Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop Winner!

Hello Everybody!

I bet you all thought I forgot all about announcing the winner of my Mystery Package for the Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop, right? I didn’t forget; I was just unable to announce it until today! Mr. Crimson Owl and I have been on vacation, celebrating our 10 year anniversary! Our first stop was Atlanta to see an AMAZING Houston Astros team beat the Atlanta Braves in the brand new beautiful Sun Trust Park! Then it was off to Las Vegas, the glitter capitol of the world! Perfect for a crafty gal like me who loves the bling! Now I’m finally back in the craft room, and I DO have a winner to announce!

Drum roll, please . . .

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Congratulations, Tenia! You have won the Mystery Package! Drop me an email at crimsonowl@charter.net with your contact info, and I will get that package off to you right away!

THANK YOU to all of you who left some amazing comments during last month’s Coffee Lovers Bloghop! You make my whole day, and I love hearing what works about my work!

Thank you so much for joining us today!

Live your life in color!

 

Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop

Hello Everybody!

Have you been playing along with the Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop? I love all the great inspiration I’ve seen so far! You can get all the details and link up your Summer coffee themed card right here: http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2017/06/2017-summer-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/

It’s Summer time in the City of Light, so how about a little French roast? The little chat noir would love a sip!

If you like what you see, then leave a little blog love and YOU might be randomly selected to win some amazing blog candy! It’s a surprise! All you need to do is leave a comment with your email to be eligible to win!

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Wrap Up!

Hello Everyone!

Today is the final day of the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! I am wrapping up my entries with today’s final card, a salute to spring tea! There’s still a little time left to link up your coffee or tea inspired projects right here: http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2017/03/2017-spring-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/

I wanted to create something special for the big wrap-up, so I made this pretty tea time tag that I will use to send someone special a little Happy Mail surprise! I also have something special for all of you too, some blog candy!

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, or any of my other Coffee Lovers Blog Hop posts from March 24 -31. One random winner will be selected to win Coffee Nut m&m’s and a Starbucks gift card.

I also wanted to thank the amazing Amy Tsuruta for organizing this spectacular hop every season. With entries surpassing the quadruple digit mark, her ability to comment on nearly every single entry is phenomenal! How does she do it? I bet coffee helps!

I would also like to thank all of our super sponsors who offer us all some truly generous prizes and flash surprises, and the companies that keep designing all these fun coffee and tea stamps and dies. Keep them coming, and remember the stand alone detailed dies too (for us paper crafting lovers)! Thanks also to each and every blogger who offers blog candy too! It is so much fun to come across a surprise chance for a little extra lagniappe of ribbon, sequins, twine, or a gift card. Crafters are the best, am I right?

Finally, I would like to thank all of you in the crafting community who create beautiful coffee inspired cards and projects and share them on the hop all week. I love seeing fresh new ideas, beautiful craftsmanship, and something new every season! I have seen some really amazing masterpieces so far, and it’s not even over! I wish I could have left comments on ALL of your cards, but I was finally done in by store fronts, house numbers, mountains, rivers. street signs, cars, and clicking my way around a sign post! I’ll see you all this summer!

Thank you all so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

 

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop: Wake Up to Coffee!

Wake Up, folks! It’s time for spring and time for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! This sleepy bear has finally rolled on over for a big black cup ‘o joe! You can get all the details and link up your coffee inspired card right here: http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2017/03/2017-spring-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/

I have been making a lot of my “watercolor grid” cards lately, and I have been receiving a few questions on how I make them. Today I am showing you a tiny tutorial on just how easy breezy a pretty background grid is to make.

I start with some inexpensive watercolor paints, a little water misting bottle, and a piece of watercolor paper. Even scraps and odd pieces will work too!

I mist the paper to get it nice and wet, and then just paint on whatever colors that suits my fancy! Today I am doing a very simple spring pinks and yellows palette. Sometimes I will do more complicated ombres, rainbow color washes, or a combination of colors that will best compliment the images on my card. I always start with a simple layer of paint puddles, like this, and then add paint splatters, or dripping paint, or more puddles, allowing each layer to dry before adding the next.

I then cut out the tiny squares that I will arrange in a pattern on a card stock base. I usually use one inch stitched squares, because I love square cards, but I also use circles, octagons, rectangles, anything you’d like to arrange into a pattern. Then I add my die cut images. See? Easy Breezy!

All you have to do is leave a comment and one lucky winner will be selected at random to win actual blog candy! Yes that’s right, Coffee Nut m&m’s and a Starbucks gift card!

One winner will be selected from all the comments left on my blog posts during the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop from March 24 – 31!

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop

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Hello Everyone!

Today is National Cocoa Day, and what could be a better way to celebrate than by joining in the Winter Coffee Lover’s Bloghop with a sweet card? You can get all the details and link up your coffee, cocoa, or tea themed creation at the Coffee Lover’s Blog right here: http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2016/12/2017-winter-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/

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‘Tis the season to sparkle with a shiny red cup of something rich and sweet and a little doughnut! It’s been so gloomy and rainy these past few days I just can’t get a decent photo that really shows the great shiny red cup!

But this should warm your heart, I’ve got a little surprise, BLOG CANDY!

All you have to do is leave a comment and one random winner will be selected to win a Starbuck’s gift card! Winners will be announce after the hop.

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Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop

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Hello Everyone!

Today I am finally able to enter my first card for the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! I have been really under the weather all weekend with the worst cold I’ve had in years! I’ve just been slogging around the house drinking tea and going through the motions of my life! I really hope I feel better soon! Until then, there is COFFEE! You can get all the details and link up your coffee creation right here: http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2016/12/2017-winter-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/

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I made this card this afternoon after a nice nap and more cold medication! Hopefully, I will able to create a few more coffee, cocoa, and tea themed cards before the hop ends! So I have a very special surprise for one random commenter on today’s blog. I would like to invite you out for a wonderful cup of hot coffee, and say THANK YOU for following me this year! Your comments and kind words have been so wonderful, and I am grateful for each and every one of you. Maybe we can’t go out together, but I can do this:

BLOG CANDY!!!!

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That’s right, one random winner will be selected to win this Starbucks gift card and whatever goodies I can stuff into the mailer! From one crafter to another, Happy Hot Coffee Season! All you need to do is leave a comment. Winners will be announced after the hop.

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I am also going to link this sweet little pick-me-up pick-up to this week’s Inspired By All the Little Things Challenge #36 right here: http://inspiredbyallthelittlethings.blogspot.com/2016/12/inspired-by-all-little-things-featuring.html

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Thank you so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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Coffe Lovers Blog Hop Day 2

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Hello Everyone!

Today is a great day for more coffee themed crafty goodness! Have you heard about the Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop? Inspiration, ideas, prizes, blog candy – -you won’t want to miss a thing! Get all the details and link up your card right here: http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2016/09/2016-fall-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/

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Today’s card is all about the pumpkin spice! I created the background by making “tiles” out of rich, coffee earth tones water color squares I painted myself. These colors remind me of coffee, cream, and the fabulous colors of a painted desert or farm fields in the fall. Then I used a few of my favorite dies from Poppystamps, MFT, and Impression Obsession to make this old pickup with a BIG cup of coffee!

BLOG CANDY ALERT!

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That’s right, I’ve got BLOG CANDY, and I mean REAL candy! To win this highly addictive bag of Coffee Nut m&m’s, and a Starbucks gift card, all you need to do is become a blog follower of Crimson Owl Creations, and leave a little blog love! One random winner will be selected from all the comments I receive during my multiple posts during the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. Winners will be announced October 10th!

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Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!

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