Friday, July 20, 2018

Merry Everything and Happy Always

Three times a year Fun Stampers Journey has a fun 4 hour YouTube party celebrating the soon-coming-out Mini catalog about 2 weeks before it goes live.  July 14 we (those who registered and got the registration bundle) enjoyed receiving stamps, dies, paper, card kits, and more enjoyed making 4 cards with a holiday theme. I shared the fall card Wednesday (previous post) and today I'm sharing another.  We made 3 Christmas cards and I just LOVE this one!

I don't have the link to the new stamps and dies but can give you the SKU #s.

Stamp Set: Merry Everything SS-0585
Dies: Border Basics, Journey Rectangles, and Frame It DI-0503 (Host Exclusive)
Card Stocks: Cool Pool, Whip Cream, Bubble Gum, Lemon Grass, Oatmeal Cookie, and Cozy Winter Prints 
Inks: Clear Pigment, Black Licorice, and Whip Cream
Coloring: White Embossing Powder and Silver Silk
Embellishments: Celebration Buttons, Cut Rhinestones, and Satin Bubble Gum Ribbon
Tools: Details Pro Shears, Heat Gun, Sponge, and the Platinum machine

I really like this stamp set. It has 9 stamps, 3 sentiments, the deer, 3 stockings, a star, and a tree. You're gonna have to wait until I can share the link to the Mini to see this set. Unfortunately, there's no coordinating dies. I didn't have much trouble cutting out the deer as our Details Pro Shears are small (and self sharpening!!!) and can get into small spots.

What's your favorite thing about this card??


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

My Desk and a Foxy Card

I've been able to spend a bit of time at my desk this past week as I took in a Live YouTube Video party through the company I'm with and make 4 cards that were in the Registration box.  It was a HOOT! Four hours of demos and fun antics. So now I need to get a bit more serious as today you get to see what my desk looked like yesterday afternoon as I worked on a card sample for my August class.  And my desk view and many more are linked together by our head desker, Julia at the Stamping Ground.  Please head over to her place at the end of my place....

So what is going on here?  Far left front are the dies I used to add details to my card that is sitting front and center.  Between them are stamps. And far right front, packages of paper, some scraps, my Platinum machine, my ATG adhesive runner.  All across the back of my desk you'll find my Scan N Cut 2, acrylic blocks in a red container, 2 baskets full of liquid goodies, ink pads, and who knows what!

But this week we had to replace my ceiling light.  It has been burning out light bulbs at the rate of 1 a month (2 in the fixture so both were being replace frequently!) lately.  I've been using cool LED bulbs and the cost of replacing them this frequently is mounting.

The 1 bulb is putting out way more light than the 2 in the enclosed fixture that we replaced.  So much nicer.

This is one of the cards from our FSJ Live party that was in the registration box.  Cute stamps.

I stamped the fox and acorn using 2 different inks.  Different.  I will be playing with this stamp set more later. (All products by Fun Stampers Journey.)

Now my post has reached its end.  I hope you head over to the Stamping Ground and check out the links to lots more desks and oodles of great projects!


Monday, July 16, 2018

Blessed and Thankful

I'm so enjoying our new stamp sets from our just released Catalog (link to online version in the sidebar).  Here's a couple cards I made last week while at a papercrafters get together.

I actually used a long gone Bloom Box card kit that was given me so the print paper is no longer available BUT we do have 2 new paper packs that have wonderful Black/White papers!

Isn't the rooster just gorgeous!!!  I used our Color Burst Pencils to color him and added a bit of a light grey around him to help pop him a bit more.

Products used:
Stamp set: Humble & Kind
Papers: Whip Cream, Black Licorice, and (try RSVP or Colorful Journey Prints)
Ink: Black Licorice
Dies: Journey Circles
Coloring: Color Burst Pencils
Embellishments: Pink World Sequins
Tools & Adhesives: Platinum machine, Easy Glide Runner, Foam Squares, Details Pro Shears, and Glue Dots

I did change the print paper in this card as I really liked the colors better.

I think the Bubble Gum paper really sets off the Oatmeal Cookie circle yet it's still kinda homey in design.

Products used:
Stamp Set: Life is Beautiful Bundle
Papers: Whip Cream, Bubble Gum, Oatmeal Cookie, and RSVP Prints
Ink: Black Licorice
Coloring: Color Burst Pencils
Embellishments: Natural Thread, Pearls, and Paper Clip Elements
Tools & Adhesives:  Platinum machine, Easy Glide Runner, Foam Squares, and Details Pro Shears

Which card is your favorite?


Friday, July 13, 2018

A Washi Cross

This past Wednesday I made this card while doing a FB Live Video on my Stampin Carol page. I love this new stamp bundle and the way I made the cross was demo'ed at our Convention last month.

I love how this turned out and may use this as a card for an upcoming class later this year.

Products used:
Stamps: Strength & Hope Bundle
Paper: Whip Cream, Denim Days, and Pool Play
Ink: Black Licorice
Washi Tape: Denim Prints
Embossing Folder: Tiny Dots (a Bloom Benefit FREE with a $75 order)
Embellishments: Patootie Burst
Dies: Journey Circles and Circle Around Dies
Tools & Adhesives: the Platinum, Easy Glide Runner, Foam Squares, and Glue Dots

I also have my video on YouTube if you'd like to see it.  HERE'S the link...

Have you checked out our new Inspiration Book/Catalog?  The link is in the sidebar, just click on the picture of it.  It's over 330 pages, has over 200 new products, and over 550 projects to inspire!


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

What's On Your Workdesk #475

Another Wednesday.  It's a great day to join up with Julia at the Stamping Ground for the weekly blog tour of desks as we're FINALLY getting our Monsoon rains!  What a relief! Temperatures have dropped by at least 10*. Can hear the cicadas and California toads along with the happy quail and other birds. Actually, it gets quite loud! But again, I digress.  I bet you want to see my desk...

I've been having fun playing with new products from our recently released Inspiration Book/Catalog but you can't tell it here.  The main item on my desk is a book full of goodies for a special presentation coming up July 14 called FSJ Live.  It's basically an online YouTube party.  I'll be glued to my computer and TV watching and making cards from kits that are in the box.  If you are interested you can check out my Monday post HERE of what I worked on this past weekend.

Anyway, my desk will get cleaned up real soon as I'm thinking of making a FB Live Video on my Stampin Carol page about 10:30 am Arizona time.  I'm finding I get a lot of traffic with videos.

But now you've reached the end of my post.  I hope you head over to the Stamping Ground and check out others who take part in this fun tour. I'll be hanging around checking out a bunch as I work on projects.


Monday, July 9, 2018

It's a Piece of Cake

Well, yeah!  We have a new die in our catalog called Triangle Treat Die Set.  Oh my gosh I LIKE this!  I will be sharing this with my team at a meeting July 17.  I even made a FB Live video on how to make it.

It will take 8 boxes to make a round paper cake.  But oh, aren't these cute!!!

Products Used:
Card stocks: Whip Cream, Candy Apple, and Lemon Drop
Stamp Sets: Remarkable You and Text Happy
Ink: Black Licorice
Other Dies: Star Burst Bloom and Blooming Details
Embellishments: Fresh Cuts, Magical Candy Drops, and Special Celebrations Sequins
Adhesives: Journey Craft Glue, Foam Squares, and Glue Dots
Tools: the Platinum, Crease Tool, and Details Pro Shears

I had a lot of fun with this as you can see.  I need to get some goodies to put in them.  And to open the boxes you just gently lift on the banners! 

Did you notice the little flower between the 2 boxes in the first picture?  I made that, too!

I used just a few things to make this:
Card Stocks: Fresh Sage and RSVP Prints
Ink: Whip Cream
Dies: Cupcake Liner and Summer Bouquet
Embellishment: Rainbow Drops
Adhesive: Journey Craft Glue and Glue Dots
Tools: the Platinum, a sponge

I did make the cupcake liner smaller than usual as it was a bit to big to hold my flower. It's pretty easy to match up the scallops.

If you want to watch my YouTube Video you can see it HERE. Remember, it started out as a FB Live and I have NO idea how to edit it yet.

What would you put in the boxes?  Well, chocolate for the white one but what about the red?


Friday, July 6, 2018

A Flowery Thank You

Last Friday I made a FaceBook Live Video showing how I made this card. (Click on the link to go to my page then click on Videos then my June 29 video.)  I have fun making the videos but it does take a bit of prep and I do get a bit comedic.

I made the card on the left on the video and the one on the right at Convention.  I didn't follow directions at Convention.  I think I was just a bit tired by the time we got to the Make N Take session and did leave a bit early. I wanted to use all of our great new colors of card stocks from the Good Life Bundle and definitely got a whole different look.

The card on the right I adhered the Whip Cream panel to the back of the Oatmeal Cookie front instead of the the back inside.  And I used the Dauber Dowel to color swirls on a piece of Whip Cream to stamp the flowers.  The colors are very vibrant.

Card on the Left Products Used:
Stamps: Cottage Bouquet Bundle and Many Thanks AT
Card stocks: Whip Cream, Oatmeal Cookie, and the Good Life Bundle
Ink: Black Licorice
Silk: Black Licorice
Sequins: Special Celebrations
Tools: Details Pro Shears, Platinum machine, White Liner Tape, Foam Squares

Card on the Right Products Used:
Stamps: same
Card stocks: only Oatmeal Cookie and Whip Cream
Inks: Black Licorice, Rich Coral, Watermelon Fusion, Citrus Cooler, Beach Breeze, and Lemon Grass
Coloring & Mediums: Lemon Drop and Cool Pool Liquid Colors
Silk: Black Licorice
Sequins: Special Celebrations
Tools: same AND Dauber Dowel Large and pads

Here you can see how the cover is not attached to the Whip Cream inside and the sentiment is hidden behind it inside.

And the card with the Whip Cream panel adhered to the back of the card front.  I think either way looks good but the top one has a better look to me.

What do you think??

And I want to share a great YouTube video with you of a recap of our Fun Stampers Journey 4th Annual Convention last month if Phoenix, Arizona.

I hope this works as I embedded it directly from YouTube. If not you can search YouTube for it by looking for Fun Stampers Journey Better Together Annual Convention 2018.  If you watch close you will get a couple glimpses of a little green Secret Agent Man, the team mascot for our Fabulous Bloomin' Inkers team! If you are interested in joining FSJ just click on the shopping cart in the side bar then Join My Team!  We have 2 great Starter Kits that allow you to choose the stamps you want and other products!  Great deal!


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Wednesday Work Desk and More

For those in the USA, HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! I hope you have a great celebration!

Today is also the day I take part in a weekly blog tour of desks sponsored by our head desker, Julia at the Stamping Ground.  This is week 474, yes, I typed that correctly.  And my desk this week is SO tidy compared to last week!

Let's see, far left you can see a package of Baby Wipes sitting on my Scan N Cut and in front of that is a pile of papers and a huge teal flower that was hanging on the back of my chair.  I got it at our FSJ Convention June 20 - 23.  I just have to use better tape on the paper clip on its back. Center, tools, work pad to keep my desk relatively clean and a card I made at Convention but haven't posted yet and another I made for a challenge.  On the right, our new catalog that I'm getting ready to put in my car for someone, my OTT light, my Platinum die cut machine with a paper towel on the platform and some scraps of paper.  It will get busy later.

I sent an Independence Day banner to a daughter-in-law for her birthday.  She sent me a photo and gave me permission to share.  I did share it a while back but hanging on her fireplace is SO much better than laying on our floor.

She is an amazing home designer and her house is like a showcase! She used to hire out to do home decorating but once our grandson came along she became a stay at home mom (and a great one at that but of course I'm biased).

That's all I have for you today.  Please head over to the Stamping Ground for links to other desks and probably a few great projects!


Monday, July 2, 2018

A Thankful Bouquet

Have you checked out our new online catalog?  It's in the sidebar!  334 pages!!! That baby's BIG!!
I now have the links to the new products.

Here's a card that I was supposed to make at our Convention's Make N Take session but brought home to make instead.

You can definitely see my boo-boo.  I got the layer with flowers adhered crooked. I tried to fix it but the layers of paper under it started tearing so it stays as it is.

Stamps: Cottage Bouquet Bundle
Dies: Pocket Cuts (on my wish list!)
Card stocks & Printed paper: Whip Cream, Lemon Grass, and Good Life Prints
Inks: Black Licorice, Denim Days, Catalina Splash, and Lemon Grass
Coloring & Mediums: Cool Pool, Catalina Splash, and Lemon Drop Liquid Colors
Embellies: Stain Ribbon Lemon Grass and Pearls
Adhesives: Easy Glide Runner, Foam Squares, and Journey Glaze
Tools: Details Pro Shears, Blending Brush Medium, the Platinum, and a Dauber Dowel Large

I was playing around with my Blending Brush and Liquid Colors on these flowers. Love the effect I got, what do you think?  Also I had to use my itty bitty iron to take out the creases in the ribbon as it comes in the kit folded.  As long as you don't hold the iron on long, just short quick swipes, you can take out the folds and creases.

Also, I have a new FB page for my projects and more.  Just head over to Stampin Carol and follow! My page has a used name of JourneycoachCarol.  I hated changing but FB wanted some changes, I made them 3 weeks ago and they said they were shutting down my page. So, change I did! I hope all my followers from my old page come to my new.


Friday, June 29, 2018

New Catalog!

Fun Stampers Journey's new 2018-2019 Inspiration Book goes live Sunday, July 1!!  I hope to have the link posted sometime Saturday so you can get a head start on viewing our great products!!

There are so many new stamp sets, dies, and much much more to excite you!  Watch the left side bar for when the old catalog picture is changed to this picture!!


Life is Art

At convention last week we had a Make N Take session.  I screwed up 1 card and got flustered to brought them home to work on.  Here is 1 of 4 that we were to make.

Now, many of the items in this card won't be available until Sunday when our new Inspiration catalog goes live but I can give the names of what they are.

Stamps: Flower Tangle (SS-0431) and Color Pop (SS-0613)
Card stocks: Whip Cream, Watermelon Fusion, Rich Coral, Citrus Cooler, and Turbo Teal
Inks: Black Licorice, Rich Coral, Tangerine Fusion, Citrus Cooler, and Watermelon Fusion
Silks: Citrus Cooler
Dies: Journey Ovals, Bunch of Hearts (DI-0501-new Bloom Benefit!), and Baby Envelope (DI-0410)
Embellies: Sweet Candy Drops and Girls Life Sparkle Tape (AC-0356)
Adhesives: Easy Glide Runner, Foam Squares, and Glue Dots

For the letters I inked the whole stamp with our Citrus Cooler ink, then added Rich Coral ink to the top part and Watermelon Fusion to the bottom then stamped. I then inked the stamp with Black Licorice ink and ever so slightly moved over and up before stamping.  My stamp positioner was an excellent help in doing this.

What do you think of this card? Definitely FULL of color! and I really like our new Flower Tangle background stamp.

I will have the link to our new catalog available sometime tomorrow, I hope.  It is FABULOUS!! Great stamps and dies along with so much more!  Great photography, too! And the actual catalog has pages that are so soft and smooth!

I also have a FaceBook page at Stampin Carol.  If you're on FB it's username is JourneycoachCarol.  There you'll find not only these projects but Fun Stamper Journey specials and projects.  FB wouldn't accept the changes they wanted and said they'd basically hide my page so I made a new one with the correct settings. 


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

An Overloaded Desk

Yes, I've been awol most of this month as we went to California to attend our granddaughter's high school graduation, I had some car issues, and I went to the Fun Stampers Journey 4th annual convention.  This week I've had my mammogram and started inventorying what is on my desk.  As you know each Wednesday there is a great blog tour of desks called What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, week 473,  put together by Julia at the Stamping Ground.  And my desk is an absolute fright! This picture was taken early Tuesday morning as I unpacked my goodies I purchased.  Please don't faint, it is just a tad better today. I actually posted this picture of my desk on Monday but it was so bad I thought it would give a goo laugh.

I do have all the stamps put away as of last night.  I have mark my catalog with what I have and added tabs for each category to keep me straight. And I have oodles of retiring stamps in a big bag.  Wow! I have a friend in Canada who gets first dibs on those.

This is the shelf I store most of my stamps, dies, embossing folders, punches, and such on.  It's actually not overloaded as so many of my stamps retired!

I have also had to create a new FB page for my FSJ business as they keep telling my that my page will become a place people can't check in on.  I changed my settings and such and asked on some forums but, no help. So, new page. I'll share the name/link on my Friday post.

So now please head over to the Stamping Ground and check out all the links to the crafters brave enough to share their desks though I'm sure no desk looks this bad.


Monday, June 25, 2018

Convention Desk

No, today is not What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday which I haven't participated in this month but this is my desk after I started unloading all the goodies I purchased and got as freebies at our Fun Stampers Journey 4th Annual Convention.  Boy, do I have a lot of sorting to do!

This is SOOOO bad I'm not sure where to begin!  I have been getting our new catalog fixed up with category tabs so I can find products easier.  And boy, it is a BEAUT!!!  It goes live July 1 and I already have the link but can't share it yet.  I have 16 catalogs coming for my customers and a few to spare. I need to take a good picture of it's cover to share and hopefully that will be done soon. 

So where should I start???


Friday, June 22, 2018

Bridging the Gap

Last night we did our Color Crop event at our Convention.  Our table did it's own swap which was a fancy fold card.  I decided to make a card that I'll be teaching next year (yeah, I had to submit all 3 cards early April for next January, February, and March). I did some research back then and again a month ago to come up with inspiration for this card.  There were LOTS of great ideas on Pinterest.  This is what I came up with.

Does my Hello look like it's floating?  That was what I was trying to make it look like.

Products used:
Card Stocks: Whip Cream, Pool Play, Green Olive, Kiwi Slice, Limeade Splash, Candy Apple, Bubblegum, and Black Licorice
Specialty Paper: Clear View Sheets
Inks: Black Licorice
Silks: Sparkle
Stamps: Arizona Trail Bundle
Dies: Huge Hello
Embossing Folder: Above the Clouds
Tools: The Amaze, White Liner Tape, Glue Dots, Craft Glue, Easy Glide Runner, Crease Tool, and Paper Trimmer

When this card is folded it will fit in an A2 invitation envelope which makes it easy to mail! I hope to make a few others for samples at my class next January.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Do Small Things

I was watching a video I shared on my FB page on June 9 that Shannon made and I just had to try it!  She took a large die and only cut part of a page.  I should have taken a picture of my card before I started decorating but I used our Geo Burst Die set and cut about 1/2 of it on the front of my card base.

Products used:
Stamp set: Small Things
Card stocks: Limeade Splash, Kiwi Slice, Pool Play, Beach Breeze, Banana Cream, and Outrageous Pink
Other dies: Blooming Details
Ink: Black Licorice
Embellishments: Fashion Silver dots
Tools: the Platinum, Craft Knife, Journey Ruler, Cutting Mat, Easy Glide Runner, Foam Squares

I lined up the die cut flowers and leaves along the edge of where I did a partial cut.  Using my new Journey Ruler, Knife, and Cutting Mat I carefully cut the edges of what would have been die cut had I done a full cut. I have done this technique with embossing folders but this is a first for me!  Love the look!

What do you think?


Monday, June 18, 2018

A Father's Day Advent Treat Box

I made another little treat box for my hubby.  I used one of our cool Advent Boxes and started decorating.

I enjoyed decorating this box with the Hit The Road stamp set and various inks.

Other Stamps:  Annual Celebrations
Dies: Border Details and Tag Set
Inks: Pumpkin Bread, Oatmeal Cookie, Hazelnut Blend, Cocoa Powder, and Black Licorice
Colorant: Color Burst Pencils
Embellishments: Natural Thread
Tools and more: the Platinum, Dauber Dowel Large, and Foam Squares

I even made a YouTube video (actually it was a FB LIVE video) to share.

I do have a little bit of personal stuff on my video (as usual) and since it was a live video I said hello to a couple gals who came on while I was making this. But a little bit of personal just makes it more real.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

A Father's Day Treat Box

I made a special little gift box for my dad fill with candy.  I have our fun Treat Boxes and really need to use them more often. They are corrugated which gives them great texture and are perfect for a masculine design!

I used some retired ribbon that is so colorful to jazz up the brown box.  I used our Circle dies to cut the hole in the top and then added a piece of our Clear View Sheets to fill it in to keep the candy in.

Other products:
Card stock: Whip Cream
Stamps: Annual Celebration
Ink: Turbo Teal
Other Dies: Bread Tag
Embellishment: Sweet Candy Drops
Tools: the Platinum, White Liner Tape, and Foam Squares

I screwed up my first box and die cut the wrong flap so rather than toss the box I used it to cut the tag and will use the rest of it for other projects.

I gave this to dad Thursday night and he got a kick out of it.  Are you ready for Father's Day??  I have lots of inspiration from FSJ on my FB page.  You will need to scroll down a ways as I have LOTS of stuff on there!


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Let Hope Never Fade

I've had so much going on for the last month I haven't been able to take part in any challenges.  Well, today I am. Tuesday Morning Sketches has a great sketch this week and when I seen it I knew immediately, well, kinda immediately, what I wanted to do.  Here's the sketch:

Isn't this cool!  And there are some great cards already posted.  But here's my card.

I used a variety of Fun Stampers Journey products on this.  Unfortunately the gorgeous print paper has retired but everything else is current.

And a couple close ups....

Products used:
Stamps: Spring Botanicals Bundle, Small Things Bundle, and Text Happy stamp set
Embossing Folder: Diamond Netting
Card Stocks: Whip Cream and Watermelon Fusion
Inks: Black Licorice, Watermelon Fusion, and Fresh Forest
Other: Journey GlazeSparkle Dust (on the butterfly), and Color Burst Pencils
Tools, etc.: the Platinum, Foam Squares, Easy Glide Runner, Details Pro Shears, and Paper Trimmer

I hope you head over to Tuesday Morning Sketches and check out the cards! And leave a little comment here about my card if you're so inclined!


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A Bokeh Technique Card

I did my weekly FB Friday Live video on June 1 showing how I do the Bokeh technique on a card.  It had been a long time since I played with this technique and it was even more fun as this time I pretty much knew what I was doing!

I used a great ATS stamp, Scenic Route, that is in our current Spring Into Summer mini (link in the sidebar) that is NOT going to carry over into our upcoming big Inspiration Catalog that goes live July 1. So, if you try this link after July 1 it will not work.

Products used:
Card Stocks: Beach Breeze and Whip Cream
Inks: Beach Breeze, Lemon Drop, Pool Play, Lovely Blue, Orange Creamsicle, Whip Cream, and Black Licorice
Dies: Cloud Dreams, Journey Circles, and Star Burst Blooms
Coloring: Color Burst Pencils
Other: Sparkle Dust
Tools: Large Dauber Dowel, the Amaze (retiring June 30), Easy Glide Runner, Foam Squares, Journey Glaze, Paper Trimmer

It's really hard to see the flowers in the full card picture so here's a closer look and you can see the 3 flowers that have the Journey Glaze and Sparkle Dust.  And since it's also hard to see the Bokeh dots....

And if you want to watch me make this card, here's my video.  I hope you enjoy it!

Next week I'll be heading to our FSJ 4th Annual Convention. I'll be coming home with some new products, the new Catalog, and new friends! I plan on doing Live videos on my FB page, StampinHotWithCarol so head over there the 20 - 23 and who knows what you'll get to see!


Monday, June 11, 2018

A Black & Gold Graduation Card

Last Friday we attended our middle granddaughter's high school graduation. What a fabulous time we had with so many family members!  I did make her a special card using her school colors, black and gold.

I seen a fellow coach's card and it so inspired me to make this one.  Didn't it turn out great!

Stamp Set: Bravo Grad
Dies: Hats Off and Star Burst Bloom
Inks: Gold and Black Licorice
Card stocks: Black Licorice, Whip Cream, and Brushed Gold
Washi Tape: Licorice Sparkle and a retired one but the Simply Gold would work wonderfully!
Accessories: Fashion Gold dots
Tools and Adhesives: The Platinum, Paper Trimmer, Foam Squares, Easy Glide Runner, Glue Dots,
Details Pro Shears

I searched the web for a sentiment for the inside which I used a word program and printed.

Here's a little closer look at some of the elements.

Next week I'll be heading off to our FSJ 4th Annual Convention!  I will be doing some FaceBook Lives from there so you will need to check out my page at This Link.