Capella Card for Unscripted Sketches

I needed a card for a very sick friend who recently found out she has a very aggressive form of cancer. I gotta say, no fun writing out that one. Sad smile But with this sketch and some new paper, I made the outside work at least.

capella katie get well

The sentiment was especially hard but I found a sheet of 12” long  stickers, all in strips, with several phrases per strip. I thought this one was perfect AND unexpectedly, matched the paper. I mean, how often does that happen?



The chipboard flourish is sprayed with Glimmer Mist, although you can’t see it, it is sparkly IRL. I added the pearls, I love getting them at the dollar store because I don’t feel guilty using so many!

The card base is a gatefold card. The main panel is glued on the left and the sentiment is adhered on the right, then tucks under the cute little clippie thing. You won’t believe where I got the flowers. I found a cute headband at Reitman’s, a business casual women’s store here in Canada. They were $5 so I left them. Then I found them for $1.99 when I went back so I bought 3! Each has about 10” of ribbon roses, 2 rows wide!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Capella-Basic Grey, ivory, blush CS-SU!
Ink: Antique Linen Distress ink
Accessories: headband ribbon, pearls-Kaisercraft, Dollarama, chipboard flourish-stash, Glimmer Mist-Tattered Angels, foam dots-Jody Morrow, clippie thing-Making Memories, ticket corner punch-SU!


Clear Dollar Stamps Sneak Preview – Medallion de Fleur


OK, I have to preface this project by saying it is easily the hardest project I have ever had to photograph!

Between the hanging nature of this project (my photo box has nothing to hang it on!) and the surfaces all at different angles, I am amazed they turned out this well. I took over 40 pictures to get these. Every aperture setting and lighting set up combination possible!

I thought it would be cute to make a bunch of these to hang at a baby shower, maybe with a cut out baby image hanging from the ribbon at the bottom or just to at some seasonal decor to your home. Since it was spring while I was making this (of course) I went with springy colours but I can see so many possibilities for parties and other seasonal events.


It is very easy to make. Stamp 6 medallions in your choice of colours. Mine were pink, peach, yellow, green, blue and plum on white CS but of course, you could use lightly printed DP or coloured CS too. Die cut the circles, FYI, the largest die of the large set of Nestabilities circles fits perfectly! Score your circles in half; I aligned my circles using the pattern to make sure they all were scored the same way. Glue one half of one circle to one half of the next circle. Make sure your glue is all over including very close to the fold line. Repeat until you are all the way around the circle except the last one. Tie a loop in your ribbon and lay the tail in the center of the ornament. Now glue the last circle halves together. Dress up your ribbon with die cuts, beads etc. I added a bow to the top of mine and Swarovski crystals to the bottom. It hangs much nicer when it isn’t rigged up funny for the camera.

Another idea I had was to punch holes in two opposing circles at the very top of the fold and assemble as usual except leave the last segment unglued. Write a message in there and thread the ribbon for hanging through the holes rather than threading it down the center. This would be really cool hanging from a bunch of balloons or even hung from a hospital bulletin board (some rooms have them). I hope you can think of TONS of uses for this gorgeous stamp! I know I look forward to continuing to use it long after this reveal is over!

Be sure to visit tomorrow to see the final fabulous sets being revealed by Clear Dollar Stamps for June! If you need ideas for the guys in your life, hold on to your hats! Be sure to visit Clearly iStamp to see the other team members who are revealing this stamp set on their blogs and to see the full set!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Medallion de Fleur-CDS
Paper: white CS-SU!
Ink: pretty in pink, apricot, banana, celery, bashful blue, plum
Accessories: Swarovski crystals, silk ribbon-May Arts, Nestabilities circles


Clear Dollar Stamps Sneak Preview-Tag Blessings 1

I’m back with more samples for a fabulous new set, Tag Blessings. There are so many uses for this set! I loved working with it!!

I used a tutorial from SCS to create this box card. Inside is a combination of two stamps from the set. I liked the bottom of the one circle image and the top of another so I merged them! I carefully cut out the inner circle of the green stamped image and also trimmed the bird image to match. It is hard to see but I cut carefully around the leaves so a few stick over the edge of the green circle.

The bow is lovely silk ribbon, I adore tying bows out of silk, so soft and the middle is small with poofy loops. The butterfly has pearls for the body from my local dollar store, AWESOME! I use so many more now that they are so cheap. Only 2 c each!!

This set will be available June 1st. The link on Lori’s blog, Clearly iStamp will be active then. Be sure to visit the rest of the DT who are previewing sets today.

Angela Thomas
Tricia Traxler
Cassie Trask
Linda Anderson
Laurie Wilson
Lori McCrosky
Linda Borneman
Nancy Grant
Katie Renz
Candy Fosta
Sarah Taylor
Trudy Sjolander
Wendy Hall
Tori Wild
Stacy Morgan
Sarah Gilreath
Tracy Johnson

Enjoy, Rebecca

Tag Blessings – Clear Dollar Stamps
Ink: sage, pale plum-SU!
Paper: pale plum, white CS-SU!, DP-Basic Grey
Accessories: MS butterfly punch, pearls-Dollarama, silk ribbon-May Arts, circle Nestabilites, foam dots-Jody Morrow


Rose Tent Topper Easel Card

I wonder, could this be a new invention? I’ve never seen a card that combines a tent topper and an easel before but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been done. I wanted a design that would balance lilybean insp3 out the huge rose I used and I think this works. It took me longer to decide what to put inside to support the easel portion than the rest of the card!! The inspiration for this card came from a gorgeous picture on Melissa Phillips blog, LilyBean Paperie. I love her blog so much, she writes so beautifully about her life and the loves of her life, her daughter, hubby and new house and of course, her fabulous shabby chic creations. Click on the photo to visit her post.

rose tent easel standing

This card is large, 5” wide and 6” tall when folded flat. The rose itself is almost 1.5” tall and 2” in diameter. I stamped the damask background myself, it looks like vintage textured wallpaper or curtains because the CS has a linen texture.

I used 1/8” red line tape to adhere the half-back pearls and the heart charm thingie to the inside of the card, then I coated the remaining red line tape with gold glitter. I added a bit of glitter to the rose too. I debated on putting brads, buttons, punched cardstock, lace, trim, rhinestones, pearls or mini long-stemmed rose embellishments on the inside to support the easel. Whew! Nothing was elegant enough to go with the outside of the card until I thought of this.

rose tent easel folded

I did have a bit of an ivory vs. white war going on. The label 1 mat and the rose are cream. The damask stamping was done with white ink that I tried to vanill-ize with Antique Linen Distress ink but of course, pigment ink resists dye ink. The only reason I tried it is that the white ink I used is technically hybrid ink. Then I had to choose between white (a winter white) and ivory (yellowish) silk ribbon. Obviously from the picture, the white won. It does look much more cohesive IRL.

rose tent easel inside

The colour in the pictures is out some, well quite a bit really. The turquoise is brighter and the green is celery by SU! I tried so many different camera settings to get better colour and I tried some simple post-processing settings too but to no avail. I can’t figure out why some colours are so easy to capture and others are so difficult. The corsage pin isn’t very easy to see, I used a flower-headed quilting pin whose head I broke off. Then I glued a large pearl bead where the flower head had been. The other beads are Swarovski crystals plus one other pearl bead.

The ivory mat layer under the celery Label 1 is cut by embossing the shape into the paper, then cutting around the  largest indentation. This creates a perfect mat for a piece cut by die cutting normally. I hope you will take the time to be inspired by this gorgeous photo.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: PTI snow
Paper: celery, vanilla CS-SU!, turquoise textured CS-Bazzil
Accessories: halfback pearls and pearl beads-SU!, rose-Prima, Cuttlebug textile folder, red line tape-Jody Morrow, heart-Jesse James buttons, gold glitter-Art Institute Glitter, silk ribbon-May Arts, Swarovski crystals, Label 1 Nesties


Plum Heart Easel Card

Oh man, I have to start this post by apologizing for not posting Thursday and Friday after I promised to post everyday this week! Sorry, but I am going to make up for it today!

plum heart easel card

I made this card for FOUR challenges. Clear Dollar Stamps has a blog, Clearly iStamp, and the challenge was to glam up your card. So I added glitter to my heart and rhinestones to the top corner. Sharon’s challenge #126 on her No Time to Stamp blog was to use green and purple, very springy colours. Of course here in Southern Ontario, we still have cold and snow and as we really haven’t had a BIG storm yet, I expect one, probably several still, any time really! Last year, the worst weather was in late March and early April after a very warm February. Anyhoo, the third challenge was the sketch on the new OCC sketch blog. The last was Flourishes Timeless Tuesdays challenge to make an easel card. No problem, I love this this last challenge can be applied to almost every card.

plum heart easel card open

This card is going to my son’s teacher. I let her know early in the year that because of our religion, he cannot participate in most popular holidays including Valentine’s Day. She not only remembered but added a note to the bottom of the Valentines’s Day class list.“Jameson doesn’t celebrate for religious reasons. But he would appreciate a friendship card.” Isn’t that so sweet? And even better, most of his classmates made special Happy Friendship Day cards for him with candy taped on just like a Valentine. It made me so happy, I almost cried. It is so unusual for anyone to go out of their way to make up for holidays we don’t participate in.

Because of the angle, it is a bit hard to see but there is an eyelet at each end of the heart punched panel and a silk-ribbon threaded button on either side of the Thank You oval. The dove is placed right above a similar bird stamped as part of the background. It kind of looks like the ivory bird is creating a shadow on the card!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: perfect plum, eggplant, sage-SU!
Paper: DP and all CS-SU!
Accessories: MS heart border and dove punch, oval punch, buttons, eyelets-SU!, silk ribbon-May Arts, purple sheer ribbon-stash, rhinestones-Zva, Art Institute Glitter-Watercolour


Turquoise Madelyn for Whimsical Wednesdays

I love these turquoise colours. They are the deeper coloured BG Copics, in this case, the trio recommended by PTI to coordinate with their Ocean Tides paper. I saw Jody Morrow use them on one of the Pure Innocence images from MTF and I emailed her to find out the colours because I loved them so much! In case you are wondering, this is called a tent topper card.

madelyn praying turquoise
madelyn praying turquoise copic

Please click on the photo to get a better view of the markers, especially the numbers of the BG’s since the colour doesn’t show. Hard having a mix of Ciao and Sketch! I’ll try and get it in next time. Let me know if this is useful to you. I read a comment on SCS last week that some people won’t bother revisiting a blog if the Copic colours aren’t shown! Who knew it was that important!

You will notice in my image she has no wings unlike last week when she did! I asked a very talented young friend of mine to digitally remove them, just for a change. I coloured the image first, then wondered where on earth I was going to find paper to match. A quick dive into my SU! In Colours bin and I found this paper that matched perfectly. I completely forget the name of it but I am so excited that it matched. I think the lighter colour is called Soft Sky. The DP must have been from the same In Colour Year because the green from the DP pack matches the mixed CS pack too.

The paper was cut with Eyelet Borderabilities and layered, I was pleased to find that the cutouts matched. I wasn’t expecting that; see how two of the holes in the flowers cut into the patterned paper allow you to see through the CS layer? The button is Ocean Tides and matched perfectly! I was really happy with this card in the end which is great because being sick for so long, I was starting to lose my mojo.

Funny that the name of this girl in the image is Madelyn as this week’s challenge was from Madelynn!
DDSC20 Apparently, this is a makeup set of her mom’s that she loves a ton! I have to agree with her; it is gorgeous! I took the pretty turquoise colour and the flower in the geisha’s hair as my inspiration. I was considering an Asian-themed card but I really wanted to use the image again I got FREE from Katie at Paper Makeup Stamps as she is the AWESOME Sponsor for this month! Thanks Katie! I do hope you will join us in playing this week. We’d all love to see your work. Link up to Mr Linky at Whimsical Wednesdays! Use DDSC20 if you upload to a public gallery. Be sure to drop by next week to find out who is next month’s sponsor.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: Antique Linen Distress ink (to tint white paper to vanilla) Paper: DP, vanilla, turquoise CS-SU!, white CS (image)-Taylored Expressions
Accessories: flower-Scrapbook Sally, button-PTI, silk ribbon-May Arts, eyelet borderabilities, scalloped rectangle nestabilities


Skis and Mittens for the OCC Sketch Challenge and Whimsical Wednesdays!

The OCC has another sketch challenge this week and since they are looking for Design Team members, I am making sure I am playing every sketch this month. Hey OCC gals, if you are reading this, I am a very reliable Design Team member! I take my commitments very seriously! Hope you like my cards!

skis occ challenge1

The Sketch: Click on the sketch to link to the OCC blog.

Jessica has been on an easel card spree lately so Madelynn decided to challenge the DareDevils to make Easel cards this week. I hadn’t made one before today but seriously, they are so easy. You can see nearly everything in the photos. Basically, make a card front. Make a top fold card base with a horizontal score line about halfway on the card front only and create a mountain fold. Adhere your card front to the card base below the score only!Make sure and add an embellishment to prop your easel up against and that is it!

skis occ challenge easel

This shows the card opened like an easel.

skis occ challenge inside 

And here’s the inside!

I added the glitter by laying down 1/8” Scor-Tape first. It is so much easier to use for straight lines than liquid glue. The snowflakes were accented with a bit of sponging with Distress ink to get a more 3-D look and to help them stand out. I ‘made’ the ribbon by stamping the seam tape with craft ink. The seam tape is thin enough that the snowflakes show well from the other side too.

I hope you will all pay along with both challenges this week! The DareDevils DARE you to try out an easel card! You will be glad you did! I can’t wait to see your work and that of the other DareDevils! I hope you will find time to stalk their blogs! 🙂 When you make a fabulous card, be sure to link it up to Whimsical Wednesdays, use keyword DDSC11 and HAVE FUN!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: craft night of navy-SU!
Paper: DP-CTMH, navy and juniper CS-CTMH, night of navy, shimmer white CS-SU!
Accessories: seam tape-stash, snowflake punch-MS, snowflake brad-Karen Foster, Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder, Art Institute sea shell glitter, snowflake, ski, mitten embellies-Dress It Up Buttons, broken china Distress Ink, Liquid Appliqué


Morning Java Inspiration Challenge for Whimsical Wednesdays

I have to tell you, I HATE MORNINGS! With a passion! I rarely feel human in the mornings unless I sleep about 10-12 hours and of course, I rarely get that whether because of my own insomnia or kids or things I have to do. So these mugs were perfect as an inspiration challenge! Rise and Whine-AMEN! Thanks Jack!


I made a card similar to this ages ago, I loved it so much I decided to make another similar one. Heather, I hope you have your glasses on! (Heather SAYS she is allergic to the colour brown, apparently, she has ‘glasses’ that help!)

coffee z pocket card

It is a Z fold card. Start with an 11×5.5” piece of cardstock. You want to cut down one long edge on an angle so when folded, each section has an angled edge. I marked a point down about 2” on one short side. Connect the mark with the other top corner and cut. Score the paper in thirds and fold. Decorate as desired. You can choose to keep it as a Z (stands up really well on its own) or use adhesive and make pockets which I did.

coffee z pocket card open

You know the saying, ‘Necessity is the mother of invention’? Well I didn’t exactly invent anything but I did come up with an inventive way of making my ‘English Breakfast’ tag. I wanted ivory on chocolate but my ivory EP is no name and not very good quality nor very fine. So I used ivory paper, CLEAR embossed the image and sponged on the chocolate ink! Works great! The other tag is coloured in with pencil crayons. I have no idea what a tea plant looks like (shoulda Googled it!) so no comments if it is wrong-chances are it is! The silk puff flower was made using the directions at Studio Calico-Fabric Flowers except I didn’t use an iron at any stage. Because I didn’t I needed to sew the center down with a few stitches. So worth it.

So, are you inspired to play along with this week’s challenge? I sure hope so. If not quite yet, I’m sure you will be by the time you finish checking out all the the DareDevil’s blogs! Everyone is playing this week except Randi. Be sure to leave some love along your way!! Use keyword DDSC9 to upload your card and link it up to Whimsical Wednesdays. Don’t forget, please link your direct link, not just your blog addy. All you have to do is click on your post title, then copy and paste the URL at the top of your browser window. We try to leave y’all some love but if we have to scroll through all your blog posts to get to your DD card, it sure takes a loooong time!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: chocolate chip, cocoa-SU!
Paper: cocoa, caramel, chocolate, vanilla CS-SU!
Accessories: flower-stash, Tattered Angels glimmer mist, copper tag-Making Memories, vintage lace-stash, pencil crayons, pink Copic, welvet ribbon-Clear Dollar Stamps, MS cornice punch, silk yardage-stash, jumbo eyelet-WRMK, silk ribbon-May Arts, key-stash, clear-EP, thread-stash


Man’s Shirt Thank You Card

My mom buys nearly all of my kid’s clothes. She loves going to Osh Kosh, Heart Strings and Carter’s. We even have a onesie with “If they could only stay little until their Carter’s wear out.” Remember that old ad jingle? They are such cute clothes! We just got a huge bag full of jammies, jeans, pants, shirts, jackets, socks-AWESOME! So this ‘card’ is a thank you for all of it.

shirt thank you1
This was pretty easy to make, Martha Stewart has instructions but the diagrams were really small on my iPhone and clicking didn’t enlarge them. So I found a site with Hawaiian Origami shirt instructions.

shirt thank you2

This is how the shirt looks without the tag in the way. Isn’t it cute? Below is how the inside looks. I used scraps of the same paper, reverse side, and wrote a note from 2 year old Spencer to his nana. Jameson also wrote a note on another little scrap. They tuck in quite nicely and I’m pretty sure they won’t fall out.

shirt thank you3

Enjoy, Rebecca

JustRite Stampers Trompe upper and lower case
Ink: Chocolate-SU!
Paper: DP and confetti white CS-SU!
Accessories: gold cord-SU!, buttons-Sassafrass, labels one Nestabilities


Joy Fold Seaside Card

This was a really fun card to make. It really is one normal-sized card with one side shortened and one mini card put together seaside joy fold1 overlapping each other. The little crab keeps the mini card  closed. So cute! I chose this card so I could use Card Directions again! Such a cute little set and at $1.99 how can you pass it up?

  I used Shore Treasures to make the main part of the card. I LOVE this set!! The style of the illustrations are so perfect for  seaside joy fold closeup watercolouring! Kinda wispy and flowing. Yeah, I know my watercolouring is far from perfect but I have such fun doing it and I wasn’t going for perfect. I think I should have stamped my waves at the edge of   seaside joy fold open1 the sky and the water and a line of sand at the edge the sand and the water. Oh well. Unfortunately, the colours are cdsseaside joy fold open2 somewhat washed out, even with no flash. ***SIGH*** You also can’t see the PearlEx I used for the shell and the sand.

  I took photos of the stages involved in opening this card above. Plus a close up of the watercolouring. I was actually quite pleased with the crab. I think he really looks like the sun is hitting his right side. I’m not sure I have ever seen a real crab so forgive me if the colours are wrong!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Shore Treasures, Card Directions
Ink: Stazon brown, bordering blue-SU!
Paper: DP-Bella Bella, bordering blue and chocolate CS-SU!
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, watercolour crayons-SU!, tag die-Quickutz, Aztec Gold PearlEx, Hemp twine-Hemptique, artichoke marker-SU!, watercolour brush
Technique: watercolouring