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Monday, October 9, 2017

Bethlehem Journey

Hi Crafters.  Here is a Christmas card I made today. Very time consuming, but so much fun!!!

Everything on my card is from Fun Stampers Journey. 
My stamping first started with with the Vintage Notes Background stamp with Oatmeal Cookie onto Buttercream Cardstock cut to size.

I then stamped the buildings on the right side and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder. Then using PanPastels, I colored in the sky and the sand. Because I am making kits with this for my Etsy Shop, I set the PanPastels with hairspray. 

I then took a small amout of white Gesso and watered it down and splattered it with a paint brush to look like stars.  I stamped the star and heat embossed with white ep and colored in with glue and clear glitter. 
This was then mounted on a slightly larger piece of Journey Brushed Gold Cardstock, then onto the Buttercream Cardstick Base. 

Mary & Joseph were stamped with Black Licorice ink, colored with Copic Markers and fussy cut. 

Products used for this card:
Bethlehem Journey Stamp Set - SS-0382
Mother Nature PanPastells - JM-0080
Hazelnut Blend Panpastel - JM-0112
Fashion Gold embellishments - AC-0292
Journey Gold Embossing Powder - IP-0101
Journey White Embossing Powder - IP-0098
Journey Sparkle Dust - AC-0013
Journey Gess0 - JM-0072
Brushed Gold Cardstock - CS-0134
Buttercream Cardstock - CS-0006

Crafty Hazelnut - Christmas
Creatalicious - Make own background
One Crazy Stamper - Christmas/Winter
Christmas Card Challenge - Christmas
Jingle Belles - Embossing
Winter Wonderland - Christmas
Cute Card Thursday - Anything
Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Animal, Layers, Sparkle

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pumpkin Kisses

Here is my 3rd and last card for my October class. 
Super Easy and fast card.

I dry embossed the Fall Text Embossing Folder that is FREE with a $100 FSJ order. I then swipped three different colors over the text. Summer Days, Rich Coral and Pumpkin Bread.

The Leaves were die cut from the Snapshot Frames Dies Set in the same colors of inks mentioned above.

The sentiment and small flower were stamped with FSJ Rich Coral Fusions Blend Ink. Then layered onto a piece of Pumkin Bread Cardstock.

The small strip is a piece of the Fall Fest Prints layered onto a piece of Rich Coral Cardstock. All tied up with Journey Natural Twine. 

Products used:
Snapshot Frames Die Set - DI-0045
Pumpkin Kisses Stamp Set - SS-0526
Fall Fest Print - PP-0048
Pumpkin bread Cardstock - CS-0098
Rich Coral Fusion Blend Ink Pad - IP-0052
Rich Coral Card Stock - CS-0093

Mod Squad Challenges - Fall Colors
Crafty Addict - Autumn Colors

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Bountiful Thanks

This is my 2nd card for my classes in October. Since the first one was detailed, I wanted to keep the others simpler. 
All products are from Fun Stampers Journey except the button. 

This is a quick and easy card. .
My card base is Buttercream  cardstock as well as the piece I stamped on. 
I first stamped the card base and image cardstock with the Canvas Prints Background Stamp using Pinapple Smoothy Ink. 

I stamped the cornacopia With Clear Embossing Ink and Gold Detail Embossing Powder. Then layered onto Brushed Gold Cardstock.

I splattered Gold Silk round image and then colored a white button with the gold silk so it matched. 

The Sentiment and the Gourd were also stamped with Clear Embossing ink and Gold Embossing Powder. 

The bow was made with the natural and Gold Thread. 

Products I used:
Journey Gold Thread - AC-0205
Buttercream Cardstock - CS-0006
Journey Gold Silk - IP-0096
Journey Gold Embossing Powder - IP-0101
Canvas Prints Background Stamp - SS-0019
Bountiful Thanks Stamp Set - SS-0531
Brush Gold Cardstock - CS-0134

This card submitted in these challenges:
Hiding in my craft room - Freestyle
Daring Card Makers - Harvest Home
Aud Sentiments - Two Word Sentiment
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - Autumn
The Paper Girls - Harvest

Friday, September 29, 2017

Autumn Days - Give Thanks

I'm busy working on the cards for my October Classes. 
Here is the first of three. 
This one was a little time consuming but so much fun to make. All products used are from Fun Stampers Journey.

The card base is Butter Cream and the next layer is Pumpkin Bread.

The background was made using the exclusive FSJ 8.5 x 11 size Gel Press, using Liquid colors of Lemon Drop, Limeade Splash and Rich Coral. I brayered those colors and then used the Falling Petals stencil on top. 

I then took what inks were still on the brayer and ran it across the Playful Leaves Background Stamp and applied that on top. 

I stamped Give Thanks from the Bountiful Thanks Stamp Set with Cocoa Powder Ink then clear detail embossing powder.
I added some Gold Silk over all.

The leaves were stamped with the Clear Pigment Ink and then colored with Pan Pastels and fussy cut. There is a matching die set for the leaves, but I LOVE to cut buy hand.

I attached a piece of the corrugated paper with the Pumpkin Patch Ribbon on top. I popped up the leaves and added a bow made from the Pumpkin Patch Ribbon.

I then used the Detailed Foliage Die and Gold Mirror paper to add a little more fun detail. 

Gel Press, Brayer, stencil, and PanPastels used on this cad, are all on sale at 20% off until the end of September.

Products I used:
Pumpkin Bread Cardstock - CS-0098
Lemon Drop Liquid Color - IP-0132
Limeade Splash Liquid Color - IP-0133
Rich Coral Liquid Color - IP-0137
Journey Gel Press - JM-0107
Falling petals Stencil - JM-0001
Playful Leaves Background Stamp - SS-0234
Bountiful Thanks Stamp Set - SS-0531
Autumn Days Stamp Set - SS-0006
Pumpkin Patch Ribbon - AC-0334
Corrugated Stock - ST-0124
Journey Gold Silk - IP-0096
Rich Sorbets PanPastels - JM-0082
Detailed Foliage Die - DI-0360
Mirror Gold Cardstock - CS-0136
Brayer - TO-0087

Entered this card in following Challenges:
Craft for the Criac - Autumn Colors
Really Reasonable Ribbon- Anything with Ribbon
QKR Stampede - Cut it up
Victorine Originals - Mood Board - Fall Colors
Aud Sentiments- Use a two word Sentiment
Craft Rocket Challenges - "F"all
Creative Knockouts- Lots of Layers
Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Stencil, Layers, Ink Blending
Craftaholics R Us - Anything with fall colors
Fab 'n' Funky - Fall Colors
Mod Squad -  Fall colors, use a stencil
Bitten By The Bug - Autumn Colors

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Creepy, Spooky, Spider Halloween card

Here is the 3rd and last card for my September Card Class.


I first covered my whip cream cardstock with Beachball and Pretty Pansy PanPastels. They are from the Party Pop and Rich Sorbets collection. By the way, Pan Pastels are all on sale, 20% off,  this month only, as well are other select Mix Media products.
Then I inked up the Widow's Web Background Stamp with Clear Pigment Ink and covered with white Embossing Powder and heat set.

The Picture Frame and BOO were cut from the Snapshot Frames Die.  Frame cut in Electric Lime Cardstock and the Boo in Rich Coral and Orange Rave cardstocks.

The Body of the Spider was cut from Black Licorice Cardsock using the 1 3/4" scallop punch and the 1 1/4" Circle Punch. I punched two small white circles and added for base of eyes and the Wiggly eyes on top.
The legs are pieces of Black Licorice Twine with knots tied in each for the foot and knee.

I then finished off the card with a Rock Candy Organza Bow.

I normally don't do this, but,I actually cased this card from another Journey Coach, Jeanne Bobish. Her card was so stinkin' cute that I had to case it.

Products used for this card:
Pretty Pansy Cardstock - CS-0029
Party Pop PanPastels - JM-0081
Rich Sorbet PanPastels - JM-0082
Clear Pigment Ink - IP-0102
Journey white Embossing Powder - IP-0098
Snapshot Frames - DI-0045
1 3/4" Scalloped Circle Punch - TO-0042
1 1/4" Circle Punch - TO-0014
Journey Black Licorice Twine - AC-0004
Electric Lime Cardstock - CS-0123
Rich Coral Cardstock - CS-0093
Orange Rave Cardstock - CS-0124
Wiggle Eyes - AC-0173
Rock Candy Organza Bows - AC-0333

I submitted this card in the following Challenges:
Crafty Sentiments - Dies and/or Punches
Cuttlebug Mania - Anything with Die Cuts and/or Embossing
Make My Monday - Something for a Child
AAA Cards - Creatures Great Or Small
Crafty Friends - Dies or Punches
Send a Smile 4 Kids - Halloween
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Must have a critter.
The Artistic Stamper - Take a little color
Happy Little Stampers - Anything with Dies
Naughty or Nice - Framed
One Crazy Stamper - Halloween

Friday, September 8, 2017

Creepy Kids Trick Or Treat

Just another card for my September Card Class. This one uses the Fun Stampers Journey "Creepy Kids" Stamp Set. This set comes with a matching die set, but I LOVE fussy cutting, so that's what I did with this card.

The background was dry embossed with the Spooky Bold Embossing Folder on River Stone Cardstock. Then, using the large Sponge Dauber Dowel, I sponged River Stone ink lightly over the raised area just for a little more dimension.

On top of that I cut a piece of the "Fall Fest Prints" and backed it with a piece of Black Licorice Cardstock.

At the very bottom, I stuck down a strip of the Black Licorice Sparkle Tape to help ground the kids.

The circle for the Sentiment was die cut using the Journey Circles. Then stamped the Trick Or Treat with Black Licorice Ink. Using my finger, I added just a very small amount of the Pineapple Smoothie PanPastels then some of the silver Silk over card front.

The kids were stamped with Black Licorice Ink & colored using the Journey Color Burst Pencils and Popped them up.

Finally to finish off the card, I made a triple bow using the Journey Lemongrass Thread with an Orange Toil & trouble button in center.

Products Used:
River Stone CS - CS-0094
Black Licorice CS - CS-0003
Fall Fest Prints - PP-0048
Spooky Bold Embossing Folder - EF-0022
River Stone Ink Pad - IP-0053
Black Licorice Ink Pad - IP-0041
Journey Circle Dies - DI-0039
Creepy Kids Bundle with Dies - BD-0297
Creepy Kids Stamp Set - SS-0528
Journey Color Burst Pencils - JM-0077
Black Licorice Sparkle Tape - AC-0257
Journey Lemongrass Thread - AC-0132
Toil & Trouble Buttons - AC-0297
Journey Silver Silk - IP-0090
Confectionary Days PanPastels - JM-0079

Card submitted to following challenges:
Aud Sentiments - Anyting + Sentiment
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Embossing
Creative Knockouts - Something to Say
Addicted to Stamps & More - Holiday
Make My Monday - Something for a Child
Dragonfly Dreams - Patterned Paper

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Halloween Witch Silhouette

I can hardly believe that it's September already. And, again this year, I am behind in designing my Holiday Cards for my classes. Every year I vow to start Christmas in July and Halloween in August. But, this year, I was waiting on my NEW FSJ Halloween stamps to arrive. And, it was well worth the wait. 

I started by cutting the moon using a circle die. You can't see in the picture, but I used a sea sponge and a tiny bit of the Black Licorice ink to make it look like shadows on the moon. 
Then I held the circle in place on a piece of Denim Days Cardstock and sponged some white Panpastels around the moon to look like a halo. 

I then thinned down some white Gesso and splattered the cardstock. Then also used silver Silks to splatter more. I wanted it to look like a starry night. 

I added a strip of Silver Sparkle Tape below the moon and tied some Journey Licorice Twist Twine around it.

I stamped "If You Got It Haunt It" from the Creepy Kids Stamp Set. Then cut a slightly larger piece of the Silver Mirror paper and mounted them to the bottom right corner. This Mirror Paper is so shiny that I could look in it to put my lipstick on.

I stamped the witch with the Journey True Color Fusion Black Licorice Ink and heat embossed it with Clear Embossing powder to give it more dimension. I fussy cut it because I LOVE to cut, but this set does come with a matching Die Set.

I finished the card off by adding some Journey Special Celebrations Silver sequins.

Products I used:
Denim Days Cardstock - CS-0082
Black Licorice Fusion Ink Pad - IP-0041
Halloween Silhouette Stamp Set - SS-0530
Halloween Sillouette Bundle with Dies - BD-0298
Creepy Kids Stamp Set - SS-0528
Silver Sparkle Tape - AC-0259
Licorice Twist Twine - AC-0267
White from the Confectionery Days Panpastels - JM-0079
Journey Gesso - JM-0072
Journey Silver Silk - IP-0090
Mirror Silver Cardstock - CS-0137
Special Celebrations Silver Sequins - AC-0115
Journey Circles Die Set - DI-0039

I submitted this card into the following Challenges:
Addicted to stamps and more - Holidays
Little Red Wagon - Make Background
The Paper Shelter - Lots of layers
Simon Says - Stamp It
Stampotique - Backgrounds
Cuttlebug Mania - Dies or embossing
Inky Chicks - Stars
Tuesday Throwdown - Dies or Punches
Angie's Digital Stamps - Anything Goes
Fashionable Stamping - Use your inks & Stamp
Sweet Stampn' - Heat embossing
Creative Craft Cottage - No Patterned Paper
One Crazy Stamper - Fall/Halloween

Friday, August 25, 2017

Gold Poinsettia Burst - Merry Christmas

Here is another card made using the FSJ Poinsettia Burst, in Gold. 

I sponged some blue onto the background of Whip Cream Cardstock. Then stamped some evergreens
Splattered the background with Gold Silk.
Laid down a strip of what with Gold dot Washi Tape and a smaller strip of Black Licorice Cardstock then tied it all up with some Journey Gold Thread.

The Poinsettias were stamped with Journey clear pigment ink and embossed with Gold EP. The leaves were stamped with Green Journey True Color Fusion ink and embossed with clear EP.
Merry Christmas was stamped in black and embossed with Clear EP. This stamp set has a fabulous die set with it.

All assembled using  foam squares and Journey Fashion Gold Pearls added to center of Poinsettias.

Then to tie it all together, added three Green Embellishments.

All Products used are from Fun Stampers Journey.
If you see something you want, please visit my website or click on items below.
Holiday Wishes Stamp Set
Poinsettia Burst Stamp Set and Dies
Journey Gold EP
Journey Gold Silk
Simply Gold Journey Tape
Fashion Gold Pearls
Journey Gold Thread
Berries and Holly

Challenge Blogs I entered this card in:
4 Crafty Chicks - Washi Tape
Creative Knockouts - Sparkle and Shine
Starstampz - Twine
Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Die Cuts, Sentiment, Floral
Sweet Stampin - Anything Christmas
Crafty Gals Corner - Punches and/or Dies
Watercooler Wednesday - Christmas
Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Christmas

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Red Poinsettia Burst - Merry Christmas

Here is the first of my August Class cards. We did Christmas In August with some great new stamp sets and Dies.

I stamped the Poinsettias in Cranberry Bliss Fusion Ink and the leaves in Fresh Forest Fusion ink and heat embossed all with clear detail embossing powder. I them fussy cut them all out and popped with phone tape. On this card, I used Journey Whip Cream Thread, but in my class cards, we used Journey Candy Apple Red Twine. I just thought the red made it pop more. 
Gold Silk was used to splatter gold on the card front.
The centers of the Poinsettias were adorned with the Red berries from Berries and Holly accessories. 
I LOVE the trending Black and White used in the Christmas Cheer Prints Paper. 

All Products used are from Fun Stampers Journey.
If you see something you want, please visit my website or click on items below.

Christmas Cheer Prints 
Holiday Wishes 
Berries & Holly 
Gold Silk 
Journey Whip Cream Thread 
Journey Candy Apple Twine 
Journey Candy Apple Fusion Ink Pad 
Journey Fresh Forest Fusion Ink Pad 

Challenge Blogs I entered this card in:
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
Merry Monday - Christmas Card
Sparkle Creations - Christmas
Fashionable Stamping - Use Your Inks
Christmas Card Throwdown - Embossing
Crafty Hazelnut's - Christmas
Happy Little Stampers - Christmas Poinsettia
Rubber Dance Stamps - Embossing
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - A Festive Sentiment
12 Months of Christmas - Traditional Christmas colors
Winter Wonderland - Embossing
C.R.A.F.T Challenge - Christmas
Star Stampz - Twine
Creative Knockouts - Stamp, Sentiment, Twine

Friday, August 11, 2017

Poinsettia Burst Black & Gold Easel Card

I love to make Easel Cards. I just think they are so much fun and great for the recipient to display easily.
I have to say though that I actually struggled with this one. I just planned on Black, Gold and White. Didn't like it. So, I added some green leaves, still didn't like it. Then added just a touch of red. Still didn't like it, but I gave up and am posting it anyway. I am my own worst critic.

I started with a Black Licorice card base. On the separate Black panel, I dry embossed it with the NEW Love Letter Embossing Folder which is actually a FREE Bloom Benefit with a $100 order. 
I wanted the design to stand out just a little. So, I took my finger and added just a small amount of the Journey Brush Gold Panpastel

I used the Ornamental Label Die and cut two with Whip Cream Cardstock and the Ornamental Medallion Die with Black Licorice CS. They match perfectly. After adhering the black to the white, I splattered it with Gold Silk. I adhered the other white panel to the bottom section of the card base.

The large and small Poinsettias and the Pine Sprigs from the Poinsettia Burst Stamp Set were stamped onto whip cream cs with the Journey Clear Pigment Ink Pad and sprinkled with Gold Embossing Powder and heat set. The leaves and the Holly, from the same set, were stamped with Lemongrass true color fusion ink. All were then fussy cut and layered. 

The Merry Christmas is from the Holiday Wishes Stamp Set & was stamped onto the  Mirror Gold Cardstock with the Clear Pigment ink and Black Embossing Powder used on top and heat set. The small Holly is also from this same stamp set.

After constructing the card, I added three red berries from the Berries and Holly accessories and scattered the self adhesive Fashion Gold accents around the top. 

I made a triple bow using the Journey Gold Thread and added a small holly on top. 

The Berries on the large Holly was colored with Cranberry Bliss reinker, then I made matching glitter using just a little of the Journey Sparkle Dust in a small container and adding just a drop or two of the Cranberry Bliss Silk and mixed it all up. After letting this dry, I added it to the berries with the Journey Craft Glue

This card will be entered in the following challenges.
Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes
Simply Create Too Challenge - Flowers
Winter Wonderland - Ribbon, Twine or Lace
C.R.A.F.T Challenge - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Embossing
Southern Girls - Stamping
Sweet Stampin - Christmas

Crafty Gals Corner - Bingo,  Bow, FREE, Sentiment
Sunny Day Crafting - F is for Flowers
The Merry Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas
Ike's World - Anything Goes With Embossing
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmasngo-Bow
Craft-Dee Bowz - Anything with a hand made bow.