Sunday, May 15, 2016

April Showers Bring May Flowers.

Welcome to our Fun Stampers Journey "May Flowers & Growth" Blog Hop! I'm so happy you're hoppin' along! If you arrived here from Christine Pennington's blog, you're on the right track. If not, that's ok too! Just continue the hop and you'll come full circle!

On April 16th, I and several other Fun Stampers' Journey Coaches did a blog hope called April Showers.  There were many wonderful takes on that phrase, and interesting techniques shown.

I love it when I get a stamp set that's bundled with a die cut set.  But sometimes it gets a little frustrating getting the stamp or die exactly right.  But the MISTI helps me resolve this issue.

Step 1: Cut out the shape on a scrap piece of card stock.

Step 2: Place the scrap piece of paper in the MISTI and fit the stamp in to the space created by the die cut, and pick up the stamp with the door/lid of the MISTI.

Step 3: Cut the same shape out of the card stock wanted to stamp on.

Step 4: Place die cut in the space created by the die cut in the scrap piece of card stock

Step 5: Ink the stamp and place image on the die cut piece
Step 6: Admire how easy that really was.

Step 7: Using the Bloom tool, flip the flower over and drew circles with the ball tool

Step 8: Repeat steps 3-7 twice, add a little bling in the middle of the flowers, and place on card

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

God's Promises

 Welcome to our Fun Stampers Journey "April Showers" Blog Hop! I'm so happy you're hoppin' along! If you arrived here from Ruth Cooper's blog, you're on the right track. If not, that's ok too! Just continue the hop and you'll come full circle!

After the flood hundreds of years ago, God promised Noah that He would never again destroy the whole earth with a flood.  To seal this promise, God created the rainbow to put in the sky for us to see after a rain shower.  Every time I see a rainbow, I'm reminded of the many promises such a loving God has for me.  I may not like all the promises (I believe that he also promises to reprimand us when we do not follow the directions he has given), but there are many many more promises of joy and blessings that happen when we do follow the directions he's given us in the Bible (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)

Here's the card that I I created for this hop:

I must confess that this is not original to me.  I saw it while spending a little time on pinterest.  Here's the link to the original.  As soon as I saw this, I knew that it would be very easy to recreate with the dies from Fun Stamper's Journey.  

First I used the Journey Rectangles Die cut and the Journey Circles die cut, and then selected threads from my stash of DMC floss.  I decided to stitch in every other hole so that the white would show.  

Here's a picture of the back.  When I got to the end of where I wanted one color to show, I simply tied it to the next color.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Dahlia Blooms.

Welcome to the March Journey Blog Hop!  I'm so happy you're hoppin' along!  If you arrived here from Ruth Cooper's blog, you're on the right track.  If not, that's ok too!  Just continue the hop and you'll come full circle!

Have you ever gotten a stamp set and then when you sat down to color it, you just didn't know what colors to use or which medium to color with?  Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the choices.  And sometimes I just long to go back to the basics before I had a room full of options.

I was very excited to get the Dahlia Burst stamp set from Fun Stamper's Journey.  And am anxiously awaiting the die set that allows me to layer without having to fussy cut a lot.
Of course, the first thing I did was google the stamp set, but didn't get as many options as I would have liked, so then I googled the real thing, which led me to Pinterest where I had to create y own Pinterest board, because the color combinations that God has created this flower in seem endless!

I pulled out my copics and colored a couple of cards

And then I pulled out the inexpensive Crayola colored pencils that my kids had used in school years ago and colored this one
But I didn't care for the pencil lines that the colored pencils make, so I used a Tortillion and Baby oil.  Most people use Gamilsol or Mineral Spirits to blend colored pencil drawings, but I didn't have those, and the store I went to last night for one or the other didn't have those, and I was able to get Baby Oil and it smells great :)   
Let me show you what the results are after coloring half the flower:
The oil breaks down the wax in the pencil and blends it all together.  It also deepens the color, so it appears darker after adding the oil, which is the opposite affect that I get when using watercolors.

Here's my final card:

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Are you surprised to see yet another card using the Journey Modeling Paste? It's so much fun to work with, you really shouldn't be.  I used another stamp from one I had in my stash, and I used Distress Inks for the background.  Once again, I used my Journey Rectangles to  frame the sentiment.  This time I used a rectangle that was too big.  This is simple to do.  Center the sentiment on one end of the rectangle and piercing die and run through the Journey Grand, re-position the die using the piercing holes to line it up and run it through again.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Good Day!

Sweet Berry Acrylic Paint mixes so well with Journey Modeling Paste to create a different look. 

I used the Journey Rectangles to frame the phrase.  There wasn't a rectangle the right size, so I simply put the phrase with the rectangles half off the cutting plates, re-positioned using the pierced holes as a guide, and cut the other half.

The blue of the background is actually a Distress Ink which I applied and then wiped off of the colored paste so that the pink pops.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Fear and Faith

I am having so much fun with the Journey Modeling Paste!  The difference between it and the Journey Gel Medium is that the Gel medium is clear and glossy while the paste is white with a matte finish. The design was created with the Stained Glass- Stencil. Items used from my stash were the maroon pearls and the stamp.

I love love love the Journey Rectangles! I don't think I'll ever use my piercing mat and piercer again for a rectangle shape (as long as I can keep a set instead of letting someone else buy them from me which has happened twice in my first month!) 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

With a Heartfelt Sympathy

I love the look of white on white.  And I love Sparkle too.  To create the bottom part of the card, I simply used the Bloom Wall- Stencil with Journey Modeling Paste on Whip Cream 8.5 x 11 Cardstock and then sprinkled Journey Sparkle Dust on while the paste was wet.

I stamped one of the many phrases from the stamp set Many Wishes with the Whip Cream True Color Fusion Ink Pad.  Note to self: stamp and then let it dry for half an hour before touching!