National Cocoa Day

Hello Everyone,

I am popping in with a quick card to celebrate the National Cocoa Day on the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. The funny thing is, that my Simon Says Stamp package just arrived in the morning and it had a little freebie stamp with this cute image. I felt I just had to use it right away.

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I started with die cutting a tag (Clearly Besotted die) from white cardstock, added a little blue gingham paper with a dark brown mat to the bottom of it. I stamped the sentiment from the mini set with Gina K Designs inks.

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Then I stamped the mouse with the cacao, coloured it with Copics and added some details with a white gel pen, black glaze pen, Spectrum Noir Shimmer pen and glossy accents.

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While it was drying I die cut some pine tree branches (Simon Says Stamp) from metallic green cardstock and covered the whole of the tag. I also added a dark red paper bow (Mama Elephant die) using liquid glue.

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The background is a cute patterned paper from Doodlebug, matted with dark brown cardstock. I used 3D foam tape to pop up the tag.

I will upload this to the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and also to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Christmas/Winter holidays.

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I hope you like my card and will pop in again soon. I am off to have my hot cacao now from my favourite mug! Yummie.

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See you soon,




Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop – card #2

Hello Everyone,

I am quickly popping in tonight to show you my second card for the Coffee Loving Card Makers Blog Hop. I am still using the Cup of Cocoa stamp and die set from Newton’s Nook Designs. The sketch of the card was inspired by the wonderful Francine Vuilleme (this card).

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After stamping and colouring the images with Copic markers, I die cut them with the coordinating dies. I die cut a square from pretty Lawn Fawn paper with on rounded corner (MFT Blueprints) and one from white cardstock to hold the sentiment. On this piece I stamped the “Sending” (Simon Says Stamp set) in red hot ink and under it with black a sentient from the above mentioned NND set. I cut the panel at an angle right under the sentiment.

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I die cut a dark red stitched scalloped border and adhered under the sentiment piece before gluing it to the patterned paper background. I used an aqua stitched snowflake with a gem in the middle in the right upper corner.

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The mugs were adhered to the card using 3D foam tape.

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I also added some Spectrum Noir clear shimmer, black glaze pen and glossy accents to some of the details. This all fit on a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch white notecard.

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I will link this project up on the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

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I hope you like it and will pop in tomorrow for another holiday card.

See you,



Coffee Lovers Blog Hop – card #1

Hello Everyone,

One of my favourite blog hops is the one organised by Amy Tsuruta for the Coffee Loving Cardmakers. I am a coffee and craft addict, so I always feel the need to make new coffee/cacao cards – this time in winter theme.

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My first card uses the brand new Cup of Cocoa stamp and die set from Newton’s Nook Designs. I fell in love with this set at first sight and it was pure pleasure to colour the mugs.

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I chose aqua-pink combo, used Copic markers, some clear shimmer, a white gel pen and glossy accents to adorn them.

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The background patterned paper is from Doodlebug, the sentiment is from an older Amy Tangerine stamp set – slightly modified from “hugs” to “mugs” with a black pen.

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 I cut a peek-a-boo window (Simon Says Stamp die) from kraft cardstock ad layered 2 stitched scalloped white borders on the bottom and the top of it. I used 3D foam tape to adhere it and the mugs too.

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I will submit this to the Winter Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog hop.

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I hope you liked my card and will return soon for more fun projects.

See you,


Cider time

Hello Everyone,

A quick post on a funny card I made for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop – this is my second entry. Not necessarily coffee themed, but for me this weather is really about hot beverages and I love the apple cider. We used to drink a lot in Cairo with my husband in the cold weather. Warms the soul also 🙂

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For my card I used the NND Apple Delights mini set, stamped the image on Copic friendly cardstock and colour with Copics. I die cut the panel with a dotted rectangle, gave it a golden mat.

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I also gold heat embossed the sentiment on green cardstock, cut a banner out of it and matted a smaller banner under from brown cardstock.

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For the background I used patterned paper meant for origami (from my local discount shop), I felt it matched the theme so well. I gave it a stitched scalloped edge mat and adhered it to a kraft card front.

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I used 3D foam tape to mount the focal panel on the background and added glossy accent to the rim of the mug and the apple (2 layers for more dimension).

I will also link this project up on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Shimmer and Shine.

I hope you like this fall-themed card and will check back again soon.

See you,




The importance of coffee

Hello Coffee Lovers!

It is the time for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and as a true coffee addict, I had to make a card.

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We all know the feeling before we can get our first sips of the morning coffee, my kids learnt it already at an early age: it is better if they let me drink coffee first and only after ask for anything 😀

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So I was longing to use the Cuppa Cacti set from Newton’s Nook Designs, I stamped the images on marker friendly cardstock and coloured them with Copics. I die cut the panel with a double stitched rectangle from MFT. I made a mat for it from Peacock cardstock and die cut another double stitched rectangle from a special gold cardstock for a framed look.

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I heat embossed the sentiments on a dark brown banner and a double stitched circle, I found that the Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder matched perfectly the special golden mat I created. I used 3D foam tape to attach it to the focal panel.

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A pretty pattered paper from Doodlebug as a background was a perfect finishing touch. I used Spectrum Noir shimmer pen on the flowers and the cups, and covered the latter with glossy accent for a shiny look. A tiny golden gemstone in the middle of the flower was the only embellishment I used.

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I hope you like this Sunday morning funny card and will return soon for more inspiration.

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See you,