Budget & Stash Stretchers, Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

Limited Supply FSJ Blog Hop

Welcome to my 2nd Blog Hop.  This time we are featuring limited supplies & it’s a short hop. You should have arrived here from Susan Berg’s blog.


Fun Stampers Journey is still a relatively new company. With the fabulous January sign on promotion, they just gained a lot of new coaches including me.  When you first join or if you are a new stamper, you often have a limited supply of items to create with. So this time the challenge was…..what can you create with just a few supplies. I chose just a handful of items featured here:


I used Black Licorice cardstock CS-0003 $6.95, Whip Cream cardstock CS-0040 $6.95, Black Licorice Ink IP-0041 $7.95, Sentimental Prints stamp set SS-0072 $19.95 & Cut Rhinestones AC-0023 $4.95. If you were to order these, the total before S&H and tax would be $46.75. You could easily make over 50 cards just with these supplies. Definitely a budget & stash stretcher.

I love designing black & white cards. With black & white you can design classy, elegant or clean graphic cards in a snap. It would have been easy to design a dozen cards with this set but since the Sentimental Prints Stamp set has 6 sentiments perfect for several occasions, I decided to limit myself to 6 cards.

The 1st two cards are “no layer” cards meaning there is only a card base used for the design.



The 2nd set of cards feature a 2 layer card  & a 4 layer card. Building layers adds dimension & interest.



The final set of cards feature 3 layers each.



Once you have a great set of basic designs, you can build a stash of cards in no time just by adding 1 or 2 items at a time to your limited stash. For example if I purchase an embossing folder, I can expand these designs by adding in that texture to the backgrounds & build with more layers. If I purchase 1 or 2 of my favorite colors, I can then add to these designs by adding a pop of color to the black & white.

You don’t have to break the bank to start creating wonderful cards. It is very easy to adapt to your budget & slowly build your stash. Before you know it, you will have plenty of items to make a wonderful variety of cards with.  I always encourage my 1st time customers to only buy what they really love, maybe something they collect or speaks to them like butterflies. Then I tell them to buy their favorite colors & it’s usually a good start without being overwhelmed and feeling that they have to buy it all right away. Half the fun of creating art is the new toys you get to play with so work within your budget & enjoy each new purchase.

Thank-you for hopping by today. Stay tuned for the March blog hop coming up in a couple of weeks. I might be offering some blog candy next round.

Please hop on over to Michelle Rothman Greenfield’s blog and see her wonderful creations.

Have a Fabulous Week!




Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

Valentine/Love Blog Hop

Welcome to the very 1st Journey Blog Hop featuring Fun Stampers Journey products & inspiration! 

February Blog Hop

If you arrived from Rachael Shedeed’s blog, you’re right on track. If not, just keep hopping & you will see all the wonderful artwork in store for you today.

The theme for this hop is Valentine or Love creations. I like to make multi-purpose cards that can be used for multiple occasions, so I made a “Love” card. This card can be used for Valentine’s, Anniversary or just to say “Love You”. 




I enjoy mixing up colors & this card is anything but the standard “love” colors. The card base is Cool Pool, layered with Pretty Amethyst, stamped in Pretty Amethyst Fusion Ink with the Whimsy Wallpaper background stamp. I then cut the largest oval with the Journey Ovals Dies & used the coordinating piercing die for some interest. I cut the next oval size down in Whip Cream & stamped “Love You” from the Sentimental Prints stamp set in Grape Fusion Ink. Layered these together & popped them on the card with medium Journey Foam Squares. 

For the flowery details, I took Lemon Grass & cut out the vine border from the Border Details set. Played with its placement on the card & trimmed & attached. I added in a bit of detail to the leaves with a basic green marker. I stamped the flowers from the Sweet Today stamp set in Grape Fusion ink onto Pretty Amethyst paper. I die cut the flowers with the matching die set & then took my Details Pro Shears & trimmed the flower lines a bit deeper to shape the flowers a bit easier. For the circle flowers I stamped the small circle from the Sweet Today stamp set in Cool Pool fusion ink onto Cool Pool paper. I didn’t want a huge border around the circle flowers so I used the circle from the exclamation point die in the Seriously die set to cut out my circles. The Pretty Amethyst flowers are mounted flush on the card, the Cool Pool flowers are popped using the small Journey Foam Squares. I added medium Sparkle Drops to the flower centers to finish off the card.

I hope you enjoyed visiting my blog today. Please head over to Kathy Dowbenko’s blog to see what she has to share. If you get lost, the blogroll can be found here at Susan Berg’s blog. 


Enjoy The Journey!



Angel Club, Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

Angel Club February

This month’s Angel Club was our first official introduction to Fun Stampers Journey products. Normally we do 2 cards but since I was looking at a house with hubby & there were several new goodies to investigate, we just did one.


I just love these cool cats! This is a CAS card, clean and simple. The stamp sets used were Cat’s Meow & Color Lines.  Paper & Ink were Black Licorice, Beach Breeze & Whip Cream. I used the Yummy Dots Embossing Folder to add interest & depth.

If you are interested in Fun Stampers Journey products, please visit my new Order FSJ Page above.

Join me here Sunday for the 1st official Fun Stampers Journey Blog Hop!

Enjoy Your Weekend!



Oriental Art Part 2

My first oriental swap of the year was the Dragon Mingle. Since I had such a fun time being sick in January, my card got created and mailed a day late.

I decided I wanted to create more in one of my favorite color combos this year, green & purple. I stamped the dragon & colored him in with good old Crayola pencils. I dug around in my smaller oriental stamps for a word that I thought might fit. I have decided I really need a couple of stamps that say “fierce” so if you know of any, let me know.  “Fierce” in kanji would be awesome.




Refresh your spirit this week with a little bit of time to be creative.



Oriental Art

I love oriental style art for its beauty & tranquility. While I was hosting Cards for the Troops events, most of my personal art got put on the back burner. Now that the CFT ministry has retired, I can again pursue some of my favorite art styles.

I have been a member of the Oriental Stamp Art Group for probably 14 years now. We moved into our home 15 years ago in 2000 & I believe I found OSA in 2001 or so. The group has had several changes over the years but one thing remains constant, the encouragement, kindness & support no matter where  you are in your art journey, beginner or experienced. OSA is one of the best art groups ever & is a huge part of my art family. You can learn more about OSA at www.orientalstampart.com

I have hosted the Secret Santa Exchange for 8 years. It’s a fun time to exchange surprise packages & we all open them online together on the same day & share our goodies. With the high cost of postage, we modified it in 2014 to include a handmade card, ornament & oriental goodies that will fit in a 6 x 9 envelope.  Here is the card & ornament I created for the 2015 exchange:

I sent a non-oriental holiday card so made a New Year Card in the oriental style. The bird is hand painted with Twinkling H2O’s & is stamped on hand colored background paper.


The ornament was a little rough on the backside but overall came out pretty well. It’s a shaker ornament & was fun to make. I wanted to create an ornament that could be displayed all year if the recipient wanted instead of just at Christmas.


I am looking forward to creating more oriental art this year.  And being on the receiving end in the swaps is always a joy.

Have a Fabulous Sunday!


Cards, Classes, Fun Stampers Journey

January’s Card Class

I am still working on consistently updating my classes. Being sick for a couple of weeks in January threw my time table completely off track. Look for updates soon on upcoming classes.

January’s birthday themed card class was a mixture of old & new since I hadn’t received my Fun Stampers Journey starter kit yet. Which actually made if fun to design with a wide mix of company’s products. And since I had so much fun creating the FSJ Spring Fling bunny card for Nora’s birthday, I figured why not have it for class too.

These top 2 cards were just plain fun. The one on the left was cased from a Pinterest post and of course switched up a bit with cloud dies from another company & using one of the clouds for the sentiment. My vellum was packed so I grabbed a tracing paper pad & used the parchement paper instead. Pre-packing to stage the house means I don’t have access to everything.




The 2nd set of cards were also cased from Pinterest. I believe the originals were brayered but these are sponged. And because we punched out the circle from the mask to sponge the cattail card, the circle got used in the plane card above. I love using elements this way to stretch creative supplies.


As much as I love creating original designs, caseing comes in handy when I am in a pinch. CASE stands for copy & share everything. When I case I try to change it up a bit. Feel free to case my artwork. Please be mindful of the copyright posted below.

Have a Blessed Week!


Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

Bunny Birthday

My precious granddaughter, Nora turned one a couple of weeks ago. Her birthday theme was Bunnies!

When I was researching joining Fun Stampers Journey, I purchased a catalog, stamp & die set to check out the products. So of course I had to purchase the Spring Fling Bundle & make Princess Nora’s birthday card.  The bunnies in this set are so adorable!

Since I made the card before my starter kit arrived, the only FSJ products are the bunny stamps & die cut. The bunnies are hand colored with Prismacolor pencils.  The background pattern paper I found at Scrapbooks Forever on a trip to Branson a year or so ago & it’s been hiding in my stash. Here are the front & inside of the card:


And here is the birthday girl with the bunny grammie & grandpa got for her:


Yes, this grammie rocks pink hair! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by!

Do something creative this week!