Engagement Card for Max

Max is a wonderful woman who came into our lives as an autism consultant who, thank goodness, is paid for by a wonderful organization called Kerry’s Place Autism Services. She helps families navigate the difficult world of parenting a child with autism with kindness and a quiet dignity mixed with passion for insisting children’s rights are preserved. I recently found out she got engaged so I made this card for her; she deserves every happiness.

max engage

It is super simple so there isn’t much to say except to tell you how I got the variegated flowers. I used cube ink pads inking with autumn rose all over then with scarlet jewel very lightly in the middle then heavily only in the very center so I wouldn’t get distinct lines of where one colour stopped and another started. One flower, top left is all scarlet and one bottom right is all autumn rose. I’d switch those two if I made this again. IRL it is so pretty because I used REAL Swarovski crystals. They are so twinkly and amazing. I save them for the most special of cards. I hope she loves it!

Enjoy, Rebecca

rose-SU!, love sentiment-PSX
Ink: autumn rose, scarlet-PTI, Versamark
Paper: sweet blush, vanilla CS-PTI
Accessories: gold EP-SU!, foam dots-Jody Morrow, ribbon-stash, crystals-Fire Mountain Beads, Imaginisce ribbon cutter


Papertrey Ink 6 Anniversary Challenge–Colour Inspiration–Shabby Roses

I loved this colour combination. Some of, well all of the colours are my favourites.

roses PTI6 colour chlg

It took me a while to get used to stamping the layers of the rose correctly; took quite a bit of practice! But I got it. I recommend you start with the middle layer, add the accent layer then go back and stamp the solid image. In this case, I only used the last two layers using the die cut instead of the solid layer.

PTI 6 ann colour

Here’s a close up of the floral cluster. I raised the smaller rose on one layer of foam dots and the large on on two layers.

roses PTI6 colour chlg2

I have to tell you how much I am loving my new Swarovski crystals. They are SOOO sparkly. Ok, so you are thinking, “That’s great, but aren’t they way expensive?” Ok, to be fair they are more than regular crystals and you have to add your own adhesive but if you have a fine tipped glue bottle and a pick up stick of some sort, you will be fine. They aren’t that expensive; small ones are under $4.00 per package of 144 (depends on size). I ordered them from Fire Mountain Beads through Jet Beads.

roses PTI6 colour chlg3

Fire Mountain has quantity discounts that accumulate the more you spend. But what if you’d never order 200 items to qualify? You order through Jet Beads who have some sort of deal so you ALWAYS get the 200+ quantity discount! Cool huh? I just looked up to see how much they are and I realized that they don’t qualify for quantity discounts, the price stays the same. Though ordering them will help your cart total accumulate (this only matters if you order from Fire Mountain directly.) I had great service from Jet Beads; if you are worried, it isn’t a scam!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Flourishes, roses-PTI
Ink: pink pirouette-SU!, aqua mist, spring moss, hibiscus burst, simply chartreuse
Paper: spring moss, sweet blush, lemon tart CS-PTI, vintage typing paper (doily), vintage music paper-stash
Accessories: sweet life, flourish, edger dies, pink ribbon-PTI, foam dots-Jody Morrow, crystals-Swarovski, silk ribbon-May Arts


Happy 15th Anniversary Honey!

A couple weeks ago was my 15th anniversary! I was a bit late making an anniversary card for hubby, we aren’t that particular about the date anyhow.

TandR mojo ann card

Friends had us over for an anniversary dinner two weeks before the actual date, we went out for dinner and to see War Horse one week before the date and I was at a shower for my sister on the actual date. He gave me a card on the date so who was I to end the festivities by giving my card on time? I stretched everything out by giving him his card a week late! The actual date was November 15th but you could stretch it even further by leaving us congrats in the comments, pretty please!

TandR mojo ann card2

Back to the card. I used this week’s Mojo sketch which was a really nice one. Instead of three hearts, I added our initials to the heart. I think it’s ok to add hearts to a card for a guy if and only if it’s a love card. Some bloggers I follow add way too much girlie stuff to guy cards. For me, this is the absolute limit. There’s already scallops, a label shape, a flourish and rickrack for Pete’s sake! But there’s also serious stripes (strong colours, all the same size, none are little dots or dashes etc), distresses and torn edges, newsprint, non-girlie fonts and distressing. No bows, no glitter (unless it’s a winter card), no rhinestones, no ribbon unless it’s flat or tied in a knot,very sturdy and not frilly like grosgrain or corduroy. Ooh, or strips of suede or leather. Cool!


Enjoy, Rebecca

flourish-PTI, sentiment-PTI
Ink: frayed burlap, Antique Linen Distress, chocolate-PTI
Paper: smokey shadow, Ocean Tides CS-PTI, vanilla-stash, dp-MME
Accessories: Scrabble letters-, ampersand sticker-October Afternoon, rickrack, scallops die-PTI, heart die-Sizzix, labels 8 Nesties die


Mom and Dad’s Anniversary Card

My mom and dad celebrated their 40th Anniversary last week. WOW! That’s such a long time. This year is a big year, hubby’s parent’s 40th and our 15th too. I can’t believe its almost 15 years for us…

mom n dad 2012 annv (2)

The background is done with the ‘inked embossing folder’ technique. Basically, you ink up your embossing folder and then emboss. I recommend you use dye ink or brayer on pigment ink as pigment ink pads are so soft that they will apply ink to the recessed areas as well. The main panel is a Marianne die and I hand cut the inside white CS by tracing the middle of the die.

I was inspired to make this card by a design on Andrea Walford’s blog. The sentiment is heat embossed in gold. I looped ribbon and tucked it under the roses. My mom really liked, hope you do too!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Paper: white CS-Taylored Expressions, sweet blush CS-PTI
Ink: blush-SU!
Accessories: flowers-Prima and stash, Mariaane die, gold EP-SU!, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Cuttlebug embossing folder, pearl lace-stash, silk ribbon-May Arts


Candle Gift Set

A couple in my church has been married for 66 years! Can you believe that? I can’t even imagine! WOW! I bought them 3 candles from Bath and Body works (on sale for $5! YEAH!) to give to them at their anniversary party and wanted to create some nifty packaging.

candle gift set

I stacked the candles with foam in between them cut with a scalloped circle die. Just so it didn’t look tacky but at the same time, the lids wouldn’t get scratched from the candle above it. Then I wrapped the cardstock around the candle stack just to judge how much overlap would be needed. I scored about 3/4” from the bottom of the paper and clipped it like in the photo below.

v clipped curves image

This allows you to fold the tabs in and glue them to the scalloped circle bottom. Then I created a lid using the same technique.

candle gift set card

I used the latest WMS sketch for the card. Click to visit the challenge.


The ribbon I used is self-ruffling meant for wedding favours. I used it for the card and for under the flowers. They are just hydrangeas I pulled off a stem from Michaels and glued to the card. I added pearl centers to make it prettier.

candle gift set card closeup

Enjoy, Rebecca

WMS Say It Loud
Ink: sage, plum-SU!
Paper: cardstock, DP-SU!
Accessories: pearls-Dollarama, ribbon-unknown, purple ribbon-SU!, flowers-Michaels


Cherry Blossom Anniversary Card

I recently bought the coolest flower die. It makes gorgeous cherry blossoms. I made them in an unusual colour combo but I love that I can personalize them!

grimble ann 12 card

The colours of this card are epecially unusual to anyone who knows me well. Orange is one of my least favourite colours but I have been know to use it under the right circumstances like as an accent, when I love the paper pack or when the person I am making the card for loves bright colours! The latter is the case this time. Oh, and my blonde little guys look awesome in orange so you might see it on a scrap  page at some point!

grimble ann 12 card cherry blossom closeup

Making the blossoms is easy. Die cut all the pieces. I cut all of mine from ivory card stock. Then I coloured the star shaped piece with an apricot marker. Same for the center of the sunburst shaped piece. The little ‘sticks’ I coloured in blush and the tips are pumpkin. The sticks and tips are coloured on both sides. The flowers are sponged with blush ink.

memory box cherry blossom die graphic

To make the flower 3-D, you glue the tab to the back of the next petal. However, I found it was hard to get the tab to stay glued as it is tiny, less than 1/8” long! When I make it again, I won’t glue the tab first. To prepare the center, use an embossing tool and a foam or embossing mat to cup the star piece. Repeat for the sunburst. Then adhere the sunburst to the inside of the star. Now you want to curve the petals and squeeze the flower into a cup shape. Then add adhesive to the outside of the cupped center and the tab and add the center to the flower. While holding down the flower center with the embossing tool, make sure the tab is touching and hold until it is dry. All done!


I’m entering this in the Joan’s Gardens challenge this week and this April’s SFYTT (turned 90 degrees). Joan is offering 6 guest designer spots for participants! I’m really hoping I get a chance!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: memento black, Apricot, blush, celery-SU!
Paper: Picadilly-Basic Grey, saffron, vanilla, punpkin-SU!
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, lace-WMS, die-Memory box, markers: apricot, pumpkin, blush-SU!, ribbon-Masterstroke Ribbon, Kaisercraft rhinestones


Floral Frame–It’s a Blog Hop!


Hello to everyone new to my blog today. At least I hope I’ll see some new faces because I’m participating in a Mother’s Day blog hop.  We are making some great projects that will hopefully inspire you to make some beautiful crafts for the lovely ladies in your life. If you came here from With All My Heart then you are in the right place. If not start at the beginning at Jamie’s blog for all the wonderful projects lined up for you today. But make sure you come back!

mothers day frame

I don’t actually celebrate Mother’s Day but the lovely Jamie Rogers Moore who is running the show said no prob. Just create something you could give to a mom! Well, that describes 90% of what I create so I joined anyway! And I’m so glad I did as this frame was fun and easy to make.

The base is painted with chocolate acrylic paint. Then I adhered the DP to the front of the frame and glazed it lightly with PPA glue. The chipboard pieces and the DP all come from the Basic Grey Porcelain collection.

I ‘made’ the ribbon by scrunching it and dyeing it myself. I coloured it with R11 and RV10 Copic markers, just very messily, allowing the colours to overlap in places and not worrying about missed areas. Then I sprayed it with alcohol which blends the colours even more. The last step is to press it into a light brown ink pad while still wet to add some shabbiness and distressing to it. Then dry with your heat gun while scrunching and bunching it. I didn’t this time but if you want it really shabby, press into the ink again while dry. Twist it into a loopy bow and voila! Add some lace, a vintage button, twine and a few pearl sprays and all done!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Here’s a list of participants.

Jamie http://craftygirl21.blogspot.com/

Rhonda http://scraphappenswithRhonda.blogspot.com

Kristen http://www.fantabulouslypink.blogspot.com/

Court http://courtscrafts.blogspot.com/

Sonya http://sonyaspapertrail.blogspot.com/

Mari http://madebymomo.blogspot.com/

Amanda http://rickettscricuts.blogspot.com/

Tiffany http://sparkledmemories.blogspot.com/

Lisa www.lisascreativeniche.blogspot.com

Meighen scrappin3rdeeschik.blogspot.com

Helen http://www.craftingcricutmom.com

Liz www.mywhichcraft.blogspot.com

Jennifer http://craftycardgallery.blogspot.com/

Tere http://terecontodomicorazon.blogspot.com/

Rebecca http://www.EclecticEndeavours.blogspot.com That’s me!

Shawnee http://quiverofangels.blogspot.com

Basic Grey
Ink: Antique Linen, Vintage Photo Distress ink
Accessories: chipboard-Basic Grey, pearls-Recollections, acrylic paint-Apple Barrel, seam binding ribbon-Etsy, vintage button and lace, Copic markers, frame-Michaels ($1!), twine-PTI


Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge-Pink and Brown Anniversary Card and Tag

I am making some cards for my mom to give and I figured I might as well play some sketches at the same time! This one is for Sketch Challenge #19 by Waltzing Mouse.

pink n brown d e pass

I had so much fun making this card. I started by making the flower using my new Heartfelt Creations 5 petal flower dies and Bittersweet paper. I embossed each petal from the back of the paper with a traditional embossing tool. Then I embossed the middle of each flower from the front to cup the petals upward. Next I scrunched them so they wouldn’t look so perfect and inked the edges with Antique Linen distress ink. Then I punched holes in the middle of all the petals and threaded the stamens through the middle. After adhering it to the card, I added slivers of foam dimensionals under the larger petals to get more dimension.

wm sketch 19

I made the leaves by folding green ombre ribbon into leaf shapes holding them in place with Scor-Tape. The large flourish is embossed with pale pink powder. To make it pop, I darkened the pattern in the background DP with medium brown ink. I sure hope the Waltzing Mouse Design Team likes my card!

pink n brown d e pass tag

Here is the tag I created to go with it. I had intended to make this card using the last sketch I did and had set up the Just Rite Stamps so even though they didn’t work with this sketch and the flower I made, I decided to still use it by making this tag.

Enjoy, Rebecca


Autumn Leaves
Ink: cocoa-SU!, Antique Linen, Fired Brick, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Embossing Distress inks
Paper: blush-PTI, DP-Bittersweet Basic Grey
Accessories: Heartfelt Creations flower dies, sweetheart punch-MS, embossing tool, seam binding ribbon, R83 Copic to colour ribbon, Y21 to colour stamens, stamens and rhinestone brad-SU! pretties kit, pink EP-SU!, ombre ribbon and tag flowers-Michaels, pearls-Dollarama, Nestabilities circles, Spellbinders tags die


Beautiful Bride ATC

Another creation for a Swap-Bot swap. It was a wedding ATC swap. I decided to go with very soft colours but mostly white; I’ve seen a lot of white on white lately and wanted to try it!

bride ATC 
The background is a soft muted green floral from Basic Grey’s Porcelain paper pack. The tulle in the back is cut quite wide and about as high as the ATC. Then I tied it with sheer white ribbon and glued it to the ATC; the bride covers the knot. I stamped her on shimmer white cardstock; I wish you could see the shimmer!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: memento black
Paper: white CS-Taylored Expressions, DP-Basic Grey, Gold CS-SU!
Accessories: tulle, white sheer ribbon-stash, Rhinestones-Taylors tiny twinkles, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Copics R22, 32, G21, Y21


Stargazer Lily? for Doodle Pantry

I absolutely love this type of lily. I actually grew a lily like this one but it was called a Muscadet Lily. I think the one that is almost all pink is a Stargazer and the one I coloured is more like a Muscadet but I am really not sure. And since most people know the name Stargazer, that is how I decided to title it. Either way, it is a GORGEOUS flower!

stargazer lily

Just so you know, Laurie drew this and called it ‘Easter Lily’ so if you like this image and want to buy it, you should look for it under that name. Isn’t it so lovely? I think if you coloured it differently, maybe yellow or white with a yellow center, it would make a great sympathy card. There are so many possibilities!

Make sure you sign up for NEWSLETTERS from Doodle Pantry! You get a freebie each month available ONLY to subscribers and later it will end up in the store where you will have to buy it! So sign up soon! Doodle Pantry NEWSLETTER SIGN UP A visit to the store is a great idea anyway, be sure to pick up the store freebie while you are there!

stargazer lily closeup

I tried so hard to get a good picture of this card but it just doesn’t do it justice. I even messed around with it in my editing program and YUCK! It is much more springy and bright in person. {{SIGH}} I did think that showing you my inspiration photo might be interesting. Although I looked at these lilies every day in my garden for weeks, it was three or four years ago and this helped so much. Pretty close dontcha think?? I used Sweet Sketch 46 by Arlana Patten.

I printed two copies of this flower so I could paper tole it. I coloured the flower and bud only on one copy and cut them out. then I coloured the flower and bud only very basically, no shading and just around the edge but took my time colouring the leaves properly. Then I added the flower and bud with foam dots to give it some dimension. The bud was only popped at one end so it connected with the stem at one end. Much more realistic.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Easter Lily by Doodle Pantry
Paper: pale green CS-Bazzil, green DP, melon mambo CS-SU!, white circle-tracing paper (similar to vellum), white CS-Taylored Expressions
Accessories: pearls-Dollarama, foam dots-Jody Morrow, ribbon-May Arts, tag die-Spellbinders, Cuttlebug embossing folder, circle and oval Nestabilities, Copic markers: RV000,02,19,29, YR04, E08, YG03,63,67, G85, blender