Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday Sip and Share...Danke!

Hello there coffee loving cardmakers!  It's Kerry here and I'm back with another Sunday Sip and Share!  Today I have TWO cards and a sketch for you...SO get ready!  

The first card was created especially for one of my FSJ Coach friends Ruby.  She recently went on her yearly trip to Germany and Austria with her Hubby and I was able to travel there with her via her gorgeous photos of her adventures.  I so wish I can travel back to the land where my family began...and someday, I will.  Until then, I can live vicariously through my friends and family who share their photos and adventures with me.  

I was excited to learn that she thought of me when she was traveling around and even tried hunting for some German sentiment stamps.  She couldn't find them but she did pick up some fun stickers to send my way.  Isn't that sweet???  So...I just got her package in the mail last week and decided to create something fun!  
Of course I have a huge collection of Fun Stampers Journey supplies, so I had to use some of those in this creation.  And since we share a love of FSJ, it was quite appropriate to do so.  For this card,  I tweaked Rita's Freshly Made Sketches #258 sketch just a little and added a yummy Hero Arts mug in the background by using some Turbo Teal ink.  I scribbled some Copic color on the bugs (as I knew they would be covered and blurred with the vellum overlay.  
I know that metallic stickers/sentiments are widely used in European cardmaking and I'm not sure why the style hasn't made it quite that big here in the USA.  I've seen a few (there are a few bible journaling ones with FSJ), but not many!

Since I speak a tiny bit of German, I had fun trying to translate the sentiments.  Luckily for me, they were quite simple and common sentiments so I had no trouble at all.  :)  Wahoo!

Yummy ribbon (Oatmeal Cookie from FSJ) and some jute finished off the sketch.  I want to send a special thank you "Vielen dank!" to my friend Ruby for sending me these stickers.  Watch your mailbox!!!

I'm not done yet...Are you ready for card #2?  This one helped inspire MY sketch...Check it out!
So to create this card full of Metallic GORGEOUSNESS, I brushed some Silver and Gold silk onto some Cocoa Powder cardstock.  After that, I splattered some watered down Butter Cream acrylic paint and the Silks (including Dark Roast) onto the cardstock.  I cut out the brushstroke pattern #1 because I thought it was not "popping" like I wanted it to and #2 Well, frankly, because when in doubt, POP IT OUT!  I love layering!  

I stamped the mason jar from the Hipster at Heart set then cut out the jar (after I colored it with Copics) using Versafine Onyx ink.   I popped it up on the card then added some Journey Glaze to give it some shine.  I stamped the sentiment from the Hero Arts set called You Are My Happy onto Whip Cream cardstock.  A little scrap of Cocoa Powder cardstock was attached to the edge then dipped into Journey Gold Embossing Powder.

I hope you enjoyed my cards today.  I had so much fun playing and creating!  Are you ready to see my sketch for this week?  OK...Please join us in playing with this sketch.  The sketch challenge runs until the end of the month and I have created several sketches thus far.  If you would like to play along, please add your link to our inlinkz below.  When posting to social media, please include the hashtag #clcsipandshare so that we can find it easily!  :)

Have a great week!  I'll be back again next Sunday with more yummy fun!  :) 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Starting from the same place...Artist Collaborative...

Hello there crafty friends!  Today I'm here to share a very special project I've been working on. Several months ago, I was intrigued by a proposal by my artsy friend Tina Walker on Facebook. She had a fabulous idea...and request to have as many crafters as possible join her in creating some beautiful artwork incorporating the same collection of ephemera.  I thought it was quite a fun concept and a fabulous challenge!

Tina requested donations of ephemera and participants.  I thought it would be fun to join in!  I offered to send ephemera for the whole group participating but she received so many offers she didn't need my contribution.  I was still thrilled to be able to participate in the challenge.

SOOO....a few months ago she mailed me a packet of ephemera...Lots of yummy goodies to incorporate into my design and there were only a few rules:

*Use ALL of the ephemera sent.
*Post your creation in the blog hop post.  

Well, that sounded easy enough and I LOVE a challenge!!!  Here's the loot that was inside my envelope...
(The butterfly was broken so I had to do a Tim Gunn and "Make it Work".  I also opted to flip the 213 word card over for the English!  I didn't receive the yummy View-master wheel but I did get a fun playing card instead.)

I thought and thought and thought for many weeks about what I wanted to create and how I wanted to incorporate the products.  They seemed quite STEAMPUNK to me and I am by no means a Steampunk I thought and thought and thought some more...and then it hit me... Make a Traveler's Notebook! A little handmade notebook that I could journal in, collect creative ideas and make pretty stuff in!  

I set off to get started making my project a couple weekends ago and BOOM...I got the flu and then it turned into a horrible cold.  I was sick for over a week!  I'm still recovering with a horrible head cold and cough, but I'm so much better than I was!!

So this Saturday, I set out to work on my creation....and I can't believe I finished it in ONE DAY!! NO pattern, no model, just GO WITH THE FLOW!  My muse loves this kind of creating!  
I started out with chopping up my morning cereal box... Then I created a fabric sleeve using that square of fabric from the ephemera packet and some fabric/velvet ribbon from my stash.  After I was finished sewing the sleeve, I tucked the cereal box inside, stitched up the little hole on the side and headed to my craft room.  
I used the stencil and gold paint to give extra dimension and texture to the fabric (front and back).
I also hand painted a bit of Liquitex Metallic Gold Ink over some stenciling to allow more dimension. After that dried (with the help of my heat gun), I set out to assemble the collage on the front.
I used all of the elements in my challenge packet and had a few extra doo-hickeys for photo props.  I cut up the tapestry and the little piece of fabric to make a tassel.  I especially loved the little electrical doo-hickeys as they allowed for some very fine "beadery" along the edge of my piece.  I rolled the little tape that they were attached to and used that as well.   I also gold embossed the gear diecuts and one of the little dew drops and black embossed the broken butterfly wings.  When heated, the wings became a bit flexible and I could mould it a bit to my liking.  I also glued it back together with the Fabri-Tac glue.  That is GOOD STUFF!!!  I used it to adhere all my pieces to my fabric and even to glue my fingers together a few times.  I used Fun Stampers Journey Blue Lagoon Re-inkier to paint over the top of the moulded pieces then added a bit of Silver Rub-n-Buff for some yummy contrast and aging.
I wanted to show the inside of the book a bit too.  I decided to add a signature of kraft and graph paper.  This is just a simple signature with the seam binding threading through the coverboard.  I think it works and I'll be able to create many fun pages with the pages inside!  
One final photo--- a close up of the yummy ephemera...I just enjoyed creating this project so much!  I can't wait to see the rest of the challenge projects.  

If you ever get a chance to take a challenge like this, I recommend you JUMP at the chance!  YOU will enjoy it so much!  It will stretch your muse and reinvigorate your creative imagination!  :)  

Thanks so much to Tina for this fabulous opportunity!  Thanks also to Susan Brown for helping organize the hop, to the many contributors for your gorgeous inspiration,  and to our fabulous sponsors (Beacon Adhesives, Amazing Casting Products and StencilGirl) who provided some yummy products to work with! :)

Now head on over to check out the link-up!  :)

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!