Cards, Classes, Fun Stampers Journey

Life is Beautiful

Hi Angels!

Popping in with a bit of fall today. We had our Design & Dine a couple of weeks ago. We created the cute monster card from last week, this fall inspired card and a couple of Christmas cards. 

Most people who know me know I am not a huge fan of brown, orange or red for clothes, home furnishings etc. But in the art world I play with them a bit more. I really like this print from the Fall-o-ween Prints pack from the Journey Holidays catalog & grabbed the dahlia set to compliment it. The copper embossing is the perfect accent to complete the look on this card.

Card Basics:

  • Cut a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ from Tangerine Fusion & fold in half.
  • Cut a 5 1/4″ x 4″ mat from floral print
  • Die cut a Square Film piece from Oatmeal Cookie, dust with Panpastel Colorless Blender, stamp sentiment from the Life is Beautiful in Clear Pigment ink & emboss with Copper & Sparkle Dust custom combo.
  • On Whip Cream cardstock swirl Rich Coral, Tangerine Fusion & Summer Days ink onto cardstock using a dauber. Heat set with a heat gun.
  • Dust inked cardstock with Panpastel Colorless Blender & stamp Dahlia flower in Clear Pigment ink & emboss with Copper & Sparkle Dust custom combo. Die cut flower.
  • Stamp leaves onto Lemongrass cardstock with Fresh Forest ink & die cut.
  • Pop sentiment square onto cardbase with Journey Foam squares and attach flower & leaves on corner of square.

Quick, easy & elegant & useful for a variety of occasions. 

I’m officially on retreat with the local Angels. We are exploring, relaxing & having fun creating. 

Find a bit of “me” time this weekend for  yourself, take a Sunday drive or spend some time with your friends. 

Enjoy life!

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

Farmyard Friends Sunrise Birthday

Hi Angels!

Boy September flew by fast & was a bit of a wonky month for me. I am so tickled to have successfully completed posting inspiration for my 2nd Stamp of the Month feature. I hope you have taken note of some good ideas to use in your creations.

If you saw the Dance Life card I posted on Facebook about a week ago, this Farmyard Friends card was the inspiration for that card. I fell in love with the tiny floral print in the Good Life printed paper pack & the fence is just plain fun to create with. Let’s take a look at this week’s card….

My favorite thing about The Good Life collection is it is so easy to make a variety of cards for everyone. Change out the floral print & the card would have a whole new look & feel. 

Card Basics:

  • Fresh Sage card base cut 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ folded in half
  • Floral mat 4″ x 5 1/4″ Adhere to card.
  • Use the fence die to create a Fresh Sage die cut for card & pop up on card with foam squares or foam tape.
  • Die cut sun out of Summer Days & Center circle out of Banana Cream using the My Sunshine Die set free Bloom Benefit. (pro-tip: with every $75 ordered from Fun Stampers Journey you get to pick a free product from our Bloom Benefit section in the catalogs. FUN!)
  • Stamp Birthday Wishes from the Birthday Pop stamp set in Lemongrass ink onto Banana Cream circle, clean stamp off, then using Clear Pigment re-stamp & add Clear & Sparkle Dust custom embossing powder to emboss & add sparkle. (I use a MISTI (non-FSJ) to do the double stamping.)
  • Stamp pig in Rustic Rose & Chicken in Sweet Berry on Whip Cream cardstock & die cut both shapes.
  • Adhere sun in center of card under fence.
  • Pop up pig & chicken with foam squares on each fence corner.

Your card is complete. Quick & easy.

I hope you enjoyed Farmyard Friends & The Good Life this month. I am already working on the October Stamp of the Month cards & heading off to retreat with the Angels this weekend.

Take some time to be creative or find a few minutes to refresh this week. You’ll be glad you did.

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

A Little Bit of Monster Fun

Hi Angels!

I don’t usually do Halloween but no one can resist a cute monster & this one is designed to be versatile year round.

This cute fella would be great for Halloween, birthday or a party invite. He’s from the Eyes on You stamp set in the Journey Holidays Mini catalog.

Let’s take a look at how he’s created:

Card Basics:

  • Grape Fusion card base cut 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ & folded in half
  • Citrus Cooler mat cut 4 ” x 5 1/4″ & die cut with the Lots of Dots die
  • Take a White Liner sheet trimmed to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ & peel off one side of backing to adhere to back of Citrus Cooler mat. Fill holes with Sparkle Dust , rub into adhesive & brush off. Then peel off 2nd backing on White Liner sheet & adhere to card base.
  • Stamp tall monster onto Whip Cream piece & color with Color Burst pencils. I used #’s 10, 18, 21 & 23 combined and 34. Fussy cut around monster.
  • I set the words of choice from the Letterboard Sentiments stamp set on my MISTI & stamped in Grape Fusion, Citrus Cooler & Limeade Splash onto Whip Cream cardstock. Cleaned off the colored ink, stamped in Clear Pigment ink & embossed with my custom Clear & Sparkle Dust embossing powder. Trim around words.
  • Pop monster & words up on card with Journey Foam Squares. Add eyeglasses from Spectacle Fun embellishment pack and your card is finished

Have fun thinking outside the box with your stamp sets. They don’t always have to be used just for a particular holiday or event. 

Enjoy Your Weekend!

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

Farmyard Friends Birthday

Hi Angels!

I may not have gotten 2 blog posts in last week but I will the next 2, yay! I did get 2 videos in last week & hopefully will be finishing up the mixed media canvas this week. Finally making a bit of headway in my schedule & creating. I am auditioning a new project tracking system  customizable to how I work. This is week 2 & the flexibility helps when a busy day pops up & everything is in one spot so I am not tracking multiple lists. Yep, I’m a list keeper, it works for me.

Our Stamp of the Month card this week is a great card for gals or guys & a wonderful way to use scraps up & mix some patterns. I don’t often mix patterns so this card makes if fun to play with them. It’s a reverse pyramid design.  Let’s take a look. 

All these prints are from The Good Life Print Paper pack except the strip at the bottom. I used the same grassy stem from last week’s card on a scrap of Sweet Pear so piggy had some grass under his feet. Adding in the Barn Wall embossing folder made the perfect backdrop.

Card Basics:

  • Chambray Shirt card base cut 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ & folded in half.
  • Tin Pail mat cut 4″ x 5 1/4″ & embossed with Barn Wall embossing folder. Attach to card.
  • Pattern strips are all 1 1/4″ wide & cut into the following lengths: 4 3/4″, 4″, 3 1/4″ On shorter strip, I stamped the sentiment using Chambray Shirt ink.
  • Small strip under piggy’s feet is 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ & stamped with Fresh Sage ink
  • Piggy is stamped with Fresh Sage ink on Whip Cream and die cut
  • Assemble as shown, popping each strip & piggy up with Journey Foam Squares except the “grass” under piggy’s feet.

Tip: You could easily reverse this design, shorten the strips & create a wedding or birthday cake, allowing you to use up a few more scraps in your scrap pile. Solid colors could be embossed with embossing folders to create interest & texture.

I hope this card brings a smile to your day & some ideas of using up your creative scraps.

Have a Fabulous Week!

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

Farmyard Friends Blessed

Hi Angels!

Welcome back to this week’s design inspiration for our Stamp of the Month Farmyard Friends. 

This card features a background I did in my last Facebook video on using your dies to create stencils & masks. You can find that video here

You can tell I had a bit of fun with the swirl background when I used the masks on this background.

Here are the basics for this card:

  • Huckleberry Fusion card base cut 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ & folded in half.
  • Masked background mat size 4″ x 5 1/4″ on Whip Cream cardstock. Create following video info above
  • Stamp leaf grass in Limeade Splash onto masked background. And attach background to card base.
  • On Whip Cream cardstock stamp cow in Huckleberry Fusion & die cut. Pop onto card with Journey Foam Squares.
  • On Whip Cream cardstock stamp “Simply Blessed” in Limeade Splash. I use a MISTI so I can clean off the stamp andstamp again in Clear Pigment ink & emboss with my custom Clear Embossing & Sparkle Dust mix for just a bit of sparkle.  Die Cut & pop up onto card.

That’s all there is to it. Pretty simple after you get the background made and who can stop at just one great background. Make a few & see what you can create with them.

Life has just been a bit hectic here this past couple of months, still working to get back to a regular schedule. Stay tuned for a 2nd post later this week. I didn’t get a 2nd one in last week but did take a couple of days to catch my breath & regroup. Don’t forget it’s important to take care of yourself too.

Have a Fabulous Week!

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

Farmyard Friends Stamp of the Month

Hi Angels!

Welcome to September’s Stamp of the Month. This month I will be featuring inspiration projects using Farmyard Friends from The Good Life Collection. And bonus, it features our new color family & it’s on sale for 20% off this month. Actually all solid colored cardstocks & inkpads are 20% off so if you love color, don’t miss this sale!

Here is your September exclusive download project. Your download includes instructions on how to duplicate this card & maybe a tip or two.

Don’t you just love the barn door? It’s fairly easy to recreate & wait til you see what I used to create the hay.  This card is great for all occasions & you can easily change the pink hen out for another color for a more masculine card. To claim you free tutorial click here.

Pop in every Monday for more Farmyard Friends inspiration.

Have a wonderfully creative week!

Fun Stampers Journey, Mini Books & Albums, Tutorial

The Good Life Star Book

Hi Angels!

On Saturday I taught a class & did a quick live video on Facebook of how to create a Star Book.  Here are the close up photos, measurements & cutting instructions and a link to the Facebook video

For the cover I used the Good Life Prints, Farmyard Friends and Humble & Kind stamp sets.

Here is the inside view of the pages you can add pictures to or some inspiring quotes & stamped images. It is important to note that the inside surface of the pages are 4″ x 4″ so you will need to take that into account if your make this a mini scrapbook.

When the star book is fully opened for display it forms a 7 pointed star.

Star Book Pieces & Measurements:

  • 2 chipboard covers 4″ x 6 “
  • Paper for covers is trimmed 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″
  • You will need 7 sets of pages to form the star
  • Outer pages are 4″ x 12″ scored at 6″ & folded in half
  • Middle pages are 4″ x 10″ scored at 5″ & folded in half
  • Inside pages are 4″ x 8″ scored at 4 inches & folded in half
  • Ribbon 28″ – 30″ long
  • White Liner Tape

Please refer to video for assembly instructions. 

Please share your Star Books in the comments if you choose to create one. I’d love to see your designs.

Have a Fabulous Week!

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

Escape the Ordinary Be Brave

Hi Angels!

Today I am sharing the final installment of the September Stamp of the Month inspiration. It has been lots of fun to design with this stamp set & I hope it gives you lots of inspiration on ways to use this set. There is even a bonus card on my Facebook page if you’d like to check it out.

This card was designed for a special friend currently undergoing breast cancer treatments. She loved her card.

I knew I wanted to create a classic Pink & Black card, which fits a Pink Ribbon theme perfectly.

For this card, just as special as the front is, the inside is great too. Don’t forget to jazz up the inside of your cards. It makes them more fun & unique.

Card Basics:

  • Create a Black Licorice card base 4 1/4″ x 11 inches & fold in half.
  • Mat background is a 4″ x 5 1/4″ Whip Cream mat with a Silk Marbled background. The technique uses Cranberry Bliss & Sparkle Silks.
  • Stamp the small flowers in Watermelon Fusion in the bottom corners to ground the zebra.
  • On Watermelon Fusion cardstock, stamp the zebra in clear pigment ink. I used my custom Black Embossing Powder/Sparkle Dust mix to emboss zebra. Die cut with matching die.
  • I stamped Be Brave on Watermelon Fusion cardstock in Black Licorice ink, fussy cut & layered with Journey Glaze with a sprinkle of Sparkle Dust. Set aside to dry thoroughly.
  • Form a pink ribbon out of Bubble Gum Satin Ribbon & use Glue Dots to secure & add a Heart Sparkle Drop to center.
  • Attach everything to card, popping up zebra & sentiment with Journey Foam Squares.
  • For inside of card create a Whip Cream mat 4″ x 5 1/4″. I used Must Have Sentiments & Strength & Hope stamp sets with Watermelon Fusion & Black Licorice inks. Attach to inside of card.

Thank-you for journeying along with my 1st Stamp of the Month feature. Stay tuned for September’s stamp set, free tutorial & weekly inspiration.

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey

Escape the Ordinary Birthday Set

Hi Angels!

I am back for another Monday inspiration creation featuring the Stamp of the Month Escape the Ordinary.

This card & gift set was actually published on Instagram about 2 weeks ago as part of my round 2 application for the FSJ Creative Team Application. I didn’t make the team this year but I so enjoyed creating the projects.  Let’s take a look at this fun birthday set:

Card Basics:

  • Whip Cream Card Base 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″  The card front is embossed with the Inspire Embossing Folder.
  • Snapshot die cut frame cut from Black Licorice with a Colorful Journey Patterned Print for the frame background.
  • Partial zebra stamped on Whip Cream in clear pigment ink & embossed with Black Embossing powder, die cut & tucked into edge of frame. Head & body of zebra are popped up with Journey Foam squares.
  • Happy Birthday sentiment stamped in clear pigment ink & embossed with black embossing powder on a 1 1/8″ x 3″ strip of Whip Cream. Sentiment piece is then wrapped with Licorice Twist twine & popped onto Snapshot frame piece. 
  • Pop completed Snapshot frame piece at an angle onto card base.

Gift Basics:

  • Gift box is the FSJ premade Treat Box wrapped in our black & white Wrapping Paper.
  • Package is wrapped with Black Licorice Satin ribbon. The bow is made from the Special Day Organza ribbon & embellished with a Cottage Bloom die cut flower in Candy Apple with a Whip Cream center.

Don’t forget the free card tutorial available for this month’s stamp set. You can find it in the August 1st post.

Have a Fabulous Week! Make time to be creative or surprise a friend!

Cards, Fun Stampers Journey, Tutorial

Double the Fun Tutorial

Creating 2 cards with 1 technique.

Hi Angels!

I have been hard at work trying to come up with some fresh & innovative designs to share with you and also as a submission for the FSJ Creative Team.  It energizes my art to search for new ideas & techniques to inspire your creativity.

I had a lot of fun developing the Zig-Zag & Swirl background techniques but haven’t created much with them. I saw an idea on Pinterest that turned into these 2 cool cards using the Swirl background technique in one Gel Press pull. Let’s walk through how to create these.

Supply List:

  • 1 each Pool Play & Limeade Splash card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ folded in half
  • 2 Whip Cream pieces cut 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Scraps of Turbo Teal, Electric Lime, Pool Play & Lemon Drop cardstocks for die cutting
  • 1 Create-A-Palette – mine is inked in Limeade Splash, Electric Lime, Lemon Drop, Cool Pool & Turbo Teal reinkers
  • Pool Play & Black Licorice inkpads
  • Gel Press
  • Leaf Pattern, Summer Branch & Special Days Tag Dies
  • Fiddle Leaf embossing folder
  • Sparkle Silk
  • Remarkable You & Thread Sketch stamp sets

On your Pool Play card base stamp Thread Sketch in Pool Play ink on front & set aside.

Take the 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Whip Cream card stock & die cut Leaf Pattern from it.

Using your Gel Press, swirl the Create-A-Palette over the surface. Carefully lay the die cut Leaf Pattern over the ink. Add the 5 1/4″ x 4″ Whip Cream over top of die cut & gently rub to transfer ink to both pieces. This will create your double print allowing you to make 2 cards. Here is a quick technique video on this step:

Attach patterned pieces to card bases. The negative print onto Limeade Splash & the Leaf Pattern die cut onto Pool Play. Sprinkle with Sparkle Silk & set aside.

Finishing the Cards:

Pool Play card __ A – using the elongated hexagon shapes from the Special Days Tag set, die cut large Lemon Drop & small Pool Play pieces. B – Stamp Lemon Drop piece in Pool Play ink using the Thread Sketch.  C – Stamp Sentiment of choice from Remarkable You in Black Licorice ink on Pool Play shape.  D – Layer shaped pieces together, sprinkle with Sparkle Silk & pop up with Foam Squares on card.

Limeade Splash card __ A – With Summer Branch die cut Turbo Teal & Electric Lime leaves.  B – Emboss Electric Lime piece with the Fiddle Leaf embossing folder. (Note: the embossed leaf piece will be fragile, handle carefully to prevent it tearing.) C – Adhere die cuts together slightly off set to create a shadow effect and attach to card. D – Stamp sentiment of choice onto card base in Black Licorice ink.

I hope this tutorial has inspired you to create & play with your art supplies.

Thanks for stopping by.