Chit Chat

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,

Chit Chat

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,

Chit Chat

Hidden Gems Found Among Us


Hello Friends,

Have you ever felt a tad bit off?  Just having one of those mornings when you know that you are all right, however just can’t shake that feeling? Then out of the blue, your phone alerts notifying you that you have a new Facebook Message. It’s from someone who became very dear to our family while Daddy spent his 9 week ordeal in the VA Hospital before the series of in and out stays over the course of the year and half to follow. We shall call her *A* and protect her identity in case she wishes not to be known.  *A* was one of Daddy’s nurses at the hospital and quickly became much more. She would joke around with Daddy, and it became a joke for her to toss socks from the doorway into the room each day. Mom and Daddy got to know *A* and learned she was a single mother, raising her son alone, after her husband’s passing. Now *A* and I got along however we never really clicked until birthdays came up one day. I jokingly said that September is the best month because my birthday fell then. *A* said hers was too. So of course, I asked what day, and was surprised when we both realized we shared the same birthday. She is just a few years older than me. After that, *A* and I became very close. Every day she would fill us in on her and her son’s life. and we would tell her ours. Even after Daddy was released, she and I kept in touch, and Mom and I would go up to say hi on days Daddy had a procedure in another part of the campus. After all. *A* was now family. She is the type of nurse that truly cares for her patients, and does more than just check on their well being. She makes sure that they are as confortable as possible, and that their stay uder her care is as well as possibly can be.  (As well any family that may be staying or visiting the patient.)

The day Mom and I went up to give *A* the heart breaking news about Daddy’s passing, she was working on her usual unit. We happened to catch her alone, and broke the news about Daddy. She immediately teared up, and informed Mom and I that it was also the anniversary day of her husband’s passing. Another thread of our lives binding us together even more.

Every year on 30 July, *A* always takes a moment to let me know she is thinking of me. Used to be thinking of me and Mom, until a year ago when we suddenly lost Mom too. *A*’s compassion is beyond explaining, and I can never express the gratitude I hold for this extraordinary woman.

Yes, I am blessed to have *A* in my life still. And I will always be thankful for her, and although a not so happy situation brought us togther, I never doubt that we were not meant to cross paths. No, it was meant to be.

*A*, again thank you for your uplifting message. It is because of friends like you that make ife so fantastic.

Happy Saturday, everyone. May your day be as blessed as mine has been.

Until next time….

Hugs and Blessings,

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Thank You and Sports

Hello Crafty Friends,

As I sit here watching this past year’s Rose Bowl game where my beloved Dawgs played the Sooners, I am so excited that college football is on the horizon. Yay!  I have missed it.  NASCAR is great and all, but with the upcoming season of fall, football is a must for this girl!

Yesterday we had our huge oaks trimmed and a pine tree removed from the property. The company that we contracted to do the work arrive promptly, with enough crews to tackle all trees and worked all day. They even went above and beyond their primary duties with assisting moving the two vehicles that we could not get started in the morning, as well as cleanng up extra leaves and limbs/twigs. etc. The guys were all very professional, polite, and very much hard working. I am pleased with the job they did, and to show my thanks, I created a quick thank card to send the main office.

I used an older AT stamp we have called Stay Wild. However before I stamped the iamge, I masked off an oval on some Whip Cream cardstock and using our large daubers, begin applying Limeade Splash and Electric Lime inks for the ground, blending in illuisons of hills/ depth by using a scrap piece of paper cut with a few round edges. I then used Lovely Blue and Pool Play to create the sky color. Once I was happy with the blending, I watered down a bit of Journey Gesso and lightly made some clouds in the sky using the Slanted/ angled paint brush. Before removing the mask, I stamped Stay Wild AT in Black Licorice, removing ink off the deer on stamp, as to only get the trees. Once stamped, I removed the mask, added some Journey twine on the side, along with a matching Button Up accent button. I then used the Thanks So Much sentiment from the Letterboard Sentiments stamp set, and stamped in Black Licorice. I rounded the corners and applied panel to a top folding card base of Limeade Splash. I really like how this one came out in the end. Probably one of my most recent favorites. Thankssomuch

And for our neighbors who so genorously allowed us to park in their driveway while our trees were being trimmed,  I created another thank you card. This one also uses an older but wonderful set called Dandelion Wishes and the Vintage Notes background stamp. Sentiment is from the new AT set called Many Thanks. I used two new colors from the Good Life collection as well- Peaches and Cream and Chambray Shirt. Along with the cardstock and ink colors, I also used Peaches and Cream Liquid Color and Silk. Chambray Shirt Satin Ribbon and Meadow Pearls were used to embellish this card. I cut the 3 panels from Journey Rectangles dies, and layed on top of an embossed panel using the Inspire embossing folder (adding another dimenion of texture to this card). Images were stamped on Buttercream cardstock.  I like this one as well… however the one above is surely my favorite today.



I am hand delivering the second card, which is why I did not mind using the satin ribbon for a bow.

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Have a famtastic evening, and happy crafting….. I am off to watch my Dawgs beat the Sooners again. ( Okay- so it’s a rewatch game… but I loved how Georgia came back from behind to win in OT at that!)

Hugs and Blessings,
Journey Coach #99
Executive Leader at
Fun Stampers Journey

Chit Chat

Sometimes you just want….

to give up, however you keep on anyhow. I don’t follow the daily stats of my site, or even the weekly as I know that having a huge following is not what I am after. So what am I wanting then? I guess it is simply to have a group of people who share the same passion for crafting, photography, and life as I do. People who believe that life is better through sharing our strengths with one another. People who lift one another up; encourage to be the best person we can be; who are there to help you when you can’t seem to find your mojo at the time; etc.  It’s not easy falling victim to the *I only had one visitor this week* attitude at times though.  But I will not give up. You know why?   Because I love what I do, and I know I am capable of sharing my passion with others. 🙂   It’s been a month, and I have managed to blog twce a week as I said I would.  That in itself is a step in the right direction. I know I need better content, and am working on that. Just had to get in the habit of blogging the two days a week I said I would. So, I am doing all right. Would you not think so too? I am not feeling sorry for myself. No, instead this is a self encouragement reminder that I can do this, and will do it! Therefore, more fun ahead!

Thank you for allowing me a moment to say these words….. 🙂
Have a beautiful day!!


Hugs and Blessings,