Mini Globe Vacation Card

Hello!  Just a quick post today to say I’m hosting the new challenge at Words2CraftBy this month.  Our quote is:

    “A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.”  ─ Robert Orben

Here’s my card:


This is not a technique-driven project.  I embossed my kraft panel with an Anna Griffin Mix & Match embossing folder and used the following products, tweaking until I was satisfied with the results – Prima Acrylic Metallic Paints (Rich Turquoise and Light Patina), then added Prima Metallic Copper wax.  The finish is rich-looking in person, but since it’s dark, I splattered with white gesso.

The mini globe was embossed first with Vintage Photo Distress embossing powder, then embossed again with Ranger Copper EP.  It’s very difficult to see, but I added just a little Broken China Distress EP in spots, then toned it down with Prima Opal Green Brocade wax.


I used the TH Adventure words die set for “Explore”, but used Sizzix Sizzlits “Curlie Girlie” die for the first “E”.  These also were cut out in black for a shadow effect.  To tie in the color of the letters, I used the same paper and embossed a small section to place the bow and word band on.  I used Mushroom alcohol ink, black acrylic paint and white gesso to color the metal band.


I used the TH Small Tattered Flowers die set and scrap paper to make the flower, and splattered with white gesso.  My bow was colored with very watered-down Broken China DI, and bling from my stash was added.


Thanks so much for stopping by and don’t forget to play along with the challenge!


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Yankee Doodle Hipster

Hello!  It’s the second Wednesday of the month and time for a new challenge at Words2Craftby!  This month’s quote:

“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” ─ George Washington

I love playing with the Tim Holtz Hipster stamps, and this is what I came up with:

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The oval background behind the old goat was made blending DOX Faded Jeans (plus a very small amount of Vintage Photo) onto white cardstock.  I have a Disney punch that has “stars” so I cut some out and spritzed them with water and placed on my (dry) DOX background.  There were also some little circles on the punch and I added a few here and then and spritzed my background.  I left them on the paper until the water was absorbed and they started lifting up on their own.  I like how this turned out.

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My old goat was colored in distress inks – Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone and Vintage Photo, and Fossilized Amber for the straw.  I believe I used Candied Apple for the tie and hat brim, and Chipped Sapphire for the hat.  The hat is from the Crazy Things set, but I extended the height.  I have an old stencil with stars and used Wendy Vecchi crackle embossing paste to add those.

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My paper are all scraps and the clear star is from my stash.  I used TH jute for my bow, and the 4th of July sentiment is from the Crazy Talk set.  

I think that covers everything.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

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Thanks a Latte…Hipster Shaker Card

Hello!  Well, the Summer Coffee Lover’s Bloghop is winding down.  Today’s the last day and I can’t believe I was able to play along every day of the hop…thanks to my patient hubby!  It’s been great fun – “thanks a latte” to the sponsors and everyone involved in this wildly popular event!!  Here’s my final card:


Yesterday morning I watched a video that came in my Splitcoast Stamper’s email showing how to make a tie-dye background on a coffee filter.  Mine’s not nearly as nice (especially technique) as the one in the video, but the colors really remind me of when I was growing up in the 70’s.


I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do with this after taping it to cardstock, but finally decided to emboss with my TH “On the Go” embossing folder.  I came across some shaker cards from Queen & Co. that I bought last year at the Novi, MI, Megameet, and decided to use the one that’s like a polaroid picture.  I thought one of the Hipsters would be fun to include and I hadn’t used the chicken yet, which was colored with distress inks and added inside of the shaker along with flower sequins.  I know the chicken’s mostly covered up with the sequins so it’s hard to see, but I didn’t ink up the shirt and tie for a more informal look.





I decorated the outside by using the same embossing folder – I added DOX Broken China and spritzed with water.  I also edged with DOX Vintage Photo.  


My sentiment is from a free digital download last year from Verve, I believe.  I foiled it in black and since there wasn’t room for a flower or bow, I added more flower sequins on the outside.


That’s it – thanks for stopping by and have an awesome weekend!!

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Starbucks Latte


Hello, time for more coffee!   What I intended to make today and what I ended up with are two different things – again.


I bought a really cool coffee t-shirt in San Diego this past April and wanted to “case” it.


I even added the words to my coffee cup, but didn’t like how it looked so scratched that idea.  The cup I used was from this free digital coffee set, but I cut off the steam at the top,  the sleeve along the sides and didn’t print the emblem.

For the four layers of coffee, I used distress inks (in order) Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain and Ground Espresso.  I liked my coffee, so I decided just to add the sleeve back (using a Starbuck’s sleeve).  I edged with my Nougat Pitt Big Brush pen and added some gesso to the front of the sleeve.  I also splattered my finished cup with black gesso.


My patterned paper is from a “Webster’s Pages” collection from many years ago.  I found a small piece of ribbon to add, and also used that beautiful “Autumn” flower I wanted to use yesterday, with some bling from Queen & Co.  I added some thin line black stickers on the top and bottom, but my sentiment didn’t fit right, so that can be added at a later date if I send it to someone.


Hopefully, tomorrow’s creation goes better.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great night!






Coffee Latte

Hello!  This will be another quick post today for my coffee lover’s bloghop entry.  It was one of those days that I was short on ideas, so I feel like my card’s a little ho hum.  I think the problem is there’s not enough brown – LOL!


Last year I downloaded a free Stamplorations digi – I believe it was for one of the coffee bloghops.  I printed out 2 copies last week and it’s been sitting on my desk since then.  I got out that polka dot embossing folder again and partially inked the inside of the folder with DOX Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain and spritzed with water.  I cut out the coffee sleeves and adhered to the other set, added a little bit of Tumbled Glass DI to the cups for shading, which you really can’t see in the pics, and splattered with white and black gesso.  I used the same 2-tone ribbon that I used a few days ago and had a pretty flower to add, but it just didn’t work so I’ll use that later on.  My paper was from the Bo Bunny Ambrosia collection.


That’s it – thanks for stopping by!

Distress Ink Unicorn Frappuccino

Hello, it’s time for coffee again!  How about a frozen drink this time around?  The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino craze was going on while we were at Disneyland, but I didn’t hear about it until we returned home.  I went to Starbucks at least 3 times, but never saw one…I prefer hot coffee, anyway.


I was just looking at pics of those drinks and noticed they all had green straws (should have known), but mine’s a clear straw with the drink inside.  I used one of my TH Fresh Brewed Blueprint stamps and colored my frappe with Picked Raspberry and Broken China (I was a little stingy with the blue – good thing I’m not a Barista!).  I tried to leave a little white in the straw since such concoctions are usually too thick at first to go up the straw.  My whipped cream is from my Snow Writer, and sprinkled with WOW! Pink Fizz Embossing glitter.  I applied Glossy Accents to the cup, except for the whipped cream and top of the straw.


I wanted a whimsical background and inked up my polka dot embossing folder with DOX Broken China and Wilted Violet and spritzed with a little bit of water (inked the edges with DOX Vintage Photo).  I used the debossed side so it was easier to adhere my image.  Here it is before I added the pink drink:


My stitches are from a new stamp set I got while in California (at Scrapbooking Made Simple) – 49 and Market, “Gabi’s Line Stitch Stamp Set.”   

I used TH jute for my bow and added a little bling I had in my stash.  The coffee sentiment is from the Coffee and Tea Clear Stamp set (again) from Elizabeth Craft Designs.   I think that sums it up.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!




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English Teacup

Hello, just a quick post today for the Coffee Lover’s bloghop:

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My image is a digital stamp from Robyn’s Fetish, “English Teacup” which I won in a challenge a few years back.  I colored it with Prismacolor pencils:  918, 942, 947, 948, 1002, 1006 and 1021, but I used distress inks for the leaves:  Iced Spruce, Mowed Lawn and  Vintage Photo.  I did add some Ground Espresso to my “coffee”, but it still looks a little like hot chocolate.  I inked around everything with my Pitt Big Brush pen (Nougat) and I went a little overboard with it because I love using it.

While in California this past April, I visited “Scrapbooking Made Simple” and picked up the Simply Refined “The Flip Side” dies (Spring Sunray) and used that for my Kraft-Core background.  The yellow floral underneath was just a scrap. 

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My flower is from the beautiful container of flowers from Autumn (thank you!!) and I added Art Stones in the center.  The 2-tone ribbon came from a local scrapbook store a few years ago.  My sentiment is from the Coffee and Tea clear stamp set from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I already used this sentiment for my first coffee card, but forgot I had made 2 sets and found this on my desk.  I do love this sentiment because it’s so true for me – having my coffee every morning is one of the very first things I do.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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