Monday, March 27, 2017

Pretty Tea Gift

Here's another Coffee Lover's Blog Hop creation I made. This time I used tea as my inspiration and created a decorated pretty gift ensemble for gifting some yummy Jasmine tea! 
To decorate my bag I folded a paper doily across the top and tied it shut with Baker's Twine wrapped around the bag several time.
I decorated my mini wooden clothespin with washi tape and a tiny crocheted heart. The tag is made of Kraft cardstock embossed with the Victoria embossing folder (Provo Craft) and lightly inked with white pigment ink. I l cut my FREE printable sentiment (from Verve Stamps) with the Spellbinders Labels One Nestabilities and layered it on coral cardstock. Next I stamped a tea bag (Latte Love - Fiskars) over it in abandoned coral distress ink (Tim Holtz). The large bloom is made with my Paper Blossoms punch, coral cardstock, abandoned coral distress ink, a pearl, Petaloo lace, and the frond punch from Martha Stewart. Through the punched hole at the top, I tied a bow in brown Baker's Twine.
This post is linked to:
Verve Stamps - Rise and Shine Digi Set
Coffee Loving Cardmakers - Spring 2017 Coffee Lovers Bloghop
4 Crafty Chicks - Punches or Dies

Color Bursts and Gesso

Today's Cropstop blog cards are pretty quick and easy to make and full of texture and color!!

To create the background for these cards: I cut a piece of watercolor paper to size and tapped out just a bit of Ken Oliver's Color Bursts in Ultramarine Blue, Chartreuse, and Fuchsia. I spritzed it with water from my mini mister and heat set the colors with my embossing gun.

Note: I found that alternating spritzing with water and heat setting let me control the amount and depth of color I wanted. Less spritzing = less color --- more spritzing = deeper color.

After the colors were dry, I used my Tim Holtz stencil (Watercolor Stamp and Stencil Set) and applied a layer of white gesso. The card fronts are matted on black cardstock to make them "pop" against the white backgrounds.

To finish them off I added butterflies (Tim Holtz - Watercolor Stamp and Stencil Set) stamped in mermaid lagoon, twisted citron, and abandoned coral distress ink. For extra sparkle, I applied a fine layer of white glitter over top before fussy cutting and matting on black cardstock. The friendship sentiment (Stampin' Up) is stamped in black soot across the front of the card.

I'd love to see how you use color bursts or gesso, so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link your projects using Cropstop products! Hope to see you there!

This post linked to:
Tuesday Throwdown - Add Dimension
Ooh-La-La - Layer it up (I used matted and stenciled layers)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Coffee Filter Treat Bag

Here's another coffee themed craft I made for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.
To make my little treat bags I up-cycled some kraft colored coffee filters that I found at a thrift store.
Here's a view of the back of my coffee filter so you can see how I folded my filter to form my mini treat bag.
I embossed my little pouches with the Script Embossing Folder (Provo Craft), and added a bit of heavy gesso and distress ink (Brushed Corduroy). Across the front I added a piece of torn dictionary page, an embossed piece of kraft cardstock, and a twine bow with a wooden button center.

This post linked to:
Coffee Loving Cardmakers - 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
 Tuesday Throwdown - Add Dimension
Craft-Dee Bowz - Handmade Bow
Paper Sweeties - Inspiration Photo --- Coffee Themed

Perfect Blend

The Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop was the inspiration behind this coffee themed shaker card.
I created the frame for my shaker by stamping my pink cardstock with a plaid background stamp in versamark watermark ink and lightly rubbing chalk over it. The coffee bean panel was created the same way - only with coffee bean stamps and brown chalk.
I used a free coffee themed printable from Verve Stamps to decorate the inside of my card.
Supplies and Tools:
Kraft/Pink Cardstock, Washi Tape, Latte Love Stamp Set (Fiskars), Ground Espresso Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Baker's Twine, Sequins, free sentiment (Verve Stamps), Tiny Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz), Versamark Watermark, Brown/Pink Chalk, Classic Scallop Square Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Embroidered Lace border punch (Martha Stewart)

This post linked to:
The Verve Blog - Rise and Shine Digi Set
Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Spring Coffee Themed
4 Crafty Chicks - Punches or Dies (inside my card)
Dies R Us - Borders or Edges (inside my card)
Little Red Wagon - It's Clear to Me
City Crafter - Through the Window
Tuesday Throwdown - Add Dimension
Paper Sweeties - Photo Inspiration (Coffee Themed)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Mini Crochet Bowls

I just added some Mini Crochet Lace Bowls to my Etsy shop.
These little bowls fit so many different decorating styles: Rustic Farmhouse, Shabby Chic, Cottage Charm, Primitive, Country, etc.
By switching out fillers you can use them in any seasonal decor. Also, great for parties, weddings, showers.
 Stop by Our Homemade Blessings today and check out these and other home decor items!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sympathy Card

Today I'm sharing a CAS sympathy card I made earlier this year. I wanted to add some 3D flowers to that stamped image so I layered the flowers from two different border punches to create my mini blooms.

Supplies and Tools: 
Victoria Embossing Folder (Provo Craft - Cuttlebug), Labels 4 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Thoughts and Prayers (Stampin' Up), Daisy Dot Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Scalloped Daisy Border Punch (Fiskars), Prismacolor Pencils, Blue Thread

This post linked to:
4 Crafty Chicks - Punches or Dies
Tuesday Throwdown - Add Dimension
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations  - Close To Nature

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