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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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Most definitely was Friday the 13th!

Hello dear Crafty Friends and friends to be,

Today, or should I say yesterday at this point, was a strange day indeed. Normally I do not fall victim to all the hub bub about it being Friday the 13th. However, it sure ended up *being one of those days*!!

Started as it usually does- alarm going off- even though one of us is already awake- at 0530. Mike left for work little before 0630, forgetting to take the trash to the curb for TRASH DAY. I laid in bed a while longer with the one cat and dog before pulling myself from beneath my comfortable spot under the covers, and headed to the shower. SO far- all is good. Was showered, dressed, and ready to head to my nail appt well before I needed to be. (I should have went Thursday as originally planned.) That went smoothly. It wasn’t until after I ran a couple errands and had lunch that things started to shift some for this day.

As I was in the bathroom doing my hair, I felt like it was getting a tad bit warm in there. Checked the AC setting and it was set at 77 but was reading 79. Red flag goes up! I turn off AC for a bit, trying to reset system as I have always done before. Go back to working on my hair; however it was getting even warmer. So I turn AC back on, and attempted to lower the temperature. I let Mike know, who is already stressed over the pain he was experiencing with his back again at work. (Long story for another day if you do not know the back story on his back). I finish adding the color to my hair, and then preceded to turn AC off once again. No need to have on if not working. Now, in Florida in mid- July. this could be a very bad outcome. Lucky for us, we have two huge oak trees that shadow the house, so it was not as bad as it seems in here. Yet as day settled into late afternoon/ early evening, it did begin to get warmer, hitting 84 by 1800. Yeah- warm if you think about it. We went to dinner- to cool off. 🙂 Anyhow- the AC is still not functioning as it should, and Mike will look at it after he gets off of work again today. Meanwhile, I am glad to be heading to Apollo  Beach for the day to spend it with friends. We have fans in every room, so the house will stay where it is, keeping the animals comfy. (plus we have tiled floors, and they all love to lay on them.)

A few other small things happened on this awesome Friday the 13th, but I won’t bore you with them. I was so busy dealing with the AC and all, that I completely forgot to set my blog post for you. And I did not want to disappoint. I do not have a project to share with you, but instead a video from our home office or as we call it- the Journey Station.  This video talks about the making of our new INSPIRATION BOOK and CATALOG 2018-19/ (You can get your own here. Or you can look at the online flip book version here. )
Enjoy this video, and I will be back next week with some more crafty goodness for you all!

Link to YouTube video : FSJ Creating the Catalog

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Have a great weekend, and happy crafting!!

Hugs and Blessings,

FSJ Independent Journey Coach
#99- Executive Leader

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