Sunday, January 16, 2022
Well, we were supposed to get snow here in Southeast Missouri last night and today, but it never came to fruition. So, the only snowflakes I get to enjoy today are the ones I put on my card for the latest Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge! I created my card using some fun patterned papers from the American Crafts Hot Cocoa 6x6 paper collection, some cherry cobbler cardstock from Stampin' UP, pretty snowflake dies from My Favorite Things, a punch from Martha Stewart, a mug die, and a cloud punch from Fiskars that I altered to look like whipped cream. After assembling my card and stamping the sentiment from the My Favorite Things Cozy Greetings stamp set I added some pretty white blizzard Stickes to all of the snowflakes and the whipped cream for some pretty shine. Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope that you got to enjoy some snow in your corner of the world this weekend!
I cannot believe it's been a month since I posted on my blog. It's been a busy holiday season, but it's time to get back at it. Debra and I decided to try our hand at a sketch and I found this great one on Pinterest. I still have all of my Christmas card making supplies out, so I thought it would be fun to start building this year's stash! I created my card by layering some great patterned papers from the Pebbles Welcome Christmas 6x6 paper pad onto some cherry cobbler cardstock from Stampin' UP following the sketch exactly as shown. I stamped the adorable image and sentiment from the Close To My Heart Santa mini stamp set onto some white Copic-friendly cardstock using Gina K designs black ink. I colored the image using my alcohol markers and then die cut it into a circle panel using a pierced edge circle die from My Favorite Things. I then cut a larger circle from more cherry cobbler cardstock using a Spellbinders circle die and layered the two together and mounted it onto my card. To complete my card I added some pretty red sequins from my stash on either side of the sentiment and some Glossy Accents to Santa's nose.
For my coffee I opted for a nice hot cup of butterscotch rum roast and an awesome coffee buzz chocolate treat! Now be sure to head over to Debra's blog to see what fun she created with our sketch this month!
Sunday, December 12, 2021
Hello and welcome to the December Coffee and Cards with Celeste and Deb! Deb and I decided to use this fun winter/Christmas mood board as the inspiration for this month's collaboration cards. I just love all of the images on this mood board! I have an awesome friend who used to get the KOTM's from Unity Stamp Company and she's been kind enough to let me play with her whole collection...thank you Becky! The October 2018 collection really caught my eye and I decided to use several images from that stamp set. I stamped the background stocking stamp onto some kraft cardstock using Memento tuxedo black ink and then cut the panel down using a Pink and Main rectangle stacking die. I mounted it directly to my white A2 card base. To add some interest to the background I added lots of white gel pen detail to the snowflakes and stockings. I then stamped the focal image onto some white Copic-friendly cardstock and die cut it with a pierced edge oval die from My Favorite Things. I stamped the same image again and fussy cut the scarf and adhered it to the focal panel. I colored the images using my alcohol markers and attached the whole thing to my card. I then stamped the sentiment onto more white card stock and mounted them onto some white cardstock I had colored with my Copic marker to match. To finish off this card off I simply added a few clear rhinestones from Recollections around the focal panel. Love this quick and simple card!We got a new Scooter's Coffee here in our little town, so I popped in and tried their iced Peppermint Mocha latte! I ran a very cold and windy 5K this morning and this was the perfect way to refresh after my run! Be sure to pop on over to Deb's site and see how she was inspired by the mood board!
Saturday, December 4, 2021
Hello! Can you believe that it's December already? This month at Send A Smile 4 Kids we are celebrating winter by creating winter cards for kids. And before anyone gets upset with me...yes, this is the same stamped image I used for last month's challenge but I shook it up with a winter sentiment and a new layout and winter themed patterned papers. To create my card I started by layering some early espresso cardstock by Stampin' Up onto my white A2 card base. I then cut and adhered a piece of dusty blue patterned paper from the My Mind's Eye Signature Christmas 6x6 paper pad on top. I die cut a large strip of pretty snowflake paper from the same paper pad and matted it with more early espresso cardstock. I adhered it to the card to the far left. I then stamped the adorable image from Margaret Sherry's Christmas Cuties stamp set onto some white Copic-friendly cardstock and colored it with my alcohol markers. I die cut the image using a pierced edge oval die from My Favorite Things and then another decorative pierced edge panel using a Gina Marie Designs die and more early espresso cardstock. I adhered the two panels together and popped it up off of the card using 3M foam tape. To finish off my card I added some fun details and highlights to the image using my white gel pen and added some dark brown sequins from The Ton around the focal panel. I'm kind of obsessed with this adorable image! I can't wait to see what everyone else creates for this challenge!
Monday, November 22, 2021
Happy Monday! I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is this week. This year is slipping by so quickly. I'm in Christmas card mode for the rest of the month and still have quite a few I have to make before I get mine mailed out. I saw the current sketch challenge over at Sunday Stamps weekly challenge and was inspired! I had just picked up the October issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft and there was a darling little freebie that came with that month's edition...Margaret Sherry's Christmas Cuties stamps and snow globe die! Gotta love free stuff, right? I stamped up the darling little mouse pulling Rudolph on the sled onto some white Copic-friendly cardstock and colored the image to create a winter scene using my alcohol markers. Using the snow globe die cut I cut it once using the white cardstock and then a second time using black. I colored the hearts and the star with my alcohol markers and inserted them into the die cut panel along with the focal panel. Then following the sketch I adhered some Stampin' UP basic black cardstock to my white A2 card base, then a slightly smaller white panel. To that I added my sketch elements from the My Mind's Eye Christmas Wish 6x6 paper pad to the card, matting each piece with more black cardstock for some nice contrast. I stamped the sentiment from the same Margaret Sherry stamp set at the bottom right corner using Versafine onyx black ink and added a few black gems from my stash on either side of the sentiment and some white gel pen details to the critters to finish off this adorably cheery Christmas card!
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Hello and happy Thursday! Today's card was created for the 2021 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. To create my card I inked up a rectangle panel using Stampin' UP Sahara sand and an A2 mask from Simon Says Stamp. With the mask stencil still on I added the coffee rings using a Tim Holtz stencil and distress ink in tea stain. I then stamped the sentiment from Honey Bee's Blah Blah Blah stamp set and Gina K Design black ink. I then stamped the coffee pot and mug from Altenew's Coffee Love onto white Copic-friendly cardstock, colored them using my alcohol markers, and fussy cut them out. I popped them up off of the card for a little interest and dimension. Love how clean and simple this card was. Thank you for visiting my blog today!
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Hello and welcome to the November Coffee and Cards with Celeste and Deb! This month we decided to use this fun Christmas photo as our inspiration. And, since the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop happens to be going on right now, we decided it would be fun to coordinate this month's collaboration around that! To create my card I started by stamping the beautiful Planner Gal Cold Outside by Unity Stamp Company onto some white Copic-friendly cardstock. I then stamped the coordinating sentiment to the top left of the image. Then, doing some very selective stamping, I stamped the drink coffee sentiment and one of the cups from L2E's Morning Cup stamp set to the right of my planner gal. I colored the image using my alcohol markers. Then using a strip of striped paper from the My Mind's Eye Yuletide 6x6 paper pad I added a little tablecloth beneath my image and die cut the whole thing into a rectangle panel using a stitched border die from Paper Rose. I added more of the pretty patterned papers from the same My Mind's Eye paper pad onto my white A2 card base using a fun sketch I found on Pinterest. To finish my card off I popped the focal panel up off of the card using some 3M foam tape.
For my coffee this month I chose a warm, toasty Cinnamon Crunch Latte from my local Panera restaurant. I absolutely loved it! Now, be sure to head on over to Deb's blog and see how she was inspired by this month's challenge!
Sunday, November 7, 2021
I have a wedding to attend next weekend and thought it would be perfect to enter into this week's Watercooler Wednesday card challenge. To create my card I started by layering some teal blue cardstock from Hobby Lobby onto my white A2 card base. I then layered a pretty light blue panel of patterned paper from The We R Memory Keepers Anthologie Potpourri 12x12 paper pad on top. I then die cut a fish tail banner using a light blue cardstock from Hobby Lobby and a We R Memory Keepers die and layered it on top. I then stamped the floral framed image from Stampin' UP's Apothocary Art stamp set using Memento tuxedo black ink and colored it using my Copic markers. I fussy cut the image out and then die cut the same shape using the coordinating dies and more of the teal blue cardstock. I adhered them together and then popped the panel up off of the card using some 3M foam tape. For finishing touches I added some clear gems from The Paper Studies in various sizes throughout the blooms on the frame and around the fishtail banner. Love how pretty but simple this card is!
Saturday, November 6, 2021
Hello! Welcome to the November Send A Smile 4 Kids card challenge. This month we are creating happy holiday cards for kids. To create my card I started by stamping this adorable little gingerbread man from Purple Onion onto some white Copic-friendly cardstock, colored him using my alcohol markers, and fussy cut him out. I edged him with my Momento tuxedo black marker and popped him up using Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. I then cut a square out of more white cardstock and stamped the sentiment from the Avery Elle Joy To The World stamp set using Versafine onyx black ink. I die cut the square scalloped edge frame from cherry cobbler cardstock from Stampin' UP using a die from Spellbinders. To create the card I started by layering some cherry cobbler cardstock directly onto my white A2 cardbase and then started layering pretty Christmas patterned papers from Echo Park. The collection is so old I've honestly lost track of the name of it and when it was made. LOL. Yes, I'm a paper hoarder! Once I finished layering all of the panels onto the card I popped the focal panel up off of the card using 3M foam tape. To finish the card off I added some black gems from Ki to the corners and a little glitter pen to the details on the gingerbread man. So cute and so very fun!
Friday, November 5, 2021
Whew, it's Friday! It's been a long week and work has been crazy and I've been struggling with my sleep. What better way to relax and get over it all? Craft! I am in the process of making my Christmas cards for next month. This card was created for the latest Addicted to Stamps And More, The Male Room, and the Freshly Made Sketches card challenges. To create my card I started by die cutting the adorable Li'l Gnome from Simon Says Stamp using some white cardstock for the base and patterned papers from the My Mind's Eye Oh What Fun 6x6 paper pad. I colored the beard and nose using my Copic markers. I then die cut a gorgeous Nordic pierced edge circle from The Greetery using white cardstock. I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's Gnome For The Holidays stamp set using Gina K Designs black ink. I stamped the pine trees from Inkadinkado's Trees stamp set using Stampin' UP's Old Olive ink. Using some green cardstock from Hobby Lobby I cut an A2 panel to completely cover my white card base. I then layered some papers from the same My Mind's Eye Oh What Fun paper pad onto the card and then added the focal panel directly on top. I added some foam tape to the back of my gnome and popped him up off of the card for a final touch. Thank you for stopping by my blog today!