September Planner: Let’s Have Coffee


Hope you are enjoying your Labor Day weekend.  Popping in real quick to share my September planner.  Its almost Pumpkin Spice latte season so I made my planner coffee themed!  Delicious!  The FSJ Coffee Helps stamp set was PERFECT!

Visit this post to see my first planner project from August. (lots of products are the same as this month) .  Here are the Products I used for the planner.  How nice it will be look at this for appointments and dates!

13 Handmade Teacher Gift ideas, Coach Collective and a Card Stock & Ink Sale!!

The September Edition of the Coach Collective is now available for purchase and here is my project!  I am soooo proud of this!  

It is a Pencil Box that holds 6 Hershey nuggets!  Step by step Instructions are included in the tutorial!  OH M Geeee!!!  SOOOOOOOO MUCH FUN!!

This box can be used as a teacher gift anytime of the year!  And it’s great for students too!  Here are a few more images: 

Coach Collective:

13 Teacher gift ideas and back to school projects are all part of the September Coach Collective. Get your Tutorial Bundle today!  For my readers that are just getting acquainted with Fun Stampers Journey products, this will be a great creative resource for you, however, you can adapt the projects to use with any supplies.

The tutorials are all unique.  Each tutorial has color photos and step by step directions on how to create that project or projects. Here’s a little peek at the projects with out giving away all the fun inside.

Coach Collective September

All 12 tutorials will be sent to you in one concise document, ready for you to enjoy!  Coach Collective project tutorials are created with currently available supplies from Fun Stampers Journey and provide measurements in inches only. This tutorial will be e-mailed to you by me, so if you do not receive it in 6 or so hours, please e-mail me.

There are THREE ways to get your copy of the September Coach Collective.

ONE – Receive a FREE copy of the September Coach Collective with your purchase of $50 or more at my online store. 

TWO:  Join My Team! Everyone on my team gets the Coach Collective every month FREE of charge. It’s one way I support my team with ideas. If you’d like to find out more about being on my team, click HERE. 

THREE – Purchase your copy of the September Coach Collective here for $15:   


If you need a reason to go shopping….CARD STOCK IS ON SALE!  Yes!!!! AND INK!!!  Save 20%  All solid cardstock and coordinating ink pads are 20% off this month!  Stock up and save. offer good SEPTEMBER 1-30, 2018

FSJ card stock is 80# weight, smooth and solid to the core.  We have 56 colors!  So there is sure to be a few colors you can add to your collection!  Card makers and paper crafters can never have enough colors!


3 Colors Combos that take Spring Botanicals into Fall

I love this floral stamp set called Spring Botanicals! (its a bundle too!) I needed a few fast, quick, clean and simple cards for a variety of uses.  This is the card I came up with .  As we are headed into fall I was not feeling spring colors so I reached for some non traditional flower colors This card  is Beach Breeze and Tin Pail.


This took less than 5 minutes to make!  yup!  Totally my style!


I loved the Beach Breeze color combo so much I went and made a few more of the clean and simple cards with Pumpkin Bread and Green Olive.  And then another with Raspberry Berry and Oatmeal Cookie.


Which one is your favorite?  I think I like the Raspberry Berry one the best!  as you know my favorite cards are the clean and simple cards!  I decided that this was the perfect choice for my IGTV Channel.  (Instagram TV) . Come Follow me on Instagram @jillmhilliard

I did load the video to you tube . The black sides are because its shot vertical. I still want to share the video here so I thought it was ok.

Here are the products I used in these cards . Click the image to shop in my online store.

Birthday Words Die

I love to make a one of a kind handmade birthday card.  Birthday cards and Thinking of you cards seem to be the ones I make the most! Introducing the Birthday Words die!  You can earn this for free with FSJ hostess benefits from orders (or parties) with sales of $150 or more.  Free stamping supplies are the best supplies!


This handmade birthday card is created with the Colorful Journey prints designer paper pack.  Pink and black…  You know its one of my favorites and with sparkles too!  This Birthday Words die cuts on this card are layered.  It is actually 2 die cuts, one black and one bubblegum just slightly off center.

I added some accents with cut rhinestones and fashion silver.  It picks up on the silver in the journey sparkle tape. Just the right amount of bling!

Coach Collective

Look at THIS!!! You are going to be on creative overload when this tutorial collection hits your inbox . Here is a sneak peek of all 12 projects. Can you guess what they are?  This exclusive Back To School tutorial by Coach Collective will be available on Sept 1st .  

Coach Collective September

I will be sharing pictures of my project on September 1st.  You can pre-order your copy today for just $15  (or get it for free with a $50 order in September, or when you join my team!)  Click on the PayPal button to order yours today!

note:  I send the tutorials out myself . So it may take a little bit for me to email it to you.  Coach Collective details can be seen here

Here are the products used on todays card:  Click the images to shop in my store.

Get Your Monster on!

It’s time to share one of my favorite stamp sets from the Fun Stampers Journey Holiday Catalog. The “Eyes On You” Monsters. This Halloween card can be for Halloween, or if you change the paper and the sentiment it can be birthday or any fun silly occasion.  These monster guys are so much fun!


I just can’t stand the cuteness.  The eyeglasses are an accessory in the book that made me fall in LOVE with these guys. they are plastic and they peel and stick. I loved them so much I bought 3 packs!  Now its August- and is is super dupe hot here (like over 100) and humid too!  Making a Halloween card was tough- I am still in summer mode!  


I liked this guy was fun to make!   I decided to make a video tutorial for this Halloween card!  Now it seems that every single stamp set I like in the Holiday catalog does NOT have a die.  So this one is fussy cut.  I don’t mind cutting images out– sometimes by the time I get the die out, line it up, and run it through the machine… I could have cut it out just as fast!!  Lets get to the Video Tutorial: 

Holiday Catalog:

In case you missed here is my holiday catalog highlight video where I share some of my favorites:

Here are the products I used on the card.  click the image to shop in my online store.  

Good Life Prints Paper

Showcasing the fabulous Good Life Prints paper on this beautiful card.  I created this for a team sketch this past week.

Good Life Prints paper- fun stampers journey

I love this layout with the circle on the right.  The layers of designer paper work well for this layout too. (I totally have used it before!!) Want to see a few more designs using this basic layout and paper?  you can visit here and here.

Coach Collective is just a few days away.  In addition to the 12 tutorials,  we have a 13th tutorial this month with a special guest designer, Lael!   Be sure to check back on 8/29!

coach collective

Here are the Fun Stampers Journey Products I used for todays card:

A Fruit Fest and Coach Collective Sneak Peek!

Say what? Fruit Fest doesn’t make any sense to me either but I did make an adorable shaker card with fruit pieces called Slice-fetti and my favorite pineapple Dude from Tropic-Cool.  In this case a Dude-ette!

Tropic-Cool shaker card, slice-fetti

I love a crisp white card and this one its perfect!  So lets learn how to make this cutie!  I have done a few shaker card tutorials,  but not a video. So here is my video.  It is pretty easy!

Here is another Tropic-Cool card (also white!) and here is another shaker card here in case you need a little more inspiration.

Coming soon: Coach Collective!

I can’t even believe I am on TWO Design Teams. The FSJ Creative Team (you can read about us here) and the Coach Collective! (Full details here.)  A total dream come true!

The September edition of Coach Collective is on the way and it is all about Back to School!  Here are the sneak peeks.

Coach Collective September

I am so proud of my project!!!  Coach Collective is a tutorial with 12 Fun Stampers Journey Coaches as contributors.  We collectively select a theme and each create an exclusive project just for you!  And these back to school projects are more than back to school.  You can use them for tons of different projects.  I know you will love them all!

Be sure to check back for more information on August 27th

Here are the products I used in the shaker card.  Click the pictures to shop in my online store.

Thanks for stopping by today!

GOT COFFEE? Check out this Coffee Gift Card Holder

Do you give coffee gift cards as a gift?  I do!  This coffee gift card holder will turn any card into a gift in just a few seconds.

coffee gift card holder, Fun Stampers Journey, Jill Hilliard

How great is this card in the buffalo plaid!  Makes a great masculine gift for any guy in your life!  I am totally loving these adorable Christmas Cheer coffee dimensional stickers and the Cozy Winter prints designer paper.

coffee gift card holder, Fun Stampers Journey, Jill Hilliard

There is almost no stamping on this coffee gift card holder!  Here are a few more versions:

coffee gift card holder, Fun Stampers Journey, Jill Hilliard
coffee gift card holder, Fun Stampers Journey, Jill Hilliard

Love the black and red.  So striking!  And here is a peek at the inside:

coffee gift card holder, Fun Stampers Journey, Jill Hilliard

I have a quick “How To” make this coffee gift card holder on my IGTV channel.  It is Episode 3!  You can make these is just about 5 minutes!  You can also just leave off the gift card and have cute adorable Christmas Coffee themed cards.  Hopefully the video link below works!

Here are the products I used to make these cards. Click the image to shop in my online store:

FSJ has just put the awesome craft totes on a HUGE sale here and  here.

Don’t Miss the August Prepped to play promotion here.

3 ways to use a print from the Gel Press!

Remember those gel press card backgrounds I made for a swap at convention?  Well… you only would remember them if you follow me on Instagram. I totally forgot to share them here. (oops!)  Regardless, I will share them now.  The background on this card is one of the rejects from the swap.   I rejected it because when I spread the acrylic paint with the brayer I didn’t quite get to the edge of the paper.  but as you know we paper crafters and card makers don’t put anything in the trash!

gel press card, Cottage Bouquet
Use the gel press to make a background for your cards

Turns out that that was the perfect place for a sentiment.  To make this gel press card background swap, I started with the FSJ acrylic paints in Pineapple Smoothie and Sweet Berry.   You can see more of how it came together below.  For the card,  I decided to go with gold heat embossed Cottage Bouquet flowers and gold mirror paper.  Plus a little silk splattered on!  I love the way this turned out. Simple and so very pretty!  & I love how I am learning to use the gel press leftovers!

Now lets see the original gel press background swap

I did not think at the time to take step by step gel press pictures.  So these will have to do. 

gel press background, Fringed Wall, FSJ

I made 26 of these backgrounds plus a few extras for me to use later!  It’s Sweet Berry and Pineapple Smoothie acrylic paint mixed on the gel press.  I mixed a good amount of paint on the gel press so I could press an 8.5 x11 sheet of whip cream card stock and then trim it to card front size(4.25 x 5.25).  When dry,  I stamped the Fringed Wall background stamp in Sweet berry ink.  Looks really cool doesn’t it?  

Here was my first card.  I stamped some outline style flowers (now retired) in whip cream ink.  The embellishments are rainbow drops, Spring Kisses (flowers) and the sentiment is die cut from the designer frames set. 

Gel Press card, Fun Stampers Journey

Each Gel press print comes out a little differently.   No 2 are exactly the same.  This card was another one made with the same background.  The difference is there are no white flowers and the Fringe Wall is stamped in bubblegum ink. I thought it was too light for the swap but saved the background for future use.

gel press card, strength and hope

Next Time I whip out my gel press I will make sure to create a Video Tutorial.  When I first joined FSJ, I was like – what the heck is a Journey gel press?  Then I ordered it and it sat in my stamp room for a few months. I was totally intimidated to say the least.  

It’s not so scary… and its actually fun!  You can see another gel press project with acrylic paint here (with step by step instructions and a video)  and a fun card made with re-inkers here and one with liquid colors here.

Here is an FSJ video that shows you how to use paint on the gel press.  I did not 100% do it the same but its close. I used less colors!

Here are the products I used in all of the cards.  click the image to shop in my online the store.

Price: $9.95

Price: $3.95

A Cup of Thanks Card

Need a handmade thank you card in a hurry? Have minimal supplies? Then this clean and simple card packs a punch. And it combine stamping and coffee– 2 of my favorite things!  Here is my Cup of Thanks Card

handmade thank you card

The Inside & Out stamp set provides sentiments for the both the outside and inside of your card.  It covers most of the major needs for handmade cards and paper crafting.  It is the one stamp set I am always reaching for!

handmade thank you card
handmade thank you card

I love when I can make a card from beautiful printed designer papers. But I also love to make a card from just plain boring cardstock.  This is where stamping becomes magical!  How fun is the coffee mug back ground?  Check out the video tutorial to see how easy it is to line up the cups to create a simple pattern on your card.

I hope you are inspired to make a handmade thank you card! Maybe even one with coffee!    Need to see a few more coffee cards?  Check this one out and this one here. And a few more card using the Inside Out stamp set?  Click here and here.

All Supplies are Fun Stampers Journey.  Click the Product link to shop in my online store.