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!

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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!

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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


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.  :)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Spring is Blooming...

FSJ Super Sponsor:  Kerry Urbatch, FSJ Independent Coach #401
Hello there Coffee Loving Cardmakers!  Today's Thursday and I'm joining my fellow Coffee Lovers in a HUGE celebration!  The Spring Coffee Lovers Hop broke another amazing record!  We're at 1,000+ link-ups and still going!  WOOP!  Can you believe it?  I sure can!  

I'm sharing one of my last cards for the hop and it was so fun to create!  Check it out!  
To create this card I spritzed some FSJ Splashes (Cool Pool, Sour Lemon, Turbo Teal) on a craft mat. I spritzed some water on that to create a pool of yummy color.  I dipped my Whip Cream cardstock into the color pool and immediately dried the paper.  SO delish!  After that, I rubbed some Clear (Colorless Blender) PanPastel over the colored panel to remove any static then applied the Butterfly stamp from Bold Wings stamp set (February Bloom Box) using Clear Pigment Ink and White Embossing Powder. 
After that, I stamped the coffee shop easel (from Le Cafe stamp set) using Black Licorice ink, hand lettered the sentiment and colored with my FSJ Color Splash Watercolor pencils.  I rubbed over this panel with some Cool Pool PanPastel (in the Confectionary Days Collection) to give it some softness.
I doodled some flowers and dots using a Micron pen and colored with Cosmic Grape Silk and Silver Journey Marker.  The stamped/colored panel was mounted onto a Kraft card base and was embellished with some Watermelon Fusion ribbon and a few pearls.

Thanks for popping by today!  I hope you've enjoyed the hop and I look forward to finding out who the winner of my inky Super Sponsor prizes are!  See you soon!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Spring Coffee Hop Day 2: Espresso FUN...

Hello there Coffee Loving hoppers!  It's Day 2 of the Spring Hop and I've got a cheery treat to share with you today.  I'm having a ball creating non-traditional projects for this hop and this little cardmaking treat bag is just the ticket!  
Inside this decorated bag are an assortment of cardfronts, card bases and envelopes that are perfect for any crafty treat!  Let me tell you about how I created this happy little treat!  
I selected the black stripe bag from the Romance Treat Bag collection. I love this pack of 25 treat bags and they're perfect for decorating! To make the black-and-white stripe bag a bit more "springy", I watercolored the white space with a few swipes of pink, green and yellow watercolor pencil (006, 0019, 0016). After that, I splattered a bit of Electric Lime Silk onto the panel.
After that, I stamped the espresso sentiment from the Hey Sugar set using Dark Roast ink and then the espresso pot with Black Licorice Ink onto Whip Cream cardstock.   I diecut the circle tab from the Tab Clips Die Set using some Eggcellent Prints festive paper.  Next, I diecut the Fun Triangles Die Set onto some Pool Play cardstock and attached a bit of Whip Cream Sparkle Tape to the edge.  The remaining pieces (including the spring bloom mini flower diecuts) were scraps leftover from previous projects.
To finish things off, I attached a few pearls to the flowers (colored with the Electric Lime Silk) and the little gift bag was DONE!  :)  

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you're enjoying the hop and I can't wait to see you back here soon!   Happy Hopping and good luck with my Super Sponsor prize drawing!  :)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Coffeeeeee! I'm Hoppin!

Hey there Coffee Loving friends!  Today is the first day of the Spring Coffee Lovers Hop and I'm excited to be back hopping and being a Super Sponsor again this season!  I've got several projects to share with you this hop, so please make sure to stop back again and again to see what I've created!

As a Super Sponsor, I'm donating a special prize to one lucky hopper!  I'll be awarding a $25.00 gift certificate to my online shop (Fun Stampers Journey is only available in the USA at this time). International friends, don't worry ! I won't forget about you!  I will also select an international friend to win a special prize from RG's retail line.  

So let's check out today's creation, shall we?!  
One of my most favorite coffee sets in the Fun Stampers Journey Inspiration Catalog has to be the Le Cafe' set.  I just love the artsy gorgeous images that make up this Ooh la la fabulous set.  From the fun bistro/cafe images to the gorgeous scripty font, this set is a HIT!  I hope it stays around a LONG TIME!  
To create the card,  I stamped the spoon image repeatedly onto Whip Cream cardstock using Huckleberry Fusion ink (and my stamp positioner tool).  After the spoons were stamped, I colored them with my FSJ Watercolor Color Splash Pencils (# 0028, 0031 and shadowing of 0023 and 0048). After they were colored, I splattered some Journey Silver Silk onto the panel then stamped my sentiment. I tied some Black Licorice Journey Twine around this panel and then added (a watercolored) Forever Heart Chip onto the ribbon with some Journey Glaze. I also added a layer of Journey Glaze and a sprinkling of Sparkle Dust to the heart chip.  
Before mounting this panel onto Huckleberry Fusion cardstock using Foam Squares, I applied a light rubbing of Journey Brush Silver and Huckleberry Fusion PanPastel (found in the Rich Sorbet collection) to the edges.  I then attached this panel to a Whip Cream card base (with a topfold).  Adding a trio of Pearls finished this card off.  
I love the simple elegance that blue and white provide and it was such a joy creating this card.  I hope you like it too!  :)
Please stop back for another YUMMY coffee/tea/cocoa loving creation!  

Friday, March 17, 2017

Surprise Thank You!

What a lovely surprise I received in my email mailbox today!  A new customer ordered some goodies from my FSJ shop and I have NO IDEA where she discovered me!  I am always thrilled to find out that new inky friends have signed up as a new customer and it's always a sweet blessing when they place an order.   As soon as I got home, I checked out her order and started creating a card using some of the supplies that were ordered.  I sure hope she loves this card!  
To create this card, I first started out by adding some water to my acrylic stamp block.  I then dropped some FSJ Silks (just several drops here and there) to my wet stamping block.  I used Turbo Teal, Cosmic Grape and Bronze.  As the Silks are water based, they spread beautifullywith the water.  I layed a piece of Whip Cream cardstock on top of the block and pressed it down.  That created a yummy metallic-watercolored pool on my paper.  

I used my FSJ Heat Gun to speed up the drying process.  After it was dry, I stamped the cross from the Color Cross Stamp Set over the colored panel with Black Licorice ink.  I added a bit of Journey Gold Marker onto the cross, added some Journey Glaze and sprinkled some Sparkle Dust on the border of the cross.
I mounted the stamped panel onto Watermelon Fusion Cardstock then attached some Watermelon Fusion Satin Ribbon.  I grabbed a little wooden heart from the Forever Heart Chips embellishment pack and painted some Cosmic Grape and Bronze Silk onto it to coordinate the color.  I applied some Journey Glaze over the top to give it some shine.  When it was dry, I attached it to the card with some Journey Glaze.  

The card panel was attached to a Whip Cream card base (top-fold) and the card was complete!

I want to send a heartfelt THANK YOU to my newest customer!  I hope you enjoy your new FSJ products and if you have any questions or need any support, please feel free to contact me at any time! 

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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1.  $50.00 discount on your Amaze or Platinum starter kit
2.  Set of label charms (not yet released)
3.  Bird Melody stamp set (not yet released)
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