FSJ• Love is All You Need

Last year when I went to Mexico to my mom’s house, I found a bunch of slides that my dad took of the family.  I found one of myself with a cat when I was maybe three or four years old. This is one of those pictures that can demonstrate that cats have always been a part of my life 🙂 Anyway, I scanned the slide and printed it out to make a page  with it. The resolution of the picture is not good at all, but I think it is ok for my project. So today I am sharing an 8 x 8 page that I created using several products by Fun Stampers Journey. Check it:

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To create this page I began by creating the background. I used the Heart Wall stencil along with PanPastels to create a subtle backgrounds that blends with the white card stock base. After that, I stamped the cute cat images randomly with River Stone ink. I also flicked some Bubble Gum and Silver Silks over it.

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I added a  couple of layers of card stock, a border and washi tape, that work as the base of the picture. I adhered this to the page with adhesive and I secure it with a couple of staples on both sides.  I die cut a pierced heart, and I stamped a sentiment with Black Licorice ink.

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I want to point out that this sentiment is included in a set called Amazing Day that belongs to the Bloom This Way Mini Catalog (recently released). I added color to the word love with Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils . I also applied Journey Glaze over it. I added this heart onto the page with foam squares.

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At this point I thought my page was still missing a few more details. So, I added  some punched hearts, a partial stamped border on the top of the page and a complementary sentiment. To finish it off, I embellished it with some dots and rhinestones.

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I love creating pages for my albums. This particular one was fun, not just because that page was about my childhood, but because I was able to include many Fun Stampers Journey products that I really like!

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Well, that’s all from me for today, I’ll be back soon to share another project.

Thanks for stopping by:) Have a wonderful crafty weekend!

marianasignat

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supplies

Amazing Day Stamp set SS-0413
Tape It Stamp Set SS-0400
Creature Comforts Stamp Set SS-0308
Find Joy Stamp Set SS-0294
Heart-felt Die Set DI-0033
Heart-Felt Piercing Elements Die Set DI-0096
Border Basics Die Set DI-0144
River Stone Color Fusion Ink IP-0053
Black Licorice True Color Fusion ink  IP-0041
Lemon Grass Color Fusion Ink IP-0022
Bubble Gum Silk IP-0092
Silver Silk IP-0090
Heart Wall Stencil JM-0084
Rich Sorbets PanPastels JM-0082
Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils JM-0078
Journey Blending Brush Small TO-0097
Bright Day Journey Tape AC-0164
Whip Cream Sparkle Tape AC-0258
Cut Rhinestones AC-0023
Spring Accents Dots AC-0179
Whip Cream 8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0040
Watermelon Fusion 8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0039
Bubble Gum  8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0099
Lemon Grass  8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0019
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Punch Handle TO-0031
Journey Days Stapler TO-118
Brush Silver Staples TO-120
Journey Foam Squares SM AD-0084
Journey Foam Squares MD AD-0085
Journey Glaze 4oz AD-0002
Easy Glide Permanent Adhesive Runner AD-0081
Journey Glue Dots AD-0083

The New 2017 Bloom This Way Mini-Catalog is here!

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Hi there!  I’m happy to be sharing with you another card that I made using products from new Bloom This Way Mini Catalog by Fun Stampers Journey. This catalog is full of cute products perfect for the upcoming  monthly themes: Valentine’s, Easter and Spring.  You can take a look inside the catalog by clicking >>>HERE<<<

My card features the Fry Friends Bundle which is super fun and cute! I stamped the taco and cup images with Black Licorice Ink and then I colored them with Journey Color Splash Watercolor pencils. Then, I die cut them with their matching dies. I applied Journey Gaze onto the colored images and I let them dry.

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I used a Candy Apple card base and on top of it, I layered a Rich Sorbets Prints rectangle, a Citrus Cooler paper strip, and a Whip Cream pierced square. Then, I adhered the two colored images with Journey foam squares.

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Finally, I added some punched hearts, sequins, staples and silk for the final touches.  Simple yet fun!

Please remember that Fun Stampers Journey products can be purchased through a coach in your area. To find one near you, click on the “Find a Coach” button on the top of the Fun Stampers Journey welcome page.

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Well, that’s all from me for today, I’ll be back soon to share another project.

Thanks for stopping by:) Have a wonderful crafty weekend!

marianasignat

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supplies

Fry Friends Bundle
Black Licorice True Color Fusion ink  IP-0041
Silver Silk IP-0090
Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils JM-0078
Brush Silver Staples TO-120
Journey Sequins Special Celebration AC-0115
Rich Sorbets Prints PP-0031
Candy Apple  8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0007
Whip Cream 8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0040
Citrus Cooler 8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0089
Love Is TO-0006

Thankful for Hero Arts + Happy New Year Card

Once my curiosity for the crafting world was ignited in 2009, my search for inspiration has always been endless. I remember sometimes going to the craft store and spending time there, looking at the stamps and thinking of all the things that I could create with them. It was at Archivers where I saw Hero Arts stamps for the very first time, and I fell in love with them. As you can imagine, I became a fan of them. I started checking out their blog everyday, and of course, I also started participating in their challenges. I recall the first time I was one of the winners of a generous prize with this card:

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OMG! I was so excited! I might of had a big smile for days or weeks. I thought of how fortunate the talented team members were to be part of the Hero Arts family and how nice it would be to be one of them (sigh). Obviously, I continued participating, and every single time I received a prize, the happy dance certainly took place in my house 🙂

Anyways, I don’t like to brag about this, but two of my cards were selected to be on the cover of Paper Crafts Magazines back in 2011, and I used Hero Arts products on them (Peacock Card (left) & Butterfly Card (right). I loved that!  Some other cards were also selected for other issues using Hero Arts products as well.

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The prizes, the publications, and the joy of doing something that I really like, kept feeding my love for card making. One of my favorite cards that wasn’t intended for any publication is this one:

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I have to confess that in 2014 I was a little bit unmotivated. My mojo was down, and I had reached that point when you ask yourself if you should keep creating. I have always thought that when you wish with your heart, things come true. I was at that stage, when I received an email from sweet Libby Hickson, to invite me to be part of the Hero Arts Creative Team. The happy dance started again! I felt so honored to received such an unexpected and amazing invitation.

This was a great incentive for me to continue on the path of creativity! I am so grateful for Hero Arts, and for all their help, guidance and trust that they have had in me. I loved that my cards have been included in many of their catalogs (including covers) and besides that, they even gave me the chance to select a couple of color combinations with my name on them!

For two years it has been a pleasure to work with the Hero Arts Creative Team members, and learn from them too. All these ladies have always amazed me with such a great talent that they have. I love their different styles and creations.

I know every card maker has a different story, but I can say that it’s always a good motivation to have access to different sources of inspiration,  that makes you want to create more and more. I have belonged to different design teams along the way, always grateful to have the time to help these companies to showcase and promote their products. However, I am a firm believer that changes are good. Sometimes you don’t have a choice but some others, you do. Since last September, I took the opportunity to become a part timer as a crew member of  Fun Stampers Journey and I have committed to work exclusively for their brand. Today, my term with Hero Arts has come to an end. This is bitter sweet.  The Hero Arts family will always remain in my heart and will have my gratitude. I am very thankful for having had the chance to work with them.

Definitely, I can not conclude this post without sharing another Hero Arts card featuring one of the My Monthly Hero of December add-on products called Happy New Year Stamp and Cut.

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Please be sure to see who the new Hero Arts team members are… I can say that Hero has chosen right. These ladies are very talented, so I am sure they will make the HA products shine even more. Click >>>HERE<<< to meet them.

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So I hope 2017 brings to all of us the chance to fulfill all of our new year’s resolutions, as well as love, health and prosperity.

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Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Have a wonderful crafty 2017!

marianasignat

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FSJ • New Products Sneak Peek

Hey there! Today I have something to share with you. Fun Stampers Journey is about to release the new Bloom This Way catalog next week (Jan 1st.) This catalog features lots of wonderful products, and I am happy to be able to show a sneak peek of it 🙂

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The card  that I made is highlighting  the new hearts embossing folder and an adorable stamp set called Love Bandit which is just perfect for Valentines Day ♥♥♥  … I simply stamped the image with Black Licorice ink. I colored it using my Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils, and I enhanced some of the parts of this cute bandit with Journey Glaze.  I embellished the card with  Silver Silk,  sparkling white washi (NEW!), hearts and dots.

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Believe me, there are a bunch of new products that you can mix and match to unleash your talent creating fabulous projects. So please stay tuned,  because the new Bloom This Way catalog products are going to be available January 1st for purchase.

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Well, that’s all from me for today, I’ll be back soon to share another project.

Thanks for stopping by:) Have a wonderful crafty weekend!

marianasignat

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supplies
Black Licorice True Color Fusion ink  IP-0041
Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils JM-0078
Journey Blending Brush Small TO-0097
Black and White Buttons AC-0157
Candy Dots AC-0134
Journey Glaze 4oz AD-0002
Silver Silk IP-0090
Whip Cream 8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0040
Candy Apple  8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0007

FSJ• Brrr! Snow Buddy Card

Hello! This is the time of the year when the days are very cold, and the only thing you want to  do is to stay home! Today I had the perfect excuse to stay home and craft for a little bit, so I created  a card  featuring some Fun Stampers Journey products. The stamp set that I used is called Snow Buddy and I have to point out that this is a set that has a coordinating die set. You can buy them separately or as a bundle! Fun Stampers Journey products can be purchase through a coach in your area. To find one near you, click on the “Find a Coach” button on the top of the Fun Stampers Journey welcome page.

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I began by using a Color Splash Sheet and Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils to create the background of this card.  I wasn’t sure how to cover a large area with color, so I had to practice a little bit, and I ended up just doing long strokes of color from top to bottom using a large Blending Brush . I did first a layer of blue, and then red. I repeated the steps until I was pleased with the results. After that, I white-embossed the snowflakes. Then,  I matted this panel with Cranberry Bliss card stock. I tied Journey Twine Licorice Twist around the background panel and I adhered it over a Huckleberry Fusion base card.

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The cute buddy was simply stamped over Whip Cream card stock with Black Licorice ink, and colored with watercolor pencils as well.  I  die cut it with its matching die, and I added Journey Glaze and Sparkle Cuts details. Then, I adhered this piece onto the card with foam squares. Finally, I added a sentiment, some Holiday Elements, sequins and rhinestones.

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Yesterday we had some snow, not a lot, but just enough to make me want to stay home. My husband and I took our Shelby for a walk this morning (she is always happy to go outside.)  We are having  a second round of snow, and temperatures will drop drastically by Wednesday 😦 For sure we will all be bundled up like the little buddy of my card 🙂

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Well, that’s all from me for today, I’ll be back soon to share another project.

Thanks for stopping by:) Have a wonderful crafty week!

marianasignat

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supplies
Snow Buddy Bundle BD-0036
Black Licorice True Color Fusion ink  IP-0041
Journey White IP-0098
Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils JM-0078
Color Splash Sheets  JM-0076
Journey Blending Brush Small TO-0097
Journey Blending Brush Medium TO-0098
Journey Blending Brush Large TO-0099
Cut Rhinestones AC-0023
Journey Sequins Holiday Elements AC-0116
Journey Sequins Special Celebration AC-0115
Journey Sparkle Cuts AC-0151
Journey Twine Licorice Twist AC-0267
Journey Glue Dots AD-0083
Journey Foam Squares SM AD-0084
Journey Foam Squares MD AD-0085
White Liner AD-0001
Journey Glaze 4oz AD-0002
Whip Cream 8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0040
Huckleberry Fusion 8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0015
Cranberry Bliss 8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0090

HA 2017 Valentine’s Collection Blog Hop

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Welcome! Today I am happy to be joining this hop that celebrates the launch of the 2017 Valentine’s Collection in the Hero Arts store! Be sure to visit the Hero Arts store to see the complete collection!

As part of this launch, I created a card using three fabulous products which I definitely love: Destination Paris, Heart Pattern Bold Prints and the new Nesting Hearts Infinity Dies.

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I stamped the Heart Pattern Bold Prints over a card base ( Blush mix Layering Papers  -Carnation color) with Pale Tomato Shadow Ink. After that I stamped the Destination Paris image over Snow Layering paper with Intense Black Ink. I colored the image using Chameleon Markers and then, I die cut this panel into a large heart. I applied Glossy Accents and glitter over the colored image. I let this dry.

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I also die cut a large heart from Blush mix Layering Papers  (Punch color) and I adhered this heart over the base card. I adhered the stamped heart over the card with foam tape (If you trim off the right side of the hearts before you adhere them, makes things easier). To finish off this card I simply added some sequins and thread.

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Hero will be giving away two $25 shopping sprees, drawn from comments left across all blogs in the hop. Please comment by Thursday, December 15 at 11:59pm PT and they will announce the winner the following week.

The Hero Arts Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Yana Smakula
me>>>Mariana Grigsby<<<me
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Jana Millen
Ilina Crouse
Libby Hickson

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Thanks for stopping by:) Have a wonderful crafty rest of the week and GOOD LUCK to all!

marianasignat

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My Monthly Hero Blog Hop: December

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Happy Monday everyone!

Today is the release day for the My Monthly Hero kit of December! This new wonderful kit will be available TODAY December 5th at 1pm (Eastern time) at the Hero Arts store. Be aware that this kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. Kits begin shipping from Hero Arts on Monday, December 12.

The kit contains: a 4″x6″ clear stamp set, a set of 8 coordinating Frame Cuts dies that match the stamp set, two Fancy word dies – “cheers” and “party”, a set of Paper Layering dies for adding a sunburst or sparkler effect, fun new gold glitter embossing powder, Custom washi tape designed for the kit, a gold Uni-ball Gel Pen, 4 half sheets of gold foil card stock, 2 half sheets of each metallic card stock: purple, pink, dark blue and antique gold. The kit value is $65, an amazing deal at $34.99

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There are several optional add-on items: SA092 Pop The Cork Stencil:,  SA093 Champagne StencilSA091 Celebration Words StencilCM123 Birthday CelebrationDI343 Birthday Celebration Frame Cuts, DI339 Party Confetti Fancy Die , DI341 Martini Fancy DieDC202 Cocktail Party Stamp & Cut, DC203 Happy New Year Stamp & Cut.

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For this special ocasion I created two cards. The first one, features images from the main kit. Check it:

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I created the background panel by simply using a sponge dauber and different colors of Hybrid inks. I love how the round sponge marks make sort of bokeh effect.  After that I stamped the bottle image over a piece of Snow layering paper, I colored it with Chameleon markers and I die cut the shape with its matching die.  I also die cut the Cheers fancy die from black card stock.

Once I had those elements ready I place them over the background panel, just to see where I was going to stamp the complementary text, little bubbles and sparks.  I used Intense Black ink to do that.  Finally, I adhered bottle and sentiment with foam tape, and I embellished with some sequins here and there.

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My second card features some of the Add-On products which I think are fabulous! Check it out:

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This time I used the DI339 Party Confetti Fancy Die along with the dark blue metallic card stock. I adhered over a gold foil card stock panel  and then, over a Snow Layering paper card base. I used one  infinity die circle to die cut a frame for the champagne glasses, and  I gold embossed the bubbles (CM123 Birthday Celebration).  I adhered the circle over the card with foam tape.

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Then, I die cut two of the glasses (DI343 Birthday Celebration Frame Cuts )  with Snow Layering paper and other two with gold foil card stock. I trimmed off the upper part of the gold ones with scissors, just because I wanted them to look like as if they were clinking 😉 Then I adhered the gold ones over the white ones. I   adhered them over the circle with foam tape as well. To finish off this card, I gold embossed the sentiment (CM123 Birthday Celebration) over a strip of dark blue metallic card stock, I adhered it over the circle and I embellished the card with some gold sequins.

As always Hero is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. Giveaway closes December 11 at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week. Here is the complete list of participant blogs:

The Hero Arts Blog
Yana Smakula
me>>> Mariana Grigsby <<<me
May Park
Amy Tsuruta
Clare Prezzia
Laura Bassen
Wanda Guess
Lydia Fiedler
Ilina Crouse
Julie Ebersole at Ellen Hutson’s CLASSroom
Shari Carroll at Simon Says Stamp
Libby Hickson

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Thanks for stopping by:) Have a wonderful crafty week and GOOD LUCK to all!

marianasignat

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