Sunday, September 30, 2018

Witch way is the candy | My Favorite Things



Hello and Happy Sunday.  Do you have have Coffee hangover from yesterday's National Coffee Day celebrations?  I went on a Coffee Crawl with my friend Tonya!

Did you see my earlier post that explained that I'm trying to send out cards from October - December for the holidays.  I have so many fall inspired stamp sets that this is a great excuse to at least get them inked up.  This adorable MFT Birdie Brown Which Way Is The Candy is just one of those sets:


I inked up a Bristol panel with Distress Oxides.  I splattered it with water and black Kuretake Gansai Tambi paint.  Love how big these images are, so fun to color.


Am I the only that can easily average 7 foam square adhesives on one card?  No wonder they aren't postal friendly.

My card was inspired by the latest MFT Sketch Challenge:


Here are a couple of my favorite pics from yesterday's Coffee Crawl in Seattle:



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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Coffee Loving Cardmakers | National Coffee Day Blog Hop | Lawn Fawn



Happy National Coffee Day!  The fun starts over on the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's blog!  We're so thrilled to have so many Super Sponsors joining in the hop!  There's a total of 33 stops for the main hop.  The Coffee Loving Cardmaker's blog is the first stop!  We are so grateful for the prizes that have been donated to our stop:

Avery Elle - $25 Gift Code
CAS-ual Fridays Stamps - $25 Gift Code
Ellen Hutson LLC - $25 Gift Card
Gina K Designs - Two $50 Gift Cards
Honey Bee Stamps - $25 Gift Card
Joy Clair - $25 Gift Card
Lawn Fawn - $25 Gift Card
Newton's Nook Designs - $25 Gift Card
Pink & Main - $25 Store Credit
Precious RemembranceLittle Things stamp set + exclusive coupon savings
Reverse Confetti - $15 Gift Card
STAMPlorations - $15 Gift Card
Studio KatiaA Cup of Thanks Stamp Set & Coordinating Die Set
Trinity Stamps LLC - Coffee with Character stamp set

WOW!  That's over $400 worth of prizes that are hidden among the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's Design Team!   We're thrilled to have returning designers joining us, we call them our Brew Crew!  

Make sure you start on the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's blog and leave a comment.  We have a special guest, Sheri Gilson, up on the blog for Gina K Designs.     All the details about her beautiful card are available on her blog, to be eligible for the Ginda K Designs prize you'll want to leave a comment on Sheri's blog too!  

You should have arrived here from my teamie, Dana Gong's blog!  You don't want to miss her gorgeous project!

Here's the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's blog hop listing in case you get lost along the way.




I'm so excited to be giving away a $25 Gift Certificate from Lawn Fawn!


Here's a project that I made especially for today!  It was perfect timing for my dear friend Tonya's birthday:


For those of you that have been following me for any amount of time, you might be a bit surprised about this card.  Not because it is a coffee themed card, they are my favorites but that it is an interactive design!

Let's start from base of my card, I used a panel from the Knock On Wood Petite Paper Pack.  I cut the Reveal Wheel Square Add-On with two panels from the Knit Picky Fall Petite Paper Pack.


The "hope your day is" comes from the Reveal Wheel Sentiments.  I filled the wheel with sentiments from that set along with the Reveal Wheel Holiday Sentiments. 


Of course I had to use the new Thanks a Latte set!  The critters are from the Lawn Fawn Year Four set.  I love how that Hippo turned out...the handle on the mug worked out perfectly.  Wait until you see the interior sentiment!


(Chuckling)...This card makes me a happy crafter and the hippo birdie to you always cracks me up!


I'm linking up to the Lawn Fanatics challenge:


Here's another project that uses older products...that Costume Party set is ADORABLE!


I used the Mini Picture Frames, one cut from kraft and the other from watercolor paper.  I used the smooshing technique with Distress Oxides to create the galaxy background.  It's been finished off with white + gold specks.

Isn't that unicorn adorable?  She's been stamped with Lawn Fawn Jet Black and colored with various copics.  The mini coffee cup is a die from a collection of various cups by Memory Box that has been cut with a panel from Knit Picky Fall paper pad.


A big thank you to Lawn Fawn for sponsoring us with a $25 Gift Certificate.  Remember to leave a comment on all the participating Coffee Loving Cardmaker's Designer/Brew Crew blogs for more chances to win!

Next up, from our Brew Crew,  is the awesome Wendy McGaffey!  

Remember that once you hop through all of the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's designers/brew crew, we have 32 other Super Sponsor blog hop stops!  Here's a peek at the listing:





Friday, September 28, 2018

A Friendly Hello Trio


It's wonderfully Festive Fall in the Pacific Northwest.  The weather is perfect, sunny + 70's.  I wish it was like this year round!  It had me in the mood to make a trio of Fall themed cards.  This year I'm going to try something a smidge different.  Rather than trying to do a mass mailing in December, I'm going to try to spread it over October - December.  

Fall is definitely my favorite season both in real life and crafting:


All the paper is from the Celebrate Autumn collection by Echo Park Paper.  Let's chat about my first card:


I combined various panels from the Celebrate Autumn 6x6 paper pad with images from the Hello Bluebird - Fall Friends stamp set.  The other weekend I had a fun time at crafty day with friends.  We used coloring pencils and it reminded me I had a basic set by Prima - Thanks Kimberly!  That fimo button was made by my friend Annette Allen!

Here's a card duo using ephemera from the Celebrate Autumn collection.  Do you spy the fun black poms from my stash?


In case you didn't know, tomorrow is National Coffee Day!


The fun starts on the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's blog at 6 am pacific!

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Reverse Confetti | Happy Fall!





Hello and Happy Friday Eve!  It's been beautiful fall weather in the Pacific Northwest!  I decided to design a fall themed project featuring Reverse Confetti products:


I stamped the Happy Fall image from the Pumpkin Patch stamp set in Peach ink.  The stem has been cut from an upcycled Starbucks coffee sleeve.  The solid pumpkin has been cut from Stone cardstock.


I combined papers from Abundant Autumn and the Cheerful and Kind paper pads.  The card base is Tangerine cardstock.  The Double Edge Scallop Border is a staple for die cutting!

I was inspired by Sunday Stamps



Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Coffee Loving Cardmakers | Christmas Cheer


During one of Graciellie Design sales I picked up her Christmas Cheer digital stamp set:


Isn't it a beauty?  

Are you a part of the Coffee Loving Papercrafters FB group?  Graciellie Design is sponsoring a Coffee Lovers Card Contest!


Here's how I was inspired:


I printed out the image and sentiment on 90 lb watercolor paper.  The cup has been fussy cut and watercolored with Zig Clean Color markers.  Initially I was going to color the coffee cup but decided against it.


My card was inspired by the Paper Players:



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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Pumpkin Spice



Hello and Happy Sunday!  Yesterday I left the house around 8 am and got home around 10:30 pm.  Super fun filled day, that started with a crafty day.  Here's my Make 'n Take that I brought:


Some of you recognize some of the items in my project.  I just picked up the sentiment and thin stripe border stamps are from Impress.  I used following Catherine Pooler inks for the plaid:

Tiki Torch  |  Mint To Be

The orange cardstock is a cut apart Memory Box note card combined with Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip cardstock.  The dies are Lil' Inker Designs' Coffee Talk 2 and Kat Scrappiness' Wonky Wavy Stitched Rectangle Dies.

The Spectrum Noirs are new to me.  Trying them out with the MnT.  Will generally use them for MnT of if I need any extra filler colors when copic coloring at home.

Here's my original haul photo from Impress: 


Here's a photo that was taken of our Crafty Group:


Thanks so much for our Hostess/Host with the mostess:  Toni + Allen.

Kimberly  |  Jen  |  Hadley  |  me  |  Novell  |  Katie

Lenae  |  Tonya  |  Laura  |  Toni  |  Cherrie

Such a fun group of friends!  We loved having Cherrie (center/bottom) join us for the first time.  There's always a ton of laughing, crafting, eating at these events.  I (surprisingly) managed to complete 5 make 'n takes...that wasn't even all the ones that were available.  I ran out of time!

I ended my evening with my non-crafty group of friends, having dinner and getting home late (for a girl that wakes up at 3 am!).

Today is a 3k walk benefiting pediatric brain tumor research.  I hope that you're having a great weekend!

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Friday, September 21, 2018

My Favorite Things | May the Forest


There has been quite a bit of sad news in the crafty community lately.  Honestly, this year in general has been rough in that category, a friend of mine passed away in June, another person in my 'extended family' passed away earlier this month.  

A crafty friend of mine lost her brother -in-law.  This card is one I designed for her husband.



Masculine and Sympathy is a tough duo.  I don't have much in 'masculine' stamp sets.  This MFT (retired) set, Forest Friends tends to be my go-to masculine set.  The Fun & Frolic 6x6 is filled with fun designs but I went more graphic patterns.


I did some free form copic coloring, similar to what people do with watercoloring...no exact coloring.  I was inspired by the MFT Sketch Challenge:


I've never been one to design many traditional  sympathy cards.  

In case you're interested, MFT is having a SALE that ends today:


Hope you're having a great week!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Reverse Confetti : all treats




Hey, happy Wednesday!  I'm popping in here with a card that I whipped up*  this morning:


Today's card features the New Reverse Confetti Frightening Friends and Abundant Autumn paper pad teamed up with the previously released Best Witches and  Fright Night paper pad.

Do you see the Bag & Tags Creator layer in green?  Love the stitched window accessory and the zig zag bottom compliments the frankenstein and witch hemlines.


Do you notice the zombie look?  HAHA...I'm so NOT a zombie TV/Movie fan...but I do love the color green 💚

Do you spy that green button?  My friend Jane of Jane's Doodles use to make them and I've squirreled mine away for the perfect projects :)



I was also inspired by Freshly Made Sketches:


*Funny, I had this discussion at my garage sale last weekend.  I use to literally whip up 8 cards in a crafty session.  For me, that means designing, photog'ing and blogging.  These days I've gotten so much slower but I feel like I'm enjoying the whole process more now.  We have a new camera, a fresh new background always makes me a happy crafter.

Before you go, I did want to share some pics that I took on  Sunday when two friends and I ventured into Georgetown which is a neighborhood south of Downtown Seattle.

Our destination was Deep Sugar & Salt:

London Fog Cupcake


I picked up two slices of this gorgeous Strawberry Shortcake for my girl and ex-mil and they loved it:



We ended our outing with a trip to the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall:





I highly recommend visiting both spots!


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