Friday, September 23, 2016

The Fall Coffee Lovers Hop starts TODAY!

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
September 23-September 30
Theme:  Fall Coffee, Tea, or cocoa project
National Coffee Day:  September 29

I'm excited to join the Coffee Loving Design Team in welcoming you to the Fall Coffee Lovers Hop! I'm sure this hop will break records for participation and for awesomeness...just as in hops of the past!  Just you wait, will we hit over 800 link-ups???

Let's take a peek at my first fun creation for the hop.  I'm sure you'll GASP because I created something CAS!!!  Yeah, you read that right!  I about patted myself on the back for this one!  I have very little restraint when it comes to cardmaking and I love adding layer upon layer of yummy goodness to my cards but something weird came over me.  Maybe it's my cold, or my aching back...I don't know...all I know is I was victorious in creating the elusive CAS card!  Snaps for me!!!

So wanna see what I'm talking about?  Hold on to your seat...Don't faint!
 Really, I earn a GOLD Star right?  WOOO HOO!!!

So to create this fabulous, once in a lifetime CAS card, I washed a bit of Ranger Walnut Stain ink onto some watercolor paper, splattered some Ranger Peeled Paint ink and some Walnut Stain ink onto the dry watercolored paper, then splattered a tiny bit of Orange Rave Silk onto that.  I selected the fun mug image and sentiments from one of our Super Sponsors:   "Coffee is my Liquid Therapy" by A Creative Journey with Melissa.  I stamped the sentiment words all over the mug using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Hazelnut Blend ink and the heart was stamped with Cranberry Bliss ink.  I stamped the "Hello Friend" sentiment onto a hand doodled thought bubble. The images were cut out and some twine was added.  The little wooden heart button was the finishing touch!
Just look at that yummy splatter!  I just LURRRVE it!!!  Perfect fall colors, dontcha think?! 
This little inked panel was mounted to a Kraft Cardstock panel and mounted onto an Olive Green Card Base.

Hope you enjoyed this little number!  If you LOVE the stamp set as much as I do, head on over to Melissa's store!  Make sure to enter the special discount code FCLH2016 to receive an extra 25% off your entire order (offer good until 10/3)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

CLC Sip and Share...True Love!

Hey there coffee loving cardmakers!  It's Kerry here and I'm back for another Sunday Sip and Share!  I decided to play around and profess my love for the almighty coffee...Yes, I'm truly, madly, deeply in love with this delish concoction and cannot imagine life without it!
I started off by creating a little sewn-and-shabby heart using some scraps from a quilt I'm making.  I stitched up some strips and then dipped the fabric into some coffee to pick up a light coffee tint.  After it was dry, I cut it out into a heart shape and set it aside so I could work on the card.
I think this card took a "Valentine-ey" turn with the red, black and kraft colors, but I love it nonetheless.  I love the paisley medallion stamp I used in the background (Fun Stampers Journey:  Ornamental Dream) and I think it goes well with the coffee cup (Hero Arts: Hipster at Heart) and sentiment/hearts (Hero Arts: You Are My Happy) I used. I stamped the cup using Versafine Onyx ink, heat set it, then colored with Copics (R29, R32, RV42, R0000, E23). When finished, I added a bit of Journey Glaze to give it some shine.
I particularly love the scripty font on this sentiment! It is so elegant and lovely, don't you think? After assembling the card onto Kraft Cardstock (and adding a few pearl embellishments, I set off to create the sketch. Hope you enjoy!
Remember,  we're always looking for awesome interpretations of our sketches! Please join us and share your creation with us! When sharing on social media, please include the hashtag #clcsipandshare so that it can be discovered in search easily. Make sure to also add it to our link-up HERE:

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sunday Sip and Share...It's In the Bag!

Hello there coffee-loving cardmakers!  I'm here with a fun little Sunday Sip & Share on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog!  For this week's post, I decided to make a cute little bag of fresh roasted coffee beans with a coordinating cards.  Not only do I love making cards, I love sewing too!  So...I created this quick and simple bag to hold my roasted beans.  It'll be a great little happy mail treat for someone soon!
I started off by sewing a few little cotton bags.  No frills, just white Moda cotton fabric.  The stamping, embellies and fiber tie would help them shine!  After sewing, I started creating some fun background paper.  This background paper would not only be used for my card, but it would also be incorporated in the gift bag design.  

The background was created using my Gelli Plate and some of my favorite coloring mediums.  First, I dabbed some Dusty Concord Ranger Distress ink onto my Gelli Plate.  I spritzed it with some water to accentuate the beading effect of the ink.  I laid that down on my cardstock then began the second layer.  For the second layer, I spritzed some FSJ Cosmic Grape Color Splash onto the plate, then flicked some FSJ Silks (Silver, Gold, Cosmic Grape, Turbo Teal) onto that.  SInce they are water based, they bead up a bit.  The Color Splash has some acrylic paint-like characteristics, so it retains much of the spray effect and doesn't bead up.  I also added some Liquitex Metallic Silver Acrylic Ink splatters/drips too.  I like this ink because it leaves an opalescent sheen on the surface and is translucent enough to allow the color underneath to peek through.  
I continued adding layers and layers of color until I was satisfied with the results.  When done, I applied some Whip Cream Reinker to the plate and rubbed it around with an acrylic block.  When laying my cardstock over this ink, it softened and muted the vibrant color.  It was exactly what I was hoping for!  The final touch was to add some Pineapple Smoothie Acrylic Paint.  You'll probably notice the little flower bloom diecuts on the piece too.  They were laid onto the Gelli Plate and they transferred themselves.  

I mounted the background onto Black Licorice cardstock then onto Lavender Fusion cardstock then sewed a few zips through my sewing machine.  The panel was glued to an A2 Whip Cream card base in an off center fashion.  I then stamped and embossed the Uniko "I LOVE COFFEE" cup and stamped just the piece of the coffee sentiment using Versafine Ink.  I arranged the collage on the front with foam squares and the card was done!  
The scraps from my card were used to create the coordinating pattern on the coffee bean bag.  I adhered them with Journey Glaze so they would remain pliable after drying.  I stamped the trio of beans and the sentiment with Staz-On ink.  

Now I have a perfectly coordinated gift set!  Wahoo!!!  It's heading out in Monday's mail to someone who went above and beyond... :)

Now it's on to the coordinating sketch!  I'm so matchy-matchy today!  ;)  If you would like to join the fun (and possibly win coffee-loving treats), please post a coffee/tea/cocoa creation inspired by this sketch-or any of our September sketches in the inlinkz below.  Make sure to include the hashtag #clcsipandshare when posting to social media!