Coffee Lovers Bloghop Fall/Winter 2021 Day # 6
For today’s card, I am using the Coffee House stamp and die from Colorado Craft Company. I have to say that I resisted buying this set, in the beginning, because I detest mice. I do, however, love Anita Jeram illustrations and so in the end, I bought it. The die set is amazingly intricate and cuts out and around the illustrations beautifully.
The stamp set seems to tell a whole story and so I decided to make the card a bit of a storyboard too!.
Coffee Lovers Bloghop Fall/Winter 2021 Day # 5
For today’s card, I am once again pulling out my Coffee bundle from Erin Lee Creative. The patterned paper is from Daily Grind Colorplay. This was a quick card to make and turned out well.
Coffee Lovers Bloghop Fall/Winter 2021 Day 2
Today I am playing with a new to me stamp set from Trinity Stamps. It was a collaboration with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers and is called The Frappy Camper. Because food trucks have been all the rage especially during Covid, I thought it was a great stamp set to showcase.
The background is from a 6 X 6 paper pad from Paper Rose called Scene Backgrounds. All the other images are from The Frappy Camper stamp set from Trinity Stamps.
It turned out well and it was relatively quick to make the card.
Spring Card Camp 2 Day 7
Today’s video was presented by Caly Person and was about using vellum. In one of her samples, she used a jungle border. I had a different jungle border from Hero Arts that is one of my favourites and so I decided to do a jungle card too. My card is really a mixed media card as I used stamps, diecuts, Copic markers, coloured pencils with gamsol, and ink blending to complete the card. I liked the resulting card but if I had the time to do it over again, I would use the vellum a bit differently to make it appear more prominently. I am totally reformed, however, and vow not to take longer than 4 hours to make a card, and so I declared it done and here it is.
I had said that I wanted to try another Riverbank Collection card so that I could showcase the wonderful paper in the collection a bit better than I did in the last froggy card. Well, as usual, “a funny thing happened on the way to the forum” and it didn’t really go as planned. Just so you know, that quote is from a 1966 movie of the same name, so I am really dating myself. Usually, crafters quote the more modern, “I was distracted by something shiny” when describing why something didn’t go as planned. Now, back to the cards.
I had a problem with the swan card. I had decided to use Copic markers…………but wait………….we are talking about a white swan here. It didn’t take long to colour! I did use light grey markers to provide shadows, but I still didn’t think it stood out enough to look like a focal image. I decided to cover the whole swan with glossy accents to make it stand out more. The problem was that my bottle of Glossy Accents had turned quite yellow with the Arizona heat. Interestingly though, I found that the yellowish shine matched the yellow-green in the background paper quite well, and I decided to go ahead and use it.
Here is the card:
On the second card, I was also distracted a bit from my mission to show off the beautiful paper. I had just bought a set of rectangular dies from Penny Black and it occurred to me that they would work really well for a stacked mat style. That is a style where the image is continuous over three different sized mats with varying degrees of depth. Sounds confusing but you will understand when you look at the card. I love how the squiggly lines in the mats provide interest without overpowering the image. Anyway, it turned out really well and the background paper did provide a nice enhancement by repeating some of the elements.
Take a look:
Scraps of Love – The Riverbank Collection
Scraps of Love (scrapbook store) here in Phoenix recently moved to their new location. It is only a couple of blocks from their old location but is much larger. I went there bright and early on opening day wearing my Scraps of Love T shirt. This qualified me for a 20% discount which I used with gusto.
Amongst my many purchases was a pad of patterned paper from a UK company that was new to me. The collection is called The Riverbank and I bought it along with two matching stamp sets. The company is called the Craft Consortium. Anyway, the paper is thick and double sided which is wonderful. I think this may be the first time that I ever bought a pad of paper where I loved every page.
I made my first card using one of the stamp sets and one of the papers. I had to make the card larger than the usual A2 size to have any of the background paper visible. I am thinking the images are sized for a typical UK sized card which is bigger than A2. In any case, I am about to try again with a second card designed to showcase the wonderful paper better. In the meantime take a look at this card.
Happy St Paddy’s Day
Wait it is a new post on Maverick Muses! I cannot believe how time is flying these days. I have already started to think about going home to Canada, and yet, I also think I haven’t fully unpacked yet.
I always send St Patrick’s Day cards to a couple of my friends and so I thought it was a great opportunity to get a new post on the blog at the same time.
I failed to bring any St Patrick’s Day stamp sets with me and so I was limited to using the Wooly Lucky Stamp set that I recently got from Simon Says Stamp. It is a cute little stamp set with an Irish Llama and some punny sentiments.
Take a look:
Stained Glass Suite from Stampin Up Part 2
It occurred to me after I created the cards in the last post, that there was supposed to be matching dies for the Stained Glass stamps. I will spare you the details……………………but panic ensued as I could not find the alleged dies anywhere in my craft room. Eventually, they turned up.
I am happy they did as they are wonderfully intricate and delicate and are amazing as a complement to the stamp set. The card came together perfectly until I heat embossed the sentiment. I put the moth too close to the flame, as it were, and I warped the vellum a bit. To fix that, I decided to run the card through my Bigshot to flatten it. Bad Idea! It did flatten it a bit, but in the process also flattened the delicate die cut. While it still looks good; it did look better and more dimensional before I steamrolled it. Live and learn.
Stained Glass Suite from Stampin Up
Today I wanted to use the Stained Glass paper and stamp set from Stampin Up. I did not actually notice this set on my first view through the catalogue. I think it was because the paper looked just black and off-white and the stamp set had smallish images with sentiments in an Old English font. On my second glance through the catalogue, I did notice the Old English font which I like. Looking at the set more closely, I realised that the paper was printed vellum with stained glass motifs. I began to think of the multiple uses of a set like this, from elegant birthday cards to respectful sympathy cards. I also realised that the smallish images in the stamp set enhance the stained glass scenes on the vellum, without overpowering them.
I made three cards, that all turned out well.
Take off on American Gothic.
I got this crazy cow stamp from High Hopes Rubber stamps because it made me laugh out loud. It is a take-off on a famous American painting called American Gothic. This stamp is called American Cowthic. Go Figure.
I have had this stamp set for a while now, but I realised it would look great with my Barbed Wire paper from Authentique, so I made this card.
Here is the inspiration for the stamp:
Here is American Cowthic:
I laughed again as I posted it. I feel like I have already gotten my money’s worth out of this cute stamp.