Monday, February 19, 2018

February Bloom Box Card Video

Yesterday I did my FaceBook Friday video showcasing a card from our February Bloom Box.  It only took me an hour to get that video saved to YouTube to share here.  If you want to subscribe to my YouTube channel go to Carol Norby.

Anyway, here's my video...

Do you want a closer look at the card? Actually I made 2, the 1 in the video is on the right and the left one I made from pieces I used to demo on in the video.  I didn't have any more ribbon so I used Whip Cream thread and Rainbow Drops on the left card.

And the supplies used, not including the Rainbow Drops...

I have not linked back to my shopping cart except for the Rainbow Drops but with the SKU they will be easy to locate via the Search Box.

I hope you liked my video and cards.  I'll be working on another project for next Friday.


Friday, February 16, 2018

Special Cards for Customers

As I was at a crop a couple weeks ago (has it been that long??) I made some cards that I hope to give to customers with their orders.

I used a Host Exclusive stamp set, Pretty Petals.  I just got it and it is so pretty!  One can get it FREE with a $300 order or more. It even has a coordinating die set!!  I also used Rich Coral card stock and ink along with Whip Cream card stock and some Rainbow Drops. I think it turned out real nice.  I now have 4 to share!

This is a short post as today I'm prepping for another FB Live video and will be making a card. I don't want to do it totally off the cuff.  About 2 pm MST head over to Stampin Hot With Carol on FB and give it a watch!


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Desks and Valentines

Well, it's Wednesday.  Hump Day. VALENTINE'S DAY! Desk day. Desk day???  Yep, today you get a look at my desk and, by visiting Julia at the Stamping Ground, you get the links to many other desks and frequently, great projects!  Today I'll share my desk, the Valentine I made for my hubby, and a couple other Valentine-y things..

My desk is pretty boring.  I just cleaned it from making a couple sample cards for a March class.  I'm not ready to share those yet.  But, my desk and my shadow as I photographed it...  Far left, one of the 2 cards, a package of red & pink pom poms, paper, then dies & stamps sitting on some white card stock.  Middle... nothing but behind the grid paper is a pile of Easter cards I need to package to take to the store where I sell them.  Far right, my OTT light, my ATG adhesive roller, a pile of scraps, and the edge of my Amaze machine.  Yep, boring.  But I will be busy later this morning as I work on 2 more cards so I can advertise my class. And I already have 7 gals signed up!

And now my hubby's card...

I made a Z Fold Box Card.  I taught a class last Friday on how to make this style of card and my 5 gals did an amazing job of decorating their cards! I should have taken pictures but we were having so much fun!

I used all Fun Stampers Journey products to make my card.

Yesterday I helped supply treats to our ladies Bible Study.  I made these candy covered Pretzel rods to celebrate Valentine's Day.  They were a big hit!  Came home with about 10 as the ladies were taking some home to share and save!  What a hoot!

And to celebrate this Love holiday I changed out my pendant (FSJ products) to hearts with a red background. I'll wear it to church tonight, too.

I hope now that you've reached the end of my post that you'll head over to the Stamping Ground and check out the other desks involved in this weekly get together!


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

February Highlights

Did you know there are now 4 ways to join the Journey?? 

We have starter kits for the stamper who has oodles and doesn't need much all the way to the one who wants to go whole hog (that was me).  Great options for each kit to customize for your wants.  Check out more detailed info on my FSJ Specials page. Then click on the FSJ Logo in the sidebar and head over to my website to join! Become a part of the Journey and my team, the Fabulous Bloomin Inkers!

And FSJ added MORE Golden Unicorns to their $25 Mystery Boxes!

Check out the flyer! But now there are 10 Unicorns and I know of 1 already found! Supplies are limited so don't delay!


Monday, February 12, 2018

Birthday Macaroons

I know Valentine's Day is tomorrow but I'm not quite ready to share my card for my hubby.  But I will share a 3rd card I'll be teaching Feb. 23 in Green Valley, AZ.

I've been focusing on just 2 stamp sets for this class.  The macaroons are from the Let's Eat Cake stamp set and the Celebrate from the Celebration Script Bundle.   I used the following card stocks: Whip Cream, Beach Breeze, Watermelon Fusion, Lemon Drop, and Project Me Prints.   I only used 1 ink, Black Licorice.  But I did use a variety of other products: Deco Strips Black, Journey Glaze, Color Burst Pencils, Star Burst Bloom die set (bigger circles), a 1/4" hole punch (from my stock), White Liner Tape, Foam Squares, and the Amaze machine.

This card is almost a duplicate from the one we made at Leadership Conference in Texas last month. I loved the bright colors.  My class will all get a small tube of Journey Glaze (as seen in the first picture) to take home and do their glazing.  It is just too messy and takes too long to dry to do in class. I put it on the case of macaroons and on the little circles. 


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Feb. Mystery Boxes Revealed

Yesterday I made a FaceBook Live Video revealing what as in my Mystery Boxes that are on special this month.  I received 2 for having a $200 + order then I purchased 1 for $25.  The 2 FREE ones had approx. $50 in retired products and the purchased one had about $100 in retired product.  BUT the purchased one also had a chance to have a golden Unicorn which qualifies the recipient to receive the cool Journey Girl tote and about $75 in current products.

Well, I did some investigating on how to save a FB Live video into a YouTube video.  Here it is...

I hope it works.  One funny thing that happened before I made this video was I had to stop by our bank.  Two of the tellers were surprised to see me and asked me what was I doing there, I was supposed to be home doing my Live!  What a hoot!

Let me know what you think.  I do have a tendency to get a bit comedic when rushed.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketch 439 and More

I almost didn't get a card made this week for the Tuesday Morning Sketch.  Between work, prepping for a class, a sick hubby, and more I've been feeling a bit stretched.  But I did get this one done and I love the simplicity.

Here is the challenge sketch:

And here is my card...

I decided to stay with a simple white with a touch of color.   I used only 1 color of card stock, Whip Cream.  It is hard to see but I embossed the 3 sections with our I Heart embossing folder and splattered with Sparkle Silk.  I tied some Whip Cream Thread around the card front.

I die cut another piece of Whip Cream card stock using our Ovals dies and piercing elements and used foam squares to adhere it (like I did the 3 embossed sections).  The only stamping is the cross and sentiment and I used 2 stamp bundles (stamps and coordinating dies), Easter Blessings and Hope Anchors (these 2 products are available through March 31) using Lavender Fusion ink.  I finished off the card with 3 Pearls in the upper right corner.

I just realized I didn't share an Easter card I made last week for another sketch challenge on FB through some fellow FSJ demos. I haven't even shared this on my FB page!  Oh, I'm slacking off!  LOL!

I used the same stamp bundle on this card but more of the stamps in the bundle and a sentiment from the Color Cross set. I used 4 card stocks, Whip Cream, Lemongrass, Sweet Pear, and Spring Filled Prints collection. I used an assortment of inks (and I don't remember which ones except for Black Licorice!), and a Fresh Cuts flower.

Here's a close up of the Fresh Cut flower and I added some swipes of Sparkle Silk to it for some pop.

Ok, this was a rather long post.  But head over to Tuesday Morning Sketches for lots of inspiration for the sketch and those who are playing along!


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Work Desk and Milk Cartons

Hmmm, I bet you're wondering about my post title. How do these items go together?  Well, they don't. But today is Wednesday, the day I share my desk top with you in whatever shape it's in and I am sharing a project along with it.  My desk was very busy yesterday afternoon as I worked on a project for Valentine's Day for our 2 great grandsons, yes, great grandsons. They are 7 and 2 but they both have birthdays in May.   Oh, and this fun tour de desks is put together by Julia, our head desker at the Stamping Ground.  Head over there at the end of my post and check out a bunch of desks and projects!

I am about done with my project in this picture.  You can see my red Cricut (sadly not getting used), some dies and stuff in front of it. Center working right of my desk is my project laying on its side, some stamps I used on it, some candy,  some paper scraps that I need to put away, my Black ink pad, my pack of paper I just finished with, and my Platinum machine (a BIG die cutter). And there is various whatnots all over, tools, twine, and so on.

And what did I finish making?

I made a little milk carton of candy for the oldest of the great grandsons!  I got this die in December and it is so fun!  All products are from Fun Stampers Journey.

I did some paper piecing on the 2 dinosaurs for fun.  They really pop!  And the 2 cartons together...

I will have these in the mail Friday. I still need to make 1 more little goodie for our almost 3 year old grandson.  Not sure yet what I'll make.

Anyway, I'm done.  I had a few more pictures than usual but I had to post the whole set. Please head over to the Stamping Ground and check out more desks and projects!  But before you go I'd appreciate a comment of what you thought of my milk cartons!  And I'll be checking the links myself so maybe we'll cross paths!


Monday, February 5, 2018

A Simple Birthday Card

I've been pretty busy lately so decided to share another card I'll be teaching at my Feb. 23 class.

I did a simple colorblocking for the background using the following card stocks:
Turbo Teal, Whip Cream, Watermelon Fusion, and prints from our Project Me collection.

I stamped the text from our new Celebration Script Bundle using Citrus Cooler ink on Whip Cream card stock and die cut.  I splattered the card front with some Sparkle Silk and added the 3 Spring Accent Dots.

Other products used: Easy Glide Runner, Foam Squares, Amaze machine.

Three of the four cards I'm teaching are relatively easy as the 4th card will take a bit of time. I'll share it soon.


Friday, February 2, 2018

FB Live Video

Some of you know I have a FB business account and today for the FIRST time ever I made a card on video!  I have had other short informational videos but this was a toughy for me, way out of my comfort zone!   I'm hoping to do a FaceBook Friday video every week but do know that I will miss some days.  Here's a look at the picture of what I made.

I send out Easter cards to family and this idea has been floating around my mind for a while. The little bunny die, Hop Cuts, is a FREEBIE you can select with a $100 order! Other product used:
Card stocks: Tangerine Fusion, Orange Creamsicle, and Whip Cream
Ink: Tangerine Fusion
Stamps: Hope Anchors Bundle
Pom Minis
Whip Cream Thread
Embossing Folders: I Heart and Diamond Netting
Easy Glide Runner, Foam Squares, Glue Dots
Amaze machine

I made a little decoration with the left over die cut bunny.

I used the same thread and Pom but just adhered him to a paper straw. Wouldn't this be cute as a table decoration? Or adhere him instead to a large paper clip and use in your planner!