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--
--Fresh Sage--
--Tin Pail--
--Peaches and Cream--
Thanks for stopping by! I hope this was helpful.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

FSJ Catalog Launch Party

Hi everyone! We've been celebrating our new 2018-2018 Catalog with a fun Launch Party!! You can view the entire catalog online HERE.  All week there have been blog post inspiration and Instagram giveaways. Be sure to follow FSJ on Instagram for details on our new giveaway. You can win an FSJ gift card!

It was sooooo hard to chose what my very first card would be out of all the new amazing goodness! I ended up picking one of the new Blooms sets called Handpicked For You. I love everything about this set- the images, sentiments and the little tag! I colored it with the Color burst Pencils and framed it with a Kiwi Slice frame. To make the frame that thin, I die cut a rectangle and then used the outside/negative piece and trimmed a small frame from that (see below). Using this technique you can control the thickness of the frame.
The sentiments were heat embossed with white embossing powder. I love the way that makes it pop. The patterned paper is from the new RSVP Prints collection. Peeking out from underneath the paper panels is our new Rustic Rose satin ribbon. Oh yes, we launched NEW ribbons -5 of them!

Here's how I made the frame:
Thanks for stopping by! Here's a close up picture. I'm working on the pencil combinations for all 6 of our new colors. The combination I used to get the Rustic Rose color is: 29+5+9 in that order. Stay tuned for a blog post tutorial for all 6 and some tips.

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.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Presenting the new 2018-2019 FSJ Catalog!

Hi everyone!  Well, today is the day. The day the brand new FSJ catalog launches! This is one of the BEST things about being a Concept Designer for Fun Stampers Journey -I get to help put this catalog together. Us designers have been working on this behind the scenes for MONTHS. I mean, I've been so busy, the last time I had a chance to post to my blog was in APRIL! But it's soooooo worth all the work and I am proud of the small part I played in bringing this catalog to you all.
Isn't it gorgeous??  There is so much goodness to talk about, but I want to start with announcing we are adding SIX (6) NEW COLORS to our palette!!!  Swoon. They are all amazing and I truly don't have a favorite. Of course they are even more beautiful in person, but here they are:
 I'll mention a few other things then sign off so you can purchase for yourself or browse it online
We launched 3 new collections!
My links take you to the stamps section, but EACH collection also has dies, accessories (ribbons in The Good Life are amazing) and patterned paper!

Of course you all know I love my dies! There are several new dies that will become your favorites as they have mine. We have 2 new card front dies, 3 new flower dies, and several tag and party favor type dies. Special shout out to the Circle Around die set! These are circles that nest in sizes to the existing Journey Circles and have STITCHING detail dies! Yes please. 
And another favorite is the Baby Envelope. Ummm, complete and total cuteness going on right there.
I have recorded several Product Spotlight videos demonstrating the new dies (Triangle Treat Box, Paper Fan and the Birdhouse Box to name a few), so subscribe to the FSJ YouTube page and watch for those.

THERE IS SO MUCH to say about this catalog.
We have a brand new clean, sleek and trendy company logo! Amazing new Bloom Benefits and Host Exclusives. We streamlined the catalog categories, added "FSJ Must Haves" tags, and of course more and more and still more inspiration! I hope you love this catalog as much as I do. 

I'll sign off by tooting my own horn a bit (hey I can, it's my blog!) and share a few of the favorite projects I made:
Shine card on page 94, Special Friend card on page 107, and the S'Mores ensemble on page 128!

OK, now it's your turn to check out the new catty! Let me know what are your favorite new things!

Don't forget to follow us on Social Media. There MAY be some opportunities in the next 2 weeks to WIN some amazing FSJ products!!

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.