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