Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Tags...for a Treat!

I made some cookies a couple days ago to give to the ladies in my Bible study group ( I'm a Group Leader in BSF). We were having our last class before Christmas break, and a luncheon, so I wanted to do something instead of a card. So I baked a batch of  Peanut Butter Blossoms, put 2 in little snack-size baggies and stapled a cute tag on each.

I used my new FunStampers Journey stamp and glitter again on these. I "drew" the swirls of glue to hold the glitter with the fine point of the Tombo Mono Aqua liquid glue...worked great! The glitter is even more sparkley than these pictures show! Its like fairy dust! The ink I used: FSJ "Sweet Berry", stamp: "Damask Print", cardstock: generic kraft.

Challenge entered:

Other stamps used on the back of the tag for the greeting: 
"May the love" by Annette Allen Watkins, "Merry Christmas" by Stampin' Up
Other stuff:
FSJ "Sparkle Dust"
"Natural" FSJourney Twine
Ribbon and print cardstock are from my stash

This month at Fun Stampers Journey they have a "special" going on! If you place an order for $50 or more you will receive a FREE packet of holiday cardstock called "Festive Patterns". An easy way to earn discounts and get some amazing craft products is to host an online "party". You can invite all your online friends, they order through the website and you receive incentives and discounts! There is an extensive online catalog (and a paper copy too!) that shows off the wonderful crafting products FSJ has to offer...but they also have 100's of creative ideas for how to use them! These are for any skill level too! I can do workshops for those who like step-by-step instructions...or for those who just like to have a fun time out with others who enjoy creating hand-made items and getting their fingers a little inky! (I live just SE of Grand Rapids, MI)
And just to let you know, Fun Stampers Journey is a home-based business that is still looking for more Founding Coaches. They are offering the original Coaches' Kit for only $149 (over $500 value) to get started and amazing support/helps from headquarters! Such creative, fun and caring people!
Questions? Interested? Please contact me!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Fun Stampers Journey...My Newest Endeavor!

Announcing.....something NEW! A new product, a new endeavor, and a whole new group of wonderful people that I will get to meet and get to know through Fun Stampers Journey. Just before my husband and I left for a 2 week trip to Arizona and California I decided to join the team at FSJ and become one of their "coaches"! I sent in my ridiculously small payment for the coach's kit and had to wait until AFTER the trip to get a look at it! It came just a few days after we left! But once back home it was like opening a giant Christmas present! The kit includes stamps, dies, inks, fine glitter, glaze, twine, adhesive, lots of paper/card stock, a lovely set of bags (like luggage) for packing all your crafty stuff in for workshops, parties, etc. ...AND a die-cutting/embossing machine (exactly like a Spellbinders Grand Caliber)!!

So today I spent a couple hours in my craft room using as many of these new products as possible! And I came up with 3 cards in a short time! A Birthday card for my son-in-law, a Celebrate card for my daughter who just got a job, and a Best Wishes card for ...someone! So here they are:

Simple. Cute. But still masculine. The cupcake paper is paper-pieced and fine glitter was added to the frosting...yummy! Stamp sets: "Birthday Sketch" & "Greet & Shout", Ink: Black Licorice & Sweet Berry.

Pennant stamps and matching dies make this an easy "do"! The little symbols and patterns on the flags are all part of the set! Stamp sets: "Banner Party" & "Greet & Shout", Dies: "Pennants", Ink: Blue Lagoon, Black Licorice, Sweet Berry, Pineapple Smoothie.

Elegant. Sparkley. And SO easy! The little torn rolled rose made from matching card stock adds another touch of "pretty" to the already elegant "Damask Print" stamp! My picture doesn't show it very well but there is lots of fine glitter on the damask design and the rose. Ink: FSJ "Blue Lagoon" & "Black Licorice".

All 3 cards are made almost entirely of FSJ products! Everything is high quality and nicely packaged (with reusable packaging...stores well!). The only items I added were the die cut leaves and the ribbon on the last card and alcohol markers to color the cupcake on the first card.

Now, if these cards and products have got you interested you should check the website at Fun Stampers Journey! They have a whole online catalog with hundreds of items and more information about becoming a Coach on the FSJ team. If you have questions, please leave me a message in the 'comments' area. Or you can even email me at 
For me, this is a way to be part of a new, creative endeavor, joining lots of other creative people, using quality craft supplies to make cards and other paper projects...ALL things that I already like to do! And I hope to even earn a little extra money to help feed my crafting addiction and start a "travel" fund!
How about coming along on this special Journey?

Challenges: - Dots (3rd card, leaves) - #179 Something you got Free (3rd card, ribbon) - #161 Anything Goes (2nd card)

Monday, October 13, 2014

An Autumn Get Well Card

My good friend's mother recently fell and broke a hip, had surgery and is now in rehab at a nursing home so it is definitely time for a Get Well card! I remember when my own mom fell and broke her hip several years ago, it really frightened and depressed her for the first few days. But she bounced back quickly after alot of encouragement, prayers, therapy and her own determination...along with her special sense of humor! So here is the card I made:

It is a "swing" card...the first I've ever made! I found a tutorial online and decided to give it a try. I think it could be easier if you didn't use double layers but that was what the directions called for.

The base is a kraft card stock and the designer paper is thinner but worked nicely with the die cutting.

I was hoping the Stickles on the teacups and green oak leaves would show up in this photo....oh well, it does show in the photo above. 
How do teacups go with leaves? A hot cup of tea on a cold, rainy fall day is perfect!

The sentiment on inside of the card is really on the back of the swing part...makes a nice space to place either a sentiment or a good-sized image. I'll try to get a list of ingredients together later. If you are curious about what I used just message me in the "comment" section. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Challenges: - #193 All That Glitters - #237 Show your shape

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Simple & Quick Step Card

 One more quick card this evening. A "Center-Step Card", otherwise known as a "Double-Side Step Card", this one has a larger area in the center and two smaller side pieces that are also lower because of the "step". Scoring these correctly is always a challenge for me!

Dies: Spellbinders "Fleur de Lis Squares"
Sentiment: Bible verse artwork from Word Art Wednesday
Adhesive border: K&Company "Spring Blossoms"
Rhinestones: KaiserCraft "Ice Blue"
Card stock: print- Little Yellow Bicycle "Vintage Summer", solids- from my stash

Challenges - August/September Monthly Challenge: Double-Side Step Card

An Autumn Wedding Card

Well, the past 6 weeks got even busier than I my break from blogging and card-making was a bit longer too! I'm back now, but will not be doing as much as I have in the past...too many commitments.
Today I actually spent a few hours in my new craft area (I'll explain some other day!) and produced a pretty little wedding card for an October wedding.

 Wedding cards are so fun to make 'cause I get to go a little crazy with extra "frills"! I used some of my favorite dies for this one...and the butterfly is a favorite stamp too! It is colored with colored pencils.

The inside is much plainer but simply "needed" to match the front. The vellum in the "window" with the pearly embossed stamp has been floating around my desk for almost a year now and I finally figured out what to do with it. I don't very often use kraft card stock for a wedding card...but this seems to work.

Stamps: "Medallion de Fleur" by CDS, "Butterfly" by Sky Kids, "Sunflower" from Michaels
Inks: TH Distress Ink in "walnut stain" and "antique linen"
Embossing powder: "Pearlustre" by Stampendous
Embossing folder: "Birds & Swirls" by Provo Craft
Dies: "Anglaise Lace Circles" by Spellbinders, "Catalina Wreath" by Memory Box, "Vintage Flourishes" by Joycraft
Card stock, velum and ribbon are from my stash
Sentiments are computer-generated

Challenges - #182 "Picture Challenge" - #149 "Anything Goes" - #188 "Anything Goes"

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you all have a blessed Sunday!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

SweetStamps Parchment Challenge

The monthly challenge going on at SweetStamps right now is "Parchment Crafting" which is something I don't have the tools for so I just used vellum with embossing (which they said was okay to do). I used 3 of their stamps: "Just a Note", "Love Birds Collage", and "Pretty Parchment Frame". The last two are what I embossed on the vellum using Stampendous "Pearlustre" embossing powder. The flowers I added in the corner are from; the leaves are Spellbinders "Foliage". Card stock and ribbon...from my stash. Rhinestones= KaiserCraft; glitterdots= EK Success.
Challenges: - Parchment Crafting/Monthly - #143 Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you are all having a lovely weekend!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Christmas in July

Today it got up to almost 80 degrees and here I am working on a Christmas card! The challenge this week at SweetStamps is to use gold and/or I used both. The frame stamp called "Elegant Scrollwork" is one of my favorites from SweetStamps. It is so beautiful when embossed! I used vellum and colored in the corners just a bit by inking the back side of the vellum with TH Distress Ink "Antique Linen"

I used 2 different brands of embossing powder: Rubber Stampede (silver) and PSX (gold). They melt differently...the silver gets smoother, but I prefer the texture of the gold. The embossing "ink" is Top Boss "Tinted". The 'Merry Christmas' sentiment stamp is from Stampin' Up. It is mounted on gold foil paper and popped up a bit using Scrapbook Adhesives squares.

To stamp the 2 silver trees I first cut a mask of the tree then held it carefully in place while stamping both side trees. I don't usually use gold and silver together...but this time I like it!

I'm entering this in the challenges at - #177 Gold and/or Silver - #98 Christmas in July

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cut Out "Windows"

All of the different rectangles were cut out of the white cs using the smallest dies in both sets of Spellbinders Matting Basics Card Creator (A&B). I just lined them all up like a puzzle and ran it through my Cuttlebug....that was the easy part! Then I trimmed small pieces of pretty rose and butterfly paper (Webster's Pages "Petite Papers") to fit in each window. Two of the windows have HouseMouse stamped images: Contented Mudpie and Maxwell's note. They are colored with colored pencils.

The pale blue flowers and the leaves are die cuts from Tim Holtz Sizzix "Tattered Flower Garland". Tiny glass beads were used for the flower centers. "Happy Anniversary" was added using tiny sentiments from Stampabilities. And almost everything is held together with Glue Dots!
The pink paper flower, the glass beads, the ribbon and the twine are all treasures from my gigantic stash.
Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful Sunday!

Challenges: - #81 TicTacToe (ribbon, square, pink) - #173 Wedding or Anniversary - July: Anything Goes w/handmade bow