All I Want Is… A Coffee Bigger Than My Head Card

Hello! I’m back today with a really fun NORTHERN Winter Coffee card:


The sentiment originally said ‘chocolate bar’ – which is terrific, but didn’t fit the Coffee Lovers Hop. I cut it apart so that I could put the in the die cut ‘Coffee’ lined with brown instead. Sometimes you can mask a sentiment to do this, but the words in this one were too close. Cutting stamps apart is fairly easy with an X-acto knife and they can go right back together to use as originally intended. It’s an easy way to get more mileage out of your stamps. So far I haven’t been struck by lightening for the sacrilege of ‘maiming’ my stamps. lol!


I thought the flower sequin was just the right size to stick in her hair. That helps draw your eye away from the other side of her face where I added some hair to cover for the fact that I got her face stamped in slightly off from her chin angle…. now she just looks like she might have a bad toothache… of course I shouldda kept MY mouth shut and you probl’y wouldn’t’ve noticed! lol!

Supplies used:

  • Spellbinders Elegant Labels 4 die
  • Verve Coffee die
  • Unity Stamp Co: Hello Love, Angie Girl Faces & Big Chocolate Bar stamps
  • Memento: London Fog, Rich Cocoa, Tuxedo Black
  • Copics: BG13, 018, 45; C1; E11, 23; R20; RV02, 19, 34; YR21, 24
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Core’dinations cardstock – white and teal
  • Scrapbook adhesives by 3l EZ Runner permanent adhesive
  • Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
  • Misc sequins

I’m playing along with the following hop(s) and challenge(s)… click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun!



Stay warm, my dear northern friends and I’ll be back soon!



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It’s Time to Switch to Decaf! Gift Tag

Good evening and welcome back! Tonight’s tag is an owl at sunrise on a wintry day… those wide eyes made him look so hyped on caffeine – even more so with googly eyes!  I just HAD to make up this sentiment to go with a decaf coffee gift box:



Materials used:

  • Unity Stamp Company Owl See You stamp
  • ARTplorations CLOUDS stencil
  • Memento Rich Cocoa dye ink
  • Tombow Dual Brush Markers #025 & 879
  • Pebbles Inc Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • Darice 5mm paste on eyes
  • Tombow adhesive
  • Core’dinations white cardstock
  • Darice twine

I’m playing along in the following hops and challenges:

Before I go, I have another bonus to share… a special little something you might enjoy adding to your coffee to warm you up on cold winter nights. Sort of a DIY Bailey’s:

Irish Creme Liqueur

  • 1 3/4 cup of your favorite liquor (scotch, bourbon, whisky, brandy, or a combo
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Chocolate syrup or 1 Tablespoon powdered cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Put in blender and blend until smooth on low. Keeps up to 1 month refrigerated (maybe! wink-wink)

See you tomorrow!



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Felt Finger Puppets Card

Just popping in with another fun project. This one is inspired by Jennifer McGuire Ink’s Share Handmade Kindness project featuring children this week,


and by Unity Stamp Company’s {Be Inspired} color challenge:


I’ve been wanting to make these finger puppets for my friend’s daughter ever since I got this stamp set from Unity, so I finally sat down and tried it…


Argh… my teal looks more blue than green in these pics. Having a teal elephant was fun… with his trumpeting trunk, he’s a real tattle-teal! (ok, we groan, but the little ones giggle!)

When I first stamped these cuties onto the felt with Staz-On, They didn’t really stand out:


Hand stitching is NOT my forte, but I think they turned out cute enough for little fingers to have fun!

They were mounted on the card with just a glue dot so they could be removed easily.


I think she’ll have lots of fun playing with her new little friends!

Materials used:

  • Unity Stamp Company stamp sets: Roar. Grr. Eek.; Meow. Purr. Baa; Whooty (All You Need is LOVE sentiment)
  • Kunin Group Rainbow ClassicFelt: Walnut Brown, Peacock, Ruby & Smoke
  • CPE Brown Felt
  • Staz-On Solvent Ink: Jet Black and Opaque Cotton White
  • Judikins Pen & Fabric Inc Cleaner
  • Ranger Stickles:
    • Aqua
    • Firefly
    • Fruit Punch
    • Glam Pink
    • Pink Taffeta
    • Rose Gold
    • Tropical Tangerine
  • Ranger Ice Stickles – Silver Ice
  • Ranger Adirondack Dimensional Pearls – Mushroom
  • Versamark Ink
  • Recollections Detail Embossing Powder – Ebony
  • Spellbinders Labels One and Scalloped Labels One dies
  • Misc. Cardstock, thread and adhesives

If you want to check out these two challenges, here are the links:

Unity {Be Inspired} Challenge:

Share Handmade Kindness:

Have a lovely week and thanks for stopping by!



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Thanks for Caring Card

Hello again. I’m back home and just popping in with a quick card I made up for my immunologist who needs some extra encouragement as she faces breast cancer treatments.


(Some day I WILL learn how to re-size my pictures without pixilating them. Sorry!)

Materials used:

  • Unity Stamp Company: Karen Girl Stamp set
  • Spellbinders Labels 20 dies
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Copic Markers: BV00, 02, 04; C1, 5; E00, 11, 31, 33;V04, 12; YR24
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks – Jewel tones
  • My Mind’s Eye – Wild Asparagus Card
  • Tombow adhesive
  • Misc. metallic stickers

This card was made for the following challenges and hops:




Thanks for stopping by today.

Oh, before I go – Crimson Owl Creations and Karen

Ladd…  Now that I’m back, I hope to get your blog candy packages in the mail before the week is over… watch for an e-mail shortly. Thanks for your patience!! : )



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You Are Always There For Me – Cat Lovers Hop & Unity Hop

Good evening! Welcome back for today’s second post. It’s not often that happens! I had so many cat cards, there will be a couple of days on this hop where there are two posts.

Without further ado, here’s a cute card for a loyal friend who is also a cat lover:


I tried adding ‘buttons’ to the back of the recliner, but am not too pleased with the results. I need to practice that some more!

Materials used:

  • Unity Stamp Company stamp: Phyllis Harris – Lean on Me
    • Unity Stamp Company is one of the generous sponsors of the Cat Lovers Hop! Yay!
  • Spellbinders Labels 1 and Scalloped Labels 1 dies
  • Darice paw print embossing folder
  • Copic markers: B21,24,29,39; C1,3,5,7; E00,02,11,31; R20,22,24,29; YR21,24
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Coredinations cardstock Vintage Collection VC Kisses
  • Pebbles, Inc. Chalks
  • DCWV card
  • Misc. Cardstock, button, adhesives.

The little kitty reminded me of Nermal, aka ‘the world’s cutest kitten.’


Speaking of cute kitties, here’s a couple more kitty chuckle for you:



I’m playing along with the following hops and challenges…




If this is your first time here this week, you might want to scroll back to my first post for the Cat Lovers Hop… it’s an extra fun card — and there’s blog candy! (HERE)

I just want to say ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who has left such kind comments lately – they truly are appreciated!!



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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.


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


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:


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


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?


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


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:






***********    giveaway now closed    ***************

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!



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You Are Simply Wonderful Watercolor Cards

No, I am not wonder woman today! I happen to have worked up a 10 minute card for the Unity Stamps release party last week. I liked it so much I made a few more over the weekend, but haven’t been able to post them. Since I’m on a posting roll, I thought I’d go ahead and put them up… here’s what they look like:


This was inspired by a video from Lawn Fawn. on how to get a stained glass look with watercolor. (You can see it HERE.)

I started by embossing on Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor paper.


Then I smooshed my Distress Inks onto an acrylic block, spritzed water on the block and painted the image with a paintbrush.


Since Distress Inks react with water, I covered my butterfly with post-it notes as I only wanted to let the lower colors run and tone down their hue to make the butterfly the star of the show.


I spritzed downward and let the water run into the sink.


Once dry, I mixed my own embossing powder – a shiny golden black – like I’d seen in a quick-tip video from Unity Stamps. (You can see it HERE.) I mixed some gold Perfect Pearls with my detail embossing powder.


Stamp the sentiment in Versamark Ink, sprinkle the powder on, tap off, and apply heat.


An easy-peasy cool look!


Materials used:

  • Unity KOM 1/15 Magic of Beginnings /You Are Simply Wonderful
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Mustard Seed/Peacock Feathers/Picked Raspberry/Spiced Marmalade
  • Tombow: Xtreme adhesive and #685 dual brush pen
  • Recollections Detail embossing powders – ebony/gold
  • Ranger perfect pearls Gold
  • Wink of Stella clear
  • Aileene’s Super Tacky Glue
  • DCWV cards
  • Misc. cardstock, pearl flower beads, and rhinestones

Unity Stamp Co’s Friends With Flair link-up is today. If you want to join in, you can find the details here:

Thanks for putting up with my mega-post day! I’m off to rest a bit!!

– D.Ann


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Fill Your Heart With What’s Important – Mixed Media Tags

Today I have a pair of tags to share. Jenn Shurkus is celebrating her 10th blogiversary and has invited us to copy the inspiration from one of her projects. I chose one of her beautiful tags from March (you can see it by clicking HERE).

Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge this week is Sparkle and Shine, and their Monday Challenge is: i scream for… using the letter i.

So, I put the ideas together and came up with these lovely, sparkly and shiny mixed media tags using some Imagine crafts products, ink and a what’s Important stamp (i words)…

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Thanks so much, Jenn, for the fab idea!

Materials used:

  • Unity Stamp Co.:  January 2015 KOTM: Magic of Beginnings + Take Care of You + Tag – free gift with purchase : )
  • Dreamweaver Large Lace Border Stencil
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Butterflies Tissue Tape
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paints: Peacock Feathers, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry
  • Ranger Stickles: Fruit Punch, Aqua, Distress Stickles – Dusty Concord, and Ice Stickles – Crystal Ice
  • Ranger Liquid Pearls: Dark Chocolate
  • Imagine Crafts Creative Medium: Metallic Gold
  • Imagine Crafts Goosebumps texture spray
  • Versamark ink
  • Recollections Detail embossing powders: Ebony & Gold
  • Recollections Encrusted Jewel kits: Mica & Teal
  • Memento London Fog dye ink
  • Misc glue, ribbon, feathers

Here are the challenges I’m entering this project in, in case you want to join the fun:

I’m glad you stopped by today!



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You Are Simply Wonderful + Blog candy

Hello again!

The coffee themed cards continue with today’s post. Do you have YOUR wonderful beverage of choice in hand?

In case you’re here for the first time, here are the fun blog hops and challenges going on:



Today’s card was also made with color scheme and sketch from the Unity [Be Inspired} Challenge in mind (click HERE for more info.)


And Simon Says Stamp’s May Work It Wednesday challenge of “rainbows” (click HERE for more info.)


I love the fun double entendre of exactly WHO is wonderful… the friend or the coffee! : )

Materials used:

  • Unity Stamp Company stamp: you are simply WONDERFUL
  • Unity Stamp Company stamp: Best Friends {coffee girl}
    • Unity Stamp Company is a Super Sponsor of the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog hop  : )
  • Versamark ink
  • Recollections Ebony detail embossing powder and faux pearls
  • Faber-Castell Gelatos (Only my second attempt at using them. Love the rich colors!)
  • Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles
  • Tombow Xtreme  and mono-dots adhesives
  • Misc. cardstock and puffy heart

I’m entering this card in the following blog hops and challenges:

If you’d like to join the fun at any of the above, just click on the colored text to go find out what you need to do. Happy crafting!

Thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by today!

****************************   But, WAIT, there’s more!!   ****************************

***********    giveaway now closed    ***************

If you’ve been here before, you know I have a small blog candy package to give away:


I figure any coffee loving cardmaker will love these adorable ‘Brewchitecture’ napkins by Jill Seale. One pack is “coffee” the other is “café presse.” And, since we are cardmakers, there’s also a new, small Studio g stamp set: ” delight in little things.”

If you would like to have a chance to win this package, all you have to do is leave a comment on any of my blog hop posts that have “Blog candy” in the title from June 5 – 12, 2015. Of course, I appreciate those who sign up to follow the blog, but it’s not a requirement. If you do sign up to follow, I will give you one extra entry. To sign up, you’ll need to go to the home page and click the box that says “follow” in the right-hand column under the photos. If you’re already a follower, make a second comment telling me so (once during the week). Otherwise, one comment per post, please.  From all the comments left on my blog posts from June 5 – 12 that have “Blog candy” in the title, I will announce a winner, selected at random, on June 14, 2015. (This date is revised from my original post.) The winner will have 72 hours to respond, or I will draw another winner.

May all you WONDERFUL readers have a wonderful day!!


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If Friends Were Flowers – Cards matching engraved spoons

Hello and welcome back!

It’s time to take a break from the flower gardens for a bit and show you couple of cards that I want to enter in Unity Stamp Company’s Friends with Flair link-up.


The link-up closed before I could post them last week. The bleeding hearts are gone now, but they complemented the cards nicely.


I love that I have a stamp that matches the engraved Prairie Whispy Flowers Wooden Spoons at Unity Stamp Company… some day I’m going to learn how to engrave my other stamps myself. They makes for a fun little gift set!


Materials used:

  • Unity Stamp #KOM-3/14 Reason Someone Smiles
  • Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles
  • Darice wood grain embossing folder
  • Versafine ink
  • Inkadinkado Linen White Embossing Powder
  • Glossy Accents
  • Misc. cardstock, burlap, twine, ribbon, Tombow marker and adhesives

If you’d like to join the fun, you can enter the link up here:

Thanks for stopping by today!

– D.Ann

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