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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #106

What can I say, I love sparkle!  Heidi is hosting the challenge this week.  When I saw she had picked sparkle as the theme for her Clean And Simple (CAS) challenge, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

The base is Whisper White to which I added a layer of Crumb Cake.  The flower is cut from glitter felt using the Tattered Florals Dies from Tim Holtz.  To the center I added a burnished silver brad.  It's a bit hard to see but the word sparkle is cut from Silver Glimmer Paper using a Taylored Expressions Die.

And that, as the they say, is that!  A very simple card that took no time at all to put together.  And, you may have noticed that there is no stamping on the card.

It's one destined for my note card shelf as I like to keep cards on hand to send to my grandchildren.  My oldest granddaughter is to be the recipient of this one, eventually.


For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge by clicking the image below.  We'd love to have you join us.  You have until Monday, February 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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #210

My second card as a Guest Designer for CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge, is a birthday card I made for my sister.  She will be celebrating a milestone birthday and will turn 60 on February 16th.  She loves purple so I always try to add the color somewhere on the cards I make for her.

For this one, I attached a strip of Graphic 45's Secret Garden Patterned Paper to a Whisper White Thick card base.  To be honest, I had planned to place a line of bakers twine down the center of the colored strip but forgot to add it before I attached everything.  Instead, I drew a line using my Elegant Eggplant Stampin' Write Marker.  It worked.

On a piece of Whisper White I stamped the sentiment from the Jar of Love stamp set using Elegant Eggplant.  Next, I cut it out using the Mini Frame 4 from Taylored Expressions.  The piece I used is actually the center of the frame.  I also cut one in Elegant Eggplant and placed the frame over the center cut using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The butterflies are punched from Elegant Eggplant using the Elegant Butterfly Punch.  I attached them using Tombow Multipurpose Glue.  Down the center of each butterfly, I placed some Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  The sentiment on the lower right is from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set.

Before I attached the frame and the butterflies, I spritzed them with some Radiant Rain Shimmering ICE Mist.  It added just a wee bit of sparkle to the card.  


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

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Love Is In The Air

Today finds me with low energy but in the mood to create.  I found that I could combine these challenges, CAS(E) this Sketch, Just Us Girls and CAS Watercolour, for a cheerful card that could be used for Valentine's Day or an anniversary.

To start, I did a bit of splotchy watercoloring on a piece of Watercolor Paper.  The colors I used were Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach.  Once dry, I attached that layer to a card base of Whisper White Thick cardstock.  The large hearts were punched from Sweet Sugarplum and Blushing Bride.  The Blushing Bride heart was embossed with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  The little hearts were punched from Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Pink Pirouette and Rich Razzleberry using the heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  The two hearts on the lower left of the card were embossed using the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.

From the Sunshine Sayings stamp set, I stamped two sentiments onto Whisper White using Basic Black Archival ink.  Then, I added a line of Rhinestone Basic Jewels to each label and one to the large Sweet Sugarplum heart.


Here is a close up of the what the Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist looks like.  I sprayed the entire front of the card with it so it has a very pretty shimmer to it.


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/2017/02/case-this-sketch-208.html

The them of hearts is from the Just Us Girls Challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://justusgirlschallenge.blogspot.com/2017/02/just-us-girls-380-trend-week.html

The theme of love is from the CAS Watercolour Card Challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://caswatercolour.blogspot.ca/2017/02/cas-watercolour-february-challenge.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Saturday, February 11, 2017

A Yellow Rose

It's just a short post today.  I've been rather under the weather all week long and am just now starting to feel normal again.  I've found that being on the computer makes everything worse so I'm limiting my time to a short duration.  Here's the card I made for The Flower Challenge where we were to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) the Guest Designer. 


Stamp Set:  Rose Wonder; Ink:  Rich Razzleberry; Watercolor Pencils:  Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry; Cardstock:  Shimmery White, Very Vanilla; Other:  Rose Garden Thinlits Dies, Metal Rimmed Pearls

My card was entered in The Flower Challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://theflowerchallenge.blogspot.ca/2017/02/the-flower-challenge-5-case-our-guest.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Friday, February 10, 2017

Bold Butterfly

One of the things I enjoy doing is combining a sketch challenge with a color challenge.  Today I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches Challenge and the colors from the Color Throwdown Challenge to make this bold butterfly design.  For the challenge colors I used Bermuda Bay for the teal, Tangerine Tango for the orange and, of course, Basic Black for the black.  :-) 

For the butterfly, using the Butterflies Thinlits Dies, I cut one from Bermuda Bay, one from Tangerine Tango and one from Whisper White.  Using a blending tool, I blended color over the Whisper White butterfly.  I used Bermuda Bay and Tangerine Tango ink.  Then, I covered it with VersaMark and heat embossed it using Clear Embossing Powder.  After embossing, I glued the three butterflies together.  I used Bermuda Bay sequins on the body of the butterfly to add more dimension.

For the card base I used Whisper White Thick cardstock.  The rectangle layer was made placing a piece of Whisper White over a piece of Basic Black.  The two small banners were punched from Bermuda Bay and Tangerine Tango using the Triple Banner Punch.

The sentiment from the Jar of Love stamp set and the antennae from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set were stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. 


For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit Freshly Made Sketches Challenge and Color Throwdown Challenge by clicking the images below.


http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2017/02/freshly-made-sketches-274-sketch-by-jen.htmlhttp://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2017/02/color-throwdown-429.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

It isn't often that I have the opportunity to combine three different challenges.  Today found me able to combine the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge, the Retro Rubber Challenge and The Paper Players Challenge.

For the card base I used Blushing Bride and added a layer of Whisper White.  The large hearts are punched from Real Red cardstock using the Sweetheart Punch.  The smaller hearts are punched from Blushing Bride cardstock and Pink Pirouette cardstock using the Small Heart Punch.  To the hearts I added Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  The sentiment is from the 2009 Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.   


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/2017/02/case-this-sketch-207.html

I used the theme of hearts 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/2017/01/challenge-55-cross-my-heart.html

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

http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2017/02/pp330-theme-challenge-from-claire.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #105

This week it's a color challenge at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  As host this week, I thought some springlike colors would be a nice change to the snowy, wet, cold winter days many of us have been experiencing.  Whether you make flowers is up to you as this is a color challenge and the only requirement.  I was in the mood for flowers as I am so ready for Spring.

My card starts with a Very Vanilla card base to which I added a strip of patterned paper from the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack.  The flowers and leaves were cut using the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.  For my colors, I chose Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Rich Razzleberry for the flowers.  For the leaves, I chose Mint Macaron and Mossy Meadow.  On the Mint Macaron leaves, I stamped an image from the Botanical Blooms stamp set.  To the center of each flower I added a Metal Rimmed Pearl.  The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set and is stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.


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 13th 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 7, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #209

It's so exciting to be able to share with you that I was selected to be a Guest Designer for the month of February with the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge.  I love challenges and to be asked to design for them for a month is such an honor.  This week it's a color challenge with some of my favorite colors.

The flowers were cut using the Tattered Florals Die by Tim Holtz.  I used Cherry Cobbler, Rose Red and Sweet Sugarplum for the flowers.  The branches were cut from Smoky Slate using the Leafy Branch Die also by Tim Holtz.  I attached them to the Whisper White mat layer using Tombow Multipurpose Glue.  The white buttons each have a piece of Linen Thread threaded through them then, they were attached to the center of the flowers using Glue Dots.  The blossoms were attached using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The sentiment is from the Jar of Love stamp set and stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  To the layer I also added three Sweet Sugarplum Fancy Frost Sequins.  For the finishing touch I sprayed the card with Radiant Rain Shimmering ICE Mist by Splash of Color.  The mat layer was attached to a Whisper White Thick card base using Stampin' Dimensionals.


The Shimmering Mist doesn't show up well in the photo so here is a close up to give you an idea of what it looks like.  If you click on the image below, it will open it up so you can get a better view of how pretty and shimmery the flowers look.

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

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/challenge-209-colours.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Hello

While my pizza is baking, I have time for a short post to share the card I made for the current CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge.  I found I had all the colors, in one form or another, that I needed for the challenge without having to find a close match.  Yes, I was surprised.

The card base is Shimmery White.  I found a piece of Peach Parfait cardstock and embossed it with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.  The ribbon I added is actually the 5/8" Whisper White Organza Ribbon that I used my Dusty Durango Stampin' Write Marker to add color.  I think it looks really well with that Peach Parfait.  Don't you?

I stamped an image from the Fabulous Flora stamp set in Basic Black Archival ink onto a piece of Shimmery White and watercolored it using a Sage Shadow Watercolor Wonder Crayon.  Then, I cut it out using one of the ovals from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  The sentiment is stamped in Basic Black Archival and is also from the Fabulous Flora stamp set.

When I stamped the sentiment, it left a bit of a mark where you see the line of Pearl Basic Jewels.  It was one way to cover up the mistake and not have to start the card over.  I think it worked rather well.  I also added a pearl to the leaves in the image to finish out the design.


The colors and sketch 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/2017/01/challenge-208-double.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #104


This week at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges, Kath is hosting a sketch challenge and she's chosen a very nice one.  It gave me a great opportunity to use those Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies along with the new Beautiful You stamp set.  Her dress was watercolored using the new Watercolor Pencils.  The color I used is Calypso Coral.  It's a pastel version of Calypso Coral due to the water coloring.  I'm going to love having those watercolor pencils.


Stamp Sets:  Beautiful You, High Tide, Rose Wonder (sentiment); Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach; Cardstock:  Emerald Envy, Whisper White Thick; Patterned Paper:  2016-18 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack; Other:  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Watercolor Pencils (Calypso Coral), Rhinestone Basic Jewels

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 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

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Birthday Wishes

Pretty colors, great sketch, a wee bit of watercoloring and what you do you get?  A clean and simple birthday card.  It's an easy card to make which is something I'm thankful for as a headache does not allow for long periods of creativity.

My card was made for the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge and the Color Throwdown Challenge.


Stamp Set:  Avant Garden (sentiment); Ink:  Pool Party; Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Watercolor Paper; Other:  Blushing Bride Fancy Frost Sequins, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies

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.

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


Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Pretty Shaker Butterflies

It's Saturday night and I'm in the middle of a Downton Abbey marathon but I wanted to take time to share this fun shaker card with you.  This is one that I made at the shaker card class I took last fall at the 2016 Stamp Joy Event.  I fell in love with shaker cards and have made several since.  I don't know the names of the product used but I love the colors but I wanted to share it with you as I think it's a very pretty shaker card.


I'm play along with the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://addictedtostamps-challenge.blogspot.com/2017/01/challenge-226-anything-goes.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Happy Birthday Wishes

Flowers.  What can I say?  I love flowers!  Which is only one reason why I wanted to play along with The Paper Players Challenge.  Another reason was to share the Avant Garden stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.  It is a favorite and is free with a $50 order.

My card base is made using Whisper White Thick cardstock.  The center square is cut from Whisper White cardstock using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  The main flower is stamped in Wisteria Wonder ink and the leaves are stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink.  I stamped off the other flowers to give a softer look as well as the leaves.  The center of the flower and the sentiment were stamped using Early Espresso ink.  The stitched square was added to the card base using Stampin' Dimensionals.

And there you have it.  Another pretty flower card added to my stash of birthday cards.  I never seem to have enough of them.


My inspiration for my cards comes for The Paper Players Challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2017/01/pp328-clean-and-simple-challenge-from.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #103

This week Gail is hosting our Masculine challenge at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.  It's also anything goes, it just has to be masculine.  Here I've used the new High Tide stamp set to make a masculine birthday card.  I have lots of birthdays coming up and this is a fine start to all that I need.


Stamp Sets:  Butterfly Basics (sentiment), High Tide, Kinda Eclectic; Inks:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Island Indigo; Patterned Paper:  Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack

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, January 30th 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, January 24, 2017

Let It Snow

One of my favorite challenges is the Retro Rubber Challenge.  It gives me the chance to use my older stamps that tend to get neglected as new ones are acquired.  Once again, blue is my preference for making a card all about snow.

My card base is Soft Sky with an embossed layer of Soft Sky.  The embossing folder used is Snow Flurries by Tim Holtz.  It's and older one, too.  I sprayed Radiant Rain Shimmering ICE Mist over the embossed layer and while it dried, I made the label.  The stamp set I used is the 2010 Complements of the Season by Waltzing Mouse.  I stamped the sentiment and snowflakes in Night of Navy onto Whisper White cardstock then, punched out the sentiment using the Decorative Label Punch.  Behind the label, I added a few strands of the Copper Metallic Thread.  Both the embossed layer and the label were attached using Stampin' Dimensionals.

And, there you have it.  A clean and simple card all about snow.  I'm not sure those who live north of me will appreciate it as they are under weather advisories.  I'm not sure what is suppose to hit my area.  I'm hoping very little in the way of snow.  ☺


The theme I used is from the Retro Rubber Challenge.  For all the challenge details, click the image below.

http://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2017/01/challenge-54-let-it-snow.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Monday, January 23, 2017

Simple Little Valentine

With Valentine's Day just a few weeks away, I've been getting busy and making cards for family and friends.  Here is a very simple but pretty card that is quick and easy to make.  I tend to use non-traditional colors but this would be very pretty in red and white.


Stamp Set:  Butterfly Basics, Perpetual Birthday Calendar, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Night of Navy, Sweet Sugarplum; Cardstock:  Whisper White

My card has been entered in the Stampin' Royalty Challenge.  For all the challenge details, click the image below.

http://stampinroyalty.blogspot.com/2017/01/stampin-royalty-challenge-sr361.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha