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

 

Joyful Christmas Card with Father Christmas Stamp Set

If you have a few more Christmas cards to make before you’re done, this Joyful Christmas card might be the card to finish off your list.

The focus of this Joyful Christmas card is the wreath made with the Father Christmas Stamp Set and the background embossed card stock with the Dynamic Cable Knit Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

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After some basic stamping and coloring with markers, the images are finished in no time. The Layering Ovals and Banners for Christmas and matching dies complete the card front by providing a focal point and even more dimension to please the eye.

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Add the bag of gifts from the Father Christmas stamp set if you have a little more time to color and then hand cut.  For an added touch, which unfortunately is hard to capture on camera without an extreme close-up, use Wink of Stella on the gift bag and berries of the wreath to add some sparkle.

Texture. Dimension. Sparkle.  And it won’t cost extra postage to mail!

Happy crafting!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Cookie Cutter Christmas Teddy Bear

Do you or a family member have a beloved teddy bear?

I had a very dear teddy bear that I buckled into the seat of my first car on the way to my first day at college 4+hrs from home back in 1988.  He was a very fluffy and cuddly teddy bear that I often used as a pillow because he was that soft and large. He had to be washed often so that any allergens were controlled.  After thirty years he could no longer hold up to frequent allergy control laundering and I had to say goodbye.  He will always be missed.

This teddy bear from the Cookie Cutter Christmas Bundle really reminds me of my old bear.

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I was pleased when I stamped the image & achieved the fluffy, furry look my old teddy bear displayed in his great life. This effect occurred because I did not condition the stamp (usually done with an eraser) and I used a very inky Crumb Cake ink pad (which can cause pooling on bold or solid image stamps-especially photopolymer).  It is the exact look I wanted for this bear.

If you want a clear solid image, condition your stamp and do not use an over-inked pad.  If you want this furry bear look and have already conditioned your stamp and your ink pad moisture content is perfect, try inking your stamp and lightly tapping a cotton ball direct to the inked image before stamping.  It takes practice, but can give a nice furry texture to solid image stamps.

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Did you know that here in the USA we have a National Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work/School Day? It is celebrated annually on the second Wednesday of October.  This year that is Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

I have a 7 year-old shih-tzu who would happily drag her teddy bear by the ear to work or school if she had to to go to either of those places, but perhaps you & those you know are not so bold to take your favorite cuddly friend to work or school on this day.  Poor thing might pick up germs or get lost after all.

How else can we celebrate this day?  By sending a teddy bear card tucked away in a child or other loved one’s bag, purse, briefcase or lunch sac.  It might just be the thing that brightens their day.

So, if you have this bundle or another teddy bear stamp in your stash, why not create a cute card and celebrate this holiday?!

Until next time…

-Joanne