Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cream in the Coffee! 2 Cards, 3 Challenges

Hello delightful friends and family! I have a new favorite creamer that I put in my coffee (hot or cold) and it is Italian Sweet Creme from Coffee Mate (Nestle brand)

Oh my goodness, it delicious! Yummy! But you probably didn't come here to read about my recommendation for coffee creamers now did you? (ha!) Actually, I'm here to share a couple of cards but before I do that I want to share that I'm "Cream" in the Play Date Cafe Challenge blog's coffee this past week!! Thanks for the honor ladies! If you check out the right hand side of my blog you'll see the BADGE! This is my second time to be given this honor with many other very talented paper crafters!

Here is this weeks color challenge from Play Date Cafe Challenge #43

And here is my card! LOVE this paper and I think it is perfect for the challenge!PDCC#43

close up of the sentiment.

Here are a few details:
I used white cardstock (Weyerhaeuser) for the base (5.5 x 5.5) Cut a piece of lime green cardstock (DCWV pastels), 5.25 x 5.25 and designer paper (Creative Imaginations - Christine Adolph) which is doublesided, 5x5 and round the corners with EK Success corner rounder. Next I used a Label 1 Nestablilities (Spellbinders & Cuttlebug, Provocraft) and diecut one piece of the same designer paper (remember it's doublesided!) using the largest die. Cut a strip .5 x 2.5 of designer paper. (see photo for placement). The sentiment is a stamp from Taylored Expressions (Care and Comfort set). To prepare the paper for the sentiment I first used the Nestabilites Classic Scallop circle to cut out a white circle. Keeping the metal die in place, I blended ink onto the paper using Distress Inks: Broken China and Peeled Paint, then stamped the sentiment with Palette, black. I used a larger scallop circle die using a dk green cardstock (Bazzill). Assembled the card then added Dew Drops (Robin's Nest) to embellish. It's very subtle which is the look I was going for since this is a sympathy card.


Obviously this is the sketch for this weeks challenge and the color challenge from Jen (AKA Miss Boo) is to use "SUMMER PRIMARY COLORS: RED, BLUE AND YELLOW
(Thanks Jennipher for a great sketch this week! You promised less layers this week, but still the inspiration and possibilities were endless!) I managed to combine two challenges into one card! Love it when I can do that!! (tee-hee!)

Here is my card!

CPC - CM70 and CPC - ST70

The sentiment is a Scripture stamp from Verve and I LOVE this paper from The Girls' Paperie by Margie (On Holiday collection). The red cardstock (base) is from my Key Ingredients Kit (Taylored Expressions)

A close up of the flower.

I stamped the center with a stamp from "Botanicals" from Gina K Designs, (it is 1 Corinthians 13 love chapter) The flower punch is from EK Success and I punched two using the doublesided paper from Girls Paperie (On Holiday) then I punched two circles (1-red, 1- blue) using dimensionals and Zots I attached the layers.

Here is a little more detail: I used my Dotted Swiss embossing folder to emboss the red strip and the Martha Stewart border punch to embellish with blue cardstock (DCWV), I added a flower shaped button and hemp cord to tie a bow beneath it.

Didn't mean for this post to be so long! If you've lasted this long,

I appreciate you!!

Have a super Friday and a terrific weekend. Not sure if I'll be posting again this weekend but I hope to!! We will see, in the meantime won't you take a minute to read Proverbs 3:5-6
Thanks for leaving a delightful comment, it will be like delicious Italian Sweet Creme to my coffee ;-)



  1. Gorgeous cards Natalie!!! And thank you for the heads up on the creamer I will have to look for it the next time I am at the grocery store so I can give it a try.

  2. What lovely cards, Natalie. Such lovely colors and awesome design elements.

    Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog means a lot to me.

  3. Lovely cards! Congrats on being last weeks "cream in our coffee". Glad you could join us again at the PDCC.

  4. Wonderful cards. Love the paper you used on the PDCC card too. Congrats on your cream in our coffee! Glad you joined us this week at the PDCC.

  5. Lovely selection of cards! Well done on being last week's 'cream in our coffee'! Great you could join in the fun again with us this week at the PDCC!

  6. WOW--Natalie-these cards are BEAUTIFUL! I think your papers match our challenge colors perfectly! Congrats on being the CREAM last week:) YOU ROCK!! Thanks so much for playing along and joining in the fun at the PDCC:)

  7. Great cards and fabulous work with the challenges! I love the blue and green color combo of your first card, and you sure got the colors just right on the second card!

  8. Lovely cards, Natalie! Thanks for playing with the Play Date Cafe!