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Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee inspired Success

Happy International Coffee Day!
I am a coffee lover, I admit it :)  I start my day with an Italian Lavazza around 6:00am and then a couple more during the day...
I wanted to join in on the fun that Chaitali is hosting over at Cuts, Crops & Creativity here, in honour of this day.  I used a PTI coffee cup that I stamped randomly in chocolate brown and then over-stamped in a polka dot pattern using SU Blue Lagoon ink.  The awesome sentiment is from Verve's older and fabulous coffee set Delightful and Delicious.  I added a little punched red textured heart to the fussy cut coffee cup.  Hope you have had your cuppa today!
Thanks for "perking" on by...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Triple Merry Monday Case + Case Study

Happy Tuesday folks!  I made a few cards yesterday after seeing Darnell's card for the Festive Friday challenge, but mine has a brad at the top of the wreath, so I am entering into the current Merry Monday Bingo challenge as well as the Case Study #309.   I chose the line with Emboss, Kraft and Brad or Button.  I white embossed the SU Northern Hearts wreath onto vellum and mounted onto the back of my die cut card front on which I used the "Lil Inkers rectangle and circle stitched dies on my kraft panel.  This was secured to a larger white stitched rectangle and topped with a square glazed brad.  I didn't stop at that one card...I made two other samples with different colour palettes, a kraft and green and Darnell's pink version that you can see here.  Darnell inspired me to make this pink stacked version..pretty spiffy :)
The merry christmas inlay die is a Simon Says Stamp one from the Deco tree die.  I love the playful font.  These came together pretty quickly and I have a lot of ideas for more cards using these stamps and dies...
Thanks for stopping by and I hope that your week is off to a great start!
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Lovely Colours

Another Friday!

I have been running around like a crazy woman prepping for a community garage sale.  Oh yes, time to clear out some stuff :)
I saw the new Colour Throw Down #310 and thought, now that's a pretty amazing trio of colours.  I would have never thought to put these together.
I started with a Heidi Swapp chevron stencil and sponged my 3 colours, a light and a dark version on the rows.  I then stamped this leafy branch from SU and added some petite stamps images from PTI (various sets that I have the teensy images set aside, apart from the mother stamp set).  This did not turn out like I thought it might, but I still love the colours together!
Happy Friday all!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

CAL Trio of Trees

Thursday again...the weeks are flying by!  Have you seen the new challenge over at the Card Concept?  Colours. 
I decided to create a CAL card today using this little tree image that I love from PTI Boards and Beams set, Lil Inkers stitched rectangles, sentiment from SU and card front from Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg DP.  
Another Easy Peasy...I just coloured the trunks with PTI Vintage Linen refill ink, stamped the trees in SU Summer Sun, Riding Hood Red and PTI Simply Chartreuse.
Thanks for taking a peek today, hugs-Chriss

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Case Study with Debby Hughes

 Hi again,
I did not mean to post 3 times today, however...I almost forgot to make a card for the CASE Study challenge where Debby Hughes is the muse!  Oh my, less than 5 hours to go, so I have made it before deadline :)
I had a sheet of this lovely white woodgrain CS that I scored to replicate boards and then sponged on some SU craft Going Gray ink.
The "tag" is a bookmark die from PTI and I cut in PTI Smokey Slate CS.  I have a very old SU apple stamp that I have not used nearly enough and I recently "discovered" it and have placed it in a vintage printer's tray that has recently been installed on one of my craft room walls.  I won't lose it there...
I stamped the apple in SU Real Red craft ink.  I just love the rich shades with the craft inks and then I water coloured with some TH distress inks and cut out.  I also found some unmounted SU stamps and I am using the "you amaze me" sentiment that is attached to a very cute bunny jumping out of a top hat.  I added two red brads to the Memory Box petite Pastry Label.  I know Debby would have added sequins...but I just did not think to do that before the photo was taken.  Oh well, a little plain...

Here is a photo of the printer tray with some small sized stamps.  I am limited as to what will fit in the openings, but I sure am happy to have spotted it at a Saturday market that is held in a town called Wimberly a couple of years ago.
Yes, my craft room is a retro orange, i had wallpaper in my bedroom in the 70's and it had this orange, a chartreuse, white and yellow all in a psychedelic floral.  Haha, tunes from Led Zep and Dylan.

Happy Dance for Bev

I saw in Blogland that today is Bev's birthday! (from Happy Dance)  Happy birthday Bev!  She leaves sweet comments and always so encouraging!  Ardyth and Darnell are hosting a party and serving cake :)

This little guy is looks like he is doing a happy dance for the occasion!
I used the Stamplorations sketch for inspiration and also a new stamp set from Elle"s that I received from a new blog friend, Laura Williams from Lauralooloo.  She slipped this into a package as an extra surprise when I won a magazine!  Sweet, sweet girl.
There are a lot of sweet girls (like Ardyth, Bev and Darnell)in this crafty hobby we are passionate about.
My next card is a birthday for a friend card.  I water coloured the background after white heat embossing the bus from Unity stamps.  I had a couple of the frames that I previously made for another birthday batch and used it, angled.
I will be linking this up for the SSS make your background challenge found here.
Easy Peasy seems that is my motto of late!

hugs...stay safe and enjoy your day!

Two for Tuesday

Hi there, here's two for you today on Tuesday .  Inspired by the Merry Monday Challenge from Karren..
"the words have it"  I created this first card, the simplest card ever!  I had a sheet of this Basic Grey with night time city buildings in nice greens and blues and die cut a SSS Season's Greetings in red wishing the city dwellers in the spirit of the season.

I also had parts for the next card on my desk and decided to create this little Scotty dog scene with plaid and polka dot papers.  The die cut frame is from SSS and the Scotty dog die is an older item from Quickutz that I have had a few years!  I added a teeny holly berry cluster from PTI instead of his usual collar or bow.
Two simple card designs for a project I am working on a few replicas for my stash.
Thanks for taking a peek today.

Monday, September 15, 2014

CQC #258 for HOME

Happy, happy Monday!
I didn't get much time in the craft room to create over the week-end, but did do some more organizing...almost there!  I have been enjoying the cooler weather that we had and was also gathering for a community garage sale next happy to get into the garage and do some sorting there too!
Onto today's card that I made this morning.  I saw a few challenges that I really wanted to make this card for and happy that I did not overstep any deadlines.  You can see at the end of the post what they are.  I started off with a Heidi Swapp stencil and sponged the four colours that the current Colour Q #258 challenge is requesting.  The little house from SU Holiday Home and it's matching die is coloured with the same inks and a water brush.  I stamped a PTI sentiment and a trio of hearts from the Love Lives Here Holiday set into the open heart and atop the chimney with SU Blackberry Bliss. The large love die is a SSS exclusive from a love you big die and that was cut from Hello Honey CS.
Just for fun...Everything on this card except the PTI loopy border die is a NBUS item:)
I have already reached my maximum for entries, so not to count as an entry :))
Here is the recap of challenges that I am entering this card for...

Try a technique
I sponged ink with a stencil and water coloured my house.

Have a wonderful start to your week!

Catherine Pooler Housewarming Party!