Friday, December 15, 2017

Christmas Coffee Card How -To Using the Best Glue Ever

Today's design team post with ScraPerfect is my 5th and last entry for the Winter Coffee Lover's Bloghop that ends today, but I will also be entering it @ the House That Stamps Built: Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge using the the Middle/Vertical row of "Christmas/Red & Green/Glitter", @ Sunny Day Crafting for "X is for Xmas" and @ ABC Christmas for "Y for Yummy". 

I started out this project cutting a top folding horizontal A2 card base from red cardstock and then trimming red and green cardstocks along with the holiday sentiment and wood grained patterned papers to fill my card front.

I then colored my Verve coffee to-go cup digi stamps using Spectrum Noir markers and accenting them with clear Wink of Stella pen before fussy cutting them out. (This is where the glitter part of the game grid comes in, but the camera just didn't capture the sparkle well at all in the pics)

 I then assembled the entire card with the help of ScraPefect's  Best Glue Ever and the No Clog Writing Cap.

I had die cut the sentiment for the inside of the card and free hand cut the one for the front. I then sponged around all the edges using Real Red ink from Stampin' Up! Foam Tape worked perfectly to pop up the wavy Happy Holidays.

Simple and sweet on the inside...

Wrapping the front focal panel with the gold threaded twine set off the wood grained cardstock and emphasizes the horizontal lines of the card, drawing the eye in to the cups.

Don't forget that adding the No Clog Writing Cap to the Best Glue Ever makes it perfect for using on both flat paper projects and anything 3D that you can imagine...and that is why I really do love and recommend this glue! Until next time, happy crafting with ScraPerfect~

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Winter Wishes using Coffee Break Marci

Today's card is my 4th entry for the Winter Coffee Lover's Bloghop...and I even have one more yet for you tomorrow too! I will also be entering it @ Cuttlebug Mania for "It's Christmas Time", @ The Crafty Addicts for "Anything Goes with an option of Non-traditional Christmas colors" and @ Mod Squad for "Non-Traditional Christmas Colors".

I colored Marci (digi stamp from LaLaLand Crafts) once again using my new Chameleon colored pencils...gosh, can I just say that I am in love with these pencils?!? I mean really IN LOVE... they make me look pretty darn good at coloring, lol! (and they are such a pleasure to work with!!!)

The sentiments are from the Verve Stamps digi shop and I enhanced them with a tiny bit of my favorite Stardust Gelly Roll Pen.

The frame die cuts are from my new favorite set of Crazy Stitched Frame Dies from Craftin' Desert Diva's and the largest is cut from this pretty patterned paper I got in a holiday pad from ACMoore. The tree background die was one of a set of 3 that was the freebie from one of my favorite British crafting magazines and was cut from white glitter paper that I got at JoAnn Fabrics.

Hope you are enjoying all the gorgeous creations along the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Hop! Until next time~ keep on colorin', craftin' and sipping coffee!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Winter Hugs & Happy National Cocoa Day

Today's card is my 3rd entry for the Winter Coffee Lover's Bloghop using the sketch from Try Stampin' On Tuesday with their "Wintertime" theme and will also be entered @ Crafty Sentiments for "Snowflakes" and @ The Male Room for "Winter Wishes".

This adorable cocoa drinking polarbear is a digi stamp from Craftin' Desert Divas and I colored him up once again with my new colored pencils (**Thank you, Mom!!!) I also used Glossy Accents on his nose for some dimension -it's it just so cute?!?

Inside, I used paper scraps and a retired stamp from TAC.

I diecut the bear out and mounted him on silver metallic paper. The blue patterns are from Basic Gray and the ribbon from my stash. Sentiment stamp is retired from TAC, as is the blue dye ink I used for the stamping.

That's it for me today...Until next time~

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Wintry Birthday Cup of Cheer

Today's card is my 2nd entry for the Winter Coffee Lover's Bloghop and also the birthday card that I sent to my son last week. I will also be entering it @ The Die Cut Divas for "Winter Cards", @ Hiding in My Craftroom for "Super Scraps Saturday" and @ Glitter 'N Sparkle for "Winter".

If you want to see how I made the scraps that I used for the die cut coffee cup then please check out this post here for the step-by-step tutorial using a stencil and distress inks. Otherwise, I used dies and stamps from Stampin' Up. I even covered the stir-stopper in Glossy Accents to help it stand out on the Basic Gray patterned paper background.

Inside I did some stamp shadowing by using a second generation stamped image on the sentiment and made good use of more scraps.

The front sentiment banner is a die cut and accented with blue matte enamel dots. The thread wrapped around the front has a lovely glitter running through it and made the perfect finishing touch without making it too feminine looking.

There are hundreds of entries over at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers page, so if you are a coffee lover too, be sure to give them a look! Until next time~

Monday, December 11, 2017

House Mouse Gingerbread - Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #242

Today's design team card for Atlantic Hearts features an image from one of my favorite lines -the House Mouse line. I have loved their images since the first time I saw them on a stamp store shelf in the late 1990's! 

This card ended up being a 5 x 7 to accommodate the sketch and the size of the focal image. The stripes behind the image are simply scraps of cardstock that I had laying on my desk left over from other projects and the large green layer was dry embossed and sanded. But, I used something unique on this card...can you guess what the shiny red layer is behind the focal image?

Would you believe it is a piece cut from a red foil bubble wrap envelope that delivered goodies to me in the mail last week? And because of the bubble wrap backing, it adds some depth to the card too! 

I had a blast coloring the image using the new colored pencils that my mom gave me for my birthday...they are an awesome set from Chameleon that are double ended for perfect blends and they are perfectly portable too.

That's it for me today -until next time~

Friday, December 8, 2017

How to Decorate Your Planner for the Holidays Using The Best Glue Ever

Today's design team post with ScraPerfect will also be my first entry in the Winter Coffee Lover's Bloghop that begins today. I had some more fun working with digital stamps (this time from Verve) for this planner spread. Follow along with me through the steps below...

The first step was picking my color scheme -which I do by choosing my patterned papers. The papers here are from a holiday paper pack that I got at my local ACMoore. I then laid out my planner pages and marked the spaces where I wanted the paper to go. To quickly trim the rectangles to the perfect size I used my Happy Planner Classic sized box punch. 

Next, I colored the images I had printed out using my Spectrum Noir markers and did some minor shading with a white Prismacolor pencil.

After fussy cutting out all the coffee themed images,  I adhered everything to the planner pages using the Best Glue Ever along with the No Clog Writing Cap.

To add some more color to my pages I also added planner stickers, washi tapes and some subtle ink blending on several of the blocks plus all around the page edges.

To make the large snowflake shine and shimmer, I heat embossed it using a clear glitter embossing powder before cutting it out. I then also used a tiny snowflake punch on the extra embossed cardstock to scatter throughout the spread.

Of course, I couldn't resist using some Wink of Stella and Stardust Gelly Roll accents -that's the bit of glimmer you see above on the whip cream and the letters.

Below, you can see the highlighted definition I was able to achieve by adding the white colored pencil on top of the alcohol markers.

That's it for me today -so remember that the Best Glue Ever is perfect to use in your creative planning because you only need a tiny amount and it then dries clean and smoothly so it won't wrinkle or buckle up your pages! Until next time, happy crafting with ScraPerfect!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

I Whale Always Love You!

Today's card made for the Itsy Bitsy design team embraces the cool tones of winter and celebrates everlasting large, oceanic, mammal style, lol! 

You may be wondering why I am showing you this pretty piece of tan, vintage paper from the Retro Paper Pack below...but believe it or not,  that is what I started out with for this project! I used only the top right portion of this 12" x 12" sheet (cut to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2") as the base for my stencil work. Follow along with the step -by -step below to see how it's done.

The first step was using stencil tape to secure the Chevron Stencil down to my work surface over top of the Retro patterned paper. Using gray Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, I gently tapped the color through the stencil on to the paper. 

When it was covered completely, I removed the patterned paper, sprayed the inked surface of the stencil with water in a fine mist and then pulled a print of that watercolored design on to a separate piece of White Card. 

I then repeated that same process with the blue Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, but I offset the paper under the stencil to alternate the two colors.

I also used the two ink colors to add watercolor splotches on a small scrap of white card that I'll use for my sentiment banner. Below you can see the 3 pieces I was left with after my session of playing around with water, paper and ink.

After I gave it some time to dry, I used my diecut machine and the thin cut Banner Die set to cut a large banner from the water printed chevron paper, a medium banner from plain white card and a small banner from the watercolor splotched paper.

Then I got out my Black Chalk Ink and the Fintastic Birthday set to stamp the sentiment on the small banner and the whale on a scrap of white.

I tapped the Distess Ink pads in both colors on to a clear acrylic stamp block and pulled ink off using a water brush to watercolor the whale. After he was dry, I fussy cut him out and covered him with a little dusting of glitter.

Using Foam Tape adhesive and an office/desk stapler, I layered and adhered the banners and the whale to the front of a white A2 side folded vertical card.

Tiny silver stars from the Moon Light Shaker Sprinkles pack were randomly glued on to the card front for some subtle bling and then it was all done!

Check out Itsy Bitsy's webstore to find all the supplies used here today and until next time, happy crafting~