July 29, 2013

Girlie Celebrate Card

I needed a card for a 14 year old who was baptized recently and to be honest, it isn’t a niche I cater to in my stash. I have tons of girlie stuff but more for younger girls and women. I have more for teen boys since I have boys myself! I could have gone for flowers or something shabby or vintage of course but that wouldn’t have been as special or personalized.

alexis celebrate card

I had some of this funky Upcycle paper by Cosmo Cricket. Perfect for a teenaged girl. Amazing that I recently bought some washi tape that matched so well I could hardly tell it was added on once I added it and I found some rectangular rhinestones that were too unusual for my shabby or vintage projects but perfect for this funky card. The people stickers came from the paper pack I bought and were de-sticker-ified with baby powder in the areas not touching the vellum. I made the button by adding paper to the back of a clear button with Glossy Accents.

I used a sketch for this card but sadly I forgot to post it in time (as usual) so no point in bothering to show the sketch. I hate when I do that! I think it was a Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: Versamark
Paper: chartreuse-PTI, vellum-stash, DP-Cosmo Cricket, going grey CS-SU!
Accessories: oval dies-Spellbinders, foam dots-Jody Morrow, silver EP, clear button-SU!, Glossy Accents-Ranger, stickers-Cosmo Cricket, edger die-PTI, washi tape-??

Waltzing Mouse Stamps PJ Party–Classy Lady Card


Apparently Waltzing Mouse Stamps wasn’t happy to simply have a plain old blog hop, no sirree! Claire decided to have a PJ party! Wahoo! Sounds like fun to me!

classy lady

The new PJ party has several challenges. Most of them only have prize opportunities if you use new stamps which I don’t own. However, the last one asked you to use any WM stamps to create a background. This I CAN do. I decided to use a sentiment stamp stamped repeated for my background with one stamped in a darker colour as the actual sentiment! Inspired right? OK, not that inspired but still pretty nice. (Its a bit hard to see above to check out the close up below. It shows up way better IRL.)

classy lady bg

I also made this for a challenge on the Joan’s Garden’s Blog for this week which asked us to use a floral patterned paper, a doily and a 3-D flower with greenery as well as the challenge constant which is to use a product sold at Joan’s Gardens. Uh oh. Until I just looked this up, I thought it was any patterned paper! I used music paper except for the tiny paper piecing at the top of the mannequin and you can’t tell it’s floral because its sooo tiny and so light. I hope you trust me Joan! :) I used Distress ink which she sells but that was so easy it almost felt like cheating and although she sells MME paper I couldn’t remember if she sold that particular pack or not. So while I was pretty sure I was already covered, I decided to use Rose Creations dies to make my flower.

classy lady flower

I used vintage music paper and cut the flowers. Then I used pink ink to sponge the petal tips. No need to get fancy, just slap some ink on there, oh, I also used an ink blending tool she sells. Then crunch the petals up into little balls which gives them some texture, uncrunch them and stack onto a brad. Form the innermost flower layer’s petals into a bud shape and glue into place holding it while it dries. Repeat with the next flower layer making a slightly less tight bud shape. Now start pulling the petals up tight towards the bud holding it in your hands as you go working around the flower. When you get to the end, surprisingly, it will hold its shape! Now, with a fine tipped bottle of glue, shoot some glue deep in between the petals to help the flower hold its shape. I hold it for a couple of minutes while it starts to dry or you can tuck it into a small circular container like a toilet paper roll or a small jar.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: chocolate, berry sorbet-PTI, Antique Linen Distress
Paper: DP-MME, chocolate, vanilla CS-PTI, vintage music paper-stash
Accessories: Foam dots-Jody Morrow, doily-local restaurant rescued from under dessert :) rose creations dies-spellbinders, leaf die-SU!, W00, 01 Copic markers, embossing stylus (veining on leaves), washi tape-Freckled Fawn, Glossy Accents, brad-SU!

July 25, 2013

Watermelon Card for Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

PTI blog hop logo

Welcome to another Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. This month the focus was luscious, mouth-watering summer fruit colour combos. I was missing many of the colours of inks and papers used in the combos so this truly was a challenge for me!

pti fruits2

First I had planned on using this one and omitting the new leaf which I DO NOT like. The challenge did say we didn’t have to use every colour. I planned to make a 3-D, triple-scoop ice cream cone with dies and stamp some gorgeous berry sorbet and GOLD! swirls behind. Oh yeah! But I had NO harvest gold paper. Maybe the colour is too new to be in my multi pack I bought and rely on heavily? I’m still switching over from SU! to PTI as my main source of cardstock. I have no scraps either and don’t remember using any as card bases (the only way I’d not have any scraps) so I guess that must be it. I will have to write down my idea (I guess i just did, didn’t I? hee hee) and make it later!

watermelon life is sweet card

I usually get to the card right away, sorry! Here it is finally! The colour and inspiration photo is below. I don’t usually take a lot of inspiration from colour challenge photos but I was kind of stumped on a way to use these colours especially since I don’t have any raspberry fizz, limeade ice or new leaf ink.

pti fruits 4

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Enjoy, Rebecca

Sweet Life, BB-Hearts-PTI
Ink: Ranger Archival black, PTI white, frayed burlap Distress ink
Paper: new leaf, hibiscus, raspberry-PTI
Accessories: white EP-Hero Arts, white pastel pencil, foam dots-Jody Morrow, lace, gems-stash, dies-Lifestyle crafts

July 03, 2013

Dream Art Journal Page

I am new to mixed media and art journaling so be kind. Here is my first page in my new art journal. I kinda winged it with the only pre-requisite being the colours required for the new Mixed Media Colour Challenge. and an idea that I might satisfy another challenge by adding hexagons but I love them so much I’d probably have used them anyway!

dream art journal page

ETA: I just noticed how grey the top right textured area looks. I PROMISE, it isn’t like that IRL. Somehow, between adding the gold paste and adjusting the levels to make the other colours look right it does that. I don’t know why. Sorry! It is more accurate in the close up below though brighter white IRL .

I had so many ideas that didn’t work out. Gotta love that gesso. It’s like an eraser or a Copic blender pen for art journals! I orignally had a yellow BG with peach bubble wrap over it and then added the texture paste ‘doily’ over it. Which was good because I didn’t love the bubble wrap look too much. Then I tried adding the hexagon stencil with coral spray mist. Ugh! The spray mist was too intense and looked like my page was bleeding. Plus, it soaked right into my texture paste so there was no wiping it off. So I started fresh with new gesso and a new coat of yellow paint. Ahh, that’s better!

dream art journal page2

But now I was really missing the white of the texture paste so I reapplied it in the opposite corner. I had also added some pink on it with my Copic airbrush system so I added that back also. To make the original texture stand out, I added some gilder’s paste.

dream art journal page3

This is the new area of texture paste. It was brighter white but I added a tiny bit of gilder’s paste. You have to be careful with that stuff. Lots looks shiny and pretty. A touch can look nice or it can look dirty. I wish I’d used a bit less; maybe only on the outer parts?

dream art journal page5

This butterfly was traced from a Studio Calico mask. I was going to layer the lighter butterfly on top but when I realized you wouldn’t see any of the mist on it, I decided to place them separately. I hand cut the blush butterfly. The next mask size down is a lot smaller. I don’t know why there is such a jump in sizes as the next 4 are closer in size to each other. It’s a LOT easier to size up by tracing around a mask than to try and size down!!

dream art journal page4

So in the end, here are my layers. Gesso, acrylic paint, dictionary page, texture paste, spray mist, gesso, acrylic paint, Copic airbrushing, embellishments, Gilder’s paste.

I’m entering this in Crazy for Challenges C4C192 to use Hexagons.

Also Really Reasonable Ribbon #75 challenge to create anything but a card with ribbon.

And last but not least A Mixed Media Colour Challenge to use yellow, peach and pink. Click graphic to visit the post.

mixed media colour ch2 Graphic

ETA: I completely forgot, I meant to also enter this in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Blog. Anything Goes.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Mister Hueys-Studio Calico
Paper: Dictionary page
Accessories: homemade texture paste (white glue, MS pearl paint, baby powder), Copic markers and airbrush system, Studio Calico and various stencils and masks, jewelry wire, May Arts ribbon, Gelatos (title), Prisma micron pen, gilder’s paste, journal (actually a cheap sketchbook)-Michaels, washi tape-MME, WRMK

July 02, 2013

Mojo Monday 300! No Small Miracles Awareness Ribbon Card

Wow, Mojo Monday is on their 300th sketch! Even though this is a hard week for me to get any crafting done, I had to play this sketch!

miracle awareness ribbon card

My original idea wasn’t to use all pink or an awareness ribbon theme but as with most of my cards, it changed as I worked on it and ended up very different than I originally envisioned it. That’s just my process. I really love it though and that’s what matters! The sentiment is light but easier to read IRL. It says ‘There are no small Miracles.


Enjoy, Rebecca

t-shirt-Flourishes, sentiment-Verve
Ink: Memento Black, Hero Arts Rose shadow
Paper: DP-Lavender My Mind’s Eye, Blushing bride,moss CS-SU!, kraft CS-PTI
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, doily-Wilton, rose-Prima, MS rose leaf punch, label 1 Nesties dies, Sizzix embossing folder, Copic markers and airbrush system, EK Success punch, Sakura gelly roll pen

July 01, 2013

New Subscription Methods

As of today, there is no more Google Reader service. Apparently, I never had it anyway even though I thought I did! Oh well, at least no one has to switch over! The widget I had/have signs you up for Yahoo, NetVibes or Atom. And I’ve always had email subscriptions which work wonderfully and will continue to work just fine. Just be sure to respond to the email you get confirming your subscription because it is a two-stage sign up.

Anyway, I just added a new subscription option that lets you sign up for any reader you like. If you have a reader program, like News Free, on your mobile device, you can use it there too! Just install the program first. It is the big orange ball icon right at the top of my sidebar. The other two subscription options are directly underneath.

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Have an awesome summer!!