Hello friends! I am so excited to start sharing some autumn projects. I get excited when I start autumn craft projects, because I know the season of pumpkins and cozy fall prints is right around the corner! Today's card features some autumn stamps from ...

 

Choose to Be Grateful - Create a handmade autumn card

Hello friends! I am so excited to start sharing some autumn projects. I get excited when I start autumn craft projects, because I know the season of pumpkins and cozy fall prints is right around the corner! Today's card features some autumn stamps from the Journey Holidays Mini Trends catalog from Fun Stampers Journey. Zen Leaves is the showstopper here, along with a sentiment from Thankful Friends. And that Cozy Knit Embossing Folder?! I swoon! It's absolutely gorgeous. 

This card is pretty straightforward. I stamped leaves and berries on Haystack, Pineapple Smoothie, Oatmeal Cookie, and Pumpkin Bread cardstocks. I die cut that fabulous stitched rectangle with the Frame It Die Set. (It's a Host Exclusive in the FSJ Holiday Mini Catalog!) And I embossed a panel of Haystack cardstock with the Cozy Knit embossing folder. 

I am having a great time playing with the FSJ Scoring Board to create envelopes for my card, so I whipped up a super simple coordinating envelope. Have you tried our new scoring board yet? I have a whole post all about making envelopes, complete with a SUPER short and simple video. I hope you'll go check it out, and refer to it as you start creating your own creative envelopes!
Supplies used on today's card:


      
 
 

FSJ Scoring Board Tutorial: how to make envelopes


Fun Stampers Journey released a scoring board in the 2018 catalog, and I have been having so much adding scored details to projects, as well as creating some new things - like envelopes! Scoring boards are pretty easy to use once you figure out what you're doing. Today I have an envelope-making tutorial to share with you, using the FSJ Scoring Board, and I hope it'll inspire you to create some envelopes for yourself! 

The handy triangle and scoring tool are tucked away on the back side of the FSJ Scoring Board. You'll want to grab those first, and set the triangle onto the scoring board as shown in the above picture. 

 I generally create cards that are 4.25x5.5, which is an A2 size, so I looked at the chart to see that I needed to start with an 8x8 sheet of paper or cardstock. (See where the scoring tool is pointing?)

The chart showed me that I need to line my paper up at the 3 1/2 mark, so I aligned the bottom edge of cardstock as shown. 

 Then, I score straight down, along the notch where it says SCORE. (You'll want to use your other hand to keep the triangle piece secure while you score.) Are you with me so far? If I've lost you, don't worry - there's a video down below!
Next, turn your cardstock CLOCKWISE one turn. Line up the scored line with the horizontal edge of the notch. (Don't worry about that 3 1/2 line anymore.) Score again, straight down at the vertical edge of the notch.

Next, REPEAT! Turn clockwise again, line up at the horizontal notch edge, and score at the vertical notch edge.  

Once you've scored all four lines, use the FSJ Corner Rounder (which also cuts notches) or just a pair of scissors, and cut out the four corners. I've done two of them here in this photo. After that, you're ready to fold in your sides, and secure two of them with adhesive. 


Want to see this whole process in a quick one-minute video? 
 


And now, you're all set to add a beautiful handmade card to that envelope you created! 


For more information and inspiration on the FSJ Scoring Board, check out part 1 of a 3 video series all about the FSJ Scoring Board, straight from the FSJ studio! 


      
 
 

Fun Stampers Journey Beach Treasures Welcome Card

Don't you hate it when you come up with a really cool technique and then you aren't exactly sure how you did it? That's what happened for today's card. I was messing around, and I didn't think I was accomplishing anything, and then BAM here came this really awesome watercolor background. Here's what I do know....it's a print from the Gel Press. I was using FSJ Cool Pool and Catalina Splash - I *think* it's Re-Inkers but it might be Liquid Color. I laid the color down across the Gel Press, in sort of a striped fashion, and then brayered it out together, pulled a quick print, and there it was. I think I was actually trying to clean extra color off my brayer from another project, and it just turned out awesome! After that, I just added a seashell from the Beach Treasures stamp set, along with the Welcome stamp, embossed in white onto Oatmeal Cookie cardstock. 
 Pretty fun, with some additions of a vellum circle and some twine, and sequins. I love happy accidents - don't be afraid to play! You never know what you might end up with!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I just got home from almost two weeks of vacation - so today I get to dust off my desk and get back to work! I can't wait! Have a fantastic week! xoxo


      
 
 

Three Sneaky Tricks for Scrapbook Layouts {FSJ Colorful Journey Collection}

Colorful Journey scrapbook page by laura williams featuring fun stampers journey color pop, and flower tangle stamp sets | three sneaky scrapbooking tips using stamps and dies #lauralooloo #funstampersjourney #scrapbooking
This past January I had the EXTREME joy and privilege to have one of my bestest pal's baby girl stay with us for ten days. Her mama had an opportunity of a lifetime, and she pretty much wasn't going to go except I pretty much stole her baby and forced her to. (Well, not exactly...but I would have if she hadn't taken me up on my offer to chill with my little baby pal.) She is actually and truly the best baby ever. She slept like a champ, and she did SO SO good with us. The best part? My girlfriend sent her with all her cute dresses and adorable shoes, so I got to play baby-dress-up every day. (Something I haven't gotten to do with my own two boys!!!) 

I used some fab new Fun Stampers Journey goodies for this layout. Lots of goodness from the Colorful Journey collection, as well as some border dies, and other little pretties. I'll point out a few quick tricks and ideas along the way, and then I'll leave you to your weekend. (I'm actually on vacation as you read this...and as I type this, I'm trying to get out the door - so I'll keep it short and sweet!) 

First tip/trick - our new Border Essentials Dies  - they aren't 12 inches long but by pairing two pieces together, tucked behind my circles, it gives the illusion of being 12 inches! YAY! I'm so sneaky!

Next tip/trick - that gorgeous flowered background that I stamped on the pink cardstock? It's not that big either! IT looks like a piece of printed paper, doesn't it?! Nope, just stamp four images side by side. There was a little bit of a seam showing where they met, but my photos completely disguised it! YAY! Sneaky again!

Last tip/trick for today - it's tough to see on my photos, but I stamped the Grid Paper background stamp onto my journaling piece, using Pool Play ink. And guess what? That gave me lines to write on, so I didn't have to worry about my journaling being crooked! Triple YAY!!! 

Okay you guys, seriously I have got to RUN. Vacation calls. I hope you've had THE best time celebrating the Fun Stampers Journey catalog launch for the past two weeks with us! It has been a BLAST. But don't be a stranger - there's always fun up our sleeve, and crafty goodness to share across all of our social media channels! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Happy crafting! xoxo

Products used on today's project:



      
 
 

In The Tropics botanical thank you card {FSJ}

Botanical Thank You Card featuring Fun Stampers Journey In The Tropics and Many Thanks Stamp Sets from the RSVP Collection #lauralooloo #funstampersjourney #thankyoucards #handmadecards #rubberstamps #FSJRSVP
I cannot get enough of the beautiful hibiscus and leaf stamps from the In The Tropics stamp set, from Fun Stampers Journey. This set, along with Many Thanks, are part of the RSVP Collection. This brand new collection features beautiful florals and seashells - and do you see that printed paper?! It is absolutely stunning. One side of RSVP prints is all black and white prints, and then other side has full color botanical prints to coordinate with the stamps. I'm in LOVE with this collection. 
Botanical Thank You Card featuring Fun Stampers Journey In The Tropics and Many Thanks Stamp Sets from the RSVP Collection #lauralooloo #funstampersjourney #thankyoucards #handmadecards #rubberstamps #FSJRSVP
To create this card, I used a similar technique to the hibiscus on my Spread Love card that I shared last week. I used FSJ Liquid Colors, in Lemon Drop, Orange Creasicle, Limeade Splash, and Cool Pool. I used a combination of techniques to add the color. Usually I start by applying color directly to the stamp. (It doesn't take much - a drop or two of each Liquid Color at most.) At this point, I do one of two things - either I mist the stamp with water, and then stamp it onto cardstock, OR I stamp onto the Gel Press. It's almost like blotting some of the Liquid Color onto the Gel Press. It blends the colors a bit, and takes off a bit of the extra color. Then I mist the stamp with water, and then stamp onto cardstock.
Botanical Thank You Card featuring Fun Stampers Journey In The Tropics and Many Thanks Stamp Sets from the RSVP Collection #lauralooloo #funstampersjourney #thankyoucards #handmadecards #rubberstamps #FSJRSVP

So to recap:
1. Liquid Color directly to stamp.
2. Mist stamp with water.
3. Stamp onto cardstock.
OR
1. Liquid Color directly to stamp.
2. Stamp onto Gel Press.
3. Mist with water.
4. Stamp onto cardstock.

I love this watercolor look, and I love playing around with these ideas - you never know what you'll get, and you'll never get the same thing twice! After all of my watercoloring fun, I embossed the sentiment, and then just assembled my card with some of the gorgeous new printed paper. (Oh, and that layer of yellow...I think that was another print I had hanging around that I created earlier!)

I've had the best time celebrating with you all these past two weeks. I hope you've enjoyed all the new projects! (Sorry if I've overwhelmed you...I actually had someone unsubscribe from my mailing list, because of "too many updates." Oh well!!!) Be sure to catch the last few days of the FSJ Launch Party on all of our social media channels!  You'll find daily weekday LIVE videos on our Facebook page, and lots of new inspiration on our blogInstagram, and Pinterest. Plus blog posts from the FSJ concept designers too! We're so excited to share with you! I'll have one more launch party post on Friday, and then I promise, I'll cut back a bit! xoxo
Botanical Thank You Card featuring Fun Stampers Journey In The Tropics and Many Thanks Stamp Sets from the RSVP Collection #lauralooloo #funstampersjourney #thankyoucards #handmadecards #rubberstamps #FSJRSVP

Did you love this card? Be sure to check out my Spread Love card which also features the gorgeous hibiscus stamp from In The Tropics! 

Products used on today's project:
In The Tropics Stamp Set
Many Thanks Stamp Set
RSVP Prints
Liquid Colors 
Licorice Twist Journey Twine

      
 
 
 
 
 
   
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