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Watercolor coffee card


Today I watercolored the delightful Springtime Banners and Brewtiful Stamp sets.  I tend to put a lot of images in my cards and wanted to keep it more simple, with ample white space this time.

I used Distress Ink Watercolor paper for the circular panel and the rectangle panel. I experimented quite a bit before deciding to stamp the coffee mug and steam in Ink on 3- fade out no-line coloring.  I stamped and watercolored all the leaves in Distress Oxide ink in bundled sage and stamped and watercolored the flowers in Distress Oxide ink in Spun Sugar.  For the final sparkly touches, I used the Gansai Tambi gem colors in Gem Green, Gem Pink and Yellow Gold.  I used a C00 copic marker to provide some shading on the coffee cup. Easy peasy!

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Pendulum rocker coffee card


I love interactive cards, even though I admittedly always have a hard time making them the first time. I persist though, because I think they are just so much fun!  Today’s card comes after seeing an amazing pendulum card rocker card from Amanda at Pear Blossom Press; her video is very thorough and I encourage you to watch it here. I will succinctly detail the how-to below and here is a brief video I made on how the card works.

  1. Two circles (5 inch diameter) were cut out of heavy weight cardstock (110 lb) with a Brother scan n cut (I don’t have a 5 inch circle die) and scored down the middle.  One circle was folded with a very soft fold along the score line (do not do a hard crease) and then the front bottom half was brush blended with tattered rose Distress Oxide ink using a Trinity Stamps blendability brush.  With a craft knife cut an inch slit in the middle of this circle. Set aside.
  2. I heat embossed the caffeine molecular symbol from the Brewtiful Stamp set with clear embossing powder on Lawn Fawn’s Spiffy Speckles yellow cardstock and then adhered to the second circle. On the lower half of the second circle (with the adhered cardstock), put a generous layer of double sided adhesive foam before adhering to the back part of the first circle (which has been folded over and ink blended).  Having a foam layer allows the pendulum mechanism to freely move, which would not occur if you simply glued the 2 circles together.
  3. I stamped all the images with Gina K black amalgam ink and cut all the images by hand. I kept the copic coloring of the images very basic, flowers (E000, R00, C0), coffee cup and berries (R32, R30 & R00) and the leaves (G46, G43). The sentiment and coffee steam from the Brewtiful Stamp set were heat embossed with Wow Metallic Copper embossing powder on heavy weight vellum and cut by hand.  I also cut a small part of a doily and placed it on front of a small rectangular panel of the same Lawn Fawn cardstock.
  4. The pendulum mechanism is simply a penny hot glued to a thin rectangular strip of paper which is first threaded through the slit and then adhered to a circle.    Thereafter adhere the coffee cup image to the circle in the middle of the card.  Place some double sided adhesive foam on the rectangle panel with the doily to again give the pendulum mechanism the ability to work.

I hope you enjoyed my take on the pendulum rocker card- I will definitely be making one of these again in the near future!

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Coffee, Embossing, Trinity Stamps

Watercolor Card with inks & markers


I was itching to do a watercolor card, I truly love to watercolor, but have mostly spending time copic coloring (which I love as well).  I wanted to show that you can use the lovely Catherine Pooler inks to create a watercolor effect on a card very easily.


I applied Catherine Pooler Seafoam Ink to a block quite heavily, spritzed the block with shimmer spray (instead of plain water) and flipped the block over and let it sit on a panel of Tim Holtz watercolor paper for a few minutes (3 or so).  The panel shown above is actually a second generation spritzing of the block after removing it from the first watercolor paper panel.  I wanted a fairly faint color block and the first panel was quite dark.  The second generation “stamping” (without the addition of additional color) was perfect for the card I wanted to make.  I then diluted some gold Peerless watercolor with water and gently tapped a brush over the panel that I had loaded with color.  It is very faint, but enough for what I wanted.


Meanwhile, while allowing the watercolor paper dry fully, I stamped some images from the Trinity Stamps Winter Botanical stamp set and heat embossed some Wow Under the Sea embossing powder.  This is my favorite color of embossing powder that I own!

To finish the card off, I stamped some images from the Trinity Stamps Coffee with Character set and watercolored them with a Zig real brush watercolor pen.  Adhering some sequins and sequin cord to the top with Gina K connect glue, and stamping a sentiment from the Trinity Stamps Let Love Grow stamp set finished up the card.


I hope that this card inspires you to pull out your watercolors and paint away!  Thank you for stopping by!

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Coffee, Trinity Stamps

Winter Coffee Blog Hop!

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Welcome to the 2018 Winter Coffee Blog Hop!  It was a no-brainer that I had to make a Christmas card with coffee cups. I happened upon a Starbucks image that is being used in their lastest sweepstakes, and used it for inspiration for the card I made.

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Even though I am a Dunkin’ girl, I love all of the images & art that Starbucks tends to use for their advertising.

I used the fun Coffee with Character, Winter Botanical, and Magical Sentiments stamp sets.  Did you know that the Magical sentiments not only has phrases that pertain to our favorite Wizard & Muggles, but also holiday sentiments?  The lovely glitter sequins (red & gold) and white sequins, and so much much more are available in the Trinity Shop.

I die cut a snow globe (Trinity does not have one, but multiple companies out there do- use whatever you have!)  I copic colored stamped images from Winter Botanicals, and stamped “Happy Christmas” on a die cut banner (banners available from different companies- or make your own!).  I put a sheet of acetate in the frame, followed by double sided adhesive foam with a flurry mix from Trinity Stamps to create the inside of the snowglobe. Finally I cut up some puffy stickers from Crate Paper’s Merry Days scrapbook line to add a little metallic interest and dimension.

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Supplies: (non-affliated links used)

Sequins: Trinity Stamps tree trimmings mix, Trinity Stamps Flurries Shaker Mix

Stamps:  Trinity Stamps Winter Botanical, Trinity Stamp Magical Sentiments, Trinity Stamps Coffee with Character

Embellishments:  Crate Paper Merry Days Puffy Stickers


Coffee, Trinity Stamps

National Coffee Day Blog Hop


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Coffee lovers blog hop #2

Happy National Coffee Day!  I’m on a blog hop for Trinity Stamps and we are part of a larger event through Coffee Loving Card Makers. Did you get your coffee yet today? Starbucks has some cute new gift cards.  Besides loving coffee, a few of my friends and I actually collect Starbucks gift cards.  These acorns are soooo adorable!

I wanted to make an interactive coffee card for National Coffee Day that I’m going to send to a friend. I opted to make a card that can hold a gift card to Starbucks, so that she can treat herself to a coffee one day. Here is a video showing the entire process, however I outline all the steps below with photos.

I die cut 3 coffee mugs (Darice die, soon to appear in the Trinity Stamp shop) from rustic white cardstock, cut an oval shape out of pale blue cardstock & made an A2 card base out of turquoise cardstock.  Please use what ever you have on hand!  I also fussy cut a stamped, copic colored succulent bunch from the Trinity Stamp set “Let Love Grow” also out of rustic white cardstock, as I had done previously in a previous Youtube video. I’m still really new to YouTube, so I tend to keep my videos on the short side.  This blog post & video will focus on the making of the interactive cards & less so on the coloring of the succulents.

This card requires smaller Starbucks gift cards like the acorn, as the regular sized gift cards will not work (the bottom of the mug becomes too narrow).  Cover one mug with gold washi tape and cut the top portion of the mug as shown below. Then cut one of the plain white coffee mugs down to size as shown in photo below (now called the “mug insert”), and cut an oval (following guidelines of the die cut) in top of the other coffee mug and the gold washi covered piece.


Once you have finished this step, you should have the following (as shown in the photo below)


Now adhere the Starbucks gift card and the colored bouquet of succulents to the smaller trimmed mug insert.  Adhere the gold mug piece to the mug with the oval cut out with some glue.  Do any stamping on the front of the complete mug now- I used Trinity Stamps’ “Caffeinated Sentiments” and “Coffee with Character” stamp set to stamp a mini coffee mug and “This one’s on me”.

Now place the “mug insert” into the mug (with the oval cut out on the top) until the gift card is hidden, turn the “mug insert” over and then apply foam pieces all along the outer portion around the mug insert, but avoid having the foam pieces touching the insert, otherwise the insert will not slide in and out of the mug.  Now adhere the mug/mug insert to the oval frame.  As a final touch, I stamped coffee beans & the steam swirl from the “Coffee with Character” set as a tone on tone with the base card.

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Trinity Stamps

Coffee with Character

Today I have 2 cards to share- one is winter-themed and the other is perfect for autumn.  I’ve made a video that you can find on my channel, as well as on the Trinity Stamps channel on YouTube.

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Stamp sets: Trinity Stamps Coffee with Character stamp set, Trinity Stamps Caffeinated  Sentiments stamp set