Use Up Scraps & Create a Matchbook Coffee Card

Do you collect paper scraps in your craft space? Near my desk, I have a plastic bin full of bits of paper that cry out to be used on a project, so this weekend, while the boys installed my sprinkler system out front, I dug into the bin and used a few paper bits on a Happy Morning matchbook coffee card.

This card was created using the parameters from last Friday’s Craft Roulette challenge. If you have not had a chance to enjoy the show, I suggest you head on over to their YouTube channel and set yourself a reminder. Each week is full of inspiration and crafty comradery.

This week challenged me a little. The base of the card needed to be a matchbook design which is something that I had never tried before. I have been challenged twice this month by Craft Roulette with some new fun folds and it stretched me and expanded my crafting potential. Here are the parameters from Episode #66.


To create this card design, I started with a 4.25″ x 11″ base cut from Kraft paper onto which I created a decorative edge of the flap using a heart-shaped fancy border die. The bottom flap was scored at 1.5″ then folded up to create the start of the matchbook fold.

The top portion of the card was folded over and tucked under the lower flap to give it the appearance of a matchbook. In my video tutorial, I share with you how to create each of the folds.

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After the base of the card was complete, I rummaged through some paper scraps that I had been storing. I added some red pattern paper behind a piece of splattered coffee ringed cardstock on the top flap of the card. This was leftover from a Latte Card project I created a while back. (This was one of my first video tutorials. Boy, have I learned a lot! ).

The bottom flap was decorated with some floral paper and more of the red pattern paper. I also added a little stitching to the design in scarlet red.

With one of the parameters being “morning”, I knew that I needed to use my A Whole Latte Love stamp set. I had this sitting on my desk after creating my live fun fold video last Friday and coffee is the only thing that I know represents morning to me.

The cup and lid were shaded with SpectrumNoir TriBlends then adorned with a red plaid coffee sleeve. I attached the cup to a saffron circle splattered with Toffee shimmer, then attached it to the card with some haphazardly placed strips of paper, some floral stickers, and a happy die-cut sentiment.

To keep the matchbook closed, I added a little circular paperclip from my embellishment collection. In this video, you get another peek at my embellishment organization. After many requests, I can officially say that a series of craft space videos will be appearing this summer showing you how I organize my space.

After figuring out how to close up the card, I decided that it needed a coffee-loving sentiment inside. Under the flaps is an adorable little quote that has been spattered and inked like the rest of the card.

How easy was that? I felt such a sense of accomplishment using up some scraps and embellishments from my craft stash and getting it all put together before the deadline. I also enjoyed learning how to create a new fun fold design and having the opportunity to create something I love.

I hope that this project inspired you to try something new. Many of the supplies I used on this project are listed below. They are available for a limited time, so make sure you snag a few to make a Happy Morning coffee card of your own.

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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

Stamptacular Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stamptaclaur Stamp & Thin Cuts Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our February STAMPTACULAR Sale. 84330596_10157170281087686_7523724538614382592_nIf you have come here from Michelle Loncar’s blog, you are on the right path!  When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

For this month’s hop, I decided to use two of my favorite stamp sets from the Stamptacular sale.  When I purchase a stamp set and/or matching thin cut die, I am careful to choose ones that I will use again in the future, and the two that I used on my Beautiful Things card are definitely well loved.  

Not only do I want to be able to use my stamps multiple times, I like to use them in multiple ways. For example, on this card I used the Perk Up Stamp set and dies to stamp and cut out the coffee cup and create the domed lid. Even though this set does not come with a domed lid image, I was able to trace the “lid” and a circle die onto some vellum and create the dome shape I needed.  

I was also able to use the coffee sleeve image in an unexpected way.  By flipping the stamp over onto the block, I was able to use some inks to create a shadow around the edges using the Rock-n-Roll technique.  This allowed me to use some patterned paper and have a shadow around my sleeve. 

Stamps with sentiments are also one of favorites and big, bold statements, like this Full of Beauty stamp, are always added to my collection.  Sentiments like these are great for cards, album covers, and scrapbook pages. They are also fun to use on home decor pieces. Honestly, you can never go wrong with a big, bold, kind sentiment especially when it is on sale for only $5.00 this month. 

Now ‘Hop” on over to Darlys Recker’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. The STAMPTACULAR stamp & thin cuts will only be available while supplies last, so be sure to contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to order a few of those stamps and dies that have been on your wishlist. 

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A Card For the Bad Days & the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Some days you just feel like a big pile of yuck has been dumped on you and all you can do is look up to the sky and pray “God, whatever lesson you are teaching me, please make it quick.”  Lately, I have had quite a few of those days, so when I was trying to come up with a project for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, an idea struck me at 4:00am. MissCarriesCreations-ThereAreNoWordsCard.jpg

There is not much that can make me cry, but watching my favorite cup of java splash all over the ground – especially when I am already having a bad day – usually sets me off.  My card titled, There Are No Words for This, was created using Perk Up  accompanied by a few other Close to My Heart stamp sets that I have listed below.

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I created the brick background using Texture Paste that is splashed with some Espresso coffee. The cup was shaded with Tri-Blend Markers, stamped with flowers, then added to the background in a way to make it appear as if coffee is spilling and splashing all over the ground. MissCarriesCreations-ThereAreNoWordsCardDetail

This sentiment reflected exactly how I would feel on a day like this – there are just no words. Maybe some tears, some prayers, some grumbles – but no words when you are having a bad day and you spill your coffee.  All you can do, my friend, is pray that it gets better and that the next cup is even better than the first.

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I hope that this card has inspired you and encouraged you – even on your worst days. If you have a chance, stop by the Winter Lovers Blog Hop and check out all the amazing creations for coffee lovers like us.  Feel free to join in the fun, if you like.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Here is the list of supplies I used on my card

Z3537
Perk Up Stamp + Thin Cuts

There Are No Words
There Are No Words Stamp Set

Z4260
Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts

D1887
Strokes of an Artist

S1911
Family Time November SOTM

Z8003
Espresso Exclusive Inks Pigment Pad

Z4252
Heat Tool

Z2088
Clear Embossing Powder

VersaMark™ Ink Pad
VersaMark Ink Pad

Z2851
Saffron Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

Z4220
Anti-Static Pouch

Z4245
Opaque Texture Paste

Z2045
All Purpose Mat

Palette Knives
Palette Knives

Stencil Sheets
Stencil Sheets

Z3553
Acrylic Hearts

X5955
12 x 12 Pebble Cardstock

White Daisy Cardstock
12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

Sapphire Cardstock
12 x 12 Sapphire Cardstock

Z4221
Mink Twine

Z2474Ice Grey TriBlend Marker

B073W19WGXTim Holtz Stamp Platform

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Air 2 Cricut Machine

Z4189
Intense Black Ink Pad

Z2479
Gold Brown TriBlend Marker