Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cutting Cafe Inspiration (And Blog Hop Day 6!)

This time around we're playing with the Witch Boot Shaped Card file over at the Cutting Cafe and I've created a couple items for you today!  I used papers from the My Mind's Eye Something Wicked 6x6 paper pad that you can get at the Cutting Cafe Shop here!  The papers in this pad are gorgeous!  Lots of glitter and cool patterns!

So here is the boot shaped card as it was intended!  I used real buttons instead of the paper cutout ones because I had the perfect ones!

This shaped card set comes with a few sentiments also... I picked this two part sentiment and was trying to figure out how to get it on the front without covering up too much and I decided to attach it to the inside, but have it peeking up over the top of the boot!

Then when you open it up, you can see the whole sentiment together!  I found the perfect stickers on that sheet I've been using over the last week or so... I don't even know where I got it... but now I'm glad I have it!

You had to know you weren't getting out of here without some coffee something or other!  It's Coffee Hop Holiday!  So while I was cutting out my boot shaped card, I cut an extra (smaller) boot and did this with it:

More papers form that awesome My Minds Eye pack and that cup!  Love the Cup Shaped Card from the Cutting Cafe!  I pulled up the file and cut only the cup in the size that I wanted it... cool part was I had saved this boot in the size I cut it so I could just pull up the cup and cut it the size I wanted having the boot as reference on my screen... I'll admit... it's still a pretty big cup!  But I wouldn't want it any other way!

I diecut some spiders... found these cool cobweb doilies in my Halloween stash... some washi tape and more stickers to decorate the cup.  And while I was trying to figure out what to do about steam, I thought... a witch's coffee probably would be bubbly... 'cause you never know what else she put in it... wart of frog... eye of newt.. you know...

And this phrase die from Stamplorations was perfect for the front.. again some real buttons.. I think I'm in love...

So thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out both the 2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop which I am linking up to of course!  And on the 21st (tomorrow as I type this) be sure to hop on over to the Cutting Cafe Blog and see what all of my design teammates have created for you using this file!  I know I can't wait!  I've seen some sneak peeks and ... well... you do not want to miss it!  And come back tomorrow for some more Cutting Cafe goodness and I'll have the winner posted for the Cutting Cafe drawing for the Fox file I used for my last Cutting Cafe post!

And don't forget about my giveaway for the Coffee Hop.  Check out the details on my Day 1 Post Here!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Day 5 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop-Winged Things

Happy Day 5 of the Fall 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  Today I'm sharing a card that I used some yummy items from Brutus Monroe along with some other stuff!

When I got the Kaleidoscope Wings Inspiration Box from Brutus Monroe last week I couldn't wait to use it... I stamped a bunch of butterflies and cut them out on my Brother Scan N Cut and there it sat.  So I've been rolling this one around in my head since then.

I started with a piece of watercolor paper and took out two different purples of Distress Inks and the Plum Surface Ink that came in the box.  I started with the distress inks, smooshed them on a block and just kind of moved them around on the paper with a paint brush.. I learned if you wet the watercolor paper before you start you get a much better effect.  Then I took some of the surface ink and smooshed that on a block and did the same.  What I learned.. if you are using Surface Ink... first... it is quite awesome... deep wonderful color... BUT it is meant to be permanent so my block was not the best place to use it.  I looked this up after I started so I took a cap from a jar instead and used that.  I must say... I LOVE the ink... you can watercolor with it... but only put it where you want it because it!

After the watercolor was dry I stamped some of the butterflies from the set that came in the kit in Versamark and embossed them in gold.  I knew a lot of it would be covered, but you can see them peeking out in a few areas.

I used my favorite large cup die from Paper Sweeties and cut it in white on Copic friendly paper.  I stamped the owl from the You're A Hoot Inspiration Box I got last month which was awesome but I don't think you can get this one any more... if you think you might love these Inspiration Boxes don't wait too long!  They are only available for a short time and there are items in them you can't get otherwise!  I colored her in with my Copics and added some gold details to her and to the cup.

I had cut these leaves a looooooong time ago from one of my CTMH Cricut Cartridges and as usual when I cut them I cut way more than I needed because I knew I'd use them someday and hate having to cut just one or two.  They were just cut from a tan colored paper, but I took some of the Surface ink and added some color to them as well as some Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and then splattered some Gold watercolor over them... love the way they came out!

Speaking of Leaves I'm playing along with the Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge which is always anything goes and this time around the twist is Leaves!  The Outlawz challenges are a Ning site and you have to join to play along but it's worth it!  Lots of lovely people and prizes!

I diecut this butterfly from gold glitter paper using the die that came in the kit.  It's a very cool die... it cuts both this intricate butterfly and then there is an outline die also... I only used the one here.

Here you can see one of the embossed butterflies peeking out from underneath...

So I moved all of my pieces around on the page to get the layout I wanted... I wanted it to feel like drinking a hot cup of coffee on the porch in the Fall while the wind blows the leaves around .. the butterflies... well, you probably wouldn't see them so much around the time that the leaves would look like this, but I think they go together anyway... 

I had NO idea where I was going to put my sentiment.  I thought about not even adding one, but when I went through my Brutus Monroe sets and came across the Turkey Day set with it's awesomely beautiful sentiments I knew it was perfect... I wanted to use the whole image because it has some beautiful leaves and such, but only this part would fit without covering up too much of what I'd done so I masked off all of the other details and embossed just the sentiment part onto a stitched banner cut from vellum and I LOVE the way the leaves show through the vellum.

I wanted gold embellishments on this one, so luckily before these retired at CTMH I bought a whole bunch because they are my favorite!  And they were perfect here.  The ones that come in the kit are clearish... like diamonds.. and beautiful... but I'll use those on another project.

So thanks so much for stopping by!  I'm starting to get a little anxious... I knew we're still a few days away from the end of the hop, but ... sigh... I'm already feeling it.  I'll have some Cutting Cafe goodness for you tomorrow so stop back again!

And don't forget about my giveaway!  You can get all of the details on my Day 1 Post Here!  You could win one of two of these beautiful bracelets:

Monday, September 18, 2017

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop-Day 4 with Paper Smooches

So we're at Day 4 of the 2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  Today I'm playing along with a couple Paper Smooches challenges also so I'm using some Paper Smooches:

So full disclosure... I came across this cute little vampire in my Paper Smooches collection on the Spookalicious set and thought of Amy Tsuruta's card she made the other day... you should check it out here!  So this is no way a completely unique creation... BUT I couldn't help but make my version because I loved it so much!  I still want that Whimsy set she used... so many cute sentiments on it and I do love vampires... especially adorable ones.  Anyway.. tribute to Amy... my Fangtastic card! 

Also, I didn't plan this background, but I was working on another card that is quite different and had some leftover ink on my block so I just smooshed and splattered a couple different pieces of paper figuring I'd use them later.. and later happened to be while I was waiting for the pieces for that card to dry.  So, I decided his cloak would be purple.  I wanted the cup to stand out so I made it green and then found that awesome eyeball on a sheet of stickers I had in my stash.  Cause what other kind of mug would a vampire have??  Well, maybe a heart or that kind of heart... like a human organ.. blood pumping... heart... so... yeah... sorry...

And don't you love that scallopped circle from Reverse Confetti??+

The theme over at Paper Smooches this month is Animals and so I added some cute bats from the Spookalicious set also!  I built this sentiment by masking the Awesome out of the sentiment from Whipper Snapper Designs so that I could use....

..this to finish it off instead.  I used some sequins in green to spread a few more shots of green around on the card.   

I'm also playing along with the Paper Smooches Guest Designer Search for October!

So thank you Amy for the inspiration!  And thanks all for stopping by!  Don't forget about my giveaway:

You can get the details for this on my Day 1 post here!

And be sure to check out these challenges:

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #230

Welcome to this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!  Time for another layout from my mini album!  Another one of my favorite pics of my brother and his family...

Love these CTMH papers... 

And don't these stickers I got from the Dollar Tree look like real lace??  They were perfect for this album!

Hope you are enjoying my pages... I know I enjoyed creating them!

Hope you'll play along with us this week!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop-Day 3 1/2 With Paper Sweeties!

We're in it!  It's the middle of Day 3 of the Fall 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and I'm sharing my second project for today using some awesome Paper Sweeties stamps and my favorite cup die!

This cup from the Keep Calm and Drink Coffee Sweet cuts and it's one of my favorite coffee cup dies.  I love it because it's the perfect size and shape for so many projects and big enough to hold lots of different types of things and because it cuts the hole from the handle...  that is a big deal for me.   And the steam die... gravy!  Also, there is an awesome matching stamp set with some great sentiments including a cup shaped stamp for the cup but the die is a must have too because it can be used for so many different things all on its own!

I've had this piece of Design Paper for a while from a 6x6 paper pad from Bella Carta and really wasn't sure how I'd use it and I decided it would be cool to have a farm scene on my cup and then fill the cup with all kinds of autumn goodness.

The sunflowers, pumpkins and leaves are from the Stand Add On: Fall Harvest stamp set.  There aren't dies to go with this one so I stamped a whole page of images from it and cut them on my Brother Scan N Cut.. sweet and saved me a bunch of time!

Love this set because although it's a Stand Add On, the images are great with so many different stamp sets...

And I didn't have much room for a banner so I just heat embossed a sentiment from the You Warm My Heart stamp set and a few more leaves.

So thanks for stopping!  Don't forget to check out the Coffee Lovers Hop!  Lots of prizes and fun people!

And don't forget about my Giveaway!  After the hop is over I will choose two lucky commentors to receive one of two of these bracelets!  You can read more details here on my Day 1 post!  Just comment on any or all of my posts during the hop and you could win!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop-Day 3

Happy Day 3 of the Coffee Lovers Hop!  Today I'm sharing a card made with some CDD digi stamps along with a few other items...

Love the Bedroom Accessories digi set from CDD.  There are SO many images in the set... the books and coffee cup... the kitty cat.. and that fantastic window along with so many more!  It's a really fun set to play with.  I arranged the cat with the books and printed it and separately printed the window because I wanted to pop up the cat and books.

I watercolored the scene in the windows freehand and then watercolored all of the images.  I was inspired by the Monthly Social Media Challenge at Craftin Desert Divas and I'm playing along there as well as with the Outlawz Twisted Thursday that's all about leaves in addition to the Coffee Hop!

If you come here often, you know how much I love those hearts from Paper Sweeties and the die cut leaves... aren't they awesome... they are a die from CDD.

This beautiful seam binding is from D.L. Art and that pretty sentiment is from one of the recently released Verve coffee sets, Fill My Cup stamped on a banner from CDD.

Thanks for stopping and don't forget about my giveaway!

Comment on each of my blog posts for the hop and have a chance to win one of these two bracelets!  You can check out more details in my Day 1 post here!

Coffee Lover's Blog Hop-Day 2

So glad you could stop by for my second project for the Fall 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  This time around I'm playing with the adorable freebie Brentwood digi from

Well, this is nothing how I planned it!  I knew I wanted to use my new borders from CDD for the background but my plan was to use the pretty trees and watercolor them pretty colors with a beautiful blue sky... and as I was looking at this image more, and colored him in... and made the cup orange and thought about the sentiment, I decided to use the haunted landscape border instead.  So for the sky?  Well, of course it had to be nighttime and of course I wanted to create a galaxy background!  There's a very cool video here if you want to check it out... when you're done here of course!

I did some "loose" coloring on this one for the leaves especially.. I like the way it turned out.. basically you just color in and leave some of the edges clean .. it's just a different look and I've been wanting to try it out so I did!  My image covered one of the trees in the border, so I cut it off and used it in front with my cup along with a few sequins and some bat stickers from my stash... I was just going to diecut a couple little bat shadows... but I loved these guys with their wonky eyes and I thought they were just right.

And then I just added the Happy Halloween sentiment from the Come In For a Bite Cupcake monsters set over at JessicaLynnOriginal to finish it off and embossed it in white.

Before you go!  Don't forget about my Giveaway!  When the hop is over I will choose two lucky commentors to win one of these two awesome bracelets made by my Niece, Emily:

She collects glass from the shores of Lake Erie and creates jewelry.  She made these especially for me to give during the hop and she has a small Etsy Shop here if you want to check it out.

And she will take special orders!  So let me know you were here and make me smile on any and/or all of my posts and one of these could show up in your mailbox!  And I don't care where you live!  I think it's neat to send stuff around the world!

Come back soon for some more coffee goodness!