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Autumn Coffee Card

I just got my August Hero Arts card kit so I was excited to use it. When I make card, I often start out without knowing exactly where I’m going with it. But when I have a sketch to work with, it makes it so much easier!

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Today we have a sketch for you at Crazy 4 Challenges. The large center shape made me think shaker! I don’t think I could ever get sick of making and shaking them! I forgot that even Distress glitter sticks to the acetate sheet. I’ve done this before and it does finally settle so I wasn’t too worried but I was bummed that it didn’t make for a better photo! The cups are both stamped on patterned paper and coloured with Copics. The curvy cup reminded me of me and the other of my husband so I added appropriate sentiments. I hate coffee so switching them wouldn’t have worked. The background paper was from the Hero Arts kit, so unique. It’s thin though so I added a background layer of cardstock before die cutting it. The leaves were cut with Spellbinders dies, coloured with either Copics or Distress sponging then splattered them with first brown watercolour then gold watercolour. I did the same with the background.

I hope you can come by the C4C blog and join us this week!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Shabby Hugs Card

ETA: My post got eaten up by Blogger. Sorry!

This week I asked the team at Crazy 4 Challenges to work with a sketch I designed.

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Here’s the card I made to go with it! This time I went with an eclectic collage style. I find it so fun to grab random supplies and make them work together.

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I hope you get a chance to play along with my challenge! Make sure to link up your creations to our blog!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Orange Kitty Hello

This little kitty is one of my favourite older stamps. This week at Crazy 4 Challenges, we had a colour combo for our inspiration. Use the colours of a tiger, orange, black and white.

c4c orange cat

I’m not a huge fan of bright colours so I went with softer versions. And I added a few pastels; they are almost neutrals right? Wink, wink!! 🙂

The kitty is coloured with Copic markers along with a soft airbrushed background. The circle was die cut with dies from Simon Says Stamp. The sentiment is by Altenew stamped with black Versafine ink. Instead of my usual sequins, I used buttons today. I think they give a really cute homey touch to this adorable card.

If you love orange and black, pop on over to the Crazy 4 Challenges blog!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Floral Ampersand Thanks

Freestyle collage is fairly new to me but I try! I think some of the journaling cards in the last SSS kit are so fun and lend themselves to this style.

floral ampersand thanks

I used more mirrored cardstock in the upper left corner of the journaling card. It looks green because it is reflecting a colour from the background. Try to disregard that will ya? I made the little paper clip flag using self-adhesive ribbon which made it so easy!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Stamps:
SSS hearts and sentiment
Ink: angel pink-Memento, black archival-Ranger, soft stone-PTI
Paper: DP, &, card-My Mind’s eye, Card base-blushing bride-SU!
Accessories: cork-WRMK, sequins-Lucy’s Cards, Krylon gold leafing pen, ribbon-unknown

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Autumn Bouquet Thanks

I have to admit it is autumn here. The air is crisp and I really need the alpaca scarf/shawl my sister brought  me from Peru.

autumn bouquet

I used last year’s Simon Says kit for the paper and some new dies for the bouquet. I was playing a clean and simple challenge so I didn’t doll up the card like I might usually. I’ll be sending this to my sister to thank her for the scarf.

Enjoy, Rebecca

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RECIPE
Stamps:
SSS
Ink: archival brown-Ranger, various Distress inks
Paper: SSS kit, various SU! CS
Accessories: dies-Marianne and Elizabeth Craft, WRMK cork

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Butterfly Thanks

I am so in love with last month’s Simon Says Stamp kit, I have to play with it again before the next one shows up.

butterfly thanks

Now i have to start by saying that the hearts cut from the striped paper are not black. They are backed with gold mirrored paper. You can see it a bit through the vellum just under the bow.  The other gold is gilder’s paste which I used on the edges of the card front and on the raised edges of the embossed butterfly.

The striped panel is raised with fun foam. But then when I went to add the banner and ‘thanks’, I was a bit stuck on how to raise it up to match the striped panel’s height. I ended up using white fun foam cut with the word die and carefully placed behind word die cut. It works quite well!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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RECIPE
Paper:
mirrored cardstock-scrap, pink CS and DP-My Mind’s Eye, black CS, vellum-PTI
Accessories: doily die-PTI, word die-Mama Elephant, sequins-Sulyn Industries, butterfly die and folder- Sizzix, heart veneers-Studio Calico, Goldfinger gilder’s paste

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Make It Work

I HAD to order on the day this free stamp set was offered. I just LOVE it! Isn’t it purdy?

make it work card

I also bought the banner dies I used here. They are so cute! I didn’t use the star and heart banner that accompany the two I used but I love that the two sets play well together!

I used Maggie Holmes papers to make this card with the exception of the typewriter paper under the dress; that is stamped with another new product from PTI.

Enjoy, Rebecca

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RECIPE
Stamps:
Fashion Sense-PTI
Ink: Versamark, archival watering can
Paper: Maggie Holmes (crate paper), soft stone. blush CS-PTI, basic grey cs-SU!
Accessories: shabby ribbon-Paper Sweeties, banner dies-PTI, scalloped circle die-Spellbinders, sequins-Lucy’s Cards

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Hooray Balloon Card

I just got a new order from PTI so I’m having fun making cards with my new products.

hooray balloon shaker

I’ve been wanting to use some awesome sequins I got from Lucy’s Cards (on Etsy) named Frosted Cupcake! SO I had to pull out some pink and brown papers. They are super old but still lovely.

I used two layers of fun foam and old clear packaging to make the shaker. I added a few ivory and brown sequins to the cupcake mixture. The confetti mixture is made using a die that comes with the shaker dies. I just glued them on to the card in what I hoped would be a semi-random pattern.

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Sweet Sunday Sketch

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Paper:
doily-local restaurant, DP-Basic grey bittersweet, blush, chocolate CS-PTI
Accessories: balloon shaker dies-PTI, fun foam-Michaels, sequins-Lucy’s, Ellen Hutson and Pretty Pink Posh

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Last but not Least, TSTR DT Application 4!

I went all out on this one. Shabby but bold!

tstr gold foil

I started with a rather painstaking process of learning how to use foil. My first three attempts failed miserably despite following directions from several different prominent crafter’s blogs! Grrr… But I finally got results I could use even if I didn’t love it. I applied Versamark through a stencil and clear embossed it. Then I added foil and ran my paper through my laminator. It melts the embossing powder so the foil can stick. Unfortunately, it also flattened the melted embossing powder causing it to spread out. So my pattern is a bit more messy than I had hoped for but hopefully that just enhances the shabby chic-ness.

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I made the small white flowers, I realized that I hadn’t use the baby’s breath as inspiration at all so I made the closest flowers I could! I think they softened an otherwise quite bold card. I used the yarrow die set from Susan’s Garden. Sizzix used to manufacture them but now I believe you can get them from Elizabeth Crafts. I used the Paper Players sketch 225. and of course The Shabby Tear Room DT call.

Enjoy, Rebecca