Thursday, August 09, 2018

DIY Fall/Winter Trays | Mixed Media | FSJ



I'm always excited when Fun Stampers Journey has promotions going on, especially this one.  It is all about some of my favorite goodies.  The promotion is called Prepped to Play!  With his promotion, think all things DIY, Artsy, Mixed Media, things to as the promotion says...PLAY!  And play I did today using the Scenic Trays.  They come in a pack of 3 and are ADORABLE!!  I had used one last year, so I only had two to play with (boo), otherwise I would have done Fall, Halloween, and Winter trays.



For my trays I wanted to focus on one stencil and one stamp set, so that Coaches and customers could see the versatility of them for both seasons and maybe even do a class.  And I do think the Martha's Pumpkins stamp and die sets are a must have...GORGEOUS!!  The stamp has four designs for any occasion and one that has spider webs for Halloween, so extremely useable and a good buy.  That is a brand new set available in our new Journey Holidays mini catalog.  Look through the new holiday catalog here!  Shop for them here!



After painting the tray with Oatmeal Cookie acrylic paint, I spread Oatmeal Cookie acrylic paint over the new Buffalo Check 6x6 stencil onto the Journey Gel Press using the brayer.  So my stencil is placed onto the gel press, then the paint spread with the brayer.



I lift the stencil and then press our new Haystack cardstock into it.  A soft contrast and beautiful for Fall.  For my pops of color, I used our dark Pretty Pansy cardstock to stamp the pumpkins using clear pigment ink, then used the Whip Cream PanPastel to blend over it.  Next, I used the Citrus Cooler PanPastel to apply to parts of the pumpkin.  And last, I used the Journey Colorless Blender PanPastel to blend that all together...it created almost the same Oatmeal Cookie color.

Then covered the pumpkins with Journey Glaze.  To dress up the rest of the tray, I love doilies, so used our doily die to cut out a lighter shade of our purple cardstock.  Like that hay?!  That is our Spring Crepes.  I just cut a piece, used our Fringe Shears, rolled it and adhered it.



For the Winter tray, I went with a more bold contrast in background then softer colors to decorate.  Opposite of the Fall tray.



After painting the tray with Whip Cream acrylic paint, I used Whip Cream paint again with the same stencil with Black Licorice cardstock.  See that little bit of paint that oozed out from the stencil in photo above at the bottom under the pumpkin...it is going to happen sometimes.  Those slates take a little more pressure from the brayer to get the paint in there, but too much paint will sneak out.



I used lots of new goodies from both the Journey Holidays Mini Catalog and the 2018-2019 Inspiration Book & Catalog to dress this up.  The soft color of the Fresh Sage cardstock with the Rustic Rose rose is just gorgeous...and those stickers and gems!!!



So for this pumpkin, I used another stamp from the set, and embossed with our new Rose Gold embossing powder onto our new Tin Pail cardstock.  OMG, so beautiful!!!



So same pumpkin stamp and die set and stencil for two different looks.  I also used the Snapshot Frames die set on both of these.





So now I have two pretty trays to display in my scrapbook room.  Now I just need to order another set of trays in time to do another tray for Halloween...if I get it made in time, will share!  These would be great personalized with photos for a shadow box look...GORG!  Great for beach and vacation memories.  Take advantage of the promotion and stock up and PLAY!!!

Supplies Used:
Martha's Pumpkins Stamp Set / SS-0587
Martha's Pumpkins Die Set / DI-0451
Snapshot Frames Die Set / DI-0045
Doily Die Set / DI-0105
Branch & Cone Die Set / DI-0470
Spring Crepes / ST-0128
Journey Gel Press / JM-0107
Buffalo Check Stencil / JM-0119
Clear Pigment Ink Pad / IP-0102
Journey Rose Gold Embossing Powder / IP-0147
Haystack Cardstock / CS-0146
Fresh Sage Cardstock / CS-0143
Black Licorice Cardstock / CS-0003
Tin Pail Cardstock / CS-0147
Pretty Pansy Cardstock / CS-0029
Lavender Fusion Cardstock / CS-0017
Rich Coral Cardstock / CS-0093
Lemon Drop Cardstock / CS-0018
Sweet Berry Cardstock / CS-0034
Oatmeal Cookie Acrylic Paint / JM-0022
Whip Cream Acrylic Paint / JM-0106
Party Pop PanPastels / JM-0081
Journey Colorless Blender / JM-0095
Pumpkin Patch Bows / AC-0332
Fashion Gold / AC-0292
Summer Fun Chips / AC-0214
Frosted Friends / AC-0368
Frosted Forest / AC-0367 (Host Exclusive)
Cottage Flower / AC-0405
Foiled Frames / AC-0323
Journey Sofft Tools / JM-0098
Journey Glaze 2 oz / AD-0003
Brayer / TO-0087
Fringe Shears / TO-0081

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Monday, August 06, 2018

Freedom Cards | Bookmark | FSJ



I have some bright and happy projects for this very rainy Monday to share today.  I have been thinking about maybe making a little something to hand out to ladies in my small group tonight.  We are down to the last few weeks of spending 10 weeks together with a big retreat coming up next weekend.  So after finishing up some work projects to mail in, I got inspired to make these.



These cards are just the panel.  I made them thinking they could use them as a bookmark.  I wanted each one to be special for them.  The cross from Fun Stampers Journey's new Strength & Hope stamp set is so intricate and delicate looking.



Freedom is the name of the study we have been doing, so I used our Solid and Outline alpha stamps.  Love how it pops!  As it should with the theme, but at the same time these colors are feminine too.  I love the imperfection of stamping with these alpha stamps.  If I intentionally want the solid and outline off, I seem to get it perfect (LOL), but if I just start stamping, I do finally end up with that offset look a bit.  I wanted to point that out because I really think these stamps look amazing with that offset look.



For the panel itself, I used from the center going out:  Sour Lemon, Electric Lime, Turbo Teal, and Cosmic Grape.  I used our large dauber and a pad for each color.  Another imperfect note to share.  I usually really like to make sure I get a nice blend with no lines from the dauber, but as I started playing with the idea, I noticed I actually liked the look in this case because of how cool it looks with the petals.  If it were a solid blend, then no, but for this I really liked it.

I did not adhere the cross tag or branch to the card, only clipped it.



Really wanting these to be personal and special for each lady, I had to do a monogram for each of them using our steel rule Bold Alpha die.  The Lead Me stamp set has always been an awesome set with not just the sentiments but the branches and flowers, and now even better since we have matching dies!



I stamped the sentiment onto Sour Lemon Cardstock and the leaves onto Cosmic Grape Cardstock, both using Turbo Teal.  I put each card in our new Card Cellos, makes for a pretty gift to hand out and can also be used by them to seal it and use as a bookmark.



I'm excited to hand these out to them tonight!

I usually link the products as I type up my post, but decided to do a supply list this time as I think it might help Coaches and their customers best.  Hope so!  You can shop here!

Thank you as always for stopping by!  Hope these have brightened your day as well and given you some ideas using these bold colors!

Supplies Used:
Lead Me Stamp Set SS-0207
Solid-bet Stamp Set SS-0489
Outline-bet Stamp Set SS-0488
Outline Bet Die Set DI-0350
Lead Me Die Set DI-0463
Summer Branch Die DI-0162
Alpha Bold Steel Rule Die SR-0029
Flower Power Stencil JM-0120
Sour Lemon True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0054
Electric Lime True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0112
Turbo Teal True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0116
Cosmic Grape True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0111
Whip Cream Cardstock CS-0040
Cosmic Grape Cardstock CS-0122
Turbo Teal Cardstock CS-0127
Sour Lemon Cardstock CS-0126
Electric Lime Cardstock CS-0123
Card Cellos ST-0136
Girls Life Tape AC-0356
Fashion Gold AC-0292
Outline Clips AC-0198
Sweet Blooms AC-0329
Special Day Organza Ribbon AC-0316
Journey Corner Rounder TO-0150


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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 launched...so 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 needed...one 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 Roast...it 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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