Saturday, October 25, 2014

a little coffee...

So, you all remember the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, right?  Well, I found some hidden treasures in that, one of them being this Hero Arts, A Little set:

Butterfly Reflections Ink gave it away as a Flash Sponsor.  

I stamped it on vellum and heat embossed it in Zing white.  The 'coffee' has been heat embossed with Zing white also on PTI kraft.  The green is Stampin' Up {sadly retired} Gumball Green.

Did you see Katie Brooks' card?  Check it out HERE...I told her that we were channeling the same'ish coffee card:

coffee + green = ♡♡♡

The new Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is to feature Hero Arts and use Kraft.

I'm going to be standing in line at Impress this morning for their Open House!  I'm dragging Tonya & Kimberly too :)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Neat & Tangled October New Release Final Day: Very Merry + Tiny Triangles

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Today wraps up the Neat & Tangled October Release week!

What are your favorites??

The October Release is now available in the shop!

Today we are featuring 

Very Merry 


Tiny Triangles Die

You're going to love today's sets!

bag:  whisker graphics  plain kraft bag  stamps:  neat & tangled very merry  ink:  hero arts hues, zing grapefruit, gold embossing powder  other:  doily, canvas corp laundry clip

I love dressing up the bags that are available in the Whisker Graphics shop.  Today, I used their plain kraft bag and did some stamping and heat embossing.  It makes for fun packaging, don't you think so too?!

I absolutely ADORE the new Very Merry set!

Next up is the

Tiny Triangle Die

Um, yeah, definitely need to add this to your 'must haves'!

paper:  basic grey persimmon, paper accents vellum  stamps:  neat & tangled turkey talk  ink:  fresh ink pumpkin  other:  neat & tangled tiny triangles die, stampin' up wood veneer

I love making the Tiny Triangles the star of the show!

The sentiment is from the Neat & Tangled Turkey Talk set.

It's a great size and design!

Remember to check out the Neat & Tangled blog for more inspiration, special guests & a giveaway!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Your Next Stamp Fun Friday Challenge: happiness is brewin'

Click HERE for the Neat & Tangled October New Release:  Final Day

Hello and Happy Friday!

I'm playing with the


Have you played along with the October challenges?

You can pick one or HERE for all the deets.

Last time I used the sketch, today I'm using the inspirational photo:

cardstock:  pti, misc cherry wood veneer  paper:  basic grey persimmon  stamps:  your next stamp thanks a latte/note worthy  ink: hero arts hues black, your next stamp overdue library card die set

I was inspired by the Halloween colors and the woodgrain from the chair.

I can't wait to see how you're inspired and remember to pop over to the challenge blog to see how the other girls were inspired!

Fusion: Give Thanks

Click HERE for Day Four of the Neat & Tangled October Release Week!

The new Fusion starts today!

Check out the awesome inspiration/sketch:

My card design is a combo of both, but I simplified the sketch:

paper collection:  carta bella/a perfect autumn  trim:  wool yarn

This card is an epic fail on the postal friendly department!

I just love that chunky wool yarn and knew that I wanted to incorporate it into my design.

Carta Bella paper is so very can see the texture on the bingo card.  I have the sentiment chippie on double foam squares....Take That US Postal Service!
(my last visit to the local postal office ended up with most of my 'bumpy' cards costing $2.32...they were seriously barely why not make the $2.32 worth it, eh?)

My card size was really to accommodate the bingo card/sketch.  It has been trimmed down to 4.5 inches tall.

Make sure you check out my teamies!

Neat & Tangled October New Release Day Four: Winter Trees

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So, how have you been enjoying the Neat & Tangled New Release Week?!

I know, right?!  So many fun and fabulous new sets!

Today we're featuring:

Winter Trees
illustrated by Miriam!

I was definitely in a watercoloring mood with this set:

cardstock:  strathmore  stamps:  neat & tangled winter trees ink:  zing white, fresh ink charcoal, watercolors

I wanted to create a simple watercolor scene with my first design.  Total high five on the postal friendly nature of the design.  The awesome Strathmore watercolor paper has such a lovely texture that I didn't want to disturb it by adding sequins or any other bumpy embellishments.

Next up, my epic fail in postal friendliness:

paper:  teresa collins tinsel & co, strathmore watercolor  stamps:  neat & tangled winter trees ink:  gold embossing, white zing, water colors  other:  paper accents vellum, canvas corp mini white clothes pin

While still playing with my watercolors, I fussy cut the trees and painted the trees PINK.  Yes, Pink.

Remember to pop over to the Neat & Tangled blog for more inspiration, special guest & a give-a-way!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Neat & Tangled October New Release Day Three: Warm Wishes

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We are up to Day Three of the Neat & Tangled October New Release Week!

I'm on a kick to design postal friendly cards:

I managed to crank out 12 cards of a similar design for today's post!  They are all postal friendly!  The other day when I was mailing 18 pieces of pretty mail, the Postal Worker was trying to tell me that most of them would average $2.32.  Um, what?!  Let's see, $2.32 x 16 (2 were priority mail) equals a whole lotta $$.

So here you go:

cardstock:  pti  stamp:  neat & tangled/warm wishes  ink:  zing grapefruit

I still ADORE the Chalkboard Technique and decided to spice it up by using Zing Grapefruit and 

I love it!

I also designed some using the traditional method:

cardstock:  pti  stamp:  neat & tangled/warm wishes  ink:  zing white

I'm a happy camper that Danielle has made the digi warm wishes into a stamp!

So you get a feeling for the size of the image, my cards are 4.25x4.25.

Don't forget to pop over to the Neat & Tangled blog for more inspiration, special guests and a giveaway!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Your Next Stamp October After Party: I ♡ U

Click HERE for the Neat & Tangled October Release:  Day Three

Whew, wasn't the Your Next Stamp Blog Hop amazing?! 

There was so much inspiration!!!!

Today is the After-Party Festivities!

I'm featuring the new Scribbled Alpha set on this card...both on my background panel and in the Mason jar:

Can you believe that I was able to combine 6 Your Next Stamp products in this one card?


Makes sure you pop over to the Your Next Stamp blog to check out what the YNS Design Team created!!!

Neat & Tangled October New Release Day Two: Little Santa Girl

Hello and Welcome to Day Two of the Neat & Tangled Release Week!

Today we are featuring

Little Santa Girl

In my first project, I teamed her up with yesterday's Falling Flakes:

cardstock:  pti bag:  whisker graphics  stamps:  neat & tangled little santa girl/falling flakes  ink:  various copics, hero arts hues, zing white

Isn't she adorable?

Perfect to top off a Mini Bitty Bag that contains a gift card.  This can be adhered to a card base or perhaps hole punch it, add twine or ribbon and hang it from the Christmas Tree!

It's officially fall in the Pacific Northwest!  Sunday was our last nice day and I'm having a heck of a time with photography when it is so dark and dreary....

Next up is another Mini Bitty Bag, featuring another image from the Little Santa Girl set:

cardstock:  pti bag:  whisker graphics  stamps:  neat & tangled little santa girl  other:  stampin' up felt wreath, inktense pencils

I love the look of Kraft and coloring pencils so that is what I did with that sweet mini tag!

Remember to pop over to the Neat & Tangled blog for more inspiration, special guests and a giveaway!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Neat & Tangled October New Release Day One: Winter Wishes + Falling Flakes

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Hello and Welcome to the Neat & Tangled New Release Week!

Everyday we will be Featuring new products with the release day being on Friday, October 24th!  You will absolutely LOVE this month's new release!!!!

Let's get started, shall we?

Today, we are featuring

Winter Wishes


Falling Flakes

I combined both sets and designed a gift tag:

journal card:  fancy pants design/oh deer  stamps:  neat & tangled winter wishes/falling flakes  ink:  fresh ink black tea/red current/birch, zing white, clear embossing powder  other:  cork, may arts twine, paper accents vellum, circle punch & crop-a-dile

The sentiment has been stamped with Fresh Ink Birch and heat embossed with clear EP.

Here's another project, this one uses

Winter Wishes

cardstock:  gmund, paper accents vellum  stamps:  neat & tangled winter wishes  ink:  fresh ink tomato/celery, zing white, gold embossing, water colors, clear embossing  other:  dcwv cork

It's a snow globe using circle dies, vellum and cork!

Remember to pop over to the Neat & Tangled blog for more inspiration, some special guests and a giveaway!

thanks a latte

click HERE for the Neat & Tangled October Release:  Day one

So, in case you didn't know...I love all things coffee.  I gravitate to all the fun coffee themed crafty stuff and love anything coffee oriented on Pinterest.  I WISH I had the luxury of spending oodles of time on Pinterest, but honestly, there just isn't enough hours in the day!

My Favorite Things just came out with a new coffee stamp set, Perk up and die set, Coffee Cup.   I had to add them to my ever growing coffee collection and threw in some other goodies because I was a lucky winner in one of their glorious blog hops and received a $100 gift card (WAHOO!}.  

Coffee + Persimmon = a happy crafter

paper:  basic grey persimmon  stamps:  mft/perk up  ink:  wplus9 white, zing white other:  mft coffee cup dies

Um yeah, Persimmon is my go-to fall collection I love to work with.  I teamed it up with my MFT goodies and had to throw in the chalkboard technique too.

I challenged by friend, Erin to the MFT sketch challenge...we're both challenge junkies.
(Erin, I totally forgot to incorporate something that I haven't used in 6 months!)

This is actually the first time I've linked up to their sketch challenge, but it certainly won't be the last!

Thanks so much for stoppin' by....I'll be back again at 5 am pacific with the start of Neat & Tangled's October Release week!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

crafty fun.

This is what yesterday morning looked like:

There are several of us that get together on a monthly basis and yesterday these girls came to play:

Katie's sweet girl joined in the fun too!

Last time the girls were over, they went left with homework.  Each girl took a Martha Stewart test tube to embellish and this is what they did:


How cute is that owl and the stitched tag?!


Sweet pumpkin tag and love the sentiment!


Yay for Seattle!!!!


This was up on the Neat & Tangled blog last week but I layered the Neat & Tangled sequins to look like candy corn!


You can't read it but she has it labeled Reindeer Poop...she even made pipe cleaner antlers!

Seriously, how fun did the girls do on their homework?!  I scored because they left them all with me!  

Next up are the AWESOME projects that Kimberly put together for us:

A coffee sleeve and a snow globe card...CUTE!!!!

I absolutely love her non-traditional use of colors!!!!

I know, right?  CUTE!!!!!

A big high five to Kimberly for all of her hard work.  We all had so much fun...we laughed, ate and doesn't get much better than that, does it?