Monday, August 29, 2016


Hey Journey Friends!  Today I'm sharing a HUGE photo recap of all the fun that was had at Be Amazing in Virginia Beach on August 26-27.  If you like what you see, you'll definitely want to sign up for one of the last few events coming soon to Syracuse, NY in October and Orlando, FL in November!

So it all started with a training session on Friday.  After the training session, a few lucky Coaches spent some time with Richard Garay filming some fun techniques for the Make-Live-Share movement.  Vicki Soni and I were the lucky coaches this time!  :)  It was so fun!  And you don't see it in this picture, but I was BRICK RED and shaky for quite some time...Thank goodness it took Dustin (aka Potato) a while to set up the equipment!

 Prepped and ready for the shoot...All my goodies are laid out and ready!
Tip:  Notice my water container?  It's actually the container that held some Slice Fetti!  These containers are perfect for transporting water...Save 'em, don't toss 'em!
 Richard chatting with me about the technique...I'm layering, layering, layering the color.

Here's a closer look at the project I was demoing:
I also shared a few other projects on camera:  

And then it was Vicki Soni's turn!
I stood and watched as Vicki shared her techniques.  She's really good on camera!  I took a few photos of her interacting with Richard too.  It was pretty amazing that we had very similar techniques to share...and we didn't even plan it!  

After our video shoot, it was time for opportunity night.  This was a time for prospective coaches and new FSJ fans to come see some fabulous products demoed and learn about becoming a Fun Stampers Journey Coach.  
Here's just one photo...Kim Kesti demoing the Pan Pastels and clear stamping.  Other demos included the Press Punch system, the Journey Platinum Machine and Steel Rule Dies and our Journey Mixed Media products.  
The next day was all about crafty fun and watching magic come alive!  On Saturday Richard, Lynne, Kim and Gabby all shared TONS AND TONS of cardmaking projects on stage.  Since I was positioned dead center, I was lucky to be rooting for both teams:  Orange Rave (Nicole) and Turbo Teal (Dan).  After demoing several cards, it was time for lunch and we had some free time to emboss our sentiments for our projects.  
We were going to town with the heat guns!  

After lunch, it was time to create!
Look at all those yummy neon colors!  I definitely was in the FUN ZONE!  

Since I can't do two things at once, It's always pretty hard to watch Richard speed through the tutorial and follow along- or read the directions and look and listen to him...Sooo..I took one glance at the final project and just got in my happy place and started creating!  Some things are not quite exactly how they were shown, but I love my cards nonetheless.  :)  
The first card involved me pre-embossing the sentiments and the stars.  I  didn't like the way the sentiment was embossed so I cut the letters out individually.  I kinda like the mix of pennant and loose letters for the sentiment!  
 The second one involved a little smooshing!  I love this fun technique and use it a lot at home.  I added some more glitter to the star and stamped stars...and placed the panel wonky on the card base!
 This was my favorite card.  I didn't trim the sentiment panel and set it off wonky style again.  I'm a wonky kinda gal, I guess!  LOL
This is the last card we made.  I just about forgot to add the heart to the card- a stamper next to me discovered it loose on the table (drying)!  I added some extra trim...Love the trim sooo Much!  I want BLACK and WHITE! 

And YES!  Richard always has a Social Media Challenge at our events.  I love to play along and post away on Instagram...and WOO HOO!!!  I WON!  Check out the fab pins I took home:
It is fun to get cool pins at each event!  It reminds me of my high school days when I traded pins with other students from all over the world who attended national convention.  

Oh....And YOU KNOW there were freebies!  Richard and the whole FSJ family are soooo generous! Just look at the FREEBIE LOOT we took home:  
So yes, it was truly AMAZING!  Such a fun time...You DON'T want to miss it!  

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Sip and Share: Le Cafe'

Hello there coffee-loving friend!  It's Kerry here with another Sunday Sip-and-Share at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog!  I hope you've been enjoying my yummy Sunday creations over there and this week...I'm featuring YUMMY FSJ Products!  WAHOO!!!

Check out my card that inspired the sketch this week!  If you like the sketch, please feel free to join us in creating a fun COFFEE LOVING card with the sketch layout.  Add your creations to the inlinkz below and when sharing to social media, make sure to add the hashtag #clcsipandshare!  We would love to see your creations!  
YUUMMMY!!!  I love to create artsy backgrounds and this one was just too fun!  I pulled out my Fun Stampers Journey acrylic paints and a stencil and got to work.  It's fun using our acrylic paints to create card backgrounds so I encourage you to have some fun with this medium!  It's not JUST for canvas work!  

For today's background, I used the following acrylic paint colors:  Butter Cream, Pineapple Smoothie, Sweet Berry, Cool Pool and Blue Lagoon.  I also used the Vintage Screen 6x6 stencil.  
I wanted the hexie pattern and the paint to show up bold and beautiful so I selected some Black Licorice cardstock as my base layer.  After applying acrylic paint in a random dabbing pattern with my paintbrush, I peeled the stencil off and let it dry with my heat gun a bit.  After it was dry, I trimmed this layer down and added some silver polka dot vellum in an asymmetrical design.  I like how the vellum allows the stenciled design to peek through.  After that layer, I attached some Cool Pool Satin Ribbon and started working on the tag.  

My tag was created using the Tag Steel Rule Die and some Color Splash watercolor sheets.  I used my stamp positioner tool to apply the stamps in the Le Cafe' set.  The steamy coffee cup image in the background was stamped using Oatmeal Cookie ink.  I applied the coffee press and the sentiment using Versafine Onyx ink and Journey Clear Embossing Powder so that I could apply some acrylic paint wash to the tag.  After embossing and coloring the image with a few Copic Markers, I used watered-down acrylic paints as a wash over the whole tag.  I added a bit more stenciling on the tag to tie the design in with the card base.  

Once the tag was dry, I added some Black Journey Twine and Whip Cream Journey Thread to the tag. I attached the tag to the card using small foam squares.  A little Cool Mint Stickles was added over some of the stenciled background to add some fun and sparkle.  Gotta love my sparkles!!!  

To finish the card off, I stamped the spoon with Black Licorice ink, colored with some Copic markers and added some Liquitex Metallic Silver Ink over the top.  I also applied some Journey Glaze to give it a fun glossy shine.  I mounted the inked and stamped panel onto Whip Cream cardstock then attached it "wonky style" to an A2 top-fold card base in Blue Lagoon.  
What a fun card this was to create!  I can't wait to send this card to a special someone this month!  If you haven't explored the use of acrylic paints in cardmaking and stenciling, I recommend you give it a try!  You'll fall in LOVE!!!  

Now let's take a peek at this week's sketch.  Yes, I work backwards in creating sketches...First the card, then the sketch it inspires...
If you decide to join us and create a card using my sketch, please add it to the inlinkz below!  It'll automatically load onto the coffee-loving cardmakers blog post and will be added to this month's collection of fab cards!  The Coffee Loving Cardmaking Designers will be watching social media make sure to add the #clcsipandshare hashtag to all your coffee-loving creations.  You never know, one lucky coffee-lover just might receive some happy mail for participating!  :)

If you're interested in any of the products featured in this card, please click on the links...You'll be directed to my shop and you can go to town!  WOO!  

Friday, August 5, 2016

August Bloom Box is HERE!

Wahoo!  My August Bloom Box is here just in time for the weekend!  I'm planning a crafty weekend and four EXTRA projects for this kit.  If you would like the extra projects all kitted up and mailed to you this month, make sure to sign up for the bloom box in my shop!  I'll be sharing my finished projects for my Bloom Box customers on September 1st, but will share a few sneak peeks of them soon.

I guarantee you'll love my projects just as much as the projects in the make sure to order your kit today before it is GONE!

Check out my unboxing video here!

Check out Richard's video here!

What are you waiting for???  Order your Bloom Box Today!  

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Adventure Awaits...

Hello there Stamping friends! Today I'm sharing a fun card I created using three of the newest stamp sets to our Fun Stampers Journey line.  I am excited to share that I also created a video too that you can watch.  Just click on the "Stamping With Kerry" photo above or scroll to the bottom of the page to see the video!
I won't go into much detail since everything is on the video, but I wanted to share that I need more wooden buttons.  LOL...
 Yummy, Yummy play with paper!  I love crinkling, crinkling, crinkling the paper!
Aren't those boots yummy?  I've got more plans for them too!  :)
Supplies Used:  

Watch the video today!