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.
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:
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.
Debbie’s Challenge was to use wool, which is the material for a 7th anniversary.
I was not wanting to have an more encounters with my sewing machine today, so I opted to glue any felt cookies, that I decided to make. I have to be thankful that I own the Friendly Flowers stamp and die sets as they have been put to use multiple times just in this Stamp a faire alone. I loved the look of the ice wafer that Debbie made and wanted to recreate that. The best option that I had was a Waffle Flower die that had stitching holes as i was going to stitch the cookie together, before I got lazy. I used the largest Friendly Flowers die for the sugar cookie, a die from the Shakers and Sprinkles kit for the confetti. The patterned paper is also from the Shakers and Sprinkles kit. While I was looking for cookie possibilities, I came across this Candy Corn die from Spellbinders that I thought would work with the Papertrey Ink wool felt (full disclosure…..the yellow felt is not Papertrey Ink and should not even be allowed to live alongside real wool felt but it was all I had in yellow). Finally, I made an Oreo cookie using the wheel from the Make it Market Market Street kit. I cut it lightly by altering the sandwich in the big shot and it came out marvelously well. It has the impression of the wheel that even looks a bit like the top of an Oreo without cutting through the material.
Yana’s challenge was to make a project using the 6th anniversary material of iron. She used an inlay technique, but I wanted to use the What the Doodle U.S. Map with a very heavy metal embossing powder that was too thick/intricate for inlay. I loved the block look she used, so I incorporated that into my card, though.
It turned out quite well.
Laura’s challenge is using the 1st anniversary material being paper. Additionally we are challenged to use up little scraps and add some vellum.
This challenge was easy but tedious, as there was a lot of die cutting, and yes, waiting for things to dry.
In the end, I think it looks cute a meets the requirements of the challenge.