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






Friday, June 17, 2016

Mixing NEWLY Released Stamps with the Old! (Fun Stampers Journey)

Wellllll, hello sweet friends!

The Journey Crew at Fun Stampers Journey has just wrapped their 2016 Celebrate YOU! Convention in Arizona geared toward sharing ALLL the exciting products that are releasing for the new catalog year. I wasn't able to attend convention this year, but I sat here at home behind the scenes jumping from one social media network to the next scouring for any last photo or video clip I could find on Instagram, Facebook or Periscope to check out all the shenanigans that went on!

If you're a Fun Stampers Journey Coach and you've never been to convention, start planning now to make it to convention next year because you don't want to miss it! It is a BLAST! So many new connections to make, so much information to learn and so much new product to play with and purchase before it even becomes available to anyone else!  And the reveal of the new catalog.........that is where it's at!

Here is a fun behind the scenes look of all the work the Journey Crew in Phoenix has put into the making of the 2016-2017 Catalog.



While I didn't attend Convention myself this year as a Journey Crew Member, I did work behind the scenes helping to create projects for the catalog and for various uses at Convention. Dream job, right?

I've had so much fun playing around with the new stamps and keeping them top secret, but now that the July 1 release date is getting closer, I've been given the go ahead to be able to share some of the new stuff with you! YAY!

So today, I have a fun project to share that mixes the NEW with the OLD, fun, yes?  Just because we have all these fun new stamps coming our way doesn't mean we need to let those old ones collect dust, so why not make it a priority to purposefully mix them together as we work on our projects.


I just ADORE the 'OLD' portion of this card which are the popsicle stamps and the sentiment from the set called Too Cool that was released earlier this year!  Aren't they just darling? I especially love that this set also has a matching die set to coordinate! 

Too Cool Stamp Set SS-0255
So that brings us to the 'NEW' stamp on this card being the ADORABLE background stamp you see in the background.....the Deco Dots ATS AT-0211!  My absolute NEW favorite stamp for backgrounds EVER!  It's this smaller background size just lovely?


So what I've done on this card to make the stamping of the Deco Dots background blend better and not be such a stark contrast was to first stamp the Deco Dots right in the middle of the Pool Play card base using Beach Breeze True Color Fusion Ink.  I then allowed the ink to dry for a minute (or you could speed the process with your Heat Tool). After it was dry, I then used my Fusion Ink Sponge pounced into both Beach Breeze True Color Fusion Ink and Pool Play True Color Fusion Ink and blended color over top of the stamped area to add some depth and shading.  Doing so helps the elements layered on top to pop up off the page a bit more!  Try it with your next project!

Be sure to add Deco Dots AT-0211 to your Wish List!  It will be available to order July 1, 2016 through a Fun Stampers Journey Coach at shop.funstampersjourney.com!

Supplies:

Too Cool Stamp Set SS-0255
Tool Cool Die Set DI-0157
Journey Circles Die Set DI-0039
Border Basics Die Set
Beach Breeze True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0044
Pool Play True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0051
Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0041
Journey Sequins Pink World AC-0112
Journey Sparkle Dust AC-0013
Journey Glaze AD-0002
Rainbow Drops
Fusion Ink Sponges JM-0014
River Stone Cardstock CS-0094
Limeade Splash Cardstock CS-0020
Watermelon Fusion Cardstock CS-0039
Pool Play Cardstock CS-0092
Whip Cream Cardstock CS-0040


Friday, June 03, 2016

Everyday Elements Steel Rule Die with Fun Stampers Journey

Hello, friends!  I've been playing around a bit recently with one of my FAVORITE Steel Rule Dies from Fun Stampers Journey called Everyday Elements Steel Rule Die.  I LOVE this particular steel rule die because it has multiple shapes on it that I reach for time and time again in my cardmaking, making the purchase of this die well-worth the investment!
Everyday Elements Steel Rule Die SR-0004

Steel rule dies are also super fabulous because you are able to die-cut much thicker materials with it, and many more layers of cardstock in one pass than you can with your wafer thin green metal dies. 


So, while at first glance looking to recreate this card might seem a little time intensive with 6 die-cut hearts on there, I assure you it is super quick and painless as you can die-cut all of them in just two passes by layering four colors at a time on your steel rule die before cranking it through your Journey Platinum Machine.

But what is EVEN more exciting.....is not only are you going to be cutting out all those hearts in two passes...but you are also going to be cutting butterflies, two different styles of feathers, and the flower for use on later projects! 

YAY for time saving tips and products to make your crafting time longer and more enjoyable! 


Here's how to make your own card just like this one! 

1. Cut Whip Cream Cardstock to 10" x 7" and fold in half to create a 5" x 7" card base.
2. Cut Whip Cream Cardstock to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" and emboss using the Ink Splash Embossing Folder.
3. Cut a Strip of Black & White Stripe Patterned Paper from the Journey Basics Black & White Paper Pack that is 3/4" x 5 1/2" and adhere to the bottom edge of your embossed cardstock piece.
4. Tie a doubled strand of Black Licorice Journey Thread around the bottom of the embossed cardstock piece just above the patterned paper strip and tied in a bow. 
5. Using Foam Squares, adhere the embossed cardstock piece, centered on the Card Base, with the patterned paper toward the bottom.
6. Die-cut hearts from Huckleberry Fusion, Candy Apple, Lemon Drop, Citrus Cooler, Grape Fusion and Kiwi Slice Cardstock using the Everyday Elements Steel Rule Die and the Journey Platinum Machine.
7. Adhere the die-cut hearts to the embossed piece alternating the manner in which they are adhered. Huckleberry Fusion, Citrus Cooler and Grape Fusion are adhered directly to the embossed piece using the adhesive tape runner and the Candy Apple, Lemon Drop and Kiwi Slice hearts are adhered using Foam Squares to give them some dimension.
8. Embellish the die-cut hearts with Forever Heart Chips and clusters of Rainbow Drops of the same color using Journey Glaze. 
9. Lastly, stamp your "Happy Birthday' sentiment from the Many Wishes Stamp Set in the lower right-hand corner using Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink


Supply List:
Many Wishes Stamp Set SS-0057 (Retiring Soon...40% Off While Supplies Last!)
Ink Splash Embossing Folder EF-0008
Journey Basics Black & White Paper Pack PP-0012 (Retiring Soon...40% off while supplies last!)
Black Licorice Journey Thread AC-0129
Forever Heart Chips AC-0213
Rainbow Drops
Journey Glaze AD-0002
Candy Apple Cardstock
Huckleberry Fusion Cardstock
Kiwi Slice Cardstock
Lemon Drop Cardstock
Grape Fusion Cardstock
Citrus Cooler Cardstock
Whip Cream Cardstock



Monday, April 04, 2016

Modeling Paste, Stencils and Steel Rule Dies, Oh My! (Fun Stampers Journey!)

Hello, my lovelies!  Today, I have a fabulous card to share for all of my texture and dimension lovers out there!

First of all, I should ask.....how many of you are fans of mixed media?

I love mixed media, buuuuuuuut the perfectionist in me has a really hard time letting loose and using it in the true way that mixed media was meant to be used.....all messy and such.  I'm working on it.

In the meantime, I still like to dabble here and there and play around with mixed media products and work them into my projects. Maybe you can relate a bit?

If so, today's blog was written just with you in mind.




I think the perfect way to dabble is to play around a bit with some stencils and modeling paste. A nice easy way to ease yourself into mixed media without a bit commitment. Nothing too scary, nothing that a little warm soapy water can't clean up. Fun Stampers Journey has a beautiful selection of stencils that I've been having a delightful time playing with in my crafting lately.

One of the biggest complaints that I hear from others that have a bit of perfectionist in them like myself and don't like to get their hands and projects all messy is "I don't want to get all that paste all over the rest of my project and work area while it's drying so I just avoid it altogether."  It's similar to the complaints I hear from those who don't use glitter.

Let me tell you something.....I understand COMPLETELY.

Here's what *I* do to avoid the dilemma, maybe it will help you too?

Whenever I'm feeling the urge to make something, but I'm not feeling particularly 'creative' that's when I dedicate time to playing with modeling paste. I sit down and pre-cut some pieces of cardstock to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" (the perfect size for a card front) OR I run some cardstock and my Tag Set Steel Rule Die through my Journey Platinum and then I tape down several sheets of Grid Paper to cover my work space before I even open up the modeling paste and get to work stenciling.

You could also pre-fold some card bases or die-cut some tags with the Tag Set Steel Rule Die.

Then, I go to town covering a couple dozen pieces of cardstock using a variety of stencils and a thin layer of modeling paste by applying it with a spatula. Some of them I cover the entire piece edge-to-edge and others I only add paste to a small area in the center of the cardstock.  I also take time to stencil a few tags with the paste while I'm at it.

Once I'm done, I leave them all to sit right where they are, wash up my stencils with some warm soapy water, and then let both the stencils and pasted pieces sit to dry overnight before stacking them up and keep them at the ready in my crafting space for the next time I need to create something with a little texture and dimension.  These can be used the full-size, as is, or can be cut down smaller and used in bits and pieces....or even die-cut into shapes. If you don't have the time or space to allow them to dry overnight you could always speed up the process with a Journey Heat Gun.


Doing it this way allows me to get my hands messy in one crafting session without the worry of transferring the mess onto other parts of my project keeping the perfectionist in my happy, yet letting the artist in me dabble in the intriguing world of mixed media!

I absolutely ADORE the complexity that modeling paste adds to a project, yet, the simplicity that my method of attack lends to my creative process since I can "grab and go" with these pre-created mixed media bases.

Give it a try....you can thank me later! *wink*

Happy crafting, my friends.

Supplies:

Grid Paper NC-0011
Journey Platinum TO-0090
Tag Set Steel Rule Die SR-0014
Everyday Elements Steel Rule Die SR-0004
Many Wishes Stamp Set SS-0057 (30% off Retirement Sale!)
Postage Stamp ATS AT-0056
Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0041
Starburst Lines Stencil JM-0007
Journey Modeling Paste JM-0073
Spatula TO-0089
Journey Sequins - Blue Skies AC-0113
Sweet Berry Gingham Ribbon AC-0093
Whip Cream Cardstock CS-0040
Blue Lagoon Cardstock CS-0004
River Stone Cardstock CS-0094
Rock Candy Cardstock CS-0031
Black Licorice Cardstock CS-0003

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