Friends ‘Til the End Card

Hi, all! Just here with a card I put together the other night. I haven’t had a particularly great deal of time lately to really craft. It’s been just a few minutes here and there, but finally… some creating time.

This was a really messy, fun card to make. I created the little colorful background paper with alcohol inks (from Ranger) and some synthetic EVO paper that was sent to me from Et Cetera Papers to try out. Fun stuff. It really takes nicely to alcohol inks.

I also die-cut the flowers from a piece of the paper and with a die from Simon Says Stamp! I tried it first without a shim. Found I really needed the metal shim to make it cut through the paper with that die. Might have been the intricacy of the die, in full disclosure, as I have not attempted it with other dies yet. But did want to disclose that. Rather than going freestyle with alcohol inks, I just colored the flowers with Copic markers. I first colored them in yellow and then changed my mind, adding some color with a golden orange over the top.

Everything else on the card is just basic stuff. Word cut from cardstock and with an old Papertrey Ink die. Same for the stamped words. They came from a really old Papertrey Ink stamp set. (I’ve been working lately to really pare down my craft stash …. as well as stuff in general in my house…. and get rid of stuff I’m not really using. This is stuff I’ve had and just have not used. It was nice to use it.) The square was cut with an old My Favorite Things die. Fun to use those things.

Alright! That’s it for me. I’ll be back later, gators. See you again soon.

Rainbows… Lots of Rainbows

Hi, friends!

I’ve got something fun over on the blog for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. What you ask? It’s an easy way to make your own rainbow with yarn!

I had been thinking about this project for awhile, wanting to make a rainbow. I had made a few with yarn and rope, but I found my rainbows didn’t always keep their form when I adhered them. So I brainstormed and hit the hardware store, where I found… wait for it… vinyl piping! It’s the perfect material for making a rainbow that keeps it’s form!

I’d love for you check out the post. You’ll see exactly how I made this rainbow, as well as the piping, adhesive and other materials I used.

Be back again soon!

Simple Tree Ornaments

Hi, guys!

Looking for a way to jazz up your Christmas tree? I recently shared a tutorial over on the blog for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L on how to make some super cute ornaments.

These little Christmas tree ornaments were easy to make, although, in full disclosure, it did take me a little bit of time to figure out how get the twine around the bases. Once I did, it was so easy!

I made a few of these to hang on a Christmas tree in my house, plus a few more to use as tags on Christmas packages.

I hope you might take a minute to check out the tutorial for the scoop!

Ps. I’ve also got an easy tag tutorial over there as well. I must have been on a Christmas tree kick as the tag tutorial features Christmas trees too! Only these trees were made with fabric and wire! I hope you will check it out as well.

Inspired by 25 Days of Christmas Tags | Tag 1

Hi, guys! Back at the blog. Have you been checking out Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event? Tracey puts this event on with loads of tag inspiration annually and gets all kinds of people sharing Christmas tags. It’s always fun!

I’m going to spend some time over the next week or two, creating some Christmas tags inspired by ones shared during the event.

So, with that, here’s my first tag.

This was inspired by one of the tags Joyce shared on Day 8. I dug Joyce’s blue inked background and did something similar for my tag here.

Avery Elle was the Day 8 sponsor of this year’s event and that felt like a great reason to dig into my Avery Elle stash to make this tag so I did just that! 🙂 I pulled out the Christmas Magic set (which I think might be retired) and stamped and die-cut the little snowman and light pole. Just a little basic coloring to both. To create the look of glass, I did add a light layer of Glossy Accents to the light.

To finish off the tag, I stamped a few snowflakes and a sentiment, plus I added the white pompoms.

Alright! That’s it for me. Be sure to check out this post on Tracey’s blog for details about the event, as well to see how others have been inspired by this year’s tags! (A big thank you to Tracey for continuing to put this event together! The time and effort is so appreciated!)

Coffee Lovers Hop | Card 6

Hi, guys! Back with one last card for the 2020 Fall | Winter Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop. So, with that, meet today’s card.

Just a fun little card here. I created the background paper yet again with a Paper Smooches stencil and ink. Sure miss PS! 🙂

And I pulled together some stamped images from Lawn Fawn and Papertrey Ink. Did just a little bit of coloring to the images. Very, very little really. Didn’t want them to clash too much with the background paper.

It’s hard to tell but I did add a little bit of sparkle with glitter to the fairy’s wand, the unicorn and little sparkly starburst thingy-bobbers.

Alright. That’s it for now. Don’t forget to check out the hop. Even though it’s ending, there’s still lots and lots of inspiration to be found. So many great coffee (and tea and cocoa) inspired projects have been shared! What a nice thing the Coffee Loving Card Makers have done for the card making community! Thanks so much, guys, for all you do to make this happen and keep the card making spirit alive!

Coffee Lovers Hop | Card 5

Hi, guys! Bet you didn’t think you’d see me back again today. Still playing along with the latest Coffee Loving Card Makers Blog Hop and made one more card to share.

Pretty simple but super fun to make. I had stamped a couple extra cups and accessories with the Thanks a Latte set from Lawn Fawn last time I used it. Had this cup and marshmallows sitting on my desk from that and decided to color them in and make a card.

And, so yeah, this card is the result of that effort!

I once again used a Paper Smooches stencil to make the background. This time, though, I took a Lawn Fawn die and die-cut the window out of it.

I could have easily used a white card base but decided to “live on the edge” and use a kraft one instead. (Wink, wink!)

That’s it for me. Hoping to get one more card completed before the hop ends. Still feeling lots of inspiration but not sure time will allow it.Fingers crossed!

Again, don’t forget to check out all the hop links. So many fun cards have been made. It’s just so cool to see stampers come together, create and share so, so much!

Coffee Lovers Hop | Card 4

Hi, guys! Still very inspired to play by the 2020 Fall | Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. Got one more coffee-themed to share.

Pretty simple card with here. Just used images from one stamp set (Lawn Fawn’s Thanks a Latte) on it, as well as the words. I simply colored the images in with markers and avoiding doing any really fancy techniques, other than doing some basic shading.

Created the background paper with a stencil from Paper Smooches. (Sure do miss PS, but I digress!) A little bit of ink and a little bit of cardstock… and woolah! A background paper!

Added a few little extra details to the card with pens (see the faux stitching) and puffy paint.

That’s all I got. I’ll be back again later. By the way, don’t forget to swing by the hop’s link up page to see all the great projects shared so far. So cool to see how so many crafters are inspired!

Coffee Lovers Hop | Card 3

Hi, guys! Inspired to make one more card in honor of the 2020 Fall | Winter Coffee Lovers Hop.

This card isn’t the fanciest, but it’s ok with me. Some days, it’s nice just to make a card quickly, allowing one to getting lost in the creative process (and checking out from life for a few minutes) while doing it. So, with that, meet today’s card.

I enjoyed making this one as I whipped out the little toucans (from Lawn Fawn) that I’ve had for a long while but haven’t inked up a bunch. Then I paired them with a few other Lawn Fawn images to make the little “drinking” scene. (To give the scene just a bit of glitz, by the way, I added some flitter to the cups, as well as the hearts.)

Then, I just built the rest of the card using scraps of paper to make background. I again pulled together a few different Lawn Fawn sentiment stamps to make the sentiment for the card.

Alrighty! That’s it. Such a short post… but a post. 🙂 I’ll be back again later. Thank you, as always, for stopping by.

And don’t forget to check out the hop. So many great cards have been shared already!

Coffee Lovers Hop | Card 2

Hi, guys! Back with another card inspired by the Fall | Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

Today’s card has a Christmas feel to it! So, with that, meet today’s card!

I wanted to try something a little different with this card so I picked a color scheme I don’t use often: pink and gray! It was a good challenge… and was sure fun to make something non-traditional for a Christmas card.

To create the little scene, I paired together some stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn and Papertrey Ink (the coffee cup, which I’m pretty sure is retired). It just seemed fun to use the coffee cup as the tree base so I threw caution to the wind and ran with it.

Didn’t do a great deal of coloring here, other than adding a little gray to the bird and the cup. I also added a little gold to his beak.

The sentiment? Once again, I made my own by mixing and matching a few different Lawn Fawn stamps together. Always fun when you can do that.

Alright! That’s it for me. I’ll be back again later.

And don’t forget to check out the hop. So many awesome cards have been linked up already. It’s so fun to see how everyone puts their coffee (and cocoa and tea stamps) to use. Always so many great ideas.

Coffee Lovers Hop | Card 1

Hi, everyone! Super stoked to see it’s time again for the Fall | Winter Coffee Lovers hop. Challenging myself to make some cards for the hop this time. Really, actually challenging myself to dig into my stash and place! Taking part in the hop adds to it!

Anyway, here’s my first card inspired by the hop!

Just had fun here, pulling out a bunch of different Lawn Fawn stamp sets and mixing them together. Cocoa cups from one set. Owl stamps from another. A tree from another. You know, you get the picture.

I originally planned cover card with a lot of blue cardstock but it seemed like too much. So I just took the panel I stamped the snowflakes on and cut a squiggly hill with my scissors. The owls hid a lot of it, but you’ll see it if you look close enough.

The sentiment was put together by putting together stamps from a couple different Lawn Fawn sets as well. Always loving mixing and matching stamps.

That’s all I have for now. Be sure to check out the hop. So many cards are added throughout it. Always fun to see what everyone makes. The hop, by the way, runs through the 13th.

See you again real soon! Thanks, as always, for buzzing on by. It’s a latte fun when you do. (Wink!)