Monday, December 30, 2013


Despite the snow, the rather slick roads and the seriously crazy drivers, I made it over to my friend, Heather's, for a Panera lunch and some fun crafting time.  It was a real treat for me as I have been wanting to use some of her My Favorite Things stamps and dies since I don't have any, yet.  We played along with this week's MFTWSC sketch and this is the card I made.  My oldest grandson, Rodney, has a birthday next month and this was a perfect sketch to use for his card.

The dies used were MFT Die-namics Stacking Stars and Die-namics Blueprints1.  I don't remember the name of the stamp set that the happy birthday came from but I love the cursive.

Now here's the sketch from the MFT blog.

It was such a good day!  I am looking forward to the next time Heather and I get together. 

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe.


Sunday, December 29, 2013

My Day of Rest and Worship

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Do not let your heart be troubles, nor let it be fearful.

John 14:27

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

May you have a safe and wonderful Christmas. 

Thank you Jackie Topa for the Snowman Tutorial
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Sunday, December 22, 2013

My Day of Rest and Worship

And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 2:7

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Santa's Christmas Elf

So, what do you think?  Personally, I think all of my grandchildren, from the youngest to the oldest, will love to have one of these hanging on the tree with their name on it.  He's made out of different punched shapes and his arms and legs are candy.  One of the club members made the comment that it could also look like a girl elf.  Just add some earrings, maybe a bit of curly hair and instead of short pants, a skirt.  I think this little elf is just the cutest project.

I don't know all of the different punches used but I just love the way he looks.  Red, green, white, all the perfect Christmas colors.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Beautiful Night of Navy Christmas Card

We had such fun at our Sunday Stamp Club.  We made a couple of neat projects, played a game and won some cool prizes and had some yummy treats.  One of the projects we made was this really pretty Christmas card.  As you may know, blue is my favorite color and Stampin' Up!'s Night of Navy has been my favorite since I was first introduced to Stampin' Up!  The design is clean and simple and I love the sparkle of the Silver Glimmer Paper.

Stamp Sets:  Prince of Peace (#134811), Gorgeous Grunge (#130517); Ink:  Silver Metallic Encore Pad (#132142); Card Stock:  Night of Navy (#100867), Silver Glimmer Paper (#124005); Accessories & Tools:  Deco Labels Collection Die (#130102), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439), Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)

Tomorrow I'll show you the other cute project we made.  It's all made with punches and you are going to love it!

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Monday, December 16, 2013

The Blitz Continues

The Clearance Rack still has a lot of great products available at up to 80% off the original prices.  You can shop any time at my online store; it's always open for business.  But you'll want to hurry.  Clearance Rack items are only available while supplies last.

Thanks for stopping in at the Coffee Pot Stampin Cafe...


Sunday, December 15, 2013

My Day of Rest and Worship

How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, Who walks in His ways.

Psalm 128:1

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Whitehaven Welcome Center

This week has been a wild one!  Tuesday and Wednesday was spent on the road with my oldest son making a fast trip to Tennessee and back.  Consequently, that did not give me much time for creating and crafting.  I've spent Thursday and Friday recuperating!  It was an enjoyable ride and the best part was getting to spend so much time with my son.

Today I'm sharing a very cool stop we made on both days.  It's a fantastic rest stop found in Paducah, Kentucky.  We didn't have time for the tour, which I would have loved.  I tell you it is the cleanest and best rest stop I've ever seen.

Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture myself.  Yes, it was planned for the Wednesday and we took off before I remembered I wanted the picture.  I think my brain was in melt down by then.  Anyway, here are a few pictures I found to share and if you click on the top two photos, you'll go to websites that give a bit of the history of Whitehaven.

We actually saw it at night on Tuesday with the Christmas decorations and it was beautiful all lit up!

Monday should see me back on a more normal schedule and I do have plenty of creating time set up for next week.  I have Christmas cards to make and send as well as gifts to get finished.  Such a busy time!

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Michelle Brown Postcard

A few weeks ago, I attended a Mixed Media Postcard Art Tutorial given by Michelle BrownMixed Media Art was celebrating it's 4th birthday.  At the end of the tutorial, Michelle gave us the opportunity to win one of the postcards she made.  All we needed to do was leave a comment on her blog.  Low and behold, I was a winner!  I've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the postcard.  Well, today the wait ended.  I can't wait to make one of my own!

Isn't it great!  Now I need to save up some cereal boxes and make some of my own.  She makes it look so easy.  She also has a book I purchased, after I took my first class with her, and it is one I go to often just to be sure I haven't forgotten anything.  You can find it on her website.  Be sure to check it out clicking on the link above or on the postcard.

Thank you so much, Michelle, for the postcard and for helping me learn more and more about mixed media art.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

My Day of Rest and Worship

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come?  My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:1-2

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Michael"s Birthday

Today is my youngest son's birthday.  I hadn't used The Open Sea stamp set in quite a while and thought it would be perfect for a guy card.  The design is one I saved  during one of my browsing through card designs days.  I don't remember who originally designed it but I do want to say thank you to whomever it was.  I really like how it all came together.

Stamp Sets:  The Open Sea and Simply Sketched Hostess Set (Stampin' Up!); Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar; Card Stock:  Whisper White (Stampin' Up!) Blue card base (unknown), Down by the Shore (Fancy Pants); Accessories & Tools:  Extra Large Oval Punch, Spiral Border Punch - retired and Early Espresso Baker's Twine (Stampin' Up!)

Now I'm headed over to have pizza with the family to celebrate his birthday.  You know I must really love him a whole bunch to go out in this weather.  It's only seven degrees at this time.  By the time I get ready to come back home, it ought to be nice and frigid!

Until next time...happy creating!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Merry Christmas Plaid

Plaid is one of my favorite designs but I never would have thought of stamping in plaid.  A combination of old colors, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive along with new color, Baked Brown Sugar and Pistachio Pudding were used to make this pretty Christmas plaid.

Stamps:  Christmas Lodge (Stampin' Up! - Retired), DC Plaid Background Builder (My Favorite Things); Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Baked Brown Sugar (Stampin' Up!), Tuxedo Black (Momento); Card Stock:  Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding and Cherry Cobbler (Stampin' Up!), Classic White (Flourishes); Accessories & Tools:  Scallop Trim Border Punch, Curly Label Punch, Brights Old Olive Button (Retired) and !/8" Silver Ribbon (Stampin' Up!)

Since I used the sketch from My Favorite Things, I decided to play along with this week's challenge.  If you'd like to join, you can click HERE or on the image below to go find out all you need to know to play along.  And, I also entered the make your own background challenge at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.

Until next time...happy creating!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Silver Wreath Ornament

Another Stamp Club favorite is this clean and simple card with just a touch of sparkle.  Season of Style Designer Washi Tape, the new Mosaic Punch, a circle punch, some 1/8" Silver Ribbon, twine and a stamp and you have the makings of a very cool Christmas card.  And don't you just love that Silver Glimmer Paper!  It comes in Red and Champagne, too.   

Since my upline, Andrea, designed this card, I don't remember what stamp set was used.  I've looked and looked in the catalogs for it and have had no luck finding it.  Of course, your favorite Christmas sentiment would work as well.

Until next time...happy creating!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Time Crafting with a Friend - Priceless!

Yesterday afternoon was spent crafting with my friend, Heather.  I really enjoy the time I spend with her and I always learn something new whenever we get together.  After she had stamped some plaid backgrounds from the new 2013-2015 In Colors, she designed a beautiful Christmas card for me.  I love how she combines the different patterned papers.  She used three different ones on this card alone.

Stamp Set:  Bells & Boughs (Retired Stampin' Up!®); Inks:  Tuxedo Black (Memento™), Copic Markers; Card Stock:  Naturals White, Strawberry Slush (Stampin' Up!®), True Love Patterned Paper (Basic Grey), Classic White (Flourishes); Accessories & Tools:  Labels Collection Framelits Dies, Extra-Large Oval Punch (Stampin' Up!®), Pop Dots

She does a fantastic job of fussy cutting, too!  I had such a great day and look forward to crafting with Heather again soon.

Tomorrow I'll share one of the cards I made using one of the plaid backgrounds Heather stamped for me.  They are so cool!

Until next time...happy creating!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

My Day of Rest and Worship

The Lord is my strength and shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

Psalm 28:7