March 27, 2016

Shabby Silhouette Card

Most people seem to either love or hate purple. No other colour gets as much polarizing attention when discussing likes and dislikes on the blogs I’ve read. I hope you love purple because it’s the Crazy 4 Challenges theme this week!

Purple child silhouette

I layered lots of MME papers this week. I don’t have a lot of purple paper which make me wonder if it is less popular than other colours. I know if I saw more purples, I’d buy them! The ribbons are both by May Arts and they look so pretty layered. The flowers are from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the lace from my local fabric store. The silhouette die is from Echo Park and cuts like a dream. The torn notepaper die is by Spellbinders. I varied from my usual use of sequins this time and went old school with some pearls I coloured to match using a BV29 marker. I’ve been using sequins so often that my other bling is getting lonely!

I do hope you love purple as we would love to have you join us this week at C4C! You can create anything you like, our challenge isn’t restricted to cards!

Enjoy, Rebecca

March 19, 2016

Make a Wish Canvas

We have a sketch challenge for our Crazy 4 Challenges challenge this week! I took it for a bit of a fun ride so I hope you can still sort of see the sketch.

make a wish canvas

I wanted to use this doll stamp on my card. But she is so big (this is an 8x10” canvas) that I decided against a standard card. Next size up was either a canvas or an art journal page but I prefer to see my work up on the wall so I went with a canvas. I obviously flipped the sketch to portrait orientation. I represented the large rectangle with my doll and the thin strip with the stenciling. On the right the sketch isn’t quite as obviously represented but I thought the words could sub for the smaller rectangle.

make a wish canvas2a

The background is covered in Tim Holtz tissue paper adhered with gel medium then painted with acrylic paint. The grass is 6x6” paper from Cosmo Cricket added with more gel medium. I added some script stamping (ranger archival inks) and stenciling with Art Is stencil (TCW) and Prima white crackle paste. I shaded the ground with Big Brush Pens by Faber-Castell. The flowers were PTI buttons glued on with gel medium and the stems drawn on with a Copic marker. I find using it over gel medium works well. The same Copic marker was also used for some airbrushing on the grass and for the quote.

The doll was paper pieced with X-Press It cardstock and Cosmo Cricket paper. I used E55, 57, 59 and 29 for the hair and E00, 21, 11 and 33 for the skin. The dress was shaded with E43 and the red parts are R37, 59 and 89.

Don’t forget to visit the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and join in our challenge this week!

Enjoy, Rebecca

March 11, 2016

It’s Pie Day… or is it Pi Day?

Our challenge this week at Crazy 4 Challenges was to make a pie or pi (circle themed) card! Seems March 14th, or 3.14 is Pi day.

rose pie blessings

I decided to use a pie and a circle on my card. The pie and apple were stamped on some old Cosmo Cricket paper and coloured with Copics. The circle (celery CS-SU!) is embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder and shaded with Distress inks. The whole card is adhered to a scarlet jewel (PTI) card base.

Because this is such a fun challenge, I would love for all of you to join us this week! Don’t forget to leave comments for your favourite projects!

Enjoy, Rebecca

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CAS Birds Anniversary

I’ve got a cool new die to show you today. This birds on a branch die is unique in that it doesn’t cut the shape completely from the paper!

bird happy ann black platnm

This elegant card is made by die cutting the birds from plain white cardstock. The ends of the branch do not cut leaving the die attached to the base layer as long as it is wide enough. A tiny sliver is cut away from the top and bottom of the die which leaves a bit of space around the die cut. This allows you to layer the die with cardstock underneath which is what I’ve done here. There are a ton of possibilities shown on the video on the By Your Side Die page at Concord & 9th. I highly recommend watching it!

The shiny metal look was achieved by using platinum Embossing powder (hero arts). Instead of tucking the dark grey cardstock (PTI) underneath the birds, I used scratch paper and masked the sides. Then I applied Versamark ink straight from the pad and added the embossing powder.  The ‘happy’ is from Waltzingmouse and the ‘anniversary’ is from SSS.

Enjoy, Rebecca

March 04, 2016

If Life Gives You Limes…

…make margeritas! Our challenge this week at Crazy 4 Challenges was to use an umbrella. While looking through some beach stamps to see if I had a beach umbrella, I found the stamp set with drink images!

margeritas shaker

The background was water coloured with uneven bright sap green stripes on cheap watercolour paper. If you bought student grade paper and then went on to buy better stuff for painting, this is a great way to use up that cheapie paper! For the lime paper, I actually coloured the paper because it used to be lemons! Very resourceful I thought! I coloured some lime and lime wedge images for inside the shaker; two are glued down so they wouldn’t fall to the bottom and two are free floating.

margeritas shaker2

The drink image originally had a kiwi on the edge of the glass so I added the lime slice image overtop! The blender jug has flecks of the drink all over the upper section to mimic how it would look after blending. The shaker is filled with sequins from the dollar store of all places, microbeads and the background is sponged with a couple of PTI inks.

Come on by and join me and team for another fabulous challenge. It’s great to see some of you coming out and playing with us!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Entered In: Really Reasonable Ribbon Show Me the Green with Ribbon 136, Sparkle and Shine Challenge 25, Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge Key Lime, Retro Sketches 204


March 1_2016

key lime


Paris Mixed Media Canvas

Ever dream about a romantic, exotic, far away place? Ahhh…

PARIS canvas

I know I do! It’s been so long since I was on vacation I’d go almost anywhere! I bought the fabric with the Eiffel Tower on it to make a wine tote for my sister for her anniversary. I saved a panel to use on this canvas. The base canvas is covered in Tim Holtz tissue paper which I applied with gel medium. Then I added some spray inks, acrylic paints, lace and embossing paste (some tinted) through a couple of stencils. The flowers are some I’ve had since I went shopping for a girlfriend’s wedding and picked up a few flowers for myself; a blend of three colours of hollyhocks. The main stem was very heavy so I wired it to the canvas.

PARIS canvas2

The background papers are a mix of vintage music and book paper, scrapbooking papers and stickers plus some vintage reproduction images. On top of that I added some lace, ribbon, rhinestones, a broken pocket watch, a shaped wooden frame painted gold, a key, some motifs cut from the same fabric as the tower, a cameo and a chipboard piece covered in Liquid Pearls. Because the top of the Eiffel tower was so tiny and hard to cut from the fabric, I replaced the top with a pearl pin. Finally, I added a few stamped postmarks.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Entered In: SSS Monday Leap into the Unknown I’ve never been to Europe at all never mind Paris so I think this counts.