Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday Sip...Coffee and a Gel Press

Hello there coffee loving papercrafters!  It's Kerry here and I'm back from a brief hiatus from the blog.  I spent last week inkin' it up at the annual Fun Stampers Journey Convention in Chandler, AZ.  It was amazing and I'm excited to be back home to share new things with my crafty friends!  So much amazing packed into one week!    

I came home with the new 2017-18 Inspiration Book and Catalog, the 2017 Holiday Trends Mini, TONS of new product and endless fill of inspiration and memories...

I'm sharing this fun card set I created using the newest product partnership with Fun Stampers Journey.  On July 1, FSJ will host an exclusive 8 1/2 x 11 Gel Press and it's such a fun tool to create beautiful cards, backgrounds and embellishing elements.  SOOO EXCITED!
So, here you have it...These muted tone backgrounds were created using my new Gel Press. I incorporated a bit of FSJ Liquid Color (new to our color line-up July 1) and Acrylic Ink and the new Bubble Wrap embossing folder.  So fab!
This is quite CAS for me and my style but I love the cluster of embellishing elements that lay atop the Gel Pressed background panel strip.  
I had an old pair of jeans with a hole that couldn't be repaired so I just trimmed the hem off of one leg to create a fun strip of trim for my cards.  I love using jeans on my cards!  
The embellishments were a fun addition.  I have had the Word Bubbles for a while now and they made a fun appearance on the cards.  Of course I had to incorporate some yummy black Sparkle Washi and black twine!    A few flicks of Dark Roast Silk finished the card off... OHHH...I forgot, I also added a little coffee bean onto the card because it speaks my language.  You can understand them too, right?

Want to see my process to achieve the background?  Check it out!  
I added about six drops of each color into a mister filled with water.  I then spritzed some color onto the plate after dripping a few drops and brayering it onto the plate.  
 Brayering the two colors on helped me achieve the "coffee/tea" stain color I was after.
After that, I applied more drops of Lovely Blue, one drop of Catalina Splash and Orange Creamsicle Liquid Color onto my plate. I pressed the new Bubble Wrap Embossing Folder onto the plate to lift some of the ink.  
I pressed the card base onto the plate and rubbed it gently with my hand.  I lifted it up and this impression was left on my paper.  
I applied some clear pigment ink to the plate (so my brayer would glide over the plate) to help the ink spread like soft butter then added some Butter Cream Acrylic ink using my brayer.  After a few layers (and a few additional drops of Orange Creamsicle Liquid Color), I achieved the background I was looking for...Quite velvety, quite lovely, don't you think?  

Take a look at the sketch created from this card collection.  I hope you find some time to play along with it...Perhaps it will make an appearance in the hop coming up this week?!  If you choose to play along, please include a link to your creation by adding it to our linkup below.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Dream BIG!

Hey there stamping friends,

The Fun Stampers Journey Convention is HERE!  WOOP!  I'm so excited to be able to gather with my stamping family for some fun, education and inspiration!  I'll be coming home with TONS of motivation and a few HEAVY suitcases!
While I'm headed off on a jet plane to Arizona, I'll leave you with a little share and a HOW I MADE IT!

I'm participating in a fun Mixed Media swap (there are SO many amazing swaps) and this is the card I created.  I love the way it turned out.  It's artsy, inspirational and oohh so yummy!  I grabbed the theme and the color palette from the Convention logo...(can you tell?)
To create this card, I started out by rubbing a bit of Pool Play Pan Pastel (from Confectionary Days Collection) over Canvas using my finger.  After that, I placed a tad bit of Pineapple Smoothie Acrylic Paint onto my finger and rubbed it across the canvas.  After it dried, I used my sewing machine to add a meandering stitch across the canvas.  
Next, I stamped the Create a Dot stamp onto the panel using clear ink then applied some silver embossing powder.  I wanted just a hint of this image so I used a light hand with the ink pad and rubbed unwanted embossing powder off the canvas with a dry brush before heating.  
After that, I scribbled a little Silver Pen onto my acrylic block then spritzed it with my Spritzer bottle. I applied that directly to the canvas then swiped it gently down the canvas.  This created a fun distress-like gray watercolor look that I love.  When that was done, I added a Scribble Stroke using the Silver Marker.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment (from Dream It set) using Clear Pigment Ink and Black Embossing Powder.  
Finishing the card up involved flicking a little Sparkle Silk onto the panel then stamping the floral image from Bird Melody.  I rubbed these Black Licorice stamped flowers with PanPastels and applied Journey Glaze with a tad bit of Sparkle Dust sprinkled over it.  I then Popped Out the flower over some loops of thread using a foam square.  
I can't wait to share another fun creation!  Stop back again for another fun share from Convention! PS...I'll be back to add the printable tutorial for this card when I return from convention so watch for it!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Fiesta!...A Thank You...

My "Get ready to PARTAY" card created especially for the amazing Journey Crew!
It started out with feeling a little grateful...then snowballed...into something amazingly fun!

I had a TON OF FUN organizing a TOP SECRET FIESTA for the Journey Crew a couple of weeks ago and with the help of a few other awesome Journey Coaches and the ever-so-sneaky Kim Kesti, the FIESTA went down last week.

I wanted to show the Journey Crew my thanks for the new and improved website launch so I pitched my idea to my downline and a few close-contact coaches (so as to keep it on the down-low and to ensure the super-secret nature of this idea).  They were ALL IN and that set the ball rolling...

The Journey Crew Rocks!  If you haven't already experienced visiting the new FSJ website/blog and shop (Check out my new site HERE), you wouldn't know the hours and hours and days and days and weeks and weeks and months and months of work that went into launching this site.  I'm sure you can appreciate completing a HUGE project after working on it for so long.  Well, that is an understatement for this crew for sure.  TEAMWORK, DEDICATION, SUPPORT, COMMITMENT, DETERMINATION...Yep, that's all there!

Their tireless efforts in this successful launch are so appreciated and we continue to celebrate them as they work through the kinks and subsequent updates.  We know how hard they have worked to produce a fabulous website and we are so grateful for their dedication!

I reached out to Kim Kesti with a little proposal a few weeks previous to this event and I asked if she would help us surprise the crew.  We knew it would not be a surprise if we had nine hundred packages arriving to the Journey Station, so we needed a Secret Agent...a burro of sorts. ;) We hoped she would accept the mission (even during this busy, busy time) and help us pull off this secret mission.  She said YES!   Kim received all the packages, checked and updated us on the arrival of the goodies, arranged a date for the fiesta and set up the party supplies.  She also chipped in and provided some salsa and drinks since our mixer hadn't arrived!  Most of all, she kept it all hush hush for us. We thank her so much for helping us deliver our thanks... FIESTA style!

THANK YOU CREW FOR GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND TO MAKE THE NEW WEBSITE LAUNCH A SUCCESS!  WE APPRECIATE YOU SO MUCH!

Check it out!

Our Fiesta-in-a-Box included LOTS of fun:  
*A cactus pinata-with pinata treats
*Mariachi Band...Rubber Duckie Style!
*Sombrero Party Headbands
*Maracas
*Tortilla Chips
*Margarita Mixer (arrived after the party) from my favorite Margarita Texas!
*Festive Solo Cups, Plates, Napkins, Fiesta Tablecloth
*Handmade cards from the Coaches on this secret mission

*A gorgeous flower arrangement delivered to the station
Check out a few photos (Thanks to the JCrew and Kim Kesti for preserving these memories)
Thanks Rose for the photo!  We loved seeing what our "pick" ended up becoming on the other side!
The flowers arrived the day before...with a little hint about a fiesta or something to come...
Kim was our secret agent!  Thanks to her, the secret party went off without a hitch!
Journey Orange and Green was in order...but no proper fiesta can exclude the other festive colors of the rainbow!  
Thanks for the great photo Kim!
Of course a fiesta needs a pinata right?  Well, when in Arizona, a CACTUS pinata is in order!  Too fun to destroy so the treats are on the side!  
Thanks Kim for the photo!
I mean really, I think they're reserving themselves for Convention...We know they LOVE to partay!  
This is the best stuff ever! Check out their recipes too!

(Although the case of Margarita Mixer didn't arrive in time for the party (a few hours late), I hope they enjoy that another day (perhaps an After-Convention party is in order?)
You can just see the crew trying to contain their excitement...They're working, ya know.  Even the mariachi duckies couldn't convince them to jump up on the table and shake those maracas...OR DID THEY?)

Here are a few of the cards that arrived in time for the party...  They're still trickling in to Kim so they'll be loved and admired soon!

Cards:  Betty Giles "You Did It!", Jenn Gross "Hip Hip HOO RAY!", Kerry Urbatch "Margarita Mariachi-You Rock!"

Here are a few close-ups of my card:
 Yummy Glossy Cups are in order!
I forgot to color his belt buckle before taking the photo so I had to take another shot of his AWESOME BLINGED OUT FSJ Belt Buckle!  No Mariachi is complete without a fabulous HUGE HONKIN' rodeo style buckle, right?

I used the following supplies to create this fun and festive card:  
Felicidades AT-0156 (Stamp and Die Bundle HERE
Circle Film Die Set DI-0276 (Coming July 1)

Non FSJ products:
White Tissue Paper (colored with FSJ Ink)
Black Micron Pen
Fine "0" tip Artist's Loft Paintbrush
Machine Stitching

Sunday Sip...Tea Time!


Hello there coffee loving friends!  It’s Kerry here and I’m back to share a TEA creation for you.  I'm sharing this from my Sunday Sip and Share feature over at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog! 

I’ve been very busy creating swaps for my Fun Stampers Journey Convention this week and you know what?  I’ve set my electric teapot (I have one right near my craft station!) four times today and I FINALLY stopped working to pour myself a cup!  LOL… When I’m on a roll, I just roll right on! HA HA!
My creating time has not just been limited to Convention swaps.  I've got Expo Booth projects in the works as well as other card making projects.   It's definitely a busy time of year!   I took a break to make this pretty coffee card that is being mailed out to a coffee-loving friend this week. Take a peek, won’t you?!
I created this card using the Tea Time stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey.  I also stamped and silver embossed the background using the stamp set Create-a-Dot. It’s a fun set with a linked circle and some added “fill in the dot” stamps.  So fun! The simple layout was made more “fancy” by adding some paper ruffles and some Twinkle Trim!
For an added touch, I stitched the tag element using my sewing machine and attached a little wooden Forever Heart Chips to the Glazed-up and Sparkle Dusted cup. Since this cup image came unfilled, I decided to add a little tea to the cup by doodling a tea line and watercoloring some of that yummy liquid.
The sequins were added because I just can’t seem to make a card without some sort of ribbon/bling!  LOL  Isn’t that silver embossing luscious?!
You bet I created a sketch to go along with this card!  If you’re interested in playing along with it, the JUNE #clcsipandshare gallery is OPEN FOR ENTRIES!  Please share your creation with us by adding it to our inlinkz below.  We’d love to see how you incorporate this sketch into your yummy creations! 



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Sip...Keep Calm!

Hello there coffee lovers! Today is my Sunday Sip and Share day on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog and I've got a fun little tag and sketch for you!  I hope you find inspiration in my creation and take a leap to join the fun in playing in the challenge!  The tag above features the yummy but retired set called "Enjoy Coffee".  It is currently in the Clearance Sale going on right now and you can pick up this awesome set for less than 9 (while supply lasts).   Once this set is gone, it's gone FOREVER!
Have you noticed that I have a bit of a coffee mug addiction?  It’s true!  I’m not only hooked on coffee, I’m hooked on their vessels.  I particularly enjoy collecting handmade and handcrafted mugs. The mug/cup in the photo above is one of my most recent acquisitions from an art show.  It’s a mug by ceramic artist and educator Steve Hanson.  I totally adore his work!  He incorporates unique transfer images from the past into his ceramic works.  You can check him out on Instagram (@clayprofessor) or on etsy.
created the tag using a simple Tag Elements tag diecut from Fun Stampers Journey.  This pierced die makes for awesome stitched tags, but I opted to leave them HOLeY…hee hee…  I selected the retired (but now on Clearance for a super cheap price of $8.48 while supplies last) stamp set called Enjoy Coffee.  It’s a fun set that I will NEVER let go as I LOVE the beans, the fonts and the sentiments.  The mugs aren’t too shabby either.I stamped the tag using the coffee sentiment with Hazelnut Blend Fusion ink then distressed the edges with a Dauber Dowel and Oatmeal Cookie Fusion ink.  After that, I punched a Tag This punch out of Kraft Cardstock.  I stamped the “Stay Calm” sentiment onto Whip Cream cardstock using Hazelnut Blend Fusion ink then attached it and the tag with a Foam Square.  I tied a little Black Journey twine and Banana Cream ribbon onto the tag to finish it off.
 Just a little Journey Glaze to gloss up the coffee beans was the icing on the coffee tag!


Now let’s take a look at this week’s challenge sketch, shall we?!  

You have two options for this challenge so why not just go for it!  Make a CARD that incorporates the tag sketch or simply make a TAG.  Whatever you choose, we hope you have a ball creating and we would love to see what you make! Please make sure to include the hashtag #clcsipandshare in your social media post so we can find it easily!  Please add your link to the inlinkz below!


An InLinkz Link-up

PS...If you're interested, Check out our amazing CLEARANCE RACK that is almost sold out!

While you're at it, you might be interested in our BREAKING UP SALE.  SIX PAGES OF current products that will retire on June 30.  We've gotta make room for NEW goodies in our MASSIVE inspiration book!  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Woo Hoo! New and Improved Website!

Click the photo to go directly to my FSJ page!

Woo Hoo!  It's finally here!  I'm so excited to share the new Fun Stampers Journey you!  Today was the day FSJ Coaches and Customers have been anticipating and waiting for!

Pop over to check out my site!  I've been holding out on some important news!  Today's the day the cat is out of the bag! ;)



Friday, March 31, 2017

Waaaahhhhhhhh!

Hello there Coffee-Loving friends!  Today's the last day of the Spring Coffee Lovers Hop and it's also a sad day in the coloring world.  Crayola just announced they will retire one of my most used and most favorite colors in the 24 pack!  Dandelion is OUT and another BLUE is in!  WAAAHHHHH!!!  

Dandelion is the most fabulous and sunshiny color!  It just doesn't compare to the generic yellow.  In my opinion, they should have removed the color Yellow Green if they wanted to get rid of a color...WAAAHHH...I'm so sad.   So...To end this hop with a last hoo-rah, I decided to create a few cards using that fabulous 24 pack of Crayolas...and the gorgeous color dandelion.  Hope you enjoy!   

Take a look at my process shots:  
So the first thing I did was color some Whip Cream cardstock with Dandelion, Yellow Orange, Yellow Green and Cerulean colors.  After that, I heat the colors with my heat gun and rubbed the wax off.
I did a few drippy action attempts too but the heat gun blew the wax in directions that I didn't want it to go!  So I stopped after a few drippy attempts.  I then pressed the main page against another Whip Cream cardstock layer and heated them up like a grilled-cheese sandwich.  This allowed the remaining wax to transfer to the other paper.  I rubbed this "second generation" paper onto the first paper to add a bit more color.
After finishing the backgrounds, I quickly colored the cups (from the Hey Sugar stamp set)- not worrying about going out of the lines! One last Hoo-rah for Dandelion, right?! I cut out the cups, assembled them onto the card panels and added a few embellishing touches. I also rubbed my Black Licorice ink pad onto the edges of the panels so that the panel would stand out against the white card base.  

And here are the final results:  
This is a fun technique!  Of course, I had to give the cups some sparkle with Journey Glaze and Sparkle Dust and a fun Black Journey Twine treatment!
Yummy, Yummy...So long my sunshine!  
You deserve a bit o' bling!  Sparkle Drops will do the trick!
Here's the second version...I think I'm going to give these cards to the two art teachers at school. They will appreciate this Crayola tribute... and just might join me in my sorrow session :)
Thanks for joining me (and the Coffee Loving Papercrafters team as we close up this record breaking hop!  I'll be back soon to announce the winner that Amy and randomnumbergenerator selects.  :)