Thursday, December 6, 2018

Dana Warren - Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Inspiration

MY INSPIRATION:  For the past few years I have been a big fan and entrant of the Coffee Lovers Seasonal Blog Hops.  There is so much inspiration within this Blog Hop that I decided to pay tribute to the Design Team.  I have selected one post from the 2017 Fall and/or Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop for each Design Team member.  Each has provided me inspiration for creating my card for the 2018 Fall/Winter Blog Hop. 

Amy Tsuruta, Founder and Hostess, demonstrated innovation when she developed the Coffee Blog Hop.  Her vision has created a firestorm of coffee-inspired challenges and merchandise across the globe.  Her dedication and hard work in keeping the challenge alive and fun for all of us fanatics in paper crafting and coffee addicts does not go unappreciated.  Thank you, Amy! 

BLOG CANDY:  In the past I won a coffee mat as Blog Candy and I love it.  I searched online to find that coffee mat and much to my surprise there it was along with others.  I have several new mats that you can win by random draw along with a Spellbinders die. All you have to do is link a coffee card to the Double Trouble Challenge, make a comment, and meet the guidelines for Challenge #16, click on below for more detail.  

(Starts Dec 3 - Dec 7) Winter/Holiday with some kind of Embossing technique "Dry/Heat/Paste" and  
Comment:  "What's your favorite hot/cold drink?"  

Check out Double Trouble's Challenge, Click on Frank Sinatra's The Coffee Song and it will pull you right into the mood of creating coffee projects and don't stop it at the coffee song...listen on.   

2018 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Day 7 - Card 1: My inspiration today is Dana Warren's project from the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  Dana you don't know how much I waivered between your cards but finally made the decision to do water coloring.  Why? Because water coloring is not in my comfort zone so I chose this one because it also had layering. In my stash I found 1 piece of watercoloring cardstock and threw out two of the cuts before I got what somewhat represented your background. This must have been something my daughter gave me to encourage watercoloring.    

Well, much to my surprise when I read how you created this card "smooching" what the heck is that. You Tube helped me out, but I don't have any refills and I wasn't going to back out.  So I improvised by patting couple of green ink pads randomly on wax paper, sprayed with glitter mist and did my smooching...I liked that result. Stamped the wreath in one color before the card dried to give it the water color affect, and then used a darker green randomly on the stamp and stamped over the watercolored one.  My next dilemma was I didn't have a poinsettia stamp so used a die.  Didn't have a Snowman or stocking so decided to go with a take out cup.  There were a lot of "I didn't have" but decided to go with what I had and no more improvising.  So this is it...I was pleased and hope you are too with all my initial improvising.    

Thank you, Dana, for quite an experience and challenge.  I guess I knew this was going to be a challenge and why your card was my last inspirational challenge of the Design Team.  
Dana Warren - Kraft Paper Stamps - W Plus 9 Designs
Dana Warren 

CTMH Products Unless Specified Otherwise:   
     Watercoloring Cardstock 
     Sweet Leaf and White Daisy 
     Sweet Leaf, Pear, Fern and Ruby 
     A1193 Wreath Essentials 
     Verve "Bright Spirits" 
     Spellbinders "Hipster 1 Coffee Cup" 
     Memory Box "Poinsettia Band" 
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Gail said...

Your card is lovely - how nice to honor the DT of the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop -- very sweet of you - nice to offer blog candy too - have a blessed week! I think you did a fab job with the technique!

Verna Angerhofer said...

I think this is so gorgeous. I love the watercolors.

StampingbugKerry said...

SO pretty! Love how you were inspired by Dana's project. Yours is equally beautiful! :)

~amy~ said...

Well, it turned out beautifully! Another great CASE!

Billie A said...

Pretty card and dies.

Dana said...

What a fabulous series!! I am so glad you challenged yourself with some watercoloring! And smooshing is an easy way to do it! I love your idea of using wax paper! And I love how you used what you had on-hand, because it turned out beautiful!!!

Laura S. said...

Wonderful watercolor card!

Fikreta said...

beautiful card and so nice colors!

SHartl said...

This is a great smooshed ink background and a really pretty card. I only just learned how to smoosh my ink, but it took several times and videos to figure it out!

Hetty said...

Beautiful design, great card.

Karen Letchworth said...

This is gorgeous.