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Coffee Cafe in Celebration of the 300th Sketch for Freshly Made Sketches

Coffee Cafe FMS300

I think my crafty mojo decided it needed an end of summer vacation.  I’ve got so many new goodies to play with in my stamp room, but unfortunately I’ve had no time or energy to speak of lately.  This always tends to happen when life gets hectic and I’ve found a few tips that help with getting my mojo back .  I’ll be sharing those tips at the end of this post, but my first tip is to attempt a simple project.  I find that picking a single stamp set that I haven’t used and pairing it with a sketch  is a great way to start.  For today’s card, I’m using the Coffee Cafe photopolymer bundle and the 300th sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

FMS300

I’m not much of a coffee drinker.  I might partake in the occasional cappuccino, but that’s about it.  However, this stamp set is absolutely adorable and hard to resist.  I love the coordinating Coffee Break Designer Series Paper and there will even be an additional stamp set to coordinate with the dies coming in the Holiday catalog.  You’ll definitely want to add it to your wish list!

Coffee Cafe FMS300

As you can see, the layout is very simple.  The card base is Crumb Cake card stock.  The layers of designer series paper measure 2″ x 4-3/4″ and 1-3/4″ x 3-1/2″.  I accented the card with a corrugated heart, a Garden Green enamel heart, and some linen thread.  The larger coffee cup was stamped in Early Espresso ink onto Crumb Cake (cup) and Early Espresso (lid), then die cut with the Big Shot.  If you are wondering about the smaller cups, they were simply die cut directly from one of the patterns in the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper.  You’ll find the complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

 

 

Coffee Cafe FMS300

Tips for Getting Your Crafty Mojo Back

  1. Clean your work area.  I know this one stinks!  However, I find that if I’m avoiding my craft room, it’s usually because I don’t want to tackle the mess.  It’s much easier to create when your work area is clear.
  2. Don’t look at blogs, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. for ideas.  Sounds counter-intuitive, doesn’t it?  Besides it being a huge time trap, it can also be overwhelming and even demoralizing when you compare yourself to others.  This is why I suggest picking a suite of products and combining it with a sketch instead.
  3. Use a project kit.  When I’ve really hit rock bottom, I’ll grab a kit.  It might be a Paper Pumpkin kit or a card kit from the catalog, but all the hard, creative work is done.  Sometimes, you just need to simply enjoy making something, anything before you can put forth effort to create on your own.
  4. Grab a friend.  Crafting is always more fun with a buddy.  Earlier this summer, I met members of my downline at a coffee shop early on a Saturday morning.  We had a card swap and just enjoyed sharing ideas for an hour.  I know that everyone left inspired to create.  Why not send a card like the one I’ve shared above to your crafty friends and see who might like to spend some time getting inky?

 

I’d love to hear from you.  What do you do to get your creative juices flowing?  Leave me a comment below.

I should have at least one more post for you this week.  Don’t forget to check out the BOGO sale on Facebook.  There are still over 100 great stamp sets to choose from.

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Whole Lots of Lovely #TGIFC 120 Sketch Challenge

Sympathy TGIFC120

Hi Everyone!  I’ve been swamped at work the past few weeks so there hasn’t been much time to stamp lately.  Sadly, we’ve had several patients experience the loss of a family member within the last month and I am out of sympathy cards.  My husband let me know that my next stamping project needed to be restocking our sympathy cards at the office.  I needed something quick & easy, but still beautiful.  The Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper was a perfect fit with the sympathy greeting from the Rose Wonder stamp set.  I paired those two with this week’s sketch from TGIF Challenges to create this clean & simple card.

TGIFC120

I plan to recreate this card with multiple patterns of the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper.  Here are the measurements that I used:

Polka Dots:  1″ x 4-3/4″

Floral:  2″ x 4″

Whisper White:  4-1/4″ x 11, scored at 5-1/2″ (card base)

Whisper White:  4″ x 5-1/4″ (front layer)

Sympathy TGIFC120

I stamped the greeting, label outline, and a couple of leaf images, then die cut with the Rose Garden Thinlits dies and the Big Shot.  An additional flower was die cut from Tangerine Tango to place behind the sentiment.  All in all, this card took just a few minutes to create.

Sympathy TGIFC120 close-up

If you love sketch challenges, color challenges, technique challenges, and more, be sure to check out the TGIF Challenges blog.  We post a new challenge each Friday and our designers are amazing with their inspiring projects.  You are welcome to upload your creations to our blog using the INLinkz at the end of each challenge.  We announce a winner every Friday, too!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

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Monday Montage 98

Welcome back to the Monday Montage blog hop! Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring paper craft projects. Be sure to visit all the stops….you don’t want to miss anything!

 

I have just returned from a relaxing weekend at the lake with my family and friends.  Since I didn’t do any stamping this past week, I am sharing my Card Club projects from July.   We had a Christmas in July theme and I focused on using the Merry Mistletoe stamp set on all of the cards.  These are quick and easy cards that you can whip up with a minimum of supplies.  I’m listing the basic supplies used below.  Of course, I also used punches and dies, but you could easily substitute whatever you already own to recreate any of the cards.  A simple square shape would even work for most of the greetings and/or focal points.

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Merry Mistletoe Merry Mistletoe Merry Mistletoe Merry Mistletoe Merry Mistletoe

 

The tutorial for this collection of cards will be available in the blog sidebar tomorrow.  It includes all the measurements, so you don’t have to figure it out for yourself.  My customers really enjoyed this class and the simplicity of the cards.  I hope you do, too!

You can click the Back button to visit Kaitlyn’s amazing blog or the Next button to see what wonderful project Wendy has to share.

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Rustic Elegance Wedding Card #TGIFC116 Sketch Challenge

Better Together TFIFC116

Hey everyone!  It’s time for another sketch challenge at TGIF Challenges.  You can check out what the other designers created using the sketch below by visiting the challenge blog.  I’d also like to invite you to play along with us and upload your creations.  We love to see how you interpret the sketches.

TGIFC116

This is going to be a busy year for us with weddings and babies.  Tomorrow, we will be attending the wedding of the daughter of my husband’s good friend from high school.  I’m quite certain that we are not old enough to have friends with children that are old enough to get married.  Yep!  I’m definitely getting old!

Better Together Wedding Card

Since we will be giving them a gift card, I wanted to create a beautiful wedding card for the newlyweds.  The background is from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack and lends a bit of a rustic feel to an otherwise elegant card.  I added a few Gold embossed banners using the Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The greeting is from the Better Together stamp set.  It was stamped in versamark, heat embossed with gold embossing powder, then die cut with the Stitched Shapes framelits.  To complete the gold ensemble, I added a scallop layer of Gold Foil cardstock and a wrap of the mini gold sequin trim.

Better Together Close Up

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Have a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Monday Montage 96

Welcome back to the Monday Montage blog hop! Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring paper craft projects. Be sure to visit all the stops….you don’t want to miss anything!

Foil Frenzy Happy Birthday

As you are reading this, I am off on a much needed quick vacation.  It’s been a crazy, busy year so it was definitely time for a break.  However, I find that getting away for a trip can be extremely hectic.  It always seems like there is so much to do before I can leave the house, the office, the dogs, the blog, and so on.  I felt like I had it all under control and then we were invited to a last-minute birthday celebration.   A fast card had to be made!

 

FMS294I used the sketch above from Freshly Made Sketches for my layout and paired it with the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper for some sparkle and bling.  The Happy Birthday Thinlits have become my “go-to” for quick birthday cards.  On this card, I layered 5 die cuts to create the dimension on the greeting.  Instead of gluing them together with liquid glue, I decided to use the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets.  They made this project go even quicker and it was a lot less mess!  You’ll definitely want to use these sheets with your intricate die cuts.

Foil Frenzy Happy Birthday  To embellish the card, I used a few of the Glitter Enamel Dots and some Berry Burst 5/8″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.  This card has just the right amount of bling and was perfect for our birthday girl.  You could easily re-create this card with any of the foil sheets from the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper and you’d have cards for every birthday this year.Foil Frenzy Happy Birthday Close-Up

I want to wish all of you a safe and happy 4th of July!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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