Top 10 card projects for 2017

Hello crafty friends,

As the year winds down it is great for reflection on the projects throughout the year.  If you have only recently started following my blog, you might have missed out on some of my most popular posts of the year.  If you'd like to go back and see these again, I'm posting the link to the post by each photo.

So let's get started:

1. Mother's Day Card

7.  Scenic Noel card

8.  Gooey Halloween Cauldron Card

9.  Snarky Christmas Globe Card

P.S. I am going to give away a $15 gift certificate to a lucky commenter to So Suzy Stamps - they have a fun collection of stamps for all occasions!  Please leave a comment telling me what your favorite of these 10 cards are below.  Comments must be posted by 12-31-2017 and the winner will be randomly drawn and the winner will be posted around January 2nd on my blog.

Good luck and thanks for visiting!!


So Suzy Stamps for Winter Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop

Hello crafty friends,

It's that time when all of us crafty "coffee loving" cardmakers get to strut our stuff along with all other "cool" people at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers hangout.  I'm excited to be part of this through So Suzy Stamps - one of the super sponsors of this hop.

Today I have a card style that I absolutely love and don't make nearly often enough - the clear card.  It starts from a clear card base (a plastic material rather than true cardstock) and can be decorated to be varying degrees of see-through based on how you decorate it.  In this version I only left the top 1" totally clear (as you can see because the tree in the background is visible).

My clear "cardstock" is actually from an office product used for creating report covers.  It's very thick so it easily stands on it's own.

I decorated by adding a thick wired ribbon around the front part of the card base.  I used a double sided dry adhesive tape to secure the ribbon instead of a wet glue so that the ends meet in the middle on the front of the card, which is then disguised by the coffee cup.

The coffee cup on my card was one I created without any dies or stamps.  I used some dark red cardstock as the base.  the simplest way to do this would be to start with a rectangle, then cut at an angle using a paper trimmer so that it tapers down. I stamped this little snowflake trio stamp from So Suzy several times in Versamark ink, then embossed with white detail embossing powder to make it really pop.

To create the band that encircles the middle of the cup, I used kraft paper which I also stamped with Versamark with the same snowflake stamp, then added gold embossing powder and heat set.  In order to get the corrugated effect, I used a tool that I've had literally "forever".  It's called a paper crimper by Fiskars - you just roll paper through the two metal bars and it gives it a corrugated look.  I trimmed it to make sure that it was just the right size to match the red cup.

The lid of the cup was also just hand trimmed from white cardstock.  the "raised" part of the lid is a piece of fun foam cut into a thin strip and glued on to give it dimension.

The tree stamp used is from So Suzy and it is perfect for this hop because there are little words all over the tree that say "espresso - latte - cafe - etc".  Here I stamped it in Versamark onto vellum then heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  Next I fussy cut around the tree and adhered it to the right hand side.

The holly berries are tiny red pom moms.  The leaves are from a leaf die cut set that were cut from a sparkly green cardstock.

I added a strip of vellum along the bottom on the inside of the card front so the bottom was not see through.

Bonus - there is a sale going on at So Suzy Stamps celebrating this hop - please be sure to visit and take advantage of this while you can!

Click here to check out all the fun coffee stamps at So Suzy including the tree stamp I used today.

I couldn't resist adding a photo of my favorite coffee mug (BB-8)

Thank you so much for stopping by today!


Encouragement card for Tic Tac Toe Challenge #27

Hello crafty friends,

It's that time again!  Another fun challenge with the Tic Tac Toe X team and since this week's board is one I created I decided to go all out and use all 9 elements this time!  This is definitely a mixture of lots of different products from different companies.

I used this Simon Says Stamp set to create an encouragement card with a lady in mind.  I have found there are and have been many inspirational women in my life.  I think it's definitely true that women are strong and the sentiment I used is a saying from Eleanor Roosevelt that I just "had" to put on a tea bag made of vellum for today's card.  In my photo (very back) is one of the floral tea cups my late great grandmother had - I claimed this set after she passed.  She was definitely the epitome of a strong woman!!

I also love supporting the products from companies that have been started by other women and their small businesses.  I do appreciate the wonderful variety of crafty things that are available to all us crafters - there is no lack of stamps and other supplies that help us bring our paper craft creations to life.

Note:  I've linked below to the products used in this project.  Affiliate links are used when possible - if any are used to purchase these products I may make a small commission at no additional cost to you - I only use products that I like and recommend and have purchased all items used for this project personally

I started this card with a base of circle patterned paper from my stash and die cut a big circle out of the middle of it.

I stamped the tea cup and saucer multiple times in Versamark onto a coral colored solid piece of cardstock, then added white detailed embossing powder and heat set to go behind the opening.

Next I die cut the yellow frame from the largest die in this Avery Elle die and glued that on top of the pattern paper.

The tea bag was not created from a die cut - since the shape is simple I used a piece of vellum and cut it to a rectangle about 2" x 4.5".  I folded it in half, then I scored it on either side of the middle fold, then folded it so there was sort of an accordion fold on the bottom that looks like a W when you see it from the side.  I took my detail scissors and hand cut a little notch on either side at the top.

I added a little piece of patterned paper at the top of the tea bag, punched a hole, then added a pastel green ribbon through the hole and added a knot  I glued down the tea bag by adding adhesive under the paper piece (not the vellum) and on the knot.  I weighed down for awhile with a stamping block until the glue had dried enough to stay in place.

I added my layered panel to an A2 sized white card base.

Inside the card I stamped this Reverse Confetti sentiment saying "you've got this" to complete the card with their Bellini ink.

In order to fulfill the felt requirement I added a coral felt heart at the top right side.  The felt is from Taylored Expressions.

I hope that this will inspire you to send a special note or card to a special person you know who needs some encouragement right now.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!