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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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Love You Always Card

It’s my third week of hosting over at Crazy 4 Challenges. I have been trying really hard to get the most out of my card kits. All too often I work with them a bit then move on to other projects.

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So for this card, I went back to the Simon Says Stamp February card kit. I’ve made a few cards with it but they were pretty ordinary. Despite loving this kit, I struggled with making cards. Sometimes my mojo just up and walks out of my house! So I decided that this card was going to be much more impressive. I started with the woodgrain paper to which I added some music stamping using the music border from the stamp set. I used Razzleberry ink by Altenew, sometimes full-strength and sometimes second-generation. I used Spellbinders Labels 55 to cut the main panel from kraft cardstock. The bird was stamped on ivory cardstock with Versafine ink and coloured with Copics. The little tag was cut from canvas by Spellbinders using a tag by MFT. The border is by Spellbinders but it’s very old so likely not available anymore but I’m sure they have something similar now.

So now it was time to put it all together. I added the woodgrain to an A2 sized card panel. Then I added the ivory doily border and a torn panel of paper from the kit. I stamped on the kraft panel then added it to the card with foam tape and adhered the bird. Last I added the flowers, leaves and sequins. The tag looked too plain so I cut a heart from one of the pieces of patterned paper, coloured it with Copics then added it to the tag. and that’s it!

Come on over to the C4C blog to check out the design team’s work! I hope you can play along!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Vintage Floral Love Card

This week at Crazy 4 Challenges, we were asked to make a card (or project) using flowers! This might be a common challenge but we all love flowers so much it makes sense to repeat it often!

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I worked with some Authentique papers which included a ‘cut-apart sheet.’ You know, those papers with multiple images or borders that can be cut up and used on your projects. I chose the more vintage side, the other side was more retro, and arranged them on a heart die cut. For the background panel, I repeatedly stamped the music border using my MISTI. It helps because you can make sure the border is straight. This can be tricky with some thin borders. Also it helps make sure the stamping is straight on the paper and keeps the spacing consistent when you leave the border on the door of the tool and just move the paper.

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I stamped on ivory paper using clear embossing powder. Then I sponged some Hero Arts and PTI inks that matched the colours in the patterned paper. I decided an ombre would look best, isn’t it pretty? For the center of the heart die cut (Hero Arts), I stamped one of the images from the Love Always stamp set by Simon Says. I don’t have dies so I trimmed it by hand. It isn’t an intricate image to cut so no biggie. The edges of the patterned papers were lightly inked with Vintage Photo to add to the antiqued look.

I hope you can find time to make and link up a floral card over at C4C. We would love to have you!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Vintage Coffee Pop-Up Card

Do you ever buy the coolest die, stamp, embellishment or whatever then not use it for the longest time? Ugh, I know right? I always feel guilty when stuff goes unused! So when I sat down to create a card for this week’s Crazy 4 Challenges coffee or hot drink challenge, I decided to pull out a pop-up set of dies I’d never used.

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I think I hesitated because using a pop-up die set (Elizabeth Crafts) like this one means not only decorating the outside of the card but also decorating the inside pretty extensively. Part of the reason I make cards is because I can complete them quickly, even in between being interrupted by my kids! But seriously, as long as I leave more than one day to create, I can make it work! So I finally used it here. Although I’m showing you the front of the card first, I actually made the inside first.

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I didn’t have any papers I wanted to use that were large enough so cut the die from lightweight white cardstock then applied pattern papers over top. All of the papers are by Kaisercraft. I bought a ton when they were on sale from the Stamp Simply store so was excited to use them. The die cut cups are by MFT while the die cut label shape is by Lifestyle Crafts (I think they were bought out by WRMK). The sentiment I stamped and embossed in gold is from an older Simon Says Stamp set. The papers were so embellished already, I hesitated to add much more. So a few sequins were my only embellies. Lifewise, the front panel already included lots of detail and even a saying so all I added was the border from the paper pack and the lace. Did you know that all Kaisercraft paper packs (6×6 anyway) include several pages worth of sentiment die cuts, tags and borders? What a great value! They are quickly becoming one of my favourite companies!

Come on over to the C4C blog to join our challenge! Can’t wait to see what you make!

Enjoy, Rebecca

 

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You are the Bestest

While I love buying and using new supplies, sometimes you just have to go back and use some older products. Many years ago, I found a little stamp company called Eat Cake Graphics. Adorable name right? Most of their stamps were cute little critters like the puppy I used in the card below.

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On their website, the displayed the stamps as usual but in the description they told a little story about each animal which came complete with a name. Apparently these guys are Felicia and Sparky! I coloured them with Copic markers then trimmed out the image. I wanted to emphasize that she is lying on her back, at first she looks a bit weird, so I added a felt die cut to look like a rug. At first I chose on oval but I wasn’t sure it would look like a rug. I thought about adding a fringe but that would take a long time. So then I decided to use a scalloped oval and it turned out perfect!

The banner is hand cut on three sides then I used a die from Concord & 9th for the bottom. I have a few dies that finish the end of a banner of any width and I love them. Very versatile! The papers are by Bo Bunny from the Mandy’s Flowers kit by Simon Says Stamp. The sentiment is by Altenew from the Floral Shadow stamp set. Funny, I’d not really paid attention to the sentiments in this set before but I just loved it for this image.

This card was for this week’s Crazy 4 Challenges theme of PETS! I had lots of options but this image definitely needed to be used. I hope you have an image just asking to be used for this challenge!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Lighthouse on the Coast

While it’s the beginning of winter here, I can always be counted on making a summer card (or 10) anyway. I never allow snowflakes outside to stop my love of all things summer and beachy!

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Our theme at Crazy 4 Challenges last week (sorry I’m late posting) was ‘take a hike’. As I am disabled, hikes are never on the schedule but if I was going to hike, this looks like a great place to do it. But that sounds suspiciously like exercise! Ugh! This ‘watercolour’ was done with Art Impressions watercolour stamps. If you haven’t heard of them, they have various stamps of buildings, animals, trees, plants, flower, animals, accessories like pots and birdhouses and even a few kids. To create a watercolour scene, you stamp them with water soluble inks or markers on Bristol or watercolour paper. Then you blend the ink with a wet brush. Ta Da! Your own watercolour painting! The flowers in pots are usually the easiest. Buildings are pretty easy too if you watch the videos on YouTube to get the best results. I use a combo of Tombow and Marvy Le Plume II markers. The former blend moderately while the latter blend a lot. If you want the ink to spread but still maintain the lines fairly clearly, use the Tombow. If you want a very washy look, use Marvy. I’m not a huge fan of Stampin’ Up! or Distress markers but as long as they are water-based, they should work to some extent.

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It does take some practice to get these to work. I’ve tried a few times and not loved the results. But as I get to be a better watercolourist and get better tools, Hello Black Velvet Brushes, I do a better job with these stamps. Watching a million of their videos helps a ton too! I still have lots of work to do, especially on the tall trees but it was fun. Especially imagining myself there instead of in the snowy north! We are actually in one of the more southern areas of Canada so we don’t usually get any serious snow until late December or January. We often have a non-white X-mas but this year winter is really early! I hadn’t even gotten out the kids winter boots when we got a huge storm! But no matter the weather, expect more summer cards to come!

Enjoy, Rebecca

 

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Leave the other Images Alone

Ok, so that’s a weird title. Allow me to explain! This week at Crazy 4 Challenges we were asked to make a card using only images of leaves. Get it? Leave the other images? I’m so punny!

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I started out very well, doing the ‘only leaves’ thing. Nuvo glitter paste through a leaves stencil by PTI then a shimmery vellum leaf die cut by Simon Says Stamp. But I needed a focal point so I had to go with flowers. I’ve hoarded these Prima flowers for the longest time, do you ever do that? Hoard your prettiest embellishments? I’m very guilty!

I accidentally dropped a big blob of glue on the far right edge of my card so I had to trim it. I could have just trimmed the card base down the same amount but why not use my mistake as an embellishment opportunity? I added a sequin to cover the remaining glue and when I added the card base, I covered the white edge that would otherwise show with silver glitter paper (exactly like the Tim Holtz glitter papers) from the dollar store! A huge roll for far less than the TH version! Score!!

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The small banner was a freebie from Winnie & Walter (another SCORE!) which I die cut from some Co’ordinations cardstock. It was partially die cut so I could make it a wee bit longer. If you aren’t familiar with partial die cutting, I only die cut the banner end and the sides of the die by placing it between my plates with the small straight end outside the plates. It didn’t cut so I could hand cut it making the die cut longer. You can also make a die cut longer by lining up the die with the end where you want it and sending it through your die cutter again, this time leaving the banner end outside the plates. But because my edges were straight, I didn’t bother.

The sentiment is by Simon Says from the Sketched Flowers set. I ADORE the calligraphy font used for the sentiments! I will use them constantly, far more than the flowers. The ink bled on the paper the first time I stamped it so I had to die cut another banner and try again. This time I warmed up the paper before stamping and heat set it after. Sadly I managed to melt/warp my MISTI mousepad at the same time. What a dumbnut huh? Oh well. That’s my life!

Pop on over to the Crazy 4 Challenges blog this week to see our Design Team’s inspiration and after you make a leafy card, come on back to enter the challenge!

Enjoy, Rebecca

 

 

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Fall Branches Bouquet

Welcome to another week at Crazy 4 Challenges! With it turning fall here in the Northern Hemisphere, we were asked to make a a fall-themed card. I’d forgotten what the challenge was but when I looked it up, I was like “YAY” as I had been working on a fall card anyway! Fun coincidence!

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The stamps are from the September Hero Arts kit. I stamped them in Antique Linen Distress ink but added a few stampings to the upper part of the bouquet even though the stems didn’t reach. I just painted them in as I watercoloured the image. The antique linen is so light that it doesn’t interfere with the watercolour plus it also dissolves away with the water because it’s a water reactive ink. The painting of the leaves and berries isn’t that interesting  because they are too small to add much shading.

But the vase, there’s more to talk about. I used a very damp brush to add water to the image. Then I dropped in very concentrated colour on the top, left and bottom. I allowed the paint to move on it’s own with little interference. As it started to dry a bit, I added more and more colour to the left with my board tilted slightly downwards. I loved how the paint was moving so I allowed it to dry completely on it’s own which I rarely do. When I was done, I added stamping over the background, Antique Linen in the middle and a tiny bit of Vintage Photo applied with a foam blender to the sides only. Then I added sponging in the same way with the same colours. Last, I added a warm grey shadow under the vase. I normally would add some sequins or embellishments but I wasn’t sure how I was going to use the card. There’s a high likelihood that I’ll use it for a sympathy card and I don’t bling them up like I do with normal cards.

I hope you are inspired by my card and our challenge this week. The challenge is open until Friday midnight so I hope you will pop on by and play along!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Numbers Celebrate

This week at Crazy 4 Challenges we were asked to make a birthday card with numbers on it. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you probably already know that I don’t celebrate birthdays so I made a basic celebration card instead.

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The sketch is Sketch Saturday #531. It’s a great basic sketch that was easy to work with . I grabbed some older paper, sorry but I don’t remember the names of the packs. I used an Altenew set, Label Love, for the Celebrate sentiment. The twine I tied around the panel loops through the eyelet in one way for the first wrap and through the other way for the second wrap. I like how it balances out the tag so it doesn’t twist funny. I adhered it with some foam tape.

Thanks for joining me this week! You have 5 more days to play along with this challenge so pop on over to the C4C blog to join us!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Pumpkins and Sunflowers

No!! It can’t be fall already, can it? I don’t like fall much because it means winter is close by and I hate the cold. But these images are too fun to pass up!

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Speaking of the images, the stamps are by Hero Arts from last year’s fall card kit. The images are all layered giving loads of colour to these simple shapes without any colouring. I researched sun flowers to come up with one that was non-traditional. There is a super pretty one that’s actually pink? They also come in a dark purple, a rich burgundy, white and yellow and the one I stamped, pink and yellow. It took me a while to come up with the perfect colour combos for both colours of the sunflowers and pumpkins but I love the final variety I was able to achieve.

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I arranged my elements according to the sketch challenge for this week at Crazy 4 Challenges. My base was some woodgrain paper then adding a gold mirrored die cut from Spellbinders. I tucked some patterned paper and lace under the gold die cut for some rustic charm and to fulfill the vertical panel on the sketch. I love the combination of rustic elements, the lace, woodgrain and autumn images, alongside the elegance of the gold die cut and embossing.

I hope you can play along with us this week! I’m running a bit late this week so you only have one more day to play! It’s a great sketch because you can do so much with it!

Enjoy, Rebecca