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Life Lately…

Hello Everyone,

Although life has had it many ups and downs lately, I have kept looking forward. A lot of people have made many negative comments have been stated since the news broke regarding FSJ. I refuse to get drawn into that drama. I have my own emotions about it, and instead of allowing them to bring me down, I am eagerly looking forward to the future. Plus it’s healthier to be positive than negative.

Speaking of health, since that monthly call’s news, I have had more time to work on me, which also includes some, no, a lot of, extra weight I have put on since my parents’ passing and my husband’s back injury. I am happy to report that in these two weeks, I am down ten pounds.  I know I will slow down some soon, but it’s a start. Not to mention I did not put it all on over night, but took roughly six to seven years to do so. Then a couple of years before that I had added a little extra weight but nothing like these days! And I finally have Mike on board and he too is down ten or so pounds.  So even in the darkness, light still shines. 🙂  Now to work in more activity again as soon as this Achilles tendon is healed up. Yay! I can’t wait.

I did go to my craft house the other day and played with some products I have that I have not had time to create with. Just played. My son was there and put in his two cents on a couple of the cards. I did not take photos of those creations as we were just having fun. To be honest, I was trying to find my creative mojo again. Seems to have left me for the moment. 😦

Anyhow that is basically where I am at this point. I have not made a forma decision about FSJ/Spellbinders yet. I need to wait to see how it will be once they grant us access to our part of the site. That won’t be until mid-month. so until then, I am just taking it day by day.

Hope you are all having a delightful Friday!   I am off to clean some and then see what else I can get into for the day. It is still quite hot out so an afternoon at the park may not happen today.

Hugs and Blessings,

Chit Chat, FSJ, Fun Stampers Journey, Papercrafting, card making, crafts, DIY

Not Only Seasons Change

Today is the second morning after the news we received Thursday night during FSJ’s monthly web meeting. So much to take in. So much to think over. And so many emotions from not only myself but also those I have come to admire and call friends. Let me start from the beginning…

Thursday evening instead of our usual meeting, our CEO, Greg Tipscord led the meeting with some shocking news to many. FSJ will NO longer be a Direct Sales Marketing Company effective 1 November 2018, but will convert to a Hybrid Retail model. The company has partnered with Spellbinders (who shares the same investor group RAF) and will soon have a combined online site etc. I am still processing some of the information, and do not wish to put out inaccurate news, so I am not revealing everything until I fully understand my stance on this current situation.

What I can say is that effective 1 November 2018, my shop links WILL NO LONGER be live. Effective 1 November 2018, the current catalog we have will STILL be active, with some changes. The printed copy will be used still,  yet there will be information in it that is no longer current (Such as Bloom Benefits, Bloom Box, Start Up Kits, etc).

However, on a happier note, effective 1 November 2018, I will have creative freedom to combine and promote ANY product other than FSJ, as my contract with them will no longer be valid. I joined FSJ before the company launched officially in 2014, and have watched it grow and seen many changes, as most companies experience. Some I’ve liked and others not so much. Just like with other companies, you adapt as needed to move forward. I was considered a Founding Coach, and have loved my time with FSJ, and hoped to see the company go further. Now I have a huge decision weighing on my shoulders as where do I go from here. I do know I will always create, and in a lot of ways, I am looking forward to the new freedom in front of me. I LOVE FSJ products! I truly do, however I also enjoy crafting with other brands etc. ( I believe many of us are that way too)

On this note, the next few weeks, I may not be blogging as I had hoped. I have a lot to sort through, as well as redesign some company branding images. I am proud to have been (And still am as of this posting) a Fun Stampers Journey Independent Coach. I am honored to have been part of this awesome company. Tonight I will leave it in God’s hands and see where my path takes me. Who knows, now may be my time to venture out on my own and make a name for myself. 🙂

Thanks for being understanding as I go through some changes in my crafting life- and too think the seasons just changed too- from summer to fall/autumn. Seasons not only change, but we do too. As well as so much around us. It helps us grow; if we let it.

Have a great weekend, and I will be back next week with an update of what is going on.

Hugs and Blessings,

It’s not just ink on paper; it’s the passion too!

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I’ve been quiet…


Hello Crafty Friends,


So, apparently when I set my posts up last week, I messed up the schedule dates. However, this is a good thing.  Gives me a chance to pop in and give you a quick heads up that FSJ is making some major changes beginning 1 Nov, 2019. I cannot go into detail just yet. As I gather more information and learn more of how it will affect not only me but also my customers, I will be sure to keep you all updated. 🙂 I will say that with this change I will have more creative freedom, and I am excited about that!!

So thank you for being so patient with me as I work through these kinks. More posts will be forthcoming!! With more creativity!!

Have a great rest of your night, and happy crafting!

Hugs and Blessings,

FSJ, Fun Stampers Journey, Papercrafting, card making, crafts, DIY

Birthday Cards with Liquid Colors

Hello Crafty Friends,

Time is not my friend these days, or else I am just not keeping a schedule as I once was. Either way, this post is late, and to be honest, I am disappointed in myself. But that’s okay. I am getting it out there instead of saying *Oh well. I will get back on schedule next week.*  No, I am going to get it done right now.  🙂

I spent the other afternoon creating some much needed birthday cards. Since all three were belated and being mailed, I wanted to keep them as non-bulky as I could. I also knew I wanted to use some of our fun, playful Liquid Colors and the gigantic BDay Wall background stamp.

I started with panels of Whip Cream cardstock trimmed down to A2 card front size (4.25×5.5 inches). I then inked up the stamp using Clear Pigment Ink and stamped it onto the cardstock panel. Applied Clear Embossing Powder and heat embossed with a heat gun. Once cooled, I then picked out some cheerful colors from my Liquid Colors that I liked, and placed a drop or two on an acrylic block. (You can use acetate sheets or paint bowls, etc for this as well). Mixed with a little water and then painted it over the embossed image. The clear embossed image resisted the Liquid Color/water mixture. After they dried, I then trimmed them down to be slightly smaller than the original size.

For the blue/green card, I used Turbo Teal and Limeade Splash Liquid Colors. Used some Electric Green Silk for more contrast and completed the card with some Blue Skies Sequins. For the base of this card, I used Turbo Teal cardstock.

The orange/yellow card consisted of the bright Orange Creamsicle and Lemon Drop Liquid colors, along with some Sour Lemon Silk. The finishing touches  of this cheerful birthday card was the Orange Creamsicle card base and the Gold Journey Sequins.

The purple/pink/yellow birthday wishes was probably one of my most fun ones to create. I was able to play with Pretty Amethyst, Rustic Rose, and Peaches & Cream Liquid Colors. The base was made from Pretty Amethyst cardstock. For the festive additions, I used some Pink World Journey Sequins as well as Outrageous Pink Silk.

Hope you like them as much as I did creating them for some special people in my life. I made sure to include personal messages to each, as well as a belated wish for many wonderful blessings ahead. 🙂

All products used can be found in my shop:

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. And be sure to subscribe to see what else I have coming your way. 🙂

Next week is also our last week for our amazing Crush on Color promotion where all solid color cardstock and inks are on sale. (Til 30 Sept).

Until next time… happy crafting and have a fantastic rest of the weekend!!

Hugs and Blessings,
Executive Leader
Journey Coach #99


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Home and Being Sick (Allergies)

Hello Crafty Friends,

Well, vacation was so relaxing and the seven days on the ship was amazing for the most part. Enjoyed a couple of ports of call much more than the other two. And cannot wait for the day that we fly back to one to spend even more time on the island. Yes, I am glad to be home though! However since returning, I have dealt with an allergy related headache. Yesterday it was all but gone finally. Yay! And today it seems to be (shhhhhh) gone.

Our home for the seven days was the Carnival Conquest and we stopped in Grand Turk; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St Thomas, USVI; and Amber Cove, Dominican Republic before returning to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mike and I enjoyed our balcony stateroom, and it was at the front of the ship, which meant long walks some days. LoL

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I will have a craft blog up later today. 🙂    Thank you for your patience as I re-acclimated to being home and dealing with some other tenant issues on to of my allergy headache. You all are the best!

I may post more cruise photos next week.

Until later…. happy creating… and it’s more than just ink on paper… it’s also the passion!!

Hugs and Blessings,