August 2017

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Last week I received my Fun Stampers Journey order and in that order was my new 8 1/2 x 11 FSJ Gel Press. Yes, Fun Stampers Journey has joined up with Gel Press to offer an exclusive to FSJ 8 1/2 x 11 Gel Press. It is so much fun! I love it!

This past Saturday I was demonstrating to a couple of my class attendees how you can create awesomely unique paper for card making. I played around with FSJ Limeade Splash and Pineapple Smoothie Acrylic paints along with the Starburst Lines stencil on the Gel Press. I made quite a few different designs with acrylic paint, splashes, and the Fusion ink pads. Once I had finished, I set them aside to use later.

That being said, I looked at the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge 301 and decided one of those designs would make a clean card. Here is the sketch:

For the designed piece on my card, I took the design I created with the FSJ Limeade Splash (JM-0101) and Pineapple Smoothie (JM-0023) acrylic paints. To create this design, I placed several small dots of each color onto the Gel Press (JM-0107) and using my brayer (TO-0087), I tapped across them lighting to create a solid layer, BUT not blended enough to loose each separate color. I placed my FSJ Starburst Stencil (JM-0007) onto the paint then placed a piece of 5 1/4″ x 4″ FSJ Whip Cream card stock (CS-0040) and rubbed my hand across the back making sure to press firmly down so the card stock would pick up the paint between the plastic of the stencil. I pulled it off and there you go. It was just that easy. You can then pull the stencil up and get another impression off of the Gel Press. I made some flowers from the FSJ Summer Pretties punch (TO-0007) using left over impressions of this design. To accent the flowers I placed FSJ Fashion Gold (AC-0292) embellishments in their centers. The sentiment is from FSJ Punny Punny stamp set (SS-0421). A thin strip of FSJ Whip Cream card stock is showing below the designed paper. All of this is adhered to FSJ Electric Lime card stock (CS-0123).

 

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I am really super excited about the August Bloom Box. I LOVE the Comic theme designs Fun Stampers Journey designers put together for this card kit. It is fun, on trend, exciting, and youthful. One of the card design features a 3D effect. I even bought some 3D glasses to give to each of my Bloom Box purchasers this month. Here are the card designs with this month’s kit:

For those of you who are new to the Fun Stampers Journey Bloom Box card kits. Here’s the scoop. Each kit comes with a full stamp set, a colored step-by-step instruction booklit, materials to complete 4 cards (inks, splashes, and silks are not included). Note: If you live in my area, those of us who purchase the Bloom Box meet and complete the cards together. I provide the inks, splashes, and silks. The Bloom Box is a great way to experience FSJ products on a limited budget. See the picture below for this month’s kit.

There are two ways to purchase a Bloom Box:

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6 month subscription: $24.95/month (+tax and shipping) Order number KO-0002
Ala Carte for August kit $29.95 (+shipping and tax)  Order number KO-0003 (Ala Carte Bloom Boxes are while supplies last for that month).

Another great benefit FSJ provides for each month’s Bloom Box kit are videos showcasing some of the more unique techniques. I have attached this month’s video for your viewing pleasure.

If you need assistance purchasing a Bloom Box, please contact me.

This month’s FSJ promotion is 20% off their selection of Fusion Inks (excluding gold, silver, and clear pigment ink pads and ink pad bundles).

One of my favorite products with Fun Stampers Journey are their Fusion Inks. These inks are considered a hybrid ink. They provide vibrant colors with the quality of pigment inks and the fast drying quality of dye inks. Since the True Color Fusion Inks are fade resistant, archival, and acid free, these inks are great for stamping cards, 3D projects, and scrapbooking. Some of my favorite colors are Candy Apple Red, Hazelnut Blend, and Rich Coral.

Go to www.funstampersjourney.com/martymcgee to purchase one, two, or more of these amazing ink pads.

This week’s Paper Craft Crew Challenge is a color challenge using the following colors:

I received this stamp set in my July 2017 Bloom Box Kit.

I fell in love with these adorable mermaids the moment the first images came out for this kit. I wanted to make a card that gave the feel of the ocean and the playfulness of the mermaids. I began with a base of FSJ Cool Pool cardstock. Both of the mats are Cool Pool cardstock as well. I took the smaller mat and embossed in white the retired FSJ background stamp Catching Waves. I cut out across the edge of one of the waves. To create the watery effect on both mats. I used my FSJ splashes (Blue Lagoon, Electric Lime, and Cool Pool). I gave each of the mats a good spray from each of the colors and moved the cardstock around to allow the different spalshes to blend together. I blotted excess liquid with a baby wipe. It took a good while for the mats to dry (I must have really saturated them. The next step was to stamp the mermaids and color them. I stamped them with FSJ Black Licorice ink onto FSJ Whip Cream cardstock. I colored them with my FSJ Color Splash watercolor pencils. The sentiment was stamped onto Whip Cream cardstock with the Black Licorice ink as well. I fussy cut the mermaids and the sentiment. Once the mats were dry, I contructed the card. The cut off the bottom of the first mat and with the extra piece I cut reversed scallops to create a wave. I adhered the base mat with FSJ White Liner Tape (this is the best adhesive for cardstock that has been wet and dried with the edges pulling up. I placed the liner tape on every edge so the panel would bend. The extra piece of cut cardstock was adhered next. The embossed mat was adhered with White Liner Tape around the edges. By only adhering to the outside edges I created a pocket for my diving mermaid. Before I adhered the sentiment and mermaids I used FSJ Sparkle Silk to sprinkle a little glitz and glamour to the card. The mermaids and the sentiment were popped out using FSJ medium Foam Squares. Before placing the sentiment onto the card, I looped some FSJ Twine onto the base mat where the sentiment would be placed.

I really love this card, and I hope you do to.

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