Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Cutting Cafe Christmas In July - Part 2

Welcome to some Cutting Cafe Inspiration for Christmas in July!  I love the Elisha Jean and Friends stamp set that is available in the Cutting Cafe Shop.  But did you know that you can get printable sets for these sweet little girls in the Cutting Cafe store as well?!  You can check them all out here!  I chose to use the Sweet Angels set...and I decided to use Ruby J for this one... I am imagining she's up on stage at her Christmas Pageant.

I used some paper from the Sugar Plum paper from My Minds Eye... the pretty pink and the gold stars made the perfect backdrop.  I used my dies to cut the banner, star, cloud and snowflakes from white glitter paper.

This is Ruby J.  Isn't she sweet?  I printed, colored and fussy cut her out and popped her up.  I think she's getting ready for her solo.

I'm playing along with the challenges over at Double Trouble and Heart2Heart ... it's Christmas in July over at their places too!

The Sweet Angels set has some really sweet sentiments in it.  However, since this was to be a Christmas card, I printed out the Christmas Mini Words printable set and decided what my sentiment would be.  I cut my words out into little rectangles and then foiled them in my Minc and popped them up on my card.

That's it for me today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure to head on over to the Cutting Cafe Blog to see what everyone has created for you today!  Comment there for a chance to win three files of your choice from The Cutting Cafe!

Friday, July 20, 2018

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #204 Inspiration - Rainbows & Butterflies

It's time for a new challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays!   This time around it's all about Rainbows and Butterflies and I think I've got plenty of both for you:

I started by creating my rainbow background using my Distress Oxides... I just ink blended from one corner to the next going back over to make a nice smooth transition to each color...I love all of the extra colors the inks create as they blend together.  After my ink was all blended I splattered on some water droplets and dabbed them with a paper towel.  I heat set the inks and also used an EK Success Powder Tool to remove the static before I stamped my butterflies from the Be Stamp Set in a diagonal pattern in Versamark and then heat embossed them in white.

I love to use the Bubble Box Fri-Dies for sentiments and background layers.  I cut the black and vellum piece from two of the dies from that set.  This beautiful sentiment is also from the Be Stamp Set!  (It's quite an awesome set and you should definitely check it out here!)  I heat embossed it in white on the black layer and the vellum was simply to give the sentiment some bulk without covering too much of my background up.

I wanted to add one more butterfly... as if one had strayed from the group and decided to take a break... so I stamped another style of butterfly from the Be Stamp set in Memento Sand ink.  I like to use this ink when I'm going to attempt some no line coloring because it's light.  I colored all of the butterfly pieces with Copics, blending along the way in a rainbow pattern and fussy cut it out.  Then to finish the card off, I added some Nuvo drops in white and black in a random pattern and a few sequins!

That's me for today!  Be sure to check out what the rest of the team has created for you today and then get creating!  I can't wait to see yours!

Hope I've inspired you!  What are you playing for? 10 winning entries will be highlighted on the CAS-ual Fridays Blog the Thursday before a new challenge goes live!  We call it the Happy Hour!  In addition a $25 gift certificate goes to the overall winner.  AND if the chosen winner uses CAS-ual Fridays stamps and/or dies as the main focus for the card, the gift certificate increases to $50!

So what are you waiting for!  Nothing to lose and $25 to $50 of awesome stuff to gain!  Hope to see you over there

Coffee Loving Cardmakers-Fun Stampers Journey Collaboration Hop!

 So excited!!  Today is the day that the Coffee Loving Cardmakers and Fun Stampers Journey Design Teams hop along together to feature some of the awesome products available from FSJ!  If you're hopping along you probably came here from Helen's place!  What's so special about this hop ... aside from all of the inspiration you'll get including lots of techniques and design ideas...there's this:

Whaaaaa??  Yeah that's right... leave some love at each stop along the way and you could win a $25 gift certificate to get yourself some cool stuff!  To be eligible for the prize, please leave comments on all participating blogs.  Commenting will close on Friday July 27th at 11:55 pm Pacific.  

We're using the Coffee Helps Stamp and Die sets and the Coffee First Die set.  You can find these and another great coffee set, Le Cafe' here (But don't forget, when you're done hopping, to check out all the other awesome stuff you'll find at the FSJ website!)  

Here's what I have for you today:

I am in love with this Coffee First die set!  The wrap has a really cool pierced outline that adds some yummy texture.  I cut the cup and wrap pieces from some pretty coordinating papers for this one.  The sentiment is from the Coffee Helps stamp set... so many fun sentiments on that one!  And that wonderful Journey Thread in Whip Cream... it's the perfect width (skinnier than baker's twine, but thicker than actual thread) and so soft... easy to use for all kinds of things.  And there is so much of it on one spool....68 yards!!  Love it.  And check out that wood chip... it's from the Hello Bubble pack of wood chips that includes 4 each of 4 words in word bubbles!  I smooshed this one into some Versamark and heat embossed it in white... just to make it pop a bit!  Love wood embellishments because you can emboss them, color them with paint or markers, just leave them natural... lots of options to make them perfect for your project!

I'm playing along with the Double D Challenge: Tea and Coffee with this one!  You should check it out for sure!

I'll have to admit it was hard for me to put the Coffee First Die Set down... turns out it's pretty in pink too!  Another sentiment from the Coffee Helps set... this time I just stamped it in black and then fussy cut it.  More of the Whip Cream Journey Thread and then I added a few Fashion Silver self adhesive beads from FSJ, some flowers from my stash and a few die cut leaves left over from another project.

And THEN I started stamping with the Coffee Helps stamp set...I created that cool background by stamping some of the coffee rings and coffee beans in Versamark and heat embossing them in white.  Then I added various colors of splatter.  While that was drying, I stamped, colored and die cut the cup.  I colored the wrap so it would look kind of corrugated (I just colored it in and then made swipes of a darker color).  I fussy cut the sentiment again.... gave it a simple kraft circle background that help my cup and sentiment stand out from the busy background... some more of that awesome thread and a few sequins!

You know I think coffee is out of this!  So, for this background, I used my Distress Oxides and blended some purple and pink inks together.  Then I splattered it with some water and dabbed it dry and splattered a bit of white.  Just a quick easy kind of galaxy background... I didn't want it to be too dark for this one, so I used lighter colors.

I stamped three cups and colored them in coordinating colors, die cut them and popped them up to look like they are in orbit.  Then I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment on vellum so I could place it over the top of my cups without covering up too much of them.  A few more Fashion Silver beads and this one was done!  Fun I think!

Thanks so much for stopping today!  Hope I've given you some Coffee For Thought!   Don't forget to hop along and stop and leave some love at each place for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate.  From here you can visit Robyn's place to see what she has for you!

Don't worry if you get lost along the way just head on over to the Fun Stampers Journey Blog or the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog where you'll find the complete hop list that will help get you back on your way!

Hope you come back to visit me soon!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Little Acres July/August Challenge - Anything Goes

It's time for a new challenge over at Little Acres!  This time around it's anything goes!  Here's what I've created:

Love the new Lots of Poppies set available now at Little Acres Creations!  I created this quick card to kick off the challenge!  You must use at least one Little Acres Creations stamp set in your design!  Join the Little Acres Creations Facebook Group Here to play along!

Can't wait to see what YOU create!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Caffeine Fueled Paper Play - Unity Stamp Co & A Winner

I'm up on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog and I'm playing along with a challenge over at Super Sponsor Unity Stamps!  Hope you'll hop over there and join me!  I'm also announcing the winner from the Love Our Sponsors challenge!  Here's a sneak peek of my project!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Paper Smooches Christmas In July!

It's been too long since I played along over at the Paper Smooches Blog!  But when I saw this month's Christmas In July inspiration photo I knew I had to get over there before the end of this one!

Initially I thought I'd start with some red and white striped paper and then when I was perusing my Paper Smooches sets I stumbled upon the Debonair Stamp Set  which includes three cool background strips and the argyle is one of them.  I used my Misti to line everything up correctly and originally I thought I'd make a nice RED RED background using my awesome Gina K Red Velvet ink because it's pretty awesome like that, but I liked the way it looked distressed the first time around so I decided that was what I'd go with!  It was pretty easy to line these up using the Misti... so glad my mom made me use one and bought me one!  Thanks, Mom!  And after I stamped the background, I splattered some Heidi Swapp White Color Shine for good measure.  It's barely noticeable, but it made me happy anyway!

I decided to use these two from the Chubby Chums stamp set because I'm also playing along with the Outlawz Twisted Thursday which has a twist of Wags and Whiskers this week!  PLUS they are adorable!!  I colored them up and cut them out. I added some Snowflakes cut from white glitter paper to the background and then popped up my Chubby Chums over them.  I decided they better be drinking some cocoa because it's so chilly out (and it fits the inspiration photo) so I cut two cups from the Coffee and Tea dies.  I bought these cute santa hats at my Local Scrapbook Store, The Paper Collage and it was perfect for the pup!  He's so fun!

I'm also playing along with the Double Trouble and Heart2Heart Challenges going on right now!  The theme for both is Christmas in July... Double Trouble is a fun challenge that collaborates with other challenges and this time around it's Heart2Heart... check out each of their posts for their individual rules.

Love this Seasons Greetings die and decided it was the ticket for this one!  I cut it three times in red, stacked and mounted it on white and then fussy cut around it... popped it up and done!

So that's me for today!  Hope you enjoyed it and don't forget to hop on over and play along with Paper Smooches!  You have to use at least one Paper Smooches product and you could win one of three $15 gift codes!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Paper Sweeties Blast From The Past July 2018 - Day 3

For our last day of Blast From The Past, I've used some more of that pretty red wood grain paper to create a country feeling card.  That sweet sentiment from the Hey Y'all set helps with that too!

Not to mention the beautiful With Love Sweet Cuts doily!

So... about these flowers!  Easy Peasy!  I simply used the snowflake die and cut them from white paper.. then I laid them upside right on a foam pad made to use with a piercing tool... anything with some give will work... a mouse pad, a loose pile of papers... you get it, right?  It was hard to take any good pics while I did it but basically it looks like this:

Then I took an embossing tool/stylus and pressed into the flower at each "elbow" between the petals which caused them to cup and look more flower shaped.  Then I took some yellow Nuvo drops and created the center... you could use anything really... a gem, a tiny pom pom, a sequin.  See?  Easy peasy!  The hardest part was making my eyes see something other than a snowflake outline!  I'm gonna be using these quite a bit!

So thanks for stopping!  Be sure to check out what everyone has made for you today:

Nancy Salkeld

Come back tomorrow!  I'll having some more fun for you!