January 31, 2010

I am so busy!

Man, there is so much to do to get ready for a craft show! I have been creating all weekend. I went to a warehouse sale on Friday night and got a Copic airbrush system! WOO HOO! I’ve wanted one for AGES! So now you are expecting to see an airbrushed card… sorry, I haven’t even used it yet. Too busy trying to make saleable items. I hate trying to make stuff that isn’t exactly my style when I’m not sure if it will sell but I KNOW that not everyone likes the girlie cards that are my forte. It’s not that I hate making it so much as I have no idea if anyone will like it! I hope someone will like this one.

cc smile

Kinda cute and definitely masculine right? It is so fun digging through PTI buttons to get just the right one. I highly recommend them. I have almost every colour though I wish I had even more.

I tried using Skype for the first time tonight. You really have to try this if you have any friends or family far away. What fun. It was great to ‘meet’ Kathy, my buddy in AUSTRALIA!! It would cost a fortune without Skype. In case you have never heard of it, Skype is a free worldwide video phone service. All you need is a webcam, a computer and the ability to download the Skype program, oh and someone else with the same set up. Great fun!

Enjoy, Rebecca

real red-SU!
Paper: DP-Boyfriend Cosmo Cricket, real red-SU!
Accessories: PTI buttons and twine, arrow chipboard-stash

January 29, 2010

Back in 5

This saying is too funny! I just had to use this on a card. I love this paper pack-Cosmo Cricket Boyfriend though I don’t really get the name. When I look at these papers I don’t think of a boyfriend. Maybe if I was 15 (when no teenager should be dating IMHO). Like I’d ever get that wish!!

cc boyfriend back in 5
I had fun covering this arrow in some of the paper. I remember using an answer key like this. Remember at the top, ‘Fill in the whole circle. Do not use a checkmark or an X. Use HB pencil.’ In fact, I think I used these in college for formal exams.

So what is your happy place? Mine, when I was in labour, was on the back of my favourite horse, on a trail ride, moseying along with sun light filtering through the trees. Oh, and since it is a happy place, there are no bugs!!! or spider webs across the trail!

Enjoy, Rebecca

CC Boyfriend papers, real red CS-SU!
Accessories: twill and arrow-stash, foam dots-Jody Morrow

January 27, 2010

Turquoise Madelyn for Whimsical Wednesdays

I love these turquoise colours. They are the deeper coloured BG Copics, in this case, the trio recommended by PTI to coordinate with their Ocean Tides paper. I saw Jody Morrow use them on one of the Pure Innocence images from MTF and I emailed her to find out the colours because I loved them so much! In case you are wondering, this is called a tent topper card.

madelyn praying turquoise
madelyn praying turquoise copic

Please click on the photo to get a better view of the markers, especially the numbers of the BG’s since the colour doesn’t show. Hard having a mix of Ciao and Sketch! I’ll try and get it in next time. Let me know if this is useful to you. I read a comment on SCS last week that some people won’t bother revisiting a blog if the Copic colours aren’t shown! Who knew it was that important!

You will notice in my image she has no wings unlike last week when she did! I asked a very talented young friend of mine to digitally remove them, just for a change. I coloured the image first, then wondered where on earth I was going to find paper to match. A quick dive into my SU! In Colours bin and I found this paper that matched perfectly. I completely forget the name of it but I am so excited that it matched. I think the lighter colour is called Soft Sky. The DP must have been from the same In Colour Year because the green from the DP pack matches the mixed CS pack too.

The paper was cut with Eyelet Borderabilities and layered, I was pleased to find that the cutouts matched. I wasn’t expecting that; see how two of the holes in the flowers cut into the patterned paper allow you to see through the CS layer? The button is Ocean Tides and matched perfectly! I was really happy with this card in the end which is great because being sick for so long, I was starting to lose my mojo.

Funny that the name of this girl in the image is Madelyn as this week’s challenge was from Madelynn!
DDSC20 Apparently, this is a makeup set of her mom’s that she loves a ton! I have to agree with her; it is gorgeous! I took the pretty turquoise colour and the flower in the geisha’s hair as my inspiration. I was considering an Asian-themed card but I really wanted to use the image again I got FREE from Katie at Paper Makeup Stamps as she is the AWESOME Sponsor for this month! Thanks Katie! I do hope you will join us in playing this week. We’d all love to see your work. Link up to Mr Linky at Whimsical Wednesdays! Use DDSC20 if you upload to a public gallery. Be sure to drop by next week to find out who is next month’s sponsor.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: Antique Linen Distress ink (to tint white paper to vanilla) Paper: DP, vanilla, turquoise CS-SU!, white CS (image)-Taylored Expressions
Accessories: flower-Scrapbook Sally, button-PTI, silk ribbon-May Arts, eyelet borderabilities, scalloped rectangle nestabilities

January 26, 2010

Masculine Love Cards

It’s hard to make lovey dovey cards for guys right? I just got this great set from CTMH that made it so much easier. I’m making these for my craft sale so the attributes listed don’t reflect any particular person in my life but selected ones of course apply to my boys and hubby.

checklist1My instinct was to distress these so much more but I’ve read that a lot of people at craft fairs think distressing looks dirty rather than antique! Bummer!

checklist2I checked with hubby and he says these are guyish enough for even the manliest man.


checklist3My almost 9 y o son thinks this last one is the coolest. He likes the screw head brads and the corduroy ribbon. It is really soft and fuzzy, I am having fun working with it.

I am so sorry I haven’t posted lately. I am just now, three weeks later, getting better from a cold. I don’t think I’ve ever had a stupid cold that has lasted so darn long. I hope to make up for it in the next week or so. Thanks for hanging in with me.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: chocolate, riding hood red-SU!
Paper: DP and coloured CS-CTMH, vanilla CS-SU!
Accessories: brads-stash, corduroy ribbon-May Arts, foam dots-Jody Morrow, buttons and twine-PTI, twill tape-stash, brown ribbon-stash

January 20, 2010

Praying Faerie for Whimsical Wednesdays

Thank you to this month’s sponsor, Katie of Paper Makeup Stamps, for this great digi image. Isn’t she pretty?

praying faerie purple

I wasn’t sure I liked the colouring until I saw it in the photograph, now I like it. I still think the bottom of her dress might be too dark but she was lacking contrast before so I kept making the shadows darker. Her wings are covered in diluted Liquid Pearls but I think my brush was a bit dirty because in some light they looks a bit grungy, fortunately, you can’t see that here.

We have a fun sketch from Nikki this week. Hope you all have time to play. For inspiration, be sure to visit all of the DareDevils this week except Kim, Val and Debbie who couldn’t play. Once you create your masterpiece, be sure to upload it using DDSC19 and show it to all of us on Whimsical Wednesdays with a DIRECT link using Mr Linky.


Just a fun little note. We reached 100 followers on Whimsical Wednesdays! Thanks too all who have played and have made it a super fun challenge blog. We appreciate you all.

On another note, if you haven’t already watched it, Seven Pounds is a great movie. Sad, bring your tissues, but great. I would be balling my eyes out right now if my attention wasn’t split between the movie and blogging.

Enjoy, Rebecca 

Paper Makeup Stamps
Ink: printer ink, amethyst
Paper: Basic Grey, amethyst cs-SU!
Accessories: flower-Michael’s, brad-Recollections, pearls-Kaisercraft, ribbon-SU!

January 18, 2010

Shabby Chic Bunny Baby Card

You all know by now how much I love making baby cards! This one is for a challenge Laurie of Clearly Delightful posted other blog. CDBC1 She drew a sweet bunny digi stamp and is giving it away free to anyone who participates! What a great way to get people to play!

shabby bunny baby
I wish I'd already had the image for this card. Not that I don’t like this one, I just think a more detailed image would have suited this card. It is pretty easy to see what I did; no secrets are hidden here! Sorry the picture isn’t all that hot. I’m not sure what it up with it, I even edited it and it still isn’t as bright and pretty as the original. SIGH…

Sorry my posts have been so infrequent lately. I am still sick! This cold just won’t let go, 2 weeks; are you kidding me? Crazy! I'm trying to get a bit of stuff done but it just isn’t happening. What lousy timing!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: Memento brown, Antique Linen Distress ink
Paper: PTI blush CS, Melissa Frances DP
Accessories: gingham ribbon-Michael’s, buttons-PTI, lace-vintage from stash, twine-PTI, crocheted flower-Gal pal Rebecca, pearl-Melissa Frances, Copics

January 14, 2010

Mini Love Card Making Kits

I HAD to make these for my craft show; I was so inspired by the kits that Mish of Mish Mash makes and the divided tag box from SCS.

love kit 1

Inside are all kinds of heart and flower punchies in 5 colours, tags, twine, ribbon, rhinestones, buttons and brads. There are over 115 pieces in each box. I figure it is enough for at least 25 mini cards. Isn’t the box cute too? I really enjoyed making them.

love kit 2

Here are several of them together with the clear slide-over lids on. BTW, I really like Melon Mambo. I bought it because I was low on the other pinks from the Bold Brights package and keep them in stock for doing kids classes for young girls. Melon is so much prettier than the others. I am definitely going to buy the matching ink, ribbon and more paper.

This is a great gift for any young lady along with pre-folded mini note cards. These can also be used for scrapping for kids or kids-at-heart! And what a FANTASTIC way to use up your scraps. I made all 4 of these with nothing but scraps except for the boxes of course. Way to go green!!

BLOG CANDY ANNOUNCEMENTS The winner of the ribbon challenge was my local gal pal Janet. The winner of the comment challenge was Kathy S. Thanks to all who played.

Enjoy, Rebecca

love, tag-SU!
Ink: pixie pink, pretty in pink
Paper: white, blush, pretty in pink, pixie pink, the other BB pink, melon mambo CS-SU!, clear cardstock-PTI, pink with white hearts DP-stash
Accessories: pink hemp twine-Hemptique, pink pirouette striped ribbon-SU!, other ribbon-stash, rhinestones-Zva, brads-Taylored Expressions, buttons-PTI and stash, tags-Staples, various heart, flower and tag punches-SU! and EK Success, word window punch-SU!

January 13, 2010

Earth Love Road Less Traveled for Whimsical Wednesdays

I got so many new goodies today! Woo Hoo! Earth Love paper pack was one of my latest acquisitions and it was perfect for a card for Whimsical Wednesdays.

eath love road
I got the card finished except for the sentiment and had to think hard to find a phrase that was not only something different but was in a fun, whimsical font just right for this paper. I think this one is perfect. The card base is kraft run though my Cuttlebug embossing folder. Then I went over the dots with white snow ink from Papertrey Ink. It looked too perfect (but can’t wait until I want want perfect white dots!) so I ran some cocoa ink around the edge only. 

The green twill around the card is a fake out. I put a foam dot right in the middle of the panel where the ribbon would thread through so I slipped a tab of ribbon under the left side and I just put two pieces of angle cut ribbon together, slightly staggered, tied with twine and stuck the edges under the panel. I actually really like how it turned out. It uses way less ribbon and there are no ugly ends on the inside of the card either.

Thanks to Jack for this great sketch. I loved the three circles at the bottom! Thanks Jack. I hope you all played last week because DDSC18the prize from Katie at Paper, Makeup, Stamps will be revealed! I can’t wait to see what it is! Come on  now, Christmas is over, it is time to PLAY! Try out this week’s sketch, it is really fun and different! Think of those circles as letters, buttons, flowers, punched circles of patterned paper! The strip under the main panel can be ribbon, lace or cardstock or DP but you could also substitute some kind of shape or embellishment because they aren’t very long! You know you waaaanna! Upload to your blog or a gallery with DDSC18 and don’t forget to visit Mr Linky at Whimsical Wednesdays with the DIRECT link to your project. HAVE FUN!! When taking a look at the DareDevils blogs, please excuse Cassie, Darla and Heather this week.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Verve Beautiful you
Ink: cocoa, coral-SU!, scattered straw-Distress Ink, ColorBox roan chalk ink, fresh snow-PTI
Paper: kraft, vanilla CS-SU!, Earth Love DP-Cosmo Cricket
Accessories: white jute-Sharon Johnson Stamp Simply store, twill-SU!, PTI buttons, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder

January 11, 2010

Kitty Sympathy

I have noticed that the stamping world has newly acknowledged sympathy sentiments other than the usual ones are sometimes needed. I’ve seen a special set for babies (awww) and now this set for pets.cat sympathy
This card is pretty simple. The kitty was coloured with Copics and if you are wondering why the panel he is stamped on looks a bit uneven, it was white so I sponged it very lightly with Antique Linen Distress ink.

In case you were wondering, no, I not all better yet but on my way and even though I still feel yucky, I am working on my craft show. I am busy looking for card displays (know of anywhere great?) and packaging all my cards. I’ve made more 5x7 than I would have guessed, the only size for which I didn’t buy clear bags for packaging. GRR! Boy that packaging sure adds up. 23c for the 6.25” square envies and almost that much for the clear bags. Adds a lot to the cost right there!

Enjoy, Rebecca

kitty-Clear Dollar Stamps, Verse-Papertrey Ink, Paw-UK
Ink: memento cocoa, Antique Linen Distress Ink, chocolate chip
Paper: DP-stash, white CS-Taylored Expressions, vanilla CS-SU!
Accessories: Copics, foam dots-Jody Morrow, ribbon-stash

January 07, 2010

Glow-in-the-Dark Spaceship Card

OK, so you all know by now that I am super busy making things for a craft show. Except for the last few days that is while I have been sick with a nasty cold and sore throat. But as I was practically living in my craft room over the holidays, I have lots of projects to share with you that I made then.

kid spaceship 
Super cute right? I wanted this card to be for any occasion so I didn’t put much of a sentiment on it. Is #1 even a sentiment? I suppose so but it could be for anytime; aren’t kids always #1? See all the pale green stars and the circle on the spaceship? They are glow in the dark stickers. And man, are they ever bright! They look brighter than the cardstock circle when they are fresh out of the light. You don’t even need to be in the dark to see it! So cool!!! I am going to include some extra stars in the package when I put them in the clear bags. It took ages not only to punch the tiny stars but also to peel the backings off. Whew! But I think it was so worth it. I also stamped just the top of the spaceship on the sticker paper in Stazon and cut out the circle so it glows too.

Enjoy, Rebecca

robot/spaceship-See D’s, background stamps-Sunday International
Ink: memento black, Green galore-SU!, Stazon
Paper: white CS-Taylored Expressions, other CS-SU!
Accessories: glow-in-the-dark sticker paper-no idea of manufacturer but if you want some, I’ll hook you up with the gal who sold it to me, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Circle Nesties

January 04, 2010

Thank You for Midnight Madness

This card is for MMSC34. I really like their sketches but whew, they are always very challenging. This one was a bit easier and I needed a break from making things for my craft sale. I enjoy the work but it is hard to know what people will like, how many to make, what colours, sizes etc. Anyone have any insights, please let me know!

midnight madness thank you
And here is the sketch.

I now kinda wish I had used larger petals so the card would look more balanced but I was working from my hand drawn version of the sketch, not from the one you see here. This one was in my iPhone, but it times out after 3 minutes; I have it set that way, I could change it but I’d forget to change it back and my battery would be gobbled up in no time so I work from my own sketch.

I think the only elements you might not be able to figure out easily are the photo corners. They are from a single Cuttlebug square embossing folder. I cut it diagonally to get two corners from it. Time consuming and fiddly but so pretty. The flower is actually two, one with 4 petals cut out from it and another with 6 petals cut from it. That left two larger pieces, I layered all 4 to get what you see on the card. The petals are sponged with antique linen and worn lipstick Distress inks.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: Versamark, Distress inks
Paper: DP, pink CS-CTMH, vanilla, chocolate CS-SU!
Accessories: flowers-Scrapbook Sally, EP-Ranger, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Kaisercraft pearls, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Copics

January 03, 2010

Life Gift Set

I have been so busy making crafts for the craft show I am going to I keep forgetting to blog! I made this set last week sometime with my new Papertrey Life stamp set.

life corallife orangelife pinklife plum
I made matching envelopes for all of the cards like the one shown in the last picture. Then I made a case for the cards. I stamped the same image with Versamark, then added heat n stick powder and three colours of glitter.

life card case

I think I need to jazz this up a wee bit more. I’m just not sure what else to put on it. Anyone have any ideas? The template is one also from PTI, I think it might be one of the free ones.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: Versamark, chocolate, perfect plum, pale plum, coral, ruby red, pumpkin, apricot, artichoke, regal rose, rose red-SU!
Paper: vanilla, CS same as ink except versamark of course!-SU!
Accessories: buttons-PTI, Silk ribbon-May Arts, sheer ribbon-stash, PTI template, glitter-Art Institute, heat n stick powder-SU!