Sunday, March 1, 2015

Words Cannot Espresso

Hi Friends and Stampers,

It's time for me to show you some Monday Inspiration over at the Loves Rubberstamps Inspiration Blog.   Today, I want to Espresso how much you mean to me....


I love coffee and teacups.  And I do love my coffee in teacups sometimes, lol.   This was a really quick 30 minute card and if one were better organized, it could be knocked down to 15 lol.   Love these cute teacups and I plan on using this die over and over again.  the Perk Up sayings are perfect for any coffee card.  

I had a very busy and quick weekend :(  Back to work for me.  I had to do a bunch of shopping.  My Oldest son is getting married in Vegas next weekend and we procrastinated our clothes shopping, lol. He is getting married at The Paris and it's an after 5 cocktail theme.  Oh this fat body has no little black dresses, lol.   So off to Lane Giant I went and low and behold, I did find two.  One for the rehearsal dinner and one for the wedding.....that was super duper clearance and so perfect for this event!  $29.95!  Score.  The other was $58.00 but I will wear it again and again.  It's multifunctional, lol.   Plus my very dear friend is also getting married next month and so I will no doubt wear that to her wedding.  And then we found clothes and outfitted the guys.  So now I am down to finding shoes to fit my 2X4 feet.   Why are all shoes so narrow?  So every day this week, I am out in search of very wide and appropriate black shoes that won't kill my feet with a low heel, wish me luck! 

I also did make it to my very good friends wedding shower this weekend, so there was some fun involved.  Tonight we also watched Big Hero 6.   We bought the DVD because we just loved seeing it at the movies.  

Okay, I am off to bed now.  Don't forget to check out the New Items Laura has added and this is your last day to play in our current challenge, there is a New challenge tomorrow! Oh and I have BLOG CANDY in the post below - go check it out! 

Holly


Friday, February 27, 2015

Coffee Loving Card Makers Spring Blog Hop & Candy

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Just a reminder that the hop starts here on Friday, February 27th at 6:00 am Pacific.
Yes, check out all those Super Sponsors!  I can’t begin to tell you how generous the paper crafting community is!


Hi Everyone,
Omgosh, Coffee?  Sign me up!  I share all the coffee loving funnies on facebook because most of them apply to me.  Especially the "don't talk to me....until I've had a cup of coffee...or two."  lol.  I'm sure given enough caffeine,  I could rule the world, lol.  I have Blog Candy at the end of the post.

Welcome to the Blog Hop and if you need more information on how to sign up or the blog hop list, you can check out the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Here.   I'm going to be linking up before work tomorrow and will add the blog hop list tomorrow evening when I get home.   Here is my project for this hop. 


So do I have blog candy?  You betcha I do!  While being a follower is not a requirement, I would love for you to follow my blog!!!  Here is what I ordered tonight especially for the random winner from my comments list. 
Image of [NEW] Daily Brew 4x4 Clear Stamp Set
Image of I Heart Coffee 3x4 Clear Stamp
Yep, These are the two sets I used on my card.  This is the first time I have inked them up and I just love them.  She has a chocolate lovers one too, so I added that in the order for me, lol.   I will be able to ship them out to anywhere in the continental United States just as soon as I receive them. Please be sure to leave a way to get in touch with you in your comment and check back here on March 9th.  I'm super excited to see what everyone else made and what their blog candy is too!


Holly


playing in this weeks MFT Sketch Challenge





Monday, February 23, 2015

GlamZombie

Good Morning Friends and Stampers,

It's time for a New Challenge over at Loves Rubberstamps Challenge Blog.  This week we are asking you to show us your Ribbon and/or Lace.  And we are so happy to Have East Wind for our sponsor.  On behalf of the Design Team, I would like to thank East Wind for the fabulous images they provided the Design Team.


This is what I look like with no coffee, lol.  I love this image!  She was a lot of fun to color up.  I have the mixed media bug and since I had every thing out for yesterdays card, I decided I wanted to dress up the Dainty Lace Border. 



On my craft sheet, I mixed the purple Gelato and the Black Gelato with some light modeling paste and applied it to doily die cut.   Then I added some glitter over that and lightly smooshed it into the mixture.   Then I let it dry.   This added some grungy glam to my Glamzombie card.

Now I talked about it all yesterday, so I won't go into the step by step again, about how I used all this. But I will say, what a treat clean up was!   I just took a baby wipe and wiped up that mess on the craft sheet and then I took the tools and cleaned them under running cold water.  Easy peasy.

For all the Faber Castell Gelato and mixed media products Laura sells in her store, see here.

I can't wait to see your fabulous projects with ribbon and/or lace.

Thanks for checking me,

Holly

Playing in Simon Says - Add A little texture challenge. 

Cutthroat Lizzie



Hi Friends and Stampers,

I'm so excited to be part of the first ever Krafty Friends Blog Hop featuringKraftin' Kimmie Stamps' Krafty Friends! The blog hop is filled with creations by customers, design team members and friends of KKS and we're so excited to share some of our creations!
Feel free to start the hop from the beginning at the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Blog: http://kraftinkimmiestamps.blogspot.com/…/first-ever-krafty… Then hop around and check out all the fabulous designs! Be sure to leave a comment at each stop because there will be prizes and giveaways to some random commenters!
Not only can you comment to win, we'd love to have you JOIN the blog hop by posting your own design!! Just post a new creation featuring a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp and link it up to the main blog post and you'll not only be a part of this fun hop, but you'll be entered to WIN more goodies!! You have until February 28th!

Here is mine:

This is "Cutthroat Lizzie."  I had a whole design in my mind but once I got her background airbrushed, I liked it enough to stand alone.  the sword shield looks a bit fuzzy because my wink of stella pen went, "blob".   So she had a fur lined sword, lol.  I colored her with Copics and wink of stella for the sword, buckle, eye liner and earrings. 

I hope you have a chance to play along!  

Holly

Mixed Media Clouds

Hi Friends and Stampers,

Happy Holly-Day Monday.  I hope your week is off to a good start!!!  Today is my day to show you some inspiration over at the Loves Rubberstamps Inspiration Blog.   Mixed media has always fascinated me.   It's not really my style but I used to do a lot of it in Grade School, lol.  I have been inspired by others incorporating their mixed media into their cute and whimsical styles, so I thought I would have a go at it.

MFT BB - Some Bunny
Wink of Stella Clear

For the clouds, I used a Cloud Stencil.   I used a Gelatos Blue and mixed in some Light Modeling Paste.  I used the the tools from the mix and match Gelatos Tool Set. 


(Pay no attention to the back ground creative clutter!) You can see I literally took the cap off the Gelatos and like a crayon, I marked on my my re-usable non-stick craft sheet.  (Which, by the way, I saw on another blog that someone had purchased a craft mat and taped on their non-stick craft sheet and just uses it for her mixed media and other projects.  That way it does not roll and you can pull it out any time you need to use it.  I LOVE this.)    Then I used the spatula and took out a glob of the light modeling paste.    Then I just mixed them together with the other mixing tool brush.  Then I placed the stencil over the paper and applied the mixture to the paper with the mixing tool brush.  And then I set it aside to let it dry.   I checked back in a couple hours and it was dry.   When I push down on it, it is hard but not the brittle breakable kind of hard, so I would feel comfortable sending this in the mail.  I was very pleased with the texture it added to the clouds and to the card.   Something different.

And since I had ALL those Gelato Colors out:


MIX & MATCH GELATOS GIFT SET from Faber-Castell
I decided to see if I could water color the images I used. 


And I did.  Again, I colored onto my non-stick sheet, used an old cheap paint brush and added drops of water to the colors and mixed with the same brush.  For darker areas, I dabbed the brush in water, tipped some of the water off and then picked up the color off the sheet and applied it to the image.   It was so fun and easy.   As you can see, I decided to change the color of the basket after I snapped this picture.  

From the Gelatos mixed set above, you can see that there is a couple sponges.  I took a sponge and picked up some of the Gelato and water mixture and then sponged the designer paper and the white paper around the edges to add some dimension. 

I had a lot of fun with this one!  I will be breaking out the Gelatos again and again.  I would like to add some more mediums to stash.  Laura has a few in her store that I am going to be picking up soon. 

GESSO JAR 100ml from Faber-Castell


GLAZE JAR 100ml from Faber-Castell

WHIPPED SPACKLE JAR 100ml from Faber-Castell

Just to name a few.  Here are the Faber-Castell products that she carries. 

Thanks for checking in on me. 

Holly

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Thank You Fiona Henderson

Hi Friends and Stampers,

I recently participated in a Rick St Dennis Card Swap.  Fiona Henderson, was my swap partner and she sent me this Fabulous Card


Fiona, This is so over the top beautiful.  The shimmer, the colors and the beautiful design are so wonderful.  As if this fabulous card was not enough, she made me another one....


This is so beautiful and my favorite color is purple!  I love it.   Do you see the Angel at the bottom?  I will show you a closer look....


Isn't this so adorable?  I shall treasure it always.   Thank you so much Fiona.   It was such a wonderful treat to get a hand written letter, mail from Scotland and these beautiful cards and fabulous Angel.  

Holly



Monday, February 16, 2015

Moose You

Hi Friends and Stampers,

It's my turn to post on the Loves Rubberstamps Inspiration Blog today.  I have a couple stamp sets that I just have to put away for now, lol.   I love this Moose stamp set by Sugar Pea Designs.  If you love it and have to have one too, just send a quick email off to Laura and she will get this one for you.  With so many new stamp companies, it's really  hard to keep up on all the new releases, and Laura has not been feeling well for quite a while now, her Grandma was just in the ICU and now her son is very sick with Scarlet Fever.  So if it takes a bit to get a reply from an email, you will understand why.

Sugar Pea Designs - Merry Christmoose

I airbrushed the sky with my Copic Markers, colored the cute Moose with Copic Markers and then fussy cut him out and added him on to the airbrushed layer.  I also added the tree on to the this panel. 

I hope your Holly-Day Monday is a good one!  The boys are off school today, so it's free Ipad day and running around outside.  I have a few chores to get caught up on and then I plan to spend most of the day getting inky, lol.   I hope you have had a chance to play in our current challenge!  

Have a great day!    

Holly

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