I am feeling a bit dispirited to say the least as I begin this post, anew. After hours of writing, uploading, copying and pasting, and linking, I lost my nearly ready-to-publish draft. I had decided to use the “improved posting experience” via WordPress and I won’t bore you with the details, but suffice to say the layout of the new page, and lack of automatic saving do not make it an improved experience whatsoever. I feel like the bottom of my stomach just dropped out of me!
I sure hope you had a better end to your celebration of World Card Making Day!
So let’s try this again…
I had hoped to make some coffee cards with the Prima Coffee Break collection for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop last week, but with our trip to the Olympic Peninsula, I didn’t have the time. So after a busy return to work, I was excited to finally dig into the collection, use some new dies, and work out a few ideas this weekend. I am happy to say I completed at least one card for WCMD, along with photographs and editing. As I write this, I am trying to forget that I also would have had a post completed before the day was done… curses, WordPress, curses!
Anyway, here’s my foxy little number.
After looking through the ephemera pack, I will definitely be purchasing a few more as it is loaded with some really good pieces. Sometimes I wish you could tailor the bits that come in the packs, or buy them in bulk. Like the stack of mint books or Scrabble pieces featured on my card! The Scrabble pieces also included an “x” so that you could spell ‘relax’; however, I had other wily ideas!
Is anyone else frustrated when you purchase an ephemera pack and there’s a bit included that you want 20 more of?
I created the “foxy” sentiment on my computer, hand-cut, and distressed with Antique Linen and Walnut Stain, then adhered to the book’s spine. The glasses were turned over so they created more of a contrast; they are a rich walnut color on the other side.
The mug is cut from Heidi Swapp Sugar Chic paper using that fabulous Impression Obsession Coffee Set I featured in my Coffee Lovers Blog Hop post. The “coffee” inside the mug was cut from paper distressed with Walnut Stain ink which makes such a rich coffee color.
And what about that fox? I saw him a few weeks ago and knew I had to add him to my repertoire. I love the design of his tail. For this card, I cut him from Chickaniddy Goldie Lox foil (or “Goldie fox” in my case!) and created a shadow layer with some black-brown textured paper from Bazzill.
My patterned papers, including Teresa Collins Tinsel and Company stars, have been adhered to Ellen Hutson heavy-weight wood-grain and finished off with some signature washi on the back, echoing the greens on the front and inside the card.
And speaking of the inside:
I layered some of the Heidi Swapp paper as a base, and embellished the edge with a cardstock sticker that was a freebie from Emma’s Paperie. I love shopping with them because they always send you some additional materials, and once I received a little card making pack complete with an envelope! Love supporting them!
The mint green dotted paper has been repurposed from the packaging of the 3-D stickers in the Coffee Break collection. I cut to my desired size, die cut the stitching and notebook edge with Paper Smooches Stitched and Borders 2 dies. Both of these are dies I reach for over and over. The little notecard is from the ephemera pack and has been adhered with a tiny Tim Holtz paper clip.
Unity Stamps has this great Stamp of the Week and I want to use the sentiment for the inside! I just joined their stamp of the week subscription as I love their offerings and cheeky sentiments. In order to purchase the old stamps in their collection, you have to be a current subscriber.
Do you ever repurpose packaging into your cards or paper art? You can see another repurposed piece here.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I am not so good with space or time. Unless I am creating a stamped piece, I rarely know how big a card is going to be before I start making it; rather, I begin with my concept and focal point, and then however big the card needs to be, it is! In this case, my card turned out to be 4 3/4 x 6 1/4. I was trying to work my embellishments within the flow of the stars, so I found I needed a wider space. Didn’t exactly follow the plan step of my 3 P’s on this one!
TIP: I spent a lot of time moving the pieces around– but with the use of my favorite 3M Restickable squares, I can easily reposition pieces multiple times without tearing the paper. This adhesive is really indispensable if you are doing a lot of layering.
Since I didn’t know the finished size of my card until I was, well, nearly finished, it came as a delightful surprise when I pulled out a Whisker Graphics gold striped bag and the card fit perfectly inside! So I decided to embellish the outside of the bag a bit.
The sentiment is a deconstructed 3-D sticker from the Coffee Break collection; I really like how you can stretch these stickers. They can all be taken apart and used as single-layer pieces. The flower is also from Prima.
I think this little package would be the perfect gift along with a bookstore gift certificate and coffee card for any coffee-drinking book lover, don’t you? Maybe your favorite foxy librarian?
I have been wanting to participate in the Cutting Edge Challenge for a few months now, so I am going to submit this to their current challenge. The design team is fabulous and the current inspiration piece is great!
Speaking of foxy librarians, check out this tune by My Morning Jacket. It’s a perfect accompaniment for my card, and an absolutely gorgeous song with compelling lyrics.
“Walk across the courtyard,
Towards the library.
I can hear the insects buzz on the leaves, ‘neath my feet.
Ramble up the stairwell,
To the hall of books.
Since we got the interweb these hardly get used.
Duck into the men’s room,
Combing through my hair.
When God gave us mirrors he had no idea.
Looking for a lesson
In the periodicals,
There I spy you listening to the AM radio.
Karen of the Carpenters,
Singing in the rain.
Another lovely victim of the mirror’s evil way.
It’s not like you’re not trying,
With a pencil in your hair,
To defy the beauty the good Lord put in there
Simple little bookworm,
Is the sexiest librarian.
Take off those glasses and let down your hair for me.”
May you find yourself today with a song in your heart, a book in your hand, and a cup of coffee to warm your soul! Thanks for stopping by!