Friday, February 9, 2018

Create a Clean and Graphic Miss You Card {FSJ Stained Glass}

Clean. Crisp. Graphic. Simple. Striking. White. Gold. A few of my favorite things. And they all came together on this card. These hearts look so amazing simply embossed in gold, on white cardstock. 
I die cut the hearts and popped them up on white cardstock with a layer of gold matting, and I embossed the sentiment as well.  A few embellishments, and this card is DONE. Today's card is simple, and there's not much to say about it - but that feels GOOD sometimes! This card would be perfect for Valentines Day, but I love that it's really appropriate for all year long. Change up the sentiment and it would be a fantastic wedding or anniversary card too! 

So here's your challenge: Sit down and create something clean and simple today. Just pick two or three colors, one stamp set, and go for it. And then share it with me because I'd love to see it! Really! 

And after you create it, and photograph it and blog it or pop it in a it on Pinterest so the whole world can enjoy your clean and simple goodness! And while you're at this one too! The world needs more clean and simple beauty, don't you think?! Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a FANTASTIC weekend! xoxo

Card supplies:

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Bad to the Bone {Valentines for People Who Hate Valentines}

Valentines for people who hate valentines? Well, yes, maybe....Valentines for the biker dude or biker chick in your life? Perhaps. Valentines for teenagers who would be grossed out by someone giving them a Valentine? Yes, probably. Valentines for people who hate mushy stuff? Definitely. 

Today's cards (there's two of them) feature the Bad Bones stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey. I thought it would be fun to create some non-Valentine Valentines using this stamp set. The style of these might not be for everyone...I'll be honest, I'm not even sure I like them! LOL! BUT...I think one could be perfect for hmmm, perhaps my 13 year old son, (who frequently acts like he's bad to the bone! HA!) 
On the above card, I used the same technique with the Gel Press, and an embossed piece of cardstock. (See my instructions on this blog post.) Then I stamped the skull in the bottom right corner, in Clear Pigment Ink, and sponged over it with Black Licorice PanPastels. Sort of subtle, almost a watermark kind of look to it. The whole panel is a little dark, for this color-loving crafter - but I like the idea of it! It's an idea worth playing with!

On this card, I stamped the hearts in Clear Pigment Ink, and then sponged over them with Silver and Gold Pan Pastels. For the skull, I stamped and sponged him the same way as the background, but I did it on Black Licorice cardstock, instead of white. 

I'd love to know what you think. (I promise I won't be offended if you say YUCK.) I'm curious though - do you think you know someone who might think a Valentine in this style is kind of cool? (Or maybe YOU think it's cool! Maybe?) Sometimes experimenting is good for us, even if we aren't sure of the results! It was a good stretch for me! Thanks so much for stopping by today! xoxo

Card supplies:

Friday, January 26, 2018

Handmade Valentine Ladybug Card {Journey Gel Press}

Hello friends! I am back today with some more Valentine inspiration! If you caught last week's post, I featured a sassy Science themed Valentine card, with the Perfect Atoms Stamp Set. After I finished that project I had quite a few Gel Press prints and scraps leftover, so I used those scraps to create another card to share with you. (If you missed last week's post, scroll down or click here!) 

The first piece of last week's scraps is the ladybug. Recognize it? It's the same piece I used to stamp the beaker on last week's card. I stamped the sweet ladybug, detail cut her, and then added some Journey Glaze for shine and dimension. The next piece of leftovers I used is the heart strip that's tucked behind the tag. You'll hopefully recognize that as the background panel from last week's card. Need a quick refresher? Here's a peek at the original card. 
I love the pop of Turbo Teal and Electric Lime, paired with pink AND red. It adds a little balance so the card isn't so overwhelming with Valentine's color! 
 I have a second card to share with you, and it's also based on last week's card. As I worked, I thought it would be a really fun card to try in a variety of color combos. Some guys just wouldn't be thrilled with all that PINK on their science-y geek-fabulous Valentine. I decided to duplicate the card in a more masculine color combination, and here's what I came up with. It's pretty much the exact same card, just in blues and greens. What do you think?! Kinda fun, yes?

I'm so glad you came by today. Be sure to pin these projects for later inspiration!
Plus, I would love it if you stop by and see my friend Mariana - I know that her absolutely ADORABLE ladybug card inspired me when I created my ladybug card, and I bet it will inspire you too! Have a fabulous day! xoxo

Love Bug Supplies:
Bug Love Stamp Set

Tag Set Steel Rule Die (my favorite steel rule die!)
Silk (Bubble Gum, Whip Cream, Sparkle)
Re-Inkers (Raspberry Berry, Sweet Berry, Watermelon Fusion, Candy Apple, Cranberry Bliss)
Love Filled adhesive hearts

Chemistry Supplies: 
Journey Gel Press
I Heart Embossing Folder
Perfect Atoms Stamp Set
Create-a-Palette Ink Pad
Silk (Beach Ball, Sparkle)
Liquid Colors (Limeade Splash, Cool Pool, Catalina Splash, Fresh Forest, Limeade Splash)
Tag Clips

Friday, January 19, 2018

We Have Great Chemistry {Creating a Valentine with the Journey Gel Press}

HELLLO Friends! Happy New Year! What the heck, and how is it already the middle of January?! Seriously, it's freaking me out the way the days are just flying by. Last week I spent an amazing few days at Fun Stampers Journey Leadership By Design convention. It was inspiring and refreshing, even though I was there to work and help make the convention happen! I came home ready to crafty rock and roll, and first up is this dandy little Valentine, perfect for a sweet geeky pal, or loved one!

So let's get rolling and I'll walk you through the steps. I started off with an FSJ Create-a-Palette ink pad. These ink pads are super fun because you can load them up with 5 different ink colors of your choice. Go for an ombre, or rainbow effect - whatever floats your boat! You can see the pad that I created in the photo below. I used 5 shades of reds and pinks together to create a Valentine-y look. 
Let's start with the beaker first. (it's a beaker, right? Don't ask me how I did in science classes.) 
  • Ink up the Journey Gel Press using Create-a-Palette ink pad, and splatter with Sparkle Silk. 
  • Pull print on Whip Cream cardstock. 
  • Stamp beaker from Perfect Atoms stamp set, in black ink, and die cut or detail cut image. 

To create the background panel:
  • Emboss a card-sized panel of cardstock with the I Heart Embossing Folder.
  • Ink the Gel Press again, using the same Create-a-Palette pad. 
  • Very gently press the embossed cardstock onto the Gel Press, and remove. (This picks up the ink from the raised hearts, but leaves behind most of the background. Cool huh? And the embossed piece will make a pretty cool piece for another project, or it can be used again and again for the same process.) 
Pull a print on another panel of Whip Cream cardstock. You'll be left with what you see below, a colorful background with mostly white hearts. 
The rest of the card is pretty self-explanatory. Layer up a bunch of goodness, tag, sentiments, twine, sequins...all the good stuff! 

Using the Gel Press is always such a PROCESS - you never exactly know what you'll turn out with, and sometimes it's hard to duplicate the steps, or HECK, even remember the steps! But I paid close attention to this one, just for you! I'd love to see what you create, if this process inspired you! Leave me a link in the comments, because I'd love to stop by and visit your blog or online gallery. And if you have a question, leave me that too!

Supplies used on this project:
Journey Gel Press
I Heart Embossing Folder
Perfect Atoms Stamp Set
Create-a-Palette Ink Pad
Silk (Bubble Gum, Whip Cream, Sparkle)
Re-Inkers (Raspberry Berry, Sweet Berry, Watermelon Fusion, Candy Apple, Cranberry Bliss)
Love Filled adhesive hearts
Tag Clips
Journey Thread Bubble Gum

Feel free to save any of these images on Pinterest. And while you're there, 
check out my Pinterest page for lots more crafty inspiration! Then, head on over to the
FSJ Pinterest page and follow them too! xoxo

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Top 5 of 2017

Hello friends!!! I hope you had a most fabulous Christmas! I love this time of year, between Christmas and New Years, to look back and reflect on the passing year, as well as gear up and refocus for the coming year! I'm excited to see what 2018 will hold in store - but for today, would you like to take a look back with me? Today I have 5 of my most popular blog posts to share with you - a little crafty trip down memory lane. Check them all out with me, and let me know which one was YOUR favorite!

Alright, here we go! Click on the blog post title to visit that post. In no particular order....

I loved sharing these tips, because I LOVE mass-producing cards. I seem to always have a stack of paper strips and die cut shapes just waiting to get attached to a card base. During Hurricane Irma, I created about 70 cards, sitting in front of The Weather Channel! Those cards went to good use as Christmas gifts this year!

This was such a fun swap! Half of the FSJ designers made a print on the Gel Press, and then sent half the print to a partner and we each created a project with the print! So much fun to see how each person used their print! 

Oh my goodness, this was some slightly messy FUN. I kept this project on display in my craft area, because I loved the way it turned out! 

A little photography tutorial on this post, plus a funky card. This was the month that FSJ's Bloom Box was the Pop Art stamp set - so much fun! I love that stamp set! And I offered up some suggestions specifically for papercrafters who are photographing their work, especially for beginners. No fancy photography techniques here - just simple ways that you can step up your game to let your projects shine a little brighter! 

This was an exciting time of year because I was able to share FSJ's new Mystic Romance collection, plus some techniques using our Liquid Colors. It's exciting to help create the new catalogs, and it feels like FOREVER before we can finally share the new goodies with you, after we've been using them for months! 

So there you have it! Top 5 of 2017! Had you missed any of these projects? Which one was your favorite? What are you hoping to see in 2018? Share your thoughts in the comments, and let's keep crafting together in 2018! HAPPY NEW YEAR! xoxo

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

POP clink CHEERS {FSJ New Years card}

Hello friends!!!! Christmas is coming...but New Years Eve is too! For today's project, I used the Cheers and Fizz Steel Rule Dies, as well as the Countdown Stamp Set. I went for a bright and bold black & white look, with a big pop of SILVER! 

I've never hosted a New Years Eve party - but wouldn't these be so much fun to decorate with!? The words are small enough for a card, but big enough that they would be awesome on decorations and party favors for a big or small shindig! 

Today is a great day to score some deals on these fun dies, at Fun Stampers Journey.
Purchase either the Cheers or Fizz Steel Rule Dies today, and get the Countdown Stamp Set for free!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! CHEERS!!! xoxo

Looking for more inspiration? 

like this adorable scrapbooking layout!!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Scrapbooking: Christmas Morning Pocket Pages {Fun Stampers Journey}

Happy Monday! I did a little Christmas scrapbooking to share with you today, using my 6x8 album. I mixed and matched the pocket pages, and I had fun playing around with the different sizes and options. FSJ's pocket pages have so many creative options - you can do something super simple, or fabulously complex, whatever your style may be!
For this spread, the page on the left may look like it's all one page, but from the red border in, that's actually one of the cute 4x6 Layer Pocket Pages, with a 6x8 page peeking out behind it (with the pine tree printed paper) I loved the idea of adding in one mini page with a photo all on its own. The 6x8 pages come in all sorts of assortments - the right hand page (from Memory Pocket Pages) contains a 4x6 pocket at the bottom, with two 4x3 pockets on top. 
I loved adding a few little jingle bells to this page. I threaded them onto a piece of twine, tied a knot, and then tied it onto the end of the Merry Xmas clip. Super festive and fun! I might just fill this whole book up with Christmas pictures and pull it out with our holiday decor each year! (Oooh, and the album will definitely need a big red bow around the cover, don't you think???!!!)
FSJ's 6x8 albums and pages are made by Webster's Pages, and they are absolutely gorgeous, and great quality! You can find all them all on the FSJ website, and as part of the 12 Days of Deals,  for today ONLY, they are all 30% off! WHAAAT!??? Check it out and score some deals!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Looking for more memory-keeping inspiration with FSJ's 6x8 pocket pages? Check these out:
Crabby But Cute
And don't forget to keep up with all the 12 Days of Deals! There are still a few more deals to grab this week! Find the full scoop at the FSJ Blog. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Winter Watercolor Trees {Watercolor Pencils Technique}

Hello friends! I have a clean and simple Christmas card for you today. I had some fun with my Color Splash watercolor pencils to create this. 

First I created a little puddle of water on a palette and scribbled into it with a purple watercolor pencil. I used this as a very watery "ink pad" and stamped right into it. After gently tapping the Fresh Forest trees into the purple color, I stamped them onto white cardstock. (I stamped the "farther back" tree first, and then added a little extra purple to make it darker, before stamping the "closer up" tree.) Then I created another puddle of watercolor, this time in a bright icy blue color, and I simply tapped each tree in the blue watercolor and stamped right on top of my first two trees. I love the cold icy effect it has.
After adding a sentiment, I used a paint brush and flicked a little remaining watercolor across the card, as well as added some glitter and Sparkle Silk to my trees.
As day 2 of FSJ's 12 Days of Deals, our Color Splash and Color Burst pencils are 20% off for today only! I have told you guys before...I am really a pencil snob. I like REALLY GOOD colored pencils and watercolor pencils, and I am telling you the honest truth, these are the best pencils I've ever used! 

Get the scoop on all of the 12 Days of Deals right here.

 Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your weekend is fabulous and festive as the days fly by towards Christmas! xoxo

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Santa's Chubby Stocking Pocket

Happy Ho Ho Ho to you, my Christmas-crafting friends! Do you have glitter stuck to you EVERY day lately? Are you running out to JoAnn or Michael's on a weekly basis, for "just one or two things"? Is there time for just another project or two - or ten? 
Why yes, indeed there is PLENTY of time. 
Tis the season my friends...tis the SEASON. 

Tis the season for cutie pie gift card holders...or treat holders...or both...this sweet Chubby Stocking Die from Fun Stampers Journey is so fun to play with. I die cut and embossed two stockings, and then I stitched them together with Whip Cream Thread to make a fun pocket.

To embellish this little stocking, I sponged some Whip Cream ink over the embossed snowflakes to really make them pop. Then I added Santa, a little sentiment, plus some embellishments. And remember those paper curls I made a few weeks ago? Today I made some with printed paper, and tucked them in the stocking for some EXTRA pizazz! (A little glue dot at the end of each one will keep them in place!) 

Plus, to make this little guy even sweeter, the Chubby Stocking Die is 50% off TODAY, to kick of the first day of Fun Stampers Journey's 12 Days of Deals promotion. (Check out this blog post too!) Seriously - 50% off, which makes this thin metal die set only $9.97! (Wow, I sound like a car salesman! But seriously - this is a fantastic deal.) Each day during the 12 Days of Deals promo, there will be a different awesome sale - but each will only last for ONE day, so don't snooze or you'll miss it!  

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'm grateful for you! Check out another idea using the Chubby Stocking Die in the FSJ Gallery, and be sure to pin both projects for inspiration! xoxo

Friday, November 24, 2017

FSJ Concept Designers Gel Press Print Swap! {Be You Card}

Hello friends! Happy Day-After-Thanksgiving! The FSJ Concept Designers have been having a little fun together (well, a LOT of fun) and today we want to show you what we've been working on! We had ourselves a little print swap. The six of us divided up into pairs. Three of the designers created an 8.5x11" print on the Journey Gel Press. Then they cut their print in half and sent half to their partner. Each partner created a card using that print, and today we're going to share what we're created! It was a really fun swap and I can't wait to see all three of the prints, and how each designer used their print on a project!

My partner for the swap is Patricia. Patricia created this really cool print using blues and greens, with a pop of bold black cameras, and a little bit of gold. It is absolutely gorgeous! She mailed half of the print to me, and this is what I created with it! 
I diecut a circle from a card-sized portion of the print, and I ran with the camera theme, and added some extra camera images. (I stamped the Snap Wall background stamp, and trimmed a few cameras from it.) I also added a sentiment from the Take Action stamp set, and the fun "remember" arrow from Remember Today. Some Deco Strips, a splattering of Silk, and a bit of Journey Glaze and sequins finished off this card, and I really like it! 
So now, if you haven't been over there yet, go see my girl Patricia! She created something with the other half of this print, and I can't wait for you to see it! 

Then, hop around to the rest of the teams, and see the prints they created, plus how they each used those prints! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Enjoy the rest of the swap stops, and don't forget to pin everyone's projects for inspiration later on! xoxo