Monday, September 29, 2014

Happy International Coffee Day!

I love coffee.  I really LOVE coffee.  Sometimes I rush off in the mornings and only am able to enjoy a quick cup but, I love having my morning coffee.  Next to my charcoal broiler, I think my coffee/espresso machine is my favorite kitchen appliance.  But, what makes coffee even better is sharing it with friends.

Sometimes those friends are far away and that just isn't possible.  But this is!!!!


So I have a few coffee cards that I am sending to a few card crafty friends that I wish I could just stop and share a "cuppa" with.  Things to chat about while the coffee aroma fills the air.

Using fun Lawn Fawn Sweater weather 6x6 pads and some inspiration from a gifty card idea from Kristina Werner's Holiday Card Series here: I adjusted her pattern a bit and built these.  Choosing to wrap the base all the way around to the back of the card I didn't need to cut another piece.
My pattern paper is cut 4.25" h x 2 3/4" w (shy).  The bottom 5 3/4" h x 2 3/4" h.  Score bottom 3/8 from bottom and sides. Angle cut wide ends to mitre a neat fold. Fold around top patterned paper, embellish and slip in a card.

Hop on over to the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and check out all the fun cards!

Alaska has some very wonderful coffee roasters and if my friends were closer we'd go grab a cup but, in the mean time Starbucks will do.

Cheers!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Cozy Christmas - Mama Elephant and Mrs. Claus

Paper piecing Grandma on this cute little Tag style card for Mama Elephant and Me September Challenge.  The challenge this month is to use paper piecing in some way on your card.


I am a fan of hoarding my decorative paper and not using it so I grabbed a 6x6 petite paper pack of the Peace, Joy, Love collection from Lawn Fawn and had fun creating a little outfit for Mrs. Claus.  


Here's a close up of her dress and apron


Being a fan of appliqué, I just love paper piecing! Fussy cutting never bothers me and I love fitting all the little pieces together.
I wanted a snowy kind of background for contrast and used Mr. Huey's Mist in White.  A snowy background in September might not be in most weather forecasts but, living in Alaska it could happen at any time. Time to embrace the hot cocoa!

Cheers!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Feeling Prickly? All you need is love.

Avery Elle's cute little hedgehog from the More Stories set all prickled up with Copic Markers.  Lots of fun for the next week or so with Online Card Classes,"Copic Markers for Cardmakers" class.  After shading and putting down a base color of E50 I used some darker E colors to do some shading and then a bit darker color and my super tiny nib for doing my "prickles."

AveryElle Challenge blog (AEIheartU) has a fun Sketch Challenge going on here:




Here's the sketch:



 I followed along and came up with this:




In Alaska our endless summer days have been replaced by our soon to be endless winter nights with our days becoming shorter and shorter.  Who could have guessed this would be the perfect time for my light fixture to go kaput in my studio. Argh!!! Guess I'm feeling a bit "prickly!"  

The mix:
More Stories - Avery Elle
Oh Happy Day - Avery Elle
Everyday Collection - Avery Elle
Sequins - Avery Elle
Index Card Die - Mama Elephant
Copic Markers
Black Ink - Hero
Tuxedo Black - Memento 


Monday, September 15, 2014

GUEST DESIGN for LAWNSCAPING Challenge No. 90

Guesting again for a super fun challenge over at Lawnscaping, this time make a card or project featuring CRITTERS GALORE!  Lawn Fawn has the sweetest critters so the challenge will be choosing which cute ones to use!


Ok, I couldn't choose, so I made two!  The first one I watercolored using the Narwhal from the Critters in the Arctic set.  Narwhal aren't usually found in Alaskan waters but I just loved his little horn which is actually a "tooth." Moose aren't often seen near icebergs either, but I just loved creating this little scene, here.

The font on this set is spaced perfectly and embosses so clearly!   
and now, the other Critter Card.


Hail, hail, the gangs all here!  A double feature with Critter's Galore!  If you liked Lawn Fawn's Into the Woods set you will LOVE Joy to the Woods!  The set has cute birch trees an evergreen log, a sweet little bird, fox and squirrel images and two beautiful sentiments. I used another cute critter, a bunny from the Snow Day set as part of the menagerie on my card.  
A lot of masking to arrange my critters where I wanted them using the Inkadinkado masking paper.    The little cardinal is popped up on dimensionals, as is the heart under my greeting. 

Hope these cards inspired you to stamp up your own CRITTER project and enter the Lawnscaping Challenge!  


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Trick or Treat!

Another fun STAMPTEMBER stamp set this one by Kristina Werner.  Cute little puppy and kitty featured on this set with Halloween sentiments and fun little bats and spiders.

I love the MFT pinstripe background Jennifer McGuire used on several of her cards and love how it adds a simple background, and compliments the images.


Used Copic markers to color up the kitty and puppy and Hero Arts Soft Granite for the striped background.  Hero Fresh Peach for the solid sentiment.
It would take a sharp eye to see the purple accent card stock at the base of the card.  It's a beautiful purple color by PaperTrey Ink that I had in my stash.

Glossy Accents for the pups nose and the kitty's eye mask, Wink of Stella on the cape and bats.



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Make a Wish - Avery Elle

"He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams."  -  J.R.R. Tolkien


Avery Elle's new "More Stories" has 4 more cute little critters and so many fun little accompanying images!  I could spend hours with this one set!


Sweet little fox made me think of that quote by J.R.R. Tolkien.  The little vines and sentiment came from the Storybook set.

Caught the sparkle of the Wink of Stella on the floating leaf.  Love, love Wink of Stella!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Shine Brightly!

I was positively giddy when I saw this fun die from Simon Says Stamp!  I had plans!  So when it came, I teamed it up with some Cosmo Cricket Glitter paper that gives me goosebumps every time I use it!  The camera doesn't do justice in this photo but, trust me, it's gorgeous!

I've been looking for a fun set that had some circles in it and when I saw the MFT Bokeh Builder, I was smitten!  It has some fun sentiments and some really cool circles, some with a Bokeh effect. This was a super fast clean and simple design and I could see it working beautifully with a Christmas sentiment!


It's so glittery in real life with the die cut top layer popped up just slightly on some 3M tape for dimension.

Thanks for stopping by!