Friday, September 29, 2023

Nutty For You


Hello, and happy end of September! Today's card was created for the latest Color Throwdown card challenge. I thought the inspiration photo was so perfect being that we are on the cusp of Autumn and all things fall! I started by stamping the acorns from Paper Smooches Falling For You stamp set onto plain kraft cardstock and inking them up with Tim Holtz walnut stain distress ink. I stamped the leaves separately onto white cardstock and inked them with Tim Holtz mowed lawn distress ink. I fussy cut the images out and adhered the leaves with both liquid glue and foam dimensionals to give them a bit of interest. I created a card base out of linen textured kraft creamy brown cardstock and adhered a panel of gorgeous fall plaid patterned paper from Design Group that I picked up last year at Target in the dollar bin and mounted that onto some early espresso cardstock that I had border cut using a pretty border die from My Favorite Things. I adhered my focal panel onto my card base, attached the acorns using foam dimensionals, added some cream colored twine to the tops of them, and finished the card off with some white gel pen highlights and gorgeous coppery sequins from The Ton. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  

Sunday, September 17, 2023

But First Coffee-Coffee And Cards With Celeste And Deb

Hello, and welcome to the September collaboration of Coffee and Cards with Celeste and Deb. We decided to use this fabulous fall photo as inspiration for our cards this month. After the blistering temperatures we had this summer, I know we are all anticipating cooler Autumn weather! To create my card, I started by layering some beautiful fall patterned paper by Design Group that I picked up in the dollar bin at Target last year. I added a small strip of espresso brown cardstock from Stampin' UP in between the patterned papers to add some interest and break up the busy patterns. I die cut a circle panel using kraft cardstock from Recollections and a circle nesting die from Gina Marie Designs. Using the coffee bean stamp from the Stampabilities Coffee mini stamp set and Versamark ink, I stamped the entire background for a nice tone on tone pattern. It's subtle, but it's there. I then stamped the large mug from Stamplorations Coffee Cup Large stamp set onto white cardstock and then paper pieced the rest of the cup using more patterned paper from the same Design Group paper pad and some simple kraft for the sleeve. I then stamped the sentiment from the Stampabilities Coffee stamp set directly onto the coffee cup's sleeve. I then popped the circle panel and the coffee cup up off the card using 3M foam tape. To finish off this beautiful fall-themed coffee card I added some espresso sequins from the Ton around the focal panel. 
My lovely boyfriend Nathan just flew back from Great Dunmow, England and brought me back this gorgeous mug and some lovely Twinings tea. I had to feature that as my beverage this month, despite this being a coffee card.  I love a nice cup of hot tea in the afternoon. Now, be sure to head over the Deb's bog to see what fun she created this month!

Sunday, September 3, 2023

Merry Christmas-Caffeinated Christmas


Hello, happy Labor Day weekend! I don't know about the rest of you, but I always get a little excited around this weekend because it marks the beginning of Autumn for me. Today's card was created for the latest Caffeinated Christmas Card challenge. This month's challenge is to create a coffee, cocoa, or tea card with cookies on it. To create my card, I started by layering a piece of patterned paper from the American Crafts Very Merry 6x6 paper pad onto my A2 card base. Then using a stitched scalloped edge rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs, I die cut a forest green panel. I stamped the sentiment from Amy R Stamps at the top using Versamark ink and embossed it using Ranger's detail white embossing powder. Using the Momenta Christmas Mug & Cookie die set (which I picked at Hobby Lobby on clearance a few months ago for a steal) I created the mug, cookies, and all of the elements using more patterned paper from the same Very Merry paper pad and cardstock from my stash. I adhered them together with liquid glue, and then popped them up off of the card using Stampin' UP foam dimensions. For some additional bling, I added Nuvo crystal drops to some of the elements for a nice touch of glitter. I love how adorably cute this card is. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and, if you left a comment, I greatly appreciate it! 

Saturday, September 2, 2023

You're Boo-Tastic-Send A Smile 4 Kids


This month at Send A Smile 4 Kids we are celebrating all things Fall/Halloween. I thought it would be fun to create an adorable Halloween card since I have two granddaughters I usually send cards to for that holiday. I created this card by stamping the adorable witch from the Mama Elephant Bootastic stamp set onto white Copic-friendly cardstock. I colored the image using my alcohol markers and fussy cut the image out. I then inked a background using Stampin' UP's perfect plum ink and added water to it for a nice distressed look. I cut down a white focal panel using white cardstock and my Fiskars wire trimmer and created a window in the panel. I stamped the sentiment under the window opening, adhered the witch to the opening, and popped the whole panel up using 3M foam tape. I finished the card off by added some black gems from Paper Rose. Love how adorably this card turned out. Now, be sure to head over the Send A Smile 4 Kids blog and see how everyone else was inspired by this month's challenge.