Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #153 - Gail's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Wednesday is back and that means it's time for a new Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  This week Gail is hosting our Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Have you ever had one of those times when you were really glad when you finally managed to put a card together?  My crafting over the past couple of days has been a study in frustration.  After many false starts, here is the card I made for my grandson's birthday.  He'll be thirteen in a couple of weeks and all of these images remind me of him.

The card base is Sugar Cube (Taylored Expressions) and I attached a piece of patterned paper to it but I can't remember from which paper pad as I've had it for a while.  On top of that I added a layer of Sugar Cube cardstock.  The images and sentiment are stamped from the Epic Celebrations (Stampin' Up!) stamp set using Bermuda Bay ink.  I fussy cut the sneakers, guitar and headset and attached them with Scotch Foam Tape.  The sentiment circle was cut from Sugar Cube cardstock using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (Stampin' Up!).  I attached the stitched circle to a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock and fussy cut around it to give just a hint of the color.  Using the next largest circle die would have made it too big and I didn't want a large border of color.  I think he is going to like it!


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, January 22nd at 6:00 p.m. Central Time to link up your project.

http://watercoolerchallenge.blogspot.com

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

http://sundaystamps.blogspot.com/2018/01/ssc170-new-year-new-sketch.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #255

This week at CAS Colours & Sketches we have a color challenge for you.  My sister has a birthday next month and she loves purple.  Perfect Plum and Wisteria Wonder fall into that color family and I used the Soft Sky as my accent.

The apron was die cut using the Apron Builder Framelits Dies from Stampin' Up!  The trim and ties are also part of the die set.  I stamped the sentiment from the Another Year Older stamp set by Taylored Expressions using Perfect Plum ink.  The layer under the apron was embossed using the retired Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder from Stampin' Up!  The card base and embossed layer are Sugar Cube.


For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge by clicking the image below.  We'd love to have you join us.  You have until Monday, January 22nd at 5:00 p.m. Central Time to link up your project.

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.co.uk/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #152 - Kath's "All About Occasions" Challenge

Hi and Hello!  Wednesday has rolled around again and it's time for a new Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  This week Kath is hosting our "All About Occasions" Challenge.  It can be any occasion of your choosing so that leaves the playing field wide open.

For my design this week I, for the very first time, made a Corner Pop Up Card.  It was a rather fun project to make.  There are so many possibilities with what you can add to the card.  I had a few things already made up so I mixed and match to get the final look.  You can find a great video from Dawn Griffith HERE.

For the daisies, I used my Delightful Daisies stamp set and matching Delightful Daisy Dies from Heartfelt Creations.  I stamped the flowers and leaf in Basic Black Archival and sponged the daisies with Sweet Sugarplum.  The centers are Taylored Expressions Lemon Meringue ink.  The leaf Old Olive and Wild Wasabi.

The patterned paper I used is the retired Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!  I love that gingham check and, being that it's Sweet Sugarplum, it matched the daisies and card base perfectly.

The sentiment on the front of the card is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set and the one on the inside is from the retired Thankful Life stamp set.  Both are from Stampin' Up!  They were stamped using Taylored Expressions Poppy Seed ink.



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, January 15th at 6:00 p.m. Central 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 - Frames

Hi everyone!  It's the first challenge of the new year from The Sisterhood of Crafters.  This week Diane is our host and she has challenged us to use frames in our designs.  Given the fact that I need several thank you cards, I pulled out one of my favorite dies and got to work.

First, I stamped the thank you sentiment in Blue Corn ink by Taylored Expressions.  It's from the So Very Much stamp set from Stampin' Up!  Then, I embossed the panel using the Brick Embossing Folder by Taylored Expressions.  From a pieced of patterned paper from the Playful Patterns - Savory Paper Pack from Taylored Expressions, I cut my frame using the Frame in Frame 2 Cutting Plate, also from Taylored Expressions, and popped it up on foam tape to "frame" the thank you.  What you can't see are the few drops of Glossy Accents I added to the brick panel.  It's a very clean and simple design but I do love how that sentiment stands out.


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.

http://thesisterhoodofcrafters.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #254

Hello!  It's time for the first CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge of the new year.  I loved the clean and simple look of this sketch and knew it would make a cute slider card for one of my grandchildren.

I've been staying away from making slider cards as I mail most of the cards I made and using pennies or washers just added too much weight to the envelope.  But, that dilemma has been solved.  On the Right Track Discs are light weight plastic discs that make slider cards a breeze.  Here is the fun one I made using the Party Hat Dies from Taylored Expressions.   


Stamp Sets:  Perfect Pairings, Timeless Treasures; Inks:  Daffodil Delight, Basic Black Archival; Cardstock:  Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Sugar Cube; Patterned Paper:  Rainbow Brights 6x6 Paper Pad (Taylored Expressions); Dies:  On the Right Track - Basics Dies (Taylored Expressions), Party Hat Dies (Taylored Expressions); Other:  Clear Wink of Stella Brush, On the Right Track Discs

For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge by clicking the image below.  We'd love to have you join us.

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.co.uk/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Monday, January 8, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #246

Happy New Year and welcome back to this week's sketch from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  Getting back into the craft room and creative mode has been a struggle lately.  But I had fun with the sketch this week.  For my stripes, I used some retired washi tape I have on hand and the die-cut word is from the Sunshine Wishes Dies by Stampin' Up!  What I really like is that, although it's actually black, the Distress Oxide Black Soot ink is not nearly as dark as the plain Distress Ink one.  I mixed it with some water and flicked it onto the card from and it shows up more gray than black and matches the washi tape very well.


Stamp Set:  None; Ink:  Black Soot Distress Oxide; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Sugar Cube; Dies:  Sunshine Wishes Dies (Stampin' Up!); Other:  All Is Calm Washsi Tape

For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge by clicking the image below.  We'd love to have you join us.

https://atlanticheartschallenge.blogspot.ca/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Crafty Calendar Challenge - Mythical Creatures

It's January and the first Saturday of the New Year.  That means it's time for our January challenge at Crafty Calendar.   The theme this month is all about Mythical Creatures; fairies and dragons and unicorns, oh my!  Our sponsors this month are A Day for Daisies and Wild Orchid Crafts.

The Fairy Swing digital image I used is from A Day for Daisies.  Isn't it just adorable!  It was printed on a piece of Shimmer White cardstock using my inkjet printer.  Before coloring the image, I let it dry overnight so the ink wouldn't bleed.  Once dry, I watercolored the image using Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils and added flowers from the Jar of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!  Those were stamped in Marina Mist and cut out using the Everyday Jars Framelits Dies from Stampin' Up!  The sentiment is from the Garden Fairies stamps set by Flourishes.  It's retired but still one of my favorites.  What isn't showing up well are the shimmery wings of the fairy.  They were done using the Clear Wink of Stella Brush.  It is very hard to get that to photograph well.

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


Stamp Sets:  Fairy Swing Digital Image (A Day for Daisies), Garden Fairies - sentiment (Flourishes), Jar of Love - flowers; Inks:  Marina Mist, Tuxedo Black Memento; Watercolor Pencils:  Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Old Olive; Stampin' Write Marker:  Blush Blossom; Cardstock:  Shimmer White, Sugar Cube; Other:  Clear Wink of Stella Brush, Everyday Jars Framelits Dies (Stampin' Up!), Stitched Rectangle Stacklets Dies (Taylored Expressions)

Our sponsors for the month of January are A Day for Daisies and Wild Orchid Crafts.

http://adayfordaisies.com/stamps/fairies-nymphs?sort=20a&page=7



http://www.wildorchidcrafts.com/index.php?main_page=index&zenid=raimsroj6akhbieeitjdigdtf1

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #151 - Charlotte's Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Happy New Year!  Not many of you know I had surgery in late November and was not doing much in the way of creating for the next several weeks.  If it wasn't for being able to work ahead and schedule my blog posts before the surgery and recovery time, I would have been gone the whole month of December.  Now that I'm well on the way to full recovery, I'm looking forward to all that this new year holds.

This week Charlotte is hosting our Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge.   One of my favorite new dies from Taylored Expressions is the Display Easel Dies.  It is so easy to make these calendars using the dies.  In the coming, days I'll also show you some of the other ways you can use these dies.


Stamp Set:  Colorful Seasons; Ink:  Night of Navy; Cardstock:  Berry Burst; Dies:  Display Easel (Taylored Expressions); Patterned Paper:  Hello Happiness (Taylored Expressions) Other:  Pink Ribbon Rose

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, January 8th at 6:00 p.m. Central Time to link up your project.

http://watercoolerchallenge.blogspot.com

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Monday, December 25, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #244

Hello and welcome to this week's sketch from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  For today's sketch, I flipped it on it's side and placed the sentiment within the frame.  I wanted to use the Downton Abbey Gilt Frame Die from Crafter's Companion for my design so flipping the sketch was a necessity.  One of the things I like about this die is that it also embosses the cardstock.  It's a new to me technique and this was my first try at it.  I think I'm going to be doing more embossing with my dies as time goes by. 

What doesn't show up well in the photo, is the sparkly from the Wink of Stella Brush I applied over the sentiment.  It added a pretty simmer to the cut out piece on which I stamped the sentiment.


Stamp Sets:  Carols of Christmas (Stampin' Up!), Bells & Boughs (Stampin' Up!); Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden; Dies:  Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies (Stampin' Up!), Downton Abbey Gilt Frame (Crafter's Companion); Other:  Clear Wink of Stella Brush

For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge by clicking the image below.  We'd love to have you join us.


Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Saturday, December 23, 2017

2018 Easel Calendar

As some of you may know, I always make new desk calendars each year for family and friends and give them as gifts at Christmas.  This year Taylored Expressions introduced the new Display Easel Dies and it's simply perfect for calendars.  They are so cute and so easy to put together.  I have lots of ideas for other ways to use the die but will share those as I make up the projects.  Something to look forward to in the new year.

The base was cut from Fresh Fig cardstock.  I cut the flowered label from The Playful Patterns - Harvest patterned paper from Taylored Expressions.  The mini calendars are from Taylored Expressions.  I have found hers to be the best and they are just the right size for the easel.  The stamp set I used is Colorful Seasons by Stampin' Up!

Although it is not easily seen in the photos, I didn't attach the flowered label.  With the little shelf, you could place one of your favorite photos and display it throughout the year or change it out as often as you like.



Today I'm entering my calendar in the "anything but a card" challenge from The Flower Challenge.  For all the challenge details and to share your project, click the image below.

http://theflowerchallenge.blogspot.ca/2017/12/the-flower-challenge-15-anything-but.html

Thanks for stopping by the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #150 - Heidi's Masculine "Anything Goes" Challenge

This week Heidi is hosting our Masculine "Anything Goes" challenge over at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Even guys like a bright, colorful card, right?  And, as promised, this is the last card I have to share from the Taylored Expressions Stamp Joy 2017 event.

Two of the things we got in our bag of goodies was the Bubble Greetings stamp set and a set of the Boxed In Basics panels that, as you can see, are the perfect fit for a layer on a card base.  I've been working on a set of cards using these panels and I'll be sharing those with you at a future time. 


Stamp Set:  Bubble Greetings; Ink:  Oreo; Copic Sketch Markers:  BG15, R27, Y35, YG13, YR14, V17; Cardstock:  Cherry Pop; Other:  Boxed In Basics, Candy Corn Enamel Shapes, Cherry Pop Enamel Shapes, Cookie Monster Enamel Shapes, Granny Smith Enamel Shapes, Jelly Donut Enamel Shapes, Lemon Meringue Enamel Shapes

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, December 25 at 6:00 p.m. Central Time to link up your project.

http://watercoolerchallenge.blogspot.com

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #149 - Marsha's "All About Occasions" Challenge

This week it's my turn to host our new "All About Occasions" challenge over at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  What better way to say Happy Birthday than with a bright and cheerful cupcake shaker card.  I think my youngest granddaughter will like this one.  It's another made at the Taylored Expressions Stamp Joy 2017 event.


Stamp Set:  In & Out Birthday; Ink:  Chocolate Truffle; Cardstock:  Chocolate Truffle, Cookie Monster, Lollipop, Sugar Cube; Patterned Paper:  Hello Happiness 6x6 Paper Pack Dies:  Sweet Tooth Shaker Dies; Other:  Acetate Window Sheet, Foam Adhesive Sheets, Hello Happiness Matched 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, December 18th at 6:00 p.m. Central Time to link up your project.


Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge - What about Christmas

Hi everyone!  It's time for another challenge from The Sisterhood of Crafters.  This week Agata is our host and it's an all about Christmas challenge.  Christmas is my favorite holiday and, while I don't really get into the spirit until after Thanksgiving, I do make my Christmas cards throughout the year just to have them all done by the time I need to send them in the mail.

For my card, I CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) a design by Pam Sparks.  You can see her card HERE.  Thanks, Pam, for the inspiration.

I love the Holiday Florals stamp set and matching dies from Taylored Expressions.  As you can see I did make a few changes.  Instead of stamping the wood grain background, I used patterned paper.  I changed the plaid embossing folder to a brick one for the red layer.  I also opted not to hear emboss on vellum as I didn't have any heavy enough to withstand the heat without scorching or curling.  Instead, I took a scrap of Sugar Cube, stamped VersaMark ink on it, added Copper Embossing Powder and once the powder was set, I cut out the word joy.  I wasn't sure it would go through the Big Shot and not crack but it worked perfectly.  And, rather than sequins, I colored some rhinestones with a Copic marker for the centers of my poinsettias.  And, I added a bit of a sprig on the lower right.  What can I say?  I stamped it, cut it and couldn't just leave it lay.    


Stamp Set:  Holiday Florals; Inks:  Chocolate Chip, Pea Pod, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Vintage Photo; Copic Sketch Marker:  Y19 Napoli Yellow; Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Real Red, Sugar Cube; Patterned Paper:  Playful Patterns - Harvest Paper Pack (Taylored Expressions); Other:  Brick Embossing Folder (Taylored Expressions), Copper Embossing Powder, Holiday Florals Dies (Taylored Expressions), Joy Die (Taylored Expressions), Rhinestone Basic Jewels

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


http://thesisterhoodofcrafters.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #253

Excitement is in the air!  I have the privilege of joining the Design Team at the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge.  I have been entering this challenge for quite some time and have always enjoyed it.  When they had a Design Team call, I knew I had to give it a go.  It's an honor to be a part of this team.

The challenge is to take any CC&S sketch challenge from 2017 and make a seasonal card with it.  I needed another Christmas card so this sketch was perfect.


Stamp Sets:  Carols of Christmas, Gorgeous Grunge, Holiday Florals, Timeliess Treasures; Distress Oxide Inks:  Black Soot, Candied Apple, Lucky Clover (Tim Holtz); Cardstock:  Sugar Cube, Watercolor Paper; Dies:  Holiday Florals Dies (Taylored Expressions); Other:  Nuvo Silver Jubilee Glitter Accents (Tonic Studios)  Stampin' Up! product used unless otherwise noted.

For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge by clicking the image below.  We'd love to have you join us.

The sketch I chose to use is the one from the January 10th, 2017 challenge. 

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.co.uk/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Monday, December 11, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #242

Hello and welcome to this week's sketch from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I was in the mood for some blue and white.  I used Night of Navy cardstock for the stripes and the square and placed everything on a card base of Sugar Cube.  A few silver sequins a wee bit of sparkle and it was finished.  I really like the way it looks.


Stamp Sets:  Colorful Seasons (Stampin' Up!), Happy Scenes (Stampin' Up!); Ink:  Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!);  Cardstock:  Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!), Sugar Cube (Taylored Expressions); Dies:  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (Stampin' Up!); Other:  Silver Sequins

For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge by clicking the image below.  We'd love to have you join us.

https://atlanticheartschallenge.blogspot.ca/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha