Friday, May 28, 2010

TCC Feature Friday #20 ~ Rhinestones, Ribbon and Red

Hello Everyone and Welcome The Character Cafe Feature Fridays!

This weeks challenge is to use Rhinestones, Ribbon and Red! Wow that's a lot of R's LOL!!

Our fabulous DT has whipped up some amazing cards/projects to inspire you...

Angie C.





Linda ~ Guest DT

Be sure to check out the rest of the design team's wonderful work too...

When you are uploading your card into SCS, PCP or other stamping community, please be sure to use keywords TCCFF20 for this challenge . Can't wait to see your creations...

The prize this week will be two new release images "Tucker" & "Shadow" + a 20% off discount coupon to be used at The Cafe Store and a winner's blog badge. Thank you for your understanding this week has been a wee bit off dealing with illnesses, Nursing sick Aunts, hubby back problems and now Kendra suspects her little guy Brady is coming down with her strep throat she is getting over. Their off to the doctor's as I write. So we are sorry for the unforseen issues with this post and we appreciate your understanding.

We hope you all have a great (and healthy) weekend...Enjoy!!

Kelly & Kendra

Winner of TCCFF#19 ~ A Recipe Challenge

Hope everyone's having a great week with great weather. We are having Fabulous weather here in Southwestern Ontario!! Time to announce our winner from this week's challenge TCCFF#19~ a Recipe Challenge: A Ribbon or Bow, a Tag & 2 buttons.

Picked by goes to #1 ~ Tina. Tina wins 2 latest release images "Suzie" & "The mums". We will be sending that to you real soon along with a 20% off coupon to use at The Cafe Store and a Winner's Blog Badge. Here is Tina's winning card. Tina has amazing talent, check out her colouring!!

Remember to come and see what Fink has in store for our Feature Friday Challenge #20. Audrey is our host this week so come and join in for your chance to win a custom designed and named digital stamp at the end of the month.

Chat with you later

Kelly & Kendra

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tek Tuesday ~ Embossing on Fabric!!

Hey there crafters...ughh what happened to Tuesday?? See what happens after a long weekend up here in igloo country ...Yes, we celebrated Victoria Day weekend (aka. May 2-4) what a hoot!! Fireworks, barbecues with good friends, the kiddies playing and having so much fun. So for this week's Tek Wednesday I found this very informative Tutorial here at Shelley's (aka. Scrappergirl). I never really thought about embossing on fabric to use with card making, I really have trouble thinking outside the box at times... hee, hee. I stumbled upon Shelley's blog looking for info on Embossing techniques. Her stuff is fantastic!! Check out her amazing Photography skills too...Shelley you rock!!

Kendra and I didn't didn't get much crafting in this past week...too much going on outside, kids soccer in full swing, barbecueing & relaxing with the neighbours, yard work, gardening... oh and also nursing husbands with a pinched nerve. Yes, Joe pinched a nerve in his back a week ago and we had to call an was pretty scary. He's coming along though, back to work today but taking it slow. So I've been playing nurse too Fink!! I did have to make a card this week for Joe's neice's confirmation...I realized other than our Angels we don't really have any religious images. So I drew an ornate cross that will be released next month at the Cafe store... here's our (My) card. Kendra helped lots...Thanks Kendra. I forgot, Kendra and I made coffee filter flowers after she posted last weeks Tek Tuesday...oh no that was Tek Wednesday too...hee, hee.

I'm really happy with the cross I drew very vintage looking. I used Kendra's Copics to colour the pearl drop. Here's a close up of the sentiment which is included with the cross and various other sentiments and occasions phrases.

There's one of the roses I made, I like how it turned out, I had a tough time with scrunching and poofing them as Kendra calls it. We both made about 7 or 8 each so watch for them on our cards.

Here's one more of the card laying flat. I love these tag nesties that my friendly neighbourhood craft store has. Kendra cut out a duplicate of this tag in box card to reinforce it because it hangs off the edge when the card is open. I inked the edges of it in Brown. The cross also with inked edges and raised up on pop dots. Because the two main elemnets are so ornate I used very little embelllies. The lace ribbon is from Dollarama.

While we were making that Kendra was also playing with her new "buckles" Nesties, I think that's what their called... She'll be here soon with pics. Kendra was trying her new embossing powders doing a few layers on box card, what a huge transformation. This is what ispired my Tek Wednesday Tutorial.

Wow this weeks flying by...see you tomorrow to announce this week's Feature Friday Winner!!...

Nurse Kelly & Kendra

Friday, May 21, 2010

TCC Feature Friday Challenge #19

Welcome to another Feature Friday Challenge with the TCC Design Team!  This week we’re having a RECIPE challenge… you are asked to use

Ribbon or Bow


2 Buttons

Fink, was to host this week, however, she’s playing nurse so Kelly and I are stepping in!

Here are our fabulous DT inspirational creations for you!

Lola, using Precious Emmy from The Cafe StoreTCCFF19Lola Angie E with a card using Pond Frogs (a new release this month at The Character Cafe store)

TCCFF19AngieESara who used Suzie, also from this months’ new releases at The Cafe.


Rachael “Queen la Rubba” used Shadow from this months new releases.


We’re still waiting on Taylor (Fink’s daughter, standing in for her), and Margie’s so if you’re still needing some inspiration be sure to check back soon!

Okay, so the prize this week will be Suzie and Mums images from The Cafe Store, a Discount Coupon for 20% off your entire order as well as a Winner’s Badge for your blog.

We look forward to seeing all your creations and since we had no problems, or complaints about our Linky Tool, we’ll stick with it… I really like being able to have the thumbnail views and hope you do too.

Happy crafting,

Kendra (& Kelly)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Winner of TCCFF #18 - Recycle & Reuse

Hey there's Thursday again and time to announce our winner of this past weeek's Feature Friday Challenge # 18. The challenge was pretty easy, all you had to have in your project was something that you had recycled and re-used.

Congratulations goes to our player # 4 ~ Lovely Linda picked by Here is Linda's winning scrapbook page layout...

How cute is that, every mom has a moment just like this etched in their mind for each of their kids. ( hee,hee)

Ooops...Kendra and I forgot to add the prize to last weeks blog post.

Linda you have won "pond frogs" & "This little pig" images + a one time use 20% discount coupon for the Cafe Store. Also you will receive a winner's blog badge. We will be sending you your prize soon.

Remember crafters, the more challenge entries you get in for the month...the more chances you'll have to win your very own custom designed & named digi stamp from the Cafe. So get crafty!!

Kendra and I followed our Tek Tuesday Tutorial for coffee filter flowers, they turned out pretty neat!! We'll be back on Tuesday to show you what we made with the beautiful flowers.

Kelly & Kendra

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tek Tuesday… a little late

Hey bloggers, hope you all are well (unlike me!)… I have a nasty cold with a sinus headache and well, boo hoo, I’m sick!

Having said that, Kelly and I really wanted to share with you a tutorial on how those little coffee filter flowers were made.  Those of you that were interested, probably already found a tutorial out there somewhere, but just in case you’re like me and you need it put right in front of you….  Here you go!

I used a Marvy Punch for mine, but I think you could probably use just about anything that strikes your fancy.  I also like that she spritzes (is that a word or just spelled awfully wrong? LOL) her coffee filters with misters full of a dropper of re-inker and the rest water… looks very vibrant!  Anyway, thanks to Sherry Cheever for her fab tutorial.

If you would like to have custom flowers but like the look of paper flowers that you purchase… check out the tutorial on Paper Craft Planet.  I was just there and wow, these babies are CUTE and BEAUTIFUL!  It seems pretty easy too.  (The tutorial is by Jacquie Heffner, from

Well, the crafting around here has come to a slow roll.  My girls had a tae kwon do tournament this weekend which we prepared for all last week (or so it seemed!).  Glad to say that my 5 year old got a 1st in sparring and a 4th in patterns and my 7 year old got a 3rd in sparring and a 2nd in patterns… I’m so proud of them.  Troupers… my 7 year old was on the mat for around 3 1/2 hours… yes, you read that right… poor thing had full sparring gear on for about 2 hours since they had trouble with the computer at her mat!  She had that kind of experience last tournament too… one of these days, she’ll have smooth sailing LOL

So, the only creation I have to share with you is of a kind of re-make of Kelly’s.  The last time she used our Monster Gift image we didn’t get to take pics so we were sure to get them this time.  It’s not quite the same as before, but it’s pretty darned close and still great if you ask me!  We actually used fish tank gravel for the embellies… thought ourselves pretty creative with that one!  Here it is…

MonsterPicand a close up (ain’t he cute?!)MonsterCloseup  Monster Gift is available at The Character Cafe Store if you love him (like I do!).

Anyway, my pillow is screaming my name so I’d better run.

Happy crafting!

Kendra (&Kelly)

Friday, May 14, 2010

TCC Feature Friday #18 ~ Recycle and Reuse

Hello Everyone and Welcome Back to The Character Cafe Feature Fridays!

Angie here and I am super excited to be your Host for the First Feature Friday challenge with our new Design Team!! This weeks challenge is Recyle and Reuse ~ Please use an item from your home to recycle and re-use on your project!!

My fabulous DT sisters and I have whipped up some great cards/projects to inspire you...

Me (Angie C.)

Recycled Peace Charm from DD's Bracelet

Recycled empty drink mix container

Recycled ribbon from marshmallow lollipop

Recycled plastic cover of sticky tape package

Recycled envie & calendar insert

Recycled index card, tissue paper and re-coloured brads

Linda ~ Guest DT
Card made almost entirely from recycled items

Be sure to check out the rest of the design team's wonderful work too...

When you are uploading your card into SCS, PCP or other stamping community, please be sure to use keywords TCCFF18 for this challenge . Can't wait to see your creations...

Also, just a reminder that the Discount Code offered for 30% off your entire TCC order during our blog hop is valid until tonight at midnight!

We're trying out a new Linky this week, hope it works! Let us know if you don't like it...

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Blog Hop Winner & June Guest Designer

Hey crafters...happy thursday!!

Time to announce our winner of the grand prize and the crafter that will have an opportunity to Guest Design with us for the month of June.

Drum roll please...picked by

Congratulations goes to...Lawren ~ AHobby~holic, you have won a $5.00 gift certificate to the cafe store + 4 images : "Shadow", "Pond Frogs", "This little piggy" & "Suzie". Enjoy your images Lawren!! Lawren we will be sending you your prize over the weekend.

Now for the lucky one chosen to have the opportunity to Guest Design with us for the month of June...The lucky one picked by is...Kerstin, Congratulations Kerstin you have the opportunity to Guest Design with us for the month of June. We will be contacting you soon to see if you are interested to GD with us. Here is the card Kerstin made using our freebie Katt.

Come back and see what Angie Cortes has in store for this weeks Feature Friday Challenge #18, your gonna love it. Don't forget the more times you enter our challenges the more chances you'll have to win a Custom designed and named Digi stamp at the end of the month...we'll be announcing the winner at the June Blog Hop.

See ya then...
Kelly & Kendra

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Tek Tuesday ~ Etched Window Tutorial

Hey there crafters...Hope everyone had a great Mother's day on Sunday. Before I show you the tutorial I picked for this week I have to show you what Kendra and I worked on this weekend, Kendra and I got a bit crafty making some Mother's day cards together and few others.

Here is Kendra's card that she made for her mom... Kendra used the "mums" image available at the Cafe Store .

Kendra did a fabulous job colouring them with Copics first then prismacolours and OMS she stamped MOM with versa magic chalk ink then clear embossed it. I just love the ribbon she found in her stash and the rest of her embellishments, oh almost forgot Kendra sewed and it looks so good. I like the vintage look the card has... her mom will love it I'm sure.

Here is a card Kendra made for a bridal shower she has coming up...

It turned out really well, it`s funny how some cards just aren`t working out at the beginning then they end up being really great cards. Kendra used "Piper n' Prince" from the Cafe Store, it turned out so good. She coloured her with Prismas & OMS...Kendra is really rockin' the prismas lately!! Check out Kendra's cool coffee filter flowers, she learned how to make at our neighbourhood craft store (for real not at Kendra's craft room across the street ) ...I think this just might be an idea for a tutorial Kendra...hint hint. She also added gold 3D glitter accents on the petals. I love the papers she chose they compliment each other so well. Check out her detail with the cut out stamped leaves.

Here's a close up of the flowers, I can't wait to try them. The sentiment Kendra did is computer generated, available soon at the cafe.

Kendra really outdid her self this weekend, here's one more she created.

Kendra tried a cool but simple technique, she clear embossed on patterned paper & also stamped in white then clear embossed to get this unique flowered dress, then she cut them out. This card turned out soooo cute, I wish she had done it sooner. I could have used this for when my twin neices were born ... add an "s" to girl and taken out the word "a"... I love that new corner flower punch "my friendly neighbourhood craft store" just got in stock...can't wait to try it.

Now for my Mother's Day cards...

This one is for my mom...I justy love how it turned out. I used the "Mums" image from the Cafe store. The beautiful ribbon is available at "my friendly neighbourhood craft store" not sure what kind?? I colored the "Mums" with water color pencils. Sentiment is computer generated with the edges inked with 2 different greens, 1 chalk, 1 just pigment ink, a few pearls and DP from my stash.

This one is for my's kind of my first Monochromatic & CAS all in one.

It's hard to tell from these pics...but the card stock is kind of an eggplent/dark plum colour. I coloured my Lillies available at the Cafe Store with copics and water colour pencils...I'm really happy how it turned out, Joe's mom will love it! I used 2 blue flowers and inked them with purple chalk ink with a pearl brad in the center and two more pearl drops in the bottom corner. The sentiment is inked in 2 colours of chalk ink. Then I used my embossing ink pen on the edge and used my rainbow glitter embossing powder, had to go over it a few times, it turned out so good.

Now onto the Tek Tuesday technique for this week...

I stumbled upon this tutorial for an Etched glass window from one of our fabulous follower's blogs ...

Our Cafe follower Jennifer Juniper has a funky blog with lots of cool stuff on it, you have to check it out. Here's the link for the Etched glass Tutorial that Jennifer had featured found at the blog called At second Street ... These two blogs are just awesome you have to go check them out. This technique is not paper crafting, but it is done using a DP as a stencil. This etched window idea would make a great gift idea, my Mom would have loved this for Mother's day...maybe next year.

Well that's it today for Tek Tuesday... remember our 30% discount code is still available for our blog hop, good until Friday at midnight (technically Saturday).

Chat with you later!

Kelly (& Kendra)

Friday, May 7, 2010

From Deannette please go to Queenie

Unfortunately due to family issues, Deanne will not be able to participate in our hop! I hope that everything gets better for her soon.

So please go to Rach from Angie E.

Thank you and sorry for the inconvenience!

May New Release & New DT

Hey all you hoppers... You should have just come from Angie C, unless you've just stumbled on to our blog in that case you'll need to go here to start at the beginning of the hop. Hope you enjoy the hop with our very talented new team!!

To celebrate our new DT members and returning gals, we are offering a 30% discount at the Cafe Store, good until Friday May 14 at midnight. The code for the discount is "newDT30" ( Case sensitive ).

We also have a freebie for you...who hoo!! Meet "Katt" (Kitt's partner in crime LOL) Click image to go to download link... or go to 4-shared

Now for contest details:

Did you remember to comment on all the DT blogs in order to be entered in the draw for our prize of 4 new release images + a $5.00 gift certificate for the Cafe store?

Each DT member will be also picking a winner using to win the image that they have used. Please note we will substitute 1 previously released image if you win the grand prize + a DT member image.

For the Freebie Challenge, all you have to do to enter is make anything with our freebie or any other TCC image and come back and post it with Mr. Linky. One lucky participant will be asked to be Guest Designer for the month of June... how cool is that??!!

Kendra and I are going to try something new with our weekly challenge players... At the end of the month we will take all Feature Friday challenge entries and pick one lucky winner who will win one custom designed & named digi stamp. We will announce the winner at our June new release blog hop. Please note that The Character Cafe will retain the rights for the image and may need to suggest a variation of the name you choose if we already have an image with that name.

Thanks for joining us & see you on Tuesday... I'll be hosting this weeks Tek Tuesday.

Kelly (& Kendra)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tek Tuesday a bit different…

Hey bloggers!  Hope you’ve been well lately.  Kelly and I have kind of had a bit of a hiatus as you may have noticed…  I must admit, it was a much needed break for us and we feel a lot better and refreshed now!

We have some new Design Team Members that we can’t wait to introduce you to this Friday when we have our New Release Blog Hop (you’ll have to be sure to join us!).

Kelly and I have decided to do Tek Tuesday ourselves since we need to get back into the crafty side of things and well, we like hanging out with you once in a while!  Hopefully, this will motivate us to “get r done”!


This is a card I made using a Technique Tuesday stamp & a couple stamps from a set I got but can’t remember who by.  


I really like the way the little angel looks.





This card was made with an Inkadinkado set, some Sakura stardust pens, Copics, nesties, flowers, brads, rhinestones.  Not sure if this paper is BoBunny?



Here’s the inside too.




041  This is a card Kelly and I made for a shower she was going to.  I didn’t like it in the beginning, but it turned out pretty good!  Not sure who made these flower stamps, but I love em… stampendous made the little blue circle stamp and Hampton did the sentiment… used some rhinestones for the dots, hemp to add some texture and ribbon/paper from my stash.


 Another card, this one using a cuttlebug embossing folder, Offray ribbon, brad from my stash, new fancy tag spellbinder die, Basic Grey paper and Studio G Sentiment.047

Here’s the inside too… I actually got a Martha Stewart punch set this weekend too (along with those super cute Spellbinder tag dies!)

I just love this card… think it turned out great!


Unfortunately, my sons’ girlfriends grandmother passed away this weekend and so I made this for him to give to her.  I also advised him that a flower would be a very nice gesture (he’s 17) and he was so sweet that he got her a violet plant!  Not really what I meant, but very sweet.  Simple card, but beautiful look I think… very CAS.


So Kelly’s mother had a birthday and Kelly made her this beautiful card using the Lilies from The Cafe Store printed out 3 times in different sizes.  I love the inking on the vellum behind the main image… very soft and chic.  It’s amazing how inking can take something to the next level!


And last, but not least is this little cutie Kelly made for a niece of hers who had a birthday (10th).  I LOVE this card… the colours are perfect which must’ve been hard for Kelly since she has an aversion to pink (good thing she’s got boys!)  She coloured a Ketto with her watercolour pencils, punched and inked some flowers (see, inking again… LOVE IT!) and that pink flower is from Technique Tuesday again… I adore it.

So now that we’ve bombarded you with our cards… LOL… we’ll get on with a Tutorial that I thought was fabulous and something very useable…

Slider Card by Maria Bell (hope you don’t mind me sharing!)

MariaBellSlider1  I think this is so neat and would make a great gift for anyone really!  I’ve yet to try it, but I really do want to and maybe next week I’ll have MariaBellSliderone for you… I think it might actually make a great Mother’s Day gift from the kids to Grandma!!!

Maria has some fabulous tutorials as well as lots of free cut files for you to create amazing cards, boxes and other things… you definitely want to check out her site… I LOVE it there.

Well, that’s it for this Tek Tuesday… hope you found something useful that gets your mojo going and if you have any questions, let me know and I’ll do my best to answer you!

Take care… see you Friday for the New Release Hop with our new DT!!!

Happy crafting,

Kendra (&Kelly)