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Mother and Baby

I started with a stamp I have had almost since the beginning of my stamping career. The minute I Momandbaby1saw this I had to have it because it illustrates exactly how I feel about my babies. A lot of parents say that they love it when their kids are past the newborn stage when they have ‘more personality’ but my happiest memories are of cradling my babies just like this. I still get to cradle the little one like this, thank goodness! So Technique Challenge 191 was to use watercolour pencils to colour in an image, then to use pink (in honour of breast cancer week) Twinkling H2Os in the water used to blend the watercolour pencil. Interesting to say the least but I don’t have any ‘Twinks’! so I had to substitute. 

I started with the image stamped in black Staz-On and because I don’t have flesh-coloured watercolour pencils, I used Copics to colour in the mom’s and baby’s faces. You can see in the photo below how I coloured the image with watercolour pencils. Note to Self: be very careful using Copics with Staz-On ink and if you get any on the marker, clean it on scratch paper before continuing. As I was colouring it, I realized that the arms of the chair were uneven. While I don’t think they need to be perfectly aligned, I decided to realign the borders of the image. In the next photo, you will see I cut long the marked lines and I was much happier with it after. So my Twinks substitutemomandbaby2 was pink gold Pearl Ex mixed into the water I dipped by brush into to smooth the watercolours. The photo is a bit blurry due to the iPhone and the lighting and angle but you can see how pretty the glittery Pearl Ex looks. I had to set the Pearl Ex with Krylon Workable Fixatif so the Pearl Ex wouldn’t all brush off. Apparently you can also add gun arabic to your water as a stabilizer but the spray fixatif was easier (and I don’t have any gum arabic!!)

I like how the pink gold pearl ex makes the pale blue baby blanket look kind of purplish. I didn’t expect it to affect the colour that much. This angle doesn’t show it but I even used it in her hair! When it came to choosing a sketch, I didn’t really have anything in mind. So I started by layering the image on black CS to give it a nice clean thin edge. In the spirit of breast cancer week (OK maybe it was last week but anyhow), I used a pink pirouette panel underneath. Now I went back to the tiny word sets I have resurrected lately. I wanted to stamp ‘mother and baby’ evenly around the edge but I wasn’t sure how to get it centred. I decided to stamp them on scratch paper and align my card stock edge and copy the spacing as I stamped each edge. Next I looked in the past Sketch Challenges at Splitcoast Stampers for  a layout I liked. I finally found one that would work for my image, Sketch Challenge 185. I love that I have so many sketches right at hand ready to look through. Thanks Splitcoast!

momandbaby3 The final card uses Purely Pomegranate as the base with French Script stamped in it in Versamark and a panel of Elegant Eggplant stamped with the little dots from Itty Bitty Backgrounds using the same ink. The ribbon is white organza and the head pin is from the SU! pretties kit. I decided the flower was too white so I pressed it into my Versamark Pad and then brushed on more Pearl Ex with a dry watercolour brush. So far it seems to stick. Hope you like it!

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French Flair Clipboard

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I am in love with this clipboard! From Stampin’ Up!, it is heavyweight chipboard, 13″x7.5″  with beautiful, antiqued metal clips, not the ordinary shiny chrome look you get at the dollar store or Staples and the triple clip style is so unique! I have been dying to decorate one since they came out but with a new baby, it didn’t happen ’til now (I know, he isn’t so new anymore). I can’t wait to hang it in our kitchen. So learn to make your own! It makes a great gift for someone you love. The frame allows you to interchange the photos so maybe make it for someone who needs a place to keep the pictures of you or your kids you send them! My photo doesn’t do it justice, it is so much prettier IRL!

Hoping for instructions to make this clipboard? I teach this class on November 22, 7pm but I will probably post instructions after that for all of you too far away to join me. I hope some of you visiting this site are checking it out because you live close enough to take the class! Be sure to confirm before November 8 to reserve your spot, spaces are limited. The class fee is $15, the clipboard cost is $23.50 (cost from Stampin’ Up! includes taxes and shipping), you will also need to bring at least two pieces of 12″x12″ patterned paper, I recommend three, matching cardstock and your choice of ribbon and embellishments. Keep in mind I have a Crop-a- dile Big Bite so if you have any fancy brads or eyelets you would like to use, we can set them right into the clipboard. Instead of bringing your own paper, you can buy a pack of 12 sheets of coordinating, double- sided Designer Series paper for $14.50 (taxes and shipping included). Go to stampinup.com to see all the available patterns. I can get anything else you need at the same time if you wish. If you need ribbon, let me know ahead of time to see if I have the colours you need and I can sell you some very reasonably. I provide everything else you need; tools, adhesives, cutters, glaze, stamps and ink as well as the calendar and to do list. If you would prefer to bring nothing and buy a kit with everything you need, let me know and we will work something out.

The patterned paper is retired SU! Some of the ribbons are SU!, some are from my stash. The verse on the tag is from the Old Island Stamp Company, originally it was in a line but I inked and stamped it in segments so it would fit. The frame opens up so you can change the photo throughout the year and is made from pale plum, sage and perfect plum including they flowers; they look like Prima flowers but are actually SU! cardstock I punched and formed using the instructions found here. The buttons are from my stash except the clear one from SU! The flowers on the clips are from the SU! Pretties kit and dyed to match; the half- back pearls are from the same kit.

The pads of paper are homemade, can you believe you can actually buy the glue used to make pads of paper? It is called padding compound and I got mine online, I just can’t find the link, sorry. If you Google Sparco Padding compound, you will get tons of links. I have enough to make more notepads than I could ever use and it was only $8 plus shipping! So we will make our own to do list and calendar pad. The nice things about making your own are that you can print your own pages, make it your own size and shape and decorate the pages with stamps. I didn’t get to decorate mine before I took the pictures. You can see I made my to do list smaller so it would fit in the area I had left. I suppose the cons are the extra work and it is almost impossible to get the pages exactly the same size.

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Fall Hope

Three challenges in one card! Thing about these challenges, they encourage me to try things I might not otherwise think to try. I’m sure I will come up with some non-challenge cards but since I am having so much fun doing hope leaf these, I am in no hurry. Now I just have to get around to posting them to the right galleries, not just here.

The Limited Supply Challenge 191 was: Use a leaf image as a focal point and use pink for breast cancer week. I hope coral is close enough to pink. Ways to Use it 189: Choose one word as a sentiment, in recognition of Breast cancer week, make it something inspirational like courage, soar etc. The last challenge was for a sketch challenge SFYTT at I heart 2 stamp (see link on sidebar). I love using these little words, I know I used mine more than once but the challenge was to choose one word, it didn’t say you couldn’t use it repeatedly! It also helped offset my crooked stamping. I would have stamped first and used the Coluzzle to cut it out after, except I was using a scrap and cut the oval out first.

The card base is Cameo Coral  stamped with a little leaf, I forget which set it is from, in the same ink. The squares are a retired SU! designer paper matted with chocolate chip CS. The oval is confetti white CS edged with chocolate chip ink. The leaf is from Natural Beauty stamped in Staz-On ink and watercoloured in with Ruby Red, Cameo Coral and Chocolate Chip. The ribbon is threaded with a buckle from Copper Hodge Podge Hardware.

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Glitter Snow People

How PC is that, snow people?? HE he he. This stamp was perfectly suited to Sketch Challenge 198 featuring a perfect half circle. I looked through the photos in the gallery and I wasn’t the only one to use this stamp set, no surprise. I have never used a layout anything like this one before but it may become a favourite.

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I started out with cool Caribbean for the card’s base stamped with a snowflake wheel in Versamark ink. I would have used the same colour ink but I didn’t buy that one. When I placed the soft sky cardstock next to the Caribbean, it looked kind of dull so I decided to jazz it up with iridescent ice embossing powder. I coated the cardstock with Versamark and heat set the powder on both the cardstock strip and the circle layer behind the focal image. I am really glad I did because it really changes the card and adds a lot to it. I stamped the image on a scrap of Whisper White CS with Ranger Adirondack black ink and coloured it with Copics. I used the palest, icy-est’ colours I had, then added Stickles frosted lace over the snow people. It was the first time I had used it since I just bought it at the Creativ festival this past weekend.

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Note to self: next time try very hard not to get Stickles on water based ink because some of my snow people’s faces are unfortunately blurry. Perhaps they are melting! Next time that will mean not getting any on their faces I suppose. The circle in the centre was punched with a 1 3/8″circle punch and stamped with Versamark to which I added heat ‘n’ stick powder. I used it once before but didn’t like it only to find I wasn’t using it properly. I stuck it in dazzling diamonds glitter. Note to self: iridescent ice and dazzling diamonds are pretty much the same thing, one just melts and the other doesn’t! OH, and the dazzling diamonds comes off of the heat ‘n’ stick powder too easily! I finished the centre of with a snowflake from my stash and silver ribbon. The ribbon actually disguises how dumb I am to have placed the stamp to close to the edge of the cardstock so there is a seam in the paper under there. I really like it though and I would never have put it there otherwise. I love it when a goof creates something beautiful. Such is art!

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Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty

In honour of Breast Cancer Week, yes, my cat is pink. I usually make him an orange tabby in honour of my kitty, Ginger, {recently departed:(}  but I dared to be different. Funny thing, with the piggy card in my last post, I wished he was peachier, here I wish I had had used RV markers so he matched the paper better though he is closer IRL than he looks in the photo. OH well, I am still learning with these markers. The stamp is from a little known company called Eat Cake Graphics. According to the little story that goes with the image, the cat is not about to eat the mouse, rather they are pals just hangin’ out. Too Cute! They have over 600 stamp images; quite a few have stories so you just have to check them out! They also have some great colouring tutorials.

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Colour Challenge 189 Pink Chocolate Kisses and Weekend Sketch Challenge 63. The base card is 4.25×5.5″ Pink Pirouette – my new favourite colour! –  with a panel of Close to Cocoa designer paper from SU! The pink and ivory dotted strip of paper is from Anna Griffin and the ribbon below that is from my stash. I wish the cocoa paper didn’t show through but I didn’t know until I had placed it and since it is adhesive ribbon, there was no going back! The ribbon holding on the tag is 1/8″ pink satin also from my stash punched with the word window punch in Close to Cocoa hole-punched with the Big Bite of course. The tag is shorter than normal because I punched it, then fed it back into the punch from the bottom forcing one end of the tag through the hole and between the punching plates. I held the tag still with one hand and punched again with the other. I actually used tweezers to help me hold it. I stamped ‘Hugs’  from the same set as last post, in Chocolate chip ink , see how inspired I was?? The flower is from Prima and the embellishment in the centre from Stamping Bella, a Canadian Company in my neck of the woods! She calls these Baubles. It looks like a pearl but it is more like some embellishments I have seen others use called Dew Drops, only the Baubles, at least the colour I have, are semi-opaque. They are also not perfectly half circle like  pearls, again, more like the shape of a dew drop. She does mail order and the dollar is in the favour of Americans right now so visit her site. One last thing, I made my own version of  a ‘prima’ leaf out of Old Olive CS just to satisfy the colour challenge of Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette and Kiwi Kiss or Old Olive. Check out the instructions here. I forgot the last bit about using an embosser so mine isn’t as rounded as hers are. Hope you appreciate having the Copic  colours this time, even though I wasn’t happy with them! I know, a few of you who are particularly observant and picky have noticed that I have used whisper white paper for my stamped image with pink and IVORY dotted paper and pink, IVORY and brown striped ribbon. I am not sure what to do about this. I prefer colouring with Copics on white because ivory paper muddies the colours. On a blog I read (sorry, I don’t remember which one) the artist coloured the entire back ground with an ivory E marker. That seems like a lot of work. If anyone has a suggestion, feel free to leave me a comment.

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You Cured Yet??

I made this little piggy card for a couple of Challenges on Splitcoast Stampers. I am really enjoying making cards for challenges. So often I sit down to make a card and unless I have an urgent need for something specific, I am at a loss. Not that I get a lot of time to sit down and craft with two little boys, Jameson age 7 3/4 and Spencer 17 months. This really inspires me and strangely enough, I have gone back to supplies and techniques I haven’t used in ages. Sketch Challenge 199 and Limited Supply Challenge 190 called Single Blue Eye! The goal of the latter was to use one (single) patterned paper and ribbon, the colour blue and no embellishments other than eyelets. Since I tend to go with fewer embellishments and layers, this suited me just fine. I love other artist’s work with multiple layers so I am trying this out myself, just not with this card.

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The card base is Bashful Blue 4.25×5.5″ with a retired SU! Designer Paper for the panel on the left. The yellow panel is So Saffron and I’m not sure if you can see it well but I stamped ‘Hugs’ from the fancy Flexible Phrases set several times along the bottom because it just looked too plain otherwise. I am loving the effect so I will use this as a border on other cards. I always felt guilty that I didn’t use this set much so I am glad to now be inspired by it. The edges of the saffron panel were distressed with my Heidi Swapp distressing tool. It is the little one that looks like a pink  pacman! You can see it in the bottom right of this page. LOL! It is so easy to use and I get quick results without ruining my fingernails.  The piggy from Farm Fever set was stamped with black Ranger Adirondack Ink on whisper white CS and coloured with Copics. I was happier with the results this time, could I possibly be getting better at this? WOOHOO! Originally, I coloured the pig with RV markers and I wasn’t happy, he looked too perfect and clean, not very pig-like. So I tested my colours first, not wanting to make it worse but I likes it so I coloured over with a YR marker (sorry,I didn’t make note of the colour numbers, I will for the next post) and it made him more peach and less perfect looking. I edges the white panel with chocolate chip ink to grunge it up a bit more. I used my BRAND NEW Crop-a-dile Big Bite to set the eyelets in the corners of the white piggy panel; that thing is awesome! The punch went through the lower left 4 layers like it was tissue paper. Last step, add the ribbon. Now I have a card in my stash for the next time someone is feeling crappy. Usually, by the time I get to making a card, especially one with colouring, they are feeling better. Come one, I know it has happened to you, be honest! Be sure to subscribe to email updates from Feedblitz to be notified of my future postings! Sorry for the less than stellar photography. I am taking the photos with my iPhone so they could be better but I think you get the idea.

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Pink Monogrammed Card

More firsts. First Colour Challenge, first monogrammed card which is my first try at Ways to Use It and first card I have made in ages with me in mind. Now only do I love pink, black and white together but I got to use this stamp set for, wait for it… the first time! Of course, I will probably end up giving it to my girlfriend who is also named Rebecca! CC188 and WT187

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The background card is 4.25″ square of pink pirouette stamped with pretty in pink ink using the Baroque borders wheel, the edges are inked with pink also. I just loved the Scalloped border punch medallion tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers so I had to try it. I layered it on a basic black square and threaded three grosgrain ribbons through the back. The top layer of pink is punched with the 1 3/8″ square punch. That makes the black square under it about 1 5/8″. The monogram is from Lovely letters as are the flourishes in the corners. The actually stamp from the set is a double flourish but I carefully only inked one half. The bling are heart shaped from my stash of dollar store stuff. Of the four cards I posted today, this is my favourite. now for time to stamp cards for pink week challenges…

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Cute little cow poke!

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I know, you will get tired of hearing this, but more firsts, first accordion/stair step card and first Technique Challenge TLC190. I had a lot of fun with this card. I tried stamping ‘Howdy’ right on the base card in white craft ink but it was kind of lost so I tried embossing it. Not enough powder stuck because the pad was a bit dry, so I tried going over with white gel pen. Disaster! The pen kept jumping off the line because of the few embossing powder bumps. So I had to cover it all up and I like the effect of the red panel better anyhow. I do wish I had used ruby red instead of real red, oh well.

The cacti are stamped on Old Olive with the same ink, the tag is the small tag punch stamped on Pumpkin Pie and stamped with the paisleys from Fresh Fillers. ‘Love ya’ is stamped with the Rough Edges mini alphabet. The stair step background is stamped with the paisleys from the cowboy set with Buckaroo Blue ink on the same colour cardstock.  The cowboy is stamped on whisper white and coloured with Copic markers. In case you can’t tell, the cowboy hat and boots are  supposed to be uneven and dirty looking. His legs and arms are replaced with wire held on with glue dots.

To prevent the glue dots from sticking while in an envelope or collecting hairs (ever present in the air in a home with a cat!), yuck 😦 I used a new tool from EK Success, a powder dispenser. It looks like a stipple brush with a fat handle; inside is baby powder, it even smells good, and you pounce it on to coat the adhesive. It was intended for use with stickers or other embellishments that already have adhesive on them, if you want to pop them up with dimensional adhesive like pop dots. After the powder coats the back,  when you close the envelope or your scrapbook, the foam of the adhesive doesn’t compress and cause the bellie to stick to your background. How clever is that!

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Watercolour Flowers

 

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This was also a first! My Inspiration Challenge card for IC149 ‘be inspired by watercoloured images by Mizue Hirano’. Her designs are so simple so I made my card to reflect that. I do not naturally tend to add a lot of layers so while my cards may not be as inspiring as those of some bloggers I read, they are easy to CASE as well as easy and FAST to make! The painting I took my inspiration from is the top left on this page. The background is stamped with a shadow flower from Hero Arts, one of my first stamps since I started stamping again in 2005 (I stamped with Inkadinkadoo stamps as a teenager but didn’t have enough supplies to fall in love!). The white panel is also stamped with a Hero Arts stamp. The paper is SU!’s new colour, baja breeze and the flowers are stamped in the same colour blue and basic grey. The ribbon is from my stash, it co-ordinates better IRL and the ribbon slider is Pewter Hodgepodge hardware. I really enjoyed the challenge because I know I would never have made flowers in these colours, EVER! I really do like the result.

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Professional Artist?? Hmmm…

Well, at least I’d like to be! So from now on, this blog is going to be my attempt to showcase my work and perhaps get paid for my efforts. I am already on one design team Stamp and Scrap Canada so hopefully I can get on more. Of course there are probably thousands of gals like me out there trying to get the same jobs but I can try! Hopefully you will enjoy my projects. Live in the Toronto area? I also teach Bra Making, yes I am serious, you can make your own professional-looking (well it actually looks better and is WAAY more comfy) bra. You do need to know how to sew first though. I teach in my home in Mt Albert, near Newmarket, Ontario and at Sew Be It Studio. Don’t live near here but know how to sew? Take a look at my website Sew Fine Bras because I sell kits and patterns. I also host crops and classes at my home so if you live near me, e-mail for details! So, now on to the paper crafting!

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I made this card for SCS Sketch Challenge 197. This is the first one I have ever done and bad me, I haven’t even posted it to the site yet! Must do that. I started with a whisper white card top folded, 4.25″ x 5.5″. then I added the pink panel stamped with the tiny flowers from Fresh Fillers. On top of that is a certainly celery panel. You can’t see it well but it is a tiny bit wider than the Copic coloured panel on top. when I first saw this card sketch, I knew I wanted to use a wheel stamp I could colour in. The size just seemed right and because I am new to Copic colouring, I look for opportunities to use my new babies. I tried to do some shading but I think I will need to make it bolder because here you can’t tell at all! Please bear with me while I learn this new medium. I stamped the celery panel with blessings, sorry but I can’t remember which set that belonged to, I now have most of my retired SU! stamps unmounted so I forget the set names. I added a pink spiral paper clip and pink grosgrain ribbon to finish it off.