National Coffee Day Blog Hop

Today is a wonderful day — a day to drink coffee! Any excuse to drink coffee is a good reason, right? In celebration of National Coffee Day the Joy Clair Designers have gotten together to host a wonderful hop for you revolving around coffee. Here is my card I created for this glorious day!

How To Create It

I used three Joy Clair Stamp Sets to create this card. I first embossed the Wood Background stamp on my cad base with copper embossing powder and misted it with Antique Linen Distress Ink Spray. To create the tag I used the same method with Broken Brick Background. The title, coffee cup and coffee bean strip were stamped from the Coffee Love set.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!


Sloth Coffee — Joy Clair Blog Hop!

This is an exciting week! Joy Clair has new stamps out and I got to play with them! Be prepared for lots of fun new cards, ATCs, Bible Art, and more over the next few weeks! In the meantime, the Joy Clair design team has gotten together for a fabulous hop! Each designer is featuring a different new stamp today and tomorrow. I got to play with the sloths! I could not stop with just one project and created two!

Before Coffee…Feeling Slothy

My 16 year old daughter is the inspiration behind this card. She proudly claims the Sloth title in our house — especially before her coffee. To create this card I tore Bazzil Swiss Dot Cardstock for the grass and used a white Gelato and cloud stencil on blue Bazzil paper. I stamped all the sloths and colored them in with color pencils. After I fussy cut them out I used pop dots to adhere all the images making sure I attached the two branches to create one long one with the sloths on it.

Hang In There

I have this new thing I am doing. I am starting an ATC collection of all the new stamp sets I get! It is fun to warm up with them on a small substrate. For this ATC I used Vinyl as the base and used my fingers to paint on it. Once the paint was dry I stamped the sentiment and pop dotted the image.

Now it is time to hop! Please make sure you hop through each blog to see a different new set and a chance to win a prize! Just leave a comment on all posts!

Line Up:

Joy Clair Blog – 

Martha Lucia Gomez –

Jowilna Nolte

Connie Hyde Mercer

Kerry Urbatch –

Angie Cimbalo –

Betz Golden –

Karen Letchworth –

Jessica Kaiser –

Ceal Pritchett –

Lindsay Adreon –

Helen Gullet –

Donna Idlet –

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Coffee and Jesus (Blog Hop)

There is nothing much better than coffee and Jesus in the morning. Today is the Coffee Lovers blog hop sponsored by Joy Clair Stamps.
Joy Clair will be offering a promotion for the Coffee Themed category in the shop. Use the code: MAYCOFFEELOVE take 25% off coffee stamps.

Please make sure you hop on through to all the amazing blogs and be inspired. Make sure you comment to be entered in a chance to win a prize.

Back to Basics: How to Create A Card

To create this card I went back to the basics with embossing and layering. The floral pattern on the coffee cub is just perfect for spring! I wanted to showcase it and used color pencils to make it pop. To see how I created this card please check out my video:

Make sure to start the hop here!

Until next time~ Happy Crafting!

How To Use a Cut File With a Scan N Cut

Yesterday I was on the Joy Clair website sharing how to use a cut file with a Scan N Cut. I know there is a way to directly link the file into my machine, but I am techno challenge and don’t have the patience or desire to figure it out. This is for all of you that, like me, want to stay in our comfort zone while crafting!

Betz Golden is going to show us how we can use Cut Files with a Scan N Cut using a file from the Cutting Cafe! With the end of the school year fast approaching, this is a great project for a teacher. 


For each of these cards I used scraps from my stash and buttons I had purchased on sale at Joann’s that I forgot I had. To create the cards, I downloaded the cut fie from The Cutting Cafe and printed it. I scanned the printed copy into my Scan-n Cut and saved it. I used the saved file to cut the elements of each of the cards and assembled. Here is the tutorial:

I also included the list of supplies in the video description for your convenience as well as here:

These cards were a lot of fun! Adding the glaze to each coffee cup really set it off. 


Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden 

Travel: Great Places in Unexpected Locations

Today I explored Phoenix Arizona! I started off  in search of Mucho Mas Art Studio — a search it truly ended up being! I learned about this mexi-style boutique through my friend’s, Lisa Kettell Designs, Instagram feed. I knew I had to visit when I saw the gorgeous bright colors and unique art pieces — both traditional canvas and mixed media. I entered the address into my navigation system and set out on my journey. It ended up being more of a hunt than I anticipated. When I arrived at the location it appeared to not be there. Instead there was an adorable little market and chic bohemian store. I drove around the building and there I saw it in the back behind the ally — Mucho Mas! I found directions on what appeared to be the entrance of the store instructing me to go around the building and enter through Galeana 39.
Galeana 39 was a wonderful surprise! I was welcomed into the store by the owner, Curtis Parhams ( 602-559-7791).

Curtis told me the history of the store. It was named after the street of his first store he owned in New Mexico. He started his business with hand making toxin free essential oil candles — which are still the best sellers in his store.

He branched out finding global pieces that are one of a kind. There was a bed  from India to hand milled sea salt in beautiful hand sewn  bags made by  women in Mexico that helps support them and their families.

You can find Galeana 39 on Instagram @Galeana39 or visit the store Tuesday – Saturday 11-4.

I ventured towards the back of the store to Mucho Mas Art Studio.

It was like an amusement park for my eyes!

I was giddy with excitement as I wondered from art piece to art piece.
The walls were black which provided the perfect back drop to the bright colorful art the adorned them.The mex-style boutique not only is a place to purchase art, but also a studio and gallery. Classes are offered and there was a table in which artist work in the shop at various times. Art pieces vary from canvas to mixed media. A decked out rotary phone in gems was a fantastic show stopper. One of the most unique things I have ever seen were the prints by Emily Costello. These prints were actually small canvases.

Mucho Mas Art Studio is on Facebook and Instagram, @MuchoMasArtStuido or stop by Wednesday – Saturday 11-4.
My next shop I found on route to a store Curtis from Galeana 39 recommended (that is a little later in this article). Retro Ranch is next to a gentlemen’s club. I am so glad I parked and went in! This store had some of the best retro cowboy inspired swag and home decor around.

A line of cowboy boots (some with rhinestones) and cowboy hats greeted me upon entry.

There was a huge selection of denim. Everything from Wranglers to jean jackets. Across the store was a wonderful selection of retro home goods.

There even was a basket of free lemons by the from door. To learn more about Retro Ranch check out their website: or stop by the store Tuesday – Sunday 11-6 (4303 N 7th Ave Phoenix AZ).
My last shop of the day was recommended by Curtis from Galeana 39. It was a 1990’s vintage inspired minimalist boutique owned by Michelle Nuenz.

Michelle is a former graphic designer that started designing scarves. She eventually took the leap and opened Noons. The store had a chic modern industrial design.

Half the store had 1990,s vintage finds.

The rest was full of local artists and products. Michelle was a thoughtful and kind conversationalist whom was passionate about the community and environment.
For more information on the store location and hours contact Noons at and follow on Instagram @_ _ _noons.
My last stop of the day was an amazing coffee house.
This place is by far the coolest coffee stop I have ever been to — and that is saying a lot because I have been to a ton. Copper Star Coffee (4200 North 7th Ave in Phoenix 602-266-2136) is an old gas station that still has the vintage pumps in front of the store serving as the drive thru.

A nice patio welcomed customers as they entered the shop. Not only was the coffee house amazing to look at, but the menu was extensive and delicious. They even had gluten free options. They give you a complimentary pastry of your choice on your first visit. It was the perfect end to a fabulous day!

Each of these places I visited all had two things in common. They were huge supporters of their community and environment. Each place carried eco-friendly products and were passionate in their support of the environment. Next time you are in Phoenix I hope you take some time to explore a few of these places. They truly are diamonds in the rough!
 Until next time ~ Happy Exploring 😉