Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #111 - Marsha's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

You know, just because it's a masculine card doesn't mean you have to use blacks and browns and blues and trees and cars and other seemingly appropriate manly colors or images.

For Jean's Masculine "Anything Goes" challenge, this card has color and cute little critters to let someone know you love them.  Now, I ask, just how cute are those hedgehogs? 


Stamp Sets:  In the Meadow, Jar of Love, Kinda Eclectic, Love You Lots; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Early Espresso, Real Red, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi; Cardstock;  Shimmery White, Soft Suede, Whisper White Thick; Other:  Fancy Frost Sequins

For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit Watercooler Wednesday Challenges by clicking the image below.  We'd love to have you join us.  You have until Monday, March 27th at 6:00 p.m. Central Time to link your project.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Pretty Spring Flowers

Flowers have always been a sign of Spring for me.  They peek their heads up out of the ground looking for sunshine and warm weather.  With the strange winter we've had here, I'm not sure they know what to do.  I'm just hoping that they don't get too chilly as this March weather tries to make up its mind.

Anyway, I used the Butterfly Basics stamp set, first introduced in the 2015 Occasions Catalog, and colored the image with Watercolor Pencils.  I think those Pacific Point flowers are so pretty.  But, give me anything blue and I'm happy.  I love the way Rich Razzleberry and Pacific Point look together.  I colored the pearls with Pacific Point but they came out looking lighter than the flowers.


Stamp Set:  Butterfly Basics; Ink:  Basic Black Archival; Watercolor Pencils:  Old Olive, Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry; Cardstock:  Rich Razzleberry, Shimmery White, Whisper White Thick; Other:  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Pearl Basic Jewels

The colors I used are from the CAS Colours & Sketches. Challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/challenge-215-colours.html

The theme of Spring is from the CAS Watercolour Card Challenge and the Stampin' Royalty Challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the images below.

http://caswatercolour.blogspot.ca/2017/03/cas-watercolour-march-challenge.html

http://stampinroyalty.blogspot.com/2017/03/stampin-royalty-challenge-sr365.html

The sketch I used is from the Sunday Stamps Challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://sundaystamps.blogspot.com/2017/03/ssc148-banner-love.html

My card was also entered in the Anything Goes Retro Rubber Challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2017/03/challenge-58-anything-goes.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hello Baby

It isn't often that I can combine three of my favorite challenges and come up with a sweet little card.  But, Just Us Girls, CAS(E) this Sketch and The Paper Players challenges worked very well together.

Another thing I don't often do is make baby cards.  I'm not sure why because I loved creating this one.  






Stamp Sets:  Something for Baby, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Elegant Eggplant, Smoky Slate, Strawberry Milkshake (Taylored Expressions); Cardstock:  Whisper White, Whisper White Thick; Patterned Paper:  Rainbow Brights 6x6 Pad (Taylored Expressions); Other:  Baby's First Framelits Dies, Boho Chic Embossing Folder, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

The sketch I used is from the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://casethissketch.blogspot.com/2017/03/case-this-sketch-213.html

The colors I used are from the Just Us Girls Challenge. For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://justusgirlschallenge.blogspot.com/2017/03/just-us-girls-385-color-week.html

The clean and simple baby theme I used is from The Paper Players Challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2017/03/pp336-clean-and-simple-challenge-from.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Thinking of You

Just a quick post today.  I've decided to take a break and do a Sunday marathon of Downton Abbey.  But, I wanted to share this card I made to send to one of my sons.  I try to get cards made and sent to all of my kids and grandkids.  Now that they all live out west it's even more important to me to send those cards.


Stamps Sets:  Gorgeous Grunge, Hardwood, Sheltering Tree (sentiment), Sprinkles of Life; Inks:  Chocolate Chip, Cucumber Crush, Early Espresso, Real Red, Soft Suede; Cardstock:  Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Other:  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Tree Builder Punch

The sketch I used is from the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/challenge-214-sketch.html

The theme of "wood" is from The Male Room Challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2017/03/challenge-56-stash.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wacky Watercooler March Blog Hop


Welcome to our March Sale-A-Braion Blog Hop.  Each month, on the third Thursday of the month, a group of us get together to hop and share projects from Stampin' Up!'s current catalogs.  It's always a lot of fun.  Today's hop is all about the Sale-A-Bration BrochureSale-A-Bration ends on March 31st so if you have your eye on one of the products, now would be a good time to get that $50 order in to get your free item.

You should be coming to my blog from Heidi Weaver.  After your visit with me, you'll head on over to Marie Green.  And, as always, our Hop runs in a circle.  Whether you start at the top and go forward or start at the bottom and go backward, you will always wind up where you started.

All three of the projects I've made feature just one of the Sale-A-Bration stamps sets.  It's the Avant Garden Stamp set and I just love it!

The inspiration for my first card came from Jo Anne Hewins.  You can see her card HERE.  While I used the Elegant Eggplant as she did, I used Emerald Envy for my green and the Triple Banner Punch for the sentiment.  What I liked most about the card is making my own patterned paper using one of the stamps from Avant Garden.


Stamp Set:  Avant Garden; Ink:  Elegant Eggplant:  Stampin' Write Markers:  Elegant Eggplant, Emerald Envy; Cardstock:  Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White; Other:  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Triple Banner Punch, Linen Thread

My second project is all blues and yellow.  I hadn't used Dapper Denim and Marina Mist together before but they played well together.


Stamp Set:  Avant Garden; Inks:  Dapper Denim, Marina Mist, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi; Cardstock:  Marina Mist, So Saffron, Whisper White, Whisper White Thick; Other:  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Orange Wink of Stella Brush

My final project is a CASE (Copy And Share Everything) of a card done by Melissa Kerman.  I couldn't find the a link to her blog so I can't direct you to her card.  I made a few changes to my design since I love butterflies.  


Stamp Sets:  Avant Garden, Butterfly Basics, Papillon Potpourri, Timeless Textures; Inks:  Always Artichoke, Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry; Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Tip Top Taupe, Very Vanilla; Other:  Bitty Butterfly Punch, Pearl Basic Jewels

That is all from me.  The next stop on your tour is Marie Green.  She always has such great projects.  To see her wonderful projects, click the image below.

http://mytanglewoodcottage.net/

If you'd like to revisit Heidi Weaver and see her wonderful projects again, click the image below.

http://heidistampinalong.blogspot.com/

To start at the beginning you can click the image below to go back to the Wacky Watercooler Stamping Blog.

http://wackywatercoolerstamping.blogspot.com

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #110

This week our Clean And Simple (CAS) challenge is hosted by Heather and she has picked the theme of "Easter Bunny."  How cute is that!  I love bunnies.  With Easter fast approaching, it's a good time to be thinking ahead.  So, take a look at the inspiration photo then, get creating and share with us what you created.


Stamp Set:  Crazy about You; Inks:  Pacific Point, So Saffron, Smoky Slate, Tuxedo Black Memento; Stampin' Write Marker:  Pink Pirouette; Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Whisper White, Whisper White Thick; Other:  Hippity Hop Dies (Taylored Expressions), Pocket Die (Taylored Expressions), Frame in Frame 2 Cutting Plate (Taylored Expressions), Pearl Basic Jewels, Whisper White Baker's Twine

For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit Watercooler Wednesday Challenges by clicking the image below.  We'd love to have you join us.  You have until Monday, March 20th at 6:00 p.m. Central Time to link your project.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Pocketful of Flowers

The past couples of days have found me with no inclination to do any crafting but today I finally sat down and made some bright flowers to cheer me up.  It did.  I've not used the Jar of Love set for a while and I like the way one color of ink can look different when you stamp it off.  The bow on the pocket is actually cut from Elegant Eggplant cardstock but I coated it with some Texture Gems and it darkened the color.


Stamp Sets:  Avant Garden (sentiment), Jar of Love; Inks:  Crushed Curry, Elegant Eggplant, Smoky Slate; Cardstock:  Elegant Eggplant, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Whisper White Thick;  Patterned Paper:  Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack; Other:  Everyday Jars Framelits Dies, Scallop Border Punch, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Texture Gems (Faber-Castell), Clear Wink of Stella Brush

The colors I used are from the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/challenge-213-colours.html

The Flower Challenge is an Anything Goes but must have flowers.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://theflowerchallenge.blogspot.ca/2017/03/the-flower-challenge-6-anything-goes.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #109

It's a color challenge this week at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges and our host, Heidi, has chosen a great combination of colors.

My card base is Basic Black as is the layer that I added images stamped in Whisper White Craft ink from the Timeless Textures stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment from the Butterfly Basics stamp set onto Whisper White using Basic Black Archival ink, then punched it out using the Decorative Label Punch.  The Pool Party butterflies were cut using the Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die.  I've not used that in a while and had forgotten just how nice those butterflies look.  The Island Indigo butterflies were punched using the Bitty Butterfly Punch and the Elegant Butterfly Punch.

Before attaching the label and all the butterflies, I added a piece of 1/4" Island Indigo Ribbon to the bottom of the stamped layer.  I randomly glued the butterflies in place and added Pearl Basic Jewels to the center of each butterfly.  The label was popped up using Stampin' Dimensionals.

One thing I should share with you is that I used Whisper White instead of the Very Vanilla as stated on the graphic.  When looking at the graphic, I saw white and used white.  I didn't do a very good job of reading the colors, did I?


For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit Watercooler Wednesday Challenges by clicking the image below.  We'd love to have you join us.  You have until Monday, March 13th at 6:00 p.m. Central Time to link your project.


Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Bunny Lineup

What fun it was to make these colorful, cheerful bunnies.  It's snowing here today so they are definitely the bright spot in my day.  And, because, I designed this for the Retro Rubber Challenge, my stamp set had to be a year older or older.  Crazy about You fits the bill as it was introduced in the 2015 Occasions Catalog.  It's a great sentiment stamp set. 


Stamp Set:  Crazy about You (2015 Occasions Catalog); Ink:  Tuxedo Black Memento; Cardstock:  Daffodil Delight, Emerald Envy, Pacific Point, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White Thick; Other:  Hippity Hop Dies (Taylored Expressions), Emerald Envy Thick Baker's Twine, Itty Bitty Epoxy Stickers (retired)

The inspiration for my card came from the Retro Rubber Challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2017/02/challenge-57-in-living-color.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #108

It's Wednesday and that means a new challenge at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  This week Gail is hosting a sketch challenge and she has picked a good one.

To start, I stamped spatter images from the Avant Garden stamp set onto a Whisper White card base using Strawberry Milkshake ink.  Then, I added a piece of Rainbow Brights Patterned Paper to the card base.  Using the Postage Stamp Stacklets Dies, I cut a layer from Whisper White and stamped the word birthday from the Wish Big Stamp & Die Combo at the bottom.  On a piece of Whisper White, I stamped the word happy from the Wish Big Stamp & Die Combo using Strawberry Milkshake ink then, cut it out.  The postage stamp layer and the word happy were popped up using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The Strawberry Milkshake ink, Rainbow Brights Patterned Paper, Postage Stamp Stacklets Dies and the Wish Big Stamp & Die Combo are all from Taylored Expressions.  All other product is from Stampin' Up


For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit Watercooler Wednesday Challenges by clicking the image below.  We'd love to have you join us.  You have until Monday, March 6th at 6:00 p.m. Central Time to link your project.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #212

Today is my last day as a Guest Designer for the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge.  I have so enjoyed being a part of this challenge and will continue to participate in their challenges.  I am grateful and thankful to have had this opportunity.

My card, using the sketch for this weeks' challenge, is a thank you card.  I thought it would be an appropriate farewell card to the whole team at CAS Colours & Sketches.

For the swirly flowers, I used the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies.  I cut one of the smaller swirls from Crushed Curry and one from Pumpkin Pie.  I cut four large swirls from Emerald Envy and glued them together to give a bit of dimension to the large swirly flower.  Under the die-cuts, I stamped images from the Swirly Bird stamp set using the same colors as the die-cuts.  The colors used are Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie.  The leaves were stamped in Mint Macaron and cut using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies.  Again, the stamp set is Swirly Bird.  The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set and stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  For the finishing touch, I added a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels.


For all the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.co.uk/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #107

This week Penny is hosting our Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.  For my card, I decided to do little stamping and more die-cutting.  I'm a huge Downton Abbey fan and used some of my Crafter's Companion product for this design.

The card base is Naturals White to which I added a layer of Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack.  First I cut a strip of Tip Top Taupe.  I ran it through the Big Shot using the Brick Wall Embossing Folder and attached it to the card front.  The silhouette is cut from Basic Black using the Downton Abbey Die.  Then, I ran it through the Big Shot using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  I placed it right on top of the Tip Top Taupe wall.

The car is from the Downton Abbey Collection.  It's stamped using Basic Black Archival ink.  I did fussy cut it out and popped it up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  What you cannot see well in the photo, is that I covered it with Clear Wink of Stella to give it a shimmer.  That stuff is hard to photograph.  The sentiment is from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set and stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.  A few silver sequins and it was all done.

Most of the Stampin' Up!® is retired but I still love to go back and play with some of my favorites. 


For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit Watercooler Wednesday Challenges by clicking the image below.  We'd love to have you join us.  You have until Monday, February 27th at 6:00 p.m. Central Time to link your project.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #211

It's a color challenge at the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge as well as my third week as a Guest Designer.  And, it's another birthday card.  I have quite a few birthdays coming up so it was time to get some more cards done and ready to send.

Balloons are always good for birthdays.  I cut two balloons out of the Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack and one from the 2016-18 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack using the Hearts Balloons Dies from My Favorite Things.  I added some Clear Wink of Stella over the balloons for a subtle shimmer.  They sure are bright and cheerful in the Cucumber Crush, Peekaboo Peach and Watermelon Wonder colors.

The card base is Whisper White Thick and attached a layer of Whisper White onto a layer of Watermelon Wonder.  The strings for the balloons were stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  The sentiment is also stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and is from the Beautiful You stamp set.  I popped up the balloons with some Stampin' Dimensionals.


For all the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.co.uk/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Monday, February 20, 2017

What Will You Stamp? Challenge #104

It's so exciting to share with you that I was selected to be a Guest Designer for this weeks' challenge at What Will You Stamp?  I love challenges and being asked to design for them is such an honor.

This week we are featuring the Lift Me Up stamp  set.  It's one I've not yet purchased so borrowed it from friend.  Now that I've had the opportunity to play with it, it has gone on my ever lengthening wish list.

For my design, I made a scene of hot air balloons floating over the mountains.  This was to be a practice card, which is why it's done on Naturals White retired cardstock.  But, it turned out so well, that rather than starting over, I used it.

First, I stamped the mountains from the In the Meadow stamp set in Basic Black Archival ink and colored them using the Early Espresso Watercolor Pencil.  The meadow was sponged using Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzazz inks.  The grass was stamped using Old Olive ink as are the flowers.  Using Stampin' Write Markers, I added Flirty Flamingo, Pink Pirouette and Rich Razzleberry inks to the blooms.  Of course, I had to get my little Dapper Denim butterflies flitting around the flowers.

Using the Lift Me Up stamp set, I stamped the two balloon images onto Whisper White; one in Dapper Denim and one in Sweet Sugarplum.  The clouds were stamped using Smoky Slate ink.  Then, I cut the balloons and clouds out using the Up & Away Thinlits Dies.  I attached them to the card base with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I added a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels for the finishing touch.


For all the What Will You Stamp? Challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://whatwillyoustamp.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Bless Your Heart

It's a beautiful, warm, sunny day here in Iowa.  Given that it's February and the temperature is already 43 degrees at 9 a.m. with a high expected in the 70s, who could ask for more!  It's usually cold and snowy this time of year for us.

Before I head out and about to enjoy this day, I wanted to share a card I made combining three challenges, something that is not always that easy to do.  But, Freshly Made Sketches, Color Throwdown and Stampin' Royalty all work well together and here is the result.


Stamp Set:  Jar of Love (sentiment); Ink:  Early Espresso; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Tempting Turquoise; Patterned Paper:  Adventure Abound Designer Series Paper Stack (retired), Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack (retired); Other:  Pocket Die (Taylored Expressions), Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals.  Stampin' Up! product unless otherwise noted.

The sketched I used is from the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.  The colors are from the Color Throwdown Challenge and a project using dies is from the Stampin' Royalty Challenge.  For details of each challenge and to share your project, click the images below.

http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2017/02/freshly-made-sketches-275.html

http://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2017/02/color-throwdown-430.html

http://stampinroyalty.blogspot.com/2017/02/stampin-royalty-challenge-sr363.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wacky Watercooler Spring Fever Blog Hop


Welcome to our February Spring Fever Blog Hop.  Each month, on the third Thursday of the month, a group of us get together to hop and share projects from Stampin' Up!'s current catalogs.  It's always a lot of fun.  Today's hop is all about Spring and I must say that this week in Iowa, with 60 degree temperatures, it's going to feel very springlike.

You should be coming to my blog from Kath Ricks.  After your visit with me, head on over to Libby Fens.  And, as always, our Hop runs in a circle.  Whether you start at the top and go forward or start at the bottom and go backward, you will always wind up where you started.

With 60 degree temperatures here in Iowa for the next eight days, it's definitely feeling like Spring.  I'm just hoping that we don't get a nasty March snowstorm.  It's been known to happen.

The projects I made all feature some aspect of Spring.  It could be through a word or a flower or a vibrant color. 


Stamp Set:  Beautiful You, Crazy about You, Jar of Love, Sunshine Sayings; Inks:  Mint Macaron, Pacific Point, Tuxedo Black Memento; Cardstock:  Pacific Point, Whisper White, Whisper White Thick; Other:  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies


Stamp Set:  Lift Me Up; Inks:  Emerald Envy, Tuxedo Black Memento; Cardstock:  Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White, Whisper White Thick; Other:  Rose Garden Thinlits Dies, Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Cloudy Day Embossing Folder (retired), Clear Wink of Stella Brush, Rhinestone Basic Jewls 


Stamp Sets:  Avant Garden, Wetlands (sentiment); Inks:  Emerald Envy, Melon Mambo, Soft Suede, Tuxedo Black Memento; Cardstock:  Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Whisper White Thick; Other:  Pearl Basic Jewels

That is all from me.  The next stop on your tour is Libby Fens.  To see her wonderful projects, click the image below.

https://libbystamps.wordpress.com/

If you'd like to revisit Kath Ricks and see her great projects again, click the image below.

http://kath-allthatscrap.blogspot.com/

To start at the beginning you can click the image below to go back to the Wacky Watercooler Stamping Blog.

http://wackywatercoolerstamping.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha