April 30, 2014

CASE Study Floral Edged Tag

My third and final (out of time, I had more ideas) entry into the CASE Study DT challenge. My personal muse is definitely Melissa Phillips so here’s another CASE of a tag she made.

CASE study DT Melissa Phillips tag

Here’s a link to Melissa’s tag. I kept the tag, scalloped bottom though mine is made of paper strips not strips of washi tape, felt flowers, polka dots and single large embossed work across the top. I changed up the colours and added longer lace and ribbons at the top styled differently with a button tie. I also added a reinforcer circle made from DP, a cardstock lace edge, and quite a few super tiny rhinestones.

I really like this one. It’s so happy and springy and works for any situation. I mean, seriously, who CAN’T use a hug when you give them a gift??

Please choose me for the DT. I work hard, am punctual and love working from inspiration challenges.

Enjoy, Rebecca

hugs-Say it Loud-WMS, dot-SSS
Ink: Versamark
Paper: pastel DP pack, kraft, blush CS-PTI
Accessories: felt-Etsy, rhinestones-TE, scalloped, lace border dies, twine, button-PTI, various tiny flower, oval dies-Memory Box, PTI and Spellbinders, ribbon-May Arts, lace-stash, 1/2” hole punch, gold EP-SU!, Crop-a-dile-WRMK

CASE Study DT Mannequin and Roses Tag

This is my second entry for the CASE Study DT. I sooo want to be chosen. I save so many cards on Pinterest and CASE them so this DT would be perfect for me!

CASE study DT Tim holtz tag

I CASEd the April tag by Tim Holtz. Of course I plan to link this up to that challenge too. I used almost the same technique for the background with the exception of using distress stain instead of distress paint. I added some more embellishments, made my flowers differently and added some stitch stamping. I also added some lovely shimmer with bronze distress stain.

I hope you like it. I know I would be an excellent team member. I am currently on the Unscripted Sketches DT and I haven’t missed a week since November. I hope I am chosen. Pretty please!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Button Boutique-PTI
Ink: Vintage photo Distress, Archival potting soil, black-Ranger
Paper: linen CS-PTI, DP-Melissa Frances, grunge paper
Accessories: mini tattered Rose die, dress form die, hex cover plate die-PTI, shimmer mist-Tattered Angels, various distress stains, Copic refill G21, Hug Snug seam binding ribbon, button-Ebay, pearls-Kaisercraft, red, pink, ivory acrylic paints, 1/2” circle punch-SU!, Crop-a dile-WRMK, cherish charm-TH, pin-stash

April 26, 2014

Prairie Smile Card for Unscripted Sketches #254

Doesn’t this card remind you of a prairie dress? I love these patterns and colours.


I’ve been wanting to copy the paper piecing technique Melissa Phillips uses for ages. I finally decided it would be perfect with this card. You can see her card here. I’m entering this card in the CASE Study DT challenge.


I hope you will join us this week on Unscripted Sketches. I love the ‘sentiment/quote’ part at the bottom. I have tons of tiny stamps I love to stamp repeatedly as a border. What do you have in your stash that would work?

Enjoy, Rebecca

Mega Mixed Messages-PTI
Paper: white CS-PTI, navy CS-SSS card kit, DP-Basic Grey
Ink: night of navy-SU!, Versamark
Accessories: loopy flower die-Memory Box, vintage lace, button, twine-PTI, white EP-HA,

April 25, 2014

Speedy Recovery

I seem to make mostly Thank You, Sympathy and Get Well cards. Shame two out of three aren’t happy occasions but at least I can make something pretty and colourful to help cheer someone up.

speedy recovery life

This is pretty simple but in case you’ve never done this watercolour stamping technique, here’s how. Ink your stamp with markers then spritz with a fine mist of water or pearlized water. Stamp and then spritz again to get a lighter image. How much water will determine how crisp or watery the image will be.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Life, Healing Touch Sentiments-PTI
Ink: Plum Pudding
Paper: Cream, Spring Moss, Lemon Tart CS-PTI
Accessories: edge die, buttons-PTI, foam dots-The Sticky Stuff Store

April 21, 2014

No Line Coloured Rose Card

I’ve been wanting to try no line colouring for a while and wow, does it ever cause you to really look at the shadows, highlights and overall contrast! Quite the Copic challenge!

rose no line congr

The sketch was based on Sketchbook Saturday 100 but as usual, I managed to come in late so I can’t link it up. Bummer. I had it done a while ago too but I didn’t get around to blogging it in time. The ribbons are a bit hard to see in the photo (click to enlarge) but IRL it looks really nice. The background was sprayed with some mist I mixed a long time ago. Maybe it’s a diluted version of a Mr. Huey’s mist??

sketchbook saturday 100

Enjoy, Rebecca

: rose-SU!, sentiment-SSS
Paper: white CS-PTI, white CS for rose-X-Press It, gold CS-SU!
Ink: pale tomato-HA, Antique Linen (for no line rose)
Accessories: foam dots-The Sticky Stuff Store, rhinestones-TE, mist-?, embossing folder-Sizzix, ribbon-stash, Copics R11, 20, 22, 32, 24, 27, 29, 59

April 19, 2014

Darling Freestyle Collage Card

I’m not usually a huge fan of diagonal lines on my cards but I love this tilted panel layout.

darling love card (2)

I don’t celebrate Valentine’s day and these papers were meant to be used for v-day. So I had to adapt the papers and tags to a simple love card. This is easily one of my fav cards I’ve made all year.

Enjoy, Rebecca

DP and tickets-Jan SSS kit, white CS-PTI, doily-local restaurant
Accessories: rickrack die-PTI, MME enamel dots, pink ribbon-May Arts, veneer word-Studio Calico,

Baby Thank You Card Folder for Unscripted Sketches #253 and Giveaway Winner

I love using the sketch for something other than basic cards. This week I was making cards for a friend who just had a baby and the sketch worked beautifully a folder to hold the cards.


I used some Webster’s Pages papers to make this. The yellow ribbon looks so pretty. I love that shade of yellow and the chevrons are awesome.

baby folder open

This is the inside of the folder. I designed it myself so if you like it and want the dimensions, let me know.

baby folder close

Here’s a closeup of the embellishments. The arrows are made from Craft-a-board then covered with white cardstock and washi tape.

baby folder matching card elephant ty

This is the card I designed. Sorry that it’s hard to read the tag; it says ‘thanks’. I made the card narrower than the usual 4.25”. It is only 4” which helped because I wanted to get the most from a scrap of 12” wide paper and of course, 4” fits across 3 times but 4.25 only fits twice. That also allowed me to hang the trunk off the edge and still fit into a regular envelope.


I hope you will join us at Unscripted Sketches this week. Be sure to check this week’s post to see if you won one of our prizes! I look forward to making the jewelry I am giving away. My winner is Monika Reeck so please email me in the next 48 hours to claim your prize.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Mega Mixed Messages, Bitty Baby Blessings-PTI
Ink: Harvest gold-PTI
Paper: lemon tart CS-PTI, Baja Breeze CS-SU!
Accessories: foam dots- The Sticky Stuff Store, Copic BG72, seam binding ribbon-Masterstroke Ribbon

April 12, 2014

Happy 5th Blog-iversary Unscripted Sketches! and Giveaway

ETA: I apologize this didn’t post earlier. For some reason my pre-scheduled post didn’t go up as planned at 8am. So sorry.


Congrats on 5 awesome years! This week we have some special prizes on the Unscripted Sketches blog so be sure to visit right after you read this post. Don’t leave yet though because I have blog candy here too! But first up is my card.


A friend is going through a rough time so I thought I’d send her a Thinking of You card. I dug out these older, gorgeous Webster’s Pages papers and I’m so glad I did. I cut the mirror on the bottom left with an X-acto before I die cut the label shape so I could exclude it. If you’ve never done this technique before, you just cut the part you want to exclude carefully then tuck the die underneath.

I used leftover Spellbinders packaging to create the window for my shaker. I really should make shakers more often, they are so much fun! You can see the sequins inside but it also has microbeads that you can’t see as well.

garnet bar necklace

So, now the moment you’ve been waiting for… I am offering blog candy! I’ve been making lots of jewelry lately so I am offering a silver bar necklace like the one above, with your choice of colour of crystal or stone (from the colours I have). I will contact the winner to find out more about their preferences. So, what do you have to do to enter? It’s easy. Sign up for my email updates (over on the sidebar), leave me a comment saying you signed up AND enter to win at Unscripted Sketches. You can enter by commenting or entering a card or both but if you enter a card, you may come back and leave another comment saying you did so for another chance to win! If the winner I pick hasn’t entered at Unscripted Sketches, I will choose again. I will pick the winner next Saturday and she will have 48 hours to reply.


I hope you all enjoy the festivities, other designers are offering blog candy too so be sure to visit all of them. I hope you love this week’s sketch, I thought it was super fun.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Thinking of You-SSS
Ink: Teal Zeal-Memento, Antique Linen Distress
Paper: Webster’s Pages, moss CS-PTI
Accessories: pearls, rhinestones-Kaisercraft, sequins-Ellen Hutson, microbeads-MS, foam dots-Sticky Stuff Store, foam strips-?, roses and leaves-Michaels, white flowers-Prima, ribbon-Dharma Trading

April 11, 2014


I’ve been making a ton of jewelry lately and I thought you might like to see it.

ocean tides necklace

This is my Ocean Tides Necklace. I used a mix of round and bicone crystals and aquamarine chips. Each one is individually added to a head pin with a clear silver lined seed bead then the head pin is finished with a wrapped loop. 8! of these are added to beading wire between each large pearl. Yep, it took a long time to wrap each bead. The back has no wrapped loop beads because they would dig in to my skin too much so it finishes with plain strung beads. I’m entering this in Anything But a Card challenge to make something springy.

rainbow bracelet

This one was made from a kit but I still love how it turned out. I made it for my son’s kindergarten teacher who, when asked, said her favourite colour was ‘rainbows’. So cute!

fan siam briolettes necklace

This one gave me no end of trouble! No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get the two crystals with gold around them (cup links) to lay the same way! UGH! I finally got it but not without lots of frustration and muttered bad words. But I think it was worth it in the end.

cool tones necklace

I call this one my Mardi Gras necklace. Hubby doesn’t really like it because he thinks the pearls look too much like metallic Mardi Gras beads. They are cheap and so do have a bit more of a metallic look than most pearls so he has a point but I love it anyways. It was inspired by the necklace shown at the beginning of every episodes of Bead, Baubles and Jewels.

garnet swirls bracelet

You may want to click on this one for a better look. I hand made each link in this bracelet. It’s quite tricky to get each one to look the same. I messed up two links while making it but since I am new to this type of wire work, I don’t think that’s too bad. I made the clasp to.

garnet swirls bracelet lasp

This the a hand made clasp I made for this bracelet. I learned to make both the links and the clasp from a book called Artisan Filigree. I highly recommend it. I have a few more pieces but I’m saving them for another day.

Enjoy, Rebecca

I Love You Watts

I was so inspired by last week’s Unscripted Sketches that I made two cards. This one was for hubby; he’s been behaving himself lately so I needed to let him know. ;)

RebeccaEdnie251 v2

It’s hard to see but I coloured the backside of the vellum bulb bright yellow in the center of the heart and lighter yellow just outside of it. I love colouring hte back of vellum; such an awesome look. I wish it showed up more. The hearts are coloured with a Copic and then I added Glossy Accents to the top.


Enjoy, Rebecca

Watts and Watts-SSS
Ink: black Archival-Ranger 
Paper: SSS card kit, scraps white CS
Accessories: holiday shapes die-SSS, Copic R27, Glossy Accents

Unscripted Sketches is Turning 5!


It’s our Blog-iversary tomorrow! Be sure to visit Unscripted Sketches tomorrow for a chance to win prizes and I will also be featuring blog candy here. Several other designers are offering blog candy too! Come one back; you don’t want to miss it!


April 05, 2014

Shabby Lace Wedding Card for Unscripted Sketches #251

This week’s sketch is so simple and versatile! It’s a Unscripted Sketches favourite for sure! I decided to get my shabby on for this one and wow, am I ever proud of how it turned out! Especially my handmade flower! I am entering this in this week’s Shabby Tea Room challenge ‘Pretty in Pink’.


The flower is made from layers of organza, light see-through bridal fabric, and some crinoline which is heavy and stiff but once wet, it curls up and then dries with lots of texture. The organza flower petals were melted with my heat gun. I use tweezers to hold each petal while I just kiss the edge with the heat gun. It’s easy to end up with lots of melting and no petal so be careful and same for the crinoline; it singes very easily. So go easy if you speed up drying it with your heat gun but that can be a cool look if you want it really shabby. I allowed it to singe in a few places just enough to get a light brown colour to help out the Distress ink I added to make the crinoline ivory.

shabby lace card closeup

The leaves are made in the same way as the petals but this time I used satin fabric. The crinoline will also make nice leaves if you dye it green with reinkers, spray mist or colour it with markers. The green ribbons are hand cut using more organza cut on the bias. If you cut fabric into ribbons this thin in the usual straight way, it will fray too badly to be used. To cut it on the bias, cut your strips, mine were 1/2”, on the 45 degree grain of the fabric. A quilting ruler, rotary cutter and a grid mat with 45 marked on it are a tremendous help.

shabby lace card closeup2

The lace is gorgeous don’t you think? I picked it up in the bridal department of my local fabric store. It was pricey but I bought it on sale and since it had two decorated edges, and I only needed a bit, it was worth the cost. I had a hard time deciding if I wanted it to overlay the whole card or just the bottom but it was too pretty to not use it on the whole card! I just had to arrange my sentiment carefully so you could read it! I just love how the stripes peek out from underneath the lace!

251I made the little pearl accent on the wire, it’s pretty easy, just cut a piece of wire, add a pearl to the center, twist the wire. Then add another pearl a little ways from the bottom of the twist, fold the wire and twist just using that one wire until it is tight. Then twist the two wires together and repeat. Just try to alternate which wire you add the pearls to or one will be really short and the other very long and use lots more wire than you think you’ll need. Twisting wire uses a lot more than you’d think.

TSTR _212

If you’ve always wanted to play but never got the chance, this is the week since this is a pretty easy sketch! And be sure to visit my blog and Unscripted Sketches next week too because we are having our BLOG-AVERSARY! YEAH!! There will be prizes and giveaways on some of our blogs and other fun events so you don’t want to miss it!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Stamps: Say it Loud-WMS
Ink: antique linen Distress, Watering Can Archival-Ranger, London Fog-Memento
Paper: MME Market Pad, cream CS-PTI
Accessories: fabrics, lace as listed above-Fabricland, brad-CTMH, flower, leaf dies-rose creations Spellbinders, ribbon-stash, half-back pearls-can’t remember sorry they are really nice ones, gold wire-beading store, top-drilled pearls-AH Beads, cream silk ribbon-May Arts