Saturday, 24 June 2017

Coffee cup thank you

I am on a duo-card swing! After the night and day cards yesterday, today's theme is hot and cold:


The "warm tones" card is for the 2017 summer coffee lovers blog hop, but I thought it would be cool (heh) to contrast with a "cool tones" card. Not sure if the colours are coming through, but the "warm" card uses a patterned paper that gradates from red to orange to yellow, and the "cool" card goes from purple to blues.

The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's So Much To Say. The coffee cup is a digi from Blackberry Jelly's digital stamps. Thank you! Finished with glossy accents and the SSS falling hearts stencil.


I am submitting this to:
2017 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
SSS Wednesday Challenge - Use patterned paper
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #288-289 - Anything Goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps - Wonderful Wednesday
DL.ART June linky challenge
DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge #207
YNS Sketch Challenge #67












Thank you as always for stopping by!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Meet... Brentwood!

The 2017 summer coffee lovers blog hop is ON!! Woot! This is my third hop and I am preparing myself for a week of crafting frenzy :)

Card #1:

Meet Brentwood! I love it when stamp characters have names. This digi is from jessicalynnoriginal. Thank you! It's my first time to colour Brentwood and he is just the sweetest. Here, he is having a staycation and drinking coffee all day and all night long.

Funny story about this card: I showed it to my husband and he particularly liked the morning version because he says Brentwood, being nocturnal, would definitely need coffee in the morning to stay awake :)

I know the hop is hopping like crazy, so I won't keep you. Thank you as always for stopping by!

I am submitting this to:
2017 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
SSS Wednesday Challenge - Use patterned paper
SSS Monday Challenge - Let's take a vacation (staycation!)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #288-289 - Anything Goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps - Wonderful Wednesday
DL.ART June linky challenge
DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge #207

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Christmas chickies

This card is for the last Mojo Monday. I only discovered Mojo Monday this year, and I haven't participated in many challenges, but I always appreciate the sketches because they helped me learn so many variations on balanced layouts. Thank you Julee! I look in the archived sketches often!


Those cute chickies are from Your Next Stamps' Christmas Chickies, and the sentiment is from Hero Arts' Layering Christmas Tree. Layout and colours inspired by:




I am submitting this to:
Mojo Monday #500
YNS Colour Challenge #66
SSS Wednesday Challenge - Emboss it (Clear embossing on the background snowflakes and sentiment)
SSS Monday Challenge - Touchy feely (liquid applique on the toques and tulle for the horizontal strip)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #286-287 - Anything Goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps - Wonderful Wednesday
CHNC Challenge 338 - AG Christmas (I didn't finish this card in time for last week's challenge, which was non-traditional Christmas colours...)
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - June
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - June (the background is a piece of watercolour designer paper)


Thank you as always for stopping by!


Sunday, 28 May 2017

Side step card - cup of happiness



This is my first side step card (side-step card? side step-card? My inner grammar police is still thinking about it), idea as inspired by the Coffee Loving Cardmakers' Caseing DT link-up party #13. I've used basically all the stamps in the YNS Cup of Happiness set! 


The white is a shimmery cardstock; my apologies for the brightness of the photos. Some of the marshmallow dudes are on foam dots, and some are layered twice for varying depths. There is some acetate behind the back ladder so that it looks above the fold.

I am submitting this to:
Color throwdown #444 (green, grey, white)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #284-285 - Anything Goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps - Wonderful Wednesday (Anything Goes)
Dare 2B Artzy - Girly (it's a girl cup; look at those eyelashes! 😁)
Coffee Loving Cardmakers CASEing DT Link Up Party #13












Thank you as always for stopping by!

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

World's best birthday wishes

I've been enjoying the CASEing DT series at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog, but was really stumped as to how to CASE this month's gorgeous card from Becca Cruger:

 

Here is my attempt:

 
My card started with the focal image from From the Heart Stamps' World's Best Coffee. And then it was one substitute after another due to my apparent lack of supplies, which amazes me because my stash is more mountain than molehill, or so I thought.
  • I wanted to use one of the accompanying digi sentiments, but ran out of large-enough pieces of vellum that would feed through the printer. Therefore, I stamped a sentiment from Verve's Surely Goodness
  • The circle embossing is in place of the small doily (which I didn't have)
  • The swipes of alcohol marker are in place of the mixed media / gelato-like gorgeousness on the original card
On the bright side, I was able to print a miniature coffee cup on the envelope! Eeeep! Super cute; all's well that ends well.


I am submitting this to:
SSS Wednesday Challenge - Birthday
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #276-277 - Anything Goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps - Wonderful Wednesday (Anything Goes)
Dare 2B Artzy - Anything Goes
Coffee Loving Cardmakers CASEing DT Link Up Party #12












Thank you as always for stopping by!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Birthday wishes

I am really enjoying the versatility of Hero Arts' Layering Christmas Tree; I haven't used it for a Christmas card yet.


The trees are stamped in a combination of Versamark and Hero Arts' Ombre Lime to Forever Green ink. I love the depth that you get with the layers, even with only Versamark. And maybe it's just me, but I find this layering stamp very forgiving - tree branches don't have to line up exactly and blotchiness is only natural, right?


The layout and colours are from YNS:




I am submitting this to:

SSS Wednesday Challenge: Happy birthday
SSS Work it Wednesday: Spring
A Blog Named Hero: Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #276-277 - Anything Goes   
YNS Sketch and Color Challenge #61

Thank you as always stopping by!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

You Make Everything Groovy!

Just a quick one using Verve's Surely Goodness, following the Mojo Monday sketch, and using a rainbow of colours per the SSS Monday challenge - make a rainbow.

Post-photo, I realized the flower centre needs a gem, so that's now fixed and all is right with the world again!

I am submitting this to:
SSS Monday - Rainbow
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #276-277 - Anything Goes
Dare 2B Artzy - Anything Goes 
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps - Anything Goes
Mojo Monday #491












Thank you as always for stopping by!

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Best wishes

Wow, the spring coffee lovers blog hop is going strong! So many inspirational cards + dedicated commenters leaving lovely comments + great hop prizes (+ coffee) = Winning combination :)


I found this cute flower-in-a-teacup Provo Craft mini embossing folder ("Feel Better") in my stash recently and thought it would be perfect for the spring hop. I used the YNS sketch and colours; the sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's So Much To Say and then finished with a bit of cork ribbon as de facto cup coaster and glossy accents.



I hope card quality is not proportional to the amount of time spent on the card because this one came together relatively quickly for me.


I am submitting this to:
YNS Sketch and Colour Challenge #60 
SSS Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
SSS Work It Wednesday - Spring 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #276-277 - Anything Goes  
2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


Thank you as always for stopping by!

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Rise and Shine

... with a cup of coffee in the great outdoors. Here's sending a whiff of fresh mountain air your way:



Stamps: Hero Arts' Layering Christmas Tree and Verve's Rise and Shine (gorgeous set; thanks Julee!)

Added some glossy accents to make the sentiment "shine". Ink sponging a background is new to me and fun!

I am submitting this to:

Verve Stamps Blog
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #276-277 - Anything Goes 
2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
SSS Work It Wednesday - Spring 
SSS Wednesday - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 27 March 2017

You've Got This in the Bag

It's that time again: The Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - 2017 Spring edition! I am late to the (ginormous) party, but "better late than never" is my motto, so here is my first card:


The stamp set is a free digi: Verve's Rise and Shine. I scattered the cups, printed on a piece of yellow marbled paper, and then coloured in the cups. I love, love, love the style of this set and this punny sentiment! Thank you Julee for your generosity!

This card is inspired by Andreea Raghina's card over at the CASEing DT Link-Up Party #11. When I saw the layout, I was immediately reminded of this twisted panel card by Melanie Muenchinger, so I combined the two. I used the colours from Colour Throwdown #435.



However, I can't decide if I want to tape down the tag or leave it completely free-floating (how it is now). Thoughts?


I am submitting this to:
Colour Throwdown #435
Verve Stamps Blog
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #274-275 - Anything Goes 
2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Coffee Loving Cardmakers CASEing DT Link Up Party #11












Thanks for stopping by! Remember, you've got this in the bag!

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Cast all your cares on Him

I feel that I spent more time trying to get an accurate photo of this card than making it, but the colours are finally close enough:



The sketch is from Mojo Monday and the colours are from the YNS colour challenge:



I replaced the half-circle with a half-rectangle and dry embossed the vertical column with a double-partial embossing technique (using a DIY embossing diffuser). Double-partial? Yup, I'm coining this term. This card is 5 x 6.5, so the brown panel was too big for my A2-sized embossing folder. I partially embossed from the top, and then ran it through again from the other end.

The stamp is from Verve's Faith Medley, part of my small but growing faith-based sets, because my mom commissioned me I offered to make my mom a stash of cards for her church fellowship group.

I am submitting this to:
Mojo Monday #487
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #272-273 - Anything Goes
YNS Color Challenge #59
SSS Wednesday Challenge: For a Special Lady / Girl (This card is going to my mom) 

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

From Me To You

Happy Sunday!

I CASE-ed the following card from Helen Gullett and used the colours from Your Next Stamp's Colour Challenge #58:


The stamp is a digi from Verve's Love From Me; thanks Julee!

The original plan was to repeat one of the other stamps as a watermark background (similar to the original card), but I decided to combine the sketch and colours with the following challenges:
... and followed this scrappy background tutorial.

This is going to be a thank you card (with a coffee gift card inside), and I am going to write the recipient's name over the coffee sleeve area. Not how it's done in real life, but I think it works.


I am submitting this to:
SSS Monday Challenge: Use your favourite tool (Fiskars trimmer)
SSS Work it Wednesday: Make something new with a new product (This digi is new for me)
Little Red Wagon: Challenge #381 Season of Love (Bazzill paper)
YNS colour challenge #58
Coffee Loving Cardmakers CASEing DT Link Up Party #10













Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, 12 February 2017

Baby onesie shaker card

I needed to make a baby congrats card and thought I should fancy it up, which, in my mind, means to layer it up, so I attempted this beautifully layered Mojo Monday sketch:

Layering is always such a difficult decision for me and I have to admit I paired many combinations of the pattern paper together before deciding on this final version:

In retrospect, I wonder if, instead of the faded beige, I should have chosen a pink tone-on-tone buttons pattern paper for more baby motifs.

I am happy with the bow though! Followed the tutorial here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqLv4KCebMA using some sheer ribbon left over from my wedding invitations last year, which is serendipitous because the new dad was the best man at the wedding.

Almost forgot about the main attraction - the shaker onesie. Die-cut from Taylored Expressions' Little Bits - Onesie, and filled with red seed beads and some hearts / stars confetti Julee Tilman of Verve Stamps added to my package - thank you! 

I am submitting this to:
SSS Monday Challenge: Young At Heart (Heart confetti and I am interpreting the "young" heart literally)
SSS Wednesday Challenge: Cute
SSS Work it Wednesday: Make something new with a new product (The onesie die-cut is new for me)
Mojo Monday #483

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 10 February 2017

Meet... Beans

I stumbled across Christina Hor's Hug A Heart Card Drive and this is one of the cards I sent in earlier this week; it's scheduled to arrive right on the cut-off date, so I'm really hoping there are no weather delays en route.


Apparently, I don't have a lot of heart stamps, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I searched online and I found this super-duper cute digi from Jessa Feig (https://uselesstrinkets.wordpress.com).

Meet... Beans! I printed a sheet of him on marbled paper and then the heart again on red cardstock, which I covered with clear embossing for a bit of texture / shine. Oh, did I mention how cute he is?? I am sure this is not the last we've seen of him. In fact, I made another batch of cards with Beans, but I forgot to take a photo of them before rushing the cards to the post office...

I am submitting this to:
SSS Monday Challenge: Young At Heart (This "heart" card is going to "young" children)
SSS Wednesday Challenge: Cute ('nuff said)
SSS Work it Wednesday: Make something new with a new product (Beans is new to me; digi stamps are also a relatively new realm)
YNS Sketch and Color Challenge #57 (love the bright colours, so I used a simple colour-block style for a kids card)

Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, 26 January 2017

What do you call a group of marshmallows?

If you can have a litter of kittens, a gaggle of geese, and a mob of kangaroos, what do you call a group of marshmallows (falling into a cup)?


The stamp set is Your Next Stamp's Cup of Happiness. The sketch is a CASE of Terri Burson's card in the Coffee Loving Cardmakers CASEing DT Link Up Party #9 and the colors are from Your Next Stamp's Color Challenge #56:



From the sketch, I liked the placement of the sentiment in between the droplets falling into the large cup below. However, now that I look at my card again, I'm not sure how all the marshmallows will fit into the cup.

I am submitting this to:
YNS Color Challenge #56
Send a Smile 4 Kids: Anything Goes 4 Kids (I discovered the Canadian branch recently and will make some extra cards to send along!)
SSS Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Coffee Loving Cardmakers CASEing DT Link Up Party #9












Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, 8 January 2017

Happy Sheep

Happy New Year! I resolve to make better cards this year, so please let me know how this card can be better :) First step is to follow along with more challenges and get inspired by different layouts and techniques.

A fun, new product for me is liquid applique! I had seen "snow" on a lot of Christmas cards and now I can create snow too <insert evil cackle>, but first... sheep:


It's great fun heating up the liquid applique and seeing it puff up! I can't stop running my hands over the "wool". And, I've already prepped extra wooly sheeps for future cards...

The sheep is from Hero Arts' Happy Day Animals (CL153), which must be a super-old stamp set because it's not sold at a lot of places. The sentiment is Lawn Fawn's So Much To Say, which I love for the variety of sentiments.

My layout, color, and general idea really, came from Your Next Stamp's sketch and color challenge #55. There are sheep in the inspiration photo!!



I am submitting this to:
SSS Monday Challenge: Start Afresh (liquid applique)
SSS Wednesday Challenge: New Something (liquid applique)
SSS Work it Wednesday: Something new (liquid applique)
A Blog Named Hero: New To Me (still liquid applique)
YNS Sketch and Color Challenge #55

Thanks for stopping by!