Saturday, June 16, 2018

A Father's Day Treat Box

I made a special little gift box for my dad fill with candy.  I have our fun Treat Boxes and really need to use them more often. They are corrugated which gives them great texture and are perfect for a masculine design!

I used some retired ribbon that is so colorful to jazz up the brown box.  I used our Circle dies to cut the hole in the top and then added a piece of our Clear View Sheets to fill it in to keep the candy in.

Other products:
Card stock: Whip Cream
Stamps: Annual Celebration
Ink: Turbo Teal
Other Dies: Bread Tag
Embellishment: Sweet Candy Drops
Tools: the Platinum, White Liner Tape, and Foam Squares

I screwed up my first box and die cut the wrong flap so rather than toss the box I used it to cut the tag and will use the rest of it for other projects.

I gave this to dad Thursday night and he got a kick out of it.  Are you ready for Father's Day??  I have lots of inspiration from FSJ on my FB page.  You will need to scroll down a ways as I have LOTS of stuff on there!


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Let Hope Never Fade

I've had so much going on for the last month I haven't been able to take part in any challenges.  Well, today I am. Tuesday Morning Sketches has a great sketch this week and when I seen it I knew immediately, well, kinda immediately, what I wanted to do.  Here's the sketch:

Isn't this cool!  And there are some great cards already posted.  But here's my card.

I used a variety of Fun Stampers Journey products on this.  Unfortunately the gorgeous print paper has retired but everything else is current.

And a couple close ups....

Products used:
Stamps: Spring Botanicals Bundle, Small Things Bundle, and Text Happy stamp set
Embossing Folder: Diamond Netting
Card Stocks: Whip Cream and Watermelon Fusion
Inks: Black Licorice, Watermelon Fusion, and Fresh Forest
Other: Journey GlazeSparkle Dust (on the butterfly), and Color Burst Pencils
Tools, etc.: the Platinum, Foam Squares, Easy Glide Runner, Details Pro Shears, and Paper Trimmer

I hope you head over to Tuesday Morning Sketches and check out the cards! And leave a little comment here about my card if you're so inclined!


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A Bokeh Technique Card

I did my weekly FB Friday Live video on June 1 showing how I do the Bokeh technique on a card.  It had been a long time since I played with this technique and it was even more fun as this time I pretty much knew what I was doing!

I used a great ATS stamp, Scenic Route, that is in our current Spring Into Summer mini (link in the sidebar) that is NOT going to carry over into our upcoming big Inspiration Catalog that goes live July 1. So, if you try this link after July 1 it will not work.

Products used:
Card Stocks: Beach Breeze and Whip Cream
Inks: Beach Breeze, Lemon Drop, Pool Play, Lovely Blue, Orange Creamsicle, Whip Cream, and Black Licorice
Dies: Cloud Dreams, Journey Circles, and Star Burst Blooms
Coloring: Color Burst Pencils
Other: Sparkle Dust
Tools: Large Dauber Dowel, the Amaze (retiring June 30), Easy Glide Runner, Foam Squares, Journey Glaze, Paper Trimmer

It's really hard to see the flowers in the full card picture so here's a closer look and you can see the 3 flowers that have the Journey Glaze and Sparkle Dust.  And since it's also hard to see the Bokeh dots....

And if you want to watch me make this card, here's my video.  I hope you enjoy it!

Next week I'll be heading to our FSJ 4th Annual Convention. I'll be coming home with some new products, the new Catalog, and new friends! I plan on doing Live videos on my FB page, StampinHotWithCarol so head over there the 20 - 23 and who knows what you'll get to see!


Monday, June 11, 2018

A Black & Gold Graduation Card

Last Friday we attended our middle granddaughter's high school graduation. What a fabulous time we had with so many family members!  I did make her a special card using her school colors, black and gold.

I seen a fellow coach's card and it so inspired me to make this one.  Didn't it turn out great!

Stamp Set: Bravo Grad
Dies: Hats Off and Star Burst Bloom
Inks: Gold and Black Licorice
Card stocks: Black Licorice, Whip Cream, and Brushed Gold
Washi Tape: Licorice Sparkle and a retired one but the Simply Gold would work wonderfully!
Accessories: Fashion Gold dots
Tools and Adhesives: The Platinum, Paper Trimmer, Foam Squares, Easy Glide Runner, Glue Dots,
Details Pro Shears

I searched the web for a sentiment for the inside which I used a word program and printed.

Here's a little closer look at some of the elements.

Next week I'll be heading off to our FSJ 4th Annual Convention!  I will be doing some FaceBook Lives from there so you will need to check out my page at This Link.


Friday, June 8, 2018

A Mystery Item Card

Each month I attend a monthly meeting of SALSA, Stampers At Large Stamping Away. We meet the 4th Saturday in Tucson, Az and there are a few swaps involved.  I enjoy doing the Mystery Item swap and April we got 4 photo corners to use.  The minute I seen them I had an idea and I think it turned out pretty good.

I used the photo corners in the very middle to insert and attach my leaves and petals!  Can you see them?

Here's a closer look at them!

Stamps: Must Have Sentiments
Dies: Blooming Details Die Set and Journey Circles
Ink: Black Licorice
Silk: Sparkle
Card Stocks: Whip Cream, Limeade Splash, Citrus Cooler, Orange Creamsicle, Lemon Drop, Pineapple Smoothie, Black Licorice, and a long retired print
Accents: Rainbow Drops
Other: The Amaze, Foam Squares, Craft Glue, Glue Dots,

I'll be missing our June meeting as I'll be in Phoenix our Fun Stampers Journey's 4th annual Convention!  If my friend Angie makes it, maybe she'll get me the item.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Happiness Looks Good On You!

This is the last of the 4 cards from our May Bloom Box.  I didn't get the June one. You can still order the May one if you want, this is a new policy at FSJ.  Are you ready??

Have you enjoyed my little critter looking over my May cards?  I was cleaning out a couple boxes and found him.  He's a pen that I think my mom gave me many years ago? I think he is pushing on this card since it's kinda leaning.

Stamp Set: Color Me Happy
Die: Journey Circles
Card Stocks: Whip Cream, Watermelon Fusion, Electric Lime, and Journey Vellum
Inks: Black Licorice, Beach Breeze, Watermelon Fusion, Citrus Cooler, Electric Lime, and Candy Apple
Silk: Black Licorice
Tools: 1/16th" Circle Punch, Details Pro Shears, The Amaze
Embellishments: Journey Twine Licorice Twist and Be Brights Brad
Adhesives: Easy Glide Runner, Foam Squares Medium, and Glue Dots

I am in California at our granddaughter's graduation so if you leave a comment I will eventually get it published.  I moderate the comments due to getting some robo nasties a while back and I definitely DON'T want those to go through. And in a couple weeks I'll be in Phoenix at our 4th annual FSJ Convention!  We have a new catalog coming out! And there are 2 gals in Green Valley that are planning on having a party!  Do you know you can earn FREE and discounted products by having a party and having $400 or more in sales?  If you are in the Tucson to Nogales area contact me and we will get to planning fun!


Monday, June 4, 2018

We're a Cool Pair!

This fun stamp set, Tropic Cool, is from our January 2016 Bloom Box. It is a hoot for an anniversary card or one just to bring a giggle! It ISN'T retiring but if you order it I'll still send you this card!

I kinda copied one of the cards we made from the Bloom Box as it's just that cute!!

Isn't this just too fun! I think I gave mine to hubby on Father's Day that year.
Card Stocks: River Stone, Whip Cream, Sweet Pear, Pearled Basics, and a print paper that's long gone
Inks: Black Licorice
Silks: Electric Lime
Accents: Bloom Time Sequins, Whip Cream Thread, Sweet Pear Ribbon
Colorant: Color Burst Pencils
Punch system: Punch Handle, 1 3/4" Scalloped Circle , and 1 1/2" Circle
Other: Paper Trimmer, Easy Glide Runner, Foam Squares, Glue Dots, Details Pro Shears, and Paper Trimmer

If you use a light hand and lots of layers you can get some great coloring effects!  I used 4 pencils on this but the pears have about 4 - 5 layers of color to get the effect I wanted.

Don't forget our great special, Banners & Bows Bundle!!!

This is a GREAT way to get our Amaze machine FREE!!!  You get 5 dies and our fabulous Craft Glue for $89.70 and the machine FREE!! Yeah, I want to emphasize the FREE!!  Shipping on the machine is $15 due to the size and weight and does ship separately.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Going to a Garden Party...

I love our local radio station, KGVY, as they play music from the 50's, 60's, and some 70's. This card brought me thoughts of Ricky Nelson (who??).  Garden Party was one of his songs that I love and if you want to give it a listen, here's the YouTube link!  Anyway, this card was made using the retiring Flower Party Bundle set.

This set has been around since I joined in 2015!! Such simple pretty flowers!!

I did use some long retired Black/White paper since I was using the cool gingham ribbon.
Card Stocks: Watermelon Fusion, Kiwi Slice, and Whip Cream
Inks: Watermelon Fusion, Beach Breeze, Electric Lime, and Black Licorice
Accents: Gingham Black Licorice Ribbon and Black Licorice Thread
Other Stamp set: Sentimental Prints (also retiring)
Other: Journey Glaze, Foam Squares, Details Pro Shears, Easy Glide Runner, Paper Trimmer

I added the Journey Glaze to the flower centers.  Was thinking of adding some Sparkle Dust but never got that done.

I'm back to my regular schedule of posting on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, but there are posts every week day (and sometimes weekends) for your inspiration!  And if you want to view our Retirement List in PDF to save or print, just click here!


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

A Sophisticated Birthday Card

Our son-n-law's birthday is this week and he is a sophisticated guy. He used to manage a very nice restaurant at a country club and dressed very spiffy!  So I decided to use the set Sophisticated Animals stamp set to make his card.

This set is NOT retiring and it has not been one of my favorites as it just isn't my style. But I like how this turned out and it was kinda a challenge for me.
Products used:
Stamp Set: Sophisticated Animals and Dude Ranch (sentiment)
Card Stocks: Cocoa Powder and Butter Cream
Inks: Cocoa Powder
Dies: Lots of Dots and Journey Ovals
Coloring Medium: Color Burst PencilsColor Burst Blenders, Baby Oil to blend
Other: Platinum machine, Foam Squares, Details Pro Shears, Easy Glide Runner, Sponge

Yep, this is not my style but I believe it is Nick's style.  I hope he likes it!  What do you think??


Monday, May 28, 2018

Smile. Enjoy. Celebrate.

I showed this card on my FB FSJ page last Friday and I wanted to show the finished card.  I made this for my hubby's Father's Day card.  I told about why I colored it this blue and a few stories as well.

I used a couple great products from our Spring Into Summer mini catalog that retires June 30. I have a link in the side bar to the online version if you're interested.

Products used:
Stamp sets: Happy Adventure and Celebrate Everything
Inks: Fresh Forest and Black Licorice
Card stocks: Beach Ball, Fresh Forest, Whip Cream, and Pineapple Smoothie
Print paper: Sunday Adventure Prints
Coloring Medium: Color Burst Pencils
Embellishments: Sparkle Dust
Other: Journey Glaze, Easy Glide Runner, Details Pro Shears, Paper Trimmer, The Amaze, Foam Squares Med., Foam Squares Sm.

I tried to angle my card so you could see the Glaze on the 3 big flowers, tail lights, and license plate.  I added Sparkle Dust to the flowers.

Right now we have our 1947 International 1 ton truck at the paint shop.  It's being painted a metallic medium blue with a satin cream stripe where there is a ridge down the side of the cab. We have a lot of work to do to it to get it road ready plus a new title with a new VIN as it's # was taken and used on a different vehicle by the state of WY!! I guess they figured that since it hasn't been licensed in the last 15 years that it was junked out.  Oh well.   I am anxious to get this truck back but it will get my car's parking space in the car port and my car will be out under the tree.