July Bloom Box

I received my very first Bloom Box today and wanted to share with you! If you don’t know what a Bloom Box is it is the Fun Stampers Journey “Kit of the Month”. When you subscribe you will receive a Bloom Box once a month. All of the Bloom Boxes come with a full red-rubber indexed stamp set! Just like every stamp in the catalog this set is always red-rubber and ready to go, all you need is blocks. It also comes with the ingredients to make four individual cards, each one gorgeous and uses different supplies. All you need to work with your Bloom Box is the ink and some tools from your basic stamping kit. The cool thing about it is a list is posted of the supplies for that month’s Bloom Box so you can make sure you have all of the ingredients.

July Bloom Box

Here is the box itself, It’s just adorable! Woo-Hoo!

July Inside Bloom Box

This is what I saw when I opened the box… so exciting to see a full color brochure with step by step instructions AND suggestions of coordinating products!

July Bloom Box Stamps

This is the July stamp set. Again, full size and red rubber! Couldn’t ask for better!

July Bloom Box Cards

Card ingredients. Each of the four cards has a separate bagn for their ingredients, that helps keep it straight so you know which is which and don’t have to hunt for the pieces.

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Here is a closer look at the packets for each of the four cards. Notice that it incudes die-cuts, sequins, pearls, thread adn ribon, all of the embellishments, paper, and other embellishments included!

You can get more info on the bloom boxes at my website, click on Bloom Box and you’ll see all the info! Stay tuned because tomorrow I’m going to post pictures of my cards plus details on a special I’m personally running for new Bloom Box subscribers!

Happy Stamping!

Hip Hip

Hip Hip Hooray for the USA! I hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day!

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I finished up this card Monday for the  Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration July Color Challenge! I just did not get a chance to post it. The challenge is to use Red, White, and Blue. Of course with it being Independence Day I had to go for that, but I used a stamp that I had originally thought of as a birthday stamp. It’s great for so many types of cards though, anything that needs to be celebrated or cheered about.

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The evolution of card design always fascinates me, at least the way it evolves for me. I started out with something completely different in mind and as I started working with it the changes occurred until I ended up with this design. I’m always amazed at how my idea changes as I work on it. A lot of trial and error before the finished product. That’s why I always say to start with a color, sketch, or even CASE something and watch it change right before your eyes!

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When I stamped the words it just needed something, then it hit me, sparkle! I used the Journey Glaze to add some Sparkle Dust to the dots on the letters but it still didn’t feel complete. Sooo, I applied Journey Glaze to the solid parts of the letters and kabam! Sparkle and Shine! I know it’s hard to see the shiny in pictures, it just doesn’t do it justice. Hopefully you can get an idea of what I did from this shot.

Another thing you might notice is that the stars are white, not just plain wood. I had originally thought to make the stars red using one of our ink pads. As I got to looking at my colors and decided on my layout I realized I needed to make the stars white instead. So, I used my clear pigment ink pad on the stars and then embossed them with Journey White embossing powder. I love the little bit of shine that they got from it!

One of the best things about this card? No fussy cutting! The stamp has a matching die! How AWESOME is that? I was able to cut the shape of the words with a few cranks of the handle! I love the variety of stamp sets with matching dies!

Thanks for popping by, if you have any questions or would like to order any of the supplies I used you can go to my website and click shop, or you can shoot me an e-mail. Just remember that if your order is going to be $150.00 you need to e-mail it to me so you can get all of your amazing Hostess Benefits in addition to the Bloom Benefits you get just for a $50.00 order!

Happy Stamping!

 

 

Ingredients:

  • Stamps: Hip Hip Bundle (BD-0143) or you can buy the stamp and die separately, but why would you want to when the Bundle saves you?
    • Hip Hip ATS (AT-0172)
    • Die: Hip Hip (DI-0122)
  • Ink: Huckleberry Fusion (IP-0035) and Clear Pigment (IP-0102)
  • Cardstock: Huckleberry Fusion (CS-0015), Cranberry Bliss (CS-0090), and Whip Cream (CS-0040)
  • Accessories: Amazing Accents (AC-0201), Journey Sparkle Dust (AC-0013), Journey White Embossing Powder (IP-0098), and Journey Glaze (AD-0002)

New Catalog!

So I promised you a “tour” of my favorite things from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and here it is. It might have been earlier but it’s taken me a little bit to decide what to share, I mean I LOVE it all, check out my page flags for my wish list…

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Crazy right? Every time I go through the catty I find something I didn’t see before and it’s so amazing I want it, lol! Is that bad? My husband thinks so at times, or at least he claims to! So, my first thought was WHERE to begin? I decided to just work my way through the Catalog showing you things that jumped at me and were on my first or second order list. Plus some things I purchased at convention. Did I mention I went to convention? That will be another post, suffice it to say that it was amazing!

First I wanted to show you some of my favorite stamp sets and explain what it is that I like about them.

20160703_220510I saw this set and literally teared up! You may or may not know that my oldest son is in the Army so I knew I had to have these sets! Did you notice the green outlines around the images? That means that there is a matching die! How great is that? I told you that many of the sets had matching dies and I wasn’t kidding!
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Here’s a look at the Bloom Benefits; again there are matching dies AND a die that matches another set in the catalog! *I’m not going to tell you which set, go on a scavenger hunt and see if you can find it, here’s a hint: it has balloons!

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Do you like music? Or Steampunk? Aren’t these sets perfect? I’ve got so many ideas in my head for the guitar, turntable, and even the little thingy that you put in the middle of a 45 so it fits on the regular turntable. Plus that Steampunk, oh my gosh! I can’t wait to get my hands on that, it will be fabulous with our Journey Bronze Silk or the Gold Journey Splash! Plus embossing… man I’m so excited for that set!

20160703_220656Another of my favorites is the Faith Journey collection. Notice the stamp and coloring in the Bible? I’m so excited that this line goes so well with Bible Journaling! Not just stamps but there is patterned paper, embellishments, and even stickers that will work for those of us who can’t draw. I’ll be showing you some of my pages soon!

20160703_220819The Journey Days collection now has 6″ x 8″ memory keeping albums! They come in Black Licorice, River Stone and Brushed Silver. They are so beautiful, the best quality out there and there are pocket pages for tons of different sizes and layouts. Yes, pocket pages, even I can’t wait to try this and I’ve never been a scrapbooker. With these you simply slip the photos in, a cute Day Card or embellishment and kabam! Of course you can stamp too and I’m so excited to start working on albums for some of our photos that are just sitting on the computer waiting to be looked at.

20160703_220933I am also beyond super excited about the new coloring mediums! We have amazing Journey Color Splash pencils (for watercoloring) and our Journey Color Burst pencils (pigment pencils). Both blend beautifully to make an unlimited variety of colors. Both pencil sets have a template that shows you how to blend to make each and every FSJ color! The other new coloring medium is the Pan Pastels! These are amazing! They are true pigment pastels, you put them on with a sponge and they are virtually dust free! There are four sets of 7 pans and there is silver, gold, and a colorless blender. I’d never used them before but after buying them at convention I’ve used them and I love them, so super easy!

20160703_221023The Journey Girl line has also expanded, check out the triangle lockets and plates! That little Bloomo Catcher jar is so fabulous! We got one free at convention (how great is that?) and I’ve filled mine with Star-Fetti and Journey Sparkle Cuts! It’s so fun! The neat thing is I can switch the contents out! I can put our Slice-Fetti if I’m feeling “fruity” or the adorable little I Heart Hearts! Seriously, the possibilities are amazing!

20160703_221304Finally, our storage and organizational products, OMG! The Journey Storage boxes are beautiful and such great quality! I have the Black & White but I saw the silver at convention and they are gorgeous! These guys were flying off the shelves in the Journey Shop at convention! They’re so pretty, they’re an amazing quality and they hold so many sets! There are two sizes, Mommy & Baby, each for our regular sized stamp sets or ATS’s. You can also store photos, our embellishment packages, ribbon, or find something even better to use them for! The new organizational products are amazing as well, there is an awesome craft tote, a case for your clear blocks and a great fold up tote that holds your scissors, Bloom Tool, Crease Tool, Brushes and so much more!

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One last thing, right now with our Journey Set, Go promotion you can sign up as a coach and the way it works you basically get the Journey Platinum die cutting machine for free! How AWESOME is that?

Our Coach program is seriously the best out there! You can join to make it a business or just to help support your hobby. Or if you just want to get the discount you can do that too! It’s all up to you! Our quarterly minimums are only $150.00 (really $120.00 because you get that 20% off the top)and that is super easy to do, even without holding parties! We get a free website (does any other company give you your website free?), plus our hostess benefits are better than any other I’ve seen out there and with your orders you get them too, plus that 20% commission/discount. You already know that with any $50.00 order you get a free Bloom Benefit but when your order or Make It Party reaches the magical $150.00 level you get $20.00 in free merchandise, any ATS in the catalog, and depending on the amount even more! Customers like you are why I do what I do and FSJ understands that! We’ve got to show you appreciation and FSJ helps us do that! I’ll stop now, I think you can tell how excited I am about this company. I was so in need of a change and new direction and I’m so glad FSJ is here to give me that!

Wow, that is a ton of stuff and I just told you my favorites from the Annual Catalog, I didn’t even touch the Holiday Mini. I am in love with so much there too! We’ll talk about that another day though. Don’t forget that you can see the full catalogs by clicking on their picture in the sidebar; or better yet, get one in your hands by ordering your own on my website, www.funstampersjourney.com/triciasachs, by clicking shop. The item number for the Annual Catalog is CL-0013 and the Holiday Mini is CL-0015. Don’t forget that if you order $50.00 you get a Bloom Benefit and if your order is over $150.00 contact me so that I can make sure you get your Hostess Benefits as well.

I hope you enjoy the catalogs as much as I do… let me know what YOUR favorite is!

Happy Stamping!

My New Journey…

If you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time you know that I’ve been m.i.a. for a while. Well, I’m finally back and I’m so excited to share the journey I’ve set out on with you!

In January of this year I signed up with a new stamping company, Fun Stampers Journey! This is literally a new company, they’ve had a tremendous amount of growth and just celebrated the second anniversary and they’re only going to keep growing!

So, you might ask why I switched. Well, there are a lot of reasons but rather than go into that I thought I would tell you what I LOVE about FSJ!

ALL of their stamps are deep etched red rubber. They produce some of the crispest images I’ve ever seen! They are also all cling mount. This makes it easy to store them but better than that they are less expensive than traditional wood mount. The stamps also come with the images indexed on the back, this makes for perfect placement of your images! The clear blocks we sell have grid lines on them so you can line the stamp up on the block perfectly as well! We also have ATS’s (Artist Trading Stamps), have you ever wanted just one stamp from a set but couldn’t see purchasing the whole set? That’s what the ATS’s are, so you don’t have to buy a whole big set for just one stamp, and they’re super economical! Not only do we have tons of stamps but there are matching dies for most of them! How awesome is that? No fussy cutting! There are even ATS Stamps with matching dies!

The True Color Fusion Ink Pads are hybrid, this means that they dry like a dye ink but have the beautiful crisp color of a pigment ink. They can be used on so many surfaces, paper (of course), fabric, wood, acrylic and even on metal. When you heat set them on non-paper they are permanent! I promise you, I’ve used a bunch of different types of ink and these are by far the best I’ve used! There are 50 colors, yes FIFTY colors with matching cardstock, there is even 12 x 12 cardstock in all the colors. Not to mention the other matching embellishments, not just ribbon and accessories but splashes, silks, paint, it’s AWESOME!

I could go on and on telling you about their Die Cut System (it has an 8 ½” wide platform!), the Mixed Media line, the amazing Punch System, the coloring options, the Journey Girl Jewelry line, and SO MUCH MORE!! I totally fell in love with this company and what they stand for, their mission, and the whole culture of FSJ! I love being a Journey Coach!

Oh, and did I mention the Bloom Benefits? In addition to hostess benefits when your party or order is over $150.00 anyone who has an order of $50.00 you get your choice of a free Bloom Benefit item. It doesn’t stop with just $50.00 though, every $50.00 you spend gets you another Free Bloom Benefit! There are ATS’s, Dies, Embellishments, it’s AMAZING!

The new 2016 – 2017 Catalog just came out, along with the Holiday Mini and man, there are so many new and wonderful items! 317 pages of them!!! I don’t want to get into all of it, I feel like I’ve talked your ears off already, and if you’re still here thank you so much! Go ahead and check out the new Annual Catalog (it’s really more of a magazine) and the Holiday Mini.

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You can order your own (why wouldn’t you want to?) on my website, www.funstampersjourney.com/triciasachs, by clicking shop. The item number for the Annual Catalog is CL-0013 and the Holiday Mini is CL-0015. Don’t forget that if you order $50.00 you get a Bloom Benefit and if your order is over $150.00 contact me so that I can make sure you get your Hostess Benefits as well.

I’ll post some of my favorite things from the new catalog tomorrow along with some examples of super gorgeous cards! In the meantime…

Happy Stamping!

Big Shot Blog Hop featuring For Your Country

Wow, it’s been a loooong time since I blogged hasn’t it? Well I’m finally back and blogging! I figured that this would be a great way to get back into it, a Blog Hop! The August Blog Hop for Di’s Country Inkers is focused on the Big Shot because there is an AWESOME special from August 1st – 31st on the Big Shot! When you purchase a Big Shot you can get one of five exclusive bundles FREE! If you already have a Big Shot you can get those same bundles at a 15% discount! More info on that at the bottom, but now on to my card!

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My oldest son left for Army BCT (Basic Combat Training) on July 8th. When I decided to play along with this hop I knew exactly what set to use, “For Your Country”! I wanted it to have a real military feel, and show what respect I have for my son and the other soldiers in training with him, along with all those serving our country!

I used the Banners Framelits for the soldier and Bitty Banners Framelits for the sentiment. To give a little more balance on the sentiment (Godspeed) I wanted it to be straight on one end like the other banner so I just snipped it off where I wanted it to make it straight. Whenever I use Framelits I always stamp the image first, it’s so much easier that way. The Framelits die is an outline so you can see through it, so you just line it up around the image and tada, perfectly centered where you want it! My favorite thing to go along with that is the Magnetic Platform. When you use this your Framelits don’t move, where you put it is where it cuts!

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This is a 5 ½” square card with a Crumb Cake base, layers of Mossy Meadow, Early Espresso and Whisper White. I stamped the “patterned paper” at the bottom using the helmet, combat boots, and dog tags from the set to make a camouflage pattern. I sponged randomly in the pattern and around the edges with Crumb Cake to help pull it all together. I love how that turned out, I really wanted to incorporate those elements and that small strip just makes it perfect! Not too busy but still shows up!

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Super Stampin’ Tips!

* For the mat on the banner with the soldier I did not want it quite as big as the next Banners Framelits size, so I cut a rectangle ¼” larger than the die cut piece and simply trimmed a banner on the bottom. I did the same for the sentiment because the Bitty Banners Framelits do not have a larger piece to layer it with. Quick and easy solution!

* To give a grungy look I sponged the edges of the Mossy Meadow lightly with Early Espresso. I didn’t want it to be super dark though, and EE is a dark color so as I inked my sponge I would tap it off on my scrap paper before sponging the Cardstock. I can add more color but if it gets too dark you can’t take it away.

* Finally, once it was all together it still needed something for balance. I used three candy dots up in the right corner. Easy peasy, gives it just the right balance and that little sumthin’ sumthin’ it needed!

I can’t wait to get this card mailed to my son!

Back to the Big Shot! There are five bundles to choose from and yes, they are FREE when you buy your Big Shot so if you’ve been on the fence this is the BEST time to buy! If you already have your Big Shot but still want to snatch one of these bundles you can save 15%! These are the fabulous bundles to choose from!

Bundle Item Number Stamp Set Framelits Discounted Price
Sumthin’ with Bubbly Words Bundle WM 138923 Sumthin’ Sumthin’ Word Bubbles $33.75
Sumthin’ with Bubbly Words Bundle CM 138920 Sumthin’ Sumthin’ Word Bubbles $31.25
Decorative Goodies Bundle WM 138924 Oh My Goodies Deco Labels Collection $42.25
Decorative Goodies Bundle CM 138921 Oh My Goodies Deco Labels Collection $35.95
Celebrating Chalk Talk Bundle WM 138925 Day of Celebration Chalk Talk $43.25
Celebrating Chalk Talk Bundle CM 138922 Day of Celebration Chalk Talk $37.25
Flowery Daydream Bundle WM 138911 Daydream Medallions Floral Collection $54.25
Flowery Daydream Bundle CM 138910 Daydream Medallions Floral Collection $45.75
Bright & Beautiful Stars Bundle WM 138644 Bright & Beautiful Star $50.75
Bright & Beautiful Stars Bundle CM 138200 Bright & Beautiful Star $43.95

I know that a lot of you have talked to me about getting a Big Shot but have been on the fence, or waiting for the right time! Well, I think this could be that right time for you, have a peek at the flyer showing the bundles here! Shoot me an e-mail and let’s talk about getting your Big Shot, or getting one of these bundles in your hands!

Happy Stamping!

Trish

 

Now Hop on over to the next person on our tour, Diana Gibbs!

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If you get lost you can just click on any of the links below and you’ll get right back where you need to be!

Diana

Barb

Kathya

Leslie

Crystal

Tricia <— You are Here!


 

Card Ingredients:

Stamps:  For Your Country (134219 – Wood) or (134222 – Clear)

Ink: Mossy Meadow (133645), Early Espresso (126974), Crumb Cake (126975)

Paper: Mossy Meadow (133676), Early Espresso (119686), Crumb Cake (120953), Whisper White (100730)

Accessories: Banners Framelits (132173),Bitty Banners Framelits (129267), Early Espresso Seam Binding Ribbon (134582), Neutrals Candy Dots (130934), Big Shot (113439), Magnetic Platform (130658), Stamping Sponges (101610)

Miscellaneous: Snail, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots