Need Help! Please Send Coffee + Blog candy

Good morning!

Are you sitting there with your favorite warm or iced beverage in hand? For those of you who have been following this week, you know I’ve been having fun making coffee themed cards with some watercolor in them. In case you’re here for the first time, here are the fun blog hops and challenges going on:

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Today’s card was also inspired by the Mojo Monday challenge 400 sketch #mojo400 (click HERE for more info.)

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In keeping with the summer coffee lovers theme, I thought… what if a coffee lover were stranded on a desert island? This would probably be the result:

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Tee-hee-hee … makes me giggle!  : )

I water colored the background, Stamped the sentiment and glued the die cut “coffee.” The sandy beach is sandpaper and the rest I drew, colored with Copics and fussy cut.

Materials used:

  • Strathmore watercolor paper, cold press
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors Nos. 51, 61, 64
  • Verve Chocolate stamp set
    • Verve is a sponsor of the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop : )
  • Memento dye ink – rich cocoa
  • Copic markers B21 BG15 C3 C5 C7 E3 E37 G99 YG63 YG67 W5
  • 3M 60 grit sandpaper
  • Tombow Xtreme  and mono-dots adhesives

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!

I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by today!

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

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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 an 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. 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.

Bye-bye! Have fun stormin’ the blog hops today!!

-D.Ann

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Coffee Cat, happy accident + Blog candy

A hearty welcome to both new and regular visitors stopping by today!

If you were here yesterday, you know there are a several fun blog hops and challenges going on this weekend…

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Todays card also took inspiration from

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Anyone can join these fun events, so head on over and check them out!… But, wait! You’ll want to go there AFTER you’ve gotten to the end of my post as there is a blog candy giveaway! (I”ll put the links at the bottom of this post too.)

As those of you on Instagram know, this card started out with a disaster… I had picked up a watercolor card pack on clearance and was trying the ‘smoosh’ method with some dye inks, but as it dried, it started flaking and peeling. Whaaat?! Then I reread the box… DUH it was watercolor ‘texture’ PRINTER paper. Argh! (Note to self: always read FIRST!). However, I used a spray finish to stop the peeling, stamped and fussy cut a nifty tabby kitty named Newton. So not all was lost! Yay!

Note to tea drinkers and puppy lovers… I love tea and puppies, too. I just thought this naughty, hyperactive kitty needed to be a COFFEE cat with an attitude. >^.^<

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I didn’t have flowers the color I wanted, so I took my Copics and colored some white flowers with teal words to give a little summer pop to the card.

Materials used:

  • Newton’s Nook Designs – Naughty Newton stamp set
  • Spellbinders dies – Tea Cups, Romantic Rectangles
  • Heartfelt Creations – China Fragments stamp set
  • Papertrey Ink Dye Inks: Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Terracotta Tile
  • Memento Dye Ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Versamark ink
  • Inkadinkado Linen White embossing powder
  • Copic markers R20, R32, R35
  • Prima Calypso flowers
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner & Crafty Foam Tape
  • Canson watercolor texture PRINTER paper… hahaha!
  • Krylon clear finish
  • Misc. cardstock & pearls
  • Sentiment was typed & printed off the computer

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

If you’d like to play along with any of these, just click on the colored text to go find out what you need to do. Have fun!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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

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

For those of you patient enough to get this far, I have a small blog candy package to give away:

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As I said yesterday, 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 from now through June 12, 2015. Of course, I appreciate those who sign up to follow the blog, but it’s not a requirement. 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.

Have a fun day!

-D.Ann

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Caffeine Loading…. Please Wait! + Blog candy!!

Whether you’re a regular reader or a newbie stopping by from the blog hops today… Welcome!

Today I’ve got a card that I made for the SUMMER COFFEE LOVERS BLOG HOP (click HERE for more info), and for the WATERCOLOR BLOG HOP hosted by PRETTY PINK POSH (click HERE for more info.) that I heard of while trying to keep up with TheDailyMarker.com‘s 30 DAY COLORING CHALLENGE (click HERE for more info.).

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Anyone can join these fun events, so head on over and check them out!… But, wait! You’ll want to go there AFTER you’ve gotten to the end of my post as there is a blog candy giveaway! (I”ll put the links at the bottom of this post too.)

This card was also inspired by the Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY CHALLENGE June sketch:

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For those of you not interested in the details, feel free to scroll on to the end, I won’t be offended. ; )

Coloring this was a learning experience as those of you who have been following it on Instagram know. It was the first time I’ve tried doing a blonde with Copics.

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After I got her done, I realized I wanted a rich blue watercolor background. She wasn’t on watercolor paper, so I knew the ink would absorb to a lighter color, but  I decided to try.

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First I masked her off with Fineline Masking Fluid. Being Miss Frugal, I only outlined her to keep the watercolor from intruding into the already colored area. The mask goes on green, then turns clearish as it dries and rubs off when you’re done. I found out later why the pros mask the entire image… it DOES lift a tiny bit of the color. : (

Next I grabbed my Yasutomo metallic watercolors and put a wash of the darkest blue on. I knew they’d be lighter, but was highly disappointed with how light…

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I was recently given a set of Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors that everyone has been raving about. I really wanted to play around a bit and get better at water coloring before using them, but I wanted my bold blue background, so pulled them out…

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No wonder everyone raves about them! The happy accident that I couldn’t catch on camera is that the metallic Yasutomo mixed in and gives it a nice shimmer. It makes me giggle when I looked at her in this pic as it looks like she’d decided to start not just a facial, but a whole body mask… hmmm… wonder if… nah! Hahaha!

Once dry, I started rubbing off the mask… Unfortunately the picture doesn’t capture how it lightened the coloring. It was easy to fix, though. Just had to take the Copic markers back over those areas and blend.

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I also added in a little bit of steam from the cup. : )

Put it all together following the sketch from Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps and added the fun embossed sentiment from Ms. Kimm Creates: Daily Brew… it was Blog candy I won from the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop… thanks again, Holly of KopyKat Creations!

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Materials used:

  • Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps: Angie
  • Ms. Kimm Creates: Daily Brew (sentiment)
  • Memento  dye ink: London Fog
  • Copic Markers: B21, B24, B29, C1, C3, C5, E000, E00, E02, E11, E31, E33, E79, G02, G05, YR02, YR04, YR07, YR21, YR24
  • Fineline Masking Fluid
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors
  • Yasutomo metallic watercolors
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner
  • Misc. cardstock, doily, and pearls.

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

If you’d like to play along with any of these, just click on the colored text to go find out what you need to do. Have fun!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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

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

For those of you patient enough to get this far, I have a small blog candy package to give away:

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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 from now through June 12, 2015. Of course, I appreciate those who sign up to follow the blog, but it’s not a requirement. 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.

Now, off you pop to the rest of the hop! Have fun!!

-D.Ann

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