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Santa's Little Helper and a Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hi friends! It's time for the Winter 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  If you've been following me for a while you know how much I love these hops. As hubby calls it, coffee is my "pinnacle drink". I like tea and hot chocolate and wassail, too, but given a choice, my coffee mug would never be empty!

And I love designing coffee images about as much as I love drinking it! So in honor of the hop I produced another digital set that released this morning. I wanted a really big mug of coffee that said Santa's little helper, since with everyone in the house feeling sick I'm living on coffee and Christmas cheer right now.

My card uses the cup from the new Running on Cheer DIGITAL Set, which I printed on my laser printer, then masked off the top and sponged salty ocean and faded jeans distress oxide inks to color.  The papers and the tag are from the Very Merry line by Carta Bella. I fell in love with this collection and bought it all this year!  Love this little reindeer tag from the ephemera pack.

I rounded the corners of my papers, added a silver bow and a wooden snowflake covered with glitter drops and was done.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you want to play along in the hop, just make a new holiday themed coffee/tea/or cocoa card and link it up to the official hop post before next Friday. You have to play to win, but there are so many wonderful prizes from the Super Sponsors, including a little Verve!

Enabler's List
Stamps: RRunning on Cheer DIGITAL Set (Verve)
Paper: Very Merry (Carta Bella), white
Ink: salty ocean, faded jeans distress oxide inks (Ranger), copic markers, laser printer
Accessories: Very Merry ephemera (Carta Bella), wooden snowflake (Recollections), Nuvo glitter drops (Tonic), corner rounder, snowflake embossing folder (Sizzix)

Elegant Christmas and a Winner

Hi friends! I've been recovering from a pretty miserable sinus infection and although I made a few cards in the past week, I just haven't had the energy to blog about them. However, I'm long overdue on announcing the winner from my Simply Sweet Christmas Inspiration Hop Giveaway, and since I already had the photos edited, I figured I might as well post a little duet of cards I made with the Christmas Blessings DIGITAL Set. Be sure to hang out until the end for the winner announcement.

The layout is really simple, just a square with a few mats and a couple of ribbon or paper strips.  The first one I made was the 2 Corinthians one and I matted with mossy meadow, then with a scrap of shiny gold.  A couple strips of ribbon, a bow and some lovely designer paper and the card was finished.  

Unfortunately, I was all out of that shiny gold, so for the next card I went with a glittered gold paper.  Since the color didn't match my ribbon well, I just cut two strips of paper for the horizontal stripes.  I wanted to used the cross image that I had already colored and cut, so shifted the sentiment down to incorporate it into the mix.

Since I made and photographed these cards, I received my order of shiny gold cardstock and have already made two more of the first design with the other two glory sentiments from the Christmas Blessings DIGITAL Set. They came together so quickly and easily, but still have a classy, elegant feel, with the true meaning of Christmast front and center.

Okay, on with my giveaway winner's announcement.  Thanks to everyone who left a comment on my post. I loved reading about your favorite Christmas traditions. 

The random winner is Darnell

Congrats, Darnell!  You win the Good Cheer DIGITAL Set and the Happiness in a Cup Die Set, as well as a little variety pack of handmade cards from my stash. Keep an eye out for an email from me.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Christmas Blessings DIGITAL Set (Verve)
Paper: Vintage Christmas (Authentique), cream (Neenah), gold cardstock
Ink: laser printer, copic markers
Accessories: Pierced squares dies (Cottage Cutz), scallop squares nestabilities (Spellbinders), gold ribbon, Nuvo drops (Tonic)

I Can Explain

Hi friends! It's the first Friday in a new month and that means I'm bringing you a brand new sketch for Viva la Verve! Our sketch is open all month long, so come join in the fun for a chance to win a $40 gift voucher to the Verve shop.

I pulled out the new Santa & Coffee DIGITAL Set for my card today.  I just giggle every time I see this sentiment. Sometimes when I'm cranky, I tell the boys there wasn't enough coffee. They always laugh and see right through my little ruse. Can't pull one over on my little dudes! But they do usually make me another cup, just in case. LOL  Anyhow, I knew I wanted to use these sentiments for the circle elements in the sketch.  I already had the set printed and colored, so it was just a matter of die cutting the circles and fussy cutting the hat and cup.

I had originally thought to make the horizontal band look like a Santa belt, but realized the circles were going to just cover up the buckle and the effect would be lost. Will have to try my idea for that a different day.  :)  So instead I dry embossed the black cardstock I was going to use for the belt and added a border die to the bottom.  A strip of peppermint striped designer paper and a textured card base finish the backdrop.

For embellishment, I added a metal snowflake charm that I tied with a bow.  The snowflake was a bit too vintage for the bright gold on the border, so I brushed some inkagold over it to give it a bit more brightness.  I finished off with a sprig of holly from the Good Cheer DIGITAL Set.

Well, that's it for today. I hope y'all have a fabulous start to your December.  Do you have any big plans? I'm attempting to try my hand at a December Daily type album this year. I know I'm going to be crazy busy, so I'm not going to get too caught up in what happened on each particular day, just more of a December remembered kind of album (hey, I like that, I think I'll title it that!), with fun stories about our Christmas season that we can look back on in years to come. I've bought entirely too much product to start out and still have to plug in my new Selphy printer and figure out how it works, but am excited to document the boys' Christmas 2017.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Santa & Coffee DIGITAL SetGood Cheer DIGITAL Set (Verve)
Paper: 'Tis the Season (Echo Park), white, black, gold
Ink: laser  printer, Copic markers
Accessories: stitched circle dies (Cottage Cutz), border die (The Cat's Pajamas), snowflake charm (The Funkie Junkie Boutique), ribbon (American Crafts), Nuvo drops (Tonic), snowflakes embossing folder (Cuttlebug)
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