I was thinking today how my very first shaker card was pretty much a disaster. I had sequins flying all over, mostly stuck on the foam tape rather than in the little shaker well, where they were supposed to be. The end result was a very crooked card that looked like an unmade bed. You know those times where you just throw the cover over your PJs and the book you were in the midst of reading and walk away. I have made many shakers since then, and they turn out generally well, so I decided to tackle making a card with Chibitronics.
In the interest of full disclosure, this is actually my second Chibitronics card. Making a circuit is not that difficult really, but figuring out where to attach the lights so that they light up in the right place for your card design is a tad tricky. I found that “haste makes waste” (in this case wasted copper tape). In the end, it was helpful to take the time to do a rough stamping of the design on the cardstock that the circuit is going to be adhered to. That way I could make sure that I had room for the lights and the copper tape to the battery and back without crossing each other. There is a real sense of satisfaction when you touch the copper tape and “voila” the lights come on.
This card is going to be a birthday card for my granddaughter who turns seven tomorrow. She is going camping this weekend, and even though fireflies do not exist in our climate, hopefully, she can find something equally amazing to look at on her trip.
I have been working on this Make it Monday card since about 9:00 AM and it is now 12:30 PM. It has made me realize that I am an unlikely candidate to be published in the TAKE TEN magazine. This is a magazine where the cards shown all take ten minutes or less to make. It took me more time than that to pick a colour scheme AND THAT part was essentially provided in the instruction video!
All is well that ends well, though, and I was quite happy with the result.
Concord and 9th is a step above most stamp companies in the way they design sets for extreme versatility. They are also trendsetters rather than trend followers. I have a large stash, as many of us cardmakers do, and it is not every day that a company comes up with an image that I not only don’t have, but also must add to my stash. The stamp set I am using today is an example of this. I definitely, did not have a geode in my stash of stamp images. I have always loved the look of geodes (If you ever get to Cave Creek, Arizona check out the ginormous ones in the rock shop), so this stamp set was an obvious choice. On top of that, it is an appreciation, encouragement, sympathy, love and get well card all rolled up in one stamp set.
I used alcohol inks on Yupo paper for these and it was so much fun to experiment with different colour combinations. I used Seth Apter/Emerald Creek Dirty Sand and Hammered Metal embossing powders to make the “skin” of the geode. It worked out very well as the “heat unstable” Yupo warped just enough to give the rock a more organic look.
The theme this week at Papertrey Ink is lots of dots. As I am a huge fan of the Nuvo drops, I wanted to make sure to link up something. In the end I chose “What the Doodle – Feather”, as I thought it would be a good image to leave mostly black and white as in the demo from Michelle. I decided to stick to Red, Black and White for the color scheme as the image and background were already quite busy.
Because the bloghop has whizzed past the record for entries, I thought I should try for a personal best as well. This card makes 10, which I believe is a record for me. I decided to make a loose uncontrolled background for this card. This means that I now have about 10 watercolour backgrounds for future considerations, as I am kind of OCD and had to try and make one with the right amount of splatters in the right place on the card front.
I wanted to use my new Altenew stamp once more as it is a large set with many images. There are still more unused images, so many I will find time for one more………who knows.
Part of the reason I love this bloghop is that I love coffee/tea and stamp sets that depict coffee/tea, but the other reason is that I like to convert stamp sets that have nothing to do with coffee/tea and make them into coffee/tea sets. Such is the case today
It was extra fun to be able to use the chock a block full sentiment set from Honey Bee and make a sentiment that suits the scene I created.
In my coffee stash I found a stamp set from Gina Marie Designs from which I had only used one image. Gina Marie Designs got me thinking about Gina K and what fun I am having using her specialty foils. I put the image from Gina Marie Designs together with the specialty foil from Gina K and I ended up with a a card that is both elegant and silly at the same time.
As usual, the camera doesn’t capture the brilliance of the gold foil on the coffee cup, but it looks wonderful in real life.
I love the Leading Ladies series of stamp sets from Ellen Hutson. I could just imagine any one of the ladies relaxing while clutching her cup of coffee. I decided to adapt the Photo Lady to depict this in a card. Patterned paper is from Stampin Up and the sentiment from Technique Tuesday’s Sassy Coffee. Coffee beans are from Doodlebug and the stitched mat is from My Favorite Things..
One of the great things about making your own cards is that you can take personalizing to a new level. Such is the case with today’s card. This card is going to be a birthday card for one of my travelling partners. When we were on a cruise of the British Isles last August, he thoroughly enjoyed slipping up to a quiet corner of the ship, where a barista at the specialty coffee shop, was eager to show off his coffee art talents. This birthday card is a reflection of one of those small, but wonderful moments on our summer vacation. I doubt if Hallmark makes a card that has both coffee cups and a map of the British Isles on it, but I was able to combine them on his birthday card.
The hardest part of constructing this card was in not having the coffee cups look like two fried eggs. That is why I opted for blue coffee cups.