Monday, November 30, 2009

Bracket Card Gift Set

On to more gifts! I am making a set of cards for dear friends of mine who served in our congregation to help out for a while. They are so lovely and I wanted to thank them for their service as they move on to another congregation. I started with a series of cards using bracket/Labels 1 die cuts from Spellbinders. I am going to show half of them here. A couple are doubles so you will see less than the 8 or so cards I made. I am adding others to the pile and will show them later too.

bracket pink 1

I CASEd this card from someone, I saved the card image but not the link, sorry. It is so hard to photograph mostly white cards so sorry if these come out weird on your computer screen.

 

 

bracket pink 2
bracket red 1
bracket red 2

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Paper:
cranberry, pretty in pink, white-SU!
Ink: memento black, regal rose
Stamps: SU!
Accessories: cranberry ribbon-SU!, pink ribbon-Stash, Cuttlebug embossing folders, foam dots-Jody Morrow

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Anniversary Card for Hubby-12 Years! And I WON Awesome Blog Candy!

I combined the Clear Dollar Stamps challenge CIC2 with my anniversary card for hubby! I am such an idiot though, I missed the deadline for entering it in the challenge! They extended the deadline for Thanksgiving and I though it was until Monday but it was only until Friday! GRRR! I am going to add it to their Mr. Linky anyways but isn’t that a bummer? I really can’t complain too much because I WON Spellbinders Black Friday Giveaway! I got a set of 4 sets of Nesties!! AWESOME right?

anniv 2009

I am so glad the ribbon actually shows in the photo, being tone-on-tone and all. Still a bit hard to see but there is a starfish, fish, pail and some other stuff that is under the focal image. Hope you like it. the bird is coloured with Copics and the rest is stamped and sponged. The whole card is spritzed with Shimmer Mist. Hope you like it, hubby did! When I asked him to bring it through to be photographed, he actually waited for me to finish with it so he could put it back on display. Since he doesn’t say much (about anything), this is pretty significant.

Untitled-1 copy

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Clear Dollar Stamps, Cloud 9 Designs-sentiment
Ink: baja, sahara sand, cocoa, caramel-SU!
Paper: chocolate-SU! Taylored Expressions-white CS, Bella Bella paper-MME,
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, lighthouse charm-Jesse James, Copic markers, Shimmer Mist-Luminarte, brads-stash

Gift Card Holder/Gift Box for OCC Sketch Challenge and Verve Blog Party #5

This box was really fun to make. I was dubious about the accuracy of the template I was using only because scoring channels are REALLY wide. The set is made by Oriental Trading Company and I’ve had them for years, I just never got around to making any of them. Well, I marked the very center of the scoring channels and used my Scor-Pal. The template went together beautifully! I was so excited and I can’t wait to use more. This box is pretty small so it is perfect for a gift card or jewellery, DS game or other small gift.

gift box layered flowers

Click on the sketch to visit the challenge.

I know my ribbon is a bit hard to see, May Arts silk ribbon is a bit sheer when placed up against patterned paper; wish I’d remembered that beforehand. Oh well. I added pearls so you could see it better. The flowers were initially flat, the light pink center was part of/the middle of the darker pink flower. I very carefully cut it out. Then I scored the darker pink flower, now a ring only and accordion folded it. I cut the turquoise paper with a Purple Cows hand held cutter with a tiny wave blade. Not EASY! Then I scored and accordion folded it too. The light link circle was cupped using an embossing stylus and a piercing mat. I also curved the leaves using similar techniques.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Paper:
Crate Paper
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, Kaisercraft pearls, Sizzix swirl die, Oriental Trading Company template

Gift Card Holders for Verve Blog Party Challenge 5

This challenge was super easy because while the challenge email was sitting in my inbox, I was making gift card holders for hubby to take to work to sell! I had wanted to spread the love, posting several times rather than all at once but oh well, it is worth the chance to win a prize!

All tags are Cuttlebug dies with white CS-SU! using JustRite Stampers for the lettering. All gold and silver cord are by SU!

Gift Card Holder #1

gch alpine

Template: Cash or Charge by Lauren Meader for PTI
Paper: Alpine kit-CTMH, silver shimmer and white CS-SU!
Accessories: silver ribbon,  Basic Grey notch and die tool for insert, snowflake punch-MS

 




gch alpine insert

Gift Card Holder #2

gch hearts

Template: Cash or Charge by Lauren Meader for PTI
Stamps: snowflakes, joy, hearts-SU!
Ink: celery-SU!
Paper: celery CS-SU!
Accessories: rhinestones-stash, ribbon-May Arts

Gift Card Holder #3

gch red gifts 

Template: Cash or Charge by Lauren Meader for PTI
Stamps: Taylored Expressions
Ink: riding hood red-SU!
Accessories: Copic marker, foam dots-Jody Morrow

Gift Card Holder #4

gch rose snowflakes

Template: copied from Mastermind Toys
Stamps: snowflakes-SU!
Ink: Versamark
Paper: rose red-SU!
Accessories: Pilot gold paint pen, gold EP-SU!, ribbon-May Arts

Gift Card #5

gch snowman

Template: copied from Mastermind Toys
Stamps: SU!
Ink: memento black, handsome hunter-SU!, Versamark
Paper: handsome hunter, white CS-SU!
Accessories: gold EP, Pilot gold paint pen, Copic markers, foam dots-Jody Morrow

Enjoy, Rebecca

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I was Featured on Cardoftheweek.com!!

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN to my WHIMSICAL WEDNESDAYS POST!!

Yeah!! My Luminaria tutorial was chosen by Suzanna of Card of the Week. She picks her favourite tutorials as well and picked mine!! Thanks Suzanna!

In case you missed it, be sure to click on the link above. It even folds down for storage – BONUS – so no worry about where to store it til next year. Hope you enjoy it.

Vellum Baby Card for Whimsical Wednesdays

I love making baby cards. They are easily my favourite cards to make! I am such a baby lover! This is definitely one of my favourite baby stamps. A set of these with ‘thank you’ stamped inside would make an awesome gift for a new mom.

vellum dots bundle

I just got new vellum adhesive last week so I decided to try it out. It is easily the best, most invisible adhesive I’ve ever used. It isn’t hidden under the ribbon or the panel, can you see it?? IRL you can see it in good light with good eyes but it still is barely there. Visit Joan’s Gardens to purchase it. It comes in sheets a lot like Glue Dots brand vellum adhesive (which is pretty invisible but not very sticky) and you peel off the backing, press your vellum to the adhesive and peel off. If you are adhering a smaller area of vellum than the size of the sheet of adhesive, I recommend you  ‘cut’ the remainder of the adhesive along the edges of your vellum with your bone folder or the excess adhesive will pull away from the backing, lifting up with the vellum. Apparently, this works for clear acrylic items too.

I have a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT. As most of you know, I don’t celebrate any secular or religious holidays. I hope you don’t take offence that I don’t offer such seasonal type greetings to you all. However, I do celebrate ONE thing every year. My WEDDING ANNIVERSARY! I’d love it if you would leave a comment for us today on our 12th ANNIVERSARY. THANKS!

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What a fabulous sketch Jack! I really enjoyed working with this one! I think I even managed to fulfil almost all of the details of the sketch! WOO HOO!! I’d love to see your work! Need inspiration? Be sure to check out the AWESOME cards the DareDevils have made. Be sure to leave a link to your direct post or gallery with Mr. Linky on the Whimsical Wednesdays blog.  What's even more exciting is Club Anya is sponsoring our challenge this week. Jack's Mom, Jessica, will pick a winner. The winner will choose an Anya or Ian stamp from The Greeting Farm's in stock inventory. Thank you Marie for such an awesome prize!!

Sadly, we are saying goodbye to Lisa H. because she has some other commitments. BOO HOO. She was with our the DareDevils for way too short a time. We wish her well and hope she can come back one day. Cassie unfortunately cannot play this week, BUMMER. What a shame, I’ll miss your card! Debbie might be a bit late posting so check her out a bit later today.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Paper:
white, pretty in pink CS, vellum-SU!
Ink: pretty in pink, Memento black
Stamps: SU!
Accessories: ribbon, button, thread-stash, MS punch 

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Quick Double Challenge Post – Chicken Car

Thought I’d throw this post up quick so I can link it to a challenge site. The first challenge is Flourishes colour challenge, use dark red, olive green, chocolate and cream. The other is Flourishes Sketch Challenge by Silke Ledlow. It is 11:28 and the challenge ends at 12MN so I’ll write more later.

chicken car

Edited to add: Finally I have time to get to finishing this post! I hope you like my colouring on the chicken car! I worked for over an hour on it. Unfortunately, my haste in posting this card means I forgot to add some highlights with a white gel pen. Ooops, I’ll have to add that later. The olive paper I had looked too bright so I sponged it and used SU! rough wheel on it to subdue it. The ribbon through the hardware buckle is actually the BACK of May Arts corduroy ribbon. Thanks to Sandra for this fabulous image!! I loved hers so much I shamelessly BEGGED for a couple images! She stamped it on white but because the challenge called for cream, chocolate, dark red and (optional) olive, I very lightly sponged Antique Linen Distress ink over the white to darken it slightly.

The colour challenge was actually on the Colour Throwdown blog, and was SPONSORED by Flourishes. Sorry! I obviously turned the sketch 90 degrees too in case you were wondering.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Ink:
Memento black, cocoa-SU!
Paper: white CS-unknown, chocolate, olive CS, all DP-SU!
Stamps: main image-unknown, rough wheel-SU!
Accessories: Copics, copper buckle-SU!, ribbon-May Arts

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Swim Time Gift Set

Jameson has just finished his first swimming lessons and I needed a thank you for the teacher. I remembered I had an awesome kit from Sweet Pea Scraps with all sorts of fun summer items. one was a 12x12” sheet of flip flop paper. What could be better for a swim teacher?

swim time gift set

This was the easiest layout but it took a few turns before it became what you see here. At first I tried a white panel in place of the sentiment with a bathing suit, drink, sunglasses etc but it just seemed flat and small compared to the fun paper. It took me a while but I finally found this Melissa Frances sentiment in my stash. In the second picture you can see how the paper has shiny glaze on it. I still wanted to give a small gift so I checked out my stash again and found a Scharffenberger (sp?) chocolate bar I got from – wait for it- the DOLLAR store! Way cool!

swim time

I was actually at the factory in Berkley CA when I was there about 5 years ago. Fabulous chocolate!! I made a super simple box for the chocolate bar and decorated it very simply with the stamps I had tried using for the white panel. I used saffron ink to get a watermark effect without waiting for actual watermark ink to dry. It is too bad I didn’t get to see her open it but she is a swim teacher, her hands were wet after all. I though of this ahead of time and put both in a plastic bag. Smart cookie huh?

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Paper:
Imaginisce DP, CS-Bazzil
Accessories: flowers-Scrapbook Sally, brads-Making Memories, wave punch-EK Success, rub on sentiment-Melissa Frances

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Easy Storage Snowflake Luminaria Tutorial

May Arts has a Challenge on right now. They send you four 4-yard lengths of your choice of ribbon to complete a winter project and when you send a picture(s) in to the company, you get A FULL SPOOL of ribbon!! If you want to play, hurry up! Projects are due at the end of the month. The winner gets 3 FULL SPOOLS of ribbon. So I requested some ribbon (5/8” sheer white, silver and navy plus the snowflake trim) and here is the result. I thought others might want to make one so I took pictures as I made it and here’s the tutorial! Best part is it is collapsible so after the season is over, you can store it (minus candle) in a 9x12 manilla envelope!

You Will Need:

3 pieces of 8.5x11” CS or 2 12x12”
3.5-4 yards sheer 5/8'” ribbon-colour A (silver-weaving)
2.5-3 yards sheer 5/8” ribbon-colour B (navy-weaving)
2.5 yards sheer 5/8” ribbon-colour C (white-tying up sides and bows)
6” snowflake trim
Other stamps, ink and bellies as desired.
4 medium sized coordinating brads
craft knife and mat
hole punch (recommend screw punch and Crop-a-dile)
1/4” red line or Scor-Tape
faux tea light ‘candle’

luminaria front

Step 1. Cut 4 panels 5 1/2 x 6 1/4”. Cut one panel 5 1/2 square. Score the first 4 panels at 5 1/2”. This leaves a 3/4” flap. (The white paper is just to allow my camera to focus. It has trouble with large amounts of the same colour.) Click to enlarge any photo.

luminaria 1

Step 2. Use binder clips to hold the panels together with score lines aligned. Punch holes in the sides of the panels as per photo below. Use a 3/16” crop-a-dile or other anywhere punch. The top hole is 1/2” in from the top and side. The hole closest to the score line is 1/2” in from the score line and the side. The last hole is 1/2” in from the side and halfway between the other two holes. (the side opposite the score line will be the top)

luminaria 2

Step 3. Cut out windows from the middles of the panels. I marked mine at 1/2” in from the holes, bottom and top on the INSIDE of the panel. In retrospect, I might have chosen to cut out a square instead of a rectangle making all the edges the same width. If you are making a bit smaller luminaria, you may be able to use a square Nestability or other die to cut the windows. I used a craft knife and a ruler. Don’t bother erasing the pencil marks, they will be covered by ribbon.(You are looking at the inside of one of the panels with the top at the top this time.) Stamp the outside of the panels if you wish.

luminaria 3

Step 4. Fold the score lines. Place the window panels at right angles to the 5 1/2” square panel as per photo. Line the corners up very carefully and punch a hole in the corners through all three layers at once. (The size of hole will be based on the size of brad you will be using.) I recommend you use a screw punch or other punch that does not require you to lift the papers off your cutting mat. Add a brad to the hole. Repeat with the remaining 4 corners. Mark each corner with a letter or number. Mark each panel and the base with the same number in each corner because you will have to take this apart for the next step.

luminaria 4

luminaria 4b

Step 5. Take the whole thing apart! Trim a tiny edge off the corners of each panel near the holes you just made. This will help it fold together more smoothly when completed. See photo below.

luminaria 5b

Step 6. Now you will add your ribbon to the windows. Start by adding 1/4” red line tape or Scor-Tape to the insides of your windows. I took a photo but it didn’t turn out so well. Start adding your ribbons alternating colours, taping the sides only. You can see I have left the top and bottom adhesive backings on. My ribbon was a perfect fit side to side (5/8” wide).

luminaria 5

Step 7. Remove ONE other adhesive backing strip. Start weaving ribbon through the other way. You want to start weaving at the non-sticky side. If you have never woven anything before, basically, one ribbon starts by going under, then over etc. The next ribbon does the opposite. This time, my ribbon doesn’t fit perfectly. A small space needs to be left between each ribbon so I threaded the first and last and adhered them (left side in the picture below), then adhered the middle ribbon, centered between the other two ribbons. Next, I threaded through the navy ribbons and adhered them, centering them in the space remaining.

luminaria 6

This is what the inside looks like after all the ribbons are woven.

luminaria 7

The outside after the ribbons are woven.

luminaria 8

Step 8.  Cut 2 pieces of ribbon 12” long and two 28” long. Use your heat gun to melt the ends of each ribbon to prevent fraying. Fold over 1/2” of both of the 12” pieces of ribbon and pierce a hole with an awl in each through both layers. (sorry, no picture) While reassembling the panels as in Step 4, put brad through the hole in the ribbon BEFORE putting it through the panels. This will anchor it to the luminaria. Do this for two adjacent corners; these will be the back two corners. Thread the ribbon through the holes as seen in the photo. From the brad, the ribbon goes out through one bottom hole, in through the adjacent hole, once inside, thread the ribbon up to the next hole and repeat. When you get to the top, tie the ribbon to itself inside and tuck in the tail.

luminaria back corner

Step 9. Fold the 28” length of ribbon in half. Starting inside, bring one ribbon tail out through each of the lower holes. Criss cross the ribbon and put ribbon through the next hole, criss cross on the inside and bring the tails out through the top holes and tie in a bow. If you would like another criss cross under the bow from middle holes to top holes: after threading the ribbons from the outside to the inside at the middle holes, cross inside and pull back through the middle holes from inside to outside. Cross on the outside and thread through the top holes from outside to inside. Cross in back and bring ribbons through holes front inside to outside and tie bow. (I am planning on going back to do this.)

luminaria front corner

Decorate as desired. Mine is decorated with specialty snowflake ribbon from May Arts of course! The chipboard snowflake is covered in glass glitter and hung with silver elastic cord. To collapse, remove the brads and fold the upper portion in half. You shouldn’t even have to remove the ribbon! Store in an envelope! I strongly recommend a fake candle to prevent a fire hazard.

A couple of notes: I am considering making the bows smaller and trimming the ends. What do you think?? Also, the corners didn’t want to line up perfectly, buckling slightly where I tied the ribbons. So I added a small reinforcement piece. Cut 4 pieces of matching cardstock 1 1/2 x 3/4”. Score in the center dividing it into two squares. Punch a hole 1/2” from the score line on each side. Apply adhesive to one square around the hole. (Actually, you could adhere both, I wrote this while I still thought that you’d have to remove the ribbon and take it all apart to store it in which case the reinforcements could only be adhered to one side.)Use this piece to reinforce the upper corners. if you are using 12x12” paper, it might make sense to add a tab to the top corners instead but if you are using 8.2x11” that would waste a lot of paper and my reinforcements worked out really well. Up to you!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Ink:
VersaMark Dazzle
Paper: night of navy CS-SU!
Stamps: SU! snowflakes
Accessories: May Arts ribbon, red line tape, chipboard snowflake-stash, Art Institute Glass Glitter, elastic cord-SU!, brads-stash

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Skis and Mittens for the OCC Sketch Challenge and Whimsical Wednesdays!

The OCC has another sketch challenge this week and since they are looking for Design Team members, I am making sure I am playing every sketch this month. Hey OCC gals, if you are reading this, I am a very reliable Design Team member! I take my commitments very seriously! Hope you like my cards!

skis occ challenge1

The Sketch: Click on the sketch to link to the OCC blog.

Jessica has been on an easel card spree lately so Madelynn decided to challenge the DareDevils to make Easel cards this week. I hadn’t made one before today but seriously, they are so easy. You can see nearly everything in the photos. Basically, make a card front. Make a top fold card base with a horizontal score line about halfway on the card front only and create a mountain fold. Adhere your card front to the card base below the score only!Make sure and add an embellishment to prop your easel up against and that is it!

skis occ challenge easel

This shows the card opened like an easel.

skis occ challenge inside 

And here’s the inside!

I added the glitter by laying down 1/8” Scor-Tape first. It is so much easier to use for straight lines than liquid glue. The snowflakes were accented with a bit of sponging with Distress ink to get a more 3-D look and to help them stand out. I ‘made’ the ribbon by stamping the seam tape with craft ink. The seam tape is thin enough that the snowflakes show well from the other side too.

I hope you will all pay along with both challenges this week! The DareDevils DARE you to try out an easel card! You will be glad you did! I can’t wait to see your work and that of the other DareDevils! I hope you will find time to stalk their blogs! :) When you make a fabulous card, be sure to link it up to Whimsical Wednesdays, use keyword DDSC11 and HAVE FUN!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
snowflakes-CTMH
Ink: craft night of navy-SU!
Paper: DP-CTMH, navy and juniper CS-CTMH, night of navy, shimmer white CS-SU!
Accessories: seam tape-stash, snowflake punch-MS, snowflake brad-Karen Foster, Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder, Art Institute sea shell glitter, snowflake, ski, mitten embellies-Dress It Up Buttons, broken china Distress Ink, Liquid Appliqué

Ednie Family Plaque for OCC Inspiration/Sketch Challenge

Another OCC challenge! I totally loved this one at first sight! I am super into vintage postcards which what I thought of first! I’m not sure if this one is being evaluated for the Design Team but why not play anyway? Especially when it is fun!

ednie family plaque

I’ve been wanting to make some sort of home dec item for ages but never quite figured out what I wanted to do. I started with the postcard, sized to accommodate the PostCard stamp and the postmarks. It was already 3x5 and I wondered how large my card would have to be to balance it out! Next thing I knew, I was knee-deep in my alterables drawer and I pulled out an artist canvas, maybe 6x8’?

Click the sketch for the link.

Isn’t this paper gorgeous? It is from an Organic Stack and for the life of me, I can’t remember who makes it! Yep, I am too lazy to get up to check, I’ll hopefully remember to add it later! Come one, it is after midnight!

ednie family plaque closeup2

The lettering is all done with JustRite Stampers, both Trompe Script and Times. The photo doesn’t do justice to the GORGEOUS printed brown satin ribbon I have hoarded for years. I finally have a fabulous place to use it! In case you are wondering, this is a wall hanging so the ribbon and bow you see flopped over the top are for the hanger. I took it down to photograph it because the wall colour is ugly and the light sucks. In the day light, it looks fabulous though.

ednie family plaque closeup1

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamp:
JustRite Stamps-font, key, postcard, postmarks-unknown, Flourish-SU!
Ink: chocolate chip, riding hood red-SU!, memento brown, Distress Frayed Burlap
Paper: DP-? stack, vanilla-Taylored Expressions, Gold shimmer-SU!
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, artist canvas-dollar store, metal plaque-Making Memories, ribbon-MasterStroke ribbon, lace-vintage from stash, sage marker-SU!, silk ribbon 1 1/4 and 1/8”-May Arts, flower-stash, gold EP-SU!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Happy Anniversary

This card is so simple but it took AGES because I just couldn’t choose the paper sizes. The wording took a while to set up because I had to trim the letters to get the spacing to look right and to get the ‘happy’ to nest up to the ‘anniversary’ the way I wanted it to. The descending letters in happy interfered with the letters below. It was well worth trimming them though. I was inspired by a card from Jessica of The Whimsical Butterfly (link on sidebar). I think the result is very simple and and elegant. Hope you like it.

happy anniversary 
Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
JustRite Stampers
Ink: cocoa-SU!
Paper: DP-DCWV, chocolate, cocoa-CS
Accessories: Prima flowers, Kaisercraft pearl, velvet ribbon-Clear Dollar Stamps

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Pansy Challenge Card

This card is for this week’s Mojo Madness sketch challenge. The first thing I thought when I saw the top rectangular panel was that it looked like a tag inside a long skinny envelope. Yeah, what a fun idea! Then I got out some flowers my girlfriend made me that desperately needed some love, some ribbon given to me by Joan of Joan’s Gardens and my favourite Basic Grey Wisteria Paper. Ta Da!

pansy mojo

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Friendship wheel-SU!
Paper: creamy yellow CS-stash, DP-Wisteria Basic Grey
Ink: eggplant, celery-SU!
Accessories: silk ribbon-May Arts, ombre ribbon-Offray, heart charm-stash, pansy-BFF!!, Scor-Tape

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Morning Java Inspiration Challenge for Whimsical Wednesdays

I have to tell you, I HATE MORNINGS! With a passion! I rarely feel human in the mornings unless I sleep about 10-12 hours and of course, I rarely get that whether because of my own insomnia or kids or things I have to do. So these mugs were perfect as an inspiration challenge! Rise and Whine-AMEN! Thanks Jack!

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I made a card similar to this ages ago, I loved it so much I decided to make another similar one. Heather, I hope you have your glasses on! (Heather SAYS she is allergic to the colour brown, apparently, she has ‘glasses’ that help!)

coffee z pocket card

It is a Z fold card. Start with an 11x5.5” piece of cardstock. You want to cut down one long edge on an angle so when folded, each section has an angled edge. I marked a point down about 2” on one short side. Connect the mark with the other top corner and cut. Score the paper in thirds and fold. Decorate as desired. You can choose to keep it as a Z (stands up really well on its own) or use adhesive and make pockets which I did.

coffee z pocket card open

You know the saying, ‘Necessity is the mother of invention’? Well I didn’t exactly invent anything but I did come up with an inventive way of making my ‘English Breakfast’ tag. I wanted ivory on chocolate but my ivory EP is no name and not very good quality nor very fine. So I used ivory paper, CLEAR embossed the image and sponged on the chocolate ink! Works great! The other tag is coloured in with pencil crayons. I have no idea what a tea plant looks like (shoulda Googled it!) so no comments if it is wrong-chances are it is! The silk puff flower was made using the directions at Studio Calico-Fabric Flowers except I didn’t use an iron at any stage. Because I didn’t I needed to sew the center down with a few stitches. So worth it.

So, are you inspired to play along with this week’s challenge? I sure hope so. If not quite yet, I’m sure you will be by the time you finish checking out all the the DareDevil’s blogs! Everyone is playing this week except Randi. Be sure to leave some love along your way!! Use keyword DDSC9 to upload your card and link it up to Whimsical Wednesdays. Don’t forget, please link your direct link, not just your blog addy. All you have to do is click on your post title, then copy and paste the URL at the top of your browser window. We try to leave y’all some love but if we have to scroll through all your blog posts to get to your DD card, it sure takes a loooong time!

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Stampington
Ink: chocolate chip, cocoa-SU!
Paper: cocoa, caramel, chocolate, vanilla CS-SU!
Accessories: flower-stash, Tattered Angels glimmer mist, copper tag-Making Memories, vintage lace-stash, pencil crayons, pink Copic, welvet ribbon-Clear Dollar Stamps, MS cornice punch, silk yardage-stash, jumbo eyelet-WRMK, silk ribbon-May Arts, key-stash, clear-EP, thread-stash

Girls in White Dresses with Blue Satin Sashes

Flourishes has such a fun challenge right now. Be inspired by the song, ‘My Favourite Things’ from the Sound of Music. My first thought was of this gorgeous dress stamp I’ve had almost since I started stamping in late 2004. (Well started again, I stamped a bit in the late 80’s but there were so few supplies back then I lost interest.)

white dresses blue sashes (2)

It was hard to figure out how to get it white and still see it but using white EP on vellum seemed to do the trick. When I added the blue Copic to the back of the vellum it really started to come to life. Adding a bit more to the lower dress layer and the outline made it just so much prettier!

white dresses blue sashes closeup (2)

The layout I used is from the OCC this week, SASSC39. Worked perfectly with this large stamp. To put it in perspective, this is a 5.25” square card. It is hard to tell because the blues are so close to the same but in the center of each daisy is a tiny blue brad. I love the hat pins from the SU! pretties kit but there aren’t very many of them. So I bought some head pins from Michael’s and now I use those unless I need the length of the SU! ones. I used perfect pearls over the entire card base to get a super shimmery look.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamp:
unknown
Ink: Versamark
Paper: bashful blue, white-SU!, vellum-stash
Accessories: pearls, beads-SU! pretties kit, head pin, satin ribbon, daisy chain, brads-stash, sheer ribbon-stash, Perfect Pearls-Ranger, white EP

Monday, November 09, 2009

Cream Coloured Ponies and Crisp Apple Strudels

OK, so there is no strudel image on this card but it worked as a fun title! This is another entry for My Favourite Things challenge on the Flourishes blog. Be inspired by the song, ‘My Favourite Things’ from the Sound of Music. My first thought was ‘girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes’, this was my second. (I typed up that post already intending to post it first but my picture sucked so I am going to have to re-take it.) I don’t see any ‘one entry only’ rule so I am entering two! I had a brand new horse stamp that has been waiting to be used. This is also for the latest SCS Sketch Challenge SC253 and for Clear Dollar Stamps “Give me 5” challenge to use 5 of something on your card. Mine uses 5 colours, dark brown, medium brown, light yellow, blue and ivory; the 5 brads at the bottom also qualify! I was worried that 5 colours might be too easy, especially since they were already in the DP!

cream coloured ponies

Here is a TIP for you. The ribbon I used looks like it is 2” wide right? It is actually two strips 1” wide each but you can’t tell because the middle is covered. Instead of the triangles, another ribbon layered over the middle also works well. I have to tell you, it is really hard to colour a cream-coloured pony! I think he still looks creamy. What do you think??

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
TAC
Ink: Memento brown, bordering blue, distress ink chocolate-CTMH, Antique linen Distress ink
Paper: Ivory CS-Taylored Expressions, Bordering blue CS, DP-SU!
Accessories: twine-Clear Dollar Stamps, brads, ribbon-Stash