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?

Fusion truck bouquet

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

big rose bouquet cut out card

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!

c4c lovin life squares

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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Entered In:

Simon Says Monday Challenge-Layer It

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.

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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.

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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

March 04, 2017

Get Well Soon

So do you have some of those paper? You know the ones, they are so old but you still love them and can’t get rid of them? I have a TON of those papers. I recently saw someone use some old October Afternoon paper and I was totally inspired to use up some of my own stash.

c4c get well soon

This card is for this week’s Crazy 4 Challenges with the theme to be inspired by a book. You could use a book page, characters from a book, use a novel title or quote as inspiration or use book images. I used a book text reproduction but I was still remembering last week’s challenge to use a sentiment as a focal point so I added a large sentiment. The sentiment was cut three times and layered as was the silhouette flower.

Come out and join our challenge! We would love to have you! If you’ve gotten Simon Says Stamp kits for a while you will have To Thine Own Shelf (I Like Big Books) stamp set from September 2014. Lots of paper pads have text or script paper in them or use an old or disused book!

Enjoy, Rebecca

February 26, 2017

Ads Blocking Your View? Pt2

Hi to all my readers. I’m so sorry some of you were bothered by the ads on my site. No one I’ve asked to view my blog locally have had any problems with ads. I’ve checked and I’m not signed up for any ad service. I promise this isn’t my doing! But one reader was kind enough to send me a screen shot of the ads so they were definitely there. (You know who you are, thank you so much!) They were along the sides and bottom of the page though and did not block the text or photos. My hubby is a computer technician; he says if you continue to have issues, perhaps try another browser. Apparently some browsers add advertising to sites that don’t otherwise have any. I think you so much for your continued support. Please do let me know if this isn’t helping.

Thank you, Rebecca

Happy (in) Love

How is everyone enjoying spring? We even have unseasonably warm temps here in Southern Ontario! We should be under 2 feet of snow but instead it’s almost all melted! What!!?? I’m happy but waiting for the other shoe to drop, metaphorically of course. We aren’t expecting precipitation in the form of footwear! {I crack myself up!}

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This week our challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges was to use a sentiment as a focal point. That was pretty easy for me as I have lots of large sentiment dies and stamps. I could have made at least 5 cards besides this one, maybe more! Do you have lots of large sentiments? There are quite a few available now. I recently bought this Love die set from Simon Says Stamp; it really holds it’s own on a card front especially with the shadow die cut underneath. I used several layers of white cardstock painted with gold leaving paint on top of a wood veneer shadow. The tiny hearts were cut from the scraps.

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The hearts inside the banner aren’t dirty like they appear here. They are covered with Wink of Stella clear shimmer pen; mine was going crazy so I got too much on them. When the shimmer bunches up it can overwhelm the  colour beneath. IRL it looks way more shimmery and pretty! So my title might have gotten you curious. I had intended to say Happy in Love but I just couldn’t get the placement and type of letters for ‘in’ quite right so it had to stay the way it is.

Play along with us! Its a fun and easy challenge with simple rules, make a card using the theme and link it up!

Enjoy, Rebecca

February 21, 2017

PTI Anniversary Challenge Cards

This past week and a half, PTI has been highlighting stamp sets from the past 10 years. We were challenged to make one card for each year using one of the 5 featured stamp sets or by CASEing one of the cards shown. I’ve got all 10 here, sorry the photography is uninspired but time was short. (I’ve been trying to work on making my photos more interesting.)

2007

2007 dad

2008

2008 out on a limb

2009

2009 hearts

2010

2010 house

2011

2011 Daily Herald

2012

2012 fashion sense

2013

2013 time

2014

2014 feather

2015

2015 grad

2016

2016 wreath

I’m afraid I don’t have time to list all the details of each card. Please feel free to email me if you’d like to know something specific.

Enjoy, Rebecca

February 15, 2017

Coffee Cup Spinner Card

I LOVE making spinner cards. Some require a lot of detailed and difficult measurements and cuts. They can be worth it but I think the best ones are the simplest. This one requires almost no planning and no measuring!

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All you have to do is cut or die cut 2 symmetrical images or shapes, sandwiching a thin cord or two strands of thread in between using strong adhesive. Next cut a window in the front of your patterned paper. Then layer your patterned paper on your cardstock and die cut the cardstock layer too. Use some temporary adhesive or washi tape to hold it together if you need to but don’t permanently adhere it together. Once the window is die cut, take apart the layers. Again using strong adhesive, lay the thread or cord on the cardstock as shown. Lastly, adhere the patterned paper down.

coffee cup spinner card

Now for the fun part! Before placing the card in the envelope, twist the image around about 6-8 times. Don’t over twist or your thread might pull from the adhesive and get a bit slack. I’m not usually into the little cutesy faces but the paper was adorable so I figured the coffee cup should match!

Enjoy, Rebecca

February 11, 2017

Love is Everything

ETA: the pillow box and tag dies are by Papertrey Ink. The lace die is by Creative Expressions.

Man, I wish I could share all of the fun things I’ve been creating lately! Sadly I can’t publish them because they are destined for the Dirty Dozen Design Team over at Splitcoaststampers. Just so you know I’ve not fallen off the face of the earth with so few posts in the last couple months! Well that and being sick most of January. Plus we are dealing with some family issues right now so I’m sorry but fixing the ads on here will have to wait a bit. I promise, I am aware and I’ll take care of it soon. I hope you will stay with me until then! If you find they block the main text and photo area please send me a screen shot at rebeccacell@gmail.com. TIA Now on to today’s project!…
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Our theme at Crazy 4 Challenges this week is to make a project using food or dining as inspiration AND we had to use red. What? I really think that counts as two challenges don’t you? {Smile}. But hey, that’s not too hard is it? I  made a pillow box with a see through lace window. Cool right?
I bought a set of new dies; one cuts the little lacey window pieces and there are two separate borders. So you can cut it with edge die 1 or 2, neither or both! (I’ve added a photo below). If  you only use the main die you get little tiny windows. That’s how I cut the white base for the pillow box. Out of the red cardstock I cut all three together to get a double edged lace piece. I laid this over the little windows cut in the white piece and adhered it in place. On the back I adhered an acetate sheet to keep in my candies!
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As a last touch, I added a double layer tag using PTI dies stamping them with SSS stamps. I added it to the box with some silver string.
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I hope you find time to create with us this week! This sure is an easy one! When I really looked I had way more food themed products than I would ever have imagined so even if you don’t think you have any, take another look. This month’s SSS kit (I even have mine here in Canada!) has donuts and other sweets so if you subscribe or bought one you area golden! Let’s see what you come up with!
Enjoy, Rebecca

February 07, 2017

Is Advertising Blocking Your View?

I've been recently told that a lot of advertising pops up when you view my site. I'm trying to figure out if this is a problem for anyone else. I have advertising turned off so I don't know why this is happening. Please, PLEASE take the time to leave me a comment describing what you see when you open my page. Or send me a screen shot to rebeccacell@gmail.com. Thank you so much! I looked at the ad info and while I considered turning them on, I decided not to. You can see from the photo, it has a tab for starting advertising (orange button above) which I assume wouldn't show up if I had already signed up. In addition, I do not see any ads when I visit either my mobile site or my desktop one. I look forward to your input!

Winter Kids Card

It’s time for another challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges! One of our member’s daughter is graduating from Vet Tech school so she asked us to make a card with animals on it.

c4c winter seal

I stamped these images on Bristol smooth cardstock. The girl is a separate stamp so I drew in more of the snowy hills and snow dots so she joined the scene. Each part of the image was coloured using my Gansai Tambi water colours. When I painted the sky, I went right over the snow dots. Later I filled them in with a white gel pen. It’s so much easier to do it this way than to try painting around them. I could have used masking fluid but this takes less time because you don’t have to wait for the fluid to dry.

The one kid is coloured with a darker complexion and I just read on Sandy Allnock’s blog that this is Black History Month so she is encouraging us to all colour some people images with different complexions. You can tag images on Instagram with #dailydiversity.

I hope to see your critter card uploaded to the C4C blog. It’s a fun theme and so easy! See you there!

Enjoy, Rebecca

January 28, 2017

Squirrel and Leaves Thank You Card

Welcome to another week at Crazy 4 Challenges! I apologize for missing posting my card here on the blog last week but it was up on the C4C blog so you can take a peek at least week if you wish!

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This week our challenge was to use a squirrel or other small critter on our cards. Apparently  one day last week was Squirrel Appreciation Day or something like that! What!!! Seriously!!??!! That is nuts! (haha yes, pun intended) So I pulled out an older SSS card kit and a stencil and whipped up this card. Um, not!! I am the slowest crafter ever. Between messing up a few times and losing my nut (yep, I lost the first acorn sticker that I pulled from the package), it seemed to take forever!

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For the  background, I chose 2 coordinating shades of yellow and aqua,  brown and copper and set out to sponge my ivory paper.  I randomly added the lightest colours then shaded each section with the deeper colours. At first I intended to only use the copper as an accent over the brown but I though it looked so nice that I added a bit over almost all the other areas to add some warm shimmer. It’s a real shame it doesn’t show up in the photo. The yellow banner was ombre sponged (although it’s hard to see that now with the other stuff on top) then I dried it and clear embossed some small leaf and branch images. For the squirrel’s eye I added a tiny drop of black Enamel Accents. He is popped up with foam dots to help the acorn sit nicely under his paw so it looks like he is holding it.

I hope you can find a squirrel or other small critter in your stash so you can play with us this week! We are always encouraged when you find some time to play along! See you there.

Enjoy, Rebecca

January 25, 2017

Stripes n Roses

This is a very late entry for the PTI Blog Hop today.

pti hop jan 17 black and white pink roses

I used the Sweet Life stamp set and dies for the roses and painted the stripes with Gansai Tambi water colours. These are perfect for bold stripes as they aren’t as transparent as most professional water colours. I used Bristol smooth paper for the first time and I was impressed that it didn’t warp much.

pti jan 17 hop

The label shape dies are by Lifestyle Crafts; the cardstock is also by PTI. I tried writing the sentiment with gold leafing paint with a small brush but I’m much, much better with a dip ink pen. I should have used my gold ink and pen instead. Oh well.

Enjoy, Rebecca