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World Card Making Day!!

Welcome to my WCMD post! I’ve saved several cards I’ve made lately just for this special occasion! So sit back and enjoy! (Check out the end of the post for what’s coming up on my blog soon.)

First off a little card inspired by Jennifer McGuire or maybe Kristina Werner. But if Jenn made it the sentiment would be black and if Kristina made it there would be dash lines somewhere or rounded corners so I suppose that makes it all mine!

heart happy

I cut apart a SSS heart die to get just one heart to cut it from each of two banners. The background was sponged with broken china ink over the SSS Moroccan stencil.

Next up is a Copic coloured card I spent a TON of time on. Not only did the colouring take a long time but the card design did too.

tag slider card

It’s a surprise pop up card but I call it a tag slider card. I changed hte measurements of the tutorial quite a bit though as my card is larger. Cuz when you pull on the tag, the front panel slides up to reveal a message underneath and a place on the tag for a message!

tag slider card 2

Cool right?

tag slider card 3

tag slider card 4

tag slider card 5

The Copic colouring looks smoother IRL. Strange, soft colours usually fades completely on a computer screen. In this case, it actually shows up more strongly! Weird!

vintage hearts

I made this card for a challenge on Swap-Bot to go green and use coffee sleeves. I love the tiny corrugations and that one side of the cardboard is already removed. I die cut the heart and painted the ridges white. Then I used Versamark to add gold embossing to the edges.

And last but not least, two ATCs. They are still cards right? First, a mixed media piece inspired by a canvas I did for my bathroom. I’ll be posting that soon so if you are new to my blog and want to make sure you see it, be sure to subscribe or bookmark me!

sea mm ATC

I used a kraft cardstock base and added some sticky back canvas. Then I added two colours of turquoise, ivory and yellow-green Golden fluid acrylic paint. Then I dry brushed on some gold. I stamped the shell in Archival ink and added the ribbon and button when dry.

rainbow butterflies ATC

This one was sponged with a rainbow of distress ink colours on vintage sheet music paper. Then I added ink direct to paper on white cardstock so the colours would match the sponging when I punched the butterflies. And I added Copic markers to the centers. They are glued on their middles only so the wings can be lifted up.

Have a great WCMD. I hope you enjoy clicking on all the links and I apologize that this post wasn’t up right away. Coming up soon on my blog: how to make multiples of a project-3 parts, preparing, die cutting, stamping; 2 mixed media canvases and how to make a super easy super-hero cape! I also have a few jewellery projects to show you! Make sure you come back now, ya hear?

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
(Heart Happy)
Stamps:
SSS
Ink: Memento London Fog, Distress Broken China, Scattered Straw
Paper: white CS-PTI, DP-MME
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, Rock Candy Distress Stickles, SSS banner, heart dies, stencil, lifestyle crafts label dies

(Thanks-Tag Slider)
Stamps:
PTI Thanks all Ways, Flourishes Hollyhocks
Ink: Memento black, night of navy-SU!, HA-Field Greens, Frayed burlap, antique linen distress
Paper: Kraft, vanilla, moss CS-PTI, white CS-XPress it, DP-MME, vintage music paper
Accessories: Cropadile, 1/2”, 1 3/8” circle punch-SU!, Ornate ovals, Rose Creations dies-Spellbinders, mini scalloped punch-EK success, foam dots, Copic markers

(Vintage Hearts)
Ink:
vintage photo, antique linen distress ink, Versamark
Paper: Trousseau 7 Gypsies, kraft, vanilla CS-PTI, coffee sleeves
Accessories: SSS banner, heart dies, PTI heart die, white paint, gold EP-SU!, MOP button-ebay, lace-vintage, flower-Jesse James buttons, foam dots

(Sea Mixed Media ATC)
Stamps:
SU!
Ink: cobalt Archival ink
Paper: Kraft CS-PTI
Accessories: Golden Fluid Acrylic Paints, sticky back canvas-Ranger, MOP button-ebay, ribbon-stash, MS butterfly punch
In case you are wondering, the shell with the slit in it is a name holder from a wedding store.

(Rainbows, Butterflies and Music ATC)

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SAF Sugar Coated Ingredients–Star Hero Card

My son had to have an MRI a couple Fridays ago. He has autism and is now part of a research study. He really didn’t want to do it but I was so proud that he was brave and did it anyway. Afterwards, I asked him if he knew what you call it when someone is scared of something but is brave and does it anyway, especially when it is for other people? Of course he said no. I told him that’s what a hero is. So this is a card for him.

SAF13 sugared shapes

He doesn’t care much about how embellished a card is so I kept it minimal. He will just have fun tearing the strip off. Underneath it says “You are my hero” from the Father Knows Best set. He’s been really trying lately, even destroying a $700 TV this week so I really have to work hard to not resent him for many days at a time. So I was sort of proud of myself that this was the project that came to mind when I saw the video for adding stripes to a die cut.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE: cardstock, stamps, dies-PTI, glitter-MS

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Graduation Card for Katie

We recently hired a respite caregiver for my son who has autism. It is such a relief to have some time to myself while she watches him and my baby if he is awake. She is wonderful with them so when I heard she was graduating from Queen’s University, I had to make her a graduation card.

katie grad

I’m afraid I don’t know her very well so I went with a very plain style. The fact that I decided to go with her school colours AND that I don’t have many grad stamps kinda threw me for a loop too. I wish it was more interesting. But… I went for the wow factor inside!!

katie grad inside

It is hard to take a photo of but when you open it, the spiral opens and you see her grad year! Along with stars covered in the same washi tape I used on the front. I cut two stars for each one you see and glued it to the back on the other side of the spiral to make it look more finished and give it stability.

I’m entering this in the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Open Sesame challenge to make a card that moves or has an unusual opening. My spiral expands as you open the card.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
grad hat-SU!, sentiment-WMS
Ink: versamark, navy-SU!
Paper: navy, ridinghood red-SU!
Accessories: gold EP, washi tape-stash, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Sizzix star die, numbers die-Quickutz

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Flip Card for Waltzing Mouse Stamps Challenge

Waltzing Mouse Stamps has a challenge right now to make a moving or interactive card. I decided to make a shaped flip card.

Flip card WMS challenge

I used a partial die cutting technique to cut the flip portion of the card. And I modified the card to make the center portion narrower which allowed more to show through the opening when the card is closed. The part the thank you is stamped on. I did a trial using the paper sizes and score lines used the tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers and there wasn’t enough showing to stamp on or to look right. Which also meant making the overall card smaller to maintain an overall size of 4.25×5.5”.

Flip card WMS challenge2

Other than that, I just decorated the card as usual. I was a bit tricky to mat the front of the card with patterned paper. I wish I had added it before doing the die cutting but I managed.

Flip card WMS challenge3

When the card is closed you can’t see this flourish but I added it because you can see it from the back where I will put my message to the recipient.

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Interactive Card Zipper Card for PTI Challenge

PTI 6 ann

Nichole challenged us to make an interactive card in honour of their 6th anniversary. We were to be inspired by one of the team’s projects. Seeing Jessica’s fridge magnet with a photo of her son on it made me think of my son whose 12th birthday is today.  And I loved how Heather used die cut letters on one of her projects. While we don’t celebrate birthdays, this rather important milestone was on my mind. I guess the inspiration is a rather loose interpretation but still…

j is 12

So I made this card for him. Inside it has the following words. Energetic Fun Silly Caring Friendly Amazing. I won’t give it to him for a while so it doesn’t seem like a b-day card. It isn’t easy to line up the stamping underneath the tear strip unless you plan ahead so I’ve got a tutorial below showing you how I do it. It isn’t too hard but I have a couple of tips.

The grey keyboard keys are actually off a flexible keyboard. The kind you can roll up. My 5 yo tore it apart so I saved the keys for embellishments! At least something good came of it. The numbers at the bottom are from Boy Basics-Out of this World. I taped off most of the numbers so I count just ink some numbers individually and stamped the additional numbers to create an 11 and a 12.

So here’s how to line up whatever you hide beneath the tear strip.

1. Die cut your tear strip die (aka zipper die) and choose a scrap to use underneath the tear strip. Using a pencil, draw two parallel lines just less than 1\2” apart. Using slightly less than the width of the tear strip will ensure your stamping doesn’t touch the edges of the zipper opening on the finished card since they won’t be smooth and straight. Place the paper with the lines on it under the die cut, line it up with the tear strip and trace the notched end. Slide the paper so your notched pencil line disappears slightly under the die cut. Trace the other side of the die. Again, by making your pencil marks slightly smaller than the die cut opening, you ensure you leave space where the zipper strip attaches in case the recipient doesn’t tear it off completely.

tear strip interactive card tut5

2. Stamp your choice of images or sentiments within the pencil lines. Then erase your pencil lines so you can barely see them. I didn’t trim the notched end now because it makes it hard to line up later.

tear strip interactive card tut2

3. Add Scor-Tape or other strong adhesive to the back of the die cut close to the tear strip. As close as you can place it. Remove the backing except for the small portions shown.

tear strip interactive card tut1

4. Line up the stamped scrap using the faint pencil lines. Make sure no stamping shows from either end and you need to leave enough room to trim your notch.

tear strip interactive card tut3

5. Trim off the straight side flush with the die cut and trim out the notched end while looking at the back. Because you left the backing on close to the notched end, it is easy to get your scissors in. When you are satisfied with the trimming, remove the last bits of backing. You could cut the notched end in advance but it would be hard to line up the scrap. If you wish to cut it ahead of time, I recommend you use a larger scrap and when you draw the lines, mark another where the bottom of the die cut would be so you can use that to line it up. (Next time I’ll be more careful and cut it smoother.)

tear strip interactive card tut4

6. Add more Scor-Tape. You want to be sure that tugging the strip doesn’t pull the die cut off the card! For the top portion, I just used my usual adhesive. Burnish the adhesive well. Apply to your card or project!

tear strip interactive card tut6

I hope this helps you line up your die cuts!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
tag and words (inside) CTMH, countdown numbers, ink splotches-PTI
Ink: Walnut Stain, Vintage photo Distress, Teal Zeal-Memento, pumpkin pie-SU!
Paper: kraft, natural white, chocolate CS-PTI, DP-MME
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, stencil letter dies-Sizzix, interactive die-PTI,

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Curiosities Slider Box Hostess Gift for Unscripted Sketches

Before I talk about -my project, can I just give a shout out to the gals at Unscripted Sketches? Not this Saturday but last, I got the Top Three award for the 4th time! I love you guys, thanks so much!

curiosities slider box 1

I have decided to try and always take a hostess gift when I am invited somewhere. Someone brought me one a few years back and I thought it was the nicest thing! It was just a bar of goat’s milk soap in a pretty wrap but it obviously made an impression! So I made this when I was invited out to a friend’s house for my 15th Anniversary celebration!

curiosities slider box 2

You can find the instructions at Splitcoast Stampers under Slider Box. It was actually pretty easy but read my comment underneath if you decide to try and make one. I added some important tips. When you pull on the drawer, the tag at the top pops up. It is a really fun surprise for the recipient! Everyone will think you are a paper goddess!

curiosities slider box 3

It would make a great gift box for jewellery or a gift card but I added some candies. Nice for a hostess gift.

curiosities slider box 4

And here is what it looks like closed. Just a regular old box… NOT! SmileI used this week’s Unscripted Sketch to make this. I really enjoy their sketches. Click on the sketch to visit the blog post.

unscrSK184

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Home Made-PTI
Paper: black CS-SU!, Curiosity Shoppe DP-Graphic 45
Ink: Vintage photo Distress
Accessories: foam dots-Joy Morrow, rhinestones-Kaisercraft, gold ribbon-Offray, striped ribbon-May Arts, gold paint pen-Krylon, Tim Holtz hitch fastener

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CPS 161 Guest Designer–French Inspired Collage Pocket Card

I am thrilled to be a Guest Designer for CPS today! I won CPS 158 a couple weeks ago, Yeeeaaaah!, and playing along with their DT is the best reward! (Read to the end for a link to the winning card.) Be sure to check out the challenge if you’d like to play along with CPS 161. I’ll admit I was taken aback by the diagonal line on the sketch as I am not a huge fan of diagonal lines. But this is called a ‘challenge’ after all! So…

CPS 161 GDT card wo tags

… I made a pocket card! For me, it was a perfect way to make the diagonal line work! This card actually has two pockets. You can find the tutorial here: SCS  Diagonal Double Pocket Card. My paper started to tear at the ‘spine’ so I punched some holes in the side and turned it into a mini book style card. I would have tied a bow but the tulle was too short. I really like this and I think I’ll keep it so I may add another sheet of paper, the same design but folded with the yellow out and make it an actual mini book. For each pocket, I made a tag which I collaged.

CPS 161 GDT tag1

The base was actually a sticker so I adhered it to some of the leftover DP from cutting a 12×12” sheet down to the 8.5×11” sheet required for the tutorial. Although I removed the bulky plastic bits from inside the flowers, they still are a bit thicker than is ideal for the pocket. Oh well…

CPS 161 GDT tag2

The base of this one is a plain white tag. Quite a few of the items I used for this project were given to me in swaps so if something isn’t in my recipe list at the bottom, that’s why. I have no idea of the origin. Sorry. In fact, on this tag, the only thing I can list is the metal clip and the ribbon.

CPS 161 GDT card w tags

Here is the card with everything. It is quite busy so that is why I decided to photograph everything separately first. I hope you will play the challenge today.

CPS161

I want to thank the CPS judges so much for honouring the card I won with (You can see it here: Happy Anniversary Double Challenge Card) and for choosing me to Guest Design today. I really appreciate it! I’d love to join your team in the future, once my baby is a bit older. You can see photos of him HERE.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
PTI Vintage Labels (gold stamping along pocket edge)
Ink: Faded Jeans, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo Distress inks, Encore Gold ink
Paper: Vintage Blue-Glitz Designs, vintage music paper, Cologne and France stickers-Cavallini Papers & Co., vanilla CS-SU!
Accessories: seam binding ribbon- Masterstroke Ribbon, Silk ribbon-May Arts, bling strip-Recollections, tulle, sentiment sticker-Glitz Designs, mini clothespins-Pebbles Inc., pearls-Dollarama, Kaisercraft, vintage lace, metal clip-Making Memories, film strip, staples-Tim Holtz, flowers-Michaels, gold shimmer mist-LuminArte (clothespin colouring), foam dots-Jody Morrow
(Anything not listed is unknown)

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Papertrey Ink March Blog Hop–Lemon Aqua Inspiration Baby Card

PTI blog hop logo

lemon aqua PTI blog hop baby card2

Here is my card based on the inspiration photo below.

lemon aqua PTI blog hop insp pic

And a close up…

lemon aqua PTI blog hop baby card closeup (2)

This card is very similar to the one I designed as thank you cards for my shower but in different colours. I haven’t posted it yet because I am hoping to find a magazine looking for interactive cards so I can enter it. It uses much less paper so is ideal for making multiples; the front panel is only held on with the brad in the corner and the whole front panel swings upwards. The aqua is only one layer, not a card base. So 1/2 the amount of aqua cardstock is used compared to a normal card. I forgot about writing on the base, under the focal panel, when I embossed it. Oops! So I guess I will add a layer of copy weight paper when I write in it. My shower ones had unembossed bases so they were easy to write on.

A few details: The scallop at the top edge is the eyelet lace die, I just have it positioned so you can’t see the holes. The socks are made from felt, I just love the fuzzy socks my baby wears so I had to reproduce them as closely as possible for this card. The ribbon is seam binding dyed with Copic Blender Solution and Y21 reinker. If you enlarge the photo, you will see that the brad has tiny stars on it like the yellow shirt DP. The background was inked by swiping the pad across the edges to highlight the embossed pattern. Then I distressed it with Antique Linen ink.

And now for a photo I took a few days ago of my 3 month old Theodore aka Teddy Bear.

teddy march photo

This isn’t even edited! I need to warm it up some but otherwise I’m pretty happy with it SOOC (straight out of camera). Isn’t he adorable?!

teddy march photo2

Thanks for visiting. If you like my blog, I hope you will subscribe. Both RSS feeds and email subs are available on my sidebar. Have fun on the rest of the blog hop.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Mega Mixed Messages, Hanging Out-PTI
Ink: Colourbox chalk (2 browns), Memento cocoa, SU! banana, celery, PTI fresh snow, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress
Paper: All CS and DP PTI
Accessories: PTI dies: Hanging Out, Eyelet Lace, brad, yellow ‘tab’ ribbons-stash, Hug Snug Seam Binding, blue felt-Etsy, foam dots-Jody Morrow

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PTI Blog Hop

 

This month’s theme was interactive cards! I can’t wait until I can order the Movers and Shakers dies! For now, I used an SCS tutorial for a wiper card.

spring life wiper card closed
Here’s the front…

spring life wiper card

and this photo below shows what it looks like opened up.

If you hold it open and flat, the wiper section sticks up perfectly straight. We’ve just had three straight yucky days with snow so I needed a happy card with springy colours! I made a very similar card before in deeper colours; if you go to the search box in the top left corner next to the orange Blogger ‘B’ and type in wiper, you will find it. Hard to create links how I’m posting. It would be perfect for a sympathy card. ETA: Here’s the link.

spring life wiper card close up
I’ve always wanted to make one with a pocket inside for a gift card holder with an arrow on the wiper pointing to it! I didn’t realize until now that my Laughter panel looks unbalanced so I’ll probably add a little leaf sprig at the top later. I used a marker to create the centers for the pink flowers.

The yellow flower doesn’t have a center for it exactly. I tried thumping my markers in the center but it didn’t show up enough. So I used the tiny flower stamp included to stamp several times in apricot ink to make a center. It’s the same stamp you see in pink in a few places.

EDITED SINCE I WROTE THIS: I apologize for the very lousy iPhone photos. I promise to get better ones up this afternoon but I’m so tired. I got up right after nursing the baby to make this. He actually slept through the night, from 12:30 until almost 8 (awesome for a 2 month old), but I’m behind on sleep because he’s usually up several times! So I’m posting from my iPhone and will post properly later with real camera pictures. I’ll add the recipe then too. The PTI products are the papers except the Kraft and plum CS, the stamps, dies, buttons and striped twine. The inks, scalloped punch and twine are not PTI.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Life-PTI
Ink: banana, apricot, moss, olive, plum, pink, eggplant-SU! Distress Linen, Photo
Paper: spring moss DP, rustic white CS-PTI, kraft, perfect plum, pale plum CS-SU!
Accessories: butterfly and scalloped circle die, chocolate twine, white button twine, buttons-PTI, foam dots-Jody Morrow, twine-stash, bee bellie-Jessie James buttons, Battenburg lace tape-stash, EK Success mini scallop punch, WRKM Corner Chomper

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Congrats on Your Pregnancy Easel Card for the OCC.

Time for another OCC project! Our challenge was to make a baby-themed card using Kraft, a button and trim. Would you believe I already had one I made a couple weeks ago? I just hadn’t blogged it yet!

tara preg  easel card

I made this for a woman in our congregation who is expecting her second baby. I’m not sure if she likes purple but I sure hope so! I think the shading on the carriage sucks, I actually added quite a bit of Y35 to the Y21 I used to colour it but for some weird reason, you really can’t see it much. The whole right side of the carriage is supposed to look shaded, like the dress. Oh well.

I made it into an easel card because I hope that she will display it until the baby is born and it will be way more sturdy this way. I normally go with a more shabby style but the gal I’m giving it to isn’t that way at all. More modern, so I think this card would suit her better than one dripping with lace and distressing.

I hope you will join us at the OCC blog this week. We’d love to have you play along . Be sure to check out all of the awesome samples the team has for you!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamp:
Stamping Bella, ticket-PTI
Ink: Memento black, fresh snow white-PTI, eggplant, lavender-SU!
Paper: Kraft, purple,artichoke CS-SU!, white CS-Taylored Expressions, DP-Kioshi Basic Grey
Accessories: silk flower-Michaels, brad (um, I mean button of course)-Basic Grey, ribbon-stash, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Copics: V12,15,17, G21,25, Y21,35, E00,21,33,35,37, Bs and YRs(um, sorry, can’t remember), W00,1,3, ticket die, scalloped edge die-PTI, Cuttlebug embossing folder