Friday, July 20, 2018

Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop | FSJ | Just For You

Welcome to the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop!  I'm excited for three reasons.  First, the Coffee Loving Cardmakers are hosting an FSJ sponsored blog hop; second, because I LOVE coffee; and third, there is a chance to win!

For my project, I pulled some of the new products from the FSJs new Inspiration Book & Catalog for 2018-2019.  The new Grid Paper background stamp inspired this clean, graphic, card.

This card was also a fun excuse to get to play with the new Coffee First Die Set that was introduced in the Spring into Summer mini catalog.  Very excited this die set will be staying for the year!  This is a set of 8 dies and you can create two versions of a to-go coffee cup.  And don't forget tea!!  There's even a die for a tea bag!  I went with an iced to-go coffee, die cutting my cup and lid from vellum.  For the 'coffee,' I die cut another cup, and then just trimmed the top at an angle to make it look more like coffee.


I used our new Circle Around die set with our new Pop of Color tape with cardstock to die cut a small circle to add to my coffee cup sleeve.  The new Tin Pail cardstock was perfect here as a card panel to add just a bit more color and texture using our Journey Rectangle Long die set to pierce just one side.  To finish the card, I added some small splatters with Dark Roast Silk, Sea Stones, and for the sentiment, I used a new stamp from our My Sentiments category called Remarkable You

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Monday, July 09, 2018

FSJ Launch Party | Birthday Cards | Easy to Replicate

We are so very excited at Fun Stampers Journey to launch our brand new big catalog!!  You can view it online here.  And check out the posts for the Launch Party on Facebook!  The entire Journey Crew has worked so hard to get the catalog come join us!!

I'm joining in by showing...well, a few favorites from the catalog.  I am the type of person that loves it ALL, but I did try to narrow it down.

We always always need birthday stamps and I think the Birthday Candles stamp set is so versatile for not just birthdays, but any special occasion.  Hands down a must have stamp set.  Here's how I used it to make some quick birthday cards I of which is for my soon-to-be 10-year old!  Hitting the double digits!

I have always been a fan of mixing the old with the new.  I paired the stamp set with our Birthday Bash Embossing folder.  Now, here are all the new goodies that I added!!!  Playful PrintsBirthday Candles Die SetChambray Shirt CardstockChambray Shirt Ink PadCircle Around Die SetJourney Corner Rounder.  Exciting new goodies, YES!!  Checkout the corner rounder, it also can do notches, which is how I used it for my card panel from the new prints...looks like a ticket!

The Chambray Shirt ink and cardstock, yes please!!  And hello to more circle options to complement our Journey Circles AND have a new stitching effect!

The Birthday Candles stamp set has a total of four different candle designs and the outline with the wick, plus the two stamps for the flame!  I stamped them together to detail cut, BUT if you do an unlit candle, you can die cut it with the matching die.  Hard to see in photo, but I did add some of our Journey Glaze to the flame.

This is the card for my daughter.  I always have to make her a card and this fits her perfectly.  So tell me what you think?!  And this is just a very teeny tiny bit of the awesome new goodies in the catalog.  Very proud of the growth and change I've seen at Fun Stampers Journey.  Another new big change is that beautiful new logo!

I think this amazing new catalog and new logo is just the tip of the direction that Fun Stampers Journey is headed towards along with our wonderful Coaches who keep us going.  Thank you for stopping by!  And be sure to grab some of our new items.  You can easily shop online and pick a Coach from our site.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Spring Into Summer | FSJ | Four Ways Using Splashes

I think memory keeping and scrapbooking of some kind are definitely my thing, but let me tell you, any kind of mixed media and messy products get my heart beating faster.  LOL  I'm so excited that Fun Stampers Journey has all their Splashes and Silks on sale this month.  We had some really bad weather yesterday, so I grabbed some splashes in Watermelon Fusion, Pineapple Smoothie, Outrageous Pink, and Lemon Grass.  I opened them each up and carefully poured some onto some wax paper.

I did not use our Color Splash sheets.  I usually leave that to projects I use a lot of water.  You will have some warping of the cardstock, but it is minimum.  Okay, so I loaded the two sizes of the paint brushes you see in the photo above to get different widths of paint strokes.  I put my loaded paint brush on the cardstock, and then brushed off and away from cardstock to create this pattern.  It got me inspired so I kept going...

I was inspired by the paint strokes made on my work pad, and decided to create that look on my next cardstock.  I got more of the paint brush look starting off the cardstock and then lifting up on the cardstock...the up stroke just shows more of the bristles.  I used this sheet to cut out the 'hello.'

I still kept going.  I did another sheet that I loaded the splashes on heavier so I got a heavier look and also used a smaller paint brush to create a few splatters.  With that piece, I stamped the flowered feather, detailed cut and used here on my card.  That painted vertical strip is from the strip above from the 'hello.'

I still kept going, I didn't want to waste the leftover splashes on my wax paper, so I smooshed another piece of cardstock into it and used for this card.

So two different paint strokes, one starting on cardstock and one ending on cardstock gives two different looks.  Using more splashes with the brushes for a heavier, less brushed look, and a smooshing...four great ways to get quick and easy backgrounds.  TIP:  in between colors, I had a cup of water.  Dipped the brushes and had some paper towels to dry off.

The 'Hello" die and all the stamps are from the new Spring into Summer Mini Catalog!  OMG, some gorgeous stuff.  You can see the mini catalog here.  And while shopping, take advantage of the Splashes and the Silks!  I did use one of my favorite silks on the coffee card called Dark looks almost black but isn't.  You can use the silks the same way as the Splashes, but I love to mix those to color with or to sprinkle some color on a project.

If you are new to Fun Stampers Journey, we are a Direct Sales company, so before checking out on their site, pick a Coach or you can search for one you know of as well!  Happy Shopping and Creating!!

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Bloom This Way | Coloring with Pencils | Video

At Fun Stampers Journey, we had a little in between time of doing projects for the Spring into Summer mini catalog and the BIG June Catalog (YES, already?! ), and I really wanted to play with one of my favorite stamp sets from the current mini catalog, Bloom This Way, along with practicing my coloring.  Adult coloring is so big right now, and sometimes with the rush of creating, I miss that time to just sit down and color and enjoy the process of it.

I find that rushing with coloring for me usually leads to something I'm not too happy with, but after playing around with different shades and tones for these cuties, I came up with something I liked.  Having come from mostly being a scrapbooker using pre-made everything, I find I'm a little slower at figuring out what I like when starting from scratch and what would work best to make that stamped image come to life and have some personality.  I've seen some amazing coloring and artwork from our FSJ Coaches, but I also know there are other people like me just starting to color or wanting to get started.

(pencil numbers - mouse:  6, 44, 45, 46; clovers:  21, 22, 24; bird:  14, 15, 19, 26, 28; bird house:  8, 38, 46)

I used our Journey Color Burst pencils.  I love the watercolor pencils we have as well!  But I do think when you first start coloring, the Color Burst pencils are a great investment.  You can do simple coloring of just one color, but because of the waxiness of the pencils, they are great to layer color over color to get depth and shading.  I have a process video below you can see how this image came to life.  First tip, is to start with the lightest shade first and use a very light touch with your pencil.  You can go up and down or in circles, but keep it light.  Once you press hard onto your paper, you will press the fibers of the paper down and it will be hard to add more color on top.

Then pick a darker shade and add some shadows.  You can get detailed by coloring in where the sun would create shadows or in my case just color along edges.  Then come back with that light color again and blend.  Then take a new darker shade and create more shadows, come back with a lighter color again and blend.  The more you take your time doing this, the less you will see the hard line between colors.   I'm not one to fuss over that too much as long as my image comes to life and has the depth I want, I'm happy.

For each card, I picked a stencil that worked well with the overall feel and theme of each card, and then used our new Liquid Colors to add some texture to the white stamped card panel.  To make sure none of the stenciling got onto the stamped images, I used post-it notes to create masks for each one before applying the stencil and liquid color.

I went with a lot of color and texture on these cards.  I used our new Spring Filled Prints from the Bloom This Way mini catalog as another card panel along with more cardstock to mat the stamped and stenciled card panel.

Then I used a colored cardstock instead of Whip Cream cardstock for the card base for each one.  One last touch of texture I added to the stamped and stenciled card panel was using our Pocket Cuts Die Set.  I love this set for doing pocket albums, but it is great for cards.  The 3x4 die is great to line up the composition of your finished stamped image, and the matching scalloped piercing element just says Spring to me!

All of them got some Whip Cream thread and dots added.  Super simple design, but a fun way to add lots of color and texture using our pencils, liquid color, printed paper, thread, dies, and dots.

Hope this inspires you to sit down and stamp a few images and start playing with the pencils to see how you can make the images come to life!  Thanks so much for stopping by!!  Here is my video below:

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Valentine's | 3 Cards, 3 Ways | Video Tutorial | Inlay Diecutting

Happy early Valentine's everyone!  I got a little something for the family, and realized I didn't have a card!  Hello?!  I have to have a handmade card to give!  So I picked my favorite stamp set from the Fun Stampers Journey big catalog called Perfect Atoms.  Gotta have hearts too so I also used the Heart-Felt dies.  I used these two products on all the cards, adding or changing up a little for each one.

This first card, I used the World Map background stamp on the Whip Cream cardstock card panel, and colored it with PanPastels.  I layered the additional card panels with the die cut hearts.  I wanted the look of the world from a heart.  I colored the lightbulb with PanPastels and colored the word "Light" with our Journey Color Burst pencils.  The clips are brand new from our Bloom this Way mini catalog!  Perfect, yes!  I made this into a shaker card and filled the clear view area of center of heart with punched hearts using our punch.

This next idea, I used the die cut heart from cardstock as a stencil (in the video below I say mask, but I used it as a stencil).  With the heart stencil in place, I just repeated the stamping to fill the heart, then used the pink PanPastel concentrating around the edge, so there is a little white in center.  For the beaker, I stamped twice on whip cream and cosmic grape cardstock, detail cut the cosmic grape and adhered to the whip cream image.  I did the same with the I LV U but used three different colors of cardstock:  cosmic grape, watermelon fusion, and pretty amethyst.  Then filled my heart with dots!  Added a heart over the beaker, that is also new from the Bloom this Way mini catalog.

Last way I used the dies and stamps takes on a totally different look from the 'science' feel of the stamp set.  There is a simple "Happy Valentine's Day" sentiment in this set.  So I paired it with striking and elegant hearts.  I have a video sharing how I did the inlay here.  So easy...just sticky is all!  Added some of the pretty crystal hearts and used one of the new clips again from Bloom this Way mini catalog.

Here is the video showing how I did the inlay and sharing all three of the cards.  Turn up the volume a bit, think my scarf might have been in the way LOL  Been crazy busy, so just wanted to pop in and do a quick video.  Happy Valentine's and Happy Mardi Gras...tomorrow is not just an ordinary Tuesday here!  💜💚💛

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Monday, January 01, 2018

Bloom This Way | New Mini FSJ Catalog | Birthday Card

Happy New Year!!  Hello to 2018!  With a new year, comes a clean slate and a fresh start, and that also brings in Fun Stampers Journey new Spring mini catalog called Bloom This Way!

Stop by Fun Stampers Journey on Facebook all week for for inspiration from the new mini everyday!

The start of the new year also brings a birthday for one of my sisters.  From the Bloom This Way catalog I used the new Spring Botanicals SS-0544 stamp set.  The details in the new stamp designs is GORGEOUS!

I combined the stamp with our HB AT stamp set from the big catalog.  I used different shades of blue for part of the stamp on my watercolored background, and then embossed the 'birthday' part to create a banner.

Really love how this card came out, and perfect for my sister.

Hope everyone has a wonderful New Year's Day and you stop by the Fun Stampers Journey Facebook page for more inspiration all week from the Bloom This Way mini catalog!

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Documenting December 2017 | Memory Planner

Between my love of planners and for the new Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) page protectors for the planners, I decided to use one of the FSJ A5 planners to Document December 2017!  And it exceeded my expectations!

Emma and I have been sharing each week on YouTube, just going through briefly each week.  First Video, Second Video, Third Video, and our Fourth Video.  You can see all of the videos here.  But I could not NOT take photos ;) So here's the entire album.  For the cover of the planner, I got brave and used one of the FSJ fusion sponges with Clear Pigment Ink using the Steel Rule die cut numbers as a stencil, then sprinkled the Journey Silver Embossing powder and heat emboss...took my time as I was concerned of ruining the cover.  So glad I took a that snowy, windy look of the silver dusted across the cover.

On the first video, I had mentioned about my colors.  Since each page or week will be independent and on its own, I brought in some non-traditional colors to start the album/planner.  And this also will work great since not every photo is about Christmas.

I always love to make some pretty shaker pockets...lots of sparkles for this album...always.

I love this little keepsake pocket.  It holds little tags and the tags from visiting Emma's school.

The monthly view I used is the new FSJ Monthly View sheets that are totally customizable!  Also new, are more planner stamps!! They will be available in the new Bloom This Way catalog in January!

We had snow!!!  It is a miracle for us to get any of that white stuff, so I had to let that be a big part in the memory keeping and on my calendar.  I used the FSJ white liner sheets and snowflakes dies from the mini Holiday Catalog to die cut the three snowflakes sizes, adhered them directly to the calendar, lifted the other layer of the white liner to reveal the other sticky side, and then sprinkled Sparkle Dust!  So happy with how that came out.  It was a happy accident!

Perfect stamp set to mark Christmas.  Also from the mini Holiday Catalog still available through end of December!

I used the same printed paper to die cut the letters for Dec.  Filled in some blank spots with goodies.  The washi tape and all the pre-stamped and die cut items really helped make this calendar full.

I still need to print Emma's list from Amazon and fill ours out.  This is a great spot on the back of the new monthly spread to put wish lists or even shopping list.

December started on a Friday but I still filled a page protector full of photos I had taken already to start off the holidays.

I used the FSJ Advent Badges to adhere on the outside of some of the pockets.  I didn't use them as a countdown, but more of an embellishment identifying the day here and there.

Knowing that I will use the pockets but I also like to add photos directly to the planner pages, I had a slow start figuring out photo placements.  I even had journaled ahead a time at first to document what was taking place, and realized that took up my spot for possible photo placement.  In this case, I adhered the photo on the calendar page with washi tape to lift up and reveal more of the journaling.

I was still journaling each day instead of placing photos and then filling in, which would be my normal memory planner routine.  So to fill in the page and help with my crooked journaling, I used the FSJ snowflake stencil and Pool Play ink to cover the background.  That Friday was our snow it needed to be a big deal!

Layered some die cut snowflakes for the small pockets, and filling some with wood chips and sequins really gives a nice peek-a-boo look to next page.

The new foil stickers, washi tape, and die cuts help fill up the calendar page.

For this next week, I used my small personal planner to jot down what took place, so then I could I could decide what photos will go directly on the calendar page and which will go in the page protectors.  Then once photos are on the calendar page, I filled in with journaling, stamping, etc.  This week is also a great example of non-holiday photos.

I used one of the 4x6 layering pockets for the FSJ Albums to use for our Christmas card.  I lined up one of the planner protectors to punch the additional holes needed, added sequins to it and stitched it up.

I love the mix of sizes in our planner pockets.

Filled the extra little pockets with this 4x4 pocket page with some sequins and stitched closed.  For the backside of that cardstock in the bottom pocket, I stamped on the cardstock, and then embellished on the outside of the page protector.  Love those little details!

When I fill pockets, I usually do them in a checkerboard fashion to create breathing room and space.  Also helps to create movement and make the eye move across the page.  So photo on left, next photo on right, next on left and then right.  Decided to keep the empty pockets here pretty empty with just a little confetti and a wood piece and this repeats that same repetition.  Stitched them closed and added some red foiled tape to the outside of the pockets.

The red foil tape shows silver on the backside...LOVE that!

Then I filled the other half of the calendar week with selecting photo first again, and then filling in journaling, stamping, etc.  I really wanted to include Emma's daily routine, but did not have a photo from this week to document it, so I used a photo from a previous week that worked out great.

Once I had my photos on the next calendar page and week, I really filled it up with lots of the pre-made die cuts and stamping.  Went with more traditional holiday colors on this one.  And my journaling is vertical to fill in the spots.

Love the layers, and love our tape organizers...they give the washi tape such a cool edge.

Really love how this page came out with the Santa photo.  Lots of layers playing off that full-size page protector and a sheet of clear view.  The snowflake ornamental die cut frame is adhered to the clear view, then the photo is attached.  The poinsettias and snowflakes are all adhered on the outside of the pocket.

On the back, the die cut ornament and Joy are adhered to the back of the frame and clear view.  The tape at the bottom is adhered to the page protector.  You can get so creative with page protectors and clear view sheets.  They are a must for Christmas documenting too!

Pretty much the rest of the album's page protectors are filled completely with photos.  I have really embraced bad photos a lot more.  I usually bring my large DSLR camera to the Christmas in the Oaks, but I used my iPhone instead.  To help these photos look their best, I did print them and trim to leave a white border.  Gives breathing room.  I also added that red foil tape to the outside of the pocket.

Having that space and the tape just helps those photos look their best and stand out more.

Cut out the "Christmas" from the church flyer to use here.

For Christmas day, I went back to similar colors I had started the album/planner with, and used the entire calendar page from the first part of the week as almost a scrapbook layout.  Since I went with non-traditional holiday colors, I made that photo black and white.  But I kept all the other photos color.

Love all these fun colors and layers!  All that work planning and cutting ahead of time helps a lot here!

I needed just a little more journaling so doubled the size of the cardstock, typed onto it, and folded it to slip in the 2x2 pocket.

Used the FSJ foil sticker frames and more sequins to fill these pockets.  I really loved the peek-a-boo look here.

Filled the rest of the pockets up with photos.  And I usually stop after the 25th, but since this is a calendar/planner, I stamped Happy New Year in Rock Candy and Oatmeal Cookie to prep for adding our New Year's Eve photo and maybe a few more.

I really loved this format of documenting!  Combining a calendar/planner and documenting just makes so much sense, and having the page protectors really helps to make it work beautifully and get creative.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to watch the videos Emma and I did sharing each week.  We had a lot of fun!  Hoping everyone has a wonderful, happy and healthy New Year!!!  See you in 2018!!!

EDITED to add the last of December!  Just quick shots with the iPhone

I loved the 2018 card from Hallmark so much, I cut it and punched holes to add, and then added a large photo on the back.

Had to use the Project Me film strip die with these fun photos.  I cut a piece of brushed silver cardstock in the same size as strip, then adhered my photos to it, lining them up in the frames.

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