Happy Father’s Day!

A little blue for Father’s Day.

I love the stitching! The mistake turned into details for the card

I love these mover and shakers from PTI! More father day cards to come!

  • Recipe:  CS from PTI, Baby scrapbook paper, Cuttlebug Alpha Die Cuts, White Gel Pen, PTI move and shakers, PTI baby clothes die cut, Cuttle bug flower die cuts, Souffle pen.
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Bite me!

This stamp just cracks me up.

The little elephant’s expression is priceless!

  • Recipe: White cardstock from PTI, Martha Stewart Scrapbook paper, Cuttlekids die cuts, Baker’s Twine, Souffle pens.

Here’s the (ice cream) scoop!

“Tomorrow we can eat brocolli, but today is for ice cream!”

FINALLY, I received my memento ink in tuxedo black and I had to make a card just to showcase it.  Now I know why people love this ink! Within a few seconds, the ink was dry (so cool!) and ready for me to add some color.   For this craft delight, I used a combination of highlighters and sharpies to color the sundaes.  This is my first attempt at using colorful sharpies and I have to say, I am rather pleased with the result.  The pigment from the sharpies are great and my only complaint is that they tend to be a little darker (in color), thus I incorporated the highlighters.

After carefully coloring inside the lines, I added a little red bling for the cherries! How can you not love a sundae with a little bling bling?  I attached the sundae with a mini-pop-dot and after much thought, I stamped on the sentiment “enjoy” which is a part of the stamp!  I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not, so I opted with adding blue bling around it.  Now, I love it.  I think that’s the key to craft-happiness, when in doubt, add some bling!

Helpful tip: If  you really want the texture (i.e. polkadots above) to show up on your cardstock simply add another piece of cardstock to your “bigshot sandwich.”  For example, your sandwich layers will be (top to bottom): Impressions pad, an extra piece of cardstock, silicone rubber pad, your cardstock, embossing/texturz plate, multipurpose pad.  Some people prefer to mist the cardstock with a little rubbing alcohol to get the same effect but the thought of soggy “sandwich” is not appealing to me!  Try this technique out-it really makes a difference!

Coffee, Tea or Me?

Well that choice is easy…Small Caramel Ice Blended with whip please!

I have been searching high, low, near and far for a coffee/tea mug stamp and I finally got my hands on this adorable one! Seriously, the polk-a-dots on the mug are just icing on the coffee cake! Love it!

For this card, I’ve been wanting to try a new technique which is to cut out a stamped image and then place it on top of the same stamped image.  So here, I cut of the  mug and saucer and applied it with a mini-pop-dot.   What I love about this stamp is the “steam” is a part of stamp too!

For the final touches, I added some color coordinating bling which I love love love!  I am also obsessed with my rounded corner punch and have been using it non-stop.  Just seeing a plain square or rectangle card kinda bores me now a days.  I may have to control my urges for next time.

Thanks a latte for visiting!

  • Recipe: All craftstock from Recollections, Studio 18 Rhinestone Strass in Orange, Coffee/Tea mug stamp from Hampton Art, Mary Engelbreit Rhinestone accents in clear/red, Classic Ink from Stampin’ Up Bold Brights in Tempting Turquoise/Regal Red/Only Orange, Polkadot paper from Scrapbooking & Paper craft supplies.

Happy Father’s Day (Part 2)

Dad, you’re the best…at embarrassing me!

As a child, I have distinct memories of my dad trying to embarrass me just so he could have a good laugh!  I can still remember my cheeks flushing bright red and wondering, “Why me?” and “Where can I hide?” lol.   Gotta love dads!

For this card, I started off with my oh-so-favorite orange and was trying to make a 1st place ribbon.   Sadly, I have not yet acquired a scallop circle die cut larger than 2 inches so I couldn’t get that effect!  I had to settle on the circles and added the extra colors for a little pop!  This is not one of my favorite cards but it was worth a post because, well, it’s orange!

  • Recipe: Craftstock from Recollections, Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet die cut, Stampin’ up Circle #2 Original Dies.

Happy Father’s Day! (Part 1)

I know it’s a little early for Father’s day… but shhh! Drink up Dads!

I’ve decided to do a 3-part Father’s day card series because when it comes to dads, you can get away with a chuckle or two!  For every crafter, there are certain colors of cardstock that poses a creativity challenge.  For me, it’s brown or orange.  (Definitely, brown.  No, it’s orange.)  Both have me gripping my hair and saying “argh!” why doesn’t it work?!  So for Father’s day, I thought these would be great masculine colors to inspire some creativity.

Here is where I got the idea for the card and decided to make my own version.  I found the beer mug from Clip Art and loved how the frothy bubbles were overflowing from the mug.  Inspired, I made the white frothy beer bubbles with my circle die cuts and added a mini-dot on the largest bubble for a little dimension.  Overall, I think this will give a dad a little chuckle on his special day!

Wedding Invitation

So remember the post where I was completely thrilled about the wedding invites?  Well, TA-DA!!!

Pocket Fold Invitation: (The t&c represent initials of the bride&groom but today it will be tickle crafts tying the knot!)

Main Invitation Card:

Tiered cards tucked in a pocket:

Overall: (Intentionally left blank because I wanted to show just the template!)

Here are some additional flower designs that can be added to the main invitation.  So many choices, lots of fun! I hope you loooooooooooooooove these as much I do! 🙂

Doggie bookmarks are a hit!

Apparently if you love dogs and reading, I’m the one for you!

I received a wonderful request for more doggie bookmarks!  The list included adorable Scotties (of course), Schnauzers, Golden Retrievers, and Weiner dogs! I got a bit more creative this time and added some embellishments to the border that runs along the bottom half of the bookmark.  I think they turned out great!  I managed to make all of these in one sitting which was exhausting but worth it!

I know these bookmarks will be well-loved! Keep on reading 🙂

I love my abc’s!

What a steal deal!!!

I cannot believe I was able to get these alphabet die cuts for the lovely price of $15 each! Normally, it retails for $80 each and I was willing to pay the sticker price of $39.  You can imagine my delight when I finally made it to the register!!!  Cuttlebug has a variety of alphabet sets if you are interested in checking them out!

I’m really becoming a fan of cuttlebug products because they are simple n’ easy to use and do not require a lot of storage space.  I’m soooooo excited to use these on my next little craft project!  Here is what the alphabets will look like once I crank it through my bigshot:

I am loving my abc’s!