Friday, February 28, 2014

Smoky Slate Happy Birthday Wishes

Last night I was again cleaning and organizing my craft supplies and came across one last sheet of my Twitterpated Designer Series Paper.  Since I needed a masculine card and wanted to try my hand at the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch cards I've seen, I decided the paper and punch would make a good combination.  I have to tell you, I'm loving that punch!

The Smoky Slate card stock and patterned paper were just too blah so I added some Pistachio Pudding to the mix along with bit more Whisper White.  I didn't have any really masculine type ribbon but the silver ribbon I used looks pretty good and added just a touch of sparkle to the card.  I like it!


Stamp Set:  Simply Sketched; Inks:  Smoky Slate; Card Stock:  Smoky Slate, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White, Twitterpated Designer Series Paper - retired; Accessories & Tools:  Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, 3/16" Corner Rounder Punch, 1/8" Silver Brad, 1/8" Silver Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

I played along with the Catered Crop Challenge and you can find all the details HERE.

http://cateredcrop.com/2014/02/23/good-birthdays-recipe-swap-quick-fire/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Simply Sketched Sympathy

It's a woman's prerogative to change her mind, right?  Well, I did just that.  This is a card I made to feature in the upcoming Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop but I changed my mind.  Something else came to mind and now I'm working on that.  Of course, you'll have to wait until March 13th to see it because that's when the hop begins.  :-)

Tuesday brought the UPS guy to my door with some new goodies from Stampin' Up!®  I've not had a chance to use many of them but you will see a couple of them featured on today's card.  I love the new Banner Punch and the Gold Foil Sheets.  That's saying a lot since I'm a silver person.  My dear friend who shall not remain nameless, Jean, talked me into the gold and I must say I'm glad she did.  One of the projects I'm making for our blog hop is a study in gold.  I can't wait to share it with you.  But, for now, here is my newest card.


Stamp Set:  Simply Sketched; Inks:  Night of Navy, Pool Party; Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, Pool Party, Gold Foil Sheets, Etcetera Designer Series Paper; Accessories & Tools:  Banner Punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Arrows Embossing Folder, 3/16" Corner Rounder, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

The sketch I used is from The Deconstructed Sketch No. 139.  You can check it out HERE.

http://deconstructingjen.com/ds139/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Bright Birthday Balloon

Well, I don't know about you, but I was ready for some bright, cheerful colors today.  The one thing I can say about the Color Crush Paper Pad is that it is eye-catching!  Evey sheet is a study in color and movement.  It was the perfect background for all the different colors I wanted to use in this card.  Don't you think this colorful balloon would brighten up someone's birthday?


Stamp Set:  Party Balloons (My Favorite Things); Ink:  Coastal Cabana (Stampin' Up!); Card Stock: Whisper White, Melon Mambo and Crisp Cantaloupe (Stampin' Up!), ki Color Crush paper Pad (Hampton Art); Accessories & Tools: Party Balloons Die-namics (My Favorite Things), Chalk Talk Framelits, Decorate Dots Embossing Folder, 1/8" Calypso Coral Ribbon and Stampin' Dimensionals (Stampin' Up!), Rhinestones, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine

You can find the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge and all the details HERE.

http://www.mftstamps.com/blog/stamp-and-win-with-this-weeks-card-sketch-164/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Summer Starfruit Poppy

Just a quick post here today.  I'm supposed to be doing chores but put it off long enough to share this card with you.  I combined a couple of challenges and I really like the simplicity of the card.  I opted not to add a sentiment so I can use it later for whatever occasion I might need.  I often leave my cards blank just for that reason.  It allows me to have a stash on hand that I can customize easily.


Stamp Set:  Simply Sketched (Stampin' Up!); Inks:  Always Artichoke and Summer Starfruit (Stampin' Up!); Card Stock:  Whisper White, Summer Starfruit, Always Artichoke and Peach Parfait - retired (Stampin' Up!); Accessories & Tools:  Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (Stampin' Up!), Rhinestones, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

For the flower, I did some paper piecing.  I stamped the imaged in Always Artichoke onto the Summer Starfruit card stock.  Next, I stamped the flower from the Simply Sketched Stamp Set onto Whisper White using Summer Starfruit ink, then cut around the flower and glued it on top of the stamped image.  It's a fun technique and you can get very detailed with it should you chose to do so.

I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for my card.  You can find it HERE.

http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2014/02/freshly-made-sketches-124-sketch-by.html

The color scheme came from the ColourQ Challenge.  You can see it HERE.

http://colourq.blogspot.com/2014/02/colourq-challenge-229.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Friday, February 21, 2014

Flowers & Flourishes

What?  A day without snow?  No worries.  Yes, snow will be here again tomorrow.  Not much but snow just the same.  I've lived in Iowa most of my life and even I'm getting tired of the cold and snow.  At least I stayed warm finishing up my latest mixed media project and did I ever learn a few things.  Hopefully, you won't notice the little mistakes I made.  Actually, I don't consider them mistakes, just learning opportunities.

The project was too big to fit in my light tent so I did my best trying to get a good photo of the canvas.  This is the best shot out of the gazillions I took trying to get it just right.  I know, perfect is not necessary but try to explain that to my OCD tendencies.


Stamp Sets:  Trust God, Gorgeous Grunge (Stampin' Up!); Inks:  Baked Brown Sugar (Stampin' Up!), Tuxedo Black (Memento); Card Stock:  Very Vanilla (Stampin' Up!), Clever Paper (Authentique); Accessories & Tools:  Petite Petals Punch, Fancy Flower Punch, Pansy Punch and Decorative Label Punch (Stampin' Up!), Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die, Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes Die, Crystals (Prima), Burnt Umber Acrylic Paint (Americana), Brads, 5" x 7" Picture Frame, Rhinestone, White Tissue Paper, 8" x 10" Canvas, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

Oh, just so you know, part of the flowers and the flourishes on the lower left and in the center of the canvas were cut out of wallpaper.  That's right, wallpaper!  Isn't that just too cool?  I had a bunch of wallpaper given to me and every now and again, I'll dig it out and use it on a project.  And, the frame, got that at a garage sale.  I love a bargain!

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Beautiful Butterflies

From flowers to butterflies.  Both papers came from one of the new paper pads I picked up the other day.  I just love the colors!  I'm playing along with another challenge.  This one is from Fusion Card Challenge.  You have the option of using just the sketch, just the inspiration photo or both to create fusion!  I always like to try to do both.  It's fun to see if I can manage to bring the two together.


Stamp:  Happy Birthday (Stampabilities); Ink:  VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad; Card Stock:  Whisper White, Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up!), Ki Color Crush Paper Pad (Hampton Art); Accessories & Tools:  Beautiful Wings Embosslits, 3/8" Old Olive Striped Organdy Ribbon, Pear Basic Jewels, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

This is the sketch I used from the Fusion Card Challenge.

http://fusioncardchallenge.blogspot.com/2014/02/fusion-4.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

The Language of Friendship

Well, I have got to say there is never a dull moment in the state of Iowa especially when it comes to the weather.  So far today, we've had rain, hail, sleet, thunder, snow and now the wind is picking up so it can blow it all around!  I was hoping the thunder snow would miss us since that's when the heaviest snow fall happens.  I'm not sure it's over yet, so I don't know how much snow has fallen.  Doesn't look like much right now but it looks to be raining again and that's not good.  As the temperatures drop, everything is going to get slick.

Today was a great day to spend in the craft studio.  I had one more challenge I wanted to get in before it closes.  It's the one over at Time Out Challenges.  The challenge was to create a "Love and/or Friendship" project.  I combined hearts for love and the great sentiment of Thoreau's for friendship.  Here's how it turned out.  I love the muted heart patterned paper.  You can check out the challenge by clicking HERE.


Stamp Set:  Language of Friendship - retired (Stampin' Up!); Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Old Olive (Stampin' Up!); Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple (Stampin' Up!), Homespun Patterned Paper (Simple Stores); Accessories & Tools:  Decorative Label Punch, Small Heart Punch, 3/8" Old Olive Striped Organdy Ribbon - retired and Stampin' Dimensionals (Stampin' Up!), Rhinestones

Okay, I promise that I am done posting for today.  I'm going to go put my feet up and watch a movie or a wee bit of TV.  It's also time for my afternoon snack.  Life is good even when we are under a blizzard warning!

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

A Blanket of Bright Flowers

Yesterday's sunshine and warm temperatures had me wishing that Spring really was here to stay.  I am so looking forward to the bright and beautiful flowers and the luscious green coats of the trees.  But until that happens, I'll just have to rely on pretty patterned papers like the one I used on the card I made for the RetroSketches Challenge.  Don't you just love those bright, cheerful flowers?


Stamp Set:  Fabulous Florets (Stampin' Up!); Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Card Stock:  Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Crisp Cantaloupe (Stampin' Up!), Ki Color Crush Paper Pad (Hampton Art); Accessories & Tools:  Petite petals Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack Flower, Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Marker, Stampin' Dimensionals (Stampin' Up!), White Opaque Pen (Inkssentials)

Here is the sketch I used from the RetroSketches Challenge.

http://retrosketches.blogspot.com/2014/02/retrosketches-102.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Laughter in Lavendar and Black

It's another late night in my craft studio.  That's what happens when you go shopping instead of working on new projects.  The good thing is I have some pretty new papers to use and everything needed to finish a mixed media project I started yesterday.  With another winter storm on it's way that could dump another three to six inches of snow all over me today, I'll have plenty of time to play in my studio.  But, on to the new card I created for the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.



Stamp Set:  Wallpaper and Wood CMS126 (Tim Holtz Collection); Ink:  Gesso (Ranger); Card Stock:  Basic Black (Stampin' Up!), Violet Crush (KaiserCraft); Accessories & Tools:  Platinum Pearls Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Stampin' Dimensionals (Stampin' Up!), Rhinestones

Can you believe there is no ink used on this?  I used Gesso to cover my stamp then, stamped it on the black card stock.  It makes for a very cool looking background.  I can't wait to try it with some other background stamps I rarely use.

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

http://kgiron.blogspot.com/2014/02/sweet-sunday-sketch-challenge-207.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Monday, February 17, 2014

The Good Life

One card, two challenges.  Now that's the way to get things done!  I liked the sketch over at CAS Colours and Sketches and I liked the theme of using stars over at The Paper Players.  And, I'm in a blue mode again and used only blue and vanilla for my Happy Whale card.  I love double-sided patterned paper.  One side had the stars and the other side was solid blue.


Stamp Set:  May 2013 Paper Pumpkin Sentiment (Stampin' Up!); Ink:  Marina Mist (Stampin' Up!); Card Stock:  Very Vanilla (Stampin' Up!), Mother Goose Patterned Paper (Graphic 45); Accessories & Tools:  Happy Whale Clearlits - retired (Stampin' Up!), Rhinestone

Here is where you can find the sketch from CAS - Colours and Sketches.

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #61

The Paper Players challenge can be found Here.

http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.ca/2014/02/challenge-183-clean-and-simple.html


Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Heartfelt Thanks

While I was waiting for our next round of rain, ice, sleet and snow to show up, I decided to play along with the current challenge at My Favorite Things.  Lately, I've felt like I've been neglecting my favorite color, blue.  I needed a thank you card to send to the instructor of the class I attended on Saturday afternoon, this was perfect.  The class was fantastic and I made a cute craft organization book which I'll show you in a post later this week.  For now, here is the card I made using the great sketch from My Favorite Things.


Stamp Set:  Heart Balloons (My Favorite Things); Ink:  Midnight Muse (Stampin' Up!); Card Stock:  Whisper White, Soft Sky, Midnight Muse, Champagne Glimmer Paper, Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack (Stampin' Up!); Accessories & Tools:  Staggered Heart Border Die-namics (My Favorite Things), Rhinestones, 3/16" Corner Rounder, Stampin' Dimensionals

Here is the sketch from the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge.

http://www.mftstamps.com/blog/stamp-and-win-with-this-weeks-card-sketch-163/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Pretty Pink Roses

There's just time for a short post today.  There is much I need to do today so my time on the computer is limited.  But, I just had to share this pretty card I made for a new challenge I've found, Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge.  As with many crafters, I do have a 'hoard' of supplies that I always think I'll use later.  I think that's why I'm going to like this challenge, it let's me dig into the stash and finally use it!  The pretty pink roses are what I've been keeping for that special project.


Stamp Set:  Everything Eleanor (Stampin' Up!); Inks:  Pear Pizzazz (Stampin' Up!), Vintage Photo (Tim Holtz Distress Ink); Card Stock:  Rich Razzleberry (Stampin' Up!), Adorbs Patterned Paper (My Mind's Eye); Accessories:  Pink Roses (Prima Flowers), Silver Jewels (TPC Studio)

To learn more about this new challenge blog, click on the link below.  It's going to be such fun!

Challenge #1: What's Your Style? Share a project that showcases your signature style. Dig into your hoard and pull out items that make you shout with crafty joy! Whip up something that has your creative name all over it. Do you, because no one is you-er than you!

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Wacky Watercooler February Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop

 

Oh, yes!  It's time for another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.  Don't you just love 'em!  I do.  There are so many wonderfully creative projects and no two ever seem to be alike.

For my first card I managed to use a bit of product from all of the current catalogs.  At my last Stamp Club, the ink smeared on the original center layer so I didn't finish the project and just took the parts home with me.  When I committed to the hop, this immediately came to mind.  I changed it up a bit and this is the final product.  I love these colors look together.


Stamp Sets:  Petite Petals, Trust God; Inks:  Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana and  Summer Starfruit, Tuxedo Black (Memento); Card Stock:  Sahara Sand, Basic black, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White, Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper; Accessories & Tools:  Scallop Edge Border Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals(Stampin' Up!)

The Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper is from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog and is one of the free choices you have when you place a $50 order with your Demonstrator.

For my second card, I went bright and cheerful.  I made this card on what would have been my mother's 88th birthday.  Instead of making it a birthday card, I went with a Mother's Day card because I love this sentiment from Delightful Dozen.  She was a wonderful mother and she loved butterflies and flowers.


Stamp Sets:  Petite Petals, Delightful Dozen; Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral; Card Stock:  Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper; Accessories & Tools:  Labels Collection Framelits, Petite Petals Punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Well, what do you know!  Again, I used product from all of the current catalogs.  And, no, this was definitely not planned but I'm on a roll!  Will it carry through for my final project?

For my third and last project, I decided to do something a wee bit different, a mixed media canvas.  As you can see, I wasn't able to carry through with a product from each of the current catalogs.  I just couldn't figure out how to use the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder and make it look good on the canvas.  At the moment, it's the only Sale-A-Bration product I have until my next order gets here.  So, here is the end result.  I love those blue flowers!


And here is a close up of the sentiment.  If you look closely at the Soft Sky flowers, you can see that I added just a bit of sparkle to the center of the flower.  Thank you to Jackie Topa for the great punch art tutorial for the cute flowers.  I will definitely be making them again!

 
Stamp Sets:  Everything Eleanor, Trust God, Petite Petals (used for the background); Inks:  Crushed Curry Ink Refill, Pear Pizzazz Ink Refill, Island Indigo Ink Refill, Soft Sky, Island Indigo; Card Stock:  Soft Sky, Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Midnight Muse Stampin' Write Marker, Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write Marker, Petite Petals Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack Flower, Bird builder Punch, 1/8" Silver Ribbon, Antique Brad, Pearl Modeling Cream, Wedding Cake Acrylic Paint

That's all for me, folks.  Now it's time to see what great things Bev has in store for you.  Just click on the cooler below.

http://stampwithbev.blogspot.ca/

If you'd like to go back and take another look at Heidi's fantastic projects, just click on the following cooler.

http://heidistampinalong.blogspot.com/

And, to start all over again because you just can't get enough of all the great projects, just click on the Home cooler.

http://wackywatercoolerstamping.blogspot.com/

Hasn't this hop been great!  The really great thing is we are going to be doing monthly hops and they will occur every second Thursday to Saturday of the month.  Come back on March 13th for your next dose of inspiration.

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Valentine Treat Boxes

Well, that's what happens when you have a deadline and you wait until the last minute to get things done.  An order for three Valentine treat boxes came in on Friday and I said I'd have them done for her on Monday.  I just finished them up and I see it's now Monday morning.  I made it with time to spare as I won't see her until mid-morning.  Whew!


Stamp Set:  Delightful Dozen (Stampin' Up!); Ink:  Strawberry Slush (Stampin' Up!); Card Stock:  White, Red, Patterned Paper; Accessories & Tools:  Adorning Accents Edgelits, Hearts Collection Framelits, Chalk Talk Framelits

I want to thank Julie Davison for the great tutorial for these very cute little boxes.  They take no time to make and can be adapted for any occasion.  I think I need to make some of these for my grandkids.  You know, my big kids just might enjoy a little Valentine treat as well.  Guess I'd better get busy!

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Chocolate My Friend

Oh yes, definitely my friend!  I'm headed to my recliner to eat some popcorn, drink some hot cocoa and watch a movie.  Sunday evenings just don't get any better than this!  But first, I wanted to share the card I made for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge:  Cuppa Cocoa.  Since I love these two colors together and since my friend, Heather, was a guest designer, I knew I had to play along.


Stamp Sets:  Morning Cup - retired, My Friend (Stampin' Up!); Ink:  Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!); Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Neutrals Designer Series Paper Pack; Accessories & Tools:  Hearts Collection Framelits, Chalk Talk Framelits, Decorative Label Punch Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals (Stampin' Up!, Chocolate Die Cut (Silhouette), Button, Rhinestones


http://curtaincallchallenge.blogspot.com/2014/02/curtain-call-inspiration-challenge.html


Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha  

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014

Zachary Turned Nine!

Actually, he turned nine on February 4th but due to the nasty snowstorm we had, his birthday party was postponed until today.  When he saw the calendars I made for Christmas gifts for the adult men, his eyes lit up and he asked if he could have one.  Of course, Grandma said yes.  The last time I asked, he said his favorite color was blue so I'm going with that.  Seems like he has changed that favorite color a time or two so it is hard to keep up with him.


Stamp:  My Sentiments Exactly; Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Card Stock:  Marina Mist, Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper - retired, Neutrals Designer Series Paper Patterns Stack - retired (Stampin' Up!); Accessories & Tools:  Calendar (Taylored Expressions), Rhinestone

These take no time and all to make and they do make a nice little gift.  Okay, time to pack it up and head over for the cake and ice cream.  I know what his parents bought him and I can't wait to see his reaction.  It will be priceless!

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Crushed Curry Birthday

Okay, time again for a very short post.  For some reason time got away from me today and I've not been able to catch up with it.  Since I wanted to participate in the current Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge and since the deadline is tomorrow, I figured I should stay up a bit past my bedtime and show you the card I made.

I loved the white on white card that Karen made with the very cool Staggered Heart Border Die.  So, I used the white on white but did some stamping and used the Happy Birthday Die for my card.  Both dies are from My Favorite Things.  The last time my friend Heather and I stamped together, I cut out a couple of  happy birthdays, one in Bermuda Bay and one in Crushed Curry.  As you can see, I used the Crushed Curry.


I stamped the lines in Bermuda Bay from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set which are both from Stampin' Up!®   I popped up the layer with some Stampin' Dimensionals and I was done.  Now that's what I call a quick and easy,  clean and simple kind of card.  I like it.

Here is the sketch from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.

http://kgiron.blogspot.com/2014/02/sweet-sunday-sketch-challenge-205.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Red & Indigo Birthday

Would you believe I now have my birthdays made up through May?  This is totally unheard of for me, even though I'm usually a most organized person.  I think, now that I've retired and don't pay as much attention to time as I once did, that I have a tendency to put things off.  You know, like wait til the very last minute.  I can't say that's a good thing that has come out of retirement.

Today's card combines two challenges, a color challenge from Dynamic Duos and a sketch challenge from Retro Sketches.  I love how bright and cheerful this turned out.


Stamp Sets:  Gorgeous Grunge, Simply Sketched (Stampin' Up!); Ink:  Island Indigo; Card Stock:  Island Indigo, Real Red, Whisper White, Real Red Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper (Stampin' Up!); Accessories & Tools:  Chalk Talk Framelits, Itty Bitty Punch Pack Scallop Circle, 1/8" Silver Brads, 1/4" Island Indigo Ribbon - retired (Stampin' Up!)

Now here are the challenges from Dynamic Duos and Retro Sketches.

http://thedynamicduoschallenge.blogspot.com/2014/02/dd88-red-teal.html

http://retrosketches.blogspot.com/2014/02/retrosketches-100.html
 
Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Monday, February 3, 2014

Thoughts of You

Today I'm joining in a new challenge.  I love the colors and the clean and simple sketch.  I needed a card to send to a friend I've been thinking a lot about and this just all came together perfectly.  One of my favorite stamp sets is Serene Silhouettes and I haven't used it much lately what with all the Valentine and Birthday cards I've been making.  Each little flower has a pearl in its center but they are hard to see in the photo.


Stamp Sets:  Serene Silhouettes, Loving Thoughts (Stampin' Up!); Ink:  Rich Razzleberry; Card Stock:  Soft Sky, Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper (Stampin' Up!); Accessories & Tools:  1-3/4" Circle Punch, Pear Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals (Stampin' Up!)

I played along with the CAS - Colours and Sketches Blog Challenge today.

http://cascoloursandsketches.blogspot.com/2014/01/challenge-59-double.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Happy Birthday Blue

It was so exciting to be picked as Lisa's Rock Star over at The Friday Mashup!  Thank you so much, Lisa, for making me your Rock Star.  You can read all about it HERE.  I love playing along with their challenges and this week's had me playing with ink and water and stencil and sponge.  I tried something a bit different and while I'm not sure it went like I expected, it was fun to get inky.


Stamp Set:  Delightful Dozen (Stampin' Up!); Inks:  Pool Party Ink Refill, Marina Mist Ink Refill, Night of Navy Refill, Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush, Primrose Petals, Night of Navy, Whisper White Craft Pad (Stampin' Up!); Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Pistachio Pudding, Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!); Accessories & Tools:  Manilla Tag, Blending Tool (Ranger), Bubbles Mask Stencil (Studio Calico), Clear Embossing Powder, VersaMark Pen, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals (Stampin' Up!)

I decided to "Mash it Up" and use the sketch and do some sponging.  Here is the challenge over at The Friday Mashup.

http://www.fridaymashup.com/2014/01/fm145-saras-got-sketch.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Be My Valentine

With so many guys in my family, I needed to come up with another Valentine card that wouldn't offend any masculine egos!  :-)   The sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches was the perfect clean and simple sketch to keep one of my guys happy.



Stamp Sets:  My Little Valentine - retired, You Are Loved - retired (Stampin' Up!); Inks:  Smoky Slate (Stampin' Up!), Tuxedo Black (Memento); Card Stock:  Smoky Slate, Champagne Glimmer Paper (Stampin' Up!), Maggie Holmes Patterned Paper (Crate Paper); Accessories & Tools:  Hearts Collection Framelits, Full Heart Punch, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Stampin' Dimensionals (Stampin' Up!)

With just a touch of the glimmer paper, it kept it from being a rather dull card.  Sparkle helps every time whether it's for a guy or a gal.

Here is the sketch I used from Freshly Made Sketches.

http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2014/01/freshly-made-sketches-121-sketch-by.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha