Happy Birthday Amy!!

PNW friends are hopping once again, this time for Amy Tsuruta!

Lovely Laura Norris is our hostess and I’m the last stop, but you can check below for the hop order!

Our challenge was to create a card with green, Seattle, or coffee.

I chose green as my focus, and because I was traveling and had three blog posts to write during that time, I brought my cards along, and for Amy I did the photoshoot in a San Francisco coffeeshop!

Last year I took her to NYC as a virtual trip; well this year, Amy, here are some coffeeshops I recommend along with your so-not San Francisco card (could any California city be less tropical??!!)

Amy likes pineapples so I created a very clean card with the Pink Paislee pinapple embossing folder and Kaisercraft pineapple die cut from green and gold Bazill paper.

Pineapples are sweet and so is Amy! Hoping she has an amazing day filled with friends, family, some crafting and of couse, coffee!

Equator on Market in SF is a great choice for healthy eats and their single origins, as well as some great art.

Just down the street you’ll find Mazarine who features Ritual coffee and Linea roasters. Love their decor and single origin options.

We also visited Ritual in the Haight, a super modern, friendly and delicious choice!

But I saved the best for last: Sightglass in SOMA. Amy you’ll love the affagato bar! 

Single origin Colombia espresso over Salt & Straw vanilla ice cream! 

Want to know where these are located and 20 more must-visit coffee shops in SF? See this Eater article! Happy travels, happy drinking, and….

Happiest birthday, Amy!

Amy—Birthday Girl

Laura

Kimberly

Toni

Tonya

Kate—— You’re here!


PNW Birthday Celebration 

It’s Toni’s birthday today, and we’re hopping in her honor! As the hostess of the celebration, I put together a festive mood board, a mix of fire-crackin’, jewel-toned glitz, glam, boho-chic, and retro vibes!

I had so many ideas… I mean look at this board! But the main image that kept popping out initially was the red & blue high rise, so I started there, stenciling a dotted background with MFT Persimmon hybrid ink and blue Distress ink using Dot Fade from Tim Holtz.

Thinking of Toni, and her love of mermaids and sea-focused designs, I proceeded with Hero Arts Layering whale. I love that it’s a humpback because we had one visit us in early June and it was so exciting because we don’t have them pass through all that often. He was literally in my backyard! So that makes this PNW Birthday card even more PNW!!

The stenciled background was much more interesting cut & reassembled from Avery Elle’s Petal frame. The flower of the petals echo water droplets and the blue/white/black dress in mood board.

The mermaid was stamped with teal pigment ink and then hest embossed with Ranger verdigris powder, so it echos the teal room and gilded necklaces.

The whale’s party hat is blue and a red/orange combo. I love how it reflects the smaller dots and the colors of the 70s model. I worked in the stars on her hat in my sequin strand.

The sequin strand is also inspired by the necklaces in the mood board.

My lighting conditions were about as low visiblity as the ocean deep, so it was difficult to capure the inner card, but I finished it off with some blue waves washi.

Well, Toni I hope your day goes swimmingly and you’re feeling whaley loved (sorry, had to)! Wishing you an ocean if inspiration and good times this year!

Please join in the fun, and hop along with the rest of my friends. Here’s the full line up! And don’t forget to wish Toni a happy day!

Amy

Laura

Kimberly

Toni—– Birthday Girl 

Tonya

Lisa

Kate—— You’re here!


PNW Birthday Buddies: Part Deux

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Bold! Beautiful! Bright!

These words come to mind when I think of Ms. Kimberly Weiner! She is a bundle of fun energy and we have some great talks and laughs, especially when we carpool and craft! She is super supportive and someone you can reach out to when in need!  I am glad to call her a friend!

Of course, today is her birthday and we’re hopping here in the PNW!  Lisa is our hostess, and you can head over to her site for the full hop listing!

A couple weeks ago, Kimberly taught her class at Impress Cards and Crafts and a few of us joined in the fun. Of course, who can leave that store empty-handed?

I scored some great new offerings, among which is the Flora and Fauna Llama birthday die! Their dies and stamps are really cool; a fun addition to the quirky Savvy line.
So we were supposed to CASE one of Kimberly’s cards as part of our hop, and I couldn’t believe she had just posted one to IG featuring the Llama stamp set by Flora & Fauna. Great, creative minds, synchronicity, and all that! Go check it out at her IG, as it’s not on her blog.

This was one of her cards I had in mind, though, in addition to the Llama!

And here’s my card for her!

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Kimberly had just been talking about this flag die the other week, so I knew I wanted to use it as the backdrop.  It’s Spellbinders Floral Ribbon Threader, which reminds me of the Mexican folk art papel picado banners.  I have used them to frame my sugar skulls dies for Dia de los Muertos.

Anyway, I cut two of the banners and adhered their wrong sides, so I can write on the back, like a postcard.

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The llama was cut from both Fun Foam/Stick-It Adhesive and #100 Ellen Huston linen paper.  I don’t use my Flower Soft much (and as a result, I don’t use the special glue for the Flower Soft, so the glue was all dried up!).  I improvised with Diamond Glaze, but it didn’t give the tacky dimension that the other glue does.  So I layered up the fine white and pink Flower Soft.

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The yellow cording has wire inside, so it creates a really fun 3-D balloon string, and can be shaped a million and one ways!  I cut the balloon from hand-colored watercolored paper and the Stick-it/Fun Foam.  I embellished with some blue Stickles and then pieces of the ribbon tie had come off when cutting the ribbon, and I thought they looked awesome, so I let them fall and dry on the balloon.

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The sentiment, which I didn’t anticipate ahead of time, ended up fitting perfectly on the banner!  I knew I wanted to use one of the Kaisercraft bold subway sentiments, and this was absolutely fitting!

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Finally, Neat and Tangled has a new Envelope/doily die that is only available from their site (not sold in other stores/online stores).  I love it’s design and versatility, and it works well with the Mexican vibe of this card.  It was cut from vellum and then wrapped with some fringe ribbon (from Target!).

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Alright, Kimberly!  You better have a smashing birthday (this llama could serve as a pinata as well!).  And the rest of you better hip-hop to the next stop, which is Kimberly’s blog, and make sure to wish her a fabulous year ahead and check out her amazing work! Want to hop back to the beginning? Start here.

Llama and Balloon Die
Flora and Fauna Clear Die

PNW Birthday Buddies

 

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Laura, I am sorry that the sun is not shining for you in the PNW (what else is new), I am sorry that Mercury is in retrograde (thus all my uploading woes), and thus I do apologize for being so unfashionably late. All that being said, I sure hope you have had a wonderful birthday weekend, and caught some sunny spring splendor Friday or late yesterday!  What a wonderful time of the year for a birthday when everything is bursting to life!

This card was inspired by the season and earth day!  I can’t wait to get digging in the dirt and my containers, as the front of the house is looking like a wasteland after the winter!

I’ve had this printed acetate from Studio Calico for awhile now and kept wanting to use it, but not really feeling inspired to.  Sometimes just spending time with your stash, organizing, reminding yourself of forgotten dies, and sifting through the bits and bobs leads to inspiration.  This is a a combo of new and old, and features a few different techniques.

For example, the hummingbird set from Hero Arts is brand new; I love these dies so much–you’ll be seeing more of this and the other bird soon.  I adhered some washi from a great Michael’s collection to some cardstock and then die cut.  I like this technique and it is a great way to create unique papers and use up washi, especially that which is getting older and losing its stick.

The sentiment from Papertrey Ink is adhered below the acetate.  Because anything will show under the acetate, adhering it itself is tricky, so glue dots were used under the die cuts.

The little Wellie is from an older My Creative Time die set.  The top layer of the boot is cut from hand-colored Ranger glossy paper using a combo of orange, pink and yellow alcohol inks.

I watercolored with brushos, available at The Heart Desires, and cut that paper with the new Waffle Flower leafy dies.   The new Waffle Flower collection looks so good with Savvy dies, and so I united the Savvy floral set here.

The inside is finished with the Michael’s washi set.

I’m the last stop on the hop, so make sure to head over to Laura’s blog and check out her recent work and wish her a happy birthday!

If you want to start at the beginning, head over to Tonya’s blog, our hostess for the event!

Many blessings to you Laura and your new year!

Birthday Buddies Back Again!

Hey Lisa!  Happy Birthday girl!  I hope today finds you feeling fabulous, and I sure hope to celebrate with you in person this Saturday!  The birthday buddies have gathered again here and will do so in person this weekend!  So much to celebrate in December!

And if you’ve got a birthday in December, well, it’s only fitting you get a birthday card that suits the season– and a sentiment that reminds you not to get too upset by the little things, like age and birthdays, and upside down trees!

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Oh, Miss Utinni, what have you done?  This was supposed to be Lisa’s birthday tree!!

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Oh, I see how you work– you think you can just try and hide the tree… very clever.  Such deeds cannot be so easily undone, Miss Utinni.  Looks like the ornaments are all intact.

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That’s better.  At least now, Lisa can see just how lovely her ombre pink birthday tree is right-side up, even without all the ornaments.

Now, Lisa is a consumate copic colorer, so I did my best to honor her skills with my copic-colored Miss Utinni, her hat and ornaments!

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Oh look at that sweet face– How can you even get mad at that?  Don’t you love how the sentiment’s stars work with the striped b/w paper?

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Look at those delicious ornaments, stamped with masking, copic colored and then heat embossed using Versafine Champagne ink and some sparkly embossing powder.  A technique I used here in two of my favorite holiday cards (from Christmas 2013, yikes!!).

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Close-up of the baubles and the ombre tree that was stamped in three different pinks, then covered with Versafine Champagne and clear embossing powder, then heat set for a shiny effect.  Miss Utinni’s hat has a bit of ice-blue Stickles and was fussy cut, then adhered.

The retro papers are from Snow Fun collection by Carta Bella.  The flag, cat, ornaments and sentiment are all from Avery Elle.  All available at The Heart Desires.

And psssst… I may be hinting at our upcoming challenge starting 12/7!

Here’s a list of the participating birthday buddies!  You’re off to Lenae, next!

Amy

Toni

Vicki

Kimberly

Tonya

Katie

Laura

Kate — You are Here!

Lenae

BIRTHDAY GIRL: Lisa

Thanks for celebrating with us today, and make sure to wish Lisa a happy birthday!

P.S. This card was indeed inspired by my naughty little grrl, Ms. Utinni, aka “We are siamese if we please…” who has pulled over my new fake tree, and has since removed every ornament from it.  This Avery Elle stamp set was made for her, I am convinced of it!

Bright Birthday

Happy Birthday, Lenae! Love this graphic Kimberly picked for Lenae, as she spent the last month, and then some, in Hawaii. I lived vicariously through her gorgeous pictures, and can’t wait to finally catch up with this girl soon IRL, as it’s been far too long.

I hope today brings her some sun (after a rainy, cold PNW weekend so far) and fond reflections on her past year with an eye on all that is to come!

Won’t you join me in wishing a bright, creative, lovely lady a day that is just the same?!

Hop along with us for inspiration and fun!

I actually made this card for Lenae specifically back in April!!! Early for once! 😉

Digi 1″ flair made with epoxy clear sticker. Up cycled coffee bag cottage leaf die.

Tonya sent me some goodies from The Heart Desires shop, including the new Concord & 9th Cake Stamp. So I figured I’d do it up for our hop, tropical style, coloring it with Prismas and Gamsol.

She also has the fab We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folders, like this pillow design. She has Maggie Holmes’awesome Bloom paper too. 

Don’t you love how the little bird is popping up behind the cake? I deliberately cut and positioned the panel, and punched a hole on the banner, threading the sequin strand behind.

The sentiment is cut from Rose Gold metalic paper from Bazzill.

Hope you have lots of cake, Lenae, and enjoy your hop!

Hop Participants:

Amy

Kate: You’re here!

Katie

Kimberly

Laura

Lisa 

Toni 

Tonya

Vicki 
Birthday Girl! Lenae

Coffee and Birthdays…

What can be better?

Both are crazy awesome (as long as you aren’t counting cups or candles), and even better when shared with others.

Today is Tonya’s birthday, and she’ll be celebrating with the rest of our crafty crew. Not sure if candles will be involved, but coffee most certainly will, and a whole lot of laughs.  Sadly, Katie and I will be celebrating from afar, but nonetheless wishing we were there to ring in what I hope will be another successful, creative year for Tonya! 

2015 saw the launch of her boutique-style craft store, The Heart Desires, which is bringing in new product daily, some of which I am featuring today on Tonya’s birthday card.

So nearly every item on this card can be found in The Heart Desires shop–and probably my favorite addition to my supplies is the Richard Garay sweater embossing folder. His product is new to me–that is what is great about the style of Tonya’s store, she features items I haven’t come across before, or that may not be the most promoted brand (though you can find those too, like Concord &9th’s newest releases and Neat and Tangled that work so well together).

The coffee cup has been stamped 3x and heat embossed from Neat and Tangled’s Perfect Blend set, then fussy cut and adhered to the base to create the lid and wrap.  The lid was covered with Versamark clear embossing ink and clear embossing powder to give a glossy plastic appearance to the lid.

I love Concord and 9th’s large stamps, like this one from the Crazy Awesome set, stamped on vellum and heat embossed, but with a few rearrangements, the dried embossing chipped off in a few places!  I used WOW orange embossing powder, and think the lines may have been too thin, or the pigment ink I used didn’t adhere to the vellum well thus causing the embossed sections to chip off.  It *was* perfect!!  Grrr…Anyone ever have this issue? I never have… Delicata gold heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine gold powder was used for sentiment.

Maggie Holmes Bloom paper has been added with twine to the edge for interest; I have also featured Concord and 9th’s new leaf die cut from gold foam.  Sentiment is from Perfect Blend set as well and stamped with Hero Arts Unicorn White. Some fun lemon-cream and gold dot washi finishes the inside.

Not only is it Tonya’s special day, but also the first couple days of our Fall Coffee Lovers Hop! Can’t believe I made it to both parties on time!!  It’s back to school for me, and I went from 0 to 60 first thing Monday morning– so every day has been a 9-9 (or later) work day!  Coffee, anyone?

And with that, I am heading to bed, or I will be one bleary-eyed teacher in the too-soon morning!

Hop along with us won’t you? And make sure to send some birthday wishes Tonya’s way, and maybe some orders!!

Happy birthday friend– coffee on me, soon!

Hop Participants:

Toni

Lenae

Katie

Lisa

Kimberly

Laura 

Amy

SEA-NYC: Happy Birthday Amy!

Boarding pass? Check.

Suitcase? Check.

Party hat? Check.

Are you ready for a cross-continent celebration with the PNW Crafting Crew?  Well, you better get on board, fasten your seat belts, and enjoy the ride because it’s Ms. Amy Tsuruta’s birthday 5.0, and I am your host for this very special trip!

Now before we get started, I must give credit where it’s due, and this birthday celebration was inspired in part by Bev of Happy Dance.  When I saw her post back in February, the gears started turning and this trip is the result! Check out her post here.  Thanks for the inspiration, Bev!

Now if you miss your flight or get lost along the way, return here to hop back on board.

Here is the itinerary:

Kate: You are here!
Tonya

Vicki 

Toni

Lenae

Katie

Lisa

Kimberly

Laura 

Amy, you’ll be flying with me to NYC first!

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So if you are familiar with Amy, you know she likes coffee.  Just a tad.  You may also know that she frequents NYC to visit her son.  So that was the inspiration for our destination, and my card and accompanying journal cards!

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Paper Smooches Super2 dies are cut from an Anthropologie bag and layered in the Savvy Stamps cup.  I love this cup!!

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The cupcakes and #HBD sentiment are from Kal Barteski’s Happy Something Studio Calico set.  All were stamped on vellum and heat embossed, then fussy cut.  I love Kal’s work and her urban style fit my design perfectly.

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In keeping with the urban aesthetic, I worked in a Tim Holtz brick embossing folder, and the checker cab and black/white sentiment papers from Basic Grey’s Urban Luxe line.

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I love how the rising and setting sun looks in New York, especially in the summer, as it slants between buildings and bounces from their metallic and glass facades.  So that was the inspiration for my sun wheel, cut from hand-colored glossy paper using pink, orange, and yellow alcohol inks.

The splatter paper layer is from The Lilypad’s digital collection and the other multicolored paper is upcycled from an Anthro bag as well.  Love how they worked together and with the Urban Luxe collection!

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What trip would be complete without a journal to record the best moments?  Using digital journal cards and digital stamps from In a Creative Bubble and Kellie Stamps, as well as The Lilypad, and other embellishments,  I made my own 3×4 cards.

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I love how the Kelli Stamps coffee sentiments work so well with In A Creative Bubble’s NYC set!

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And finally, here is the package all wrapped up with a fun tag using Paper Smooches numbers.  The #HBD was repeat stamped with Hero Arts Black Ombre ink.

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To say August in NYC can be hot and sticky is an understatement–I was there melting onto the streets right before the massive power outage in 2003, but we’re going to brave the heat and stop at some of my favorite coffeeshops  because after a red-eye to LaGuardia, we’re going to need some coffee!

  • First stop, Sweetleaf in Long Island City, just a hop skip from LaGuardia.  Love this coffeeshop with a wide selection of amazing baked goods, fabulous decor, and a record room!
  • Next, we will stretch our legs and walk to Greenpoint to check out the shops and grab more coffee at Cafe Grumpy!
  • Then it’s off to Williamsburg, where we can take in the views at the East River Park, then grab lunch at Radegast Hall and Biergarten, and maybe find something sparkly to commemorate your 50th at Catbird.
  • And before we hit the bridge, we’ll grab one more coffee at Blue Bottle on Berry St.
  • Then it’s off to Manhattan via the Williamsburg bridge to shop in Soho, with a stop at Harney and Son’s on Broome St. for an afternoon tea.
  • Tired yet?  Does a cupcake sound good?  Dessert before dinner is always a good idea, especially if it’s your birthday, and there are plenty of places to choose from– Georgetown, Molly’s, Magnolia?  Or do you have a favorite, Amy?
  • Before we head to the Ace for a good night’s sleep, we’ll need to eat some dinner and maybe watch the sunset from the High Line!  I’m leaving dinner up to you, Amy!  What’s your favorite spot in the city?  Tomorrow, we’ll hit some museums and landmarks, and then you are off to the beach with Tonya!  Head there now for a peek at the tropical wonder that awaits you!

I only wish I could really take you on this trip, Amy, but I hope you’ve enjoyed the virtual version and the memories it may have brought back of your other times in NYC.

Wishing you only the best in your new decade!!

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Thanks for traveling with me today– head to Tonya‘s site now and don’t forget to stop by Amy’s to wish her a happy day!!

More upcycled skylines for ya:

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Super Lucky Birthday

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There’s a lot to celebrate this weekend: making it home alive from vacation, the Fourth of July, oh and Ms. Toni’s BIRTHDAY!

So looooong before I ever met Toni, I discovered her website, Frankie Helps Craft, likely back in 2013 or early 2014 (I would have to look back at my comments). I really liked her work, and her love of cats (Frankie is her boy who looks much like my Atticus), and the fact she was living nearby.  It would be another year or so until she joined our PNW crafting group, and I know we are all really happy she did!  In addition to the aforementioned qualities, once I got to know Toni, there was even more to like–mutual love of X-Files, her sassiness and humor! She has brought some crazy crafting stations to our gatherings and taught us some mad techniques!  And now, she is Tonya’s right hand woman, working hard to keep The Heart Desires blog rolling and all of us in line!  She is a great leader for the team, and so I am sending a big thank you and even bigger birthday wishes to Toni today!

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Super lucky–the world and us, Toni!! She really likes nautical and we just wrapped up our nautical month over at The Heart Desires, so I integrated that into the card with non-traditional colors inspired as well by our first challenge!

Tonya has the awesome Carta Bella World embossing folder for sale, and I received it with about 50 million other goodies she sent me last month!  I was anticipating a bubble mailer; I received a box that was a workout for my pathetic arms! It will take me about 50 million years to discover all that is in that box! Definitely the gift that will keep on giving– and that is why crafty friends are the best!

I love how the embossing folder looks with the Tim Holtz watercolor paper (also available from THD).  I thought about watercoloring it, but really just love it clean, especially with the bold black sentiment from Julie Ebersole’s Up the Happy Stamp set.

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I adorned the top with some bits and bobs; flair I made from a digital print and epoxy sticker; Avery Elle flag cut from digital paper; an old Studio Calico vellum flag; and die cut anchor from MFT.  Not complete without a sequin strand!

That’s it for me. I am heading to bed with visions of the sea floating in my mind; sand still stuck between my toes; and hopes that Toni has a fabulous day! 

You are off to Amy’s site to continue the hop; if you get lost, check in with our host, Lenae of Sugar Gems!