Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Creative Blooms Challenge for September

What a month it has been!  I have been demonstrating and promoting Fun Stampers Journey at the Los Angeles County Fair, so I have not been creating like I have wanted to.  Last night I made myself sit down and create!
I wanted to create a card that fulfilled the Challenges over at Creative Blooms.  The color challenge is:
The sketch challenge for this month is:
Here is the card I created:
I am so glad that it is fall by the calendar, but it sure is not fall in the weather around here.  I love fall weather, colors and smells.  I created this card using 1 1/4 inch squares of Candy Apple and Kiwi Slice Cardstock.  I then stamped the maple leaf from the Autumn Days set with Cocoa Powder ink.  I used Natural Journey Twine and a Wooden Accent button to finish off the card.  

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Los Angeles County Fair Recap

Wow, I can not believe that September is almost gone!  September was a whirlwind month due to demonstrating at the fair.  It was incredibly hot every weekend, so I used the week to recuperate before returning this next weekend.  It was a fun experience and I would totally do it again.  This was the last weekend of the fair and I wanted to recap our experience.
Here are some of the highlights from the month:
Here are two of the first ladies we had that first night.  They were so excited to do our make and take.  This project introduced our Create a Bow-Mini die cut out of Bubble Gum, Pineapple Smoothie and Pool Play cardstock. 
This young ladies was a great joy to talk to.  She was so excited to just make a card.  Before she left, I noticed that the card we were making matched her shirt.  I just had to take a picture. 
The card we made that week was using the Sweet Chirp ATS in Black Licorice Ink and Brushstroke Stamp Set in Pool Play, Beach Breeze and Blue Lagoon Ink. 
The best part of the whole fair was creating and sharing the Journey with everyone that stopped by.
Here is Delaine and I in our booth.  We hope to do it again next year and can't wait!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Holiday Wishes

Christmas in September!  I love Christmas so Christmas any time of the year is ok by me.
This card is using all new products from our new Holiday Catalog (link to the right).
I stamped the reindeer from the Jolly Friends stamp set on Whip Cream Cardstock with Black Licorice Ink.  I then colored the reindeer using our new Fusion Blender, Cranberry Bliss Reinker and Dark Roast Reinker.
To color with the Fusion Blender, you fill one of our Blending Brushes with the solution.  On a clear block, place a few drops of the reinker of your choice.  Then pick up the color with the brush and color.  It is that easy, but it takes practice to color this way.
I finished the card using Winter Fresh Pattern Paper, Rich Coral Cardstock, Kiwi Slice Cardstock.  I stamped "holiday wishes" with Black Licorice Ink and attached a few Journey Sequins-Special Celebrations.  A little Journey Glaze on his nose and hooves and he is ready to be sent for some Holiday Cheer.  Enjoy!

Friday, September 11, 2015

September Calendar

Can you believe it already September?  Where has the year gone?
Today, I would like to share the calendar spread I created for September.

For the calendar side, I took a small piece of Whip Cream Cardstock and stamped the Newsprint Background on it using Rock Candy Ink.  I then adhered this to the calendar base.  On a scrap piece of Whip Cream Cardstock I stamped the stars from the Star Bright Stamp Set, in Summer Days, Candy Apple and Huckleberry Fusion Ink.  I also stamped My Type typewriter on a scrap of Whip Cream Cardstock with Black Licorice Ink.  I fussy cut these out and used popup squares to attached them to the layout.  I added Journey Glaze and Journey Sparkle Dust to the Summer Days and Huckleberry Fusion Stars.
I tied some Black Licorice Journey Twine around the calendar piece and tied a bow. 
To finish off the calendar, I stamped the sentiment from the Star Bright set with Huckleberry Fusion Ink of Whip Cream Cardstock banner and cut banner ends on each side.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Los Angeles Fair Recap

I have great news!  I won 4 third place ribbons at the Fair!  I was so surprised!  Here are the four cards that I placed on.
If you are in the area, I encourage you to come out to the fair.  A fellow coach, Delaine Pedivill and I are also doing demos and free make-and-takes on Fridays from 5-8pm and on Saturdays from 10am-2pm.  

Monday, September 7, 2015

Fred Snowman

Today, I have another card I made with Winter Fred.  Did I tell you how much I love snowmen?
I created the base of the card with Pool Play Cardstock, Whip Cream Cardstock and Winter Fresh Prints.  
The scallop is from the Hoo-Ray! Stamp set stamped on Whip Cream Cardstock with Beach Breeze ink.  I fussy cut this out and placed it on the left side of the card.  I then die cut a Treat Label out of Pool Play Cardstock, cut in half and placed this to the right of the scalloped piece.
To cover the seam between these two pieces, I placed a strip of Winter Fresh Prints.
Winter Fred is stamped with Beach Breeze Ink and highlighted with Beach Breeze ink and a sponge.  I then stamped him again with Hazelnut Blend on Whip Cream Cardstock to paper piece the stick arms.  I then stamped him with Black Licorice Ink on Orange Creamcicle and Candy Apple Cardstock to paper piece the nose and scarf.  
I finished him off by adding Journey Glaze and Journey Sparkle Dust to the highlighted area of him and then covered the rest of him with Journey Glaze.
The card is finished with ribbon (not FSJ product) and a White Button threaded with Whip Cream Thread.  Enjoy!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Sweet Day Scrapbook Layout

Here is the fifth project I entered in the Los Angeles Fair.  This was the only scrapbook layout I entered.  Here is how I made it.
First, I used Bubble Gum 12 x12 Cardstock as the base for my layout.  I cut strips of paper from Yummy Prints and Cardstock in Beach Ball and Grape Fusion in different lengths and widths to create the flags down the right side and top left side.  I anchored these to a strip of Pool Play Cardstock and Sweet Pear Cardstock.
Next, I cut pieces of Whip Cream Cardstock to be used as mats for the pictures.
I stamped the sentiment from the Yummy and Delicious Stamp Set in Grape Fusion Ink in the top right corner.
Using Bubble Gum Satin Ribbon and tying Whip Cream Thread every inch, I created the ribbon embellishments on the top left and down the right side.  I attached these to my layout using hot glue.
To create the Layout Title, I cut out letters on my Cricut from the sprinkle paper in the Yummy Prints Paper Pack.
To finish off the layout I threaded a pink heart button from the Journey Color Buttons II pack with Whip Cream Thread and placed it in the left corner area.  Lastly, I added some Candy Dots next to the photo mats on the left bottom area, the top right area and across the flag on the bottom.
I am looking forward to seeing if I win anything for my layout.  Stay tuned because I will be doing a recap post about all my fair entries soon after Sept. 7th.  Enjoy!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Flower Pot Friendship

Here is a fun card with lots of parts.  It is the fourth card I am entering in the Los Angeles County Fair starting on September 7th,
This card is a basic stair step in the middle card.  You can find the tutorial here.
I then created a flowerpot out of Oatmeal Cookie Cardstock by cutting a folder piece of cardstock. (The fold becomes the bottom of the pot).  I then folded the front top part of the flower pot down to create the rim.  I very lightly pressed on the Oatmeal Cookie Ink Pad to create a little texture on the pot all over.
The strip at the bottom made of Whip Cream Cardstock, inked with Kiwi Slice Ink and stamped with a sentiment from the Sentimental Prints set, becomes a small pocket for the flower pot to sit in.
I then took a small piece of Whip Cream Cardstock to make an insert for the flower pot, which then became the base for my flowers as well.  I cover the base with pattern paper from the Journey Basic Brights Paper Pack.
I stamped flowers from the Sweet Today stamp set in Sweet Berry, Lemon Drop, Orange Creamcicle, and Watermelon Fusion on Whip Cream Cardstock I cut these out and then using a piece of foam and the large stylus end of my Bloom Tool, I created the dimension of the flowers.
I finished the card off by adding pearls to the larger flowers and Journey Glaze and Journey Sparkle Dust to the "daisy" flowers.
I will post soon after the 7th with the results of my entries.  Stay tuned!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Card in a box

Today I want to share one of my entries I created for the Los Angeles County Fair.  The fair starts next week, so I will find out if it won.  Until then, here is how I made it.
I found a really great tutorial here
First, I created the card box with Whip Cream Cardstock.  I created layers on each of the flaps and the back with Black Licorice Cardstock and Whip Cream Cardstock.  I stamped the leaves and vines from the Special Lady stamp set in Kiwi Slice Ink.  I fussy cut the leaves and popped them up to add dimension.
I then stamped with Black Licorice Ink on Candy Apple Cardstock, the ladybugs and Lemon Drop Cardstock for the flowers.  I fussy cut these and added them sporadically throughout the card. 
To make the flowers have some shape and dimension I used the largest stylist end on my Bloom Tool, and pushing onto a piece of foam in a circular motion, I created the rounded, blooming look.
I placed the "embellishments" in the middle area, standing up by using small pieces of acetate.  I finished off the card by adding Pearls to the flowers and stamped the sentiment "You make me smile" in Black Licorice Ink
Watch out for my fair recap coming soon after September 7th.  Enjoy!