Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hello Love-Coffee And Cards With Celeste And Deb

Hello and welcome to the February installment of the coffee and cards collaboration with my crafty friend Debra Davison. We have another guest designer with us this month, my dear friend Rebecca Ledbetter. Becky has been more than just a crafty friend, she's someone who has been here for me through a tough year of life changes and I am so very blessed to call her friend!

For our collaboration this month we decided to do a Valentine themed coffee card. It's no secret that I love my Unity Stamp Company Angie Girl stamps and have several that are coffee themed and that's what I reached for when creating this card. I started a white card base and layered some pretty love-themed pink and grey patterned paper from Echo Park. I then stamped Angie girl and sentiment from Unity Stamp Company's Hello Love stamp set onto some Copic-friendly cardstock. I colored the image in using coordinating colors to match the patterned paper and then die cut the panel out using a stitched edge Gina Marie Designs rectangle die. I popped the panel up off of the card using 3M foam tape for added dimension. To finish my card I added some light pink sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and some pink Stickles to the gloves, sentiment, and scarf for some additional shimmer and shine. 
As for my coffee, I opted for a nice big cup of Seattle's Best French roast with some Starbucks caramel creamer in a pretty new ceramic travel mug that I got for Christmas. Enjoy your coffee this morning and be sure to pop over to Deb and Becky's blogs and leave them some blog love in the way of a comment! Thank you for visiting my blog!



Friday, February 10, 2017

Merry Christmas

Today's card was created for the latest Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge. I started with a kraft card base and layered a panel of plain white cardstock onto top cut slightly smaller than my card. I added 1/2" strips of patterned paper from the My Mind's Eye Holly Jolly 6x6 paper pad in a tapering line to mimic a Christmas Tree. I topped it with a punched star from the same paper collection and a strip of brown cardstock. I stamped the sentiment from Amy R Stamps Big Christmas Wishes stamp set using chocolate chip ink from Stampin' UP. To finish my card I added a small clear rhinestone from Recollections to the star and some brown dashed lines around the outer edge of the focal panel. I hope you like this quick and easy card and thank you for visiting my blog!

Monday, February 6, 2017

With Sympathy


Today's card was created for the latest Just Us Girls and Addicted To CAS challenges. I started by layering a piece of dark brown wood grain patterned paper from the Little Yellow's Bicycle's Fern & Forest 6x6 paper pad onto my white card base. I then die cut a rectangle panel using a stitched edge Gina Marie Design die and layered it onto some plain white cardstock. I stamped the pawprint from the Simon Says Stamp Pawprints On Our Hearts stamp set onto the panel using Gina K Designs charcoal brown ink. I die cut the sentiment using a Simon Says Stamp die and adhered it onto the panel using my Zig Two Way glue pen. For a finishing touch I popped the focal panel up off of the card using some 3M foam tape. I hope you like this simple sympathy card and thank you so much for visiting my blog!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Fintastic Mermaid

My second card today was created for the Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge. I started by layering some pretty patterned papers from the American Crafts Welcome Spring 6x6 paper pad onto my white card base. I then stamped the adorable Mermaid 1 stamp from Lily Of The Valley onto some Copic-friendly cardstock. I die cut the image using a Spellbinders oval die to create a nice focal panel. I die cut a scalloped edge in white to go around the oval panel. I colored the adorable little mermaid in colors that coordinated with the patterned papers I used and added some shimmer and shine by adding both Sakura clear gelly roll pen and Nuvo Glitter Drops in white blizzard to the seahorse, the seashells on her head, the bubbles, as well as her wings. The photo doesn't do it justice so you will just have to take my word for it...this card has some pretty shimmer! I popped the oval panel up off of the card using some Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn's Fintastic Friends and cut it down to a small strip, which I adhered directly onto the card. I added some more Sakura gelly roll glitter pen to the sentiment for more shimmer and shine. I love how adorably this card turned out. Thank you for visiting my blog today!

Hay There!

Today's card was created for the latest Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge. I created my card by layering some fun farm themed patterned papers from the American Crafts Heartland Farm 6x6 paper pad onto my white card base. I then stamped the images from the My Favorite Things Hay There stamp set onto some white Copic-friendly cardstock. I colored them using my alcohol markers and fussy cut them out leaving a small white border around them. I created a scene by die cutting a sloped hill using a Paper Smooches border die and coloring it green to look like grass. I added a few stitched lines along the top edge to help define it more against the patterned paper and adhered it directly to the card. I popped the adorable little images up off of the card using some Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from the same MFT stamp set, trimmed it down and cut the ends to create a fish-tail banner, and popped it up off of the card using more foam dimensionals. For a finishing touch I rounded the outer edges of the card using my EK Success Corner Chomper. I hope you like this adorable little card and thank you for visiting my blog today!


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Wintertime Wishes


Today's card was created for both the Case This Sketch and Jingle Belles challenges. I am still in the midst of making Christmas cards for next year so love the opportunity to challenge me to make holiday cards and I love this sketch, so I thought I'd combine the two together to create one fun card! I started by die cutting a piece of Canson watercolor paper using a Gina Marie Designs stitched edge rectangle die. Using a smooshing technique and some Tim Holtz spun sugar distress ink I added a nice wash of pink to the background. On a separate piece of watercolor paper I combined Tim Holtz spun sugar, worn lipstick, and picked raspberry distress inks together to create a nice variegated look and then die cut the sheet using some pretty My Favorite Things snowflake dies. I added a bit of Wink of Stella to the snowflakes and adhered them directly onto the die cut panel. Using a small star shape from the Simon Says Stamps Hand Lettered Wishes stamp set and some light grey ink I added a few more "snowflake" details around the card. I then prepped a piece of Stampin' UP's basic black cardstock using my EK Success powder tool and stamped the sentiment from the Power Poppy Cozy Cupfuls stamp set using Versamark ink and some Recollections snow white embossing powder. Once heat set I cut the sentiment panel down and popped it up off of the card using some Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. I popped the focal panel up off of the card using 3M foam tape for a bit of dimension. I hope you like this fun, non-traditional holiday card!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Today's card was created for the latest Less Is More Challenge. To create my card I started with a white card base and layered on a piece of white cardstock that I had embossed using a heart pattern embossing folder from The Paper Studio. I popped that panel up off of my card using 3M foam tape and then added some black stitched lines around the outer edge of the card to help define the edges. I stamped the heart from the Unity Stamp Company's Everything Love stamp set onto some cherry cobbler cardstock from Stampin' UP and fussy cut the image out. I stamped the sentiment on the inside of the heart using the same stamp set. I went all around the fussy cut heart with a dual tip Memento marker to make it look like a die cut and then adhered it directly to the card. Using some American Crafts jute twine in black I created the tail and bow for my "balloon" and adhered them both directly to the card using some Ranger Multi Matte Medium glue. For a finishing touch I added a few clear rhinestones from Recollections on either side of the sentiment. I hope you like this clean and simple card and thank you for visiting my blog today!