Patriotic bunting and a new stamp company …Fun Stampers Journey

I have three cards to share today – three versions of patriotic bunting using stamps and dies from the newly launched Fun Stampers Journey company. I wanted to only use supplies received in my starter kit (signed up on Wednesday, received kit on Friday … whoo hoo) and so I don’t have any heat embossing or special doodads.

Card 1 has loads of white space to offset the red and blue colors of the flag style bunting. I diecut the banner and then stamped alternating colors using the 2 small background stamps in the matching stamp set.

I didn’t bother masking the top border of the banner before stamping because I diecut a second banner (there are 4 banners in the die set) from scrap cardstock and used it to layer on top of the stamped banner. Easy peasy.

Card 2 is a little fancier, but still with a lot of white space. I diecut 6 of the pennant style banners and stamped 3 of them, alternating the red and blue. The other 3 banners I trimmed away the pennants (saving for another project) and adhered the top border on top of the stamped banners. I used foam tape to raise these banners slightly for a dimensional look. Three varying sizes of bling in the corner offset the stamped Celebrate!

Card 3 is a more true US flag style bunting and even has fireworks stamped on the background.

NOTE: The union (starry field) should be displayed on the left whether the US flag is displayed in a vertical or the more normal horizontal position.

I diecut the flag style bunting to stamp my stripes, then diecut a scalloped banner to trim the top border away to cover my messy red stripe stamping. I used a scrap piece of cardstock to stamp the polka dot background in blue, and then used a 1/4-inch square punch to create the illusion of the starry panel. The focal piece also has red and blue fireworks stamped on it, the lighter images were stamped off 1-2 times. To be honest, although I like the idea of the fireworks and the flag bunting, I am not sure they go together. But that’s what sharing is all about. You can decide for yourself.

Since the starter kit did not come with red cardstock, I swiped the Sweet Berry ink along the edges of my matting layer to match the flag stripes. The raised felt pad made it extremely easy to swipe the edges…yay.

I also decorated the inside of the cards and the envelope with a few red and blue fireworks.

So…do you have a favorite among these three?

Stamps: Banner Party, Greet & Shout (Fun Stampers Journey)
Cardstock: White, Huckleberry Fusion (Fun Stampers Journey)
Inks: Sweet Berry, Blue Lagoon (Fun Stampers Journey)
Accessories: Journey Grand (FSJ-branded Grand Calibre from Spellbinders) and Pennants dies (Fun Stampers Journey); foam tape, bling

To view the catalog online or to shop with me, go to www.funstampersjourney.com/137, click on the catalog button in the top right of the page, scroll down and click download PDF to download the current catalog or shop online to enter my online store. FSJ will be adding new items frequently, so you’ll want to come back and see what’s new – their full catalog will be available in September. And if you want to start your own journey with this new company, click on the ‘Become a Coach’ button. I am Journey Coach #137 and I would be delighted if we could share this journey together.

A watercolored tulip birthday


My friend just told me she received this card, so now I can share it with you.

As a papercrafter, I dearly love sending cards to family, friends, and Operation Write Home. But it is a wee bit intimidating to send out a card to a sister papercrafter – especially one that knows all the techniques and has all the stamps, paper, ink, and tools the industry currently offers. So for this special card, I REALLY had to step up my game. I honestly didn’t keep track of the colors or products used (but I used a LOT). The beginning was pretty simple, stamping and masking (and stamping again) the tulips, stems, and leaves onto 140# cold-pressed watercolor paper using Sepia Archival Ink, then stamping the sentiments using Jet Black Stazon Ink. Then it gets a little hazy.


I remember spritzing the watercolor paper and then inking script sentiment using Distress Ink Crushed Olive, spritzing the inked rubber and then stamping the sentiment along the bottom of the card. After I watercolored in the flowers, stems, and leaves using various Distress Ink colors (maybe Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Crushed Olive again, Picked Raspberry, Fired Brick) as ink pads and markers, I lightly scribbled the Tumbled Glass in between the stems and under the flower heads, and washed the color into the background. The resulting blend of color where the script ink and the color wash collided is a delightful teal (and hence the color choice for my card base).


To create some fun visual interest, I again spritzed the watercolor paper to wet it across the top only and then used Distress Ink Tumbled Glass and a dotted stencil (I know there’s another name for this stencil ***edited to add the name – sequin waste – thanks Bonnie!) to sponge color on a diagonal slant across the top of the card; let it dry, then sponged some more of the same color through the sequin waste strip again to deepen the effect here and there. I also used the same sequin waste strip with SU Tempting Turquoise to add a little texture to the teal base card.

I really liked how the card finished and better still, the recipient liked it too. Happy Birthday dear friend.

Stamps: Tulips, Poppy (stem only) by Sheena Douglass; sentiments by TAC (out of business)

A magical Happy Valentine’s Day


One last Valentine card before I put away those supplies and start anew. The front of my card was inspired by a card posted in January 2010 by Kay Kalthoff. And the inside of the card is pretty much a direct CASE of a card I received last week. A very dear blogging friend sent me a gorgeous card which I will treasure but I also knew I’d be CASEing her inside card design. (Okay, true confession over and back to MY card.) The patterned paper I used is double-sided so the floral pattern on the front is the reverse side of the circle pattern on the inside. This card has some heft to it – the cardbase and then 3 pieces of patterned cardstock – plus the punched border strip along the top on the inside and the folded popout piece for the dangling hearts. Yet it still posted only as 0.9 ounce so no additional postage necessary.


When the card is opened the magic is revealed – two hearts suspended from a popout punched border strip. LOVE it! The border strip is 7 inches, and I attached it to the card by first folding the two ends into the center, leaving a little gap dead center (I just folded each end so it matched up to the scallops under it). The sentiment piece doesn’t leave much room for a long note but sometimes you just want to send a card to let someone know you were thinking of them.


I applied my strong double-sided adhesive to the two flaps, then flipped the border strip so the adhesive side was now facing the already adhered border strip on the card, centered the folded border strip so that the scallops on the card matched the scallops on the border strip, and adhered (NOTE: at this point the flaps are adhered on either side of the center fold but nothing is adhered in the center). I then gently closed the card to start the center crease on the folded border strip, opened the card slightly, and used my bone folder to set the crease.


My envelope decoration is very simply – just a sweet little row of hearts (stamped in line twice) – and the mailing address will start below the row.

Supplies: A2 cardbase in SU brushed gold, K&Company Urban Rhapsody designer paper, and SU pool party, real red, and whisper white cardstock; SU real red and soft suede inks, Big Shot, Cuttlebug hearts block embossing folder, Spellbinders labels 4, SU scalloped heart sizzlit, Marvy Uchida scalloped heart punch (extra small), Marvy Uchida mini heart punch, white embroidery floss, mini glue dots, foam dimensionals

Love Blooms Here


My little sister and her hubby now live with my sweet sweet mother so card-sending events (like Valentine’s Day) need to have TWO cards sent to the same household. And of course the cards have to be different designs. This is a card design I saved in my stash from several years ago when I held stamp classes as a TAC demonstrator. The frame was cut using a Coluzzle (anyone still have one?) but you could just as easily use two nesting oval dies taped together. The heart tree foliage was stamped using a Kaleidacolor pink range pad – notice that just one of the hearts is outlined in black to make it pop. I am not comfortable doodling (but I love seeing it), so I tried a little on the frame, the sentiment banner, and along the left side of the tree trunk.

And here’s a tip for mailing a card with a bulky embellishment – that larger eyelet is pretty bulky. I cut down a window sheet to A2 size (5.5×4.25) and slip it on top of the card in the envelope. The window sheet helps minimize the bulk and I usually don’t have to pay extra postage AND the card and envelope arrive intact at the other end.

Supplies: A2 white cardbase, Bazzill Monochromatics Red-Violet, TAC (out of business) stamp set Love Blooms Here, SU Blooming With Love, Red Rubber Designs/TAC Contemporary Greetings, SU Soft Suede, Rose Red, and Old Olive Classic inks, SU (retired) Cotton Candy Kaleidacolor rainbow pad, Millenium 0.5mm pen, CropADile, large metal eyelet, pink petaloo

(and here’s a peek at the hallmark on the back of the card and of the envelope’s decoration)

CAS Swirly Valentine

This card packs a lot of punch – big graphic element, large border detail, stark color contrast, and some ‘jewelry’ (aka bling) to impart a little fun. The design is inspired by a swirly heart & roses card posted last month by Kittie Caracciolo (KittieCraft). Instead of using her Impression Obsession Heart Flourish die, my card uses an older Sizzix Flourish die. The Sizzix die cuts two hearts as well as the flourish,  but I used only one of the diecut hearts and positioned it to counterbalance my sentiment. And I LOVE how the swirls of the flourish nestle so sweetly into the dips of the border punch.

Supplies:  A2 cardbase, white top layer 5.25×4 and then border punched and popped up with foam dimensionals, SU Real Red cardstock and ink, Sizzix Flourish die, Martha Stewart Flower Bed Deep Border Punch, sentiment from TAC/MRO Cheery Thoughts (discontinued but Mabelle has loads of other cute stamps), clear bling.

A fresh new start

It has been a while since I have been online and unfortunately when I changed service providers, I lost my former blog contents (even though I had downloaded and archived and zipped the contents – everything was lost). So this is a fresh new start. As I find photos of my previous cards, I’ll upload to this blog. I’m glad to be back.