Friday, March 16, 2018

A Hello in Eclipse Style

I was playing with some new product from our upcoming Spring Into Summer Mini catalog that releases April 1 and I remembered a couple cards I seen on blogs that I visit.  I never really knew the name of the technique but a couple fellow coaches from FSJ told me and I want to share this with you.

The cool green print paper is part of our new Sunday Adventure Prints and the Huge Hello die is also new.  I layered the print on Black Licorice card stock and used our small Foam Squares to pop the die. I did have to cut the squares in half and quarters to fit without being seen.

Here you can see the die a bit better. 

I also cut a jar of peaches and a salt & pepper out of a left over scrap of the print and popped them on the upper left and lower right of the card where they were. I colored the peaches with our Color Burst Pencils and added some Sparkle Silk using a small Blending Brush. To do this I placed a drop of Sparkle Silk on one of our acrylic blocks then picked it up with the brush and "painted" the peach.

When I showed this card to my hubby he was in awe trying to figure out what I did.  What a hoot! I think he's easily impressed.

Did you enjoy the sneak peak of a couple new products?  They will be available to purchase April 1! And I do have the flyer of the retiring list from our current Bloom This Way mini on my FSJ Specials page.  They are still available but you must act fast!

Today I'm teaching an Inspirational Easter Card class and hope to make an FB Live Video so check out my Face Book page, Stampin Hot with Carol, between 10 and noon Mountain Standard Time (we don't do Daylight Savings time so we're now the same time as the west coast).


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

WOYWW 458 and Let's Go Wild

We have definitely arrived at spring this week.  I planted more flowers and a cherry tomato last Sunday.  Our local Wal-Mart did not have a good selection so I'm thinking of heading into Tucson on Saturday to check out the plants at our Lower's store.  I have also noticed a hummingbird or maybe 2 so I need to start making food for them.

But today.... yes, today. You have the opportunity to view my desk and a card!  This is our weekly day to get together through our head desker, Julia at the Stamping Ground.  There are crafters from all over England, the U.S., and sometimes even France and Spain, that share their work desks and a project or two today.  Mine is busy as I'm prepping for a Easter card class on Friday.  I have 6 gals coming.

There is a pile on my Cricut of cards and stamps for customers.  In front, a die cut little bag, an empty paper towel roll (why it's not in the trash I don't know), stamps and as you work to the right, my sheet of card supplies and directions, then scraps, my Platinum machine, my ATG runner. Toward the center back are a bunch of Dum Dum suckers with Easter toppers.  I need to get some small boxes to mail these out next week. My little green guy at top right is my team mascot.  One of these days that Cricut will be gone as I hope to purchase a Scan n Cut.  I seen one in operation Saturday and it was most impressive! But it will take me a few months to save as so far they are about $300 on Amazon.  Ouch!

This is a card I made from our March Bloom Box.  It is a monthly thing with a stamp set and/or coordinating dies (if purchased), 4 card kits, and the directions. The cool stamp set with trees, mountains, and such spoke to me since I'm from an area not far from Yellowstone Park in northwest Wyoming.

Here's a closer look at the focal area. Lots of fun elements on here.

I hope you head over to the Stamping Ground and continue on looking at other desks. Some days I get quite a ways and other times it takes me a day or two but I'll be looking around in between getting my card kits made!


Monday, March 12, 2018


Well, spring has sprung in southern Arizona and yesterday I started planting some purchased flowers and a cherry tomato plant. I even cleaned off our porch and hosed it off, getting rid of weeds and dirt that accumulated over the winter. Needless to say I'm a bit stiff but I'm sure my job today (I help clean our church) will loosen my muscles.  But Friday I had a class (you can see the Live video on my FB page, Stampin Hot With Carol, last Friday morning. (I actually have 3 videos, 2 on Friday and 1 on Saturday.) During my class I put together the card I was teaching and finished it to give my gals ideas, and there are some pictures of the cards a few of them made also on my FB page.

I taught the Double Diamond with a Twist card.  I can't remember where I found it as I had to submit this class a year ago!   But the colors of my base card, Pumpkin Bread, Summer Days, and Banana Cream reminded me of sunflowers! I used Whip Cream card stock for the stamped images. So I pulled out 2 stamp sets, Hello Lovely and Honeycomb ATS. I absolutely LOVE how this turned out!!  I used 2 inks, Black Licorice and Pineapple Smoothie.  The Smoothie ink did wonderfully on the backgrounds!

All my coloring was done with our Color Burst Pencils.  I managed to get some pretty good blending done on the flower just using the pencils!  I used Medium and Small Foam Squares, White Liner Tape, and Sweet Candy Drops.  Nope, I didn't use the Amaze as there were no dies for any of the images, all were detail cut with our Details Pro Shears.  (And they are amazing as they are self sharpening and VERY sharp!) I think I should have added Journey Glaze to the bees or at least to their wings, I may yet.

So what do you think of my card? It does fit and A2 envelope though it may need some padding or something to protect it and the envelope.  That would increase the postage.  Now I need to start doing research for my classes in Jan., Feb., and March next year!


Friday, March 9, 2018

Do Small Things

About 3 times a year Fun Stampers Journey does what they call FSJ Live.  It's a 4 hour live YouTube video party to celebrate the upcoming new mini catalog.  We had our first for this year last Saturday. Those who ordered the "Bundle", a box of stamps, 4 card kits, dies (some cost extra), and a booklet of directions, got an email link to the Live plus a pre-recorded video of how to make the cards.  We also got the chance to purchase a few more bundles (some stamps and goodies) of products from the upcoming Mini. I did make 1 card this week but will be doing the other 3 tomorrow with some fellow coaches (2 are my downline) as we again watch the 2 videos. We will have a potluck lunch and lots of laughs.  Here's the 1 card I made...

This new set, Small Things, is beautiful! It's a set of 8 stamps, 3 butterflies and 5 sentiments.  I also purchased the coordinating die set.  Can you figure out how I made the background?  I haven't done this in 11 years!  In fact, just a few months before moving here to southern AZ I taught a class of about 8 gals in eastern WY how to do this.  It's very messy but look at those results!!  Ok, I used cheap shaving cream and some of our Liquid Colors!

Can you see the sparkle on the butterfly?  I added some Glaze and Sparkle Cuts (not glitter but bigger chunks) to the larger black spots.

Stamp Set: Small Things (SS-0572) - available April 1
Dies: Small Things (DI-0432 - available April 1) and Decorative Hearts Set (DI-0218)
Card stocks: Whip Cream and Pool Play
Ink: Black Licorice
Coloring & Mediums: Catalina Splash Liquid Color, Lovely Blue Liquid Color, and Silver Silk
Embellishments: Blue Skies Sequins, Sparkle Cuts, & Whip Cream Thread
Tools: Details Pro Shears, Crease Tool, Media Tray, and the Amaze
Adhesives: Easy Glide Runner, Glaze, Foam Squares Medium, and Craft Glue
Other: paper towels, shaving cream (not gel!),

Did you enjoy your sneak peak of one of our upcoming stamp sets?  I'll be sharing the other 3 cards in the coming weeks!  And I'll be sharing the link to the new mini about the 30th.  Just watch for the change of mini catalogs on the left sidebar! And if you're one of my customers please reserve your catalog as I have 24 coming and some are already reserved!


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Desk and a Card Carrier

We are having spring!  The temps have been in the low 70s F. and the sun has been shining!  Last week I planted a bunch of onions and have put out the plants I brought in for the winter.  I need to get outside more! But today I'm prepping for a class on Friday and getting ready to get together with friends to craft on Saturday. Busy busy!  Today, also, I'll be checking out some desks all over Europe and the U.S. as part of What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday put together by head desker Julia at the Stamping Ground.

This was my desk yesterday.  I had just finished a card and took it to my photo cube to get pictures.  I'll be sharing that later.  But you can see a magnetic sheet with dies on the far left,  the direction book and a die in its envelope just off the center to the left.  My work spot is clear but my tools are to the right.  And far right is a card kit sitting on my paper trimmer then my Amaze machine way to the right.  If you enlarge my picture you can see some assorted decorated Dum Dum suckers just to the right of my Cricut. I need about 6 more to send out for Easter.

I got a new die from my company a couple months ago had finally, yes finally, played with it! I will be teaching this to my team on Saturday.

I used some retired card stock since I didn't want to screw up my current stuff.  This is pretty cool! It's big enough to hold a few A2 cards.

The top is serrated and I used mini brads to attach the handles.

These are my stamped images. I added Glaze and Sparkle Dust (a prisma glitter).  I think it turned out pretty nice.  Today and tomorrow I'll be kitting some for the gals I'm meeting with. We're also working on some other projects.

I hope you head over to the Stamping Ground and check out the other desks!  There's usually some really great projects shared!


Monday, March 5, 2018

Easter Dum Dum Sucker Toppers

I like to send little goodies to the kids, grandkids, and great grandkids for Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, and whenever I feel like it so, since Easter is coming, I got inspired!  I looked for flat suckers but could only find the round Dum Dums so here's what I came up with.

Only the cute little bunnies are current and they're made from our little Hop Cuts die that you can get free with a $100 order.  But these are SO popular they're temporarily out of stock and should be back in mid month.  I have 2 more coming.  Also they're only available until the end of March as they're in our Bloom This Way mini which expires midnight march 31.

The little chickie, guy, and gal images retired last year but I liked them so well I kept them.  I am debating selling the stamp set with the chickie.  And I used yellow flock from my stock to make him fuzzy.  Just so cute!

I did a bunch of coloring on the gal and guy using our Color Burst pencils.  I also used some Sparkle Silk on the glasses, lips, monocle, and eye.

The guy background was also made of retired product along with coordinating dies. But they are just perfect for these!

After I die cut the bunnies I stamped them with either the Flannel Life Background or Deco Dots ATS. I used various card stocks and inks. This bunny I added a little tie using our Whip Cream Thread. My Amaze machine got quite the workout! I used only our Craft Glue as it was strong enough to hold permanently.

I also did a FaceBook Live video last Friday showing how I made the bunnies.  I got it saved to YouTube and I have to admit, I have a blast doing these!  I really should be more professional but I just can't.  Maybe someday I'll figure out how to record and edit before publishing.

So, anyway, here is my video.  Enjoy and have a good laugh.


Friday, March 2, 2018

Sweet Friend Pull Up Card & an Easter Party in a Box

I know it's now March but I have one last card from our February Bloom Box I want to share with you. I will be ordering the March Bloom Box later today but this card uses a die that has become very popular. I don't know if the fun stamp bundle, Spread Happiness, will be in the big catalog July 1.  Guess we'll have to wait and see but for now it has retired.  Our Bloom Box stamps are only available the month they're a part of the Bloom Box. (But this month's box is really cool!)

I don't think you can see the special use of the die in this photo but this card is just so cute! It used 3 card stocks: Whip Cream, Lemon Drop, and Lavender Fusion.  I used just 1 ink, Black Licorice, and I colored with our Color Splash Watercolor Pencils and a small Blending Brush.

So here's how we used our fun Window Pop die.  I used to do this with my Paper Trimmer but this is so much faster and easier! This die is currently in our Bloom This Way mini catalog and is only available through the end of this month.  Hopefully it will be in our big catalog or even carried over like so many of our great Holiday products were!

I also used our Ovals dies (I'm on my 3rd set as they get SO much used I wear them out), Lavender Fusion Satin Ribbon, Journey Glaze, Sparkle Dust, Amaze machine, Easy Glide Runner, and Foam Squares.  I think the hardest part of making this card was getting the sentiment on the oval exactly where I wanted it so that the flowers framed it nicely.

Today I will be doing my FB Friday Live Video at about 2 pm Mountain Standard Time.  Pop by my page at Stampin Hot With Carol if you're available.  I'm making a fun little Easter treat!  I will be sharing it on Monday, too, and hopefully get that video made into a YouTube to embed.

And do you like to celebrate Easter?  We have teamed up with Brittany Young, Certified Celebrator on FB to bring you a fun Bundle called Easter Party in a Box! Check out the flyer!

This will be available to order starting March 6 so don't try (like I just did) until then! And if you looked at the flyer did you notice you get a pair of our fun Fringe Shears as part of the package!  These are great but there is a trick to using them, don't try cutting at the end of the shears but at the base to middle!


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A Messy Desk and Lemonade

It's to be a cold and possibly rainy day today but I don't have time to create at my desk.  If you follow me you know that each Wednesday I try to hook up with Julia at the Stamping Ground and other fellow crafters to give you the opportunity to see my desk.  If you're so inclined you can even join up with us if you have a pic of your desk and check out how HERE.Well, I'm working at my computer desk instead as I prepare my spreadsheets for tax time.  I did get our personal stuff and hubby's contract labor stuff done yesterday.  Today I'll be working on my stamp stuff.  Yes, I do have to file taxes on it as I get a 1099 from the company I'm affiliated with.

My desk is loaded with stuff unloaded from my totes last Friday after my class. Oh, there's some of my Easter cards just to the right of my Cricut on the left. And my March 16 class cards just in front of those. Hmmm, stamps from the class front and center along with assorted tools.  My card sample for my March 9 class is center back, the brown funny shaped one. And far right is some stuff sitting on my ATG adhesive runner and my Amaze machine far right front. Right back, stuff that really needs to find a place to go.

I had to go looking for a card to share with you today.  This one was a sketch challenge by an associate.

I used all Fun Stampers Journey products except for the straw.  I decided I wanted to look forward to a bit warmer weather and this card celebrates that.

I used our Color Burst colored pencils to color (that's a lot of color...  LOL!) the lemon wedges. Looks yummy to me!

Please now head over to the Stamping Ground and check out all the links to other desks and enjoy!  We may even pass each other across the web as I take breaks and look around.


Monday, February 26, 2018

Grateful For You

I have another fun February Bloom Box card to share with you today.  I love the design of the flowers in this cool set, Spread Happiness.  You still have until Wednesday evening to order this fun box but as of Thursday at 12:01 am, you're out of luck.  But then as of that time you can order the March Bloom Box.  Here's a picture of the March cards you'll be making:

I just LOVE this Bloom Box, too! I love the mountains and come from the northwest part of Wyoming.  This stamp set, A Great Adventure, reminds me of the mountains of Yellowstone Park and the surrounding Rockies that I have ridden horseback through many times! That was an adventure to see the Big Horn Sheep, deer, elk, and an occasional bear track.  Great fun and fabulous memories. I'll have more info on my FSJ Specials page soon.  Now, back to my card...

I have mislaid my booklet of directions and supplies so I'm hoping I get all this right.
Card stocks: Whip Cream, Lemon Drop, Lavender Fusion, and Limeade Splash
Ink: Black Licorice
Silk: Black Licorice
Coloring Medium: Color Splash Pencils and a Small Blending Brush
Embellishments: Candy Minis, Sparkle Dust, Journey Glaze
Dies: Hexagon set
Other: Amaze machine, Foam Squares, White Liner Tape

Here's a closer look at the double flower image with the Glaze and Sparkle Dust in the flower centers. Just GORGEOUS!

I also have just gotten the specials for next month.  I will have all this new info uploaded sometime tomorrow so stay tuned!

Also, head over to FaceBook and my page, Stampin Hot with Carol, and see the short Live video of my class last Friday!  The gals had a great time and everyone said hello!


Friday, February 23, 2018

Choose Happy

If you viewed last week's video you seen this card but it was a relatively short glimpse.  It's one of the 4 from our February Bloom Box that you can still order as supplies last.  You can even get the coordinating die set (which is what I did).   Here is my card....

I stamped the 2 flowers randomly on the background to start. There are some fun embellishments on this card, can you figure them out?  Well, I'll start with the card stocks used: Whip Cream, Lavender Fusion, and Lemon Drop. I only used Black Licorice ink.

I used our PanPastels to color, all from the Rich Sorbets collection. Our Sofft Tools worked wonderfully to apply the pastels. After coloring I splatted some Cosmic Grape Silk then applied a bit of Journey Glaze and Sparkle Dust to the flower centers.

I stamped and die cut the text. I used Foam Squares to adhere it to the strip of Whip Cream card stock that has some Whip Cream Sparkle Tape on it.  And the other embellishment used are Whip Cream Thread tied to a Paper Clip Element on the flower panel. Isn't this card just so bright and cheery!

This morning I have a class so I'll be busy.  I have 8 or 9 gals coming to make Birthday cards! Will be great fun!