Helen and I are joining Amy today to celebrate one of our wonderful Coffee Loving Cardmakers Super Sponsors, A Jillian Vance Design!
I made three cards for today using the But First, Coffee Stamp Set, Grandpa's Glass: Cup of Love Die, and the Star Quilt Die (this one is out of stock right now but you can preorder it or there are some beautiful quilt dies here) Preorder link for the Eight Point Star die... in case you must have it and I think you do... is here.
So here's what I have for you today:
I have always loved this Grandpa's Glass Cup of Love Die. I've seen so many beautiful cards made using it and there are a few up on the Coffee Lovers Blog today! I stumbled upon a cool rainbow watercolor paper pad at Walmart for $5 the other day and I knew it would be perfect with this die.
With this one, the time is in the cutting. I cut it eight times for 7 colors and white. I kept track of my pieces by placing each on a separate envelope after I cut them. (Figured this way, if there were any left I didn't put together I'd slide the pieces into the envelopes). I added the white frame to another white piece of paper first so I'd have something to glue the rest of my pieces to. I used Liquid Glass which works great. It is shiny so if you're not careful you will get a mess and if you use too much your paper will curl a bit when it starts to dry, but I was very careful and just used a small amount... it's such a strong adhesive you don't need much. Another good alternative might be some Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I chose the LG because of the thinner spout and I knew it would be faster.
And love the fun sentiments on the But First, Coffee stamp set! This one was just the right size... didn't want to cover up my stained glass creation!
If you love puzzles, then you'll love this die! And now that I have a formula for my colors, I can make 6 more cards with my leftover pieces! (As long as I didn't lose any...lol!). Hoping to do that this weekend and I just have to cut 6 white (or maybe black) bases... I will definitely share when I do!
And here's my second set of cards:
I've had this Star Quilt Die for a while now and my first thought was to use some pretty flowery shabby chic patterns, but then when I found that pretty paper, I decided to do this instead! I started with a white base that I cut with a stitched background die. I used the Quilt Die to cut a window from the base and then added my base to another base. You could probably just add it to an actual card base, but I like the sturdiness of the three layers.
Then I added my frame. I chose the purple frame first and added my four colors in a pattern to the center star. I was trying to decide how to choose what the outside pieces would be and I noticed I had all of the pieces from when I cut the square window in my base piece and there were those cute coffee beans on the But First, Coffee stamp set and I decided if I made a quilt (or more likely had someone make me a quilt...lol) I would choose some coffee bean patterned material in a cute bright color for sure! And I chose purple beans since my frame was purple and ... well... as you can see I carried on that theme for the main color. And then, just like with my first card, I have lots of pieces to make more:
So... I did... I snuck one more in before I went to work. This one I decided to make green the focus (hmmm.. who should I send this one too?) I'll put the rest of these together soon too!
So, if you didn't already stop at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog and read Jillian's awesome story (she is so young and so accomplished already!) then you need to do so and you can see Amy and Helen's projects too! AND! There is a chance to win a prize over there so of course you need to be sure to get over there!
Thanks so much for visiting and come back soon!