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Nothing says "love" like coffee

I don't know about you, but I *ADORE* coffee. Not like the way I adore my husband, or kids, or dog, but more like a new pair of pajamas, a really good sale... that kind of adore. It's kind of like fuel for my soul, or at least enough juice to make me halfway functional each morning.

And this stamp set that just came in this month's Simon Says Stamp kit is really a classic! For this card I stamped on Bristol cardstock and heat embossed with detail white embossing powder.

I colored in the images using my Zig clean color markers and a waterbrush. I tried to keep it pretty simple and only used three shades of pink, and then added just a touch of gray at the end to help add a little dimension.

I started out A2 size, but decided to make it a smaller, square card. When I trimmed off the extra, I couldn't part with it, so I added it to the inside of the card. The stamping was like my coffee... good to the last drop!

I have a feeling I'll be using this stamp set A LOT.  For now though, hope you enjoy and remember to do something creative today -- with or without caffeine!

Distress Ink Valentine

I created this card for the CutCardStock blog and I'm sharing here on my own blog as well.

I know Valentine's Day is approaching, and I do happen to love the cheesy holiday, but I also believe that every day is a great day to share and appreciate love. Not just romantic love, but just taking a moment to enjoy those around you who love you, and being open to show love to those people and beyond. Don't you think this world would be a little nicer if everyone was just a bit more loving?

To make this card I started with some Strathmore watercolor cardstock and a collection of Distress inks.  I used the "smooshing" technique to make this background. Basically, I just smeared one color on an acetate sheet, spritzed it with water and then smooshed it on the cardstock randomly. I dried the ink with the heat to before doing it all over again with a different color.

I die cut the "love" die and heat embossed the sentiment. It's a super simple card and really all the detail is in the background, so I didn't want to take away from it with anything else I added.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Crafting, and don't forget to share a little love today! ~Amber

Ink Blended Birthday Card

Kicking off the new year, I wanted to build up my stash of ready to mail cards just a bit.  I figured it was easiest to start with birthday cards...

The ink blending was pretty easy on the Savoy 100% cotton cardstock... which is one of my favorite white cardstocks to work with.

Simple stamping and heat embossing kept the ink the star of this show! I finished everything up with a simple frame drawn in with a white gel pen.

Wishing you a Happy New Year! Happy Crafting.... ~Amber

Holiday Gift Card Holder

Today I'm helping to kick off the "Holiday Countdown" Series over at CutCardStock.com....

I started by die cutting Basis Black cardstock and then stamping with white pigment ink to create a chalkboard look to my project.  I wanted to insert my gift card to make it easy for the recipient to get at it and start enjoying the gift! I simply cut two rectangles of cardstock slightly larger than the gift card, yet small enough to fit into the assembled pouch. Another die cut made a perfect slot for my gift card to nestle in.

Wanting to add a little shine, I broke out the foil cardstock to make the poinsettia inlayed die cut. The foil cardstock cut like a dream and assembling it was like putting together a puzzle!

I assembled everything and attached the poinsettia and that's all there is to it. It's such a simple project, but I think it makes the delivery of the gift card extra special!

Thanks for stopping by.... Happy Crafting! ~Amber