A little bit about the Chemex and the kettle. The Chemex is a great way to make your coffee if you really want a nice cup of coffee. It has a special multi layer paper filter that takes out a lot of the bitterness of the coffee. If you are really into your coffee I highly recommend it. It is not for those who drink half a pot a day but more for a person or two to have one really nice cup of coffee. The special kettle is called a goose neck kettle and really helps with control while pouring the water over the coffee which is important for this style of coffee making. The kettle is not absolutely necessary but does make a difference. My poor electric coffee maker is sad since I have not used it for several months since using the Chemex.
I made this card as a thank you for someone that gave us a great coffee maker. As you can see above I love the Chemex. It took me making many different backgrounds to get to this one. So those are saved for other projects.
The background is “water colored” with Distress Ink Vintage Photo. I put the ink pad direct to my non-stick mat and sprayed water on it and then put the already misted watercolor paper down on it. That is also what I did for the blue strip. I used a stamp from the HA set called Not Perfect (CL698) to make the coffee rings. The sentiment is from the Stampin Up stamp set Regular Joe from a few years ago.
For the strip I water colored it as mentioned above with Broken China. I used a Stampin Up stamp called Regular Joe to stamp the coffee beans.
The circle I cut with a Spellbinders die called Big Scalloped Circles (S4-250). I seem to like the bigger scallops rather than the smaller ones. The coffee cup is heat embossed and also a stamp from the Stampin Up set. I colored the cup with Copics. The edge of the circle is inked with Quick Quotes ink called Mocha Mama.
I made this card with several different products. The background is Quick Quotes paper from the 49 Shades of Grey line. The fence is punched out with a Martha Stewart punch. The pumpkins are Hero Arts stamps from set Faces for Halloween (LP362). The mouths and eyes on the pumpkins are filled with a yellow gold glitter from Martha Stewart. A Quickie Glue pen worked really slick to fill in the mouths and eyes to glue the glitter on without getting the glue all over. The sentiment is a rub-on from Little B. The moon is cut with a circle punch from Quick Quotes paper and inked with Quick Quotes Peach Tree Powder Puff ink. The bat stamped with Colorbox Black Lava pigment ink.
I liked the ingredients in The Juice Junkie’s Master Juice recipe so I decided to try it. I do not have a juicer so I made it in a Ninja blender. It tasted really good but much thicker than a juicer would make. Here is a link to her blog. It’s a nice balance of veggies to fruit. I prefer that to all fruit.
I love all things Halloween except the gory stuff. To be honest I pretty much copied this card close to exactly. The card was in a Card Creations magazine from 2010 (Volume 8) page 79. I really like these magazines and I have almost every one of them. Now when I look at them I recognize some of the designers names from following card making the last couple years. Anyway… I had all the paper from Basic Grey to make this so why not. The top and bottom strips and the moon are cut from the Basic Grey paper called Eerie. The house and the circle strips are from a sticker sheet also Eerie. The differences are I stamped my sentiment and in the magazine she used letter stickers and it said Trick or Treat. The other difference is she used a sticker that had the moon and a witch. I punched out the moon and stamped the bat on it. I really like this line of papers.
This is a card I made for my hubby for his birthday. The background is stamped with an Impression Obsession stamp called Wooden Plank and some Quick Quotes ink if I remember correctly. The scallop circle is cut out with Spellbinders die Classic Scalloped Circles from kraft paper. The edges of the card base, the background, the circle and the owl are inked. The cute owl is cut out with a Tattered Lace die called Baby Owls. There are 3 owls in the set and they are super cute. The owl is also inked. His eyes and the squiggly’s on his chest are highlighted with a gold Wink of Stella pen. The greeting is cut with an Elizabeth Crafts die and is dark blue which is kind of hard to tell in the photo.
Lisa’s Scramble in Flickr today was Sparkle, Shimmer and Shine along with either Christmas or winter. I was struggling some trying to do something with a tree and it just wasn’t working. So I decided to use the ornaments. I like the way it turned out in the end. If you have never joined in on a Scramble it is a lot of fun.
For the background I used a Hero Arts stencil called Swirl and sprayed that with Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine spray. I stamped the Hero Arts ornaments, from set Decorate Your Holidays, on kraft paper. I used some red embossing powder along with a little glitter to give them sparkle and heat embossed from the under side. For the hangers I wrapped gold ribbon around the top of the ornaments and then also used that for the hanger. The hard part was getting the red line tape to cooperate with the ribbon. The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Decorate Your Holidays which I heat embossed with red.
This was hard to photograph because of the sparkle and shine so here are two different photos of the card.
I patiently waited for birds to land in the bird feeder and got some decent photos today. The barbecue and some books became the stand for my camera so I could sit behind it on a stool and wait for the right moment. Not bad for a point and shoot.
I had a great time at the Quick Quotes Mini Reserve in Dublin/Pleasanton, CA which lucky for me is very close to where I live.
I was starting to plan to go anyway with my friend and I happened to win a ticket to go to it. I was super excited to win a ticket and they gave me money off my friends ticket. This is the first time I have been to a Quick Quotes Reserve. After going I would definitely pay to go again.
During the 2 day weekend event we got a 12×12 scrapbook album, a smaller album, a flip album (on a stand). We created/worked on 11 double layouts, decorated the flip album, and decorated a smaller album. We also got a few extra kits to make a card, a mini book, and one more single page layout. My friend and I each won two prizes. One of the prizes was a cute little container for your tools. Also Canon was there and you could print some photos for free on their photo printers. The largest was 13×19 and a very nice print. I just printed a few 4×6 photos from my phone which came out nice.
Quick Quotes is very generous with all the different things we got during the class. The teacher was very good and was very familar with all of the projects and figured out alternatives for a few to alter how they put things together. All of my kits were complete with nothing missing or incorrect. The projects were all very nice with some fun different things to add to scrapbook pages. I pretty much loved all of the color schemes for the paper lines.
I was just so impressed by all the things we got and everything was very organized. If you are a scrapbooker I would highly recommend go to a Mini Reserve (2 days). They also have a 3 day reserve.