Enjoy Retirement

There have been several occasions where I used the Stay Wild stamp.  It is my go to stamp for masculine cards.

Below is a Retirement card I made using the Stay Wild Stamp (AT-0207).

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Background ink was blended with daubers.

I made this a top folding card and used Blue Lagoon cardstock (CS-0004) for the card base.  I cut two strips of Pool Play cardstock (CS-0092) to 1 x 5 1/2.  A piece of Whip Cream cardstock (CS-0040) was cut to 3 3/4 x 5 1/2 for the card front.

I used our daubers(TO-0138) to blend the ink onto the cardstock.  Sweet Pear (IP-0054)  was used for the grass and then Lemon Drop (IP-0043)  was used as the sky.  If you look closely you can see in the upper left corner a darker spot of the Lemon Drop.  I wanted to give the effect of the sun being in the sky.  To get this effect I inked up the dauber in Lemon Drop and then pressed it down on that corner as if I was stamping then blended the color out.

I inked up the Stay Wild stamp set in Hazelnut Blend (IP-0012) and stamped it twice on the cardstock.  The sentiment Enjoy Retirement (I love the font by the way) comes from the Bird Melody (SS-0496)  stamp set and was stamped in Black Licorice (IP-0041) ink.  I finished off the card by using some Silver Silk (IP-0090) but I covered the trees with a piece of scrap paper because I only wanted the silk in the sky portion of the card.

The strips of Pool Play were adhered to the Whip Cream cardstock using Easy Glide (AD-0081) adhesive and then popped up on foam squares (AD-0085) onto the Blue Lagoon Card base.

May all your hand-made creations be Inked with Kindness, Stamped with Love.


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Graduation Card

I needed a lot of graduation cards this year.  This is a great card layout because you can easily change the colors to match the school colors for the graduate.

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I love the Cascading Hearts Die

I embossed the sentiment Congratulations with black embossing powder.  Remember to use the colorless blender before embossing to get rid of the static so that the embossing powder only sticks to the clear pigment ink.  This is really a life saver when it comes to embossing.

I am big on sentiments and the inside sentiment Let the Adventure Begin seemed so fitting for this card.

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Stamped the sentiment in Pretty Pansy ink to match the cardstock

A finished off the card by adding some additional stars (cut them using the Star Dom Bundle – love this bundle because one set cuts and the other set pierces).  These were cut out of Journey Brushed Silver cardstock.

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Love the Journey Brushed Silver Cardstock

Added some Silver Sparkle Tape, Twinkle Trim – wanted to make it look like light shooting from the star.  I thought it still needed a little something so I added Silver Silk and Sparkle Silk.

May all your hand-made creations be Inked with Kindness, Stamped with Love.

Happy Crafting!


Thank You/Flower Swirls

I am loving our daubers!!!  I have been using them a lot lately and just love how smooth you can work our inks on the cardstock.  It is a great way to add color especially if you don’t have the time to detail color your inked image.

Thank You
Flower Swirls (SS-0454)

Moving your dauber in a circular motion, color 4 different areas on your Whip Cream Cardstock (CS-0040) using Rich Coral Ink (IP-0052).  Be sure to have some darker and lighter spots.  Remember nature is not perfect (that’s what makes it so beautiful) and by varying the shades of color you can give the illusion of sunlight or shade on the flower which helps to give it some dimension.

Then stamp (over the Rich Coral circles you created) the large and medium flower swirl once using Black Licorice Ink (IP-0041).  The smaller flower swirl, you will stamp twice.

Repeat the above process on the large and small leaf 3 times each on Whip Cream Cardstock using a combination of Sweet Pear and Lemon Grass ink to give the leaves dimension just like the flowers.

You can either detail cut around the flowers and leaves or use the die that is part of the bundle.

Stamp the Thank You sentiment on the lower portion of the Whip Cream panel.  Adhere the Sweet Pear strip and pop up the Whip Cream panel onto the card base.  Pop up the flowers onto the card base as above.

Finish the card off by adding some Silver Silk and Sparkle Silk.  I love how our silks really finish off the card!  (And if you ever make a crafting oops, they are a great way to cover it up!)

May all your hand-made creations be Inked with Kindness, Stamped with Love.

Happy Silver and Sparkle Silking!!!

Make A Wish/Dandelion Wishes

It was really difficult since there are so many great choices but this is on the top 10 list of my favorites products from the new catalog.

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Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set (SS-0497)

I just love, love, love this stamp set. The sentiment is just beautiful and can be used for so many occasions.

This card is great because it uses our Whip Cream cardstock for both the panel and base of the card.  There is something about white on white that looks so amazing!

Pool Play Ink (IP-0051) and a Dauber (TO-0138) was used to color the upper left portion of the whip cream cardstock.  You work the color in a circular motion – wanting it to be darker toward the top/side and then fade out as you move toward the center.  Our daubers are very easy to work with using this technique.  Very smooth.

Then stamp the large dandelion image and small stemmed image using Catalina Splash Ink  (IP-0073) several times.

Stamp the stemmed dandelion once and the smaller pieces a few times using Clear Pigment Ink (IP-0102) – pour White Embossing Powder (IP-0098) on to the dandelion images and flick off the excess – heat set using a heat gun (TO-0083).

Stamp the “Make a Wish” phrase sentiment onto the lower right corner of the Whip Cream (CS-0040) panel using Black Licorice Ink (IP-0041).

Flick with Silver (IP-0090) and Sparkle Silk (IP-0126).   (I use Sparkle Silk a lot so I make sure I order 2 bottles at a time – maybe I’m a little addicted).

Pop up the Whip Cream panel onto the Whip Cream card base using foam squares (AD-0084 or AD-0085).

Don’t forget to stamp your envelope to your choosing!  It is a nice added touch for the recipient.

Then sit back and enjoy your creation!

May all your hand-made creations be Inked with Kindness, Stamped with Love.

Be sure to Make A Wish!!


Oh Scrap!

Believe it or not, I ran out of Birthday and Thank You cards.  I thought I had made enough extra ones to get me through for a couple of weeks but I was mistaken.   This is not a bad thing.  I feel very blessed to have people in my life that I can make cards for.  But my initial reaction was Oh Scrap!!!  Literally!  I have a bin of scrap cardstock in various sizes and colors.  I have an addiction to paper so I hate to throw any of it away no matter how small (yes, I wish there was a support group for this).  Any who….I reached for the bin and went to town.

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Great use of cardstock scraps!!

I was a on roll with the Birthday cards so I thought why not use the same idea for Thank You cards.

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Thank You is currently a Bloom Benefit Stamp

I popped up the card front onto the card base and of added Silver Silk and Sparkle Silk.

This is a great way to use up scraps, come up with some unique designs and I can’t wait to try this with my scrap bin of patterned cardstock too!

Bloom Benefit – just a reminder that you get to choose a Bloom Benefit for every $50 you order.

May all your hand-made creations be Inked with Kindness, Stamped with Love.

Happy Crafting!!

Happy Birthday

I needed a birthday card and I was having crafters block!  I started playing around with the Thread Sketch and Brush Stroke stamp sets.  After coming up with my design, I started to stamp the words Happy Birthday from the Cake Time stamp set.  And as I was getting ready to put the card front on the base, I realized that I totally stamped the words – Happy Birthday in the wrong direction given that I already stamped the inside sentiment.

So I was in a dilemma, do I re-stamp the whole card front (which would have not taken me very long) or to I re-stamp the inside sentiment.  Or do I try to make it work.  Being pressed for time, I decided to see what I could do to make it work.

This is the end result.

Happy Birthday Sketch
Some mistakes turn out to be the best looking cards.

I decided to stamp the Happy Birthday in the other direction.  I was very pleased how it turned out.

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Then I went a little overboard with the Happy Birthday – but it looks fun!

Of course I need to add some of our Silver Silk and Sparkle Silk!!!  Never can have too much silk!

Note that the Brush Stroke was on the Break-up Sale list and is no longer available but you could get a similar look from using our dauber dowels.

May all you hand-made creations be Inked with Kindness, Stamped with Love.

Happy Crafting!!

Summer Rose

I love learning new ideas and techniques. And Fun Stampers Journey is awesome at continuing to educate their coaches!!

I really love how this card turned out.  At first I was not sure but as I stared to put it together I was very pleased with the outcome.

I first stamped a piece of Hazelnut Blend cardstock using the Summer Rose stamp set in River Stone ink.  This is a great way to make a quick background on plain cardstock.

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Summer Rose – background stamped in River Stone Ink

The Summer Rose stamp is a triple stamping set.  The base of the rose was stamped in Buttercream and the 2 detail rose stamps were stamped in River Stone.  Since the base stamp is solid, it will take a bit for the Buttercream ink to dry or you can speed it up by using a heat tool.


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Summer Rose

After that I used our Journey Squares Die set to get the piercing effect.  Then added some Silver Silk, Natural Twine and some Bloom Time sequins and put it all together.

The sentiment came the Sandy Toes stamp set that is in our new Spring into Summer Trends Mini Catalog.

I think the saying can be used for a lot of different occasions (Graduation, Sympathy).  Change up the greeting and this would make a lovely Mother’s Day card.

Did you know that Fun Stampers Journey also carries jewelry.  Check out these great necklaces.

Journey Girl Collection

This card with one of the necklaces would make an awesome Mother’s Day or Graduation gift!!

May all your hand-made creations be Inked with Kindness, Stamped with Love.

Happy Crafting!!