Wednesday, April 1, 2015

What! Another Wednesday Workdesk?

Since I was gone Thursday aft to Sunday aft it seems the week went extremely fast!  I was in Phoenix, AZ for a fun time with Fun Stampers Journey as we had a business meeting Friday evening then a time of play all day Saturday!  We made cards, had demos, took photos, and just had a blast.  This was open to anyone, not just those who are ind. demonstrators (we're called coaches) with FSJ.  I don't have all my photos edited/cropped but getting there.  But today is Workdesk Wednesday!  Yep, you get to see mine and many others desks where we make our projects.  This is brought together by Julia at the Stamping Ground.  If you have no idea what this is about please click on the WOYWW logo in the sidebar and you'll be taken to Julia's page concerning this fun blog tour.  Now that I've gotten all the specifics taken care of here's my desk this week...

Lots going on!  Far left, my red Cricut and 2 paper trimmers. Just  to their right a couple stamp sets, pink scraps, ribbon.  On the scrap paper kinda left, a card I just finished with ruler, foam tape, personalized stamp just above it.  Far right are scissors, jars of sequins and glitter.  You can just see the handle end of my red ATG adhesive gun.

I also made some cards prior to heading to Phoenix last Thursday for the Fun Stampers Journey event.

I made this card for our granddaughter as she'll be birthing our 2nd great grandson in April.  I tucked a gift card inside.  But do you see the pocket on this?

I stamped a frog from a stamp set designed by Phyllis Harris, sold by The Angel Co. many years ago called "Joy Found" (no longer available) colored, cut it out, and tucked it in the pocket.  I brayered some cool denim ink on the blue card stock then added the stitching with a white gel pen.  I love how this turned out!  I seen it on Pinterest HERE.

Ok, now it's time for you to head over to the Stamping Ground and check out the many fun links to desks and projects all over the world! Have fun and leave a comment if you're so inclined!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

FSJ Information and Weekend

This past Friday and Saturday I was in Phoenix, AZ for the Fun Stampers Journey "Yummy and Delicious Tour".  It was open to anyone, not just FSJ coaches except for the Friday night class.  We got lots of information on building our teams, etc. and was great fun.  Saturday was just amazing!  We made 4 cards (I'll be posting them later when I take photos) and had lots of demos on oodles of cards!

This is me with Richard Garay, the owner and co-founder of the company.  He was a lot of fun and such a sweet person!  His wife was just the same!  And they're both so talented in card making and designing!  I hope to get some more photos uploaded soon.  I do have the April "Kit Of The Month" info available and am waiting for my kit!  We got a preview of the stamps and seen the cards in person Friday night.

Aren't these just too fun!

Here's the flyer for the Kit.  Click on it for a larger picture.  I also just got the retiring products list and specials.  WOW!

Great deals here!

I'm still unpacking stuff and sorting all the stamps, dies, and goodies I purchased in a new line FSJ will be carrying.  We got to purchase the line prior to it going live with the catalog reveal at convention first week of June.

I have started a page so that the specials are available without needing to search for them.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Fun Class

Last Wednesday I taught a class to 5 ladies, all organized by Sandi from church.  What a fun time we had!  They did so good making Pop Up Box cards and used pretty much all the Cricut die cuts I put together.  (Click on the link to see all the goodies I made.)

Here they are, hard at work but Kay was taking advantage to show off her creation!

I took 2 pics of them all holding their boxes as you can see their boxes better in one or the other.

Standing is Lorraine, Sandi, and Kay.  Seated is Sylvia and Verna.  I think we'll be doing something like this again next winter as Sandi and Kay will be heading back to their summer homes soon.

Friday, March 27, 2015

A Yummy & Delicious Cupcake

I'm not home today.  I'm in Phoenix, AZ for the Fun Stampers Journey "Yummy & Delicious Tour".  I will be in meetings tonight for a couple hours and in fun classes tomorrow making cards!  But I did make some cards for a swap.  The theme was Birthday cards.  We had to use all FSJ products.  The cards had to be a minimum of 2 layers, use a die, and include embellishments.  I'm still working on my supplies but I managed to meet the requirements.

I only used 1 stamp set, the "Birthday Sketch" set which came in my starter kid.  I also used the "Journey Ovals" dies, "Pink World" sequins,  Raspberry Berry, Candy Apple, and Whip Cream papers, Journey Glaze (similar to Diamond Glaze or Crystal Lacquer) and Journey Sparkle Dust (fine glitter).

I glazed the cherry and added some streaks of glaze to the frosting.  Not bad.  I think this design was my 3rd try before I liked what it looked like. I will take pics and post the other 15 cards in the swap and some pics of friends and classes.

I thought I'd also share 2 flowers from my pots on my steps.

I have a couple pots of Geraniums and a couple of Daisys.  They have started blooming early this week.  My rose bush is putting on buds right now so hope to have some blooms when I get home Sunday.  Just hope hubby doesn't forget to water everything while I'm gone...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Workdesk Wednesday and a Merry Monday Christmas Card

I've been busy preparing for a class today of 8 ladies!  We'll be making the Pop Up Box card and I've had my Cricut very busy making southwest items and lots of flowers and leaves (see HERE).  But I did take some time yesterday to make a Christmas card for the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge #151 (Tree) and used a stamp I haven't used in ages!  It's one of the first wood mounted stamps I purchased MANY years ago.  But also, today is Wednesday.  Do you know what many of us do on Wednesdays?  Yep, we take pictures of our desks and show them to you!  Our head desker, Julia, over at the Stamping Ground, brought this fun desk tour together 303 weeks ago!  (If you want more information on this fun tour click on the WOYWW logo in the sidebar.)

I'm in the process of finishing my card.  I've got my eyelets and brads out and am picking out 6 little red ones for the card on my desk.  These pics were taken last night.  I've used a ruler and a paper piercer to place my brads nice and even.  Yep,  I'm rather symmetrical in many of my cards.  I like balance.  Are you ready to see my card??

The main image stamp was made by Embossing Arts.  I've had it for about 20 years and it's still on it's wood block.  The text is by Stampendous.  The card challenge was to have a tree on your card.  Actually, if you count those on the mountain, I have LOTS!  LOL!

I colored with Shimmer, Basic, and Earth Tones chalks by Pebbles.  I was really hoping the shimmer of the sky and snow would show but, nope.  It is very subtle in real life.  I thought I had a stamp that said "all hearts come home for Christmas" but I may have been imagining it as I searched through my bookcase of stamps.  Darn.

I do have an update about last week's appointment with the breast doctor.  It was just a cyst!  Praise the Lord!  I did have it aspirated and had another (3rd in 3 months) mammogram.  Though I haven't heard from the doctor I did NOT see the cyst in the mammo as I did see it very obviously in the 2nd mammogram image.  Appears all gone!  Thanks for all you who have been praying.  And please keep praying for Soshi, another WOYWWer who will be having a cancer surgery on Friday.  She has been postponed a couple of times and I'm sure the wait is horribly difficult.

Now please head over to the Stamping Ground for the desk tour and Merry Monday Christmas for the card challenges.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Preparing for a Pop Up Box Card Class

I held a Pop Up Box card class a couple weeks ago and only had 1 lady.  But a friend of mine (and we attend church together) really wanted to take the class so she arranged to hold one at her house this coming Wednesday.  As of last night there were 7 so far coming!  I still am charging for the class as I have my handouts and oodles of die cuts!  I even made some labels and stamped the white ones with assorted phrases such as "Happy Easter", "Happy Birthday", etc.  Sandi is providing the base card stock and layers.

All the flowers and leaves were cut on my beautiful red Cricut using "Serenade" and "Home Decor" cartridges.  The labels were all done on my Big Shot using a Spellbinder die set.  And there is more...

Sandi wanted some southwest stuff so I got out the "Southwest" cartridge and now I have these, 6 of each item.  I think it took me about 5 hours to do all the die cutting!  Yep, $10 may not be enough but I did us up a lot of scraps.  I think my Cricut is looking for a bit of a rest....  I had to re-stick the mat in the middle of all of this cutting!  I may need a new mat pretty soon.   I'll share some pics of the class as it ought to be hilarious.  I need to buy some more glue dots, too.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A FaceBook Page

I started a FaceBook page for my Fun Stampers Journey venture.  Please check it out at "Stampin Hot with Carol".  I will be doing a bit more advertising there and sharing pics but not close ups, challenges unless they are using only FSJ products, or other companies stamps that I still love.

Friday, March 20, 2015

I'm Out of the Box

Actually my post title has to do with a technique I learned through Technique Junkies.  This was in a 2004 newsletter and I used it for trades at a The Angel Company annual convention.  This time I made my card for a T.J. 1 on 1 swap.

Stamps are by Red Rubber Designs who bought out TAC products after it closed in 2011.  I colored the image with Copics.

Here you can see the technique a bit better. I love sunflowers and have numerous stamp sets from assorted companies.  One of my other favorite companies is Heartfelt Creations.  We are getting some wildflowers growning here in southern AZ.  The wild poppies are all over!  And my rose, geraniums, and daisies are going crazy in their pots.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Flower Bouquet on my Desk

We are in spring mode here in southern Arizona.  The weather has been gorgeous but we do need some rain.  But today is also the day you get the opportunity to view desks from all around the world.  It's What's On You Workdesk Wednesday!  Our wonderful head desker, Julia, from the Stamping Ground, has done an amazing job bringing crafters together to share their desks with you!  You'll see tidy and busy desks and even some great projects!  If you are new to this blog tour and want more info you may click on the WOYWW logo in the sidebard. Now, without further adieu here's mine...(photo taken last night)

I'm in the process of making 16 Birthday cards for a specific swap I'm in while at the Yummy & Delicious Tour next week in Phoenix, AZ.  This 1 1/2 day "tour" is for Fun Stampers Journey coaches and guests.  I have my paper trimmers and stamps being used on the far left (in front of my red Cricut), some cupcakes and red ovals kinda in the middle, and, on the scrap paper, 2 cupcakes getting foam mounting tape applied (just to left of scissors).  At the top of the scrap paper are a bunch of cupcakes mounted on the ovals and just to the left is a beginning card. I'll be heading to Phoenix a week from tomorrow so gotta get these done.

Last Wednesday I had a class of 1 (don't know what happened to the 2nd gal) and I taught the Pop-Up Box card.  That class was to last 2 hours but we were done in 30 minutes!  And Sue wanted it to go fast as she was really wanting to go to a huge garage/yard sale that started at 1 (and the class started at 1!).  I hope she got the general idea but she did get a sheet of instructions.

I used all Fun Stamper Journey stamps, dies, inks, paper, and sequins.  I finished it when I got home after the class.

I absolutely LOVE my card!  It turned out better than I envisioned!

I think the only change I would make is to add another flower on the strip behind the front blue flower.  Looks kinda empty.  I will be teaching this card again with a group of ladies from church on March 25th.  As of last week I have 6 and they are going to pay me $10 per person!  Should be a wonderful time! I do need to do some die cutting of these flowers and get the Cricut busy cutting some southwest images.

Ok, you've reached the end of my post.  If you'd be so kind let me know what you think of my desk and/or card.  Then PLEASE click on the Stamping Ground and check out oodles of desks.  I won't be visiting until tomorrow as today I have an appointment with a Breast Cancer Specialist to decide if the cyst is truly benign.  If it is I hope to have it aspirated to get rid of it.  If not, well, God is in control.

And please pray for fellow WOYWWer Soshi.  She was to have cancer surgery today but it's been postponed again.  I'm sure her emotions are on a horrible roller coaster.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hot Air Balloon in a Sunburst

I've been working on what classes I want to teach next January, February, and March at Green Valley Recreation in Green Valley, AZ.  I have to have my class names, descriptions, supplies, and dates in before April 30 and I don't want to wait until the last minute.  This Sunbust technique will be one of them and I'll work on getting a half-card sample also.  All paper, stamp, and dies used are by Fun Stampers Journey.

The black/white paper is from the cool 12" square "Black and White" double sided paper pack.  It is paper, not card stock.   This is my very first attempt at this technique and I think it turned out pretty good.

The cute balloon is actually from a set of 2 connected.  I cut them apart.  I do have a tendency to do that when I need to.  One does need to be careful not to destroy a stamp.  I was trying to decide if I need to do more to this card but decided it's plenty "busy" with all the designs.