Sunday, November 21, 2021

Coffee Card Swap ~ November, 2021

This is the card for November. Although it's still hot in Hawaii, the place where the recipient lives is getting cold, so I used Concord & 9th's Turnabout stamp to make the background with sweaters in it, as well as mug cup with steam. For a change, I used Gina K's orange colored paper instead of "white" card stock. The sentiments and mug cup dies were heat embossed with Tim Holts' Distress glaze. I love this product! When it first came out, I made some swatches, but NOT for the colors, but the inks underneath of the glaze. Most of the inks underneath have bled, from a little to a lot. For black, I really don't like to stain my clear stamps but Ranger's archival jet black works the best. 

Inside, I looooove this fox stamp! I used it two years ago, and I had to use it again! There are other animals in this stamp set but I've only used this fox stamp! lol I love coloring the stamped image with colored pencils when the background card stock isn't white/cream, so that's what I used. This is my 3rd PUMPKIN SPICE themed cards this fall! lol YES, I LOVE PUMPKIN SPICE for fall! 😋

Hope y'all are having a beautiful fall! 
A little early but Happy Thanksgiving! 

Hugs, Eve

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Happy Halloween #2!

Happy Halloween! 

The 2nd Halloween card I made this year. I read someone's post saying that she bought more stamps and stamp supplies for the season but ended up not using them all and making cards with those ones she didn't use on the release year, and ended up using in next couple of years. Think of that for a moment, if you've been doing that for 20 years! lol .. Anyways, I bought this Lawn Fawn's stamp set a couple of years ago. I colored them with Copics. I stamped directly to the navy color card base, inside, and used colored pencils to color the moon, stars and clouds. The sentiment is from also Lawn Fawn's stamp set but much older set. I again used the distress embossing glaze over white card stock and black ink for stamping. I'm really liking on how to use the distress embossing glaze! 

The spiderwebs on both sides were die cut from the black shimmer paper, from Lawn Fawn, too. 

Lighting on these photos aren't that great but those spider and webs are much more black and shiney...I found the "pumpkin" button in my stash to finish this card off. 

Hope you all are having a Spooktacular Halloween! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Love, Eve

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Happy Halloween! #1


This is my 1st Halloween card this year. Last year, due to the family emergency, I was out of the state for almost 3 months, and missed entire "fall" season which is my most fav. season to make cards. 

I bought this Haunted houses dies of TH last year. And, I saw the release of the SSS's sky scene making stencil set this summer. I had to use them together for my 1st card! It's always a challenge to work on the "dark" color card stock. Mostly you can use "white" ink underneath and it works much better but sometimes, you can't know exactly what kind of color you would get. For white clouds, they look fine. For the moon, I used 3 different colors and brands of ink pads. For the ground, that was the hardest. I used the "grey" tone ink, starting from the lightest grey. I really like how the color turned out to be. I used stamps from LF's stamp sets (a couple of them) from the past. For the sentiment strip, I recently read the tip on TH's distress embossing glaze. I love the colors, and I've "collected" 12 colors so far, but had never found the chance to use them. SSS sells the white sentiment strips these days, and Nina Marie, one of the DT's at SSS mentioned this. So, I didn't buy the sentiment strips but stamped the sentiment on white card stock, and used the glaze over the sentiment. I love how it turned out! I don't like using Archival inks on clear stamps cuz it usually stains but from my experience, trying several different black inkpads I own, I like the Ranger's Archival black ink for embossing TH's glaze the most.

I couldn't fit a black cat die cut so I place it inside 😊 

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

Love, Eve

I'm playing along in these fun challenges;

Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge ~ Spooky/Halloween *challenge with SSS exclusive products

Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge ~ Spooky/Halloween

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Coffee card for October swap


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! 


Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Coffee card swap for August, 2021


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!


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 

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