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. . . I am runnin’ around like a chicken with m’ head cut off, and drinkin’ an entire pot of coffee, one of my favorite fruits–ppppppfffffffftttttt!!!– all by me onesie every day!

The worst at multi-tasking, has a gazillion things all going on at the same time right now, one of which is the planning and organization of the event!  I know the stress and long hours NOW, will pay off come that week, in fun and *good* times.  Thanks for the reminders to breathe, ya’all.  {{{{{{mondo group hug}}}}}

If you’re not familiar with Splitcoaststampers, well, it has grown from its humble beginnings to become the internet’s largest stamping community, and an unbelievable resource for all stampers.  Anyhoo, if you’re a Fan Club Member, check out what we’re planning!  If you’re not, well, that week is gonna be *so* much fun–you don’t wanna miss out, do ya’???!!!  C’mon– we’d love to stamp with ya’! *grin*

In the meantime, here’s a fun design to fuel ya’, if you worship the java bean as I do:

Perkup

Tea & Coffee Clear Stamp Set by Crafty Secrets; Patterned Paper from Earthy Paper Pad by Crafty Secrets; Soft Red Textured Card stock by Prism Paper; Brilliance Ink in Graphite Black; Copic Markers; Plaid Liquid Embossing in Clear (similar to JudiKins Diamond Glaze, Ranger Glossy Accents, SU! Crystal Effects, 3D Crystal Lacquer); Red Dotted Organdy by May Arts; Piercing Tool; Uniball Signo White Gel Pen; Sakura Clear Stardust Pen; Slot Punch by Making Memories; Pinking Scissors (Retired) by SU!

Things to note:

  • This very simple/basic layout is actually a very good stand-by, and I should use it more often!
  • Polka dots add nice pattern play with the black plaid, but without being too busy and distracting from the focal image
  • Pinked edges and faux stitching are modest, extra elements that add interest
  • Brilliance Graphite Black (heat set) held up nicely when gone over with the Copic chisel tip.  This is a quick and fabulous way to make a sentiment pop out!
  • Shadow beneath our little Percolator keeps her from appearing "suspended in mid-air".  In other words, it "grounds" her
  • Initially, I used the Sakura Clear Glaze Pen to highlight her base ("skirt"?), but, it doesn’t perform all that well on paper, as it really is meant for non-porous surfaces (acetate/transparency, coated/glossy card stocks, etc.).  But, Liquid Embossing has a much better/higher loft.  I went over the Sakura glaze with it, and next time, I’ll know better:  just go straight to the LE first for optimal results
  • The Making Memories Ribbon Punch Accessory Tips (designed to work with the MM Instant Setter Tool), enable you to punch that slot anywhere on your paper–no reach limitations.  Waaaaay!

Hope these little notations and insights aid you in your own creative play time!

Happy 4th of July, and stay safe out there!

15 Comments
  1. Julie, this is adorable! I love the way you high-lighted the greeting; thanks so much for all the deets, (so I won’t make a mess when I try it!!!).

  2. Oh so cute!! Love this!

  3. Ooooo, that set is SO CUTE. I want! :)

  4. Woohoo, so glad I’m a fan-clubber, this sounds like sooo much fun! And OMG – that little percolater is the cutest thing EVER! I just love this card!!

  5. What an adorable card. I just love your style! The tips thing was very nice…lots of good info there. Thanks!

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