ARTplorations Stencil Hop – December 16, 2016

Hi! I’m excited to be here with you for another day of the ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop.


Here’s my card: img_4914_edited-1First, I created the background by sponging green ink through a paper doily onto white cardstock.

img_4917_edited-1I did some strategic masking and used the ARTplorations Stencils Coffee Cup,img_4909_edited-1 Dots All Over,img_4910_edited-1and Flourishes to create my pretty red cup and saucer.img_4919_edited-1 I also used the CUTplorations die “thanks”.

img_4908_edited-1Grace, Peace & Merry Christmas,


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Winter 2016 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop – Sketched Green Cup of Hot Chocolate

Hi! I’m here with a card for the 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

First, I drew the cup.
slide08Then I fussy cut it out.

I created the background by sponging green ink through a paper doily.

slide10I added some cream (acrylic paint) to the top of my hot chocolate. (I’m not a coffee drinker. πŸ˜‰ )

I added some silver ink to the rim and handle of the cup.

slide09Β I traced the cup image onto some copy/printer paper, created a mask and then sponged on the silvery-gray shadow to the left of the cup onto the white background. slide11 slide12Β  Thanks for stopping by!

Grace, Peace & Merry Christmas,


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I was inspired by the green and white and the cozy feeling evoked by both Fusion and The Card Concept’s inspiration photos.






STAMPlorations – Holiday TAGplorations – Reminder 2

Hi! I’m excited to be here forΒ  STAMPlorations with another reminder post for the first ever Holiday TAGplorations event.

I made a bunch of tags for the kick-off day and as a reminder the day before yesterday. You can see those here or here if you’d like. Remember to comment and link up over at the 4 November post. πŸ™‚

Get ready for our 1st Holiday TAGplorations event!

I have 3 tags to share with you today.


I heat embossed the framed coffee cup, masked off the mug, sponged on the red stripes and sponged on the brown around the edges.


This next tag os a long one! I used the smallest die in the luggage tags die set and did some partial die cutting to make the tag base. The mugs are from the Anywhere There’s Coffee set. I fussy cut those. The rainbow cord is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, but I’m not sure if they carry it anymore.




The next tag is another long one and could also be used as a bookmark. img_3561_edited-1I used the smallest rectangle in the Rectangle Nesting Dies and did some partial die cutting again. I also did some masking and elongated the Framed Tea Cups stamp.


After heat embossing in white, I added Brusho Color Crystals and spray starch. I can’t decide if I’ll use this as a tag or put it in someone’s stocking as a bookmark. πŸ™‚ I love rainbows. It would be fun to get one in my stocking on Christmas morning!

I hope that you enjoyed seeing these tags today. Thanks for stopping by!

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Event details:

*When: Beginning November 4, Friday, 8 a.m. Pacific/Los Angeles Time (GMT-7)


*Commenting and linking up is from November 4 to November 25, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (3 weeks)

*Winners will be announced on December 9 in the November Challenges & Hops winners post

10 prizes (with a value of $178+) will be distributed among randomly drawn winners:
– (3) randomly drawn winners from all comments left on the STAMP blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $15 gift certificate to the store
– (3) randomly drawn participants to the TAGplorations linky party will each receive the Luggage Tag Dies
– (3) randomly drawn participants to the TAGplorations linky party will each receive the ATC Tag Builder Dies
– (1) randomly drawn participant to the TAGplorations linky party will receive a $25 gift certificate to the store















AAA Cards Game #53 Anything Goes


Hi! I’m happy to be here with you today with a post for AAA Cards Game #53 Anything Goes.

I made two cards which were inspired by this game’s image. I really like it!

Here’s my first and more CAS one:

Slide2I’d like to play this card at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Simon Says : Christmas and CAS on Sunday’s Challenge #72: Christmas.

Instructions for making this 1-layer card:

  1. Mask off top & bottom of the Kraft CS base.
  2. Stamp in VersaMark and heat emboss a (PTI) flourish & sentiment (mine are from the Silent Night stamp set) with white embossing powder.
  3. Remove masking tape from top and bottom & place it over the embossed strip.
  4. Sponge on Craft/white pigment ink onto the top & bottom of the card front.

The 2nd, less CAS card (using a sentiment from Happy Little Stampers’ Thinking of You stamp set):


Instructions for the 2nd card:

  1. Cut out fancy/intricate die cut (I used a trimmed down version of PTI’s Garden Gild Cover Plate die) in white/off-white CS.
  2. Adhere the die cut to the Kraft card base.
  3. Stamp sentiment in VersaMark & heat emboss in white.
  4. Dry emboss the card front

I hope that you are inspired to play along with this game. It’s Anything Goes, but we’d like it if you’d please keep it CAS please. πŸ™‚ Make sure you stop by AAA Cards and visit all of the design team members blogs.

Thanks for stopping by!

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