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: 

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: - #214 Quarter Fold Card - March "Anything Tim" (I love using the TH Distress vintagey, irregular and full of character!) - #82 Anything Goes - #1 Anything Goes - 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. - March Color #2 & Sketch #2
And also in: - March, "Bingo": Flowers, Ribbon, Die Cut - #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>
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: - #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 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

Challenges: - #212 CAS One Layer Card - #171 Anything Goes - #190 Out of the Jar (glitter)
(I chose Metal-sequins, Stamps, Glaze)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Circles and Dots

Today I made a few different cards for people who need a little cheering up. This one is for a lady in my Bible study group who is 86 and usually VERY active...but took a bad fall on the ice a few weeks ago and hasn't been the same since. Dizzy and headachey and trouble walking. She loves hand-made cards so I'm hoping she enjoys this one!

The circle stamp and center stamp are from JustRite and I colored them with alcohol markers. The polka dot background paper is Imaginesce. The little "Get Well" stamp is a Clear Dollar stamp. The dark brown ink is Fun Stampers Journey.

Challenges: - #171 Anything Goes - #111 Sketch (below)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

CAS Sympathy Card

Sadly, we always do need sympathy cards and lately I've been in low supply. I need two this week already so I hope to make several that will be very similar...and very easy to make. CAS cards always seem more elegant to appropriate.

I just got a new set of sentiment stamps and was able to try the lovely, scrolly "Deepest Sympathy" stamp for the first time. Then I found a font on my computer that matched perfectly (Marriage Script) to use for the inside sentiment. The new set is called "Thoughtful Greetings" from Fun Stampers Journey and has a variety of 9 favorite sentiments.
The card stock and paper are from my stash. The stamps I used: the circle is from the "Bluebell Remember" set by MME, the flower/leaves is from the "Leafy Swirls" set by Woodware. Black ink is "Black Licorice" from FSJ, lt taupe ink is Studio G.

Thanks for stopping by today! If you are interested in that lovely sentiment set you can order it easily by going to the Fun Stampers Journey website (just click on the aqua letters!) If you'd like to throw an on-line "party" and have your friends and family order some amazing craft items will get "hostess" credit and could possibly get your stamps FREE. Check it out! Let me know if you are in the "party" mood!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

CAS Notecard...Enjoy!

Quick post this afternoon. Here's a very "clean & simple" card I made for a challenge that allows only certain colors + black and white (not neutrals!), which is a bit more of a challenge. I like that!

The challenge is at 'CAS Colours and Sketches'. It is #109, The Double, meaning you must use both the colours and the sketch. Here are the requirements:


The colors I used matched a bit better in 'real life' but not so happy with the result of the photo above. The inks I used were SU "Close to Cocoa", Memento "Bamboo Leaves", StazOn "Oliver Green" (which is the dark one that looks more like forest green to me!) Oh well. I tried.
The stamps used: all Fun Stampers Journey,
"Banner Party" & "Greet & Shout"
The little clear dots I colored with the same inks. They are called "Twinkle Jewels" and are from

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Fluttering By with Thanks

I just had a card-making workshop a couple nights ago and gave out some door prizes, two of which were sets of 3 handmade note cards. So I'm starting to replenish my supply for the next workshop! 

This little CAS card went together very quickly, but the next 3 will be even faster! The green "grass" is cut from a 4"x 8" piece of print cs. On the back I drew a line at 2" across the 8" length. I randomly cut grass blades up and down keeping the center line in the middle so half of the blade was above and half below (or close). That way the part on top that is cut away can be turned upside down and used as another "grass" piece. The 8" pieces were cut in half, giving me 4 of 4 cards have a quick start! The butterfly is printed and die cut 4 times so I can color all 4 at the same time. I used the Fun Stampers Journey matching sets, "Enjoy the Journey" stamps and "Butterflies" dies. The butterfly is colored with alcohol markers and adhered with a couple foam squares. The 'Thank You' sentiment, and the butterfly are stamped with dark brown FSJ ink, and the twine is colored with that ink to match.
Other ingredients: 'Thank You' from stamp set called "Greet & Shout" -FSJ
The kraft card stock, white and print are Fun Stampers Journey as well as the twine ('natural')
Challenges: - #208 CAS Made in a Minute - #168 Anything Goes - #243 Anything Goes
As always, thanks so much for stopping by today! And I really do appreciate your comments! If you have any questions about the new company of crafters I joined, Fun Stampers Journey, (see sidebar) please leave a comment and I'll get back with you!