Wednesday, May 27, 2015

6 Years of WOYWW

 Today is a special day in the history of "What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday"!  This fun blog hop is having a birthday!  It is 6 years old!!  What an accomplishment!  Julia at the Stamping Ground has done an amazing job of bringing crafters together on a weekly basis to show off their work areas.

My desk is busy starting some more trades for the Fun Stampers Journey's 1st annual convention next week (golly, it is coming up FAST!).  I will not be taking part in this next week as I will not be able to visit so I don't think it's right to join in if I can reciprocate in visiting those who stop by.  But today,  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!.  Thank you, Julia, for a great way to meet crafters from all over the globe!

Please pop by the Stamping Ground and check out the celebration!!

And I will be sharing next week my trades I'm taking for the convention.

Update mid-afternoon at my house.... I will link up next week but I won't be visiting as I'll be heading to the Fun Stampers Journey's 1st Annual Convention in Scottsdale, AZ fairly early in the morning.  

Monday, May 25, 2015

Sketch Saturday Week #362

I've been so caught up in getting stuff ready for going to FSJ's 1st Annual Convention June 3 that I haven't been making cards for my blog!  Oh my!  So yesterday I got busy and made 1 card.  Yes, just 1 card.  But I was inspired by Sketch Staurday's sketch this week that I actually had some mojo!

I used all Fun Stamper Journeys products.  Papers are Whip Cream, Candy Apple, and Bubble Gum.  Stamp sets used are: Scrip (background), Ampersand Notes (Hugs), and Full Bloom (flower which is from this month's Kit of the Month).  I also used Heartfelt dies and Pink World Sequins.  Oh, I used Black Licorice and Bubble Gum inks.  I colored the flowers with Copic markers.

Can you see the gold stamens?  I used my Gold Wink of Stella brush so they have a bit of a shimmer.

Now please head over to Sketch Saturday and see the great inspiration projects and the cards made for the challenge!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Operation Write Home Finishing Strong

I am honored to take part in this blog hop sponsored by Operation Write Home.  Operation Write Home, a charity that has supported heroes with handmade cards since 2007, will be closing later this year. All cards need to be sent in by August 1st, so we’re helping to get the word out!  Those of us participating have been asked to make a red/white/blue card using 1 of 5 themes and try to use one of their many fabulous sketches.  If you plan on sending in cards please follow the guidelines posted HERE.

I used Sketch #252 but altered it a bit using a star instead of a circle and turned it sideways.  I'm using all Fun Stampers Journey stamps, inks, and card stocks for this particular card.  (If you want more info about FSJ please click on the FSJ Specials page button at the bottom of my banner or the logo in the sidebar.)

I stamped off the red stars to make them light enough to stamp over.  I had some Transcendence embossing powder that enabled me to emboss dye ink (but, boy, you have to work REAL fast) and you can glimpse the sheen in this photo.

For some simple bling I added a coordinating button with some white scrappers floss that was twisted over a skewer.

I'm glad that so many of our troops are coming home but sad that this great organization is closing.  Please head on over to Operation Write Home to follow the hop.  This blog hop will have MANY participants so plan on spending some time.  Grab your coffee, tea, water, or whatever and enjoy. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Cupcakes, But Not For Eating

In less than 2 weeks I'll be in Scottsdale, AZ at the 1st Annual Fun Stampers Journey convention.  I have my 3 sets of specialized trades completed and ready to go and yesterday I made 23 card fronts for general trades.  I stared with 24 but really buggered one.  Oh well.  Here's a pic of the start

I'm using new stamps and pattern paper that will be available in the new catalog.  I got them at a special mini conference in Phoenix back in March called the "Yummy & Delicious Tour" which is open to ANYONE!  You can check my FSJ Specials page to see if one is in your area.  It was GREAT fun!

Here's a close up of the cupcake.  I'm not going to show the full card until next week as I want them to be a surprise to the those going to the convention.  So stay tuned next week to see all of my trades I've done.

Also, remember to come back tomorrow for the Operation Write Home blog tour:

I am taking part and have a special card to celebrate the years this great organization has been supplying our military troops with cards to send home to their loved ones.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ducks and Desks

What does ducks have to do with desks?  Nothing but they have a lot to do with my post today.  It's WEDNESDAY!!  And, if you've been following me for any length of time, you know I take part in an international blog hop today of desks and crafting spaces.  The head desker, Julia of the Stamping Ground, started this 6 years ago next week!  I joined in about 2 years ago and love visiting many ladies whom I feel I've become friends with.  (Is that a dangling participle??)  Anyway, my desk today (actually late yesterday afternoon) is getting busy making ATCs to swap at the Fun Stampers Journey 1st annual convention June 4 - 6 in Scottsdale, AZ (a suburb of Phoenix).  I have my Fancy Fold card swap and Summer themed swap done but cannot post those this until June.  And now for my desk....

I am in the process of cutting 30 bases.  I'm using my large Tonic cutter as my portable is broken and I really need to find a new one.  (I've not had the best of luck with Fiskars so does anyone have a brand they like?)  You can see the new paper (available with the catalog reveal at convention) and a set of stamps under it (which I'll not be using for these).  And far left you can see the broken arm of my small Tonic cutter (which I loved!) sitting on the cutter.

Our great grandson turns 5 in a week and he love to fish and such.  I had no fish stamps but since one of the gifts he wants is a hunting dog I decided to do a hunting themed card.   The text stamp is from Fun Stampers Journey and the large image is from Red Rubber Designs called "Masterpiece".

I love the rough look of the text and most of my birthday stamps are fancier or in script which I didn't want for this card.  This looks a bit distressed, maybe a bit too much but I had nothing that matched the text of the large image.

Ok, you've reached the end of my post.  I would like to invite you back on Saturday as I'll be taking part in a blog hop with Operation Write Home.  They will be shutting down later this year and I've enjoyed joining in their challenges.  They've sent out thousands of cards to U.S. troops over the years.  So please come on back and take the tour.  I'm sure there'll be over a hundred of us taking part.

And from here please head over the the Stamping Ground to see the links to all of us desk hoppers.  Grab your coffee (or tea, or water....) and enjoy!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My Fun Stampers Journey Website

FSJ will be upgrading our replicated web sites to a better and more user-friendly site!  Therefore effective May 31 at 8 pm Pacific time the site will go down for replacement.  And, effective June 4 it will come back!  So, if you were interested in ordering or checking something out in that time frame you won't be able to.  But, from what I've been hearing, it's going to be MUCH better!  I'm excited!!

Monday, May 18, 2015

In Full Bloom 2

My last post I showed you 2 of the 4 cards I made using the Fun Stampers Journey's "Kit of the Month".  Today I have the other 2 for you.

I love the Iris stamp set that came with the Kit as I have very few flowers so far.  I did have to make changes to the ink.  The directions called for River Stone ink which is a grey but I just stamped off my Black Licorice once before stamping on the included papers and it worked just fine.

Both cards have Gold Silk splattered on them (not included in the Kit) which really makes the cards look more artsy in my opinion.  The black and neutral twines came with the Kits as did the pearls and sequins.

I used some Journey Glaze on this flower which also did not come in the Kit.  There are a few things like the Glaze, Silk, adhesives, and coloring materials that you need to already have or purchase.  I've had to substitute a few items but that just adds more individuality. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

In Full Bloom 1

It took me a while to start my Fun Stampers Journey "Kit of the Month" cards as I had some obligations to complete but when I did I had them done in a day!  They are so easy with great directions!  Here's 2 of them.  I did change the colors of the flowers.

The stamp set that came with the Kits is fabulous!  It has 2 different flowers and 3 texts.  The flowers are Irises of 1 flower and 2 flowers.  These cards use the 2 flower stamp and the same text.

I colored the flowers to coordinate with the paper.  I used a Gold Wink of Stella brush on the stamens.

I used chalks to color these.  Both cards have Gold Silk splattered on them and black and neutral twine.  And this blue one has sequins.  The twine and sequins came in the Kit but not the Silk.  Aren't these just cool!  For more info on the Kits just click on the FSJ Specials tab on the bottom of my blog banner.  And if you want to sign up for a 6 month commitment.  I will have to resign for the July - December Kits.  I've really enjoyed getting these as I get new stamps and all the paper needed for the cards.  Oops, I'm sounding like a commercial but these are a good deal.  You will have to pay tax and shipping with adds about $10 to the cost but what doesn't.

Friday, May 15, 2015

A Card for a New D.V.M.

Today my niece graduates from a veterinary college in Columbia, MO.  She will officially have D.V.M. behind her name and already has a job lined up in Utah.  We're so proud of her and all the hard work she had to earn this title.  I wanted to make a special animal-themed card to send her gift in and chose one of my favorites designed by Phyllis Harris. Her stamps sell at Unity Stamp Co. and I have quite a few of her fabulous stamp sets!

I colored the dog with Copic markers and love how it turned out!  I added some white to the background bones with my Ranger White Opaque Pen to make the Congrats not stick out quite so much like a sore thumb.  The text comes from a set called "Congrats Grad."  It's an old TAC stamp set but the rights to it are owned by Red Rubber Designs though I don't think they have it available.  I used some Spellbinder dies to frame the dog.

Here's a closer look at the dog.  I think I actually got the shading pretty close. I used a bit of Black Stardust Gel pen on the eye to make it sparkle.  I was a bit slow getting this card in the mail so I sure hope it gets to her in time for her graduation ceremony!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

An Iris, A Desk

It's WEDNESDAY!!  Desker Day!  Hump Day!  But a great day to tour desks all over the world!!  Yep, today is "What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday".   You have the unique opportunity to view desks and fabulous projects from your computer!  This is all brought together by Julia at the Stamping Ground.  And if this is new to you please click on the WOYWW logo in my sidebar or her "What is WOYWW" page tab at the top of the Stamping Ground blog.  But now for my desk...

I have been working on my FSJ "Kit of the Month".  I have 2 of the 4 cards complete, to the left between the red Cricut and my paper trimmer.  Mostly center is the stamp set that came with the kit and some blue painters tape (from a project last week and it needs to be put away).  Kinda center to right is the instruction sheet and the card elements.   Far right are some bottles of sequins and my scissors. 

I actually made a card for a dear friend using the single Iris stamp from the KOTM stamp set "Full Bloom".  She had a mild stroke last week and has been praying for me this past year with the death of my mom and the remarriage of my dad.  Now it's my turn.  I got the text a bit too much to the right or maybe I should have moved the flowers more to the center (I tried that but it looked awkward).  Oh well.  I know she'll love the card. I used my scallop oval dies from Spellbinders, too.

I colored the flowers with Copic markers and used Gold Wink of Stella to color the stamens.  The background stamp is a large FSJ script background stamp.

Ok, I'm done here.  But you really need to head over to the Stamping Ground and continue on the tour of desks and the great projects.  I'll be visiting all day.  Many join in later in the day and I want to check their desks, too!