Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Baby it's COLD outside!



Happy National Cocoa Day!  I'm excited to be sharing this card featuring the new Christmas Cocoa set from Joy Clair.  I love that this set has TWO different cups/mugs that can be decorated and also has some additional pieces (whipped topping, pile of marshmallows, candy cane, etc) that can make these cups so festive.  There is even a Christmas cookie you can decorate!  The sentiments are fun and versatile with a nice mix of fonts!  Check it out HERE if you want to see the WHOLE set!  You can get this set for 25% off during the hop so make sure to use the code HOTCOFFEE25 to get your set at a discount!
To create this card, I started out by stamping the mug onto some white cardstock.  Then I applied some brushstrokes of blue acrylic paint onto my Gelli Plate.  I pressed my paper against the plate to lift the color then used the same process with some red paint.  I used my heat gun to finish the quick dry process so I could immediately machine stitch some fun meandering lines on the page.  After stitching, I applied a piece of graph paper and 
After adding the stitching and the graph paper, I applied some silver Sharpie marker onto the page in random locations to add more color.  I also doodled some words and some hearts onto the page to make it more fun.  I added a few strips of thin silver washi (and one last mini staple from my stapler).
After that, I stamped the cup again onto white cardstock and added some snowflakes, stars and dots.  I cut the mug out and popped it up on the card then to finish the panel off, I applied some glaze and a little sprinkles of microfine glitter to make it sparkly.  Mounting this panel wonky style onto a piece of red cardstock and sticking it onto a white card base finished this card off!  WAHOO!!!  Love it!

Remember, Take advantage of the discounts at Joy Clair on ANY of our coffee/tea/cocoa sets.  Just use the code HOTCOFFEE25 and you'll get that discount deducted at checkout.  Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope to be back again tomorrow with another fun coffee-loving creation!


Monday, December 4, 2017

Poinsettia Deeelight!

Hello there Joy Clair friends!  It's Kerry here and I'm back with another festive Christmas Card.  This time I'm featuring the gorgeous new layering set called Christmas Poinsettia.  Did you have a chance to pick it up during the Black Friday sale?  If not, it's ok.  I think there are a few more sets available.  It's such an awesome set!  
To create this card I started off by creating a little color wash.  I rubbed some red ink from Memento onto my Gelli Plate and spritzed some gold and water on it too.  I used my finger to rub it together then plopped the paper right on top.  After that, I dried it with my heat gun.  
Next, I stamped the poinsettia on the paper with some red and burgundy ink (Memento) then added some golden embossed ones over that.  I used my Misti to stamp the sentiment perfectly onto the paper.   
I stamped the extra poinsettia onto the extra inked paper and embossed with gold embossing powder then cut them out so that I could layer them.  It was a quick assembly and then I was able to attach some ribbon to accentuate the design.  I added some bling to the layered poinsettia and added it over the knot on the bow...adding some golden thread too.  
To finish the card off, I stamped some poinsettia images onto the plain card panel then rubbed a bit of gold Pan Pastel over that so that it would show up all pretty and shiny.  Rubbed over that with a tissue to remove any excess pastel and mounted the Christmas panel to this using foam squares.  Such a pretty and elegant outcome!  

Friday, December 1, 2017

Pop it UP!!! Joy Clair Challenge

Hey there!  It's time for another fun Joy Clair challenge!  This time our challenge will run for TWO MONTHS so you'll have plenty of time to participate!  I hope you do find some time to play along with us as we have an awesome $25.00 gift card up for grabs for two lucky participants.  Just play along and post your card creation HERE for your chance to win!  

This month our theme is POP IT UP...Anything Goes!  While we do have some color inspiration (as seen above), you can S.T.R.E.T.C.H your creativity as long as you POP IT UP!  WOOP WOOP!  

I chose to create a card for a fellow teacher who is getting married.  Her bridal shower is being held this week and I went out shopping for the perfect gift.  Well, I got that but discovered the wrapping paper is pretty much focused on Christmas right now so I had to dig deeeeeep to find something that would work for her gift.  I went with a simple blue and white stripe holiday paper then headed to Michaels for a pop of color ribbon.  Yeah, it kinda reminded me of a nautical theme so I went with that for my card.  
While I didn't use ALL of the colors in the inspiration photo, I did use MOST of them...I used the reds, the cream and changed the green to blue...and voila!  Take a peek at my coordinating card!
I used the stamp set Seas the Day and the Wood background stamp to create my fun card.  I stamped the water (to mimic the stripes in the paper) with some blue ink from Memento and the woodgrain with that same blue ink.  To get a nice crisp and rich image, I used my Misti and stamped over it four times.  After that, I used the Ladybug Red ink from Memento to stamp the sentiment and the hearts.  I stamped the starfish (big guy for the groom and the little lady for the bride...He's tall and she's short) with some taupe ink from Memento.  I cut out the starfish and formed them a bit with a ball stylus and then popped them up on the card. 
I added some microfine glitter to the starfish and the hearts and then tucked some red satin ribbon under the "pennant" to finish the card off. 
Here you can see a hint of the woodgrain.  I love this background stamp because it can just lift up the blah from a plain piece of cardstock!  Love it!! I tied the ribbon with a little bit of fake rope too.