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

Stamps: Prima
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


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!

sea shell mm canvas1

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

sea shell mm canvas2

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

sea shell mm canvas3

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.

sea shell mm canvas4

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.

sea shell mm canvas5

Enjoy, Rebecca

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


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!

tag slider card 2

Cool right?

tag slider card 3

tag slider card 4

tag slider card 5

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

(Heart Happy)
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)
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)
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)
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)


Beach Bum Babe for Dec SFYTT and Tuesday Trigger

I am so sad that this is the last SFYTT! However, I am thrilled that it seems I managed to play every single one all year! There can only be fewer than 60 people in the running for the prize because (I believe) that’s all who played in November!

beach bum SFYTT dec12

This also works for Tuesday Trigger on Moxie Fab World. I am very disappointed in the photo (again) because you can’t see the shading I added to her skin. I made it look like she has a bit of a sunburn. It is obvious IRL but like the pretty gold glitter I added to the sandy areas under and around here, you can’t see it! Bummer, I hate that! You can see it on her cheeks but it looks more like I just didn’t blend them well!

beach bum SFYTT dec12 1

I made the flower using fabric from the bridal section of the store. You have to make sure you get polyester so that it melts properly and preferably a tight weave. I used two different kinds, I believe they were satin and georgette. Lots of different types of flower dies will work. I use a heat tool to melt mine, not a flame because you won’t have to worry about soot marks. I also use tweezers to support the petal as a melt it so I can’t melt it too much.

beach bum SFYTT dec12 2

As I sat and looked at my card, I regretted that I’d put the darker aqua panel on the right side, opposite the flower. I thought the flower would pop more against the darker panel. So I added the flourish to help it stand out more and I’m so glad it did! It’s the first time I’d used the flourishes with the matching dies and I was pretty happy with them. I don’t have many dies that need to be stamped after die cutting so I was please how easy it was to line up and stamp.

sfytt dec2012sketch

tues trig dec 18 12

Click on the pix above to visit the blog posts.

Here’s my link to all my SFYTT entries this year. http://eclecticendeavours.blogspot.ca/search/label/SFYTT

Enjoy, Rebecca

focal image-MFT, shells-SU!
Paper: all CS except white circle-PTI, white CS-X-Press It
Ink: Memento black, aqua mist, hawaiian shores-PTI
Accessories: fabric-Fabricland, brad-stash, glitter-Art Institute, foam dots-Jody Morrow, mini scalloped punch-EK Success, Nesties dies, PTI flourish die, twine, May Arts ribbon


Ocean Themed 250 ct Diorama MB

I love the ocean so it was a natural choice for my diorama matchbox!

ocean 250 mb

I used a scallop die to make the waves. The sand is stamped with kraft ink then stamped again with a glue pad and gold glitter was added. The fish ‘bubbles’ are Dew Drops and the water is glittered along the edge and blinged with rhinestones. The sea bird dangles from a piece of rickrack.

ocean 250 mb drawer

The cover features pieces I cut from a Graphic 45 paper pad. Along with a die cut doily and some cool bling! In case you are familiar with a normal 250 ct MB, yes, this is much thinner. I specified that the box be thinner so it would cost less to mail. So it is only 1/2” high. Since I was sending it all the way to Australia, I’m glad I made it thinner! $4.85 vs closer to $10!

ocean 250 mb cover

Enjoy, Rebecca

crab, post-Shore Treasures CDS, bird-Seashore Crafty Secrets, sand-SU!
Ink: Memento black, kraft, chocolate-PTI, Versamark
Paper: Aqua Mist, Kraft, Hawaiian Shores-PTI, white CS (clouds)-Taylored Expressions, x-Press It white CS, vintage typing paper (doily)
Accessories: cloud, scallop, doily die-PTI, fish button, gold swirl-Jesse James, Dew Drops, rhinestones-stash, coloured glitter-Art Institute, white glitter-SU!, foam dots-Jody Morrow, bling strip-Recollections, vintage lace, May Arts ribbon, rickrack-stash


Beach Retirement Card

Hubby gave me exactly 1.5 days to make this card for a colleague’s retirement! Fabulous right? Yeesh… At least I was happy with how it turned out!

beach retirement

I used the Mojo Monday sketch from this week. Click on the sketch below to link to their blog. I haven’t managed to play a contest week for a while so I am excited! Especially since I won the CPS 158 last week! AND I was one of the Terrific Top Three Winners at the Shabby Tea Room 107! Wahoo!


I wasn’t thrilled with my Copic colouring on this one, I think it lacks a bit of depth but it’s ok. I was making it between 1 and 3am so I might have spent more time on it normally. I just noticed that I should have made the sand closest to the water darker to make it look wet and the sand under the chair should have been darker too. Ooops! I used a Spica pen to make the waves and sand look a bit glittery. Here’s a close up of the fish netting and shells I used to embellish it. I got the real fish net in Ocean City (the family version of Atlantic City) and I much prefer it to net ribbon or cheesecloth.

beach retirement bellie closeup

See the bird at the top of the oval panel… well, I have to admit, mistakes are the mother of embellishment. I was using a very new Copic marker, Y26 I think, and I noticed it was getting very juicy. Normally I might have clued in to what was about to happen but this was about 1:30 am so nope. You guess it, my marker blobbed all over my work. And did I blot it immediately? No (honestly…)! I just waited for it to dry! It was so saturated that I couldn’t get it all out with the colourless blender. So it became embellished! note to all of you who have Copics. When you get new ones, take off both caps to allow the pressures inside to equalize. That’s what makes is blob, usually anyways. Rarely it can blob because it is overfilled but that doesn’t happen often straight from the factory.

Enjoy, Rebecca

sentiment-Say It Loud WMS, beach scene-JustRite Stamps
Ink: Memento Cocoa, Colourbox chalk ink, Baja-SU!, Vintage Photo Distress
Paper: MME DP, kraft, vanilla, moss CS-SU!, white CS-XPress It, Ocean Tides CS-PTI,
Accessories: EK Success punch, Oval Nesties, Shells, bird-Jesse James buttons, seam binding-Masterstroke ribbon, fish net-Ocean City boardwalk, foam dots-Jody Morrow, pearls-Dollarama, Copics-Y21,26, YR61,YG61,63,67,G24. BG10,72,75,99 B91,93, BV02, E08,31,33,71,74,77, C1,3,5, W3,5,7, Spica sand, clear, gold metallic paste (distress shells)


Nautical Thanks

I was almost killed in a car accident last Friday. Some distracted moron drifted over the center line into my lane. Fortunately, I had a lane to my right so I swerved to avoid him and he continued drifting into that lane too! Took off my mirror! I was so worried I’d have to pay for it because he left the scene. But amazingly, another driver following behind the drifting moron followed him and so he finally returned! I was so grateful to the nice guy who followed and came back to be a witness that I made him this thank you card. I’m going to bake him something too.

nautical thanks justrite

It was hard to decide what type of card to make. I have car, travel, beach, robot, monster, office, nature, animal and a few other themed stamps appropriate for a guy. Other than knowing he is a teacher at my son’s school though, I have no idea what he likes. So I just went for this, I figured it was generic enough. I wish there was a guy equivalent to flowers for girls’; appropriate for anyone.

The knot tutorial came from Bar at Paper Pursuits, sorry I don’t have the link right now as it’s on my iPhone. It’s called a sailor’s knot so you can probably search her blog for it. I used the CPS sketch below. Click on it to link to the challenge.


Incidentally, the cops charged the guy who hit me and I didn’t have to pay the deductible because he was at fault. Whew! I was so scared and my 7 week old baby was with me. When the mirror was knocked off, it didn’t even make the van shake so we were OK. But I started shaking considering that if it weren’t for my quick swerving, we could easily be dead. It is so strange and scary to see a huge SUV heading straight for you!

Enjoy, Rebecca

lighthouse-JustRite, sentiment-PTI (Out on a Limb Sentiments)
Ink: Memento black, night of navy, real red-SU!
Paper: white CS-X-Press It, saffron, night of navy, real red-SU!, DP-October Afternoon (Seaside)
Accessories: twine-May Arts, ribbon-SU!, oval Nesties, pinking shears, Copics YR31, Y21,23, B41, W00,1,3,5,7, C7, 100, R24,27,59, BG72,75, brads-stash, Sizzix embossing folder border, foam dots-Jody Morrow, square punch-SU! (end of banner)


Doodle Pantry–Quirky Crab Card

To see my Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Blog Hop please SCROLL DOWN. Thanks!

I love this adorable little crab! So cute! And I just love making beach themed cards.

quirky crab card

If you read my blog regularly, you might remember I had some trouble with my Mudd Puddles sand and shells drying out. I am happy to report that the water I added worked quite well and they were all back to normal consistency when I took them out yesterday.

I used this Monday’s Mojo sketch for this card. Click on the image to link to the blog.


I tried out a new technique on this card. A few of the Copic designers have been showing a technique taught at the Intermediate class (which I am dying to take, the closest is Ottawa, a 5 hour drive and it’s after school starts, BUMMER) which involves cooling off the deepest areas of shadows with a BV marker. While it is hard to see due to the size of the photo (click to see it larger), it really worked and quite well. I was amazed! I had tried it before but didn’t like it because I assumed if I was shading over a marker ending in a certain number, I should shade with a BV ending in the same number, not so! Way too dark and obviously purplish. Debbie Olson was using a BV000 or 00 over much deeper colours and that’s what I tried. YEAH!

The background was airbrushed though you can’t see the shadows I added underneath the crab because of the sand. I do love the look of the airbrushing beneath the sand! I hand cut the scalloped edge around the fishies. I embellished the embossed corner with shells. OK, so I have a confession to make, I cut apart the embossing folder I used as it has 2 corners making up a square shape. I didn’t think about it but the shape of the cut area also embossed! Maybe I didn’t need the shim? Ooops! So I had some errant embossing to cover up so that’s why I added the shells.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Doodle Pantry
Paper: DP-Splash-Echo park, kraft, espresso CS-SU!
Ink: Antique Linen, Vintage Photo Distress inks
Accessories: circle Nesties, Cuttlebug embossing folder, ribbon-stash, Mudd Puddles shells and sand, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Copics R24,27, YR02,04,07, Y02,06,11, BG23,34,49, B12, BV00, E43,53, 00


Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Blog Hop-Worst Day at the Beach

TE blast blog hop

Welcome to another TE blog hop! I hope you’ve enjoyed all the projects before mine! The theme this month was masculine cards. I have to admit, I used to be afraid of them but when you live in a house with 3 guys you have to get good at them pretty quickly!

te masc beach card

The sentiment came out a bit light, in case you can’t read it, it says, “The worst day at the beach is better than the best day at work.” AMEN! So, how do you make a beach themed card without using any beach themed stamps? Well, you start by using the boxers from the Hangin’ Out set and stamp them on patterned paper to make swim trunks. Then you steal the worst day sentiment from the Crafty Expressions set. And since ‘at the beach’ isn’t an fill-in option, you use JustRite stamps! Cool huh?

If you like my card, I hope you will visit again to check out my work; I have subscription thingies on my sidebar. If you’d like to see some of my blog hop projects from previous months, just click on the Blast tag at the bottom of this post. I love your sweet comments, I’m feeling yucky today and almost didn’t participate so even a short comment would make my day!

Enjoy, Rebecca

TE, JustRite
Ink: chocolate, not quite navy-SU!, Vintage Photo Distress ink
Paper: all DP and CS-CTMH
Accessories: border strip-PTMH, Labels4, square Nesties, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Copic B45