Friday, June 02, 2017

Three Ways to Use a Stamp Set on Cards

Hello!  I'm so excited to finally be posting on my blog!  Fun Stampers Journey is growing so much, there seems to always be something that should take priority and I like to always have work to mail in.  I just finished work for the Convention, and realized I have a little window of opportunity to create and share!  And if you are going to the Convention next week, hope you have safe travels and a great time!

My share today is three ways to use the Kimono Kids stamp set.  This is one of my top favorite sets that is part of the "The Break Up" Sale, which includes stamps, dies, etc., that are retiring.  We are always sad to see things go, but that means some great savings to pick up favorites and get creating!

Fun Stampers Journey stamps are made of high quality red rubber, so they stamp beautifully and you will soon be spoiled like me and not want to use anything else.  Most sets like this one come with several stamps including large and small, so you get a lot in one set.

For each card I used all of the stamps.  First, to create a background, and second, to create one focal point.

All the cards started with a card panel measuring 3x5, and printed paper measuring 3.5x4.5.

This first card uses the decorative Asian label to create my pattern using the Journey Gold Ink.

The second card uses the lanterns stamped in Clear Pigment Ink and embossed with White Embossing powder.  Next, I used the large dauber to blend Blue Lagoon, Pool Play, and Sweet pear.  I blended in between a little more to create more of a blend.  You can see where the blue and yellow start to create the green.

My third card, I started with Sweet Pear cardstock, stamped the girls, then filled in with the sentiments in Clear Pigment Ink, and brushed on Journey Brush Silver PanPastel.

To make the Kimono Kids stand out as the focal point more on each card, I die cut a Journey Circle also using the piercing circle as well.  Each girl was colored with the Journey Color Burst Color Pencils.

For the sentiment, I used the Turbo Text stickers.  (TIP:  An easy way to adhere these stickers, is to cut out the stickers and the clear background together, peel the clear backing from the top of the stickers, line up where you want them, and begin pressing them and then lift the bottom and press to adhere).

Each card was finished wth Twinkle Trim.  To attach my trim, I doubled the ribbon, leaving the loop at one end, pulled the loose ends through the loop and tied a knot, then tied knots in the pieces dangling, and trimmed.

Thank so much for stopping by, and I hope to have more FSJ as well as my personal Traveler Notebook to share with you soon!  In the meantime, I have a list of the supplies used.  The Kimono Kids, Printed Paper, and Turbo Text stickers are part of the Break Up Sale, so grab them before they are gone for good!  I don't have them, but if you love the Kimono Kids stamp, grab the matching die on sale as well!

Supplies Used:

Kimono Kids Stamp Set
Journey Circles Die Set
Clear Pigment Ink
Journey Gold Pigment Ink
Blue Lagoon True Color Fusion Ink Pad
Pool Play True Color Fusion Ink Pad
Sweet Pear True Color Fusion Ink Pad
Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink Pad
Journey White - Embossing Powder
Journey Brush Silver PanPastel
Journey Color Burst Color Pencils
Whip Cream Cardstock
Sweet Pear Cardstock
Journey Brush Silver Cardstock
Summer Romance Printed Paper
Twinkle Trim
Turbo Text

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Jan Memory Keeping | Traveler Notebook

I can't remember when I have had this long of a MIA from blogging.  But life is different now, still adjusting to working for Fun Stampers Journey and trying to still have enough mojo left to create for myself.

Scrapbook layouts have been great for documenting, but terrible for storing.  If you put them in albums, they take up so much room.  I stopped doing albums, and started just slipping them into page protectors and large containers to store in my closet a few years back.  And every now and then I pull them out to look at or I can even go to some online galleries to look as well.  I have always gone back and forth with 12x12 and 8.5x11 layouts, but I have recently been doing more 6x8 to fit the large page protectors for pocket scrapbooking.  LOVED the smaller format!  Then for my December Memories last year, I used a Traveler's Notebook for the first time, and fell in love with that format as well.  So I decided for 2017 memory keeping, I will mostly do the Traveler's Notebook, but I do want to mix in pocket pages and even my larger planner as a memory planner.  And since all of this is smaller than traditional scrapbooking, easier to keep out and enjoy, and easier to store!

So my first go for documenting through the year using the Traveler's Notebook.  I'm using the one by Fun Stampers Journey (I'll put a better link once I can).   I'm using a mix of Fun Stampers Journey stamps, because now I am spoiled by red rubber vs. polymer, and a few other tidbits from FSJ to go along with the Gossamer Blue Planner kits.  The kits give me a little personal play time away from work so to speak (LOL), but they are also perfect for documenting.

I had a rough start to be honest with this being new, and I was at a crop...which you know how that is...more talk than doing.  So I completely forgot this was starting a new year and just jumped I went back and added at least the year and goals stickers.  I'm not a resolution type person, but I always pick a One Little Word...mine is Believe.

And here is me just absentmindedly jumping in.  I'm applying a lot of what I learned from Heidi Swapp in 2007 when she taught me how to scrapbook...glue and go.  Time is an issue, so I need this to be quick, and to be fun.

My photo taking has suffered as well with working now...I get so absorbed in what I'm doing, that I just don't do it.  So I have to be mindful...almost like doing December Memories or A Week in the Life...stop and take a photo.  I'm obsessed with the Jamberry wraps and gels, and Emma definitely needed glasses, very near she picked out some cute ones.

Cooking was always a little hit or miss with me ;) but every now and then I want to try some recipes. Problem is Emma usually won't eat it.  She is super picky...that 'whateves' sticker on the left page above says it all from her response to my homemade loaded baked potato soup.

Oh, my fur babies...they have brought me so much happiness and tears...but when I try to see the bigger picture, definitely more happiness, and I take any little bit of positives of them attempting to get along.  Lily will be 2 this May so I am hoping with her maturity things will get better.  We agreed as a family no one is leaving and we will keep trying, but that work is really on me.  It wears me out, but is priceless to have them here.

And Emma got her glasses and can see!  We had no idea her vision was so bad...everything was so new to her.  And then I was off to the CHA Creativity show to work with Richard Garay and the Journey team.  I said it last year, and will say it again, it has always been my dream to work the tiring as it can be, it just pumps me up to be around so many amazing people.  And the icing on the cake is being able to see other friends from the industry.  There's just one other person I really wish I had gotten a photo with and that is Nina Yang from Waffle Flower.  Time just got away.

Teamwork has always excited me...corny, I know...but I love shiny, happy people...

I don't know if I have ever shared on my blog...but the past few years when I have flown out, I pass out on the plane, and usually have an accident on myself...yes...not fun and completely embarrassing.  I do have hypoglycemia, BUT I know I have eaten I don't know if it is my anxiety, which is definitely worse than ever with my age and hormones, or the change in air pressure...or a combination.  But I have  been proactive and buy orange juice when I get across security so I don't have to wait on the attendant as I'm about to go out...good grief, huh?  But I did great this time!

And oh these sweet little memories...Emma getting a new pair of shoes while I was away (ha) but so her.

We always celebrate Chinese New Year with a red envelope and Trey Yuen for dinner.

I had just these last two pages to finish, but didn't happen at the finished up yesterday and now have almost all of February done as well.  Again just love those stickers and the little labels above the photo on the right.  I used those to jot down a little something about the photo...

And now to clean up and get creative with Fun Stampers Journey...ALWAYS, and I mean ALWAYS something fun happening with FSJ!  Hope everyone has a great weekend, enjoying some weather, crafting, or relaxing...

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Handmade Valentine's

Hope everyone has had a great weekend.  Emma has had fever all weekend...this exact time of year seems to get her, BUT so far today it looks like she will be able to go to school tomorrow.  While she has been getting better, I've been getting my last minute Valentine's ready.

Okay, how adorable is this dinosaur.  I die cut a card in a heart shape, layered the pattern pattern die cut heart on top, and did some simple coloring on him, or her ;)  Then just tied a ribbon where I let the heart die overlap as I die cut (in order for the heart card to be created as one).  All the satin ribbon is on sale through February.

For a quick sentiment on the inside, I used one of the sentiments from the Dinosaur stamp set.  Just fussy cut it and adhered to the inside of the card.

My daughter has her gifted and her homeroom classes at school.  While she is closest to the friends she spend all day with in her gifted class, these little Valentine's were quick enough that I did 48 for both classes!  I just cut the cardstock to 1 1/2" x 3 and stamped the sentiment.  Punched a hole and tied onto the small bubbles with twine.

Perfect sentiments, colors and embellishments to make these quick Valentine's.  I hope everyone has a Happy {Heart} Day!!

Listing supplies below...if any questions, please let me know. <3 p="">
Dino Love Stamp Set
Funny Stuff Stamp Set
Heart-Felt Die Set
Heart-Felt Piercing Elements Die Set
Color Burst Pencils
Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink Pad
Satin Ribbon Bubble Gum
Journey Thread Bubble Gum
Sweet Spring Printed Paper
Sweet Berry Cardstock
Cool Pool Cardstock

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Friday, January 06, 2017

Richard Garay Blog Hop | CHA Releases

Welcome to the Richard Garay blog hop where the team will be introducing projects using the new
collections to be showcased at the CHA in Arizona in a couple of weeks.

For my post, I chose to work with Origami Love.  I need wrapping paper in the pink paper with the cranes...even the 12x12 size would be great for wrapping.  This collection is very trendy, but stylish, and also a little playful and modern at the same time.

I had to use the printed paper in cream and black with the random lines.  This paper would be great to color in some of the areas, but I left it as is and included a border from more printed paper at the bottom.

I used most of the larger stamps to stamp, color and die cut, to layer over my printed papers.

Before adhering them, I sent my background through the typewriter to type my journaling, and added one of the sentiments to start off my journaling for the title.  Really love the lines of origami, especially in scrapbooking, they can easily point right to your photo.  To color my images I used Fun Stampers Journey Color Burst Pencils.

Now for the fun part, prizes!

Richard is giving away a Grand Prize worth $100 of his NEW collections + the RG Messenger Bag - Total value of $150

2 Runners Up - Each will receive one of the RG messenger bags.

To enter to win, comment on the RG site, post a comment on each designer's blog (not required, but gives you more chances to win.  One entry per comment).

Comments will close on January 10th at 6:00 PM EST and winners announced on the RG site on January 11th.  Good Luck!!

Links to the Designer's blogs for the hop:
Beck Beattie
Isha Gupta
Laura Williams
Mariana Grigsby
Michelle Woerner
Mou Saha
Tania Willis
Tenia Renee Nelson

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Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Document December - Days 9-25

I have to admit, for a minute or two I contemplated not finishing this album this year.  For two reasons, one, I hadn't taken as many photos, and two, I was having a hard time being happy during the holiday.  But this is one of the albums that each year Emma will look through, and I thought how important it is that I continue the tradition.  So that was my motivation and once I sat down for the two days to finish this, I was on a roll.

I realized I did not have enough pages to keep doubling the pages, so any stitching I did off the page. For example, on day 9 I added the stitching to the pattern papers I made with stamps and embossing folder first before adhering.  The high on that day was 54 and it felt wonderful, the cats loved it as well!

Another thing that has helped me get this album done and remember what took place is using my FSJ personal planner.  I didn't decorate it for the holidays, but just jotted down anything that happened so I could remember, especially if I didn't have photos.

I can tend to be slow and push things around, but for this I usually make a decision and go.  Each page isn't special, the whole album is, so I just keep building on that idea rather than getting too bogged down with one page.

So glad I had pre-stamped and die cut ahead it helped a lot.  And I love the way the different washi tapes add to the pages.

Some pages were more simple, and others had a little more layers.  The silks work great on the pages, just let them dry before turning the page.

Anything on my desk is a free-for-all when I'm working to accomplish a big project.  I loved the way the Magical Journey stickers looked for this page.

Day 15 was a day I did not have a photo, but I had the note I (I mean Stinky, the Elf) wrote a note to Emma.  So I included that here.

When I could, I doubled up on the days as I did on days 16 and 17.

I saved this for a day I did not have photos.  I had kept the American Girl catalog, the Hallmark card with gift card, and the Target catalog.  So I cut them up to use for this day.  The Hallmark card I used as a pocket for Emma's lists and drawings of what she wanted.

I made the little FSJ boot that matched perfectly with the Target gift bags and made sure to have an extra to put in the album.

I wasn't sure how to do day 20.  I wondered about stitching a pocket page in here, but my album is too full and it ripped.  I don't have a template, so I just printed my photos to about 1" to make my own collage.

I had a couple of big photos I wanted to include, so adhered them together and attached with washi tape.

I videoed my daughter's Christmas recital but failed to snap a photo, so I scanned the program, printed it and added it to my page.

We are still trying to get our two cats to get along, and the 22nd was not a good day.  I was surprised I did have one photo and it was a really nice one of Boo, my bossy, instigator of the fights sweet girl.  Since I didn't have a lot, I was able to double up again and add the 23rd on the next page.

I went all day on Christmas Eve and did not take photos.  We ended up making an unexpected trip to the grocery store and prepping to stay home for Christmas so the day was out of what was planned.  But I did snap a photo of Emma pressing her homing device snowflake for Santa.  Having just the one photo was perfect because it left more room to journal.

I had been saving the pre-stamped map and triangles just for this page too, so glad I had the room for it!

And Christmas day...I took photos that morning but did not the rest of the day.  Dennis, Emma and I didn't get a lot of sleep, and it was a long long morning (LOL) and day.  I was ready to snuggle in for the Doctor Who special that night.  But the photos I got of Emma are priceless and so glad I got them.  The photo of my SIL leaving was from the following day, but it fit well here.

I had a few pages leftover, so I added a lot of journaling of the details.  I wanted day 25 to be left as is, so worked out great having the pages.  Really how awesome would it be to have this to look back on...I cherish any card with my Mother's or Dad's handwriting, so I know Emma will love this.

I love pocket pages, but have done those for this album for four years, so this was a really nice change, lots of freedom, and overall quicker for me to work with.  Now I need another one!  Thinking about using it to document throughout the year along with the pocket pages.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that you have a Happy New Year!!  I'm thinking my Word for the year will be BELIEVE.  I have a lot I need to believe in so that will make a great start to my next Travelers Notebook and/or pocket page album.

If you have any questions about specific products or how I did something, please ask me.  Everything I used is from Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ).  Click here to see the entire 2016 album.  Click here to shop at Fun Stampers Journey.

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Friday, December 16, 2016

2016 Document December - Days 7-8

Hello!  Finally stopping by to share these two days from my Document December.  I will probably sit down one night after working, and do some catching up.  I always jot down in my calendar what took place that day in case I don't have any photos or I need more of "what happened" that day.  So it will be a fun night getting more in my Traveler Notebook.

Day 7 was just a regular day and nothing too much else.  While I was taking photos of some projects, hubby pulled up in his motorcycle, so took pics of him, and the camellia bushes are full right now, so stopped to take a photo of them.  Used all those beautiful rose blooms I had pre-stamped and fussy cut.  Did stenciling on both pages for added color and texture.

This next page is my favorite.  This time of the year is usually when my DSLR gets a workout, but with my schedule, I am turning to the iPhone more, and just being sure to get good light and make edits.  The first photo above, the large 4x6 has my daughter blurred in background with the tree in focus.  Was about to delete it, but I loved the story it gave of her opening up her Lego Advent calendar for the next day.  I took several photos and kept the other two because one is her looking for the day and the other is getting in there!

The stars are the pattern paper I stamped and made ahead of time...all I had to do is cut and use.  The only thing I had to stamp and cut extra for this page was the "hello" and the "fun."  Love how this page came out.

Everything in my Traveler Notebook including the Notebook is from Fun Stampers Journey.  To see all the posts of my album click here.  If you have any questions about products I'm using and need a link, I will be happy to help.  In the meantime, click here to see all products from Fun Stampers Journey.

Will do some catching up and posting.  Be safe and enjoy your weekend!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Valentine's | New Fun Stampers Journey

Taking a little break from posting my Document December album, for a quick, cute, and little Valentine to share!  The new Bloom This Way catalog from Fun Stampers Journey will be out Jan 1st  showcasing some new, beautiful and adorable things, and here's a peek!  On the front I've used the new hearts embossing folder and stitched Banana Cream ribbon.

On the inside, I've used one of the little sentiments so perfect for creating lots of Valentine's.  Here, I've added just a little coloring and then used a circle die to create my banana!  The sparkling white washi is new as well!

So love these monkeys and this stamp set.  It is called Punny Stuff and comes with 7 cute sentiments perfect for your Valentine's!

The new Bloom This Way catalog products are available January 1st for purchase.

Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Note-velop Die
Journey Circles Die Set
Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink Pad
Journey Color Burst Pure Color Pencils
Heart Sparkle Drops
Journey Thread Bubble Gum
Love Is
Punch Handle
1/16th Circle Punch
Banana Cream Cardstock
Whip Cream Cardstock
Pool Play Cardstock
Bubble Gum Cardstock

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