The Shabby Tea Room Design Team Application 1

I have loved this challenge blog for years now. I’m so excited to see if I am chosen as a Design Team member!

The inspiration photo is below.

tstr tea card

I love the tea theme and colour combination found in the inspiration photo. I paper-pieced and Copic-coloured the tea pot and cups.

June 2015 DT Call

Isn’t this gorgeous? I had such fun working on cards for this DT call. I am posting 4, yes four! cards tonight so please forgive me for not posting a RECIPE like I normally do. Feel free to email me if you have any questions regarding the supplies I used.

Enjoy, Rebecca


Thank You Teacher Card

School ends at the end of June here in Ontario. So many other bloggers are already past this stage with their kids but our last day of school is today.

teacher knowledge

This one was inspired by Retro Sketches 169. I’m also entering this in the SSS Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes.

The papers are older October Afternoon papers called Schoolhouse. This is a pretty basic card but it was fun to make. I kept it free of too many embellies but I did add Gl;ossy Accents to the third apple.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: Versamark
Paper: kraft CS-PTI, DP-October Afternoon
Accessories: white EP-Hero Arts, twine-PTI


Shabby Roses Thinking of You Card

I made this cad for the Wednesday SSS challenge that just ended. Nuts, when am I going to learn I have to post these right away! Ugh!

shabby rose TOY card

This card was a struggle that I don’t often find when making shabby cards. I started by using a fancy tag die that I recently bought. It needed to have a larger middle part for stamping the sentiment so I partially die cut both ends leaving a gap in the middle that I hand-cut to connect them. But it just didn’t work right with the lace and ribbon I REALLY wanted where I arranged it. The fancy end on the left just didn’t fit well. It’s a pretty big die cut. So I ended up cutting off the fancy ends. After all that finicky die cutting!

The vellum I used was too white so I airbrushed it with an E53 Copic marker. Then I still felt it didn’t stand out enough so I edged it first with a Wink of Stella glitter pen but that didn’t look right, too uneven. So I finally swiped the edges of the vellum with embossing ink and dipped it in embossing powder. Why the uneven EP looks good but the uneven Stella didn’t, I’ll never know. The ribbon doesn’t appear to match but it does IRL.

If you look really carefully, there are a few tiny mirrored bits on the lace. The light only reflected on two of them, they look like dark dots. They are the centers of bright shiny gold sequins. I thought they were pretty so I am going to use them here and there. There are two on the sentiment panel too. The sequins were given to me AGES ago and I ignored them until now. I even forgot I had them! I’m so happy I didn’t throw them out!

Enjoy, Rebecca

a.muse studio background script stamp (hard to tell it’s not part of the paper), SSS sentiment
Ink: Memento cocoa, Versamark
Paper: MME Record it, spring moss CS-PTI
Accessories: May Arts silk ribbon, lace-Fabricland, button-OA, twine, Foam Tac clear dimensional adhesive, gold EP-SU!


Miss You School-Themed Chalkboard Card

I’m entering a few challenges with this card. But mainly I want to encourage my son who is going into grade 1. It’s a big step and frankly, I’m worried how he will do. He’s plenty happy though, he has new markers! 🙂

school chalkboard miss you card

So this is for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Back to School.  And for Card Maker Blog’s Card Corner Challenge: Chalkboard. I thought I could enter this week’s Fusion challenge too but apparently I was thinking of last week’s. Bummer.

Very CAS (for me anyway) but it suited the papers, sketch and my kiddo. He’d just rip off fancy bellies and play with them anyway!

Enjoy, Rebecca

alphabet-Graphic 45, sentiment-PTI
Paper: red, kraft-PTI, black-?, DP-OA
Ink: Versamark, archival black-Ranger, Frost white-Color Box
Accessories: buttons-Basic Grey, white EP-Hero Arts, twine-Divine Twine, foam dots-Jody Morrow


SAF Scent-sational Cards–Welcome to the Neighbourhood

Good friends of ours recently moved much closer to us and we are so excited! I can’t wait to see their place! So I made this card to welcome them.

SAF13 scented EP

Most of the card is October Afternoon but the sentiment and card base are PTI. I used cinnamon to scent my brown EP but honestly, even though I used much less than the 2:1 ratio recommended, I found my sentiment was only partly embossed, most of the powder blew away. So I carefully stamped over again and re-embossed it. Now it looks good but I have no idea if it will scratch and sniff. I wasn’t taking any chances before I photographed it! I tried using my tea stained lace but I really didn’t like the colour it turned. Kinda weird. I hope I can manage to use it up somehow.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE: Patterned paper, journaling card, die cuts-OA, tape, lace-stash, grey cardstock-PTI, sentiment-Home Made


Double Challenge Quilted Friendship Card

This card is for the PTI Blog Hop and Mojo Monday this week.

PTI blog hop logo

The inspiration photo this month (see below) was so pretty and I was inspired by the mixy matchy fabric patterns. So I also chose  floral, stripe and polka dot patterns.

quilted friendship card

I cut the paper with the die from Button Boutique. I love that little guy! It wasn’t quite as hard as I thought to keep the papers lined up. I just used a clear ruler to guide me as I laid them down. The spool was stamped on kraft paper and cut out. I thinned out the middle section of the spool to allow for the thickness of the floss. Wouldn’t this be cute paper pieced too?

PTI april BH insp

And last but not least, this week’s Mojo Sketch. Click on sketch to visit Mojo site.


I hope you enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop. Be sure to visit again. I have RSS and email subscription thingies on my side bar!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: Antique Linen, Vintage Photo Distress inks
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Odds and Ends, October Afternoon Thrift Shop, vanilla, kraft CS-SU!, aqua mist, spring moss CS-PTI
Accessories: Button Boutique die, button twine-PTI, foam dots-Jody Morrow, scalloped rectangles Nesties, PTI and Basic Grey buttons, Prima rose, DMC floss, Mettler thread


Nautical Thanks

I was almost killed in a car accident last Friday. Some distracted moron drifted over the center line into my lane. Fortunately, I had a lane to my right so I swerved to avoid him and he continued drifting into that lane too! Took off my mirror! I was so worried I’d have to pay for it because he left the scene. But amazingly, another driver following behind the drifting moron followed him and so he finally returned! I was so grateful to the nice guy who followed and came back to be a witness that I made him this thank you card. I’m going to bake him something too.

nautical thanks justrite

It was hard to decide what type of card to make. I have car, travel, beach, robot, monster, office, nature, animal and a few other themed stamps appropriate for a guy. Other than knowing he is a teacher at my son’s school though, I have no idea what he likes. So I just went for this, I figured it was generic enough. I wish there was a guy equivalent to flowers for girls’; appropriate for anyone.

The knot tutorial came from Bar at Paper Pursuits, sorry I don’t have the link right now as it’s on my iPhone. It’s called a sailor’s knot so you can probably search her blog for it. I used the CPS sketch below. Click on it to link to the challenge.


Incidentally, the cops charged the guy who hit me and I didn’t have to pay the deductible because he was at fault. Whew! I was so scared and my 7 week old baby was with me. When the mirror was knocked off, it didn’t even make the van shake so we were OK. But I started shaking considering that if it weren’t for my quick swerving, we could easily be dead. It is so strange and scary to see a huge SUV heading straight for you!

Enjoy, Rebecca

lighthouse-JustRite, sentiment-PTI (Out on a Limb Sentiments)
Ink: Memento black, night of navy, real red-SU!
Paper: white CS-X-Press It, saffron, night of navy, real red-SU!, DP-October Afternoon (Seaside)
Accessories: twine-May Arts, ribbon-SU!, oval Nesties, pinking shears, Copics YR31, Y21,23, B41, W00,1,3,5,7, C7, 100, R24,27,59, BG72,75, brads-stash, Sizzix embossing folder border, foam dots-Jody Morrow, square punch-SU! (end of banner)


2S4Y Pink Peonies

I love using sketches to create! Better yet, this week, the gals at 2S4Y are looking 2! design team members! I would love that ‘job’! More like a privilege! Pick me!

2s4y entry peo

It is pretty easy to figure out. One little interesting note. If you click on the picture for a close up, you can see that I stitched around the perimeter of the DP. One row has thread but the other row is just piercing. Wonder why? I goofed up and sewed using the edge of the card to line up down one side but when I got to the corner, I goofed and followed the edge of the DP. So I removed the thread in the incorrect area and continued sewing correctly. Then to disguise the goofed up holes, I continued ‘sewing’ without thread the rest of the way. Make a mistake, figure out how to cover it up, I rarely ever throw out a card.

Enjoy, Rebecca

flower-JustRite, sentiment-SU!
Ink: Vintage Velvet, Antique Linen-Distress Ink, Memento black
Paper: DP-October Afternoon, white CS-X-Press It, banana CS-SU!, vintage music paper
Accessories: pearls-Kaisercraft, seam binding tape-Etsy, Copics-RV00, R81,83,85,89, G24,28, YR31 (airbrushed), Nestabilities circles, lacy circles, string-Dollarama, tag die-Quickutz, sewing machine, thread-Mettler


Shabby Pear for Doodle Pantry and Skipping Stones Sketch

I have acquired a new love for colouring fruit. No idea why, I just really enjoy it. So I was glad when Laurie added pears to her fruit basket!

pear bosc DP oct aft
I think this is a Bosc pear. There are a few orange or rust coloured pears out there. Considering how many varieties of fruits out there we hardly ever see, there are probably lots! Did you know there are hundreds of varieties of apples alone?

pear bosc DP oct aft closeup

I had a hard time getting the leaves to look right, I think Copic needs to make some darker greens. I used YG 60s but even G99 really isn’t that dark. When I eventually take the advanced Copic Class, I will definitely ask what to mix with the greens to get really dark values.

skipping stones 39

I saw a card out in blog land a few days ago that folded the corner of DP just like fabric and I tried to emulate this. I really love how it looks. Underneath is a vintage book page. I like the look of something other than CS under the peeled back edges. The flower is popped up on foam dots.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Doodle Pantry
Ink: Scattered Straw, Vintage photo, Antique Linen-Distress, Chocolate-SU!
Paper: DP-October Afternoon, white CS-Taylored Expressions, chocolate CS-SU!, vintage book paper
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, vintage lace, seam binding ribbon-Masterstroke, scalloped punch-SU!, Copic E08,35,37 YG63,67, R05, Y38, YR31


Stamping Bella Get Well

I love this stamp! It is supposed to be a doctor but I like to colour her more like a nurse. I used to love wearing coloured scrubs especially since I HAD to wear white ONLY in school! Nurses never wear hats anymore and most of the time it is hard to tell who is a doctor, nurse, tech or orderly!

get well aunt wendy
I just loved combining these prints from October Afternoon. I can’t remember if they come from Fly a Kite or Thrift Shop, to me they are basically one huge awesome paper pack anyhow! My aunt was in the hospital a few weeks ago so I mailed this card to her. I think I must have used a sketch as this isn’t something I’d think of on my own but as I missed posting this for so long, I can’t remember. Bummer!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Stamping Bella
Ink: memento brown, Antique Linen Distress ink
Paper: kraft CS-CDS, white CS-Taylored Expressions, vintage music paper,
Accessories: brad-stash, seam binding ribbon-hand dyed with Copics, green polka dot tag-stash, Mettler thread, Copics-E00,21,33,35,37,47,93 R22, 32, 27, C-3,5