Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Watercooler Wednesdays Challenge #32

We have a new name, Watercooler Wednesday Challenges, a new look and we are so excited to now bring our challenges to you on a weekly basis.  It just makes the fun go on and on and on and...well, you get the idea.  For our first challenge of September, we have a great sketch provided by Kath, one of our Watercooler Artists.  It was great for the sympathy card I needed to make.


Stamp Sets:  Bloom with Hope (retired), Flower Shop; Inks:  Elegant Eggplant, Mossy Meadow, Perfect Plum, So Saffron; Card Stock:  Elegant Eggplant, Mossy Meadow, Perfect Plum, So Saffron, Whisper White, Whisper White Thick; Accessories & Tools:  Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, SNAIL Adhesive, Glue Dots, Stampin' Trimmer.  All Stampin' Up!® products unless otherwise noted.

For all the challenge details, visit us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.  We'd love to see what you create!

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

The inspiration for the colors I used came from Design Seeds.

http://design-seeds.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday Christmas Card Challenges #39

"Anything Goes" is the challenge this week at Christmas Card Challenges.  It's a chance to do what you want to do and showcase that project you've had floating around in the back of your mind.  That's just what this one is for me.  When my friend, Karen, visited last month, she brought some of her stamp sets with her and she graciously left her Ornamental Pine Stamp Set with.  I'm going to be so very sad when I have to send it back to her.


Stamp Set:  Ornamental Pine; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive; Card Stock:  Festive Collection 6x6 Bundle (Authentique), Whisper White Thick; Accessories & Tools:  Champagne Rhinestones, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Trimmer.  All Stampin' Up!® products unless otherwise note.

Join us at Christmas Card Challenges for this week's "Anything Goes" challenge.

http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com/

The sketch I used is from the current Sunday Stamps Challenge.

http://sundaystamps.blogspot.ca/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

CAS(E) this Sketch #137

When I saw the sketch from the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge, I knew exactly what kind of card I wanted to create.  I needed an anniversary card for my son and his wife and I loved the sketch as well as the elegance of the black and white used to map out the sketch.  A couple of punches, a few rhinestones and a spot of color make for a very clean and simple card.


Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes; Ink:  Tuxedo Black Memento; Card Stock:  Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White Thick; Accessories & Tools:  Sweetheart Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Rhinestone Flourish (unknown), SNAIL Adhesive, Dimensionals, Stampin' Trimmer.  All Stampin' Up!® products unless otherwise noted.

The sketch I used is from the current CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge.

http://casethissketch.blogspot.com/2015/08/case-this-sketch-137.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday Christmas Card Challenges #38

This week's Christmas Card Challenges is an "Anything Goes."  As you may know, I've been re-arranging and re-organizing my craft studio so everything is still in a mess.  I couldn't find what I wanted so, in frustration since I don't handle clutter well and that's what I have at the moment, I used up some of the bits & pieces I found laying around my desk.  There is no stamping on this card other than to ink up the edges with some Vintage Photo.

So, let your imagination take over and see where it leads you.  Have fun and be sure to link up to the challenge and show us what you created.


You can find all the challenge details at Christmas Card Challenges.

http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Watercooler Challenge #31

Our Watercooler Challenges has a great sketch from Heidi for your creative inspiration.  For me, the lazy, hazy days of Summer are slowly coming to an end as school starts this week and thoughts are drifting ahead to Autumn.  I used the For All Things Stamp Set and the wonderful colors from the Fab Friday Challenge to make this card that celebrates Fall.


Stamp Set:  For All Things; Inks:  Delightful Dijon, Old Olive, Tip Top Taupe; Card Stock:  Blackberry Bliss, Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack, Tangelo Twist, Whisper White Whisper White Thick; Accessories & Tools:  Banner Punch, In Color Accessory Pack - Tangelo Twist Baker's Twine (retired), Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Trimmer

You can find all the challenge details at Watercooler Challenges.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

The beautiful colors I used are from the Fab Friday Challenge.

http://fabfridaystampinchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/08/fab-friday-71.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches #200 - It's A Celebration!

Woo!  Hoo!  One of my favorite challenges, Freshly Made Sketches, is celebrating their 200th sketch!  It has been so much fun to participate in their challenges and at times they have really challenged me.  I'm looking forward to the next 200 sketches!

For my card, I chose three of my favorite stamps sets, Butterfly Basics (sentiment), Floral Wings (vine and flowers) and Perpetual Birthday Calendar (butterflies).  Flowers, butterflies and pretty colors.  I think the candy dots and rhinestones just set it off.


Stamp Sets:  Butterfly Basics (sentiment), Floral Wings, Perpetual Birthday Calendar; Inks:  Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder; Card Stock:  Whisper White, Whisper White Thick; Accessories & Tools:  Regals Candy Dots (Perfect Plum), Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals, Stampin' Trimmer

You can find all the challenge details at Freshly Made Sketches.

http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2015/08/freshly-made-sketches-200-celebration.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday Christmas Card Challenges #37

It's time for this week's Christmas Card Challenge.  We have a photo challenge for you and I'm looking forward to seeing how it inspires you.  For me, it was all about texture.  I pulled the colors from the photo and added the texture using my Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Boho Chic Embossing Folder and some die-cute felt embellishments.  In the center of my snowflake poinsettia is a little heart brad that I covered with Dazzling Details to give it some sparkle.  I spritzed the snowflake and poinsettia die-cuts with Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist them a little bit of sparkle, too.


Here is a close-up of the snowflake poinsettia.  It shows the shimmer just a wee bit better.


Stamp Set:  White Christmas (sentiment); Ink:  Crumb Cake; Card Stock:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Whisper White Thick; Accessories & Tools:  Banner Punch, Boho Chick Embossing Folder, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Snowflake Felt Die-Cut (unknown), Poinsettia Felt Die-Cut (unknown), Heart Brad (unknown), Dazzling Details, Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist (Creative Imaginations), SNAIL Adhesive, Dimensionals, Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine.  All Stampin' Up! products unless noted otherwise.

For all the challenge details, visit Christmas Card Challenges.

http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com/

The sketch I used is from the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.

http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2015/08/freshly-made-sketches-199-sketch-by.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Happy Birthday Cupcake

It feels so good to be back in the craft studio and creating.  I still have more organizing to do but at least I have a clear tabletop to work on again.  Life is good!

For today's card, I used the Cupcake Builder Punch and pulled the colors from the Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack.  It's such a fun punch.


Stamp Set:  Sprinkles of Life; Ink:  Cucumber Crush; Card Stock:  Bermuda Bay, Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack, Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, Very Vanilla, Whisper White Thick; Accessories & Tools:  Cupcake Builder Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Trimmer

The sketch I used is from the CAS(E) this Sketch! Challenge.

http://casethissketch.blogspot.com/2015/08/case-this-sketch-136.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Friday, August 14, 2015

Colour Me...! Challenge #84

Hello, everyone!  I'm back!  As you may have noticed, I've not done much creating and posting lately.  My youngest son moved his family to Reno, Nevada for a fantastic new job opportunity.  My oldest son returned to Afghanistan.  My favorite oldest granddaughter (she's the only oldest as I only have two granddaughters) also moved to Reno, Nevada.  To top it all off, while I was organizing my craft studio and putting things away in my new craft room cabinets, I bent over to put something into the trash bag and heard my back snap.  It sounded like a gunshot, didn't feel so good, either!  So, long story made a wee bit shorter, I've been down and out for nearly two weeks not able to walk very far, let alone sit for any length of time.  Thankfully, I have a really comfortable recliner that has been my friend for way too long.  Today, I'm pleased to say I'm up and about and was able to finally get a card made for the current Colour Me...! Challenge.


Stamp Sets:  Butterfly Basics, Flower Shop, Simply Sketched (sentiment - retired); Inks:  Cucumber Crush, Tangerine Tango; Card Stock:  Cucumber Crush, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Pansy Punch, Rhinestones (want2scrap), Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Trimmer.  All Stampin' Up! products unless otherwise noted.

The colors I used are from the Colour Me...! Challenge.

http://colourmecardchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/08/cmcc84-colour-me-striking.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sunday Christmas Card Challenges #36

This week's Christmas Challenge is an "Anything Goes" challenge.  Another simple design as I'm slowly getting my craft studio put back together.  It won't be long and things will be back to normal and I can create to my heart's content.  I hope you join us this week as we'd love to see what you create. 


Stamp Set:  Ornamental Pine (retired); Ink:  Soft Suede;  Card Stock:  Merry Little Christmas Paper Pad (My Mind's Eye), Very Vanilla; Accessories & Tools:  Chocolate Rhinestones (want2scrap), Rhinestone Swirl (want2scrap), SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Trimmer.  All Stampin' Up!® product unless otherwise noted.

All challenge details can be found at Christmas Card Challenges.  We'd love to see what you create!

http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sunday Christmas Card Challenges #35

Hello and welcome to this week's Christmas Card Challenges.  This time we have a color challenge for you.  I kept my design very simple as my craft studio is in a mess and I had a 6"x6" space to work in and let me tell you, that is just not big enough!  I do hope you can play along this week!


Stamp Set:  Christmas Bliss; Ink:  Lost Lagoon; Card Stock:  Whisper White, Whisper White Thick, Winter Frost Designer Series Paper Stack (retired), Silver Paper (unknown); Accessories & Tools:  Stars Collection Framelits Dies, Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits Dies, SNAIL Adhesive, Dimensionals, Pink Rhinestones, Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

You can find all the challenge details at Christmas Card Challenges.  We hope you join us and share how you were inspired by this week's color challenge.

http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com/


Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday Christmas Card Challenges #34

It's an "anything goes" challenge this week at Christmas Card Challenges.  I've not had a lot of time to spend in my crafting studio due to migraines, company and totally redoing the studio so I'm so glad I was able to make some images up ahead of time.  When my friend and fellow Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator, Karen Huber, visited from Ohio, she brought along her Wondrous Wreath stamp set and the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies.  We had fun crafting together and I stamped several images from the set to have on hand.  Here is one of the color combinations I used.


Stamp Set:  Wondrous Wreath; Inks:  Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow, Watermelon Wonder; Card Stock:  Blackberry Bliss, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Whisper White Thick; Accessories & Tools:  Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies, White Perfect Accents, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Glue Dots, Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

For all the challenge details, visit Christmas Card Challenges.

http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Watercooler Challenges #29

For today's Watercooler Challenge, Bev chose a "Special Folds" challenge for us.  There are so many different ones out there that it was hard to decide which one I wanted to do.  Then, I came across one featured over at Split Coast Stampers and I knew I had to give it a try.  Laura's Upright Diamond Fold instructions were easy to follow and the hardest part was trying to decide what designer series paper to use.  :-)  Since this is a birthday card for a friend who loves black, white and red, I used some of the papers from the Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack.


Here is what the card looks like opened up.  It is hard to see all the folds with it being black and white but the one Laura did will show it off better.  It's a fun card to make and if you'd like to give it a try, click HERE for the tutorial.


Stamp Sets:  Best Day Ever (retired) Floral Wings, Endless Birthday Wishes; Inks:  Mint Macaron, Real Red, Tuxedo Black Memento; Card Stock:  Whisper White, Whisper White Thick, Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack; Accessories & Tools:  Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies, Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits Dies, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, SNAIL Adhesive, Dimensionals, Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

We'd love to have you join us and show off your favorite "special folds" creation.  You can find all the details at the Watercooler Challenges Blog.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Wacky Watercooler July 2015 Blog Hop


Hello everyone!  Welcome to this edition of the Wacky Watercooler July 2015 Blog Hop!  This month we are sharing a "Christmas in July" project along with an Annual Catalog CASE project and a project that shows off some of the new punches.  So, hang on to your seats, because I know you are going to be amazed!  :-)

For my Christmas in July project, I used the Wondrous Wreath stamp set and the matching Wonderful Wreath Framelits DiesKaren Huber, a friend and fellow Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator from Ohio, came for a visit over the July 4th weekend and brought some stamps and dies with her that I don't yet have.  I stamped several of the wreath images and bows so I could use them in future projects.  Thanks, Karen!


Stamp Sets:  Hardwood, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Wondrous Wreath; Inks:  Mint Macaron, Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Sahara Sand; Card Stock:  Real Red, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Triple Banner Punch, Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive, Glue Dots, Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

My second project is a CASE from page 20 of the Annual Catalog.  I searched everywhere for my paper doilies but they were not to be found so, I simply used the Very Vanilla Thick Baker's Twine and tied a bow.  This is another stamp set borrowed from Karen and this one she left with me so I would play around with it at my leisure.


Stamp Sets:  Flowering Flourishes, Wetlands (sentiment); Inks:  Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi; Card Stock:  Soft Sky, Whisper White, Whisper White Thick; Accessories & Tools:  Very Vanilla Thick Baker's Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive, Glue Dots, Stampin' Trimmer

My next project uses the the Sprinkles of Life stamp set and the new Tree Builder Punch.  My card is also fashioned after one I saw this morning on Leonie Schroder's blog.  (You can click on her name to see her card.)  Mine is just a wee bit different but I loved the simplicity of it.


Stamp Set:  Sprinkles of Life; Inks:  Real Red, Soft Sky, Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi; Card Stock:  Marina Mist, Whisper White, Whisper White Thick; Accessories & Tools:  Tree Builder Punch, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Trimmer

Now it's time to head on over to see what Debbie Spano has in store for you.  She is new to our so please give her a big welcome.  Click on the "next" image below.

http://craftingwithcolors.blogspot.com/

If you'd like to revisit the projects from Jaylin, click on the "previous" image below.  She is another new to our hop.

http://craftingwithcolors.blogspot.com/

And, as always, you can head back to the Wacky Watercooler Stamping Blog to start your tour again.

http://wackywatercoolerstamping.blogspot.com

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Watercooler Challenges #28

The colors Buffy chose for our current Watercooler Challenges are great!  Bright, cheerful and just plain fun to work with.  I decided to make a plateful of cupcakes. The paper for the cupcake liners is from the Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack.  It's Pool Party with white squiggly lines through it.  I colored the white in with a silver glitter pen to make them stand out.  It also gave a little more sparkle to the card.

We'd love to have you play along with our challenge.  Show us how you were inspired by these beautiful colors.  Get your creative on!


Stamp Sets:  Floral Wings, Sprinkles of Life; Inks:  Whisper White Craft, Wisteria Wonder, Tuxedo Black Memento; Card Stock:  Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder; Accessories & Tools:  Cupcake Builder Punch, Scallop Border Punch (retired), Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Gelly Roll Glitter Pen, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Paper Snips, Stampin' Trimmer, SNAIL Adhesive

For all the details about Buffy's great color challenge, visit Watercooler Challenges.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday Christmas Card Challenges #31

Hello!  It's time for another Christmas Card Challenge.  I had an idea for a really cool card (well, in my opinion) but time got away from me and I didn't get it done.  Let's just say that going on a cleaning frenzy just before out-of-state company arrives is not a good thing.  But, the cleaning is done, the company arrived safely and I came up with this alternative to what I had planned.

Hope you all had a safe and fun July 4th.  God bless America!


Stamp Set:  White Christmas; Inks:  Basic Black, Real Red; Card Stock:  Basic Black, Smoky Slate; Accessories & Tools:  Lucky Stars Embossing Folder, Silver Sequins, SNAIL Adhesive, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Dimensionals, Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

For all the challenge details, visit Christmas Card Challenges.

http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Heartfelt Sympathy

Today I just have time to for a very short post.  I have friends coming in from out of state tomorrow so my focus has been getting my house in order and I'm happy to report that it is done!  The aftermath of a cleaning frenzy is that I'm extremely tired!  When my daughter-in-law said she needed a sympathy card, I offered to make one for her.  Here is the very clean and simple card I designed. 


Stamp Sets:  Serene Silhouettes, Simply Sketched (retired), You've Got This; Inks:  Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder; Card Stock:  Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Pearl Basic Jewels, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Trimmer

So, for now that's it.  I'm sure my posting here will be rather sporadic given all we have planned for the next four days.  I'm so excited! 

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Monday, June 29, 2015

Happy Birthday Butterfly

Just a quick post for you today.  I am working diligently to get my apartment ready for company that is coming in on Thursday.  It seems that I get one thing done and I think of two more that need my attention.  It's a never ending battle.  One of these days I'll get my mind wrapped around the fact that I just don't have room for everything in the world in my home.  :-)  Then again, that may never happen.  I'm a Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator who just keeps getting more stamps and more stamps and...well, you get the picture.

My butterfly was stamped in Daffodil Delight onto Whisper White and over that I added a Vellum layer that was cut using the Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies and lightly touched with some Night of Navy.  It does not show up well in the photo but in real life it's a very pretty butterfly.


Stamp Sets:  Butterfly Basics, Endless Birthday Wishes; Inks:  Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Night of Navy; Card Stock:  Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Vellum, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies, Butterflies Thinlits Dies, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, SNAIL Adhesive, Dimensionals, Precision Base Plate (Sizzix), Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine.  All Stampin' Up!® product unless otherwise noted.


The sketch I used is from the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge.

http://casethissketch.blogspot.com/2015/06/case-this-sketch-129.html

The colors I used are from the ColourQ Challenge.

http://colourq.blogspot.com/2015/06/colourq-challenge-296.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday Christmas Card Challenges #30

It's an "Anything Goes" challenge this week at Christmas Card Challenges.  I was playing around with stamps and dies and paper and ink and here is what I came up with.  It's kind of a tree made from stars.  I know, you have to look really close to get the tree part out of it.  :-)  I love the new Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush In Colors.  They are definitely bright and cheerful.


Stamp Sets:  Christmas Bliss, Happy Holidays (unknown); Ink:  Watermelon Wonder; Card Stock:  Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Stars Framelits Dies, Extra-Large Oval Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Silver Sequin Trim, Dimensionals, Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine.  All Stampin' Up!® product unless otherwise noted.

To join us for this week's challenge, visit Christmas Card Challenges.

http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha