Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday Sip...Hello Sunshine!

Hello there coffee lovers!  It's Kerry here and I'm back with another installment of my Sunday Sip!  This week I'm sharing a deeeelish fall card perfect for the hop!  Are you enjoying the hop?  It's been amazing so far and I can't wait to see how much the gallery grows! 
This card was inspired by the beautiful sunflower stamp set in the September Bloom Box from Fun Stampers Journey.  This set is perfect for fall cards and it pairs quite well with the Le Cafe stamp set too! I used several fall colors to create a gorgeous sunflower background: Cranberry BlissCitrus CoolerDark Roast and Pumpkin Bread. I also used Black Licorice ink for the sentiment.  I chose to add a hint of the sunflower image onto the coffee mug to give it a coordinating look.  Just coloring it up with my watercolor pencils and adding a bit of Journey Glaze made it the perfect addition to this fall card.
A little bling and some Journey Silks splattered here and there and the background was complete!  Notice the diecut?  That's actually a die from a former kit called Decorative Doily.  I love that the die can be used without the doily stamp.  Makes it more versatile!  :) 

Thanks so much for popping by today!  Hope you enjoy the rest of your day and that the RECAPTCHA doesn't annoy the heck out of you while hopping through the Coffee Lovers Fall Blog Hop!
Love this layout?  Join the fun and play along with it in the hop!  There might* be a special treat for someone who plays along with this sketch!  Just post your creation to the inlinkz (and to the Fall Coffee Lovers Hop link-up).



Monday, August 7, 2017

August Newsletter ready for delivery!

Hello Journey Friends!  My August Newsletter is up and READY.  Please contact me to receive yours via email!  Choc FULL of fabulous inspiration and information you DON'T want to miss!  

Friday, August 4, 2017

Mermaid Kisses: Subscriber PERK #4

I look forward to receiving my Bloom Box Kit each month.  I love the projects provided in the kit and REALLY love creating new projects from the stamp set.  Did you know that my Bloom Box subscribers receive four additional kitted card projects from me each month?  Yes!  That's right!  I create four additional kitted card projects and full color instruction guides to help S-T-R-E-T-C-H their kits to the limits!  It's a fun way to build a nice collection or just learn new techniques.  

Today I'm sharing the photos from the fourth and final Mermaid Kisses Bloom Box Subscribers PERKS card. This is one of the cards I created especially for my subscriber PERK kits.  Yes, that's right, they get four EXTRA kitted projects and tutorials from me each month of their six month commitment! (Note: Monthly a la carte subscribers do not qualify for this PERK).  I notice there are just a few STAMP AND DIE BUNDLES left in the FSJ store so if you want this set, get it today! Once it's gone, it's gone!  
I decided to take a little detour with this card creation.  I wanted to create a bit more traditional Nautical/Navy themed card so I kept the color scheme dark and denim.  Just imagine this as a seafarers tattoo...Adding in a bit of check ribbon helped soften it up too.
The diecut form was a treat.  I love this decorative die and I think it worked well with this design.  

Thanks for stopping by to see my Subscribers PERKS collection for July!  I'll be back at the end of August to show you the PERKS for the kit below.  I like to keep them a secret to viewers, but to subscribers, you'll receive your PERKS soon!

PS...The August Bloom Box is LIVE.  Check out the FUN Pop Art Bloom Box!  I can't wait to play with that!  Remember, order or subscribe early...before it's gone for good!  Limited Edition means LIMITED!  When it's gone, it's gone!



Thursday, August 3, 2017

Mermaid Kisses: Subscribers Perk #3

I look forward to receiving my Bloom Box Kit each month.  I love the projects provided in the kit and REALLY love creating new projects from the stamp set.  Did you know that my Bloom Box subscribers receive four additional kitted card projects from me each month?  Yes!  That's right!  I create four additional kitted card projects and full color instruction guides to help S-T-R-E-T-C-H their kits to the limits!  It's a fun way to build a nice collection or just learn new techniques.  

Today I'm sharing the photos from the third Mermaid Kisses Bloom Box Subscribers PERKS card. This is one of the cards I created especially for my subscriber PERK kits.  Yes, that's right, they get four EXTRA kitted projects and tutorials from me each month of their six month commitment! (Note: Monthly a la carte subscribers do not qualify for this PERK).  I notice there are just a few STAMP AND DIE BUNDLES left in the FSJ store so if you want this set, get it today!  Once it's gone, it's gone!  
I wanted a little peek-a-boo effect for the mermaid so I stamped and colored off the page as well as on the tag.
Notice her scales...She swims really fast so they fly everywhere!  
Finishing her off included some fun sequin trim and some bling on the tag.  

Stop by tomorrow to see the third card in the Subscribers PERKS collection!  I know you'll love it!
PS...The August Bloom Box is LIVE.  Check out the FUN Pop Art Bloom Box!  I can't wait to play with that!  Remember, order or subscribe early...before it's gone for good!  Limited Edition means LIMITED!  When it's gone, it's gone!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mermaid Kisses: Subscribers PERK #2

I look forward to receiving my Bloom Box Kit each month.  I love the projects provided in the kit and REALLY love creating new projects from the stamp set.  Did you know that my Bloom Box subscribers receive four additional kitted card projects from me each month?  Yes!  That's right!  I create four additional kitted card projects and full color instruction guides to help S-T-R-E-T-C-H their kits to the limits!  It's a fun way to build a nice collection or just learn new techniques.  

Today I'm sharing the photos from the second Mermaid Kisses Bloom Box Subscribers PERKS card. This is one of the cards I created especially for my subscriber PERK kits.  Yes, that's right, they get four EXTRA kitted projects and tutorials from me each month of their six month commitment! (Note: Monthly a la carte subscribers do not qualify for this PERK).  I notice there are just a few STAMP AND DIE BUNDLES left in the FSJ store so if you want this set, get it today!  Once it's gone, it's gone!  
Adding a fun diecut to frame the cute mermaid image was a must for this card!

She's catching starfish, you know!
Even the kelp in her hair is gorgeous!  Take a peek at the little water droplets on the background paper too.  LOVE IT!  

Stop by tomorrow to see the third card in the Subscribers PERKS collection!  I know you'll love it!
PS...The August Bloom Box is LIVE.  Check out the FUN Pop Art Bloom Box!  I can't wait to play with that!  Remember, order or subscribe early...before it's gone for good!  Limited Edition means LIMITED!  When it's gone, it's gone!


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Mermaid Kisses...Subscribers PERK #1

I look forward to receiving my Bloom Box Kit each month.  I love the projects provided in the kit and REALLY love creating new projects from the stamp set.  Did you know that my Bloom Box subscribers receive four additional kitted card projects from me each month?  Yes!  That's right!  I create four additional kitted card projects and full color instruction guides to help S-T-R-E-T-C-H their kits to the limits!  It's a fun way to build a nice collection or just learn new techniques.  

Today I'll begin sharing the photos from the Mermaid Kisses Bloom Box Subscribers PERKS.  These are the cards I created especially for my subscriber PERK kits.  Yes, that's right, they get four EXTRA kitted projects and tutorials from me each month of their six month commitment!  (Note: Monthly a la carte subscribers do not qualify for this PERK).  I notice there are just a few STAMP AND DIE BUNDLES left in the FSJ store so if you want this set, get it today!  Once it's gone, it's gone!  
I love the watery background achieved on this card.  
Just the right amount of sparkle added to her scales to make them shine in the sunlight.  
The little starfish in the set are fun embellishments on the card!
And of course, adding some thread and/or fibers is a MUST on any of my cards!

Stop by tomorrow to see the second card in my Subscribers PERKS collection!  I know you'll love it!
PS...The August Bloom Box is LIVE.  Check out the FUN Pop Art Bloom Box!  I can't wait to play with that!  Remember, order or subscribe early...before it's gone for good!  Limited Edition means LIMITED!  When it's gone, it's gone!


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Sip...Rise and Shine!

Hey there coffee loving papercrafters!  It's Kerry here and I'm back with a fun little card to share.  I spent some time playing and demoing the Gel Press with some friends on Friday night and created some yummy backgrounds for future cards.  I selected this background (made with Fun Stampers Journey Acrylic Paints and the Bloom Wall Stencil) and fell in love with all the yummy texture.  It literally felt like I needed to create a prickly card with it!  Since I don't have the new FSJ cactus stamp set called Arizona Trail, I discovered I had a fun alternative called Love Grow in my stash...but it would take a little imagination and doodling to coffee-fy it!  If you know me, I try to coffee-fy every set I own.  It's just a given.  LOL
So this cute Aztec type mug is actually a flower pot.  YUP!  A flower pot.  The set I used is full of them and there are many great succulents in the set too.  I knew that if I could add a handle to it, it would be FABULOUS!  Hee hee hee... So I did!  After doodling the handle with a black Micron pen, I watercolored the cup using my FSJ watercolor pencils and a superfine paint brush.  After it was colored, I cut it out and set it aside to work on the cactus plants.  
I think I stamped the cactus about four times over the top of each image (eyeballing it) with Lemon Grass True Fusion Ink.  After I got the intensity of the color I was looking for, I used that doodle pen again and doodled the cactus spines and the pleats, cut them out, and assembled them in a pleasing way on the paper.
Just look at the yummy texture achieved on the background!!! I spritzed a bit of water on the plate and the color blended a bit.  I loved that so I pressed it onto the paper.
Coloring a bit of the sentiment just brings it to life!  Below you can see the fun stamps in the set.  I love the "filler" stamps and even though I don't use the pots as pots, they make great coffee mugs!  :)  Natural Journey Thread was my ribbon of choice and I even added a bit of a "dirty" baby wipe (remains from the Gel Press adventure) to the edge.  I mounted the panel onto Green Olive cardstock then onto a Butter Cream Card base with a top fold (my favorite fold).  Adding some Candy Minis helped finish the card off.
Thanks for popping by to see my fun creation!  If you like the layout, give this week's #clcsipandshare Sketch Challenge a try.  Just post your card creation in the inlinkz below!  I'll be giving a yummy coffee-loving treat to one lucky participant!



Monday, July 17, 2017

Wahoo! I made the CUT! ON TO ROUND 2!

Woo hoo!  I'm so excited to announce that I made the cut!  I've been selected as one of the 20 designers to move on to Round 2 of RG's Designer Showcase call!!!  Yipee!  I was so excited and honored that I decided to make a thank you card!    Of course, I took some photos-and close-up shots when I was done so after my next challenge, I'll stop back here to share how this was made.  until then, enjoy and try to guess how I did it!  :)
 Pretty, Pretty...Can you see my lime green shirt?

 I see me in that mirror paper!
There's my shirt again!  

Alrighty---Now off to plan my next two card projects and a fab FREE Choice project to submit for Phase 2 of this challenge!  Wish me luck...no, not luck...Please pray that my creative muse is in check and on point!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

RG Presents: Holiday Mini FUN!

This Saturday, I joined many of my fellow Coaches and FSJ customers in the LIVE RG Presents event on Youtube.  It was an all day event packed with live demos, sneak peeks of new products coming to FSJ on August 1 and four Make-and-Take projects.  I'm sharing my finished projects with you and encourage you to join the fun NEXT time!  Our next RG Presents will be December 2 and tickets/kits will go on sale in October!

The first card (pictured above) Features our new holiday paper line and a gorgeous Poinsettia Stamp Set.  Isn't it gorgeous?  We used this set again to create the card pictured below.
The third Make-and-Take card features the yummy new ornament dies, printed stock and holly berries that will be available in August.  So fabulous!
Finally, we created this fun card using a fun ink technique and this new die set.  Isn't it fun?  The original card had the presents "floating" so I tweaked it a bit by grounding the presents on the cardstock.
Aren't they fun?  Don't you wish you could have joined the fun?  Well, these sets and many more will be available August 1.  If you would like to purchase or receive a Holiday Mini Catalog, please contact me and I can help you out.  This mini is gorgeous and oh yes, The stamp/die/embellishment bundles I preordered are almost ready to ship to me!  WOOP WOOP!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Praying for you...

I was in need of a special sympathy card for a friend who lost her mother recently so I sat down this week and made her a card.  I wanted it to be soft, pretty and heartfelt.  I love how it turned out!  I hope it eases her sorrow and helps comfort her in this time of great sadness.  

To create the background, I used my daubers to rub a bit of Turbo Teal and Sour Lemon ink onto my Gel press.  I then stamped the press with the largest rose image to lift some of the ink.  After it was inked to my satisfaction, I overstamped the rose onto the cardstock using Turbo Teal ink.  Once done, I flicked some silk onto the panel and colored a few leaves using Color Splash watercolor pencils and a small brush and attached them to the card.  I then used my sewing machine to stitch a few lines on the panel and over the center of the leaves so that I could lift them and form the dimension them later.  I stamped the sentiment onto an oval diecut then embossed with gold embossing powder.  
I used the daubers again to color the oval diecut.  I assembled the panel and noticed that the sentiment was a bit askew, so I resolved that by cutting out the rectangle panel and setting it on angle to make the sentiment align correctly.  After attaching the panels to a whip cream panel and then onto a card base, I attached the pearls and ribbon bow and Journey Glaze on the leaves.
Just a yummy, yummy card!  I love how it turned out!


Supplies Used:  
Stamps: Dear Rose, Must Have Sentiments
Inks: Turbo Teal Ink, Sour Lemon Ink, Turbo Teal Silk, Sour Lemon Silk, Clear Pigment Ink, Color Splash Pencils
Papers: Whip Cream Cardstock
Dies: Ovals, Rectangles
Embellishments: Pearls, Banana Cream Satin Ribbon
Tools:  Large Dauber Dowels, Gel Press
Adhesives:  Small Foam Squares, Journey Craft Glue
Other:  Journey Gold Embossing Powder, Journey Glaze
Non FSJ:  Machine Stitching (White thread), 00 Fine Watercolor Brush

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sunday Sip and Share...Coffee, Ink and Clay!



Hello there Coffee-Loving friends!  It's Kerry here and I'm back with another Sunday Sip and Share...This week's inspiration comes from a gorgeous soda fired Yunomi that I acquired from a talented potter I follow on Instagram.  I'm quite addicted to coffee as you know but I'm equally additcted to fine pottery mugs and Yunomi (ceramic tea/drink vessels without handles) that are handthrown by amazing artists worldwide.  I have amassed a nice collection and it grows even more monthly!
This beauty is on the way to me from the lovely Samantha Hostert @shostert a potter and teacher who resides in Chicago.  She was in my area (with this Yunomi) and even posted a shot of it on the grounds of George Washington's Mt. Vernon.  I was thrilled to see her in my neck of the woods and quickly went to her Etsy shop.  This beauty, forever shall be called Mt. Vernon and shall return to visit George and Martha often!
So...This cup, and more importantly, the bleeding/drippy glaze, inspired my card creation today.  I did a bit of doodling (as did Samantha) on a hand formed mug (heehee) and then added watercolor in a messy/bleeding fashion.  I love how it mimicked the design of the stamps too!  
What do you think?  Do you like it?  Do you like how the browns separated when I watercolored it?  I used Fun Stampers Journey Liquid Color and felt like I was a glaze mixer...taking parts of red, yellow, blue and a little more red and a little more yellow to make the brown just coffee-licious...Then...When I applied it to the paper, it had this magnificent reaction and the colors separated and danced around on the paper like a fantastical magic show!  Just like the magic of taking a fired piece out of the kiln!  It's awesome!  Oh yeah, I have had a few runs of firing my own pottery...and I miss it so much!
Now the stamp design in the background...Well, I love this new doodly set called Chosen Family from Fun Stampers Journey.  It reminds me a lot of the Scandinavian linens that my grandma had.  I stamped the solid flower first using a tone on tone theme with the solid stamp and Oatmeal Cookie Ink then overstamped the pattern using Black Licorice (and the outline image).  So yummy!  I mimicked the design of the outline stamp on my hand-doodled mug.  I think it works well.  Adding some embellishing touches like Licorice Sparkle tape, a strip of brown cardstock and some Natural and Black Twine and pearls helped finish the card off.  I also glossed up the cup with Journey Glaze.  SO SHINY!
So now let's get to the sketch!  Yes, I created a coordinating sketch inspired by my card today and I invite YOU to play along with it!  Just create a fun card using this sketch as inspiration and upload it here to our inlinkz.  At the end of the month I will choose one winner who will receive a fun coffee-lovers prize!