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

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


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.


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.

baby folder open

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

baby folder close

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

baby folder matching card elephant ty

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.


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

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


Sick Teddy Bear for Unscripted Sketches #243

I took a chance on going back to water colouring since I just had to get some Derwent Inktense Pencils. I mean, if Jennifer McGuire recommends them, they have to be amazing right? And they are except I have no flesh colour and dang it, it’s hard to mix!


And as you can see, its a bit too light, maybe more than a bit! I tried mixing red and brown with lots of water but it was so hard to get just right. but she still looks awfully cute to me! I had brighter papers in mind but with her skin coming out so pale, they were too overwhelming so i looked for the softest ones I could find. Melissa Frances to the rescue. The background blue is much softer IRL but unless I increased the saturation, her face looked white. It is soft with a touch of gray really.


This sketch was fun, I loved the long skinny panels that were PERFECT for washi tape! Do you have lots of washi you don’t use often enough? How about ribbon? Any other ideas? Then come on out and play with us at Unscripted Sketches #243! We love to have lots of players to choose our top three from. Come on!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: Memento black
Paper: DP-Melissa Frances, watercolour paper-stash, white CS-PTI
Accessories: Derwent Inktense pencils, washi tapes-stash, rhinestones-Dollarama


Vintage Stars Card for Unscripted Sketches #236

I decided to do a mixed media card this week; this sketch offered so many options that it stumped me for quite a while!  I was working on a mixed media journal swap so I went with a mixed media card too!


The stars are shimmerier IRL because I added mica powder called Pearl Ex (like Perfect Pearls without the binder) to my homemade texture paste. Recipe courtesy Gabriella Pollacco. But it’s very fine so comes across as brown in the photo. I was going to go with a cleaner more elegant style until I noticed that the music and measuring tapes matches so well  but once I added them I realized it was definitely a shabby/vintage look, not a clean/elegant one.

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Then I created a dense cluster of embellies all with a fun, eclectic, vintage vibe. Lastly I added the gold swirlies and sequins. The teal in the bottom paper is foiled so it adds lots of shine! The background paper I added the texture paste too was white but I airbrushed it so it fit better with the vintage style. I ADORE that Copic airbrush system!

un sc sk236

Over the holidays, we will still be here! So come and play this week’s sketch! Can’t play? Check out our blogs and leave us some lovin’! Can’t play this week? Maybe next week! Kids or your spouse being home from work or school driving you crazy? Seek solace in your craft room and join us at UNSCRIPTED SKETCHES!! Have a safe and happy Winter Season with Family and Friends!!

Enjoy, Rebecca

for recipe, please email me with specific questions.


Sea Shell Mixed Media Canvas

I ADORE anything beachy or ocean-related and I was in desperate need of some decor for my powder room AND I’m learning to do mixed media so this is what I created!

sea shell mm canvas1

It also happens to be perfect for this week’s SSS Monday Challenge Blog to create something with a nautical theme!

sea shell mm canvas2

I used die cut paper, lace, washi, glitter and charms to create little spots of interest on the sides of the canvas.

sea shell mm canvas3

You can see the shells I stamped. Because they were stamped with dye ink on acrylic paint, they didn’t dry so I clear embossed them. Since they didn’t stand out as much as I had hoped, I added some Faber-Castel Big Brush pen and smudged it in to accent them just a bit.

sea shell mm canvas4

The stamps are part of a sheet of rubber I bought so sorry, I don’t know who created them. Maybe Rubber Buggy Bumpers? They are out of business now. The background is music paper and book paper in three languages (French and Dutch) on top of a canvas board and then covered in gesso and paint.

sea shell mm canvas5

Enjoy, Rebecca

large shells-SU!, small shell-Flourishes, other ‘botanical illustration’ stamps-stash
Paper: vintage music and book paper, hawaiian shores, aqua mist CS-PTI
Ink: hawaiian shores-PTI, Archival cobalt, potting soil
Accessories: charms, lace-stash, MFT scallop die, various PTI dies, washi tape-MME, shells-school supply store, E6000 glue, Golden Fluid Acrylic paints


Dream Art Journal Page

I am new to mixed media and art journaling so be kind. Here is my first page in my new art journal. I kinda winged it with the only pre-requisite being the colours required for the new Mixed Media Colour Challenge. and an idea that I might satisfy another challenge by adding hexagons but I love them so much I’d probably have used them anyway!

dream art journal page

ETA: I just noticed how grey the top right textured area looks. I PROMISE, it isn’t like that IRL. Somehow, between adding the gold paste and adjusting the levels to make the other colours look right it does that. I don’t know why. Sorry! It is more accurate in the close up below though brighter white IRL .

I had so many ideas that didn’t work out. Gotta love that gesso. It’s like an eraser or a Copic blender pen for art journals! I orignally had a yellow BG with peach bubble wrap over it and then added the texture paste ‘doily’ over it. Which was good because I didn’t love the bubble wrap look too much. Then I tried adding the hexagon stencil with coral spray mist. Ugh! The spray mist was too intense and looked like my page was bleeding. Plus, it soaked right into my texture paste so there was no wiping it off. So I started fresh with new gesso and a new coat of yellow paint. Ahh, that’s better!

dream art journal page2

But now I was really missing the white of the texture paste so I reapplied it in the opposite corner. I had also added some pink on it with my Copic airbrush system so I added that back also. To make the original texture stand out, I added some gilder’s paste.

dream art journal page3

This is the new area of texture paste. It was brighter white but I added a tiny bit of gilder’s paste. You have to be careful with that stuff. Lots looks shiny and pretty. A touch can look nice or it can look dirty. I wish I’d used a bit less; maybe only on the outer parts?

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This butterfly was traced from a Studio Calico mask. I was going to layer the lighter butterfly on top but when I realized you wouldn’t see any of the mist on it, I decided to place them separately. I hand cut the blush butterfly. The next mask size down is a lot smaller. I don’t know why there is such a jump in sizes as the next 4 are closer in size to each other. It’s a LOT easier to size up by tracing around a mask than to try and size down!!

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So in the end, here are my layers. Gesso, acrylic paint, dictionary page, texture paste, spray mist, gesso, acrylic paint, Copic airbrushing, embellishments, Gilder’s paste.

I’m entering this in Crazy for Challenges C4C192 to use Hexagons.

Also Really Reasonable Ribbon #75 challenge to create anything but a card with ribbon.

And last but not least A Mixed Media Colour Challenge to use yellow, peach and pink. Click graphic to visit the post.

mixed media colour ch2 Graphic

ETA: I completely forgot, I meant to also enter this in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Blog. Anything Goes.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Mister Hueys-Studio Calico
Paper: Dictionary page
Accessories: homemade texture paste (white glue, MS pearl paint, baby powder), Copic markers and airbrush system, Studio Calico and various stencils and masks, jewelry wire, May Arts ribbon, Gelatos (title), Prisma micron pen, gilder’s paste, journal (actually a cheap sketchbook)-Michaels, washi tape-MME, WRMK


Graduation Card for Katie

We recently hired a respite caregiver for my son who has autism. It is such a relief to have some time to myself while she watches him and my baby if he is awake. She is wonderful with them so when I heard she was graduating from Queen’s University, I had to make her a graduation card.

katie grad

I’m afraid I don’t know her very well so I went with a very plain style. The fact that I decided to go with her school colours AND that I don’t have many grad stamps kinda threw me for a loop too. I wish it was more interesting. But… I went for the wow factor inside!!

katie grad inside

It is hard to take a photo of but when you open it, the spiral opens and you see her grad year! Along with stars covered in the same washi tape I used on the front. I cut two stars for each one you see and glued it to the back on the other side of the spiral to make it look more finished and give it stability.

I’m entering this in the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Open Sesame challenge to make a card that moves or has an unusual opening. My spiral expands as you open the card.

Enjoy, Rebecca

grad hat-SU!, sentiment-WMS
Ink: versamark, navy-SU!
Paper: navy, ridinghood red-SU!
Accessories: gold EP, washi tape-stash, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Sizzix star die, numbers die-Quickutz


Girl on a Summer Day Water Coloured Card

I made this card for my sister to give to her flower girl as a thank you. I used a sketch but as usual, I missed the deadline to enter. Dang it.

girl summer day card

Isn’t this just the girliest card ever? I’m sure the young lady in question will love it! At least I sure hope so! It’s pretty simple so not much to tell. The flags are hand cut from double layered washi tape. The focal image is stamped on water colour paper and coloured with Distress markers. The dress is worn lipstick, much brighter IRL, more like the colour of the background and even closer to the scalloped border. No idea why it isn’t showing up brighter. Huh? I have to remember to add my WMS ‘do not discard, please recycle’ on the back. If she doesn’t want this card anymore, I at least want the buttons back! I used my favourites!

Enjoy, Rebecca

SU!, thank you- Flourishes seaside life
Paper: watercolour paper-stash, DP-Girl’s Paperie, pink CS-PTI
Ink: Memento black, worn lipstick Distress, chocolate-PTI
Accessories: rhinestones-Dollarama, buttons-SU!, PTI, washi-MME, twine-Divine Twine, Distress Markers, Circle Nestabilties


10 Minute Craft Dash–Hearts n Washi


Make a card in under 10 minutes? WOW! But I had to try it. I went with a very easy layout and minimal stamping.

washi 10 dash thanks

I adhered my white CS to my grid mat first so I could easily line everything up without measuring. I started with the thanks and worked out each way from there. I started with the Thanks up too high so when I got to the bottom, I created a row of hearts. I had already planned on incorporating them but not this way. Even with a 10 minute card, plans can change in a second, LITERALLY!

I’m entering this in the Simon Says Stamp challenge to use hearts.

Need Proof? It was a close one!

washi 10 dash thanks clock

Enjoy, Rebecca

  PTI Thanks all Ways
Ink: Memento black
Paper: white, raspberry, hibiscus CS-PTI
Accessories: Heat die-PTI, dotted, striped washi-Queen and Co, other washi WRMK??, Copics