Friday, November 16, 2018

It Shakes!

As I've been playing with my Spellbinder's Nov. Large Die of the Month (Club) I watched their video on different ideas using it.  They made an adorable shaker card and, since I haven't made one in AGES I just had to have a go at it.

I've also been playing with trying to make graphics of my projects.  How does this look? Do you like, not like, do anything different (other than make it bigger)???

Anyway,  here's bigger pics...

I had fun making this.  In fact, so much fun I made another that I'll share later!

Products Used:
Stamps: Sparkle Trim
Card stocks: Whip CreamPomegranate Splash, and Catalina Splash
Print Paper: retired Christmas Cheer Prints (we all have Christmas paper somewhere!)
Speciality Paper: Clearview Sheets
Ink: Pomegranate Splash
Dies: Spellbinders November Large Die of the Month (Club)
Sequins: Special Celebrations and Holiday Elements
Other Embellishments: gems from my stash
Adhesives: Easy Glide Runner, White Tape, Foam Tape, and Foam Squares Med.
Tools: Platinum machine, Paper Trimmer, Details Pro Shears,

Also, at each club page there is LOTS of inspiration to go with the monthly kit!

Have you ever clicked through a link since November 1??


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Tag, You're It!

I really didn't have a solid plan yesterday when I made my FB Live video for my Stampin Carol page but, I think it came out ok.  I investigated different ways of using a few products to make tags and after the video I finished the 4 I was playing with.

Basically I just played with placement of different elements and some suggestions while making the video. But these 4 came about (kinda).

This one used a FSJ sticker (a gift with purchase or hostess benefit a year or so ago) that I colored with Color Splash Pencils. I also used my Small Dauber, pad, Pool Play ink, Cloud Dreams die cut (as a stencil), and Sparkle Silk.

I used a Spellbinder die, Woodland Deer (on sale!) and a FSJ die, Frosty Snowflake, for this.  I colored places on the deer using Color Splash pencils. The tag paper is some from my stash.

For these 2 tags I used Winter Build-A-Scene ATS stamp set and Winter Build-A-Scene die set. Also used Fresh Forest, Black Licorice, and Hazelnut Blend inks along with my Color Burst Pencils (snowman). I made the same background as the first tag. And I used Sparkle Silk on the backgrounds and you can see it clearly.

I used the Steel Rule Tag Set die for all, added either Journey Thread Silver or Gift Twine, and used various FSJ card stocks. I hand wrote the To/From using either a fine tip Sharpie or black journaling pen. For adhesives I used the Easy Glide Runner and Foam Squares med. (I cut them to fit where I needed), my Platinum machine to die cut, and my Details Pro Shears to cut out the small snowman.

Did you watch my video?  Just click on the YouTube logo and look for the Nov. 14 video.  It's unedited and lasts just over 15 minutes.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

it's Another Wednesday, Another Workdesk

Well, it feels like I've had a little time between last week and this week for some reason.  I went to a meeting last Saturday then spent the day shopping for certain items.  I found the Snow-Tex by DecoArt and a lamp for the kitchen window.  I wanted the lamp as the daughter got her dad a cool wifi light bulb! Yep, we can turn it on and off and dim or brighten by telling Alexa!  What a hoot! But today is special, it's the day you get the opportunity to view my desk and, if you click through to Julia at the Stamping Ground, the links to many other desks! So, don't faint when you see the following....

I have been very busy!  I've been playing with Spellbinders November Large Die of the Month!  I have made a cute Christmas tree with a little box in it and 2 shaker cards!  The Tree was posted yesterday and the shaker cards will be Friday and next Monday (at least that's the plan).  If you click on the picture to enlarge the cards and tree are near the base of my OTT light just to the left of the ink pads.   Also there I have a pile of card stock sitting on my ArtBin of Spellbinder dies, some green dies that coordinate with the stamp set under them, some markers (I cleaned my computer desk and those have not been put away),  a Spellbinder deer die I got free, my baggie of foam pop dots and my Platinum 6. Behind those items, who knows what.  I really need to clean my table!

Here is our new lamp on the kitchen countertop.  I would love to find 2 ceiling light fixtures to match.  Our current fixtures came with our manufactured home and I'm tired of them.

I do have a request... I've been trying to make some graphics to share on Pinterest and maybe Instagram.  How does the following look?  Is it big enough?

I love how some of the projects on Pinterest show a project and it's close up along with some text all together and I was playing on my Print Shop a bit.  I haven't the foggiest idea what I'm doing.

Well, hmmm.... I started this post with that.  Anyway... you've reached the end and please head over to the Stamping Ground and check out the other desks.  You'll even find some cool projects!!


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Christmas Tree with a Gift Box

Last Friday I got my November Spellbinder's Large Die of the Month and played a bit that afternoon.  Yesterday I finished my project and, I have to admit, it's pretty cool!

I used some retired FSJ print paper and a silver glitter paper I recently bought for this purpose. The Kiwi Slice card stock behind the glittery tree since it coordinated with my print and Journey Thread Silver is available.  I also used some red Stickles from my stash to make the ornaments.  The Stickles took forever to dry since I put it on so thick but I wanted to cover the glittery silver as much as possible.

Isn't this just so cool!!

Here you can see the little box inside the tree.

I think some Hershey Kisses or Dove Nuggets would fit better but this is all I had.  Wouldn't this be fun to give to a special friend??

These might make a great item for a craft fair, too! They don't fold flat but I bet you can hang them on a tree or the like!


Monday, November 12, 2018

A Christmas Deer

To all the veterans out there, THANK YOU for your service! May God bless you and your families.

Last Friday I made this card during my FB Live Video.  But after I finished the video and was picking things up to get ready to take a picture of my card, the red deer dropped on my card.  It was an OMG moment!! What came next was the finishing touch! 

I carefully pealed up the banner over the green deer and adhered the red one slightly offset over the green! Then I replaced the banner.

Here you can see the slight offset.  Kinda looks a bit like a shadow, don't you think?

Stamps: Winter Build A Scene AT and Flannel Life
Dies: Winter Build A Scene, Circle Around, and Border Basics
Inks: Fresh Forest and Pomegranate Splash
Card Stocks: Pomegranate Splash, Pool Play, and Whip Cream
Print Paper: Cozy Prints
Embellishments: Journey Thread Silver and Fashion Silver
Adhesives: Easy Glide Runner, Foam Squares Med, and Foam Squares Small
Tools: Details Pro Shears, Platinum machine, Bloom Tool, and Clear Block C

You'll have to watch my video on YouTube to see how this card was before I had my ah ha moment. Just clink on the YouTube logo and look for the Nov. 9, 2018 video.


Friday, November 9, 2018

Escape the Ordinary

I attend a monthly stampers get-together called SALSA, Stampers At Large Stamping Away.  And each month I take part in the mystery item card swap.  Last month we were given some glittery pom poms.  I chose red and blue and earlier this week my ideas started coming together.

This is the first time this stamp set seen the light of ink and I really like how this turned out!

Stamp Set: Escape the Ordinary
Die Set: Escape the Ordinary
Card stock: Candy Apple, Beach Ball, Lemon Drop, and Whip Cream
Print Paper: Good Vibes
Inks: Beach Ball and Candy Apple
Embellishments: Party Burst Dots
Embossing Folder: All Stars
Adhesives: Easy Glide Runner, Foam Squares Med., and 3/8" Glue Dots from Glue Dots
Tools: Platinum machine, Details Pro Shears

Isn't this a hoot! I even finished the inside with a piece of Whip Cream card stock stamped with the phrase: be bright, be happy, be you

For what occasion would you give this?


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Twice the Joy in Red and Green

Yesterday I made my Wednesday FaceBook Live Video (now on YouTube).  I made a Christmas card using assorted FSJ stamps, dies, and papers. 

I tried different layouts and this one seemed to work the best though I'm not sure if I like it.

Here's a close up look at the pine cone and branch dies and some details.

Stamps: Flannel Life
Dies: Dashing Deer (no longer available, Snapshot Frames (Joy) and Branch & Cone
Inks: Candy Apple and Fresh Forest
Card stocks: Fresh Forest, Candy Apple, Butter Cream, Oatmeal Cookie, Hazelnut Blend, and Whip Cream
Specialty Paper: Corrugated Stock
Silks: Cranberry Bliss and Gold
Embellishment: berries from my stash
Adhesives: Glaze, Foam Squares Med., Foam Squares SmallEasy Glide Runner, and glue pen
Tools: Platinum machine, Bloom Tool, Details Pro Shears, and Clear Block J

Check out my YouTube videos by clicking on the link in the side bar. And what do you think of my cards?  What would you change?


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Tidy Desk and Christmas Tags

I swear Wednesday comes every couple of days instead of every 7! I think I've just been so busy that the days just fly by!  Last Wednesday I worked at church preparing for The Blast, our Halloween alternative for kids (had over 200 registered between 1 and 12 years of age not including the rest of their families!). Then last Saturday I went to our monthly Casas Paper Crafters get together. Then there was work last Thursday and Monday, church on Sunday, and busy yesterday preparing to make my FB Live video later this morning and what not.  But today, yep today, you get the opportunity to see my desk along with oodles of other desks, should you check out the links, put together by our head desker, Julia at the Stamping Ground.

I stood back a ways to give you this view.  There still is another shelf above the one with the little white drawers which holds stuff that rarely get used. You can see a pile of card stocks, dies, and stamps just to the left of my actual work area.  These are to remind me of the products I use when I make my video (it and many others are on my YouTube channel at the link in the sidebar).  At the top center of my blue mat is a completed card under the one I have prepared to complete on my video.  This is about the tidiest my desk has been in ages!  The black thing far left is my TV remote as the TV is just outside the picture. I watch Amazon Prime and Netflix and also listen to a variety of stations on IHeartRadio.

Last Saturday at Casas we had our annual Christmas Tag Swap.  Here's the table with all the tags almost ready for us to walk around and pick up tags. There was 18 of us participating and we all gave 1 to a member who had eye surgery. I got 1 of mine back.

Here's what I got.  The little gnome tag bottom left is mine. This was my first time to participate as I joined just a couple months before last year's swap and didn't join in.  I will be doing this again!

Tonight we're going out for a special dinner.  It's my hubby's birthday!  My dad and his wife are taking us to someplace new to us. We'll be skipping church tonight but this is special.

Please now head over to the Stamping Ground and check out the others will to share their desks in whatever condition it was when they took the picture.  You'll find some great projects and possibly some great scenery pictures!


Tuesday, November 6, 2018


Fun Stampers Journey is nearing 10,000 followers on FaceBook and are challenging crafters to share the love of crafting!

1. Make sure you've liked and are following Fun Stampers Journey on Facebook.
2. Create a project using the CELEBRATION theme and share it on your blog, Facebook page, or Instagram feed.
3. Leave a comment below with a link to your project & tagging a friend who might want to play along, too!
Ten winners will be selected from our followers that have commented on this image with a link to their project + tagged a friend. Winners will be announced on this post once FSJ reaches 10,000 followers. We will tag the winner, but check back to see if you’ve won. Prizes will be shipped from the Journey Station.
So, I made a card!!

I used a variety of FSJ products which is listed below.

Do you like my shiny balloons!  I added Journey Glaze to them!

I even outlined the Celebrate with the Glaze!

Stamp set: Celebration Script
Print Paper: Playful Prints

Wouldn't this card be great for a birthday or anniversary?  How about a special event?  
Doesn't it remind you of oodles of balloons being released into the sky?


Monday, November 5, 2018

Joy To The World

Did you see my YouTube video from last Friday?  I was having some fun playing the the 3D Angel die from Spellbinders using different card stocks.

The far left angel was made with the white from Pearled Basics card stock. The pearl is on both sides so the angel looks great from any direction.  I added a loop of Journey Thread Silver to hang it.
For the middle angel I used our Brushed Gold card stock which is also double sided. I plan on adding a loop of Journey Thread Gold to hang it.
The right angel used Brushed Silver card stock.  Again I'll use Journey Thread Silver for hanging.

I did a 4th angel using our Mirror Silver card stock.  It's not double sided so it really won't work that well as an ornament but I mounted it on a card and love the effect!  I added a double loop bow of Journey Thread Silver and attached with a Glue Dot. And before adhering the angel and sentiment I flicked some Whip Cream and Sparkle Silks for fun.
Card stocks: Whip Cream and Black Licorice
Print paper: Cozy Prints
Stamps: Oh Holy (retired)
Ink: Black Licorice
Silk: Whip Cream and Sparkle
Thread: Journey Thread Silver
Dies: Journey Ovals
Tools: Details Pro Shears, Platinum Machine, Bloom Tool, Clear Block K, and Paper Trimmer
Adhesives: Easy Glide Runner, Foam Squares Med., and Glue Dots

I actually adhered the back part of the angel down flat on the black oval then cut a medium foam square in half and adhered 1/2 on 1 side between the layers and the other half on the other side. I did end up adding a glue dot at the very bottom up against the slit to keep the top part of the bottom of the angel down.

Head on over to my YouTube link and check out my video.  It's not edited as I don't know how but I think I give you a good look at the angels and how I put them together.