Category : Holiday

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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:

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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

This week’s Paper Craft Crew Challenge #228 is such a great and unique card sketch. It really allows a papercraft artist to think beyond the box. I decided to enter two cards I recently designed for my January Make It based on is this week’s sketch:

I had created a heart card for January’s Make It class, but one of my good friend’s, Julianne, really needed a card design for a friend on the mend. Her friend has been a garden club member for a long time, and we decided to take the heart card design, change the cardstock colors and change the stamped image.

Here is the Make It heart card:

The card base is Fun Stampers Journey Whip Cream, there is a 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ Whip Cream mat with a watered down application of FSJ Sweet Berry Splash. The red mat is cut from FSJ Cranberry Bliss cardstock using the FSJ Persian Garden die (note: it’s best to use a precision plate to have the die cut efficiently). The heart is die cut from FSJ Bubble GUM cardstock. The bow is SU! white silk ribbon tied into a double knot (yes, I love those double knots). The wording was printed onto Whip Cream cardstock from a Word documents and cut into a banner. The heart is accented with FSJ rhinestones.

The Daisy card is below:

The base is FSJ Whip Cream with the same Whip Cream Mat mentioned in the heart description, but it was created using the FSJ Electric Lime Spash and then accenting with FSJ Sour Lemon and Orange Rave Silks. The cardstock used with the Persian die is Black Licorice. I stamped the Lovely Day Daisy in Black Licorice on Whip Cream cardstock and ran it throught the Platinum machine using the Pierced Circle dies. The double bow was created out of SU! white silk ribbon, and the sentiment was stamped onto Whip Cream and cut into a banner. The stamped images are accented with Orange Rave and Sour Lemon Silks. I LOVE those silks.

I know Julianne’s friend will love this card when she receives it.

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I have had this brand new bundle “Fry Friends” from Fun Stampers Journey sitting around for the last three weeks. Last night, my best bud spent the night, and when we got up this morning, I said, “Do you want to make a card?” Of course he said, “YES!” So, I pulled out Fry Friends and he chose the shake and fries along with the sentiment. He wanted to make his card for his friend, Gloria. Here he is working away.

Here is his finished card.

He is very excited to give her this handmade card.

My card design was based on Freshly Made Sketches Card Challenge #271. Here is the card sketch:

I had some scraps let over from my recent Make It classes and pulled together a simple and cute card for someone special. The base of the card is FSJ Whip Cream as well as the 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″ mat. The mat has been scored diagonally (my photography skills do not showcase the diagonally scored lines, but they are there). The strips of paper are cut from Watermelon Fusion and Cranberry Bliss FSJ cardstock. The pierced circle is cut from FSJ Bubble Gum cardstock with FSJ pierced circle dies. The fries and shake are colored with FSJ Color Burst Pencils. This is a super quick card to make on the go.

I think this would make a great Make It card for either a class or a party.

All supplies can be purchased from www.funstampersjourney.com/martymcgee

I can’t say this enough, but I really, really love Fun Stampers Journey Bloom Box monthly card kit. I have made a variety of beautiful cards with the December kit. Of course, my group of Bloom Box Girls take the step-by-step instructions and make our own version of the card designs provided in the kit. The official promotion picture of the assembled cards from the December kit is below:

Each kit provides a unique technique, which is a great way to expand your creativity and apply this knowledge to other amazing creations you make.

Here is our first card we made with our December kit:

We decided to add another two branches to the bough, and a small pinecone to the this card. We used the Just Because ATS to add a sentiment.

Card #2:

We used our FSJ Color Burst Pencils to color the stamped wreath image. The only change is the sentiment of “Hello” from the FSJ Be Amazing stamp set.

Card #3:

Using vellum over the stamped card images adds a touch of elegance to an already beautiful card. We changed the sentiment and used the “So Cute” from the ATS So Cute stamp.

Card #4:

This is such a cute card. We stamped our wreath onto the base and stamped another image onto some FSJ Whip Cream cardstock. We fussy cut it out (the center and the outside), added some Journey Glaze to the berries and made a double bow. Oh yes, by the way, I love the wow factor a double bow gives a card creation.

Here are two more cards I made using this set. The wreath on the Oatmeal Cookie and Cranberry Bliss background was a Top 3 pick at Paper Craft Crew website. The other card I made using a SU! woodgrain background stamp and the Christmas sentiment from the FSJ Holiday Script. I did have to use my MISTI to stamp the sentiment about 5 to 6 times to get a good enough impression on the busy background.

         

It is not too late to sign-up for the December Bloom Box and  5 more months of Bloom Box card making kits.  You can go to my website and order the kit here.

Whoo hoo, I made top three on Paper Craft Crew Challenge #222. I am super excited about this pick because I used my Fun Stampers Journey, December Bloom Box stamp set Welcome Wreaths to make this card. I absolutely love this stamp set and the kit as well. Here is the winning card.

I wanted to keep everything about this card FSJ, and I did except for the sequins. I just haven’t acquired enough FSJ bling, . . . . . yet.  If you click the picture, you will be redirected to the original post.

I love everything about Fun Stampers Journey and I can’t wait to make more amazing cards using their products.

 

Thanksgiving is over, and I’m on track this week to posting some card challenges. The first one of the week is Freshly Made Sketches #264.

I have the perfect stamp to make a super cute and simple card. It is Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) ATS (Artist Trading Stamp) Frosty Fun and its coordinating die.  I stamped Frosty in FSJ Black Licorice ink onto Whipped Cream cardstock. I colored him with FSJ Color Burst pencils. Once I finished coloring him, I cut him out with his coordinating die. The circle is cut out with the FSJ pierced Circle Dies using FSJ cardstocks Pool Play and Whipped Cream. Frosty is attached using FSJ Foam Squares (medium). I accented the background with FSJ Silver Splash and added a sentiment in FSJ Candy Apple ink using the word “Joy” from the Holiday Script stamp set. Here is the main attraction:

 

All supplies used are from Fun Stampers Journey. If you would like to create this card for yourself, please feel free to check-out my FSJ website to place an on-line order (click here).

Every year I host an opportunity for my stampers to make Christmas cards to give to friends and family. This year was no different. I chose three Fun Stampers Journey stamps to highlight for this Make-It opportunity. The first card was featured in a previous card challenge post. I chose the Frosty Fun ATS (Artist Trading Stamp) and coordinating die set for this card. I used a card layout I saw on YouTube by Christy Gets Crafty 2015 card tutorial. There is one difference between the previous post and this card. The blue mat to which Frosty is adhered. My FSJ Catalina Splash cardstock came in and I changed the blue mat to the Catalina Splash cardstock mat.

 

 

The second card features the Stay Wild ATS. The inspiration for this card came from another FSJ Coach, Sara Hoogendoorn. She took the Stay Wild ATS and stamped it multiple times across her neutral cardstock to create a stunning wooded landscape making sure the deer are not stamped with the second and third generation of the image. I used torn paper along with sponge daubers using FSJ inks – Cool Pool, Lavender Fusion, and Hazelnut Blend. The water and sky are lightly accented with the Silver Pan Pastel. Black Licorice twine and a silver bow are adhered in the top left corner of the card. The sentiment comes from the FSJ stamp set Holiday Script. Love This CARD!

 

 

The last card was created using the FSJ Angel Herald stamp set with the Sun Rays Die. This card is a mixture of FSJ cardstock and other cardstock I had on hand. Yes, I’m working on filling my FSJ paper gaps. The angel and words are embossed using silver embossing powder. The mat behind the die cut cardstock was created by blending Blue Lagoon and Sweet Berry Splashes with water onto an acetate sheet; then, Silver and Dark Roast silks were added to accent the mat. Love this technique!

 

 

My stampers created 15 cards with these designs (5 cards of each design). These are quick, simple cards to create. It took them on average about 3 1/2 hours to complete these projects. I hope this inspires you to Create and Share your own cards.

Last year I had a technique class featuring the Bendi Card fold featuring a birthday card (I guess I didn’t post that card – will do so soon and link up). It was such a fun card technique, I decided to use it for a Valentine’s Day card. I used the Bloomin’ Hearts thinlit dies to create a fun and stunning Valentine’s Day card.

Bendi Valentine's Day Card

This card will unhook and lay flat for easy mailing. The dimensions I used on this card would not allow it to fit into a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 envelope, but I adjusted the measurements for the one we did in class and it fit quite well in the envelope. Of course, you would want to put a little padding to keep everything intact during the mailing process.

Supplies: love and you thinlits, x-acto knife (not pictured)

 

I haven’t posted anything since before Christmas. A lot has happened between then and now. My sister had a major stroke just before Christmas. She actually died, but thanks to the paramedics who resuscitated her she is doing well with some loss of use to her left arm. She stayed with me while she recuperated and she is now back at her home.

I did keep up with my make-n-take classes during January and the most recent class was a Valentine’s make-n-take class last week. The first class sample card I completed was inspired from Connie Collins’ Global Design card challenge entry (see here. . . .). I had the new SU! Love Blossoms paper pack but I had used a lot of it for a technique class (I’ll post that card next) and knew I didn’t have enough full sheets for a background left. This use of scraps from the Love Blossoms paper pack worked well. I took the coordinating Bloomin’ Hearts thinlit die and cut a lacey heart out of Rose Red card stock and placed a Very Vanilla cut out heart behind it to make the heart stand out from the rest of the busy background.  I used retired SU! Well Scripted set for the word phrase “Love You Much”, which was embossed using silver embossing powder. The flower blossoms were die cut out of the Love Blossoms paper and accented with clear rhinestones.

 

LoveYouMuch 2016

 

I made another card using some scraps from SU! Stacked With Love paper pack along with the Love Blossoms paper pack and I think it turned out well too.

Valentine 2016

 

The other card I’m featuring uses last year’s featured SU! stamp set Wood You Be Mine (it was inspired by Cindy Shuster’s card – see here. . . )? I LOVE the lumberjack from this stamp set. I used the Hardwood background stamp with Basic Gray on Real Red card stock. I then layered a Basic Black mat with the stamped image with a hint of Sahara Sand showing from behind accented with some linen thread. I wanted to make the card look like a balck and white photo with the red heart signifying “love.” I used Smoky Slate for the shirt and Smoky Slate and Basic Gray Stampin’ Write markers to accent the lumberjack. The Wood You Be Mine? tag was stamped on Sahara Sand using Basic Gray. And, some tiny Basic Black hearts were placed at the bottom to balance the card using the Confetti Hearts border punch. Love this Card!

 

Wood You Be Mine 2016

 

I made another card very similar to this one, but as a shaker card.

WoodYouBeMineShaker 2016

Supplies Used for Bloomin Hearts cards: retired SU! Well Scripted (not pictured)

 

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Supplies for Wood You Be Mine Cards: basic gray stampin’ write marker, acetate and foam tape (not pictured)

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This is the third and final card I entered on the SUO Challenge #136. See previous posts for Card 1 and Card 2.

 

 

This is one of three cards my stamping group will be making at the next make-n-take. It is based on an October challenge card (see below). The card I created in October was going to be one of the make-n-take cards, but I felt it was just too big and used up too much paper (a little worried I wouldn’t have enough similar paper for everyone). I decided; if I could make a double window, I, certainly, could make a six-paned window using the Hearth and Home thinlit, and I was successful. Just make sure you hold the plates as they come out the other side of the Big Shot, because they are quite the projectile. I could see someone busting a window to bits or knocking somone in the head. I wanted to keep the sleigh ride scene from the original card; so, I carefully pulled apart the original card, cut down the window scene, made a new window, adhered the dimensionals, added the glitter, and then . . . . What a nightmare! I made the shaker card based off of a shaker card tutorial on YouTube. Note to self: DO NOT place the window on the table, put the glitter on the window sheet and then place the card upside-down onto the window. Ha! It wasn’t exactly where I wanted it, and well, you know, when you try to reposition something with dimensionals you are asking for a mess; especially, if glitter is involved. Needless to say, the glitter got on the adhesive part of the dimensionals and made it not adhere well; therefore, when the card was shaken, glitter filtered out the sides of the window. We certianly, DON’T want glitter snow in our house. So, if you make this card, be advised, put the card on the table, put the glitter on the card, and then place the window where it needs to be and DON’T put too much glitter either. I’m sure you can’t see the miniscule amount of glitter in this card, but there is still some left. And, no, I didn’t want to remake the card. No, no, no! I was so frustrated by the time I got it right, I wanted to pull my hair out. My friend, Cheyenne was over here making her card with me, and she had a good laugh at my expense. (Note: make sure to rub the embossing buddy on the side of the window sheet that will make contact with the glitter to get rid of the static electricity.)

Anywhoo, we felt the card needed a little bling. We took the wreath framelit from the Festive Fireplace set and cut out wreaths in silver glimmer paper; then, cut them in half to make boughs. We added EVEN MORE bling by making lights for me and berries for Cheyenne on the boughs with Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details. Real Red bows accent each bough. The bottom of the card looked so stark when we finished, I added joy in Cherry Cobbler cardstock from a retired SU! die (it’s really old).

And least I forget, the scene was made on Whisper White paper. I cut a circle out of copy paper and placed it on the background piece of cardstock. I sponged Coastal Cabana and Midnight Muse to create the night sky. The trees are from the SU! Wonderland set stamped in Midnight Muse. The sleigh thinlit was used for the sleigh rider and horse, cut in Whisper White cardstock. The background mats are Night of Navy and Whisper White, with the Whisper White embossed with the Stripes folder.

 

PCCCS165October Card

I think the revised version of the first card is much more to my liking. Either way, I really love this card.

Supplies: SU! retired Joy die. Note – it looks like Midnight Muse ink is not available, you can substitute Night of Navy (I listed it in the supplies).

 

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