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I did mention that the wonderful Buongiorno Italiano from Ciao Bella would be back before the Coffee Lovers Bloghop was over, but even I didn’t expect it to be teamed up with Lawn Fawn and Honey Bee stamps.
I always thought the Blah Bunny from Honey Bee stamps looked like she needed a jolt of coffee to improve her disposition. You can see the “change” in her attitude via the Picture Changer die from Lawn Fawn.
This card was so much fun to make it even changed my mood for the better! Enjoy!
Once again time has flown by and it is time for the first Coffee Lovers bloghop of 2019. I am always conscious of the next coffee bloghop coming up and look for new coffee stamps and patterned paper as a regular part of my craft supplies shopping. I hit the jackpot this go-round with the exquisite Buongiorno Italiano collection from Ciao Bella. It has both an elegant and a casual feel, so I think it will turn up on my cards several times this week.
I have used the Karen Burniston Coffee Cup pop-up before, but it is such a classic for giving a coffee card to someone that I had to use it again. Just using different paper makes the card look fresh. The only problem with this card is photographing it. I confess to glueing the card front and back to my dining room table for the photo. Don’t worry “no wood finish was harmed during the filming of this post”………..at least I hope not.
Here is the card inside and out:
The Altenew sentiment says, “Coffee …when your brain needs a hug”. Isn’t that so true.
Here is my second post of the day. This time my card uses the negative or leftover piece of hot foil as the background in this shaker card. It took a couple of tries to get the right combination of heat and pressure so that the background was smooth and fully adhered to the cardstock. It looked great though when complete. The frame is from Hero Arts.
Here is the second card:
I have a couple more examples of foiling for the foil challenge at Simon Says Stamp. This is an interesting post (maybe to me only 🙂 ) as it and the next post show examples of being able to use regular dies as foiling plates. Additionally, the two posts show that it is possible to successfully use both the positive and negative pieces of the hot foil on cards. You will note, I didn’t say it was easy. It is actually easy to use the positive piece. It foils just like any of the foil plates that you can buy. Foiling the negative (part you would normally throw away) is a bit trickier as it requires some experimentation to get the right combo of heat and pressure, but my second post today shows that it can be done.
The card uses Bubbles and Fishes cover plate from Lawn Fawn as the hot foil plate. Take a look:
The Monday challenge on Simon Says Stamp this week is foiling. They are featuring Gina K Designs and I have lots of her great products. Sadly, I did not bring any of her foil products to Phoenix. I did, however, acquire quite a few “hot foil” products while down here so I am going to enter the challenge using those.
I think that foiling is particularly suited to sympathy cards. On sad occasions, it is not “about the card”, it is about the person we are missing and foiled cards always manage to look elegant without taking over.
The dandelion in this card is from Picket Fence and the sentiment is from Spellbinders.
I had a boo boo on this card as I hovered the Heidi Swapp gold spray over the card one second too long after dripping on some dandelion fluff. This resulted in a spot of faint gold where I did not want it, but the card was too nice to throw away.
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.