Coffee and a card revisited is the name of my weekly Facebook live that I do every Tuesday at 7pm EST. I have another great idea: to share the extra cards that we make at that Facebook live on my blog the following day. This is only the third Facebook live that I have done for the Coffee and a card revisited series and it seems to get better each time. I especially love the interaction between the viewers and myself, and that is often how the other cards come to be. The purpose is to show the cards that we made at coffee and a card as well as any tips and tricks that may have resulted from the class.
The extra cards
After showing the three cards that we also made in the morning at coffee and a card I also like to show something different that may have come to mind after teaching these cards. Creativity truly blossoms when you play, and I like to think of the weekly Facebook live also as play time with my viewers. I took pictures of these cards at night because one of them was given to Rachel’s host mom from France. She has a quirky sense of humour and this card was perfect for her.
When you sprinkle on the pigment sprinkles and then spritz you get a totally different look from when you simply add a drop of water to the pigment sprinkles. It is a lot of fun to show in real life and I think it was quite captivating in the Facebook live video as well. The fairies from the New Wonders set work perfectly with the playful colours in the Pigment Sprinkles.
For these cards the technique is very simple but it is crucial to remember that less is more! I used washi tape to cover up two and a half of the three holes in the pigment sprinkles container. You simply sprinkle a very small amount of three different colours on to your Fluid 100 watercolour paper. I used an old stampin’ mist spray bottle to mist some water on to the sprinkles. Then the magic happens and the pigment sprinkles burst into colour. If you use too much sprinkles then the colours will bleed together and they will also be too dark and concentrated. Ask me how I know that!!! If you missed the Facebook live video, here is the link.
The extra supplies
You might want to know where these amazing words came from and I will be happy to oblige. It was just one of those happy accidents. I knew that I wanted a bold word to really stand out with the colourful background and I immediately thought of a great new bundle called A Wish For Everything. It is a set of 38 cling stamps and 12 word dies.
I really hate that you have to try and read the framelits backwards, so I took a picture of the framelits in the catalog so you can see how versatile this bundle is and how many different combinations you can make. For my cards I used the “happy” framelit and the bold “wishes” stamp.
A Discount Shopper
You may have noticed that this bundle is a pricey one! The very best deal is of course the “starter kit”. Yesterday I heard it described by another demonstrator. She said “become a discount shopper”. How clever is that? If you think of it that way instead of becoming a “demonstrator” it makes a lot more sense and it is also a lot more appealing. Who wouldn’t want to be a discount shopper? You can start by getting this bundle which is $91.75 and putting it in the starter kit. Immediately you save $21 by not paying shipping and tax. In fact you can add another $113.25 in product and you will only pay $135. So exciting!!! I really do hope that you take advantage of this amazing deal before the end of August. The other perk of getting this deal and becoming a discount shopper is that you get to attend Stampin’Up! events. There is a local OnStage in Toronto on November 16 and a big group from my team is planning to go. We have so much fun together and you could be a part of it too. Just click on this link to start this fun journey into savings. The only catch is that you have to live in Canada in order to join my team.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a super day.
Crucial information about pigment sprinkles
Hello stampers! I had a little more fun with pigment sprinkles today and there is a very important tip that you need to know about them. There are too many holes in the lid!! That’s right. While it is wonderful that we no longer have to poke our own holes in the lid to allow for sprinkling, the problem is that the holes are too big and there are three of them. Thankfully there is an easy solution. Cover two and a half holes with washi tape. The pigment is so intense that if you use too much the colour is too dark and the effect is not what you want at all.
Less writing and more showing
My health issues continue with an inflamed tendon in my thumb, so I was told to ease off on blogging. I have made a video for you to show you the cards and the technique. Enjoy!
Here are the videos, and yes, there are two. My phone ran out of storage space and so life happened. Happy Friday everyone.
Hello stampers. Did you know that I am now doing a regular Facebook live every Tuesday at 7pm EST? I am calling it Coffee and a Card revisited since I make all three cards from Coffee and a Card class that morning. I’ve done it twice now and I am really loving it. Last night the third card I made used Pigment Sprinkles. After I showed how I made my original card there was a lot of interaction and suggestions and the result was some different cards which I will share with you today. Facebook live is the next best thing to actually coming to a class. It’s even better when it turns into a play session! Thanks to everyone who joined me last night. If you missed it, you can still catch it here.
First I will show you the card with the three little silhouette children. We decided in class that it was better without the squirrel. He simply didn’t fit the theme or the look. What do you think? The so saffron layer is 3 3/4″ by 5″. You add the tree branch after you put the saffron layer on the blueberry bushel card. Trim off the excess tree by turning the card over first.
The next card uses only the gorgeous grape pigment sprinkles. When I did this one of my viewers immediately spotted the face of a bear. She is so right!!
The next card used two colours of pigment sprinkles, mango melody and granny apple green.
We noticed last night during the Facebook live that the colour of the pigment sprinkles doesn’t first match the colour on the lid. But when you add water the magic happens! I embossed the sentiment in shimmer black embossing powder as well. I wasn’t sure if it work well for words, but it does indeed.
I had made this card at coffee and a card class. Remember that with pigment sprinkles, less is definitely more. For this one I used gorgeous grape, melon mambo and bermuda bay. I love the white space on this card. The sentiment is from the July Paper Pumpkin On My Mind. I matted this one on gorgeous grape for a totally different look.
This last card I have dubbed “engagement” card since it was the result of a suggestion from one of my Facebook live viewers Dianne Bazelmans. She suggested that after sprinkling on the pigment sprinkles and spritzing with water that I drag the block across the paper. I like how it turned out. You do notice that the colours tend to blend together as you go across the page. This girl is swinging before an evening storm. I totally forgot to add the branches but I like it like this as well. I will add a branch later, right now I need to head off to pickleball. I will post it on my Instagram and Facebook for you to check out there.
Thanks ever so much for joining me today. Remember it is the last day for Bonus Bucks today. Spend $60 and get a $6 coupon code to use in August. It’s not huge bucks, but it is a lot better than nothing and it all adds up. Have a super day. (don’t forget to help me out by pinning some of my cards or even sharing this post on social media)
Hello stampers. I love silhouette stamps. They remind me of being a kid for some reason. Silhouette Scenes is a fantastic set that is also available as a bundle with Sweet Silhouettes dies. The dies include a leafy tree branch, a dandelion and three words: inspire, forever and adventure. The silhouettes are a girl pointing to the sky, a boy with a toy airplane, a girl on a swing and a boy looking into binoculars. I used the new shimmer black embossing powder and I really like the look of it.
The first card is an early espresso base with a seaside spray card front. the leafy tree branch is cut from mossy meadow cardstock. The girl on the swing is embossed in shimmer black and the words are stamped in memento black. This is a super simple card but the simple elements make it very striking and elegant.
Do you know how I got the colourful square in the middle of this card? First I embossed the couple in shimmer black embossing powder on a 3 3/4″ by 5″ piece of white cardstock. Then I sprinkled our new Pigment Sprinkles on a clear D block and spritzed the block with water. I then used the block as a stamp and held it on the white cardstock for a minute so that the colours bled together a bit. I used three colours of pigment sprinkles: daffodil delight, mango melody and granny apple green. When it was completely dry I stamped the words in memento black. I wasn’t sure if it would work on our regular whisper white, but it did! It might be even more striking on either watercolour paper or shimmery white cardstock, but this is more cost effective!
This last card deliberately has a child-like feel to it. The images were stamped in Versamark on so saffron then embossed with shimmer black and mounted on a blueberry bushel card. I added a leftover piece of the branch to the bottom corner of the card and added a squirrel from the retired Sitting Pretty bundle. There was no time to see if there was another small creature that I could use instead and I remembered where to find this squirrel so that is how I finished up this card. I’m not sure how much I like it, I think maybe another silhouette stamp might be better. If I come up with a better solution I will share it on my Facebook live on Tuesday at 7pm EST.
We will be making these cards at my weekly coffee and a card class Tuesday morning and I will also show you how to do them during my weekly Facebook live on Tuesday evening at 7pm. Thanks so much for stopping by, as always you can click on the images below if you want to buy those products. I would be most appreciative if you use the host code XBTQ47UR.
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Hello stampers. I squeezed in a little time yesterday to play with the new pigment sprinkles. I would really like to meet someone who doesn’t get dirty when playing with this product! Time was of the essence since I had a class in an hour, so I didn’t get to play as much as I would have liked. Freshly Made Sketches is a website that offers a weekly sketch that you can play along with. I have been wanting to do this for months but simply never got around to it. This might be the card that finally makes it into the challenge! Here is the sketch.
You don’t actually have to use a butterfly for your card but I had a butterfly card in my mind that I have been wanting to make for a while now. I made one similar to this years ago for an event. For this card I used the new pigment sprinkles and I knew I was going to get dirty! I don’t mind getting dirty hands although it is a different story when you ruin your cards by getting ink in unwanted places. I really don’t like wearing gloves, but it is handy to have wipes and paper towels handy to clean up the mess as you go.
This was the first card I made. I was hoping to structure my stripes a bit by using an aqua painter to make a guide for the pigment sprinkles one colour at a time. It sort of worked but I wanted to try it again with less structure. Take a look at the next card and tell me which one is your favourite.
I think I prefer the second card but it is a very loose interpretation of the sketch challenge since my stripes are more fluid. I do love the smoothness of our new watercolour paper. If you cut it in half you get two pieces of 3 1/2′ by 5″. That leaves a nice space at the bottom of the card for your words. These words came from the July Paper Pumpkin On My Mind.
As you can see in the picture, the pigment sprinkles come in six colours. They have a flip top cover under the lid with three little holes already made for you to sprinkle on your wet watercolour paper. I will definitely be doing more with this product, I also think you can use it together with our old Brusho paint crystals. I think I could make it the theme of one of my regular Tuesday night Facebook live videos.
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Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I am going to be having some beach time with Rachel and then some Oma time tonight and tomorrow. That means no time for pdfs just yet. Thanks for your patience!