Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Silent Night

Hi everyone!  Long time no blog.  I took a couple weeks off from crafting and I must say, I got a BIG ole jump on my Christmas shopping and if felt great!  I need a few more Christmas cards and wanted to use one of the sentiments from the set, Oh Holy Night (which, by the way, is my FAVORITE Christmas song of all time) and this is what I came up with.  This set was from the Holiday Mini catalog that was brought back by popular demand and will be available until the end of December.

I wanted to keep things pretty traditional by using only red and white.  The background die I used is called Artful Burst and I think it has such a beautiful design and can be very Christmas like.  I also used my much neglected Mini Create-a-Bow dies -why haven't I used this bow on every single project?  It's THAT cute, am I right?!?  I finished it off with a few shiny accents and a touch of glitter around the sentiment panel.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here's a close up pic with a glimpse of the background die template.
All supplies used are Fun Stampers Journey

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Gift card holder in a few easy steps

Hi everyone!  OK so my boys are at an age where all they want for Christmas (and birthdays) is an ITunes gift card.  Gone are the days when I could get them toys, a Lego set or a Pokemon card tin.  Now its all about the iPad games and money buys gems!  Sniff sniff.  AND all their friends are the same.  Everyone wants gift cards for their birthday's now.  So, it's a good thing FSJ has the super cute and easy Gift Card Sleeve die which at least makes it a more personal gift!
With a few steps, you can rock a super cute customized gift card holder.  There is even a coordinating set of dies for the Gift Card Sleeve to make it even easier called Gift Card Window Plates die set.  They are birthday, love and any occasion themed dies. SO cute!!
Here's how I made my gift card sleeve:
Step 1: Lay out Gift Card Sleeve die and the tree insert from the Holiday Box Window Plates die set
Step 2: Remove dies, trim Limeade Splash cardstock and adhere to the inside behind the tree opening
Step 3: Assemble gift card sleeve with 2 strips of white liner tape (side and bottom flaps)
Step 4: Decorate as much or as little you want.  Mine was pretty simple, I used a few stars from my Star Punch, one sequin from the Journey Holiday Elements, a small strip of patterned paper and some of the new Candy Apple twine (which launched with the Magical Journey collection!).
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here's a close up picture and you can see the detail where I added a dab of glitter to each little star.  So fun!!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Be Jolly Santa

Hi everyone!  I have a fun Christmas card to share.  One of my favorite sets is called Be Jolly.  I just love the Santa image and all the fun options to decorate his robe.  Sooooo, after spending an hour with 3 failed attempts to water color him, I went with paper piecing!  lol!  In case you were wondering, the main issue with my coloring is I kept going outside the lines and there is too much white trim on the robe and beard.  Ugh, so frustrating!  I decided water coloring is not the best for precise coloring.
I added some glue to the trim and sprinkled it with the Sparkle Dust glitter.  Soooo pretty!!  The delicate background is from the Whimsy Wallpaper BG stamp.  I haven't used it before and it really is lovely.  The accent holly leaves and berries dies are from the Snapshop Frames die set.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.  Here is a close up picture.
All supplies used are Fun Stampers Journey.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Autumn Greetings-water colored leaves

Hi everyone!  I've been tinkering with water coloring and wanted to share this fall leaves card.  I'm still a work in progress, but thanks to all my friends on Facebook, I now can get my water colored panels to dry flat!  
I love love love the stamp set, Artsy Leaves!  This set was one of several items from the Journey Holiday mini catalog that were brought back by popular demand and are now available through December.  You can find the entire list here.  I embossed the leaves with black EP on our Color Splash Sheets and colored them with my Watercolor pencils.  I mixed my pool of color on a stamping block, which is a much easier way of mixing several colors together than by adding color directly to the paper in layers (which is the way I used to do it).  Live and learn!  :)

I also used one of my favorite stencils called Ring Stacks and embossing paste for the background.  I kinda like that the paste has a natural slight cool grey tone to it, it really picks up on the grays in the patterned paper and leaves.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!  Here's a close up pic.
All supplies used are Fun Stampers Journey.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

CAS holiday card trio

Hi everyone!  I have a quick and easy card layout to share.  These are easy to replicate and flat for mailing.  These cards are two scored lines along the bottom, 3 1.25" punched squares mounted on a strip of card stock, a sentiment and a few embellishments.  Easy peasy!!  I made a card for each of the upcoming holidays.

Halloween card:
Jack 'O Lantern stamp set
Star-fetti embellishments
Thanksgiving card:
Give Thanks stamp and die set
Mini gold brads
Christmas card:
Snow Burst stamp set
Twinkle trim and Star punch embellishments
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!