Friday, August 18, 2017

My oldest Grandbaby is turning 13 today!

Happy Birthday Sydni Faith.  Love you so much..........

 Wow, how could that be!

Love you to the moon and back!  Hugs and kisses

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2nd Christmas card for 2017!

CASEing Richard AGAIN!  WooHoo, can't go wrong following Richard!  So I am CASEing away.  LOL

Richard gives us so many ideas, love his creativity!  The background features our Fa la la embossing folder.  White embossed the flowers and leaves, add some embellishments and voila! 

Here is another picture of front and inside.

What do you think?  Do you like it?  I would love to hear from you, please leave me some comments.

Eazy Peazy Mac & Cheezy!  :-)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Last Year's FSJ August Bloom Box......

When I got this bloom box I thought:  'Ok this is not for me' and it set on my shelf for One Full Year!  Eeak!  So, I finally decided to make them.  This is the set below called 'Great Outdoors':

Oh My Goodness!  Why, why, why did I wait so long.  Excellent masculine card, and I am always looking for ideas to make masculine cards!  I just changed some of the greetings that would work best for me.  Happy Dance 💃

A closer view:

Happy, happy, happy!  🙋🙋🙋  Now I have the full red rubber stamp set to make more great masculine cards!

Here is this year's August Bloom Box:

I wasn't sure I wanted this one either, but you better believe I will make this one as soon as I get it!

A few things to take note of our Bloom Box:

  • Kit to put together 4 cards including envelopes
  • All embellishments, card stock, color booklet instruction, envelopes and a full size red rubber stamp set.  The only thing you need to add are your adhesives and ink.
  • You can sign up for a six month subscription or month by month as supplies last.  The latter option cost $5 more.
  • Richard Garay designs these and they are always trendy and up to date.  So even if I'm not so current as long as I follow his example I can be trendy too!  :-)
For the month of August all of FSJ Ink Pads are 20% off.  If you decide to place an order please remember to put my coach #366 or my name (Cherie Criswell) on the order.  Thank You!

Eazy Peazy, Mac and Cheezy 

ps:  I know my daughter and son are shaking their heads saying mom just can't spell.  (and that is true, I spell check everything!)  This saying above is how I want to spell it.  I even wrote it down, because I want to be consistent with every post.  LOL

Monday, August 7, 2017

First Christmas post of 2017!

Too early to talk about Christmas cards you say?  Sure if you are going to buy factory made cards.  But......homemade cards you really need to at least start thinking about it now.  Here is one of my first group of cards:

Ten cards to start!  Yea me!  I saw the making of this card on RG Presents.  This is what persuaded me to buy the bundle (Poinsettia Baskets Bundle #BD-0296) in our new Holiday Catalog!  

Here is a closer view of both the outside and inside of my cards:

Wow, I love this card!  Homemade does take more time definitely!  But it is so fun to make and is filled with a lot of heart into each project.  It's like sending a little gift to all our family and friends! 

Below are supplies used and measurements :

  • Poinsettia Baskets Bundle #BD-0296
  • Color Burst Pencils #JM-0077
  • Color Burst Blenders #TO-0123
  • Whip Cream Card Stock #CS-0040  4 1/4 x 4 1/4
  • Cranberry Bliss Card Stock # CS-0090  card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2  Score at 4 1/4
  • Buttercream Card Stock #CS-0006 1 3/8" circle
  • Sour Lemon Card Stock #CS-0126 2" circle
  • Lemon Drop Card Stock #CS-0018 2 1/2" circle
  • Deco Strips - Black #AC-0285
  • Silver Sparkle Tape # AC-0259
  • Berries & Holly #AC-0296
  • Lemon Yellow Ink Pad #IP-0043
  • Black Licorice Ink Pad #IP-0041

Happy Stampin!      😄😉

Please feel free to leave me some comments.  I would love to hear what you think!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Beautiful Wings. The Secret of Stamping on Color Card Stock

Beautiful Wings #SS-0353 - A 3-step stamp.

Have you ever wondered how to get such vibrant colors on colored cardstock?  Well....I have a secret!

And here is the tip:


Stamp with white ink first.  I used our Journey's Whip Cream ink (#IP-0009).  It takes a little to dry, so be sure to give it the time.  Then stamp with your next color.  I used Lemon Drop (#IP-0043).  The second color I used is Tangerine Fusion (IP-0005). Then our third color is Black Licorice (#IP-0041).

Ta da!  Now that's bright and bold color for my butterflies.  Easy Peazy Mac and Cheesy!


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Bold Wings and Pan Pastels

I started this card with Butter Cream card stock and stamped my beautiful butterflies ( Bold Wings #SS-0420).  Then I got my Pan Pastels out (Party Pop #JM-0081).  The color I used was Citrus Cooler, I also used the colorless blender to smooth out the transition from light to dark.  I tried to make it the darkest on the bottom and gradually got lighter.  I used a white eraser and erased the color from the butterflies.  (That's one of the things that is so great about Pan Pastels, you can erase and re-apply!)


I added gold and sparkle splatters and.....

Orange Rave card stock, as I didn't have Citrus Cooler and I thought it was pretty close.


Black card stock

Ta Da!  All done.  Which do you like?

Monday, July 31, 2017

CASEing FSJ's Blog

 CASEing FSJ Blog

Welcome Baby

Grab a small Dauber Dowel and a few of your favorite True Color Fusion Inks to create this colorful background. Dab color onto your Dauber Pads and then directly onto your cardstock. Note: It's not recommend mixing colors on your Pads. Use one Dauber sponge per ink color. The Dauber Dowel comes with 4 sponges already (small - #TO-0137 and Large - TO-0138), but you may wish to purchase the extra pack of 10 Dauber Pads (TO-0139 & TO-0140). 

Alternate and overlap your colors to create this fun unique background. Add texture to your background with the Thread Sketch Stamp Set (SS-0169)in Journey White Embossing Powder (IP-0098).

For this handmade card, I’ve added a strip of Journey Vellum to a portion of the card. The Vellum softens up your bright background just a tad, opening up a perfect focal point for your featured stamped image and sentiment.

Pop up your stamp on a Journey Circle Die(DI-0039). Then add your sentiment underneath. Embellish your project with sparkles and colors, like our Whip Cream and Silver Sparkle Tape.

A few close-up's:


The Welcome sentiment is from a former Bloom Box #SS-0370

Fun background.  Love it!  You should try it!  :-)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Bible Journaling

My new passion!  I decided that I was really going to read the whole bible, cover to cover.  I am using a plan on YouVersion.  It is awesome.  I have a bible journal that I am reading and creating in.  It took a while for me to actually make any marks on my bible, but I believe the best bible is a read bible, so here is some of the art I have done so far.....  All done from the heart, as I am not an artist. 

This is CASE'd from Susan Gizinski.

This is done with watercolors.  I am a amateur, but loving it!  It is all about reading the bible and journal what is important to you.

This is the verse I wanted to highlight

I like to try using art, but still be able to read everything in my bible.  In the process I try to highlight what is important to me.

Till next time......     :-)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

July 2017 Bloom Box and More............

Our so cute Mermaid Wishes July 2017 Bloom Box!  Every month you learn tips and techniques from Richard (owner and co-founder of FSJ)  Example bottom left background is a direct to paper technique and the circles on the top were made using a dauber.  Cool, yes!

Now of course we have to play since we now have a big red rubber stamp set.  So.....

 These two were CASEd from Jeanne Bobish (A  Journey Coach)  I love your videos!  You can follow her on facebook.

Look at this background...It was made using dry wall tape and modeling paste!  Wonderful texture!

Now here is what I created with this cute stamp set

 For the background I used our Journey Splashes.  Turbo Teal (IP-0125) and Cool Pool (IP-0076).  I put drops on my craft mat and added water.  Next I just dabbed the Whipped Cream cardstock directly on the ink.
For the foreground I stamped and heat embossed with white (#IP-0098).  On the back side of the Vellum(PP-0044) I painted using our re-inkers.
I used glue dots(#AD-0083) behind images (so it wouldn't show through)


 I used our Printed Paper on the card and envelope.  An idea from my daughter Toni.  The envelope was made with copy paper and our die (DI-0102).  Happy Dance!  A great way to use up extra Printed paper.  :-)

I used a technique I learned from Richard Garay for the Mermaid fins.  I used Journey Glaze (AD-0002) which normally gives a smooth shinny finish.  Then I used the heat tool (TO-0083) directly on the glaze.  Soon it starts to bubble; take away and allow to settle then heat again until you get the effect you want.  I have a close-up below.

Can you see all that texture?  It actually feels like scales!
Cool, Right?  You should try it, so fun.  Easy Peazy Mac and Cheesy!

Till next time   :-)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Christmas in July!

I made these cool Christmas cards with RG Presents Holiday.  What a WOW!

Such a great experience with Fun Stampers Journey!  None of these are hard, but really have a WOW factor!  And for all of you that hate fussy cutting, most everything has a die to cut these out.  Yea!!  So much shine and glitter which is hard for me to capture in a photo.

These will be part of my holiday cards this year, what about you?

Saturday, July 8, 2017

When Life Hands You Lemons - Make Lemonade!

When Life hands you lemons......  I CASEd the layout from Brandy's Cards but the stamps (Make Lemonade #SS-0372)  and embossing folders (Petals Wall #EF-0007) are all FSJ 
I inked up the embossing folder before I put it through the machine.  Love how it all turned out!

A closer look:  I used our color splash pencils on the lemon (Journey Color Splash Pencils #JM-0078) and our (Journey Blending Brush #TO-0097) with a little bit of water. The yellow strip I used both the lemon stamp and direct to paper with the ink pad.  I didn't want a solid yellow.  So easy...       Easy Peezy Mac and Cheesy! 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Ya got to love all the creativity!

July 2017 Bloom Box!

Christmas in July!  So excited and cannot wait to play!!

Saturday, May 20, 2017


Graduation time and I am on a roll............

A shaker card!  Woo Hoo!

Love this stamp set FSJ 'Tickled Pink'

This card came from our Bloom Box.  It started as a square card (since I'm not a fan of that size card, mostly because you have to make a envelope for it).  I made it into an A2 size card and made it a graduation card Woot! Woot!  Look at the video below  :-)

Woot! Woot!


May 2017 Bloom Box

Sunday, April 30, 2017

April Bloom Box Plus one Bonus

Is this cute or what?!!  Great for kids or Adults (Big kids) alike.  Do you see the sunburst?  I thought that was a stamp at first, but it isn't.  It is a technique you use with your ink pad.  You get all the card stock, embellishments and full size red rubber stamp.  Along with a color directions book with added techniques such as the sunburst.  You just add your ink and adhesives.  Below is a added bonus card to this months Bloom Box:

CASEd from Krista Orr

Would you like to see Richard's video?  Look below:

Have fun and happy stampin!     


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Trust The Lord - To my young prayer friend

To my young prayer friend:  I used FSJ stamp set 'Trust The Lord' (SS-0365)  Love how this card turned out!  It has sheen from the Gold Pan Pastels and a shine from the journey glaze, but is hard to capture on camera.  Below is another shot in which I tried to capture it.

You can see some of the glaze on the rays, but I still couldn't get the sheen from the Gold Pan Pastels.  Really awesome card in which I got the idea from Richard Garay.  Also the background technique was so cool - also from Richard Garay.  I used Pumpkin Bread Pan Pastel and sponged it on the entire card stock, stamped the background stamp with VersaMark and embossed.  I added a bow with our twine and ta da!! 

Happy Stampin!  :-)   Till next time

Trust in the Lord
with all your heart
lean not on your own understanding

Proverbs 3:5