Saturday, February 28, 2015

Paper Smooches Sparks & Coffee Lovers Spring Hop: need to venti?

cardstock:  stampin' up basic black  paper:  fancy pants design/memories captured  stamps: paper smooches hot concoctions/cyber cafe  ink:  memento tuxedo other:  paper smooches/coffee & tea dies

I'm sneaking in here to post a quick card I whipped up!

I used the Paper Smooches Coffee Cup die and cut 2 in solid black and 1 in the patterned paper.  I layered them up so from a side view, it has a great black outline.

I was inspired by the current

I used:

So thrilled to have Paper Smooches as a Super Sponsor for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

One lucky winner will receive

Have you hopped yet?!  There is so much fabulous inspiration!

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Coffee Lovers Spring Hop: rule the world

Well, today is the day!

The Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!
Yes, I know that it isn't technically Spring but who doesn't love to celebrate Spring?!

For all the deets of the hop including the FABulous Super Sponsor & Flash Sponsors, please go HERE.

A big shout out to Chaitali for helping in all the graphics and setting up the new Facebook group and the new Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog!

My goal is to link up (almost) daily for the week long hop!  Let's get started, shall we?

I decided to start the hop off with a shaped card:

cardstock:  recollections/110/white, mft steel gray, papertrey ink vellum  stamps:  mft/perk up  ink:  fresh ink charcoal  other:  mft dienamics coffee cup, studio calico heart wood veneer, spellbinders circle

Coffee ● Polkas ● Wood Veneer

That makes me a happy crafter.

The patterned paper is from My Minds Eye/Jubilee/Tangerine

The stamps:

I decided to also post this card to my blog.  It was up on the Stories of stamps, paper and... blog

It's definitely a celebration since my Momma is turning (whispering) 75  today!  I made this especially for her!

cardbase:  impress paper:  neenah white, stampin' up basic black, papertrey ink vellum  stamps:  kellie stamps/epic  other:  mama elephant veneer 2014 calendar, studio calico heart wood veneer, divine twine/red solid

I upcycled a 2014 Mama Elephant wood veneer calendar.  I trimmed it to look like a to-go cup and slapped a lid on it...

Isn't that sentiment fun?

A big shout out to my bloggie friend Thanh, she RAK'd me that set:

Coffee + Naps = ♡♡♡

So, I'll be taking my Momma out for a birthday luncheon today and no doubt come home and I might be a smidge quiet on the hop front for a bit :)

Seriously thankful for this AWESOME paper crafting community.  For all the WONDERFUL people that I've met along the the FABulously generous not only having crafting as a common link with you all but coffee/tea &/or cocoa too!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fusion: fancy hello

We're back with a new Fusion Card Challenge!

I know I say this all the time, but isn't this a fun one?!

This week I'm going with the inspiration photo!

cardstock:  recollections/white/110  paper:  studio calico/atlantic, echo park/dots & stripes  stamps:  waffle flower bowtiful  ink:  memento tuxedo  other:  waffle flower mailable 3D bow

I adore pale blue and red together!  Such a fun look!

Fancy Hello

Love that.

Waffle Flower

Waffle Flower

I can't wait to see how you're inspired!

Make sure you check out the Fusion Design Team!

With a push from Kimberly, I'm also linking up to CASology

Just a quick reminder about the Coffee Lovers Spring Hop!  The fun starts tomorrow, Friday, February 27th at 6 am pacific on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

chattin' + craftin'

So, I do consider myself fortunate.  I'm surrounded by fabulous crafty friends both via bloggie land and IRL.

We have an on-going crafty gathering on a monthly basis.  New people are always welcome and out of staters too!

Last Saturday Lenae and Vicki joined us!

I always get the better end of the deal because people travel to me {I stink at packing for crafty gatherings} and other people put together awesome make 'n takes for the group:

Laura Norris designed this one:

Isn't it gorgeous...I love the monochromatic look.  I totally stink at lining up the craft foam and the cardstock on the sentiment....I have ADD when we are all mind goes a mile a minute faster than it usually does when I craft {uh-oh}.  The tone-on-tone

The next 2 are designed by Kimberly Weiner.

Yes to succulents!

Hero Arts meets Paper Smooches.
Love at first sight.

Dude, that Simon Says pup is ADORABLE.

Gotta love that it is teamed up with the fantastic Neat & Tangled Box die!

You may have seen this on FB but Vicki gave me this awesome shaped card:

The cut file is from Julia Stainton and the die cut/embossed metal is from Add a Little Dazzle who happens to be a Spring Blog Hop Flash Sponsor!

Thanks to Lisa for bringing the delish dessert and Tonya who always puts up with me and who I'm holding to her word that she'll be posting her finished make 'n takes♡

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

retro sketches: time for cake

Challenge = Masculine Birthday Cards.

My Minds Eye/Jubilee/Tangerine = problem solved.

I love that MME collection.

I teamed it up with 


Perfect for a co-workers birthday card!

I was inspired by

Don't forget about the Coffee Lovers Spring Hop!  The fun starts on Friday, February 27th!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Evelin T Designs: coffee + me

So, I always feel fortunate when I can meet up with a bloggie friend.  There is always an instant connection because of the shared paper crafting passion.  A couple years ago when I was able to go to CHA, I met up with Evelin.   We've known each other for several years so I was excited to be able to meet her (& her hubby) when I was in California.

Evelin recently reached out to me and let me know that she designed some coffee/tea digi's!  Well, sign me up...what's not to love about coffee/tea?!

Check out her sweet designs:

cardstock:  neenah  images:  evelin tee designs/coffee + me  ink:  various copics  other:  stampin' up clothes pin, whisker graphics bitty bag, jillian vance design/chalkboard backdrop die, marvy uchida glue pen, impress glitter

Such a fun image!

I printed it out on thin neenah cardstock via a Laserjet printer.  I'm such a newbie at digitals but love the convenience of using dies to feature the images.

I totally forgot to take a shot of what is inside the bitty's a box of Starbuck's Via!

Next up is maybe not so amy'ish...but I do love how it turned out.

I love ribbon, but don't tend to use it.  The fabulous Erin RAK'd me some simply glorious May Arts silk ribbons and well, isn't it perfect for my card?  I think the softness of the ribbon totally matches the sweet writing of the sentiment.

cardstock:  stampin' up basic black/blushing bride, neenah white  images:  evelin tee designs/always a good idea  ink:  copics  other:  whisker graphics little bitty bag, may arts ribbon, mama elephant basic set/creative cuts, reverse confetti square tag confetti cut

Check out the images I used today:

coffee + me
coffee + me

always a good idea
always a good idea

Pop over to Evelin's shop and check out her other digital designs plus a whole lot more!

You'll be seeing more of her this Friday since she's one of the many fabulous Super Sponsors for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

A Big Shout out to Evelin for letting me play with her new images...I LOVE them♡

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Alley Way Stamps Guest Designer: enjoy

I'm up on The Alley Way Stamps blog today!  

It's been so much fun guesting for them this month.....I have 2 cards up on the TAWS blog, I'm sharing one of them here on my blog:

cardstock:  strathmore watercolor, stampin' up basic black  stamps:  the alley way stamps/tri-me  ink:  ranger archival black, target  watercolor tray  other:  dcwv card base, stampin 'up embossing folder

My card and inspiration.

Wouldn't you love to work for Starbucks and create the graphics for their gift cards?!  They are always so fun and trendy.  I spotted this one and couldn't wait to design my take on it.  

Aren't the stamps perfect?!

I cut a to-go cup out of Strathmore Watercolor paper and fashioned a lid out of Stampin' up Basic Black cardstock.  

All the stamps are from 

I'm a big fan of premade cardbases, because, I'm lazy.  I tend to pick them up when they are on sale/clearance.  Today's base is ala DCWV and I think they were 70% off at M's awhile ago.  The embossing folder I used is by Stampin' Up, Tiny Triangles.  Is it just me or does the cardbase remind you of: 

Yes, I'm hungry.

Thrilled to have The Alley Way Stamps as one of the Super Sponsors for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  Read about it HERE and remember, the hop starts Friday, Feb 27th and runs through Friday, March 6th!

So, I'd love it if you'd pop by The Alley Way Stamps blog because I have another card over there!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Curtain Call Donut Delight: make a wish

There's still time to join us over at 

photo source:

Seriously, who doesn't love a donut card?!

Make sure you check out the Curtain Call blog for more inspiration.

By the way, the Super Sponsors for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop have been posted HERE.  Remember that the hop starts Friday, February 27th!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

New York Style Congrats!

cardstock:  mft steel gray, stampin' up cherry cobbler/soft sky, strathmore watercolor stamps:  altenew sketchy cities america  ink:  ranger archival jet black  other:  spellbinders large circles, target watercolors


I made this especially for my boy.

Bear with me on this post.

My boy, my youngest, was a super quiet and mellow baby.  Perhaps it was because his older sister was such a fussy baby...and I mean fussy.

It seemed as if when he turned one, he turned, well, adventurous.  He'd disappear in a split second, he'd jump before thinking, he picked up everything off of the know, all that kid stuff.   Actually, things haven't changed much...LOL.  He's a senior in high school and has worked so very hard to get great grades while keeping up with many clubs/activities.  

Although he's traveling internationally with his father, he sent me a text message yesterday to let me know that he received an acceptance letter from a college in NY!  I couldn't be more happy for him, he's meant to go to school in NY...seriously.

We're still waiting to hear from 2 Washington State colleges and another NY one.  Wherever he lands, I know that he'll be smashingly successful!

I gotta be honest, the Momma in me will have a difficult transition when he leaves.  I cried when my girl left for the University of Washington...oy.  As his Momma though, I'm so excited for this new adventure.  He really is filled with so much curiosity, adventure and kindness....he makes me laugh, a lot.  I'm looking forward to finding out where he'll end up, just gotta keep reminding him that they are happy tears :)

I was inspired by the current

The Altenew Sketchy Cities America was perfect for my card!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Chickaniddy Crafts: Hooray!

post 2 of 2 for HERE for my A Jillian Vance post.

Just a sneak peek of my project over on the Chickaniddy Crafts Blog today.  I'd love for you to stop by and say hi!

A Jillian Vance Design: happy birthday

post 1 of HERE for my Chickaniddy Crafts post.

I'm thrilled to be on the 

I'm trying to make more birthday cards this year.  For some reason I'm always scrambling to make them at the last minute.

Pop over to the A Jillian Vance Design blog to see my latest masculine birthday card!

I used

birthday art

mini bag die
mini bag die