FSJ• Be Mine Mini Cards

Hi! I am back today to share a mini card with envelope that I made featuring a few products by Fun Stampers Journey perfect for Valentines.

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One of the things I love to do when I have time to play a little bit is to make my own backgrounds. So for this card, I began by creating the main panel. I used a craft sheet to spray a little bit of Cosmic Grape and Watermelon Splashes. Then, I picked up the color by placing a Whip Cream Panel over it, I flipped it over, and I let it dry. Next, I used Heart Stencil Wall to apply Journey Gesso with a sponge, and I let it dry as well.

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After that, I die cut the panel into a pierced square, and then, I stamped a sentiment with Black Licorice Ink. I added Journey Glaze over each of the words. Next, I adhered the square panel onto a 3″ x 3″ Cosmic Grape card base.  To create the glittered heart, I adhered a piece of White Liner sheet over Whip Cream card stock. Then, I die cut a heart shape from it. I removed the paper liner to expose the sticky side and I applied glitter over it.  I adhered the heart onto the card with a foam square.  I embellished the card with a piece of Whip Cream Sparkle tape and a few silver sequins.

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I made a coordinated envelope using a fun die called Note-Envelope. This envelope fits perfectly my mini card 😉 I love this die because it has scored folds and it closes with no need of adhesive.

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To match it with the card,  I stamped the Ink Splatter stamp over the envelope with Cosmic Grape Ink, and I also stamped a mini heart with Black Licorice Ink. I added Journey Glaze over the little heart.

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Finally, I adhered a heart shape on the back of the envelope just as an extra detail.

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Well, that’s all from me for today, I hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day celebrating with family and friends. I’ll be back soon to share another project.

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

marianasignat

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supplies

You Are AT-0228
Be Mine SS-0130
Ink Splat ATS AT-0108
Note-velope Die DI-0091
Heart-felt Die Set DI-0033
Journey Squares Die Set DI-0038
Journey White Embossing Powder IP-0098
Cosmic Grape Splash IP-0120
Watermelon Color Splash IP-0083
Heart Wall Stencil JM-0084
Journey Gesso JM-0072
Fusion Ink Sponges JM-0014
Journey Heat Gun TO-0083
Journey Thread Silver AC-0204
Cut Rhinestones AC-0023
Journey Sparkle Dust AC-0013
Whip Cream Sparkle Tape AC-0258
Journey Sequins Special Celebration AC-0115
Cosmic Grape  8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0122
Watermelon Fusion 8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0039
Whip Cream 8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0040
White Liner Sheets AD-0113

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 • Christmas Card

Happy Monday everyone! I am starting this week with a Christmas card that I made using Fun Stampers Journey  products. This card features the Classic Ornaments Stamp and Die Set, which is one of my favorites. I have to point out that this set will retire December 31st.

Please remember that 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 creating a base card from Green Olive card stock. Then,  I adhered a rectangle of ‘Tis the Season Prints  onto the base card. Patterned papers are always a good way to speed up your projects, specially if you are making more than one card 😉  After that, I silver-embossed the sentiment on a Candy Apple card stock strip, and I adhered it onto the card with foam squares.

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The pretty dove want simply stamped with Green Olive ink over Whip Cream card stock, and die-cut with its matching frame. I adhered it over the card with foam squares as well. Finally, I embellished the card witha piece of  Be Cool Journey Tape, sequins, silver thread, Journey Glaze and Sparkle Cuts details. Tip: to keep the thread on place, I stapled it on each side with a Brush Silver Staple, and I add a dot of Journey Glaze underneath the thread bow.

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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
Classic Ornaments Bundle BD-0155
Green Olive True Color Fusion ink IP-0072
Clear Pigment Ink Pad  IP-0102
Journey Silver Embossing Powder IP-0100
Journey Thread Silver AC-0204
Be Cool Journey Tape AC-0165
Journey Sequins Special Celebration AC-0115
Journey Sequins Holiday Elements AC-0116
Journey Glaze 4oz AD-0002
Journey Sparkle Cuts AC-0151
Journey Foam Squares MD AD-0085
‘Tis the Season Prints PP-0034
Candy Apple  8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0007
Green Olive  8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0113
Whip Cream 8.5 x 11 Cardstock CS-0040
Journey Heat Gun TO-0083
Journey Days Stapler TO-118
Brush Silver Staples TO-120

Today’s Card: Destination Paris

One of my favorite stamps from the Hero Arts 2017 Valetine’s Collection is the wood block stamp Destination Paris. I loved how the main attractions of this beautiful city have been represented, and all the tiny details that compliment the pretty scene. Today I am sharing a card that I created featuring this stamp:

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For this card, I made a base card using a half of sheet of Antique Gold cardstock (this card stock is included in the December My Monthly Hero kit). To create the background, I gold-embossed the Heart Pattern Bold Prints  onto the card. So simple, and the results gold over gold are so pretty!

The Destination Paris stamp was also gold embossed, but this time I did it onto two pieces of Blush Mix Layering Paper (Punch Color).I matted one of these rectangles with metallic gold card stock, and then I adhered it over the base card.

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I used the Nesting Hearts Infinity Dies to die cut three small heart shapes from the second embossed image. I adhered these hearts right over the Paris image, trying to match the image below.  Finally, I added twine as the only embellisment. Quite simpe but so pretty!

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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 rest  weekend!

marianasignat

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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 • Holiday Cardmaking Challenge

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Hey there! I like this time of the year because is just perfect to start working on your Holiday cards. Today is the kick off  of the Holiday Cardmaking Challenge at the Hero Arts blog. I love that they do this, because it is a fun way to motivate you to start creating.  I created a card for today, using some of the products included in the 2016 Winter Catalog.

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I used a stamp set called Winter Scene + Die Combo to create the jar scene. I started by die-cutting the jar from Pool Mixed Layering Paper. I stamped the pine tree with Moss Hybrid Ink, and then I White-embossed the snow on the ground. I also Sparkle-embossed the falling snow. I stamped and die-cut the house and deer (Red Royal and Soft Brown Shadow Inks). I adhered the little deer with a glue dot, and the house with foam tape. I added sequins and  beads details.

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I stamped the jar image over acetate with StazOn ink, and I die-cut the piece with its matching die. I stamped the lid part over Blush Mix Layering Paper, and  I fussy cut it. I adhere the lid over the acetate piece. After that I adhere the acetate jar over the jar scene with foam tape behind the lid.  This creates dimension and it kind of simulates a real jar (according to me)  🙂

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The rest of the card were a few layers of stamped backgrounds over a Snow Layering Paper card base:

And the final touches: gemstones, pearls, sequins and hemp.

Of course Hero will be giving FIVE $50 Hero Arts shopping sprees awarded. The challenge runs October 10 – November 15. So you have plenty of time to create and participate. You can find more details by clicking >>> HERE<<<

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

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

marianasignat

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