Category : Techniques

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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.

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 .

 

 

 

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.

Yesterday I had a Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker coloring class, which focused on shading clothing. I had recently ordered from Etsy a Sherri Baldy digi stamp (there were two images to my surprise and delight). I thought this would be a great image to practice clothing coloring. A color palette of blues and pinks was chosen. When she was finished, I knew I had to submit another card to the Fusion Card Challenge – Pretty in Pink Card Challenge.

She was so much fun to color. Here are the markers we used: Hair – base from roots to midway of hair GB11 then GB4 to the ends. TN3, GB 10, TN5, EB4, EB5 (dots throughout hair); skin – EB1, FS7, FS9 and FS8 for cheeks and lips; dress and headband- TB1, TB4, TB5; Pants – LY1, CT4; Flowers PP1 and PP3 and Blender throughout project.

The flowers are from the Heartfelt Creations – Botanical Rose. The base of the card is FSJ Whip Cream with FSJ Watermelon Fusion and FSJ Bubble Gum cardstocks as mats. The oval was cut from Heartfelt Creations Strawberry Fields 12 x 12 paper pack. The pearl accents are FSJ pearls and they were colored with Spectrum Noir PP2 marker to make them pink. A layer of Journey Glaze was added to all the flowers to make them shine and pop. And, finally the bow is SU! silk ribbon made into a double bow.

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So excited to show off this Oldie But Cool truck in the Paper Craft Crew Challenge #232. I love the way PCC sketches inspire you to think outside the box. Here is this week’s sketch:

This card was created with a friend after a Make It party she had at her house. We went downstairs to her basement craft room. We were wanting to use our Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers to color something in shades of red. We decided the Fun Stampers Journey Hit The Road stamp set was the perfect choice. As we began coloring, I can tell you several times I thought I had ruined my truck. But, as alcohol marker colorists know, you have to walk away and let it dry and voila it looks great. I did have to cut the truck out because I kept coloring out of the lines. You know, Mama said there would be days like this – LOL. Once we finished with the truck, the background came about by trial and error.

I began the background mat by wanting to stamp the route 66 outline stamp in FSJ Sour Lemon ink, but I used FSJ Electric Lime by accident (that’s where one of the errors came in). Instead of tossing the stamped background, I thought, “Why don’t I stamp the full coverage route 66 image offset and on top of the outlined route 66 image in FSJ lemon drop?” It looked great. Then, I made another error stamping the one way image and smeared some ink. Oh ho, that wouldn’t do. So, I thought, “Hmm, what would FSJ Huckleberry Fusion look like stamped on FSJ Electric Lime cardstock?” It looked great. Thus the one way stamped images adhered off of the stamped background mat. I finished the background stamping the gas pump in FSJ Candy Apple ink. The final touch was some splatters of FSJ Sour Lemon silk. I love this card! I hope you do too.


Supplies: Fun Stampers Journey supplies can be ordered by clicking here.

Here in Georgia, the weather is fine, the trees are blooming, the birds are building their nests, and wouldn’t you know the most adorable bunnies showed up in my craft room wanting to make a grand entrance as well. They hopped right over and posed for a Pretty in Pink Bunny Delight portrait.

This was perfect timing for the Fusion Card Challenge – Pretty in Pink. Fusion Card Challenges allow three variations to a crafter’s designs. First choice, you can choose just the template layout; second choice, you can choose the color theme; or, you can combine both into one design. I decided to stick with the color theme of PINK.

Once the bunnies were settled down and ready for me to create, I stamped their images onto Spectrum Noir cardstock using Fun Stampers Journey Spring Fling stamp set. I then colored them with the following Sprectrum Noir Alcohol Markers: The bunnies heads and bodies IG1 and IG2; their ears, feet, bellies, cheeks, and noses PP1. This was a very simple and easy coloring project. Great for beginners. They are just too cute.

The base of the card is Fun Stampers Journey Whip Cream cardstock, and the mat with a large oval cut out of it is FSJ Watermelon Fusion cardstock.¬† I stamped circles with FSJ Watermelon Fusion ink from the FSJ Planner Sketch stamp set. An acetate sheet was placed behind the Watermelon Fusion mat. The zig-zag accent mat is from Pink and Main Spring Fling 6×6 paper stack. The Watermelon Fusion mat is raised using a double layer of foam tape. The bunnies are popped-out using FSJ Foam Squares Medium. The sequins in the oval are assorted sequins from my stash (Note: a horizontal strip foam tape about a 1/2″ up from the bottom of the oval to keep the sequins from “disappearing” when the card is upright). The final touch is a double bow created from SU! pink ribbon.

Such a cute card.

Supplies:
Fun Stampers Journey supplies can be ordered through me – click here

Super excited to receive the notice from Pam Staples with Paper Craft Crew I had made the Top Picks for Challenge #230!!!

The card that made the top picks is the adorable Penguin card letting someone special know, “i love you”. Here is the card:

Click here for the post detailing how the card was created and what products were used. All the products used on this card are Fun Stampers Journey products. If you are interested in learning more about Fun Stampers Journey or purchasing products, please go to my website www.funstampersjourney.com/martymcgee (my Coach number is 818561).

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