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Shabby Rose Tea Cup

I made this card for the Shabby Tea Room Design Team call but never submitted it. I made it in plenty of time but kept hemming and hawing about submitting and when I finally sat down to do it, I was a few hours too late. I guess it wasn’t meant to be.

rose tea cup tstr dt card

I’ve tried to figure out why I was so reluctant to just submit it! I’m not sure it was one thing, a combo of being too busy with 3 kids, 2 with special needs and one baby, my health and fear of rejection I suppose. I’ve entered a few card challenges lately and haven’t been chosen so I’m getting kinda worried I’m losing my mojo. Oh well. I thought this one turned out really well so it would have represented what I love to make perfectly.

tstr DT Call - 8th Term

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Taylored Expressions
Ink: Versamark, Archival Potting Soil, frayed burlap distress
Paper: DP-My Minds Eye, kraft, ivory CS-PTI
Accessories: Roses-Really Reasonable Ribbon, gold EP-SU!, pinking shears, scalloped edge punch-EK Success, Labels Nesties, twine-PTI, MOP button-Ebay, lace-vintage, foam dots-Jody Morrow, tulle-stash, pearls-Dollarama, Hug Snug Seam Binding (hand dyed)

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Mojo Monday 300! No Small Miracles Awareness Ribbon Card

Wow, Mojo Monday is on their 300th sketch! Even though this is a hard week for me to get any crafting done, I had to play this sketch!

miracle awareness ribbon card

My original idea wasn’t to use all pink or an awareness ribbon theme but as with most of my cards, it changed as I worked on it and ended up very different than I originally envisioned it. That’s just my process. I really love it though and that’s what matters! The sentiment is light but easier to read IRL. It says ‘There are no small Miracles.

Mojo300Sketch

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
t-shirt-Flourishes, sentiment-Verve
Ink: Memento Black, Hero Arts Rose shadow
Paper: DP-Lavender My Mind’s Eye, Blushing bride,moss CS-SU!, kraft CS-PTI
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, doily-Wilton, rose-Prima, MS rose leaf punch, label 1 Nesties dies, Sizzix embossing folder, Copic markers and airbrush system, EK Success punch, Sakura gelly roll pen

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Girl on a Summer Day Water Coloured Card

I made this card for my sister to give to her flower girl as a thank you. I used a sketch but as usual, I missed the deadline to enter. Dang it.

girl summer day card

Isn’t this just the girliest card ever? I’m sure the young lady in question will love it! At least I sure hope so! It’s pretty simple so not much to tell. The flags are hand cut from double layered washi tape. The focal image is stamped on water colour paper and coloured with Distress markers. The dress is worn lipstick, much brighter IRL, more like the colour of the background and even closer to the scalloped border. No idea why it isn’t showing up brighter. Huh? I have to remember to add my WMS ‘do not discard, please recycle’ on the back. If she doesn’t want this card anymore, I at least want the buttons back! I used my favourites!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
SU!, thank you- Flourishes seaside life
Paper: watercolour paper-stash, DP-Girl’s Paperie, pink CS-PTI
Ink: Memento black, worn lipstick Distress, chocolate-PTI
Accessories: rhinestones-Dollarama, buttons-SU!, PTI, washi-MME, twine-Divine Twine, Distress Markers, Circle Nestabilties

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Miniature Doll Bedroom with Matchbox Bed

doll bedroomAs I’ve mentioned before, I swap quite a bit with Swap-Bot. I love getting fun mail, it makes an ordinary day much happier. I run a smaller subgroup which allows like-minded people to have even stricter rules and swap specific themed items which is fun but lots of work. One of my groups is Matchbox and More and I hosted a swap to make a doll bedroom.

doll bedroom2

The requirements were to use a matchbox as a bed, make a floor and two walls, one with a window and decorate the window and the room in general. And make or buy ‘someone’ to ‘live’ in the room. The matchbox used is approximately 2×1.5×0.5” so it’s pretty small. I used swatches from an online fabric store to make the sheet and blanket. The bottom of the blanket is loose so the drawer can come out then tuck back in. The headboard is actually part of the matchbox sleeve that folds up.

doll bedroom3

The room was sent flat so it is hinged on two sides but only temporarily adhered on the third side. The table is designed to fold flat too. The doll is made from felt and her features are sewn on using  thread as even one strand of embroidery floss was too thick! The curtain rod is part of a BBQ skewer and the curtains are more sample fabric with brad tie backs. The outer part of the window was cut with a square die but I didn’t have a die that perfectly cut the inner squares as the muntin bars would have been too thick so I used a die to cut the outer part of the square then trimmed the rest with an x-acto knife.

doll bedroom4

If you ever decide to join Swap-Bot, look me up. My username is thebragal.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Paper:
Spring Moss, ivory CS-PTI, floral DP-Cosmo Cricket, wood DP-MME, chocolate CS-scrap, wall art-Little Darlings-Graphic 45
Accessories: all stash unless otherwise listed, brads-CTMH, square Nestabilities

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Eiffel Tower Merci Card

I made a ton of thank you cards for my sister for all her wedding showers and engagement parties. Since there were so many multiples and I haven’t posted them until now, along with lots of swaps, I didn’t post much December and January. My kids and I also made lots of cards for Newtown but they didn’t turn out blog worthy as I was hurrying. I hadn’t noticed how bad those months were until recently and I’m so sorry. Bad blogger. Here’s what I was up to!

eiffel merci for sarah

I don’t do CAS very well but I was proud of this. I usually hate when I make CAS but not this time, yeah! I can’t remember for the life of me what DP this is, maybe Echo park? A basics pack? Sorry. I feel like I am always apologizing on this blog. Bad photos, forgetting sources, not enough posts… I would help if I got a few more comments so I had some feedback that let me know what you guys think!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE

Stamps: a.muse
Ink: archival-Ranger
Paper: black CS-SU!, white CS-PTI, silver paper-stash, DP-Echo Park?
Accessories: rhinestones-Zva, foam dots- Jody Morrow, WRMK corner chomper, circle Nesties, Cuttlebug embossing folder

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Masculine Gamer Card

If you are anything like me, you struggle with cards for teen boys and men. This card was made ages ago for my son’s teacher. When I asked my son what he likes, I always like to customize my cards, I didn’t get much input. Finally, I got that he likes video games. I guess he’s pretty young!

masculine gamer card

This card would also be perfect for a teen boy, with a different sentiment of course! Winking smile I used the small circular image several times with out reinking so it would fill the square better. I could have stamped it again similar to how I stamped the Wii controller image. But I wanted to try something different for that square.

The base is a brown/grey stamped with a grunge pattern in the same colour. I was using some sketch that I obviously missed entering, dang it, so that’s why I used the vellum panel. I needed a panel there but didn’t want to cover over the neat micro squares pattern on the DP. I love the pop of colour the button gives enhancing the lime DP under the micro squares layer and the focal panels. I don’t remember for sure but I think I cut the smaller squares from the areas of the paper that are covered up anyway. Way to save paper! I think the black strip across the vellum was a thin washi tape; love that stuff!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Gamer-Papertrey Ink, teacher sent-MFT
Ink: sahara sand-SU!, black archival-Ranger
Paper: sahara sand-SU!, DP-Basic Grey, vellum-stash
Accessories: buttons-Basic Grey, washi tape-Recollections,
foam tape-Jody Morrow, Spellbinders squares dies

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Papertrey Ink December Inspiration Blog Hop–Ivory Roses

PTI blog hop logo

This month’s inspiration was to use white on white. A touch of colour or neutrals were permitted. I decided to go with ivory on ivory since the music paper I used as a base for my flower wasn’t was vintage and not white any more.

PTI dec 12 white on white

This was a very hard card to photograph. The top, further away and at a deeper angle to my lights turned out OK, but the bottom faded away to almost nothing. Ugh. On top of the ivory, I added a bit of yellow shading to the music rose, green to the leaves and flourishes and pink to the small roses. All flowers are handmade.

PTI dec 12 white on white2

I used a Cuttlebug folder for the embossing around the card to add dimension. Then I added more dimension with the picot circle die cut, flourishes foam dotted so they aren’t just popped up but are flat at one end, one layer foam dotted one third of the way down and double layered 2/3 of the way down so the end sticks up quite nicely.

When you can’t use colour for contrast, you have to look for other ways to get dimension. This card is over 1 and a half inches thick; maybe closer to 2”. It won’t even fit into a card box to be delivered. It will require hand delivery for sure! The sentiment says “Sending our Thoughts and Prayers”.

PTI white on white challenge 12 12

I am also going to enter this into the Shabby Tea Room Challenge to add a new card or your favourite of 2012. I have several favourites from 2012 but why not enter a new one?

I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop. If you liked my project I hope you will visit again and subscribe, the sign up thingies are on my sidebar. Thanks!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps: JustRite-Sentiment, PTI-flourishes
Ink: Scattered straw, spun sugar Distress, moss-PTI, pink pirouette-SU!
Paper: ivory CS-PTI, vintage music paper
Accessories: circle, tag die-Spellbinders, flourish dies-PTI, large rose dies-Spellbinders, mini rose dies-Cheery Lynn, pearls-Dollarama, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Hug Snug seam binding ribbon

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Beach Bum Babe for Dec SFYTT and Tuesday Trigger

I am so sad that this is the last SFYTT! However, I am thrilled that it seems I managed to play every single one all year! There can only be fewer than 60 people in the running for the prize because (I believe) that’s all who played in November!

beach bum SFYTT dec12

This also works for Tuesday Trigger on Moxie Fab World. I am very disappointed in the photo (again) because you can’t see the shading I added to her skin. I made it look like she has a bit of a sunburn. It is obvious IRL but like the pretty gold glitter I added to the sandy areas under and around here, you can’t see it! Bummer, I hate that! You can see it on her cheeks but it looks more like I just didn’t blend them well!

beach bum SFYTT dec12 1

I made the flower using fabric from the bridal section of the store. You have to make sure you get polyester so that it melts properly and preferably a tight weave. I used two different kinds, I believe they were satin and georgette. Lots of different types of flower dies will work. I use a heat tool to melt mine, not a flame because you won’t have to worry about soot marks. I also use tweezers to support the petal as a melt it so I can’t melt it too much.

beach bum SFYTT dec12 2

As I sat and looked at my card, I regretted that I’d put the darker aqua panel on the right side, opposite the flower. I thought the flower would pop more against the darker panel. So I added the flourish to help it stand out more and I’m so glad it did! It’s the first time I’d used the flourishes with the matching dies and I was pretty happy with them. I don’t have many dies that need to be stamped after die cutting so I was please how easy it was to line up and stamp.

sfytt dec2012sketch

tues trig dec 18 12

Click on the pix above to visit the blog posts.

Here’s my link to all my SFYTT entries this year. http://eclecticendeavours.blogspot.ca/search/label/SFYTT

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
focal image-MFT, shells-SU!
Paper: all CS except white circle-PTI, white CS-X-Press It
Ink: Memento black, aqua mist, hawaiian shores-PTI
Accessories: fabric-Fabricland, brad-stash, glitter-Art Institute, foam dots-Jody Morrow, mini scalloped punch-EK Success, Nesties dies, PTI flourish die, twine, May Arts ribbon

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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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Case Study Warm Winter Wishes

I loved the inspiration piece they chose for the CASE Study challenge this week. Click on the photo to check it out.

case study warm winter wishes

I decided to use snowflakes instead of leaves. I had planned on a very simple once layer card like the one provided to CASE but my brain just couldn’t stop trying to come up with my own spin on it; a way to make it my own. So I thought of die cutting a hole and adding the sentiment to acetate using white Staz-On ink. But honestly, I HATE using white Staz-On. It is messy and hard to clean off of stamps and blocks. It has to be re-inked every time you use it and doesn’t even always give a great impression. I guess I could have carefully heat embossed it but I didn’t think of that until I am typing  right at this moment! So I left the acetate alone and just used it to support the snowflakes I inserted into the opening then stamped the sentiment on the inside of the card.

case study warm winter wishes2

I got this all done and even photographed it then decided it needed more bling. So I added glitter to the aqua snowflakes and rhinestones to the sentiment area. Shame you really can’t see the glitter at all. It is white so it can’t be helped. I’m entering this into the Caring Hearts Card Drive. I have to hurry and get it and my other card in the mail. I’m sure they would love it if you could help out!

CASE study 118

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
SU!
Ink: hawaiian shores, aqua mist, blueberry sky-PTI, bashful blue-SU!
Paper: aqua mist CS-PTI, white-TE
Accessories: label dies-Nesties, snowflake dies-MFT, rhinestones-Kaisercraft, glitter-Stampendous