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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.


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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Product List

Big Shot


Linen Thread


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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.

Product List

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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Control Freaks Blog Tour: Featuring the Color Theory Suite

Control Freaks Welcome

Welcome to the Control Freaks monthly blog tour! This month’s theme is New Catalog.

My blog is sandwiched nicely in the middle of this blog hop, so you may have just visited the blog of the extremely talented, Debbie Henderson.  She’s always got such wonderful ideas and I love her work.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post to follow along to your next stop.

Color Theory Suite Cards with Custom Holder

It’s been many years since I have had a Monthly Stamping Club, but this month marks its return.  I wanted to create a project that would delight my newly committed club members, most of whom are card makers.  I’ve been working on this project for the last month and it has finally come together just the way I envisioned it.  The project begins with a simple card holder tied together with some beautiful Crushed Curry 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon.

Color Theory Suite Cards with Custom Holder

When you untie the ribbon, the holder opens to expose two inserts holding 2 cards and 2 envelopes each.  All of the cards feature the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set, Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, Color Theory Designer Series Paper, and the Glitter Enamel Dots.

Color Theory Suite Cards with Custom Holder

I created a card for each season by choosing a different color scheme for each one.  The colors in the Color Theory Suite are Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Old Olive, and Berry Burst.  As you can see, there is a lot of variety in this product line.

Color Theory Suite Cards with Custom Holder

If you’d like to get a closer look at the individual cards, I’ll be sharing them all this week on my Instagram account, thestampdoc.  I’ll also be sharing information in my weekly newsletter on how you can get the tutorial and card supplies as a gift with purchase through July 31st.  You will also be able to purchase just the tutorial if you would like to use it for personal use.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter to learn more about this project.


Your next stop on this blog tour is to the other Melissa……Melissa Davies!  I’m sure she’ll be blowing us away with another amazing project this month.

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Lovely Friends Sneak Peek Mojo496

Lovely Friends Stamp Set

Lovely Friends is a new stamp set that will be available in the upcoming 2017-2018 Stampin’ UP! annual catalog.  It features some big, bold greetings, as well as some simple 2-stamp images.  When I saw this week’s sketch from Mojo Monday, I knew the Lovely Friends stamp set would be a perfect fit.



“Good Friends are Hard to Find” was stamped in Smoky Slate ink onto Whisper White card stock.  I stamped it a second time in Powder Pink ink and cut out the word “FRIENDS” to place over the greeting to make it stand out.  I chose a color combination from the 2017-2019 IN Color Combination Sheet (free to email subscribers).  This combination is Smoky Slate, Powder Pink, So Saffron, Soft Sky, and Calypso Coral.


Lovely Friends Sneak Peek


Larger flowers were stamped in Powder Pink and So Saffron.  I stamped off first for the solid part of the flower, then stamped the outline at full strength in each color.  Smaller flowers were stamped the same way in Calypso Coral ink.  The final stamping was the Soft Sky cluster of dots and I accented the card with a few Soft Sky enamel dots.


Lovely Friends Close Up

The patterned paper is from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.  You can see another card that I created with this paper HERE.  I also added Calypso Coral and So Saffron card stock banners to the bottom of the card.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough room to repeat the banners at the top of the card.

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New Powder Pink Paired with Eastern Palace Suite

One of my favorite color combinations is to pair a light pink with a shiny gold.  The new In Colors for 2017-2019 features a super soft and light pink shade called Powder Pink.  Since the Eastern Palace suite is now available for purchase, I wanted to show you some alternative color combinations and looks that can be created with these products.  I’ve got a few more cards to share later this week and you should definitely check out this card.

Powder Pink Eastern Palace

The layout from today’s card was inspired by my friends at Freshly Made Sketches.

It took 2 different dies from the Eastern Medallions Thinlits die to create the medallion on this card.  I stamped some ink splatters around the edges of the negative image in Powder Pink ink.  The greeting and the splatter image are both from the Eastern Beauty Photopolymer stamp set.  Another new product featured on this card is the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.  I cut 2 small strips of the Powder Pink Floral patterned paper to accent the medallion.  This paper stack includes floral patterned paper in all 5 of the new In Colors.


Eastern Palace in Gold and Powder Pink


There are several touches of gold on this card.  First, I sandwiched the die cut top layer and card base with a Gold Foil Sheet so that it would show through the negative image.  I added a swirl of gold metallic thread behind the greeting.  And finally, I scattered a few Gold Vinyl stickers around the focal point.


Eastern Palace in Powder Pink Close Up

The Eastern Palace Suite of products is now available for purchase in 2 exclusive bundles.  Both include a FREE gift!

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You’ll be able to purchase the Powder Pink stamp pad, card stock, marker, and the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack on June 1st.

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