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!

mermaids treasure shaker

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!

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Enjoy, Rebecca


Congrats on Your Pregnancy Easel Card for the OCC.

Time for another OCC project! Our challenge was to make a baby-themed card using Kraft, a button and trim. Would you believe I already had one I made a couple weeks ago? I just hadn’t blogged it yet!

tara preg  easel card

I made this for a woman in our congregation who is expecting her second baby. I’m not sure if she likes purple but I sure hope so! I think the shading on the carriage sucks, I actually added quite a bit of Y35 to the Y21 I used to colour it but for some weird reason, you really can’t see it much. The whole right side of the carriage is supposed to look shaded, like the dress. Oh well.

I made it into an easel card because I hope that she will display it until the baby is born and it will be way more sturdy this way. I normally go with a more shabby style but the gal I’m giving it to isn’t that way at all. More modern, so I think this card would suit her better than one dripping with lace and distressing.

I hope you will join us at the OCC blog this week. We’d love to have you play along . Be sure to check out all of the awesome samples the team has for you!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Stamping Bella, ticket-PTI
Ink: Memento black, fresh snow white-PTI, eggplant, lavender-SU!
Paper: Kraft, purple,artichoke CS-SU!, white CS-Taylored Expressions, DP-Kioshi Basic Grey
Accessories: silk flower-Michaels, brad (um, I mean button of course)-Basic Grey, ribbon-stash, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Copics: V12,15,17, G21,25, Y21,35, E00,21,33,35,37, Bs and YRs(um, sorry, can’t remember), W00,1,3, ticket die, scalloped edge die-PTI, Cuttlebug embossing folder


Clean and Simple? Really??? Cute Little Typewriters

OK, so I know I don’t do clean and simple much. But I just love the way it looks. I drink in everything Jennifer McGuire makes, most of which is pretty clean and simple, at least to me, shabby chic lover! So when I started making these 3×3” notecards, I knew not too much would fit on them so I needed to go pretty simple. Jennifer had an adorable  typewriter card on there recently so that was my inspiration.

type card set

It’s hard to see in this photo but there is a cute little box under the pink card. I had a card box sized to hold 3×3” cards but these are a bit taller with the tent topper style of the typewriter placement. So I created a bottom extension for the box, placing adhesive on the bottom and bottom flaps which are left untucked.

type card set boxed

Now my cute little cards have enough room! I added a little label and some rick rack with button accents.

type card set turq

Each little card is embossed on one side only and the bottom row of dots have a tiny touch of Copic to accent them.

type card set pink

This one is much pinker IRL. Not sure why it looks so blotchy and washed out. Oh, and I made envelopes too but they are plain white with hello in a matching ink; they don’t fit in the box though (forgot about that when I designed the box).

type card set red

type card set yell

I’m entering this set in the Moxie Fab World Card Set Challenge. Wanna play? See you there! The deadline is April 21.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Stamping Bella
Ink: Memento black 
Paper: white CS-Taylored Expressions, kraft CS-SU!
Accessories:  foam dots- Jody Morrow, box-Clear Dollar Stamps, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Copics Y21,35,38,  R20,32,35,37,89, BG10,15, 19 (the darkest of each were used to colour the rhinestones) C1,3,7,100, Clear Spica pen,  rhinestones-K&Co, Dollarama


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


Get Well – Skipping Stones Sketch

I needed a couple of get well cards lately and I was kinda stumped even though I got tons of new goodies from Ellen Hutson lately! So, as I always do when I am stuck, I tried out a new sketch.

peach guava fell better 
I decided to try out my new Nook and Pantry paper. But, as usual with Basic Grey, the colours didn’t match any of my SU! CS. So I checked out my old In Colours and Groovy Guava matched along with blush. Yippee!

I wanted a white lab coat but an ivory background so I coloured the nurse on white paper and cut her out. There were so many little bits that stuck out like her arms and stethoscope that I only cut out her body and ponytail, stamping her on the ivory paper for the small bits. Then I glued the cut out pieces over top.

SSD19If you’d like to play this sketch, click on it! They have a sale on right now to buy 4 sets and get a set free. See their site for details.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Stamping Bella, Mega Mixed Messages-PTI
Ink: memento black, Antique Linen Distress, chocolate chip-SU!
Paper: white, ivory CS-Taylored Expressions, guava, blush CS-SU!, Nook and Pantry DP-Basic Grey
Accessories: Nestabilities, scalloped die-Spellbinders, ticket corner-SU!, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Copics-BG72, 75, E00, 21, 47, 49, 93, W00, 1, R10, 89, YR02, C00, 1, 3 Clear Spica Pen