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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Guest Designer – JUGS Challenge #312 Photo Week

Hi! I’m excited to be here with you today with my 4th post as a Just Us Girls September Guest Designer! I have had a great time at JUGs this month and I hope that you’ve been inspired to play along with the challenges. This week is Photo Week Challenge #312:

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I had a lot of fun making this card and I hope you enjoy seeing it. 🙂

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I used PTI’s Flower Favorites stamp set, along with a Close to My Heart set entitled Your Own Kind of Beautiful. The embossing folder is from We R Memory Keepers Spotted 2-Pack.

Here’s a quick slide show of some of the steps I used in putting this card together. I’m going to play this over at Seize the Birthday’s Anything Goes.

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I’m also going to play at Fusion’s Peacock Dynasty challenge this week.

IMG_1158editedWell! This is the final week of September and my last post as GD at JUGs for the month. I would like to extend my thanks to the entire team for giving me this great opportunity. I look forward to playing along with you in the future.

Thanks for stopping by!
XO
Melissa

Places I’m Playing:

Supplies:

Flower Favorites Stamp SetWe R Memory Keepers Spotted 2-Pack Embossing Folder for Scrapbooking

Thanks to Gloria for sponsoring WAW and to Karen from WAW, from whom I won the sentiment and butterfly stamps!

Honored to be Guest Designing for:

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My 4 cards for JUGs’ September 2015 Challenges:

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Guest Designer – JUGS Challenge #311

Hi! I’m excited to be here with you today as a Just Us Girls’ September Guest Designer! Also, please make sure you read to the end of this post for a special GIVE-AWAY ANNOUNCEMENT!!

This week is Color Week Challenge #311:

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Here’s my card:

IMG_0524editedI used my Hero Arts Tiny Flags Stamp to stamp in VersaMark, heat embossed with clear embossing powder and then sponged on red, orange and yellow ink. Sponging and the emboss-resist technique are 2 of my very favorite stamping techniques. The sentiment is from PTI’s Scripted stamp set.

IMG_0458editedAfter coloring the SU Vintage leaf with my ZIG Real Brush markers I heat embossed the leaf with clear ZING! embossing powder and used the matching die to cut it out. I’m going to play this at Uniko’s Challenge #25: AUTUMN / FALL with an optional twist of THANKS SSS Wednesday’s Simon Says: Die Crazy, SSS Monday’s Challenge: Love This Technique and Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #201: Anything Goes.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my card. Please stop over at JUGs, visit the DT’s blogs. I hope that you are inspired to play along at JUGs this week!

Thanks for stopping by!
XO
Melissa

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Honored to be Guest Designing for:

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My cards for Challenges #309 & #310:

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Simon Wednesday Challenge BlogGrab our badge:

Simon Monday Challenge Blog

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Supplies:

Tsukineko Full-Size VersaMark Pigment Inkpad, Clear

Vintage Leaves Photopolymer Bundle by Stampin' Up!

Scripted Stamp Set

Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad by Stampin' Up!

Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad by Stampin' Up!Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad by Stampin' Up!

P.S. Please make sure that you stop over at my blog post (goes live on 21st September at 6am Australian EST) for Happy Little Stampers 1rst Release Blog Hop! We have prizes!!

Here’s a peek at one of my cards:

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IMG_3670edited_edited-1Also make sure you visit all of the designers posts and leave a comment at each one for a chance to win all of the stamps in the first release!

Mermaid for CTS #140

Hi! I’m here with a card inspired by CAS(E) This Sketch #140.

Here’s my card.

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I used a NBUS mermaid stamp set that my parents sent to me. Isn’t she cute?!

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I also used another NBUS stamp, from PTI’s Ahoy stamp set.

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I masked off the mermaid and sponged ink on for the sky. I also used my NBUS Kuretake watercolor paints to color the mermaid. I also used some Glossy Accents and a white gel pen to do make the “splash” and a gold one to add some sparkle to the mermaid’s hair. I added silver to her tail and the water with a gel pen and more Glossy Accents to her shells too. 🙂

IMG_1528edited   I’m going to play along this at CAS(E) This Sketch, Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #200 Let’s Celebrate, Darnell’s NBUS Challenge #5 and SSS Wednesday’s Simon Says STAMPtember® Use A Stamp Challenge And Blog Hop.

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XO
Melissa

Places I’m Playing:

CAS(E) this SketchGrab our badge:Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Supplies:

Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80# Cover 8.5

Ahoy Stamp Set

Guest Designer – JUGS Challenge #310 Trend Week – Balloons

Hi! I’m excited to be here with you today with a card for Just Us Girls Challenge #310 Trend Week – Balloons.

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I’m very happy to be Guest Designing for Just Us Girls for the month of September! This is my second post  as JUGS’ GD this month. I hope that you enjoy the DT cards, along with mine, and are inspired to play along. 🙂

IMG_0275editedI used PTI’s Polka Dot basics II and my NBUS SU Celebrate Today stamp sets to make this card. I also used an Avery Elles’ Pinked rectangle die and the balloon die is from SU. I’m going to play along at Word Art Wednesday’s Challenge #200 Let’s Celebrate, Darnell’s NBUS Challenge #5, SSS Monday’s Stamp And Punch/Die Cut and SSS Wednesday’s Simon Says STAMPtember® Use A Stamp Challenge And Blog Hop.

IMG_0278editedI did some ink-blending on the balloon on this fun and bright birthday card.  All paper and ink are Stampin’ Up, with the exception on the black ink which is VersaFine. I also used a Uni-ball Signo white gel pen to do some tracing and highlighting and a gold one to add some sparkle to the stamped confetti image on the balloon. I finished it off with a little gold enamel dot from PTI’s Make it Market : Garden Gild Set and some SU! gold thread.

Thanks for stopping by!
XO
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Honored to be Guest Designing for:

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My Card from Just Us Girls Challenge #309:

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Places I’m Playing:

Simon Monday Challenge BlogGrab our badge:Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

Supplies:

Polka Dot Basics II Stamp Set

Celebrate Today Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!Balloon Framelits Dies by Stampin' Up!Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80# Cover 8.5Gold Metallic Thread by Stampin' Up!Make It Market Mini: Garden Gild Kit