Fall Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop – Witchy Pumpkin Latte

Hello!  Can’t believe the Fall Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop is here already!  It’s been hectic around my house recently and I don’t know if I’ll be able to play along more than once this time around.  I made this card last month as soon as I got my new TH Witchcraft die set – I think this is my favorite item from all of his new Halloween products.  As soon as I saw it, I envisioned the witch brewing up some Pumpkin Spice Latte in her coffee cup “cauldron” for the Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop!  Of course, I thought the new Pumpkinhead stamps from TH were the perfect addition to my scene.  My coffee cup and coffee beans are from the Elizabeth Craft Cup-Pop Stand die collection.  My sentiment is computer-generated.

My background was made on TH Watercolor Cardstock, 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  I started inking around  the outer edges on 3 sides (not bottom) with Black Soot DOX, then Chipped Sapphire DI and Fossilized Amber DOX, leaving some white space in the middle.  Next I sprinkled on a lot of Ken Oliver Color Bursts in Burnt Umber and added water.  After drying, I stenciled a bit here and there (very subtle) using Chipped Sapphire and one of the new layering stencils from the Halloween collection (THS092) and splattered it with white acrylic paint to lighten it up a bit.  I cut the stars out with the die from the Witchcraft set.  I think this is my favorite background I’ve ever made.



The witch and cup were cut from Core-dinations Kraft-core cardstock and sanded.  I embossed the cup with the TH “Dripping” texture fades embossing folder, then colored the drips with a combination of Prima Metallique Wax (Rich Copper) and then using a Q-tip to apply some Rusty Hinge DI on top of that.  I also applied some of the Prima wax (Brushed Iron) around the “cauldron” to make it look old and worn, but it’s subtle.


I love the Pumpkinhead stamp set!  I colored them with a combination of Distress inks:  Rusty Hinge, Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo.  I used a flower-shaping tool to emphasize the grooves in the pumpkin.  Looks good in person, but I couldn’t get the dimension to show up in the pics.



My coffee beans were embossed with Vintage Photo Distress EP, then I dabbed on Ground Espresso (so appropriate!) DI here and there.  These beans, of course, have fallen out of the “cauldron.”  


To color my seam binding, I used Carved Pumpkin and after drying, dabbed on some Rusty Hinge here and there.  My background papers are just scraps from my stash.


I believe I’ve covered everything.  Here’s a few close-ups of the background.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!



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Student Planner

First of all, my heart goes out to those impacted by the recent hurricanes.  I can’t even imagine.  Those affected by these catastrophic events are in my thoughts and prayers.

We have a new challenge at Words2CraftBy –  head over for some awesome inspiration from the team.   The origin of our quote is unknown, but is frequently credited to Albert Einstein:

Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere.”

Themes could include back to school, kids, books, life lessons, imagination, thinking outside the box.  I decided to go with the school theme – I apologize that my photos aren’t the best.  I took them later in the day and then had issues with the online photo editing tool I use.

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I was trying to decide what could I make besides a card when some inspiration came to me via email for a Three-Fold Tag Holder Mini Album from Autumn (SewPaperPaint).  Thanks, Autumn!  Click on the link and you’ll find several examples of this mini album along with tutorials.  My “mini album” is 7 1/2″ tall, 4″ wide (each fold), and the pockets are 3 1/4″ on the front, and not quite 3″ on the back.  When I was working on this, I kept wondering what would be the purpose of a school-themed mini album, but added pockets on both sides to make it into a “planner” (obviously for a young student!).  

I made the tags for bookmarks (with Tim Holtz red jute string) and added Washi tapes and TH Chitchat words for inspiration.  Two of the pockets have assignment sheets added – I found freebies online.



To decorate my chalkboard piece of paper, I used TH stencils with Broken China and Cracked Pistachio DOX for the outer folds, and Fossilized Amber DOX for the center.

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On this side, only Fossilized Amber was used for the top portion.


I added a TH Mini Globe for interest.  I cut it out of lightweight chipboard and used Vintage Photo and Pumice Stone Distress EP, then added a little bit of Viva Precious Metal Colour in Olive.  Next, I cut out a round shape for water underneath.  I used Broken China Distress EP, then added some acrylic paints:  Prima/Finnabair Metalliques in Deep Water and Rich Turquoise.  I also added a little bit of white acrylic paint.  I spritzed with water to move the colors around a bit.


Washi tapes were added to all but the center folds, and on the front side, wooden apples were added to each panel.  These are from the Prima School Memories Wood Icons collection.  I painted them last year for my project and didn’t use them, but I remember using red distress inks.  I had also added red foil to one of them, but I left the other 2 as is.  The stars added are from a previous project.  My ribbon was in my stash.


My doll stamp is Julie Nutting’s “Riley”.  I colored her skin with Copics:  E00, E11 and E93.  Her outfit was made from scraps, and I added Glossy Accents to her shoes (you can’t tell from the photos).  Originally, I gave her brown hair but that was too boring, so changed it to blue.


I think I’ve covered everything – sorry for the long post.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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Travel the World

Hello!  What a busy summer it’s been!!!  I’m here for a quick reminder that there’s still plenty of time to play along with our vacation theme at Words2CraftBy.  You could win a $10 certificate to the e-tailer of your choice, so why not give it a try?  Here’s my mid-month inspiration:


This was not what I had planned for this post, but what I was working on just didn’t work out.  I might have been a bit distracted…


This is Armani.  Isn’t he adorable??!!  He’s around 2ish and is a mix of Cairn Terrier, Shih Tzu and maybe some Dachshund.    It’s been a LONG time since we’ve had a young, active fur baby!  Here’s what our cat, Luda, thinks of him:

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It’s just been over a week, so we’re hoping these two can work it out soon…

I made my tag last summer when my sister was visiting.  I really liked it and put it away, and when I looked at it months later, I didn’t like it at all.  Since it happened to be the “vacation” theme, I decided to use it and took it apart somewhat, discarding some things and adding a 2nd Hibiscus flower and a bow.  To the best of my recollection, I used papers from G45’s Safari Adventure and Bo Bunny’s Zoology collection (from years ago).  My Julie Nutting doll stamp is Camille and I used JN watercolor pencils for her skin and hair.  The  die cut words are from a few Tim Holtz die sets and the flowers/leaves are from the TH Tropical die set…Vintage Photo DI was used for inked edges, and then splattered with white acrylic paint to finish it off.




That’s it!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see your entry in the W2CB gallery!

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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!