Thursday, July 20, 2017

Introducing some new flower and branch dies

Hi everyone!  Yesterday I had a chance to play around with several of FSJ's new flower and branch dies and made a small note card set for my sister.  If you've followed me for any amount of time it's no secret I LOVE anything flowers!  So it's no surprise with the new catalog product launch, I gravitated to these first.
My set of three cards all use the same basic layout, satin ribbon layered with organdy, the Love Stripes embossing folder and sentiments from the Hostess Exclusive set called Family Forever.

My first card uses the amazing branch die called Detailed Foliage die cut from Silver Mirror cardstock (which is new and a FAV of mine).  I paired it with the large flower from the Bloom Benefits Victorian Accent pack and River Stone satin ribbon.
My second card uses the Bloom Creator die set with the Hostess Exclusive die Mystic Vine.  I alternated the blooms and branches with Cool Pool, Vellum and Silver Mirror cardstock.
My last card uses the Star Burst Bloom die set.  Just one word for you, LOVE.  I made this one using Lavender Fusion and Silver Mirror.  I kept the bloom without a branch behind is as I thought the layering pieces in this set stood alone.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
All products used are Fun Stampers Journey.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

FSJ spotlight: Journey Gel Press

Hi everyone!  Well, did you have a chance to browse the new FSJ catty?  I'm curious if so, what you saw that you liked!  This week Richard is focusing on one of the new product/tools we now sell, the Journey Gel Press!  The Gel Press is a solid but flexible gelly plate that measures 8.5" x 11".

OK, most of you know I'm a clean and simple girl and fully admit this thing scared me to death!  But I took a deep breath, watch a couple videos (one good video from Richard HERE) and I dove right in.  Not gonna lie, my first attempt was a dud.  But the second try I got some good results and I'll share with you what I did:
1. Remove the protective plastic sheet from the Gel Press.
2. Squirt a dab of paint directly on the Gel Press.  I used Sweet Berry and Cool Pool.
3. Using your Brayer tool, spread the paint into a thin and blended coat.
4. Apply stencil directly on the paint.  I used the Circle Bliss stencil.
5. Place cardstock on the stencil and gently press from end to end. Remove cardstock and set aside to dry.
6. Remove the stencil and you are left with the paint that was UNDER the stencil. Place new cardstock on this remaining paint and gently press from end to end (pictured below)
Here is a pic of my 2 cardstock impressions
Here are the cards I made with each of these backgrounds I created.  Each card uses sentiments from the new (and fabulous) die set, Designer Frames along with a few embellishments.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
All products used are Fun Stampers Journey.

Friday, July 7, 2017

FSJ new collection: Mystic Romance

Hi everyone!  It's the most wonderful time of the year!  No, your calendar isn't off... it's not Christmas, it's Fun Stampers Journey's NEW CATALOG launch!  This years 2017-2018 catalog is better than ever.  So many great new things like Washi Tape, new Collections, more Embellishments, Dies, and stamps, stamps, and more stamps!!  Here is a link to view it online.  Grab a cup of coffee and browse it, you won't be disappointed!

 This week FSJ is introducing the Mystic Romance collection.
I have one word for you: SWOON. 
This collection has 12 stamp sets (a couple ATS size and several with coordinating dies), an embossing folder, patterned paper, and embellishments.  The sets have a stitched or embroidered look to them.  Again, swoon!  My card uses the stunning peacock image from the Stitched Elegance stamp set.
I stamped the head with Catalina Splash and the rest of the body with Kiwi Kiss.  I then used our Pure Color pencils and colored in some of the feathers in blue and yellow.  The right side panel was made with one of the accent flowers double inked in Lavender Fusion and Kiwi Kiss and the tiny accent stamped with Pineapple Smoothie.  I do want to mention this peacock is a very large stamp, I adjusted the size of my card to 6" x 4.5" to accommodate it.
For more inspiration from the Mystic Romance collection you can check out the blog posts:
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! Here is a close up picture.
All products used are Fun Stampers Journey.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Burger time!

Hi everyone!  I have a quick and easy summertime card to share.  I played along with the SCS Clean and Simple challenge, to make a Summertime card.  I used the super fun set called, Build A Burger.  This set is part of the Spring into Summer catalog and is still available for a few more days (until June 30th).
Since it was a simple challenge, I chose to paper piece the burger elements instead of coloring.  It went by much faster.  I added a few embellishments and called it good.  If you want to play along, you can find the challenge details here.

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

Sunday, June 25, 2017

SCS Featured Stamper challenge -Get Your Kicks

Hi everyone!  Long time no blog.  I've been beyond busy with working on the BRAND NEW FSJ 2017-2018 catalog and then preparing for Convention.  Crazy I tell ya!  But today it's over 100 degrees here in Portland, so I stayed indoors all weekend.  I found some time to play in the SCS Featured Stamper challenge.  For those of you new to SCS FS challenge, each Sunday a new stamper is chosen and we are challenged to peruse their gallery and pick a card to CASE.  Such fun!  This week the stamper is AJ Bodine and she has a lovely gallery.  Details to the challenge can be found here.

Anyway, my card uses the stamp set Hit the Road.  I've only used this cute set one time and it fit perfectly for AJ's Christmas card I chose to CASE which can be found here.
I colored the truck with Pan Pastels (the Mother Nature set).  It was so quick and easy, I'll have to remember to color this way more often.  I will say it is a bit powdery and can smear, but never fear -it cleans up easily with a white eraser.  And if you hit it with a quick shot of hairspray when you're finished, it will be set in place!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!  Here's a close up picture:
All supplies used are Fun Stampers Journey.