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Rustic Coffee Cup Card

This is my third and last Coffee Lovers Bloghop card. I’d make more but the hop is almost over! So if you want to join, today is it!

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I used the cup image from the Coffee & Tea set by Simon Says Stamp and paper pieced it using a Simple Stories paper pack. The lid was coloured with Copic markers and I also added some Copic shading to the patterned paper. It’s a bit hard to tell here but the dark brown paper is woodgrain. I love using woodgrain so I also added it to the sentiment. The embellishment is woodgrain paper layered over 3 fine linen card stock (PTI) layers. It ends up looking like a thick wood veneer piece tho! Cool right? The stamps and die are by Honey Bee stamps from Flakey Sentiments.

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The other elements, the skis and flower clusters, are from the matching die cuts pack and the ‘hot cocoa’ mini sentiment is from the sticker pack. Sorry the photo is so unevenly lit. I tried taking photos in my usual way at first but when I enlarged them, the light played a trick on the mini sentiment under the larger wood sentiment making it appear like I’d stamped it double. So I took new photos but the only angle without the weird trick of the light meant I had to angle the card further towards one light. So one side is bright and the other dark. But the sentiment looks right now!

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I added a closeup so you could see my Copic colouring. I quite liked it.

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Winter Elegance Coffee Card

I had such fun creating a card for the Winter Coffee Lover’s Bloghop, that I decided to make 2 more cards! I’ve had trouble in the past with link up thingies if I’m trying to add multiple cards so I’m going to create 3 different blog posts. Hope that doesn’t drive anyone crazy!

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For my first card, I used an Echo Park paper pad from a year or two ago, Bundled Up. Aren’t the colours gorgeous?! I just bought an older set of Spellbinders dies that matched some Nestabling I won. Remember Nestabling? If you are new to crafting, you’ve probably never seen it. It’s pearls or rhinestones shaped perfectly to fit the Spellbinders Labels dies. Buying the dies second is kind of backwards I know! I don’t know if they make it anymore. It used to be that Spellbinders was the only game in town for low-profile dies so a lot of companies matched stamps and embellishments to them. Now with so many dies on the market and stamp companies making their own dies, there’s no need for these products or they are redundant.

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The focal image is from the die cut pack that matches the paper pack. But you could argue that the snowflake embellishment is the focus of the card! I took dies from MFT, Stylized Snowflakes and Layered Snowflakes, no idea which dies are which because I store them all jammed together on a magnet sheet! The blue layer was coloured with Copic markers and the silver one was coloured with a silver paint marker. The brad is also a matching embellishment.

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Fall/Winter 2018 Coffee Lover’s Bloghop

I always feel like a bit of a fraud when I join the Coffee Lovers bloghop because I don’t drink coffee! Even when I get a mocha, I ask for 1 shot of espresso instead of 2! But I LOVE coffee themed images so I think that means I’m qualified to join!

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Oh, don’t those mittens look warm!? I created a fun shaker card for my card, yep, I know, I’m addicted to shakers. They are so fun, why not? (At least that’s what I think when I’m making my 3rd in a week!!)

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The sketch is from the Paper Players but sadly the deadline has passed for entering. I think I’ll save it though because it is perfect for using lots of gorgeous patterned paper. My shaker was made with a die set from MFT, snowflake window I think. Inside is a mix of huge mylar glitter flakes, fine white iridescent glitter and clear micro beads. It make a great noise when it shakes. The background was stenciled with Nuvo Mousse in Platinum with a snowfall stencil by Simon Says. The mug, snowflake and marshmallows dies as well as the sentiment are also by MFT. I used Copic markers to add colour to the die cuts. I especially love how the mug turned out. In case you were wondering, the marshmallows are coloured that way to mimic how marshmallows always fall into the cocoa but then pop back up with cocoa on them. You know what I mean right?

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TIP: If you want to pop up an intricate die cut, too intricate for foam, but you also don’t want to layer it, here’s a tip. Turn your die cut upside down and apply tiny drops of glossy accents anywhere that is thick enough to support the drops. I don’t recommend other brands of dimensional adhesive unless they are very thick. Mine is even thicker than usual because it’s getting low. Allow the glossy accents to set up then apply more drops on top of the drying ones. Repeat until you have achieved the desired height letting it dry completely after the last layer. Then add only a tiny bit more glossy accents just to work as adhesive because you’ve allowed the others to dry so they aren’t sticky anymore. Now you have a popped up die cut that looks lacy and delicate!

The papers are all by Carta Bella Bundled Up paper from last year. For the cute little scallops at the bottom, I used dies by Sunny Studio. The sentiment tag is by Concord & 9th but I couldn’t decide what fiber, twine or ribbon to use in the hole so I left it plain. I added gems from Studio Katia which sparkle so beautifully and a bit of lace to dress up the card. I hope you join as there are a TON of fab prizes! I’m off to enter this card so I’ll see ya later!

Enjoy, Rebecca

 

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Swing High, Swing Free

When you were a kid, did you love swinging? I know I did! I was able to swing higher than any other kid in my school in grades 5 and 6, my favourite activity at lunch! Did you ever have a tree swing? That would have been the best thing ever but alas, we didn’t have a tree large enough with an overhanging branch.

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At Crazy4Challenges this week, our theme was to create a project with a tree. The obvious move is to make something holiday. But as you know if you’ve been here a while, I don’t celebrate any holidays. So I went in search of something cool to use for my card. This summer (spring?) Hero Arts released a tree kit. I love the awesome frame dies they’ve included lately that almost fill a 4.25×5.5″ card base. Amazingly, I think I only used the kit twice since I got it! So it felt good to get some more use out of it for this card. I always feel guilty if a kit arrives and I don’t make at least 4 or 5 cards right away. Do any of you feel that way?

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The background was watercoloured with a few Daniel Smith watercolours. They are amazing for their depth of colour and I adore the ones with real gemstone pigment and the ones with sparkle, I think they are called Duochrome. Most of the time, I use cold press, aka mid textured watercolour paper but when I’m making a background, especially one with minimal stamping, I like to use rough paper, aka very textured paper. (Hot press is very smooth, like it’s been ironed so that a way to help you remember hot vs cold pressed. If you use a cold iron, you’d have far more texture in your clothing than with a hot iron right?)

The sentiment was hard for me to choose. I find when I make cards with basic sentiments, I use them up from my stash or sell them far sooner than the others. But this one might be perfect for someone from More Love Letters so I used it anyway.It wouldn’t surprise me if you are going to make a tag or card with a tree in the coming week so don’t forget to link it up at C4C!

Enjoy, Rebecca

 

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Winter Wonderland

I was looking for winter-themed paper the other day so I pulled out some older Simon Says Stamp kits. I used some of the paper for some tags but with the kit out, I decided to make a quick card.

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When a kit comes with stickers and paper with ‘cut-apart’ sheets, make a card is super easy even without using the matching stamp set. In my crafty vocabulary, ‘cut-apart’ sheets are papers with little squares, tags or borders that can be used as is but seem to be made to cut apart and use as sentiments, accents or focal images on your projects. I’m sure you’ve seen them before. If they have a real name, let me know! Everything except the white cardstock, glitter embossing powder and the Nuvo Drops came in the kit. All of the elements are by Doodlebug. It did have white cs but I had already used it up. I cut the snowy hill by hand then applied Versamark ink heat setting it with white sparkle embossing powder.

Enjoy and Happy Winter, Rebecca

 

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Lighthouse on the Coast

While it’s the beginning of winter here, I can always be counted on making a summer card (or 10) anyway. I never allow snowflakes outside to stop my love of all things summer and beachy!

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Our theme at Crazy 4 Challenges last week (sorry I’m late posting) was ‘take a hike’. As I am disabled, hikes are never on the schedule but if I was going to hike, this looks like a great place to do it. But that sounds suspiciously like exercise! Ugh! This ‘watercolour’ was done with Art Impressions watercolour stamps. If you haven’t heard of them, they have various stamps of buildings, animals, trees, plants, flower, animals, accessories like pots and birdhouses and even a few kids. To create a watercolour scene, you stamp them with water soluble inks or markers on Bristol or watercolour paper. Then you blend the ink with a wet brush. Ta Da! Your own watercolour painting! The flowers in pots are usually the easiest. Buildings are pretty easy too if you watch the videos on YouTube to get the best results. I use a combo of Tombow and Marvy Le Plume II markers. The former blend moderately while the latter blend a lot. If you want the ink to spread but still maintain the lines fairly clearly, use the Tombow. If you want a very washy look, use Marvy. I’m not a huge fan of Stampin’ Up! or Distress markers but as long as they are water-based, they should work to some extent.

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It does take some practice to get these to work. I’ve tried a few times and not loved the results. But as I get to be a better watercolourist and get better tools, Hello Black Velvet Brushes, I do a better job with these stamps. Watching a million of their videos helps a ton too! I still have lots of work to do, especially on the tall trees but it was fun. Especially imagining myself there instead of in the snowy north! We are actually in one of the more southern areas of Canada so we don’t usually get any serious snow until late December or January. We often have a non-white X-mas but this year winter is really early! I hadn’t even gotten out the kids winter boots when we got a huge storm! But no matter the weather, expect more summer cards to come!

Enjoy, Rebecca

 

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Polar Bear Winter Shaker Card

I just love polar bears. I know I posted before about their colour in this post but an artist can do what she likes right? So these ones are shaded with grey rather than yellow/brown. It matches better with the colours of this card.

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This card is based on a sketch at Crazy 4 Challenges this week. I omitted a small banner across the bottom of the circle. Well, it isn’t really so much omitted as it is hard to see. The polar bear is standing on a snowy ridge but you can’t see it for all the shaker bits. I used Distress inks (some regular and some Oxide) and a gel pen to add snow. I actually did two of these cards, the other one also included some glass glitter in the shaker. When I use glass glitter vs regular glitter, it doesn’t tend to stick to the acetate but for some weird reason it stuck this time. The static often subsides after a while so if you’ve made a shaker with glitter and it obscures the scene or sentiment inside, it may work out in the end. But for a polar bear card, it makes it look like he’s in a blizzard which is very appropriate! This card uses snowflake confetti, silver glass microbeads and two sizes of silver stars.

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The sentiment is from PTI Two Feet Deep and the bear is by Hero Arts. I have the matching dies but if a shape is simple enough, I tend to cut it out to avoid the white edge. Wouldn’t it be great if dies would cut the stamped image out perfectly?? The little tree is by Impression Obsession and the confetti bits are by Lucy’s Cards. The stitched circle is by Simon Says Stamp.

I hope you will join us over at Crazy 4 Challenges this week! It’s getting to be a busy time of year but you will be making cards or tags anyway right? So use this sketch to help you out and save some time!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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One Layer Prima Princess

This week at Crazy 4 Challenges, we were asked to make a one-layer card. This is something I almost never do so it was a true challenge for me. But this huge Prima Princess image which was amazing to colour helped immensely.

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I deliberately stamped her off to the side because I wanted to add a sentiment to the side. But after colouring her for 3 days, I decided I might like to frame her so I decided to not add a sentiment, card base or any embellishments for now. Which technically means it isn’t a card. But after working on it for three days, no way was a going to make something else for this challenge!

 

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I stamped her in Antique Linen Distress ink then used my professional watercolours (a variety of brands) to paint her. I did also add some Prismacolour Premier and Verithin pencils to add some depth to her hair and to the deep greens between the flowers and leaves. Oh, and a fine-tipped black Copic Multi-liner for her eye lashes. I obviously need a finer one because she looks like she is rocking some serious falsies! Not quite what I had in mind!

This is the perfect challenge for a busy time of year. So keep it simple and make an awesome one-layer card. Be sure to pop on over to the blog to link up your creation!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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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

 

 

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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

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