Thursday, April 5, 2018

FSJ Launch Party -Spring into Summer mini Catalog

Hi everyone! Welcome to Day 4 of the FSJ Launch Party for the Celebrating Life's Moments Spring into Summer catalog and it's a BEAUTY! Seriously, probably the best we've ever launched (if I do say so myself)!

So today, over on the FSJ's Facebook page, I did a live video spotlighting one of the new dies in the catalog, Lots of Dots. Here's a link directly to the video.  Check it out for some some tips and tricks I shared for using this die.

In the meantime, here are the projects I showed in the video.
This cute square card uses the stamp set Coffee Helps and which also has a coordinating die set. This may very well be my FAVORITE stamp set in the catalog!
Next is my attempt at mixed media and using our Liquid Colors. Fun fact, I actually pulled this out of the trash! Yep, after daubing the colors onto my die cut panel, it looked pretty bad so I chucked it. It dried slightly better and I decided to use it after all. Also, I wanted to show you all that even us Concept Designers struggle with some things! For me, it's pretty much anything mixed media. I think I succeeded in salvaging the card by using the Huge Hello die and covering a large portion of it up! LOL!
The colors I used were the Banana Cream, Bubblegum and Cool Pool colors and added some Sparkle Silk splatters to it when it dried.
And last is my favorite of the bunch. For this card I die cut the dots INTO the card base making it partially see-through. How fun is this!?! And of course I just had to use one of the cute girls from the Stay Sassy stamp set!! I colored her with the Journey Color Burst pencils. I love how the shading is actually drawn into the image, taking all the guesswork out when coloring them!
I hope you have a chance to check out my video! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Coffee card additional supplies: Magical Candy Drops, Journey Twine Licorice Twist, Colorburst pencils, Sweet Slice Journey Tape and Deco Strips Black

Hello card additional supplies: Candy Minis, Journey Twine Licorice Twist, Sparkle Silk, Spring Kisses flower

Sassy Girl card additional supplies: Square dies, Spring Accent Dots, Journey Twine Licorice Twist, white embossing powder, Sweet Blooms flowers

All products used are Fun Stampers Journey. A reminder you need to order FSJ products through a Journey Coach. I am not a Coach. You can find a coach near you on the FSJ website in their Find A Coach tab.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Water color striped background

Hi everyone! Today I played in the Splitcoast Stampers CAS challenge. This challenge was to make the focus of your card the background!  I thought this was a fun idea, so I played along.  I've seen this technique on Pinterest several times and thought it was really pretty. It only took me 2 tries, which for a watercolor background is not bad my friend. Not bad at all! lol!

We have SO MANY amazing flower stamps that it's hard to give each it's due. For this card I went with the Dahlia Burst stamp set as I think I've used it maybe once! That's just not right I tell ya. And I thought it looked pretty left black and white and it helped make the background really pop.
Here is how I started the process. I know most people probably free hand coloring the stripes, but I don't play that way. So I used some washi tape to make the stripes. It worked out great as there was just enough color that seeped under the edges to give it a natural look.
The pencils I used are 33, 34, and 36.
To color the stripes I laid down the color from the pencil directly to the Color Splash watercolor paper. I then swirled/spread the color with the large size of our Journey Blending Brush. I tried to use the small and medium sizes, but the large worked the best for this size of coloring.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

All products used are Fun Stampers Journey.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Bloom This Way mini catalog is LIVE!

Hi everyone!  I'm super excited because the FSJ Bloom This Way spring mini catalog went live yesterday! There are sooooo many amazing new stamps, dies, printed papers and embellishments in this catalog. Be sure to take a minute to download and view it HERE.  And...this week FSJ is hosting a launch party which will showcase some amazing inspiration!  Be sure to check out and subscribe to FSJ's blog and Facebook page for daily projects!
My card uses a few of the new goodies.  The Spring Botanicals stamp set, brand new Black Silk and the sentiment is a sticker from the Happy Thoughts pack (which is a Bloom Benefit of orders totaling $50 or more).  I did something different with my bloom. Instead of using the matching die to cut it out, I stamped it 3 times in Cranberry Bliss ink, fussy cut it out in layers.  I then dragged the edges in the pigment ink and embossed it with gold powder.  I thought the gold edges brought an elegant touch and dimension to the flower. 
And I made a shaker card!  Who doesn't love a good shaker card?!?  Since we don't yet have gold sequins (ahem, attention Kim Kesti!), the gold filler in the shaker element was made from 3 of our hand punches, the star, heart and tiny hole and I pulled apart some of the gold sequin trim.  Fun right?
Before I go I also wanted too mention that the January promotion is Spruce Your Space, and has many organization products and clear stamp blocks on sale!!
 Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! Here's a close up picture.
All products used are Fun Stampers Journey.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Peppermint bark popcorn treat gifts

Hi everyone! First, I want to wish you all a very merry Christmas and let you all know much I appreciate you following my blog!! Thank you.
So, every year I make a double batch of Peppermint Bark Popcorn and give it out to all my neighbors. In looking at the date I printed out the recipe, it looks like I've been doing this since 2008! Wow, time has flown by! I love this tradition.

So this year it dawned on me, WHY NOT USE OUR POPCORN BOX DIE? I mean really? Why hadn't I thought of this before? Duh! LOL! So this year I busted it out and went to work.

I used a lots of little goodies to tie up and decorate my boxes and tags. Too many too mention, but the main things are the Popcorn Box Steel Rule die, Poinsettia Steel Rule die and the Tag Time punch So here's what I came up with so far. I've made 2 boxes and I have 8 more to go!! 

Like many of you, I have a condition called Can Never Make The Same Thing Twice-itus, so all my tags, ribbons and popcorn boxes are and will be different. Here is the first style:
Second Style:

...and here is what I have left to do. Wish me luck!
Thanks for stopping by and once again I wish you and yours a very merry Christmas!

All supplies used are Fun Stampers Journey.

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.