Friday, September 30, 2011

Fussy and Fancy, "Try A New Technique" Challenge!

Is it really Friday?  I thought it would never get here!
I've been really excited about sharing my 
DT Card with you!
Our current challenge is
Now is your chance to try that technique that you have seen before,
but haven't been able to try yet.
Our sponsor this time is Meljen's Designs, and she will be giving our random winner 4 digi stamps of their choice!
I made my pretty Fall card with an

If you would like to skip reading my long winded tutorial you can find a really simple tutorial 
To make my embedded Leaf Image,  I kept my printed designer paper inside the scalloped oval nestability.
I covered the whole surface of my piece with my clear embossing ink pad.
Then I poured my clear embossing powder over the whole surface, dumped off the extra powder and used the heat gun.
While it was still really hot from the heat gun I continued to pour more embossing powder on it and set it again with the heat gun.
I heat set three separate coats of powder.
After it was cool
I used a Hero Arts rubber Leaf Stamp.
I dipped my stamp in my clear embossing ink pad and stamped the image on top of my clear embossed oval scallop shape.
Then I used Copper Embossing powder!
After I dumped the extra powder, I heat set it again with my heat gun and ....
It really came out cool!
It's an embedded copper leaf image!
Stampin Up cardstock
K&Company QueSerLera Designer Paper
I made the left side of my card by stamping the leaf image with two different inks and dry embossing it.
I also used my SU Scallop border punch
Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon

Even though my instructions may look difficult, this was really simple and FUN!
I hope that I've inspired you to give it a try sometime!
Now it's your turn!  
If you haven't already, please check out all of the 
wonderful new techniques that our DT has to share with you!
What new technique will you try for our 

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges
Pals Paper Arts     technique heat embossing
The Play date Cafe   Wine, Smudge, Leather, Parchment
Our Craft Lounge   Fall Foliage
4 crafty Chicks   Anything Goes
Sassy Studio Designs    Fall Colors
The Corrosive Challenge   Punches and or Dies

Thank you for visiting!
Hugs, Sheryl

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

"Knit Me Pretty" Autumn/Fall Card

Hello, and thank you for stopping by!  
It's time for a brand new Challenge at
Freshly Brewed Challenges!
This week we want to see your fabulous 
Autumn/Fall cards!
For my DT Card I  used the very special, 
As the evenings start to become cooler with Autumn weather, I felt drawn to this wonderful stamp.
I can just picture her knitting in her chair, all comfy and cozy, with a nice cup of coffee on her side table.
This stamped image is really easy to color and so much fun to work with.
I decided to paper piece her chair.  Fresh Brewed Designs stamps are such nice thick quality, and they have nice deep etching.  Stamping and paper piecing is simple and fun!  I get a perfect image every time!
I colored my image with Copic Markers
I used my scalloped circle nestabilities
I also used MFT Dienamics for the scalloped DP
The punches for the sentiment and the pearls are Stampin Up
The paper flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts
The leaves are done with my favorite leaf Marianne Die
The ribbon is a-muse/studio
The card stock is SU
I used all of my old dp scraps on this card.
Four of the patterns are retired Stampin Up pieces

Guess what this week is?
To celebrate, Fresh Brewed Designs is having a special sale!
All Coffee digis are on sale for 30% off
All Coffee Rubber Stamps are on sale for 15% off
Plus they have a big BONUS WITH PURCHASE SALE 
Going on until OCTOBER 1st!

By the way...........I hope that all of you are making 
your special PINK cards!
Link Up For Pink 
has over $3,000.00 in prizes and giveaways!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges
Crafting for all Seasons    Fall Colors
Creative Belli Blog   Paper Piecing
I Brake For Challenges   Fall
Scrapalicious USA   Anything Goes
For Fun Challenges    Warmth
Marianne's Design Diva's   Bloom and Grow
Crafts and Me Challenges    Flowers
The Stamping Boutique   Changing of the Seasons
Crazy Amigo Challenge   The Letter R   Relaxing, roses and ribbon
As always, thank you so much for visiting my blog and I appreciate your kind comments.  :-)
It's time for me to go make a pot of coffee and start my busy day!
Hugs, Sheryl

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Good Morning and thank you for joining in on the
Fresh Brewed Designs
Save The Hooters blog hop!

If you are getting here from the very lovely and talented, Rhonda's, blog then you are right on track.

If not, please start off at the beautiful and talented Linda's blog.

We are so happy that you are joining us today as we spread smiles, share beautiful projects and most of all raise Cancer awareness.

I know most of us have had family or friends who have been diagnosed with a form of cancer or know someone who has died of cancer related causes. I personally have lost grandparents and my father in law to Cancer. Both of my own parents have been diagnosed with Cancer as well. They are both doing well, for which we are all so very grateful. Cancer is scary for those diagnosed with it as well as all of their loved ones who can only pray and be there to support them. We pray really hard.

One of those cancers is Breast Cancer. In the year 2011 in the United States alone approximately 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women have been reported, approximately 57,650 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be found (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer, and approximately 39,520 deaths from breast cancer (women).
Fresh Brewed Designs has created a brand new rubber stamp set as well as several digital stamps in which part of your purchase will be donated to Chemo Angels.

If you have not heard about Chemo Angels we suggest you look them up. They are a wonderful organization. They support all forms of cancer as well as have ways to donate in the form of time, cards, as well as monetary donations. To find out more about how
Fresh Brewed Designs will be taking part, read here.
For this hop I chose to use this image from the brand new, "Save The Hooters" stamp set!

I am in love with this adorable and very unique stamp set! 
Aren't those little owls precious?
This image is sure to bring a smile to anyone's face!
I colored my stamped image with my copic markers and paper pieced the bra with stampin up dp.
The cardstock, background dp and pretty dotted ribbon is all SU.
The pink paper roses are Wild Orchid crafts
The pink leaves are made with my Marianne Die.

Fresh Brewed Designs is also sponsoring the Link Up For Pink.

This linking party will be held from October 1 - 14. Every project linked will be pink themed and there will be lots of opportunities for prizes. Grab the badge and be sure to save the date!

If you purchase the featured BCA stamp set or any of the BCA digital stamps, be sure to be watching for a special link in the tabs under the blog header at

There will be a special link up challenge just for you starting October 1st. We will allow back linking as long as you are using these images.

Your next stop on the hop will be at the very lovely and talented Catherine's blog.
Thank you again for hopping with is and helping spread the word.

Have a very blessed and beautiful day.

Here is the hop order in case you get lost along the way:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fresh Brewed Designs, "Gift Girl" Birthday card


It's Wednesday, and that means that it's time for a new challenge at
This week the challenge is "Keep It Simple" 
One paper and one embellishment.
For my card I used the very lovely and
most recently released stamp,
"GIFT GIRL" from Fresh Brewed Designs! I may have cheated a little here!  I used lace and a ribbon. 
Well, after I added the pretty lace, I just had to add the ribbon!  Then when I realized that I should
have only added one or the other, it was IMPOSSIBLE for me to remove one of them!
SIGH...........So here it is!

I believe that I paper pieced her skirt also.......
It WAS SIMPLE though! 
 I just stamped a scrap of paper and cut it out!
I colored "Gift Girl" with my copic markers
The dp is Martha Stewart
The sentiment is LOTV
The ribbon and circle punches are SU

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges
Crafty Sentiments   Happy Birthday
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog   Lace
My Time To craft Challenge   "L" is for Lace
One Stop Craft     Girly
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Saturdays  Make a Birthday creation
Hooked on Craft Challenge    Ribbon and Lace
Stamps R Us    Birthday

We are all excited at Fresh Brewed Designs
about sharing Heather's brand new
Breast Cancer Awareness stamps
with all of you on Thursday!
Please come and join our Hop!
It's for such a worthy cause and I promise 
that you will LOVE the new stamps!

I'm looking forward to seeing all of your Keep It Simple cards for this weeks challenge at Freshly Brewed Challenges.
Then you still have time to join in on the month long Prize Challenge
Something New!

Thank you for looking!
Hugs, Sheryl

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Are You Ready For Some Football?

It's Wednesday
and that means it's time for a
really fun challenge
that I've been looking forward to!
Use Your Teams Colors!
Well, Here in my house,
 as in most homes across the country,
 we take Football Season very seriously!
I live in New England and we are very proud
to be cheering for Tom Brady and the Patriots!
For my card I used
Fresh Brewed Designs
I stamped and colored Spicy Pumpkin Latte girl with my copic markers
I think she's just perfect for my Fall Football Season Card!
I used SU cardstock and punches for my sentiment
The white punched trellis is done with my ek punch
I used my Sizzix embossing folder on my blue cardstock for texture.
I used MFT Dienamic for the grass
The stars are from my stash.
The Patriots flag was copied from a Patriot Flag Image.
I attached the flag to the side of the fence and hand drew the vines over the handle.
Now it's your turn!
What are your team colors?
Pop on over to Freshly Brewed Challenges for
some wonderful inspiration by the DT,
Then join in on the fun!

Then hop on over to
to find this stamp along with
all of Heather's brand new rubber stamps
 that made their BIG debut just last week!
You are sure to find the perfect stamp for
all of your future cardmaking and scrapbooking needs! ;-)
Then don't forget about Freshly Brewed Challenges
Use Something New!

I am entering this card into the following challenges
Mel Jen's Designs   All Things Sporty
Stamp Something   Anything Goes
Riley & Co.   School/Team Spirit
Crafty Boots    Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday   Celebrate The Season
Happileigh Scrappin Challenge    Fall(ing) Leaves
Lexi's Creations   Autumn
Creatalicious challenge   Anything Goes
Papercraft Star   Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations   Anything Goes
Thank you for looking and as always, I really appreciate your comments!
I hope that all of you have a great day!
Hugs, Sheryl

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fresh Brewed Designs, "Ice Skating Cutie Pie"

It's a beautiful Tuesday!   It's refreshingly cool in the morning and then it warms up into a gorgeous day around here! 
 I just love this weather! 
It's not too cool and not too hot.  It's just right!
 is sponsoring
The challenge is
"I Heart You" - incorporate a heart on your projects"
For my card I used the adorable

I colored Cutie Pie with my copic markers and used crystal effects with glitter for her fur trim.
The cardstock and dp is from Stampin Up. 
The diecut trims are done with my Jim Holtz Alterations Brackets Sizzix Die
The white eyelet trim is punched with my Martha Stewart punch.
The heart shaped doily  and the pretty red heart with the snowflake on it are both from Wild Orchid Crafts.
The bling flourish is from Recollections
The Pretty red pearls (creative candy) are from a.muse
The white pearls are from SU
I punched the snowflakes with my McGill 1 3/16" snowflake punch
Thank you so much for looking!

I am entering this card into the following challenges
Christmas Inspirations   christmas Card with Glitter
Catch The Bug challenge Blog   Projects using punches or Dies
Little Red Wagon    Die Cuts
Pile It On   Layer It
My Mums Craft Shop   Layer It Up!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fussy and Fancy Friday "Back To School" Challenge!

I'm so glad that it's Friday!  Even though we had a holiday on Monday, It's been a very long rainy work week inside with lots of children at my house!  
However, Friday is finally here 
and that means that it's time for a new Challenge at
Our fun challenge for the next two weeks is
This challenge is being sponsored by
Hop on over to the
Blog and join in on the fun!
Here is my DT, "Back To School" Card!
I used the adorable
I colored Lola in with my copic markers
The fun green dp is DCWV Baby Girl Stack
The blk chalkboard dp is from atd All Thru The Year
I used the coordinating chipboard alphabet letters from atd All Thru The Year
The adorable green dotted brads are from SU
Then I used SODA CAN TABS and SU Peach Parfait ribbon to make the embellishment
trim along the bottom. 
I used a brad inside the middle of a Prima Flower for the center.

Now it's your turn!  Hop on over to
and see what the fabulous DT
has created to inspire you.  Then join in on the fun!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog   Card/Sentiment for a girl
Crazy 4 Challenges   Back to School
Dream Valley Challenges    Inspiration Photo
If The Shoe Fits Scrap It   Back To School
The Stamping Boutique  Back To School
Divas By Design  Back To School
There's Magic In The Air   Back To School
Clear It Out Challenge Blog   Back To School
Simply Create   Here Comes The Bus
Thank you for looking!

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall
all you got to do is call
and I'll be there, yes I will
You've got a friend

Welcome to the Fresh Brewed Designs

If you are just getting here, from
then you are on the right track.
I'm lucky enough to be the very first stop on our hop!

Thank you for sharing part of your day with us today!
Did you get the hint we left at the top of this post?
These song lyrics tell it all!

It is that time of year again where we spend lots of time with our family and friends. We chat more, cook more, laugh, make special holiday memories, and us crafters have so many amazing holidays to create for!

This hop has something for every one of these things listed. We are celebrating holidays, friendships, and so much more!

I chose to share the very special and unique
Knit and Purl Girl stamp with you today!

Here she is featured on a Christmas card!
I used SU cardstock and old dotted Christmas dp
The green ribbon is SU Pear Pizzaz
The pearls are Stampin Up
The sentiment is from SU Fireside Christmas stamp set
The embellisments are from Wild Orchid Crafts
The red and green tree dp is from atd Super Paper Pad All Seasons
I'm entering this card into the following challenges
Papertake Weekly   Anything Goes
My Mums Craft Shop Challenges   Layer It Up
Sweet Stampin' Challenge  Anything But A Birthday Card
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge  The Sky's The Limit

And here I have Knit and Purl Girl featured on a
card for that special friend or family member who loves to knit!
The cardstock is SU
The dp is K&Company Watercolor Bouquet
The pearls and green ribbon are from SU
The paper roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts
I used my scalloped and large oval punches from SU
I used my Marianne die to make the leaves
You can't see the lace that well, but it's from my stash.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges
Papertake Weekly  Anything Goes
My Mums Craft Shop Challenges   Layer It Up
Fab'N' Funky  Its So Funny
Corrosive Challenge Blog  Funny or Punny
Sweet Stampin' Challenge   Anything But A Birthday Card

All of the stamps at Fresh Brewed Designs are created using deeply etched red rubber mounted on an 1/8" cling foam cushion meaning you get a clear impression every time you stamp. Each stamp is produced and packaged in the USA.
By hopping IN FULL today one lucky winner will receive this

AWESOME prize package. If you share this hop on your blog and link it back to us, you will get your name in the hat one extra time :)

OK, so now that we have you drooling, it is time to send you on to the next hop stop. We know you are excited to continue your journey by hopping over to the
very lovely and talented
Stacy's blog
 and see what awesome project she has to share with you,
but before you do, please read this little extra bit of news below..

We want to share some more hoppy news with you before you continue on. Fresh Brewed Designs is having ANOTHER blog hop this month. This hop will be to support and raise Breast Cancer Awareness. We will have new digis, a new rubber stamp SET and MUCH more planned for this day, so please grab the badge and spread the word.

Thank You for hopping with Fresh Brewed Designs!

All of the stamps you see today can be purchased in the

Blog Hop Order

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I'll Take Mine To Go!

Hello!  It's Wednesday and that means that
 is having a brand new
Month Long Prize Challenge!
This months Challenge is
For my DT card I used the Fresh Brewed Designs,
"I'll Take Mine To Go!" rubber stamp.
I hope that everybody can join in on the fun!
Our very talented DT has created some beautiful
 cards to inspire you and we are looking forward to seeing
all of your fabulous "Something New" creations!
My stamp is brand new!  Never been used by me before and I was really excited about playing with it!
I colored my stamped, "I'll Take Mine To Go" image with my Copic markers
I used SU Melon Mambo and Choc Chip cardstock
My brand new Butterfly dp is from Recollections All Seasons Paper Pad
It's so pretty with those gorgeous pink and chocolate butterflies!
I dry embossed the choc chip cardstock with my SU dotted folder
I used my Stampin Up Embosslits Beautfiful Wings to make the butterflies
The corner embellisment and paper roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts
The lace is from my stash
And the ribbon is brand new from a.muse studio/Bubblegum Pink!
Thank you, Vanessa!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges
Craft Your Passion   Anything Goes/with flowers
Creative Card Crew  Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge   Anything Goes

That's Not All!!!!
Tomorrow is our huge Brand New Rubber Stamp Release
Is introducing 9 brand new rubber stamps
by Heather at Fresh Brewed Designs
and the opportunity to win the
fabulous blog candy!
I can hardly wait to participate in the
hop to see what the
very talented DT has done
to showcase these
fabulous new stamps!
Sigh........But unfortunately we must be patient and wait
until tomorrow morning!
Tick....... Tick.......Tick......

Monday, September 5, 2011

"Autumn Angel Cake", Mocha Manic Monday Card!

Today is the first  Monday of September, and all of you 
fans know what that means! That means it is
Every first Monday of each month,
gives away a Free Digi Image!
Today they are giving away,
 Autumn Angel Cake! 
She is so very sweet!
The perfect Autumn image as she rakes a pile of Pretty Fall leaves.
Here is my DT card

I colored sweet little Autumn Angel Cake with my copic markers.
I used SU cardstock and ribbon
The DP is atd Super Paper Pad Seasonal
The flourishes and large leaves are done with Sizzix dies
The small leaves are Marianne dies
The grass is MFT dienamic
The card shapes are Nestabilities
The Fall flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts

Don't miss out on this little sweetie!  Pop on over to
and pick her up!
PSSST!  That's not the only excitement going on at
On Thursday, September 8th
we are having a huge Blog Hop
for our brand new Rubbah Stamp Release!
9 new FABULOUS stamps!
Hop on over to Freshly Brewed Challenges and read all about it, along with our latest weekly challenge.
"School ABC/123 Challenge"
Then on Wednesday we will be announcing our new
Month long Prize Challenge!
Don't miss out on all of the fun!
Come and play with us!

I am entering this card into the following challenges
Craft Us Crazy    Autumn Colors/and or favorite embellishments
Crafty Creations Challenge   Dies and Punches  use 3 or more dies or punches
Charisma Card Challenge    Anything Goes
Crafting For All Seasons Challenge Blog  Bingo  Ribbon/Glitter/shing and flowers
Crafting When We Can    Do It Your Own Way
Thank you so much for looking!  :-)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

"Friends Are Like Jeans"

They have a fun card sketch at
that I spotted on my very creative and talented friend,
and I wanted to participate in it!
I've been looking forward to using my
and I thought this card would be perfect for that image!
Here is the card sketch from Sassy Lil Card Sketches

I used Stampin Up cardstock, brads and dotted ribbon
The Design Paper is K&Company  Watercolor Bouqet
I also used my Marianne Dies and my scalloped circle nestabilities
The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts
The dragon fly is Jolee's boutique

I am entering this card into the following challenges
Alphabet Challenge Blog   P is for Pretty Pastels
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog    Card for a girl

Thank you so much for looking!

"Computer Guy" Birthday card!

Hello!  I'm so very glad that the weekend is here! 
I just love Saurdays because I can find time to "PLAY"!
I just finished making this fun
His Birthday is on Tuesday!

I used the digi image, "Computer Guy" from Mo's Digital Pencil
I used my cuddlebug Happy Birthday embossing folder
I colored the image in with my copic markers
The cardstock, buttons, clothes pin and punches used are all from Stampin Up
The DP is DCWV  The Guy Stack

I'm entering this card into the following challenges
Card Makin' Mamas      Digital
Stamp Something     Sept. Digi Day
Stamps R Us  Challenge Blog    Sept. Digi Day
Charisma Card Challenges   Anything Goes
Cards For Men    G is for "GAMES!"

Thank you for looking!  :-)

Friday, September 2, 2011

"Autumn Card" for Fussy and Fancy Friday "Sketch" Challenge!

Hello!  It's Friday! 
I'm excited because it's Friday before a long weekend!  
Monday is our Labor Day Holiday.  I'm planning on making some cards this weekend. 
One very important card will be for my son's birthday!
Check back for a peek at the card over the weekend!
I have a fun challenge for you to enter!
is having a really fun SKETCH CHALLENGE that you won't want to miss out on!
Our sponsor is Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. One lucky participant is going to win 3 digi stamps of their choice!
Here is my DT card

I used the Sweet 'N Sassy Digi "Scarecrow"
I colored the scarecrow with my copic markers
The DP is an "atd" Super Paper Pad for all Seasons
The cardstock, leaf punch and ribbon are SU
The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and my mother!
The hay I added was found with my stash of materials but you can find it in any craft store.

Here is the sketch

Now it's your turn!  Pop on over to
and join in on the fun!
We also have our
You don't want to miss out on the opportunity to win one of the fabulous prizes from one of our very generous sponsers!
You have until September 16, 2011
I am entering this card into the following challenges
By The Cute & Girly Challenge      All thing bright and beautiful
Craft Us Crazy     Autumn Colors
The paper Shelter    Anything Goes
Stamps R Us Challenge Blog    Anything Goes
Stamp Something      September Digi Day
Charisma Card Challenges    Anything Goes
Card Makin' Mamas     Digital
Thank you so much for looking!