The little sloth is back today. He is just too cute and deserves a second card. This time Lawn Fawn’s Knit Picky provides the background. My Favourite Things Ice Cube shaker pieces double as sugar cubes in this card. The spoon is from a tea cup die set from Simon Says Stamp.
Today’s card used a stamp set that was an add-on product from a recent Hero Arts Monthly Hero Kit. I have always had a fascination with the amazing scenes that Baristas can create with the cream in my coffee so I was immediately drawn to this stamp set. When I realized I could use Puffy embossing powder to give fluffy dimension to the cream, it had to go in my cart.
The Scalloped Circles die from Lawn Fawn, Doodlebug Sprinkles and coffee coloured sequins turned the whole thing into a cute shaker card.
Where did November go? It is hard for me to believe that the month is over. The good news is, that means that the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop launches today.
It is a welcome break to make something that is not a Christmas card. I have been fascinated with sloths ever since I first saw the commercial with the sloth playing Charades. Maybe it is because I sympathise with the stress of trying to finish something while the clock is ticking down. Whatever it is, it caused me to buy this Newton Nook stamp the instant that I saw it. I also wanted a chance to use the Coffee Rings foiling acetate from Brutus Munroe, so this card came together quite quickly. Patterned paper from Moxie (Coffee Addict) supplied the background while the mat is patterned paper from Lawn Fawn’s Knit Picky.
I was thinking today how my very first shaker card was pretty much a disaster. I had sequins flying all over, mostly stuck on the foam tape rather than in the little shaker well, where they were supposed to be. The end result was a very crooked card that looked like an unmade bed. You know those times where you just throw the cover over your PJs and the book you were in the midst of reading and walk away. I have made many shakers since then, and they turn out generally well, so I decided to tackle making a card with Chibitronics.
In the interest of full disclosure, this is actually my second Chibitronics card. Making a circuit is not that difficult really, but figuring out where to attach the lights so that they light up in the right place for your card design is a tad tricky. I found that “haste makes waste” (in this case wasted copper tape). In the end, it was helpful to take the time to do a rough stamping of the design on the cardstock that the circuit is going to be adhered to. That way I could make sure that I had room for the lights and the copper tape to the battery and back without crossing each other. There is a real sense of satisfaction when you touch the copper tape and “voila” the lights come on.
This card is going to be a birthday card for my granddaughter who turns seven tomorrow. She is going camping this weekend, and even though fireflies do not exist in our climate, hopefully, she can find something equally amazing to look at on her trip.
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.
If you are a “Friends” fan you might be interested in how this die from Lawn Fawn got it’s name. Kelly Marie Alvarez told us at Creativation, that it came from the Friends episode where the friends were trying to get a sofa up the stairs in the apartment building. Ross kept yelling “Pivot” and because the die pivots around just like the sofa was supposed to do, it got the moniker “Pivot Pop Up”
The card we made in class, using the Pivot Pop Up die, was one of my favourites from Creativation and so it was the first to go into my “cart” after the show.
I found the great constellation paper from American Crafts at Scraps of Love here in Phoenix. The Beam Me Up stamp set was included with the Lawn Fawn class. Incidentally, the WOW “glow in the dark” embossing powder I found in my scraproom here in Phoenix may be the same one I accused Sandra of borrowing and not returning. Not sure……. just saying. The star die is Sketchy Star and is from Simon Says Stamp. The amazing monster eyes are from Crackerbox Palace.
Anyway, the card turned out super cute and I am about to start on another variation of the same card.
Hope you like it.
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:
If you asked me where I got the idea for today’s card I could not tell you. I started out with another cable knit embossed card front, courtesy of a fabulous 3 D effect embossing folder from Stampin Up. Somehow I got distracted and ended up with this Superhero card. I really don’t know how it happened. I do know that the 3 D cable knit embossed card front deserves to end up as a card, so it may be my day 4 project, but meanwhile take a look at my superhero card.
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.
I mentioned that there was unspeakable issues with my first attempt at this type of card. One of the issues that I could not overcome is that the design of the cover die resulted in very small pieces being left at the point where the lacy design folded over to the back of the card. There was no way it was going to lie flat and look nice. I may try it again using acetate behind the lacy parts to have something to glue the bits to, but for now that is a no go.
Happily though I did a variation that will definitely get mailed to someone. As in Jennifer’s card there is a blank top folding card inside that a photo could be tucked into, or be used for the annual highly anticipated holiday letter where seemingly everyone but you has earned a new degree, went around the world or discovered the cure for cancer.