Friday, July 25, 2014

Mountain Plains Crafters Christmas in July Blog Hop!

Happy Friday everyone! Welcome to the very first Mountain Plains Crafters blog hop! Have you been loving everyone's designs so far? Seeing as I'm a sucker for Christmas cards no matter what time of year it is, I absolutely loved this theme. Oh quit your grumping about the fact that it's July, aren't the prizes worth it? Think of all the ideas you'll have for your own cards this year, especially if you win that fantastic Clearsnap set of the same goodies we used! You have until midnight on Saturday the 26th to enter. ;)

You should be arriving here from my dear friend Debra's blog. Here's a quick reminder of our participants:

Caffeinated Papercuts~Jennifer <<< You are here!

I was so excited when I got my pack of goodies in the mail from Pam (especially since she tucked in that lovely paper, too; I can't wait to use it!). Be sure to go give our friends at Clearsnap some Facebook love for sponsoring this hop! Be sure to tell them Mountain Plains Crafters super-awesome design team sent you. ;)
Smooch Bottle in Spruce, ColorBox in Saddle, Smooch Spritz in Cashmere
Let's face it, the colors were begging to be used on a holiday card and I was more than happy to oblige. I started playing around with the pine cones from Lawn Fawn's Ornate Ornaments set and the Saddle ink to make a really fun, rustic background using kraft paper. The card evolved from there, and this was the end result:

I used the Smooch Spritz on my new pine cone paper to add some shimmer and shine, then let that dry and went to work on the vellum sentiment banner.

So shimmery!
To continue the rustic, woodland feel I grabbed my Gingham Christmas Greetings set from Unity Stamp Co. and inked up the 'happy holidays' sentiment with Memento Cottage Ivy ink. Once dry (vellum = longer drying time, fyi) I taped it to the back of my pine cone paper then went to town with my Crop-a-Dile and some eyelets, then tied some twine through them. I used foam tape to add the panel to my card base, then hand-sketched some holly leaves to color in with the Smooch ink. A bit of Perfect Pearls for berries and this card was done!

Still with me? Good, now lean in close...want to win a Unity Itty Bitty stamp? I have a pile of duplicates on my craft table and I'll be pulling one out for a lucky winner! Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter; contest closes Saturday, July 26th at midnight. Please note; this is Jen giving away a stamp, not Mountain Plains Crafters.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
All right, now go see what Christina has created for us; I bet it's awesome!

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Beach Time and a New Contest

Hey there everyone; have you seen that we have a new contest up at Mountain Plains Crafters? This time it's all about the beach! Be sure to head on over to see what I and the rest of the Design Team came up with, and all entries must be in by tomorrow.

Speaking of entries, I'm sharing my dear friend Barbara's card here today so she can enter. We get together once a week for a night of crafty goodness, silliness, and coffee so I knew she had a tropical card to enter. Of course, I got the big doe eyes of "help me enter...puuuhhhleeeeeessssseeee". Since she doesn't have a Flickr account, blog or the like I checked with the DT and am posting it here for her!

Check it out:
Would you believe the palm tree is actually one of those tub stickers so you don't slip?? I love it when we get uber-creative!

Be sure to join in the fun and get your beachy cards in! Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

July Already??

I feel like I simply blinked and June is over already! The first clue that this has happened is when people start yelling 'happy birthday!' at me, but still...summer, stop moving so fast!

For any of you reading this that knew it was my birthday and gave me a shout-out on social media/in person, thank you so very much. For everyone else, no worries; you can just give a bigger shout-out next year. ;)

I'm pleased to report that I successfully turned another year older and had a great time with family and friends. I even got some presents - woo! :D Hugs from my boy (and toys wrapped in his blankie; the kid is killing me with cuteness), bracelets from my crafting BFFs, gift certificates and, ah, liquid refreshments from coworkers and my gaming BFFs, and the 'go ahead' from my husband to upgrade my phone. Of course, then there's the crafty goodies I bought myself, but we won't mention those too

So, how about a party favor for all of you?? Those of you who have been putting up with following me for a while may remember that I run a Christmas in July sale in my Etsy store every year. It's almost that time again! This year the sale will be from July 10th through the 20th, and I happen to think it will be sweet...just for you my dear readers, here's a hint:

Enough to make you start loading up that shopping cart? What's on your wish list this year??

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Using Your Own Work as Inspiration

Good morning everyone! I'm so excited - remember the sweet Up, Up and Away card I made back in May? Well today it's up on the DeNami blog as this month's "inspired by" card! Eeee!!

I was invited to play along and come up with a new card using my original one as inspiration. Have you ever done that? Can we discuss how HARD that can be?? In the end I decided to use the ridiculously adorable giraffe and balloons again, but this time made him the star of the show. The end result is a soft, pretty, gender-neutral baby card perfect for a shower or to welcome the new little one.

Of course this time, I snuck some sequins in...hehehe...I used the Lemon Meringue and 4mm Crystal sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to jazz up the corners since I just must have my sequins fix! The giraffe and balloons were colored again with my Spectrum Noirs, but I made the giraffe a little softer to go with the card background and changed up the balloons a bit. Ok, so I couldn't remember what colors I used the first time since I didn't write them down.

The papers are from a MME 6x6 pad (gotta love those coordinating collections!) and the gray was shaped with the new Pretty Pink Posh stitched die. A bit of ribbon 'ties' the balloons to the giraffe, and I used the Ranger Diamond Glaze to finish them off again. Everything got inked edges and foam tape, then this card was done!

Thanks for stopping by today! I'm in the home stretch of my sister's wedding shower preparations, and I cannot wait to share everything with you when I'm done!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

We Have a Winner!

In the whirlwind of crafting I've been swept away in for my baby sister's wedding shower, I nearly forgot to announce the winner of the itty bitty stamps from Unity! Using the magical, random number generator the winner is...

Dawn, you've won your choice of (2) Itty Bitty stamps from Unity for playing along with my Growing in Unity week! Please email me your stamp choices and your mailing address so I can pass it along to Unity.

I'll be back tomorrow with a special card post!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Floral Hoots

Good morning everyone! Time for another fun DeNami blog hop. Are you loving all of the beautiful blossoms? You should have arrived from Pattie's blog. If you just happened to wander in on this lovely morning, head on over to the DeNami blog for the full list of participants.

 Seeing as summer is blooming outside my window, I decided to be inspired by my backyard.

denami tree denami flowers denami owls pretty pink post summer card

I stamped & fussy-cut a bunch of the petit fours flowers and added them to the tree. A bit of Liquid Pearls for the middles was the perfect touch to those blooms.

Then I let the owls come out to play! I colored the cuties with my Spectrum Noirs and added them on with foam tape. I love the little guy hanging off the branch.

The 'hello friend' sentiment was stamped right on my layered papers and finished off with those fabulous mini sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. Who wouldn't want to receive this from a friend??

Thanks for stopping by today! You're off to Tammy's blog now to continue the hop.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Growing in Unity Day 5 - Have Some Coffee

Happy Friday everyone - welcome to the last day of my GIU fun! I'm the Growing in Unity gal this week over on the Unity Stamp Co. blog, and I've had such a blast sharing my cards with you this week. Did you get your comments in for a chance to win your choice of (2) Itty Bitty stamps? The deadline is midnight EST tonight; any comments made after that will turn into a pumpkin. If you're new to my blog, I'd love it if you became a follower and join in the fun over on the Caffeinated Papercuts Facebook page. That way, we can keep in touch! :)

So I had to save this gal for last, as she's on her way to a dear sister-of-the-heart of mine on the West Coast. Hopefully she's hitting her mailbox today so I haven't ruined the surprise. Lynda, if you're reading this before the mailman gets here, shoo!

You may remember from Wednesday's post that I love the Angie's Girls line. When they came out with a Jen girl, I was excited, but a little bummed as my 'namesake' wasn't really my style. I snagged her anyway, but, well, I'm not a teacher. Now Kimmie here, I may have suggested on the Unity FB page that they misnamed her...

unity stamp co kimmie girl spectrum noir markers may arts ribbon

This is MY girl! The outfit, the hair, the coffee cup, the bracelet...yup, this is me.

The coloring was done with my Spectrum Noir markers and the corners inked up with the Distress Stain in Walnut. A bit of ribbon and May Arts pink raffia bows, and she was on her way across the U.S.!

No fussy-cutting this time, the ribbons gave me all the height and texture I was looking for. I did add a hint of sparkle to the heart on the coffee cup and shirt with my Spica pens. And no, no sequins! LOL

Thank you so much for spending the week with me. I hope you'll pop in again to see what I'm up to! Sunday is the monthly DeNami blog hop and I've got some great tutorials coming soon. Until next time, Happy Crafting!