Hello friends! I created a really fun Halloween card using some of the cutest Halloween stamps you've ever seen, (Hallows Eve from Fun Stampers Journey) along with the Gel Press. I am really having SO much fun playing with Re-Inkers on the Gel Press. ...


Colorful Halloween Crafting {Journey Gel Press}

Hello friends! I created a really fun Halloween card using some of the cutest Halloween stamps you've ever seen, (Hallows Eve from Fun Stampers Journey) along with the Gel Press. I am really having SO much fun playing with Re-Inkers on the Gel Press. It's easier to clean up than paint, and there are such fun techniques in blending colors and adding some splashes of FSJ Silks

For today's card, I started out with  5 different Re-Inkers (Cosmic Grape, Grape Fusion, Turbo Teal, Electric Lime, and Sour Lemon.) I dotted rows of each color onto the Gel Press, and brayered them into a colorful ombre. Then, I pulled a print on Whip Cream cardstock. This became sort of like a printed paper, that I'll stamp on. Using Black Licorice ink, I stamped the haunted house TWICE, once in the purple area, and once on the green/teal area. I also stamped the bare tree, and the cutie pie witch girl. Then I got fussy cutting. I cut out the house from the purple area, and then trimmed just the windows from the green/teal, and glued them onto the purple house. 

Once all the elements of my card were stamped, I created the background. Back to the Gel Press I went, gave it a quick wipe down, and then dotted Turbo Teal Re-Inker, and then brayered it out. Before pulling a print, I splattered the Gel Press with Sparkle Silk. The Silk resists the Re-Inker a little bit, and spreads out - it looks REALLY cool! After pulling the print, I wished it was a little darker, so I repeated that process and added another layer of Turbo Teal onto the cardstock. Then I just layered together all my little elements, and added a strip of Sparkle Tape to ground the house. 

What do you think!? My challenge now is to MAIL all the fun Halloween cards I've been making lately! The bright colors and bold shapes of Halloween themed cards really appeal to me...but I hardly ever SEND Halloween cards. I think this is the year to do it! Thanks so much for stopping by today! xoxo


Simple Birthday Card Set {5 Helpful Tips for Mass-producing Cards!}

I'm not sure why, but I have a huge sense of satisfaction when I use up a big stash of paper scraps, and make a giant stack of handmade cards. During the hurricane a few weeks ago, I made about 60 cards. Super simple, and with really cute paper that had been sitting in a bucket for far too long. I'll use the cards for gift sets for my kids' teachers, friends and family, and occasionally I sell sets of seasonal cards as well.

Inspired by those quick and simple cards, i created one to share with all of you! For this one, I used new paper and an AWESOME stamp from Fun Stampers Journey. I am obsessed with this Make A Wish stamp, along with it's coordinating die. The holiday season is almost upon us - plus, there are so many people who could use a happy handmade thought from each of us.

So whether you plan to mass-produce cards to share with others, or to package up and give as gifts, here are a few of my tips for mass-producing handmade cards:

This is probably the most important tip so if you retain only ONE thing from me, this should be it. I can't tell you how many times I have decided to make a bunch of coordinating cards, and then realize I am in WAY over my head, and the cards are taking much too long.

This tip has two meanings. First, do you hoard printed paper and products that you love so much you don't want to use them? JUST USE THEM. They're bringing no one joy, if they're shoved in a drawer.  Secondly, when making a whole bunch of something, you're going to lose interest if you hate the paper or hate the stamps you're using. Many times, I stick with one layout, but then mix up the sentiments, or mix up the papers, depending on what I have. But either way, if you don't love it, you're going to hate it. ;)

Once you've established your (simple - yes simple) card design, tackle each step at one time. Trim and fold a stack of card bases. Then, trim patterned paper to the appropriate size. Stamp the sentiments, and trim or die-cut. Then begin to assemble your cards. This will take far less time, than working from start to finish on each card.

Speaking of trimming paper...A standard card size is usually 4.25x5.5. BUT if you have lots of 12x12 cardstock you'd like to use for card bases, make them 4x5.5 instead. No one will notice the difference, and that way you can get THREE card bases from each 12x12 sheet. In addition, think about your patterned paper sizes. Depending on whether you're using 6x6 or 12x12 printed paper, determine your project layout to maximize your paper. (If you need inspiration, check out my Pinterest board where I've been collecting projects that are perfect for mass-producing projects with patterned paper.)

Cards need envelopes. If you plan to give card sets as holiday gifts, (or throughout the year) start using coupons for your big box craft/hobby store, or watch for sales on envelopes. Grab the envelopes throughout the year, and then you'll have them handy when you compile a quick card set. 

I hope these tips will help you get into your stash, create for others, and have FUN, and spread JOY. Having fun and spreading joy is what it should all be about! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Super big crafty hugs to each of you! xoxo

Supplies used on this project:

Have you heard about Fun Stampers Journey's big Be Brave Card Drive?
Mass producing cards is absolutely perfect for our goal to collect 500 cards to be distributed to cancer patients and their caregivers. Will you help us? Find all the details at https://blog.funstampersjourney.com/bebrave/


You Are Enough {World Card Making Day Challenge#2}

Hello friends!!! Are you back with me for the second time today? (If not, be sure to check out my previous post - it's a World Card Making Day PARTY today, filled with challenges and fun!) 

Fun Stampers Journey is celebrating WCMD with challenges throughout the day and I am back to participate in the second one of the day. All of FSJ's challenges are centered around our Be Brave Card Drive, to support cancer patients and their caregivers. (Will you help us collect 500 cards? See the details at the end of this post!)  (Check in on FSJ's Facebook page for all the challenges today!)

Are you ready to craft with me? Here's FSJ's SECOND CHALLENGE of the day: Create a card of encouragement for a caregiver. 

Supporting caregivers of those battling an illness is just as important as supporting the warriors. They are priceless in the life of someone going through treatment. For this challenge, I wanted to create four cards to mail in for our Be Brave Card Drive. I used the Gel Press again, but this time in a different way. Here's a little step by step tutorial for you! 

1. Apply strips of Turbo Teal, Electric Lime, and Cool Pool Re-Inkers across Gel Press. (It's hard to see in this photo, but all of this is happening ON the Gel Press, which is on top of my grid paper.

2. Begin to brayer the ink, allowing colors to blend together. Then splatter Gel Press with Sparkle Silk.

3. Press a 4.25x5.5 piece of Whip Cream cardstock to Gel Press and pull a print. The areas of Silk sort of resist the ink and it creates really cool texture! 

I created four of these card fronts, and I love that each looks a little different. After pulling one print, I could use the remaining ink on the brayer, roll it again across the Gel Press and add more Sparkle Silk, for a second print. 

4. To create the sentiment apply more Re-Inkers to the Gel Press, just like before, but instead of pulling a print,  use the Gel Press like an ink pad. Stamp the You Are Enough stamp onto the press, tap it around a little, and then stamp onto Whip Cream cardstock. I absolutely LOVE the way these sentiments turned out! EEK! (I want to do this a thousand more times in other colors now!) 

To complete the cards, I added twine and adhered everything together on a white card base, and then added some dimensional Journey Glaze onto the letters. 

Supplies used on this project:

I hope you'll join us for the fun challenges today at the Fun Stampers Journey Facebook page! Check it out and craft with us! There's one more challenge left today! 

These cards will all be heading to Fun Stampers Journey for the Be Brave Card Drive. I hope that they will bless someone and make their day just a little brighter! Would you like to help us collect 500 cards? Find out all the details at https://blog.funstampersjourney.com/bebrave/ 


Have Courage encouragement card set {World Card Making Day challenge #1}

Hello friends! Its a very special day today! In the paper crafting world, we celebrate a lot of holidays throughout the year, with cards. But today, is special because its our holiday to celebrate the holidays that we celebrate with cards. (Or something like that... maybe?) At any rate - today friends, is World Card Making Day. (Yes, it's a real thing!) 

In honor of the day, many paper crafting companies are celebrating with events, challenges, and fun. Today, Fun Stampers Journey will be issuing challenges throughout the day, all centered around our Be Brave Card Drive, which runs through the month of October.  I'll be participating in a few of the challenges today, and I'd love it if you'd play along with me! Are you ready?

The FIRST challenge of the day is to create a Be Brave card (an encouragement card appropriate for a cancer patient or caregiver) BUT you aren't allowed to use PINK! 

I really like to multitask, and the goal for October is to create as many encouraging Be Brave cards as we can, so I created FOUR cards at once for this challenge, using the Journey Gel Press and FSJ Reinkers.

This was the first time I've experimented with ink on the Gel Press and it was really fun to play. I used Cool Pool, Pool Play, Turbo Teal, Huckleberry Fusion, Sour Lemon, and Electric Lime Re-Inkers and experimented with layering colors and stencils to create an entire sheet of printed cardstock. Once I finished a sheet I liked, I trimmed it into four pieces, trimmed them just slightly so my colorful card bases would show through, and then assembled my cards. I used the Polka Dot Wall stencil, but I also created my own stencils from the Star Burst Blooms Die Set. Once I was done with my Star Burst stencils, I used them as an element on my card - see its there behind the sentiment? It took on the colors of ink I was using, and all of the four cards turned out slightly different depending on the colors and patterns on each section of the printed cardstock.

When I was all finished, I splattered everything with Silver Silk, Sparkle Silk, and to brighten it up a little, I splattered it with some Whip Cream Re-Inker.

Supplies used on this project:

I made quite a few prints as I was playing for this project. Would you like to see them all? I used the same products for each, but they're all a little different!

This is the print I used to create today's cards.

This one turned out a little too dark for today's cards, 
but I will definitely use it for something else!

On this one, I applied a thin layer of Whip Cream reinker to the Gel Press 
and picked up partial prints of it. It gave it an interesting snowy or foggy look.

Thanks SO much for coming by to visit today! Please be sure to stop by the Fun Stampers Journey Facebook page throughout the day today to see all the challenges and fun. PLUS, stop back by here in a few hours because I'll be BACK with my take on the next challenge! (Feel free to subscribe in the sidebar, so you never miss a post!)

Would you like to participate in the Be Brave card drive? 


Cheerful Layered Floral Card {P.S. I Love You}

Hello friends! It was one of those days that I needed to set aside everything on the To-Do list, and make something pretty. I pulled out my favorite colors, and some of my favorite stamps. I went back to my clean and simple roots (I've been straying from those roots, which isn't necessarily a bad thing...) but this felt GOOD. Give me bright colors, some enamel dots, washi, and something simple I can stamp and fussy cut, and I am a HAPPY HAPPY GIRL. I hope you like it!
I kept the flowers all super simple. I stamped tone-on-tone for each of the colors, trimmed them, and popped two of them up on foam squares. The washi tape made a perfect grounding for the flowers. (Don't you wish glitter was a real ground covering instead of grass? Actually it would be so messy I'd become a hermit and never leave my house- but I do like the thought of it.) 

 To finish off the flowers I added some dimensional glaze for shine. Shiny flowers are happy flowers!
And that my friends is all I've got for you today. Simple and sweet, and I'm okay with that. I love y'all and I hope your day is filled with glittery goodness and bright flowers! Big hugs! xoxo
Supplies used on today's card: 
(all from Fun Stampers Journey)
cardstock and ink colors: 
Huckleberry Fusion, 
Turbo Teal, 
Watermelon Fusion, 
Lemon Drop and Summer Days 
(Lemon Drop cardstock and Summer Days ink)

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