Hello friends! I'm about to share two stamp sets with you that might just blow your mind. I'm convinced that it's IMPOSSIBLE to create anything less than GORGEOUS with these stamps. I created this card using Easter Blessings and Hope Anchors, two stamp ...


Beautiful In It's Time {Easter Blessings card}

Hello friends! I'm about to share two stamp sets with you that might just blow your mind. I'm convinced that it's IMPOSSIBLE to create anything less than GORGEOUS with these stamps.
I created this card using Easter Blessings and Hope Anchors, two stamp sets from FSJ's Bloom This Way spring mini catalog. They complement each other so perfectly! That FONT, you guys, is the stuff of my DREAMS. 
Creating this card is pretty straight forward. I just stamped up a bunch of sweet goodies and layered them together on an embossed panel. See that awesome texture on the images? It's almost like a pixelated look, and it gives the images so much dimension. I didn't do ANYTHING special to make it look like that - it's just one ink color, stamped once on cardstock. Pretty cool, yes?
This card is pretty obviously Easter themed, but there are plenty of sentiments in the Hope Anchors set that you can use year round. Switch up the colors and the look of this card, and this sentiment would be beautiful for a variety of occasions. What encouraging words to speak into someone's life, right?
Alright you beautiful, crafty friends. That's what I have for ya today. Check out the Fun Stampers Journey website if you feel the crafty pull to get some Easter craftiness happening.  And then, stop by and see us on Pinterest. You can follow FSJ on Pinterest, right here.  And then, follow me too! I am kinda pinning cute ideas ALL the time.  

Oh and hey, don't forget the Over The Rainbow sale at FSJ this month - score 25% off stars, hearts, shamrocks and clouds during the month of March! It's your LUCKY day!


Shamrock Love {St. Patrick's Day Pencil Toppers}

There is something completely adorable about shamrocks, don't you think? I'm not Irish, and I've never really done much to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but when you have ADORABLE Lucky Clover dies, it's totally inspiring to create some fun goodies for the occasion! 

I started today's projects with a Gel Press print I made a while back. I'm pretty sure it was some combination of Electric Lime and Limeade Splash ink from FSJ, and some splatters of Silk and a lot of brayering and prints on top of each other. From that print, I started trimming and die cutting and put together this fun project! 

First up, the pencil toppers. You guys, these were so quick and cute to make! I just die cut the Lucky Clovers from my printed cardstock, and then I used glue dots to stick them to the pencils. (I'm pretty sure I got these pencils on clearance after Easter last year!) I added a little notched tag that says "Wish You Luck", wrapped some twine around the pencil and tied a bow on top of a rainbow button.  

To create the card, I got super fancy (not really, I'm totally kidding) and pulled out a heart punch. Four hearts, a twine bow, a die cut sentiment. BAM. Done. LOVE. This would be a super cute gift to send in for your child's teacher, or get crazy, and make a set of pencils for their whole class! And if you take one of these pencils to work with you, EVERYONE will want to steal it! 
 I'm a little late now, but how cute would these pencils be with hearts instead of shamrocks, for Valentine's Day?! Ahhh, time to think about next year! Thanks so much for stopping by to see my lucky little crafts! If you're desperate to make these little babies for yourself, you're in LUCK! FSJ is having an Over the Rainbow promotion, and you can score these Lucky Clover Dies, as well as a variety of other products for 25% off during the month of March!

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How to Create Simple Birthday Cards for All

Hello friends!
I am always always needing some birthday cards on hand. And today I have ONE birthday card TWO ways - both of them are pretty easy, and have a clean and simple flair, but one has a few less steps just in case you're expected at that birthday party in ten minutes!

Don't worry party-goers, the SUPER quick one is up first. (I know, you don't even have time to read this whole blog post, and I certainly don't want you missing out on party food and games!)

So here's the quick run-down:

  • White card base.
  • Die cut balloons. 
  • Trim the corner off large balloon.
  • Stick them on the card.
  • Stamp the sentiment.
  • Splatter with Silk.
  • Tie a bow.
  • Hit the road and party with your friends. 
  • (Buh bye!)

Now, for those of you still with me, and you have a few extra minutes, here's a second version of the same cute card, plus a few extra details:
  • Same white card base, but this time I embossed it for a fun subtle background. 
  • How much do you love this YAY sentiment? It's two stamps. Stamp the solid one whatever color you'd like, and then stamp the outline right over top! (Or use the stamps independently. Love it!) Plus, it has a matching die. So for my second card, I stamped and die cut it from a separate piece of cardstock and adhered it with foam tape.)
  • On this second card, I also mixed up the balloon situation. I diecut two balloons instead of three, and then used a smaller punched blue circle. 
Both cards are of the clean and simple, quick and easy variety...and this layout would work with about a million color combinations, so feel free to create it and make it your own! Switch up the embossing folder, or even the sentiment. (But really...why bother. Nothing could be cuter than this YAY set!) ;) 

FSJ Supplies used on today's cards:
Uplift Die Set 
YAY stamp and die bundle
Diamond Netting Embossing Folder
Licorice Twist Journey Twine
Beach Ball Silk
cardstock: Whip Cream, Rich Coral, Beach Breeze, Lemon Drop
True Color Fusion Ink Pads: Black Licorice, Lemon Drop, Beach Breeze

Pin me! Share me! Love me! ;) 

Thanks so much for coming by today, friends!!!! Now, go get crafty and have some fun! xoxo


Create a Clean and Graphic Miss You Card {FSJ Stained Glass}

Clean. Crisp. Graphic. Simple. Striking. White. Gold. A few of my favorite things. And they all came together on this card. These hearts look so amazing simply embossed in gold, on white cardstock. 
I die cut the hearts and popped them up on white cardstock with a layer of gold matting, and I embossed the sentiment as well.  A few embellishments, and this card is DONE. Today's card is simple, and there's not much to say about it - but that feels GOOD sometimes! This card would be perfect for Valentines Day, but I love that it's really appropriate for all year long. Change up the sentiment and it would be a fantastic wedding or anniversary card too! 

So here's your challenge: Sit down and create something clean and simple today. Just pick two or three colors, one stamp set, and go for it. And then share it with me because I'd love to see it! Really! 

And after you create it, and photograph it and blog it or pop it in a gallery...pin it on Pinterest so the whole world can enjoy your clean and simple goodness! And while you're at it...pin this one too! The world needs more clean and simple beauty, don't you think?! Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a FANTASTIC weekend! xoxo

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Bad to the Bone {Valentines for People Who Hate Valentines}

Valentines for people who hate valentines? Well, yes, maybe....Valentines for the biker dude or biker chick in your life? Perhaps. Valentines for teenagers who would be grossed out by someone giving them a Valentine? Yes, probably. Valentines for people who hate mushy stuff? Definitely. 

Today's cards (there's two of them) feature the Bad Bones stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey. I thought it would be fun to create some non-Valentine Valentines using this stamp set. The style of these might not be for everyone...I'll be honest, I'm not even sure I like them! LOL! BUT...I think one could be perfect for hmmm, perhaps my 13 year old son, (who frequently acts like he's bad to the bone! HA!) 
On the above card, I used the same technique with the Gel Press, and an embossed piece of cardstock. (See my instructions on this blog post.) Then I stamped the skull in the bottom right corner, in Clear Pigment Ink, and sponged over it with Black Licorice PanPastels. Sort of subtle, almost a watermark kind of look to it. The whole panel is a little dark, for this color-loving crafter - but I like the idea of it! It's an idea worth playing with!

On this card, I stamped the hearts in Clear Pigment Ink, and then sponged over them with Silver and Gold Pan Pastels. For the skull, I stamped and sponged him the same way as the background, but I did it on Black Licorice cardstock, instead of white. 

I'd love to know what you think. (I promise I won't be offended if you say YUCK.) I'm curious though - do you think you know someone who might think a Valentine in this style is kind of cool? (Or maybe YOU think it's cool! Maybe?) Sometimes experimenting is good for us, even if we aren't sure of the results! It was a good stretch for me! Thanks so much for stopping by today! xoxo

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