Cards

I Adore You Heart Balloons Card

Wow! So many love-themed challenges this week including ours at Crazy 4 Challenges! I actually make love cards a lot, not just before and for this particular holiday. Love should be celebrated all the time right? I’ve had quite a few on Instagram lately. You should check out what I post over there, just saying!

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I started with a soft background using Distress inks, I think Tumbled Glass and Cracked Pistachio. I made my own stencil for the ground/sky line but I used a Simon Clouds for Days stencil for the clouds. I love that there are full clouds and 4 sides for single cloud edges plus you can get different looks by flipping the stencil over, just be sure to wash it first! Ask me how I know… 🙂

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The stamps are all from the January My Monthly Hero Card Kit. Here’s a closeup of the balloons. I may have stamped/coloured them on the wrong paper as they over blended to the point that you can’t tell I blended them at all on some. Argh… I used some R80s, RV 50s and RV60s series Copics. Then, after cutting off the strings they came with, I carefully glued gold strings to the bottom of each one. I added the balloons to the card with foam tape at the tops (the glue dots I used for the thread secured the bottoms) and very carefully tied the strings so they all lay straight and neat, adhering the knot to the bike. I wanted them to appear to be blowing back in the wind and I think it worked! I added some pink gems from Studio Katia to the card to accent the pinkness of the balloons. The bike was also coloured with Copics, this time in the Y20s and 30s, probably Y21, 35 and 38 with some Cool greys for the metallic parts and a bit of BGs for the ombre bike basket. Everyone needs an ombre turquoise bike basket right? I know I do!

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I hope you still need some lovey cards and will join us over at the C4C blog! We’d all love to see you over there! Don’t forget to find me over on Instagram, click the sidebar link or search for BecCreates1!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Cards

Winter Critter Scene Card

Winter has a solid grip on us here in Southern Ontario. Even though I hate winter, I do like watching the snow fall when it’s quiet and dark outside. So I tried to incorporate some of that peaceful stillness in my card.

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Our challenge this week at Crazy 4 Challenges was to use groundhogs in honour of Groundhog day or, if you don’t have any, use another small critter that lives on or in the ground. I recently bought Winter Time Fun by Hero Arts so the critters in there are perfect for this challenge.

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I couldn’t decide what medium to use to colour them in. Do you ever have that problem? I finally decided that my coloured pencils could use some love as I  hadn’t used them in a while. So if you enlarge the photo and notice some of the black lines aren’t all that dark, that’s why.

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I decided that the deer would be a reindeer. Did you know that most deer except female reindeer lose their antlers in the winter? I only learned that recently! I had to look up what they look like of course, I think we have reindeer in northern Canada but I’ve never been north enough to see them. I chose a red fox for some additional colour.

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I used two colours for the tree and added some light blue to soften the snowy areas. Then I used orangey reds for the cardinal and warm greys for the raccoon. Now that I see it enlarged, I covered some of the black lines here too. But I really don’t mind. The background was done with Distress inks over the masked images; the snowy hill was masked too with a simple hand cut mask made of plain printer paper.

So now to add a sentiment. I was thinking of a large scripty font but when I placed the clear stamp in the sky, it overwhelmed the small images and made the sky look cluttered. I finally decided on a small simple sentiment at the bottom which kept the calm look intact.

While you are staying indoors staying warm, I hope you will pop on over to the C4C blog to see the other designer’s creations and join us!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Floral Art Thankful Card

I can’t believe the year is almost over. Today is the last Crazy 4 Challenges of the year as we take a break for the holidays. The challenge was to use any of the sketches from this year as inspiration.

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I’ll be honest, I completely forgot to create a card for this challenge until it was pretty late on Friday. I’d already stamped the floral images and sentiment then started creating a card by adding the flower and leaves to the background when I remembered! Ooops! So I quickly checked the sketches to see if I could make this card work. It didn’t really fit any of them until I saw the one I designed which would work if I added a frame. I would have placed the sentiment lower and maybe on an angle if I’d planned to use this sketch from the beginning but oh well. Make it work like Tim Gunn always says on Project Runway.

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The flowers, dies and sentiment are all from Altenew as are the inks except the Versamark I used to heat emboss the sentiment. The leaves are a mix of an aqua and a green in case you are looking for the exact colour; you won’t find it! Again, another make it work move. I used the aqua but then wasn’t happy with it. So I added the green overtop which I ended up loving. I may even deliberately use this combo again. The frame was cut with 2 Hero Arts Rectangle Infinity dies then I added some gold paint pen. I love gold mirror cardstock but it’s so dang expensive! So this is a quick and cheap alternative way to get the gold we all love. It’s a bit more matte than shiny but for such a thin frame I didn’t think it mattered. The sequins are from Lucy’s Little Things from the Sunset pack. I usually take sequins from several packs but today just the one. I loved how the sequins looked so much, I ended up wishing this was a shaker! But as you may have noticed, I’m a bit obsessed with shakers!

I’m so grateful for all of you who come by to see my art! I treasure every comment you leave! Your kind words make my day!

I hope you will pop on over to the blog to see what our team has created! Join us my adding your creation to the link up.

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Swing High, Swing Free

When you were a kid, did you love swinging? I know I did! I was able to swing higher than any other kid in my school in grades 5 and 6, my favourite activity at lunch! Did you ever have a tree swing? That would have been the best thing ever but alas, we didn’t have a tree large enough with an overhanging branch.

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At Crazy4Challenges this week, our theme was to create a project with a tree. The obvious move is to make something holiday. But as you know if you’ve been here a while, I don’t celebrate any holidays. So I went in search of something cool to use for my card. This summer (spring?) Hero Arts released a tree kit. I love the awesome frame dies they’ve included lately that almost fill a 4.25×5.5″ card base. Amazingly, I think I only used the kit twice since I got it! So it felt good to get some more use out of it for this card. I always feel guilty if a kit arrives and I don’t make at least 4 or 5 cards right away. Do any of you feel that way?

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The background was watercoloured with a few Daniel Smith watercolours. They are amazing for their depth of colour and I adore the ones with real gemstone pigment and the ones with sparkle, I think they are called Duochrome. Most of the time, I use cold press, aka mid textured watercolour paper but when I’m making a background, especially one with minimal stamping, I like to use rough paper, aka very textured paper. (Hot press is very smooth, like it’s been ironed so that a way to help you remember hot vs cold pressed. If you use a cold iron, you’d have far more texture in your clothing than with a hot iron right?)

The sentiment was hard for me to choose. I find when I make cards with basic sentiments, I use them up from my stash or sell them far sooner than the others. But this one might be perfect for someone from More Love Letters so I used it anyway.It wouldn’t surprise me if you are going to make a tag or card with a tree in the coming week so don’t forget to link it up at C4C!

Enjoy, Rebecca

 

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Mermaid’s Treasure

For the last few years, I’ve been obsessed with all things related to the ocean and blue-greens like teal, aqua and turquoise. I didn’t have any mermaid stamps until this year but I am so hooked!

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This sweet little gal and her accompanying stamps are by Stamping Bella. This style of illustration is my favourite from this company. She was so much fun to colour with my Copics. The little dots on her tail look like scales right? The coins in the treasure chest are coloured with a coppery gold pen. Isn’t the ocean-themed frame stunnning? It’s by Hero Arts, cut from Bristol Smooth paper, sponged with Distress Oxide inks and flicked with water to create texture. The little tiny fishies I added as accents were cut from the area behind the mermaid; rather than wasting them, I trimmed the fish colouring them with warm colours to help them stand out. The background is hard to make out here but it’s stamped with the sea weed stamp that accompanies the mermaid.

Do you love the ocean? I could make nothing but beach and ocean themed cards and be very happy!

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Enjoy, Rebecca

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Last but not Least, TSTR DT Application 4!

I went all out on this one. Shabby but bold!

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I started with a rather painstaking process of learning how to use foil. My first three attempts failed miserably despite following directions from several different prominent crafter’s blogs! Grrr… But I finally got results I could use even if I didn’t love it. I applied Versamark through a stencil and clear embossed it. Then I added foil and ran my paper through my laminator. It melts the embossing powder so the foil can stick. Unfortunately, it also flattened the melted embossing powder causing it to spread out. So my pattern is a bit more messy than I had hoped for but hopefully that just enhances the shabby chic-ness.

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I made the small white flowers, I realized that I hadn’t use the baby’s breath as inspiration at all so I made the closest flowers I could! I think they softened an otherwise quite bold card. I used the yarrow die set from Susan’s Garden. Sizzix used to manufacture them but now I believe you can get them from Elizabeth Crafts. I used the Paper Players sketch 225. and of course The Shabby Tear Room DT call.

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Lace and Roses Mini Pail

This is for the Shabby Tea Room Challenge this week.

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I took a basic pail I got from either a dollar store of the Dollar Spot in Target and added some metallic rub-on to the outside. I quickly realized that, even with heat setting, it wasn’t going to set. Bummer. So I added some workable fixatif. Bad idea. It seemed to work but if rubbed to hard, it came off. Then I tried adding some red line tape to attach the lace. The first piece of tape wouldn’t stick at all and removed the rub on and fixativ from the area I was taping and a bit beyond. Seriously? I decided to embrace the uneven nature figuring it lent to the distressed look I was going for.  At least the second piece of tape stuck.

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Next I added a Spellbinders fancy label which I stamped and distressed with more rub-on. I used ribbon to attach the label and added some pearls. I didn’t have quite the right colour of roses so I added some Copic airbrushing to them. Perfect! These were adhered over top of some mini ivy die cuts. I used Copic markers on white paper to get just the right colour. Click on the photo to link to the challenge.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
SU! french script
Ink: Cup o joe-HA, melon berry-PTI
Paper: ivory-PTI
Accessories: vintage lace, raspberry rickrack-stash, roses-Really Reasonable Ribbon, pearls-Dollarama, pail-dollar store or dollar spot, ivy die-Memory Box, rub-on metallic paste-stash, Krylon workable fixatif, label die- Spellbinders

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Shabby Vespa Card

I have always loved this older paper pad , Neopolitan, from American Crafts. I go back to it every so often and fall in love again every time.

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I’m afraid this picture doesn’t do this card justice. All the colours are muted and when I tried bumping up the saturation, it just looked weird. This was made for Tuesday Morning Sketches 279. I used the vertical center line of the Bingo card, ribbon, embossing and flowers. It was sure tricky making something with the Bingo card AND the sketch!

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The Vespa is a sticker; to prevent it from sticking to the card base in between the foam dots, I used my powder tool to deactivate the adhesive. I usually, if I remember, add the foam dots BEFORE deactivating the adhesive or the powder can prevent the foam dots from sticking.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamp:
Hero Arts Messages with Flourish
Ink: Versamark, Versacolour Cloud white, Archival potting soil
Paper: American crafts, card base-MFT (? colour name)
Accessories: gold ep, cord-SU!, lace-Fabricland, ribbon-stash, sequins-Sulyn Ind. stickers-American Crafts,

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For Baby Card

So, I had to give this 10 minute thing another shot. Let’s just say I failed miserably (but I did get quite a bit closer, more like 14 minutes). Even though I prepped the heart embellie in advance… that’s not cheating right? 🙂 I can’t do anything quickly apparently. Sponging even takes me a long time! I think there’s a reason why you don’t see shabby chic cards among the 10 minute craft dash team cards or in the linky creations!

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This time I used this week’s deconstructed sketch 117. The basics of it anyway; I didn’t follow it to the letter. I now see I put the rounded edges at the top and I didn’t layer the two main panels the same way but I hope it’s close enough. When I set about to colouring the image, I realized I hadn’t used chocolate anywhere yet so the blanket ended up dark brown. And I added a chocolate button too. It’s a bit hard to see under the twine but it’s there.

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I die cut the heart out of corrugated cardboard then added a soft yellow/ivory paint to the edges. While it was still wet I added some micro fine white glitter. Then I added glue to the very edges and gold opaque glitter. The button threaded with twine tied in a bow was the finishing touch.

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Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Crafty Secrets: baby boy postcard set, background stamp-Hero Arts?
Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle, frayed burlap Distress
Paper: kraft, ivory-PTI, yellow stripe DP-MME lavender, blue DP-Simple Stories
Accessories: heart die, button, twine-PTI, paint-buttermilk Americana, warm white glitter-Glitter Ritz, gold glitter-Art Institute, ribbon-May Arts, foam dots-Jody Morrow, corner rounder-WRMK, lace-not sure, maybe WMS?

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Baby Boy Bundle of Joy Card

I am NOT a quick card maker. I could be but I just don’t like to be. I always want to add one more thing or colour something instead of just solid stamp. So when I tried to make it under 10 minutes for the latest Craft Dash challenge… well, they don’t call it a challenge for nothing!

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I used the latest Mojo Monday sketch for the basic bones of the card. And I rushed, or tried to. I’d never used this solid stamp before and did I remember to try it out first or condition it? Of course not. So when the Memento ink I’d set out didn’t seem to give good coverage, I pulled out my brown Archival ink and inked up the stamp, d’uh, I wiped it off because I planned to Copic colour it. More wasted time.

So I finally chose my new, never tried but much touted (by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner) Hero Arts Shadow ink in Cup o Joe. It still didn’t stamp cleanly! Ugh! I will give the ink another chance with a better conditioned stamp. I wasted like 4 minutes on that fiasco though and fixing the bad stamping with a marker. Overall, took me at least 25 minutes to make this card. I’ll still link it up because the rules say you can anyways and I loved the colour combo. You’ll see in my next post, I tried again and got closer but still didn’t make it. UGH!

My other challenge was the placement of the little mobile hanging things. I thought the stamp was designed so that you could stamp them in one shot. But when I went to stamp them, they just didn’t look right. So I test stamped them. This was well after the I shut the timer off in frustration. I realized I’d have to cut them apart to stamp them and match the hanging strings exactly. Sure look cute though don’t they? 🙂

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Click on either photo to visit the challenges.

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Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Taylored Expressions: crib, sentiment-PTI
Ink: cup o joe (crib)-HA, blueberry sky-PTI
Paper: saffron, natural white CS-SU!, simple stories DP
Accessories: baby outfit button-Jesse James buttons, ribbon-May Arts, foam dots-Jody Morrow, labels 1 Nesties, Copics