Friday, February 12, 2016

Happy Birthday Cake & Banner

Each week a fellow FSJ coach challenges us on her FB page.  This week it was to make a birthday card.  After seeing another card by a fellow coach I was inspired to play again with some of our mixed media products.

I'm enjoying making cards like this as it's so out of the box for me.

I started with my Whip Cream card stock layer then sprayed the corner with Green Olive Splash.  I then added some Pineapple Smoothie ink over a small area of the Bubble Bubble Stencil.  The fun cake stamp was a Birthday Gift from FSJ to me last year so it's not available for purchase. I stamped it on some Whip Cream cs, colored with Copic markers, then layered it on Lemon Drop cs.  (We do have some great cakes in the Yummy & Delicious Collection in the stamp area of the shopping cart.) I added the loops of the Whip Cream Thread then pop dotted it in place after coloring.   I die cut the banner from the Banner Party Bundle in 2 card stocks, Olive Green and Whip Cream.  I thought the little crown from the stamp set was perfect for the banner and stamped in with Watermelon Fusion ink.

Inks & Splashes:
Green Olive Splash
Pineapple Smoothie Ink
Watermelon Fusion Ink

Bubble Bubble Stencil
Whip Cream Thread
Foam Squares small

Card Stocks:
Whip Cream
Lemon Drop
Olive Green
Watermelon Fusion

Banner Party Bundle

This card was relatively fast to make and WAY easier than I expected.  I think it took me longer to color the cake than to do all the rest!

And I want to let you know that I'll be participating in my first ever Fun Stampers Journey Blog Hop on Sunday, Feb. 14.  Yep, Valentine' Day!  My post will go live at 12:02 am.  And I'll still be in bed at that time.  (Thank goodness I can schedule this!)  Please come by and join the hop.  I'm a ways down the line but it starts with Susan Berg's Blog.  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

ATCs and Desks

It's a gorgeous Wednesday!  We're having very warm temperatures (mid 80's F) here in southern Arizona.  It makes it hard to be indoors.  But indoors is where you want to be as you get the opportunity to hop around the world visiting other crafters' rooms where they create their projects through the Stamping Ground and Julia.  If you are new to this please click through to her blog at the end of my post and then check out her "What is WOYWW" button just under her blog banner.

I'm in-between projects.  On the far left are 4 more little wooden houses to play with and a kit from ADORNit called Prayer Companion Kit.  Kinda middle is a pile of paper and a stack of stamps.  My actual work pad is empty and waiting.  Far right are my ATG adhesive gun and paper trimmer.  This was taken last night and today I need to get some cards done for special purposes.

I have been stamping some but time as been short since I'm back to work cleaning our church 2 days a week.  The ankle tires quickly so I usually have to lay down when I get home and elevate the foot for a while.  But every day is better and I'm up longer and longer.  I also started working out on the bicycles at the gym to strengthen and flex the ankle without a lot of stress.  But enough of my  foot, onward!

Monday I got back the ATCs from the monthly swap I'm involved in.  All products are from FSJ.  These fun cards were made by:
Barbara Moore, Tori, and Debbie Daniel
Christine Pennington, Carol Hirsch, and Susan Clyne
Linda B, Diane Short, and LeeAnn Kelso

Ok, you've reached the end.  Please head over to the Stamping Ground to find the links to oodles of desks!  Maybe we'll meet along the way!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Be Strong Little Chickie

I managed to get one project completed and another started Saturday.  I needed a couple cards for special purposes and used a set I haven't yet used.  I love how the cards turned out.

I used the ATS set "Be Strong".  A bit of Natural Twine and some Dark Roast Silk, and I think it turned out pretty cool.

I also used Cocoa Powder ink and card stock, and Oatmeal Cookie and Butter Cream card stocks.

I'm also working on my ATCs for the February swap through a group of other coaches.  This is a new set called "Favorite Peeps".  I have a ways to go but it's coming along nicely.  I used Spring Parade paper pack and Pineapple Smoothie card stock.

Be Strong
Favorite Peeps Bundle (stamps & coordinating die set)

Card stocks & Paper:
Cocoa Powder
Oatmeal Cookie
Butter Cream
Pineapple Smoothie
Spring Parade

Inks & Silks:
Cocoa Powder
Black Licorice
Dark Roast Silk

Natural Twine

Now to get these 2 cards in the mail and I can start working on tax stuff this week!  What a depressing thought....  But my Bloom Box should be here today!

Friday, February 5, 2016

My 2nd Butterfly House

I finished my 2nd of 6 butterfly houses a couple days ago.  I posted my first in my last post but could not list the products used since I was in a blog hop that required no "advertising".  I used the same products as on this one.

Here's the 4 sides.  And a close up of the butterfly...

I purchased my 6 little wooden houses at a major craft store on a sale for $1 each.  I colored my gesso with Sweet Berry paint using the Spatula and painted the whole house.  I colored my modeling paste with the same paint and used the Starburst Lines stencil then painted the roof (and base) so it would be a bit darker.  I colored the sides with Cool Pool paint, added the Spring Parade paper with the Glue to the 2 sides and stamped the back text from the Faith Plan stamp set with Black Licorice ink.  I also "painted" the roof with Gel Medium before adding the vine (Border Details die set) and flowers (Spring Bloom Minis die).  The vine and grass wwere made from Lemon Grass card stock and the flowers from Bubble Gum card stock.  I die cut the smallest butterfly from the Artful Butterfly die set using a piece of card stock I colored years ago and the base from Bubble Gum card stock.  All rhinestones (on flowers and butterfly) were from my personal stash.

I enjoy making these and they do take some time as products need to dry between applications.  I hope to sell these for $10 each at a local craft fair.

Journey Media Products:
Starburst Line stencil

Paints & Ink:
Sweet Berry
Cool Pool
Modeling Paste
Gel Medium
Angled Brush
Black Licorice Ink

Journey Craft Glue

Border Details
Artful Butterfly
Spring Bloom Minis

Spring Parade
Lemon Grass
Bubble Gum

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Desks and a Butterfly House

It's Wednesday!  And my desk has been busy this week!  Since cleaning my craft room closet a while back I found some fun little wooden bird houses I purchased at a craft store for about $1 each and I started playing.  But before I show you what I did with the one completed I need to show you my work area.  If you've been following me you know I take part in a global blog tour of desks put together by the head desker, Julia, at the Stamping Ground

Last night my desk still has 4 more little houses to decorate, a pile of dies and some ATCs from a recent swap.  Then some scraps, glue bottle, paint brushes, and a pile of Valentine cards that I need to write in so that I can send them.  Far right are 2 pads for my Grand Calibur.

And now for the little house.  It stands about 5 1/2" tall.

I used all FSJ products and if you want to know which ones (lots of dies and mixed media stuff) please contact me.

This was great fun to make when I "was supposed to" stay off my sprained ankle.  But to make the die cuts I do have to stand, just can't turn the handle of my Grand Calibur while sitting.  I found some little pearls that I used on the butterfly.  It was die cut from a piece of background I made called Rainbow Brilliance.  And I don't remember how I did it other than some gold ink stamped on glossy then brayered with a Kaleidacolor Ink Pad.

On the roof I stenciled some modeling paste then painted before adding the die cut vine and flowers.  The flower centers are some fun little gems I purchased last summer.  (I have blue ones, too.)  I used a gel medium on the roof to add some shine after sanding just a hint to bring out the base color.  I just finished my 2nd one (pictures just uploaded to my computer last night) Monday and will be selling all these eventually or giving them as gifts.

I thought it strange that I lost about 15 followers this week but after reading another Blogger writer I think its all because of Google.  Her words: If you are already a Blogger blog writer, then changes won't, I don't think, stop you commenting. It is only commenting and following that you will be prevented from doing if you aren't a Google+ account holder.
I hope I don't have to stop this blog or go to another account like Wordpress but we'll see...  I don't remember getting any info on this but it is upsetting.  I think you can follow me through Bloglovin' or some other format if you don't have a Google account.  To me this does seem a bit petty about Google.

Now that I shown you my desk and a project please head over to the Stamping Ground to check out many other desks and projects!  Grab your favorite cuppa beverage and enjoy!  I'm heading out to take a class with friends on a form of Bible Journaling.  We won't be using a Bible but a kit by Adorn It, I think.  I'll share those next week.

Monday, February 1, 2016

A Wild Valentine and a Locket

I had to do a challenge last week on a fellow coach's FB page of either masculine or non-traditional colored Valentine.  I did both!  Not sure I like the colors but had fun making the card!

I used the new Border Basic dies from the Spring Mini catalog to do the zig zag on the side and through the middle.  I stamped the Artful Feathers ATS using 2 inks, Pumpkin Bread and Tangerine Fusion which is also the colors of the card stocks along with Whip Cream for the feathers.

The pattern paper is from the Journey Basics Neutral paper pack and the heart was made using the Heart Felt & Heart Felt Piercing Elements dies.

I have the Sparkle Round Large Locket, Locket Kit,  and long Diamond Cut Link chain from the Journey Girl collection.  (I have many of the charms, too.)  I got this gorgeous set at convention last June.  This past week I decided to decorate it for Valentine's Day.  I used the Journey Yummy Prints paper pack,  a heart from the Sparkle Love Elements (a freebie you can get with a $50 net order, #AC-0149), Script Background , Watermelon Fusion ink. Oh, the Love is from the Bezel Block ATS.  (The locket is laying on a decorative heart for photoing.) 

Selfie Love
Artful Feathers ATS
Bezel Block ATS

Pumpkin Bread
Tangerine Fusion
Whip Cream
Journey Yummy Prints
Journey Basics Pastels

Pumpkin Bread
Tangerine Fusion
Watermelon Fusion

Heart-Felt Piercing Elements

Fashion Accessories:
Sparkle Round Large Locket
Diamond Cut Link chain
Locket Kit

Sparkle Love Elements (check out the incentives on my FSJ Specials Page)

Can you believe it, today is Feb. 1st!!!  What happened to January??

February Specials

Fun Stampers Journey had an amazing January with about 300 new coaches added because of the fabulous price to join.  I even added one and she added one!  How exciting!

But February has its specials, too!

Here's a biggie!  Buy one accessory and receive a second of the same item for FREE!!  Yes, FREE!!
And for every paper pack you buy, you get to choose a different paper pack for FREE!!  It can't get better than that!  FREE is a great 4 letter word!  Just click on each picture to see which ones are involved in this FREE special!

I'm working on my order now... what a list!

And our Bloom Box this month is fabulous!  I'm looking forward to it arriving at my post office box!

This fabulous monthly kit is $24.95 plus shipping/tax and is sent directly to your address!  You get a great exclusive stamp set (not available for general purchase for 3 months) and 4 kits (all paper and most embellishments included) to make the 4 cards shown with directions.  And, if you have the special extras, you can learn a new technique!  You do need to have your own ink pads and adhesives but feel free to add stuff from your stash if you want.

This info will be available on my FSJ Specials page for the month.  To purchase the Bloom Box (you ARE signing up for a 6 month commitment) just click on the Be Amazing logo at the top of my sidebar then click on either "Shop" or "Bloom Box".

Friday, January 29, 2016

Bread Tag Valentines

I purchased some fun Valentine tags with my recent order from the new Spring Mini Catalog and have been enjoying playing with them.  On one side is 4 different scenes and on the back is a To, From phrase. Very versatile!

And after cleaning my craft room closet I found the fun heart crystals and paper doilies so I just had to make this card.  I used Pomegranate Splash and Bubble Gum card stocks, the cool tags, and Bubble Gum ribbon for this simple card.

Here's a close up of the bow with the heart.  I'll save these crystals for my GVR classes as there's way more than just hearts in the package.

I also made these 3 Heart Kiss Holders for some of our family.  I pinned the pattern from QBee's Quest. I'll have to use bubble envelopes to mail them.

I attached the tags with some red scrapper's floss from my stash and stamped the text from our Selfie Love set.  Now I can eat the unused Kisses....

Products Used:
Love Treat Tags Bundle
Selfie Love stamp set
Pomegranate Splash cs
Bubble Gum cs

Bubble Bum Ribbon
Candy Apple ink

Now that my closet had been cleaned and things in there are so much easier to get to I'm enjoying playing a bit more.  My ankle is much improved though there is still some swelling, bruises, and pain I have gone back to cleaning at our church.  Almost 4 weeks of down time has also taken it's toll on my body and am looking forward to slowly getting back in shape at Copper Fitness in Green Valley.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

My Closet, WOYWW 346, and a Heart

We've been having gorgeous weather, upper 60sF, and my ankle is doing so much better.  I'm actually trying not to overdo so that it will heal completely.  I go back to work tomorrow cleaning at the church and will start next week at the gym (but only the bicycles with no resistance).  But last weekend I went on a cleaning spree of my craft room closet. So, for the What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday you get to see the before and after of my exhausting weekend. And this is part of a fun blog tour of crafters who are brave enough to show you where they craft/work and it is all brought together by head desker, Julia, at the Stamping Ground.



I threw away 4 LARGE garbage bags (we had to make a trip to the garbage dump because of me), took 1 1/2 trunk loads to the local thrift store (maybe about 200 magazines involved plus lots more stuff), and reduced totes in the closet by 3 large ones.  I reorganized and now know what is in the closet and totes.  Still can do more and will later.

I was challenged on an FB page by a fellow Fun Stampers Journey coach to make a Valentine-themed card.  Well, that was easy!  I even did some stencil work on the red base layer and oodles more!

The text is actually wood which I colored with Silver Silk (a liquid ink) then glazed with a product similar to Crystal Lacquer then added fine glitter.  What a fun card! Yes, I'm proud of it.  If you want to know more about the products contact me.

Now please head over to the Stamping Ground and continue on your tour!  Maybe we'll cross paths somewhere along the way!  (Strange but the majority of my hits today are from South Korea....)

Monday, January 25, 2016

GVR Class Photos

Last Wednesday I taught a class for Green Valley Recreation.  I had 8 wonderful ladies attend and they seemed to really enjoy themselves.

Here is Sandy, Leslie, Ellen, and Beth

And Julienne, Jeanette, Marti, and Angie.

I had partial kits they purchased to get started (so that they didn't waste their good paper) and I think they were all surprised how easy this Sunburst technique was to do!  Here's Ellen with her 2nd card.  At this point they had to cut their own papers.

And Leslie with her 2nd card.  I love how she (and a couple others) changed up the technique using solid and print card stocks for a very dramatic look! 

One of my students, Sandy, told me at church that she made quite a few cards using this technique and that her hubby told her she was having too much fun with this technique!  Makes me so happy to know someone is enjoying what I taught!

I sure hope to see them all again!  My next class is Feb. 17, same place, same time.  I'll be teaching the Side Step and Center Step cards.  (And I'll have lots of paper packs to sell as I cleaned my stamp room closet.)