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!!
I am so excited for Tonya as she embarks on this journey and I hope you will share in the excitement as well by hopping along with the design team and then hopping over to her store to find some sweet products for your planners and paper-crafting! Tonya will be curating high-quality products that she recommends in a boutique-style shop. For our hop, we are featuring some of her current products and/or Hero Arts company products.
For all you coffee lovers, she has some fabulous finds for your next coffee inspired project–stamps, stencils, inks, and great embellishments! Here are few of my favorites. Click any image My links aren’t working, so click here to be taken to Tonya’s shop to purchase:
So here is a lovely picture of a coffee plant. In my modern twist, neon colors and bold black take center stage. The flower and berry stem is from Julie Ebersole’s Wild Garden set.
The leafy stem has been cut from one of the most beautiful coffee bags I have ever seen (the coffee was pretty fine, too!). I love single origin coffees and exploring small roasters. We are pretty lucky here in the PNW to have some amazing roasters–Heart, Coava, Courier, Case Study, Seattle Coffee Works, Elm Roasters, and Slate to name a few. In Seattle, we are also finally catching up with other progressive cities and our coffee shops are offering some wonderful roasters from all over the US. Here is a photo of the actual bag:
Isn’t that lovely? I have cut out the entire bag and have a few other up-cycled projects in the works!
For the flower, I embossed a Hero Arts background stamp onto cardstock with clear Versafine embossing ink and covered it with clear embossing powder.
Then I sponged Hero Arts Neon pink ink over the embossing. You can see some of the sheen of the clear embossing on top of the flower.
The sentiment is from an older Kelly Purkey collection. She has partnered with Hero Arts and has some fantastic product for planners, scrapbooking, and card making which Tonya is featuring in her store. Below are a few of the featured Hero Arts products (the whimsical leaf is actually from Penny Black, but I’ve had it so long, I thought it was a Hero Arts die! Hence, its appearance alongside the other products!)
You can view more of my coffee-inspired projects here!
Next Up: Terrarium Love
Hero Arts offers up the best of the papercrafting trends like succulents and pineapples as of late! My next card features HA succulent garden stamps, their terrarium die cut from Jen Hadfield gold paper and birch wood paper, Distress Ink watercoloring on Ranger watercolor paper, Studio Calico sentiment, and all digital papers from The Lilypad and The Digital Press.
The inside washi is from Stampin’ Up, which Tonya also sells! I love the play of coral against the blues and ripe green.
Okay, now it’s time for you to hop along to the rest of the design team’s pages for some more inspiration!
Oh Christmas bean, oh Christmas bean, how green you are before roasting; Oh Christmas bean, oh Christmas bean, once brewed, you are worth toasting!
Hey, everyone, welcome to the….
It’s that time again to pay homage to the liquid gold that fuels us all year through, and especially at this time of the year!
Each hop more and more coffee loving papercrafters come aboard, and it’s always so much fun to meet new participants, and reunite with others at this quarterly event. This time around there are 49 sponsors and prizes to be won! Those super commenters have their work cut out for them, as there are already over 500 entries and two days left! Amy and Chaitali have created a tsunami of an event, and the number of coffee stamps, dies, and embellishments that have followed in their wake is staggering!
I have required copious cups of coffee this past month, not because it is the holiday season, but because we are raising a new kitten and dealing with everything that goes along with that (kitten-proofing the house, dealing with “Utinni oops” on linens, poopy paws and runny noses, vet visits, cleaning, cleaning, laudromat, cleaning, repeat and repeat and repeat, and managing existing cat dynamics). Luckily, I teach out of my home studio, so disasters have been apprehended early, and I can easily monitor events. She is starting to jump higher and higher, and scaled my shower curtain just tonight…the fun is only beginning! Here’s our little dirty snowball with icicle eyes– a perfect Christmas kitten–Utinni!
If you are wondering about her name, she is named for a word in the language of the Jawas in Star Wars (anyone heading to theaters tomorrow or this weekend?) but it is merely a coincidence that the movie is coming out just after her adoption. We actually named her last spring on a trip to Portland before we even knew her. Full name is Utinni Alberta Noi (the last two being favorite places in PDX) and it’s just so fun to say!
So back on track (kittens have a tendency to derail you every waking moment), and on with my card, that could also function as a tag!
I have left it open to be either adhered to a card base or just clipped onto some gifted beans.
And talking about beans!! I Distress-inked some watercolor paper with Pine Needle ink (love that color!!) and set out to cut many, many beans from the Impression Obsession coffee set. These dies have made an appearance in a variety of my prior coffee hop entries, which you can see here. If you didn’t know already, coffee beans are actually green before roasting!
I adhered beans to a base, fussy cut, and then used some icicle Stickles to add sparkle, and finally adorned the tree with Memory Box’s Festive Lights die.
Using my favorite embossing plate from PTI, I added texture to the background card cut from a Lawn Fawn notecard die.
I instantly fell in love with Basic Grey’s Juniper Berry line this year, rivaled only by Pinkfresh’s holiday papers, so Juniper Berry will be featured in many of my holiday cards. Here I have used the geometric woodgrain and the hot-pink design.
To add to the scrappy aesthetic, I rummaged around for some fun embellishments such as this acetate Maggie Holmes leaf, Freckled Fawn metal wreath, and sentiment, created with my new, awesome, Stampin’ Up Rotary stamp– the largest rotary stamp ever. You can order one here from my girl Tonya!! And check out her beautiful cards while you are at her site!!
I clipped everything to a woodgrain paper base from Ellen Hutson, added a strip of silver/teal washi, and placed a star on the highest bough!
This is also headed over to Virginia’s FINAL challenge–All About Glitter. Virginia’s View challenges have garnered as much interest from our crafting community as the coffee hops. Her challenge is one of the best and her own cards are amazing and always inspiring! We will miss your challenges, but keep following your creative acts!
I wish I had my tag completed in time for our crafty gathering and gift exchange. The talented and lovely Katie Brooks took home my gift below!
THE GIFTS! So lucky to have a great group of sweet, talented crafters to hang with regularly!
What’s on your wish list this holiday? Any crafting must-haves? I saw Santa ordering a MISTI for me! Leave me a comment on your way out and let me know about your Christmas wish, your favorite coffee, or a crazy cat story! There may be some swag if you do so!
Enjoy the hop and have a very merry____________________ and a happy new year!
Thanks for stopping by!
And this happened while writing this post:
I heard some noise in my studio upstairs, and then movement on the stairs, followed by a thump and a meow. Atticus brings me the most interesting gifts–I think the messages here are “Pay attention to me, not that stupid kitten” and “You should be crafting”!
This is a doubly special post as it serves as a celebration of both the Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop and Lenae’s birthday! Lenae, if you don’t know her already through her website, Sugar Gem Crafts, is one of the fabulous PNW crafters with whom I gather on a semi-regular basis. I was finally able to meet her last Saturday in person when we had a large gathering at Amy’s which was full of laughter and great conversation. I hope to get to know Lenae more, and you should as well by visiting her blog, and wishing her a happy birthday while you are at it! I am wishing her a birthday as colorful as this card and as sweet as…. a pumpkin spice latte?! (I threw that in there for all you lovers of everything pumpkin, especially lattes!)
Happy Birthday Lenae! We PNW crafters are having a birthday hop, so make sure to check out the rest of the creations over at Amy, Katie, Kimberly, Tonya, Vicki, Toni and Lisa‘s websites!
And speaking of lattes, pumpkin or not, it’s also time for another Coffee Lovers Bloghop! I really like participating in these hops as it is fun to look back at where I was creatively a year ago, but more importantly to look forward at all the new creations, participants, and products that have flooded the papercrafting market as a result of this coffee movement! It’s really quite amazing the traction and influence this Coffee Lovers Bloghop has had on the industry.
There are 42 super sponsors offering give-aways for lucky participants! We’ll see how lucky I am as far as that goes. I am never a big winner when it comes to contests, but having the opportunity to create and participate is really all that matters to me. I have enough materials to last me a lifetime!
ALERT!! Blog Candy Ahead:
And speaking of materials, if you leave me a comment, I, too, will offer up some blog candy for a few randomly chosen commenters.
I absolutely love this paper from Shimelle; appropriately enough, it is called “Latte” and is part of the True Stories collection. This particular two-sided paper has journaling cards on one side and that wonderful floral on the other. I layered them on some Tim Holtz watercolor paper.
I was struggling to find a stamp or die cut that would work with the “fancy” sentiment and font, until mostly by accident I looked at one of the other journaling cards and realized the “happy” would make a perfect complement. And I LOVE how the red angle on the flag works with the angle of the cup!
I cut two flags from different dies, and folded the yellow one over the side, giving some nice dimension and grounding for the other flag.
Is that ampersand brad fabulous or what? It is adhered to a metal embellishment from Basic Grey’s Market Spice line.
Lovely layers and textures!
I will leave you with a few of my favorite coffee images captured during our recent trips; vacations always include discovering new coffee and roasters, or revisiting old favorites. Hover over any image to learn more about the location and coffee!
Want to see more of my coffee cards from hops past? Check out my portfolio page here.
Thanks for stopping by and happy hopping!!
My favorite coffee layout from the Summer Bloghop, featuring images from our favorite shops in Vancouver, BC: Revolver and Parallel
Extracto Coffee, Alberta Arts PDX
Cold Brew on Lake Diablo, WA
Relaxing at Heart Roaster in PDX
Sweet Cup of Single Origin
Case Study, a favorite in PDX
We love Cafe Mela in Wenatchee, WA
Elm Roasters rock Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA
This machine blew our mind at Nobrow (now Blue Copper) in Salt Lake City, UT