Summer Garden and Color Splash Thank you Card

The 2017-2018 Inspiration Book and Catalog is full of creative inspiration. 

This card was inspired by the card found at the bottom of page 76 and features the Summer Garden Stamp Set.

You may notice that my card is quite different, but that is the beauty of being inspired to create.

I love the sparkle and shine of the bee wings and the soft transition that the vellum offers.

The Journey Splash Watercolor pencils have bright and bold colors that don’t lose their intensity when added to water.  There are a few ways to watercolor with these pencils and they work great on Fun Stampers Journey Whip Cream Card stock and Color Splash Watercolor sheets.  For this card, I added color from the lead of the pencil to a blob of water on a clear block.  This technique makes it very easy to blend the colors to get the shade you want before adding it to your project.

 

Here are a couple of cards that were created just a tad bit differently.

For this card, I used the color splash sheets for the main panel on the front, I pierced the whip cream oval, used sparkle silk for some shine and also added Natural Journey Twine.  I also used Grape Fusion instead of Watermelon Fusion as a layer for the watercolor piece.

For this last card, I used Color Splash watercolor paper for the larger panel, pierced the whip cream oval, added Journey Sparkle Dust and Journey glaze to the bee wings, and journey glaze to the yellow portion of the large flowers.  The edges of the whip cream oval and water color panel were sponged with Hazelnut Blend ink using a fusion ink sponge.  I used sentiments from the Sentimental Prints Stamp Set to create a sympathy card.

Here are the paper dimensions used:

Lemon Grass – 4 1/4 X 11 folded in half to create a card base that measures 4 1/4 X 5 1/2

Watermelon Fusion – 3 7/8 X 5 1/8

Whip Cream – 3 3/4 X 5 and 4 X 5 1/4

You can view the 2017-2018 Inspiration Book & Catalog and Journey Holidays Trends Mini Catalog 

or contact me to find out how to have one mailed to you.

Ready to Shop? 

Simply click on the images below to view the items in my online store.  I have included all items used to create all three cards.

Journey Blooms Paper Trimmer

The Fun Stampers Journey offers a variety of great quality tools to help you bring paper to life.

One tool that is probably used the most often and has a big impact on your finished project is the Journey Blooms Paper Trimmer.

Paper trimmers are needed for every project we create, so it is worth investing in one that will last a long time, be sturdy, and not increase frustration during use.

I wondered if the Journey Blooms Paper Trimmer was worth the investment of $34.95.  This video shares with you what I love and appreciate about the paper trimmer.  For me, it is worth every penny because it is used so often, is so easy to use and I have great results when using this trimmer. 

Quality tools help create awesome projects.

This paper trimmer has the following features that make it a must have for me:

The paper trimmer is sturdy and stable with no slipping during use.

Easy to read measurements that are a part of the trimmer that will not fade with use or over time.

Measurements are for centimeters and inches

Easy to use for any paper trimming style regardless if you are right or left handed.

Easy to use paper guide that is clear with the measurements along the underside so that there is no fading.

Handles at the top and bottom of the paper guide.

Scoring tool creates exact and thin scoring lines that help my folds be precise, sharp and neat.

I love the 1/4 by 1/4 inch square grid that covers the entire paper platform.

The cutting track and paper guide do not allow wiggle room as you cut or score, giving you a straight line every time.

Platform is large enough for me to do a majority of my cutting without needed the extended measurement arms.

I can easily cut larger pieces simply with the easy to extend arms that are available at the top and bottom.

Large and colorful cutting blade and scoring blade that are easy to grasp and easy to find.

 

This is my all time favorite trimmer and I am so glad I purchased it!

 You can purchase one too, simply click on a link below.
 

 

Creature Comforts with Mother Nature

The Creature Comforts Stamp Set is so much fun to create with and having the coordinating Die set just makes creating even easier and quick!  The creatures are so adorable and easy to color and paper piece.  I am looking forward to creating more projects with these adorable stamps.  I wonder how many projects will include the heart felt dies.  A heart seems to work so well with them.

 

When I first saw the creature comforts stamp set, I thought of the Mother Nature color group and the Mother Nature prints.  The colors remind me of nature and of the woods.  The Mother Nature Prints are so beautiful!  

Fun Stampers Journey offers printed paper that coordinate with each of the 4 color groups.  There are 4 packs of printed paper that have the exact same design but feature the colors of the different color groups.  I love that!  It helps you create as you build your supply of Fun Stampers Journey products.  If you are working on collecting all of one color group then the printed paper for that group is perfect for your crafting needs.  A lot of the sheets feature just a few colors that would coordinate great with colors from other groups, so that offers another option in your projects.  Be sure to check out the savings on bundles if you are considering purchasing the entire color group.  You can purchase a bundle of reinkers, or ink pads, or cardstock OR save even more by purchasing a bundle that includes all 3!

To get a view of the Mother Nature Prints, be sure to watch the video in this blog post till the end.  I share with you the front and back of each design.  You receive 24 sheets that are double sided and 12 by 12.  So many crafting possiblities!!  The small pictures of the printed paper in the catalogs are not able to capture the quality and awesomeness of the patterns.  You can also view all of the Printed Paper packs on pages 308 – 309 in the annual catalog, and there are special holiday printed papers in the new Journey Holiday mini catalog.  You can find them on pages 22, 31 and 45.  Would you like a personal copy of the 2017-2018 Inspiration Book & Catalog and the Journey Holidays Inspiration & Trends Mini Catalog?  I will send them to you free when you purchase $50 or more via my website OR you can purchase them directly from my online store.  You can view the online versions for free by clicking on the name of each catalog above.

I have spent too much time typing about the stamp set, dies and paper.  I am sure you would prefer to view the card and watch the video.  This video is a little different from my normal videos.  I had so much fun creating this card but wanted to try just a few different techniques or products.  So this video shares the same card layout and basic supplies but shows a few different versions.  I would love to hear which one is your favorite.

 

Here are all of the cards shared in the video.

Here are links to all the supplies used to create the cards shared in the video.  All of the items below are great to have in your crafting area to use on multiple projects!  

Media Mix with Fun Stampers Journey!

 

Wow!  Fun Stampers Journey has TWO promotions for September 2017!  Who can take advantage of these awesome deals? EVERYONE!

Let’s take a look at each one!  

You can save 20% on select items that help bring paper to life and make creating with compassion so easy, fun and enjoyable!

What are the select items?  Well, Fun Stampers Journey has created quite the list!

 

What an awesome variety of items that you can play and create with!  Stencils, Pan Pastels, Acrylic Paint, Gel Press and so much more!!  

If you would like to save even more then September is the perfect time to become an independent Journey Coach!  The second promotion is awesome for anyone interested in becoming a hobby coach or building a business with Fun Stampers Journey!

(click on the image above for more details and to sign up with me)

When you sign up to become a Fun Stampers Journey Independent Coach during the month of September 2017,  you have the opportunity to earn a FREE Media Mix Bundle.  This bundle also comes with an exclusive tutorial and is absolutely FREE – you pay nothing – not even shipping!

To earn this awesome bundle for free – you simply need to join the Journey during September then place a qualifying party order of $150 or more (before shipping and tax) by October 31, 2017.  Did you know that you can also receive an extra 10% on your first party order of $150 or more during your first 45 days as an independent journey coach?  This month is a great time to join because you can save even more when taking advantage of the Media Mix sale of 20% off select items that help bring paper to life!  Yes, you can have your personal order count as a qualifying party order.  There are also special bundles available to new coaches during their first 90 days as a coach!  Fun Stampers Journey works hard to help you be successful at building your career!

Here is a little information about what to expect when you join the journey.

There are three options to choose from when you join the journey.

Check out all of the items you can choose from to customize your kit!

Would you like to know more about the exclusive bundles, Designer Essentials, available to new Journey coaches during their first 90 days?

Still have questions about joining the journey?  Would you like to host a party to earn free items?  Interested in obtaining the current Fun Stampers Journey Inspiration book and Journey Holiday Mini?  Have a question about placing an order?  Please don’t hesitate to contact me at deborah@createwithcompassion.com or Private Message me via FB at www.facebook.com/createwithcompassion  

There is a wonderful community of support and inspiration in the Fun Stampers Journey Family!  

You will not regret joining as a coach or customer!

 

 

 

Turtley Awesome card with Sea Stones

The Fun Stampers Journey Turtley Awesome stamp set really lives up to its name and has a matching die set!   You can purchase the stamp set for $18.95 and die for $21.95 or as a bundle  for $36.80 saving you $4.10 (a savings of 10%).

Turtley Awesome is a great set for a variety of occasions and people.  Who doesn’t smile when they see turtles??

Here is a simple and quick card:

I used FSJ Green Olive acrylic paint for the turtle’s body that was heat embossed with black embossing powder.

Rock Candy True Color Fusion Ink added a little color to the shell, but it needed a little more.  Sea Stones added just what I needed for the turtle.

Would you like to create one with me?  You can purchase all supplies needed from my online store.  Just click on the item name to shop.

Product List

Thank you  for visiting my blog today!  I hope this project has inspired you to create with compassion.

 

Creature Comforts Love Note

A small token of affection can have a huge impact on someone’s day!

I was mailing a few things to my daughter who is away at college, and there was a little room left in the box.  I put some yummy candy in a bag and thought to myself “well, that looks boring – yummy but boring!”  So, I colored this adorable little guy, put him on a heart and wrote a short message.  I simply slipped that into the bag of candy and it made a huge difference!  It looks so cute!  

 

This little love note was so easy and quick to create.  There are times when you don’t need a card or don’t have time to create a card – just a little something special to let someone know they are precious to you.  This is perfect for those times.

Would you like to create a cute Creature Comforts Love Note, too?    View this video for the tutorial

There are 5 different adorable creatures in the Creature Comforts Stamp set by Fun Stampers Journey AND it has a coordinating die set to make adding those cute creatures to any project easy!  Purchasing the bundle saves you 10% compared to purchasing each separately.  Click on the bundle image to visit the item page in my online store.

 

Do you need a Fun Stampers Journey Annual Inspiration Book and the Journey Holidays mini?  You can receive them both for free when you place a $50 or more order with me or via my online store or purchase them from me directly for $15 – just send an email to deborah@createwithcompassion.com .  

Here are all of the Fun Stampers Journey Products used for this project.  If an item has an individual price option and bundle option, both are listed for your comparison.

To visit my online store, simply click on the item.

 

Product List

Thank you  for visiting my blog today!  I hope this project has inspired you to create with compassion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun Stampers Journey 2017-2018 Inspiration Book and Catalog!

Wow!  The Fun Stampers Journey 2017-2018 Inspiration Book and Catalog is full of wonderful inspiration and great products!  It is about 335 pages long!  

There are so many wonderful items in there and you have until June 30, 2018 to shop from it!

You can view the online version for free here

 

 

If you would rather have a physical copy you can contact me at deborah@createwithcompassion.com  

I am currently offering the current Inspiration Book and Catalog with the Journey Holiday Mini for only $15

You can learn more about what is in the Catalog by viewing this video:

 

 

I have enjoyed looking at all of the projects in the Fun Stampers Journey Inspiration Book and Catalog!  My wish list is extremely long and I am thankful that I have a year to work on obtaining as much on it as possible!  

There are 3 awesome ways to save with Fun Stampers Journey!

I absolutely LOVE the Bloom Benefits!  That is just one of many reasons why decided to try out Fun Stampers Journey products and then decided to become an Independent Coach!

For every purchase that you make that reaches $50 or more before shipping and tax – you can pick from a variety of FREE items.  The wonderful thing about Bloom Benefits is that you can pick multiple items from each category to equal your order amount.  For example; if your order total is $200 then you can pick 1 from the $100 group and 2 from the $50 group, or two from the $75 group and one from the $50 group.  There is so much flexibility based on your order total before shipping and tax.

Here are the way too cute and awesome choices for this year’s Inspiration Book:

Hosting a party is a lot of fun and can help you earn free items, too!  You start earning Journey Dollars and FREE ATS at $150 before Tax and shipping!  

Check out the awesome Host Rewards:

There are so many ways to host a party today.  You can host a virtual party on Facebook, have a Make-It party in your home or just share the catalog with friends and invite them to order online for your party.  

I have AWESOME news for anyone wanting to place an order that is $150 or more before tax and shipping.  YOU earn the same benefits that a host of a party earns!

When you take advantage of the awesome Host Rewards you can also take advantage of the awesome Host Exclusives!  What you are able to use your Journey Dollars for in the Host Exclusives section is dependent on the size of your party/order.  These items are ONLY available to Fun Stampers Journey Hosts!

 

You may be wondering what an ATS is.  Well, simply put it is an Artist Trading Stamp.  There is a large selection of ATS sets to choose from that you can earn for free or purchase for a reasonable price.  They are scattered throughout the catalog but you can view them all on pages 330 – 331.

Fun Stampers Journey is a great company to join!  It is full of creative crafters that support each other.  It offers high quality and creative products that help you “bring paper to life”.  The Co-Founders have such a passion for people and crafting.  In the short time that I have been with Fun Stampers Journey, I have witnessed RG reach out to all of his coaches and truly listen to their concerns and thoughts.  I am so excited to be a part of this company.  Fun Stampers Journey has the lowest quarterly minimums that I have heard of in this industry.  If you want to be a “hobby coach” and just take advantage of the 20% discount you can!  If you are a brand new Journey Coach and are trying to build a business, you can!  The quarterly minimums are only $150!!  Here’s a little more information about joining the Journey!

 

There is a lot more to share about the Fun Stampers Journey 2017-2018 Inspiration Book and Catalog and I look forward to sharing more with you soon!

Woohoo! My new Journey has begun with Fun Stampers Journey!

Woohoo!  This is my very first blog post as an Independent Fun Stampers Journey Coach!!

I had been watching others create with Fun Stampers Journey products and I was impressed by what I saw.  I have truly enjoyed watching Richard Garay (aka RG) create and connect with people via Facebook Live Stream craft sessions.

I placed an order for a variety of goodies from Fun Stampers Journey so that I could see and feel if the products were as good was what I was seeing online.  I could not find a local coach that I could reach out to and attend a make it party, so I took a chance and placed an order.

I was NOT disappointed!

I love the quality of the paper, the uniqueness of the True Color Fusion Ink that is so bold, bright and vibrant in color, the variety and quality of stamps, so many different mediums to create with and so much more!  I just had to join as soon as I was able to!  I didn’t have to wait long (a couple of months) for an opportunity to arise that I just could not pass up.  With my husband’s full support (and gentle nudge) I joined the Journey and became a :

I am so excited to share this journey with you!  To share what I learn as I play with new mediums! To share awesome Fun Stampers Journey Promotions with you!  To share a variety of projects created with Fun Stampers Journey products!  To share the very cool tips, tricks and techniques that RG teaches!  To Create with Compassion!