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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. 🙂
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! 🙂 Until then….. happy crafting!

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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 devastating 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. 

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. 🙂 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*. 


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 used  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. 

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. 🙂  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. 🙂
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