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Debbie’s Card and Layout submissions
Ok, I lied. I managed to make one more card before leaving for work.
I wanted to use The Daily Grind collection from Photoplay. I mean if you don’t use it for a coffee bloghop when can you use it?
I wanted to repeat the pattern on the background on the focal cup. I used Amplify to make the dimensional coffee cream. I like the idea a lot, but my execution of the card was hurried to say the least.
Check it out.
This will be my last card for the bloghop as I have been called into work today. I just received this background stamp from Picket Fence Studios and I wanted to use it. I had bought their ghost stamp for Halloween that says “Let’s get sheet faced together”. As it turned out, I never found the time to make the card and send it to the person I had in mind for it. I didn’t want the same thing to happen with this stamp………………………………….so here it is………………………fresh from my mailbox.
The sentiment is from Verve Stamps, a company that I only knew about through them being a sponsor on the Coffee Lovers Bloghop. I bought a number of their stamps on a close out sale.
The main coffee cup is from a recent Hero Arts Kit. I had hoped to make more cards from this multi-image kit, but maybe next blog.
The little sloth is back today. He is just too cute and deserves a second card. This time Lawn Fawn’s Knit Picky provides the background. My Favourite Things Ice Cube shaker pieces double as sugar cubes in this card. The spoon is from a tea cup die set from Simon Says Stamp.
Today’s card used a stamp set that was an add-on product from a recent Hero Arts Monthly Hero Kit. I have always had a fascination with the amazing scenes that Baristas can create with the cream in my coffee so I was immediately drawn to this stamp set. When I realized I could use Puffy embossing powder to give fluffy dimension to the cream, it had to go in my cart.
The Scalloped Circles die from Lawn Fawn, Doodlebug Sprinkles and coffee coloured sequins turned the whole thing into a cute shaker card.
Today’s card is special. It is special because it is made with a stamp set that I won in the last Coffee Lovers Bloghop. It is from The Cat’s Pajamas and is adorable. The image is small but I wanted it to take centre stage. A soft and faded out stencil background is a good way to ensure that the image isn’t lost. I love the sentiment on this card and certainly for me, is true.
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
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:
We have had our first plant killing snowfall of the year. As usual, we all winge and moan about how crazy it is that snow came so early, when in fact it does this every year. In fact, the rarity is if we don’t get a September snowfall. What this inevitable snowfall does for me is to get me thinking about Arizona and my upcoming trip down south again.
Right now, Phoenix is in the middle of the Scrapbook Expo, and so, I wish I was there. Also this week, I signed up for a number of classes for Creativation in January, so the excitement for the winter season in Arizona is rising.
The challenge this month for the Phoenix Papercrafters group is Southwest/cactus. Recently, I made some cards using a paint dragging technique (inspiration from a Jennifer McGuire video). This technique really lends itself to the Southwest colours/desert sunset type of background and so I decided to combine that with some stamps/dies from Scraps of Love and Concord and 9th.
The paint dragging technique is super easy to do, but oh so difficult to have it end up just like you envisioned it. That is part of the charm of the technique……………………….you have to give up control………………….and embrace some of the weird parts to make it work. Actually, what I did was keep on thinking that the NEXT one IS going to turn out just like I envisioned it until I had eleven sunset backgrounds drying all over my house.
In the end, I loved all of the cards and the not quite what I envisioned backgrounds. Take a look:
Sook, this one is from Moab, Utah but still Southwestern in theme.
This weeks theme is to add glitter to a card in an inlay technique.
This theme was perfect for me as I seem to have given away all the elegant cards from my stash and need to replenish. I have hundreds of cards in my stash, but was hard pressed to come up with a suitable elegant birthday card for my Mom’s birthday. I actually had to adapt an extra Mother’s day card that I had previously made. Luckily, it turned out well.
Today’s card turned out well and will be the start of my new elegant cards stash.