Category Archives: Card Samples
Simon Says Stamp has a stencil for the insanely popular Gnomes. While I have already made some cards with the “sold out” large Gnome die, that I ordered for and stole from Sandra, this time I wanted a one-layer rather than pieced Gnome.
Using the stencil involved some extensive masking. I may end up making my own layered stencil to avoid having to do all this masking in the future. In the meantime, after a couple of ruined cards with some stray ink on them, I got it right.
This card is just so stinkin’ cute, that I am sure I will be making more.
I used the Swirls background die from Concord and 9th which just tucked around the Gnome perfectly. Sequins from Lucie’s Little Things and some glittery Nuvo drops complete the card. His nose is made with transparent pink Nuvo drops and gives perfect colour and dimension.
A funny thing happened on the way to making this card. On the weekend I attended a local Scrapbook Crop. As usual, I took away too much stuff for a one day crop. Anyway, I must have pulled a muscle in my neck loading and unloading totes full of supplies. When I got up the next morning, my neck was incredibly stiff and sore, but hey, the cardmaking must go on. I took a muscle relaxant and applied a heating pad and began crafting this card. Well, don’t you know, I fell asleep with a full cup of coffee in my hand. The coffee fell out of my hand and into my box of coffee stamps and dies. Needless to say, that was quite a mess to clean up. On the bright side, I do have a large box of authentic Coffee “scratch n sniff” crafting supplies now.
I am happy to report that no cards were injured during this card-making session, and I was happy with this one.
Inside of card:
I apologize for the poor photography.
I have made one more coffee card using the Kringle collection from Photoplay. This time I also wanted to use a “Coffee Charms” die set that I have from Karen Burniston. I finished the card off by adding a Polar Bear from Recollections who is looking up longingly at the string of coffee beverages. The sentiment is from Verve Stamps
It is the time of year for the winter version of the Coffee Lover’s Bloghop. It is also a busy time of year with Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas card making time all on the heels of each other.
This lead up is to explain my excuse for it being Day 3 of the Bloghop and I am just posting my first card. It is also Crop/retreat time and yesterday I attended one. I bought what I thought was a regular collection kit from Photoplay called Kringle. Once I ripped into it, I realized that it was actually a Christmas Card kit. That was an OOPS as I rarely buy card kits and my intention was to make coffee cards of my own design. Oh well, I found that it was a very cute collection and after making a few cards, I actually purchased the matching collection kit and ephemera so that I could make some additional Christmas cards.
Anyway, I think the coffee cards turned out well, and they will come in handy for giving out some coffee gift cards at Christmas time. The sentiment set is from My Favorite Things and is called Sassy Pants Holiday too. The original stamp has the word wine and I just substituted coffee for this occasion.
Here is the card:
I keep thinking that I have all the stamps and dies that I could possibly need, and yet I buy more. There is a reason that crafters refer to this hobby as their addiction, and think they will stop buying as soon as they add this or that to their collection.
Today, I thought I would share some Halloween cards that I recently made. For the most part, they were made with stamps and dies already in my stash, but I confess to buying a couple of new ones.
I liked the crazy sentiments in the stamp set from Cathy Zielske called My Zombies, so I had to get that. I also liked the oval Spider Web from Hero Arts and even though I resisted buying it with my recent Hero Arts kit, I caved in and bought it when it appeared at Scrapendipity. I also had to have the Tim Holtz Stamptember exclusive stamp set, but have yet to make a card with that one (Stay tuned)
Anyone that knows me is aware of the fact that I have a fascination for little drawers. I love them in furniture and in home decor items, so imagine my delight when a Curio Cabinet was the focal stamp image in the September Monthly Hero Arts Kit.
I am not going to lie. It took forever to put this card together. There was lots of Copic blending to make the wood cabinet. There was lots of picky arranging of the handles on the cabinet and then the time-consuming embossing of the handles. After that there was the job of deciding what to put in the Curio cabinet. I had decided that I was going to find “real” little treasures to place in the cabinet rather than just stamping images, so that gobbled up more time. This also necessitated that the cabinet be turned into a shaker type card to manage the dimension of the “treasures”. Then the tiny sentiments had to be lined up with the cabinet doors which was also time-consuming. Then the little cards in the door pulls were painted white and some teeny tiny black writing was put on the cards.
In the end, I loved the resulting card.