Saturday, March 25, 2017

Spring Coffee Lovers Hop...Day 2: Distress OXIDES!

Hello there Coffee Loving Hoppers!  WOO HOO!!! I got my birthday treats (I'm an April Fool!) just in time for the HOP! 
As many of you already know, the Tim Holtz Distress Oxides are a brand spankin' new magical ink that debuted at CHA Creativation 2017 just a few months ago. I have been drooling over their miracle powers and having #fullsetsyndrome, I just HAD to get them all! I didn't do a preorder so I was disappointed that I would have to wait a LONG time to get the whole set immediately as they are so very popular and were a challenge for Ranger to keep up with the demand. I was THRILLED to learn that a long time inky friend could order them for me and I would get them really quickly! There's nothing like waiting a few days for a special box to arrive on your doorstep! As soon as I got home from work on Wednesday, I just had to tear open the box and get started "experimenting". 

This card is my first play-date with these amazingly fabulous inks!  I'm in LUUUUVVV!!!

I selected several colors to create a SNAZZY SPRING SPLATTERY background (say that super fast). For this Kraft background, I used the following reinker colors in this order:
Cracked Pistachio
Broken China
Spiced Marmalade
Wilted Violet
Worn Lipstick
Vintage Photo
To create this fun effect, I used a 5/0 paintbrush and some water to splatter each color onto the paper. I heat set each color before adding subsequent layers of splatter. This allowed the inks to maintain separation and not muddle up.  
After creating the background, I attached some sewing thread to a little twig. My inspiration came from the little easter egg trees in my neigborhood! It was the perfect opportunity to dangle my own sweet treats from a tree! Hee hee.
After adding the thread, I stamped the sentiments and the cups onto white cardstock and "watercolored" them with the remaining reinkers on my ink block. I cut out the images (from the Planner Addict (Chic Tags) Coffee Lover clear stamp set. I added a few foam squares so I could attach them to the thread. Once done, the final step was to stamp the hashtag sentiment, tear the edge of the paper and mount this panel onto a white card base (top fold).  

Isn't it just YUMMY?!  

Please stop by my Fun Stampers Journey Inspiration blog to check out my Super Sponsor post for today.  Thanks for stopping by and happy hopping!  Good luck!  

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.  :)