Monday, September 29, 2014

Paper Players 215

It isn't often that I make anything resembling Halloween but the images from the Holiday Home stamp set were perfect for the Paper Players sketch challenge.  Funny thing is, it's very similar to the design Sandy Mathias did and that was not intentional on my part.  I didn't see hers until after I had mine all done.  One of the things I purposefully do when I enter a challenge, is not look at the projects from the design team until after I have mine done. Interesting how we can see the same thing in a sketch and come up with a slightly different look.


Stamp Set:  Holiday Home; Inks:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie; Card Stock:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  1" Square Punch, Petite Curly Label Punch, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Trimmer

The Paper Players Challenge can be found HERE.

http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.ca/2014/09/paper-players-challenge-215-sketch-from.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

CAS(E) this Sketch 94 and ColourQ 260

Ever have one of those days when you know what you should be doing but you are avoiding and doing what you want to do?  Well, that's my day for you.  I have a mile long list of things I need to do and here I am making cards.  Maybe that is the beauty of retirement.  You make your list, then ignore it to have some fun.  At least there is nothing earth shattering on my list.  One of the things I've found about making lists, if you don't get it done today put it at the top of tomorrow's list.  You'd be surprised at how quickly you do get all things done.  Now on to the card I made for the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge and the ColourQ challenge.


Stamp Sets:  Four You, Work of Art; Inks:  Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Tangerine Tango; Card Stock:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Star Jewels (Doodlebug Design), SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Trimmer
All Stampin' Up!® Product unless otherwise noted.

The CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge can be found HERE.

http://casethissketch.blogspot.ca/2014/09/case-this-sketch-94.html

The ColourQ Challenge can be found HERE.

http://colourq.blogspot.com/2014/09/colourq-challenge-260.html

Thanks for stopping it at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Just Add Ink Flutters with CASology

Another quick, short post for you today.  I've been a bit under the weather so haven't spent a lot of time creating but I managed a wee bit of time to combine a couple of challenges.  I loved the sketch at Just Add Ink and the design fit the CASology Cue Card Word Challenge perfectly!  I always thing of butterflies when I see or hear the word flutter.


Stamp Set:  Four You; Ink:  Elegant Eggplant; Blendabilities:  Coastal Cabana; Card Stock:  Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, All Is Calm Designer Series Paper, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack; Accessories & Tools:  Elegant Butterfly Punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Stampin' Trimmer

The Just Add Ink sketch can be found HERE.

http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2014/09/just-add-ink-233-sketch-challenge.html

The CASology Cue Card Word can be found HERE.

http://casology.blogspot.com/2014/09/week-114-flutter.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sunday Christmas Card Challenges #44

It's an 'anything goes' challenge for us this week at Sunday Christmas Card Challenges.  You get to choose the design and the colors.  I chose a clean and simple (CAS) design for this one.  I also used one of my favorite techniques.  I attached my squares of paper, stamped the sentiment, then used an embossing folder to dot up the whole layer.  I used one of my favorite retired stamp sets for the sentiment.


Stamp Set:  Heard from the Heart (retired); Ink:  Cherry Cobbler; Card Stock:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Trim the Tree; Accessories & Tools:  1" Square Punch, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

You can find the details for the Sunday Christmas Card Challenges HERE.  We do hope you will join in and share your projects with us.

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Friday, September 26, 2014

Retro Sketches 133

A quick, short post for you today to share the card I made using the sketch from Retro Sketches.  I know, there is nothing like waiting until the last minute.  Considering I've had the card made for several days, I just can't figure that one out.  Anyway, here's my take on this weeks' sketch.  The sentiment was stamped on the inside since it is such a large one. 



Stamp:  Fancy Thank You (Hero Arts); Ink:  Blackberry Bliss; Card Stock:  Hello Honey, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack; Accessories & Tools:  Corner Rounder, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Brights Buttons (retired), Rhinestone Basic Jewels

You can find the Retro Sketches Challenge HERE.


Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches 155

It has been a cloudy, rainy, cold and gloomy day here in Iowa.  As much as I love Autumn, I prefer the sunny days of fall.  To cheer myself up, I made a springlike card for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  It also gave me the opportunity to use up some paper scraps that were laying around.  I love it when that happens.  The pretty Strawberry Slush flower is an extra left over from another project and it looks so good with the  flowered paper from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack


Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes; Ink:  Mossy Meadow; Card Stock:  Daffodil Delight, Mossy Meadow, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack, Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack; Accessories & Tools:  Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, Bird Builder Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack Scallop Circle (retired), Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker's Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, SNAIL Adhesive, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals

I loved the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  There is still time for you to play along, too.  You can find all the details HERE.


Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Monday, September 22, 2014

Paper Players 214 and Pals Paper Arts 220

My oldest son, Wayne, has a birthday coming up soon.  With his recent move back to Tennessee, I won't get to hand him his birthday card.  That meant I had to get it made and in the mail so he gets it on time.  The Paper Players CAS (Clean And Simple) Masculine Birthday challenge and the sketch from Pals Paper Arts were the perfect combination for his card. 


Stamp Sets:  Four You, Traveler; Ink:  Soft Suede; Card Stock:  Soft Suede, Whisper White, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack; Accessories & Tools:  Circles Collection Framelits Dies, In Color Sequin Assortment, Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

You can find the sketch challenge from Pals Paper Arts HERE.


The masculine birthday card challenge from The Paper Players can be found HERE.


Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

I'm Taking the Day Off

But I wanted to share a very special picture with you.  It's one that is from an album that my dad gave to each of us for Christmas many years ago.  All of the pictures were taken by him and he found appropriate prose or poetry to tell the story of the photo image.  It's a wonderful album and a cherished treasure.

Today just happens to be the first day of Autumn and Iowa is totally gorgeous in the Fall.  I don't remember the exact location but this photo was taken somewhere near my aunt's farm.  The photo is old as it was taken sometime in 1960.



Enjoy your first day of Autumn and thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sunday Christmas Card Challenge #43

Wow!  I don't know about you but this week has just seem to fly by!  Of course, it has been a busy one for me so maybe that explains it.  Anyway, it's time for another Sunday Christmas Card Challenge!  I loved the inspiration photo this week and made a cup of hot chocolate to share with you.  I'm sorry but I forgot the marshmallows!


Stamp Sets:  Christmas Bliss (for the sentiment), Holiday Home (for the snowflakes); Ink:  Early Espresso. Whisper White Craft Pad; Card Stock:  Early Espresso, Real Red, Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, SNAIL Adhesive, Dimensionals

You can find the Sunday Christmas Card Challenges inspiration photo HERE.  I do hope you will join us this week.

http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Freshly Made Sketches 154 Meets Fab Friday 50

Combining challenges is something I really enjoy doing, usually because I have a  deadline and one challenge will close before the other but I want to play along.  With Design Team obligations for Christmas Card Challenges, upcoming events to prep for and custom orders coming in, it's no wonder I like the two for one.  It simplifies my life and still keeps me creating all of the time.

Today's card comes from the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and the colors from Fab Friday, two of my favorite challenges.  It's been a while since I used my Beautiful Wings Embosslits and I was in the mood for some pretty butterflies.


Stamp Set:  Four You; Ink:  Tuxedo Black Memento; Card Stock:  Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheets; Accessories & Tools:  Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape (retired), Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

The sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches can be found HERE.


The color challenge from Fab Friday can be found HERE.




Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wacky Watercooler September Blog Hop

http://wackywatercoolerstamping.blogspot.com

Hello and welcome to our September Wacky Watercooler Stamping Blog Hop.  It's time to show off the new Holiday Catalog and believe me when I say, you are going to love it!  It is full of great new products that you are just not going to want to do without!  :-)

You've arrived at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe from Priscilla Ivler's blog.  Didn't she have some great projects to share?  The creativity of my fellow Stampin' Up!® Demonstrators never ceases to amaze me.

My first project uses the new Four Feathers Stamp Set and the Feathers Framelits Dies from the Holiday Catalog.  While browsing the other day, I came across this card design and knew I wanted to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) it.  I'm afraid I forgot to write down the original designer's name but I do thank her for this great clean and simple design.


Stamp Sets:  For You, Four Feathers; Inks:  Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Soft Sky; Card Stock:  Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Very Vanilla; Accessories & Tools:  2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment, Crystal Effects, Corner Round

For my second project, another CASE, is a design I saw from Justin Krieger and totally fell in love with it.  It was all I could do to wait for my order to get here so I could make it.  The sentiment is from the Pictogram Punches Stamp Set.  Thanks, Justin, for the inspiration for this very cool card!


Stamp Sets:  Four Feathers, Pictogram Punches; Inks:  Elegant Eggplant, VersaMark; Card Stock:  Elegant Eggplant, Tangelo Twist, Champagne Glimmer Paper, Vellum; Accessories & Tools:  Confetti Stars Punch, Feathers Framelits Dies, Mustache Die, Chalk Talk Framelits Dies, Wild Wasabi Embossing Powder (retired), Dimensionals

With the cool days and nights we've had in Iowa lately, you know that Fall is fast approaching.  We are already seeing some color changes in the trees.  My next card uses the new For All Things Stamp Set from the Holiday Catalog.  I fussy cut three of the oak leaf images and made a fall leaf bouquet.  The colors I used are from the current Paper Players color challenge.  They are perfect for fall colors.


Stamp Sets:  For All Things, Gorgeous Grunge; Inks:  Always Artichoke, Baked Brown Sugar, Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze; Card Stock:  Cajun Craze, Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Baked Brown Sugar, SNAIL Adhesive, Glue Dots, Blending Tool

You can find The Paper Players Color Challenge HERE.


Well, there you have it from me, now it's time to head over to see what Marie Green has in store for you.  Just click the button below to move forward.

http://www.mytanglewoodcottage.com/

To revisit Priscilla Ivler, you can click the button below to fall back.

http://priscillastamps.blogspot.com/

To head back to where it all began, click the following button.  It will lead you to the Wacky Watercooler Stamping Blog.

http://wackywatercoolerstamping.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

SU-Only Challenge 105 - Featuring Embellishments

As I sit here looking out my craft studio window, there is a blanket of fog giving a blurred version of the world outside my window.  With the official start of Autumn coming on Monday, I'm not surprised.  Fog seems to be more prevalent in the Fall than at any other time of the year.  Fall is also my favorite time of the year.  I love the crisp air and the changing colors of the trees.  Some of those pretty leaves made their way onto the card I designed for the SU-Only Challenges.  The challenge was to make a project using one of the embellishments found on pages 209 and 209 in the Stampin' UP!® Annual Catalog or similar types of products found in the Stampin' Up!® 2014 Holiday Catalog.  I used the Mini Brads from page 209.  You can find the SU-Only Challenge HERE.

The leaves and sentiment are from the new For All Things Stamp Set.  I fussy cut them, attached them to the Moonlight Designer Series Paper then, ran it through the Big Shot using the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.   I love that Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon!


Stamp Set:  For All Things; Inks:  Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Blackberry Bliss, Bake3d Brown Sugar, Tangelo Twist; Card Stock:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack; Accessories & Tools:  Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Labels Collection Framelits Dies, 3/8" Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon, 1/8" Mini Brads, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Glue Dots, SNAIL Adhesive, Dimensionals, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

Be sure to stop back later to take a tour of the Wacky Watercooler September Blog Hop where we will feature holiday and Autumn projects inspired by the 2014 Holiday Catalog and the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog.

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

RetroSketches #132

Have I told you how busy my week has been and it is only Wednesday.  I've been on the go since Sunday and not had a lot of time to spend in my craft studio.  It's late afternoon, I'm ready to put a movie in the DVD player, kick back and catch my breath.  It's not often I sit down and do a little of nothing but before I go I wanted to share a new card I made for the Retro Sketches challenge.


Stamp Sets:  Kinda Eclectic, Four You; Ink:  Basic Black; Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack, Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack; Accessories & Tools:  Elegant Butterfly Punch, Dazzling Details, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Trimmer

The Retro Sketches challenge can be found HERE.

http://retrosketches.blogspot.com/2014/09/retrosketches-132.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sunday Christmas Card Challenge #42

Hello and welcome.  It's an optional color challenge this week at Sunday Christmas Card Challenges.  Of course, the only real requirement for the challenge is to make a holiday or Christmas card.  I love those little houses and Santa flying through the night sky.  I am so looking forward to Christmas and all the hoopla that goes along with it!  What do you want Santa to bring you this year?  :-)


Stamp Set:  Holiday Home; Inks:  Smoky Slate, Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Real Red, Blushing Bride; Card Stock:  Whisper White, All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper; Accessories & Tools:  Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies, Silver 1/8" Ribbon, Silver Dazzling Details, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

You can find all the details for the Sunday Christmas Card Challenges HERE.  We would love to have you join us.

http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pals Paper Arts #219

Okay, so I'm procrastinating.  I'll admit it!  I should be finishing up three sets of swaps I need to have done within the next two weeks.  Instead, I'm playing along with the great color challenge over at Pals Paper Arts.  I totally love these colors and, thanks to Angie Crockett, I have a wonderful single layer card design to CASE (Copy And Share Everything).   To see her card, you can visit her Body, Mind, Spirit, and STAMPS!

For my 'clouds,' I made a template using the Cloud Punch from My Digital Studio.  I printed it out then, cut around the clouds.  Using the cloud mask, I first sponged Crushed Curry over the entire area.  Then, sponged Cajun Craze to give the varying definitions of color.  I used Always Artichoke to stamp the image and sentiment from the For All Things stamp set found on page 41 of the 2014 Holiday Catalog.


Stamp Set:  For All Things; Inks:  Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry; Card Stock:  Whisper White; Accessories & Tools:  Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Sponge Dauber

Clean and simple and full of wonderful Fall colors. You can find the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge HERE.

http://www.palspaperarts.com/2014/09/ppa219-a-color-challenge.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Green and Gold and Purple, Oh My!

A few months ago, someone asked me if I would help with invitations for a birthday party, to be held in February of next year, that had a Mardi Gras theme.  When I first saw Justin Krieger's card, it was perfect for the birthday invitation.  So, I knew I was going to CASE (Case And Share Everything) it.

I wanted the traditional colors of Mardi Gras and with a little research, I found those colors to be green, gold and purple.  I didn't have a current sentiment stamp that I liked for my card so, I dug out my retired Define Your Life.  It's one of the few sets that I have kept from those that have retired since I've been a Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator.


Stamp Set:  Four Feathers, Define Your Life (retired); Ink:  Elegant Eggplant; Card Stock:  Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi, Gold Foil Sheets, Vellum; Accessories & Tools:  Confetti Stars Punch, Four Feathers Framelits Die, Mustache Framelits Die, Chalk Talk Framelits Dies, VersaMark, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, SNAIL Adhesive, PEARLustre Amethyst Embossing Powder(non-Stampin' Up!®), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
All Stampin' Up!® Product unless otherwise noted.

This was a really fun card to make and I want to thank Justin for the inspiration.  Here is the card that Justin designed.  I love the black and orange he used.  Click on his name above or the photo below to see his blog post about his card.

http://jkcards.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/mojo-360-bonus/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

The Paper Players 212

Fall is my favorite time of the year.  I love the changing colors of the trees, the cool, crisp evenings and the huge beautiful harvest moons.  Consequently, I loved the challenge this week at The Paper Players.  It's a Happy Fall, Y'all theme challenge.

The leaves are from the new For All Things stamp set and I fussy cut them so they looked more 3-dimensional.  And, that tag...it's one of the little houses from the Holiday Home Framelits Dies


Stamp Set:  For All Things; Inks:  Baked Brown Sugar, Hello Honey, Real Red, Tangelo Twist; Card Stock:  Crumb Cake, Crisp Cantaloupe, Very Vanilla; Accessories & Tools:  Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Circles Collection Framelits, Holiday Home Framelits, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Button (from my stash), Glue Dots, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
All Stampin' Up!® Product unless otherwise noted.

You can find the inspiration photo from The Paper Players HERE.


Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha