2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop {day 7}

 This fall themed blog hop continues, you can find the links to play along here. All you need to do is a coffee, tea or cocoa theme with a fall spin on it and link it up. If you don't have a blog you can choose an online gallery , flicker, instagram the social media tag is #fall2016clh
There are 63 sponsors of this hop and the eye candy along the way is just so much fun to see esp. when you find someone who has used some tool you own in a brilliant way. 

This particular card uses stamps from Two Paper Diva's the mug and more that was part of the September new release was paper pieced from a piece of graphic 45 print and the sentiment is a small sneak peek of a set that is coming in the October release coming out next Thursday called everyday sentiments 4. ( I will edit this post with links later after the set is live) but, I can tell you it is a collection of small scale type font sentiments. ( so a very useful set for me as I love to tie on the words with ribbons and lace) I cut this sentiment out with a Sizzix Tim Holtz tag collection die. and it's tied on with some Karen foster scrappers floss. The base of this card is Gina K designs faded brick and that was run through a SU seaside folder for the wave texture. The wood grain printed paper is from Kasier Kraft and the edges of that panel were inked with some yellow chalk ink. That panel was run through my sewing machine to attach the lace.
This card is A-2 in real life. I am hopping along very slowly during the down times this week as my son is home on leave, Thanks for stopping by.


2016 Fall Coffee Lovers bloghop {day 6}

Good Morning, here are some really simple little notes that I tossed together while cleaning up my desk yesterday afternoon. If you would like to play along with us this blog hop's link up happens here. Where you can find a whole bunch of eye candy in the coffee, tea & cocoa themes this week. 

I had gotten the idea over the weekend to pull out some of these coffee things I have been collecting and not using and playing with them on purpose this week during the hop. so, these cups were done from scraps with a lil inkers coffee cozy die set. This one is the smallest to go cup die I own and one of the neat things about that set is it has some stitched looking steam swirls that make a pattern without cutting out the edges kind of a die, but when I started looking at these cups on these bitty 3" card bases there was not enough room to add the steam detail.  The sentiments on these (the cup of cheer is from the Hero Arts coffee cup tags set) and the hug in a mug is from the ton. these sentiments were stamped on scraps and diecut a while back. That leaf print is from K & Co. and the bases are old ones from SU that were sold in packs that way I am thinking offhand part of its name was thyme. but, I have had it for a few years and I don't save packaging.

both the sentiments on these are from Hero Arts Many Messages & Hello Gorgeous  . That sunflower print is from graphic 45 and all 5 of these are 3" square in real life. I am very behind in commenting, trying to peek in here and there during the quiet times while our son is home.

WOYWW # 382 {both desks}

Happy Wednesday Deskers, if you have not stopped by on a Wednesday before you can find all the details of this blog hop here at our hostess Julia's blog where people from around the globe show what they are pushing around in their creative spaces. 

 What my desk looked like upstairs on Tuesday after work. I started cutting these cups from scraps on Sunday afternoon thinking about doing "something" with them for the fall coffee lovers hop and so, yesterday after this was shot I cleaned up most of them and glued a handful of them together. ( the coffee cozy die is from lil' inkers and the reason I bought it is, it is smaller than all the other to go cup dies I have and one of the dies in the set is some stitched looking swirls of steam. which I intended to use but, I made little bitty 3" cards and there was not room for that on those. )

you can see how some of these turned out in this post here.

So a while ago ok, okay, its been at least a week or two this is what I walked away from on my coloring desk. This IS a Wednesday AM shot.  the only addition is the new watercolors ( I have not gotten them wet yet, just dropped the box one day because, our son is visiting and the play time has been limited to when he is off with friends and no one is home so, I have mostly been playing along with the fall coffee lovers blog hop. ( so today's post for that will follow this one) The bitty canning jars have what I have been using for water for water coloring... ( they hold more than the plastic pill looking box I showed you before that is in the rolling cart to the side) I may be playing catch up with making the rounds next weekend. My son has also used up all the data on our plan in at home so, this post is coming to you from work. ( I am rolling my eyes)


2016 Fall Coffee Lovers bloghop {day 5}

Good Morning and Welcome to day 5 of this bloghop you can find all the details to play along here. ( all you need to do is a fall themed coffee, tea or cocoa project) and link it up, you can use online galleries, flicker, instagram ( the social media hashtag is  #fall2016clh )

 A closer look at the collage, the leaves are a new one from the Concord & 9th lace leaf set. all three were heat embossed on cream neenah cardstock with some ( I have had it many years) embossing powder that says "superior powder with Cheetah as the color name" I found this in a hole in the wall mom and pop shop probably about 15 years ago in Minnesota on vacation so, I have never seen it for sale since. ( but, I think you could do the same thing mixing a few grains of different colors and then storing it in its own container after) The branch wreath is a Hero Arts fancy die that cut out some early espresso cardstock. The Happily Caffeinated sentiment is from Impression Obsession and that mug diecut is also from Impression Obsession.

This one finished out at 5" square in real life, the leaves were cut with scissors and the sentiment was cut with either the SSS or MFT stitched circle die ( because I have both and they are different sizes) so, I tend to stamp sentiments when I first get them on scraps and diecut them here and there and save them for later use. (so, I don't remember for sure sorry) I am hopping along very slowly this week as my son is home on leave and I did make this one on Sunday afternoon, because my personal goal was to have a project for each day of this hop since its a subject near and dear to my heart and I have collected so many of the toys to do so. :) I think that is the most fun part of this hop for me is all the eye candy along the way. Thanks for stopping by.


2016 Fall Coffee Lovers bloghop {day 4}

Welcome to day 4 of this hop, you can find all the details to play along here all you need to do is create a coffee, tea or cocoa project with a fall theme to it and link it up. The
Social media hashtag:  #fall2016clh

 This was done yesterday while the guys were fishing because, time is limited this week. ( tomorrow's card is done and ready to go too)
Anyways, this sentiment is from the club scrap office space jumbo set and the cup is from the Darkroom door coffee talk set. they were both stamped with some onyx black versafine on Neenah classic cream cardstock. This panel was cut with an Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die. and was colored with a Zig Clean mid green brush and a Stampin Up smokey slate markers. ( these were also used for the splatters) The lime green base came out of the drawer of premade card bases ( and none of these are in packaging so, ( I don't know off hand what it is, but it was flimsy so the inside is also lined with some cream neenah for stability) It's A-2 in real life.

A closer look at the coloring and splatters ( splatters are a "new" thing for me) I tend to not do things that could potentially make a huge mess and or ruin a nearly finished project. know what I mean? so, I thought you don't have a lot of time into this so, it was a good one to practice that technique on for me. Thanks for stopping by, if this is your first visit my son is home on leave and so, I am hopping along very slowly.


2016 Fall Coffee Lovers bloghop {day 3}

 Are you playing along with us? the link up for this hop ( a coffee, tea or cocoa project) can be found here. There is so much to see, I am hopping along really slowly during the down times at work and or when my son is out with friends.

This is the second one from friday night and it's just a very simple one with recent things that came in the mail last week the sentiment and coffee ring are new ones from Altenew called "coffee ring" these were done on Neenah solar white with some Adirondack latte (ring) and Versafine vintage sepia (sentiment) I used a My Favorite things stitched scallop basic edge die and layered some older basic grey print under that. this one finished out at A-2 in real life and is totally flat. This is more of a reality in my life than a joke but, it did make me smile and since we are among friends here I bet you are smiling and nodding along too. Thanks for stopping by.


2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop {day 2}

Welcome to day two of the Fall edition Coffee Lovers blog hop. you can find the details to play along here all you need to do is make a coffee, tea, or cocoa themed project with a fall vibe and link it up. The social media tag is #fall2016clh

I had a sliver of down time after work yesterday and made a couple of cards ( will trot the second one out tomorrow morning) the goal for me personally this time around my second time playing in this hop is to have a project for each day. We'll see how it goes. This one the cup just arrived in the mail its a Sizzix teacup and saucer die that has been on my wish list at amazon for a long time. ( it dropped in price at the beginning of the week so, I tossed it in the cart with something else I actually needed) I cut some older Bo Bunny paper that had these leaves looking almost ghosted in the print and then I happened to notice the leaves to the Ellen Hutson mondo poinsettia were really the right scale for this so, I heat embossed both sizes on the bottom of the cup and saucer with some white Hero Arts powder. ( that was the first time I had tried that color and it threw me for a loop because to my eye this white only looks white in the jar, it looks sliver-ish on this particular paper) So, I will have to try it some more later. the glittery ribbon at the bottom is a recent Joann's Fabrics find and the sheer gold ribbon is really old and I do not remember the mfg info anymore. the Sentiment on this is from the Verve Stamps set one cup I cut that out with a Hero Arts long and cute tags die and tied it off with some scrappers floss. This one is A-6 in real life. thanks for stopping by, I am hopping along very slowly as our son is home on leave. (insert big happy smile here)


2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop {day 1}

 Good Morning and Welcome to day one of the Fall edition 2016 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.
(you can find the link up to play along here at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog.) There are 63 sponsors of this hop so, the talent level and eye candy is over the top awesome. To play along all you need to do is create something with a coffee, tea or cocoa theme.The social media tag for this hop is: #fall2016clh

 This is a quickie cell phone shot to catch the glimmers. I seem to have better luck with the cross lights on a flat laying card than set up shots by the window so, the cell phone tends to over expose the colors but, you can catch the masking and details of this angle right?
I was aiming for that look you see when people paint the clear jars to look like milk glass. and I grew up with people in my families having labeled canisters in their kitchens. so, this was kind of a combination of that . I have also seen you know lace on the edges inside country cupboards so, these layers were run through my sewing machine.

 Another cropped view, the lids were heat embossed on scraps and cut out by hand for this, the mason jars ( all sizes Two Paper Diva's makes are masked onto one piece of Vellum card stock and also cut out by hand) The Mason Jars And Large Mason Jar from Two Paper Diva's were heat embossed with ranger enchanted gold powder and the Lids were done with Liquid Platinum powder. (as were the sentiments from the Keep Calm & Drink set.) 

The finished size of this one is A-7 in real life on some spring moss from PTI & the vellum and vintage cream (liner) are also from Papertrey ink, the print behind the jars is from Diecutswithaview and that plaid is from We are memory keepers autumn splendor. the lace is vintage, the button is a craft one and the holes were filled with scrappers floss. ( I love that stuff its way easy to thread in bitty holes because, it is stiff not like a textile cord that would just flop and fray on you) The keep calm and drink part of the sentiment was die cut with a fishtail die. If you like what you see here and have been meaning to add some TPD to your collection There is a site wide sale during the hop for 25% off everything, you don't need a code it comes off automatically. YAY for it being fall. :) I am going to wear a sweater to work today :) and will be slow to hop, our son is home on leave so, the down time is not as much as normal for me. Thanks for stopping by!


WOYWW #381

If you want to play along with us you can find the link up for this gather of studio shots here at our hostess Julia's blog.

 Holy cow its a really Wednesday AM shot... lol, our son Arrived yesterday as a surprise so, I ran upstairs real quick this morning and shot these while he was sleeping.

 Some things I picked up in the Ellen Hutson sale last week and some things not put away yet. the background under the die is maybe needs  more color its being thought about.

 So, all those wreath die parts are from the Hero Arts Sept kit. the coffee cup bits and pieces were from the coffee cup tags stamp set. ( I did not buy those dies, the pieces are pretty much straight lines so, I knew I could cut them out no big deal)

under the sentiments is the rest of the hero arts kit and on the cutter are a stack of other stamps I stamped off recently and have started coloring.
About now the only things that may go on this blog the next little while are scheduled posts so, have a good last day of summer and will try to start making some rounds in between the quiet times.


Gift Card Holders {asst}

 A while back ( its probably been a couple months now) one of the gals on the DT for Lil'Inkers Jen Carter was chosen to be the Featured Stamper. and I don't know why I could not play along that day but, my brain totally stopped seeing her use this die from Lil Inkers Like this. ( its called a stitched gift card holder in a limited edition) so, I promptly ordered one because, it was in stock and I love the way it opens like a wallet. So, when the die came... I cut a stack of them from double sided thicker papers and let those sit for a while. Okay at least a month now? ( not sure anymore) but, I decided to actually DO something to finish these... and I was a little overwhelmed by having so many of them cut more or less so, I decided to keep them very simple. the first round of them ended up with ribbons and lace and lumps. ( these cups are from the Hero Arts coffee cup tags set, I did not buy those dies just the stamps and cut them by hand)

 These the sentiment is also from Hero Arts and those were cut with a Justrite labels die from spellbinders.
the snowflakes are buttons.

 And then I decided that Maybe I should make some completely flat so they could go through the mail easier... and I grabbed that basket of previously stamped and heat embossed on scraps sentiments that has been made here and there this last year.
The you'll love it is from MFT.

 I am thinking the open me is from MFT and I am not sure about the other two right off hand.

That tree print is the reverse side of the plaid print.

I really don't remember who makes the do not open or the secret Santa ones ( I want to say MFT but that may be wrong)

This Weekend's Cards

 The IC challenge this week heads to a hat store where I found this headband and I originally thought I would do something with the Trellis die that Sabrina gifted me with but, then I looked at this Hero Arts die ( its part of the September monthly hero kit) and thought why not just make it a dang near perfect CASE of the headband... and so I did. the flower petals are a die from Elizabeth Crafts bunch of petals set and the stamens are from a Prima Dona petals set ( that maybe a MFT die?) ( I did not write the mfg on the clear pocket I store my dies in OOps) the Sentiment is from the Mama Elephant set called labeled messages and this one is A-2 in real life.

When I seen this I thought oh, I would actually wear this one, with Cochlear implants the sound processors are like really big hearing aids... and they connect to the internal pieces with magnets and the part with the magnet under your skin after is a slight bump. so, I have not worn a hat since I had this done because, a hat just knocks my "ears" off. haha

 So, this is what I did with some scraps on the table after that... the sentiment is from Club Scrap...
the gems on the wreath in this one are also from Hero Arts.

Today the featured Stamper is Gail, and I have so many things of hers already saved in my favorites because of use of texture or color combo's... so, I wanted to pick something I had not seen before because, its easier that way mentally to make changes to something you have not virtually drooled over. and I found this one and I kinda smiled because for CASE-ing someone you need to make at least two changes, and I was certain when I seen it that I had a polished stone sheet saved and that it was PINK ( so there is two changes right there to not have the resist going on and colors) I was going to use white die cut snow on the pink in my head... so, you should have seen my face when I found the sheet in the file cabinet and it was perfect for fall. And that meant more changes, so I flipped it upright the design and changed the ribbon to Washi Tape, and then I had the bright idea to put the tape on first so it could be a "straight guide" for stamping the sentiment (Paper Smooches noteworthy)... and then I heat embossed it with some Hero Arts brass powder, and it buckled a little in the middle under the word.. so I used my finger to pat it flat again real quick while it was hot, knowing it should stick back to the card front... ( ouch it was hot) lol... grab your tweezers for that maneuver) Paper crafting is not for sissies eh? The skeleton leaf has rolled micro glue dots on the back side of the stem on this.


Positive Vibes

I think I forgot to post this one, there was a clean and simple challenge a while back that needed a rainbow on it... so, I masked this unicorn with the rainbow from this clearly besotted set be lucky. I had thought in my  head to do something "really different" but, honestly my cards all look the same to me it's just the colors change on any given day. so, I outsmarted my self and tried to do an embossed dent on the card front of the purple base and not only did it cut all the way through the front of the card it also embossed and almost cut out the backside of the card. ( so that card was cut apart and trimmed down with the frame die in the Simon Says Stamp bundle of stitches die. and mounted to another purple card base. It's A-2 in real life. and I think my bigshot cuts way better than my cuttlebug ever did because, I still cannot get this embossed with your dies look on mine. its one of those things I try from time to time, one of these days I will "get" the configuration of plates and mats figured out.


Fall is in the Air {finally!}

Good Morning, its been in the lower 30*'s here every morning for a week. which this body mentally yells YAY! lol triple digit weather is really good for the garden but, not me.
not at this age anyways.
So, I have been greatly anticipating the arrival of fall. 

 These cards all use pumpkins and sentiments from the Fall is in the air set from two paper diva's and this one has an addition of the twig and berry wreath heat embossed and covered with nuvo glitter drops. This panel was cut with an large cross stitch square die and the Sentiment was cut with a Mama Elephant slim tags trio die. This panel is raised up on foam pop dots. The brad is unknown and I did tie a piece of scrappers floss around the stem of the squash because, fussy cutting the swirly vines is beyond my patience level. so, you'll see the ones in the cards below I drew on some random swirls.

 One of the things I had done was scooped up some fall colored scraps one day and just started looking at the print scales to see if any would work for pumpkins and then I stamped and cut out a stack of them. I did add some chalk inks and glimmering pastels to them too for a little more color.

and a few of those pumpkins became very simple fall note cards. All of it was stamped with versafine vintage sepia ink. ooh and Remember next week there will be the fall themed coffee lovers blog hop. Two Paper Diva's is one of the sponsors and there are so many cool companies that participate in this one. ( many many gifts are offered too)


extra Simple Christmas/WInter

I ah picked up a new phone ( after years and years with my old one) and what I am finding is the white balance is way off on the colors from the phone mug shots... this was all of them in one pile together on the table.

 So, I mentioned in the most recent WOYWW post that I still have this stack of Diecuts with view premade card bases that a few months ago I found and covered with old printed papers in hopes of using them up. when I was cleaning the other day, I moved the stack to the table so the use them up thing had more of a change of becoming reality. all the sentiments are heat embossed on scraps ( also done months ago) the diecuts and images were also previously done. so this collection of 15 cards was glued together in about 2 hours after work today. They are all 5 1/2" square in real life (except the one A-2 card ( with the negative tree scrap on it)

 I am probably not going to load all of these into the SCS Christmas card challenge gallery because they are mostly the same card. ( same idea) and I am not really sure on who makes exactly each thing anymore either. ( I could guess if you have a question)

This pair I know the sentiment on the right is Kaiser craft.

This one I actually used washi tape ( gasp) on the top of the sentiment tag lol...

 now this one, I didn't catch it until I was looking at the photos and sticking watermarks on them do you see it?

I tend to tie my bows upside down so the tails will flop correctly when the card is standing upright.... so, I didnt turn the card again after the text of the print under the florals is upsidedown... The Joy is a two piece diecut from paper trey ink.

The one on the left the sentiment is from Kaiser craft and the one on the right that negative scrap from the tree is from one I made months and months ago. the plaid peeking through is from the new lawn fawn fall colors pad and the joy was done with some peachy scraps on the table so its non traditional and I kinda like it.

 Now as I was gluing all the above cards I happened to glance at this little envelope of water colored crazy dogs I did a few weeks ago that  thought why not... So all the sentiments are from Dylusions but, maybe not the same sets because, I did those months ago on scraps. The dog is up on pop dots on this one.

 I think the ribbon on this one is SU. the sentiment is up on foam pop dots.

This one the ribbon is Recollections and the sentiment is up on pop dots. all these dogs have that "my name is bad dog" vibe going on with the crazy eyeballs yes?" Well, I thought so anyways. At any rate this puts me done with June, July, August, with one card left to go for Sept. towards my quota of 4 per month this year.