Saturday, March 18, 2017

Hello Coffee My Old Friend

I must confess I have become a little obsessed with coffee recently.  I never understood how my mom could drink coffee at all times of the day until now.  In honor of my coffee loving ways I broke out this little stamp/die/embossing folder set I got from Sizzix.  The stamps are one of the Tim Holtz coffee blueprints.


After I embossed the mini cups on a kraft piece of paper I direct inked the raised edges.  First I tried it with green.  I wanted to bring out the green from the cup.


I finished this one with one of the sentiments and the matching die.  I used my misti to stamp everything.  A few weeks ago while I was pinteresting I came across a blog post (unfortunately I don't remember where) about how the blogger had cut up a Sizzix Eclips mat to fit inside her misti for when she wants to stamp on die cuts that are too small for the magnet.  I have been doing that ever since.  It works great!


After I did the embossed piece in green I wanted to try it with a brown.  I pulled out my old trusty Vintage Photo distress ink.  This has been my go to brown since I bought it.  I used the direct to paper method again.  I tried sponging the ink on but it was getting too much ink on the parts that are not raised.


I finished this card off with the other sentiment stamped in Mowed Lawn distress ink.  I felt these would be perfect for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Bit O' Green.

Watercolor Birthday Blueprints

I decided to catalog my stamp sets because I couldn't remember what all I have and I've bought a couple two times.  In the process of doing this I have rediscovered sets that I haven't used in a while and several new sets that I put away before I used them.

Today I am going to share some cards I made with Tim Holtz Birthday Blueprints stamps.  I love the blueprint sets.  I like the versatility of the set.  I can go grunge or color and make it more cutesy.  The cards I am sharing today are done with watercolors.

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I created my backgrounds with some  pearlized watercolors I've had for several years.
I was inspired to use the black and white with just one color from the Seize the Birthday Challenge.

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For the balloon I used a pink version of the pearl watercolor.  The pearl is not showing up great in the pictures.

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I love the look of gold flecks for a party.  To achieve my gold flecks I tried a toothbrush with acrylic paint but it wasn't quite the look I was going for so I switched to a stiff bristled paintbrush.  I loaded the paintbrush up and then just flicked my thumb across the bottom.  It was messy but I achieved the look I wanted.

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I loved the color throwdown challenge combo this week of black, green, and gold.  I made one more background with the green.

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I added gold glitter panels to finish off my cards.  I didn't really measure when I cut the watercolor paper so my cards ended up being different sizes based on how I layered them up.
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Valentine Shakers

I needed a quick Valentine times 5 for my coworkers.  I had planned on making some sweet treats.  I even have the candy.  Time grew short and I found the stop at Starbucks to be much faster!  I wanted to dress up my gift cards so I made five Valentine themed shaker holders.  These are very similar to the shakers I made for Christmas.  You can see those here.



I finished off the back with a little pun...Working with you is a latte fun.


Monday, February 6, 2017

I like how you roll sushi cards

I recently purchased the Lawn Fawn stamp set Let's Roll.  It is a fun sushi set I wanted to use to make cards for my family and friends who love sushi.


I made several cards using these stamps.  I started by stamping and coloring several of each image with Spectrum Noir markers onto one page.  Once I finished I sent them through the direct cut feature of my Scan N Cut and let the machine do all the work.


I really wanted to keep the cards simple and all on white. I finished several cards by stamping the sentiment and adding a boarder to box in the focus of the card.





A few of the cards I boxed in by making this dashed line.  There is a lot of combinations I was able to create.  I think next time I will trying coming up with some different sushi themed sentiments to use.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Punny Valentines

I love a good pun.  Valentine's Day seems to bring out my love of puns.  Today I have a set of  Valentines I made that feature some fun puns.





All of my cards are 4x4 and feature a quick watercolor wash I applied.  I stamped and colored with various Stampin' Up stamp sets I have.  The insides are finished with a Happy Valentine's Day sentiment.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

You've Got Mail Valentines

I am at a scrapbook retreat this weekend.  I have spent the last 3 days stamping and altering things.  Tonight I am going to share the mailbox Valentines I made featuring the Lawn Fawn set You've Got Mail.

I started by stamping all my pieces and coloring them.  I couldn't decide on a color for the mailboxes so they varied in grays and blue. you have mail

After I finished coloring all the pieces with my Spectrum Noir markers I ran the stamped, colored pieces through my scan n cut and let the machine do all the hard work for me.

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Finally I popped the pieces, added the airmail boarder and the sentiment.

you have mail

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Tag Blocks Christmas Edition

I finally finished the Christmas edition of my tag blocks. Last year we moved two days before Christmas so there was no rush to post the blocks. This year everything go in the way and I didn't finish until today. We will enjoy it for the next three days and then next year it will get a whole month to shine.

  Holiday Tags

I have to admit having the Scan N Cut makes projects like this so much easier.  I found the font I liked and then resized it to fit each block.  I was able to set them all up on one mat and have the machine cut it all out for me.  I finished the bottom block with the Stampin up set Santa's Sleigh.  I fell in love with this set the first time I saw it.  I also used some holly dies from Papertrey Ink and the Santa Hat punch from Stampin' Up.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Heartfelt Thanks

Today I used an oldie but a goodie stamp set.  The heartfelt set.  I love the scripty font in this stamp set.  It paired so nicely with this delicate flower.


I finished the card with a shimmer ribbon and the thanks stamped on the inside.


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Rainbow Birthday Card

I have been loving the texture stamps I got from Stampin' Up. I have found a lot of uses for the cards. Today the birthday card I created uses the stamp to create a rainbow background. I love how it pops off the black and white card. IMG_1359

Friday, December 2, 2016

Polka Dot Birthday Cards

Today I have a pink polka dot birthday card to share today.  I love how bold these polka dots are and how well they pair with the sentiment.  This was a fun card to put together and I used several different stamp sets to complete it.