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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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It has been a while since I last posted a card challenge, but that will be changing soon.
I have several cards to enter into challenges and my 2016 Scrapbook Expo make-n-take
projects, workshop projects, and small but satisfying haul to post as well.

This cute little chick card began as a make-n-take card for one of my classes. I had, originally, used the new SU! square dies and placed it on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock cut with the hexagon die. It just didn’t pop and I really didn’t like the card. So, when I saw the Freshly Made Sketches challenge #247,the light bulb came on, and I sat down and created this cute card in a matter of minutes.

FMS #247

I pulled the bird off of the original card (holding my breath the whole time – you know what I mean. . . . when you don’t want something to be stuck really well to your card, it is, and this was!!!) Whew, I got it off with no damage. I cut it with SU! circle dies and matted it on Cherry Cobbler cut with SU! zig-zag circle dies. I took some retired SU! designer series paper featuring a woodgrain (reminded me of a barn) and matted it on Early Espresso SU! cardstock. I placed a strip of Early Espresso down onto the woodgrain paper and placed the hello die cut on top of it. The white showing beneath is intentional. I wanted a slight shadow behind the Hello Honey paper to make it stand out from the Early Espresson. The last item I wanted to mention was a left over sunflower from a side-step sunflower card a friend and I made (I’ll be posting it soon). It is highlighted with a little dazzling diamonds and prills for the center of the flower.

I almost forgot to mention how I created the chick. It came from the SU! stamp set Honeycomb Happiness. I stamped the chick in Staz-on Jet Black onto 140 lb watercolor paper. I watercolored the chick using re-inkers and my aqua-painter. The colors SU! re-inker colors I used were, Pool Party, Hello Honey, Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, and Soft Suede. Then I went back with a Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker and added some dimension to the bird by accenting its check with marks to create a feathery look.

This card went from blah to adorable. I hope you enjoy it!

I made this card for a business associate who gave birth prematurely. Her daughter is doing fine but will be in NCIU a few more weeks. Even though Amelia came early, I know Ashley and her family are celebrating her birth and each milestone she accomoplishes as she gets closer to being able to go home.

Freshly Made Sketches #241 card sketch was a perfect sketch to stir my imagination. The hippo from SU! Fun Pun stamp set made an absolutely adorable card for such a sweet girl.

FMS Final 241-001

I started out with SU! Whisper White as the base of the card, but it seemed a little harsh; therefore, I switched the base to SU! Very Vanilla.
I matted the card with SU! card stock Perfect Plum, Strawberry Slush, and Pool Party. I accented the mats with the stitched rectangle dies from Dienamics (love that set of dies). and the Pool Party mat’s top edge was cut using Poppy Stamp die stitched landscapes. I cut a swirly circle out of Perfect Plum card stock from SU! Swirly Scribbles dies as a mat for the cute watercolored hippo. While these are not traditional baby colors, they are muted with just enough punch to make the happy hippo shine.

For the happy hippo, I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Ink on SU! Whisper White card stock and cut it out with a SU! circle die. I wanted to use alcohol markers but when I tried a few out they were not subtle enough (I don’t have very many to choose from). So, I went with watercoloring.
As a base for the hippo, I put a wash of color from SU! Stampin Write Markers (Smokey Slate, Basic Gray). Then, I added SU! Wisteria Wonder and a very diluted touch of Elegant Eggplant for shadowing. Tip: I scribbled a little of each marker on a plastic surface and picked up the color with an Aqua Painter. You could also use re-inkers if you don’t have any markers. I added a girlie touch of Melon Mambo straight from the marker to the toe nails and bow and colored the balloon with Daffodil Delight. I added some Wink of Stella for a little glitter effect. I stamped the sentiment from a stamp set included in the SU! Watercolor Wishes card kit and accented with some SU! sequins. Voila!

As you enjoy this card, please say a prayer for Amelia to get stronger each and every day and to give her family strength as they walk through this time of healing.

FMS#241 Amelia

Have a Great Day!

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