Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee!

Good afternoon everyone and "Happy Hump Day"! We're over Wednesday lunchtime, which means it's downhill to the weekend ...... wheeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

I know I don't usually do mid-week posts (unless I'm GDTing) but I'd been toying with this card in my mind. And then yesterday, a whole host of challenges popped up in my blog reader and crystallised my thoughts. So this morning I went for a run (OK, if you'd seen me it was more of a waddle ... and then I bumped into 2 students from school, waiting to be picked up to go to their college course; I was looking puce and sweating buckets! Heaven only knows how many sniggers and giggles I'll face tomorrow!) and then went to my yoga class. Came back at lunchtime, knuckled down ... and here's the result of this afternoon's labours:




My card recipe is as follows:

  • Base Card - pre-made Kraft Card Blank in A6 size
  • Design Papers - are from a kit called Comforts of Home by Summer at Summertime Designs.  (I think that's quite appropriate given the image and sentiment don't you!) The bottom layer is called Large Dots Paper and the top layer is called Red Chevron Paper
  • Image - this lovely image was a digi freebie on The Alley Way Stamps Blog in November 2012
    (unfortunately it is no longer available) and I believe it was drawn by Alison Spelman - can't you just smell the coffee? I looks like it probably is now part of a stamp set called Breakfast Club. I die cut around the digi using an oval die before paper piecing it - my TOP TIP here is to make sure your scissors don't have any sticky residue on them which could wreck your fiddly cutting, give them a clean ... I find that a bit of cotton wool soaked in nail polish remover does the trick (and it doesn't involve rummaging in "himself's" shed for the white spirit either!!!!!) The bottom layer and handle are from Small Dots Paper (Comforts of Home kit), the band reminded me of a wrapper you get with a take-away coffee so I paper pieced this from a sheet of Kraft Card and then the heart shape was printed on Red Dots Paper (Comforts of Home kit) - once the heart was stuck on the other layers, I gave it a slick of Glossy Accents to highlight it. I finished the oval off by hand drawing some faux stitching in my metallic Bronze Gel Pen.
  • Sentiment -  is by one of my favourite "sentimentalists" and that is Paulette from Create with TLC. This was a recent freebie on her blog ... thank you Paulette. I have put the sentiment into a speech bubble from the Speech Bubbles set, a freebie from Squigglefly. Again, this came under the spell of my trust metallic Bronze pen, and came out the other side with some faux stitching on!
  • Ribbon Slider - is made from a length of satin ribbon in sage green and a faux button. This was made from 4 circles punched from Kraft card using my 1.5 cm circle punch which were stuck together, had 2 holes punched through and then slicked with glossy accents which was allowed to dry before threading my ribbon through.
So there you have it - and I'm quite pleased with this afternoon's work! Now I've just got to put the shopping away and cook tea, oh and hide the evidence of this afternoon's crafting session and pretend I've been doing housework :o) !!!!!!!!!


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Whatever you're doing this afternoon/evening, have fun!

Hugs, Helen x

20 comments:

  1. Fabulous card Helen and yes I think I can smell the coffee! Susan x

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  2. Such a sweet creation, the sentiment is very clever. Love your top tip.... after all who wants to rummage in 'his' shed!

    Thanks for sharing with us

    Lin
    Crafty Cardmakers

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  3. Hahah, great card. I need this sentiment for my hubby! He's a coffee-holic!
    Hugs
    Annette
    xx

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  4. What a very pretty card - I'd like to wrap my hands around that nice warm cup right now - it's very windy and cool here! Thanks for joining us at Squigglefly.

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  5. Very nice card, I love the paper combination you used.

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  6. brilliant card helen and WTG girl with the running - keep it up! Love it xxx

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  7. Very cute card. I love your choice of papers and the stitching line on the oval. Thanks for playing in Squigglefly's challenge this week!

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  8. Gorgeous card Helen that coffee smell lovely.
    Hugs Julie xxx

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  9. I'm pretty sure I can smell the coffee! Nice take on the inspiration photo! Thanks for joining us at the TAWS BE Inspired challenge!

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  10. Helen, this is such a sweet little card! I love the stitching around your image & sentiment! The ribbon & button are perfect embellishments!
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Crafting For All Seasons in our Stitching challenge!
    Good Luck
    Hugs
    Dawn xx

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  11. Lovely card, thanks for playing along with us at Crafty Cardmakers. Good luck! Sharon x

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  12. Adorable card!! SO cute~Thanks for playing with us at Squiggle Fly!
    Carolyn

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  13. The mix of patterns and bright colours are so fun and suit the whimsical image so well. The paper pieced cup is adorable. Love the sentiment, too. Thanks for joining our Add Some Doodling challenge at Craft Your Passion this week. I hope we see you again soon.

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  14. Looks great with the paper piecing! Wonderful mix of patterns and the "dots" are perfect for the LMMS dot challenge - thanks for joining us!

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  15. Hi Helen, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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  16. This is great! I love that image! The dots are perfect! Thanks for joining us in the Squigglefly Polka Dot Challenge!

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  17. Love the layout of this card! Thanks for joining in at Just Inspirational challenges! Melissa DT

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  18. This is such a fun card! I love the paper piecing.. and the dots are so perfect! I am out and about checking out blogs.. thanks for letting me peek at yours, and for trying out for the TAWS DT. :) I will be in touch soon.. HUGS -Ali

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  19. Super card Helen, great colours. Thanks for sharing with us at Little Miss Muffet this week, good luck and hope to see you again soon! Pami x

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  20. Lovely card Helen love the Top Tip too! Thanks for Playing along with us this time at Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, hugs Samantha :0)

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Helen x