Monday, June 23, 2014

You Are Gonna LOVE: Little Blue Button Stamps

I am honored to get to be a June Release Guest Designer for Olga from Little Blue Button Stamps.

 Isn't this the cutest coffee themed set of stamps? You know me and my love of coffee...getting to work with these was just a melding of two of my favorite things...stamping and sipping coffee!

The set is called Coffee Love...and in addition to the cute and sassy girl holding a hot cup of coffee, we get coffee and tea  elements that work well together to create all kinds of cards and tags.

Two of my favorite sentiments, "Life Begins with Coffee" and "My Blood Type is Coffee"  - and truer words were never spoken...I am such a nicer person in the morning....AFTER I've had my first cup of coffee...ahem...ok .... second!

I know you will love Olga's designs too! If you are interested in her rubber stamps you can find them here: on CC Designs website. Her digi stamps are available for download here: on the Little Blue Button Stamps website.

I ended up creating three different projects (actually more because I duplicated a couple of these designs...they were so fun and easy to put together)....the first was a bottle hang tag to go on a little giftie for a coffee loving friend. It made "wrapping" a cinch...and probably a lot cuter than the crumpled mess I usually make when I try to "wrap" odd shaped gifts!

I colored her up with Copic markers...I loved the green in her skirt so much - I just had to make her have green eyes that matched! Actually - I must have subconsciously determined that green was her favorite color - because in each outfit, I have her wearing a bit of lime green!

To spruce up the tag, I added a doily die cut behind the tag - so that the "to/from" disc would have a substantial place to rest even though it was taking up more than half of the hang tag. I think it also reinforced my "green" streak that I seem to be on!

On this second project, in addition to coloring Miss Sassy in Teal and Lime Green (her eyes match her jacket) - I also used the coffee cup to create a little tone on tone background for the right hand side of the card. I stamped the repeated pattern with white pigment ink (it shows up the best on dark card stock) and then heat set it. I wanted to add a little punch to this background because I had made her jacket glitzy with my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen - and had the row of blue rhinestones on top of the blue shimmer card stock. I couldn't find my clear gel pen - so I just reached for my two way glue pen...and colored in the "cup cozie" part of the image. I let it dry and then went back and colored over it again. The gel pen would probably have accomplished it more quickly - but in a pinch you have to use what you can put your hands on, right?!?!?

 My final project is the one I had the MOST fun with...why you ask? Because I made it SMELL like coffee! I say the more senses you can involve on a card - the better it will be! Seriously - making your own scratch and sniff embossing powder is super easy. I've created a YouTube video for you to see how I did it...and how you can make almost any scent you want. I've seen some of the scratch and sniff embossing powders in stores - and they are SUPER expensive...and really how much "cherry scented embossing powder" do you really need? With my little method, you can make up just what you need...and you get the same intense scent - without the intense price tag!

I also enjoyed coloring Miss Coffee Mate with my Prisma Colored Pencils - on kraft card stock. This was the first time I had colored a whole image with my Prismas (I usually just use them to add depth to my Copic colored images) - and I learned a LOT in the process. I will practice a bit more - and then will come back and share some tips and tricks in case you want to try it as well. It really was pretty easy - I just think the challenge for me was learning how to blend layers of colored pencil...over card stock that was not crisp and white. I love the look of kraft card stock-but it does dramatically change the way your colors blend I will work on it a bit more then share.

I hope you will check out Olga's other designs...they are just as fresh and fun as this set...and her digi stamps are available IMMEDIATELY in case you just need something new to color...TONIGHT!

Thanks for stopping by...I hope you have fun with the scented embossing powder - and that you are taking time for some Creative PLAY!  See you soon!