Monday, September 26, 2016

Creating a Watercolor Background {Fun Stampers Journey}

Hello friends! Happy Monday! The watercoloring continues, in my little crafty corner of the world. I just can't help myself. For reals y'all. Can't stop.

For today's card, I created a watercolor background, and simply added a die cut twig, and a stamped sentiment on top. The white sprig of berries allows the colorful background to shine, and I love that!

To cover the watercolor paper with color, here's what I did. First, scroll on down to the tutorial in my last post. Did you see how I make a puddle of color using watercolor pencils and water? That's how this card started as well - except I created a larger puddle, and I added a variety of greens and blues. The colors will blend and mix together just a bit, so definitely choose colors that will blend nicely together! Next, I used a large wet paintbrush and brushed gently over my watercolor paper, avoiding the edges, (so the paper will really drink up the color!) Then, I simply placed my watercolor paper face down on the puddle of color, patted it gently, and then picked it up to see what I had created! 

After the watercolor dries (I generally take a heat tool or hairdryer to it because I don't like to wait!) I adhered the die cut Bloom Cluster on the card, and added a stamped sentiment. I covered the die cut with Journey Glaze (dimensional glaze) and added a splatter of Silk. I love the cool bright colors - they're very calming, aren't they? It's fun for me to work with watercolor, because I never know quite what I'll end up with. Sometimes I'll just play around and create some different watercolor panels, and then I have them ready to go as I work on projects. It's so fun! 
Thanks for stopping by today! Have a JOYFUL week! xoxo

PS Have you seen the new gallery at the FSJ website?! All sorts of fun search tools to find just the inspiration you need! Check it out here! FSJ Gallery

Supplies on this project:

Monday, September 19, 2016

Watercolor Thank You Card Tutorial {featuring Fun Stampers Journey}

Hello friends! There are always so many things to be thankful for, and this week I have quite a few thank you notes I want to get in the mail, so I thought I'd make something colorful and fun that I could mass-produce easily. And while I was at it, I thought I'd take you along and show you how I put together this card set. Care to join me!? 

I created 8 4x4-inch cards. I chose 4x4, because I can create four cards out of a sheet of 12x12 cardstock. There's one square left over, but we'll use that scrap later on. 

Next, drop a little water onto a nonporous surface, and scribble a watercolor pencil into the puddle, until you create the desired color intensity.

Stamp directly into the watercolor puddle. I used the Thank You So Much stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey.  It has a fun background splat shape, and the watercolor may pool, puddle, and splatter - which is exactly what we're going for! Each card will turn out a little different - and that's part of the beauty!
After cleaning your stamp, and letting the watercolor dry (use a heat tool or hair dryer, if you're impatient like I am,) ink the stamp again using an ink pad. Stamp it right on top. Then splatter FSJ Silk over the top.

Next up, stamp the sentiment with black ink, right on top. 

Remember that scrap we had left over? Grab that, or any little scrap of white cardstock and stamp the sentiment again, trimming around the banner. Adhere it to the card.

After I completed the cards (a few are shown below) I decided they really needed a few sequins on them. The Pink World sequins match perfectly with my color palette!

So here's the finished product! I created 8 of these cards in a short amount of time, and I love how they turned out!

If you have any questions, just holler! This was a fun project to get my Monday morning rolling! Have a beautiful week, my friends! xoxo

Supplies I used:
Thank You So Much Stamp Set AT-0213 (This stamp set is a Bloom Benefits set - you can receive it free, when you place a $50 Fun Stampers Journey order!)

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Hello lightbulb card {FSJ}

Hello friends! Got a little BRIGHT card to share with you today. 
The lightbulbs from Fun Stampers Journey's new Delightful Light stamp set (SS-0344) are just darling! They are fun to color, paper-piece, watercolor, or just stamp them plain and let their cuteness shine!

To create the background, I used another product I love - our new small sized background stamps. If you're familiar with Fun Stampers Journey, you know all about our ATS size. This ATS sized background stamp, called Deco Dots,  is just the size you see - perfection for a card!! 

And one more thing I just have to point out...the teeny tiny sweet-as-pie staples! The Journey Days Stapler adds such cutie patootie staples. I'm pretty much stapling everything in sight since this baby arrived!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your day is BRIGHT and COLORFUL and filled with LIGHT! xoxo

Monday, August 29, 2016

You Are Ridiculously Amazing {Paper Smooches}

Hello, hello! My sweet friend Kim Hughes, who owns Paper Smooches Stamps, asked me to make a little somethin' for the fabulous (and ridiculously amazing) September 2016 release at Paper Smooches. Kim invited a few extra friends, in addition to her talented design team, to help share the release this month.  ONE new stamp sets and FIVE new dies will be available to purchase at 8:00pm PT on August 31st.

So to celebrate the release, I made this little cutie, using new and old (but loved) products from PS. Brand new to the Paper Smooches family is the Super Stars dies. HOW cute is that tiny star border?! And the outline stars!? ACK. Cuteness to infinity. I love products like this, that will work in a million different ways, with a million different stamps!  I paired the dies with the Tag Zig Zag Die, and the Fun & Flirty Stamp Set (the sentiments are soo cute!)
I did a lot of layering goodness on this card, with tapes, paper and embellishments. I love to just throw a bunch of cuteness together and BAM, see what happens. And with pink, yellow, and aqua, how can one REALLY go wrong, right?
Please please head right over to the Paper Smooches blog to get the scoop on the whole NEW RELEASE, so much inspiration, and lots of fun. (Plus, I have another card over there today or tomorrow!) I've been a huge Paper Smooches fan since before there was even a Paper Smooches. (Figure that one out, why don't you!) Thank you soo much for stopping by today! Have a RIDICULOUSLY amazing day! xoxo

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Find Joy In The Journey - Multistep Flower Stamps {Fun Stampers Journey}

Crafting trends and techniques seems to cycle through, don't they? I remember quite a few years ago when multistep stamps were super trendy, especially in floral themes. A multistep stamp set is a set of coordinating stamps, that are layered on top of each other to create detailed and dimensional images. Multistep stamping has found it's way back into popularity, and it's pretty fun to play with all the options! Sometimes there's a learning curve to a multistep set, and it takes some playing to figure out what colors work together, and how the stamps all fit. 

For instance, this is the Poppy Days (SS-0346) stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey. This set includes two flowers, each with three layers. You'll almost always start with the most solid image, and then work your way to the smallest detail stamp. 

To add to the options with this style stamp set, often you may only want to use one or two of the layers. In this case, I used two of the layers and created a background with them. (I'm pretty sure I omitted the small center layer...I'm not sure if that was on purpose or not! LOL!) 

I used Lemon Drop ink for the solid layer, and then Rich Coral ink for the top layer. It's fun to play around with color combinations, to create different looks! 

I absolutely love the way the Rainbow Drops look on this card. They're so subtle and shiny, and the colors just worked perfectly. It looks cool, doesn't it!? 

Thanks times a million for coming by today! xoxo

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Fall In Love watercolor card {Fun Stampers Journey}

Hello friends! Last week I shared some tips and techniques for watercolor pencils, so today I thought I'd share another watercolor card. If you missed last week's post, scroll down or click here

On today's card, I started out with a Color Splash Sheet. This watercolor paper comes already in card size, so it's extra handy. I stamped the leaves and fall foliage around the edges of the paper, and stamped the sentiment in the center. To color, I used the Paint With Watercolor technique I shared last week. I just puddle some water on an acrylic block, scribble with pencil until I create the desired color, and paint my images with a paintbrush. 

I also added some water around my images, and then painted over that water with a pale yellow - painting color onto a wet surface really helps the color to blend and bleed, which is just what I wanted. And then I added some splatters to tie it all together. (Remember if you splatter paint onto a wet surface, it will bleed, and if you splatter onto a dry surface, your drops of paint will hold their shape. I like to do a little of both!

This stamp set, called Autumn Greetings (SS-0389), is part of FSJ's holiday mini catalog, which runs until September 30th. Be sure to grab this while it's available! I LOVE this one. I've been using it like crazy!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm off to go do some more watercoloring! xoxo

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Watercolor Pencil Techniques {FSJ}

Hello friends! Summer is winding to an end around my house. We're in the last few days of summer vacation, and although I'm not really looking forward to the kids going back to school, I am looking forward to a bit more of a routine around here, (including some more regular blog posts!) 

Hands down, my favorite new items from Fun Stampers Journey are the Color Splash Sheets (watercolor paper) and our Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils. I can't STOP with the watercoloring. Today I have two cards to share with you, featuring my favorite new items, and three different ways to use them.

Make Watercolor:

My go-to way to use watercolor pencils is to actually MAKE some watercolor, and then paint it onto my project. I use an acrylic block, (any nonporous surface will work) and squeeze a few drops of water onto it from my water brush (Journey Blending Brush). Then I use a watercolor pencil and scribble onto the water until the color becomes the intensity I'm looking for. As I'm working, sometimes I add other shades in, or make the color darker. All of the images on today's cards were colored that way.

Watercolor Smooshing:

On today's first card, I used a slightly different technique to get that big coffee "spill" in the background, but it starts out the same. I mixed the color on my acrylic block, but instead of using a paintbrush, I just placed my Color Splash watercolor paper face down on top of the puddle. It's always a surprise what it will look like when you pick the paper back up! This technique is especially fun if you blend a variety of colors together and they swirl and blend together. In this case, I just went for brown, because I was thinking about coffee!

Watercolor Splatter:  

Splattering with watercolor is always a fun finishing touch. It adds to the loose and laid back feel to a watercolored project. And there are two different techniques to try. On my first card, you can see that some of the splatters bled and ran a little bit - that effect is achieved when you flick your painty brush across a wet surface. If you flick the brush across an already dry surface, the splatters will hold their shape and be a more intense color, like you see on this second card. Two splatter effects - both lots of fun!

Do you have questions about watercolor pencils? Do you have a project you'd like to share? Post a question or link in the comments - I'd love to chat with you about it! Thanks so much for stopping by! xoxo

PS. For more colorful inspiration and information about our pencils, check out the post over on the FSJ blog!  

Supplies used on today's projects:
Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils
Color Splash Sheets
Journey Blending Brush - Large
Le Cafe Stamp Set

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Craft Storage: Craft Tote {Fun Stampers Journey}

Would you like to meet my new crafty friend? She's going on vacation with me, because I love her so much! She's organized and cute, and she likes to craft with me!  I was SO excited when the UPS man brought her into my life this week. She's one of the latest additions to the Fun Stampers Journey storage options, and I'm thrilled to introduce you to the FSJ Craft Tote! :) 

Sometimes it's hard to grasp from photos in a catalog or website, what exactly will fit in a bag or container, so I thought I'd share some pictures of just what I was able to fit into the Craft Tote. I really am going on vacation soon, and I really am going to take my Craft Tote with me. We spend two weeks in the mountains with my family during the summer, and I'm so thankful to have a job I can take with me. This tote is going to help keep all my supplies handy, without having to pack and unpack at the dining room table every day. You won't fit everything into this tote (well, I sure can't) but it's handy for a basic stash of frequently used items. 

So without further ado.......25 full size stamp sets, at least 15 ATS sets, 6 Silks, 3 twine/thread, assorted dies, embossing folders, tools and accessory packs, 3 6x6 paper packs, and really there's still room in here to add in a few other accessories, and acrylic blocks. 

This tote feels super sturdy - it didn't struggle under the weight at all, and it was comfortable to carry around while fully loaded. I love the shiny finish which will be easy to wipe clean. If you're considering some new crafty storage, especially for crafting on the go, I hope this has helped you visualize all that can fit in the FSJ Craft Tote

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Land That I Love - a Fourth of July card! {FSJ}

Happy Fourth of July weekend, friends!!! 
I created this card to celebrate the weekend, as well as to celebrate the brand new catalog that is NOW AVAILABLE from Fun Stampers Journey. 318 delicious pages of crafty goodness. Dudes. You need to spend part of your weekend perusing this beauty! The whole catalog is online and waiting for YOU. And all the items are up in the store too, so check out the SHOP section of the website!

To create this card, I stamped the USA map on a diagonal across a Whip Cream block of cardstock. Then I stamped the star in Rich Coral ink, stamping off once onto scrap paper before each impression. The starry stripe is also a stamp - (you can make paper chains with the fun stamped strips!) - but I just trimmed it and tor one end. A die cut star, stamped sentiment, and a wood chip heart were the perfect finishing touches. (Along with....of course....Natural Journey Twine - because. Just because.) 

Products used on this card:
Huckleberry Fusion True Color Fusion Ink Pad
Rich Coral True Color Fusion Ink Pad

(Also shown in this photo - Amazing Accents AC-0201)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a beautiful and safe Fourth of July weekend!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Think Happy Thoughts {FSJ}

Helllllo my friends! I have had SUCH fun playing with watercolor pencils for the past few months. My favorite way to use watercolor pencils is to take an acrylic block, drip a few drops of water onto it, and then scribble with my pencil. I make a little pool of each of the colors, adding more pencil or more water, as needed to make it more or less intense. Then I just paint my stamped images.

On this sweet kitty card, featuring a NEW stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey, called Find Joy (SS-0294.) I stamped all the cats and words across a plain white card base. Then I painted it up and added a quick sentiment banner. Products from the brand new 316-page catalog from FSJ, will be available for order on July 1st! I can't WAIT to get my hands on all the goods, so I can share SO many projects with you all! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a beautiful weekend! xoxo