Cards with the Coffee Cafe bundle by Stampin’ UP!

Some days I believe I function because of my morning coffee.  Other days, I’m not sure it helps at all. In either case, I’m a sucker for a good cup of coffee.  I know many people who feel the same way and believe the new Coffee Cafe Suite of products will certainly make some card recipients perk up when they receive happy mail.

Part of this suite of products is the Stamps/Dies Bundle. Being able to stamp and cut the cup, lid, sentiment, cup band, and beans makes this project really easy.  I adore those little coffee beans!

In each of these cards I decided to use the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack (6″x6″) and embossing folders.  I’m a big fan of the embossing which can be achieved from the dynamic textured impressions embossing folders and chose to use both the returning hexagon and new leaves folders for these three cards.

It is important to remember that the sentiments may have a specific shape, in this case meant to fit inside the stamped cup image, but can be placed into another shape as I’ve done in these last two examples. The entire sentiment was not used for the second card either.  In fact, I have cut my stamp apart (carefully with sharp scissors) so that I could easily stamp, “Happiness is a cup of coffee” separate from, “shared with a friend” many times without the fuss.  Keep in mind, I can always put them onto my block and stamp together again, but this way I don’t have to mask or worry about only inking part of the stamp each time I want them separate.

 

In addition to the Petal Garden DSP stack, I used the images from one sheet of the Coffee Cafe DSP to get the pots and little mugs. While you will have to hand-cut (aka: fussy cut) the pot and other images from the designer series paper for this suite, those little coffee cups do have a matching die.  I chose not to use it this day; I didn’t want the small white border and I already had the scissors in my hands.

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Scrapbooking Global Inaugural Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the first ever Scrapbooking Global Blog Hop!  If you have come here from other participants, I hope you are enjoying your journey around the hop and getting as inspired by them as I am. So much talent!

Today I bring to the hop a double page spread of some daily happenings here in my neck of the woods.

My two Shih-tzu girls just love gazing out the window (Yes, I have given over the sofa table to this event) and the critter visitors are their favorites.  This Spring & Summer we’ve had regular visits from these deer. The girls have taken to talking to them and surprisingly they seem to lift their heads and take in the barking instead of running off.

These pages use Memories & More cards which have quickly become my favorite products out of this year’s annual Stampin’ UP! catalog.  I’ve used the Petal Gardens pack for this project because I wanted to add color to the layout. This pack had great stickers for small titles and those fantastic roses which matched the cards and it coordinated well with the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP I used.

All of the cards I used were cut to fit the layout.  Remember you don’t need to keep the Memories & More cards at the given size. Use them just like paper and cut them as needed.

I’ve always liked having a great border punch and the new Decorative Border Punch is a great addition; It softens any layout by taking away some of the focus on those sharp corners.

Of course a great 12″x12″ layout includes a good title with the Large Letters Framelits Dies and the Brushwork Alphabet stamps brings it all together.  Oh, and handwritten journaling… you know others want to see that even if you don’t like your handwriting.

I hope you’ve liked this stop on the hop.  Clicking the Next button below will take you to Christine Alward’s lovely layout.

Until next time…

-Joanne

You can also check out any of these talented individuals from the blog hop:

Blog Hop Participant List:

1. Sharon Dalton

2. Megan Lenske

3. Peta Stephen

4. Lisa Henderson

5. Pam Poli

6. Courtenay Heuston

7. Jessica Brigden

8. Karie Beglau

9. Simone Meye

10. Lisa Gibson

11. Michelle Veller

12. Cheryl Algie

13. Beth Rush

14. Josie Dean

15. Kelly Leese

16. Stesha Bloodhart

17. Virginia Porta

18. Kerstin Klar

19. Joanne Hodge

20. Christine Alward

21. Monika Lenkeit Davis

22. Jenny Hall

23. Lou Kitzelman

 

Balloon Sky Card with Stampin’ UP! products

I dream of taking a balloon ride over the Pennsylvania countryside.  I think it would be so calming and peaceful just like this card.

 

Products Used:

  • Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies
  • Up & Away Thinlits Dies
  • Big Shot
  • Pattern Party Decorative Masks
  • Sponge Brayers
  • Host(ess) stamp set: In the City
  • Cardstock: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, & Flirty Flamingo
  • Ink: Marina Mist, Basic Black Archival, Old Olive, & Crumb Cake
  • Acrylic Block D
  • Paper Snips
  • Tombo Glue
  • Dimensionals

A card design can be inspired by anything you see or dream. Just start creating.

I’ve been looking into that balloon ride and hope to do that soon.

Until next time…

-Joanne