Saturday, December 20, 2014

have a cozy christmas

Good Morning!

I case'd myself on this one:

cardstock:  recollections paper:  crate  stamps:  a muse  ink:  fresh ink/charcoal  other:  pretty pink posh die, savvy stamps/deer head die

This version was definitely not as messy.

Here's the funny thing, I finally made the resolution to sell all my vintage a●muse wood mounts stamps.  I have them on my desk as a display in a black wire basket but I don't use them...or I didn't until I needed a petite sentiment.

Of course now I need to re-think that whole decision.

My card was inspired by

I super LOVE everything about the inspiration photo!

dark wood grain
pops of white
bits of gray/silver

Gathering today with some crafty friends to go check out some Christmas Ships & Coffee Shops!

Friday, December 19, 2014

★★Rock Star Commenters★★


I hope that you've had a chance to check out the special Pinterest Board for the

I feel so fortunate to be a part of this awesome crafting community!  

Check out these 24  25 wonderful people that took the time to comment on all of the links for the Blog Hop...they have been crowned ★★Rock Star Commenters★★:

Holly Flores

If you've been following me for any length of time, you know that I do love to comment!  I wish that I had more hours in the day to take in all the inspiration that is out there!

As promised, I used to draw 5 names for my prizes that I'm giving out:

$15 Gift Card to

Are you ready?

Here you go:

Congrats ladies!!!!!

I will be sending you an email shortly!

Don't be sad if you weren't one of the Lucky 5, I haven't forgotten about the other 20 ★★Rock Star Commenters★★!!  Please email me your contact information (snail mail) and I will send RAK's out to all of you (♡♡throws confetti in the air♡♡).  It will be randomly throughout 2015!  This will be a great jump start to my Pretty Mail 2015 campaign.  As of today, I have recorded 210 pieces of Pretty Mail that have been sent out...

On Sunday, I plan to post all the blog sponsored prize winners, so if you aren't part of the FB Events page, please feel free to email me your blog sponsored prize winner before Saturday, December 20th and I will add it to the list!

I forgot to post my blog sponsored winners here, although I did announce them over on the FB Events page:

Helen Fournier
Anja Curvers
Amy Johnson

Everyone has been contacted and their goodies are on their way!

So, one thing that I've been meaning to share is a list of the coffee stamp sets that I own.  I have received numerous comments/questions, asking how many I actually have.  Good question, here goes:

a●muse Coffee break (no longer available)
Avocado Arts:  Perfect Blend
Hero Arts:  A Little
Hero Arts:  Big Cup
Hero Arts:  Need Caffeine
Hero Arts:  Sparkle Clear Coffee
Impress:  Coffee Cup stamp with words on side
Impress:  Seattle Christmas Clear
Jane's Doodles:  Food on the Go
Lawn Fawn:  Love 'n Breakfast
Lawn Fawn:  Love you a Latte
Lawn Fawn:  Winter Fox 
Lil' Inkers:  Coffee Cozies Set
My Favorite Things:  Perk Up
Neat & Tangled:  Warm Wishes
Paper Smooches:  Cyber Cafe
Paper Smooches:  Hot Concoctions
Paper Smooches:  Wake Up
Papertrey Ink:  Cuppa Love
Papetrey Ink:  Heart-2-Heart #1
Papertrey Ink:  Latte Love
Precious Remembrance:  Positive Thoughts
Prima: Cling Stamps Coffee break
Prima:  Delight
Reverse Confetti:  Be a Barista
Simon Says Stamps:  What's Brewing
Skipping Stones Design:  Funny Coffee vol. #1
Some Odd Girl:  Breakfast Friends
Stampendous:  Friends Cup
Stampin' Up:  Perfect Blend
STAMPlorations:  Vingnette Eat Drink Be Merry
Sweet Stamp Shop:  Coffee Town
Sweet Stamp Shop:  Mr. Octopus
Sweet Stamp Shop:  You had me at
Technique Tuesday:  Eat Chocolate
The Stamps of Life: Coffee4two
Verve:  Better with You
Verve:  Coffee
Verve:  Delightful & Delicious
Verve:  Sip and Savor
Your Next Stamp:  Thanks a Latte

Jane's Doodles:  TEArrific
Papertrey Ink:  Tea for Two
Papertrey Ink:  Tea for Two Additions
Studio Calico:  Tea Time Stamp Set
Verve:  One Cup

Whew, I think that's it...although I do have a handful of coffee sentiments that aren't included.

Thanks again to everyone that made this event so special and so much fun!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Jillian Vance Design: anchor

I'm up on the A Jillian Vance Design Blog today!  I'd love for you to pop over there to check out my non-holiday card.  

Here's a sneak peek at which stamp set I used

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

happy winter

I had a friendly challenge with some bloggie friends...we altered some hinged tins.  I totally forgot to take all the photos, Vicki was so sweet to give me hers and I'll be sharing that this week. 

Here's mine:

All the paper is from the Chickaniddy Crafts Collection, Jolly Good.  The enamel dots are MME/Freckled Fawn.

Here's the interior:

It's a winter survival kit, on a very small scale.  It has a pack of tissues, hand sanitizer and a lip balm.  This was gifted to my girl.

Speaking of my girl, she's back home with us for several weeks.  She gets her bedroom back which leaves me without an office so Darin helped me move my computer back into the 'ole craft room. 

Over the weekend, we had some seriously lovely weather.  The girl and I spent some time at the Pike Place Market and then went out to the University of Washington campus to pick up the boy.  He had a Computer Science competition.

I love this pic of the girl.

On Sunday, I had a holiday gathering with some friends and we had brunch at Skillet.

 This pic is for you, Yvonne:

“the ultimate grilled cheese” -
a classic done right, with brie, cheddar &
american cheeses on brioche toast 
add bacon jam✔
add fried chicken thigh✔ 

That there was beyond delish.  Needless to say I didn't need to have any dinner that evening.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

neat & tangled: gift tag

Hello and Happy Tuesday!
The other day I was up on the Neat & Tangled blog and I wanted to share that project over here.
This time of year can be super hectic & chaotic.    We all need to remember to
Stop & Slow Down
cardstock:  recollections  stamps:  neat & tangled stop and go/falling flakes  ink:  zing black/white, watercolor tray  other:  cork, divine twine/lemon
I hand cut a tag and watercolored it.  Do you see the cork detail and the snowflakes?
I used

I topped off the tag with

I hope that you're having a great week!  I'll be posting my Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Prize Winners tomorrow along with what I'm calling ★★Rock Star Commenters★★.  These are the awesome people that took the time to comment on every project that linked up for the Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Curtain Call Candy Cane: happy holidays

It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!
photo source:

We have a new sponsor, Avery Elle, for the Curtain Call Inspiration: Candy Cane!  A randomly selected participant in the Candy Cane challenge will receive a $20 Avery Elle gift certificate, while the LEAD will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!

I used the following Avery Elle products on my card:


I love using non-holiday images for Christmas cards.  I've been a big fan of using a charcoal ink for sentiments when you don't want them to steal the show.

cardstock:  recollections  stamps:  avery elle/joy to the world, petals and stems  ink:  fresh ink red currant/charcoal  other:  solid white divine twine, avery elle circle die, stampin' up embossing folder
I was inspired by
Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!

Clearly Christmas Designers

Sunday, December 14, 2014

baby, it's cold outside

coffee hangover anyone?
The response to the Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop was simply amazing.  I'm still recovering from all of the awesome inspiration! 
Lucky for you though, there are TONS of blogs that are offering up giveaways and delish recipes!  Remember to comment before tonight at 11:59 pm pacific to be eligible for their giveaways.
What's that?
Yup, another coffee card.
I had to use my new PTI Cuppa Love set because it is highly neglected.  It's bad when a girl can't keep up with her purchases.
cardstock:  papertrey ink  paper:  studio calico/wonderland  stamps:  papertrey ink cuppa love, a jillian vance design frosty stamp set  ink:  fresh ink red currant/mojito  other:  papertrey ink cuppa love dies
I did a smidge of altering....I rounded out the handle.
The sentiment is by A Jillian Vance Design

Yesterday was a lovely day in Seattle.  I'll share some pics this week but the girl and I spent the afternoon at the Pike Place Market.  I'm happy to say that she's home with us for the next several weeks and well, that makes me a happy momma