Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Happiness Is.......

During the Coffee Loving Cardmakers' Spring Blog Hop I've had the opportunity of seeing so many amazing cards, layouts and projects.  There are a few that stand out in my memory as truly unforgettable, but overall, it's just been a lot of fun viewing and commenting on every single one.  Believe it or not, I'm not doing it for any prize...I'm doing it because I feel it's the right thing to do.  I love getting comments (we all do), so I should be willing to leave them in return.  A lot goes into a hop like this, and I truly just want to show my gratitude to EVERYONE involved.  I've sure received some lovely comments, made some new blog friends, learned things about people and learned of SO many fabulous companies I'd never heard of before.  The blessings are endless, and I'm so grateful.
I've also enjoyed making each one of the cards I've shared; and today's is no exception.  I used some new Echo Park goodies I recently purchased along with a stamped sentiment from Paper Sweeties' new set called Keep Calm and Drink Coffee (Happiness Is A Cup of Coffee Shared With a Friend).  I love the sentiment, I love the font, and I love how it looks on my card.  I added the tea cup from Paper Sweeties' new You Warm My Heart stamp set, and cut it using the coordinating You Warm My Heart Sweet Cuts.  I also added a Sugar Sprinkles Sequin to the handle of the tea cup.
Other than that, I just added some Natural Burlap String, a large pink paper flower, and that's about it.  Pretty simple.  I wanted the stamped images to be the star of this card.  Here are the challenges where I'm sharing today's coffee card.  Thanks again for visiting, and most especially for your comments.

Karen

Coffee Loving Cardmakers' Spring Blog Hop - Spring Coffee/Tea Themed Cards and Projects

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party

CropStop Challenge Blog- March Linky Party #26 - I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks and May Arts Natural Burlap String (as found at CropStop)






Tuesday, March 28, 2017

One Cup At A Time

Just like teaching a toddler to walk by taking one step at a time, so I encourage all my coffee-loving friends to tackle life one cup at a time.  And now, you can get this fabulous sentiment in a brand new stamp set from Paper Sweeties called Tackle Life One Cup At a Time.  I used this fabulous new set for the sentiment on this card, and I also used the tea pot and tea cup stamps from the lovely new You Warm My Heart Stamp Set and cut them out using You Warm My Heart Sweet Cuts.
I used two patterned papers and inked their edges, machine stitched the papers together, and then added a length of tulle trim and some soft pink mini gingham trim to create my base.  Next, I tied a double bow using some pink seam binding; and I topped that with a Pearl Heart Ribbon Slider.  On top of the tea cup, I added three Miniature Sweetheart Blossoms.  I love all these soft. subtle, lovely touches.
Once again, I will be sharing my card in a few challenges where I enjoy playing along.  I hope that you have been able to get your craft on this week.  Remember, just take life ONE CUP AT A TIME.  That's my best suggestion for getting through life.  Well that, and A LOT of prayer!
Thank you for visiting me,
Karen

Coffee Loving Cardmakers Spring Blog Hop - Spring coffee/tea themed projects

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Use More Than One Die or Punch" - I used two dies from Paper Sweeties (Tea Pot and Tea Cup)



Monday, March 27, 2017

I Hope This Perks You Up

Here I thought I was doing SO well by posting one card every day of the Spring Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop.  But, no, I'm quite behind apparently.......there are people posting loads of "cards" all in a row each day.  Yup!  Well, I don't roll like that.  As long as I'm able to enter once a day and be happy with what I've created, I'm fine with that.  To be honest, I do wish they would make some sort of limit on entries, but....not my challenge, not my blog, not my decision.  So, onward and upward.  It's all good.
This card was created using patterned papers from one of my favorite (and most hoarded) Crate Paper lines of all time.....Emma's Shoppe.  It's precious, and you can't find it anywhere any more.  Believe me...I've looked, and when I do find it, I buy it ALL!  I even ordered some from Australia!  LOL   I also used a doily, and the tea cup and steam are Sweet Cuts from Paper Sweeties in their sweet new Keep Calm and Drink Coffee set.  The sentiment is also from the Keep Calm and Drink Coffee stamp set.

I used Oatmeal Seam Binding to create my bow, and topped it with a chipboard button with some twine tied through it.  The sticker border is also from Emma's Shoppe.  I just LOVE all of the fabulous new coffee themed sets this month from Paper Sweeties.  The steam was stamped and die-cut three times from vellum and I layered them.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.  I'm always SO grateful to have you visit and leave a comment.  I've enjoyed hopping through the entire list of entries and plan to keep up with it.  I've seen some really amazing cards.   It's always super inspiring.

Have a blessed day!
Karen

Coffee Loving Cardmakers Spring Blog Hop - Spring coffee or tea themed projects

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Use More Than One Die or Punch" - I used TWO dies from Paper Sweeties a total of FIVE times (the cup twice and the steam with three layers).



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Keep Calm and Drink Coffee

Welcome by again today, everyone!  Thanks for stopping by today as I share another card I created using one of the three sweet new sets from Paper Sweeties March Release.  The set I used to create this card is called Keep Calm and Drink Coffee, and it's SUPER cute.  I just LOVE this super cool coffee cup filled with coffee-related words.  It's SO adorable that I couldn't resist taking some close-up photos to show you just how amazing it really is.
I used the coffee cup image and the steam from the Keep Calm and Drink Coffee Stamp Set, and I also used the coordinating Keep Calm and Drink Coffee Sweet Cuts to cut the cup and steam.  You will also see that I used some of Paper Sweeties adorable little Rusty Jingle Bells.  Paper Sweeties carries the cutest embellishments in addition to their amazing stamps and dies.
The little piece that I added right by the bells is the negative (cut piece) from inside the coffee mug handle.  I thought it looked a bit like a coffee leaf, so I added it.  I love every little last bit of this sweet new set from Paper Sweeties.  I know that YOU will love these three fabulous new coffee-themed sets.  I hope you'll stop by Paper Sweeties to check it out and treat yourself to these fabulous products.
Thanks again for stopping by today.  It's always so nice to have you stop by my blog.  I hope that you will become a new follower here, and I'll do the same for you.  I enjoy making new blog friends.  Have a blessed week!

Karen

Coffee Loving Card Makers Spring Blog Hop - Share any Spring coffee-themed card or project.  Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall...I love my coffee ANY time of the year!!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

You've Got This In The Bag

We sure are a blessed bunch....the crafting community.  With the Coffee Loving Card Makers' Spring Blog Hop taking place, seeing all those generous sponsors, companies and individuals along with way with giveaways and freebies...there's just SO much to be grateful for in the crafting world.  What a generous bunch of people, and we sure are lucky!
When I stopped by the Verve Challenge Blog yesterday and saw the sweet digital sheet of coffee and tea themed images that Verve Owner, Julee Tillman, was offering up for another sweet challenge there on the Verve Blog....I couldn't resist.  I quickly printed off the images and made a few projects to share.
This is a little glassine bag that I decorated with patterned paper and machine stitched together.  I added some pink clunny lace, part of a small white doily, and then I added the sentiment and tea cup from Julee's printables.  I pieced together my tea cup because I wanted the cup to be made from patterned paper and I don't quite know what I'm doing when it comes to digital images.  It turned out fine...with a bit of work.  I added a Paper Sweeties Bubblegum Sequin to cover a small blooper, and placed a tiny blue pearl accent sticker in the center of this super sweet flower-shaped sequin.
I inked the edges of the sentiment and attached it using a small rusty paper clip.  Then, I tucked in a small wooden spoon covered with washi tape and Cotton Candy Baker's Twine, and an Earl Grey tea bag (one new and one open tea bag).  I love this sentiment, You've Got This In The Bag.  I will use this as an encouragement for someone by tucking in a coffee gift card and sending it on its way. 

I'm sharing this little glassing bag project here in these challenges:

Verve Celebrates Coffee Lovers Blog Hop With a Freebie and a Challenge - Thank you, Julee, for this adorable printable sheet.

Coffee Loving Card Makers Spring Blog Hop - Make a Spring Coffee-Themed Project

#Coffee

Yup, I'm back!!  I've been posting quite a bit lately.  But when you see these three ADORABLE new sets from Paper Sweeties (just released March 15), you will understand why I can't seem to put them down.  They're absolutely ADORABLE, and every card I make is turning out SO sweet because of them.  Why not treat yourself to either the new Tackle Life One Cup At a Time, You Warm My Heart, or Keep Calm and Drink Coffee......or, better yet...all three?
This card was created using the awesome cup and steam from the new Keep Calm and Drink Coffee Set.  How super cute is that coffee cup? And that sentiment....#COFFEE - isn't that adorable?  That one is from the Tackle Life One Cup At a Time Set.  You will LOVE Paper Sweeties high-quality stamps and their adorable embellishments.  I used a sweet little Bubblegum Sequin on my card just to add a little touch of love.  They're so precious....little cup-shaped sequins in every perfect color.  YUM!
This photo (above) really shows you up close how ADORABLE this stamp is.  I stamped it twice and used 3-D foam tape to raise it up, and I did the same thing with the "steam" just above the coffee cup.  It didn't matter what patterned papers I chose to use....these sweet new stamps are just cute with EVERYTHING....as all of Paper Sweeties stamps are! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

I'm sharing my coffee-inspired card here:


Coffee Loving Card Makers Spring Blog Hop - Spring Coffee-Themed Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says, "Use More Than One Punch or Die" - I used two different die-cuts, and I used each of them twice to layer my images.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Paper Sweeties Coffee Card

Hello, everyone, and welcome back by my blog today.  I'm sharing a card today using one of the three new stamp sets from the Paper Sweeties March Release, and the set I used for this sweet card is called You Warm My Heart.  I also used the You Warm My Heart Sweet Cuts to die-cut the birds, branches, and tea cup.  There are so many sweet images and sentiments in this adorable coffee-themed set.  I hope you've stopped by Paper Sweeties to check out the fabulous March Release.  And...Paper Sweeties is sponsoring the Spring Coffee-Loving Cardmakers' Blog Hop with a $25 Gift Certificate AND a Flash Prize of a Paper Sweeties stamp set and die set of winner's choice.  Woo Hoo!!
How cute are those little birds drinking coffee?  And the sweet branches and coffee cup...so adorable!  I love every single bit of each of the three fabulous new sets in the Paper Sweeties March Release, and I know you will too.  They work great on their own, and when combined with other Paper Sweeties products.  They're all just SO adorable, you simply can't go wrong.
I also used some of Paper Sweeties adorable little Cookie Dough Sequins and some of their yummy Oatmeal Seam Binding to create that lovely bow.  There are SO many great products at Paper Sweeties to help YOU create something extra sweet.  Why not treat yourself today?  With these three great new coffee-themed sets, you're sure to find something you love.
Have a blessed and creative day, everyone!
Karen

P.S. I'm linking up in the following:

Coffee-Loving Card Makers' Spring Blog Hop - I'm excited to play along using a Spring design and coffee-themed stamps.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Use More Than One Die or Punch" - I used 5 dies (tea cup, two branches with leaves, and two birds), and 1 scalloped border punch on this card!

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Simon Says "Layer It Up" - I used several layers of patterned papers along with layers of stickers, dies, ribbon and lace.