Sep 24, 2016

Stamped Teacups Background Coffee Card

I squeezed in 9 cards for my goal of creating 8 cards for each day of the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop because somehow I had forgotten that I bought this gorgeous Prima Finnabair stamp just for this year's hop!  Doh!  Well I just had to go traditional with it and do a china themed card.  I thought the cup would be beautiful as a background, so I cut the text off of the stamp with an Xacto knife and glued it to the side of the stamp so I could still use it.

I layered with a Prima flower over a Prima die cut doily.  I thought the natural yellows/browns from the burlap helped balance the starkness of the blue and white.  The blue ink is "denim" by Adirondack.  It is the best ink ever!  I mixed some with water and gave my card a splash.  I picked up this pack of tiny silverware just to coordinate with this stamp.  So sweet!  Thanks again for your visit!  Happy Coffee Loving Cardmaking & hopping.  :)  Click on my label Coffee Lovers Hop to see all of my coffee themed cards.

Sep 23, 2016

Distressed Plaid Background for a Fall Coffee Card

Happy fall y'all!  And happy Coffee Lovers Blog Hop to you!  I always get so excited when another coffee themed card making celebration comes around.  Join me daily through next Friday for coffee themed projects and inspiration.  To kick the week off I'm starting with my favorite card of this round made with this amazing image by STAMPlorations.  They have so generously shared this freebie printable coffee image, so if you don't have any coffee stamps visit THIS page to download.  As a bonus, you can enter your project into their never ending challenge and possibly win some STAMPlorations stamps.  I have used this image many times throughout these hops.  Click on my label Coffee Lovers Hop to see all of my coffee themed cards.

I started out by creating an inky background with Distress Inks.  I flicked some water to further grunge up my panel.  Then I stamped a Wendy Vecchi plaid stamp diagonally randomly over it to create what is to me the essence of fall - earth tones and plaid!  :)  I layered with a burlap doily and the images, also colored with Distress.

The flower is handmade using the Tattered Florals die and kraft paper.  The beautiful coffee die is by Verve stamps and the other text is computer generated.  Thanks again for your visit!  Happy Coffee Loving Cardmaking & hopping.  :)

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Sep 22, 2016

Altered Jar Lid Christmas Ornament

I'm so excited to be sharing this altered candle jar lid as a guest at Frilly & Funkie today.  Our lovely hostess Sue has selected the challenge theme Going Round in Circles!  She says, "Including circles in my projects is one of my favourite things to do, so for this challenge I want to see circles, lots of circles, not just one!  Stencilled, stamped or even a circular project such as a wreath!"

I hope you will hop on over and see how I created this project.  It is truly an simple concept for creating holiday gifts.

I had in mind the little girl dressing up and wanting to be just like mommy for a Christmas gala.  I guess I am feeling nostalgic these days seeing my lovely daughters growing up so fast...

Here they are at last weekend's school dance.  So pretty and just as sweet!

I was so happy to find this braided jute trim on clearance for fifty cents and that it was the perfect width to cover the rim of my jar lid.  Don't you just love these "found relatives" photos by Tim Holtz?

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Cards and More: No Designer Paper (I stamped the pattern on the burlap)
Retro Rubber: Anything Goes (this border stamp is two to three years old)

Sep 19, 2016

DIY Kraft Resist and Berry Stems for a Rustic Reindeer Tag

I am thrilled to be sharing another round of inspiration with you on the IndigoBlu blog with my teammates today.  I have been about to bust to publish this post because I have developed two new techniques, which I think you will be just as excited about.  I hope you will pin these images to remember the techniques.

When thinking of how to use this gorgeous, yet rustic reindeer, my mind went straight to kraft paper.  I created a DIY kraft resist using fabulous IndigoBlu products and I know you will want to experiment with it on your own.  While you can use any stencil, you will definitely need a bottle of IndigoBlu Super Thick Slap It On.  This product is genius because it is thick enough to use as a texture paste, but sticky enough to bind almost anything, and all the while dries completely transparent.  I applied it through the Stars Stencil onto kraft chipboard and let it dry thoroughly before coming back and sponging my distress inks.  It resists beautifully!

I stamped my beloved reindeer from the Winterland Wood Set and the Christmas Word Block and embossed in gold to add a bit of bling to my rusty creation.  You can see gold and copper splatters, my new favorite trick using Goldfinger and Miss Moneypenny Copper Metallic Paints diluted with a tad of water.  This adds a beautiful sense of drama to any project.

I wanted a beautiful dimensional bough for my embellishments and longed for some red berries to tuck in with my pine branches.  I've perused the craft store's flower isle and never found anything I really wanted to use on a card, so the wheels began turning.  I went into my yard and clipped some branches from my maple tree.  I put them in the microwave for a few seconds to dry them and kill any germs.  Next, I dipped the ends into Super Thick Slap It On and then into my Art Stones and let them dry completely before brushing on Distress Ink for color.  Viola!  Beautiful natural elements for any project!  I completed the bough by adding some basket fill, twine, and a beautiful Christmas brad.

I truly hope this project was inspiring for you today and will get you in the spirit for Christmas crafting.  Do check out the selection of Christmas stamps just released in the IndigoBlu shop today.  As always, I truly appreciate each and every comment.  

Sep 18, 2016

Dark and Moody Fall Thank You Card

I apologize for the delay in sharing the remainder of my cards from my Dark and Moody Background Tutorial at Stamps & Stencils.   This time of year, with getting the kids settled back in school, is extremely busy and I'm doing my best to keep up.  Please bear with me.  :)  As always, I appreciate your visits & comments.

I have fallen in love with these cutouts by Heidi Swap, found at Joann's.  I love the lacy element they add to the dark backgrounds.  Here I stamped Blazing Poppies by IndigoBlu for my base.  I layered with Finnabair butterflies, a thank you banner, a coordinating Prima flower, and vintage seam binding.  I tucked some real lace in between my layers.  

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