December 22, 2010

Last Minute New Home Card

My mom came by to visit last week and just before she needed to leave, she says, “Oh, actually I need a new house card for someone I’m seeing tomorrow!” Seriously!?!? Now it isn’t like she doesn’t understand how long it takes to make a card. But I guess she just forgot to ask sooner! So here is what you get when you have no time to do anything special and when what comes to your mind first is what goes!

new home card1

Oh and did I mention this card was for a GUY!!! Yeesh!! I used some ANCIENT SU! DP for the background-Very masculine. The roof is made of woodgrain stamped and lightly sponged (because I sponged AFTER making it) cardstock. The window and doors are stamped in chocolate using PTI’s Home Made stamp set. I sponged the door panels for some depth. The door knob was cut from silver shimmer paper.

I gotta tell you, getting the letters centered on that BARELY large enough tag was tricky. Took me like 10 minutes because I needed to cut a frame out of vellum to help line it up… I do like the end product. Not love, but like. My mom was pretty impressed though. I just wished I’d had more time. Maybe the door would have opened to reveal the sentiment or… Winking smile

Enjoy, Rebecca

PTI Woodgrain, Home Made, JustRite fonts
Ink: cocoa, chocolate, hunter, sage-SU!
Paper: hunter, cocoa, chocolate, ivory, silver CS-SU!, DP-SU!
Accessories: tag die-Spellbinders, sage marker-SU!, foam dots- Jody Morrow

December 16, 2010

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

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

November 25, 2010

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop–Winter Gift Tag


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

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

November 18, 2010

Taylored Expressions Blog Hop–Mini Puppy Gift Box

I am a huge fan of making little boxes. I bought the pattern for this one from My Time, Made Easy; it is called Tuckered Out. Cute name huh?

puppy box

Isn’t that puppy cute? The box was fun to make but, as usual, I noted a couple of problems. I really wanted it to open from the top but the tab wouldn’t stay tucked in! No idea why, I checked to make sure that I had scored in all the right places and I had. So I glued it shut and now it opens from the bottom. I noticed that one of the sides didn’t line up quite right either and I am pretty darn precise. But it is cute enough that I don’t mind making adjustments.

puppy box side

The puppy was stamped on light brown CS and lightly shaded with Copics. The white button is a vintage button, the brown one is from Basic Grey and the aqua one is from PTI. I braided the handle from PTI twine.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog hop. If you enjoyed my project, I hope you will subscribe, there are thingies on my sidebar!


Enjoy, Rebecca

Stamps: Beary Special and Beary Special Accessories- Taylored Expressions
Ink: chocolate-SU!, Antique Linen Distress ink
Paper: natural CS-SU!, DP-PTI
Accessories: buttons, white twine-as above, natural twine, template-as above, tag die-Quickutz

Taylored Expressions Blog Hop–Mini Puppy Gift Box

I am a huge fan of making little boxes. I bought the pattern for this one from My Time, Made Easy; it is called Tuckered Out. Cute name huh?

puppy box

Isn’t that puppy cute? The box was fun to make but, as usual, I noted a couple of problems. I really wanted it to open from the top but the tab wouldn’t stay tucked in! No idea why, I checked to make sure that I had scored in all the right places and I had. So I glued it shut and now it opens from the bottom. I noticed that one of the sides didn’t line up quite right either and I am pretty darn precise. But it is cute enough that I don’t mind making adjustments.

puppy box side

The puppy was stamped on light brown CS and lightly shaded with Copics. The white button is a vintage button, the brown one is from Basic Grey and the aqua one is from PTI. I braided the handle from PTI twine.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog hop. If you enjoyed my project, I hope you will subscribe, there are thingies on my sidebar!


Enjoy, Rebecca

Stamps: Beary Special and Beary Special Accessories- Taylored Expressions
Ink: chocolate-SU!, Antique Linen Distress ink
Paper: natural CS-SU!, DP-PTI
Accessories: buttons, white twine-as above, natural twine, template-as above, tag die-Quickutz

November 06, 2010

Floral Life Matchbox

Here is another matchbox I made for a Swap-Bot swap. This one required you to use your partner’s favourite colour(s)! Fortunately, I got a colour I like! One of my other choices was orange, no offence to orange lovers but to me it is usually yuck!

life floral matchbox

This purple, SU! elegant eggplant, is one of my favourite purples of all time, especially when used with the muted plums. I can’t believe they got rid of pale plum. Fortunately, I still have lots! I tried colouring the twine with a SU! perfect plum marker but it just doesn’t soak in like my Copics do, maybe they are a bit dry, so I switched. That’s why the colour on the one end is a bit different.

I just love the watercolour look I get from using this stamp with markers. SU! markers this time,I just can’t get the hang of using Copics on stamps. I didn’t even have to spritz the stamp to get this effect. For the generation stamping, I just huffed on the stamp to get the second impression.

This has to be one of my most used stamp sets even though it is relatively new to my collection. Any time I need a pretty and pretty easy card, I go for this set. I can make a card using it in about 5 minutes and even with a bit of jazzing, I can do it in 10! It is appropriate for almost any occasion, for a woman at least! You can’t see it but I coloured over all the purple stamped areas with a light purple Spica pen and since I don’t have a green Spica (what’s with that?), I used yellow. Gives it a subtle but pretty sparkle.

Guess what? I found out the new version of Windows Live Writer (free to download if you use any Windows operating system) supports emoticons! Rolling on the floor laughingThumbs up  So get ready to see more of them! In  case you’ve never heard about Live Writer, it is a relatively simple word processing program that uploads your files directly to your blog. As you type, you can see how it will look on your blog complete with font, type size and colour, bulleting, background colour etc. It also includes some simple photo editing, watermarking  etc. as well as the ability to schedule posts and I’ve never had one not show up. (I’ve screwed it up…) It is SOOO much better than typing right into Blogger. Download it today!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: celery, eggplant-SU!
Paper: white, eggplant CS-SU!
Accessories: pearl-Dollarama, twine-PTI, Copic marker, SU! perfect plum, pale plum, celery markers, 1/2” hole punch-SU!, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Spica pens

November 01, 2010

Shabby House Warming Gift

We got new neighbours this weekend. I was really disappointed when no one welcomed us to the neighbourhood so I was determined to say hi to our neighbours in style. I started as soon as I saw the For Sale sign, calling the real estate agent to find out the closing date.

shabby house neighbours

So I made this adorable little house from a PTI template to hold some brownies I plan to take over. It doesn't look like it but it is actually a box with a detachable roof. Then I saw a recipe for caramel and I was determined to make my own. (That is a whole other story of it’s own.) So that ended up in there waiting for the brownies. I have a bit of a cold so I haven’t taken it over yet.

shabby house side

Here is the side, the other is the same just without the tag. I poked a hole through the button hole to attach the tag. That way if they want to remove it, the hole won’t be very noticeable. The door is stmaped with celery but it was too bright so I toned it down with glitter. It really is still too bright, I should have used moss cardstock instead.

The roof was airbrushed using another piece of punched CS as a mask. I was kicking myself that I hadn’t offset the scallops as I would have entered it in the Paper Crafts or Moxie Fab challenge to use offset scallops. Oh well. After airbrushing the ‘shingles’ the contrast was a bit stark so I continued to airbrush getting the look you see in the photos. The gable roofs were airbrushed similarly but without the masked parts.

The flower is made from scalloped music paper circles with a silk flower in the middle, I removed all the parts of the flower except the petals (it had these weird little thingies to hold the petals closer together but they showed somewhat, eww, and the stamen/pistil/whatever was ugly too) and used a brad to hold everything together. Then I placed a drop of glue on the brad head and added clear microbeads; I do wish I’d had some gold or yellow ones though.

I’ve been trying really hard to edit my photos so they won’t be so dark. They always look fine on my laptop but since the screen angle adjusts, it seems to always make me underexpose my photos or choose ones that are underexposed. GRR. Here’s hoping this is better!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Home Made-PTI
Ink: chocolate chip, celery, pale plum-SU!, Antique Linen, Tattered Rose Distress ink
Paper: PTI natural white CS, chocolate CS-PTI, Melissa Frances DP, vintage music paper
Accessories: scalloped circle Nestabilities, Spellbinders tag die, silk flower-Michaels, pearls-Dollarama, Copic Airbrush system, E47 Copic Marker, MS microbeads, butterfly and border punches, PTI buttons, gold cord-SU!, vintage lace, Scor-Tape

October 25, 2010

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

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.

October 21, 2010

Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge-Pink and Brown Anniversary Card and Tag

I am making some cards for my mom to give and I figured I might as well play some sketches at the same time! This one is for Sketch Challenge #19 by Waltzing Mouse.

pink n brown d e pass

I had so much fun making this card. I started by making the flower using my new Heartfelt Creations 5 petal flower dies and Bittersweet paper. I embossed each petal from the back of the paper with a traditional embossing tool. Then I embossed the middle of each flower from the front to cup the petals upward. Next I scrunched them so they wouldn’t look so perfect and inked the edges with Antique Linen distress ink. Then I punched holes in the middle of all the petals and threaded the stamens through the middle. After adhering it to the card, I added slivers of foam dimensionals under the larger petals to get more dimension.

wm sketch 19

I made the leaves by folding green ombre ribbon into leaf shapes holding them in place with Scor-Tape. The large flourish is embossed with pale pink powder. To make it pop, I darkened the pattern in the background DP with medium brown ink. I sure hope the Waltzing Mouse Design Team likes my card!

pink n brown d e pass tag

Here is the tag I created to go with it. I had intended to make this card using the last sketch I did and had set up the Just Rite Stamps so even though they didn’t work with this sketch and the flower I made, I decided to still use it by making this tag.

Enjoy, Rebecca


Autumn Leaves
Ink: cocoa-SU!, Antique Linen, Fired Brick, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Embossing Distress inks
Paper: blush-PTI, DP-Bittersweet Basic Grey
Accessories: Heartfelt Creations flower dies, sweetheart punch-MS, embossing tool, seam binding ribbon, R83 Copic to colour ribbon, Y21 to colour stamens, stamens and rhinestone brad-SU! pretties kit, pink EP-SU!, ombre ribbon and tag flowers-Michaels, pearls-Dollarama, Nestabilities circles, Spellbinders tags die

October 16, 2010

2S4Y Wisteria Anniversary Card

Another card hoping that I’ll get picked for the 2S4Y design team. Pretty please!

2s4y entry aniv

I channelled my inner Debbie Olson for this card. I do wish I had used a smaller scalloped edge for the dark purple DP but oh well, I didn’t have enough left to redo it. It is still pretty I think. The focal point uses JustRite stamps using Nestabilities to cut out the outer and inner circles. I stamped the little words and the initial together twice on both the light green DP and the ivory CS. Unfortunately, when I layered the  papers,  the Happy Anniversary on the ivory layer could still be read fron underneath the green layer when the card was at an angle! Ooops! So I used the same Nestabilities to cut a ring of foam dimensional from a sheet I got from Jody Morrow. Now with the foam underneath, you can’t see it! Another save!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: eggplant-SU!
Paper: DP-Wisteria Basic Grey, card base with curved edge-Close to My Heart
Accessories: gold n ivory ribbon-stash, sewing machine, thread-Mettler, scalloped die, buttons-PTI, foam dimensionals sheet-Jody Morrow

2S4Y Pink Peonies

I love using sketches to create! Better yet, this week, the gals at 2S4Y are looking 2! design team members! I would love that ‘job’! More like a privilege! Pick me!

2s4y entry peo

It is pretty easy to figure out. One little interesting note. If you click on the picture for a close up, you can see that I stitched around the perimeter of the DP. One row has thread but the other row is just piercing. Wonder why? I goofed up and sewed using the edge of the card to line up down one side but when I got to the corner, I goofed and followed the edge of the DP. So I removed the thread in the incorrect area and continued sewing correctly. Then to disguise the goofed up holes, I continued ‘sewing’ without thread the rest of the way. Make a mistake, figure out how to cover it up, I rarely ever throw out a card.

Enjoy, Rebecca

flower-JustRite, sentiment-SU!
Ink: Vintage Velvet, Antique Linen-Distress Ink, Memento black
Paper: DP-October Afternoon, white CS-X-Press It, banana CS-SU!, vintage music paper
Accessories: pearls-Kaisercraft, seam binding tape-Etsy, Copics-RV00, R81,83,85,89, G24,28, YR31 (airbrushed), Nestabilities circles, lacy circles, string-Dollarama, tag die-Quickutz, sewing machine, thread-Mettler

October 08, 2010

Congrats on Your Pregnancy Card

preggie carriage card

I have two friends who are pregnant right now. They are sisters and are due the same week. How cool is that? So I made them matching congrats cards. I used a fun Bella stamp, I think it is babycarriageabella. Gotta LOVE those names!

I used Copics, for some weird reason, the shading on the carriage doesn’t show up at all!  I used a very simple layout to highlight the fab patterned paper.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Stamping Bella
Ink: Memento black, celery-SU!
Paper: white CS-Taylored Expressions, white CS base-SU!, DP-sorry, I forget
Accessories: Copic markers, sorry, I don’t seem to have the colours, ribbon-stash, Nestabilities (Labels 8 I think), rhinestones-Zva Creative

October 02, 2010

World Card Making Day!


Hello to all of you card makers out there! I decided to list my top 10 cards in honour of this fun day. Hope you enjoy. Click on each picture for a link to the original post.


baby girl bunny wabbit


snapdragon shabby chic card


madelyn praying turquoise

blissful beach

adiron beach 01

bella nurse october afternoon

cdsseaside joy fold1

Sorry, this one isn’t blogged yet! I though it had been but when I went to look up the link, I realized I haven’t!mft guest designer card

9.swing tut final

rose romance

I sure hope you enjoyed them! If you like my style, I have subscription thingies on my sidebar, RSS and email. Thanks! Have fun on the rest of the tour.

Happy World Card Making Day!

Enjoy, Rebecca

September 28, 2010

Caregivers Need Caring Too–Heart to Heart Card Drive

There is a card drive on right now to support caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s Disease. As a nurse, I’ve cared for people with Alzheimer's and it isn’t easy. I can’t imagine doing it day and and night, day in and day out. Especially with the emotional turmoil of seeing someone you care about disappear before your very eyes.

Cammie is running a card drive of a different form. Instead of mailing all the cards to one place, you are welcome to make the card and mail it to whomever you wish. If you don’t know anyone to send it to, a suggestion is provided. All you need to do to join is to make the card, post it somewhere and link it up. There are some guidelines for commenting on her blog, My Blog by Cammie, but that is basically it! Click HERE for the direct link to her post.

I hope you will join her in making cards and sending some love to all of those loving people out there doing this tough work. There is an AWESOME prize pack worth over $1000! WOW! You have until Sunday, October 3 at 8PM CST.


September 25, 2010

Papertrey September Blog Hop Challenge

Another Blog Hop. Woo Hoo! I Love that some companies are now opening up their blog hops to their customers! Yeah!!

This month’s challenge is to show off skills you’ve learned from a fellow stamper. I’ve learned a lot about layouts from Mishie. I’m 99% sure that the layout I copied for this card was hers.

PTI car baby card

I’m afraid the colours look a bit weird here. Sometimes I have the worst time getting the colours to look right. Same set up, same lighting, same background and camera settings; one picture’s colours are perfect, the next isn’t. I find pastels are the hardest to get right.

Everyone who knows me, knows that baby cards are my favourite. I love how this card is soft and pretty but not a typical baby card at all. Whomever thought to add a baby sentiment to this set was a genius! I was very proud that I got the outline, solid stamp and the licence plate stamp all lines up perfectly! The first time I ever used it too.

Another tip I learned from someone on the PTI DT was to line up the headlights when stamping the solid image to get it lines up perfectly; glad I remembered that because it worked so well! no idea where, but I also learned the embossing technique I used for the background out there in blogland. It was perfect to add texture without adding another colour or pattern.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: Memento black, pretty in pink, baja, lavender-SU! peeled paint, scattered straw, antique linen-Distress Inks
Paper: kraft-CDS, DP-PTI, ivory flecked CS-PTI, sahara sand-SU! (card base)
Accessories: vintage laces, ribbon-stash, buttons-PTI, Copic markers, foam dots-Jody Morrow, MS scoring board

September 21, 2010

Taylored Expressions Blast From The Past Blog Hop–the Beach!

TE blast blog hop

Welcome to another TE Blog Hop. This is my third, you can see my other projects here Blast from the Past 1 and here Blast from the Past 2.

TE blog hop beach

I love the paper from Imaginisce and the stamps from the Hanging Out: Beach set! I finally remembered to use the sketch specially designed for the hop! I wasn’t sure at first because I had planned to do a ‘scene’ much like last month’s card but I don’t want to seem to be a one trick pony (hee hee) so I changed my plan and came up with this. Still a bit of a ‘scene’ with the tree and lanterns but not a full scene.

I hand cut the scalloped border and the waves that overlap the striped paper. I used a TON of foam dots. The top of the tree is up on 3, the middle and left side on 2 and the bottom on 1. The little punch out on the sign is on 1, the middle lantern is on two and the other lantern is on 1 too. SO many I am classifying this as a 3-D project!!

I hope you enjoyed my project and will come back for more! I have subscription thingies on my sidebar! Now, off you go to check out the rest of the hop!

Enjoy, Rebecca

TE, Hangin’ Out at the Beach
Paper: Bazzil aqua CS, Imaginisce DP, White CS-PTI, kraft CS-SU!
Ink: night of navy, celery, cocoa, baha-SU!, Antique Linen, Worn Lipstick Distress Inks,
Accessories: Foam dots-Jody Morrow, twine-PTI, 1/2” SU! circle punch, Copics R20, YG11,63,67, E35.37,47, G94

September 20, 2010

Sewing Themed ‘Button Card’ Card

button card sewing themed card

I hope I haven’t posted this before. I’m pretty sure I worked from a sketch for this one but it was quite a while ago.Maybe Mojo Monday? I sewed some green twill into a flower and the flower in the corner was pierced with an Ornare template and handsewn with regular thread. The pattern envelope paper is from a real vintage pattern.

Enjoy, Rebecca

little letters-SU!, 5c (don’t remember, sorry)
Paper: saffron, ruby red CS-SU!, vintage pattern, DP-Material Girl Cosmo Cricket
Ink: ruby red, saffron-SU!
Accessories: buttons-PTI, scalloped circle Nesties, Cuttlebug embossing folder, MS border punch, twill-stash, sewing thread-Mettler, Ornare template

September 19, 2010

Life Wiper Card

Seems I only have Swap-Bot projects to show you lately! This one was for a moving cards swap I hosted. I’d never tried a wiper card before and I love trying new things.

life wiper card closed

When I was done, I sooooo didn’t want to give it away! The photo above shows how it looks closed…

life wiper card open

And here is what it looks open. I’ve loved this stamp set by PTI from the minute I first saw it. So versatile. I am not going to try and explain how to make it when it is so well described on SCS so go check it out.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: chocolate, bordering blue-SU!, Antique Linen-Distress Ink
Paper: DP, ivory, kraft CS-SU!
Accessories: 1/4” silk ribbon-May Arts, butterfly punch-MS, pearls-Kaisercraft, Spellbinders Borderability

September 16, 2010

Winnie the Pooh Matchbox

Another Swap-Bot swap called Itty Bitty Critter Adoption. We had to find a little animal of some kind, small enough to fit in a matchbox. Then design the outside of the matchbox as a habitat, add food and travel items to accompany them through the mail and create an Adoption Certificate. This was totally the most fun craft project I’ve done in a long time!

pooh matchbox

I found a Winnie the Pooh at the haircutting place where I take the kids, in one of those candy dispenser type things. Perfect size for a matchbox.  I hand drew the stump as part of the matchbox sleeve. The hole is backed by black card stock. However, when you pull on the ‘grass’…

pooh matchbox open

…the hole opens! This mechanism is independent of the  matchbox drawer which still pulls out like normal! Best part, you can’t pull the ‘grass’ out too far as I pout a stop on that layer of CS! If anyone is interested, I did take a photo of the mechanism before I put it together so I can post that if you’d like.

Inside you can see Pooh and his books. I know a bear with very little brain can’t read but his new owner can read to him. Titles include “Practical Bee Keeping”, “Huffalumps: Fact or Fiction” and one other I unfortunately can’t remember anymore and measure about 3/4” square and have actual pages. The mushrooms are cut from Cosmo Cricket Earth Love DP I hand cut the flower stem/leaves and the grass clumps. The trunk was stamped with PTI wood grain stamps and I hand drew the tree rings at the cut edge.

pooh matchbox drawer

I did a bit of research in the Pooh books we have and found a Pooh-Koo clock so I made him one. It is only about 1/2” x 5/8” x1”. I also included a blanket and a hand drawn honey pot.


Below is a view of the matchbox with the ‘grass’ pulled out, on it’s side. The rest of the matchbox sleeve is stamped too.

pooh matchbox side

I am so sorry that I haven’t posted in so long. I have just totally gotten out of the groove of blogging. I have tons to show you, I just don’t seem to get around to actually showing you. Now that the end of summer and ‘get everything done we didn’t get to before’ and the beginning of school are over, I should get back into more of a routine. I thank all of you who have stuck with me, and especially those who subscribe for sticking with me and not unsubbing.

Enjoy, Rebecca

woodgrain-PTI, pull-CDS
Paper: all CS-SU!, DP-Cosmo Cricket
Ink: cocoa, chocolate
Accessories: skinny satin ribbon, silk flower-Michaels, silver cord-SU!, Sweet pea Flower soft (I picked out only the green bits), Copic Multiliner, chocolate and cocoa markers-SU!, celery, homemade glimmer mist with water and gold Perfect Pearls

August 27, 2010

Shabby Pear for Doodle Pantry and Skipping Stones Sketch

I have acquired a new love for colouring fruit. No idea why, I just really enjoy it. So I was glad when Laurie added pears to her fruit basket!

pear bosc DP oct aft
I think this is a Bosc pear. There are a few orange or rust coloured pears out there. Considering how many varieties of fruits out there we hardly ever see, there are probably lots! Did you know there are hundreds of varieties of apples alone?

pear bosc DP oct aft closeup

I had a hard time getting the leaves to look right, I think Copic needs to make some darker greens. I used YG 60s but even G99 really isn’t that dark. When I eventually take the advanced Copic Class, I will definitely ask what to mix with the greens to get really dark values.

skipping stones 39

I saw a card out in blog land a few days ago that folded the corner of DP just like fabric and I tried to emulate this. I really love how it looks. Underneath is a vintage book page. I like the look of something other than CS under the peeled back edges. The flower is popped up on foam dots.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Doodle Pantry
Ink: Scattered Straw, Vintage photo, Antique Linen-Distress, Chocolate-SU!
Paper: DP-October Afternoon, white CS-Taylored Expressions, chocolate CS-SU!, vintage book paper
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, vintage lace, seam binding ribbon-Masterstroke, scalloped punch-SU!, Copic E08,35,37 YG63,67, R05, Y38, YR31