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Hi friends! The Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop is here and I'm so excited to see all the fabulous coffee creations over the coming week! This morning the boys have their Kindergarten field day at school, so I got up early to write my post while I drink my morning cup of joe. Hopefully I can write this quickly, but I do have a surprise to share with you!

There are two new limited edition stamp sets in the shop today! Hooray! We have limited quantities of these sets on hand and they're only available while supplies last, so if you see a MUST have, snatch it up, quick!  Verve is a Super Sponsor, so there's a chance to win these sets by linking up a new spring/summer coffee/tea or cocoa creation to the official Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop post.

Today I'm sharing with you my first card using the Living on Coffee set. The sentiment Instant Mom, just add coffee is how I feel most mornings, so I started with that. I had almost given up on ever getting my Zig clean color real brush markers to blend when I watched one last video on them.  I've been hearing that paper matters with these markers, but figured high end watercolor paper would do the trick. This time I really listened and decided to get some Canson Smooth Bristol paper, and guess what?  The paper REALLY matters! LOL  The blending on this paper is pretty magical and I colored all the stamped florals from this set while watching NBA playoffs with my boys.  Win win.

The blending was done with the markers and a clear Wink of Stella pen. I love the shimmery look it gave. The flowers were so fun to color, then I finished off with fussy cutting them all. I recently snatched up the fabulous Girl Power set by Sweet N Sassy Stamps, and thought one of the girls would make the perfect match for the sentiment. I colored her in, drew in a little v-neck and some arms and then accented her hair with one of the blooms.

I used one of the dies from the Lacey Frame Duo die set for a little accent and then found pretty much the ONLY papers in my stash that matched the colors I picked to color with!  Haha. I'm a really slow learner! Or just too giddy about jumping in and coloring!

Limited Edition Living on Coffee clear stamp set

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you were inspired and have lots of fun along the hop this week!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Living on Coffee (Verve Stamps), Girl Power (Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps)
Paper: dp (BoBunny), black, smooth bristol (Canson)
Ink: intense black (Hero Arts), clean color real brush markers (Zig Kuretake), wink of stella clear glitter pen, white gel pen
Accessories: Lacey Trim Duo Die Set (A Cut aBove by VERVE), stitched rectangles, stitched circles (MFT) morning dew drops (Nuvo)

Wonderful Keeping Christmas

It's the 25th of the month and time again to join some of my crafty friends for our monthly Keeping Christmas Inspiration Hop! The idea of the hop is to both to bring you a little dose of holiday inspiration throughout the year and also have some Christmas cards and projects in our stash all ready to go for December 2018. If you've already been hopping along, you should have arrived from Claire's blog. If you're just popping in, read on for all the details!

For my May installment, I played paper roulette and closed my eyes and blindly pulled out a pad of paper from one of my Christmas bins. It happened to be a lovely collection by Teresa Collins. The vintage images and feel to the papers was enough to get the creative juices flowing.

I have amassed a huge collection of blank tags and have recently been trying to challenge myself to use them, so pulled out a chipboard tag to start off. I liked the wonderful time sentiment (except the grammar error where the apostrophe is missing) from one of the collage papers, so cut the little collage pieces apart and then layered them on the tag, inking all the edges with old paper and walnut stain distress inks to pull together the vintage feel.

For stamping, I pulled out the Glad Tidings set and the coordinating Snowflake Tidings die set. Not only are Christmas sets 25% off today at Verve, our current sale is buy a stamp set and get the coordinating die for 75% off so this is a great time to pick up this combo if you want it! Anyhow, I embossed the snowflake in white on patterned paper, then die cut and sponged with the same inks as before.  One snowflake is popped up on dimensionals with a fancy brad as it's centerpiece and the other is tucked behind the tag near the sentiment.

I added some wrinkled seam binding, then layered all my papers and attached to a kraft card base.

Okay, now it's time to hop along and check out all the other fabulous posts on the hop. I'm so excited to hop along and see everyone's creations! The hop is hosted on the fabulous Kelly Lunceford's blog, so head over there to start from the beginning. Or continue on to visit Kim Heggins if you've already been hopping along!

Lesley Croghan (taking a break)
Anita Madden (taking a break)
Julee Tilman {You are here}
Nina Forsyth taking a break)
Vicki Finger (taking a break)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Glad Tidings (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Santa's List (Teresa Collins), kraft, chipboard tag
Ink: versamark, old paper, walnut stain distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Snowflake Tidings die set (A Cut Above by VERVE), white embossing powder, crop-adile, fancy brad, seam binding
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