Guesting with Ruby Naz!

The Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is underway!  More than 750 entries as of writing this post!  Head here and here to see my first two cards and enter my giveaway!

Good morning!  I am super excited to be Ruby’s first official guest for her new blog series: Guesting with Ruby Naz!  Check out the blog post of her first guest, Tiffany, here!  Here’s a sneak peek of my card…you’ll have to head over to Ruby’s blog to see the full card and the video tutorial! 😉

A Blog Named Hero: Wishing You Oceans of Joy

The Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is underway!  More than 250 entries as of writing this post!  Head here and here to see my first two cards and enter my giveaway!

Good evening!  I’m over at A Blog Named Hero with a card for our June challenge: vellum!  I hope you’ll head over and check it out! 😉

Watercolor Wonders

The Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is underway!  More than 250 entries as of writing this post!  Head here and here to see my first two cards and enter my giveaway!

Good morning!  I hope you’re having a fantastic start to your week!  The school year has ended so my schedule is a little more relaxed and I’ve been able to set aside time for some fun crafting!  Today I’m sharing a pair of cards using the Watercolor Wonders stamp set from Altenew along with the line of crisp inks from Altenew.  Here’s my first card:

I really like this stamp set because you don’t have to line up the layers perfectly to get a gorgeous look.  I used some of the tinier stamps in the set to fill in some of the gaps around the larger flowers and greenery.  I stamped the sentiment in jet black ink and then added a few Onyx black sequins to finish the card.

My second card uses a different layout but the same floral stamps and inks.  I like how the change from using a purple main flower to a red flower totally changes the look of the card.  For the second card I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp’s new Uplifting Thoughts stamp set with black ink and then framed the panel with black cardstock to make the dark sentiment fit in.  Finally I added a sprinkling of clear sequins for a little extra sparkle.

Can you see the mistakes in my stamp alignment?  They’re definitely there…but it still just seems to work, right?  And I love those shades of red…so yummy! 🙂

Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a fabulous Tuesday! 🙂

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Lawnscaping Challenge #132: Distress Maniacs

The Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is underway!  More than 250 entries as of writing this post!  Head here and here to see my first two cards and enter my giveaway!

Good morning!  It’s time for a new Lawnscaping Challenge and we’re challenging you to use distressing or some sort of distress product in your entry!  There are distress ink pads, markers, reinkers, sprays, paints, or just methods of distressing your artwork that you can use for your challenge creations.

This time our fabulous friends at Lawn Fawn are sponsoring this challenge and one lucky winner will win a stamp set of your choice!!  Here’s my card using distress inks to create my scene and shading on my veggies!

Okay confession time…I’ve had this stamp set for MONTHS now but this is the first time I’ve used it.  I didn’t buy it when it was first released but then I saw several crafters use it and had to have it.  So it arrived…and then I did nothing with it.  But when I saw this challenge I thought they’d be perfect!

To start I blended distress inks for the sky, ground, and grass using clarity stencil brushes.  I used salty ocean and chipped sapphire for the sky, walnut stain and vintage photo for the ground, and mowed lawn for the grass.  I also flicked water onto the backgrounds to create a little texture.  Next I worked on the veggies.  I stamped the solid image with various Lawn Fawn inks and then I stamped the accents with a slightly darker shade of ink.  Then I took the solid image stamp and rolled the edges in coordinating distress inks and stamped over the solid image again to create a little shading along the left edge of each veggie.  The distress inks worked perfectly for this because they tend to stamp a little blotchy so it created a more natural look than if I had used a regular ink pad that stamps.

Once all my veggies were stamped I cut them out using my ScanNCut.  Then I added a little highlight with a white gel pen and set them aside while I built my scene.  I stamped the sentiment onto the grass with versamark and heat-embossed it with white embossing powder.  I adhered the elements together and then tucked my veggies in with a little bit of adhesive on the back.  I had a few extra veggies left so I decided to decorate the inside of my card as well.

Aren’t those veggies adorable?!  Eeek, I love them!  I was also super impressed with the Lawn Fawn inks.  This was my first time using them for solid images and I loved the smooth and even coverage!

Head over to the Lawnscaping blog to get all the details on the challenge and see the stunning creations from the rest of the design team!  I look forward to seeing what you will create!  Thanks so much for visiting and have a great Monday!

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Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop + a giveaway!

Good morning!  I’m back with my second card for the 2016 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop (you can find my first post here)!!  As a member of the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Design Team I get to celebrate coffee and cards all the time but the hops are extra special to me!  I love seeing everyone’s creations and the enthusiasm and excitement in our Facebook group!  If you’re new to the hop, here are some general details!  You’ll find details on my personal giveaway at the very bottom of my post!

STARTS: 9:00 AM EST Friday, June 17
ENDS: 2:59 AM EST Saturday, June 25

THEME: summer
USE: coffee, tea &/or cocoa images

We have over 55 sponsors for this blog hop!! Make sure you take the time to stop by each of the blogs as you never know what you’ll find in inspiration and surprises! You can also play along yourself and create a coffee-themed project of your own! There are no limits to the number of entries–the more the merrier.

Flash Sponsor Prizes will be announced on FB on the evening of Wednesday, June 22nd and Friday, June 24th.  That means, if you want to be eligible for a Flash Prize, you’ll want to link up before 8 PM EST on the respective dates. (Please note that if you are a winner and not on FB, you will receive an email prize confirmation.)

All Super Sponsor Prizes along with Flash Prizes will be announced on the blog, Sunday, June 26th.

For blogs that link up with blog candy, please contact your winner directly.

Resources:

Flickr <– feel free to add your projects to this group!

Pinterest <– All projects will be pinned!

Facebook <– Please note that this is a secret group because of all the coffee vendors that were trying to be members.  Anyone that is a current member of the FB group can add you or contact me directly.

Instagram <– follow along in the fun!

Social media hashtag:  #‎SummerCLH (Facebook) / #SummerCLH (Instagram)

Anyone is eligible for a Super Sponsor/Flash prize if they link up a newly created SUMMER Themed Coffee, Tea &/or Cocoa project, no back-linking please. Random.org is used to draw for winners.

We ask all Super Sponsors and participants to turn off word verification. Please note that there is an annoying glitch with blogger. Even if a person does not have word verification, it still shows up. You can ignore it because it really isn’t working as a true word verification. If someone actually has word verification, it will give you an error message. <–We shouldn’t have to worry about that because everyone will have it turned off. 😉 One way to get around this is to ‘embed’ the comment box (settings/posts & comments/comments/comment location/embedded).

We encourage commenting on all projects that link up for the hop. Please note that it makes it difficult for commenters if you post to a gallery that needs a login/password.

And now for my card!

Today I was really in the mood for bright, happy, summery colors!  I started by stamping the cold coffee cups from Lil’ Inker Designs with versamark and heat-embossing them with white embossing powder.  I used post-its to mask some of the cups so that one cup could sit behind the others.  Next I stamped the sentiment with versafine and heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then I watercolored the cups in bright hues using my Mijello Mission Watercolors.  I also mixed some of the brown hues to color the coffee in the cups…you can see that some people like their iced coffee a little stronger! 😉  Personally my coffee (iced or hot) is practically beige since I add so much milk or cream!  The cup in the front would need a smidge more cream for me! 😉

Once the cups were dry I watercolored the background using the same shades.  I allowed the colors to mix which created some gorgeous purple and orange shades.  Then I used a large stitched frame to create a shaker and filled it with clear and white sequins and beads.  I really wanted the watercolors to stand out with just a little sparkly assistance from the sequins and beads.

giveaway

To celebrate the 2016 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop I’m giving away a $20 Starbucks card (or $20 to the crafty online store of your choice) to one commenter!  Leave a comment before 11:59PM EST on Friday, June 24th and tell me how you take your coffee (or tea…or cocoa!).  I’ll be posting several times this week and you can comment on every post for additional entries!  Find my first post here!

If you’re here for the first time I hope you’ll come by again!  You can also find my cards on Instagram and Facebook, my video tutorials on YouTube, and you can subscribe to my blog via the button the right!

I hope you’ll join the hop this week by creating a spring-themed coffee, tea, or cocoa card!  I can’t wait to see what you will create!  Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous Friday!

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