Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Break Rules Like an Artist!

Hello friends! Do you like to break crafty rules!? I'm not much of a rule breaker in real life, but breaking ART rules is TOTALLY okay with me. Like when I want to stamp a bunch of crazy colors all over a card, and then leave my images black and white? Yes, please! 

I had fun with the Fun Stampers Journey Express Yourself stamp set (SS-0355) to create this card. I grabbed a couple of those paint streak stamps and covered my whole white card base with them, leaving a little space around the edges. Then I stamped the paint and accessories onto cardstock and trimmed them. I added a little Journey Glaze for some extra shine and dimension, and layered it all together with my stamped sentiment on a die cut oval. 
Are there crafty rules you like to break? Are you brave enough to try something new? Even if it seems scary, give it a shot. Need a starting place? Create a REALLY colorful card base , and then use simple black and white for the images and text. (And then come share it with me - because I'd love to see it!) Thanks so much for stopping by!!! xoxo

PS. Don't forget about the 2016 Be Brave Card Drive sponsored by Fun Stampers Journey! There's still time to share the love and craftiness! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Oh Happy Day floral card {FSJ}

Hello friends! It really IS a happy day around here! Hurricane Matthew brought an unexpected few days around here last week, but we were blessed to come through the storm safely, and we only lost some shingles and branches. So many families and businesses not too far away from me are still very much in the midst of recovery though, and they are not far from my thoughts. 

After a crazy week, it felt so good to get back to work this week (especially once I shipped the kids back to school after a few hurricane days!) Today's card is bright and cheery, even as we start heading into fall. The temperature has actually turned pleasant here - I'm not sure if Matthew did that, or not but we are thrilled to have the house opened! I can't resist bright colors, even in the fall so this is a pretty typical color scheme for me! I had some flowers that I cut out for another project, so I used my leftovers and put this card together. 

I used the Awesome You stamp set (SS-0097) to create the flowers. This stamp set has been a part of the Fun Stampers Journey offerings for quite a while - and if you don't have it...well, you should. I love these flowers! They are really fun to mix and match (and they stamp up a pretty fun background pattern too!) I paired the flowers with the Bloom Cluster Die (DI-0163) to create the fun little sprigs of greenery, and added a sentiment from the P.S. Greeting Stamp Set.  (It's another of my go-to stamp sets, for sentiments!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today, my friends! xoxo

PS. Have you heard about the 2016 Be Brave Card Drive, happening this month? Create and send cards of encouragement to a breast cancer patient, to brighten their day. Fun Stampers Journey will be collecting these cards to be distributed via a non-profit organization. Put those crafty talents to good use, my friends! You can find all the details below!

You can find all the details here about the 2016 Be Brave Card Drive!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Reach For The Stars: Using Product Creatively {FSJ}

Hello friends! Raise your hand if you have a crafty stash that seems to be the size of Mt. Everest. (Yeah, I see ya'll...and don't worry, my hand is raised too!) Raise your hand if despite that mountain of delicious craftiness, there's still something you're missing. (Yeah...same here.) 

Today's card shows off a creative solution to my "missing product." I wonder if you can figure out what the "missing product and it's creative solution" is. Take a gander.....any guesses?

Okay, give up? Or maybe you guessed it? I was wishing and searching for some kind of lined paper. I wanted a little notepad sheet. I was content with lined paper or grid paper. And I had none. No stamp, no printed stock with lines or grids. But I did have that fabulous pad of Grid Paper that you see in this photo. It's a great big pad that I use on my work surface, and tear off the top sheet whenever it's just too messy to work on. BINGO! I trimmed a rectangle of grid paper, and then I punched holes along the side. I snipped from each hole to the side of my paper, just like a spiral notebook, and then fluffed the edges a bit to make it look more realistic. I am so happy with my creative solution! 

After my brainstorm, I just layered up some other fun elements, and BAM, called it done. A simple solution for a fun card. So, do tell - did you know what my missing product was? Comment and let me know what you thought! And then, think about what YOUR missing product is - can you create it with your own Mt. Everest of crafty goodness? (I bet you can!) Thanks so much for stopping by!!! xoxo

PS Do you follow me on Pinterest? I'm always pinning crafty bits, recipes, and colorful inspiration! 

Supplies used on this project:

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