CASEing a Coffee Card

I hit up the catalogue this week for a card using the Coffee Cafe stamp set.

Do you ever use your catalogue for inspiration?

CASEing refers to “Copy And Share Everything” or “Copy And Selectively Edit”.

When I first joined Stampin’ Up!, the Annual Catalogues were marketed as ‘ideas books’.  And it’s such a good description.

The pages are filled with ideas for colour combinations, layouts, techniques & other ways you can use your Stampin’ Up! supplies.

This gorgeous photo shows so many ideas for the Coffee Break Suite…

Coffee Break Designer Series Paper

Cards inspired from the catalogue can either be a direct copy of what you see, a mix of elements or a starting point for your own creation.

Coffee Break | kelly kent

My finished card used the layout at the right of the catalogue photo, the DSP background from the card above it and added some copper heat embossing & woodgrain textured embossing (which I have realise as I write this, is not longer current!).

Coffee Break | kelly kent

If you already love using the catalogue for inspiration, or if it’s a new concept to you, you might want to join our CASEing the Catty Facebook page.

Each week we select a catalogue category or theme and set a challenge for you to ‘CASE’ the catalogue.

I find my best creations often come out of challenges!

Be inspired!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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Coffee Break DSP – Spinner Card

It’s no secret that one of my favourite products from the new catalogue is the Coffee Break DSP!

The colours are fabulous, the patterns are amazing and it has a coffee theme – people love coffee!!!

There’s an extra little bonus for this DSP… the little coffee cup framelit from the Coffee Cups Framelits set coordinates with the DSP!!!

Coffee Break DSP | Images © Stampin' Up! ®

The uniformity of the die to cut out the coffee cup (and the cuteness) makes it the perfect centrepiece for a card with a spinning element.

Coffee Break Spinner Card | kelly kent

We had so much fun making this card during today’s class.

I shared how to put the spinner together – and then they can just change up the centrepiece at home to create any kind of spinner they want (or anything that fits in the circle!).

Coffee Break Spinner Card | kelly kent

See it in action, thanks to the lovely wind that’s blowing through this afternoon!

 

Does the new Marbled Background stamp remind you of a swirl on the top of a mug of barista coffee?  I thought it worked well for this card!

I love it when I can match products from different parts of the catalogue!!

Coffee Break Spinner Card | kelly kent

 


After cutting up the the sheet of DSP for all the little coffee cups, I had lots of other coffee shapes.

Look how cute they look lined up on this quick & easy card…

Coffee Break DSP | kelly kent

Yes, I truly love this DSP!!!

Coffee Break DSP | kelly kent

Love the Happy Birthday stamp?  I’m  always on the lookout for great ‘happy birthday’ options.  This one is a great size, all on one line and a solid font.

You can find it in the World’s Best Trophy stamp set along with 52 other awesome stamps!!!


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Stamp Review Crew – Coffee Cafe

Hello!  What does this lovely Monday hold for you?

It’s week one of the winter school holidays here, so we are having fun between showers, rugging up against the cold and spending some quality time inside!

Winter weather is always a great excuse to put on a movie and spend some time at the craft table as well – so there’s been some of that too!!!

I’ve been busy over the last week putting together not one, but four cards for today’s Stamp Review Crew blog hop featuring the Coffee Cafe stamp set, together with the coordinating Coffee Cups Framelits dies and wonderful Coffee Break DSP.  This suite is great for all occasions!

Prepare to be dazzled as you zoom around the world on a coffee filled adventure with some surprises along the way!

The hop goes around in a circle, so you may have already visited the gorgeous Twila Davis in the US!  The link at the end of this post continues the hop for you – to Bronwyn Eastley, a lovely demonstrator in Tasmania who I love to be able to call a friend!


I initially had a difficult time brewing ideas for this hop (pun intended!) but once I got started, they just flowed!

I’ve kept with the suite colours & overall theme for these designs – I just love the DSP!!!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

Here’s all the cards in more detail – warning, lots of photos to come!!!

The first card is a lovely generic sentiment card that would be perfect for any number of occasions.

It really highlights how awesome the DSP is!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

And features one of the great sentiments in the stamp set.

I love that it fits in the belly band – which makes it easy to add!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

Did you spy those cute little cups on either side of the main coffee image?  They are fussy cut from the DSP – endless possibilities!


The next card has a hard-hitting statement… because you know if someone loves you  more than their coffee, it’s got to be a lot!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

The “I Love You” is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set – the font is a lovely compatible match for the “coffee” wording which I’ve stolen from the large sentiment in this stamp set.

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

I tried a few different lettering options for the ‘more than’ text and in the end I decided that my handwriting emulated when the cafe writes your name on the takeaway cup.

During my collating ideas process, I tried to come up with a card that used the name writing on the coffee cup idea in a funny way – you know, like “Stephen with a ph”… I’m still working on it!


Card #3 is my favourite… I think!

I’ve seen this idea on coffee mugs and thought it went well with the ‘life happens’ sentiment.

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

We all have that friend who {does not} function until they’ve had their first coffee of the day?!?!  Maybe you live with one?

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent


And the final card is a cello bag shaker card – because those little coffee beans are too cute!!!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent

I love a good pun – so the ‘thanks a latte’ sentiment tickles my fancy!

Stamp Review Crew - Coffee Cafe | kelly kent


That completes my set of Coffee Cafe cards for today’s blog post.

For more inspiration, click the next button to visit the amazing Bronwyn Eastley in Tasmania – I know she has something wonderful to show you the possibilities this set holds!

If there’s any broken links, or you’d like to visit the main Stamp Review Crew blog – click here for a full participant list.

Thanks for joining us today!

Just Add Ink #366 – Add “A”

Welcome to another week of Just Add Ink.  So many lovely entries – thanks so much to all the artists that join the challenges each week!

We’ve got another wonderful theme just week – add “A” as suggested by Tina.  “A” is a great letter – it offers so many options!

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I have used “A” for {APPRECIATION}.

One of the stamp sets that caught my eye in the new catalogue was the ‘World’s Best Trophy’ set.  I loved the huge variety and number of personalised sentiments it offered – 53 stamps in all!!!

As it turns out, the generic sentiments make a great card of appreciation!

JAI #366 Add "A" for Appreciation | kelly kent

I used the ‘world’s greatest’ to stamp the background in a repetition pattern, offsetting the line spacing so that it reads across as well as down.

And then I used the ‘you’re the’ & ‘best’ stamps to create a focal point using banners to make it award or medal like in keeping with my theme!

JAI #366 Add "A" for Appreciation | kelly kent

And yes, using Coffee Break DSP again – I just love it!!!


Since the first card worked out so well I thought I’d make another in more girly colours.  I have so many women in my life that I am appreciative of – so this is for all of you!!!

JAI #366 Add "A" for Appreciation | kelly kent

More lovely DSP – this time using the Bundle of Love DSP.  Pink on one side, gold on the the other!!

As with many of my card designs, I made it ‘same-same-but-different by not only changing the colours, but flipping the layout into landscape mode.  It’s a great way to create a new card with little extra design time.

JAI #366 Add "A" for Appreciation | kelly kent

If you’d like to “Just Add A”, then please link your card to our challenge blog and add a photo to our link up.  Each week we select a winner and 2 honourable mentions.

We love seeing what you create and I’m constantly inspired by the talented crafters that join us for the Just Add Ink challenges.

You can also find the full gallery of design team cards on the Just Add Ink blog!

Until next week, be amazing, awesome & artistic!!!


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Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – Embossing Paste

Hello Sunday!  I’m delighted to be hopping again this month (4th Sunday) with the Stamping Sunday Design Team.

Today, it’s all about the embossing paste – and you’re going to love the range of ideas we’ve got for you.

To see more of the design team projects, click on the little blue frog for the full link up list.

I love this new product so much that I’ve already finished one tub and I’m waiting for my new one to arrive.  It’ll be here just in time this week to try some of the design team ideas.

As well as embossing paste, there’s also tools for easy application & a pack of 4 decorative masks.

Although on first glance embossing paste is quite simple and is used to emboss the paste through a mask to add texture, there are lots of different adaptations you can make to increase the variety of looks the paste creates.


The first card I’m sharing today uses reinkers to colour the embossing paste and a mask made from the Eclectic Layers die.

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

You can transform the paste from white to any Stampin’ Up! colour by adding a couple of drops of reinker to the embossing paste.

I love that the paste gives a really even colour across the whole pattern.  I always get caught when sponging with that one really dark patch!!!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

To colour the embossing paste:

Dollop a teaspoon of the paste on your silicone craft sheet, drop on 1-3 drops of reinker (depending on the intensity of colour you want) and mix with your palette knife.

Working on the silicone mat makes for a smooth working surface with an easy clean up.  If you don’t own one of these already, then you’ll want to add one to your collection.  I also use mine for hot glue work and have recently heard that they are a great underlay for stamping.

Although I could have easily used one of the Pattern Party masks, it was great to be able to create a different background for this card to suit the fabulous style of the lady!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

You can create a mask from any die that has a pattern to it – or a an interesting solid shape.


I’m so excited to show you my second project….I heat embossed the embossing paste!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

I tried this a few ways with the reindeer from Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits, including using a stencil.

In the end I found it worked best when I cut the reindeer out of cardstock, placed on my silicone mat and covered it completely with embossing paste, before layering with embossing powder.

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

I then gently moved it off my silicone mat and heat embossed it with my heat tool.  The embossing powder bubbles & cracks and creates a fabulous finish that I liken to the crinkly foil on chocolate wrappers!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

In the process of my embossing experiments, I ended up with 2 reindeers – a gold & silver version.  You could do this with any metallic embossing powder you own.

And there’s a whole world of experimentation for non-metallic embossing powders!

The first reindeer card using the gold embossing is texture filled!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

As well as having my heat embossed reindeer, I’ve also added embossing paste to the base layer using the diamond decorative mask – and then stamped over the whole layer with the new Music Sheet background stamp.

This is another great feature of the embossing paste – you can stamp directly onto it!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

The second reindeer card is much simpler (and more my usual style!) with a base of gorgeous Coffee Break DSP and the heat embossed reindeer as the focus.

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent

Here’s a close up of the embossed reindeer in silver.  As you can see, it’s not important to get a totally flat finish on the embossing paste – it all adds to the texture!

Stamping Sunday - Embossing Paste | kelly kent


That’s all from me today!

If you’d love to see more embossing paste ideas, click on the blue frog to bring up the list of wonderful demonstrators around the world from the Stamping Sunday design team that are sharing their ideas, including our guest hoppers Sarah Fleming & Tanya Boser!

Thanks for visiting!  Have a fantastic week!