Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Sip and Share...I Love You a LATTE!

Hello there!  I'm back with another yummy Sunday Sip and Share for Coffee Loving Cardmakers. I'm excited to share this card with you because the background and the cut elements were created during a live demonstration to many of my fellow FSJ coach friends.  While FSJ held an amazing Leadership event in Las Vegas (I couldn't attend), almost 200 other coaches got together online for our own little event.  It was so fun!  So although I couldn't attend the event in Las Vegas, I was able to distract myself by creating, collaborating, sharing and communicating with many amazing Coaches from around the USA.  

In the final day of our event, I demoed several different Mixed Media products that Fun Stampers Journey carries.  I LOVE my mixed media, so this was like taking a happy adventure while still in my PJ's!  My goal was to share different ways one can modify modeling paste and gesso to create fabulous texture and color.  When sharing live on video, I created some swatches of yummy goodness and this red background (and the blue elements) were the awesome result.  I knew exactly what I was going to use the background for...My CLCSipAndSHARE!    
To create the deelish textured background, I first rubbed Journey Modeling Paste over the Stained Glass Stencil on some Candy Apple Cardstock.  Before removing the stencil, I sprinkled some sand over the top.  I rubbed it into the modeling paste and then removed the stencil.  After rubbing off the excess sand with my finger, I splattered some watered-down Modeling Paste onto the panel.  I then set it aside to dry.  
Next, I moved on to adding color to some Journey Gesso with a sprinkling of Huckleberry Fusion Pan Pastel (I scratched some dust off the pan with my fingernail). After adding a little water and mixing the color in, I was able to brush this colored gesso over a piece of white cardstock.  It took just a few minutes to dry.  

I then splattered some Silver Silk onto the painted paper.  Blue and silver are just the perfect pair! Then I set it aside.  After the demonstration, I stamped the coffee image and sentiment (from the Hey Sugar stamp set) onto this painted panel using Black Licorice ink.  

Wrapping some Candy Apple Red ribbon around the panel gave it the elegance I was looking for.  I then cut out some pieces (a banner, a sentiment and the cup) and assembled my panel.  It was mounted onto a Whip Cream card base.  

I just LOVE how this card turned out.  The texture, the colors, the layout...It's fun, non-traditional and so very touchy-feely! 

I finished this challenge by creating the coordinating sketch for this card.  Want to join the fun sketch challenge?  Please do!  Just create a card that is inspired by this sketch and post a link to it on our link up below.  I'll be awarding one winner a special coffee-loving prize at the end of the month!  



Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday Sip and Share...Cuppa LOVE!


Hello there Coffee Loving Cardmakers!  I'm back with another Sunday Sip and Share and I'm featuring some yummy Fun Stampers Journey Products!  You know I LOVE me some mixed media so I decided to jump in and get my fingers messy this week!   I created a sweet little Valentine treat that is ready for special delivery!  

To create my mixed media card, I pulled some Whip Cream cardstock from my stash.  I used the large Polka Dot Wall stencil and Sweet Berry and Butter Cream Acrylic paint.  I used a wash and a brush to apply the Sweet Berry ink and then applied the Butter Cream with my finger.  
After the paint was dry, I splattered Gold, Silver and Cosmic Grape Silk onto this panel to create more dimension.  I also added some stamping by using one of my favorite background stamps Postage Stamp.   

Notice just an itty bitty bit of machine stitching up there?  Yeah, I added that to give the card some added texture and more "finishing touches".  To create the "banners", I used a bit of Vellum and Oatmeal Cookie Cardstock stamped with the same Postage Stamp image.  I also incorporated a bit of Black Licorice twine, Bubble Gum Satin Ribbon and some Sparkle Drops to make the panel complete.

I mounted the inky panel onto some Silver Pearled cardstock (retired) and applied it to a Hazelnut Blend card base.  YUMMY chocolatey bliss!
I hope you have enjoyed this creation today.  All of the products featured in this card creation can be purchased in my FSJ shop.  Just click any of the products featured and you'll be directed to the shop!If you're interested in joining the fun with my sketch challenge over at Coffee Loving Cardmakers, please make sure to post your creation before the end of the month.  I'll be giving one lucky participant a sweet treat!



Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year, New Treats! Party with Me!

Woo hoo!  Welcome to 2017!  Can you believe it?  It's amazing how fast a year goes by!  I'm excited to see what 2017 brings and I'm jumping in with everything I've got!

While I welcome in the new year, I want to share with you a few NEW things that just debuted today.  I can say that I'm already waiting for delivery notification of my January Bloom Box!  Take a peek at what I'll be playing with THIS Month:
Isn't it awesome?  I love the fonts, the sentiments and the fab build-a-globe stamps!  I'm so excited to get this kit.  You can get yours too by signing up by January 31.  

and am working on my first Bloom This Way Catalog order!  Check out the treats it has for us!
After perusing the new mini and making your wish list, why not join the BTW party I created.  Invite your friends too.  I'll be selecting one customer to be the mystery hostess.  She/he'll receive all hostess benefits from this party!  I'll be closing this party on January 14 so get your orders in soon!



Sunday, December 25, 2016

Sunday Sip and Share...Merry Christmas!


Hello there coffee loving friends!  It's Kerry here with a final 2016 Sip and Share post!  It's also Christmas Day!  Merry Christmas to you.  It's also day 2 of Hannukkah and I want to wish all those who are celebrating the festival of lights an amazing day!
While we gather to celebrate and carry on family traditions, one of those traditions is the sharing of gifts. I created this special gift box (with something special inside) to send to someone special.  I incorporated some of this person's very favorite things...To create this box, I used Fun Stampers Journey Treat Boxes

I love these little treat boxes (that come in a pack of TEN) and use them often for small crafty gifts.  I stamped a strip of Hazelnut Blend cardstock with the Knitted Houndstooth (retired) background stamp in Black Licorice Ink.  After that, I mounted a piece of Kiwi Slice onto a stamped and colored steamy coffee panel (Le Cafe stamp set).
After creating and mounting the stamped panel and belly band to the box, I added some twine to hold it tie the box closed.  I then focused on the deer.  I stamped the deer from Winter Holiday stamp and die bundle with Oatmeal Cookie ink then rubbed a bit of Brushed Gold Pan Pastel over the ink.  This allowed the slight shimmer/sheen from the gold to adhere to the ink creating a beautiful soft golden image. After that, I die cut the deer and applied some Black Journey Twine and a little Sparkle Drop.    
To finish the box off, I splattered some Gold Silk and Dark Roast Silk to the image and then a few more Sparkle Drops.
I had so much fun creating this quick and fun gift box.  Now, it's off to the mailbox it goes on Monday! Hoping it gets to its destination in short time! :)
Now, my Sip and Share wouldn't be complete without a fun sketch right?  Well, there's only ONE MORE WEEK to participate in this month's sketch challenges (you can use any of our December sketches).  I'll select one lucky participant to receive a yummy coffee loving prize!
When posting to social media, please tag @coffee_crafts as well as #clcsipandshare so we'll be sure to see it!  Then, come back here and add your link to our inlinkz below!  

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Cocoa Treats...


The Coffee Lovers Blog hop is in FULL SWING!  Are you participating in the hop?  Make sure to check out my creations while you're hopping along.  I hope you find they absolutely delish!  

Today, I'm sharing a Cocoa-Loving project!  Yep!  I've got to since today IS cocoa's day to SHINE!!! 
Hey there cocoa loving friends!  It's I'm back with a yummy Cocoa treat package for you.  Since it's International Cocoa Lovers Day, I thought I'd join in with a little tasty treat!   I paired up the fun Cozy Wishes stamp set and the Planner Sketch stamp set with some Cranberry Bliss cardstock to create a yummy little pouch that contains some Cocoa-Mallow popcorn! The Black Licorice Ink is a trendy companion to the rich red cardstock, don'tcha think?!
I colored the cozy with my Copic markers.  I also added a few swirls of color around the stamped circles too.  It allowed for a bit more dimension and helped finish off that circle pattern.  The Gold disc (from Target), The Black Journey Twine, Jute and little strip of black and white fabric, as well as an itty bitty black button finish this fun package off!
It's pretty simple to make this tasty treat!  All you need is some fresh popped popcorn (I used packaged Orville Redenbacher's Microwave Butter Flavored popcorn), a package of Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate and a few spoonfuls of Kraft Mini Marshmallows.  Mix all this together in a bowl and shake the excess hot chocolate powder off.  You can use the extra to make a cup of creamy hot chocolate afterwards!  Package the popcorn mixture into a zip-top bag and insert into the gusseted tag opening.  I add an extra pack of hot chocolate too because popcorn and hot chocolate are a perfect pair!  

Thanks for stopping by my blog on this Winter Coffee-Loving Hop!  I hope you've been inspired by the many tasty creations that have been shared thus far.  I'll be back again tomorrow with another treat to share...Until then, I'm off to hop, hop, hop away!  

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Beary Cute Mug Rug...Winter Coffee Lovers Hop

It's DAY 3 of the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and I'm back with my third treat to share...This time, it's not a card.  It's a cute little Mug Rug created especially for...ME!  
Did you know I'm a bear collector?  On top of all the stamps, inks and other crafty things I *collect*, one of the most special collections I have is my collection of stuffed bears.  I love them!  The little bear in this photo is actually my Mom's childhood bear (and christening gown) and because I'm a teddy bear collector, she gave it to me.  It's one of my most treasured possessions.   

I decided to create a little Teddy Bear Mug Rug using an adorable Teddy Bear stamp called Beary Best.  It's such an adorable stamp and It worked well on my fabric design.  Oh, and those cookies, I made them today.  They're actually heading to my classroom for a fun Paint Your Own Cookie event this week.  They're pretty tasty!
So wanna know how I created this adorable quilted mug rug?  Well, first, I colored some cotton fabric (an old sheet) using some Sweet Berry Splash.  I have a collection of jars filled with water and Splashes in my fridge and they come in handy when I want to dye some fabric.  I heat set the color and then stamped the bear onto the fabric.  I heat set the bears too.
After that, I painted a light coating of reinker on the fabric.  In hindsight, I probably wouldn't do that again because the reinker bled a bit.  It was ok since the bear is a bit on the shabby side anyway.
See how the color bled a bit.  It's because of the oil in the reinker.  When I was light-handed on the ink it was ok, but when I added too much ink on my brush, it bled.
I do love how the Splash created a marbleized/tiedyed effect on the fabric!

After finishing my fabric design, it was time to sew it together. For the backing, I selected some fabric remnants that belonged to my grandma.  I also added some cotton batting and sewed it up on my sewing machine.  After it was sewn together, I used a meandering stitch all over the fabric to quilt the layers together.
After finishing the stitch work, I focused on a little girly pleated ruffle on one edge.  My needle broke right when I was done adding the pleats so I had to add a temporary pink bow to finish it off.  
I hope you enjoyed today's Winter Project.  It's such a fun little cookie/hot chocolate mat!  Tomorrow I'll be back to share the Beary Cute card and another tasty treat!  :)  Now back to hopping!  

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Kisses and Hugs...Winter Coffee Lovers Hop

Hello there coffee loving friends!  Today is Day 2 of the Winter Coffee Lovers Hop and as promised, I have two new projects to share with you!  As a Super Sponsor for the hop, I'm excited to again be sharing my love for Fun Stampers Journey Products with my coffee-loving friends.  This time, I'm sharing some of our amazing dies, punches and embossing folders (with an itty bitty sentiment set too).  You can find my second project over on my NON FSJ blog HERE.  

To create my card, I first embossed my Whip Cream cardstock using the Petals Wall embossing folder.  I love the texture it provides to understated elegance cards.  I also diecut Kiwi Slice and Lemongrass Cardstock using the Summer Branch die.  Today, it wanted to be Mistletoe (hee hee).  I also punched the little tag out of Oatmeal Cookie cardstock using the Tag This punch and handle. The itty bitty sentiment comes from the ATS stamp set called Tag Elements.  To add a few red berries to the mix, I used my Press Punch and a few Cranberry Bliss scraps.  I mounted the card panel onto Lemongrass Cardstock and then onto a Rich Coral card base.
As a coordinating gift, I added more "Mistletoe", Candy Apple Red ribbon, Black Licorice twine and a little Sparkle Drop to tie off a bag of fresh green coffee beans.  This is a special blend of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Costa Rica Monte Brisas (White Honey) and Brazil Estancia Lecy.  I love roasting my own green coffee beans and I hope the recipient of this special gift will too!
Thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving some love.  I appreciate you visiting and wish you luck in the sponsorship prize draws!  Hope you have a fabulous time hopping along.  See you again tomorrow!  :)