The musings and offerings of a burgeoning greetings master

Monday, February 29, 2016

Mr Cardmaker aka Mr Caffeine

As it turns out, the best way to avoid caffeine crash is just to keep your level on an even keel. Sounds easy enough, right?
The nuance comes when you're able to maneuver well enough to gauge it so you keep energy all day long, but quit at the exact level that just might actually let you sleep a good portion of the night ahead of you.

I have not reached this level of expertise.

I do make cards about coffee and tea (and drinking in general) on occasion.
Like now.
I made this--

Now that I have returned to Stampin' Up and the catalogs that go with that, I have relearned to appreciate the non-standard sized card. A2 is a good friend of mine, but it's time to branch out.

This is a 4 1/4" square card, so my branching out here is more like a "sprigging" out.

So, I'm back to the Balloon Celebration stamp set for my sentiment and stars, with the mug die cut with the Cups and Kettle framelits.
I probably had to trim my last card, so I had the strip of wood grain to play with. Add a fun striped scrap, and there you go. Dare I say "boom!"?

The little steam heart is also in that stamp set. As I remember, it was a bit of an "oh, I don't like that negative space" afterthought.

But wait! There's more!
I made this--

This one is similar to the one I shared last time (scroll down to see that post), but much more colorful, and with a bonus SPOON!
Not too sure about that washi tape bow...It'll fly, but I don't know that I'd do it again.

I did some playing around with the depth of the elements and I used my stylus tool to press some depth into the bowl of the spoon. That didn't photograph as well as it could, though.

I did sneak in a second stamp set on the blue cup in order to do the dots. I gotta mix it up--that's how I roll...

SO many more possibilities with these stamps and dies. I do love it when I have great tools with an amazing amount of flexibility.(Wait until I show you the balloons! All with the same stamp set!)

But, I have one more cups card to share. Stay tuned!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
All Best--


  1. Love them both, but my favorite thing is the little wood "table". So completely understated, but you know exactly what it is. thanks for sharing.

  2. Love your cards!!! I was cruisin' through the Stampin' Up catalog, saw a few things I think I
    *need....I'd like to order it through you but not sure how. Is there a direct link?

  3. Beautiful cards Richard! I love your colors, the pretty patterned papers and those cute cups! Let me know if you get the caffeine thing figured out! ;)

  4. Great cards! Love the bright colors, especially of the second one - but that striped background paper on the first one is a winner, too!

  5. Well look at you.. not one but TWO amazing cards! Love the contrast of the first with the second. The coffee cup with the stars and striped background seem so masculine, and the tea with the pastels, floral paper and bow so feminine! Great contrast! Funny when I make things for men I pull out the stripes and chevrons, and for women always scallops and floral.


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