Thursday, June 30, 2016

Paru's Card Making Challenges: July Guest


Hello!  I'm excited to let you know that I'm a July Guest Designer for Paru's Card Making Challenges:


This challenge is calling my name because I have a 2016 self challenge to create more birthday projects!  Check out today's duo:


I wanted to ink up some super cute Waffle Flower stamps.  I combined Willy & Friends with Bowtiful.  I used Zig Clean Color Markers on the image.   I love the Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Frame Dies.  It makes that cute monkey the star of the show.  


I made it coordinate with the card so I could easily put the card and perhaps a gift card into the gift bag!  I used the Waffle Flower Claire stamp set.  I started off by stamping and masking the strawberries.  I started from the top of the tag and worked my way down.  I love how masking can really add so much to a project.  This is when I tell you, third time is a charm.  I threw out 2 previous attempts on the masking.  Love that Claire is balancing all those delish strawberries! 


For all the details, make sure you check out Paru's Card Making Challenges.





Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Maya Road - Follow Your Bliss Card Kit - Guest Designer



Have you seen Maya Road's new Follow Your Bliss Card Kit?!


So much goodness in one kit!!!


Here is the supply list:


Thrilled to be guesting for Maya Road!  I have 3 cards to share with you, so let's get started!  You all know how much I love my coffee so that's my first project!  I quickly cut a to go cup out of the My Mind Eye paper that is in the kit.  I used a contrasting panel for the sleeve and layered it up with the gorgeous Coral Seambinding and the Linen Banner Piece that I topped off with an Enjoy Wood Token.  I love the heart shaped gold doily peeking out....


Next up is a super clean + crisp card using the Maya Road exclusive Follow Your Bliss stamp set!  I used Hero Arts Mint Julep and topped it off with Hero Arts Intense Black.  To coordinate with the sentiment, I used the fun arrow paper and used a strip of black cardstock.


Here's my final card...the My Minds Eye market Street Paper is so pretty...LOVE the damask teamed up with the ombre + stripes.  The tag?  It's the Maya Road Wood Shipping tag that I covered with the fun striped paper.  I stamped on it with the hello friend.  The blooms have been fussy cut from one of the patterned paper sheets and I used the burlap in the kit to string the wood spool through the hole of the tag.  I literally removed one of the burlap strings (wink).


Make sure you check out the Maya Road blog for more inspiration!!!

Reverse Confetti: tropical congrats!


We know a couple kids that recently graduated from high school....I'm super behind in making them cards but managed to make this one:


Super clean + simple...perfect for a young man in Hawaii, eh?  I couldn't resist using the Reverse Confetti Pineapples Aplenty stamps and coordinating confetti cuts!  The Bitty Banners set is perfect for my design!

Could you tell that the Bitty Banner was stamped in Navy?  The pineapple was stamped in Butter to Orange ombre.  The watercolor wash is peerless.


I was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches:


...along with ColourQ Challenge:





pineapples aplenty

pineapples aplenty confetti cuts

bitty banners

bitty banners confetti cuts







Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Happy Birthday Katie!



Hello!  There's a group of us that celebrate each other's birthday's with a birthday blog hop!  Today we are celebrating Katie Brooks!  You should have arrived here from Kate's blog which is the beginning of the hop!

Katie and I have been friends for awhile.  We use to be walking buddies but then she changed jobs (happy for her, sad for me) so now we aren't walking buddies anymore.  She is such a sweet friend and has a huge heart.  Katie, I hope you have a magnificent birthday and I know this year is going to be just fabulous...you deserve all the happiness in the world💜

I had to ink up the Stampin' Up Birthday Blooms.  Love this set and yes, it's a purple bloom.  It seems that the color is definitely warming up with me and I love it teamed up with green!


My card is inspired by an older sketch from Global Design Project.  This is just one site that is a go to for me when I'm looking for Stampin' Up inspiration.  Their design team is wow.


Okie dokie...hippety hop over to Toni's blog!  I know she has an awesome card to share!

In case you get lost along the way, here is the complete listing:

Toni 
Laura
Lenae 
BIRTHDAY GIRL -->  Katie


Monday, June 27, 2016

Hero Arts: Sweet Birthday Wishes





Hello and Happy Hero Arts Monday---> I just thought that up! I have a sweet card to share with you that uses the Hero Arts Color Layering Ice Cream set.

I did a light pink color wash on the oval panel to make the ice cream pop!


Rather than do the ice cream in 2 different shade of ink, I used Mint Julep and clear embossing on top!  Can you spy the clear embossing?!


 The ice cream cone is :    Soft Brown •  Cup O' Joe

 The Paper Players sketch challenge inspired me!


Thanks so much for stoppin' by!!!!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Two Paper Divas Guest Designer: June recap



Hello!  This is my final post as the June Guestie over at Two Paper Divas!  I've had such a fun time over there.  I'm going to show you my card for today plus the other previously posted ones that were up on the Two Paper Divas blog.

Many of you know that we've been wrapping up the Summer Coffee Lovers blog hop.  I'll be honest, I started to do a craft purge last week which really wasn't such good timing with the hop.  It was (HA..still IS) massive chaos in my craft room and in the foyer outside my room.  The last time I did a craft purge, I promised myself that I was going to use some of my October Afternoon goodies.  I have quite a bit of their collections and it has been sadly neglected.

Here's me remedying that:


I used the Coffee on the Go set by Two Paper Divas.  I adore this set for the size of the images...they're huge!  Lots of people say that I have a clean + simple style and then I go and post a card like this!  I love colors and patterns.

The to go cup is the star of the show without any one element taking away from it.


The beauty of the Coffee on the Go set, is the number of different options you have:

coffee on the go

I was inspired by Retro Sketches:


Here's a quick run down on the other projectss that were featured over on Two Paper Divas!





A big shout out to Two Paper Divas!   

Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Final Day!


Friday, already?  I was able to post one card a day during the hop.  I wish I could have made more projects, but there just isn't enough time in the day to get everything done!  I noticed there were several crafters that way exceeded daily postings ----> YAY!

Okay, let's get to it, eh?!

I always make it way too difficult to pick my supplies for hop cards.  I want to showcase so many of the Super Sponsors but it isn't always easy to do that.  Here's a post that captures a couple different Super Sponsors.

First up is Lawn Fawn:


I combined the Stuck on You set with the Love you a Latte set!  With a smidge of masking it all works pretty well together, don't you agree?

love you a latte

stuck on you

Lawn Fawn is one of our Super Sponsors!  Link up for a chance to win their Lawn Fawn Gift Pack!


Do you see the tiny heart enamel...oh I miss Chickaniddy Crafts!  Check out the sheen on that gorgeous cardstock...I LOVE it.



My green cardstock base is from Impress and it is Bazzill's Fairway. It's incredibly beautiful and really, I wish you could see the sheen...it's amazing.


Impress is a Super Sponsor!  Link up for a chance to win an Impress clear stamp set!



The inks I used on the cacti =  Hero Arts Ombre:

tide pool to navy

Lime to Forever Green

lime to forever green


Light purple to grape juice

Hero Arts is one of our Super Sponsors!  Link up for a chance to win a $25 Hero Arts Shopping Spree!


Whew!  Lastly, I spotted that Kim Heggins used Strathmore Mixed Media paper...we exchanged some emails and here I am, using the Mixed Media pad that I squirreled away that I received from the fabulous Tonya of The Heart Desires ---> who also happens to be a Super Sponsor!  Link up for a chance to win a $20 Gift card to her shop!  Thanks ladies!!!!



Okay, that's all for me today on the blog!



Thursday, June 23, 2016

Right at Home: Happy Mail




Hello, I'm up on the Right at Home blog today!  I love the Happy Mail set!


I used it in a clean + simple design.  The circular stamp with the layered bloom makes for a great focal point.

happy mail

I'm always a happy crafter when I can design a postal friendly design too.  Aren't the colors so fun + summery?


The strip of patterned paper is My Favorite Things - Painted Prints Citrus, which is available in the shop.  I love the fresh colors!


Right at Home is a Super Sponsor for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop with a Right at Home Prize Pack (worth $25)!


We hope you link up for a chance to win!