Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hello Love scrapbook layout {watercolor stamping}

Stamping with's a little messy, but so worth it! For today's layout, I used the brand new Hello Love stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey. I'm a little partial to this stamp set, because I drew the sentiments in it! Paired with some super cool images created by the graphic designers at Fun Stampers Journey, this stamp and die set is definitely one of my favorites in the new 2017 catalog. 
To create this, I started out with a sheet of Whip Cream cardstock. I gave it a few little spritzes of water, and then I stamped the circle stamp onto an acrylic block that I dripped some Limeade Splash Liquid Color onto. Liquid Colors are the new dye inks from FSJ. They come in a bottle, similar to a reinker, but you can use them for watercolor techniques, and so much more. So I tapped my stamp right onto the Liquid Color, and then onto the cardstock. Wherever the cardstock was especially wet, the color ran and blended and did super cool things! It's pretty fun, yes? And the areas that were dry, the image stamped more clearly. I love the way it turned out. 

After that, I layered up some dies, papers, a few more stamped details and of course the photo of my cutie pie baby-who's-not-a-baby-anymore. The hardest part of this layout is looking at that chubby baby who keeps growing up. (That, and waiting for my wet watercolor to dry so I could finish working!) 

Don't be afraid to PLAY with messy watercolor techniques like this. They won't always work the first time. I played a little to figure out what the ink and water would do, and sometimes - things just look awful. That's okay! Try, try again! Sometimes the process is more valuable than the product, and there's nothing wrong with that! It's ART! Have FUN! xoxo

Hello Love Die Set DI-0347 (includes dies for each of the sentiments)
cutie pie baby - not for sale. ;) 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mermaid Kisses {Fun Stampers Journey Bloom Box}

Hello friends! The Mermaid Kisses Stamp Set is so much fun for summer! Mermaid Kisses is the Bloom Box (kit of the month) from Fun Stampers Journey. (Find out all about the Bloom Box, and check out the four beautiful cards you can create!) I created two different cards for you today, one is BRIGHT and cheery and the other is soft and dreamy. So whatever your mood, and whatever your style, I hope one or both of these will inspire you! 

I paired the Turtley Awesome stamp set with both of these cards - that sea grass, y'all. It's my favorite. I couldn't help it! On the bright and cheery card, I stamped the sea grass on Electric Lime cardstock. I stamped the mermaid on white cardstock. To color her, I used Electric Lime Silk, mixed with a little water, plus a splash of Sparkle Silk and painted it on her tail and swim top. Then when it was dry, I added some shading using Color Burst colored pencils. I colored her skin and hair with pencils too. 
I layered up some torn cardstock to create a watery background and then used foam squares to adhere it all together for lots of depth!
 And on the mermaid tail, a little glaze and glitter finished it off!

 For the dreamy and soft mermaid card, I painted on the mermaid's tail color using the Electric Lime Silk, and Sparkle Silk, mixed with  a little Lovely Blue Liquid Color, plus a few drops of water. The Silk and Liquid Color blend together beautifully.

To create the background, I stamped the Ink Splat stamp repeatedly, in Lovely Blue Liquid Color, and then splattered some Silk over the top.


Be sure to check out the July 2017 Bloom Box! You will receive everything you need to create these four beautiful cards!

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

Friday, July 7, 2017

Mystic Romance cards from Fun Stampers Journey {two Liquid Color techniques}

Hello friends! It's JULY, which means....I'm thrilled to share the 2017 Fun Stampers Journey catalog with you today! We've been working for MONTHS to bring this catalog to life, and I am so excited to be a part of it. I also have two cards that I created just for you, using the new Mystic Romance collection, which you'll find in the new catalog.

 The Mystic Romance collection finds its inspiration in fashion, and the stamps have a cool embroidered or stitched look. They're especially fun for inky techniques.  I used FSJ's new Liquid Color on both of todays cards, trying out a few different techniques.

On this bumblebee card, I created the background using three floral stamps. I used Liquid Color and a sponge dauber to ink red and green onto the same stamp. Our Liquid Colors are dye based liquid ink. I simply put a few drops onto an acrylic block, and picked up the color with the dauber to apply to the stamps. After I stamped the flowers, I inked the Canvas Prints background stamp in Pineapple Fusion and stamped right on top of my floral background. It adds some subtle color and texture to the background.
After stamping and cutting the bumblebee, I colored him with Color Splash watercolor pencils. I painted Sparkle Silk on his wings, and then I covered them with Journey Glaze. Some paper scraps, tapes, twine and dots completed this cheery summertime card.

Next up, I used the Liquid Color in a totally different way. Instead of stamping with them, I used them to create a background. First, I embossed the butterflies on watercolor paper. Some stamps are easier to emboss on watercolor paper than others - in this case, I was okay with a less-than-precise image, with some of the paper's texture showing through. 

After embossing, I began to play with water and Liquid Color. I puddled some water on a large acrylic block, and added drops of blue and purple Liquid Color, along with some splatters of Silver and Sparkle Silks. Then I misted my watercolor panel with water so it would be ready to absorb all that fun color. After misting, I pressed the paper face down on the acrylic block, and soaked up some color. Don't be afraid to pick it up and put it down again if you miss a spot or want more color. Also feel free to spritz more water on top. Just play with water and color and see what happens!  
Here's a watercolor tip! After really saturating a piece of paper, and letting it dry completely, I like to press it between some books overnight to flatten it out. 

*If you haven't checked out the new FSJ catalog yet, I hope you'll head right there to soak in the beautiful inspiration and fun new products.

*Check out the FSJ blog too, for daily inspiration using NEW products and creative techniques! Plus, Richard Garay and some of my FSJ partners in crafty crime are also sharing some Mystic Romance inspiration this week! Stop by and see Richard, Patricia Roebuck, Michelle Woerner, and Mariana Grigsby.

*And if you're still looking for more, follow me on Pinterest where I pin all sorts of colorful, creative goodness!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed the double dose of Mystic Romance and Liquid Color inspiration! Have a great day!!! xoxo

Supplies from today's cards:
Stitched Dreams Stamp Set SS-0512
Dreams Follow Stamp Set SS-0508
Embroidered Greetings Stamp Set SS-0507
Mystic Romance Prints PP-0047
Liquid Color
Color Splash Sheets watercolor paper
Journey Color Splash watercolor pencils
Sparkle Silk

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Be Brave card - inlaid diecutting {Fun Stampers Journey and RG}

 Hello friends! This card feels a little too autumn for summertime, but I've had the poor thing sitting for months, just waiting to be shared. I created it for an autumn magazine call, but it didn't get any publication love. So maybe you can love it instead! ;)

I used a combination of products from Fun Stampers Journey and the RG retail line, by Richard Garay, and I'll link them all up below.  My favorite thing about this card is the background die. It's the Pennant Pattern die from RG, and I used corrugated stock to cut it from. I LOVE the texture it adds!
After cutting the background from corrugated stock, I cut it again using Blue Lagoon and Pumpkin Bread cardstocks. From that cutting, I just used the triangles, and popped them into some of the empty spaces.

The rest of the card came together quickly. I diecut some sweet sprigs of leaves and berries, stamped up a tag, and added a few embellishments (like glaze on the sprig of berries for shine!) Without that beautiful background, this card would be a little blah, but all put together, the colors play off each other, and the shapes and textures keep the eye roaming around to catch every detail.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Come on over and check out FSJ and RG on Pinterest, for lots more inspiration, tutorials, and more! (And hey, while you're at it...follow ME out on Pinterest too!) xoxo


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses {summer scrapbooking layout}

 I have a little more summer scrapbooking inspiration to share with you today! I'm just LOVING all the cute (can you say CUTE about a lobster?) sea animals in the Spring Into Summer Mini Catalog from FSJ.

To create this layout, I stamped the Catching Waves background stamp twice to fill an eight inch tall panel of Cool Pool cardstock. That background stamp is CA-UTTTE. It's so bubbly and fun! Then I added some tone-on-tone stamping of the sea sentiments on the Huckleberry Fusion base. It just adds a little interest, without adding a big busy distraction from my sandy little boys! I layered up some printed paper, corrugated stock, twine, sparkle tape, and stamped elements to create some fun texture. I'm all about layering on the goodness to my layouts lately! 


Thanks so much for stopping by today! While you're bopping around the internet, why not head over to my Pinterest page? You'll find lots more crafty inspiration! xoxo

Friday, June 16, 2017

You're Turtley Awesome {summertime scrapbook layout}

I live in Florida, therefore I can do summer themed scrapbook layouts with photos that were taken at Christmastime! This photo was my littlest man while we were hanging out in swimsuits in December. It's what we do! (Try not to be jealous, if you live up north!) 

This photo was perfect with FSJ's Spring Into Summer Mini Catalog stamps, like these Turtley Awesome turtles. I LOVE them. They are fun to add color to, and I did a lot of layering on these guys. After stamping them, I dipped them in some blue and green watercolor. While wet, I splattered them with Silk. When it was all dry, I decided the color had dried a little paler than I wanted, so I inked up the Ink Splat stamp, with Catalina Splash ink and I stamped a few little splats onto the turtles. (Then I did the same, with Green Olive ink too!) So these turtles have been stamped, watercolored, and splattered! 
 I did a good bit of layering on this layout, with Under the Sea printed paper, vellum, sparkle tape, and stamping. I inked up the Ink Splat stamp with a little more Catalina Splash ink to tie in on the background and then I added some sea grass, fish, and bubbles. (I went over the bubbles with some Journey Glaze to add shine and dimension! I love all the texture and dimension that came together on this layout, and my boy's smiling face really IS turtley awesome!

Supply list is down below! If you have any questions, leave them in the comments! I'll be back with another summer layout in a few days! Yay! Happy Summer my friends, and thanks for stopping by!

Some of the supplies used on this layout:

Plus, click on over to the FSJ Spring Into Summer Mini catalog to peruse all the summer fun!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Stamping A Layered Background {Rainbow Fish}

Hello friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend! We ate WAY too much sugar, and had a lot of fun celebrating with friends and family. And now the kids are suddenly counting down the days till summer vacation (yikes!) 

Today I want to share a card I created using Fun Stampers Journey's new Rainbow Bubbles stamp set. It's part of the 2017 Spring Into Summer mini catalog, and this stamp set has so many fun possibilities for coloring and embellishing. For today's card I wanted to create a fishy background. I really love creating stamped backgrounds, and I thought I'd show you a little step by step because there are a LOT of layers to this fun summery card. 

I started off with the fish. To create the two-color fish, start with the LIGHTEST ink color first. Dab about half the fish onto the ink pad, and then dab the other half (or so) onto the darker ink. I used Electric Lime, Turbo Teal, and Huckleberry Fusion for my fishy friends.

Next, add bubbles using the same two-color technique for some of them.
Then add in the coral stamp, using Cool Pool ink. It's light and subtle, so you can stamp right over the fish to add some interesting texture. 

I still felt like there was too much white at this point, so next up I used the Ink Splat stamp, also with Cool Pool ink, and I only stamped along the edges of my cardstock.
Loving how that looks, but it's still too WHITE for my taste.... so I pulled out the new FSJ daubers. I used the small size. Our daubers are really cool because the sponges VELCRO onto the handle. I keep a dauber for each color family, in a little mason jar so I can easily switch between colors. I added sponged dots in Turbo Teal and Electric Lime. 
And for the finishing touch, drag the cardstock edges along the Turbo Teal ink pad to distress the edges a bit, and then splatter that baby with Sparkle Silk and Cool Pool Silk. 
A simple sentiment and a few finishing details were all this card needed. I LOVE to play with layers and colors on my cards, and I absolutely love creating colorful backgrounds. So now, pick your favorite stamp set, and see what you can create! (And link it up in the comments - I'd love to come by and see what you make!) Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a BEAUTIFUL week! xoxo

Rainbow Bubble Stamp Set SS-0418
Ink Splat Stamp
Dauber Dowel Small
Pool Play Sparkle Tape


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Snappy Birthday {a crabby birthday card!}

Well, hellllllloooo there friends! Have you seen the new 2017 Spring Into Summer mini catalog from Fun Stampers Journey yet? It's filled with super fun products for under the sea, summer, beach, and BBQ festivities! I've been SO excited for this catalog to go live, because I'm in love with pretty much the ENTIRE catalog! The papers are bright and colorful, and the stamps are SO cute!

For today's card I really layered it up! I stamped that FUN FUN FUN underwater background onto Cool Pool cardstock (Catching Waves Stamp)  and tore the top edge of it. Then I layered it with some printed paper, a vellum die-cut tag, and a colorful crab! (I inked him in orange ink, and then tapped the stamp into some red ink to add the color variation.) Silks, glaze, and sparkly tape added fun finishing touches to this card.

Are you READY for summer (and more importantly, SUMMER CRAFTING!!!????)  Pop on over and peruse the catalog, plus check out some more amazing inspiration over on the FSJ blog

Thanks so much for coming by today!!!! Happy almost-summer! Have a beautiful day! xoxo

PS. Stop by this FSJ Blog post too, to see another CRABBY card!

Supply List:
Snappy Birthday Stamp Set 
Catching Waves Stamp Set
Under The Sea Prints

Monday, February 20, 2017

Magical Journey layout {Disney World Scrapbooking}

Living in Florida, I have been spoiled by fairly regular trips to Disney World ever since I was a child. My parents were known to pick me up from school with suitcases packed and say "SURPRISE! We're going to Disney World!" My husband and I even honeymooned at Disney World, and for a few years after we were married, we only lived 15 minutes away - so we spent a lot of afternoons walking around Epcot and enjoying being a local! 

Bringing our kids to Disney has been so special, because we have TONS of memories there! And there are a LOT of photos to prove it. I loved using FSJ's Magical Journey collection to create a layout of my oldest son (he's much older now - SOB), with his first pair of Mickey ears. LOVE!
I did a lot of layering on this page, but I kept a good bit of white space to balance it out. Plus it keeps the focus on the photo. I will admit, I have been known to dress my family in particular colors, just so that it would look nice in photos! This would be one of those occasions! The stripes on his shirt are perfect with the colors and patterns on the page. 
 I did some stamping and stamping off (inking the star stamp, and then stamping once on scrap paper before stamping on the layout) to add some shades and dimension. Plus it helps the stars to not be too overwhelming. The die cuts and embellishments all came together so seamlessly, thanks to the awesome products in this collection!
 That super fun castle is a stamp, and coordinating die. So I stamped that on white cardstock, and die cut it. The magic wand is a sticker, and then I added a diecut circle with the stamped sentiment.

I hope you'll go check out the whole Magical Journey collection from Fun Stampers Journey, using the links below! 

For more Magical Journey inspiration, visit FSJ's Magical Journey Pinterest Board! 
Thanks so much for coming by today! Have a magical day! xoxo

Monday, February 13, 2017

Dino Love Valentines {Rawr = Love in dinosaur!}

 Happy {almost} Valentine's Day my friends! I have a cutie pie dinosaur to share with you today, from Fun Stampers Journey's Dino Love stamp set. I colored him in with colored pencils, and then layered up some patterned paper, cardstock, and corrugated stock to create this card. It is perfect for a little or not-so-little gentleman!

I've probably raved about them before, about a million times, but I am SO in love with the FSJ Journey Color Burst colored pencils. They are like BUTTER. I've used and loved a couple other brands before, but this one takes the CAKE. They're absolutely stunning and so much fun to work with! They layer really nicely, and it's fun to be creative, blending colors together. I used an array of yellows and oranges to color my dino pal.
 I love the black and white striped paper from the Sweet Spring Paper Pack because it adds such a fun pop with the red and yellow on this card. (And I am seriously a sucker for bright colors paired with black/white!!!)
I hope you have a fabulous and fun week - thanks so much for stopping by! I RAWR you! xoxo

FSJ products used on this project:

Check out some more Dino Love projects on Pinterest: