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Rustic Winter Deer Card

When I made my last winter card, I loved the deer on this particular piece of paper but it didn’t work with my coffee cup. So I decided I’d just have to make another card! This card is also for…

…blog hop benefitting The Coffee Oasis. I can’t imagine being homeless especially in winter and more especially as a child or teenager. So I’m happy to support and donate to this good cause. Anyone can join so click on the graphic above to learn more.

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I layered a lot of die cuts and stickers that matched the Simple Stories patterned paper. The only stamping is the snowflake pattern (by MFT) at the top. To make it fade out without a hard line, I inked the stamp at the top only. Then I used my ink blending tool to remove some of the ink along the edge. Then I stamped it while keeping part of the stamp up in the air. Between these two techniques, I got the look you see here! Then I just added a twine bow at the bottom and some sequins to finish the card.

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Fall/Winter 2018 Coffee Lover’s Bloghop

I always feel like a bit of a fraud when I join the Coffee Lovers bloghop because I don’t drink coffee! Even when I get a mocha, I ask for 1 shot of espresso instead of 2! But I LOVE coffee themed images so I think that means I’m qualified to join!

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Oh, don’t those mittens look warm!? I created a fun shaker card for my card, yep, I know, I’m addicted to shakers. They are so fun, why not? (At least that’s what I think when I’m making my 3rd in a week!!)

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The sketch is from the Paper Players but sadly the deadline has passed for entering. I think I’ll save it though because it is perfect for using lots of gorgeous patterned paper. My shaker was made with a die set from MFT, snowflake window I think. Inside is a mix of huge mylar glitter flakes, fine white iridescent glitter and clear micro beads. It make a great noise when it shakes. The background was stenciled with Nuvo Mousse in Platinum with a snowfall stencil by Simon Says. The mug, snowflake and marshmallows dies as well as the sentiment are also by MFT. I used Copic markers to add colour to the die cuts. I especially love how the mug turned out. In case you were wondering, the marshmallows are coloured that way to mimic how marshmallows always fall into the cocoa but then pop back up with cocoa on them. You know what I mean right?

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TIP: If you want to pop up an intricate die cut, too intricate for foam, but you also don’t want to layer it, here’s a tip. Turn your die cut upside down and apply tiny drops of glossy accents anywhere that is thick enough to support the drops. I don’t recommend other brands of dimensional adhesive unless they are very thick. Mine is even thicker than usual because it’s getting low. Allow the glossy accents to set up then apply more drops on top of the drying ones. Repeat until you have achieved the desired height letting it dry completely after the last layer. Then add only a tiny bit more glossy accents just to work as adhesive because you’ve allowed the others to dry so they aren’t sticky anymore. Now you have a popped up die cut that looks lacy and delicate!

The papers are all by Carta Bella Bundled Up paper from last year. For the cute little scallops at the bottom, I used dies by Sunny Studio. The sentiment tag is by Concord & 9th but I couldn’t decide what fiber, twine or ribbon to use in the hole so I left it plain. I added gems from Studio Katia which sparkle so beautifully and a bit of lace to dress up the card. I hope you join as there are a TON of fab prizes! I’m off to enter this card so I’ll see ya later!

Enjoy, Rebecca

 

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Winter Wonderland

I was looking for winter-themed paper the other day so I pulled out some older Simon Says Stamp kits. I used some of the paper for some tags but with the kit out, I decided to make a quick card.

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When a kit comes with stickers and paper with ‘cut-apart’ sheets, make a card is super easy even without using the matching stamp set. In my crafty vocabulary, ‘cut-apart’ sheets are papers with little squares, tags or borders that can be used as is but seem to be made to cut apart and use as sentiments, accents or focal images on your projects. I’m sure you’ve seen them before. If they have a real name, let me know! Everything except the white cardstock, glitter embossing powder and the Nuvo Drops came in the kit. All of the elements are by Doodlebug. It did have white cs but I had already used it up. I cut the snowy hill by hand then applied Versamark ink heat setting it with white sparkle embossing powder.

Enjoy and Happy Winter, Rebecca

 

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Polar Bear Winter Shaker Card

I just love polar bears. I know I posted before about their colour in this post but an artist can do what she likes right? So these ones are shaded with grey rather than yellow/brown. It matches better with the colours of this card.

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This card is based on a sketch at Crazy 4 Challenges this week. I omitted a small banner across the bottom of the circle. Well, it isn’t really so much omitted as it is hard to see. The polar bear is standing on a snowy ridge but you can’t see it for all the shaker bits. I used Distress inks (some regular and some Oxide) and a gel pen to add snow. I actually did two of these cards, the other one also included some glass glitter in the shaker. When I use glass glitter vs regular glitter, it doesn’t tend to stick to the acetate but for some weird reason it stuck this time. The static often subsides after a while so if you’ve made a shaker with glitter and it obscures the scene or sentiment inside, it may work out in the end. But for a polar bear card, it makes it look like he’s in a blizzard which is very appropriate! This card uses snowflake confetti, silver glass microbeads and two sizes of silver stars.

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The sentiment is from PTI Two Feet Deep and the bear is by Hero Arts. I have the matching dies but if a shape is simple enough, I tend to cut it out to avoid the white edge. Wouldn’t it be great if dies would cut the stamped image out perfectly?? The little tree is by Impression Obsession and the confetti bits are by Lucy’s Cards. The stitched circle is by Simon Says Stamp.

I hope you will join us over at Crazy 4 Challenges this week! It’s getting to be a busy time of year but you will be making cards or tags anyway right? So use this sketch to help you out and save some time!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Glitter Wreath Winter Card

Welcome to another The Shabby Tea Room Challenge! WE have a FABULOUS inspiration photo for you this week! I know it’s a busy time for most people but I hope you can join us!

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I stamped the background with some tone-on-tone sketchy snowflakes. I’m afraid it’s very hard to see. Then I swiped the edges across my Versamark ink pad and sprinkled on some white embossing powder. It looks like that snow stuff stores spray on the corners of their windows in the winter. The card base was sponged with tone-on-tone ink as well using a diagonal stripes stencil. The sentiment was heat embossed with platinum embossing powder.

The wreath was formed from pine branch die cuts covered in silver and aqua glitter. I added lots of pink star confetti die cuts the two deer and lots of sequins. Last but not least I added the silver string. You can see the sparkle somewhat but it’s so amazing IRL!

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Isn’t this photo lovely? I wish I’d had a ballerina to use for mine! So head on over to TSTR and take a look at the super talented gals projects! So much wonderful inspiration! You can post any kind of crafty project in any style! Be inspired by the tree, the holidays, the colours, the lace or the ballerina! Or something else I missed! Be sure to leave the design team some love while you are over there!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Entered in:
CAS-ual Chic 06 Snowflakes
Friday Mashup – Use Dies
Sparkle and Shine Challenge
Simon Says Wednesday “Let it Snow”

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RECIPE
Stamps:
SSS (sentiment) and unknown snowflakes
Ink: blush, aqua-PTI, Versamark
Paper: blush, aqua, hibiscus-PTI, white scraps, teal-Bazzill
Accessories: white pine bough-ELizabeth Crafts, Deer-Impression obsession, Fun-Fetti stars-CAS-ual Fridays, ModPodge, flower sequins-Paper Sweeties, platinum sequins-Theresa Collins, clear sequins-Lucy’s Cards, Platinum and white Embossing powder-Hero Arts, stencil-MFT, string-SU!,  clear wink of Stella pen, Martha Stewart glitter

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Sparkle and Shine Snowflake Shaker Card

Whew! That’s quite the title huh?

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I recently watched a video by Jennifer McGuire about making a shaker card with a sponged background. I decided to CASE her idea.

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I used extra thick foam underneath so I’d have lots of room for shaker goodies. I always overfill so I gave myself some more room. There’s clear, white and a few silver sequins, microbeads and tinsel glitter. I also tossed in a silver embossed snowflake die cut I made for another project and didn’t use. My silver embossed sentiment didn’t show up too well against the shimmery background, should have used white, so I shadowed the letters with a dark grey Copic marker.

I’ve made this for a few challenges: Mojo Monday 375 and the JUGS challenge #270 “sparkle”.

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Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
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Ink: Versamark, Distress inks – Broken China, Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves
Paper: all from SSS Dec Card Kit
Accessories: silver EP-SU!, foam sheet-Sticky Stuff Store, sequins-Pretty Pink Posh and SSS, snowflake die-large from Spellbinders, small from MFT, tinsel glitter, microbeads-MS, Copic marker, Perfect Pearls spray

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Sparkle and Shine Vellum Shaker Card

I’ve seen so many cards based on this month’s Simon Says Stamp card kit, it was hard to come up with something original. I think I’ve done a pretty good job.

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I used the sequins from the kit along with a few other gold and white ones from my stash and I added some chunky gold glitter too. I loved the little heart border so I used it on my vellum shaker. The thread is gold though it’s hard to tell right now. I actually used two layers of vellum then adhered the shaker pocket to the card base. Not sure if that was the best idea because it buckled somewhat even though I held it closed with paperclips. I saw Jennifer McGuire do a similar card (after I made mine) and she sewed one layer of vellum right to the card base. Maybe next time!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Sparkle & Shine-SSS
Ink: Versamark
Paper: both from Kit
Accessories: gold thread?, sequins-kit, Sulyn

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Snowman Canvas

I was super inspired by the lastest Friday Mashup to make a project related to the weather.

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The background was painted with gesso then while it was wet, i picked up some spray mist and swirled it in. I added some stars and dots with stencils. The snowman is hand cut. I could have used dies but I wanted a more organic look. The circles are made from cardstock over coaster board then I airbrushed them. The hat is covered in big snow-like sprinkles.

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I’m afraid I got a quote from Frozen wrong, it should read ‘good’ before the ‘time’ but oh well. It wouldn’t have fit anyway. I added some periods from the glitter alphabet, snowflakes, sequins and a few wood veneers painted with gesso. The letters, snowflakes and veneers were covered in Matte Medium and fine glitter.

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I’m also entering this in the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #7. Tic Tac Toe. I used a Die (snowflakes), glitter and stars (both veneer and stencilled in the sky).

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Warm Winter Wishes Gift Bag for WMS PJ Party

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This is for the Wrap It Up Warm challenge to make a gift bag or box with a cozy feel. I hope the ‘hugs’ sentiment is sufficiently cozy.

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I used a Wink of Stella pen on the swirl on the patterned paper. The handles came from another gift bag, I have no idea how long it’s been since I saved them but it reinforces that my hoarder ways are sometimes quite useful! (Well, I am a saver but it’s not so bad as hoarder status… yet!)

The base of the box/bag is a cracker box. I modified it since it was too big as is. I just cut it down so that it was less than 6” each dimension because I had originally meant to use 6×6” paper on it. But as it turned out, I used 12×12” paper and ended up using less (ok, only a smidge less) than a full sheet to cover the entire thing! Yeah! I even cut the fancy tag shape from the remaining paper! I added ink to it to darken it and make the silver EP stand out. I used the silver EP on the snowflake too.

I hope you have fun visiting other stops linked to the PJ party!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Say It Loud-WMS
Ink: Versamark, night of navy-SU!
Paper: Echo Park
Accessories: marshmallow and clear sequins-Pretty Pink Posh, tag fie-Spellbinders, foam dots-The Sticky Stuff Store, bells-Michaels, twine-?, stickers-Echo Park, Lindeman snowflake die-Memory Box, snowflake brad-?, silver EP-SU!

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Icicle Lights Jewellery Set

Wanna know what’s been keeping me so busy lately? Well yes, three kids but I’ve also been getting  into making jewellery. In the next few weeks, I will be showing you what I’ve been up to!

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This is one of my latest pieces. I made this for my autistic son’s respite worker. She’s leaving for three month’s to go to Australia and her work also asks her to bling it up since it’s a nice place so this works for both. It uses headpins (a silver wire with a flat end on it which acts as a stopper) which I strung Swarovski round and bicone crystals in blue, teal and white then turned a 3/4 loop with round nose pliers and slipped the loop over the chain.

Then I completed the loop and wrapped the wire tail around the wire stem just above the beads. I cut the chain to size, added a clasp to the chain and that’s it! The earrings are even easier. Add the beads to the headpin, wrap the loop. Add the earring wire. That’s it. It you are working with thicker wire than I am, you can just turn a loop and not even wrap it!

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Planning the beads so they hang nicely, look good and keep them in order while making the was the harder than the construction. I wish I’d planned the second and third in from each end a little better as they don’t lay well. The other’s just don’t have support behind them in the photo to lay perfectly but the end ones just sit funny because they don’t have room. Oh well.

The earrings aren’t as interesting (I don’t like crazy earrings) but I did use a long French wire, (heck I don’t know what they are really called but that’s what I call em) so that makes them a bit more unique. When I asked our worker what style she likes or what preferences she has all I got was “I’m sure I’ll like anything you will make. Whatever you’d like to make.’” and “blue” so I think I’m good!

Enjoy Rebecca

RECIPE
any decent bead store has everything you see here. I used a basic jump ring and lobster claw closure. There are dozens of tutorials on line to teach you how to make wrapped loops and open and close jump rings, the only skills i used. Try Fire Mountain Beads and Artbeads