Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Bermuda Bay Thank You

One of the type of cards I always have need of are thank you cards.  For this one, I used one of the Uplifting Watercolor Panels from Taylored Expressions and colored it with Stampin' Write Markers.  With dimensionals, I added the panel to a layer of Bermuda Bay cardstock.  The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set and stamped using Bermuda Bay.  I added some Pearl Basic Jewels before and after the thank yous.  The card base is from the March 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit

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For details about the Wonderful Words challenge and to share your project, visit Stampin' Royalty.

http://www.stampinroyalty.blogspot.ca/2016/03/stampin-royalty-challenge-sr323.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge#61

It's "Anything Goes" week at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.  Since I needed another birthday card, it was a perfect project for the challenge.

The card base is white to which I added a layer from the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper.  On the Whisper White layer, I added a strip of patterned paper from Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper.  Above that I stamped a teacup from the A Nice Cuppa stamp set in Mint Macaron ink.  The heart is also from A Nice Cuppa stamp set and stamped using Cajun Craze ink.  The birthday sentiment is from the Perfect Pairings Sale-A-Bration stamp set and also stamped using Cajun Craze ink.  I wrapped a double strand of Whisper White Baker's Twine around the layer and tied a bow.  A Rhinestone Basic Jewel added to the heart finished it off.


For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Christmas Card Challenges # 17

It's time again for another Christmas Card Challenge.  This week it's a color challenge.  Since my son and his girlfriend were here helping me rearrange my craft room/bedroom, I discovered even more scraps that needed to be used up. 

For my colors I used, Very Vanilla for the card base, Soft Suede for the narrow strip, Rich Razzleberry for two squares and Watermelon Wonder for the third.  I stamped the sentiment from the Good Greetings stamp set using Basic Gray ink.  Then, I added three Very Vanilla Home for Christmas Enamel Dots and several Rich Razzleberry Candy Dots.  


For challenge details and to share your project, visit Christmas Card Challenges.  We'd love to have you join us.

http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com/

The sketch I used is from Freshly Made Sketches.

http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2016/03/freshly-made-sketches-229-sketch-by.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #60

My March Paper Pumpkin kit came on Monday and when I saw it I knew it would be perfect for this week's Watercooler Wednesday challenge.  It was my turn to choose the challenge and, since my birthday is this month, I decided on a Clean And Simple (CAS) birthday challenge.

The stamp set in the Paper Pumpkin kit is a really cute one.  The card is one that is shown in the instructions but I changed it just a wee bit.  I used the Happy Happy and balloon stamps but set them up further in the white square so I could added the birthday sentiment from the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set.  It was stamped using Bermuda Bay ink.  There was also a bow made from the baker's twine on the original and added just above the flags but I chose to attach them using my mini stapler.  To finish it off I added the colored pearls that were included in the kit.  The card base is Whisper White Thick.  Since it was to be a CAS, I didn't want to use the colored card base from the kit.  I really like the way this turned out.


For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Christmas Card Challenges #16

Today may be the first day of Spring but I'm still making those Christmas cards.  I love having them all done by the time December comes around again.  This week, at Christmas Card Challenges, we have a photo challenge for you.  Come join us and show us how it inspired you.

The card base is Crumb Cake.  The snowflakes are Crumb Cake stamped in Whisper White Craft ink using the Flurry of Wishes stamp set.  To give them the appearance of hanging like ornaments, I added Silver Metallic Thread and draped them over the patterned paper from the Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack.  The sentiment is also from the Flurry of Wishes stamp set.  I stamped it using Soft Suede ink and punched it out using the Modern Label Punch.  To finish it off, I added a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels.


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

http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com/2016/03/christmas-card-challenges-15-anything.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Friday, March 18, 2016

Easter Cross for The Friday Mashup Challenge #245

You know, they say that all good things must come to an end but it saddens me that one of my favorite challenges is closing down.  The Friday Mashup Challenge has been a favorite of mine for such a long time.  I'm really going to miss you all.  I want to say that all the wonderful challenges you offered up gave me the opportunity to become a better artist.  Thank You!

For my card I used a Soft Suede card base.  The Crushed Curry layers are from the Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper.  I sponged around and over it with some Delightful Dijon and was so pleased with the result.  The sun in the background is from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set and the sentiment from the Just Believe stamp set are stamped using Cajun Craze ink.  The Vine Cross is a single stamp from Our Daily Bread.  It's stamped using Cajun Craze ink.  The ribbon is from American Crafts and has just a bit of shimmer to it.  The final step was to add a few Pearl Basic Jewels.

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The sketch I used is from The Friday Mashup Challenge.

http://www.fridaymashup.com/2016/03/fm245-and-sad-goodbye.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Wacky Watercooler March Madness Blog Hop

http://wackywatercoolerstamping.blogspot.com

Welcome to our March Madness Blog Hop.  This month we're featuring some Fancy Folds.  There are so many ways to fold a card that it was hard to choose the ones I wanted to make.  I finally narrowed it down to three but could have filled a couple of pages of the ones that intrigued me.

As always, our Blog Hop runs in a circular fashion.  No matter where in the list of participants you begin, inevitably you'll wind up in the exact same place you began if you keep going to the "next" blog.  And, should you feel the need to start at the very beginning, you can go to the Wacky Watercooler Stamping Blog and work your way through from first to last.  But the circle never ends so you can go round and round as many times as you like.

For my first card I chose the Pleated Skirt Fold.  I've been seeing this done a lot and really like the look of it.  The tutorial I used is from Becky Robertshttp://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/pleatedskirtfold/?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=.

My card base is Very Vanilla.  The patterned paper is from the Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper.  The Blushing Bride flower was punched using the Flower Medallion Punch.  The Pink Pirouette flower was cut using the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.  I used an Antique Brad for the center of the flower.  What you can't see is the pretty shimmer I added to the flowers using a Clear Wink of Stella Brush.  The sentiment if from the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set and stamped using Basic Black Archival ink.    A few Pearl Basic Jewels and it was all done.  It's a very quick and easy card to make but I love that pleated look.


My next card is an S-Fold card.  The tutorial I found is from Beccy showing us how she made the card;  http://beccysplace.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/technique-class-s-fold-cards.html

I started with a card base of Hello Honey.  Then, added a layer of Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper to the right side.  The labels are cut from Cajun Craze and Whisper White using the retired Labels Collection Framelits Dies.  Those are my favorites and while I do have the Lots of Labels Framelits Dies, sometimes they just don't have the look I'm going for.  I cut two flowers out of Mint Macaron using the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.  The other flowers were cut from the other side of the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper.  The dies fit over the flowers perfectly, too.  It's Hello Honey but has a pattern to it and made some very nice flowers.  The little flowers on the front are from the Botanical Blooms and stamped in Cajun Craze and Mint Macaron ink.  The sentiment is from the Good Greetings stamp set and stamped using Basic Black Archival ink.  On the other side of the flap, I stamped the sentiment from Botanicals for You in Basic Black Archival ink.  I placed the flowers and stems on one clear block and stamped them using Cajun Craze and Mint Macaron.  For a little sparkle, I added a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

 

For my final project I made a Double Gate-Fold card.  For this one, I followed this tutorial from Dawn Olchefske; http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/doublegatefoldcard/?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=.  Her tutorials are always easy to follow.

For the card base I used a sheet of the Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper.  I need a masculine card so I used the Crumb Cake.  On the Whisper White layer I stamped the background from the You've Got This stamp set in Crumb Cake ink.  Over that I stamped the deer image from the In the Meadow stamp set in Early Espresso ink.  The little butterflies and the sentiment are from the In the Meadow stamp set and stamped in Lost Lagoon.  The layer behind the stamped layer is Crumb Cake.  The circles are cut from Early Espresso and Crumb Cake using the Circle Collection Framelits Dies.  The sentiments on the Crumb Cake circle are from the Rose Wonder stamp set and the In the Meadow stamp set.  I stamped them both using Early Espresso ink.  After I stamped it, I embossed it using the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.  I added some Early Espresso Baker's Twine and it is loose enough it slides off so the inside of the card can be seen.


Now it's time to go check out the great projects Leanne Johnson has created.  Click the image below.  

http://www.literallymyjoy.blogspot.com/

If you want to check out the great projects by Libby Fens again, click the image below.


To go back to the beginning of the Wacky Watercooler Stamping Blog Hop and wind you way through the hop again, click the image below.


Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #59

We're going green this week at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Bev gave us four great shades of green to pique our imaginations.  With St. Patrick's Day tomorrow, I knew I wanted to incorporate the colors into a shamrock.

The card base is Whisper White with a layer of the Mint Macaron from the Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper.  I added a layer of Whisper White on top and stamped the sentiment from the Happy Home stamp set on the lower left using Wild Wasabi ink.  I added a piece of 1" Dotted Lace Trim in Cucumber Crush to add a touch of bright to the card.  The doily is sponged with Wild Wasabi.  For the shamrock, I punched three hearts from two different patterns in the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper using the Sweetheart Punch.  The stem was cut from Mossy Meadow cardstock.  I added Rhinestone Basic Jewels to add just a wee bit of sparkle.


For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Monday, March 14, 2016

Thanks

Today I'm sharing a card I made for two of my favorite challenges; CAS(E) this Sketch and The Paper Players.  It's been a while since I've been able to contribute and it is so good to feel like sitting at my craft table again.

To the white card base I added a layer that I cut out of the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack using the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits Dies.  The strip of stripes (say that fast three times in a row) is from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and stamped using Bermuda Bay ink.  The little branches are from the Botanicals for You stamp set and stamped using Calypso Coral ink.

I have a confession to make regarding the sentiment.  It's from the Banner Blessings stamp set and is stamped using Basic Black Archival ink.  I did originally stamp the sentiment directly to the front of the card but the ink didn't go on well so I tried to stamp over it and it looked like I had a nervous twitch just as I stamp to paper.  :-)  So, I stamped it on a piece of Whisper White using Basic Black Archival ink, cut it out using the Lots of Labels Framelits Dies and covered up the blurred image.  Not planned but it did work out okay.  To finish it off I added just a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels.


The sketch I used is from the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.

http://casethissketch.blogspot.com/2016/03/case-this-sketch-163.html

The colors I used are from The Paper Players challenge.

http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2016/03/pp286-colour-challenge-from-nance.html

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Sunday, March 13, 2016

With Sympathy

It's been a rainy day here in Iowa and what better way to pass the day than to get back in the swing of joining in on some challenges.  Due to an unexpected health issue, I've not been in my craft room much other than to fulfill design team obligations.  Today found me seated at my craft table to combine the Freshly Made Sketches challenge and the Just Add Ink challenge.  I think they went well together.

As you can see, I used a white card base.  On the left I added a strip of Blackberry Bliss.  And, before you ask, yes, it is Blackberry Bliss and not black.  :-)  The rose and small flower are cut from Rich Razzleberry using the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies.  The ferns are cut from Tip Top Taupe using the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.  To the center of the flowers I added Pearl Basic Jewels.  The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set and stamped using Blackberry Bliss ink.


The sketch I used is from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2016/03/freshly-made-sketches-227-sketch-by.html

The colors I used are from the Just Add Ink challenge.

http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2016/03/just-add-ink-302-colour.html

Thanks for stopping by at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Christmas Card Challenges #15

It's "Anything Goes" week here at Christmas Card Challenges.  So, I decided to use up some of my Christmas paper scraps.  The card base is Cherry Cobbler and to that I added two different layers of patterned Christmas paper.  I cut the circle out of Whisper White using the Circle Collection Framelits Dies and sponged the edge of the circle Always Artichoke.  I added a strip of 1" Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen Ribbon.  The sentiment is from the Happy Scenes stamp set and stamped using Cherry Cobbler ink.  The tree is cut from Always Artichoke using the Evergreen Dies from Taylored Expressions.  Then, I added little drops of White Opal Liquid Pearls by Ranger.


For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit Christmas Card Challenges.

http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #58

It's a technique challenge this week at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.  Gail chose the Reflection Technique for us and I must say I've never before done this one.  I decided not to add any color to it other than the black and white.  It's another birthday card as I can't seem to keep them on hand.  Lots of birthdays here where I live.

The card base is Basic Black.  Then, I added a layer of Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper.  Onto the layer of Whisper White I stamped the train image from the Traveler stamp set and the clouds and sentiment from the Sky is the Limit stamp set.  What I discovered when I went to do the reflection is that I didn't have any window sheets so I used a piece of vellum.  It did okay but the image is not quite as dark as I wished.  I added some silver sequins from the Silver Sequin Trim and added them to the upper and lower part of the card to get another reflection.

Now it's your turn!  We'd love to see how this great sketch inspired your next project.  This challenge closes on Monday, March 14th at 1:00 p.m. Central Time.


For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Watercooler Wednesday Challenges #57

Deborah has chosen a have a fantastic sketch for this week's Watercooler Wednesday ChallengeBirthday cards are a big thing for me since I provide a card for each resident in my apartment building.  With a new month started, this sketch made for a very pretty card.

The card base is Mossy Meadow.  I do love that color of green.  Then, I added a layer of Mint Macaron and added a smaller layer of Mossy Meadow over that.  The strips of color are from the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper.  Over that is a another layer of Mint Macaron.  The small flowers on the left are actually from the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper, too.  They are on the flip side of the Cajun Craze printed paper.  The die from the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies is a perfect fit.  The branches of leaves and the flower in the center of the card are made using the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.  The sentiment is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set and stamped using Mossy Meadow.  The the center of each flower and the dot on the "i," I added Pearl Basic Jewels.

Now it's your turn!  We'd love to see how this great sketch inspired your next project.  This challenge closes on Monday, March 7th at 1:00 p.m. Central Time.


For all the challenge details and to share your project, visit Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.

http://watercoolerchallenges.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe,

Marsha