Monday, July 25, 2016

Sweet You watercoloring

Hi everyone!  Long time no blog.  Summer is in full effect and like many of you there doesn't seem enough hours in the day to tackle all the summer activities let alone go grocery shopping!  lol!

Today I have a fun card to share.  I am really slow to jump on the watercoloring band wagon.  It's never been my thing, so I will tackle it piece by piece and I went for it today!  I used some of the new FSJ Color Splash Sheets (this is really premium water color paper at 140lb), but I didn't use water coloring paints or pencils.  Instead, I used my regular ole ink pad with some Journey Fusion Blender.  I love the look this technique has on the water color paper vs traditional card stock.  Much prettier and easier to blend.  So, if you don't have the budget to splurge for the new Journey water color pencils, you can still get wonderful effects using what you already have!
I used one of my favorite stamp sets, Sweet You.  I embossed the images in white embossing powder and colored them using the small Journey Blending Brush.  After they dried, I fussy cut them and added a few gold sequins from the Twinkle Trim pack.  I even busted out my sewing machine and sewed on the sentiment banner!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here's a close up picture.

All supplies are Fun Stampers Journey       
Stamps, punches and dies:
 
Sweet You Stamp Set 
Journey Rectangles Die Set
Cardstock and Inks:   
Whip Cream Cardstock
Color Splash Sheets 
Citrus Cooler Ink
Summer Days Ink
Cosmic Grape Ink
Beach Ball Ink
Limeade Splash Ink
Clear Pigment Ink
Black Licorice Ink
Accessories: 
Twinkle Trim
Journey White embossing powder

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Life is Better

Hi everyone!  Soooo have you all had a chance to see Fun Stampers Journey BRAND NEW Inspiration Book and Catalog 2016-2017???  Oh. My. Word.  It is gorgeous!  And HUGE!  Seriously, there are 316 pages, which is a FULL 100 pages larger than last years catalog. There are so many new stamp sets, die sets, embellishments, just TONS of amazing products and inspiration!
And, in this day and age when catalogs are getting smaller and cheaper, this catalog certainly stands out -if I do say so myself!!  LOL! 
You can view it online or purchase one (through a Journey Coach) for $12.95. 
So today's card uses a couple new items.  I used the adorable Creature Comforts stamp and die set and some ca-uuuute resin flowers which came from one of THREE new packs of flowers in the catalog.  Be still my heart.  I used 2 of the 5 flower designs from the Confectionary Blooms pack.
I even stepped out of my comfort zone and used some Silver Silk for some light splattering.  I usually shy away from Silks because I can't completely control where the drops hit the paper and it makes my OCD a little crazy.  BUT I'm trying to use it more because it adds some fun interest to plain cardstock. 
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
P.S.  In case you didn't notice, my blog got a NEW LOOK!  It hasn't had a makeover in about 5 years, so it was time for something new and fresh.  I worked with Fashiony Fab and love it!

All supplies are Fun Stampers Journey       
Stamps, punches and dies:
 
Creature Comforts Stamp Set 
Creature Comforts Die Set
Journey Circles Die Set
Banner Die Set 
Border Basics Die Set  
Cardstock and Inks:  
Whip Cream Cardstock
Tangerine Fusion Cardstock
Riverstone Cardstock  
Cool Pool Cardstock  
Tangerine Fusion Ink
Silver Silk 
Accessories: 
Confectionary Blooms 
Cut Rhinestones
Cool Pool Satin Ribbon

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Butterfly note card trio

Hi everyone!  I have a fun set of note cards to share today.  Each of these uses a butterfly wood veneer and the negative piece from a die cut.  Quick, easy and uses up those die cut scraps that we toss most of the time.
The patterned paper is from the Confectionary Prints pack and will be available from the new catalog on July 1st!  The butterfly wood pieces are a Bloom Benefit from the Spring into Summer catalog, called Summer Wings.  In case you aren't familiar, Bloom Benefits are free when you place an order of $50! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Here's a close up picture.
All supplies are Fun Stampers Journey       
Stamps, punches and dies:
 
Howdy Notes Stamp Set, for sentiment 
Cardstock and Inks: 
Whip Cream Cardstock
Black Licorice Ink
Star-Dom dies
Treat Label dies
Butterfly Prints dies
Spring Bloom dies 
Journey Circle dies
Accessories:  
Candy Dots
Spring Accent Dots
Twinkle Trim

Friday, June 17, 2016

FSJ convention recap and a sneak peek card

Hi everyone!  So I've just returned from Fun Stampers Journey annual convention and WOW!  What an amazingly successful event it was!  I don't want to bore you with a million photos, but here are a couple.
Home office tour, coaches having fun and Richard's introduction:
New product introductions, carnival game night, break out make and take sessions:
 If you're a Journey Coach and interested in seeing all the photos uploaded from the event, you can go to http://journeyblooms.pass.us/celebrateyoufsj/ 

As you can see, lots of fun and learning was had!  I'm still recuperating, but just HAD to play with a couple of new items that will appear in the new catalog launching July 1st.

This cute stamp set is called Build-A Skyscraper and is one of my favorite new stamps to come out!  My card is pretty simple and is pretty much a one layer with a few accents.  Each of the buildings are stamped with different colors using the lightest color stamped for the base and darker color for the accents and top.  The FUN little stars are new embellishments called Star-Fetti. 
You're gonna love this set with it's endless possibilities!

I haven't mentioned this in awhile, but with all the buzz around the new catalog and products it's worth a reminder that FSJ products are only available through a Journey Coach (I am NOT a coach), please visit Fun Stampers Journey and click on the button "find a coach" at the very top in the center.  You can select a coach by State or Zip Code.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 
All supplies are Fun Stampers Journey       
Stamps, punches and dies:
Build a Skyscraper Stamp Set (available July 1st)

Word Up Stamp Set, for sentiment (available July 1st) 
Cardstock and Inks:
Whip Cream Cardstock
Black Licorice Ink
Sweet Pear Ink
Limeade Splash Ink
Pool Play Ink
Beach Ball Ink
Pretty Amethyst Ink
Grape Fusion Ink
Pineapple Smoothie Ink
Citrus Cooler Ink     
Accessories:  
Star-Fetti (available July 1st)
Rainbow Drops


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Day at the beach



Hi everyone!  Summer is in full swing! I know this because my allergies are OFF THE CHARTS right now.  But I digress, my boys get out of school on June 16th (yes, much later than most of the US) and one of the things on our to do list this summer is visiting the Oregon Coast.  If you're not familiar with the Oregon Coast, it's not your typical day at the beach - lots of wind and cold, but still much fun to be had.  With that spirit in mind, here is today's card.
I used the new Summer Fun stamp set and matching Summer Fun die set.  I colored them with water color pencils and then added Journey Glaze over top.  I didn't use any on this card, but the collection has matching wooden shapes which are adorable.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
All supplies are Fun Stampers Journey       
Stamps, punches and dies: 
Summer Fun Stamp Set

Summer Fun Die Set
Cardstock and Inks:
Whip Cream Cardstock

Black Licorice Cardstock and Ink
Watermelon Fusion Cardstock 
Journey Basics 12x12 patterned paper (retiring and on sale!) 

Accessories:  

Journey Thread Black Licorice
Watercolor Pencils
Enamel Dots