You Warm My Heart

I woke up this morning to a winter wonderland! I guess it was time for snow since it’s already mid January. I am fortunate to have the day off, so I thought I’d join in some challenge fun.

My card features the following products:

Image: Hello Bluebird Autumn Gatherings

Sentiment: Hello Bluebird Cocoa Party

Copic Markers: R30, C02, C01, YR15, YR24, YR27, E70, E71, E74

A variety of snowflake dies from my stash

I’m entering this card in the Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge and Freshly Made Sketches #518 Challenge. I think entering challenges helps stretch my creativity. Do you enter challenges? I hope so!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you stay warm and healthy!

Hugs,

Mary

National Tea Day

Happy National Tea Day! Are you a tea drinker? I mostly drink coffee, but I do enjoy a chai tea every once and a while.

This is the project I created in honor of National Tea Day:

For my card, I used the following products:

Sentiment: Honey Bee Hug in a Mug stamps and dies

Image: Honey Bee Mugs and Kisses dies

Patterned Paper: GinaK Blizzard paper and Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine Remix/Oh Happy Day

Ink: GinaK Soft Stone and Ranger Distress Oxide in Peacock Feathers

This card is pretty straightforward – it was just a lot of die cutting and glueing!

Though I’m not a regular tea-drinker, I do enjoy chai flavored treats! Here’s a yummy, tea-inspired recipe, Chai Spice Monkey Bread from All Recipes. It’s soooo good!

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/259015/chai-spice-monkey-bread/

If you would like to shop for these adorable Honey Bee products, feel free to click the link below.

I hope you are having a tea-riffic day!

Mary

It’s National Hot Cocoa Day

It’s not the holidays without cocoa! Here are my projects for National Hot Cocoa Day:

Here is my card and belly band recipe:

Sentiment: Honey Bee Stamps “Hug in a Mug” stamps and dies

Image: Honey Bee Stamps “Mugs & Kisses” die set, Hello Bluebird “Holly and Pine” dies

Background: Simon Says Stamp “Pine Bouquet” Embossing Folder

Ink: GinaK Dark Chocolate

Since it is National Hot Cocoa Day, I thought I’d also share a recipe for homemade hot cocoa mix. This recipe makes enough for 4 servings. Serve in a festive mug with marshmallows or a candy cane for a sweet seasonal treat.

Ingredients:

4 cups milk (whole or 2%)

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate bar

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Place milk, cocoa powder and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat over medium/medium low heat, whisking frequently, until warm (but not boiling). Add chocolate chips and whisk constantly until the chocolate chips melt and distribute evenly into the milk. Whisk in the vanilla extract and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

I hope you will join in the fun and link up your newly created hot cocoa project for a chance to be a guest designer on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog. Details and link up can be found on the blog: http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/18349

Now go treat yourself – you deserve it!

May your day be warm and cozy,

Mary

Peppermint Mocha Season

I had so much fun creating this card for the Coffee Loving Cardmaker’s Fall/Winter blog hop!

My entry

I started by stamping this adorable image from Stamplorations recent release with Momento Tuxedo Black ink. Then, I used my Copic markers to color it. I really enjoyed creating my mocha swirl inside the cup! Since I don’t have dies, I needed to fussy cut my colored image. My background was created by die cutting a tan piece of cardstock with Lawn Fawn’s Quilted Backdrop and adhered that to my card base. I added foam tape to the back of my cup image to give my card some dimension. Lastly, I added sparkly washi tape to add some more detail to my card.

I think I am ready for Peppermint Mocha season! How about you?

It’s a Perfect Day for a Coffee Date with Kathy

I’m so excited to have another coffee date with my crafty friend Kathy Schweinfurth over on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog.

This color palette was the inspiration for our cards.

I love this color palette! It was so fun creating a card for this coffee date. Below is Kathy’s gorgeous card! She was inspired by the Concord and 9th Coffee Blend Turnabout Stamps and Dies. Please head over to Kathy’s blog to read how she created her card.

Here is my card “Thinking of You”

For my card, I decided to use the Cozy Cup stamp and die set and Cozy Cup Coaster Die from The Greetery.

To create my card, I first used the Lawn Fawn Quilted Backdrop die to add some texture to my card. Next, I stamped all of the elements. I used Catherine Pooler dye inks in Spruce, Skylight, and Sand Castle, and Chocolate ink from Close to my Heart. Layered stamps can be tricky sometimes, but using the MISTI stamping tool makes it simple! These stamps were easily lined up.

After stamping, I die cut everything and adhered it all to my card base. Super simple.

Thanks again to Kathy for inviting me to be her coffee date…truly wish we could meet in person for coffee. Hopefully soon!

PS I dedicate this card to my fellow co-workers. I miss you all so much!