Today’s card for the blog uses a Spellbinder’s die that I have used before in a post. I was thinking about how the farmers in South America get their coffee beans to market and that made me think of this die. I decided to use the Andes mountains as a backdrop courtesy of a Lawn Fawn die. Of course, because I am ridiculous, I decided to have the llama carrying ready to drink hot and cold coffees, rather than beans. Turned out rather well, I think.
I bought the inside stamp that I used here, because it looks exactly like me when I craft in the morning. Well, my bunny slippers are completely worn out now and have been replaced with an equally ridiculous pair but otherwise………………..
I ended up making this an outside and inside card as it was looking too busy with the patterned paper and the Starbucks symbol and two sentiments all on the front. Turned out pretty well.
Today’s card just turned out so cute, that I couldnt wait to post it. I had bought this Gnome image and sentiment stamp from High Hopes Rubber Stamps, just because it appealed to my sense of humour. I was thinking about how to make sure the card had a spring/summer feel when I thought of the Gnomes stamp. Sure enough one of the “Garden” gnomes is even holding a flower. When I finished the card, I thought it needed a little somethin somethin. Then I remembered these insanely cute “ice cubes” from My Favorite Things. The iced coffee is a Sprinkles from Doodlebug and the straws are from Jolee’s by You.
This is my third blog post today. I haven’t been posting very much lately. Seem to be busy doing nothing, but today I had a three hour eye surgery appointment and still managed to make cards for three events.
This one is for the Papertrey Ink Bloghop which happens on the 25th of each month. There is a image provided for inspiration and the challenge is to turn that inspiration into a project and post it on the Papertrey blog.
Well there is no doubt that I used the image for inspiration, but the resulting card is barely ok. I didn’t want to make the trailer the focal point as it is the ONLY thing on the card that is not from Papertrey Ink (Joy Crafts) but if I cut it down, it started to look like just a white blob. In the end, the card is too full with not enough “white” space. I do like the flowers along the fence though.
It is that time again! Time for the Coffee Lovers Bloghop. As usual the sponsors are many and mega generous. I am always excited for the hop but this time particularly so, as I have gathered up some coffee stamps and dies that are itching to jump out of the new drawer. Usually I save my newest stamps for later in the bloghop week, but this time a new stamp set from Altenew , literally flipped out of the “NEW” drawer just begging to be used (ok, it just might be because said drawer is over flowing with new goodies). No matter, as this is a large stamp set with plenty of images and sentiments, soit will show up again during this bloghop.
I had to make the sentiment take centre stage, as it is probably the biggest reason that I bought the set. I take great pains to never run out of coffee and the coffee I prefer is quite expensive (fair trade participant). This means I watch intently, for sales. I get quite “depresso” when there hasn’t been a sale and I am in danger of running out of my beloved coffee.
Today the theme at the Make it Monday challenge is to make something with an over and under element. That means to place something above a sentiment strip and something below a sentiment strip. I decided to use the Super Succulents stamp and die set as I have been drawn to cactus/desert cards lately.
At the last minute I decided to give the String of Pearls succulents I used on the sentiment strip a dimensional look by using Nuvo drops on them. It will be a miracle if I can be patient enough to wait for the Nuvo drops to dry, before trying to photograph and post the card.
I had to have a private funeral for a friend today. That friend is my Misti stamping platform. It was one of the very first Misti’s available and it has been a faithful friend for years, but today it died. A whole chunk of the lid broke off in my hand and it is no more. Goodbye friend and hello to my new friend. Anybody want to guess how long it will take before my new friend looks as well used as my old friend?
Today’s card set a new record for do-over’s. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong with this one. First of all, if I followed the instructions on the packaging, the giraffe’s were not merely hugging, but rather were strangling each other. It took several attempts before I realized that indeed, the measurements were off. Then, there were several more attempts to stamp the Giraffes in just the right position on the card. There is an “L” shape guide on the bottom of the stamp but with long necks and a floppy stamp, it can end up being out enough that the dies don”t fit on squarely. Chalk up three more attempts when I put the gatefold card in the Misti upside down and stamped the long side stamp on the short side and vice versa. Wouldn’t you know that I coloured and it intertwined perfectly……………….before I noticed that the whole thing was off centre. More attempts were discarded due to ink smudges from my fingers, as I had just re-inked my black ink and it was a bit too juicy. The “piece de resistance” was when I finally got nearly the whole card finished and one of my copic markers “blooped” all over the image. This almost never happens with my copics…………….are you kidding me? This card is actually one of the ones where it ended up off centre, but I liked it that way, as I could add the long grass embossing on the wider side of the card.
I have been playing with some super fun products from Gina K. One of the sets starts with a butterfly stamp. Now, I am thinking that a butterfly image is probably one of the first stamps I ever bought. There has been a few more purchased over the years. After all, you can’t use a frilly lace butterfly on a Tim Holtz masculine tag can you. No of course not. There has also been a couple of “buyer’s remorse” bug/butterfly images that I have bought over the years. One such stamp set includes some really botanical looking moths and dragonflies. Are you kidding me? I hate those things. I hate the time of year where the moths take up residence in my newspaper that has been placed in my mailbox. I mean really, they must be hovering about, just waiting for the paper person to put the paper in my mailbox at 6:00 am, and then they dive in for a snooze. It takes me a while to get over a buyer’s remorse item, so it takes a special stamp set to get me to buy that type of image once more. The Gina K butterflies stamp set is just such a stamp set.
This is a card that looks difficult but isn’t. It is easy to line up the images for stamping and super easy to add the foiled backgrounds. You just need an inexpensive laminator to adhere the foil to the cards. If you want instant elegance, with a “How did she do that?” look on a card, give Gina K foil products a try.
I will be entering this card into the Stamplorations THINGS WITH WINGS challenge:
It is kind of funny how images of certain animals suddenly become popular. They pop up on everything from clothes to home decor and , of course, cards. Recently it has been llamas that have been in the trendy spotlight.
I saw this llama die from Spellbinders, and it was too cute to pass up. I don’t usually like die sets without stamps, but this guy had all the details to look great on his own. Paired with the Paprika paper collection from Photoplay, it was perfect.
When checking out the correct colours for llamas, I found this interesting warning sign. Photo is by Lutty Moreina.
The challenge in today’s Make it Monday, is to do some ink blending on coloured cardstock.
It seemed simple but I did have to round file my first attempt. I used a sponge dauber that was too old and it started to crumble and leave streaks in my blending when I tried to use it.
This is my second attempt and while it is much better, the water mark forks that I stamped in the background look somewhat dirty, rather than just being a deeper tone of the paper. I thought about giving them a clear embossing finish but I had already removed the stamps from the Misti, so that wasn’t going to work. Hmm……………….maybe try again with white embossed birthday candles in the background.