Author Archives: DebSelby
I am really learning the fine art of multi-tasking today. At the same time as I am working on Coffee cards for the fall/winter, I am also working on tropical themed layouts and cards for a kit to be sold in the scrapbook store that I work in. It makes for a horrendous craftermath as there are both summer and winter papers and embellishments everywhere.
Today’s card for the blog is once again a gift card holder. I like to have gift card cards ready to go at this time of year. This card is made mostly with dies from a Karen Burniston set called Coffee Card Pop-up.
Take a look:
Somewhere along the line, I bought the die that I used for this post. I don’t know where or how I got it. I do know that I must have got it in a sale. , because it is always the impulse buys that I can’t remember. I swear that this die just jumped in my cart of its’ own accord. Then later, when I looked in my “new” drawer for inspiration, there it was. I had recently seen a video that featured a fall card with this die set and so I took that as a sign. I can’t remember where I saw the video to give proper inspiration credit. Where I live the “Fall” ship has sailed already. We are supposed to receive 12 centimetres of new snow this weekend, but since this design is perfect for fall colours, I went with that theme.
I made my own sequin mix using some Bottle Cap sequins from Brutus Monroe as the base. It turned out so well that I wished I had made a bigger batch of the mix. The die is from Sizzix and is called Multi Window Shaker die. I think it will end up being quite versatile and I will find uses for it in both cardmaking and scrapbooking. I love it when an impulse buy works out so well. The coffee cup is from Jane’s Doodles. The patterned paper, wood grain and glitter cardstocks are Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp. The coffee sleeve cardstock is from Stampin Up (Discontinued so I have to hoard it). The big leaves are from My Favorite Things
Where did November go? It is hard for me to believe that the month is over. The good news is, that means that the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop launches today.
It is a welcome break to make something that is not a Christmas card. I have been fascinated with sloths ever since I first saw the commercial with the sloth playing Charades. Maybe it is because I sympathise with the stress of trying to finish something while the clock is ticking down. Whatever it is, it caused me to buy this Newton Nook stamp the instant that I saw it. I also wanted a chance to use the Coffee Rings foiling acetate from Brutus Munroe, so this card came together quite quickly. Patterned paper from Moxie (Coffee Addict) supplied the background while the mat is patterned paper from Lawn Fawn’s Knit Picky.
Well, once again it has been a long while between posts. You would think that I haven’t been spending time in my craft room. In reality, I am there every day making something, except for last week when I was travelling down to Phoenix and stopped to play in Bryce and Antelope Canyons. It seems that I have just neglected to make my projects into blog posts.
Today the challenge on Papertrey Ink’s Make it Monday is to create a bag out of patterned paper. This appealed to me as I am starting to think about Christmas bag and tag ideas. In spite of this, I ended up making a Birthday bag and tag. I found some Papertrey Ink sequin patterned paper in the right size to make a bag, and so the project grew from that. I decided to make a matching shaker tag from Papertrey Ink paper and sequins (Shakers and Sprinkles). I used a MFT balloon die to make the shaker. The Happy Birthday sentiment is also from Papertrey Ink’s Shakers and Sprinkles stamp set.
It was all pretty simple today and if I didn’t keep losing stuff in my messy craft room, it could have been made and posted in minutes. I am definitely going to make more of these bags, so thank you to Lexi for the instructions.
I actually didn’t realize how long it has been since the last post. It isn’t that I haven’t been busy in my craft room, as I am there putzing away every day. As an aside, I just went and looked up the definition of putzing. I didn’t want to offend anyone, and sometimes you say things just out of habit and you don’t know that the saying has a deep dark past. In fact, one definition of putzing IS a little sketchy, but the generally accepted one is “behave in an idle manner” and I certainly do that in my craft room, so it is staying in my sentence.
I have recently made two cards that are in my all-time favourites list. I used a technique called Layered Resist. This technique was demonstrated by Jennifer McGuire recently and I wanted to try it out. These cards take a long time to make as there are four layers of ink on them and four layers of embossing powder. If you don’t wait for each layer of ink to dry thoroughly, you are in for an epic fail. I managed to summon enough patience to wait for each layer to dry, before adding another round of embossing powder and both cards turned out well.
The cards almost have a 3D feel as the various layers look like they are at different depths on the card front.
Take a look:
As I mentioned in the last post, my mojo went AWOL at the Scrapbook Carnival. Somewhat unluckily for my wallet, my shopping mojo was still in high gear, but that is a story for another post. Anyway, I am quite sure that people who stopped to chat at my crafting spot thought this card was destined for the big round file. It sat there half done for two days, while I tried to decide what was wrong with it.
Today, I think I figured out the problems and corrected them. I think this card could be a birthday, sympathy, wedding or Christmas card, depending on what sentiment I put on the inside.
I had a blast at the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival that was on at Spruce Meadows for the last two days. It was great to see so many scrapbooking friends out there and some Stitching and Quilting friends as well, as it is a combined carnival. The only drawback for me was that I lost a circle die and my mojo. I did some alcohol backgrounds and some lift ink techniques that I liked, but no amount of fixing and fiddling made them come together into cards that I liked. Part of the problem was that the work space allotted was very small. This probably also contributed to me losing my die. The rest of the problem was lack of mojo. I didn’t want to abandon the projects, so I took a look at them again today, to see if they could be salvaged. I am happy to say that it was a different experience today. While my circle die seems to be gone forever and I had to use a slightly smaller one to finish my card, I like the result.
This card is once again made with the Stained Glass Suite from Stampin Up. This time, however, it is paired up with Stampin Up “Subtle” embossing folder and a Lift Ink technique. I think I am going to get a lot of use out of the “Subtle” embossing folder as it just adds a little something to the overall design without competing with the main images. The rhinestones from Studio Katia reflect all the colours of the alcohol ink.
It occurred to me after I created the cards in the last post, that there was supposed to be matching dies for the Stained Glass stamps. I will spare you the details……………………but panic ensued as I could not find the alleged dies anywhere in my craft room. Eventually, they turned up.
I am happy they did as they are wonderfully intricate and delicate and are amazing as a complement to the stamp set. The card came together perfectly until I heat embossed the sentiment. I put the moth too close to the flame, as it were, and I warped the vellum a bit. To fix that, I decided to run the card through my Bigshot to flatten it. Bad Idea! It did flatten it a bit, but in the process also flattened the delicate die cut. While it still looks good; it did look better and more dimensional before I steamrolled it. Live and learn.
Today I wanted to use the Stained Glass paper and stamp set from Stampin Up. I did not actually notice this set on my first view through the catalogue. I think it was because the paper looked just black and off-white and the stamp set had smallish images with sentiments in an Old English font. On my second glance through the catalogue, I did notice the Old English font which I like. Looking at the set more closely, I realised that the paper was printed vellum with stained glass motifs. I began to think of the multiple uses of a set like this, from elegant birthday cards to respectful sympathy cards. I also realised that the smallish images in the stamp set enhance the stained glass scenes on the vellum, without overpowering them.
I made three cards, that all turned out well.
The challenge this week is to create a card with faux gilding. At first glance, I thought the only possibility in my Papertrey Ink stash would be the feather. In fact, I have down real gilding using this stamp set before. I happened to find the What the Doodle Ornament Set and bonus, it was brand new. Not only, did it work for this challenge, but it also satisfied my need to not have unused stamps in my stash,
It actually worked even better than I expected. What slowed me down in getting it posted though, was finding a frame that enhanced but did not overpower the ornament. I tried the Papertrey Ink Marquee frame first, but it was a bit too ornate to showcase the ornament well.
Here is the card: