Monday, December 5, 2016

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful {Dudes. It's December already?}

Um, hi. Anyone else realize that all the sudden its December? And I suppose since it's December, I should have shared this card LAST month. But I didn't. So here it is today, and then Christmas and winter will return to the blog next week. 

Just a fun card today - one of those, "let me just stamp some stuff and throw it all together" kind of cards, that I love so much. The scraps and the die-cut banner were just laying around from other projects. And the leaves - I have all the love for leafy stamps. Next week, I'll share a card that focuses on all my love for snowflake stamps, because they're a pretty close tie, but today, once more with the leaves. Last crafty leaves of the season! (These are the Skeleton Leaf Stamp Set from FSJ)

In other news, tomorrow I will officially have a 12 year old in my house. This, much like it being DECEMBER, is completely impossible. We're having a video game themed party with a houseful of middle schoolers this weekend. (Ask me if I'm terrified!?) It'll be a great adventure though! And then...onward to Christmas! ACK!

I have to go breathe into a paper bag now, so pardon me....thank you so much for stopping by! 
Have a beautiful week! xoxo

Monday, November 28, 2016

Using Planner Pages on Scrapbooking Layouts

     Hello friends! Today I'd like to share a 8.5x11 layout that I created. I don't do a ton of scrapbooking - mainly I just shove everything in photo sleeves once every 18 months or so, after a weekend long Shutterfly binge, uploading everything under the sun.  But every so often it's fun to create a layout to stick in between the photo sleeves. 

For today's layout, I thought it would be fun to use some of my unused planner pages from my 2016 planner. It's a great way to score some free lined paper for journaling, and it's got a bit of personality and detail on it that's fun to add on a layout. Before you ditch all your unused planner bits at the end of the year, dig through and see what's usable for another purpose!

On this project I used lots of NEW goodies from Fun Stampers Journey, out of the Trends Mini Catalog. (You can find the whole sweet catty here!) I used a bit of our new planner stamps and dies, plus some paper and accessories from the Magical Journey collection. (That's the one with the fun Disney-ish theme!) Really, the only Christmas things I used are the sentiment stamp,  one little strip of Christmas paper, and the holly die. 

I really love the new Tape It stamp set, that I used to create a lot of the washi tape on the page. The top right corner is all just stamped on cardstock. It was fun to mix sparkle tape, washi tape, plus stamped faux tapes all together on this page. 

Thanks so much for coming by and checking out my planner-to-layout page! Be sure to head over to the Fun Stampers Journey website to check out all the new planner goodies we have! Plus, if you don't have your 2017 planner yet - check out the Journey Days Buffet promotion. You can score a whole bundle of planner goodies for the new year for a low price! Did you know that our planners are cobranded with Webster's Pages? (They're kinda awesome, and they make GORGEOUS planners!) 

Monday, November 21, 2016

November planner plans

Helllllllllo friends! Happy ALMOST THANKSGIVING! 
I'm popping in this week to share a little planner love. I'll admit I am NOT one of those carry-a-planner-around kinda girls. I don't realllllly even keep a planner updated. But every once in a while I jump on the bandwagon and get crafty with my planner. 

This is the page I did for November. I wanted to keep it clean and simple and not too busy, because when it's crazy and filled to the brim...I can't think. (And that defeats the purpose of keeping a planner.) I kept a subtle color palette, which really makes me happy. (I know, that sounds weird coming from this COLOR-obsessed girl!) This November page will serve more as a memory-keeper for the main events of our month. A lot more happened than I have shown here, but these are the events I want to remember the most! To make it easy, I stamped some of the cute banners and shapes ahead of time, on cardstock, and then trimmed them and wrote the information on them as I went along. I used the Tape It stamp set to add some simple washi tape stripes throughout. 

Next up - I got my COLOR on. Phew! This is one of the week-at-a-glance pages, and I created it for the week of the Be Amazing Tour in Orlando last week. LOTS of color and stampy, stickery goodness on this page. The glittered Be Amazing stickers are so sparkly (without the mess) and I love them! (And don't get me started on our new gel pens.....oh my loveliness, they are AMAZING!) I stamped up a storm on this page, using the Journey Days planner stamps. So many fun tiny designs and shapes and words - OH MY!

Be SURE to check out the Journey Days Buffet promotion going on now at Fun Stampers Journey. You can score a pretty great bundle of planner goodies for 2017! You can choose the planner, the inserts, a stamp set, and accessories all for a great price! Woohoo! Let's go rock 2017! xoxo

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Laughter Is Timeless - Magical Journeys Collection {FSJ}

Hello friends! I'm so excited to be heading out to Orlando today, for the Fun Stampers Journey Be Amazing Tour, this weekend. I'll even be demoing some projects on stage, and I'm looking forward to hugging my coworkers that I only see every few months, as well as some Journey coaches and crafters who live in this sunshiney state of Florida! 

Today I'd like to share a card that I created with the new Magical Journeys collection from FSJ. You can find the whole collection in our new Journey Trends mini catalog. The collection has a whimsical Walt Disney theme to it, and it is especially fun for Disney World scrapbooks, travel journals, planners, and vacation themed projects. 

For today's card, I first stamped the striped background with clear pigment ink. Then I gently rubbed over the whole thing with Bubble Gum PanPastels. The clear ink will pick up more of the pastel than the plain paper surface, so the color becomes concentrated and rich whenever you've stamped. It's one of my favorite techniques with PanPastels. The sentiment was stamped and die cut and then I added a little colored pencil detail. That red patterned paper is also from the Magical Journeys collection - it's one of my favorite papers in the pack!!! :) 

Thanks for coming by today! I hope you'll go over and check out the new catalog,  And follow our hashtag #BeAmazingTour2016 this weekend, for lots of fun posts and pics from the Be Amazing Tour! Orlando is the last stop of the year! I'm so excited they're coming to my home state! Have a great weekend!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Simple Fall Cards

I am an absolute sucker for leaf stamps and dies. (We probably discuss this every year on my blog.) So I jumped at the chance, when a dear woman from church asked me to make her some fall cards.

I got so carried away, that I made extras and sold quite a few card sets to other lovely friends who liked the idea of sending out some autumn love! I'm looking forward to sending out what's left, and sharing my thankful thoughts with loved ones!

The first three all follow the same design, using stamps and dies from Lil' Inker Designs.

The Leaf Love die set is one of my absolute GO-TO die sets for fall. And Lil' Inker has a coordinating stamp set, called Leafy Greetings that fits right inside each leaf. Seriously cute! These cards came together SO quickly. I had fun mixing and matching the dotted papers (from Echo Park) and digging deep into my stash of washi tape. Because crafting is my job AND my hobby, sometimes it's a fun break from WORK, to dig into my non-work stash, and show it some love! 

When I'm mass producing cards, I definitely work assembly line style...I trim all the card bases, then score and fold them all. On these cards, then I trimmed and adhered the paper all at one time, all the washi etc etc. The leaf dies come attached to each other, and I keep them that way - it's so quick to die cut all the leaves at once, and in no time at all, you've got a yard full of paper leaves to stamp! YAY! 
Next up, on these two cards, I used the sentiment from  Leaf Silhouettes from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps. Dang, I've had this stamp set a long time, and I just keep on loving it so much! I even used it on a project for the cover of Paper Crafts Magazine, many moons ago! I paired the sentiment with leaves from Technique Tuesday's I Give Thanks stamp set. Another one I just keep using over and over. This set has coordinating dies for the leaves, but I actually trimmed mine - it was a good project to do while sitting in the school car line! The background is made from washi tape, and a background stamp (I think it's from Stamping' Up, but I'm not sure what it is!)

I hope you're feeling inspired to go create some autumn goodness now! I'm thankful for YOU, and I'm so glad you stopped by! xoxo 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Easy Christmas Card Workshop {FSJ)

Hello friends!!! Tonight I'm going to a women's craft night at my church. We've asked everyone to just bring whatever craft they enjoy working on, and maybe a snack to share, for some fellowship and fun. We'll have some extra projects for anyone who isn't sure what to bring...or who isn't particularly crafty. The project I'm in charge of is a simple Christmas card that we'll be creating to send to our homebound church members, who can't be with us in person at the church. I've promised the ladies, that even if they're intimidated by card-making, or they say "I'm just not crafty,"  that I will hold their hand, and walk them through - ANYONE can create this card. I promise.  I thought I'd share my plans in case you'd like to plan a holiday card-making evening with a group of friends - even if they "aren't crafty", you'll win them over with this one! 

Each person will receive a zip top bag with these items in it. I've done almost all of the prep work for this, but depending on your group, you could let them do the stamping or die-cutting if you'd like. Everything in my kits is precut, embossed, stamped, and die-cut. I even included the foam squares they'll need. (The only thing on the table will be some regular adhesive.)

I've also created a little step-by-step board for the ladies to look at as they work. I'll be right there to walk them through the steps as well, but this gives them a visual of how to assemble it. By looking at the board, and listening to me, they'll be able to figure out the basic steps: 
Step 1: adhere the embossed rectangle on top of the card
Step 2: tie a twine bow around the banner
Step 3: adhere banner to card
Step 4: apply foam squares to the dove and sentiment
Step 5: adhere them to the card

SEE? I told you - SUPER simple, but quite lovely! I know these cards will mean a lot to our church members that we don't often get to see - and I know the ladies tonight will enjoy creating something special! I'm going to bring some extra goodies, just in case I convert some of those "non-crafty" ladies into paper crafters, and they want to create MORE! :)

As an extra little tidbit, I wanted to show you a few options for creating the banner I used on this card. If you don't have a banner this size, there are two ways to die-cut them, depending on the dies you DO have. 

Option one: I have a banner die but it's much wider than what I want for this card. Just trim paper the desired width, and place it in the center of the die. 

Option two: I don't have a banner die, but I do have a square (or rectangle die.) Trim paper the desired width, then place the corner of the die centered and diagonal towards the bottom of paper to create the angle.

Thanks so very much for stopping by today! If you have any questions about how you can organize a fun card-making evening, let me know. I'm happy to help! xoxo

Fun Stampers Journey supplies used on this project:

Friday, October 28, 2016

You Build Me Up - Multistep Stamping {FSJ}

Hello friends! Today's card features a really fun stamp set called Build-A-Skyscraper (SS-0340) from Fun Stampers Journey. This is a multistep stamp set that allows you to create your own cityscape and then customize it in so many ways!

You can see a little of the stamp set peeking under the card in the image below. There are a few different ways you can use this set, but to create the buildings for my card, I first stamped the large solid shapes on Whip Cream cardstock to create the buildings. Then I chose the windows and roof tops to add on. After I trimmed them and adhered them to my card, I added some Journey Glaze to the windows and details. The chevron arrow die from the Border Details die set added a fun pop of color in Lemon Drop, as well as created an abstract road along the bottom. The sentiment is from the Build Me Up stamp set - what a perfect sentiment!

Stamps and dies used on this project:

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your day is simply fabulous! Next weekend, I'll be heading to Orlando for the Be Amazing Tour.  I'll try to remember to take some photos to share! xoxo

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: