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ICoffeeLoversBloghopLogot’s Monday, and that means a cup of coffee is never far from my hands. Hot or iced, homemade or gourmet, I love the stuff, which is why I’m excited to participate in today’s Coffee Lovers Blog Hop with the Lil’ Inker Designs team.

I really like drinking from an open mug, but they don’t work well for a busy life, always sloshing over the sides and leaving little brown rings on everything, or worse, cooling off before you’ve had a chance to wrangle the kids long enough to take a sip. I tend to use my favorite dishwasher safe travel mug, but long to have a lovely mug collection that I can actually use. But those little rings did give me an idea for a cute card.

I dipped one of my mugs in a mixture of Walnut Ink mist and water and set it on my card front to make the ring. I used lots of liquid and plenty of force and wound up with happy little splatters, just like the real thing. (And yes, I tested several inks along with real coffee to make sure I had the most accurate rings.) I gave it a little trim and mounted it on a brown card base to show off the rings. A few little hearts covered in glossy accents, and the perfect little sentiment from Lil’ Inker Designs Coffee Cozy stamp set on an aqua flag finish it off.

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I hope you’re enjoying the blog hop and all the coffee love today, because I know it has me reaching for another cup.

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This little fox hung out on my craft table all week, so I’m playing along with the Moxie Fab World Foxy Foxes challenge again. Today’s card is a messy, watercolor birthday card that got really ugly before it got better. All because I was too impatient to test my materials and techniques first.

I started by trying to make a one-layer card: masking the little fox, adding the sentiment, then stamping the balloons over everything with dampened Distress inks. That part worked out, although a little messier than I originally hoped because I lost my mini mister and used a different spray bottle with much less consistent water application. I really ran into problems when I tried to watercolor the fox with a mix of Distress inks and the same red-brown Memento I stamped it with. The Memento lines separated, bled, and spread creating a big fuzzy mess. It went from cute to crud in less than a minute.

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I blamed wet paper, tossed it to the side, and left it for another day. When I came back to it, I tried to make it again, this time coloring the fox before anything else. Only to see more of the same. I did a few tests before I realized that the ink wouldn’t work for this project, threw my hands up, and grabbed the Copic markers. New fox, black background, and die cutting. That’s what it took to save this one from the round file.

Today’s moral: test first or risk wasting reams of paper and loads of time.

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Something about the Veronica Beard look for the current Runway Inspired Challenge had me dashing off to the craft room to play with the colors and patterns. I love the houndstooth-inspired geometric pattern on the suit, but the gorgeous floral pattern was what really had me swooning. I started with a giant chrysanthemum stamp and burgundy ink, which I colored with plum and tomato red Copic markers. Then I masked it to stamp a few rows of the triangle background. To finish, I added the sentiment in bold green and dropped it all on a black 4bar card base.

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89I’m back with another one-layer card for the current Lawnscaping One Layer challenge. This one features the adorable fox from Critters in the Woods and some natural elements from the new Hello Baby stamp set. There isn’t a lot to this little guy, except some careful masking, sponging, and coloring. I added a thin strip of washi tape under the grass line to add a little more visual weight to the scene and I think it worked.

I’m also entering this one in the Moxie Fab World Foxy Foxes challenge because it made me want to pull this cute little guy out to play this week.

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89There’s no use denying it, one layer cards are my favorite. So when I saw the current Lawnscaping One Layer challenge, I spent quite a bit of time in my craft room playing with Lawn Fawn stamps, Distress ink, watercolors, markers, and lots of Post-It notes. This  card uses the new Hello Baby stamp set and liberal masking.

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I stamped and masked the umbrella and clouds before blending Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky over everything, deliberately twisting the mini dauber to leave round, cloud-like shapes. I sprayed and dripped Perfect Pearls mist over everything, then removed the masks to add color with markers and a little extra shimmer with a Wink of Stella pen.