Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year & Fun Stampers Journey Promos

First I'd like to wish you all a Happy New Year!!! I hope to be more active in my blog with GIVEAWAYS and Projects!!!! I am going to be doing a lot of Glam Planning and hopefully get back into mini albums and junk journals.  Now for FSJ news!!!!

You can join my team and start your own Journey!!!! FOR JUST $99.00 + tax and shipping!!!
More info on my website:
THIS IS AN AMAZING KIT & PRICE!!!! If it's not for you maybe you know someone who would love the opportunity!!!! It's great for Hobby Crafters also because the quarterly minimum is only $150 and you don't have to do it all in one order!!!!

Here is what is in the Kit:

Also from FSJ.... You can now order form the Spring Catalog!!!!  I am so excited about the Planners and all the new stamps!!!! EEEK!!!!  Here is the link to the catalog:  SPRING CATALOG
You can also just go directly to the my website and hit Shop!!! You will find all the goodies under there too!!!

Again Happy New Year and Journey On!!!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Heart Background Card- Brutus|Monroe DT Post

Happy Monday!!!! I'm so excited to share first this month...  I know a lot of us have our Christmas cards done so why not start on Valentine's Day cards. I was inspired to make this card By Jennifer Mcguire of Jennifer McGuire Ink on YouTube. I'll share the link to the video/channel at the end of this post.

I used 3 different heart stamps, the large one is from the Many Thanks stamp set and the two smaller ones are from Serena Bee's Deadly Desserts stamp set. I used 3 different stamp blocks to make it easier, but if you just have one or two it's easy to swap the stamps.

Cut a piece of white cardstock to 4 X 5.25 inches, and start stamping. I used 5 Brutus|Monroe Premium Chalk Inks. I started with Wagon, there is no right or wrong way to do this just stamp randomly and have fun.
 Just keep going changing colors until you reached the bottom. If you mess up don't worry you can cover it with your sentiment, twine, or bling. Or, just trim it down like I did.  (tip:don't stamp the images in a straight line, let the different colored stamped images mix and blend)

I used a 3.25 X 4.5in die to cut out my background. I inked the edges with Black Soot Distress ink, and added it to a black card base.  

To finish off the card I added a sentiment from Love You Moon, and backed it with piece of black cardstock. I also added black rhinestones. Here is my finished card, I really hope you like it. 

Products I Used: 
Love you Moon 
Many Thanks 
Deadly Desserts 
Fun Stampers Journey Cardstock
Momento Tuxedo Black Ink 
Distress Ink-Black Soot 
Black Rhinestones

Here are the links to the YouTube channel and video:  

Thanks For Stopping By - Chris 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

From MEOW To You Card- OAK Tree DT Post

Good evening I made a simple but super cute card for my Design Team project using the OAK Tree Stamps Cat-titude stamp set. Here is my card...


I cut a piece of yellow cardstock  to 4in.X 5 1/4in.. I stamped several images from the Cat-titude stamp set. I also used a tiny heart from Baby Bumps. I like to use a ink that is a similar color as my cardstock it gives it a great watercolor look.  There is no right or wrong way to do this just stamp the larger images first. Then fill in the small spots with little icon stamps.  I added the stamped paper to a A2  card base and added a little flag I hand cut and stamped my sentiment on. I added little enamel hearts just for a finishing touch.

I hope I inspired you to give this a try, it would be super fun with the Puppy Love or Baby Bumps OAK Tree Stamps sets. Please share pics if you give this a try!

What I Used:
OAK Tree Stamp Sets: Cat-itude & Baby Bumps
Momento Tuxedo Black Ink
Fun Stampers Journey True Color Fusion Ink- Pineapple Smoothie
Recollections Cardstock
Enamel Hearts-(i think i got them at Tuesday Morning)

Thanks For Stopping By -Chris

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

I just wanted to drop in to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and share a Design Space File for this cute Cricut Turkey....

The only thing you have to do is add a dark brown scrap behind the eyes unless you want to be the color of  your Cricut. I also colored the eyes on the turkey head darker brown, with a Spectrum Noir Marker EB7. To add the white accents I used a Gelly Roll Pen. All the Papers are Recollections.  

Enjoy Your Thanksgiving 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Just BEEcasue- Maymay Made It! DT Project

I am very excited to share this Pinterest inspired card I created for my Maymay Made It design team project.  I made this fun Beehive shaped card. The Bee's Knees stamp set was so fun to play with.

Here is a quick how to:

1. Cut out all your pieces and ink them all up. Here is the Design Space file all sized and ready to go for you.  Optional : Stamp on a face with stamps or just use the bee as is. This bee would look super cute with facial features from Mamay's Happy Tree Set.  I used a Scrappy Dew stamp for this one.

2. Glue all the pieces where they go to make the card, just glue the hearts at the top closed. 
3. Using a gel pen I added a few more highlights to my bee and hive. 
4. I found the placement I wanted for for my bee and stamped the little trail from the set. I then stamped out "Just BEEcause". 
5. I popped up the bee on foam squares. Added a bow, and flowers just because I wanted more blue.
6. Inside of the card I wanted to use the honeycomb stamp. I had the square cut out and just simply stamped over it with a similar color of the paper. Use the same ink you use to ink the edges, unless its Distress Ink because it doesn't stamp well with photopolymer stamps.  Then I just stamped the sentiment "Hive been thinking of you!" in Momento Tuxedo Black. Then just glued it in. 

Here is the completed card, I hope you all like it. Most important I hope I have inspired you to pull out or buy this amazing stamp set!!!!  

What I used: 
Maymay Made It Stamp Set -The Bee's Knees 
Stampin' Write Marker- Pumpkin Pie 
Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Faded Jeans 
Fun Stampers Journey- True Color Fusion Ink- Pineapple Smoothie 
Prima  Flowers 
Blue Blings from my stach 
White Gelly Roll Pen 
Reccolections Papers 
Colorok- Midnight Black Textured Cardstock 
K&Co.-Itsy Bitsy 8.5X8.5 Paper Pad 
Black Nylon Ribbon 
Momento- Tuxedo Black Ink 
Cricut Explore 
Create A Critter Cricut Cartridge  


1. Maymay Made It stamps were created in 2013.
2. They are manufactured from high quality photopolymer right here in the USA.

3. 4x6 stamp sets (or what I call full size) are $11.99.
4. 4x4 stamp sets are $7.99.
5. Maymay Made It offers a stamp club. It is $11.99 per month USA and $13.49 per month international, there is not shipping charge and as long as you are a club member in good standing you can take advantage of free shipping on all stamps ordered from the Etsy store. 
Maymay Links:
Get Maymay Made It Stamps here:
Maymay Made It Youtube:
Maymay Made It and So Did I Facebook Group

Maymay Made It Fall/Winter Design Team:
Tracey Phillips
Gareth Frewer
Christopher Lopez
Stacy Williams

Thanks again for stopping by!!! -Chris

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Joy Ornament- B|M Design Team Post

I'm back with another Christmas project. I have wanted to try making Christmas Ornaments. When I saw the Holiday Digital Set from Brutus|Monroe I knew I had to try it with these images.

Here is a quick how to:

1. Upload the Digital Stamp in to Cricut Design Space. Cut out the image in vinyl.
2. Weed the image and place it on a clean ornament. I used rubbing alcohol to clean the surface of mine. You should end up with something like this.
3. Pop the top off and add in whatever you'd like. I added sequins in mine. But you could add sand, fake snow, glitter, anything that fits really!!!! I used Stars, Reindeer, and different sized Sequin cups. I added black stars and sequins after because I found a black nylon ribbon I wanted to use. 

4. For the finishing touches, I added a black bling in the middle of the snowflake, and then added a few random sequin. I tied a bow and added it to the top with an extra piece of ribbon to hand it from my tree. 

Here is my finished ornament, I hope you like it and I hope you go check out Brutus|Monroe's Holiday Digital set and give this a try it was really fun. 

What I Used: 
Brutus|Monroe Holiday Digital Set
4" Clear Glass Ornament
Black Nylon Ribbon 
Oracal 651- White Vinyl 


Monday, November 16, 2015

Do You Believe- OAK Tree Stamps DT Post

Hello crafty friends!!!! I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet but, I have another Christmas card to share. I created this card using  the All I Want For Christmas Girl Digital Print Then Cut File form OAK Tree Stamps. This is one of my favorite card sketches. I love it so much because I just grab a card base and cut scraps to fit. After all the pieces are cut I usually ink them all with the same color of ink. This time I used Hickory Smoke(new fav color) Distress Ink. 

I usually glue all the scraps down then pop up the image. Before I added the girl I cut out with my Cricut, I traced all the black lines with a Zig Wink Of Stella pen in Silver. I added a little strip of green litter tape, to ground my image.  On this card I used Tim Holtz-ChitChat Stickers for my sentiment. It looked like a tree so I added a Star Sequin at the top. To finish off the card I added more sequins randomly.  I really hope you like my card and check out the Digital files over at!!!! This PTC image is on sale for just one dollar!!! 

Here is the card: 

                                                  Thanks for stopping by!!! -Chris 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Never Ending ATC

I was watching YouTube on how to make different types of cards. I came across a video called  Never Ending Cards and it was so cool(link Below). I thought I bet I could make that. Guess what it's really easy!!!! I made a short video to share mine(sorry not the best quality). I made a File for Design Space so I can make the bases faster. These are great for ATC Swaps, Pocket Letters, Just Because gift for a friend... 

If you need help getting your together don't be afraid to ask!!! FYI-The second flip will not meet up in the center because the size I made it.  

What I used for this Never Ending ATC:
Scrap Card Stock
Tim Holtz- Lost and Found Stamp Set 
Black Soot Distress Ink 
Craftwell eBrush 
Spectrum Noir Markers- TB4, DR6, TB8 
Cricut Explore W/Score tool 
Hampton Art Stamp Set- By Stencil 1 
Wink Of Stella-Silver 
FSJ-True Color Fusion Ink- Black Licorice 

Song Credit: Gwen Stefani-Used To Love You 

Inspiration Came from this Video: 

Cricut Design Space File: 

Thanks so much for stopping by!!! -Chris 


Double Accordion- Gate Fold X-mas Card

Just popping in to share this Christmas card I created this morning. If you have a Cricut Explore you can click the link below to make your own. They are very easy to make with out a Cricut too!!!! Simply cut a 12X12 sheet of paper in half so it's 6X12. Then on the long side score at 2" 4" 8" & 10"then accordion fold it.  If you have any other questions don't hesitate to ask.

Cricut Design Space File:

Thanks for Stopping By!! -Chris

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Reason for the Season- Nativity Card

Hey everyone I'm just dropping in to share a card I made for Christmas. I used a torn up Bible,  I glued torn strips behind the nativity silhouette. I felt bad at first tearing the Bible, but it was going to be thrown away. So, I am using it to help everyone on my Christmas card list remember the Reason for the Season.  That made me feel a little better.

What I Used:
Creative Elements 1" Burlap Tape
Neutral-Journey Twine
The Paper Studio- Kraft Cardstock
Distress Ink -Vintage Photo
White Liner
Cricut Explore
Stampabilities Stamp- Reason for the Season
Nativity SVG- If you would like it please let me know...

Thanks For Stopping By!!! -Chris

Saturday, October 24, 2015

OAK Tree Stamps Fall Release Party

I'm so excited to be part of the OAK Tree Stamps Fall Release Party!!!! 

Here is the cute candy wrappers I  made to share with friends using the NEW! Cat-titude Stamps Set.

In a few quick steps you too can make these. 

1. Stamp out the any of the cute kitty cats of your choice and the sentiment on patterned paper using a dark ink. Fussy cut the cat and make a banner with the sentiment. 
2. To make the actual wrap, just fold over a  piece of coordinating paper and adhere it on you candy. 
3. I wrapped twine around mine with a little bow just to add a fun touch. 
4. To finish it off add the cut Cat and banner on pop dots. I want a bit further and added a little enamel heart from my stash. 

Product list: 
Snack Sized-Kit Kats 
Paper Scraps 
Momento Tuxedo Black Ink 
Enamel Hearts
Just use what you have and have fun!!!! 

This is a great way to share a little treat with any friend just so they know you care. 

Thank you for stopping by my blog and checking out my project. Please leave a comment and follow and you will be entered to one of the original OAK Tree Stamp set. 

Incase you get lost or just stumbled upon this post, come over to the party!!!
Here Are The Sales:
Here Are The Contests:
Randomly selected from the "going" list (event Link above)
Each of my fellow design team members will be posting a project in today's event. Make sure to hop over to their blog to take a peek at their project. To enter all you have to do is follow their blog and comment on the project. Each designer will use to pick their winner

Order your stamps here:

What set(s) will you be getting?! All 3 for me please!!!! 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Critter Christmas Cards- Maymay Made It DT Post

I asked Maymay to surprise me with  any of her awesome stamp sets to create with. I'm so glad she chose to send me Critter Christmas to play with. I had/have so many ideas to use with this set. I made two cards to share with everyone for now, as Christmas gets closer I'll share more here on my blog and in the Maymay Made It And So Did I! Facebook Group. Here are my Critter Christmas Cards, I made them A2 size which  4.25"X5.50".

Go Tail it on the Mountain-Mouse Card  

Owl Be Home For Christmas-Owl Card

Mouse Card

1. I cut the first layer at 4"X 5.25". I then added a mountain I cut out of a scrap of coordinating paper, by just rounding the top.
2. The next layer is a cut from Cricut called North Pole, it's from the Winter Frolic-Cricut Cartridge. I cut it at 7.25" in width which was way larger but I sliced it to fit my first layer, it did cut of some of the image but i was happy as long as the trees fit.  I glued the solid trees down with liquid glue, and popped the others up on dimensional tape.
3. The Mouse cut is 3.5" in height, you can find hi, on the Create A Critter 2 Cricut cartridge. I popped him up on dimensional tape also.
4. I stamped the sentiment from "Go Tail it on the Mountain" on a scrap cut it out then layered it on another scrap.
5. To tie in all the elements of the card I used only one color of Distress Ink to ink the edges of all my layers and die cut pieces. I used one of the newer Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Hickory Smoke.
6. I made a bow our of Tim Holtz Paper String, and slid it on a few pieces i had already wrapped around.
7. I wrapped some more string around the top. I then adhered the whole thing on the base with dimensional tape.

Owl Card

1. I cut two layers for this card, the first is 4"X 5.25" the second is 3.75"X5".
2. I then cut out three Owls, also from Create A Critter 2 Cricut cartridge. I cut them at 1.55" in width. I cut the first two layers with the same papers then switched up the papers for the other layers so I would have different colored owls, hats and scarves.
3. I added the owls one the second layer with dimensional tape. I then added the stamped sentiment like I did on the mouse card.
4. I  wrapped some Tim Holtz Paper String around and under the owls to make it look as if they are sitting on it. I added a bow in the left to finish the card.
5. I adhered the first layer of the card on the base with liquid glue, then added the second one with dimensional tape.
6. I used only Vintage Photo Distress Ink to ink the edges of all the elements of this card.

Critter Christmas Set

I really hope you like my Maymay Made It Design Team project. I really enjoyed making them, and I hope I inspired those of you who have this set. If you don't have it you can get it using the link below.... If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to ask :) -Chris


1. Maymay Made It stamps were created in 2013.
2. They are manufactured from high quality photopolymer right here in the USA.
3. 4x6 stamp sets (or what I call full size) are $11.99.
4. 4x4 stamp sets are $7.99.
5. Maymay Made It offers a stamp club. It is $11.99 per month USA and $13.49 per month international, there is not shipping charge and as long as you are a club member in good standing you can take advantage of free shipping on all stamps ordered from the Etsy store. 
Maymay Links:
Get Maymay Made It Stamps here:
Maymay Made It Youtube:
Maymay Made It and So Did I Facebook Group

Maymay Made It Fall/Winter Design Team:
Tracey Phillips
Gareth Frewer
Christopher Lopez
Stacy Williams

Friday, October 16, 2015

Brutus|Monroe Halloween Pocket Letter- DT Post

Good evening Brutus|Monroe Fans!!! I'm here to share a fun Halloween Pocket Letter I made using only Brutus|Monroe Stamps. What's a Pocket Letter?  I know a lot may already know and for those who don't I'll post a link to what it's all about toward the end of the post.
Here is my Pocket Letter:

I enjoy making Pocket Letters because you can use up all those scraps you have laying around. I used three, yes 3 Brutus Monroe Stamp Sets to make this Pocket Letter!! Here is a better view of my favorite ATC Cards.
I did a lot of fussy cutting of stamped images on Halloween patterned paper. I do this often so I didn't have to color. This is a great way to get colored images if you don't own fancy marker or aren't a good colorist.  I could go on for days with all the stamping techniques I used.  I'm going to spare the details and just encourage you to have fun with your stamps, and scraps to make a Pocket Letter of your own. 
What I used: 
-Brutus|Monroe Stamps Sets-
-Deadly Desserts
-Monster Bash
-Hello Pumpkin! 
Brutus|Monroe Premium Chalk Ink - Jack-O-Lantern 
9 Pocket Page Protector 
Momento- Tuxedo Black 
Scrap Papers & Embellishments from my Stash 

Well Pumpkins, I hope you enjoyed this project and have a Monster Bash of a Halloween and get lots of Deadly Desserts!!  

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Awesome SVG's Halloween Blog Hop

Remember last year's Awesome SVG's Halloween Boxes?
Halloween is around the corner and I am so honored to be in this awesome blog hop to introduce to you this year's Halloween Treat Boxes!

For this event, Awesome SVGs is proud to feature some equally awesome bloggers that give you their take on some of these boxes. At each stop of the hop I hope you will be inspired by the creativity of these awesome crafters. I'm certain you will find great ideas for giving away candy this year.

To make things a lot more exciting, we are giving away prizes!!



This Blog Hop will end at 12:00pm (noon) GMT on Sunday, October 18th. On Monday we will pick and announce the randomly selected winners.

The rules to win the prizes is easy peazy:

Create a Halloween treat container of your own. It does not necessarily have to be a box. Upload a photo of your project using the linkup tool below:
Don't forget to include your email to be notified if you are the winner.
Become a follower of each blog in the hop and leave a comment at each stop.
The winner will be announced on Awesome SVG's Facebook page on Monday 19th

Here is the complete blog hop lineup:

Awesome SVGs-
Christopher from (You Are Here)
Jennifer from (Up Next)
Mitsyana from
Julie from
Ken from
Jenny from

The link to download each file used for these boxes are available on each of the other bloggers sites, so make sure you visit them all.  

Here is my treat Box:  

I used all Tim Holtz Products to create my treat box. I think I'm going to use mine as a lantern, and place a battery powered tea light candle inside. I cut out my box using my Cricut Explore, I inked it up, then adhered it together with my ATG Gun. To hold it closed i used a mini paper clip and some paper string. I added a Muse Token with some more paper string with a bow. I thin added some tape from my ATC around the front edges, and wrapped the paper string around it.

Product List:
Tim Holtz- Idea-ology:
Paper Stash-Seasonal 
Paper String 
Mini Paper Clips 
Halloween-Muse Token 
Tim Holtz- Distress Ink- Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz- Distress Tool 
Advanced Tape Glider Gun 
Awesome SVG-Treat Box File HunkyPunk 

Click below to get the Creepy Tree's Treat Box File

2015 Treat Box- 02 Creepy Trees

Thanks For Stopping By My Blog!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Halloween Card With Cheap Supplies

This card was inspired by a card posted by Queen & Company on FB using their new washi tapes. I loved the tapes but they are way out of my budget. I was able to get all 12 of the Dollar Tree tapes for less than 5 of the Queen & Co. ones.  You can make great things with cheap supplies!!!  I really hope you like this card. If you have any questions please feel free to ask!!

Color Me- Stamped Treat Bags- OAK Tree DT Post

I'm just dropping in to share a fast & fun Design Team Project for OAK Tree Stamps.  How cute is the Wickedly Cute stamps set and I thought, Wow! Everyone would love to color those images.  I made these for my niece and nephew, I'm sure they will get enough candy. 

All you need is some crayons, treat bags and a "Wickedly Cute" stamp set. You can use any images but these are to cute not to use. I  simply stamped the images and sentiments on white card and cut it down to fit the bag. I add the orange to give a flatter coloring surface and also because it pulls in the color of the treat bag.  I used my ATG to adhere all the layers on the bag. Added an 8 pack of crayons and closed them up with a piece of washi tape.  

What I used:  
OAK Tree Stamps-Wickedly Cute Stamps Set (LIMITED QUANTITY AVAILABLE)
Vintage Treat Bags I got at a Local Thrift Store (Any Size will work, just be sure the crayons fit)
Crayola -8 Pk - Pick Your Pack  
Orange and White card Stock 
Momento Black Ink 

Thanks For 
Stopping By For A Spell

Thursday, October 1, 2015


I want to thank everyone who took the time to follow my blog, search my FSJ website, and comment!! The winner has been selected, CONGRATS Michelle Ramirez!!!!!  Please contact me so I can send you your NEW Journey Grand Machine!!!!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Zombie Bride Card

I'm here to share another Design Team project for OAK Tree Stamps. I was feeling a little spooky so I turned the cute bride from the Now & Forever set into a Zombie Bride. This card was fun and super quick to make...

1. I cut the card base using black cardstock, It's cut at 4.75in. X 11.5in. and folded in half. I then cut a few scraps to make some fun layers.
2. I dripped Distress Stain on the white cardstock to make it look like blood spatter. I then added it to the card base with foam tape.
3. Layered the the purple on the black and then tucked a torn and inked piece of red cardstock under them.
4. To add the sentiment, I stamped out "Now & Forever" then dripped more Distress Stain on all over the stamped sentiment. I then just tore it out changing the direction of each little rip.
5. I colored the bride using colored pencils, I just had fun and made her look as creepy,cute and dead as I could. Then fussy cut her out.
6. To finish the card I inked the edges of all the pieces and glued them down. I added the bride and sentiment using foam tape. I then embellished with some enamel hearts.

What I Used:
OAK Tree Stamp Set- Now & Forever
Recollections- Card Stock
Momneto Ink-Tuxedo Black
Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain- Abandoned Coral
Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Hickory Smoke
WRMK- Enamel Hearts
Crayola Colored Pencils
Cutter Bee Scissors

Thanks For Stopping By!!!!
I hope you enjoyed m cards!!!