Jun 30, 2016

Watch Me Drip DIY Stamped Backgrounds

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This card was one of those ideas that popped into my head and I tried to create from that vision.  Sometimes I get ideas this way, other times I just play until it works together.  I dipped my background panel into pools of watercolor, then went to town splattering various colors of teal and brown.  I tried to center them into a stripe going up the card.

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For extra texture and interest to the drips, I stamped this beautiful honeycomb/poppy over the splatters.  I absolutely love using this stamp for background stamping!  I then layered a honeycomb chippie (Tim Holtz die) to bring some contrast.

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I gave the stickers a border wash of black to compliment the butterfly, then sketched lines around them and the border of the card.  I could just eat this background up!  

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Jun 24, 2016

Basic Grey Summer Coffee Card

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A bittersweet day today - ha ha get it bitter & sweet - with the end of the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop...  Ah summer, ah coffee.  How I love you both.  Anyway!  For my final card I broke out some treasured (aka hoarded) Basic Grey patterned paper.  Remember when Basic Grey was the coolest kid on the block?  Oh I miss those days.  Paper just isn't the same...  As you see, I've used the Stamplorations free digi stamp again.  I dipped it into watery Distress Inks.  The flower is a Prima oldie.  The faux stitching stamp so many of you have commented on is by BoBunny.

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I really love coloring this way.  I used watery Distress Inks to outline the stickers too.  White Distress Stain details the edge of the burlap paper. Such a simple card, but I just love the paper and color combo.

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Today you get two for the price of one.  I made this CAS card to mail my friend who has been at the beach.  Gilmore Girls reference - anybody?  Can you tell I love my new Verve die?  ;0


I wanted to share a couple more class projects from the amazing ladies in my art group.  Remember, the tutorial can be found HERE.  This breathtaking pink beauty was created by Linda Standart.  The fantastic 3D nest and gorgeous bark and sentiment blew me away!  Linda glued beautiful patterned paper inside the canvas and I just love the result!


This natural wonder was created by Pam Holcombe.  I wish you could see this one in person, it is so dynamic and detailed.  The texture and interest in the background alone is phenomenal!  I love the moss tucked into the layers and the beautiful charms hanging from the bottom of the canvas.  Gorgeous Pam!

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Jun 23, 2016

Coffee Lovers Gift Card in a Mug

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 I really wanted to do one of these mug cards this go round and finally found a template online, but I didn't save the link.  Boo!  So sorry...  I traced the template onto Heidi Swapp resist patterned paper and sprayed with ink sprays.  This particular sheet had the pretty script that said "Cafe" on it - how fun!

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I added some yellow twine and a Prima watercolor flower, with some Prima leaf dies tucked in place.  The coffee die is by Verve.  Just one more day to get your coffee creations added to the hop!  Best of luck to you!

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Jun 22, 2016

Distressed Coffee Friendship Card

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Welcome to my day six post for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  Today I went straight out grunge and made this super fun and gritty card using a freebie digi stamp from Stamplorations.  Thanks so much, I adore this awesome set of cups!  I fussy cut them and dipped them into a pool of Distress Ink, then added some "texture stamping" with a tiny text stamp randomly for interest.  I stamped the background panel with the same stamp.

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I embossed a tiny white doily and then went to town distressing the edges of my card, rolling the opposite corners with a skewer.  The arrows are the castoff cuts from a Tim Holtz die, which I inked with Colorbox chalk ink.  I used the same ink with the alphas to stamp coffee.  The "my good friend" stamp is by SU!

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Here you can see the tiny text overlay and also a mistake.  I tried Distress Stain in white for the doily, but it just didn't show enough on the dark patterned paper, so I stamped again and embossed.  I really had fun making this long, skinny card.  For some reason, it's nice to break out in an unusual shape from time to time to mix things up.  Happy hopping today!

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Jun 21, 2016

Fun Folds Recipe Holder Coffee Card

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The Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop has been a blast this round and I have really enjoyed sharing our coffee creations together!  Thank you for all of the comment love and kind words!  Today I made a little recipe holder card with the Verve Stamps summer digi download.   Thank you Julee for making it possible for everyone to participate!  Honestly, I haven't the first coffee themed products, with the exception of this gorgeous Verve coffee die that I won in one of Julee's hops.  So these freebies really have been my sole source of crafting this week!  FUN!  Why not join in?

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So the card is one long sheet of double-sided paper cut to create the window.  I looked up good recipes for iced coffee on Pinterest and printed one out to size.  I dipped it into a pool of Distress Inks.  The stitching is done with stamps.  I used my Inktense pencils to color the fabulous digi lattes. This fun fold has always been a favorite and I just had to break it out for this hop.  I hope you like it and will create your own!  :)

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Jun 20, 2016

Stacked Mugs Coffee Lovers Hop Tag

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Obviously, all this caffeine has gotten me wired!  I'm on a roll making coffee themed projects.  I have been wanting a stack of cups to work with and after much searching, I purchased THIS digi stamp for $2 on Etsy from Toadstool Printables.  What a deal!   You will be seeing a lot of it over the years in winter, spring, summer and "autumn" variety for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  :)

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I printed a "tag" by resizing THIS gorgeous vintage coffee label from The Graphics Fairy to the size of my tag.  I sized the stack of cups to work with the label.  I'm practicing my Distress Ink techniques in Creative Chemistry 101 and made this inky background onto the printed tag.  I sponged various inks with my Colorbox stylus tool onto the individual cups.  This is my favorite way to color with inks, but it's getting harder and harder to find the tips.  :(  Since I was going all digital, I added a printed butterfly too.  The label die is by Sizzix and the coffee die is from Verve Stamps.  Easy peasy!

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Jun 19, 2016

Fresh Steamed Punk for Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Happy happy Father's Day to you and yours!  Today I thought I'd share a masculine themed coffee card with you.  When I found THIS awesome vintage coffee label at The Graphics Fairy, I just knew it needed to be the background of my next steampunk card.   I printed it to size and inked it up with Distress puddles, trying a new technique.  I distressed all of the edges with my scissors, then dipped them into my puddled ink.  I really like the effect, especially on this background.  The grey around the gentlemen, not so much, but I went with it for contrast.

I suck this tag behind my layers so that when the coffee giftcard is removed, the word shows perfectly.  I was so excited that my local coffee house's gift card matched my project idea!  ;0

The gears were gifted via the Queen's royal airmail (how fun!) by the lovely and talented Redanne.  I inked them, embossed them with Distress EP, then smudged Distress Crayons onto them, wetting and setting.  I just love the texture!  I added some bronze brads and mounted this one onto a piece of shimmery bronze cardstock, which was so fun to use too!


Jun 18, 2016

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Distress Ink Background

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Hello and welcome back to my coffee series.  This card was made with printed image, which I fussy cut and dipped into my puddled Distress Inks.  I sponged the cup with brown ink to blend it in with the background more.

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The background was made with a darker mix of inks.  I stamped over the cut, dry panel.  I die cut the red Tim Holtz lace die from another inky paper I made to ground the image.  I use recycled file folders for my Distress Ink backgrounds.  They are perfect!

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You will be seeing lots of my Verve Stamps coffee die this week.  I so love it!  I added a Prima flower and some die cut swirlies and twine.

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Jun 17, 2016

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Distress Ink Tag

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I decided to recreate Tim Holtz's July tag again in an entirely new way.  In my first tag, HERE, I decided to swap the plaid and tissue, but couldn't resist doing a tag Tim's way with the tissue on the outside this time, very much inspired by last year's June tag.  I printed an image of the cup onto cardstock, which I cut into a tag.  Next I used Tim's wrinkle free distress technique to get some color down.  Then came the tissue wrap and carefully cutting the coffee cup.

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I added some sponging around all of the edges to further define the shapes and some stitching as well.

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I love the gorgeous wrinkles in the tissue, and of course the rock star plaid!  I used Tim's floral punch to create the flower and his leafy dies for accents.  The coffee die is a Verve score.  :)  Thanks Julee!

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I have been working hard on my coffee projects, so join me all week for more coffee themed mixed media projects.  <3

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I also wanted to remind you to submit your projects from my Shadow Box Canvas Tutorial to be featured here on the blog.  You won't believe the variety of takes the girls have come up with!  Here are some of their work:


Cindy Adams created this nature beauty.  Love her 3D nest, eggs, moss, feathers, and that bee!  What a great composition with so much interest.  Well done Cindy and thanks for sharing your take with us!


Nancy created this fabulous springtime wonder.  Love her bright colors and the hand stamped scripture.  My heart is breaking that Nancy is leaving SC!!!  Love you girl!

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Jun 15, 2016

PaperArtsy Stamp Card with Infusions Background

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 Today I am sharing a quickie card I made using my new PaperArtsy stamps and Infusions powdered inks.  The latest topic at the blog is "fabric."  Which comes just when I have stored all of my fabric in the studio merger.  I scoured and scoured my room for remnants, but only came up with these torn strips that I dye for ribbons. I tucked them neatly behind my layers so the fringe would show.

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I experimented with infusions on heavy weight tissue packaging.  This particular tissue had a lot of wax on it and didn't quite absorb the ink, so the color was very mottled by the time I dried it.  However, I still ended up with those bits of color specific to Infusions.  :)

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I decided to tear the tissue with my ruler and glue it onto kraft.  I love embossing torn kraft edges.  I added some faux stitching and layered on a debossed kraft core card, which I sanded and inked a little.   Below you see some of the wrinkles I added when gluing the tissue.  Love.  <3

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