May 30, 2016

Ink Blended Inlay Congratulations

Guess what? One of my friends is pregnant with TWINS! Scary but exciting at the same time. You probably don’t know this but I spent quite a bit of my career taking care of babies and kids and that included taking care of multiples at night so their parents could sleep!

ink blended congrats

I figured my friend is going to be inundated with baby-themed things so for this one I kept it baby free. Sure the colours are a bit baby suggestive but no bottles, soothers or booties! I’ll be sure to send her a baby themed card later and probably one for her shower too!

I masked my panel with masking tape and inked it with Aqua mist, hawaiian shores, hibiscust burst (all PTI) and angel pink (Memento). Then I die cut the word from the panel making sure to keep all the tiny pieces from the insides of the letters. I inlaid the empty space with a black die cut, replacing all of the little bits I’d saved. I added my white panel to an aqua mist card base (Cardstock by PTI).

Enjoy, Rebecca

Entered in: PTI Make it Monday: Masked Backgrounds

May 29, 2016

Life Is Better in the Summer Canvas

I am quite honestly addicted to summer. It improves my mood, makes my skin nicer and most of my aches and pains disappear (though it’s taking a while this year so far). Yeah for SUMMER!!

life is better in the summer canvas1

To honour summer, I was inspired to make this canvas. I have a wall at the front of my house near the door where I put seasonal d├ęcor, changing it each new season. This will go up on my wall soon or maybe now since I love it so much! I started with a basic dollar store canvas, nothing fancy, it was stapled on the edges and not the back but that was ok for this project. I covered it in heavy acrylic paint in titan buff. Then I dry brushed on some metallic gold paint on the sides and edges of the front.

life is better in the summer canvas2

Next I added some light modeling paste using a coral stencil. I allowed it to dry then replaced the stencil and air brushed some peach Copic marker. Then I decided I needed some more texture so I randomly and messily applied some glass bead gel. If you want to use this, be warned that it takes a long time to dry if you apply it too thickly. I pieced some Kaisercraft papers adding some coloured modeling paste using a gorgeous ocean-themed poem stencil (both by Red Lead Paperworks).

life is better in the summer canvas3

The papers were both sponged on the edges with matching Distress inks and I popped them up with a foam layer. I usually adhere my papers with gel medium so this was a new things for me. Next it was time to add some fabulous embellies!

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The tag and oval pieces were from the back of the Kaisercraft paper pad. Dreams was die cut using a SSS die. The sea grass is a Frantic Stamper die cut from Kraft cardstock.  Some assorted shell chips, beach glass and sand was added across the bottom. A few other embellies and some real fish net rounded out the canvas!

life is better in the summer canvas6

I think I’ll add a knotted string of beads to hang this from. I have a TON of ocean themed charms and beads that will match the colours in this canvas! Fabulous right?

Enjoy, Rebecca

Entered in: Simon Says Stamp Monday – Make a Wish. I wish I could live at the beach, liKe so bad! Global Design Project #37 MFT Colour Challenge



May 25, 2016

Watercolour Butterflies

pti blog hop logo

Today I am playing in the PTI blog hop! I just loved the inspiration photo they picked this month!

wtcl butterflies

Here is my take on the photo. I decided to use butterflies; I had thought about using ice cream cones but the die is too large to use in this pattern on a card. In the future it might make a nice canvas though! I used my professional watercolours from various companies and some Arches watercolour paper. I’d normally save such nice paper for larger paintings but I flubbed the other side so at least it got used right? The white panel was splattered with some grey watercolour and I added a vellum strip with a white embossed sentiment across the panel. The card base is made from aqua mist cardstock! Last but not least, I added a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

PTI popsicles

Enjoy, Rebecca

PTI Supplies: white and aqua mist cardstock, butterfly die, vellum, thanks sentiment

May 20, 2016

Interactive Teacher Gift Card Holder Card

When I saw this sketch for Crazy 4 Challenges, I didn’t have anything special in mind. But then I was looking through some old cards and saw one with a special fold that works perfectly with our sketch.

interactive teacher gift card

The way I adhered the panels makes this not only interactive but also a gift card holder! There are basically two mini cards glued to the front of this card!

interactive teacher gift card inside

I will probably add a glue dot just to make sure the gift card doesn’t slip out. If I’d left a wee bit more room (probably have to make a bit larger card) I could have added some glue to the underside of the yellow card, just to the left of the fold line. Then it wouldn’t be able to slip out. But right now it’s a tight fit.

I hope you can play with our sketch this week. It’s very versatile and don’t forget you can change up the shapes or rotate, flip, mirror etc if you wish. Hope to see you over at the challenge blog!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Baby Girl Carriage Card

Since I made a couple boy baby cards last week, I had to balance my stash out with a girl card!

girl baby carriage

I started with some baby paper but I couldn’t find a pink ink to match so I started looking through some other papers. Wow do I have a lot, LOT of paper! Stuff I’d totally forgotten about. It was like shopping without paying anything! This paper isn’t baby at all but so soft and pretty.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Entered In: As You See It Sketch, Simon Says Stamp Monday and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday-Use Felt, Craft Rocket Challenge-Use Flowers

May 15, 2016

Baby Cards

I was playing along with a couple of challenges and I ended up with two baby cards. The themes and my baby supplies just worked so well together!

giraffe baby welcome

This card is for two challenges, first to use a wild animal for and second to use a die to make a stencil for Make It Monday. Of course, this isn’t such a wild looking wild animal is it?? LOL! The hearts in the background were die cut from masking paper and the negative was used as a stencil for sponging the aqua mist and harvest gold inks. I hand cut the same piece of masking paper to sponge in some spring moss for the ground.

ahoy little sailor

For this card, I was inspired by the latest Fusion challenge which combines a sketch and a lovely nautical bedroom image. And Inspired by… which has an inspiration photo which you can see below. I followed the sketch pretty closely for once using some cardstock and October Afternoon Seaside papers to piece this little sailboat. I should have removed the fish die from the rest using snips before I die cut the sail but I didn’t so I pieced in the fishy too then dubbed this boat the ‘Fishy Cracker’! I had a PTI baby set out from the previous card’s sentiment then saw this one which was so perfect for this card! Funny when things like that happen!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Entered In: Giraffe Card-Make it Monday #248 Ink Blending Through Die Cut Masks, Paper Players 295 ‘Wild Thing’


Nautical Card-Fusion {Port O' Call Polaroid}


May 13, 2016

White Flower Cards

So, apparently, the flower for this month is Lily of the Valley. So our Crazy 4 Challenges theme this week is white flowers! Right up my alley! I love adding flowers of all kinds to my cards.

lilac n lace

This week I went all out for my first card making the flowers myself. It takes a long time to cut, shade, shape and glue them all then add the tiny centers! To start this card, I looked through my flower dies and settled on white lilacs with subtle pink and purple centers. I used Sizzix dies that are retired for the lilac and a cool lace die by Creative Expressions. (Elizabeth Craft now sells similar flower dies.)

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The flowers were cut from white cardstock and shaded with Pan Pastels. The flower centers are made with a yellow Paper Pen from Viva Decor. I added some dots to the back panel with a Sizzix embossing folder and used some old SU! ribbon for the bow. All cardstock is by PTI except the green which is from SU!

floral camera yellow

Next up is a cool interactive card using stamps and dies by PTI. Sadly, I think this set is now in the vault meaning it costs double to buy it! I got it just in time. It resembles the very first instant camera and where the photo would come out, there is a pull tab where you can write or stamp your message. The paper is by MME. The cardstock and leaf die are by PTI as well.

I hope you will also enjoy this challenge. It’s so nice and easy and any style you chose is perfect! I was thinking about using some vellum for a flower so maybe that’s an idea for someone. We, the design team, are always so encouraged to see you play along!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Entered In: Simon Says Stamp Monday to use embossing, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday to add flowers

May 07, 2016

Floral Hello Card

Welcome to another edition of Crazy 4 Challenges. This week we are to use Emerald in honour of the month’s birthstone. I’m not a huge fan but I managed to find some patterned paper with a colour that was almost emerald!

hello flowers

The papers are from one of the Maggie Holmes collections; I am a huge fan of her eclectic style. The green in this paper is a bit brighter and more emerald-ish IRL. The leaves die is by PTI and the flowers by Really Reasonable Ribbon. I used chocolate CS for the hello but darkened it with an E49 Copic marker to match the brown in the paper. It is the same colour IRL. A couple of sequins and a bit of rick rack finished this design.

It’s Barbara’s month to host our blog, I hope you will join some of her challenges. We love to have lots of players so come on out and join us!!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Entered in: Retro Sketches  213