Friday, March 24, 2017

Seas the Day...Don't Let Go!

Hello there coffee loving friends!  I'm so excited to share my projects for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop again this go-round!  I'll be sharing a new creation each and every day on this blog as well as my Fun Stampers Journey Blog.  As a Super Sponsor, I'll be awarding one lucky hopper a special coffee-loving prize on my FSJ page so you'll want to stop over there each and every day to see what I have to share.

Today I'm joining my fellow Joy Clair Design Team sisters in the hop.  Joy Clair is a new Super Sponsor for the Spring CLH and we're excited to share our fun projects with you.  You can visit the Joy Clair blog HERE to see all of the designer entries.  :)
I always love to look at stamp sets in a different way, especially HOW I can incorporate them into a COFFEELICIOUS design.  SOOO...This was a fun adventure for me!  I designed an exclusive Coffee Lovers Blog Hop coordinating OCTOPUS CUP image that I call "Don't Let Go!" It works perfectly with the Joy Clair's Seas the Day set.

In my creation, I am featuring the Joy Clair Seas The Day set (A FAVORITE), the Wood Background and to coffee-ize it, I drew up a fun octopus coffee cup.  This octopus is definitely not ready to let go of his cup any time soon!  Hope you enjoy!
I started out by stamping the wood background onto Kraft card base using some brown ink.  After that, I rubbed a bit of white ink along the edges to "weather" it up a bit.  I stamped the jellyfish and sentiment onto white cardstock then colored them with watercolor pencils.  I stamped the waves in the set with some aqua ink then added a bit of sparkle to it, tore the edges a bit and attached them to the card with glue.  I wanted to create a look similar to washi.  
 Don't you think the wavy stamp works well as a faux washi???
I attached some twine along the top and started coloring my hand drawn image (I digitized it so that I could print it over and over again!  After printing the images and coloring the octopus cup with watercolor markers
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed seeing my creation and hope you return again tomorrow for another fun coffee share!  

Friday, March 17, 2017

April Showers bring...

Hello there Joy Clair Friends!  I'm excited to share a little April Showers with you!  April is my birthday month (I'm a FOOL!) and I really enjoyed playing with this "rainy days" stamp set.  It's always important for me to look on the bright side of things, so when I saw this set, it immediately reminded me of that saying!  Yep, there's always a little sunshine on the other side of a storm!  Look up, and enjoy the raindrops hitting your forehead! 
Stamping the posies with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto white cardstock was the first step in creating this fun and playful background. I also used a bit of light pink to stamp the bubble rings. After stamping, I used my watercolor pencils to add a bit of color to a few of the posies and then started creating a rain splatter effect with my paint brush and some blue watercolor. After that was done it was time to create the dimension...Take a look at those raindrops!  
I just HAD to take some Glossy Accents and apply a "sprinkling" of raindrops in varying sizes on the paper. I also glossed over some of the smaller watercolred droplets. I tried to concentrate the watercolor splatter to the bottom edge of the card to accentuate the "heavy" nature of rain.  
Just look at those yummy raindrops!  MMMMMM...
After the background was done, I moved on to stamping the umbrella and boots. I wanted this image to be the primary focus but I did not want it to jump out a scream "I'm HERE!" Sooo...I kept the color consistent with the background. Watercoloring the umbrella with the blue helped to focus attention to the rain, I think. After watercoloring, I moved on to slicking and sparkling up the umbrella. 
Assembling the card happened quite quickly.  A simple layout so that the focus is totally on the "rain". Perhaps I can add some sunshine on the inside???    
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you're inspired by this creation and remember...There's always some sunshine after the rain.  :)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

My Redeemer...

Hello there inky friends!  Today I'm joining my fellow Joy Clair DT for fellowship and worship. We're sharing our inspiring creations from the stamp set My Redeemer.  

This hop has a TWIST!  In order to be considered for the $25 Prize drawing, here's what you have to do:

1.  Visit EACH blog.  
2.  Find a KEYWORD on each blog that will help you build a sentence.  
3.  Send me your sentence "guess"(Click on my profile "StampingbugKerry" near the comments section and send email)
(Do NOT POST this sentence OR MY KEYWORD in the comments!)
4.  Leave a comment about my project on this post.  

Here's the blogroll to help you along the way!  

Kerry Urbatch- That's ME!

As with most of the Color By Faith collection, the sentiments draw me in.  I specifically make connections to them that relate to scripture, musical praise and worship sessions.  This set is not an exception.  When I received this set, music filled my heart...My Redeemer...Yes, it sang in my heart and the words echoed loudly.  I immediately headed to my computer so that I could get started creating.

Yes, I headed to my computer.  You see, I often create my bible journaling pages/work while listening to sermons and songs of praise.  For this particular worship session, I chose to re-read through Job, find particular scripture that spoke to me and then played Nicole C. Mullen's beautiful music on Youtube.  I played it over and over again as I worked through this piece.

Take a listen, it's one you won't forget and I'm sure, you'll soon be singing right along with her!
My worship session resulted in one of my most precious creations...and HIS hands guided every stroke and decision.
I call this little acetate sheet a "Reminder Page".  It is removeable and can be placed as a marker on any page spread I create in the future.  It's a reminder that YES, indeed, My Redeemer Lives.  I owe everything to Him!  
After journaling over and over the edge of this page as I was reading and listening to this Nicole sing, I scribbled my thoughts and prayers over and over the page.  When I was done, I watercolored some of the page (and particularly highlighted Job 19:23-29).  I stamped the hallelujah script image onto the page using clear embossing ink then applied some silver embossing powder.  
After creating the journaled portion, I cut some sun rays out of yellow cardstock then re-wrote the song on each ray of light.  
I then dripped some Pinata inks onto a sheet of acetate cut to size.  I spritzed it with alcohol and let it drip and bleed.  I sprinkled a bit of gold embossing powder in the ink before drying everything with the heat gun.  I love how the ink blended and also love that the acetate warped a bit from the heat. PERFECTLY PERFECT!  
After that, adhered the rays to the acetate with some clear glaze medium so they reached across and over the edge of the page. 

I stamped the cross and the doves, colored them with watercolor pencils then cut them out.  They were applied to the panel.
Now you might be wondering what the back-side of this acetate looks like.  Well, it's colorful, has some stripes, foam squares blobs of adhesive and even an oops on one of the rays...but... It is a reminder that everything HE creates has beauty and purpose..."Turn" your heart to God and he will show you the beauty of his love!

Thank you for stopping by to share in worship and praise with me and my fellow JC DT.  I hope you find time to immerse yourself in His word.  Whether it be through journaling, bible art, music, sermons or fellowship, SOMEONE'S sure to be drawn to His light!