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Vintage Floral Love Card

This week at Crazy 4 Challenges, we were asked to make a card (or project) using flowers! This might be a common challenge but we all love flowers so much it makes sense to repeat it often!

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I worked with some Authentique papers which included a ‘cut-apart sheet.’ You know, those papers with multiple images or borders that can be cut up and used on your projects. I chose the more vintage side, the other side was more retro, and arranged them on a heart die cut. For the background panel, I repeatedly stamped the music border using my MISTI. It helps because you can make sure the border is straight. This can be tricky with some thin borders. Also it helps make sure the stamping is straight on the paper and keeps the spacing consistent when you leave the border on the door of the tool and just move the paper.

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I stamped on ivory paper using clear embossing powder. Then I sponged some Hero Arts and PTI inks that matched the colours in the patterned paper. I decided an ombre would look best, isn’t it pretty? For the center of the heart die cut (Hero Arts), I stamped one of the images from the Love Always stamp set by Simon Says. I don’t have dies so I trimmed it by hand. It isn’t an intricate image to cut so no biggie. The edges of the patterned papers were lightly inked with Vintage Photo to add to the antiqued look.

I hope you can find time to make and link up a floral card over at C4C. We would love to have you!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Vintage Coffee Pop-Up Card

Do you ever buy the coolest die, stamp, embellishment or whatever then not use it for the longest time? Ugh, I know right? I always feel guilty when stuff goes unused! So when I sat down to create a card for this week’s Crazy 4 Challenges coffee or hot drink challenge, I decided to pull out a pop-up set of dies I’d never used.

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I think I hesitated because using a pop-up die set (Elizabeth Crafts) like this one means not only decorating the outside of the card but also decorating the inside pretty extensively. Part of the reason I make cards is because I can complete them quickly, even in between being interrupted by my kids! But seriously, as long as I leave more than one day to create, I can make it work! So I finally used it here. Although I’m showing you the front of the card first, I actually made the inside first.

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I didn’t have any papers I wanted to use that were large enough so cut the die from lightweight white cardstock then applied pattern papers over top. All of the papers are by Kaisercraft. I bought a ton when they were on sale from the Stamp Simply store so was excited to use them. The die cut cups are by MFT while the die cut label shape is by Lifestyle Crafts (I think they were bought out by WRMK). The sentiment I stamped and embossed in gold is from an older Simon Says Stamp set. The papers were so embellished already, I hesitated to add much more. So a few sequins were my only embellies. Lifewise, the front panel already included lots of detail and even a saying so all I added was the border from the paper pack and the lace. Did you know that all Kaisercraft paper packs (6×6 anyway) include several pages worth of sentiment die cuts, tags and borders? What a great value! They are quickly becoming one of my favourite companies!

Come on over to the C4C blog to join our challenge! Can’t wait to see what you make!

Enjoy, Rebecca

 

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You are the Bestest

While I love buying and using new supplies, sometimes you just have to go back and use some older products. Many years ago, I found a little stamp company called Eat Cake Graphics. Adorable name right? Most of their stamps were cute little critters like the puppy I used in the card below.

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On their website, the displayed the stamps as usual but in the description they told a little story about each animal which came complete with a name. Apparently these guys are Felicia and Sparky! I coloured them with Copic markers then trimmed out the image. I wanted to emphasize that she is lying on her back, at first she looks a bit weird, so I added a felt die cut to look like a rug. At first I chose on oval but I wasn’t sure it would look like a rug. I thought about adding a fringe but that would take a long time. So then I decided to use a scalloped oval and it turned out perfect!

The banner is hand cut on three sides then I used a die from Concord & 9th for the bottom. I have a few dies that finish the end of a banner of any width and I love them. Very versatile! The papers are by Bo Bunny from the Mandy’s Flowers kit by Simon Says Stamp. The sentiment is by Altenew from the Floral Shadow stamp set. Funny, I’d not really paid attention to the sentiments in this set before but I just loved it for this image.

This card was for this week’s Crazy 4 Challenges theme of PETS! I had lots of options but this image definitely needed to be used. I hope you have an image just asking to be used for this challenge!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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I Adore You Heart Balloons Card

Wow! So many love-themed challenges this week including ours at Crazy 4 Challenges! I actually make love cards a lot, not just before and for this particular holiday. Love should be celebrated all the time right? I’ve had quite a few on Instagram lately. You should check out what I post over there, just saying!

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I started with a soft background using Distress inks, I think Tumbled Glass and Cracked Pistachio. I made my own stencil for the ground/sky line but I used a Simon Clouds for Days stencil for the clouds. I love that there are full clouds and 4 sides for single cloud edges plus you can get different looks by flipping the stencil over, just be sure to wash it first! Ask me how I know… 🙂

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The stamps are all from the January My Monthly Hero Card Kit. Here’s a closeup of the balloons. I may have stamped/coloured them on the wrong paper as they over blended to the point that you can’t tell I blended them at all on some. Argh… I used some R80s, RV 50s and RV60s series Copics. Then, after cutting off the strings they came with, I carefully glued gold strings to the bottom of each one. I added the balloons to the card with foam tape at the tops (the glue dots I used for the thread secured the bottoms) and very carefully tied the strings so they all lay straight and neat, adhering the knot to the bike. I wanted them to appear to be blowing back in the wind and I think it worked! I added some pink gems from Studio Katia to the card to accent the pinkness of the balloons. The bike was also coloured with Copics, this time in the Y20s and 30s, probably Y21, 35 and 38 with some Cool greys for the metallic parts and a bit of BGs for the ombre bike basket. Everyone needs an ombre turquoise bike basket right? I know I do!

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I hope you still need some lovey cards and will join us over at the C4C blog! We’d all love to see you over there! Don’t forget to find me over on Instagram, click the sidebar link or search for BecCreates1!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Winter Critter Scene Card

Winter has a solid grip on us here in Southern Ontario. Even though I hate winter, I do like watching the snow fall when it’s quiet and dark outside. So I tried to incorporate some of that peaceful stillness in my card.

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Our challenge this week at Crazy 4 Challenges was to use groundhogs in honour of Groundhog day or, if you don’t have any, use another small critter that lives on or in the ground. I recently bought Winter Time Fun by Hero Arts so the critters in there are perfect for this challenge.

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I couldn’t decide what medium to use to colour them in. Do you ever have that problem? I finally decided that my coloured pencils could use some love as I  hadn’t used them in a while. So if you enlarge the photo and notice some of the black lines aren’t all that dark, that’s why.

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I decided that the deer would be a reindeer. Did you know that most deer except female reindeer lose their antlers in the winter? I only learned that recently! I had to look up what they look like of course, I think we have reindeer in northern Canada but I’ve never been north enough to see them. I chose a red fox for some additional colour.

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I used two colours for the tree and added some light blue to soften the snowy areas. Then I used orangey reds for the cardinal and warm greys for the raccoon. Now that I see it enlarged, I covered some of the black lines here too. But I really don’t mind. The background was done with Distress inks over the masked images; the snowy hill was masked too with a simple hand cut mask made of plain printer paper.

So now to add a sentiment. I was thinking of a large scripty font but when I placed the clear stamp in the sky, it overwhelmed the small images and made the sky look cluttered. I finally decided on a small simple sentiment at the bottom which kept the calm look intact.

While you are staying indoors staying warm, I hope you will pop on over to the C4C blog to see the other designer’s creations and join us!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Summer Memories Last Forever

I just can’t stay away from summer cards can I? Its very grey and snowy here so I’m constantly longing for summer’s sunshine and warmth. Plus I love the beach!

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Our challenge this week at Crazy 4 Challenges was a sketch! I love sketches; sometimes I stray from them but they are a great starting point.

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I used some new Kaisercraft  Summer Splash paper. I love it when a paper pack has some more neutral prints like this linen-look ombre paper. Kaisercraft paper packs are unique in that they include die-cut borders, tags and sentiments on the last few pages! Makes for some fast and easy cards. They also often include cut apart sheets; papers with small square or rectangular designs intended to be used separately. I used a small panel for  my sentiment focal point.

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I was headed to grab some ribbon for the banner part of the sketch when I saw this burlap ‘ribbon’ I got from the dollar store. Here in southern Ontario, I’ve noticed that burlap and chalkboard are very popular themes so there are lots of products available. This ribbon is awesome because it is self-adhesive! yahoo!

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So while I dream of the beach while staying toasty warm indoors, I hope you will pop on over to C4C to check out the other designer’s amazing projects. Then join in the fun with this sketch!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Funny Ha Ha… Coffee and Donuts Anyone?

Can you guess what the challenge was this week at Crazy 4 Challenges? Yep, make a funny card or project! I hadn’t used the Tim Holtz Snarky Stickers from the November Simon Says Stamp kit so I chose one that worked with some stamps I have.

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Some of the stickers will be hard to come up with images to use with them but this one was easy! I used the Hot Cocoa die set from My Favorite Things and the donut dies from Reverse Confetti. I paper pieced both with paper from Prima. I love using such pretty papers. I’ve been drawn to more clean and simple cards lately, not sure why. But I will always come back to my signature Simple Shabby style eventually!

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I added a tiny bit of Vintage Photo to the edges of the die cuts just to give them a little definition. It helped them stand out from the patterned background. I thought using the cork pattern for the donut was really fun! The heart ‘sprinkles’ were cut from white cardstock I coated with a gold paint pen. I didn’t this time but I do save my scraps of fancy mirror or metallic cardstocks to use for tiny die cuts like these.

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The border was cut from another sheet of patterned paper which worked perfectly here. I also made a ‘table’ of sorts for the mug and donut by sponging some grey ink on one side of a mask made from post it tape. Then I added a few sequins to finish it off. The one in the lower right corner that looks too pink is actually blush but the iridescence makes it look brighter than it really is. I love this sentiment! I don’t actually drink coffee but I think I could substitute my morning OJ! Please join us at C4C for this awesome challenge. I love seeing what you create!

Enjoy, Rebecca

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to a New Year!

And a new challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges! This week we were asked to make our favourite kind of card. My faves are always interactive, in particular shakers, and summertime themed. I combined both into this card.

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This fun little shaker element uses dies from WPlus9, Making Waves. There is enough room for some foam under the top edge of the waves so I could make the shaker with two different colours of fillers. The top has plain white confetti and the bottom has a mix of sequins and beads from Lucy’s Little Things. I created a circle mask for the sun. If you do this, be sure to keep the negative portion of your mask too as you will need it. The circle part to keep the sun white while you ink the sky and the surrounding paper to keep the yellow for the sun from getting into the blue sky.

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The little fishy is from an older Echo Park die set with a sailboat. The sentiment is from Hello Summer from Neat & Tangled, both the die and stamp. I make summer cards even in the winter, clearly, so I agree 100%.

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I hope you will join us at C4C for this first challenge of the year. What challenge could be easier? Actually, I had to decide what was my favourite! I do have a lot. That’s why this blog is called what it is! I can never decide what my favourite is! I thought about making a shabby chic or vintage card. Or maybe one with watercolouring. Or how about some Copic colouring? ooh, or maybe some Prismacolour or Faber-Castell pencils? oh, I know, what about a mixed media masterpiece? See, hard for me to decide! I went with using a new-to-me stamp set and die.

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Thanks for reading. Please pass my blog address on to anyone else you know who enjoys card making! I’ve got a HUGE bunch of cards I made this week to show you using the October Spellbinders Watercolour Card Kit. Can you believe I got 13 made with one kit and have a ton left? Never mind the stamps and dies which never run out! What a value! Stay tuned…

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Rustic Winter Deer Card

When I made my last winter card, I loved the deer on this particular piece of paper but it didn’t work with my coffee cup. So I decided I’d just have to make another card! This card is also for…

…blog hop benefitting The Coffee Oasis. I can’t imagine being homeless especially in winter and more especially as a child or teenager. So I’m happy to support and donate to this good cause. Anyone can join so click on the graphic above to learn more.

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I layered a lot of die cuts and stickers that matched the Simple Stories patterned paper. The only stamping is the snowflake pattern (by MFT) at the top. To make it fade out without a hard line, I inked the stamp at the top only. Then I used my ink blending tool to remove some of the ink along the edge. Then I stamped it while keeping part of the stamp up in the air. Between these two techniques, I got the look you see here! Then I just added a twine bow at the bottom and some sequins to finish the card.

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Floral Art Thankful Card

I can’t believe the year is almost over. Today is the last Crazy 4 Challenges of the year as we take a break for the holidays. The challenge was to use any of the sketches from this year as inspiration.

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I’ll be honest, I completely forgot to create a card for this challenge until it was pretty late on Friday. I’d already stamped the floral images and sentiment then started creating a card by adding the flower and leaves to the background when I remembered! Ooops! So I quickly checked the sketches to see if I could make this card work. It didn’t really fit any of them until I saw the one I designed which would work if I added a frame. I would have placed the sentiment lower and maybe on an angle if I’d planned to use this sketch from the beginning but oh well. Make it work like Tim Gunn always says on Project Runway.

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The flowers, dies and sentiment are all from Altenew as are the inks except the Versamark I used to heat emboss the sentiment. The leaves are a mix of an aqua and a green in case you are looking for the exact colour; you won’t find it! Again, another make it work move. I used the aqua but then wasn’t happy with it. So I added the green overtop which I ended up loving. I may even deliberately use this combo again. The frame was cut with 2 Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity dies then I added some gold paint pen. I love gold mirror cardstock but it’s so dang expensive! So this is a quick and cheap alternative way to get the gold we all love. It’s a bit more matte than shiny but for such a thin frame I didn’t think it mattered. The sequins are from Lucy’s Little Things from the Sunset pack. I usually take sequins from several packs but today just the one. I loved how the sequins looked so much, I ended up wishing this was a shaker! But as you may have noticed, I’m a bit obsessed with shakers!

I’m so grateful for all of you who come by to see my art! I treasure every comment you leave! Your kind words make my day!

I hope you will pop on over to the blog to see what our team has created! Join us my adding your creation to the link up.

Enjoy, Rebecca