Thursday, July 20, 2017

It's Christmas in July at Joy Clair!

WOO HOO!  It's Christmas in July!  It's an entire week of projects and discounts!  You've got that right, discounts!  Join us this week as we celebrate Christmas in July...With Joy Clair Style!  
Hey there inky friends!  This week I'm celebrating Christmas In July at Joy Clair.  All week long the designers at Joy Clair have been sharing some gorgeous Holiday creations and today Steph Ackerman and I are sharing our holiday projects with you!  I'm sharing this fun and festive card using a few NON HOLIDAY stamp sets from the Joy Clair collection.  

Yes, thinking out-of-the-box was the requirement for me this time as I do not have any traditionally Christmas sets from Joy Clair (yet).  SOOO...what was I to do?  Well, I dug through my collection of amazing stamp sets and pulled a few that inspired me to create something Holiday-ish!  Hope you enjoy!  

I selected Doodle Flowers and Hello Sentiments to create this jar of joy card.  I used my colored pencils and watercolors to color the jar and hand write the Joy sentiment.  I also doodled the background frame using a micron pen.  I think it helps contain the jar and helps pop this panel off the page.  
I added a few sprigs from the stamp set, doodled a few red berries and applied some micro glitter to one edge of the jar.  I also wrapped a bit of twine around the neck of the jar to incorporate the ribbon/fiber elements that are consistent in my designs.
Just adding a bit of colored pencil coloring within the doodled lines helped continue the color-theme and connect the border to the jar image.

So...The next time you're thinking of making a holiday card, think OUTSIDE of the box.  Change it up a bit because you don't have to stick to traditional holiday images when making handmade cards!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of Christmas in July!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Coffee and Pretty Things...

Hey there Coffee-Loving crafters!  Today I'm sharing a fun card I created using some goodies from my friend Diana at Latina Crafter.  I love her top-quality stamps and it's exciting to incorporate some coffee sentiments in my creation today!  I have a bonus too...I received an additional sentiment like the one pictured in my card with my last order so I'll send it to one lucky commenter...Just make sure you say THANK YOU in Spanish (in your comment).  
To create my card, I stamped the Woodgrain (Trocito del Bosque) background onto some gray cardstock using white ink.  I then stamped the fun banners (Scallops, Assorted Edges) using some neon/festive colors to match Latina Crafter's color scheme.  After that, I cut the banners out and attached a fun cup veneer with some black twine.  Finally, I stamped the sentiment (Coffee and Pretty Things) with black ink and colored it with some orange ink and added a bit of Wink of Stella.  Popping the sentiment up helped feature the sentiment and make the design flow.  
Isn't the cup just the cutest?  It's a thin veneer (Cafe II Wood Veneers) so it will fit nicely in an envelope!  

Of course I had to add a little sparkle!  :)  Thanks for stopping by!  I'll see you again for another yummy coffee-loving creation.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Sunshine, Jesus and Coffee...

Hey there Coffee Loving Hoppers!  I'm excited to be back hopping along with you on this Summer Hop.  I'll be sharing quite a few projects created using goodies picked up from the previous hop...It's such an enabler!  I'm also thrilled to announce that I am continuing on as a SUPER SPONSOR on my other blog featuring Fun Stampers Journey Products.  Check it out if you haven't already!
I was excited to see that Joscelyn @bossyJoscie created a Jesus and Coffee traveler mug!  I had asked her to create one with scripture quite a while back and she said she would work on it...I waited paitently but didn't know when it would happen.  Maybe it's a coincidence, but when I discovered it on her website a few weeks ago,  I just LEAPED for JOY!  I mean, the perfect cup, the perfect sentiment...Perfectly, perfect for me!!!

As soon as I saw the image and read the sentiment, music was ringing through my head.  Yes, I recognized the song (current by Jeremy Camp) on the cup...

This is the song that rings in my heart...

So as I was creating this card, of course the song played on repeat in my mind.  I stamped the cup onto white cardstock using Broken China Distress Oxide Ink then created the sun rays using Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide and a Blending brush.
 Love this cup so much!!!  Thank you Joscelyn for creating it!!!
Adding a bit of sparkle and shine along the rays finished the card off.  <3 p="">
Sending you blessings and enjoy the rest of the hop!