Friday, March 9, 2018

Beautiful In It's Time {Easter Blessings card}

Hello friends! I'm about to share two stamp sets with you that might just blow your mind. I'm convinced that it's IMPOSSIBLE to create anything less than GORGEOUS with these stamps.
I created this card using Easter Blessings and Hope Anchors, two stamp sets from FSJ's Bloom This Way spring mini catalog. They complement each other so perfectly! That FONT, you guys, is the stuff of my DREAMS. 
Creating this card is pretty straight forward. I just stamped up a bunch of sweet goodies and layered them together on an embossed panel. See that awesome texture on the images? It's almost like a pixelated look, and it gives the images so much dimension. I didn't do ANYTHING special to make it look like that - it's just one ink color, stamped once on cardstock. Pretty cool, yes?
This card is pretty obviously Easter themed, but there are plenty of sentiments in the Hope Anchors set that you can use year round. Switch up the colors and the look of this card, and this sentiment would be beautiful for a variety of occasions. What encouraging words to speak into someone's life, right?
Alright you beautiful, crafty friends. That's what I have for ya today. Check out the Fun Stampers Journey website if you feel the crafty pull to get some Easter craftiness happening.  And then, stop by and see us on Pinterest. You can follow FSJ on Pinterest, right here.  And then, follow me too! I am kinda pinning cute ideas ALL the time.  


Oh and hey, don't forget the Over The Rainbow sale at FSJ this month - score 25% off stars, hearts, shamrocks and clouds during the month of March! It's your LUCKY day!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Shamrock Love {St. Patrick's Day Pencil Toppers}


There is something completely adorable about shamrocks, don't you think? I'm not Irish, and I've never really done much to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but when you have ADORABLE Lucky Clover dies, it's totally inspiring to create some fun goodies for the occasion! 

I started today's projects with a Gel Press print I made a while back. I'm pretty sure it was some combination of Electric Lime and Limeade Splash ink from FSJ, and some splatters of Silk and a lot of brayering and prints on top of each other. From that print, I started trimming and die cutting and put together this fun project! 

First up, the pencil toppers. You guys, these were so quick and cute to make! I just die cut the Lucky Clovers from my printed cardstock, and then I used glue dots to stick them to the pencils. (I'm pretty sure I got these pencils on clearance after Easter last year!) I added a little notched tag that says "Wish You Luck", wrapped some twine around the pencil and tied a bow on top of a rainbow button.  

To create the card, I got super fancy (not really, I'm totally kidding) and pulled out a heart punch. Four hearts, a twine bow, a die cut sentiment. BAM. Done. LOVE. This would be a super cute gift to send in for your child's teacher, or get crazy, and make a set of pencils for their whole class! And if you take one of these pencils to work with you, EVERYONE will want to steal it! 
 I'm a little late now, but how cute would these pencils be with hearts instead of shamrocks, for Valentine's Day?! Ahhh, time to think about next year! Thanks so much for stopping by to see my lucky little crafts! If you're desperate to make these little babies for yourself, you're in LUCK! FSJ is having an Over the Rainbow promotion, and you can score these Lucky Clover Dies, as well as a variety of other products for 25% off during the month of March!


Supplies Used on Today's Projects:



Monday, February 26, 2018

How to Create Simple Birthday Cards for All


Hello friends!
I am always always needing some birthday cards on hand. And today I have ONE birthday card TWO ways - both of them are pretty easy, and have a clean and simple flair, but one has a few less steps just in case you're expected at that birthday party in ten minutes!

Don't worry party-goers, the SUPER quick one is up first. (I know, you don't even have time to read this whole blog post, and I certainly don't want you missing out on party food and games!)


So here's the quick run-down:

  • White card base.
  • Die cut balloons. 
  • Trim the corner off large balloon.
  • Stick them on the card.
  • Stamp the sentiment.
  • Splatter with Silk.
  • Tie a bow.
  • Hit the road and party with your friends. 
  • (Buh bye!)

Now, for those of you still with me, and you have a few extra minutes, here's a second version of the same cute card, plus a few extra details:
  • Same white card base, but this time I embossed it for a fun subtle background. 
  • How much do you love this YAY sentiment? It's two stamps. Stamp the solid one whatever color you'd like, and then stamp the outline right over top! (Or use the stamps independently. Love it!) Plus, it has a matching die. So for my second card, I stamped and die cut it from a separate piece of cardstock and adhered it with foam tape.)
  • On this second card, I also mixed up the balloon situation. I diecut two balloons instead of three, and then used a smaller punched blue circle. 
Both cards are of the clean and simple, quick and easy variety...and this layout would work with about a million color combinations, so feel free to create it and make it your own! Switch up the embossing folder, or even the sentiment. (But really...why bother. Nothing could be cuter than this YAY set!) ;) 



FSJ Supplies used on today's cards:
Uplift Die Set 
YAY stamp and die bundle
Diamond Netting Embossing Folder
Licorice Twist Journey Twine
Beach Ball Silk
cardstock: Whip Cream, Rich Coral, Beach Breeze, Lemon Drop
True Color Fusion Ink Pads: Black Licorice, Lemon Drop, Beach Breeze

Pin me! Share me! Love me! ;) 

Thanks so much for coming by today, friends!!!! Now, go get crafty and have some fun! xoxo


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 gallery...pin it on Pinterest so the whole world can enjoy your clean and simple goodness! And while you're at it...pin 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!!