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).


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

A Bushel and a Peck

Next Sunday our new mini catalog, Spring Into Summer, will be going live! Next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday FSJ will be sharing cards and such using products from the new mini for inspiration! But I'll share a card I made as part of a team challenge I gave out over a week ago.

I used a minimum of card stocks (for me anyway), Black Licorice, Sweet Pear, Whip Cream, and our new Sunday Adventure Prints.  The new stamp set is Bushel & a Peck.  I also purchased the coordinating dies so you can get it as a bundle. I stamped the words using Black Licorice ink on the Sweet Pear piece and splatted with some Black Licorice Silk.  I stamped the basket on Whip Cream using Oatmeal Cookie ink and die cut.

I cut a slit in the basket then added some stamped apples using Candy Apple and Limeade Splash (stamped off once on an acrylic block) inks.  To adhere everything I used our Easy Glide Runner and Foam Squares.  Also used was our Amaze machine and Details Pro Shears.

I usually take part in the WOYWW desk hop but today I'm going to visit my best friend in a hospital.  She had a stroke Monday afternoon (she's only 54) and we didn't know until yesterday morning.  She was getting MRIs and stuff yesterday so I'm heading up today.  Please say a prayer for Angie. Her husband said yesterday she was responsive and could take but was easily confused.


Monday, March 26, 2018

Follow Your Heart

This is the last of the 4 cards I made from our March Bloom Box and my favorite. I think it's the colors that really catches my eye as they are really different!

It does have unusual colors for trees and the mountains!  They were stamped on a piece of Whip Cream card stock with Rich Coral (2nd generation stamped - stamped off once on a piece of scrap paper), Cool Pool, and Sweet Pear inks.  Now, isn't that just cool!  I then splattered some Silver Silk over this piece.  I layered it on a piece of Cool Pool card stock then on a base of Sweet Pear using our Medium Foam Squares to pop it up.

Next I stamped the log on a piece of Cool Pool using Black Licorice ink then cut the end as shown. I stamped the phrase on a piece of Whip Cream also using Black Licorice but then I stamped it again on a piece of scrap using Rich Coral ink to get just the heart.  I carefully cut it out with our Details Pro Shears and used a small Foam square to adhere it in place. I wrapped a small strip of Bubble Gum card stock with a length of Journey Thread Lemongrass, made and knot then added some Brush Silver staples with our Journey Stapler.  I popped up the strip with Foam Squares and popped the Cool Pool piece over it.  Finally I popped the sentiment. 

There may be a few March Bloom Boxes still available if you want one but you need to order before Saturday midnight! Just click on the link at the top of this post and it will take you right to the Bloom Box in my website.  There you can add either ala carte (just 1 month) or subscribe for 6 months and get it for less.  You have a choice!

Friday I hope to update my FSJ Specials page with the new April Bloom Box and other info as I get it so you gotta come back!


Friday, March 23, 2018

Good Friends

I already have the info for our April Bloom Box but I still have 2 more cards from this month's box that I haven't shared yet.  So I guess I better share one today and the last one on Monday to get caught up!

This card is pretty cool but not quite my favorite (I'll share it Monday). 

I would never have thought of this background design with this set of stamps, Go Wild.  (Remember, this cool set is ONLY available this month.)  I stamped the mountains on the Black Licorice card stock layer using Whip Cream ink.  Looks pretty cool in real life.  I then splattered it with Gold Silk then layered it on a Cool Pool card base.  I used the Badge Label die set with Sweet Pear card stock to make the base for the top piece and the Oval dies with Whip Cream card stock for the sentiment.

I stamped the sentiment on the White oval using Black Licorice ink then splattered with more Gold Silk. I then stamped it again on a piece of scrap using Sweet Berry ink and again on another piece using Cool Pool ink.  I cut out the 2 word pieces and used our small Foam Squares to mount them over the words on the base. I set this piece aside for now.  Next I took strips of our Corrugated Stock, Project Me Prints, and Bubble Gum card stock, tor or banner cut an end of each and stapled them to the Sweet Pear Badge using our Journey Stapler and Brush Gold Staples.  I then used Medium Foam Squares to attach the sentiment piece over the top.

I do need to remind you here that all card stocks come pre-cut and pre-die cut so you don't have to worry if you don't have the dies.  I do not yet have the Badge die set so I love that this is done for me.  You do need inks, Silks (optional), and adhesives. You can even change the card design if you so desire.

Definitely a different look and I think this card would be great for a graduation card or even a retirement card!  What do you think?


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

My Desk and Easter Goodies

We are definitely in spring with our weather so sunny and warm. I have been working on Easter projects to send to our kids and their families.  And since today is the day I, and many others, share views of our desks I will share my desk and some of what I have done. Also, this fun weekly view of desks and many great projects is put together by Julia of the Stamping Ground.  This is week 459! I've been involved since about week 185 or so.

My desk is pretty tidy at the moment.  I had to clean it up before I start on my next project.  It was an absolute disaster last Friday. What you see here is some treats and a card game on the far left.  The little green thing is a cupcake holder with a little thing of cupcake sprinkles in it. Behind that are 3 card bags I recently made.  Kinda off center to the left are my Easter cards.  Most just need a little message in them.  The striped bags have Dum Dum suckers with fun toppers and behind them are 2 baskets with their handles removed to mail.  To the top right of my blue desk liner are some of my stamping tools.  In front of my lamp is my next project waiting to be started.  And far right my ATG adhesive runner and the corner of my Amaze die cut machine.  But last week.....

Oh yeah, I  ran out of room to work! You can see the baskets with their handles ready to attach with brads. There's a card on the far left for our stamp club meeting Saturday and behind it a small bucket with all the suckers. Whew!

What to see what I have almost ready to mail?

The 2 baskets are for our kids that have little ones. You can see some of the suckers I topped. Finding boxes for those have been tough but I may have a couple.  In front are the bags have the suckers.  Part of the Easter Party in a Box that I purchased through the company I'm with had little tags in the shape of Bread Tags (which was easy for me to cut since I have the die needed).

Well, that's it! I have been very busy.  After cleaning our church Monday I planted oodles of flowers and a shrub and was so sore I could barely move! Definitely had my steps in that day! Yesterday after Bible Study I worked on the stuff above.  These pictures were taken yesterday afternoon..  Today I will be packaging and shipping these goodies.  I will also be finishing up our tax stuff to send out which means making sure I have copies of everything and get them in the envelope to our son. So I will be popping in and out all day checking desks.  Remember to head over to the Stamping Ground and check the links!


Monday, March 19, 2018

Replace Fear

This beautiful card is another from our March Bloom Box.  To me it's very striking in color and design.  What do you think?

The Black Licorice top piece with the Rich Coral Tag just pops over the Cool Pool base.  I stamped the base using River Stone ink with the log from the stamp set Go Wild.  (This set is only available this month in the Bloom Box.)  The Black Licorice piece was die cut with one of our Circle dies then splattered with some Silver Silk.  A piece of Vellum was then adhered to the back and raised up on the base with Foam Squares.  The Cloud of Whip Cream card stock was also flicked with Silver Silk  but it was adhered with a piece of White Liner tape to the top layer.  I stamped the mountain on Whip Cream card stock with Black Licorice ink, cut it out with our Details Pro Scissors, and used Foam Squares to adhere it.

I stamped the Tag with Black Licorice ink and added a double bow of Natural Twine (adhered with a Glue Dot).  The tag was adhered with Foam Squares, too. A few Fashion Gold dots was added for a final touch. Also used was the Amaze machine for the die cutting.

The cards in the Bloom Box all came pre-cut with all the die cutting done. Most of the embellishments come in the box, too.  You supply the adhesives, inks, and Silks. 

This card and the others from this Box would be great for the young man graduating soon! Great sentiments and outdoorsy designs!

And don't forget our great Over The Rainbow Sale going on this month! Many great products are available at 25% off!  The cool Cloud dies and many other dies are available at such a great price!


Friday, March 16, 2018

A Hello in Eclipse Style

I was playing with some new product from our upcoming Spring Into Summer Mini catalog that releases April 1 and I remembered a couple cards I seen on blogs that I visit.  I never really knew the name of the technique but a couple fellow coaches from FSJ told me and I want to share this with you.

The cool green print paper is part of our new Sunday Adventure Prints and the Huge Hello die is also new.  I layered the print on Black Licorice card stock and used our small Foam Squares to pop the die. I did have to cut the squares in half and quarters to fit without being seen.

Here you can see the die a bit better. 

I also cut a jar of peaches and a salt & pepper out of a left over scrap of the print and popped them on the upper left and lower right of the card where they were. I colored the peaches with our Color Burst Pencils and added some Sparkle Silk using a small Blending Brush. To do this I placed a drop of Sparkle Silk on one of our acrylic blocks then picked it up with the brush and "painted" the peach.

When I showed this card to my hubby he was in awe trying to figure out what I did.  What a hoot! I think he's easily impressed.

Did you enjoy the sneak peak of a couple new products?  They will be available to purchase April 1! And I do have the flyer of the retiring list from our current Bloom This Way mini on my FSJ Specials page.  They are still available but you must act fast!

Today I'm teaching an Inspirational Easter Card class and hope to make an FB Live Video so check out my Face Book page, Stampin Hot with Carol, between 10 and noon Mountain Standard Time (we don't do Daylight Savings time so we're now the same time as the west coast).


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

WOYWW 458 and Let's Go Wild

We have definitely arrived at spring this week.  I planted more flowers and a cherry tomato last Sunday.  Our local Wal-Mart did not have a good selection so I'm thinking of heading into Tucson on Saturday to check out the plants at our Lower's store.  I have also noticed a hummingbird or maybe 2 so I need to start making food for them.

But today.... yes, today. You have the opportunity to view my desk and a card!  This is our weekly day to get together through our head desker, Julia at the Stamping Ground.  There are crafters from all over England, the U.S., and sometimes even France and Spain, that share their work desks and a project or two today.  Mine is busy as I'm prepping for a Easter card class on Friday.  I have 6 gals coming.

There is a pile on my Cricut of cards and stamps for customers.  In front, a die cut little bag, an empty paper towel roll (why it's not in the trash I don't know), stamps and as you work to the right, my sheet of card supplies and directions, then scraps, my Platinum machine, my ATG runner. Toward the center back are a bunch of Dum Dum suckers with Easter toppers.  I need to get some small boxes to mail these out next week. My little green guy at top right is my team mascot.  One of these days that Cricut will be gone as I hope to purchase a Scan n Cut.  I seen one in operation Saturday and it was most impressive! But it will take me a few months to save as so far they are about $300 on Amazon.  Ouch!

This is a card I made from our March Bloom Box.  It is a monthly thing with a stamp set and/or coordinating dies (if purchased), 4 card kits, and the directions. The cool stamp set with trees, mountains, and such spoke to me since I'm from an area not far from Yellowstone Park in northwest Wyoming.

Here's a closer look at the focal area. Lots of fun elements on here.

I hope you head over to the Stamping Ground and continue on looking at other desks. Some days I get quite a ways and other times it takes me a day or two but I'll be looking around in between getting my card kits made!


Monday, March 12, 2018


Well, spring has sprung in southern Arizona and yesterday I started planting some purchased flowers and a cherry tomato plant. I even cleaned off our porch and hosed it off, getting rid of weeds and dirt that accumulated over the winter. Needless to say I'm a bit stiff but I'm sure my job today (I help clean our church) will loosen my muscles.  But Friday I had a class (you can see the Live video on my FB page, Stampin Hot With Carol, last Friday morning. (I actually have 3 videos, 2 on Friday and 1 on Saturday.) During my class I put together the card I was teaching and finished it to give my gals ideas, and there are some pictures of the cards a few of them made also on my FB page.

I taught the Double Diamond with a Twist card.  I can't remember where I found it as I had to submit this class a year ago!   But the colors of my base card, Pumpkin Bread, Summer Days, and Banana Cream reminded me of sunflowers! I used Whip Cream card stock for the stamped images. So I pulled out 2 stamp sets, Hello Lovely and Honeycomb ATS. I absolutely LOVE how this turned out!!  I used 2 inks, Black Licorice and Pineapple Smoothie.  The Smoothie ink did wonderfully on the backgrounds!

All my coloring was done with our Color Burst Pencils.  I managed to get some pretty good blending done on the flower just using the pencils!  I used Medium and Small Foam Squares, White Liner Tape, and Sweet Candy Drops.  Nope, I didn't use the Amaze as there were no dies for any of the images, all were detail cut with our Details Pro Shears.  (And they are amazing as they are self sharpening and VERY sharp!) I think I should have added Journey Glaze to the bees or at least to their wings, I may yet.

So what do you think of my card? It does fit and A2 envelope though it may need some padding or something to protect it and the envelope.  That would increase the postage.  Now I need to start doing research for my classes in Jan., Feb., and March next year!