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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,