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

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.