Use your designer prints paper: Part 2

Do you have lots of pretty designer prints paper in your stamping stash. These cards are just for you!  About a month ago I did a post showcasing a layout to use up your pretty papers.  Today I am going to show you another versatile layout that showcases the Colorful Journey Prints paper from Fun Stampers Journey.  Part 2!

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I was browsing Pinterest late one night and I stumbled across a beautiful card by Amy Kolling on Flicker from 2013.  You can see her card here.  I totally new I wanted to case (copy and steal everything) her layout to showcase this beautiful paper called Colorful Journey.  These prints papers From FSJ are just GORGEOUS and Amy’s angled card panel layout rocks!

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The great thing about these cards is you need just a few supplies in addition to your pretty paper.   Whip cream and Black Licorice card stock, various sentiments, a few embellishments and Black licorice ink!  Clean and Simple card making at its best. Totally my jam!

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I love Pink and Black!  Can you believe all these beautiful papers came from the same pack? 

designer prints paper, fun stampers journey

And simple black and white cards are always stunning.  This one has the Cottage Flowers to add a pop of color!

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Here is a group shot: 

designer prints paper, fun stampers journey

I created a video tutorial to show you just how easy it is to whip these up!  A simple, effective and easily duplicated card making layout so you can use your pretty patterned papers!

you can see part 1 HERE. We all need more pretty paper and stamps.  click the product links to shop my store.

I love hearing from you. Drop a comment below with any questions that you have about todays project.

A Fast & Simple Christmas Card

How cute is this?  I am so in love with this Holiday Fun washi tape.  It screamed Fast & Simple Christmas card!  and it was!  Easy too! I made this in about 5 minutes.   

fast & simple Christmas card with washi tape thats a bloom benefit

The sentiment comes from the stamp set called Letterboard Sentiments.  A great addition to my sentiment collection.  It’s not a Christmas set. I used celebrate so I can save my Christmas sentiment for the inside of the card.

fast & simple Christmas card with washi tape thats a bloom benefit

Peel and stick and you are mostly done making this simple Christmas card!  And all the images are so cute.  This Holiday Fun washi tape is a bloom benefit.  Whats a bloom benefit you ask? Its a free gift as a thank you for your $75 order from Fun Stampers Journey. Yup place a $75 order and you get a free gift.  It’s for every $75 you spend so if you get to $150 you get hostess benefits and Bloom benefit.  I love it!

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This is a shot of the Bloom Benefits from the Fun Stampers Journey Holiday catalog.  Free snowflake die! Yes please!  Free Embellishments… Yes please!  Free stamps! Yes please! The ability to make a fast & simple Christmas card…YES PLEASE!!  

Need a Holiday Catalog or a Big Annual catalog?  Email me to make arrangements.  These are the Bloom benefits from the big annual catalog and are available all year while the big catalog is current. Free stamping supplies are the best!

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bloom benefits fun stampers journey

I have a video on how to make this card on my IGTV Channel (instagram TV). You can check it out on my Instagram HERE.  Look for the IGTV button

The sale for this month is Prepped to Play. You can see all the items on sale HERE. There are great deals this month!!!

My Merry Everything Online Class. You can order and see details on the class here

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Hershey Bar Treat Holder with Video Tutorial

Need a quick DIY gift idea for back to school?  or a thank you? How about wrapping up chocolate really pretty?  I love making special gifts like these for just about everyone!  These are great back to school teacher gifts. Especially because they contain chocolate! Let’s get started on this adorable Hershey Bar Treat Holder.

Hershey Bar Treat Holder

These are so much fun to make and are not just for back to school.  Change the designer prints paper, card stock and the sentiment and you get a treat holder for Halloween, Christmas, Birthday or Just Because to name a few!

Hershey bar treat holder
Hershey Bar Treat Holder

I love the sparkle tape!  It is just the right amount of bling!

Everyone LOVES chocolate right? Here is a Video Tutorial to help you make this Hershey Bar Treat Holder

Here is a list of the Dimensions for the Hershey Bar treat Holder:

Card stock base: 8.5 x 7.5.  With your 7.5 side at the TOP of your scoring tool, score at 2, 2.5, 5 and 5.5

turn and score at 6, 6.5

for the diagonal cuts,  I measured down 2 inches and hand cut it on the diagonal to the score line.  You will need to cut some of the bottom scored sections away to make the box.

Need to see another Hershey’s Candy Bar Treat Holder?  Check this post here.

Full Supply List, All products are Fun Stampers Journey. Click the products to shop online.

The sale for this month is Prepped to Play.  You can see all the items on sale HERE.  There are great deals this month!!!

My Merry Everything Online Class.  You can order and see details on the class here

Need a Holiday Catalog or a Big Annual catalog?  Email me to make arrangements

Make beautiful Christmas cards with Merry Everything

It is never to early to make beautiful Christmas cards. This Merry Everything stamp set is fun and whimsical!  I am having tons of fun creating cards with it!  

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This Merry Everything stamp set is also featured in my current class by mail!  Get a head start!  make beautiful Christmas cards now with this fun class.  Here is a shot of the cards in the class.

All my class details can be seen here. Also included in class is the beautiful holiday designer paper Cozy Winter Prints and some fun accessories.  These crafting projects offer you a range of styles from clean and simple to lots of layers. There are 3 class options to join in on the fun!

Do you want to make beautiful Christmas cards at a discount?

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Join now and you can include holiday product in your $49 starter kit (your choice of $100 in current products, even the ones in this class). Plus you will receive 20% off all future orders while your coach status is active! Plus so many more amazing perks!

At FSJ and here on my team we LOVE hobby stampers!!  The majority of my team has purchased the $49 Starter kit and joins for the discount.  They STAY for the the low quarterly minimums, private Facebook groups, exclusive resources and stamping discussions with cards and paper crafting ideas, prizes, fun, and friendships!! (all virtual, so it does not matter where you live).  There is no risk, no “catch” and no penalty to drop if it is not for you!  Does it matter who you Join with?  Yes!  Check out my credentials here.

The sale for this month is Prepped to Play.  You can see all the mixed media items on sale HERE.  There are great deals this month!!!

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Toucan Card with Easy Cloud Background Tutorial

Oh My Gosh. I forgot how much fun it is to make clouds.  Today we are going to learn how to make the Toucan Card with easy cloud background tutorial.  And so very easy it is!  So you know I am loving all things tropical in the Fun Stampers Journey catalog.  And this Toucan Do it stamp set fits right in!  (page 122 of the big catalog). I have 2 Toucan cards to share today.

Here is my 1st share and the one I am going to make in the video.  I actually make a part of both cards in the video so you can learn  how easy the cloud background is to make,  It is a little bit light in. my picture but you can see the clouds behind the Toucan.

My 2nd card Showcases the Cloud Background front and center!  Looks like That Toucan is sitting on a branch in the sky!

A new stamper or a seasoned stamper can do this fun paper crafting technique.  All you need is a scallop punch out, a sponge dauber and some light colored ink.  I went with Pool Play for this handmade beauty!  Please note that the designer Prints Paper is RSVP not In the tropics as I call it in the video. (oops!)  Here is the video tutorial to show you exactly how I made cloud background

Here are the Products I used for the Toucan card.  Click the product images to shop in my store. 

DON’T MISS OUT:  The sale for this month is Prepped to Play.  You can see all the items on sale HERE.  There are great deals this month!!!

My Merry Everything Online Class.  You can order and see details on the class here.

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The Most Wonderful Christmas Card

Some say the most wonderful time of the year is Christmas.  I agree and I LOVE making a beautiful handmade Christmas cards and I love the festivities surrounding the Christmas Season!  Can you say Baking?

Do you know what the next best “Most Wonderful” time is? Yup! back to school! Oh yeah! you know you are are shaking your heads in agreement. . We are approaching Back to School season and I have lots of fun projects in store you for you.  Teacher Gifts, Back to school layouts and so much more.  My 2 boys will be headed to college this year but I still have a few more years with my daughter at home!

This Christmas card project was part of FSJ Live.  Have you ever heard of FSJ Live?  Its a really fun all day crafting event held online by Fun Stampers Journey.  They craft, introduce new products, they act silly, showcase a new catalog, have make and takes and have lots of fun- all from the convince of your own home! You pre purchase a bundle of supplies and then you get access to the live link and they send you the make and take projects with your supplies.   This card was a case of the make and take card.  FSJ Coaches mostly participate in the Live events– but it is also open to customers too!

Now is the best time to get started on your handmade Christmas cards!  Before the mad rush of the holiday season!  I like to start now and be finished by Thanksgiving. 

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Need to see a few more FSJ handmade Christmas cards?  Click here

The sale for this month is Prepped to Play.  You can see all the items on sale HERE.  There are great deals this month!!!

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I have a few shares today! My current class is now up and ready to go to help you with you holiday card making. I hope these cards inspire you to get creative and start your holiday and Christmas cards early.   It features the Fun Stampers Journey Merry Everything Stamp set and the beautiful holiday designer paper Cozy Prints.  There are 3 class options to join in on the fun!

You only need a few basic card making supplies like a paper trimmer, black and white card stock, black ink and some coloring tools.  All the rest of the supplies are provided in the class.  You can see all the class details here on my current classes page.

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Pocket Gift Card Holder. Want Fries with That?

How cute is this punch art (die cutting really) hamburger and fries Scalloped Pocket Gift Card holder?  My son gave these to his summer swim coaches as an end of the year gift. I love that he gave them burgers and fries! and that he still lets me make things to give as gifts!  Below is video tutorial to show you how easy it is to make the both the punch art and the gift card holder.

I am not gonna lie, these were really fun to make!  And they cover the need for “masculine” projects too!  The base of the gift card holder is the scalloped pocket die cut in cocoa powder card stock.  This die is becoming one of my favorites!!  Makes creating gift card holders a BREEZE!

The Burger and the Fries are created with Oval dies, scallop punch and some scraps of card stock.  I used the coffee first dies for the cup.  The “soda” is dark roast card stock, cut with the die then hand trimmed at the top.  I need to find some good vellum adhesive.  the is the only thing I don’t like about this is that you can see the glue.  What vellum adhesive do you use?  drop me a comment below!

I attached the gift card to the whip cream using a glue dot!

here is the group shot- He gave 4 Coaches gifts

Here is the Video Tutorial:

These fit nicely into an A2 envelope.  This handmade gift card holder is perfect for any food lover, Birthday or Father’s Day.  and it holds treats too not just gift cards.

Need to see a few more Scalloped Pocket Die Projects?  check them out this coffee one here and a chocolate holder here.  FUN!!

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Magical Unicorn Shaker Card Tutorial

Hi My name is Jill and I am addicted to unicorns and shaker cards.  Do you love Unicorns? what about shaker cards?  Even if you don’t, they are hot with the kids these days!  Unicorns are everywhere with rainbows and glitter too.  Even big girls love them.  My kids are a little older so I make these for my friends with girls to give at birthday parties.  They are always a favorite like dinosaurs and trucks are for the boys.  Granddaughters will love them too!  This shaker card tutorial will be all you need to get you started!

Today we are going to learn the basic steps of putting together a shaker card.  It is pretty simple and gives a “wow”! and as card makers and paper crafters- we all love the WOW factor!

Lets start by cutting a circle on your top layer of card stock (whip cream, 3.75 x 5).  I used the Journey circle around dies here because I wanted stitching around the outside of the circle.  I want to die cut and stitch at the same time to save a step, so I used washi tape to hold the dies in the exact position I wanted them.

After I ran it through my Journey Platinum machine, I have a window with some details around the edge.  You can add all kinds of detail around your window! not just stitching.

Save your circle die cut for another project.  Now you need to make your “window”.  I used the FSJ clear view sheets. (cut to 4 x3.5). Your clear view sheet should be smaller than you whip cream panel but larger than your window.  Adhere with your standard adhesive all the way around the window opening.  You don’t want any shaker items falling out. It is hard to see the adhesive under the clear view sheet but it is there.

now you are ready to add foam tape.  You can also use foam squares.  make sure there are no gaps between the foam where shaker items can fall out.  add some to the corners as well to make sure it is evenly popped up all around when you finish your card.

Stamp your image on the back piece of card stock. (Pretty Amethyst, 3.75 x 5) Be careful to line it up just right where you can see it through the window.  Add your shaker card materials to the inside of the foam.  I used sunrise mix sequins.  I always add just a little more than I think I need. You don’t want your shaker card to be skimpy!

Peel off the foam tape backing to reveal the sticky side and carefully place your card stock on top the seal in the shaker card materials. be careful to line it up just right.   This creates the colored background behind your window.  

Now you are ready to complete your card!  I added a gray layer (Riverstone, 4 x 5.25) to my card to match the Unicorn.  My card base is Bubblegum card stock 4.25 x 11 scored at 5.5.

And here is the card with the rest of the details added. A few matching sequins and some cut rhinestones for some extra bling.  She’s just beautiful don’t you think?

Want to see a another Unicorn card?  Click here. I have a few more coming in the next 2 weeks as well.  They are addicting!

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Fun Card for National Watermelon Day with a Tutorial

YES! Today is National Watermelon Day (#Nationalwatermelonday) and I’m celebrating with a watermelon card and of course some watermelon!  Today’s post gives you both a step by step Picture Tutorial and a Video Tutorial on how to make this watermelon card.  I will show you how to create a really fun watermelon slice using Fun Stampers Journey products.  I needed to be creative since I do not own a watermelon stamp. Isn’t this so fun?

The full supply list with shopping links is located at the end of this post. Let get started!

Using your Journey Gel Press add drops of Sweet Berry  and Limeade splash acrylic paint as shown

With your brayer, blend the paint so it looks like this.  Don’t press to hard on the brayer.

Press a 1/2 sheet of whip cream card stock into the blended paint on the gel press.

Your card stock should look like this.  Don’t worry about any blobs of paint. they will dry.  Notice the texture in the paint.  Very Cool!  You will need to set this aside to dry for a few minutes.

Use your Journey Circles dies and the Circle Around dies to cut the perfect watermelon layers. Size for the green is approx 2.75 round and for the pink it is approx. 2.25 round.

Glue your Pink and Green circle die cuts together, cut in half with scissors and add some watermelon seeds with a black marker.

The panel behind the watermelon slice is whip cream card stock cut to 3.75 x 5.  The Ink Splat ATS  is stamped in bubblegum ink.  Then the panel is splattered with both Bubblegum and Sparkle silks

Add the pierced layer using the journey rectangles die.

Add the sentiments in Black Licorice ink from the Sending Sunshine ATS.

Attach the watermelon slice and the Pierced panel to the card base (4.25 x 11, scored at 5.5) with foam squares to complete the card.

Here is the Video Tutorial for this watermelon card:

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