Sometimes making a card is a slow painful process. The end result looks nothing like what was in your mind’s eye or you have one of those oops moments where you drop an open ink pad on your newly finished card. Luckily for me, this card almost made itself. I was looking at a coffee-themed collection of paper that I had forgotten about. The collection had little journal cards with cute sayings written on them. The saying on this card jumped out at me because I remember the days when “iced coffee” just wasn’t a thing. Cold coffee was just something to be discarded or ‘nuked”. That was it. As I was thinking about this, I glanced down at my Christmas stamp box, and what to my wondering eye should appear but a stamp with a reindeer wearing “Joe Cool” glasses from Crackerbox Palace. Put the sentiment and the stamp together with a simple Buffalo Plaid background and I had a simple but cute card. The icing on the cake is that I used my brand new Tim Holtz watercolor pencils to colour the image and I didn’t hate the result. I need some practice to be sure, but I could live with it.
I was sitting at my computer today when an email came in, informing me that my stamp sets from Gina Marie Designs had been delivered. I laughed out loud because 1) I just ordered them last week (I am in Canada and delivery is routinely two weeks) and 2) it was Sunday. Imagine my surprise when I went to the mailbox and there was a shiny foil envelope from Gina Marie Designs. I have never received an emergency delivery of stamp sets ever before. It was really a pleasant surprise.
Anyway, I immediately started thinking about how I could use them for the bloghop. It was Amy who posted about these amazing stamp sets and did warn me that they were somewhat snarky and off beat. Some of the sentiments are a bit out there, but I love them. I picked out the more moderate stamp set and made this gatefold card.
I was going to add my own sentiment to the front of the card that would have said, “Morning grounds rules” but it was too late at night to pull out the gazillion tiny pieces alphabet stamp set that I would have needed to do so.
If you asked me where I got the idea for today’s card I could not tell you. I started out with another cable knit embossed card front, courtesy of a fabulous 3 D effect embossing folder from Stampin Up. Somehow I got distracted and ended up with this Superhero card. I really don’t know how it happened. I do know that the 3 D cable knit embossed card front deserves to end up as a card, so it may be my day 4 project, but meanwhile take a look at my superhero card.
Wow, do the days fly by. I think I just managed to store my stash of coffee themed stamps and dies away last week and today I got them out for the Winter Coffee Lover’s Bloghop which starts today.
I sat down and looked at my stash for a few minutes. Nothing was jumping out at me, Sometimes, when inspiration has gone AWOL, I will just pull out a new stamp set and stamp off a few images. That usually gets the ideas flowing This time I thought I would start with a background that I had made and never used. When I opened the container of backgrounds, sitting right on top was a shadow box using Lawn Fawn dies. The shadow box used the Winter plaid patterned paper pad and the back of the box had snowflakes on it. Ok I was getting somewhere. I had a winter theme going here. I then looked through my Lawn Fawn stamps and spied the Forest Feast stamp set. Why not make a scene of forest friends enjoying a morning coffee klatch?
The shadow box turned out well. I added some birch trees from the Lawn Fawn Joy to the Woods stamp set and dies to add to the woodsy scene. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Coffee and Tea stamp set.
The only problem came when trying to photograph the shadow box. I had to choose to either focus the back of the scene or the front of the scene and because it was dark outside, the flash cast horrible shadows as well. Bad photography to be sure, but a cute first project for the hop.