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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 🙂

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.  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.   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!

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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)
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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.  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?  Hope so. 🙂 )
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.  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. 🙂

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 🙂  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. 🙂

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

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Flower Swirls and NO AC Still

It has been a very warm few days here on the Gulf Coast of Central Florida. Very humid or muggy at times, however NOT a good time for the AC to act up. Mike and Nathan (second son) thought they had figured out the issue. Yeah- not so. Luckily it hasn’t really been all too unbearable. And I was able to escape to the other house for a few. The other house is where Mike has his home office and I have my crafty space. Nathan and his friend then rent the house from us. So we have access pretty much whenever. It works for us. So as I was saying- day 4 and no AC and it begins to put a damper on my energy level. However, I am refusing to allow that to interfere with my goals. 🙂
So now on to the all occasion card I made today. I was sorting through my stamp sets, trying to get things unpacked and into a workable place, when I came across this one stamp and die set. It has never been one of my favorites. I think I have used it probably one time, and then it was pushed to the back of the storage container to be forgotten.  I knew I wanted to use a printed paper from our *Through the Years* 12×12 paper pack, and ironically, there happens to be a sheet that coordinates perfectly with this set- Flower Swirls. (link takes you to the bundle page)


Today’s card above was supposed to be a birthday card for a young lady who is turning the sweet age of 100 next month, however the further I went with this card, the less it looked like a birthday card. I liked it though, and did not want to throw out what I had done, or even start over. I changed it from a birthday card to an all occasion card, leaving it without a sentiment.

I started with a piece of Sweet Berry cardstock ( 4.25″ x 11″ ) and scored at 5.5″ creating a top fold card. I then adhered a piece of whip cream cardstock ( 4″ x 5.25″ ) to inside to create a space to write a personal message.

Next I cut the foral paper from Through the Years paper pack down to a panel that was about 1/8″ smaller than the Sweet Berry card base. Using the Journey Rectangle Long die set ( second largest cutting and piercing dies), I cut a panel from Limeade Splash cardstock, and adhered to the left side of the floral print. Once that panel was adhered to the Sweet Berry card base, I set it aside to begin working on the flowers and leaves.

I decided that instead of coloring the images in the usual ways, I would instead go another route. I grabbed my Journey Gel Press, brayer, and some Liquid Colors. I went with Rustic Rose and Watermelon Fusion for the flowers. For the leaves- Limeade Splash. I started with the 2 pinks, dropping a few drops onto the press and then lightly brayering them before pressing the whip cream cardstock into the liquid color to pick them up. Set that aside and using the Limeade Splash Liquid Color, I repeated the steps, but this time using a scrap piece of Tin Pail card stock. To help ensure they were dry, I use my heat gun and dried them.

Now I was uncertain how I wanted to stamp the images. In the end, I stamped them all in Clear Pigment ink and then heat embossed with Black embossing powder. I used the matching die set to cut them all out.  I actually used all images in the set.

Before I adhered the flowers and leaves to the card front, I used a small piece of washi tape from the Classic Elegance set on the lower portion of the Limeade Splash rectangle. Then I payed around with the layout of the flowers, leaves, and smaller buds until I found a design I liked. I popped up an extra flower onto a larger one for more dimension. Once I liked the design, I glued the leaves down flat, popped up the flowers, and then tucked in the buds by gluing them into place.

I finished up the card by sprinkling Silver and Whip Cream Silks over the entire panel. Then lightly brushed on some Journey Glaze onto the flowers before dusting them with some Journey Sparkle Dust. To compete the card, I added some green Rainbow drops to the card.

Although this set is not a favorite of mine, I can see many other uses for it, and will challenge myself to do so later.

Now off to bed, so tomorrow I can begin afresh and try to clean up with no AC. HaHa

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Happy Crafting!!

Hugs and Blessings,
Journey Executive Leader Coach #99

Supplies Used Today:

  • Cardstock- Sweet Berry, Limeade Splash, Whip Cream, scrap of Tin Pail
  • Ink- Clear Pigment
  • Flower Swirls stamp and die set
  • Floral print from Through the Years paper pack
  • Black embossing powder
  • Liquid Colors: Watermelon Fusion, Rustic Rose, Limeade Splash
  • Silks- Silver and Whip Cream
  • Classic Elegance Washi tape
  • Journey Rectangle Long Die Set
  • Journey Gel Press
  • Journey Brayer
  • Journey Craft Glue
  • Journey Foam Squares (medium)
  • Journey Glaze
  • Journey Sparkle Dust
  • Journey Rainbow Drops

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Faith Love Joy

Hello Crafty Friends,

Yes, today’s title may seem strange, but it comes from the stamp set I used today to create an encouragement card I needed for a friend. This design was fun to do, and I was really pleased with the outcome.

I started with one of my new favorite cardstock colors- Rustic Rose (which can be seen behind the stencil in the photo) as well as one of our new stencils- Flower Power.Image_1531241628376

I used the bottom left stencil on a panel that was trimmed down to 4″x5.25″, and then sponged Journey Silver ink over it using a large dauber. Before it dried, I sprinkled with clear embossing powder and heat set. Then I lightly brushed that with copper panpastel using my finger tip.  And this is how it looks up to this point. 🙂


The rest was pretty basic.  Cut a strip of scrap Journey Vellum to fit across front, stamped *Sending you* in Black Licorice ink in center top and heat set.  Folded the edges over and adhered to back. Then stamped *Faith Love Joy* from the same stamp set (Hope Anchors) in Clear Pigment ink, sprinkled with copper embossing powder and then heat set. Using coordinating die, I cut out the sentiment; adhered to panel using Journey Foam Squares. Using Silver Silk, I lightly sprinkled some over the panel.  Cut a 2/75″ x little under 5.5″) strip of Fresh Sage cardstock and adhered to the left side of Tin Pail card base in A2 size (4.25″ x 55.5″). Before adhering the main panel, I wrapped Rustic Rose satin ribbon around and then tied Fresh Sage  thread and a strip of the Rustic Rose ribbon to it on front.   Then adhered entire panel to front of card using easy glide tape runner. Added some sequins from the new Sunrise Mix, and called it done. I really liked how it turned out considering it was one of those *I have no idea what I am going to do days*.


List of products used in today’s cards ( *Links to some of them are in post. Just click on the product mentioned above)

  • Cardstock Colors from The Good Life collection *
    Fresh Sage
    Rustic Rose
    Tin Pail
  • Inks
    Journey Silver *
    Clear Pigment
    Black Licorice *
  • Embossing Powders
    Copper *
  • Silver Silk
  • Rustic Rose Satin Ribbon *
  • Fresh Sage Thread *
  • Hope Anchors Stamp/Die Set *
  • Flower Power Stencil *
  • Large Dauber *
  • Sunrise Mix sequins *


Thanks for stopping by, and have a crafty day!

Hugs and Blessings,