Cards

Welcome to a New Year!

And a new challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges! This week we were asked to make our favourite kind of card. My faves are always interactive, in particular shakers, and summertime themed. I combined both into this card.

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This fun little shaker element uses dies from WPlus9, Making Waves. There is enough room for some foam under the top edge of the waves so I could make the shaker with two different colours of fillers. The top has plain white confetti and the bottom has a mix of sequins and beads from Lucy’s Little Things. I created a circle mask for the sun. If you do this, be sure to keep the negative portion of your mask too as you will need it. The circle part to keep the sun white while you ink the sky and the surrounding paper to keep the yellow for the sun from getting into the blue sky.

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The little fishy is from an older Echo Park die set with a sailboat. The sentiment is from Hello Summer from Neat & Tangled, both the die and stamp. I make summer cards even in the winter, clearly, so I agree 100%.

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I hope you will join us at C4C for this first challenge of the year. What challenge could be easier? Actually, I had to decide what was my favourite! I do have a lot. That’s why this blog is called what it is! I can never decide what my favourite is! I thought about making a shabby chic or vintage card. Or maybe one with watercolouring. Or how about some Copic colouring? ooh, or maybe some Prismacolour or Faber-Castell pencils? oh, I know, what about a mixed media masterpiece? See, hard for me to decide! I went with using a new-to-me stamp set and die.

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Thanks for reading. Please pass my blog address on to anyone else you know who enjoys card making! I’ve got a HUGE bunch of cards I made this week to show you using the October Spellbinders Watercolour Card Kit. Can you believe I got 13 made with one kit and have a ton left? Never mind the stamps and dies which never run out! What a value! Stay tuned…

Enjoy, Rebecca

Cards

Fall/Winter 2018 Coffee Lover’s Bloghop

I always feel like a bit of a fraud when I join the Coffee Lovers bloghop because I don’t drink coffee! Even when I get a mocha, I ask for 1 shot of espresso instead of 2! But I LOVE coffee themed images so I think that means I’m qualified to join!

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Oh, don’t those mittens look warm!? I created a fun shaker card for my card, yep, I know, I’m addicted to shakers. They are so fun, why not? (At least that’s what I think when I’m making my 3rd in a week!!)

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The sketch is from the Paper Players but sadly the deadline has passed for entering. I think I’ll save it though because it is perfect for using lots of gorgeous patterned paper. My shaker was made with a die set from MFT, snowflake window I think. Inside is a mix of huge mylar glitter flakes, fine white iridescent glitter and clear micro beads. It make a great noise when it shakes. The background was stenciled with Nuvo Mousse in Platinum with a snowfall stencil by Simon Says. The mug, snowflake and marshmallows dies as well as the sentiment are also by MFT. I used Copic markers to add colour to the die cuts. I especially love how the mug turned out. In case you were wondering, the marshmallows are coloured that way to mimic how marshmallows always fall into the cocoa but then pop back up with cocoa on them. You know what I mean right?

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TIP: If you want to pop up an intricate die cut, too intricate for foam, but you also don’t want to layer it, here’s a tip. Turn your die cut upside down and apply tiny drops of glossy accents anywhere that is thick enough to support the drops. I don’t recommend other brands of dimensional adhesive unless they are very thick. Mine is even thicker than usual because it’s getting low. Allow the glossy accents to set up then apply more drops on top of the drying ones. Repeat until you have achieved the desired height letting it dry completely after the last layer. Then add only a tiny bit more glossy accents just to work as adhesive because you’ve allowed the others to dry so they aren’t sticky anymore. Now you have a popped up die cut that looks lacy and delicate!

The papers are all by Carta Bella Bundled Up paper from last year. For the cute little scallops at the bottom, I used dies by Sunny Studio. The sentiment tag is by Concord & 9th but I couldn’t decide what fiber, twine or ribbon to use in the hole so I left it plain. I added gems from Studio Katia which sparkle so beautifully and a bit of lace to dress up the card. I hope you join as there are a TON of fab prizes! I’m off to enter this card so I’ll see ya later!

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!

I’m hosting a giveaway! Read the details HERE!

Enjoy, Rebecca