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: 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

There's Always Room for S'More {s'mores gift basket tag}

Do you need a super cute gift idea for a friend or family member? What about a treat basket filled with everything needed for a family s'mores night? Include chocolate, graham crackers, marshmallows, and skewers. And check out this cool graphic with 16 variations of traditional s'mores! You might get some ideas for other creative ideas to add to your basket. What a fun evening in front of the fireplace, or outside by a crackling bonfire!

To create this tag, I used a variety of Fun Stampers Journey and RG supplies. First I diecut the tag, and embossed it. Then I layered on some cozy patterned papers, and corrugated stock for added texture. I stamped the sentiment on a diecut circle, and stamped and trimmed the layers of the s'more. The Always S'more stamp set is so much fun because each layer of the s'more is a different stamp, so you can create and layer together as many pieces as you want - (and BONUS...they're calorie free!) 

To finish off the tag, I splattered a little Silk, and added a wooden tree and enamel dots. How cute would this look attached to a basket of s'more goodies?! Check out the list of supplies below, and leave a comment if you have any questions! I hope your February is off to a warm and cozy start! January was such a blur, I feel like NOW is the start of the new year. January was just a practice month. Ya feel me?! Thanks for stopping by my sweet, crafty friends! xoxo

Supplies to create this project:
Lumberjack Days Wood Chips (RG) 
Jean Cord (RG)

PS. For  more inspiration, be sure to follow FSJ and RG on Instagram! (And hey - follow me too, while you're at it!) 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Origami Love {CHA 2017 release from Richard Garay}

Hello friends! It's that time of year! Christmas, then New Years, and then new craftiness coming our way from CHA! The Craft and Hobby Association's big show is coming up on January 19, and I'm thrilled to sneak you a peek at some new goodies from Richard Garay's RG brand. Richard is releasing four brand new collections, Origami Love, Media Venture, Silver & Gold, and RG Days. 

I'm excited to introduce you to the Origami Love collection. The colors are RIGHT up my alley - bright and bold, with pops of black and white. (HELLO, did he create this just for ME!?) 

I created two bright cards using the papers, stamps, and dies from Origami Love. Both these cards feature the Birds stamp and die combo set. 

Before you go, have I mentioned there's a BLOG HOP, and YOU have the chance to WIN prizes!? One grand prize winner will receive $100 of RG products from his NEW collections + RG Messenger Bag—Total value of $150

Plus two more lucky winners will also receive one of the RG messenger bags. (I have this bag, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. The quality is fantastic, and it's SO cute!)

So, how to win?! First, leave a comment here on my blog. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this brand new Origami Love collection! That'll be your first entry into the prize drawing. 

Earn another entry when you head over to the RG blog and post a comment, plus earn an additional entry for each design team blog you comment on! Ready? Set? GO!

Laura  {THAT'S ME!}









Thanks so much for stopping by today! Happy New Year my friends!! xoxo

Contest ends on January 10th at 6:00 PM EST. The winner will be chosen and announced on Wednesday, January 11th on the RG blog.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Party Time! {New Years Watercoloring}

Hello dear friends! Are you recovered from the Christmas chaos!? I hope your holiday was merry and bright and full of love! But now...onward to New Years, yes?!

I had fun playing on this card. More watercoloring, I KNOW. I can't stop - I've been telling you this for MONTHS now. On this card, I created some watercolor puddles to paint from, and I added a little silver and gold Silk into the colors, for a little touch of metallic. Then after I colored everything, I added some extra splatters of Silk on top.

If you aren't familiar with the FSJ Silks, picture a nail polish bottle, with a nail polish brush inside. Like THIS, in fact:

But imagine the contents being less thick than nail polish. Thin enough to take that brush and go FLICK onto your project.  FLICK! FLICK! Yessss, it can get messy, but it is SOO worth the risk! I was terrified at first, of ruining my projects. "What if it doesn't go where I want it to?" Well - you do your best. And the more you use them, the better you get at directing it, and going with the flow. Plus it has metallic goodness that gets all stirred up when you give that bottle a shake. You can mix it with watercolor, for a metallic glint. You can brush the Silk onto a stamp and stamp with it. You can paint it right onto a card or project for a brushed background. Lots of cool possibilities and play.

ANYYYYYwhooooo, Silk. New Years. Sparkle. Stamping. All the good stuff. After I stamped and painted this card, I created a die cut frame, added a sentiment, and BAM.

Happy New Year! :)
Check out the whole array of beautiful FSJ Silk colors, over on the website. 
I'll be doing a bit of traveling during the first part of January, but I'll be BACK later in the month to party with you all, 2017 style. Find me on Instagram or on Facebook and Pinterest, in the meantime!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Merry Christmas {watercolor snowflakes}

Hello dear crafty friends!
I just wanted to say....MERRY almost CHRISTMAS! 
I created this colorful snowflake card using the Fun Stampers Journey Pretty Flakes stamp set (SS-0377). I made a large puddle of watercolor, and then stamped the snowflake stamps right into it, and then onto watercolor paper (Journey Color Splash Sheets). (If you missed it, last week I shared another card using this stamp set. Scroll on down after you're done reading, and check that one out! Same stamps - totally different look!)

It's fun to experiment and see what happens when you stamp with watercolor - no two projects ever turn out the same, THAT is for sure! After I stamped the images, I added a little more water to my puddle, and picked up some of the remaining color with a paint brush to paint around the flakes. While it was still wet, I splattered a little Cool Pool Silk for some metallic fun. I love the way the Silk blends and spreads when splattered on a wet surface! So pretty! To finish it all off, I added some dimensional glaze to the snowflakes and sprinkled a little glitter - what snowflakes would be complete without GLITTER? (Generally glitter and I are not friends. But come on - snowflakes HAVE to be glittery!) 

I stamped the sentiment onto a vellum diecut oval, and layered it onto a white tag. It adds a little extra layer and dimension, without adding too much busyness to the card. And using the starry paperclip allowed me to not worry about how I would adhere the layers together! 

I hope the rest of your holiday season is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Thanks so much for letting me share a little inspiration, and thanks so much for stopping by today, in the midst of the hustle and bustle! Holiday hugs!! xoxo

Monday, December 12, 2016

Cold Weather Cuddles

Helllllllo dears! I am pleased to report that this blog is back to WINTER, after last week's last little burst of fall. 

Red, black, and white is one of my favorite color combinations all year long - but at Christmastime, it's especially awesome. It makes me super happy. For this card, I stamped snowflakes, plus a little tiny heart (I think it was from one of our new planner stamp sets...but yikes, I can't remember.) Then I added the sentiment strip, some Black Licorice Sparkle Tape, and Licorice Twist Twine. (All from Fun Stampers Journey.) At the end, I added a little Journey Glaze to the hearts and just a wee bit of glitter.  It's winter, but let's not go crazy with the glitter people. ;) 

Stop on by next week to see a completely different...but strangely, sort of the same, - but different, card using these same beautiful snowflakes!!!! xoxo

Products used on today's project:
(get both these stamp sets before they disappear at the end of the year!)

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