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

Monday, June 13, 2016

Hip Hip HOORAY brand new goodies {Fun Stampers Journey}

Helllllo friends!  I was so disappointed to miss out on the Fun Stampers Journey Celebrate You convention this year. Convention was a blast last year - I had only been working for FSJ for a few months then, and it was a swirl of chaos and excitement and work! 

This year, my growing-up boys were finishing up Kindergarten and Fifth Grade during the same time as convention - and that's a pretty big deal, so I opted to stay home. It was definitely the right decision, but if only I could clone myself and have fun in two places at once, right!? Not to mention the fact, that I missed my 20 year high school reunion all in the same weekend! UGH!

BUT the good news is, I have some goodies from the new catalog, which will be available July 1st! I thought I'd share a cheery and celebratory card today, to share in all the excitement at Fun Stampers Journey, as well as my household as we kick of the official start to SUMMER! There's much to cheer about!

 This stamp is one of the new ATS sized stamps from the Celebrate You collection. I absolutely ADORE stamps that fill up the whole card front with a simple bold sentiment. This one is just AWESOME. I watercolored over the stamped letters, and then added some Journey Glaze for a little shine! The addition of tape and dots and a paperclip, and BLAM-O, this card is DONE! So bright and fun!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your summer is getting off to a BRIGHT, BOLD, and SUPER start! xoxo 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Be Awesome Today covered composition book {Fun Stampers Journey}

I have a BOX (maybe boxES) of composition books in my parents' attic, from when I was in school. We used them in so many classes, for so many purposes. Journaling, writing assignments, etc. Maybe that's why I love them so much - they remind me of being a kid! My children always need quite a few for school each year, but frequently they don't fill them up, and they come home at the end of the year, half empty. I decided to take this retired one, and give it a snazzy new cover, to be used for notes or drawings by my kids. 

The Be Amazing collection is being released at Richard Garay's Be Amazing Tour across the US! (More scoop on the tour, at the end of this blog post!) I had fun layering some strips of BRIGHT cardstock on top of some black and white patterned paper. (This Black & White printed paper is retiring! Get it while supplies last, at 40% off!) Then I splattered and sprayed to my heart's content using Silks and Splashes in coordinating neon colors! SO FUN! 
 And now, my kids can fill the pages with their crazy doodles and notes, in some serious neon STYLE!
Thanks for coming by today! Check out all the stops on the Be Amazing Tour 2016, and find out the details on the one closest to YOU! Thanks so much for stopping by today! xoxo

The next stop on the tour is in July, in Bloomington, MN. If you're anywhere nearby, make plans to attend! I'm hoping to be at the November stop in Orlando!! It will be a BLAST!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Bright White Die-Cut Cards {RG}

Hello friends! I have some BRIGHT WHITE cards to share with you today! I created these cards for Mother's Day this year, but all of these cards would be perfect for a variety of occasions - or no occasion at all, other than to say HELLO! 

I had FUN pulling out my RG dies by Richard Garay, which were released at CHA this year. I absolutely LOVE the background dies from the Make Amazing collection. They look beautiful when they're die cut in bright bold colors, or even patterned papers - but for today's cards I wanted to use some lovely white-on-white to create a subtle but stunning background. 

After I die cut the Branch Out die from a scrap of cardstock, I was left with a really cool negative image, that I used on the next card, over top of another die cut background! Perfect!

All of the sentiments I used are from the RG Noteworthy Collection, in the Hello Note Stamp/Die set and the Phone Notes Stamp/Die set.  (along with the CUTE CUTE phone on my last card!)

Because I was mass-producing quite a few of these cards, I pulled out every oval and circle die that were the right size, and cut a bunch of shapes at once. It's a helpful time-saving tip when creating a lot of cards! (The Stitched Circle die seen below is from Lil' Inker Designs. All other dies on todays projects are from RG and Fun Stampers Journey.) 
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you're feeling inspired to whip up some classic and crisp white cards. If so, I'd love to see them! Leave me a link, and I'll head right over to say hello! xoxo

Shop for RG products at some of these fabulous places:
on the RG website

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Happy NSD! You & Me Sunshine Layout {Fun Stampers Journey}

Hello sunshines! I made a layout. Whaaaaat!? It doesn't happen often, but I am so smitten with this you & me die from the Spring Into Summer mini catalog at Fun Stampers Journey, and I was inspired to make a layout with it. And what perfect timing....perhaps my heart just knew that today is National Scrapbooking Day, so I was getting a head start! 

The wooden elements from the Summer catalog are SO much fun - the scripty words are gorgeous, and those hearts!? LOVE! And the palm tree!? LOVE! Hearts and palm trees together!? DOUBLE LOVE from this Florida girl. That strip of heart printed paper is about to retire - it's the Journey Basics Black & White paper pack. It's one of my favorites - I'll be sad to see it go!(Grab it now while it's 40% off!) 

To finish off the page, I added some simple journaling and a splash of Journey Gold Silk. I love splatters! Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your Spring is feeling sunshiny and grand, and your National Scrapbooking Day is filled with....scrapbooking! (If you're looking for some online activities, check out Richard Garay's blog for the scoop on some fun hops going on!)

Linky-doo's for you:
Did you know the Journey Grand die cutting machine is 40% off as part of the Happy Sales retirement sale!? Check it out HERE