I have had a fascination for Meerkats for a while now. I watch videos of them doing what Meerkats do……………….at least the version of what they do when they live in a zoo. A group of Meerkats is called a mob and if you watch videos of them, you will realize why. Social distancing is just NOT in their DNA! They do take turns being the “watchkat” for the mob. If they find anything interesting the “watchkat” alerts the mob and organized chaos ensues. On my card, the “watchkat” has discovered a little cache of tea forgotten about in one their tunnels, and it has created quite a stir in the mob.
A funny thing happened on the way to making this card. On the weekend I attended a local Scrapbook Crop. As usual, I took away too much stuff for a one day crop. Anyway, I must have pulled a muscle in my neck loading and unloading totes full of supplies. When I got up the next morning, my neck was incredibly stiff and sore, but hey, the cardmaking must go on. I took a muscle relaxant and applied a heating pad and began crafting this card. Well, don’t you know, I fell asleep with a full cup of coffee in my hand. The coffee fell out of my hand and into my box of coffee stamps and dies. Needless to say, that was quite a mess to clean up. On the bright side, I do have a large box of authentic Coffee “scratch n sniff” crafting supplies now.
I am happy to report that no cards were injured during this card-making session, and I was happy with this one.
Inside of card:
I apologize for the poor photography.
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.
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.
It seems like Creativation is already a distant memory, but I wanted to do a post showing some of things I made in the classes I took at the show. There are some that are missing as they were unfit to be shown.
I have sorted them in my head into “must haves”, “Wish list cute” “cute but not for me” and “unfit (you won’t see these as the garbage man has already erased them from my life)”. You can decide which is which.
Here they are:
I thought it might be fun to combine a coffee themed card with the oh so trendy right now flamingos. I have some great new flamingo stamps, but when I got looking at my stash it was this older one from Art Impressions that had the perfect image to go with the Crackerbox Palace sentiment that I wanted to use.
i watercoloured the background and used Copics on the popped up elements. The message is don’t spill your coffee no matter what happens!
Supplies: Art Impressions Flamingo Set stamp set, Crackerbox Palace sentiment stamp, Distress Watercolor paper, Gambnsai Tambi wateercolours, Copic markers, Janes Doodles Coffee Time Set, Wink of Stella glitter pen, Recollections White embossing powder,Recollections cardstock, Pico embellisher, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor Tape
One of the earliest stamps that I ever bought was a coffee cup gift card holder from Art Impressions. Gift cards were just becoming an alternative for the hard to buy for crowd.
I always enjoy pulling out an old stamp set and giving it a new treatment or technique.
In this case, I embossed a background with a coffee bean embossing folder from Sizzix and then gave it a light sponging treatment. I put a coating of white embellisher on the lid to give it dimension and make it shine a bit. I added a couple of star shaped paper clips to hold the lid of the card down and to keep the gift card in place.
Supplies: Art Impressions Coffee Keeper stamp set, Sizzix Coffee Set embossing folder, Hero Arts dye ink, Pico Embellisher in Wedding Dress, Stampin up corrugated kraft cardstock, Neenah Desert Storm cardstock, Zots 3D dots, Scor tape
The challenge for Work it Wednesday this week is Let it Snow. Since the blog challenge is featuring Art Impressions stamps, I decided to use one of my AI stamps. Only one jumped out at me as being suitable for a Let it Snow theme. I am glad it did jump out at me, because I realized that having a Misti was a game changer in making this tri-fold card. It was SO MUCH easier to line up the stamps in just the right place. If I didn’t have to wait for the “snow” to dry, this card would have taken me less than half the time it took before I had the Misti.
If I had realized how well it was going to turn out, I would have made about six cards assembly line style, while I had the Misti out.
Supplies: Art Impressions Village TF stamp set, Lawn Fawn Let it Snow die, Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol, Irresistble Pico Embellisher.
Sandra made a card with an action wobbler to enter into the latest AI Challenge. I believe this stamp set was originally for a Valentine’s Card but looks great in this more general purpose card.
In this card the head shakes on the action wobbler. You will have to take my word for it. My camera is still hanging his head in shame from the picture I tried to capture of the Glow in the Dark image on my last Halloween card. No amount of coaxing from me is going to get my camera to catch the wobbler wobbling!
Supplies:AI Owl and Monkey Mini and Main Squeeze Cat stamp sets, Authentique patterned paper, Bazzill and X-Press It card stock, Copic markers, unknown ribbon and brads
This challenge is about using your newest AI stamp. For me this is one that I picked up at Michaels called I don’t seem to have a Name, but since it is about drinking wine, into my cart it went.
Supplies: Art Impression stamp, Little Yellow Bicycle Fern and Forest woodgrain paper, Pebbles Sunny Side patterned paper, Memory Box Cross Stitched Frames, Recollections card base, copic markers and Scor tape.
How cool is this? Cheri from Art Impressions was kind enough to let me know that the name of the stamp set is Wine Divas!