Saturday, April 12, 2014

Happy 5th Blog-iversary Unscripted Sketches! and Giveaway

ETA: I apologize this didn’t post earlier. For some reason my pre-scheduled post didn’t go up as planned at 8am. So sorry.

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Congrats on 5 awesome years! This week we have some special prizes on the Unscripted Sketches blog so be sure to visit right after you read this post. Don’t leave yet though because I have blog candy here too! But first up is my card.

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A friend is going through a rough time so I thought I’d send her a Thinking of You card. I dug out these older, gorgeous Webster’s Pages papers and I’m so glad I did. I cut the mirror on the bottom left with an X-acto before I die cut the label shape so I could exclude it. If you’ve never done this technique before, you just cut the part you want to exclude carefully then tuck the die underneath.

I used leftover Spellbinders packaging to create the window for my shaker. I really should make shakers more often, they are so much fun! You can see the sequins inside but it also has microbeads that you can’t see as well.

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So, now the moment you’ve been waiting for… I am offering blog candy! I’ve been making lots of jewelry lately so I am offering a silver bar necklace like the one above, with your choice of colour of crystal or stone (from the colours I have). I will contact the winner to find out more about their preferences. So, what do you have to do to enter? It’s easy. Sign up for my email updates (over on the sidebar), leave me a comment saying you signed up AND enter to win at Unscripted Sketches. You can enter by commenting or entering a card or both but if you enter a card, you may come back and leave another comment saying you did so for another chance to win! If the winner I pick hasn’t entered at Unscripted Sketches, I will choose again. I will pick the winner next Saturday and she will have 48 hours to reply.

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I hope you all enjoy the festivities, other designers are offering blog candy too so be sure to visit all of them. I hope you love this week’s sketch, I thought it was super fun.

Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Thinking of You-SSS
Ink: Teal Zeal-Memento, Antique Linen Distress
Paper: Webster’s Pages, moss CS-PTI
Accessories: pearls, rhinestones-Kaisercraft, sequins-Ellen Hutson, microbeads-MS, foam dots-Sticky Stuff Store, foam strips-?, roses and leaves-Michaels, white flowers-Prima, ribbon-Dharma Trading

Friday, April 11, 2014

Jewelry

I’ve been making a ton of jewelry lately and I thought you might like to see it.

ocean tides necklace

This is my Ocean Tides Necklace. I used a mix of round and bicone crystals and aquamarine chips. Each one is individually added to a head pin with a clear silver lined seed bead then the head pin is finished with a wrapped loop. 8! of these are added to beading wire between each large pearl. Yep, it took a long time to wrap each bead. The back has no wrapped loop beads because they would dig in to my skin too much so it finishes with plain strung beads. I’m entering this in Anything But a Card challenge to make something springy.

rainbow bracelet

This one was made from a kit but I still love how it turned out. I made it for my son’s kindergarten teacher who, when asked, said her favourite colour was ‘rainbows’. So cute!

fan siam briolettes necklace

This one gave me no end of trouble! No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get the two crystals with gold around them (cup links) to lay the same way! UGH! I finally got it but not without lots of frustration and muttered bad words. But I think it was worth it in the end.

cool tones necklace

I call this one my Mardi Gras necklace. Hubby doesn’t really like it because he thinks the pearls look too much like metallic Mardi Gras beads. They are cheap and so do have a bit more of a metallic look than most pearls so he has a point but I love it anyways. It was inspired by the necklace shown at the beginning of every episodes of Bead, Baubles and Jewels.

garnet swirls bracelet

You may want to click on this one for a better look. I hand made each link in this bracelet. It’s quite tricky to get each one to look the same. I messed up two links while making it but since I am new to this type of wire work, I don’t think that’s too bad. I made the clasp to.

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This the a hand made clasp I made for this bracelet. I learned to make both the links and the clasp from a book called Artisan Filigree. I highly recommend it. I have a few more pieces but I’m saving them for another day.

Enjoy, Rebecca

I Love You Watts

I was so inspired by last week’s Unscripted Sketches that I made two cards. This one was for hubby; he’s been behaving himself lately so I needed to let him know. ;)

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It’s hard to see but I coloured the backside of the vellum bulb bright yellow in the center of the heart and lighter yellow just outside of it. I love colouring hte back of vellum; such an awesome look. I wish it showed up more. The hearts are coloured with a Copic and then I added Glossy Accents to the top.

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Enjoy, Rebecca

RECIPE
Stamps:
Watts and Watts-SSS
Ink: black Archival-Ranger 
Paper: SSS card kit, scraps white CS
Accessories: holiday shapes die-SSS, Copic R27, Glossy Accents

Unscripted Sketches is Turning 5!

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It’s our Blog-iversary tomorrow! Be sure to visit Unscripted Sketches tomorrow for a chance to win prizes and I will also be featuring blog candy here. Several other designers are offering blog candy too! Come one back; you don’t want to miss it!

Rebecca

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Shabby Lace Wedding Card for Unscripted Sketches #251

This week’s sketch is so simple and versatile! It’s a Unscripted Sketches favourite for sure! I decided to get my shabby on for this one and wow, am I ever proud of how it turned out! Especially my handmade flower! I am entering this in this week’s Shabby Tea Room challenge ‘Pretty in Pink’.

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The flower is made from layers of organza, light see-through bridal fabric, and some crinoline which is heavy and stiff but once wet, it curls up and then dries with lots of texture. The organza flower petals were melted with my heat gun. I use tweezers to hold each petal while I just kiss the edge with the heat gun. It’s easy to end up with lots of melting and no petal so be careful and same for the crinoline; it singes very easily. So go easy if you speed up drying it with your heat gun but that can be a cool look if you want it really shabby. I allowed it to singe in a few places just enough to get a light brown colour to help out the Distress ink I added to make the crinoline ivory.

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The leaves are made in the same way as the petals but this time I used satin fabric. The crinoline will also make nice leaves if you dye it green with reinkers, spray mist or colour it with markers. The green ribbons are hand cut using more organza cut on the bias. If you cut fabric into ribbons this thin in the usual straight way, it will fray too badly to be used. To cut it on the bias, cut your strips, mine were 1/2”, on the 45 degree grain of the fabric. A quilting ruler, rotary cutter and a grid mat with 45 marked on it are a tremendous help.

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The lace is gorgeous don’t you think? I picked it up in the bridal department of my local fabric store. It was pricey but I bought it on sale and since it had two decorated edges, and I only needed a bit, it was worth the cost. I had a hard time deciding if I wanted it to overlay the whole card or just the bottom but it was too pretty to not use it on the whole card! I just had to arrange my sentiment carefully so you could read it! I just love how the stripes peek out from underneath the lace!

251I made the little pearl accent on the wire, it’s pretty easy, just cut a piece of wire, add a pearl to the center, twist the wire. Then add another pearl a little ways from the bottom of the twist, fold the wire and twist just using that one wire until it is tight. Then twist the two wires together and repeat. Just try to alternate which wire you add the pearls to or one will be really short and the other very long and use lots more wire than you think you’ll need. Twisting wire uses a lot more than you’d think.

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If you’ve always wanted to play but never got the chance, this is the week since this is a pretty easy sketch! And be sure to visit my blog and Unscripted Sketches next week too because we are having our BLOG-AVERSARY! YEAH!! There will be prizes and giveaways on some of our blogs and other fun events so you don’t want to miss it!

Enjoy, Rebecca

Stamps: Say it Loud-WMS
Ink: antique linen Distress, Watering Can Archival-Ranger, London Fog-Memento
Paper: MME Market Pad, cream CS-PTI
Accessories: fabrics, lace as listed above-Fabricland, brad-CTMH, flower, leaf dies-rose creations Spellbinders, ribbon-stash, half-back pearls-can’t remember sorry they are really nice ones, gold wire-beading store, top-drilled pearls-AH Beads, cream silk ribbon-May Arts