Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Bloom This Way NEW 2017 Spring Mini Catalog (Fun Stampers Journey)

Hello Friends!  Have you seen the new Bloom This Way Spring Mini Catalog that released from Fun Stampers Journey on January 1st?


If not, you're totally missing out on some AMAZING new products!  There are some SUUUUPAH CUTE things in there. I mean......CUTE!

Kinda crazy to think that we just cleared the shelves of all the Christmas goodies, and we're already seeing the stores filling up the shelves with Valentine's candies, am I right? But I have to admit, it has me very inspired to dig into the new stamps and goodies from this catalog and create.create.create!

I've created a few love-themed cards to share with you today using the products from this catalog.



One the first card to the left, I used the new Heart Strip Die Set DI-0267, to create the ombre row of hearts. I did so by running the die through my Amaze Machine three times using Bubble Gum Cardstock, Watermelon Fusion Cardstock and Candy Apple Cardstock. Then I used only one of those die cut pieces as a template and taped it to my card front using some washi tape while I used adhesive-dots to add the small hearts back into their spaces that they were originally die-cut from.

There were PLENTY of them leftover, so I just tucked them into a container that I am collecting the small hearts in to use as confetti to tuck into the envelopes of the cards when I put them in the mail.

The stamp set used on this card is called Campfire Friends SS-0410.

For the second card to the right, I used negative space of the regular Heart-Felt Die Set from the Main Catalog as a template and then used my Panpastels to fill in the space.  So I die-cut the heart from a piece of Whip Cream Cardstock, then set the actual heart shape aside for use on another project and used the leftover piece with the heart-shaped hole in it as the template.  I laid that on my card front and used a sponge to smear Panpastel onto my card front.  Instead of blowing all the Panpastel dust away, I then used my fingertip to smear the dust around the outside edge of the heart to create a glowing effect on the heart.

TIP: Remember if you get any Panpastel on your card front where you don't want it to be, simply use an eraser to erase it away!  SUPER SIMPLE!

After using the Panpastel, I used the 'Besties' sentiment from the Stupid Cupid Stamp Set SS-0407 to stamp with Clear Pigment Ink and embossed it with White Embossing Powder.


Both cards were further embellished using patterned paper from the Sweet Spring 6x6 Paper Pad PP-0039, twine, silver brushed cardstock, glitter tape, special celebration sequins, and a healthy splattering of silver silk!

If you have any questions on how I've done anything else, please do let me know, I'm happy to help you!

Supplies:
Campfire Friends Stamp Set SS-0410
Stupid Cupid Stamp Set SS-0407
Campfire Friends Die Set DI-0287
Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0041
Clear Pigment Ink IP-0102
White Embossing Powder IP-0098
Whip Cream Sparkle Tape AC-0258
Licorice Sparkle Tape AC-0257
Celebration Buttons AC-0226
Candy Apple Twine AC-0266
Journey Brush Silver Cardstock
Pool Play Cardstock
River Stone Cardstock
Bubble Gum Cardstock
Watermelon Fusion Cardstock
Candy Apple Cardstock
Whip Cream Cardstock



Friday, January 06, 2017

RG Days CHA 2017 New Release from Richard Garay

Hello friends! Happy New Year! Now that Christmas is over and we've celebrated the New Year...you know what's next (well crafters know what's next)...CHA!!! That's right! It's that time of year again when all the manufacturers come together for the Craft and Hobby Association's biggest show of the year. This year they will be coming together on January 19th in Phoenix, Arizona and today I am elated to be able to sneak peek some new goodies from the RG Brand by Richard Garay. Richard is releasing FOUR brand new collections: Origami Love, Media Venture, Silver & Gold, and RG Days. (pssst....any of my friends going to CHA? if so, take some pictures of the booth for me! Richard always has *THE BEST* booth.)




RG Days is the collection that I have the pleasure to sneaky peak to you today. The colors are so fresh and fun! The perfect amount of pop mixed with a comfortable masculine vibe. LOVE it! It is so hard to find great masculine products on the market these days, but RG always designs them so very well!


I created two cards using the papers, stamps, and dies from RG Days with each card featuring a different stamp and die combo set from the collection along with the 12x12" papers pack. Such a darling collection, yes!?


What is even more fun for my dear readers today is that ALL of my fellow RG designers are sneaking peeks of the other new RG Brand collections today too! That's right friends.


We've organized a BLOG HOP....did I mention there were prizes? One grand prize winner will receive $100 of RG products from his NEW collections and the RG Messenger Bag—Total value of $150




Plus two more lucky winners will also receive one of the RG messenger bags. I personally have this bag, and I absolutely ADORE it! I get ALL the compliments on it every time I use it! The quality is INCREDIBLE!

How to Win:
First, leave a comment here on my blog. Tell me what you think about RG Days! This will get you ONE entry into the drawing!

Earn another entry when you head over to the RG blog and post a comment, plus earn an additional entry for each design team blog you comment on!

Please note: It is not required that you comment on all the participant blogs, but if you do so, you increase your chances to win.

You have until January 10th at 6:00 PM EST. to enter your comments. The winner will be chosen and announced on Wednesday, January 11th on the RG blog.

START HOPPING!

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Laura Williams

Michelle Woerner

Patricia Roebuck

Mariana Grigsby

Isha Gupta

Beck Beattie

Mou Saha

Tenia Nelson

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Wrapping Up All The Gift Cards (Fun Stampers Journey)

Hello, friends!

With the Christmas holiday right around the corner I've been a busy little elf in my studio, crafting away gift tags, making cards and wrapping up gift cards to present them in a manner that makes them feel a bit more fussed over and special than just handing someone a piece of plastic for their gift. The wrapping job becomes their gift!



Does anyone else have a hard time giving gift cards for Christmas?

Gift cards have never been my favorite gift to give, because they feel so impersonal, but this year we ended up needing to hand out quite a few of them when we had a family Christmas gathering less than 24 hours after arriving home from a 9 day vacation. On the other hand, my kids love to receive a gift card because they love the thrill of being to go to the store and pick out their own thing and pay with their "own" money.


So, to make myself feel less guilt about needing to buy so many gift cards, I spent time making the presentation of them extra special for each person we were gifting them to by tucking some candies inside the Fun Stampers Journey Treat Bags along with the gift card.


For the outside of each of the bags, I simply die-cut an oversized tag using the Tag Set Steel Rule Die in some fun, festive holiday cardstock colors.

I embellished the tags of these last two bags using the Poinsettia Steel Rule Die which has quickly become one of my favorites this holiday season.  It is SO easy to make something look fantastically fussed over with this die and a little bit of Gold Silk splattered across it. Some Rainbow Drops plopped right into the center for a little bling.

Another favorite product that I've been reaching for often in my merry making and gift wrapping is the Holiday Elements Steel Rule Die. The elements in this die are darling and perfect for spreading holiday cheer.  I especially love to layer the reindeer head and then embellish it with a red Rainbow Drop to make it look like one of Santa's favorite helpers.  The Corrugated Stock goes nicely as an accent on this tag giving it some texture too.

I should mention that nearly all the tags for these bags are stamped with the 'Merry Christmas' sentiment pulled from the Robin Holiday Stamp Set.

Here is another bag that has a snowflake element from that same Holiday Elements Steel Rule Die Set, but just because it is Christmas doesn't mean you can't pull from other die sets as well.  Here I've just used simple stars that were sprayed with Gold Shimmer Color Splash and embellished with some red dots from the Magical Candy Drops.


Here is another more bold example of exactly what I was talking about by using non-Christmas themed products to decorate your bags.  Here I've used the Peach Blossom Stamp Set for the flower and the Skeleton Leaf Stamp Set for the gold embossed leaves stamped on Gold Brush Cardstock.

I hope these ideas have given you plenty of inspiration for how to creatively wrap up and give away those gift cards this holiday season!

Be sure to click over to shop.funstampersjourney.com to get all the supplies you need or contact your local Fun Stampers Journey Coach.

Happy Crafting and Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Planner Bundles from Fun Stampers Journey!

Hello, friends! Have you seen the new larger size planners being offered from Fun Stampers Journey!?  They now offer the A5 sized planners and WOWZA, the larger size makes a huge difference in my note-taking, goal setting, appointment writing world!  LOVE it!

Oh.My.Werd!  They are PRETTY!

I got myself one recently....the I Heart Days Planner, to be exact, and just put it together with the beautiful insert pages from the Confectionary Divider Kit which are specifically for the A5 size.

I also got the 2017 calendar insert pages which includes BOTH the monthly view and the weekly view.  I love that it also includes the month of December 2016 so I can wind down the end of this year with this new planner.

Fun Stampers Journey has a great promotion going on with their planners right now called the Journey Days Planner Buffet.  Such a cute idea, I think!  As a customer, you get to choose the following:

1 Planner Binder (either the Personal Size or the A5 size)
1 Divider Kit
1 Calendar Insert
1 Stamp Set
1 Accessory
1 Bookmark
1 Bling

How cool is that!?

They have made the choices very simple for you by listing the options for each category on a printable PDF file that you can access by clicking this link here: Planner Buffet Options

I personally think this would make a perfect gift for a crafty friend, so today I'm sharing an idea of how to dress up the last week of December, heading into January in the case that you'd like to gift a friend with a Planner Buffet and tell her "Hello, Beautiful" and to "Be Awesome, Today" on January 1st.

For my Buffet Choices I've used:
JD-0041 I Heart Days Planner
JD-0048 Confectionary Days Divider Kit
JD-0045 2017 Days Planner 12 Month & Weekly View
SS-0404 Bam Notes Stamp Set
AC-0198 Outline Clips
JD-0024 Whip Cream Journey Days Charming Bookmark
JD-0026 Journey Days Charms Star


Go ahead......get yourself one too!  :)

Planners are so much fun to play around with, test out new crafting techniques and keep yourself organized too!

Don't delay. This Planner Buffet bundle is only good through December 31st!  Shop at shop.funstampersjourney.com

Happy crafting!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween You've Been Boo'd Treats (Fun Stampers Journey)

Hello, friends! Today I want to share some treats I wrapped up for a Boo Basket to drop off as a surprise to some friends using the You've Been Boo'd pieces from Fun Stampers Journey, along with the Spooktacular Monsters Stamp Set, the Ghostly Treats Stamp Set, and the Ghostly Treats Die Set.

These sets were both recently made available for as part of a promotion that ends December 31st (or when inventory runs out)....so HURRY and place your order if you want them in your stamp inventory before they are gone forever!

Let's get on to the details of each project, shall we?

The first thing I created was a candy bar wrapper for the Hershey's GIANT-sized chocolate bar. I did so by cutting my Citrus Cooler Cardstock to 8" x 10". Then wrapped it tightly around the candy bar and secured with adhesive runner. To decorate the top of the candy bar, splatter the 'You've Been Boo'd' panel with Electric Lime Silk, Citrus Cooler Silk and Cosmic Grape Silk. Then embellish the top and bottom edges with a black scalloped border and some patterned paper from the Spooky Prints Pad.  Super simple and who says it has to be Halloween to wrap up a candy bar, eh?  You can wrap up one of these lovelies and decorate it for any holiday---they'd really make GREAT stocking stuffers or perfect treats to hand over to co-workers or the kiddo's teachers.


Next, I created some super quick tags using the Mummy stamp from the Ghostly Treats Stamp Set and colored them quickly using the Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils. Once they were colored and dry, I die-cut them, and attached them to a tag that was die-cut from the Specialty Basics Pearled Paper using the Tag Elements Die Set. I placed a Treat Cup inside a Clear Bag, filled it with goodies and tied it all closed using Journey Black Licorice Thread and tied on the tie.  Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy! Don't those Mummies look A-DORA-BLE with the Wiggle Eyes!?


This next project makes me smile SO big!  The Ghost stamp from Ghostly Treats has to be one of my favorites from these two sets......he is just so darling. For this little goodie, I used the Treat Bags and tucked a Ghost-Shaped Sugar Cookie inside, then folded the top over and secured it with a Jumbo Clothespin and Black Licorice Satin Ribbon Bow that was tied by securing two cuts of ribbon (Lavender and Citrus Cooler) caught within the knot. The front was then embellished with two Pennant Dies of the same size, one cut with cardstock and the other with printed stock, and then topped off with the Ghost Stamp colored with the Watercolor Pencils.  Before the Ghost is placed onto the Pennant die-cuts, use your stapler to staple four strands of Sequin Trim to dangle from behind the Pennants.


One additional thing I tucked into my 'boo baskets' were these darling little boxes. The top is embellished with the Doily Die, a die-cut vellum Journey Circle splattered with Cosmic Grape Silk, a die-cut Electric Lime Journey Circle and then the stamped image from Ghostly Treats Stamp Set popped up with foam squares.  Inside is a donut with icing and festive sprinkles.


Lastly, the 'boo baskets' each needed a greeting Spooktacular greeting card to go with them!

I simply used my River Stone Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencil to make a puddle of color on the center of a Whip Cream card base. Once dry, I splattered Journey Silver Silk and Electric Lime Silk on the card base before adding my fussy-cut stamped image over top with foam squares. These were colored using Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils. The top of the card was accented with a 1/2" strip of Citrus Cooler Cardstock and the bottom was accented with a 1 1/2" strip of Printed Paper. The card was finished off with Special Celebrations Journey Sequins for a little sparkle.

If you've fallen in love with these stamp sets be sure to place your order today!

The stamp sets featured in this blog post were part of the Holiday Mini Catalog that retired on September 30th but were brought back for a short period of time due to popular demand!  You can see the full Holiday Extension List HERE!  All of these items expire December 31!

Supplies:

Ghostly Treats Stamp Set
Spooktacular Monsters Stamp Set
Ghostly Treats Die Set
Journey Circles Die Set
Doily Die Set
Tag Elements Die Set
Pennant Die Set
Basic Borders Die Set
Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink Pad
Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils
Romance Treat Bags
Sweet Sorbet Treat Cups
Corrugated Treat Box
Clear Bags
Cosmic Grape Silk
Journey Silver Silk
Electric Lime Silk
Citrus Cooler Silk
Wiggle Eyes
Journey Sequins Special Celebration
Black Licorice Journey Thread
Citrus Cooler Satin Ribbon
Black Licorice Satin Ribbon
Lavender Fusion Satin Ribbon
Pearlized Basics Specialty Cardstock
Whip Cream Cardstock
Electric Lime Cardstock
Designer Vellum Prints







Thursday, October 20, 2016

Homemade Cards for Senior Night - High School Sports (using Fun Stampers Journey & Richard Garay Products)

Hello friends!  'Tis the season for fall sports to be wrapping up and all the teammates to be celebrating the students on the team that are Seniors and playing for their final season before they graduate high school, whether it be for Football, Soccer, Volleyball, or even participating in the Marching Band.

My Freshman daughter plays both Volleyball and performs in the Marching Band so we will have quite a few different celebrations going on as we help recognize the Senior athletes at our school over the course of these next several weeks as the fall sports season ends.  To celebrate the teammates of hers I have come up with a card design that looks complicated thanks in part to the Cascading Stars Die Set, but is actually super simple to replicate over and over again! LOVE quick and easy cards that I can knock out super fast! Once you create the design of the first card, the rest are super simple to re-create assembly-line style.  Lucky for you, I've done the designing part for you! Now you just get to do the duplicating part! YAY!

This one is my go-to for these kiddos as we tell them how AMAZING they are!


I've used a healthy mix of both Fun Stampers Journey products and Richard Garay products from the Make Amazing Happen, Noteworthy and Lumberjack collections on this card design and I LOVE the end result!  (You can see a full supply list with direct links to the products at the end of the post.)  

Doesn't the Cascading Stars Die Cut look AMAZING on top of the Journey Brush Silver Paper? I even kicked it up a notch with some Journey Silver Silk splattered over top for a little extra shimmer. The 3-Dimensional stars really help give this card the extra pizzazz that it needs to take it over the top and makes it feel just as special as the person you are gifting it to. They are finished off with some generic black alphabet stickers from the local craft retailer (not a Fun Stampers Journey product)

If the card looks extra large that's because it is!  Here's why...I chose a larger card base to allow for extra signature space on the inside so that all of the teammates and coaches could sign the card. So instead of the standard 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card base, this card measures 5" x 7"....which is the typical size of a Hallmark card. To get this size you need to cut your cardstock to 7" x 10" before folding in half to form your card base.

To keep the inside of the card visually clean, I created the top panel off to the side and did all the stapling of the Journey Thread PRIOR to ever adhering the panel to the card front that way there are no staples showing on the inside of the card. Since it was getting handled by 30+ teammates for signing, I used White Liner as my adhesive to make sure I had a nice strong hold.

Here's a peek at the inside!  Super simple, with a basic message using the Phone Notes Stamp & Die Set from the Noteworthy collection by Richard Garay and loooooots of white space for all those lovey dovey messages from the team.


I've chosen the red, black and white color palette, because that is what our school's colors are, but you can duplicate this design using the colors of your student's high school or university.  This would make a GREAT card for any type of celebration, really! In that case, use any complimentary colors for an all-occasion type of card.

If you've never made the 3-Dimensional stars before, here's how:

1. Die-cut the star.
2. Create a score line from the center of each point to the center of the star.
3. Fold along the score lines.
4. Pinch between each point to create dimension.
5. Adhere to project using a double layer of medium foam square in the center and a single layer of small foam square under each point.

Hope you enjoyed this card design and enjoy CELEBRATING the awesome people in your life!

Supplies:
Fun Stampers Journey
Cascading Stars Die Set DI-0149
Star-dom Die Set DI-0052
Border Basics Die Set DI-0144
Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0041
Star-fetti AC-0220
Journey Thread Silver AC-0204
Sparkle Drops AC-0022
Journey Sequins Special Celebration AC-0115
Journey Brush Silver CS-0135
Journey Days Stapler TO-0118
Brush Silver Staples TO-0120
White Liner AD-0001
Journey Foam Squares Small AD-0084
Journey Foam Squares Medium AD-0085
Journey Glaze AD-0003
Candy Apple Cardstock CS-0007
Whip Cream Cardstock CS-0040
Black Licorice Cardstock CS-0003
River Stone Cardstock CS-0094

From Richard Garay
Amazing You Stamp/Die Set MASD-003
Make Amazing Printed Paper MAPP-001
Phone Notes Stamp/Die Set NWSD-001
Bro Rivets LJAC-002


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hibiscus Card Inspired by Bath & Body Works Packaging (Fun Stampers Journey)

Hello, sweet friends!

I am back again today to share the results of a fun little challenge I participated in recently and to hopefully inspire you to look to some packaging in your every day world in a new way as inspiration for your next stamping project!

Every Sunday, one of the Fun Stampers Journey coaches puts out a challenge to anyone who wants to participate on a Facebook Group called One Journey Coach's Challenge! It is a Public Group and open for anyone who wants to join in.  It is a great way to get to know your supplies better and to see how other people use some of the same stamps in a variety of ways.  Definitely a great resource to pull from if you are looking for ideas on how to use your Fun Stampers Journey Products!  It is also a great way to get a FREE Fun Stampers Journey product every now and again, as each participant that completes the weekly challenge is put in a drawing to win a free product.

This week's challenge: CASE some packaging! Use either of these two to inspire you and make a card! Or you can use your own...just post your packaging inspiration with your card!

For my card I was immediately drawn to the shiny color of the packaging and instantly knew I wanted to incorporate some of the shiny elements that Fun Stampers Journey has to offer, such as the Gold Sequin Trim in the Twinkle Trim:

Twinkle Trim AC-0215

and the Journey Brushed Gold Specialty Paper:

Journey Brushed Gold Specialty Paper CS-0134

Of course, the obvious choice for the stamps just HAD to be the Hibiscus Days Stamp Set....I mean, how PERFECT, am I right!?

Hibiscus Days Stamp Set SS-0341

From there I kinda left the train tracks in terms of following the package for my inspiration.  I already pulled my inspiration with using the shiny elements and the floral elements and decided I didn't really want to follow the exact color scheme item for item from the inspiration and that's okay. Here's what I ended up with as my final result! Something that you can definitely tell was inspired by the challenge photo.


When you look to something for inspiration, you don't have to take everything and pull from it literally.  You can find one or two things you like and then use it as a jumping off point.  It might be a color combination or a texture or the placement of items that you like. There definitely isn't a hard rule that says you have to copy something exact. 

So, are you ready for the how to on how to assemble this card?  Let's get to it!

1. Cut Turbo Teal Cardstock to 4 1/4" x 11" and fold in half to fold a top-folding card base.
2. Cut Whip Cream Cardstock to 3 3/4" x 5 1/2".
3. Splatter with Gold Silk.
4. Cut Journey Brushed Gold Cardstock to 5 1/2" x  3 1/4" and die-cut with the 3 1/2" wide Banner Parade die placing cardstock so that the strip is centered in the die and only the bottom will be notched and cut by the die, but the top of the piece is out and over the die and will NOT get cut.
5. Cut Cool Pool Cardstock to 5 1/4" x 3" and place centered inside the Petals Wall Embossing Folder to emboss. Then die-cut in the same manner as the previous Journey Brushed Gold Cardstock Piece.
6. Adhere the Cool Pool Banner over the Journey Brushed Gold Banner using Adhesive Runner.
7. Adhere Banners to Whip Cream Cardstock, wrap Whip Cream Thread around cardstock and tie in a bow. Wrap Gold Twinkle Trim around cardstock and tie in knot securing around thread.
8. Adhere Whip Cream Cardstock centered on card front.
9. To create the flowers:

  • For the Orange Flower: on Whip Cream Cardstock stamp the first flower layer with Citrus Cooler True Color Fusion Ink, then stamp the second detail layer with Candy Apple True Color Fusion Ink. Color the edges with the 003 Candy Apple Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencil to add some shading. Stamp the Stamen with Lemon Drop True Color Fusion Ink and Citrus Cooler True Color Fusion Ink. Detail cut the flower and the Stamen pieces. 
  • For the Yellow Flower: on Whip Cream Cardstock stamp the first layer with Lemon Drop True Color Fusion Ink, then stamp the second detail layer with Citrus Cooler True Color Fusion Ink. Color the edges with the 0011 Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencil to add some shading. Stamp the Stamen with Citrus Cooler True Color Fusion Ink and Candy Apple True Color Fusion Ink.
10. Adhere flowers to banners.
11. Stamp sentiment on Whip Cream Cardstock, notch right side into banner and adhere just above Whip  Cream Thread.
12. Squirt a puddle of Journey Glaze in the middle of the stamped Hibiscus and sprinkle on some Journey Sparkle Dust and Journey Sparkle Cuts and then place the Stamen right over top. Allow to dry.
13. Lastly, pop up the tip of each Stamen with a Small Foam Square to add some dimension and embellish with Spring Accent Dots.

Are you up for the challenge!?

I'd love to see what you come up with either using the same packaging or something you find around your home.   Can't wait to see what you create!

Supplies:
Hibiscus Days Stamp Set SS-0341
Text Happy Stamp Set SS-0168
Banner Parade Die Set DI-0031
Petals Wall Embossing Folder EF-0007
Rock Candy True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0028
Citrus Cooler True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0048
Lemon Drop True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0043
Candy Apple True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0017
Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils JM-0078
Gold Silk IP-0096
Twinkle Trim AC-0215
Spring Accent Dots AC-0179
Journey Sparkle Cuts AC-0151
Journey Sparkle Dust AC-0013
Whip Cream Cardstock CS-0040
Turbo Teal Cardstock CS-0127
Journey Brushed Gold Specialty Cardstock CS-0134

Friday, August 12, 2016

Desert Greetings Stamp & Die Set (Fun Stampers Journey)

Hello, again sweet friends!  Where, oh where has the time gone!? Summer is just flyyyyyyyin' by. While school doesn't start for another 5 days or so, it actually feels like it started 6 weeks ago since I have a daughter entering high school who is involved in both marching band AND volleyball. I've been swamped over here with running her back and forth between two different schools for the practices.  We finally feel like we are falling into somewhat of a routine now that band camp for both girls is behind us.

I've been savoring every moment of evening crafting time in evenings with the house so quiet.

Today I have a super fun project that dabbles in quite a bit of the mixed media elements that Fun Stampers Journey has to offer without the project looking too artsy-fartsy and messy. I love that the mixed media offerings from Fun Stampers Journey allow the user to be super neat and pull off a more polished look or get down and dirty and pull off a total paint-layered artsy look. Both are beautiful in their own right.

For my project, I started with a Black Licorice Cardstock panel cut to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". Then, I placed the Starburst Lines - Stencil over top and used the Spatula to spread a thin layer of Modeling Paste over the stencil until the entire panel was covered. Once the panel is covered, carefully lift your stencil straight up and take it to the sink to rinse with warm soapy water immediately to clean off the excess Modeling paste. Pat the stencil dry or allow to air dry.

Designer Tip: Do not let the paste dry on your stencil before rinsing or you'll have a heck of a time getting it off. If you've waited too long to rinse your stencil try using warm soapy warm and an old toothbrush to scrub off the residual  Modeling Paste.

Set your panel aside to dry as you work on the rest of your project.

Next, I stamped the animal head and rose pieces on Butter Cream cardstock using Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink and added color using my Journey Color Splash Watercolor Color Pencils. After the pieces were completely dry, I used the coordinating die set to die-cut each of the stamped pieces.

Now the card is ready to assemble.

1. Fold a 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of Butter Cream Cardstock in half to create a top-folding card base.
2. Adhere the Black Licorice stenciled panel to the card front.
3. Cut a 3" x 4 1/4" piece of Sweet Pear Cardstock and adhere, centered to the stenciled panel.
4. Splatter Gold Silk across card front.
5. Stamp "Thinking of You..." sentiment using Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink Pad in lower right corner of Sweet Pear Cardstock.
6. Adhere animal head using foam squares.
7. Die-cut Summer Branch Die from Green Olive Cardstock. Trim down and adhere behind right horn.
8. Adhere single rose to right horn using foam square.
9. Adhere rose cluster to lower left corner of card front.

Supplies:
Desert Greetings Stamp Set SS-0306
Desert Greetings Die Set DI-0194
Summer Branch Die DI-0162
Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0041
Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils JM-0078
Journey Blending Brush - Small TO-0097
Starburst Lines - Stencil JM-0007
Journey Modeling Paste JM-0073
Spatula TO-0089
Journey Gold Silk IP-0096
Butter Cream Cardstock CS-0006
Green Olive Cardstock CS-0113
Sweet Pear Cardstock CS-0095
Black Licorice Cardstock CS-0003

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Myrtle Beach Layout with Beach Soiree Stamp Set (Fun Stampers Journey)


Hello, friends!

It is that time that the Spring into Summer Catalog is coming to a close which means that June 30th is your LAST CHANCE to get any of the products that are available in this catalog! Be sure to click on over to the Fun Stampers Journey Store and connect with a Journey Coach to place your order.

Before the catalog closes I wanted to share one last project using one of my favorite stamp sets, Beach Soiree (SS-0277), from this catalog and head back to my scrapbooking roots for a bit!
Beach Soiree Stamp Set SS-0277
So, I grabbed one of my favorite photos of the girls playing in the sand under the pier from a family vacation down to Myrtle Beach from a few years back which was absolute PERFECTION paired with these stamps.


I used a well-loved technique of mine for adding visual texture to the background of a layout without adding a lot of bulk, which is adding multiple small die-cut tone-on-tone circles.  I just did this using the smallest circle from the Journey Circles Die Set. It doesn't take long to cut them if you double up the layers of cardstock and if you also cut a few each time you make a pass while cutting the other stamped/die-cut elements for this layout. (Also, a little cheater tip:  The circles were added last so that I didn't have to cover the area that is covered by the Whip Cream Cardstock! HUGE time saver!)


The stamped elements from the Beach Soiree Stamp Set were all stamped using Clear Pigment True Color Fusion Ink Pad along with Journey White Embossing Powder and then heat set using the Journey Heat Gun. The beautiful, bold, bright stamped effect makes such a powerful statement on this layout and really stands out as such a lovely embellishment.

Also, the clamshell embellishment was designed for a note for a bridal element, but I simply inked up the stamp and then used a baby wipe to remove the ink from the center of the stamp before stamping it onto the cardstock so that all that was stamped was the outline of the clamshell!  It turned out PERFECT!


The patterned papers needed to be longer than 6" for my particular design, but I simply cut two strips the same width and then overlapped them so that the pattern matched up and staggered the seams of each pattern so that they all didn't fall in the same alignment. With some clever embellishing, it is hardly noticeable.

Sure, this layout would have been just fine with the stamps and patterned papers, but it is the embellishments that really help pull this layout together and give it the extra WOW factor!  I especially LOVE the way the Journey Thread Gold plays off of the color of the Summer Fun Chips and the color of the Oatmeal Cookie Cardstock. The Journey Sequins Blue Skies add just enough playfulness and sparkle to the bottom of the layout without being overpowering.


Of course, no beach layout would be complete without a little sunshine!  That is why the Sun Rays Die is absolute perfection for this upper left corner.  It is altered a bit and cut away from it's typical rectangular die shape, but that is what I love so much about this die....it is SO versatile and a MUST HAVE!  I felt that the Pineapple Smoothie Cardstock was a bit too bright up there and needed toned down a bit, so I layered some more Journey Thread Gold over the die-cut and then popped a stamped compass on top from the Nautical Sketch Stamp Set (SS-0261).

If you haven't shopped the Spring into Summer Catalog yet.........don't delay!  MUCH of it goes away June 30, 2016! EDITED: So THANKFUL to see Beach Soiree and Nautical Sketch were brought back with the NEW 2016-2017 Catalog Release! :)


Supply List:
Nautical Sketch Stamp Set SS-0261
Beach Soiree Stamp Set SS-0277
Beach Soiree Die Set DI-016
Sun Rays Die Set DI-0108
Cloud Dreams Die Set DI-0032
Journey Circles Die Set DI-0039
River Stone True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0053
Clear Pigment True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0102
Journey White Embossing Powder IP-0098
Journey Heat Gun TO-0083
Journey Thread Gold AC-0204
Journey Sequins Blue Skies AC-0113
Summer Fun Chips AC-0214
Journey Glaze AD-0002
Nautical Adventure Prints PP-0025
Whip Cream Cardstock CS-0040
Pool Play Cardstock CS-0105
Grape Fusion Cardstock CS-0012
Lavender Fusion Cardstock CS-0017
Pretty Amethyst Cardstock CS-0028
Oatmeal Cookie Cardstock CS-0023
Huckleberry Fusion Cardstock CS-0015
Pineapple Smoothie Cardstock CS-0026

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Quick Masculine Card with Great Visual Dimension (Fun Stampers Journey)

Hello friends!


I'm back again today to share a fun multi-stamp layered card that is only slightly dimensional, but the depth of the various layers of colors and stamps that are used give it a very rich visual dimension even though it lacks the actual textural dimension making this a great card to put in the mail since it isn't super lumpy and bumpy.



At first glance this is another one of those card projects that looks a bit complex thanks to my favorite Ink Splat ATS stamp that quickly covers the background of this card, but I assure you it is another one of those cards that comes together quite quickly!


Here's how to put the card together:

1. Cut your Buttercream Cardstock to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and fold in half to form a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card base.

2. Stamp the Ink Splat ATS Stamp down the center of the card base three times, overlapping as you go, using Kiwi Slice True Color Fusion Ink.

3. Stamp the Ink Splat ATS Stamp on an additional 3" x 3" piece of Buttercream Cardstock using Kiwi Slice True Color Fusion Ink.

4. Stamp the Fish from Out Fishing Stamp Set three times down the center of the card base using Dark Roast True Color Fusion Ink.

5. Stamp a single Fish onto that 3" x 3" piece of Ink Splat stamped cardstock.

6. Use your Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils and Journey Blending Brush to add some blue coloring to all 4 of your fish.

7. Flick some Gold Silk and Dark Roast Silk over your card base and the extra piece of stamped cardstock. Allow to dry.

8. Detail cut out around the one fish that is stamped onto the 3" x 3" piece of cardstock. Adhere to card base directly over the middle stamped fish using foam squares.

9. Finish your card by adhering Blue Skies Journey Sequins using Journey Glaze.

Designer Tip: If you aren't fond of the masculine version, pick a flower or a butterfly instead of a fish and repeat the same concept!


Supplies:

Out Fishing Stamp Set SS-0190
Ink Splat ATS AT-0108
Kiwi Slice True Color Fusion Ink IP-0024
Dark Roast True Color Fusion Ink IP-0050
Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils JM-0078
Journey Blending Brush Small TO-0097
Blue Skies Journey Sequins AC-0113
Dark Roast Silk IP-0095
Gold Silk IP-0096
Journey Glaze AD-0002
Foam Squares AD-0085






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