Substantial Coffee

Friday, October 2, 2015
Hi friends!  I survived to Friday! {grin}  My kiddos have been sick again and we're back to waking up several times throughout the night to do breathing treatments.  Needless to say, coffee is pretty much what I've been living on lately!  And today I'm sharing my final card for the Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop.  It's the last day to link up and I'm pretty proud that I was able to create 7 cards for the hop this go round.

It's also the first Friday of a new month of Viva la Verve sketches, and I'm up on the VLV Sketches blog with a fun new sketch to kickstart your month.  I hope you'll play along!

While I'm a traditional stamper for life, I've been having a lot of fun with the Latte Love digi.  One really fun thing is the ability to resize things.  I wanted a GIANT cup to go with this favorite sentiment from the Delightful & Delicious set, so I resized the cup image, then printed with my laser printer and colored with copics.  The papers are from the Story of Fall, I went with some solid prints, then added some tone on tone accents with the Gothic layering stencil from tim holtz.  I added some Sprightly Sprigs die cuts for accent, then added a bit of lace trim to bring out the teals I used to color the cup.  Lots of distressing and a fun fall leaf embossed background layer finishes things off.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for humoring me and my coffee obsession all week long.  I promise I'll start stamping with other things again soon!  {grin}

VLV October Week 1 Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: Delightful & Delicious, Latte Love Digital freebie (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Story of Fall (Echo Park), early espresso, crumb cake (SU!)
Ink: wild honey, dried marigold, ground espresso distress ink (Ranger), early espresso (SU!), copic markers
Accessories: Sprightly Sprigs Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), clear embossing powder (Judikins), leaves embossing folder (Darice), lace trim, paper distresser

Rustic Fall Coffee

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Hi friends!  Happy October! I'm back again today with another card for the Fall Coffee Lover's Bloghop.  The layout is a Mojo sketch from a couple weeks ago that I didn't get a chance to make a card for.

I started by stamping the cup from Get Together on patterned paper and fussy cutting.  Next I stamped the steam from the Coffee set on vellum and hand cut, making a slit in the coffee to tuck the steam into.  The tag is cut with the Flourished Tag Die Set and I cut a vellum one as well to mute the papers just a bit and make the coffee cup take center stage.  I added some seam binding from the Autumn Elements Collection to the top, then distressed my designer paper layers with vintage photo ink and added to a cream card base.  The sentiment is from the Harvest Blessings set and I added a little leaf I had previously stamped, glazed and glittered.

I hope you've been enjoying my coffee kick lately.  I'm also linking this up to the Autumn Lovelies Diva Inspiration Challenge. There are still a few more days to enter... the challenge ends on October 5. I'll be back tomorrow with the kick-off to a new month of Viva la Verve sketches! Hope to see you again tomorrow! :)

Mojo Monday 415 Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: Harvest Blessings, Coffee, Get Together (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Night and Fall (Recollections), cream, vellum
Ink: black, vintage photo, Cajun Craze
Accessories: Autumn Elements Ribbon Collection (Verve), Flourished Tag Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), corner rounder, glossy glaze, glitter

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Hi friends!  Happy National Coffee Day!  A day celebrating coffee?  I'm totally in!  For my Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop card today, I reached for the free Latte Love digi again, this time going for more of a Halloween feel.

I printed the digis, cut them out and colored with Copics.  I'm not a pumpkin spice girl (salted caramel mochas are more my style), but I do think this sweet little pumpkin looks pretty cute on the cup! I pulled a random mixing of papers from my drawer and added a bit of vintage lace for a banner across the top and a sprinkling of Harvest Gold Sequin to the sentiment.  Next I had fun with a spider web cutout, coloring with a stabilo marker, smudging with water and then highlighting with frosted lace stickles.

And in honor of National Coffee Day... a little gift code!  Use code JAVA at checkout for an additional 20% off your order from Verve today and tomorrow (9/29-9/30).

Enabler's List
Stamps: Latte Love digital freebie (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Night & Fall (Recollections), scraps (MME), basic black, whtie
Ink: Copic markers, laser printer
Accessories: Harvest Gold Sequin Mix (Verve) Wide oval punch, pumpkin pie grosgrain (SU!), vintage lace, Boo! Chips (Pebbles)
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