Monthly Archives: June 2016

Paper Smooches Layering Challenge

I was a bit surprised when Paper Smooches announced that June’s Challenge was to use layering.  I don’t usually think of layering when using Paper Smooches simple cute designs.  But hey, you don’t have to tell me twice, layering it is.  In fact, I kind of went bonkers with the layering.

I have to say that I love this card.  Not only is it cute and colorful but I actually have someone in mind to receive this card.  My niece is renewing her marriage vows in Maui later this summer.  How perfect is this card for that occasion?


Paper Smooches

Supplies: Paper Smooches Get Outa Town stamp set,  Copic markers, Pico Embellisher in Shimmer and Wedding dress, Wink of Stella glitter pen, Scrapbook Adhesive thin pop dots, Hero Arts dye inks and card base, and Scor tape.




Papertrey Ink Challenge # 254

The challenge this week is to use texture paste with stencils. I still don’t have any Papertrey Ink stencils, so once again the challenge for me is to find a Papertrey Ink substitute that I can use.

This is another project that looked better in my head than on paper, but it is kind of OK.

The biggest bummer for me was opening four different jars of embossing paste, only to find that they were completely hardened in the jar.  Luckily, my Ranger texture paste was “good to go” and I could just add some spray mist to make it blue.  If anyone has a foolproof way to store embossing paste, please let me know.



Supplies:  Papertrey Ink What the Doodle Wave die (made into a stencil), Papertrey Ink Keep Swimming stamp set, Ranger Texture paste,Radiant Rain Mist, Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp dye inks, recollections cardstock, Hero Arts card base and Scor tape.

Paper Smooches – Challenge Layers

The June challenge at Paper Smooches is to use layers.  It seemed odd to me at first as I think Paper Smooches is the Poster Child for CAS cards (Clean and Simple).

Sandra has made a card that shows that you can do CAS with layers.

paper smooches june layers

Paper Smooches



Cardstock: Stampin Up

Pattern Paper: DCWV & Craft Smith

Ink: Memento Black

Markers: Copic

Die Cut: Simon Says Stamps



Papertrey Ink Blog Challenge

I am hurrying to get my card into the blog hop for Papertrey Ink.  I loved the inspiration photo, so I knew I had to try and make something from it.

This is my second attempt.  The first was OK but I thought I could do better, so it was back to the Misti, to start over.




Here is the inspiration photo:

papertrey ink inspiration june 25




Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Friendly Flowers,  Papertrey Ink The A-mazing stamp set, Papertrey Ink Simple Seashells, Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea stamp set, Impression Obsession Sand stamp, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst,  Tsukenecko Shimmer spray, Recollections embossing powser, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor paper, SSS card base,  Foam Tape and Scor tape

Too Much Morning!

I thought it might be fun to combine a coffee themed card with the oh so trendy right now flamingos.  I have some great new flamingo stamps, but when I got looking at my stash it was this older one from Art Impressions that had the perfect image to go with the  Crackerbox Palace sentiment that I wanted to use.

i watercoloured the background and used Copics on the popped up elements.  The message is don’t spill your coffee no matter what happens!



Supplies:  Art Impressions Flamingo Set stamp set, Crackerbox Palace sentiment stamp, Distress Watercolor paper, Gambnsai Tambi wateercolours, Copic markers,  Janes Doodles Coffee Time Set, Wink of Stella glitter pen, Recollections White embossing powder,Recollections cardstock, Pico embellisher, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor Tape

Would you like a Coffee……….Bag??

I decided that I needed a  coffee break from making coffee cards and so I decided to make a coffee bag instead.

I cut the bag out on my Pazzles cutter and hadn’t even noticed the funny little closure on top.  When I went to put it together, I wondered how I was going to deal with that.  The holes were too small to thread through the coffee ribbon that I wanted to use, but to leave them there made it look like the bag had eyes.  Looking through my stash, I found Tim Holtz’ bathroom (ball chain) chain and a lock charm.  Perfect, as it signifies that a coffee gift is precious and needs to be under lock and key, so to speak.

Anyway this little bag was easy  to put together and makes an excellent stocking stuffer.  Two or three Tassimo or Keurig pods fit in the bag quite nicely.


Supplies:  Inky Antics Coffee Time stamp set,  Tim Holtz Ball chain that will never go back into its’ original packaging, Lock charm from Beads and Plenty More, Cross Stitched Rectangles from Memory Box, Distress Markers, Xyron sticker maker. Recollections cardstock, May Arts ribbon and Scor tape

Finally, My New Stamp Set

Well, here it is, my new stamp set, bought specifically for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  I think the stamp set is just new to me, and not NEW NEW.  It is a great one though from Skipping Stones Design.  I got another stamp set from them at the same time………..cause hey that is how I roll………………….always trying to make the shipping per item less $$.  It is a great one too, and I already have a certain person’s Birthday card in mind for that one.  But I digress……..

What attracted me to this coffee stamp set is the fact that it had exactly me and my Craft uniform as the main image.  Really…………………hair askew, one of 3 ratty blue bathrobes on and my bunny slippers.  This is the uniform I wear when I craft.  The challenge I tell myself is to get dressed before the mailman arrives at 1:00 pm.  This is a challenge I have failed at, .. many times.  The mailman rings my doorbell every time I get a little stamp parcel.  I think he likes to see me dance around (dressed , of course), when I get Happy Mail, but he could do without the ratty housecoat.

I decided to watercolour this card as that seemed to evoke the same disheveled look as the coffee loving crafter on the front of the card.  I think it turned out well.


Supplies:  Skipping Stones Design Coffee set,  Peerless Watercolors, Distress Watercolor Paper, Creatology fun foam, Simon Says Stamp card base ,  Pico Embellisher in Black, Mama Elephant creative cuts die, and Scor tape.


Stop the Press! Sandra has made a Card!

Sandra has made a card for the Taylored Expressions challenge!  I want to make sure I don’t miss the deadline, so here is the card:

_DSC4203 sandra taylored expressions


Stamp Set: Taylored Expressions Grumplings Birthday

Cardstock: Stampin Up

Pattern Paper: Close To My Heart

Buttons: Misc

Ink: Memento

Markers: Copic

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop # 5

One of the earliest stamps that I ever bought was a coffee cup gift card holder from Art Impressions.  Gift cards were just becoming an alternative for the hard to buy for crowd.

I always enjoy pulling out an old stamp set and giving it a new treatment or technique.

In this case, I embossed a background with a coffee bean embossing folder from Sizzix  and  then gave it a light sponging treatment.  I put a coating of white embellisher on the lid to give it dimension and make it shine a bit.  I added a couple of star shaped paper clips to hold the lid of the card down and to keep the gift card in place.



Supplies:  Art Impressions Coffee Keeper stamp set,  Sizzix Coffee Set embossing folder, Hero Arts dye ink, Pico Embellisher in Wedding Dress,  Stampin up corrugated kraft cardstock,  Neenah Desert Storm cardstock, Zots 3D dots, Scor tape

Papertrey Ink Challenge # 253

We interrupt all the coffee craziness going on at the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, to see what can be done with the Reverse Stencil Challenge at Papertrey Ink.

I have to confess that most times my use of a brayer and inking of stencils ends up with a brayer that won’t come clean and ink everywhere but where I want it.  This is a technique, I think. that is easy to do and very difficult to perfect.  In the end, I came up with something that I think looks quite nice.



The small butterflies are covered with Shimmer Embellisher to give them some dimension  and the last picture does show the embossing details on the large butterfly.

Supplies:  Papertrey Ink What the Doodle stamp and die set,  Recollections stencil, WeR Memory Keepers Birch Trees embossing folder, Pico Shimmer Embellisher, Recollections embossing powder,  Ranger Emboss It ink,  Hero Arts, Simon Says Stamp and My Favorite Things dye inks, Recollections card stock, Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape