Friday, July 21, 2017

Thinking of You Embossed Flowers on Vellum

One of the things I really enjoy doing is heat embossing on vellum.  When I took a background class from Taylored Expression last month this is one of the cards we made.  We heat embossed on vellum using white embossing powder.  Then, we color the flowers and leaves using Copic markers.  I love the effect you get.  Sometimes I'll just stamp the image on the vellum and once the ink is completely dry, you flip it over and color on the back of the vellum.  The advantage to heat embossing your image is that you just color within the lines and don't have to worry about going outside the lines.  I think it's a very pretty card.  Don't you?


The heat embossing technique I used is from The Flower Challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://theflowerchallenge.blogspot.ca/2017/07/the-flower-challenge-10-embossing.html

Thanks for stopping by the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #128 - Heidi's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge


This week it's the Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  I'm really enjoying having a masculine challenge in our line-up as it gives me the chance to make up a stash of cards that are perfect to send to the men in my life.

Today I've used the High Tide stamp set by Stampin' Up!  I stamped the sandpipers and grass on a layer of Crumb Cake cardstock using Tim Holtz's Vintage Photo Oxide ink by Ranger.  I do like that lighthouse image.


Stamp Set:  High Tide; Inks:  Coastal Cabana - retired (Stampin' Up!), Vintage Photo Oxide (Ranger); Cardstock:  Coastal Cabana -retired, Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Whisper White (all Stampin' Up!); Patterned Paper:  Down By The Shore (Fancy Pants); Other:  Pool Party Baker's Twine, Sequins

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, 24th 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

Monday, July 17, 2017

Believe

After watching a Tim Holtz video yesterday, I decided to give the Distress Oxide inks a try on Glossy White cardstock. What you can't see in the photo is the overall shiny look to the card.  I must say that I do like the look of them on the glossy.

It was a bit of a learning curve for me but I am happy with the outcome.  One of the thing I discovered is once completely dry, the color will rub off on your fingers.  To eliminate this for the recipient, I simply went over it gently with a paper towel.  It took off all the "chalky" feel and left a very nice shiny look.  It's the only time I have known these inks to rub off.  On the other papers I've used them on that does not happen.  By completely dry, I mean that I dried each layer of color I applied with my heat tool then, set it aside to dry overnight.


Stamp Set:  Believe (Momenta); Distress Oxide Inks:  Faded Jeans, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick (Tim Holtz); Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Glossy White (both Stampin' Up!); Other:  Sequins, White Blizzard Glitter Drops (Nuvo)

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/2017/07/case-this-sketch-230.html

Thanks for stopping by the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Thinking of You in Pink & Green

It's it winter, yet?  I know!  I know!  You don't want to think about winter but when the temperatures are in the nineties with a tropical humidity here in Iowa, you can understand why I'm ready for some cool weather.  Right now our temperature is 86 degrees F but it feels like 93 degrees F.  To top it off, I had to go to the grocery store.  That heat and humidity just saps the strength right out of you.  It's a good thing I made my card before I left.


Stamp Set:  Colorful Seasons (Stampin' Up!); Inks:  Pink Pirouette (Stampin' Up!), Strawberry Milkshake (Taylored Expressions); Cardstock:  Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White (both Stampin' Up!); Patterned Paper:  Nana's Nursery Baby Girl (DCWV); Other:  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Rhinestone Basic Jewels (both Stampin' Up!)

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.

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/challenge-231-sketch.html

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

http://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2017/07/color-throwdown-451.html

Thanks for stopping by the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Crafty Calendar July 15th Challenge - Theme "Anything Goes"

As mentioned in my July 1st post, we have two great sponsors for the month of July "Anything Goes" challenge at the Crafty Calendar Challenge.  I totally fell in love with this sweet Fancy Sunbonnet Cake image from Bugaboo Digi Stamps.  Doesn't that cake look scrumptious?

The little sunbonnet reminds me of the one my grandmother made for me for my hometown's centennial many years back.  I still have the dress and bonnet hanging in my closet.  Isn't it great when an image can bring back such a pleasant memory.


Stamps:  Fancy Sunbonnet Cake (Bugaboo Digi Stamps), Butterfly Basics - sentiment (Stampin' Up!), Inks:  Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!), Copic Markers; Cardstock:  Night of Navy and Whisper White (Stampin' Up!), Watercolor Paper (Strathmore); Other:  Sequins

For all the challenge details and to share your project at the Crafter Calendar Challenge, just click on our name.

Our other sponsor for the month of July is Bugaboo Digi Stamps.

https://bugaboostamps.com/

So glad you stopped by the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Peace on Earth

What do you do on scorching hot days?  Me?  I stay inside in air conditioned bliss and craft the day away.  Well, that's after all the household chores are done.

Today found me making a Christmas card.  Why, you ask?  I have new stamping goodies, that's why.  The new Carols of Christmas stamp set from Stampin' Up! caught my eye along with the Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies that compliment the stamp set and I just couldn't resist.  I didn't use the dies this time but you will be seeing those projects in the future. 

My original idea for this card was to use traditional Christmas colors.  As you can see, I changed my other mind.  I love the way Lost Lagoon and Rich Razzleberry colors look so well together.

The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge is a new one for me.  One of my favorite types of challenges are the sketch challenges.  For me it's all about the layers and just what can I do with them.  They also afford me the opportunity to use up some of the patterned papers I have sitting on my shelf.   


Stamp Set:  Carols of Christmas (Stampin' Up!); Ink:  Rich Razzleberry; Cardstock:  Lost Lagoon, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White (all Stampin' Up!); Patterned Paper:  Silent Night (kimemories); Other:  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (Stampin' Up!), 1/4" Rich Razzleberry Cotton Ribbon (Stampin' Up!)

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

https://atlanticheartschallenge.blogspot.ca/2017/07/sketch-220.html

Thanks for stopping by the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #127 - Judy's All About Birthdays Challenge

Today's Watercooler Wednesday Challenge is all about birthdays.  It's one of the new challenges in our revamped line-up of challenges.  Who of us doesn't need birthday cards?  I know I seem to go through many of them between family and friends.  I have several I need to get in the mail this week and this card will be one of them.


Stamp Set:  Butterfly Basics - sentiment (Stampin' Up!); Inks:  Tempting Turquoise; Distress Oxide Inks:  Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet; Cardstock:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White (all Stampin' Up!); Patterned Paper:  Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack (Stampin' Up!); Other:  Bloomers 4 Dies (Taylored Expressions), Leafy Branches (Taylored Expressions)

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, 17th 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

The Sisterhood of Crafters - Where in the World

Today I'm so pleased to share with you that I am a Design Team Member with The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge.  It's a biweekly challenge and I know it's going to be a lot of fun.  I do hope you'll come and join us.

So, let's get on with this week's new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge.  Diane is hosting our challenge and she has chosen "Where in the World."  It's about anything that represents the part of the world, country and/or state where you live.  I can't wait to see where in the world you all are.

As you can see I'm from Iowa in the USA.  For my card I opted to do a collage.  To a die-cut of the country I added some of the things about Iowa that you may not know.  For the background, I used watercolor paper and added a wash of Distress Oxide inks.


Stamp Set:  None; Ink:  Black (ink jet printer); Distress Oxide Inks:  Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade (Tim Holtz for Ranger); Cardstock:  River Rock (Stampin' Up!), Watercolor Paper (Strathmore), Whisper White (Stampin' Up!), Teal (Unknown); Other:  Modern Label Punch, Postage Stamp Punch (both Stampin' Up!), Stars & Stripes Die (Taylored Expressions)

For all the challenge details and to share your project at The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge, just click on our name.

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Just a Note

Time does fly when you are busy.  Top that off with not feeling well and that explains why it's been a while since I've been able to sit and create.  Today I'm sharing my water-colored butterflies with you.  I love those Distress Oxide inks and just can't seem to get enough of them.  This is another of my note cards that I like to keep on hand.

Now I'm on my way to watch the final episode of Downton Abbey.  I'm still not feeling too perky so I'm taking it easy today.


Stamp Set:  Simply Stamped - Butterflies (Taylored Expressions); Distress Oxide Inks:  Faded Jeans, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet (Tim Holtz by Ranger); Ink:  Basic Gray; Cardstock:  Basic Gray, Whisper White (both Stampin' Up!), Watercolor Paper (Strathmore); Other:  Simply Stamped - Butterflies Dies (Taylored Expressions), Succulent Framelits Dies (Stampin' Up!)

The theme I used is from the CAS Watercolour Card Challenge.  For my butterflies, which are the watercolor focal for my card, I stamped the images onto watercolor paper and spritzed them with water to get the water colored look.  The Distress Oxide inks work great for this.  The die-cut flowers were lightly tapped on the ink pad to give them a bit of color.

For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://caswatercolour.blogspot.ca/2017/07/cas-watercolour-july-challenge.html

So glad you stopped by the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #126 - Fiona's Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge


We are so excited here at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge!  We have a brand new look and are so proud to share it with you.  New banner and new badges and fun new graphics.  So, what do you think?  Fantastic, right?  You'll be seeing more of them throughout the month.

My card today is one of the cards I made when I attended a Distress Oxide Inks Class at Taylored Expressions last month.  The inks are a joy to use and there are so many ways in which they can be applied.  For this one, we stamped the different colors of ink onto our craft mats, spritzed it with water than swiped a piece of watercolor paper through it.  You keep adding layers of color until you get just the look your want but you have to let it dry between so yours colors don't become muddy.  I just love the way this turned out as it was my very first card made using the Distress Oxide Inks


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, July 3rd 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

Monday, July 3, 2017

Celebrate Freedom

Tomorrow is the 4th of July so I just had to get a new card made to celebrate the occasion.  It's also fits the theme over at The Male Room Challenge.  One of the things that never photographs well is the little glitter drops I add.  The fireworks each have a few drops on them.  They picked up the blue color of the ink I used to stamp them with.  And, the ones that I added to the white, well, they are there but they are very had to see in the photo.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July everyone!


Stamp Sets:  Holiday Assortment (Inkadinkadoo), Stars & Stripes - sentiment (Taylored Expressions; Inks:  Night of Navy, Real Red (both Stampin' Up!); Cardstock:  Marina Mist (Stampin' Up!), White (Darice), Whisper White (Stampin' Up!); Other:  White Blizzard Glitter Drops (Nuvo)

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

http://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2017/06/challenge-63-theme.html

So glad you stopped by the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Crafty Calendar July 1st Challenge - Theme "Anything Goes"

For our July "Anything Goes" challenge at the Crafty Calendar Challenge, we have two great sponsors; Stamping Studio and Bugaboo Digital Stamps.  We're starting off the month on July 1st with digital stamps images from Miss Daisy Stamps at the Stamping Studio.  

One thing you may not know about me is that I love flowers.  Any and all flowers, even some on plants that might be considered weeds.  I think they are just one of the most beautiful creations.

As you can see, I picked this great digital image of a pot of flowers.  I'm calling them violets, as they are one of my favorite flowers.  This image is from Miss Daisy Stamps.  I love the flowers, and those vines trailing out of the foliage.  For me, flowers brighten up even the darkest days.


Stamp Sets:  Full Bloom 1 (Miss Daisy Stamps), Beautiful You - sentiment (Stampin' Up!); Inks:  Elegant Eggplant (Stampin' Up!), Copic Markers; Cardstock:  Elegant Eggplant and Whisper White (Stampin' Up!), Watercolor Paper (Strathmore); Other:  Tear Drop Circles Dies (Spellbinders), Itty Bitty Punch Pack (Stampin' Up!), Oval Punch (Stampin' Up!), Golden Sunset Glitter Drops (Nuvo)

For all the challenge details and to share your project at the Crafty Calendar Challenge, just click on our name.

Our first sponsor for the month of July is Stamping Studio.

https://stampingstudio.ca/

So glad you stopped by the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Water Droplets Butterfly

What do you do when you are waiting for the storms to roll in?  Me, I spent the morning at my craft desk making a thank you card using the sketch from the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge.  Now it's time to fix a late bite of lunch since I forgot to stop and eat earlier. 


Stamp Set:  Background Bits - sentiment (Stampin' Up!), Water Droplets (Designs by Ryn); Inks:  Always Artichoke, Basic Black Archival (both Stampin' Up!); Distress Inks:  Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade (Tim Holtz by Ranger); Cardstock:  Pistachio Pudding (Stampin' Up!), Watercolor Paper (Strathmore); Other:  Simply Stamped - Butterflies Dies (Taylored Expressions)

The sketch I used is from the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge. The simplicity of the sketch was a wonderful way to showcase my pretty orange butterfly.. I had the water-colored rectangle laying on my desk left over from a previous project and it was perfect for this sketch design. 

For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://casethissketch.blogspot.com/2017/06/case-this-sketch-227.html

So glad you stopped by the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #125 - Kath's Christmas Challenge

It's Christmas time again at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  I love that Kath chose non-traditional colors as her challenge for us.  I think it makes a nice change from all the red, green, gold and silver.  Yes, I love all those but it's fun to think outside the box every now and again.


Stamp Set:  Holiday Florals (Taylored Expressions); Inks:  Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum (all Stampin' Up!); Cardstock:  Dapper Denim, Whisper White; Other:  Golden Sunset Glitter Drops (Nuvo), White Blizzard Glitter Drops (Nuvo)

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, July 34rd 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

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Brighter Days

It's Saturday and do I ever have a full day planned.  Truthfully, I think I have more on my list than what can be done in one day.  We'll see how much of it gets done and how much goes on my list for Monday.  Sundays are my days off and that is my brighter day to come.

Today's card follows along with the sketch at the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.  I cut the patterned paper following the sketch design but the left side is attached directly to the card base while the right side is popped up with foam tape.  I stamped the water droplets right on the paper to give the appearance of dew on the leaves.  It's a very quick and easy design.


Stamp Sets:  Beautiful You - sentiment (Stampin' Up!), Water Droplets (Designs by Ryn); Inks:  Night of Navy, Soft Sky (both Stampin' Up!); Cardstock:  Pool Party - card base (Stampin' Up!); Patterned Paper:  Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack (Stampin' Up!)

The sketch I used is from the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.  I opted to use just one sheet of patterned paper for my design.  I really like the way it looks with the water droplets.

For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2017/06/freshly-made-sketches-293-sketch-by.html

So glad you stopped by the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha