August 17, 2011

Doodle Pantry–Quirky Crab Card

To see my Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Blog Hop please SCROLL DOWN. Thanks!

I love this adorable little crab! So cute! And I just love making beach themed cards.

quirky crab card

If you read my blog regularly, you might remember I had some trouble with my Mudd Puddles sand and shells drying out. I am happy to report that the water I added worked quite well and they were all back to normal consistency when I took them out yesterday.

I used this Monday’s Mojo sketch for this card. Click on the image to link to the blog.


I tried out a new technique on this card. A few of the Copic designers have been showing a technique taught at the Intermediate class (which I am dying to take, the closest is Ottawa, a 5 hour drive and it’s after school starts, BUMMER) which involves cooling off the deepest areas of shadows with a BV marker. While it is hard to see due to the size of the photo (click to see it larger), it really worked and quite well. I was amazed! I had tried it before but didn’t like it because I assumed if I was shading over a marker ending in a certain number, I should shade with a BV ending in the same number, not so! Way too dark and obviously purplish. Debbie Olson was using a BV000 or 00 over much deeper colours and that’s what I tried. YEAH!

The background was airbrushed though you can’t see the shadows I added underneath the crab because of the sand. I do love the look of the airbrushing beneath the sand! I hand cut the scalloped edge around the fishies. I embellished the embossed corner with shells. OK, so I have a confession to make, I cut apart the embossing folder I used as it has 2 corners making up a square shape. I didn’t think about it but the shape of the cut area also embossed! Maybe I didn’t need the shim? Ooops! So I had some errant embossing to cover up so that’s why I added the shells.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Doodle Pantry
Paper: DP-Splash-Echo park, kraft, espresso CS-SU!
Ink: Antique Linen, Vintage Photo Distress inks
Accessories: circle Nesties, Cuttlebug embossing folder, ribbon-stash, Mudd Puddles shells and sand, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Copics R24,27, YR02,04,07, Y02,06,11, BG23,34,49, B12, BV00, E43,53, 00

Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Blog Hop

I'm sorry my project isn't up yet but I had a very rough night so I'm sleeping in. As my pregnancy progresses, it gets harder and harder to get a good night's sleep! I'll have my post up later though, just a bit late. My apologies.

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Welcome to my project for Taylored Expressions Blog Hop! I am happy to announce that I have found out the gender of my baby. I still can’t believe it because this pregnancy is so different in so many ways than the other two. But this baby is boy #3! Whew, I am going to be one busy momma! AND I won some stamp sets from TE via the Moxie Fab blog and I just had to use them. But how to incorporate a baby project with this month’s theme, Collectors Anonymous?

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Didn't take me long to settle on an altered Keepsake Box because I do tend to collect lots of ephemera for my scrapbook pages and I am always losing stuff unless it ends up in a special place! Like baby clothes tags, photos other people take and give me, ribbons from gifts, tags, cards etc. So this little box was perfect! I love that it has no separate lid but rather the top closes with a magnet.

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I stamped the tiny sheep from Bringing Home Baby on the kraft background using Champagne Versamark ink. I cut them apart and arranged them in a triangle shape for easy background stamping. Aren't they cute? The shimmer is hard to see but I love those little sheep anyway. I paper pieced the bear and accented him with a Copic marker for some shading. I hand cut the heart mat.

The box is nice to cover, the box collapses which makes the edges easier to cover as the raw edges can be tucked in and hidden when the box is assembled. You might have to see one to know what I’m talking about. The sides are covered in the same paper the heart was cut from. And since the box is white, no need to cover every edge or paint it first. Of course  you could if you didn’t want white but the surface is nice and smooth so I would recommend a very light, quick sanding if you want to paint it.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Bringing Home Baby, Beary Special-TE
Ink: Antique Linen Distress, Chocolate-SU!, Champagne Versamark
Paper: blue DPs-Anna Griffin, brown DP-SU!, kraft CS-SU!, natural CS-PTI,
Accessories: Perfect Package Card Box-TE, heart die-PTI, vintage buttons-stash, ribbon-stash, Copics E71,77, Labels 8 Nesties

Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Blog Hop

I'm sorry my project isn't up yet but I had a very rough night so I'm sleeping in. As my pregnancy progresses, it gets harder and harder to get a good night's sleep! I'll have my post up later though, just a bit late. My apologies.


August 05, 2011

Doodle Pantry August Release!–Vintage Car

I can’t believe it’s already August! Where did July go?? Man! This is my last month as a Doodle Pantry Designer. I’ll be sad when it’s over but I really enjoyed the HUGE release Laurie had for us this month! Lots of images in both realistic and cartoony styles.

vintage car red unscr layout

I used Vintage Car; it also comes in a coloured version for quick card making. It also has a version without the suitcases. It looks a bit flat here but I swear, it looks so much more 3 dimensional IRL. The background is embossed with a strip embossing folder that I repeatedly embossed across the card front. I used a sketch from Unscripted Sketches for the nifty layout, which I rotated 90 degrees.

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Click on sketch to visit Unscripted Sketches.

Laurie has so many other great images for you this month. Be sure to check them all out at Doodle Pantry! She also bundles some images at a FABULOUS price so be sure to visit her Specials page! Not only are some images from this release on sale but some School Themed products are on sale too. Keep an eye out for a new freebie with purchase also.

PS: I’m having an ultrasound today. Hopefully I’ll find out what gender the baby is! Anyone want to guess??? Leave me a comment!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Vintage Car-Doodle Pantry
Ink: Vintage Photo, Antique Linen Distress ink
Paper: Basic Grey DP (Oxford I think), kraft, wasabi, red CS-SU!, white CS-Taylored Expressions
Accessories: brads-CTMH, bracket-Thickers, epoxy circle sticker-Anna Griffin, circle punch-SU!, Copics R27,29,59, E33,35,37,49, C1,3,5,7,100, W1,3,5, Cuttlebug Embossing folder

August 01, 2011

Doodle Pantry Baby Cow Card - CPS 126

This baby cow is on beyond adorable! I live in a small town in the middle of farm country and I love seeing the baby animals with their mamas in the fields. I’m always pointing them out to the kids to the point where my 4 y.o. points out any old critter and says, “Oh, look at the baby {insert animal here}!” Too funny!

baby cow cps sketch

So cute right? The original didn’t have any lines for the cow’s spots so I added lines with a Copic Multiliner. The lines were much too thick for the drawing but you can’t tell anymore because I used black for the spots. If I was going to colour the spots brown, I’d have had to search for a thinner permanent marker.

The background was airbrushed with Copic markers. sorry it isn’t as vibrant as IRL, I took the photo when the sun was setting. I used YG63 for the ground, E33 for the hay and B32 for the sky. I had to be very careful where the sky and hay come close together as those colours aren’t too compatible but I was very happy with the result.


Click on the sketch for a link to the challenge.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Doodle Pantry
Stamps: weathered wood BG-SU!
Ink: Old Paper, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo Distress ink, chocolate-SU!
Paper: Brown DP-, Orange DP-Cosmo Cricket Wanted, Espresso, Kraft CS-SU!
Accessories: raffia, wood button, hemp twine-stash, Label 1 Nesties, Copics RV42, E33,35, B32, YG67, C1,3,5,7, 100, 00, Crop-a-dile (notches for raffia)