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Coffee Lovers Bloghop Summer 2017 Day 3

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

Urban Skyline

Today I am posting a card I made with the Poppy Stamps die called Urban Skyline.  I started by making a night sky background with some Colorburst watercolors, and then decided it might work with the die.  I added some lighter color to accent the buildings.

The theme this week at Simon Says Stamp is Spread Your Wings and because the whole time I was making this card, I was saying “Bright lights, big city” in my head, I thought the card fit the theme quite well.

Here is the card:


Supplies:  Poppy Stamps Urban Skyline die, Colorburst, Distress Watercolor cardstock, My Favorite Things Homespun Stitched Lines die, Peerless Watercolors, Simon Says Stamp dream die ,  Simon Says Stamp Woodgrain cardstock, Scotch 3M foam tape and Scor Tape,.


Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop #5

This might be my last card for the fall bloghop.  I do have another stamp set, that I don’t think I have ever used for these bloghops but time is running out.

This card came out of no where.  I wanted to make a card with a coffee bean background that I had made with distress crayons, but by the time I picked out the stamp and sentiment, my mind went in a totally different direction. It was going to be a bit of a throw in card without much thought, but surprisingly, I ended up liking it a lot.  I think it is because I really wanted to use the sentiment and it went well with the other elements I chose.




Skipping Stones Designs Funny Coffee Vol #1,  Wplus9 A Pocketful stamp set, SEI canvas blue jean paper, Simon Says Stamp cardstock, Peerless watercolors,Simon Says Stamp card base, real coffee beans and Scor tape.

Papertrey Ink – Create with Us Challenge

The object of this challenge is to find something from the August release that inspires me.  The hard part is that the stamps and dies have just been released and have not yet have had time to be delivered to me.  I like the Tiny Town new addition called Spooky Town so that set the theme of Halloween and I am totally smitten with my Make it Market-Garden Gate Kit so I decided to combine these.  It is amazing sometimes what a difference colour makes.  I think of the Garden Gate as light, pretty and delicate, but die cut it in black and it turns ominous immediately.

I wanted the sky dark and spooky and yet I wanted the image behind the gate to stand out. I had been thinking about different uses for Microglaze since taking Chemistry 103 from Tim Holtz.  It occurred to me that I could use it as a mask to isolate the stamp image from the dark watercolour background.  I had a couple of misfires with ink selection (Microglaze smears Versafine just so you know) but finally came up with a technique that worked.  I was trying to get a textured circle of Microglaze around the image that would look feathered.  I think if I had used a tiny corn broom type brush,it would have worked a bit better, but then I thought about how having a wax coating on half my stencil brushes would maybe not be a good thing for future projects, so I called it done.



Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Make it Market-Garden Gate Kit, Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar Fall Fillers stamp set,  Peerless Watercolours, Judikins Microglaze, Distress Markers, Tsukenecko Sparkle Spray, Picket Fence Distress Paint, Strathmore Watercolor paper, Recollections cardstock and base, Stencil Brush, Tim Holtz fasteners

Vellum for Sentiments

This is another card for the Day 1 of the Online Card Class called Sheer and Clear.  It started out to be something similar to what Kristina had made in her video.  In the end though, I decided to use an inlay technique with the colorful background.  Using vellum for the sentiment makes sense in this case as it does not try to compete with the strong background but rather tones it down a bit.

I was going to attach the sentiment with the Tim Holtz’ Tiny Attacher when I saw these little gardening brads sitting on my desk.  I had found them unopened in a storage box of scrap die cuts just yesterday.  I think they look quite cute.



I am also going to post it on the Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp since it features this weeks theme of metal.

Online Card Class- Clear and Sheer

Yesterday, I wanted to participate in the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Challenge.  Several problems immediately presented themselves.  First of all, the inspiration photo was not inspiring for me.  Don’t know why, it just wasn’t.  Then when I got past that, I had to find a Papertrey Ink stamp in my stash that would fit with the inspiration photo, which was close to impossible.  Finally, I tried to put something together.  It was somewhat akin to giving birth.  I had changed my mind about being involved, and wanted to do bodily harm to any one who had anything to do with the idea in the first place.  Like childbirth though, I was now thoroughly committed and had to see it through to the end.  And then……………………………………………………I forgot to post it!  Unlike most of their challenges, this one only lasted one day…………….being yesterday!

Luckily for me, the clear and sheer Online Card Class started today and I had used “sheer” vellum on my Papertrey card.  I found it rather ironic that in eleven ways to attach Vellum, using Vellum tape was not mentioned.  Now there is a good reason for this………………it doesn’t work worth *&^% but it felt like there was an elephant in the room that everyone was ignoring!  I used the “spray on” adhesive on the Papertrey project and “spray on” and a tiny brad on the second project (Tim Holtz stamp).  They both worked very well.

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