My Monthly Hero Blog Hop + Giveaway

The new My Monthly Hero kit has been just released and it will be available TODAY September 3rd at the Hero Arts store, but be aware that this kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. This month the kits will begin shipping from Hero Arts on Friday, September 6th, and you can pre-order it today. I want to point out that you have the option to subscribe and receive the kit monthly and never miss one. 

The theme for September is Halloween “Cabinet of Curiosities” inspired. The main kit is a version of the HA popular peek-a-boo dies, with the clear set having the cabinet and the odd things to go in it. Check it out:

The kit includes: 6″ x 8″ Clear Stamp Set, 1 Peek-a-boo Drawers Fancy Die, 3 Fancy Dies, Bronze Silk Ink 0.5 fl. oz., 10 Bee & Key Charms, 6 5.5″ x 8.5″ Sheets of Decorative Paper (Rich Copper, Urban Basilia Black, Wood Abachi Solid). The value of this kit is $76.49, but you only have to pay $34.99 for it… so this is really a good deal!

So, using the main kit components I created this card:

I started by stamping the cabinet outline with  Intense Black Ink  over white cardstock. After that, I colored the frame with a gray marker, and the inner rectangles with different colors of Chameleon markers. I continued by stamping the label frames, handles, keyholes, and a sentiment. Then, I proceed to die cut the image.

Then, on another white cardstock panel I stamped different images and sentiments using different colors of ink. To help myself to do this and not miss the right spot for each of the tiny stamps, I used my Misti. So I stamped the cabinet frame on a piece of paper and I used it as a guide on the misti foam mat to stamp the little images. Once the images were in the right spot, I pick them up with the clear plate, then I put a white cardstock panel over the paper guide and started stamping all of the images, color by color. It was fun to do this!

At the end, I adhered the cabinet image over the white stamped panel using tiny dots of craft glue. The final touches were Journey Glaze and some Sparkle dust to give a little bit of a bling.

For my second card I used one of the add-on stamp sets called I see Crafting and I created a cute scene with the cat, crystal ball, candle and a sentiment:

I began by creating the background using the Dreamy Nights Stencil, Soft Sky Shadow ink and a sponge dauber to achieve a subtle image. Then, I stamped the images using Intense Black Ink  over white cardstock and after that I colored them with markers. Next, I die cut the images with their matching frame cuts.

I stamped a sentiment directly over the background panel, and then I adhered the images with foam tape. For the final touches I used some clear dots, glaze and sparkle dust glitter. I used one of the Urban Basilia Black cardstock from the main kit as the card base. Simple, yet fun!

Hero Arts will give away one kit, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, September 8th at 11:59pm pacific, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

Please be sure to visit all the participants blogs in order to increase your chances of winning:

The Hero Arts Blog
Amy Kolling
Caly Person
Debi Adams
Emily Midgett
Ilina Crouse
Janette Kausen
Julee Tilman
Laurie Willison
Libby Hickson
Lydia Fiedler
You are here>>>Mariana Grigsby <<<You are here
Michelle Short
Nichol Spohr

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Be aware that my post includes affiliate links, which means that if you click on and shop through them, I will receive a tiny commission from Hero Arts. Thanks!

Well, that’s all from me today. I´ll be back soon to share another project. Thanks for stopping by   Have a wonderful crafty week!

marianasignat

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Hero Arts Products: My Monthly Hero kit | Dreamy Nights Stencil |  Intense Black Ink  |Soft Sky Shadow ink |I see Crafting | I See Crafting Frame Cuts |

Other Products: Journey Glaze | Journey Sparkle Dust Glitter |Journey Craft Glue |

FSJ • Stamp of the Month: Friendship Blessing

Hello friends! As you all know, at Fun Stampers Journey we begin the month with a new Stamp of the Month. The name of this new set is  Friendship Blessing and it features wonderful floral images along with some nice sentiments. This is one of those sets that you can use all year round using any of your favorite stamping and coloring techniques.

Here is the card that I created for this release:

I began this card by adhering a plaid paper print rectangle (Good Life Prints) over a Rustic Rose cardstock folded card. I stamped the flower with Rustic Rose ink and the leaves with Green Olive ink. Then, I die cut the images with their matching die cuts. I also die cut a large circle and I stamped the berries image and the sentiment on it. After that, I arranged the stamped images on the left side and adhered them with foam squares.

I adhered the circle over the folded card with foam squares, and then I flicked Sparkle Silk and added some sequins. The stamps are so pretty that even with just using different colors of ink can make your cards look very nice.

Anyway, you will find a lot of wonderful inspiration and more details about the August SOTM over the Spellbinders-FSJ blog, and a great video for you to WATCH.

Remember that for more ideas and inspiration, visit the Fun Stampers Journey Blog,  Facebook page,  Instagram and Pinterest.

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Be aware that my post includes affiliate links, which means that if you click on and shop through them, I will receive a tiny commission. Thanks!

Well, that’s all from me today. I´ll be back soon to share another project. Thanks for stopping by  Have a wonderful crafty week!

marianasignat

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Friendship Blessing | Friendship Blessings Die Set | Good Life Prints | Rustic Rose cardstock |Rustic Rose ink |Circle Around Die Set | Sparkle Silk | Journey Sequins Bloom Time |

The New FSJ Holiday Cheer Collection is here!

Oh, Yes! Fun Stampers Journey has just released their new Holiday Cheer Collection, and it it amazing!

The Holidays Season is not far from now, and obviously we all like having new products to begin creating for those important months to come. So today I am sharing two products that I created using two of my favorite stamp sets from the Holiday Cheer release.

My first card features a very cute set called Yeti Confetti. This is a fun set that includes images that you can use all along the Winter season. So, here you have it:

To create the background I used Lovely Blue Liquid Color along with shaving cream. I made a mix with those and transferred a bit of the the mix over an acrylic block, just enough to make a rectangular mark. Then I placed the block over a Whip Cream panel, removed the excess and let it dry.

To complement the background, I white-embossed some snowflakes, as well as a sentiment over a Black Licorice cardstock strip. The cute Yeti images were colored with Liquid Colors and I added some Journey Glaze details to them. Last but not least, I embellished the card with Fashion Silver pearls, Gift twine and a button (Holiday Mix and Match Embellishment pack).

The second card features one ATS stamp called Fall Thanks and it includes a big solid sentiment along with some small Fall related images. Take a look:

To create the background I used the same technique as the one from my first card, but this time using two different liquid colors. Quick and easy. So, for the beautiful sentiment I used one of the Create-a-Palette pads to create my own combo of Liquid Colors, and I used it to ink the large sentiment.

I really like these pads and the beautiful ombré effects that you can achieve with your own color combinations, so much fun!. So, I die cut the sentiment with its matching die, I added Journey Glaze and Sparkle Cuts and I let the piece dry. Meanwhile I die cut a rectangular frame from Whip Cream cardstock using the Fancy Edged Rectangles die set by Spellbinders.

I adhered this frame over the background panel, and then I adhered the sentiment with Journey squares. I finished up this card with some Sparkle Silk (a must have FSJ product!) and some Fashion Silver pearls.

I highly recommend you to to see the >>>new Holiday Cheer catalog <<< There are a lot of new stamps and lots of inspiration for you. If you missed the launch show, you can watch it by clicking >>> HERE <<< there were Guest designers, amazing card designs and a lot of fun.

Remember that for more ideas and inspiration, visit the Fun Stampers Journey Blog,  Facebook page,  Instagram and Pinterest.

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Be aware that my post includes affiliate links, which means that if you click on and shop through them, I will receive a tiny commission. Thanks!

Well, that’s all from me today. I´ll be back soon to share another project. Thanks for stopping by  Have a wonderful crafty weekend!

marianasignat

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Yeti Confetti | Fall Thanks | Fall Thanks die set | Lovely Blue Liquid Color | Banana Cream Liquid Color | Peaches and Cream Liquid Color | Fashion Silver | Journey Glaze| Sparkle Cuts | Create a Palette | Sparkle Silk | Fancy Edged Rectangles |

FSJ • Autumn Colors Layout

Hello there! Today I am sharing a page that I made to document a late Autumn day that my husband and I spent together at the botanic garden. I always have loved the colors of this season, so I made a 8.5 x 11 page  to showcase one of my favorites pictures of that day using several wonderful  Fun Stampers Journey products.

I used a sheet of  Oatmeal Cookie cardstock  as the page base.  I used the Tag Set to die cut some shapes  from Rock CandyPumpkin Bread and Pomegranate Splash cardstock colors which were also stamped with different backgrounds (Playful LeavesGrid PaperColor Me Fall). Additionally, I die cut a couple of tags from a sheet of patterned paper that belongs to the Through The Year prints collection. All those tags were arranged around the picture to create a kind of frame/background.

I complemented the page with the Pretty Leaves Die Set. These leaves are beautiful and you can use them as the perfect embellishments for any of your Fall projects. The word Autumn belong to a stamp set called Harvest Wreath, and the word “colors” were die cut using the Journey Serifs steel rule die. I used small pieces of foam squares to add dimension to each of the letters. 

I added some final details like a wood leaf, Gold Friendship Sequins, Journey tape, a partial Border Essential at the very top, and a strip of embossed Pumpkin Bread cardstock. 

Please remember that for more ideas and inspiration,  be sure to visit the Fun Stampers Journey Blog,  Facebook page,  Instagram and Pinterest.

Well, that’s all from me today. I´ll be back soon to share another project. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful crafty week!

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marianasignat

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FSJ • Happy Harvest Card

Hello, hello! Today I just wanted to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends. We will be celebrating this day with some good friends at their house, so I am very excited to spend time with them, eat some delicious food and since we don’t see them very often, catch up with them. Anyway, I also have a card that I made using a fabulous Fun Stampers Journey stamp set called All Year Long. This also has a matching die set which makes cutting those cute stamps so easy!

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I used the Chasing Seasons embossing folder, a Pineapple Smoothie cardstock panel,  and Whip Cream ink to create the background.  The squirrel image was stamped with Pumpkin Bread and Hazelnut Blend ink over Whip Cream cardstock and then die cut with its matching die. I made a small rectangle and matted with Vellum paper as the base for the main image. I added some details to it: Gift twine and Pop of Color tape.  I also added a Green Olive border underneath the rectangle affixed with Gold staples. 

The sentiment was simply white embossed over a Pumpkin Bread 1.25″ circle and to finish up this card, I splattered some Dark Roast and Gold silks and I adhered some sequins. 

Please remember that for more ideas and inspiration,  be sure to visit the Fun Stampers Journey Blog,  Facebook page,  Instagram and Pinterest.

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Well, that’s all from me today. I´ll be back soon to share another project. Thanks for stopping by  Have a wonderful crafty rest of the weekend!

marianasignat

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FSJ • Choose to Be Grateful + 10K Celebration Challenge

Hi there! Today I am sharing a card that I created using a cute stamp set from the Journey Holidays mini catalog by FSJ. This set is called Thankful Friends and I really like the little fox included in it.

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I began by creating the main image and sentiment. To achieve the subtle ombré effect of the image, I inked it with three colors: Citrus Cooler, Tangerine Fusion and a bit of Pumpkin Bread, and then,  I die cut it with its matching die. Next, I stamped the hat and scarf with Blue Lagoon True Color Fusion Ink over a piece of  Cool Pool cardstock; I fussy cut the stamped images with scissors, and adhered them over the fox.

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I also stamped the sentiment with Hazelnut Blend True Color Fusion ink and die cut with its matching die as well. After that, I  adhered them over a Whip Cream hexagon shape with foam squares.

For this card, I used a Blue Lagoon base card, and a Pineapple Smoothie rectangle. This rectangle was embossed with the Tiny Dots embossing folder and then I rubbed the Whip Cream pigment ink pad over, to enhanced the dots. Additionally, I used a Pool Play Sparkle tape and Gift Twine.

I adhered the hexagon onto the card with foam squares and I adhered a few Fashion Silver pearls here and there. Here you have the color combo I used for this card:

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Today I also want to share some news: FSJ is nearing 10,000 followers on Facebook, so they’re hosting a fun challenge and giveaway.

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So, to enter this challenge, please do the following:

1. Make sure you’ve liked and are following Fun Stampers Journey on Facebook.

2. Create a project using the CELEBRATION theme and share it on your blog, Facebook page, or Instagram feed.

3. Leave a comment on the FSJ post about the challenge with a link to your project & tag a friend who might want to play along, too!

Ten winners will be selected from FSJ’s followers that have commented on that post with a link to their project + tagged a friend. Winners will be announced on that Facebook post once FSJ reaches 10,000 followers. They will tag the winner, but check back to see if you’ve won. Prizes will be shipped from the Journey Station.

Please remember that for more ideas and inspiration,  be sure to visit the Fun Stampers Journey Blog,  Facebook page,  Instagram and Pinterest.

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Well, that’s all from me today. I´ll be back soon to share another project. Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Have a wonderful crafty weekend!

marianasignat

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FSJ • Thankful for You

A couple weeks ago I started my Fall crafting,  so today I am sharing one of those projects.  I used one pretty stamp set called: Thankful Friends among other great Fun Stampers Journey products:

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This set includes two solid critter stamps (a squirrel and a fox) that I love because you can create an ombré effect over the image. I used two colors to do so, Pumpkin Bread and Hazelnut Blend. This is quite an easy technique that with a bit of practice can be mastered.  I also stamped a scarf for the cute squirrel, using Green Olive ink over Whip Cream cardstock. Additionally, I stamped  the hot cocoa cup with Candy Apple ink and a sentiment over a circle shape.

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I die cut a couple of  Pretty Leaves from Tangerine Fusion and Green Olive cardstock. I paired them with Simply Gold tape over a strip of Haystack cardstock. Then I added Gift twine, silk splatters, gold sequins and Gold Fashion pearls.

The Block Party promotion at Fun Stampers Journey is about to come to an end. Right now, all the acrylic blocks have a 20% discount. So hurry, you still have a couple of days to get them!

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Please remember that for more ideas and inspiration,  be sure to visit the Fun Stampers Journey Blog,  Facebook page,  Instagram and Pinterest.

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Well, that’s all from me today. I´ll be back soon to share another project. Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Have a wonderful crafty week!

marianasignat

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FSJ • Monsters Layout

Happy Friday, friends! I am back to share a page that I created of my little furry Shelby.  Shelby loves new toys, and  I loved the little stuffed purple monster we got for her.  She plays gently with them in the beginning until she ends up making a hole and taking out the white stuffing, little by little. We always find white balls all over the house… so before that happened to this cute monster, I had to take a picture of my Shelby with it.

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I made the background of this page the same way I made the background of the card I recently posted. I placed the Polka Dot Stencil over a 12 x 12 Whip Cream cardstock. Then, I inked the small dauber directly onto the ink pad, and I tapped it over the stencil in two or three of the stencil  holes. That is why the circle marks look uneven… I love how they look. I used the Chevron and Heart Wall stencils over two different colors of cardstock to create  a couple of rectangles that were used behind the picture.

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The long Cocoa Powder cardstock banner was made with the Tiny Dots embossing folder and inked with Whip Cream pigment ink.  I added some border details using the new Border Essentials and Pocket Trims die sets. I thought the image included in the Eyes On You stamp set was just perfect to include it in this page. So I stamped the image with Black Licorice ink and then, I colored it with Journey Burst Color Pencils using colors similar to Shelby’s monster.

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For the title I used the Marquee type and its matching die set.    I added a few buttons and some of the Monster Eyes stickers. Of course I had to include some sequins, a tiny wooden heart, a heart shaped clip,  and at the end I decided to add some sticthes. I still have to include the journaling, but that one it will be done later with my computer and printer.

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The Block Party promotion at Fun Stampers Journey is about to come to an end. Right now, all the acrylic blocks have a 20% discount. So hurry, you still have a couple of days to get them!

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Please remember that for more ideas and inspiration,  be sure to visit the Fun Stampers Journey Blog,  Facebook page,  Instagram and Pinterest.

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Well, that’s all from me today. I´ll be back soon to share another project. Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Have a wonderful crafty weekend!

marianasignat

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FSJ • Thanks Card

Hello, Hello! This has been a busy month for me… Among other things,  I have been making some projects for my blog, taking pictures, editing them, etc. So hopefully I will be posting those projects soon.  The card that I am sharing today features an AT set called Zen Leaves… and I just love the graphic pattern of those leaves. Don’t you think they are pretty?

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I began by creating the background using the Polka Dot Wall stencil, along with a small sponge dauber and Haystack ink. Then, I simply stamped the leaves using Citrus Cooler, Pumpkin bread and Pomegranate Splash inks.  Next, I die cut the leaves with its matching dies.

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The sentiment is from a set called Harvest Wreath and it was directly stamped over the background with Black Licorice ink. I arranged the leaves and adhered them with foam squares. After that, I embellished the card with some Gold sequins, some Sea Stones, Dark Roast Silk, and Gift Twine.

Please remember that this month at Fun Stampers Journey all the acrylic blocks have a 20% discount! For more details about this promotion,  please click on the image below:

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For more ideas and inspiration, please be sure to visit the Fun Stampers Journey Blog,  Facebook page,  Instagram and Pinterest.

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Well, that’s all from me today. I´ll be back soon to share another project. Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Have a wonderful crafty week!

marianasignat

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FSJ • Trick or Treat Layout

Sometimes I wish I would have had my I-phone when my sons were growing up and have taken lots and lots of pictures of them back then. Even though I am grateful that I had a camera at least to capture some of those moments, specially those experiencing new things for the very first time. Today I am sharing s letter size scrapbook page that I created of my oldest son when he went trick or treating for the first time. This page shows one of the few pictures I took that day. I know, he looks quite serious, but I bet the one that was smiling was me behind the camera! 🙂  Anyhow, I won’t explain the steps of this page, but I will mention the great Fun Stampers Journey products that I  used to create it.

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The Fall-O-Ween prints were obviously my choice for this page. I love that this collection includes papers perfect for the autumn celebrations. I used a Black Licorice cardstock panel matted with one of the prints. I stamped the Widows’s Web background stamp twice with Whip Cream True Color Fusion ink to cover part of the background.  I cut a few rectangles of different sizes to layer them above the stamped area and underneath the photo.

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I created a couple of clusters of elements. For the one on the upper right,  I used the skeleton from the B&W Halloween stickers and the skull clip from the All Hallows Eve Clips.  I also used a tag with my favorite twine, the Gift Twine. I also included some Journey tape pieces and some gems from the Spooky Eve Stickers. I complemented them with a few Toil and Trouble buttons and staples.

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For the cluster on the left, I used one of the sentiments included in Strange Beauty stamp set as the title on my page. I was afraid that the sentiment was going to look small, but I think that with all the elements surrounding it looks just fine.

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The pumpkin underneath the mushroom bunch is form a Fall set called Happy Harvest. As the final touches for this page I included some lines of journaling, Sparkle silk, and stitches.

Please remember that the Crush on Color promotion is available thru the month of September, and this is a good chance to get some of the colors you might have on your wishlist. For more details about it click on the image below:

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For more ideas and inspiration, please be sure to visit the Fun Stampers Journey Blog,  Facebook page,  Instagram and Pinterest.

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Well, that’s all from me today. I´ll be back soon to share another project. Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

marianasignat

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