Sunday, February 26, 2017

You Crack Me Up!

Hee hee hee...I had a ball creating this fun little card on Periscope Friday.  I just received my freebie Egg Die and I had to get to it and play!  It paired well with the little "chocolate" bunny too!
 I colored the egg with Pan Pastels and then cut it using a crack zig-zag cut.
If you want to check out the process of making this card, check out my video below.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Farewell Bao Bao...

ETA:  The eye strip was bugging me.  It wasn't the iconic panda eyes...So I tweaked it with my Silhouette so she didn't look like a raccoon LOL.:  

Well, it is that time to say goodbye to one of the most adorable little ladies the Smithsonian Zoo has ever raised.  Bao Bao the panda will leave to fulfill her destiny as a panda ambassador in China on Tuesday, February 21.  She's been preparing for this journey home for many months and will travel with her keepers via a FedEx aircraft in the morning.  I send my grateful heart to her keepers and all of those who worked and lived every day for her.  They are in my heart as they send her off to do what she was born to do.  August 23, 2013 was an exciting day and I remember watching the live cam when she was born.  Since then, I've watched her grow, explore, play and LOVE...She does it all so very well!  

The anticipation of her departure has been all over the news and of course, the zoo is going ALL OUT to give her a beautiful sendoff!  I decided to join them in the celebration by creating this adorable little treat box!  The pink flowers are perfectly suited for this sweet little lady, don't you think?  She's got a BIG job to do in China, and I send her luck and happiness!

Bao Bao has helped give fans worldwide (and particularly in the USA) a closer look into this spectacular species and has helped to improve understanding of how these beautiful creatures survive, grow, and interact with others.  

Now her journey to her motherland of China begins...  It's quite bittersweet indeed.  I'm grateful to the many caretakers and keepers who have supported her growth and development.  Bao Bao has indeed developed into a beautiful young lady!  I'm sure her legacy and that of the great Giant Panda will continue in China and I hope her offspring will help continue to educate and improve conservation of this beautiful species.  

So long Bao, Bao...Have a happy and healthy life!  #byebyeBaoBao

Every little lady (hopeful mommy) loves bling and sparkle right???
A cascade of spring posies flow over the edge of the box!  

You can find out more about the Keepers favorite Bao Bao memories here:  Memories:  Bao Bao 

What did I use to create this adorable treat box?

The Create-a-Pal Host Exclusive reward can be purchased for a limited time when you have a qualifying $400 party order.  So get your friends together and start shopping!  

**4 inch circle on Whip Cream Cardstock cut using Silhouette Cameo

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Sip and Share...Tea Treats!

Hello there coffee loving friends!  It's Kerry here with another installment of Sunday Sip and Share. This week I thought I'd play around with a cute little bunny set that I just received.  It's the most adorable bunny set called Easter Wishes!  I paired it up with a fun little Note-velope die that allowed me to make a little tea-bag holder gift.  It'll be a perfect little treat in an Easter basket!
I stamped the stacked cups/bunny using Black Licorice Ink onto Whip Cream cardstock.  After coloring with my Color Splash Watercolor Pencils, I cut out the image and cut the all-in-one card/envelope with my Journey Platinum.  This is such a great die that's perfectly suited for a little treat bag treat!  
Isn't he cute?!?!  After coloring the little cups, I added some Journey Glaze and Sparkle Dust onto the heart and polka dots on the cups.  
In this photo, you can see the shimmer from the Brush Gold PanPastel.  I stamped the fun Easter Eggstravagant (eggs) stamp set using Pool Play Ink onto Pool Play Cardstock then rubbed some Brush Gold PanPastel over that with my finger.  I love how the PanPastel attaches itself to the ink and makes a gorgeous shimmery image.  
To finish the inside of the card, I stamped the eggs again with Pool Play ink.  I rubbed the PanPastel over that.  I stamped the sentiment on top using Black Licorice Ink.  Before closing the Note-velope with some Bubblegum Satin Ribbon, I tucked a pack of my favorite Bigelow peppermint tea inside. YUM!  
I hope you enjoyed seeing this little creation.  I'll be back again tomorrow to share a few more adorable projects created with this set!  Until then, let's check out the sketch for the week!  Since I created an all in one card/envelope, I hoped to create a sketch that demonstrates this aspect.  
We would love for you to join us in creating something fun that is inspired by this sketch.  Just link a photo of your creation to the inlinkz below.  At the end of the month, I'll randomly select a winner to receive a yummy coffee-loving prize!  

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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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!