Stamping with's a little messy, but so worth it! For today's layout, I used the brand new Hello Love stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey. I'm a little partial to this stamp set, because I drew the sentiments in it! Paired with some super ...


Hello Love scrapbook layout {watercolor stamping}

Stamping with's a little messy, but so worth it! For today's layout, I used the brand new Hello Love stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey. I'm a little partial to this stamp set, because I drew the sentiments in it! Paired with some super cool images created by the graphic designers at Fun Stampers Journey, this stamp and die set is definitely one of my favorites in the new 2017 catalog. 
To create this, I started out with a sheet of Whip Cream cardstock. I gave it a few little spritzes of water, and then I stamped the circle stamp onto an acrylic block that I dripped some Limeade Splash Liquid Color onto. Liquid Colors are the new dye inks from FSJ. They come in a bottle, similar to a reinker, but you can use them for watercolor techniques, and so much more. So I tapped my stamp right onto the Liquid Color, and then onto the cardstock. Wherever the cardstock was especially wet, the color ran and blended and did super cool things! It's pretty fun, yes? And the areas that were dry, the image stamped more clearly. I love the way it turned out. 

After that, I layered up some dies, papers, a few more stamped details and of course the photo of my cutie pie baby-who's-not-a-baby-anymore. The hardest part of this layout is looking at that chubby baby who keeps growing up. (That, and waiting for my wet watercolor to dry so I could finish working!) 

Don't be afraid to PLAY with messy watercolor techniques like this. They won't always work the first time. I played a little to figure out what the ink and water would do, and sometimes - things just look awful. That's okay! Try, try again! Sometimes the process is more valuable than the product, and there's nothing wrong with that! It's ART! Have FUN! xoxo

Hello Love Die Set DI-0347 (includes dies for each of the sentiments)
cutie pie baby - not for sale. ;) 


Mermaid Kisses {Fun Stampers Journey Bloom Box}

Hello friends! The Mermaid Kisses Stamp Set is so much fun for summer! Mermaid Kisses is the Bloom Box (kit of the month) from Fun Stampers Journey. (Find out all about the Bloom Box, and check out the four beautiful cards you can create!) I created two different cards for you today, one is BRIGHT and cheery and the other is soft and dreamy. So whatever your mood, and whatever your style, I hope one or both of these will inspire you! 

I paired the Turtley Awesome stamp set with both of these cards - that sea grass, y'all. It's my favorite. I couldn't help it! On the bright and cheery card, I stamped the sea grass on Electric Lime cardstock. I stamped the mermaid on white cardstock. To color her, I used Electric Lime Silk, mixed with a little water, plus a splash of Sparkle Silk and painted it on her tail and swim top. Then when it was dry, I added some shading using Color Burst colored pencils. I colored her skin and hair with pencils too. 
I layered up some torn cardstock to create a watery background and then used foam squares to adhere it all together for lots of depth!
 And on the mermaid tail, a little glaze and glitter finished it off!

 For the dreamy and soft mermaid card, I painted on the mermaid's tail color using the Electric Lime Silk, and Sparkle Silk, mixed with  a little Lovely Blue Liquid Color, plus a few drops of water. The Silk and Liquid Color blend together beautifully.

To create the background, I stamped the Ink Splat stamp repeatedly, in Lovely Blue Liquid Color, and then splattered some Silk over the top.


Be sure to check out the July 2017 Bloom Box! You will receive everything you need to create these four beautiful cards!

Thanks you so much for stopping by! Have a beautiful summer day! xoxo


Mystic Romance cards from Fun Stampers Journey {two Liquid Color techniques}

Hello friends! It's JULY, which means....I'm thrilled to share the 2017 Fun Stampers Journey catalog with you today! We've been working for MONTHS to bring this catalog to life, and I am so excited to be a part of it. I also have two cards that I created just for you, using the new Mystic Romance collection, which you'll find in the new catalog.

 The Mystic Romance collection finds its inspiration in fashion, and the stamps have a cool embroidered or stitched look. They're especially fun for inky techniques.  I used FSJ's new Liquid Color on both of todays cards, trying out a few different techniques.

On this bumblebee card, I created the background using three floral stamps. I used Liquid Color and a sponge dauber to ink red and green onto the same stamp. Our Liquid Colors are dye based liquid ink. I simply put a few drops onto an acrylic block, and picked up the color with the dauber to apply to the stamps. After I stamped the flowers, I inked the Canvas Prints background stamp in Pineapple Fusion and stamped right on top of my floral background. It adds some subtle color and texture to the background.
After stamping and cutting the bumblebee, I colored him with Color Splash watercolor pencils. I painted Sparkle Silk on his wings, and then I covered them with Journey Glaze. Some paper scraps, tapes, twine and dots completed this cheery summertime card.

Next up, I used the Liquid Color in a totally different way. Instead of stamping with them, I used them to create a background. First, I embossed the butterflies on watercolor paper. Some stamps are easier to emboss on watercolor paper than others - in this case, I was okay with a less-than-precise image, with some of the paper's texture showing through. 

After embossing, I began to play with water and Liquid Color. I puddled some water on a large acrylic block, and added drops of blue and purple Liquid Color, along with some splatters of Silver and Sparkle Silks. Then I misted my watercolor panel with water so it would be ready to absorb all that fun color. After misting, I pressed the paper face down on the acrylic block, and soaked up some color. Don't be afraid to pick it up and put it down again if you miss a spot or want more color. Also feel free to spritz more water on top. Just play with water and color and see what happens!  
Here's a watercolor tip! After really saturating a piece of paper, and letting it dry completely, I like to press it between some books overnight to flatten it out. 

*If you haven't checked out the new FSJ catalog yet, I hope you'll head right there to soak in the beautiful inspiration and fun new products.

*Check out the FSJ blog too, for daily inspiration using NEW products and creative techniques! Plus, Richard Garay and some of my FSJ partners in crafty crime are also sharing some Mystic Romance inspiration this week! Stop by and see Richard, Patricia Roebuck, Michelle Woerner, and Mariana Grigsby.

*And if you're still looking for more, follow me on Pinterest where I pin all sorts of colorful, creative goodness!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed the double dose of Mystic Romance and Liquid Color inspiration! Have a great day!!! xoxo

Supplies from today's cards:
Stitched Dreams Stamp Set SS-0512
Dreams Follow Stamp Set SS-0508
Embroidered Greetings Stamp Set SS-0507
Mystic Romance Prints PP-0047
Liquid Color
Color Splash Sheets watercolor paper
Journey Color Splash watercolor pencils
Sparkle Silk

Be Brave card - inlaid diecutting {Fun Stampers Journey and RG}

 Hello friends! This card feels a little too autumn for summertime, but I've had the poor thing sitting for months, just waiting to be shared. I created it for an autumn magazine call, but it didn't get any publication love. So maybe you can love it instead! ;)

I used a combination of products from Fun Stampers Journey and the RG retail line, by Richard Garay, and I'll link them all up below.  My favorite thing about this card is the background die. It's the Pennant Pattern die from RG, and I used corrugated stock to cut it from. I LOVE the texture it adds!
After cutting the background from corrugated stock, I cut it again using Blue Lagoon and Pumpkin Bread cardstocks. From that cutting, I just used the triangles, and popped them into some of the empty spaces.

The rest of the card came together quickly. I diecut some sweet sprigs of leaves and berries, stamped up a tag, and added a few embellishments (like glaze on the sprig of berries for shine!) Without that beautiful background, this card would be a little blah, but all put together, the colors play off each other, and the shapes and textures keep the eye roaming around to catch every detail.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Come on over and check out FSJ and RG on Pinterest, for lots more inspiration, tutorials, and more! (And hey, while you're at it...follow ME out on Pinterest too!) xoxo



Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses {summer scrapbooking layout}

 I have a little more summer scrapbooking inspiration to share with you today! I'm just LOVING all the cute (can you say CUTE about a lobster?) sea animals in the Spring Into Summer Mini Catalog from FSJ.

To create this layout, I stamped the Catching Waves background stamp twice to fill an eight inch tall panel of Cool Pool cardstock. That background stamp is CA-UTTTE. It's so bubbly and fun! Then I added some tone-on-tone stamping of the sea sentiments on the Huckleberry Fusion base. It just adds a little interest, without adding a big busy distraction from my sandy little boys! I layered up some printed paper, corrugated stock, twine, sparkle tape, and stamped elements to create some fun texture. I'm all about layering on the goodness to my layouts lately! 


Thanks so much for stopping by today! While you're bopping around the internet, why not head over to my Pinterest page? You'll find lots more crafty inspiration! xoxo

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