Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday Sip and Share...Holiday Moose

Hey there fellow coffee/tea/hot chocolate lovers!  I'm back with an adorable card for my weekly Sunday Sip and Share installment over at CoffeeLovingCardmakers.com.  I had so much fun with this card...The coloring was a blast!
 A few weeks ago I took a virtual trip to the Whimsy Stamps store to check out their fab sale.  I was planning on getting a few coffee loving stamps for my collection...Well...Wouldn't you know it?!  I got distracted by all the new holiday stamps in the shop and just had to pick up a few!  This adorable moos was one I HAD to have because, well, I'm in love with the artist!

You see, I'm a cookier.  Yep, I decorate cookies.  And every well versed cookie decorator would recognize this image style!  It's none other than a favorite artist in the cookie digi-art world:  Drawn With Character.  I've purchased quite a few of her adorable character images from her Etsy site specifically for decorating cookies (I use a Kopycake).  Well, when I saw this stamp "Holiday Moose", I immediately recognized the artist's style and was thrilled to see her playful images in stamp form!  I've been hoping the artist would launch some stamps with her images and I was just flipping out that I can purchase her work in stamp form from Whimsy Stamps!!!  WAHOOO!!!

And look at that cup!  Such a yummy cup and a big old pile of whipped cream!  Nothing spilled either!  ha ha.  I also added some hits of Journey Glaze on the cup, his boots and on the Christmas Lights.  Gotta have that gloss!

Isn't this moose image one of the most adorable moose you have ever seen?  Yeah, I had to get it!  I tweaked it a bit to make him "coffee-loving" by removing his teetering present and exchanging it for a hand-doodled hot chocolate/latte mug.  I tried to match Krista's sketchy style in doodling a cup that was just as whimsical and delish as the Moose).  I also doodled some more "snow" and wrapped it like a belly band around the bottom of the card.  It is just dimensional enough to create a little ring of snow under his feet.

I had so much fun coloring the image with my Copic Markers.  I fussy cut the little guy and popped him up onto some white cardstock that was colored a bit with light blue Pan Pastel (from FSJ Special Confectionary Days Collection).  The corrugated paper, Huckleberry Fusion card base and the Candy Apple Red ribbon are from Fun Stampers Journey.

Just a close up of his fur and those adorable boots!  I wish I would have added some gray to the bottoms of his boots- that would fix a bit of the bleed.  Oh well!  Now if you're interested in the Copic Colors I used, you can check out the photo below (also see the dimension of the card).  When I color, I don't really plan which colors to use.  I just keep coloring and picking and coloring and picking until I feel the image is complete!
PS...Photo tip:  Tapioca Pearls make great Moose Snowballs!  :)

Thanks for stopping by!  I have quite a few more adorable images to play with this holiday season and can't wait to share them with the world!

So, after I finished creating this card, I set out to whip up a matching sketch!  Check it out:
Wanna play along with the sketch challenge?  Join us each week by posting your creation in our linky collection.  When sharing to social media, please include the hashtag #clcsipandshare so that it can be found easily!  :)  Have fun!  

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 artist...so 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!  :)