Monthly Archives: May 2018
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.
The challenge on Make it Monday this week is to use a cascading image that lifts from the page. I originally started looking through my Papertrey stamp sets looking for a leaf or floral image, but when I saw this set I thought it would work well for the idea of lifting from the page. I don’t think I have ever gotten over my childhood love of paper dolls, so designing multiple dresses sounded like fun. It turned out to be a little trickier than anticipated because I didn’t have a matching die set. Armed with my Scan N Cut and my Misti, I was able to get it done.
Today’s card for the blog uses a Spellbinder’s die that I have used before in a post. I was thinking about how the farmers in South America get their coffee beans to market and that made me think of this die. I decided to use the Andes mountains as a backdrop courtesy of a Lawn Fawn die. Of course, because I am ridiculous, I decided to have the llama carrying ready to drink hot and cold coffees, rather than beans. Turned out rather well, I think.
I bought the inside stamp that I used here, because it looks exactly like me when I craft in the morning. Well, my bunny slippers are completely worn out now and have been replaced with an equally ridiculous pair but otherwise………………..
I ended up making this an outside and inside card as it was looking too busy with the patterned paper and the Starbucks symbol and two sentiments all on the front. Turned out pretty well.
Today’s card just turned out so cute, that I couldnt wait to post it. I had bought this Gnome image and sentiment stamp from High Hopes Rubber Stamps, just because it appealed to my sense of humour. I was thinking about how to make sure the card had a spring/summer feel when I thought of the Gnomes stamp. Sure enough one of the “Garden” gnomes is even holding a flower. When I finished the card, I thought it needed a little somethin somethin. Then I remembered these insanely cute “ice cubes” from My Favorite Things. The iced coffee is a Sprinkles from Doodlebug and the straws are from Jolee’s by You.
This is my third blog post today. I haven’t been posting very much lately. Seem to be busy doing nothing, but today I had a three hour eye surgery appointment and still managed to make cards for three events.
This one is for the Papertrey Ink Bloghop which happens on the 25th of each month. There is a image provided for inspiration and the challenge is to turn that inspiration into a project and post it on the Papertrey blog.
Well there is no doubt that I used the image for inspiration, but the resulting card is barely ok. I didn’t want to make the trailer the focal point as it is the ONLY thing on the card that is not from Papertrey Ink (Joy Crafts) but if I cut it down, it started to look like just a white blob. In the end, the card is too full with not enough “white” space. I do like the flowers along the fence though.
It is that time again! Time for the Coffee Lovers Bloghop. As usual the sponsors are many and mega generous. I am always excited for the hop but this time particularly so, as I have gathered up some coffee stamps and dies that are itching to jump out of the new drawer. Usually I save my newest stamps for later in the bloghop week, but this time a new stamp set from Altenew , literally flipped out of the “NEW” drawer just begging to be used (ok, it just might be because said drawer is over flowing with new goodies). No matter, as this is a large stamp set with plenty of images and sentiments, soit will show up again during this bloghop.
I had to make the sentiment take centre stage, as it is probably the biggest reason that I bought the set. I take great pains to never run out of coffee and the coffee I prefer is quite expensive (fair trade participant). This means I watch intently, for sales. I get quite “depresso” when there hasn’t been a sale and I am in danger of running out of my beloved coffee.