Monday, October 7, 2013

Perfect Blend

I LOVE COFFEE!!  I have been drinking coffee since I was five years old, maybe even younger but that's my earliest recollection of drinking coffee in the mornings.  Today's post is all about coffee.  When the current SU catalog came out, Perfect Blend was one of the first stamp set I ordered.


This was my swap card at my last stamping group meeting in August.  I was in the middle of moving and I hurriedly put this together to meet the deadline.   I love the Dictionary background done in baked brown sugar ink.  My attempt to add shadow to the coffee cup ended up looking like spilled coffee.  Oh well, you can't win them all!

 I used both sentiments from the Perfect Blend stamp set.  I fussy cut them and used dimensionals for a little pop.  Just so you know, the sentiments were designed to look shaky, from caffeine overload I suppose.

Speaking of caffeine overload, last week I was customer of the week at the Peet's Coffee & Tea store in my office building.  That means FREE coffee all week.  I got my usual large non-fat Caramel Latte with extra shot twice a day.  Hot in the mornings and iced in the afternoons.  Yummy!!  I was really productive at work but didn't get much sleep.  LOL!!!  Here's the mug shot, no pun intended, they had on display all week long.

For all you coffee lovers out there, if you don't have a Keurig kcup machine at home you need to get one!  I consume a lot of coffee and if I have to go to a coffee shop every time I want a good cup of coffee I'd go bankrupt!  With Keurig, I can have a fresh cup of coffee anytime.  Peet's finally joined the kcups market and their kcups are the bomb!

Now I'm ready for another cup of coffee!  Thanks for joining me today and I hope to see you soon.



Sunday, October 6, 2013

World Card Making Day Share Part Two

This is the continuation of my mish-mash cards post.

I made this similar card for my son's 13th birthday last year and these are the leftover pieces.  I now have a card for my nephews' upcoming 13th birthday!  I used the Pennant Parade and Memorable Moments stamp sets.

I love this retired stamp set called Greenhouse Gardens.  Raspberry ripple and old olive is a nice color combination.  I added the playful sentiment from Yippee Skippee.  So sweet.

The center panel on this card was already put together when I found it.  Just mounted it on an old olive card base.  I hardly use Wisteria Wonder ink so this was a surprising find.  Greenhouse Gardens is one of my favorite stamp set and I kept it when I purged my stamp sets.

Lastly, another favorite stamp set and a keeper called Inspired by Nature.  I've seen how they do cattails using the old slot punch and I did it on this card.  The butterfly is too big but it was there so I used it.

It was fun revisiting some old and new favorite stamp sets.  Until next time.........



Saturday, October 5, 2013

World Card Making Day Share Part One

Today is World Card Making Day and I want to share with you some cards I made recently.  During my recent move I came across quite a few unfinished projects and left over stamped images that would be perfect for quick cards.  So my post today is a mish-mash of cards made with old and new stamp sets.

This one was made using the Papaya Collage stamp set.  I mounted the pieces on a midnight muse card stock.  I think at the time I wanted to try all the new 2012-2014 In Colors.  The only one I didn't use here was primrose petal.  I really like that little "love" sentiment.  I can't even tell you which stamp set it came from but I'm hoping it's not in one of the sets I sold before I moved.

 When I first saw this background stamp called Pleasant Poppies I knew I must have it.  I remember stamping several images on plain white card stock using black ink and just played with different color combinations.  Some were heat embossed with black embossing powder.  On this card, I mounted the image on black card stock and added the thin ribbon with a tiny sentiment.  It's all about the poppies!

This card is my attempt to create the sunburst technique.  Not perfect but I see sunburst, don't you?  I found this sentiment stamped on a long strip of paper and I could only make it fit a circle punch, well sort of.  At least I got a partial "rising sun" and that's what led me to try the technique. The sentiment is from Riley and Company.  Papers are from the Epic Day This and That designer paper.

I remember cutting apart these doilies from the Flirtatious specialty designer series paper set.  I found quite a few of them in different colors.  On these two cards, I used the doilies and other found pieces including the sentiments which were already stamped and punched out.

There you have it, the first group of cards I made with found stuff!  Stay tuned for more...........