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

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #75

This week at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges, Deborah has given us a wonderful sketch to inspire our creativity.   When I first saw the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper, I fell in love with it.  Night of Navy and Whisper White, what a great combination!  To keep the card from being a monochromatic blue, I added a touch of Peekaboo Peach as one of the layers.  I didn't have a Night of Navy Stampin' Write Marker so I used my Dapper Denim marker around the edges of the Peekaboo Peach flower.  It darkened just enough that it almost looks navy.  The stamp set I used is the new Fabulous Flora.


Stamp Set:  Fabulous Flora; Inks:  StazOn; Stampin' Write Markers:  Dapper Denim, Peekaboo Peach, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi; Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White; Patterned Paper:  Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper; Other:  Metal Rimmed Pearls

For all the challenge details and to share your project inspired by Deborah's sketch, visit Watercooler Wednesday Challenges by clicking the image below.  We'd love to have you join us.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

I've also entered my card in the SUO Challenge #152, Delight in Nature.  For all the challenge details, visit SU-Only Challenges.

My card has also been entered it in the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge.  For all their challenge details, click the image below.

http://addictedtostamps-challenge.blogspot.com/2016/07/challenge-201-anything-goes.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #74

It's Theme week at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges and I'm hosting an it's all about "tags".  It can be a tag or a tag on a card (like what I made) or a tag on a tag or a tag on a bag.  It just has to be a tag or show a tag.  So, now that you know what you need to do, tag, you're it!  

This card is a bit of an odd shape given I wanted to get three of the tags on the card.  The card base is 7" x 4" made out of Very Vanilla cardstock.  I added a layer of Basic Black and the tags on top and popped them up with Dimensionals.  The tags are cut out of Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper.  The center tag is the reverse of the other tags.  Across the tags I added a strip of printed vellum from the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack.  At the top of each tag, I added a little bit of Gold Baker's Twine.  The butterfly is cut from the cut from Basic Black and Very Vanilla using the Butterflies Thinlits Dies and the Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies.  I layered the black one onto the vanilla one.  For the flower, I used the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies and cut it out of Pool Party card stock.  The brad is one I've had for a while and I think it's Island Indigo.  It's one of the In Color Polka Dot Brads but I can't remember the year.
In Color Polka Dot Brads
In Color Polka Dot Brads


For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.  We'd love to have you join us.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Pacific Point Hello

The Stampin' Royalty Challenge gave me the perfect opportunity to use my favorite Everyday Jars Framelits Dies.  That's what the challenge was, use our dies.  That little fish is so cute!  This one is Pacific Point and I added some Dazzling Diamonds to the fins for a little sparkle.  They don't show up well in the photo but there are some little pearl bubbles floating up to the surface.  It's just a simple note card that I'll add to my stash for a time when I want to send off a note to someone.


Stamp Set:  Botanical Blooms, Jar of Love; Inks:  Pacific Point, Pear Pizzazz, Peekaboo Peach, Soft Sky, Smoky Slate; Cardstock:  Pacific Point, Whisper White; Other:  Everyday Jars Framelits Dies, Doily, Dazzling Diamonds, Pearl Basic Jewels, Linen Thread

My card was made for the Stampin' Royalty Challenge where we were to use our dies.  For all the challenge details, click the image below.

http://stampinroyalty.blogspot.ca/2016/06/stampin-royalty-challenge-sr335.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Swirly Heart

Today I combined one of my favorite challenges, CAS(E) this Sketch, with a new challenge for me, Global Design Project.  I love the colors, Night of Navy, Sweet Sugarplum and Whisper White.  One of the things I like to do is use up bits and pieces that are left over from other projects.  The Sweet Sugarplum swirly die cut is one of those pieces.  The Gorgeous Grunge splatters are Night of Navy but I stamped off to give it a softer look so the Night of Navy heart inside the swirly image would stand out.  I really like how it came together.


Stamp Sets:  Love You Lots, Gorgeous Grunge; Ink:  Night of Navy; Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White; Other:  Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (heart), Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers (heart)

The colors I used are from the Global Design Project Challenge.  For all the challenge details, click the image below.

http://www.global-design-project.com/2016/06/global-design-project-041-colour.html

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

http://casethissketch.blogspot.com/2016/06/case-this-sketch-178.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #73

It's time for another Clean And Simple (CAS) challenge here at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Gail is the host this week and she has added Summer as a theme for this challenge.

On a layer of Whisper White, I stamped two images from the Happy Home stamp set using Jet Black StazOn ink.  Over the images, I used various Stampin' Write Markers to add color to the card.  I used Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Pool Party and Rich Razzleberry.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set and stamped using Basic Black Archival ink.  The card base is Daffodil Delight.


For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.  We'd love to have you join us.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Monday, June 20, 2016

Congrats!

Funny thing happened to me this morning when I woke up.  I went right to my craft table and made a card that is a three-in-one as it works for three different challenges.  It's celebrating along with The Paper Players Challenge as they are the occasion of their 300th challenge.  I combined it with the Stampin' Royalty color challenge using Carries' colors and Leigh's sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch!  I think they came together well.

Now that I have totally rearranged my day by playing first, I now have to get busy doing all the things on my list so I can come back to the craft studio tonight and get in another round of creating.  I have some new things I want to play with so I'm out of here to get all those other things done.

Have a fantastic day!


Stamp Set:  Crazy about You; Ink:  Old Olive; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White; Other:  Botanical Builder Framelits Dies, Metal Rimmed Pearl, Wooden Congrats Embellishment

The theme for my card is from The Paper Players Challenge.  For all the challenge details, click the image below.

http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2016/06/pp300-cas-celebration-from-jaydee.html

The colors I used are from the Stampin' Royalty Challenge.  For all the challenge details, click the image below.


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


Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha