Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Lovers Bloghop

Hi friends!  Today is National Coffee Day and I'm participating in a super fun Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  The fun all starts on Chaitali's blog at 6AM PST, so be sure to head on over there for the full hop list.  If you play along and link up your coffee creations today you could win some fabulous prizes!

And since it's Mojo Monday, I'm sharing my card made with this week's tall & skinny sketch.  I flipped the position of the banners for my card and added some linen thread, but otherwise stayed pretty true to my sketch.  {grin}  I think it's so funny that I have such a hard time sticking to my own sketch.  I think it's that whole "nobody puts Baby in a corner" mindset.  {grin}

About the card: I started by stamping the trio of cups from One Cup three times (masking off the top cup to stamp each successive trio) on crumb cake, then coloring with prismacolor pencils.  Next I stamped the hand-lettered coffee sentiment and the always a good idea stamp from the Coffee set to the left of my stamped cups.  I used the other coffee sentiments in the Coffee set to stamp on the three hand cut banners, then added some pencil coloring to the coffee letters and some sponging all around.  I finished with a bit of mossy meadow cardstock up top and some white linen thread tied in a bow.

And in honor of National Coffee Day, I've got a little one day gift code for y'all to Verve Stamps. Just enter gift code COFFEE in the gift code box at the bottom of our shopping cart and click apply and it will take 10% off your order.  Offer valid on in-stock merchandise on September 29, 2014 only. 

Someone suggested we answer a few coffee related questions on the hop, so here are my answers.

When did you start drinking coffee?
I snuck drinks of my Dad's coffee growing up, but he told me it would turn my hair black, so I stuck to just sips, wanting to preserve my golden locks.  {grin}  Maybe he was right, because I have dark hair now (by choice, not by nature, though!)  My parents drank instant coffee back then, so it wasn't all that great of a loss for me.  When I went to college I discovered how much better coffee brewed from grounds was and thanks to friends and a roommate from the Seattle area, developed quite a love for coffee.  My first experience with espresso was a quad shot that my roommate talked me into at a coffee shop in downtown Boise late on a Friday night.  Oh my!  I was so wired... the quad is definitely something you need to work up to if you've never had espresso!

What is your favorite brand of coffee?
It's changed a lot over the years, but here are my current faves... for coffee in my Keurig I'm currently obsessed with any of the Peet's Coffee dark roasts, especially Major Dickasons.  For caffè crema I love Lavazza. For out and about espresso drinks, I'm a big fan of Dutch Brothers.

What is the most amazing coffee you ever had?
Oh my goodness, I guess that would have to be the first time I tried caffè crema with Laurie when I visited her home in Montana. The coffee was so delicious I had to buy a machine of my own just like hers. Although I think the company had a lot to do with the amazingness of the coffee. The caffè crema at my house by myself is good, but not nearly as wonderful as it is when I'm at her house!

If I don't drink my needed coffee, I will...
be incapable of communication.  I'm not a morning person.  It takes me a while to process being awake and alert and most people who spend much time around me have realized that the coffee needs to happen before communication really works for me.  Most mornings I'm just trying to rush the boys down the stairs as fast as I can (which is at least a 10 minute process because they go so slooooooooooooooow and have to bring a zillion blankies and have to turn on every light and discuss whether the ceiling fan is on or off in each room they pass and whether it should be on or off, and open and close every door in the hall before they can even start the stairs, etc.), so I can get them started on their morning routine and then have some coffee. I sigh just a little bit every time I hit the button for the coffee, knowing everything is going to be okay for one small wonderful moment.

Alrighty, that's all from my neck of the woods.  I hope you have a fabulous National Coffee Day. Dutch Brothers is doing Buy 1 Get 1 Free drinks today, so that's officially on the schedule.  Yay!

Mojo Monday 365
Enabler's List
Stamps: One CupCoffee (Verve Stamps)
Paper: crumb cake, mossy meadow, pool party, riding hood red (SU!), white (Neenah)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU!), Walnut Stain distress ink (Rnager), Prismacolor pencils
Accessories:  white linen thread, border punch, wood veneer heart

Friday, September 26, 2014

How Sweet of You

Hi friends!  It's finally Friday.  Hooray!  Today I have a sweet little card to share using the September Week 4 sketch that Stacey is debuting this morning on the Viva la Verve Sketches Blog.

I thought the sketch looked like a fun way to use up some scraps, so I dug into my overflowing bin of scraps and pulled out these papers.  I stitched the stripey paper to the green designer paper, then matted with black.  The how sweet sentiment is from the Small Packages set and I embossed it onto a circle diecut then water colored in between the divider lines with mossy meadow ink and a waterbrush.  This circle is sponged with Antique Linen distress ink and then matted on a black scallop circle die cut accented with black enamel accents.

The bitty cupcake is embossed in black and then cut with the coordinating Cupcake Frame Die Set.  I also stamped the banner and hand cut it to layer behind.  I added a strip stamped with the Hello stamp from Remember This, then added it all to a piece of card stock embossed with the D'vine Swirls embossing folder and sponged with antique linen.  A bit of distressing around the edges of each outer layer and I was done.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a fabulously refreshing weekend!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Small Packages, Remember This (Verve Stamps)
Paper: designer paper scraps, cream, black
Ink: mossy meadow (SU!), antique linen (Ranger Distress), black
Accessories:  Cupcake Frame Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), classic and scallop circle nestabilities (Spellbinders), D'vine Swirls embossing folder (Cuttlebug), sewing machine, enamel accents (Ranger), clear embossing powder (JudiKins)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Peace Love and Coffee

Hi friends!  I'm popping in with a card that's been sitting on my desk for a while.  It started with the Mix-Ability challenge from a couple weeks ago... Go Scribble.  My favorite art project in elementary school was when you'd color really hard on a piece of paper, then paint over it with black tempera paint and etch out a design with scissors.  This technique is sort of like that, only easier and with less mess.

I scribbled on some white paper with some super bright crayons I bought for the boys, but they are so hard to clean off their little IKEA table, that I decided to take them out of their crayon bucket and just stick with crayola for now.  So these crayons were bundled up in my craft room, and I pulled them out to test out the technique.  I sprayed over the scribbles with Dylusions black ink, then dabbed with paper towels.  Easy peasy, and it turns out so cool!  Next I embossed the coffee cup and steam from the Coffee set in white over the top.  I used the same technique for the sentiment, which is from the  Cupcakes set, then cut it out with the Jotted Heart Die and sanded the edges of both pieces to bring back a white border.

The Coffee Word Die is cut using some of the leftover paper from my coffee cup panel and I cut another piece from white, for a little shadowing effect. The background for the card is crumb cake and I sponged black soot distress ink over a houndstooth stencil for the pattern.

Okay, time for a little Public Service Announcement.  If you haven't heard already, National Coffee Day is Monday, September 29. Chaitali has been co-organizing a super fun Coffee Lover's Blog Hop and everyone is invited to participate!  You can find out all the details on Chaitali's blog.  I'll be participating in the hop and Verve is one of several fabulous prize sponsors, so it's sure to be a whole lot of fun for all!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Coffee, Cupcakes (Verve Stamps)
Paper: crumb cake, basic black (SU!), white
Ink: black soot (Ranger Distress), super bright crayons (Cra-Z-Art), black Dylusions spray (Ranger), VersaMark
Accessories:  Coffee Word Die, Jotted Heart Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), houndstooth stencil (Crafter's Workshop), white embossing powder (JudiKins)