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Case Study Warm Winter Wishes

I loved the inspiration piece they chose for the CASE Study challenge this week. Click on the photo to check it out.

case study warm winter wishes

I decided to use snowflakes instead of leaves. I had planned on a very simple once layer card like the one provided to CASE but my brain just couldn’t stop trying to come up with my own spin on it; a way to make it my own. So I thought of die cutting a hole and adding the sentiment to acetate using white Staz-On ink. But honestly, I HATE using white Staz-On. It is messy and hard to clean off of stamps and blocks. It has to be re-inked every time you use it and doesn’t even always give a great impression. I guess I could have carefully heat embossed it but I didn’t think of that until I am typing  right at this moment! So I left the acetate alone and just used it to support the snowflakes I inserted into the opening then stamped the sentiment on the inside of the card.

case study warm winter wishes2

I got this all done and even photographed it then decided it needed more bling. So I added glitter to the aqua snowflakes and rhinestones to the sentiment area. Shame you really can’t see the glitter at all. It is white so it can’t be helped. I’m entering this into the Caring Hearts Card Drive. I have to hurry and get it and my other card in the mail. I’m sure they would love it if you could help out!

CASE study 118

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
SU!
Ink: hawaiian shores, aqua mist, blueberry sky-PTI, bashful blue-SU!
Paper: aqua mist CS-PTI, white-TE
Accessories: label dies-Nesties, snowflake dies-MFT, rhinestones-Kaisercraft, glitter-Stampendous

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Let It Snow Scrapbook Page

I can’t believe I haven’t posted this before. It is one of my favourite scrapbook pages of all time!

winter wonderland scrap page

I’m afraid I’ve forgotten what supplies I used so this post will be short! The red doesn’t look very red but it is a either real red or riding hood red by SU! IRL. I guess I had trouble editing this photo. Sure wish my then almost 10 year old would smile nicely. He’s even more ‘tween-y’ now! {{SIGH}}

The journaling card records my kids answers to ‘why do you like the snow?’. Click on the photo for an enlargement.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps and Die:
PTI ticket
Paper: night of navy CS, red CS-SU!, DP??
WRMK corner rounder, Masterstroke seam binding ribbon, MFT snowflake die?, SU! word window punch, Tim Holtz mini paperclip, Let it Snow stamp-?CTMH, white, white pearl EP-stash, Lumiere paint (diluted)

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Cold Twigs, Warm Heart Card

I made this card for an Ellen Hutson WCMD challenge but I failed to blog it and enter it in time. Fortunately, I’ve found someone who can use it and I can be entered for other prizes!

snowman snowflake card

Vera Yates is running a card drive for the holiday season for the elderly in nursing homes. Make a winter or holiday card, send it in and it will be entered into a draw for lots of awesome prizes.

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Check out the details by clicking on the icon above.

I used a die to cut out the snowflakes from the blue paper. Then I filled in the holes with glue and glitter. So pretty! I was in a rush when I made it so the trees aren’t Copic coloured as well as I’d like. Oh well.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
SU!
Ink: Memento black
Paper: night of navy, red CS-SU!, white CS-X-Press It
Accessories: glitter-SU!, Copics, die-Memory box, foam dots-Jody Morrow

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My Favourite Things ATC

This is one of my favourite ATCs I’ve ever made. Interestingly enough it was for a swap called My Favourite Things-make an ATC inspired by the song from Sound of Music. It really isn’t a traditional ATC though. This is what it looks like before you open it. my fave things ATC tied

So as you can see, it looks like a ‘brown paper package tied up with string’ and inside…

my fave things ATC open

…is a collection of things from the song. The rose has glossy accents on it in specific spots to look like rain drops, as in ‘raindrops on roses’. Then we have a ‘cream coloured pony’, a ‘white dress with blue satin sash’ and a bee from ‘when the bee stings’. They’re a bit hard to see but in front of the pony is ‘snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes’ which I made silver in reference to ‘silver white winters’. The little tag lists the things from the song in case it wasn’t clear. Once I was done, I really wanted to keep this one!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
girl-MFT, pony-TAC, flower-SU!, bee-Unity
Paper: white, ivory CS-TE, brown paper-lunch bag
Ink: Memento black, cocoa
Accessories: baker’s twine-Masterstroke Ribbon, Curvy rectangles-Spellbinders, glossy accents-Ranger, tag die-Cuttlebug, Copics, snowflake punch-MS

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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

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Pink snow anyone?

I just love using pink for wintery scenes. I actually HATE winter but I don’t mind crafting that focuses on winter because I am warm and snuggy in my house while I work! And snowflakes are so pretty!

pink snowflake PI

The background was stamped with a music background in sweet blush ink. Then white ink was swiped along the edges for a frosty look. I toned down the super white doily with distress ink because they white was just too stark, especially since my ‘snow’ turned out a bit yellow/ivoryish.

Speaking of the snow, I used Tim Holtz recipe for UTEE snow. You mix 2 parts white UTEE with 1 part clear UTEE, a dash of white glitter and moisten that to a paste with Glossy Accents or similar clear drying dimensional glue. Then apply very carefully, use gloves if you aren’t using a tool or spatula, wherever snow would naturally fall on your image. It is great too for placing on the top edges of chipboard letters or other dimensional objects as it sits along the top edge nicely. That is how Tim used it on a 12 Days of Christmas tag a couple years ago. I actually used one part each white and clear UTEE but I wished I hadn’t because I think it would be whiter otherwise.

pink snowflake PI image closeup

I paper pieced the main areas of the image except the skirt. The rest is coloured with Copics except her mitten which was cut from felt. I coloured over her coat to brighten it some because it was too peachy. It actually looks less peachy IRL than it does in the photo. The first mitten I cut from felt didn’t look so great because the ink smudged so I just cut the shape by hand without any outline and did the same with the pompoms on her hat.  I airbrushed the background but I sure wished I had done so before I paper pieced it because the mask I created sat up higher off the base paper than it normally would leaving funny edges without ink and making it hard to get into the small grooves like the one between the girls legs and the edge of the snowman’s body. Oh well…

pink snowflake PI flake closeup

The snowflake was cut using MFT new snowflake dies from shimmery white paper. I sponged the base snowflake and the top snowflake with the same pink ink. I looked high and low for a white/clear rhinestone brad but I only had coloured. So I know what I am getting the next time I go to Michaels! For the background, I wanted it to appear that snow was falling so I took a fine tipped glue pen and put tiny dots of glue over the image and added white glitter. In case you are wondering, the snow accumulated only on the snowman and not the little girl because the snowman has been outside much longer!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamp:
MFT Pure Innocence, CHF music scrapblock
Ink: Memento black, PTI sweet blush and white
Paper: sweet blush CS-PTI, white CS-Xpress it blending card, doily-Wilton, Jolly by Golly DP-Cosmo Cricket
Accessories: Zva rhinestone, MFT dies, Crystal Effects, UTEE white and clear, Snow Glitter-Stampendous, rickrack-stash, pink and white felt-stash, Label 1 Nesties, Copics: Bkgd-B12,45 Skirt-B91,93,95,45, Shadows C1 Branch, boots-E47,49 Face E00,21,93, Pink tone over jacket to brighten, shading-RV21, RV23 Stockings-E53,31, Buttons-C7, 100, Snowman shading-BG10

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Papertrey Ink Blog Hop–Winter Gift Tag

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This month’s blog hop is all about holiday tags. Well, I don’t celebrate any kind of holiday celebrations but I do give handmade gifts. So I went with a winter gift tag instead of a holiday one.

pti blog hop tag

I went with a Mishie inspired tag design. Her scrappy style is awesome. I hope you like my version. Once I make someone a handmade gift (in the winter of course!), this tag will be perfect. I’ll write the recipient’s name in the middle of the circle so it isn’t so empty. Or maybe stamp something little in there…

If you enjoyed my tag, please feel free to subscribe; I have thingies on my sidebar for both RSS feeds and email.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
  PTI
Ink: Memento black, Antique Linen and Old Paper Distress inks
Paper: kraft-Ellen Hutson, DP-Cosmo Cricket
Accessories: Ribbon-May Arts, pearl-Dollarama, scalloped punch-SU!, cord-stash, button, twine-PTI, snowflake die-Spellbinders, E33 Copic marker (to darken ribbon), foam dots-Jody Morrow, circle Nestabilities

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Papertrey Ink Blog Hop-Winter Gift Set

Welcome to my blog! I had such fun making this little gift set. I was so rushed that it isn’t quite finished. But I really wanted to add it to the Blog hop quickly.

winter gift set pad

I made an adorable note or list pad using the cute little pads Papertrey sells. The cover opens like a little book. I used the frame from Take Note for the DP on the bottom. I coloured the space between the frame’s lines with a Copic marker to  make it pop. The white border under the bow is cut from felt using the medium scallop die. I cut the mittens out from the DP, don’t you love the Baker’s twine mitten string? I think it is so cute! I may still add a couple punched snowflakes to the framed area. Either that or I might put a dot of Stickles in the center of each mitten in the DP.

The tin I purchased online, it is covered with DP on the top and Hibiscus Burst ribbon on the sides. Inside are 4 clothespins I covered with DP then with glitter then I added a button threaded with twine for an accent. I am going to clip them to a piece of CS and line the tin with tissue paper before I add it to my Etsy shop.

winter gift set clothespin tin

winter gift set tin top

winter gift set clothespins

I hope you enjoyed my gift set. If you like my blog, I hope you’ll subscribe, I have thingies on my sidebar. Thanks for visiting!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
PTI
Ink: Worn Lipstick Distress ink, Memento black
Paper: Holly by Golly DP-Cosmo Cricket, Hibiscus Burst CS-PTI, white, turquoise CS-SU!
Accessories: buttons, twine, note pad, scalloped die-PTI, tin, Baker’s twine-stash, foam dots-Jody Morrow, glitter-Art Institute

NOTE: PTI sells similar tins and Baker’s twine.

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Snowman Lovin’ for Whimsical Wednesdays

I super love these sweet Pure Innocence images from MFT. This cute little one was perfect for the weather around here! –5 degrees C or 23 degrees F. Yuck!!

PI snowmanThe colours are actually a bit deeper IRL; the photo is somewhat overexposed. I tried to adjust the exposure but the detail was blown out. (That means the pixels simply weren’t captured so they can’t be brought out by adjusting the photo digitally.) Grrr! Which means it is hard to see the embossing within the scallops of this EK Success punch. And I totally goofed again, notice I forgot to colour her hair! I was rushing but I did have a few seconds to colour her hair, poor thing! One other thing, the Liquid Appliqué wasn’t dry enough to heat it, so it isn’t as puffy as it will end up. In case you can tell, I covered the BG coloured areas on the design with W-1 to deepen the shade because they were too  bright to match the paper. A great technique I learned from Debbie Olson; thanks Debbie!

PI snowman copics 
It seems this week we have a sweet sketch from the littlest Diedrich, Ava! I thought this was a great sketch and I had fun playing with it. In fact, I had TOO many ideas! Yeah Ava!

DDSC22Ava

I hope you will all welcome a new Team member, Sara Henton! I am DYING to see her project this week! But as I tend to get up a bit late, you will all get there first right? Because you are all going to visit all the DareDevils blogs to see their takes on the sketch right? Be sure to visit the Whimsical Wednesdays blog and leave some love for Sara, leave DIRECT links to your creations AND see who won the AWESOME FREE Unity stamps Jessica offered last week! Thanks Jess! Be sure to use DDSC22 when uploading to an online gallery. Please note: Jacquie N, Kris and Darla (or was it Debbie?? umm…) won’t be playing this week.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamp:
MFT
Ink: Sntique Linen Distress Ink, Memento black
Paper: Jolly by Golly, vanilla CS-SU!
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, Liquid Applique, Nestabilities, Copics, EK Success Embossing Scalloped Punch

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Snowman on Snowy Hills for CIC3

Even though most of the pieces in this Basic Grey chipboard pack were Christmasy, I just loved the snowman and two huge, intricate snowflakes so I bought it anyway. It was fun thinking up details to accent this card. This card is for Clear Dollar Stamps Challenge CIC3, Winter Theme.

snowman on snowy hills
Isn’t he cute? The background is not quite navy, dry embossed with a Cuttlebug folder then heat embossed. I used white pearls over white pigment ink gently wiped across the raised areas and it looks very snowy and wet IRL. The hills are made from three layers of cotton quilt batting. Much more stable than the poly fill used for most quilts and comforters, this fill is used for true, old-fashioned quilts. I sewed it to the embossed layer with tan thread to go with my antiquey, vintagey look. The hills are distressed with Antique Linen. The snow man himself was painted with Crackle paint, distressed and the top half lifted up with foam dots.

I used an idea from one of Tim Holtz’ 12 Days tags to make a scarf using wire sandwiched between two layers of ribbon. The mitts are felt, also distressed for a darker red look. The hat is plain cardstock; I tried colouring the felt with Copics for a black hat, HORRIBLE!! It just doesn’t soak into the lower layers well so it just looked like really dirty red felt! However, the Copic worked well for colouring the buttons. What I thought were tons of black buttons were actually dark grey! The twig arms were painted in with acrylic paint, the eyes are brads with the backs cut off and I used a scrap of torn cardstock antiqued with Linen for the carrot nose. Finally I added the liquid pearl ‘snow’, the layered snowflakes in the corners and the banner.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Ink:
navy, Distress Burlap, Linen, Cloud White Color Box
Paper: real red, not quite navy, white, black, pumpkin CS-SU!
Stamps: Studio G
Accessories: Warm n Natural quilt batting, black buttons, ribbon, brad, wire, silver snowflakes, brown/ivory variegated thread-stash; red line tape, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Basic Grey-chipboard snowman, felt-Michael’s, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Liquid Pearls, white pearls EP-Clearsnap, white Crackle paint, brown acrylic paint, white snowflakes-Jesse James Dress It Up buttons, SU! photo corner punch (banner ends)