Thursday, December 30, 2010

Quick Update

Just wanted to stop by and let y'all know we are not lost and gone forever. The team has been super busy with the Holidays and cooking up some fun ideas for the new year. We'll be back to our regular posting and challenge schedule next week!!

Happy New Year

Monday, December 13, 2010

Anything but a Card Challenge

We have a new challenge at The Latte Lounge this week - anything but a card. The rest is up to you! This challenge will last four weeks and the winner will be announced January 10th.

I have two projects for this challenge. The first is a decorated notepad featuring Natalie fromThe Stamping Boutique and papers from JLJ Designs. The notepad was in the Michael's dollar bin. I colored the image with Copics and added a Jolee snowflake sticker. I think this will make a nice Christmas present.

I also have some Christmas tags featuring this yummy image from Fresh Brewed Designs. I colored the image with Copics and used Kraft paper and digi paper from JLJ Designs.
Rhonda has a make-a-scene challenge until Thursday. Hope to see you at The Latte Lounge!


Happy Monday!!!

Good morning everyone,
I realized last night that I hadn't drawn a Cynthia in a long time so I decided to do a Valentine image of her. I called her, "I love you this much, Cynthia" I'm still working on that Valentine's Day line! Don't give up on me! LOL!
It's cold and snowy here in Indiana.
I hope you all have a nice and warm day.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wacky Wednesday Update

Hey all! It's Wednesday!
Time for the Wacky Wednesday update!!

For the past few weeks, participation in the Wacky Wednesday challenges has been pretty low.

Considering the fact that there are about 1,000 challenges running online right now, it's understandable!

I get confused too!

How do you decide which ones to enter?

There just are not enough hours in the day to do all the projects I'd like to!

Plus, with Holiday Season on us, crafting time is getting even more scarce!

So, we're going to take a small Holiday Break from Wacky Wednesday challenges...

hopefully after the first of the year, folks will have a little more time to get Wacky with us!!

There are lots of other things to do at the Latte Lounge this week though!!

Check out JLJ Designs Digi Paper challenge! Jen's digi papers are some of the best I've worked with!

In fact, this project was made with JLJ Designs Candy Cane papers!

Pop over and pick up a FREE digi paper and play along with us!

Better hurry, though, because it's ending on the 12th!!

Speaking of freebies!!

Rhonda is hosting the "Make a Scene" challenge and Tracey has very generously offered a SUPER collection of Stamping Boutique images that would be PERFECT for this challenge!!

And we're still recovering from our Holiday Celebration!

Almost needed a Bloody Mary the morning after! (-:

We had a GREAT time and there are still 2 challenges from the party just waiting for you!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Digi Paper Challenge #2 - Mid Way Reminder

We're mid-way through Digi Paper Challenge #2- Candy Cane at The Latte Lounge. For this challenge, you can download a free digi paper and use it to create a project. The winner will receive two The Stamping Boutique images AND the Candy Cane digi paper pack.

This card uses AJ the Chef from The Stamping Boutique (a great freebie from the chat in the PCP group!) and accent images from Your Next Stamp. I punched a snowflake and flower from the paper pack. I added ribbon and a Merry Christmas tag from Michael's.

We have lots of great challenges going on at The Latte Lounge! Our Christmas Celebrationchallenges are open until December 10th. You can trim a tree in Stacie's Wacky Wednesdaychallenge. Rhonda is making a scene and Tracey has posted about a little goodie if you use it for the challenge!

Happy Crafting!


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas Party TODAY!!!!

Come join us for our Christmas Celebration at The Latte Lounge...

This is the weekend!!! There are already some challenges posted and more fun to come. You definitely want to be there tonight from 7-9PM EST for our live to check out all the fun. There will be games, challenges and prizes!!! We'll be chatting in the chat room which can be found right on the main page!!

I hope to see y'all there!!!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Blog candy winner!

I can't believe that I forgot to post the blog candy winner! chose number 87 which is Tanya from Florida.
Please contact me to make arrangements for your prize.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Make a Scene

Hello! It's time again for another challenge at TLL. This time around I would like you to make a scene. You can use any images, papers, punches, embellies you like. The challenge will run for 2 weeks and will end on Dec. 16. The prize will be 2 images of your choice from the TSB store.

Here is a card I created for some inspiration (you'll notice it's the same card for the AiFactory challenge)...

I hope you'll all join us and play along.

Also don't forget our TLL Christmas Celebration begins tomorrow.  You will have until tomorrow morning to sign up for the Secret Santa exchange as I will be handing out the names then.  We will be having a chat on Saturday Dec. 4 at 7pm EST/5pm MST with some trivia and maybe a little prize.  There will also be challenges to play along with.  Hope to see you there.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wacky Wednesday is here again!!

The Wacky Wednesday Challenge this week, which you can find HERE is
"Trim My Tree".
There is still a week to play along!

It's pretty simple. Print out the Tree FREEBIE image, decorate it any way you like, and post it for all to see!

This card was created by our very own Rhonda Miller!

She also used "Candy Cane" digi papers from our very own Jen (JLJ Designs).

How awesome to enter both Latte Lounge Challenges with one card!! (-:

There are THREE challenges running at The Latte Lounge and we'd LOVE to see your creations!

1. Of course, there's Wacky Wednesday, "Trim My Tree"
2. Jen is hosting "Candy Cane" and has FREE digi papers to play with!!
3. Rhonda is hosting "Die Cuts or Punches" til December 2nd!

And don't forget about our Christmas Party December 3rd-5th!
We'll have challenges and prizes and LOTS of fun!

And there's still time to sign up for the Secret Santa Exchange!!

And! And! And!! WOW! There sure is a lot going on!!!

We're also going to have a
Stamping Boutique and Fresh Brewed Designs
combo Digi Day on PCP 
December 4th from 3-5 EST.

Just pop on over to our Stamping Boutique Group on PCP
and pick up your FREEBIE!!
It's a Stamping Boutique Recipe card featuring our Favorite young lady Audrey!

The theme is Holiday Sweets and we're all bringing our favorite recipes to exchange!
Snag your freebie, pick your favorite recipe and bring it with you to the party!

Who doesn't LOVE talking about FOOD and SWEETS!!  Yum!!

There are going to be FOUR challenges and FOUR FREEBIES!!!
And did I mention, we'll be talking about FOOD!! (-:

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Featured Member - Marie Bridgeman

Yep time for us to share another one of our creative ladies at The Latte Lounge with the world. This week the lovely Marie Bridgeman has agreed to be featured.

Short biography - My name is Marie and I live in London, England with my wonderful 9 year old son, Sam and our fur baby, Tippy who is a chorkie (a cross between a Chihuahua and a Yorkshire terrier).

How long have you been paper crafting?/How did you get started in paper crafting? I started crafting in 2007, after ill health meant that I had to give up my busy job at an advertising agency and I was spending alot more time at home than ever before. I was getting bored of spending night after night in front of the TV and so decided that I needed to find myself a hobby. I‘m not entirely sure what gave me the idea, but I bought a small kit and tried cardmaking, absolutely LOVED it and the rest, as they say, is history!! My house has now been taken over by stash and my clothes addiction has been replaced by a paper one!

What crafting item can you not live without? My paper trimmer!! It’s a real basic but I use it on absolutely every card that I make!

What is your favorite paper crafting company? That’s a hard one – there are so many!! Basic Grey, Cosmo Cricket, Imaginisce, American Crafts to name but a few!!

What is your favorite coloring medium? I mainly use promarkers because I find them the quickest to get good results but I also really love prismacolour pencils blended with sansodor and watercolouring with distress inks.

Do you have any other hobbies? I’ve got a bit of a (sad) addiction to American TV shows, I love watching films – both at home and going to the cinema and I’ve always enjoyed reading.

Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself? I’ve got a really cool tattoo on my right foot (pictures available on request!) Nah, seriously though – I love cardmaking and because of that, blogging has also become a big part of my life and I’m so grateful for the people who come and visit my blog and leave me such wonderful comments and the friends that I have made throughout the world. I had reached a time in my life where, because of illness, I had a complete change of lifestyle and it could’ve become quite a dark time but instead because of this wonderful hobby, I’ve always got something to do, someone to talk to and life’s always that bit brighter!

Please come and visit me at my blog – I always like to make new friends!

Here are some of Marie's lovely works--

Also don't forget our Christmas Celebration at TLL this coming weekend. There will be challenges, games, prizes and fun. We'll be setting up a time to chat but feel free to do so any time since the chat window will be open all weekend!!

PCP Digi Day in The Stamping Boutique group from 3-5 PM. We will be having a special guest -- Fresh Brewed Designs.

Lots of fun to be had this weekend!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Digi Paper Challenge #2 - Candy Cane

It's time for a Digi Paper Challenge #2 - Candy Cane at The Latte Lounge. You'll receive one of the digi papers from my Candy Cane paper pack for free. You use that digi paper or one from your stash to make a project. Post the project to the challenge thread for an entry to win BOTH the paper pack AND two images from The Stamping Boutique.

The theme for this challenge is Candy Cane - red and white. The challenge is open until Dec. 12th and the winner will be announced on the 13th.
My first card uses Candy Land Winter Cake from The Stamping Boutique. I colored the image using Copics and tried out my new Martha Stewart punch. I've never punched anything before. This card would also be perfect for Rhonda's Die Cuts or Punches Challenge.

This card uses Candy Cane Callie and Candy Cane Bunny from JLJ Designs. I used a tutorial for a Diagonal Double Pocket Card. In order to make this card, I taped two pieces of printed paper together, but you could just as easily print on both sides. I colored the images using Copics. The bunny tag will be used to write a holiday message. I'll put a gift card in the middle pocket.

This card features the tree from Stacie's Wacky Wednesday Challenge. I used the Candy Cane digi paper to trim the tree! The other papers are from my Traditional Christmas paper pack.

Hope to see you at The Latte Lounge this week! Don't forget our Christmas Celebration next weekend!

Happy Crafting!


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Comes to TLL Early

Come join us for our Christmas Celebration at The Latte Lounge...

WHEN: December 3rd-5th 2010
WHERE: Christmas Celebration Group at TLL
HOSTESS: Rhonda Miller and the TLL DT

Here’s what you’ll find at this fun filled weekend……
Fun, fun, fun…..

Also be sure to stop by early and join the fun of our Secret Santa group!!!! You don't want to be left off Santa's list.

I hope you'll all join us.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wacky Wednesday Challenge #3: Trim My Tree!

The "Show Me the Money" Challenge
seemed a little too tough, eh?

We didn't get many entries,
but the ones we DID get were AWESOME!

Thank you for playing with us at the Wacky Wednesday Challenge!

This week, the new challenge is:

Trim My Tree

Here's how it works!

Use THIS picture!!

Download it.

Print it any size you like.

Decorate it!

Click here to
Post it at the Latte Lounge!

That's it!!

I hope you'll have fun with this one!

Because I am going away for Thanksgiving
and will be travelling tonite,
I won't be able to see the final entries
in Challenge #2.
So, I will announce the winner
of Challenge #2: Show Me the Money
by next Monday
when I get back!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Featured Member -- DQ!!!

Welcome to another Featured Member post here at TLL!!! This week we are featuring the wonderfully talented DQ aka Denise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Short biography
Hi, my name is Denise, or DQ for short. I am a mother of 2, one 19 year old boy and a 10 year old girl. I'm a Cross Stitcher at heart but I enjoy all crafts. For the past year and a half, cardmaking has become my passion!

How long have you been paper crafting?
I've been paper crafting for about 3 years

How did you get started in paper crafting?
My Girlfriend wanted company to go to a scrapbooking class and I was hooked

What crafting item can you not live without?
That would have to be paper, paper, paper, any and all kinds of paper.

What is your favorite paper crafting company?
Must admit, I don't have one favorite, I have several, they are Basic Grey, K&Co, DCWV, just to name a few!

What is your favorite coloring medium?
I would have to say Copic Markers right now but Prismacolor pencils run a close 2nd.

Do you have any other hobbies?
I'm a Cross Stitcher at heart

Here are some of Denise's beautiful works!!

Be sure to stop by DQ's beautiful blog and leave her some love!!

As always, we are grateful you stopped by today!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mid-Way Reminder Hidden Element Challenge

We're mid-way through the Hidden Element Challenge. I have two new cards to share with you. The first is a window card featuring images from Some Odd Girl. I cut a window to give a glimpse at the hidden image and sewed tulle into a ribbon to make the curtain.

This card features a hidden tag sentiment. I made a little pocket on the front and put the sentiment inside.

We have a lot of great challenges going on and fun coming up at The Latte Lounge.
The Christmas Celebration is coming up Dec. 3-5. Don't forget to sign up for the Secret Santa.
You still have a few days to enter Stacie's Wacky Wednesday Challenge - Show me the Money.
Rhonda has a new challenge to use die cuts or punches.

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Die Cuts or Punches

Are you ready for another new challenge at TLL?  For this challenge I'm asking you to use die cuts or punches on your creations.  The challenge will run for 2 weeks and will end on Dec. 2.

Here are a couple of my creations for inspiration...

I used Audrey and Santa from The Stamping Boutique for this one and my Top Note die.

For this one I used this Merry and Bright image from Deedee's Digis.  I used a border punch on the red strip and my corner rounder for the scallop oval.

I hope you'll all play along with us.


P.S. Don't forget about our Christmas Celebration coming up December 3-5.
Jennifer is hosting a hidden element challenge that will run until November 28.
Stacie's current Wacky Wednesday challenge is Show Me the Money and runs through November 24.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Featured Member -

Today we are introducing you to CHERYL GORKA!!!

I just love her style so let's get to know her a bit better!!!

Hello! I’m Cheryl Gorka. I’ll try to make this interesting but I live a very normal life. You might want to grab another cup of coffee before reading. My husband and I have known each other for years and will have been married for 12 years in November. Our daughter will turn 9 also in November. Two dogs (a lab/golden mix & a cocker spaniel) and a Senegal parrot round out our family.
I work full time for an electronics distributor in the Fortune 250. My job is filled with spread sheets, numbers and conference calls. I am lucky enough to be able to telecommute from home and only have to go into the office or travel for special meetings. Working from home has its ups and downs, but you can’t beat the commute! I work flex hours so that I can maximize the time spent with my family.

When I am not paper crafting, I love reading and listening to music. I always have music on. I love all types of music from pop, rock, alternative, alt-country, blues, rockabilly, you name it. I jazzercise 2-3 times a week to try to stay in shape. It is the only work out program that keeps me from getting bored after a few months.

You will find me on other crafting, music and book networks as “elizgmom”. My paper crafting blog is She Stamps.

How long have you been paper crafting?
I would say on and off again for about 5 years. I really started getting more involved over the past 12-14 months.

How did you get started in paper crafting?
I started paper crafting by going to a neighbor’s Creative Memories party. I thought it was neat and bought a few things. I had a friend in the neighborhood who liked to scrap book so we would get together to let our daughters play while we put some pages together.
Another friend brought me to a Stampin’ Up workshop and I found I loved making cards. I would look forward to the workshop and an evening with my friends every month. The demo’s life got busy so she stopped having regular workshops. I looked around for another demo in my area but couldn’t find anyone whose style I clicked with. About that time (a little over a year ago), some one left a comment on a card I had posted on Splitcoast Stampers that I should enter my card in their challenge. That one comment opened up an entire new world for me. I found blogging and challenges, and started developing my own style. Then I found digital stamps and I haven’t looked back since.

What crafting item can you not live without?
Just one? Oh boy, I think my ATG tape gun. I used other types of adhesive in the past and my projects would sometimes fall apart. I have never had that problem with ATG tape.

What is your favorite paper crafting company?
This is another hard one. There are so many fabulous companies out there and I love so many of the products right now. If I have to pick one, I would say October Afternoon. I love their paper. I am terrible – I save the smallest little scraps just in case I can use them to paper piece something later.

What is your favorite coloring medium?
Copic markers! I really just started using them over the last few months but they are now my “go to” coloring medium. I am in awe of how well some people can color with them.

Do you have any other hobbies?
Not really. My family and friends, paper crafting, and work take up most of my time. I fill any other free time reading.

Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself?
I am really honored to be chosen as a Featured Member. Thank you for letting me share a little bit about myself.

Here are some of Cheryl's beautiful projects!!!

As always, we are grateful you stopped by!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Hidden Element Challenge and Christmas Celebration

Have you heard about the Christmas celebration Dec. 3-5 at The Latte Lounge? Rhonda will be hosting a fun filled time. Stop by now to sign up for Secret Santa.

I want to say congrats to Maria for winning my digi paper challenge. I'll have another digi paper challenge for you in two weeks.

My new challenge starts today at The Latte Lounge. For the next two weeks, I'm sponsoring aHidden Element challenge. Your card should have a hidden element - tag that slides out, something that flips open.

DH has been wanting me to make a lift-the-flap card similar to Peanut's books. So, I gave it my best shot.

My first card uses the Matroyshka Dolls from The Stamping Boutique. My sister colored most of the dolls. I cut them out leaving a tab at the top and then glued two of the same size doll together. I cut out a slightly smaller hole in my paper underneath the doll. I then glued the tab to the underside of the paper and constructed the card in layers. The bottom doll is still glued to the front of the card.

For my second card, I used JLJ Designs (aka me) Beary Merry Christmas Dreams and Beary Merry Christmas Morning. I used the same technique of leaving a little flap, this time on the side of the image. For this card, I actually cut a hole in the card and the paper that I used to cover the front. I stuck the tab between the paper and the card. The second image is mounted inside the card. I added a string of beads and red roses.
There are other great challenges to check out as well:
You have a few more days to enter Rhonda's Thanksgiving challenge.
Stacie has challenged us to use real money on our cards. She's got a great one with a hidden bill, which would qualify for both our challenges!

I hope to see you at the Hidden Element challenge at The Latte Lounge.

Happy Crafting!


It's a Christmas Celebration

Come join us for our Christmas Celebration at The Latte Lounge...

WHEN: December 3rd-5th 2010
WHERE: Christmas Celebration Group at TLL
HOSTESS: Rhonda Miller and the TLL DT

Here’s what you’ll find at this fun filled weekend……
Fun, fun, fun…..

Also be sure to stop by early and join the fun of our Secret Santa group!!!! You don't want to be left off Santa's list.

I hope you'll all join us.


Friday, November 12, 2010

Member Spotlight Time

Hello all!!! Today is all about our members. The following projects were recently posted in our gallery. I hope you'll stop by and see all the beautiful works. While you're there, why don't you post a few of your owns??

My Inkie Fingers -

Cheryl Gorka

Brenda Dean
Also be sure to check out all the fun challenges we have going on --

Digi Paper Challenge #1 - Due November 14th

Thanksgiving - Due November 18th

Show Me the Money - Due November 24th.

Thanks for stopping by!!


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Time for a new "Wacky Wednesday" Challenge!!


Last week, there were FIVE awesome entries in the Wacky Wednesday Challenge, Use Real Wood.

Because it is impossible to pick my favorite, I used

The winning entry was submitted by Brenda Burfreind.
Here is Brenda's awesome project:

Now, it's time for a new "Wacky" Challenge!

This one is for all the Jerry McGuire Movie fans!

The challenge this week is

Here is the one I made:

It's a Sliding Card.
When you pull the sides, it slides open to reveal it's secret compartment!

Here's the inside:
Fun, right?
Can't wait to see all your Wacky creations!!!

C'mon over to the Latte Lounge and play with us!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Digi Paper Challenge #1 - Mid Way Reminder

We're half-way through Digi Paper Challenge #1 at The Latte Lounge. For this challenge, you receive one of the digi papers from a pack for free. You can use it or a digi paper from your stash to create a project. This week the theme is Thanksgiving colors. The winner of the challenge will receive the whole paper pack and two images from The Stamping Boutique. The challenge ends on Nov. 14th and the winner will be announced on the 15th.

I have two new cards for your inspiration. This card features AJ the Pilgrim from The Stamping Boutique. All of the papers are from the Thanksgiving Paper Pack. I added some sentiments I printed out and Prima flowers.

My second card features my Sugarplum Fairy Bear. I wanted to make a card using theThanksgiving Paper Pack that wasn't for fall.
I hope you'll join us at the digi paper challenge. There are several other challenges going on:
Stacie's Wacky Wednesday challenge closes in a couple days, but there's still time to enter!
Rhonda has a Thanksgiving challenge - you could have two entries with one card with the digi paper challenge!

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, November 4, 2010


Hi everyone!! Welcome to another challenge at The Latte Lounge. For this two week challenge I am asking you to create something for Thanksgiving. It can be anything from cards to decorations, whatever you would like to create.

The challenge will run for 2 weeks, so you will have until Nov. 18 to enter.

Here are a couple of samples I have come up with. I'm still working on a couple more, but I'm way behind...

The image is from The Stamping Boutique.  I colored it with Marvy markers.  The DP is from JLJ Designs.  The Sentiment was computer generated.

The image is from Dustin Pike.  I colored it with BIC Markits.  The Sentiment is from TLC Creations.  The DP is Me and My Big Ideas.  I'm not sure I like how this one turned out, but here it is anyway.

I hope you'll all play along.  Be watching for a fun announcement.

More happening at TLL
Stacie has her Wacky Wednesday Challenge running until Nov. 9.  Just use real wood in your creation.
Jennifer is having her Digi Paper Challenge that runs through Nov. 14.  She has offered a freebie to use on your creation.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

There's still time to submit your "Wacky Wood" Project!!

Look how cute this turned out!!!

Jen, at JLJ Designs submitted this adorable creation for the "Wacky Wednesday" Challenge and I LOVE it!!!

And the inside is AWESOME too! She has been creating a set of gift card holders and it's a really neat technique!

You can find all the details on her blog: HERE

There aren't many entries in the
Wacky Wednesday Challenge
but there's one week to go!

C'mon, give it a try... it's actually kinda fun to do something that doesn't include the same old stuff, isn't it?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


I'd like to welcome our 2 new Design Team members to The Latte Lounge.

Stacie Gorse (AKA Hestia's Helper) -- her blog is Hestia's Helper
Current Challenge - use real wood on your project. Be sure to stop by and check it out however don't go when you are hungry!! Her sample is VERY tempting!!!!

Jennifer - her blog is JLJ Designs.
Current Challenge - Digi Paper. Jennifer has even given us a free sample of her fabulous Thanksgiving digi paper to use!!!

Both have already started and are offering some fun challenges. These ladies have been very active at TLL and help to make it such a wonderful place to hang out!!!

I hope you'll leave them a welcome here in the comments!! Have a fabolous day!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Digi Paper Challenge #1

Welcome to my first challenge at The Latte Lounge. I'm so excited to be hosting the challenge! My first challenge I call the Digi Paper Challenge #1. You'll receive one of the digi papers from a paper pack for free. You use that digi paper or one from your stash to make a project. Post the project to the challenge thread for an entry to win both the paper pack and two images from The Stamping Boutique.

This week, I have a Thanksgiving paper pack. On the challenge thread, there is a link to download the freebie.
I want to share with you some inspiration from The Latte Lounge DT

Stacie's wonderful paper pieced card uses all of the papers from the paper pack!

Rhonda's sweet card demonstrates that these papers aren't just for Thanksgiving!

Here's my card. I used The Stamping Boutique's Audrey the Pilgrim. I wanted to use an interesting quote for the card and I found this one from Carl Sagan: "If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch you must first invent the universe."

Please join us at the first TLL Digi Paper Challenge! The challenge will be open until November 14th and a winner will be announced November 15th.

There are other great challenges going on at TLL:
Rhonda is sponsoring a Colors of Fall challenge until November 4th.
Stacie is sponsoring her first Wacky Wednesday challenge - using real wood somewhere on your project - until November 10th.

Happy Crafting!