The VERY Merry Christmas Blog Hop

Less than 10 days and it will be Christmas!!!! Are you on the “Naughty List” or “Nice List”? perhaps maybe on the Crazy List?  I have to say I am on the TIRED LIST with all the Xmas activities from school, church and dance!!  I am sure everyone is trying his or her best to get things done. Endlessly wrapping gifts with last minute holiday shopping?   The Holiday Season can be overwhelming to most of us, especially crafter like us.  We try to make everything, right? You know you have no time to make more cards, and you know you won’t go BUY a card! hahahaha!  PLUS, your Family and Friends are expecting a “Hand made card”!! Oh no…What are we going to do?!?!?! Don’t worry, this blog hop may help you.  I have 2 fairly quick and easy projects to share.  One bonus project when you realize you do have time for a fancy hand-made ornament.

The VERY Super Tags

Seriously, I had no idea what I was going to make at first but I knew I wouldn’t have time to make 20 cards in an hour… Some easy hand made tags would be the solution.  I pulled out all my tags die and laid them all on the black cardstock. I fitted as many dies as I could possibly fit! Then use Warshi tape and make sure all the dies are attached together, so you can transfer the template to another sheet.  This will save you lot of time.

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I did 2 black sheets, 1 red and 1 pattern paper.  I sorted them out and started stacking them.  I mixed and matched and was able to get 14 tags done in a very short time frame.

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I stamped and heat embossed the simple sentiment. The key for this project is to fit as many die as you could.  Also do take advantages of using washi tape, sequins, and ready to use embellishment to keep the project simple. I didn’t even copy one single stamped image in this project.   I would recommend to choose only 2-3 colors cardstock and go from there.

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Supply Lists: Cozy Winter Prints, Black cardstock, Candy Apple cardstock, Sweet Pear cardstock, Frame It Die Set, Bread Tag Die, Special Day Tags Die Set, Journey Scallops Die set (the smallest one), Journey Sequins, Golden Poinsettia, Journey Holiday Sequins, sparkle silk, Fashion Silver Dot, Black Embossing powder, Clear Pigment ink pad, Candy Apple Journey Tape, Silver Sparkle Tape, It’s Cold Outside Stamp (Merry Christmas Sentiment), Santa Approved AT Stamp, Natural thread, special day organza

The Santa Gift Card /Money Holder

I almost want to say “I cheated” on this one.  This is so easy to make as I used the FSJ Passport Book (all precut and scored, one pack with 10). I only used a few basic elements and turn this into a Santa gift card holder. You could put pictures, tea bags, individual hot coco powder, money, etc too!

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Steps:

  1. Die cut the bigger “Ornament” shape tag from “Special Day Tags Die Set” and cut it into half.
  2. Use the 2 smallest square from “Journey Squares Die” and cut out a santa’s belt buckle with mirror paper.
  3. Die cut one basic border from “Border Basics Die” with whip cream cardstock.
  4. Cut one black strip about 9″ x 1 1/8″
  5. Trim a 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ card base with Apple Candy cardstock (check if it could cover the passport book.)

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Simply use double sided tape or craft glue to adhere it as following, beside the belt.  The belt will be use to wrap around the passport book (it will help to keep it closed). Add 2 big silver fashion as the buttons. img_0394-1

Once everything is assembled, put all the gift cards and tags/pictures or whatever that fit and close it.  Then work on the belt to create a loop, which allow you to slide it in and out to keep the passport book close.

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Supply Lists:

Special Day Tags, Passport Book (10 packs), Candy Apple cardstock, Black Licorice cardstock, Mirror Silver cardstock, whip cream cardstock, Fashion Silver dot, Journey square die

The Very Merry Ornament – The Baby Jesus Stable

I call this one the bonus project.  It is up on my Christmas Tree now!  The Little Baby Jesus sure looks peaceful and it is a great reminder of the truth meaning of Christmas.  It is such a blessing we celebrate the birth of Christ and (YES) Jesus is the reason for the season!  If I do have the time for it, I would love to make dozens of this for all my friends.

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Steps:

  1. Emboss the oatmeal cookie cardstock with Barn Wall Embossing folder, then ink the embossed cardstock with Hazelnut blend ink pad.
  2. Die the Spellbinders “Build A House” Die, 1-Roof, 1-base,  2-side panel, 2-fence , 1-house back panel.

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3. Cut the roof into half, and glue it to the House back panel. Then glue the 2 side panels. Once dried, trim it to align with the roof  and adhere to the base.

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4. fold the 2 fence to half, and attached them to the house side panel. img_0270-1.jpg

5. Add one tiny Drop of glue at the end post. The FSJ craft glue will do its work to keep it in place! Set the stable aside and let it dries.

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6. Next is to create some hay.  You can buy them from $ store.  Here, I use some natural thread and the woolen trim from BOHO trim.  I un-thread them, cut them into pieces and fill the stable with hay.

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7. Stamp the Roof, baby Jesus, star (from Silent Night Stamp Set) with black ink on a whip creak cardstock, color them accordingly. I used FSJ Water Splash Color Pencil. Die cut them out or fussy cut them out.  I glaze the star and baby Jesus and add sparkle dust.

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8. Create a triangle stand with a 1/8″ x 2″ strip and attach it to baby Jesus. Then adhere the baby Jesus stand to the base of the Stable and move the hay around to cover the stand.

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9. Glue the remaining pieces to the stable. Poke 2 holes on the top and add Silver Tinsel.

10. Lastly, I create a banner, stamp “For unto us a child is born” ,and attach it inside the stable with 2 foam squares.

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Supply Lists:

Build A House Die Set, Silent Night Bundle , Barn Wall Embossing Folder, Oatmeal Cookie Cardstock, Black Licorice Ink Pad, Hazelnut Blend Ink Pad, Journey Glaze, Journey Sparkle Dust, Silver Tinsel, Natural Thread, Journey Color Splash Pencils, foam Squares, Boho Trim

Thank you for stopping for this long blog! Please keep hopping for the next one.

Carrie Rhoades

Jill Hilliard

Alissa Hall

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I hope the FSJ Creative Team inspires you!

After all, I wish you all a very Merry Crafty Christmas with your love ones!

Happy Merry Crafting!

 

 

Fall Blog Hop with Embossing Folder

Blog Hop Time 😘Anything and Everything Fall! Where did you Fall from?

I hope you are not Falling like my craft room! I am remodeling my craft space and it is a MADNESS over here! I can’t believe how many junk I have been collecting over the pass 2 DECADES! This will be the best time to do a Fall Cleaning before the holiday.  I will share more when the remodeling is done!

This month I want to focus on one thing and I pick a simple embossing folder (EF), Changing Season EF, to share with you all. 3 ways to use the Embossing Folder for 4 Falling Fall Cards (try to say it very fast, 😝)

1st Falling Way: Classic Embossing

We all know embossing folder is usually affordable, easy to use, and great way to add texture on the card. I simply emboss the card base directly and add a few magic touch to finish one quick Fall Card. I think we all get this one. The trick is precut, score, and run the cardstock through the machine. You can use masking tape to position the card to avoid shifting during embossing.

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List of Supply: 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ card base, Changing Season EF, Pumpkin Bread Cardstock (CS-0098)Hazelnut Blend cardstock, Pretty Leaves Die Set (Host Exclusives, message me for details), Corrugated Stock (3″ x 1″), Fashion Gold, Gold Friendship Sequins, Boho Trim, Oatmeal Cookies Cardstock, Hello Fall Stamp Set, Gold Silk, Bronze Silk

Another trick is to emboss a few different color cardstocks and then trim them into strips.  You can get few cards done in one go!   I rearrange the strips and pop them out with foam squares. I also apply the Copper PanPastel to add a shimmy look.

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You can add PanPastel to the natural twine to match the background too.  I used Copper Embossing Powder to heat set “Hello Fall” sentiment on vellum.

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List of Supply: A2 Top Fold card base, Changing Season EF, Whip Cream Cardstock, Grape Fusion Cardstock, Raspberry Berry Cardstock, Journey Vellum, Copper PanPastel, Natural Twine, Foam Squares, Clear Pigment Ink Pad, Copper Embossing Powder, Journey Craft Glue  Hello Fall Bundle

2nd Falling Way: Water Color Embossing

I call this a mini mixed media card! I used FSJ color splash A2 cardstock, liquid color and FSJ Gold Leaf Foil.

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I added tiny drops of water color directly on top of the EF, then mist it with water.  MAKE sure apply water color on the side that has “FSJ” logo so it will pick up the color better.  I use a clean paint brush to blend and even out the color. img_8249  img_8250

Carefully place the water splash cardstock inside the EF, use masking tape if needed.

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I flick some sparkle silk and use heat gun to dry it.  Once dried, trim it to fit in A2 Cardbase.  I use FSJ Craft Glue and randomly adhere the FSJ Gold Leaf Foil.  Make sure your hand is clean, dry and dust free.  Leaf Foil can be pretty messy if you don’t handle them correctly.  This leaf foil can also easily fly around!  A clean brush comes in handy as you pad the leaf down to the cardstock.  Let it dry and use the clean brush to brush off the extra leaf foil.
img_8252I add a drop of Lavender liquid Color on the clear block so I can add some details directly on the embossed images. Again, randomly add on the branches will do the magic.

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Lastly, die cut 4 “fall” from Snapshot Frames Die Cut and glue them together with craft glue.  Once dry, place clean pigment ink pad on top and heat set it with Gold Embossing Powder. Make sure don’t burn your fingers!!! Die cut a leaf from Snapshot Frames Die Cut, apply little clear pigment, sprinkle gold embossing powder, and heat set it.

you can click here for another Gold Leaf Foil Project

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List of Supply: A2 Top Fold card base,Changing Season EF, Whip Cream Cardstock, Grape Fusion Cardstock (3/4″ x 4″), Journey Vellum(1″ x 3 3/4″), Lavender Fusion Cardstock, Snapshot Frames Die Cut, Rainbow Drop, Silver & Gold Leaf Foils, Gold Embossing Powder, Clear Pigment Ink Pad, Journey Craft Glue  Hello Fall Bundle, Lavender Fusion Liquid Color, watermelon fusion liquid color, Color Splash Watercolor sheet

3rd Falling Way: Use it as a background Stamp

I highly recommend you to try this last, as it may require little more clean up than the first 2 methods.  Simply use the EF as a background stamp. I use Hazelnut Blend and ink the entire folder (the side without the FSJ logo). Make sure add tons of ink! Also carefully place your cardstock on top and really give even pressure to pick up all ink.

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I die cut a circle (2nd largest Circle from Journey Circle) and use PanPastel to create a background.  I stamp the Turkey with clear pigment ink pad and heat set with “Clear Embossing Powder”.  Let it completely cool down, then heat emboss the “give Thanks” sentiment with Copper Embossing Powder. I also use Copper PanPastel to edge around the cardbase. Then I pop the turkey circle on top of the Doily Die.

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List of Supply: 4.5″ x 4.5″ Hazelnut Blend cardstock, Changing Season EF, Whip Cream Cardstock, Clear Pigment Ink Pad, Journey Craft Glue Corrugated Stock (4.5″ x 1″), Fashion Gold, Gold Friendship Sequins, Boho Trim Bronze Silk, Doily Die, Journey Circle Die (2nd largest circle), Copper PanPastel, Rich Soberts PanPastels, Tom Turkey AT Stamp (AT-0296) (Free AT Stamp with $75 purchase in the month of October 2018)

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Thanks for Falling By! Let me know which card you like the most. I have to say the one with the Gold Leaf Foil! Want more FALL ideas? Click here for more FALL CARDS!

Don’t forget to Keep Hopping and Falling to the next blog!

Jill has a great project to share with you all!

 Jill Hilliard 

Kazan Clark  Lezlye Lauterbach   Carrie Rhoades   

 Jenny Watson    Marty McGee    Alissa Hall 

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Thank You and Have a Sparkly Day!

FSJ Creative Team

I have no idea where to begin, beside 😱OMG! Woo Hoo! I made it to the FSJ Creative Team!! I am thrilled to share this wonderful news with you all! I am so super excited for this amazing opportunity!

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I joined FSJ back in July 2017, and couldn’t go back to other stamping products. I am spoiled with the high quality and variety of paper crafting products they offered.   When FSJ called for a Creative Team, I told myself “hey, give it a try!”.  I was ready for a “NO” or “thanks for applying” email from FSJ.  A “No” wouldn’t stop me crafting, so I tried my very best to wait patiently for the result.

After clicking 1000 times of “refresh” button of my inbox on 8/16/2018,  I got an email with a subject line of “Congratulations” from Kim Kesti, the Creative Director at FSJ.   I couldn’t believe I was selected as one of the eight designers for the new FSJ Creative Team. I read the email more than 10 times to confirm it was for “REAL”! LOL.

Here are some of my works that I submitted in my Round 1 and Round 2 applications:

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Very soon,  you will get to meet my teammates! They are amazingly talented and you gonna love them!  Stay tuned, our first blog hop is scheduled on September 15th! WOOHOO!

Thank you for stopping by and this is gonna be a fabulous crafty year!