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A Celebra’tions Thank You

by on July 21, 2014 » Add more comments.

Thank You Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Celebra'tions Line
Good morning my crafty friends!!  Did you know that a couple of weeks ago Spellbinders launched new dies?  Well yes, it’s been quite busy in blog land and lucky me, I have some of these new dies in my hot little hands.  So today, I wanted to show you my spin on this bright, cheerful line of papers, inks, stamps, twine and dies that all coordinate.  All the things I used for this card will be in my recipe below but if you want to see the entire collection, pop over and have a look at the entire Celebra’tions line HERE.Thank You Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Spellbinders Celebra'tions Line (Closeup)
I love to put my spin on whatever I work with and if you’ve been peeking in here around long enough you know it would be a pretty good bet to have some pink.  I started out with this enchanting embossed background called Framed Canvas (already a favorite).  I decided to have a circle frame using Pierced Circles for a focal element and place flowers made from the Just Because set around the edges.  I placed my stamped sentiment from the  My Friend set on the Enhanced Banner set and positioned it just inside the frame.  The matching design paper (Cotton Candy and Celebra’tions Prints), twine (Celebra’tions Linen Thread) and ink (Captivating Coral) pull it all together.  The pearls are from my stash, but sure go a long way towards making the look mine.  So what do you think, my style or not my style?  Lol, this was a lot of fun!!

Rubber Stamps:  Spellbinders Celebra’tions My Friend
Craft Paper: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Cotton CandyCelebra’tions Prints
Ink: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Captivating Coral 
Accessories: Framed Canvas Embossing FolderJust BecauseEnhanced Banner, Pierced CirclesCelebra’tions Linen Thread

Happy Monday sweet friends, I hope you have an awesome week!  By the way, if you asked a question on my last post, the parking lot is full (meaning I answered all the questions)!! Pop over and get your answer :-)

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Find more like this: *Celebra'tions Collection, -Thank You Cards, :Pink, :White, Stamping

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Over the Moon with Ombre

by on July 18, 2014 » Add more comments.

Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Quietfire A Family is a Circle of Strength and Spellbinders French Harmony
Anyone who doesn’t know that dabbling in paints and coaxing color all over paper isn’t pure, unadulterated therapy . . .  well, that person is missing out.  It has been so busy in my life lately that standing at the craft counter and slathering paint and ink – what can I say –   I’m so taken with the look of ombres. It doesn’t look like I got too inky but the serene wash of color and the understated look was just what I hoped for.  I taped my watercolor paper down to the counter and wet it down, then added the gradual shades of blue.  Then the same thing on another sheet making gradual shades of green.  When I assembled the card I started the heavy part of the background ombre at the top and reversed it with the next die cut layer.  While I was doing the green, I dyed up some white silk ribbon into a green ombre – so dreamy.

Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using Quietfire A Family is a Circle of Strength and Spellbinders French Harmony
This is the first time I’ve used Spellbinders French Harmony – oh my, what a lovely background and it cut like butter.  I also used Spellbinders Standard Circles Small and Spellbinders Stately Circles.

Here’s how I made it – step by step:

  1. Start out with a card base that measures 5-3/4″wide – 7-1/2″ tall.  
  2. From watercolor paper that has been painted with a wash of reinker, cut a panel 5-1/4″ x 7″, then attach to base with double foam tape, leaving  foam at bottom of panel unadhered.
  3. From watercolor paper that has been painted green with a wash of reinker, cut/emboss French Harmony, then attach to base with double foam tape.
  4. Take an 8″ length of ribbon to span across card, lift up bottom layer of card and anchor to back side of bottom panel, secure bottom layer.
  5. Cut/Emboss Stately Circles #3, attach to base using double foam.
  6. Stamp Quietfire “A Family is a Circle of Strength” using Versafine Onyx Black and heat emboss using clear embossing panel then cut/emboss sentiment with Standard Circles SM #5 then attach to base using double foam.
  7. Add double bow, pearls, filigree and button. 

Tip:  There are many ways to make a double bow, the easiest way is to stack two  graduated size bows on top of each other.

Rubber Stamps:  Quietfire Design - A Family Is A Cirle of Strength
Craft Paper: Strathmore 140lb Watercolor Paper
Ink:  Versafine Black Onyx and Clear Embossing Powder, Edited-to-Add: Ranger Distress Ink – Stormy Sky, Ranger Antiquities – Topiary
Accessories:  Spellbinders French HarmonySpellbinders Standard Circles SmallSpellbinders Stately CirclesMay Arts Silk Ribbon, Button, Filigree Flower

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Oh, and happy Friday  :-)

On a more somber note, condolences to our Dutch friends and the many countries who lost citizens on the plane crash yesterday.  It was a horrible event and the loss of so many innocent lives, absolutely tragic.

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Maureen Killen, comment #1 mused that I must get sick of reading the same comments each day.  My answer to that is Never!!  As a matter of fact, I look forward to interacting with this community every day.  I know many of you by the fact that you come every single day.  You can’t know how very grateful I am.  Just knowing you are here is enough!  You all are the real people I design for!!  After 6 years and almost 1600 posts sometimes the inspiration well goes dry and I’ve found the people who come here fill my sails with inspiration.  It’s never a requirement to leave a comment, I’m so grateful you stop by.  Lol, when both of those cease, I think that’ll be my hint to move on :-)

Carol B, comment #02 asked if I taped down the ribbon to dye it.  I hadn’t thought about that – might be work a try!  But no, what I did was set it in water.  I hope to have a video soon on the ways I dye ribbon because I take the easy way out :-)  Stay tuned.

Charlotte, comment #03 asked where the Question Parking Lot is.  Hi Charlotte, the Question Parking Lot is right here :-)  It doesn’t appear until someone asks a question about the card displayed.  Then by magic of blogs, the question is answered and the answer appear here.  People typically check back to see if the answer to their question has appeared in the parking lot.   Thanks for asking that question Charlotte, it has come up several times for people new to my site.

Marly T, comment #05 asked what colors I used for the ombres.  For the blue I used Ranger Distress Ink – Stormy Sky.  For the minty green I used Ranger Antiquities – Topiary.  On looking out and about, I can’t seem to find the latter online so I assume it is retired.  I hate that because I went through every green reinker I had to come up with the right color.  (This clearly demonstrates that I never throw anything out….)

Ronny, comment #38 asked what size ribbon I use.  I use a couple of different sizes but my favorite fabrics are silk and rayon due to their lovely drape.  On my card today I’ve used 1.25″  white silk ribbon.  I also use 1/4″ and 1/8″ for multiloop bows.  My other go ribbon is the Hug Snug Seam Binding, which is a rayon.  The size of that ribbon is 5/8″.  You’ll see my older cards have really wide ribbon and my taste has definitely changed over time to smaller width ribbon.

Rose Newlun, comment #39 asked how to stack layers and how long it takes me to make a card.  I usually set up my layers to be graduated so that the layer behind is always at least a little bit revealed.  My advise is to look at what other folks have done and after you’ve done that for a while it will become easier to improvise your own.  Get a couple of layer sets you really love then change out one die – that’s another way.  Don’t get discouraged, there is no right or wrong.  Whatever you decide to put on your card, it’s from your heart and it’s the right thing.  The card above took a couple of hours, not long at all.

Find more like this: Quietfire Design, Stamping

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Seasons Greetings

by on July 16, 2014 » Add more comments.

Christmas Card Making Ideas by Becca Feeken using JustRite Snowflake Vintage Labels Seven and Spellbinders
Good morning sweet friends, today draws to a close this months new releases from JustRite Papercraft - lots of eye candy this week right?  Today I have a more traditional Christmas Card to show, with traditional colors of red and gold.   I’m a teensy bit pleased that I have a little stash now.  And yes, it is early but let’s not forget friends, at some point the time passes like the speed of light and by the time you realize it , it’s too late.   I know, I know – it almost seems like perpetual Christmas, but I love it because it brings out the best in people :-)
Now about my card, my sentiment from Snowflake Vintage Labels Seven is stamped on a panel diecut with Vintage Labels Seven.  Peeking out just behind is a layer with Spellbinders A2 Divine Eloquence.  The next layer is Spellbinders Labels Twenty Five that is embossed with Spellbinders Adorning Labels Twenty Five.  I made by own background by cutting nine of the square motifs from Spellbinders Damask  Motifs and lining them up in a 3 by 3 grid.  Lol – that’s a quick background for when you don’t want to use design paper!  I finished it off with a safety pin that I threaded up with pearls and three jeweled rondelles in Christmas colors.  Snort — it was a great idea until I figured out that I had to disassemble and reassemble to pin to make it happen (yes, this required me to pull out jewelry tools :-))

Rubber Stamps: JustRite PapercraftSnowflake Vintage Labels Seven
Craft Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Natural White 80 lb, PTI – Red
Ink: Versamark and Gold Embossing Powder, Hampton Arts – Red
Accessories:  Vintage Labels SevenSpellbinders A2 Divine EloquenceSpellbinders Labels Twenty FiveSpellbinders Adorning Labels Twenty FiveDamask Accents and Motifs, Offray Firefly Gold Ribbon, Paper Studio Pearls, safety pin, Brilliance Rondelles. 

If you haven’t hit up the die sale, it’s done at midnight — just sayin’ :-)


Be sure to pop in and visit the other designers who have creations to show today:
JustRite Inspiration • Becca Feeken • Margie Higuchi • Eva Dobilas • Sheri Holt • Michele Kovack • Heidi Blankenship •  Angela BarkhouseKathy Jones • Darsie Bruno • Kazan Clark  


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Clare W in comment #22 asked how I managed to get the safety pin loaded and put back together without mangling it :-)

Oh Clare, bless your heart….I’m not sure I’d ever do it again because the same thing happened to me.  I’ve found there is no way to recurl the pin so that it looks as good as the original.  I took the other end off – the closure.  I just wriggled it off with jewelry pliers – just twist from side to side (You may be able to twist it off with your hands).  Then I  popped my beads on, popped the closure back on then crimped the closure tight.  Hope this helps!!

Find more like this: *A2 Divine Eloquence, *Adorning Labels Twenty Five, *Labels (25) Twenty Five, -Christmas, :Gold, :Red, JustRite Stampers, Stamping, |Elegant

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