Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Sip and Share: Le Cafe'

Hello there coffee-loving friend!  It's Kerry here with another Sunday Sip-and-Share at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog!  I hope you've been enjoying my yummy Sunday creations over there and this week...I'm featuring YUMMY FSJ Products!  WAHOO!!!

Check out my card that inspired the sketch this week!  If you like the sketch, please feel free to join us in creating a fun COFFEE LOVING card with the sketch layout.  Add your creations to the inlinkz below and when sharing to social media, make sure to add the hashtag #clcsipandshare!  We would love to see your creations!  
YUUMMMY!!!  I love to create artsy backgrounds and this one was just too fun!  I pulled out my Fun Stampers Journey acrylic paints and a stencil and got to work.  It's fun using our acrylic paints to create card backgrounds so I encourage you to have some fun with this medium!  It's not JUST for canvas work!  

For today's background, I used the following acrylic paint colors:  Butter Cream, Pineapple Smoothie, Sweet Berry, Cool Pool and Blue Lagoon.  I also used the Vintage Screen 6x6 stencil.  
I wanted the hexie pattern and the paint to show up bold and beautiful so I selected some Black Licorice cardstock as my base layer.  After applying acrylic paint in a random dabbing pattern with my paintbrush, I peeled the stencil off and let it dry with my heat gun a bit.  After it was dry, I trimmed this layer down and added some silver polka dot vellum in an asymmetrical design.  I like how the vellum allows the stenciled design to peek through.  After that layer, I attached some Cool Pool Satin Ribbon and started working on the tag.  

My tag was created using the Tag Steel Rule Die and some Color Splash watercolor sheets.  I used my stamp positioner tool to apply the stamps in the Le Cafe' set.  The steamy coffee cup image in the background was stamped using Oatmeal Cookie ink.  I applied the coffee press and the sentiment using Versafine Onyx ink and Journey Clear Embossing Powder so that I could apply some acrylic paint wash to the tag.  After embossing and coloring the image with a few Copic Markers, I used watered-down acrylic paints as a wash over the whole tag.  I added a bit more stenciling on the tag to tie the design in with the card base.  

Once the tag was dry, I added some Black Journey Twine and Whip Cream Journey Thread to the tag. I attached the tag to the card using small foam squares.  A little Cool Mint Stickles was added over some of the stenciled background to add some fun and sparkle.  Gotta love my sparkles!!!  

To finish the card off, I stamped the spoon with Black Licorice ink, colored with some Copic markers and added some Liquitex Metallic Silver Ink over the top.  I also applied some Journey Glaze to give it a fun glossy shine.  I mounted the inked and stamped panel onto Whip Cream cardstock then attached it "wonky style" to an A2 top-fold card base in Blue Lagoon.  
What a fun card this was to create!  I can't wait to send this card to a special someone this month!  If you haven't explored the use of acrylic paints in cardmaking and stenciling, I recommend you give it a try!  You'll fall in LOVE!!!  

Now let's take a peek at this week's sketch.  Yes, I work backwards in creating sketches...First the card, then the sketch it inspires...
If you decide to join us and create a card using my sketch, please add it to the inlinkz below!  It'll automatically load onto the coffee-loving cardmakers blog post and will be added to this month's collection of fab cards!  The Coffee Loving Cardmaking Designers will be watching social media too...so make sure to add the #clcsipandshare hashtag to all your coffee-loving creations.  You never know, one lucky coffee-lover just might receive some happy mail for participating!  :)

If you're interested in any of the products featured in this card, please click on the links...You'll be directed to my shop and you can go to town!  WOO!  


Friday, August 5, 2016

August Bloom Box is HERE!

Wahoo!  My August Bloom Box is here just in time for the weekend!  I'm planning a crafty weekend and four EXTRA projects for this kit.  If you would like the extra projects all kitted up and mailed to you this month, make sure to sign up for the bloom box in my shop!  I'll be sharing my finished projects for my Bloom Box customers on September 1st, but will share a few sneak peeks of them soon.

I guarantee you'll love my projects just as much as the projects in the kit...so make sure to order your kit today before it is GONE!

Check out my unboxing video here!

Check out Richard's video here!


Alrighty,
What are you waiting for???  Order your Bloom Box Today!  

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Adventure Awaits...

Hello there Stamping friends! Today I'm sharing a fun card I created using three of the newest stamp sets to our Fun Stampers Journey line.  I am excited to share that I also created a video too that you can watch.  Just click on the "Stamping With Kerry" photo above or scroll to the bottom of the page to see the video!
I won't go into much detail since everything is on the video, but I wanted to share that I need more wooden buttons.  LOL...
 Yummy, Yummy play with paper!  I love crinkling, crinkling, crinkling the paper!
Aren't those boots yummy?  I've got more plans for them too!  :)
Supplies Used:  

Watch the video today!  

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Hello Sunshine!

Hello there Journey Friends!

I'm thrilled to pop in today and share a card I created for the Can You Case It? challenge this week. It's a color challenge and I just LOVED the color combo so I had to head to my stamping room and play!
I started out by creating the stamped panel. I used FSJ's new Polkadot Wall stencil. It's a large stencil that works perfectly covering larger areas. I used my finger to apply Pineapple Smoothie ink to the dots. After they were applied, I stamped the Deco Dots ATS all over the image using Butter Cream ink. Next, I applied Butter Cream ink to the solid floral in the Poppy Days set and overstamped that with the lined images using River Stone ink.  
To finish the panel off, I applied a few splatters of Silver Silk, cut the panel in half (so I could make two cards), mounted the panel onto River Stone cardstock, wrapped some Black Journey Twine around it and attached the yellow acrylic bloom (Bloom Benefit with $50.00 purchase!). I also added a circle tag from the Tag This cartridge that I punched using my punch system and then stamped it with the "hello" sentiment from the Tag Elements ATS set.  
After the stamped panels were assembled, I set them aside and started working on my background layer. I used my sewing machine to stitch some meandering lines then attached it to the Summer Days card base. I placed a slightly larger piece of silver polka-dot vellum from Vellum Designer Prints over that to tone down the stitching lines. Mounting the stamped panel was next. I elected to add some foam squares to this panel to add extra dimension.
I hope you enjoyed reading about and seeing my creation. I loved this color combo and can't wait to see what YOU create. Can YOU case it??? Give it a try! See you again soon!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Create with Me LIVE! Tag You're It!

Hey Journey friends!  Today I created an adorable birthday card and tag set LIVE on my Facebook Business page.  If you're not following me there, you might enjoy visiting my page to catch me playing LIVE!  Check it out HERE

I wanted to focus on the Tag You're It! Challenge #52 (create a card/tag inspired by Amy T's yummy creation.)  I love the simplicity of the layout and the flexibility to do whatever I want on the card!  :)

I played around with my new FSJ Color Splash watercolor pencils and a few yummy stamp sets.
I just love the soft watercolor effect created on this tag and loved adding the contrasting pattern on the background.  Embossing is a favorite technique on background paper because I LOVE the yummy shine and dimension it allows.
Isn't it just yummy?  It's a perfectly playful card...
A little watercolor splatter here and there to help add dimension to this soft tag.  As mentioned in my Live video, I enjoy creating coordinating sets to give away as gifts so this was the perfect opportunity to create a tag decoration for a surprise box...nothing inside right now but it will have some treasure selected especially for the recipient.
If you're interested in purchasing any of the products featured today (and earn benefits too), you can join my virtual party!  All party benefits apply and anyone who places an order by Sunday (midnight), will receive a special treat from me.

Products Used:
Stamp Set:  Blown Up, Yummy Wishes
Embellishments:  Candy Minis
Stationery:  Treat Box

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Journaling Galatians 5:13-15...

Today's Bible verse that displayed on my phone comes from Galatians 5 verses 13-15.  The verse hit home with me and I knew it would become the journaling project of the day.  
I've been avoiding the news media for several weeks now because all it seems to present is sadness, anger, unrest and EVIL.  I just can't take it...so I turn everything off.  These verses really hit me and made me want to shout them from the rooftops, from my car, from the school hallway...heck...even the bathroom!  Anywhere my voice will travel, I want to shout these verses!  
I wondered how I could present the verses in artistic form in my Art Bible and decided that I should just immerse myself in creating...Love...just do what I love...That's what it's about really!  So I grabbed some of my new HUGE stencils and started adding some clear embossing ink...then I added clear and white embossing powders.  After that, I added some watercolor wash using my new FSJ watercolors.  I am REALLY LOVING these pencils.  They blend perfectly and are so easy to use.  
After adding the watercolor wash, I moved on to stamping the borders with black Versafine Onyx ink and applied some Journey Gold and Journey Silver Embossing powders.  These metallic powders are the most shiny metallic I've seen and they gave my page the perfect LOVE factor I was looking for.
Of course, no journaling page of mine would be complete without pencil journaling.  I journaled over the embossed dots- which in hindsight probably should have been done first...but oh well...go with the flow...On page left, I added some layering embellishments, stamped images and some loops of taupe thread.  For some reason, I tend to work on page right first, then move over to page left...  I've also noticed that most of my favorite verses are found on page right...Interesting, I think.  
If you look closely at this page, you'll see that I used a leaf stencil.  I stenciled the leaf first and added clear embossing powder...I wish I had added white powder- but I really don't like to cover the text on my bible...so I guess, it's ok.  I also had an oops- and that's why you see the "Lead Me" sentiment on the page... My ink pad tipped over and rubbed against the page.  I tried turning it into an "on purpose" by adding some silver embossing powder and some additional black "ink pad marks" but I'm not sure it hides the "oops"!  
A little sparkle on the watercolored/stamped flowers gave them dimension and texture...So much of what I love.
And yes, gotta add some of my yummy candy dots...they were the perfect color for this spread!  :)

FSJ Products Used:
Vellum (punched with our Punch Tool and a scalloped circle)

Non FSJ Products Used:  
Crossway Journaling Bible
Wilton Candy wrappers
Pencil
Graph paper
kraft cardstock
Taupe thread

Chin-Chin...Piggie Portrait!


It all started out with my love affair with this adorable little piggie set!  When I first laid eyes on it in the new FSJ inspiration book at convention, I KNEW, absolutely 100% that it would be one of the first sets on my MUST HAVE LIST!  I love these little guys!  They are too stinkin' adorable and yeah, they're perfect for this teacher right here!  I could imagine all kinds of fun scenes and adventures...without that Big Bad Wolf..Hey wait!  Where is he???  OH man, we need a wolf and the houses too!  I'd better suggest that to the FSJ team!  

So I waited...and I waited...and I waited for my stamps sets to come in and when they finally did, I ran right up to my craft room and started coloring!  
I love the way my Copic markers create crisp and vibrant colors onto stamped images so I decided to use them to color my piggie.  He was just so fun to color!  After coloring him, I fussy cut him out and added some foam squares onto the back and set him aside so I could think...and ponder what to do with him.  

Then today...It hit me!  WAHOO!!! My watercolor pencils showed up in my mailbox last night and it would be the PERFECT opportunity to play with them!  I ran back up to my craft room and got to work.  MMMM...Sooo yummy.  The Color Splash watercolor pencils are AHHHH MAZING!  Yes, I'm in love...again!  
I just had so much fun creating this scene for my little piggie.   The colored panel is 5x5 and the perfect size to mount on a card...or so I planned...He had other plans though.  He wanted to be FRAMED!  So I added a watercolor wash to the 8x8 background paper, stamped the flannel background, embossed that with white embossing powder, added some more watercolor and mounted the image onto the panel.  It fit perfectly in the frame!
You can BARELY make it out but his eyes and toenails are glossy!  Doodling is fun too, so I added a few doodled pieces of grass and weeds with my Micron Multiliner Pen, then added some Pineapple Smoothie, Sweet Berry and Butter Cream acrylic paint for the "flowers".
I created the clouds after making the first swipes with the watercolors.  I dabbed Clear Pigment Ink onto the paper with my fingers (Can you find my fingerprints??) then applied Journey White Embossing Powder, then heat set it.  After that, I applied another layer of watercolor wash over that to allow more color to hit the underside of the clouds and the crevices.

So there you have it...My ultimate favorite piggie portrait!  What do you think?  Don't you just love this little piggie set?  How about the watercolor pencils???  You can get everything featured in this post (except for the Shadowbox frame I got at WalMart) in my shop.  I've attached links to the products used, so have fun shopping!

FSJ Products Featured:  

Non FSJ supplies:
Micron Black Ink Pen
Copic Markers (colors coming soon)
8x8 Memory Box Frame (Wal Mart)