Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #83

It's a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge this week at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.  Penny has given some wonderful options for creating some great projects.  I chose the left down line using dry embossing, any shade of green and a die-cut.  I couldn't decide on a sentiment so I didn't add one.  I think this one is slated to go in my note card stash for when I just want to write a note and not have to worry about a certain sentiment for the card.


Stamp Set:  Gorgeous Grunge, Timeless Textures; Inks:  Emerald Envy, Tip Top Taupe; Cardstock:  Elegant Eggplant, Emerald Envy, Mint Macaron, Whisper White; Other:  Emerald Envy Baker's Twine, Seaside Embossing Folder, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies

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, September 5th at 1:00 p.m. Central Time to link your project.


 Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Monday, August 29, 2016

Butterflies

The sketch from the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge was perfect for the CAS-ual Fridays color challenge.  I love the way the butterflies line up on the card.  I had planned to pop all of them up which is why I punched all the bitty butterflies out but changed my mind and decided the only one that needed popped up was the Watermelon Wonder butterfly. 

Butterflies

Stamp Sets:  Jar of Love (sentiment), Papillon Potpourri; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Watermelon Wonder; Cardstock:  Whisper White; Other:  Bitty Butterfly Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Pearl Basic Jewels

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

http://casethissketch.blogspot.com/2016/08/case-this-sketch-187.html

The colors I used are from the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com/2016/08/cfc155-black-white-with-pop-of-color.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Bold Flower

It isn't often that you can make a card fit three challenges but today I was able to accomplish that feat.  The sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, the colors from ColourQ and the theme from Stampin' Royalty all came together to give me this card.  I really like the bold look of it.

Bold Flower

Stamp Sets:  Butterfly Basics (sentiment), Fabulous Flora; Inks:  Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo, Old Olive; Cardstock:  Blackberry Bliss, Soft Sky, Whisper White; Other:  Ovals Collection Framelits Dies, Postage Stamp Stacklets Dies (Taylored Expressions)

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

http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2016/08/sketch-251-sketch-by-cindy.html

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

http://colourq.blogspot.com/2016/08/colourq-challenge-356.html

The theme I used is from the Stampin' Royalty Challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://stampinroyalty.blogspot.com/2016/08/stampin-royalty-challenge-sr343.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Swirly Thank You

Today's card is one that was inspired by Frenchie Martin.  I love the new Swirly Birds stamp set and when I saw the one she made, I just had to CASE  (Copy And Share Everything) it.  You can see her version Here.  The lime, teal and yellow colors I used are from the Color Throwdown Challenge.  I matched what colors I had as closely as I could and I think it turned out rather well.


Stamp Sets:  Fancy Thank You (Hero Arts), Paisleys & Posies, Swirly Bird; Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Black Soot Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Daffodil Delight, Pistachio Pudding; Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay, Whisper White; Other:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels

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

Friday, August 26, 2016

Bitty Butterfly Birthday

It's a short post today simply to share a card I made for a couple of my favorite challenges, Retro Rubber Challenge and Sunday Stamps Challenge.  The colors and the sketch came together beautifully, don't you think?

Both of my stamp sets qualify for the older than a year rule at Retro Rubber.  The Bloom with Hope stamp set came out in 2014 as a Host Set.  Papillion Potpourri is over a year old, too, but I don't know the year it came out.  It's still a current set available in the Annual Catalog.


Stamp Sets:  Bloom with Hope (2014), Papillion Potpourri; Inks:  Dapper Denim, Marina Mist; Cardstock:  Dapper Denim, Mint Macaron, Soft Sky, Whisper White; Other:  Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Silver Sequin Trim, Pearl Basic Jewels

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


The colors I used are from the Sunday Stamps 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

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #82

It's time for another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and this week Libby has given us the theme of trees.  I love trees so this was a fun one for me.  I kept it very simple and used some of that gorgeous Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack and Copper Embossing Powder.  And, you can't go wrong with Lovely As a Tree.  I think it made for a very pretty card, don't you?


Stamp Sets:  Lovely As a Tree, Rose Wonder (sentiment); Ink:  VersaMark; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack; Other:  Copper Embossing Powder

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, August 29th at 1:00 p.m. Central Time to link your project.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Wacky Watercooler August Blog Hop


Welcome to the Wacky Watercooler August 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.  This month we're Stepping it up:  One, Two, Three!  We are taking the same card and showing you how to take it from a simple design to one with all the bells and whistles.

It's my privilege to start off our Hop.  I've been having so much fun creating with the Paisleys & Posies Stamp Set and the Paisley Framelits Dies that I wanted to give you a sneak peek.  It is a new bundle from the upcoming 2016 Holiday Catalog that launches on September 1st.

As always, our Blog 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.

You should be coming to my blog from Penny Hanuszak.  Weren't her projects great!  After your visit with me, head on over to Gail Allen and her wonderful projects.

For my first card, all I did was stamping.  The center is a square layer with a design stamped on it and a rhinestone just to fill in the center of the card.  Very basic and very simple.


Stamp Set:  Paisleys & Posies; Ink:  Dapper Denim; Cardstock:  Whisper White; Other:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels

My second card is a stepped up version of the first one.  I added more layers and some twine.


Stamp Set:  Paisleys & Posies; Ink:  Dapper Denim, Whisper White Craft; Cardstock:  2016-2018 In color Designer Series Paper Stack, Dapper Denim, Night of Navy, Whisper White; Other:  Triple Banner Punch, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

My cards were inspired by one done by Debbie Mageed.  This third version used die-cuts and lots of layers.  While the first two used different images, the die-cuts give a special look all their own.  I had intended to use the came stamp but the die-cut I used doesn't have a stamp to go with it so it's simply the die-cute.  I really like the way this one turned out.


Stamp Set:  Paisleys & Posies; Ink:  Dapper Denim; Cardstock:  2016-2018 In color Designer Series Paper Stack, Dapper Denim, Night of Navy, Whisper White; Other:  Paisley Framelits Dies, Triple Banner Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Next up we have Gail Allen.  To see her wonderful projects, click the image below.

http://stampingandotherstuff.blogspot.ca/ - 2810gaila@gmail.com

 To revisit Penny Hanuszak and check out her great projects, click the image below.

http://stampandcreate.net/

To visit the Watercooler Stamping Blog, click the image below.

http://wackywatercoolerstamping.blogspot.com

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Amazing Grace

Today found me stumped on my projects for an upcoming Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop that I participate in each month. Nothing like waiting until the last minute which is so unlike me.  Things just weren't going well so I decided to take a time out and work on something else.  I had a few die-cuts laying about my craft desk so I put them all together and came up with this card.  It's going into my note card stash as I like to keep a box of them on hand to send notes to family and friends.

And, I also found a new challenge.  It's the Love To Scrap Challenge and this time around it's an "anything goes" challenge which is one of my favorite type of challenge.


Stamp Set:  Amazing Grace Hymn (Our Daily Bread Designs); Ink:  Night of Navy; Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Whisper White, Tip Top Taupe; Other:  Paisley Framelits Dies, Petal Pop-Up 2 (Taylored Expressions), Rose Garden Thinlits Dies, Metal Rimmed Pearl

My card was entered in the Love To Scrap Challenge.  For all the challenge details, click the image below.

https://lovetoscrapchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2016/08/ltscb-84-anything-goes.html


Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #81

This week's Watercooler Wednesday Challenge is all about color.  Gail has given us four colors that I don't often use so it was a real challenge for me.  But, I had a new stamp set to play with so the card came together much more quickly than I thought it might.  Paisleys & Posies is one of the new stamp sets that will be available in the new Holiday Catalog on September 1st.  Stay turned for some more sneak peeks.


Stamp Set:  Paisleys & Posies; Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder; Cardstock:  Pear Pizzazz, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White; Other:  Paisley Framelits Dies, 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, August 22nd at 1:00 p.m. Central Time to link your project.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Monday, August 15, 2016

Christmas Magic at the North Pole

You know, I don't often watercolor as I don't think I'm good enough at it but today I dug out my inks and aqua painter and went to work.  Of course,  having a new stamp set to play with was an added incentive.  It's called Christmas Magic and is a new set that will be available in the new Holiday Catalog.  I combined two of the stamps in the set to make it look like one.  Actually the snowman and the North Pole are separate stamps.  I haven't made a Christmas card in quite some time so this was a nice change from all the flowers I've been making.


Stamp Set:  Christmas Magic; Inks:  Basic Gray, Garden Green, Jet Black StazOn, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango; Cardstock:  Naturals White (retired), Real Red, Watercolor Paper; Other:  Rose Garden Thinlits Dies, Silver Metallic Thread, Aqua Painter

My card was made and entered in two challenges.  The "anything goes" challenge at Stampin' Royalty and the water-coloring challenge at Just Us Girls.  For the details for each challenge, click the images below.



Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Blue & White Birthday

It seems like forever since I've been able to keep up with making cards and blogging.  Sometimes life just gets in the way and puts everything else on the back burner.  But, I'm happy to say, the week is ending well and it is a most welcomed change.

What was really great, was to be back in the craft studio playing with some new things from the Holiday Catalog.  Instead of using a circle like on the card, I stamped an image from the Paisley & Posies stamp set in Distress Embossing Ink and added some of my favorite Copper Embossing Powder.  Then, I overlapped the die-cuts and stamped the sentiment on it.  The die I used is one from the Paisley Framelits Dies.  Both the Paisley & Posies stamp set and the Paisley Framelits Dies are from the new Holiday Catalog that you'll be able to order from beginning September 1st.


Stamp Sets:  Paisleys & Posies, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz), Vintage Photo (Tim Holtz), Night of Navy; Cardstock:  Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper, Whisper White; Other:  Copper Embossing Powder, Night of Navy Baker's Twine, Cream Pearls

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

http://sundaystamps.blogspot.com/2016/07/ssc132-lets-get-sketchy.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #80

Happy Wednesday!  It's time for another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week Heidi has challenged us to a clean and simple design with a water theme.  For our Clean And Simple (CAS), be sure to follow these simple rules:

Either a single layer upon which we stamp or a base with a single layer
 upon which we stamp. Since we use embellishments for any other type of card, 
no embellishments or die-cuts or anything except the simplicity of stamping 
for the "clean & simple".  We will allow heat embossing since, 
if one decides to use a color, heat embossing would show better
 than simple stamping. But no embossing folder embossing. Clean and simple!


Stamp Set:  Jar of Love; Inks:  Island Indigo, Pool Party, Smoky Slate; Cardstock:  Whisper White

For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit Watercooler Wednesday Challenges by clicking the image below.  You have until Monday, August 15th at 1:00 p.m. Central Time to link your project.  We'd love to have you join us.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

I've also entered my card in the Just Us Girls Word Week Challenge and that word is "water."  For all their challenge details, click the image below.

http://justusgirlschallenge.blogspot.com/2016/08/just-us-girls-355-word-week.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #79

Kath Ricks is hosting our challenge this week at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.  She has chosen a great sketch for us to use.  My card turned out to be rather bold and bright.  I love the look of the Copper Embossing Powder on the Night of Navy cardstock.  Layering it on top of the Flirty Flamingo really made the combination pop.


Stamp Sets:  Love You Lots (sentiment), Timeless Textures, Sitting Here; Inks:  Cajun Craze, Jet Black StazOn, VersaMark;  Stampin' Write Markers:  Flirty Flamingo, Old Olive, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum; Cardstock:  Flirty Flamingo, Night of Navy, Whisper White; Other:  Postage Stamp Stacklets (Taylored Expressions), Copper Embossing Powder, Blender Pen, Dimensionals, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine.  All Stampin' Up! product unless otherwise noted.

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.


Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #78

It's "theme" week at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges and Jean Fitch is the host.  She has challenged us to make a project that uses "B" in it.  For my card I used the sentiment from the Jar of Love stamp set with the work "best."  The "bubbles" are embossed using the new Copper Embossing Powder which I just happen to love.  And, I used two shades of "blue," Marina Mist and Dapper Denim.  So, I think I've got the "Bs" covered.  What "B" are you inspired to use?


Stamp Sets:  Endless Birthday Wishes, Fabulous Flora, Jar of Love, Perpetual Birthday Calendar; Inks:  Calypso Coral, Dapper Denim, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, VersaMark; Cardstock:  Marina Mist, Watercolor Paper, Whisper White; Other:  Everyday Jars Framelits Dies, Copper Embossing Powder, Dimensionals

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.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop Celebrating Our 3rd Anniversary


It's a very special hop for us this month as it marks our 3rd Anniversary of blogging together.  What makes it even more special is having the original hop group join us.

As always, our Hop runs in a circle.  If you start at the top and go through or whether you start at the bottom and go through, you will wind up where you started.

So, sit back and enjoy the fantastic projects of all twelve of our participants.  Prepared to be Wowed!

My first card is an anniversary made just for our blog hop.  It's a little of this and a little of that.  I think I just wanted to have fun with shapes.


Stamp Sets:  Papillion Potpourri, Swirly Bird, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Emerald Envy, Mint Macaron, Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White, Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack; Other:  Bitty Butterfly Punch, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies, Decorative Label Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

My next card uses Gorgeous Grunge which is an original stamp set used on the blog hop when it started in 2013.  It's also one of my favorite stamp sets.  I paired it with the butterflies from Papillion Potpourri.  My card is a CASE of a design by Anne Laflamme.


Stamp Sets:  Butterfly Basics (sentiment), Gorgeous Grunge, Papillion Potpourri; Inks:  Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder; Cardstock:  Crushed Cucumber, Whisper White; Other:  Elegant Butterfly Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels


My final card is a CASE (Cope And Share Everything) of a project that Heidi Weaver shared on that very first Blog Hop.  She made a box but I made a card and of course changed up the paper and the colors.  If you'd like to see her project, click the following link:  Stampin Along With Heidi.


Stamp Sets:  Flower Shop, Sprinkles of Life (sentiment); Ink:  Night of Navy; Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Whisper White, Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper; Other:  Pansy Punch, Circles Collection Framelits Dies, Pearl Basic Jewels, Silver Gelly Roll Pen

Next up is Gail Allen.  To take another look at her projects, click on the image below.

http://stampingandotherstuff.blogspot.ca/2016/07/celebrating-3-years-of-hopping.html

To take another look the projects by Penny Hanuszak, click on the image below.

http://stampingandotherstuff.blogspot.ca/2016/07/celebrating-3-years-of-hopping.html

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

http://wackywatercoolerstamping.blogspot.com/2016/07/wacky-watercooler-blog-hop-3rd.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #77

This week I'm hosting the challenge over at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.  I've picked four colors, Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette and Sweet Sugarplum, that all work well together.  For the neutral, I chose Very Vanilla.  I love how the Night of Navy layer makes the flowers and jar pop.

So, come join us and share how these colors inspired you.  You have until 1:00 p.m. Central Time on Monday, July 25th to link up your project.


Stamp Sets:  Jar of Love, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum; Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Very Vanilla; Other:  Everyday Jars Framelits Dies, 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.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #76

Summer is in full swing here in my little corner of the world.  Hot days, warm nights and dreams of cooler weather.  For this week's Clean And Simple (CAS) challenge, Penny has chosen the theme of Butterflies.  I love butterflies and I seem to have a tendency to make them all blue.  Although I used the In the Meadow stamp set for the grass and flowers, I pulled out my Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set and used those butterflies.

While our challenge rules state you can add one layer onto your card base, I chose to keep it a single layer card.  I love trying to come up with a simple card that looks nice but has no embellishments other than the stamp and ink you use.

At this time, I'd like to share with you our rules for the Clean And Simple (CAS) challenge we have at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.  You can make a single layer card or you can add a single layer to your card base.  No embellishments, no embossing folders and no die-cuts are allowed.  But, you can add color by heat embossing with your favorite embossing powder.  Just take a look at all the Design Team projects to get an idea of what we expect.  Follow these rules for your Clean And Simple project and you could be our next winner!


Stamp Sets:  Butterfly Basics (sentiment), In the Meadow, Perpetual Birthday Calendar; Inks:  Dapper Denim, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede; Stampin' Write Markers:  Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach; Cardstock:  Whisper White

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.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha