Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Desks and ATCs

I wasn't sure I'd be participating today as yesterday I upgraded to Windows 10.  3.5 hours later everything was working.  I checked my programs and printer and all were fine.  I did a custom install instead of the express (my son said to do this) and I'm breathing now.  Whew!  Now on to this post.  Again, it's Wednesday.  Seems like it was desker day just a couple days ago.  Boy the time is going fast.  Anyway, if this is all new to you please click on the WOYWW logo in my sidebar at the end of this post.  It's week 331 and the queen desker, Julia at the Stamping Ground,  has done a great job bringing many crafters from ALL over together to show their work spaces.

I actually took this picture late yesterday.  You can see the corner of my laptop since my desktop work station is busy upgrading.  To its right is a pile of stamps and stuff that I'm working on.  Center is a couple kits from FSJ's Kit of the Month (September kits as I still have 2 I haven't finished). Above this are some ATCs that I'm working on for a swap.  Then the white sheet on top of my Scor-Pal and Mat is where I actually work.  Kinda neat and tidy before I start on those 2 unfinished kits.

Now I'll show you last month's ATC swap of 10 that I just received.

If you click on the pictures you'll see the names of the maker.

Mine is the bottom left in this last picture.  All stamps by FSJ.

Ok, you've reached the end of my post.  Please remember to head over to the Stamping Ground to continue on the blog tour of desks.  I'll be gone for a while today as a friend and I are taking an online class in mixed media through FSJ.  I'll show the projects later.  Have fun!

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Great Pumpkin

As I was looking at the card I'm going to show here I was reminded of the Charlie Brown show, The Great Pumpkin.  At least that's how I remember the show (I wonder if it's on Netflix).   I was looking around the many pins I have on Pinterest and a card grabbed my attention and this card is almost a case.

I used the Journey Ovals dies to make the pumpkin and sentiment tag.  Love the Citrus Cooler card stock for the pumpkin but I sponged some Pumpkin Bread and Oatmeal Cookie inks on the edges of the ovals. I started with a Citrus Cooler card stock base, a layer of Whip Cream before adding the fab pattern layers from the Harvest Days paper pad.  The flower is from the Flower Party stamp set and the sentiment from the Sentimental Prints stamp set.  I fussy cut the flowers (sponged with Citrus Cooler ink) but the leaves were die cut using the Sweet Today die set.

I sponged some Citrus Cooler and Fresh Forest inks on the die cut leaves before using my Bloom Tool
(same price as the Spellbinder Tool In One but with more tips included) and stylus to make the veins in the leaves.  A bit of Neutral Twine to kinda look like the vines and the card is complete!

This card is relatively flat so mailing will be a breeze!  I think I have all that I need for Thanksgiving and Halloween cards now but I'm planning on ordering a few sets from the Fall Fest Promo to build up my stamp collection.  Don't forget to check out all that's on sale!  Head on over to the FSJ Specials page for more info!

Also, this month is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Richard Garay lost his cousin, Sandra, to this disease in June 2014 (my mom died of a form of leukemia and colon cancer that month, too)  and he and the crew have partnered with local (greater Phoenix area) organizations to support and give hope to women currently battling breast cancer, their families, and those supporting them.  Therefore FSJ is sponsoring the first ever Be Brave: Create Hope Card drive.  The goal is 300 cards sent to FSJ (by Oct. 31st) that will be passed on to the organizations to be given out to those needing Hope.  Please click on the Be Brave link for the address and more info.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Gift Card Holder and Pocket Tag

I think with today's post I will have all the new items from my display board photoed and posted.  FSJ has so many cool dies and I'm such a sucker for dies.  I used 4 different dies on these projects,  Gift Card Sleeve, Gift Card Window PlatesScalloped Pocket, and Journey Ovals.

I used the Yummy & Delicious stamp set for this pocket tag along with the coordinatingYummy Cupcake die set.  I also used Bubble Gum Silk (splattered on the white tag,  Beach Ball ink, Yummy Prints pattern paper, and Whip Cream and Beach Breeze Threads.  Oh, a bit of Journey Glaze is on the cherry.

I was using some scrap paper to try this gift card holder.  I will make more maybe using a pattern paper and other ideas.

I recently got my contracts for the 3 classes I plan on teaching at Green Valley Recreation.  Need to get my samples made and flyers put together for the January, February, and March events.  I think I have more to do than time to do them!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Specials

It's OCTOBER!!  Fall is in the air, well, not so much here in southern Arizona but our temperatures are starting to drop a bit.  (In the 100's today but in the 80's by Sunday or so.)  We have a great Fall Fest Promotion starting today.

Stamps listed on this printable are on sale!  And if the set has a coordinating Die set the BUNDLE is discounted!!  Click on the pic for a larger view or print out to help you decide what you want to purchase then head over to my FSJ page (click on the Holiday catalog logo at the top of the sidebar) and start shopping!  I'll be putting in an order the first of the week as there are a couple sets I want.

Then, if you're interested we have a FABULOUS Kit of the Month this month!!

This set is oh so masculine!!  I'm on pins and needles waiting for my Kit to arrive.  The stamp set is called Dapper Birthday.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Displays, Desks, and Flowers

It's a GORGEOUS Wednesday morning here in the southwest desert of AZ.  So great to have cooler low temps but still supposed to be in the triple digits F. for a high today.  Hope the forecasters got that wrong.  Anyway, I'm taking a bit of a break so will show my "desk" from yesterday.  Well, actually a display for a small presentation at a HOA (home owners assoc.) coffee of about 40 people.  And, as you know if you've been following me, you have the opportunity to view desks all around  the U.S. and Europe.  Julia, head desker, put this blog tour together over 6 years ago, and gathered all us deskers to her blog, the Stamping Ground.  Please head over there after you're done here.

Last week I showed you my almost complete display.  I finally finished it last Thursday morning before I headed to the Scrapbook Expo in Mesa, AZ.  I volunteered at the FSJ booth on Friday teaching a Make "n Take.

The class takers had the option to make this card or one with a heart and coordinating sentiment but same paper and supplies.  I think we did about 12 classes on Friday.  I was absolutely pooped but it was great!  I enjoyed working with another coach, 2 FSJ staff, and the company owner, Richard Garay.

I'm keeping this kinda short and, hopefully sweet today.  Please head over to the Stamping Ground to view other desks.  And if this is all new to you, when you get there click on What Is WOYWW? for more info.  (And can you believe today is the last day of Sept.????)

Monday, September 28, 2015

Color Crushing

FSJ Coaches have been challenged to do a Color Crush project.  I have been so busy this month that I just couldn't think about it until it's almost too late!  And I decided to use it as my sketch challenge (fsjsc8) from a fellow Coach.  The one thing that was required by FSJ is to take a pic or video of myself with me crushing it - interpretation up to me.  I will be promoting FSJ in the morning and the Color Crush flyer is on my display board.

I made up my own set of colors, Whip Cream, Black Licorice, Citrus Cooler, and Grape Fusion card stocks.  Yep, the colors for a Halloween card.  And my photo of me with my card...

I don't photo well and this pic proves it.  I'm standing in the shade of my house, hair pulled back and still in my work clothes.  I really needed to be working on dinner instead of doing this.

Here's a better picture of the card.  I used the You're Batty (hmmm.... picture didn't load for me when I tested the link) set and Citrus Coolor color splash from the mixed media products. There is a coordinating die (another hmmm... out of stock) for this set and you can get the stamps and die as a Bundle and save some money.  I guess I'm supposed to add the hashtag,  #fsjcolorcrush , but don't know if that will work from here.  I do have to send an email, too, so will add the link to this post also.

I think I'm pretty much done making Halloween cards.  I need to do some Thanksgiving cards for the adult family members and start on my Christmas cards.  Have you started on yours?

On Display

Tomorrow I'll be giving a presentation at a friend's ladies group coffee.  I had to made a display board so that they can have a visual of what I do.

There are a few things I made that I have not yet taken pictures of to share with you.  Can you recognize them?  I used new (to me) dies....  Hmmm... 5 to be exact.  Some of the projects used multiple sets. Here's one of the new projects on the board...

I used 2 different dies on this package topper, or gift tag, or whatever you want to use it for.  I used the Chubby Stocking die which comes with 2 dies and 2 texture plates.  And I used the Create A Bow Mini die using a piece of paper from the Winter Fresh Prints 6" x 6" pad.

I do have some GREAT news to share from my day working at the FSJ booth at the Mesa Scrapbook Expo.  I have 2 wonderful new gals join my team, Gayle and Carla!  Well, they're the first to join!  I hope I got some new customers, too, as I handed out retired catalogs with my FSJ website on them.   I have sent an email to headquarters with a couple team names for consideration.  I enjoyed working with Richard, Julie, and, oh my gosh, I forgot the other FSJ crew member's name!  We were very busy teaching a Make 'N Take every 1/2 hour with 12 gals per class.  I headed home at 6 pm and arrived at 8:30.  Since I had to be at the Expo by 8:30 am Friday I went up Thursday afternoon and stayed at a nearby hotel.  Saturday was dental appointments and Sunday was lots of church activities.  Can you say... busy?  LOL!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Stuck On You

I was needing a couple cards this week.  One for the Technique Junkies 1 on 1 swap and 1 for our oldest son's anniversary.  I used the same technique on both, the Bleeding Tissue technique.  Turned out pretty good!

For this technique to work you must use a tissue that bleeds when wet.  Mine was made by Spectra. I used the Stuck on You stamp set and coordinating dies but I bought these as a Bundle. Oh, you need glossy card stock, too.  I have not tried this on regular card stock as I have a whole ream of glossy and I do like the effect.

I added some of the smallest Pearls to the tops of the cacti and to a smudge on the pot.  I colored with Copic markers.

I used my Stardust Clear Gel pen on the cacti flowers for this card.

Today I'm in Mesa at the Scrapbook Expo.  I am a volunteer with the FSJ booth so if you happen to be there today stop by and say hi!  We'll be doing a Make 'N Take!  Should be great fun!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Desks and Displays

This week is extremely busy for me.  Today I have off but we are going to go see War Room prior to church (at least that's the plan) tonight.  Thursday I work in the morning then head to Mesa to be at the Scrapbook Expo bright and early Friday to help at the Fun Stampers Journey booth.  Saturday is our dental appointments, a Fiesta where we're to help hand out water with our church, and I have to pick up 7 BIG bags of Kettle Korn (a sweet popcorn) for Sunday at church.  Then next Tuesday morning I give a presentation at a friend's ladies coffee.  So today's desk is all about prepping for Tuesday.  And if you don't know about What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday please click on the WOYWW logo in my left sidebar.  This fun tour of desks (and many GREAT projects) is brought together by Julia at the Stamping Ground!  She's been doing this for 329 weeks!  I have "met" many wonderful crafters through this venue.  Ok, I better get to my desk...

I am working on stamping and die cutting flowers to decorate my Display Board.  I have stamped my flowers and am cutting them.  Got my Grand Calibur out and it's been busy.  You can see the dies right in the middle on the white sheet with the strip of magnet.  Since the dies come in a nice packet but loose I cut a piece of card stock to fit then add the adhesive magnet.  Keeps the dies together pretty good.  I have friends who buy the magnetic vent sheets but the adhesive magnetic strip is fairly cheap.

You'll have to come back Friday to see the completed board.  I will have that post prescheduled but won't be able to moderate comments until Sunday or maybe Saturday night.  Depends on my time availability and exhaustion.

And I did say on Monday's post that I'd show the final 2 cards of the 12 I had to make using the 3" square focal pieces that a group of us swapped.

These 2 are my favorites of all the ones I made (with the exception of my own focal piece card).  All stamped images by FSJ.

Ok, you've reached the end.  Please head over to the Stamping Ground and continue the tour.  Have your favorite beverage handy as you have the opportunity to see many desks from around Europe and the U.S.

Monday, September 21, 2015

6 More Challenge Cards

My last post I showed you 3 cards (plus mine) I made from the 3" x 3" focal pieces that 12 of us swapped out.  Are you ready for more?  I'll be showing you 6 today.

I struggled with the pink bunny piece.  I ended up stamping the Script background on the Bubble Gum layer then adding some Journey Whip Cream Thread and some Pink World Sequins.  I don't know who made the focal point, she forgot to sign it. The bunny is from the Spring Fling set which has coordinating dies and you can get is as a Bundle.
The little girl is from the Birthday Girls set.  I embossed the Lemon Drop back layer with the Petal Wall folder then flicked some Cranberry Bliss Silk on it. The focal piece was made by a Denise.
The cute seagull is from a retired set, Nautical View.  I used the Ink Splat stamp and Cool Pool ink and Silk along with the Journey Rectangles piercing element, which is embossed rather than cut.  Again there was no name on the focal piece.

The purse in the first focal piece is from the August KOTM set called Forever Friends.  Marlo Knox colored and Glazed the handle.  I stamped the back strip and flicked some Bubble Gum Silk on it.  This card was a bit more of a challenge.   The Bicycle card was fun.  The focal piece was made by Shara-Lea Ming.  The bike is from the Beautiful Ride set.  The bees and text are from the Hello Lovely set.  I embossed the white base with the Above the Clouds embossing folder and die cut a couple clouds from the Cloud Dreams die set the sponged with a little Cool Pool ink.
The last card was a piece of cake for me.  The focal piece was made by Yvette Ramirez and she used the Hello Scoop set and Yummy Prints paper.  I used the same paper, Whip Cream Thread and Pink World sequins.  Oh, and Bubble Gum Silk, too!  She did Glaze the ice cream on the cone.

Wednesday I'll show the final 2 cards which are my favorites that I completed.  Are you enjoying these?