Friday, December 23, 2011

I Love Coffee!

I do love a good cup of coffee, but I also love the scent, and I love using coffee as a dye/aging process for seam binding. There are so many gorgeous colors in the Really Reasonable Ribbon store HERE. When I want to add an aged or vintage look, I add coffee! Take a look:
I used Dark Peach Seam Binding with these steps:
1. Brew a cup of coffee and fill Mini Mister with cooled coffee.
2. On a craft sheet or plastic placemat, spray coffee onto seam binding, while crinkling at the same time.
3. Continue spraying and crinkling until desired shades are achieved. Let dry.

Easy to do and it ends up smelling wonderful too!  My lace is from an antique store that I raided this fall on one of my junk jaunts looking for vintage lace and Valentines to use on projects.  

I stamped my images using Memento Rich Cocoa ink and distressed the edges with Spun Sugar Distress ink and Close to Cocoa dye ink. I added a little corner doily piece for some fun paper lace.

My mom worked as an organ and piano teacher when I was born. When I turned 4, she taught me to play piano (Teaching Little Fingers to Play - anyone else learn from that book?), and I have been playing ever since. When I was in junior high, she became an elementary music teacher. My dad had a beautiful tenor voice - one that never wavered, even when he was 79 years old. He was a minister, and when I was 10, he took on two country churches (in addition to ours) that didn't have a pastor - or a pianist. So I traveled with him Sunday afternoons and played for two services every Sunday and learned to sight read on hymns - and have hardly missed a Sunday playing since then!

My husband is a trumpet and French horn player, my daughter plays the oboe, and my son is also a trumpeter, keyboardist and guitarist. All of us love to sing and harmonize. When my kids were about 3 I taught them a silly made-up song about brushing your teeth. For you music officianados, I sang on the tonic, and they had to sing on the 3rd and 5th above that, then switch parts. Short song, but they learned harmony that way!

I am a music teacher by day, and a music director on weekends. I find good music in just about every genre there is, and enjoy listening to a symphony as much as a raucous rock band. Unless it's Lady Antebellum, and they edge everyone out.... :)

Their Christmas album is my favorite!

Ah, Musica!

Have a great day!

Stamps: Music Collage Quarter Sheet by I Brake For Stamps
Paper: Naturals Ivory, Very Vanilla, Lost & Found Madison Avenue DP by My Mind's Eye
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Spun Sugar Distress, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: white pearls (Kaiser), Dark Peach seam binding (RRR), button, doily, lace trim (Offray), frame (Jolee's), stick pen (Karen Foster)


  1. Great idea! Your card is beautiful. Have a very Merry Christmas too!

  2. Thanks for sharing your card AND a little more about yourself! It's great to get to know our friends who live in our computers a bit better. :-)

  3. Very pretty, Judy! Love the feminine feel with the matching lace and seam binding - sooo pretty! Your collage is framed in such a lovely manner! Merry Christmas!

  4. Judy, there's a "shout out" to you on my blog today. You can find it HERE:

    Merry Christmas and thanks for being such an inspiration to me!

  5. Judy this is such a lovely card! Thanks so much for the coffee tip. I know I'll have to give it a try. Merry Christmas!


  6. Oh Judy, this is so lovley! I love the vintage image and paried with the quote it's the perfect creation for a musical person, made BY and awesome musical person! I really enjoyed reading about how you got started and how it's woven into the fabric of your family :)


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