Thursday, May 31, 2018

Tea = A hug in a cup


Yes, here I go again - posting my second card in one day for the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!  I just can't seem to help myself, there are so many beautiful cards linked up that inspire me to keep creating! I guess I must be in the mood for vintage/shabby chic today since both cards are done in browns with just a touch of pink!


Here's I how put this card together:
  • Stamped the 5015-P, Postcard stamp (Repeat Impressions) in Walnut Stain Distress Oxide (Ranger) on coffee stained paper
    •  (To see how I create my coffee stained paper, visit THIS post)
    • using sponge daubers, I inked the edges with walnut stain distress ink 
  •  added a strip of lace across the bottom
  • stamped a sentiment from Bible Journaling Stamps (American Crafts) on a manila card stock, inked the edges, lightly colored in the heart with a Prismacolor Pencil, and used a square punch to create a banner edge
  • printed off a tag from  Tea Time Tags (byJLeeloo) 
    • changed the color of the tea cup and re-printed it, popping it up with mounting tape
    • added a burlap string bow to the top
  • created some flowers by:
    • gluing a dictionary page to white card stock
    • inked up the paper with Picket Fence Distress Stain (Ranger) 
      • the pink one is inked up with Orange Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, and Picket Fence distress stain 
    • die cut it with the Tattered Florals Die (Sizzix)
    • added pearls to the center
  • die cut swirls with the Scribbles Swirls Die (Sizzix) 
  • added some pink pearls to the top corner
  • spritzed the entire card with Blush Color Shine (Heidi Swapp)

 This post linked to:
Coffee Lover's Spring + Summer Blog Hop
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon - Not Too Shabby
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes
Make My Monday - Go Green - Upcycle (I up-cycled dictionary pages)


Tea For Two


Since the Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's blog hop is going on right now, I decided to feature an old, but  beautiful digital stamp set from Graciellie Designs.  I love the elegance of this image and decided to try creating a card with somewhat of a vintage feel to it. BTW - all of Gracie's Etsy store is 50% this month, but you'd better hurry today's the last day of the sale!


To create this card I:
  • Inserted an image from the Cup of Tea digital stamp set into my word processor and changed the tones to brown
  • After printing, I colored the rose and stem with Prismacolor pencils
  • I die cut my image with Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders) and added some faux stitching around the edge with a Sharpie marker
  • I layered my image on a coffee stained doily

Here’s how I coffee stain my paper doilies
  1. Make a dish of strong coffee using: 1/2 cup water 2 – 3 Tablespoons instant coffee
  2. Carefully dip doilies in coffee and lay on an old towel
  3. Dry using a heat gun
  4. Using a small paintbrush, brush a bit more coffee onto the center of each dry doily to create a stained look
  5. Repeat drying process
  6. Iron (without steam) to flatten

 Next I:
  • stenciled a background on cream card stock using a Recollections stencil and Frayed Burlap/Tattered Rose Distress Oxide (Ranger)
  • I inked the edges in Frayed Burlap Oxide
  • In the center I added a dark brown strip of card stock punched on both sides with the Embroidery Deep Edge Punch (Martha Stewart)
  • For the sentiment, I inserted a saying from the Cup of Tea digital stamp set into Photoscape and clicked to turn it negative - next I changed the tones to brown and printed it on pink card stock
  • the tiny crinkle ribbon bow is created from Hug Snug seam binding and Walnut Stain distress oxide
  • three tiny pink pearls (Couture Creations) finish off this tea themed card

 This post linked to:
Coffee Lovers Spring + Summer Blog Hop
Little Red Wagon - Not Too Shabby
Frilly and Funkie - Layers of Lace
Tuesday Throwdown - Create Your Own Background



Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Stacked Mugs


Sharing another card for the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop this month. This time I created a tall card with stacked mugs as the main feature.


To create my card I:
  • cut a piece of watercolor paper to size and added some splashes of color with sparkly, pearlescent paints
  • stamped 5015-P, Postcard in Tuxedo Black Ink (Memento) over the water color background
  • stamped the mug from 9303-P, Thanks a latte' in Versamark Watermark ink on water color paper
  • added Midnight Black embossing powder and heat set
  • water colored my mugs in matching sparkly, pearlescent paints and fussy cut
  • punched some small flowers and added coordinating sequins to their center
  • matted my panel on black card stock and glued it to the font of my card

 This post linked to:
Coffee Lovers Spring + Summer Blog Hop
PINspirational Challenge -- Photo below (all the bright and cheery colors)
Cardz TV - Anything Goes
Time Out Challenge - Inspiration photo below (inspired by the bright colors)


It's a Sketch!


It's time for our Wednesday challenge over at The House That Stamps Built. Since there are five Wednesday's in May we get to do a sketch!!


I flipped the sketch sideways for my card, but since I was looking at it vertically I placed the corner dots in the wrong place -- ooops!


To create my card I:
  • inked up a piece of water color paper with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide (Ranger), spritzed with water, and used a paintbrush to spread the ink around
  • stamped the 9402-U, Quilt Background in Versamark Watermark ink, covered it in white embossing powder, and heat set
  • created a border for the bottom with the Embroidery Deep Edge Punch (Martha Stewart)
  • cut a small piece of vellum and embossed it with the Mosaic Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)
  • printed the computer generated sentiment and die cut it with a stitched tag die
  • stamped 9009-F, Butterfly (sm) over the sentiment in Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide (Ranger)
  • created crinkled ribbon with white seam binding and Worn Lipstick Oxide
  • added some pearls to the corners


  • For my blog readers: Enjoy the 10% discount code to the Repeat Impressions Store posted on the sidebar
  • There's a new challenge every week over at  The House That Stamps Built 
    • you don't have to use Repeat Impressions stamps to link or win
  • One lucky person will win a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate on the first Wednesday of every month
Check out what the other design team members created: 
Cheri  ~ Shirley ~ Heather ~ Laurie ~ Donna ~ Joy

This post linked to:
Verve - Something Pink
Tuesday Throwdown - Create Your Own Background
Allsorts - Insects, Bugs, Bees, Butterflies
Cuttlebug Mania - Birds and Butterflies (Cuttlebug embossing folder)

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Cup of Joy


Here I am posting yet another tea/coffee themed card! I honestly thought I'd be doing good to submit one a day, but as it turns out I keep finding inspiration and things I want to try. Besides that, I really wanted to submit at least one more card to Power Poppy's "Black and White with a pop of color" challenge. So here goes...



To create this card I:
  • Stamped the Script Background Stamp (Stampin' Up) on white card stock with Tuxedo Black ink (Memento) and matted it on black cards stock
  • Embossed a piece of white card stock with the Mosaic embossing folder (Cuttlebug), matted it on black card stock, and layered it on my first piece
  • Printed two sets of Easy Breezy Coneflowers (Power Poppy) on watercolor cardstock
    • colored the images with Prismacolor Pencils, adding highlights with watercolor markers
    • fussy cut both images, cutting out just the flowers from one and popping them up over the other with mouting tape
  • cut a teacup from an online template, added strip of paper lace (Eyelet Lace Border Punch - Martha Stewart) and a Baker's Twine Bow
  • Die cut the sentiment from the Hello Doily die set (Sizzix) 
  • Added two black sequins

This post linked to:
Coffee Lovers Spring + Summer Blop Hop
Power Poppy - Black and White with a pop of color
Mod Squad - Florals, Pop-Up, Bling


China Tea Cup


Today's tea themed card for the  Coffee Lover's Spring + Summer Blog Hop features a beautiful China Teacup stamp from Stampendous. I've had this stamp in my collection for quite a while, but I don't think I've ever used it. It was my daughter's idea to emboss it in gold, and I LOVE how elegant that made it look!



To create my card I:
  • Inked up my Mosaic Cuttlebug Embossing Folder with Versamark Watermark Ink
    • Inserted a piece of lavender card stock and ran it through my Cuttlebug
    • Applied Gold Embossing Powder to the paper and heat set
  • Inked up the edges of my panel with Versamark Watermark Ink, dipped them in Gold Embossing Powder, and heat set
  • Stamped the China Tea Cup (Stampendous) in Versamark Watermark Ink added  Gold Embossing Powder and heat set
    • Colored in the design with Touch Five Markers and fussy cut my cup
  • Die cut a doily from white card stock using the  Hello Doily die set (Sizzix) 
    • Cut the doily in half and layered it under my cup
  • Created a pretty bow using Hug Snug Seam Binding and Shaded Lilac/Seedless Preservers Distress Ink (Ranger)
  •  Added a few lines of steam with White Opal Liquid Pearls


This post linked to:
Coffee Lovers Spring + Summer Blog Hop
Tuesday Throwdown - Create Your Own Background
Double D Challenge - Bling It Up (sparkly gold embossing all over this card!)
heARTful Stamping - Anything goes + a stamp

Monday, May 28, 2018

Tea-riffic Friend


Today's tea themed card features something that I find very hard to use --- small stamps! I'm pretty happy with how it came out in the end, but it was a lot of work getting it there!



Here's how I created this card:
  • Using papers from Mosaic Memories (Recollections) I created the bottom half of the card
    • the blue piece is punched with the Eyelet Lace Border Punch from Martha Stewart
  • I stamped the Spoon (Backgrounds & Beyond) in Broken China Distress Ink (Ranger) across the top of the card
  • I stamped the Teacup (PSX) in Candied Apple Distress Oxide (Ranger) and fussy cut it
  • I popped up my teacup with mounting tape on a paper doily cut with the  Vintage Doily dies from Maya Road
    • This in turn was layered on a red piece of card stock cut with the Large Scallop Circle Nestabiliites (Spellbinders)
  •  I added four red rhinestones (from Dollar Tree) across the polka-dot panel
  • In the bottom corner I added a "hello friend" sentiment from Wordsworth on an oval stitched die cut

This post linked to:
Coffee Lovers Spring + Summer Blog Hop
 Double D Challenge - Bling it Up
Color Throwdown - Red, White, Blue
Simon Says - More than one stamp (I used three)

Gilding Flakes


Welcome back blog friends! Today I'm sharing another "new to me" product - Gilding Flakes.  I know they aren't a new product, but this is the first time I've ever used them, and what fun I had!!



For step by step instructions on creating this card: Visit today's post on the Cropstop blog. There's still one week left to enter your creativity in our CURRENT LINK PARTY. I'd love for you to stop by and showoff your work for a chance to win a prize in the random monthly draw.


Supplies and Tools:
Dies: Mixed Media #2 (Tim Holtz), Exquisite Poppy (Creative Expressions), Holiday Greens (Tim Holtz)
Inks: Versamark Watermark, Gold Embossing Powder, Fired Brick Distress Oxide, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Misc. Carpet Tape, Gemstone Gilding Flakes, Pearl, Sponge Daubers, Craft Molding Mat (Paper Blossoms)
Stamps: Studio G Sentiment

This post linked to:
Shopping Our Stash - April showers bring May flowers
Mod Squad Challenge - Florals, Pop-up, Bling
Dare 2B Artzy - Dreaming of Flowers
Cardz TV - Anything Goes



Sunday, May 27, 2018

Hello, Coffee


Well, I've done it again - I'm posting another coffee/tea themed project today. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, I had only made one for each day, but then I saw this beautiful freebie from Stamplorations and wanted to give it a whirl! It turned out a little more "Hawaiian" in color than I started out to make, but you can't say it's not bright and cheery! (smile!)



Here's how I created this card:
  • Printed the free digital stamp Hello, Coffee (Stamplorations) on watercolor paper
  • Colored my image with Prismacolor Pencils and after blending them added a few highlights with watercolor markers
  • After fussy cutting,I stamped the Scrip Background Stamp (Stampin' Up) over it in Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide (Ranger)
  • Embossed a piece of white card stock with the Kitchen Weave embossing folder from Cuttlebug
  • Die cut a paper doily using the Hello Doily die set from Sizzix
  • Die cut the sentiment from Sentiments Five dies (Spellbinders)
  • Added a pink ribbon bow
  • Punched a strip of white paper with the Butterfly Trim border punch (Martha Stewart) and fussy cut two for my card adding pearls to the center of the larger one

 This post linked to:
Coffee Lovers Spring + Summer Blog Hop
Stamplorations Never Ending Link Party
Allsorts Challenge - Insects, Bugs, Bee, and Butterflies
Cuttlebug Mania - Birds and Butterflies (the embossing folder is from Cuttlebug)
Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge - Butterfly, Hot Pink, Hunter Green (and there might be a bit of Harvest Gold in there too!)


Coffee and Love


I've loved this quote every since I read it several years ago. I've been married to my sweet husband for 19 years and every year it just gets better and better! Since the coffee-lovers blog hop is going on this week, I thought it would be a great time to create an art journal page using this saying.



To create my page I:
  • painted my art journal page with Clear Gesso (Art Basics)
  • added some Burnt Umber color burst (Ken Oliver), spritzed with water, and smeared the ink around with a paintbrush
  • tore a vintage advertisement from a gift bag and glued it to the left of my page
  • using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide (Ranger) and the Tim Holtz Splatters stencil
  • printed the coffee cup from Coffee & Love (Graciellie Design) on one of the free accounting book page printables from The Old Design Shop
  • cropped the flower and printed two of them along with a sentiment on free accounting book page printables from The Old Design Shop
  • colored my cup and flowers with Prismacolor pencils and watercolor markers
  • created a printable of the quote for my page (freebie below)
  • die cut sentiment from pink cardstock using the Love This dies from Echo Park
  • punched some tiny pink hearts


Free Printable

This post linked to:
Simon Says - Inspired by a Song (Forever and Ever, Amen)
Use Your Stuff - Up-cycle/Recycle (Paper Bag with advertisement on it)
Shopping Our Stash - April Showers bring May Flowers
Time Out Challenge - Inspiration Photo (brown wallpaper with floral design - colors)
Verve Stamps - Pink



Saturday, May 26, 2018

Friendship Tea


 I had originally planned to post only one tea/coffee themed card a day, but when I saw Autumn's beautiful card I immediately wanted to CASE it. (See her GORGEOUS card here!) I combined my inspiration from Autumn with this super fun sketch from My Sketch World, and ended up with two posts today for the Coffee Lovers Spring + Summer Blog Hop.



To create my card I:
  •  cut a piece of vintage dictionary page to size and matted it to a piece of dark blue cardstock, sewing along the edges
  • Added strips of lace, fabric, designer paper, and a strip of paper lace punched with the Eyelet lace border punch (Martha Stewart) and stamped with the Script stamp from Stampin' Up in Walnut Stain Distress Oxide (Ranger)
  • printed a teacup template and stenciled over it with the Floral Ornate stencil (Waverly) in Faded Jeans Distress Oxide (Ranger)
  • Cut a tea bag tag using a small square punch, clipped the top corners, and added a tiny punched flower with a pearl center
    • attached the tea tag to the cup with burlap string
  • folded a coffee stained doily in half and crumpled it up under my cup
  • added my stenciled cup to the card with mounting tape for dimension
  • created three little flowers using the Tiny Tattered Floral dies (Tim Holtz)
  • cut a strip of kraft card stock and punched the end with the Eyelet Lace punch (Martha Stewart)
  • stamped the sentiment from Wordsworth in Faded Jeans Distress Oxide (Ranger)

This post linked to:
Coffee Lovers Spring + Summer Blog Hop
Simon Says - More than one stamp (Script Stamp and Sentiment)
Creative Inspiration - Fussy & Fancy
Use Your Stuff - Recycled (dictionary page, fabric leftover)
Frilly and Funkie - Layers of Lace

Everything's Rosy


Today's card was inspired by Power Poppy's month long challenge for May - "Black and White with a Pop of Color." I love how the elegant flowers in my die cut compliment the beautiful rose in the digital stamp. (Of course I chose this stamp to showcase because it's also the Coffee Lover's Spring + Summer Blog Hop!)


To create my card I:
  • printed an image from Everything's Rosy (Power Poppy) on water color paper
    • colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and after blending, added a few highlights with watercolor markers
    • die cut with an stitched oval die
  • die cut Classic Floral Frame (Die'sire- Crafter's Companion) out of black card stock
    • layered my frame over a piece of white cardstock with a die cut black oval in the center
  • added my Power Poppy digi over top
  • created crinkle ribbon bow from Hug Snug Seam binding and Black Soot Distress ink (Ranger)
  • die cut a small rose from the Tiny Tattered florals die set (Tim Hotlz)
  • added a white pearl to the center and layered it over the knot in my bow
This post linked to:
Power Poppy - Black and White with a pop of color
Coffee Lovers Spring + Summer Blog Hop
Tuesday Throwdown - die cut, digi stamp, ribbon