Saturday, June 24, 2017

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Day 2 - Here Comes The Sun!

Welcome to Day 2 of the Summer 2017 Coffee Lovers Hop!  I'm back with some more Brentwood!

Today I'm using the freebie that JessicaLynnOriginal is sharing for the hop and you can get it here!  Love to see Brentwood so relaxed... still in his jammies sitting in his nicely decorated bachelor pad... he has such an eye for decor don't you think?

I decided that Bachelor Brentwood would be the plaid recliner/wood paneling kind of guy.  I personally like plaid and wood and that's fine with me!  I love that this cup is blank and you can add whatever you'd like to it or just color it.  I made a little desert scene on mine.  I was coloring with Copics so I penciled in the cactus drawing first and then finalized it with my Copic multiliner pen and then made sure all of the pencil lines were erased before adding the ink.. once you color over a pencil mark with a Copic marker it's there for good.  Then I colored in my cactus and background... I'd buy that mug!

I decided that my sentiment would be a wall hanging... at first I was going to make the picture on the wall a picture of perhaps a Mrs. Brentwood, but I really didn't have room for that.  So, I pulled up this awesome sentiment and sun that Verve shared during one of the past coffee hops and was able to size it perfectly for my space... 

I've had this window die from Memory Box for quite some time and just hadn't gotten around to using it... why?  I don't have any idea because it's awesome!  I cut my background for my outdoor scene to size and then created my background with my copics.

I wasn't really planning on curtains, but that area needed something because the bottom of the card was too heavy for the top and then I came across the perfect "fabric" for Brentwood's curtains... this was from a paper pad I got quite a while ago too, Happy Day from Pebbles.  Now, there are quite a few awesome printed pieces in this pack...but seriously.. I bought it for the two pieces of coffee cup paper ... lol!  Don't judge... I know you'd do the same!

And finally I knew Brentwood needed a friend to share his morning coffee with.  Don't worry... he's the kind of owl that would much rather drink his morning coffee than chase after mice.  That cute little guy is from CDD and the cactus digi from Bella Parodi was already printed in the perfect size and made the perfect "houseplant" for Brentwood.

So thanks for stopping by again!  I'll be back soon with some more coffee goodness! And don't forget to checkout the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog for all the details about this awesome and fun hop including a huge list of awesome sponsors!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Coffee Hop Day 1 - Brentwood for President!

Woo hoo!  It's Day 1 of the Summer Coffee Lover's Hop!  Yup... and I'm starting mine off with a lot a bit of Brentwood!

This Brentwood was a freebie during last Summer's hop and I pulled him out of my archives because when I saw that cute little digi on his cup it made me think of the coffee cup fun that Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake have going on...  if you're not familiar... Google it... anyway, I needed to print him big so I could fit the other digi on his plain cup....

The digi is available in the shop and it's on sale right now... you can find it here!.

And you can get this hop's freebie right here!  And of course I'll be sharing something with you made with that before too long.... silly!  Be sure to share your creation using it with us too!  Link up to the Coffee Hop...share it in the Jessica Lynn Original Create and Inspire Group on Facebook here and in the Card Making & More Facebook group here!

Isn't this a cute one??  It's Brentwood holding a cup with Brentwood on it... so... it's Brentwood, holding a cup with Brentwood, who is holding a cup with Brentwood...I'm sorry if I'm being ridiculous.. but I just can't help myself!  It makes me giggle... and this Brentwood with a mug will be available in the shop.

I didn't have much room for my sentiment so I settled on this short but sweet one from MFT...

And added this sun die cut that I got in the clearance section at C.C. Designs... love it!

So thanks for stopping and dealing with my silliness... and of course I'm not done... I'll be back with some more Brentwood soon and lots of other coffee cards so come back often... you really shouldn't expect anything but coffee... maybe tea... when you come here for the next week!  And you really should play along... there are tons of prizes and lots of fun and awesome people!  Check out all of the information at the Coffee Lovers Blog here! Come and play with us!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Cutting Cafe Inspiration - Bingo!

Welcome to some Cutting Cafe Inspiration!  This time around we're playing with the Bingo Printable Stamp Sets.  I used the Summer Bingo set along with the Summer Fun Printable Stamp Set to create these two full shaker cards... card shakers?  (You got your shaker in my card... you got your card in my shaker... if you don't know what I'm referring to then look up old Reese Cup if you do, you must have some permanent glitter in your hair like I do.)

The very cool thing about the bingo set is you have a number of choices to print your cards in size and then in black and white or in color.  I printed mine in color and small.  For this card, I just picked two that were in the colors I wanted to match my Doodlebug paper and cut them out.

The sentiment, swim trunks and starfish are from the Summer Fun set and the sailboat is from the same Doodlebug Anchor's Away paperpack that my paper came from... the sun was cut with a die.

For the pink version, I chose bingo cards that were the colors I wanted and the umbrella, flip flops, bikini and sentiment are also from the Summer Fun set.

I used my Fuse tool to create the shaker envelope that the card is encased in.  I've been wanting to make one of these for a very long time and so happy I thought of it for these because I think they're fun!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what my teamies have created for you.  Go to the Cutting Cafe Blog on the 21st and you'll find links to all of their creations.  Also, if you comment on the post on the Cutting Cafe blog, you could win some free files!

Only a few more days 'til the Summer Coffee Hop... if you hate Coffee cards then you may want to stay away for a week or two.. but I sure hope you don't... in fact, I hope you'll play along... you can make cards with a coffee, tea, OR hot cocoa theme and for this hop the additional theme of summer.. join me and play along!  There are lots of prizes.  I know I'll be creating a card or two with my new custom stamp from The Cutting Cafe for sure... see you soon!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

MFT Camp Create 2017-Glitzy Glitter

Last day for MFT Camp Create 2017-Glitzy Glitter!  Great video (again) on the blog regarding adding a special tape to your paper before diecutting and then adding glitter to it after you cut it but before you adhere it... I didn't have enough colors of actual glitter for my liking, so I cut my dies directly from glitter paper... I am filing the video away for later though because I have glitter... and I have the tape.. and I have the dies... I just haven't used them all together yet!  Anyway, here is my project:

One of the cards on the blog has a flamingo on it and I don't have the MFT flamingo, but I did have this Reverse Confetti one that I bought... a while ago... and hadn't used and wanted to ... so I inked it up!  (I got it so long ago that I think it's retired!)   I also used the Reverse Confetti True Love paper pad I got not AS long ago, but it was a while ago also.  That pretty scalloped Rectangle is from My Favorite Things... that set is one of my favorite...

Isn't she sweet?  I had her body and legs all stamped before I remembered I had also bought the!  So since I didn't want to start over, I decided I'd pop up the wing and I love the way it looks so I'm glad I did...

A couple more of my favorite die sets are the leaves you see here... they are from the Leafy Greenery set and it is quite awesome!  I also used the Flourish die from my dry embossing project.  I cut them all of glitter paper since this is a glitter challenge and I have lots of!  I love these paper flowers from Hobby Lobby... they were the perfect addition because they feel a little tropical... I think anyway... but I love them so I keep a bunch hanging around and replenish every time they have a sale.

And this sentiment is from the Reverse Confetti Paper Crane set.  It's got some great sentiments on it and pssst!  It's on sale right now... the Flamingo set also had some great sentiments, however they were too big for my space so I was happy I had these.

And for a little more glitter, I used some glittery gems instead of sequins.. did I mention I love glitter??  Don't fear the glitter!

So I earned this badge:

And I'm done!  I made it through all of the projects for all of the days.. learned some new things for sure... looking forward to my next camp!  Speaking of... this coming Friday is the start of the Summer Coffee Hop!!!  Maybe I should have been getting ready for that?  Nope... it will be a flurry of paper confetti, sequins and glitter all over again!  Come back this week for The Cutting Cafe Inspiration and maybe a couple surprises... idk... maybe...

MFT Camp Create 2017 Bonfire Bonus-Celebrate!

So Friday was a bonus night!  An extra project for MFT Camp Create 2017 Divine Dry Embossing.  There is another fantastic video on the MFT blog to explain the process for this very cool technique... here's what I made:

I used the same Stitched Flourish Die from MFT that was used in the video, however, before I embossed mine, I took my piece of watercolor paper and shook a little bit of Ken Oliver Colorbursts in Turquoise and Tangerine and spritzed with water.  I dried my paper in between applications of the different colors and I may or may not have blotted it and then used my heat gun because I was impatient... it's possible... :) ... 'cause I might be impatient.

I'm playing along with the Paper Play Sketches Color Challenge.. it's how I picked the colors I would use... but honestly this is one of my favorite color combinations so it wasn't really a challenge at all!

Here's a closeup of the dry embossing using my Big Shot.  I didn't have the proper pad, but I played around with some cardboard shims and a different pad that was a little softer and eventually got the right combination.  Thick enough to emboss with a die, but not too thick so that it cuts through.. I was looking for an old mousepad but couldn't find it... I made it work... but I am definitely getting an embossing pad for future use.  I placed the watercolor piece on top of a turquoise piece die cut with an MFT scalloped rectangle and then I layered that onto an orange piece I already had on my desk that was die cut using a CDD Stitched Rectangle.

To keep it simple, I just found a couple pieces of baker's twine in the colors I wanted and went through my stash of badge buttons and found this one.  I love leaving my card fronts a little ambiguous so I can use them for various occasions and be more specific when I stamp the inside of the card.  A few beautiful flower cupped Paper Sweeties sequins in Creamsicle and done!

I forgot to mention my base piece that I embossed with a folder (another form of dry embossing that I did have the correct tools that I bought at my LSS not too long ago... I believe it was from Carta Bella and I LOVE it!

 Now I've earned this badge:

And don't forget to play along with Paper Play Sketches:

MFT Camp Create Day 4-Sensational Sliders-You Rock!

So... OMG... when I saw this Brutus Monroe stamp set at my LSS, Scraps of Love, I think it took me all of 2 minutes to decide Yes!  I definitely need that!  I'd not seen anything like it and I loved it.. that pup that is having such a good time is from the Rockstar Pets stamp set and I am in love!

I had made the watercolored background a while ago for another project and decided it was too dark for that one, but it was perfect for this card for sure!  I die cut it using the Craftin Desert Divas Crazy Stitched Frames set...

And while the stamp set has a couple very cool sentiments on it, I knew I wanted to diecut these stitched letters from My Favorite Things in shiny gold.... they were perfect!

OMG... I love this dog image... and see the texture paste stars in the background... I added those with some gold texture paste... 

There is an awesome video on the MFT Blog about how to make a different type of card that slides, but I went old school with my Stampin Up punch and created this twirly one... and if I had more time I'd post a video here, but he looks pretty cool twirling around on this card....I made this for someone specific... she might have to rip it out of my!

So happy I got this set!

So I earned this badge:

And you can too!  Check out MFT Camp Create!

MFT Camp Create Spectacular Shakers-Life Is Better

Welcome to My Day 3 at MFT Camp Create 2017!  This day is about Spectacular Shakers... and here's what I created:

So this month for the Three Amigos Challenge, the focus is the No Worries paper pack from CTMH (or just the colors/inspiration if you don't have the paper) so I thought I'd use the paper pack and complements for my project.  I also used the awesome Stitched Circle Frames from My Favorite Things for my shaker... I LOVE these frames for shaker cards... the frame is wide enough to add some popup tape with no issues and it's easy... and I love the stitches on this one...

I love all of the patterns and colors in this paper pack and the complements are fun too.. that arrow, the heart and my circle sentiment inside my shaker are all from the Complements pack.  And those pretty sequins are from CDD called Emerald Isle... they were the perfect colors for this one..

The palm trees and leaves are also from the pack of Complements and with a little twine and that pretty flower from my stash... I was done... quick, no stamping, and fun!

This is one of the easiest shaker styles I make... I use the circle frames to cut out my frame... then I used an MFT circle die that was just a little bigger than my shaker window to cut both my acetate piece and my bottom layer of the basket weave.  Stuck the sentiment to the basket weave, placed the basket weave on my card leaving enough room for the additional width of the frame.  Glued my acetate circle to the inside of my frame and added foam tape around it.  Before I peel the cover off, I place (dump) my sequins on top of my sentiment... enough so that it won't cover the sentiment, but it still is "enough"... then I place the window over them without permanently sticking it and try to hold it in place and test out my quantity of sequins... do they fall below the picture or sentiment?  Are there enough?  Sometimes I add more, and sometimes I take some out... this time I got it just right!  THEN I lift my frame up, push the sequins back towards the center so they don't get caught under the frame, peel off the protective covering on the foam tape and stick it in place.  Done!

My biggest and most frequent mistake with shakers is I get my foam tape on the frame and then realize I never added the!!  Start over?  Never!  I just then decide to turn it into a faux shaker... I leave the window open and glue some sequins around inside the circle.

So.... I earned this!

  You really should check this out and play along.. lots of prizes and you don't HAVE to do all of them, but the prizes get bigger if you do... 

I'm also playing along with the Paper Craft Happy Challenge #1-Anything Goes with the option of Summer... you should check it out!