Friday, November 24, 2017

FSJ Concept Designers Gel Press Print Swap

The FSJ Concept Designers have been having a little fun together (well, a LOT of fun) and today we want to show you what we've been working on! We had ourselves a little Gel Press Print Swap. The six of us (myself, Shannon Smith, Laura Williams, Michelle Woerner, Mariana Grisby, and Patricia Roebuck) divided up into pairs.

Three of the designers (Shannon, Mariana and Patricia) created an 8.5x11" print on the Journey Gel Press. Then they cut their print in half and sent half to their partner. The printmaker AND their partner created a card using the same Gel Press Print, and today we're going to share the different projects we have created from those same prints!

It was a SUPER fun swap and none of us have seen the other prints that were made or the projects that were derived from them so I can't wait to see the other prints along with each of you, and how each designer used their print on a project!

My partner for the swap is Shannon. Shannon created a fantastically layered wintry print using a few different stencils, to achieve her final look. It is stunning in real life, as she finished off the look with that Sparkle Silk that we've all come to love. The main stencil she used is pretty obvious as it pops right out at with with the contrasting paint color, but the other stencil is a bit more subtle. Can you see it? It is absolutely gorgeous! We'll both have to click over to her description to find out the exact technique she used, but the two stencils are the Winter Wonderland and Polka Dot Wall.



She mailed half of the print to me, which I cut in half and was able to make TWO cards with. So, this is what I created with it!


For my first card, I simply trimmed the print down to 3 3/4" x 5 1/2" and affixed it to a 4" x 5 1/2" Whip Cream panel. The I pop-up that up onto a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Turbo Teal cardstock folded in half to form a top folding card base. I die-cut a large circle from the Journey Circles Die Set (DI-0039) from Journey Brush Silver Cardstock and heat embossed snowflakes on it with Clear Pigment ink and White Embossing Powder using the Journey Heat Gun and the snowflake from the Snowmen Days Stamp Set (SS-0519). Then I trimmed a 1/4" sliver off the circle and popped it up on the card front approximately 3/4" from the bottom right edge. The, pop-up a die-cut Snowflake cut from Whip Cream cardstock cut from the Holiday Elements Steel Rule Die (DI-0008) in the center of the die-cut circle and embellished it with Summer Play Sparkles and Fashion Silver. Lastly, stamp the sentiment also from Snowmen Days Stamp Set with Clear Pigment Ink and heat emboss with Journey Silver Embossing Powder  on Whip Cream cardstock. Trim into a banner and pop-up on card front in upper left corner. Slip on a Paper Clip Element and embellish top with Fashion Silver.

Supplies:
Snowmen Days Stamp Set SS-0519
Journey Circles Die Set DI-0039
Holiday Elements Steel Rule Die SR-0008
Winter Wonderland Stencil
Polka Dot Wall Stencil
Sparkle Silk
Journey Gel Press
Brayer
Clear Pigment Ink
Journey Silver Embossing Powder
Whip Cream Embossing Powder
Fashion Silver
Paper Clip Element
Summer Play Sparkles
Journey Brush Silver Cardstock
Whip Cream Cardstock
Turbo Teal Cardstock
Details Pro Shears


For my second print, I also created a card. For this one, I trimmed the print down to 4" x 5 1/2". Then I die-cut the single tree panel from the Winter Hills Die Set (DI-0249) from both Limeade Splash and Whip Cream cardstocks. On the Whip Cream die-cut piece, I cut off the tree so I only had the bottom "snow" portion and then placed that Whip Cream "snow" into the Corrugated Board Embossing Folder and embossed it using The Amaze die-cutting machine. I then used Journey Modeling Paste to apply a snow texture to the tips of the die-cut tree and to some of the embossed areas of the Whip Cream cardstock. After adding the Journey Modeling Paste, I sprinkled on Journey Sparkle Cuts and Journey Sparkle Dust while the Journey Modeling Paste was still wet. I then used my Journey Heat Gun to accelerate the dry time, however, you can certainly allow it to air dry for 15 minutes if you do not have a heat gun. While drying, you can stamp your two snowmen from the Snowmen Days Stamp Set (same set used on the previous card). Color them with the Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils (I will list the colors at the end) and detail cut around the outside of each image. Then I trimmed 1/4" off the left side of both the Whip Cream panel and the Limeade Splash panel so they matched the width of my Gel Press Print. Then I popped-up my Whip Cream print onto my Limeade Splash die-cut. Affix the bottom portion of the Limeade Splash die-cut to the Gel Press Print and pop-up the tree only. Pop-up both stamped snowmen images. Add Sweet Candy Drops and Candy Minis to decorate Christmas Tree. Stamp "Merry Christmas" sentiment on Whip Cream cardstock using Black Licorice ink, cut end at a 45 degree angle and add Journey Brush Silver Staple using Journey Days Stapler. Pop-up sentiment in upper left-hand corner.

Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencil Colors:
Large Snowman Scarf & Hat Colors: #003
Stick Arms: #0038
Carrot Nose #0011
Baby Mittens: #006+007
Baby Scarf: #006+#007, #015
Shading: #0025

Supplies:
Snowmen Days Stamp Set SS-0519
Winter Hills Die Set DI-0249
Corrugated Board Embossing Folder
Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils
Journey Gel Press
Winter Wonderland Stencil
Polka Dot Wall Stencil
Brayer
Sweet Candy Drops
Candy Minis
Journey Brush Silver Staples
Journey Days Stapler
Limeade Splash Cardstock
Whip Cream Cardstock
Turbo Teal Cardstock
Sparkle Silk
Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink
Journey Sparkle Dust
Journey Sparkle Cuts
Journey Modeling Paste
Spatula

So now, if you haven't been over there yet, go see my girl Shannon! She created something with the other half of this print, and I can't wait for you to see it!

Then, hop around to the rest of the teams, and see the prints they created, plus how they each used those prints!

Mariana and Michelle
Shannon and Tania (that is ME!)
Patricia and Laura

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Enjoy the rest of the swap stops, and don't forget to pin everyone's projects for inspiration later on!

All products can be purchased at shop.funstampersjourney.com!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

World Cardmaking Day: Be Brave Challenge #3

Happy World Cardmaking Day, my wonderfully creative friends!


I'm back to share my card for CHALLENGE #3 from the challenges that my friends and I doing to celebrate World Cardmaking Day today.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about you can visit my first post from today here, and also read more about it on the Fun Stampers Journey Blog.

Remenber.....ANYONE can participate, and you do NOT have to use Fun Stampers Journey products to participate!

As I mentioned before, you are encouraged to write on the inside of your cards!

Here is what I will be writing inside mine. I've changed it a bit for this challenge. (you are welcome to write the same, just sign YOUR name and location):
Throughout this journey you are on, you’ll notice that some days you’ll be living minute by minute, and some days you’ll be able to tackle hour by hour, while others you’ll be able to conquer the entire day with the bravest of braves. We all have our battles to face, and I’m so very sorry that you have the difficult task of caring for a loved one with the diagnosis of cancer, but know this….strength doesn’t reside in having never been broken----because we are all broken---but, instead, it lies in the COURAGE required to grow STRONG in the broken parts. I have complete faith that you will grow STRONG from this unexpected journey your life has taken.
Be BRAVE, beautiful soul. Be STRONG. Have COURAGE. 
 Prayers going up for you from Columbus, Ohio!
XO,Tania Willis4Soooooo, onto the second challenge!

CHALLENGE #3 Create a Be Brave card using RIBBON in a UNIQUE way.

So for my card I got a even more into the mixed media and used my Gel Press, bringing in some fun elements with acrylic paints, adding even more layers and dimension with cardstock and printed paper, and then finished it off with a unique twist using some knotted ribbon as a border as a design element across the card front.

To re-create this card:
1. Fold a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Turbo Teal Whip Cream Cardstock in half to form a side folding card base.

2. Add small drops of Bubble Gum, Sweet Berry and Candy Apple acrylic paint to your Gel Press and spread them out with your Brayer. Lay your Falling Petals stencil over your paint and then press a piece of 4" x 5 1/2" Whip Cream panel over the stencil and lift off a print. Heat set or allow to dry.

3. Flick Whip Cream panel with Silver Silk and Sparkle Silk.

4. Emboss a 2" x 4" piece of Turbo Teal cardstock with the Corrugated Board Embossing Folder. Pop up on Whip Cream panel.

5. Trim 1/4" x 5" strip of Project Me Printed Paper and affix to Turbo Teal embossed cardstock.

6. Cut 8" piece of Sweet Berry Gingham Ribbon and tie a knot in the ribbon 1" from one end of the ribbon. Continue adding a knot every 1/2" until you have 4 knots. Trim end leaving a 1" tail. Affix to embossed Turbo Teal cardstock just above Printed Paper.

7. Stamp heart from Hello Love Stamp Set on Whip Cream cardstock piece using Candy Apple ink - detail cut around image. Insert Brad Burst brad in center of stamped heart. Pop up on Turbo Teal embossed piece.

8. Stamp "Have Courage" sentiment on Whip Cream cardstock using Black Licorice ink - die-cut or detail cut around image. Pop up on card front.

9. Affix Fashion Silver to complete Card.

Thank you so much for hanging with me today!  If you want to shop for any of these supplies visit the Shop at Fun Stampers Journey!


Supplies:
Hello Love Stamp Set SS-
Take Action Stamp Set SS-0449
Take Action Die Set DI-0310
Corrugate Board Embossing Folder EF-0017
Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0041
Candy Apple True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0017
Candy Apple Acrylic Paint JM-0100
Sweet Berry Acrylic Paint JM-0025
Bubble Gum Acrylic Paint JM-0104
Silver Silk IP-0090
Sparkle Silk IP-0126
Turbo Teal Cardstock CS-0127
Whip Cream Cardstock CS-0040
Brad Burst AC-0200
Falling Petals Stencil JM-0001
Fashion Silver AC-0293
Sweet Berry Gingham Ribbon AC-0093

World Cardmaking Day: Be Brave Challenge #2

Happy World Cardmaking Day, my wonderfully creative friends!


I'm back to share my card for CHALLENGE #2 from the challenges that my friends and I doing to celebrate World Cardmaking Day today.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about you can visit my first post from today here, and also read more about it on the Fun Stampers Journey Blog.

Remenber.....ANYONE can participate, and you do NOT have to use Fun Stampers Journey products to participate!

As I mentioned before, you are encouraged to write on the inside of your cards!

Here is what I will be writing inside mine. I've changed it a bit for this challenge. (you are welcome to write the same, just sign YOUR name and location):
Throughout this journey you are on, you’ll notice that some days you’ll be living minute by minute, and some days you’ll be able to tackle hour by hour, while others you’ll be able to conquer the entire day with the bravest of braves. We all have our battles to face, and I’m so very sorry that you have the difficult task of caring for a loved one with the diagnosis of cancer, but know this….strength doesn’t reside in having never been broken----because we are all broken---but, instead, it lies in the COURAGE required to grow STRONG in the broken parts. I have complete faith that you will grow STRONG from this unexpected journey your life has taken.
Be BRAVE, beautiful soul. Be STRONG. Have COURAGE. And continue to Make A Difference!
 Prayers going up for you from Columbus, Ohio!
XO,Tania Willis
Soooooo, onto the second challenge!

CHALLENGE #2 Create a Be Brave card for a CAREGIVER.

So for my card I got a little mixed media-ish and brought in some fun with acrylic paints, TONS of layers with die-cuts and embellishments, a fun little window and married together two different stamp sets for my final sentiment.

To re-create this card:
1. Fold a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Whip Cream Cardstock in half to form top folding card base.

2. Die-cut a double layer of ferns from Lemongrass Cardstock using Timeless Foilage Steel Rule Die Set.

3. Cut 3" x 3" piece of Whip Cream Cardstock - paint vertical stripes of Bubble Gum, Sweet Berry, River Stone, Sweet Berry and Bubble Gum Acrylic Paints in that order from left to right. Before it dries completely, to create texture, press one of the die-cut ferns into the wet paint and remove. Finish the design by dipping a brand new pencil eraser into Bubble Gum paint and adding dots down the edge of the Bubble Gum Stripe. Heat set.

4. Layer painted panel behind Bubble Gum die-cut window with foam squares, and pop up Bubble Gum panel on Whip Cream card base.

5. Flick Silver Silk on card front.

6. Affix remaining die-cut fern to left side of card front.

7. Die-cut 2 of the large solid flowers from Blooming Details Die Set, layer on top of one another using a foam square in between. Pop up at base of fern.

8. Affix Spring Kisses flowers on top of large die-cut flower and scattered around die-cut window.

9. Affix Candy Minis to Spring Kisses and card front.

10. Stamp "Be You" sentiment from Take Action Stamp Set on Whip Cream Cardstock using Black Licorice ink and die-cut. Use Details Pro Shears to remove the "Be".  Pop up on card base.

11. Stamp "Make a Difference" on Whip Cream Cardstock using Black Licorice ink.

See ya back here at 6pm PST with CHALLENGE #3.....Happy Crafting!


Supplies:
Take Action Stamp Set SS-0449
Take Action Die Set SS-0310
Blooming Details Die Set DI-0327
Timeless Foilage SR-0036
Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0041
Rock Candy True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0028
Bubble Gum Acrylic Paint JM-0104
Sweet Berry Acrylic Paint JM-0025
River Stone Acrylic Paint JM-0024
Whip Cream Cardstock CS-0003
Bubble Gum Cardstock CS-0099
Limeade Splash Cardstock CS-0020
Spring Kisses AC-0303
Candy Minis AC-0135
Silver Silk IP-0090

World Cardmaking Day: Be Brave Challenge #1

Happy World Cardmaking Day, my wonderfully creative friends!

Today, my friends and I from Fun Stampers Journey are celebrating the day with three simple cardmaking challenges that we have also challenged ourselves to. The challenges will be released periodically throughout the day at 8am PST, 1pm PST and 6pm PST on the Fun Stampers Journey Blog.   We will each be sharing our projects with you on our personal blogs, as well as our Facebook pages, to inspire you to make your own card(s) today.

Fun Stampers Journey is currently in the process of collecting cards for their Be Brave Card Drive, so all three of the challenges will be geared toward challenging you to make a card themed for this particular card drive. Last year, the card drive collected 475 cards last year, and this year they hope to top that with 500+ cards to send to a Breast Cancer non-profit organization to give encouraging messages to patients and caregivers in need.


What is this card drive?  FAQs are here, but the basics are this:

If you are participating, please send in your 4 1/4" x 5 1/2' card to the Journey Station by Friday, October 27, 2017.

Mail to:
Fun Stampers Journey
Attn: Be Brave
1125 W. Pinnacle Peak Road
Building 4, Suite 141
Phoenix, AZ 85027

The coolest part is this.....ANYONE can participate, and you do NOT have to use Fun Stampers Journey products to participate!

You are encouraged to write on the inside of your cards!

Here is what I will be writing inside mine:
Throughout this journey you are on, you’ll notice that some days you’ll be living minute by minute, and some days you’ll be able to tackle hour by hour, while others you’ll be able to conquer the entire day with the bravest of braves. We all have our battles to face, and I’m so very sorry that a diagnosis of cancer is yours, but know this….strength doesn’t reside in having never been broken----because we are all broken---but, instead, it lies in the COURAGE required to grow STRONG in the broken parts. I have complete faith that you will grow STRONG from this unexpected journey your life has taken.
Be BRAVE, beautiful soul.Be STRONG.Have COURAGE.
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is that quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."
Prayers going up for you from Columbus, Ohio!
XO,Tania Willis
Soooooo, onto the first challenge!

CHALLENGE #1 Create a card Be Brave card using NO Pink.

So for my card I stuck with simple layers, yet full of texture.

To re-create this card:
1. Cut a 4" x 5 1/2" Whip Cream panel and emboss using the I Heart embossing folder - affix to 4 1/4" x 11" Pineapple Smoothie piece of cardstock folded in half to fold a top folding card base.

2. Die-cut a Pineapple Smoothie Journey Circle and affix to center of card front.

3. Flick card front with Silver Silk and Sparkle Silk.

4. Die-cut small tag from Pool Play cardstock using Tag Set Steel Rule Die - slip a double strand of Journey Twine through hole and slip ends through a slip knot. Pop up on center of die-cut circle.

5. Affix a double-wide strip of striped deco strip stickers to Whip Cream cardstock - trim to  3" in length - pop up a bottom of tag.

6. Stamp heart from Hello Love Stamp Set (SS-0485) on Whip Cream cardstock using Cranberry Bliss ink - detail cut around image. Pop up on tag.

7. Stamp "Have Courage" sentiment from Take Action Stamp Set (SS-0449) using Black Licorice ink - detail cut around image or die-cut using Take Action Die Set (DI-0310). Pop up on top of stamped heart.

8. Affix Candy Minis.

See ya back here at 1pm PST with CHALLENGE #2.....Happy Crafting!


Supplies:
Hello Love Stamp Set / SS-0485
Take Action Stamp Set / SS-0449
Take Action Die Set / DI-0310
Tag Set Steel Rule Die / SR-0014
I Heart Embossing Folder / EF-0014
Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink / IP-0041
Cranberry Bliss True Color Fusion Ink / IP-0049
Whip Cream Cardstock / CS-0040
Pineapple Smoothie Cardstock / CS-0026
Pool Play Cardstock / CS-0092
Silver Silk / IP-0090
Sparkle Silk / IP-0126
Journey Twine Natural / AC-0005
Candy Minis AC-0135
Deco Strips Black AC-0285

Friday, September 08, 2017

Mixed Media Happy Birthday Card using Gel Press Plate from Fun Stampers Journey

Hello friends!

This month Fun Stampers Journey is having a super fun promotion on all of their mixed media products which includes one of their newest additions to their product offerings, the custom-sized, 8 1/2" x 11" Journey Gel Press!

I looooooooooove this thing!  It is such a fun tool to have in your crafting toolbox especially if you want to play with mixed media products.  It works so well with so many of the other products that Fun Stampers Journey has to offer, such as the PanPastelsStencils, Acrylic Paints, Liquid Colors, Splashes, and Silks.

And what is even more awesome is that these products are SO easy to use!  Recently I was having some health challenges when all this fun stuff arrived at my doorstep and I needed to be doing a lot of bed rest and just lay low, but my 12-year old daughter was just dying to see how this Gel Press thing worked. So she asked if she could cover our large square ottoman with a tablecloth, and pull out the Gel Press and paint supplies and make some prints.  Of course! Let's do it, girlfriend!

With just a brief explanation of how to pull a print, she was well on her way to creating some beautiful pieces to use on some future cards! Just look.....


After watching her create so many beautiful pieces, she had me so inspired, I had to jump in and get my hands messy as well. So, I used the newly released Beach Ball and Bubble Gum Acrylic Paint with some Sparkle Silk splattered on, along with the Stained Glass stencil to pull a print off the Gel Press to create the base for this card. I misted on some water with the paint to get that dreamy watery watercolor effect so the stencil wasn't so defined. 


Once it was dry I built up the layers with a die cut Journey Circle, a die cut tag stamped with a "Happy Birthday" sentiment from the Party Animals Stamp Set and then affixed down with a strip of the new Denim Prints Journey Tape. 


I further embellished the card with three stars cut from the Star Struck trim featured in the new Journey Holidays catalog and some Fashion Silver embellishments. And lastly, flicked on a healthy dose of Silver Silk. 


There is a wonderful promotion of all these media items on sale from now until September 30, available for purchase through a Journey Coach at www.funstampersjourney.com. For a look at the products on sale visit the shop here: Media Mix Sale

For a look at more fun projects look for the #fsjmediamix tag on social media throughout the month! 



Supplies:
Journey Gel Press / JM-0107
Brayer / TO-0087
Party Animals Stamp Set / SS-0463
Journey Circles Die Set / DI-0039
Tag Set Steel Rule Die / SR-0014
Fashion Silver / AC-0293
Star Struck / AC-0305
Journey Thread Natural
Beach Ball Acrylic Paint
Bubble Gum Acrylic Paint
Stained Glass Stencil
Sparkle Silk
Silver Silk
Whip Cream Cardstock
Denim Days Cardstock

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Bloom This Way NEW 2017 Spring Mini Catalog (Fun Stampers Journey)

Hello Friends!  Have you seen the new Bloom This Way Spring Mini Catalog that released from Fun Stampers Journey on January 1st?


If not, you're totally missing out on some AMAZING new products!  There are some SUUUUPAH CUTE things in there. I mean......CUTE!

Kinda crazy to think that we just cleared the shelves of all the Christmas goodies, and we're already seeing the stores filling up the shelves with Valentine's candies, am I right? But I have to admit, it has me very inspired to dig into the new stamps and goodies from this catalog and create.create.create!

I've created a few love-themed cards to share with you today using the products from this catalog.



One the first card to the left, I used the new Heart Strip Die Set DI-0267, to create the ombre row of hearts. I did so by running the die through my Amaze Machine three times using Bubble Gum Cardstock, Watermelon Fusion Cardstock and Candy Apple Cardstock. Then I used only one of those die cut pieces as a template and taped it to my card front using some washi tape while I used adhesive-dots to add the small hearts back into their spaces that they were originally die-cut from.

There were PLENTY of them leftover, so I just tucked them into a container that I am collecting the small hearts in to use as confetti to tuck into the envelopes of the cards when I put them in the mail.

The stamp set used on this card is called Campfire Friends SS-0410.

For the second card to the right, I used negative space of the regular Heart-Felt Die Set from the Main Catalog as a template and then used my Panpastels to fill in the space.  So I die-cut the heart from a piece of Whip Cream Cardstock, then set the actual heart shape aside for use on another project and used the leftover piece with the heart-shaped hole in it as the template.  I laid that on my card front and used a sponge to smear Panpastel onto my card front.  Instead of blowing all the Panpastel dust away, I then used my fingertip to smear the dust around the outside edge of the heart to create a glowing effect on the heart.

TIP: Remember if you get any Panpastel on your card front where you don't want it to be, simply use an eraser to erase it away!  SUPER SIMPLE!

After using the Panpastel, I used the 'Besties' sentiment from the Stupid Cupid Stamp Set SS-0407 to stamp with Clear Pigment Ink and embossed it with White Embossing Powder.


Both cards were further embellished using patterned paper from the Sweet Spring 6x6 Paper Pad PP-0039, twine, silver brushed cardstock, glitter tape, special celebration sequins, and a healthy splattering of silver silk!

If you have any questions on how I've done anything else, please do let me know, I'm happy to help you!

Supplies:
Campfire Friends Stamp Set SS-0410
Stupid Cupid Stamp Set SS-0407
Campfire Friends Die Set DI-0287
Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0041
Clear Pigment Ink IP-0102
White Embossing Powder IP-0098
Whip Cream Sparkle Tape AC-0258
Licorice Sparkle Tape AC-0257
Celebration Buttons AC-0226
Candy Apple Twine AC-0266
Journey Brush Silver Cardstock
Pool Play Cardstock
River Stone Cardstock
Bubble Gum Cardstock
Watermelon Fusion Cardstock
Candy Apple Cardstock
Whip Cream Cardstock



Friday, January 06, 2017

RG Days CHA 2017 New Release from Richard Garay

Hello friends! Happy New Year! Now that Christmas is over and we've celebrated the New Year...you know what's next (well crafters know what's next)...CHA!!! That's right! It's that time of year again when all the manufacturers come together for the Craft and Hobby Association's biggest show of the year. This year they will be coming together on January 19th in Phoenix, Arizona and today I am elated to be able to sneak peek some new goodies from the RG Brand by Richard Garay. Richard is releasing FOUR brand new collections: Origami Love, Media Venture, Silver & Gold, and RG Days. (pssst....any of my friends going to CHA? if so, take some pictures of the booth for me! Richard always has *THE BEST* booth.)




RG Days is the collection that I have the pleasure to sneaky peak to you today. The colors are so fresh and fun! The perfect amount of pop mixed with a comfortable masculine vibe. LOVE it! It is so hard to find great masculine products on the market these days, but RG always designs them so very well!


I created two cards using the papers, stamps, and dies from RG Days with each card featuring a different stamp and die combo set from the collection along with the 12x12" papers pack. Such a darling collection, yes!?


What is even more fun for my dear readers today is that ALL of my fellow RG designers are sneaking peeks of the other new RG Brand collections today too! That's right friends.


We've organized a BLOG HOP....did I mention there were prizes? One grand prize winner will receive $100 of RG products from his NEW collections and the RG Messenger Bag—Total value of $150




Plus two more lucky winners will also receive one of the RG messenger bags. I personally have this bag, and I absolutely ADORE it! I get ALL the compliments on it every time I use it! The quality is INCREDIBLE!

How to Win:
First, leave a comment here on my blog. Tell me what you think about RG Days! This will get you ONE entry into the drawing!

Earn another entry when you head over to the RG blog and post a comment, plus earn an additional entry for each design team blog you comment on!

Please note: It is not required that you comment on all the participant blogs, but if you do so, you increase your chances to win.

You have until January 10th at 6:00 PM EST. to enter your comments. The winner will be chosen and announced on Wednesday, January 11th on the RG blog.

START HOPPING!

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Laura Williams

Michelle Woerner

Patricia Roebuck

Mariana Grigsby

Isha Gupta

Beck Beattie

Mou Saha

Tenia Nelson

RG Blog

Monday, December 19, 2016

Wrapping Up All The Gift Cards (Fun Stampers Journey)

Hello, friends!

With the Christmas holiday right around the corner I've been a busy little elf in my studio, crafting away gift tags, making cards and wrapping up gift cards to present them in a manner that makes them feel a bit more fussed over and special than just handing someone a piece of plastic for their gift. The wrapping job becomes their gift!



Does anyone else have a hard time giving gift cards for Christmas?

Gift cards have never been my favorite gift to give, because they feel so impersonal, but this year we ended up needing to hand out quite a few of them when we had a family Christmas gathering less than 24 hours after arriving home from a 9 day vacation. On the other hand, my kids love to receive a gift card because they love the thrill of being to go to the store and pick out their own thing and pay with their "own" money.


So, to make myself feel less guilt about needing to buy so many gift cards, I spent time making the presentation of them extra special for each person we were gifting them to by tucking some candies inside the Fun Stampers Journey Treat Bags along with the gift card.


For the outside of each of the bags, I simply die-cut an oversized tag using the Tag Set Steel Rule Die in some fun, festive holiday cardstock colors.

I embellished the tags of these last two bags using the Poinsettia Steel Rule Die which has quickly become one of my favorites this holiday season.  It is SO easy to make something look fantastically fussed over with this die and a little bit of Gold Silk splattered across it. Some Rainbow Drops plopped right into the center for a little bling.

Another favorite product that I've been reaching for often in my merry making and gift wrapping is the Holiday Elements Steel Rule Die. The elements in this die are darling and perfect for spreading holiday cheer.  I especially love to layer the reindeer head and then embellish it with a red Rainbow Drop to make it look like one of Santa's favorite helpers.  The Corrugated Stock goes nicely as an accent on this tag giving it some texture too.

I should mention that nearly all the tags for these bags are stamped with the 'Merry Christmas' sentiment pulled from the Robin Holiday Stamp Set.

Here is another bag that has a snowflake element from that same Holiday Elements Steel Rule Die Set, but just because it is Christmas doesn't mean you can't pull from other die sets as well.  Here I've just used simple stars that were sprayed with Gold Shimmer Color Splash and embellished with some red dots from the Magical Candy Drops.


Here is another more bold example of exactly what I was talking about by using non-Christmas themed products to decorate your bags.  Here I've used the Peach Blossom Stamp Set for the flower and the Skeleton Leaf Stamp Set for the gold embossed leaves stamped on Gold Brush Cardstock.

I hope these ideas have given you plenty of inspiration for how to creatively wrap up and give away those gift cards this holiday season!

Be sure to click over to shop.funstampersjourney.com to get all the supplies you need or contact your local Fun Stampers Journey Coach.

Happy Crafting and Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Planner Bundles from Fun Stampers Journey!

Hello, friends! Have you seen the new larger size planners being offered from Fun Stampers Journey!?  They now offer the A5 sized planners and WOWZA, the larger size makes a huge difference in my note-taking, goal setting, appointment writing world!  LOVE it!

Oh.My.Werd!  They are PRETTY!

I got myself one recently....the I Heart Days Planner, to be exact, and just put it together with the beautiful insert pages from the Confectionary Divider Kit which are specifically for the A5 size.

I also got the 2017 calendar insert pages which includes BOTH the monthly view and the weekly view.  I love that it also includes the month of December 2016 so I can wind down the end of this year with this new planner.

Fun Stampers Journey has a great promotion going on with their planners right now called the Journey Days Planner Buffet.  Such a cute idea, I think!  As a customer, you get to choose the following:

1 Planner Binder (either the Personal Size or the A5 size)
1 Divider Kit
1 Calendar Insert
1 Stamp Set
1 Accessory
1 Bookmark
1 Bling

How cool is that!?

They have made the choices very simple for you by listing the options for each category on a printable PDF file that you can access by clicking this link here: Planner Buffet Options

I personally think this would make a perfect gift for a crafty friend, so today I'm sharing an idea of how to dress up the last week of December, heading into January in the case that you'd like to gift a friend with a Planner Buffet and tell her "Hello, Beautiful" and to "Be Awesome, Today" on January 1st.

For my Buffet Choices I've used:
JD-0041 I Heart Days Planner
JD-0048 Confectionary Days Divider Kit
JD-0045 2017 Days Planner 12 Month & Weekly View
SS-0404 Bam Notes Stamp Set
AC-0198 Outline Clips
JD-0024 Whip Cream Journey Days Charming Bookmark
JD-0026 Journey Days Charms Star


Go ahead......get yourself one too!  :)

Planners are so much fun to play around with, test out new crafting techniques and keep yourself organized too!

Don't delay. This Planner Buffet bundle is only good through December 31st!  Shop at shop.funstampersjourney.com

Happy crafting!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween You've Been Boo'd Treats (Fun Stampers Journey)

Hello, friends! Today I want to share some treats I wrapped up for a Boo Basket to drop off as a surprise to some friends using the You've Been Boo'd pieces from Fun Stampers Journey, along with the Spooktacular Monsters Stamp Set, the Ghostly Treats Stamp Set, and the Ghostly Treats Die Set.

These sets were both recently made available for as part of a promotion that ends December 31st (or when inventory runs out)....so HURRY and place your order if you want them in your stamp inventory before they are gone forever!

Let's get on to the details of each project, shall we?

The first thing I created was a candy bar wrapper for the Hershey's GIANT-sized chocolate bar. I did so by cutting my Citrus Cooler Cardstock to 8" x 10". Then wrapped it tightly around the candy bar and secured with adhesive runner. To decorate the top of the candy bar, splatter the 'You've Been Boo'd' panel with Electric Lime Silk, Citrus Cooler Silk and Cosmic Grape Silk. Then embellish the top and bottom edges with a black scalloped border and some patterned paper from the Spooky Prints Pad.  Super simple and who says it has to be Halloween to wrap up a candy bar, eh?  You can wrap up one of these lovelies and decorate it for any holiday---they'd really make GREAT stocking stuffers or perfect treats to hand over to co-workers or the kiddo's teachers.


Next, I created some super quick tags using the Mummy stamp from the Ghostly Treats Stamp Set and colored them quickly using the Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils. Once they were colored and dry, I die-cut them, and attached them to a tag that was die-cut from the Specialty Basics Pearled Paper using the Tag Elements Die Set. I placed a Treat Cup inside a Clear Bag, filled it with goodies and tied it all closed using Journey Black Licorice Thread and tied on the tie.  Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy! Don't those Mummies look A-DORA-BLE with the Wiggle Eyes!?


This next project makes me smile SO big!  The Ghost stamp from Ghostly Treats has to be one of my favorites from these two sets......he is just so darling. For this little goodie, I used the Treat Bags and tucked a Ghost-Shaped Sugar Cookie inside, then folded the top over and secured it with a Jumbo Clothespin and Black Licorice Satin Ribbon Bow that was tied by securing two cuts of ribbon (Lavender and Citrus Cooler) caught within the knot. The front was then embellished with two Pennant Dies of the same size, one cut with cardstock and the other with printed stock, and then topped off with the Ghost Stamp colored with the Watercolor Pencils.  Before the Ghost is placed onto the Pennant die-cuts, use your stapler to staple four strands of Sequin Trim to dangle from behind the Pennants.


One additional thing I tucked into my 'boo baskets' were these darling little boxes. The top is embellished with the Doily Die, a die-cut vellum Journey Circle splattered with Cosmic Grape Silk, a die-cut Electric Lime Journey Circle and then the stamped image from Ghostly Treats Stamp Set popped up with foam squares.  Inside is a donut with icing and festive sprinkles.


Lastly, the 'boo baskets' each needed a greeting Spooktacular greeting card to go with them!

I simply used my River Stone Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencil to make a puddle of color on the center of a Whip Cream card base. Once dry, I splattered Journey Silver Silk and Electric Lime Silk on the card base before adding my fussy-cut stamped image over top with foam squares. These were colored using Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils. The top of the card was accented with a 1/2" strip of Citrus Cooler Cardstock and the bottom was accented with a 1 1/2" strip of Printed Paper. The card was finished off with Special Celebrations Journey Sequins for a little sparkle.

If you've fallen in love with these stamp sets be sure to place your order today!

The stamp sets featured in this blog post were part of the Holiday Mini Catalog that retired on September 30th but were brought back for a short period of time due to popular demand!  You can see the full Holiday Extension List HERE!  All of these items expire December 31!

Supplies:

Ghostly Treats Stamp Set
Spooktacular Monsters Stamp Set
Ghostly Treats Die Set
Journey Circles Die Set
Doily Die Set
Tag Elements Die Set
Pennant Die Set
Basic Borders Die Set
Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink Pad
Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils
Romance Treat Bags
Sweet Sorbet Treat Cups
Corrugated Treat Box
Clear Bags
Cosmic Grape Silk
Journey Silver Silk
Electric Lime Silk
Citrus Cooler Silk
Wiggle Eyes
Journey Sequins Special Celebration
Black Licorice Journey Thread
Citrus Cooler Satin Ribbon
Black Licorice Satin Ribbon
Lavender Fusion Satin Ribbon
Pearlized Basics Specialty Cardstock
Whip Cream Cardstock
Electric Lime Cardstock
Designer Vellum Prints







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