Cards

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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Pastel Hugs

Working with a sketch always makes me happy. I watched a video by Yana Smakula about using an embossing folder as a stamp. So I tried it combining the technique with our sketch challenge this week at Crazy 4 Challenges.

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I used similar soft ink colours from Altenew with a folder from Spellbinders. The first try I got a gorgeous background but it was too bright for what I was trying to achieve. In the end I used only the lightest of the inks from 3 collections, blush, pink diamond and buttercream. To do this technique, you spread the inks randomly over the more solid surfaced side of the folder. Spritz the inks with water until they pool up. It might require more water than you’d think. Then add Bristol or watercolour paper and close the folder. To get a good impression, press well or use a brayer to add moderate pressure. The goal is to get a good impression with the ink but not with the ridges of the folder.

I wanted something light and fluffy at the top when I remembered about a fringe die I bought but hadn’t used. I didn’t have the right colours so I used white and very, very delicately inked it with matching colours. Then I added some lace and sewed it on with gold thread. For the three elements on the sketch, I tried a ton of embellies and flowers. In the send, I chose two layered flowers by Maggie Holmes and two Prima pearl clusters. A die cut and layered Hugs die cut with the same colours, just a bit darker, inked on it and a few sequins finished it off.

Join us for this fun sketch this week! It’s open until Friday at midnight when we post our next challenge.

Enjoy, Rebecca

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I Am Here for You

A few weeks ago, one of my favourite bloggers, Yana Smakula, posted about her favourite ‘formula’ for making cards. I highly recommend you take a look here. It’s a great post!

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I followed her formula to make this card for the current Sketch for Crazy 4 Challenges. I’ve always loved sketch challenges; there are so many ways to look at them and everyone comes up with such unique ideas! I started with a wood grain cardstock (SSS) and then die cut a doily-ish shape with Majestic Circles (Spellbinders) using gold Mirri cardstock. Once I decided on the placement of the doily, I sponged on Harvest Gold ink (PTI) so it would tint the card in and around the focal point. Then I flicked on diluted Dusk ink (Altenew) on the card base with a paintbrush.

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The rose (PTI) was stamped with the teal inks (Altenew) for a layered look. The leaves were stamped with green inks (PTI) and the branch (Casual Fridays) was stamped with green inks (Altenew) then all were die cut. The sentiment (Altenew) was embossed in white on black cardstock. Last I assembled the card and added some sequins (Lucy’s Little Things). In the second photo you can see how pretty the gold cardstock looks. It even looks like real metal!

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Can you play with our challenge this week? We would love to have you join us! Everyone is welcome using any supplies in any style!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Watercolour Butterflies

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Today I am playing in the PTI blog hop! I just loved the inspiration photo they picked this month!

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Here is my take on the photo. I decided to use butterflies; I had thought about using ice cream cones but the die is too large to use in this pattern on a card. In the future it might make a nice canvas though! I used my professional watercolours from various companies and some Arches watercolour paper. I’d normally save such nice paper for larger paintings but I flubbed the other side so at least it got used right? The white panel was splattered with some grey watercolour and I added a vellum strip with a white embossed sentiment across the panel. The card base is made from aqua mist cardstock! Last but not least, I added a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

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Enjoy, Rebecca

PTI Supplies: white and aqua mist cardstock, butterfly die, vellum, thanks sentiment

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Freesia Sympathy Card for The Shabby Tea Room

Once again I used the colour combo from this week’s The Shabby Tea Room sketch. There’s ivory, white, black and the little tidbits of purple on top of the hat.

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I recently bought this freesia stamp set and coloured it with the no-line colouring technique. I used a very light green Memento ink so it wouldn’t show once I finished. Then I watercoloured it with my Kuretake watercolour set. Those colours are amazing! I also have the Derwent Inktense Pencils and honestly, I am not a huge fan of them. Save your money for the Kuretake!

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Our sponsor this week is Paper Sweeties! The owner is also the owner of The Shabby Tea Room so I’m sure she would love it if you checked out her little store. She has great stamps, dies and embellies. I got the sweet little flower sequins and the seam binding from Paper Sweeties.  So head on over to the challenge blog or the store to see what is on offer!

I’m also entering this in the Winnie & Walter watercolour challenge.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
freesia-Altenew, sentiment-SSS
Ink: archival black-Ranger, pea sprout-Memento
Paper: Windsor & Newton watercolour paper, vanilla, eggplant CS-SU!, DP-Echo Park
Accessories: sequins, seam binding-Paper Sweeties, foam dots-The Sticky Stuff Store, Kuretake watercolour