Spring Delivery

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Today I am playing along with the newest Fusion Challenge, Truck Bouquet! I fell in love with this inspiration photo the very instant I saw it! You can get all the details and link up your own Truck Bouquet inspired cards over at the Fusion Challenge right here: http://fusioncardchallenge.blogspot.com/2017/04/fusion-truck-bouquet.html

I made a grey truck, filled it with bright flowers, and boom! Done! I wanted a super CAS look with this too, and it turned out great!

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Live your life in color!

Poppystamps Sneak Peek

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Today I am over on the Poppystamps blog with a spring cutie! You can take a look over at the Poppystamps blog right here: http://poppystamps.typepad.com/poppystamps/2017/04/spring-cleaning-by-michele-k-henderson.html

While you’re there, check out this month’s challenge, Gift It! We’d love to see what you create!

 

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Ooops! What happened here?

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Today I am playing along with a very intriguing challenge, Show Us Your Boo Boos! When I first read about the challenge, I thought, oh yeah, I make tons of boo boos, but I never have any to show. I always end up fixing, re-doing, or scrapping altogether all my card making mistakes, which means all the evidence is recycled away!

Wouldn’t you know it, the very next day, I made a big boo boo, tried to fix it, and then made a bigger mess! before I scrapped it, I took a photo! Take a look at this!

Oops! For this card, I had decided to create a color fade with the stars, so I cut out stars in shades of gray and orange, but I screwed that up by gluing the stars in by stripes. Then I decided if I removed just one row of stars, I could make a different kind of striped pattern. I had just glued them down with a tiny drop of glue, so I should be able to pull them right off, right? Nope!

It just wasn’t going to happen! This is what the card looked before going into the recycling box!

But since Darnell’s NBUS Challenge #11 was fresh on my mind, I decided to play along! I am actually using all three legs of the stool! I have a boo boo, and I have an NBUS die, the All Star Collage from Poppystamps. The final, finished, (mostly) boo boo free version of my card looked like this!

I like it much better with the color change too. I made this for my hubbie to celebrate opening day of baseball season. He is a huge Houston Astros fan!

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Live your life in color!

Poppystamps Spring Celebration

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Today I’m over on the Poppystamps blog with this spring celebration card! What are we celebrating? Head on over to the Poppystamps blog right here, join the celebration, and leave a little love: http://poppystamps.typepad.com/poppystamps/2017/04/spring-celebration-by-michele-k-henderson.html

While you’re there, check out our newest challenge, Gift It! You can get all the details by clicking on the Poppystamps Challenge badge on the right, over at the Poppystamps blog!

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Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Wrap Up!

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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!

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

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Are you playing along with the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop? It’s absolutely amazing how many people are playing along and it’s barely just getting started! You can get all the details and link up your coffee themed card right here: http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2017/03/2017-spring-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/

You know how much I love coffee and kitties, so I thought I’d add just one more! This lucky little March kitty is thrilled to have a little Irish coffee! He’s here to bring some good news. I’ve got blog candy!

All you have to do is leave a comment and one random lucky winner will be chosen to win a Starbucks gift card and these amazing (and addictive) Coffee Nut m&m’s!

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Live your life in color!