Thursday, December 18, 2014


The winner of my Coffee Lovers Blog Hop prize box is....

Oh, I love the soft colors and all the yumminess, Gloria!!! I NEED that whipped cream!!!! Thanks so much for sharing your work and for offering the lovely blog candy!
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Congratulations, Janis! I will be sending you a medium flat rate box filled with Christmas goodness! Please email me at to claim your prize! 

You will also receive the card I made for the hop, without the Starbucks gift card, since my daughter already used it up! {grin}

Thanks to everyone for playing along! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday - Two Turtle Doves

Good morning! It is time for Heartfelt Creations Wednesday! Make sure to visit the Heartfelt Creations Blog for all the inspiration! I am still on a mission to create Christmas cards from the newest collection, Romantique Garden. Last week I shared my "7 swans a-swimming" card (which you can see HERE). I decided to try my hand again, and created a "two turtle doves" card for you!    

I used the Romantique Garden Love Bird Hangout PreCut Set along with an older paper collection from 2013, Countryside Evening Paper Collection, which is NOT being retired yet. I love dark blue, so I decided to make a blue, white, and silver Christmas card! When you live in Southern California, your Christmas is not the same as in other snow for one thing! So I tried to show a bit of California with all of you! {wink}

To make this card for yourself, create a 6" x 6 1/2" card by trimming flag blue cardstock to 12" x 6 1/2". Score at 6" to make a top-fold card. Cut blue Countryside Evening paper to 5 3/4" x 6 1/4". Distress the paper edges. Mat with white cardstock, cut to 5 7/8" x 6 3/8". 

Wrap the panel with white sparkle satin ribbon, approximately 1" from the top of the panel. Secure the ribbon at the back of the panel. Attach the panel to the card front. Gently fold up the bottom right corner of the Countryside evening paper to expose the white cardstock. 

Cut cream Countryside Evening paper to 4" x 4". Distress the paper edges. Mat with flag blue cardstock, cut to 4 1/8" x 4 1/8". Mat again with white cardstock, cut to 4 1/2" x 4 1/2". Gently fold the upper corners and the lower left corner to add to the "distressed" look. Attach the panel to the upper left corner of the card front.

Stamp the Love Bird image from the Love Bird Hangout PreCut set onto white cardstock with black dye ink. Color the image with alcohol markers in a blue and cream color scheme. Color or sponge the background in palest blue ink. 

Using the Spellbinders Ovals Grand Nestabilities, cut out the image. Cut out a larger oval from flag blue cardstock. Distress the edges of the blue cardstock oval. Attach the bird image to the blue cardstock oval with foam squares. Attach the stacked ovals to the center of the card front with foam squares.

Create a computer-generated sentiment and print onto white cardstock. (I used "Just Another Typewriter" font.) Cut out the sentiment with the Spellbinders Fancy Tags Three die template. Sponge with Faded Jeans distress ink. Attach the sentiment to the lower left edge of the bird image using foam squares. 

Add glitter glue to the birds and the cream flower centers. Add dots of glitter glue to the sentiment die cut. Allow to dry. 

Create a loopy bow from glitter satin ribbon. Glue to the upper left edge of the ovals. Tie a loopy bow from glitter twine and glue to the top of the ribbon. Cover a snowflake button with glitter glue and allow to dry. Attach the button to the top of the twine. Add a blue pearl to the top of the button. 

Trim white cardstock to 5 7/8" x 6 3/8" and line the inside of the card. Add a message or sentiment.

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:
HCPC 3639 Love Bird Hangout PreCut Set
HCDP1 229 Countryside Evening Paper Collection
452064 Spellbinders Ovals Grand Nestabilities
452255 Grand Calibur

Other Products Used: 
Other die templates: Spellbinders Fancy Tags Three
Cardstock: WorldWin Smooth Flag Blue, White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Faded Jeans
Alcohol markers: various Copic
Glitter glue: Ranger Stickles Star Dust
Ribbon and twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon white satin with silver edge, iridescent white metallic string
Self-adhesive pearls: Recollections blue
Snowflake button: craft store
Tools: Prima paper distressing tool
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape, Beacon Fabri-tac, Scrap Perfect Best Glue Ever, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

Monday, December 15, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #22

Good morning! This project is for Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #22. I have a nice, long tutorial for you today, so grab a cup of something warm, and join me!

Challenge #22 Have a Nice Trip!
Many of us travel around the holidays, so let's celebrate our adventures! Dig into your hoard and find some items that are vacation or travel themed. Do you have a hoard of cruise ship ephemera? Do you have a box of transportation stamps? Do you have a stash of camping themed papers? Or piles of Disney embellishments? Show them off! Create a vacation or travel themed project for us!

I have created a lot of travel themed projects over the years, so I was a bit stumped at first about what to make. But I saw a little paper bag mini album on Pinterest. I have no idea who "invented" these, but the first one I saw was made by Stef Miller. I thought, ok I will make one of those guys! I have a huge hoarded stash of paper bags in all sizes! Here is how mine turned out!

This album is approximately 3 1/2" x 7" and just a simple, quick and easy project! I spent a lot of time on choosing my papers and decorating the front, but all in all, it is not a "worky" project.

Here is a side view. I just adore how this turned out. It is perfect to add a few photos and some journaling. You can change up the theme and give this a a birthday "card."

I used mostly Heartfelt Creations papers. I love the Once Upon a Time and Celebrate the Journey collections. They are stunning! I also added a tiny bit of Graphic 45 Come Away With Me. I tucked a few images from the G45 collection under the Journey ticket. {Yes, I have a ton of hoarded paper! It makes for a serious storage issue!}

I also have a tiny issue with hoarded flowers. Just a tiny.....issue...

I used some Spellbinders and Heartfelt Creations dies to cut out my circles and tags. 

I bet you want to know how I made this guy, right? Well, here goes!

You need two black treat bags, approximately 3 1/2" x 6 3/4". I purchased these at Michael's in the gift wrap selection. Every time I go there, I look for these and purchase them in kraft, white, and black. They have lots of colors, but black is almost always out of stock, so if you see them, grab them!

Lay Bag #1 so that the bottom fold is to the left. Score Bag #2 at 1 1/2" and 2" from the bag opening. Score lightly, as you will GENTLY fold the bag to make the right-hand "spine."

Place some double-stick tape on the back of the opening of Bag #2. Slide Bag #2 into the opening of Bag #1, up to the first score line. Use a circle die or punch to create a cut out tab into Bag #1 as shown. 

Gently fold the bag on the score lines. The opening of Bag #2 will come just flush with the end part of Bag #1. We will tuck the bag under the flap to form a closure. 

I needed to add a bit more to my bag book, so I created a flip page from some black cardstock. Cut black cardstock to 3 7/16" x 5". Score on the short edge at 1". Place double-stick tape on the small flap.

Tuck the cardstock flap into the opening of Bag #1 to form a flip page. The open mini measures approximately 3 1/2" x 12 1/2". 

You may need to add a piece of decorative paper to the cover just to make sure that it will tuck snugly under the flap of Bag #1. Here is the cover before I added the flowers and other items. 

I decorated the "flap" of the cover with paper and flowers. With the cover open, Bag #1 becomes the fist page, and it is also a pocket page. 

I tucked a few tags and journaling spots into my bag pocket.

To make the larger tag, I cut down a Graphic 45 regular tag, then covered it with paper.

The next page is the cardstock flap that I made. I used foam squares to pop the clock image off and act as a tag holder.

I used Heartfelt Creations Luggage and Tags die to cut the tags.

I created another tag holder by popping the circle and mini tag with foam squares.

I love how this little page turned out! {yes, I think I am soooo clever!}

The last page is actually Bag #2. The bag bottom creates a flap, which I used as a journaling spot holder.

This paper is just beautiful! I love the shabby pastels with dark brown and black accents.

Here is a peeky at the two journaling spots.

The back is just plain. I trimmed one piece of paper to cover the back of Bag #1. 

I hope you enjoyed this little project. It is a cute and easy project that you can make in a few hours.

Remember, LINK your project up using the Link Tool on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.

Make sure you visit the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Design Team and check out what they have to share! 

Amber Milone

Christy Butters
Debbie Seyer
Donna Idlet
Ginny Nemchak
Pam Bray (on vacation)
Wendi Robinson

One talented participant will receive this prize donated by Spellbinders

For more information about the design team and prize sponsor companies, and their links, please see the the Craft Hoarders post HERE.

Paper bags: Michael's crafts
Designer paper: Heartfelt Creations Once Upon a TimeCelebrate the JourneyGraphic 45 Come Away With Me
Die templates: Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles LargeStandard Circles SmallHeartfelt Creations Luggage and TagsClassic Leaf
Cardstock: Worldwin Black
Stamps: Heartfelt Creations Open Leaf PreCut Set
Large tag: Graphic 45 Regular Tag Album, black
Screw-top Brad: Skyblue Pink
Ribbon and twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Black Soot
Flowers: Prima, Wild Orchid Crafts
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scor-tape; Scrap Perfect Best Glue Ever

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


To see my Wednesday Heartfelt Creations project, please click HERE.

Welcome to the Coffee Lovers' Blog Hop! For all the details and the list of blogs to visit, go to Amy Tsuruta's Blog

You may play along, by making your own coffee-themed project and linking up to Amy's Blog (using the Link Tool) - which gives you a chance to win some amazing prizes! There are sponsored prizes from some great companies! Check this out!

17Turtles Veronica Zalis Chris Franco
Add a Little Dazzle  Butterfly Reflections Ink Color Cast Designs
Create a Smile Hero Arts Kraftin' Kimmie
Kreative Kymona Latina Crafter Neat & Tangled
Newton's Nook Pickled Potpourri Designs Poppystamps
Reverse Confetti Stamp Academy Stamp Simply Ribbon Store
STAMPlorations SugarPea Designs Sweet 'n Sassy
The Alley Way Stamps Two Paper Divas Verve Stamps
Whole Wild World Your Next Stamp Paper Smooches
●●Sponsorship prizes are eligible via random draw from 
linked hop participants only●●

All SPONSORSHIP prizes have been awarded. See HERE

Or you can simply hop along and see all the projects that other crafters have made! Make sure you hop to all of the blogs because there are some great PRIZES being given away by some of the hop participants as well! 

I have a Christmas Grab Bag of goodies up for grabs! Just leave a comment here on my blog, and I will choose a winner at the end of the hop (December 14th at 11:55pm PT).

I created a fun, coffee-themed card for you. Thanks "a latte" for stopping by and visiting! I appreciate you!

I love flavored coffee, and the more whipped cream the better! I stamped up this coffee "scene" and then used some puff paint to create whipped cream. I even added some sprinkles out of glitter. My inspiration was a mug that I saw on Pinterest. The artist had used a plain mug, and then created a dot pattern with Sharpie markers! So, I tried to recreate that style with Copics on my stamped mug.

It is hard to see in the photo, but I added Glossy Accents to the mug to make it shiny, like ceramic.

I created a second scene for the inside of the card. And I added every coffee lover's favorite gift, a coffee gift card!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Please leave a comment for your chance to win my Christmas Grab Bag prize!!

You have until 11:55pm PT, Sunday, December 14th to hop and comment for your chance to win! Prize winners will be selected by December 20th and announced on Amy's Blog on December 21st! I will announce the winner of my prize on December 20th, right here!

Since I love flavored coffee, how about some creamer recipes??

 (photo found on Pinterest)

Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer

1 cup skim milk 
1/3 – 1/2 can sweetened condensed milk (to taste)
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup (to taste)

Pour all ingredients into a sealed jar or bottle and shake to combine. Store in a refrigerator-safe bottle and keep chilled for up to a week.

Yields about 1 cup creamer.

(photo found on Pinterest)

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

2 cups half-and-half
1/4 cup pumpkin puree 
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract

1. In a saucepan, whisk together half-and-half, pumpkin puree, maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice.

2. Heat over low heat until simmering and add in vanilla bean paste or extract.

3. Let cool, store in a refrigerator-safe bottle and keep chilled for up to a week.

Yields about 2 cups creamer

Cardstock: WorldWin Cocoa Smooth
Designer paper: Memory Box Yuletide
Stamps: Gina K Designs Cool Beans, My Cuppa Joe
Markers: Copic
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Ranger Vintage Photo
Die cuts: Spellbinders Back to Basics Tags, My Favorite Things Gift Card Holder
Glitter: Elizabeth Crafts
Puff paint: The Rubber Cafe
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Button: stash
Adhesive: Ranger Glossy Accents, Scotch 3M ATG tape, Beacon Fabri-tac, Scor-tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares