Monday, January 22, 2018

Love Languages...

Hello there inky friends!  Today I'm sharing a fun little Valentine card featuring a brand spankin new set from Joy Clair called Love Languages.  I fell in love with this set because it had so many fabulous languages on it which included my heritage language German!  I was thrilled to see "Ich liebe dich" in stamp form and knew this would be the sentiment I would choose for my card!  Check out this set:  
I love that this set also includes a variety of tiny hearts that can be used to create backgrounds, pops of fun and lots of feature elements on a card.  I used the sketchy heart on my design.  So...Wanna know how I created this fun card?  Here goes:  
I started out by cutting out twelve little inchie squares.  I wrinkled them up a bit to soften the cardstock and create a bit of a "fabric" texture.  After that, it was on to inking!  I selected some Memento inks and laid a plastic sleeve on the table and rubbed the ink all over the squares.  I spritzed the squares to make the color bleed and to saturate the squares then rubbed additional color on that was left over on my plastic sleeve.  After they were colored to my desired intensity, I sprayed a bit of golden shimmer onto the squares to add a bit of shine.  I set them onto some paper to dry a bit (they picked up the grid lines on my graph paper) and then used my heat gun/tweezers to dry each square.  

Next, I punched a heart out of each square and threw my scraps away.  I used my sewing machine to sew the hearts in a chainlike formation.  After cut into sets of four hearts, I assembled them onto a piece of white cardstock.  
I glued the heart chains onto the cardstock by just adding glue to the center of the heart stitch area so that I could lift the edges when it was dry.  I then stamped the sketchy heart onto my blue hearts with clear pigment ink and then added gold embossing powder.  
To finish the card off, I sprinkled some pearlescent silk onto the card and then added a few golden pearls.  The sentiment tag worked perfectly hovering over the chains of hearts! 
Yummy, yummy!  Don'tcha think!?!  Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you have a fabulous week!  

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Break Every Chain...

Hello there stamping friends.  Today I'm joining my fellow Joy Clair design team members in presenting our newest collection of stamps!  This month we are releasing 13, yes THIRTEEN new stamp sets and they are indeed a treasure trove of goodness.  Join the hop as we share inspiration using these awesome stamps!

Let's start the fun with the creativity and remember that we always have a $25.00 prize up for grabs for one lucky hopper!  All you have to do is comment on our blog HERE and on ALL the designer blogs during the hop.  Make sure you let us know what your FAVORITE set is too.  We're interested to know what you think!

Here is the complete list of the Everyday Blog Hop:

Have fun and get inspired!!!

I selected one particular stamp set because it sang to my heart...Yes, IT REALLY SANG!  You see, I have this thing with scriptural sentiments...  They literally connect musically and I hear songs that are perfect matches...Check out what I mean!
This set is called Chain Breaker.  When you see this set and read the sentiments, does it sing to you?  Do you hear music?  I do...This is what I hear...
An exact representation of this song, right?  

So I listen...and then... This is what my muse hits me with:  
a soundwave....of bliss...  Can you see it?  
I used the soundwave panel (after creating the stippled wave, I used some circle diecut stencil and rubbed some light blue and shimmery gold PanPastel over them)  as a backdrop for the sentiment that "got me".  Yes, this sentiment "There is POWER in the name of JESUS"...YES indeed!  
 I added a bit of sparkle and Apple Nuvo Drops to give a bit of dimension too.
Notice that little "Play" button?  It's from the Jesus is my Jam set that was released last month.  I also highlighted the sentiment just to give a bit of zip...

And if that isn't enough...

I connect these sentiments...and the song to scripture...and I found a perfect connection in Psalm 107:10-15.  So I brought out those chains and broke 'em up!
After applying white gesso to my panel, I stamped the sentiment and the chains with clear pigment ink then embossed with silver embossing powder.  I colored the chain with my gray Tombow marker and then rubbed gold PanPastel over the page.  The PanPastel "stuck" to the ink and then I rubbed some blue on it too.  Reading the scripture, HEART echoed through and through so I incorporated those too by doodling a few and coloring with Tombow Marker.  I also added a bit of sparkle, 'cuz you know how I feel about that!  ;)   
 The final touches were a few silver circle punches and a sewn strip of metallic cardstock to strengthen the page.  A little tab on the corner will help me return to this page too.
My reflections and thoughts are always scribbled in on my pages...They're usually covered up under layers and layers of paint but this time, there are a few peeks here and there...

Alrighty.  Love this set?  I bet you do!  I know it's such a fab set and I can't wait to share more with it.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find inspiration in everything you see today! Please head on over to Helen's blog for her take on a fun new set!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

One last giftie...

Hello there Coffee/Tea and Cocoa loving papercrafters!  It's Christmas Eve and I've been baking up a storm finishing up the last of my responsibilities for my family Christmas tomorrow.  You see, my family requested that I create the cookie/dessert tray and of course I said sure will!  I have five different types of yummy cookies that I'll be presenting on the table and the yummy cookies above are included!  I had some extra cookies and decided I would pack them up in a little clear box and give them to my neighbor.
These little cookies are so tasty!  They are sugar cookies flavored with nutmeg and iced with Matcha Royal Icing!  YEP!  Matcha!  If you've never tried matcha in your royal icing, you MUST!  it is deeelish!  This little winter caps are perfect and simple and oh so festive!  To package up these cookies, I used a clear box from Gina K Designs.  I love these little card boxes and they're perfect for not only sending cards, but also for sending cookie treats!
This little treat package wouldn't be complete without a cute little coordinating card so I created this card using the stamp set I won from the Winter Hop!  I selected the clear stamp set called Coffee Therapy.  I love the sentiments and the mix of cups!  I used my Misti and Memento to ink them up.  Since these cookies are MATCHA and not COFFEE, I printed up the Matcha sentiment on my computer and then just stamped the rest of the sentiment under it.  PERFECT!  While I was shopping at Gina K, I picked up some Apple Green Nuvo Drops and they work perfectly with this card!  LOVE IT!
A closer look at the card and you'll notice I added some fun stitching.  I love the added dimension it adds to my cards so I am kinda addicted to adding it lately.  A few little pearls finish the card off.
Such a simple way to decorate these cookies!  Just pipe the matcha flavored icing on half of the cookie, add some sprinkles and white for the fluff and the puff ball on top and you're done!
Of course, I did create a coordinating sketch.  If you want to play along with me, please create a card (coffee, tea, cocoa themed) and add it to our inlinkz below.  :)
Thanks for stopping by and MERRY CHRISTMAS!