiration on this theme! Hope you can join us this week!

Coming soon! Crafty Book Reviews and a fun unboxing video! It’s a secret but it’s super trendy and super cute!

Also I will soon be able to reveal 6 yes SIX months worth of cards made for the SplitcoastStampers Dirty Dozen Design Team. I’ve barely been blogging the last 6 months and I’m so thankful for your patience and perseverance. I can’t believe it’s almost over and it was a blast! There are a lot of cards I’m really proud of over there!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Flip Flops and Sunshine!

(ETA: Sorry this is late. Don’t you hate it when a scheduled post doesn’t post???) (ETA 2: See tip at the bottom for some exciting Copic info!!)

This week for Crazy 4 Challenges, we were asked to make a card with a summer destination theme! Yeah, I could make summer cards all year round (and sometimes I do!!!) BEACH BABY!Yeah!

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I recently got some new dies from Echo Park including this lovely retro swimsuit and flamingo! Aren’t they so fun! I also won a $20 gift certificate to Avery Elle and after much difficult decision making (have you seen their website?? It’s da bomb dot com!!) and throwing a few extra bucks into the mix, I came away with some amazing products including the sweet Bunting stamps and dies!

The background paper is from Summer Dreams also by Echo Park. This paper is so pretty I decided to make an oversized card (4.5x5.75” I think) so maximize it’s gorgeousness. Around the edges I used a tracing wheel and a gel pen to create some faux stitching. If you’ve never seen one, it looks like this…

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You can get them at any sewing store but they do come smooth too, for finer, thinner fabrics, so be careful which one you buy. I’ve also got one with less defined teeth and they won’t pierce paper so check the ones you see and get the wickedest looking teeth you can get! Use a foam mat under the paper and when you are done, you can sew by hand if you wish or just trace the line with a gel pen! If you prefer zigzags, just run a second line of holes next to the first and connect them with a ziggy line!

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Isn’t that banner so cute!? The die set comes with a super fine ‘string’ for hanging all of the cute bunting bits. I glued my twine to it to get a really nice arc in it. The circle die cut is Triple Tear from Spellbinders which I sponged with some matching inks. Well, actually I inked first and cut second! The flamingo, glasses and swimsuit are all sponged lightly along their edges to help them stand out more. For the wing, I used the negative die cut as a stencil! It was the perfect shape!

The legs and beak were coloured with Copics. This busy mama ain’t got no time for cutting in multiple colours when I can help it! Ditto for the glasses, that’s turquoise paper under the dark brown lenses (I know, it looks black). I even did that with the word panels. I’d planned to piece in some coloured cardstock but when the die didn’t cut all the way through, I just decided to carefully ink the letters with a Copic marker. Worked out really well and it was faster too! No piecing those tiny letters and especially the even tinier centers of some letters! At the end, I added a bit of white gel pen on the flamingo and sunglasses. Swimsuits aren’t very shiny so I left the gel pen off. A couple of matching sequins and I was all set for the beach!

TIP: Did you guys know that Copic just came out with a fine tip nib for the Sketch marker? I KNOW RIGHT??? I bought 5 packs (of 3) that very same day! Get them at Imagination International. The email I got said supply was limited so hurry on over!

I hope you can play along with the challenge this week at Crazy 4 Challenges. When a lot of people play it just makes all our hard work seem worthwhile! Come on over and join!

Enjoy, Rebecca

May 20, 2017

Fancy Party Dress Celebrate

Do you ever play sketch challenges? I’m a huge fan; there is so much you can do with them compared to other challenges! And I always get a chance to use any new products I have!

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These stamps and dies from Hero Arts were part of the April kit. I just love all of the mix and match clothes and accessories. I’d only played with a few of the stamps before and hadn’t actually made a card with them yet. The black cardstock frame was sprayed with a clear glitter mist. The white focal panel was inset into the frame. I die cut the left edge of the card so it would match my die cut border. This scrollwork border comes as part of a set with a plain border die and some other different borders. So it was easy to get the card edge to match. The card base is pink so I allowed a portion of it to show along the left edge. Last I added some details: flowers, sequins and gems along with some Wink of Stella on the top and skirt.

Come on over and play with us this week at Crazy 4 Challenges!

Enjoy, Rebecca

May 13, 2017

Crazy 4 Challenges Cards

I’m afraid I dropped the ball last week when it came to posting my card for Crazy 4 Challenges! I went to a Copic class Friday and Saturday. I had an amazing time; a huge Thank You and lots of Hugs to Cindy Lawrence! But I hadn’t slept well before and during so I was exhausted which made me forget to post! Sorry about that! So today I have both cards to show you!

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First up, this week’s challenge which was to use green! I used Mint Julep with a vellum overlay for the leaves and aqua mist for the card base. The sentiment is a mix between Vintage Jadeite and Hawaiian Shores.

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I tried adding some flowers but it just didn’t look right. Sometimes you need to know where to quit! The Nuvo drops are the loveliest pale aqua called Duck Egg Blue. So subtle but perfect for this soft card.

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For last week’s challenge I made this card with No Line Colouring on it. I guess I had Copic on the brain before my course! Even better I was able to get an expert opinion from Cindy! Very helpful as I don’t do a lot of no line colouring. (A bit more shading on the left side of the coat and hat. The challenge was to make a Thank You card because it was Nurse’s Day, this month’s hostess is a nurse (so am I by the way), but I decided instead to make a nurse-themed card! I have way too many thank you cards in my stash already. It’s a good thing I make quite a few cards with no sentiment; so much more versatile that way.

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This week is perfect for you to join our challenge right? The world is starting to get pretty green around here, finally, so make something green! Haul out those leaves, trees and froggies!

Enjoy, Rebecca

April 29, 2017

Vintage Music Card

It was super exciting to see this week’s challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges! I love music and have a friend who will love this card.

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The background is a dark grey with translucent embossing paste stenciled on it. I also added some stamping on it with black ink. Gorgeous papers right?  From a Theresa Collins pack called Summer Stories.

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This is for Crazy 4 Challenges but I’m also entering it in a couple more challenges. Mojo Monday and Simon Says Stamp are both faves of mine. I hope you can play with us this week. Did you know we pretty much have no rules? You can make any type of project, join as many other challenges as you want and no follow or commenting rules. We do love comments though!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Entered in: Mojo  Monday sketch, Simon Says Stamp Monday-Use Numbers, Sister hood of Crafters-Letter B [blush, blossoms and bling]

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April 25, 2017

Big Rose Bouquet

I was very inspired by last week’s Fusion challenge. The flowers are so beautiful don’t you agree?

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My card uses three sets, from Altenew and PTI, to create my own version of the bouquet.

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Even though I obviously wasn’t able to create nearly as many flowers as in the bouquet, I tried to recreate the colours found in the bouquet. It’s funny, I rarely try to recreate an inspiration photo but this time I just wanted to try it. The silver that you see at the top is actually the inside of the card. The card base is white but I added a Soft Stone full sized panel inside. It didn’t seem to have enough contrast with the card base so I sponged on some silver ink.

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The sparkle from the silver ink was just enough to make this card pop. The colours in this photo are much more like it looks in real life. For some reason the other photo is much more faded looking. Maybe because I forgot my lens hood?

Enjoy, Rebecca

Entered in: Fusion Challenge

April 22, 2017

Tea Cup

This week we were challenged to make a tea or coffee themed card. I love making tea cards; I had quite a few stamp sets and papers I could use. But I finally decided on this tea set from Altenew for our Crazy 4 Challenges blog post.

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I embossed this stamp set with platinum embossing powder on Prima paper then hand cut it. I used Copic markers to shade it for some depth. The tag was stamped with Tiny Tags by PTI; I just got it, so cute! The rest is pretty simple; some patterned paper, die cut leaves and frame, flowers and sequins.

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I hope you get a chance to play along with us at Crazy 4 Challenges. We have such fun themes don’t you think?

Enjoy, Rebecca

April 19, 2017

Having Fun and Lovin’ Life!

I was super busy working on some more design team work on Friday when I made this card. So I went super simple but it was fun to use some paper from an old card kit from Simon Says Stamp. I’ve gotta use them up because I swear they are having babies they seem to multiply so fast!

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I love it when a paper collection includes what I call ‘cut apart sheets’. You know the ones with the little squares on them that are meant to be separated into pieces and used as journaling cards, titles or accents? This pad included an entire sheet of these small squares. I chose three for this card. I thought it might make a good encouragement card (not for something really serious of course) or even just to say Hi!

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I used the sketch for Crazy 4 Challenges for this card. Every month we do a sketch from one of our members on the third week. It’s a fabulous sketch full of possibilities; to see some of them head on over to our blog! Whether you are bursting with ideas or have only one, be sure to play along with us by making a card or project and linking it up!

Enjoy, Rebecca

April 08, 2017

Penguin Wobble & Shaker Card

You know how a duck seems so still above the water but is paddling like mad underneath? That’s how I feel lately! I’ve been working really hard on cards for the SplitcoastStampers Dirty Dozen but I can’t show them here yet. I can’t wait until I can! (Want to see them now? Sign up today!) My blog totally doesn’t reflect all the work I’ve done and cards I’ve made! I haven’t forgotten about all you faithful readers! I promise!

Today however, I have a cute card for you for Crazy 4 Challenges. Our theme is zoo animals or just animals in general if you don’t have any wild ones.

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This is a super fun, double interactive card! The penguin looks slightly distorted because he is perched atop a Wobble Spring! This one for some reason seems to angle upwards with the head close to the card base and the bottom up in the air! (maybe I played with it a little too much??? hee hee!!!) The ice floe was hand drawn, I don’t have a stamp to use for it but I think it turned out ok!

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Who says you have to stop with just one fun thing to play with on your card? I added a shaker to this card as well! It’s even a double sided shaker. What you see through the window is the inside of the card. To make it look finished inside, I added a reverse ice floe behind the one on the front. I just traced the first one flipped over and drew in the interior lines. When I write a message I’ll use the inside ice floe and the mirrored space next to it (where you would usually write your message) and just be careful that my writing doesn’t go into the shaker area. But my 5 yo insisted and I make him a card (he made me one) so this may be appropriated well before I have a chance to send it to anyone else.

The shaker is full of snowflakes, blue and silver sequins, tiny silver confetti and some clear gems that to me look like ice PLUS a couple of penguin friends for my wobble penguin! I hope you had fun seeing my card! Do you have time to play along with us this week! I sure hope so because this was so fun! (Have I said it enough?? Fun Fun FUN!!!) If you get the SSS card kit, this penguin was in this month’s kit along with some other adorable WILD!! critters!

Enjoy, Rebecca

April 01, 2017

Rainbow Hugs!

Sounds pretty good right although I can’t exactly picture what that would look like. Oh I know, like this…

c4c rainbow hugs shaker

Our challenge today at Crazy 4 Challenges was to use rainbows! Or just use a lot of colours. When I read that, I thought of my youngest 2 son’s kindergarten teacher. Did I ever tell you about her? I once asked her what her favourite colour was as I planned to make her a bracelet for a gift. (I didn’t tell her why though.) She told me it was rainbows! Isn’t that the cutest thing ever? So perfect for her job right? Anyway, this may be her end of the year card instead of a traditional teacher card. I’m sure they get so bored of those. BTW, she loves the bracelet I made her with rainbow crystals and it’s her favourite still, 5 years later!

I used  Becca Feeken die by Spellbinders for the main shaker area. Doesn’t it cut out a lovely cathedral-like window? I have lots of plans for this die. I love that it comes as just the cutouts because that gives so much more versatility for anyone with circle dies. You can leave it as is or cut it out to make a medallion or even cut it out with a fancy circle or square die. The set comes with a fancy square die to cut it out too.

The background is blended with various Distress and PTI inks to make a soft pastel rainbow. The card base is stamped with PTI Newsprint stamps again in rainbow colours. It’s a bit hard to see with all of the sequins but it helps fill in the background a bit. I used sequins from Lucy’s Little Things, the dollar store and Etsy. I probably pulled from 8 or more of my little storage bins! This would be a great way to use up some odd sequins.

I hope you can come by and play along with our team. We have quite a few new members who would love a welcome and now there is a ton more inspiration for you to enjoy!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Spring 2017 Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

I am just under the wire for posting this! I love making cards for this bloghop that is held once each season, 4 times per year.

coffee lovers spring

I’ve been doing way too many CAS cards lately for my shabby loving heart to be satisfied. So lately I’ve been working my way back to bows, flowers and fancy die cuts.

coffee possible spring hop 17

Isn’t this totally me? I paper pieced the cups using the Simon Says Coffee and Tea stamp set. The lids are Copic coloured to help them match the cups and labels. I added some coloured leaves, flowers, a couple of wood embellies and a little shaped paper clip. Some twine and a sentiment stamped in cute colours (thank you Mme. MISTI) completes this shabby card. Oh and I tucked in an epoxy brad too. It was a bit aged from the sun (I have tons of light in my craft room) but since I was using vintage papers with ivory undertones, it all worked out just fine.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Entered In: Coffee Lovers Bloghop

March 26, 2017

Layered Violette Card

It’s been a while since I made a truly shabby card dripping with mixed media and vintage-y goodness. So I took some time between design team gigs to make this fun card using a new-to-me JustRite stamp set.

layered violette card

To start, I used a palette knife to spread three colours of paint on the background. Then I mixed up some custom modeling paste with a dye reinker applying it with a Tim Holtz stencil. When that was dry, I added more stenciling, the letters, with just normal paste then applied gold embossing powder and heat set it. It will bubble a lot but in the end it looks really dimensional and interesting. If you want a smoother result, let the paste dry on its own, then heat set the powder.

layered violette card2

Then I started to layer all kinds of fun bits and bobs. The colouring (Prismacolor) was already done another day so I just had to die cut the Voilette panel and add some glass glitter to the edges. It took a while to decide where everything was going to go, I kept adding more then laying the panel on top, then I would take it off and level all the layers out with pieces of fun foam.

layered violette card3

To finish this card off, I added some brads, flowers and ribbon. I especially love how the metallic and glitter washi tapes look peeking out here and there. The gold straw is also a favourite. I took a blue and white flowered straw and painted it with gold leafing paint!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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March 25, 2017

Rustic Elegance Bracelet and Earrings Set

Welcome to my blog! I’m so glad you came by to see what I made for this year’s Bead Hoarders Blog Hop! My generous partner Terri sent me a lovely bead she had hoarded and some pieces she made.

green n peach set

With her permission, I decided to use one of the beautiful pieces she made for the bracelet and two beautiful drops for the earrings. Isn’t the ceramic roses bracelet piece lovely? I added it to some sari silk in gold. I wrapped it twice, once with the roses piece along with a couple of crystals and next with a piece of chain sewn to the silk. From the chain hangs some antique bronze/gold findings and some more crystals. I wear it so the dangles hang down over my hand. I added the charm to help weigh down the clasp so the bracelet doesn’t flip upside down. Its fun to add a little something extra anyway.

green n peach set2

The earrings are pretty simple but I love the simplicity of them. I don’t post jewelry very often but if you are interested in seeing the odd piece and some lovely cards I make on a regular basis, please subscribe! If you like what you see, let me know!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Shabby Frame Floral Card

This week at Crazy 4 Challenges we were asked to make an owl card or if you don’t have any owl images, use any bird.

shabby pink floral frame

I dug out this VERY old Basic Grey paper that I ADORE! The pack has the lovely name, Porcelain. This particular sheet features tons of birdcages and birds. I had to work hard to not cover too much of the paper. The frame is a Spellbinders Label 55 with an oval cut out and a border die with sponging to show off the tiny sweet hearts. The leafy die is by PTI. I tucked in a few bits of seam binding ribbon and added a charm.

I hope you will play along this week! You may find birds hiding out in interesting places if you look hard in various different stamp sets.

Enjoy, Rebecca

March 15, 2017

Papertrey Ink 10th Anniversary Projects

This year is the 10th Anniversary for PTI. They’ve had various challenges this week and I’ve played along with a few of them.

10 ann set

Here’s a photo of them all. I started with the card and decided to keep the colour scheme the same throughout.

10 ann card

The challenge for the card was to repeat images or die cuts. I used the tiny images from Bitty Baby Blessings. Can I just tell you how much I love the new colour, Pale Peony? It’s so lovely! My new fave colour!!

10 ann birdhouse

Another challenge was to make a bird house based on a template Nichole made a few years ago. Mine is pretty basic but I did add a cute little perch and a nest inside made of thin strips of a paper bag. There are even a couple tiny eggs inside! The bird and branch are from Spring Woods.

10 ann package

I made this little package tag using a PTI die cut and some crepe paper. The challenge was to be inspired by some packaging by Rebecca Luminarias. She had a tag with similar scrunched crepe paper.

10 ann coaster

My last project was a felt coaster. The challenge was to be inspired by some felt projects on the blog. There was a sweet aqua mist coaster on there and I used it as inspiration. I don’t have any stitching dies so I just hand-stitched it all.

Enjoy, Rebecca