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!

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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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Friday, November 18, 2016

Princesses and a Wedding

Oh my, where did the fall go?? Between school starting again, Halloween, and craft show season starting all the days started blurring together around here. And, honestly, I was feeling rather burnt out. Ever hit that point where you want to create, but real life has you so exhausted you just can't drag yourself to your craft room? Yeah, that was my October. But that feeling is definitely passing now and I have a giant stack of pretty new stamps sitting on my desk begging to be used. Who am I to ignore them any longer?? LOL

Let's start with the wedding - friends of ours tied the knot and they deserved a special card. Of course, I had one idea in my head and my husband completly hated it...too formal/frooey for them, not enough natural/nature. Fine. FINE. (He was right, blast him. I hate it when he's right.)

So in the end, I still got to use the stamps I wanted but utterly changed up the color scheme:

I finally got to use the bride & groom from So Suzy Stamps and one of the newer sentiments (one of my personal favorites). I heat embossed them on a cream base with hot chocolate Nuvo embossing powder, then layered it onto woodgrain cardstock and the whole pile onto some pretty deep olive cardstock. And yes, it's a square card - the freedom of delivering it in person!

The inside got a little 'fancier' - leaf vellum paper, anyone? It is sooooo pretty, and perfect for layering inside of the card.

More of the cream and wood grain on the inside, with plenty of room for us to write our best wishes to them. Isn't the font on that Congratulations stamp awesome?? The wedding was just beautiful as well.

Now for the princesses...hehehe...I had the joy last weekend of attending a local scrapbooking retreat that happens twice a year. A full weekend of paper, friends, merriment...and themes! This crop the theme was Royalty and, being a team member, who was I to shirk my duty to dress up?

Friday night brought about this gem...hey, $30 on Amazon, people! Very see-thru, though, so you're welcome for the jeans and tank top...LOL

 My friend Annette was, of course, the Queen of Hearts. I must have done ok as I got to keep my head.

While it was fun being Princess Leia (though, let me tell you, that hood is HOT to keep up all night!) Saturday was my favorite. And, even better, I shopped my closet & craft room to pull her together, AND only burned my thumb a dozen times curling my hair!

Can you guess who I was?

I'll come back and tell after you have some time to log your guesses in the comments. I will say it tickled me to no end that nearly everyone at the crop figured it out!

All right, I have a craft show to get ready for on Sunday - local peeps, check the sidebar for my schedule! And non-local peeps, take a peek at the new headers up at the top of the blog. I'm very proud to announce that my handmade shop is now part of my blog page! Wahoo! Huge shout-out to the techs at Shopify who got it working for me.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Fall 2016 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Good morning everyone, and welcome to my stop on the Coffee Lovers Bloghop! I'm so excited to be offering up a Flash Prize this hop and extra, super excited that it's one of my new mugs!

So anyone who's stopped by here before knows just how much I love coffee and crafting. Well, I finally took it to the next level and opened up my own shop on Facebook. There you will currently find handmade coasters, mugs, and coffee cozies with more goodies to come as I slowly get everything photographed and edited. Seriously, does anyone else groan at the thought of photo editing? So.tedious. I could be crafting! LOL

As fall has officially arrived, I simply had to celebrate my favorite part of it - PUMPKIN EVERYTHING!

Yes, I am that gal - give me pumpkin and fall is bearable. I might already be stockpiling pumpkin coffee and creamer...hey, it's a long winter!

I'd love it if you stopped by my new shop and left me some love (and, you know, stocked up for winter...LOL). The mug I'm giving away as a Flash Prize is the fun Make Stuff mug!

Is that what we crafters do or what?? All right, off to enjoy the hop! Oh, and if you do go shopping, how about a coupon code just for my fellow Coffee Lovers? Use code Coffee10 to take 10% off until the hop ends on September 30th.

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Caffeinated Crafting!