Monday, July 17, 2017

Gel Press and Project Me from Fun Stampers Journey

Hello!  I'm back for another post using the new Gel Press from Fun Stampers Journey!  My first post is here.  I did the same techniques I mentioned there and used them here for my scrapbook layout and pockets for this project.

For my layout, I trimmed the Gel Press background I created and adhered the large piece to the top and the small piece to the bottom.

So cool to create your own prints to use for projects like this.  I die cut in Whip Cream cardstock the branch to add some texture and direction from title to photo.  I layered some Licorice Sparkle tape, the Bloom Benefit tape, and heart clip by my photo.

I used the adorable Too Cute stamp set along with the Take Action stamp for my title.  The Brad Bursts are perfect with my colors and my theme.  Layered the large one right in the middle of the Project Me Snap Corks.

Then for the pocket page, I trimmed a 3x4 piece, die cut the Heart Film Die, embossed Journey White onto Black Licorice cardstock, detail cut, and stapled and adhered to the card.  I didn't have to trim any excess from the heart.  Turning it on its side like this, it slipped right into the pocket just fine.

If you remember from my first post, I had a card with a background that looked a little more like watercolor.  The reason for that was because after so many impressions, the leftover paint can start to dry quickly, so a quick spray of water will reactivate it and also make it look a little watery.  I love the look I have from the smooches of paint here.  I did stamp directly onto the background with Rock Candy, and just quickly heat set it, and then let it dry completely on its own before slipping this through the pocket.  Our ink is oil based and permanent on any surface.

I used the Remember Today and the Date Me stamp set here, along with some of the Bloom Benefit washi tape you can get when shopping at FSJ.  I finished that card off with some fun dots.

This pocket is probably my most favorite from my page.  I love the layers and textures of color from the press, the white space, the stamping, journaling, small photo and washi.  It just all flows so well together with lots of color and texture, and still capturing a memory.

And just wanted to add in case you are curious and maybe new to scrapbooking, I use an old Brother Student-Riter II that my Mom always left out on the dining room table when I was a kid.  In high school, I used it to learn to type.  When she passed, I took the typewriter and one day decided to pull it down and put it to use again.  Funny thing is I couldn't find the regular font cartridge.  I wasn't too crazy about the script, but apparently my Mom was.  She would type us little notes and mail to us using this same font, so it may not be the prettiest, coolest typewriter to anyone else but me.  You can definitely use your computer and print directly onto your pages or cards.  I just love the look of the typewriter though, even if it gets imperfect.

I do add some stitching sometimes to my scrapbooking, and have a pretty fancy Baby Lock sewing machine, but if you do not have one, and would like to add this technique to your pages, an expensive one would be perfect.

One last thing, I just had an email asking about how I get the small white borders around my photos, so I thought I would also respond here about how I do this.  I use Lightroom to edit and print my photos.  I have several different templates to print in different sizes.  I have a quick little tutorial on this blog post here.   I do print from home and currently use a Canon MG7520 printer.  To get the border, I line up my photo in my trimmer and leave about an 1/8 to a 1/4 or as much or as little as I want and trim.  If you send your photos off somewhere to print, you could crop your photos and then mat with cardstock to get the same look.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  And I hope you catch Richard to see all of his projects and videos using the new Gel Press.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Gel Press and Project Me from Fun Stampers Journey

Okay, so when I saw that Fun Stampers Journey was coming out the the Gel Press, I couldn't wait to get a hold of it along with the new paints and play!  Mixed media is something I really got into when I first started scrapbooking and crafting.  I did more art journals when I started.  So anything mixed media is something that still gets me so excited.  The FSJ press is nice and large too.  It is 8.5x11.  I love that we have the large one because since you are working with paint and cleaning up in between...this really allows you to get a lot more impressions depending on the size cardstock you use.   Why this is so great, is because you will have all these different prints ready to use later when you sit down to create with them!

For these cards, I really played a lot with the impressions.  But you can make them as simple or detailed with layers as you want.  Richard did some great projects and video sharing what he did on his Facebook Page here.

I used the new paint colors Lemon Drop, Bubble Gum, and Citrus Cooler.  I usually stay within a color family and will even mix them slightly on my press, but this time, I wanted more layers.  So I did them separate, which meant more cleaning in between, but I loved the look I got.  

First layer - Used brayer to lightly apply Bubble Gum, pressed (stamped) Create-a-Dot background stamp into gel press and paint randomly.   Pressed my cardstock into it.

Second layer - Used brayer to lightly apply Citrus Cooler, then die cut and placed Pennant Fun and Circle Film Die onto press.  Pressed the same cardstock above into it.  Removed the die cuts, and pressed a fresh piece of cardstock into it.

Third layer - Used brayer to lightly apply Lemon Drop directly onto the new Fluttering Hearts Gel Impression.  Then pressed the same cardstock with first and second layers, into it.  I did this because I found the yellow was too intense if I applied to gel press, pressed impression in it and then pressed cardstock.  This way I get more of the hearts in yellow to show rather than covering too much of the background.

For this card I used two impressions I got from doing the above layers.  I used the darker colored impression for the center circle.

For the sentiment on this card I used the new In the Family stamp set.

You really want to use up all that paint and make lots of different backgrounds, so I had very little paint left on the press and it was getting dry, so I spritzed it with water and pressed another piece of cardstock into it.  I used that piece here and is why it looks a little like watercolor.

Seriously love the possibilities with the press.  On both cards I used the Too Cute stamp from the Project Me collection.  I left them uncolored since I did so much on the background, and I like the contrast of black and white.  For the sentiment on this card I used the Take Action and Snap Corks  from Project Me.  The washi I used on this card is a Bloom Benefit you can get when you shop at FSJ.

The first card I made for my daughter for her birthday.  I had lots of impressions from playing and used them for another project I'll share next week!  Thank you for stopping by.  Be sure to subscribe to the Fun Stampers Journey blog to see more inspiration!

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New Mystic Romance from Fun Stampers Journey - Happy Birthday

Hello!  I'm back for my third project using the new Mystic Romance collection from Fun Stampers Journey.  You can see my first project here, and my second project here.   And if you missed it, Richard Garay shared three projects and videos last week using this collection.  You can catch those on his Facebook Page here or stop by the Fun Stampers Journey blog here.  Be sure to subscribe to the FSJ blog, there's daily inspiration from the Journey Station and Richard.  

For my project today, I used the Note Pocket Die Template, which is also part of the Starter Kit to become a Coach.  And too good not to share quickly that for the month of July, the promotion for the starter kits doubles the stamps!  So a great time join the Journey!

Once I die cut the pocket in Pool Play, I used the Slit Punch twice to thread my ribbon through it.  I thread each end through the front, then thread each end back through (but not the same hole), wrapped the excess around and tied in a bow.

For my stamping, I used the large dauber to ink up my stamps.  I inked the lighter color first on each one.  For the leaves, I started with Oatmeal Cookie; for the flower, I started with Limeade Splash.  Then came back with Blue Lagoon on the leaves, and Orange Creamsicle on the flower.  Each time using the dauber with the pad in the same color family.  The dauber creates a nice blend, especially with using two colors.

For the inside, I trimmed Turbo Teal cardstock to 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" and stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment in Dark Roast.  I used Dark Roast instead of Black Licorice for the same reason I used Butter Cream cardstock for my stamping.  It creates a little softer look rather than a stark contrast look.  I wanted a little rustic, countryside feel to this.

I have a fetish for pocket dies like this.  I love how unique and creative you can get with them.  It is the excitement of the DIY type thing for me as a crafter.  All the supplies are linked above.  Thank you so much for stopping by!  Excited to be back soon with some Gel Press projects next!

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Monday, July 10, 2017

New Mystic Romance from Fun Stampers Journey - Love You

Hope you have had a chance to visit Fun Stampers Journey, Richard Garay's Facebook Page, and the other Concept Designers' blogs to see the inspiration using the new Fun Stampers Journey Mystic Romance collection.  You can find my first Mystic Romance post with all the links to check them out here.  My team member, Mariana Grigsby, is sharing another project as well here.  You will be inspired.

Once I get started using a set or collection, my mind tends to start thinking of something else to make.  So using the same Mystic Romance stamps as I did for my first project, I made a 6x8 scrapbook layout.  I changed my colors to coordinate with my photo.  For the leaves, I lightly colored the veins using a Journey Color Burst pencil.  You can really change the look of the stamped image by doing this.

Then going with that same idea of filling in the veins of the leaves, I used our Journey Glaze to fill in the veins of one of the flowers, and then sprinkled with Sparkle Dust.  For even more sparkle, I used our Sparkle Silk to brush onto the tips of the leaves.  Perfect for my beautiful ballerina, but how gorgeous and perfect for bridal photos as well.  Some of my flowers are a little bit darker than the others stamped in Bubble Gum.  I mixed in just a little bit of Outrageous Pink for contrast.

The way I used the fern stamp was again on the background, same as my first project, but I only stamped it twice to peek out at the bottom and the top.  I also added that cute snail from that same stamp set.  I stamped him using River Stone and Rich Coral.  To ink him up, I used our large dauber.

I ended up doing one more project using both of these same stamp sets.  Will be sharing later this week!  Thank you for stopping by!

Sweet Poppy Stamp Set AT-0266
Day Ferm Stamp Set AT-0264
Embroidered Greetings SS-0507
Bubble Gum True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0058
Outrageous Pink True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0114
Lemongrass True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0022
Limeade Splash True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0019
Cool Pool True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0074
Green Olive True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0072
Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0041
River Stone True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0053
Rich Coral True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0052
Oatmeal Cookie Cardstock CS-0023
Whip Cream Cardstock CS-0040
Journey Color Burst Pencils JM-0077
Sparkle Dust AC-0013
Decor Blooms AC-0232
Pearls AC-0024
Journey Thread - Bubble Gum AC-0103
Journey Glaze AD-0003
Dauber Dowel Large TO-0138

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Saturday, July 08, 2017

New Mystic Romance from Fun Stampers Journey

I am always so excited to share something here on my blog, and super excited about this post.  Fun Stampers Journey just released their big, yearly catalog.  Just looking through the catalog makes me want to sit down and create with both current and new products.  Lots of gorgeous new things this year, and this is one of them.  This card uses stamps from the new Mystic Romance collection.  Richard Garay, founder of Fun Stampers Journey, does an exceptional job at finding what is on trend before it is a trend.  This collection reflects the embroidery trend that is so hot right now in fashion.

I heat embossed the flowers and leaves on River Stone cardstock with Journey White Embossing powder.  All the stamps in this collection show the thin lines that mimic that awesome hot look of embroidery.  I love how the embossing looks, but take a look at the fern and the sentiment I have stamped on my card panel.  I used our True Color Fusion ink pads in River Stone and Fresh Forest to stamp those and look at the texture and detail.  Yes, please!

I really wanted a soft, romantic, elegant look to this card.  So my colors reflect that and the set goes perfectly with this look.  Although I do have flowers on the front, this could be a great masculine card, or even a holiday card with a different sentiment.

After I stamped the fern in River Stone, and the smaller stamp from that same set (the little curly cue) in Fresh Forest onto the Butter Cream cardstock panel, I used our new large dauber along with River Stone and Fresh Forest along the edges to create more depth, then matted this card panel with Raspberry Berry cardstock.

I love this soft look with this stamp set.  Next week I'll share another project using different colors, but the same stamp sets.

For more information and inspiration, check out the Richard Garay Signature Page on Facebook as he has been showing live videos creating projects from this collection and the Fun Stampers Journey Blog here.   And my teammates and co-workers with Fun Stampers Journey, Michelle WoernerLaura Williams, and Mariana Grigsby are also sharing their amazing projects using Mystic Romance as well.

See you next week!

The Mystic Romance Stamps Used:

Sweet Poppy Stamp Set AT-0266
Day Ferm Stamp Set AT-0264
Embroidered Greetings SS-0507

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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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