I Just Want to Drink Coffee & Create!

Well, we’ve come to the bottom of the cup for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. It’s been good to the last drop! ’twas an amazing week of crafty creativity, surpassing last hop’s entries already with over 520 entries!

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It’s also day two of The Daily Marker’s 30 Day Challenge #3 – the challenge to color something every day for a month.

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Here is my final card:

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Hop sponsor Just Dandy Studio provided the original printable digi, which you can find here:  http://melissabickford.blogspot.com/2015/09/fall-coffee-lovers-blog-hop.html Notice that she got them in the right order, for most of us need the coffee before we CAN create! Hahaha!

The printable digi actually looks like this:

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But I wanted the colors to be more fall-ish, so I used Corel Paint Shop Pro to change the colors and then printed it on Neenah Astoparche cardstock: Natural.

Then I spritzed it with Tsukineko walnut ink and took a cup and sat it in the ink to ‘stamp’ the coffee stains. I colored the coffee with a Copic marker (E37), covered it with glossy accents for the shine, and added some shading (Copics C1&C3).

I finished by using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L’s E-Z runner to adhere it to a DCWV card.

In addition to the above two hops/challenges, I am also entering this in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-21/

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And that finishes the hop for me, unless I get real ambitious this afternoon and have a second cup of coffee. lol! Unfortunately, I have to get back to all the things I’ve let slide while having fun creating this past week! I hope you’ve enjoyed the cards I made for this hop. Thanks again for all your kind comments! Please stop by from time to time to see what’s perkin’ – or, better still, subscribe so as not to miss anything! : )

-D.Ann

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Sending a Whole Latte Love

There are only two days left to the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! There are already over 500 lovely creations for you to peruse, so feel free to hop on over… there are lots of prizes for submissions and oodles of blog candy, too!

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Today’s card is a simple and fun fall card using the Latte Love free digi from hop sponsor Verve Stamps. (You can find it HERE.) I also used the Vive la Verve Week two September sketch to create this card (You can find it HERE.):

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And the Verve Stamps September Autumn Lovelies color palette (Which you can find HERE.):

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I still had part of that Dunkin’ Donuts sleeve, so addid it in the mix along with a fabric leaf with Wink of Stella brushed on the leaves for some frosty morning shine, since I hear it’s already cold up North. It’s still broiling hot down here in South Florida. Would everyone please step outside, face South, take a deep breath and blow some of that cooler air down here, please!!

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Materials used:

  • Verve Stamps Latte Love digi set, currently free, which you can find here: http://vervestamps.blogspot.com/2015/09/fall-coffee-lovers-blog-hop.html
  • Spellbinders die: Marvelous Squares
  • Copic markers: R29, R89, YG63, YR04, YR24, W3
  • Papertrey Ink ribbon: Canyon Clay
  • Nicole Maple Leaves pack
  • Zig Wink of Stella, clear
  • DCWV card
  • Dunkin’ Donuts coffee sleeve
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive

I am entering this in the following sketches and hops:

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If you missed my posts with blog candy, you can find them HERE and HERE. Thanks SO much for all your encouraging comments and for all my followers, old and new! Tomorrow is the last day of the hop, so I won’t be bothering you near as often after that – until the next hop, that is! : )

-D.Ann

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A New Day Stamped Tote + Blog Candy

‘It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me and I’m feeling good!’ Can’t wait to wake up every day feeling that way! Meanwhile, one can usually get close after a good cup of coffee, no?! Welcome to another day of the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

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Today I have something different for you – a stamped tote. I recently found this cute Natural Threads 10″x12″ tote:

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But the back was plain and begging to be decorated. So, I lined the inside with a plastic bag, pulled out my Spellbinders Nested Tea Cups Dies and traced the cup with a Sharpie permanent marker:

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To get the handle, I die cut it and used the negative to trace:

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Then I grabbed a StazOn Timber Brown Ink pad and a bunch of Unity Stamp Company stamps and went to town stamping. After I was done, I heat set the images, so they should be permanent. I like the end result, do you?

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The saying is the one I opened with at the top of this post.

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Materials used:

  • Spellbinders dies: Nested Tea Cups
  • StazOn solvent ink: Timber Brown
  • Judikins Rubber Stamp Permanent & Fabric Ink Cleaner
  • Unity Stamp Company stamp sets: New Day Rooster, Loving Today (butterflies), Insightful Meadows
  • Sharpie fine point permanent marker: brown
  • Michaels Natural Threads Tote Bag 10” x 12”

I am entering this in the following hops and challenges:

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Now, about that Blog Candy… Who would like to win this 10″x12″ Natural Threads tote?

Pay close attention:

If you would like to be in the drawing to win this tote, please comment ONCE on this very post and use the word COFFEE in your comment. If you don’t use the word COFFEE, then I will assume this just isn’t something you would like to have and will not put your name in the drawing.

As a thank you to my followers both old and new, you may comment a second time letting me know that you are a follower for an additional chance to win.

I will use Mr. Random Org. to choose a winner shortly after the commenting closes on October 4th, 2015, at 3pm Pacific time, 6pm Eastern and it will be announced here on my blog. It is a pet peeve of mine that some people have giveaways and wait weeks or never announce their winners, so I will do my best to be prompt. Please be sure to check back! If the winner doesn’t contact me within 72 hours, another winner will be chosen.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. I look forward to seeing your again in the near future!

-D.Ann

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Whooo Forgot to Say ‘DECAF’?

Good morning and welcome back to another day of the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

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Have you already gotten your free dark roast coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts for National Coffee Day? Perhaps your eyes will look like this little guy’s with the extra caffeine:

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LOL! When I saw this adorable Brentwood Owl Needs More Coffee digi that hop sponsor Jessica Lynn Originals #jessicalynnoriginalstamps is offering for free, I knew I had to make up my own slogan for him! I think my eyes get big and glisten like that when someone slips me ‘high-octane’ coffee after 3pm! Ha!

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Materials used:

  • Jessica Lynn Originals digi Brentwood Owl Needs More Coffee (which you can find here: http://jessicalynnoriginalstamps.blogspot.com/2015/09/FallCoffeeLoversHop2015.html
  • Cloud 9 Design stamp set: Leaves
  • Spellbinders dies: Labels 22 & Decorative Labels 22
  • Versamark Ink
  • Hampton Art embossing powders: Metallic Gold, Metallic Copper
  • Copic markers: C1, C3, E31, E33, E37, E74, E79, Y15, YR02, YR04, YR07, W1
  • Gelly roll pen – White
  • Zig Wink of Stella, clear
  • Pebbles Inc. Pearlescent chalks Jewel tones – brown
  • Papertrey Ink ribbon: Orange Zest
  • Papertrey Ink cardstock: Canyon Clay, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise
  • Neenah Astoparche cardstock: Natural
  • Recollections cardstock: yellow
  • DCWV card
  • Misc. adhesives

If you’re reading this on the day it was published, or a couple of days after, there is still time to join the fun here: http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2015/09/2015-fall-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/

If you’re reading this after October 2, 2015, you’ll have to use a TARDIS or a CHRONOS key to get in on the fun! : )

I am also entering this in Really Reasonable Ribbon’s  RRR Challenge #126 – ‘ORANGE’ You Glad it’s Autumn with Ribbon or Trim – that you can find here: http://reasonableribbon.blogspot.com/2015/09/rrr-challenge-126-orange-you-glad-its.html

And Unruly PaperArts September challenge – Coffee & Cream:   http://www.unrulypaperarts.com/2015/09/september-2015-reader-art-quest-coffee.html

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And, finally, Copic In the Craft Room: https://www.facebook.com/copicinthecraftroom/photos/a.1438012323085136.1073741828.1426623604224008/1730334893852876/?type=3&theater

Whether you’re a new visitor or a follower, I always appreciate your kind comments! Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you back here soon!

-D.Ann

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Sending Coffee – a Hug in a Mug + Blog Candy!

Good afternoon and welcome back to another Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop card.

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TLC Creations, one of the sponsors of the hop, kindly created these fab free digis so I HAD to use them in a fall colored card! : ) This will be a great card to put with a special bag of brew or gift card for someone!

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Materials used:

  • TLC Creations freebie digi word art (that you can find HERE)
  • Spellbinders dies: Scalloped Labels One & Petite Labels One
  • Simon Says Stamp die: Sending
  • DCWV card
  • Recollections cardstock
  • Pebbles Inc Pearlescent chalks – brown
  • Misc. adhesives, ribbon and button

I am entering this card in the following hops and challenges:

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Finally, for those of you patient enough to read this far, I have put together a small blog candy package as a thank you to those who comment on my blog and my followers. Of course, it’s coffee related:

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  • A 4″x8″ magnetic list pad ‘Life begins after coffee’
  • Some goodies for your next card, perhaps the winter coffee hop!
    • Some balsa wood embellies
    • a foot of pink ribbon with brown coffee/tea cups
    • a grab bag stamp from Unity Stamp Company

The details: If you would like to be in the drawing to win this package, please comment ONCE on this very post and TELL ME YOUR FAVORITE HOT BEVERAGE (so I can serve it to you if you appear to be upset. LOL!). If you become a follower of my blog or are already following, you may comment a second time letting me know for an additional chance. I will use Mr. Random Org. to choose a winner shortly after the commenting closes on October 4th, 2015, at 3pm Pacific time, 6pm Eastern and it will be announced here on my blog. It is a pet peeve of mine that some people have giveaways and wait weeks or never announce their winners, so I will do my best to be prompt. Please be sure to check back! If the winner doesn’t contact me within 72 hours, another winner will be chosen.

That’s it for today. I will have more cards for this hop and have more blog candy to come, so be sure and come back (or subscribe so you don’t miss a post!).

Have a lovely evening!

-D.Ann

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I Like Big Cups… and Up-cycling them!

Good evening! I have just finished another card and wanted to get it in just in case I’m too busy tomorrow morning.

This one was inspired by several things. Last month at the Crafting Desert Divas’ release hop they gave away an adorable coffee mouse digi stamp from Too Cute by Jessica which goes perfectly with the Coffee Lovers blog hop. Their current challenge is ‘favorite color combo.’ (You can find more info HERE.)

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Right now my favorite color combo for this card is redish-mauve, tan, brown and cream – which also happen to be a majority of the colors in the current Unruly PaperArts challenge: Coffee and Cream. (You can find the details HERE.)

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I also wanted to up-cycle the glasses on the fun LARGE CUPS that I get my venti green tea frappuccinos in:

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Yes, it’s brown instead of bright green as I have them add raspberry syrup and green and red = brown! After I was done, I washed the cup and cut out the glasses.

The cute mouse made a perfect candidate for wearing the Starbucks ‘sunglasses’ – something we wear even in fall and winter in Florida – and even my barista knows I like big cups as he’ll sometimes throw my venti into a treinta cup rather than throw away the excess.

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I did alter the digi a bit by coloring the nose and feet to make them mauve so they matched better. Then I hand drew dashes and dots around it to frame it. I love how easy Cordinations paper makes embossed images stand out when you sand them! I see that folder as my Venti Green Tea Frappuccinos and my Venti Pumpkin Spiced Lattes! : ) Good thing I’ve learned to make them myself, or I’d go broke!!

Materials used:

  • Too Cute by Jessica – Coffee Mouse digi stamp
  • Sizzix/Tim Holtz Texture Fades embossing folder: On the Go
  • DCWV card
  • Coredinations The Chocolate Box cardstock: Amaretto
  • Neenah Astroparche cardstock: Natural
  • Recollections cardstock – maroon
  • Copic Marker – R89
  • Pigma Micron pen – red
  • Papertrey Ink button – Canyon Clay
  • Faber-Castell Gelato – red
  • Misc. balsa wood doo-dads (they were on long sticks and I cut them off), twine, and adhesives.

This card will be playing along with the following hops and challenges. You can click on the highlighted links to find out more info. on each of them:

Hopefully I will have my blog candy together by the next post – stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by to visit, leaving those encouraging comments and for following my blog if you like what you see – you’re all very much appreciated!

-D.Ann

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Best Friends Fall Coffee Lovers Card – Upcycled Coffee Stirrers

Welcome back to to day two of the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

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For those of you who follow me, you know I always try to upcycle some coffee stirrers in at least one of my Coffee Lovers hop entries.

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For today’s watercolor card I have incorporated some Panera and Starbucks coffee stirrers – the perfect fall combo!

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I have a dear friend who often takes me to Panera or Starbucks for a cuppa’ when we’re out shopping. One of these gals looks a lot like her. The other looks kind’a  like me… in a fun-house skinny mirror! lol! I think I’ll send this to her as a reminder of the fun times we spend together!

Materials used:

  • Inkadinkado Fall Seasons stamp set (tree)
  • Studio 112 stamp set – All Occasions Mini Assortment – 1
  • Strathmore cold press watercolor paper – smooth side
  • Versamark ink
  • Recollections detail embossing powder – ebony
  • Hampton Art embossing powder – light brown
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors – #10, 31, 32, 34, 36, 40, 44, 46, 51, 53, 61, 64,139
  • Sharpie pens – orange and green (to cover where the stirrers were cut off)
  • Misc. cardstock and adhesives
  • Oh- and Starbucks and Panera Stirrers – washed! : )

If you’re reading this on the day it was published, or a couple of days after, there is still time to join the fun here: http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2015/09/2015-fall-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/

If you’re reading this after October 2, 2015, you’ll have to get a time machine or use a CHRONOS key to get in on the fun! : )

I am also joining the fun at these challenges. You can find out the details by clicking the highlighted link(s):

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Thanks to all of you who stop by to visit, those who leave encouraging comments and those who follow my blog – you’re all very much appreciated!

-D.Ann

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