July 27, 2010

Calla Lily Sympathy Card

Unfortunately, I needed a sympathy card recently; fortunately, it was no one I knew well who died but I like to support the family members who I know better. Since it is for a woman, I figured I could go with pink which I don’t usually use for a sympathy card.

calla lily kioshi sympathy

When I think of calla lilies, I always think of funerals and sympathy cards. I was helping my girlfriend pick out the flowers for her wedding bouquet. She wanted calla lilies and when I told her what I thought about that, she couldn’t use them anymore. I was glad but I had no idea she’d change her mind based on my comment!

Sorry the contrast isn’t the best in this photo. I guess I needed a better backdrop. This card measures a standard 4.25 x 5.5”.  In case you are wondering, the MS punches fit perfectly across the width when punched like this. I should have cut the card height down to 5” though. I just punched with a bit of space in between each punch to make up the difference and trimmed out the leftover bits.

The Copic colouring looks much better IRL; in fact the whole card is brighter. What you can’t see is the pale purple outline around the flowers to help them stand out from the background. I’ve started printing parts of my images twice so I can pop them up and I think I’ll do that next time with this image!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Lilies-Doodle Pantry
Ink: Spun Sugar Distress ink
Paper: Kioshi DP-Basic Grey, white CS-Taylored Expressions, sweet blush CS-PTI
Accessories: foam sots-Jody Morrow, ribbon-stash, Copics-V000, YG00,03,06, Y35, Corner Chomper, MS deco shell punches

July 25, 2010

Baby Girl Bunny Wabbit Card

I was just going through projects I’ve taken pictures of but haven’t blogged yet.  This is one of my favourite cards ever and I can’t believe I haven’t blogged it sooner! I got the image FREE by playing the challenge Laurie of Clearly Delightful posts every month on the 5th. (Be sure to play! EVERYONE gets a free image!)When I found out I was going to be on her design team, I made this card only to find out she had sold the rights to this image to Clear Dollar Stamps so I couldn’t use it for her DT.

baby girl bunny wabbit

I liked it so much, I made another like it in blues and greens with a baby goat image, so if it seems familiar, that is why. I think this bunny has to be one of the cutest images I have, whether digi or rubber/clear. The chubby body, the splayed out back feet, it just reads ‘baby’!

baby bunny wabbit closeup

The bunny was coloured with Copics, I have no idea of the colours anymore, if I had to guess, I would say light E50’s and maybe a touch of E31 or 33 and R11 for the ears and W1 or 3 for the shadow. The lace is actually two pieces; the seam is covered by the ribbon which is a lovely soft twill I wish I had way, way more of!

I hope you all know how easy it is to use digis! I just import them into Publisher, right click to resize to a specific measurement or just drag one of the corners to resize by eye, put cardstock into the printer and THAT IS IT! I like to print several at a time to save paper and keep them around for use whenever I want something to colour. SO EASY PEASY! I sure hope you will try them!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Bunny Wabbit by Laurie Wilson for Clear Dollar Stamps
Paper: ivory CS-Taylored Expressions, darker pink CS-Pink Pirouette-SU!, light pink CS-Bazzil?
Accessories: washer and pin-Making Memories, pink twill-stash, crocheted lace-May Arts, Labels 1 Nestabilities, Kaisercraft pearls, foam dots-Jody Morrow

July 23, 2010

I Like you Thiiiiiiiiis Munch!

Isn’t this squirrel cute? I like that he isn’t too cartoony but somewhat realistic! And the sentiment is a hoot!

squirrel munch card
I used the new Max and Whiskers Paper from Basic Grey, I am not stuck on orange but it just suits cards with critters on them so perfectly! If you look closely, I carefully drew a stripe down the middle of some of the seeds to make them look like sunflower seeds. Squirrel’s favourites!

squirrel munch closeup

I used a sketch by Skipping Stones Designs. When I had made the card, I had just saved the sketch on my phone from someone’s blog but when I checked, the sketch was already closed. Bummer. Anyway, if you love this image, be sure to check out Doodle Pantry!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: Vintage Photo, Antique Linen Distress inks
Paper: white CS-Taylored Expressions, Sage, chocolate CS-SU!, DP-Basic Grey
Accessories: paw twill tape-stash, Copic markers E35,37,47,49 W3,7, Y21, R11 Multiliner pen, foam dots-Jody Morrow, twine-PTI, button-stash

July 22, 2010

Star-Crossed Cherries for Doodle Pantry

I love these cherries! I really enjoy colouring fruit and I hope Laurie will draw lots more!

cherries n stars 
There really isn’t anything too difficult here so not much to tell.

Be sure to visit Laurie’s blog, Clearly Delightful, to check out the new releases! And see all the images available at the Doodle Pantry website!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Oranges and Cherries-Doodle Pantry
Ink: Vintage Photo Distress, Antique Linen (to make the white CS ivory)
Paper: ridinghood red CS-SU!, white CS-Taylored Expressions, star DP-Webster’s Pages, ledger DP-October Afternoon
Accessories: Copics-R29, 59, 89, E33, 35, G17,85,99. hemp twine, wooden button-stash, foam dots-Jody Morrow

July 19, 2010

Butterfly Twirl Pop-Up Card

Another Swap-Bot creation. This time the theme was pop-up butterfly cards. OK, so one pop-up card isn’t so hard but when I re-read the instructions, I had to make two pop-up cards for each of two partners! AHHH! I really didn’t want to design two cards around the same old type of pop-up because my stamps and punches are limited and I worried they’d be too much the same and boring! So I browsed SCS for another type of pop-up card rather than the typical ‘cut slit in paper’ type of card. And I came up with two! Spiral pop-up and twirl pop-up!

butterfly twirl front 
So here is the front, nothing terribly special but nice…

butterfly twirl inside1 
And here is the inside one way…

butterfly twirl inside2
You really have to check out the video on SCS to get the real niftiness of the spin feature. You set the tension of the cord just right and it makes the purple part spin! I changed the dimensions just a bit because my purple part stuck out when I closed it. I’m not sure if I messed up or if the directions were wrong but it worked fine after an adjustment. You can barely see it, at the base of the pieces that stick out, you can see that I have two score lines, the original and one that makes the sticking out protrude less.

I sure hope you will try one of these, so FUN! They would be PERFECT for kids! I’ll show you the spiral pop-up later in the week. I figured out how to make sure I keep up with blogging! Unless I am on a super tight deadline, I am blogging BEFORE I craft. That way, I can’t forget! :)

Enjoy, Rebecca

butterfly-handmade foam stamp from MS punch, verse-Verve Beautiful You, sentiment-Everyday Flexible Phrases SU!
Ink: pale plum, perfect plum-SU!
Paper: ivory, sage, pale plum, perfect plum CS, DP-SU!
Accessories: BBQ skewer-stash, brads (to cover ends of skewers)-MM, flower-Michaels, MS flower punch, Quickutz stamping foam for die cutting, pearl-Dollarama, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, silver cord-SU!, Corner Chomper-WRMK

July 18, 2010

Breast Cancer ATC

I love using pink and my life has been very touched by breast cancer (not personally) so it was an obvious choice to join a Swap-Bot swap for a breast cancer themed ATC.

breast cancer ATC

I absolutely LOVE the background swirl stamp (Tim Holtz). He has put it into several sets I believe. No wonder, it is gorgeous! The rest is pretty obvious so not too much to say.

Hope you are all having a fabulously fun and safe summer!

Enjoy, Rebecca

verse-SU!, background-Tim Holtz
Ink: pink pirouette-SU!, worn lipstick Distress ink
Paper: sweet blush CS-PTI, white CS-SU!
Accessories: MS butterfly punch, sheer ribbon-stash, pearls-Kaisercraft and Dollarama, rhinestone-K&Co., Cuttlebug Swiss dots embossing folder, foam dots-Jody Morrow, rectangle Nestabilities (no, there isn’t one that is a perfect ATC size, it is slightly short and fat!)

Easter Lily for Doodle Pantry

ANNOUNCEMENT: Doodle Pantry is going to be releasing digi images twice a month! Look for a new set of digis on the 20th at Clearly Delightful!

First of all, let me apologize for being ridiculously absent here lately. Not only is it summer but for a while there I over-obligated myself with swaps, design team work and of course, we can’t forget about the family! I was working my buns off creating several projects every night so after, my creativity was so long gone and I was hard pressed to stay awake, never mind write blog posts. At least I have TONS to show you as I have taken pictures of virtually everything!

I love this lily, do you remember when I coloured it as a Stargazer lily here? Well, I loved it so much, I decided to colour another. This time I coloured it authentically as an Easter Lily. Or at least as authentically as they looked on Google Images! lol!

easter lily kioshi

I have to say, Basic Grey’s latest release, Kioshi, has such gorgeous colours that work perfectly with SU! soft subtles papers, some of which are retired. But I still have them all! Including pale plum I used for the background of this card. I wish I has embossed or stamped the background but oh well, I still like it.


I used Jen delMuro’s Sketch for You to Try from today! YEAH! I actually played a sketch with enough time to not only post it here but to join in the fun on her blog! I don’t know how many times lately that I have made something using a sketch or challenge only to not get it blogged in time!

It was fun turning the lower horizontal piece into a flower garland. I used the button to highlight one flower so it would stand out as the focal point shown in the sketch.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Easter Lily-Doodle Pantry
Ink: pale plum-SU!
Paper: pale and perfect plumCS-SU! white CS-Taylored Expressions, DP-Kioshi Basic Grey
Accessories: lilac flowers-stash, button-PTI, ribbon-May Arts, foam dots-Jody Morrow, oval Nestabilites, Copics

July 05, 2010

Oranges Bookmark for Doodle Pantry and a Challenge with Prizes!

What a fabulous new release Laurie has for you today! I love the fruit images some companies have released as rubber but of course, you are tied to an exact size when stamping them.

oranges bookmark closeup

For this bookmark, I needed a size much smaller than most images available as stamps. Doesn’t it work perfectly with  the size of the Eyelet Pendant I used as a base? Notice the pearls I used, the yellow ones in the flower centers are coloured with Y35 Copic and two little white was ones dot the flower center of the Eyelet Pendant (right near the edges).  In case you are wondering, this is the type of bookmark that slips over the page you are reading and the tail helps it stay on. I could also add magnets to the inside of the bookmark to help it stay on; I’ll try it out, then decide.  Here is a view of the full length bookmark complete with ribbon tail.

orange bookmark

I used sheer 1” white ribbon and the loveliest soft velvet ribbon from May Arts. TIP: Any time you use glue on sheer ribbon, make sure you keep in mind that glues can seep through or remain tacky through the sheer ribbon so- 1) protect your work surface (and the junk on it! hee hee), 2) make sure there is no dye ink or paper bits on your work surface that might be picked up by the glue, 3) use a glue that dries completely if the sheer ribbon will not be backed by something else, not a 2 way glue that becomes repositionable when dry (ask me how I know!) or a dry tape which will stay tacky and never really dry, 4) use a glue that dries clear, 5) use a glue that doesn’t dry too stiff.

In this case, I used Beacon’s 3 in 1 Advanced Craft Glue which is easily my favourite craft glue for almost any purpose. If this was on a card with a backing, I might have used Glue Arts Ribbon Adhesive which I quite like. It seems pretty wimpy at first but it holds really well. I keep it on the spool and apply it directly to the ribbon or lace (even bumpy, uneven lace!), never cutting  the backing until I am finished with it.

The oranges were really fun to colour but I admit it was hard to get the shine on the orange looking quite right and I am not certain I got the shiny spots in quite the right place! :) Do you see the dimpling on the oranges? I coloured them then put a wee bit of Blender solution on a terry washcloth and dabbed the Blender on the oranges only (If I was thinking smarter, I would have coloured the leaves after colouring and dabbing the oranges but I managed to keep the Blender off the leaves and stem.)

OK, OK, I know you are anxious to hear about the Challenge! Visit Laurie’s blog, Clearly Delightful, to get all the details. Not only does every participant get a free image of their choice, you could win FABULOUS blog candy! Trust me, you want it, I sure do!! So make a card or project using the Challenge Theme: Pearls, Bling or Buttons. Have Fun!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Oranges and Cherries-Doodle Pantry
Paper: white CS-Taylored Expressions, DP-Nook and Pantry by Basic Grey
Accessories: Copics: E08,35,37,47, Y35, YR00,02,16,20,61,68, G28,85, Blender solution and pen, pearls-Dollarama, ribbon sheer-stash, velvet rickrack-May Arts, Eyelet Pendant die-Spellbinders, foam dots-Jody Morrow

July 03, 2010

Doodle Pantry is Having a Sale

WOOHOO! Great News!!

Laurie of Doodle Pantry is having a 4 day sale from July 4 - 7 of 25% off entire cart.

coupon code: DP4JULY25

She will be putting up the new product at the store on July4th late afternoon so you can wait for the new releases to use the coupon!

Enjoy, Rebecca