Sitting on my desk this morning was a new die I got from Tutti Designs. It is called Twisted Rope but I thought it looked like a fishing net and so I decided to use it that way. It was a bit of a stretch to make a coffee card with a fishing net background, but I think it turned out quite cute.
Today’s video was about geometric shapes and who better to teach it than Laura Bassen. Throw in a rainbow and the world is as it should be (ok, there is that annoying exception to perfection right now, but this too shall pass).
I have been excited about slimline cards lately. They provide that extra real estate that you need to make your cards impactful. Some great slimline products from Pinkfresh, My Favorite Things and Trinity stamps to name a few, should be arriving in my mailbox soon. Luckily, today’s card looks good without some of the fancy edge dies that I am waiting for.
Jennifer Mcguire provided the video today. The topic was second generation stamping. This just means stamp down two images without re-inking in between. I confess that I had to cheat a little to get enough ink on the second image. Jennifer warned us to use somewhat darker colours and I think my first peach colour was just too light. Otherwise, the cards turned out well. I really like the simple white on kraft background on these two cards.
Today’s tutorial was about rainbows. It was nice to have a colourful and uplifting theme to think about in the midst of the horror Canadians recently experienced. The video was done by Dawn Woleslagle. I admit I was terrified when I saw Dawn’s name in the title. I thought it was going to be a painting day, a medium at which Dawn excels and at which I, basically………..suck. Luckily for my ego, she decided to do some rainbow cards using diecuts.
I experimented a bit with how to put the finishing touches on the clouds. Translated, that means I spent several hours coating this, spraying that, blending something else to come up with what I eventually used. In the end, I liked the resulting cards. This was a pleasant surprise as most rainbow cards that I have done went into the big round file for one reason or another. I ink blended the more primary coloured rainbow and the clouds were covered with transfer flock from Thermoweb. A word to the wise here. I used the flocking first and then cut the clouds out from the flocked piece. This is not a good idea as it showed every scratch mark from my cutting plates and necessitated the use of a lint brush to collect bits of paper dust off the flocking. It is better to cut your cloud out and then do the flocking procedure through your laminator. On the second card I used Nuvo Glitter markers on the rainbow and the cloud was sprayed with Iridescent Glitter Dust. It gives a multi-coloured sparkle but is hard to capture in a picture.
Today I am showcasing a card that I will be teaching at Pueblo El Mirage Resort next Monday. I recently ordered a card kit from My Favorite Things for the first time. The theme of the kit is Message in a bottle and it is uber cute. The word “uber” is top of mind with me right now, as we “Ubered” our way back and forth from our BnB to Creativation. LOL I think I could really become accustomed to having my own driver. It was uber convenient for sure. Ok back to the card.
It is a great kit but the components are also available separately. It has a stencil to create the background waves. It has the dies to cut out the shape of the bottle and its’ cork top. It has a stamp set of messages to go in the bottle and even three flag dies to cut out three messages at a time. All I had to add from my stash was a few seaweeds from a Hero Arts Kit I have, sequins from Lucie’s Little things, iridescent bubbles from Studio Katia and Sand from Brutus Monroe and ink. So ok, that is quite a bit from my stash, but I love the result.
Today’s card is a variation of the one I posted a day or two ago. I just received my Hero Arts Monthly Hero Kit and it occurred to me that I could combine my Falling from the Clouds die from My Favorite Things with the Jungle Border from the Hero Arts add-on die and make it rain in the rainforest.
Originally I was going to make a “Save the Rainforest” sentiment, in honour of my so environmentally responsible friend Michelle K., but I opted in favour of the less noble but highly useful Happy Birthday.
Just so you know………………….stringing those little beads late at night with my Expired Best Before eyes was no easy feat. I will be vacuuming up seed beads until July. But hey, the card is so cute.
Oh my goodness, I was lucky enough to win one of the Flash Prizes from Super Sponsor Taylormade4U. So grateful!
Today, I made a card with a stamp set from Concord and 9th. Every time I make a “fancy” cup of coffee like this one, I am reminded of the wonderful Baristas on many of the cruises I have taken. They make putting together a cup of coffee a work of art.
When I saw the “spoonful of sugar” sentiment on the stamp set, I knew I had an opportunity to use the wonderful ice cubes from My Favorite Things once again. With the right card they are magically transformed into sugar cubes.
The patterned paper is The Daily Grind by Photoplay. The coffee ring is Turnarounds Set 2 by Seth Apter. I stole the napkin out of the Karen Burniston pop up coffee card. Just love the realistic crinkled edge on the napkin.
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.