Today I used the 3D cable knit embossing folder from Stampin Up to make a card front. I absolutely love how deep and realistic looking the embossing is from this folder. Once again it was too pretty to cover up and put in the background, so I decided to make it the focal point and just add some cute coffee “buttons” so that the whole card front looks like a cable knit sweater. Indeed I have a sweater with buttons that looks much like this (minus the sentiment, of course).
Today I made a very quick coffee card for the Coffee Lovers Bloghop.
I had this cute little three dimensional coffee bar sticker that I decided to use as it matched so well with the coffee ring paper from Stampin Up that I wanted to use somehow. Got in the fall theme with the accent of orange and a pumpkin.
People often ask, “What jumpstarts your creativity?”. Now people usually reply with answers like an inspiration photo, or a challenge sketch, but not me. I am motivated by the desire to feel less guilty about my stash, by using something that has never come out of the package. Such is the case with today’s card. I had to have that die of a toaster and toast, but really, it lacks the versatility of the dies I usually gravitate toward (thank you, Captain Obvious!). I found it in my stash, and decided it had to be used…… today. I paired it up with a coffee cup from some Stampin Up paper that was sitting on my desk. The hunt was then on to find a sentiment that captured the feel of the little breakfast scene. I like the look of the metallic toaster and it just might show up again paired with a metallic looking expresso maker or a French press coffee pot. Look at that, that little toaster is versatile after all.
JAVA NICE DAY, EVERYONE!
Today’s card piggybacks on the home decor trend of using pallets for wall decoration. They usually include some “bon mots” on them and so I did the same on my pallet card. Home decor pallets also have a lot of dimension to them and I created the same on my card by using wooden pieces and felt leaves. I think it turned out well.
Where does the time go? Seems like yesterday when I was digging out the Christmas decorations and now it is already the 6th of January and here I am, basking in the sunshine of Phoenix!
I was having a bit of a creative slump yesterday. I was missing my stuff. When I fly down, I must be selective on what I take with me. No clothes…….all scrapbook stuff…………was a given……..but I still had to make some tough choices! My cousin referred to my decision dilemma as the real tough decisions of a first world person. Ouch that hurt………….and while he is right, I still defend my right to whine about it. Scrapbookers everywhere understand my stash separation anxiety!
Anyway a trip to Scraps of Love and Joann’s and Hobby Lobby relieved the symptoms somewhat and today I was recovered enough to make a couple of cards. In actual fact, they were made with a stamp set that I brought with me and nothing I bought in yesterday’s shopping therapy got used in the making of these cards. Still shopping always makes me feel better.
I used a stamp set from Stampin Up called Thoughtful Branches. I had bought it a while ago on the advice of my Stampin Up Demonstrator and friend Jennifer. She was right, It is a very versatile stamp set, that I believe is no longer available. To show how versatile it really is, I used the same stamp in two very different ways. Once as a tree and once as a Hydrangea flower. Looks pretty cool I think.
Supplies: Stampin Up Thoughtful Branches stamp set and framelits dies, Neenah Cardstock, Simon Says Stamp woodgrain cardstock, Reverse Confetti All Framed Up die, Core’dinations cardstock, Scor tape
Today I was thinking that I must try to fit in an entry to the Coffee Lovers Winter Bloghop in spite of being busy preparing for Christmas when I realized that I made something today that is not only a gift I am giving but also a perfect entry into the bloghop! Duh! The instructions came through my friend Jen, from Stampin Up Canada.
This gift is for a year end party of my Mahjong Club, thus the Mahjong tiles on the tag. What? doesn’t every one have a Mahjong tile stamp??
The Make it Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is to use some lucky stars.
I decided to try out my new and precious Daniel Smith watercolours on this card. I think the result looks good and certainly meets the theme criteria.
Supplies: Stampin Up Life is Beautiful stamp set, Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloons stamp set, Hero Arts CL582 stamp set, Daniel Smith watercolours, Stampendous embossing powder, Brillance Moonlight White ink, Zig Real Brush markers, recollections card stock, Scor tape, Tim Holtz Distrees watercolour paper.
My beautiful niece Kaitlin is marrying her very own Prince Charming Matt very soon in the real life setting of the movie Frozen! In a few days we will be heading out to the fairy tale setting known as Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper, Alberta for the event.
Here is what it looks like:
What could be more quintessentially Canadian than a hockey net and Adirondack chairs set in the snowbank around the fully utilized pool!
I usually try to make elegant cards for weddings, but I thought this whimsical card reflects the setting and feel of this upcoming joyous event
Here it is:
Supplies: Stampin Up A Beautiful Ride stamp set, Papertrey Ink Warm Winter Wishes stamp set, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Slopes and Hills and Winter dies, Lawn Fawn Snowy Day patterned 6 X 6 paper pad, Neenah Solar White cardstock, Perfect Pearls, Pico Irresistible Wedding Dress and Shimmer embellisher, Copic markers, Simon Says Stamp Card base and Scor tape.