Espresso Yourself


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Good Morning!  Today is a great day to grab a cup of joe and take a look at all the coffee inspiration my fellow crafty bloggers have to offer.  We are honored to be a part of the Sunsational Stamps Super Sponsoring of Coffee Lovers Blog hop!

I am so excited to be part of this fabulous blog hop!  I am a huge fan of coffee and coffee related things…cups, pots, donuts, the whole shebang.  I went with a puny card today, another fave of mine.  I wanted to make a card that encouraged individuality.

I used the iconic carry out coffee cup from Sunsational Stamps Love You Latte and printed it several times.  I colored them with Copic markers, making one of them different as you can see!  I printed a second set so I could pop up the lids to give it added dimension.  The cup sleeves were cut from some decorative corrugated paper I had on hand.

I made the sentiment using a retired Close To My Heart alpha set called Hopscotch.  I drew in the giant coffee bean to make the ‘O’ in Espresso.  I used one of the dies in Elizabeth Craft Designs Bead Strings 2 to create the page division.  I cut it from a piece of cardstock that I had blended Distress inks in Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover and Wilted Violet.  I topped off each “bead” center with ECD Peel-off Gems, because…well, you gotta have some bling!

Thank you for hopping by today, and I hope you enjoy the remaining stops on our hop.  You can link back to Sunsational Stamps Blog or Coffee Loving Card Makers Blog

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Happy Scrappin’  Eileen

Love 4th of July


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Howdy-do!  Today I decided to do a scrapbook layout.  I have been so busy making cards lately that I haven’t had much time for my first passion…scrapbooking.

I recently came across some pictures of our family at a local fireworks festival.  A polo field near our home has a fireworks display every year and we prefer to park at the church across the street from the field than park in the polo field…it can be quite messy.

Fireworks Couple Layout

First I printed out the Fireworks Couple digi image from Sunsational Stamps and colored it with my Copic markers.  I used a Wink of Stella gold and a Spectrum Noir blue shimmer pens for the fireworks, for that extra something, something!

Fireworks Couple Layout Close-up

I cut the layout mats using my Artbooking Cricut cartridge.  I cut extra stars, numbers, letters and little rockets using the same cartridge.  The foundation is Bazzill paper and the center anchoring strip is Bo Bunny.  This is going to end up being a two page layout, so I will post the other page when I have it completed.

Fireworks Couple Digi Image

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Under the Shade of a Daisy


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Hello one and all, today we are thinking summertime.  I am using the Mouse and Flower  stamp set from Sunsational Stamps that you can find Here.  The little mouse seeking shade under the daisy makes me smile. I am a huge fan of daisies and believe it or not, mice…the cartoon version that is.  🙂

Hello Mouse & Flower Card

First off, I used an oval template, taped down to the lower right corner of my cardstock, and then taped a chicken wire stencil ( from TCW) over that. I sponged on Distress Ink in Mermaid Lagoon.  Once I removed the stencil, I again sponged more Mermaid Lagoon over the entire oval opening.  This process darkens the already inked pattern and lightly colors the actual chicken wire outline. Then I colored this cute little fella with my Copic markers and fussy cut the mouse and daisy.  I used foam squares to pop it up on the stenciled area.
For the ‘Hello’ (by Lawn Fawn), I die cut both a piece of orange cardstock as well as the yellow speech bubble which is a die set from the Speech Bubble Edgy Options set by Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I did this so I could inlay the word into the bubble and eliminate bulk for easy mailing.
This panel was adhered to a top folding white notecard and it was complete.
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Birthday Fishes


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“I want to be under the sea, in an Octopus’ garden in the shade.” This card is inspired by a Beatles song that my husband sings around the house ALL THE TIME.  🙂

Octopus’ Garden Birthday Fishes

I used the Sunsational Stamps super adorable digi set Ocean Critters 1 and 2 to make this shaker card.  I colored these cute little ocean critters with my alcohol markers.  For the background and frame I sponged on Mermaid Lagoon, Faded Jeans and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink onto watercolor paper and then spritzing it with water.  I let the water sit on it for about a minute before I pressed a paper towel onto the paper to dry.  I like the bubbly spots this technique leaves.

Close-up of Birthday Fishes

Inside of Birthday Fishes Card

I used a rectangle die to cut the center out, I adhered a piece of acetate to the backside of the frame and added foam tape around backside of frame.  I adhered the solid rectangle to the card base and added the shaker elements.  I colored very small versions of the starfish, shells and turtles to add as additional shaker elements along with the beads and sequins.  I placed the acetate layer on top, added the ocean critter on top of the acetate and the ‘Fishing You’ are from my Doodlebug Teeny Type stickers.

I stamped the inside with a Raisin Boat sentiment and added one more turtle, because he is my VERY favorite!

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Thanks for swimming by!

Floral Hugs


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Hello, today I had to make cards for a couple of friends that are struggling with difficult life issues.  The style of the cards I created lend themselves to really any occasion.  They can easily be adapted for birthday, congrats or sympathy, just by changing up the sentiment and color choice.  I did not want these cards to be maudlin, I wanted them to lift the spirits without being silly or too light-hearted.

Hi, Thinking of You

Inside of Hi card

This first card I used Raisin Boat Growing Love stamp set that I stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Pacifica Blue ink from CTMH for the berries and graphic blooms.  I stamped twice so I could get two shades of blue and I LOVE the lighter version, it is so pretty.  I added Nuvo Crystal Drops by Tonic Studios in Navy to add dimension and interest to a few of the blooms.  The HI die cut is from MFT, I got it free with a promotion, and you all know I love promos!  I cut it several times in Beetle Black cardstock by Doodlebug, glued all the layers together and topped it off with clear Wink of Stella, and dotted my “I” with an enamel dot.  I finished the top layer off with a piece of ribbon from my stash (that looks like it was made just for this card) and added that layer to the card base.

For the inside of that card I used Lawn Fawn‘s Scripty Sayings and added a little butterfly stamp from a CTMH set, layered that on black and called it done!

Floral Hugs

Inside of Floral Hugs

My Floral Hugs card was created using one of the blooms from the same Raisin Boat set Growing Love.  I stamped the flower in Terra Cotta ink from CTMH and then re-stamped it using Versamark ink.  I then sprinkled clear embossing powder on the images and hit it with the heat tool.  I ran the paper with the images through my eBosser using a CTMH confetti embossing folder.  I fussy cut out the flowers and set aside.  I then cut a piece of Amy Tangerine paper I have had FOR…EVER on a bit of an angle and adhered it to the card base.  I added the flowers to cover up the seam and stamped Big HUG in Terra Cotta ink from my CTMH Big Hugs stamp set.

For the inside I stamped off that same flower in the Terra Cotta to make a much lighter version and then stamped Thinking of You from the CTMH Seaside Greetings stamp set (also in Terra Cotta).  I layered that panel onto the Amy Tangerine patterned paper, added it to the inside of the card and Voila!

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Momma Zen


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Hi all, a quick card to wrap up this Mother’s Day.  I used the Zen Floral stamps and dies from Honey Bee Stamps.  I am IN LOVE with this set.  #honeybeestamps

I made another box card, this time I went with black and white heat embossing these fabulous little images and then coloring the ones on the inside and the back panel with my ZIG Clean Color Water Brush markers.

Zen Floral Mother’s Day Card

Side View

Building the Card

Sentiment Panel

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Dad’s Cooking Up Some Fun


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Hi there, I know Mother’s Day is right around the corner, but I am already working on Father’s Day cards, so I would like to share this one with you featuring a couple of the Sunsational Stamps digi sets; King of the Grill and Love Bear (male)

King-of-the-Grill Digi Set

Love Bear Man Digi Set

Dad’s Cooking Card

I started out by stamping a denim patterned background onto the apron in Memento Ink so that I could color over it with alcohol markers.  I used a dark blue, medium red and a cool grey.  Then I colored the bear with E37 and used a paper towel dipped in rubbing alcohol to dab the bear to create “fur”.  I cut the bear apart, so I could put the apron on him.  I popped up his head and added the arms.  The grilling tools were added and the bottom of each tool was popped up to give it a little dimension.

Close-up of Grilling Bear

Inside of Card

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Wow Moment!


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Greetings and salutations!  Today I needed a graduation card for a customer of mine that has a niece graduating from Iowa (Go Hawkeyes!)  This card took a long time to assemble because all the gold, black and yellow are inlaid…so it was tedious, but I had a blast making it.  I used all Bazzill paper, the label and frames are Elizabeth Craft Design and the Wow Moment was a die I got in a goodie bag from a Scrapbook Expo crop, so the company is unknown to me.  The gold die cut numbers and the letters in the name are from Honey Bee Stamps Color Me Alpha set.  I use these ALL the time!

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Nana is Tea-Riffic!


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Greetings fellow paper crafters!  Today I wanted to get a head start on my Mother’s Day cards, so I started by making a card for my mom, from her grandchild.  I am in love with the You Take The Cake digi set from Sunsational Stamps.  You can find the set Here.

I started by printing the teapot and the teacup on patterned paper by Authentique, they have such pretty papers.  I also printed a series of the flower blossom on the papers as well.  I used my one inch Fiskars circle punch to pop out the flowers and fussy cut the teapot and cup.  I alternated the two patterns of the flowers along the left side, for a border.

Nana You Are Tea-Riffic Card

I cut out the cute double frame using the Fitted Frames 3 Curvy Rectangles by Elizabeth Craft Design.  I popped up the cup and pot overlapping the frame, added a heart from a  Raisin Boat set.  I made the ‘Nana’ banner with some alpha stickers in my stash, mounted the whole kit-n-kaboodle on a salmon pink cardstock base and called it done!


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