Wednesday, August 15, 2018

WWC183 - Gail's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Hello Wednesday!  This week Gail is hosting our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  It's a Masculine "Anything Goes" challenge.  So, dig out those great masculine stamp sets you don't use often enough and play along with us.

A few months ago, I subscribed to a monthly stamp club and today I'm showcasing the most recent stamp set that I received.  It's called Stuck On You by Maymay Made It.  It has some really cute images in it.  Today, I've shared a few of them to make this cute Shadow Box Frame Card.  I followed a tutorial by Dawn Griffith, which you can find HERE.  It was surprisingly easy and I like that it folds to fit in a regular sized envelope.



Stamp Set:  Stuck On You (Maymay Made It)
Inks:  Oreo (Taylored Expressions); Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!)
Prismacolor Colored Pencils:  True Blue, Dark Green, Apple Green, Process Red
Dies:  Stitched Rectangle Stacklets Dies (Taylored Expressions)
Other:  Weathered Embossing Folder, Harvest Sequins (Taylored Expressions), Gamsol

For all of our 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, August 20th at 6:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time to link up your project.

http://watercoolerchallenge.blogspot.com

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Addicted to Stamps and More #305 - Photo Inspiration

Hello everyone!  This week at the Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge we have a photo to inspire your creativity.  I had thought it would be fun to make up a bowl of fruit to follow along with the photo but, alas, I don't have any fruit stamps.  I had this image already stamped and ready to color so I made all of the zinnias into a rainbow of color.  I don't have the matching die so I fussy cut the image after it was all colored.  To color the image, I used my Prismacolor Colored Pencils and Gamsol.  So, rather than a bowl of fruit, it's a pretty bucket full of zinnias. I did add some sparkle to the flowers and you can see it in the close up below.


Stamp Set:  Zinnia Bouquet (Taylored Expressions)
Ink:  Jet Black (Altenew); Oreo Hybrid (Taylored Expressions)
Cardstock:  Crisp Cantaloupe (Stampin' Up!); Sugar Cube (Taylored Expressions)
Dies:  Peekaboo Oval Die Set (Gina Marie)
Patterned Paper:  5th Avenue 6x6 Paper Pad
Other:  Clear Wink of Stella Brush; Rhinestone Basic Jewels (Stampin' Up!)

For all of our challenge details and to share your project, visit the Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge by clicking the image below.  We’d love to have you join us.  You have until Tuesday, August 21st at 7:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time to link up your project.

http://addictedtostamps-challenge.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

AECP - Easy Ink Blending Techniques

Today finds me sharing another card I made for my Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP).  This one was all about Easy Ink Blending Techniques.  While I have done my share of ink blending, it was nice to go back over and to get some fresh perspective on blending.

The Build-A-Flower: Cattleya stamp set from Altenew is quickly becoming a favorite.  These orchids are so lovely.  To start, I took a piece of Taylored Expressions Sugar Cube cardstock cut to 4-1/4" by 5-1/2" and blended Altenew Buttercream ink around the edges leaving an oval in the center.  Next, I stamped my sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set by Stampin' Up! in Jet Black ink.  I added a few splatters before adding my flowers.

Then, it was on to making those beautiful orchids.  I used the blues from Altenew's Secret Garden set of mini ink cubes for the flowers.  The leaves were done using Altenew's green mini ink cubes from the Floral Ink Set.  I didn't have a darker green in Altenew colors so used Garden Green from Stampin' Up!  For the flower centers I used Altenew's Buttercream ink.from the Sunflower Field mini cube ink set.  Once stamped, I cut them out using the Build-A-Flower: Cattleya Die.  I attached them directly to the card front rather than adding dimension.  This layer was attached to an A2 card base that measures 4-1/4" by 5-1/2".  The finishing touch was adding a few sequins.  I love how those orchids pop against that pretty yellow.


Stamp Sets:  Build-A-Flower: Cattleya (Altenew); Colorful Seasons - sentiment (Stampin' Up!)
Inks:  Buttercream, Caribbean Sky, Persian Blue, Sapphire, Frayed Leaf Forest Glades, Jet Black, Maple Yellow (Altenew); Garden Green (Stampin' Up!)
Cardstock:  Sugar Cube (Taylored Expressions)
Dies:  Build-A-Flower: Cattleya Die (Altenew)
Other:  Sequins

Now it's on to my next class.  Hope you all have a grand day,

Marsha

Friday, August 10, 2018

Altenew Educator Certification Program - Clean & Simple Boutique Cards

Clean and simple cards have always been a favorite of mine so, of course, I really enjoyed the Clean & Simple Boutique Cards class which is a required class for certification with Altenew.  Their class are very informative and I've learned a lot from those I have taken.

The stamp set I used is the Build-A-Flower:  Cattleya and it is gorgeous.  The only thing I did was stamp the flower to the Sugar Cube layer and when done, attached it to the card base.   And, that was all there was to it.  My son and his wife have been helping me do some rearranging of furniture so I had them in mind when I made the card.
 

Stamp Sets:  Build-A-Flower:  Cattleya, Painted Encouragement (Altenew)
Inks:  Jet Black, Fresh Lemon, Maple Yellow, Caramel Toffee, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades (Altenew); Mossy Meadow (Stampin' Up!)
Cardstock:  Calypso Coral (Stampin' Up!); Sugar Cube (Taylored Expressions)

I'm entering my card in the Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

https://pdelinkyparty.blogspot.com/2018/08/challenge-32-anything-goes.html

Thanks for stopping by the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

WWC182 - Tristan's "All About Occasions" Challenge

This week newest Design Team member, Tristan, is hosting our "All About Occasions" challenge at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  We all have lots of occasions in our lives and I love making a card for them.  Today it's a birthday card for one of my crafting friends.  She loves pink.


Stamp Set:  From All of Us (Maymay Made It)
Ink:  VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Cardstock:  Oreo, Sugar Cube (Taylored Expressions); Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up!)
Patterned Paper:  Rainbow Brights Paper Pack (Taylored Expressions)
Dies:  Balloon Bash Cover Plate Die (Papertrey Ink); Balloons Dies (Taylored Expressions)
Other:  White Embossing Powder (Ranger); Rhinestone Basic Jewels

For all of our 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, August 13th at 6:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time to link up your project.


Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge - Printed Page Background

Hello and Happy Wednesday to all!  It's time for another challenge from The Sisterhood of Crafters.  This week Vickie is our host and she has challenged us to use a printed page background in our card design.  I wasn't sure I even had any on hand but came across some scraps from one of my favorites.


Stamp Sets:  Rustic Linen (Altenew); Corner Adorner:  February (Papertrey Ink)
Inks:  Caribbean Sky, Frosty Pink, Frayed Leaf (Altenew); Daffodil Delight (Stampin' Up!)
Distress Ink:  Antique Linen (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock:  Gray Granite (Stampin' Up!); Sugar Cube (Taylored Expressions)
Patterned Paper:  Antique Script (Bazzill Basics)
Dies:  Thinking of You Die (Altenew)
Other:  Pearl Basic Jewels

For all the challenge details and to share your project at The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge, just click the image below.  We'd love to have you join us.  You have until Sunday, August19th at 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time to link up your project.

http://thesisterhoodofcrafters.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' August Challenge

Hello everyone!  Today I'm pleased to announce that I have joined the Design Team at the Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Challenge.  The challenge is always about Christmas, so every month you can make a Christmas card and have plenty for your stash come time to send them all out to your family and friends.  As you may know, I make all of my Christmas cards throughout the year.  It sure does eliminate the stress of making last minute cards.

 

Stamp Sets:  Holiday Florals (Taylored Expressions); Merry Christmas (C0-motion Stamps)
Inks:  Garden Green, Rich Razzleberry (Stampin' Up!); Guava (Taylored Expressions)
Cardstock:  Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Patterned Paper:  Playful Patterns - Holiday 6x6 Paper Pack (Taylored Expressions)
Dies:  Holiday Florals Dies (Taylored Expressions)
Other:  Whisper White 1/4" Cotton Ribbon (Stampin' Up!)


For all of our challenge details and to share your project, visit the Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Challenge by clicking the image below.  We’d love to have you join us.

http://christmasatsweetstampinchallengeblog.blogspot.com/


Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Altenew Educator Certification Program - All About Layering 2

Today I'm back with another card I made for my second class in the Altenew Educator Certification Program.  This time I used the Bold Blossom by Altenew stamp set.  It's a very pretty rose stamp set with coordinating dies.  It's one of my favorites.

After stamping and cutting the rose and leaves out, I placed the images on the card where I wanted them and used some post-it tape to hold it all together.  That way I could lift the whole thing without it falling apart.  I glued the bits and pieces together on the backside and added foam tape to pop it up.  Before replacing it, I took some Jet Black ink, added a little water and did a wee bit of splattering to the layer.  I must admit that I nearly forgot a sentiment but pulled this one out of the drawer and heat embossed it using black embossing powder.

It's basically another clean and simple card but I tend to go that way when I'm making my cards.  To the Mint Macron card base, I added a layer of Mossy Meadow cardstock and placed the stamped layer on top of that.  I really like the lighter card base and I think the bit of dark green makes that top layer stand out much better.


Stamp Sets:  Bold Blossom (Altenew); Secret Garden Collage - sentiment (TPC Studio)
Ink:  Jet Black (Altenew); VersaMark
Distress Ink:  Crushed Olive (Tim Holtz)
Distress Oxide Inks:  Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Frayed Burlap, Peeled Paint (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock:  Mint Macaron, Mossy Meadow (Stampin' Up!); Sugar Cube (Taylored Expressions)
Dies:  Bold Blossom Die (Altenew)
Other:  Black Embossing Powder (Ranger); Jewels

Now it's on to my next class.  Stay tuned as I'll share that class project with you when it's all done.

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

WWC181 - Kath's Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge

This week Kath is hosting our Feminine "Anything Goes" challenge at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  It was a perfect opportunity to add another note card to my stash.  I love this Build-A-Flower:  Peruvian Lily stamp set by Altenew.  It's so realistic when seen in real life.  It's also the first time I've tried their inks and I really do like them. 


Stamp Set:  Build-A-Flower:  Peruvian Lily (Altenew)
Inks:  Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades (Altenew Crisp Dye Inks)
Cardstock:  Sugar Cube (Taylored Expressions)
Dies:  Build-A-Flower:  Peruvian Lily Die (Altenew)
Other:  Jewels (Bead Landing)

For all of our 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, August 6th at 6:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time to link up your project.

http://watercoolerchallenge.blogspot.com

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Addicted to Stamps and More #303 - Holiday

Hello everyone!  Today I'm pleased to announce that I have joined the Design Team at the Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge.  The challenge this week is "Holiday" and, of course, I had to make it a Christmas card.  As you may know, I make my cards throughout the year to have them all done when the time comes to need them.  It sure does eliminate the stress of making last minute cards.


Stamp Sets:  Colorful Seasons (Stampin' Up!); Holiday Florals - sentiment (Taylored Expressions)
Ink:  VersaMark
Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Shaded Spruce (Stampin' Up!); Sugar Cube (Taylored Expressions)
Dies:  Double-edged Flag Stacklets Dies (Taylored Expressions)
Other:  White Embossing Powder (Ranger); Green Rhinestones

For all of our challenge details and to share your project, visit the Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge by clicking the image below.  We’d love to have you join us.  You have until Tuesday, August 7th at 7:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time to link up your project.


Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Monday, July 30, 2018

Altenew Educator Certification Program - All About Layering 1

Exciting news to share!  Recently I applied for and was accepted into the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP).  I'm looking forward to learning more about my craft from all the great instructors teaching these classes.

The first class I took is the All About Layering 1 Class.  It gave many good points on how to layer with the Altenew stamps.  For my card, I used the Build-A-Flower:  Morning Glory Stamp and Die set.  These sets are wonderful as they come with the stamp and the die.  It was the first time I've used the Altenew Crisp Dye Inks and I love them!  As you can see, the colors are vivid and cover well.

The card is a very simple one as it is all about stamping the various layers of the morning glory images.  To the card base I added a layer of black cardstock and placed my stamped layer on top of that.   


Stamp Sets:  Build-A-Flower:  Morning Glory, Painted Encouragement (Altenew)
Inks:  Caribbean Sky, Persian Blue, Sapphire, Sweet Leaf, Just Green, Jet Black (Altenew)
Cardstock:  Oreo, Sugar Cube (Taylored Expressions)
Other:  Clear Wink of Stella Brush

In future, I'll be sharing more of the cards I make for the various classes I'm taking for certification.  I can't wait to share them all with you.

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

WWC180 - Marsha's "All About Holidays" Challenge

Hello Wednesday!  It's time for another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  This week I'm your host and the theme is "All About Holidays".  Any holiday such as Easter, Canada Day, Thanksgiving and on and on.  It's all about holidays all over the world.  So, come share your holiday with us.

Today I've chosen to make a Christmas card.  I send out many so I always like to have plenty made up ahead of time so I don't find myself scrambling when I need them.


Stamp Set:  Holiday Florals (Taylored Expressions)
Inks:  Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, Smoky Slate (Stampin' Up!)
Cardstock:  Blackberry Bliss (Stampin' Up!); Sugar Cube (Taylored Expressons)
Patterned Paper:  Silent Night (Kimemories)
Dies:  Holiday Florals Dies (Taylored Expressions); Merry Christmas Die (Unknown)
Other:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels

For all of our 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 30th at 6:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time to link up your project.

http://watercoolerchallenge.blogspot.com

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha 

The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge - Summer Vacation

Hello and Happy Wednesday to everyone!  It's time for another challenge from The Sisterhood of Crafters.  This week Debbie is our host and she has challenged us to design a card about summer vacations.  So, what's your vacation all about?

Mine is spending it on the beach.  I love the sun and the sand and relaxing by the water.  It's been many years since I've been to the beach.  Hmm?  Maybe it times for another adventure!


Stamp Sets:  Colorful Seasons, Waterfront (Stampin' Up!)
Inks:  Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz (Stampin' Up!)
Cardstock:  Mint Macron (Stampin' Up!)
Patterned Paper:  Serene Scenery (Stampin' Up!); Rainbow Brights Paper Pack (Taylored Expressions)
Dies:  Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies (Stampin' Up!)

For all the challenge details and to share your project at The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge, just click the image below.  We'd love to have you join us.  You have until Sunday, August 5th at 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time to link up your project.

http://thesisterhoodofcrafters.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

WWC179 - Heidi's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Hello Wednesday!  This week Heidi is our hosting our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  It's a Masculine "Anything Goes" challenge.  So, dig out those great masculine stamp sets you don't use often enough and play along with us.

Once again I used the Reel Great Guys stamp set by Art Impressions. This cute little pooch looks so peaceful floating around in his inner tube surrounded by water.  A great way to spend a summer day.


Stamp Set:  Reel Great Guys (Art Impressions)
Inks:  Oreo (Taylored Expressions); VersaMark
Copic Markers:  E33, E37, R22, R27, B00, B02
Cardstock:  Oreo, Sugar Cube (Taylored Expressions)
Patterned Paper:  Playful Patterns - Savory (Taylored Expressions)
Dies: Mini Frame 4 Die (Taylored Expressions); Bold Borders Diagonal Die (Papertrey Ink)
Other:  Black Embossing Powder (Ranger)

For all of our 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, June 23rd at 6:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time to link up your project.


Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

WWC178 - Crystal's "All About Occasions" Challenge

This week our brand new Design Team member, Crystal Komara, is hosting our "All About Occasions" challenge at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

As you can see, I was in the mood for bright colors when I created this card.  It's the first chance I've had to play with the Beautiful Peacock stamp set.  I love the swirls in this set.


Stamp Set:  Beautiful Peacock (Stampin' Up!)
Distress Inks:   Faded Jeans, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey, Tumbled Glass (Tim Holtz)
Distress Oxide Inks:  Lucky Clover, Wilted Violet (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock:  Oreo, Sugar Cube (Taylored Expressions)
Other:  Jewels (Bead Landing), Clear Wink of Stella Brush

For all of our 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 16th at 6:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time to link up your project.

http://watercoolerchallenge.blogspot.com

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha