Sunday, May 28, 2017

Mojo 498 Masculine Birthday



This card was made for 2 challenges.  The first one is the Splitcoast Stampers Technique Lovers Challenge #639.  The challenge was to make a card using the Smack Down Technique.  You can find out more about it here.  The 2nd challenge is this weeks Mojo Monday 498 Sketch Challenge.  

Coming up with masculine design cards is sometimes tricky for me.  The smack down technique provided the opportunity to use the Stampers Best Gears Background stamp to create this masculine birthday card.  To keep with the theme, I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder with gears.

Recipe:
Stamps:  Gears Background - Stampers Best, Party Punch - SU
Paper:  WW, Baked Brown Sugar, Basic Gray, Basic Black
Ink:  Tip Top Taupe, Smokey Slate, Basic Gray, Color Box Wicked Black
Accessories:  Embossing Folder, Ticket Punch, Brads



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Congratulatte to the Grad!


This quick card was made for a friend who just graduated with his Masters in Education.  He is also a coffee addict like myself so I took the opportunity to use one of my favorite coffee stamps.  The sleeve of the coffee cup was paper-pieced using old SU DP.  I used a scrap of coordinating DP on the left edge of the card and some sparkle with gold sequins.

Recipe:
Stamps: Perfect Blend, Espressoly for You - SU
Paper:  WW, DP
Ink:  Bermuda Bay
Accessories:  Sequins


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hello Baby Boy


This is a card I made for a friend who just had a baby boy last month.  I found this card on Pinterest and CASEd it.  I used the same stamp set but I changed the colors and papers.  I cut the onsie and bib with my Brother Scan N Cut II so I wouldn't have a white border.

Recipe:
Stamps:  Something for Baby, Teeny Tiny Wishes - SU
Paper:  WW, Lucky Limeade, DP
Ink:  Marina Mist, Midnight Muse, Lucky Limeade
Accessories:  Brother Scan N Cut, Button, Twine, Tag Topper Punch, Ribbon

Friday, April 21, 2017

A CASE for Birthdays


As I am building up my stash of birthday cards I went to Pinterest for inspiration.  There I found this cute birthday card.  I love the simple and clean design that prompts me to use the scraps of designer paper that is overcrowding my craft room.  The flame is created by using the wing from SU's bird builder punch then sponging More Mustard ink over it.  I dusted off my Crop-a-dile and some eyelets to some decoration to the sentiment.  The colors and design are even appropriate for a masculine birthday.

Recipe:
Stamps:  Bring on the Cake - SU
Paper:  Old Olive, So Saffron, WW, DP
Ink:  More Mustard, Tangerine Tango
Accessories:  Bird Builder Punch, Crop-a-dile, Small Circle Punch, Eyelets, Sponge

Monday, April 3, 2017

Sweepie is 10!


Sweepie, my little niece whom I often write about, had her 10th birthday yesterday!  She has gone from a cute and precious little baby to the beautiful, kind, and very intelligent young lady that I am so proud to call my niece.  We had a nice bowling party for her with many of her friends and some of her classmates.  

Sweepie has had an interest in building things from boxes since she was very little.  Since seeing the movie Hidden Figures a couple of months ago, she now has a passion to become an engineer when she grows up.  She has asked for motorized Legos and Kinex kits for her birthday.  I think she ended up with over a dozen sets!  I can't wait to see all of the amazing things she will create with her birthday gifts.

Recipe:
Stamps:  Number of Years, Party This Way - SU
Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party, DP
Ink:  Pool Party, WW Craft
Accessories:  Framelits, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Stick on Gems, Nestabilities

Friday, March 31, 2017

This Last One is a bit of a Cheat...Spring2017CLH


So this last one is a cheat because it is not my project.  My sister Lyssa made this for my birthday 2 months ago.  This is the same sister that also gave me my Brother Scan N Cut II.  Since Lyssa does not have a blog, nor photograph her creations, I thought I would do it for her this time.  This project fits in perfectly with the Spring 2017 Coffee Lovers Bloghop. Like me, she cannot survive without her daily coffee either.  She made this altered clipboard with a coffee design.  You can see the image better in the picture below.


I do not know the maker of the image but I love it. It is two friends (or sisters) enjoying their coffee outside on a lovely Spring morning with a bright and sunny coffee cup shining on them.  Another thing that I love is butterflies.  Lyssa used butterfly washi tape on the edges.  The flower and the leaves are thick chip board cut with Tim Holtz dies.  


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

At the End of My Rainbow - Spring2017CLH


... there is a pot of coffee!  This fun card was created for the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop.  I used MFT Die-namics to make the rainbow and cloud.  The pot of coffee was made using an SU punch.  The sun is from a Verve die. I used coffee colored Tear Drops to create coffee drops coming down the rainbow.  The word "coffee" in the cloud was stamped with Smokey Slate and Illuminate inks then clear embossed.  The grass at the bottom was from a cutting file included in the Brother Scan N Cut II and alcohol markers.  I coated the coffee beans in the pot with a little Wink of Stella for some shimmer.

Recipe:
Stamps:  Coffee - Verve, Sprinkles of Life - SU
Paper:  WW, Chocolate Chip, Pool Party, Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight
Ink:  Early Espresso, Smokey Slate, Illuminate, Memento London Fog
Accessories:  Chameleon Pens, Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, Sharpie Markers, Die-namics, Verve Die, SU Punch, Brother Scan N Cut II, Tear Drops, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, MISTI, Wink of Stella

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Lord is My Portion - Spring2017CLH


This is another card for the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop.  I used a Scripture stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs as the sentiment, along with a MFT flower set, and a Verve coffee stamp.  The frame around the verse was created from a cutting file included in my Brother Scan N Cut II.  


Recipe:
Stamps:  Lamentations 3:24 (Scripture Collection 5) ODBD, Flashy Florals - MFT, Better with You - Verve
Paper:  WW, Early Espresso, Certainly Celery, Crisp Cantaloupe, DP
Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Certainly Celery, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Brother SNC II, Die-namics, MISTI, Ribbon, Chameleon Pens


Monday, March 27, 2017

Coffee and Tea...How Sweet! - Spring2017CLH

  

   

These two cards I created for the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop that is going on now. The first card uses the mug from Verve's Delightful & Delicious.  The second card uses a similar tea cup image from Verve's A Cup of Life stamp set.  

There is plenty of time to get your caffeinated creative juices flowing and join in on the fun!  The Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop runs until Friday, March 31st.


Recipe:
Stamps: Delightful & Delicious, A Cup of Life - Verve
Paper:  WW, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, DP
Ink:  Gumball Green, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Sequins, Ribbon, Brother Scan N Cut II, Word Window Punch




Sunday, March 26, 2017

No Coffee, No Wakey - Spring2017CLH


The Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop is still going strong and I have another card created for the event.  This card uses the current Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge #236.  

Visit the Paper Craft Crew and play along with Sketch Challenge 236. #pcc2017 #sketch #papercraftcrew  www.papercraftcrew.com

I used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Chameleon pens to color Flopsy, his mug, and his fuzzy slippers.  He was cut out using my Brother Scan N Cut II.  


Recipe:  
Stamps:  I Need Coffee Flopsy - MFT, Morning Cup - SU
Paper:  WW, Basic Gray, DP
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  Brother SNC II, Nestabilities, Dew Drops, Chameleon Pens, Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, MISTI

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Thanks for the Pick Me Up - Spring2017CLH


I am having a lot of fun using my coffee stamps for this year's Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop.  This coffee inspired creation uses the current Freshly Made Sketches #280.  


To keep with the Spring theme of the bloghop, I stamped the mug in a bright pink and used a strip of designer paper with pink and orange dots.  The sentiment was done in the same pink as the mug but heat embossed with clear powder to give it a little pop.  I used Wink of Stella on the coffee in the mug.  The mug was cut out with my Brother Scan N Cut II machine.  This card is just one single layer for a clean and simple design.

Recipe:
Stamps:  Pick Me Up - Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, Timeless Textures - SU
Paper:  WW, DP
Ink:  Regal Rose (Classic and Craft, Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Brother SNC II, Wink of Stella, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool


Friday, March 24, 2017

Happy Spring - Spring2017CLH






Ah Spring, that time of year when the weather gets warm, the sun shines brighter, trees bud, and the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop is here!  The Coffee Lovers Bloghop come around each season for crafters to show off our caffeine inspired creations.  Anyone can play, the only requirement is that your creation must have a coffee, tea, or cocoa theme and reflect the corresponding season.  The Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop runs from Friday, March 24th through Friday, March 31st.

For my first card for the bloghop I did the emboss-resist technique on the background.  I used spring tones to get a get bright bursts of colors around white embossed flowers.  I colored the coffee mug in pink and added a light aqua ribbon and matching sequins.  

Recipe:
Stamps:  Better with You, Coffee Helps - Verve, Reason to Smile - SU
Paper:  WW, Cucumber Crush
Ink:  Cucumber Crush, Regal Rose, Cool Caribbean, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Accessories:  Nestabilities, Ribbon, Sequins, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

Sunday, March 12, 2017

John 15:7


This card was made for the Splitcoast Stampers Featured Stamper Challenge #527.  Each week a SCS member is chosen and their gallery is featured. The challenge is to create a card that is inspired or CASEd from one in the featured stamper's gallery.  This week bubblstx4 is the Featured Stamper and I chose her With Wild Abandon as the card to CASE.  I love the sponged-look of the background, and of course, the butterfly.  I created my card with an ombre effect inside a die-cut frame.  I used the Bible verse John 15:7 from ODBD as the sentiment and stamped an image from Tim Holtz in a darker blue.  I added a punched butterfly with a pearl accent.

Recipe:
Stamps:  John 15:7 (Scripture Collection 4) - ODBD, Flights of Fancy - TH
Paper:  WW, Island Indigo, Not Quite Navy
Ink:  Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Lost Lagoon, Not Quite Navy, Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  Nestabilities, MISTI, MS Butterfly Punch, Sponges, Stick on Pearl

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Close as a Memory




Sympathy cards are my least enjoyable cards to make because it means that someone I know is grieving the lost of a loved one.  Death is something that happens to everyone as Psalm 89:48 says,
"What man can live and not see death?  Can he deliver his life from the power of the grave?"
Therefore there will always be a need for sympathy cards.  They are one way to show care to someone who is grieving.  

I made several of these cards to keep on hand as the need arises.  I CASEd the design from this card I found on Pinterest.  It is a simple and beautiful design.  My card is different in that I used slightly different colors, used Dew Drops for the flower centers, and chose butterflies for the embossed background. 

When I see a butterfly I am reminded of what the Bible says about death for those of us who believe in salvation through Jesus Christ's death and resurrection.  I love what Romans 6:5-10 says about death for those whose faith is in Jesus Christ,
"For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God."

A loose correlation is like a caterpillar becoming a brand new butterfly by metamorphosis, believers in Christ are transformed from old the rotting mortal bodies to glorified eternal bodies living in heaven because of the work of Christ.

Recipe:
Stamps:  Close as a Memory - SU
Paper:  WW, Perfect Plumb, Mellow Moss
Ink:  Perfect Plumb, Mellow Moss, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Embossing Folder, MISTI, Dew Drops






Monday, March 6, 2017

Citrus Butterfly Ombre


I was playing around with Jennifer McGuire's ombre technique again.  This time I did it with 2 tones in citrusy colors.  I didn't like how it looked when the tones came together so I took the opportunity to use some ribbon in my stash.  I added a die cut butterfly in a color that matches the butterfly in the ribbon.  I left the sentiment off so I can tailor this card to whatever occasion arises.

Recipe:
Stamps:  Acorns Background - Judykins
Paper:  WW, Marigold Morning
Ink: WW Craft, Daffodil Delight, Marigold Morning, Mowed Lawn - Distress Ink
Accessories:  Butterfly Thinlet Die, Ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Blending Tool, Foam Brush, Glimmer Mists, Metalic Dot

Thursday, March 2, 2017

You'll Be Missed




These are 2 cards I made back in September but I forgot to upload.  I made each card for 2 people at work who were retiring.  I used my MISTI to line up the flowers with the stems, and for the sentiment placement.  The flower pots are cut from MFT Die-namics.

Recipe:
Stamps:  Wild About Flowers - SU
Paper:  WW, Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze
Ink:  Primrose Petals, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss, Gumball Green, Baja Breeze, Lost Lagoon
Accessories:  MFT Die-namics, Sequins, MISTI


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Inspired by Flowers


It has been a while since I participated in the Inspiration Challenges over at Splitcoast Stampers.  For this week's ICS586 participants are to choose an image from Dribble that inspires us to create a card. This image called Flowers inspired me to create today's card.  

I chose the old SU set Dream a Little to create the flowers on 3 colors of cardstock that match the colors in the inspiration piece.  I stamped the flowers with WW craft ink and heat embossed them with white embossing powder.  The colors in the inspiration piece move in a glowing way, so I rubbed coordinating ink over each flower to give them a glow.  I always like to add a little sparkle to my cards and the silver star sequins are a great finishing touch.

Recipe:
Stamps:  Dream a Little - SU
Paper:  WW, Gumball Green, Concord Crush, Strawberry Slush, Summer Starfruit
Ink:  WW Craft, Concord Crush, Strawberry Slush, Summer Starfruit, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Blending Daubers, Ribbon, Star Sequins - Verve, Word Window Punch, MISTI

Monday, February 20, 2017

Daisy Sympathy


This is a sympathy card I CASE'd from this card I found on Pinterest.  I changed the card from the original by using soothing blue tones, and small flower brads instead of ribbon.  I added a butterfly with a sequin to cover up a small smudge.  It was easy to get perfect placement of the stamped images using my MISTI.

Recipe:
Stamps:  Upsy Daisy, Close as a Memory - SU
Paper:  WW, Midnight Muse, DP
Ink:  Midnight Muse, Baja Breeze
Accessories:  MISTI, Butterfly punch, Brads, Sequin

Friday, February 17, 2017

Happy Birthday with Sprinkles


In continuing to replenish my stash of birthday cards I chose to use SU's Sprinkles of Life set again.  The current Splitcoast Stampers sketch challenge 632 is a perfect fit with the stamps and colors.  I love how this card turned out with the fun colors and matching the DP.

Recipe:
Stamps:  Sprinkles of Life, Party This Way - SU
Paper:  WW, Gumball Green, Crumbcake, Crisp Cantaloupe, Island Indigo, DP
Ink:  Crisp Cantaloupe, I sland Indigo, Gumball Green, Close to Cocoa, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Buttons, Ribbon, Brother Scan N Cut II, Punches

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hooray for Birthday


I needed to replenish my stash of birthday cards and I saw it as an opportunity to use my SU Sprinkles of Life set.  I cut out the cone, the sentiment and sentiment outline with my Brother Scan N Cut II.  The sketch is from Mojo Monday 480.  

This card is being entered in the Stamp Junkies Striptease Challenge hosted by Gina K. Designs.  If you would like to play along search for the Stamp Junkies group on Facebook to join in.

Recipe:
Stamps:  Sprinkles of Life, Happiest Birthday Wishes - SU
Paper:  WW, Crumbcake, Poppy Parade, Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky, DP
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Poppy Parade, Soft Sky, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Brother SNC II, Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Ribbon, Punch

Monday, February 13, 2017

Steaming Thanks a Latte


This card I made using a free SVG file I found on the internet.  I used my Brother SNC II to cut out the steaming cup of coffee then mounted it over DP.  I am entering this card in My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge 319.  

Recipe:
Stamps:  Latte Love - Fiskars, Better with You - Verve
Paper:  Early Espresso, VV, DP
Ink:  Early Espresso, Ivory Pigment - GKD
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder, Brother SNC II, MISTI, Heat Tool, Tear Drops, Free SVG

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Little Night Fairy


These stamps I picked up last week when I went with my sister to her favorite craft store, The Queen's Ink.  The little sleepy fairy is so cute.  The moon dangling from the her cap and on her dress give me the impression that she does her magic at night when most others are sleeping.  So I set her to take a nap under the mushroom in a daytime background. She kind of reminds me of myself when I worked night shifts and slept during the day.

I colored the images by water coloring with my clear Wink of Stella pen and Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers.  I love how it turned out, especially the shimmer.  The shimmer is a little easier to see in the picture below.

I made faint clouds in the sky with Whisper White Craft ink and a sponge.  The grass border is from one of the cut files included in the Brother Scan N Cut II.  The mushroom and fairy were also cut with the SNC II.

Recipe:
Stamps:  Little Angel, Mushroom - Pink Your Life Stampendous
Paper:  Canson Mixed Media, WW, Green Galore
Ink:  Versafine Black Onyx, WW Craft - SU
Accessories:  Wink of Stella Clear, Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers, Brother SNC II, MISTI, Sponge

Friday, February 10, 2017

Ombre Many Thanks


I made this card using a technique by Jennifer McGuire. She has a video demonstrating her easy ombre background.  Even though the technique is very easy it gives beautiful results.

I stamped a Judykins background stamp with Versamark then heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  Next I used an ink blending tool to add Gina K Design's Christmas Pine dye ink.  I don't have the stencil brushes that Jennifer uses so I instead I used a foam brush to get the ombre effect.  The sentiment is a MFT die cut.  It is hard to tell in the photo that I added some sparkle to the die cuts using Wink of Stella.

Recipe:
Stamps:  Acorns Background - Judykins
Paper:  WW
Ink:  Versamark, Christmas Pine - GKD
Accessories:  MFT Die, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Ink Blending Tool, Foam Brush, Wink of Stella


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Hippity Hoppity Birthday



This is a fun birthday card I made for my cousin.  I cut Flopsy out with my Brother Scan N Cut and colored him with Chameleon Alcohol Pens.  The sketch is from Mojo Monday Week 34 way back in 2008.  The sentiment was placed perfectly with Gina K Designs Ivory Pigment using the MISTI.  I heat embossed white embossing powder over the sentiment.  The candles were glazed with Wink of Stella, and the flames coated with gold Stickles.

Recipe;
Stamps:  Birthday Flopsy - MFT, Number of Years - SU
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Soft Suede, WW, Cherry Cobbler, DP
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Ivory Pigment Ink - GKD
Accessories:  Brother SNC II, MISTI, Nestabilities, Chameleon Pens, Buttons, White Embossing Powder, Nestabilities, Wink of Stella, Heat Tool, Stickles, Buttons

Thursday, February 2, 2017

SNC Thank You


I have been playing around with my Brother Scan N Cut II and made this simple Thank You card.  It was really easy to create in Scan N Cut Canvas and download to my machine.  I saved the file so I can use again and again with different papers.

Recipe:
Stamps:  None
Paper:  Always Artichoke, WW, DP
Ink:  None
Accessories:  Brother Scan N Cut II

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Bestest Birthday Present Ever!


For my birthday this year, my sister did an amazing thing.  SHE GOT ME A BROTHER SCAN N CUT!!!!!!!  This very generous act has earned her the Bestest Sister of the Millenium Award, if there were such an award.  My crafting buddies on Face Book even agree.  Many of them are asking if she would adopt them.

This card is the first card I made using my new favorite toy.  It is a thank you card for my sister for the wonderful birthday gift.  The flower, layered frames, and "thank you" were all cut out on the Brother SNC.  It is so easy to use and no more fussy cutting!  


The Brother Scan N Cut was not the only gift she gave me.  She game me some inks and made this beautiful coffee-themed mixed media clipboard art. 


My sister is the one who first got me in to card making several years ago.  Her style is more mixed media and altered objects, while mine is mostly clean and simple cards.  Over the years she has given me some supplies to broaden my crafting style.  This year I want to branch out using different tools and techniques to create other projects in addition to more cards.

Recipe:
Stamps:  Fabulous Florets - SU
Paper:  WW, Pool Party, Garden Green
Ink:  Versafine Black Onyx, Christmas Pine - Gina K Designs, Tattered Rose Distress Ink
Accessories: Brother Scan N Cut, Embossing Folder, Spectrum Noir and Chameleon Markers, Ribbon, Stickles, MISTI


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bringing Back the Buzzin' Bees


 


I dug out one of my older SU stamp sets to color with my alcohol markers.  I had so much fun making the first one that I may a second in landscape.  I made the background using a stencil from Hampton Art and Distress Ink.  Wink of Stella was used on the bees' wings and antennae to add a bit of sparkle.  

Recipe:
Stamps: Just Buzzin' By - SU
Paper:  WW, Soft Suede, So Saffron
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Accessories:  Spectrum Noir and Chameleon Alcohol Markers, Circle Punches, Hampton Art Honeycomb Mask, Wink of Stella, Circle Punches, Paper Flower, Brad, MISTI

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Christmas 2016



I am late posting my Christmas cards for this past season.  I was also late mailing them as most of them were mailed less than a week before Christmas.  The cards were in 10 different colors but I am just showing 4 of them.  The MISTI made it easy to make a batch of over 100 of these cards.  I couldn't have done this design in such a large quantity without the MISTI!


       
   

Recipe:
Stamps:  Weary World - Verve, Holiday Print - SU
Paper:  WW, Various colors of SU CS
Ink:  Crumbcake, Tiptop Taupe, Various colors of SU ink pads
Accessories:  MISTI, Tag Topper Punch, Twine, Spectrum Aqua Markers, Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, Gel Pen