Saturday, June 24, 2017

Coffee The Most Important Meal

2017 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

I am a coffee lover.  Look through my addicted blog and you'll see I have quite lot of coffee supplies in my stash both in my kitchen and my studio.
This "Tall Teapot" by Catherine Scanlon is one of the newest in my collection of coffee stamps.
I stamped it with Memento and colored it with Copics.
The sentiment is by Altenew.
The word die is by The Ton.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sweet Land of Liberty

                                     Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Pattern Paper

As the name of my blog implies, I AM addicted to paper!
I went through my stash and pulled out paper, stamps and embellishments with a patriotic theme.
I assembled some of them into the above pocket tag.
At the heart of this tag is some vintage paper from Authentique.  I bought two packages of it years ago and judiciously use every scrap.
Bling, ribbons and even reproductions of vintage patriotic post cards fill the pockets.

Monday, June 19, 2017

You Moca Me Happy

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Emboss
I wanted to make something special for my husband's anniversary card.
He gives me coffee and a kiss every morning.  This card honors that tradition.

The card is called Pop and Twist.  I was taught how to make it by Karen Menghini and a video by MayMay.
I have so many coffee stamps and dies that I just used something from many different companies.
Reverse Confetti stamp and die "Some heroes wear capes.  Mine makes coffee."
Altenew-coffee sentiments and cup stamps
Concord & 9th white heat embossed latte heart
i.o. coffee cup dies
Spellbinders die
Neat and Tangled sentiment
Old old old Club Scrap papers

It's one of my favorite cards!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Fathers Day

The Ton
Layered Stamp

An ice cold beer on a 100 plus day, golf on tv and a steak on the BBQ.
And that's what makes a great father's day for a really great dad!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Bling Bird

                                           My Favorite Things Camp Create Day 5:  Glitter

Get out the Swifter!  It's time for Glitter!
The toughest thing about glitter is knowing when to stop.
I used Die Namics to cut various leaves from glitter papers.  The sharp dies cut right through the thickness of the glitter paper.
The MFT bird was stamped with Momento and colored with Copics.  Glossy Accents, Stickles and Wink of Stella were all used to give the bird some bling.

I was inspired by the many brilliantly colored birds we saw on our Cruise through the Panama Canal.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Strike up the Band

                                                MFT Camp Create Day Four:  Sliders
Sliders are so fun!  I thought these little marching band mice would made a perfect slider.
I did have to use small washers rather than pennies for the top two mice.
Background is done with Distress Oxide ink which blends so smoothly.
All elements are by MFT, stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

You Make My World Happy

My Favorite Things Camp Create Day Three:  Shakers

I love shakers so this was a fun day at camp for me.

I stamped the MFT sun on the acetate with Staz On.  Everything else is stamped with Memento and colored with Copics.

Stitched circle die, sentiment and girl are all from My Favorite Things.
Pattern Paper is by Prima.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Wild About You

                                             My Favorite Things Camp Create Day Two
The day's video showed using a background stamp to make a water color resist.    I stamped this MFT background with black Versafine then heat embossed it with clear powder.  I then graduated water colors from light to dark over the stamped background to create an ombre look.
Trees, animals and sentiment are from MFT.  Elements are stamped in Memento ink then colored with Copic markers.

Love from the Mothership

                                              My Favorite Things Camp Create Day One
Day One's video was about using water color to create a night sky.  On this card I used 3 or more layers of water color to create a sky for this space theme.

All elements are from MFT.


                                            My Favorite Things Camp Create Day One
Day One of Camp Create its all about water color.  The video demonstrates creating a night sky with water color.  It involves three or four layers of painting then drying.

Windows confuse me.  Are we looking in or out???  I try not to get too technical and just enjoy the process.

All of the images here are from MFT.  The window die is from i.o.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Adventure Awaits NYC

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes

My sister and her husband will be leaving for NYC soon.   They have been given a free apartment for the price of cat sitting!  This Newton's Nook stamp set was just perfect for them.  AND it was such a fun set to work with!  There are lots of images for the envelope and inside the card.

All images are stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.  I put Wink of Stella in each window, Stickles on the flame and heart.

The stitched partial circle die is from Pretty Pink Posh.

The background was created with Distress inks.

The sentiment is from Stampin Up.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Fall Magic Color Slider

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes

Later this summer I am going to a stamping retreat.  I wanted one of my projects to be a Lawn Fawn Magic Color Slider card.  Since this is my second magic color slider, it was easy to assemble.
All of the images and dies are from Lawn Fawn.  I don't know who made this sentiment.

Sorry the colored image is hard to see.  There is a distress ink night background resist with white heat embossed corn stalks.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Inside 2nd Grader Card

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Furry Friends

For the inside of the card I used stamps from many different companies.  The cut bookworm is from You Next Stamp.  The other words are from MFT.  I put scratch-on stickers over Amazing, Awesome and Super.

2nd Grader

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Furry Friends
My new Lawn Fawn Magic Color Slider dies came in time for me to play with them over the holiday week-end!  The youtube video by Lawn Fawn is excellent and walked me through the construction of this interactive card step-by-step.  It was really very easy once I saw how it all worked.

The kitten stamp is from Simon Says Stamp.  It's stamped in Memento and colored in Copics.
The image on acetate is stamped with Staz On.

Monday, May 22, 2017

So Very Sorry

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Sparkle

A card posted by Lorraine's Loft really caught my attention.  I CASED it with some of my own changes.

This is so different than anything I have made.  But I loved the sketched look to this Penny Black stamp.  It needed a little color but not too much.

I thought this would be a good card to send to a friend who's beloved pet died.

The sparkle comes from using a glitter gel pen on the ribbon, scattered dots and the center of the flower.  The gold bow also gives some sparkle.

Die is by spellbinders.
Stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.

Pizza Celebration

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Sparkle

We are going to a pizza party celebration later this week.
The Lawn Fawn Pizza images were so much fun to color!  I added the little Mama Elephant mouse and MFT cheese.
Something was still missing . . .  SU glitter paper punched confetti!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

1st Christmas Card 2017

Online Card Class:  Sparkle and Shine Day Four

I die cut the i.o. snowflake die then backed it with cardstock completely covered with Be Creative Tape.  Using my fingers and a stencil brush I brushed silver mica flakes into the adhesive until it was smooth.

The "peace" die cut it from Memory Box.

PearlEx Sympathy

Online Card Class:  Sparkle and Shine Day Four

I simply love the monochromatic white of this card.  It is white PearlEx on White cardstock.
The Cheery Lynn Designs With Sympathy die is cut from Stampin Up white glitter paper.
Flower and leaf stamps are from Altenew.

Pearlex Thank You

Online Card Class Sparkle and Shine  Day Four

I wanted to try adding color to this card originally taught by Debbie Hughes.  I used turquoise PearlEx on Turquoise cardstock.   I also stamped a third layer on the flowers using turquoise PearEx on the third layer.

The flowers and leaves are by Altenew.  The die cut sentiment is from W Plus 9.

I am going on a garden tour later this week.  This is an appropriate thank you for the gardener who is hosting the tour.

Hero Arts Perfect Pearls Background

Online Card Class:  Sparkle and Shine Day Four

These are just the first two steps to creating a card similar to Debby Hughes.
Cardstock is stamped with Versa Mark then Perfect Pearls are brushed over the Versa Mark.
The background is stamped a second time using a background word stamp and Versa Mark.
Both of the background stamps I used are from Hero Arts.  I used both a white and a turquoise Perfect Pearls.


Online Card Class:  Sparkle and Shine Day Two

I have a Minc but I wanted to try using foil with an adhesive sheet just to see how that works.
The first try I didn't burnish the foil to the cardstock enough and missed some areas.  This was my second attempt.  There was only one small spot that didn't adhere.  As a result I would still prefer to use my Minc.

The "hi" die is from Winnie and Walter.  The stamps are from Your Next Stamp.  They are stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.

Glossy Accents and Stickles are added for some Sparkle and Shine.

I love this card!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hope to Sea You Soon

Online Card Class  Sparkle and Shine Day 5

I combined ideas from a couple days of this online card class.  On Day 5 Kristina Werner used Bo Bunny Glitter Paste.  This was a product I didn't know about!  So I bought it, tried it and love the look it gives!

The sentiment is from The Stamps of Life.
The awesome die is from Memory Box.

I used a 120# Neenah Solar White for the die cut panel to give it more stability.

Unicorn Special Wishes

Online Card Class Sparkle and Shine Day One

Carissa Wiley gave lots of ideas to Sparkle and Shine up sentiment dies.
I especially love her demo of rainbow glitter . . .  using ultra fine white glitter colored with Copic Markers.  In this case I used Elizabeth Craft glitter and a Wishes die from i.o.
The background clouds were made with Oxide Distress ink and a MFT stencil.
The unicorns are from Avery Elle.
Silver heart punches are from Martha Stewart using Stampin Up glitter paper.
Spica pens and Stickles are used for more glitter.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mother's Day Floral Shaker

Online Card Class Sparkle and Shine
This was inspired by Jennifer McGuire.  I just used supplies I had to create her design.
I have been doing so much Copic Coloring that I really enjoyed switching to using Distress Ink resist with white heat embossing on these beautiful flowers from Mama Elephant.
The scallop dies are from Spellbinders.  The Avery Elle sentiment is stamped in Versa Mark and heat embossed gold.
If you zoom in you might be able to see the rain drops I created with Glossy Accents as shown by Lydia Fiedler on Day 3 of Sparkle and Shine.
Sheer Shimmer Spritz was used for the overall sparkle.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

True Friendship

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Pink

I saw this Stampingbella Susie the Succulent stamp and hit the "Buy" button.  What more perfect stamp could there be for a Desert Rat like me???  (Desert Rat is the nickname for people like us who live in the desert year round as opposed to being a Snow Bird.)

I love this sentiment that comes with the stamp.  Friendship does grow day by day, year by year.
I have a special friend this message especially applies to.  She gets the card!

Ms. Susie was stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.  She was really fun to color.  There is just a tiny bit of sparkle on her shoes and the tendrils.

The frame is from Reverse Confetti.  I popped the center panel and Susie.

Friday, May 5, 2017

MFT floral You are Amazing

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Pink

Stephanie Klauck posted a card using this MFT Fancy Flowers stamp set that really lends itself to lots of masking.
I followed her lead but added more pink and as much gold bling as I could.  I also flipped the card to horizontal and added a mat to bring out the pool color.
All flowers are stamped in Memento and colored with Copics.  Gold accents include Stickles, sequins, gold embossing and Spica marker.  Glossy Accents highlights the navy centers.
Sentiment is also from MFT.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Dude You Rock (Monkeys)

Simon Says Monday Challenge: Great Outdoors

This is a congratulations card for our son who has accepted a new job. ( We've had a monkey theme going on cards and gifts for a very long time.)
I designed this card so I could use the new window die from MFT.  It is perfect to use with all kinds of critters so they peek out from the interactive window.
The monkeys are Clear Stamps that have been in my stash for years.  They were stamped with Memento, colored with Copics, eyes popped  and fussy cut.  Glossy accents and Stickles highlight their teeth and eyes.
The leaves from Stampendous are white heat embossed.  Color Burst was then used as a resist over the embossing.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

SSS Floral All Occasion Cards

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes
I stamped these cards and then painted them while on vacation.
I had seen the card created by Heather Hoffman some time ago.  I love the color combo!
The stamps are from Simon Says Stamp.

White Rabbit Belated BD

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Numbers
The Theme for our Paper Crafters' Club next month is Fast.

This White Rabbit Stamp has been in my stash for a long long time.  The company that made is is called Stamping Ground.  I stamped him in Memento and colored him with Copics.  Some Glossy Accent, Spica Gold pen and Wink of Stella highlight his accessories.

I made the background with letters from Lawn Fawn and Simon Says ink on kraft paper.

Inside I have a stamp of Alice (in Wonderland).  The Queen of Hearts is on the envelope.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Floral Hello II

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Flowers

The materials for this card are the same as the last post.  I just enjoyed painting these so much I wanted to use different colors.

Hello Floral

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Flowers
I love this Mama Elephant stamp the incorporates a sentiment with flowers.
It's so versatile I will use these cards for Birthday and Mother's Day.  They would also be cheerful Get Well cards.
I was in the mood to water color.  I white heat embossed the image on water color paper
using the Misti because it's a large stamp and I wanted to be able to stamp it more than once.
I used Wink of Stella on the Hello just to make it stand out a little more.
Oops!  That top ribbon is crooked!  Why do I not see those things until I photograph and post them?

Friday, April 21, 2017


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Floral

The woman in this Unity stamp reminds me very much of my daughter.
When I want a floral stamp I go to Altenew.  This stamp was perfect because it wasn't too frilly.

The card base is Neenah kraft.  Flowers are stamped on Neenah white with Memento and colored with Copics.

What I love most about card making is being able to create a card that truly fits the person who will receive it.   A fru fru girly card would not be appropriate for my daughter.  To her kids she is "Mama".  Altenew alphabet stamps made it possible to put that on her card.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Underwater double slider BD Card

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Water
Saturday my Paper Crafters Club had a Funshop.  Karen did a fabulous job teaching us two interactive cards.  This is a double slider, one I had never seen before.
My card front is entirely Lawn Fawn.  I just pulled out every Copic category I had an colored my little heart out.  Balloons on the left are from Simon Says.  Fish on the right is from G Rated.
The water is colored with Color Burst.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Smoothie Birthday Card

I have a question.  What is that fruit stamp that is off to the right of this card?  It's shaped like a pear but I've never seen a pear peeled in that way.  Any ideas?

What fun I've had creating this card from Lawn Fawn's So Smooth stamp set!  I saw a card made by Tina Tavlovic and just had to CASE it.   Working with all of the Lawn Fawn elements is such an adventure.  I never realize what all is in the Lawn Fawn sets until I actually use them.  Then I am just amazed at all of the possibilities!

I did this on water color paper.  Water colors were used for all of the juice.  Everything but the blueberries are stamped on Neenah with Memento, colored with Copics then fussy cut.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Altenew Floral Hugs

                                                     Happy 3rd Birthday, Altenew!
I've used all Altenew products on this card.  Their inks and layered stamps make me look like an artist.  This is the first time I've used a Kraft background with Altenew's pretty flowers.  I really like it with the white ink splatters.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Altenew Anniversary

This is Altenew's 3rd Anniversary.  Each day this week they have a blog hop of many great cards made with their awesome stamps.  I was inspired to make this anniversary card.  The inks are all Altenew's fabulous stamp pads.  The love die is from Hero Arts.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Thank You, Altenew

                                                          Thank you, Altenew!
What a great surprise to find in my mailbox!  Altenew sent me this personalized stamp to use on the back of my projects.  I just love it!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hoppy Easter

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Hip Hop

This was inspired by Kamila Routsis.  After seeing her card I decided to use Distress Oxide ink for the background then sprinkle it with water.  The critters are from Gerda Stiener.   All are stamped with Memento and colored with Copics.  I love the interactive gate.  Another bunny (Mama Elephant) painting an egg is hidden behind the gate.

Easter Bunny Pocket Card

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Hippy Hop

My third pocket card to use as samples for my demon tomorrow at Paper Crafters Club.
I just can't get enough of these darling bunnies from Gerda Steiner.  They are stamped in <Momento and colored with Copics.  They work perfectly on the edges of the pockets on this card.  The Plush Carrot die is from Simon Says Stamp.  Sentiment from Gerda Steiner is white heat embossed.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Happy Birthday Pocket Card with Balloons

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Happy Birthday

Pocket Card using Stampin Up pattern papers, gold paper and die cuts.

Happy Birthday Pocket Card

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Happy Birthday

Two new stamp sets I could not wait to get inked!  The macaroons are from The Ton and the tea pot is from Catherine Scanlon Designs.  The macaroons are colored with Altenew ink pads and the tea pot is stamped with Memento Ink and colored with Copics.  Sentiments are from paper Smooches.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Artwork by Bo

My granddaughter just turned 7.  We started sharing a love of paper crafting as soon as she could hold a crayon.  She's making cards for her first grade classmates.  Lawn Fawn stamps are her favorite.
She carefully selects the critters and colors she knows each friend likes.  I love that she draws her own branches and backgrounds, especially the clouds.  She's much more creative than her nana.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

3 Year Old BD Card

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Make a Rainbow

I can't believe our Grandson is turning 3 already!!!  He has brought us 3 years of joy with his hugs and belly laugh.  He talks nonstop, loves his books and plays with great imagination.
This card uses the darling Gerda Steiner Designs set called Party Animals.  I have lots of animal stamps but had to buy this one.  These guys have personality.

I die cut the number 3 with my Cricut.  The circles are cut with Spellbinders dies.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

I Love You to the Stars and Back

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes
Initially this was my least favorite Color Burst background yet it made up into my mosts favorite card!
All elements including the white heat embossed sentiment are from Lawn Fawn.
The rocket rides the circle around the astronaut.

This is a perfect card for my grandchildren!

I've got to add that I felt the need to study up a bit on the planets and their order from the sun.
My granddaughter is likely to suggest some planet should be a different color or in a different order.
I'm going to learn a lot from her!!!

(This is a CASE with some changes from a card posted by Nicole Spahr.)

Boy Space Card

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes

Another Color Burst background from the class with Ken Oliver.
The Lawn Fawn elements were stamped with Memento and colored with Copic Markers.

This card involves a lot of stamping, coloring and die cutting.  But it was the most fun I've had making a card for a while.

I'm waiting to put a sentiment on it because I'm not sure of who will receive it or what the occasion will be.

Sweet Friend

                                       Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes

Color Burst's greatest value to me is it's use as a background.   Blue has always been my favorite color so blue backgrounds really appeal to me.  I made this background in Ken Oliver's class.
I had this Altenew floral in mind when I created the background.  The flowers are stamped in Momento and colored with Copic markers.
This card is made with Ken Oliver's water color paper.  It makes the brilliant color of Color Burst stand out because it is such a white white.
The sentiment is from Inkadinkadoo and stamped in Versafine.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Away . . .

Anything Goes
Simon Says Challenge
I had the pleasure of attending two Color Burst classes today taught by the "inventor" himself, Ken Oliver.  Ken is now an Indiana Hoosier . . .  as I am.  I enjoyed his teaching and stories of his beautiful new home town in Indiana.

This "Galaxy Background" class used Ken's watercolor paper and Color Burst along with a little white acrylic paint.  The sentiment I added is from Neat and Tangled.

Monday, March 13, 2017

St Patricks Day


Newton's Nook had this cute St Patrick's kitten and sentiment.  The Rainbow sentiment is from Stampin up.  I created the rainbow with Distress inks.  The grass die is from Memory Box.
There are all kinds of gold spritz, splatters and sprays.