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Monday, July 15, 2019

Part of a Pride - Limited Edition Box from Kindred Stamps

Kindred Stamps has a brand new limited edition box called Part of the Pride.  It is sure to sell out quickly.  You will find this theme includes a full 4"x8" 18 piece stamp set (including 6 character Stamps, fun printed paper, stencil and other fun embellishments, washi,  and goodies to create with.  I am sharing my card that uses only a small bit of what you will get in your box!

I stamped the lion cub on dark brown cardstock and cut him out.  Instead of using the stamped side, I turned him over and created a view looking over his shoulder  from behind.  I colored him with Prismacolor pencils.

For the cloud image, I masked off the body an used  FSJ  Clear Pigment Ink to stamp only the head of the lion and embossed it with white embossing powder.  I finished off the embossed image by stenciling the clouds from the Cloud & Grass stencil (included in the box) around the lion head. The sentiment stamped in segments and the cut and colored to look like the moon.

I added a few taps of Whip Cream silk to add stars to the night sky.  Lastly I used the stencil to create the tufts of grass.  It is mounted on a piece of the tribal printed paper and added to a green card base to complete the card.

I hope you enjoyed this card and are inspired to create with the latest Kindred Stamp Limited Edition Box, Part of a Pride.

We would love to have you join us on the Kindred Stamps Fan Page.  You can share you Kindred Stamps projects, get  some inspiration and invites to the monthly  Sneak Peek on the new releases, and participate in challenges and giveaways!  

Thank you for stopping by the blog today.  Please leave a message, I love hearing from you - your thoughts and ideas. I appreciate you being part of my pride!

Happy creating and be inspired,


Thursday, July 11, 2019

Caffeinated Crab Needs a Bigger Cup

The Rabbit Hole Designs has these cute stamps that are themed around the need for morning coffee. I'm using the Caffeinated Crab and the  Caffeinated Shark stamp sets to create this interactive card.

I wanted to make the crav shuffle across the beach.  I used a motion die from Fun Stampers Journey/Spellbinders and a special paper slider snap to achieve the motion.  The Beach scene stamp is from Taylored Expression (one of my longtime  favorite stamp companies)  added the Caffeinated Shark  and a sunshine shake element to complete the card. You can find the a brief video displaying the Crab in motion on my Instagram.  Follow me at  #journeycoachjenn 

Thanks for visiting and Happy Creating - Jenn

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Christmas in July - Kindred Christmas stamp set

Can you believe the Christmas Holiday is only 6 months away?  That means it is the perfect time to get ahead and start thinking about holiday cards!   The Kindred Christmas stamp set by Kindred Stamps offers these holiday cuties and fun sentiments to start creating holiday cards and ornaments.

Here is the front and back side of this circle shaker ornament.  If you have a set of circle nesting dies then you are able to make shaker embellishments for cards and other paper projects.  Below is the front and back side of the ornament.  I used a piece of black craft foam that came with an adhesive backing on it.  I use a large circle die and then the next smallest to create the foam opening for the shaker card. I then used the nesting dies to create the white open circles used to frame each side of the ornament.  

I created the front and back background using Distress Oxide ink on Denim Days cardstock.  I stamped on trees in black and green ink and stamped a snowman in Whip Cream cardstock from the FSJ/Spellbinders Winter Build a Scene stamp set.  After I added small white dots using a white pigment ink gel pen i splashed the entire disk with Whip Cream Silk to create a bokeh look.  I glued the stamped snowmen in place and add the black foam circle frame adhesive side down. 

I added some Silver Shavings to the middle opening and using liquid glue adhere a clear acetate circle on top of the foam frame to seal the shaving in the ornament.  Lastly I added the white cardstock frame on top of the acetate and completed the look with a mini picket fence die  from the FSJ/Spellbinders Winter Build a Scene die set and our cozy Kindred Christmas gal.  

I created the same background technique for the back disk with no trees or snow added , but I used a small deer silhouette and the "OH DEER Christmas is Here!" sentiment with the Kindred Christmas reindeer cutie and the second white cardstock frame.

My second project is a holiday card created from holiday cardstock in my stash and another Kindred Christmas cutie.  I die cut the open stars circle in Raspberry Berry cardstock and used the leftover black adhesive foam circle from the ornament project in the center of the card.  Added a smaller circle of plaid cardstock, a bow and this sweet holiday friend.  Using another piece of the plaid, I stamped on the sentiment and stuck it on with foam squares to finish off the card. 

I hope you enjoyed these two Christmas in July creations using the Kindred Christmas stamp set. When do you start on your holiday cards?  Leave me a comment letting me know what you might like to see next.  I love hearing from you!

Happy creating - be inspired

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Summer Treat - Ice Cream Shaker Card

 Playing around with distressed oxide inks is one of my favorite things to do. I love blending different colors together and using different techniques to create fun backgrounds for my cards. This background was created using Squeezed Lemonade, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberries, Milled Lavender,  and Dried Marigold Distressed Oxide Inks blended together. After the 1st layer of colored dried, I added the Ring Stack Stencil from Spellbinders/FSJ and daubed on a bit more color and here you have the sweet background.

The ice cream cone shaker in made from a Diamond Press shaker kit.  I chose a corrugated cardstock to use for the cone and picked out a subtle peach cardstock for the ice cream shaker.  It is fill with Fruit Fetti from Spellbinders/FSJ. 

 Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I hope you enjoyed this summer treat card and it inspires you to create something amazing.

Happy creating  ~ Jenn

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Kindred Stamps - Travel to Mexico

It's time to pack your bag and Travel to Mexico with Kindred Stamps next stamping adventure! 

How cute is this duo?   I colored both the masked wrestler (Lucha libre) and the sweet dancing  girl with my TriBlend alcohol markers. Using the Zebra Stencil from Kindred Stamps, I stenciled the background behind the wrestler using Distress Oxide Inks  in Squeezed Lemonade and Mermaid Lagoon.  I used a fine corrugated cardstock and twine to create the wrestling ring.

I added a handmade shaker element to the card to highlight the sentiment, " Have a smashing birthday!".  Kindred Stamps offers several Shaker Packs.  I thought it would be fun to show you how you can make your own shaker element.

I choose this starburst nesting dies set from my craft stash and lined up the dies to create an even nest all around, Make sure the dies did not touch by securing them with two pieces of washi tape as shown above.

I measured and cut a piece of dollar store craft foam to hold my starburst die.  I adhered double sided white liner paper to each side,  This is so much easier than using liquid glue to put the shaker pieces together. I then ran it through my die cutting machine creating the starburst outline.  

Next I created the top starburst outline out of yellow cardstock.  I disassembled the nesting stars from each other and use the larger star to die cut the back out of a second piece of yellow cardstock and the window starburst our of a clearview acetate sheet.  (TIP - to best cut the acetate lay it atop of the cardstock you are cutting for the back of the shaker card.  Your die will need to cut through the plastic sheet before the cardstock and this give you a bit more pressure to cut the clear starburst window)

I peeled off the and reveal the sticky tape on the starburst outline.  Carefully line up and adhere the clear acetate window as seen above.

Using liquid glue, add the cardstock starburst outline on top of the acetate window as shown below

I place this piece, acetate side down on my crafting space to expose the well where I added the shaker pack.

I carefully pealed off the backing to expose the sticky  tape and adhere the large solid starburst creating the back of the shaker piece as shown below.

Here is the  completed shaker piece ready to add to your next creation and if you saved the middle star burst, you  have a second element to add!

I hoped you enjoyed this tutorial and are inspired to try this on one of your next projects!

I love hearing from you, so leave a comment and let me know what you think or what you may like me to try next. Thanks for stopping by!

Happy creating be inspired ~ Jenn

Monday, July 1, 2019

New Stamp Release from Inky Stamper - TP

Oh Crap! Chelsea Comer (owner of the Inky Stamper) has done it again!   Be prepared for a bit of snarky with Inky Stampers' new stamp release this week.  The stamp set is called TP and if the picture below offers any hints...  well lets take a look, if you dare! 

As you pull on the TP roll you will find the lid lifts up to reveal Ralph 

He obviously need a little help

This card was created as a waterfall card so the lid would raise in steps. Let's walk through how I made it.  In the photo below you see all the measurements and card stock you need to recreate this card.  You will also  need an A2 size base for the card front we create.

I stamped out an image of the mouse on a post it note to use with a masking technique so we just get the image of the roll of toilet paper. You will want to use a black marker  to complete the drawing of the roll.  Stamp out the mouse  and plunger to color then fussy cut them out

Here are the pieces you will need to assemble.  I cut the toilet lid, seat and base from two oval dies and shaded them to give a look of dimension.   I also decided to cut one more small oval for water  to attach behind Ralph the mouse's toilet seat.  
Stamp the "Oh Crap!!!" sentiment on the top of the toilet lid and glue on the tank 1/4" down over the lid.   Position and glue the mouse on the open oval ring as shown and add the "Can you spare" sentiment  just above him on the ring. Glue the final ring onto the remaining oval and  glue in the water adding the "a Square?" sentiment on the lower half of the water so it will be hidden behind Ralph the mouse. Lastly cut 1/4" off the top of this piece as shown below

Take the 4 3/4" x 1 1/4" piece of card stock.  Score it at 1/2", 3/4", and 1 1/4".  Fold back and forth at the scores to loosen the paper fibers. Glue the base up to the 1/2" scoreline leaving a small bit of  the bend showing to allow room for movement

Next you will glue the seat portion up to the next fold.  This section is 1/4" and the seat should line up with the toilet base. Again make sure to leave a small bit of the bend showing to allow for movement. 

Lining up the toilet lid with the seat and the base, attach the  tank part to the remaining 1/2 ".  The following two photos give you a great visual of where you need to place each piece of the toilet. 

You will attach the toilet base to the 4" x 2 1/2 " printed piece of card stock. Add foam strips to each side of the paper making sure to give enough room allowing the slider to move freely.  See where your pull tab ends and glue the toilet paper to it so the end of the toilet paper roll shows at the bottom of the 4" x 2 1/2" when the entire toilet in closed.  Remove the foam backing and carefully attach this piece to the printed cardstock front. then attach this to the card base.

I hope you enjoyed this card and get to make your own. Visit the Inky Stamper Store to gram your TP stamp set.  Be sure to check out some of her other stamps, dies and tools too.

As always,  feel free to leave a comment, suggestion, ask a question, or just say hello!  I love hearing from you!

Happy Creating! ~ Jenn Gross (Journey Coach Jenn) 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Kindred Stamps New Release - Kindred Summer

Are you ready for some pool side fun this summer?  These girls certainly are!  I love that each one is enjoying  the pool in her own way. I created a fun pool card and a poolside treat box with the Kindred Stamp June release, Kindred Summer stamp set.  

I am giving away a $10 Kindred Stamps Store Credit to one lucky blog participant. To enter be sure to leave a comment on this blog telling me what you would fill the treat box with.

I used the Kindred Stamps Zebra Stencil, with  Distress Oxide Inks in Squeezed Lemonade,  Wild Honey and dauber tools, shifting the stencil slightly to create the sun rays in the background. The girls and pool accessories are colored with Spectrum Noir TriBlend alcohol markers.  The water is created with four color of Fun Stamper Journey cardstock.  I die cut Denim Days, Blue Lagoon and  Beach Breeze to create a variegated effect and glued the atop of Cool Pool for the pool water.  The water die (one of my favorites) is from April's My Monthly Hero Arts Kit.  I added the girls to the pool scene using foam squares. Lastly I added Journey Glaze to our lounge chair girl's glasses and tropical drink.

How fun would this treat box be at a beach or pool party filled with your favorite treats?  The treat box is created from the  Fun Stamper Journey's Gable Favor Box Die Set.  It fits perfectly though any die cutting machine that is 6" or larger. I used 110 lb yellow marble cardstock from my craft stash. I created a window in the box and and a window frame using Fun Stampers Journey Rectangle dies with Whip Cream cardstock and an acetate sheet.  The Sun Shaker is created from another die in my stash and contains shaker elements form Honey Bee Stamps,  I thought it would be fun to color the sun kissed pool girl with purple hair  and a matching bathing suit.  She is colored with Spectrum Noir TriBlend alcohol markers.  The beach base is a torn sheet of copy paper used as a stencil edge and daubed on with Brushed Corduroy Distressed Oxide Ink.  I added the same water die effect that I used in the previous card on the inside of this treat box.  I think it creates such a festive summer feel.

The entire Kindred Stamps June release will be available Friday, June 28th at 8am PST/11am EST. Be sure to subscribe to the Kindred Stamps blog to see a daily line up of sneak peeks from our amazing Design Team and see the full product release on Friday! Come join the Fan Club and release event to be part of the release fun, and you may just win some Kindred Stamps credit!!

$10 Kindred Stamps Store Credit GIVEAWAY 
Giveaway closes on Wednesday July 3rd at 11:59 PM 
Winner will be drawn on July 5th and announced on this post.

To enter - to leave a comment on this blog telling me what you would fill the treat box with!