Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Be Brave...Part 2

Hey there journey friends!  I'm back again with another card for my BeBrave box!  I'm participating in the card drive above and this week, I used the October Bloom Box set.  I love this set for THIS purpose..It's a perfect fit!  I also incorporated the scripture from the Trust The Lord stamp set.
So to start things off,  I was inspired by the card sketch challenge at Watercolor Wednesday.  Check out Heidi's fun sketch:
I loved the painted pattern in the background and decided to use that as my starting point.  LOVE kraft cardstock so I incorporated that as my stamped panel.

I had fun creating the background using some FSJ acrylic paint.  I applied some Journey Glaze and Sparkle Dust over the paint to give it some bling.  I also added some Sparkle Dust to her fairy wings. If you look closely, you'll see I also added some Star-fetti elements on the fairy panel.  A little flick of Gold and Silver Silk as well as some black and pink thread added whimsy.  
It was a bit tricky to add the sentiment in the way the sketch was designed.  I tried vellum but my sentiment was too wide and it just covered too much of the fairy.  I decided to incorporate the sentiment anyway (I love it so) but modified it a bit to allow for more of the fairy to be seen.
In hindsight, I probably would have used a smaller Circles diecut so that the paint would have shown more...but I have another panel just the same and I'll be trying again.  I loved using my Sweet Berry and Butter Cream acrylic paint.

I used the following Copic colors to color the fairy:
Thanks for stopping by today!  I'll be back soon to share another card I'll be placing in my BeBrave Box.   I hope you consider joining the card drive.  Send a card...or two...or three!  :)

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Be Brave...

Hey there stamping friends!  I thought I'd pop in to share that I GOT MY BLOOM BOX!!!  Woo Hoo!  I was so excited that this bloom box arrived by the weekend so I could spend the long weekend creating!  I wasn't really thrilled with the "fairy" theme because I'm just not into them but oh my!!!  I am into these fairies for a very special reason!  I knew I could use them to sprinkle fairy dust all over to cure cancer...Yep, BELIEVE!  It could happen right?  So I decided that this set would have a very special mission... 
I got to work coloring this fab image with my reinkers.   I wanted to create a sparkly, iridescent feel to her clothes and wings so I incorporated some silver reinker into the Sweet Berry and the Banana Cream reinker.  It worked perfectly!  After coloring my image, I cut it out and walked away for a day. I wanted to spend some time thinking of how I wanted to do the background.  I decided I'd do a little "spackling" by mixing some Sweet Berry Color Splash/Shimmer Gold and Butter Cream and Sweet Berry Acrylic Paint.  I used my Crease Tool to "scrape" the paint across the page and make it look "spackled".  
After the paint dried, I splattered some Silver and Gold Silk onto the panel.  Then I took some Journey glaze and rubbed it in a "swoosh" pattern across the paper then added some Sparkle Dust to create her "dust trail".  I also added a few tiny stars from Star-Fetti.  I mounted this panel onto River Stone cardstock and then onto Pearled cardstock then onto a Whip Cream card base.  To finish the card off, I added some thread, Pearls and a little ribbon (Bubble Gum, River Stone, Natural Thread) embellishment.
Most of the time, the insides of my cards are pretty plain.  They usually contain a sentiment and that's it.  I decided that since these cards are so special and will make it into the hands of some very special people, the inside deserved some attention too.  I used a scrap of the cardstock from the front, stamped the sentiment and mounted it onto River Stone cardstock.  The perfect finishing touch to this card.
Instead of the sentiment from the Fairy stamp set in the Bloom Box, I selected the bible verse from Trust The Lord set.  I love the verses in this set and they work perfectly with this fairy set!

Here are a few shots that give you a closer peek at the card:
 Reinkers Used:  Silver, Sweet Berry, Banana Cream, Sweet Pear, Fusion Blender.
Thanks for stopping by to check out my first card in my BeBrave series.  I'll be back again tomorrow to share another card using this adorable fairy set.  If you're interested in joining me in creating cards for the BeBrave card drive, check out the website HERE for more information!

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sip and Share...Coffee House...and a Sketch!

Hello there coffee-loving friends!  I'm back for another Sunday Sip and Share at the Coffee Loving Papercrafters Blog!  I created this cute little peek-a-boo coffee house card after being inspired by over 800 amazing and unique Coffee-tea-cocoa loving creations made for the Fall Coffee Lovers Hop! I am still hopping along and commenting but the darned job is taking up my time!  If I only had some extra free time...LOL... Anyway, I WORK for the weekends and this weekend, I've been able to catch up on some crafty business!
Let's take a peek at my crafty card shall we!
I created this cute little house using the steel rule House die from Fun Stampers Journey.  I just trimmed some of the sides off and used one of the panels.  After stamping the leaves (from the Lead Me stamp set) using a variety of FSJ True Fusion Inks,  I added some doodled edges/trim using kraft cardstock and a micron pen.  I tucked a little coffee cup from the Hey Sugar stamp set.  

To add some finishing touches, I incorporated some hand cut scraps from a previous project.  I cut a little grass and a shrub as well as cut another leaf and popped the house up on some yellow cardstock to keep the "lights on".  Another little PEEK from the coffee behind the windows and a little Coffee banner to welcome coffee loving guests!  
I hope you enjoyed this little crafty creation.  Check out the sketch I created from this little card... If you have time, it would be wonderful to see your creation in our gallery!  Just post a link to your creation below and when sharing to social media, please include the hashtag #clcsipandshare for easy reference! Have a great week!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Falling for Coffee!

Hey Journey Friends!  Today I'm sharing a non-traditional "Fall" card and gift set that I created for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop AND the canyoucaseit.com challenge #139 (Rainbow colors). This'll be a little treat for someone special who's hopping along with all of us!  

I decided to take the "Fall" theme out of the box and interpret it a different way...as in FALLING FOR COFFEE!  Take a look at my twist on this theme.  
I started out by dabbing a rainbow of FSJ reinker colors onto some Acetate.  After I had them inked up, I laid another piece of acetate over the ink and rubbed it together.  This blended the colors and prepared an inky surface for my stamp.  I placed the stamp into the ink and twisted it a bit to let the colors settle in then lifted and applied it to my Whip Cream cardstock.  I then applied some Journey Glaze to random dots and sprinkled some Sparkle Dust on them.  
Next, I stamped the sentiment (from a fun Richard-ism wood set that I received as a treat for attending Convention last summer.  I also stamped some of the coffee cups using Black Licorice ink and painting some reinker onto them for color.  
I just love how the reinker can be used as a coloring medium and since a little goes a long way, my reinkers seem to last FOREVER!  After that, I stamped the cups in a "falling" pattern on the background paper and assembled the card.  I just love tying my ribbon that way!  Black Twine and Candy Apple Satin Ribbon do the trick!  
After assembling the card, I also created this little treat bag.  Inside, there is some secret coffee loving stuff!  TOP SECRET!  I elected to add some fun trim, a chunky wooden clip and tied a string onto the clip to attach it to the festive striped bag.  A perfect and quick little coordinating bag with a little WOW factor!  
 Just too yummy not to take a few close-up shots!
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Stamps:  Richard-isms (exclusive Coach set), Deco Dots, Hey Sugar

Thanks for stopping by to check out my projects today!  I hope to be back again tomorrow with another fun coffee loving creation!  See you then!  :)

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fall Coffee Lovers Hop starts TODAY!

September 23-September 30
Theme:  Fall Coffee, tea & or cocoa project
National Coffee Day:  September 29

I'm excited to join the Coffee Loving Design Team in welcoming you to the Fall Coffee Lovers Hop! I'm sure this hop will break records for participation and for awesomeness...just as in hops of the past!  Just you wait, will we hit over 800 link-ups???

I'm also excited to share that I'm a SUPER SPONSOR and will be giving ONE LUCKY PARTICIPANT a gift certificate to my shop for $25.00 AND a sweet Coffee-Lovers TREAT bag of goodies!  Make sure to comment on our posts!!!

So let's get this party started!  Today I'm sharing the first of my cards for this hop.  I hope you enjoy them.  I slaved away while sick as a dog creating it.  LOL.  I'm still a bit under the weather, but cardmaking has a way with taking the "icky" feelings away!
I decided to make a little Peek-a-boo fall card using one of my yummy Fun Stampers Journey Dies. After stamping my background (Whimsy Wallpaper) and spritzing with Shimmer Gold Color Splash, I diecut the leaf die (Summer Branch Die) onto the cardstock to create a partial cut.  I raised some of the leaves a little and pinched them to create dimension.  After that, I mounted a piece of Cranberry Bliss Cardstock underneath.    I also stamped the sentiment onto a banner die (Cookie Exchange Die Set) cut from Orange Rave Cardstock.   Both the sentiment and the latte cup (Hey Sugar Stamp Set) were stamped using Hazelnut Blend Ink.
Taking a closer peek at the card, you can see the splatter I added to the card.  I love adding splatter to my cards lately and the effect is quite simple to achieve.  Here, I used a combination of Gold, Silver, Orange Rave Silk and some watered down Butter Cream acrylic paint.  
To finish off today's card, I distressed and curled the edges of the stamped panel a bit, added an Olive Green satin ribbon and some Natural Thread tied in a bow and mounted the panel onto an Olive Green Cardstock base.  I hope you enjoyed this creation!  

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Just popping in to share a cute card I created for my parents...While they galavant all over the globe, I work, work, work and wish, wish whish.  They've earned their exploration wings and play dates in retirement and I'm happy they are able to take the many adventures they do.
Many, many more adventures to come!
I created this card using the "An Adventure" (stamp and die bundle, stamp only) stamp.  Since I enjoy fussy cutting, I cut the submarine myself instead of using a die.  I colored the submarine using a few gray Copic markers and blue markers.  I also overlaid some Liquitex Silver Metallic ink on the colored image.  It's a fabulous translucent metallic ink that creates a soft shimmer over colored images.  

I stamped the World Map background stamp onto Beach Ball Cardstock using Beach Ball Ink.    Then, I punched some holes into vellum with various hole punches in my collection (3/4 circle, 1 inch circle, 1 1/4 inch circle, Punch Handle).  I assembled the card in my favorite wonky layout design onto a whip cream cardstock base.  To finish the card off, I added a bit of Beach Breeze and Whip Cream thread to the edge.
I added a bit of Journey Glaze to the portholes and the little windows.  I also attached the sentiment to the map panel using a staple.
Using Medium Foam Squares really help give this card life!  When creating a layered card like mine, I think it's important to use varying layers- and dimensions...to achieve the full AHHHHMAZING effect!

Monday, September 5, 2016

A rose is not just a rose...

Hello Journey Friends,

Today's a special day!  Today is my Momma's birthday!!!
She doesn't live near me anymore so it's sad I can't celebrate her birthday with her.  So while she's having fun with my Dad and enjoying her free time in retirement, I sit here thinking of the time I'll be able to visit with them again...

I sure hope she has some fun times today!  I decided to make a card for her that would incorporate some of our favorite things...music, flowers and....YELLOW!  I hope she likes it!  
To create this card, I stamped the Vintage Notes background onto Buttercream cardstock and onto Limeade Splash cardstock using a mix of Kiwi Slice, Limeade Splash and Electric Lime inks.  After that, I rubbed a bit of Bubble Gum and Banana Cream ink onto the edges.  I also splattered some Gold Silk, Electric Lime and Sour Lemon Silk onto both stamped layers.
Next, I tore a piece of vellum and rubbed a bit of Electric Lime ink onto it, then wrapped some natural thread around the vellum.  I added it to the stamped layer in a collage fashion.   The rose (Summer Rose) was created using Sour Lemon Splash and Limeade Splash and  Kiwi Slice ink.  I wanted a few yellow posies (yellow roses and flowers are my Mom's favorite) so I diecut some Spring Bloom Mini flowers and colored them with a DTP method using Bubble Gum and Banana Cream and Lemon Drop ink.
To finish off the card, I cut a small tag using the Tag Elements die set from Whip Cream cardstock and stamped it with the Happy Birthday sentiment from a retired set.  I layered this panel onto Whip Cream cardstock then mounted onto a Lemon Drop card base.

Thanks for popping in to check out my Momma's birthday card!  I hope she enjoys it!

Happy Birthday!!!
Love you Mom!!!