Monday, November 20, 2017

Sketch Inspiration

First of all FSJ has a couple tremendous sales coming up. The first starts on Black Friday!  Head over to my FSJ Specials page and check them out.  They're at the top of the page.

I enjoy making cards using sketches and last week we had another challenge on a FSJ coach page.

This was the sketch and here is my card....

I had such a busy week I made a pretty simple card, not much for embellishments but I love the effect I got! I started with a base of Pool Play card stock then added a layer I made using our Gel PressPool Play ink pad, and the Winter Wonderland stencil. I used Whip Cream card stock to make the prints and snowflakes. I then added a smaller set of the same layers then splattered them with Sparkle Silk.

The larger snowflake paper was also decorated using the Gel Press and another blue ink pad but it's been way too long for me to remember which ink. I used our Flannel Life stamp to make the pattern but you can't really see it. I die cut all snowflakes using our Snow Blooms die set.  I also used Sparkle Silk and kind of painted the 3 little snowflakes.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Pockets and More Pockets

You do know Fun Stampers Journey is having a fabulous sale called Pockets & Lockets. All our jewelry and many dies and boxes are on sale until the end of the month. For my Open House last week I made some pockets to tuck my business cards into for the gals who took my Make N Take classes that have never attended any of my classes.  (Whew, that was a long sentence!)

I started with the Scalloped Pocket die (on sale!!!) and 3 colors of card stock, Fresh Forest, Cranberry Bliss, and Whip Cream.  I used assorted prints from the Christmas Cheer Prints paper pack (available through Dec. 31)  All were stamped with the simpler text from Holiday Wishes stamp set and either Black Licorice or Cranberry Bliss inks.

This pocket used the Christmas elements from our Snapshot Frames die set with Candy Apple and Kiwi Slice card stocks.  I added a bit of Sparkle Silk to the berries and layered these over a strip of Licorice Sparkle Washi Tape.

I love these little red Poinsettia Bursts and layered it on some sparkle washi tape from the Candy Apple Journey Tape.

I punched this gorgeous snowflake using our Pearl Paper, Classic Elegance Journey Tape, and a  Fashion Silver dot.

I made 6 of each pocket and gave away 10 pockets.  I hope those who received these will contact me as I totally spaced having an email list for them to sign.  Oh well.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Big Deal

We only have 1/2 a month left to join Fun Stampers Journey for the ridiculous price of $25!
This Starter Kit is geared more for the hobbyist.  But the benefits are great!  Get your product for 20% off retail,  get access to training, a bi-monthly newsletter, and great inspiration, join a community of like-minded crafters,  have fun at our annual convention with demos, product, and more, and join my team, the FBI (Fabulous Bloomin' Inkers).  Don't delay!  Join HERE!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Desk and A Challenge

Well, it's Wednesday.  That hump day that says we're between weekends. And it's the day so many of us reveal our desks in whatever shape they're in. And this fun view of my desk and many others is put together by our head desker Julia at the Stamping Ground.  And, I was challenged by a friend to answer a challenge put on by another blogger!  So I looked around and found Tuesday Morning Sketches #429.  I used to do their sketches a year ago and I think it's about time I do it again! So, along with my desk you'll see my answer to their challenge.

This picture was taken yesterday afternoon as I just completed the challenge card.  There is some interesting things besides the card supplies I used.  In front of my red Cricut is a mug I made at a group I get together with when I can (and I did Nov. 4). It used the Envelope Punch Board.  I have seen these on Pinterest (and I do have it pinned!). In front of it is a pile of paper packages but the top one is the one I used the most, a brushed gold. (Oh, all supplies are from Fun Stampers Journey.) The little black thing is a piece of magnetic sheet for the die in the center of my white paper work space. There is also some glue dots and their box, my Bloom Tool, scissors, gold ink and ATG adhesive roller. Toward the back center are gold dots, white liner tape, 2 of our small adhesive rollers, and my OTT light. Far right are the plates to my Amaze machine.

Ok. Are you ready for my card?  First I'll share the sketch (TMS #429)...

And my card....

Does it follow the sketch? I wanted to play with gold as I usually play with silver!  I love how this turned out!  Again, all products are from Fun Stampers Journey.

And a close up of the poinsettias. I love how this turned out and today it will be in the mail to a friend as a special swap.  I'm sure she'll love it!

Ok, now you're at the end of my post.  Please check out both blogs, the Stamping Ground and Tuesday Morning Sketches, for lots more!!!


Monday, November 13, 2017

Open House Photos

Last Friday was my Open House in conjunction with a friend who is a CTMH consultant.  I think I had my table display looking very nice.

This was the first time I used my cool new table cloth and it looked GREAT! I had my display for my upcoming class on Friday with flyers and a few took those.  Next at the back was my little display shelf with another card display of holiday cards and a couple left over kits from last month's class.  Finally I had my trifold display with current FSJ info including our November sale info and Bloom Box flyer, the great Join Up Starter Kit special (yep, $25 for our Designer Starter Kit designed for the Hobbyist!).   In the front of the table are assorted products, door prizes, catalogs, Snapshots, and what not.  I did give away about 5 large catalogs, 10 Snapshots, and both Holiday Minis that I still had.

I had 2 make n take classes, a fun pink/brown Christmas card and a Cool Pool elegant card.  I had 6 for the first class (2 no shows but 2 walk ins) and 8 for the 2nd card. 

This card was made for a coach challenge a while back.  I wanted to introduce this class to our wonderful Silks and they had a blast!
Silks: Bubble Gum and Sparkle

This was the 2nd card and, can you believe it, I left the Hello stamp set at home!  I did find a small stamp to use in its place.  It was "Wishing you a" from our Holiday Wishes set.  I just took an extra card kit and cut up the folded base to the size I needed!

Card stocks: Whip Cream, Cool Pool, Silver Mirror,  and Vellum
Ribbon: Cool Pool
Embossing Folder: Love Stripes
Dies: Mystic Vine (a Host Exclusive) and Blooming Details
Other: Whip Cream Thread, Fashion Silver dots, Easy Glide Runner, Amaze machine, Glue Dots, Foam Squares

I did forget to have an email sign up sheet. I'll get one designed in my PrintShop program for the next time.  I am hoping to have another Open House with Susan in February when all our snow birds are here. 


Friday, November 10, 2017

Pockets & Lockets Necklace

This month we have a sale of assorted dies and our fabulous Bloom Collection of jewelry.  I have a number of pieces of jewelry and since today is my Holiday Open House I want to share my newly decorated piece.

This gorgeous necklace is  made up of a number of pieces.
The chain is the 27.5" Diamond Cut link.  I didn't take a close up of it but it is fabulous.
The locket is the large Sparkled Round Locket.  Look at the cool "jewels" around the circle!
I just got the Crystal Ring & Hoop which makes it so much easier to attach the chain.
You do need the appropriate sized Locket Kit to encase the locket as it's just a frame.
I used our Punch Handle and 1 1/4" Punch Cartridge and Candy Apple card stock for the background.
Next I used the smallest die only from the Snow Burst Bundle and Pearl Paper (and, of course, our Amaze machine) to make the snow flake.
Last a little Fashion dot for the center of the snow flake.

Though this isn't exactly a Christmas design I though winter would work.  What do you think?


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

My Desk and Dean's Gift

Seems like life has been very busy lately.  And this week is no different.  But I did manage to get a picture of my desk this week for the weekly deskers blog tour put together by Julia at the Stamping Ground.  I missed joining up last week.  (And Saturday my phone went on the blitz so I'm learning about my new Samsung Galaxy S8.  It's a lot different than the S4!)  But my desk is VERY busy as I prepare for an Open House on Friday.  I have 2 make n takes and many signed up!!  Oh my!  Today I'll be cutting kits!  But I better show you my desk before I ramble too much...

I have cards on top of my Cricut and to the left.  In the center I'm working on some small projects to give away and on the right my Amaze machine and ATG runner are in heavy use.  I'll share the pockets later as they're a long way from being done.

Yesterday was my hubby's birthday and I got him some DVDs with William Powell and Myrna Loy.  He LOVES the Thin Man series and I got him 6, I missed the Nick & Nora movie.  That will be a good one maybe for Christmas.

And since we're beginning to restore our 1947 International pickup I used a set having an old truck.

I know our truck will be more of a medium blue, not this light color but it will have a metallic paint and should sparkle a lot!  And in case you wonder, all products are from Fun Stampers Journey.

I tried to keep this relatively short and sweet and now I'm done.  Please head over to the Stamping Ground for the links to lots of desks!  You'll also see lots of great projects!


Monday, November 6, 2017

Golden Poinsettias

I tried a sketch challenge on our FB page for fellow coaches this week.  I enjoy the inspiration from other FSJ coaches and the challenge to come up with something different (at times).  Here's the sketch:

And here's my first attempt (because I changed it after I took pictures).

I used 2 stamps bundles, Poinsettia Burst and Holiday Script.
Papers used: Black Licorice, Cranberry Bliss, Whip Cream, and Christmas Cheer Prints.
Inks: Cranberry Bliss, Gold, and Kiwi Splash
Embellies: Berries & Holly Dots and Fashion Gold Dots

And now for the change....

I removed the 2 pine boughs on the right.  They just looked wrong.  Which version of the card do you prefer??


Friday, November 3, 2017

A Sketch Challenge

I have gotten away from doing challenges at the beginning of the year and I miss doing them!  I found this one but I couldn't link due to not having SU! stamps.  And here is my card:

I think this is the most layers I've done in ages! And I used quite a few different products!

I tried to get views of all the layers.  Hopefully they show up!

Products used:
Card stocks: Christmas Cheer Prints, Cranberry Bliss, Summer Days, Kiwi Slice
Whip Cream, Vellum, and Gold Mirror
Stamps: Snow Burst
Dies: Holiday Box Window Plates, Star-Dom and Piercing Elements, and Bloom Cluster Die
Washi Tape: Candy Apple Journey Tape
Thread: Whip Cream Thread
Embellishments: Summer Play Sparkles
Ink: Cranberry Bliss
Other: Glue Dots, Foam Squares, Amaze Machine, Easy Glide Runner

This was a fun challenge and I hope to do more! Such great inspiration!


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Special Card Packets for Autumn

Oh my!  I missed a post yesterday! I'm sorry but there is a reason.  Tuesday our church put on an alternative celebration to Halloween.  We call it The Blast and we had games, food, laser tag, a youth band, and Christian videos from 5 to 8 pm.  I worked all day Tuesday helping set up the laser tag maze (LOTS of PVC pipes and tarps) and working where needed.  Then I cleaned the church bathrooms and kitchen yesterday morning.  I am so very very sore and tired that when I got home yesterday I had to rest.  I'm requiring tylenol just to move!  But I did get finished with a task from last week's boot camp and want to share it now.

I made these little box envelopes using my Envelope Punch Board and Pumpkin Bread card stock.  I searched for the right pattern and found a site (The Crafty Owl) that, when given the dimensions needed, gave me the size of card stock and the 1st and 2nd score lines.  Perfect!  Inside these little packets are 3 cards, 2 with envelopes.  One card explains the packet.  Also there is a flyer for my next class, a business card, and a little candy.

This packet I die cut the Autumn Days maple leaf.  Two leaves are out of a piece of paper I designed using the Gel Press and assorted inks.  The other leaf has some PanPastels rubbed (using our large Dauber Dowel) on it and text from the Hello Fall set using Black Licorice ink.

With this packet I wrapped a piece of Pumpkin Patch ribbon around it. Next I used our Oval dies and cut a piece of Whip Cream card stock then stamped the Harvest ATS stamp with Black Licorice ink.  I colored it with our Color Burst Pencils.

Today I hope to get some more projects done and Saturday I'll be going to a crop in north Tucson. I sure hope those tylenol kick in and help me not ache so much!


Monday, October 30, 2017

Hello Beautiful

As I work my way through the business boot camp I had to make cards for certain tasks.  I showed you a pair last Friday, here's another pair.

The background pattern paper is one of the many I made on my Gel Press a month ago.  I do remember that I used our really cool Winter Wonderland stencil on this. I did learn that this stencil has lots of tiny pieces that can easily be. I used Pool Play card stock as the base, Whip Cream for the Flower Swirls images, and Brush Silver for the die cut Circle.

Here you have a closer look at the background.  I splattered it with a bit of Sparkle Silk along with the flower & leaves.

The text is from our beautiful Bold Wings stamp set from a Bloom Box earlier this year.  I colored the flower and leaves using a few PanPastels.

I love the simplicity of this card yet it is elegant.  I'm sure my recipients will love these!


Saturday, October 28, 2017

November Specials

I just uploaded our November Specials on my FSJ Specials page.  We have a great sale of assorted dies and our fabulous jewelry collection!

Check it out and don't miss out!  Sale starts Nov. 1 and ends the 30th! 

But our Planner products are still on sale until October 31.  And you can still join Fun Stampers Journey as a hobbyist through the end of November for $25!!

This is the lowest price to join a great company ever!!!!  And all starter kits are customizeable! Head over to my FSJ website (click on the top logo in the sidebar) then click on Become a Coach.  I love this company!!!!


Friday, October 27, 2017

Keep On Moving

I needed to make some cards for an assigned task through a business bootcamp I'm involved in. I'm falling a bit behind as I'm also very much involved in our annual church activity called The Blast.  It's a safe alternative with a gospel message for Halloween.  I'm in charge of registration.  With 3 others that will help me we have the parents of the children fill out a form with children's names and ages, address, etc. before they can enter the games & food area.  It's a big job. Hopefully I won't get booted out for not finishing all my tasks.

But I digress.  Here's a set of cards I made following a sketch from the Clean & Simple Blog.

I changed it up a bit by using a different border.  And the pattern piece started out as a design I made on our Gel Press.  Since I made the pattern a couple months ago I have no idea what products I used as I made MANY pages!

This card didn't quite come out as I envisioned but it's not bad, I guess.  I'll have to have a go at this sketch again someday.

Products used:
Card Stocks: Whip Cream, Beach Ball, Denim Days
Stamps: Hit the Road set
Dies: Border Basics
Inks: Denim Days, Beach Ball
Embellies: Summer Play Sparkles, Denim Days Sparkle Ribbon
Tools: Gel Press, Amaze machine

Also, in the last few days I lost ALL my followers!  It must be a Google problem.  I also lost almost all the blogs listed in my reader.  I sure hope everything shows back up!


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Again, a Busy Desk

Seems like my days have been so busy lately.  I was trying to think of a saying but I've totally lost it.  So, I'll just say "I'm so far behind I see my butt up ahead."  And I barely remembered that today is Happy Deskers Day... Well, close enough.  And you get the opportunity to view my desk and many others. And since I've been watching the old Mission Impossible lately as I work at my desk, "Your mission, Jim, should you choose to accept it"....  Yep, head over to Julia's Stamping Ground for the links to many other desks and great projects!

And now my mission is to show you my desk....

This pic was taken yesterday afternoon.  I was in the process of making 10 card kits for the 1st of 4 cards for my class on Friday.  I hope to get a LONG ways today on the other 3 cards.

And I made a card late last week using a sketch challenge.  I turned the sketch over and went from there.

I used a folded Baby Wipe and a couple of our Liquid Colors to make the background and splatterd with a Silk (a liquid shimmer product).  I wanted it to look windy.  I stamped the large dandelion and embossed the 2 little ones and did 2nd generation stamping for the little wisps of dandelions on the page. Some fun little sparkly dots, a sentiment, some layering and the card was done.  All products by Fun Stampers Journey.

So now your mission here is over - unless you'd be so kind as to leave a comment. Please head over to Julia's Stamping Ground, check out her desk and the links to others.  And maybe we'll meet somewhere along the way!


Monday, October 23, 2017

A Snowman, No, Snowlady

I've been playing around with some ideas for my November 27 Christmas Card class and kinda cased this idea from a friend.  Well, I only cased the circle layout.

This was fun to make and I did use a bunch of product...
Card stocks: Whip Cream, Huckleberry Fusion, and Christmas Cheer Prints
Stamps: Ethel Winter and Holiday Wishes
Inks: Black Licorice and Pool Play
Dies: Cloud Dreams and Circles
Embossing Folder: Yummy Dots
Blue Sparkle Tape, Sparkle Silk, Blending Brush, Color Burst Pencils, the Amaze machine, Foam Squares, White Liner Tape, Scissors
And since my gals, like me, have oodles of different colors of Stickles, Xmas Red on the buttons.

Did you notice the snowy background?  I applied my Pool Play ink pad to the embossing folder before carefully putting the piece of card stock in it and embossing.  I'm really liking this (new to me) technique!

A week ago I was challenged to write my "Me in a Minute" story.  I thought I'd share how I got to this point in time....
I have been a crafter from 1st grade and my mom was my encourager. About 20 years ago a friend introduced me to stamping and card making and I was smitten. Then in 2002 I joined a company & community under her which accelerated my love and joy of sharing with others through teaching monthly classes in my home. January 2015 I joined Fun Stampers Journey though a friend (after 6 months of internal debate) as a hobbyist after I quit teaching at a local scrapbooking store. I love the products and the family I have joined. I now have a great and growing team and teach monthly classes again to share my joy of stamping.


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Make Amazing Happen Blog Hop

Welcome to the Journey Blog Hoppers Make Amazing Blog hop! ! I’m so happy to have you hoppin Along! If you have arrived from Heather"s blog, you’re on the right track! If Not, that’s ok too! Just continue the hop and you will come full circle!

I'm sharing a card I made based on a September 19 FSJ blog post.  I changed it up to use what I have and make it a Christmas card for a November 17 class.

I used a variety of products:
Card Stocks: Whip Cream and Rich Coral
Inks: Rich Coral and Gold
Dies: Doily and Circles
Stamps: Poinsettia Burst Bundle (available through Dec. 2017) and Holiday Script Bundle
Embellishments: Fashion Gold dots and a Gold Just Write Gel Pen
Other: Amaze machine, White Liner Tape, Foam Squares, and scotch tape (from my stash)
Just click on the product to go to it in the Shopping area of my website.

Also don't forget that our fabulous Planner products are on sale this month.  Just click on the Shop Here button, then on the Make Your Mark for

Thank you for stopping by today, be sure to head to Kim’s blog next.

Blog hop list: {Insert blog hop list}
Me > you are here!


Friday, October 20, 2017

A Few Be Brave Cards

On looking back I realized I haven't shared these cards I'm sending in for the FSJ Be Brave Breast Cancer Card Drive.  I made these Oct. 7 and did get them uploaded to my computer and uploaded to my Google photos to share but that's as far as I got!

I'll just share these 4 for now but all of these were made using old Bloom Box card kits.  I'm not going to list the supplies as that would be a HUGE list! But I have a few more to share later.

Tomorrow I'm taking part in a Journey Coach "Make Amazing Happen" Holiday Blog Hop!  Please come back and check out the 7 of us involved.  I've seen a sneak peek of Heather's project and it was intriguing!