cardmaking, Chit Chat

Happy 2020!

Well, it seems as if I let myself slip big time last year! All the *promises* I made myself to be a better blogger just did not happen. Perhaps the many things that went wrong with my house helped contribute to less time focusing on blogging. Or even the health scare I had in October. Regardless, I just did not follow through with any thing as I wanted. BUT, this is a new year- a new decade too! And time to make those changes!

I turn 50 this year, and want to really put more of an effort into my crafting. Hoping to add even more altered items into my stash, as well as paper crafting (Cards, mini albums, etc). I am trying to cut down on impulse buys, and use mainly what I alrady own, which is quite a bit! I look forward to what inspires me this month, and cannot wait to get back into my crafty space. ๐Ÿ™‚
How about you? What most are you looking forward to this month?

Stay tuned for more to come…. I am hoping that my Christmas storage boxes are out of my craft room by Monday! ๐Ÿ™‚ Until then….. happy crafting!

cardmaking, Chit Chat

Wishing You Well During the Hurricane

Hello Crafty Friends,

Today was a day I shall not forget for some time to come. Hurricane Michael tore through a place that is very dear to me and to this day, I still have family and friends there. Hurricane Michael made landfall this afternoon near Mexico Beach, Florida as a Cat 4 storm just barely below Cat 5 strength. Panama City has never had such a devastatingย storm hit the area, and nothing like it in the last 100 years. The news has hit home today/ tonight as I watch live feeds of friends to those released by the many news sources to even the ones shared by those affected by this storm. Why is this area so dear to me? My mother, who I lost suddenly little over a year ago, was born and raised there. I have spent many, many visits to the quaint beach towns that dot this stunning coastline of the panhandle of Florida. As a child, we even lived in Fort Walton Beach when Daddy was stationed at an Air Force base there, and often we would travel to PC to see Mom’s family. How I loved those times. It was heart wrenching to see so many places I hold cherished memories of being damaged by nature’s wrath. I do know that with time, many will rebuild, replace, and move forward, and some will be a loss to us forever. I pray for all affected by Hurricane Michael. (Ironically, the storm would share a name with my husband, who Mom called her favorite/ least favorite son-in-law. Now he was her only son-in-law! lol) And the storm would make such an impact on her hometown. Ironic? Yes, it is.ย 

Anyhow, as I watched the news off and on this afternoon, as we only had rain and some wind here today, I pulled out my Julie Nutting doll stamps and picked out one that I have not used in some time. I needed a card for someone who recently fell and fractured her hip. Mike’s mom, or as I call her my monster in law, underwent surgery yesterday for this fracture, and last I knew, was doing as well as could be. She lives locally, as in less than 2 miles from us. (She did not in the beginning, which was wonderful. I miss her being 30-45 minutes away. Right down the road is not fun!!!) I may not like the lady, however I do not wish her harm. I created this card using some FSJ products mixed with whatever else I had in my stash. My goal is to try to use up some of my disposable supplies and replace after. ๐Ÿ™‚ We shall see how well it goes.

I created the card as a Tall & Skinny card, and since I am mailing it, I kept it fairly *flat*.ย 


I also created a matching envelope using a business sized envelope I had on hand.




I stamped the *Nicki* doll on a Julie Nutting watercolor tag in Simon Says Stamp black, and then used my alcohol markers to color her. I then masked her and using Distressed Oxide inks, blended a cheerful background. ( Colors used: Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Old Paper, and Twisted Citron). Before removing the mask, I used the preadolescent water-color white (Pearl) to splatter some paint over the tag. Adhered a retired print pattern from FSJ on to a base card in Haystack (FSJ). Before adhering the tag to panel, I added some Beach Ball twine (FSJ) and a Vellum panel wrapped around bottom. On the vellum, I usedย  the sentiment *Wishing You Well*, stamped in clear embossing ink, and heat embossed with Black embossing powder (FSJ). Placed tag on card base, and added some iridescent sequins I have in my stash. I then decided that I needed a little more shimmer, so I used my Clear AquaShimmer pen over her dress, headband, and shoes. Used a white gel pen to add some highlights to her hair and called it done.ย 

Hope you all liked this card. I must say I do like it, even if I have to send it to someone I am not fond over. May she find some cheerfulness in it, and may she have a smooth and quick recovery.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time…. happy crafting.

Hugs and Blessings,

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

Life is Beautiful (And so are YOU!)

Hello Crafty Friends and Followers,

Countdown has commenced here at our house. In one week, Mike and I will be heading to Ft Lauderdale to get ready to set sail on a Seven (7) day cruise to Grand Turk- San Juan, PR- St Thomas, USVI- and Amber Cove, Dominican Republic. Cannot wait to get away for a few days. Then we come home to see when his next surgery date is. Then we start the LONG countdown until our next cruise in December when my cousin comes down from New York. That will only be a short Bahamas trip. Fun still!

Speaking of fun, I have created this Life is Beautiful card using another new set from our amazing catalog. I used Lemon Grass, Kiwi Slice, and Beach Breeze PanPastels to create the sky and meadow grass on Whip Cream cardstock panel. *Sealed* the PanPastels with a light mist of Sparkle Silk in a mister bottle. Added a strip of Pink Plaid print from the Good Life Paper Pack on top of Rustic Rose mat. Before adding this panel to the WhipCream top folding card, I then added some Rustic Rose satin ribbon over the *seam* of the two papers. Stamped and die cut the tractor from the set. Used the new fence die we have (LOVE IT!!) from some corrugated cardstock and lightly placed it. Adhered tractor where I wanted it, then pressed fence into place. Using the sentiment Life is Beautiful from the same set, I stamped it in Black Licorice and used matching die to cut it out. Using some foam squares, I popped it up over the top of the tractor. Then had fun adding some Bloom Time sequins to fence, creating an illusion of flowers popping out of fence posts. Also used some sequins from the Summer Mix to complete the card.


Just as the card says, Life is Beautiful, but so are each and every one of you. Now go out into the world and shine!

Hugs and Blessings,
Executive Leader
Journey Coach #99

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

I’m BACK!!

Well hello Crafty Friends and Followers,

Did you miss me? Notice I was not posting? Yeah- didn’t think so. HAHA I have missed you all though. Wonky late summer weather has been playing havoc with our internet connection the last week or so. Cable has remained fine however my internet, not so lucky! But it seems to be fine for the moment so I am taking advantage of it while I have it up and running.

I took out some of the new stamp sets and papers this week. Can’t keep that gorgeous Good Life paper pack all wrapped up, or can I?? Wanted to show how old and new can mix, and created a Simply Blessed card ( as an all occasion card). I used old colors of Pool Play cardstock with Turbo Teal ink and twine. The stamp set is called Farmyard Friends and has a coordinating die set too. The chicken wire print is from the Good Life collection paper pack, and the heart is die cut from our Heart Dies. The Meadow Pearls match the Peaches & Cream cardstock I used for the pink and card itself. The sentiment is stamped in Black Licorice. I spritzed the entire card front with some Sparkle Silk that I had in a mist bottle. Popped up panel with some foam squares.

I have some *farm* friends who will really find it quite darling to get a card like this from me. ๐Ÿ™‚ย  May send it to one this week.


Hope you all are having a fantastic week! Keep crafting, but most of all- enjoy what you do, and don’t be afraid to share your artwork with everyone!

Hugs and Blessings,
Executive Leader
Journey Coach Leader #99

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

Wow! July is almost over!

Hello Crafty Friends,

Can you believe that today is the last day of July already? My goodness! This month sure went FAST! Hopefully you all have had an awesome month!

Before too long I will be hearing kids out at the corner waiting to catch their busses to school. Stores are already stocking Back to School supplies. Used to be one of my favorite times of the year. I love school supplies. I am not too sure why, however I always have.

I shared about the Bloom Box for August last week. When I first saw it being introduced to us coaches, I was ehhh, it’s okay. But once I had it in my hands, and played with it, I was oh my, so many options and ways to use this set! Today, I am sharing the FSJ August Bloom Box video with you all. ๐Ÿ™‚
You can get your own Backyard Blooms starting tomorrow, 1 August.

Until later, enjoy this fun video showcasing Backyard Blooms.

Happy Crafting…

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

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

Party Ghosts and Bountiful Thanks

Hello Crafty Friends,

Wow! Can you believe that August is almost upon us? In just a few days, the Holiday Mini Trends Catalog will be available and to get us into the Fall festive mood, I created two fun cards.

The first one is a darling Halloween party invitation using the Party Ghosts stamp/die set. I also used the Spooky Bold embossing folder for some added texture and design. To color the ghosts, I used some of our silks (Beach Ball and Sparkle Silks) to add shimmer and fun color to them. I wanted something different on the rock candy torn panel edge, so opted to brush entire panel with sparkle silk. LOVE how it turned out. Accented the front with some Black Licorice Journey Thread and a Toils & Trouble Button. Also sprinkled on some Black Licorice Silk over front panel as well. Then used the Party Reminders AT set to stamp out the *It’s a PARTY!*. This one turned out super cute. I just love how it shimmers when the light hits it.partyghosts

And a close up of the ghosts all shimmery ๐Ÿ™‚

The second card was created using our Double Pocket Card Die. I also used the older stamp set Bountiful Thanks. I really like this set.

This is how your card will look before folded and adhered together. Before taping or gluing into place, now is also the time to add any inner panel/mats. I cut mine slightly smaller than each area, and rounded off top corners using the new corner rounder (Inside pieces are the fall print from the Through the Years Prints pack). It is also important that you use a strong hold adhesive to the tabs for durability.ย  I recommend our White Liner Tape. It’s amazing!!


I stamped out the corn cobs, the pumpkin, and gourd in Black Licorice ink on Whip Cream cardstock, then using the Water Splash Color Pencils, I loosely water colored them before fussy cutting out. I then ran the Whip Cream panel for the very front through my die cutting machine with the second to smallest Fancy Label Piercing Die to create the decorative panel for the sentiment and images.ย  ย Once card was assembled and adhered, I die cut out the scallop top for top pocket out of scrap Cocoa Powder cardstock used for pocket card. Created a tag for the back pocket to write a greeting on, and a smaller tag for front pocket to attach a gift card to. Stapled some Cocoa Powder Satin Ribbon to the tags, and then brushed some Sparkle Silk on the front images. To complete the larger tag, I stamped the cornucopia image with a second generation stamping using Cocoa Powder ink. Overall, this double pocket card turned out very well, and I am sure that the recipient will not only enjoy the gift card attached but also the festive card itself.


Well, that is all for this evening. Hope you have had a blessed week. Stay cool, and get your craft on this weekend!

Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss the next crafting adventure. And please share with all your crafting friends. The more the merrier!

You can get all the products used in today’s projects at

Thanks for coming by and spending some time with me. Hope you enjoyed!
Until next time… happy crafting!

Hugs and Blessings,

  • Products used:
    Cardstock Colors: Tangerine Splash, Rock Candy, Black Licorice, Whip Cream, Pomegranate Splash, Cocoa Powder
  • Print Paper: Through the Years Prints (fall sheet; both sides)
  • Ink Colors: Black Licorice, Cocoa Powder
  • Silks: Black Licorice, Sparkle, Beach Ball, Gold
  • Stamp Sets: Party Ghosts, Bountiful Thanks, Party Reminders
  • Die Sets: Party Ghosts, Double Pocket Card Die, Fancy Label Piercing Die, Square Film Die
  • Embossing Folder: Spooky Bold
  • Ribbon/Thread: Black Licorice Thread , Cocoa Powder Satin
  • Accents: Toils & Trouble button
  • Tools: Crease Tool, Detail scissors, Stapler, Brushed Silver staples, Color Splash Pencils, White Liner Tape, Easy Glide Tape, Foam Squares (Small and Medium), Corner Rounder, Journey Blending Brush (Large)
FSJ, Fun Stampers Journey, Papercrafting, card making, crafts, DIY

A Good Day To *Spread Love*

Hello Crafty Friends and all others,

I am surviving the no AC in the house since the central unit has gone on strike. It’s cool in here still, despite the outside temps saying otherwise. Thank goodness we are also in our rainy season which brings lots of cloud coverage during the heat of the day. And as I sit here typing this post, I hear the daily afternoon thunder booms ( thunder) which may or may not be followed by some rain. It is hit or miss. Mostly miss for us. LoL

Anyhow, on to today’s fun crafty goodness. I wanted to step away from making a card for the time being, and instead created two tags, using the same stamp set and supplies.

I started by die cutting two large tags from our Tag Set steel rule die (there are three tags on it- small, medium, and large) from some scrap buttercream cardstock I had in my scrap bin. Then I pulled out my awesome Journey Gel Press and some acrylic paints.

I will start with Tag 1. The paints used for the background on this tag were Candy Apple, Citrus Cooler, Lemon Drop, Limeade Splash, and Beach Ball. I just put some small drops of the paint in a line, then used the Journey Brayer to blend it slightly. Once that was done, I laid the tag done and lightly pressed on it, picking up the paint from the gel press.ย  Then set aside to dry.

On to Tag 2. I used the following acrylic paints for the print- Pineapple Smoothie, Bubblegum, and Cool Pool. I did the same as above using these colors. However instead of a line, I added the paint to the gel press in a random order of dots. Then blended using brayer. Again- placed tag on top of the paint, and lightly pressed to pick up paint from the gel press. Also allowed the second tag to dry completely before doing the next step.

Back to Tag 1. (Are you keeping up?ย  Hope so. ๐Ÿ™‚ )
I knew I wanted to make a semi-elegant background and glanced over to my AT stamps. and the top one was a new one I had not played with yet, and one I really like- Ornate Blooms. I used Clear Pigment ink to stamp the image across the tag at a slight angle, then using the edges of the stamp, I filed in the missing areas. I then covered the ink with gold embossing powder and heat embossed it.ย  I knew I did not want to cover the entire background with more cardstock, so I opted to use Journey Vellum which allows the color to still come through, although muted. I love our White Liner Sheets (they are basically just full sheets of our white liner tape, or double sided sticky heaven!) I adhered a sheet of the vellum to a white liner sheet, and then cut a small strip for the center of the tag. Placed it on the tag, and once I liked the placement, I burnished it with the crease tool, making sure the adhesive made contact to the surface below it. I put a small bit of easy glide tape in center of it, and then placed some looped Gold Journey thread. I then took some scrap Limeade Splash cardstock and stamped the *Spread Love wherever you go* sentiment from *Spread Love* stamp and die set in clear pigment ink. Using gold embossing powder, I embossed it before using the matching die to cut it out. I then used foam squares to pop it up on top of the thread. Finished up by adding some Gold Sequins, and brushed Sparkle Silk over the sentiment for some shine.

Here is Tag 1:


Okay, so perhaps this post is a bit long. I am so sorry. Future posts won’t be as long. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tag 2 is basically the same, except for a few different elements used. Instead of embossing the background, I used Journey Gel Medium and one of our new stencils (Wallpaper). Then as that dried, I cut from the vellum leftover from earlier, a hot air balloon from the Adventure Trio Die Set. Adhered it in place and highlighted the hot air balloon with Lemon Drop and Hazelnut panpastels using my fingertip. Used a black pen to highlight the ropes. Using the *Oh so Happy* stamp from the *Spread Love* set, I used an extra small piece of whip cream cardstock and some black embossing powder on it . Heat set it. Then used the matching die to cut it out. Popped it up on tag. Sprinkled Silver Silk over entire tag, as well as brushing the balloon with Sparkle Silk to make it stand out some more. Final touches were the Blue Skies Sequins and Gold Journey Thread. I also lined both backs with scrap Limeade Splash cut using the Tag Set die to help make them sturdier.

And Tag 2:ohsohappy.jpg

Both together ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I have to say I had a lot of fun creating these two. Love getting inky!


Interested in any of the products used? You can get them here: Kendra Northup

  • Products used in the tags: Scraps of cardstock in buttercream, limeade splash, and whip cream
  • Acrylic Paints: Bubblegum, Citrus Cooler, Cool Pool, Candy Apple, Pineapple Smoothie, Lemon Drop, Limeade Splash, and Beach Ball
  • Tag Set Steel Rule Die
  • Ornate Blooms AT stamp
  • Spread Love stamp and die set
  • Clear Pigment Ink
  • Embossing powders: Gold and Black
  • Silks: Silver and Sparkle
  • Journey Vellum Sheets
  • Journey White Liner Sheets
  • Journey Gold Thread
  • Sequins: Gold and Blue Skies
  • Journey Gel Medium
  • Stencil: Wallpaper
  • Panpastel colors: Lemon Drop and Hazelnut
  • Journey Gel Press
  • Journey Brayer

Hope you enjoyed these tags as much as I did. Now hoping the recipient also likes them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a wonderful weekend, and happy crafting!
Hugs and Blessings,