Sunday, September 24, 2017

Fabulous Foiling and Fluttering Away!

So!  The Fall 2017 Installment of the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is finished.  You'll be able to tell because every card I make won't have coffee in!  But don't think you won't still see plenty here!  Most of my creations are caffeine fueled so there has to be some respect for the Java Gods in my crafty space!

I wound down yesterday by getting crafty with some friends.  I still had quite a few comments to make so I brought my laptop and just some stamps, paper and my watercolor pencils and brush.  Mostly I colored all day (and gabbed and laughed and learned how to do foil and made maybe 10 comments because the Wifi where we were was TERRIBLE!!) Anyway... that awesome background above, and that beautiful butterfly were a couple things I did while I was there...

I had cut a bunch of these Brutus Monroe butterflies out last week when I had the Brother Scan N Cut humming away.  I like to do that... when I have it out, I just stamp and cut all kinds of stuff.  So I took them with me yesterday and colored a few in some pretty colors ...  AND my friend Mare was so kind to bring her Minc and show us how to use the foil and not only is it super easy, but it's awesome!!  I brought some of the foil ready backgrounds with me like this one from Brutus Monroe and foiled away... was so lucky to have this one ready for this morning when I started this Retirement card for one of my lucky coworkers! 

I used this sentiment for the card because very soon she will be able to... you know.. Do more of what makes her happy!  I added the CTMH sentiment to a piece of colored vellum and love it!  See that pretty bling?  That was also in my Brutus Monroe Inspiration Box .. they are so beautiful!!

I added some Wink of Stella to the wings for some added sparkle... as if there isn't enough sparkle & shine on this one.  I cut the Waffle Flower doily (one of my very favorite dies) in purple metallic and used some premade paper flowers in white, a very pretty and light orange and purple.  I cut some leaves from vellum using an MFT die and they were the perfect touch!

And this foil!!! Can you say awesome?  This background came foil ready in my Brutus Monroe What A Hoot Box.  I got some in the Butterfly one too, but this one was foiled and ready and perfect!

I am going to be doing this more often for sure!  We had so much fun and got so many ideas from Mare Hepp, Mary Twentyman and Jean Chaney that my mind is ready to explode!  This foil is called "Sequins" and it's pretty cool, right?  I'll be sharing more about this soon, but for now... just let your eyes take it in!

And I almost forgot to mention these awesome background layering dies from Waffle Flower... this is a 5x7 card ... !  The largest outside layer is 5x7.   I needed a larger card for this because a lot of people will be signing it so I was happy to finally crack these open and I think there might be more of this size card in my life now that I can have my stitched layers... 'cause a sewing machine ain't happenin' around here in the near future!

So that's that!  I know I've been neglecting my favorite places while commenting on over 1200 coffee posts, but I will be visiting you soon!!  With recaptcha rearing it's ugly head (if you don't know what that horror is, consider yourself lucky) it was taking me twice as long so I stuck with coffee hopping for last week and I'll be back to my regular visits tonight and this week so I will see you soon!   And I have some shopping on my list... you know... things Amy made me realize I needed during the hop (along with a few other enablers out there!) I appreciate all of my bloggy friends so much and thanks for your patience.  AND I will be picking the winners for the bracelets soon also... so hang onto your coffee cups!

Thanks for stopping by today and every other time you've stopped and hope to see you again soon!  Atlantic Hearts is this week and I'm guesting on the Coffee Lovers blog one more time this month!  Have a wonderful week!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Coffee Hop-Day 8-JessicaLynnOriginal Meets Newton

So it's almost time to wrap up the Fall 2017 Coffee Lovers Bloghop!  I don't want to talk about it... so here's what I put together this morning:

As soon as I saw that cute coffee and yarn image from JLO, I knew it was going to be fun!!  So I was driving home last night thinking about how I might use it first and all of a sudden this kooky idea started to form.

I thought.. it gets chilly in the Fall... even here... big difference between 100 and 75!  And it's when our thoughts start to turn to warm blankets, slippers, and yes... trendy sweaters and boots.  And then I thought about Newton... because I wanted to use some Newton stamps before the end of the hop.. and I thought I bet he gets chilly too!  So what if it was starting to bug him and of course Newton is pretty smart... so he starts thinking... hmmm... a sweater would be quite awesome... but he knew he was going to need coffee for this great undertaking!

Next day... there he is... in his beautiful sweater he knit with the help of his good friend, Coffee... I knew he could do it!

I mean, really, does it get any cuter than this??

or this????

And OMG... this????!!!!!

So as I was searching for the perfect sentiment, I came across this one from a fantastic Precious Remembrance set and it was perfect... 'cause I KNEW he could do it!!

The Newtons, the coffee cup, leaves and swirly stamps are from Newton's Nook, the yarn-Jessica's awesome mind at JessicaLynnOriginal, and the diecut leaves are from Lawn Fawn.

Thanks so much for stopping by once again!  This may or may not be my last post for this hop... might squeak one more in after work... but in the meantime, don't forget about this:

You can find more details on my Day 1 Blog post here!

Until we meet again!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Day 7 - A Beautiful Mess AND A Cutting Cafe Winner!

Can't believe I'm already talking Day 7!!  Today I'm sharing with you a card made using a few different things including this most awesome custom printed ribbon from the Cutting Cafe!  (And be sure to read to the end to see who won the Fox File from the Cutting Cafe for commenting on our Sep 7th Blog Hop!)

So you may or may not know this, but the Cutting Cafe Shop now sells custom printed ribbon!  You can check it out here!  There are also a few varieties readily available in the shop including the pretty coffee one I've used today!  You may have seen the version in white I got also and used in this post here!

My papers are from the Echo Park Fall Is In The Air 6x6 Paper Pad that I got in the Cutting Cafe Shop! and that pretty doily is from Cottage Kutz ... I cut it from gold vellum paper.  The banner and background layer were cut using dies from CDD and the leaves... most were sitting around on my desk waiting to be used...

I took this opportunity to use the cup and cake stamp from my custom made stamp set that Regina made me and I added a (few) flowers and leaves to match the paper)

And this Crafty Friends set from Altenew, another one of the awesome coffee hop sponsors.. so MANY awesome sentiments.  I thought this one went well with the sentiment on the ribbon!

Just love this ribbon!  And you can get yours with whatever you want on it!  You really should check this out!

Thanks for stopping by again today.  One more day... sigh... I'm right around the mid 600's on my tour around the hop so if you haven't seen me yet you will.. I guess I needed a whole week off!  And don't forget this:

You may or may not remember that on the 7th we had a Cutting Cafe Blog Hop where you had a chance to win a file from the Cutting Cafe!  We were each drawing a name from our comments for someone to win the file we each used that day!  My post from that day is here if you want to check it out!  I chose a winner by Random Draw and it is:

Shanna won the Fox file from The Cutting Cafe!  And I'd also like to send you a little something so please email me at with your email that you would like the file sent to and your snail mail address!  Thanks so much all for playing along and all of your wonderful comments!

And don't forget about my Giveaway for the Coffee Lovers Hop!  You could win one of two bracelets... check out more detail on my Day 1 Post here!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cutting Cafe Inspiration (And Blog Hop Day 6!)

This time around we're playing with the Witch Boot Shaped Card file over at the Cutting Cafe and I've created a couple items for you today!  I used papers from the My Mind's Eye Something Wicked 6x6 paper pad that you can get at the Cutting Cafe Shop here!  The papers in this pad are gorgeous!  Lots of glitter and cool patterns!

So here is the boot shaped card as it was intended!  I used real buttons instead of the paper cutout ones because I had the perfect ones!

This shaped card set comes with a few sentiments also... I picked this two part sentiment and was trying to figure out how to get it on the front without covering up too much and I decided to attach it to the inside, but have it peeking up over the top of the boot!

Then when you open it up, you can see the whole sentiment together!  I found the perfect stickers on that sheet I've been using over the last week or so... I don't even know where I got it... but now I'm glad I have it!

You had to know you weren't getting out of here without some coffee something or other!  It's Coffee Hop Holiday!  So while I was cutting out my boot shaped card, I cut an extra (smaller) boot and did this with it:

More papers form that awesome My Minds Eye pack and that cup!  Love the Cup Shaped Card from the Cutting Cafe!  I pulled up the file and cut only the cup in the size that I wanted it... cool part was I had saved this boot in the size I cut it so I could just pull up the cup and cut it the size I wanted having the boot as reference on my screen... I'll admit... it's still a pretty big cup!  But I wouldn't want it any other way!

I diecut some spiders... found these cool cobweb doilies in my Halloween stash... some washi tape and more stickers to decorate the cup.  And while I was trying to figure out what to do about steam, I thought... a witch's coffee probably would be bubbly... 'cause you never know what else she put in it... wart of frog... eye of newt.. you know...

And this phrase die from Stamplorations was perfect for the front.. again some real buttons.. I think I'm in love...

So thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out both the 2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop which I am linking up to of course!  And on the 21st (tomorrow as I type this) be sure to hop on over to the Cutting Cafe Blog and see what all of my design teammates have created for you using this file!  I know I can't wait!  I've seen some sneak peeks and ... well... you do not want to miss it!  And come back tomorrow for some more Cutting Cafe goodness and I'll have the winner posted for the Cutting Cafe drawing for the Fox file I used for my last Cutting Cafe post!

And don't forget about my giveaway for the Coffee Hop.  Check out the details on my Day 1 Post Here!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Day 5 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop-Winged Things

Happy Day 5 of the Fall 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  Today I'm sharing a card that I used some yummy items from Brutus Monroe along with some other stuff!

When I got the Kaleidoscope Wings Inspiration Box from Brutus Monroe last week I couldn't wait to use it... I stamped a bunch of butterflies and cut them out on my Brother Scan N Cut and there it sat.  So I've been rolling this one around in my head since then.

I started with a piece of watercolor paper and took out two different purples of Distress Inks and the Plum Surface Ink that came in the box.  I started with the distress inks, smooshed them on a block and just kind of moved them around on the paper with a paint brush.. I learned if you wet the watercolor paper before you start you get a much better effect.  Then I took some of the surface ink and smooshed that on a block and did the same.  What I learned.. if you are using Surface Ink... first... it is quite awesome... deep wonderful color... BUT it is meant to be permanent so my block was not the best place to use it.  I looked this up after I started so I took a cap from a jar instead and used that.  I must say... I LOVE the ink... you can watercolor with it... but only put it where you want it because it!

After the watercolor was dry I stamped some of the butterflies from the set that came in the kit in Versamark and embossed them in gold.  I knew a lot of it would be covered, but you can see them peeking out in a few areas.

I used my favorite large cup die from Paper Sweeties and cut it in white on Copic friendly paper.  I stamped the owl from the You're A Hoot Inspiration Box I got last month which was awesome but I don't think you can get this one any more... if you think you might love these Inspiration Boxes don't wait too long!  They are only available for a short time and there are items in them you can't get otherwise!  I colored her in with my Copics and added some gold details to her and to the cup.

I had cut these leaves a looooooong time ago from one of my CTMH Cricut Cartridges and as usual when I cut them I cut way more than I needed because I knew I'd use them someday and hate having to cut just one or two.  They were just cut from a tan colored paper, but I took some of the Surface ink and added some color to them as well as some Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and then splattered some Gold watercolor over them... love the way they came out!

Speaking of Leaves I'm playing along with the Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge which is always anything goes and this time around the twist is Leaves!  The Outlawz challenges are a Ning site and you have to join to play along but it's worth it!  Lots of lovely people and prizes!

I diecut this butterfly from gold glitter paper using the die that came in the kit.  It's a very cool die... it cuts both this intricate butterfly and then there is an outline die also... I only used the one here.

Here you can see one of the embossed butterflies peeking out from underneath...

So I moved all of my pieces around on the page to get the layout I wanted... I wanted it to feel like drinking a hot cup of coffee on the porch in the Fall while the wind blows the leaves around .. the butterflies... well, you probably wouldn't see them so much around the time that the leaves would look like this, but I think they go together anyway... 

I had NO idea where I was going to put my sentiment.  I thought about not even adding one, but when I went through my Brutus Monroe sets and came across the Turkey Day set with it's awesomely beautiful sentiments I knew it was perfect... I wanted to use the whole image because it has some beautiful leaves and such, but only this part would fit without covering up too much of what I'd done so I masked off all of the other details and embossed just the sentiment part onto a stitched banner cut from vellum and I LOVE the way the leaves show through the vellum.

I wanted gold embellishments on this one, so luckily before these retired at CTMH I bought a whole bunch because they are my favorite!  And they were perfect here.  The ones that come in the kit are clearish... like diamonds.. and beautiful... but I'll use those on another project.

So thanks so much for stopping by!  I'm starting to get a little anxious... I knew we're still a few days away from the end of the hop, but ... sigh... I'm already feeling it.  I'll have some Cutting Cafe goodness for you tomorrow so stop back again!

And don't forget about my giveaway!  You can get all of the details on my Day 1 Post Here!  You could win one of two of these beautiful bracelets:

Monday, September 18, 2017

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop-Day 4 with Paper Smooches

So we're at Day 4 of the 2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  Today I'm playing along with a couple Paper Smooches challenges also so I'm using some Paper Smooches:

So full disclosure... I came across this cute little vampire in my Paper Smooches collection on the Spookalicious set and thought of Amy Tsuruta's card she made the other day... you should check it out here!  So this is no way a completely unique creation... BUT I couldn't help but make my version because I loved it so much!  I still want that Whimsy set she used... so many cute sentiments on it and I do love vampires... especially adorable ones.  Anyway.. tribute to Amy... my Fangtastic card! 

Also, I didn't plan this background, but I was working on another card that is quite different and had some leftover ink on my block so I just smooshed and splattered a couple different pieces of paper figuring I'd use them later.. and later happened to be while I was waiting for the pieces for that card to dry.  So, I decided his cloak would be purple.  I wanted the cup to stand out so I made it green and then found that awesome eyeball on a sheet of stickers I had in my stash.  Cause what other kind of mug would a vampire have??  Well, maybe a heart or that kind of heart... like a human organ.. blood pumping... heart... so... yeah... sorry...

And don't you love that scallopped circle from Reverse Confetti??+

The theme over at Paper Smooches this month is Animals and so I added some cute bats from the Spookalicious set also!  I built this sentiment by masking the Awesome out of the sentiment from Whipper Snapper Designs so that I could use....

..this to finish it off instead.  I used some sequins in green to spread a few more shots of green around on the card.   

I'm also playing along with the Paper Smooches Guest Designer Search for October!

So thank you Amy for the inspiration!  And thanks all for stopping by!  Don't forget about my giveaway:

You can get the details for this on my Day 1 post here!

And be sure to check out these challenges:

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #230

Welcome to this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!  Time for another layout from my mini album!  Another one of my favorite pics of my brother and his family...

Love these CTMH papers... 

And don't these stickers I got from the Dollar Tree look like real lace??  They were perfect for this album!

Hope you are enjoying my pages... I know I enjoyed creating them!

Hope you'll play along with us this week!