Game On for Jameson

My 11 yo son came home with a relatively good report card last week so I wanted to congratulate him with a card. Poor kid really struggles with ADD and we are reluctant to medicate him so this means a lot. He got all Bs and Cs (though without ADD he’d get As and Bs) when last report he got some Ds so this is a big improvement.

Gamer card for J

I am sooo happy with how this turned out! I didn’t use a sketch which is rare and even though it is a CAS card, I like the simplicity. Usually when I make a CAS card I feel like it needs more or that it is boring. funny because I LOVE other people’s CAS cards!

It is pretty simple so really not much to say. The recipe will explain most of it. This card is 3.5 high x7.5” long. This means the whole thing wouldn’t fit into my Cuttlebug without being folded. EMBOSSING TIPS: If you are trying to emboss a card and it must be folded, cut off the excess plastic border from around the pattern on lower portion your embossing folder only. Don’t cut off both. That allows you to get very close to the fold line. And I needed to emboss twice to get the whole thing. On the second pass, line up your plates so that the edges exactly match the patterned part of the embossing folder (not the edge of the plastic). That way the plates and the folder won’t crush the part which was already embossed. You will get a tiny faint line where the folder ends but very little and no crushing of the design. You could also cut off the excess plastic but trust me, never cut off both pieces or the line will be even worse that uncut.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Boy Basics: Simple Circles, Game On-PTI
Ink: saffron, sahara sand-SU!, Memento black
Paper: DP-Boyfriend Cosmo Cricket, white, saffron, black CS-SU!
Accessories: circle die-PTI, foam dots-Jody Morrow,
Cuttlebug embossing folder, Circle Nestabilities


Snowman Gift Card Holder

Scroll down to see a photo of my NEW BABY!!

Even though I haven’t been posting here, I have been crafting still. Just too tired and/or busy to blog-sorry! This was for a swap I hosted on Swap-Bot to make a winter themed Gift Card Holder (GCH). I thought that by making it winter themed, it would work for any holiday or celebration.

snowman GCH

It is a trifold holder that’ I’ve used before and it has a curved part (under the snowman) that can tuck into a slit cut in the lower half but I chose to omit the slit this time and use a Velcro coin to hold it closed. I can’t tell you how often I’ve made a gate fold card or a holder like this and I inevitably forget and add adhesive to the area that shouldn’t have any! Yeesh!

The snowman is stamped in three parts, one for each ball but the lower one also has the snowflakes included. I really think they should have included a large ball without the snowflakes so they could be stamped in different colours. So I stamped it in baja then traced the large ball with a black marker to match the other balls. They were stamped separately rather than masking where they overlap and adhered together. The hat was done separately too. I used Stickles in white and blue to accent the snowflakes both on the base of the snowman and on the blue base and the hat band.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Close to My Heart
Ink: baja breeze-SU!, Memento black, silver pigment ink
Paper: NQN, white CS-SU!,
Accessories: Stickles, Velcro-Walmart, Copics B11, 100 (black), C3,5,7, E39, YR16


Paris ‘Challenge Me’ ATC

As any of my regular readers knows, I trade quite a few craft items on Swap-Bot. This one was for a swap I designed called ‘Challenge Me’ ATC which was quite new and different. In order to make the ATC, the sender had to list  their favourite 10 crafting supplies or tools in the comments section.

Paris challenge me ATC

The recipient would choose 5 of those that the sender HAD to use to make the ATC. The recipient would also look over the sender’s profile and choose a theme from things that the sender listed as likes. Then the sender created the ATC with the 5 items chosen (basic supplies like scissors, cardstock etc were givens for everyone) plus one additional item from the list of 10 and 2 other items of choice.

I made this a couple weeks ago so I’m not sure I’m 100% but I think the 5 were DP, ephemera, punches, dies and ribbon. The scalloped border is a punch, the doily a die. The ephemera is the music paper, background is DP. I used a stamp as an additional item from my list of 10. And I added pearls. The theme my partner chose was Paris but could I find my Eiffel Tower stamp? UGH! Took me ages! And I know I have 2 but I never did find the 2nd one.

I dyed the silk ribbon with Copic ink and distressed it with Vintage Photo ink. I used a Bow Easy to make a nice tidy bow. TIP: Did you know that if you wrap the ribbon in a figure 8 around the ‘legs’ rather than wrapping around the outside of the ‘legs’ of the Bow Easy and  you put a twist in the ribbon in the center, the bow loops will fluff much more easily? Especially with lots of loops. I forgot to do so here and you can see that my loops will stay out to the sides and not fan all the way into a nice circular shape. I don’t have enough loops to make a full circular shape anyway but if I did, they would always try to stick out to the sides unless you figure 8 wrap the ribbon.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: Vintage Photo, Antique Linen Distress, Memento black
Paper: Graphic 45 Romantique, white typing paper (doily), vanilla, black CS-SU!, vintage music paper
Accessories: doily die-PTI, punch-EK Success, May Arts Ribbon, Bow Easy, Copic, Kaisercraft Pearls


Recycled Gift Card Holder

So, what do you think I recycled to make this project? Yep, a flattened toilet paper tube! Cool right? This was for another swap on Swap-Bot. I joined a group called Somerset swappers that uses Somerset brand magazines as inspiration for all swaps. In case you aren’t familiar, these magazines feature different hand made items from recycled projects to doll art to shabby chic deliciousness to vintage items to aprons to whimsical artsy altered projects.

somerset toilet paper tube

The design is pretty basic. The outside is wrapped with patterned paper held on with adhesive and the bottom is stapled closed. I also held the lace on with staples and covered them with the scrunched seam binding. I tried something new with this ribbon. Sharon (I can’t remember if it was Harnist or Johnson, oops, sorry) had on her blog that she ties the ribbon, then spritzes and scrunches it. I tried that because I wanted flat ribbon around the tube to better hide the top of the lace and the staples but a scrunched bow. Worked out very well! I used gold Perfect Pearls Mist that I made and spritzed the whole project.

TIP: I don’t use hat pins much anymore for beading because it is too expensive. Instead I use corsage pins or head pins made for jewelry. The head pins are best in some ways because almost any bead fits on the smaller ones, even those with small holes but they bend too easily and you have to work them into the bow rather than stab them right through the middle of the knot because they are blunt tipped. The corsage pins have thicker metal so fine-holed beads don’t work but they are sharp tipped.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Button Boutique-PTI
Ink: Vintage Photo Distress
Paper: My Mind’s Eye, vanilla CS-SU!
Accessories: lace-stash, mini pearls-Melissa Frances, pearl beads and crystals-stash and Swarovski, seam binding-Hug Snug, ribbon-Offray, corsage pin, Spellbinders tag die


Papertrey July Blog Hop Challenge–Polaroid Technique Butterflies

Thanks for visiting! I’ve had a hard time playing along with the PTI blog hop the last few months. I wish they would publish the theme a week or so in advance as a reminder! Anyway, this month, I managed to find time to play!

PTI blog hop butterfly polaroid technique

This month, the theme was an inspiration photo. I’ve used the colour combo somewhat substituting yellow sponged with apricot for the orange, kraft for the natural tone of the shades and I also used the butterfly motif from one of the pillows.

PTI july 11 insp

I tried out Nichole’s Polaroid technique from one of the Make it Monday posts from last month, modifying it a bit. I masked off the center of my card and sponged white ink all around. Then I overstamped with the leaf image from Life. I cut a CS panel to fit inside the masked area and stamped around the edges of it with a scroll image from Vintage Labels. Then I die cut and sponged butterflies and circles as accents. Last I added a label I cut using oval Nesties and attached using a technique from one of the Stamp-a-Faire challenges, notching my card for the twine.

One thing to notice is that I used negative space several times on this card. The negative space from the masking, also the negative hearts inside the dies and the negative space created when I die cut and removed the rickrack. I just thought it gave an interesting look without adding another layer or another colour.

Here’s a die-cutting TIP for you. I was having trouble getting my die cuts out of my dies. Then I put one of my dies up in the corner of the cutting mat. It fell right out! I guess the less used the mat the easier it falls out of the die. Maybe the paper isn’t pushed in so far? Not really sure but I am going to make note of this and keep doing it!

I hope you like my card! If you enjoyed this post, please feel free to leave a comment or subscribe to my blog. Both RSS and email options are on my sidebar.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Life, Vintage Labels, Mega Mixed Messages-PTI
Ink: white-PTI, celery, apricot, olive, baja-SU!
Paper: soft sky, kraft-SU!, DP-PTI
Accessories: dies, twine-PTI, oval Nesties, thread, foam dots-Jody Morrow, rhinestones-Kaisercraft, notches cut with Crop-a-dile


Vintage Fruit Matchbox

Here’s a cute little MB that almost missed being posted.

vintage fruit MB

I am typically quite critical of my work but at least this time, there is a point to it! I didn’t notice at the time but I am now seeing that the strawberry is completely lacking in highlights which doesn’t match with the other fruits. Also, the shadow is on the opposite side. While I didn’t plan it, I just coloured them, it does look odd all together. I’m actually happy with the cherries, the bright shiny highlight suits the smooth skin; the peaches have softer highlights because the skin is fuzzy muting the brightness of the highlight.

Strawberries are hard to colour because you have to colour around the seeds and that can throw off the best plans you might have for shading, shadowing or highlights. I don’t consider the yellow area a highlight, that is supposed to be where the berry isn’t quite ripe yet which often happens on the side away from the sun. The highlight would actually be on the opposite side, facing the sun at the same angle as on the other fruits. I know that some people like to colour over the seed then reclaim the colour with a colourless blender and then add the yellow for the seeds. I’m not stuck on that technique but I think I might have tried it here because the sees aren’t really showing up as a different colour.

So here’s what I would do if I were colouring this again. I’d make sure the highlights and shadows were consistent on all the fruits. I’d darken the shadows and add some serious highlights on the strawberry and try to add some more life to the leaves. I’d really work to make the seeds yellow. The peach leaf needs more blending to make the leaf look smother.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Fruits-Flourishes, text bkdg-not sure, maybe PTI BB:Hearts?
Ink: memento black, cocoa-SU!
Paper: white CS-Taylored Expressions, cocoa CS-SU!
Accessories: vintage lace-stash, Dew drop, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Copics-sorry, I don’t have the colours, this was from September


Glitter Masking Technique

I decided to do a cool technique I read about somewhere and since I can’t remember where it came from, I decided to show you the technique here.

glitter tut 4

Here is the finished product, a matchbox cover. The awesome snowflake pattern is all glitter. You need some wide, flat adhesive; I’ve used Scor-Tape. Then you need to die cut or punch your image from adhesive backing. If you don’t have any on hand, maybe you have some stickers you don’t like or some of those free address labels you can put on envelopes ahead of time. You also need two colours of glitter.

glitter tut 1

Here you can see how I’ve applied the Scor-Tape. Instead of ripping the edges, cut them so they are smooth and finished. You can also see the adhesive backing has been die cut. Ooops, how did my favourite flavour of Hershey’s Kisses get in there… LOL!

glitter tut 2

Here I’ve placed the adhesive backing die cut in place. Be careful to place it with the waxy, shiny side down. I started to do it wrong and while it came off, it might not if I’d left it longer.

glitter tut 3

Here I’ve added the first colour of glitter. TIP: Press down on the glitter to help it stick to the adhesive. You can see there is no glitter yet on the snowflake. The last step is to remove the snowflake and repeat with the last colour of glitter. Don’t forget to press it down too. This can be done with strips of various widths of adhesive. You could do multiple shapes and colours too. It’s a great technique for one layer cards!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Enjoy, Rebecca


Oranges Bookmark for Doodle Pantry and a Challenge with Prizes!

What a fabulous new release Laurie has for you today! I love the fruit images some companies have released as rubber but of course, you are tied to an exact size when stamping them.

oranges bookmark closeup

For this bookmark, I needed a size much smaller than most images available as stamps. Doesn’t it work perfectly with  the size of the Eyelet Pendant I used as a base? Notice the pearls I used, the yellow ones in the flower centers are coloured with Y35 Copic and two little white was ones dot the flower center of the Eyelet Pendant (right near the edges).  In case you are wondering, this is the type of bookmark that slips over the page you are reading and the tail helps it stay on. I could also add magnets to the inside of the bookmark to help it stay on; I’ll try it out, then decide.  Here is a view of the full length bookmark complete with ribbon tail.

orange bookmark

I used sheer 1” white ribbon and the loveliest soft velvet ribbon from May Arts. TIP: Any time you use glue on sheer ribbon, make sure you keep in mind that glues can seep through or remain tacky through the sheer ribbon so- 1) protect your work surface (and the junk on it! hee hee), 2) make sure there is no dye ink or paper bits on your work surface that might be picked up by the glue, 3) use a glue that dries completely if the sheer ribbon will not be backed by something else, not a 2 way glue that becomes repositionable when dry (ask me how I know!) or a dry tape which will stay tacky and never really dry, 4) use a glue that dries clear, 5) use a glue that doesn’t dry too stiff.

In this case, I used Beacon’s 3 in 1 Advanced Craft Glue which is easily my favourite craft glue for almost any purpose. If this was on a card with a backing, I might have used Glue Arts Ribbon Adhesive which I quite like. It seems pretty wimpy at first but it holds really well. I keep it on the spool and apply it directly to the ribbon or lace (even bumpy, uneven lace!), never cutting  the backing until I am finished with it.

The oranges were really fun to colour but I admit it was hard to get the shine on the orange looking quite right and I am not certain I got the shiny spots in quite the right place! 🙂 Do you see the dimpling on the oranges? I coloured them then put a wee bit of Blender solution on a terry washcloth and dabbed the Blender on the oranges only (If I was thinking smarter, I would have coloured the leaves after colouring and dabbing the oranges but I managed to keep the Blender off the leaves and stem.)

OK, OK, I know you are anxious to hear about the Challenge! Visit Laurie’s blog, Clearly Delightful, to get all the details. Not only does every participant get a free image of their choice, you could win FABULOUS blog candy! Trust me, you want it, I sure do!! So make a card or project using the Challenge Theme: Pearls, Bling or Buttons. Have Fun!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Oranges and Cherries-Doodle Pantry
Paper: white CS-Taylored Expressions, DP-Nook and Pantry by Basic Grey
Accessories: Copics: E08,35,37,47, Y35, YR00,02,16,20,61,68, G28,85, Blender solution and pen, pearls-Dollarama, ribbon sheer-stash, velvet rickrack-May Arts, Eyelet Pendant die-Spellbinders, foam dots-Jody Morrow


Cute Monster ATC for Swap-Bot

Have you seen the movie, Monsters Inc? I LOVE that movie, the monsters are so interesting and different and then there is the story of course, melts my heart to see those ‘scary monsters’ with that little girl. Anyway, that was my inspiration for this ATC.

cute monster ATC
I coloured them all with Copics, then I texturized the purple one with blender rubbing alcohol sprayed on my stamping rag, previously a washcloth. The result is subtle but interesting. I love how they pop on the black but of course, that presents a problem since their tail, legs and feet are too tiny to cut out. I had already used the copper EP to emboss the sentiment so it was a natural progression to use EP for their legs! I tried to only ink their legs and then I used a tiny paint brush to brush away the excess EP so it wouldn’t show underneath them if you look from an angle.

Like the top hat? I originally stamped it in black when I thought that I was going to put some sort of DP underneath the monsters. But when I decided to use the plain black background, I needed to change it. TIP: So I put some two-way glue on a little scrap of paper and allowed it to dry. Then I stuck the hat on it and pressed it into my Versamark ink. Then a quick dip into the silver EP then I heated it with my heat gun and voila! A perfect silver hat! No finger prints or tweezer marks.

I placed red line tape around the outer 3 edges of the card and applied splotchy, imperfect glitter. Then I tapped off the excess and applied another colour to get this fun border. The purple shows up pretty well in the picture but what looks yellow is really a fun, bright, almost fluorescent green! Very monsterish! Both colours are MUCH brighter in person!!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Monsters INK-MFT
Paper: white CS-Taylored Expressions, black CS, SU!
Ink: Memento black, Versamark
Accessories: glitter-Art Institute, redline tape, foam dots- Jody Morrow, silver, copper EP-SU!, tiny twinkle-Taylored Expressions, Copics: V04,06,09, R17,29, YR04,07,16,68, Y38, YG03,06, G14


Colin and Melodie Wedding Card

I was asked to make a wedding card for a group gift for my cousin Colin. No problem! I don’t know the bride so I found out what colour the bridesmaid dresses are going to be (black) so I decided to use white, black and gold.

colin wedding card

I also decided to go with an elegant style, I mean, with black, white and gold, how can you go wrong?!

TIP 1: When using the Bow Easy before today, I noticed that when you wrap the ribbon more than once, when the bow is tied, the loops are hard to separate so they point different direction like mine. So, here is how I did it. Wrap the ribbon as usual but don’t tie yet. Scrunch each ribbon tightly and clip to the Bow Easy with a clothes pin on both sides and tie as usual. This won’t work with a huge number of wraps or very small bows because the clothespins won’t fit on the template. But I used the largest and it worked just fine. By scrunching and clipping the ribbons, they are not overlapped inside the knot. This makes it easier to spread the loops out.

TIP 2: Need a longer or wider rectangle Nesties than is available? Here is what I did to get this long, skinny Nestie (Yep, I know long ones are available but I don’t have them and this one is really long!): Start by setting up your paper and die as usual. Roll through your die cutter ONLY up to the last three scallops. REWIND your plates instead of rolling all the way through. Move your die up to the uncut area overlapping the last 3 scallops or as many scallops as required to get the length you need. Use repositionable tape to secure the die and roll through. If you need enough length that you have to roll through 3 times: for the middle section line up the die as described above. When you are ready to roll the plates through, offset the top plate so it does not overlap the edge of the die that sits on top of the area that is already cut. This will prevent cutting off the area you already cut! Then continue as above.

Enjoy, Rebecca

flourishes-Autumn Leaves, verse-Cloud 9
Ink: Versamark
Paper: white, black, gold CS-SU!
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, Rectangle Nesties, gold EP-SU!, Pilot gold ink pen (edging), May Arts ribbon, Bow-Easy