Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I am only as strong as the coffee I drink & the hairspray I use

Before I saw this retro card with the quote, "I am only as strong as the coffee I drink & the hairspray I use," it didn't occur to me to put the words "coffee" and "hairspray" together in the same sentence. Maybe it's the image that makes it work -- take a close look at the stylish woman with the fancy  hairdo and a cup o' joe in her hand. And get the pearls! I always thought pearls went more with martinis...what do I know.

Well, the card became my inspiration for a new project, a collage canvas. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know of my affinity addiction with coffee. So I just happen to have a few coffee-themed embellishments sitting around just waiting for their name to be called! 

Here is my list of "ingredients" for this canvas collage (or is it a collaged canvas?):

6" x 8" canvas panel, scrapbook paper, acrylic paint, foam brush, Mod Podge, hot glue gun, ribbon, ric-rac, coffee stamps, brown Staz-on ink pad, tab punch, coffee sleeve, canvas sticker, pearl and rhinestone bling, flowers, brads, metal label holder, acrylic clear tag, buttons, hemp cord/floss, cute paper clips.

And the instructions are so E-Z:
1. Paint the canvas edges about 1/2" in and along edges of panel.
2. Apply scrapbook paper, using Mod Podge.  Let dry.
3. Position card at an angle and Mod Podge in place.
4. Mod Podge over entire surface.
5. Add embellishments, using hot glue gun and Mod Podge. 

Here are a few close-ups showing details.

Stamped image onto clear tag.  It reads:
Let's do...
[I placed a rhinestone to check coffee.]
Acrylic tag tied to metal paper clip, added buttons.
 Layered flowers, metal tag, "Born and Brewed in California"
cut from a coffee gift card holder;
"Coffee Run!" stamped on canvas striped ribbon; buttons.

 Ribbons and torn gift card holder layered under flowers and brad;
Pearls added to woman's image to accent necklace and earring.

Tab punched from coffee sleeve, embellished with ric rac and brads.

Stamped coffee definition and cup image onto canvas sticker;
metal coffee cup button added.

And now it's ready to hang on a wall or place on a small easel adding a flair to any coffee room! 
In fact, I decided to add this collage to my Etsy shop
If you're interested in purchasing this one-of-a-kind art collage,
please visit

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  1. That's pretty funny! I love how your collage turned out!

  2. I love it! The saying and your incredible collage.

  3. Lots of eye-candies! Thanks for linking up at Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop :)

  4. Hi Doreen and thanks for visiting me over at Pittypat Paperie and leaving the nice comment.

    You make so many cute things. I am going to have to come back & look through your blog. Sooo many cute collages Ÿ

  5. I use some pretty strong hairsprays, so that makes me pretty strong ... right?!I just found your blog through a blog hop, I love it. If you're interested please take a look at my blog at and if you like it PLEASE be a follower!

    XoXo Nicole Mariana

  6. Hi! Thanks for stopping by C&C! You mentioned you loved coffee and I can see that now. What a fabulous collage. The saying is too-die-for. I am definitely only as strong as my coffee. Ha Ha Ha.
    Hope you'll visit again soon.

  7. HAHA OMG I absolutely love that note card. Where would I be without coffee and hairspray? Looking like a royal hot mess with a horendous attitude lol

  8. ohhh my goodness I LOVE this! I can't believe you started out with that amazing quote card and ended up with such a great final product! Thank you SO much for the inspiration! I am so so happy that you linked up at crafty scrappy happy! I am excited to get to know you! I am your newest follower.
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  9. I promised to come visit you, and I did! :) I love this! I love how there are so many cool little tidbits to look at on the piece!

  10. Love your cards. They are so great.

  11. Doreen, I love your collage canvas and the way you used the sassy image and quote as a springboard for inspiration!

    Thank you for linking up to "A Little Birdie Told Me..."! I like it that LinkyTools is now making it possible for the host to see how many views each post gets. Yours was very popular this week!!


  12. Coffee and hair spray - my two favorite things! I love your style!
    504 Main


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