May 31, 2014

Saying Goodbye to Unscripted Sketches

I’m sad to say this this is my last Unscripted Sketches post as the owners of the blog have decided to move on to other things. I certainly wish them well. So here is my last project.


I love this muted aqua, tan, ivory and chocolate combination. I was stuck for an idea so I started looking at my dies and my eyes settled on my ice cream die. Ah, perfect. When I pulled out this paper pack for obvious reasons, there was already a die cut heart! Even more perfect! I don’t remember cutting it but why not use it?

I added glitter to the ice cream cone with a glue pen and to the card with red line tape. I used the glue pen for the stripes on the heart too.

I really hope you will play with Unscripted Sketches one more time this week. I hope we have record numbers of participation for our last hurrah! I’m really sad to see it go. I haven’t been a member long and I so wish this was a long term assignment. I was on design teams before my baby was born but quit quite a long time ago. I didn’t want to work while he was little but I was so ready to start over again. oh well, the search starts again. Have fun!

Enjoy, Rebecca

MME, cardstock base-baja breeze-SU!
Ink: Frayed burlap distres
Accessories: foam dots-The Sticky Stuff Store, chocolate glitter –MS, light glitter-Art Institute, heart, ice cream die-PTI, sequins-Ellen Hutson

May 24, 2014

Shabby Watercolour Balloon for Unscripted #258

I really enjoyed the Online Classes Watercolour for Card Makers class. I learned I was not using enough water to get a really good watercolour look.


I used lots of water for this! Actually, it was hard to mix the colours to match the papers so when I coloured it, it was too bright. So I tried adding water and lifting the colour to soften the overall look. It worked a bit but was still pretty bright so I added a wash of gesso over top. It worked really well but it dulled the stamping lines so I went over them with a pen.


It’s a really fun sketch this week with lots of layers for those of you who love them like I do! I hope you will come and play with us. Be sure to check out the awesome projects by the team at Unscripted Sketches.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Ink: potting soil Archival ink, frayed burlap Distress
Paper: chocolate CS-PTI, DP-Webster’s Pages, vintage music paper, watercolour paper-Windsor & Newton
Accessories: foam dots-The Sticky Stuff Store, watercolour-Windsor & Newton, lace-vintage, ribbon-May Arts

May 22, 2014

Watercolour for Cardmakers

This is just a quick post for all of my watercolour pieces I made for this class. I;ll be back with real posts for each eventually.

airplane watercolour

watercolour floral

poppy watercolour

rose colourwash bg

shabby flower balloon

colour to my life

alpha bg get well

May 17, 2014

Chalkboard Thanks for Unscripted Sketches #257

I am trying to be more judicious when choosing a sentiment for my cards so I can fill up my stash evenly. One type of card I am always looking for last minute is a hostess card. But since you haven’t actually enjoyed the hospitality yet, it can be awkward to find the right thing to say!


KWIM? I can’t say thanks for the meal before I’ve eaten it right? ha ha!! But I like to give a card and small gift when I arrive… So I figured this would work perfectly. And if I needed it as a regular thank you for our family, that would be great too!

I like how the chalkboard technique turned out. I don’t like it when I see it done with just white embossing, no flourishes and no ‘dust’. To me those aspects of the technique are vital to making it look like real chalkboard art.


Come on over to the Unscripted Sketches blog and see what everyone has created! This was a tricky sketch for me but you could always straighten those diagonal lines if you like! It’s all about being inspired by the sketch!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Thanks all ways-PTI, Maison (flourishes)-Fiskars
Ink: Versamark, versafine white
Paper: Bazzil black cardstock, Theresa Collins Simple Summer DP
Accessories: enamel dots, washi tape-MME, foam dots-The Sticky Stuff Store, white pastel pencil, white EP-Hero Arts, lace-stash, punch-EK Success

May 16, 2014

Blush Pearls and Hearts Bracelet

I’ve been making lots of jewelry lately but I’m a bit behind posting. This one tinkles a bit as I wear it and so reminds me of faeries!

pearls n hearts bracelet

It is made almost entirely of jump rings. So except for the pearls, it is all made of wire! The jump rings silver plate for the non-coloured ones and coloured aluminum for the pink ones. The pink is quite subtle so enlarge the pic by clicking on it if you’d like a better look. The little hearts are made from silver wire which I shaped then soldered closed. I also made my clasp, from the same wire I think. 18g silver.

Considering I’ve never made anything like it before, I am thrilled with it! I’m really new to anything made with jump rings, called chain maille, and new to soldering too. I am going to be selling these so let me know if you are interested! The jump rings and pearls come in lots of other colours too. And if hearts aren’t your thing, I can substitute your choice of charms. If you know jewelry, it’s a basic chain made of the silver rings with two pink rings in each silver one, one on each side.

Enjoy, Rebecca

All supplies available at Fire Mountain Beads or ArtBeads.

May 10, 2014

Caring Thoughts Card for Unscripted Sketches #256

I need more get well cards in my stash and these ones are even better because they can be used for either Get Well or Thinking of You.

symp toy two

They are identical except for the middles. They are epoxy stickers I’ve hoarded but have finally decided to use. I popped them up on foam dots so they wouldn’t squish the shaped flower petals. I took them off a hydrangea stem.


I coloured the flowers with a Copic marker because I though they were too pale despite being a nice ivory colour. They look really pretty!


I hope you can play along with this week’s sketch! It’s a really nice one. My card is pretty exact except the banner I added. I always seem to have to change it in some way don’t I? :)

Enjoy, Rebecca

Fancy Flourishes, Healing Sentiments-PTI
Ink: kraft-PTI, frayed Burlap distress, Navy-SU!
Paper: Glitz Designs
Accessories: Foam dots-The Sticky Stuff Store, floral stem-Michaels, epoxy stickers-Anna Griffin,

Welcome to the 8th Annual Blog Soup Party

So since this is mainly a paper crafting blog, I’d better explain that right? The Blog Soup Party blog hop shows off the work of over 400 jewelry designers. We’ve all been brave enough to take up the challenge of sending our partner a mixture of beads and findings, known as a bead soup, and once received, we promised to make something using that soup and post it today! We had to send a focal piece and a clasp along with some supporting beads that are in a different style than our partner normally uses. At a minimum we need to use the focal and clasp in one or more pieces. They can be jewelry or something else like a key chain, zipper pull or mixed media piece.

bead soup 8

I was partnered with Michelle Wigginton of Adorned on Adelaide. I sent her quite a few black and white items several of which could be used as a focal and lots of beads in black, white or both! I am looking forward to seeing what she’s made. I’m sure she will have a photo of what I sent her on her blog.

bead soup

Michelle sent me almost all earth tone items which are way out of my comfort zone. In the necklace above, I used the lovely flower pendant she made (awesome), the jasper beads, purplish brown Czech beads and a snippet of the silk ribbon. I added some tiny copper beads and copper spacers. One side is wire work and the other side is stringing. The pattern on the right side repeats towards the back and I used a purchased toggle clasp.

clasp pendant

The clasp Michelle sent was quite daunting for me. It was an inch wide which is way larger than the clasps I usually use. I thought it might tangle in my long hair if I used it on a necklace, it was too big for a bracelet I’d be comfortable wearing and I don’t have any beads that would coordinate with a clasp that large. It is quite antiqued too and I don’t usually work with metal that dark. But I was determined to  use it somehow. So I wire wrapped a rustic smoky quartz briolette bead into the center using 28 g silver wire, antiqued it with liver of sulphur, polished the highlights and now I can use it as a pendant!

So, what's left? I am going to use the recycled glass beads on an ocean necklace I’ve recently started. I think so anyway. The funky scarab, which I love (I wanted to be an archaeologist when I was a kid) will probably be worked into a mixed media canvas of some sort. The piacasso beads are headed into a necklace for my 13 yo son. Honestly, I have no idea where the rest of the ribbon is headed but it will go to good use.

Thanks for joining me. To see more of the blog hop, visit Lori Anderson’s blog Pretty Things. She is the brilliant and tireless organizer of the entire thing and has done so while being quite sick and even hospitalized so I’d like to thank her for all her work. You rock girlfriend!

Enjoy, Rebecca

May 09, 2014

Feel Watts Better

I decided I’d better use up my SSS card kits so I made 3 cards at once. I needed a masculine card for my FIL at he last minute and realized I have very few masculine cards. I usually make them just when I need them and so don’t have a stash.

light bulb cards

The third card is identical to the right card. I just liked the splatters better on this one! They are the same size; weird the right one looks larger. Must be the angle.

light bulb cards2

For this light bulb, I stamped it on white cardstock and coloured it with two colours of Copics. The white splatters are MrHuey’s mist. I just flicked the stem of the sprayer onto the card.

light bulb cards3

For this one, I stamped with yellow ink on white cardstock using the solid stamp included in the set. I prefer the Copic coloured one tho. Just as a note, I quite shamelessly CASEd the cards from the inspiration sheet they include with the kit. Why reinvent the wheel right?

Enjoy, Rebecca

Love You Watts-SSS, Feel better Mega Mixed Messages –PTI
Ink: Memento black, summer sunrise-PTI, Archival black-Ranger
Paper: SSS card kit, HAwaiian shores CS
Accessories: Copic markers R27, 29, Y35, 38, foam dots-The Sticky Stuff Store, Mr Huey’s mist

May 04, 2014

Serenity Pocket Card for Unscripted Sketches 255

I’m not a fan of diagonal lines on card sketches so I had to get creative for this one.


So instead of a diagonal pattern, I saw a pocket! The insert is made of patterned paper backed with cardstock for stability then adhered to another cardstock panel so I could split the patterned paper, pop it up on foam dots and inset the rhinestones.

serenity prayer pocket card insert

I was going to stamp a chandelier to match the patterned paper but in the same CD case was this serenity prayer stamp so I changed my mind. The scalloped edge is part of a die cut. It has a double scalloped edge so I cut it in half!


I hope you will enjoy this week’s sketch. I know a lot of people like diagonal lines; are you one of them? join us at Unscripted Sketches this week to have some sketchy fun! Not the bad kind of sketchy mind you; just the fun kind!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Clear Dollar Stamps
Ink: Versamark, Vintage Photo Distress
Paper: linen, cream-PTI, DP-Kaisercraft
Accessories: pearls-Dollarama, lace edge die-PTI, gold EP-SU!, foam dots-The Sticky Stuff Store