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Happily Ever After

I haven’t used this stamp set in ages. The images are so small and my tastes have changed so it sits on the shelf. However, this sketch suits little images. Splitcoast Sketch Challenge SC205.

happily ever after
I started with so saffron DSP from last year on a standard chocolate card base. Fortunately, a lovely blogger Dannie figured out the dimensions for the three panels! She included sizes for both the panel and a mat, I just used the mat size because I couldn’t decide what colour to use as a mat but later I wished I had matted the saffron panels for visual interest. Anyway, I stamped the little wedding car on vanilla and cut it and the scalloped chocolate mat with Nesties. I used a combination of Copics, SU! markers and a silver gel pen to colour the image.

I added a chocolate ribbon across the card and tied a second ribbon around it for a tie. You all know that trick right? TIP: Tie a small ribbon around one stretched across the card, adhered at both ends, instead of tying one ribbon from the left with one from the right together for a tie. That way you can adjust the tie easily if it isn’t exactly where you want and you don’t have to struggle to get it tight enough either, holding one finger in the middle while you tie it a second time. If you are mailing the card, the tie isn’t so lumpy either because you only need to tie it once, not twice! 2nd TIP: The thicker the ribbon, the more slack you should leave when adhering the first ribbon to your card or when you add the tie, it will be to tight and pull the card front into a curve. Ask me how I know!

I used black foam dots to adhere the car layers to the card over the ribbon. Now it looked way too boring. This is where the trouble started! I got out my flourish stamp from Autumn Leaves and stamped it in close to cocoa ink. Well, the stamped image was spotty at best. The ink didn’t adhere well and puddled in spots, leaving others with no ink at all. Ughhhhh! So I tried stamping over it. Nope, didn’t line it up right. So I ended up taking the top two panels off, recutting them and restamping. Before I restamped I tried to condition the stamps by sanding them. The test stamp on the dull side of the chipboard that comes with scrapbook paper looked OK so I stamped it in chocolate, this time on the card. Helped but not enough. Dang it! I am guessing the difference is the absorbency or surface texture of one paper vs the other. So I ended up using a chocolate marker to go over the areas where the spotty ink problem was most prominent. I still thought it needed something at the bottom but I was hesitant to add another flourish. So I went with the sentiment that goes with the little car; I rather like that font. Now I am relatively happy with it. Hope you think it is at least OK. In case you noticed, I swear the ribbon was trimmed perfectly at one point. I must have brushed the angled cut end the wrong way, rats! Don’t yajust love the country song “(It Doesn’t Have to Be) Perfect” by Sara Evans!

RECIPE

Paper: chocolate chip, very vanilla cardstock, so saffron DSP Stamps: elegant flourishes by autumn leaves, Greetings Galore Ink: Stazon brown, chocolate chip
Accessories: chocolate ribbon, black foam tape-unknown, silver gel pen-unknown, Copic markers, SU! Markers. All supplies SU! unless otherwise noted.

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Tea Gift Set

This is just a quick post because I want to enter this photo in a challenge. Splitcoast gallery stopped uploading for me so here goes.tea gift set

This is a double pocket bag; instructions from Splitcoast Stampers. The bookmark is created from a piece of cardstock longer than you can see, it is folded over in back and there are magnets between the folded section and the front.  This helps the bookmark stay inside the book.

RECIPE:
Paper:
white confetti cardstock and scrapbook paper
Ink: not sure but probably either chocolate chip or stazon brown and close to cocoa
Stamps: Stampington except tiny coffee cup-unknown
Accessories: Basic Grey Magnets, brown grosgrain and satin ribbons, pink watercolour crayon, Prima flowers, rhinestones-unknown. All Products SU! unless otherwise noted.

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Everyday Remembrance Card

This card is a real departure from my usual cards but that is why I like doing Splitcoast challenges. Makes me move beyond my pink and brown or celery with plums comfort zone.

 everyday remembrance This card fulfills Colour Challenge 195 and Cat’s Creations sketch challenge for blog candy. The card base is standard 4.25 x 5.5″ black cardstock. From now on I am just going to call this a standard card base. The next layer is Sahara sand stamped with a background stamp in the same colour ink. TIP: For the best results using a background stamp, swipe the ink pad across it, then tap it as usual. Be careful to fully coat the stamp in ink. Leave the stamp upside down on your table; place your cardstock face down on the stamp. Use your brayer to push the cardstock against the stamp. If any of the background is not covered by the cardstock and the reverse will show, cover with scratch paper before brayering. If ink gets on your brayer, clean as you would a stamp wheel.

I distressed it with a Heidi Swapp distressing tool, the one that looks like a pink Pac-Man, and scissors. During that process the cardstock got wrinkled so I took advantage and crumpled it a bit more and inked the whole sheet. The folds get more ink than the valleys giving a nice texture. Can you tell I have been to Tim Holtz’ site lately? I really loosely followed the sketch; the sentiment was supposed to go at the bottom, oh well. I placed two ribbons, the ivory and the gingham, across the whole card, to me this represented the line on the sketch that was supposed to be the seam between two papers. I wish the ribbon showed more but at least it gave me a place to tie in the other three ribbons. I cut the oval cardstock layers with Nestabilities, love those! and adhered them to the card with black foam tape.

The flowers are punched with the six petal SU! punch but I prefer odd numbers of petals so I clipped one out, hole punched the center with the 3/16″ Crop-a-dile and smushed the flower until the petals came together. The Scrapper’s Floss used to be medium brown but I didn’t like that it was the only thing on the card that wasn’t one of the featured colours; that might be OK if it was red or something, sort of an accent colour, but since it wasn’t, it just looked strange. So I coloured it with a Copic marker. Ditto the gingham ribbon, used to be black and white, I coloured it ivory with a Copic. After I got all of that done, it still looked a bit empty at the bottom, so I added the chipboard swirl covered in the same vintage book page as the flower. I used CTMH files to make the paper fit in the small areas of the swirl; they are quite sharp, worked very well and were quite cheap. The edges of the swirl were distressed with a black Copic. I added two brads to the end of the swirl; I really like how that looks.

RECIPE:

Paper: vintage book page-unknown, Sahara sand, black and vanilla cardstock
Stamps: It’s about time, Ephemera bkgd
Ink: Stazon, Sahara sand
Accessories: ivory ribbon-Masterstroke, scrapper’s floss- Karen Foster, chipboard swirl- deluxe designs, E00 and black Copic markers, black gingham ribbon, black sheer ribbon, oval Nestabilities-Spellbinders, flower punch, black brads, black button, brayer     All of the above by SU! unless otherwise noted.

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Grateful Card

This is one of my favourite cards of all time! I think it is elegant and well, really pretty. I hope you like it too. The colours of the card are more vibrant in real life. Sorry!

Grateful card The base is close to cocoa 4.25″ x 5.5″, top fold. The next layer is Designer Series Paper (DSP) patterns in pink pirouette. Then comes a layer of chocolate dots from Bella Rosa DSP. The velvet ribbon I chose used to look pinker but the brown shows through and mutes the colour a bit, darn. I was going to use a soft, easy to tie ribbon and make a nice loopy bow or a soft tie but the ribbon I had was really wrinkled and I was too lazy to iron it. I was considering buying a ribbon iron when I remembered I have a mini iron I used for sewing so now I have to get that out. The wrinkling motivated me to start wrapping my loose ribbon on clothespins. I couldn’t find the old-fashioned ones so I used the regular ones. The pearls are from the Pretties kit adhered with Crystal Effects. I couldn’t decide if I should use two or three but I like it the way it is.

The final layers are cut with… drumroll please… my new Nestabilities! Woo hoo! I just love them. If you don’t have them do anything, sell your… no, I was not going to say firstborn 😉 stuff you aren’t using on Ebay or Etsy.com to get these. The largest layer is chocolate chip followed by pink pirouette and white. Grateful is stamped in close to cocoa. The flower is coloured with Copics, I started with yellow on the flower petal tips and pink in the centers.

I was happy with it until I worked on choosing papers for the rest of the card. I had the mix I wanted all picked out, however, when I put the flower on top I didn’t like it. The yellow was to bright even though I only used pale colours. So I used the colourless blender to push the colour out to the edges of the petals to soften it then added two more layers of pink. Now, I am happy with it. Thanks to Marianne of I Like Markers for the fabulous tips!

Thanks for visiting!

RECIPE               Stamps: Natural Beauty, Small Script     Ink: close to cocoa, Adirondack pitch black     Paper: pink pirouette cardstock and DSP, white, chocolate and cocoa CS, Bella Rosa DSP     Accessories: label one Nestabilities, ribbon unknown, Copic markers, pearls

NOTE: For future reference, I have a lot of Stampin’ Up! supplies so everything is usually SU! unless I note otherwise, especially if the tag at the bottom reads Stampin Up products. I can’t promise to be perfect, but my goal is to try and put the brand (or unknown) next to all other products!

For my real favourites, I will link the products to the manufacturer’s website or an online store that carries the it. Hope the helps!

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Thank You Card Box

This box features the stretchy ribbon belly band from the last post. I think I slid the belly band up a bit after taking this photo. I really enjoy making boxes, this one is rethank you card boxally easy; it fits a set of 10 4.25″x5.5″ cards and envies. I will post a how-to later. I cut the box lid according to my custom measurements then stamped the box lid with pretty in pink ink on pink pirouette CS with the word stamp from Natural Beauty. This has to be one of my favourite stamps of all time. Starting in the top left corner, I stamped it first horizontally, then vertically and repeated the pattern all over the box. This makes a great background, I have used it before on cards too. Then I assembled the box with red line tape. The box bottom is plain chocolate chip CS, you really do not see any of it anyway so I didn’t stamp it. The tag is made from my NEW NESTABILITIES! Yeah! The lower layer is chocolate chip CS, the upper is whisper white. The stamp is one of the first I ever bought, from Hero Arts I think. I inked it in pretty in pink then traced over the center thank you in rose red. The ribbon is retired SU!, the pearl is from the Pretties Kit.

RECIPE                Stamps: Natural Beauty, thank you – Hero Arts    Paper: pink pirouette, chocolate chip and whisper white CS    Ink: pretty in pink, red rose marker    Accessories: silver cord (back of belly band, see previous post), Nestabilities Label One dies and Cuttlebug, Pearl from Pretties Kit, foam tape and red line tape both from Jody Morrow

Hope you enjoyed it!

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Stretchy Ribbon Belly Band Tutorial

belly band 4

This is a great idea I thought of if I do say so myself. I love tying ribbon around boxes of cards I give as gifts but what to do if you want to replace the ribbon after opening the box? The ribbon is untied and what are the chances of tying it in exactly the same place so the wrinkles don’t show? And while you and I might be able to tie the perfect bow, since you are giving a gift, will they be able to retie it? And who wants to tie and retie a bow every time you open a box anyway? So I came up with the idea of attaching cord to the ribbon at the back of the box so it can easily slide on and off, the bow staying tied! (Post for the box pictured to follow)

Step 1: Tie the perfect bow on your item. Trim the tails, do anything else you want like add other embellishments to the bow etc.

Step 2: Cut the ribbon at the back, yep, cut it right in half. Being exact isn’t important. If your ribbon is polyester or nylon (most is unless it is real silk or cotton like twill tape) you might want to heat set it with your heat gun so it can’t ravel. Normally ribbon like this doesn’t ravel too badly because it is usually cut at an angle but this time it is cut straight across.

Step 3: Apply a thin bead of glue to the edge of the ribbon. Fold the ribbon over. VERY IMPORTANT do not allow the glue to fill the space, you need a loop for the cord to go through. see photo. Use small binder clips to keep the ribbon edges together while the glue dries. (sorry, I had a photo of this but it was blurry, new camera and all, still figuring it out!)

belly band 1

Step 4: Place the bow on your box. Thread stretchy cord through the loops and tie. If your box is cardstock, be careful not to pull the elastic cord too tightly. You can see mine is a wee bit to tight in the last photo.

belly band 2 

belly band 3

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Swirl Thank You Card

Thisswirl thank you is the last card (so far) for my gift for my sister’s roommate. I would like to end up with 12 cards total (2 of each of three so far) but I want to make them fancy so I am still searching for ideas. So far, I am happy with the results but I  continue to struggle to make them as fancy as some of the cards made by my favourite bloggers.  I am waiting for my Nestabilities to  arrive, seems the eBay seller goofed and sent them to the wrong address, GRRRR!

This is a gatefold card. I used 5.5 x 8.5″ card scored at 2 1/8″ on both sides. The overall card still measures 4.25×5.5″ closed. The background paper is retired Designer Series Paper (DSP). I used the directions HERE to cut the celery scalloped frame for the main image. The next layer is striped DSP. The focal image is ‘thank you’ stamped in perfect plum on vanilla CS. The swirl is stamped in pale plum with a Perfect Medium pen on the dots which were then dusted with purple Perfect  Pearls. It is hard to see but gives the card a soft pearlescent look. The Perfect Medium has a fixative in it that keeps the Pearl Ex on the paper without a sealer. The corners of the vanilla panel have perfect plum and celery eyelets. I think I may go back and add a ribbon under the celery panel and tie it at the side of the card. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Recipe
Paper:
Pale plum CS, celery CS, vanilla CS, Designer Series Paper-retired
Stamp Sets: Sincere Salutations, Carte Postal
Ink: perfect plum, pale plum
Accessories: Scallop Punch, perfect plum and celery eyelets

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French Flair Merci Card

This is another card for a gift for my sister’s roommate. I really love this little card. I didn’t really like making envelopes for them though so look for a post soon with my directions for making a ‘display’ envelope french flair merci for your custom sized cards. The display style shows off most of the card as soon as the flap is opened. It can be adapted to any size card.

This is a specialty trifold card. Go HERE for instructions for the layout. I made the card from pale plum CS with retired designer series striped paper. The bottom two layers are perfect plum and pale plum CS both stamped along the edges with the flower bouquet from Carte Postal in the same colour ink as paper, both were punched with the ticket corner punch. The top layer is very vanilla stamped with the French flair background stamp in mellow moss. ‘Merci’ from the same set was stamped in perfect plum on pale plum CS, punched with the word window punch. I reinserted the punched CS into the bottom of the punch to cut off the excess. Brads were added to the corners of the perfect plum panel and the ‘merci’ was adhered using foam dots. The card was adhered together according to the tutorial. I had a lot of fun putting this card together, I love interesting folds!

RECIPE
Stamp Sets:
French Flair, Carte Postale
Paper: Designer Series Paper, pale plum CS, very vanilla CS, perfect plum CS
Ink: Mellow moss, perfect plum, pale plum
Accessories: ribbon-unknown, pewter brads, foam dots

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All My Thanks Card

This is one in a series of cards I am making for my sister’s roommate who just got married. This is a called a tenall my thankst fold card I believe. Either way, it is a fun and easy fold to do. I started with a perfect plum 4.25″ by 8.5″ card folded in half with the fold at the top. I stamped Baroque border in Versamark and embossed with gold EP. I stamped French Script in mellow moss on mellow moss CS and edged it with gold marker.

I have a special technique for edging CS. The marker has a chisel felt tip. Take a scrap piece of CS or thin chipboard and gouge out a groove in the tip.  Hold the CS in the air and flex it so it will stay stiff. Align the groove with the edge of the cardstock; it will ride along the edge as you slide the marker down the paper. This gives you a nice even gold edge. TIP: hold the marker at a 45 degree angle to the paper for best results. the back will have little or no gold on it, repeat on the back if desired.

I adhered the moss panel to the card so the overall dimensions of the card would be 4.25×5.5″. Next I cut a strip of pale plum CS slightly shorter than the width of the moss panel. I trimmed it so it would line up with the gold edge. I punched the label from perfect plum. I stamped the thanks stamp and cut the center out, adhering it to the punched label. After adhering the label with foam dots, I realized the label looked a bit boring compared  to the gold on the rest of the card so I used a thin tip gold paint marker to enhance the edge. Last, I added 3/8″ gold ribbon across the bottom of the moss panel. My next posts will show more of the cards that go in the set. Have a great weekend!

RECIPE
Paper: Perfect plum, pale plum, mellow moss, very vanilla
Stamp Sets: Designer Label, French Script, Baroque Border
Ink: mellow moss, Versamark
Accessories: Gold EP, Gold ribbon, Label punch, gold chisel tip paint pen, gold fine tip paint pen

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11th Anniversary Card

Do you find it hard to make manly cards? Me too, even if it is only for my DH. You think it would be easier knowing someone for 11 years! Yeah I know, 11 year anniversary…  known him 11 years… doesn’t add up. In case you are wondering, I was not a mail order bride 😉 but we did get married very quickly after meeting, less than 6 months, so I guess technically I have known him for 11 and a half years!

This card is basic, an easy layout, definitely masculine but I managed to add cherish anniv embellishments anyway. I thought it was a neat idea to use the tape measure twill tape cut at 11″ to represent 11 years of marriage. I wonder how long it will take for him to notice. I started with a card base of River Rock, then added 2 pieces of ticket corner punched Designer Series Paper. I glued the twill tape over the seam. Then I stamped the square from Frames and Flourishes in Blue Bayou ink on the same colour paper and cut out the center.  I used foam dots to lift the frame up over the twill tape. The foam dots are SUPER sticky ones sold by Jody at her blog. The dots have the same adhesive on them as red line tape!! She also sells lots of other cool sticky stuff. I stamped ‘cherish’ from Lexicon of Love with Night of Navy ink on Vanilla CS, punched it with the oval punch and distressed the edges with navy ink to help it stand out. I realized you couldn’t read the details of the stamp after punching it so I stamped it in the inside as well. It looked a bit boring so I added three brads to the bottom. Hope it inspired you to make some great man cards!

 RECIPE
Paper:
river rock, vanilla, Designer Series paper retired
Ink: night of navy, blue bayou
Stamp Sets: Frames with a Flourish, Lexicon of Love
Accessories: Oval punch, foam dots, twill tape, black brads, 1/16″ hole punch