Monday, May 2, 2016

Monster Treat Bag Trio (Fun Stampers Journey}

May! May! May! April absolutely FLEW by in my household. A few days at Disney World with the family, and then I spent a few days in Phoenix helping to get the brand new FSJ catalog together . . . . coming soon! And then I high-fived my husband as I arrived home and he left for a few days at a conference. Then, this weekend I celebrated my birthday, plus our anniversary (on the same day!) PHEW! April was gone in a BLINK. 

So, let's chat about MAY, shall we!? The giant Happy Sales retirement sale is going on over at Fun Stampers Journey, and everything retiring is now 40% off, while supplies last! For today's treat bags, (ack! These are from the Spring Mini catalog - I hope you have some left!!! If not, they'd be adorable on a box or card too!) I used the Greetings Earthlings stamp set (SS-0042)   I paired the friendly aliens with a sentiment from Little Big Greetings (SS-0052) (also retiring!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your month of May is off to a BEAUTIFUL start! xoxo

Linky-doo's for you:
Find the retirement list HERE.
Have you seen the May Bloom Box?! Find it HERE!
Check out a variety of graduation projects, and more info on the retiring products on the FSJ blog!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Oh Happy Day {Fun Stampers Journey}

If I had to choose one single stamp from the new Spring Into Summer mini catalog from FSJ, it might just be the pineapple from the Summer Fun stamp set. I can't get enough of it! I love using it to stamp backgrounds, and for today's card,  I found inspiration from a bright and summery bag I saw in a store - it was Lilly Pulitzer's Flamenco pattern featuring PINK pineapples. I LOVE the combination with the bright blue of Lilly's print, but for today's card I went with my favorite color, Cool Pool! 

After stamping the pineapples in Watermelon Fusion ink, I used watercolor to quickly shade them in, and then flicked a little remaining paint over the cardstock with my paintbrush. A sentiment, and a thin strip of patterned paper added a nice pop of contrasting black. 

Find the Spring into Summer Mini catalog HERE (as well as all the current catalogs!)

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

Friday, April 1, 2016

Summer Is Here! (Well. Sort of.) {Fun Stampers Journey}

Happy APRIL! Happy SUMMER! Wait - what? Summer is NOT April. (Although in Florida, sometimes April feels like summer.) 

April does mean the release of the Fun Stampers Journey brand new Spring Into Summer mini catalog! You can find the whole catalog right HERE! 

And in honor of the new catalog, I have a fun summer card to share with you today. This card features the brand new Fun Filled Prints patterned paper with the Summer Fun and So Fresh stamp sets. I LOVE the bright colors with the black and white! Swoon! 

 So, friends...even if it doesn't feel like summer where you are, it IS coming - and thanks to the new Spring Into Summer mini catalog, you can have an early taste of the season of sunshine! It's coming! I promise!
Have a beautiful day, and thanks for stopping by! xoxo

Monday, March 21, 2016

Happy Easter cards!

A sweet friend at my church asked me if I could create some Easter cards for her to send, and I was happy for an excuse to dig through my crafty stash and pull some cards together. I am just SMITTEN with Avery Elle's Banner & Wreath stamp set. A few weeks ago I used it to create a set of condolence cards, and today, with a few minor tweaks, it's perfect for Easter! Please excuse my photos - I just snapped these as I was working, and I completely forgot to photograph them properly, before handing over the cards! 
The Happy Easter sentiment I used is from Lil' Inker Designs - and I was THRILLED that it fit perfectly in the banner! I've been using my watercolor pencils like a crazy person lately, so I had THE best time coloring all these images. Then, I sat in the car line at school and trimmed all the little pieces out, and assembled the cards when I got home. 

I love using a splatter of Fun Stampers Journey's Silks in the background of my simple cards - the Silk comes in a bottle like nail polish, and you just give a little flick onto your card, and out splatters a shimmery fun splash of color. On these cards I used the Bubble Gum Silk, which is probably my favorite - but it might be a tie with the Cool Pool Silk, which is an amazing greenish blue color.

For a little variety, I created some cards with patterned paper eggs too. The egg is from The Stamps of Life eggs2hunt stamp set, and it's so much fun - it's just the outline, so I stamped it on assorted patterned papers, and assembled these cards quickly and easily! 

I hope you've enjoyed a little Easter inspiration - there's still time to whip up some Easter goodies before the big day! Thanks so much for stopping by! xoxo

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Lucky Me! {Fun Stampers Journey}

Tomorrow's the day! I'm not Irish, nor am I really all that into St. Patrick's Day - but my kids are SUPER excited to wear green to school. They both have green shirts, and I got some silly oversized shamrock bowties for them to wear. (And I might have gotten a sparkly shamrock headband for myself!) Plus, they'll be helping with a "Go Green" project at school, cleaning up the campus - pretty cool way to head out onto Spring Break! 

And for you, my dear crafty friends....a few quick cards. I used the Pot O' Gold stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey on both of them. On this first card, I pulled out some watercolor pencils to add some shades of green to the shamrock outlines that I stamped. Then I splattered some watercolor and Journey Gold Silk across the background. I created the notched tag by first trimming a strip of cardstock. Next, I put it on my die cutting platform, and angled a square die over the edge, cutting away a triangle shape. It's an easy way to make a banner shape of any size. (Did this make sense? I'll try to remember to take a picture - maybe it will be another blog post!) 
Next up, I created just a SUPER SUPER quick card using the horseshoe with shamrock image. I trimmed it, and attached it with foam tape, over a quick background stamp and the same sentiment. And of course - had to finish with a splatter of Journey Gold Silk. It's so perfect with this St. Patrick's theme! 

During the month of March, Fun Stampers Journey is offering 20% off of select FSJ all the GREEN cardstock and ink you see on my cards, plus the  Pot O' Gold stamp set!! Check out the Fun Stampers Journey website for the whole scoop! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Remember to wear (and CREATE) something green tomorrow! xoxo

PS. For more Fun Stampers Journey inspiration, check out my FSJ board on Pinterest, where I pin projects from the FSJ designers.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

A Bagillion Reasons {Fun Stampers Journey}

Hello friends! I have a simple card to share with you today. Some stamping and layering, but this card came together quite easily.  I have always struggled with background stamps - I tend to get frustrated and have trouble getting them to stamp just right - so finally I began to take a whole different approach. On this card, I added ink only to the center area of the stamp, and went for a loose distressed look. I. Love. It. I love being free from stamping everything perfectly perfect. 

Next, I stamped the heart right on top - I kind of love the way the stripes peek through underneath. And then, yep, you guessed it...I added the sentiment right on top of that!  (And umm, how CUTE is that sentiment!!??) Three layers of stamping right on top of each other.  

This is a perfect card to pop in the mail, because it is flat, without thick layers or bulky embellishments.  The Be Happy stamp set is available now at Fun Stampers Journey!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a fabulous day! xoxo

Friday, March 4, 2016

Be Happy Be Bright Be YOU! Happy March! {Fun Stampers Journey}

Hello March! 
March brings a new promotion to Fun Stampers Journey, and we're celebrating all things GREEN this month. March also means that the November kit of the month stamp set, called Be Happy (SS-0250), is available for purchase! I took the opportunity to combine these two ideas into a Marchy card for you today. I layered a lot of green flowers onto this card, using Sweet Pear and Limeade Splash True Color Fusion hybrid inks. (All the shades of green are 20% off this month! How about THAT!?) Then I embossed some texture onto the panel, and finished it off with a splatter of Cool Pool Silk.

I hope you'll stop by the Fun Stampers Journey blog throughout the month for lots of GREEN inspiration! It's not always been a color that I gravitate towards - but I will admit, I've loved the challenge of creating for this month, and I've found some fun ways to incorporate more green into my projects!

Happy March to you! Thanks so much for stopping by today! xoxo

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Donut Worry! {Fun Stampers Journey}

Hey friends! Need a little pick-me-up on this Wednesday morning? How about some donuts?
The real ones might be filled with sugar and calories, but the donuts I created are completely fat-free! 
I hadn't seen theses projects photographed until just recently, and I'm pretty sure I gasped when I came across them on Pinterest - the photography looks gorgeous! (and delicious!) One of the best perks of my job at Fun Stampers Journey, is that most of the time the projects I create get boxed up and shipped out to the office in Phoenix, and the Journey Crew works their magic and photographs them for me. (I LOVE that!!!) 

I had fun creating these food picks to stick into the donuts! I made a bunch of these and my son celebrated his birthday (which fell on a Sunday this year) with his church pals and donuts!I put a layer of Journey Glaze (dimensional glaze) over the frosting so they look shiny and delicious! Once they were dry, I hot glued them to cake pop sticks. (White craft glue works quite well too - but I was prepping for a birthday party at the last second of course! I love turning to hot glue when I need a QUICK dry!)

And on this last card, yep, it's the same donut as the food picks...just stuck onto a card! So fun!

You can find the Donut Worry stamp set and coordinating dies on the Fun Stampers Journey website. And for more inspiration, check out Fun Stampers Journey on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook

Thanks so much for stopping by today! xoxo

Friday, February 19, 2016

Off To See The World! {Fun Stampers Journey}

Hello friends!

I've been spying some cards I created for Fun Stampers Journey, out on social media and I thought I'd pop in and share them here! (Big thanks to the FSJ Journey Crew for the awesome photography!) 

Today's cards feature the Going Places collection. I love the funky, collage vibe that these projects have. I never thought I'd be able to pull of the  funky, collage type project, but I am really starting to love it! Part of the challenge (for me anyway) is that it's easy to lose a focal point when I'm trying to layer all kinds of cool junk on my project. The Sun Rays die that I used in the background of this card REALLY helped me keep a clear focal point. I tried to remember my rules about groups of threes and visual triangles (see the triangle created by the globe, and enamel dots?)

And next up, a little tag trio. I did a little layering with background stamps and washi tape, and I used a color combination that was a little more challenging to me. (Purple and I....we're still learning to get along.) 

And last but not least, a LOT of stamp layering on this card! This was a fun card layout to create. (In fact, I created a couple of cards following this same formula.) I stamped all kinds of crazy on my white card base, and then stamped my sentiment on a strip of white cardstock and adhered it over the top with foam tape. That stripe gave me a clean spot to put my sentiment, and it also broke up a little of the mad stamping underneath! (And did you see? Purple again! Go me!) 

So my friends, there are your lessons for the day. . . . Create a visual triangle, leave some white space, and try not to hate purple. And just in case you can't live without any of the groovy cool supplies I used today, (not that I'm enabling you or anything) here are a few links to live by:

 Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

PS. For more Fun Stampers Journey inspiration, check out my FSJ board on Pinterest, where I pin some of my creations, as well as projects from the other designers!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

"Hello, I Love You!" Robot Valentine {Fun Stampers Journey}

Happy Valentine's Day weekend! This little robot wanted to stop by and say hello!
To create him, first I die cut his shape from white cardstock, and then i stamped him on metallic silver cardstock. I trimmed him and adhered him to the die cut shape. THEN, (here's where it gets not really) I adhered it to a piece of black cardstock and trimmed around that. Double matting! 

Have a terrific weekend! If you're doing any shopping, check out the Bot Love (BD-0090) stamps and dies and so many cute products, on the Fun Stampers Journey website! xoxo