Well, how about that? I have been through 40 days and 40 nights of cardmaking classes between Spring Card Camp 1 and Spring Card Camp 2. Somedays I feel like I should have used those 40 days and 40 nights to build the modern equivalent of an ark………………….maybe like a giant dog cone that fits on the top my head and goes down to my toes. Then maybe I could walk around wherever I want without fear of the scourge raining down on me.
Today’s tutorial was about paper weaving. I was afraid that it was going to be time-consuming and I wouldn’t like the result when it was all over. Luckily, I was wrong on both counts. It didn’t take that long and only one colour choice change, I was done.
Both cards turned out well. Take a look:
I have been making a large number of blog posts lately. First there was the Spring Card Camp that lasted 20 days. This was followed by the unexpected Spring Card Camp 2 which is still in progress and will also last for 20 days. On top of this I have been busy making card samples for the Scrapbook store that I work for. Now today, is the first day of the Coffee Lovers Spring Summer Bloghop. This bloghop has been very good to me. I have been lucky enough to win a prize every year but one.
The only real rule of this bloghop is that every card be new………no backlinking allowed. I decided to use an up to the minute and very topical patterned paper to show that this card is not back linked.
Although I can honestly say that I detest the symbol on this patterned paper, Photoplay has made it palatable with the happy bright colours.
Today’s video was presented by May Park. The idea of the video was to use a cover die as the background on a card and then add the pieces cut out of the cover plate back on to the card in a dimensional and pleasing design. May used a thread nest on her card which I have not used in a long time and I thought it would be fun to use this design element again. Sadly, time has not improved my thread nest making skills and my thread nest does not look that great. Otherwise, I like the card.
Today’s video was presented by Shari Caroll from Simon Says Stamp
Her 2 for 1 idea was to do some blending on a card front using cardstock masks and then use the masks themselves to make a second card. This technique is going to appeal to all you frugal crafters who like to use up every tiny scrap you have while continuing to hoard a lifetime’s worth of full sheet cardstock.
Shari managed to make her two cards look quite similar in the end even though they were made quite differently. My cards follow the same technique but I deliberately veered off in two slightly different directions. I enjoyed this technique as I want to practice the unstructured graphic style more.
I also got to use two new Photoplay word dies that I just bought yesterday! I love when that happens.
I have made one more coffee card using the Kringle collection from Photoplay. This time I also wanted to use a “Coffee Charms” die set that I have from Karen Burniston. I finished the card off by adding a Polar Bear from Recollections who is looking up longingly at the string of coffee beverages. The sentiment is from Verve Stamps
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.
I cannot believe that my last post was in December and now January is almost over.
I did not get anything posted on this blog, but I did have a busy January. Taking Christmas decorations down and packing to leave for Arizona seemed to take more time than usual even though I didn’t have as tight a schedule as last year.
Creativation was on here seemingly before I got a chance to unpack. Had an unbelievably fun week with most of my pals from Scrapendipity. On Thursday and Friday, we were all busy with classes, which were without exception simply wonderful. It is really a special treat to see crafting celebrities in person and to watch them work in class. Included were classes from Altenew, Lawn Fawn, Gel Press, Dyan Reavely and Faber Castell. Then on Saturday, Sunday and Monday we drooled over all the new products coming out. Sandra flitted from booth to booth, sitting down to make dozens of Make and Take projects. It was all I could do to keep up with her. We hung around the Ranger booth, learning about the new alcohol inks and Oxide sprays from Tim Holtz. We were clearly visible in our Canadian buffalo plaid shirts in several of the different companies’ videos being made of Tim’s demonstration. Shameless, we were.
Here is a photo of some of the loot we received in the classes and some of the Make and Takes we did.
I did have some time to do some crafting including this layout of us with Tim Holtz…………………………………I know…………………shameless
Ok, I lied. I managed to make one more card before leaving for work.
I wanted to use The Daily Grind collection from Photoplay. I mean if you don’t use it for a coffee bloghop when can you use it?
I wanted to repeat the pattern on the background on the focal cup. I used Amplify to make the dimensional coffee cream. I like the idea a lot, but my execution of the card was hurried to say the least.
Check it out.
This will be my last card for the bloghop as I have been called into work today. I just received this background stamp from Picket Fence Studios and I wanted to use it. I had bought their ghost stamp for Halloween that says “Let’s get sheet faced together”. As it turned out, I never found the time to make the card and send it to the person I had in mind for it. I didn’t want the same thing to happen with this stamp………………………………….so here it is………………………fresh from my mailbox.
The sentiment is from Verve Stamps, a company that I only knew about through them being a sponsor on the Coffee Lovers Bloghop. I bought a number of their stamps on a close out sale.
The main coffee cup is from a recent Hero Arts Kit. I had hoped to make more cards from this multi-image kit, but maybe next blog.
It is kind of funny how images of certain animals suddenly become popular. They pop up on everything from clothes to home decor and , of course, cards. Recently it has been llamas that have been in the trendy spotlight.
I saw this llama die from Spellbinders, and it was too cute to pass up. I don’t usually like die sets without stamps, but this guy had all the details to look great on his own. Paired with the Paprika paper collection from Photoplay, it was perfect.
When checking out the correct colours for llamas, I found this interesting warning sign. Photo is by Lutty Moreina.