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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

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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

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Gnome for the Holidays

Yep. I made another gnome card, I can’t help myself. I love them some much.

I decided to play along with Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #512. This is my first time joining this challenge.

Card recipe:

Diecut: Large Gnome wafer die from Simon Says Stamp

Embossing Folder: Snowflake embossing folder by Provo Craft

Embellishments: Green glitter washi tape from Target and Merry Christmas Label Stickers from Tim Holtz Idea-ology

Paper: Scrap of plaid, patterned paper and scrap of red cardstock and Hammermill 110# white cardstock

Other: Copic Markers, Spellbinders die cutting machine, Art Glitter Glue

Techiques: Dry Embossing, Copic coloring and Die cutting

Bonus for joining this challenge, I now have another holiday card ready to mail!

That’s it for now. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mary

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https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=199868&u=3017887&m=24698&urllink=&afftrack=

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Oh Deer!

Those who know me, know I am not a fan of reindeer cars. You know what I’m talking about – cars or vans that have antlers on top and a red nose on the front. A good friend of mine sent this to me recently. It made me laugh because it’s exactly how I feel 😜!

Each year I count how many of those cars or vans I see. I’m up to 13.5 so far. (The .5 is for a car that only had its nose…antlers missing. My daughter calls those clown cars!) In years past, I would have seen at least 20, but because I’m not going out as much, I’m not having as many opportunities to spot them.

But when Lawn Fawn released this adorable stamp set, I knew I had to have it. I am a fan of cute reindeers! Here’s the card I created.

For this card, I used the Lawn Fawn sets: “Car Critters,” “Car Critters Christmas Add On,” Stamptember “Snow Bunnies,” and “Violet’sABS’s.” To begin, I stamped all of the images in Momemto Tuxedo Black ink and copic colored them. Next, I die cut the images and started thinking about how I wanted my layout to look. I decided to use the “Slimline Forest Border” to create some interest in the background. I die cut it out of white cardstock and then copic colored the little pine trees. I wanted my sentiment to say “Oh Deer!” so I made the sentiment out of “Violet’s ABC’s” and stamped it in red ink to match the reindeer nose on the car. For assembly, I cut a piece of kraft cardstock and then a piece of patterned paper from the Lawn Fawn paper pack “Let it Shine.” Next, I layered the piece with the tree line on top of the patterned paper. I made the road out of grey cardstock and lightly inked the edges with Ranger Picket Fence Distress Ink. Then, I added the road and the trees to the card and then the reindeer car. I added foam to the back of the car for some dimension. Lastly, I added some white gel pen to some of the images and then glitter gel pen to the snow line.

So, even though I am not a fan of reindeer cars, I think I would love seeing reindeers driving a reindeer car. What about you? Does your car have antlers on it right now?!?

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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?