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

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