Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Sweet Holiday Greetings

Hi, everyone!  Sorry I haven't been around lately.  I've been taking a short blog break since early December.  At first I was reorganizing my craftroom (still lots more to do!), but then I ended up with vertigo and problems from low blood pressure.  I don't think I'll be able to get around to visit your blogs right away but will do so whenever I can.  In any event, I didn't want to miss the first Rudolph Day of the year, even if it's the final day.  Fortunately I had my card already made, photographed, and blog post partially written.  

Here's my card featuring an adorable image from Last Minute Manda.  This image is from a set called Christmas Coffee and Cookies.  I coloured the image with markers and added some details with a white paint pen. 


Digital image:  Last Minute Manda Christmas Coffee and Cookies
Sentiment stamp:  Your Next Stamp 
Ink:  Your Next Stamp Holly Berry Red
Patterned paper:  Striped Elephants Gingham Brights

I would like to join the following 10 challenges:
Rudolph Day January AG Christmas 1E C10
Simon Says Stamp Monday Food and/or Drink 1/5
Word Art Wednesday 579-580 AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5

Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you good health and a joyful day!

Friday, December 2, 2022

Yummy Treats Retro Kitty Countdown

Hello, everyone!  Today I'm sharing one of my retro kitty countdown cards!  This one features images and paper from Gecko Galz.  I have been making a set of 25 countdown cards whereby the recipient will open one each day in December similar to an advent calendar.  The cards are being shared out of order; this one is  #21.  


Images:  Peppermint cottage (Gecko Galz Candy Land Collage Sheet), gingerbread man (Gecko Galz Tis the Season Collage Sheet - blog hop freebie 2017, thank you!), candy cane kitty (Gecko Galz Candy Cane Lane Collage Sheet)

I fussy-cut the peppermint cottage and the candy cane kitty.  The peppermint cottage image has Santa at the door, but I replaced him with a gingerbread man.  I die-cut the countdown numbers from sparkly red cardstock and punched some small snowflakes from the same glitter paper.  The kitty is popped up on foam tape, and the sentiment is self-made in Microsoft Word.

I would like to join the following 10 challenges:
Creative Knockouts 481 Winter Wonderland 1/3 C10
Gecko Galz Christmas Dreams UE
Incy Wincy Christmas 2/5
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes 2/5
Word Art Wednesday 571-572 AG w Uplifting Sentiment wk1 3/5
Your Scrapbook Place December AG 2/3

Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a fun, crafty day!

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Sending Warm Thoughts

Hello, everyone!  Today I'm sharing a sparkly holiday card featuring products from Newton's Nook.  


Stamps:  Bunny and sentiment from Newton's Nook Sweater Weather (retired), cup from Newton's Nook Cup of Cocoa 
Dies:  Trees from Newton's Nook Forest Scene Builder; stitched 4-panel frame from my stash

I coloured the images with markers and fussy-cut, including the sentiment, and then die-cut the trees in a coordinating cardstock.  I adhered the die-cut white frame to the sparkly cardstock and adhered the coloured images.  For the trees, I trimmed and arranged to look like a forest scene, with a hand-cut faux snowbank.  For even more sparkle, I added Icicle Stickles on the whipped cream, bunny's hat trim, and faux snowbank.  Lastly, I adhered three punched snowflakes.

My card was inspired by the Holiday theme at Newton's Nook Inky Paws Challenge 187:


I was also inspired by the following challenges:
Die Cut Divas AG Winter or Christmas 1/4
Incy Wincy Christmas 1/5
Scribbles Designs 114 TREEmendous (use one or more trees) 1/3
Simon Says Stamp Monday Freezing Cold Mood Board 1/5
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes 1/5
Wednesday's Creative Inspirations Sparkle, Sparkle, Sparkle UE
Word Art Wednesday 571-572 AG w Uplifting Sentiment wk1 2/5
Your Scrapbook Place December AG 1/3

Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a peaceful and carefree day!

Monday, November 28, 2022

Gingerbread Mug Set

Good morning, everyone!  Today I'm sharing two cards featuring a brand new digital set from Pattie's Creations called Gingerbread Mug Set.  There are two images in the set:  a mug with a boy gingerbread and one with a girl gingerbread, and they are both so cute!  You all know how I adore gingerbreads!

Here's the girl Gingerbread Mug first:


I coloured the image with markers and added lots of details with a white paint pen.  I fussy-cut and adhered the image to a white panel, die-cut with Lawn Fawn Stitched Landscape Border, along with another layer of red glitter cardstock peeking out, cut with the same die.  I fussy-cut and adhered a heart-shaped tag (LOTV Digi Shop) and a baker's twine bow.  The peppermint candy paper is from Imagine That Digistamp (no longer operating), and I finished the card by adding a white-heat-embossed sentiment from Taylored Expressions. 

Now here's the boy Gingerbread Mug:


Again, I coloured the image with markers, added some details with a white paint pen, and fussy-cut.  The die-cut scalloped music paper (Lawn Fawn Snow Day) was a leftover I found in my scrap box, as was the sparkly red Ric Rac Border (Your Next Stamp).  The gingerbread-patterned paper is from Phantasia, and I stamped the Cocoa Time sentiment (Nicole Silhouette) on a red scrap and fussy-cut.  I finished the card by stamping the Yum sentiment (Hero Arts) on the music paper and adhering three snowflakes punched from a green scrap.

I noticed that Pattie's Creations is having a sale, so please head over to her shop and enjoy the 30% off coupon below.  She has a lot of cute images!   Pattie also has a Monthly Challenge with prizes of her digis, and she generously provides a freebie image each month, so you won't want to miss out!

I would also like to join the following 10 challenges:
Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards (revisiting G for Gingerbread)
Crafter's Cafe 291 Use Dies and/or Punches 3/5 C10
Polkadoodles 48 AG 1/2
Rudolph Day November AG Christmas 1E C10
Snippets Playground 442 Snippets (Card #2 - music paper die-cut, ric rac border, red scrap for sentiment, green scrap for snowflakes)
Word Art Wednesday 571-572 AG w Uplifting Sentiment wk1 1/5

Thank you for looking at my cards!  Wishing you a joy-filled day!

Friday, November 18, 2022

Thanks a Latte

Hello, everybody!  Today I'm sharing a thank-you card.  I like to have a few on hand after the holidays as they always come in handy.   I've been checking out some of the cute inspiration at the 2022 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and was inspired to CASE Becca Yahrling's card!  She used Sizzix Thanks a Latte Empresslit (it embosses and cuts), and I've owned this product for a several years but have never used it.  After seeing her card, I decided to try it!  


I noticed that Becca used a different die for the coffee-to-go cup, but I used the die that came with this set.  It's a one-piece die that forms part of the embossing folder, and it only cuts the outline of the cup, which is a bit disappointing. I had to die-cut it several times in the various colours (white, kraft, red, cream) and then fussy-cut into the pieces to make it work.  I also embossed the red cup in a snowflake pattern (Die'sire Embossalicious Let it Snow) because I noticed that Becca embossed her cup.  The "thanks a latte" die is part of this Sizzix set and I like it a latte! 

I don't often CASE a card this closely but it was fun, and I like how it turned out!  Of course I had to add a kitty (Becca's card had a mouse)!  This kitty is from Simon Says Stamp Right Meow, which I coloured with markers and added dots with a white paint pen, and then fussy-cut so I could pop it up on foam tape.  Just like Becca, I added Diamond Stickles to the steam but instead of the gems for embellishments, I went with punched snowflakes in red.  I was unable to include a photo of her card from Flickr, but you can click here and take a look.  

I was also inspired by the following challenges:
A Place to Start November AG Optional Twist Words of Thanks 1/8
2022 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop AG w Coffee, Tea, Cocoa, or Hot Apple Cider
Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards (R for Red)
Crafty Gals Corner 237 Thankful/Thank You 1/3
Cut It Up 265 Coffee 1E
Day of the Month Card Club 45 National Espresso Day (any coffee) 1/3
Incy Wincy November Give Thanks 1/5
Show Us Your Pussycats 83 Furry-thing Goes UE
Simon Says Stamp Monday Thanks/Thanksgiving 1/5
The Outlawz Twisted Thursday ending Nov 23 AG Optional Twist CAS 1E (no twist)
Wednesday's Creative Inspirations Sparkle, Sparkle, Sparkle UE (Stickles)
Word Art Wednesday 569-570 AG w Uplifting Sentiment 4/5 wk2
Your Next Stamp 192 Thank You 1/3

Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a joyful day!

Brian's Coffee Page for Snowie's Memory Album

Hi, everyone!  Hubby Brian has been crafting again!  If you've been following me for awhile, then you may remember that he had a stroke four years ago, in 2018.  He has always been creative and recently made some cards for the Cat Lovers Hop.  There were so many encouraging comments at the time that he decided to make a page for Snowie's memory album for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  I am so proud of him!


The story behind the page is that having a cup of coffee was something he and Snowie shared each day.  Not the coffee, but the milk.  Each day when Brian made his instant coffee and added the milk, Snowie would jump onto the counter and wait for him to give her a small taste of the milk.  This was a daily ritural they both enjoyed.  


Inspired by the photo of Snowie, Brian had a plan for his page and requested the following images:  a cat beside a cup, a milk container, and a jar of coffee.  He chose the sentiment as well.  He coloured all of the images himself with Prismacolor pencils and even added some extra artwork that was not on the original images.  For instance, the jar image was an empty jar, and he drew and coloured the coffee beans and printed his favourite coffee brand on the label.  For the milk container, in addition to colouring it, he added the word milk, the nutritional information on the side, and date codes along the top.  For the coffee cup, you will notice that he coloured it to look like the cup on the countertop, even doodling the orange cat on the handle, so creative!  I fussy-cut the images for him after he was finished.



Brian choose the patterned paper himself after I presented him with a number of choices, and he decided on the placement of each image.  

The memory album for our beloved cat Snowie (may she RIP) was started by me a few years ago, but I haven't finished it yet.  Now I'm one page closer, thanks to Brian, and I think he did an awesome job!

Stamps:  Cat and sentiment (Your Next Stamp Coffee Break), tiny cat on front of cup (Adeline Atelier)
Digital images:  Milk container (Stampers Delights Kawaii Meow), empty jar (Diane's Daydream Design)

Brian would like to participate as follows:
2022 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop AG w Coffee, Tea, Cocoa, or Hot Apple Cider
Day of the Month Card Club 45 National Espresso Day (any coffee) 1/3
Show Us Your Pussycats 83 Furry-thing Goes UE

Thank you for looking at Brian's page, and thank you in advance for your encouraging words!

Making Spirits Bright

Hi, everyone!  Today I'm sharing another coffee-themed card!  I've been so inspired by all of the cards I'm seeing around blogland for the 2022 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  It ends today (Friday) so if you're going to join the fun, you had better hurry!

The coffee-to-go cup is a gift card holder from Dollarama and of course I had to add a kitty to make it cute!  The image is Eureka Stamps Christmas Cat from Stamp On It.  I coloured him with markers and fussy-cut so I could pop him up on foam tape.  The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions, and I white-heat-embossed it on black cardstock and cut with the coordinating die.  The white panel is embossed with Simon Says Stamp Filigree Snowflakes embossing folder, and I finished the card by adhering three punched red snowflakes.

I was inspired by the following 8 challenges:
2022 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop AG w Coffee, Tea, Cocoa, or Hot Apple Cider
Beccy's Place Month of Holiday Cards (O for Ornament)
Crafter's Cafe 291 Use Dies and/or Punches 2/5 C10
Let's Squash It 26 Let's Make a Christmas Card 2/3 C8
Show Us Your Pussycats 83 Furry-thing Goes UE
Word Art Wednesday 569-570 AG w Uplifting Sentiment 5/5 wk2

Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a peaceful and relaxing day!