Friday, December 15, 2017

Coffee- the Magical Substance

My final entry into the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is made a funny Bugaboo image that actually is a reality at our home (just ask my hubby!) I printed the digi off twice- once on kraft parchment cardstock and once on white. Colored the white imge with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, fussy cut them out and adhered to over the images on the parchment paper. This allows some of the white to show through and provide a bit of highlight that wouldn't have happened on the parchment. (Just got this image and already love it!)
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2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop     (coffeelovingcardmakers.com)

This card was inspired by a delightful card made by Tracey McNeely for the month of June Craft Christmas Collaboration Challenge (visit http://www.allthesparkle.com/ccc-2017 for details)
I made my card with a cute freebie from freedeariedollsdigistamps.blogspot.com.
Here is Tracy's  card that inspired me-
 
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Crafty Christmas Collaboration (CCC)- June/Tracy                    (allthesparkle.com/ccc-2017)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Christmas/Winter Holidays   (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
The Cutie Pie Challenge – Stars and/or Snowflakes                    (cutiepiechallenge.blogspot.com) 
QKR Stampede- #274 Anything Goes                                             (qkrstampede.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #363 Anything Goes  (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for Dec             (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.com)
Christmas Cards All Year Round- Anything Goes                        (christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk)

Love me some Latte!

My sixth entry into the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is made with a sweet Whimsie Doodles image named "Latte Lizzie." The sentiment on the front of the card is a wood-mounted stamp from Stampendous, and the inside sentiment is from a Beccy's Place digi set named "Blessings of the Season." (http://beccysplace.com/digital-stamps/christmas/)
Also entered the card into Whimsie Doodles Anything Goes challenge, and SumMoreFun Mood Board Challenge (following the color scheme and also inspired by the mug left for Santa with treats. 

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2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop                                                   (coffeelovingcardmakers.com)
Double D’s Challenge- Beginning to Look at Lot like Christmas   (daranddiane.blogspot.com)
Whimsiedoodles Challenge- Anything Goes                                      (whimsiedoodles.blogspot.com)
SumMoreFun  Challenge- Color Challenge- All Decked Out          (summorefun.com)  
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Christmas/Winter Holidays        (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Cute Card Thursday- #508-Festive Colors                                         (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Happy National Hot Chocolate Day!

I just have to celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day with a steaming mug of chocolately goodness and a cute card. This one features a favorite Whimsie Doodles free digi image named "Ginger and Cup." (Downloaded from  www.whimsiedoodles.com/freebies.html)
I printed the image on kraft brown cardstock, added the color and a bit of shading with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. The white (and red nose) "frosting" is added with Uchida Liquid Applique, applied and allowed to air dry to attain a glossy look. I also printed off an extra hand holding the mug. Colored and fussy-cut it then mounted it with foam tape to add dimension. The sentiment was printed on my computer.
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2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop  (Add logo)                                (coffeelovingcardmakers.com)
                               

Monday, December 11, 2017

It looks a Latte Like Christmas

This card was inspired by a delightful card made by Sharna Waksmulski for the Craft Christmas Collaboration Challenge for March (visit www.allthesparkle.com/ccc-2017 for 
details) I made my card with this sweet Lawn Fawn image. The wonderful sentiment is a free digi from tlcCreations.  (You can download a free copy here createwithtlc-createwithtlc.blogspot.com/2017/12/latte-christmasfree-saying-printable.html)

Here is Sharna's card that inspired me-
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CAS-ual Fridays- Winter Blues                                             (CAS-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
Doing Life- Create with TLC Challenge                               (desiref.blogspot.co.za)
Crafty Christmas Collaboration (CCC)- March/Sharna   (allthesparkle.com/ccc-2017)
2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop                                   (coffeelovingcardmakers.com)
                               
The current Power Poppy Challenge is entitled 12 Days of Christmas. The project for Day 8 is a "Cookie Envelope."  I immediately knew that I would use one of my favorite Tiddly Inks images and sentiment from the digi set "Tiddly Cookie Bug." (the set is currently only $1.50. Find it here https://www.tiddlyinks.com/digital-stamps/cookie-bugg-and-extras)  I gave the image a Christmas feeling by adding a Santa cap with a bit of real (fake) fur!
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Power Poppy- 12 Days of Christmas     (powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2017/12/power-spark-with-twelve-days-of.html)
Tiddly Inks- Be Merry                             (tiddlyinkschallenge.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #363 Anything Goes  (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for Dec             (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.com)
Christmas Cards All Year Round- Anything Goes                        (christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk)
                             
My second entry into the current challenge at Art Impressions is a Tri-fold Shutter Card that features one of my favorite AI images named Maude. Since she just oozes snarkiness, I had fun pairing her with a sentiment that is a freebie from Kelli Winnell's blog. She offers a wonderful free sentiment every Friday! (kelliewinnell.typepad.com/blog/freebie-Friday)
I printed the sentiments on the middle and back panel on my computer. And the birthday cake is Bugaboo's "Dollar digi cake."  



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Art Impressions- Funny & Punny                                         (artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com)
The Paper Shelter- Birthday / Celebrations                       (thepapershelter.blogspot.com.ar)
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes             (wordartwednesday.blogspot.com)

Since I had the Hero Arts "Reef Border and Frame Fancy Die" out for a recent card, I made another card with it, this time paired with the Hero Arts Goldfish clear stamp. Printed the sentiment off on my computer, hand drew a banner, layered it, and then popped it up with foam mounting tape. Fussy cut the shells from scrapbook paper, adhered several then popped the front two with foam tape to add a bit more depth. 
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A2zscrapbooking Monthly Challenge- Make it Pop  Prefer HA stamps      (a2zscrapbookingblog.com) 


Sunday, December 10, 2017

More Craft Room Fun

For my final entry into the Simon Says Monday Challenge "Icy Inspiration."  I used a wonderful image from freedeariedollsdigistamps.blogspot.com and an old SU stamp.
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Simon Says Monday Challenge- Icy Inspiration       (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
CAS-ual Fridays- Winter Blues                                    (CAS-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
Christmas Cards All Year Round- Anything Goes    (christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk)
                               
The current Power Poppy Challenge is entitled 12 Days of Christmas. The project for Day 9is a "Christmas Cracker and Place card." I combined the challenge with one from Bugaboo called "Naked Stamping" (or stamping an image with no coloring. However, we CAN used colored ink.) Instead of stamping, I used digi images from the Bugaboo "Three Snowmen",  printing them off in shades of blue and purple onto a sheet of opalescent stationary paper. (You can't tell from the photo, but it has a nice brushed sheen to it.) The Place Card is made with a scrap of vellum. I stamped a ring of snowflakes (not sure of the company) and embossed with white pearl embossing powder. The Snowman digi was printed in black ink on white opalescent paper and cut with a circle die. (PS I found the cracker instructions on Pinterest.)  
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Power Poppy- 12 Days of Christmas    (powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2017/12/power-spark-with-twelve-days-of.html)
Bugaboo Stamps- Naked Stamping     (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #363 Anything Goes  (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for Dec             (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.com)

Yesterday I posted a set of Nativity finger puppet that I made for the current Power Poppy Challenge Day 4, "Christmas Organizer." Figured that little Olle's older sister, Lucy would also like a set of finger puppets to play with during church when her daddy is preaching! Lucy is four, so thought she would like this elegant version of the organizer. I used a digi set from Beccy's Place named "The Nativity" to print off the wonderfully detailed images.
                 
Entered into: BP Nativity- PowerPoppy Organizer
Beccy’s Place Challenge- December                                    (beccysplace.blogspot.com)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Gift It                         (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)

For this card, I upcycled a coffee cup tag that was on a gift from a friend. She had even added the lipstick print on the rim! I mounted it on the front of an A2 card, with the background paper upcycled from an old Christmas card. Added a few die cut (Snowflake and swirls for steam) plus a fun (and free) sentiment from decossesdynamitedoodles.blogspot. This will be my third entry in the week-long 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.
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2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop                         (coffeelovingcardmakers.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge #191      (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Cute Card Thursday- #507 Anything Goes               (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 

                               

Craft Room Fun

My second entry into the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is a thank you card using a beautiful porcelain cup image from Stampendous. Found the Slider card template on Pinterest (dudetimedoodles.blogspot.com/p/slider-card-tutorial.html) Am sending to a friend who collects teacups and is also a beekeeper. A while ago she gave me a pint of the best honey I've ever tasted and this is the perfect way to thank her! 
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2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop  (Add logo)     (coffeelovingcardmakers.com)

Recently won this sweet Lili of the Valley digi named "Little Mermaid Friends." It works perfectly with Hero Arts "Reef Border and Frame Fancy Die" which I popped up with foam mounting tape. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Stamps & Cuts Butterfly. You can't see it in the photo, but I painted the mermaids with Twinkling H2Os Shimmering Watercolors which add a wonderful shimmer to the colors. 
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A2zscrapbooking Monthly Challenge- Make it Pop    (a2zscrapbookingblog.com) 
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge #191          (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Cute Card Thursday- #507 Anything Goes                   (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 
                               
I've had this wood-mount stamp from Uptown Stamp Company for many years. Paired with a new Cuddlebug embossing folder and silver foil it creates a fresh new feel.
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Simon Says Monday Challenge- Icy Inspiration                             (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #363 Anything Goes    (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for Dec               (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.com)  
Christmas Cards All Year Round- Anything Goes                          (christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk)

The current Power Poppy Challenge is entitled 12 Days of Christmas. The project for Day 4 is a "Christmas Organizer." After seeing the sample, I decided to make my organizer into a small gift holder for a friends son. His name is Olle, he is 2½ years old and likes finger puppets. So when I found a free printable for Nativity finger puppets on Pinterest, I knew I had to make him a set.   (Here is the link http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/nativity-finger-puppets-free-christmas-printable)
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Power Poppy- 12 Days of Christmas                  (powerpoppy.blogspot.com/2017/12/power-spark-with-twelve-days-of.html)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Gift It       (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)


Friday, December 8, 2017

Holiday Fun Continues

Bugaboo is hosting "Holiday Chaos" this week. They are offering a new challenge each day. This tag is for Day 3. I love this Bugaboo image named "Elf Peeker" who works perfectly on a gift tag.  The sentiment and the mini-stocking image is from SU.
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Bugaboo Stamps- Holiday Chaos (Mon-Gift Wrap)           (catchthebugblog.blogspot.com)
We Craft Cards Monday Challenge- Tag Along with Me   (wecraftcards.com/forum)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Gift It                           (simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge)

This snowball wielding "bear in scarf" is a favorite stamp from Eureka. I created this card, featuring him, to enter several challenges. The snowflakes are beautiful scrapbook stickers. I love the dusty blue and silver color combo… and of course, the bling!  I printed the sentiments on my computer. The front reads, "You're grrrreat!" The inside sentiment reads "Hope your Christmas is, too."
 
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QKR Stampede- #273 Anything Goes                          (qkrstampede.blogspot.com)
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Icy Inspiration        (simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge)
CAS-ual Fridays- Winter Blues                                      (CAS-ualfridays.blogspot.com)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge-Challenge #191         (artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.com.au)
Cute Card Thursday- #507 Anything Goes                 (cutecardthursday.blogspot.com) 

I have had the sweet template used to make this card for several years and was fun to put it to use! (You can find it here papercraftsmag.com/articles/Holiday_Cards___More__Vol__7_Patterns) The punny sentiment is an old wood mounted Azadi Earles stamp. Am entering into several challenges, including SumMoreFun, becauase one of the photos on their current mood board includes a glimpse of Santa's gloved hand snatching a cookie! 
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Deep Ocean Challenge- Santa Clause is Coming to Town          (deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au)
SumMoreFun  Challenge- Color Challenge- All Decked Out     (summorefun.com)  
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge2- Extra for Dec            (craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.com)
Christmas Cards All Year Round- Anything Goes                       (christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk)

Another card to enter into the Crafty Christmas Collaboration Challenge (CCC). This time I CASED a card made by Christy Reuling. I loved the sweet whimsy of her Elf on the shelf theme.  (For more details about CCC visit allthesparkle.com/ccc-2017 and to learn how Christy made her card, visit christygetscrafty.blogspot.com/2017/02/crafty-christmas-collaboration-with.html) The elf digi image is from Bugaboo, his name is Deacon, and the wonderful sentiment from tlcCreations. (Download a free copy here desiref.blogspot.co.za/2017/11/atg-with-create-with-tlc-challenge-no16.html) The little mini-Santa on my card is a vintage Hero Arts wood mount stamp. Don't you think that he adds the perfect addition to the Christmas shelf?


Here is the card that inspired me-
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Crafty Christmas Collaboration (CCC)- February, Christy    (allthesparkle.com/ccc-2017)
A Blog Named Hero-Winter Holiday                                         (www.ablognamedhero.com)
A2zscrapbooking Monthly Challenge- Make it Pop               (a2zscrapbookingblog.com) 
Doing Life- Create with TLC Challenge                                    (desiref.blogspot.co.za)