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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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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The Mixed Media Card Challenge #30 Reminder – December – Gold

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Hi! I’m here with a reminder post & card for The Mixed Media Card Challenge for December:

Here’s my card:  img_3752_edited-1

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I started by making a homemade stencil with a star die.

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 Then I stenciled gold embossing paste onto the smooshed background panel.

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I had used a variety of paints, some Smooch Spritz, some gold embossing paste to create the smooshed background. After the gold stars dried. img_3756_edited-1I fussy-cut some of the stars and attached the panel onto red cardstock. I embossed the panel with a chevron embossing panel.

As you can see, I designed, and then printed, my own digital sentiments on vellum. img_3751_edited-1

I included a PDF of the sentiments for you to use. Please click here or on the image below to be taken to the printable version.

slide1I fussy cut the sentiment and added gold gel pen.

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I attached the sentiments and then added the panel to a gray card.

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img_3762_edited-1I had a lot of fun making this card! Make sure you stop by The MMCC blog and check out my teammates’ superb creations!

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,
Melissa

HOW TO PLAY
1. Create a mixed media CARD based on the theme, with or without the optional element.
2. Display the challenge graphic on your blog post and link back to this challenge post.
3. You may enter as many times as you want, as long as each entry is different.
4. You may combine a maximum of 7 challenges (6 other challenges plus ours).
5. Submit your projects by  December 25, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (GMT-8).
6. We’ll announce the winner and highlights on December 31.

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The Fall 2016 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop – Chevron Crazy (x2) + Brusho Crystal Colours

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Hi! I’m very happy to have you visiting my blog today.

I have a bright card to share with you that I designed with STAMPlorations products for the Fall CLBH.

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Speaking of “lovers”……STAMPlorations is one of the FAll CLBH sponsors and Shery has a bunch Coffee & Tea lover themed products in her store.

Here’s a closer look at my card:img_2407edited

 I love this new STAMPlorations set – Anywhere There’s Coffee Stamps & Die Set by Shery.

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 Besides the stamps from Anywhere There’s Coffee Stamps & Die Set,  I also used the ARTplorations stencil Chevron Crazy.

img_2401_edited-1How I made this card:

  1. I made the background by reverse stenciling with Brusho Crystal Colours and the Chevron Crazy stencil.
  2. I used the stencil in the traditional way and sponged green, blue and purple ink on white card stock.img_2422edited
  3. I stamped the travel coffee cup onto the sponged background. SheryRuss_AnywhereTheresCoffee-preview
  4. I fussy cut the cup.img_2405edited
  5. Matted the chevron panel in Kraft.
  6. Stamped the sentiment.img_2421edited
  7. Added the matted panel to the card base.
  8. Attached the cup with foam tape.img_2406edited

 I really enjoyed making this card and I hope that you enjoyed seeing it.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I really appreciate your visit.

Grace & Peace,

Melissa

STAMPlorations/ARTplorations/CUTplorations Products used on the chalkboard card in this post:

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The Fall 2016 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop – Chevron Crazy + Brusho Crystal Colours

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Hi! I’m very happy to have you visiting my blog today. I know your time is precious and hope that you enjoy your visit.

I’m not a coffee fan myself, but my husband likes it a lot. So, I have grown to think of coffee with a warm feeling because the smell of it means that he’s probably home. 🙂

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I have a fun card to share with you that I designed with STAMPlorations products for the Fall CLBH.

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slide07 slide004        Coffee reminds me of the song Margee Ann by Fernando Ortega. Have you heard of it?

I really like the song Margee Ann. Here are some of the lyrics:

You’re the first light of the morning, my cool sunrise
You’re my love across the table, a little sleep in your eyes
You’re my strong cup of coffee, you like to laugh right with me
You’re my heart’s companion, my one true companion
Sweet darling, lover of mine

Speaking of “lovers”……STAMPlorations is one of the FAll CLBH sponsors and Shery has a bunch Coffee & Tea lover themed products in her store.

Here’s a closer look at my card:slide03slide05

 I love this new STAMPlorations set – Anywhere There’s Coffee Stamps & Die Set by Shery.

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 Besides the stamps from Anywhere There’s Coffee Stamps & Die Set,  I also used the ARTplorations stencil Chevron Crazy.

slide005How I made this card:

  1. I made the background by reverse stenciling with Brusho Crystal Colours and the Chevron Crazy stencil.
  2. I stamped the travel coffee cup on white card stock. SheryRuss_AnywhereTheresCoffee-preview
  3. I fussy cut the cup, trimming the bottom off to make it into a mug.
  4. I trimmed out the center of the cup.slide002
  5. I colored the cup outline with a red Copic marker.slide006
  6. Matted the chevron panel.slide01
  7. Stamped the sentiment.slide06
  8. Added the matted panel to the linen card base.slide003
  9. Attached cup outline with foam tape.slide007

 I really enjoyed making this card and I hope that you enjoyed seeing it.

slide02Thanks so much for stopping by! I really appreciate your visit.

Grace & Peace,

Melissa

UPDATED Monday October 3, 2016: I am happy to share that this card was chosen for a FLASH Prize at the Fall CLBH! Thank you Amy and Jillian!A Jillian Vance Design

P.S. I have a new STAMPlorations Mixed Media (two-sided mini chalkboard) tutorial up for September. 🙂

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You can take a peek over at my post here and/or  head over to the blog to see the entire tutorial.

STAMPlorations/ARTplorations/CUTplorations Products used on the chalkboard card in this post:

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Vintage Flowers- Because He First Loved Us

Hi! I’m happy to be here today with a pretty rose card to share with you. 🙂 img_1776-copy  First I created a a background panel using a variety of Brushos Crystal Colors. I made this panel by picking up some left over color from another project with a piece of watercolor paper.img_1810edited

Then I used Altenew’s VINTAGE FLOWERS Clear Stamp Set, stamping and masking a variety of reds, pinks, oranges and yellows roses around the border of my panel. I added some leaves too.

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I spritzed on some Smooch Spritz.

I stamped the sentiment with the Simon Says Clear Stamp set BLESSED.

Simon Says Clear Stamps BLESSED SSS101370 Preview Imageimg_1780edited_edited-1Next I did some tracing of the largest die in Spellbinders’ Nestabilities Mega Dies, Labels 17.

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After that I did some fussy cutting. I added some more Smooch Spritz and a some splatters of water color onto the panel. I added the panel to the card base with foam tape and then fussy cut the base.

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I hope that you have a beautiful day. Thanks for stopping by!

Grace and Peace,

Melissa

Edited Sunday September 25:

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I am incredibly pleased to share that…….

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for this card by Cathie!

Cathie said, “Melissa’s card is gorgeous! The way she created the layers of this masterpiece is amazing. She began with a simple background and added beautiful flowers by stamping and masking them in a bright and cheerful color palette. It’s such a beautiful and elegant card!”

Thanks Cathie! I really appreciate your kind words and encouragement.

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