Cards from Echo Park “Coffee” Line

March 20, 2019

Let’s talk cards…..

I follow some amazing people on instagram and blogs that make incredible cards. The stamping and coloring are so skillfully created, I look forward to their posts, enjoying each creation. However, I have known since second grade my coloring skills are just not up to snuff! As much as I would like to think I can create cards such as these, part of knowing yourself is appreciating your limitations.

Which is why when Echo Park came out with their Coffee line last fall, I knew I had to get it. Lately, the only time I get together with some of my friends is over a quick cup of coffee. Our meet ups are done by text so I thought this line would be perfect to make cards and send them for a change.

I needed the cards to be quick and easy but still have a handmade touch. The cut apart pages and solid matching papers were perfect for my needs. I also used the Echo Park Coffee designs uploaded to the Silhouette Design Store for a print and cut embellishment.

Using two short blocks of time I divided the cutting and assembly into each. In the first block, I cut the card base out of the solid pink/teal matching cardstock for a finished size of 4 1/4 by 6 1/4. Then cut the 4×6 and 4×4 Journaling cards. Along with white cardstock blocks for my handwritten note and downloaded the print and cut. (If you have questions about print and cut leave me a note in comments. It is one of my favorite features of the cameo.)

In the second block of time, about a week later was assembly. I found some enamel dots from my stash to add a little shine on the front and inside and I cut my print and cut. If I put the two blocks of time together I think it might have been a little over an hour to design, cut and assemble these fairly simple cards. I love how these three cards turned out. Simple but fun and easy to create. Let me know what you think.

Here is the Supply list:

  • Echo Park 12×12 Coffee “4×6 Journaling Cards” – 3 sheets
  • Echo Park 12×12 Coffee ” 4×4 Journaling Cards” – 3 Sheets
  • White Cardstock for print and cut and writing space – (2) 8.5 by 11 sheets
  • Silhouette Cameo for Cut and Print
  • Silhouette Design Store Echo Park Coffee bouquet
  • enamel dots

Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate all your likes and comments.

Until next time…..


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St. Patrick’s Day Shaker Card

March 7, 2019

California is seeing record amounts of rain and snow pack this year. While it is dreary it does make for a beautiful green spring filled with surprises, I have plants and vines from years ago reappearing. All the green outside is inspiring me to create something for St. Patrick’s Day.

I was thinking a shaker would allow me to play with the pretty Prickled Pear Green and Rose Gold (more like old gold) sequins. Along with new heart dies to make confetti and a new shaker set. I was out of luck in finding any St. Patrick’s theme in my stash or local stores, but luckily I found some old Bo Bunny Double Dot in my stash and set to work.

As I sat down to create the shaker, I had forgotten my technique. After dumping a full shaker everywhere on my first attempt, I grabbed another cup of coffee and picked sequins off my dog’s back, she is a great foot warmer. I remebered to make a pile of the filling on the base paper first. Then cover it with the adhesive backed shaker piece followed by layering the piece with the die cut opening on top. To cover the cut edges and mechanics, I cut two larger hearts out of a gold textured paper (a new favorite) and the green mirror card.

Finally with a little experiment in hand lettering tall letters with doodling and making clovers out of hearts topped with black sequins, I was done.

If you are interested, here is my supply list along with resource links:

I would love to see what you are creating for St. Patricks’s Day or Spring so please leave a link in the comments so I can visit. Thank you for checking out my card.



Kindergarten skills, Birthday Cards a‚Äčnd fun.

March 1, 2019

My Kindergartener’s teacher is having a birthday this month. My son, who loves using stamps, wanted to make a card.  For the last couple of nights we have stamped, colored and die cut. We finally came up with this card.

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We used a new stamp and die set from Stamps of Life by Stephanie Bernard along with her ink pads and matching pens. My son loves lots of bright colors, so I pulled out an old paper pack from Bo Bunny “On the Go” to bring out all his colors. He wanted it to look glossy and “painted” so we added Glossy Accents.  The banners are cut from an older Sizzix set of birthday dies and stamps, but the sweet little goodies are all part of the Ice cream Truck set.

A couple of details… I used the detail die on the stamped image and layered it to a second one to minimize curling with the glossy accents. Then cut a “shadow” piece of the truck to pull it out from the busy background as well as dimensional tape. The little cloud of exhaust was fussy cut from the paper collection that had airplanes in the clouds.

While the card is not what my picky self would give, my son’s proud expression as he shared it with his older brothers makes it my favorite project yet!

Here is our Supply list:

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