Java Great Day

Any occasion, Cards

Welcome! Today I’m sharing a bright card for this week’s Colour Me! challenge. The challenge this week is to create a project using yellow, red, and suede (brown-grey).


The bright colous of the challenge reminded me of those Pantone mugs, so I pulled out my What’s Brewing stamp set from SimonSaysStamp and got to work. You can watch me create my card in my how-to video, below, or over on my YouTube channel.

I wasn’t exactly sure how my card was going to come together, so I just kind of made it up as I went along. Lucky for me everything turned out great and I’m happy with the cheerful card I created with simple embellishments.


That’s all for today. Thanks so much for dropping by!


Until next time,



Colour Me Challenge #67 – What’s Brewing? Ink Smooshing Technique

Any occasion, Cards, Techniques

Welcome! This week I’m ink smooshing for the Colour Me challenge. The challenge this week is to create a project using a pale green, and two shades of pink.


I’ve been dying to try out the very popular ink smooshing technique, so I seized the opportunity with this week’s challenge. Make sure to watch the video to see how I made my card this week–


To do the smooshing, I used Distress Ink, an acrylic block, and my mini mister filled with water. After applying each colour, I heat set the paper to make sure the colours didn’t run or bleed. I like how the smooshing splotches made a kind of messy cloud above my tea pot, kind of like a genie in a bottle. Ink smooshing was tonnes of fun so I hope you’ll try it too!


Make sure to visit the other Colour Me designers for some awesome inspiration–

I hope I’ve inspired you to play along with us this week and I’ll see you there! Until next time,



Simon Says Stamp, What’s Brewing – Valentine Card Set

Cards, Love note, Non traditional

Hi there! L-O-V-E is in the air! I’ve been a busy crafting all kinds of Valentine’s cards. Today, I’m sharing a set that I created for my nephew to hand out to his daycare teachers. I made ten cards in all and it took me about an hour to complete the set.

The entire set is made using stamps, inks, and a die from Simon Says Stamp. I delight in circling back to stamp sets in my stash that I can re-purpose for several occasions. The What’s Brewing set could be used in a ton of different ways to create unique valentines cards.


I’m going to play along with this week’s Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge

AND–I’m going to play along with the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Group Challenge #11.

Thanks so much for dropping by! Hope to see you back here soon–



CMCC#43 – Friendship Has Its Perks

Cards, Challenges

I finally finished my nephew’s 1st birthday party invitations yesterday. To get back into a more creative crafty spirit, I hopped over to the Colour Me…! Challenge Blog to play along with this week’s challenge. This week, the CMCC#43 is to create a project using two shades of purple, a pale pink, and black

I haven’t really used my SSS October Card kit yet, so I started with that for inspiration for my design. Here is my card:

My CMCC#43 Card

My CMCC#43 Card

Because there were so many challenge colours to include in the card, I wanted to incorporate them subtly. Using my Silhouette Portrait, I cut three frame layers in white, aubergine, and violet.

Before assembling the frames to create a mat, I stamped the Friendship has its Perks sentiment (from the kit) in Versa Fine, Onyx Black ink onto the white frame. Using my tape runner, I adhered the frames together and then used ¼” red double sided tape to adhere the clear acetate panel.

Using a piece of white cardstock cut to 4¼ x 5½”, I positioned the wood veneers (also from the kit) and adhered them down with glue dots. Next I sprinkled on some pearly pink sequins and lay down my frame panel (with two layers of foam tape) over top to create a shaker.

To finish the card, I used my tape runner to adhere the shaker panel to a craft cardbase.

Thank you so much for dropping by! Last week I promised you a Star Trek Christmas card. That post is live now, you can check it out here. Have a great week!