Thursday, 30 March 2017

Best wishes

Wow, the spring coffee lovers blog hop is going strong! So many inspirational cards + dedicated commenters leaving lovely comments + great hop prizes (+ coffee) = Winning combination :)

I found this cute flower-in-a-teacup Provo Craft mini embossing folder ("Feel Better") in my stash recently and thought it would be perfect for the spring hop. I used the YNS sketch and colours; the sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's So Much To Say and then finished with a bit of cork ribbon as de facto cup coaster and glossy accents.

I hope card quality is not proportional to the amount of time spent on the card because this one came together relatively quickly for me.

I am submitting this to:
YNS Sketch and Colour Challenge #60 
SSS Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
SSS Work It Wednesday - Spring 
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #276-277 - Anything Goes  
2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Thank you as always for stopping by!

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Rise and Shine

... with a cup of coffee in the great outdoors. Here's sending a whiff of fresh mountain air your way:

Stamps: Hero Arts' Layering Christmas Tree and Verve's Rise and Shine (gorgeous set; thanks Julee!)

Added some glossy accents to make the sentiment "shine". Ink sponging a background is new to me and fun!

I am submitting this to:

Verve Stamps Blog
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #276-277 - Anything Goes 
2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
SSS Work It Wednesday - Spring 
SSS Wednesday - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 27 March 2017

You've Got This in the Bag

It's that time again: The Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - 2017 Spring edition! I am late to the (ginormous) party, but "better late than never" is my motto, so here is my first card:

The stamp set is a free digi: Verve's Rise and Shine. I scattered the cups, printed on a piece of yellow marbled paper, and then coloured in the cups. I love, love, love the style of this set and this punny sentiment! Thank you Julee for your generosity!

This card is inspired by Andreea Raghina's card over at the CASEing DT Link-Up Party #11. When I saw the layout, I was immediately reminded of this twisted panel card by Melanie Muenchinger, so I combined the two. I used the colours from Colour Throwdown #435.

However, I can't decide if I want to tape down the tag or leave it completely free-floating (how it is now). Thoughts?

I am submitting this to:
Colour Throwdown #435
Verve Stamps Blog
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #274-275 - Anything Goes 
2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Coffee Loving Cardmakers CASEing DT Link Up Party #11

Thanks for stopping by! Remember, you've got this in the bag!

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Cast all your cares on Him

I feel that I spent more time trying to get an accurate photo of this card than making it, but the colours are finally close enough:

The sketch is from Mojo Monday and the colours are from the YNS colour challenge:

I replaced the half-circle with a half-rectangle and dry embossed the vertical column with a double-partial embossing technique (using a DIY embossing diffuser). Double-partial? Yup, I'm coining this term. This card is 5 x 6.5, so the brown panel was too big for my A2-sized embossing folder. I partially embossed from the top, and then ran it through again from the other end.

The stamp is from Verve's Faith Medley, part of my small but growing faith-based sets, because my mom commissioned me I offered to make my mom a stash of cards for her church fellowship group.

I am submitting this to:
Mojo Monday #487
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #272-273 - Anything Goes
YNS Color Challenge #59
SSS Wednesday Challenge: For a Special Lady / Girl (This card is going to my mom) 

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

From Me To You

Happy Sunday!

I CASE-ed the following card from Helen Gullett and used the colours from Your Next Stamp's Colour Challenge #58:

The stamp is a digi from Verve's Love From Me; thanks Julee!

The original plan was to repeat one of the other stamps as a watermark background (similar to the original card), but I decided to combine the sketch and colours with the following challenges:
... and followed this scrappy background tutorial.

This is going to be a thank you card (with a coffee gift card inside), and I am going to write the recipient's name over the coffee sleeve area. Not how it's done in real life, but I think it works.

I am submitting this to:
SSS Monday Challenge: Use your favourite tool (Fiskars trimmer)
SSS Work it Wednesday: Make something new with a new product (This digi is new for me)
Little Red Wagon: Challenge #381 Season of Love (Bazzill paper)
YNS colour challenge #58
Coffee Loving Cardmakers CASEing DT Link Up Party #10

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Baby onesie shaker card

I needed to make a baby congrats card and thought I should fancy it up, which, in my mind, means to layer it up, so I attempted this beautifully layered Mojo Monday sketch:

Layering is always such a difficult decision for me and I have to admit I paired many combinations of the pattern paper together before deciding on this final version:

In retrospect, I wonder if, instead of the faded beige, I should have chosen a pink tone-on-tone buttons pattern paper for more baby motifs.

I am happy with the bow though! Followed the tutorial here: using some sheer ribbon left over from my wedding invitations last year, which is serendipitous because the new dad was the best man at the wedding.

Almost forgot about the main attraction - the shaker onesie. Die-cut from Taylored Expressions' Little Bits - Onesie, and filled with red seed beads and some hearts / stars confetti Julee Tilman of Verve Stamps added to my package - thank you! 

I am submitting this to:
SSS Monday Challenge: Young At Heart (Heart confetti and I am interpreting the "young" heart literally)
SSS Wednesday Challenge: Cute
SSS Work it Wednesday: Make something new with a new product (The onesie die-cut is new for me)
Mojo Monday #483

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 10 February 2017

Meet... Beans

I stumbled across Christina Hor's Hug A Heart Card Drive and this is one of the cards I sent in earlier this week; it's scheduled to arrive right on the cut-off date, so I'm really hoping there are no weather delays en route.

Apparently, I don't have a lot of heart stamps, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I searched online and I found this super-duper cute digi from Jessa Feig (

Meet... Beans! I printed a sheet of him on marbled paper and then the heart again on red cardstock, which I covered with clear embossing for a bit of texture / shine. Oh, did I mention how cute he is?? I am sure this is not the last we've seen of him. In fact, I made another batch of cards with Beans, but I forgot to take a photo of them before rushing the cards to the post office...

I am submitting this to:
SSS Monday Challenge: Young At Heart (This "heart" card is going to "young" children)
SSS Wednesday Challenge: Cute ('nuff said)
SSS Work it Wednesday: Make something new with a new product (Beans is new to me; digi stamps are also a relatively new realm)
YNS Sketch and Color Challenge #57 (love the bright colours, so I used a simple colour-block style for a kids card)

Thanks for stopping by!