Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Happy Spring!

Well, according to the calendar at's still below freezing with snow here. Blah. Thankfully the start of the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop means I have a reason to play with pretty spring colors, even if it's while I'm wearing a sweater and boots...LOL

New to the hop? You've stumbled across a very fun, very caffeinated group then my friend. Here's the nitty-gritty:

When: Friday, March 24 - Friday, March 31
Theme: Spring 
Use: coffee, tea &/or cocoa images
Social Media tag: #spring2017clh
Main Coffee Lovers blog:
Direct link to SPRING Hop Post:
I'm offering up a Flash Prize of a $10 gift certificate to my shop. Because hey, who doesn't need a new coffee mug?

Ok, on to my card - I had so much fun mixing and matching stamp sets again, and using one of Mama Denise's upcoming Bunkie Bags as inspiration.

Look how happy that little spring coffee cup is! She's a mix of Copic coloring and paper piecing, then fussy-cut out and added to the finished card with foam tape. I even made note of the Copic colors I used for you:

This stamp and the sentiment are from the Simon Says Stamp Coffee & Tea card kit. The coffee beans are from my oldest stamp set from Fiskars. Those I stamped with Versamark onto natural linen card stock and heat embossed with the Nuvo Hot Chocolate embossing powder.

I then broke out the Big Kick and went to town die cutting my ivory panels, a scalloped circle out of vellum, and a teal circle for contrast (and so you could read the sentiment). The sentiment I heat embossed with the Ranger Silver Pearl embossing powder.  Then it was time to assemble; kona cardstock card base, ivory coffee bean panel, teal circle & vellum scallop (with the adhesive hidden behind the coffee cup) and the coffee cup added with foam tape.

Can't forget the inside! You were wondering why I die cut two ivory panels, weren't you?

More coffee beans and this sentiment is from the Fiskars set as well. And now I want another cup of coffee...LOL

Thanks for stopping by today! Up top is are the links to all of my shop categories; coffee cups, coasters, and cards, all handmade by yours truly. :) And just for you coffee lovers, I have a coupon code good now thru April 1st - use Spring17 to take 15% off your purchase. I have links to my card making supplies below as well.

Happy Caffeinated Crafting!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Birthday, Suzy!

Good morning everyone, and welcome to my stop on the surprise birthday blog hop for Suzy of So Suzy Stamps! You should be arriving from Josefine's awesome blog where you heard all about the prizes, yes? In case you just stumbled in this Monday morning, let's review; the amazing Justine gathered a whole bunch of Suzy's friends plus former and current Design Team members together to celebrate Suzy turning 40...again...because 40 is the new sexy, after all. We also have three (3) amazing party favors up for grabs! Just leave a comment on every blog for a chance to win:

Winner will be announced February 22nd!

Ok, on to my card! Now I've had the great pleasure of knowing Suzy for three years now. I was on her original Design Team, have attended card classes at her house, survived grocery shopping with her (never, EVER try to touch the cart. EVER.) and attended Creativation with her and some other fabulous ladies just last month. She is a seriously funny, classy lady with a boat-load of spunk and sass, even if she does kill electronic devices on a regular basis. So keeping all of that in mind I grabbed my Suzy stamps and came up with this:

One classy dame with a glass of champagne! (I know it's a martini glass, just go with me on this.) I started off by stamping the Tulip Background in Versamark ink on the front & inside of my card base to give it that fabulous watermark look. Then out came my MISTI, Versafine Onyx ink, the Martini Lady and the Happy Birthday stamp. I always use my MISTI with solid stamps like this because it takes me so many tries to get the image perfect.

Of course, I also have no patience for drying times, so I added clear embossing powder over the top and heat set it. A little stitching thanks to the stitched rectangle dies and this gal was ready for the card base.

To add height, I added a layer of fun foam behind the panel and attached it all to my card base. Then this lady needed some bling! Fizzy bubbles from the glass with the Nuvo White Blizzard and a necklace and earrings using the Nuvo Soft Gold. While those dried, it was time to make the inside panel.

With the Mirror Image stamp celebration happening, I could not resist pulling mine out for this card. Using it, I added another martini champagne glass to the inside but heat embossed this one in gold glitter powder. Sparkly awesomeness!

And the sentiment? Hehehehehehe...unfortunately, it looks like it's retired (dang it, Suzy!) but it's a classic:

After all, what's a birthday without a little snark? Some more Nuvo drop bubbles and this card was done! You can find all of the supplies I used linked below.

Now you're off to sweet Martha's blog. I'm positive she's got something amazing for you.

Happy Birthday, Suzy!

Supplies Used:

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Coffee and You

Happy Wednesday everyone! Did you survive Valentine's Day? I was so afraid my husband, who never reads my blog, would for some reason choose to and see his card that I decided to wait until after I gave it to him to share it with all of you. That said, this can easily be used any time you want to share your caffeinated love with that special guy in your life!

I had so much fun making this card! I combined three different stamp sets from three different companies to create it...yeah, that's the same face my dear friend Dawn made when she wanted to CASE it. I just love mixing & matching my stamp sets, and I have one or two dozen coffee sets lying around that deserved playing with.

The coffee cup from Create a Smile I stamped twice; once on my card front for placement, the second time on a separate piece of cardstock to color with my Copics. I was aiming for a Valentine-y ombre effect and love how it turned out. Once dry I fussy-cut it out and used a little foam tape to adhere it to the card front.

The steam and little hearts are from the same set and really finished off the coffee. The sentiment is from The Ton and I cannot believe I haven't inked it up sooner! Cute story - we went out to dinner Friday night. He met me at the bottom of the stairs with a cup of coffee to drink on the way. Does he know me or what?

Can't forget the inside! This sentiment is from the new Simon Says Stamp February card kit and is perfect for all things love and coffee.

Really, this is a super easy card to make. The coloring is what took the longest, from there it was just lots of stamping and gluing. And it's even a masculine card - woo!

Now, time to go buy some half-price candy to go with this coffee...LOL Until next time, Happy Stamping!

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