Sunday, September 17, 2017

Coffee is a hug

Hello my fellow crafters!  I know I have been absent for quite a while but I'm happy to say I'm back! I was selected to be on the Kennedy Grace Creations design team.  I can't wait to share their gorgeous stamps and sequins.  In the meantime, I wanted to create a coffee themed card so I could participate in the Fall Coffee Lovers blog hop!  Woot!!
Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year so I seem to own lots (and lots) of fall themed stamps.  I really can't resist.  Let's not even talk about Simon Says Stamp and Stamptember!  Oy!  My checkbook is crying!  On to my card.


Since this fall hop is also coinciding with The Daily Marker 30 day challenge, I happened to have this lovely little coffee cup from Unity Stamps already stamped and colored.  I originally stamped it on Bristol smooth cardstock with a dark brown ink.  I then colored it using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a waterbrush.  I cut it out using a die from Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangles and adhered it to a piece of Cajun Craze paper from Stampin Up!

The white layer is a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper.  I put several leaves from the Autumn Flowers set by Clearly Besotted onto a block.  I carefully inked them up with several different colors of Distress Oxide inks.  I used Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Seedless Preserves and Fossilized Amber.  Before I stamped them on the paper I very lightly misted them with water. Stamped down in place and held it there for a moment or two.  I repeated that step until I had it how I wanted.   For added interest, I ran it through my Cuttlebug with a coffee bean embossing folder.  I then used the Lawn Fawn Stiched Rectangle die to cut it out.  I did go around the edge with the lightest of touch with the Vintage Photo.  This layer was adhered onto a piece of Crumb Cake from Stampin Up which I also sponged with Vintage photo.

The bottom layer was also cut out using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die out of Rich Razzleberry from Stampin up!  This was adhered to the Crumb Cake card base which you don't see.

I dug through my many coffee sets and came up with this sentiment from Altenew.  It comes from the Coffee Love set.  One of my very favorites!  I reached for several of the Distress Oxides to ink it up and stamp it onto watercolor paper.  I wanted my browns to match so for the layer under the sentiment I sponged Vintage Photo onto watercolor paper.  I added some gold drops before adhering it to the sentiment.  Before I put the sentiment on the leaf layer, I added some flicks of gold.  Can never have too much sparkle!  

I added foam tape to most of the coffee cup layer and adhered it in place.  Ta-da!!  I had intended for this to be a quick card but it didn't work out that way.  I do really love how it turned out though!  And here's another photo from the side so you can see the embossed coffee beans.



Thanks for stopping by!
~Kristina

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Thanks a bushel

How's everyone doing today?  I'm trying to get over the post vacation hump!  It's hard to get back into the swing of things with work and kids and the like.  Slowly things are resuming there normal schedule and I'm getting back into my craft room.

I have finally had the chance to finish the last sections of the Create with Markers Mega class!  I have been working my way through section by section.  Mindy at My Creative Scoop breaks everything down into differenct sections.  It makes it a lot easier when you don't always have a lot of time to devote in one sitting.



The last portion deals with wood/leaves/greenery.  I should have printed out the digital stamp a little bit larger but I made it work anyways.  I think it would have been easier to squeeze in some more wood grain texture but there is always next time.


I turned the completed piece into a very simple card.  After I spend all that time coloring an image I really want to keep it as the focus.  This sentiment is from the Thanks a Bushel set by Lawn Fawn.  It was the perfect sentiment!  I stamped it onto dark brown cardstock and embossed it with white embossing powder.  I cut the main piece down a little bit, adhered it to a green layer and then onto the brown card base.  It is the same dark brown that I used on the sentiments.  I gathered up a couple diffrent sequins to coordinate and called it done!

If you haven't checked out Mindy's classes yet, you can follow this link to all her current offerings. She recently added an amazing hair and skin class!  It is on my wish list but it will have to wait.  I just signed up to take her Creating Backgrounds with Markers class.  I can't wait!

~Toodles!
Kristina

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Balloon coloring

Hiya my crafting friends!  I'm back today to share a card that I made out of a practice piece I colored in Mindy Baxter's Copic Create with Markers Mega class.  Check it out here.  I have been having a great time with the class.  I had to take a short break due to a family vacation but I plan to be back at it again shortly.  I think I'm down to the last couple of sections (trees, grass, etc.).  Then I hope to take her Creating with Backrgrounds class!  I love learning more and more about using my Copic markers. I am always looking to improve my skills.  I highly recommend you check her classes out. She even has a free class to try out!

The section I just completed was on coloring transparent items.  In particular, balloons.  In the past I have just colored balloons that overlapped as a solid color with no transparency.  NO MORE!  Check out my results...


I am amazed at how simple she makes it seem!  I was able to follow her instructions to achieve beautiful results the very first time I colored the image.  I just love how it turned out.  I can see myself coloring a lot more balloons in my future.

The gray layer is Going Gray cardstock from Stampin Up.  The blue layer is Pacific Point also from Stampin Up.  I used the Roses all over background stamp from MFT Stamps and embossed it with white embossing powder.  The aqua layer is Cool Caribbean from Stampin Up.  The balloon layer was cut using a die from the Fancy Frames set from Craftin Desert Divas.  I did add a little glossy accents for a little extra highlight.  The sequins are from my stash (most likely from Pretty Pink Posh). The birthday die and stamp are from Lawn Fawn.

I appreciate you stopping by!  Remember to check out Mindy's full line of classes here.

Toodles!
~Kristina

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog hop 4

I didn't realize I have to have separate blog posts in order to do the link up.  So I'll have three posts that are just the pictures.  Please see my original Summer Coffee Lovers blog hop post for full details.

~Kristina


Summer Coffee Lovers Blog hop 3

I didn't realize I have to have separate blog posts in order to do the link up.  So I'll have three posts that are just the pictures.  Please see my original Summer Coffee Lovers blog hop post for full details.

~Kristina


Summer Coffee Lovers Blog hop 2

I didn't realize I have to have separate blog posts in order to do the link up.  So I'll have three posts that are just the pictures.  Please see my original Summer Coffee Lovers blog hop post for full details.

~Kristina

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog hop

Hiya everyone!  I am so excited that the next Coffee Lovers Blog hop has arrived.  I've got a busy scheduled coming up this week so I knew I needed to make something today.  I realized I had several images that I had colored for the spring hop but never had the time to make them into cards. This was just the perfect opportunity!  Without further ado, here are my entries!


For this card I used the gorgeous Spring to Go stamp from Unity Stamps.  I need to collect all of their coffee cup stamps.  I really want the one with the cat on it!  I tried to be very light handed when I colored the image in using Zig Clean Color markers and a water brush.  The patterned papers are both from Doodlebug.


This is a digital stamp from Jessica Lynn Original stamp company.  This was actually a freebie that I fell in love with from the Spring blog hop.  In fact, I loved it so much, I colored it up three times.  For this version I used Albrect Durer watercolor pencils.  The stitched frame is from Mama Elephant and the sequins are from my stash.  They might be from Pretty Pink Posh.  The sentiment is from Altenew's Coffee Talk set.


Take number two on the Jessica Lynn Original digital stamp.  This one I colored up using Mission Gold watercolors.  It was my first time using them and it's not perfect but I love it anyways!  The sentiment is from Altenew's Coffee Love set.  I also created the background using other stamps from the same Altenew set.


Third and final take on the Jessica Lynn Original stamp. I'm not going to lie.  This version is my favorite!  I colored it with Zig Clean Color markers.  This one is considerably more bold than the image I colored from Unity Stamps.  I couldn't find anything in my paper stash to match the vibrant colors.  I dug out some matching colors of distress inks and painted some stripes on watercolor paper. Splattered it with water to give it texture and presto!  Did I mention I love this card?  This sentiment is also from Altenew's Coffee Love.  It's hard to see but I cut the stripe layer out using a Wonky stitched rectangle from MFT Stamps.  The stiched scalloped edge is from Pretty Pink Posh if I am remembering correctly.

Whew!   A lot of pictures in this post and you can tell I had lots of fun making them.  Thanks for stopping by!

~Kristina