Mama Elephant – CLC Spring-Summer Hop

Thanks for stopping by for another caffeinated inspiration post. I was counting down the days until this Mama Elephant boba tea set released and I’ve had a blast with it since it came!

To create this fun card, I started by stamping my images and coloring them with my copics. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and I set everything aside to work on the base. I pulled out my Newton’s Nook Frames & Flags and Framework die sets and cut some pieces from softer colors that coordinated with how I colored the images and set to assembling.

The purple scalloped rectangle is popped up with foam tape and then the frame and inside is popped up on that. Then for a little different dimension, I glued 2 of the cups to the frame panel and popped the other images up with foam squares.

Then I die cut a flag using the same Newton’s Nook dies and heat embossed my sentiment in white. I popped it up with foam tape on the top half so it lays flat on the frame. Last, I finished the images off with a few white gel pen accents and highlights.

I’ll be linking this up to the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Hop HERE. Are you playing along? I hope so!

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Paper Smooches – CLC Spring-Summer Hop

Welcome! Welcome! Today I’ve got completely clean and simple AND die cut! If you’ve followed me for long, you know I don’t like white space. It makes me so uncomfortable but when I saw this design using some other types of dies, I was inspired to try it with this fun Paper Smooches coffee cup die.

This is a die set with the solid cup and the designed cup. I die cut the solid cup multiple times from white cardstock and glued them offset across my card. I trimmed the excess off the sides and then I die cut the design twice from white cardstock. One set I colored with my copics. Then I took the outline from the second one and glued it over the top. I adhered this to my card base and moved on to my sentiment.

I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from Paper Smooches Caffeinated on black cardstock with white embossing powder. Then I took a banner die from Trinity Stamps 4-Bar Card Die set to cut it out. I popped this up with foam strips for a little dimension on such a simple card.

I’m linking this up to the Coffee Loving Cardmaker’s Summer-Spring Hop as well. Have you joined in on the fun yet? There’s still time. Head HERE to check out some inspiration and link your projects up as well.

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Miss Ink Stamps – CLC Spring-Summer Hop

Hello again! Back for more caffeinated inspiration? I’m soooo glad! Today I’ve got a fun card featuring a set from Super Sponsor Miss Ink Stamps called Java Joe’s. I love this set so much! It’s got tons of potential to mix and match the images for great scenes.

To create this fun card, I stamped my images on a white panel and colored them with my copics. Then I punched out some banner flags and cut a background panel all with coordinating paper. I adhered the brown panel to the cardbase, popped up the colored panel and the banners with foam squares. Then I finished it off with some glittery washi tape from my stash for just a touch of bling.

This is a really different design for me but I had a blast putting it together and figuring out how I wanted to showcase the super fun images.

Have you started caffeinated creations to link up to the hop yet? I can’t wait to see what you’re making! Click HERE to get to the post where you can link up.

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Coffee Loving Cardmakers Spring-Summer Hop

Hello everyone! I’m super excited to kick off the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Spring-Summer Hop today! Be prepared for a full week of caffeinated inspiration! I really hope you’ll play along and link up your projects for chances at tons of fun prizes!

I have so many fun things to share with you this week. It was hard to choose which one to share with you first. Ultimately, I just had to go with a dose of caffeinated happiness in a super fun shaped card featuring products from our Super Sponsor Trinity Stamps.

To create this fun card, I used the coffee mug card die and cut it from a light mint textured cardstock. Then I used the rainbow die on 6 different colors of cardstock and assembled it. I added some clouds to the base of the rainbow and around the mug for a sweet sky scene. Then I pulled out my MISTI and stamped some sentiments from the A Sentiment For (Almost) Everything set in a teal ink to coordinate with the fun colors of the card.

I finished this sweet card off with a scattering of creamy vanilla heart sprinkles. Isn’t it just so happy?!? I sure am addicted to this rainbow die! Pairing it with the coffee cup just seemed perfect.

Remember to head to the main hop post HERE and link up your projects throughout the week. You have plenty of time to create! Now keep hopping for some awesome inspiration.

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Coffee Loving Cardmakers – Hello Friend

Hello there! I’m over on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog today for another Tuesday Tea with Twiddler’s Nook. I’m so excited about the fun card share I’ve got today. I loved digging through some of my Mama Elephant stamps and dies that I haven’t used in a while to combine for a super fun card!

To create this fun card, I die cut all the pieces to the chickie favor bag accessory and the coffee cup from the boba shaker dies. I inked up the edges with coordinating distress inks for a little dimension. Then I die cut the hillside cover and laid it all out. It was missing something but I don’t have the chickie agenda and the critters I do have looked weird so I went digging some more. I found my party animals set and thought these chickies were so fun to add! I stamped and colored them with copics. Then I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and moved on to assembly. 

The background looked too stark all white so I masked the edges off and inked the middle up with cracked pistachio distress ink for a subtle something. I added that to a card base and started adding pieces. I tucked the big chickie in place and glued the cup and hands down. Then I added the small chickies and realized I didn’t plan for a sentiment. Oops. I tried a few stamps but it didn’t look right so I pulled out my hello friend die and cut it out. I added this with my quickie glue pen (I love this for skinny little pieces like this.) and moved on to finishing touches.

I added glossy accents to all the chickie’s beaks and the big chickie’s eyes. I used black glaze pen on the little chickie’s eyes and then wink of stella glitter brush pen to the cup’s heart and the balloon. 

I’m addicted to these favor bag accessories and think they’re perfect to pair with the new boba shaker dies. I can’t wait to make more with other critters and maybe a boba shaker! Stay tuned for the one!

Also, I wanted to remind you that coming this Friday is the start of the Spring/Summer Coffee Lover’s Hop! I hope you’re going to play along with us! I look forward to see everyone’s creations and sharing some more fun inspiration too!

I appreciate you sharing your time with me! Have a fabulous day!

Coffee Loving Cardmakers – Thanks a Latte

Hey all! It’s another Tuesday Tea with Twiddler’s Nook over on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog and I’ve got a fantastic card to share with you!

I am so excited with how this fun card turned out. I started by stamping images from Lawn Fawn sets – Thanks a Latte, Oh Gnome and Gleeful Gardens. Then I cut some masking paper for the mugs and stamped the flowers and mushrooms from Oh Gnome on them. I set to work coloring everything with my copic markers and then used the coordinating dies to cut it all out.

I set those aside and started working on my background. I took three white panels and inked them up with distress oxide inks for dirt, grass and sky. I used tea dye and gathered twigs, twisted citron and mowed lawn, and tumbled glass and salty ocean. Then I spritzed the panels with water, blotted them dry and die cut each with the largest stitched rectangle. I glued the blue one to a card base and die cut the other two with hills from the simple stitched hillsides. Then I adhered those as well and started deciding on final placement all of my images.

Everything is glued directly to the cardfront, tucked behind the hills with tape runner, with the exception of the hummingbird in the sky, the cups, gnomes and snails on the bottom.

I used my MISTI to stamp a sentiment at the top and moved on to finishing touches. At first I wasn’t going to do much but that went out the window quick. I added unicorn Stickles to the flower centers and glossy accents to the mushroom dots. Then I added Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to the hummingbird. I thought I was done but I was wrong. 😉 I added glossy accents to the snail shells and mugs and then for fun, I added Wink of Stella to the whipped cream and marshmallows too.

It’s a super busy card but I love it! It’s like we’ve discovered a little gnome coffee date in the middle of a flower garden or something.

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Coffee Loving Cardmakers – Kitty in a Cup

I’m up on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog today featuring these sweet kitty in a cup box cards from Doodlebug Designs on the Lori Whitlock shop. I just love their artwork and couldn’t resist buying the cut files for my Cricut when I saw them available.

These fun cards fold up flat and fit in an envelope to be mailed. Isn’t that awesome!?!

I simply used my Cricut to cut out all the pieces in different colors and assembled them with a combination of liquid glue and tape runner. I stamped the sentiment on the tea bad from the Newton’s Nook Cup of Cocoa stamp set. I thought it was just too perfect of a sentiment and it fit great too!

I made this first card to look like our cat Hercules with my favorite teal and melon color combo for the mug. I did some distress ink blending on the edges of the pieces for added dimension and a little pink chalk for his cheeks.

For this second one, I really wanted to try fun patterned paper for the mug and decided on a dark gray/black kitty to give good contrast. One of my hearts got demolished by the Cricut so it’s only got 4 but I like it.

I plan to pop these fun cards in the mail with a tea bag or two for some of my tea loving friends. This project inspired me to try some other things so stay tuned for variations of this project in the future.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Coffee Loving Cardmakers – Exploding Envelope

It’s Tuesday Tea with Twiddler’s Nook over on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog. Today I’m excited to finally share a project I’ve been wanting to try for a while…an exploding envelope. I used my We R Memory Keepers envelop punch board paired with a bunch of awesome Newton’s Nook goodies to create this awesome gift!

To start this project, I chose 2 main colors – green and pink and created my base envelope with my punch board and some trimmed inserts to cover the panels. The envelope is 5×7 inches so that I had extra surface area to play with. From there I chose the Newton’s Nook Flower Trio dies and cut out bunch of them in the same green and pink, along with some yellow and kraft to add a little contrast. 

I knew that I wanted a tag and a mini envelope on the center panel so I cut those out and glued them together. With the main elements figured out, I took my stamps from Loveable Llamas and Cuppa Cactus and decided how many of each I needed to stamp. Once they were stamped, I colored them with copics and used the coordinating dies to cut them out. 

I adhered all my pieces to the main envelope with liquid glue and moved on to create the belly band that will hold the whole thing closed.

I cut two 2×11 inch strips from the same kraft cardstock I used on the flowers and scored them both at about 7 1/4, then adhered the two together. (Pro tip: In the future, I would rework this so the glued seams are in the centers not at the edge. The band catches sometimes when you slide it off but it’s not horrible.) Once that was made, I adhered the extra images and flowers I had set aside and used my MISTI to stamp Hello! from the Cuppa Cactus set.

Here’s a closer look at the inside of the envelope. I plan to put a coffee gift card in the small envelope, along with a note for the recipient. 

Isn’t this a fun way to give a gift? I’m super excited to make more of these in different themes! I hope you enjoyed today’s project and are inspired to go make something beautiful.

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Coffee Loving Cardmakers – Sending Hugs Gift Card Holder

I’m over on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog today with this super fun gift card holder featuring a Honey Bee Stamps dies and two awesome Trinity Stamps coffee themed stamp sets – Coffee with Character and A Latte Love.

I started by die cutting my shaped coffee cup gift card holder from heavy 110 lb. white cardstock and the sleeve from kraft cardstock. Then I took my Coffee with Character stamps and stamped them randomly all over the cup. I chose a limited, sepia-toned color palette from my copics and started coloring. Then I stamped my sentiment on the sleeve and colored the letters on that with the same colors. I added a little shading on the lid with the lightest marker for some dimension too.

Here’s a look at the cup and the sleeve separated. I think it will be so fun to write a little message inside of, add a Starbucks gift card to and send it out for a little extra love to someone unsuspecting. Happy mail is the best!

Have you sent out any happy mail lately? Have you received any?? Share in the comments. We could all use some inspiration and a happy story from time to time.

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Coffee Loving Cardmakers – Coffee Date

Happy Friday everyone! I’m over at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog again today having a coffee date with someone very special! (It’s actually a hot cocoa date but, hey, details.) 😉

My special date today is my daughter, Micaela, who has been loving making cards with me lately. When I asked if she wanted to join me for this, she jumped at the chance! Together we sat down with our cocoa and came up with a plan.

She decided that we had to use the Trinity Stamps Mug Card die set and then she got on Pinterest and found a color palette we have to follow as well.

color palette credit to

Next, we took turns taking over the craft room; stamping, coloring, die cutting and all the fun things! Here is her creation.

She die cut her mug out of kraft cardstock and then added a sweet grassy ground for her adorable Love You S’more critters! Then she added a sentiment to a banner from Bannertastic and popped it up with foam squares. She finished her adorable scene off with some white gel pen stars.

Her copic coloring is just fabulous and I think she did pretty amazing sticking to the color palette she chose as well! Whoever gets this card must be pretty darn special! 😉

Next was my turn to figure something out. I wanted to think outside of the typical coffee mug box so I reached for a stamp set I just recently purchased but hadn’t played with yet – Trinity Stamps Sweet Surprise. Here’s what I did with it!

I die cut my mug card and then stamped the cupcake, sentiment and hearts from Sweet Surprise directly to the card. Then I stamped another cupcake on yellow striped paper I had in my stash and cut out the frosting for some paper piecing. I don’t do this often but I thought it would give some fun texture to the scene. Then I colored everything else with copics and did a little ink blending at the bottom for added interest.

I used Nuvo Crystal Drops on the sprinkles and added glossy accents to all the hearts. This was a super fun card to make and I look forward to giving it to a special coffee loving person for their birthday!

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