Saturday, October 2, 2021

Coffee card for October swap

Aloha~

This is the "coffee card" for the October swap. 

I already had this idea when I was making last month's swap card, it didn't take that long to finish it. Only the problem I had was to make a slimline card and have a die cut on the front panel because I only have a regular size die cut machine. So, I had to make the front first and attached it to the card base. Since I decided to do so, I used another color/kind of card stock for the base. But I also didn't want the color of card base to show from the "windows", I attached lighter color card stock for those "windows" first. So basically I have 3 layers for the front of the card, with the look of the one layer. lol. I wanted the tone on tone for the front and I used my NEW versa mark ink! Oh boy, I had my versa mark ink pad for over 20 years (since they first introduced!), and have been reinking it but I just thought it was the time to buy a new pad, and I'm glad I did! Sometimes, just buy a new tool, even the one you have isn't broken, you can tell "new" tool (this case, new ink pad) would do a better job! 😊 Those leaf stamps are from Concord & 9th. The actual leaf die cuts are from Lawn Fawn. As I mentioned in my last blog post, I used "Tis the season for" again. Those cute moose and a fox with coffee cups are from MFT. Oh, and that little pumpkin which I fussy cut was one of the images I had for maybe 20 years...? and I believe it's from CTMH. 


Inside, I stamped MFT's pumpkin, and stamped the Art Impression's sentiment over it. 

I love when I finish the card with the idea in my head, Quick! lol 

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. Tomorrow is "World Card Making Day" but I'll be working...😑 Hope you can enjoy the day of card making tomorrow! 

Love, Eve

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

"Coffee card swap" for September

I got this PSL idea at the end of August but I had too many "ideas" in my head... when that happens, it takes more time to finish the card. ... Anyways, this is the card! I love the font style of Sunny studio's alphabet dies. I "cut (!)" a sentiment stamp in half to get "'Tis the season for" only. I know I would be using this part a lot and this would be easier to ink and stamp. Pumpkin images are from Waffle flowers. Coffee cup dies are from Lil' inker designs. Papers are from Sunny studio and Pebbles. The base card stock is from Lawn Fawn, "canned pumpkin" color. Trying to match the "stitched" pumpkin images, I used MFT's stitched frame die for the card front. Glad that Lil'inker design's coffee sleeve die also has "stitching" to match! 


Inside, the sentiment is from the same stamp set of Art Impressions. I attached the scrap paper from Sunny studio on the bottom. 

I love PSL. Even I've lived in Tropical islands for many years, I still find PSL to be a comforting drink for me 😊 How about you? 

Hope you are having a nice week! Thanks for stopping by my blog today! 

Eve 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Coffee card swap for August, 2021

Aloha~

I recently purchased these "tropical leaf stencils" and "hibiscus die" from Lawn Fawn's new summer release and have been wanting to use them. I was off island in July and finally got home to be able to make a card! I used Distress inks for the stencils, on kraft color card stock from Lawn Fawn, too. Frappuccino stamp is from Lil'inker designs. It's been so hot, and have been drinking lots of iced coffee and Frappuccino! How about you? Those coffee bean's embellishments are from Trinity stamps. "aloha" sentiment is from "dandelion designs". I can't remember exactly where I found this cling stamp but I'm glad I did. 👍 


Forgot to take the picture of the inside before "writing" to the recipient. 



Thank you for stopping by my blog today! Hope y'all are staying safe! 

Hugs, Eve

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Happy Birthday to a Coffee lover!

Aloha~ 

I made this card for a birthday girl in our FB "Coffee card" group. 


I was actually making a similar design INSIDE of another card, but thought, Hmmm... I CAN make another card with this design, so I did! Most of the stamps are from Concord & 9th but I also used two stamps from a local brand. On the back of the package says "Designed in Hawaii. Made in China". They are not high quality photopolymer clear stamps but thanks to Misti, I can stamp a couple of times to get better impression, and I can also use markers to fix it if the stamp images aren't great. I don't think they make dies and I fussy cut the hibiscus on the mug to make it as the design of the mug. Again, I used a couple of mug dies to make it pop instead of the foam tape, because I couldn't decide which color card stock to make this mug design on the front. Not to mention, if you have round designs on the dies, it's harder to cut foam tapes. I colored palm tree and hibiscus stamps with markers to stamp. 

For the background papers, I really love this brown shimmer card stock from Lawn Fawn, and this is the left over from a card I made back in January and wanted to use it. The diagonal stripes background is stamped using Pink Fresh studio back ground rubber stamp. The trend for stamping for last 10+ years are clear stamps but I love rubber stamps when I find a good design 😊

Well, the inks I used for those stripes are something I had for like.. 20 years! You might know and remember "Kaleida color ink pads"! This inkpad line is probably my most favorite. I bought this Cappuccino delight ink pad, USED from a stamping friend 20 years ago. I haven't used it often and still inked pretty well! Back then, "ink blending" wasn't a thing but this pads gave us a chance to stamp, similar to the recent "color blending". 

At last, it was time for me to finish this card, and placed the base cardstock inside of the new Misti. Someone did this to make it easier to line up. I had to make the top panel closer to the right hand measurement, and aha! I could layer it to the side, not center, as I planned and always did! So this is my final card. I love "aha! " moments when I make cards! It's more fun! lol 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Have a nice weekend! Love Eve 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Butterflies...

Aloha~

As soon as MFT released this butterfly stamp set, I had to order. I have seen many butterfly stamps in the past and own some but these butterflies...they reminded me of my childhood. There was a cabbage field near my parents house where I grew up. Every spring, I saw many, 'this' butterflies! My mom told me that because cabbage was very nutritious, they lived there,  ate the vegetable, and became butterflies. For mom, it was a good teaching to her child to "eat cabbage". To this day, I buy and eat a cabbage as often as I can. Here in Hawaii, they sell many Bento box. They even embed the shredded cabbage underneath of other food, like fried fish.

I also fell in love with this 6x 6 "Team Tie-dye" paper pack from Honey Bees. I can make these background with watercolor mediums but I bought this for mostly alcohol ink background paper in the pack. I love to work with water color mediums but not so much with alcohol inks.  This paper pack is full of alcohol ink background papers and they are lovely! But funny that my first card I made, I used "water color" background paper. lol! Apparently I love "water coloring"!😊 I stamped 3 different size butterflies of the kind I used to see when I was a kid, heat embossed one in white embossing powder and another in silver pearl, both from WOW!. And this is my first MINI slim line card. The card size is 3.25" x 6.25". According to the google, the size of mini slime line card can be varied a little... I love the simplicity of these cards, yet, pretty, in my opinion, thanks to the beautiful butterfly design and beautiful paper! 🦋🦋🦋


Unfortunately the smallest butterfly flew away... can't find it anymore... 😓

Thank you for stopping by my blog today! Hope your new week and new month have started out well. 😊 Love, Eve 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Coffee card swap for May 2021

 Aloha~ 

Well, this card may looks familiar to some of you.. Yes, I was inspired by the USPS's newly released stamps (last month)! I was making a different card for this recipient, but I got stuck with the idea of finishing that card after coloring the design. So I took a break from making the card, and started to think of what I would write inside, and I remembered that this recipient was asking for these postage stamps cuz she didn't live in US. So I grabbed the stamps to enclose, and it hit me. I would make a card, being inspired by these stamps! I have more ideas from being inspired by these postage stamps but this is my first! What do you think?   

This is the "inspiration" 😀

I always loved collecting postage stamps, so I have bought a couple of "postage stamp shape" die sets, but haven't really used them before.. I'm happy I could use them! Since this is a slim line card, my huge collection of 6 x 6 pretty background paper wouldn't work, and went through my much smaller stash of larger designer's papers. Well, I found this. I think I had this paper for like 20 years!! LOL! I think the colors and design matched the most among all the larger papers I had. If I didn't find the match, I didn't mind, making one but I like how this paper worked out for this card. 😊 I used the foam tape for the sentiment on the top but used 5 die cut background card stock under "Coffee" sentiment, because it was easier than using foam tape for curved shape, not to mention I couldn't decide which color would be the best for dark brown "coffee" sentiment on top, at first, so I die cut 5 different colored card stock.lol They became in handy! 😊

"Inspiration" is everywhere! Thank you for stopping by my blog today! 
Hope your week has started great! Love, Eve

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy birthday!

I made this card for my Godmother. I usually make birthday cards with birthday designs, like balloons, cakes, etc., but I really wanted to use this new die (add-on) set from Lawn Fawn, and just made it as a birthday card. It's very spring like where my godmother lives now. She told me that they had lots of flowers! I made this as close to how this add-on is originally intended to be used and it didn't take much time to make. I used Lawn Fawn's woodgrain white card stock for this shadow box card base. I used Lawn Fawn's sky blue "watercolor" paper from their paper pack. It's hard to tell from the picture but die cut shimmery card stock from my paper collection with their dies of tree top (with leaves) to make "clouds" as a DT of Lawn Fawn suggested and made a card with. Others are self explanatory. Those lawn and hills are die cut, using Lawn Fawn's papers, too. I'm not really into interactive cards but I really love this Original shadow box die set and their add-on die sets, as well as shaker cards.  



Happy mother's day, to y'all who is a mother. :) You deserve this special day to celebrate for your hard work! 

Love, Eve


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