Thursday, January 19, 2017

Store Your Treasures...Joy Clair January 2017

Hello Joy Clair friends!  It's Kerry here sharing another fabulous stamp set from the January 2017 release called Treasures.  This is a gorgeous set that includes various gemstones, a treasure chest, an X-marks-the-spot sign and some very special sentiments.  When reading the sentiments in this set, the one that spoke to my heart was the "Store Your Treasures In Heaven" sentiment.  It brought back so many treasured memories of my Grandmother...and her treasure box of costume jewelry.  I knew this was exactly what would inspire my creation.  So I call this my Grandma Alice Card.  
You see, my Grandma Alice was a very special woman (as is every grandma on the planet).  She was loving, humorous and very strong-willed.  She loved with every ounce of her being and until her last day, she gave everything from the heart.  

My most cherished childhood memories were of me and my sisters sitting on her bed (on her chenille bedspread) with her big pink jewelry box.  All day long we would play dress up with her treasure box full of costume jewelry that she picked up here and there throughout her lifetime and wore with pride to social functions and church events. 

Grandma Alice loved allowing us grandchildren (and great grandchildren) opportunities to drape ourselves in tons of fake pearl and gemstone necklaces, clip-on earrings and gaudy pins.  It was and still will be the most cherished memory.  When my Grandfather passed away, my Grandmother began giving away her treasures. She said she wanted to make sure the people she wanted to have her treasures would enjoy them before she was gone.  She allowed me to pick one thing and I requested her pink treasure box.  She was very surprised at my choice and even said "Are you serious?  You want that junk?". Absolutely!  They were her treasures...and I'm so glad I was able to receive them from her.  You can see a few of her treasures, right in my photo above. Approximately six months after my Grandfather passed, she too joined him in heaven...and to this day, my treasure IS in heaven...but she left a few here on earth.  If I could trade that box for one more minute with her, I would.  

So to create this card, I started out with a base layer using my Gelli Plate and finger smears of Pink, Ivory and Light blue acrylic paint.  I added them in layers so that I could strategically create my background.  Once done, I added one final layer of metallic sheen using some Liquitex Metallic Silver Ink.  It's translucent and very shimmery!  It's one of my favorite art mediums.  You can see the peeling of the paint layers and the peek-a-boo feature underneath.  So yummy!  
After creating the background, I stamped and embossed some gemstones on the scraps.  I used gold and black embossing powder to give some contrast.  I cut out the gemstones then added Stickles to the gemstones to give them added sparkle and shine. 
The next step was to layer the inked panel onto  a white card base.  I decided to layer it in a "wonky style" to add to the fun nature of the card.  I applied a few tears of sparkly washi tape to the edge and secured them permanently with a few staples.
I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Onyx ink onto vellum then heat embossed with Gold embossing powder.  After it was dry, I cut the sentiment out and added it to a collage design.  Popping the gemstones up using foam squares allowed for more dimension in my layering...a must for me!   
My Grandma left behind many treasures. Treasures in my heart and in the hearts of those she touched throughout her life.  The biggest treasure is time spent with her...and when it's my time, I'll carry her treasure box right back to her.  Until then, I will cherish them forever...

Monday, January 9, 2017

Make a Joyful Noise! Joy Clair January Release

Hello and welcome to the Joy Clair January Release hop!  I'm excited that you are here and hope you enjoyed Cornelia Wenokor's project.  I'm here to share my creation using the amazing Joyful Noise Bible Journaling Set.  

Before I get started with sharing my project, I thought I'd review a few details about our hop.  Please check them out!  

The Hop features FOUR new stamp sets that can be purchased right now at Joy Clair!  They include:  

Joy Clair will be awarding TWO lucky hoppers $25.00 gift cards to the Joy Clair Store!  The only requirement is that you visit each stop on the blog hop and leave a comment on their blog post.  You have from today until January 11th at midnight EST to complete the challenge.  If you do, you'll be in the drawing to receive one of the fab gift certificates!  

So now, let's get on with my share:  

I was inspired by the sentiments and music notes in the Joyful Noise Bible Journaling Set.  For some reason, I don't often journal from the Old Testament so it was a joy to page through in search for a perfect verse for this set.  Most of my thoughts and ideas revolved around the obvious:  Psalms,  but I wanted to dig a little deeper...and not focus on a Book that was obvious.  There were a few in the Old Testament so I was called to study Exodus...and that's what I did.
To create my page spread, I first prepared my surface using ivory acrylic paint.  This allows me to stamp and design without worry of bleeding through to the other side.  After drying the paint with my heat gun, I stamped the guitar and the music notes on the page using Versafine Onyx Ink.  I applied WOW clear embossing powder and Gold Embossing Powder to protect it from additional coloring mediums. Next, I watered down some light blue and cream (and a little lime green) acrylic paint and used it as a wash. The embossing of the guitar and the music notes helped protect the images from the watercolor. I added watered down brown acrylic paint for the guitar.  
To add a bit more "age" to the piece, I rubbed a bit of Gold Pan Pastels and Antique Gold Rub-n-Buff on the pages and edges.  To finish the piece off, I added a little ribbon tab for easy reference later.  I also macramed a little book mark for this page.  
Such a beautiful sentiment.  Actually, there are several sentiments so I know it will be a joy paging through my bible, studying His word and searching for just the right verses that call me hang around a little while longer...Yes, that's what Bible Journaling does for me...It helps me linger, reflect and think...that's what we all need sometimes, right?  
In Exodus 15 verses 1-3, Moses and the people of Israel sang.  They sang to the LORD saying: 

"I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and rider he has thrown into the sea. The LORD is my strength and my song and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.  The LORD is a man of war, the LORD is his name."

I spent some time reviewing and studying the Song of Moses to gather additional perspective and I sought some of my favorite bible study sources.  I also searched youtube so that I could HEAR some interesting reflection and a few sermons.  I listened to this pastor's study and sermon and enjoyed it so much.  It's quite lengthy, but worth the listen. 

I hope you enjoyed my bible share today.  I hope it filled your heart and helps you remember to SING!  

Please hop over to Donna's blog to see what she has to share. Thanks for stopping by and remember, if you love this set (or any of the sets released this month) please make sure to go shopping! :)

Kerry Urbatch (That's ME!) 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Sunday Sip and Share...Happy New Year!

Hey there Coffee friends!  It's 2017 and I want to wish everyone a healthy, happy and prosperous new year!  I hope you have plenty of time to enjoy all your life's treasures.  

I'm back again with another Sunday Sip and Share (so happy to extend my time on the Coffee Loving Papercrafters Design Team) and can't wait to see what fun and inky challenges are uncovered!  Let's welcome in 2017 with the first card and sketch shall we?  

I created a quick little greeting to ring in the new year and to wish you well.  If you're in Australia or wayyy down under, I hope you're enjoying a beautifully sunny summer day!  
I selected one of my newest stamp sets from Whimsy Stamps.  I picked up this set about a month or so ago and it's having an inaugural ink-up!  WAHOO!  I love this little Holiday Sweet Treats stamp set and it was just too cute to not jump right into my shopping cart!  I love the shape of the mug, the marshmallows teetering on top, and the candy cane handle.  The sentiments aren't to shabby either.  I think by now, you can probably tell that I currently have a LOVE AFFAIR with Whimsy Stamps. LOL

I used just a few simple tools to create this card.  Ranger Embossing Ink (Clear), FSJ Embossing Powder (Black), Pan Pastel (Pewter, Ultramarine Blue Shade and Magenta) and FSJ Silks (Shimmer Gold, Silver and Outrageous Pink).  Working from a kraft panel helped soften the colors and make project shimmer and shine.  

This card is quite CAS in comparison to the cards I usually create but I have to say, I love how it turned out.  I had tons of fun rubbing shimmer and shine onto the cardstock and watching the card come together so quickly.  
If you know me, you know that I can't call a card finished without adding a little ribbon or twine so that's just what I did.  Black Journey twine and a stamped/embossed snowflake (from the same stamp set) tied on like a button.  :)  Cute embellishing touch!  
Such a simple and cozy card, 'eh?  I just love when things turn out so perfectly!  I hope you have a warm and cozy winter!  
I'd like to also ring in the new year with the announcement of the clcsipandshare sketch challenge winner for the month of December.  As promised, this participant will receive a yummy coffee-loving treat from me in the mail.  I'll reach out for your address soon.  Congratulations to:  

Won't you join all coffee loving papercrafters in playing with the first sketch of the new year?  It's simple and quick...and YOU TOO could win a deelish coffee-loving prize!  I'll select a winner at the end of January, so you have plenty of time to pick a January sketch that inspires you!  

Remember:  To be eligible to win, you must include a photo of your card/coffee loving project in our inlinks below.  When sharing on social media, use the hashtag #clcsipandshare and tag @coffee_crafts so we can find your fab creation!