Friday, June 2, 2017

Birthday Balloons

A nice little perk for ordering from Fun Stamper's Journey is you get free stuff with orders over $50.  Who doesn't want free stuff, right?  The balloons and the flowers on this card are made with the Blown Up Die and Celebration Trim I received with a recent order. 
The following items can be purchased at
  • To You
  • Butter Cream (CS-0006)
  • Huckleberry Fusion (CS-0015)
  • Lemon Grass (CS-0019)
  • Pool Play (CS-0092)
  • Orange Creamcicle (CS-0024)
  • Lemon Drop (CS-0018) (I was out of Lemon Drop so I colored the yellow balloon with PanPastels)
  • Huckleberry Fusion (IP-0035)
  • Tangerine Fusion (IP-0005)
  • Rich Sorbets PanPastels (JM-0082) - optional
  • Blown Up Die Set (DI-0171)
  • Journey Ovals (DI-0042)
  • Journey Thread (AC-0133)
  • Celebration Trim (AC-0195)
  • Journey Sequins Blue Skies (AC-0113)
  • Journey Sequins Special Celebration (AC-0115)
  • Journey Foam Squares (AD-0084 or AD-0085)
  • White Liner (AD-0001)
  • Journey Craft Glue (AD-0111)
  • Journey Platinum (TO-0090) or RG Amaze (TO-0134) Machine
  • Journey Blooms Paper Trimmer (TO-0039)
  • Quilling tool or reverse tweezers (not available from FSJ)


  1. Cut a 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" rectangle from Lemon Grass cardstock and score at 4 1/4".
  2. Cut a 5 1/4" x 4" rectangle from Huckleberry Fusion cardstock.
  3. Use the largest Journey Oval to cut an oval from Buttercream cardstock.
  4. Cut one balloon from each of the following colors: Orange Creamcicle, Pool Play, Lemon Drop.
  5. Optionally shade the balloons with PanPastels.
  6. Cut a 1" x 8 1/2" strip from Lemon Grass cardstock.
  7. Score the Lemon Grass strip down the middle, lengthwise and fold on the score line.
  8. Cut five leaves from the lemongrass strip and fringe cut the edges.
  1. Stamp Happy onto the Pool Play balloon with Huckleberry Fusion ink.
  2. Stamp Birthday onto the Lemon Drop balloon with Tangerine Fusion ink.
  1. To create the flowers, fold the celebration trim in half at the stitching.  Hold one end of the trim with a quilling tool or a pair of tweezers coil the fringe around itself snugly.  Stop when the coil is about 1/2" in diameter and glue the end in place.  Add glue to the inside bottom of the coil and set aside to dry.
  2. Attach the Huckleberry Fusion rectangle to the card base with White Liner
  3. Glue the Buttercream oval near the top of the Huckleberry Fusion rectangle, centering it horizontally.
  4. Tie Journey Thread to the Pool Play and Lemon Drop balloons.
  5. Glue the Orange Creamcicle balloon so that it overlaps the upper right side of the Buttercream oval.
  6. Glue a short piece of Journey Thread to the Orange Creamcicle balloon.
  7. Pop the Pool Play balloon up on Journey Foam squares and position it so that it overlaps the upper left side of the Buttercream oval and the lower left side of the Orange Creamcicle balloon.
  8. Pop the Lemon Drop balloon up on a double layor of Journey Foam squares and position it so that it overlaps the Pool Play balloon and the Orange Creamcicle balloon as shown.
  9. Position the Pool Play fringe flower over the balloon threads and adhere with Journey Craft Glue.
  10. Position remaining flowers and leaves as shown, adhering the with Journey Craft Glue.
  11. Use Journey Craft Glue to add a scattering of sequins.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Wild Father's Day

It's almost Father's Day and the Stay Wild ATS (Artist Trading Stamp) is a perfect fit for my Dad.  I love how the PanPastels bring this image to life.  They are so easy to use and the set includes the sponge tools.  The trick is to use a light touch when picking up color. The temptaion is to rub the sponge into the color, but that will give you way too much.  Just lightly tap the sponge on the color you want, then test it on a scrap of paper before starting to color.  A tiny bit goes a long way.  If you make a mistake, no problem, just erase it.  You can use an eraser to add highlights as well.
The following items can be purchased from my replicated site at
  • Stay Wild (AT-0207)
  • Annual Celebration (SS-0167)
  • Butter Cream (CS-0006)
  • Lemon Grass (CS-0019)
  • Kiwi Slice (CS-0016)
  • Pretty Pansy (CS-0029)
  • Oatmeal Cookie (CS-0023)
  • Pumpkin Bread (CS-0098)
  • Black Licorice (IP-0041)
  • River Stone (IP-0053)
  • Rich Sorbets PanPastels (JM-0082)
  • Journey Thread (AC-0133)
  • Tag It Tags (AC0-281)
  • Journey Foam Squares (AD-0084 or AD-0085)
  • White Liner (AD-0001)
  • Journey Blooms Paper Trimmer (TO-0039)


  1. Make the card base from a 8 1/2" x 5" piece of Pumpkin Bread carstock scored at 4 1/4".
  2. Cut a 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" rectangle from Oatmeal Cookie cardstock.
  3. Cut a 2 5/8" x 3 3/4" rectangle from Butter Cream cardstock.
  4. Cut a 2 7/8" x 4" rectangle from Pretty Pansy cardstock.
  5. Cut a 2 7/8" x 3 5/8" rectangle from Kiwi Slice and Lemon Grass cardstock.
  1. Repeat stamp the Stay Wild image onto Oatmeal Cookie cardstock with River Stone ink.
  2. Stamp the Stay Wild image onto the Butter Cream rectangle with Black Licorice ink.
  3. Stamp Happy, Father's and Day onto three separate tags.
  4. Color the image with Rich Sorbet PanPastels.  Use an eraser to add highlights and to erase mistakes.
  1. Attach the stamped Oatmeal Cookie rectangle to the card base with White Liner.
  2. Pop the Lemongrass rectangle up on foam squares and attach to card 1/4" in from the top and left sides.
  3. Pop the right side and bottom edge of the Kiwi Slice Rectangle up on a double layer of foam squares and a single layer where it overlaps the Lemon Grass rectangle.
  4. Center the stamped, colored image over the Pretty Pansy rectangle and attach with White Liner.
  5. Pop the Pretty Pansy rectangle up on Journey Foam Squares, using a double layer of squares where it overlaps the Lemon Grass rectangle and a single layer of squares where it overlaps the Kiwi Slice rectangle.  Do not add foam Squares to the lower left or upper right corners.
  6. Measure off about 28" of Natural Journey Thread.
  7. Thread one end of the Journey Thread through all three stamped Tag It tags, making sure to keep them in order.
  8. Open the card up and wrap the Journey thread around the card front as shown.
  9. Tie a bow near the top of the Pretty Pansy rectangle.
  10. Arrange tags as shown and glue in place if desired.