Sunday, August 13, 2017


My second card today was created for the latest Just Us Girls Challenge. I love the idea of using sparkly and shiny things on my card. My daughter calls it bling. A girl just can't have too much bling, right? To create my card I started by edging a piece of white cardstock with Versamark and sprinkling on some Ranger embossing powder in gold. After heat setting the powder and letting it cool, I adhered the panel directly onto my card base. I then die cut a panel of gold foil ikat patterned paper from The Paper Studio The Shoppe On The Square 4x6 paper pad using a stitched rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs. I adhered that directly onto my heat embossed panel. I die cut the heart using an Essentials By Ellen folk heart die and stamped the hello sentiment from the Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold, and The Happy stamp set and heat embossed it using the same embossing powder. To finish my card I simply popped the heart up using some 3M foam tape. Love how simple this card was to create. I hope you like it too!

Thanks A Latte

Gotta love when you find something so fun and so economically priced, right? I was visiting my daughter and granddaughter this weekend and we popped into her local Hobby Lobby. I was too excited when I found this fun coffee stamp set by Stampabilities for the ridiculous price of $2.99!!! I had to snag it and the fun little slab of birch wood that I used for my photograph. I'm still trying to beef up my photography but I'm still not quite there yet. 
Anyway, I created my card by matting some early espresso cardstock by Stampin' UP onto my white card base. I then die cut a piece of Canson cold pressed watercolor paper down using a Gina Marie Design stitched rectangle die. I prepped the paper for embossing with my EK Success powder tool. I stamped the coffee beans from the stamp set all over the background and heat embossed it using Zing embossing powder in chestnut. After that cooled off I added some "coffee stains" to the background using a paintbrush and some Tim Holtz distress ink in walnut stain. I mounted the panel to the card and added another strip of espresso cardstock that I had added some stitched lines to by using a Paper Smooches border die. I stamped the sentiment and the cup onto a pierced oval die panel that I die cut using a My Favorite Things die. I stamped the cup again and colored it using my Copic markers and fussy cut it and mounted it to the panel using Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. A bit of Glossy Accents on the heart of the cup finished my card. I hope you like it and thank you for visiting my blog!

Coffee And Friends-Coffee And Cards With Celeste And Deb

Hello and welcome to another Coffee and Cards with Celeste and Deb collaboration. We have another guest designer with us this month, the wonderful Hetty Sanders. Hetty is a fabulous crafter from the Netherlands and is responsible for the Coffee Lovers card swap and we can't thank her enough for all of the tireless work she puts into making that happen each month!
This month we opted for a mood board and, I chose this pretty pastel palette for our starting point. Love the beautiful colors!  I wanted to create a fun and sweet card representing my friendship with my dear friend Deb. She and I met on the Coffee Lovers Facebook group years ago and have been close crafty friends ever since.  I created this card to represent Deb and I. She's blonde and I'm brunette and I think it's clear we both love our coffee! I started by cutting down some pretty ombre patterned paper in pink from the We R Memory Keepers Chalkboard 6x6 paper pad and mounted it directly onto my white card base. I then die cut a stitched line rectangle panel using some Canson cold press watercolor paper. I stamped the table from the Sugar Pea Designs Read Between The Lines stamp set using Versafine onyx black ink. The coffee cups are from the Your Next Stamp's Perk Up stamp set. The friends are the new Unity Stamp Company's Planner Gals, Don't Be Perfect and Be A Beauty. And the sentiment is from Reverse Confetti's Be A Barista stamp set. Once all of the images were dry I watercolored them using my Tim Holtz distress inks. To finish off the card I popped the panel up using some 3M foam tape, added some clear Wink of Stella to the flowers in their hair, the coffee mugs, and their shirts, and added a few clear rhinestones from Recollections as a finishing touch. 

As for my coffee choice this month, I opted for a small Starbucks Iced Cascara Coconut Milk Latte. It was good but not my favorite latte they offer. Anyway, be sure to pop on over to Hetty and Deb's site, and be sure and wish her a happy birthday too! 

Monday, August 7, 2017

We Three Kings

Today's card was created for the latest Addicted To Stamps And More Challenge. To create my card I started with a white card base and stamped the sentiment from the Penny Black We Three Kings stamp set directly onto the card. I then attached some pretty patterned papers from the Heidi Swapp Noel 6x6 paper pad onto the card. I die cut a circle panel out of white cardstock and embossed it using an embossing folder from Lifestyle Crafts and adhered it directly onto the card. I stamped the flourish from the Simon Says Stamp Inside Holiday Greetings stamp set directly onto the patterned paper below the focal panel using Versafine onyx black ink for a nice crisp impression. I then stamped the wise men from the Penny Black stamp set onto some Copic-friendly cardstock and colored them using my alcohol markers. I fussy cut the image out and edged around it with my Memento tuxedo black dual tip marker for a nice clean look. I popped the wise men up off of the card using some Stampin' UP foam dimensionals and adhered them onto the card on top of the focal panel. A few gold sequins finished this card off nicely. I hope you like it and thank you so much for visiting my blog!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Masculine Happy Birthday

Today's card was created for the latest The Male Room Challenge
I started with a cream card base and layered some Stampin' UP early espresso cardstock on top. I then stamped the World Map background stamp by Stampin' UP onto some more cream cardstock using Gina K Designs charcoal brown ink. I cut the map up into 3 smaller panels and ink distressed them using Tim Holtz tea dye and faded jeans distress inks. I stamped the compass from Unity Stamp Company's Go In The Direction Of Your Heart stamp set twice onto cream cardstock using the same brown ink. I die cut one of the images using a circle die from Spellbinders and inked around the edges just like I did the map panels. I fussy cut the other image out and popped it up onto the larger panel. I mounted the entire thing onto a circle I die cut using a My Favorite Things pierced edge die and early espresso cardstock. I stamped the sentiment from the Stampers Anonymous Crazy Talk sentiment stamp set onto more cream cardstock and distressed it and mounted it with early espresso cardstock. To finish my card I added some black Nuvo crystal drops to the center of the compass and on either side of the sentiment. I hope you like it. Thank you for visiting my blog!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Unity Planner Gals

I received these little Unity beauties in the mail this weekend and just had to sit down and create with them right away. These beauties in order of appearance are Unity Stamp Company's Today Planner Gal, Be A Beauty Planner Gal, and Don't Be Perfect Planner Gal. I absolutely love these beautiful images and the fantastic sentiments that come with the sets. To create my cards I layered some patterned papers from the ColorBok Light Bright 6x6 paper pad onto my white card bases. I stamped and colored each of the images onto Copic-friendly cardstock and colored each one using my alcohol markers. I added some Sakura gelly roll pen in clear star to all of the flowers and then some crystal Stickles on top for added pop and real shine and shimmer. I think I might have gone a bit overboard on the last card but, can't have too much glitter, right? LOL. Thank you for visiting my blog.