Category : Card Challenge

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I just received the cutest stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey this week. It is Fun Stampers Journey, Hey Sugar (SS-0301) and it includes 9 stamps. I decided to use it for Freshly Made Sketches 324 card challenge this week. Here is this week’s sketch:

This is a quick and simple card to make when you are in a hurry and need a special card for a special person. The base and mat are Fun Stampers Journey Whip Cream card stock (cs-0040). The “where you bean all my life?” was stamped using FSJ Hazelnut Blend Fusion Ink (IP-0012) and the “hey sugar” was stamped using FSJ Blue Lagoon Fusion Ink (IP-0002). The two strips of paper behind the circle are Catalina Splash (cs-0114) and Hazelnut Blend (cs-0013) card stocks. I splattered some Dark Roast Silk (IP-0095) onto the pierced mat and carefully placed a piece of plastic on top and gently pressed the splattered ink to spread it out. I added some brown and silver sequins onto the card and applied FSJ Journey Glaze to the beans to make them pop (AD-0002).

Supplies not mentioned above: Foam Squares (AD-0085), Journey Craft Glue (AD-0111), Journey Circle Dies (DI-0039) and Journey Rectangles (DI-0041).

If you would like to order any of these supplies to create your own card, please click here.

 

There is a background story to this creation. I have an Instagram account @martyzstamps, and I wanted to share an image I colored with the artist that (I thought) created a digi-stamp I had purchased several months ago. Well, it wasn’t her image; and boy, did I really feel embarrassed. So, I went back to Etsy and did a search for JuliaSpiri. Of course, I found several digi-stamps to use on future projects.  I’m sure you know where I’m going with this . . . . Yep, JuliaSpiri Etsy store had just the digi-stamp image I needed to complete this challenge.

As luck would have it, Paper Craft Crew Challenge #279 this week is a Mardi Gras themed card and this girl from JuliaSpiri  Romantic Fantasy – The Venice Collection – The Mask of Peacock is perfect for this challenge.


Since Mardi Gras is all about the party with glitz and glamour, I created a shaker card to get the party started . . . shake, shake, shake . . . shake your . . . well, whatever you got shake it!  Let me just stop this party to say check out the card below. The featured color scheme are those traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and yellow, which make her pop right off the card. The  Fun Stampers Journey Color Burst Pencils were the perfect coloring tool to create nice blended shading on the digi-stamp image.  She is just too elegantly adorable! So much fun!

Let me know in the comments if you have ever been to a Mardi Gras celebration and whether you liked it or not.

Supplies: juliaspiriart (Etsy Shop), We R Memory Keepers Next Level Embossing folder, all other supplies are Fun Stampers Journey (if you would like to order any of the FSJ supplies, please check out my website here and click on the Shop tab).

Last week was the second class in how to create beautiful backgrounds using Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) 8 1/2 x 11 Gel Press (JM-0107) and FSJ Liquid Colors. After we finished creating some backgrounds with the planned class format, we just had fun experimenting with some stencils, bubble wrap, liquid color and the Gel Press. After everyone left, I stacked the backgrounds I created and went about my everyday weekly routine. That is until I saw the Freshly Made Sketches #323 Sketch Challenge.

When I saw this sketch, the light bulb went off in my head, and I knew exactly the card I was going to create. One of the Gel Press background pulls I created used the FSJ Chevron Stencil (JM-0011), some bubble wrap and River Stone liquid color (IP-0138). The chevron and the bubble wrap pulls were two separate pulls using FSJ Whip Cream card stock as the base (CS-0040) and for this card, I married them together by cutting each piece into fourths as shown in the sample sketch above. Once I had adhered them to the mat, I knew this was a marriage made in heaven. I then found a floral piece I had colored with Spectrum Noir markers from the FSJ Summer Garden stamp set (SS-0078) and added it to the design with a medium Foam Square (AD-0085). I used the “Thinking of You” sentiment from the Storybook Occasions stamp set (SS-0538), and the finishing touch was to place the mat on a base of FSJ Rock Candy card stock (CS-0031).

I think this card turned out so elegant.

Let me know what you think about this card in the comments below. Feel free to share this with a friend!

If you would like to create this card, you can go to my website and shop (click here).

Supplies not mentioned in the narrative:

Brayer (TO-0087), Craft Glue (AD-0111), Rock Candy Fusion Ink (IP-0028), Block A (TO-0095), Block G (TO-0076), Journey Blooms Paper Trimmer (TO-0039), Grid Paper (NC-0011), Journey Gel Medium (JM-0071)

I am still creating cards from the backgrounds I made this last weekend from my Gel Press How-To Class. I wanted to create a WOW card for a co-worker to give her husband on Valentine’s Day. We both love Chemistry and her work is directly involved with chemical data analysis; so, I thought the Perfect Atoms (SS-0457) stamp set would be ideal for her card. I drew inspiration for her card using this week’s Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch #PCC277. Here is the sketch challenge:

This card turned out to be one of my favorites. I had a Gel Press pink background with white hearts left over and decided to use it.  I stamped the beaker with Black Licorice ink and colored it with FSJ Color Burst Pencils; then, applied Journey Glaze with a sprinkle of Sparkle Dust and let it dry while I completed the other parts of the card. The base is FSJ Whip Cream cardstock, the mat is the background stamp created with Sweet Berry Splash with the white areas created using die cut hearts from the Heart Felt die set (DI-0033). There is a small vellum rectangle (very hard to see in the picture) with a rectangular crimped strip of FSJ Bubble Gum cardstock layered on top of it. The sentiment is stamped in Black Licorice onto a strip of FSJ Watermelon Fusion and the ends snipped to create a banner.  I stamped the I LV U onto another scrap piece of paper that had been created on the Gel Press and cut them into squares. The I LV U and the beaker are given dimension using Journey Medium and Small Foam Squares.

There are so many possibilities of bringing paper to life using the Gel Press. I hope you like this creation.

This past weekend I held a class to learn the basic “how-to’s” of creating simple backgrounds with the Fun Stamper’s Journey Gel Press. The class was full, and we had a funtastic time playing and creating some awesome backgrounds for cards.

Since this was a Keep It Sweet and Simple class, I did not feature any stencils or mixed media products. The main focus of our Gel Press fun was using Fun Stampers Journey’s fusion inks, acrylic paints, and liquid colors. In keeping with the simple theme, I chose to create interest in the backgrounds using common craft tools and items found in a papercrafter’s stash. This included paper cut with heart dies, a balloon die, a fern die, and a leaf die. We used the bottom of the Journey Glaze to create circles on the Gel Press (remember don’t use anything sharp, it will pierce the gel). Creativity is unlimited with this amazing product.

As you know Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and the FSJ Bloom This Way trend catalog has the most adorable Host Exclusive stamp set with coordinating die called Bug Love (SS-0535 and DI-0393); therefore, the featured background for this class was hearts.  I couldn’t help but make a card using this set with the third background pull I created from the Gel Press. I used the FSJ Sweet Berry Splash in a Media Mister along with a Media Mister filled with water, some die cut hearts, FSJ Gel Medium, FSJ sequins, and several pieces of white cardstock cut down to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ (if you would like to purchase any of the supplies featured in this post, go to www.funstampersjourney.com/martymcgee).

Here is my “Cute As A Bug” card:

It’s so darn cute, I decided to enter it into the Paper Craft Crew Challenge #276. This week’s challenge is a color challenge:

Prior to the Gel Press class, I had created some background pulls to make samples for the class showing the versatility and uniqueness of backgrounds created using the Gel Press. Some of the pulls were just plain ugly; but, my number one rule of using the Gel Press is . . . . . Keep your mind open to making beautiful from the impossible.

Here are the cards I created with the various Gel Press backgrounds:

I hope this post inspires you to play, create and bring paper to life!

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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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.

This post will feature another FSJ (Fun Stampers Journey) May 2017 Bloom Box card re-imagined for the Fab Friday Card Challenge 113. Here is the card sketch for this challenge:

The original design in the FSJ May Bloom Box featured an elegant doily themed Well Wishes card accented with a silk bow and neutral button with natural twine.

Again, I wanted to incorporate some flowers into the design. I created the blue flowers using the technique mentioned in this post Well Wishes Doily Elegance using FSJ Pool Party ink, FSJ Sweet Pear, FSJ Lemongrass, dauber dowels, and the FSJ stamp set Summer Garden. The doily images were stamped onto FSJ Rock Candy cardstock using Butter Cream ink. The base is FSJ Banana Cream cardstock, with FSJ Rock Cany, and FSJ Butter Cream mats. The “Thinking of You” sentiment was stamped onto the Butter Cream cardstock using FSJ Rock Candy ink.

The second doily from the sentiment focal point, is raised up using FSJ Small Foam Squares. The circular center of this doily is die-cut out and the sentiment sits flush with the first doily (it’s hard to tell in the photo – I have a close-up below). The green leaves were created using FSJ Sweet Pear cardstock and the FSJ Bloom Cluster die. The flower bouquet was popped-up with Foam Squares. The final touch was adding FSJ Journey Glaze to the flowers (the sheen does not show up in the photo). I made a boo-boo and some of the glaze got onto the cardstock with the sentiment. Instead of freaking out, I decided to add some more dots of glaze to mimic dewdrops.

Supplies:

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I am in the middle of a very hectic schedule and turning my son’s old bedroom into a craft room. The craft room change over has been slow but steady. This transition has hampered my creativity due to my current craft room being a MESS! I’m in the process of determining what must stay, what must go on Ebay or Etsy to be sold, and what can be moved to the new room so far. I still need to get desk tops and Ikea drawers to complete the transition. I will have a blog about this at some point in the near future.

When I saw this week’s Paper Craft Crew Cared Challenge #245, I knew I had the perfect card to meet the tic-tac-toe challenge:

My Bloom Box stampers met this past Monday and made our cards from the kit, BUT I thought they needed a little something more. So, prior to our meet-up, I had ordered the FSJ SS-0078 Summer Garden stamp set along with our new dauber dowels and sponges (TO0137 – small and TO0138 – large). I have a picture of the card from the kit below:

I took the basic card design and added to it along with changing the sentiment to Well Wishes. The initial card consisted of FSJ Butter Cream cardstock base, FSJ Banana Cream mat, and final piece of FSJ Rock Candy. The doilies are the featured stamp set in this month’s Bloom Box kit. They were stamped onto the Rock Candy cardstock using FSJ Butter Cream ink. I think the stamped images turned out wonderfully well. I changed my sentiment to Well Wishes and stamped it onto the pre-cut tag using FSJ Rock Candy ink. I popped it out using FSJ Foam Squares. The flower and leaves were created using a technique Richard Garay shared on one of his Facebook Live tutorials. I took a sponge dauber dowel and picked up some FSJ Rich Coral ink onto the sponge and I applied the ink to my cardstock in a circular motion. I did this same technique using FSJ Sweet Pear and FSJ Lemongrass. I, then, took my stamps and stamped the images onto those sponged areas using FSJ Black Licorice ink. The flower and foliage were adhered using FSJ Medium Foam Squares. For the ribbon accent, I took the button from the kit and applied FSJ Rock Candy ink straight onto the button edges using the ink pad. I adhered a large diamond rhinestone into its center and adhered it to a double bow made from FSJ twine. Once every thing was adhered to the card, I applied FSJ Journey Glaze to the flower and parts of the leaves. I think this card turned out to be very elegant with a pop of color. I almost forgot – last but not least, a sprinkling of FSJ Silver Silk was applied to the card. Bodda-Bling, Bodda-Boom!

Supplies:

All supplies except for the diamond rhinestone (who knows where I got it from – it was just part of my stash and fit exactly into the depressed area of the button) are available through www.funstampersjourney.com/martymcgee. Note: The stamp set is only available with the Bloom Box Kit. It must be purchased before the end of May and then a commitment of purchasing 5 more kits is required.

It has been a while since I have posted a card challenge. I have battled two colds since Christmas, and I am finally feeling better after two doctor visits, 2 rounds of antibiotics, and steriods. It is great to back to creating cards using my Fun Stampers Journey products.  Since it is Mondy, I decided to check out the  Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.  This week is a simple sketch that allows creative ideas to pop, pop, pop. Here is the sketch:

I decided to jump off in the deep end of the pool by cutting apart my words for the sentiment portion of this card. I just couldn’t resist. I chose FSJ Denim Days as my base cardstock and wave portion from FSJ Under The Sea Prints (PP-0041) 6 x 6 paper pack. I adhered the printed paper onto the Denim Days base. I used my Misti to stamp the sentiment. Since these stamps are deep etched red rubber, I had to work a bit to get a curve right amount of curve in each strip of words. I dusted the Denim Days with my embossing buddy to eliminate any static cling and I stamped the workd using Versamark ink. I sprinkled some FSJ white embossing powder onto the sentiment and heated with my FSJ heat tool. The sentiment reads In the waves of change we find our (front) direction (inside).

I looked up on YouTube how to tie a sailors knot and chose one I thought would look good on this card and place it at the top. This was a super quick and simple card; great to give someone who needs encouragement.

Here is the completed card:

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