Sunday, September 23, 2018

Happy Birthday-Coffee And Cards With Celeste And Deb

Hello, and welcome to another Coffee and Cards with Celeste and Deb! I can't believe it's September already! Unfortunately we are still experiencing summer weather here in Southeast Missouri so not really fall here yet but I'm sure it will be here before we know it. Deb and I decided to create cards this month using washi tape as our focal point. I am ashamed to admit that I have tons of washi tape that I've accumulated over several years that sit in a container in my craft closet completely unused. I simply forget I have it. So, I thought it would be fun to pull it out and use a large portion of it on a card. I love these gorgeous patterns and colors and thought they  complimented each other nicely. It was fairly easy to pull together. I started by layering a piece of soft pink cardstock from Hobby Lobby onto my white A2 card base. I then cut down a thinner panel of white cardstock from Staples and adhered my washi tapes (all from Recollections) at a diagonal onto the panel. Using my mini-Misti I stamped the sentiment from the Verve Stamps Poppy Birthday stamp set directly onto the panel using Versafine onyx black ink. I adhered the panel directly to the center of the card. I then stamped one of the floral images from the Stampin' UP Flower Shop stamp set onto more of the same pink cardstock using Versamark clear ink and heat embossed it using Recollections detail embossing powder in snow white. I then punched the image out using the coordinating punch. To finish this card off I adhered a bit of pink bakers twine to a blue button I had in my stash and adhered it to the card using a glue dot and some foam squares from Hobby Lobby. Love how beautifully it turned out!
As for my coffee choice I opted for a cool salted caramel iced coffee. So very yummy! Now be sure to pop over to Deb's blog and check out her card creation!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Ah, Autumn-Words 2 Craft By September/October

Hello and welcome to the September/October Words 2 Craft By word challenge. Your inspiration this month is Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall-F. Scott Fitzgerald. Anyone who knows me knows it's no secret that autumn is my favorite time of the year. I love the cool, crisp air, the foliage, the warmer clothing...and my birthday is in the fall. So, I was excited to create a card that celebrates my favorite season! To start I layered a piece of chocolate chip cardstock from Stampin' UP onto my standard A2 white card base. I then layered a piece of the Autumn Splendor patterned paper from Best Creation Inc on top. I then stamped the gorgeous tree image from the Hero Arts Color Layering Fall Trees stamp set onto some white cardstock from Staples using Memento dew drop inks in fall colors. For the ground I used one of the images from the Paper Smooches Positive Strokes stamp set and more Memento inks. I then stamped the sentiment from the Close To My Heart Always Grateful Seasons & Nature stamp set and die cut the image using a stitched edge rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs. I matted the panel onto more Stampin' UP chocolate chip cardstock and popped it up off of the card using fun foam from Hobby Lobby. I added some coordinating 3mm sequins from The Ton onto the tree image to mix in with the leaves to finish up my pretty autumn card. I can't wait to see how this month's quote inspires the rest of you!


Friday, August 31, 2018

Butterfly Happy Birthday

Today's card was created for the latest Watercooler Wednesday card challenge. To create my card I started by cutting a piece of Stampin' UP basic black cardstock into a pretty decorative border using a Stamplorations Cutplorations decorative edge die. I adhered it to some pretty patterned paper from the Studio Calico Atlantic 6x6 paper pad and layered it onto my standard white card base. I then stamped the sentiment from the Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold, and the Happy stamp set directly onto the card base using Versafine onyx black ink and my mini-Misti to ensure nice, crisp lines. I stamped the butterfly image from the Bo Bunny Flutter Stamp stamp set onto some Canson watercolor paper using Versafine onyx black ink and heat set it using some Zing clear embossing powder. I watercolored the image using some Tim Holtz distress ink and attached it to the card using some glue dots and some foam dimensionals. I added a few clear rhinestones from Recollections and some clear Wink of Stella glitter to the butterfly for a nice finishing touch. Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Celebrate-Coffee And Cards Collaboration With Celeste And Deb

Hello, and welcome to another Coffee And Cards Collaboration With Celeste And Deb! Debbie chose steampunk as our theme this month. I have to admit, I've never created anything steampunk or even anything multi-media so I struggled a bit with this one. After doing some trolling through Hobby Lobby and Tuesday Morning I finally came up with an idea for my card. I started by purchasing a sheet of self adhesive tin tile vinyl paper in onyx by 7 Gypsies. I already had a cog that had come in a destash box I bought from a crafty friend some months back. So, I started with those two elements. After going through all of my stamps I landed on the Tattered Traveler stamp set from Tattered Angels. These stamps are huge so I don't use them very often, mostly because they don't typically fit on an A2 sized card. So, I decided to create an easel card. I've never made one but it was fairly easy to create. I started by die cutting a panel down and folding it in half. I then die cut the panel leaving a small sliver at the top unexposed to the die so it would remain intact. I die cut a piece of the vinyl tile paper and attached it to the circle panel. I glued the cog to the bottom center of the vinyl tile panel to hold the easel portion in place. I then stamped and die cut each of the pocket watch elements from the Tattered Angels stamp set onto more kraft cardstock and fussy cut them out. I layered them together adding dimension to each element using foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives. To finish my fun shaped card off I stamped the sentiment from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Crazy Talk stamp set onto kraft cardstock and trimmed it out with some of the leftover tile paper. I adhered it to the bottom of the card. This is a pretty large card so I'm going to have to create my own envelope for it but I can do that pretty easily with my envelope score board. 
It's been unseasonably cool here in Southeast Missouri...until today. We are starting to warm back up so I opted for a nice icy frozen coffee with a dash of pistachio flavoring. Yes, it's as yummy as it sounds and it cooled me off while I was out running errands too! Now be sure to pop over to Deb's page and leave some blog love in the way of a kind comment. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

You're So Sweet. Thank You Berry Much

Today's card was created for both The Paper Players and Addicted To CAS card challenges. To create my card I started by stamping the beautiful berry wreath from the Clearly Besotted Simply Scrumptious stamp set onto white card stock using both fresh asparagus and red hot inks from Gina K Designs. I stamped the center sentiment from the same stamp set using Versafine onyx black ink and my mini-Misti for a nice crisp look. Then using a pretty scalloped die cut from Gina Marie Designs I cut the image down into a focal panel and mounted it to my card using some fun foam from Hobby Lobby. I then stamped the second sentiment from the same stamp set using more white cardstock and Versafine ink. I cut it down into a small strip and mounted it up off of the focal panel using a thin strip of fun foam. To finish my card off I added some black dots to the strawberries using my Sakura black gelly roll pen and some Glossy Accents for a nice finishing touch. I hope you like my card and thank you for stopping by my blog today! 



Sunday, August 19, 2018

Thinking Of You

Hello and happy Sunday! Today's card was created for the latest Freshly Made Sketches. To create my card I started by cutting a piece of patterned paper from the Studio Calico Atlantic 6x6 paper pad into a panel using a wonky edge stitched rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs. I mounted it straight to my white card base. I then cut a small strip of basic black cardstock from Stampin' UP and mounted it onto the card. I die cut a white circle using some white cardstock from Staples and a Spellbinders circle die. I mounted it directly to the card panel. I then stamped the flower from Stampendous Fresh Bloom wood mounted stamp using Versafine onyx black ink and heat set it using some clear embossing powder from Zing. I then watercolored the image using some inexpensive watercolors I picked up at Hobby Lobby. Once the image was dry I fussy cut it out and went around the edges using my Memento tuxedo black dual tip marker and added some white gel pen detail to the flower's stamen.  I stamped the sentiment from the Hero Arts OWH Year Round Sentiments stamp set using Versafine and heat set it as well. I cut the sentiment down into a small strip banner and mounted it directly to the flower and then popped it all up using some inexpensive fun foam. Love how pretty this turned out with the ombre of the watercoloring and the ombre of the patterned paper. I thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Merry Christmas

Today's card was created for the latest Jingle Belles card challenge. To create my card I started by layering some basic black cardstock from Stampin' UP onto my standard white card base. I then layered a piece of red patterned paper from the American Crafts Very Merry 6x6 paper pad on top and added some white dashed lines around the outer edge for some fun contrast. I then die cut the snow globe images from the Papertrey Ink Winter Snow Globe stamp and die collection. I prepped the die cut images with my EK Success powder tool and stamped the base of the snow globe onto the cardstock using Versamark ink and heat set it using Recollections detail embossing powder in silver. I then stamped the snowflakes using more Versamark ink and heat set them twice, once using Ranger's holographic embossing powder for a fun sparkle and again with Recollections detail embossing powder in snow. I love the little extra glimmer and shine stamping it twice gave the images. I then die cut and stamped the Santa, snowman, and tree images onto some white Copic-friendly cardstock and colored them using my alcohol markers. I then stamped the sentiment onto more of the same black cardstock using the Amy R Stamps Big Christmas Wishes stamp set and heat embossed it using more of the Recollections detail embossing powder in snow. I trimmed the sentiment down to create a fishtail banner. I then mounted the snow globes directly to the card base using the sketch as my guide and popped the focal images up off of them using Stampin' UP's foam dimensionals and the fishtail banner using some 3M foam tape. I love how adorably this card turned out. I hope you like it too!