May 26, 2015

Featuring Kazan's FSJ Stamp of the Week with a FREE card kit

I have an exciting opportunity for stampers!  Starting this week and every week that follows I am going to introduce to you my very own Fun Stampers Journey Stamp of the Week.  Each week I will showcase a stamp set from the Fun Stampers Journey Catalog and here's the fun part...If you purchase the stamp set I will send you a FREE card kit to make the featured card!!!!   That means that once you receive your stamp set you will have the supplies to make your first card.  So without further ado (insert Drum Roll) I present to you the first card for Kazan's FSJ Stamp of the Week

I simply LOVE this set called Nautical View!  It's a perfect combination of all things seaside and fits well for cards that require a masculine theme.  ( I don't know about you all but I sometimes struggle with those).  I created this card with Father's Day in mind which is coming up in June.  The sentiment for the card is Thank You so this would serve as a great card to give to ANY one in your life who loves the ocean.  You can use any sentiment to fit the recipient of your card - others in the set include: Happy Birthday and Happy Retirement.  I particularly like the Light House as a symbol for Father's Day because both my Dad and Husband serve as beacons of strength to our families.

Nautical View is available for purchase from Fun Stampers Journey.  It is on the Retirement list which means once it's gone -its gone!  The good news is that it is on SALE for $12.50 and only while supplies last.  You will also received a FREE pack of Up and Away Elements when you purchase ANY retirement product.  Oh my goodness how exciting is all of this!

{Free Card Kit Includes}

Precut base cardstock in Oatmeal Cookie to make a 5.5 x 4.5" card
Precut Black Licorice (2) and Whip Cream (2) Mats to stamp images and sentiments
Precut Cranberry Bliss cardstock banner
Journey Twine for attaching banner
Sequins embellishments (color variations may be substituted due to manufacturer variations)
Instructions for assembling your card

Not included: ink, markers, adhesive, stamping accessories (blocks etc)

Nautical View Free Card kit offer expires on Sunday May 31, 2015 (11:59pm MST)

Fine Print:  Offer extended to the United States only at this time.  Free shipping of Card Kit offered through USPS.  Substitutes for cardstock colors and size variations not available.  Substitutes for embellishments not available.  1 free card kit available per proof of purchase from my (Kazan) Fun Stampers Journey customer website.  Free Card kit offer not available after expiration date unless noted by me.  Additional card kits can be purchased for $5.00 per kit.  

{How to Claim your FREE Card kit with Purchase}

1. Order the Nautical View Stamp Set (SS-0060) from me at Fun Stampers Journey by clicking on the link below and selecting the Catalog Tab.

2. Email me your order number details and your mailing address with the following subject line: Nautical View Free Card Kit 

Remember this offer expires by Midnight on May 31 so hurry and order while supplies last.  Monday June 1 starts a brand new week with a brand new FSJ Stamp of the Week! want a sneak peak?  It's one of my favorites.... 

June 1st FSJ Stamp of the Week Sneak Peak: Summer Garden (SS-0078)

Thank you so much for embarking on this adventure with me.  If you have any questions please feel free to email me at  Wishing you all a wonderful last week of May!


May 8, 2015

Fun Stampers Journey May KOTM

I absolutely love receiving Fun Stampers Journey Kit of the Month.  Not only do I get a full stamp set, but all the paper and embellishments to make 4 beautiful cards.  Each kit comes with beautiful color photographs and step by step directions.  Every month I eagerly stalk the FSJ website to see the new KOTM image - and every single month I am even more excited to actually have the kit in my hands.  There is something magical about receiving something that is somewhat a surprise and then creating a card or crafty project to make it my own!

The beautiful Lily stamps are from the May Kit of the Month Set.   The mason jar is from a previous KOTM set.  I will create a page listing all the stamps sets from previous KOTM that are now available for sale.  

Following is an image of the 4 projects that the MAY kit includes

{What You Receive}

4 Precut Projects to assemble yourself
Exclusive Stamp Set (released to the public 3 months after)
Full Color Detailed Directions

You can order the May KOTM up until the very last day of May.  There is only a 6 month renewable commitment which I love because it gives me options without tying me down for an entire year!

The cost of each kit is $24.95 plus tax and shipping

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  If you have any questions about the products used today or about Fun Stampers Journey please email me at Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend


May 4, 2015

Fun Stampers Journey Mother's Day Card

This is my latest Fun Stampers Journey Project.  I am usually not a "yellow" person - in fact I don't think I own one single yellow item in my closet but lately I have been drawn to this cheery color in my cards.  There is something quite uplifting about the color yellow right?  So here's my uplifting card to celebrate all Moms.  Cheers to all the joy and happiness that comes with this day and every other day that follows!

I used all Fun Stampers Journey products to put this baby together and the flowers I colored with Copic markers.  Here is a list of supplies.  If you would like to order any Fun Stampers Journey products simply select Catalog from the Link below


Flower Party Stamp Set (SS-0038)
Wonderful Day Stamp Set - Sentiment (SS-0126)
Whip Cream Cardstock (CS-0040)
Summer Days Cardstock (CS-0063)
Pineapple Smoothy Ink (IP-0014)

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Please feel free to email me with product or technique questions at


May 1, 2015

Enjoy the Journey

Being a Fun Stampers Journey coach is so much more than just creating and promoting their amazing  products.  I have had the opportunity to meet so many beautiful stampers along the way - sharing not only my journey but learning about theirs too.  This year the Fun Stampers Journey Convention is being held in Phoenix, Arizona.  I made this card for a special lady who is participating in a Secret Friend swap with me and a few others.  

According to a questionnaire that we all filled out, My Secret friends finds the Earth Element of Fire most comforting.  That was the basis for my color palette.  Since we are all in this journey together I chose this fitting sentiment for her too.  Details of the products I used can be found below.  If you would like order any products please click on the link below and click catalog.


Enjoy The Journey (6 Stamps) SS-0035
Linked Dots Background Stamp SS-0051
Butterflies Die DI-0023
Journey Circles Die DI-0039

Cardstock: Citrus Cooler, Lemon Drop, Whip Cream and Candy Apple
Ink: Pineapple Smoothy, Black Licorice, Sweet Berry

Other: Journey Glaze, White Liner 

As always I appreciate your comments and feedback.  If you have any questions about the products I used, methods to make this card or to become a Journey Coach please contact me at

Here's to your Journey - make it a great one

April 24, 2015

A Card Offering Strength & Hope

Creating cards is a not-so-secret passion of mine (guess you knew that if you follow this blog!). Fueling that passion comes in many forms. Sometimes I create for the sake of creating and other times I create for someone in particular. This card is going to a couple I have never met - by pure chance they shared information with me that touched my heart. I wanted to offer them strength and hope through a difficult journey ahead.  

Here is list of the Fun Stampers Journey product.  If you want to order any of these products simply click on the link below and select the catalog tab.  


Be Brave (SS-0148)
Script Background Stamp (SS-0069)
Elegant Flowers (SS-0033)
Butterfly Prints (SS-0017)


Butterfly Prints (DI-0015)

{Inks and Cardstock}

Deep Lilac (IP-0055)
Blue Lagoon (IP-0002)
Deep Lilac (CS-0096)
Pretty Amethyst (CS-0056)
Whip Cream (CS-0040)


Pearls (AC-0024)
Lavender Fusion Satin Ribbon (AC-0108)
Journey Glaze (AD-0003)

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Let me know if you have any questions with regards to the products or techniques used to make this card.  Since I am experimenting with a new look on my blog here is my email address:  Have a lovely weekend.


April 6, 2015

It's a Girl Bunny Pocket Card

Easter themed craft products are so cute! I'm not quite ready to retire my darling little bunny set from Fun Stampers Journey until next year.   For today's project I incorporated the little bunny and other stamps onto a pocket card congratulating the arrival of a little baby girl.  Alexandra (my youngest) is still very attached to her lamb, bunny and other critters that she received when she was just an infant - you can see my inspiration for this card was directly inspired by her Ellie from Humphrey's Corner...

{Stamped image without a Solid Dark Border}

I stamped the bunny image using River Stone ink - it was quite dark at first so here's a tip.  If you don't want a very dark solid line around your stamped image, stamp the image on a rough piece of paper first then without reapplying ink stamp it onto your cardstock.   I used Copic markers and Spectrum Noir colored pencils to color my bunny image.  I wanted the card to have a soft, sketchy look so I worked with very light pinks and grays.

Once stamped and colored I used my Journey Circle dies to cut the image - that created that darling little perforated edge :)

Creating the balloons was super easy - That stamp set came with my Fun Stampers Journey Coach Kit.  It is called Birthday Sketch.  First partially stamp the ballon strings next to the bunny and then on a separate piece of cardstock stamp the balloons (don't forget to stamp on a rough piece of paper before you stamp on your cardstock if you don't want that dark solid line).  Fussy cut the balloons and adhere in place.

 I created the pocket card from a gorgeous die from Fun stampers Journey called Tagged Pocket Card and simply assembled all using a variety of products listed below.

In this picture you can see the shiny balloons, bunny nose and pads on her feet. I used Journey Glaze for that.  Here is a list of all the projects I used.  If you are interested in purchasing any of these products please visit my Fun Stampers Journey page and click on Catalog.  

{Products used}

Spring Fling (SS-0076)
Birthday Sketch (SS-0013)
Chevron Trail (SS-0022)
Tagged Pocket (DI-0001)
Journey Circles (DI-0039)
Bubble Gum ink (IP-0058)
River Stone ink (IP-0053)
Journey Glaze (AD-0003)

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  As always please feel free to contact me with regards to any of the products or techniques used or if you are interested in joining my team I can show you how!  Email:


March 24, 2015

Fun Stampers Journey 3D Butterfly Treat Box

It's small enough to make on your die-cut machine but it's big enough to fill with whatever!  That's what I love about the Fun Stampers Journey Treat Box!  I needed a smallish box to fill with speciality candy for a friend that needed nothing more than me thinking of her.  The striped paper is also Fun Stampers Journey (LOVE) but it needed a little something-something...hence the 3D stamped
butterfly :)

Following is a list of supplies that I used to complete my project.  If you like a particular product and would like to order it simply click on the link below to be directed to my Fun Stampers Journey page and click on Catalog!


Enjoy the Journey Stamp Set (SS-0035)
Little BIG Greetings (SS-0052)
Treat Box (DI-0006)
Catalina Splash Satin Ribbon (AC-0117)
Black and White Cardstock (PP-0002)
Details Pro Shears (AC-0063)
Journey Sparkle Dust (AC-0013)
Journey Glaze (AD-0003)

{How to Video}

Thanks for stopping by today.  The weather is quite springlike here in Colorado so I am off to spend a little time outdoors.  Please join me soon for the next creative Fun Stampers Journey project


February 18, 2015

Vintage Chalkboard Frame

I love Thrift Shopping for treasures.  Granted I have not found any hidden gems worth thousands of dollars but every now again I do find something special for me to add a little paint, a touch of craftiness and a dab of creativity to make it my own.  I picked up this gold-leaf vintagy frame at a thrift store for next to nothing and set out to transform it into something quite special...

I had two porcelain ornaments on hand which were perfect for the project I had in mind.  I wanted to incorporate a branch from my garden for my birds to rest on and I wanted to have my frame a ocean blue.  When I discovered Plaid's FolkArt Chalk Paint and Wax I knew I had hit my jackpot.

1. The vintage frames were sold as a set and although I liked the gold leaf I LOVED the detail on the frame more so I was ready to start the transformation.
2.  After removing the glass, image and backing to the frame I painted the frame with FolkArt Chalk paint (good news that no sanding, stripping or prep required!)
3. Once the base layer had dried I applied the FolkArt Clear Wax to the frame.  
4.  Now it was time to apply the White Wax.  After I painted the White Wax on the frame I immediately wiped off the excess leaving wax in the recesses of the frame.  
5.  Letting my frame dry, I set to work painting the backboard of the frame with black Martha Stewart  Chalkboard paint. 
6.  Since it is winter in Colorado there is no shortage of dry twigs.  I painted one with white acrylic paint and adhered it and my porcelain birds to the backboard (I used superglue and it worked really well)
7.  Last step was to write something sweet with a chalkboard marker :)

This is a fun way to really express your creativity and explore ways to make fun pieces of art from items that need a little TLC.  It's really easy - I promise you!  Give it a try and let me know how you did.  

February 7, 2015

Pretty Vintage Style Easter Card

Denver is going through unseasonably warm weather for early February.  We are reaching record high temperatures which makes it feel like spring is on it's way already.  Craft stores are decked out in beautiful pastel shades and that is my inspiration for this card.  

I was browsing through a Pier 1 Imports catalog when I found this beautiful image of a bunny pillow.  It reminded me of a darling little stamp set I have from Fun Stampers Journey.  

{The Inspiration}
Pier 1 Imports Pillow

I created this card using stamps, ink, cardstock and embellishments from Fun Stampers Journey.  Simply click on the link below and select catalog to browse through an amazing assortment of beautiful products.  If you have any questions please email me at:

How to Video

Easter Bunny ATS Stamp Set AT-0053
Summer Garden Stamp Set SS-0078
Journey Rectangles Die Set DI-0041
Whip Cream Cardstock CS-0094
Buttercream Cardstock CS-0006
Pineapple Smoothie CS-0026
Bubble Gum Satin Ribbon AC-0105
AC-0024 Pearls

I colored the images in with Copic Markers and will provide a video with tips on my coloring techniques in the next few days.  In the mean time please let me know if you have any questions on this card or the products I have used today.


January 27, 2015

With Heartfelt Sympathy

This past weekend my dear neighbor passed away.  I wanted to create a card for her family letting them know how sorry I was for their loss.  Sometimes words fail us during these times of grief but I found this sentiment from Fun Stampers Journey so fitting for our friends.

I created this card using stamps, ink, cardstock and embellishments from Fun Stampers Journey.  Simply click on the link below and select catalog to browse through an amazing assortment of beautiful products.  If you have any questions please email me at:

The sentiment is so touching and conveys my sympathy to our friends.   I stamped the first line of the sentiment on the cover and the rest on the inside of the card. 

So Sorry for Your Loss, 
may God grant you and yours the strength
to remember the good and and the opportunity to 
celebrate the moments shared...
With Heartfelt sympathy

SS-0057 Many Wishes (21 Stamps)
SS-0126 Wonderful Day
DI-0039 Journey Circles
CS-0023 Oatmeal Cookie
CS-0040 Whip Cream
CS-0029 Pretty Pansy
AC-0024 Pearls
AC-0005 Journey Twine Natural
AC-0108 Lavender Fusion Satin Ribbon

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Please let me know if you have any questions on this card or the products I have used today.


January 21, 2015

Inspired by the Beach

I loved our little vacation at the beach.  We had a wonderful time swimming, snorkeling and sunning ourselves while reading on the beach.  Our family returned relaxed and energized ready for a brand new year!  I was so inspired by the colors and textures of the ocean that I designed this Thank You card using products from Fun Stampers Journey.

I created this card using stamps, ink, cardstock and embellishments from Fun Stampers Journey.  Simply click on the link below and select catalog to browse through an amazing assortment of beautiful products.  If you have any questions please email me at:

The stamp set is called: Sea Side Treasures (SS-0071) and consists of 8 stamps.  I used the Starfish, Thank You sentiment stamp and background script which tells the most beautiful story:

Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean
to do his writing.  He had habit of walking on the beach before he
began his work.  One day he was walking along the shore as he
looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer.  
He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the 
day.  So he began to walk faster to catch up.  As he got closer, he saw
that it was a young man and the young man wasn't dancing, but 
instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something
and very gently throwing it in the ocean.  As he got closer he called
out, "Good Morning! What are you doing?" The young man paused,
looked up and replied, "throwing star fish in the ocean." " I guess I
should have asked, why are you throwing Star Fish in the ocean?"
"The sun is up and the tide is going out.  And if I don't throw them in they'll
die."  "But, young man, don't you realize that there are miles and miles
of beach and starfish all along it.  You can't possible make a
 difference!"  The young man listened politely.  Then bent down, 
picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, passed the
breaking waves and said
"It made a difference to that one"


Seaside Treasures SS-0071
Oatmeal Cookie Ink IP-0011
Pearls AC-0024
Journey Twine Natural AC-0005
Wooden Accents AC-0031
Journey Glaze AD-0003
Oatmeal Cookie Cardstock CS-0023

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Please drop me a line if you have any questions about this project or any of the products I used today.

November 8, 2014

Tag Happy

Christmas is just around the corner and just like many of you I am a busy mama!  I love making handmade decorations, giving beautiful cards and baking during this time of year so I thought I would get a head start by making quick and easy tags ready to adorn festive treats.

I put these together using fun Christmas and Holiday themed stamps and products from 

{Let it Snow Christmas Tree Tag}

I made a stencil tag shape from regular cardstock and used it to trace and cut all my tags.  Once that was done the assembly line was ready for production!

1. Stamp tree image with Green Olive ink
2. Stamp sentiment with Cranberry Bliss ink 
3. Dot Journey Glaze for snow flakes and add to snow on the tree.
4.  Sprinkle Journey Sparkle Dust over Journey Glaze and allow to dry.
5.  Finishing by adhering red bling for ornaments

{Let it Snow Christmas Tree Tag}

Cardstock: Whip Cream (CS-0040)
Stamp Set: Winter Wonderland (SS-0093),
Ink: Green Olive (IP-0072), Cranberry Bliss (IP-0049)
Accessories: Journey Glaze (AD-002), Journey Sparkle Dust (AC-0013)

Other: Adhesive red gems
{Snowman Tag}

For this tag I used Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Eight die template for the base.  I made 15 of these and cut the all the base tags out first so that stamping would be quick and easy.

1. Stamp snowflake background onto the tags using Linked Dots background stamp with Whip Cream ink.
2. Stamp Snowman onto Whip Cream cardstock, color with markers and fussy cut.
3.  Apply Journey glaze to the side of the snowman and sprinkle with Journey Sparkle Dust
4. Adhere snowman to tag with foam squares.

{Snowman Tag}

Cardstock: Whip Cream (CS-0040), Oatmeal Cookie (CS-0023)
Stamp Set: Linked Dots (SS-0051), Frosty Fun (AT-0106)
Ink: Whip Cream (IP-0009)
Accessories: Journey Glaze (AD-002), Journey Sparkle Dust (AC-0013)

Other: Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Eight, Copic Markers

{Let it Snow Mini Tag}

These are so cute and so easy.  I thought they would make great little tags for homemade goodies, placement cards, even little drinkie-poo name tags ;)

1. Cut rectangular strips from cardstock and fold in half to form mini tag.
2. Stamp sentiment and snowflake images with Whip Cream ink.
3. Adhere mini gems to center of snowflakes
4. Run the edges of the tag sides with Whip Cream ink

{Let it Snow Mini Tag}

Cardstock: Whip Cream (CS-0040)
Stamp Set: Snow Burst (SS-0144)
Ink: Whip Cream (IP-0009)

Other: Mini adhesive gems

{Merry & Bright Ornament Tag}

The base of this tag is another Spellbinders die called Labels Twenty-Nine.  After cutting all the tags with my Journey Grand machine I was able to do some quick stamping.

1. Stamp ornament onto Whip Cream cardstock with Cranberry Bliss Ink
2. Stamp sentiment alongside ornament with Lemon Grass Ink
3.  Apply Journey Glaze dots to some of the ornaments - allow to dry
4. Finishing by adding a bright green button to the top of the tag

{Merry & Bright Ornament Tag}

Cardstock: Whip Cream (CS-0040)
Stamp Set: Merry Bright (AT-0022),
Ink: Cranberry Bliss (IP-0049), Lemon Grass (IP-0022)
Accessories: Journey Glaze (AD-002)

Other: Button

Whew.  I think this is a great headstart :) Please stop by soon again because I will be adding to this collection of quick and easy tags for the Holidays as well as throwing in a mix of quick and easy cards too!



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