Life Without Coffee.....

just wouldn't be pretty


7/6/20232 min read

I just love this old gal .... standing there, coffee cup in hand, ready to take on the entire world if she has to! I guess we've all known someone like that .... crusty exterior, but a very soft heart on the inside.

Letโ€™s Get Started:

Card Base: 5.5 x 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

Card Face: 5.25 x 4

Small Scrap of Cardstock for Sentiment

Card Face:

Like cardmakers everywhere I have a LOT of scraps ... every so often I will make a few backgrounds like this one to use some of them up.

  • I cut an adhesive sheet down to 5.5 x 4.25, removed the release paper from one side, and applied it to a piece of copy paper.

  • I selected some scraps from my collection: I deliberately chose varying lengths and widths, and then started laying them horizontally across the paper. I butted each piece up tight against the one that came before.

  • I didn't care about length as I was doing this: if something was too long I would trim it off at the end. If a strip was too short I could match two of the same width to make up the needed length.

  • When I had all of the adhesive covered I trimmed the paper down to 5.25 x 4.

  • I applied some black spatter randomly across the card face.

Stretch your Pennies:

  • creating your own background as I have here uses up cardstock that would be thrown away. At the same time you are creating a completely unique background that no one else will ever have. Win-win!

  • I start with copy paper here to avoid bulk

  • (for lack of a better name, I call this the Endcut Technique, as I am most often using up the narrow strips that are leftover when I finish a card. )


  • I stamped the Old Gal with Memento ink and coloured her with alcohol markers.

  • I fussy cut her out, as I don't have a matching die for this stamp.

  • I stamped the sentiment, and cut it out with a speech bubble die.


  • I glued the card face to the card base and then glued the Old Gal into her spot.

  • I added a bit of grey marker around her feet to ground her.

  • I glued the sentiment in place.

Final thoughts:

I think that the spattered "less-than-perfect" background I created is great for the Old Gal, as she stands there glaring at the world in her tatty bathrobe! LOL.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

I have listed which products I have used, and where they were purchased. It's a huge marketplace and in most instances there are multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.

Stamps: Old Gals: Art Impressions, Golden Oldies, Amazon

Sentiment: Frantic Stamper You Need Help, Ecstasy Crafts


Just Sayin' Stampin' Up! (retired)

Ink:Memento, Stampin' Up!

Adhesive Sheets: Stampin' Up!

Alcohol Markers:

Stampin' Blends, Stampin Up!

Copics, DeSerres

Adhesive: Tombo Aqua, Michaels

Card Base: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

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