Coffee Loving Cardmakers – Shark Week

Hellooooooooo everyone!!! I’m so excited that shark week has begun! I always love this week on TV. So today, for our installment of Tuesday Tea with Twiddler’s Nook over on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog, I decided it would be fun to celebrate with a silly themed card.

I love this Shark Hugs stamp set by Avery Elle! It comes with a variety of things you can fit in the shark’s fins but I decided to think outside the box a bit and found a coffee mug the perfect size! This die set can be tricky so I started by using the die made to cut the slits for his fins, then I stamped my image over that, lining up the fins with the cut marks. Then I colored him with my copics and cut him out. I snagged a mug from the Lawn Fawn Love You a Latte set, colored it up and die cut it too. I used liquid glue to adhere the mug in the shark’s fin.

Next I blended distress oxides on a panel – salty ocean, blueprint sketch, chipped sapphire and black soot. Then I spritzed it with water and flicked pearl watercolor on it for a little extra texture. I adhered that to a card base and die cut my Avery Elle plus frame. I popped the frame and shark up with foam tape and moved on to my sentiment.

I stamped the speech bubble from the Avery Elle speech bubbles set and stamped part of my sentiment from Shark Hugs, masking off what I didn’t want. Then I pulled out Thanks a Latte from Lawn Fawn and added the word “coffee” to finish off the statement. The speech bubble is popped up wtih foam squares as well.

To finish off this fun card, I scattered a few confetti sequins about and adhered them with liquid glue as well. I added black glaze pen to the shark’s eye and white gel pen accents throughout.

Happy Shark Week everyone! I hope you enjoy it, even if you aren’t binging Animal Planet all week long.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Lawn Fawn/Avery Elle – Magic Iris Ocean Card

Hello everyone! I have been enjoying playing with the Lawn Fawn Magic Iris dies. They are so fun to create with. It seems like each time I create a card with them it spurs another idea I’m excited to try out.

Here’s a look at today’s card in all the stages from closed to open.

To create this card I started by inking up 3 panels with distress oxide inks in mermaid lagoon, peacock feathers and salty ocean. I spritzed them all with water and started die cutting the pieces to my magic iris, including the magic iris add-on. 

Next I stamped, colored and die cut my images from Avery Elle’s Sea-prise. Then I took the cover to my magic iris and stamped the solid fish image from the stamp set randomly on it along with the sentiment. 

I moved on to assembly by following the Lawn Fawn Intro to Magic Iris video on YouTube. Once that was complete, I die cut a large stitched rectangle from Really Rainbow Scallops paper in yellow and adhered it to a cardbase. Then I used my magic iris for placement and glued the inside pieces in place, including my fish and his party blower. 

Next, I die cut waves from one of the panels I inked earlier and adhered them with my shark to the front of the card. For finishing touches I just added a few white gel pen accents to the images and stamped the second sentiment from the stamp set on the inside.

This was a birthday card for my sister-in-law and I’m so excited that I finally got to give it to her the other day and that now I can share it with all of you. I hope you enjoyed it!

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Miss Ink Stamps – We’re All Mad Here

Welcome back everyone! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start. Today I’m playing with one of my very favorite stamp sets from the Miss Ink Stamps Alice release. The Mad Hatter is one of my very favorite characters so I wanted to color him up in some fun, different colors.

I started this card by stamping and coloring my images with copics. Then I used my scan-n-cut to cut them all out and set them aside to start on the rest of my card. I die cut an Avery Elle wonky frame in black for some contrast. Then, using that and my images as a guide, I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment from Madness in gold. I used the Wonky Checker stencil with some red ink to match the colors I used on the Hatter. This panel was trimmed to 4×5.25 and popped up on a white card base with foam tape.

I buffed away any ink on my embossed sentiment with a clean rag. Then the wonky frame was popped up with foam strips and I started adhering my images. They are all attached with a combination of foam squares and liquid glue where they overlap the frame.

For finishing touches on my card, I used a combination of glossy accents and Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to bring interest to various parts of the images.

I was afraid that I would be rigid about the colors I used on these images but it was really fun to color them all in a limited palette that is completely different from anything I’ve previously imagined before.

Also, I just got a new light box to take photos in and tried it out on this card. I’d love to hear what you think about cards on a plain white background versus backgrounds like I typically use with the wood panels, doilies and foliage. I’m trying to find a happy medium and further myself along the way.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Avery Elle – Suns Out Buns Out

Hello again! The week is just flying by! I’m back today with another installment of happy, bright fun from my recent haul of the Avery Elle summer release. Today I’m playing with the mini set with that cute bunny laying on the unicorn floaty. This is so me in the pool. Just laying about, soaking up the sun. Sounds fabulous!

To create this card, I started by die cutting a panel with the Avery Elle Ray die. I used distress oxides in squeezed lemonade, carved pumpkin and abandoned coral on the panel. Then on the white card base I added some wild honey behind where the hole would be. It gave a little contrast for my sunshine. Then I took a panel and inked it up with salty ocean and mermaid lagoon. I cut that panel with the Lawn Fawn ocean wave borders die to give me 2 waves for my scene.

I stamped my image from Suns Out and colored it with my copics. Then I used the coordinating dies to cut it out as well. Instead of stamping the sentiment on a banner or directly on the panel I thought it would be fun to put it in a speech bubble. For this I used the Avery Elle speech bubbles set but the sentiment from Suns Out. Now we moved on to assembly.

The sunny panel is popped up with foam tape and the first wave border is adhered to that with liquid glue. The second wave was added with foam tape and then the bunny was tucked under it with foam squares behind it. The speech bubble was added with foam squares as well.

For finishing touches, I added glossy accents to the bunny’s glasses and nose, unicorn Stickles to the unicorn horn and Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to the “hair” of the unicorn. Last, I thought it would round the design out to add some Lemon Drop Dream Jelly Drop Hearts from Trinity Stamps around the sun.

Such a silly card, but I really love how it all came together. I’ve been inspired by Jenn Bena to try and create a set of different cards with the smaller mini sets and this one might be fun to start with. I’ll be sure to share when I get brave enough to try it out.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Avery Elle – Sea Monkeys

Oh my goodness, I can’t even believe it’s already July! This wacky, crazy year is flying by but at the same time, almost standing still. I’ve really been in the mood for all things summer, bright and fun so today’s card is very fitting.

As soon as the new Avery Elle release was live I hopped on scrapbookpal.com and put in my first order! There were a few that I definitely had to have. Today’s card is actually my daughter’s top pick from that order.

To create this card, I pulled out an old favorite technique – ink smooshing with Tombow brush markers. I did that on a panel and when it was dry die cut it with an Avery Elle panel die. Then I stamped out my images from Monkey Sea Monkey Do and colored them with my copics. I used the coordinating dies to cut everything out and started deciding on final placement.

With that decided, I stamped my sentiment on the panel and adhered all the images with liquid glue. Then I took the bubble images from the set and stamped them throughout in blue ink.

The panel was popped up on a white card base with foam tape. Then, I finished it off with white gel pen accents on the images, unicorn Stickles in the bubbles and glossy accents on the monkey’s goggles.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Coffee Loving Cardmakers – Cool Beans

Hello everyone! I’m up on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog today with this awesome and crazy cool beans birthday card. I was chatting with a crafty friend this weekend and she dared me to go wild and crazy with the Trinity Stamps coffee bean stencil. So I totally accepted and this is what I came up with.

To make this fun card, I started with the background by using Thermoweb transfer gel on the first layer of the Trinity Stamps coffee bean stencil. I let it dry overnight and came back with rainbow shattered glass deco foil. Then I lined up the second layer of the stencil and used black glitz glitter gel on the other half. I just love how this turned out!

Here’s a closer look at the top half of the colors. This is where I pulled the yellow from for one of my coffee cups from the Avery Elle cool beans stamp set.

And then here’s the bottom half where I pulled the blue from for my other coffee cup. I colored those, stamped my sentiments on the sleeves and the clear heat embossed over them. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and moved on to assembly.

I started with a white cardbase, trimmed a black panel to 4 1/8×5 3/8 and glued it down. Then I trimmed the stenciled panel down to 4×5 1/4 and glued it down too. The coffee cups are popped up with foam squares.

It’s a crazy, fun card and I have plenty of crazy, fun friends who would get a kick out of this wild card.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Avery Elle – Peek-a-boo Rainbow

Hello everyone! I thought it would be fun to share a happy rainbow with you today. Goodness knows there’s enough yuck all around right now. We could all use a little happy.

This is a simple card design and it came together fairly quickly but I was sooo excited to pair this new cute peek-a-boo unicorn with the previously released rainbows from Avery Elle!

To make the card, I stamped, colored and die cut my images from Avery Elle Peek-a-boo Fair and Rainbows and die cut them with the coordinating dies. I trimmed down a teal textured cardstock from my stash and adhered it to a card base. Then I stamped the sentiment on the cloud of the rainbows image and popped it up with foam tape. Last, I popped the unicorn up and glued the hooves down on the rainbow.

For finishing touches on this card I added Unicorn Stickles to the unicorn’s hair and Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to the horn and hooves. Last, I glued some red clay hearts around the unicorn and cloud.

This is such a cute card and would be fun to put together so many different ways. I hope it brings someone a smile when they open it!

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Avery Elle – Peek-a-boo Pals Fair Fun

I am BEYOND EXCITED to finally have had the chance to play with the most recent Avery Elle release…specifically more of my beloved Peek-a-Boo Pals! I have had this idea in my head since I saw the stamps at Creativation in January and was so happy to finally put ink to paper and make it happen!

To create this card, I started by inking up a panel with distress oxide inks in mermaid lagoon, peacock feathers and tumbled glass and then die cut it with my slimline dies from Trinity Stamps.

Next, I moved on to stamping, coloring and die cutting all my images from Peek-a-boo Pals Fair and Peek-a-boo Pals! They’re so stinking cute! I just love all these critters!!!

I assembled all the bumper cars with their critters and flags and popped them all up on the inked panel with foam tape. Then I stamped my sentiment along with some fun stars to fill in the open space. I really like the look this gives without taking away from the main images.

I added the panel to a card base measuring 3.5×8.5. For finishing touches I added black glaze pen to the animal’s eyes, glossy accents to the bumper car lights and Stickles to the unicorn’s horn.

This card just makes me smile! I hope you enjoyed it too!

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Peek-a-boo Thanks!

Happy Tuesday everyone! I’m up on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog today with my first post as a design team member. I pulled out those fabulous Avery Elle peek-a-boo pals again and paired them with the awesome cool beans set for this adorable thank you card.

To make it I stamped, colored and die cut my my panda from the original Avery Elle Peek-a-boo Pals set and the coffee cup, sleeve and beans from Avery Elle Cool Beans. Then I die cut the Avery Elle Quilted Frame from gray cardstock and, using that for a guide, inked spun sugar distress ink in the center of my card front. I popped the frame up with foam tape and adhered my cup and panda to that. Using my MISTI I stamped the steam in light gray ink and then my sentiment in black over that.

For finishing touches I added black glaze pen to the panda’s eyes and nose, glossy accents to the coffee beans and white gel pen accents throughout the images.

Last but not least, I added some adorable sweethearts clay hearts from Honey Bee Stamps on the coffee cup and throughout the background. Super cute and easily customizable by changing the critter and sentiment to match whoever your recipient is.

I don’t know if pandas like coffee, but in another life I must have been a panda, and I love coffee so we’ll go with that. Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed today’s card. Have a fabulous day!

Avery Elle – Peek-a-boo Balloon

Hello everyone! Thanks for stopping by today. I hope your holiday was wonderful and you’re recovering from all the excitement! Ours was wonderful and after a few days of cleaning up things are getting back to normal. I was finally able to jump in the craft room and play with some new Avery Elle stamps that I received a few weeks ago. I’m totally crushing on their newest Valentine release!

Today I’ve pulled out my favorite – Peek-a-boo pals – again and paired one with the new Peek-a-boo Balloon for a great birthday shaker card.

I actually started this card by ink blending my background with distress inks – scattered straw, picked raspberry and salty ocean. Then spritzed it with water and set it aside to dry. Next, I stamped, colored and die cut my images from Peek-a-boo Pals and Peek-a-boo balloon. I glued the clouds to the inked panel and started on my shaker.

For that part, I die cut my Plus Frame twice and sandwiched acetate in-between. I scattered some shaker bits to the center of my inked panel, added foam tape to the frame and stuck it down. Then I glued my balloon and monkey to the acetate. For the sentiment I took some vellum and stamped my sentiment in black ink. I cut flags on the ends and sent it through my Xyron sticker maker so no adhesive showed through and stuck it down.

For finishing touches on this super fun card, I added black glaze pen to the eyes, glossy accents to the nose and balloon scallops and finished with Wink of Stella glitter brush pen on one stripe of the balloon.

I love the bright, cheery colors of this card and those peek-a-boo pals will always have my heart. They are so sweet and fun to play with. I love that Avery Elle has started creating things for us to pair them with like this awesome balloon!

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!