My First Unscripted Sketches Post as a DT Member!

Although it was announced last week, I am proud to let you all know for the first time here that I am a DT member of Unscripted Sketches!


I am so excited and thrilled to have been accepted. I haven’t been on a DT since I was preggy with Teddy and he is almost two! So it’s awesome that I was accepted to the first team I tried out for! Yahoo! So without further ado…

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I mustn’t be too bright because until I read the design team requirements, I didn’t realize that the ‘unscripted’ part of Unscripted Sketches means you have free reign to make any project you like, adjust the proportions, flip, rotate or alter the sketch if you find it more inspiring to do so. As long as you link to our challenge and have a design that we can still tell came from our sketch, it’s all good! I love that freedom! So much more fun!


I do hope that you will come out and play our sketch this week! And if you love our sketches, be sure to subscribe to Unscripted Sketches by email so you never miss any and show you love us by adding our blinkie to your blog!

Thanks so much for visiting, be sure to visit again!

Enjoy, Rebecca

frayed burlap
Paper: DP-SSS kit, blushing bride CS-SU!, doily-Wilton
Accessories: prima flowers (large), small flowers-Really Reasonable Ribbon, Copic marker R83, Y35 (airbrushing doily and small flowers, pearl colouring), Hug Snug seam binding ribbon (hand dyed by me), twine-PTI, sticker-SSS kit, pearls-Dollarama


Gold Embossed Card

I tried something new on this card. I added a sprinkling of embossing powder to the ink I used (direct to paper) to accent the dry embossing.

gold embossed elegant card

Some of it stuck to the bit of ink that got on the debossed areas so I brushed it off with a soft brush. The circles that look really dark are just mirrored gold sequins. I promise they aren’t dark brown!

This card is for Cardabilities #80 (unfortunately, I am several week’s behind) and Joan’s Gardens.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Encore gold pigment ink
Paper: white CS-PTI
Accessories: Anna Griffin embossing folder-Sizzix, gold ribbon, lace, large gold bead, white bead-stash, corsage pins, pearls-Michaels, small gold bead-Fore Mountain Beads, rose-Jesse James buttons, sequins-Fabricland, gold EP-SU!


Pink Rose and Flourish Card

Once again, I missed linking this up to a challenge. Fortunately, I made it for two challenges, one of which isn’t over yet! Yeah!

pink rose flourish

Not much to tell here. I used last week’s Retro Sketches for the layout. The other challenge is Joan’s Gardens weekly challenge to use pink and white only, something curvy like a flourish or vine and a flower of some kind. Check, check and check! I added some colour to the vertical piece of DP because it was too much like the background using a blend of Tattered Rose and Spun Sugar Distress inks. The colours don’t look like they match so well in this but I promise, they do IRL. The stamping isn’t at all peachy like it appears. Wish I knew more about photo editing.

Enjoy, Rebecca

music wheel-SU!
Paper: Melissa Frances DP, white CS-PTI
Ink: as above
Accessories: Quinn flourish die-Memory box, ribbon-stash, lace-May Arts, MOP button-ebay, rose-Really Reasonable Ribbon, foam dots-Jody Morrow


Engagement Card for Max

Max is a wonderful woman who came into our lives as an autism consultant who, thank goodness, is paid for by a wonderful organization called Kerry’s Place Autism Services. She helps families navigate the difficult world of parenting a child with autism with kindness and a quiet dignity mixed with passion for insisting children’s rights are preserved. I recently found out she got engaged so I made this card for her; she deserves every happiness.

max engage

It is super simple so there isn’t much to say except to tell you how I got the variegated flowers. I used cube ink pads inking with autumn rose all over then with scarlet jewel very lightly in the middle then heavily only in the very center so I wouldn’t get distinct lines of where one colour stopped and another started. One flower, top left is all scarlet and one bottom right is all autumn rose. I’d switch those two if I made this again. IRL it is so pretty because I used REAL Swarovski crystals. They are so twinkly and amazing. I save them for the most special of cards. I hope she loves it!

Enjoy, Rebecca

rose-SU!, love sentiment-PSX
Ink: autumn rose, scarlet-PTI, Versamark
Paper: sweet blush, vanilla CS-PTI
Accessories: gold EP-SU!, foam dots-Jody Morrow, ribbon-stash, crystals-Fire Mountain Beads, Imaginisce ribbon cutter


CAS Elegant Wedding Thank You Notes

It doesn’t get any simpler than these. Two die cuts, two stamps, two ink colours, one piece of ribbon and some foam dots. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

CAS wedding TY

I hope the people my sister gives these to enjoy them! I don’t think I can add anything else, these are so simple!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Thanks all ways-PTI
Ink: hawaiian shores-PTI, archival black-Ranger
Paper: aqua mist, ivory, black CS-PTI
Accessories: man and wife dies-PTI, foam dots-Jody Morrow, sheer ivory ribbon-stash


Papertrey Ink 6 Anniversary Challenge–Colour Inspiration–Shabby Roses

I loved this colour combination. Some of, well all of the colours are my favourites.

roses PTI6 colour chlg

It took me a while to get used to stamping the layers of the rose correctly; took quite a bit of practice! But I got it. I recommend you start with the middle layer, add the accent layer then go back and stamp the solid image. In this case, I only used the last two layers using the die cut instead of the solid layer.

PTI 6 ann colour

Here’s a close up of the floral cluster. I raised the smaller rose on one layer of foam dots and the large on on two layers.

roses PTI6 colour chlg2

I have to tell you how much I am loving my new Swarovski crystals. They are SOOO sparkly. Ok, so you are thinking, “That’s great, but aren’t they way expensive?” Ok, to be fair they are more than regular crystals and you have to add your own adhesive but if you have a fine tipped glue bottle and a pick up stick of some sort, you will be fine. They aren’t that expensive; small ones are under $4.00 per package of 144 (depends on size). I ordered them from Fire Mountain Beads through Jet Beads.

roses PTI6 colour chlg3

Fire Mountain has quantity discounts that accumulate the more you spend. But what if you’d never order 200 items to qualify? You order through Jet Beads who have some sort of deal so you ALWAYS get the 200+ quantity discount! Cool huh? I just looked up to see how much they are and I realized that they don’t qualify for quantity discounts, the price stays the same. Though ordering them will help your cart total accumulate (this only matters if you order from Fire Mountain directly.) I had great service from Jet Beads; if you are worried, it isn’t a scam!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Flourishes, roses-PTI
Ink: pink pirouette-SU!, aqua mist, spring moss, hibiscus burst, simply chartreuse
Paper: spring moss, sweet blush, lemon tart CS-PTI, vintage typing paper (doily), vintage music paper-stash
Accessories: sweet life, flourish, edger dies, pink ribbon-PTI, foam dots-Jody Morrow, crystals-Swarovski, silk ribbon-May Arts


Sarah’s Shower Card and Cake

My sister is getting married and yesterday was a huge shower for her. It was arranged by the family of her fiancée and they are Italian. My family is of British descent and it isn’t a heritage we really honour in any way. But the Italians have quite a few traditions and lots of fabulous food so I am having a blast joining in with all the fun!

sarah shower card2

This is the card I made for her. If you are really on the ball, you will remember that I already made her a card but since this is what I do, why not make another? Especially since he really likes birds and I found this paper with two sweet little birdies on it and an appropriate sentiment! The trim isn’t 100% perfect but it does match better IRL. I think I’m going to have to buy some matching ribbon from PTI because it’s an odd colour to match.

sarah shower card

So back to the shower. In my circle of friends, our tradition is to have a bridal shower one afternoon or evening, have appetizers and desserts in someone’s home, usually whomever has the biggest house, and bring lots of gifts. The Italian tradition is to rent a banquet hall, have served lunch, several courses, wine, music and mostly money in cards as gifts. Wow, what a huge difference! I loved every minute! I’ll take cheesy mushroom risotto, spinach and cheese-filled, cream sauce-covered pasta, stuffed herb stuffed chicken breast over veggies and dip, pastry-covered mini sausages and brownies made from a mix any day!  And tartufo (Italian layered ice cream), fruit and a sweet table later! It just isn’t doable in my group as we don’t have the money but it was scrumptious. I don’t want to sound ungrateful for any of the showers I’ve been invited to; they are fun and lovely especially since the company is most important but it was a nice afternoon out sans men and it was great getting to know some new extended family.

sarah shower cake

One of Sarah’s fiancée’s sisters is a cake maker and make this beauty for the shower. Amazing huh? The cake plate even is to die for. Another fun part of the shower was the door prize draws. I have a big voice and I was sitting with the ‘sisters’, so I was nominated to call out the winners. I ended up winning a door prize basket! No, I didn’t cheat! A nice fabric covered box with a tin of cookies, some Hershey’s Kisses, a coffee mug, bath salts, body wash, a bath pouf, a candle and a packet of hot chocolate! Awesome. Then I also won the centerpiece! Whomever was sitting in the seat with the yellow ribbon tied on it got to take it home. Every chair had a different colour and I only chose the seat I did because it was at the back so out of the way because I had the baby and the stroller. I had thought a little curling ribbon was an odd choice in decor!

sarah shower centerpiece

My card based on November’s SFYTT. You have a couple days to try it out! I’ve actually played 11/11 so far and I am so proud. Watch me drop the ball on December’s sketch! As you can see, I rotated mine 180 until it was upside down. And then stretched it to landscape orientation. But all the elements are still there in basically the same places!


Enjoy, Rebecca

WMS Say It Loud
Ink: Autumn Rose-PTI
Paper: Autumn Rose CS-PTI, DP-Blush MME
Accessories: lace-Fabricland, trim-stash, flower-Michaels, pearl brad-Recollections, punch-EK Success,


Mom and Dad’s Anniversary Card

My mom and dad celebrated their 40th Anniversary last week. WOW! That’s such a long time. This year is a big year, hubby’s parent’s 40th and our 15th too. I can’t believe its almost 15 years for us…

mom n dad 2012 annv (2)

The background is done with the ‘inked embossing folder’ technique. Basically, you ink up your embossing folder and then emboss. I recommend you use dye ink or brayer on pigment ink as pigment ink pads are so soft that they will apply ink to the recessed areas as well. The main panel is a Marianne die and I hand cut the inside white CS by tracing the middle of the die.

I was inspired to make this card by a design on Andrea Walford’s blog. The sentiment is heat embossed in gold. I looped ribbon and tucked it under the roses. My mom really liked, hope you do too!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Paper: white CS-Taylored Expressions, sweet blush CS-PTI
Ink: blush-SU!
Accessories: flowers-Prima and stash, Mariaane die, gold EP-SU!, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Cuttlebug embossing folder, pearl lace-stash, silk ribbon-May Arts


Cherry Blossom Anniversary Card

I recently bought the coolest flower die. It makes gorgeous cherry blossoms. I made them in an unusual colour combo but I love that I can personalize them!

grimble ann 12 card

The colours of this card are epecially unusual to anyone who knows me well. Orange is one of my least favourite colours but I have been know to use it under the right circumstances like as an accent, when I love the paper pack or when the person I am making the card for loves bright colours! The latter is the case this time. Oh, and my blonde little guys look awesome in orange so you might see it on a scrap  page at some point!

grimble ann 12 card cherry blossom closeup

Making the blossoms is easy. Die cut all the pieces. I cut all of mine from ivory card stock. Then I coloured the star shaped piece with an apricot marker. Same for the center of the sunburst shaped piece. The little ‘sticks’ I coloured in blush and the tips are pumpkin. The sticks and tips are coloured on both sides. The flowers are sponged with blush ink.

memory box cherry blossom die graphic

To make the flower 3-D, you glue the tab to the back of the next petal. However, I found it was hard to get the tab to stay glued as it is tiny, less than 1/8” long! When I make it again, I won’t glue the tab first. To prepare the center, use an embossing tool and a foam or embossing mat to cup the star piece. Repeat for the sunburst. Then adhere the sunburst to the inside of the star. Now you want to curve the petals and squeeze the flower into a cup shape. Then add adhesive to the outside of the cupped center and the tab and add the center to the flower. While holding down the flower center with the embossing tool, make sure the tab is touching and hold until it is dry. All done!


I’m entering this in the Joan’s Gardens challenge this week and this April’s SFYTT (turned 90 degrees). Joan is offering 6 guest designer spots for participants! I’m really hoping I get a chance!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: memento black, Apricot, blush, celery-SU!
Paper: Picadilly-Basic Grey, saffron, vanilla, punpkin-SU!
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, lace-WMS, die-Memory box, markers: apricot, pumpkin, blush-SU!, ribbon-Masterstroke Ribbon, Kaisercraft rhinestones