Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop – CDD First Sip Card and EDIBLE stamping

Hello and welcome back deer peeps!

(** NOTE: if you are looking for the post with details on my Guest Designing for CropStop, click HERE**)

It’s that time again — time for the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop! Woo-hoo!

 

You’ll want to click on the Bloghop logo above to go read about how you can join the fun and about all of the wonderful sponsors and prizes!

I’m starting off with an experiment. I wanted to try stamping on cookies…. yep! EDIBLE stamping!! I started my experiment with some inspiration from Craftin’ Desert Divas Monthly Mood Board:

   

I stopped by the store and picked up some yummy spring colored macaroons – those small, circular, light-as-a-feather French confections (not the divine coconut drops). Then I gathered some supplies:

  • Wilton gel food colors
  • Sunny Side Up Bakery gold luster dust
  • Wilton imitation almond extract
  • Wilton food safe brushes
  • Craftin’ Desert Divas Coffee Break and Peek-a-Boo Animals stamp sets

I tried spreading the gel food coloring mixed with a drop of almond extract real thin on aluminum foil and pressing the stamp into it, then onto the macaroon.

I wish I’d’ve had a food safe brayer. It was tough to get the right consistency and get good coverage. The black worked better – perhaps because I spread it thinner. (It worked even better after it had set out a while and gotten tacky.) Next came coloring. Any time I accidentally touched the black, the black color immediately bled into it. It was, indeed, a learning experience! The kids who ate these were way more pleased with them than I was!

A few more things I learned…

  • Don’t press too hard or the macaroons will crack. The surface isn’t flat, so you do have to ‘rock’ your stamp… try to do this only once to prevent a double image.
  • The gold luster dust makes for a TERRIFIC shine. put a little on the foil with a drop of almond extract, mix and pick up with your brush. When mixed with black on a stamped image, it makes a pretty  silvery-gold.
  • On the pink cookie, I tried wiping the gel around, then stamping, then filled in the teapot with gold dust. The wiped areas almost look like they were airbrushed.

 

I then went on to make a card with the same stamps (and color scheme), adding in the Simon Says Stamp challenges for multiple layers/dies/stamps.

Tip: If you have a Spellbinders die, like this one, that is too long for your card, you can find a place to cut it and shorten it like I did. Under the next layer, the cut lines are hardly noticeable:

I love how Flower Soft makes great pollen-y stamen centers for these sweet flowers!

Card Supplies used:

  • Craftin’ Desert Divas Coffee Break and Peek-a-Boo Animals stamp sets
  • Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles, Divine Eloquence, and Cinch & Go flower dies
  • Core’dinations Parisian Nights A2 pink card
  • Core’dinations cardstock – pink yellow and green
  • Memento dye inks: Rich Cocoa & Rose Bud
  • Aqua Blend pencils (by Spectrum Noir): Carrot, Ginger, Parakeet, Petunia, Strawberry
  • Spectrum Noir Metallic pencil: Pink
  • Spectrum Aqua pen: Rose Pink
  • Flower Soft – Daffodil
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Recollections Faux Pearls

I’m playing along with the following challenges… click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun…

I’m happy you could stop by today! I’ll have several posts up over the next few days, including some FLOWER stamped macaroons that turned out MUCH better — so do plan on stopping back by. If you don’t want to miss any posts, please subscribe! Thanks!!

~D.Ann

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Art Impressions Stay Balanced with Chocolate – Speedy Recovery Watercolor Cat Card

Welcome sweet peeps! I WAS going to use this cat stamp for the final card of the Cat Lovers Hop – That’s how I feel already, so I know tomorrow, I WILL be flat on my back, for sure! However, I needed a card for a cat-loving/chocolate-loving friend who got home from the hospital yesterday. (Hence my absence.) This one came together quite quickly with the help of the Art Impressions Watercolor stamps.

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Here’s the inside sentiment, which may be the best part of the card:

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I am very determined to lead a balanced life! lol!! I think she’ll love this with a little box of chocolates, don’t you?!

You’ve heard of cats having shiny coats? I gave this cat one with those metallic watercolors:

 

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I’m still getting used to the AI watercolor stamps. I know watercolor is supposed to be soft and a little blurry, but once I add water, they loose too much definition. Finding the right balance of water is tough for me. I like that they don’t require a lot of water and so dry quickly with little warping of the paper. My fix for now is to re-stamp over the blurry areas to add a little definition.

Tips for adhering 140# watercolor paper to a card without warping.

  • Use 110# paper (or heavier) for the card base
  • Use Tombow Xtreme adhesive. It takes a bit to get used to flicking off to the side before lifting up (and to remember to do it!), but it is super strong!! I’ve had it straighten out warped watercolor paper once adhered to the card base.

Yes, those are real mini m&m’s – what a waste of chocolate!! I looked for mini bonbon stickers or buttons, but couldn’t find any and the ones I tried to make with drops didn’t look right, so this was the next best thing. I GUESS I can sacrifice 4 mini chocolates for a good cause! (You have no idea what a good friend you are!!!) Hahaha!

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Supplies used:

  • Art Impressions Zoo Crew Feline stamp set
  • Art Impressions Watercolor stamp sets: Flower, Foliage, and Chest of Flowers
  • Art Impressions sentiment stamps
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers – Floral set: Blossom, Bud Green, Heather, Leaf Green, Marigold, Orchid, Rose Pink
  • Yasutomo metallic watercolors
  • Memento dye ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Canson cold press 140# watercolor paper
  • Core’dinations 110# cardstock – white. 65# cardstock – gray
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive
  • E6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive
  • Mini M&Ms 4 for card…. rest for cardmaker!! : )

I am entering this card in the following hops and challenges – click on any one for the details on how you can join the fun:

Oh, before I go, I’d like to introduce those of you who haven’t seen them to the Simon’s Cat videos. I didn’t get an interview, but they are still worthy of mention… They are short and ever-so-sweet! No matter how many times I see them, they make me laugh!! I recommend just scrolling down the video list on his YouTube channel and starting at the beginning. Here’s one every cat owned crafter can relate to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV3SWjrt2rE

I can’t believe tomorrow is already the last day! I do have at least one more fun post planned for you, so don’t forget to stop back by!!

~D.Ann

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