Monday, September 29, 2014

Friendship Has Its Perks + A Video!


Good morning everyone! Got some coffee next to you? After all, it's National Coffee Day and Chaitali over at Cuts, Crops & Creativity is co-hosting an amazing Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

Seeing as I love coffee (seriously folks, have you SEEN the name of my blog?) I naturally leaped into this feet first, coffee cup in hand. In fact, I was so buzzed on caffeine I thought this would be the perfect occasion to film a start-to-finish card video. Mistakes were made, laughter was heard, and I still can't tell if the video is any good or if anyone will even watch the thing, but I did it!

You can watch it below or follow the link to my new YouTube channel. If you thought it was at least good for a laugh, I'd love it if you subscribed. Now that I have one under my belt, there are definitely more to follow!


Things I've learned:
-my table moves every time I touch it. Every. Time.
-when you zoom in to show a feature, remember to zoom back out.
-filming on the vertical is rough; that's how I lost some of the bottom half of the screen. Sigh.
-in the end, it was fun and I'd do it again.

As I mentioned in the video, I used the new Simon Says Stamp October card kit featuring the most fantastic coffee die and stamp set. I'm in love; my caffeine-filled heart went pitter-patter at the sight of it. The technique is on I saw on Jennifer McGuire's blog a while back (oh to film videos like her!) and it was so much fun.

Here's a better look at the final cards:




Virginia Lu offered up some fun coffee-related questions for the participants, and I just had to play along. I started drinking coffee on a regular basis when I was a junior in high school; tons of homework late into the night meant a morning mug of coffee while I waited for the bus was heaven. My favorite brands (I am SUCH a snob) are Green Mountain, Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks lattes. Not the Starbucks coffee, though, as I always think it tastes burnt. Oh, and if I don't drink my needed coffee, I will get lack-of-caffeine headaches, become ridiculously cranky and sometimes verbally assault people. There's a reason I have a sign in my house that reads "I drink coffee for your protection". Yes I'm addicted; what's your point? The world is a better place because of it...LOL

Now, I'd love to know - are you looking forward to more videos? What would you really like to see? And, of course, what's in your coffee cup??

Supplies - Simon Says Stamp October Card kit (stamps & die), Paperandmore.com 100# white cardstock, Simon Says Stamp Slate ink, Hero Arts White embossing powder, Distress Embossing Ink, 3M Foam Tape, Mama Elephant Bold Banner die, miscellaneous patterned papers, Wink of Stella Clear pen, Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Clear & Bronze sequins, Uhu Glue Stick.

Linking up to - Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes!

Happy Caffeinated Crafting!

43 comments:

  1. Such a fun cup you made with the various patterns! Great sentiment too!

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    1. Thanks Winnie! It was crazy fun to make, I can see doing more using the paper strips in the future.

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  2. Great job on your video.... LOVE the card & especially the colors you used ..... And it was nice to hear your voice !!

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    1. Thanks Debra! Oh no, you know what I sound like now...the secret is out!

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  3. Girl, you knocked it outta the park!

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    1. Thank you Shelly! It was fun using those paper scraps again and having justification for keeping them for so long...lol

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  5. Love the cards and what you did reversing the die cuts! So pretty!

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    1. Thank you Tonya! I'm already thinking of other dies I can use, too.

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  6. Fun video! I'm so glad I'm not the only one who can't line up the second time stamping... lol! Your cards are awesome.

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    1. Hahahahaha, you are definitely not Carol! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. You card designs are fabulous, Jen! As for the video, if you enjoy making it, then just DO IT more often! I so enjoy reading about you and coffee! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks Virginia! Yeah, I see more videos in my future; thanks for the pep talk!

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  8. These are so adorable! Great cards!

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    1. Thanks Jingle! I love how we used the same die in such different ways.

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  9. Love how your video turned out. I'm with Debra. It was nice to hear your voice. It sounded just like I imagined it would. :) The inlaid die cuts looks great on both cards. I haven't tried this technique before. Looks like fun. Great cards!!

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    1. Wait, I sounded just like you thought? Nooo, I'm predictable! LOL Thanks so much ML. ;)

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    2. In a good way! I finally got to finish the video. I could only watch little bits here and there at work. Congratulations on your first video.

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  10. Such a fun card and lovely inlaid image...the colors are GREAT!

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    1. Thanks Jennie! I really love how the mix came out.

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  11. Super cute! And love the fun stripes!

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    1. Thanks Sparkle! I'd forgotten how much fun stripes are. :)

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  12. Hey Jennifer!! You really take coffee seriously!! I love that passion. Your cards are so cute. Don't you just love that new die from Simon Says Stamp. I can't wait to it. I love both of your cards, they give two different feels. Congrats on the video. I need your courage.

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    1. Hey Kymona! Oh yes, yes I do and the world is a safer place because of it...LOL The die is amaze-balls and I just love it. I may need to use it again soon. Thank you so much, and you can borrow some of my courage; all this feedback is sending my ego into overdrive, so I have some to spare. ;)

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  13. Great cards and CONGRATS on your win!! :D

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    1. Thank you, and I know, right?? I'm so excited!!

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  14. What fun cards Jen! I have that coffe cup die too - thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks Jenny! Ooo, do you? I can't wait to see what you do with it!!

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    1. Thank you Jean! I'm glad it made someone smile. :)

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  16. Jen, I really enjoyed watching your video. You make it so easy for us to follow. The cards are lovely and so versatile. The use of the strips in the die cut machine was so creative. You were born to do this! Congratulations!

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  17. what a great video...and I love your list of what you learned...

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  18. Great 2-for-1 design, Jen! Thanks for playing along with us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

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  19. More videos, Why YES! What's in my cup? It's FINALLY empty! Phew. I did it!

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  20. awesome cards! love how you used the positive and negative of that cute die!
    -Rachel
    rwkrafts.com

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  21. ...so, here I am finally getting to comment on your awesome cards...yahoo to you for winning one of the FLASH prizes!!!!! Awesome use of the dies! super fun cards!
    Thanks for linking up to the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

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  22. I love using this technique. And yes, I have a ton of scraps everywhere!

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