Saturday, May 26, 2018

Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop (proj 4) You're a catch





We're well into Day Two of the 2018 Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  When I last looked the count was at 372!  I have to catch up on commenting, I've made it through 200.

This is my project that features Lawn Fawn and Studio Katia, both are Super Sponsors for the hop!



I need to start by saying Eloise's card HERE and Kelly Marie's card HERE totally inspired me.

I've had the idea of the coffee and You're Claw-some for quite awhile but have never put the stamps to paper.


There's a smidge of masking on the machine and the Studio Katia to go cups from their Sweet Latte set.


I was going to do a shaped card like the card I linked above by Eloise but then opted to use Kelly Marie's design using Lawn Fawn papers.

That's it for me today, I'll be back tomorrow with what I hope to be a couple cards.  We're going flying so I'll have to be super organized about my time.

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Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop (proj 3) Power Poppy - You've bean on my mind





Hello and Welcome to Day Two of the Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  Did you have fun yesterday?  Wow, talk about loads of inspiration!  Loving all the linked up projects so far!  Have you joined in the fun yet?

Today I'm featuring a gorgeous image From Power Poppy:


Isn't it gorgeous?!  The Cup of Columbine set was recently released as part of their Clear Collection as Cheerful Columbine.

Here's how I was inspired, I colored the digital version, Cup of Columbine:


I'll be the first one to say that I'm no colorista.  After checking out Power Poppy's gorgeous IG account, I was a bit intimidated.  I grabbed some of my favorite colors and went to town.


I color slowly, mostly because as I get older my capabilities to 'stay in the lines' tends to be compromised with my slight case of 'squirrel'.  I'm easily distracted.


I tend to be a last minute nelly.  Is that a saying?  If it isn't, it is now.  Not sure why I don't start projects earlier but I keep telling myself I do better under pressure.  Oh yes, the administrative portion of the hop is quite time consuming too.

I thoroughly enjoyed coloring this project though.  I was apprehensive to color the background the pale green for fear I wouldn't end up liking it but I love it...Do you see the smidge of plaid pattern paper? Both the paper and the sentiment are by My Favorite Things.

A big Thank You to Power Poppy for providing the gorgeous digital images for the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's Design team for the hop!

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop (proj 2) - Trinity Stamps | Thinkin' about you




This is my second post for today click HERE for my first post.



I'm so excited to be guest designing for the brand new company, Trinity Stamps!  They are also a new Super Sponsor for the Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!


You're going to love their new sets, check out Coffee with Character + Caffeinated Sentiments:


Both sets are simply FILLED with goodness.  I had so much fun stamping and coloring.  Did you see what I integrated?  I was trying to think of my color palette for my design and decided to incorporate Trinity Stamps' signature blue.


Oh yes, I love the bold lines of the designs and the delicate font for the sentiments.  All the images are nestled onto a strip of washi.  So clean + crisp!


Make sure you visit the Trinity Stamps blog for full product reveals and tons of inspiration!

2018 Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!





Well, today is the day...the first day of the 2018 Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  For those alumni, it's been awhile, hasn't it?  We changed from quarterly to semi-annual this year.  The generosity of the Papercrafting Community is overwhelming.  

Today's post is featuring Super Sponsor SugarPea Designs!  


My card features:

SugarCut - Coffee To Go Cup
Caffeine Addict
SugarCut - Diagonal Striped CoverPlate

I happened to have a round wood veneer piece that worked perfectly with the Caffeine Addict stamp!


Who wouldn't love a matcha frappucino?  I dressed up my coffee to go cup with a corrugated sleeve and a metal pineapple...perfectly summery!

My card was inspired by the SugarPea Designs Mix It Up Challenge:


Make sure you pop over to the SugarPea Designs blog for more inspiration!


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Hero Arts: It's your birthday?





Hello and Happy Friday Eve!  I'm loving the Hero Arts DC231 Alpaca Stamp & Cut:


A little switch up in the color palettes can really make a new look.  Do you remember my last card that I shared using the same set?


No matter what palette he's dressed in, he's an adorable guy, don't you agree?

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

SugarPea Designs: bonjour





Have you played along with the newest SugarPea Designs Mix It Up Challenge?


Here's how I was inspired, I used the sketch and the color pink:


I combined the new Oh La La set with the Mugs & Kisses set.  Aren't they fun together?  


I LOVE that bonjour word bubble, so sweet!  The Spots & Stripes Pastels panel is a fun way to add color to my overall design.  I like the kraft and pink combo.


I could really go for a croissant and latte right now!  In case you haven't read about it, the 2018 Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers blog hop starts on Friday.  SugarPea Designs is just one of the fantastic Super Sponsors.







Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Pattern Happy: Go Nuts



I'm so excited to be sharing a couple of cards over on the Pattern Happy blog!  Two cards, same stamp, different looks!


Pop over to the Pattern Happy blog for the full reveal!


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Monday, May 21, 2018

Hero Arts: you're a dahl!




Hello and Happy Monday!  Did you have a good weekend?  I did, but it does always seem to fly by so quickly, doesn't it?  Today I'm sharing a card using the Hero Arts Hero Florals Dahlia Stamps & Cut:


The sentiment has been heat embossed in white on black paper.

I teamed up the bloom with one of my favorites the CG681 Candy Stripe Bold Prints.  A bit of paint splattering and I called it good.



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Sunday, May 20, 2018

To Bee or Not To Bee Blog Hop + Giveaway!




Hello and Welcome to the:  To Bee Or Not To Bee Blog Hop!  I'm so excited to have been invited to take part again in this hop to support bees and to raise public awareness of the importance of bees and apicultural products.  May 20th is declared World Bee Day by the United Nations (UN).

You should have arrived here from my bloggie friend Alice Wertz's blog!  If not, you'll want to start at the beginning which is Milka Gubo's blog!

Prizes!  Here are all the fantastic companies and artists that are supporting this blog hop with their incredible generosity:



Dies to die for  ₤15 Gift Certificate to the Store
Gerda Steiner Designs  $15 Gift Certificate to the Store
Happy Little Stampers  $20 Gift Certificate to the Store
Honey Bee Stamps  $40 Gift Certificate to the Store
Jane’s Doodles  2 Stamp Sets (in stock) of winner’s choice
Kitty Bee Designs  1 Digital Image of winner’s choice
Lawn Fawn  $25 Gift Certificate to the Store
Little Miss Muffet Stamps  $10 Gift Certificate to the Store + freebie
Neha of Periwinkle Creations  $20 Gift Certificate to the Simon Says Stamp Store
Power Poppy  $25 Gift Certificate to the Store
Power Poppy  ‘Bee Kind Toile’ Clear Stamp Set
Pretty Pink Posh  $25 Gift Certificate to the Store
Sasayaki Glitter  1 Digital Image of winner’s choice
Uniko  Clear Stamp Set (in stock) of winner’s choice


Milka is also giving away Jane’s Doodles ‘Garden Friends’ stamp set to two lucky winners.


Barbara from Little Miss Muffet Stamps is also offering a freebie for the next 36 hours, as long the giveaway will be open. It’s adorable ‘Polka Dot Pals Xara’ digital image.

18 prizes will be given away to 18 winners.

For your chance to win, hop along blogs of the participating designers and leave comment on each blog hop stop. After commenting, return back to Milka’s blog and add your name to Inlinkz, but prior you do, please read Blog Hop details, terms, giveaway rules and privacy policy which are shared in Milka's blog post below Inlinkz.


Inlinkz closes tomorrow, May 21st 2018, 11:00 PM CEST. Winners’ names will be announced on Milka’s blog next day.

Whew, okay here's how I was inspired:



This year I decided to ink up the Reverse Confetti Honey Bear set.  Oh he's so cute with his friend the bee.  I have them nestled onto a Tag Me.  The clouds have been cut from craft foam.


I've had that hex embossing folder in my stash for a while.  It's perfect in the Sunshine cardstock.  The sentiment is from The Buzz stamp set, love the mixed fonts.


I can't wait to see how the other's were inspired!  You can find the complete hop listing on Milka's blog!  A big shout out to Milka for the invite and the coordination of this awesome event!

Now hop over to Barbara Sproatmeyer's blog!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Heffy Doodle: Wheely Great Day


So during the last Ellen Hutson LLC Sale, I promised myself that I didn't 'need' any other new sets.  I have a basket full of things that haven't been inked up.  I ended up popping this cute Heffy Doodle, Hello Squeakheart set in my cart:


Okay, those 'lil guys are adorable, aren't they?!  They have the best pun sentiments too, those kill me!


Honestly, I wanted to use all of the cute images in the set but decided on the three and then made my own 'cheesy stencil' with Hero Arts Infinity Circle Dies.  I topped everything off with paint specks with my Kuretake Gansai Tambi black watercolor.

 My card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches:


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Friday, May 18, 2018

SugarPea Designs: May Sweet2Repeat Blog Hop!




Hello!  Hello!   It's the Sweet2Repeat Blog Hop!  Now that so many of you have the SugarPea Designs Spring Product Release, we're hopping to inspire you!

Would you like to WIN a $20 gift certificate to spend on some SugarPea Designs of your own?  Please visit with each of our design team members and leave a comment for your chance to win! The winner will be announced on the SugarPea Designs Blog on Saturday, May 26th.


I think the Spring Product Release is one of my FAVorites.  The kids + I had the opportunity to vacation in Paris • England •  Amsterdam last fall (def a trip of a lifetime).  My boy was doing a semester abroad in Paris.  I made this card especially for my boy:


This is a new to me color trio:  peach  •  celadon  •  gold  
I happened to spot this while looking through my feedly.  Evidently it made an impression and I do like the fresh look.

I started off with a cantaloupe colored cardstock.  I inked it up with two different shades of ink, on the top 1/3 and the bottom 1/3.  I followed it up with flecks of white paint (Kuretake Gansai Tambi).

I used the largest SugarCut - Postage Stamp frame in gold glitter cardstock.  I layered a smaller rectangle die and ran it through my die cutting machine.  


I combined 2 of the SugarCut - ParisScape's cut out of celadon cardstock.  I adhered them directly to the Postage Stamp frame.  This help me to center it onto the cardbase.


The SugarCut - Postage Stamp is awesome because it comes with words + more.  I used the 'Sending' in white craft foam.   I struggled to figure out where I wanted to put the sentiment, Happy Mail from the Sending Sentiments stamp set.  Then it hit me to adhere it behind the Eiffel Tower.  It's been stamped in the coordinating ink used on the upper 1/3 of the base panel.


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