Hipster Ostrich Coffee

Hello!  Time for another coffee card and I’ll TRY to make this shorter than yesterday’s post. Here’s my card:


I recently made a patriotic card (for an upcoming post) using the Tim Holtz Hipsters stamp set and thought it would be fun to go with that theme again, but using a different stamp from the set and using the straw hat from the Crazy Things set.  I stamped the images in black Archival ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used distress inks to color my images – for the hat, I used Antique Linen and Vintage Photo.  The rose and scarf were colored with Fired Brick, and a little bit of Candied Apple and Aged Mahogany.  The beak was Fossilized Amber with a little Wild Honey.  I used Hickory Smoke, Blueprint Sketch and a mixture of both for the Ostrich.  For the eyeglasses, instead of using Glossy Accents over the lenses, I decided to cut the lenses out and glitter the frames with Ranger Red Tinsel embossing powder.  I got that idea from Big Bang Theory because Johnny Galecki wears frames without lenses for his Leonard character (he he).  I had a difficult time capturing the sparkly glitter.


For my background, I smooshed my DOX Faded Jeans and Fired Brick ink pads across my craft mat, spritzed with water and placed my paper on top.  I had cut out some stars from a Disney punch and placed on the blue part before drying.  Too much water and the shape spread out – I didn’t think that through.  I had much better results doing that with the previously mentioned card…more about that when it’s posted.  I used my TH “On the Go” embossing folder to tie in the coffee theme, then light ran my ink pads over some of the embossed areas to add a little more color.  I like how this background turned out.


My sentiment is from a free Verve coffee digital download last year – I think it’s called “Three Cheers.”  I foiled this in Silver Stars by Deco Foil, but it caught a lot of light/color in this photo.


I used TH paper string for my “bow” and had a leftover Tiny Tattered rose from a previous project.  It wasn’t exactly the right shade, so I inked it with Faded Jeans DI and then dabbed on some white gesso.


The oval background that the ostrich is on was a scrap I’ve had for years.  After splattering everything with black gesso, I wasn’t happy with the finish on the paper so added a light coat of gesso – you can see the black splatters underneath.  I inked with DOX Fired Brick and Vintage Photo.  I added sequins for some sparkle and that’s it.




Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!

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Coffee Bag Doll Tag

Hello Coffee Lovers, it’s time for more coffee!!  Love love love the Coffee Lover’s Bloghop!!  Here’s my second entry and I apologize for the lengthy post:


Awhile back I was looking for some coffee at the grocery store, something different from my normal mainstream canister of coffee.  I admit when I saw this bag, I was really more interested in how I could use it for the blog hop than how it tasted (he he).  When you use flavored Coffee-Mate, you don’t need the best coffee out there.  Don’t get my wrong, though, I love my Starbucks!!

I started out with a Julie Nutting patterned tag and covered with the coffee bag.  I have a piece of paper with coffee beans and embossed with my Tim Holtz “On the Go” embossing folder, and added to the top of the tag (mostly hidden now by flower).  Next, I added some coffee stains with my TH “Splatters” stencil, using Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso DI. 



My “story” for this tag was that Taylor (my doll stamp) and her hubby opened a new retro-style coffee café in Detroit.  “Hubby’s” on the back of the bag and I even made a cool picture frame for him with one of the Julie Nutting Retro chipboard pieces.  Unfortunately, one doll and  3 chipboard pieces was one too many, so I’ll use this frame another time.



There are several layers of heat embossing on this frame.  I started with a combination of Ranger Silver and Vintage Photo (distress )powders.  Next layer was just silver, going back and forth a few more times with the Vintage Photo.  The last few layers I sprinkled on Ranger copper, and the last thing I did was use my Pitt Big Brush Pen (Nougat) on it, adding and wiping off, until I was happy.

I colored the chipboard stove with Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso DI and same-colored markers, and also used my Pitt pen.  I heat embossed the door handle and knobs with the silver embossing powder then used my Pitt pen same as with the frame.   It was difficult not getting Versamark where it wasn’t supposed to go even with the small tip of the Versamarker pen.  For the coffee/teapot, I alternated heat embossing between the silver and Vintage Photo powders, then using the Pitt pen again.


I thought Taylor would be perfect for the retro café.  She’s stamped (with “Coffee” Archival ink – what else!!) on a piece of JN patterned paper.   I don’t know the name of the paper, but I’ve had it awhile, and I used the other side of the paper for her outfit.  For her skin, I used Copic markers E000, E11 and E93.  For her hair, I used my JN watercolor pencils, 16 and 86.  I don’t have many Copic markers and I’m not good with them, but I do try to use them now and then.  I used B32 and B24 to add some shading to her blue outfit, and painted the “leggings” with Abandoned Coral DI.

TC12For the top of the tag, I used more of the beautiful flowers given to me by my blog buddy, Autumn.  These flowers were originally more of a yellow/tan color and beautiful just the way they were, but I needed blue.  I re-colored these with Faded Blue Jeans DOX and water and partially dried with my heat tool.  They looked pretty rough, and I decided to crumple them up and leave them to dry overnight.  They dried nicely and I added a bit of Vintage Photo DI here and there, and added an old brad that I’ve had for years and years.  I like how they turned out for this tag.  My sentiment is from the Coffee & Tea clear stamp set by Elizabeth Craft Designs, and if I had a sign die, that sentiment would have been the name of the new café.  I added some TH jute behind it and called it a day.


Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the bloghop!!

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To Daughter on Her Wedding Day

Hello!  We’re in the midst of our Oscar Wilde “Keep Love in Your Heart” quote/themed challenge at Words2CraftBy, so I thought I’d post a little reminder along with a project to inspire you to play along!  I wanted to do something for the Bride specifically, and no, it’s not for my daughter…but someday I will make one for her.


I had a 5″x7″ frame in my stash from the dollar store, and thought it would be nice to put a special poem in there (I searched online for free poems from mothers to daughters on wedding day).  If this was for my daughter, I would use a nicer frame!  To alter the frame, I applied 3 coats of gesso and after it was dry, I painted it with black acrylic paint, wiping off most of it before it dried–I mainly wanted it in the detailed parts of the frame.  Next, I applied TH Brushed Pewter Distress Stain all around the frame, but wiped some off of the detailed areas.  I rubbed Inka Gold (platinum) over the frame and buffed when dry.


Since I didn’t have any suitable paper for the wedding gown, I decided to make my own.  I used the TH Doily layering stencil with Faber Caster Glass Bead Glitter Gel and made 3 side-by-side panels.  This was a bit time consuming since I had to let the first “stencil” completely dry before being able to stencil another right next to it, but I think the results were worth it.


I stamped my doll out a few times (Julie Nutting/Prima “Aurora”) and cut out the pieces so I’d have a pattern.   I like dimension, so if I were paper piecing this dress, I would pop up the 2 sides under the bow and the section in the middle below.  That didn’t look right with the bead gel, so I put that piece underneath, plus I glued those pieces flat because extra dimension was too much.  I did ink around all of the edges a bit with Hickory Smoke DI so it didn’t all blend in together.


I colored Aurora’s hair with a Prismacolor pencil (Noir) and gamsol, and used Prima/Julie Nutting watercolor pencils (skin and hair) for her skin.  For the gloves, I used Finetec Metallic paints (silver).  Her bow is black suede embossed with WOW! Silver Embossing glitter.  Her crown is glittered with the same embossing glitter and I added some Prima Glass Glitter (Platinum).




I knew the printed poem would need to be decorative without overdoing it.  I used my TH Latticework layering stencil and heat embossed with clear embossing powder, then added some sequins.   Noticeable but subtle.


I used TH Crinkly Ribbon to make the bow, which is mostly covered up by that gorgeous Prima flower.

That should cover everything.  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day and please feel free to leave comments.


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Shabby Chic Coffee Card

Hello!  It’s time for the…I completely missed the Spring bloghop, so I’m happy to have at least a few cards this time around.  Here’s my first card:

coffee1I made the background (minus embossing) awhile back just playing around and set it aside to use later.  The colors are a combination of Brusho Rose Red crystals and Iced Spruce distress ink, with Vintage Photo DI around the edges.  For my card, I used  MFT Mix-ables Scrolled Background stencil with Wendy Vecchi Crackled texture paste.  Next, I sprinkled on WOW!  Pink Fizz (glitter) embossing powder and let set for a few minutes before using my heat tool to partially dry it.  I forgot to take a photo of the background before embossing, but you can see a small portion on the right below.  The colors do look different under this lighting, and none of the photos show how sparkly it truly is.


I used the Cup Pop Stand die and Coffee & Tea clear stamp sets, both by Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I’ve been wanting to use more of my stash, so I got out some washi tapes to decorate my cups.  It’s not usually that difficult to line up patterns, but these tapes weren’t very cooperative and even though I used a bone folder over them, you can still see the lines.  I decided to emboss them with my Anna Griffin Embroidered Hearts embossing folder, which I’ve been using a lot lately.  I added a little bit of Iced Spruce DI over the embossing and inked the edges with Vintage Photo DI.


I have a pile of used coffee filters for cutting out my Tim Holtz doilies…an idea I borrowed from my blog buddy, Autumn (SewPaperPaint).  Great idea, Autumn!  She also gave my sister and I (each) a container of flower petals when we met this past March (thank you!!).  I used them to make my beautiful flower and added Art Stones, and also inked it with Victorian Velvet DI.



The spoon was cut from TH Metallic Kraft-Core and scratched up a bit with my sanding tool.  I think that covers everything, and here’s a few more close-ups.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!





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Gothic Steampunk Wedding Card

Hello!  It’s time for a new challenge at Words2CraftBy and this month’s quote, “Keep Love in Your Heart” is by Oscar Wilde.  Love, romance, weddings, anniversaries…lots of options there for cards or projects.  Be sure to check out the awesome inspiration from the team…here’s what I came up with:


I used a lot of items from my stash for this card – yay!  Unless otherwise mentioned, the products used here were from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  It’s been awhile since I’ve played with my Poppy the Owl die and/or done the (silk microfine) glitter lace technique.  I first saw the technique here by Frances Byrne (Elizabeth Craft DT), but it has also been demonstrated in a You Tube video by Els Van der Burgt, founder and co-owner, of EC Designs.  Of course, the look is more effective on a larger piece than my owl, but I still like it.  

I added double-sided adhesive to my cardstock, cut out my owl and glittered first with Basic Black Silk Microfine glitter:

Next, add the 2nd color of glitter.  I used True Red:

My groom was also cut from cardstock with double-sided adhesive, then foiled with black Deco Foil.  Next, I sanded to expose a little bit of the adhesive and added the Basic Black glitter.  The glitter isn’t very noticeable, but it does give a different-looking finish.  

Using the Props 1 set, I cut out the accessories for the happy couple.  The groom’s hat, bow tie and brim on both hats were cut from black suede.  The bride’s hat was cut from glossy photo paper, and the hearts were glittered to match her red lace.  I went through my sets of Dazzles (Hot Off the Press) and found the cogs and gears on one set, and feathers from another.  The feathers were copper-colored, so I covered most of the copper with a black Sharpie.  My cogs and gears were black, so I heat embossed them using Ranger’s Copper and Vintage Photo Distress powders – yes, I really heat embossed those tiny pieces!  I tucked a little piece of black tulle behind her hat.








I really wanted more of a gothic/damask pattern for my background, but needed a larger embossing folder since my card is around 5×7, and I don’t have many.  I used an Anna Griffin folder, Embroidered Hearts (the hearts are sideways since I made this horizontal).  I had in mind a technique from one of Tim’s tags I did awhile ago, and that was embossing with foil and adding black Distress paint and removing it.  I didn’t have any silver cardstock, so instead used a piece of mirrored cardstock that I found after digging around, and white acrylic paint.  I love how it turned out (other than the reflections in the pics!) – it’s very cool in person. 


The bling at the bottom I’ve had for years – so glad to finally use it.  It was clear, so I colored it with my Sharpie.


The only new item I used was the set of Entwined Circles, which I recently picked up on sale at the Megameet Scrapbook show.  I have 2 layers for stability, then embossed using my (Stampendous) Frantage White Encrusted Jewels kit.   I cut out a small tag (Poppy Stamps Pinpoint Main Street die set) and added a simple sentiment from my stash of peel-off stickers and embossed using the same AG folder.  The ribbon was from my stash, purchased at one of my favorite stores in SC.

I believe that covers everything – thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Please feel free to leave comments 🙂

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TH Layered Bee with Vertigo Film

Hello!  It’s the 2nd Tuesday of the month and my turn to post on the Craft-Dee BowZ blog.  This will be my last post with them – I’ve enjoyed my six-month term and want to thank Donna for inviting me, and the lovely and talented ladies on my team for their inspiration, and thank you, Barbara, for all of your help!

Our June challenge is being sponsored by Cute as a Button.  Head over to Craft-Dee BowZ for more details and inspiration from the team. 

Here’s my project:

Layered Bee

I used Spiced Marmalade and Vintage Photo DOX to create a panel to cut my bee out of.  After drying, I added just a little bit of Ken Oliver’s Color Burst in Burnt Umber.  It looked like a hot mess but it wasn’t for a background anyway.  After cutting him out, I inked with more DOX – Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.  I cut another bee out using Vertigo film by Imagine Crafts (a recent find in my stash) and I believe the pattern is called Tilted.  It cuts beautifully!  I colored the bee underneath with Copic C-8 (Cool Gray No. 8), then used some alcohol blending solution to wipe away some of the color.  I ran my black Staz-on pad across the wings on top to highlight the embossed pattern.  So cool!

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I adhered the paper bee on top of the Vertigo bee and gently tore off the wings – hated doing that since I liked how they looked.  I added some Pumice Stone Distress embossing powder here and there.

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Here’s a pic of the panel and of the Vertigo film (I forgot to take a picture before cutting out the bee).

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Not that you can see it, but my card background is from the TH Seasonal Stash paper pad.  My flowers are Memory Box’s Delightful Peony Outline and the front two have craft foam under for dimension.  “Hello Sun” are Dazzles (peel-off stickers) from Hot Off the Press.  I used my “Bees Buzzing” embossing folder by Darice and added some yellow sequins from a recent yard sale find.  My “seed packet” was a gift (with an order) from Linda at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

bee5bee flowers

The lovely green polka dot ribbon and twine are from Donna (thank you!!).  It’s a wide ribbon and it was easy using my bow tool make a double-looped bow.  You end up with a beautiful bow every time.

bee bow

I do bee-lieve (ha ha) that covers everything.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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Cute Witch Card

Hello, it’s time for another challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ!  The challenge is always “Anything Goes and Include a Handmade Bow.”  Our sponsor this month is Cute as a Button.   They have a huge selection of digital stamps to choose from and also have some clear rubber stamps, so you’ll want to visit their website.  Don’t forget to also check out the amazing inspiration from the rest of my team at Craft-Dee BowZ.

I chose a cute little witch for my project…Can you tell I love orange and black for Halloween??!! 

Cute Witch1

I primarily used Prismacolor pencils to color the image, but also added some distress inks.  It’s a long list I won’t bore everyone with, but you can see it’s pretty much shades of purples, black and oranges.  It’s not very noticeable, but I added white paint splatters, and a thin, but not solid, outline of Martha Stewart glitter (Onyx).

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Other supplies used:  American Crafts “Pumpkin Patch” paper; Martha Stewart eyelet lace border punch, TH Doily thinlit die; TH Texture Fades Batground embossing folder; My Mind’s Eye “trick or treat” brad

I made a beautiful triple-loop bow with my Craft-Dee BowZ tool – it was so easy!  I love the sheer, orange ribbon that Donna gave the team as part of our kits.  Thank you, Donna!

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That’s it, a quick blog post today.  Thanks for stopping by!