Monthly Archives: June 2016

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop- #4

Yet again, I am not using my stamp set bought specifically for this Blog Hop.  I must be waiting for just the right  idea to march out on my desk and lay itself down on my card front.  Meanwhile, here is another card using the “post it” coffee cups from Little B and some copper foiled Washi tape from Prima Marketing.


Supplies:  Little B tabs, Luxe Lodge DCWV patterned paper, Prima Marketing gold and copper foil Washi tape strips, Simon Says Stamp card base and Zig 2 way glue and Scor tape

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop # 3

This card is for lovers of coffee tea and Downton Abbey.  I loved this show and am still crabby that it is over.  However,  I was able to get the most exquisite papers and embellishments in a Downton Abbey Scrapbook kit from Crafter’s Companion to sooth my wounds.

One of the signature items of the show was the elaborate bell system that alerted the downstairs staff whenever the “entitled” people had a whim.   I had this wonderful twisted rope die from Elizabeth Crafts that would work well as the bell cord that would miraculously produce tea in a moment’s notice.

Here is the card:


Supplies:  Crafter’s Companion Official Downton Abbey Collection Kit, DCWV gold cardstock,  Simon Says Stamp Tea for Three, Simon Says Stamp card base, Scor tape, WeR Memory Keeps Sugar Cookie Alphabet die


Coffee Lovers Blog Hop- Card 2

Still haven’t used the coffee stamp set that I ordered specifically for the blog hop. but the wagons are circling and it won’t be long now.

I was looking through the infamous and bulging “new” drawer for the stamp set mentioned above when I discovered these cute little coffee cup post it notes from Little B.  Look no further, I thought……… something crafty with them.

Because I had the luxury of a full pad of little coffee cups,  I could easily set four of them on a table cloth.  I agonized a bit over perspective and then just told myself to “Let it go” and get the table set.  I have had these little dice for the longest time.  They were to be for my numerous Vegas layouts but I realized they were perfect to represent a Yahtzee game with family and friends right here at home too.

If I really want to drive myself crazy there is enough room in the shaker to really shake the dice to see if I can get a Yahtzee!


Supplies: Little B tabs,  Lawn Fawn patterned paper, Recollections cardstock, Pico Embellisher, Wink of Stella glitter pen, unknown dice, unknown plastic circle dome, Scor tape and Simon Says Stamp car base.



Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop

I got a new  (to me) coffee stamp set specifically for the Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop.  It even came in the mail on time which is a miracle in itself.  Did I use it today, though?  No.  Why?  Because I also recently got the slider die set from Lawn Fawn and I am having so much fun with it, that I wanted to do a coffee card with it.  The size of the images on my Jane’s Doodles Coffee Time set were just the right size.

Here is the card…………………..prepare for CUTENESS OVERLOAD!



Supplies:  Jane’s Doodles Coffee Time stamp set, Moxie patterned paper, Bazzill cardstock, Recollections cardstock, Color Fantastik Doilies, Pico embellisher, Recollections enbossing powder, Scotch foam tape, Lawn Fawn Sliders dies, Mama Elephant Creative Cuts label die, Scor tape and Simon Says Stamp card base.

And Now for Something Completely Different

The other day a fellow scrapbooker that I had recently met asked me what was my usual style in cardmaking.  I thought about that and decided it was easier to talk about what my style “wasn’t” as that list was much shorter.  In the end, I said my style was anything but cutesy bulbous heads on little boys and girls,  and “frou frou”.  Well a strange thing happened by the end of that day!  Nothing so strange could happen, that would lead me to like bulbous head stamps EVER, but I did have an epiphany over “frou frou”.   I was working in Scrapendipity and I just happened to sell a ton of Heartfelt Creations items.  Now, Heartfelt Creations fell under my definition of “frou frou”, so I couldn’t help but be amazed by the tremendous interest in this company.  I decided to take a second look and see if I could create something that I liked with their Under the Sea line. Serious mistake folks, as now I am totally smitten.  I had serious anxiety cutting into the luscious two sided papers.  If I used the card side, the scrapbook layout side was sacrificed and vice versa.  What to do……………………what any anxiety ridden scrapbook addict would do………………….buy another pad for my stash!

Anyway, so far I have created two cards with several more ideas clawing to get out of my head.  These cards took quite a bit of planning, layering and different techniques, but I think they turned out quite well.




Supplies:  Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea stamps, dies and 12 X 12 collection pad, Pico Embellisher, Martha Stewart confetti, Zing and Recollections embossing powder, Stickles, Spellbinders die, Flowersoft dome, Copic Markers, Craft Medley seed beads and sequins, Papertrey Ink rainstones, Recollections  and Creative Scrapbooker 120 lb cardstock and Scor tape

Create along with us- Papertrey Ink

It is time for the release week challenge.  I love these challenges because they ask us to be inspired by the new release products, but we can’t use the actual products because they haven’t been released yet. Classic Catch 22 or in this case Route 66 as you will see.  Every time I start this challenge, I feel that this time I am hooped.  I think I just don’t have an appropriate substitute Papertry Ink product.  There are no inspiration police so I could choose to be inspired by any detail I see on the samples, but I do like to analyze what is calling to me in the release.  In the end today though, my inspiration cup  runneth over, and several elements got incorporated in my card.

First of all, the road signs were calling to me.  Because of the time I spend in Arizona, I am really partial to anything that reminds me of Route 66.  Then I saw the little graduation hat that  Nichole  drew on the walking man icon. Check.  Then I was fascinated with the bright colours of the race cars.  Check.  Of course I took note of the road die.  Check.   Finally, I thought about a technique that my friend Jennifer used in her recent card class and found a Papertrey Ink stamp  and an embossing folder that lent itself perfectly to the technique.  (Jennifer, you probably thought I wasn’t paying attention, but I was. 🙂

Anyway, here is the card.  Because the colours looked a bit masculine, I sat on my hands so that I didn’t add sequins or Wink of Stella.


Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Get Lost stamp set, Mama Elephant road die, Simon Says Stamp dye ink,  Route 66 hand made sign, Sizzix embossing folder, Recollections cardstock, SCWV Chalkboard cardstock Hero Arts Green card base, Scor tape.


Usually, I post cards on this blog in response to a challenge on one of the many Scrapbooking/Cardmaking websites.  Today, though, I am posting this card in response to something my friends have said recently.  Quite often my friend Sandra brings up the evening when I lost it on our trip home from Phoenix.  She says that when she realized  nothing she could say or do was going to help my temper tantrum, she decided to go for a shower.  Recently, I freaked out over a series of weird happenings with my computer and cutting machine, again, while Sandra was around.  This time all she had to say was, “It is time for a shower.”  Now my other bestie Dennis has his own coping mechanism when I have such tantrums.  His expression is,  “It’s time to get out of Dodge.” (If you don’t get this reference, then you are too young to remember John Wayne and old western movies.)

The problem for my besties is that they don’t know when and why these freak outs might occur.   I thought it might be nice if I had a way of predicting when it might happen so that they can be forewarned.

Wouldn’t it be nice if they had a machine that could predict what my mood will be? Here is the card that resulted from me thinking about that.


Supplies:  Lawn Fawn Sweet Smiles stamp set, Papertrey ink Tiny Type stamp and die, Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar stamp set, Heidi Swap September Skies 6 X 6 patterned paper,  Corner Chomper Scallops, Simon Says Stamp card base, Irresistible embellisher, Mama Elephant creative cuts die,  Hero Arts and Simon Says stamp dye inks, Zig 2 way glue and Scor tap

Papertrey Ink Adding Shadows with a Marker

The challenge on Papertrey Ink today is to use a marker to add shadows to a project. I didn’t have a word die from Papertrey Ink that was large enough for me to add shadowing.  I used a word die from Casual Friday and paired it with Papertrey Ink’s Doodlie Do stamp set, as they both had a casual feel.

I didn’t want the shadowing to look too stark on the card so I decided to use the palest mauve copic marker I had to create the shadow.  Keeping a steady hand as I traced around the word die was the trickiest part.  The next trickiest part was just sitting on my hands and calling the card done.  I might try  a variation on this technique by filling the card front with more Doodlie  Do flowers or by adding the same mauve shadows to the flowers, but this card is done.




Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Doodlie Do stamp set, Casual Friday Love Ya die, Hero Arts and SSS dye inks, Copic Marker, Xyron Adhesive and  SSS card base.



Taylored Expression Inspiration Challenge

Usually I like to try and combine the Sketch and the Inspiration photo presented in the Taylored Expressions Challenges.  Today though, I had an idea that would not fit into the parameters of the sketch.  In fact, it wouldn’t even fit on a normal sized card.  To make it work it had to go on a long narrow card.  Measurements are 3 7/8 by 9.5 and it fits into a number 10 envelope.

This card involved quite a bit of masking but I think it turned out well and conveyed what inspired me in the inspiration photo.


When I saw this stamp set, I noticed that it had not one but three different trailers that could be used.  I immediately wanted to use all three as it reminded me of some of the crazy rigs I see driving down the highway.  So these rigs usually consist of the Truck/SUV/RV followed by the trailer, followed by a flatbed trailer carrying an ATV or Six bicycles and/or the doghouse.  It is amusing to see such a convoy, but when you have to pass one on a busy two lane highway, not so much (In fact, they are illegal in some provinces but still super cute).  Anyway there wasn’t enough highway on my card to put on all three trailers but if Taylored Expressions ever makes a flatbed trailer and accessories stamp set, as described,  a new highway will definitely be under construction.

Here is the inspiration photo:

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Supplies:  Taylored Expressions Happy Trails stamp set,  Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp dye inks, Zig Real Brush Markers, Distress watercolour paper, Neenah Solar White cardstock, miles of Post It tape , cloud stencil from Create a Smile and foam tape.

Wednesday Challenge- Simon Says Stamp June 1 2016

The Wednesday Challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp is Masking and the featured stamp company is Altenew.   I love Altenew stamps and I just received the Peony Bouquet stamp set in the mail so why not use it.

I have to say this project did not come easy. First I had an idea in my head that I just could not seem to get on paper.  The first peony was absolutely perfect,  the colours were wonderful and the layering spot on, but things began to unravel after that. First I dropped an inked image on the card front and then smudged it some more with an inky finger.    Next attempt I didn’t like the colours and the attempt after that my paper shifted unbeknownst to me in my Misti.  And then, well you get the picture.  I had to go to bed before there was craft room road rage.

Today was better and here is the resultant card.IMG_6534

Supplies:  Altenew Peony Bouquet Stamp set,  Woodware Mr & Mrs stamp, Recollections cardstock, Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp dye inks,  Recollections embossing powder,  Simon Says Stamp card base and Scor tape.