Cards

3 Cheers! A Shabby Celebration Card

The challenge I came up with for this week for Crazy 4 Challenges was a colour combination! The weather is so nice that I had to pick beachy colours. The Bobbi Brown eye shadow palette included the perfect shades.

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The zebra image is a journaling card from The Carousel collection by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper. The other embellishments and papers are also by Maggie but a few are from other collections. It’s so perfect that they included all the colours I needed.

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I had a hard time finding a good image. But the colours are mint or aqua, blush pink or peach and gold, tan or kraft. When I took the photo and edited it, I had a hard time making the colours look as pretty and soft as they are IRL. The aqua looks too bold and the pinks and peaches are too soft.

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This one shows the colours better but it looks washed out to me. Sigh. I hope at least one looks good on your screen! I just realized that the white floral paper doesn’t even show the amazing foiling. You can see a hint of it under the balloon string.

So, if you can overlook the poor photography, and you like the colours, I hope you will join us over at the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and link up a card or other project!

Enjoy, Rebecca

 

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Finally!

It’s been an amazing 6 months but sadly my term at SplitcoastStampers is over. Fun doesn’t even come close to describe my time with the Dirty Girls. The themes were so creative and allowed us so much free rein to come up with truly awesome creations! Now that my term is up, I am free to blog my cards!

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This box was absolutely one of my favourite creations. It seems anytime that I work with Maggie Holmes products from Crate Paper, I make something I REALLY love! The box was plain so I covered it with some 12×12 paper from the Bloom collection. Everything else except the ribbon, buttons, sequins and sentiment are from one Maggie H collection or another. Layering all of these beautiful embellies made me so happy! I can’t wait until a friend or family member has a baby so I can give a sweet little gift in there.

I will be coming back later in the week with some more cards and a book review (or two!). I have boys and they really aren’t into the crafts I do. But I’ve been contacted by a publisher and given some books to review for free. While I was given the books, I was not required to review them favourably or otherwise, and everything I write is my unbiased opinion.

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Let Them Eat Cake!

I love cake, my favourite is chocolate cake with chocolate fudge icing and ganache glaze on top. Ooh yeah! My second favourite is lemon with lemon filling and cream cheese icing. But honestly, it’s rare for me to find a cake I Don’t like!

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Our challenge this week at Crazy 4 Challenges was to make a cake themed card. I’m kind of on a roll with freestyle collage the last few days. I saw my Maggie Holmes collection stickers and chipboard I’d left out from my last post so I checked to see if I had any cake themed items to use. I was hoping to make a quick card as hubby was waiting for me to start watching a movie! It was our anniversary yesterday and although we’d planned to celebrate in style today, it was fun to spend some time together. (Our kid is sick, we’ve had to reschedule! ugh) There were lots of celebration themed items but no cake. So hubby had to wait a bit while I water coloured this pretty cake by SU! (from a long, long time ago.)

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Creating a freestyle collage card is so much fun. As long as you keep the balance right, you can throw almost anything on! Some small details you might otherwise miss: clear gems from Lucy’s Little Things on the cake, gold embossing on the cake, tiny yellow flowers amidst the roses on top of the cake, offset matting of the focal image rather than a perfectly even mat, scattered sequins-clear, opaque, heart and star adhered to resemble confetti scattered around; gold Wink of Stella pen around the edges of the  water colour paper, glitter on the balloon die cut and heart and finally, some pink stamped stitching.

One last tip: add some sparkle right into your watercolour. If you have a white shimmer watercolour paint, mix it into the paint you are using. Even when it looks like you don’t have much, it is very shimmery. I used my white pearl paint in my Gansai Tambi palette. Or add some perfect pearls into the mix. You could even add some wink of Stella to your palette and mix that in!

Isn’t this the best challenge? You’ve got to find some time to play a long with us! If you don’t have a cake stamp or die, just make one out of pieces of patterned paper cut to size, or use a cupcake stamp! You probably have one of those!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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The Shabby Tea Room Rose Thanks Card

Hello and welcome to another Shabby Tea Room challenge. This week we have the loveliest photo and a great company sponsored us. DiesRUs.com has TONS of amazing dies!

I used an older Spellbinders die called Vintage Ovals (I think). Sadly it’s retired so they don’t stock it anymore but in trying to find it, I searched for ovals and vintage and I found so many fabulous dies I’d love to have. They even have the Elizabeth Craft series of Susan’s Garden dies that make lovely 3-D flowers. There are a few I’ve been wanting to try!

Isn’t this the best inspiration photo? I love all the white and soft pink with so many flowers. I wished I’d had a cameo in soft pink to add to this card but in the end, I decided to keep this flat so I could mail it. I used some Maggie Holmes die cuts and they are amazing. So many pieces in a pack! I used Retro Sketches #172 but sadly it ended on Saturday and this card had to be kept secret until now so I didn’t get a chance to link it up. Oh well, half the time I forget anyway! 🙂

Please be sure to visit The Shabby Tea Room to see the other fabulous designers cards based on this photo and don’t forget to drop by Dies R Us!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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My First Post for TSTR! Celebrate with Cake!

I am so excited to be part of the amazingly talented team who designs for The Shabby Tea Room! I love the photo we were given to work with this week!

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I added some aqua and pink to help make the yellow pop! The chipboard pieces are from Maggie Holmes. Her products are shabby but modern at the same time. I don’t know how she does it!

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The cake was ivory before I Copic Airbrushed it. I overdid it a bit so I wiped most of the ink off with an alcohol-soaked cloth. I was very nervous that I was about to ruin my chipboard piece but it worked out really well. I also added the glitter to the cake plate. TIP! In case you were wondering, I carved out all but the top layer of paper on the cake plate on the left so it would overlap the balloon strings nicely. It is simple but go slow and easy so you don’t cut through the front layer of paper.

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I also added some bling to the balloon. I started with embossing powder but either it doesn’t work well with chipboard or I overheated it slightly. It just looked a bit flat and icky. Have you ever overheated EP before? It gets an almost oily looking halo and flattens out. So that didn’t work out like I hoped 😦 To try and fix it I added some opaque glitter overtop. I didn’t have to cover the whole area, just some was enough. It matches well with the gold already on the balloon.

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Please join us at The Shabby Tea Room this week! I’d love to see some of my reader’s join along! We have a photo to inspire you each week so be sure to check back often. GO, visit now! See what the other gals have made for you! I am also entering this in the Curtain call-July1 Celebrate.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
sentiment-Say It Loud WMS, triangle border-Sparkle and Shine-SSS
Ink: hibiscus burst, harvest gold, Hawaiian shores-PTI, Versamark
Paper: vanilla CS-SU! doily-Wilton
Accessories: chipboard-Crate Paper Maggie Holmes, EP-SU! Glitter-Art Institute, ribbon, gold glitter sticker paper (hearts)-stash, stencil-MFT, heart die-SSS, Copic Y21 and airbrush system

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Spa Party 2011

Yep, you read that correctly! 2011! I had a spa party for some of my girlfriends and I forgot to blog it! Crazy! I bought some of the stuff I needed and made others. Here are the things I made.

The invite…

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Do you have any idea how long and hard I Had to look to find this You’re Invited stamp? OMW! I thought I was going to go crazy looking for it!

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Aren’t these cute? I didn’t have that many people so I tailored the designs to suit each person.

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Yep, two sets using these older papers. Nice for almost anyone. For a couple people whose favourite colours I didn’t know.

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These two were my favourites.

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The outside of the tins were decorated with embossed vellum and a die cut topped by a medallion.spa party pencils

Everyone got a pretty beaded pencil too. Also in the bags were a mini lip gloss, a mani kit, a bath scrubbie, a hair band and a bracelet beading kit. I think there were a couple other things too but it was such a long time ago! I wish I had a picture of how I decorated the bags too!

We made the bracelet, did our nails and some of us put on a clay face mask while we watched movies. We ate all manner of goodies as I set up a candy bar, made an enchilada dinner and had cupcakes not only for dessert but also all afternoon. If you are really on the ball you will have figured out that I did all of this while 6 months pregnant!

It would take ages to write a recipe for this so if you have any questions, fee free to email me or leave a comment with your email.

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Last Week’s Mojo Cards

So I finally get around to making some cards using a sketch and even within the actual week it was published. I often use sketches long after they are published if they fit the stamps or stickers or image I want to use. But did I remember to blog them and enter them? Of course not! Pregnancy brain is my only excuse!

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This card was for friends of ours, a lovely couple who had an early anniversary party for us. We are celebrating 14 years on the 25th! Considering we only knew each other and dated for less than 6 months, I think we’ve probably beat some pretty amazingly high odds together. My husband is actually the only guy I’ve ever even kissed. Isn’t that sweet?!!

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I got to use the new Hero Arts stamps that come with matching dies, how cool is that! The dies are unique in that they have the cutting blade right at the inner edge so it is very easy to see through the center and line up accurately. You can see how close I got in the photo above! The flower is a bit off but pretty good for a first time.

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This card is a sympathy card I started ages ago. A friend’s MIL died of cancer at a relatively young age 2 months ago, what a shame. I decided to go with a shabby chic design as I haven’t done much of it lately. I made the  rose with a rolled flower die, cut the doily and tag, stamped the tag and that’s where I left it for way too long. I mean, it isn’t fun to make a sympathy card anyways and I started to get the favours and invites ready for a spa party I was having and this got set aside.

Incidentally, the tag die was too short for the sentiment so I carefully placed the die in my Cuttlebug plates so that only 2/3 of it cut. Then I moved the die across the paper so when I cut the other end, the die cut was longer than if I cut it all at once. I’ve done it before and it always works quite well! I may have to do a video on that at some point. Just be careful when you cut the second time that you don’t allow the plates to cut the first end or you will  mess it up. Let me know if you are interested in a video!

In case you are wondering, the card is made of two unconnected cardstock circles; doily is glued to the back of the card front. Then the card back is scored about 3/4” from the top and adhered to the card front, above the score line only, with the doily sandwiched in between. I had to use some pretty strong adhesive but it worked really very well.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
HOSPITALITY CARD
Stamps: PTI-Homemade, flower-Hero Arts
Ink: vintage photo Distress, celery, rose red, regal rose-SU!
Paper: DP Restoration-Crate, yellow DP-stash, kraft, black CS-SU!
Accessories: embossing folder-Cuttlebug, gold edging pen-Pilot, punch-MS, foam dots-Jody Morrow, pearls-Kaisercraft and Dollarama, Matching Hero Arts dies

SHABBY CHIC SYMPATHY
Stamps: JustRite
Ink: antique linen, vintage photo Distress, Artichoke-SU!
Paper: Basic Grey Perhaps, pink pirouette, celery, white CS-SU!
Accessories: Spellbinders dies, doily-Wilton, silk ribbon-May Arts, pearls-Dollarama, scalloped edge punch-SU!, foam dots-Jody Morrow

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Daffodil Challenge Card

I managed to get 3 challenges into this one.

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This is for Mojo 179.

And Papertrey Ink’s Make it Monday challenge 3 : Glitter Strips with Scor-Tape.

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And JustRite Stampers 49: Direct to Rubber. This one is the hardest for you to see. I used two colours with the Rock n Roll technique for the sentiment but it is really hard to photograph. I don’t have a macro lens for my DSLR and so I can only get so close and my crop in isn’t so hot, shame because it looks so pretty IRL. I used green for the base colour and rolled the bottom edge only in purple. So to help you see it, I edited the photo with WAY too much saturation, it looks silly but you can see it at least!

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I love colouring jugs like this in silver like galvanized steel. I always add a bit of rust using E08. I start with a base colour of cool grey then add the ‘rust’. Then I continue colouring the jug so the brown blends in to look like just like rusty spots.

The purple on the tulips is intended to NOT blend in. I was colouring them like these.

Don’t you just love them? I am really in to pink centered daffodils so I coloured them like the one here.

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Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
sentiment-Everyday Button Bits, flower-JustRite stampers
Ink: celery, amethyst-SU!, memento black, brown, Distress ink Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap
Paper: coral, ivory DP-Crate Paper, green, purple DP-Wisteria Basic Grey, baha breeze, natural white CS-SU!,
Accessories: punch-EK Success, lace-vintage, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Scor-Tape, SU! glitter, MFT doily die, lacey circle, oval Nesties, Copics Y21, YG63,67, R10,22, G21, 24, V00,09,15, E08, C00,1,3,5,