Friday, July 25, 2014

Kinda Eclectic Hello

With my ten year old granddaughter, Mariah, visiting for a few days, I've not had many chances to get into my craft studio.  She does well entertaining herself but I love doing things with her when she is here.  We spent yesterday afternoon putting together some past Paper Pumpkin kits and she had a ball.  She is quite creative and has many very cool ideas.  I did manage to sneak in a little solo creating last night and this is the card I made for Freshly Made Sketches.


Stamp Sets:  Four You, Kinda Eclectic; Inks:  Blackberry Bliss, Crisp Cantaloupe; Card Stock:  Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Blossom Punch, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals

You can find the details for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge HERE.

http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2014/07/freshly-made-sketches-146-sketch-by-amy.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Happy Birthday, Heather!

My friend and stamping buddy, Heather, has a birthday today.  The card is on its way and should arrive just in time to let her know I'm thinking of her on her special day.  It's been such a busy summer for her, that we've not had a lot of time to spend crafting together.  She loves pink, so I added as much pink as I could to her card but not so much it looked like Pepto-Bismol.  :-)  Because I love blues, I don't have a lot of pink paper on hand but I really like the way this came together.  The sketch made all the difference.


Stamp Set:  Bloom with Hope; Ink:  Mossy Meadow; Card Stock:  Pistachio Pudding, Great White (Darice), Baby Girl Paper Pad (DCWV); Accessories & Tools:  Scalloped Circle Punch, 2013-2015 In Color Sequins, Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker's Twine, Dimensionals

The sketch can be found, HERE, over at RetroSketches.

http://retrosketches.blogspot.com/2014/07/retrosketches-124.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Thinking of You in Shades of Purple

My sister, Terri, loves purple.  She lives in Wisconsin so we don't get to see each other often.  We talk or text on the phone whenever we can.  I was thinking of her today so made her this card using the color challenge I found at The Paper Players.  It's monochromatic although it's hard to see the three different colors I used.  The map is from the Map It Out photoplymer set from Stampin' Up!® and was stamped using Perfect Plum, the little hearts with Elegant Eggplant, the sentiment and borders with Wisteria Wonder.  There is a very small border of gingham checked paper behind the white but it's hard to see as well.  It matches the little heart I punched and added to the lower right.


Stamp Sets:  Map It Out, Gorgeous Grunge, Four You; Inks:  Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant Stampin' Write Marker; Card Stock:  Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Gingham Paper Pad (Creative Imaginations); Accessories & Tools:  Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack Heart, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals

HERE is where you can find all the challenge details for The Paper Players Clean and Simple challenge with a Monochromatic theme.

http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.ca/2014/07/paper-players-challenge-205-sandys.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wild Tangelo Twist Rose

This week's Friday Mashup challenge is all about background or something 3-D or both.  For my background I dug out one of my favorite Tim Holtz stamps and stamped a wood background to showcase my flower.  To color the rose, I stamped the Tangelo Twist ink pad down on my craft mat, spritzed the ink with water then, laid the flower in the diluted ink.  After drying the rose with my Heat Tool, I sprayed it with some Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist to give it a little sparkle.  As you can tell, I still need to get a light of my photo tent.  The picture is a little dark and does not show off the true color of the flower.  It is much prettier in real life.


Stamp Sets:  Work of Art, Tim Holtz Wallpaper and Wood (Stampers Anonymous); Inks:  Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Blackberry Bliss, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo (Ranger); Card Stock:  Mossy Meadow, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Doily (Bo Bunny), Wild Rose Flower (Petaloo), Radiant Rain Gold Pearl Shimmering Mist (Creative Imaginations), Mini Glue Dots, SNAIL
All Stampin' Up!® Product unless otherwise noted.

You can find The Friday Mashup Challenge HERE.


Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha





Monday, July 21, 2014

Bloom with Hope

Two challenges, one card.  It's all good.  I love combining a sketch challenge and a color challenge.  For me, it's creating made easy.  Fab Friday's color challenge uses colors I would not necessarily put together.  Coastal Cabana and Daffodil Delight, yes, but Strawberry Slush... now that one with the others I wasn't so sure about.  Can I just say, I've changed my mind?  I did stamp off the sentiment to give it a softer look.  I was afraid the fully inked stamp would be too much.  And, I loved the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.  It was perfect for showcasing the flower.  So, here is the finished project.


Stamp Sets:  Bloom with Hope, Kinda Eclectic; Inks:  Coastal Cabana Blendabilities, Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush, Copic Sketch Markers Y13, Y19, Paris Dusk Memento (Tsukineko); Card Stock:  Whisper White, Strawberry Slush; Accessories & Tools:  Dimensionals
All Stampin' Up!® Product unless otherwise noted.

The Fab Friday color challenge can be found HERE.

http://fabfridaystampinchallenge.blogspot.com/2014/07/fab-friday-46.html

The CAS(E) this Sketch challenge can be found HERE.

http://casethissketch.blogspot.ca/2014/07/case-this-sketch-85.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Christmas Card Challenge #34

Hello and welcome to this week's Sunday Christmas Card Challenge.  It's all about cookies.  And, yes, this is my version of a cookie.  :-)  It was made using a mixture of Sparkle Mod Podge and Cherry Cobbler Re-inker for the frosting.  Then, accenting each scallop with a White Enamel dot.  I wasn't sure what to put in the center of my cookie but I rather like the little Christmas tree. 


Stamp Sets:  Pennant Parade (retired), Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso; Card Stock:  Garden Green, Whisper White, Merry Moments (retired); Accessories & Tools:  Circles Collection Framelits, Petite Pennants Builder Punch, Sparkle Mod Podge, White Enamel Accents (Ranger), Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals
All Stampin' Up!® Product unless otherwise noted.

To join our challenge and get all the details, please visit Sunday Christmas Card Challenges HERE.

http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wacky Watercooler First Anniversary Blog Hop

http://wackywatercoolerstamping.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-wacky-watercooler-first-anniversary.html

Wow!  It's hard to believe a whole year has passed since the very first Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.  I'm thrilled to be a part of the celebration.  You've arrived here from Deborah Smart's blog and her great projects.  Our focus for this hop was the new 2014-2016 In Colors and the new Designer Series Papers.  You do know there is a special on this month, right?  It's a Buy 3, Get 1 Free.  You'll definitely want to check that out!

My order didn't get here in time for me to use the new Designer Series Papers I ordered, so I used papers from the new Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, which is not part of the above mentioned special.  Each card I made does show off the new 2014-2016 In Colors, which are totally fabulous.  I can't get enough of them!

One of the newest stamp sets I've purchased is the Kinda Eclectic and I am loving it.  Paired with our new 2014-2016 In Colors it makes for a very pretty card.  Well, at least I think so.  :-)


Stamp Sets:  Kinda Eclectic, Bloom with Hope; Inks:  Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, Smoky Slate; Card Stock:  Wild Wasabi, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Modern Label Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals
All Stampin' Up!® Product

For the first time that I can remember, I can say I actually like the color orange.  Tangelo Twist just seems to jump out at me and force me to like it.  I saw a similar card in my browsing but the person didn't have a watermark so I don't who to give credit to but I do thank them for sharing it.  If you know who it is, please let me know so I can give proper credit.  The only differences in my card from the original is the orientation and the sentiment. 


Stamp Set:  Trust God; Ink:  VersaMark Watermark; Card Stock:  Tangelo Twist, Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack; Accessories & Tools:  Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Bird Builder Punch, Owl Builder Punch, White Embossing Powder, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals
All Stampin' Up!® Product

My third card is an anniversary one to celebrate our year of Wacky Watercooler blog hops.  I am loving the richness of those new In Colors!  Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey look so well together.  Don't you think so?


Stamp Sets:  Flower Shop, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey; Card Stock:  Hello Honey, Sahara Sand, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack; Accessories & Tools:  Pansy Punch, Bird Builder Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals
All Stampin' Up!® Product


Now it's time to travel over to see what fantastic projects Priscilla Ivler has in store for you.   

http://priscillastamps.blogspot.com/

To visit Deborah Smart's blog again and see her wonderful projects, click the image below.

www.stampandcreate.net

Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start, just click the image below to head home to Wacky Watercooler Stamping.

http://wackywatercoolerstamping.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Paper Pumpkin New Subscriber Promotion


If you've never tried Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time to sign up!  You'll get 50% off your first two months.

Between July 16, 2014--September 10, 2014 you can get 50% off your first two months of Paper Pumpkin.  After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).

What You Need To Know:

  • This is for new subscribers only.
  • It is available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • This discount will be applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month's kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • You can sign up by clicking the following:  My Paper Pumpkin.
  • Be sure to enter the Promo Code, HALFOFF2 when you sign up. 
  • You have until Wednesday, September 10, 2014; 11:50 PM (MT) to join.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer on The Open Sea

Today would be a rather cool day to go sailing unless you wore your parka!  Yes, the weather is that cool here in Iowa.  It's cloudy, breezy and only 67 degrees.  We are usually in the high 80s at this time of the year.  I guess I can blame it on the Polar Vortex, right? At least the card I made for the Friday Mashup Challenge "summer" theme let me enjoy sailing in the comfort of my craft studio.  What doesn't show up well in the photo, is the sparkly from the shimmer mist.  It looks like sun crystals when the light hits it.


Stamp Sets:  Kinda Eclectic, The Open Sea; Inks:  Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow; Card Stock:  Whisper White, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack; Accessories & Tools:  Radiant Rain Glace Shimmer Mist (Splash of Color), Dimensionals
All Stampin' Up!® Product unless otherwise noted.

The Friday Mashup Challenge can be found HERE.

http://www.fridaymashup.com/2014/07/fm168-its-summer-yall.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Christmas Card Challenge #33

Hi and welcome to this week's Sunday Christmas Card Challenge.  It's time for a color challenge as our option.  Just use the inspiration photo below and be sure to link your card to show us your design.  We love to see your creations!


Stamp Sets:  Tags til Christmas - retired, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Real Red, Smoky Slate; Card Stock:  Basic Gray, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla; Accessories & Tools:  Decorative Label Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals
 All Stampin' Up!® product, unless otherwise noted.

The Sunday Christmas Card Challenge can be found HERE.

http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com/

So, how are you doing with getting your Christmas card stash built up before it's time to send them out?

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

It's a Perfect Match!

Oh my gosh!  I love the Mojo Monday sketch this week and I love the Pals Paper Arts colors and that is what I a perfect match!  The colors immediately had me thinking of my best friend, Sue, who lost her battle with cancer three years ago.  She loved blues and yellows together.

Again, pardon the shadowy photo.  I need to get a replacement bulb for my lamp.  Right now I'm working with only one.  My major, once-a-month shopping spree happens next week so only a few more days to get through with shady photos.


Stamp Sets:  Bloom With Hope; Ink:  Night of Navy; Card Stock:  Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Whisper White, All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack; Accessories & Tools:  Scallop Edge Border Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
All Stampin' Up!® Product, unless otherwise noted.

The Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge can be found HERE.

http://www.palspaperarts.com/2014/07/ppa211-a-color-challenge.html

HERE is where you can find the Mojo Monday Card Sketch Challenge.

http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/2014/07/mojo-monday-353-contest.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Friday, July 11, 2014

It's a Hamburger Cake!

Yesterday was my grandson, Dustin's, 14th birthday.  I was invited over to help celebrate with burgers on the grill and of course, cake.  A few years ago, my daughter-in-law, Jody, started making cakes for the kids' birthdays.  Each one gets more and more creative.  She usually asks the birthday boy what kind of cake he wants, then she goes on a search and find mission to make it happen.  This year, when asked, Dustin said, "I don't know."  Now that's a very typical teen response to most questions!  :-)  So, Jody, surprised him with this cake.


Oh my gosh!  Dustin loved it!  You should have seen his eyes light up when he realized it was a burger with fries!  He said it out did the dog dish cake she made him last year.  As you can see, this young man was very pleased with his cake.


We had a great time together and we're all looking forward to the next birthday cake.  Nicholas, who is on the left, has a birthday coming up in October.  He has already put his order in and it will be fun to see what Jody does with that one.

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Thoughts of You

You can sure tell it is July in Iowa.  The temperatures range in the mid to high 80s, with some 90s, and the humidity is suffocating.  Fortunately, my nice cool craft studio let's me look out the window and enjoy the summer while keeping the heat away.  I spent the afternoon making cards and planning some upcoming classes.  Here's today's card using the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.


Stamp Sets:  Kinda Eclectic, Petite Petals, Loving Thoughts (retired); Inks:  Pistachio Pudding, Blushing Bride, Blackberry Bliss; Card Stock:  Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Petite Petals Punch, Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker's Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals

You can find the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge HERE.

http://casethissketch.blogspot.ca/2014/07/case-this-sketch-83.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Watercolor Wash

It was just plain fun to try my hand at doing some water coloring.  I don't do much of it but it does stretch me when it is offered up as a challenge.  The Friday Mashup Challenge this week was to create a project with a watercolor wash, create a CAS or one with minimal layers or mash it up and use both.  As always, I tried both.

The watercolor wash background was done on watercolor paper.  I used Dimensionals to pop up the background.  Sometimes I have a hard time getting the water color paper to stay stuck, especially after it's been wet.  Of course, I had to use my all time favorite stamp set, Lovely As a Tree!

 
Stamp Sets:  Lovely As a Tree, Kinda Eclectic, Trust God; Inks:  Crushed Curry, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger); Card Stock:  Lost Lagoon, Watercolor Paper; Accessories & Tools:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels
All Stampin' Up!® product, unless otherwise noted.

The Friday Mashup Challenge can be found HERE.

http://www.fridaymashup.com/2014/07/fm167-its-watercolor-wash-kinda-week.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Monday, July 7, 2014

Watercooler Challenge 3

It's time for another Watercooler Challenge.  This time it's a sketch.  I grabbed my Mossy Meadow and had fun mixing up some of my favorite stamp sets.  I really love that 'you' from the Work of Art stamp set.  As I turned on the lamps for my light tent, one of them burned out so my photo is a little on the dark side.  Those things just seem to happen when you least expect. 


Stamp Sets:  Kinda Eclectic, Work of Art, Gorgeous Grunge; Inks:  Blushing Bride, Pistachio Pudding, Mossy Meadow, Strawberry Slush; Card Stock:  Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla, All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack; Accessories & Tools:  Postage Stamp Punch, 1" Square Punch, 3/8" Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals
All Stampin' Up!® product, unless otherwise noted.

You can find the Watercooler Challenge HERE.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.ca/2014/06/wcc03-sketch.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha