June 24, 2013

Bee Thanks Hex Card for PTI June Blog Hop

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This month’s challenge was Touch of Gold! Gold embellishments and accents are huge in fashion, home decor and paper crafting so we were challenged to add some to our project.

gold hex card

Ever have an idea on your head and the resulting card doesn’t end up quite as impressive? This is that card for me. Especially since the embossing doesn’t show up as shiny and pretty as it does IRL. and neither does the fact that the ivory hexagons are raised up on foam dots. (the ones NOT under the sentiment anyway) But, I still think it looks pretty nice! I hope you like it too; kind of a quilt look. The ivory hexagons with gold on half of them were swiped in Versamark then heated with gold EP. I deliberately didn’t tap of all the excess EP then heated from the bottom for a messy look. I used the same technique on the edges of the cover plate die.

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Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: Versamark, Ranger archival black, pink pirouette-SU!, berry sorbet, summer sunrise-PTI
Paper: kraft, ivory, aqua CS-PTI, DP-MME
Accessories: EP-SU!, foam dots-Jody Morrow, hexagon cover plate die-PTI

June 23, 2013

Thanks Coach

My 6 yo is finishing his gymnastic lessons this week so I made a thank you card for his coach.

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Pretty CAS so not much to say. I joined the new challenge called Fusion where they basically have two challenges, a sketch and an inspiration and you can use one or the other or combine them. Then the really nifty part, you can vote on your favourites! Cool right? Click on the graphic below to visit the challenge.


Enjoy, Rebecca

PTI Thanks All Ways
Ink: Ranger Archival black
Paper: Echo Park, terracotta CS-PTI
Accessories: chocolate bakers twine-PTI, E08 Copic marker, Cork adhesive sheets-DCWV

June 17, 2013

Waltzing Mouse Stamps Blog Party–Summer Shells Box

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This month’s challenge was Summertime Fun. Since I won a free set from some challenge back in October and I finally chose it (I had been waiting to order some stamps at the same time and get a deal on shipping, never happened… ), I had fun using My Island.

summer starts here box

I absolutely ADORE the beach and hot weather so this set and this challenge is so perfect for me! I wanted to do something more than just a card but I hate trying to decide what to do. As I looked around my craft room, this little box was just sitting there asking to be decorated!

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I pulled out some favourite old MME papers which colours remind me of the beach and started covering the box and stamping.

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I have a LOT of cool beach related items so choosing which to use was the hardest part! The shell trim has been waiting patiently for just the perfect project. It is too thick for a card and kind of big with the shells spaced too widely. But it looks amazing here dontcha think?

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I used my new compressor and Copic markers to add colour to the coral and shell I had hanging around in my stash. They were both so boring before. That reminds me, have to turn it off and bleed the tank before I go to bed…

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I used some very sheer gold ribbon to make a big bow using my bow easy. Then I distressed it using my heat tool. TIP: To get the bow to fluff up really well, instead of just wrapping the ribbon around and around the tool, pass it through the slit each time. You may need to scrunch your ribbon to make it all fit but that’s ok. If this means patterned, one-sided ribbon no longer shows the correct side up, just flip it in the middle! Works soooo much better than just wrapping it. The loops always separate correctly my way.

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I am also entering this in Ribbon Carousel 82 Fun in the Sun.

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Enjoy, Rebecca

My Island-WMS, flourishes-PTI
Ink: moss, baja-SU! chocolate, kraft-PTI, frayed burlap Distress
Paper: DP-MME
Accessories: flourish die-PTI, foam dots-Jody Morrow, ribbon, loopy wired twine trim-May Arts

Graduation Card for Katie

We recently hired a respite caregiver for my son who has autism. It is such a relief to have some time to myself while she watches him and my baby if he is awake. She is wonderful with them so when I heard she was graduating from Queen’s University, I had to make her a graduation card.

katie grad

I’m afraid I don’t know her very well so I went with a very plain style. The fact that I decided to go with her school colours AND that I don’t have many grad stamps kinda threw me for a loop too. I wish it was more interesting. But… I went for the wow factor inside!!

katie grad inside

It is hard to take a photo of but when you open it, the spiral opens and you see her grad year! Along with stars covered in the same washi tape I used on the front. I cut two stars for each one you see and glued it to the back on the other side of the spiral to make it look more finished and give it stability.

I’m entering this in the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Open Sesame challenge to make a card that moves or has an unusual opening. My spiral expands as you open the card.

Enjoy, Rebecca

grad hat-SU!, sentiment-WMS
Ink: versamark, navy-SU!
Paper: navy, ridinghood red-SU!
Accessories: gold EP, washi tape-stash, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Sizzix star die, numbers die-Quickutz

June 16, 2013

Relax Card

I had a BLAST making this card. I started with the Verve challenge going on right now but realized that it worked for several other challenges! Scroll down to see the other card I made for those challenges as well. 9 challenges in two posts, that is a record! Wahoo!

relax verve challenge card

The Verve challenge was to combine the styles of two of their DT members, Jen, who is known for her colouring and Janelle, who is known to have  a paint brush in one hand and a Copic in the other. So combining those two styles is the goal but if you really want to make it challenging, add Jen’s love of kraft paper and Janelle’s love of mixed media.

Since I’ve been trying to add more mixed media to my work, I decided this was a challenge made for me. Especially since I won a Mojo Monday recently and had some brand spankin’ new Verve stamps to try out! And some new mists and masks… Yeah! I started by getting out my new Mister Huey’s mists but then I made the wise decision to cut some tags and test spray the mists. Sooo glad I did because they are so NOT the colours on the label!

Then I sprayed the background on my card base. Next time I will use some adhesive because the paper curls when the first few spritzes hit it but the mask doesn’t. I allowed it to dry while I prepared my tag. When I die cut the corrugated cardboard, the bumps got all squished so I lifted them back up with my bone folder. Then I applied two colours of paint, the turquoise you can see easily and a gold glimmer paint that is harder to see, along the edges. Then I added the sand and shell bits and while still wet I added some glitter. The rest is pretty easy to figure out.

I’m entering this in the following challenges.

Verve Dive Dare

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Simon Says Stamp: Transport. I know a surfboard is a bit of a stretch but lifeguards use them to get to swimmers in danger so I figure that makes it count!

CAS-ual Fridays 105: Mapquest Summer Vacation


Ribbon Carousel 82 Fun in the Sun

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Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: Mister Huey’s Bonny Blue, Memento black, teal zeal, Vintage photo Distress
Paper: reclaimed corrugated cardboard, kraft, aqua cs-PTI,
Accessories: mask-Crafters workshop, Copic markers, acrylic paint, Divine Twine, WRMK grommet, MuddPuddles shell bits, Malibu sand, foam dots-Jody Morrow, tag die-Spellbinders

Dad Sailboat Card

I haven’t played in any challenges lately so I managed to wrap a few challenges into one card. Yeah!

sailboat sss june kit

It’s a pretty simple card. I used some of the papers from the Simon Says Stamp June Kit as many are quite masculine and a JustRite image I haven’t used before. It’s hard to see here but I airbrushed the sea and sky then added some accents to the waves including a shadow of the boat. I took the Copic Colour and Ink class in Toronto last weekend – loved it – so I got inspired to buy an air compressor. You’ll find many of my upcoming projects will certainly include airbrushing! Gotta make use of it or hubby will get grumpy. To be honest, I’ve rationed my air cans pretty severely so there are lots of times I would have used more had I had unlimited air so I can be much more creative with airbrushing now! Yeah!

Now on to the challenges.

Simon Says Stamp: Transport.

Joan’s Gardens Anything Goes (but seems to have a masculine trend)

Deconstructed Sketches 105

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CAS-ual Fridays 105: Mapquest Summer Vacation


Ribbon Carousel 82 Fun in the Sun

ribbon carousel 82

Enjoy, Rebecca

image and border-JustRite, Dad, thanks-PTI
Ink: Memento black, chocolate-PTI, orange-Ancient Page
Paper: Bazzil cardstock base (I think, came in kit), Basic Grey DP, espresso CS-SU!, kraft CS-PTI, white CS-X-press it
Accessories: tag die, twine-PTI, rope-stash, foam dots-Jody Morrow, metal hardware-SU!, pinking shears, oval Nesties, Copics, air brush system