Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Happy Birthday with a Cherry on Top!

Today I spent a little time in my craft room...took out my Fun Stampers Journey stamps again and made a card for one of their blog challenges, well, actually 2 of them: a sketch and a color challenge at


So here's what I came up with combining the 2 challenges:

The FSJ stamp set I used for the cupcakes and "Happy Birthday" is called 'Birthday Sketch'. I paper-pieced the cupcake papers so they match the paper colors I used, and used alcohol markers to color the cherries. Then I added some FSJ 'Sparkle Dust' glitter on the frosting for some Birthday pizzazz!
www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com - #179 Anything Goes

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

FSJ "Kit of the Month" for April

Kind of a dreary spring day...I need to remember that "April showers bring May flowers"!
Showers, clouds, raindrops...and children enjoying the puddles...that's what the theme is for the 'Kit of the Month' from Fun Stampers Journey!

The Kit of the Month is availble from Fun Stampers Journey. You can sign up for it through their online website/store or you can contact me and I can help you.
Here are the 4 cards I made with the kit. I tweaked them a bit to suit my own taste and style.

The little boy and girl are SO cute! My kids used to love splashing in puddles from the warm Spring rains. I can even remember doing that myself while growing up in Fontana, Wisc.
Notice the pink and blue card above...I was thinking I could even use that one for a "welcome baby" card!

The kit includes a new (just released) set of stamps, all the paper pieces, including the pre-die cut ones (so you don't need any special equipment), embellishments, and instruction sheets with color pictures and step-by-step directions. All of the products included are available at Fun Stampers Journey!

For more information please check out the FSJ website or contact me...just leave a comment!
Thanks so much for stopping by on this chilly, rainy day!
"YOU are my sunshine when skies are gray!"

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Hippity Hop Congrats

A quick card this evening...the hardest part was the coloring! And even that went surprisingly quickly! I haven't made a baby congrats card for a while and several moms-to-be at my church are just about ready to "pop"! I also haven't used a House Mouse stamp in a while. They are so, so cute! I love the mice but these plump little bunnies are just extra adorable.

Stamps- Stampabilities "Bunny Buggie"
SweetStamps "Elegant Scrollwork Frame"
Stampin' Up "Congratulations"
Fun Stampers Journey "Be Mine" (heart)
Inks- Fun Stampers Journey "Black Licorice",
Alcohol markers, colored pencils
Card Stock- Paper Studio Kraft
Glitter- Stickles "Star Dust"
Natural twine, button...from my stash

http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.com - Take Your Pick (pastels)

Thanks for stopping by! May you have a very blessed Easter!

Make It, Live It, Share It!

Good Morning!
All this month the folks at Fun Stampers Journey have had a "challenge" of sorts where we are encouraged to make some sort of paper craft project and give it to someone else! We are to take pictures of both the project and the 'giving' and then 'share' it on our blog and theirs! Doesn't sound too difficult, does it! So why did I wait until the last day to do it?! Let's just say, that's sorta how we roll! Next time I'll do better! Really!

So for my project I made a cute tag for the birthday gift I'm giving my granddaughter, Alicia. She is turning one on April 30 but we are celebrating her birthday early along with other family members tomorrow evening. At one year old, she won't know the difference...but we won't be able to do that much longer!

Part of Alicia's gift will be the socks (because Mom requested them!) and the rest of the gift I still have to buy and she'll get it on her real birthday. The cute owl stamp was so perfect for this tag...made me think of a Grandma and Granddaughter! And I used so much pink because this little girl is VERY often dressed in pink. She has 3 older brothers and was greatly anticipated!

And here are all the fine Fun Stampers Journey products I used for this project:
Journey Inks- Sweet Berry & Black Licorice
Journey Stamps- With Love & Hoo, Hoo
Journey Ribbon- Bubble Gum, Satin
Journey Card Stock- Whip Cream & Watermelon Fusion
And I just noticed, the jar of Sparkle Dust glitter (in the photo)...which I forgot to use!
Instead I used some sequins from my stash and 
Journey twine in Natural.
The owls are colored in with alcohol markers.

Now for the 'Giving' part...which won't happen until tomorrow evening....I already know that Alicia will love the crinkly plastic of the package the most!! Her mom will love the socks and the cute tag!
And I loved making the tags! Pink, pink and more pink! Never too much pink!
Here is the little recipient of the gift and tags herself:


So I'm entereing this "tag project" in a few challenges:
http://www.richardgaray.com/make-it-live-it-share-it - March Challenge
http://simplycreatetoo.blogspot.com - #82 Anything Goes
http://tagyoureitchallenge.blogspot.ca - #18 (inspired by that PINK)
http://onecrazystampercom.blogspot.com - April: Anything Goes
www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com - #177 Anything Goes

Friday, March 27, 2015

A Special Fold Anniversary Card

Good morning, Friends!
The past few days I've been working on a card with an unusual fold...simple, but one I'd never seen before! What fun to give it a try! I saw it on the SweetStamps blog...its the challenge this week. It is called a Quarter Fold card. You close it up just like you would a box  by tucking in the last flap under the first layer.

I love to use the old fashioned gentleman and lady for anniversary cards...they make such a quaint couple! SO proper and elegant! Here are the items I used on the card front 4 panels:
Stamps: from SweetStamps- "Gentleman Joe", "Margery", "Italian Handwriting", "Parisienne Collage"
from StampingScrapping- "Congratulations" set, "Rose Fleur de Lis" set
from Sandylion- "Are we there yet?" set
Inks- Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Vintage Photo" & "Tea Dye"
Stickles glitter glue "Star Dust"
Pizzazz Aplenty flatback pearls in white
Alcohol markers, cs and various embellishments from my stash
and what you can't tell, of course, is that I used my new favorite acrylic blocks for stamping!
They are from Fun Stampers Journey where I am now a Coach! If you'd like to learn more about FSJ please look at my side bar and/or check out my very own FSJ website: www.FunStampersJourney.com/335 

On the inside I used:
Stamps- SweetStamps "Rose Corner" again
Inkadinkado "Love & Friendship" set
Stampin' Up "Ever After"
Verve "Love the Lord" Bible verse
(unbranded) "Love"
the same inks and markers
Die- Die-namics "Flourish"
Stickles and embellishments again

Here are the challenges I will be entering this one in:
http://sweetstampsblog.blogspot.com - #214 Quarter Fold Card
http://www.vintagejourney.com - March "Anything Tim" (I love using the TH Distress inks...so vintagey, irregular and full of character!)
http://simplycreatetoo.blogspot.com - #82 Anything Goes
http://simplypapercraftsforalloccassions.blogspot.co.uk - #1 Anything Goes
http://hambochallenges.blogspot.com - March: FOLDS

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Best Wishes for Spring

Here's a fun little card decked out for Spring! Spring colors and flowers too!

I made this one using my Fun Stampers Journey craft items :
lavendar cardstock and matching ribbon,
ink and Journey Glaze,
sentiment stamp and "Damask Print" stamp, and
a banner die cut (straightened a bit).
The only items not FSJ are the orange and cream stripe cs, the flower, 
the button and the Spellbinders label die cut.

My card fits both challenges so I will be entering it in both.
http://www.creativebloomsjourney.blogspot.com - March Color #2 & Sketch #2
And also in:
http://www.craftforthecraic.blogspot.ie - March, "Bingo": Flowers, Ribbon, Die Cut
www.Wordartwednesday.blogspot.com - #175 Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today and taking a peek at my Spring card!
Any questions about the Fun Stampers Journey products or company, just check my sidebar and/or click on the name and you can go to my FSJ page!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A VERY Green Sympathy Card with FSJ

It is a beautiful sunny evening in Michigan! It got up to 46* today...the snow is melting...the smell of Spring is in the air! I know we probably aren't done with Winter yet but the promise of Spring is evident. The change of the seasons...especially Springtime...reminds me of God's perfect plan for renewal. Fall and Winter seem to proclaim death but Spring brings new hope and new life. Great reminder that even though we all must face death, those of us who die "in Christ" (believing in His saving work on the cross) will rise again to a new life. We have the "Hope of Heaven"!

Butterflies on a sympathy card seem very appropriate to me...that promise of renewal.
The glitter looks a bit blue but its really not...just VERY sparkley! My favorite!

All of the products I used to make this card are from Fun Stampers Journey. That's the crafting company I joined a few months ago. They have so much amazing stuff in their line-up! Everything from beautiful, intricate designs to artsy flowers to cute children's favorites; paper, ribbon, twine, inks, stamps, dies + more! For more information about FSJ you can check out the website or read a little about it in my sidebar. If you'd like to become part of this fun and successful company you can email me with questions (but everything you need to know is really on their informative website!). My email is Fivensandie<at>aol.com
I'd love to hear from you! And a NEW perk is they just revealed 2 more Starter Kit options which are smaller than the original so you don't have to invest as much if you don't care to. To see all 3 options go to Fun Stampers Journey and click on "Become a Coach". Why not make money doing what you love and have the fun of working with great products and wonderful people?!

Ok, back to my card! Here are the items used...all from FSJ:
Stamps- "Damask Print", 
Greet & Shout" (oval), 
"Enjoy the Journey" (butterflies), 
"Thoughtful Greetings" (sentiment)
Dies- "Butterflies"
Inks- "Green Olive", "Black Licorice"
Glitter- "Sparkle Dust"
Ribbon- "Green Olive"
Paper- "Zombie Nights" (Green),
"Whip Cream" (white)
Rhinestones- OOPS! Not FSJ! They are from Pizzazz Aplenty!

Challenges entering:
http://www.lovesrubberstampschallenges.com - #142 Use 3 Shades of Green

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have an amazing week!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Birthday Butterflies

Well, this evening I have my bags all packed, ready to head south tomorrow morning! Hubby and I are taking a quick trip to Gulf Shores...just 9 or 10 days. It has been unusually cold down there, but nothing like it has been around here. Grand Rapids, MI set some records for cold weather. We had -14 last week! So you can see, I'm looking forward to some warmth...and butterflies! They always make me think of summertime. This b-day card is for a friend whose birthday is the day after we get back so I had to get it done now.

It is a one-layer card using almost all Fun Stampers Journey products...only the sequins are not. The butterflies (from the "Enjoy the Journey" set) have either "Sparkle Dust" or "Journey Glaze" on them to dress them up a bit. And the natural and black twine tied along the fold is that nice stiff kind FSJ sells. Love it! The sentiment and inks are all FSJ too!
Fun Stampers Journey is a great new crafting company...lots of new products, new ideas and designs and a whole new way to earn money or product doing what you love: crafting! If this sounds interesting to you take a look at my FSJ wesite. If you'd like to order some of the lovely products, why not consider having a workshop and earn some hostess gifts!
For those of you who do not live near me, you can have an "on-line party" that you host...you just invite your friends to look at the FSJ catalog on our website and order right there indicating they are "attending" YOUR party! Very easy! You can just send invites via emails, post to your Facebook friends, hand out postcards, etc. Interested? Let me know! Leave a comment or email me at Fivensandie@aol.com.

http://thekraftjournal.blogspot.com - #212 CAS One Layer Card
www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com - #171 Anything Goes
http://shoppingourstash.blogspot.com - #190 Out of the Jar (glitter)
(I chose Metal-sequins, Stamps, Glaze)