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.
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.
Some cards take longer than others to come together. Today’s card for the Coffee Lovers Bloghop took forever and used up a lot of supplies. I almost abandoned the project about three times, but I reminded myself that if I don’t like it, it just means that I am not finished with it yet. And what do you know, at long last I ended up with a “keeper’. It would have been much easier and faster if I had given in to the idea of cutting up my stamps, so that I could fashion the constellation that I wanted, but Jimini Cricket the stamp set was brand new and I just couldn’t do it. Much grumbling and masking later, I finally ended up with the constellations I wanted and a watercoloured sky that I liked.
Supplies: Lawn Fawn Upon a Star stamp set, Concord and Ninth Script Alphabet, Gansai Tambi and Peerless watercolours, Stampendous silver embossing powder, Dienamics Grassy Hills die, Tim Holtz Watercolour paper, Doodlebug coffee stickers, Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz, Pico Embellisher, Scotch foam tape, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape
Lawn Fawn is one of my favourite stamp companies. Their latest release is, I think, my favourite of all time. I keep adding to stamps and dies from this release to my must have list. I also love Lawn Fawn because many of the stamps mix and match so well. I can think of an idea and know that the bits and pieces of several sets will fit together to bring my idea on to a card. Such is the card I made today. I have had Sprinkled with Joy since before Christmas as it is a holiday stamp set. Recently, I ordered a coordinating set called Bun in the Oven which is not a Christmas stamp and combined them to make a “Gender Reveal” card that was so much fun to make.
I have ordered Lawn Fawn’s Pull Here and Flip up dies to make making the card easier, but in the meantime I was able to make it with a Papertrey Ink Zipper die.
There is a pull tab on the inside of the card that pulls up to reveal the gender. I am not pulling it up here in the photos because I hope to use this card in a real life “gender reveal” that is coming up in my family.
Take a look:
Supplies: Lawn Fawn Sprinkled with Joy and Bun in the Oven stamp sets, Reminisce In the Kitchen patterned paper, Kaisercraft Basecoat patterned paper, L’il Inker stitched border die, Hero Arts Guess What stamp set, Papertrey Ink Zipper die, Scor tape and Pico Embellisher.