Friday, April 13, 2018

Little Acres and Coffee Loving Cardmakers...Mousie Match!

Hello there coffee loving cardmakers!  I'm thrilled to be joining my teamies on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog and the Designers at Little Acres Creations for a fun collaboration featuring LAC's adorable new set called "Cafe Dreamers".  This little mousie set is just the cutest and I am so excited to see what everyone has created with it!

Little Acres Designs has graciously contributed two $10 gift certificates for two lucky commenters.  Just make sure to comment on each blog post in the hop by Friday, April 20th!  A winner will be announced on their blog as well as the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog on Monday, April 23.
If you've arrived here from Amy's blog, you're off to a great start!  If you're beginning your journey here, don't worry...I've included the complete blogroll at the bottom of my post.
I decided to create a card every mouse would love.  My inspiration was the sentiment...It had me thinking of that little mouse on her coffee (or tea) cup and what she would be dreaming of...Yes...CHEESE, CHEESE, and more CHEESE!  Soooo...I got out my pencil and started drawing some cheese.  After penciling in my cheese lines, I grabbed my Leisure Arts Colored Pencils and my Leisure Arts Watercolor Pencils and got to work!
I started out by coloring that adorable little mouse and coffee/teacup with the watercolor pencils.  After watercoloring, I ran over the image with the colored pencils to give more dimension to some areas.  I set that aside and started coloring the cheese...Oh fun!  
Isn't she cute?!  After coloring her up, I set her aside and marked up the pencil lines with my Staedtler .01 pigment pen and started coloring the cheese with the colored pencils.  After I was satisfied with the color, I fussy cut the cheese and mounted it onto a white card panel.  I used my Misti to position the sentiment perfectly on the panel then gave it two presses of ink.  After that, I just popped the mouse/cup image up onto the cheesy panel with some foam squares.  NO RIBBON.  GASP!  
Such a fun, fun set!  I loved working with this set so much!  I can't wait to play with the mouse on the upside down cup next!  

Did you know that Little Acres is celebrating their birthday?  If not, they're having a BIG BIG HOO-RAH and you are invited.  Check out all the deets on their blog and social media outlets!  
Thanks so much Little Acres for the opportunity to play with your adorable mousie set!  I just LOVE it!  Thanks visitors for stopping by to see my creation, I hope you were inspired!  Please hop on over to Helen's blog for the next stop on the hop!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Hellooooo Weekend! (with A2Z Scrapbooking and Coffee Loving Papercrafters)

Hello there stampers!  Today I'm hopping along with my fellow Coffee Loving Papercrafters Design Team Members and the A2Z designers as we share fun creations featuring Hero Arts digital stamps and A2Z exclusive digital set called "Hug in a Mug".  I decided to mix it up a bit and use some non-coffee related images and pair it with a deeelish iced coffee.  

A2Z Scrapbooking is a licensed online Hero Arts Retailer and also offers a wide array of inky and digi stamp sets and papercrafting products in their ETSY Store.  Hop over to their page and check out all they have to offer!  During this hop, they will be offering their Hug In A Mug digi Exclusive and your choice of Digi Stamp set from their shop and one lucky hopper will win a super fabulous digi prize from A2Z!  Just make sure to leave a comment at each stop along the way (and complete their Rafflecopter giveaway) for your chance to win the prizes.  Commenting will close on Thursday, April 5 at 11:55 PM with winners being announced on Saturday, April. 7th.  

Now, on with the show!  

If you arrived here from Amy's blog, you're hopping along quite nicely.  If not, just continue along from here until you make full circle.  If you want to start at the beginning, click HERE or please see the blogroll at the bottom of my post.  
Yes, I'm sharing something quite different than the norm for me.  I can say that this collection of cards was created using ONLY digital images! I created the collage on my computer using the awesome graphics from the Notes and Dates digital set from Hero Arts and the Iced Coffee from A2Z's exclusive brand new Hug in a Mug digi set.  Can you believe it?  I used NO stamps!  HA HA.
I wanted to create a mix of colors for this collection of cards (I made a set of 24 cards- six of each color) so I used my computer to change the color of the calendar wheel image.  After layering the images to suit my liking, I printed them up on white cardstock.  I then cut the images down to card size and mounted them with glue onto some premade kraft card bases I got from the Target Dollar Spot last year.  After that, I felt a bit guilty for not stamping. I decided to pull out my Copics and coordinate the color of each mug with the color of the calendar wheel.  I also took the opportunity to color that little heart on the banner and added some "coffee" ice to the cup.  I created pastel pink, orange, green and blue cards.  
These cards are going to make fun little notes for random hellos!  
I think I love the blue the most but since I did this digitally, I now have the collage on my computer and can go in and tweak the colors in the future!  WOOP WOOP!  
Wrapping them up all pretty was the finishing touch!  This would make a fun little giftie too, right?!

Thanks A2Z for this fun collaboration.  I enjoyed taking the leap into the digi world again and appreciate the opportunity to play with your new exclusive set!  

Thanks for hopping along with us!  I hope our creations inspire you to have another cuppa joe, get inky and/or digital and play!  Please hop over to my DT partner Helen's blog for the next leg of the hop!

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Dana Gong   

Monday, March 19, 2018

National Craft Month FUN!

Hey there stamping friends!  It's Kerry here and I've got a sweet little layered Easter card to share with you today.  I'm joining the fun this month for National Craft Month and you know, I've just gotta get my craft on!  Soooo...Today, I'm sharing a crafty layered card inspired by the challenge "LAYERS" on the Right at Home blog.  This theme was right up my alley as you probably know me and my creations include layers and layers and layers.  I love layers!  

Since I only have one collection of stamps from Right at Home, I had to dig into my stash of stamps to find something festive and fun!  I just got this plaid paper pack from Lawn Fawn and knew this print would pair nicely with the scalloped card base.  Next, I dug deep to find a fun little bunny to go with the pastels.  I found it in the cute little HELLO SPRING stamp set by A Creative Journey with Melissa.  To color the bunny and carrot, I LAYERED Copic Coloring with colored pencils to create just the perfect touch of color. 

Yes, I love to color so this was fun creating with both medium.  After coloring, I fussy cut the images and mounted them onto the card panel (and the oval diecut). I stamped the little eggs onto the plaid paper and added a bit of sparkle too.  
Of course, I just HAD to add a bit of machine stitching on the card layers too!  

Sooo...What are YOU doing to celebrate National Craft month?  Come play along and have some crafty fun!  Join the #NCMwithRAH challenge!  Check out their blog every day for new inspiration and fun!  I'll try to play along as much as I can and can't wait to see what everyone shares!   I know it will be quite inspirational!  

See you soon and thanks for popping by!