I love the Leading Ladies series of stamp sets from Ellen Hutson. I could just imagine any one of the ladies relaxing while clutching her cup of coffee. I decided to adapt the Photo Lady to depict this in a card. Patterned paper is from Stampin Up and the sentiment from Technique Tuesday’s Sassy Coffee. Coffee beans are from Doodlebug and the stitched mat is from My Favorite Things..
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.
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