Cards

Elegant Rose Card with Foiled Paper

Wow! I can’t believe April is almost over!! That’s nuts! This week for my hostess challenge at the Crazy 4 Challenges blog, I chose foiling! I have several links to tutorials for using foil both with a laminating machine and with other adhesives.

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I was inspired to choose foiling for one of my challenges by a bunch of Kaisercraft paper packs I bought a few months ago. Almost all of them include some foiling. I have done some foiling but it seems to be my Kryptonite, it never turns out quite right. But I haven’t used it with alcohol inks yet so that’s my next thing to try. Oh, I just remembered, I can get foiling to work with Scor-Tape. It’s so sticky that it turns out perfectly. So even if you are foiling-challenged, there’s likely one technique that will work for you.

My card used the Build-a-Flower Rose stamps from Altenew. I used their inks as well. The sentiment comes from the same set. Both banners are from Honey Bee Stamps, two different sets. I heat embossed the smile sentiment. It’s really a great saying, you certainly can’t smile at someone then go on to hurt them. The intricate die is from Crafter’s Companion, it came with my Gemini Jr machine.

It’s your last chance to play along with one of my challenges for the month! Hope to see you there.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Mixed Media

Make Every Moment Special Art Journal Page

My challenge this week over at Crazy 4 Challenges is to make an ABC ~ Anything But a Card! I listed a ton of possibilities over at the C4C blog if you need some ideas. I needed to make an art journal page for a swap anyway so the timing was perfect to use it for this challenge too! I also could have done an ATC as I make quite a few of those too.

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The theme for this page was lace but there were no other parameters. The background is Kaisercraft patterned paper with vintage music and encyclopedia paper. I then added lace, washi and a couple of die cuts. A bit of doodling with a black pen and some sequins finished it off. This was a pretty simple page. I usually add some paint, spray or embossing paste through a stencil but I have to make these pages pretty flat. I realize adding those still results in a flat page but the more I add, the more I keep adding. Which does NOT result in a flat page. I have to keep it flat as it gets mailed all over the world, at each stop, an artist adds a new two page spread.

Stop on by the C4C blog to join us in this challenge! We’d love to see your take on this theme!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Cards, Gifts

Lip Balm Gift on a Card

Hello! Are you also so glad it’s finally spring? I hate the winter! Today I have a card that is also a small gift! My 7 yo son loves his kindergarten teacher and talks about her a lot even though he’s in grade one. So we decided to send her a fun card so she will know he still really cares about her. (She’s very fond of him too.) AND, it’s my month to be hostess at Crazy 4 Challenges! This week I’ve asked the team and players to use at least 3 metallic or metallic coloured embellishments. Oh, and I have an awesome guest designer this month, Cindy Lawrence!

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The cool plastic bubble is by MFT as are the dies needed to cut the the frame and the window in your card so the recipient can pull out the lip balm. I cut the window only partially so it left a flap. I didn’t score it so it stays closed quite well. In addition, the plastic bubble has small divots that hold the lip balm in. The hugs die is from Heffy Doodle and all the papers are by Kaisercraft. It’s hard to see but there is a tiny I MISS YOU on the top of the card. It’s from Painted Butterflies by Altenew.

For the challenge, I added a ton of tiny gold stars all over the white space on the card. I love that they are the perfect colour of gold (IMHO) and not too shiny. You can get these matte stars at Lucy’s Cards. I hope you can pop on over to see the team’s designs and especially the awesome card made by my guest designer, Cindy Lawrence! Her Copic colouring is super amazing! She’s so inspiring! I can’t wait to see the designs made by everyone who can play along with my challenge this week!

Enjoy, Rebecca

 

 

 

Cards

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.

c4c 19 coffee pop up

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

 

Cards

Summer Memories Last Forever

I just can’t stay away from summer cards can I? Its very grey and snowy here so I’m constantly longing for summer’s sunshine and warmth. Plus I love the beach!

c4c 19 ocean sketch

Our challenge this week at Crazy 4 Challenges was a sketch! I love sketches; sometimes I stray from them but they are a great starting point.

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I used some new Kaisercraft  Summer Splash paper. I love it when a paper pack has some more neutral prints like this linen-look ombre paper. Kaisercraft paper packs are unique in that they include die-cut borders, tags and sentiments on the last few pages! Makes for some fast and easy cards. They also often include cut apart sheets; papers with small square or rectangular designs intended to be used separately. I used a small panel for  my sentiment focal point.

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I was headed to grab some ribbon for the banner part of the sketch when I saw this burlap ‘ribbon’ I got from the dollar store. Here in southern Ontario, I’ve noticed that burlap and chalkboard are very popular themes so there are lots of products available. This ribbon is awesome because it is self-adhesive! yahoo!

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So while I dream of the beach while staying toasty warm indoors, I hope you will pop on over to C4C to check out the other designer’s amazing projects. Then join in the fun with this sketch!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Vacation Island for Mojo Monday

I got some new Kaisercraft paper and it was so fun to play with it.

my island mojo

My mojo has been a bit low lately; I’ve been doing so much organization, it’s kind of sapped my creative energy. But as I worked on this, I just got more and more happy. I have to make a note to myself that anytime I’m not inspired I should go to this paper pad!

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Click on the photo to visit the challenge.

To make the sun set background, I used Distress Markers. To make sure that the colours blended, I spritzed the stamp then dabbed off the area where the colours meet. Then I spritzed again. I love the effect! I stamped on the island using my MISTI to line everything up. It wasn’t perfect but it was user error. The MISTI placed the stamps exactly where I aligned them. I love this tool and it is totally worth the cost.

The card was sprayed with gold Glimmer mist when I was done and it looks great! Shame it doesn’t show up. I also added a few brushstrokes of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. You can’t see it very well as the angle isn’t right and the cracks are very fine but it does add a bit more texture. The button was don a while ago so I don’t remember what I did too well but I remember adding Copic airbrushing to change the colour. Then the ink stayed tacky so I covered it with, I think, Glossy Accents. The finish ended up kinda cracked and textured which was really cool. The charm is covered in Sharpie paint pen to change it from silver to gold.

RECIPE
Stamps:
My Island-WMS
Ink: chocolate-PTI
Paper: kraft CS-PTI, DP-Kaisercraft
Accessories: shell ribbon-May Arts, shell charm-Fire Mountain Beads, button-PTI, gold and white thread, Copic Markers, faded jeans, broken china, marmalade Distress markers, Rock candy paint, Sharpie paint pen

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SAF Tea Staining–Vintage Daisy Card

I just got a new Sizzix die I used to make this sweet little daisy and I thought it would work perfectly with the deep tea staining I got on this seam binding ribbon.

SAF13 Tea Stained challenge

Instead of bright yellow, I used a deep, almost brown-yellow Copic to tint the middle of the petals giving it a vintage look to match the card. I have no idea who made the papers as someone gave them to me to use to make ATCs. They were sitting on my desk and looked so pretty and vintage they found a new purpose.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE: kraft, ivory, ocean tides cardstock-PTI, avocado cardstock-SU!, Hug Snug seam binding ribbon, Sizzix min daisy die, Viva decor paper pen, Kaisercraft pearls, Copic marker. Spellbinders embossing folder

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Sweetly Pink Baby Girl Card

Could a baby girl card be more girly? It looks much nicer IRL; it was very hard to photograph and edit.

kaiserc baby die script

The swirly baby die cut is from Joan’s Gardens. To be honest, I forget which company makes it right now. My guess would be Marianne. The diaper pin comes with it. I don’t emboss my die cuts a lot but this one definitely benefits from the detail embossing adds. Again, much more obvious IRL. The triple layered flower is from my girlfriend, thanks Bec!

I am entering this in the Simon Says Stamp ‘anything goes’ challenge.

I wanted to layer the die cut over the pink paper but they were too similar and the word didn’t show up. So I tried layering pink vellum, one was too bright and one was the wrong shade. UGH. The white let too much of the pink show through. So I used two layers. I was careful to only use adhesive under the die cut and pearls to prevent the adhesive showing through.

Here’s an example of how bad my memory is. I made this card mid month for SFYTT. I just realised it now, Dec 1st! I internally gasped as I thought I had missed entering a card for November. I just checked and realized that I made another card for SFYTT for November! So not only did I forget I made this card and make another for the challenge, but I linked up that card and then forgot that just now as I am typing this! Seriously???? At least I still have a chance to finish out the year! But it ends early so if you are playing, be sure to get your card linked up by midnight Dec 24. So sad it will be the last SFYTT ever. Sad smile

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Paper:
white CS-TE, DP-Kaisercraft, vellum-stash
Accessories: baby dies-Marianne (?), scallop die-PTI, pearls-Dollarama, circle die-Nestabilities, heart button-stash

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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.

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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.

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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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Shabby Tea Room Spring Challenge Shadow Box

egg shadow box

I am entering the Spring Shabby Tea Room Blog Challenge to use a butterfly with yellow, blue, lilac and kraft. This is a shadow box I am going to use as a wall hanging. I’m not sure when the Tea Room judges look at the projects but I am off to make a matching card shortly.

egg shadow box closeup front

Here’s a close up of the floral cluster. The greyish flower actually looks more bluish IRL. But there is blue in the DP and the eggs are bluish right?

egg shadow box inside

I cut the paper carefully so most of the eggs would show and the piece I trimmed off the top is now the strip at the bottom. I placed some vintage gathered lace around the base of the nest. I LOVE how this looks!

egg shadow box closeup inside

Aren’t those little eggs cute? Believe it or not, they are off of an Easter sprig from my local dollar store! Cool right?

egg shadow box side

I custom dyed the lace trim seen here so it would match the papers better. I used Copic Various inks. This is going to hang on my wall so I constructed the ribbon tab so I can replace the ribbon if it gets too gross. I am fine for it aging vintage-y but I have young kids so who knows what might end up on it! I punched two holes with my Crop-a-dile (easy-peasy) and actually sewed the button on through the ribbon and the box and into another button on the other side for strength. When it came to tying it, that got tricky so the ends were hidden but I managed!

I’ll be back with my card soon.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Paper:
7 Gypsies
Ink: Antique Linen, Faded Jeans, Vintage Photo Distress inks
Accessories: mini scalloped punch-EK Success, brown acrylic paint, vintage buttons and laces, Hug Snug seam binding ribbon, Kaisercraft pearls, nest, eggs and branches, pearls-Dollarama, Box-Basic Grey, silk ribbon-May Arts, silk flowers (coloured with Copics)-Michaels, paper flowers-Recollections, Copic markers and Various inks