Leave the other Images Alone

Ok, so that’s a weird title. Allow me to explain! This week at Crazy 4 Challenges we were asked to make a card using only images of leaves. Get it? Leave the other images? I’m so punny!

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I started out very well, doing the ‘only leaves’ thing. Nuvo glitter paste through a leaves stencil by PTI then a shimmery vellum leaf die cut by Simon Says Stamp. But I needed a focal point so I had to go with flowers. I’ve hoarded these Prima flowers for the longest time, do you ever do that? Hoard your prettiest embellishments? I’m very guilty!

I accidentally dropped a big blob of glue on the far right edge of my card so I had to trim it. I could have just trimmed the card base down the same amount but why not use my mistake as an embellishment opportunity? I added a sequin to cover the remaining glue and when I added the card base, I covered the white edge that would otherwise show with silver glitter paper (exactly like the Tim Holtz glitter papers) from the dollar store! A huge roll for far less than the TH version! Score!!

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The small banner was a freebie from Winnie & Walter (another SCORE!) which I die cut from some Co’ordinations cardstock. It was partially die cut so I could make it a wee bit longer. If you aren’t familiar with partial die cutting, I only die cut the banner end and the sides of the die by placing it between my plates with the small straight end outside the plates. It didn’t cut so I could hand cut it making the die cut longer. You can also make a die cut longer by lining up the die with the end where you want it and sending it through your die cutter again, this time leaving the banner end outside the plates. But because my edges were straight, I didn’t bother.

The sentiment is by Simon Says from the Sketched Flowers set. I ADORE the calligraphy font used for the sentiments! I will use them constantly, far more than the flowers. The ink bled on the paper the first time I stamped it so I had to die cut another banner and try again. This time I warmed up the paper before stamping and heat set it after. Sadly I managed to melt/warp my MISTI mousepad at the same time. What a dumbnut huh? Oh well. That’s my life!

Pop on over to the Crazy 4 Challenges blog this week to see our Design Team’s inspiration and after you make a leafy card, come on back to enter the challenge!

Enjoy, Rebecca

 

 

Shabby Chic Pumpkin Patch

Funny thing, how coincidences pop up in life. I’ve been working on some shabby chic fall foam pumpkins for the last couple of weeks. Then I see the photo inspiration for The Card Concept 100! How perfect!

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But my pumpkins aren’t done AND it’s a card challenge so I made this little beauty. I wanted to use patterned paper and the only stamps I have are solid so I used my phone as a light table and traced some pumpkin graphics. Then I used graphite paper to transfer the images on to the papers I wanted to use. If you decide to ever use graphite paper, use a gentle hand, especially on lighter papers. The package says to erase it with a white eraser but it is very hard to erase; much, much more so than a regular pencil. I added Copic shading and erased the lines that I could. Then I had fun decorating them in a super pretty shabby way.

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The pumpkin in the back is covered with gold Liquid Pearls, then I added pearls and flowers. The tan pumpkin has gold Distress Stickles and again, a little flower and pearls. The pink pumpkin in the front has a single flower and a strip of pearls. But it isn’t just the focal point that was treated with gold and glitter. It took me a while to get the background just the way I wanted it. I started with a light card base and a white die cut. But the pumpkins looked too rustic for that combination. I cut another die cut from a green patterned paper and tried a linen card base. No, still not right. Last I tried this pretty floral paper for the die cut and kraft for the card base. Finally the right look!

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But the background wasn’t fancy enough for the rest of the card. So I added some gold acrylic paint dry brushing on the kraft cardstock. I also did a test piece to see if  I liked the effect of adding a woodgrain texture. Yep, even prettier. So I added that and put the card together. After seeing the gold glitter on the pumpkin next to the kraft card base, I needed more glitter. I added some gold Stickles, not the distress kind this time, to the card base using my finger to spread it lightly. A LOT of glitter stuck to my finger so I tried some little silicone polymer clay shaping tools I bought a few months ago. Bingo! The perfect spread and none on my finger! For a final touch I added a sentiment from the Hero Arts fall kit from last year although I did straighten out the curve in it and embossed it in gold powder.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Entering In:

The Card Concept 100

Polar Bear Hugs – Wait, aren’t Polar Bears White?

I finally broke down and did it. I made a winter card! I tend to avoid winter cards until it’s well into winter but since we got snow, real stay-on-the-ground snow two days ago, I was inspired to make this card.

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The polar bears are stamps by Hero Arts stamped on Arches rough paper; I used the same paper for the background. So I have a story about polar bears and what colour they are. Did you know that polar bear fur isn’t white; it isn’t actually a colour at all. It’s clear and hollow. So any colour you see, is reflected light, or dirt. My dentist is an amazing photographer and he’s been to many places to take pictures of animals. He has a coffee table book in his office of each trip. One, of course, is of his trip to photograph polar bears. They look pretty yellow-ish brown in most of his photos. So I tried to copy the colours from his photos.

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The sky gave me some problems. I was trying desperately to portray an aurora borealis but it’s harder than I thought. This was my third attempt but I finally converted it to a galaxy background. I cut the hugs dies from Simon Says Stamp from silver mirrored cardstock and vellum. They look black here but if you look at the edges you can see they are silver. The little hearts dies are from SSS too, also cut from silver paper. The sentiment is from the same polar bear stamp set. I’ve tried many products to add snow/stars to watercolour backgrounds. I found this time that slightly diluted Copic opaque white gave me the perfect tiny droplets that stayed white after drying. I’ve used white acrylic paint and white gouache as well as silver and white watercolour paints. This definitely gave me the best results.

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Enjoy, Rebecca

Entering In:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Starry Night

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Animal Antics

 

 

A Quick Update

Thank you to everyone who transferred their subscription from Eclectic Endeavours. I’m excited to bring you the fall décor I promised last week. Many layers of paint have been applied to pumpkins both glass and foam, all from the dollar store. I will be finishing them early this week and I can’t wait to show you!

While I have you here, can you do me a big favour? I’d love it if you’d pass my blog address along to your crafty friends. You’ll find all of the cards I showed at Eclectic Endeavours plus so much more!

Thanks in advance, Rebecca

Cancer Awareness Card

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! At Crazy 4 Challenges this week the theme was to make an awareness, support or hope card. I had a very amazing friend who passed away from breast cancer that metastasized to her brain. I wish I had been making cards back then because she would have been on of the most appreciative people I’ve ever given a card. I think of her often and miss her.

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The background was stamped with a text stamp from Taylored Expressions. I used Pink Peony ink from PTI for the stamping. The ‘hope’ sentiment is by a.muse studio which I stamped in Berry Sorbet on ivory paper and cut out by hand. The ‘doily’ is a die cut using multiple Spellbinders’ dies that are made to work together. I cut the outer die then stacked the inner layers together and embossed them. It really makes for a gorgeous die cut. If you cut all the layers instead of embossing them, you get a bunch of circle frames with lots of beautiful details.

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This layout is one I use a lot. It’s extremely versatile especially if you  like to add lots of small details. But you can replace the whole cluster of flowers etc with a single focal image and it still looks great. The die cut is by Lifestyle Crafts (which was bought out by WRMK I think) which I accented with Copic markers to make it look more like a real ribbon. I could have, and have previously used, actual ribbon but since I already had ribbon on the page, I went with the die cut. The flowers all came from Really Reasonable Ribbon, they have quite the selection now!

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To finish the card, I added epoxy dots and a couple of pearls. If you have a moment, pop on over to the C4C blog and see the inspiration the team has for you this week!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Love for a Lifetime Card

Those of you who are new to my blog may not know that I’m on the Crazy 4 Challenges design team. We post a new challenge every week so I encourage you to pop on over and join us! Our challenges can be anything from colour and sketch challenges to inspiration photos and themes. This week we had a wide open theme to simply make a card for World Card Making Day! Super easy right?

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I made my card to also satisfy The Paper Players Tic Tac Toe challenge #412. The column I chose included the prompts Green, Any Embossing and sequins/glitter. Sadly and typically, I missed linking up to the challenge in time. Oh well, {insert loud sigh here}. The background was stamped with the Simon Says Stamp Modern Rose Bloom with embossing ink and heat set with white pearl embossing powder. The leaves were cut with a SSS die out of some sheer vellum. I like this particular vellum (sorry it’s really old so I don’t have a manufacturer) because it is so sheer. Two layers filled in a bit more space and looked elegant too.

I went with a simple die cut sentiment to finish the card. The stamps and dies are by PTI; I stamped it in embossing ink and added Gold Perfect Pearls mica powder which sticks to the ink. Don’t forget to add a mist of water to any Perfect Pearls you use as that helps activate the gum Arabic which is in the powder. I cut up some foam adhesive into thin strips and added it to the back of the die cut. I covered every surface so it would help hold the vellum down. To anchor the remaining leaves, I added some sequins placing my adhesive behind them so it would be hidden. Any time you use vellum, it takes some creativity to hide the adhesive. I never use any kind of vellum adhesive, or any other adhesive for that matter, as it always shows at least a bit. It drives me crazy if any shows.

Don’t forget to join us over at the C4C blog! I’d love to see you there!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Baby Love Card

I could make baby cards all day long! Everyday! They are my absolute favourite. However, I don’t know anyone who is preggy or is planning on having a baby anytime soon. So reluctantly I don’t make too many baby cards; my stash is already full! But when a challenge comes along, I just have to make one anyway!

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I used some My Mind’s Eye papers for this card, they weren’t baby themed, they just happened to include the colours I wanted to use. I cut the baby word with a die from Winnie & Walter from Ellen Hutson Craft-a-Board (CAB) twice, glued them together then covered it in patterned paper. I did the same with the Simon Says Stamp love die, though I only used one layer of CAB and I shaded the yellow paper with Distress ink so it was a shade darker than same paper which I used on the base. Fusion Baby Shower-001

The banner was cut using a die from PTI. I love those tiny scattered hearts. The vellum panel is actually two layers, the striped layer was very, very translucent so I added a layer of plain vellum underneath. Both were cut with Stitched Rectangle dies by Simon Says Stamp. Once that was all glued down, I added some sequins and gems to the background. Last but not least, I added tiny flowers to the Baby word based on the inspiration from the photo. In the end, I totally loved this card. It’s one of my faves! What do you think? Leave me a comment below and don’t forget to subscribe to make sure you don’t miss any of my crafty posts.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Entered In: Fusion Baby Shower Challenge

 

Happy World Card Making Day Weekend!

Ok, ok, yeah that’s not really a thing, it’s just World Card Making Day. But since I missed posting a card yesterday, I’m making it a weekend thing. That means I’m not actually late!! Hee Hee!!

My order from Concord & 9th just arrived with a fabulous Thankful Leaves Turnabout stamp and die combo included. I don’t particularly like fall, the colours aren’t my jam really and it means winter is just around the corner. But this year I decided to embrace fall by buying some stamps and dies as well as getting some supplies for some fall décor from the dollar store.

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If you aren’t familiar with Turnabout stamps, it’s a background stamp with the images placed in such a way that stamping it 4 times using a stamp positioner, turning the paper each time, gives you a full background image! Clever right? Because I don’t like traditional fall colours, I went with some pinks and purples! I used Scarlet Jewel, Autumn Rose (aptly named right??), and believe it or not, on the kraft cardstock, Raspberry Fizz looks right at home. For the last stamping I added some copper embossing powder. I think rose gold would have looked nice too.

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Next I die cut the large matching leaf die from the center of the card. The large leaf actually comes in two parts, the outline and the detail inside. I only needed the outline in this case but it will be fun to try layering them as tags, one outline cut in patterned paper and the outline and detail together in a solid cardstock layered on top. Then I cut the outline and detail together out of Scarlet Jewel paper to layer in the die cut space. I added a bunch of different sequins from Lucy’s Little Things to the shaker. Some Nuvo drops added a bit of texture to the card base. I die cut the Painted Hello die from Simon Says Stamp 4 times from kraft cardstock then added embossing ink and copper embossing powder.

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Enjoy, Rebecca

Welcome!

Thank you for visiting my blog! I always tried to ‘find my style’ and focus on one type of craft. Well guess what? I’m just not that girl! So I’m changing direction. On this blog you will find a lot of paper crafting, rubber stamping and card making. But I also make home decor crafts, mixed media art journal pages and canvases, jewelry plus I do calligraphy and create mail art. My style varies from vintage and shabby to elegant and classy to whimsical and cute with some clean and simple thrown in. So if you just like crafts and don’t care which ‘flavour’ they are, join my in my crafty journey!

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Fall Branches Bouquet

Welcome to another week at Crazy 4 Challenges! With it turning fall here in the Northern Hemisphere, we were asked to make a a fall-themed card. I’d forgotten what the challenge was but when I looked it up, I was like “YAY” as I had been working on a fall card anyway! Fun coincidence!

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The stamps are from the September Hero Arts kit. I stamped them in Antique Linen Distress ink but added a few stampings to the upper part of the bouquet even though the stems didn’t reach. I just painted them in as I watercoloured the image. The antique linen is so light that it doesn’t interfere with the watercolour plus it also dissolves away with the water because it’s a water reactive ink. The painting of the leaves and berries isn’t that interesting  because they are too small to add much shading.

But the vase, there’s more to talk about. I used a very damp brush to add water to the image. Then I dropped in very concentrated colour on the top, left and bottom. I allowed the paint to move on it’s own with little interference. As it started to dry a bit, I added more and more colour to the left with my board tilted slightly downwards. I loved how the paint was moving so I allowed it to dry completely on it’s own which I rarely do. When I was done, I added stamping over the background, Antique Linen in the middle and a tiny bit of Vintage Photo applied with a foam blender to the sides only. Then I added sponging in the same way with the same colours. Last, I added a warm grey shadow under the vase. I normally would add some sequins or embellishments but I wasn’t sure how I was going to use the card. There’s a high likelihood that I’ll use it for a sympathy card and I don’t bling them up like I do with normal cards.

I hope you are inspired by my card and our challenge this week. The challenge is open until Friday midnight so I hope you will pop on by and play along!

Enjoy, Rebecca