Here is a quick post so that I can share this card with the Hero Arts Kit Fanatics group. I had just received my May kit and add ons when I came across this lovely Brutus Monroe sparkly paper while tidying the craft room. It was a match made in heaven. The card was easy to put together with the aid of the Slimline Alignment Tool and turned out very well. I wanted a touch of something to decorate the outside margins a bit and it was Impression Obsession to the rescue with its sea images die. Overall, it is a beautiful dimensional slimline card that came together in under an hour. Yay!
I thought it was time to do a blogpost that wasn’t triggered by needing to make an entry to a Bloghop. This card is just for fun.
Even though we kicked 2020 out as fast as we could, the fight is not over with Covid 19. Anyone celebrating a birthday right now still has to dial it back a notch, as we race to get everyone vaccinated. I think this card speaks to the times, and yet offers a laugh for anyone celebrating a big milestone birthday right now.
I thought I was finished making cards for this blog hop, but wouldn’t you know………..another idea popped into my head and just wouldn’t leave. Mercifully, the card came together much as it looked in my head with no real hitches.
I started thinking about a coffee card.. card (?) for three reasons. First of all I am going on a cruise and was in the process of pre-ordering a coffee card so I would not have to drink the swill that they offer in most ship buffets. Secondly I was thinking about turning several of the coffee cards I have made into gift card holders just to use them up sometime in my lifetime. And finally, I had just gotten the Flip Up dies from Lawn Fawn’s latest release and wanted to take them for a test drive.
It took three photographs to show all the ways this card works. Take a look:
Inside the Inside:
Supplies: Memory Box Window Quad die, Woodgrain cardstock Paper and More, Doodlebug patterned paper, Feed Your Craft Flair buttons, Lawn Fawn Lift the Flap die, Lawn Fawn Push here stamp set, Impression Obsession Adirondack Chair and Flipflops. Worldwin cardstock, Mystery washi tape, Simon Says stamp card base and Scor tape.
Today I combined four different stamp sets to create this little “Coffee Mirage” scene. I am always happy when I pull out one of my first stamp sets and use it again. Justifies, why I just grow my huge collection and never de-stash. Anyway, I know that we are to combine coffee with winter as the theme for the bloghop. So it is winter in my desert scene, but how do I show it? By making the coffee cup look like the new Starbucks Winter Cup, that is how.
Take a look:
Here is a quick card using vellum in a scene. One of the rare times, I took the two minutes required to run upstairs to my sewing machine to attach the vellum.
The Challenge theme at Impression Obsession is “Snowy”. Of course, I have a new die from Impression Obsession I wanted to use. I liked this die so much I apparently ordered it 3 times. I have ordered the same thing twice before, but three times is a record even for me. Lucky for me, it was just a little die for not very much money, so I didn’t feel the need to hang myself over it. My friends, Sandra and Kim received an early Christmas present from me, to get rid of the evidence.
Here is my entry:
Supplies: Impression Obsession 335-A (times three!) and 122-R dies, Pebbles and Bo Bunny patterned paper, Simon says Stamp card base, 3M foam tape, acetate and Scor tape.
Today’s class was about using the same stamp in five different styles. So far I have managed to create three styles with my Painted Poinsettia stamp set from Papertrey Ink.
At the risk of sounding like Captain Obvious, I found out it was important sketch out ideas for all five styles before committing to a particular stamp. I found this out after I dove in and created my Clean and Simple card. It came together quite easily, but what to do for the classic elegant card. I found it difficult to use the full surface poinsettia stamp I had chosen, and create classic elegance. In the end, I did an background of plain poinsettias and then added some glittery ones with foam tape to provide the elegance. The third card was to be whimsical. Three garbage attempts and a keeper (but not for this exercise) later, I came up with a whimsical card that I liked.
This exercise was a bigger challenge than I anticipated, but I enjoyed making it work.
Today was an inspiration day at the Online Card Class-Holiday Style. Didn’t have too much time to play today but did make one card. This was a card that ended up very different than what I had in my head at the beginning. I just recently got some miniature pom-pom ribbon that I thought I would use for berries on the wreath on the flamingo. But try as I might, the idea had problems. When I cut the pom poms off the ribbon, that they came on, I could see that the interior was white instead of red. No problem, I thought, I just painted them red. When I put them on the wreath though, the pom poms became the focal point, because they were just too big. Time to abandon ship and try something else. In the end I used red seed beads that gave a tiny bit of dimension without taking over. The rest of the card evolved as well. While putting lights on the palm tree with liquid pearls, I thought of a past trip I had taken to Miami at this time of year. I was thinking about how weird it felt to be in shorts and flip flops sitting on a cafe patio, surrounded by Christmas lights, music and trees. It seem like the world stopped, though time went on, and it was July and no one had moved to take the decorations down. (That actually does happen here in Canada but it is because we are still frozen and can’t move 🙂 ). In the end, I decided to mix traditional Christmas colours with the sunset colours of South Beach. Then I made the whole thing a snow globe, cause really………….how else does a flamingo get to experience snow.
I wish I didn’t have to use the flash, as it really washed out the vibrant colours.
Here are a couple more samples from our Online class today. One uses Gold to create elegance (in my example mostly Delicata Gold ink) and the other uses mixed colours of metal to create elegance.
Supplies: Spellbinders, Impression Obsession Dies, Hero Arts Layering Christmas Tree Stamp set, Simon Says Stamp Season’s Greeting die, Silver and Copper Penny embossing powder, Bronze foil paper DCWV, Delicata gold ink, Imagine Crafts Pico Embellisher Gold, SSS top folding base and Scor tape