Monday, November 16, 2015

Advent Projects - Part 3 {Fun Stampers Journey}

Hello friends! It's creeping closer and closer to December, and I'm feeling more and more READY for the festivities! Today I thought I'd share another project that I created with the Journey Advent Box Bundle from Fun Stampers Journey.  (It's even 30% off during November!) 
On this project, I used all of the elements from the bundle, except the advent boxes. Instead, I embellished a corrugated treat box. I wanted to point out how easy it is to use these tags on a project other than an advent project. I simply covered up the tag number with a die-cut circle, and this project can take on a totally new purpose! This box would also be a fun alternative to mix and match with the advent boxes throughout the Christmas count-down!

Thanks so much for coming by today! I'd love to know - do you have a family advent calendar tradition? Do you make the boxes, bags, or envelopes? Do you buy a premade calendar (no shame, people. . . we've had LEGO advent calendars for quite a few years in my household!) Happy holiday preparations - Christmas AND Thanksgiving!!!) Have a terrific day! xoxo

PS. If you've missed my other advent projects this month, click for my advent box, and advent tag card! 

 Supplies Used on Today's Project:
Treat Box (10 pack)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

November Monthly Meetup Challenge {Lil Inker Designs}

Man, I love it when a card comes together, don't you? I wasn't exactly sure what I was setting out to create, when I started this card for the November Monthly Meetup Challenge at Lil' Inker Designs. I grabbed some STARRY stuff, because this month's theme is STAR of the Show! I just started die-cutting and playing, and layering and putting colors together, and KAPOW. I must say, I'm really thrilled with how it turned out. 

To celebrate this month's theme, there are some goodies on sale at LID . . .on this card I used the Starry Sky Die, and the Star Fold Out Die, which are both 15% this week!

I'd love it if you join us for the Monthly Meetup Challenge! One lucky winner will receive a $35 gift certificate to the Lil' Inker Store! Stop on by the LID blog for all the details, and to link up your own starry project!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you'll join us in this months challenge. For more creativity and inspiration from Lil' Inker, visit the Lil' Inker blog - and then check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest

Lil' Inker supplies used on today's project:

(All links in today's post are affiliate links. When you make a purchase at Lil' Inker Designs, via my links, I may receive a small compensation . . .but you don't pay an extra penny! Sweet deal, right!?Thanks so much for shopping from my links!)

Monday, November 9, 2015

Advent Projects - Part 2 {Fun Stampers Journey}

Hello friends! Last week I shared an advent box created with Fun Stampers Journey's Advent Bundle - it includes everything you need to create a full set of advent boxes.  The bundle includes the boxes, adorable clothespins, the bread tag die (which you'll use a million times throughout the year) and the matching preprinted tags - counting down each day. There's also some fun cord and accessories to decorate it up however you want! Simple or fancy, it's up to you! Throughout the month, you'll see some projects created with the bundles, here on my blog, and on the FSJ blog

Today I want to show you a way to use many of these supplies to create something other than an advent box. I created this card using a preprinted tag, and the coordinating Bread Tag die, plus the jumbo clothespin, and gold berries. I even used the cord, by splitting off just the red color and making it into the snowman's scarf. I added some other dies and embellishments to finish it off. 
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Watch for more advent projects throughout the month, and be sure to check out the FSJ website for the advent bundle, and more inspiration on the FSJ blog!

Supplies used on today's projects:

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Advent Projects - Part 1 {Fun Stampers Journey}

Hello friends! I'm having a mixture of emotions about the upcoming holiday season, which suddenly is UPON US. (It's here people. November. HELLO.) I can't decide whether I'm ready to dive into the festivities and start decorating, or whether I want time to somehow slow the heck down. Seriously. November. 

November does bring some fun crafting projects though, as we anticipate December. (ARGGHH! December! STOP!!!) Fun Stampers Journey has a pretty dang fun bundle of goodness (and it happens to be 30% off this month) to help us count down to Christmas. The FSJ Advent Box Bundle includes everything needed to make your own advent boxes. Fill them with just about anything, and your family will be ready to count down to Christmas!

I spent a bit of time on this box, first embossing it and using the Create a Bow - Mini die, plus some extra stamped details. If you think ahead as you decorate, you could probably use the boxes year after year. And if you're in a hurry, the tags are all preprinted and ready to roll, so even if you just die-cut the tag (with the included Bread Tag die) and stick it on with some washi tape, you'll be good to GO. 

 Wondering what to fill your advent boxes with? Here are a few quick ideas:
-candy, cookies, popcorn (the holidays are ALL food ALL the time, right!?)
-movie or miniature golf tickets
-toy cars, Legos, Pokemon cards (can you tell I have BOYS in my house!?)
-nail polish and manicure goodies
-a notebook and pencil set
-craft supplies
-cocoa packets and marshmallows
-a small stuffed animal
-a scented candle
-golf balls and tees
-a coupon for family movie night, a date night, or a spa day

Check back all month long for more projects featuring the FSJ Advent Bundle, and be sure to stop by Fun Stampers Journey for more advent and autumn inspiration on their blog! Also, do you follow FSJ on Instagram and Pinterest? Don't miss any of the FUN!

Supplies used on this project:

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

You're Batty Halloween Card {Fun Stampers Journey}

Boo! It's almost trick-or-treat time! How about a fun Halloween card today? This card hasn't been seen on the Fun Stampers Journey blog - I created it just for you, for my little ol' blog!
I had fun using a variety of stamps to create the background on this card. Overlapping stamps and colors is a creative way to make a unique background for any image. I combined FSJ's Media Pattern, Creepy Crawly, and House To Home stamp sets to create a happy hangout for my bat.  I embossed the bat with Clear Pigment Ink, and Journey Black Embossing Powder, so he has a great puffy texture and shine in real life. To attach the bat, I popped him up on some foam squares for lots of dimension. I left a lot of white space to balance out all the busy patterns going on - it's always good to give the eyes a resting spot. 

Using background stamps, and texture/pattern stamps, we can create limitless looks on a card base. Experimenting with overlapping patterns and colors is one of my favorite ways to craft lately.What have you been creating? I'd love to sneak a peek! Link me up and I'll stop by and visit your blog!

PS. Don't forget the Fun Stampers Journey Fall Fest Sale going on through October 31st. Check out this short video featuring more Halloween and Thanksgiving projects from FSJ!

Products Used on Today's Project:

Friday, October 16, 2015

A Pretty Pink Card {Be Brave: Create Hope Card Drive}

Hello friends! I make a lot of cards . . .do you? (You probably wouldn't be reading this blog if you didn't!) I often have shoeboxes filled with cards that I've created, and they don't always get mailed as often as they should. Part of the reason so many crafters love to make cards is because it feels good to GIVE THEM AWAY. It's sharing the love. So will you join me in creating some cards, or grabbing some already-made cards from your stash, to share the love with others? 

Richard Garay and the Journey Crew at Fun Stampers Journey are collecting cards for our first ever Be Brave: Create Hope Card Drive. The cards will be shared through local agencies to those battling breast cancer, as well as their very important caregivers, family members and support system.  All of the information to participate is below - I hope you'll join us during the month of October, and help us reach our goal of collecting 300 cards. . .we're well on our way! (I bet we can even surpass that goal!)

(card's full supply list can be found here, on the FSJ blog

Today's card was featured on the Fun Stampers Journey blog a few weeks ago, but it's just perfect for today's post. I have been having fun exploring watercolor techniques with the Fun Stampers Journey reinkers. To create the pink splash, I applied drops of Sweet Berry and Bubble Gum reinkers to an acrylic block. Then I tapped or "kissed" another acrylic block to the first - it blends the inks together, and then I tapped that onto the white cardstock block. After heat setting it (an important step) I stamped the flower in Black Licorice ink over the top, and then added a splash of our Bubble Gum Silk.  (If you aren't familiar with the FSJ Silks. . .let me tell you they are FUN. Check out Richard Garay's great video all about Silks on YouTube!) 

And now, all the details on the Be Brave: Create Hope Card Drive

If you mail some cards in to the FSJ office, head back here to my blog and let me know in the comment section . . .I'll choose a commenter (or two) and I'll mail YOU a card created by me! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and thanks for considering this worthwhile cause! xoxo

Want to see more projects from Fun Stampers Journey? Follow my FSJ Pinterest board where I pin my own work, as well as other FSJ projects that I love!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Monster Treat Time boxes {Fun Stampers Journey}

Hello friends! Today I'd like to share a Halloween treat box. I love October so much, and it's halfway over before I've even done much to enjoy it! Therefore, I'm not letting another day rush by without some candy corn and a little Halloween crafting. Are you with me!?

I am completely smitten with the Journey Advent Boxes, in the Fun Stampers Journey Holiday Mini catalog. The boxes are available on their own, or in an Advent Box Bundle to create countdown-to-Christmas treats. For today's project, I gave a box some Halloween flare, and I did a little extra customizing. The boxes are assembled to look like the box below, but I discovered that I could easily slip my finger along the glued edge to open the box. 

Once I could lay it flat, I was able to roll it through my die cutting machine to cut an oval from the center, as well as emboss the front with the cutie-patootie Yummy Dots embossing folder. Afterwards, I simply re-adhered the one edge and assembled the box. 

Once the box was assembled, came the fun part - I loved combining the funny little Greeting Earthling monsters with some Halloween sentiments. This stamp set isn't outwardly Halloween - but it sure works, doesn't it!? I love finding new and unexpected uses for products. (I suppose using wiggle eyes as enamel dots also falls into that category!)

I'm planning to start sharing more of my Fun Stampers Journey and Richard Garay projects on my blog in the coming weeks and months. I hope you'll enjoy them! If there's anything you'd love to see, let me know in the comments or shoot me an email! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great week! (Soak up all the October goodness while it lasts!) xoxo

Products used on today's project:

(All FSJ products must be purchased through a Journey Coach. I am not a Journey Coach at FSJ, but you can shop as well as find a coach on the FSJ website!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Lil' Inker Designs October Release Blog Hop {Day 3}

Hello friends! It's Day 3 of the Lil' Inker Designs October Release Blog Hop! Tell me - have you been LOVING this release!? Are you all ready to get your holiday crafting ON!? (If you're just starting here, head over to the LID blog to start at the beginning!)

Today's projects feature lots of Christmas goodness. 
First up, clean and simple, just how I love it. . .

The new Christmas Words Tag Trio dies are so very cute and clever. You can die cut this and use it on it's own as a gift tag or card embellishment, (or snip the loop off to use as a sentiment on it's own!) I tied the word tag, along with the Ornamental Christmas tree die for a SPEEDY QUICK card. The Cover Up Die: Stitched Woodgrain finishes off the card with a simple background.

Next up, a fairly traditional holiday ornament card. Lots of opportunities for layering plus mixing and matching with the Oh My Ornaments die set! Plus the stamps from All The Christmas You'll Ever Need Stamps fit just perfectly in these ornaments! (Do I need to mention that the possibilities are ENDLESS here!?)

Okay, so up next. . . .how sweet is this Santa!? This little guy is a really cool set - check our the Make a Santa Die & Stamp Set Bundle. . .

So, I figured you'd get to see lots of examples of Santa using our Triangle Treat Holder Die, but I thought it would be fun to put him on a card. I actually used one of the ornament dies from Oh My Ornaments, for Santa's face. And I put the sentiments together on our Speech Bubbles dies. (Another of my constant go-to die sets!) I was thinking the Santa head that I created would make a really fun gift tag too!

I hope you've been LOVING our blog hop this week! 
It's always fun to share and be inspired together! 
Next up, head over to Jennifer Carter!

Lil' Inker Designs Products used on today's projects:

All Lil' Inker links are affiliate links. This means that if you shop from my links, I may receive a small compensation - but you don't pay an extra penny! Sweet deal, huh!? Thanks so much for shopping from my links! xoxo