September 30, 2017

Happy Day Cake Card and Gift Card Holder

This week is my last time hosting this month at Crazy 4 Challenges. I’ve loved cakes and this colour combo for a long time. Gold, coral and mint are so pretty together. So my challenge for the design team and all of you was to use the photo below as inspiration.

c4c happy day cake and gift card holder

So I finally got this stamp a few weeks ago and I love colouring it! This time I used watercolour which worked out really well. It’s especially easy to watercolour when you heat emboss first. In case you are wondering about the colouring on the cake, because this cake has visible icing between the layers, to me it looks like a naked cake. These usually have icing over the cake but so little you can see through it. So I started with a light tan ‘baked’ colour. Then I used a fan brush to add some streaks of ‘icing’ over the top. The icing is usually white but I decided to use mint.

For the envelope, I used some new dies by Concord & 9th. Instead of 1 huge envelope die they provide a top and bottom outline only. This allows you to adjust the height of the envelope if you wish. They also included many extra dies since so little metal is used for the envelope dies themselves. On the envelope flap, I die cut the words, Happy Day. Behind them I placed some Tim Holtz gold glitter paper. for finishing touches, I added some lace, pompom trim, sequins, gold paint splatters and a silk ribbon bow for the gift card holder.

Enjoy, Rebecca

September 24, 2017

Let’s Make an Interactive Card!

This was my challenge on Crazy 4 Challenges this week! I love making them so I’m thrilled there are so many dies and stamps coming out to make creating them easier!

c4c interactive slider dogs

So for my card this week. I channeled my inner Sandy Allnock. She creates the most awesome backgrounds for the stamped images she colours. It was actually pretty fun to add ink to the entire image. The park bench took me a while to draw, I had to remember all the lessons I’ve read about perspective and vanishing point! It would have been much easier to create a background if the two dogs could kiss without one being up higher than the other. Because her face is tilted up, she needed to be lower than him so he needed to be up on something. I thought of a rock first but that was too boring.

c4c interactive slider dogs2

Don’tcha just love his blushing cheeks! I created the slider with out using dies. I just drew two lines with pencil, added a curved line at each end by using a small circle die then cut it all out with a craft knife. A die would be much easier but it worked out just fine. The dogs and sentiment are by Avery Elle from the More Furry Friends set.

Come on over and join us this week at Crazy 4 Challenges. If the linky isn’t working, just add you link to the comments.

Enjoy, Rebecca

September 21, 2017

Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop!


Hi! Welcome to my small part of this awesome blog hop!

fall coffee smile card

I’ll be honest, I don’t really like the fall. Well, it’s ok but it means the cold weather is approaching. I’m pretty much allergic to the cold. Not literally but I do have a health condition which means I can’t be out in the cold. But, I do enjoy making fun fall cards! So here is my early fall card. I know daisies aren’t out much anymore but they reminded me of mums which are all over in the fall.

The banner was stamped with Weathered White Antiquities embossing powder by Ranger using a stamp from the Bunting Stamp by Avery Elle. I needed 4 layers to get it opaque enough but I like the textured look it gives. It didn’t stand out quite well enough so I used a Copic marker around the edge to darken it slightly and provide more contrast.

The cup is from the Perfect Blend stamp set by Neat & Tangled. It’s a slightly funky set I really enjoy. The Smile sentiment is from Honey Bee stamps. It includes the one large smile sentiment and lots of smaller add on words and phrases.

Enjoy, Rebecca

September 16, 2017

Shabby Hugs Card

ETA: My post got eaten up by Blogger. Sorry!

This week I asked the team at Crazy 4 Challenges to work with a sketch I designed.

c4c party hat hug

Here’s the card I made to go with it! This time I went with an eclectic collage style. I find it so fun to grab random supplies and make them work together.


I hope you get a chance to play along with my challenge! Make sure to link up your creations to our blog!

Enjoy, Rebecca

September 09, 2017

A Glittered Hello

It’s my second week hosting over at the Crazy 4 Challenge blog! This week I chose glitter as my challenge! You get bonus points for using more than one kind/colour or use it in more than one way!

c4c hello gold glitter shaker

I was inspired to make a shaker card using two Project Life cards and some little embellishments that came with the kit. The shaker was sewn shut with acetate on top using my sewing machine. I sewed it about 2/3 of the way shut then added the little chipboard pieces, sequins and glitter then finished sewing it closed. The chunky glitter unfortunately blocks the view of the goodies inside but I found with another shaker I made that the static dies down after a while. I’ve no idea why but that shaker looked amazing after the glitter settled. Even IRL it looks better than it does here.

c4c hello gold glitter shaker2

I also used glitter in another, more subtle way. If you look closely at the aqua heart, it has a glitter star inside it. I added some bits of doily under the smaller PL card and a tulle puffy bow over the whole card. At the very bottom is a stamp from a new set I bought recently. Heffy Doodle is a new company who recently sold their first stamps via Kickstarter! What a great idea! The little stamp seen below is just one of dozens of small stamps meant to accompany all the awesome shaker cards we’ve all been making lately! So smart. I have a set like this but it is tiny and not nearly as cute! I highly recommend you check them out.

c4c hello gold glitter shaker3

I hope you’ll pop over and play along with my challenge. If you hate glitter, use glitter embossing powder, a glittered embellishment or glitter paper. Jennifer McGuire had a great post earlier this week with some ideas to corral glitter. My own card was shedding quite a bit from between the stitches so I sealed the edges with some glossy accents. Just a tiny bead where the acetate met the paper. Ta Da! All better!

Enjoy, Rebecca

September 02, 2017

No!!! Summer Can’t Be Over!

I can’t believe how cool it’s gotten here in Southern Ontario! It’s usually super hot on Labour Day weekend yet we have the heat on! I love, love, love summer and once again, it’s flown by! But I couldn’t let go just yet. It’s my turn to host for the month at Crazy 4 Challenges so I chose a summer or beach theme for this week. Just make any summer or beach-themed project; it can be a card or something else! c4c beach retirement

I used some older paper from Bo Bunny this week with a sentiment that is part SSS and part PTI. The flower is a die cut from the same collection but I altered it by making the white edge smaller, adding Glossy Accents and a touch of glitter. The papers were all sponged to help them stand out more from each other. This collection includes some awesome papers but not a single one is subtle! They are all large scale, full-page designs or very bold. I added a touch of stamping to the card base with stamps from Taylored Expressions and a few sequins.

I really hope you’ll head on over to the C4C blog this week. My guest this month is the amazing Teresa Kline so go check out her sweet card!

Enjoy, Rebecca