Coffee Lovers Bloghop Fall/Winter 2020

I am so far behind in the cards I want to make, it is shocking. I have gotten some wonderful new stamps and dies and just haven’t had time to put them to work. The worst thing is that I have many cards that I did make with specific people in mind and somehow their special day came and went and I never got the cards mailed. And yet, I complain of Covid fatigue, and of not being able to get out and do things when I want to. I fear that some percentage of drive/motivation has been permanently lost due to the pandemic. YIKES!

I am also behind with posting cards in the Coffee Lovers Bloghop Fall/Winter 2020. This is my very first card and it is already Day 3 of the bloghop. I love this bloghop and all the people who continue to come up with amazing cards that all have the Coffee/tea/Hot Chocolate/cider theme embedded within them.

I am truly hoping to be able to catch up and post my usual card a day during this Bloghop week. Meanwhile take a look at my first card, using stamps and dies from Honey Bee.

This little cafe reminds me of Angel’s Cafe in Edworthy Park in Calgary, AB It is a great place to stop after a long walk along the Bow River.

Happy Halloween

I overheard someone say that I cost them a lot of money as I have a tendency to mix and match a lot of stamps and dies from various companies when I make sample cards for Scrapendipity. Some of this is intentional, of course, because I do want to showcase as many of our new products as possible, but sometimes it is because it is a challenge that I just enjoy taking on.

Today is such a day. I had just added a witch stamp from Lavinia to my collection. Lavinia stamps definitely have a look that is all their own. They can be really large or really small, but they all have an “other world” look about them. They actually remind me of the old computer game “Myst” where the unexpected was expected, as you moved around the game. I know, I am dating myself, but it is true. I thought it would be fun to combine the witch with the die called Splats from Paper Rose. When this die came in, I quite frankly, thought it was the stupidest die ever. It was only when Selena (owner of Scrapendipity) demoed it, did I begin to realize its’ potential. The name suggests that it was designed to create paint splats in different sizes and I have made one card using it this way, but far more often it has been used as a layered cave. This is how I am using it again today. Somehow, glow in the dark elements just seem perfect for anything Halloween themed, so I used Glow in the Dark Nuvo drops in the Cauldron and on the Orb (right out of Myst, I tell you). I used Brutus Monroe Glow in the Dark Seaglass for the floor of the cave. I also had a happy accident where the collage medium I used reactivated the ink in the background and the rocks took on a purple as well as a green glow. Perfect.

I will not attempt to show what it looks like in the dark, because the camera just never captures it well, but it really does look spooky and awesome at the same time. These elements “glow” all the time, and do not fade away quickly like Glow in the Dark embossing powder tends to do.

Slimline Christmas Scene

Today I made a slimline card using a background die from Trinity Stamps and a hodgepodge of elements from several Hero Arts stamp and die sets. The background die is called Room Builder and it supplies a floor, wainscoting, walls and windows plus a few decorator items. I decided to make it a Christmas card so I added a Christmas tree from Hero Arts Meowy Christmas. I also added the staircase from Hero Arts. The cats, hat and present are from the Hero Arts November 2019 Monthly kit. The sentiment and Santa in the window are from the Hero Arts October 2020 monthly kit. Embellishments are flocking, Nuvo drops, Tim Holtz Mica spray, Delicata white shimmer ink and Neon Amplify.

I have to say all the elements came together well and made a great card. The only problem is that it will take me hours to sort out all the stamps and dies and get them back into the right packages for storing.

For My Best Fiend

No that is not a typo. This card was made for my best fiends. The September My Monthly Hero reveal actually had two Heroscape stamp sets. The one included in the main kit is a lovely pumpkin patch and I will be making a card with that one shortly. This card was made using the Graveyard Heroscape which was one of the add-on products accompanying the kit.

Here is a funny thing. At first glance, I thought the layered landscape part (the Heroscape) of the stamp set was a bit narrow which left a lot of unoccupied space in the sky area of the card. So what did I do……………I decided to make a slimline card that is much taller than a regular card……………………what??? Yes, I decided to make the design extra complicated as that is just what I do. It worked out well though. I did three layers of the landscape vertically on the card. I made it lighter with more detail on the bottom and darker and more indistinct on the top two layers. I added the fence to the edge of the first landscape to disguise the transition a bit and ink blended the top layer all over to make it darker and more indistinct. As I still had lots of real estate left after adding all the black embossed images, I was able to add two sentiments instead of one. Usually I am struggling to find a spot to put one sentiment as I rarely plan for the sentiment up front, when designing a card. In the end, I really liked the card as the ink blending which turned out well is a more prominent feature of the card.

I did a little stamp surgery on the crows so that I could place them where I wanted on the sentiments. It kills me to do this on a brand new set, but I didn’t want to take the chance of an ink smear that might have happened with trying to mask the well inked crow trio stamp.

T Shirt Time

T-Shirts in my closet come in different sizes.  This comes in handy because with the “Stay at Home” thing going on and the constant access to food, I never know which one is going to fit on any given day.  To my surprise, I have found out that Hero Arts Infinity T-Shirt die set is very handy for the same reason.  You just never know what size you need and sometimes you need two sizes on the same card.

I paired these cute T-Shirts up with the Braided Circle Slimline die from Pinkfresh Studios and some Tie dye like paper from Brutus Monroe to create this card.  I couldn’t find a sentiment in my stash that worked so I created one on my Cameo and printed it out. Take a look:

 

 

 

 

My Monthly Hero Kit June 2020

Just a quick post to show a card that I did with the Aurora Borealis stamp that was in the kit.  I admit I had a fear of failure with this one and was afraid to start on it.  In the end, it did turn out well and is much more beautiful in real life than in this picture as it is totally sparkly and has a glow that I can’t seem to capture in photography.

 

Yay for Honey Bee Stamps!

I didn’t realize that I misplaced the entire month of July somewhere.  I did not make a blogpost all of July.  It is not that I wasn’t busy making cards.  In fact, I think I was busier than ever.  In fact, I was as busy as a bee……………………………pun totally intended……………making cards from Honey Bee Stamps for samples at Scrapendipity.  I am a big fan of this company and was so happy when Selena decided to bring them into the store.

This card will end up as a sample at the store shortly, but I thought I would post it here first.  The stamp and die set is called Way to Goat and it is just so cute.  The set immediately reminded me of the herd of goats “hired” by the City of Calgary to eat the grass down on the hills and boulevards around town.  The goats do not know that they are severely underpaid, and seem content with their jobs.  Maybe, I should volunteer to be their Union Rep.

I combined the above stamp set with Lawn Fawn’s  Small Lift the Flaps Slimline die to create the Congratulations card shown here.  I think the card would be great for everything from Congrats on entering Kindergarten to Congrats on landing a first job.

 

 

 

This is the inside of the card.

A Little Late to the Party

Before I left for the winter in Phoenix, I had ordered the Bee Bundle from Stampin Up.   The bundle was waiting for me when I hastily returned early due to Covid-19.  I can say that the bee designer paper from this bundle,  is my all-time favourite from Stampin Up.

The stamp and die set was sitting in my “New” drawer screaming to come out and play.  I know I am very late to the party as the new 20-21 catalogue is now out, but I still wanted to see what I could do with this set.  The not late to the party part is that I designed a slimline card which is taking cardmaking by storm right now, and I used a brand new slimline wonky stitches die by Trinity stamps.

I had a tough time deciding which of the designer papers to use, so I set about making a second card so that I could use more paper and elements.  It is unusual that I have actually cut into this paper without having a second collection to hoard.

 

Wild Whisper 6 Feet Apart

It was Christmas in the Debbie drawer at work.  I even tried to disguise the bag from myself, when bringing it into my craft room Yes, there was that much.  I didn’t actually realize how much I had ordered when everything was held up due to Covid-19.  Well, it is all arriving now.

One of the most anticipated arrivals was the 6 Feet Apart Collection from Wild Whisper.  This collection is just brimming with great images and clever sentiments.

The idea I had with this card was to make the elements recyclable.  I wanted to be able to make a sample card for the store, but I also wanted these great images for a scrapbook layout later when I document what a wonderful year 2020 was…………NOT!   By putting the elements on a slimline tag from Pinkfresh Studios, I can just cut off the front of the card at a later date and add it to a Covid-19 layout…………..easy peasy.

 

I got Happy Mail

It was a great day in the mailbox yesterday, as I finally received my April Kit from Hero Arts.

I feel like I am very late to the party, but set about making some cards with the kit.  The theme is/was Australia and it has some wonderful stamps and dies to support this.  These cards were all made with an add-on stamp and die set from the Heroscapes line.  I love the realistic look of the beach and ocean.