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Summer Loving Happiness

Hi friends! Welcome to another week. I'm sharing a new card for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop today.  This one combines a sentiment from the Coffee Helps set with a sneak peek of stamps from the Happiness Is stamp set that releases on July 10.


I started with the coffee cup from Happiness Is stamped on watercolor paper.  I had just seen a glimpse of the keyword challenge at The Challenge and thought it would be fun to watercolor the cup.  I also chose the background paper to fit the square keyword.  I used Daniel Smith watercolors for the cup, adding in some splatters with some brown watercolor ink.

I then masked off part of the you by my side sentiment to stamp just the you and then added the -and- sentiment to build my pictogram sentiment.  I did also sneak in the steam stamp from the new Always Time set for the coffee steam.  The Summer Loving sentiment is from Coffee Helps and I stamped it on a stitched circle and added to a sun die cut from the Partly Cloudy Die Set.

I masked off the Happiness Is sentiment to stamp just the happiness word in the corner of the designer paper to complete my summer loving happiness sentiment.  I added my pictogram to a 7 gypsies tag with some staples and then added a bit of sponging, splatters and distressed edges all around.


Thanks so much for stopping by today. If you haven't had a chance to link up some cards to the Coffee Lovers hop, there's still plenty of time.  There are bunches of prizes from 77 sponsors, including a chance to win Verve's July release! Link up over at the official hop post.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Coffee Helps (Verve), Happiness Is, Always Time (releasing 7/10/17 from Verve)
Paper: dp scraps, 7 gypsies tag, watercolor paper
Ink: early espresso (SU!), ground espresso (Ranger Distress)
Accessories: Springtime Stitches Die Set, Partly Cloudy Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE)

Easy Living Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hi friends! The Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop kicks off this morning and runs through June 30, with tons of prizes up for grabs from 76 fabulous Super Sponsors, including Verve. The sponsored prize from Verve is the upcoming July Release Collection, filled with all sorts of coffee loving stampy goodness! Our release isn't until July 10, but head on over to the Verve Blog today for a sneaky peek. Then pull out your own coffee (or tea or cocoa) stamps and add a little sip of summer to the official blog hop link up for a chance to win!


I started my little sip of summer with distress inks and a scribble stencil.  I had fun blending inks and sipping my iced americano thinking of the afternoon summer sun at the pool. When I was done, the background just seemed to pretty too cover up, so I grabbed the summer time and the living is easy sentiment from Get Together and stamped it onto a die cut vellum circle.  Next I stamped the trio of tea cups from One Cup and sponged with the same trio of colors, just masking off cup with washi tape to do some easy blending.  I then added in little bits of washi for a little texture on the cups and filled in the tag and handle openings with a white sharpie paint pen.  I fussy cut and added in the corner.


Next I sponged the little butterfly from the Graceful Butterflies Die Set with coordinating inks, added a bit of the same washi tape and die cut to add here and there on my project.  A thin black mat to set things off and I was finished.

Alrighty, for another little sip of summer from me, be sure to head on over to the Verve Blog today. And if you feel like doing a little retail therapy, the Verve shop has our summer treats on sale.  Plus you can use gift code  SCL2017 through June 30 to receive an extra 20% off your order!


Enabler's List
Stamps: Get TogetherOne Cup (Verve Stamps)
Paper: white, black, vellum
Ink: spiced marmalade, scattered straw, tumbled glass (Ranger), onyx black (Versafine), white pain pen (Sharpie)
Accessories: Graceful Butterflies Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), stitched circles dies (MFT), washi tape, scribbles stencil (Brett Weldele for Stampers Anonymous)

Classy Little Concept

Hi friends, it's time to kick off another challenge over at The Card Concept.  I chose to make my card in the classy & elegant style, as the inspiration photo had me thinking of these pretty poppies from the Floral Notes stamp set.


I stamped the poppies in archival ink, then watercolored with Daniel Smith watercolors, adding a wash of yellow behind.  I used the coordinating die cut from the Floral Notes Die Set as a mask over my stamped image when I spattered a bit of watered down India ink all over the panel.  A teeny siding of black sets off the panel and I added the sentiment on a Stitched Pennants die cut.

I pulled inspiration from the texture in the photo, adding in the embossed lines with an embossing folder, then tied it all together with some baker's twine and accented with a button and a sprinkling of Shine Bright Sequins.


Thanks so much for stopping by today! For a little more inspiration, head on over to The Card Concept to see what the other fabulous designers are sharing today. Then grab some stamps and join in the fun  Sadly, this will be my last post as part of The Card Concept design team. The challenge is taking a break for the summer and I have decided not to return in the fall, due to those two crazy adorable boys of mine stealing both my heart and my time. {grin} I have truly loved being a part of this challenge, and will miss this wonderful team.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Floral Notes (Verve Stamps)
Paper: watercolor paper, black
Ink: archival black (Ranger), watercolors (Daniel Smith), India ink (Speedball)
Accessories: Stitched Pennants Die Set, Floral Notes Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), Shine Bright Sequin Mix (Verve Stamps), baker's twine, button, stripes embossing folder (Cuttlebug)
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