Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Desk and a Cuppa

It is absolutely gorgeous here! In the low 80s*F and a breeze, lots of sunshine. My flowers look fabulous and I've been outside a bit more enjoying the spring weather.  But today, yep, I'm at my desk and busy.  I'm working on the kits for my card class of Friday plus stuff I need to do to promote some specials in the company I'm affiliated with.  But I'm also joining up with Julia at the Stamping Ground and many others giving you the opportunity to see what's on my desk, a project, then sending you to see many other desks!  My project follows (kinda) a sketch challenge (TMS449) over on Tuesday Morning Sketches.

So my desk as of late yesterday afternoon:

If you've noticed I no longer have a red Cricut but a new Brother ScanNCut2!!  I have cut out some stamped images but haven't had time to really play around with it.  In the middle of my table are piles of card kits being put together, the directions I made up, the stamps I'll be using, and the sample card.  Far right is my Amaze machine, an oval die that I'm working with, and a pile of white paper I'll be using. My class is Friday morning and I have 2 more card kits for 5 people to make up.  Easy peasy!

Ok, now for my card.  Here's the sketch:

I like it and it has so many possibilities!  Now for my card....

Yeah, I took liberties with the size of the embellishment.  I just got the die set in to make the coffee cup and really wanted to play with it.  All products/supplies are from Fun Stampers Journey.  If you want to know what I used please email me.

I left this picture a bit dark hoping the white lid would show up better, but it didn't work.  I cut a slit in the lid for the straw.

So now you have 2 choices (I am making it a bit harder but check both out!). Head over to the Stamping Ground and Tuesday Morning Sketches!  You won't be disappointed. And leave me a comment about my desk or card if you're so inclined!


Monday, April 16, 2018

It's an Eclipse!

I have seen so many wonderful cards using the Eclipse technique then many of us FSJ coaches were challenged to make one using a particular sketch.

I did turn it on it's side as the die I wanted to use was too big for the original width.
Either of these cards would be great for Birthday, Anniversary, Graduation, or any special event!

I thought this followed the sketch pretty close.  I used Turbo Teal card stock and Project Me Prints for the base.  You can see the word "amazing" pretty clear.  That die is part of the FREE set when you purchase the Amaze machine. I cut up a lot of Foam Squares into long skinny itty bitty pieces to pop it up!  The inside pieces of the letters I used our cool Craft Glue to adhere them and the print paper to the base.

I added a couple strips of our Whip Cream and Pool Play Sparkle Tapes then started on my flower.
I used Turbo Teal again along with our gorgeous Pearled Basics paper. The flower is made from different dies from the Blooming Details Die set and a fun Sweet Candy Drop for the center of the flower pulls it all together!

I did made another Eclipse card using many of the same products but with a difference...

I showed this card on my FB Friday Live Video (look under videos or April 13 in the posts) last week.  While I was filming I tore the word die!  OH NO!! So after I got it together I added some Journey Glaze to the die and the tear has now disappeared!

I stamped and die cut the beautiful little butterfly from the Small Things Bundle using Turbo Teal ink, glazed, and added some Sparkle Cuts and Sparkle Dust.  I used 2 layers stacked Foam Squares under the wings and 1 under the body when attaching. Turned out pretty cool.

Sometime today our Retirement List will be released. I "heard" that about 500 items are going!! Uff Da! That's a lot and I bet I have oodles that will be gone July 1 but then, we'll have that much NEW in the new BIG catalog that goes live July 1!!!! And I wonder if we'll get some sneak peeks of some of the new!  You'll have to stay tuned!!


Friday, April 13, 2018

Birthday Balloons

Years ago I was an independent demonstrator for The Angel Company.  Many "angels" are now a part of FSJ like me! But we still like to reminisce about the fun we had and one gal decided it was time to do a swap.  Yep, and there are 39 of us taking part! I finally am about done with my card fronts as I want to get them mailed on Monday or Tuesday.  All products but the paper are FSJ.

Our cool Uplift dies are still available!  They have been carried over from our previous Mini catalog and they are perfect for this card!  I also used the cool Happy Birthday stamp I got (fun perk for being a coach!!) for my birthday this year from the company.  It actually had the year under the balloons but I cut it off.

I colored the sentiment with our Color Burst Pencils.  That took forever when doing 39 of these!!  I debated using our Journey Glaze on the words but that would probably have used a whole bottle and I may have ran out.  Would have been a great look! Final touch, I splattered the card fronts with Sparkle Silk (which is on sale NOW!).

I only have a few more fronts to splatter then I need to make labels for the back.  Should have that done today.  I do have a cake in the oven for a luau tonight. It's kinda like a dump cake with crushed pineapple and cherry pie filling.  And I have a load of laundry done and ready to hang on the clothes line outside.  It's a bit breezy but nothing like the high winds we had yesterday!  There were dust storms between Tucson and Phoenix!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Another Wednesday, Another Desk

We are temporarily having summer the last couple days.  Temps have hit the low 90s*F and our air conditioner has been running.  I'm not really ready for this heat but then we're supposed to cool off a bunch on Friday and Saturday. But what's really hot is the ability to view desks all over Europe and the U.S.! I'm taking part in a weekly What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday week 462! This fun get together of fellow crafters is coordinated by our head desker, Julia at the Stamping Ground! My desk is busy as I work on 40 birthday card fronts for a special swap.  From 2002 to mid 2011 I was an independent demonstrator for a company called The Angel Company.  Many from that company are now in Fun Stampers Journey, too.  But there are 40 of us getting together for this swap.

From left to right.... my new Scan N Cut 2 (which I have played with a bit) with it's papers, etc. in front of it.  But I bet you can see the corner of the DVD movie of The Greatest Showman that I was watching yesterday afternoon when I took this picture.  There's the 2 remotes, 1 for the TV and 1 for the DVD player. Next on the white scrap paper are the 40 card fronts that I am coloring.  Yeah, I stamped a very special stamp that I got last week from the company to celebrate my birthday! It's a fun perk.  Next, a magnetic sheet with balloon dies.  I'll be cutting 3 different sizes.  I'm working on the biggest here and you can see the paper with the die on my Amaze machine.

In the back are my shelves of supplies, inks, OTT light, baskets of projects and scraps. and what not.

I have to have these fronts in the mail next week so I'm working like crazy but today I'll be at a hospital in Tucson vising my friend who is in rehab from a stroke 2 weeks ago. I should be home early afternoon and playing catch up on visits, etc. Tomorrow I will be making a special cake for a luau on Friday evening.  My cake will have crushed pineapple and cherry pie filling along with a yellow cake mix. Kinda appropriate.

Please head over to the Stamping Ground and check out the other desks!  You'll also see many projects!  See you around!


Monday, April 9, 2018

A Cup of Happiness

Last Friday I did a FaceBook Live Video making this card.  I used a couple fun new products from our new Spring Into Summer mini catalog (see link in sidebar for catalog), Coffee Helps Bundle (stamp set & coordinating die) and our Sunday Adventure Prints paper collection.  I love coffee, with a bit of creamer, and this stamp set and paper is right up my alley!

I started with a base of Pomegranate Splash card stock. To the printed paper I added rectangles of Denim Days and Banana Cream card stocks.  But, I stamped the Banana Cream with the text in Black Licorice ink and 2nd generation stamped coffee ring and coffee beans with Oatmeal Cookie ink (very subtle), before adhering to the printed layer. I then added a couple wraps of Whip Cream Thread before adhering this layer to the card base with Foam Squares.

I stamped the coffee cup on Whip Cream card stock, colored with #28 Pool Play Color Burst Pencil, and coated with Journey Glaze.  After letting it dry completely (took a while) I adhered it over the Thread with Foam Squares and added the Sweet Bloom with a small Foam Square.  Also used, the Amaze machine and the Easy Glide Runner.

This is a great set for the coffee lover and with the added bonus of being able to purchase the 4 dies that coordinate with the coffee cups, what a deal!

FSJ loves their coaches and each year we get honored with a special birthday stamp.  This year the stamp was late due to quality control issues and I got mine last week for my Feb. birthday.

I am using this stamp on a special swap I'm involved in and will share that when I get them done.  I'm making 40 card fronts!  I have the base stamped with the Happy Birthday (I cut off the date) and am in the process of coloring the letter balloons. I'm about 1/2 done with the coloring after working on these for about 5 hours yesterday!!!  But I was at a crop and did a bunch of visiting and even sold my Cricut Expression with 14 cartridges and my Cameo that never seen the light of day (box was opened but Cameo never removed for use). Hopefully I can get the coloring done in the next few evenings before starting to do some die cutting.


Friday, April 6, 2018

I Waffle You A Lot

How's that for a post title!  But there is a reason!  One of our new stamp sets is called  Sunday Morning and it is a hoot!

I've seen a few cool cards from fellow coaches using this set so I just had to use it too!

I didn't get fancy but just made a simple card.  I started with a base of Beach Ball card stock and added a layer of one of the patterns from our new Sunday Adventure Prints. I thought the pattern worked well with the waffle. I stamped the phrase on Butter Cream cs using Black Licorice ink and the waffle on Banana Cream cs using Pineapple Smoothie ink.

Here you can see that I splattered the text piece with some of our Gold Silk which is on sale this month.  I also added some Gold Silk to a puddle of Journey Glaze to make some "syrup"!  (I should have made quite a bit more but it does look like syrup!) A small square of Butter Cream cs to replicate a pat of butter and some Gold Fashion Dots and the card is complete!

I'll be sharing this card on my FB page this morning and the first "non FSJ coach" to leave a comment on my FB post will be sent the card !  So watch for it to be posted!


Wednesday, April 4, 2018


By golly, Wednesday is here again!  We are having borderline summer here and my flowers are blooming!  My garden is growing!  The hummingbirds are coming back and the birds are singing! And today you get to view my desk!  Yep! This is week 461 (I missed last week, I went to see my closest friend in the hospital after having a stroke and I'll probably head up again today). This "tour" of desks is put together by Julia at the Stamping Ground.

Since I took part in the tour of desks 2 weeks ago something has changed! Can you tell??  It's something on the far left. It's not longer red.  Yep!  My Cricut is gone and I now have a Scan N Cut2! I haven't had time to get it up and running as I got it just before my friend had the stroke and I've been at the hospital quite a bit. I'm looking forward to getting it going in the next week or so. This week I've been working on ideas for my 3 classes next year! No, not a typo.  I have to submit my classes for next January, February, and March BEFORE April 15 with descriptions, supplies, dates, etc! Oh my!! I've been all over Pinterest and other sites for ideas.  The classes are more technique oriented or fancy folds stuff. As of late yesterday afternoon I finally got my classes figured, paper work filled out, and info ready to take to the GVR office.  I hate having to do this almost a year in advance! Oh well.

This is a little bag I recently made using FSJ products. I was just playing around with a die that makes the bag and I'm not thrilled with the stamped part. I might remove it and do something different.

Please now head over to the Stamping Ground and check out all the links to other desks. If I go to the hospital today I'll be back mid afternoon and moderate the comments and do some visiting then through Friday. And say a prayer for Angie's rehab that she can quickly get to walking and functioning again.


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Coffee Helps

You're in luck today as I'm taking part in our FSJ Launch Party for our new Spring Into Summer Mini catalog that went live on Sunday! I have quite a few of the new stamp sets and here's a card using the new Coffee Helps Bundle.

I started with a piece of our Color Splash Sheet and cut it in half.  I spritzed it with water on both sides then sprayed some of our Shimmer Gold Splash (on sale this month!!!) on it and heat set. I stamped the coffee cup ring over that with Oatmeal Cookie ink and the splattered with just a bit of our Gold Silk (on sale this month!!!). I made a base using Hazelnut Blend card stock and splattered it with some Dark Roast Silk (on sale this month!!!). I layered the color splash sheet on some Oatmeal Cookie card stock and adhered this to the base.  Using my Tag Set steel rule die I cut the middle sized tag out of Oatmeal Cookie, stamped the text using Hazelnut Blend ink and splattered with Gold Silk. I added some strands of Natural Twine and adhered.

Now the coffee cup. I stamped the cup on Butter Cream card stock with Black Licorice ink and die cut.  I stamped the lid part on scrap piece of Whip Cream and die cut.  I stamped the sleeve on Oatmeal Cream and the heart on a scrap of Candy Apple and detail cut.  I think this card turned out pretty cool! Also used was our Amaze machine, White Liner tape, and Glue dots.

Head over to my FB page Stampin Hot With Carol and see projects made be FSJ and some fun videos!  Also look for the #FSJLaunchParty for projects by others!


Monday, April 2, 2018

Happy Spring Banner

I made this banner/garland as part of an Easter package to our youngest son for our grand son.  Our daughter in law texted me and then called me to thank me for making this!  She is just SOOO sweet!  She offered to BUY, yes, BUY any others I make but I did tell her family gets them free when I make goodies.  But I just realized I never shared this with you!

I got most of the pieces from the recent "Easter Party in a Box" but changed things up a bit.  I added the pattern paper one the bunny pieces and added coordinating bunny tails.  Then what was to be the bunny tails (the white flowers on the crepe paper tassels) I put on the tassels.  The bunny die is now retired (as of Saturday) but I will have to order the Journey Fringe steel rule die. I used assorted card stocks and coordinating print paper from old retired 6"x 6" paper packs. But the tassel products are current.  The Media Flowers and Spring Crepes (crepe paper) are great and the Tangerine Fusion ribbon is so bright! And I just LOVE our Banner Parade die set and Ovals dies that did much of the banner!

This was a relatively easy project though it took me a couple hours.  She wants more banners for other holidays so I will be playing with assorted products as I come up with some ideas!

Did you have a good Easter?  Our church had a Sunrise service and, as we were singing worship songs, I seen some red in the sky above.  I turned around and had to take this photo.  WOW! After church we went to Tucson to the hospital where a friend of ours will be for a while.  She had a stroke last Monday.  Her balance is wacky and she lost some mobility/feeling on her right side. She will be in rehab for a while so please say a prayer for Angie.


Friday, March 30, 2018

Around the World Card Carrier & April SpecialsI

Last week I did a FB Live video on using our Card Carrier die set.  I messed up on the directions (if you want to find the video go to my Stampin Hot With Carol page, Videos, and the March 21 video) which is weird  as I just taught some of my team how this die works. But on that video I asked about where to place a certain phrase.  I didn't get any response but this is how the little "bag" turned out...

 I used a variety of products and love how this turned out.
Card stocks: Cranberry Bliss and Whip Cream
Stamp set: A Better Place (hostess set you can get FREE with a $600 or more party order)
Inks: Black Licorice and Blue Lagoon
Other Dies:  Banner Parade set
Embellishments: Deco Strips Red, Black Licorice Thread,  Paper Clip Elements, and Sparkle Silk
Adhesives: White Liner Tape and Foam Squares Medium
Other: the Platinum machine, paper brads from my ancient stash, Details Pro Shears

This die does require a larger die cut machine so our wonderful Amaze won't work.  Also you will use 2 sheets of card stock, 1 for the front and 1 for the back of the bag.The bag is 4 1/2" wide by almost 6" tall (not including handles).

Here are the April specials. 

First of all, should you want to join with this great company (excellent benefits!) you get this great addition to your starter kit for FREE!! And we have 4 different starter kits available for any level stamper!

All our wonderful Silks and Splashes are on sale in April! I have a couple I need to replace as I use them so much!  In fact, on my card bag above I used our cool Sparkle Silk! I think this is our most popular Silk.

And last but not least, our April Bloom Box! This gorgeous Box's stamp set, Love Life, has stamps of flowers one can find in Arizona (and elsewhere)! You have 2 ways to get the Bloom Box, either subscribe for 6 months or ala carte, whichever works best for you!

I hope you join me on my FB page as next week (actually I'll be starting today) I will be sharing projects using products from our new mini catalog. I'll be doing my FB Friday Live video making a graduation card this afternoon (about 2 Arizona time - we don't have daylight savings so we're the same time as California).