Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fun Stampers Journey Final Day of Retirement Sale - Don't Miss Out

Today is the very last day of the Fun Stampers Journey "Happy Sales" of our retiring products.   All items that are retiring are 40% off while supplies last.   This is the last day to take advantage of these great prices.   Don't Miss Out.

Also if you place an order through my website by the end of June, I will automatically mail you our two new inspiration books/catalogs at no charge to you.   The Inspiration Book has a $12.95 retail value and is over 300 pages!!!!

2016-2107 Fun Stampers Journey Inspiration Book & Catalog

2016-2017 Fun Stampers Journey Inspiration Book & Catalog AND Journey Holiday Mini Catalog

Our new inspiration book & Catalog AND the Journey Holiday Mini Catalog both premiere tomorrow.   Links to view the catalogs on-line will be posted to my blog as of midnight tonight.   We are not allowed to post the links until then.   So check back for the links.

Journey Holiday Mini Catalog

So many wonderful new products:   stamps, dies, storage system, PanPastels, Simple Stories, and so much more.

One final sneak peek:

Making this card brought smiles to my day.  It is just bright and cheerful.   Lots of new products used in the making of it too:   Let's Twist Stamp Set, Slice of Life Prints, and Slice-Fetti.

I attached the Slice-Fetti to the card by covering a rectangle of card stock with Journey Glaze.  While still wet, I sprinkle LOTS of the Slice-Fetti over the glaze.   Allowed to dry and shook off the excess.   Look closely at tall the details in the tiny pieces.   Such a fun product to work with.  With tweezers you could apply them individually to a project.   I also used White Liner (double sided tape) to adhere Vintage Lace to the card stock.

Fun Stampers Journey Products Used:
Slice-Fetti AC-0222  (available July 1)
Slice of Life Prints PP-0033
        (one side is black/white design that can be colored in by you) - Available July 1
Let's Twist Stamp Set SS-0373 set of 13  (available July 1)
Vintage Lace AC-0166 (3 styles ... 32" of each style)
 River Stone Card Stock CS-0094 (used for card base)
Black Licorice Card Stock CS-0003
Whip Cream Card Stock CS-0040
Tangerine Fusion Ink Pad IP-0005
Journey Glaze AD-0002  2 oz OR AD-0003 4 oz
White Liner (double sided tape) AD-0001
Easy Glide Adhesive AD-0081 AND  Refill AD-0082
Journey Foam Squares 1/4" AD-0084 OR 1/2" AD-0085
Journey Platinum Machine TO-0090
Journey Rectangles DI-0041 set of 12

Thinking of Becoming a Fun Stampers Journey Coach?

 Starting tomorrow July 1, 2016 we are going to be offering the FSJ Platinum Starter Kit for $149.  This kit has over a $440 value which includes the Journey Platinum Machine.   All the details will be posted tomorrow here on my blog.   I would love to have you as part of my team whether as a hobby Coach or a business Coach.   Contact me if you have any questions.  

Mary Director
Fun Stampers Journey Coach
24/7 on-line ordering available

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Fun Stampers Journey Bloom Box June 2016

I just finished creating my cards from the Fun Stampers Journey Bloom Box last night and couldn't wait to share them with you.   So nice to receive a box each month that has a brand new stamp set in it and supplies to make 4 beautiful cards. (adhesive and inks not included)

Remember when you make your cards in the Bloom Box, you can choose to follow the directions or do your own thing with them.   The directions are a guideline, and sometimes you may not have all the items needed to match exactly as shown OR just want to be a bit different with your card.   My cards followed directions to a point and the 4th card I wanted to make a thank you card using Sentimental Prints SS-0072 (10 stamps in the set)

Here's the link if you would like to sign up for the Bloom Box Subscription (6 month plan):  Click Here.

In purchasing the Kit of the Month (AKA Bloom Box), you are agreeing to a six month subscription service whereby you will receive the initial kit at the time of purchase, and then one kit each month for the next five months. Ongoing kits will be mailed and charged on or around the 5th day of each month. Each kit costs $24.95 plus tax and shipping. Please note, cancelling early will result in a cancellation fee equivalent to one month's kit cost ($24.95). You must email to cancel.


Today and tomorrow are the very last days to purchase retiring items (while supplies last) at 40% off.  Don't miss out.  They will no longer be available for purchase as of July 1. 

Mary Director
Fun Stampers Journey Coach
24/7 on-line ordering available

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

FSJ - Journey Girl Collection - Jewelry Sneak Peeks

From the Fun Stampers Journey "Journey Girl Collection:  "Create one-of-a-kind lockets and pendants with the Journey Girl collection.  Use the beautiful accent plates and charms to create dazzling pieces, or bring your papercrafting supplies to completely customize your look."  Here's the photo from the new 2016 - 2017 Fun Stampers Journey Inspiration Book & Catalog on Pg 296.   Sneak peek items will be available for purchase on July 1, 2016 through my website.  

So many choices - all beautiful.

Journey Girl is well made, beautifully detailed, and a great gift for yourself or for someone else on a special occasion.  We have 2 sizes in the round locket (large and small), a new Bloom Catcher (cylinder style) and also have a new Tower Locket that is rectangle in shape.   The There are two different lengths of diamond cut link chains available:  16.5" and 27.5".    Many charms, solid background plates, accent background plates, and domed plates are available.  Each locket, plate, and accent plate comes in a turquoise bag (shown in photos).  Perfect for gift giving.

I was very honored to receive two gifts (lockets) during convention.  One my my upline, Janice Whiting, and one from Fun Stampers Journey. 

 Janice Whiting created the decorated box and the insert for the locket.
Such beautiful packaging and a wonderful surprise.
Solid Round Locket Small JW-0030

Diamond Cut Link 27.5" (separate purchase) JW-0003 shown above.
Diamond Cut Link 16.5" (separate purchase) JW-0004 also available

Each locket comes with its own gift bag as shown above.

Sneak Peek
Bloom Catcher JW-0043 (available July 1, 2016)
Fill with any small item you want such as sequins, Sparkle Dust, charms, or ????
The lid unscrews so you can easily change out the item inside.  

Sneak Peek
Each item sold separately
Left:  Sparkle Tower Locket JW-0046 (available July 1, 2016)
Center:  Sparkle Bloom Tower Plate JW-0055 (available July 1, 2016)
Right:  Licorice Tower Plate JW-0049 (available July 1, 2016)
the photo directly below shows the 3 items assembled.
My photo doesn't do this justice.   It is really beautiful and full of sparkle. There are 3 colors of tower plates to choose from (white, licorice, and apple) along with seven design tower plates.

My Review:   I have to admit I had been a bit leery of purchasing items in our Journey Girl Jewelry line.  I had never seen it in person prior to one of my customers buying a locket with charms and a chain.  After going to convention, seeing more of the line in person (and yes, even purchasing a few pieces) I am sold on it. It is well made and so easy to put together.   I can highly recommend our Journey Girl Collection.  Perfect for self-expression or a gift for any occasion.   You won't be disappointed in these pieces.   Each piece is sold separately so that you can create the perfect item for you or for the person you are gifting this too.  

Mary Director
Fun Stampers Journey Coach
24/7 on-line ordering available

Monday, June 27, 2016

Jukebox Baby Artist Trading Stamp (ATS) and PanPastels

Having so much fun creating with the new PanPastels from Fun Stampers Journey.   These will be available to customers as of July 1, 2016 via my website.   This is my completed card using a stencil for the background of the card base and sponging on different shades of the PanPastel for the background for the jukebox. 

Jukebox Baby ATS    AT-0136
Stained Glass Stencil JM-0008
Confectionary Days PanPastels JM-0079

Close up of the stenciled image.

Confectionary Days PanPastels JM-0079
This is the set I used for my card.   

There is another sample yesterday using this collection of PanPastels.  

Mary Director
Fun Stampers Journey Coach
24/7 on-line ordering available

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sneak Peek July 2016 Fun Stampers Journey Bloom Box

It's feels like a special occasion when my Fun Stampers Journey Bloom Box arrives each month.   It is filled with wonderful surprises and loaded with quality product like a brand new stamp set and four kitted cards to make using that stamp set.   The card kits come with basically everything you need to make the cards except for adhesive and any types of ink required (ink pad, re-inkers. silks).   It also has a booklet in the box with step by step directions and also a photo of the finished card.

Richard Garay usually posts a video on the Fun Stampers Journey YouTube site each month too to give you some helpful tips on how to create that month's cards.    The July one hasn't been posted yet.  There should be one closer to the 5th of July.

Here's are the links to a couple of the other videos:
June Bloom Box Video
May Bloom Box Video

The Bloom Box Subscription is for 6 months and automatically will ship thereafter unless you cancel.   The quality of the products in the box are exceptional --- just what I have come to expect from Fun Stampers Journey.

If you like to sign up now for a new subscription for the Bloom Box, click here to go to my website to order. 
 NOTE:   If you place your order today,  you will receive the June Bloom Box and your 2nd Bloom Box will be the one for July.   The subscription starts in the month you sign up.

Wouldn't this be a great gift idea too!!!!

Mary Director
Fun Stampers Journey Coach
24/7 on-line ordering available

Friday, June 24, 2016

PanPastels - My First Project Using Them And a Sneak Peek

Here's my first creation using the new PanPastels from Fund Stampers Journey.  Did you notice the new Artist Trading Stamp:  Life Music AT-0180

Close-up Photo
Stencil:  Falling Petals JM-0001

Confectionary Days PanPastels JM-0079

For my card base I used the Falling Petals Stencil and the Confectionary Days PanPastels.   Using a sponge, I alternated colors on the stencil.  

On the background piece for the Music Life ATS, I sponged the PanPastels directly onto the cardstock to give contrasting looks to the card's backgrounds.  
NOTE:  I did find that with the stencil, there was a tendency for the chalk to come off on my fingers when handling that design.   With a stencil on smooth card stock, the PanPastels don't work into the grain/tooth of the paper because it is smooth.   When applying directly to the paper with no layer (like a stencil), the Pan Pastels grab the grain/tooth well and there is little or none coming off on your fingers when handling.   A fixative (we do not sell any type) could be used if you wanted.  Please do not use hairspray --- it may work, but can cause your creation to yellow in time.
Extra Note:  With stencils, a mixed media product like Journey Gesso (JM-0072) or Journey Modeling Paste (JM-0073) would be great.  Using a spatula go over the stencil that has been placed on your card base.  Smooth out, remove and clean stencil.  Once paste is dry (quick drying is my understanding) then use the PanPastels on it.   Gives texture and dimension to your design.  I just ordered both the Gesso and the Paste.   Will be trying them soon.
My Review:   After using the PanPastels the last few days with testing and creating cards, I really LOVE THEM!!!!   No regrets on this purchase.  I think they are very versatile, easy to use, not messy and the outcome is beautiful.  I still have lots to learn about them, but feel they would be a good product even for a beginning crafter.   So nice that the sets have a 5 piece Sofft Tool Set included.

Mary Director
Fun Stampers Journey Coach
24/7 on-line ordering available

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sneak Peek: Fun Stampers Journey PanPastels

One of the biggest advantages to going to Celebrate You - Fun Stampers Journey Convention 2016 is that not only did we get the opportunity to see SNEAK PEEKS of new products, but we also offered the opportunity to purchase some of these wonderful products.  When they offered us the PanPastels for sale, I "had to have them".  

Part of our new 2016 - 2017 Fun Stampers Journey Inspiration Book and Catalog products are PanPastels.   Customers may order them as of July 1, 2016.  "PanPastel Colors are professional artists’ quality soft pastel colors packed in a unique pan format (cake-like). The special qualities of PanPastel Colors mean that artists can blend and apply dry color like fluid paint for the first time." (quote from Pan Pastel).  These are also erasable - so it easy to fix if you go outside of a line or want to create your own unique design.    Easy to use with sponge or "Sofft Tools".  To erase, any eraser will work but you want to use one that will not leave the color of the eraser on your artwork.  Personally, I am using a white eraser.  

All of our sets come with a palette with cover, seven PanPastels), and a five piece tool kit.   Journey Colorless Blender, Journey Brush Gold PanPastel, Journey Brush Silver PanPastel, and the 8 piece Journey Sofft Tools are purchased individually.

Here are my photos of the PanPastels (available July 1, 2016) on my Fun Stampers Journey website:
Special Note:  check out the design of each package.  The design is the same as brand new "Color Me Washi" tape.  Color Me Washi is 5CM wide x 15M long (approximately 1.97" x 39.33").   I will include the Washi information too.  We were not able to buy that at convention.   In each section, I will also list the colors included in each set.  

Confectionary Days PanPastels 
7 pans plus palette & 5 piece tool kit
Confectionary Days Color Me Washi AC-0235

Confectionary Days PanPastels JM-0079:
1.  Cool Pool 620.8 Phthaio Green Tint
2.  Pool Play 560.8 Phthaio Blue Tint
3.  Pretty Amethyst 470.8 Violet Tint
4.  Sweet Pear 680.8 Bright Yellow Green Tint
5.  Pineapple Smoothie 270.5 Yellow Ochre
6.  Banana Cream 250.8 Diarylide Yellow Tint
7.  Bubble Gum 340.8 Permanent Red Tint

Party Pop PanPastels
 7 pans plus palette & 5 piece tool kit
Party Pop Color Me Washi AC-0237

Party Pop PanPastels JM-0081:
1.  Beach Breeze 580.5 Turquoise
2.  Beach Ball 560.5 Phthaio Blue
3.  Lemon Drop 220.5 Hansa Yellow
4.  Candy Apple 340.5 Permanent Red
5.  Citrus Cooler 280.5 Orange
6.  Whip Cream 100.5 Titanium White
7.  Black Licorice 800.5 Black

Mother Nature PanPastels
7 pans plus palette & 5 piece tool kit
Mother Nature Color Me Washi AC-0238

Mother Nature PanPastels JM-0080
1.  Catalina Splash 560.3 Phthalo Blue Shade
2.  Denim Days 520.1 Ultra Blue Extra Dark
3.  Green Olive 220.1 Hansa Yellow Extra Dark
4.  Fresh Forest 640.1 Perm Green Extra Dark
5.  Pomegranate Splash 340.3 Permanent Red Shade
6.  Cocoa Powder 380.1 Red Iron Oxide Extra Dark
7.  River Stone 840.7 Paynes Gray Tint

Rich Sorbets PanPastels
7 pans plus palette & 5 piece tool kit
Rich Sorbets Color Me Washi AC-0236

Rich Sorbets Pan Pastels JM-0082
1,  Deep Lilac 430.1 Magenta Extra Dark
2.  Pretty Pansy 470.3 Violet Shade
3.  Huckleberry Fusion 520.3 Ultramarine Blue Shade
4.  Kiwi Slice 660.5 Chrom Oxide Green
5.  Summer Days 250.5 Diarylide Yellow
6.  Pumpkin Bread 740.5 Burnt Sienna
7.  Sweet Berry 430.5 Magenta

This is a photo of the tool kit that comes
 with each of the sets shown above.

 These are sold separately.
One in the middle is:
Journey Colorless Blender
See the other two below.

PanPastels Sold Separately:
1.  Journey Colorless Blender 010 Colorless Blender  .... item #JM0095
2.  Journey Brushed Gold 910.5 Light Gold .... item #JM-0096
3.  Journey Brushed Silver 921.5 Pewter .... item #JM-0097

Journey Brush Gold PanPastel

Journey Brush Silver PanPastel

I will show you photos of some of the cards I created using them soon.   I found them easy to use.  They cover extremely well.  It just takes a little to go a long way too.   

Tip:  If you see dust forming in the pans it is because you are over applying the product to the sponge or tool.  It only takes a swipe or two to have enough to work with.

One of the most amazing things about using these is that you can wipe off the sponge on a paper towel in between color changes.  No need to switch out the sponge or wash it until completely done.   So easy and convenient. 

I think they would be an awesome gift too for anyone that is into crafting, chalk/pastels painting, mixed media.   Very versatile product.   We saw it demonstrated using mixed media, stencils, sponges, and the Sofft Tools.   

Mary Director
Fun Stampers Journey Coach
24/7 on-line ordering available

Celebrate You - Fun Stampers Journey Convention 2016 Card Swaps

Since we decided to attend the Fun Stampers Journey Convention slightly last minute I didn't have time to create any card swaps.   I was truly touched by the number of people that gave me samples  of their card swaps so that I would have them too.

Some of the swaps were specific themes, some were general, and some were Coaches making samples to share with others not as part of an organized group.

Here are the card swaps I received.  I will post names of the creator "IF" they were on the back of the card.   Cards range in sizes from Artist Trading Card size (2 1/2" x 3 1/2") to A2 greeting card (4 1/4" x 5 1/2").

Click on photos for larger view.  

All three were created by:  Carol Hirsch

All three were created by:  Carol Hirsch

Left:  Carol Hirsch
Right:  Ruth Cooper

Left:  Marie McClung
Right: Erlinda Ramirez

Left:  Tricia Sachs
Right:  Becky Prusse

Left:  Kathy Tippin
Right:  Jennifer Gross

Left:  Kathy Tippin
Center:  Kathy Tippin
Right:  Kathy Tippin

Left:  Kathy Amaral
Center:  Christi Brisbane
Right:  Kathy Tippin

Amazing all the different ideas, techniques uses, and creations.   Definitely lots of inspiration and hard work in each of these.  

All cards were made with current FSJ products that should be in the new inspiration book too.

Mary Director
Fun Stampers Journey Coach
24/7 on-line ordering available

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Celebrate You - Fun Stampers Journey Convention 2016 - Photos

Just a few of my personal photos from the Fun Stampers Journey Convention in Scottsdale AZ this month.   Seems impossible that it is already over.   I learned so much, met so many wonderful people, and am looking forward to the coming FSJ year.

 Gabby Garay, Hal, Me, Richard Garay
What an honor to meet Gabby and Richard in person.

 Hal, Janice Whiting, Me
My upline, Janice.

 New Product:  Totetally Tote TO-0113  
Great way to organize your tools.

 New Product:  Craft Tote TO-0111
Perfect for storing your supplies when you are on the go,
going to a crop.

 New Product:  Journey Clear Block Case TO-0125 (blocks not included)
Love this great case for organizing and storing our clear blocks.




 Our first card class.


 New Product:  Slice-Fetti AC-0222
Look closely ... these are tiny pieces of fruit.
Love these, can't wait to use them.

Dressing up a planner
 Everything you need to make some really cute spinner cards.

 Gabby & Richard Garay
FSJ Photo - Recognition Dinner

 It all fit!!!
Amazing what you can fit in a small car after convention.
Journey Coaches were given the opportunity to purchase bundles of new products at the Journey Shop during convention.   (yes, there were two suitcases with clothes in there too).

Convention is open each year to Journey Coaches.  It was so worth going to.  I learned a great deal about our new product, learned how to use many of our new products, met so many Coaches, and it also helped add to my excitement about being part of this great company.

Come join my team and experience the fun of convention (and other events during the year).   As a Coach you will receive 20% off all of your purchases, are allowed to pre-order certain products before they go live to our customers, and so much more.   FSJ (Fun Stampers Journey) encourages both hobby and business Coaches.   Our quarterly quota is the lowest in the industry at $150 per quarter.  Have questions, please contact me.   Also there is a great deal of information on my website.
Go to my site, then click on "Become A Coach".  When you are ready to sign up, you sign up through my website. 

Platinum Starter Kit (one of 4 choices)

In July we are going to have a fantastic recruiting promotion.   The Platinum Starter Kit (shown above - except with the new inspiration book & catalog) will be priced at $149.99.   This kit has a value over $440 (updated 6/28/2016), so truly a phenomenal deal.   The Journey Platinum Machine TO-0090 retails for $249.95 by itself.   The kit is loaded with product and business supplies.   Everything you need to get started as a Coach.

Mary Director
Fun Stampers Journey Coach
24/7 on-line ordering available