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Winter Coffee Lover’s Bloghop- Day 1

Wow, do the days fly by.  I think I just managed to store my stash of coffee themed stamps and dies away last week and today I got them out for the Winter Coffee Lover’s Bloghop which starts today.

I sat down and looked at my stash for a few minutes.  Nothing was jumping out at me,  Sometimes, when inspiration has gone AWOL, I will just pull out a new stamp set and stamp off a few images.  That usually gets the ideas flowing  This time I thought I would start with a background that I had made and never used.  When I opened the container of backgrounds, sitting right on top was a shadow box using Lawn Fawn dies.  The shadow box used the Winter plaid patterned paper pad and the back of the box had snowflakes on it.  Ok I was getting somewhere.  I had a winter theme going here.  I then looked through my Lawn Fawn stamps and spied the Forest Feast stamp set.  Why not make a scene of forest friends enjoying a morning coffee klatch?

The shadow box turned out well.  I added some birch trees from the Lawn Fawn Joy to the Woods stamp set and dies to add to the woodsy scene.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Coffee and Tea stamp set.

The only problem came when trying to photograph the shadow box.  I had to choose to either focus the back of the scene or the front of the scene and because it was dark outside, the flash cast horrible shadows as well.  Bad photography to be sure, but a cute first project for the hop.


November Blog Hop – Papertrey Ink

The blog hop is on November 25th but Papertrey Ink has already posted the Inspiration Photo so I could get started on it.  Wasn’t that nice of them to do that specially for me! LOL.

Here is the photo:


I decided to use the colours as the inspiration and break out my new Tiny Town Gingerbread House from Papertrey Ink.   I had been talking with Sandra about how popular things that light up are these days, so my goal was also to have this light up.  Of course, that changes the engineering of the basic box to accommodate this and that means added time.

It is far from complete as I have some grandiose ideas for a base, trees, yard and fence that may or may not come to pass.  Here is what it looks like so far:



This is a project that looks much better in real life than it does in these photos.


I was in a hurry and didn’t use a tripod and it is a dull gray snowy day so the lighting is poor.  The accents are in foiled cardstock which never seems to translate well in photos either.

Oh well, I am hoping for a vast improvement in both the photography and the project by the blog hop on the 25th.





Papertrey Ink -Make it Market- Garden Gate

My resolve to quit buying so much crafting supplies melted when I saw this limited edition kit at Papertrey Ink.  I think the resolve only lasted about ten minutes because………what can I say………..I am weak.

This kit is just so much fun and choc-a-bloc full of stamps, dies and paper.  I usually like to make my own designs, but today I cased a sample from the instructions included with the kit.  This project is a box that holds four cards that can be given as a gift.

I especially love the Wisteria! Take a look.


This Thing made Itself

Many times I start a project without knowing what it is I want to create.  But on this project it was like the project had a mind of it’s own.  I just hung on for the ride to see how it would turn out.

I think it is cute cute cute.  It turned out to be a little replica of the Scrapbook Store I work at.  So I used a little poetic license as the real store is in a strip mall with a little less charm than this little cottage, but the colours and the sense of “Happy” you  get as you enter the shop is bang on.

Enjoy…………and watch for the Grand Opening coming soon!