Monday, December 11, 2017

Black and White Christmas card

Hi everyone! It's been awhile since I posted. For several weeks I was busy preparing for my trip to Phoenix to the FSJ Journey Station. While I was there, I filmed 13 videos (Product Spotlight videos on our dies, so keep an eye out for them)!! And helped prepare and participated in the FSJ Presents event! It was an amazing trip! I'm back now and after a few days off to put up my Christmas tree and decorations, I am back to work.

To help with my slow mojo, I played along with the current Splitcoast Sketch Challenge #674. It was a fun traditional sketch and I decided to use some of the black and white Christmas paper from the Christmas Cheer Prints pack and made a (nearly) black and white card. It was out of the norm for me and I am still not sure how much I like it. But here it is...
I lightly colored the lovely shopping lady image from the Merry Melody stamp set using the Journey Color Burst Pencils. I get asked a lot how I blend my colors, I use the Color Burst Blenders with some generic baby oil and it blends beautifully! My white background panel is embossed with the Love Stripes folder.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! Here's a close up picture.
All products used are Fun Stampers Journey.

Friday, November 24, 2017

FSJ Concept Designers Gel Press Print Swap

Hi everyone and welcome to a fun blog hop! The FSJ Concept Designers have been having a little fun and today we want to show you what we've been working on. We thought it would be cool to do a print swap. The six of us divided up into pairs. Three of the designers created an 8.5x11" print on the Journey Gel Press. Then they cut their print in half and sent half to their partner. Each partner created a card using that print, and today we're going to share what we've created! It was a really fun swap and I can't wait to see all three of the prints, and how each designer used their print on a project!

My partner for the swap is Mariana.  Mariana created a really pretty print using oranges, cream and and Sweet Pear. She added some embossing paste with my favorite stencil, Circle Bliss.  It is absolutely gorgeous!
She mailed me this half of the print:
And here is what I made:
 I used one of our Foiled Frames and 2 of the Vintage Burst flowers and leaves. The sentiment is from the Must Have Sentiments set and I embossed in gold.  I wanted to keep things pretty simple and kept the frame open to allow the print to shine.  Be sure to head over to Mariana's blog and see what she created with the other half of this print!

Check out the rest of the teams, see the prints they created and how they each used them! 

Shannon and Tania

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Enjoy the rest of the swap stops, and don't forget to pin everyone's projects for inspiration later on!
All products used are Fun Stampers Journey.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Golden Reindeer Christmas card

Hi everyone! I have a Christmas ensemble to share with you today. I just love making elegant Christmas cards. I'm happy with cutsie too, but elegant wins my heart every time! 
The reindeer is from the ATS Blitzen (and it has a matching die) and I embossed it with Gold Powder. I accented his elegant antler swirls with some red stars from the Star-fetti jar as well as red flower pieces from the Journey Sequins Holiday Elements jar. I also used one of the gorgeous  poinsettia flowers from the Holiday mini catalog, Golden Poinsettia, which comes in a pack of 6.  I made a frame from the Gold Mirror cardstock -which I love to use on holiday cards!! So shiny and pretty!
Did you notice the sentiment? Yes, it's in Spanish! This year FSJ launched several Spanish sentiment sets! I used a sentiment from Feliz Navidad ATS.

I also made a little tag! The tags are from the Steel Rule die called Tag Set, I used the largest of 3 sizes. I added some of my much neglected Mini Jingles bells to the center of the Poinettia.  The strips of patterned paper are from the Christmas Cheer Prints pack. The sentiment is also from the Fleiz Navidad ATS.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

All supplies used are Fun Stampers Journey.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

World Cardmaking Day Be Brave challenge

Hi everyone! Happy World Cardmaking day!! Today Fun Stampers Journey is hosting a few challenges in coordination with our annual Be Brave card drive in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. I am playing in Challenge #2 which is to use ribbon in a different or unique way.
What I've done with my card is "colored" my organdy ribbon. By trimming any color of cardstock into thin strips and covering them with our Whip Cream Special Day Organza ribbon, you can give the illusion of any color of ribbon!  Kinda fun and simple. The stamp set I used is called Be Brave and I accented the ribbon image with one of the resin flowers from the Decor Blooms pack.

A bit more information on the card drive:
 We are calling on all of you! Create a handmade inspiration card and send it to the Journey Station using your unique designs. We’ll send them to a Breast Cancer non-profit organization to give these encouraging messages to patients in need.
Last year, we received about 475 cards. This year, the goal is to get at least 500!

You can find more information about the card challenges on the FSJ Facebook page through out the day! 

My fellow Concept Designers Patricia Roebuck and Tania Willis are also playing in this challenge, hop on over to their blogs to see what they did with ribbons!
All supplies used are Fun Stampers Journey.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Silver and gold Christmas doves

Hi everyone! I have another Christmas card to share. I played along with this week's Sketch Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. You know for YEARS, I played along with the sketch challenge every single week. I've just recently started it back up again and I'm really enjoying it. 
My card uses the Winter Doves stamp set for the doves and swirls, the sentiment comes from the Snowmen Days set.  I don't usually mix silver and gold, but I tried it with this card and I think it turned out pretty!  It doesn't photograph well, but I used the silver mirror cardstock behind the white pieces and it looks so pretty with all the silver and gold embossing!  The embellishments I used are the Fashion Silver pearls (a FAV of mine) and one Golden Poinsettia.

If you want to play along in the sketch challenge and show off your favorite stamps, you can find the SC665 details here.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
All products used are Fun Stampers Journey.