Monday, October 16, 2017

Hello Fall Embossed Card

I'm currently taking a business boot camp with a bunch of others in Fun Stampers Journey (and it has NOT been easy!!) and one of our tasks last week was to make a card using a technique that we haven't tried before.  Well, I had to think about this since I've been stamping almost 20 years.  So I headed over to Pinterest to a board I have with techniques and such.  And I found one!!  Oh yeah!  I have NEVER inked an embossing folder then embossed. What, you say?  True!

I used our adorable Fall Text Folder that is a Bloom Benefit you can get FREE with a $100+ order and it's in our Journey Holidays mini catalog.   I inked my folder with Tangerine Fusion ink before carefully laying down my piece of Whip Cream card stock then running it through my Amaze machine.  Oh my goodness!!  I love this!! Why haven't I done this before??

I layered this embossed piece on a base of Tangerine Fusion card stock.  Next I used the scallop die from the Border Basics Die set and cut a piece of beautiful fall leaves paper in our Fall Fest Prints collection. I used the same die to cut a piece of Pumpkin Bread card stock and layered the 2. On a scrap piece of Whip Cream I stamped the oak leaf from the Hello Fall Bundle with Clear Pigment ink and added some colors from the Rich Sorbets PanPastel collection with a large Dauber Dowel.  Then I went over all the leaves with the Gold PanPastel to give it some shimmer.

I stamped the text from Hello Fall Bundle on a piece of Butter Cream and punched out with the 1 1/4" Circle punch and Punch Handle.  I also punched out a 1 1/2" Scallop Circle from Pumpkin Bread card stock.  I used Foam Squares and White Liner Tape to put all these elements together.

I REALLY like how this card came together. What do you think?


Friday, October 13, 2017

Be Brave

I'm currently taking a "business bootcamp" and one of last week's tasks was to make a card inspired by one in our catalog.  This was to help those who struggle with creating a card.  I usually don't have any problems with that but this was a fun task.

Here's my inspiration.  It is found on page 82 in our large Inspiration Catalog.

We had to change colors used and stamps.  Ready for mine?

I started with a base of Citrus Cooler card stock and layered a smaller layer of a retired pattern card stock (I have SO much!!).   I then added a layer of Whip Cream cut with the cool Film Frame Die. The text from the Be Brave stamp set was stamped with Citrus Cooler ink.

Using more of the retired pattern paper and some Limeade Splash card stock I die cut the smallest of the 3 pairs from the Artful Butterfly die set..  I also die cut a small circle out of  Pineapple Smoothie card stock.  I added some Sweet Candy Dots to complete the look I wanted.

I also get lots of inspiration from Pinterest and from a new FB page called Journey Sketches. 

So how does my card compare to the inspiration?  And today I'm taking part in an Open House at the Earth School Wellness business in Green Valley.  This is where I have my card rack and rent the room for my classes.  If you are in this area please stop by between 3 and 7 pm and check us out!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

My Desk and Sad News

This has been a week I do NOT want to repeat but I'll share why after I share my desk.  As you know (if you've been following me) that I participate in a weekly get together of crafters who share a view of their desk. This is all brought together by our head desker, Julia, at the Stamping Ground. She keeps us on track.  If you want to know more head over to her blog and click on How to Link.....

Now for my desk:

I'm taking part in an Open House on Friday and I have a couple sets of Halloween Clips to sell. This view is a far cry from what my desk looked like last week!  But a few minutes and it would be back to looking like nothing was going on.

You can see the edge of my Cricut and the far right, some small highlighters right next to it then some cards in front of a red box holding my acrylic blocks. Center bottom, my blue cleaning rag and clips sitting on some work paper. Top is a couple desk organizers holding required tools and my spray water bottle for cleaning stamps.  Left bottom, my white basket of bottles of ink and Silks then my Ott Light. Behind that is my ink rack.  And absolutely far right, unfinished projects and the end of my ATS adhesive roller.

Now for the sad news.

Our little Miss Piggy, a 15 1/2 year old manx, was put to sleep yesterday due to advancing kidney disease.  She quit eating almost a week ago and I took her to the vet.  Blood work was so sad. So Monday morning I made the call and at 10:50 yesterday morning we sent her over the Rainbow Bridge. She had lost more weight and was uncomfortable.  She had moments of her old self but we were not willing to let her suffer. My hubby went with me and I held her as she passed.  That was so so hard and we both cried.  We had the vet make a paw plaque with her name.  We brought her home and buried her next to our beloved Arlene cat that was put to sleep in 2009 from the same disease.  I will be looking to have a memorial made with Miss Piggy's name and her life span.  She also had FIV but that was in such early stages it didn't affect her.

I baked this plaque and when taking a picture I didn't notice the little white speck of something on her name.  I'm also looking to get a nice frame for the head picture and a great photo of her before her passing.

At this time we are taking a break from having a cat.  This is the first time since we married 36 years ago we won't have a pet.  Who knows someday.

Anyway, head over to the Stamping Ground for links to other desks and crafters.  You'll see some great projects!


Monday, October 9, 2017

Halloween Clips

Tomorrow I'll be mailing goodies out to our grand kids and great grand kids.  But 1 granddaughter is 17 and I was at a loss as to what to get for her.  Then, and I don't know if she'll like these, I decided to make her some Halloween Paper Clips.  I doubt she has a planner but maybe she could use these for school work or something....

I used Jack O'Lantern and You're Batty stamp sets.

I used lots of Journey Glaze and a fun black glitter that retired 2 years ago. I added Wiggle Eyes  to one bat. I also used Black Licorice ink, Whip Cream, Citrus Cooler, and Kiwi Slice card stocks, my Amaze machine, and lots of Foam squares!  I think I'll make a couple more sets of these as I'm taking part in an 2nd Anniversary Open House at the Earth School Wellness store where I have my card rack and rent my class room.  This will take place Friday (yep, the 13th) evening! What do you think I should sell a set of 4 for?


Friday, October 6, 2017

A Little Racoon

I do not have health insurance through the normal channels but belong to a company called Samaritan Ministries which is a health share program.  It is ACA compliant and each month I'm told who to send a card to and how much (between $220 - 230) as my share to help them with their needs. (And when I have a need others in this program send me money to help pay my medical bills.) This month the family I sent to is expecting a baby in February and I just had to make a special card.

I searched through my stamps and could not find a Congrats small enough (what I had that is current was way too big) so unfortunately that particular stamp is retired. This card is from a Bloom Box way back and the little Oatmeal Cookie die cut label die is retired.  I started with a Whip Cream card stock base then a layer of Candy Apple and finally a layer of Electric Lime that was embossed with our Beach Towel embossing folder.  The little raccoon is from our Creature Comforts Bundle.  I did not color him at all, I liked him as black and white. I think the Whip Cream oval really sets him off and I used Natural Twine to "tie" this layout together.

I splattered some Sparkle Silk on the embossed layer for a touch of bling.  I also used my Amaze machine, Foam Squares, and Easy Glide Adhesive.

I think my recipients will like this card, what do you think?


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Desk and Some Itty Bitties

Yeah, I know.  I missed sharing my desk for the last 2 weeks.  So much happening I had to take a break but now I'm back!  And I want to invite you to check out my desk!  And, if you like, please head over to the Stamping Ground afterwards to check out all the great links to more desks and usually great projects.

I had taken a challenge through a Business Development Boot Camp to clean and organize my desk.  Actually the only 2 spots needing help was the top right where my 12 x 12 decorative paper is kept and the baskets on the bottom right behind my Amaze machine.  I ended up with oodles of paper scraps in the trash that were really too small to do much with and I will be yard saling (is that a word?) non-FSJ paper since I'm not using it anyway.  If you click on the pic it will enlarge some and you can see what all is there.  I have ordered another Washi Tape Rack and more Washi Tape so there will be a bit of a change again.  I really need to sit and work on something and get my mojo back.  Oh, that pumpkin on the far left... It's due to be altered.  When?? Hopefully before Thanksgiving.  LOL!

I just got my Itty Bitty swap back. I showed you mine a while back and these are the ones I got in return.  On Pinterest these are called Card Candy.  I love them all but the 2nd from the right is my favorite!  Those pumpkins are actually one of our flower images!  How ingenious!

So now my post is ending and please head over to the Stamping Ground and check out Julia's blog along with all the great links.  Catch you around the web!


Monday, October 2, 2017


Our challenge last week by a fellow coach was to make a card using anything created with the Gel Press.  Since I had quite a few sheets from playing last week with my downline and another team this was a bit easier.  Just had to decide on which one to use, a layout, a theme....    well, it really wasn't all that easy after all.

I used assorted Splashes to make the background. I used Rich Coral, Limeade Splash, and Banana Cream card stocks trying to match the colors in the background.   Since the background reminded me a bit of Fall colors I used our Hello Fall stamp set (can get as a Bundle) for the leaves and text. I only used 2 inks, Cocoa Powder and Clear Pigment.  I stamped the leaves on a piece of Banana Cream with the Clear ink and used our Rich Sorbet PanPastel collection and a large Dauber Dowel to color.  After coloring I went over the leaves with Gold PanPastel.

You can see the Gold sheen on the leaves in this picture.  I also used our Circles die set, the Amaze machine, Foam Squares, and Easy Glide Adhesive.

I guess I haven't shown you the backgrounds I made! 

We had a lot of fun trying different things to make texture, mediums, and stencils.  And with 7 of us, the chatter was running!  What great fun!


Saturday, September 30, 2017

October Specials

Head over to my FSJ Specials page for the October specials! We have a fabulous sale on our Planner products at 25% off but I will share 1 here that I don't want you to miss...

Fun Stampers Journey LOVES the hobbyist and they have a deal for you if you want to come on board!  And, if you qualify with purchases/sales in the first 21 days from joining you get the option to purchase our wonderful Platinum die cut machine for $50 (plus tax/ship)!!!

So please head over to the page (tab above posts) and check out all our goodies!


Friday, September 29, 2017

Room for S'Mores and a Punny Card

Our oldest son and his wife are celebrating their anniversary today.  When we visited them in August we spent one evening on the patio making S'mores and chatting while we watched our granddaughters goof off.  Was a fabulous evening!  I wanted to make them a card using inspiration from that evening.

I've had this stamp set, Always S'more,  for quite some time and this is the first time it's seen ink!  (I have a few sets that are still virgin.) I started by using 2 collections of PanPastels, Rich Sorbet and Party Pop (sale on these end tomorrow!) and a Large Dauber Dowel to make the background. on a piece of Whip Cream card stock. I stamped the branch and sentiment using Black Licorice ink.  I splattered some Sparkle Silk and watered down Gesso to look a bit like stars. I applied some Butter Cream ink on a scrap piece of Whip Cream and stamped the marshmallows.  I did heat set these before detail cutting and then sponged a bit of Oatmeal Cookie ink to make the mallows look a bit cooked.  In real life the mallows are brown and not grey like they look here.

I adhered the mallows with Foam Squares.  I tore the edges and adhered to a layer of Denim Days then on Black Licorice card stocks.

I'm sure they'll love this card!  I know I do!

I also had to make a fun card for a friend who turned 80.  His wife is having an open house tomorrow afternoon and I hope to get there.

I used an old Bloom Box card kit that my up-line gave me and our Punny, Punny stamp set. Card stocks used are: Cool Pool, Bubble Gum, Candy Apple, Lemon Drop, and Whip Cream.  I used 2 inks, Black Licorice and Cool Pool (sponged around the circle die cut.  Two dies sets were involved, Rectangles and Circles.

I colored the planets with our Color Burst Pencils, added some Journey Glaze and Blue Skies sequins. Also used was the Easy Glide Adhesive and Foam Squares.

Inside the card is stamped "you planet".  I love puns and had fun making this card!


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Big News at Fun Stampers Journey

I'm sure some of you have heard that Richard Garay has left FSJ. I will not go into the details but he was an amazing artist and he will be missed. Richard put a great team in place and, to my knowledge, most are staying put. Please realize that there are some who are extremely angry over this situation and are venting on line in a non-classy way. Also remember there are 2 sides to everything when you read/see stuff on FB.

I am staying with FSJ as it has become family to me even though many coaches/friends are leaving. I LOVE the products and can't imagine leaving. The company is carrying on his vision and quality of products so there will be NO change. 

If you have any questions please ask. I'm here for you.