Wednesday, June 13, 2018

More Sporty Father's Day Card Inspiration for Athletic Dads

Winners and Your Day Stamp Sets are the perfect pair to create handmade Father's Day cards with Fun Stampers Journey. Laura Williams, shares two simple and sporty Father's Day Card ideas
Yesterday I shared a handmade Father's Day card using the Winners Stamp Set from Fun Stampers Journey. It's an easy stamp set to use, especially paired with this giant Best. Dad. Ever. sentiment. I love this sentiment, from the Your Day stamp set, because it makes a BIG statement! The sports equipment is the perfect balance to give the card some added interest.  I also created a similar card using the Bike Life Stamp Set as the accent. Let's take a closer look at both of these fun cards for dad!
Create a handmade Father's Day card for the bike rider Dad in your life! Use the Bike Life Stamp Set from Fun Stampers Journey, paired with the Your Day stamp set to create a personalized card that a biker guy would love! Card created by Laura Williams,
First up, the Biker Dad card. (Can a dad who rides bicycles, rather than motorcycles still called a Biker Dad?) ;) To create this card, first I stamped and trimmed the sentiment block so that I could place out the other images. I laid it out on my card base and then began to stamp the bike elements in River Stone ink. For added color, I stamped the Ink Splat stamp in Electric Lime. To add a little more grunge and color, I splattered Electric Lime and Black Licorice Silks, and I also took my Electric Lime ink pad and just gently knocked the edges of the pad onto my card. (Those are the subtle green lines you see. It's not super noticeable, but I think it adds a little more focus.) 
Create a handmade Father's Day card for the bike rider Dad in your life! Use the Bike Life Stamp Set from Fun Stampers Journey, paired with the Your Day stamp set to create a personalized card that a biker guy would love! Card created by Laura Williams,
Next up, the sporty dad card. This is the same stamp set as yesterday's blog post, which you can find right HERE. Same simple layout, and same procedure but I did a little more of the ink pad edges onto the card, and I went without the Ink Splat stamp. You could use this same layout with a number of fun themes and stamp sets - check out your stamp stash, and think about the interests of the dads in YOUR life, and create your very own personalized card just for dad! 

Create a handmade Father's Day card for the bike rider Dad in your life! Use the Bike Life Stamp Set from Fun Stampers Journey, paired with the Your Day stamp set to create a personalized card that a biker guy would love! Card created by Laura Williams,

Monday, June 11, 2018

Create a simple sporty Father's Day card for an athletic dad! (Best. Dad. Ever.)

There's still time to create a last minute handmade Father's Day card with sporty stamps from the Winners Stamp Set, from Fun Stampers Journey. This stamp set is perfect paired with the Best. Dad. Ever. stamp from the Your Day Stamp Set

I always like a pretty clean and graphic style for masculine cards, because it's easier to keep them from getting too fluffy and girly! This card came together really quickly, because I just layered together some cardstock for my base, and then stamped the sentiment. It's nice and big, so it takes up a good portion of the card. Then I detail cut the sports images from the Winners stamp set, and adhered them on a strip of Limeade Splash cardstock. I used foam squares for lots of dimension, and called it DONE. Clean and simple goodness for Dad! 

Stop back tomorrow for another card or two, just in time for Father's Day! And if you need more inspiration and ideas, stop by the Fun Stampers Journey blog - check out the Dad is a Champ trophy treat cup, plus the Tools Rule card and snack mix, as well as Dad's Shirt Box created with our Card Carrier die set. We're sharing some of THE absolute cutest ideas, and great video tutorials, with our pal, Brittany Young, Certified Celebrator

Thanks so much for coming by today! Happy Dad-Crafting!!! See you tomorrow! 


Monday, May 14, 2018

Greatest Adventure Handmade Cards {create two coordinating cards with the Compass Rose stamp set}

Hello friends!!! Today I have two handmade cards to share with you, which both feature the Compass Rose ATS from Fun Stampers Journey. This mini stamp set is part of our Spring Into Summer Mini Trends catalog. Both handmade cards feature the same stamp set, and color palette (Cool Pool, Rich Coral, and Banana Cream) and some of the same accessories. When all of your supplies are out, why not make two cards as the same time?! 

When I created this first card, I wanted to echo the compass on the die cut circle, onto my background. I gently stamped it around the edges of my card base to add some subtle color and texture to it, but without it stealing the show of that bold black compass! The depth and detail on this stamp is absolutely stunning!  The Vagabond Chips (which yes, come in that adorable little shadow box container) are absolutely a blast to play with - every single one of them would be adorable on these cards, and it was hard to decide which to use! 

 And next, for my second card. I stamped up that compass all over my card base for a beautiful background, using Oatmeal Cookie True Color Fusion Ink. I stamped the sentiment onto a diecut tag, and added some twine, the globe from the Vagabond Chips, plus a little bell. I don't think to use those sweet little jingle bells on much other than holiday projects, but I feel like it really works and it's an unexpected detail.  Both cards have a torn piece of Corrugated Stock, which I just LOVE to add onto cards for some texture. The sheets last a long time, and they tear and cut really beautifully.
Y'all, I have to say it feels so good to create a few crafty projects to share with you today. Much of my job as a concept designer at Fun Stampers Journey is to create projects for our annual catalog, mini trends catalogs, live events, social media, and teaching materials - and this time of year, our annual catalog is job number ONE. But just a few weeks after that deadline, comes the deadline for our holiday mini catalog, PLUS our annual convention which is coming up in just a few short weeks. Needless to say, the months from March to June are completely SWAMPED and I have missed taking a few minutes to be here with y'all! Thanks for bearing with me while I was away, and I cannot WAIT for you to see the crafty goodness that's coming your way in the next few months!!!! (The sneak peeks are probably the best part of my job..and the hardest, because I can't wait to SHARE it with you!) 
I hope you're inspired and excited to sit down and do some crafting! I am going to get back to my holiday crafting assignments...yep, it's Christmas in May up in my crafty space! It won't be long till you'll get to see the next round of goodness. But for now, enjoy our Spring Into Summer Mini Trends catalog as well as our big retirement sale, so we can make room for all the new goodies coming your way! Visit to shop and see what's retiring! Thanks so much for stopping by!!! xoxo

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