Friday, September 30, 2016

Flourishes Blog Hop–Fuji Mum Thanks Card

I’m back with another card showing the new fabulous stamps from Flourishes l.c. Isn’t this the most gorgeous fall flower?

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I used some of the items from a recent card kit to make this. I love the addition of teal to traditionally fall colours. The image was coloured with Copic markers and distressed with a pale brown ink. That way it matched the paper and lace better. The ‘thanks’ die was also coloured with Copic markers giving it an ombre look. The twine flower/butterfly was made using a brad and a bow maker; I think it looks like a butterfly don’t you? I considered adding something to the top right corner but in the end just left it as ‘white’ space.

fuji ty2

Not sure if I should have added this close-up photo. It could have been larger but then you would have seen all my mistakes! LOL!! I just realized that this image needs one more thing… a few splatters! I’ll go add some tomorrow!

I hope you like this image! Flourishes took a break for health reasons and it’s taking a while to get it back up and running. We need your support so hop on over to the Flourishes website today! And don’t forget to visit the other designers.

Flourishes Blog
Beverly Cole 
Linda Lucas 
Naomi Gong 
Tricia Traxler 

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Shabby Pastel Clock Card

I’m often inspired by many different things. One day it’s a new supply, the next it’s a sketch. Maybe the following week it’s someone’s card I want to CASE. This time it was a sketch. I made this ages ago so the linky is long closed but it’s too pretty to not share it!

shabby pastel clock

This shaker card actually has 5 sections. I die cut the clock (PTI)from kraft cardstock and fun foam. I wanted to make the shaker so some of shaker goodies would always be inside the areas where the numbers would go. So I removed some of the foam ‘boundaries’ between the number areas but left some in so there are 4 sections plus the middle. This way the shaker bits wouldn’t all settle at the bottom! Does that make sense? I removed some of the bits of foam so I was left with 4 sections. I figured that adding sequins to each of 13 sections would be a pain!

shabby pastel clock2

I added embossing paste to the background paper (My Favourite Things) and added some gold glass glitter while it was still wet. It looks like wet sand on the background here but it’s much prettier IRL. The clock die cut was accented with gold embossing powder on the inner and outer rims. For finishing touches here are some paper flowers, glitter washi, lace, a doily (PTI), gold twist twine and some sari ribbon.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Monday, September 26, 2016

Masculine Cards

Do you struggle to make masculine cards? For me, it depends on whether or not I know what the person likes. I find it especially hard when I don’t know them. But I realized that I had quite a few masculine cards in my ‘unposted’ file waiting to be blogged so I thought I’d give you some tips for making simple masculine or guy cards.

masc congrats

There just doesn’t seem to be a single universal theme that all guys like. For girls, you can always use flowers; I don’t know a single lady who doesn’t at least like flowers a little bit. The first card is much nicer looking IRL. The Congratulations die (SSS) cut doesn’t show the gold embossing very well and it appears to blend into the background paper (Graphic 45) which it doesn’t really. Sometimes a really good piece of patterned paper and a sentiment are all you need. The accents are wooden ‘enamel’ dots.

happy retirement

For this card, a simple layout, some non-girlie ribbon (grosgrain, twine, twill and faux suede ribbon are all amazing choices) and a bit of rustically applied embossing powder work well. This could be used with almost any sentiment (PTI) on it but hubby asked for a retirement for a co-worker who likes to golf.

gentleman congrats

This elegant monochromatic card works well for any occasion for the dapper gentleman. The patterned paper panels  (Graphic 45) are all outlined with a gold paint pen.

ann 2015

Grow Old with Me (MFT) seemed like a good sentiment for an anniversary card for my hubby last year; it was our 18th anniversary. I used a simple layout with a bit of interest added by matting the patterned papers (My Mind’s Eye), stamping some text lightly and randomly and adding a couple of embellishments: a cool metal clip and some of that suede ribbon I mentioned earlier.

grad boy 15

An image (MFT) coloured in with Copic markers to match the patterned paper (Basic Grey) and some Copic coloured stars (Studio Calico) perfectly suit this masculine grad card.

GM get well card

Some quick Copic marker swipes, a simple stamped image (Cornish Heritage Farms I think) and some chevron dies (PTI)make this card well suited to the car enthusiast. This technique works perfectly for any line image and some solid stamps too.

tim ann 2011

Another anniversary card for hubby. I blended reinkers on glossy paper with a baby wipe and added some simple embossed images (Unity). (UGH, before MISTI some of my stamping was quite crooked!) This is a great way to make a quick card without having to colour an image if that’s not your thing.

beach retirement

I’ve posted this one before but it shows you again how patterned papers, a simply stamped image (Waltzing Mouse Stamps) and some twill make for a great masculine card. You don’t have to add the sequins (maybe sub in enamel dots or brads if you wish). My husband gave this one as a retirement card for a co-worker. Ocean, lighthouse and landscape scenes often work well as a card for guys you don’t know.

I hope this helps you with your masculine card making!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Smile Balloon Card

This week our challenge on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog was to make a birthday card. Well, as many of you know, I don’t celebrate birthdays because of my religion. So I made a happy and fun celebration type card and called it close enough!

smile balloon card

I used the FUSION challenge as inspiration. I love pink and turquoise together and I love pops of metallic colours especially gold. So it seemed like this challenge was made for me! I used two shades each of pink and turquoise ink along gold embossing all using Confetti Toss stamp set (PTI).

The balloon shaker and some of the contents were all cut using PTI balloon shaker dies. I also added some Lucy’s Little Things sequins inside which makes for a fun mix. Using some paper filler for shakers not only gives some variety to your shakers but also saves you some money and uses up some scraps! For final touches I added a Smile die cut, ribbon to suit the sketch, some puffy stickers that were included in the latest SSS card kit and some Wink of Stella glitter pen on the smile and the balloon frame. The puffy stickers look so cute don’t they?

Enjoy, Rebecca

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Grateful Fall Tree Card

Honestly, I am not a huge fan of autumn. Here in Southern Ontario it usually means we transition to winter with about a week of rain and leaves changing. OK, maybe it’s not that bad but we get too little spring and autumn, a decently hot 3 month summer and way, way too much winter.

fall tree shaped card

But having this lovely image by Flourishes l.c. to colour definitely lifts my spirits and help changes my attitude towards my second least favourite season! Isn’t it a fabulous image? I coloured the image with Copic markers and cut it out with a Spellbinders die. I cut a card back with the same die. The card back was scored about 1/4” from the top and adhered to the front just long that scored section. It’s a great way to make a shaped card! I added a border in red shimmer (reddish copper) Krylon metallic leafing pen and some leaf die cuts and sequins for some more colour. I’d have done a more elaborate card but I’m sick and barely managed to make this one. {{Sigh}}

fall tree

I’m the second stop on the blog hop today. Start at the Flourishes blog then visit the designers below.

Beverly Cole 
Tricia Traxler
Linda Lucas 
Naomi Gong and don’t forget about the giveaway!

Enjoy, Rebecca