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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.
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.
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.