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Debbie’s Card and Layout submissions
The challenge this week is to lay an open pattern over a stamped image. The real challenge for me was to find a suitable pattern from Papertrey Ink. In fact, I could not. The closest I could come is a grid pattern from a borders set. I knew that trying to stamp a 1/2 inch wide border stamp repeatedly over a layered image is a recipe for disaster. As it was, I threw three potential cards in the garbage due to my paper shifting slightly in my Misti. In the end, I liked the result using the Succulents Stamp set from Papertrey Ink and a “shattered” background stamp from my stash. Nuvo drops in three colours finished off the project.
The challenge in today’s Make it Monday is to make a repeating pattern from Petite images. This is something that I thought would be super easy but it was not. For some reason, I am measurement challenged. This is how I measure things. This tag is 4 notches and a tad long…………really. So trying to find the middle of 4 notches and a tad really is not easy and then when you are stamping 20 of the small images all around this centre, then things get really iffy.
In the end, I came up with these three tags. I always like the result when I stamp those bottle brush trees. It is the background images that look like they are wandering aimlessly out in the desert, but at least I have a very early start on Christmas gift tags.
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.
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.