Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Live At Five! Valentines with my teamies!

Hey there inky friends!

This weekend I went live on my team (Join Itchin' Inkers today!) Facebook page to share a few Valentine creations using the fabulous 30 packs of cards/envies I found at the Target Dollar Spot!  I was so excited to find these blank cards and knew they would come in handy for creating cards all year long so I picked up quite a few packs!  I think they'll be fabulous additions to my crafty booths at vendor fairs too!

I created these two card projects live and had so much fun!
I used an oldie but goodie ATS stamp called Doily Heart to create the yummy background.  I first stamped the heart using Cocoa Powder ink, then rubbed Brush Gold PanPastel over that with my finger. Applying the PanPastel softened the cocoa color and gave the card a beautiful shimmer.  I splattered Gold, Bubble Gum and Cranberry Bliss Silk onto the card.
After creating the stamped panel, I made a little banner using some Corrugated Cardstock and some graph paper.  I wrapped some Bubble Gum Thread around it and attached a little wooden Forever Heart Chips.  I applied some Journey Glaze and Sparkle Dust to the heart and added a few pearls to finish it off!  And YES! I made the macarons too!  They're so yummy! 

For the Masculine (Boy) card, I dug into my "retired" stash to find a fun ATS stamp called Don't Sink!  (available for a short time in a mini catalog-Hope it reappears in our next catalog!)  that was playful and child-like enough for this fun kiddie holiday.  
The white card base was a little glossy and textured with a bit of a canvas/linen texture and I knew from prior experience, that this paper would have difficulty "gripping" ink and allowing it to dry quickly.  SOOO...I decided to fix that problem by using my FINGER as my stamp!  LOL.  I use Orange Creamsicle and Limeade Splash for the color.  I also used my fingerprints to color the adorable little floatie.  
This fabulous Window Pocket Die works perfectly to hold a gift card, OR to be used as a slider card. I just cut out a piece of (retired) green chevron cardstock then added some Whip Cream cardstock for the sentiments.  I attached the floatie to the top layer, used some Natural Journey Thread to tie on some Citrus Cooler ribbon and Sparkle Trim!  Check out how it works here:  

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1.  $50.00 discount on your Amaze or Platinum starter kit
2.  Set of label charms (not yet released)
3.  Bird Melody stamp set (not yet released)
4.  20% discount on all orders
5.  Commission on all sales
6.  $150 quarterly minimum requirement to maintain active coach status!

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Monday, February 6, 2017

February Bloom Box: Bold Wings is in the house!

Hello there inky friends!  WOOP WOOP!  I got my February Bloom Box in the mail today and I just HAD to ink this beauty of a stamp set up right away!  Forget about reading the directions and using the kit contents right now, I'll save those for the weekend!  

Check out the inaugural inking of my new BIG AND BEAUTIFUL Butterfly set!!!

Want to know how I created this beauty?  Alrighty, let's go!

I started out with a piece of Oatmeal Cookie cardstock.  I stamped the butterfly (offset) onto it using some Clear Pigment ink.  I then used some Journey Gold Embossing powder to emboss the butterfly. After that, I took some of my Pan Pastel in several colors:  Confectionary Days (4:00 and Center) and Rich Sorbets (2:00 and 4:00)

After rubbing the PanPastel onto the cardstock with my finger, I cut the butterfly out with my Detail Pro Shears.  I embossed a piece of Oatmeal Cookie cardstock using the Marrakesh Texture Plate and left just the bottom edge free from the folder.  I used a bit of the "minty" colored PanPastel for to colorize the embossed texture too.  After that, I mounted the butterfly onto this panel (making sure to just glue the right wing to the paper so there is a bit of lift to the left wing.  
After that, I used my sewing machine to stitch over some Green Olive Satin Ribbon (On sale now!). I gathered the ribbon a bit by pulling one thread.  This piece of "puckered" ribbon was attached to the card panel using White Liner Tape.  I added a tie of Black Journey Twine to the ribbon so that I could attach the sentiment tag (stamped with Black Licorice Ink and covered in Journey Glaze).  A little Pearl finished the bow off.  

I took some Pretty Pansy cardstock and stamped the butterflies on the background cardstock  using the same color ink.  I attached the top Oatmeal cookie panel to this layer in a "wonky" layout, then mounted the whole thing to a Kiwi Slice Card base with some foam squares. 

Now I can't wait for the weekend so I can play with this kit some more!  Do you subscribe to the kit? If not, you're missing out!  Join the Bloom Box Kit club today!  

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!