Saturday, December 2, 2023
Hello, and happy December! I cannot believe we are just a few short weeks away from Christmas. This year has just zipped on past. This month we are creating Winter cards for kids at Send A Smile 4 Kids. This adorable card was so easy to create and think it would be fun to mass produce. I started by wrapping some pretty red tinsel ribbon that I picked up last year in the dollar bin at Target around a panel of crumbcake cardstock from Stampin' UP. I popped the panel up off of my white A2 card base using 3M foam tape. I stamped the adorable reindeer image from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps Christmas Blocks stamp set onto some white alcohol-friendly cardstock. I colored the images with my Copic markers and cut the image out right on the stamped border. I edged it with my dual tip Memento black marker and adhered it directly to the focal panel. To finish off my card I added some white gel pen detail to the deer image, added faux stitching lines around the focal panel, and some red gems from Recollections. Such an easy and simple card to create! Now, be sure to pop by the Send A Smile 4 Kids blog and see how the rest of the design team was inspired this month.
Thursday, November 30, 2023
Today's card was created for the latest Color Throwdown card challenge. I created this card by stamping and coloring the gnome from Inkadinkado's Garden Gnome stamp set onto white alcohol marker-friendly cardstock. I colored him with my Copic markers and fussy cut him out. I then stategically stamped the mushrooms from the stamp set onto a cream cardstock panel and colored them to match the gnome. I diecut a few leaves in the same dark peach cardstock using an etched leaf die from Jillian Vance Designs. I wrapped some light peach jute twine from American Crafts onto the top of the focal panel and adhered the leaves using a glue dot. I created a hillside using some light blue cardstock from Hobby Lobby and a Paper Smooches stiched hillside die. I adhered that to the bottom of the focal panel under the mushrooms. I adhered my little gnome down onto the panel using Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from Winnie & Walter's The Big The Bold & The Happy stamp set using Versafine onyx black ink. I finished this adorable little gnome card up by added some gems from Honey Bee Stamps Harvest Fesitval crystal gem sticker mix and some white gel details.
Sunday, November 19, 2023
Hello! This month Deb and I decided to use this pretty photo as our inspiration for this month's Coffee and Cards collaboration. Coincidentally, we are both using the same stamp and die set. We are both using the Close To My Heart Comfort & Joy stamp and die set. I created my card by layering some pretty patterned papers from the My Mind's Eye Oh What Fun! 6x6 paper pad onto my white A2 cardbase. I started with a piece of brushed textured green cardstock that I layered onto my card. I then tore pieces of the patterned paper and layered them together with some Stampin' UP's crumb cake cardstock. I layered all of the torn pieces of paper together and then adhered them to my green panel. I cut a few fishtail banners from more of the patterned paper and attached them to the right upper corner. I die cut a piece of crumb cake cardstock using a Spellbinders nesting circle die and adhered a smaller white circle on top. I stamped the tree image from the CTMH stamp set onto more green cardstock using Versamark ink and heat embossed the image using Ranger detail white and liquid platinum embossing powders. I die cut the image using the coordinating die. I added some faux black stitched lines to the card panel and the white circle panel. I popped the tree up off of the focal panel using Stampin' UP's foam dimensionals. This card was simple and easy to create. I can't wait to see what Deb created with it!
For my coffee I chose a hot pumpkin spice latte from McDonald's. I have to get out and blow leaves, and thought this might hit the spot before I tackle that chore. Now, be sure to pop over to Debra's blog and leave some love on her post!
Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Hello, and welcome to the November Caffeinated Christmas card challenge. This month we are featuring projects with coffee and holly. One lucky participant will be chosen to win a $15 gift card to one of the list of participating sponsors, so be sure to link up a project! I was so sad to hear that Ellen Hutson was closing her shop, but was tickled to pick up the adorable Cozy Cuppa stamp set on clearance before they closed shop. And it came in just in time for this month's challenge! It's like it was meant to be! I created this adorable card by stamping out all of the images onto Copic-friendly cardstock and coloring them with my alcohol markers. I fussy cut them out leaving a small white border around the edges. I created the background by stamping the Recollections Christmas small wood block background stamp onto some watercolor paper using Versamark ink. I heat embossed the background using Ranger's detail white embossing powder. I then inked the background with spun sugar and saltwater taffy distress inks. I added splatter for additional interest. Using the small Spellbinders nestabilities deckled edge dies I die cut a focal panel. I adhered the panel directly to my white A2 card base and stamped the sentiment from the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa mini stamp set at the bottom using Versafine onyx black ink. I adhered all of my images together the way I wanted them and then popped them up off of the focal panel using 3M foam tape. For a finishing touch, I added white gel pen detail to the images. Thank you for stopping by my blog today. And thank you to Caffeinated Christmas card challenge for letting me guest design this month!
Thursday, November 9, 2023
I have been hopping along all week on this amazing Coffee Lover's Blog Hop and just couldn't resist submitting a fun card for the challenge. To create my card, I stamped the adorable girl image from Photoplay's Say It With Stamps I Love Fall stamp set onto white Copic-friendly cardstock. I colored her with my alcohol markers and fussy cut her out. I masked off a small area on my white A2 card base and then inked up the Tim Holtz Holiday Knit stencil using Stampin' UP bashful blue ink. I stamped a few snowflakes on top of the stenciling using the same ink and a snowflake stamp from Crate Paper's Snow and Cocoa stamp set. I die cut a white rectangle panel using Paper Rose nesting stitched rectangle dies and carefully created a snow bank using a Paper Smooches stitched hillside die. I stamped the sentiment to the bottom left of the panel using Versafine onyx black ink and a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's Hand Lettered Winter Wishes stamp set. I popped the focal panel up off of the card using 3M foam tape and adhered the girl to the right of the sentiment using glue and more foam tape. I added some clay polymer candy apple hearts around the sentiment and on the background for a fun pop of color. I finished the card off using some white gel detail. Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I hope you are well caffeinated and having fun on this amazing hop!
Saturday, November 4, 2023
Hello, and happy November! This month at Send A Smile 4 Kids we are creating cards for the holidays. I created this adorable little snowman card by stamping the snowmen from Close To My Heart's Snow Friends onto a strip of white Copic-friendly cardstock. I colored the images with my alcohol markers, including the sky. I then stamped the greeting from the Stampendous Snowy Short Stacks stamp set onto the snow drift. I cut the panel down and edged it with some cherry cobbler cardstock from Stampin' UP that I created a fun scallop with using a Fiskars punch. I layered all of that onto some fun glittery cardstock that I've had in my stash for so long I'm not even sure who makes it anymore. To finish the card off I added some Stickles in frosted lace to parts of the snowmen, their hats, and all of the snowballs to match the shimmer and shine in the cardstock. I love how adorably cute this card turned out. Now be sure to head on over to the Send A Smile 4 Kids blog and see what the other team members have created this month and join in on the fun!
Friday, November 3, 2023
Today's card was created for the latest Color Throwdown card challenge. I layered some rust-colored cardstock that I had my stash onto my A2 white card base. I then stamped, colored, and fussy cut the adorable gnome, butterfly, and mushroom from the Inkadinkado Garden Gnome stamp set onto white Copic-friendly cardstock. I created a focal panel using white cardstock, pink ink from Gina K Designs, and the mini cloud stencil from My Favorite Things. I attached a piece of green cardstock from my stash with snail adhesive, and die cut the panel using a stitched stacking rectangle die from Paper Rose. I stamped the sentiment from the Momenta Birthday wooden block stamp set at the bottom of the panel. I popped the panel up off of the card for a little dimension. I finished the card off by adding some white gel pen details the images. Thank you for visiting my blog today!
Sunday, October 29, 2023
With Halloween right around the corner, Deb and I decided to use this fun Halloween photo as our inspiration for our Coffee and Card collaboration this month. I started with an A2 card base and layered on some mats of orange and black cardstock from my stash. I layered some fun polka patterned paper from the American Crafts Haunted 6x6 paper pad on top. I then die cut a rectangle panel using the Gina Marie Designs wonky stitched stacking rectangle dies. I stamped the sentiment from Essentials by Ellen Boos Inside stamp set using versafine onyx black ink at the top right side of the focal panel. I then stamped the stars from Pebbles/American Crafts Midnight Haunting stamp set onto the panel around the sentiment and at the bottom right. I stamped all of the fun Halloween mugs from the same Ellen Hutson stamp set onto white Copic-friendly cardstock, and colored the images using my alcohol markers. I then fussy cut the images, darkened the eyes and mouths of the images using my Sakura black glaze pen. I popped the images up using Stampin' UP foam dimensionals, and adhered them around the focal panel. I finished the card by adding some Nuvo glitter drops in white blizzard to the stars. I love how adorable this card is!
I had the opportunity to visit London this month, and had a wonderful Turkish meal complete with Turkish coffee. I absolutely adored the texture and richness of the coffee! Now, be sure to pop over to Deb's blog and see what fun she created using our inspiration photo!
Thursday, October 19, 2023
Hello, happy Thursday! I recently won the Picket Fence Studios Triple Trouble stamp and die set and could not resist using it for this challenge. I created this card by stamping the pumpkins, the witch hat, and the sentiment onto white Copic-friendly cardstock, coloring them with alcohol markers, and die cutting the images with the coordinating dies. I cut a frame using Paper Roses stitched stacking rectangle dies and pretty patterned paper from Recollections Midnight Magic Halloween 6x6 paper pad. I popped the frame up using foam tape. I traced along the frame onto the card base, and inked the interior with villenous potion and wilted violet distress inks from Tim Holtz. I sprized the panel with some water for a little distressed interest, and then stamped the bats from the stamp set onto the background. I popped the images and the sentiment up with foam tape and then adhered them to the frame. I mounted the whole thing to my card base. I finished off the card by adding white gel pen to all of the elements. Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate you!
Friday, October 6, 2023
Hello! Welcome to the October Send A Smile 4 Kids card challenge. This month we are creating holiday/celebration cards for kids. I recently picked up Say It With Stamps I Love Fall stamp set from Photoplay, and just had to use it right away. I pretty much used the inspiration photo on the stamp package to create my card. I started by layering some cocoa brown cardstock from Hobby Lobby onto my white A2 card base. I then stamped the text pattern onto some light beige cardstock from Hobby Lobby using Gina K Designs cocoa brown ink and Unity Stamp Company's Small Details background stamp. I die cut the panel by doing selective die cutting using a circle die from My Favorite Things and a stitched rectangle die from Paper Rose. I trimmed down a small strip of the darker brown paper and stamped the sentiment from the stamp set and cut the strip down using the same rectangle die. I adhered it to the bottom of the focal panel to help ground my adorable images, which I stamped from the same stamp set and colored using my alcohol markers. I popped the images up using foam dimensionals from Stampin' UP. I popped the focal panel up off of the card using 3M foam tape. I finished the card off by adding white gel pen detail to the images, and some brown 6mm sequins from The Ton around the sentiment. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. Be sure to head over to the Send A Smile 4 Kids blog to see what everyone created this month.