Friday, January 6, 2017

Origami Love {CHA 2017 release from Richard Garay}

Hello friends! It's that time of year! Christmas, then New Years, and then new craftiness coming our way from CHA! The Craft and Hobby Association's big show is coming up on January 19, and I'm thrilled to sneak you a peek at some new goodies from Richard Garay's RG brand. Richard is releasing four brand new collections, Origami Love, Media Venture, Silver & Gold, and RG Days. 

I'm excited to introduce you to the Origami Love collection. The colors are RIGHT up my alley - bright and bold, with pops of black and white. (HELLO, did he create this just for ME!?) 

I created two bright cards using the papers, stamps, and dies from Origami Love. Both these cards feature the Birds stamp and die combo set. 

Before you go, have I mentioned there's a BLOG HOP, and YOU have the chance to WIN prizes!? One grand prize winner will receive $100 of RG products from his NEW collections + RG Messenger Bag—Total value of $150

Plus two more lucky winners will also receive one of the RG messenger bags. (I have this bag, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. The quality is fantastic, and it's SO cute!)

So, how to win?! First, leave a comment here on my blog. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this brand new Origami Love collection! That'll be your first entry into the prize drawing. 

Earn another entry when you head over to the RG blog and post a comment, plus earn an additional entry for each design team blog you comment on! Ready? Set? GO!

Laura  {THAT'S ME!}









Thanks so much for stopping by today! Happy New Year my friends!! xoxo

Contest ends on January 10th at 6:00 PM EST. The winner will be chosen and announced on Wednesday, January 11th on the RG blog.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Party Time! {New Years Watercoloring}

Hello dear friends! Are you recovered from the Christmas chaos!? I hope your holiday was merry and bright and full of love! But now...onward to New Years, yes?!

I had fun playing on this card. More watercoloring, I KNOW. I can't stop - I've been telling you this for MONTHS now. On this card, I created some watercolor puddles to paint from, and I added a little silver and gold Silk into the colors, for a little touch of metallic. Then after I colored everything, I added some extra splatters of Silk on top.

If you aren't familiar with the FSJ Silks, picture a nail polish bottle, with a nail polish brush inside. Like THIS, in fact:

But imagine the contents being less thick than nail polish. Thin enough to take that brush and go FLICK onto your project.  FLICK! FLICK! Yessss, it can get messy, but it is SOO worth the risk! I was terrified at first, of ruining my projects. "What if it doesn't go where I want it to?" Well - you do your best. And the more you use them, the better you get at directing it, and going with the flow. Plus it has metallic goodness that gets all stirred up when you give that bottle a shake. You can mix it with watercolor, for a metallic glint. You can brush the Silk onto a stamp and stamp with it. You can paint it right onto a card or project for a brushed background. Lots of cool possibilities and play.

ANYYYYYwhooooo, Silk. New Years. Sparkle. Stamping. All the good stuff. After I stamped and painted this card, I created a die cut frame, added a sentiment, and BAM.

Happy New Year! :)
Check out the whole array of beautiful FSJ Silk colors, over on the website. 
I'll be doing a bit of traveling during the first part of January, but I'll be BACK later in the month to party with you all, 2017 style. Find me on Instagram or on Facebook and Pinterest, in the meantime!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Merry Christmas {watercolor snowflakes}

Hello dear crafty friends!
I just wanted to say....MERRY almost CHRISTMAS! 
I created this colorful snowflake card using the Fun Stampers Journey Pretty Flakes stamp set (SS-0377). I made a large puddle of watercolor, and then stamped the snowflake stamps right into it, and then onto watercolor paper (Journey Color Splash Sheets). (If you missed it, last week I shared another card using this stamp set. Scroll on down after you're done reading, and check that one out! Same stamps - totally different look!)

It's fun to experiment and see what happens when you stamp with watercolor - no two projects ever turn out the same, THAT is for sure! After I stamped the images, I added a little more water to my puddle, and picked up some of the remaining color with a paint brush to paint around the flakes. While it was still wet, I splattered a little Cool Pool Silk for some metallic fun. I love the way the Silk blends and spreads when splattered on a wet surface! So pretty! To finish it all off, I added some dimensional glaze to the snowflakes and sprinkled a little glitter - what snowflakes would be complete without GLITTER? (Generally glitter and I are not friends. But come on - snowflakes HAVE to be glittery!) 

I stamped the sentiment onto a vellum diecut oval, and layered it onto a white tag. It adds a little extra layer and dimension, without adding too much busyness to the card. And using the starry paperclip allowed me to not worry about how I would adhere the layers together! 

I hope the rest of your holiday season is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Thanks so much for letting me share a little inspiration, and thanks so much for stopping by today, in the midst of the hustle and bustle! Holiday hugs!! xoxo

Monday, December 12, 2016

Cold Weather Cuddles

Helllllllo dears! I am pleased to report that this blog is back to WINTER, after last week's last little burst of fall. 

Red, black, and white is one of my favorite color combinations all year long - but at Christmastime, it's especially awesome. It makes me super happy. For this card, I stamped snowflakes, plus a little tiny heart (I think it was from one of our new planner stamp sets...but yikes, I can't remember.) Then I added the sentiment strip, some Black Licorice Sparkle Tape, and Licorice Twist Twine. (All from Fun Stampers Journey.) At the end, I added a little Journey Glaze to the hearts and just a wee bit of glitter.  It's winter, but let's not go crazy with the glitter people. ;) 

Stop on by next week to see a completely different...but strangely, sort of the same, - but different, card using these same beautiful snowflakes!!!! xoxo

Products used on today's project:
(get both these stamp sets before they disappear at the end of the year!)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful {Dudes. It's December already?}

Um, hi. Anyone else realize that all the sudden its December? And I suppose since it's December, I should have shared this card LAST month. But I didn't. So here it is today, and then Christmas and winter will return to the blog next week. 

Just a fun card today - one of those, "let me just stamp some stuff and throw it all together" kind of cards, that I love so much. The scraps and the die-cut banner were just laying around from other projects. And the leaves - I have all the love for leafy stamps. Next week, I'll share a card that focuses on all my love for snowflake stamps, because they're a pretty close tie, but today, once more with the leaves. Last crafty leaves of the season! (These are the Skeleton Leaf Stamp Set from FSJ)

In other news, tomorrow I will officially have a 12 year old in my house. This, much like it being DECEMBER, is completely impossible. We're having a video game themed party with a houseful of middle schoolers this weekend. (Ask me if I'm terrified!?) It'll be a great adventure though! And then...onward to Christmas! ACK!

I have to go breathe into a paper bag now, so pardon me....thank you so much for stopping by! 
Have a beautiful week! xoxo

Monday, November 28, 2016

How To Use Planner Pages on Scrapbook Layouts

     Hello friends! Today I'd like to share a 8.5x11 layout that I created. I don't do a ton of scrapbooking - mainly I just shove everything in photo sleeves once every 18 months or so, after a weekend long Shutterfly binge, uploading everything under the sun.  But every so often it's fun to create a layout to stick in between the photo sleeves. 

For today's layout, I thought it would be fun to use some of my unused planner pages from my 2016 planner. It's a great way to score some free lined paper for journaling, and it's got a bit of personality and detail on it that's fun to add on a layout. Before you ditch all your unused planner bits at the end of the year, dig through and see what's usable for another purpose!

On this project I used lots of NEW goodies from Fun Stampers Journey, out of the Trends Mini Catalog. (You can find the whole sweet catty here!) I used a bit of our new planner stamps and dies, plus some paper and accessories from the Magical Journey collection. (That's the one with the fun Disney-ish theme!) Really, the only Christmas things I used are the sentiment stamp,  one little strip of Christmas paper, and the holly die. 

I really love the new Tape It stamp set, that I used to create a lot of the washi tape on the page. The top right corner is all just stamped on cardstock. It was fun to mix sparkle tape, washi tape, plus stamped faux tapes all together on this page. 

Thanks so much for coming by and checking out my planner-to-layout page! Be sure to head over to the Fun Stampers Journey website to check out all the new planner goodies we have! Plus, if you don't have your 2017 planner yet - check out the Journey Days Buffet promotion. You can score a whole bundle of planner goodies for the new year for a low price! Did you know that our planners are cobranded with Webster's Pages? (They're kinda awesome, and they make GORGEOUS planners!) 

Monday, November 21, 2016

November planner plans

Helllllllllo friends! Happy ALMOST THANKSGIVING! 
I'm popping in this week to share a little planner love. I'll admit I am NOT one of those carry-a-planner-around kinda girls. I don't realllllly even keep a planner updated. But every once in a while I jump on the bandwagon and get crafty with my planner. 

This is the page I did for November. I wanted to keep it clean and simple and not too busy, because when it's crazy and filled to the brim...I can't think. (And that defeats the purpose of keeping a planner.) I kept a subtle color palette, which really makes me happy. (I know, that sounds weird coming from this COLOR-obsessed girl!) This November page will serve more as a memory-keeper for the main events of our month. A lot more happened than I have shown here, but these are the events I want to remember the most! To make it easy, I stamped some of the cute banners and shapes ahead of time, on cardstock, and then trimmed them and wrote the information on them as I went along. I used the Tape It stamp set to add some simple washi tape stripes throughout. 

Next up - I got my COLOR on. Phew! This is one of the week-at-a-glance pages, and I created it for the week of the Be Amazing Tour in Orlando last week. LOTS of color and stampy, stickery goodness on this page. The glittered Be Amazing stickers are so sparkly (without the mess) and I love them! (And don't get me started on our new gel pens.....oh my loveliness, they are AMAZING!) I stamped up a storm on this page, using the Journey Days planner stamps. So many fun tiny designs and shapes and words - OH MY!

Be SURE to check out the Journey Days Buffet promotion going on now at Fun Stampers Journey. You can score a pretty great bundle of planner goodies for 2017! You can choose the planner, the inserts, a stamp set, and accessories all for a great price! Woohoo! Let's go rock 2017! xoxo

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Laughter Is Timeless - Magical Journeys Collection {FSJ}

Hello friends! I'm so excited to be heading out to Orlando today, for the Fun Stampers Journey Be Amazing Tour, this weekend. I'll even be demoing some projects on stage, and I'm looking forward to hugging my coworkers that I only see every few months, as well as some Journey coaches and crafters who live in this sunshiney state of Florida! 

Today I'd like to share a card that I created with the new Magical Journeys collection from FSJ. You can find the whole collection in our new Journey Trends mini catalog. The collection has a whimsical Walt Disney theme to it, and it is especially fun for Disney World scrapbooks, travel journals, planners, and vacation themed projects. 

For today's card, I first stamped the striped background with clear pigment ink. Then I gently rubbed over the whole thing with Bubble Gum PanPastels. The clear ink will pick up more of the pastel than the plain paper surface, so the color becomes concentrated and rich whenever you've stamped. It's one of my favorite techniques with PanPastels. The sentiment was stamped and die cut and then I added a little colored pencil detail. That red patterned paper is also from the Magical Journeys collection - it's one of my favorite papers in the pack!!! :) 

Thanks for coming by today! I hope you'll go over and check out the new catalog,  And follow our hashtag #BeAmazingTour2016 this weekend, for lots of fun posts and pics from the Be Amazing Tour! Orlando is the last stop of the year! I'm so excited they're coming to my home state! Have a great weekend!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Simple Fall Cards Full of Leaves and Thanks

I am an absolute sucker for leaf stamps and dies. (We probably discuss this every year on my blog.) So I jumped at the chance, when a dear woman from church asked me to make her some fall cards.

I got so carried away, that I made extras and sold quite a few card sets to other lovely friends who liked the idea of sending out some autumn love! I'm looking forward to sending out what's left, and sharing my thankful thoughts with loved ones!

The first three all follow the same design, using stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs.

The Leaf Love die set is one of my absolute GO-TO die sets for fall. And Lil' Inker has a coordinating stamp set, called Leafy Greetings that fits right inside each leaf. Seriously cute! These cards came together SO quickly. I had fun mixing and matching the dotted papers (from Echo Park) and digging deep into my stash of washi tape. Because crafting is my job AND my hobby, sometimes it's a fun break from WORK, to dig into my non-work stash, and show it some love! 

When I'm mass producing cards, I definitely work assembly line style...I trim all the card bases, then score and fold them all. On these cards, then I trimmed and adhered the paper all at one time, all the washi etc etc. The leaf dies come attached to each other, and I keep them that way - it's so quick to die cut all the leaves at once, and in no time at all, you've got a yard full of paper leaves to stamp! YAY! 
Next up, on these two cards, I used the sentiment from  Leaf Silhouettes from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps. Dang, I've had this stamp set a long time, and I just keep on loving it so much! I even used it on a project for the cover of Paper Crafts Magazine, many moons ago! I paired the sentiment with leaves from Technique Tuesday's I Give Thanks stamp set. Another one I just keep using over and over. This set has coordinating dies for the leaves, but I actually trimmed mine - it was a good project to do while sitting in the school car line! The background is made from washi tape, and a background stamp (I think it's from Stamping' Up, but I'm not sure what it is!)

I hope you're feeling inspired to go create some autumn goodness now! I'm thankful for YOU, and I'm so glad you stopped by! xoxo 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Easy Christmas Card Workshop {FSJ)

Hello friends!!! Tonight I'm going to a women's craft night at my church. We've asked everyone to just bring whatever craft they enjoy working on, and maybe a snack to share, for some fellowship and fun. We'll have some extra projects for anyone who isn't sure what to bring...or who isn't particularly crafty. The project I'm in charge of is a simple Christmas card that we'll be creating to send to our homebound church members, who can't be with us in person at the church. I've promised the ladies, that even if they're intimidated by card-making, or they say "I'm just not crafty,"  that I will hold their hand, and walk them through - ANYONE can create this card. I promise.  I thought I'd share my plans in case you'd like to plan a holiday card-making evening with a group of friends - even if they "aren't crafty", you'll win them over with this one! 

Each person will receive a zip top bag with these items in it. I've done almost all of the prep work for this, but depending on your group, you could let them do the stamping or die-cutting if you'd like. Everything in my kits is precut, embossed, stamped, and die-cut. I even included the foam squares they'll need. (The only thing on the table will be some regular adhesive.)

I've also created a little step-by-step board for the ladies to look at as they work. I'll be right there to walk them through the steps as well, but this gives them a visual of how to assemble it. By looking at the board, and listening to me, they'll be able to figure out the basic steps: 
Step 1: adhere the embossed rectangle on top of the card
Step 2: tie a twine bow around the banner
Step 3: adhere banner to card
Step 4: apply foam squares to the dove and sentiment
Step 5: adhere them to the card

SEE? I told you - SUPER simple, but quite lovely! I know these cards will mean a lot to our church members that we don't often get to see - and I know the ladies tonight will enjoy creating something special! I'm going to bring some extra goodies, just in case I convert some of those "non-crafty" ladies into paper crafters, and they want to create MORE! :)

As an extra little tidbit, I wanted to show you a few options for creating the banner I used on this card. If you don't have a banner this size, there are two ways to die-cut them, depending on the dies you DO have. 

Option one: I have a banner die but it's much wider than what I want for this card. Just trim paper the desired width, and place it in the center of the die. 

Option two: I don't have a banner die, but I do have a square (or rectangle die.) Trim paper the desired width, then place the corner of the die centered and diagonal towards the bottom of paper to create the angle.

Thanks so very much for stopping by today! If you have any questions about how you can organize a fun card-making evening, let me know. I'm happy to help! xoxo

Fun Stampers Journey supplies used on this project: