Wowser, it has been a long time since my last post. It isn’t that I haven’t been doing any crafting, it is simply that there didn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to actually do posts of my projects.
I think I probably made one hundred and fifty Christmas cards this year, between store samples and cards for personal use. Whew! Of course, I insist on making each one of them different, which makes it more time consuming.
Anyway, today I wanted to use a die set that had given me a touch of buyer’s remorse. I was looking at the die and thinking it was going to look quite bland simply cut out. It was clearly going to need some touches to bring it up a notch. Sometimes, when I am doubtful about a die, I just try harder and I think that is what happened with this one.
Helpful to the cause was when I found the “pour” sticker in my Rose All Day collection from Reminisce. It made me laugh as I have begun to hear rumors that people are drinking too much with all the shelter at home Covid restrictions. Might as well talk about it, I say!
Hope you like the card, and perhaps you can relate to it. LOL
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would own a crafting stamp set with the word Saskatchewan in it. But thanks to Wild Whisper designs, I now own one and just had to use it.
What better way to use it than on a double page layout about the Wheatland Express Excursion Train than operates out of Saskatchewan and has some enthusiastic involvement by my brothers.
My brothers are pictured in this layout in more ways than you would think. For example, take a look at The Joker and even Spike, the Mascot for the Wheatland Express Safety Train. Yup!
My older brother, Barry, has been “murdered” and had been the “murderer” in recent Murder Mystery excursions. He is the proud owner of a paycheque from the acting company who present the murder mysteries. Who knew my brother would find fame and fortune in such a way!
I am posting this today, on the occasion of my Mom’s 90th birthday. Next weekend, the whole family will be attending a birthday party on the Wheatland Express Train. It is so fitting, as that in addition to the two brothers pictured here, my Dad and my late brother, nephew, cousins and uncles were or are also railroaders.
Today’s card started with a little stamp set from Waffle Flower. It is called Currently Drinking and I think it is meant for a Planner. I bought it because I was always trying to build coffee drinking scenes with non-coffee themed stamp sets and it came in handy for that. It occurred to me that Lawn Fawn’s Reveal Wheel could be used to represent the decision-making process of what type of beverage to have upon arrival at the local Starbucks. The little images fit perfectly in the heart-shaped window.
I used patterned paper and stickers from Echo Park’s Coffee collection. The background paper is Coffee & Tea from Reminisce.
I bought the inside stamp that I used here, because it looks exactly like me when I craft in the morning. Well, my bunny slippers are completely worn out now and have been replaced with an equally ridiculous pair but otherwise………………..
I ended up making this an outside and inside card as it was looking too busy with the patterned paper and the Starbucks symbol and two sentiments all on the front. Turned out pretty well.
Some days are just better than others, aren’t they? So far, this day has been a great one. First of all, I found out that I won a stamp set from The Ton stamps during their latest release giveaway. Double, Double, Quadruple Yahoo about that! Secondly, I finished preparing for a Scrapbook retreat that I am going to this weekend. Usually going to a retreat entails packing in haste, and then lamenting that the perfect item for what I am working on, is in my stash at home. “Not this time”………….she says proudly. This time I have made up about 10 homemade kits in preparation. Everything I need for each double page layout is tucked into a 12X12 zip lock bag. Some assembly required, of course, and some blank spaces to be filled with items from the shopping frenzy that is part of the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival, but generally they are “Good to Go” and I won’t be stymied from completing quite a few pages.
The last good thing that has happened so far (hopefully more to come :-)), is that I got another coffee card made for the bloghop. It is a set that I didn’t have for the last bloghop, so it is always fun to see what can be done with it.
There is no mistaking the fall theme in this one:
Like many others, I am guilty of buying copious amounts of washi tape that never gets used other than to hold down my dies as they go through my Bigshot. It wouldn’t be so bad if I would immediately recognize that this is the ultimate fate of my washi tape and use it for this purpose immediately. Oh no, not me. I wait until it is half dried up, sticks to inself, and comes off the roll in ripped little strips and only then do I decide to use it for this purpose. Now that is the new definition of insanity my friends. So why am I telling you this? It is because the washi tape I used on today’s card is the exception to the rule. I not only love this washi tape, but also have used it on real cards several times. I actually hoard it, if the truth be known and would never use it for the lowly job of holding down my dies.
This card is simple and came together in minutes. It uses a sticker in the Reminisce collection kit Coffee and Tea that describes me to a “tea” (or coffee rather).
Supplies: Reminisce Coffee and Tea Collction kit, Alideco washi tape, Sizzix embossing folder, Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die set, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape.
This bloghop has been going on for a few days. Last year, I think I made a card for every day of the hop. For some reason these last two weeks have been crazy busy and I haven’t found the time to make some coffee cards. I did make one card today to add to the amazingly successful bloghop (550 + cards submitted so far)
Supplies: Simon Says Stamp What’s Brewing stamps and die, Reminisce Fall Harvest patterned paper, Rcollections cardstock, Lawn Fawn Make me Smile die set, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape.