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Saying Goodbye to Unscripted Sketches

I’m sad to say this this is my last Unscripted Sketches post as the owners of the blog have decided to move on to other things. I certainly wish them well. So here is my last project.

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I love this muted aqua, tan, ivory and chocolate combination. I was stuck for an idea so I started looking at my dies and my eyes settled on my ice cream die. Ah, perfect. When I pulled out this paper pack for obvious reasons, there was already a die cut heart! Even more perfect! I don’t remember cutting it but why not use it?

I added glitter to the ice cream cone with a glue pen and to the card with red line tape. I used the glue pen for the stripes on the heart too.

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I really hope you will play with Unscripted Sketches one more time this week. I hope we have record numbers of participation for our last hurrah! I’m really sad to see it go. I haven’t been a member long and I so wish this was a long term assignment. I was on design teams before my baby was born but quit quite a long time ago. I didn’t want to work while he was little but I was so ready to start over again. oh well, the search starts again. Have fun!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Paper:
MME, cardstock base-baja breeze-SU!
Ink: Frayed burlap distres
Accessories: foam dots-The Sticky Stuff Store, chocolate glitter –MS, light glitter-Art Institute, heart, ice cream die-PTI, sequins-Ellen Hutson

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Shabby Watercolour Balloon for Unscripted #258

I really enjoyed the Online Classes Watercolour for Card Makers class. I learned I was not using enough water to get a really good watercolour look.

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I used lots of water for this! Actually, it was hard to mix the colours to match the papers so when I coloured it, it was too bright. So I tried adding water and lifting the colour to soften the overall look. It worked a bit but was still pretty bright so I added a wash of gesso over top. It worked really well but it dulled the stamping lines so I went over them with a pen.

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It’s a really fun sketch this week with lots of layers for those of you who love them like I do! I hope you will come and play with us. Be sure to check out the awesome projects by the team at Unscripted Sketches.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Unity
Ink: potting soil Archival ink, frayed burlap Distress
Paper: chocolate CS-PTI, DP-Webster’s Pages, vintage music paper, watercolour paper-Windsor & Newton
Accessories: foam dots-The Sticky Stuff Store, watercolour-Windsor & Newton, lace-vintage, ribbon-May Arts

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Chalkboard Thanks for Unscripted Sketches #257

I am trying to be more judicious when choosing a sentiment for my cards so I can fill up my stash evenly. One type of card I am always looking for last minute is a hostess card. But since you haven’t actually enjoyed the hospitality yet, it can be awkward to find the right thing to say!

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KWIM? I can’t say thanks for the meal before I’ve eaten it right? ha ha!! But I like to give a card and small gift when I arrive… So I figured this would work perfectly. And if I needed it as a regular thank you for our family, that would be great too!

I like how the chalkboard technique turned out. I don’t like it when I see it done with just white embossing, no flourishes and no ‘dust’. To me those aspects of the technique are vital to making it look like real chalkboard art.

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Come on over to the Unscripted Sketches blog and see what everyone has created! This was a tricky sketch for me but you could always straighten those diagonal lines if you like! It’s all about being inspired by the sketch!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Thanks all ways-PTI, Maison (flourishes)-Fiskars
Ink: Versamark, versafine white
Paper: Bazzil black cardstock, Theresa Collins Simple Summer DP
Accessories: enamel dots, washi tape-MME, foam dots-The Sticky Stuff Store, white pastel pencil, white EP-Hero Arts, lace-stash, punch-EK Success

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Caring Thoughts Card for Unscripted Sketches #256

I need more get well cards in my stash and these ones are even better because they can be used for either Get Well or Thinking of You.

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They are identical except for the middles. They are epoxy stickers I’ve hoarded but have finally decided to use. I popped them up on foam dots so they wouldn’t squish the shaped flower petals. I took them off a hydrangea stem.

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I coloured the flowers with a Copic marker because I though they were too pale despite being a nice ivory colour. They look really pretty!

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I hope you can play along with this week’s sketch! It’s a really nice one. My card is pretty exact except the banner I added. I always seem to have to change it in some way don’t I? 🙂

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Fancy Flourishes, Healing Sentiments-PTI
Ink: kraft-PTI, frayed Burlap distress, Navy-SU!
Paper: Glitz Designs
Accessories: Foam dots-The Sticky Stuff Store, floral stem-Michaels, epoxy stickers-Anna Griffin,

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Serenity Pocket Card for Unscripted Sketches 255

I’m not a fan of diagonal lines on card sketches so I had to get creative for this one.

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So instead of a diagonal pattern, I saw a pocket! The insert is made of patterned paper backed with cardstock for stability then adhered to another cardstock panel so I could split the patterned paper, pop it up on foam dots and inset the rhinestones.

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I was going to stamp a chandelier to match the patterned paper but in the same CD case was this serenity prayer stamp so I changed my mind. The scalloped edge is part of a die cut. It has a double scalloped edge so I cut it in half!

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I hope you will enjoy this week’s sketch. I know a lot of people like diagonal lines; are you one of them? join us at Unscripted Sketches this week to have some sketchy fun! Not the bad kind of sketchy mind you; just the fun kind!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamp:
Clear Dollar Stamps
Ink: Versamark, Vintage Photo Distress
Paper: linen, cream-PTI, DP-Kaisercraft
Accessories: pearls-Dollarama, lace edge die-PTI, gold EP-SU!, foam dots-The Sticky Stuff Store

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Prairie Smile Card for Unscripted Sketches #254

Doesn’t this card remind you of a prairie dress? I love these patterns and colours.

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I’ve been wanting to copy the paper piecing technique Melissa Phillips uses for ages. I finally decided it would be perfect with this card. You can see her card here. I’m entering this card in the CASE Study DT challenge.

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I hope you will join us this week on Unscripted Sketches. I love the ‘sentiment/quote’ part at the bottom. I have tons of tiny stamps I love to stamp repeatedly as a border. What do you have in your stash that would work?

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Mega Mixed Messages-PTI
Paper: white CS-PTI, navy CS-SSS card kit, DP-Basic Grey
Ink: night of navy-SU!, Versamark
Accessories: loopy flower die-Memory Box, vintage lace, button, twine-PTI, white EP-HA,

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No Line Coloured Rose Card

I’ve been wanting to try no line colouring for a while and wow, does it ever cause you to really look at the shadows, highlights and overall contrast! Quite the Copic challenge!

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The sketch was based on Sketchbook Saturday 100 but as usual, I managed to come in late so I can’t link it up. Bummer. I had it done a while ago too but I didn’t get around to blogging it in time. The ribbons are a bit hard to see in the photo (click to enlarge) but IRL it looks really nice. The background was sprayed with some mist I mixed a long time ago. Maybe it’s a diluted version of a Mr. Huey’s mist??

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Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps
: rose-SU!, sentiment-SSS
Paper: white CS-PTI, white CS for rose-X-Press It, gold CS-SU!
Ink: pale tomato-HA, Antique Linen (for no line rose)
Accessories: foam dots-The Sticky Stuff Store, rhinestones-TE, mist-?, embossing folder-Sizzix, ribbon-stash, Copics R11, 20, 22, 32, 24, 27, 29, 59

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Baby Thank You Card Folder for Unscripted Sketches #253 and Giveaway Winner

I love using the sketch for something other than basic cards. This week I was making cards for a friend who just had a baby and the sketch worked beautifully a folder to hold the cards.

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I used some Webster’s Pages papers to make this. The yellow ribbon looks so pretty. I love that shade of yellow and the chevrons are awesome.

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This is the inside of the folder. I designed it myself so if you like it and want the dimensions, let me know.

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Here’s a closeup of the embellishments. The arrows are made from Craft-a-board then covered with white cardstock and washi tape.

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This is the card I designed. Sorry that it’s hard to read the tag; it says ‘thanks’. I made the card narrower than the usual 4.25”. It is only 4” which helped because I wanted to get the most from a scrap of 12” wide paper and of course, 4” fits across 3 times but 4.25 only fits twice. That also allowed me to hang the trunk off the edge and still fit into a regular envelope.

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I hope you will join us at Unscripted Sketches this week. Be sure to check this week’s post to see if you won one of our prizes! I look forward to making the jewelry I am giving away. My winner is Monika Reeck so please email me in the next 48 hours to claim your prize.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Mega Mixed Messages, Bitty Baby Blessings-PTI
Ink: Harvest gold-PTI
Paper: lemon tart CS-PTI, Baja Breeze CS-SU!
Accessories: foam dots- The Sticky Stuff Store, Copic BG72, seam binding ribbon-Masterstroke Ribbon

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I Love You Watts

I was so inspired by last week’s Unscripted Sketches that I made two cards. This one was for hubby; he’s been behaving himself lately so I needed to let him know. 😉

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It’s hard to see but I coloured the backside of the vellum bulb bright yellow in the center of the heart and lighter yellow just outside of it. I love colouring hte back of vellum; such an awesome look. I wish it showed up more. The hearts are coloured with a Copic and then I added Glossy Accents to the top.

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Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Watts and Watts-SSS
Ink: black Archival-Ranger 
Paper: SSS card kit, scraps white CS
Accessories: holiday shapes die-SSS, Copic R27, Glossy Accents

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Shabby Lace Wedding Card for Unscripted Sketches #251

This week’s sketch is so simple and versatile! It’s a Unscripted Sketches favourite for sure! I decided to get my shabby on for this one and wow, am I ever proud of how it turned out! Especially my handmade flower! I am entering this in this week’s Shabby Tea Room challenge ‘Pretty in Pink’.

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The flower is made from layers of organza, light see-through bridal fabric, and some crinoline which is heavy and stiff but once wet, it curls up and then dries with lots of texture. The organza flower petals were melted with my heat gun. I use tweezers to hold each petal while I just kiss the edge with the heat gun. It’s easy to end up with lots of melting and no petal so be careful and same for the crinoline; it singes very easily. So go easy if you speed up drying it with your heat gun but that can be a cool look if you want it really shabby. I allowed it to singe in a few places just enough to get a light brown colour to help out the Distress ink I added to make the crinoline ivory.

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The leaves are made in the same way as the petals but this time I used satin fabric. The crinoline will also make nice leaves if you dye it green with reinkers, spray mist or colour it with markers. The green ribbons are hand cut using more organza cut on the bias. If you cut fabric into ribbons this thin in the usual straight way, it will fray too badly to be used. To cut it on the bias, cut your strips, mine were 1/2”, on the 45 degree grain of the fabric. A quilting ruler, rotary cutter and a grid mat with 45 marked on it are a tremendous help.

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The lace is gorgeous don’t you think? I picked it up in the bridal department of my local fabric store. It was pricey but I bought it on sale and since it had two decorated edges, and I only needed a bit, it was worth the cost. I had a hard time deciding if I wanted it to overlay the whole card or just the bottom but it was too pretty to not use it on the whole card! I just had to arrange my sentiment carefully so you could read it! I just love how the stripes peek out from underneath the lace!

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If you’ve always wanted to play but never got the chance, this is the week since this is a pretty easy sketch! And be sure to visit my blog and Unscripted Sketches next week too because we are having our BLOG-AVERSARY! YEAH!! There will be prizes and giveaways on some of our blogs and other fun events so you don’t want to miss it!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Stamps: Say it Loud-WMS
Ink: antique linen Distress, Watering Can Archival-Ranger, London Fog-Memento
Paper: MME Market Pad, cream CS-PTI
Accessories: fabrics, lace as listed above-Fabricland, brad-CTMH, flower, leaf dies-rose creations Spellbinders, ribbon-stash, half-back pearls-can’t remember sorry they are really nice ones, gold wire-beading store, top-drilled pearls-AH Beads, cream silk ribbon-May Arts