Monday, October 29, 2018

I have been playing around with the Triangle Treat Box Die and I've been having so much fun!

Thank you for joining me. Here is a list of the items used - if you are interested in purchasing any of these items comment or email me.

Stamp sets:
Thankful Friends
Gather Together
Flannel Life

Treat Box Die
Special Day Tags

Pumpkin Bread
Tangerine Fusion
Butter Cream

Pumpkin Bread
Cocoa Powder

Golden leaves
Dark roast silk
Cocoa Powder Gingham Ribbon

Journey Craft Glue
Journey Foam Squares
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

8 minute Sugar Free Applesauce Recipe

🍎 What do I consider the BEST apple?

🍏 The one that is the crunchiest!  They ALL TASTE GREAT, but if they are soft at all, I have no use for them. 

🍎But that is not true anymore. 

🍏Now I have a use for this apples that have been sitting in my kitchen for too long. I got the recipe HEREHERE


8 apples peeled and cored (any variety. Mix and match)

1 C water

1/2 T cinnamon 

1T lemon juice 

Add all ingredients to instant pot cooker. Cook on manual setting for 8 minutes. (This recipe works great in a crockpot as well.)

 Everyone in the house will ask you what you’re making. It smells AMAZING!!! 🍎 🍏 EditSeriously. That’s it. I did a quick release at the end and mashed it a little more with a potato masher, but that is totally unnecessary if you don’t mind a little chunky.

I did not steal these bottles, but I thought it looked great in the bottles and made me feel very domestic. It’s the perfect way to store this. 

You can serve it warm or cold. (I like warm) It will keep in the fridge for 7 to 10 days. 

If you left out the lemon and cinnamon and purΓ©ed it, it would be perfect baby food.

**FULL DISCLOSURE: I add a packet of sweetener to my serving when I eat it. 

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Dollar Store Trick or Treat Bowls


This project was so fast and easy (and cheap)!  

I got these cute bowls from Dollar Tree. Seriously, $1 each and look how cute they are. 

I used Cricut Design Space to cut these images out of adhesives vinyl. You can use whatever images and machine you want. You can even use dies. 

I think these are cute unstacked and filled with treats or stacked is so cute too. 

I think these would be cute stacked and filled and given away as a gift. These would be a great way to "Boi" your neighbor. 

Have fun making your holiday projects. This is the funnest time of year for us crafters!!!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Easy Banner (or Garland) Made From Paper Scraps

Sometimes I just want to throw out all of those little pieces of paper leftover from projects I've made (sometimes I do throw them away.). They really bother me. So when I find a great way to use them, it makes me very happy. This is a GREAT way to use up some of those scraps!!
To make this QUICK and EASY garland start by cutting your paper into circles.  I used this die set and chose to make my circles 2".
I used my left over Buffalo Check from my Baby Shower Banner I show you 3 ways to get this paper effect.
I also used red and Black scraps.  I loved using them up and streamlining my scrap stash!
I cut a piece of Natural Journey Twine the size of the finished garland. (Link for all tools used at the end of this post). Using Easy Glide Adhesive Runner I adhered the circle to the twine.

ITop it with another circle and you've got your first one done.  Easy as that! Just keep adding circles till you've got the size you want.  Don't forget to leave some extra room on each end for hanging. (these are really cute hung vertically as well.)
Watch this short video to see how quickly you can make this festive, easy garland.

Buffalo Check Stencil-
Rich Coral Cardstock-
Black Licorice True Fusion Ink Pad-
Black Licorice Cardstock-
Circle Around Die Set-
Journey Twine Natural-
Journey Platinum Die Cutting Machine-
Easy Glide Tape Runner-

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Buffalo Plaid Baby Shower Banner + How to draw your own wood slices

My daughter Hayley had a baby last month. His name is Hunter and he is adorable!!!  Hayley is going to be coming out here in a couple of weeks and I want to throw her a baby shower.

The name Hunter lends itself perfectly to a fun hunting theme.  While planning the shower my first thought was to use camouflage to decorate with. I’ve seen some really cute blue camouflage that would be darling. I guess I also could have used bright orange, but I ended up using buffalo plaid instead. This is perfect. It is so Hayley and don’t you just love buffalo plaid?

The first thing I've made for the shower is this banner.  I created the main banner pieces printing a plaid pattern I created onto Rich Coral Cardstock. I have a link to that below along with everything else I used. You are welcome to use it, but since the time I made this banner Fun Stampers Journey has not only come out with the Buffalo Check Stencil, but they've also come out with a red and black buffalo check paper. Where the heck were they when I was creating this?

I do used oatmeal cookie card stock for the circles on each section using the Journey Circles Die Set. I cut the letters from cricket using Nate‘s ABCs font, but I purposely made it to look like the letters on the FSJ Alpha Bold Steel Rule Dies that I have not purchased yet, but they are first on my wish list. I can’t tell you how many times I have wished I had them.

The huge hello and the deer head are from other stamp sets that I have listed below. I popped them all up using Journey Foam Squares. 

I show you how I did the banner and I show you how to create wood slices in the video below. I also have the wood slices I created that you can print out and use for yourself if you’d like.

I have a few more projects planned for this shower. I will be sharing those over the next couple of weeks and then I will take pictures and maybe a video at the actual shower. I hope you’ll join me for those posts and I hope this helps you with your party planning.

Materials Used:
Banner Parade Die Set-
Rich Coral Cardstock-
Buffalo Check Stencil-
Black Licorice Ink-
Oatmeal Cookie Cardstock-
Journey Circles Die Set-
Alpha Bold Die Set-
Black Licorice Cardstock-
Foam Squares-
Huge Hello Die-
Holiday Elements Steel Rule Die-
Journey Craft Glue-
Journey Platinum Die Cutting Machine-
Black Yarn
Wood Slice Printable-
Buffalo Check Pattern-
Black Sharpie-

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

No Prob-Llama!! FSJ

I really LOVE this No Prom-Llama stamp set!  I'm talking about an "every time I look at it, I smile" type of love! I think the sentiments are clever and the accessories are fun and that LLAMA---I just think he's so adorable!
1. I mentioned how I loved the sentiments in this set, but I thought it would be fun to use the cute scarf and beanie to make a Christmas card, so I borrowed a sentiment from the Deck The Halls Christmas Set in our Journey Holidays Mini Catalog. I stamped it on Black Licorice Cardstock using Clear Pigment Ink and White Embossing Powder. I then cut it out using the Journey Circles Die
2. I stamped handsome Mr. Llama on Whip Cream Cardstock several times and colored him with Color Burst pencils. (My favorite coloring medium!!!) and dressed them all up to make them warm and cozy! I also added the little holly sprig from a Host Exclusive Set called Holiday Lights,  to make things look more Christmasy, but you can use whatever you want for that. I used the Dies that go with the stamp set, but cutting them out with Detail Pro Shears works great as well.

3. My Card Base is regular A2 size 1'1 x 4 1/4" of Turbo Teal Cardstock folded in half.

4. My next step is a mat cut from Lemon Grass Cardstock at 4" x 5 1/4".  I placed it in the Diamond Netting Embossing Folder and ran it through my Platinum Die Cutting Machine to give it that awesome texture.

5. I also needed to anchor my Llamas so I did that using a circle with a pierced border using Rich Coral Cardstock and the Journey Circle Die Set.

6. I adhered my mat and circles and the middle llama with Easy Glide Adhesive, (Before adding my llamas I splattered the card with a little Black Licorice Silk. (Another product I can't live without.)  and popped up all the other llamas as well as their accessories using Journey Foam Squares. I filled in the eyeglasses with Journey glaze. (You need this in your craftroom!  It's the best!).

7. The finishing touch was the Candy Minis . (The blue circles).

I designed this card around the sentiment.  I just thinks it's so cute!  Here's how I did it:

1. I cut the suitcase using the Treat Box Die from Pumpkin Bread Cardstock.  

2. Using the suitcase stamp from this set as a guide, I cut  a handle and 1/8" wide strips from Cocoa Powder Cardstock and glued them to the unfolded box using Journey Craft Glue. (Fold it up, but don't glue it yet. that way you'll no where to put the strips. 

3. I drew dotted lines on either side of the strips using a thin permanent marker.
Assemble your Suitcase and glue on your handle with Journey Craft Glue.  I made sure I had a little extra length to fold at the bottom and that's how I glued it. 

4. I stamped the sentiment, llama (x2)  and hat onto Whip Cream Cardstock with Black Licorice Ink and colored the llamas with Hazelnut and Banana Cream Pan Pastels.You only need the neck and head of your second llama. I stamped the glasses onto a Clear View Sheet (The clear piece of acetate that came with my stamp set) with Clear Pigment Ink and embossed with Black embossing powder. (Be careful not to melt the clear View Sheet. I cut them out with the dies are you can just cut around them using the Details Pro Sheers. Cut the sentiment out using Journey Circle Dies.

5. I cut the decorative arrow from the Journey Border Details Die Set out of Oatmeal Cookie Cardstock, Rich Coral, Lemon Grass and Turbo Teal Cardstock.  I glued the Oatmeal Cookie one to a scrap piece of cardstock and then trimmed around the edges. I then used the little cutout pieces to fill in the holes in the arrow. 

6. Glue the arrow to the suitcase. Pop up the llama head onto the whole body llama and pop up onto suitcase using Journey Foam Squares. Attach the glasses using Journey craft glue or Journey glaze being careful to hide the glue. Pop up sentiment and embellish with cut images from Adventure Washi Tape.

Products used in these projects:

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

August 2018 FSJ Bloom Box

Aren’t these cards pretty? These are the four cards you get in the August Bloom Box from Fun Stampers Journey.  

The Bloom Box is a kit. It includes all the products and embellishments to make these 4 cards and you also get a full sized stamp set. Plus a full color instruction booklet describing how each card is made. 

You can buy this kit for $29.95 or become a subscriber for 6 months and receive your monthly kits for a discounted $24.95. If that’s not Happy Mail I don’t know what is.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Homemade Card Without Using Stamps

So...I have said before that I LOVE dies.  Well, here is a card that is made with pretty much nothing but die cuts. 
 I posted this FaceBook Live video so you can see how I put this card together.  Super, super simple.

1. You can see I've cut out my Leaf Pattern Die out of Brush Gold Cardstock and popped it up (using foam squares) onto a Raspberry Berry card base.
2. Adhere a 4 1/4" x 1 3/8" strip of Raspberry Berry Cardstock to the card about 1 1/2" from the bottom using Easy Glide Tape Runner.
3. Using Foam Squares, pop op the letters J O and Y (Online Bet Die Set) on the right side of the red strip.  Cut a Velun oval from Journey Ovals Die Set. Pop up Mary, Joseph and the manger onto the oval and affix to red strip.  
$. Embellish with Fashiom Gold dots

See how simple the is?  And too pretty to throw away.

I'd love to see a card you've created from just dies.

 Product List
platinum+6 Die Cutting Machine

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Fun Stampers Journey Matted Watercolor Card

HI GUYS!  Thanks so much for stopping by.

I wanted to share this clean and simple card. It’s actually very easy to make.
When I was creating this card I wanted to make something that mimicked the look of a matted photograph.

Watch tutorial here:

Let’s start with the background.

Start with a piece of COLOR SPLASH WATERCOLOR SHEETS cut to 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”. This isn’t a size I regularly use, but it worked perfectly for this.

Tape your COLOR SPLASH WATERCOLOR SHEET onto a board (I am using a piece of foam board).  This will ensure that your paper will lay flat when it dries.

Drop small amounts of Fun Stampers Journey LIQUID COLORS (I’m using LEMON DROP, LOVELY BLUE, CATALINA SPLASH and LIMEADE SPLASH) onto a waterproof surface or BLOOM PALLET. (I am using a piece of WHIP CREAM CARDSTOCK that I have laminated.).  Add a little water to thin the color a bit.

MIST or brush the paper with water making sure not to leave behind any dry spots. (Paper should be shiny. 
Drop colors onto the wet paper using a PAINTBRUSH or a BLENDING BRUSH. Make sure the paper is wet enough that the paint spreads and moves. It’s best to start with your lightest colors first.  Keep in mind the look you want for your background-sun, sky, trees. 
Keep adding in drops of color until you get the look you want. Spray your paper with more water if the paint isn’t spreading. Your background will be a little lighter when it’s dry so make sure you’ve got things nice and vibrant.  Let your paper dry COMPLETELY!!!
Next we’ll make the photo mat. 

Start with 4 or 5 pieces of WHIP CREAM CARDSTOCK cut to 3 7/8” x 5 1/8". Use the 3" circle from the JOURNEY CIRCLES DIE SET to cut a “frame” out of each piece. Line the die up so it is even on the right and left sides and the top (1/2"). It's very important that the pieces are exactly the same. Use the first cut piece as a stencil and trace the circle onto the other pieces, then line your die up with that circle. ( I show how to do this in the video).
Emboss one of your frames using the PETALS WALL EMBOSSING FOLDER
Layer the frame pieces by gluing them together one on top of another using JOURNEY CRAFT GLUE. Use your embossed layer for the top.
 Now you have your photo mat!!!
Cut 2 branches from the POPPY BUD DIE SET (you can get this for free with a $75 purchase) and layer them by gluing them on top of each other, just like you did the frames.
Glue your photo mat to your watercolored background and then adhere that onto a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of CATALINA SPLASH CARDSTOCK. Adhere your branch to the background butting it up against the edge of your circle.
Attach SWEET BLOOMS to the branch with JOURNEY CRAFT GLUE.
Stamp "Just Because" from the EVERYDAY SCRIPT STAMP SET. Use a DIE or fussy cut the image and attach to the front of the card under the circle using SMALL FOAM SQUARES.
Splatter your card with SPARKLE SILK and add some FASHION SILVER drops to finish.  Attach to a card base made from a 5 1/2": x 4 1/4" piece of WHIP CREAM CARDSTOCK folded in half.

That's it!!  Now you just need to decide who to give this pretty card to.

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