Friday, 23 September 2016

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Who doesn't love coffee? I love coffee, sometimes though, my tummy doesn't! It's time for the 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

 fall-hop-with-date

Here's my card







I used a variety of stamp sets to create this card. The cute coffee cups are from the Create A Smile Coffee First stamp set. I stamped the coffee cups on white cardstock and fussy cut them out. I also stamped the coffee sleeve area on printed cardstock and fussy cut them out. Finally, I stamped the heart area on white cardstock, coloured them in with copics, added a layer of crystal effects and then fussy cut them out (now, if I was really thinking, I could have stamped the heart area on red cardstock and skipped the colouring in step!) I assembled the coffee cups with the various pieces.

The sentiment was stamped with my MISTI. I used Papertrey Ink's Heart-2-Heart #1 stamp set.

For a bit of added interest, I masked an 1.5" area, where I lightly applied distress ink (antique linen) . The coffee stain ring from the Alley Way's Breakfast Club was inked using distress ink (tea dye).

I adhered the coffee cups in a random pattern, so I didn't have to struggle to perfectly space and line the up - LOL!

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sue


Saturday, 17 September 2016

STAMPlorations - September CAS Card Challenge

Finally, I'm able to play along at STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge

It seems that despite my good intentions, I don't seem to be organized enough to join the fun at STAMPlorations! I'm working on it though!




Here's my card



I used STAMPlorations Bloom Factory stamp set with a variety of pink inks. The sentiment is from Simon Says STAMP Lots of Thanks stamp set. The card was matted on a piece of bright pink cardstock. I love the distressed flowers - adds just the right amount of interest.

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sue

Friday, 16 September 2016

Calling All Sistah's Blog Hop - September Edition

Calling All Sistahs is a campaign started by Michele Gross of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps after her discovery of breast cancer.   The idea behind it is to remind our sistahs to do their monthly self exams and annual mammograms.  Michele designed the Calling All Sistahs collection during her cancer treatment and is now donating 50% of her profits from that line to National Breast Cancer Foundation.  This is an important reminder for all my sistahs.

Did you know that 1 in 8 women in the US and 1 in 9 women in Canada will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Look around, do you see 8 (or 9) women? Think about it, on average, one of them will develop breast cancer. It's up to us to do something to do what we can to reduce that incidence. Annual mammograms and monthly self exams are one way for us to take an active role. This is your monthly reminder.

Michele is being super generous by offering 3 - $15 gift certificates to CAS-ual Fridays Stamps to those leaving comments on the various stops of the blog hop. Only the comments left before 12:00am on the 19th of September will be considered for the gift certificates.



Here are those participating in this month's hop. We're highlighting girl power, while recognizing that men are not excluded from this type of cancer.

Lori Kobular


Here's my card


I started with CAS-ual Fridays Hope Ribbon stamp set, from their Calling All Sistahs collection, inked up with two shades of pink. I matted this with a piece of pink cardstock. I found a piece of striped printed paper that included pink, for a bit of added interest. The sentiment is from CAS-ual Fridays' Calling All Sistahs stamp set, also from their Calling All Sistahs collection. I added a few sequins, because I could - LOL!

Next stop on the blog hop is Lisa

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sue

Thursday, 15 September 2016

One-Layer Simplicity Challenge OLS31

Joining in the fun at One-Layer Simplicity because I love a challenge! Honestly, I find one-layer cards intimidating. I'm such a klutz that I'll be working on the last stamp impression and I'll smudge the impression or accidentally stick a partial fingerprint somewhere or well, you get the idea. I like having the option of cutting down a panel because it "accidentally" landed on an open ink pad or the last impression got smudged or ...

When I saw the challenge 

 Back In Time. The challenge is to make a one-layer card that is either old-fashioned in some way (think retro, vintage) or time-themed (watches, clocks).

I just knew what to do. Here's my card


I used the Retro Mod Shapes stamp set from STAMPlorations - perfect for this challenge, right? I looked around for a suitable sentiment - "dude" seemed to work. It's from Paper Smooches' Word Salad stamp set. Phew - completed it without an unwanted smudge or partial fingerprint!

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sue

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

a2z Scrapbooking September Challenge

Over at a2z Scrapbooking, the current challenge is "Make it a Tag". Here's my post at a2z scrapbooking.

I started with a tag, then added it to an A2 card. I'm not sure what I would do with a tag. However, as a card, I could definitely see myself sending it.

Here's my card


I started by randomly inking a piece of watercolor paper with Hero Arts Lucy's Floral Favorites ink cubes. I used a waterbrush to move some of the color around. I then mixed some Soft Cantaloupe ink with texture paste and applied the colored texture paste to the one of the stencils from Hero Arts Petal Stencils pair. I cut it down to a tag shape. I heat embossed the sentiment from Simon Says STAMP Lots of Thanks stamp set with gold embossing powder. I felt that the card needed a bit more pop, so for the background I chose a light lemon color cardstock which I passed through with a striped embossing folder for a bit of added interest.

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sue

Saturday, 10 September 2016

CAS(E) this Sketch #189

Loving the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch!




I love working with sketches. They make a nice starting point. Without them, I seem to sit at my craft table, almost paralyzed because there are too many options available.

Here's my card




I started by making a circle mask. I stamped flowers and leaves from Hero Arts Spring Hello by Lia stamp set. I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set on a scrap of cardstock. I like the way it turned out. I just realized that I could have made a one-layer card, by masking off the area for the sentiment. Hmmm - I think I see a variation of this card in my future.

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sue

Freshly Made Sketches #253

So happy to have had time to play with the group at Freshly Made Sketches.  Here is this week's sketch.



Here's my card


I started with Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Latticework. I inked up with distress inks (peacock feathers, twisted citron, seedless preserves) and ink blending tools to create the background panel. The sentiment is by Simon Says STAMP Big Scripty Greetings.

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sue