Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Snowflake Tag Card + a Video

Good morning everyone! In my never-ending attempt to come up with holiday cards that are easy to duplicate (not to mention quick to create) I came up with this little beauty:


Of course, I couldn't resist making a video of the process for you!


Supplies used
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp, Avery Elle
Paper: Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock, deep teal from Paperandmore.com
Dies: Pretty Pink Posh, Mama Elephant
Extras: 4mm Pretty Pink Posh sequins, Hero Arts Silver ink, Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, cream twill ribbon


Hope you enjoyed the card and the video! Be sure to subscribe to the blog and/or YouTube so you'll get some email love when a new post or video is available.

I am linking up to:
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge - #131 Non-traditional Christmas Colors
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes

Happy Crafting!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Cancer Sucks

Cancer sucks. There, I said it. It's not a mind-blowing concept or even a new one, but how often do people actually just come out and say it? Cancer. Sucks.

The Mountain Plains Crafters DT agree wholeheartedly, and today's topic on the blog is all about cancer awareness. Head on over to see what everyone created, and keep reading to see how I made my card and the inspiration behind it.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but I went further than just the pink ribbon. See, my family tree is riddled with this disease in various forms, so I wanted to acknowledge and draw awareness to all that have touched my life.


I inked up the small poppy flower outline stamp from a Unity kit and created my own patterned paper background. To keep the flowers from messily overlapping, I created a mask from a Post-it note and used it to keep my previous impressions clean. So when I went to stamp the light blue poppy, I stuck the Post-it to the pink poppy to keep the inks from mixing.

Each color I used on the card was chosen with care; pink for my Gram, who's now fighting breast cancer for the 3rd time at nearly 90 years old. Light blue for my Poppy, for it was prostate cancer that finally won. Gray for my mother-in-law, brain cancer took her from us before we were married. Gray ribbons also represent Parkinson's so a second nod to my Poppy there. Dark blue for my Aunt that didn't find the colon cancer until it was too late. Black for the skin cancer that also tagged Gram and that I have a high risk for. Plum purple for all those who take care of those with cancer, for they're warriors as well.

The sentiment is also from Unity, though I have no idea what set as I got it in a grab bag. I love the sentiment for anyone hurting, and cancer certainly hurts all those around it.

On a lighter note (got the tissues out yet?), if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you'll remember that I mixed up my white & clear Wink of Stella pens the other night; it was on this card. I tried to add some shimmer to the middle of the poppies, but it turned out opaque thanks to my grabbing the white pen by accident! Ah well, it still works.

Now go hug your friends, family, cat, dog, and/or gerbil and remember; early detection saves lives. Keep up with your yearly exams so you can live longer and craft more things.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Card Book and World Card Making Day

Woohoo, happy World Card Making Day everyone! There are so many fun contests, product releases, and card sketches out there in blog land today; have you been playing along?

I'm here to share my vintage Graphic 45 project for Mountain Plains Crafters today; we're giving away THREE pads of Graphic 45 paper over on our Facebook page. Just 'like' and 'comment' to enter! Believe me, I wish I could win it...

So, I finally finished a card storage book I started, oh, back in March...what, I've been busy! The book measures 6"x6" and is made from folded sheets of the Place in Time paper pad.

Place in Time card book
Pretty cool, huh? The back & front covers are chipboard covered with some paper from the pad, then topped with one of the tags from the embellishment kit. I added some navy ruffle ribbon from Pretty Pink Posh and a scrap of white shimmer ribbon I had laying around. The flower is from May Arts that I added a chocolate pearl to for the center.

Closeup of the tag
Some clear Wink of Stella finished the tag off, along with my handwriting and a Sharpie. ;)

Inside the book are (2) pages for every month, with pockets for keeping cards in. Now when we make things ahead of time, we have somewhere to put them! Each page also has a tag to keep track of birthdays, anniversaries, and the like.

March with the tag in the special tag pocket
September with a closeup of the tag for the month

Some ribbons over the binding finish the whole thing off. How about you; how do you keep track of your cards for those special people?

Happy Crafting!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Friendship Has Its Perks + A Video!


Good morning everyone! Got some coffee next to you? After all, it's National Coffee Day and Chaitali over at Cuts, Crops & Creativity is co-hosting an amazing Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

Seeing as I love coffee (seriously folks, have you SEEN the name of my blog?) I naturally leaped into this feet first, coffee cup in hand. In fact, I was so buzzed on caffeine I thought this would be the perfect occasion to film a start-to-finish card video. Mistakes were made, laughter was heard, and I still can't tell if the video is any good or if anyone will even watch the thing, but I did it!

You can watch it below or follow the link to my new YouTube channel. If you thought it was at least good for a laugh, I'd love it if you subscribed. Now that I have one under my belt, there are definitely more to follow!


Things I've learned:
-my table moves every time I touch it. Every. Time.
-when you zoom in to show a feature, remember to zoom back out.
-filming on the vertical is rough; that's how I lost some of the bottom half of the screen. Sigh.
-in the end, it was fun and I'd do it again.

As I mentioned in the video, I used the new Simon Says Stamp October card kit featuring the most fantastic coffee die and stamp set. I'm in love; my caffeine-filled heart went pitter-patter at the sight of it. The technique is on I saw on Jennifer McGuire's blog a while back (oh to film videos like her!) and it was so much fun.

Here's a better look at the final cards:




Virginia Lu offered up some fun coffee-related questions for the participants, and I just had to play along. I started drinking coffee on a regular basis when I was a junior in high school; tons of homework late into the night meant a morning mug of coffee while I waited for the bus was heaven. My favorite brands (I am SUCH a snob) are Green Mountain, Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks lattes. Not the Starbucks coffee, though, as I always think it tastes burnt. Oh, and if I don't drink my needed coffee, I will get lack-of-caffeine headaches, become ridiculously cranky and sometimes verbally assault people. There's a reason I have a sign in my house that reads "I drink coffee for your protection". Yes I'm addicted; what's your point? The world is a better place because of it...LOL

Now, I'd love to know - are you looking forward to more videos? What would you really like to see? And, of course, what's in your coffee cup??

Supplies - Simon Says Stamp October Card kit (stamps & die), Paperandmore.com 100# white cardstock, Simon Says Stamp Slate ink, Hero Arts White embossing powder, Distress Embossing Ink, 3M Foam Tape, Mama Elephant Bold Banner die, miscellaneous patterned papers, Wink of Stella Clear pen, Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Clear & Bronze sequins, Uhu Glue Stick.

Linking up to - Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes!

Happy Caffeinated Crafting!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Under the Mistletoe

Hi there everyone! Yes, I mentioned a holiday item...no hating! With all of the holiday prep that happens around here, if I don't start on cards (both personal and for sale) NOW I'll never get them done. Seriously. Ask me about the year I sent out Valentine's cards instead...

I've started playing with the new stamp sets I've been ordering for the holidays (shhh, don't tell the hubs) and grabbed the new Hero Arts 'Under the Mistletoe' set last night to play with. 


Ever have one of those cards that goes horribly wrong? This. Was. It. Several pieces of paper and ink stains later, this was the final result:

under the mistletoe hero arts by caffeinated papercuts
Under the Mistletoe
It doesn't look like it was a hot mess, does it? LOL It's amazing what some patience, embellishments, swearing, and beer can do...in the end, I stamped the big, beautiful mistletoe with Memento Black ink and colored it in with my Spectrum Noirs. To help hide the mess I made when I tried to add the bow from the set, I then fussy-cut it out and added a REAL red bow to the top and a bunch of pretty pearls for the berries.


I heat embossed the sentiment using the luscious Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I am seriously in love with this stuff; the soft, metallic shine it adds is just amazing and not as shiny & bright as a silver.



Some foam adhesive to pop the mistletoe onto the card and some marshmallow sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and my CAS holiday card was finally done.


So, am I alone in my holiday card creation kick or are you playing with new (or old) sets as well?

I am linking up to:
A2Z Scrapbooking Monthly Challenge - Autumn & Christmas
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #127 - Christmas Bingo (red/ribbon or twine/emboss)
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stamps & Stencils

Happy Crafting!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Holiday Cards and a Winner!

Hello there everyone! The nip in the air has me thinking of holiday cards already (ok, that and all the beautiful new stamps that keep arriving on my doorstep!) so I thought I'd share last year's big seller that I've listed again - my pretty, pretty snowflake cards:

Rustic Snowflake Holiday Cards
Seriously, I love these so much; the simplicity of the snowflake and sentiment, the bit of bling with the rhinestone, and some rounded corners to finish off this rustic yet elegant card. I get giddy every time I get to make them!

So giddy in fact, how about a coupon code, hmm? This week only over at my Etsy shop use the coupon code PumpkinLatte to take 15% off your purchase. Hurry though, it expires Saturday, September 27th at midnight!

And now, wondering who won the gold from my Treasure Chest?

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Congrats Christina! Your pirate booty will be on it's way to you soon! Be sure to head over to the Mountain Plains Crafters blog to see who else won some pirate treasure.

Have you started your holiday cards yet?

Happy Crafting!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

International Talk Like a Pirate Day...with Treasure!

Yarrrr mateys! The lovely wenches over at Mountain Plains Crafters have served up some grog-a-licious pirate cards and layouts ta tickle yer fancy...and some of dem have buried treasure on their blogs! Be sure to check out everyone's creations, including mine:

Ahoy there, matey!
A pirate ship sailing the open seas! This is a fun mix of Distress Inks and papers to pull this all together. The waves were made with Broken China, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans all layered onto watercolor paper. I wanted the texture and the stiffness when I tore it to get my white waves. The sunset/sunrise is a mix of Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon onto my favorite 100# white cardstock. Some Tombow super adhesive stuck the waves down to the sky after everything dried. I also added some Rock Candy Stickles to the white caps, but it so didn't photograph. Trust me when I say it adds some watery sparkle to the waves.


The pirate ship is from the Sweet Stamp Shop Ahoy! set and is too cool. I did a bit of coloring with my Spectrum Noir markers, added some Glossy Accents to the Jolly Roger and then just popped it up with some foam tape. The sentiment is from the same set and got a touch of color and Glossy Accents as well.


And like that, this ship set sail - yaaaarrrr!


Now then me hearties, interested in me treasure??


One lucky winner will win some gold from my treasure chest! Just enter below using the easy peasy Rafflecopter linky - contest ends Sunday, September 21st at midnight. YAAAARRRRR!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Linking up to - Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog Challenge - Techniques

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Snowflake Tag Card + a Video

Good morning everyone! In my never-ending attempt to come up with holiday cards that are easy to duplicate (not to mention quick to create) I came up with this little beauty:


Of course, I couldn't resist making a video of the process for you!


Supplies used
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp, Avery Elle
Paper: Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock, deep teal from Paperandmore.com
Dies: Pretty Pink Posh, Mama Elephant
Extras: 4mm Pretty Pink Posh sequins, Hero Arts Silver ink, Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, cream twill ribbon


Hope you enjoyed the card and the video! Be sure to subscribe to the blog and/or YouTube so you'll get some email love when a new post or video is available.

I am linking up to:
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge - #131 Non-traditional Christmas Colors
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes

Happy Crafting!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Cancer Sucks

Cancer sucks. There, I said it. It's not a mind-blowing concept or even a new one, but how often do people actually just come out and say it? Cancer. Sucks.

The Mountain Plains Crafters DT agree wholeheartedly, and today's topic on the blog is all about cancer awareness. Head on over to see what everyone created, and keep reading to see how I made my card and the inspiration behind it.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but I went further than just the pink ribbon. See, my family tree is riddled with this disease in various forms, so I wanted to acknowledge and draw awareness to all that have touched my life.


I inked up the small poppy flower outline stamp from a Unity kit and created my own patterned paper background. To keep the flowers from messily overlapping, I created a mask from a Post-it note and used it to keep my previous impressions clean. So when I went to stamp the light blue poppy, I stuck the Post-it to the pink poppy to keep the inks from mixing.

Each color I used on the card was chosen with care; pink for my Gram, who's now fighting breast cancer for the 3rd time at nearly 90 years old. Light blue for my Poppy, for it was prostate cancer that finally won. Gray for my mother-in-law, brain cancer took her from us before we were married. Gray ribbons also represent Parkinson's so a second nod to my Poppy there. Dark blue for my Aunt that didn't find the colon cancer until it was too late. Black for the skin cancer that also tagged Gram and that I have a high risk for. Plum purple for all those who take care of those with cancer, for they're warriors as well.

The sentiment is also from Unity, though I have no idea what set as I got it in a grab bag. I love the sentiment for anyone hurting, and cancer certainly hurts all those around it.

On a lighter note (got the tissues out yet?), if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you'll remember that I mixed up my white & clear Wink of Stella pens the other night; it was on this card. I tried to add some shimmer to the middle of the poppies, but it turned out opaque thanks to my grabbing the white pen by accident! Ah well, it still works.

Now go hug your friends, family, cat, dog, and/or gerbil and remember; early detection saves lives. Keep up with your yearly exams so you can live longer and craft more things.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Card Book and World Card Making Day

Woohoo, happy World Card Making Day everyone! There are so many fun contests, product releases, and card sketches out there in blog land today; have you been playing along?

I'm here to share my vintage Graphic 45 project for Mountain Plains Crafters today; we're giving away THREE pads of Graphic 45 paper over on our Facebook page. Just 'like' and 'comment' to enter! Believe me, I wish I could win it...

So, I finally finished a card storage book I started, oh, back in March...what, I've been busy! The book measures 6"x6" and is made from folded sheets of the Place in Time paper pad.

Place in Time card book
Pretty cool, huh? The back & front covers are chipboard covered with some paper from the pad, then topped with one of the tags from the embellishment kit. I added some navy ruffle ribbon from Pretty Pink Posh and a scrap of white shimmer ribbon I had laying around. The flower is from May Arts that I added a chocolate pearl to for the center.

Closeup of the tag
Some clear Wink of Stella finished the tag off, along with my handwriting and a Sharpie. ;)

Inside the book are (2) pages for every month, with pockets for keeping cards in. Now when we make things ahead of time, we have somewhere to put them! Each page also has a tag to keep track of birthdays, anniversaries, and the like.

March with the tag in the special tag pocket
September with a closeup of the tag for the month

Some ribbons over the binding finish the whole thing off. How about you; how do you keep track of your cards for those special people?

Happy Crafting!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Friendship Has Its Perks + A Video!


Good morning everyone! Got some coffee next to you? After all, it's National Coffee Day and Chaitali over at Cuts, Crops & Creativity is co-hosting an amazing Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

Seeing as I love coffee (seriously folks, have you SEEN the name of my blog?) I naturally leaped into this feet first, coffee cup in hand. In fact, I was so buzzed on caffeine I thought this would be the perfect occasion to film a start-to-finish card video. Mistakes were made, laughter was heard, and I still can't tell if the video is any good or if anyone will even watch the thing, but I did it!

You can watch it below or follow the link to my new YouTube channel. If you thought it was at least good for a laugh, I'd love it if you subscribed. Now that I have one under my belt, there are definitely more to follow!


Things I've learned:
-my table moves every time I touch it. Every. Time.
-when you zoom in to show a feature, remember to zoom back out.
-filming on the vertical is rough; that's how I lost some of the bottom half of the screen. Sigh.
-in the end, it was fun and I'd do it again.

As I mentioned in the video, I used the new Simon Says Stamp October card kit featuring the most fantastic coffee die and stamp set. I'm in love; my caffeine-filled heart went pitter-patter at the sight of it. The technique is on I saw on Jennifer McGuire's blog a while back (oh to film videos like her!) and it was so much fun.

Here's a better look at the final cards:




Virginia Lu offered up some fun coffee-related questions for the participants, and I just had to play along. I started drinking coffee on a regular basis when I was a junior in high school; tons of homework late into the night meant a morning mug of coffee while I waited for the bus was heaven. My favorite brands (I am SUCH a snob) are Green Mountain, Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks lattes. Not the Starbucks coffee, though, as I always think it tastes burnt. Oh, and if I don't drink my needed coffee, I will get lack-of-caffeine headaches, become ridiculously cranky and sometimes verbally assault people. There's a reason I have a sign in my house that reads "I drink coffee for your protection". Yes I'm addicted; what's your point? The world is a better place because of it...LOL

Now, I'd love to know - are you looking forward to more videos? What would you really like to see? And, of course, what's in your coffee cup??

Supplies - Simon Says Stamp October Card kit (stamps & die), Paperandmore.com 100# white cardstock, Simon Says Stamp Slate ink, Hero Arts White embossing powder, Distress Embossing Ink, 3M Foam Tape, Mama Elephant Bold Banner die, miscellaneous patterned papers, Wink of Stella Clear pen, Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Clear & Bronze sequins, Uhu Glue Stick.

Linking up to - Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes!

Happy Caffeinated Crafting!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Under the Mistletoe

Hi there everyone! Yes, I mentioned a holiday item...no hating! With all of the holiday prep that happens around here, if I don't start on cards (both personal and for sale) NOW I'll never get them done. Seriously. Ask me about the year I sent out Valentine's cards instead...

I've started playing with the new stamp sets I've been ordering for the holidays (shhh, don't tell the hubs) and grabbed the new Hero Arts 'Under the Mistletoe' set last night to play with. 


Ever have one of those cards that goes horribly wrong? This. Was. It. Several pieces of paper and ink stains later, this was the final result:

under the mistletoe hero arts by caffeinated papercuts
Under the Mistletoe
It doesn't look like it was a hot mess, does it? LOL It's amazing what some patience, embellishments, swearing, and beer can do...in the end, I stamped the big, beautiful mistletoe with Memento Black ink and colored it in with my Spectrum Noirs. To help hide the mess I made when I tried to add the bow from the set, I then fussy-cut it out and added a REAL red bow to the top and a bunch of pretty pearls for the berries.


I heat embossed the sentiment using the luscious Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I am seriously in love with this stuff; the soft, metallic shine it adds is just amazing and not as shiny & bright as a silver.



Some foam adhesive to pop the mistletoe onto the card and some marshmallow sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and my CAS holiday card was finally done.


So, am I alone in my holiday card creation kick or are you playing with new (or old) sets as well?

I am linking up to:
A2Z Scrapbooking Monthly Challenge - Autumn & Christmas
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #127 - Christmas Bingo (red/ribbon or twine/emboss)
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stamps & Stencils

Happy Crafting!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Holiday Cards and a Winner!

Hello there everyone! The nip in the air has me thinking of holiday cards already (ok, that and all the beautiful new stamps that keep arriving on my doorstep!) so I thought I'd share last year's big seller that I've listed again - my pretty, pretty snowflake cards:

Rustic Snowflake Holiday Cards
Seriously, I love these so much; the simplicity of the snowflake and sentiment, the bit of bling with the rhinestone, and some rounded corners to finish off this rustic yet elegant card. I get giddy every time I get to make them!

So giddy in fact, how about a coupon code, hmm? This week only over at my Etsy shop use the coupon code PumpkinLatte to take 15% off your purchase. Hurry though, it expires Saturday, September 27th at midnight!

And now, wondering who won the gold from my Treasure Chest?

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Congrats Christina! Your pirate booty will be on it's way to you soon! Be sure to head over to the Mountain Plains Crafters blog to see who else won some pirate treasure.

Have you started your holiday cards yet?

Happy Crafting!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

International Talk Like a Pirate Day...with Treasure!

Yarrrr mateys! The lovely wenches over at Mountain Plains Crafters have served up some grog-a-licious pirate cards and layouts ta tickle yer fancy...and some of dem have buried treasure on their blogs! Be sure to check out everyone's creations, including mine:

Ahoy there, matey!
A pirate ship sailing the open seas! This is a fun mix of Distress Inks and papers to pull this all together. The waves were made with Broken China, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans all layered onto watercolor paper. I wanted the texture and the stiffness when I tore it to get my white waves. The sunset/sunrise is a mix of Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon onto my favorite 100# white cardstock. Some Tombow super adhesive stuck the waves down to the sky after everything dried. I also added some Rock Candy Stickles to the white caps, but it so didn't photograph. Trust me when I say it adds some watery sparkle to the waves.


The pirate ship is from the Sweet Stamp Shop Ahoy! set and is too cool. I did a bit of coloring with my Spectrum Noir markers, added some Glossy Accents to the Jolly Roger and then just popped it up with some foam tape. The sentiment is from the same set and got a touch of color and Glossy Accents as well.


And like that, this ship set sail - yaaaarrrr!


Now then me hearties, interested in me treasure??


One lucky winner will win some gold from my treasure chest! Just enter below using the easy peasy Rafflecopter linky - contest ends Sunday, September 21st at midnight. YAAAARRRRR!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Linking up to - Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog Challenge - Techniques

Happy Crafting!