Friday, July 31, 2009

Hanna Challenge and Sneak Peeks!

I get to host the Friday Hanna Stamps Challenge this week! You can find all the deets here:
HSC80 Water Colors!

This is the all new Painter Riley's Self Portrait! He is stamped on WC paper and colored with SU markers and an aquapainter. Painter Riley will be available at Hanna Stamps on Monday night!

And now for some more sneak peeks! I made this fun card set using the dogs from the Retro Release, Small Breeds! They are all 3x3 and I used the tutorial from the resources page on SCS to make the box for them!

And now I'd like to introduce Schoolgirl Sophie! Isn't she sweet!? She is the perfect companion to Schoolboy Riley who happens to be our retro Riley release this month!! I used some of the new In Colors here...LOVE them!!

You can find more sneak peeks from the rest of the Hanna DT on this thread!

Our Top 15 Guest Designer contestants will be loading their latest creations tomorrow and you'll be able to see who they've been creating with on this thread!

Stay tuned for more sneak peeks throughout the weekend!!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Introducing NEW Rubber Hanna Singles!

Yeppers! Hanna Stamps has done it again!! This time Kristi has taken some of our beloved Hannas and turned them into red rubber!! Only now the images are a little smaller than the ones on the original sets...which only makes them cuter...if that was even possible!!! They will be making their big debut at CHA and will be available at Hanna Stamps soon!

Here are a few teasers for you!

Here is Cafe Hanna...I just love her in this smaller size!! The papers I used are from CTMH! She is colored with Copics and I added a little glitter to her outfit!

En Vogue Hanna is one Chic Chica!! Her outfit is pieced using the co-ordinating papers from My Mind's Eye! I colored the bg with a Copic!

And here is poor Get Well Hanna! I decided to go with some bright and cheerful colors for this one as I figured that anyone who feels like this poor Hanna could use some cheering up!!

OH but wait...there's more...just not right now!! Stay tuned for more sneaky-peekies later on!! I LOVE creating with these new Rubber Hannas and I'm sure you will too!!

Thanks for stoppin' by for a some Stamps 'n' Coffee!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Photos of New Craft Studio!

I am finally taking the time to share some photos of my new space! It's been an incredibly busy couple of months and although we haven't completed our renos, we are at a point where we can take a break! My DH and I are in our new room, the kids each now have their own room, and, of course, the most important room in the house is completed!! Lol

This first photo is the skeleton of my craft room! I have lost some square footage compared to my old room but it is certainly nicer and much more organized!

Here is phase 2 of the renovation! The dry wall is up and the paint is on! I decided to go with pink as it is one of my FAVORITE colors and it goes with so much! I also knew that by the time I had all my stuff in there, I wouldn't be able to see much of the walls anyway! The square hole you see there will house some built in shelves...another example of utilizing every available square foot!!

Now I am finally in my room and slowly getting everything put away and organized! It will be a work in progress, but I am definitely able to work in here efficiently!! The layout of the room doesn't leave a whole lot of room for options but we've made it work. My DH made my work table with 3/4 inch piece of ply wood, painted black, folding legs and beautiful glass top. I was able to customize the size to fit my needs exactly. I needed a deep table so I could keep all my tools/inks readily available right on the table and still have plenty of room to work!

This here is the shelf unit we got from Ikea! The 16 cubby base was $169.00, wach drawer unit was $35, and the cupboards were$25...Canadian of course! The black boxes, also from Ikea, were 2 for $12...a great way to hide things away!! I am keeping my old wire racks for my 12x12 paper storage as I have not yet come up with a better's not very pretty but it's certainly functional!

Not a very clear pic, but this shelf houses all my SU!, CTMH, as well as 3 of my favorite stamp companies...Hanna Stamps, My Favorite Things, and Unity! They are in wooden crates on the top shelf, marked by a fave card that I made using their respective stamps! I will eventually alter the wooden crates as well! The very top is home to sme of the very cool cards I've recieved from fellow SCSers, including the cards the CCEE made in reference to my screen name! They are not displayed very well yet but they will be!

This is the 'Die Cutting/Embossing Station'! We needed to get creative with what we put here as this is where the door to the under stair storage is. We live in a very small house and EVERY square foot needs to be utilized!! Lol!! We decided to go with a kitchen cart on wheels so that I can easily roll it out of the way when we need to get under there. It has proved to be very functional so far and the price was right too! (also from Ikea)
The set of stacked drawer bins that you see....ALL ribbon!! I couldn't believe I had that much!! If you look at my cards, you'll notice I don't use ribbon nearly enough to justify that kind of I better start!!

So that's far! I still have some work to do but I was just so anxious to get creating!!
Thanks so much for stoppin' by and allowing me to share my new Happy Place with you! I would love to hear what you think!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Fireman Riley is HAWT!!!

Isn't he just the CUTEST!!!! He is a surprise release from Hanna Stamps which will be available soon! I decided to incorporate a few of the Dare To Get Dirty Challenges into my card including Cindy Haffner's awesome sketch, Deborah Lynn S' texture challenge, and Lauraly's ways to use ribbon or fibre! There are so many FABULOUS challenges to choose from so thanks to all those Dirty Girls for their time and effort into putting this together...especially Jen Balcer!! :)

I hope to get a few more in before Aug 1st as long as time alllows but I'm thrilled to have gotten at least one card done for it!!

I used black, white, red, and summer sun cardstock and Riley is colored with Copics. I made the sentiment with two red labels under a black label and then stamped on a word window. The 4 square panels were run through two different cuttlebug panels and I guess that pretty much covers it!! Lol!! Thanks for stoppin' by for a little Stamps 'n' Coffee!!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

OCC July Sketch Challenge!

Check out the AWESOME sketch Jenny Gropp came up with for the OCC Challenge this week!! Anything with an oval is A-OK in my books!! It was one of my best friends sister's birthday yesterday so I needed to make a card for her! She loves anything western so it made choosing a theme pretty easy for me!

This week as a treat for playing in the Challenge, we have a $25 gift certificate up for grabs from Impression Obsession that will be awarded to someone that joins in this week's challenge. And just to let you know Impression Obsession will have all new Fall and Holiday images on the IO store web site starting August 1st.... just in time for the winner to get some brand new rubber!

Now here is my take on this weeks challenge!

Just about everything on this card is from CTMH except the Vanilla & Black CS, the bling, and the star stamp which are from Stampin' Up! I sure hope she likes it!!

I hope you'll play along with us and if you do be sure to link your creation to the OCC Blog and if you upload to SCS use OCCC as your keyword! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop in for some Stamps 'n' Coffee!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

HSC79 A Circular Challenge!

It's time for the Friday Challenge over in the Hanna Stamps Forum and this week the wonderfully talented Silke has challenged us to create a circle card!! I just love this Tennis Riley and thought he would look great with a tennis ball as a base for him!

I used my nesties to create the card base out of Gable Green cs and then drew in the lines with my white gel pen! Riley is colored with Copics!

If you want to play along this week be sure to post your creation on the challenge thread so we can all see your wonderful work!

Thanks for taking the time to stop in for some Stamps 'n' Coffee!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

WT228 Happy Sea Life!

Yippee!! I finally got to make a card!!!! And you know what that new craft room/studio is FINISHED!!! Well almost lol!! I still have a little more organizing to do and my computer isn't set up yet as I'm waiting on my new little desk for it!! But I can certainly work in there now!! I will take pictures and post them later but first I just had to create something!!

When I saw today's Way To Use It Challenge I immediately thought of this cute set of charms I picked up from the $1 Store a while back, and this little seahorse was in it! I thought it would be the perfect accent to go along with this sweet image from the new Mermaid Hanna Set!! It felt so good to make something!!

Stay tuned for pics of my new space which I hope to get posted today... but first I have to mow the lawn and I'm pretty sure the kids want to go swimming's HOT...finally!! Hope you are having a great day and thanks for stoppin' in for a little Stamps 'n' Coffee!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Blog Award!

Well what do you know...I got my first Blog Award! Patti from Creations by Patti gave me this beautiful award and now I get to share it with some of my favorite blogs!

Here are the blogs I would like to pass this award on to:

Stampin For Fun

Inking Idaho

Rubbah Soul

Summerthyme Studio

Bunny-Zoe's Blog

Stop and Stamp the Roses


Paper In The Works

Three Clovers Designs


Now all of the bloggers that I have chosen for this award can select a few of their own favorite blogs to share this award with! Thanks again, Patti, for selecting mine!!
Hope you all are having a great day!!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

OCC - Pet Challenge!

So this week, Jenny Gropp challenged us to make a card using a dog or cat stamp on our creation. Sounds simple enough right? Well I apparently don't own any cat or dog weird is that?!? There is a chance I have some in storage but not out in the 'craft trailer'! So I decided to use these cute little lion stamps from Maya Road...they are felines after all!! Not only that, but Jenny did say that we could use another animal of our choice if we didn't have a cat or dog!

This week as a treat for playing in the Challenge we have a $25 gift certificate up for grabs from Dog Gone Stamps that will be awarded to someone that joins in this week's challenge. A very big Thank you to Nancy at Dog Gone Stamps for hosting this week's prize and for creating some totally wonderful stamps that capture and celebrate our pets!

If you'd like to create a card celebrating your pet, be sure to play along with with Our Creative Corner but make sure you post a link so we can all have a gander at your work! If you upload to SCS be sure to use keyword OCCC!

I'm off to IKEA today to pick up the shelving and furniture for MY NEW CRAFT ROOM!!!!! YIPPEE!!! That means I will be moving in to it over the next few days!!! I can't tell you how exciting that is for me after trying to work out of our holiday trailer for the last few months!! I'm glad I at least had that option but it will be soooooo nice to get back into a regular room that will be customized for ME!!! (not only that I'm sure we'll all be happy to have the trailer available for a little camping!!!)

Thanks for stoppin' by for a little Stamps 'n' Coffee!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Hanna Stamps Friday Sketch Challenge!

Nikki aka Bunny-Zoe is our wonderful hostess for this weeks challenge over in the Hanna Stamps Forum! She has a great sketch for us this week so I hope you'll play along!

I decided to use the newly released Cyber Riley! I was inspired to make this by the Rockabilly Specialty paper as this particular pattern made me think of viruses and how awful it can be when you get one!! One of our fellow Hanna Fans, KelliJo, is currently dealing with one of those nasty beasties right now which is probably what made me think of it in the first place!! So thanks for the inspiration KJ...even if it was at your expense! ;)

Thanks for taking the time to stop in for a little Stamps 'n' Coffee!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Are You Ready To Party?!

That's right!! It's time for another fabulous and fun Release Party over in the Hanna Stamps Forum! There's going to awesome chat, fun challenges, and amazing prizes...waht more could you ask for?!? The fun starts tonight at 9PM EST so hopefully we'll see you there! In the mean time, here are a few more samples of what's to come!

This is the Retro Release Riley for July aka Tennis Riley...he looks like he's ready to kick some but on the courts!

These sweet little gift bags are from Perfect Package...another Retro Release! I used Dazzling Diamonds on them to really make them sparkle! I had lots o' fun with my Bold Brights today!

Thanks for stoppin in for a little Stamps 'n' Coffee! I'm off to play with my new Hannas and Rileys before I have to leave for work so hopefully I'll have some more to share with you today!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Independance Day!

I hope all of my American pals are enjoying their National Holiday!!

Jenny Gropp is our Challenge Hostess this month and she has challenged Our Creative Corner, and anyone else who wants to play, to use RED, WHITE, and BLUE on our projects today...any shades, any style!

This week as a treat for playing in the Challenge we have one of the very swanky and Newly Released sets from The Cat's Pajamas - "Happy Camper" that will be awarded to someone that joins in this week's challenge. A very big Thank you to Alma at The Cat's Pajamas for hosting this week's prize and for creating some seriously swanky stamps for our stamping pleasure!

As it turns out, we will be painting my sons room red and blue, so I decided to make an inspirational plaque for him! I used this gorgeous sentiment from Unity Stamp Co.!

When I was finished, I showed it to him and he was just so excited that I made something just for, so sweet!! Apparently I need to make more things in his honor! (I usually let them make their own stuff!) My daughter has since made me promise to make her her very own stationary set for her new room!!

Stamps - Unity Stamp Co
Paper - Summer Picnic dp, real red, ww, pacific point
Ink - Staz On
Accessories - Brads, Eyelets, asst'd punches, nesties

We'd love it if you'd play along with us! Just remember to post back to the OCC Blog for a chance to win and if you upload on Splitcoast, be sure to use OCCC in your keywords!!

Thanks so much for stopping in for some Stamps 'n' Coffee!!!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Hanna Sneak Peaks!

We are starting our Sneak Peeks of the new Hannas and Rileys that will be released on Monday night (July 6th) over at Hanna Stamps! Here are just a few examples to start off the weekend!!

This here is Cyber Riley! I chose to make this a masculine 'any occasion' card!! That's the To The Nines Specialty paper from SU! I used Copics to color Riley and the sentiment tag hangs freely!

Meet Mermaid Hanna! Isn't she GORGEOUS!? This set includes enough stamps to create the coolest underwater scenes...there is so much more than just what you see here!!
Hanna's fin is all blinged up and I used some pearls on the sentiment and in the shell!!

Look familiar?! She could be any one of us bloggers/Splitcoasters couldn't she?! There are some FABULOUS accessories that go with this set as much bang for your buck!!

Here is the Retro Release for this month...Perfect Package Hanna! I used her in a Christmas setting here but you could make her wrapping a gift for ANY occasion!! Such a versatile set!

Well that's it for my Sneaky Peekies....for now!! But if you need more, be sure to check out the Sneak Peek Thread where you'll find lots of awesome creations from the wonderful Hanna Stamps design team!! We'll also be having our monthly Soiree on Monday night at 9PM EST!! You'll find great challenges, awesome prizes, and totally crazy don't wanna miss it!!!

Thanks for stoppin' by for a little Stamps 'n' Coffee!