Friday, December 9, 2016

Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop

Today's the day we all get to rejoice in the wonderment that is coffee!!  How much do I love thee, let me count the ways.  Well, that would take far too long!  I am blessed to be in the company of tons of other amazing coffee lovers and card makers.  What a great mix so make sure you check out all the amazing creations all along the Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop.  Here's the card I created for this super fun hop.

I started my card with this fun hello patterned paper.  I cut a Dual Dotted Circle from black and then added some Dual Stitched Triangle Dies before adding a cup of amazing looking coffee using the new Lil' Inker Designs Latte Love Stamps and Latte Love Dies.  This set is AMAZING!!  Totally a must have if you are a coffee lover.  I used this cute sentiment to create a coordinating sentiment strip with a touch of vellum at the bottom.  Finally, some wooden snowflakes and sequins finish the card off.  Here's a closer look:

I was having so much fun with the Latte Love Stamps and Latte Love Dies that I just couldn't stop there!  I had to try embossing the coffee/milk with white and then restamping into the liquid embossing with the stamp and some brown ink.  This is how it turned out:

I went with another black and white background and more words.  Ha ha!  I really like black and white.  I layered a piece of wood grain paper cut using Stitched Mats: Long & Skinny Rectangles and then another black and white paper cut using Stitched Mats: Dual Stitched Rectangles with some fun snowflake shapes.  Next, my paper pieced mug created with the Latte Love Stamps and Latte Love Dies are layered with two sentiment flags that I think are perfect for this warm and cozy card.  A few clear sequins finished off the whole look.  Here's a closer look so you can see the texture on the froth.

Thanks so much for checking out my cards today!  I hope you like my winter coffee cards and I hope you'll take part in the Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop.  There are a ton of awesome sponsors including Lil' Inker Designs.  Don't miss out on all the fun!  Plus, if you order the Latte Love Stamps and Latte Love Dies today or tomorrow, you will get free shipping -- use code FREECOFFEE!  That's awesome! 

Here's what I used today:

Thursday, December 8, 2016

CTS #201

It's Thursday again already?  How in the world do weeks just fly by like this?  It's crazy!  Lucky for us, there is always an awesome new sketch to look forward to at CAS(E) this Sketch each week.  I'm so happy that you guys joined us last week for our 200th sketch and I'll be picking a winner from the comments to win a little prize pack from me.  I'll announce the winner on Saturday and contact them shortly after.  Again, thanks so much for celebrating with us.

My take on today's sketch has a little fun added in.  I used one of those crazy wobble things to add to dimension and movement.  Here's my card:

I combined some fun papers and used Lil' Inker Designs' Stitched Mats: Rounded Rectangles to shape them.  Next, I used the You Gnome Me stamp set from My Favorite Things to mask two images for my peek a boo gnome.  I thought we would look super cute hiding behind the boot of flowers.  I color the image with copics and added it to the card front with a Wobble Spring.  He's way too fun!  I can't stop making him wobble.  Ha ha ha!

Thanks so much for checking out my card.  I love having you guys visit!  See you over at CAS(E) this Sketch this week.  I hope you'll play along!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Snowman on a Chilly Day

Oh my, it is COLD here today and it's only getting colder.  Thank goodness for fuzzy slippers.  :)  My boys are annoyed with the cold because there is no snow.  They keep saying that there is no reason for it to be cold if there isn't any snow.  I have to admit, I agree.  Not that I want a ton of snow.  I'm not ready to break my back shoveling but enough to play in would be perfect!  Maybe Friday...there is a chance.

We've been busy busy.  Are you surprised?  Ha ha!  Basketball for my little guy started this week and he is loving it.  Wrestling is in full swing and gymnastics is still going strong.  Throw in Christmas parties and concerts...CRAZY!  I will say, I feel more relaxed this year because I'm giving myself a break.  Christmas cards are going out when they go out.  I'm not stressing about having them done and sent by a certain date.  If people get a winter card rather than a Christmas card, I'm ok with that.  I'm trying to look at all the obligations of the season that way and, so far, it is working to keep my stress level down.  In honor of winter cards, I created this super cute snowman card!  LOVE IT!

This card was created completely with element from a Clique Kit.  I used the packaging from a product to add the light blueish background before adding my cute snowman sticker.  This amazing acrylic word looked awesome with the card and snowman so, on it went.  I dotted my "i" with an enamel dot and finished it all off with a banner sentiment sticker which I think made it all come together.  Here's another look:

Thanks so much for checking out my card for today.  I hope you are having an amazing holiday season!  See you tomorrow for another CAS(E) this Sketch challenge!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Another Week, Another Christmas Card

Good morning and happy Monday!  Did you have a wonderful weekend?  Ours was pretty awesome.  We attended an open house at the local art museum and a concert by out local orchestra.  Everyone had a very good time and it really helped it feel a little more like the Christmas season. 

I'm still hard at work on Christmas cards but I'm having a great time taking my time this year.  I decided to relax and mail them as I finish them rather than stressing about having them all out by a certain date.  So far, it is really helping to keep my stress level low.  Here's a card I recently created.

Again, I used some fun paper, stickers, and other elements from my trusty Clique Kit.  I stamped this snowy background using the dots that are included in the Oh Deer Christmas Stamp Set. Next, I cut some patterned paper with the Merry Christmas Border Die.  I added some mountains, black and white paper, and some enamel dots and snowflakes.  All layered up, the card turned out really cute!  Here's a closer look:

I just love the Merry Christmas Border Die.  It is such a great way to add a sentiment and dimension!  I hope you enjoyed my card for the day and are ready for a great week.  I hope it's the best Monday ever!  Here's what I used today:

Thursday, December 1, 2016

CTS #200!!!!

Whoa!  CAS(E) this Sketch is celebrating its 200th sketch and I'm shocked that it has gotten here so fast.  How in the world did that happen?  If you haven't already, make sure to go check it out and play along!  You could win a $25 gift certificate for joining us this week. 

My take on the sketch is a little different.  I flipped the sketch and used a stamp set that I've had for so long, I don't even remember the name or where I got it.  How's that for a well loved set?  Here's my card:

I stamped these awesome poppies and used the fill stamps to create more of an off kilter watercolored look.  I added some color to the jars and stem with copic and then a quick embossed sentiment strip.  Easy!  Now I need to make some more in different color combos.

Thanks so much for check in with me today and as a little woo hoo for our 200th sketch, I'm going to randomly choose a commenter on my blog to receive a little prize pack from me.  It includes a stamp set, some 6x6 pads, and a few "extras".  I hope you will join us at CAS(E) this Sketch this week.  You won't regret it!  Have a great one!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Tuesday Christmas Card

Good morningish.  He he he!  I am a little late getting this post going this morning but I have a good reason.  My oldest has his first wrestling match this afternoon!!!  I have no idea what a wrestling match is like at all but I'm still excited.  So, I spent the better part of the morning making sure he had everything he needed packed in his bag.  Then, of course, the zipper pulled out and if you've ever fixed a zipper, you can feel my pain.  Luckily, I got it all fixed and stitched up so it shouldn't happen again.  Thank goodness my mom taught me to cross stitch and I had an awesome teacher in middle school that appreciated what I knew and expounded on that beginner's knowledge.  Go Home Ec!  Regardless, all is well and he is off to school and then his meet.  I'm thrilled because this first one is in Algona home to none other than the Chocolate Season...darn, an excuse for coffee AND chocolate.  Ha ha!

So, I created this card the other day and I'm super happy to be sharing it with you.  I've noticed that most of my Christmas cards are taking on more of a winter theme...that's ok, right?  ;)

Again, I used some fun paper and a journaling card from my trusty Clique Kit.  I layered these items ten stamped snowflakes using the Rustic Christmas stamps.  The I stamped the adorable bear from the same set, colored him, and added a hat!  Next, I used the Rustic Christmas dies to cut out my shapes and add them to the card.  All layered up, the card turned out really cute!  Here's a closer look:

Thanks so much for checking out my card today!  I hope you are having a great week!!  See you tomorrow!  Here's what I used for this card:

Monday, November 28, 2016

A Little Foxy Christmas

Happy post Thanksgiving Monday.  Hmm...does a long weekend and a holiday make a Monday better or worse?  We had a wonderful weekend with only one day of busy running.  It was great!  We even got all the Christmas decor out and up.  My husband wishes we got all decked out for Christmas in October but that's just too early for me.  I would rather leave it all up a little longer. 

The thing I can never seem to get started too early though, Christmas cards.  My problem is that I really hate mass producing.  I try and I try but the most I can ever crank out before getting totally bored is about 10.  So, I keep slowly chugging away making cards one at a time.  At least I have some amazing papers, stamps, and other products to inspire me.  That makes things so much more fun! 

Remember this card?  Well, I couldn't help but use the rest of the background paper I stamped so, here's what I've created to share with you today:

I started by making a snowflake patterned paper using the snowflakes in the Rustic Christmas stamps.  The I used the Border Builders die set to cut a fun border allowing the plaid to show at the bottom of the card.  Next, I cut some snowflakes out of various papers using the Snowflake Dies.  I layered the snowflakes along with a fox from my Clique Kit and a couple of banners also from the kit.  I finished the card off with some enamel dots.  Here's a closer look:

The fox with his black and white scarf was just meant for this card.  LOVE IT!  Can you tell I'm slightly addicted to the Snow & Cocoa line by Crate Paper?  I'm sure it comes as a shocker!  Thank goodness it was the focus of this adorable kit!  LOVE IT!

Thanks for checking in with me today!  I can't wait to share something new tomorrow!