Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sip and Share...Hipster Vibe

Good morning coffee-loving friends!  It's another Sip-And-Share Sunday at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog and I'm back to share another card and sketch with you!  I'm really diggin' the set I used this week and I hope you enjoy it too!  

I'm in love with the images in the Hipster at Heart set from Hero Arts!  When I first saw this set, I knew I had to have it in my collection!  I love the coffee cup and the beans, but I REALLY love the hipster vibe the whole set provides.  I'm not a hipster by any way shape or form but I DO love the hipster, trendy and laid back!  

So let's take a look at the card I created using this fun set:  
So I thought this set was the perfect set to create a fun collage!  Just pile all those awesome images onto a card!  I couldn't just pick a few, so almost every single image is on the front!  LOL.  

To create the background, I applied a few swipes of PanPastels then brushed some Windsor and Newton Masking Fluid over the top. After the masking fluid dried, I added some more PanPastels over that to create more dimension and depth of color. I peeled the masking fluid off and rubbed the Pan Pastels with a cloth to allow for a softer bridge between the color and masked layer. To finish off the background, I splattered some Fun Stampers Journey Silver Silk and Bronze Silk.  
I stamped each image onto white cardstock using Black Onyx Versafine Ink then colored them up a little with some PanPastels. After coloring the images, I applied a bit of Journey Glaze to the Mason Jar glass, the gems and the camera lens.  
Yummy! Finally, I arranged the images into a collage "line" along the edge of the background paper then added a piece of polka-dot paper from my stash. To finish off the collage, I added some jute and a few scraps of graph paper. Adding a bit of gold washi (From Target) tape to the panel gave it some pop it was missing and helped to finish off the piece.  

I mounted this collage panel onto white cardstock then attached it to a gray card base. Once the card was finished and photographed, I set off to create the sketch.  
So, what do you think? Are you ready to give the sketch a try? Why not give it a go?! Please join the fun and create a card using this week's sketch. Make sure to hop over to my coffee lovers blog post HERE to link your creation! To make it easier for you to add your link, you can also link up right here on this post.  Just click on the inlinkz button below!!!  

 I'd love to see it! PS...If sharing your card on social media, please include #clcsipandshare for easy reference!  

I hope you enjoyed my card and sketch today. Join me next Sunday as I share another fun coffee-loving creation!  :)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sunday Sip & Share...

Hello there coffee loving friends! I'm excited to share my FIRST Sunday Sip & Share post with you over at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog today! Every Sunday, I'll pop in to share a little project I create and will use that card as a springboard for a sketch design.

When I create cards, I tend to just go with the flow. I hardly ever sit down with a plan in mind. I just sit, sip my coffee and create...After I'm finished with my card, I love to create a sketch that mimics the layout. It's a bit backwards but it works for me!  

Every time I post a card for my Sunday Sip & Share, I'll share the coordinating sketch too. I hope you enjoy! If you choose to use our sketch to create a yummy card, please stop back at the CLC blog Post and share your creation. Just click on the Sip and Share icon below to link your photo back to the original post:  

We can't wait to see your interpretation of this week's sketch!  

So let's get on with the first Sunday Sip & Share, shall we?!  

I love creating fun backgrounds for my stamped cards and this one was sooo fun! I used a new stencil I purchased recently from Fun Stampers Journey called Abstract Wall and applied Light Gold, Yellow Ochre and Paynes Gray Tint Pan Pastels in an overlapping color pattern. Once finished, I added some gold embossing powder here and there by dabbing my Clear Pigment Embossing Ink on the paper and edges.  
Can you can see the shimmer effect that is created on the background layer? I love that the Light Gold Pan Pastel creates such a sheer golden shine. It's so gorgeous and helps take your page to the "fancy" stage. I love this medium and it works perfectly to create the soft backgrounds that I love so much!  
After creating the background, I applied some matching ribbon and lace from my stash.  Then, I selected a few feathers to add dimension and texture, then tied it with a little twine bow.  The sentiment and beans from the Uniko set "I LOVE COFFEE" were stamped using Versafine Onyx Ink and embossed with Journey Gold Embossing Powder.  I love this gold embossing powder because it has a low heat/melt rate and it creates such a true metallic gold shine.  I elected to stamp the sentiment onto graph paper to add a little contrast to the piece.  
The colors and triangle pattern seemed a bit masculine to me so I decided to add a bit of a girly touch by adding some yummy ribbons and lace.  I think it helped feminize the card.  Adding a little feather on a whim finished the card off.  
I hope you enjoyed this creation.  I had so much fun putting it together.  Now let's get to the sketch:  
Thanks again for stopping by!   I hope you enjoyed my creation today and if you love the sketch, please share your creation with us.  When posting your creation, please stop back and share your link. You can also use the hashtag #clcsipandshare when posting to social media.  You never know, I just might have some coffee loving treats for one special participant!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Exciting News!

Hello there stamping friends!  I'm popping over here on my "all-stamps-are-fabulous" blog to share some exciting news with you!  I was invited to be a part of the Coffee Loving Papercrafters Design Team and I'm so thrilled to be a part of such a talented group of designers.  Have you been following the new Design team announcements on the COFFEE LOVING CARDMAKERS blog?  If so, you can probably see why I'm so excited to be joining such an amazing team.
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There are a few more to announce too but you'll have to wait a bit.  

WOWSERS 'eh?  I'm so honored to have been asked to join such a talented group of cardmakers and designers. 

So to share in my excitement, I brewed up a pot of extra-strong coffee, added some Italian Sweet Cream and headed to my stamp room to create a deelish card...With a stamp set I received from the most recent Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog hop! 

Melissa, owner of A Creative Journey with Melissa sent me this TASTY set of stamps to play with as winnings in the recent blog hop.  Don't you just LOVE the variety of cups and sentiments in this set "Coffee Is My Liquid Therapy" ???  The hearts, beans and smiley are a perfect little add-ons too!  LOVE this set.  They ink PERFECTLY too!!!
I started off by stamping the cup using Colorbox Chalk Charcoal ink.  I love this ink when I stamp with clear photopolymer stamps because it allows for a crisp and bleed-free image.  After stamping, I colored the image using an overlapping brushstroke pattern using my Copic markers.  You will find them listed in the photo below.  When done coloring, I added a few dots here and there to give some contrast and fussy cut the image. 
I decided I wanted the cup to be the primary focus of the card so I accentuated it with a watercolor background (a wash of Shimmer Gold Splash and Watermelon Color Splash) on Canson Watercolor paper that allowed the cup to just float along in a sea of bliss...  I embossed a few hearts using FSJ Clear Pigment ink and Journey Gold Embossing Powder.  I also added a few splatters of Gold Silk
To help "contain" the cup, I attached a bit of Natural Thread to the handle and positioned it to the far left -almost off the page with a little foam dot.  I added a tiny pearl (colored with gold silk) to the bow of the thread.  After embossing and assembling the panel, I punched a circular punch and stamped the sentiment -popped it up on the panel and attached the panel onto graph paper and then onto some Oatmeal Cookie cardstock.  A simple white card base finished it off. 
 I used the following Copic colors on my cup:
Thanks for popping in today to share in my excitement.  I'm also sharing another coffee-loving card on my Fun Stampers Journey Blog, so if you're interested in an extra shot of java today...head over THERE!