Shabby Baby Card for Unscripted Sketches

This sketch was a lot of fun! Some of them kinda stump me at first but this one flowed easily!


The ‘Baby’ die is by Marianne I think and the baby things are by Memory Box. They are really quite teensy, for comparison, this is a 5×7 card. The bottle and rattle are about a bit less than an inch high and the soother is only about 3/8” high!

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I coloured them with Copics and oh, so gently sponged them with Distress ink. I also had to be very careful with the word to get ink sponged on the inside areas of the die. I used a Fantastik for the tiny areas. It’s like a sponge tipped pen you can dip in ink. Also good for fixing missed areas of solid stamping.

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The papers are from Little Darlings and G45’s patterns and solids pack. The baby face flower is a chipboard piece. The greyish buttons are Mother of Pearl and look so much nicer IRL!

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I have a couple girlfriends who are pregnant right now so hopefully one of them has a little girl! I have several boy cards already in my stash.

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I do hope to see you over at Unscripted Sketches later this week! We’d love to have you join us! Even if you can’t play. be sure to check out the DT’s awesome projects; they are a talented bunch!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Frayed burlap Distress ink
Paper: G45, Ivory CS-PTI
Accessories: EK Success mini scalloped punch, PTI buttons, MOP buttons-Ebay, G45 chipboard, Marianne Baby die, baby things die-Memory Box, Copic Markers, Flowers-Wild Orchid Crafts, Lace-stash, ivory iridescent sequins-Ellen Hutson


Woodland Animals Baby Cards for Unscripted Sketches

I haven’t played an Unscripted Sketches in way too long. They are one of my favourite challenges. I also wanted to use some of my new SSS monthly kit so – ta da!

babies are heaven sent

I immediately thought of a baby when I saw the tiny deer, foxes and blue birds. The pumpkins and trees with turning leaves aren’t so babyish but as long as the card isn’t being given in spring i think it’s ok!

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And since I had the supplies out, why not make two? I haven’t made a card for multiples in a while, never know when you’ll need one! Maybe I’ll put these in an online store. I’ve applied to a new juried online store; I’ll see if I get in. I like that you only pay 50c per item for a year with no monthly or commission fees. Awesome!


Click on the sketch to visit the challenge blog page.

Enjoy, Rebecca

BB: Hearts, Baby-PTI
Ink: VersaMagic white, HA cup o Joe
Paper: DP-Lawn Fawn, kraft, white CS-PTI
Accessories: EK Success mini scallop punch


For Baby Card

So, I had to give this 10 minute thing another shot. Let’s just say I failed miserably (but I did get quite a bit closer, more like 14 minutes). Even though I prepped the heart embellie in advance… that’s not cheating right? 🙂 I can’t do anything quickly apparently. Sponging even takes me a long time! I think there’s a reason why you don’t see shabby chic cards among the 10 minute craft dash team cards or in the linky creations!

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This time I used this week’s deconstructed sketch 117. The basics of it anyway; I didn’t follow it to the letter. I now see I put the rounded edges at the top and I didn’t layer the two main panels the same way but I hope it’s close enough. When I set about to colouring the image, I realized I hadn’t used chocolate anywhere yet so the blanket ended up dark brown. And I added a chocolate button too. It’s a bit hard to see under the twine but it’s there.

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I die cut the heart out of corrugated cardboard then added a soft yellow/ivory paint to the edges. While it was still wet I added some micro fine white glitter. Then I added glue to the very edges and gold opaque glitter. The button threaded with twine tied in a bow was the finishing touch.

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Enjoy, Rebecca

Crafty Secrets: baby boy postcard set, background stamp-Hero Arts?
Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle, frayed burlap Distress
Paper: kraft, ivory-PTI, yellow stripe DP-MME lavender, blue DP-Simple Stories
Accessories: heart die, button, twine-PTI, paint-buttermilk Americana, warm white glitter-Glitter Ritz, gold glitter-Art Institute, ribbon-May Arts, foam dots-Jody Morrow, corner rounder-WRMK, lace-not sure, maybe WMS?


Baby Boy Bundle of Joy Card

I am NOT a quick card maker. I could be but I just don’t like to be. I always want to add one more thing or colour something instead of just solid stamp. So when I tried to make it under 10 minutes for the latest Craft Dash challenge… well, they don’t call it a challenge for nothing!

bundle of joy mojo

I used the latest Mojo Monday sketch for the basic bones of the card. And I rushed, or tried to. I’d never used this solid stamp before and did I remember to try it out first or condition it? Of course not. So when the Memento ink I’d set out didn’t seem to give good coverage, I pulled out my brown Archival ink and inked up the stamp, d’uh, I wiped it off because I planned to Copic colour it. More wasted time.

So I finally chose my new, never tried but much touted (by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner) Hero Arts Shadow ink in Cup o Joe. It still didn’t stamp cleanly! Ugh! I will give the ink another chance with a better conditioned stamp. I wasted like 4 minutes on that fiasco though and fixing the bad stamping with a marker. Overall, took me at least 25 minutes to make this card. I’ll still link it up because the rules say you can anyways and I loved the colour combo. You’ll see in my next post, I tried again and got closer but still didn’t make it. UGH!

My other challenge was the placement of the little mobile hanging things. I thought the stamp was designed so that you could stamp them in one shot. But when I went to stamp them, they just didn’t look right. So I test stamped them. This was well after the I shut the timer off in frustration. I realized I’d have to cut them apart to stamp them and match the hanging strings exactly. Sure look cute though don’t they? 🙂


Click on either photo to visit the challenges.

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Enjoy, Rebecca

Taylored Expressions: crib, sentiment-PTI
Ink: cup o joe (crib)-HA, blueberry sky-PTI
Paper: saffron, natural white CS-SU!, simple stories DP
Accessories: baby outfit button-Jesse James buttons, ribbon-May Arts, foam dots-Jody Morrow, labels 1 Nesties, Copics


SAF Mixing Mists to Match–Baby Bee Tag

I have to admit, I only have one PTI reinker so I’m afraid there was no mixing going on here, just misting. And it turned out lighter than I would have liked but it’s still pretty darn cute IMHO!

SAF13 mixing mist

I copied Melissa and used the Hex cover plate as a mask. I tried to be frugal and cut it from kraft and misted on the back side so I can reuse it. It warped so I dried it under my cutting mat and I think it will be good to go! Yeah! I also saved the pieces for another project. Then I stamped the flowers and centers inside each hexagon. It made for a very cute pattern! The rest is pretty obvious. 🙂

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE: lemon tart reinker, harvest moon, summer sunrise ink, white, lemon cardstock, bee stamps, heart die, tag die-PTI, twine-Divine Twine, ribbon-Hero Arts, patterned paper-MME


Teddy’s First Scrapbook Pages!

I’ve been so overwhelmed with taking care of my autistic son and getting him the help that he needs that I’ve not done a single scrapbook page of my baby until National Scrapbooking Day! Then I finally managed to get a two page spread done which entered me in a few Studio Calico challenges to boot!

teddy newborn layout left side

This is the left side of the spread. Please click on it to enlarge it. The colour of the ‘precious’ is off, it’s a transparency over a piece of PTI melon berry cardstock but it looks icky brown here, eww. and the lace isn’t crooked. The page was leaning up against my backdrop and bowed a bit which made it look a bit warped in the center. Sorry! I promise it is my usual meticulously straight. Well, unless something is deliberately NOT meticulously straight! Ha! Like the patterned papers peeking out from under the photo. Thanks to Maggie Holmes’ video showing her process for the inspiration. I’ve always admired her designs and it was awesome to see her work!

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I’ve since added our hospital bracelets to the pocket on the page. In this photo it only holds the tape measure they used to measure him right after he was born. The nurse makes a tiny tear in it at the head circumference and the length, writes on the weight and gives it to the mom to keep. Ours is now all safe in this cute little pocket! This page was entered in ‘Use something transparent’, ‘Use a pocket’, ‘Use 5 or more patterned papers’, Mixed Media’ challenges.

teddy newborn layout right side

In this one, you might notice that my older son is in the delivery room! Yep, he was there for both of his brothers being born at 6 and almost 11 years old. He did really well and I was so glad we decided to do it that way; incredible experiences he will never forget. This one was entered in ‘Use buttons’, ‘Use transparencies’, ‘Use ribbon’ and ‘Mixed Media’ challenges.

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I’m really proud of these so I hope you enjoyed them!


Paper: melon berry CS-PTI, DP-Webster’s Pages New Beginnings, DP-American Crafts, vintage music paper, shipping tag-stash
Ink: Berry Sorbet, Antique Linen (blended)
Accessories: crocheted flower-handmade by me!, pocket-Webster’s Pages, lace, silk flower, mother of pearl buttons, doily-stash, Tiny Attacher-Ranger, transparencies- , quote- , Boss lady mist, wood veneer-Studio Calico, twine-PTI, hug snug seam binding, metal embellishments-Making Memories, pearl brad-Recollections, foam tape-Jody Morrow, heart chipboard-Maya Road, Liquid Pearls, sepia pen-Micron


Sweetly Pink Baby Girl Card

Could a baby girl card be more girly? It looks much nicer IRL; it was very hard to photograph and edit.

kaiserc baby die script

The swirly baby die cut is from Joan’s Gardens. To be honest, I forget which company makes it right now. My guess would be Marianne. The diaper pin comes with it. I don’t emboss my die cuts a lot but this one definitely benefits from the detail embossing adds. Again, much more obvious IRL. The triple layered flower is from my girlfriend, thanks Bec!

I am entering this in the Simon Says Stamp ‘anything goes’ challenge.

I wanted to layer the die cut over the pink paper but they were too similar and the word didn’t show up. So I tried layering pink vellum, one was too bright and one was the wrong shade. UGH. The white let too much of the pink show through. So I used two layers. I was careful to only use adhesive under the die cut and pearls to prevent the adhesive showing through.

Here’s an example of how bad my memory is. I made this card mid month for SFYTT. I just realised it now, Dec 1st! I internally gasped as I thought I had missed entering a card for November. I just checked and realized that I made another card for SFYTT for November! So not only did I forget I made this card and make another for the challenge, but I linked up that card and then forgot that just now as I am typing this! Seriously???? At least I still have a chance to finish out the year! But it ends early so if you are playing, be sure to get your card linked up by midnight Dec 24. So sad it will be the last SFYTT ever. Sad smile

Enjoy, Rebecca

white CS-TE, DP-Kaisercraft, vellum-stash
Accessories: baby dies-Marianne (?), scallop die-PTI, pearls-Dollarama, circle die-Nestabilities, heart button-stash


PTI Stamp-a-Faire Challenge–Mini Book

Here’s my mini book aka Memory Preservation Badge.

SAF mini album

This is one of my first projects specifically for my baby Teddy. I am going to add photos of him. I followed the video fairly closely except for the covers. I wanted to leave room for some dimensional embellishments so I made my cover 3/4” at the spine and used only one sheet. The only adhesive holds the envelopes in place. I will adhere the cover in place after I am sure I’m finished embellishing it which definitely isn’t yet.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Paper: envelopes-Clear Bags of Canada, DP-PTI, ivory CS-SU!, kraft CS-PTI
Ink: chocolate-SU!
Accessories: Copics, sticker letters-Basic Grey, Creative Memories, tab die-PTI


Lila Grace Baby Card

Jennifer McGuire recently had a new baby girl! I don’t know her personally but I love her blog and I greatly admire her! And if this baby is even half as cute as her little guy Colin, she will be a beauty! And since I love making baby cards…

lila grace sweet card

I bought this die and stamp set but hadn’t had a change to play with it yet. So I had a fun time making this card. As you can see, I embossed, or rather debossed, each scoop of ice cream differently. Well, all except one. I used as many folders as I had with a small enough scale and appropriate pattern but had to repeat one. I hadn’t intended to go ROYGBV order so I didn’t pay attention to which two die cuts were embossed the same. Then I did go rainbow order after all. It wasn’t until I was showing my girlfriend the card that I realized the blue and purple scoops were embossed with the same pattern. Ugh, that didn’t look good. Sad smileSo I took a minute while she was here to remove the blue scoop (I have more of the blue paper than purple), recut it and re-emboss it. She looked at me rather indulgently as she thought it was fine as it was but nooo, it surely was NOT! LOL!

It’s all in the details right?

I hope you like it Jennifer. I don’t have your address but if you email me (link under my photo top left), I’ll mail it to you!

ETA: Bummer, the collection to link to the Lila Grace blog hop is closed.

Enjoy, Rebecca

sentiment, heart background PTI, outline letters-SU!
Paper: white CS-Taylored Expressions, pink cardstock-PTI, scraps for scoops and cone-SU!, green scrap for leaf-PTI
Ink: memento black, pinks-SU!,
Accessories: Quickutz, Cuttlebug embossing folders, Copics R81,83,85, pink button-PTI, PTI ice cream die


Papertrey Ink March Blog Hop–Lemon Aqua Inspiration Baby Card

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Here is my card based on the inspiration photo below.

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And a close up…

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This card is very similar to the one I designed as thank you cards for my shower but in different colours. I haven’t posted it yet because I am hoping to find a magazine looking for interactive cards so I can enter it. It uses much less paper so is ideal for making multiples; the front panel is only held on with the brad in the corner and the whole front panel swings upwards. The aqua is only one layer, not a card base. So 1/2 the amount of aqua cardstock is used compared to a normal card. I forgot about writing on the base, under the focal panel, when I embossed it. Oops! So I guess I will add a layer of copy weight paper when I write in it. My shower ones had unembossed bases so they were easy to write on.

A few details: The scallop at the top edge is the eyelet lace die, I just have it positioned so you can’t see the holes. The socks are made from felt, I just love the fuzzy socks my baby wears so I had to reproduce them as closely as possible for this card. The ribbon is seam binding dyed with Copic Blender Solution and Y21 reinker. If you enlarge the photo, you will see that the brad has tiny stars on it like the yellow shirt DP. The background was inked by swiping the pad across the edges to highlight the embossed pattern. Then I distressed it with Antique Linen ink.

And now for a photo I took a few days ago of my 3 month old Theodore aka Teddy Bear.

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This isn’t even edited! I need to warm it up some but otherwise I’m pretty happy with it SOOC (straight out of camera). Isn’t he adorable?!

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Enjoy, Rebecca

Mega Mixed Messages, Hanging Out-PTI
Ink: Colourbox chalk (2 browns), Memento cocoa, SU! banana, celery, PTI fresh snow, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress
Paper: All CS and DP PTI
Accessories: PTI dies: Hanging Out, Eyelet Lace, brad, yellow ‘tab’ ribbons-stash, Hug Snug Seam Binding, blue felt-Etsy, foam dots-Jody Morrow