I am very excited about Fun Stampers Journey February product promotion. This month FSJ is featuring a 20% off all solid satin ribbons. There are 17 fun FSJ colors to choose. I have used the satin ribbon on several projects and it adds the perfect finishing touch. My favorites are Cany Apple, Cool Pool, and River Stone. Actually, I want them all!
When I began my journey as a Fun Stampers Journey coach, I decided to sign up for the monthly Bloom Box kit. I felt this was a great way for me to experience a variety of FSJ products without having to spend a lot of money. Since I have been receiving my Bloom Boxes for the last five months, I have been pleasantly surprised how a unique technique is incorporated into the card designs of each kit. I and the other ladies really look forward to receiving our Bloom Box in the mail each month. We have enjoyed them so much, we are going to sign up for another six months. The kits are $24.95 plus shipping and tax. The kits include cardstock and embellishments to complete four cards along with an exclusive stamp set valued at $18.95. The kits also include detailed color step-by-step instructions on how to put each card together. As an added bonus, there is usually Sparkle Dust, sequins, etc. left over which can be used on another project. ***
February features a beautiful butterfly stamp set. It’s not too late to get yours! Click here (make sure to enter my FSJ Coach number 818561 so I will receive notification of your purchase).
*** You must supply inks, silks, and adhesive (Note: I provide these items if you join me and my Bloom Box stampers each month to work on our cards together).
Here is the post featuring the last of the three cards we made this weekend. I used the card sketch from the Fusion Interlocking Hearts Card Challenge. This design features Pink and Main Rain Frogs stamp set. This set is just too cute. Here is the sketch and the image of the stamps in the Rain Frog set:
The frog and umbrella, rain boots, and sentiment were stamped on Spectrum Noir cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The images were colored with Spectrum Noir markers. I will admit I didn’t write down the colors I used but I think I can give a good guess as to which ones I used.
The frog – DG1, DG2, DG3, DG4. The umbrella – TN2, TN3, CT1, CT4, DR1, BP5. The raincoat and raindrops – TB1, TB2, TB3, IB1, IB2. The rainboots – CT1, CT4, DR1, BP5, TB1, TB3, TB8. The words – BP5, TB2. The frog and rainboots were cut out using a Brother Scan n Cut 2. The sentiment was fussy cut. All images were popped up using FSJ Foam Squares. The base printed cardstock and the yellow with white polka dot banner were from a Pink and Main paper pack. Love the designs. The circle mat was cut using a FSJ pierced die from FSJ Whip Cream cardstock. The embossed mat was cut from FSJ Huckleberry Fusion cardstock and embossed with a We R Memory Next Leveling embossing folder. Both mats were die cut with stitched rectangle dies (one from Simon Says and the other from My Favorite Things). The banner was matted on a piece of FSJ Watermelon Fusion cardstock. Last but not least FSJ Journey Glaze was added to the raindrops and puddle as well as the toes of the rainboots.
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Here I am with another weekend creation from our most recent stamp haul at the Heirloom’s Lawrenceville Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival. This card was created with a Pink and Main stamp set called Need Coffee. Here is the package image containing all the stamps (you can click on Pink and Main or the image to check out their shop).
Isn’t this an adorable stamp set. This stamp set was from Cheyenne’s haul. She has been wanting this stamp set since October when she first saw it at Pink and Main’s booth during a different stamp show weekend. As I mentioned in the last post, I like to design a card around a card challenge and well, why not???
The challenge I chose for this card design is Fab Friday 105 card sketch challenge. Here is the card sketch:
There were four of use working on our own variation of this card. We chose our own color palette and embossing folder. I will post Cheyenne’s card at the end of the post. I don’t have pictures of the other cards.
We took our coffee girl and stamped her onto FSJ Whip Cream cardstock using Memento ink. In hindsight, we should have stamped the image using FSJ Black Licorice because the FSJ Fusion Blender we used to blend the colored pencil areas made some of the ink smear. We colored our images with the FSJ Color Burst Pencils. The FSJ Fusion Blender was used with the Blender stumps to smooth the colors together.
I used the FSJ pierced Circle die to create the circle mat out of FSJ Whip Cream cardstock and stamped the coffee cup in FSJ Oatmeal Cookie to add depth and bring interest. I added a touch of Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen to the bunny noses and ears, the steam from the coffee, and the pink sponge curlers. I applied Journey Glaze to the cofee to add a little shine. The sentiment is stamped with VersaMark ink and embossed with white embossing powder on FSJ Black Licorice cardstock.
Let me take a moment to comment on the mat and the red dot embellishment next to the sentiment. The quilted mat was created from FSJ Candy Apple cardstock using a We R Memory Keepers Next Leveling Embossing folder (this one is Cheyenne’s) purchased from Creek Bank Creations. Under the Candy Apple mat is a FSJ Cool Pool mat giving a hint of light blue. The red embellishment dot was created using Nuvo Red Berry Crystal Drops which was purchased from Sparkle and Sprinkle.
Here is the completed card:
Here is Cheyenne’s card (the base mat is FSJ Deep Lilac, the quilted mat is FSJ Cool Pool, the pierced rectangle mat is FSJ Lavender Fusion cardstocks):
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This past weekend a few of my fellow stampers and I attended Heirloom’s Lawrenceville Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival. It began with the Design & Treasure Make-n-Take Friday night. We made four cards, visited with a favorite vendor “Pink & Main”, used new products, experienced new techniques, and had a great time. When we were leaving, I noticed a notebook on display with ATC (Artist Trading Card) on display and announcing the ATC contest. I remembered reading about it and wanting to create an entry when I registered, but I had forgotten about it. I decided to make a couple of ATCs which were to reflect the theme of Freedom and enter them the next day.
Saturday morning came bright and early. I had set my alarm the night before, but it didn’t go off; so, I was in a little bit of a rush before my friend, Cheyenne, got here with some stamp sets that were Freedom themed. We were to head toward the weekend’s shopping event where we were to meet some other friends at the event by 10:00 a.m. Just a note to the alarm issue, I did set it, but for the weekday. LOL
I began the creation process half awake and a head full of cotton, but that could have been a plus since I couldn’t overthink the process. Really, I could barely think. I took the 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 pieces of cardstock and pulled out my Fun Stampers Journey Sweet Berry Splash, Blue Lagoon Splash, Cranberry Bliss silk, Sparkle Dust, Black Licorice Twine, Journey Medium paste along the FSJ spatula applicator along with some post-it note tape. I pulled out my SU! stripes and stars stencils; thus began the card base process.
In a container, I spritzed some Sweet Berry with a mist of water. I used a paint brush and applied a swipe of Sweet Berry across the cards. It wasn’t brillant enough; so, I thought why don’t I add some Cranberry Bliss silk and that did the trick. I reapplied the mixture to the card and it looked gorgeous. Then, I took the Blue Lagoon Splash and did the same process. I did try to add some Dark Roast to create a more navy blue color and it was a little too much which created a blackish blue. All I did was add more Blue Lagoon splash and pulled a small, small dot of the blackish blue color into it, mixed it a little, and Bob’s your uncle; it looked great. On the soldier ATC I added full blue color, but on the eagle ATC, I masked off some stripes and added the color to this area to provide a little interest.
Next, I applied the medium paste using the stencils to the card base and sprinkled Sparkle Dust onto the wet medium to create some sparkle and glitz. The final embellishment was several loops of Black Twine. I sat the emerging ATC pieces to the side to work on the stamped images.
By this time, Cheyenne arrived with the SU! stamps. I didn’t have any stamps that reflected the Freedom theme, but she had two SU! retired stamp sets (they are very, very retired). They were perfect. I took the soldier stamp and coordinating words from one stamp set and stamped them onto FSJ Whip Cream cardstock using Memento ink. I colored the soldier using Spectrum Noir markers. Each of the words I cut out individually and matted on FSJ Black Licorice cardstock. I took a very light gray Spectrum Noir marker and went over the words to tone down the brightness of the Whip Cream cardstock. I popped the soldier and words out using FSJ Foam squares; and, as a final touch, I sprinkled a little Silver silk onto the ATC. Here is Cheyenne’s iPhone pictures. She liked them better with a woodgrain background:
The cards were judged by the vendors at the show. Here is the winning ATC card:
I created the eagle card by stamping the eagle onto FSJ Whip Cream cardstock using FSJ Black Licorice ink. Cheyenne suggested stamping the coordinating words directly onto the eagle. I thought that was a GREAT idea, and as you can see, it looks gorgeous. I colored the eagle with Spectrum Noir markers. The eagle is popped up using FSJ Foam squares. I punched out three small stars from FSJ Denim Days cardstock. Even though they didn’t have a first, second, and third place winner, the eagle ATC card was the second most chosen card by the vendors.
I think they both turned out beautifully. I won $25 show bucks which meant I could go and purchase products from any of the vendors. Here I am receiving the Show Bucks:
I went back to Creek Bank Creations and purchased two more 3D embossing folders from We R Memory Keepers Next Leveling Embossing folders. These are awesome; they create a 3D embossed look to your cardstock, which adds wonderful dimension and interest to your card. I have three posts coming up featuring these folders. The rest of my winnings I spent at Pink and Main. I purchased a cute, cute frog stamp set (it’s one of the upcoming card creation posts) and a pirate set just for my little buddies to create some cute cards.
Thanks Cheyenne for your stamp sets and your critiques during the creating process.
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.
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This week’s Paper Craft Crew Challenge #226 is a Birthday theme card. Here is their card sketch:
A week and a half ago, I went over to my friend’s house to help her set up her new Brother Scan-n-Cut. Once we had it working to scan and cut out stamped images, we made a card using the Lawn Fawn fairies we had just cut out. We colored the fairies using Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers. The designer paper is from a paper stack (I think it is Penny Black – not sure). The “happy BIRTHDAY” is cut from a My Favorite Thing die set out of Fun Stampers Journey cardstock (this was cut out at a later date at my house). The grassy hill and flowers are cut from the Lawn Fawn coordinating dies that work with the Fairy set and the hill is embossed using a SU! embossing folder. The cardstock mat is SU! cardstock as well as the grassy hill and flowers.
As we were working on our cards, I became extremely nauseated and left to go home (not realizing I had left my unfinished card project). My friend, Cheyenne, brought it over and gave it to me to finish, but she didn’t realize I had not stamped the sentiment on my card; so, we had cut out the “happy BIRTHDAY” for a card Cheyenne was making for a friend and it just didn’t fit what she was creating and it was pushed aside. A few days later, I was going through my cards that needed to be completed or updated to sell on my Etsy shop and I thought this “happy BIRTHDAY” would work wonderfully on my card. Voila! It did and here it is:
What a cute, adorable card to give someone special on their special day!
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.
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.
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.
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.