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.

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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.

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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

August 31, 2017

Cards for 2017 Papertrey Ink’s Stamp-a-Faire

Before starting this, make sure you’ve gone to the washroom and grabbed a beverage, it’s pretty long!

For anyone who wasn’t aware of the massive stamping event this past weekend, Papertrey Ink had a huge video tutorial/event/challenge/prize giveaway for anyone who wanted to join and best of all, it’s all online! Each year has a theme; this time it was traditional anniversary gifts for the first 10 years of marriage.You might notice I published this with mere minutes to spare to link these cards up.

Well, I tried! I fought the clock and the clock won! I got carried away making cards this morning until I had no time left for leaving comments (which I should have done days ago) and I only got to link up 4 of these! I’m honestly pretty bummed because I worked really hard on them. But this year the event was so huge, too huge really! There were 21 challenges compared to 11 normally and honestly, I was overwhelmed. I did create during all three days including almost all day on Sunday but I work pretty slowly. And, ya know, I’ve still got kids, a hubby and a life to live. Eating and sleeping are pretty much requirements no matter how much I want to stamp.

So here are all the cards/projects for the challenges I completed. Please forgive the hasty photography. I didn’t have time to get creative. Starting from the top:

Warm up: Choose a colour palette from the inspiration photos out of the ones provided to make a quick card.

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I’m not normally into all things super CAS, graphic or black and white. But something about this just spoke to me this day. All products are PTI.

Year 1: Gift-Paper

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The challenge was to use paper to make some embellishments for gift packaging. The papers, button and leaf die are PTI.

saf 17 scrapsThe next challenge (there were two per year) was to use up some scraps. I didn’t use scraps for the cover plate die cutting but I did use up a ton of tiny vellum bits. Everything on here is PTI except the gold thread.

Year 2: Gift-Cotton

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This tutorial made me intensely happy! OMW! Isn’t this the cutest thing ever? Well except for newborn babies, oh and newborn animals, ok and maybe little tiny girls in ruffled bottom swimsuits (we were at the water park yesterday). Fine, maybe not the cutest thing ever but definitely one of the cutest card embellies I’ve ever seen! It’s made with dyed cotton balls! My glitter stripes were enhanced with some heart confetti before I added the glitter. It just ups the cute factor right? The cardstock, die, ink and ribbon (not the pompom trim) are all PTI.

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Another cotton challenge using crinoline. I had some from way back and honestly, I don’t know why I haven’t made more of these flowers lately! When I bought the crinoline, I also bought some satin and organza to make other flowers. This time I combined them for this shabby chic lovely! I’ve also added some tulle in there. The polyester layers were heated to make the edges curl which gives them more volume and also makes them look more shabby. The PTI products on this are the cardstock, ribbon, sentiment, ink and the border die.

Year 3: Gift-Leather

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This was a fun technique to do. I’ve done it before but not for a very long time. You scrunch up and ink your paper after wetting it to make it look like leather. They used some glycerin in the water but just water works fine too. Everything is PTI except the sentiment and brads. I didn’t get to the second leather challenge.

Year 4: Gift-Linen

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I struggled to find fabric for this challenge, to stamp on fabric to make a Japanese inspired gift wrap, in a very messy basement! Then I walked through a spider’s web getting to my fabric boxes, ehh! So I found this piece only to get it upstairs and find it was a piece my mom gave me with adhesive from embroidering or using adhesive interfacing? all over the back. I’m sure many moons ago when she gave it to me I was told to wash it, or only use it for card fronts or something. Anyway, the back is yucky but I figured I’d try out stamping on it with paints. The first time was too light because I used too little paint. Next time the details were obliterated by too much. The next time was just right, like when Goldilocks found poor baby bear’s stuff! I learned to add the paint very quickly, then remove excess from the grooves with a small paint brush then stamp. Stamps are PTI.saf 17 linen embroidery

The next video taught us to stamp on fabric for an embroidery-style look. I think it might be fun in the future to stamp an image really lightly then embroider over it! Everything is PTI except the frame die.

Year 5 was wood and I loved the challenges, I just didn’t get to them. Bless you if you’ve made it this far, go grab another cuppa, there’s still a lot to go.

Year 6: Gift-Iron

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This was one of the most unique in my opinion. I’ve always loved the look of aged metal with a patina. Especially green copper! So I was super excited for this challenge. you’ll have to go to the blog to read about all the steps. I started with PTI inks but my ridges were too high so I switched to Copic markers applied by airbrushing tohem. The background paper, some of the ink and sentiment are PTI. I didn’t get to the other iron challenge. I just didn’t like the look so I skipped it.

Year 7: Gift-Wool

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We were asked to make a stitched wool felt embellishment. I used PTI felt and background paper to make this flower.

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In another totally adorable tutorial, we were shown how to make some felt cookies! My 5 yo son just got a play kitchen from IKEA so he was thrilled to have some cookies to add to his collection of play food. I used PTI felt to make them. The stitch Debbie taught us was so cool! I’d never seen that one before in any book or online. Totally awesome!

Year 8: Gift-Bronze

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I love shiny, pretty stuff so these videos were perfect! I don’t use my Perfect Pearls often enough so the first challenge got my ideas flowing. In the end, even though I loved the teal and bronze combo, I struggled to find another colour I liked with them, with this style of die. A turquoise or aqua paper didn’t look elegant enough. A pink or red was too jarring. A neutral too boring. A yellow, orange or blue, too primary. So I stuck with monochromatic. The word die is inset which looks pretty classy, if I don’t say so myself! The cardstock and word die are by PTI.

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This tag was really fun to make. I remain one of those people who think heat embossing is super cool even though I’ve been stamping on and off for 30+ years. It’s even cooler when you add a ton of layers to get a solid metal appearance. These feathers look like they’ve been dipped in liquid metal right? The sentiment I wanted to use was way too long for the space. I didn’t want to cut it up so I selectively inked each section. But it would be tricky to get it all perfect and lined up that way. So I left it messy on purpose! I really like how it looks! Cardstock. stamps, ink and feather dies by PTI.

Year 9: Gift-Pottery

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Ok, so if you’ve never used air dry clay, it’s like the coolest thing ever!OK, maybe not as cool as heat embossing, or walking on the moon or… Fine, but it’s pretty cool! The video showed how to roll it flat then ink up a stamp pressing it into the clay to get a coloured impression. Pretty neat right? Then all you have to do is STAY AWAY. Do not fuss the clay! I’m always trying to move it and touch it, check on it and dry it faster by turning it over. Just leave it alone (or so I try to tell myself repeatedly!) The cardstock, stamps and ink are by PTI. The other challenge was to make an easier version of salt dough which I was going to make with the kids but I ran out of time for that one too.

Year 10: Gift-Aluminum and Tin

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I think this one turned out super fabulously! The ‘tin’ item on here was supposed to be silver gilding flakes but I chose gold instead. This was my first time using them so it look me a couple of tries to get it right. I started with Heat n Stick with a stamp that was too fine. Then I tried stamping the same sentiment with regular ink but outlining it with a glue pen. ooh, also no good, too hard to control! But this time worked out for me, mostly, it’s far from perfect! But I really like it. I used a more solid, defined stamp and used heat n stick powder. For the line I used Be Creative Tape. The flowers have gilded centers adhered with the glue pen. But it doesn’t stick well to the embossing so next time I plan to use gilding, I will brush off the embossing powder from the areas I plan to gild before setting the powder. The flowers were simply watercoloured by dropping the pink into each area which was already wet.

If you got this far, you deserve a medal! Brava! I posted many of these cards to Instagram on the weekend. I’m going to try to post there more often, right from my craft desk. I’d love to see you over there! You can find me at this link. Rebecca Ednie’s Instagram.

Enjoy, Rebecca

August 23, 2017

Mr & Mrs Shaker Card

If I had enough time and sequins, I would make all my cards shaker cards!

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This card uses dies from Papertrey for the bride and groom. The frame was created with good old Labels 1 Nestabilities by Spellbinders. I altered a lot of cardstock for this card. The black cardstock was already black but I wanted some shimmer so I added some Delicata ink. The gold frame and die cut sentiment were painted with gold leafing paint. Along with the sequins, this ends up being a pretty shiny, blingy card!

The patterned papers are by My Mind’s Eye and I think I could use 5 pads! It’s one of my favourite paper pads ever! I love foiled papers. So here’s a tip when you are making shaker cards: if you plan to put any sentiments or embellies over the shaker, block those areas off with foam tape. That way you don’t waste excess sequins filling the shaker especially since you won’t even see them most of the time!

Enjoy, Rebecca

August 21, 2017

Pastel Hugs

Working with a sketch always makes me happy. I watched a video by Yana Smakula about using an embossing folder as a stamp. So I tried it combining the technique with our sketch challenge this week at Crazy 4 Challenges.

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I used similar soft ink colours from Altenew with a folder from Spellbinders. The first try I got a gorgeous background but it was too bright for what I was trying to achieve. In the end I used only the lightest of the inks from 3 collections, blush, pink diamond and buttercream. To do this technique, you spread the inks randomly over the more solid surfaced side of the folder. Spritz the inks with water until they pool up. It might require more water than you’d think. Then add Bristol or watercolour paper and close the folder. To get a good impression, press well or use a brayer to add moderate pressure. The goal is to get a good impression with the ink but not with the ridges of the folder.

I wanted something light and fluffy at the top when I remembered about a fringe die I bought but hadn’t used. I didn’t have the right colours so I used white and very, very delicately inked it with matching colours. Then I added some lace and sewed it on with gold thread. For the three elements on the sketch, I tried a ton of embellies and flowers. In the send, I chose two layered flowers by Maggie Holmes and two Prima pearl clusters. A die cut and layered Hugs die cut with the same colours, just a bit darker, inked on it and a few sequins finished it off.

Join us for this fun sketch this week! It’s open until Friday at midnight when we post our next challenge.

Enjoy, Rebecca