You’re my cup of coffee

You're my cup of coffee cardI’m kind of a freak about crafts featuring coffee and coffee cups, maybe because I’m totally a freak about coffee.  So I had to buy this Hero Arts coffee cup stamp when I saw it.

To create the card, I stamped the coffee cup in dark red ink, then cut it out.  My X-acto knife skills need some work, but the inside of the cup was uncomplicated enough that my cut looks smooth (mostly).  I cut patterned paper the size of the card, then cut a smaller rectangle of a different pattern for a layering piece.  I used brown texture spray to get the look of a coffee stain on the layering piece, then rounded the corners and punched out two hearts.  For the smaller white hearts, I stamped on white cardstock in brown ink and cut them out.

To assemble, I adhered the background piece to the card, then the strip of ribbon, placing it where it would show through the punched hearts.  Then I adhered the layering piece, the coffee cup and white hearts.  To create “steam,” I took a couple of paper shavings from cutting the patterned paper and adhered them to the layering piece.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies used:

  • Stamps: Hero Arts, Avery Elle
  • Patterned paper: Lawn Fawn
  • Ribbon: May Arts
  • Punch, corner rounder: Martha Stewart Crafts

Cupcake Birthday

Birthday card with cupcakes

My sweet niece, Sona, just turned 17 (!).  Since she has a sweet tooth, like me, I decided to make her a cupcake card.

I stamped the cupcakes (Unity) in black ink, cut them out, then colored them with Spectrum Noir markers — a technique I am still trying to master, as you can see.  To assemble the card, I placed each cupcake on a circle of pink tissue paper from my Messy Box subscription.  I stamped the sentiment (Paper Smooches) in pink ink.  Finally, I sprayed a piece of cardstock with pink texture spray, then cut a strip and attached it to the bottom of the card.

Thanks for looking!

Endless Possibilities Blog Hop

This week IMAGINE Crafts and Dreamweaver Stencils are featuring a Blog Hop showcasing our fabulous products and providing some inspiration for you to get creative!  Be sure to leave your comments on each artist’s post that you visit for your chance to win a fabulous prize that includes IMAGINE Crafts and Dreamweaver products.  Contest closes at 11:59pm PST on Sunday, June 15th.


Enjoy Your Special Day


To create this card, I used a Spellbinders die to cut a shape in a manila card.  I used Radiant Neon Inks to color just the shape with a stencil. I inked a piece of vellum with Radiant Neon Ink, then die cut the vellum with the same shape.  I cut out the inside of the shape and adhered the vellum over the card, leaving the shape in the manila card uncovered. I punched flower shapes on the sides of the card, then added some bling.  Finally, I stamped the sentiment.

Thanks for looking!


  • Radiant Neon Inks in Electric Orange, Coral, and Pink (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko)
  • Stencil: Dreamweaver
  • Die: Spellbinders
  • Sentiment stamp: Penny Black
  • Punch: Fiskars
  • Pearl embellishments
  • Vellum
  • Manila Card

Here are the other posts from the Artists In Residence for today:

Savannah O’Gwynn

John Creighton Petersen

And presenting the posts from the Dreamweaver Design Team for today:

***Blog Hop Hint – if you click on a link that takes you to a page saying something like “Sorry this page cannot be found” just click on the header at the top of the blog (usually a picture or the blog’s name) and it will take you to that blog’s most recent post. That post *should* be our hop. If not, you can probably scroll down a short way to find the hop post.

Dream Big

dream big card

I just received the latest stamps and embossing folders, plus a set of Spectrum Noir markers, from the wonderful folks at Crafter’s Companion. I decided to start with the flower stamp you see here: I stamped the flower several times in black ink, then colored the flowers with markers and cut them out.  I embossed a strip of cardstock with an embossing folder and inked it in green. I adhered the flowers to the strip of embossed cardstock, then adhered the layering piece to the card.  I stamped the sentiment in the same green ink, and completed the card with ribbon.

Thanks for looking!


  • Memento Luxe ink in Pistachio, Memento dye ink in Tuxedo Black (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko)
  • Spectrum Noir markers
  • Stamps and embossing folder: Crafter’s Companion
  • Ribbon: May Arts
  • Manilla and white cardstock

Boozy Greetings


I just bought several great stamps from Unity, including a beer mug and a great sentiment to go with it.  I stamped the mug on Vertigo, which gives a cool glass-like effect, then colored it with additional Stazon.  To complete the look, I added some embossed and colored kraft cardstock and a strip of cork.

I think I’ll give this to my brother-in-law for Father’s Day, since there’s nothing like parenthood to make you start drinking.  JK.

Thanks for looking! – Naghma


  • StazOn Inks in Jet Black and Saddle Brown (IMAGINE Crafts / Tsukineko)
  • Memento Luxe Ink in Teal Zeal (IMAGINE Crafts / Tsukineko)
  • Vertigo in Taffeta (IMAGINE Crafts)
  • Stamps: Unity
  • Kraft cardstock
  • Cork
  • Embossing folder: Darice


IMAGINE Crafts & Stampendous: Celebrate Neon Blog Hop

Stampendous and Imagine Crafts Header

Welcome to a week of fantastic collaboration between IMAGINE Crafts and Stampendous! We have to admit that our two companies were made for each other and we’re proud to have shared a long relationship of working together. After all, what are stamps with out ink? The projects created by our artists this week feature IMAGINE Crafts Radiant Neon™ inks paired perfectly with coordinating colors of Fran•táge Color Fragments from Stampendous, along with some of their newest stamp designs and Stack Art kits.

STM Imagine Crafts Prize Package

You can win 3 of the brand new Radiant Neon™ ink pads and 3 jars of our Color Fragments! We’ll give away three prize packages (color is our choice) to U.S. Mailing addresses. You have until the end of Sunday, May 25 to comment on as many of the Design Team Blog Posts from this week as possible. Monday we’ll draw three random blog posts and one comment from each of those posts will win a prize package!

Here are the designers with some inspiration for you today. Be sure to leave them some appreciation when posting your comments on their posts.

So are you ready for some exciting inspiration?

Here’s who is hopping today:

Sharon Morrison

Janelle Stollfus

Naghma Husain (you’re here)

Wendy Price

Baerbel Born

Lea Kimmel

Emily Lanham

***Blog Hop Hint – if you click on a link that takes you to a page saying something like, “Sorry this page cannot be found,” just click on the header at the top of the blog (usually a picture, or the blog’s name), and it will take you to that blog’s most recent post. That post *should* be our hop. If not, you can probably scroll down a short way to find the hop post. You can check out the Official Rules for all our contests if you have questions.

If you missed any of the previous days of the Hop, select one of these links to take a look at the artists and the projects that they created: MONDAY May 19th, TUESDAY May 20th, and Wednesday May 21st.

So here’s my project:


First, I stamped the coffee stamp twice, once in black ink and a second time in a combination of Radiant Neons.  I cut out the black coffee cup and the inner “coffee” part of the Neon stamped image, then adhered the Neon “coffee” to the black stamped image.

I inked the background stamp in Neons, then stamped on the patterned paper twice. I stamped once more in Tuxedo black. Then I adhered all the elements.

Thanks for looking!


  • Inks: Radiant Neon in Electric Orange, Pink, and Coral; Memento Dye Ink in Tuxedo Black (IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko)
  • Stamps: Friends Cup, Mixed Media Cling Rubber Brush Strokes (Stampendous!)
  • Patterned paper: Canvas Corp
  • Rhinestones: Bella! Bling
  • Manilla card and extra cardstock