Thursday, 1 February 2018

Charming Cafe

Hello, Crafters. 

Yesterday I was very thrilled, and so very surprised when I was shown the list of the Top One Hundred Card Making YouTube Channels on the Planet, and saw that I'm number 32! 

The criteria used when this list is compiled is the number of subscribers, video views, and video uploads; the quality and consistency of the videos; the YouTube search ranking, and the Freespot editorial team's objective and subjective review.

I'm taking this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to each and every one of my YouTube subscribers, because this is your award, too! 

For today's card I chose to use Tempting Turquoise again. 

When I used it several day's ago, I stamped and coloured the flowery image with the "Happy birthday to you" sentiment, from the Label Me Pretty Stamp Set, but didn't use it. 

My plan for today's card was to use the image, but I didn't have any idea how.  

I started with a card base of Tempting Turquoise Cardstock (CS), with a layer of Whisper White CS inside and out, and a top layer of Tempting Turquoise CS.

I started to have a look through my Stamp Reference File (SRF), and stopped when I reached the Charming Cafe Stamp Set.

I wondered if the Label Me Pretty image would fit inside the oval, and, as there's only one way to find out properly, I went for it!

I took a piece of Whisper Whitre Cardstock, and stamped the image using Basic Black Archival Ink. 

Next, using our Marker Pens, I coloured the flowers and leaves with Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight. 

Using the co-ordinating die from the Cafe Builder Framelits Dies, I die cut the oval

played around with the two images I was hoping to use, and couldn't come up with an idea where they did work together well!

So I went back to my SRF, and started looking for a sentiment that would fit inside the oval comfortably. 

The best I found was the "Happiest of birthdays to you" from the Birthday Blooms Stamp Set. 

I decided to heat emboss the sentiment on the top Tempting Turquoise CS layer, using Whisper White Embossing Powder.

After preparing my Stamp-a-ma-jig, I measured the layer to find the exact centre, and, after wiping the cardstock with my Embossing Buddy, stamped the image in Versamark. 

After I'd heat set the image using my Heat Tool, I adhered it to the Whisper White CS layer.  

I laid the oval over the image and happened to notice ther there are two dies in the set that die cut just the flower elements of the oval!
Next I stamped another image, colour it as before, and die cut them as single strips of flowers.

I started playing with different arrangements until I had one of the separate strips of flowers under the flowers on the lower curve of the oval, but the other way round. 

As soon as I saw it, I thought it looked like a Faberge egg! I wonder if you thought that, too? 

It was such a definite reaction for me, I went and asked hubby what he saw when he looked at the card, 99% certain he would also say a Faberge egg! 
You can imagine how deflated I felt when he said he saw a wishbone! Grrr!

Next I attached the die cuts using Mini Dimensionals, and adhered the top two card layers together.

To fill the space at the top, I tied a piece of our Whisper White Organza Ribbon round, and tied in a bow at the front, and then adhered it to the card base.

I also adhered the second Whisper White layer inside the card, and decorated the bottom with two more single strips of flowers.

I was hoping to use just one strip because that's what I had leftover, but it looked lost on its own, so I stamped, coloured and die cut one more single strip of flowers. 

A clean and simple card which I now think would have made a brilliant shaker card! 

Thinking aloud, I'm not sure if I could get the Foam Adhesive Strip under the the non-flowery part of the oval. 

I'm back off to the drawing board to see if I can work this out, and if I'm successful, this might be Sunday's video! Watch this space!
That's it for today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting!  



  1. First of all a big congratulations to you on being no 32 that is wonderful, you must be so proud and happy after all it didn't just happen, you worked hard for it, Love the card have not had a go with that set yet it's sitting waiting, now having seen yours i will get going

    1. Hi, Kaye. Many thanks for your congratulations. I didn't know this list existed! I haven't used the Charing Cafe in all it's glory yet....but I will do! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.