Chit Chat

I’ve been quiet…

 

Hello Crafty Friends,

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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,
Keni

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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: FunStampersJourney.com/KeniLeni

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,
Keni
Executive Leader
Journey Coach #99
FunStampersJourney.com/KeniLeni
KeniLeniCreations@gmail.com

 

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,
Keni

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September Bloom Box~ Your Own Rhythm

Hey There Crafty Friends,

This month’s Bloom Box is a fun, musical styled one. I am so happy to see this stamp set!  And I am almost certain I am not the only one.  Check out the video for the reveal:

 

 

FSJ also has their own Facebook page, which you can follow/subscribe to if you are also on Facebook. A lot of terrific information, inspiration, etc is shared on the main page.
You can access it here: Fun Stampers Journey (Link will open a new window)

Interested in getting your own September Bloom Box? All you have to do is head over to my shop, and order it.  You have two options as mentioned before- a one time option or a six month option. With each kit, you get 4 full card kits, FULL COLOR instruction booklet, a full size stamp set, and 4 envelopes. Comes in its own nifty Bloom Box as well- right to your mailbox. 🙂
Check out my shop here: FunStampersJourney.com/KeniLeni ( will open in a new window)

Today we are at sea after a busy few days in port at – Monday- Grand Turk, Tuesday- San Juan,Puerto Rico, Wednesday- St. Thomas, USVI, and Thursday- Amber Cove, Dominican Republic. We will arrive back in Ft Lauderdale, Florida tomorrow morning. Since we opted to stay one more day here, we will take our time getting home on Sunday. Then it’s back to the real world on Monday. 🙂

Hope you all have had an awesome week!  Keep creating, and most of all, enjoy what you do.

Hugs and Blessings,
Keni
Executive Leader
Journey Coach #99
FunStampersJourney.com/KeniLeni

 

 

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Tools, Tips, and Techniques (Shared via FSJ)

Hello Crafty Friends,

By the time this posts, I will just about to dismebark in San Juan, PR for the day.  Since I knew I would be busy before leaving for our cruise, I prepared a couple of video share posts for the days we are away on our cruise.

FSJ has their own YouTube channel and offer some nice videos for viewing.  Recently, they started a series called Tools, Tips, & Techniques (T3). The one I am sharing with you features one of my favorite products- our liquid colors. 🙂

Enjoy the video. And if interested in more info regarding LC, please contact me and I will get back to you once we are back on land. ( I am away until Monday. 17 Sept).

 

Until the next time, have a happy day creating. And remember… it is more than just ink on paper!!

Hugs and Blessings,
Keni
Executive Leader
Journey Coach #99
FunStampersJourney.com/KeniLeni

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Cupcake Toppers

Hello Crafty Friends,

August has come to wet end (we have experienced many late afternoon storms here along the Gulf Coast of Central Florida), and September is upon us. Labor Day weekend traditionally ends the summer season, although it is not officially over until 22 September. This past Labor Day weekend we were invited over to our neighbors for a cookout. (The rain even held off!) I knew I had to take something over, however was unsure of what I wanted to prepare. Then I realized I needed something for an upcoming blog post, so decided to make cupcake toppers. Now. considering the group of people we were going to be with, I knew fancy toppers would not mix well with them, I kept them fun and easy. Not to mention, many of the church friends of our delightful neighbors would only toss the toppers into the trash.

I spent one rainy afternoon stamping, coloring, and fussy cutting images from two stamps sets- Tropic-Cool and Beautiful Happiness. I used Black Licorice ink to stamp the images, and then alcohol markers to color them in. You can use whatever coloring medium you have.

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To make the actual topper, I sandwiched a toothpick between two circles I punched out using the 1.5″ circle punch. I punched out the back circle out of Black Licorice cardstock, and the front circle from some retired Spring paper patterns. I placed a toothpick with a foam square holding it in place down onto a back circle, added some more foam squares, and then adding the top pattern paper to create the base for the image. I then added a fruit image to each one using more foam squares.

The cupcakes themselves were baked from a cake mix (I used a mix over doing my usual gluten free, almond/ coconut flour batter), divided into thirds. In each bowl of batter I added 1/4 cup of dry jell-o mix (Lime, Lemon, and Cherry) into it and mixed until blended. Scooped a bit of each color/ flavor into the tins (liners were used) and baked as directed on box. Once cool, I frosted with American Buttercream and added a topper to each.

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The guests at the cookout  loved the cupcakes and the toppers. 🙂

Until next time, happy crafting! Thanks for stopping in to check out my easy, peasy cupcake toppers.

Hugs and Blessings,
Keni
Executive Leader
Journey Coach #99
FunStampersJourney.com/KeniLeni

 

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Crush on Color September Special

Hello Crafty Friends,

This month, FSJ brings to you an awesome deal on SOLID cardstock (both 8.5×11 and 12×12 packs) and ink colors!! Check it out: Shop Here

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Each week during the month, there will also be a special bundle being offered for that week only that corresponds with the month’s sale. We offer 6 color families, and each bundle will coordinate with the color family. Bundles will be released on Mondays and run through Sunday nights. (Good for one week only!)

This week’s special bundles (Yes- bundles!!) will feature The Good Life and Mother Nature colors.

Here is a sneak peek of The Good Life accessory bundle available until Sunday night. And it offers a product NOT YET available for purchase, however you can get it when you order this deal. Know what it is? Want to know, if you don’t? Contact me! 🙂

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Mother Nature bundle photo to be posted later. 🙂
Happy Crafting!
Hugs and Blessings,
Keni
Executive Leader
Journey Coach #99