Coffee Loving Cardmakers: January Guest Designer – January 6, 2017

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Hi! I’m very happy to be with you today with a post as the January Guest Designer for Coffee Loving Cardmakers!

Want to warm up with some tea? I love me a BIG cup of tea, especially on a day like today. It was 16°F (that’s about -9°C, right?)  when I checked the temperature this morning! BRRRRR! You’d never know that I grew up in Maine!

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I’ve become a WEATHER WIMP! I’d better toughen up because my family and I are moving back to Maine this Spring!

Anyway, nothing like warm tea on a COLD day!

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I have 4 (+ 1 = 5) CAS cards to share with you today. slide011

I’d be very happy if you’d like to……

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slide001I’d like to play this red version along at FUSION. I flipped the sketch and used the photo for inspiration too. Happy 3rd Anniversary!

I decided that I needed to increase the number of masculine cards in my stash, so I took this opportunity to do so.

I used the CUTplorations die to make my stamp.CUTplorations-coffeecup-preview

I have a fun discount code for you! Shery, of STAMPlorations, has generously given me a code to share with you.

Use COUPON code STAMPGIRLMELISSA and receive 20% OFF at STAMPlorations!slide001To make these cards, first, I created a homemade foam stamp, using the die, and stamped the cup with steam. This is a new technique to me and was inspired by Jennifer McGuire in one of her recent videos on how to stretch your supplies. I stamped 3 blue cups and 1 black one and 1 red one.slide006

Here’s a quick slideshow of the process that I used to make the red stamped card.

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For this blue card, I used a CUTplorations ‘thanks’ word die, sponged with Hero Arts blue dye ink.

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Then, I triple-stacked for the sentiment on this first card. I’d like to play this card at CASology. The blue is a cool/cold color and I love to drink tea when it is cold outside. slide006Using the negative from the die cut on the first card, I made a ‘thanks’ stencil and sponged the thanks onto this next card.slide009I fussy cut my stencil out and added that as the sentiment on this third card.slide008

I kept this next card very basic and B&W. slide010

I cut around the negative space that remained from one of the white ‘thanks’  die cuts from the first card (above – the card with the blue ‘thanks’ stacked on top of several white ones) and attached the white outline as the sentiment on this card.      slide001slide008

slide012I had a lot of fun using this technique. I loved how the homemade stamp printed the image. I enjoyed it so much that I have 2 more cards to share with you next week. Those two are less CAS and I’m excited to share those with you too. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

P.S. Here’s a fun video for your encouragement. Happy New Year!

P.P.S. Here’s the coupon code again. There’s no expiration, as long as I’m a STAMPlorations Girl, this code will be valid.

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Blue Hero Hues Dye Ink PadTsukineko Full-Size VersaFine Instant Dry Pigment Ink, Onyx Black

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Places I’m Playing:

FUSION – 3rd Anniversary

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Does warm tea for a COLD day count for CASology? 🙂

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SSS Wednesday’s: Simon Says: New Something: Making a foam stamp with a die is a new technique to me.

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WAW: Anything Goes – Challenge Weeks #264-265

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Washi Butterfly in B&W Garden

Hi! I’m here with a quick post with a card for several different super fun and inspiring challenges!IMG_6215editedI would like to play this at  CASology’s: Washi, FUSION: Orchid Occasions, for the sketch ,  Simon Says Stamps Monday’s Anything Goes, CAS on Sunday #80:Flowers and Word Art Wednesday’s Weeks #224-#225: Anything Goes.IMG_6223editedThanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

P.S. Some of you have expressed interest in the little house in background of my photographs. I photograph my cards outside most of the time. The little house is real.:) It was originally a wine hut (moved from a vineyard in the 1950’s by my landlord’s parents). We currently use it to store garden tools. It received some refurbishing and paint 2 years ago.

Here is a picture of the hut:

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Here are a couple of photos of what the hut might have looked like when it was in a vineyard.

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Places I’m Playing:

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Stars for Fusion

Hi! I’m here with a card inspired by:

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I’d like to play this along at Fusion (Lucky Days), STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge,  and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog’s: Make Your Own Background.IMG_5846edited

I used this ARTplorations stencil:

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Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

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Places I’m Playing:

Simon Monday Challenge Blog

Bleached lace

Hi! I’m here with a 1-layer Christmas card to share with you today.

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 I used several techniques on this card. Ink-blending, stenciling, emboss-resist and bleaching. It was inspired by Fusion’s Blue Christmas Challenge Sketch.

 I made this card as an experiment when I found the already ink-blended card in my stash. I think that I used too much bleach because some of the “lace” yellowed a bit. So, I’m not totally happy with result. I’ll just pretend it’s antique lace and will not apply the bleach so liberally next time. 😉

Here’s a slide show of the process I used.

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Thanks for stopping by!
Grace and Peace,
Melissa

Updated Thursday December 10: I am very happy to share that Julia at Fusion chose my card for an honorable mention this week. Thanks so much, Julia!

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Places I’m Playing:

 

 

Peony Cover Plate – Thanks

I have another Thank You card to share with you. This card was inspired by FUSION’S – Warm Welcome.

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I’d like to play this at Virginia’s View as well.

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XO
Melissa

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Edited/Updated Mon Nov 23, 2015: I am very happy to share that this card (and another one of mine) was included in Virginia’s wrap up post.