Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop (Part 4)

Phew! My fourth post of the day, a never-before experience here on the blog, and possibly one that may never be repeated. :D For the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, I have saved my coffee-themed card for last. 

This may be my favourite of my four cards. The card layout is courtesy of Tuesday Morning Sketches. It seemed to call out for patterned paper, and I thought the robins and flowers added a little spring theme to it. (Five different patterned papers! Me!) The image is from Clipart Panda. I've had the Viva Las VegaStamps sentiment for a while, just waiting for the right opportunity. 
The Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop runs until Friday, and there are lots of prizes to be had, so if you haven't yet, pour yourself a hot beverage and join in! 

Supplies: white cardstock, Crate Paper Maggie Holmes patterned paper, Viva Las VegaStamps Drink Coffee stamp, Memento Luxe teal zeal ink, Spellbinders circle dies

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Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop (Part 3)

Here we go with another card for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! Yes, I had a remarkably productive couple of days yesterday and today. I'm still using mostly the same stamp sets for this card, but at least managed to mix it up a bit: 

This time the To Thine Own Shelf stamp set gets to offer more than a handy resting spot for the teapot. Of course, the books are either small, or that's one big teapot. Or we could say the teapot's more in the foreground and the books in the background. Hey, it's tea and books, so it works for me. The ultimate recipient of this card never needs to know the sentiment really refers to the subjects of the card...
In case you're wondering, I "kissed" the teapot stamp with a background stamp inked in a darker purple to give it some patterning. Lots of bright springlike colours, even if the patterned paper and card base are grey.
Thus endeth the tea card series. I've got one more to show you... this time with COFFEE! 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up smoky slate cardstock, Studio Calico (I think) patterned paper, Lawn Fawn My Cup of Tea, Simon Says Stamp To Thine Own Shelf & Unity Layers of Life All for Love (December 2014) stamps, Memento tuxedo black, grey flannel, Paris dusk, tangelo, cottage ivy, teal zeal, rhubarb stalk, lilac posies & elderberry inks, pop dots

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Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop (Part 2)

As threatened promised, here I am again with another card for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! Using the same main sets as I did for this card, I created a variation on the theme: 

A square card this time, and a different sentiment. Instead of die cutting the teapot image, I made a frame from some patterned paper. I used the same glitter embossing powder I used for the steam to emboss the sentiment, stamped in grey. 
Next up: another, slightly different card! 

Supplies: white cardstock, Stampin' Up patterned paper, Lawn Fawn My Cup of Tea, Simon Says Stamp To Thine Own Shelf & Viva Las VegaStamps Take Time For Tea stamps, Stampin' Up real red, Memento grey flannel (regular & Luxe), Colorbox frost white & Versamark inks, clear glitter & Wow white embossing powders, Spellbinders circle die, pop dots

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Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! (Part 1)

It may not be quite spring yet (that's what the snow falling outside my window is suggesting here, at least) but it is time for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! The hop started last Friday... and that was still February, when I was doing my best to pretend to be hibernating. But now it's March! So I have not one but FOUR cards to share! Of course I had to be contrary and make three of them tea-themed. Luckily coffee, tea and cocoa projects are all accepted. 

Nothing overtly spring-like here, but I think the bright colours and little hearts hint how happy I will be when spring finally arrives. ;) I photographed this on an angle to best show off the glittery steam -- Versamark and glitter embossing powder. The teapot is rock 'n' rolled in two shades of red to give it a little depth and definition. I used Leslie's Crooked Stamper Sketch #2 for my layout -- I hope Leslie doesn't mind I went mirror-image with it. And then there's the last day for Simon Says Stamp and its Anything Goes Wednesday challenge.  
And that's card number 1! I'll be back soon with another one. 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up real red cardstock, Lawn Fawn My Cup of Tea, Simon Says Stamp To Thine Own Shelf & Unity Mixup of Cuteness stamps, Stempin' Up real red, Memento grey flannel & rhubarb stalk, Colorbox frost white & Versamark inks, clear glitter & Wow white embossing powders, Heidi Swapp polka dot stencil, Dreamweavers glossy white embossing paste, Spellbinders circle dies, Wink of Stella clear glitter marker, pop-dot squares

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Three Songs and a Card (Naughty or Nice)

Hooray! Record-breaking cold February is over, March -- which contains the first day of spring -- has begun, and as an extra added bonus, there's a new Naughty or Nice challenge! 

March is a perfect time to go green, whatever that might mean to you. For we troublemakers at Naughty or Nice, we started with the thought that "it's not easy being green". Which of course made me think of Kermit. When I think of Kermit (not that I do THAT often), I also think of this song. All of which led to deciding to put a frog on my card. Thoughts of frogs led to thoughts of frog princes, which led to thoughts of not really wanting to kiss one -- and I'm not even a princess! All that led me to my third song, and the design of my card... 

I started by sponging a scrap of watercolour paper with distress ink, as well as flicking it with a few drops of water, before stamping and embossing the frog. I added a little extra colour to his spots, too. His lily pad is just a die-cut oval with a wedge snipped out. I added a teal panel -- after all, isn't teal just green striving to be blue and failing? I also scored a simple frame around the panel. His eyes weren't showing as much as I thought they should, so I added microscopic dots of enamel accents. Speech bubble, a couple of wood veneer hearts, and I have a card that makes me chuckle. Also a card to enter into this week's Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge. 
Where will thinking green lead you? I hope you'll go green and join us! 

Supplies: white cardstock, Strathmore 140 lb watercolour paper, Echo Park For the Record 2 patterned paper, Paper Smooches A Little Lovin' stamps, Versafine onyx black, Memento Luxe rhubarb stalk & mowed lawn distress inks, Zing clear embossing powder, Paper Smooches word bubbles, Spellbinders oval & Simon Says Stamp Postage Stamp Edge dies, Studio Calico wood veneer hearts, Martha Stewart scoring board, pop dot tape

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