Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #67

Hi and welcome to this week's Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.  Deb is the host this week and she has challenged us to create a box, any box.  I don't make many but this one was sure fun.  Here is the link to the instructions from Joann on how to make this box:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/splittopbox/?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=

The box is the size of an A2 card so any cards you put in it will be a tight squeeze.  I trimmed an 1/8" of an inch off the size of my cards and they fit nicely into the box and there is room for the envelopes, too.  I discovered the tight fit after the box was all together.

Be prepared as this is a much longer than normal post for me.  There was just no way to get around all the photos.  I wanted to give you a good view of all the things created from the box to the cards.  It's really a fun box to create and decorate.

The box is made using Whisper White card stock.  I'd definitely use the Whisper White Thick as it will make for a sturdier box but I was out of it so made due with the regular Whisper White.  All of the patterned paper I used is from the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper.  The cardstock I used for the flowers is Tangelo Twist, Cajun Craze, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive and Basic Black.  All the flowers were cut using the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.  To make the label stronger I glued a piece of patterned paper to a piece of Hello Honey cardstock.  Then, I cut it out using the Lots of Labels Framelits Dies.  The sentiment on the front of the box is from the March Paper Pumpkin and stamped using Basic Black Archival ink.  I added Pearl Basic Jewels to the flower centers and on the label.



This is the box when opened.  I decorated the inside to match the label on the box and the card.


And, this is what will be inside the box.  I made five cards using the sentiments from the Just for You stamp set.  I added other sentiments under them using the stamp sets Big Day, You've Got This and Rose Wonder.  All were stamped using Basic Black Archival ink.  The little Cajun Craze flower was punched using the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  I added a Pearl Basic Jewel to it's center.  Two are birthday and two are thank you and one is all by itself.  I've included a photo of the inside of that particular card.



For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.  We'd love to have you join us.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #66

This week at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges, Libby has offered up a great sketch for us to use for our challenge.  I enjoy sketch challenges as I never know what is going to happen once I start creating.  I always follow the sketch but sometimes unexpected things just happen, like the pretty little blue flowers.

For the card base, I used Crumb Cake and added two strips from the Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper that just retired from Sale-A-Bration.  The patterns are the reverse of each other; swirls on one side and gradations of color on the other.  The oval was cut from Very Vanilla using the Ovals Collection Framelits Dies.  The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set and stamped using Soft Suede ink.  For those cute little flowers, I used the flower punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  The flowers are punched from Marina MistPearl Basic Jewels are the finishing touch.


For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.  We'd love to have you join us.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A Good Day

One of the new challenges I've discovered is the Retro Rubber Challenge.  I like that they require you to use a stamp set that is a year old or older.  It's letting me pull out some that I really like and create with them again.  The "old" stamp I used is Feeling Sentimental from 2013.  It fit the bicycle theme from The Paper Players perfectly.

The card base is Whisper White.  In the upper right corner, I stamped the sun from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set in Daffodil Delight ink.  The grass is from the In the Meadow stamp set and stamped using Pear Pizzazz ink.  The bicycle from Feeling Sentimental stamp set and the sentiment from the Happy Home stamp set were both stamped using Basic Black Archival ink.  The cobble stone street or sidewalk, was made by embossing some Whisper White cardstock with the Brick Wall Embossing Folder.  Then, I sponged over it using Tim Holtz's Fired Brick distress ink from Ranger.


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

http://www.retrorubberchallengeblog.com/my-blog/2016/04/challenge-37-feeling-sketchy.html

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

http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2016/05/pp293-theme-challenge-from-nance.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Flower in a Cup

Today I'm playing along with a challenge I recently discovered called Addicted to CAS.  They provided the code word "plaid."  I love plaid so I turned a tea cup into a flower vase.

It doesn't show well in the photo but I do have a layer of Whisper White on Whisper White.  I used a Ticket Corner Punch on the layer.  The flower is from the You've Got This stamp set.  I stamped  it onto Whisper White cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black ink then, colored with yellow, green and brown Copic Sketch Markers.  (I need to practice some more.  It's been a while since I've done any coloring.)  I fussy cut it out and attached it using Dimensionals.

The tea cup is cut from patterned paper from the Generations Paper Pad from Simple Stories.  It's been in my stash and rarely used but I think the plaid made for an interesting tea cup.  On top of the cup I added a heart that I cut out using Chocolate Chip cardstock.  Both the cup and the heart were cut using the Cups & Kettle Framelits Dies.  It's attached using Dimensionals.  The sentiment is from the March Paper Pumpkin Kit and stamped in Chocolate Chip ink.  A few pearls from my stash and the card was all done.


The inspiration for my card came from the Addicted to CAS Challenge.  For all the challenge details, click the image below.

http://addictedtocas.blogspot.com/2016/04/challenge-87-plaid.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Christmas Card Challenges #22

It's photo inspiration week at Christmas Card Challenges.  For this one I stayed with a simple red and white design.  To the Real Red card base, I attached a layer of Whisper White.  After punching out all the little flowers from Real Red cardstock using the Petite Petals Punch, I placed them in a circle to make a wreath around the sentiment.  They are mounted using Dimensionals.  Each flower has a Pearl Basic Jewel center.  The sentiment is from the Tags til Christmas stamp set and stamped using Real Red ink. 


For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit Christmas Card Challenges.  We'd love to have you join us.

http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Perfect Plum Rose

Today finds me combating the rainy day blues with time spent in my craft studio.  What better way to pass the time as my little corner of the world gets a much need drink of water.

The Stampin' Royalty color challenge and the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge combined beautifully for this simple but elegant wedding card.

The card base is Whisper White as is the layer that was cut to highlight the elements of the sketch.  I sponged just on the edges of each piece with Perfect Plum ink to give the layer some definition.  The Perfect Plum rose was cut using the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies.  On a scrap piece of Whisper White, I stamped the label outline in Wild Wasabi ink.  Then, I stamped the sentiment from the Rose Wonder stamp set using Perfect Plum ink.  The label was cut using the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies and popped up with Dimensionals.  I added three gold rhinestones to finish off the card.


The sketch I used is from CAS(E) this Sketch! Challenge.  For all the challenge details, click the image below.

http://casethissketch.blogspot.com/2016/04/case-this-sketch-170.html

The colors I used are from the Stampin' Royalty Challenge.  For their challenge details, click the image below.

http://www.stampinroyalty.blogspot.ca/2016/04/stampin-royalty-challenge-sr327.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Flowers to say Thank You

Two of my favorite challenges always come due on the same day, so what better way to join them than to combine the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and the colors from Color Throwdown.  I think they came together rather nicely, don't you?

On a base of Whisper White cardstock, I added a layer of Night of Navy followed by another layer of Whisper White.  The stamp I used is from the April 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit.  It was a bonus stamp set in the kit and, considering I love flowers, I totally love it!  The flowers were stamped in Crushed Curry ink and the flower stems, flower centers and sentiment were stamped in Night of Navy ink.  The center of the flowers have clear Bitty Buttons with a Rhinestone Basic Jewel over it.  Then, I added a few more Rhinestone Basic Jewels to finish it off. 


For today's card, I used the sketch I used is from Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2016/04/freshly-made-sketches-234-sketch-by-jen.html

For today's card, I used the colors I used are from Color Throwdown.

http://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2016/04/color-throwdown-390.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #65

Hurray for "Anything Goes!"  That's right, it's whatever you want to share for this week's Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.  I've been making lots of flowers lately so decided to keep them blooming for this card.

The card base is Night of Navy to which I added a layer of Whisper White that I embossed using the Honeycomb Embossing Folder.  The flowers and leaves are all cut using the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.  For the flowers I used Perfect Plum, Rose Red, Marina Mist and the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack.  The leaves are Wild Wasabi.  The centers of the flowers are the Metal Rimmed Pearls.  For the label, I punched the Scalloped Oval Punch and the Large Oval Punch from Whisper White.  The sentiment is from the Floral Wings stamp set and stamped using Rose Red ink. 


For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.  We'd love to have you join us.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Bright Spring Flowers

As you know I really love combining two challenges together and today, Color Throwdown and Freshly Made Sketches came together wonderfully.  Even if I do say so myself.  :-)

The flowers are made from felt and while it is not showing well in the photo, the white flower layer is actually glitter felt so there is a little sparkle to the flowers.  In the center I added a Silver Mini Brad.  They are cut using the Petal Pop-Ups 2 Dies from Taylored Expressions.

The sentiment layer was cut using the Build a Scene - Calendar Dies which is also from Taylored Expressions.  The line of Old Olive is the little picket fence that comes in that set of dies.  I cut out four of them to get the width and height I needed for that layer.  The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set and stamped using Basic Black Archival ink.

And there you have it.  A bright, cheerful clean and simple card that shouts of the flowers of Spring.


The colors I used are from the Color Throwdown Challenge.

http://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2016/04/color-throwdown-389.html

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

http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2016/04/freshly-made-sketches-233-sketch-by-amy.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Christmas Card Challenges #21

It's  "Anything Goes" week at Christmas Card Challenges.  For my card I again used one of the Christmas 3 x 4 Watercolor Panels from Taylored Expressions.  The background paper is from the Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Paper Pad attached to the Whisper White card base.  For a bit of color, I added three strips of the 1" Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen RibbonRhinestone Basic Jewels finished out the card.


For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit Christmas Card Challenges.  We'd love to have you join us.

http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wacky Watercooler April 2016 Blog Hop


Hello!  I'm so glad you could make it to our Wacky Watercooler April Blog Hop.  We are focusing on the 2014-2016 In Colors which will be retiring at the end of May.  I'm truly going to be said to see them go.  They are some of my favorites.  We are also CASEing (Copy And Share Everything) a fellow hopper.  My draw was Jean Fitch.  I decided to to CASE two of her designs.

The first CASE is of a card Jean made for the Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.  It's was make for a recent color challenge.  I loved her design but don't have the stamp set she used so I substituted the In the Meadow stamp set.  I used Hello Honey for the card base.  On the Whisper White layer, I stamped the grass and flowers in Mossy Meadow.  The cute little butterflies are stamped using Lost Lagoon ink.  For the flower, I used the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack flower and punched it out of Hello Honey.  I added a Pearl Basic Jewel to the center of the flower.  The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set and stamped using Blackberry Bliss ink.  The bigger butterfly is from the Papillon Potpourri and was stamped in Blackberry Bliss and punched using the Bitty Butterfly Punch


To see Jean's post with the details of her card, click on the image of her card below.

https://jlfstudio.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/watercooler-wednesday-challenge-wwc63-jeans-birthday-garden/

For my second CASE, I chose another one that was done for the Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.  It's all about Mother's Day flowers.  With Mother's Day not far off, it was a perfect time to make one of the cards I'll need to send to one of my daughters-in-law.  The verse is so appropriate for Jody as she is the mother of three active boys and they do keep her on the go.

While I did include most of the elements of her card, I did make a few changes to make it my own.  For the card base I used Sahara Sand card stock.  I stamped the background onto Crumb Cake card stock.  It's from the retired Build a Bouquet stamp set and was stamped using Early Espresso ink.

For the label, I used Tangelo Twist and stamped the sentiment from the Trust God stamp set in Tangelo Twist.  I cut it out using the Lots of Labels Framelits Dies.  The flowers are cut using the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.  The cardstock I used for them are Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey.  I added a stem of Mossy Meadow under all the leaves and flowers that is also cut from the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.  The leaves are cut from Pear Pizzazz using the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.  The images stamped on the leaves are from the Botanical Blooms stamp set and stamped using Wild Wasabi ink.  The butterflies are punched out of Lost Lagoon and Blackberry Bliss using the Elegant Butterfly Punch.  To each butterfly I added a row of Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

While going through some craft supplies, I found the retired In Color Accessory Pack in the 2014-2016 In Colors.  I added some of the Blackberry Bliss and Tangelo Twist Buttons to the flowers.  On the label I added a twist of Mossy Meadow Thick Baker's Twine and Tangelo Twist Thick Baker's Twine.  


To see Jean's post about her card, just click on the image of her card.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/2015/05/wcc23-marshas-mothers-day-flowers.html


Next in your tour is Libby Fens.  She does some great work.  You're going to enjoy seeing her wonderful projects.

https://libbystamps.wordpress.com/


If you'd like to revisit Gail Allen and see her fine work again, click the image below.

http://stampingandotherstuff.blogspot.ca/

To go the home Wacky Watercooler Stamping Blog, click the image below.

http://wackywatercoolerstamping.blogspot.com

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Thanks So Much

You know, sometimes I just don't read all the important stuff.  I added a deeper lavender to my card.  Yes, you're right, there is no such thing as a deeper lavender.  Sigh!  I still thinks it pretty and I'll still enter it in the challenge but next time I'll be just a little more careful as I read the instructions to a challenge.

For the card base, I used Wisteria Wonder.  Under the layer of Whisper White I added a hint of Elegant Eggplant.  The Whisper White is stamped using the flowers from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set.  I used Calypso Coral and stamped off one time to give it a lighter look.  The sentiment is from the Simply Sketched stamp set and I stamped it with a full load of Calypso Coral so it would stand out more.  I added a layer of Elegant Eggplant and attached the flower using a Dimensional.  The flowers were punched using the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack flower, the Petite Petals Punch and the Pansy Punch.  I love how the Wisteria Wonder and Calypso Coral look together and the way the flower pops against the dark background.  The center of the flower is a 1/8" Mini Silver Brad.  For the finishing touch, I added several Pearl Basic Jewels


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

http://casethissketch.blogspot.com/2016/04/case-this-sketch-168.html

The colors I used are from the Just Us Girls Challenge.

http://justusgirlschallenge.blogspot.com/2016/04/just-us-girls-339-color-week.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Post Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #64

Spring is definitely in the air here in Iowa.  The trees are budding, the robins are everywhere and I so looking forward to all the beautiful flowers of spring.  Heidi's CAS (Clean And Simple) Spring challenge, this week, had me reaching for my In the Meadow stamp set.

Given it's a CAS challenge and the idea is to have as much white space as possible, I kept my stamping at a minimum.  As you can see, the card base is Whisper White.  :-)  In the lower right corner, I stamped an image from the In the Meadow stamp set using Mossy Meadow ink.  The tiny, cute butterflies from the same stamp set are stamping using Marina Mist ink.  Then, I added a tag made from Whisper White using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  At the top of the tag I added the small button from the Gold Basic Metal Buttons and tied a bow using Linen Thread.  The tag was attached using Stampin' Dimensionals.  And there you have it, a very clean and simple design.


For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.  We'd love to have you join us.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

And, this week's challenge at The Paper Players was to do a clean and simple design with butterflies. I just had to enter those cute little blue butterflies.  Just click the image below to find out all of the challenge details.
 
http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2016/04/pp291-cas-challenge-from-sandy.html
 
Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Christmas Card Challenges #20

It's a color challenge this week at Christmas Card Challenges.  I fudged a bit as I used a patterned paper from the Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack.  I used some Picket Fence Distress Paint to add some snow to the pine needles.  The card base is Whisper White as is the label that I punched out using the Decorative Label Punch.  I stamped the sentiment from the Good Greetings stamp set using Real Red ink.  A red bow and some Home for Christmas Enamel Dots and the card was done.


For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit Christmas Card Challenges.  We'd love to have you join us.

http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Happy Spring

One thing I've noticed now that I'm able to participate in more challenges is that many of them have changed their looks.  Today's card was made to enter in the Color Throwdown Challenge and I must say I really like the new look of the challenge blog.  I love the new logo and the bright, cheerful look they now have.

For my card I used a white card base on which I added a light watercolor wash of Soft Sky ink.  The teapot is cut from Wisteria Wonder using the Cups and Kettle Framelits Dies.  The design on the teapot was cut from the Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack using the Cups and Kettle Framelits Dies.  The stems are stamped in Cucumber Crush ink using the Pictogram Punches stamp set.  From the same stamp set, I stamped some tiny flowers using Daffodil Delight ink and punched them out with the flower punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  Then, I added Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  The sentiment is from the Crazy about You stamp set and stamped in Cucumber Crush ink.  I popped up the flowers with Dimensionals. 


The colors I used are from the Color Throwdown Challenge.

http://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2016/04/color-throwdown-388.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Friday, April 15, 2016

Pretty Pink Butterfly

It feels good to be back in the create mode.  So many things have been going on for me that I've not had a lot of time to be in the craft room.  And, it's good to be back participating in some of my favorite challenges as well as some new ones.  For today's card, I've combined the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and the colors from Stampin' Royalty.  I've kept it very clean and simple.  As usual, I needed another birthday card.

On a white card base I added two die cuts made using the Build a Scene - Calendar Dies from Taylored Expressions.  One is in Marina Mist and the other is Wisteria Wonder.  The top butterfly is from the Nature's Perfection stamp set and stamped using Blushing Bride ink then, punched using the Elegant Butterfly Punch.  The bottom butterfly was punched out of Blushing Bride card stock using the Elegant Butterfly Punch.  I added a row of Pearl Basic Jewels to the body of the butterfly as well as to the bottom right of the sentiment.  The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set and stamped using Basic Black Archival ink.  What you can't see is the Clear Wink of Stella with which I covered both butterflies.  I love the Wink of Stella Brush and use it often, it is just very difficult for me to photograph.


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

https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-E2OL9_xuz4o/Vv1my0L1pFI/AAAAAAAACjY/V8zg33ur_lk0TjseF6i3FvE9iNMPRyoIQ/s1600/FMS%2BFinal%2B232-001.jpg

The colors I used are from the Stampin' Royalty Challenge.

http://www.stampinroyalty.blogspot.ca/2016/04/stampin-royalty-goddess-challenge-sr325.html

Thank for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #63

It's color challenge week at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.  Kath picked some beautiful colors for us to use.  While there are four colors to choose from, I did leave out the So Saffron.  Funny thing is, I really had planned to include it.  Sigh... sometimes I wonder about me.  :-)

First of all, I must give credit where credit is due and thank Leonie Schroder, a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator from Australia, for the beautiful design that I CASEd.  You can find all the details on her blog at Stamp A Latte.  Be sure to visit her and see her beautiful projects.

The flowers and leaves are from the Perpetual Calendar Stamp Set.  I stamped the flowers in Watermelon Wonder ink and the leaves in Pear Pizzazz ink.  I attached it to a card base of Pear Pizzazz card stock.  For the label, I punched and die cut different size circles using the Circles Collection Framelits Dies and the 1-3/4" Circle Punch.  The sentiment stamped onto Whisper White using Watermelon Wonder and Pear Pizzazz inks is from the Endless Birthday Wishes Stamp Set.  I love the simplicity of this design.  Thank you, Leonie!


For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.  We'd love to have you join us.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha