Christmas Countdown 2017!

Christmas Countdown 2017

12 Weeks of Christmas Countdown 2017!

It’s time for the “12 Weeks of Christmas Countdown 2017”. Can you believe it! So what exactly does that mean?

It means it is only one week before we start our “12 Weeks of Christmas” campaign. Each week during this campaign you will receive a FREE project tutorial by email. You are going to see cards, tags, bags and wraps. It’s going to be fantastic BUT, the only people who will get these amazing gifts from me are people on my mailing list. So in order for you to get them you have to be on my mailing list by Wednesday, Oct 4 at 1:00PM Guam Time. If not, you won’t get them. Go to the upper right corner of the screen and click on the sign up button, then follow the instructions to be added to my mailing list.

If you have already signed up, but your email address has changed, then please sign up again in order to update your mailing address.

Please be sure to contact me if you have questions or need any assistance.

Swap Inspired Coffee Card!

Swap Inspired Coffee Card!

Can you stand one more post featuring the Coffee Cafe Bundle?!? I have two cards for you today. One of them is a Swap Inspired Coffee Card, and they both use color schemes and products that are outside the Coffee Break Suite.

Do you remember Melinda’s cute Gift Card Holder in yesterday’s post? She gave me the inspiration for the stamping on the coffee cup below. I changed the colors to Dapper Denim, Powder Pink, Fresh Fig and Berry Burst (In Colors) to change it up a bit. Then I mounted it on a standard 4″ x 5-1/2″ greeting card created from Dapper Denim cardstock and the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Pack. The decorative border was created with the NEW Decorative Ribbon Border Punch. It creates a separate paper ribbon that you can adhere wherever you would like it. The additional accents are sequins from the Iridescent Sequin Assortment and a strip of Powder Pink cardstock. I love it when I get inspiration from our swaps. It’s the main reason I join them.

Swap Inspired Coffee Card

I continued the In Color focus on this next card, but kept it to the NEW 2017-2019 In Colors for the cardstock, inks and the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper this time. I used my Aqua Painter to watercolor the base of the coffee cup and the background before assembling the pieces to create the card. Then I stamped the saying using the Basic Black Archival Ink. It didn’t look finished, so I added the Powder Pink stir stick, with a touch of Clear Wink of Stella, and the Sweet Sugarplum Glitter Acrylic Shape. Voila!

Swap Inspired Coffee Card

This ends my Coffee Cafe Bundle spree for now, but expect to see more throughout the rest of this catalog year.

Holiday 2017 Swap Part 2!

Holiday 2017 Swap Part 2!

Today’s Holiday 2017 Swap Part 2 includes my card for the swap and two extras that were handed out at our lunch meeting last week. First, the extras!

Melinda surprised each of us with this cute project. I know lots of coffee lovers who would appreciate getting a gift card from their local coffee shop in one of these for Christmas, or any time of the year!

Holiday 2017 Swap Pat 2

I used the Musical Season stamp set on the tag for these quick and easy cellophane bags filled with limited edition Oreo cookies. (I LOVE to at least try the different flavors, so I buy them with the intention of sharing!) These treat bags contain: Peanut Butter, Lemon, Blueberry, Cinnamon Bun and Red Velvet.

Holiday 2017 Swap Part 2

I used the Musical Season stamp set for my swap card as well. It was my first card using these products from the Holiday Catalog, and it was the first time a had done heat embossing in a very long time. I keep forgetting how much I love the look and feel of the raised images created by heat embossing. (Note: Scroll down to see the list of products I used, and scroll to the bottom for some humor about my heat embossing experience.)

Holiday 2017 Swap Part 2

These are the products I used to create my card:

 

As I said earlier, I decided to heat emboss the instrument on the front of the card. I stamped the image on Whisper White cardstock with VersaMark ink, poured the gold embossing powder on the stamped image, shook off the excess, and proceeded to heat emboss it with my Heat Tool. Gold flecks started flying everywhere! Confused, I picked up the container only to discover I had used Gold Glitter, not Gold Embossing Powder!!! Apparently I had mistakenly ordered two containers of glitter instead of one of each. Anyone need any Gold Glitter?!? LOL!

And I shall leave you with that laugh for today! Have a good one!

Holiday 2017 Swap Time!

Holiday 2017 Swap Time!

Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Holiday Catalog was released on September 1, 2017. You know what that means?!? It is Holiday 2017 Swap Time!

There are several swaps I participate in each time Stampin’ Up! introduces a new catalog. Today’s gallery includes cards from our Stampin’ Up! Unit Swap which was held on Monday.

Colleen used the Christmas Quilt Bundle for her swap cards. She did several different and beautiful color variations. I love all quilt inspired cards so it was hard to chose from among them, but this was my favorite color combination. (Note: The saying is from the One Big Meaning stamp set.)

Holiday 2017 Swap Time

Patty used the Carols of Christmas stamp set. I LOVE the use of the Holly Textured Impressions Folder and the gold accents. It gives the card the royal and festive look it deserves. (Note: Carols of Christmas is available as a bundle or separately, and in wood mount or clear mount.)Holiday 2017 Swap Time

Nancy used the Every Good Wish stamp set (available in wood mount or clear mount) for her card. The 1/4″ Cherry Cobbler Double-Stitched Ribbon adds just the right touch, creating a simple yet elegant the card!

Holiday 2017 Swap Time

Nancy often does two sets of cards for our Unit Swaps. This is the second of her designs. She used the Feeling of Christmas stamp set (available in wood mount or clear mount.). I like that the color combination is not the traditional red and green. We all need some variety in our life!

Holiday 2017 Swap Time

Melinda used the Wise Men from Afar stamp set (available in clear mount or wood mount) and the Eclipse technique which is quite popular right now. (Note: I haven’t tried the technique yet myself, but will be soon, especially after receiving Melinda’s card so I can see the 3D effect in person.)

Holiday 2017 Swap Time

Karen used the Musical Season stamp set for her card. I love lots of glimmer and shine on my Christmas cards so, of course, I love that she used Gold Glimmer Paper for the French Horn.

Holiday 2017 Swap Time

Arlene is the newest member of our unit, so this was her first time joining our Unit Swap. She decided to create two different designs, both of them use the Carols of Christmas Bundle. The “Peace on Earth” card has Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter accents that add shimmer and shine to the card.

Holiday 2017 Swap Time

Arlene’s “Deck the Halls” card is a special fold card, and uses Rhinestone Basic Jewels and silver sequins to create the shimmer and shine. Both are beautiful! I think Arlene did a wonderful job for her first ever card swap!

Holiday 2017 Swap Time

Jill created this Double Z Fold card for our Unit Swap. I was going to post a photo of the front, but that wouldn’t do the card justice. She used the Wise Men from Afar stamp set for the card. The “Celebrate the season” saying is from the Tags & Trimmings stamp set, also available as a bundle in wood mount or clear mount.

Holiday 2017 Swap Time

I hope today’s gallery of our Holiday 2017 Unit Swap has inspired you. I know they have inspired me! They even convinced me I need to add many of the products to my collection! You can add them to your collection as well. Just click on any of the blue highlighted links in today’s post (or any other post) or go here!

By the way, did you notice my Holiday 2017 Unit Swap card was not included in today’s post? I’ll be sharing it tomorrow, along with a couple of extra items that were handed out. I love Swap Time!

Glossy Cardstock Coffee Card!

Glossy Cardstock Coffee Card!

My blogs posts for the past couple of weeks have featured either glossy paper techniques, or the Coffee Cafe Bundle. Today I combine the two for a Glossy Cardstock Coffee Card!

I’ve limited myself to the Coffee Break Suite for most of my previous Coffee Cafe Bundle project shares, but today I am branching out, a little. I still used the Coffee Cafe stamp set and the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies, but this time I did not use the co-ordinating  Coffee Break Designer Series Paper. Instead I used a combination of the backgrounds I created for my Glossy Cardstock Techniques class that was held a couple weeks ago.

Glossy Cardstock Coffee Card

Today’s Glossy Cardstock Coffee Card uses a piece of Marbled Glossy Cardstock I created during a class, and shared here, as the background. The coffee cup was stamped in Berry Burst ink on Berry Burst cardstock. The coffee cup band features one of the Polished Stone Glossy Cardstock backgrounds I featured here.  Other supplies you will need to create the card are:

Who wouldn’t want to receive this card in the mail? Leave a comment below letting me know what your favorite part of today’s card is. This Saturday, September 23, 2017 I will randomly pick a name and that person will mail this card to the winner.

Easy Handmade Coffee Card!

Easy Handmade Coffee Card!

I love coffee! I also love quick and easy cards, so today’s Easy Handmade Coffee Card is the perfect combination for me! What makes it quick and easy? The use of the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies and the Big shot cutting tool.

Easy Handmade Coffee Card

I decided to keep today’s card fairly flat because I mail most of my cards. I was able to add dimension and texture, while still keeping it flat, by adding mats to the layers of Coffee Break Designer Series Paper before glueing them, and the pieced coffee cup, directly to the card front –  no dimensionals. I sponged a Corrugated Elements Heart and added Copper Metallic Thread to the back before glueing it to the card front. The saying and banner images are from the Banners for You stamp set. They were stamped on Garden Green cardstock and cut with the coordinating Bunch of Banners Framelits. The Pool Party Heart and Circles from the Subtles Enamel Shapes add more dimension without adding a lot of height to the card.

Easy Handmade Coffee Card

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I am enjoying playing and creating with the Coffee Cafe Bundle! So far I have stayed within the Coffee Break Suite for my project shares, so tomorrow I will venture out a little bit so I can show you ways to incororate other products, and techniques, in your Coffee Cafe creations.

Thanks A Latte Card!

Thanks A Latte Card!

Today’s card share is another from my collection of Coffee Cafe Bundle projects. It has minimal stamping so it is quick and easy to create. This Thanks A Latte card is perfect for the coffee lover’s in my life.

Thanks A Latte Card

To create today’s card you will need:

Stamp the images on the appropriate papers, with the appropriate inks, and cut out using the coordinating Framelit from the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies. Cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of paper from the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper collection. Glue it to the front of a Garden Green card base. Cut the Layering Oval and a 1″ x 4″ strip from Garden Green cardstock. Use glue dots (on the back side of the Garden Green strip) to attach a 4-1/2″ piece of 3/8″ Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon to the front as shown. Attach the Garden Green strip of cardstock and Layering Oval to the card front. Tie a 3″ piece of the ribbon around the existing ribbon and tie in a knot. Trim as necessary. Assemble the Coffee Cafe pieces as shown and add to the card front. Don’t forget to sign the back of your card so others know that you made it yourself!

This is another of my card designs that I will have to make extras of. I have lots of family members and friends that it is perfect for! Who will you send your Thanks A Latte card to?

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Coffee Treats for You!

Coffee Treats for You!

I am continuing my Coffee Cafe Bundle series with a couple of Coffee Treats for You. Who doesn’t like special treats?!? Especially when they are not expected!

I like to share my love of stamping by carrying little gift items that I can hand out to people who help me at the bank, post office, grocery shopping, etc. These Coffee Cafe Cello Treat Bag and Coffee Cafe Pouch are perfect for that!

Coffee Treats

The Coffee Cafe Cello Treat Bag is a quick and easy project using Stampin’ Up!’s 2″ x 8″ Cellophane Bags, Early Espresso cardstock, Pear Pizzazz cardstock, and Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad. Here is a close up of the topper/header for the Coffee Cafe Cello Treat Bag.Coffee Treats Cello Bag Topper

The Coffee Cafe Treat Pouch takes a little bit more time to create because it involves fussy cutting some of the images from the coordinating Coffee Break Designer Series Paper. The pouch is the perfect size for two packages of VIA instant coffee.

Coffee Treats Pouch Close Up

To create the pouch:

  • Step 1: Cut a 6-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ piece of one of the patterns from the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper collection.
  • Step 2: Score both long edges of the Designer Series Paper at 1/4″.
  • Step 3: Turn the Designer Series Paper and score across the width at 2″.
  • Step 4: Trim the edges of the larger portion of the paper along the score line, leaving flaps on both sides of the 2″ section. Trim the ends of the flaps at a slight angle.
  • Step 5: Fold the paper along the remaining score lines, and glue the flaps in place to form the pocket.
  • Step 6: Punch the remaining end with the ScallopTag Topper Punch. Add lengths of the 1/4″ Copper Trim to the top, and decorate the front of the pouch as desired. (Note: I glued the coffee pot image to the pouch front and added the coffee cup using Stampin’ Dimensionals. The new Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals are perfect size for the small image!)

I originally made the the Coffee Cafe Treat Bags for part of my New Catalog Open House that was held on July 8, 2017. You can see more projects from the display here.

Sketch Challenge using Coffee Cafe!

Sketch Challenge using Coffee Cafe!

Are you ever in a stamping slump and in need of ideas or inspiration? I do. I like to surf the Internet or look back through my past projects when I have creative slumps. The inspiration for today’s card is just that. It’s a Sketch Challenge using Coffee Cafe. I used this same Sketch Challenge for a swap I organized with my Magical Ink Artist Team. I realized it would be a quick and easy card, making it a wonderful project to share with you after yesterday’s more intricate card.

Sketch Challenge using Coffee Cafe

I used Thick Whisper White cardstock for the base of the card. The two strips of patterned paper are from the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper collection. The coffee cup images and saying were stamped, and cut, using the Coffee Cafe Bundle which includes the Coffee Cafe stamp set and the Coffee Cup Framelits. I used my  Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad and an Aqua Painter to watercolor the coffee cup; glued the Early Espresso lid and the Garden Green stir stick in place; then mounted the assembled piece on the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I stamped the saying on several of the coordinating papers in the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper collection before deciding on the one I used. I glued it in place, then watercolored some Smoky Slate around the bottom of the cup of coffee. The final touch was to wrap a length of 3/8″ Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon around the card front and tie it in a knot.

Sketch Challenge using Coffee Cafe

I can think of several people who would love to receive this card in their mailbox, so I  will have to make a few more of them before this one gets mailed. I’m sure you have people in your life who would love to get one as well, so I hope you will take the time to make one, or more, yourself!

Coffee Break Time!

Coffee Break Time!

2017 Holiday CatalogCan you believe it?!? I have just started to share products from the new annual catalog and the 2017 Holiday Catalog is already here! You can view the catalog(s) here. I’m excited to share projects using all the wonderful new stamp sets and other Holiday products, but today is Coffee Break Time!

I LOVE coffee, so when this year’s annual catalog came out I knew the Coffee Cafe Bundle was a “must have” for me. The bundle includes the photopolymer Coffee Cafe stamp set and the coordinating Coffee Cups Framelits Dies.

There are also coordinating papers –   Coffee Break Designer Series Paper and 8-1/2 x 11 Cardstock Pack – to make ordering and creating even easier. And… Oh! Oh! Oh! Don’t forget to get the Corrugated Elements and some of the Classic Weave Ribbon in Whisper White, Soft Sky or Crumb Cake to add a more elegant look to your project!

Coffee Break Time

I belong to several Internet groups for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. They hold card swaps with the introduction of each new catalog. This was the card I created for one of those swaps using the products from the  Coffee Break Suite. It also happens to be my first new Annual Catalog project!

Coffee Break Time

The coffee cup is kind of obvious, but I thought the textured cup would pass as an ice cream cup, so that is how I decided to use it. The heart is from Support Ribbons Framelits (also available as a bundle) and the spoon is from the Frozen Treats Framelits. I used Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Whisper White and Pear Pizzazz cardstock, and Early Espresso and Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin’ Pads.

I am having so much fun with the Coffee Break Suite that I will definitely be sharing more ideas on ways to use it, especially this coming week.