Friday, April 17, 2015

The Friday Mashup Challenge # 205

Well, that was an interesting experience!  Our Friday Mashup challenge this week is a sketch or the Bouncing Brayer Technique or you can mash them up and do both.  This is another technique I've not done before.  Let's just say my craft studio is a lovely color of Mossy Meadow!  Not really, but my fingers sure took on a different hue.  It was actually fun and I'm sure I'll use it again.  I do like the look you get with it and I've seen many ways of achieving the look.  I did kind of follow the sketch but, as you can see, changed it up a bit.  In all honesty, I was so focused on the technique that I nearly forgot about the sketch and had the card nearly done before realizing I was getting a bit off from the sketch.

 
Stamp Sets:  Flower Shop, Kinda Eclectic, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Blackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Mossy Meadow, Tuxedo Black Memento; Card Stock:  Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, Mossy Meadow, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Pansy Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Little Leaves Sizzlits (retired), Blackberry Bliss Thick Baker's Twine, Pearl Basic Jewels, Brayer, SNAIL Adhesive, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Stampin' Trimmer

For all the challenge details, please visit The Friday Mashup.  We'd love to see your interpretation of the sketch and the bouncing brayer technique.

http://www.fridaymashup.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Wacky Watercooler April Blog Hop


Yes, I know, April Fool's Day has come and gone but you have to remember that we are a bunch of wacky Stampin' Up!® demonstrators who love to have fun and do the unusual.  We're up to more April trickery and some interesting projects that aren't what they appear to be.  Should be a fun time for all.

For my first project I made a birthday card.  This is just one of the six I need to make for the birthdays this month at the place where I live.  I volunteered to make certain everyone gets a birthday card on their special day.  I'm not sure it fits the bill for the "it isn't what it appears to be" but, as you can see on the inside of the card, I added a gift card holder but without a gift card.  I simply made a card to fit the holder.




Stamp Sets:  Crazy About You, Kinda Eclectic, Painted Petals, Work of Art; Inks:  Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Crumb Cake, Pacific Point, Pear Pizzazz, Pistachio Pudding; Card Stock:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Pacific Point, Very Vanilla; Accessories & Tools:  Butterfly Thinlits Dies, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Envelope Punch Board, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Stampin' Trimmer

For my next project, I used the new photopolymer stamp set Just Kidding.  I wanted to do a fun card and the sentiment I used is so me.  Even my kids comment that a day Mom is not stamping is a day that should be marked on the calendar!  I have such funny kids. 


Stamp Set:  Just Kidding; Inks:  Basic Gray, Jet Black StazOn; Stampin' Write Marker:  Rose Red; Card Stock:  Basic Black, Basic Gray, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  What's Up Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, SNAIL Adhesive, Dimensionals, Stampin' Trimmer

The sketch I used is from the Retro Sketches Challenge.

http://retrosketches.blogspot.com/2015/04/retrosketches-160.html

The colors I used are from the current ColourQ Challenge.

http://colourq.blogspot.com/2015/04/colourq-challenge-287.html

For my final project, I used the Label Love stamp set and coordinating Artisan Label Punch both of which were birthday gifts from my friend, Jean.  They have both been on my wishlist for quite some time and it was such a pleasant surprise to open up that package to find them inside.  Thanks, Jean! 


Stamp Set:  Label Love; Ink:  Blushing Bride; Card Stock:  All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack, Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper, Rose Red, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Artisan Label Punch, What's Up Punch, Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker's Twine, SNAIL Adhesive, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Stampin' Trimmer

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

http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2015/04/freshly-made-sketches-182.html

The colors I used are from the current Colour Me...! Challenge.

http://colourmecardchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/04/cmcc67-colour-me-subtle.html

Now it's time to move on and see what Heidi Weaver has created for you.  I know you going to love her projects.  She is amazingly talented!

http://heidistampinalong.blogspot.com/

If you'd like to take another look at what Penny Hanuszak shared, click on the image below.  Your going to love her projects.

http://pennytokensstampinspot.blogspot.ca/

To head back to the Wacky Watercooler Stamping Blog and start from the very beginning, a very good place to start, click on the image below.

http://wackywatercoolerstamping.blogspot.ca/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Can't Thank You Enough

Where does the time go when you are having fun?  I sat down to make a card and suddenly it is after 2 a.m.  Something tells me I really need to set an alarm when I start crafting given this is not the first time this has happened.  It used to be reading all night long, now it's card designs that keep me awake at night.  Good thing I'm retired, right?

Today I've combined the colors from The Paper Players Challenge with the sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.  I kept it a very clean and simple design as I do with most of the cards I need to put in the mail.  I love the 2013-2015 In Colors and I'm going to be very sad to see them retire in just a few short weeks.


Stamp Sets:  Lovely Amazing You (sentiment), Petal Potpourri (flower); Inks:  Coastal Cabana, Tuxedo Black Memento; Card Stock:  All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Flower Medallion Punch, Large Pearl, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive, Glue Dots, Stampin' Trimmer

The colors I used are from the current Paper Players Challenge.

http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.ca/2015/04/pp240-colour-challenge-from-joanne.html

The sketch I used is from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.

http://sweetsundaysketch.blogspot.com/2015/04/sweet-sunday-sketch-challenge-264.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday Christmas Card Challenges #19

This week's Christmas Card Challenge is all about travel.  Whether you go by boat, car, train, plane or sleigh to reach your Christmas destination, it's sure to be a fun trip.  The Traveler stamp set from Stampin' Up!® has one of my favorite train stamps.  I love to travel by train but it has been a long time since I've had the opportunity to do so.  It's a very simple design but I really like the way it turned out even with my little halo.  Yes, I know, but this is the only piece of this patterned paper I had, so I went with it.  Consider it the flag leaving flutters in the air!  :-)


Stamp Sets:  Joyous Celebrations (sentiment), Traveler; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Vintage Photo (Tim Holtz); Card Stock:  Cherry Cobbler, Vintage Christmas (My Mind's Eye); Accessories & Tools:  Postage Stamp Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Blending Tool, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Trimmer

For all the challenge details, visit Christmas Card Challenges.  We'd love to see what you create!

http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Pretty Birthday Wishes

Today's blue skies and sunshine are a welcome relief from the gloom of fog and rain we've had here for the past few days.  The Colour Me...! Challenge colors were prefect for some pretty flowers and butterflies to make a bright and cheerful birthday card.  I love the way Marina Mist and Daffodil Delight look together.  The sketch from My Favorite Things Card Challenges made for a nice showcase for the card. 


Stamp Set:  Butterfly Basics (big butterfly), Flower Shop, Four You (sentiment), Kinda Eclectic (small butterfly), Petal Potpourri (flower center); Inks:  Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist; Card Stock:  All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Circle Collection Framelits, Butterfly Basics Thinlits Dies, Pansy Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

The pretty colors are from the current Colour Me...! Challenge.

http://colourmecardchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/04/cmcc66-colour-me-striking.html

The sketch is from the current MFT Card Challenges.

http://www.cardchallenges.com/2015/04/wednesday-sketch-challenge-sketch-223.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Friday Mashup Challenge #204

Would you believe this is the very first shaker card I've ever made?  It's true!  For some reason I've just never attempted one until today.  It's part of the Friday Mashup Challenge.  You can make a shaker card or make a congratulations card or mash it up and make a congratulations shaker card, which is what I did.  It's really hard to photograph a window sheet and bright sequins.

This is my second week as a Guest Designer for The Friday Mashup and I do hope you will join in and show us what you've created.  I'd love to see how you were inspired to use the challenge.


Stamp Sets:  Delightful Dozen, Gorgeous Grunge, Pictogram Punches; Inks:  Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe; Card Stock:  Baked Brown Sugar, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, Whisper White, Window Sheets; Accessories & Tools:  Labels Collection Framelits Dies, In Color Sequin Assortment, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Stampin' Trimmer

All of the challenge details can be found at The Friday Mashup!

http://www.fridaymashup.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lotus Blossom

It's been a rainy day here so I spent it in my craft studio working on Design Team projects, challenge projects and birthday cards.  So, I'm keeping this post very short and simply sharing a card I made for a couple of challenges.


Stamp Sets:  Key to Heaven (Our Daily Bread Designs) (sentiment), Lotus Blossom; Inks:  Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder, Pistachio Pudding, Pear Pizzazz, Tuxedo Black Memento; Card Stock:  Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Soft Sky, Perfect Plum, Here & Now (Echo Park Paper); Accessories & Tools:  Modern Morocco (MFT), Lost Lagoon Buttons, Glue Dots, SNAIL Adhesive, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

The colors I used are from the current Our Daily Bread Designs Shining Light Challenge.

http://www.ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com/2015/04/odbdslc233-color-challenge.html

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

http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2015/04/freshly-made-sketches-181-sketch-by-jen.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Retro Sketches #159

Today found me needing a birthday card for a guy so it was back to the designing board for me.  I thought the sketch over at Retro Sketches would make an excellent masculine card and so it was.  I love that Island Indigo for a guy card.  With the busy day I have scheduled for today, this is a very short post.


Stamp Sets:  Best Day Ever, Big Day (sentiments stamped on inside), Inks:  Hello Honey, Island Indigo; Card Stock:  Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack, Island Indigo, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Banner Punch, Frosted Sequins, Linen Thread, Glue Dots, SNAIL Adhesive

This is the sketch I used from Retro Sketches.

http://retrosketches.blogspot.com/2015/04/retrosketches-159.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sending Wishes Your Way

This card was my first attempt at the current Sunday Stamps challenge.  Unfortunately, I did a boo-boo.  The challenge is a one layer card and as you can see, mine is rather layer heavy.  So, I did a different one and posted it to their challenge site.  Whew!  I'm happy now!  It was a great sketch to showcase the flower I made from Crushed Curry and the Fun Flower Punch.  A bit of twine and a pretty button and voila! another pretty card that can be used for a birthday.  I'm always in need of birthday cards now that my months are full of seeing that each tenant gets a card.


Stamp Sets:  Butterfly Basics (sentiment); Beautiful Bunch, Gorgeous Grunge; Inks:  Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow; Card Stock:  Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Fun Flower Punch, Lost Lagoon Thick Baker's Twine, Blackberry Bliss Button, Glue Dots, SNAIL Adhesive, Dimensionals

The sketch is from the current Sunday Stamps Challenge.

http://sundaystamps.blogspot.ca/2015/03/ssc98-design-team-call.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Monday, April 6, 2015

Blowing Wishes Your Way

Today finds me playing along with a new challenge.  It's the Sunday Stamps challenge.  I'm always looking for new ones even while staying faithful to my favorite ones.  It was a great sketch to showcase the pinwheel from the Pinwheel & Popsicles stamp set from Flourishes.  Although Flourishes is no longer in business, I do still love the stamp sets I have from them.  I don't use them as much as I used to but I thing it worked well for the another of the birthday cards I need for the birthday crowd this month in the place where I live.


Stamp Set:  Pinwheels & Popsicles; Ink:  Tuxedo Black Memento; Copic Markers:  B00, B02, B05, Y13; Card Stock:  Pool Party, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Frosted Sequins, Glue Dots, SNAIL Adhesive

The sketch is from the current Sunday Stamps Challenge.

http://sundaystamps.blogspot.ca/2015/03/ssc98-design-team-call.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha