Friday, October 12, 2018

Watercolor Peach Blossom with Cindy Bristow

Watercolor Peach Blossom with Cindy Bristow
It's Friday morning, I have had 2 plus cups of coffee and life is good.
Yesterday I told you that I was vowing to use some of my forgotten product and I am doing it!!!  I wanted to share the card I made this morning using my Color Splash pencils and my Peach Blossom stamp set (SS-0342). 
I know I have told my Coloring your Creative Journey class that I love to use Pinterest to find new color schemes, but I also love to use it to find info on techniques.  Last night I looked up watercolor cards and blew my mind!  This card is using the resist technique.  I stamped the bottom flower and leaves with Sweet Berry and Green Olive ink.  Then I pulled out the Whip Cream pigment ink and White embossing powder to stamp the top flower.  When you are stamping white on white, it's hard to see exactly where your image is... in my opinion, I should have stamped that top flower more to the right for a better balance.

I really like the results I got with the resist method. Notice on the top flower (the resist image) how the color has pooled in some of the detail lines?  I think it adds more interest to the flower.  I tried to recreate that with the bottom flower, but the results just aren't as stunning.
Dimensions for my card are: 
Color Splash Sheet  3-1/2 x 4-3/4
Sweet Berry cardstock  3-5/8 x 4-7/8
Black Licorice cardstock  3-3/4 x 5
Whip Cream cardstock base 4-1/4 x 11
If you have questions or would like to order any of the product I used in this card, please email me at:
Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Watercolor Poppies with Cindy Bristow

Watercolor Poppies with Cindy Bristow
It's been a great morning here in South Texas, the sky is clear and the temperature is a lovely 76.  The mosquitos on the other hand are way out of control!!!!  I wonder if anyone makes a mosquito stamp set?.....
Do you ever buy something and then it just sits there?  I mean you just had to have it,  you played with it a few times, but then it gets put away or buried?  I do it all the time and I have vowed that I am going to start showing some of my forgotten crafty toys some much needed love.
One of the toys I need to show some love to is my Journey Color Splash pencils- those are the watercolor ones.  I just had to have them, and in fact, I have multiple sets... and they are all in a drawer.  So today, I pulled them out along with a stamp set that I haven't used in a long time, Poppy Days (SS-0346). 
I stamped the flowers with Black Licorice on a Color Splash sheet making sure to leave a space for the sentiment.  The sentiment comes form the Chosen Family stamp set (SS-0458).
Now, remember that I haven't been watercoloring on a regular basis, so this was a relearning time for me.  The first thing I did was use a media mister to wet my splash sheet a bit.  This helps the watercolors move around a bit.  I then used a blending brush filled with water directly onto the tip of my pencil and dropped some color onto my flower images.  Because the splash sheet is wet, you can move the color around and fill in the images. It's ok if you go outside the lines... it is watercolor.

After I finished watercoloring, I dried the panel with my heat gun.  The splash panel was layered onto Black Licorice cardstock.  I wrapped black velvet ribbon around a Whip Cream cardstock panel and popped it up on a Whip Cream card base.
That's it- a simple and elegant card. 
 If you have questions or would like to order any of the product, please email me at:
I hope you enjoyed it and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Thanksgiving Fall Harvest Card

Are you getting your Thanksgiving plans together?  I know it's only October, but November will be here before we know it.  That's why I spent some time yesterday working on another class kit for the Thanksgiving season.
This image is from a retired stamp called Harvest, and guess what... I have gotten my hands on 6 of them!  That means we can do a class!!!!

I am working on 3 more cards using the Harvest stamp and when I am done, I will be offering it as a class kit just in time for you to get your cards done and in the mail!!!
I'm off to create, thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Cupcake Time Kit Class Order

If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I spent the last 4 days demoing our 70's house.  Now that the major demo is done ( for awhile), I want to get back into being creative with ink and paper!
To kick off the fun, I would like to offer a Kit class from one of my local classes, Cupcake Time!
Your kit will be shipped direct to your door!  All you will need is adhesives, a Black Licorice Ink pad, Bubble Gum silk, Beach Ball silk and the coloring tool of your choice. Don't have everything?  No worries, I will have a add on package so you can be ready to go!
Each kit will come with 4 pre- packaged card kits and 1 Cupcake Time stamp.
The price for this kit is $20 + tax and shipping.  There is also a add on kit available that includes a bottle of Bubble Gum Silk and a bottle of Beach Ball silk.  The add on kit will be shipped separately direct from Fun Stampers Journey. You may order your kit(s) below.  Quantities are limited, so make sure you order fast!
 Cupcake Time Card Class
$20.00 +tax and shipping

Cupcake Time Add on Kit
1bottle of Bubble Gum Silk and 1 bottle of Beach Ball Silk

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Inspiration, where does it come from? with FSJ Build a Wreath

Howdy Friends!  What's your morning routine like?  If it's like mine, it starts with coffee and then you sit down at your computer to check your email.  That my friends is where the inspiration for today's card came from!
This card was inspired by an email from Hobby Lobby, I'm sure you all got the same one- here is the picture I took a screen shot of.  You know- the way we all wish our house looked- especially me right now.... but I digress....

so, as I was sipping my coffee, I was dissecting the above picture and started thinking about creating a card.  After a full cup of coffee and a refill to go, I moved to my craft room and grabbed some cardstock to match the color scheme.  I pulled out Fresh Sage cardstock, Oatmeal Cookie cardstock, Hazelnut Blend cardstock, Buttercream cardstock, and to add some texture, a little sliver of my favorite, Corrugated Stock cardstock.  After I had matched the color scheme, I started looking at the design elements of the room.  I noticed the giant wood leaf ,the framed picture on the shelf, the scroll trim on the shelf and the clothes pins.  A few minutes of digging through stamps, and I grabbed my Build A Wreath stamp set SS-0598.

I stamped the wreath using Fresh Sage ink and colored it in with Color Burst Pencils numbers 23, 27, and 25.  To complete my card, I used some vintage lace to mimic the scroll trim on the inspiration picture, added a Mini Wooden Clothespin with a double twine bow, and last added a sprinkle of Dark Roast Silk
Don't forget about the Block Party Sale! 
 20% off all Acrylic Blocks the entire month of October

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Disney Princess Look a Like embellishments

Howdy!  I am well in to my second cup of coffee, so I am wide eyed and bushy tailed,  ahhhh, who am I kidding, I am slowly waking up and trying to figure out the game plan for today....
The past few days I have been in my craft room creating some Disney themed embellishment packs for my friend Christi. Christi lives up in Virginia and vends at a ton of crops around the DC area.  So, if you know Christi, and are attending one of the crops she goes too, head over to her table and check out her embellishments!  Today's share is all about Cinderella!
Remember the Superhero dolls I was making in the Spring?  Well I turned a few of them into a scrapbook embellishment pack! 

I will be sending some to Christi up in Virginia and also listing 1 in my Etsy shop! 
Hope you enjoyed today's post, and see you tomorrow,

Monday, October 1, 2018

Hello October! Block Party and some Exciting News!

Hello October! 
October means pumpkin patches and trick or treaters!

It also means a new Special!!! October's Special is pretty darn exciting, 20% off all acrylic blocks!!!!

That means you can go ahead and get that Giant, J size block, you know the one that fits all of the background stamps?!  Here is a link to all of the Block Party Specials.
Now, lets get to the Exiting News!
As of November 1, 2018, FSJ will be pairing up with Spellbinders as a online retailer!
 What does that mean for you and me?  It means that You  can still purchase FSJ products, plus you can also purchase Spellbinders products from the same website!!!!  I will have links here on my blog for you to use, or you may email your order to me, paypal the total to me and I can enter the order for you and have it shipped directly to you.  Oh, and there is only a flat shipping rate of $5 on all orders, how cool is that?!

It also means that I will be doing more online classes and videos!  Stay tuned for all of the fun and exciting things to come.


Friday, September 28, 2018

Thanksgiving Card using FSJ Bountiful Thanks

Howdy Friends!  As September comes to a close, I am starting to think about all of the upcoming holidays.  Today's share is a card I made using the Bountiful Thanks Stamp set SS-0531
I love this set because of all the images there are to color in it.  You get a large cornucopia, and 4 smaller fall images along with 3 sentiments.  I used Oatmeal Cookie cs, Cocoa Powder cs, and Whip Cream cs for my card.  See that gold sparkly ribbon?  That is from the Boho Trim ribbon pack. 

I used the Color Burst Pencils for all of my coloring.  The swatches I used are exclusive to my Coloring your Creative Journey group.
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Fun Stampers Journey Eyes on You Scrapbook Embellishment pack

Earlier this week I shared a card I made using the Eyes on You Stamp Set SS-0590, today I wanted to share an embellishment pack made with the same set.
These monsters are to cute to resist!  The moment I saw this set, I knew I would make embellishments for a Monsters Inc scrapbook page with them.

I just love this blue furry guy and would take a hug from him any day.  And this green guy- I mean who could resist to cute little nerdy monster?!!!

Do you think I should list this set in my Etsy shop?
Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Cup Cake Time Class

Come Craft With Me
Who doesn't love a cup cake?  I am offering a beginning stamping class at the Kingsville Hobby Lobby where you can try your hand out on rubber stamping and card making.  In this class we will be making 4 cup cake cards perfect for birthdays or any celebration that calls for cup cake! 
Cost is $20 and reservations are required so that I have card kits ready for class.  Check below for PayPal links or contact me directly at

Cup Cake Time Card Class 1
October 8, 5:30-8:00


Cup Cake Time Card Class 2
Oct 13, 12-3

Hope to see everyone soon, please let me know if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Fun Stampers Journey Skeletons Dance Scrapbook Embellishments

How many of you scrapbook?  I love making all the cute little embellishments that go onto scrapbook pages.  Today I wanted to share some that I created using the Skeletons Dance Stamp and Die set, BD-0425.  This little dancing skeleton is way to cute. 
I mean, who wouldn't love this little guy?!!  I paired him with a traditional Halloween color scheme, Black Licorice, Tangerine Orange, and Deep Lilac cardstock. 
 I wanted to make a festive banner for my scrapbook page, so I grabbed the 1-1/4" Pennant Punch and the 1-1/2" Pennant Punch .  I just love how easy these punches make everything.

I also used the 2" scalloped punch and circle punches for the other 2 embellishments.  Remember the Boo from yesterday's post?  Guess what?  I used it again along with the bat from the Snapshot Frames Die DI-0045.  I use this die all the time for creating holiday embellishments. 
To finish everything off, I added a coat of Journey Glaze to the bat and the boo, love that shiny gloss look it gives to the finished product.
Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, September 24, 2018

Fun Stampers Journey Eyes on You Halloween Card

Have you started getting ready for Halloween? 
 I just started making my Halloween cards and wanted to share the first one I created using the Eyes on You Stamp, SS-0590.  Isn't this little guy to adorable?!!!
He reminds me of some of the monsters from Monsters Inc., so I wanted to make a fuzzy friendly kind of card.  I chose Electric Lime as my card base- oh- and by the way did you know that all Card Stock and Ink Pads are 20% off till the end of September!  My second layer was Cosmic Grape.  I just love the Be Amazing colors for this card.

To make the fun background, I grabbed one of the small flowers centers from the Spring Bouquet stamp set, SS-0343 and a few of my Be Amazing ink pads and stamped a random pattern of splats all over the Whip Cream panel.  I created the door by cutting a small rectangle and then adding 4 smaller rectangles with inked edges.  The Boo is die cut from the SnapShot Frames die set DI-0045 out of Cosmic Grape card stock.  I layered 2 daisy flowers from the Cottage Bloom die set DI-0437 to create the splat behind the Boo.
Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, September 21, 2018

Fun Stampers Journey Flower Tangle

Yay, It's Friday!!! 
 Something about Fridays makes everything feel bright and cheerful.  Today's share is a card that would make anyone feel cheerful.  I used the Flower Tangle stamp, SS-0617 stamped on Whip Cream cardstock  with Black Licorice ink.

I just love this stamp because you can choose your color pallet for what ever season or mood you are in.  This particular pallet was suggested by my sister, Shirley, and she found it on Pinterest.  When I find a color pallet I like, I pull out my Color Burst Pencils and start combining colors till I get a match for the color I am trying to create.  If you love to color as much as I do, you have to get these pencils!  They are a bit pricey but well worth the money.

I used 4 different color swatches for this particular card.  The yellow flowers are colored with a swatch I called Cone Flower and is created by layering pencil #16 and #10 together.  When you use a light touch with these pencils and layer the colors, the effects are stunning.
If you are into coloring, have purchased the Color Burst Pencils, and would like to learn how to use them and create your own swatch book, you might want to join my online subscription group called Coloring Your Creative Journey.  For less then $10 a month, you get 4 new color swatches (and maybe a few more!!), 4 live videos, and tips to help you get the most out of your Color Burst Pencils. 
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Fun Stampers Journey Be Kind Fall Colors

I am still trying to get into the fall spirit down here in South Texas... it's a bit hard when it is still sunny and 90 plus, but I am trying!  I decided to pull out my favorite AT stamp, Be Kind.  I mean what is not to love about this flower?!!!
To make it feel like fall, I chose to use a few of my color swatches from my Coloring your Creative Journey Subscription Class.  The names of these swatches are Calipso Blue, Summer Wheat, Burnt Sienna, and Toasted Wheat.  To me they look like late summer, early fall.
After I colored and cut out the flower, I used a card base of Pool Play cs, layered it with a Oatmeal Cookie piece of cs that I had run through my Platnuim machine using  the Beach Towel Embossing Folder.  See all those cute little piercing holes?  Thats a die cut from the Pocket Cuts Die set.
I chose the sentiment from another one of my favorites in the Big Catalog,  Cottage Bouquet stamp set.  To finish my card, I embellished it with Dark Roast Silk, Meadow Flower pearls, Natural Twine and some of the crochet lace from the Boho Trim package.
Hope your day is perfect!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

FSJ Color Me Fall Card

Today I wanted to share a card made with the Color Me Fall Background stamp, SS-0589.  You know me, I took one look at this stamp and immediately thought "I want to color this"! 

I decided to use some of the color swatches from my online class, Coloring Your Creative Journey.  The name of the swatches for this month are called : Red Pear, Ceylon Yellow, Martini Olive and Russet Orange.  These colors are my interpretations of the Fall 2018 Pantone in colors.
If you want more info on my Online Coloring Class, you can go to this Post.
Thanks for stopping by, Cindy 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Halloween Treat Bag Class


Who's up for a little Halloween Fun?  I know I am.  I am offering 2 local classes at the Kingsville Hobby Lobby where you can come get your craft on by creating 8 Halloween Treat boxes that are perfect for friends, co workers and neighbors.
 Cost is $20 and must be paid in advance.  Here are the 2 dates with PayPal links.
Halloween Treat Box Class 1
October 1 5:30- 8:00

Halloween Treat Box Class 2
October 6 12:00- 3:00

Hope to see everyone soon, please let me know if you have any questions.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Spreading Love with FSJ

This weekend I got to spend a few hours in my craft room.  Slowly but surely everything is finding a home as I figure out where to put my stash.  While I was unpacking, I found my folder of images that I colored during our move, so to reward all of the time I spent unpacking, I let myself create a bit.

I just love this rose swirl from the Flower Swirls stamp and die set.  On this card I paired it with the Ink Spot AT to create a interesting background.  The Spread Love sentiment comes from the Spread Love stamp set.  I also used one of my Bloom Bloom Benefits, the pink gems from the All Things added just the right ending for my card.
It was so relaxing to spend time creating, so I promised myself that I would take the time to create something each day. 
Happy Creating,

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Fall Banner Class

Fall is here!  Even in South Texas we want to get into the fall feeling even (if the humidity is high and the temperture isnt falling much below 90). What better way to decorate your house then with a cute banner? 

This fun banner class will be taught on Monday, September 24, 5:30- 8:00 and the again on Saturday, September 29, 12:00- 3:00 at the Hobby Lobby located on Brama Blvd in Kingsville Texas.

Please RSVP and pre-pay to reserve your seat.  The class fee is $20.  Bring your adhesive and scissors if you have them.  Purchase you tickets for your prefered class time below.
Monday, September 24, 5:30-8:00


Saturday, September 29, 12:00-3:00

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Humble and Kind Card Classes

Do you love the farm house style as much as I do?
Join me in creating 4 handcrafted cards that are perfect for any occasion!

In this class you will learn the basics of rubber stamping and card making.
Cost is $35 and includes the full sized Humble and Kind Stamp Set, 1 acrylic block, 4 project kits, and hands on instruction.
Registration and Pre- Payment are required by Aug. 28  Class sizes are limited to 10 people per class.  Class will be held at the Kingsville Hobby Lobby Classroom.

 Sept. 4, 2018 5-8pm class  
 click  here to pay and secure your spot in this class 

Sept.8, 2018 12-3 pm class
click  here to pay and secure your spot in this class


Invite a friend to join you and you both get to make a bonus card for FREE!!!
I am looking forward to stamping with you.
Please let me know if you have any questions.