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No!!! Summer Can’t Be Over!

I can’t believe how cool it’s gotten here in Southern Ontario! It’s usually super hot on Labour Day weekend yet we have the heat on! I love, love, love summer and once again, it’s flown by! But I couldn’t let go just yet. It’s my turn to host for the month at Crazy 4 Challenges so I chose a summer or beach theme for this week. Just make any summer or beach-themed project; it can be a card or something else! c4c beach retirement

I used some older paper from Bo Bunny this week with a sentiment that is part SSS and part PTI. The flower is a die cut from the same collection but I altered it by making the white edge smaller, adding Glossy Accents and a touch of glitter. The papers were all sponged to help them stand out more from each other. This collection includes some awesome papers but not a single one is subtle! They are all large scale, full-page designs or very bold. I added a touch of stamping to the card base with stamps from Taylored Expressions and a few sequins.

I really hope you’ll head on over to the C4C blog this week. My guest this month is the amazing Teresa Kline so go check out her sweet card!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Summer Hello

I can’t believe I waited so long to use this awesome new card kit from Simon Says Stamp. Anything beachy or ocean themed is my favourite! I might even do my own version of 1 kit 10 cards! I’ve got 2 so far!

c4c hello summer

I made this card using sketch for this week’s Crazy 4 Challenges. There’s one paper in the kit with a lot of fun borders so I used them for the banners on the sketch. I am kind of allergic to making cards weighted to the right of the card, not sure why, so I moved the focal panel over.

The sentiment was stamped in Distress ink but to get enough coverage I had to stamp it three times. That was enough to make it bleed into the patterned paper which made the sentiment fuzzy. I tried to fix it with a Distress marker but ick, that didn’t look so hot either. Last ditch effort was to try to stamp over the whole mess and emboss the sentiment. I actually like the way the sentiment looks with the green popping out from under the gold.

When you make a card using this sketch, be sure to link it up over at the Crazy 4 Challenges blog!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Life Is Better in the Summer Canvas

I am quite honestly addicted to summer. It improves my mood, makes my skin nicer and most of my aches and pains disappear (though it’s taking a while this year so far). Yeah for SUMMER!!

life is better in the summer canvas1

To honour summer, I was inspired to make this canvas. I have a wall at the front of my house near the door where I put seasonal décor, changing it each new season. This will go up on my wall soon or maybe now since I love it so much! I started with a basic dollar store canvas, nothing fancy, it was stapled on the edges and not the back but that was ok for this project. I covered it in heavy acrylic paint in titan buff. Then I dry brushed on some metallic gold paint on the sides and edges of the front.

life is better in the summer canvas2

Next I added some light modeling paste using a coral stencil. I allowed it to dry then replaced the stencil and air brushed some peach Copic marker. Then I decided I needed some more texture so I randomly and messily applied some glass bead gel. If you want to use this, be warned that it takes a long time to dry if you apply it too thickly. I pieced some Kaisercraft papers adding some coloured modeling paste using a gorgeous ocean-themed poem stencil (both by Red Lead Paperworks).

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The papers were both sponged on the edges with matching Distress inks and I popped them up with a foam layer. I usually adhere my papers with gel medium so this was a new things for me. Next it was time to add some fabulous embellies!

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The tag and oval pieces were from the back of the Kaisercraft paper pad. Dreams was die cut using a SSS die. The sea grass is a Frantic Stamper die cut from Kraft cardstock.  Some assorted shell chips, beach glass and sand was added across the bottom. A few other embellies and some real fish net rounded out the canvas!

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I think I’ll add a knotted string of beads to hang this from. I have a TON of ocean themed charms and beads that will match the colours in this canvas! Fabulous right?

Enjoy, Rebecca

Entered in: Simon Says Stamp Monday – Make a Wish. I wish I could live at the beach, liKe so bad! Global Design Project #37 MFT Colour Challenge

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Beach Paradise Mixed Media Canvas

I’m planning on painting a large three-part canvas for my bathroom. To test out the paints I bought and to help me know what proportions of colours I’d need to mix, I painted this much smaller canvas board.

mixed media beach full

For the background I spread an uneven layer of texture paste not covering it all up as I like the canvas texture. Then I went over that with a great stencil from Red Lead Paper Works and more embossing paste. Next I painted it with acrylic paints, first the sand (a mix of unbleached titanium white and metallic gold), then the sky and finally the sea. The metallic-ness of the gold got a bit lost in the mix so I dry brushed the sand with the gold paint.

mixed media beach close up

It wasn’t enough gold for me so I went over it with gold Gilder’s Paste and that turned out much more shimmery. The gold sat up on top of the lettering and looked so pretty! So now I had my trial for my larger canvas. I remembered to write down my approximate paint mixes then decided to embellish it as it turned out so well. I will put it up downstairs during the summer months. I’ve added air dry clay shells, Prima flowers, sequins and shell beads, buttons, ribbon, real fish net, rhinestones, die cuts, twine, wood veneer, a coin, brads and a pearl stick pin.

mixed media beach

The shell ‘sequins’ area really cool. They are real shell beads called heishi beads and basically look like sequins! I got them at Art Beads.com and I highly recommend them for any application. I might even use them in a shaker card! I know this is out of season but honestly, I could make beachy themed items all year! And I probably will! Stay Tuned!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Entered In:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Throwback. I forget when it was but this was for the Paradise challenge.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

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Warning, Many Cards…

I have been playing quite a few challenges lately but always seem to run out of time to blog the cards before the deadline! Well, I finally found some time and actually remembered so this is one of a few posts with cards I’m entering. sorry to post so much all at once!

sun sand n flip flops

This was for three challenges, two of which have ended sadly. JUGS challenge to use layered die cuts and Retro Sketches 168. But, the Curtain Call challenge is still open! yeah!

flip flops

Most of this is pretty straight forward. On the kraft layer, I inked it with Distress ink and applied light moulding paste to the edge to mimic the frothy front edge of waves. The sides of the card were sponged through a stencil using the same colour ink as the cardstock.

I’m also entering this in the SSS Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
You Did it-SSS, sand stamp-SU!
Paper: DP-SSS may kit, Hawaiian shores CS
Ink: versamark, Hawaiian shores, Vintage photo distress
Accessories: glossy accents, Smile die-SSS, white ep-Hero Arts, light moulding paste-Liquitex, sequins-Pretty Pink Posh, stencil-Crafter’s Workshop

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Vacation Island for Mojo Monday

I got some new Kaisercraft paper and it was so fun to play with it.

my island mojo

My mojo has been a bit low lately; I’ve been doing so much organization, it’s kind of sapped my creative energy. But as I worked on this, I just got more and more happy. I have to make a note to myself that anytime I’m not inspired I should go to this paper pad!

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Click on the photo to visit the challenge.

To make the sun set background, I used Distress Markers. To make sure that the colours blended, I spritzed the stamp then dabbed off the area where the colours meet. Then I spritzed again. I love the effect! I stamped on the island using my MISTI to line everything up. It wasn’t perfect but it was user error. The MISTI placed the stamps exactly where I aligned them. I love this tool and it is totally worth the cost.

The card was sprayed with gold Glimmer mist when I was done and it looks great! Shame it doesn’t show up. I also added a few brushstrokes of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. You can’t see it very well as the angle isn’t right and the cracks are very fine but it does add a bit more texture. The button was don a while ago so I don’t remember what I did too well but I remember adding Copic airbrushing to change the colour. Then the ink stayed tacky so I covered it with, I think, Glossy Accents. The finish ended up kinda cracked and textured which was really cool. The charm is covered in Sharpie paint pen to change it from silver to gold.

RECIPE
Stamps:
My Island-WMS
Ink: chocolate-PTI
Paper: kraft CS-PTI, DP-Kaisercraft
Accessories: shell ribbon-May Arts, shell charm-Fire Mountain Beads, button-PTI, gold and white thread, Copic Markers, faded jeans, broken china, marmalade Distress markers, Rock candy paint, Sharpie paint pen

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Shabby Chic Tag

I am in LOVE with these Julie Nutting doll stamps. They take a while to either colour or paper piece but the results are really worth it.

shabby girl nautical tag

I love how the hair turned out on this one. I think I used E53,55,57 and maybe E49 for the very darkest areas. It’s hard to see the very fine detail but the legs are also paper pieced which is why the colour is different from the skin I usually colour. I added Copics for shading that matched the paper’s tone. In case you are wondering, yes, this is a very large stamp. I handmade the tag but it is close to a large standard tag, about 6.5” x 3”.

The paper is from an older Webster’s Pages; background (made of several papers), lobster paper (distressed and covered with Rock Candy crackle paint) and the paper piecing papers all come from the paper pack. I carefully cut out the paper around the tag reinforcer so it would show through. The little boats were coloured with Copics too.

I messed up the stamping of the feet, I got a double line, so I made the shoes slightly higher to cover that up. The stars are covered with a Wink Of Stella pen. The sand is a product called Mudd Puddles; it’s basically sand in glue in a small jar so you can apply it like molding paste. It doesn’t apply as smoothly but it is fun.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps: Prima
Ink:
Distress Frayed Burlap, Memento black
Paper: Webster’s Pages, vanilla CS-?, small premade tag
Accessories: star-Jesse James buttons, sand-Mudd Puddles, twine-reused from packaging, Copics, seam binding-Masterstroke Ribbon, lace-Fabricland, ticket-?, Rock Candy Crackle paint, tiny twinkles-TE, star, boat veneers-Studio Calico, foam squares-Sticky Stuff Store

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Sea Shell Mixed Media Canvas

I ADORE anything beachy or ocean-related and I was in desperate need of some decor for my powder room AND I’m learning to do mixed media so this is what I created!

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It also happens to be perfect for this week’s SSS Monday Challenge Blog to create something with a nautical theme!

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I used die cut paper, lace, washi, glitter and charms to create little spots of interest on the sides of the canvas.

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You can see the shells I stamped. Because they were stamped with dye ink on acrylic paint, they didn’t dry so I clear embossed them. Since they didn’t stand out as much as I had hoped, I added some Faber-Castel Big Brush pen and smudged it in to accent them just a bit.

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The stamps are part of a sheet of rubber I bought so sorry, I don’t know who created them. Maybe Rubber Buggy Bumpers? They are out of business now. The background is music paper and book paper in three languages (French and Dutch) on top of a canvas board and then covered in gesso and paint.

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Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
large shells-SU!, small shell-Flourishes, other ‘botanical illustration’ stamps-stash
Paper: vintage music and book paper, hawaiian shores, aqua mist CS-PTI
Ink: hawaiian shores-PTI, Archival cobalt, potting soil
Accessories: charms, lace-stash, MFT scallop die, various PTI dies, washi tape-MME, shells-school supply store, E6000 glue, Golden Fluid Acrylic paints

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World Card Making Day!!

Welcome to my WCMD post! I’ve saved several cards I’ve made lately just for this special occasion! So sit back and enjoy! (Check out the end of the post for what’s coming up on my blog soon.)

First off a little card inspired by Jennifer McGuire or maybe Kristina Werner. But if Jenn made it the sentiment would be black and if Kristina made it there would be dash lines somewhere or rounded corners so I suppose that makes it all mine!

heart happy

I cut apart a SSS heart die to get just one heart to cut it from each of two banners. The background was sponged with broken china ink over the SSS Moroccan stencil.

Next up is a Copic coloured card I spent a TON of time on. Not only did the colouring take a long time but the card design did too.

tag slider card

It’s a surprise pop up card but I call it a tag slider card. I changed hte measurements of the tutorial quite a bit though as my card is larger. Cuz when you pull on the tag, the front panel slides up to reveal a message underneath and a place on the tag for a message!

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Cool right?

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The Copic colouring looks smoother IRL. Strange, soft colours usually fades completely on a computer screen. In this case, it actually shows up more strongly! Weird!

vintage hearts

I made this card for a challenge on Swap-Bot to go green and use coffee sleeves. I love the tiny corrugations and that one side of the cardboard is already removed. I die cut the heart and painted the ridges white. Then I used Versamark to add gold embossing to the edges.

And last but not least, two ATCs. They are still cards right? First, a mixed media piece inspired by a canvas I did for my bathroom. I’ll be posting that soon so if you are new to my blog and want to make sure you see it, be sure to subscribe or bookmark me!

sea mm ATC

I used a kraft cardstock base and added some sticky back canvas. Then I added two colours of turquoise, ivory and yellow-green Golden fluid acrylic paint. Then I dry brushed on some gold. I stamped the shell in Archival ink and added the ribbon and button when dry.

rainbow butterflies ATC

This one was sponged with a rainbow of distress ink colours on vintage sheet music paper. Then I added ink direct to paper on white cardstock so the colours would match the sponging when I punched the butterflies. And I added Copic markers to the centers. They are glued on their middles only so the wings can be lifted up.

Have a great WCMD. I hope you enjoy clicking on all the links and I apologize that this post wasn’t up right away. Coming up soon on my blog: how to make multiples of a project-3 parts, preparing, die cutting, stamping; 2 mixed media canvases and how to make a super easy super-hero cape! I also have a few jewellery projects to show you! Make sure you come back now, ya hear?

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
(Heart Happy)
Stamps:
SSS
Ink: Memento London Fog, Distress Broken China, Scattered Straw
Paper: white CS-PTI, DP-MME
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, Rock Candy Distress Stickles, SSS banner, heart dies, stencil, lifestyle crafts label dies

(Thanks-Tag Slider)
Stamps:
PTI Thanks all Ways, Flourishes Hollyhocks
Ink: Memento black, night of navy-SU!, HA-Field Greens, Frayed burlap, antique linen distress
Paper: Kraft, vanilla, moss CS-PTI, white CS-XPress it, DP-MME, vintage music paper
Accessories: Cropadile, 1/2”, 1 3/8” circle punch-SU!, Ornate ovals, Rose Creations dies-Spellbinders, mini scalloped punch-EK success, foam dots, Copic markers

(Vintage Hearts)
Ink:
vintage photo, antique linen distress ink, Versamark
Paper: Trousseau 7 Gypsies, kraft, vanilla CS-PTI, coffee sleeves
Accessories: SSS banner, heart dies, PTI heart die, white paint, gold EP-SU!, MOP button-ebay, lace-vintage, flower-Jesse James buttons, foam dots

(Sea Mixed Media ATC)
Stamps:
SU!
Ink: cobalt Archival ink
Paper: Kraft CS-PTI
Accessories: Golden Fluid Acrylic Paints, sticky back canvas-Ranger, MOP button-ebay, ribbon-stash, MS butterfly punch
In case you are wondering, the shell with the slit in it is a name holder from a wedding store.

(Rainbows, Butterflies and Music ATC)