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!   

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Coffeeeeeee and Friends...

Hey coffee loving friends,

I'm popping over to my open manufacturer blog to share a fun card I created for a fellow coffee lover. I'm contributing this to the Coffee Lovers Spring Blog Hop too.  If you haven't visited my FSJ blog to see my other YUMMY creation, you can see it HERE.
As I know this hop gets HUNDREDS of contributors, I won't share too much about the process...Only that I used an oldie but goodie stamp from my stash (Made by Stampendous).  I also added some watercoloring in the background and some stippling with Copics.  It's quite a simple card...and shocker...doesn't have any layering or ribbon!  I planned it this way as the card will be traveling a LONG way across the ocean and shipping can get pretty pricey with all the layers.  
Yum!  Now I'm off to create another fun project for my friends.  :)  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Remembering Penny Odell...

Hello there stamping friends,

I'm joining my fellow Heartfelt Creations Design Team members in our Monthly Blog Hop and this month, it's a difficult one...We're blogging and hopping in memory of a fellow HC designer and friend...

Penny passed away December 13 and we're so saddened by her sudden passing.  She was a treasured member of the Heartfelt Creations Design Team and although I we didn't design on the same team/term, our Hearfelt DT family is touched deeply.

I'm sending prayers and blessings to Penny's family and closest friends as they mourn her loss.  

In planning my card specifically for Penny, I spent some time "visiting" with her through her beautiful creations on her blog...Her spirit spoke to me as I viewed her beautiful creations and noticed some of her favorite things...Although I never met her in person, I know that our love of stamping, cardmaking and inspiring others will continue to inspire and resonate to so many...
I selected some pink flowers...Yes, she loved working with Heartfelt Creations flowers, just as much as I do.  Purple...I don't often work in purple...but deep, rich plums are some favorites...I discovered this was also one of Penny's favorite colors.
Layers...Yes, like Penny, I share a love for lots of beautiful layers...
The sentiment/scripture spoke to me...No fear....She's HOME...  RIP Penny, you will be missed, your memory, treasured.  

Heartfelt Creations Products used:
Background Image: Retired
Leaves: Leafy Branch Cling Stamp Set
Scripture:  Uplifting Scriptures Cling Stamp Set
Leaf and Branch Die:  Leafy Branch Die Set
Crystal Lacquer
Crystal Ultrafine Glitter
Double Dots Foam Dots
Memento Tuxedo Black
VersaMagic Dew Drops:  Red Brick, Hint of Pesto, Tea Leaves, Eggplant, Purple Hydrangea, Sea Breeze
Bazzill Cardstock (from Stash)
Embellishments:  Doily, Chocolate Satin Ribbon, Natural Twine, Gold Silk (splatter)

This month's hop starts 8am EST on Tues. December 29th and closes Fri. January 1st at midnight.
The blog hop winner will be announced here on my blog on Sat. January 2nd around NOON EST. 
** This winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to shop at Heartfelt Creations -simply email Emma Lou with "Winner of December Alumni Hop" in subject line.  Make sure you reply within 72 hours to claim their prize otherwise another name will be drawn. 

Thanks for hopping with us this month!  Please head over to Sarah Miller's blog for more inspiration and remembrance.