Monday, October 23, 2017

Planner with Gel Press, Stamps, Dies, Printed Paper, and Washi Tape



We are getting some cooler weather and I love it!  My daughter on the other hand, doesn't.  LOL  The Make Your Mark Planner promotion at Fun Stampers Journey is still going on for the month of October.  The planners to me are not just an excellent way to jot down to-do lists, but a great way to use your supplies and most importantly exercise your CREATIVITY!

For my September monthly view I used the gel press!!  LOVE the way this came out so much.  I was inspired by the Starbucks leaf card for the colors and the messy layers of colors.  I used very little paint, didn't need a lot, super quick and easy to turn that blank page into something beautiful and get you started.



I didn't stop with just the pages, I also used the same paint colors on the gel press and pressed a piece of vellum into it!  Works awesome!  It will curl a little and with using the gel press and having a light layer of paint, it dries so quickly.  I then stamped and embossed leaves in gold!  Swoon!  For my little divider or maker for my month, I used one of the border dies and the mirror gold paper, lined up one of the insert pages to punch my holes.



I added some stamping to show the days of the week for routine events, to highlight events or activities, used washi tape to bring in more texture and color and then added some photos as well.  The planners to me are a great way to journal and add photos and really document the days and months.  It is so awesome to look back on!!



And here is a weekly view decorated.  The printed paper I used on this spread (see below in photo) inspired the colors and I knew would work perfectly for my husband's birthday.  I used the Tab Clips die to attach with washi...gives a spot to layer more stamping and adds color.  Since this was about my husband, I used the large "D" from the steel rule die in white, and added streaks of color from applying the ink pads directly to it.



Use washi strips not just to anchor or hold things in place, but in horizontal and vertical directions, it really makes your weekly spread more interesting to look at.

I used the smallest one of the Create a Tab dies to add more lists and add a photo of celebrating my hubby's birthday, so I die cut it in Whip Cream.  One of my favorite dies.  Beautiful in printed paper as well!



And here is another example from a weekly view where I did more journaling and also included a photo.  It is priceless to look back on these details.



The weekly page above and the August monthly view pages below both use leftovers of die cuts and stamped images.  It is a perfect way to have fun decorating your planner!



I used the new photo inserts here instead of adhering photos to the pages.  This inspired me so much to do a planner just dedicated to memory keeping!  But I will finish my Traveler Notebook for the year since that is what I started and maybe do this idea for the entire year next year.



Life is busier now and I find I do not take as many photos as I used to so this is such a fun and perfect way to show off those favorites moments or events.





If you are still on the fence about planners, I hope this gives you some ideas and a look into what you can do with them.  This would be great to document a baby's first year, or just dedicated to your grandkids or your fur babies too!   We are all so creative, you just have to exercise it, and planners give you that outlet and are so fun and addicting!

Happy Creating and happy shopping!!  Get all things planner related while on sale!


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Planner as a Card Organizer | Card | Steel Rule Die



I am very inspired by product and like to find different ways to get more use than the intended purpose.  I have a few ideas besides using the Fun Stampers Journey A5 planners and the A5 Page Creator Steel Rule die just for planners.  I created a card organizer!  This would be great too for bills, recipes, or as a memory planner!



I am starting with just three categories of cards:  All Occasion, Birthday, and Holiday.  I used the A5 Page Creator die to create a divider and a place to label each category.  Instead of using the full die cut page, I trimmed it down.  The die also creates these three different shaped tabs.  Using my typewriter (or you could use your computer and print or even handwrite), I labeled each one.  Then using a white liner sheet and clear view, I adhered one side of the white liner to the clear view sheet I trimmed down to just die cut the tabs, then peeled the other backing off the white liner and secured over the printed paper tabs.  Stapled those in place.  Adding the clear view over it gives the printed paper tab more stability.



Your fun planner accessories are still a perfect touch to your card organizer.  Don't forget to make a pretty label for your organizer as well.



I made four different pockets.  This first one is the full die cut with about a half of an inch trimmed from bottom, then folded and lined up with the holes.  Apply white liner strips along the edges to seal, leaving your pocket open at the top.



This next pocket using a full die cut sheet again with a second page die cut to trim in half to line up to the holes and adhere again on all sides leaving the pocket at the top open.



I got two pockets out of this one by using that other half from the second sheet to line up and adhere to the back as well.






The next pocket, I die cut two pages from the same printed paper.  On one, I lined up the corners in my trimmer and trimmed leaving me with this angled pocket.  I adhered the same way as the others.



All of my dividers match the same printed paper I used for the pockets.  Gives the organizer lots of layers.



This last pocket, I die cut two pages, trimmed one and adhered creating a vertical pocket the length of the die cut page.



You could really jazz up these pages with other printed paper or even cardstock and decorate with stamping.  I added just a little bit of washi here and there because I actually love the way my cards dress up the pockets!

After die cutting all those pages and tabs, you end up with more tabs leftover to use for another project.  I decided to use those leftover tags and create a card!



Using Pineapple Smoothie cardstock as my panel, I adhered the same shaped tab in a diagonal pattern.  As I adhered, I also turned them around, alternating their design.  Some like the rectangle, doesn't apply ;) But for the tab shape and the half circle, I did.  Then I used the half circle shape to create a butterfly in the center!  I stamped the center piece onto the tag and let the top (wing) stay open.  For the die cut branch, I used a piece I had played with earlier using the gel press and liquid colors.  Those rich colors give these soft colors a nice soothing pop!



So fun!  So many ways to use product!  Hope this inspires you to see these products in new ways.  And especially if you are not a planner person, this is a really fun alternative to using that gorgeous planner!  Be sure to shop for all planner supplies this October while 25% off!  Shop here.

Here is a list of the main supplies I used:

A5 Page Creator Steel Rule Die SR-0037
Journey Rectangles Die Set DI-0041
Blooming Petals Die Set DI-0327
Tag Set Steel Rule Die SR-0014
I Heart Days Planner JD-0041
Designers Choice Prints PP-0046


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Monday, October 09, 2017

Halloween Card and Planner | PanPastels and Embossing Folder | Craft Room Tour | Video



Happy Monday!  I had some issues doing a FB Live video with our FSJ Coaches, so I did a recording to demo a fun Halloween card, and thought I would share here on my blog as well.  But first, I wanted to do a quick introduction and tour of my Craft Space.





In the next video, you will see the demo of the Halloween card, but before you clean up, you can decorate your planner using the same products!  Here is the video:



And here are some photos of the planner...love how this came out with the embossing folder before or the PanPastels on my planner.









The Make Your Mark promotion is going on for the Month of October at Fun Stampers Journey.  You can get all the planner supplies for 25% off!  Shop here.



Here is a list of the Stamps, dies, and PanPastels used:
Hallows Eve Stamp Set SS-0515
Medallion Wreath Die Set DI-0250
Planner Elements Stamp Set SS-0402
Tape It Stamp Set SS-0400
Even & Odss Stamp Set SS-0529
Spooky Bold Embossing Folder EF-0022
Fab Tabs Small SR-0031
Party Pop PanPastels JM-0081



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Saturday, October 07, 2017

World Cardmaking Day | Be Brave Challenge




Happy World Cardmaking Day!  Fun Stampers Journey is celebrating by having three challenges throughout the day!  So stop by their Facebook page for fun ways to join in.  And another reason to get creative, is Fun Stampers Journey is having a Be Brave Card Drive during the month of October.  Send your cards into FSJ and they will be sending them to the Breast Cancer non-profit organization to give to patients.  Such a simple way to really help bring encouragement.

I am sharing two cards with the challenge to use ribbon in a unique way.  The unique way I used ribbon on my cards was to adhere the ribbon to another piece of cardstock stock with white liner tape, die cut a shape from my card panel, and layer that on top of my ribbon.

So here's my first card using the Pineapple Smoothie Crimp Ribbon under the Star Burst Bloom die.  I have my flower die cut from the panel, but also the die itself, so I did an inlay, by just adhering the die cut flower back in place, I also included the outside parts to fill in.  This is such a quick, simple, but beautiful technique, that really shows off the texture of the ribbon.





The first card is for the FSJ Card Drive, but this second card is for my husband for our 27th wedding anniversary.  This was a perfect technique for a non-feminine card, so I had to give it a try.  I used similar colors as the first card, but brought in more Fall colors.  For this card, I used the Wedding Sprig Die.  This only die cuts a solid sprig unlike the Star Burst Bloom in the first card, so I did not need to do an inlay.  I can see the pretty satin ribbon under it, which I love.





Both of these cards are great ways to use your ribbon stash, but also a quick clean and simple way to make some really pretty cards to help with the Card Drive.  They both also have the same basic design making them easy to duplicate.

Stop by Michelle Woerner's blog as she is also participating in this challenge as well!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Happy Creating!

Supplies Used:

Thinking of You Card:
Embroidered Greetings Stamp Set SS-0507
Star Burst Bloom Die Set DI-0325
Clear Pigment Ink IP-0102
Journey Gold - Embossing Powder IP-0101
Whip Cream Cardstock CS-0040
Kiwi Slice Cardstock CS-0016
Lemon Grass Cardstock CS-0019
Sweet Pear Cardstock CS-0095
Journey Brushed Gold Cardstock CS-0134
Pineapple Smoothie Crimp Ribbon AC-0109

My Husband Card:
In the Family Stamp Set SS-0462
Wedding Sprig Die DI-0165
Clear Pigment Ink IP-0102
Journey Gold - Embossing Powder IP-0101
Whip Cream Cardstock CS-0040
Lemon Grass Cardstock CS-0019
Sweet Pear Cardstock CS-0095
Olive Green Satin Ribbon AC-0107
Lemon Grass Satin Ribbon AC-0140
Cocoa Powder Satin Ribbon AC-0142
Oatmeal Cookie Satin Ribbon AC-0138
Citrus Cooler Satin Ribbon AC-0144

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Gel Press - Happy Birthday Card




Stopping in to share another card today.  Last week, I shared a card using PanPastels for coloring, for this card today, I used paints and the Gel Press!   Both the card last week and this one use leftovers on my desk.  Even though it might be a little messy with the paints, this was a super quick and also clean and simple card.



Here's a breakdown of the layers I created.  On the Gel Press, I put Beach Ball paint and Lemon Drop paint under the Beach Ball paint.  I kept them separate enough to roll them in the center to create green, but still seeing blue and yellow on the top and bottom.  I pressed Whip Cream cardstock into this.  Without rinsing brayer or Gel Press, I rolled leftover paint onto press, and pressed another piece of Whip Cream Cardstock.  I did this as much as I could.  I even pressed a sheet showing more white space, and is what I used to stamp my sentiment.

Next layer is with a clean brayer and Gel Press, I placed Abstract Wall stencil on press, and rolled Whip Cream acrylic paint with a squirt from Sour Lemon Splash.  You can see just a hint of the Sour Lemon at the top over the blue.  Lifted stencil, and then pressed this sheet into it.

Using the exact same size star die cut as I used on my card, I placed that on clean Gel Press and rolled Cool Pool on top.  Lifted the star, and pressed the sheet into press.

Last layer is just, Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink Pad with Graduated Dots background stamp, stamped onto my panel.  I pressed my CS into the inked stamp rather than actually stamping onto my panel.

All of this creates depth and makes it 'appear' to be complicated, but really is not.



I also used a piece of the pressed CS with the blue and used that for my stamped arrow I layered under my sentiment.  Last finishing touch are the new Star Struck accessories.  Instead of peeling the back, I took Richard's tip and popped it out with foam adhesive, which gave me that banner look.  Three small foam pieces on the first, last, and the center star so I could get it exactly where I wanted it.

This is a card for my Hubby's birthday!  So hope he loves it!  The Gel Press is one my top favorite new things that Fun Stampers Journey has come out with, in addition to more acrylic paints!  The Media Mix sale is good for the month of September and if you are like me and need that creative, messy fix, now is a good time to purchase!  Happy Creating and thanks for stopping by!

Here's a list of the supplies I used:

You Sketch Stamp Set SS-0274
Graduated Dots SS-0117
You Sketch Die Set DI-0170
Journey Gel Press JM-0107
Beach Ball Acrylic Paint JM-0102
Lemon Drop Acrylic Paint JM-0103
Whip Cream Acrylic Paint JM-0106
Cool Pool Acrylic Paint JM-0020
Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink Pad IP-0041
Sour Lemon Splash IP-0124
Abstract Wall Stencil JM-0083
Star Struck AC-0305

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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

PanPastels - Happy Halloween Card






I have been playing a lot with the PanPastels lately.  I used them here using a few of the new Fun Stampers Journey Journey Holidays Trends Mini Catalog products.



After I used the embossing folder on Whip Cream cardstock, I blended Party Pop PanPastels onto my background, focusing the orange/yellow more in the center.



For the sentiment, I used clear pigment ink stamped onto Black Licorice cardstock, applied the white PanPastel first, then added the orange/yellow/blue.  Then I used the black PanPastel along the edge.  I love the look it gave to the sentiment!

For the month of September, Fun Stampers Journey is having a Media Mix sale...click here to see everything on sale.  So many fun things!

To finish my card, I used the White Liner sheets with the small web die, then sprinkled on the new Silver Shavings!  It worked out great, I do not get glitter everyone, it is sticking.  Then just added a few more embellishments.  This card came together quickly with using the leftovers on my desk after making other projects.  So before or while you clean up, let those leftovers inspire you to create one more project!

Thank you for stopping by!!

Supplies Used:
Happy Merry Stamp Set SS-0522

Spooky Bold EmbossingFolder EF-0022
Party Pop PanPastels JM-0081
Silver Shavings AC-0344
Magical Candy Drops AC-0263
Bloom Stars AC-0287
Rock Candy Organza Ribbon AC-0335
Simply Gold AC-0294

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

March Memory Keeping | Traveler Notebook

Cannot stop thinking about the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey and so many affects after it.  We had a good bit of rain here, and now the sun is shining.  It will be a long road ahead to recover.  Heartbreaking, and 12-yr anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  Memories to forget...but they do make up who we are.

Onto more positive memories...sharing March in my Traveler Notebook.  Don't know if I mentioned before, but it did take me a little warming up to this format, but I really felt like I got my groove and my more recent pages are probably my most favorite.  Clean, simple, with just enough detail, letting the photos stand out.



We started the scrap room renovation!  Took photos as we tackled that.  I dragged along my typewriter to the crop where I worked on these pages, so I was able to type right onto those labels, then adhere to page.

I love all the fun goodies from the Gossamer Blue kit to decorate for the St. Patrick's parade...right amount, and used some of the ephemera from shopping at Target.  Will really miss those GB kits.  But again, I still use lots of Fun Stampers Journey throughout.



And the scrap room finished!  Emma has her space, I have mine...I could really use the entire space, but it is priceless for her to be with me.  She helped assemble the Ikea furniture...so easy.  Been quite busy around here, purging the whole house really, but the scrap room was top priority so that I could really be more efficient at working for Fun Stampers Journey.  I kept some of my own things, but over time, I will have to re-evaluate especially for space.



Hubby headed out on the road for his first longest motorcycle ride.  The first experience was not good, but he learned from that one and the second, he had a blast.  Just Emma and I seeing Beauty and the Beast and Starbucks on St. Patrick's Day.



Emma with her painting she did for the school fundraiser with Zoe's.  We went out to eat there and bought her painting ;) And our traditional MiMamacita's night...happened to just hold out my phone and snap photos, and they were priceless...



Thank you for stopping by!  Praying for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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