Friday, September 14, 2018

September Crush on Color

Hi everyone! All throughout the month of September, FSJ is having a sale on their cardstock, inks and even have weekly special color family BUNDLES! Bundles are special assortments of items within a color family and are good for 1 week only. You can check out the FSJ Website for all the Color Crush savings and bundle information.
I made a couple cards using 2 color families and combined them with my favorite thing...flower dies! I had so much fun playing around with these. First up:

THE GOOD LIFE
handmade card using Fun Stampers Journey hexagon and flower dies #funstampersjourney #papercrafts
I used a combination of flower dies and a paper flower. I used the Cottage Bloom and host exclusive Bold Bloom dies. The branch sprig is the Bloom Cluster die and I used some of the Good Life pearls and a Tin Pail flower from the Cottage Flowers pack.

Party Pop
 Keeping the same Hexagon shape, this card uses the Clover Bloom and Cottage Bloom dies along with the Spiral Lines die to make the Grape Fusion flower. You may have noticed the white 1/2 hexagon piece is embossed with the Bloom Benefit Tiny Dot folder. The Good Life card above uses the Beach Towel embossing folder.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

It's a Boy!

Hi everyone!  Since Bill and I both turned 50 this year I kinda figured my making Welcome Baby cards were a thing of the past (for an actual baby, not just for my job), but NO! One of Bill's co-workers is expecting a boy at the end of the month and I am so excited to make a baby card for her!
I used the new stamp set Pitter Patter and combined it with a few items from The Good Life collection.  I used two of the new ribbons Sweet Haystack and Cotton Chambray Shirt. I love that both have some texture to them! And of course, what baby card is complete without some flowers! I used the blue one from the Meadow Flowers pack.

We were on vacation during her baby shower, so at this point we thought a gift card was the way to go. Now they can get whatever they still need for their baby boy, so I made a coordinating gift card holder with our die Gift Card Sleeve die.
I made the sentiment tag from our Tag Time Punch and used the Star Punch to make the opening at the top. So fun!!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!
P.S. If you want more information on how to use the Gift Card Sleeve die, check out the Product Spotlight video I did for it.

All products used are Fun Stampers Journey.


Friday, August 10, 2018

Quick and easy cards -wedding and baby

Hi everyone! I have an easy and versatile card layout to share today. This one is simple and I think has the right amount of texture and fun!

My first card is a wedding card using the new stamp set, Happy Wedding Day (can I say this set makes me happy!). I kept the colors monochromatic using white and the new Peaches and Cream color. I die cut 3 squares, layered them up and adhered over a panel embossed with the new Tiny Dot Embossing Folder (my absolute favorite new thing from the new catalog!!). Easy peasy and cute.

My next card is a baby card using the new set, Pitter Patter. This one is monochromatic using white with the Fresh Sage color. I just LOVE our new colors! And as I was editing this blog post I realized the Peach and Sage colors are the colors of my blog design. So I clearly have favorites!! lol!
Do you have a go-to layout for quick and easy cards? Let me know and share! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Here is a close up picture.

Friday, July 20, 2018

FSJ sponsored Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop

 Hi everyone! Welcome to a very special blog hop where Fun Stampers Journey is collaborating with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog! Yay! There's a $25 gift Certificate to FSJ up for grabs to one lucky winner! Be sure to check out the FSJ blog for all the details.

I have a fun card and coordinating gift card holder to share and I used some of my favorite things on these (hello Fashion Silver, come to mama!). The stamp set is Coffee Helps (and has coordinating dies) and the photo die frame is from the Snapshot Frames die set. I lightly colored the coffee cups with our Pan Pastels, this is a quick way to add some light color. A couple swipes and done!
The "thanks" die cut word is from the Designer Frames die set. Using the words separate from the frame part is a great way to get more out of this set.

The coordinating gift card holder is made with the Gift Card Sleeve die and is quick and easy to make. I added a little black silk, some coordinating cardstock and Deco Strips in black
Instead of stamps, I used the Coffee First die set. It's a stand alone set of 8 dies that has 2 cup sizes, 2 lids, and 2 sleeves options, a straw and a little tea bag tag! SO CUTE and the scale is perfect for cardmakers!
Check out the Journey Glaze over the lid! It's perfect to give it a plastic look.
The gift card sleeve measures 2.5" x 3.75".
For more info on the Gift Card Sleeve die, you can check out the FSJ Product Spotlight video I did. All my videos are over on the FSJ YouTube channel in the Product Spotlight playlist. This video is short, just over 3 minutes, here's a direct link: Gift Card Sleeve video
Now it's time to hop. Your next stop is the talented Mariana Grigsby, but if you just joined be sure to start at the top of the list at the FSJ blog for all the prize details!

Michelle Woerner - YOU ARE HERE!!!

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.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Color burst pencil combos to match new FSJ colors

Hi everyone! I mentioned yesterday that I was working on pencil color combinations for our 6 new colors. Well, I figured them out and think they are a pretty close match. These color combos are for the Color Burst Pencils. I imagine they would be similar with the Color Splash pencils, but I have not tested those.  Before I get to the colors, I want to share a few tips I came up with while I was tinkering around.

Tips for blending multiple colors: 
1. When you lay down the color, try to lay it evenly without sharp lines. Sharp lines can be hard to blend. Try "dulling" the tip of the pencil on a scratch paper to minimize sharp lines.

2. If you DO end up with some thick or sharper lines, take a white eraser to them to lighten them up and start again. Try to get the color even before you add your next color.

3. If you like to blend your pencil colors using stumps with baby oil or Gamsol, keep in mind the last color laid down will be the first to come up with blending. After you blend, go ahead and add another layer of whatever color you added last.

4. The order of the pencil colors do matter. But for fun try switching them up, you will get different hues and be used when making shadowing/shading your images.

Disclaimer: I am not a professional colorer (is there such a thing? lol). I know many of my readers are way more experienced in coloring, so I would love it if you have additional tips to share! Leave me a comment below for all to see.

--Chambray Shirt--
--Rustic Rose--
--Haystack--
--Fresh Sage--
--Tin Pail--
--Peaches and Cream--
Thanks for stopping by! I hope this was helpful.