Saturday, January 1, 2022


Hello friends, and welcome back to my blog! My exciting news that I get to share with you today is that I am now a DT member at Digi Doodle Studios!  I am super excited about this new opportunity...I get to work alongside some of the most AMAZING designers, AND I will be creating with the SUPER CUTE images by Dina!  This month's blog challenge is BE HAPPY and/or FAVORITE THINGS, and the DT twist is to ADD A HEART.  Today is my first post as an actual DT member, and here is my project:

I chose to use Antoni Coffee Gnomie because he is just the CUTEST fella with that coffee mug in his hands, and because coffee makes me happy, specifically iced coffee from Dunkin!  I actually think he is enjoying some hot chocolate...I guess that's what he was in the mood for today!  I used my Silhouette Designer Edition software to size my image the way I wanted him to look for my card, then I cut him out with my Cameo. He is colored with mostly alcohol markers, but I colored his beard using Arteza colored pencils in smoke gray and cloudy gray.  That was my first time using those pencils, and I really enjoyed them.  

For the background, I ink blended Ground Espresso oxide ink through the FABULOUS Coffee Beans stencil from A Colorful Life Designs.  I started with a 5.5 x 5.5" piece of cardstock and used my Taylored Expressions brown blender brush to blend darkest in the center and lighter as I worked toward the edges.  When I got the look I wanted, I removed the stencil and blended over the whole panel with the remaining ink on the brush to get rid of the stark white between the beans.  Once that was dry, I added water to some Walnut Stain distress ink and splattered away!  The coffee bean panel was cut down using the largest Spellbinders card creator die from set B and adhered to some kraft cardstock that is adhered directly to my 4.25 x 5.5" card base, all with Bearly Art glue.  Antoni was adhered with foam squares.  

The sentiment dies come from the Bitty Buzzwords die set from Honeybee Stamps, and they were cut 3 times each and layered for dimension.  For a final sparkly touch to my card, I added Mint Ice Stickles to certain areas of the image, and also to the bottom of the die cut heart (Hug in a Mug die set from Honeybee Stamps), and to the bottom of the words.  Also, his little pompoms have white gel pen details added to make them look fluffy.  Here are a couple more pics:


Love to Craft #66:  ATG (1/8)
Mix It Up #57:   ATG (1/8)
Passion for Markers #621:  ATG Mega challenge (1/3)
Digi Choosday:  ATG (1/2)
The Outlawz Monday Greetings:  ATG with a greeting on the outside

Thanks so much for dropping by today!  Don't forget to join us over on the challenge blog and share your BE HAPPY and/or FAVORITE THINGS creations!  Happy New Year to us all, and I hope it will be a blessed one.  Until next time,

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless! 💖

~ Marie


  1. Congratulations on the DT post my dear friend!! I'm so happy for you! I love everything about your card specially how you colored the cute little gnome! Happy New Year! 💕

  2. Beautiful Marie! I love your image and coffee colors. Thank you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge.
    Twórcze pasje Danki {My Blog}

  3. A lovely looking card with a lovely colour combo. Happy New Crafting year to you and thanks for playing along with our mega challenge over at PFM.
    Love n hugs

  4. Congratulations! Very well deserved.

    Love your card especially the background.

    Thanks for joining us at Penny's Challenge.

    Helen x

  5. Congratulations on your DT assignment! Your cards are always so pretty and this one is exceptional. Thanks for entering your lovely project in our challenge at The Paper Funday. Donna

  6. So adorable and beautifully coloured Marie..
    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Chrissy DT

  7. SO adorable! Coffee themes are my favorite! You gnome is colored so cute too! Thank you for joining A Gem of a Craft Challenge!! I hope to see your creations again soon! Happy New Year! ~Michelle, DT Polkadoodles

  8. Awesome card! Love the background and your coloring is amazing.
    Thanks for sharing your project with us at Polkadoodles challenge blog.
    Hope to see you again soon.
    Nunzia DT

  9. Beautiful card. Thank you for sharing with us over here at The Creative Crafters Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    Wendy DT Member for

  10. Fab gnomie. Love your card.
    Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday
    Annette - Netty's Cards
    Proud to design for :
    Polkadoodles Digi Choosday,
    Lili of the Valley,
    Dies to Die For,
    As You Like It Challenge.

  11. Such a beautiful card, thanks for sharing it with us at the Colour it,Create it, Show it off Challenge Blog,
    Big hugs Ilonka DT

  12. I love your card, thanks for sharing it with us at the Creative Crafters Challenge Blog.
    Hugs Ilonka DT

  13. Fabulous creation! Thanks for joining us at Gem of a Challenge!

  14. Your card is adorable!! Gotta love some gnomes. Thanks for joining us at LTSCB
    Tina DT



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