Monday, September 11, 2017

Gel Press - Happy Birthday Card

Stopping in to share another card today.  Last week, I shared a card using PanPastels for coloring, for this card today, I used paints and the Gel Press!   Both the card last week and this one use leftovers on my desk.  Even though it might be a little messy with the paints, this was a super quick and also clean and simple card.

Here's a breakdown of the layers I created.  On the Gel Press, I put Beach Ball paint and Lemon Drop paint under the Beach Ball paint.  I kept them separate enough to roll them in the center to create green, but still seeing blue and yellow on the top and bottom.  I pressed Whip Cream cardstock into this.  Without rinsing brayer or Gel Press, I rolled leftover paint onto press, and pressed another piece of Whip Cream Cardstock.  I did this as much as I could.  I even pressed a sheet showing more white space, and is what I used to stamp my sentiment.

Next layer is with a clean brayer and Gel Press, I placed Abstract Wall stencil on press, and rolled Whip Cream acrylic paint with a squirt from Sour Lemon Splash.  You can see just a hint of the Sour Lemon at the top over the blue.  Lifted stencil, and then pressed this sheet into it.

Using the exact same size star die cut as I used on my card, I placed that on clean Gel Press and rolled Cool Pool on top.  Lifted the star, and pressed the sheet into press.

Last layer is just, Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink Pad with Graduated Dots background stamp, stamped onto my panel.  I pressed my CS into the inked stamp rather than actually stamping onto my panel.

All of this creates depth and makes it 'appear' to be complicated, but really is not.

I also used a piece of the pressed CS with the blue and used that for my stamped arrow I layered under my sentiment.  Last finishing touch are the new Star Struck accessories.  Instead of peeling the back, I took Richard's tip and popped it out with foam adhesive, which gave me that banner look.  Three small foam pieces on the first, last, and the center star so I could get it exactly where I wanted it.

This is a card for my Hubby's birthday!  So hope he loves it!  The Gel Press is one my top favorite new things that Fun Stampers Journey has come out with, in addition to more acrylic paints!  The Media Mix sale is good for the month of September and if you are like me and need that creative, messy fix, now is a good time to purchase!  Happy Creating and thanks for stopping by!

Here's a list of the supplies I used:

You Sketch Stamp Set SS-0274
Graduated Dots SS-0117
You Sketch Die Set DI-0170
Journey Gel Press JM-0107
Beach Ball Acrylic Paint JM-0102
Lemon Drop Acrylic Paint JM-0103
Whip Cream Acrylic Paint JM-0106
Cool Pool Acrylic Paint JM-0020
Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0041
Sour Lemon Splash IP-0124
Abstract Wall Stencil JM-0083
Star Struck AC-0305

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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

PanPastels - Happy Halloween Card

I have been playing a lot with the PanPastels lately.  I used them here using a few of the new Fun Stampers Journey Journey Holidays Trends Mini Catalog products.

After I used the embossing folder on Whip Cream cardstock, I blended Party Pop PanPastels onto my background, focusing the orange/yellow more in the center.

For the sentiment, I used clear pigment ink stamped onto Black Licorice cardstock, applied the white PanPastel first, then added the orange/yellow/blue.  Then I used the black PanPastel along the edge.  I love the look it gave to the sentiment!

For the month of September, Fun Stampers Journey is having a Media Mix here to see everything on sale.  So many fun things!

To finish my card, I used the White Liner sheets with the small web die, then sprinkled on the new Silver Shavings!  It worked out great, I do not get glitter everyone, it is sticking.  Then just added a few more embellishments.  This card came together quickly with using the leftovers on my desk after making other projects.  So before or while you clean up, let those leftovers inspire you to create one more project!

Thank you for stopping by!!

Supplies Used:
Happy Merry Stamp Set SS-0522

Spooky Bold EmbossingFolder EF-0022
Party Pop PanPastels JM-0081
Silver Shavings AC-0344
Magical Candy Drops AC-0263
Bloom Stars AC-0287
Rock Candy Organza Ribbon AC-0335
Simply Gold AC-0294

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

March Memory Keeping | Traveler Notebook

Cannot stop thinking about the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey and so many affects after it.  We had a good bit of rain here, and now the sun is shining.  It will be a long road ahead to recover.  Heartbreaking, and 12-yr anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  Memories to forget...but they do make up who we are.

Onto more positive memories...sharing March in my Traveler Notebook.  Don't know if I mentioned before, but it did take me a little warming up to this format, but I really felt like I got my groove and my more recent pages are probably my most favorite.  Clean, simple, with just enough detail, letting the photos stand out.

We started the scrap room renovation!  Took photos as we tackled that.  I dragged along my typewriter to the crop where I worked on these pages, so I was able to type right onto those labels, then adhere to page.

I love all the fun goodies from the Gossamer Blue kit to decorate for the St. Patrick's parade...right amount, and used some of the ephemera from shopping at Target.  Will really miss those GB kits.  But again, I still use lots of Fun Stampers Journey throughout.

And the scrap room finished!  Emma has her space, I have mine...I could really use the entire space, but it is priceless for her to be with me.  She helped assemble the Ikea easy.  Been quite busy around here, purging the whole house really, but the scrap room was top priority so that I could really be more efficient at working for Fun Stampers Journey.  I kept some of my own things, but over time, I will have to re-evaluate especially for space.

Hubby headed out on the road for his first longest motorcycle ride.  The first experience was not good, but he learned from that one and the second, he had a blast.  Just Emma and I seeing Beauty and the Beast and Starbucks on St. Patrick's Day.

Emma with her painting she did for the school fundraiser with Zoe's.  We went out to eat there and bought her painting ;) And our traditional MiMamacita's night...happened to just hold out my phone and snap photos, and they were priceless...

Thank you for stopping by!  Praying for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

February Memory Keeping | Traveler Notebook

Happy Fri-YAY!  And happy to have finally taken the time to get photos of my Traveler Notebook to share!  I am almost finished with June, but will keep sharing months at a time instead of all at one time.  Still enjoying the smaller format of memory keeping.

I am using my Fun Stampers Journey Traveler Notebook, and I will mix their stamps, punches, dies, but since this is just for me, and a little time away from work, I mostly use the Gossamer Blue kits.  I am really sad to hear that after 5 years Lori is closing GB.  I'm extremely sad to hear.  I have loved being on her team in the past and have loved being a subscriber.

This is flipped from the image above, the little glassine envelope from the kits, I just taped it in to use in this opening spread for February.

Sometimes you find that right pocket card, and can still use it in your notebook, and it is a great way to fill up a page.

I really try to focus on my memory keeping as not just about my daughter, Emma, but of life and everyone in it.  This is a good example below, definitely more Emma, but a little of me with that book I seem to never finish and my obsession with Jamberry nails.

One of my most favorite spreads...I love the blurry photos from celebrating the Chinese New Year with Chinese adoptive families.  Emma's face is priceless.

And this is where I usually get caught up on my memory keeping is at crops.  This was the crop from February, so the theme was Mardi Gras.  I used one of Richard Garay's dies from his retail line called Media Venture.  I brought all the dies and a group of us played with them since they are perfect with Mardi Gras.  The ladies and Emma had so much fun cutting them and putting together.

Went old school on the photo on left below and wrote on my photo with a gel pen.  And again, I love it that it shows more about life.

More nail photos, I had to stop taking so many, I literally cannot be without them now.  And the happiest photo on the right below...purging scrap room and about to re-do it!

And last page is about Mardi Gras.  I really did not want this page to be as colorful as the page above from the crop.  So I pulled in neutrals, and then added the pops color to create a nice balance, and still able to keep most photos in color.

I always get so excited and remember why I love memory keeping when I look through this book.  Same for the planner.  I feel like the planner really is an extension of memory keeping.  It helps me remember what happened, I can include photos, even include journaling.  All of which really makes me want to make the time to do because it really just makes me so happy to look back on.

If you are local to me, it is time for another crop, this September.  You can find out more about it here.  I am so very excited to be teaching my first live, in-person class!  So I will be having some 'me' fun time at the crop and catching up on my TN again, but then teaching and working, which is kind of fun too really! :P I will be representing Fun Stampers Journey, so will be working along side a wonderful local coach to teach a planner class.  Here's some sneaks.  EEK so excited!

We will be walking through setting up for the new year doing January, February, and March.  I am so not ready for new year, but I had a blast putting these together.

You can see more ;) and see how to join the class on Scrap Dat's site here, just scroll down to the bottom of that page.

Thank you so much for stopping by as always.  I hope y'all have a great weekend and get something crafty done!

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Gold and Silver Christmas Card

Happy Hump Day!  I hope you have had a chance to take a look at the new Journey Holidays Trends Mini Catalog from Fun Stampers Journey.  Fall, Halloween, Christmas...are probably my most favorite times of the year to get creative and crafty.  Lots of new things to get the creative juices flowing!

I don't normally make my Christmas cards to send out...I know I am bad...I tend to do photo cards.  But this card makes me want to start sending some handmade cards this year!  I was both stumped and inspired by the Bloom-Fetti that is part of the Bloom Benefits in the big Catalog that just came out in June.

I penciled in a triangle from the Pennant Fun die set.  Then using the White Liner, I placed strips, and then adhered rows of the Bloom-fetti.  There is a shiny gold like our Mirror Gold paper, and then there's a silver and gold that are similar to our Brushed Silver and Gold papers.  So pretty!  I love Gold and silver for holidays.  Oh, and FYI, the brushed silver and gold fetti, do have a front and back, so use the side that has a sheen to it.

For the Sentiment, I decided to keep with the Gold and Silver by heat embossing in Gold on the Mirror Silver paper using the Merry Words stamp set.  I do have the die for that set which I love because the whole set is sentiments, and you will get so much use out of a die for those!

...and to top off my tree, I used another Bloom Benefit, Bloom Stars.  Has such a cool leather texture look to it!  Both the Bloom Stars and Bloom-fetti are exclusive when your order totals $50 or more.  You could easily buy the stamp, die set, the papers and the Whip Cream cardstock, and get these two Bloom Benefits with your order.  So much use out just these two Bloom Benefits.  I'm on my second pack of stars and need more!

Thank you for stopping by!  Hope you can carve out some time to get creative and play with some of the new goodies Fun Stampers Journey has come out with in both the big Catalog and the Journey Holidays Trends Mini Catalog...and please share, would love to see!

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Friday, August 04, 2017

Ink Promotion and Journey Holidays Trends Mini Catalog

Look at all of that luscious many creative possibilities with just color!  If you are like me, and building up your various ink colors is on your wishlist, now is a great time to pick some favorite colors or color families for layering.  Fun Stampers Journey has their True Color Fusion Ink Pads on sale for 20% off for August.  These are oil-based, very crisp and blend-able inks.

I created two cards to share today, both cards I created a background and a focal point using the True Color Fusion Ink Pads.

With it being so hot right now, hard to want to think warm wishes, but Fall is right around the corner and the new Journey Holidays Trends Mini Catalog is out!!  What better way to give these new Hello Fall leaves stamp set color?  YES, please!  True Color Fusion Ink.

I started with a River Stone Cardstock card panel.  I love grey for the Fall.  This gives my Flannel Life Background Stamp with Candy Apple Ink even more of that cozy look.  I die cut and pierced with Journey Rectangles.

For my leaves I inked them up with two sets of color starting with the lighter color on the Hello Fall leaf stamp first, then lightly tapping the darker color around edges.  This will help not to contaminate your lighter color with the darker color.  The combinations I used are:  Pumpkin Bread and Citrus Cooler; Lemon Drop and Pomegranate Splash; Limeade Splash and Pumpkin Bread.  The color really brings the leaves to life.  Another fun trick to make them come to life is using your crease tool to curl them, and only adhere them at their base so they pop up.

For my next card, I got more inky with the True Fusion Inks by using them with the Linear Leaves stencil and small dauber.  The stencil is large, so you can really move it around to where you want it. I decided to offset it each time I added another color and then turned it  completely around to finish adding the colors.  I applied the ink from lighter to darker.  I really love the look it gave moving the stencil around.

For this background I die cut and pierced with Reversed Banner and Reversed Banner Piercing Elements to give me that nice Fall pocket look.  Using foam adhesive for the pocket, I was able to tuck and cluster the leaves inside and outside of the pocket.

To give this card a different look from the first, I also used the dauber to ink my card panel edges, focusing more color on the corners.  My sentiment also got some ink on the edges to continue that look.

And again, using the crease tool to make those leaves really pop!  On both cards my sentiment is stamped in Pumpkin Bread and I used Limeade Splash cardstock as another card panel.  Both cards are finished with Pumpkin Patch Bows and Fashion Gold.

Be sure to subscribe to the Fun Stampers Journey Blog for more inspiration from the new Journey Holidays Trends Mini Catalog.  The Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Christmas are gorgeous!!  And some really fun DIY things for the holidays.  The holidays really get me in the mood to create fun things!!  Enjoy!  And pick up your Fusion Inks while 20% off!

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Gel Press and Planner

Hey, everyone!  I have been wanting to get back into my planner and decided I would today.  From the Gel Press projects I posted last week, click here and here to see those again, I used those leftovers for my planner and stamped the emojis in Black Licorice, used the 3/4 circle punch, and then adhered to my page.

Before I added any stamping or any details, I wrote down all the things that happened or happening this month.  I like to use my planner to look back on, so kind of like memory keeping for me.  Any little thing is interesting to look back on.  I really like using the monthly view inserts for this to get an overall look at the month.

I went with the colors I had used from the Gel Press, so nothing here looks like Independence Day, more all about summer!  The Amazing Prints really worked well here, I used the vellum and the chipboard pieces.  I used the Press Punch to create a hole and just slipped them through the ring at the top.

I made a couple of fun clips to go with the colors I picked.  For the wood pineapple, I just pressed it into Lemon Drop ink, and then Orange Rave.  I used a Be Amazing brad and one of the chipboard pieces for the other.

And for the bottom left, I just slid the glasses clip through the Tab Clips I die cut from more leftover Gel Press prints.

Some of the planner stamps I used for my month are Journey Emojis, Tape It, Planner Sketch, Check It, Planner Elements.  I use these all the time in not just for my work with Fun Stampers Journey, but with my personal projects as well.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have a great week!

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