Blog Hop, Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

Journey Blog Hop May Flowers

 

May Blog Hop

 

Welcome to another Fabulous Fun Stampers Journey Blog Hop!

If you arrived here from Sandra’s Blog  then you are right on track. If not, just continue  hopping along until you come full circle.

Today’s card was created as a special encouragement to let someone know they were being thought of during a difficult time. It is important to let others know we care & are there for them.

May-Blog-Hop

The card base is Lemon Grass with a Banana Cream mat embossed with the Petals Wall Embossing Folder (EF-0007).

I knew I wanted to do a wreath with the Hello Amazing Stamp Set (SS-0206). I stamped the wreath on Lemon Grass cardstock with Fresh Forest Fusion Ink. I then used my Details Pro Shears (TO-0063) to fussy cut the wreath out. I love these detail scissors, they are sharp & easy to use.

I die cut some flowers with the Summer & Tattered Blooms Mini dies (DI-0019 & DI-0020) in Pretty Amethyst & Lemon Drop. The large ball tip on my Bloom Tool (TO-0073) and a mouse pad give the flowers some shape. I added in Rhinestones (AC-0023) for some sparkle. I added leaves with the new Bloom Cluster Die in the Spring Into Summer Mini Catalog (DI-0163).  I punched the butterflies out of Bubble Gum & Pretty Pansy with the Flutter By punch cassette & punch handle (TO-0008 & TO-0031). I edged the butterflies with Journey Sparkle Dust (AC-0013). I used Whip Cream Thread (AC-0128) for the bow after using my Lemon Drop ink pad to color the thread. I adhered all the pieces together & used my small Journey Foam Squares (AD-0084) to pop the wreath on the card.

The sentiment is from Sentimental Prints (SS-0072). I used the Journey Rectangles Dies (DI-0041) for the mats. The smallest die is in Banana Cream cardstock stamped in Black Licorice. I hand trimmed a slightly larger rectangle mat in Lemon Grass to add more dimension & interest. I then took the next size up in the rectangles with its matching piercing element & cut that rectangle out of Pretty Amethyst to complete the look. I popped the sentiment on with larger Journey Foam Squares (AD-0085).

I think this card needs an award for the most Journey products used in one project, LOL!

I certainly hope it brings a smile to the recipient when she receives it.

Be sure to visit  Christine’s blog, the next journey stop on the hop.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

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Fun Stampers Journey, Studio design

Organizing My Fun Stampers Journey Stamps

Wow! Life has certainly been a roller coaster around here. Finding a new home & selling ours certainly takes time & adds stress to an already busy schedule. If everything goes well we’ll be moving in 2 short weeks into our new home complete with a classroom for my classes. Woohoo!

Since becoming a Fun Stampers Journey Coach, I have been brainstorming ideas on how best to keep my new supplies organized & easy to use. So I settled on the first priority, having my stamps close at hand to use in my projects. FSJ stamps come in gusseted envelopes, not bad for the everyday stamper, but with teaching & multiple use, they can start to look shabby fast. So I turned to my new favorite storage, Interdesign Refrigerator Bins. I love how sturdy they are, several come with carry handles, they are clear & I can find the perfect sizes for my art supplies. Then I  added clear envelopes to house my stamps. I decided on the C-Thru Reusable Dry Erase Pockets designed for classrooms, sturdy for sure. Now I trimmed my envelopes with my stamp index on them to fit the pockets. If I think I’ll want to rehome a set after it retires, I would probably copy the front of the envelope instead & store the envelope away  to retrieve later.  Here is what my system looks like:

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As you can see the C-Thru pockets come in different colors & can be used to further organize & divide my stamp sets.  The Beautiful Bride (SS-0253 Spring Into Summer Mini Catalog) stamp set featured  shows how the index & stamps appear front & back in the pocket. The bin rests on the corner of my work table within easy reach for my projects. I estimate it will hold about 40 – 50 stamp sets. I can fit 2-3 of the smaller ATS stamp sets into one pocket.

A C-Thru pocket also currently houses my FSJ stencils.

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Now several of our stamp sets come with matching dies. I don’t mind separating my dies into an Artbin Magnetic Die Storage Case. I now own 10 of them sorted by stamp company & 2 of them are for Fun Stampers Journey dies! I label each sheet with the Die set name, catalog number, the number of dies in the set & if the die is retired.

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A trick I have learned especially when teaching a class or doing a project with multiple dies is to keep one magnetic sheet available to keep all the dies on for that particular project. When class is done, I just return them to their correct sheet. My students & I are less likely to misplace a die this way, even the tiniest ones.

Thanks for peeking in on my studio storage ideas.

Don’t forget you can follow me on Facebook, Pinterest & Instagram too. And you might want to peek in on the Fun Stampers Journey Retirement sale. Retiring products are 40% off during May & June & when they are gone, they’re gone! Just click on the “Shop Now” tab above.

Have a Fabulous Weekend!

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