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

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Simple Birthday Card Set {5 Helpful Tips for Mass-producing Cards!}

I'm not sure why, but I have a huge sense of satisfaction when I use up a big stash of paper scraps, and make a giant stack of handmade cards. During the hurricane a few weeks ago, I made about 60 cards. Super simple, and with really cute paper that had been sitting in a bucket for far too long. I'll use the cards for gift sets for my kids' teachers, friends and family, and occasionally I sell sets of seasonal cards as well.

Inspired by those quick and simple cards, i created one to share with all of you! For this one, I used new paper and an AWESOME stamp from Fun Stampers Journey. I am obsessed with this Make A Wish stamp, along with it's coordinating die. The holiday season is almost upon us - plus, there are so many people who could use a happy handmade thought from each of us.

So whether you plan to mass-produce cards to share with others, or to package up and give as gifts, here are a few of my tips for mass-producing handmade cards:

This is probably the most important tip so if you retain only ONE thing from me, this should be it. I can't tell you how many times I have decided to make a bunch of coordinating cards, and then realize I am in WAY over my head, and the cards are taking much too long.

This tip has two meanings. First, do you hoard printed paper and products that you love so much you don't want to use them? JUST USE THEM. They're bringing no one joy, if they're shoved in a drawer.  Secondly, when making a whole bunch of something, you're going to lose interest if you hate the paper or hate the stamps you're using. Many times, I stick with one layout, but then mix up the sentiments, or mix up the papers, depending on what I have. But either way, if you don't love it, you're going to hate it. ;)

Once you've established your (simple - yes simple) card design, tackle each step at one time. Trim and fold a stack of card bases. Then, trim patterned paper to the appropriate size. Stamp the sentiments, and trim or die-cut. Then begin to assemble your cards. This will take far less time, than working from start to finish on each card.

Speaking of trimming paper...A standard card size is usually 4.25x5.5. BUT if you have lots of 12x12 cardstock you'd like to use for card bases, make them 4x5.5 instead. No one will notice the difference, and that way you can get THREE card bases from each 12x12 sheet. In addition, think about your patterned paper sizes. Depending on whether you're using 6x6 or 12x12 printed paper, determine your project layout to maximize your paper. (If you need inspiration, check out my Pinterest board where I've been collecting projects that are perfect for mass-producing projects with patterned paper.)

Cards need envelopes. If you plan to give card sets as holiday gifts, (or throughout the year) start using coupons for your big box craft/hobby store, or watch for sales on envelopes. Grab the envelopes throughout the year, and then you'll have them handy when you compile a quick card set. 

I hope these tips will help you get into your stash, create for others, and have FUN, and spread JOY. Having fun and spreading joy is what it should all be about! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Super big crafty hugs to each of you! xoxo

Supplies used on this project:

Have you heard about Fun Stampers Journey's big Be Brave Card Drive?
Mass producing cards is absolutely perfect for our goal to collect 500 cards to be distributed to cancer patients and their caregivers. Will you help us? Find all the details at

Saturday, October 7, 2017

You Are Enough {World Card Making Day Challenge#2}

Hello friends!!! Are you back with me for the second time today? (If not, be sure to check out my previous post - it's a World Card Making Day PARTY today, filled with challenges and fun!) 

Fun Stampers Journey is celebrating WCMD with challenges throughout the day and I am back to participate in the second one of the day. All of FSJ's challenges are centered around our Be Brave Card Drive, to support cancer patients and their caregivers. (Will you help us collect 500 cards? See the details at the end of this post!)  (Check in on FSJ's Facebook page for all the challenges today!)

Are you ready to craft with me? Here's FSJ's SECOND CHALLENGE of the day: Create a card of encouragement for a caregiver. 

Supporting caregivers of those battling an illness is just as important as supporting the warriors. They are priceless in the life of someone going through treatment. For this challenge, I wanted to create four cards to mail in for our Be Brave Card Drive. I used the Gel Press again, but this time in a different way. Here's a little step by step tutorial for you! 

1. Apply strips of Turbo Teal, Electric Lime, and Cool Pool Re-Inkers across Gel Press. (It's hard to see in this photo, but all of this is happening ON the Gel Press, which is on top of my grid paper.

2. Begin to brayer the ink, allowing colors to blend together. Then splatter Gel Press with Sparkle Silk.

3. Press a 4.25x5.5 piece of Whip Cream cardstock to Gel Press and pull a print. The areas of Silk sort of resist the ink and it creates really cool texture! 

I created four of these card fronts, and I love that each looks a little different. After pulling one print, I could use the remaining ink on the brayer, roll it again across the Gel Press and add more Sparkle Silk, for a second print. 

4. To create the sentiment apply more Re-Inkers to the Gel Press, just like before, but instead of pulling a print,  use the Gel Press like an ink pad. Stamp the You Are Enough stamp onto the press, tap it around a little, and then stamp onto Whip Cream cardstock. I absolutely LOVE the way these sentiments turned out! EEK! (I want to do this a thousand more times in other colors now!) 

To complete the cards, I added twine and adhered everything together on a white card base, and then added some dimensional Journey Glaze onto the letters. 

Supplies used on this project:

I hope you'll join us for the fun challenges today at the Fun Stampers Journey Facebook page! Check it out and craft with us! There's one more challenge left today! 

These cards will all be heading to Fun Stampers Journey for the Be Brave Card Drive. I hope that they will bless someone and make their day just a little brighter! Would you like to help us collect 500 cards? Find out all the details at