Coffee Lovers Spring Blog Hop

Friday, February 27, 2015

Thanks to the amazing Chaitali Narla and Amy Tsuruta there's a fun blog hop happening:


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And, just so you know...I am NOT a coffee drinker!  Seriously???  Nope!  My parents drank copious amounts of coffee...there was always a coffee pot on in the house, but I never got into it.  Now, I do love the smell of coffee...likely linked to those childhood memories right? So what am I doing on the blog hop you ask?  Just having fun creating!!!

I don't own a lot of coffee-related stamps/dies.  Must rectify that situation!  But I do love this set from Verve and have used it often.



Easy peasy card to make...stamped the heart in red pigment ink.  Didn't want to mask...wanted the splashes from the heart on my coffee cup...so just simply stamped it in Archival ink and added a touch of color with my Distress Markers.  Added a smattering of sequins and some Shape 'n Tape and done!

Thanks to all the amazing sponsors!  Have you seen the prizes??? WOW!  Link up your coffee themed creations here.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow
Ink:  Avery Elle Cherry, Archival COFFEE *big grin*, and Archival Jet Black
Stamps:  Visible Image Heart Inkognito and Verve Better With You
All the other stuff:  Distress Markers, paintbrush, Simon Says Stamp sequins, adhesive and black Shape 'n Tape

Challenges entered:
Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

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Dazzling Diva #64

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

It's the last Dazzling Diva challenge for the month of February and here's some fabulous inspiration. Our theme is texture:



And my take on it:



There are so many ways to add texture to craft metal...stamps, embossing folders, stencils.  Today I used a stencil.  I keep a clean set of cutting plates for my Big Shot Pro, that are used exclusively for embossing.  That makes for a nice clean embossed image with the metal.  My "sandwich" goes like this...thin embossing pad, cutting plate, stencil, metal, another embossing pad and then the final cutting plate. 

After embossing a part of the stencil with this image, I lightly sanded the metal.  Just so you know...I started out with Polished Purple craft metal.  Next using my favorite and very cheap tool...my finger *grin*, I started adding bits of Inka Gold.  If I felt there was too much color, I simply wiped it quickly with a baby wipe.  Each layer of Inka Gold was buffed with a paper towel before I added more color.  The Inka Gold process creates such a lovely patina!

Not sure what to call this technique...but I do love the look!!!

The sentiment has been die-cut five times and layered for more oomph!  And everything has been placed on a card base that's been dry embossed in a wood grain pattern.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Pool Party and Calypso Coral
Ink:  none
Stamps:  none
All the other stuff:  Add a Little Dazzle Polished Purple craft metal,  Big Shot Pro, TCW stencil, Lil" Inker Designs die, Tim Holtz wood grain embossing folder,  Inka Gold in Violet, Greenyellow, Turquoise and Copper; and adhesives

Challenges entered:



Craft metals are available by clicking the link in the right column:                         

Would love to have you join our Dazzling Diva Challenge!   Use of AALD craft metal sheets is not a requirement to play along, but we'd love to see you use them! There is a $15 gift certificate up for grabs.   


Don't forget to check out all the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the design team...just click on the challenge button above to check it all out!


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A Little Reminder for the One Layer Christmas Card Challenge

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Just a quick reminder for the new One Layer Christmas card challenge.  The theme is anything goes with the optional twist of "bells":



And here's my second card for this challenge:


Went with a really neutral look this time.  I stamped and heat embossed the bell images in white. And then added a bit of shading with my Distress Markers and a damp brush.  Next, I added some light modeling paste through a stencil to create the snow effect.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Crumb Cake
Ink:  Versamark and Ranger Archival
Stamps:  STAMPlorations HOLIDAY SKETCHES:  Christmas Bells, VIGNETTE Christmas Block and JOYFUL
All the other stuff:  Distress Markers, paint brush, white embossing powder, EK Success powder tool, heat tool, light modeling paste, Simon Says Stamp stencil, corner chomper

Would love for you to play along!  Using the optional twist will get you an entry into the monthly random drawing.  Every card that you enter with the twist = 1 entry into the drawing and you can enter as many times as you'd like!

Check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the design team right here.

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Dazzling Diva #63

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I'm back with another Dazzling Diva Challenge brought to you by Add a Little Dazzle, and today we're putting a new spin on things and using a mood board as our inspiration:


Isn't it fantastic?  What a lot of inspiration to get that mojo going!!!  And here's where my mind went:


Now you're going to have to trust me on this...that embossed heart is actually silver, just like in the mood board.  After 35 or so shots, I gave up on trying to get it to photograph right...

I've stamped a background stamp diagonally across my card base, added a die cut wood look tag, complete with twine.  The heart has been die cut from the reverse side of a sheet of Add a Little Dazzle craft metal and run through an embossing folder and a simple sentiment completes the card.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Simon Says Stamp and MME Necessities - Wood
Ink:  Hero Arts Black and Versamark
Stamps:  Lawn Fawn Teeny Tiny Backdrops and MFT 
All the other stuff:  Add a Little Dazzle craft metal, Big Shot Pro, Verve A Cut Above Jotted Heart die, twine, SU! embossing folder, MFT Pierced Traditional Tags STAX, foam adhesive, Glossy Accents

Challenges entered:



Craft metals are available by clicking the link in the right column:                         

Would love to have you join our Dazzling Diva Challenge!   Use of AALD craft metal sheets is not a requirement to play along, but we'd love to see you use them! There is a $15 gift certificate up for grabs.   


Don't forget to check out all the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the design team...just click on the challenge button above to check it all out!


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Addicted to Stamps and More #132

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

It's time for another Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge...and this week it's a Make Your Mark Challenge.  Your entry must contain the use of something that can make a mark such as Stampin' Write markers, Copics, Promarkers, Paints, Chalks, Watercolors etc.

Our sponsor this week is QKR Stampede:


And they have offered three free digis for the winner!


A bit of fussy cutting on this! And, I've colored that adorable little bunny with Copics.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  MME Lucky in Love, Bazzill Marshmallow
Ink:  Ranger Archival and Hero Arts Soft Granite
Stamps:  The Cat's Pajamas Oh Chute!
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT Stitched Speech Bubble die-namics, Copics, foam adhesive

Don't forget to check out all the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team here.

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One Layer Christmas Card Challenge #4

Here's a great way to get ahead on your Christmas cards for 2015!  Join us in the One Layer Christmas card challenge:



And here's my card:




I recently purchased some Brushos, and I am having a great deal of fun with them!  My background was made by randomly adding water to my watercolor paper and then sprinkling on some of the Brusho powders.  I wanted a little bit softer background, so I blotted up some of the color immediately.  I love the look!

Then the bell image and sentiment were heat embossed in navy and for a little sparkle, I added some red Stickles to the berries.  It's a card you can whip up in no time....my kind of card *grin*!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140# watercolor paper
Ink:  Versamark
Stamps:  STAMPlorations HOLIDAY SKETCHES:  Christmas Bells
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil' Inkers Designs Stitched Rectangle die, Leaf Green and Turquoise Brusho inks, Denim Zing embossing powder, heat tool, EK Success powder tool, Xmas Red Stickles

Hope you can play along! Using the optional twist will get you an entry into the monthly random drawing.  Every card that you enter with the twist = 1 entry into the drawing and you can enter as many times as you'd like!

Check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the design team right here.

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Dazzling Diva #62

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wow!  It's Wednesday already??? Where does the time go?  Bringing you another Dazzling Diva Challenge today...perfect for those last minute Valentines:


And here's where my mind went:


The background has been stamped in Versamark.  Next comes a die cut circle of designer paper.  And now for the fun stuff *grin*.  I cut a strip of Dark Rich Chocolate craft metal and embossed it.  Then I sanded it slightly and added some alcohol ink highlights. The craft metal works so well with so many products, and alcohol ink is definitely a great one to play with!   Next, the heart has been die cut in Scarlet Red and over it is a computer generated sentiment.  Since the wood is so prominent in the inspiration picture, just had to use that silly sentiment *big grin*.  A few little wooden hearts and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Recollections kraft paper and MME Lost & Found Two Blush
Ink:  Versamark
Stamps:  Impression Obsession Corduroy 
All the other stuff:  Add a Little Dazzle Dark Rich Chocolate craft metal, Add a Little Dazzle Scarlet Red craft metal, Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Woodgrain embossing folder, Butterscotch alcohol ink, Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Round die, Verve Jotted Heart A Cut Above die, Studio Calico wood veneer hearts

Craft metals are available here, or you can click the link in the right column:

Dark Rich Chocolate                                         Scarlet Red
Dark Rich Chocolate Metal SheetScarlet Red Metal Sheet


Would love to have you join our Dazzling Diva Challenge!   Use of AALD craft metal sheets is not a requirement to play along, but we'd love to see you use them! There is a $15 gift certificate up for grabs.   





Don't forget to check out all the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the design team...just click on the challenge button above to check it all out!


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