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Triple Challenge Pastel Get Well Card

I’m really happy with this pastel shabby chic get well card AND I managed to incorporate 3 challenges!

WMS pastel get well

I love this sketch. I much prefer asymmetrical designs; with symmetrical ones I always feel boxed in for some weird reason.

WMS pastel get well floral cluster closeup

I’m terrible for buying these gorgeous big flowers then hoarding them so I’m proud I used one. Silly huh? LOL! I used some tiny white flowers, silk ribbon and tiny die cut leaves to complete the cluster.

WMS pastel get well focal closeup

The stamping on the panel ended up being slightly lighter than I’d prefer but my other inks were too bright. I also didn’t account for how much the base colour of the paper would dull the colour or I might have tried a brighter ink. oh well, I like the soft look but it is a tiny bit hard to read if your eyesight is less than perfect. It is still visible though. I stamped too close to the edge of the paper so I had to cut it out by hand and then layer it on a die cut panel.

WMS pastel get well silk closeup

The fabric panel with the pearls is a leftover from a ring pillow my mom made for a friend. She stippled a larger panel then cut out what she needed. I got the leftovers! I sewed on individual pearls to accent the lovely silk fabric then distressed it with Antique Linen Distress ink.

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I used the WMS sketch this week. They are celebrating 100 sketches and looking for Guest Designers. I’d love to be a Guest Designer so if you are reading this… pretty please! Did you know my needle case was mentioned as one of the top three projects from last month’s Blog Party. Yeah! (Click on sketch to visit the blog.) Did you notice I finally actually followed a sketch without changing it? I rotated it sure but I included all the elements and didn’t move any or rearrange any layers! WOW!

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I’m also entering this in the Shabby Tea Room challenge this week to use pink, aqua or teal and brown. As long as kraft counts as brown (and I’m sure it does), no problem! Click on graphic to visit blog.

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Click on the graphic to go to the blog. In case you can’t see it, I sponged the white flowers with apricot ink. It looks a bit too yellow but I promise, it is peach!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
WMS
Ink: Soft Rose-Hero Arts, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo Distress inks, AL Distress Stain
Paper: kraft CS-SU!, Miss Caroline Fiddlesticks DP-My Mind’s Eye
Accessories: Labels 4 Nesties dies, vintage lace, silk ribbon-May Arts, mini flowers, pearl beads-stash, Rose creations leaf die, flower-Prima, Mettler sewing thread, silk fabric scraps, foam dots- Jody Morrow

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Baby on Board!

I love this sweet little car and I was amazed when I got the tiny license plate words placed exactly right the first time!

baby car PTI SFYTT

I used a colour combo chosen by Heather on the PTI blog today as part of their anniversary festivities. Aqua Mist, Spring Moss, Kraft and Cream. I shaded the car with Copics, for the bumper, tires and some areas that would have shadows. I used Antique Linen Distress Stickles for the headlights.

PTI 5th ann colour combo

I used this month’s SFYTT for the layout though I’ll admit, I stretched it a bit, turning it 90 degrees for starters.Then I used the bow for one of the ‘circles’ and the buttons for the others. And I used a doily instead of the panel behind the white circle. While it doesn’t look quite like the original, I do hope they see the inspiration I took from it.

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ETA: This is also for Lily Pad Cards challenge to use patterned paper in your card.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Enjoy the Ride-PTI
Ink: memento black, vintage photo, antique linen Distress
Paper: DP-PTI, kraft, vanilla CS-SU!
Accessories: picot edge circles die-Nestabilities, foam dots- Jody Morrow, doily-Wilton, edge die, buttons, chocolate Baker’s Twine-PTI, ribbon-stash, Antique Linen Distress Stickles, Copics-BG10,72, W1,3,5

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Snowman Gift Card Holder

Scroll down to see a photo of my NEW BABY!!

Even though I haven’t been posting here, I have been crafting still. Just too tired and/or busy to blog-sorry! This was for a swap I hosted on Swap-Bot to make a winter themed Gift Card Holder (GCH). I thought that by making it winter themed, it would work for any holiday or celebration.

snowman GCH

It is a trifold holder that’ I’ve used before and it has a curved part (under the snowman) that can tuck into a slit cut in the lower half but I chose to omit the slit this time and use a Velcro coin to hold it closed. I can’t tell you how often I’ve made a gate fold card or a holder like this and I inevitably forget and add adhesive to the area that shouldn’t have any! Yeesh!

The snowman is stamped in three parts, one for each ball but the lower one also has the snowflakes included. I really think they should have included a large ball without the snowflakes so they could be stamped in different colours. So I stamped it in baja then traced the large ball with a black marker to match the other balls. They were stamped separately rather than masking where they overlap and adhered together. The hat was done separately too. I used Stickles in white and blue to accent the snowflakes both on the base of the snowman and on the blue base and the hat band.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Close to My Heart
Ink: baja breeze-SU!, Memento black, silver pigment ink
Paper: NQN, white CS-SU!,
Accessories: Stickles, Velcro-Walmart, Copics B11, 100 (black), C3,5,7, E39, YR16

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Pretty Pink Bird Challenge Card

It’s been a while but it seems I’m back into doing challenges again. I kinda go in spurts! This one is for The Shabby Tea Room’s sketch challenge, also for the Our Creative Corner a.k.a OCC Design Team search challenge and the Crazy 4 Challenges inspiration challenge!

pretty pink bird shabby

I knew I wanted to use a bird for the OCC challenge so I dug out some Basic Grey porcelain chipboard pieces and layered them. The frame lead me to the idea of cutting a hole in the center of the card so show the inside. I love how it looks with the music paper behind! Granted there is little to no room for a message but oh well!! I changed around the location of the sketch elements and omitted the middle panel but I’m sure it is close enough!

pretty pink bird close up rose

Guess where I got that rose? You won’t be able to figure out which store because I made it! Yep, I used the 5 petal flower dies from Heartfelt Creations, split the layers of cardstock for the white petals, embossed all of the petals and assembled them all according to a genius YouTube video. I don’t have the link handy but if anyone wants it, just email me. She has figured out how to copy so many fabulous store-bought Prima type flowers. I am not nearly as fast as her, this one took me an hour, so they are only for special cards but I think this one was worth it. Maybe I’ll get faster as I made more. The rose is much whiter and brighter IRL but I had to darken the photo to show the detail, the white blows out very easily.

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The stick pin is really just a head pin used for jewellery making. I like them better because they are WAY cheaper, they come in varying lengths, they don’t have sharp points and unlike some stick pins, they are thin enough for almost all beads to thread on nicely. You can also get them with pretty heads though I don’t have any right now.

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I dyed the seam binding ribbon myself using Copic markers RV10 and R20. I know, one of those is a purplish pink and the other is peachy. But because they are both so pale, they seem to work together. I colour lightly and streaky with the one marker, then go back and fill in the lightest areas with the other marker. Then I spray some alcohol ink on my hands then scrunch the ribbon tightly in my hands which helps blend the colours, but not too much as I wanted some variegation. Then I lay it out to dry which takes almost no time.

C4C69 pink inspiration

The background DP was too bright by itself, which I found strange since it is from the same line of paper, so I layered vellum over it. I have to say, getting all 4 papers lined up with even borders and even scallops AND all matched at the center circle was quite a feat since I couldn’t send everything through at once! But it was worth the work! I am thrilled with how it turned out.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamp:
Music Scrapblock (hard to see, on card base)
Paper: Basic Grey Porcelain, sweet blush CS-PTI, chocolate CS-SU!, vellum, vintage music paper-stash,
Ink: Vintage Photo, Antique Linen Distress, Sweet blush-PTI
Accessories: lace-stash, flower-handmade, chipboard-Basic Grey, Copic markers R20,22, RV10, PTI scalloped edge die, head pin-Michaels, 1/2 pearls-Dollarama, pearl beads-SU! pretties kit, pink Czech bead-That Bead Lady, seam binding ribbon-Etsy, Circle Nestabilities

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Butterfly Challenge Card

This card is for the Embellish Magazine colour challenge of kraft, sea foam, peach and cream with a quirky, cute style and Unscripted Sketches Challenge #69 with a piggy back challenge  to use anything except the typical punched flower!

peach aqua kraft cream butterfly card 
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Embellish it sea foam kraft peach aquaChallenge
I can’t believe I played in both challenges and neither have expired yet! I am always playing challenges and forgetting to enter my link in the challenge. Everything is pretty easy to figure out but I did have an interesting way of doing the clouds.

I wanted the clouds to puff up but still appear to come from behind the cut outs. At the same time, I didn’t want the paper to be puffy around the edges. So I cut the clouds using the die and I cut the shape out of the paper also. Then I stretched the fluffy cloud stuff, natural cotton quilt batting, so it went just under the edges of the paper and I put score tape all around the die cuts to they would stick down well. I got just the look I was going for.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamp:
Unity
Ink: chocolate chip-SU!
Paper: DP-Joy Ride Cosmo Cricket, kraft CS-CDS, Ivory, celery CS-SU! 
Accessories: corner rounder-WRMK, butterfly die-Quikutz, cloud and rickrack dies-PTI, tiny butterfly-adapted from hydrangea die-MS, foam dots-Jody Morrow, pearls-Kaisercraft, brown wire-stash

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Adorable Baby Goat for Clearly Delightful Blog Challenge and Doodle Pantry

I am so excited to reveal that I am now on the Doodle Pantry Design Team! Laurie Wilson draws the best images and she is selling them in her own little store: Doodle Pantry. I am in LOVE with the image I got to use for this month’s release, Baby Goat.

baby goat
I decided an image this babyish had to be put on a card in the softest blues and greens I could find, especially since that is Laurie’s blog challenge this month, use blue and green in your project. Each month Laurie has a challenge on her blog, if you play, you get a free digi image! I played before and got the nicest images, good quality and so easy to use! You can even use Word or Publisher to print them out, no need for fancy or difficult to use software. So make sure you visit Clearly Delightful today and book mark the challenge, you have one week to play. Make sure you check out the other images she is releasing today!

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It really is worth it to play. Please visit Clearly Delightful to see all the details for the challenge.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamp:
Doodle Pantry
Paper: white CS-Taylored Expressions, green, blue CS-unknown, possibly Bazzil
Accessories: buttons-Jesse James, silk ribbon-May Arts, pearls-Dollarama, Copics W00, 01, 03, 05, 07, R11, Y21, E33, B60, foam dots-Jody Morrow, blue ribbon, safety pin-stash. washer-Making Memories, vintage lace

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White Matchbox for Swap-Bot

What an interesting swap! Apparently matchbox swaps are fairly common on Swap-Bot and I am glad I found this one. Challenging both to make and photograph but you all know I LOVE a challenge. Consider this a spoiler alert if you are in the swap and wish to be surprised in case I am your partner.

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I started with plain white CS, cut out the template and heat embossed some flourishes with white pearls EP. It showed up much better than I would have expected. Then I constructed the wrap part of the matchbox; this style is called an envelope style because one end is closed and the other has an envelope style flap.

white matchbox side

Next I made the flower using the two smallest Dahlia Nestabilities. I cut two each of the smallest and second smallest; then I embossed two more large ones and cut on the embossed line to make a mid sized flower. I put the pieces on my piercing mat and used an embossing tool to curve every other petal. Then I flipped the flower and embossed the other 4 petals. This gives the petals some dimension and by embossing some up and some down it keeps the flower from looking too perfect. If you want a more perfect flower, emboss them all up or down, not some of each. I cheated a wee bit and used a tiny bit of airbrushing on the flower and leaf. R00 and G00.

white matchbox front

This picture isn’t nearly as good but it does who the shine of the EP. Click for the Matchbook Template.

Enjoy, Rebecca

 

 

 

RECIPE
Stamp:
flourishes-Autumn Leaves
Ink: Versamark Champagne
Paper: white CS-SU!
Accessories: white pearls-Dollarama, dahlia die-Nestabilities, Copic markers, silk grosgrain-stash, white pearls EP-stash, white brad-CTMH

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Clearly Challenge Card-“Green” Beaver!

First off, I have to apologize for not posting lately! I don’t even have a decent excuse, I just seem to keep running out of time! Sorry!

This card is for two ‘Clearly’ Challenges, first for Clearly iStamp to use primarily green on your project and second for Clearly Delightful which was a sketch challenge! I find it a fun challenge to combine challenges, I’ve seen some people do up to 10 challenges at once, I can’t even think of that many things at once!.

green beaver card

I used my airbrush system for the background, I didn’t need any masking because I cut out the beaver and popped him up on foam dots. I’m sorry I don’t have the Copic colours because I coloured him ages ago. I probably used E 31, 33, 35, a darker brown and the branch looks like E08 maybe? I hope you like it!

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Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Spring Critters-CDS, spring-SU!
Ink: Memento brown, celery-SU!
Paper: celery DP, vanilla, banana CS-SU!, white CS-Taylored Expressions
Accessories: Copic markers, Copic Airbrush system, celery ribbon-stash, blossom Nestabilities, buttons, twine-SU!, foam dots-Jody Morrow

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Quick Double Challenge Post – Chicken Car

Thought I’d throw this post up quick so I can link it to a challenge site. The first challenge is Flourishes colour challenge, use dark red, olive green, chocolate and cream. The other is Flourishes Sketch Challenge by Silke Ledlow. It is 11:28 and the challenge ends at 12MN so I’ll write more later.

chicken car

Edited to add: Finally I have time to get to finishing this post! I hope you like my colouring on the chicken car! I worked for over an hour on it. Unfortunately, my haste in posting this card means I forgot to add some highlights with a white gel pen. Ooops, I’ll have to add that later. The olive paper I had looked too bright so I sponged it and used SU! rough wheel on it to subdue it. The ribbon through the hardware buckle is actually the BACK of May Arts corduroy ribbon. Thanks to Sandra for this fabulous image!! I loved hers so much I shamelessly BEGGED for a couple images! She stamped it on white but because the challenge called for cream, chocolate, dark red and (optional) olive, I very lightly sponged Antique Linen Distress ink over the white to darken it slightly.

The colour challenge was actually on the Colour Throwdown blog, and was SPONSORED by Flourishes. Sorry! I obviously turned the sketch 90 degrees too in case you were wondering.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Ink:
Memento black, cocoa-SU!
Paper: white CS-unknown, chocolate, olive CS, all DP-SU!
Stamps: main image-unknown, rough wheel-SU!
Accessories: Copics, copper buckle-SU!, ribbon-May Arts

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You Make My Heart Go Whirrrr for Whimsical Wednesdays

This week’s challenge was three colours: blue, green and orange. Now anyone who reads this blog (and cares to remember what I write! hee hee) knows I hate orange! Especially bright, primary, crayon orange like in the colour challenge photo. So I was very tempted to take the easy route and switch the orange for pink, especially since Joan of Joan’s Garden was super sweet and sent with my order some gorgeous ribbon I’d been admiring on one of her cards. It was ombre with pink and green overprinted with a green vine and pink flowers with blue middles. (She also sent some with purple and green-YEAH!) She is the sweetest lady, you really should check out her store. It isn’t fancy, you just email her with what you want and she sends you an invoice but her customer service is awesome. I can’t believe I didn’t have her link up sooner. I have added it to my sidebar under ‘My Go-To sites’. JustRite Stampers fonts are on sale until the 24th so visit her. In the end, you can see I actually was brave enough to use orange and a pretty bright one at that!

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I used Cogsmo paper from Cosmo Cricket for this fun card. The layout is from I {heart} 2 Stamp this week. I tweaked it as usual but you should still be able to see the original in it! I had to make the circle pretty big to be seen under the die cut ‘heart go whir’ paper so I simply allowed the circle to spill out over the edges of the card. I really like the result. And notice how I managed to use those paper shaper scissors we all bought (HAD to have ‘em!) but rarely use anymore.

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I was tempted to use actual stars where the stars are in the sketch especially because I just got a new Sizzix star die and I am anxious to try it out. But the gears are more original and fit the card better. You can see a bit better how they are popped up in this photo. Click to enlarge if need be.

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As usual, please join us in our challenge. Upload your creation to PCP or SCS with keyword DDSC3 or your blog and be sure to visit Whimsical Wednesdays blog to add your link. We all want to be able to see what you make. For some inspiration, check out all of the team, the DareDevils’ work at all of their blogs, use the links on the sidebar (Cassie and Sandra aren’t able to play this time). I love visiting them all to see their creations; I missed last week so this week I will get double the fun! Please welcome Lisa Hjulberg to the group! I can’t wait to see her work!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
SU!
Ink: baha breeze-SU!
Paper: baha breeze CS-SU!, Cogsmo-Cosmo Cricket DP and die cuts
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, Cut n Dry nib-Ranger, Fiskars shaper scissors