February 15, 2019

Egg-stra Special Easter Favors

Yay! Easter is just around the corner and I had a chance to play with THE cutest goodies from Fun Stampers Journey and Spellbinders!  You are going to love the absolute cuteness featured in the new Easter Blessings mini catalog.  I will have a link to that for you further down this post but first let's look at my "egg-stra" special little easter favor project.

My girls love cupcakes - they prefer homemade but when a busy mama has to scimp on time then delicious store bought ones have to do - these are vanilla bean flavored from Kimberley's Bakeshoppe  (seriously sweet vanilla creme yumminess) and available right from my grocer here in Colorado.  Even though they don't go on Easter Egg hunts anymore we do still like to make Easter Brunch special with decorations, goodies and of course a little bag filled with easter eggs - oh and don't think this is just for the girls - Hubby buys into the cuteness too!

Here's What Will You Need?

I used two sets for this one

Fancy Eggs and Hippity Hoppin'

Garden Fence Die Set and Journey Squares 

Speciality Paper!
Create and Bloom Prints

Fringe Shears

....and the Basics to Make it Yourself

White Cardstock. Two shades of green cardstock.  Ink for stamping. Markers for coloring. twine. adhesive

Quick Step-by-Step

1. Color in the cute bunnies with your favorite markers
2. Die cut a front panel using the Journey Squares dies
3. Mat the front panel onto larger white square cardstock
4. Fold white cardstock to form a card base
5. Adhere patterned paper to the front of the card base

6. Stamp egg shapes onto white cardstock.  I stamped a total of 6 eggs (3 for the card and 3 for the cupcake topper)
7. Line up two strips of green cardstock.  Use the Fringe shears to cut a short border to resemple grass
8. Die-cut two picket fence strips and adhere to grass trips.
9. Secure two ends of strips with adhesive to form cupcake holder.
10. Fussy cut easter eggs. Adhere a grouping of 3 together and secure to a toothpick for your cupcake topper.
11. Wrap twine around the front panel of the card and secure the remainder 3 eggs in a cluster at the base of the bow.
12 Stamp the sentiment and fussy cut in a banner shape. Secure the sentiment and "yay" sticker to the front of the card.

As promised a link to the gorgeous new Easter goodies at Fun Stampers Journey/Spellbinders website


Blog Hoppity-Hop Time

Join in the festivities by hopping along with the FSJ creative team for amazing Easter and Spring Treats

Happy Easter and Cheers to a Glorious Spring! As always feel free to contact me with any questions at kazanclark@gmail.com


January 15, 2019

Something Sweet for your Sweetie

This adorable Triangle Treat Die Set from Spellbinders & Fun Stampers Journey is so darn cute and versatile.  It's small enough to house just the right little goodie..think candy, bath-bomb, small candle etc...yet large enough that you can really splurge on the contents without breaking the bank (especially if you are making these for a crowd). This is definitly one of those dies that you will use over and over again.  It's a keeper for sure and one that will get mega use out of as I navigate this new year with a renewed focus to give from the heart (read: more homemade packaging).

Let's cut to the chase...

The Bare Necessities

1. A large die cutting machine. I used the Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine - Fun Stamper's Journey Version but others will work just as well with this thin metal die.  If you don't have a large platform machine, Fun Stampers Journey has a video on YouTube demonstrating how to cut the Triangle Treat Die on a smaller machine.

2. Triangle Treat Die Set.  This is kind of the "must have" product for this project.  Everything else is simply gravy. So if you get only one thing this is it.

Jazzing It Up

3. Lots of Love ATS (ATS stands for Artist Trading Stamp which is usually smaller in size and price compared to larger stamp sets)

4. Detailed Foliage Die.  This is another product that I use over and over again.  I LOVE it for just about any occasion. Seriously scroll thru my blog or pinterest page and you will laugh because I am not kidding #wellloved #iuseitalot.  Technically hashtags don't work on blogs but they are so effective in getting a point across.

5. Who can resist gingham ribbon let alone one that's called Sweet Berry?

6. Journey White- Embossing Powder  and Clear Pigment Ink Pad (fyi: Heat Gun required)

7. A super duper pale grey cardstock (or any color that strikes your fancy). I used Tin Pail 8.5x11 

Make It or Buy It?

I think we are going to......Make it!!!!

It's so easy to put together that I think you all can figure it out just by looking at the project - and that's kinda what I love about these products...the colors and design work so beautifully together so that achieving something special hardly takes much effort at all (but we will keep that info away from our non-crafty friends and the recepients of these gifts).

1. Cut the Triangle Treat box shapes using the Triangle Treat Box Die Set. Here's a little tip to save you paper and time.  If you are using a large platform die cutting machine like the Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine position the long retangular die at a diagonal across the cutting plate.  That leaves  two triangular spaces on either side of the cardstock. Waste Not Want Not friends - you will need these to diecut TWO triangular shapes for your box.

1 Sheet of 8 1/2 x 11" cardstock yields 1 rectangular diecut and 2 triangular diecuts = 1 Treat Box
(if that was confusing practice doing it 3 more times and you will have 4 boxes ready in a flash)

2. Stamp the heart design on both ends of the retangular shape diecut.  There are two scorelines that you can use as a guide to fold the cardstock.  The middle section forms the bottom of the treat box and as you can tell I did not stamp that nor the sides coming up a bit later.  Once stamped using the Clear Pigment Ink, lightly dust with white embossing powder and set with the heat gun. 

3. To add a little bit of color and interest I colored in each heart with my RV10 Copic Marker. It's a lovely light pink which shows up as a pretty blush against the grey cardstock.

4. Gotta love score lines right!  The triangular diecut shapes each have three score lines on them.  I used my bone folder to fold along the score lines and once again had a nice little assembly line going.

5. Remember the middle piece on the rectangular diecut that forms the bottom of the box? - well that's the part that I attached the bottom flap of the triangle to. I did this on both sides of the rectangle die cut.  Regular adhesive works but since you're probably wondering: I used White Liner (super strong tape that tears easily and is no mess no fuss - just trust me on this one).

6. This next step is a personal preference.  I only adhered one side of the rectangle to the sides of the triangles (with White Liner Tape). I have seen others add the treat at this point and then seal the box by adhering the other side of the retangle to the triangles.  It's a little tricky to do but the end result will be a super duper sturdy little container (and entertainment watching someone try to pry the treat out the top).  By only adhering one side I not only ensured easy access with a flap to insert the treat but also easy access to get to the treat.  I mean if we are talking chocolate most people I know will rip that baby apart in two seconds - bye bye treat box. 

7. Pinch the top two scalloped edges of your box together and punch a whole through both sides.  Thread the ribbon through both punched holes and tie into a pretty bow.  Now that loose flap is secured and the treat is tucked inside.  To access the contents simple untie the bow to release the flap.

8. Die cut 4 Detailed Foliage shapes from white cardstock - one for each box.  Adhere the delicate foliage near the base of the bow with a glue dot or other adhesive.

9. Making the tag.  These came together from scraps. The tag is shaped from leftover Oatmeal Cookie cardstock.  I liked the font on a "Thinking of you..." sentiment stamp so I inked up just the "you..." part and stamped it on the right side of my tag.  

10. The heart is a punch system from Fun Stampers Journey (You will need the Punch Handle and the Love Is Punch Cartridge).  Other ways to achieve this look could be to draw little red hearts with a marker, use little red heart stickers or hand cut hearts from red cardstock.  Attach the punched hearts to the tags using a small foam square.

11. Final step: Punch a small whole through the end of the tag and adhere it to the bow using a piece of natural twine!

Well there you have it. Super easy right.  I actually can't wait for next St Patties Day, or Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, a Wedding or Baby Shower - you name it. This Treat box fits the bill perfectly!

But wait there's more....

The Fun Stampers Journey Creative Team have joined forces to bring you more creative Love inspiration (gosh I am so glad this is a craft blog!) and I have a list of links for you to follow.  Before you go just want to say thanks for the vis. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by, read my ramblings, leave me a comment or sending me an email.   Have an awesome creative day!

xoxo  Kazan

FSJ Creative Team Blog Links

November 15, 2018

Creative Gift Wrapping with Keepsake Ornament

Here's a quick and easy way to really schmancy up a simple package and as a bonus the recipient gets to have a beautiful keepsake wreath ornament for their tree!  This project uses many of the products from my previous post titled: It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year - love giving my Spellbinders and FSJ supplies double duty because it saves time, money and I get to create with products that I love - over and over again- YAY!

Shop this Look

Spruced Up 3D Wreaths
Cozy Prints Printed Paper Pack
Shapeabilities From Our Home to Yours Etched Dies A Sweet Christmas by Sharyn Sowell
Poinsettia Burst Paper Flowers
Fashion Gold Embellishments
Journey Modeling Paste
Treat Box
Journey Glaze 4 oz

You Can Make It

1. Gently roll the wreath in the modeling paste to resemble a dusting of snow and set aside to dry.
2. Secure Fashion Gold Embellishments to the wreath using a dolup of Journey Glaze

3. Assemble the Treat box by folding along the scored lines and tucking the tabs into place.
4. Cut a strip of the Buffalo Check Paper from the Cozy Prints paper pack. Score along the edges of the treat box to form a snug band around the treat box. Secure underneath with tape.
5. Gently remove the top layer of petals and center from a Poinsettia Burst embellishment - ensure that it remains intact.

6. Wrap twine around the top of the wreath and make a bow
7. Secure poinsettia to the center of the bow using Journey Glaze
8. Die cut the Merry Christmas sentiment from white cardstock using the From Our Home To Yours die set
9. Secure sentiment to the wreath using Journey Glaze
10. Gently secure the wreath to the Treat Box using small glue dots to ensure that it is easily removable to use as an ornament.

Merrily Blog Hopping Away

Before I send you on a festive feast don't forget to leave me a comment - I always love to hear your thoughts, ideas and comments on today's project!  Now onto the rest of the team's Holiday Projects...

I love that many of the supplies used today come in sets of 5 or more so these really do make awesome hostess gifts, table gifts or something fun for a group of collegues!  Thanks for spending part of your day with me!  


November 7, 2018

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

When two great companies recently merged I celebrated in a big way.  You may remember (way back when - like seriously a long time ago) I fell in love with Spellbinders and their wonderful die cutting & paper crafting products and then a few years ago I was introduced to Fun Stampers Journey that offered the highest quality in stamps, paper and other crafty goodies.  The best of both worlds has finally happened - Spellbinders and Fun Stampers Journey have merged to establish themselves as a mega paper crafting company and afford us one stop shopping of the highest and most innovative quality products on the retail market (insert: giddy smile and delightful claps of sheer joy!).

The exciting news is that both companies combined have thousands of retail products available to all of us - coupled with great promotions, discounts and of course tons of inspiration.  My card today uses products from Spellbinders and FSJ - it's quick and easy and the prefect combination of traditional with an added splash of Modern Farmhouse Style AND topped off with a little rose gold bell that actually jingles - I know right! Cuuuuute!! xoxo Kazan 


Need. Want. Love.

from: Spellbinders / FSJ

from: Spellbinders / FSJ

from: Spellbinders / FSJ

from: Spellbinders / FSJ

from: Spellbinders / FSJ

October 15, 2018

Dollar Store Canvas DIY with FSJ

Welcome to the FSJ Creative Team Blog Hop that features all things Fun Stampers Journey with a fabulous Fall theme!  
Today I am featuring a Dollar Store Canvas DIY project that is so super duper easy to make that you can even get the kids involved.  Follow along as we prime, paint, stamp and die cut materials to create a unique piece of art that you can proudly display or give away to a loved one without breaking the bank!

Here's What You Are Going To Need

Dollar Store Printed Canvas 
Skeleton Leaf Stamp Set (yes those leaves are stamped!)
Fun Stampers Journey Acrylic Paint Colors: Whip Cream, Black Licorice, Oatmeal Cookie, Citrus Cooler, Blue Lagoon, Pineapple Smoothie
Journey Gesso
Journey Blending Brush
Paint Brush
Journey White Liner Sheet
Whip Cream and Dark Roast Cardstock
Huge Hello Die Set and Journey Serif Steel Rule Die Set

Fun Stampers Journey Products available from funstampersjourney.com

Follow Step-by-Step on How to Make It

FSJ Creative Team Blog Hop Line-Up

I am super excited to finally share a painting project online with you all.  I really hope you give this a try - making your own custom artwork is so much fun and rewarding too!  
Don't forget to leave me a comment on what you think, or just to say hi.  I love hearing from all who took the time to visit!

Now it's time to really get comfy and browse the other creative team member's blogs.  This is my favorite part of the hop - enjoy!


September 15, 2018

3 Ways with Liquid Color - FSJ Creative Team Blog Hop

Welcome to the first 2018-2019 FSJ Creative Team Blog Hop!  The following posts are filled with amazing creative projects sure to fill all your crafting needs regarding all things Fun Stampers Journey!  
My Blog Post features LIQUID COLOR. This crafting medium is a water-based dye that can be used in a variety of ways to create stunning results on your crafting projects. Today I will feature 3 different techniques to use Liquid Color.  Grab your favorite beverage - relax, enjoy and follow along on our Blog Hop as the FSJ Creative Team takes you along on an artistic journey of discovery and creativity!

3 Ways With Liquid Color

Liquid Color Water Color Background 

Liquid Color Water Color Background #funstampersjourney #fsj #holidaycards #babycards #watercolor #liquidcolor


Its' Cold Outside Stamp Set 
(available as a Host Benefit for events totalling $300 or more - please email me directly at Kazanclark@gmail.com for details) 

Bubble Gum Check Ribbon (can be substitued with Satin Bubble Gum Ribbon

Liquid Color using the Baby Wipe Stamping Technique

#fall #cards #stamping #babywipestechnique #FSJ #funstampersjourney

Candy (my own and already consumed!)

Time to do the Party-Hop

Thank you for taking time out of your day to view these projects.  Before you go please leave me a comment with feedback, suggestions or simply a note to say Hi and tell me where you are visting from!  Your FSJ Creative Team Journey is linked below. Follow along and enjoy - remember you can always visit the Fun Stampers Journey Blog to catch up on links that you may have missed along 
the way...


August 18, 2018

FSJ Creative Team Member!

I am so pleased to announce that I have been selected as a

FSJ Creative Team Member

It is going to be a year filled with the team creating inspirational projects using FSJ product and honestly I cannot wait.  It's a great team with so much talent that appeals to such a wide audience. 

Save the Date

Mark your calendars now for our first team BLOG HOP scheduled for Sept 15.  Links will be provided from the FSJ Blog to all the Creative Team Member's Blogs - an event sure to inspire many. :)

As always thank you for stopping by this evening.

August 10, 2018

A Christmas Card Because I Simply Could Not Wait

There is no doubt that Christmas is my favorite time of the year.  Growing up in South Africa we experienced Christmas in the Summer - BBQ's,  swimming, a fake fir tree and either my Dad or an uncle wearing a full blown Santa outfit complete with fur, boots and a cottonwool beard. Oh my gosh how I smile at those memories.  When we moved to Colorado 20 years ago I was finally able to enjoy a true beautiful White Christmas and we embrase it every year in all it's glory!  When Fun Stampers Journey released their new Mini Journey Holiday Catalog I almost cried out loud with joy - in fact I think I did.  It is so beautiful - page after page - that I literally want every.single.item.period!

The Journey Holiday's Catalog is so inspiring that I decided that I would jump right in and make my first Christmas card - yup August 10th on a sweltering summer day with temps topping 95'F,  I channeled Buffalo Check, cozy cable knit sweaters, bright red Poinsettias and a gorgeous rose gold Jingle Bell (that actually Jingles!!!!)...

All the products used are from Fun Stampers Journey. I have provided links on the sidebar of my blog if you would like to browse the online version of our two newest Catalogs.  Following is a list of supplies that I used linking them to the online store. If you have any questions about the products listed or ordering please drop me an email at kazanclark@gmail.com.  Enjoy the tutorial!

Shop This Look  

You Can Make It 

  • Stamp the Ponsettia onto Whip Cream Cardstock using Oatmeal Cookie Ink Pad 
  • Color the flower petals with Candy Apple, Rich Coral and River Stone Liquid Color. Color the leaves with Limeade Splash, Fresh Forest and River Stone Liquid Color
  • Accent the petals and leaves with Green, Red and Black Color Burst Pencils
  • Fussy cut the Flower using Details Pro Shears

  • Lay Whip Cream Card Stock  (3.5 x 5”) on the bottom inside flap of the Cozy Knit Embossing Folder
  • Spread a layer of ink on the inside top flap using Banana Cream Ink pad
  • Emboss using the die cutting machine

Tip: The Cozy Knit Embossing Folder provides a beautiful clear and deep emboss.  I like to use the Banana Cream to add a hint of dimension in the nooks and crannies 

  • Fold the Oatmeal Cookie Cardstock to form a card base that measures 6 x 4 1/2”
  • Adhere a panel of the Buffalo Check printed paper (4 x 5 1/2") from the Cozy Winter Prints to the front of the card base using Journey White Liner Tape
  • Adhere the embossed Cozy Knit panel to the top of the printed paper using White Liner Tape

  • Tie a bow using Journey Girl Stripes Ribbon. Secure a Rose Gold Jingle Bell to the bow using Whip Cream Thread.
  • Stamp the sentiment from Holiday Scripts onto Whip Cream Cardstock. Lightly tape the coordinating die over the sentiment and die cut.  
  • Die cut tag from Corrugated Stock using Bread Tag die 
  • Assembly Time!  Adhere the Tag to front of the card using a foam square.  Secure the bow and bell to the tag using a glue dot.  Pop up the Poinsettia onto the tag using a foam square.  Finish by tucking in the sentiment with small or cut foam squares!

I hope this brought you all some early Holiday Cheer!  Thanks so much for stopping by today


July 26, 2018

FSJ Inspiration Book & Catalog 2018-2019

Friends -  I am so excited to have this massive FSJ Inspiration Book & Catalog in my hands.  It is over 330 pages filled with the the most beautiful inspirational projects and of course hundreds of the highest quality craft products that will WOW you page after page.

Browse Online

Get a your own Free Copy!

If you would like your very own copy I will send you one FREE (Retail Value $12.95) I just ask that you pay for shipping ($7.00 - yes it's that heavy and BIG).  To get your copy simply click on the Paypal link below.

Yes!  Please send me a FREE catalog!

(U.S.A. onlyFSJ is not currently shipping internationally)

Thanks for visiting today.  Remember I am always available to answer any questions. Simply shoot me an email at kazanclark@gmail.com to chat!


January 2, 2018

Bloom This Way Mini Catalog is LIVE!

The much anticipated Bloom This Way Mini Catalog is finally live for everyone to view online and place orders.  Page after page is filled with the most beautiful stamps and products to create everything from Spring, Valentine to Easter themed crafty projects.

There are new stamps, dies, inks paper, embellishments and a lot of stunning inspirational projects to fuel our creative Juices.  As part of the Fun Stampers Journey Designer Showcase Team, I have the pleasure of creating with some of the new product and am showcasing my card today as part of the Bloom this Way Launch Party!

Magical is simply the best way to describe this super cute stamp set.  Magical Unicorn comes with two adorable unicorn images, a darling little rainbow with clouds image, as well as a whole lot of magical yumminess such as cupcakes, candy, sparkles and more!

I wanted everything to sparkle and shine and may have gone a tad overboard haha...  
I believe you can't overdo Unicorn - it's either go big on the bling or it just falls short living up to the fantasy of a Magical Unicorn - right?!...That's definitely my theory with this one!

To create all this sparkle I used a combination of product including Fun Stampers Journey Color Burst Pencils, Journey Glaze and Sparkle Cuts.

1. Use the pencils to color in the cut circle shape.  I shaded mine in a variety of pink tones, shading from dark to light to create an ombre effect.
2. Apply Journey Glaze to the entire surface
3. Sprinkle Sparkle Cuts over Journey Glaze and allow to dry

For the striped banner I cut a strip from Spring Filled Prints patterned paper and I applied the same technique as above.  

Need more inspiration? Simply subscribe to the Fun Stampers Journey Facebook Page as they will be sharing wonderful ideas, tips and techniques all week long.

Browse the New Catalog Here

Shop the all Fun Stampers Journey Products Here

Thank you so much for spending part of your day with me.  I hope you enjoy the new catalog as much as I do.  As always please shoot me an email if you have any questions, would like to order any product or simply just want to say hi :) Kazanclark@gmail.com

This is giong to be a wonderful start to 2018

December 1, 2017

December CC is finally here & *BOGO*

I have a bonus-bonus post today.  Not only do I have the link for you to purchase the amazing Fun Stampers Journey December Coach Collective PDF Tutorial, I am also including the November Edition FREE!  That's right - whooohoooo!  That means 24 beautiful projects with gorgeous Color images and step by step directions all for just $15!  Simply click on the link below to get both your copies via email TODAY!

*BOGO* November & December for $15.00

Today's Fun Stampers Journey Product Inspiration Card

Happy December 1st