Category : Fun Stampers Journey

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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.

Fun Stampers Journey is providing an amazing opportunity for its coaches to submit their projects in hopes of being given the honor of participating on the Designer Showcase team for the coming catalog year. The chosen designers will have their work showcased at FSJ events throughout the year. This means the design team will receive selected product before product launch to bring to life amazing projects that will inspire others to create.

Any FSJ coach can submit 2 cards and 1 scrapbook page. Once all entries are in by July 10th, Richard and the FSJ Crew will select 20 coaches to move on to the final selection (I don’t know how many are in the final selection). I have worked the last week on my projects. I wanted to share them with my readers the day I submit them to Fun Stampers Journey.

The first card is a birthday card featuring the following ATS sets AT-0156 Felicidades with the Mariachi trumpet player and AT-0195 Bday Banner. The base of the card is FSJ CS-0123 Electric Lime cardstock, the first mat is FSJ CS-0007 Candy Apple cardstock, and the final mat is FSJ CS-0042 Summer Days cardstock. To create the amazing background on the Summer Days cardstock, I took FSJ IP-0113 Orange Rave ink and applied the ink pad to the cardstock with a technique we learned from one of our Bloom Box kits (a sunburst effect is created). Then, I just had to flick as many FSJ silks as I thought reasonible (orange rave IP-0118, electric lime IP-0108, gold ip-0096, sour lemon IP-0110). The pierced open circle was in my scraps of Summer Days cardstock having been left over from a previous project. I started to make a shaker card but I didn’t want anything to disctract from the adorable Mariachi player. I remembered, when we were at the Orlando event, we made a card featuring a star with a sparkle cut center. I created the same thing but with the circle. I adhered a circle of acetate behind the open pierced Summer Days circle (DI-0039 Journey Circles); I took Journey Glaze and placed all over the acetate; then, I sprinkled FSJ AC-0151 Sparkle Cuts over the glaze and rubbed it into the glaze. I set it aside to dry. This technique just makes the card. I cut one end off the cirlce and placed them diagonally across from each other directly onto the background mat. I colored the Mariachi player and the banner with Journey Color Burst Pencils JM-0077. I accented the banner and the trumpet (after I sprinkled Journey Sparkle Dust AC-0013 onto the trumpet) with Journey Glaze AD-0002 4 oz. The banner and the Mariachi player were popped out using FSJ AD-0085 Medium Foam Squares. The final accent were a scattering of Lavender Candy Minis AC-0135. Oops, almost forgot the Sparkle Dust on the rim of the hat, seam of the pants, and the belt buckle. So cute, so adorable. Love it! It just a gorjamust-have card.

My second card is a quick and simple (very easy card) to bring to life. I started with a base of FSJ CS-0093 Rich Coral cardstock. I love this color. It is a bright red with a hint of orange. The first mat is made using FSJ CS-0003 Black Licorice cardstock. The background base and the raised smaller mat with the sentiment were created using the following: FSJ CS-0040 Whip Cream cardstock, FSJ IP-0114 Outrageous Pink ink, FSJ IP-0052 Rich Coral ink, FSJ IP-0043 Lemon Drop ink, FSJ IP-0042 Summer Days ink, FSJ IP-0041 Black Licorice ink, FSJ Dauber Dowel Large TO-0138, FSJ AC-0004 Journey Black Twine, FSJ AC-0022 Sparkle Drops, FSJ AD-0085 Medium Foam Squares, and FSJ AT-0146 Dreams ATS and last but not least FSJ SS-0454 Flower Swirls.

To begin the background process, I rubbed Outrageous Pink ink and Lemon Drop ink onto the Whip Cream cardstock with the Dauber Dowels. I added a touch of Rich Coral ink to the centers of the Outrageous Pink areas of color. I then took the various sizes of floral blooms from the Flower Swirls stamp set and stamped them onto the swirls of color using Rich Coral and Summer Days ink on the corresponding shade of color.The sentiment was stamped with Black Licorice ink (I used my Misti to stamp the sentiment several times so the black wording would pop). The finishing touch is the triple bow from the Black Twine accented with a Sparkle Drop. The sentiment mat is popped out with medium foam squares.

The last project is an 8′ x 6″ scrapbook page. I love the stamp set FSJ SS-0312 Hit The Road. I wanted to create a page featuring this stamp set based around Route 66 out in the Southwest part of our great nation. I knew my friend, Patsy Benson, had vacationed in that area; so, I called her up and asked if she had some pictures I could use. She said yes and I planned a day to drive over and look through her pictures to find the perfect one for my page. Before I went over to her house, I planned out my page. It started off with an 8″ x 6″ piece of Oatmeal Cookie that I distressed with Hazelnut Blend and Buttercream inks. I used a the FSJ SS-0438 Create a Dot background stamp for some interest on the background. I stamped and embossed in white trucks, signs, words in both Black Licorice and Hazelnut Blend cardstocks (I truly wish I had the new cactus stamp set; but alas, I did not). I wasn’t sure what would look great for the picture(s) I chose; therefore, the double color selection of stamped items.

Well, I got there and started looking at the pictures. I knew I wanted a desert/grand canyon type backdrop, and I found the perfect picture. As we were deciding what truck color looked the best on the page, I asked Patsy if there were any Route 66 pictures. She said yes, and we eventually found them. In one of the pictures, an antique convertible was parked at an old-timey gas station, which had multiple route 66 signs in the plate glass windows. As I looked at the convertible, I said, “EEeew (in a good way), what if I cut this convertible out and it looks like it’s driving off the page.” Once I get an inspiration, I’m off and running. Sort of like the Edward Scissor Hands of card making (there is a disaster all around where I was working, but the final outcome is very satisfying). I cut out the convertible and laid it on top of the picture in the right hand bottom corner. Then, I remembered seeing a picture featuring a succulent. I found it and my eyes got wide and I said, “EEeeww (again), I’m going to cut this out too!” Cut, cut, cut, and I’m off and running. Well, as the process usually goes, I change my mind about my first selections of cardstock; the Oatmeal Cookie cardstock did not make the page pop. I needed some color which would make the page truly come to life. think we went up and down her basement stairs twice to her craftroom each time thinking we had gathered all the supplies we needed to complete the page. I think she went up and down probably three more times getting items from the basement as the process developed. After looking through her selection of FSJ cardstock, I thought, Black Licorice would look great and make all the beautiful colors pop off the page. Done! I hated to lose the Oatmeal Cookie sheet because I had put so much effert into creating the background; so, I thought how ’bout I cut off the ends and make triangles. Snip, snip. Done! We tried embossing the route 66 stamp in black on red, Nooo that didn’t quite look right on the page. I tried sprinkling Sparkle Silk – you would think Sparkle Silk would go with anything – not so. I decided to wait until I got home to look through my stamps to find something to add interest to the background mat (I explain later the whole background process). I kept looking at the page and thinking, it needs something else. I then had a bright idea from a card swap I got in Orlando where a coach had stamped onto pictures. I tried the Black Licorice and it wouldn’t dry, but smeared terribly. I initially used Staz-On and it worked, but when I got home, I looked in the cataolog and we don’t have that product; so, I created my own skies using: FSJ CS-0092 Pool Play cardstock, Dowel Daubers, FSJ IP-0035 Huckleberry Fusion ink, FSJ IP-0051 Pool Play ink, and FSJ IP-0009 Whip Cream ink. I rubbed both shades of inks onto the Pool Play cardstock and went back and added white for clouds with the Whip Cream ink. I stamped the Hit the Road sentiments onto the pre-cut strips with Black Licorice ink (I used my Misti to get multiple stamped impressions – making the words crisp). I cut the banner portion of the sentiment strips, and then I added Journey Glaze and spread it out using my finger. It made the pieces look like they were straight from a picture. Voila. Patsy and I both had agreed it needed some twine, but she didn’t have FSJ twine or a background stamp I could use on the Black Licorice cardstock. I knew I could finish the page at home. I placed all the pieces of my project in my plastic bag and came home. That evening, I sat down and pulled the page together within minutes. I placed some looped FSJ AC-0006 Journey Twine Natural behind the succulent picture. I took the ATS Deco Dots AC-0211 and held it folded in half and dapped the rubber into the Buttercream ink IP-0031 and dabbed it in various places on the Black Licorice base. The Oatmeal Cookie corner triangle pieces are adhered onto the Black cardstock. Everything else is popped out. I really love how this page turned out. A picture does not do it justice.

I hope these projects inspire you to create something amazing. If you would like to create using Fun Stampers Journey products, please visit my website at www.funstampersjourney.com/martymcgee.

I am so excited to share the NEW Fun Stampers Journey Catalog. I know you will want to have this awesome 2017-2018 Inspiration Book & Catalog in your own hands. I cannot brag enough about how creative Richard Garay and the FSJ designers are at creating on-trend and beautiful cards, scrapbook pages, and 3D projects that Wow and Amaze. I have already sat down with my catalog and marked everything I “wish” to purchase in the next year. Well, let’s just say, if I had unlimited funds, I would purchase one of everything in the catalog and some things in multiples.

I have included a link to order the catalog below (click on the picture of the catalog and you will be redirected to the on-line catalog). I hope you enjoy this year’s inspiration as much as I have in the last two weeks.

If you are not redirected to the on-line catalog click here .

 

 

 

Yes, I have a new craft room, and it’s dedicated to only papercrafting. There is not my computer with paper clutter from bills, office work (I work from home), printers, other computers, etc., etc., etc, . . . .  So refreshing!

It all began when my son moved out. I had initially wanted his and Ryan’s old room because it has built-in shelves and drawers (my husband made them – he’s sooo talented at woodworking), and I thought this would be perfect to store all my crafting supplies, but the room is the smallest room in our house and I wanted a little stretching room; so, I took over my daughter’s old room, which had become my son’s room when she married and moved out; therefore, the Electric Lime walls you will see in the before pictures below (Josiah never cared about repainting – such a guy thing).

As you can see in the closet photos, it was still full of his things and he has been moved out for several months.

Josiah, my son, has been painting as a side job for the last year; so, I paid him to repaint my walls a nice light blue/green color. In real life it looks more light blue (FSJ Pool Party). I was aiming more for FSJ Cool Pool, but I am definitely not good at determining what pain chip colors will look like on a wall and in different lighting. Even though, it’s not the color I thought I was choosing, I really like it. It is light and bright and invites you to come in and create.

He painted the room while I was on vacation so the room could air out before I got back.

Here are the pictures of right after Josiah painted.

Once the room was painted. I got my son, Josiah, to go with me to The Container Store to purchase the desk tops. I chose these because the comparable ones at Ikea were a little too wide and when two desks are back to back you cannot easily pass supplies to the person across from you. Then, we went to Ikea to purchase the file cabinets, legs and small desktop. Here are the items I purchased:

Ikea has a corner desktop for $49.00 I may purchase in the future, and I will probably purchase another desk top from The Container Store as well. Note: If you have any chemical sensitivities, the Ikea table top and file cabinets give off a chemical smell that could trigger an asthma attack or cause bronchial issues. I had to have my husband seal the underside of the Ikea table top and as many of the desk drawer bottoms as he could – he had already put together one whole file unit before I asked him to seal any exposed areas.

Once my husband put everything together for me, the process of moving crafting supplies began. Here are some moving into the room pictures.

 

The stacks of paper, trimmers, shelves, die-cutters, etc., is a result of my friend, Cheyenne, deciding I needed my bookshelf my husband had made for me years ago in the closet of the craft room. I told her it could not be placed in the room because we have a right angle turn and the shelves are ceiling height. That did not deter her. Before I knew it, she had taken everything off; thus, the stacks of supplies, and had Kenneth helping her to move it to the room. Here is the picture where they decided it couldn’t fit through the hallway into the room.

Well, never to be hampered by any obstacles, Cheyenne asked Kenneth to cut the shelves in half and then we could stack them on top of each other in the Craft Room closet. Bless his heart, this was one of the few and rare days he had off and there he was sweating to death in the blazing heat cutting the shelves in half. He is the best!

I did not get a picture of Kenneth in the process of re-imagining the shelves, but here is a picture of them in the closet.

I took the top one and flipped it upside down to add a little interest to unit.

I will be taking more pictures of the room in a more finished version. I still need to have either my daughter or husband spray paint my stamp pad holder white and I want to purchase some pvc gutter pipe and make a few ribbon holders. I am very pleased with how the room has developed. If you look at the closet picture above and to the right of the bookshelf is un-used wall space. I need to spackle the holes in the wall (where the previous shelves were hung) and paint the wall white; then, I’ll have my husband make a few more shelves. My goal is to have nothing on the floors; everything on a shelf.

Make sure to keep an eye out for New Craft Room – Part Two.

 

 

 

 

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 just love the Bunny set from Fun Stampers Journey called Spring Fling. I thought it was the perfect set to create an easel card along with the Paper Craft Crew Sketch #234.

One of our Fun Stampers Journey Facebook Challenge for coaches is an easel card; so, I combined it with the Paper Craft Crew Challenge card sketch. The base of the card is FSJ Deep Lilac. The focal point of card is the large, super cute bunny. It is stamped in FSJ Black Licorice onto FSJ Whip Cream cardstock and colored with the Journey Color Burst Pencils. The mat it is adhered to was stamped with the FSJ ATS Ink Splat stamp in FSJ Bubble Gum, Banana Cream, Pool Party, and Pretty Amethyst inks. The top of the card and the Pretty Amethyst mat with the sentiment are accented with a strip of FSJ Eggcellent 6×6 paper pack cardstock. The banners were created out of FSJ Deep Lilac and Cool Pool cardstocks. The flower was punched out of FSJ Cool Pool and the Summer Pretties punch and accented with a diamond rhinestone. The sentiment on the FSJ Cool Pool banner was stamped in FSJ Black Licorice ink using the sentiment from FSJ ATS Pocket Pup stamp. The bunny and the sentiment mat are popped out with FSJ Foam Squares (medium). The final embellishment is the bow created from FSJ Lavendar Fusion Satin Ribbon.

I know anyone would love to receive this card.

Supplies:

Fun Stampers Journey (to order click here)

Stamps: Spring Fling, Ink Splat, Pocket Pup
Cardstock: Deep Lilac, Pretty Amethyst, Whip Cream, Cool Pool, Eggcellent paper pack
Inks: Black Licorice, Banana Cream, Bubble Gum, Pool Party, Pretty Amethyst
Accessories: Summer Pretties punch, diamond rhinestone, Foam Squares, Lavendar Fusion Satin Ribbon, Color Burst Pencils

 

For this week’s Freshly Made Sketches #278 challenge, I made a variation of this month’s Make It Class card to meet the sketch challenge (I will post this month’s Make It cards on another post). Here is the FMS #278 sketch:

I had created a cross card from a video/demo Richard Garay had for FSJ coaches using a special technique to create a stained glass effect. I began by stamping the cross from FSJ Color Cross stamp set onto FSJ Whip Cream cardstock using Black Licorice ink. After I stamped the image, I took the solid flower stamp from FSJ Be Happy stamp set (note: any solid shape would work) and stamped it into various colors of ink (one at a time) then stamping onto the cross (you can go out of the lines because the cross will be cut out). I used the following Fun Stampers Journey inks to create this stained glass effect (Bubble Gum, Sweet Pear, Banana Cream, Pool Party, and Pretty Amethyst). Note: If you try this technique, make sure to clean your stamp off after each inking because the black ink sometimes comes off onto the stamp. This will help eliminate any frustration if colors bleed and become muddy/murky). Once I finished stamping, I cut the cross out and applied Journey Glaze to give it a little shine. Set the cross aside to dry.

I created the patterned mat by placing the FSJ Starburst stencil on top of the piece of FSJ Pretty Amethyst cardstock. In a FSJ Media Mister, I combined one squirt of FSJ Sweet Berry Splash and one squirt of FSJ Blue Lagoon Splash and filled with water to create the purple mist. I spritzed the paper with the purple mist and immediately applied a paper towel to the stencil to soak up any excess liquid. This created another stained glass effect for the card.

I used FSJ Deep Lilac for the back mat. I layered the patterned mat on top. I adhered the cross with FSJ Foam Squares (medium). I stamped the sentiment onto FSJ Pretty Amethyst cardstock and die cut a circle from the stamped cardstock. I placed a loose loop of black twine behind the circle sentiment and adhered the sentiment with FSJ Foam Squares (medium) as well. For the final touch, I punched two small flowers from the FSJ Summer Pretties punch. I curled the edges and applied a peal accent to the middle. They were adhered to the card project with FSJ liquid glue.

Here is the final project.

Supplies:

Fun Stampers Journey (click here to order)

Stamps: Color Cross Bundle, Be Happy
Cardstock: Whip Cream, Pretty Amethyst, Deep Lilac
Inks: Black Licorice, Bubble Gum, Pool Party, Pretty Amethyst, Banana Cream, Sweet Pear
Accessories: Black Twine, Journey Glaze, Pearl Accents, Circle Die, Starburst Stencil, Media Mister, Sweet Berry Splash, Blue Lagoon Splash

I am making it under the wire, yet again, for a Paper Craft Crew (#233) challenge. This week’s challenge is a Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge. I chose the middle, vertical column (shimmer, Shabby Chic, flowers) for my card. Here is the sketch:

This image is a digi stamp I purchased from Sherri Baldy’s Etsy shop. The purchase gave me two digi stamps of the cutest girl. I have a blog post featuring the other image here.

I had decided to try and make dread locks/ringlets on my girl after watching a YouTube tutorial on coloring with alcohol markers (sorry, I didn’t make a note of the video). I will do my best to note the markers I used, but this was one of those creative moments where I was creating and not paying attention to the details of what I used. Anyway, I’ll pull out my Spectrum Noir Hex chart and do the best I can (it will be pretty close).

Spectrum Noir alcohol markers were used on the girl and the flowers. The hair – IG10, IG2, BG6, BG3; skin – HB2, FS2, FS7, BG4, TN3, TN5; lips and cheeks – FS8; dress/headband/pants – LG2, LG3, LG5, LY`, OR1, OR2; eye – LG2, LG5; flowers – CT2, OR2, OR3; leaves – LG2, LG3, LG5; and, the blender pen was used throughout.

The base cardstock is SU! Pistachio. The images were stamped on Spectrum Noir cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The base mat is Pink and Main designer paper die cut with Fun Stamper Journey Persian Garden die, The orange mat is FSJ Creamsicle cardstock with a light green mat of designer paper from Heartfelt Creations Sweet Berry 12×12 paper pack (this explains all the flowers – I had to cover up all the strawberries on the mat – LOL), a Spellbinders die was used to create some FSJ Creamsicle swirls. Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen was applied to the hair and skirt to add the SHIMMER. FSJ Journey Glaze was applied to the flowers, skirt waist, skirt trim, and eye. Diamond rhinestones were added to the flower centers, and a triple bow from SU! lace Pistachio ribbon accented the card. Last but not least, everything is popped, popped, popped up. A lot of dimension is going on here.

It is a very busy card, but I like busy and it really yells Shabby Chic.

I really love the way this card turned out. It is one of my favorites.

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