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Summer Flamingo Card

So apparently yesterday was Barefoot Day which makes that the theme for Crazy 4 Challenges. Which suits me fine as I regard socks as torture devices only to be worn when desperate! That means I’m barefoot anytime I’m inside and as much of the year as I can manage outside.

c4cbarefoot flamingo

All the papers are from Authentique, a pack called Utopia. The flamingo is an Echo Park die that I cut from more patterned paper. To make the dots not quite so prominent, I added some Worn Lipstick Distress ink. Then it was a bit too plain pink so I added some orange, just a touch, with Marmalade to mimic the flowers. I hand cut the monstera leaf, I just love those, don’t you? So vibrant in colour and organic in shape! The hibiscus flower (or whatever it is) is a wood veneer accent that I coloured. I filled the Polaroid-style frame from Simon Says with various Lucy’s Sequins. The aren’t as bright as the flamingo but that’s ok as I wanted the flamingo to stand out anyway. And they do look brighter IRL.

I hope you can find something in your stash that is barefoot so you can play along. Basically any bird or animal that isn’t dressed in some sort of outfit with shoes will work so hopefully you have lots to choose from! Even some sea creatures in shells have a ‘foot’, snails do too! So lots of ideas you can work with. Head on over to our blog and link up your project!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Flip Flops and Sunshine!

(ETA: Sorry this is late. Don’t you hate it when a scheduled post doesn’t post???) (ETA 2: See tip at the bottom for some exciting Copic info!!)

This week for Crazy 4 Challenges, we were asked to make a card with a summer destination theme! Yeah, I could make summer cards all year round (and sometimes I do!!!) BEACH BABY!Yeah!

c4c swimsuit flamingo

I recently got some new dies from Echo Park including this lovely retro swimsuit and flamingo! Aren’t they so fun! I also won a $20 gift certificate to Avery Elle and after much difficult decision making (have you seen their website?? It’s da bomb dot com!!) and throwing a few extra bucks into the mix, I came away with some amazing products including the sweet Bunting stamps and dies!

The background paper is from Summer Dreams also by Echo Park. This paper is so pretty I decided to make an oversized card (4.5×5.75” I think) so maximize it’s gorgeousness. Around the edges I used a tracing wheel and a gel pen to create some faux stitching. If you’ve never seen one, it looks like this…

tracing wheel

Photo Credit

You can get them at any sewing store but they do come smooth too, for finer, thinner fabrics, so be careful which one you buy. I’ve also got one with less defined teeth and they won’t pierce paper so check the ones you see and get the wickedest looking teeth you can get! Use a foam mat under the paper and when you are done, you can sew by hand if you wish or just trace the line with a gel pen! If you prefer zigzags, just run a second line of holes next to the first and connect them with a ziggy line!

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c4c swimsuit flamingo2

Isn’t that banner so cute!? The die set comes with a super fine ‘string’ for hanging all of the cute bunting bits. I glued my twine to it to get a really nice arc in it. The circle die cut is Triple Tear from Spellbinders which I sponged with some matching inks. Well, actually I inked first and cut second! The flamingo, glasses and swimsuit are all sponged lightly along their edges to help them stand out more. For the wing, I used the negative die cut as a stencil! It was the perfect shape!

The legs and beak were coloured with Copics. This busy mama ain’t got no time for cutting in multiple colours when I can help it! Ditto for the glasses, that’s turquoise paper under the dark brown lenses (I know, it looks black). I even did that with the word panels. I’d planned to piece in some coloured cardstock but when the die didn’t cut all the way through, I just decided to carefully ink the letters with a Copic marker. Worked out really well and it was faster too! No piecing those tiny letters and especially the even tinier centers of some letters! At the end, I added a bit of white gel pen on the flamingo and sunglasses. Swimsuits aren’t very shiny so I left the gel pen off. A couple of matching sequins and I was all set for the beach!

TIP: Did you guys know that Copic just came out with a fine tip nib for the Sketch marker? I KNOW RIGHT??? I bought 5 packs (of 3) that very same day! Get them at Imagination International. The email I got said supply was limited so hurry on over!

I hope you can play along with the challenge this week at Crazy 4 Challenges. When a lot of people play it just makes all our hard work seem worthwhile! Come on over and join!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Summer’s End Card

I can’t believe the summer is almost over. Only a couple weeks left! Where did it all go? There were so many things I wanted to do and I hate winter with a passion.

summer end card

So this card represents what I’d like to do with the little bit of summer that’s left. Go on a road trip! I’m not sure where but we just bought a new van! YEAH! So I think once we actually pick it up, a driving trip is something we need to try! Armed with iPads and tablets of course!

I was stamping SUMMER randomly around the card when I smudged ink on the VW. So I had to place another stamp and a sticker over top. Does it work?

Enjoy, Rebecca

Entered in:
Crazy for Challenges 302 End of Summer
Sketch Saturday #377

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RECIPE
SSS card kit except
Sequins-Theresa Collins, Cards by Lucy and Lawn Fawn, Hibiscus ink, twine-PTI, Simple Stories washi,

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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

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

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Ombre Butterfly

I was inspired by another Retro Sketches sketch and an ombre challenge (don’t remember which one) for this card but they have ended.

ombre butterfly n lace

But, I also made this one for the Memory Box butterfly challenge.

mbb

And it is still going! The pink part of the butterfly is painted with watercolours. Then I added the outline butterfly on top.

I’m also entering this in the SSS Anything Goes challenge.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Fancy Flourishes-PTI
Ink: aqua mist-PTI
Paper: kraft, whit, aqua CS-PTI, ombre paper-American Crafts (I think) doily-Wilton
Accessories: Fancy Flourishes die-PTI, leaf dies-Spellbinders, ribbon-May Arts, sequins-Theresa Collins, Memory Box dies,

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Warning, Many Cards…

I have been playing quite a few challenges lately but always seem to run out of time to blog the cards before the deadline! Well, I finally found some time and actually remembered so this is one of a few posts with cards I’m entering. sorry to post so much all at once!

sun sand n flip flops

This was for three challenges, two of which have ended sadly. JUGS challenge to use layered die cuts and Retro Sketches 168. But, the Curtain Call challenge is still open! yeah!

flip flops

Most of this is pretty straight forward. On the kraft layer, I inked it with Distress ink and applied light moulding paste to the edge to mimic the frothy front edge of waves. The sides of the card were sponged through a stencil using the same colour ink as the cardstock.

I’m also entering this in the SSS Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
You Did it-SSS, sand stamp-SU!
Paper: DP-SSS may kit, Hawaiian shores CS
Ink: versamark, Hawaiian shores, Vintage photo distress
Accessories: glossy accents, Smile die-SSS, white ep-Hero Arts, light moulding paste-Liquitex, sequins-Pretty Pink Posh, stencil-Crafter’s Workshop

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Vacation Island for Mojo Monday

I got some new Kaisercraft paper and it was so fun to play with it.

my island mojo

My mojo has been a bit low lately; I’ve been doing so much organization, it’s kind of sapped my creative energy. But as I worked on this, I just got more and more happy. I have to make a note to myself that anytime I’m not inspired I should go to this paper pad!

Mojo392

Click on the photo to visit the challenge.

To make the sun set background, I used Distress Markers. To make sure that the colours blended, I spritzed the stamp then dabbed off the area where the colours meet. Then I spritzed again. I love the effect! I stamped on the island using my MISTI to line everything up. It wasn’t perfect but it was user error. The MISTI placed the stamps exactly where I aligned them. I love this tool and it is totally worth the cost.

The card was sprayed with gold Glimmer mist when I was done and it looks great! Shame it doesn’t show up. I also added a few brushstrokes of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. You can’t see it very well as the angle isn’t right and the cracks are very fine but it does add a bit more texture. The button was don a while ago so I don’t remember what I did too well but I remember adding Copic airbrushing to change the colour. Then the ink stayed tacky so I covered it with, I think, Glossy Accents. The finish ended up kinda cracked and textured which was really cool. The charm is covered in Sharpie paint pen to change it from silver to gold.

RECIPE
Stamps:
My Island-WMS
Ink: chocolate-PTI
Paper: kraft CS-PTI, DP-Kaisercraft
Accessories: shell ribbon-May Arts, shell charm-Fire Mountain Beads, button-PTI, gold and white thread, Copic Markers, faded jeans, broken china, marmalade Distress markers, Rock candy paint, Sharpie paint pen

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Rainbow Butterfly Canvas

I was inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge blog to make this canvas. The challenge was to make something starting with the letter B.

rainbow butterflies canvas

Then the Wednesday challenge’s theme was Things that Fly. How perfect! I used a canvas board from the Dollar store that I prepped a while  ago. I started with some patterned paper strips which you really can’t see but they do add some texture. I covered that with gesso. Then I randomly added some texture paste using three different Prima stencils. Then I experimented with the new Prima line of art supplies, using the white crackle paste to apply a thin, splotchy, uneven layer over the canvas, adding a bit more in blobs near the edges. I left it that way until I decided what I wanted to do with it.

rainbow butterflies canvas closeup

I’m a big fan of Laura Bassen and her love of rainbows has worn off on me. So I went with a bold fun paint scheme. Usually when I do mixed media art, I use Golden Fluid Acrylic paints which are much higher quality than craft paint. But I didn’t have all the colours I needed so I went with some craft paint. Wow, what a difference. Besides the opacity (fluid acrylics are somewhat translucent), there was a huge difference in drying time and workability.

rainbow butterflies canvas closeup purple

I can keep adding water and move the fluid paints around almost indefinitely while the craft paints didn’t react to the water in the same way. You can see the difference near the stencilling. In the purple and pink areas, the fluid paint pooled nicely just like I wanted it to. But the craft paint didn’t thin out in the same way so it covered everything more equally for a less dynamic effect. But if you want opacity, the craft paints are great!

rainbow butterflies canvas closeup pink

I randomly stamped a couple background stamps without using a block which makes it patchy and uneven. The butterflies were created by stamping on die cuts of Art Parts Clear Film. I made the stamp using Quikutz stamping foam which I die cut using a Memory box die. Then I cut the art film with the matching solid die and stamped it with Staz-On ink. Then you form the butterflies into any shape you want with a heat gun.

You can’t keep it too close or it will start to shrink but it can take quite a bit of heat from a bit further back. The die cut bodies and antennae from black cardstock and covered them with black Liquid Pearls. The middles sunk for some reason but I liked how it looked anyways. More insect like and less perfect. The word was hand drawn, cut from cardstock and covered with white Glossy Accents.

If you have any questions, let me know. I’m also entering this in the Crazy for Challenges #277 to bring on the bling. I used rhinestones, Liquid Pearls and sequins on this.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
French Script-SU!, Moroccan background-A.Muse
Ink: Staz-on black, Archival black
Paper: Basic Grey Curio
Accessories: rhinestones-Taylors tiny twinkles, sequins-Pretty Pink Posh, Clearly for Art Film, Quickutz stamping foam, Liquid Pearls-Ranger, various craft paints, Golden Fluid Acrylic paints, flowers-stash, Liquitex embossing paste, Prima stencils, Golden gesso

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Shabby Chic Tag

I am in LOVE with these Julie Nutting doll stamps. They take a while to either colour or paper piece but the results are really worth it.

shabby girl nautical tag

I love how the hair turned out on this one. I think I used E53,55,57 and maybe E49 for the very darkest areas. It’s hard to see the very fine detail but the legs are also paper pieced which is why the colour is different from the skin I usually colour. I added Copics for shading that matched the paper’s tone. In case you are wondering, yes, this is a very large stamp. I handmade the tag but it is close to a large standard tag, about 6.5” x 3”.

The paper is from an older Webster’s Pages; background (made of several papers), lobster paper (distressed and covered with Rock Candy crackle paint) and the paper piecing papers all come from the paper pack. I carefully cut out the paper around the tag reinforcer so it would show through. The little boats were coloured with Copics too.

I messed up the stamping of the feet, I got a double line, so I made the shoes slightly higher to cover that up. The stars are covered with a Wink Of Stella pen. The sand is a product called Mudd Puddles; it’s basically sand in glue in a small jar so you can apply it like molding paste. It doesn’t apply as smoothly but it is fun.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps: Prima
Ink:
Distress Frayed Burlap, Memento black
Paper: Webster’s Pages, vanilla CS-?, small premade tag
Accessories: star-Jesse James buttons, sand-Mudd Puddles, twine-reused from packaging, Copics, seam binding-Masterstroke Ribbon, lace-Fabricland, ticket-?, Rock Candy Crackle paint, tiny twinkles-TE, star, boat veneers-Studio Calico, foam squares-Sticky Stuff Store

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Watercolour Poppies

I recently bought this stamp set used (love the cost savings!!) and I was eager to try it out. I needed a couple thinking of you cards anyway and I LOVE this Thinking of You sentiment from Simon Says Stamp.

watercolour poppies

I used Twinkling H2Os for the background. It is subtle but pretty and shimmery. I used green at the base of the poppies, blue at the top and turquoise at the bottom. I originally die cut the flowers with the matching dies but I wasn’t a fan of the white edge so I trimmed them by hand. Especially when layered over the stems which were not die cut.

I stamped the flowers in Distress ink but the results were splotchy on the watercolour paper so I smoothed them with a wet paint brush. Then I added some more colour from the ink pad smooshed on my craft sheet to add some depth. I’m afraid that doesn’t show very well in the photo. I added some black accents with a C9 and 100 (black) Copic marker.

To finish the card, I added some crocheted lace and twine. The watercolour panel was layered on an aqua card base stamped with the script stamp from the poppy set.

I’m really sorry to have posted so infrequently lately. Summer was really busy and I’ve been suffering with a really bad case of frozen shoulder. I have a lot of pain and very limited range of motion. So a huge thank you to all of you who have stuck with me and not unsubscribed!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Poppies-MFT, sentiment-SSS
Ink: Distress worn lipstick, aqua mist-PTI, green leaves-Memento, Archival black
Paper: Windsor and Newton Watercolour paper, aqua mist CS-PTI
Accessories: crocheted lace, Divine Twine, Twinkling H2Os, Copics, foam dots-The Sticky Stuff Store, sequins-SSS card kit