Baby Thank You Card Folder for Unscripted Sketches #253 and Giveaway Winner

I love using the sketch for something other than basic cards. This week I was making cards for a friend who just had a baby and the sketch worked beautifully a folder to hold the cards.


I used some Webster’s Pages papers to make this. The yellow ribbon looks so pretty. I love that shade of yellow and the chevrons are awesome.

baby folder open

This is the inside of the folder. I designed it myself so if you like it and want the dimensions, let me know.

baby folder close

Here’s a closeup of the embellishments. The arrows are made from Craft-a-board then covered with white cardstock and washi tape.

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This is the card I designed. Sorry that it’s hard to read the tag; it says ‘thanks’. I made the card narrower than the usual 4.25”. It is only 4” which helped because I wanted to get the most from a scrap of 12” wide paper and of course, 4” fits across 3 times but 4.25 only fits twice. That also allowed me to hang the trunk off the edge and still fit into a regular envelope.


I hope you will join us at Unscripted Sketches this week. Be sure to check this week’s post to see if you won one of our prizes! I look forward to making the jewelry I am giving away. My winner is Monika Reeck so please email me in the next 48 hours to claim your prize.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Mega Mixed Messages, Bitty Baby Blessings-PTI
Ink: Harvest gold-PTI
Paper: lemon tart CS-PTI, Baja Breeze CS-SU!
Accessories: foam dots- The Sticky Stuff Store, Copic BG72, seam binding ribbon-Masterstroke Ribbon


I Love You Watts

I was so inspired by last week’s Unscripted Sketches that I made two cards. This one was for hubby; he’s been behaving himself lately so I needed to let him know. 😉

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It’s hard to see but I coloured the backside of the vellum bulb bright yellow in the center of the heart and lighter yellow just outside of it. I love colouring hte back of vellum; such an awesome look. I wish it showed up more. The hearts are coloured with a Copic and then I added Glossy Accents to the top.


Enjoy, Rebecca

Watts and Watts-SSS
Ink: black Archival-Ranger 
Paper: SSS card kit, scraps white CS
Accessories: holiday shapes die-SSS, Copic R27, Glossy Accents


To the Moon and Back for Unscripted Sketches #250

This week’s Unscripted Sketches sketch was one of my favourites so far!


There’s a detail you may not be able to see right away, the navy areas are all covered in pearl-coloured Perfect Pearls which makes the card look pretty and shimmery. If you ever make a card like this, cut the star after watercolouring. My paper warped really badly (it isn’t watercolour paper) and the top corner that’s hanging on my just those two bits of paper was really hard to flatten and even creased at those points. Oh, and sorry about the crooked sentiment, with each letter on a different baseline, it’s a tricky one to stamp straight.


I can’t wait to see what you all do with this sketch! (My other idea was fireworks!) Don’t forget you can turn or flip the sketch any way you like!

Enjoy, Rebecca

PTI Mixed Messages and Out on a Limb Sentiments
Ink: navy-SU!
Paper: navy CS-SU!, white CS-PTI
Accessories: star die-PTI, white EP-Hero Arts, watercolour pencils (used brush-to-tip)-Derwent Inktense, Perfect Pearls-Ranger


Whimsical Roses for Unscripted Sketches 247

ETA: Yes, I am sneaky! This was also for Unscripted sketches. Sorry I am so late republishing it. March Break is a crazy week with bad weather and three stir crazy boys.

She was an awesome choice for muse for CASE Study, Danielle Flanders. She’s amazing! I wanted to CASE some of her other cards, I’ve certainly pinned enough of them, but this was the first one I finally had time to sit down and actually play with!


I’m entering this in CASE Study 180, below is a graphic for the challenge but if you are motivated to play, I’m afraid you will have to be very speedy or wait for next week’s challenge as this one ends at midnight and as I am typing, it is 10:32 and by the time I finish and proofread, it will probably be close to 11:00!

The roses and sentiment with the flourish are from the same set Danielle used, my roses are just smaller. I also used a beaded pin, a square panel with a label shape cut out with pink wood grain pattern and all pastel colours. I had to throw in some gold embossing because everything needs some glam and I thought about adding sequins but it was last minute, after my camera battery died, after I found that my back up battery wasn’t charged like I thought it was AND all this at 10:10! If I get it together, I will change it, edit the photo and edit this post. ETA: I did end up adding them and I’m so glad I did!


Please join me in playing with the Unscripted Sketches team. I know I am really late posting this week but there is always another awesome sketch on the horizon! Thanks for reading!


Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Spring Moss, Chartreuse-PTI, Versamark, Pink Pirouette-SU!
Paper: white CS-PTI, DP-Neapolitan American Crafts, Yes Please American Crafts
Accessories: foam dots-Sticky Stuff store, labels 1 Nesties, corsage pin-Michaels, beads-Dollarama,


Spring has Arrived for Unscripted Sketches #241

Ok, I know, I am jumping the gun in a huge way. Most of us are locked in the grip of winter and struggling through snow and freezing temperatures. So I felt a pop of spring was a necessity to cheer me and everyone else up.

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I really stretched the sketch this week. But it was fun to see the branches work as the grey strips on the sketch. Ok, so I know the ‘Spring’ looks crooked but I SWEAR it isn’t! I measured it twice! I think it’s the slant of the ‘r’, then the fact that the top line of the ‘n’ is low and the bottom of it dips down combined with ‘g’ tail dipping down too.

spring has arrived 2

The centers of the flowers are made with a tiny dot of Viva paper pen. The branches are held with glue only at the thicker part of the branch so the thinner parts with the flowers sit off the paper a bit giving the, dimension. I cut some small bits off the upper branch and moved one smaller branch and relocated it to make it look different from the bottom branch so more  realistic.


I’d love to see what you would do with this sketch? Do you play it clean and simple? Jazz it up? Stick right to the sketch? or go outside the box? Please be sure to join us at Unscripted Sketches this week! Thanks so much to all of you who come back and play often or even every week!

Enjoy, Rebecca

kraft CS-PTI, DP-WRMK Spring, white CS-PTI
Accessories: cloud dies-PTI (airbrushing), alpha dies-Quickutz, branch die-Memory box, flower dies-Sizzix yarrow


Safe Travels Card

My respite worker recently left for a 3 month trip to Australia ( I KNOW!) so I made her a bon voyage card.

safe travels

I started out making the background with some old vintage style suitcase and postage stamps from SU! I was looking for some papers to match, dark and vintage and I just about smacked myself. What was I doing? This is for someone who is 23!! So I switched gears and picked some papers that are happy and pretty! Much better!

I used some scrap cardstock as a base for all the patterned papers. They are from a SSS card making kit as is the sentiment.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: hibiscus burst-PTI, versamark
Paper: kraft-PTI, DP-SSS kit
Accessories: divine twine, foam dots-Jody Morrow


Bracelet Card for Unscripted Sketches #240

I finally found a sketch where I could combine my love of jewellery making and my design team sketch!


I used Memory wire and many types of glass, crystal and stone beads and pearls to make this bracelet. I had a general pattern to work with but it is pretty much random. I started with the largest heart beads and laid them out red, white, red… Then I filled in with the next largest beads. I didn’t use a bead board and didn’t make an effort to keep the beads in order thus the randomness. I just made sure that each type of bead had the same number placed between each large heart-shaped bead; some just one and others 2.


When it came time to string them, I just grabbed them and added them, again, no order. I used pink cat’s eye, pink and white pearls, large white and gold lamp work beads, pink glass lentil beads, small red hearts, medium pink quartz beads, large pink Czech crystals and a couple others. It’s very hard to see but if you enlarge the photo, you might be able to see that the dangle on the end of the bracelet is made with a heart-shaped head pin I made Cute huh? To support the weight of the bracelet, I reinforced the panel with cereal box board and the card does stand quite well!

Adding the ribbon was a bit of a trick. I wanted the ribbon to hold hte weight of the bracelet but not dig into the panel’s sides and not droop. The side pieces are faux, the don’t connect to the bow. The bow ribbon is first attached through a hole in the reinforced panel and pops through then ties around the bracelet. Just untie to release the bracelet. If you retie the bow, the card might look a bit empty but it would hide the hole so still look nice! The hearts are a die cut covered in EP.

I’m so excited so many of you played our sketch last week! Please keep it up! I can’t wait to see what you do with this week’s sketch at Unscripted Sketches. This is a perfect one for people who like to colour because you can play with the proportions like I did to make it a focal sized panel but it also works great for a focal sentiment or photo for scrappers! The sky’s the limit!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Bracelet: beads-various sources including ebay, Beadalon

Paper: Fancy Pants DP, Bazzill CS, white CS for die cut, punching-scrap
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: gold EP-SU!, die-Memory Box, ribbon-SU!, hole punch-WRMK


Thankful for Your Friendship

I love colouring but to be honest, I haven’t been doing that much lately! I don’t really even know why. I guess it’s just the wax and wane of interest we all get sometimes. But when I coloured and paper pieced this one, I really had fun!

mailbox friendship

I’m pretty sure  I used a Mojo Monday or some other sketch challenge that I missed posting in time. I am soooo bad for that! These supplies are from one of the SSS kits I got. Don’t remember which one. For the first 4 or so I could keep them straight. After that, no way! I love this heart banner die, so sweet! But very delicate; it has to be handled so gently or you lose the pretty curve.

I learned a lot in my Copic Intermediate Copic class I took in the fall. It was amazing! I coloured this soon after. Fortunately, my favourite skin colour combo was one of the recommended ones for young skin so I used it here knowing it works well for images like this.

It’s a bit hard to see against the polka dotted paper but I used one of my favourite techniques on this, Outside the “Box” (tutorial on SCS). I love the result but HATE doing it. I am always chopping off a piece of paper I shouldn’t. You can see that the girl’s head, the bird and the ground are all outside the die cut circle. I looked for a paper in the kit that was a bit more solid so it would show up better but none worked better than this one.

Enjoy, Rebecca

girl-MFT, sentiment-SSS
Ink: archiva black-Ranger, Memento black
Paper: ?? SSS kit
Accessories: heart banner die-SSS, circle dies-Nesties


Icicle Lights Jewellery Set

Wanna know what’s been keeping me so busy lately? Well yes, three kids but I’ve also been getting  into making jewellery. In the next few weeks, I will be showing you what I’ve been up to!

icicle lights for katie

This is one of my latest pieces. I made this for my autistic son’s respite worker. She’s leaving for three month’s to go to Australia and her work also asks her to bling it up since it’s a nice place so this works for both. It uses headpins (a silver wire with a flat end on it which acts as a stopper) which I strung Swarovski round and bicone crystals in blue, teal and white then turned a 3/4 loop with round nose pliers and slipped the loop over the chain.

Then I completed the loop and wrapped the wire tail around the wire stem just above the beads. I cut the chain to size, added a clasp to the chain and that’s it! The earrings are even easier. Add the beads to the headpin, wrap the loop. Add the earring wire. That’s it. It you are working with thicker wire than I am, you can just turn a loop and not even wrap it!

icicle lights for katie earrings

Planning the beads so they hang nicely, look good and keep them in order while making the was the harder than the construction. I wish I’d planned the second and third in from each end a little better as they don’t lay well. The other’s just don’t have support behind them in the photo to lay perfectly but the end ones just sit funny because they don’t have room. Oh well.

The earrings aren’t as interesting (I don’t like crazy earrings) but I did use a long French wire, (heck I don’t know what they are really called but that’s what I call em) so that makes them a bit more unique. When I asked our worker what style she likes or what preferences she has all I got was “I’m sure I’ll like anything you will make. Whatever you’d like to make.’” and “blue” so I think I’m good!

Enjoy Rebecca

any decent bead store has everything you see here. I used a basic jump ring and lobster claw closure. There are dozens of tutorials on line to teach you how to make wrapped loops and open and close jump rings, the only skills i used. Try Fire Mountain Beads and Artbeads


Door Sign for Unscripted Sketches #235

This week I took inspiration from an unconventional source. An item from a women’s steals site.


The item I was inspired by was basically the same, a sign for your door with a turning upper layer that rotates to reveal several different signs which I should at SheSteals.com. There was one for your dishwasher, clean vs dirty, too. There are magnets on the back to hold it in place. I would have added some lade or ribbon or more layers of paper but I wanted it to be weather-proof in case I left it out and it started to rain or snow. What I have to really remember is to not leave it out too long with the ‘Come on in’ left showing!!

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I made it with die cut circles of craft-a-board and patterned paper with a brad and a flattened bead cap in the center. The flower is made from a Memory Box cherry blossom die which I stiffened with outdoor Mod Podge also applied to the rest of the project. Unfortunately, outdoor Mod Podge is sticky even when dried for a long time, I feature I HATE (I hear Martha Stewart decoupage medium is weather proof and not sticky but I didn’t have any) so inside I added two 1” circles of naked craft-a-board so the larger circles would rotate smoothly.

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There is still one more spot on the under layer for another little note but I couldn’t think of anything else. I can still add something if I want to later. I’ll probably have to add a piece of paper or use Staz-on or archival ink because I’ve sealed it but it could work. These are quick and easy to make; contact me if you’d like the exact measurements. It turned out that three messages underneath would fit perfectly so just email me for the circle and cut off dimensions!

We will still be having sketches all through the holidays so if you find yourself bored at all be sure to come on out and play. Do you sew? Quilt? Knit? Do Mixed Media? Paint? Doesn’t just have to be basic card making, paper crafts and scrapbooking though of course we love to see those crafts! We welcome anything you create! We’d even be happy to see baking that fits the sketch! Please play with our super talented team this week too at Unscripted Sketches!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Authentique, Craft-a-board-Ellen Hutson, chocolate, peach (don’t know real name) CS-SU!
Ink: Teal Zeal-Memento
Stamps: really old alphabet stamps
Accessories: Memory Box cherry blossom die, bead cap, brad-stash, Mod Podge, Circle Nesties