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

Friday, November 10, 2017

Merry Poinsettia Pocket {Using Wrapping Paper on Handmade Cards - Part 3}

Hellllllo friends! Welcome to day THREE of wrapping paper crafting ideas!  If you missed day one, go there first - but then come back! There are some tips and techniques on how to tame a wild roll of wapping paper that you won't want to miss! 
Today's project features the coolest of the wrapping paper techniques, as well as a really fun die to play with. This sweet envelope die is called My Note, and it creates a darling little envelope, around 3x4 inches. After embellishing my envelope, I created a simple coordinating flat panel card to go inside. It's the perfect size for a gift card, or a mini card - or both!

But let's talk about the wrapping paper on today's project. It's REALLLLLY complicated, and takes a REALLY long time. Are you ready? (I'm totally kidding - it's SO simple.) For these super fun curls, I cut strips of wrapping paper about a half inch wide and then wrapped them around a wooden skewer. Bam. Done. Just wrap them, and then loosely unwrap them, and you have yourself some curly swirly strips to tuck onto a project. Play with different width strips, and with different items to twist around if you'd like! Depending on the paper you use, some things may work better than others. I started with a pencil, but I found the skewer gave me a curlier curl. ;)
Did you notice one other bit of wrapping paper tucked into this project? That strip on the inside card is an extra strip of paper that I cut. The perfect coordinating detail! Thanks so much for coming by today - I hope you enjoyed three days of wrapping paper! When you're hitting the wrapping paper clearance after Christmas this year....keep these projects in mind! You may just be inspired to start using some wrapping paper on YOUR projects now! (And if me up, I'd LOVE to see what you create!) xoxo

Products on today's project:

Did you love this post? Be sure to catch the other two parts of 
Using Wrapping Paper on Handmade Cards! 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Merry Christmas Card {Using Wrapping Paper on Handmade Cards - Part 2}

Welcome to the second day of wrapping paper inspiration! If you missed yesterday's post, go there first - but then come back! There are some tips and techniques on how to tame a wild roll of wapping paper for your cards and crafted projects. (Go - quick...but don't forget to come back!) 

Okay - for today's project I used the wrapping paper with another die cutting project. But this one, really, really rocked. I love using the Create-A-Bow and Create-A-Bow Mini dies from Fun Stampers Journey. (This card features the MINI bow.) If you've ever used a bow die before, you know that it takes a bit of sweet talking to get your cardstock bending, but not folding - but if you create a bow with WRAPPING PAPER, it's so easy and so smooth because wrapping paper is BEGGING to gently roll, and it's thin and a little glossy so the whole process is just beautiful! (And it LOOKS beautiful too!)
I was thrilled with how lovely it was to create this bow. I paired the bow with a sweet Christmas sentiment (Holiday Wishes), some die cut leaves (Detailed Foliage) Mirror Gold cardstock and an embossed panel (Mystic Impressions), trimmed at an angle.

Stop back again tomorrow for one last wrapping paper project (it's the coolest of the three, so don't miss it!) Pin this project if you love it, and stop by the Fun Stampers Journey blog for the scoop on how you can get the Create A Bow dies, wrapping paper, plus so much more on SALE this month, during our Pockets and Lockets promotion!!!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Christmas Joy {Using Wrapping Paper on Handmade Cards - Part 1}

Hello friends! Raise your hand if you buy rolls and rolls of wrapping paper the week after Christmas, when it's 75% off at Target, even if you have a closet full of it?! Seriously - how can I NOT buy it, when it's so cheap they're practically GIVING it away. I always try to snag a few rolls of Christmas paper that doesn't look like Christmas paper - basic stripes or dots that could be Christmas, or could totally not be Christmas. Know what I mean? Because for 75% off....welll, you know. 

For the next few days I'm going to share some ideas how to bring your gift wrap into your paper crafting. I'll be using this super fabulous black and cream striped wrapping paper, which could be for Christmas...or could totally not be. ;) 

First, let's talk about how to tame a roll of wrapping paper for uses other than wrapping. Wrapping paper curls up on itself, and it will drive you crazy to just unroll it and attempt to create a card. To combat the curling, here's what I do:
  • Trim a decent size strip from the roll, and then fold it in half. (This just makes it more manageable.) The folded piece should be no larger than around 12x12, and able to fit under a big, flat heavy-ish thing which will smoosh the paper down (like that cool oversized coffee table book which is gathering dust, or a cookie sheet, or a scrapbook album.)  
  • Find a safe, flat place and leave the paper under the smooshing item overnight, or until it's flat. This part takes planning ahead - so do it today, and then you'll have some nice, flat paper to craft with tomorrow. 
  •  Once it's flat, trim the fold off, creating two pieces of paper.  I store my pieces in a bin with my 12x12 cardstock and printed papers, so it stays nice and flat, and it's ready whenever I want it. 

Next, it's time to decide what to do with your fun, flat pieces of wrapping paper! For today's card, I used a piece of this stripey goodness in my die cutting machine and made a cute tag to put on my card. Then I embellished it with some other die cuts, twine, and the awesome Vintage Tinsel. I just love the combination of black, cream, red, and kraft together - especially with a pop of silver. You'll see some more of this color combo over the next few days, so come on back for the next few days to see other ways I'm using wrapping paper on my handcrafted Christmas projects! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Did you love this idea?! Don't forget to pin it! Can't wait for more ideas? Check out another idea on the Fun Stampers Journey blog, for another great way to use this black and cream wrapping paper! 

Supplies used on today's project:

During November, Fun Stampers Journey is having a Pockets and Lockets promotion, and this wrapping paper plus so much more is on sale! Just in time for the holidays! Stop on over to see all the items, including our beautiful jewelry items, dies, and packaging goodies!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Create a Die-Cut Stencil Background on the Journey Gel Press

Hello friends!!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!! I have two fun cards to show you today - but they both use the same technique, using a background die (or any dies for that matter) plus some reinkers (or any liquid ink you have) plus the Gel Press. Here are the steps to follow:

1. Die cut a background die from cardstock to create a stencil. (Or use several small die-cut shapes. I used the Spider Web Die Set.) 
2. Choose a few colors of ink (I used Cosmic Grape, River Stone, and Cool Pool Re-Inkers) Scatter drops of each color ink across the Gel Press. Brayer it out (be careful to not over-blend, or your colors will get muddy.)
3. Splatter Gel Press with Fun Stampers Journey Sparkle Silk for an added layer of texture and fun. (It creates those white splatters that you see across the background.) 
4. Lay die-cut stencil down onto Gel Press and gently press down around edges and across the die to be sure the stencil is touching the inky surface. Then, remove stencil carefully.
5. Press down a piece of cardstock to pull print over stenciled area. Say oooh and ahhh over your cool creation! Then, create a fun card with it! YAY! 

And yes, since today IS Halloween, it's a little late to be creating Halloween cards (although not entirely a ridiculous idea ;) but I have a Christmas version for you, using the same exact technique. Hard to believe, because this card looks so different? But I used the same process as above. I simply used a different background die (Geo Burst Die Set) and different colors of ink (Electric Lime, Sour Lemon, Sweet Pear, and Kiwi Slice) I finished this card off with the awesome poinsettia from the Poinsettia Burst stamp set, and a sentiment from the Happy Merry stamp set. (Both stamp sets are from the 2017 Holiday Mini!)

 I hope your Halloween, and the kickoff to the holiday season are filled with fun! Thank you so much for stopping by! Feel free to pin these projects to Pinterest, and check out lots more inspiration throughout my blog, or on my Pinterest page, where I save tons of project ideas, design inspiration, color combos and trend-watching! Come join me! xoxo

Monday, October 30, 2017

Hello Fall! {funky, colorful clean and simple autumn cards!}

 HELLO FALL! Today I have some slightly weird but super fun (in my humble opinion) autumn cards to share with you. I am absolutely SMITTEN with this stamp set, called Hello Fall.  Every single card I've seen created with it, is just fantastic. The texture on the stamp is amazing, and lends itself to fun inky techniques. But for today - I kept it simple. Just straight up stamping . . .except I used some slightly quirky colors for my autumn leaves to give these cards a fun personality.
I followed the same basic layout for each of these cards, but I chose a different leaf and a different sentiment for each. Then I played around with fun printed gold washi tape, and splatters of Gold Silk.  

 SO,'s your challenge, should you choose to accept it - create a card using some unexpected colors. Give your creation a funky flair! And then, share a link with me in the comments because I'd LOVE to come and see your creation!

Supplies used on today's projects:
Inks: Sweet Berry, Pretty Pansy, Turbo Teal

Thanks so much for stopping by today! For more inspiration with the Hello Fall stamp set, check out this previous blog post featuring Hello Fall! 

Plus be sure to check these beauties out:
Warm Wishes (in the Fun Stampers Journey gallery)
Thankful (on the FSJ blog)

Monday, October 23, 2017

Happy Haunting Halloween Cards

Hello friends! I really love making Halloween cards, but the problem is....I never SEND Halloween cards. Halloween colors are so bold and bright and I love layering on fun sparkly embellishments! 
I did a lot of colored pencil coloring on today's spooktacular cards, and I hope you like them! 

I really layered on the color on this spooky pumpkin dude. The trick is to start light with the colored pencils, for easier blending, but then just keep on layering. I used a few shades of orange, plus some browns and gray to add the darker shadows. I think the glitter was a fun accent to really jazz him up too! 

On my little ghosty guy, I stamped him on River Stone cardstock first and then added color with a white colored pencil. It's a pretty cool effect, isn't it? I added dimensional Journey Glaze to his candelabra and his candy for a finishing touch.

Supplies used on today's projects:
(shhhh, don't tell...the star patterned vellum 
on my first card is discontinued.)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!! I hope you have a GHOSTLY and SPOOKTACULAR weekend! xoxo

PS. Looking for more Halloween inspiration? Check out Halloween projects that I've previously shared here on my blog: Lauralooloo's Halloween projects

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Colorful Halloween Crafting {Journey Gel Press}

Hello friends! I created a really fun Halloween card using some of the cutest Halloween stamps you've ever seen, (Hallows Eve from Fun Stampers Journey) along with the Gel Press. I am really having SO much fun playing with Re-Inkers on the Gel Press. It's easier to clean up than paint, and there are such fun techniques in blending colors and adding some splashes of FSJ Silks

For today's card, I started out with  5 different Re-Inkers (Cosmic Grape, Grape Fusion, Turbo Teal, Electric Lime, and Sour Lemon.) I dotted rows of each color onto the Gel Press, and brayered them into a colorful ombre. Then, I pulled a print on Whip Cream cardstock. This became sort of like a printed paper, that I'll stamp on. Using Black Licorice ink, I stamped the haunted house TWICE, once in the purple area, and once on the green/teal area. I also stamped the bare tree, and the cutie pie witch girl. Then I got fussy cutting. I cut out the house from the purple area, and then trimmed just the windows from the green/teal, and glued them onto the purple house. 

Once all the elements of my card were stamped, I created the background. Back to the Gel Press I went, gave it a quick wipe down, and then dotted Turbo Teal Re-Inker, and then brayered it out. Before pulling a print, I splattered the Gel Press with Sparkle Silk. The Silk resists the Re-Inker a little bit, and spreads out - it looks REALLY cool! After pulling the print, I wished it was a little darker, so I repeated that process and added another layer of Turbo Teal onto the cardstock. Then I just layered together all my little elements, and added a strip of Sparkle Tape to ground the house. 

What do you think!? My challenge now is to MAIL all the fun Halloween cards I've been making lately! The bright colors and bold shapes of Halloween themed cards really appeal to me...but I hardly ever SEND Halloween cards. I think this is the year to do it! Thanks so much for stopping by today! xoxo