Vintage Parfum

I am in a challenge on Swap-Bot to use one stamp three different ways.
This was one of my projects. I am entering this in Unscripted Sketches 186 and Simon Says Stamp challenge ‘Anything Goes’ as well.
vintage violette parfum

Sorry the formatting is messed up. I sent this via email and when I edited it in Live Writer, it seems a bit odd. The flowers are coloured with some Copics I rarely use but they look so pretty with these vintage colours. V91 and 95. I wonder if they make another V90 something… Incidentally, the stamp I used was the bottle and it conveniently has several different things you can stamp within the label! This one is definitely my favourite.

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I dyed the seam binding myself. I added several drops of blush reinker and a tiny, less than a drop, amount of Antique Linen to some water. It’s hard to see but the ribbon is unevenly dyed which makes it look old and stained. TIP: To achieve that effect, I added the blush reinker directly to the water but smeared the Antique Linen directly to the bag. I smushed the ribbon in the water and squeezed it dry. Then I dragged the wet ribbon into and through the AL. Means the ribbon gets unevenly dipped in the AL and a stained look. Perfect!

vintage violette parfum2

Isn’t this bottle so pretty? I stamped it on a solid coloured paper from the pack. Then I shaded both the label and the bottle but subtly. I twisted the ribbon that goes around the card because I didn’t like how much it covered the lace. I like the look!

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I’m also entering this in the Shabby Tea Room Challenge to use Neutrals as well as twine or ribbon and a sentiment. Mine is little but it is there, on the tag. Click on the photo to visit the challenge post.

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Enjoy, Rebecca

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe
Ink: chocolate-Papertrey Ink, old Paper, frayed burlap distress. perfect plum-SU! (envelope)
Paper: true thyme CS-SU!, ivory CS-scrap, DP-Capella Basic Grey
Accessories: Copics, tag die-Quickutz, HugSnug Seam Binding, blush reinker-SU!, Antique Linen reinker, vintage MOP button, lace-stash, foam dots-Jody Morrow, twine-PTI


New Pets Card

My cousin got a new puppy and a new kitten so I wanted to say Congrats! Now this is where I KNOW my card making is an advantage. Try and find a card in Hallmark that’s a congrats on your new cat AND dog in the same card! Hah! Take that Hallmark!

new pets card

I used Max and Whiskers paper, specifically half puppy and half kitty papers. The heart tags are those Making Memories frames to which you add your own paper in the centers. Worked out well except I wanted warmer coloured+-frames than the silver they come in. So I used a Copic marker on them tapping the side along the frame. So now it looks antiqued/distressed.

new pets card2

Enjoy, Rebecca

puppy-CDS, kitty-H&M Stamps, sentiment-Clearly Sentimental About Pets-MFT, paw-PTI
Paper: DP-Max and Whiskers Basic Grey, chocolate CS-PTI, natural ivory-SU!
Ink: Memento black, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo distress
Accessories: Making Memories frames, foam dots- Jody Morrow, Copic, corner chomper WRMK


Pet Sympathy Cards

My best girlfriend’s neighbour lost her dog this last week. I knew she would buy a sympathy card so I offered to make one for her to give.

pet sympathy duo

First, I decided to try out my new hex cover plate die from PTI. I had to die cut it three times before I finally got the right combo of number of passes through the machine and shim. I think my plates are old and that is part of it but it is a tricky thing to cut even with a new plate. Don’t start using it the first time on your last sheet of paper! Test it out first!

pet sympathy hex card

I used Nichole Heady’s PDF cutting diagram for 4 patterned papers but I substituted paw stamps for one of the papers. I love how it looks. I decided it was just too much work to give to someone I don’t even know so I’m going to save it. Then I made another one for my girlfriend to give away using this week’s Unscripted Sketch.

pet sympathy unscr sk

I made the button with the same paw stamp I used on the other card. It’s clear with glossy accents as adhesive. I was going to use a grey button from the pack that matches the paper but another button from another Basic Grey pack in this gorgeous teal colour really popped.

Click on the sketch to visit the challenge post.

unscr SK-152-US-1821

I hope these cards bring some comfort. It’s so awful to lose a special pet.

Enjoy, Rebecca

heartfelt, paw-PTI, hugs, sorry-WMS
Ink: chocolate, kraft-PTI, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo Distress, pumpkin-SU!
Paper: kraft, chocolate, cream-PTI, DP-Basic Grey Max and Whiskers, confetti ivory-SU!,
Accessories: twine, hex cover plate die, labels-PTI, clear button-SU!, teal button-Basic Grey, wood button-stash, circle Nesties, 1/16” circle punch-Fiskars, foam dots-Jody Morrow,


Horse Thank You Card for October SFYTT

This is a very belated thank you card for my girlfriend. Her DD taught riding lessons for summer day camp this summer and my son was in her class. Because we live very close together and she was driving her daughter there anyway, she drove my son also.

horse thank you card

This may sound like a small favour to you but it was huge to me. Huge enough that without her kindness, my son probably wouldn’t have been able to attend even though his grandma paid for the lessons. It would just be too much for me to get up and get everyone ready to go so early so many days in a row. You may not be aware but I have lupus, fibromyalgia and serious fatigue as a result. Getting everyone ready and out of the house is a major undertaking. I am so grateful to her and since she also rides, I made this horse themed thank you card for her.

My son helped with the Copic colouring in case you were thinking it isn’t as detailed or refined as my usual work. I’m teaching him the theory behind colour selection (greyer and cooler further away and in shadowed areas for instance) and shadowing (choosing a light source and the difference it makes depending on it’s shape) and colour blending. He prefers to draw in pencil and not colour but yet wants to use my Copics. Hmm…. Maybe just the novelty of something he isn’t allowed to use?

The sentiment panel is an unusual shape, I know. I used a ticket  punch on the corners then decided the panel was too wide for the space I’d left. So I trimmed the panel down and started to repunch the corners when I decided I liked the unusual shape!


For once there is plenty of time to play in this challenge! Crazy unusual for me! I ALWAYS link up at the last minute. Half the time I forget to post in time to actually enter the challenges I’ve made cards for. Seriously??? Click on the sketch to link to the post. Can you believe that I’ve played in every sketch so far this year! I can’t either! I am rarely so disciplined!

I’ve been having some serious behavioural issues, the kind that require therapy and professional diagnosis, with my 5 year old. On top of that, I’ve been having some other very frustrating things going on; it’s been a terrible couple of days. If you are reading this and have a few seconds to linger, please leave me a cheery comment or (clean) joke. I can use all the help I can get today. I rarely post anything personal unless it directly relates to why I made a certain card (as above) but I could sure use a pick-me-up today. Thanks in advance.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Horse poetry-CDS, sentiment-SU!
Ink: Memento black, Vintage Photo Distress
Paper: Archaic-Basic Grey, chocolate, vanilla CS-SU!, kraft CS-PTI
Accessories: ribbon, ticket corner punch-SU!, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Copics


SFYTT September–Chic Thank You

This is my second card for September’s SFYTT. It’s for the family that hosted my sister’s engagement party. I would have put them in the same post but those linky things get mad if you try to post two cards from the same post. So scroll down to see the other card.

sfytt sept elegant

Nuts, I just realized that I messed up and reversed the panels on the left side. I like how it looks but I didn’t mean for them to be that way. They are seriously glued in so I don’t think they are going to move! I used some strong glue so that the panels would hold, considering they are only adhered on the one side. I used my scoring tool to make a pretty, elegant frame on the vellum.

The right panel is two die cuts stamped with Vintage Labels from PTI. The brown one has white embossing on it to make sure the white was clean and crisp. I love the paper underneath so I was happy this sketch doesn’t cover it all up and the vellum panels served two purposes. One, I didn’t want to cover up more of the background paper and two, like the card below, I didn’t have another paper I liked in the pack that coordinated.

sfytt sept2012sketch

Click on sketch to go to challenge post.

Enjoy, Rebecca

frame-PTI, sentiment-SU!
Ink: Espresso Truffle Memento, Versamark
Paper: DP: Offbeat Basic Grey, white CS-Taylored Expressions, vellum-stash, brown CS-SU!
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, Label 1 Nesties dies, white EP-stash, MS scoring board


Last Minute! September SFYTT–Funky Thank You

My sister’s best friend and her family had an engagement party (yes, another one) for her last night and I wanted to make a thank you card. Since I needed to get my butt in gear and make a card for SFYTT for this month, I combined them! I try not to wait to make thank you cards or I forget to send them.

sfytt sept funky

This one is for my sister’s friend. I’ll be blogging the one for her mom and dad shortly. This sketch has lots of possibilities, I went C&S for this but there are lots of fun things I could do shabby chic-ish.

sfytt sept funky2

To add a bit of character, I pierced the vellum panels. My husband just asked me why my ‘fabric is so blurry’. Uh, that’s vellum on paper dear… gee whiz, that’s a man for ya! I explained I used the vellum panels because I didn’t have another paper I liked that matched. He still isn’t convinced.

sfytt sept2012sketch

Click on the sketch to visit the challenge blog.

Enjoy, Rebecca

DP-Basic Grey Offbeat, black, orange CS-SU!, vellum-stash
Accessories: Piecing guide-SU!, alpha dies-Quickutz


Pretty Strawberries for August SFYTT

flour strawberry sfytt
Sorry about the terrible photo that used to be here. I hope you like this much better! I got a new computer! YEAH! My old one was so slow it was positively painful. I can’t believe how few times I posted last month. So sorry!
flour strawberry sfytt closeup
I used Copic markers to colour the image, I airbrushed the background but only masked the berries and flowers. So much easier than cutting out the whole image. I have a trick for colouring the seeds so easily! I colour over the whole strawberry, ignoring the seeds. Then I add a tiny bit of white gel pen on the seeds and when dry, I colour over with a yellow Copic. Hasn’t bothered by Copics at all and the seeds look so nice and bright. Even better than colouring them yellow with the white of the paper underneath I think.
Enjoy, Rebecca
Stamps: Flourishes
Ink: Moss, Kraft-PTI, antique linen Distress, Memento black
Paper: Moss CS-PTI, white CS-XPress It, light lace DP-Basic Grey Nook and Pantry, coral dots DP-Cosmo Cricket Be Happy, blush CS-SU!
Accessories: doily die-PTI, hug snug seam binding, Quickutz tag die, twine-PTI, charm, lace-stash, pearls-Dollarama, oval Nesties dies

Book Loans Album for Mom

I’d have sworn I already posted this project; I wonder if I did and it got lost, hmmm. I make this mish mash journal style album for my mom. She often loans out her sewing books and then asks me if I have them and doesn’t quite believe me if I say no because I have a bad memory. She started writing down what people borrowed then loses the papers! So, this is the solution!

book loans cover

Please click on the photos for a larger view. I tried to decorate some pages but also leave some pages empty for writing. I used a variety of ribbons to decorate the rings and a gorgeous Recollections rose.

book loans 1

The little circle hanging on the string is a Tim Holtz fragment tag. the other side has a little flower showing through some glitter and glossy accents under the clear plastic tag. I’m not sure why I photographed it like this (as I remember, I was in a hurry) but it hangs down slightly when the string is wrapped around the button. The right page is an envelope where I put some library cards for the books she lends out more often. I also gave her some library pockets to put in those books.

book loans 2

I used a lot of Webster’s Pages paper for this. I did a bit of stamping…

book loans 3

…and made some shaped pages.

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Some of the pages are covered chipboard. One is a doily and some are just plain paper.

book loans 5

I also used a recipe card that was a stamped image I was given and some Basic Grey paper too. I’m afraid I missed photographing the page behind the recipe card Sad smile

book loans 6

This page is one of my favourites. I love the cherry chipboard and vintage magazine advertisement. The left page is meant to be viewed when turned 90 degrees.

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Although certainly not an exact match, I tried to embellish the cherries to have green stems like IRL. The right page is one of the most embellished. I added a stamped image, pearls, a tiny key and a stick pin.

book loans back cover

and finally the back cover. Another vintage magazine ad and some lovely velvet rick rack.

I hope you enjoy my album, my mom did!


RECIPE: Sorry, I made this a year ago, I’m afraid I don’t remember much. Email me if you have a specific question.


Puppy Love Wire Photo Holder

This was one of two doggie-themed gifts I mafe for my mom. She recently lost her dog who was 14.5 years old and she was devastated. And since she is hard to buy for, I pretty much have to make something to be sure she doesn’t already have it!

puppy love photo frame

This originally was a nasty yellow colour and I can’t imagine why anyone, even a dollar store would use it. I sanded it so the paint would grab and added two coats of acrylic paint. Then I covered it in Rock Candy Crackle Paint. The doggie bone embellishment is a die cut from MFT which I covered in Glossy Accents.

puppy love photo frame closeup

The scalloped circle is covered in Max and Whiskers paper and sealed. Then I added the banner; just the letters are covered in Glossy Accents.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: Walnut stain, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo Distress ink
Paper: Max and Whiskers-Basic Grey, chocolate, kraft CS-SU!
Accessories: copper brad, charm, paw brads-stash, woof button-Jesse James, Glossy Accents, mini scalloped punch-EK Success, Quickutz alphabet, Technique Tuesday scalloped chipboard circle, CTMH files, striped button twine-PTI, love wire photo holder-Dollarama


Doggy Sympathy

My mom lost her sweet Golden Retriever Pinkerton last week. I loved that dog so much and of course, she was devastated. So, sadly, I made her a sympathy card.

pinktn symp

Inside is one of the sentiments from the PTI animal sympathy set. I actually don’t remember which one. The paw is from that set too and the heart is from Tiny Treats: Valentine.

The sketch is May’s SFYTT.


dog-unknown, sorry sent-WMS Say It Loud, heart-PTI Tiny Treats
Ink: memento black, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap Distress ink
Paper: espresso-SU!, Patterned paper-Basic Grey Max and Whiskers
Accessories: oval die-Nestabilities, striped twine, button twine-PTI, buttons-Jesse James. Copics