Tuesday, October 16, 2018

More Pillow Boxes and a Goody!

Did you see my post yesterday?  Well, I have 5 more little Pillow Box treats to share plus a goody!

The goody is a box of Animal Crackers I covered with some black light-weight paper from my stash.

I used a retired stamp from last year that had not yet seen the dark of ink!  Oh my! This cute character is "Lil Monster"!  I added current and retired dot embellishments and added some color with our Color Burst Pencils.  Isn't he just adorable!! He's for our grandson who is lactose intolerant but he can eat these with no problems!

I used an assortment of products on these little boxes.

Stamps: Party Ghosts
Dies: Party Ghosts and Snapshot Frames
Inks: Black Licorice & Hazelnut Blend
Silks: Black Licorice and Sparkle
Card Stocks: Citrus Cooler, Tangerine Fusion, Black Licorice, Lavender Fusion, Grape Fusion, and
Whip Cream
Other: Color Burst Pencils, Platinum machine, Foam Squares, White Liner tape

Aren't these just too fun!! What have you made for Halloween?


Monday, October 15, 2018

Halloween Pillow.... Boxes!

Last Friday I made a FB Live video showing a couple cute little Halloween Pillow Boxes I made for the gals at our Credit Union.  (You can watch it by clicking on my YouTube logo in the sidebar then clicking on my Oct 12 video.)  I had just gotten in the cute Mini Pillow Die and just HAD to play with it!

I used our Black Licorice card stock, Black Licorice ink, and more! How do you like the mini bow?  That is made from our Create A Bow Mini die and paper from our Fall-O-Ween Prints.

These are pretty small and I was able to get the small packages of M & Ms in them.  You can also fill with Dove candies, Nuggets, or whatever as long as its small.

Also used:
Card Stocks: Tangerine Fusion
Silks: Black Licorice and Sparkle
Stamps: Holiday Clips

Tomorrow I'll be sharing 5 more little Pillow Boxes as I need 7 total for the gals at our credit union.

Do you make little goodies like this for special people in your life?


Friday, October 12, 2018

A Fall Wreath

Over on my FB page a couple days ago and on my Instagram account I gave a teaser of some items I made for a special project.  Well, I did finish it and it is now hanging on my front door!

I used a wide variety of card stocks and dies.
Bloom Cluster, Clover Bloom, Cottage Bloom, Star Burst Bloom, Summer Branch, Wedding Sprig, and Summer Bouquet SR.  
As to which card stocks, I don't remember.  I just pulled those that made me think of fall colors.
I added ink to the tips of all the flowers pieces before assembling.
I also used my Platinum machine as the Summer Bouquet die is huge!

I also used an assortment of fun dots from our many collections.
A bit of Tangerine Fusion Ribbon for the bow and some Natural Twine to hang a couple of my favorite colored beads (they do have some copper color in them).  And I used a braided rope wreath I purchased this past spring from a craft/hobby store in our town and on sale!

Don't forget that as of Nov 1 all my links will not work as we transition to a new website that has both FSJ and Spellbinders. I am an affiliate for both and will get the link when the time comes.  You can head to Spellbinders now by clinking on the link in the sidebar.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Christmas Is On The Way!

Yesterday I made a FB Live video making the card I'm sharing here.   I do have a link in the left sidebar to my YouTube page if you so desire to watch my videos.  They're unedited and all me. You know, that could be a scary thing as I do share some personal info now and then, my phone sometimes rings and wobbles from being bumped, and who knows what!  My hubby says I can be very funny.

But on to my card.  I need to get my Christmas card samples done to show at my Oct. 26 class. I needed 2 cards using our beautiful Christmas Sprig stamp set and this is number 2.  I'll have to look back to see if I shared the first one.

I was inspired by a card made by a friend though I did change it a bit.

I colored with our Color Splash Pencils and used Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Ovals LG dies (SKU: S4-111).  Since I'm an affiliate for both companies I can start using my SB dies and YOU can purchase them (through the SB link in the sidebar)!

Other Products Used:
Card Stocks: Black Licorice and Whip Cream
Silk: Cranberry Bliss
Twine: Candy Apple
Ink: Black Licorice
Other: Pearls, Blending Brush Lg, Platinum machine, Bloom Tool, Paper Trimmer, Crease Tool, Easy Glide Runner, Foam Squares Med., Heat Tool, and Details Pro Shears

Please remember that all the links I give here will NOT work as of Nov. 1.  Posts after that date will have the new links or SKU numbers.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Another Workdesk Wednesday!

Didn't we just do this a couple days ago??  Sure seems that way.  But I have been busy on a variety of things, including becoming an affiliate for Spellbinders!!!  Also have applied for my Arizona State Sales Tax Permit, a PayPal business account, and getting the PayPal credit card swipe!  Goodness!

Anyway, enough of my busy business days but today you, my dear reader, get the opportunity to view my desk, and, if you take on the mission, the viewing of oodles of desks all over the U.S. and Europe!  All this has been put together by Julia at the Stamping Ground!  I have to admit I was working on a Christmas project yesterday and almost forgot to take my picture!

Now, the project on my desk has almost been completed! But I'll try to share that next week.  So, you see a pile of stamps and such to the far left, my project pieces in the middle, tools and my large Platinum machine far right.  This project, and a couple more similar, must be done before Thanksgiving as they will be needed by the recipient right after for the Christmas decorating!

But I did finish a fall project last night that I love.  Here are some of it's pieces...

This project will be shared here on my blog possibly tomorrow or Friday so you will need to come back or maybe next week I'll share the link to it.

So please head on over to the Stamping Ground and check out the links to all the desks!  Maybe we'll pass in the process!


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Red Sails on the Sea

As I was trying to figure out the title to this post and looking at my card I was reminded of the old OLD song, Red Sails in the Sunset.  It still plays now and then on a IHeart station I listen to and I can sing along with it almost entirely.  But this card came about because of the "netting" on it.  That was the mystery item we were given last month at a monthly stamp group in Tucson.  It is actually an item from the $ store called Mummy netting or something to that effect.

Does it look like fish net?? Did you notice the piercing around the oval?  It's included in the die set!

I used FSJ Color Splash Pencils to color the stamped images but the green in the sea isn't showing up as it does IRL. There is a more definite difference between the sky and sea on the card.

Stamps: The Bright Side
Ink: Black Licorice
Card Stocks: Whip Cream and Beach Breeze
Dies: Journey Ovals
Coloring: Color Splash Pencils
Other: Blending Brush, Craft Glue, Foam Squares, Blue Skies Sequins, and the Platinum machine

I really like how this turned out.


Monday, October 8, 2018

Skeletons and Treats

Last Friday I made a FB Live video while making this cute little treat box.  If you watched it (you can go to my YouTube Channel - Link on sidebar) I mentioned about it easily becoming a headless skeleton.  I did fix that issue before it happened but a friend watching got a real kick from me saying that.  It really tickled my funny bone, too.

Here's the finished treat box.  Since our Triangle Treat die set really needs 12" paper I grabbed this skeleton print from our Fall-O-Ween Prints but had to go to a retired stamp set for a skeleton! I probably should have (I still can....) ordered our Skeletons Dance Bundle as it would have worked perfectly for this!!!

You have to carefully pull on the skeleton's head to open the end of the box to get to the goodies.  I have added a small Foam Square to keep this little guy from becoming headless.  I think I need to add a little pull tab or ribbon to use instead.

I put a couple little bags of M & Ms in the box to show you how this opens. 

Other products used:
Card stocks:  Whip Cream & Black Licorice
Other Stamps: Happy Pumpkin Bundle
Other Dies: Pennant Fun
Ink: Black Licorice
Silk: Black Licorice
Bling: Rhinestones
Other: White Liner Tape, Craft Glue, Crease Tool, Bloom Tool, Foam Squares Med., Details Pro Shears, and Platinum machine

I have used this die set to make "cake" boxes and do have a YouTube video dated July 6 of this year.

I think I"m about done with Halloween projects.  We don't really celebrate it but do take part working at our church doing an alternative to Halloween party for children and to give them a safe place to play games, eat, and have fun. 


Friday, October 5, 2018

Pumpkin on a Match Box

I'm still playing with our FSJ Matchbox Steel Rule Die and made this little box for our youngest great grandson who is 3.  I know he won't appreciate the work in it but will be looking for what's in it so I didn't get very fancy.

I splatted the top with our Black Licorice Silk and afterward thought it made the pumpkin look like it has the measles! The scallop square is made using an old Spellbinders die that I've had for maybe 10 years and it's still available! It's from the Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Squares SM Etched Dies set.

I used a Blending Brush to add some Sparkle Silk to the eyes and mouth for a hint of bling.

Stamps: Jack O Lanterns Bundle
Dies: Matchbox Steel Rule and Journey Squares
Card stocks: Black Licorice, Citrus Cooler, and Lemon Drop
Ink: Black Licorice
Silks: Black Licorice and Sparkle
Other: Platinum machine, White Liner Tape, and Foam Squares

I think the little guy will like this and I know his mom will!  Are you getting your Halloween projects done?


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Trick or Treat, It's a Matchbox!

I finally got some time to craft Tuesday and knowing I need to make some goodies for Halloween for our grand son and great grandsons, I got busy!  I looked through my dies and decided on the Match Box die.

I did use a retired Hostess Reward set (Hallow's Eve)  as I've never used it before and it was perfect for this.  Of my current Halloween stamp sets, none were quite what I wanted.  Maybe after Nov. 1 it will be available again, I don't know. There is another set that was part of this Hostess set but I didn't use any of the stamps from it.  I cut the belly band from Citrus Cooler card stock then added strips of Whip Cream and Lemon Drop to give a color of Candy Corn.

Here's a closer look at the tag...

Products used:
Die: Matchbox Steel Rule Die, Circle Around, and Scallop Dies
Card stocks: Black Licorice, Citrus Cooler, Lemon Drop, and Whip Cream
Ink: Black Licorice
Silks: Sour Lemon and Citrus Cooler
Ribbon: Black Licorice Satin
Platinum machine, Foam Squares, White Liner Tape

Do you have a youngster that would enjoy a special little treat box like this??  It was relatively easy to make and you can change up the tag using what you have!


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Workdesk Wednesday, oh my!

Not only has Wednesday come around quickly but it's now OCTOBER!!!  Shocking! Seems like we're still in August!  But, this is also week # 487!!!  Isn't that amazing that this fun blog tour of desks has been going on for that long!!! Oh my!  And this fun tour is the brainchild of the amazing Julia at the Stamping Ground!!  

My desk was busy yesterday afternoon!  I was working on a little Halloween treat box using my FSJ MatchBox die set.  I also used an assortment of other FSJ products. If you click on the pic you can see the box at the top left corner of my scrap paper that I work on. Also you can see the 2 pieces of another match box using orange and black paper.  But on the far left is a piece of black card stock that I cut out a Spellbinder die, some stamps, dies on a magnetic strip, and oodles of other stuff.  Far right is my Platinum machine with a piece of black card stock that I cut out the match box die and a scallop circle for my little box. Usually the back shelves don't change but I may be rearranging them a bit later.

I will be sharing my little box with supplies used on Friday.  So, if you want to see more of it then you will need to come back!  I really need to get some candy and stuff so I can get my goodies ready to send to family.

So now head on over to the Stamping Ground and check out all the links to other desks.  I'll be popping in and out most of the day.


Monday, October 1, 2018

Such a Happy Pumpkin Squared

I'm still sharing cards from my last Friday class and have 2 fun pumpkin cards to go.  Today I'll share both of them.

For some reason I don't have a close up but then, if you click on the picture it should get bigger to see any details you want.

I really wanted to use our new Happy Pumpkin Bundle in my class and the gals just LOVED this card!  I used all FSJ products but didn't have time to get them listed.  If you want to know just contact me.

This past Thursday evening we got some news about Fun Stampers Journey.  I'll share our CEO's letter here:

On Thursday September 27th, I announced that Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) will be changing from a Direct Sales model to a Hybrid Retail model effective 11/1/2018.
Through this transition, nothing at FSJ will change.

- We will continue to be focused on providing the best products, the highest level of creativity, and the best community anywhere.
- We will continue to sell product through our Coach’s web-sites.
- We will continue to give you creative inspiration to guide and inspire you.
- And we will continue to focus on driving community with our Facebook Groups, Facebook Lives, streaming events, etc.
And after the transition, we will continue to stay focused on delivering all of the above with some slight modifications, as well as delivering additional benefits. One new benefit is that FSJ will team up with Spellbinders to offer an even bigger product assortment and even more creative opportunities. I look forward to sharing more with you!
Greg Tipsord
Fun Stampers Journey

Though these changes do affect me a bunch (I'll no longer be a coach or have a down-line) I will still be involved with FSJ and am working this month getting this blog into compliance to become an affiliate of both FSJ and SPELLBINDERS!!!  Yes, we are partnering with Spellbinders. I have a long ways to go on this and hope I can figure out these changes.


Friday, September 28, 2018

Happy Friendsgiving

As we are creeping up on Thanksgiving we need to remember to give thanks for our friends!  We have a great stamp that does just that!

I started this card by looking through my print card stocks but couldn't find anything that was subtle yet had fall colors so I started looking through my stencils. Yep, that worked! (I did make a FB Live video as I made this card and have uploaded it to my YouTube channel, Carol Norby. Link here.) Anyway, I used our cool Nature Collage stencil, Clear Pigment Ink, Pineapple Smoothie PanPastel, and a large Dauber Dowel  and pads to make the background on Pineapple Smoothie card stock before added some splatters of Dark Roast and Citrus Cooler Silks.

I stamped the 3 leaves from our Zen Leaves Bundle with Clear Pigment ink then used a variety of PanPastel colors before blending with our new Rose Gold PanPastel.  Only 1 did not get too much Rose Gold! Oh well, they all have a great shimmer. I also used Haystack and Butter Cream card stocks, Gather Together AT stamp set, Scallop Die Set, Hazelnut Blend Ink, Meadow Pearls, Easy Glide Runner, Foam Squares, and my Platinum machine.

I have a class to teach this morning, my Halloween for the Young at Heart. I'm trying hard to get back into the groove from our vacation but not succeeding a lot!  Oh well!  Life is an adventure!


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Desker Wednesday and a Senior Card

aIt's been one of those week.  I'm not normally a drinking person but I've had a few Dr. Pepper sodas this week.  I won't tell you what all has happened but yesterday I did get some good news about a sensor in my car.  Anyway, today is the day I share, along with a bunch of others, a look at my desk in whatever state it is when I grab my camera.  And this view is part of a desker tour de desks put together by head desker, Julia at the Stamping Ground.

I took this picture yesterday mid afternoon as I was working on finishing the last of the kits I need for Friday's "Halloween for the Young at Heart" class.  We'll be making 3 cards and a little treat box.  This is the treat box on my desk.  It's black with a dark orange decorated belly band.

So, there is a pile of stuff on the far left that needs to be put away.  You can see my punch (green and white) just to the front right of my covered Scan N Cut.  Then the start of the kits and my paper trimmer.  To the right is the sample in a plastic box and my Platinum 6 machine.  The back half of my desk never seems to change but you can click on the picture and enlarge it to look.

My other project is a birthday card for our pastor. Tonight we'll be celebrating his 70th birthday.  His wife said it's his 2nd Over the Hill birthday so I went with a fun card.  I used a page from our phone book yellow pages on Assisted Living places.  Oh yeah, I do have a weird sense of humor.

I've had the stamps for AGES! I have no idea where they're from.  I did add the Happy Birthday with a white pen and we'll add our signatures before I put this in an envelope. I think he'll have a good laugh when he sees this.

Now I'm done with my post and I hope you got a laugh from the card.  Please head over to the Stamping Ground and check out the other desks involved in this fun desker get together!


Monday, September 24, 2018

Booooo Treat Box

Here's another project I'll be teaching on Friday.  I had fun making this cute little treat box with a belly band to hold it closed. 

I wanted something different than a card and we have so many cute box dies.  This will hold some Hershey nuggets or similar goodies.

The top does not tuck in to the box so the belly band is required.

Products used:
Card stocks: Black Licorice, Citrus Cooler, Pretty Pansy, Deep Lilac, and Tangerine Fusion
Dies: Treat Box,  Snapshot Frames, Journey Circles, and Circle Around
Silk: Sparkle
Other: Special Celebrations Sequins
Adhesives: Craft Glue, White Liner Tape, Foam Squares, and Glue Dots
Tools: Platinum machine

I usually send something like to to some of our kids for Halloween.  I do cute only, I don't like scary and for Halloween we put on a big to do (The Blast) at church with games, candy, toys, and food to give the local kids a safe place to play.

What do you do for Halloween?


Friday, September 21, 2018

Ghost in the Window

My Halloween Class is next week so I've started working on the kits I need but realized I haven't shared any of the projects with you!  Now that I have my directions all printed out I have all the details right in front of me!  Here's a relatively easy card that we'll be making.

I played with a relatively new die and some old (but still current) stamps.

Stamps: Party Ghost Bundle and Solid Bet stamps
Card stocks: Whip Cream, Black Licorice, and Fall Fest  Prints (retired but try Fall-O-Ween Prints!)
Dies: Window View, Snapshot Frames, and Outline Bet
Ink: Black Licorice
Adhesives: Easy Glide Runner and Foam Squares
Tools: Platinum machine

The bats are from the Snapshot Frames die set.
We have a great embossing folder that you could use on Black Licorice then swipe with Whip Cream ink.  It's called Spooky Bold.

For some reason I don't have a close up but I would have liked to show you the bats, they are lightly embossed which is cool.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

My Desk and Our Trip

I have missed the last 3 What's On Your Workdesk Wednesdays as we were traveling.  I'll give you a list of some of the places we went after I share my desk from yesterday afternoon. And this view of my desk is part of a great get together of fellow crafters brought together by Julia at the Stamping Ground. I had just finished 2 card samples for my October class (yes, I have to get all 4 done THIS week with directions) so I can show them at my Sept. 28 class. On my desk I have some ideas to use on card # 3.  (Sorry, Julia, but this post is a bit photo heavy.)

So, far left.  My paper trimmer front and oodles of stuff (cards and such) sitting on top of my Scan N Cut, then baskets of odds and ends stamping stuff in baskets on shelves far back.  Middle... Stamps and papers sitting on my grid paper front. Then my red box of acrylic blocks, cleaning rags, assorted Liquid Colors and Silks in baskets the far back, assorted hand tools in desk organizers and washi tapes in their racks.  Far right, assorted paper, Ott light, and ink pads.

Ok, now as to our vacation.  We actually played along the trip by stopping at Meteor Crater and Winslow, AZ the first day.  We were awed by the crater and stood on the corner in Winslow. Remember the song by the Eagles, Take It Easy?  We did.

Next day we stood in 4 states, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico at the 4 Corners Monument.

From here we went to see my brother and his wife near Denver, CO and did some touristy stuff.
Next to Cheyenne, WY and seen our daughter and SIL for a few days. Had a great time, even went to the Terry Bison Ranch.  We fed the buffalo while riding a train!

Next to Lusk, WY and had lunch with my sister-by-choice and her boyfriend.  Miss her oodles.
On to stay at Sheriday, WY and over the Big Horn Mountains in north central Wyoming.

This was quite a climb up and down. Up to 8% grade going up and 10% going down.
Stopped to see our granddaughter, her hubby, and the youngest of our great grandsons.
On to Powell, WY.  We stayed a few days with our youngest son, his wife, and our grandson. We didn't do much but played a lot with our grandson!

Headed home Sept. 10 through Yellowstone Park, Jackson Hole and points south.  Here's my favorite scenery picture.

I think the Grand Tetons symbolize Wyoming the best. The trees were starting to change colors and snow will be falling on these majestic peaks very soon!
We drove through Monument Valley in northern Arizona but didn't stop as we spent about 4 hours there a couple years ago. Last stop, Flagstaff, AZ where we had dinner with my niece and her fiance (they were getting married 2 days later!) then home.   Now, I have oodles more pics but these give you an idea of some of the sights.

Now, please head over to the Stamping Ground and check out the links to other desks.  I'll be visiting off and on today as I have to take my dad and his wife to the airport as they're heading to Denver to stay with my brother for a few days.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Crush On Color, Week 3

This month all our great card stocks and inks are on sale!

I know I don't share the sales here in my posts but this one is just TOO good not to.  I do share them on my FSJ Specials page.

These 4 fun products can really add POP to your projects!  Just click HERE to then on Crush on Color to order!


Monday, September 17, 2018

Happy Friendsgiving

Well, after being gone for 2 weeks on vacation I'm back!  Got home last Wednesday and got caught up with chores by Friday!  So.... I made a FB Live video making this card.

It's a simple card and was fun to make!  I used our new Piercing Template and Mat for the first time.

I hope the swirl gives the impression that the leaf is swirling on the breeze.

Products used:
Stamps: Gather Together ATS and Zen Leaves ATS (Bundle available)
Card Stocks: Pumpkin Bread, Oatmeal Cookie, and Whip Cream
Ink: Hazelnut Blend
Silks: Dark Roast and Citrus Cooler
Embellishments: Fashion Gold
Tools: Basics Piercing Template, Piercing Mat, Bloom Tool, Clearview Sheets, Details Pro Shears, Heat Gun, Paper Trimmer, Media Mister, Acrylic Block E, Acrylic Block K
Splashes: Citrus Cooler, Green Olive (retired), and Sweet Berry
Adhesives: Med. Foam Squares and Small Foam Squares

Here's my YouTube Video:

Do you have a special friend that you would like to send this card?


Friday, September 14, 2018

Who Has The Fetti?

We have 4 fun confetti products that really spice up your project or shaker cards! 

These 2 fettis just sparkle so much!!  I've used them along with our Journey Glaze to make snowmen (the Clear Sparkle on the right,of course) or add to flower centers (Candy Apple).  We have more such as Lemon Grass, shades of green, but I just realized I don't have it!  Oh no!!

These 2 can be used with our Glaze but work so fun in shaker cards.  There is Star-Fetti on the right and Slice-Fetti on the right.  I was thinking of dumping some of the out but our on line pictures do a great job showing them.

If you go to my shopping cart then Accessories then Glitter & Sequins you can see all the fun bling we carry to add that special little extra to your projects.  I'll share some more of my favorite products some other time as today I'll be working on some other projects.