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.
The card I ended up with today bears no resemblance to the one I was going to make. Changed the paper, changed the dies, changed the colour scheme and even eliminated the stamp I was going to use. It may not be gone forever, but it needs to “marinate” for awhile, I guess. In the meantime, the card below evolved and it turned out quite well.
I will leave it to you, dear readers, to decide whether the “Love Ya” refers to each other or to a narcissistic love of pumpkin spice coffee.
I am late posting a card to the bloghop today. I can either get dressed before noon and get to work or I can make a card…………..can’t seem to do both I did manage to get one made this evening. Trouble is that the card uses shiny cardstock and I had to use the flash to photograph it. Bad combination to get a great photo.
I had this beautiful fall paper from Ella & Viv and it made me think about all the leaves that will need to be raked soon. That gave me the idea of making a coffee gift card to give to the person who will come to help me rake my leaves………………..then I woke up and realized that no one is coming to help me with the leaves. Oh well, at least I can enjoy a great cup of coffee before starting on the fall clean up.
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:
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? For that matter, where did I go? It has been two weeks without a new post. It seems September is crazy busy, even for me without any school kids. It is also Scrapbook Retreat time and I have been away at a few of them. I have been creating layouts of the British Isles cruise that I was on this summer, and as a result did not have a new fall themed coffee card, in hand, and ready to go.
I did get a new coffee cup die since the last Coffee Lover Bloghop, so that was the easy choice for this first card. I liked the size of this coffee die from Sugar Pea Designs and I especially liked the embossed lid lip so I had to have it.
I think the card turned out well. In an effort to adhere to the fall theme, I made my coffee Pumpkin Spice flavour, but truth be told, I personally don’t like pumpkin flavoured anything.
Here is my first card:
Lizzie’s challenge is to use wood in an inlay technique. Wood is the material for a 5th anniversary.
This project turned out very nice. It is a good thing as it came on the heels of an Epic Fail on Nicole’s rusty iron technique. I am still licking my wounds from that one, but I may blog about it, if I can quit pouting over it.
Jessica’s challenge is to use the 8th anniversary material of bronze in a project. I did not have a bronze embossing powder so I made my own. I wanted a thick rough looking embossing powder like the Hammered Gold that I have from Emerald Creek Trading Company, so I mixed some of that with some very old and very chunky looking silver and gold from Frantage. I loved the resulting mix and I really love that I used up every bit of the mix so there was nothing left to store for that never project in the future.
I used a stencil brush to add heavy brush marks of embossing ink to the feathers and background. A light touch would not work here as the heavy powder would blow away, the instant I put the heat gun to the paper.
The Papertrey Ink Scroll Frame added to the Vintagy look of the embossed What the Doodle Feathers. The bow is from Maggie Holmes.
Carissa’s challenge is to use the 10th anniversary material of tin or aluminium in a project. I can’t believe I actually got out those gilding flakes again. Not only did I open that dreaded jar, but I actually had to sort the flakes. The only jar I have is a gold, silver and copper mix, and I only wanted the silver for this project.
Once you get by the incredible mess they make, gilding flakes are fun. They remind me of the first time I used embossing powder or the first time I pulled a stencil from embossing paste. The results are amazing and you forget all about the mess the flakes made.