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.
The card I ended up with today bears no resemblance to the one I was going to make. Changed the paper, changed the dies, changed the colour scheme and even eliminated the stamp I was going to use. It may not be gone forever, but it needs to “marinate” for awhile, I guess. In the meantime, the card below evolved and it turned out quite well.
I will leave it to you, dear readers, to decide whether the “Love Ya” refers to each other or to a narcissistic love of pumpkin spice coffee.
I am late posting a card to the bloghop today. I can either get dressed before noon and get to work or I can make a card…………..can’t seem to do both I did manage to get one made this evening. Trouble is that the card uses shiny cardstock and I had to use the flash to photograph it. Bad combination to get a great photo.
I had this beautiful fall paper from Ella & Viv and it made me think about all the leaves that will need to be raked soon. That gave me the idea of making a coffee gift card to give to the person who will come to help me rake my leaves………………..then I woke up and realized that no one is coming to help me with the leaves. Oh well, at least I can enjoy a great cup of coffee before starting on the fall clean up.
Today is the last day of the blog hop. I recently got this sentiment stamp which pretty much sums up how I cope with life. The ants not only convey summer, but the inevitability of problems that either need to be dealt with or endured. That’s life, folks!
Supplies: Verses Lots of Laughs stamp, Doodlebug Picnic Ants stickers, Simon Says stamp coffee die and Adult Beverages die set, Paperhouse At the Vinyard patterned paper, Reverse Confetti All Framed up die, Lawn Fawn Make me smile die, Alideco washi tape, My Favorite things Abstract Art stamp set, Hero Arts Painted circle stamp,Simon Says stamp card base and Scor tape.