February 25, 2012

PTI Blog Hop


This month's theme was interactive cards! I can't wait until I can order the Movers and Shakers dies! For now, I used an SCS tutorial for a wiper card.

spring life wiper card closed
Here's the front…

spring life wiper card

and this photo below shows what it looks like opened up.

If you hold it open and flat, the wiper section sticks up perfectly straight. We've just had three straight yucky days with snow so I needed a happy card with springy colours! I made a very similar card before in deeper colours; if you go to the search box in the top left corner next to the orange Blogger 'B' and type in wiper, you will find it. Hard to create links how I'm posting. It would be perfect for a sympathy card. ETA: Here’s the link.

spring life wiper card close up
I've always wanted to make one with a pocket inside for a gift card holder with an arrow on the wiper pointing to it! I didn't realize until now that my Laughter panel looks unbalanced so I'll probably add a little leaf sprig at the top later. I used a marker to create the centers for the pink flowers.

The yellow flower doesn't have a center for it exactly. I tried thumping my markers in the center but it didn't show up enough. So I used the tiny flower stamp included to stamp several times in apricot ink to make a center. It's the same stamp you see in pink in a few places.

EDITED SINCE I WROTE THIS: I apologize for the very lousy iPhone photos. I promise to get better ones up this afternoon but I'm so tired. I got up right after nursing the baby to make this. He actually slept through the night, from 12:30 until almost 8 (awesome for a 2 month old), but I'm behind on sleep because he's usually up several times! So I'm posting from my iPhone and will post properly later with real camera pictures. I'll add the recipe then too. The PTI products are the papers except the Kraft and plum CS, the stamps, dies, buttons and striped twine. The inks, scalloped punch and twine are not PTI.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: banana, apricot, moss, olive, plum, pink, eggplant-SU! Distress Linen, Photo
Paper: spring moss DP, rustic white CS-PTI, kraft, perfect plum, pale plum CS-SU!
Accessories: butterfly and scalloped circle die, chocolate twine, white button twine, buttons-PTI, foam dots-Jody Morrow, twine-stash, bee bellie-Jessie James buttons, Battenburg lace tape-stash, EK Success mini scallop punch, WRKM Corner Chomper

February 21, 2012

Smiley Teddy Bear

My new baby is 2 months old and I still can’t believe so much time has gone by! Here’s a photo of him with one of his first smiles on his face! He thinks every smile requires his tongue to stick out so that’s why his tongue is out a bit! (In case you are new to my blog, his name is Theodore so his nickname is Teddy and sometimes Teddy Bear.)

smiling teddy

He’s so cute I just had to add another picture!

blue blanket baby


Game On for Jameson

My 11 yo son came home with a relatively good report card last week so I wanted to congratulate him with a card. Poor kid really struggles with ADD and we are reluctant to medicate him so this means a lot. He got all Bs and Cs (though without ADD he’d get As and Bs) when last report he got some Ds so this is a big improvement.

Gamer card for J

I am sooo happy with how this turned out! I didn’t use a sketch which is rare and even though it is a CAS card, I like the simplicity. Usually when I make a CAS card I feel like it needs more or that it is boring. funny because I LOVE other people’s CAS cards!

It is pretty simple so really not much to say. The recipe will explain most of it. This card is 3.5 high x7.5” long. This means the whole thing wouldn't fit into my Cuttlebug without being folded. EMBOSSING TIPS: If you are trying to emboss a card and it must be folded, cut off the excess plastic border from around the pattern on lower portion your embossing folder only. Don’t cut off both. That allows you to get very close to the fold line. And I needed to emboss twice to get the whole thing. On the second pass, line up your plates so that the edges exactly match the patterned part of the embossing folder (not the edge of the plastic). That way the plates and the folder won’t crush the part which was already embossed. You will get a tiny faint line where the folder ends but very little and no crushing of the design. You could also cut off the excess plastic but trust me, never cut off both pieces or the line will be even worse that uncut.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Boy Basics: Simple Circles, Game On-PTI
Ink: saffron, sahara sand-SU!, Memento black
Paper: DP-Boyfriend Cosmo Cricket, white, saffron, black CS-SU!
Accessories: circle die-PTI, foam dots-Jody Morrow,
Cuttlebug embossing folder, Circle Nestabilities

February 10, 2012

Baby Girl Card–Pinterest and PTI Inspired

Today, well, technically yesterday, Nichole challenged us to use Pinterest inspiration to make a card. The DT made their card and showed us their pinned inspiration. We needed to use their inspiration or something from Pinterest of our choice.

baby PTI pint insp

In case you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon, Pinterest is an online bulletin style inspiration board. Instead of bookmarks on your computer, you save the photos and the link to the origin is automatically saved. YOu can save under multiple categories to keep everything organized; it is awesome!!


I used the stripes and monochromatic colour scheme, white with one other colour, from this photo.


I used the typography and one tilted letter from this photo.


I used Jessica's card layout and instead of embossing across the paper strips, I used stitching and buttons.

Sorry the photo sucks, I took another with more contrast in the background but my computer won’t read my camera card. For some weird reason, when I eject my camera card using the little ‘Remove Hardware Safely’ button, it ejects the whole program! When the computer is turned off first, it works fine next time. So I’ll replace the photo after hubby gets up and fixes it.

Enjoy, Rebecca

PTI Hanging Out
Ink: pink-SU!
Paper: Sweet blush CS-PTI, confetti white, pink CS-SU!
Accessories: silk ribbon-May Arts, Baker’s Twine, buttons-PTI, thread, cotton twine-Dollarama, flower button-SU!, alpha dies-Sizzix, foam dots-Jody Morrow

February 08, 2012

Baby on Board!

I love this sweet little car and I was amazed when I got the tiny license plate words placed exactly right the first time!

baby car PTI SFYTT

I used a colour combo chosen by Heather on the PTI blog today as part of their anniversary festivities. Aqua Mist, Spring Moss, Kraft and Cream. I shaded the car with Copics, for the bumper, tires and some areas that would have shadows. I used Antique Linen Distress Stickles for the headlights.

PTI 5th ann colour combo

I used this month’s SFYTT for the layout though I’ll admit, I stretched it a bit, turning it 90 degrees for starters.Then I used the bow for one of the ‘circles’ and the buttons for the others. And I used a doily instead of the panel behind the white circle. While it doesn’t look quite like the original, I do hope they see the inspiration I took from it.


ETA: This is also for Lily Pad Cards challenge to use patterned paper in your card.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Enjoy the Ride-PTI
Ink: memento black, vintage photo, antique linen Distress
Paper: DP-PTI, kraft, vanilla CS-SU!
Accessories: picot edge circles die-Nestabilities, foam dots- Jody Morrow, doily-Wilton, edge die, buttons, chocolate Baker’s Twine-PTI, ribbon-stash, Antique Linen Distress Stickles, Copics-BG10,72, W1,3,5

February 06, 2012

Multi Challenge Shabby Chocolate Bar Pouch

I usually only play one or two challenges at once but today, I managed 5! Wahoo! My second highest ever! Unfortunately, I am too late to enter one challenge; the PTI one was only 1 day! What’s up with that Sad smile.

button btq choc bar pouch

This is one of those pop-up chocolate bar pouches. You pull on the bow which is attached to a ribbon slung under the chocolate bar which pulls it up and out. Quite fun, especially the first time you see it. The pouch challenge was for Joan’s Gardens. Click HERE for details.

moxie fab TT Fancy_Schmancy_thumb[2]

Next was the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger with a gorgeous pink icing and chocolate petit four. So pretty! Fancy Schmancy. The PTI challenge was to take one of the 2011 favourite projects of their DT and use it as inspiration. I was inspired by Mishie’s button cards but that’s the one I can’t enter. Boo Hoo {cue pouty face}.

I just love the little ticket! I’ve never use it vertically but since I was inspired to turn the button card on it’s side when I usually use it the other way, I decided to turn the ticket too! I’ve never used it without the stamps that go with it either. I did use the frame but used another image inside.

button btq choc bar pouch closeup_thumb[1]

The Shabby Tea Room #100 asked us to use the inspiration photo below to create something with hearts and with a food theme. While I didn’t use much food, there is the candy on the ribbon, it is food packaging so I hope they think that counts! And I used lots of hearts: heart DP, a heart button, a heart eyelet on the tag, stamped hearts on the chocolate CS  and there is a heart on the cupcake on the ticket. Click on the photo to visit the challenge.

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Last but not least, I used this week’s Mojo Monday sketch. Again, click on the sketch to visit the challenge.


ETA: This is also for Lily Pad Cards challenge to use patterned paper in your card. While this isn’t quite a card, I would use it as one writing my message on the back so I hope it counts!

Enjoy, Rebecca

PTI Button Boutique, Just the Ticket, Tiny Treats: Valentine, background hearts-unknown
Ink: Vintage Photo Distress, regal rose, rose red, chocolate-SU! white-PTI
Paper: DP-Basic Grey Bittersweet, pink, chocolate, white CS-SU!
Accessories: button, button card, ticket, heart dies-PTI, foam dots-Jody Morrow, scalloped punch-EK Success, tag die-Spellbinders, Divine Twine, May Arts striped and silk ribbon, Prima mini roses, American Crafts rose button badge, candy ribbon-Michaels, slot punch-SU!, rhinestones-Taylor’s Tiny Twinkles

February 04, 2012

Super Simple Sympathy

Try and say that 10 times fast! Sharon Johnson posted a super simple sympathy card this week using Webster’s Pages paper as a background. Those papers have so much going on, you don’t need to add much else. What a great idea as I hate spending time making sympathy cards; I care but it’s a bit morbid especially when you make them in advance.

websters simple sympathy a

On the right is the most embellished one I made. It has the little flowers and a button in addition to the die cut sentiment panel and the ribbon. The one on the left has no embellishments other than ribbon but it has some patterned paper on the die cut.

websters simple sympathy a1 closeup

The best part is that I made two of the purple cards; all I used for paper was a single sheet of vintage violet cardstock (cut in half), two sheets of DP and scraps of ivory cardstock as the purple die cut used the remainder of the paper I cut off from the 6x6 sheet.

websters simple sympathy a2 closeup

The button was threaded with a tiny strip of paper! I raised the die cuts on foam dots. I couldn’t find a tiny leaf to add to the small flowers so I used a green button instead.

websters simple sympathy b

This one is the simplest card. No embellishements with a style and colour combo which are definitely more masculine. Yeah, it has flowers on it and I would never usually send a card with flowers on it to a guy but have you ever looked at store-bought sympathy cards? Mostly flowers or landscapes so I think it’s OK. This one is going to the Renz family. So sad. The others are for my stash. I am going to make up a small folder of thank you, sympathy and get well cards to keep in my car. I am ALWAYS forgetting to write out cards ahead of time and as I drive to visit someone or get close to church, I remember then. So this will let me still give cards despite my terrible memory!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Out on a Limb Sentiments-PTI
Ink: Memento black, chocolate-SU!
Paper: DP-Webster’s Pages, vanilla, violet CS-SU!, artichoke, scarlet CS-PTI
Accessories: Prima flowers, button-PTI, ribbon-stash, foam dots, Labels 6 Nesties

This must be the shortest recipe ever! I love CAS cards… sometimes.

February 03, 2012

Nautical Thanks

I was almost killed in a car accident last Friday. Some distracted moron drifted over the center line into my lane. Fortunately, I had a lane to my right so I swerved to avoid him and he continued drifting into that lane too! Took off my mirror! I was so worried I’d have to pay for it because he left the scene. But amazingly, another driver following behind the drifting moron followed him and so he finally returned! I was so grateful to the nice guy who followed and came back to be a witness that I made him this thank you card. I’m going to bake him something too.

nautical thanks justrite

It was hard to decide what type of card to make. I have car, travel, beach, robot, monster, office, nature, animal and a few other themed stamps appropriate for a guy. Other than knowing he is a teacher at my son’s school though, I have no idea what he likes. So I just went for this, I figured it was generic enough. I wish there was a guy equivalent to flowers for girls'; appropriate for anyone.

The knot tutorial came from Bar at Paper Pursuits, sorry I don’t have the link right now as it’s on my iPhone. It’s called a sailor’s knot so you can probably search her blog for it. I used the CPS sketch below. Click on it to link to the challenge.


Incidentally, the cops charged the guy who hit me and I didn’t have to pay the deductible because he was at fault. Whew! I was so scared and my 7 week old baby was with me. When the mirror was knocked off, it didn’t even make the van shake so we were OK. But I started shaking considering that if it weren't for my quick swerving, we could easily be dead. It is so strange and scary to see a huge SUV heading straight for you!

Enjoy, Rebecca

lighthouse-JustRite, sentiment-PTI (Out on a Limb Sentiments)
Ink: Memento black, night of navy, real red-SU!
Paper: white CS-X-Press It, saffron, night of navy, real red-SU!, DP-October Afternoon (Seaside)
Accessories: twine-May Arts, ribbon-SU!, oval Nesties, pinking shears, Copics YR31, Y21,23, B41, W00,1,3,5,7, C7, 100, R24,27,59, BG72,75, brads-stash, Sizzix embossing folder border, foam dots-Jody Morrow, square punch-SU! (end of banner)