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13 Cards with 1 Kit!! Plus Review of Spellbinders Card Kit

I recently jumped into creating with the Spellbinders October Watercolour Card Kit of the Month. (Whew that’s a long name huh?) In 2 days I made 13 cards and I could have kept going as I have LOTS of supplies left!

I made a video to show you all the cards. I hope this inspires you if you have this kit or you simply enjoy the cards if you don’t.

(In case the video won’t load, here is the YouTube link https://youtu.be/gsac_Tm87wk)

I added a few extra things like dies, sequins, gems, Nuvo drops, foam adhesive (some comes in the kit but it’s thicker than I usually use), twine, vellum, ribbon and lace.

Oh, and a bit of white cardstock for the extra card bases. I rarely use coloured cardstock for bases anymore. It seems like a waste of money and dark cardstock especially needs a liner or a light coloured gel pen for the message.

Yet I still have so much left over! All but one of the wooden button and epoxy stickers, almost all of the cardstock, TONS of die cuts, about 80% of the sticker sheets, all but one of the journaling spots and tags plus of course the die set and stamp set which never run out!

This kit is definitely the most user-friendly kit I’ve purchased and having so many of the gorgeous die cuts means making cards is fast and fun. I didn’t even use the dies for these cards except for the celebrate die. I did use them for a postcard though.

I can totally see myself making a pocket page with many of the remaining supplies. There are many geared towards home and family.

So here are 6 of the cards plus the postcard. I’ll post photos of the other 7 soon! Leave me a comment: Do you buy card kits? If you do, do you end up using them up? Or do they sit on a shelf like most of mine do? If not, why not? Is this kind of feature something you’d like to continue to see?

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

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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