Thursday, September 29, 2016

Coffee Day: CAS Coffee

Happy National Coffee Day!  Can't think of a better way to celebrate than to make a couple more cards for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

This actually is a pre-printed envelope.  I've looked for the maker of this set and can't find it.

The freebie digital image is from blog hop super sponsor STAMPlorations and it fits perfectly in the center, making this an easy CAS card. Awesome to place a gift card inside. Easy Peasy.

I chose "magical" because we coffee lovers know about the magical powers of the coffee bean.  And then there's Cinderella's magical pumpkin.....just seemed like the most appropriate sentiment on this gift card envy.  And I love how the "l" fit perfectly on that coffee cup.

I colored with Copics.
STAMPlorations CUTplorations die magical.
Red Lead Paperworks Inc   Super Sticky Double Sided Adhesive (used on Magical before running through Big Shot)
scrap of black cardstock
STAMPlorations Mixed Media Grunge clear stamp set
STAMPlorations Art Marks clear stamp set
Archival Ink Coffee
Archival Ink Wendy Vecchi Tree Branch
Ranger Distress Ink Dusty Concord

Entering these challenges

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop HERE  7th day of the hop and this is my 8th make.  I'm entry #648

STAMPlorations CAS (Clean and Simple) for September HERE #75 x

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Owl Need a Little Latte

Day 6 of the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and I'm here with entry #547

Using Brentwood Owl--Pumpkin Spice Latte--freebie from JessicaLynnOriginal.  This is the fourth Coffee Lovers Blog Hop where I've used the latest Brentwood freebie.  Thanks JessicaLynn for being so generous with your designs! It was the very first freebie I downloaded from the hop and it's finally up on my blog for the hop!

I used Copic markers to color the Brentwood digi stamp.  All other materials are oldies but goodies from my stash.  The scrap of paper says "Spellbound".  Yellow arrow journaling spot is from heidiswapp. Letters and spider have no packaging to identify their source.

I couldn't help myself.  Brentwood's nose is colored like a piece of candy corn.

Entering here:

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop HERE  Day 6, 7th entry for me.  This one is #547

Choux Choux PaperArt Halloween (or Black/Orange)  Challenge  until Oct 2;  I'm #16 x

Bumblebees and Butterflies:  Halloween post for a give-away  I'm #5 x

Coffee Cup Card

It's the sixth day of the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop so I'm back with another entry.  

extra long kraft card
Memory Box Blackbird paper pack:  (patterned paper centered between the washi tape)--I love how the design wrapped around the coffee cup.
Tim Holtz Ideology Regions Beyond washi tape set
STAMPlorations Anywhere There's Coffee clear stamp set.
Copic markers
Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Entering these challenges

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop HERE  Sixth Day.  Sixth entry.  This one is entry #515

Cards in Envy--Good-bye Summer--Hello Fall.  No lumpy bumpy cards.  Only 3 entries.  This is my 2nd one. #56 x

STAMPlorations September Challenge:  Sketch and Monochrome  theme, sketch or both due Friday, September 30, 11:55 p.m. Pacific time. #40 x

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fox Box

This is my second post of the day for Imagine That! digis by Kris.  We have a big reveal of lots of amazing products so I just had to get in on it.  All of the details are HERE at the Creative Playground. Be sure to visit to see all of the DT makes to inspire you to get crafting with the new digis.  And, of course, there's a chance to win some of the new product! Winners will be announced on Sept. 30.

I used the new Woodland digi paper and printed it out on card stock.  
Woodland Digi Papers in the store HERE

I then made a gift box with it using a free candy box template found on the internet HERE.

Printing the pre-made digi tag and cutting it out was an easy way to finish with a coordinated look.
Woodland Friends Tags & Labels in the store HERE


The Paper Girls Challenge #112 Nature #34 x

Animal Friends Challenge:  September Animal Fur--must be animal with fur #75 x

Pumpkin Coffee Tag

This is my post as a member of the 3rd quarter Guest Design Team for Imagine That! Digis by Kris.  Kris' Creative Playground blog with additional inspiration and challenges is HERE.


Prima Finnabair art ingredients: copper glass glitter
Marvy Liquid Applique
Sizix Tim Holtz 660232 Fresh Brewed Die
hard plastic product cover which I cut with the die and glued on top of the paper that I cut with the die;
Prima Heavy Body Transparent Gel--much to my delight it did not make the ink run or smear on the digi image and paper printed on my ink jet printer.  Those of you who don't have lazer jet printers know that many products make the ink jet prints smear.  
trim from stash

Imagine That! Fabulous Fall digi paper pack
chevron for tag, orange swirl for pumpkin drink, green leaf for straw

Imagine That! Digis by Kris: Scarecrow 
pumpkin as logo; sentiment

Reminder that I have, for the Coffee Lovers Fall Blog Hop, blog candy which is a discount code for the Imagine That! digistamp store.

Entering this tag in these challenges:

Coffee Loving Cardmakers Fall Blog Hop HERE (this is a link/hop for random-draw prizes) Fifth Day of the Hop, my fifth entry--trying for one each day of the week-long hop.  This entry is #452

Worldwide Open Designers Challenge #14 Sept 15-Oct 12 (max 3 entries) This is my 2nd at #69 x

Die Cutting Divas #285 Vegetables  #1 (Tuesday ) x

Creative Corner Challenge: Team Mel Autumn  winner announced on Team Mel week. I'm #45 (Friday) x

Shopping Our Stash #271 Apple for Teacher--fruits or vegetables #1
Other than the digital paper, every product is really old stuff from my stash (Tuesday) x

Artistic Inspiration #164 Anything Goes #44 x

Pile It On:  #117 Autumn Colors/Theme #79 x

Love to Create Challenge #20 Anything Creative/Mixed Media I'm #12 x
The challenge will run until 8th October and the winner and top 3 will be announced 
on Sunday 23rd October 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

A Little Coffee Card

We're in day four of the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop which means I've got a fourth entry.

I used the freebie image from Blog Hop super sponsor Limited Runs Digital Stamps. I then used the die set to cut and stack papers, ending with the white card--which I placed inside the left edge of the die so as not to cut through the fold.

This is my little blue bird of happiness bringing me my coffee....
The blue copic and the blue paper actually match better than the way the camera grabbed the pigments in the daylight...sigh

Other materials:
A7 white card
Spellbinders Nestablilites Curved Rectangles 6 Dies
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations leaf embossing folder
Studio G  blue card
Copic markers.
tiny brown button from stash


Coffee Lovers Blog Hop HERE  This entry is #406

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Day 3 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

It's day three of the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop which means I have a 3rd entry.

This time I used my Copic markers and digi images from Vera Lane Studio---Janet's Etsy shop can be found HERE.  I made a set of 3 ATCs using the quirky skeletons Izydora and Ignacio from the Calacas set.  For the sentiments, I reversed the ink color so that it would look like white chalk (on the blackboard background found at Pixel Scrapper).

Entering this card in the

Coffee Lovers Fall Blog Hop HERE.  This 3rd entry is #315

Open-Minded Crafting til Oct 9 Challenge #9 Halloween / Dress Up I'm #22
Winner posted October 20 x

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Can't "Bear" to Be Without my Coffee

This is my second day post for the Coffee Lovers Fall Blog Hop.

Not only can I not bear to be without my coffee, I also crave a doughnut!

I used the adorable pre-colored freebie image from Blog Hop super sponsor Craftin Desert Divas.  I used the doughnut as inspiration for a circle theme and went on the hunt for coordinating product..
I found a card and scrapbook papers (My Mind's Eye Sophia "Sisters" Circular Bliss Paper-2010) in my "oldies but goodies" stash and was happy to use them up.
Tools:  Sizzix 8 Framelits, Stampin' Up punch

Entering this card in the

Coffee Lovers Fall Blog Hop HERE.  This 2nd entry is #223

1-2-3 At the Farm

This is a 100% digital composition for the It's As Easy As 1-2-3 Creative Challenge at Imagine That! Digis by Kris Creative Playground. As GDT, I composed this as a challenge reminder for the challenge going on now September 3-30.  Details are at the Creative Playground HERE.

I have one sentiment, two cornstalks, and 3 digital paper panels.

All of these digital elements are available in the Imagine That! Digis by Kris store HERE.

entiment and chicks

Farmer Lily


green paper panel, chicken wire, and farm scene background

red check paper

yellow paper

Entering these Challenges:

Worldwide Open Designers Challenge #14 Sept 15-Oct 12 (max 3 entries) This is my first one #53

Friday, September 23, 2016

Coffee Card for Fall Coffee Loving Papercrafters Blog Hop and Product Discount Code

It's here!  The Fall 2016 Coffee Loving Papercrafters Blog Hop!

Nothing like a hot cuppa coffee to take the chill off an autumn sweater kinda day!
Brown is my go to color for autumn--brown crunchy leaves, brown acorns, brown footballs! Everything seems to turn brown before it becomes winter grey.

Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 17 (dies)
Stampin' Up Early Espresso card stock
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Fresh Brewed die
Stampersanonymous Tim Holtz Splatters stencil
Archival Ink Coffee
small splatter rubber stamp from stash

Fabulous Fall digi paper pack:  beige paper for cup
Imagine That! digistamp store HERE

Sweet Warm Ups digi paper pack: coffee dictionary paper
Imagine That! digistamp store HERE

Autumn digi set: Happy Fall sentiment
Imagine That! digistamp store HERE

If you love these digi papers as much as I do. please check out all the amazing digi items in the Imagine That! digistamp store HERE.  And please use my discount code.  Any purchase of at least $5 gets a 15% discount. This is my "blog candy" for the Coffee Loving Papercrafters Blog Hop.

Entering this card in these challenges:

Fall 2016 Coffee Loving Papercrafters Blog Hop HERE I'm #89

Cards in Envy (no lumpy bumpy--must fit flat in envelope): Challenge: Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall  expires Oct 2. I'm #31 x

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Autumn Leaves Card

My latest make as GDT for Imagine That! Digis by Kris.  Be sure to visit the Imagine That! Digis by Kris Creative Playground blog HERE for design team inspiration and links to current challenges, the FaceBook page, and the store.


Copics to color digital image
Stampin' Up cherry cobbler Stamp n Write pen to color maple leaves
misc card stock and trim from stash
Sizzix leaf embossing folder
label die
Stampin' Up gumball green card stock
Ranger Distress Inks Spiced Marmalade and Aged Mahogany  applied to card using misting/brayer method AND Seedless Preserves applied with stipple brush to label
Prima Art Alchemy Opal Magic Acrylic Paint: Violet/Green and Green-Gold applied with stencil brush
Autumn found in the Imagine That! Digis by Kris store HERE

Entering these Challenges:

Cards in Envy (cards only; must be flat- no more than 1/4"- to fit in envelope for mailing) For the Kids  limit 3; til Sept 18  I'm #27 x

Fab 'n' Funky Challenge #317 Fall Colours (expires today) I'm #64 x

Make My Monday Challenge #30 Autumn (Fall) Colours I'm #11

More Mixed Media September Anything Goes optional brown  2nd entry #18

The Color Sisters Challenge:  Color Palette 35 Challenge any handmade work due Sept 28  I'm #2

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Napa Digi Scrapbook Page

Another 100% digital scrapbook page from my travels.

This photo was taken literally on the side of the road.  

It was a girls' trip to Napa for my 65th birthday.  This looked like a great background for a photo.  

I had just retired and lost 20 lbs so I was feeling pretty good--can you tell by my pose?  

The two smaller photos are of a couple of the wineries we visited.  

Digi Chicks Materials:
September 2016 Template Challenge (AKIZO Paper Play)  used the template including the placement of photo spots and kept the photo frame and flowers
Used PSE paint bucket to change the colors of the strips.
Kimeric I'd Rather Be Reading (journaling spot)
Kimeric frs Fall Free Range graffiti 
Kimeric September 2016 Fan Freebie files otdap  alpha (title), salmon background paper

I'll be posting this at DigiChick for the template challenge.

Other Challenges I'm Entering:

Digitally Sweet Challenge: ( must be 100% digital):  #154 September Scrapbook Page (limit 3 entries) I'm #4

More Mixed Media:  September Anything Goes and optional brown I'm #7

September = School + Apples

This is a 100% digital composition that can be printed out as a 4.5" x 5.5" card.  

September always means back to school and apple picking time.  I found it easy to work up this combo with these digis.  I'm just lovin' that black apple paper! Find it in the store Imagine That Digis by Kris HERE  
Please note that I used the precolored digi of the school girl as seen in the kit below.

FYI:  This design would work for the Easy As 1-2-3 Challenge over at the Creative Playground HERE: 1 sentiment; 2 strips of patterned paper; 3 embellies-school supplies.  As GDT, I can't enter---but YOU can!

Monthly Challenge


If You Give a Crafter a Cookie: Challenge #52 Photo Inspiration Sept. 8-21; I'm #3
I enter this challenge often --- it was a given to do so this time as the inspiration photo went perfectly with the challenge sponsor's kit (Imagine That! Digis by Kris), especially since I'm GDT for Kris this quarter.  Apples, rulers, pencils, crayons.....

Crafty Calendar: Back to School until Sept. 28  I'm #18

Crafting Musketeers:  #41 Back to School--any type of craft; only one entry until Sept. 29  I'm #12

Paper Sweeties Inspiration #47 September (don't need to use her images but get extra entry if you do)  Aren't these colors a perfect match for that apple digi paper and the pencil digi paper? I'm #9

World Wide Open Deisgn Team Challenge--August 15  Anything Goes but must be on a design team I'm #119 x

Your Scrapbook Place--September  Anything Goes any form of artwork not just cards   I'm #16

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Digital Scrapbook Page

This is a 100% digital scrapbook page.  The photo is from our trip to Nashville last month.

Two new things I did:  used a template which I colorized in PSE.  Changed the sky in my photo, again using PSE.  The rest is layering elements, adding frames and shadows which I've done before.

I've joined the Digi Chick community where I'm entering contests using their kits.  This is my first entry---September Mood Board.

Digi Chick kits:
The Important Things--alpha and word strips
On a Whimsical Adventure:  template and elements

Entering these challenges:

Digitally Sweet Challenge:  September #154 with Lozzy's digi paper Designs  Scrapbook Page: must be 100% digital     I'm #3

Country View ChallengesSeptember Travel  (any genre) I'm #14

I found these two challenges that offer Lozzy's free digi paper; I didn't use them this time but what a great resource for future projects:  

More Mixed Media Challenge September Anything Goes Optional Brown accepts 100% digital
I'm #4

A Bit More Time To Craft: Anything Goes #27  I'm #123

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

New Releases and Giveaways at Imagine That! Digis by Kris

There are three new releases and give-aways going on today at Imagine That! Digis by Kris Creative Playground HERE.   Find them in the Store HERE

As Guest Design Team (GDT) member this quarter, I love this set and made a couple of digital cards with it, using the precolored images.  I also used one of Carly's card sketches which you can find HERE.

Here's the first card.  (You'll be seeing the second one later this week.)

The new release reveal for this set is at the Creative Playground HERE

Nurse Sara in the store HERE

Speedy Recovery in the store HERE

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Color Blooms Card

Time for me to use that coloring page that we were given a while back.  I posted the original coloring page on August 5 HERE  If you recall, I tried to make the background look like old, stained and faded paper.

Here's my make for the linky party:

STAMPlorations CUTplorations "celebrate" die
STAMPlorations Color Blooms freebie coloring page
Copic Markers
tinted gems for flower centers
black Sharpie to outline coloring page
black and purple cardstock
Wink of Stella

Also Entering these Challenges:

Crafting By Designs: September Anything Goes #65
Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge #281 Anything Goes #78
Through the Craft Room Door  Aug 30 til Sept 5  #95 x
Tuesday Throwdown:  #309 Clean and Simple #56 x

STAMPlorations Blog Hop and Linky Party   #6

STAMPlorations September CAS Card Challenge #1

STAMPlorations Anything Goes Never Ending Challenge #1039

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