Wednesday, December 13, 2017

WOYWW 445 and a Tree

Hump Day!!!  For me, a time to play catch up on stuff to do.  Yesterday I mailed out 4 packages and about 25 cards.  I may have to make more today.  But right now you have the opportunity to see my desk (which is totally boring right now) and a project. And in case you're wondering, the WOYWW in my post title stands for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, a fun weekly blog hop of desks put together by Julia at the Stamping Ground.  And the 445 represents how many weeks this has been going on!

So this is my desk yesterday.  I just cleaned it off to regroup and be ready to start today.

Yep, empty, tidy, whatever. You can't see the pink painted box drying on my Amaze die cut machine far far right.  But you do see the gesso'ed box far left.  In between, a pile of new goodies just to the right of my red Cricut, and a little black twist gift box by my OTT light. Oh, a pair of pliers I needed to open a bottle.  So, boring. But I do have a view of a little box I recently made....

This little cutie stands about 5 1/2" high.  A fellow coach shared her directions and this box holds a gift certificate to my company and some M&Ms for a friend.  All supplies are from Fun Stampers Journey.

The opening is at the top.  You just untie the ribbon (adhered on side and bottom) and carefully squeeze.

I didn't add a lot of embellishments but I like the more simplistic look. I used 2 leaves and a snowflake die along with the silver dot for the tree.  And my recipient just loved this!!

Ok, I'm done. I hope you enjoyed my project (hard to enjoy a tidy desk) and now please head over to the Stamping Ground for the links to other desks.


Monday, December 11, 2017

More FSJ Presents Cards!

I just could not come up with a catchy title today.  Just nothing.  Oh well.  But the cards I'm going to show are gorgeous!!  These are the other 2 cards we made from the FSJ Presents Bundle.

Isn't this just gorgeous!!!  I did particularly like the card the way we were supposed to make so I changed it and simplified it to my taste. Originally we stamped black feathers, leaves, and arrows over the flowers but, nope, just didn't much like.
Card stocks: Whip Cream and Lemon Drop
Stamps & Dies: Spring Botanicals and Everyday Scrip Bundle (available Jan. 1, 2018)
Inks: Lemon Drop, Kiwi Slice, and Black Licorice
Silks: Black Licorice (available Jan. 1)
Embellishments: Deco Strips Black, Journey Glaze, & Magical Candy Drops
Other: Foam Squares, Easy Glide Runner, and the Amaze machine

We did mask the 3 large flowers before stamping the leaves.  Lesson learned, after inking the large flower with Black Licorice and stamping some sticky notes clean the stamp with our stamp cleaner, an old tooth brush and a damp rag.  If not the black ink will goof up the next time stamping with it.

Here you can see that I added some Journey Glaze to the sentiment. Turned out pretty cool.

And the last card...

Isn't this little lame just adorable! He's part of our new Storybook Occasions stamp set (available Jan. 1, 2018) along with the sentiment.
Card stocks: Whip Cream, Catalina Splash, and Spring Filled Prints (available Jan. 1)
Dies: Journey Circles, Treat Label, and Border Basics
Ink: Black Licorice
Coloring Mediums: Bubble Gum Silk & Fresh Forest Liquid Color
Embellishments: Journey Glaze, Special Day Organza Ribbon, Bubble Gum Thread and Photo Pin Elements
Embossing Folder: Layered Scallops
Other: Foam Squares, Easy Glide Runner, Small Blending Brush, and the Amaze machine

We made a triple bow with the Bubble Gum thread and tied it to the Organza bow.  Really adds to the overall effect!

I really need to work on Christmas stuff and I do have a little Christmas Tree gift box I made for a friend. I'll be sharing it this week.  So come back on Wednesday or Friday, I haven't decided which day I'll be sharing it!


Friday, December 8, 2017

Bunnies and Flowers

Last Saturday me and 2 friends (also my downline) took part in FSJ Presents.  It's a 6 hour live YouTube party put on by Fun Stampers Journey with make n takes, demos, and more.  To take part one does have to purchase the "bundle" which has the stamps sets we use, 4 card kits, a booklet of directions, a paper pack, the upcoming new Mini catalog, and a surprise.  I'll share a couple of the cards with you today and another couple later.

I did share this card on my FB page but it is just so darn cute I have to share a bit more of it.  We used 3 solid card stocks, Fresh Forest, Sweet Berry, and Whip Cream, and our new Spring Filled Prints (available Jan. 1, 2018). The bunny and sentiment are from the Storybook Occasions (available Jan. 1).  We used Black Licorice ink and Sparkle Silk (you can see the Sparkle!).  And to give you a heads up, we're getting 3 new Silks!!!!  No, I'm not telling you yet what the colors are but I will soon!

We colored the bunny with watered down Fresh Forest Liquid Color and Bubble Gum Silk. Very cool! Oh, did you notice the black splatters with the Sparkle Silk?  Yep, it's one of the new colors, Black Licorice Silk!  (See, I told you this color real soon!) We used a number of embellishments, Journey Twine Natural, Heart Sparlke Drops, Deco Strips Black, and (I did use this last one) Journey Sparkle Cuts. I was supposed to use them on the hearts but I didn't bring my Journey Glaze and really didn't want to take the time to let it dry.  We embossed the Whip Cream layer with the I Heart embossing folder (retired).  Other items used: Details Pro Shears, Journey Days Stapler, Brush Silver Staples, and Journey Blending Brush Small, Easy Glide Adhesive, and Journey Squares medium.

And another card....

I really like the new set, Spring Botanicals!  The flowers and leaves are so pretty! So, we used 3 card stocks on this: Watermelon Fusion, Whip Cream, and Mirror Gold (for the embellies under the feather and flower). And besides the Spring Botanicals set we used the  new Everyday Script. Also used was our Journey Rectangles die set and Romantic Blooms die set (available Jan. 1).  Lots of inks were used, Lemon Drop, Watermelon Fusion, Kiwi Slice, Lemongrass, Black Licorice, and Tangerine Fusion.  We were supposed to use our Rich Sorbets PanPastels on the flowers as shading but I didn't do that.

This card used a lot of product, as you can see by the inks.  We had to mask the big flower before stamping the little one and the leaves. And we used a bunch of embellishments, Journey Twine Licorice Twist, I Heart Clip, Fashion Gold dots, Classic Elegance Journey Tape, and Simply Gold Journey Tape. We used the same adhesives and such on the previous card.  I have to admit I don't much care for the arrow on the yellow flower but over all this card is gorgeous!

I hope you are enjoying our 12 Days of Deals!  I'm placing an order today for some dies that have been on my wish list.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wednesday Desk 444 and Coffee

I was a busy beaver yesterday and got a project started and some of it accomplished for our Church Coffee Shop.  And as I was starting I decided to take my picture of my desk for today's fun international blog hop of desks put together by Julia at the Stamping Ground.  (And truth be known I was watching The Nightmare Before Christmas while I was working on my projects!)

My desk actually got quite messier as I worked but I did manage to tidy it a bit as I finished the projects I made.  You can see a 2" circle punch but dog-gone it, it wouldn't punch far enough in so out came the cutting mat and my craft knife. I didn't even have a 2" die! I cut a 2" circle on my Red Cricut and used it as a template.  Bummer. But you can see some stamps on the far left, one of the projects in the middle, and my ATG runner and edge of my Amaze die cut machine far right.  Want to see what I was working on??

I found a pattern to make the basic 4 oz. cup holder on Pinterest and made these little holders.  I'll get back to some more later.  All products are Fun Stampers Journey though the pattern papers are retired.  I'll take these to church tonight and give them to the gal who runs the coffee shop. She has some great recipes to fill the cups and the proceeds from the sales go to missions.

I really need to get going on some Christmas projects for myself but wanted to get some of these special projects out of the way.  Hopefully today I can get a ways on them.  I also found a gift store that may be interested in selling some of my cards and such.  Need to stop by and see them again later this week.  Anyway, please head over to the Stamping Ground and check out the links to a few dozen others who take part in sharing their desks and sometimes projects!


Monday, December 4, 2017

A Blue Brocaded Doily

I have had to restock my card rack at a local store (unfortunately no sales for 2 months) with some sympathy cards and replace the seasonal cards.  Using a sketch from a FSJ page challenge I came up with this:

I wanted to make a card that was a bit brighter than usual and love the elegance of this card.  I used 3 card stocks, Huckleberry Fusion, Pool Play, and Whip Cream along with the pattern paper from the Designers Choice Prints paper pack.  I used a retired embossing folder (oops) on the Pool Play banner that kinda matched the paper pattern.  I used 2 stamp sets, Decorative Doily Bundle and Sentimental Prints.

I love the Detail Foliage die and cut it into a few pieces to use.
Using Foam Squares, Easy Glide Runner, and Glue Dots I assembled my card.  I used our wonderful little Detail Pro Shears to do all my cutting.  This little scissor is non-stick and self-sharpening!!  Great for small areas but it's always right close to where I'm working.  I did all my die cutting on our Amaze machine which sits right next to where I sit at my work table.

Saturday I took part in our 4th FSJ Presents get together and played with stamps and items from our upcoming Bloom This Way mini (goes live Jan. 1, 2018).  I have ordered 16 minis to share with my customers and it will be available online, too.  I will be sharing the 4 cards we made later this week along with one of the great new products we got in our FSJ Presents bundle.  You can take part in these as a "customer" and be eligible to receive new products, make cards, receive the upcoming mini catalog, and get to purchase more product in bundles from the new mini! I did order 2 product bundles and they should ship about the 7th.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches #431

I think I almost have enough Christmas cards but this fun sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches was fun to play with. 

I did take a bit of liberty with some embellishments...

I tried the card without the Cranberry Bliss leaves just it was just boring!  I started with a Black Licorice card stock base then added the FALALA print from our Christmas Cheer Prints.   I cut a little strip of Black Licorice and added some of our Deco Strips Black (first time I've opened the package!) and adhered across the card base.  Next I cut a layer of Black Licorice and Whip Cream then stamped the sentiment from our Holiday Celebrations stamp set with Black Licorice ink. This sentiment layer I used Foam Squares to raise it up.  I love our Sparkle Silk and splattered some of that on the card for some, yep, sparkle.  Last I die cut the spring from our Blooming Details die set from some Cranberry Bliss card stock and adhered.  Finally a red dot from our Magical Candy Drops and I love how this turned out!

I'm having trouble getting that today is December 1 in my mind!  I really need to work on some Christmas projects and will share them as I get them completed.

So now head over to Tuesday Morning Sketches and check out the cool cards in this challenge and the great inspiration cards!


Thursday, November 30, 2017

December Specials

Can you believe that December starts tomorrow??  And that it's only 25 days until Christmas!!!!

But today is also the last day you can join Fun Stampers Journey for the amazing price of $25 (plus tax/shipping).  Click HERE to join!

And, if you join and have a qualifying order of $150 within 21 days of signing you can get our fabulous Platinum machine for $50 ($249.99 retail) plus tax/shipping!!!!!  This is a HUGE DEAL! And the Platinum is not a small machine but can handle 8 1/2" x 11" paper and large steel rule dies!!

But for December we do have a cool deal from our upcoming Bloom This Way mini that starts January 1, 2018.  This bundle is available tomorrow!

I have some of these products marked in my Mini and on my wish list! 

And I do have our December Bloom Box info for you...

A complete description is now on my FSJ Specials page. I see these birds and my mind immediately goes to the Partridge in a Pear Tree! But I also think of all the Gambel's Quail in our yard!  Beautiful!


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

WOYWW 443 and a Purple Dancer

Here in southern Arizona you'd never know that December is just a couple days away with the record setting temperatures we've been having.  But we're supposed to be back to upper 60's on Sunday.  Hard to get into the Christmas mood.  But I am in the mood to share a picture of my desk all because of Julia at the Stamping Ground.  I enjoy "visiting" others and their work areas and even projects!  So, I have my desk for you from yesterday afternoon and the card that is in progress on it.

You can see in my immediate work area a set of stamps, the card base, and my trimmer on top of some of the paper I'm using. And have you noticed there is an Amazon gift card between the card base and my stamp cleaning rag?  Yep, I'm working on a birthday card for our youngest granddaughter as her birthday is just over a week away!  I gotta get this in the mail!

She is a dancer like her older sister.  Both are in the Nutcracker that is put on yearly by the Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo, CA.  And she loves purple, well, she did when she was younger.  I used all Fun Stampers Journey products.

I masked the skirt and stamped purple roses.  I was thinking of adding tulle but couldn't find it (I guess I need to purge again).  I think she'll like the card.

So now please head over to the Stamping Ground and check out the links to more bloggers taking part in this weekly get together!


Monday, November 27, 2017

A Twisted Treat and Cross!

Have you bought anything on our great November Pockets & Lockets Sale??  I've got a couple items to show you that you may like!

This little treat box is just too cute!  Yes, it's a "cracker" box but it does make a cute little gift box, too!  I started with the Treat Twisters package and chose a black one (also has Whip Cream and Oatmeal Cookie colors). I cut out pieces of the HoHoHo print from the Christmas Cheer printed paper pack and adhered.   Next I die cut a piece of Pearled Basics Black and Candy Apple card stocks using the smallest snow flake in the Snow Blooms die set.  I also die cut a piece of scrap Whip Cream card stock with the smallest die and piercing element in the Tag Elements die set then stamped the text from Tag Elements ATS set using Black Licorice ink.

Here you can see the sparkle on the Candy Apple snowflake.  I used our Sparkle Silk all over it and added a Summer Play Sparkle to its center and the end of the tag.  I tied the ends of the box using our Journey Thread Silver.  It works wonderfully since the tie area is so small.  So what did I put in it?

I redecorated my Sparkle Tower Locket using the Licorice Tower Plate (background) and the Sparkle Cross Tower Plate  and got a very dramatic look!  I added the 27.5" Diamond Cut Link chain and it's a lovely gift for that special someone!

I have to admit the necklace does not fit in the Treat Twist box but it should give you some ideas!
Don't miss out on the sale!  Head over to my FSJ page and start getting your Christmas gifts and gift boxes before the sale is over!


Friday, November 24, 2017

A Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge

Wednesday I managed to get some time to play after hubby and I had a quick trip to Tucson to renew his 2 week expired CDL (commercial drivers license).  We were home by noon and I got caught up on laundry and this card.  And it is a Valentine Card as I'm needing to put some ideas together for my January class.  This is sketch 430 by Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Here is the sketch.  It is very similar to last week's sketch.  But Melissa wanted hearts and layers and I did get that done.  Here's my card...

I started with a base of Pomegranate Splash card stock then a piece from our Through the Years Prints.  Next I die cut some more Pomegranate Splash and Bubble Gum card stock with one of our Border Basics dies.

I used our Heart Film Die set to die cut another piece of Pomegranate Splash and Whip Cream card stocks. The sentiment from Ampersand Notes was stamped with Pomegranate Splash ink and I sponged more of the ink around the edges.  Bubble Gum Thread was looped between the 2 heart die cuts. A few Sweet Candy Drops were added for fun.

This card will probably be a good one for my class.  It was easy to put together and I love the look!  Now head over to Tuesday Morning Sketches for the links to more cards in this challenge!