Topflight Stamps Birthday Blog Hop

It is Topflight Stamps 2nd birthday!  To celebrate, they’ve teamed up with up
some of your favorite crafters to bring you a blog hop showcasing some of the
fabulous products available from Topflight Stamps.   Please hop along
with us all and show all of the crafters some love!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without
prizes!  Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $50 Gift
Certificate, and each stop on the hop has an additional $15 Gift Certificate up
for grabs.  To be in with a chance
to win, make sure to visit every stop on the hop and leave a comment by April
8th.

Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on April 9th.  Good Luck!
Check out their SALE:
You should have arrived here from the very awesome Dana Joy’s blog.  If not, you’ll want to start at the beginning which is the Topflight Stamps’ blog!

Today I’m featuring the Darkroom Door – Coffee Time set:
Here’s how it inspired me.  I wanted to do a mixed media’ish project.  If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know my style is generally clean + simple.  This was a bit of a challenge for me but I had so much fun designing it:

The darkroom door Coffee Time set is really fun.  I love their images and bold sentiments.  Did you know that Topflight Stamps has a Coffee/Tea/Cocoa category in their shop??!!!

I challenged myself to incorporate everyday items that I had in my craft room.  Can you spot them in my design?

I love to buy books from flea markets that I can use in papercrafting.  The panel I used in my project today is from a japanese book that I picked up at a Seattle Japanese Language School rummage sale.  I wish I could tell you when it was printed but I couldn’t find any dates typed in english…I can tell you that most of the aging on that panel is real.  I only aged it with distress oxides around the edge.


Green is one of my favorite colors so I added a smidge of green on that panel and then followed up with using the same ink for the coffee cup sleeve.  Something that I recently learned from my Coffee Loving Cardmaker’s teamie, Helen Gullet, is to use the interior of a coffee sleeve to distress/add ink to a project.

I then layered the coffee cup rings onto my panel and heat embossed them in white.  I went ahead and cut up my inky coffee sleeve and incorporated it into my design too.  Don’t you love how much ‘texture’ there is in the green coffee sleeve?

That’s it for me!  I can’t wait to hop around and soak up all of the amazing inspiration.  Next up is Lindsay Weirich!

In case you get lost along the way, here’s the complete hop listing:

59 thoughts on “Topflight Stamps Birthday Blog Hop”

  1. WOW!! pat yourself on the back my friend 🙂 i must say i would never have thought this was yours…………. way to change it up 🙂

  2. Gorgeous, gorgeous card!!! I love using corregated cardboard – or the sleeve of a coffee cup, literally…lol. I use it to add texture with ink and paint all the time – but it always looks SO awesome on a card. You would never know you aren't the artsy MM gal, your card is so much fun! LOVE that book print you used too. Now I NEED this set…lol.

  3. That is one cool and fantastic card, Amy. The coffee stamp is awesome!!!! I love how you create those texture layers on the background with coffee sleeve and stamp.
    Thank you for the inspiration.

  4. Love how you used the Japanese book page. It is still easy to see and yet what is added really enhances the work! Such a beautiful background to your wonderful textural card.

  5. Wonderful card. I love the incorporation of many different elements. And the Japanese book page–genius. I am now going to look for old books!!

  6. I love finding books on crafting as well. I'm always on the hunt for them. Your card is very cute. Good to the last drop!!

  7. U perked up my evening Amy! Lol. REALLY like the background book paper w yr addded elements on it, including embossed coffee rings. They truly popped yr card. 😍

  8. Yes, I can see a few things from your craft room – the twine, embossing powder and corrrugator thingey roller to make the cozy for the coffee 😀 It's a beauty, Amy!!!

  9. This is great! I am also coffee lover! I think I need to add that stamp set to my collection. Also, super great idea to use a coffee sleeve for extra texture!

  10. I have a coffee addicted friend. This set would be perfect for her. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  11. I love the smidge of green in the back panel; it adds so much interest and really ties in the coffee cup. I'll have to remember that background need not be all one color family the next time I'm playing around! Thanks for sharing.

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