Thursday, November 2, 2017

Joy Clair New Release November!


Hello there planner friends!  Today I'm joining my fellow Joy Clair design team members as we share the newest stamps to the Joy Clair collection!  I'm excited to share the new calendar set called Calendar Fun!  This is the perfect stamp set for all your planner needs and it can help you create the most awesome "from scratch" traveler inserts too!  Check out the Joy Clair Blog for a sneak at what my fellow DT members are showcasing!  

Join us for this fun hop:  I'm attaching the blogroll so you can hop along with us!  
Let's start the fun!  Remember...Joy Clair has prizes for their blog readers and visitors that comment on each and every blog in the hop...so get hoppin' for your chance to WIN!  
Here's the complete list for the Everyday Stamp Sets Blog Hop:  


Did you know that I have a love affair with making monthly Traveler's Notebook inserts?  I really do!  Each month, I make a unique and "from scratch" insert for my Traveler's Notebook.  You can make one too!  I'll share some tips and tricks here:  

Use a piece of cardstock that is cut down to 21x22 cm.  I'm attaching my insert template for you here FREE so print using the 8 1/2 x 11 setting, trim it down to insert size (make sure to trim while folded like a signature) and enjoy!  

I use a LONGARM stapler to staple my inserts.  If you're interested in getting one, mine is a soft touch stapler so it staples my inserts easily and perfectly every time!  


If you would like the PDF version of my insert page emailed to you, please post a comment for me with your contact info (I have set this blog post to moderate comments and will not post your private comment info.)

Now, let's get back to my insert... Before starting on the planning part on the inside, I just had to decorate it up for a fancy fall design.  I used Fall Leaves and a mix of Memento inks and gold ink to decorate the front.  
After finishing the outside, I started working on the pages inside.  I stamped all the days and dates and also added some fun decor stamps as I was planning the first week.  Since I prepare these inserts myself, I can customize them so that they do not bleed through and can also have "pockets" to hold receipts and other important papers.  Each week spread is backed by a blank spread so that they can be glued together along the edge to become pockets OR I can use the next pages for sketching, journaling and note writing.  It's a perfect set-up for me.  
This set is so fun!  I love the mix of faux washi, doodly images, little icons and fun elements to incorporate on my pages and I also love that there are social media icons that can be used too.  SO FUN!  
The little arrows are perfect for adding some action and whimsy to a page!  
So fun, right?!  Now I'm set for the month and all I have to do is FILL IT UP!  
Get yours today!  Hope you enjoy!  

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November Joy Clair Challenge: Stencil It!

Hey there stampers!  Today I'm joining my fellow Joy Clair team members in kicking off the November Challenge on the blog with a fun stenciling challenge.  STENCIL IT!  We welcome you to play along and encourage you to post your creation in our inlinkz for your chance at a $25.00 gift certificate to Joy Clair!!!  Come on, Join the fun!
I totally intended on making this card a FALL card but...it just didn't want to be a fall card.  I think it wanted so much to be a snowy scene...so I just followed along for the ride.  
To create my "starlight scene", I made my own stencil using some punches and a piece of cardstock.  I originally started stenciling with the dauber but found that too annoying so I just inked up my finger and dabbed onto the stars and dots.  It worked much better!
Those itty bitty dots didn't stencil as well as I thought they would and just became some pin prick colors.  I think these dots would have worked a bit better in gold on dark cardstock but oh, well...I just had to keep applying the dots so it would look like I meant to have them all there.  HA HA.  
After doing the stenciling (notice my blue finger dabbed in yellow made an oopsie green star),  I started coloring one of the trees from the Happy Camper set.  I colored/painted it with a combination of Tombow #296, and Memento Cottage Ivy (with water) and Rich Cocoa (with water).  I colored the other two tree trunks and gave a little shadow with the Tombow N95.  I then cut out this tree and the other two trees so that I could figure out a nice arrangement on the card.  
 I figured out a nice arrangement, tied some twine, machine stitched some meandering lines, added some pop dots, laid the trees down, then searched for the perfect sentiment...I found it in the Salt and Light set.  Inked it up with Memento Black and stamped her on.
The stamped image was then splattered with some sparkle silk and pop dots were added to make her float on the card base.  FINITO BANDITO!  Love it!
I hope you enjoyed this creation and remember, if you don't have stencils, make your own!  Easy, peasy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Hello Fall!

Hello inky friends!  I'm happy to be back to share a fun fall card using one of the new Joy Clair stamp sets called Fall Leaves.  I love this set because it is a combination of leaves and the "skeleton" veins as well as some gorgeous sentiments. I stamped the leaves directly onto my Gelli Plate and then applied my kraft paper to the plate.  This lifted the leaves and the color off perfectly.  I think it gives a nice image that isn't crisp and clean but rather a bit dreamy.  I added some swipes of color onto the plate too then applied those too.  The Gelli Plate is so fun to use! 
After creating the background, I applied some ink and Gold Pan Pastel to the edges to make it shimmer and shine.  I also added some gloss, let it dry then buffed the gloss over with gold Pan Pastel.
After finishing the background panel, I mounted it onto dark brown cardstock and machine stitched around the border.  I attached some twine and some golden pearls and then finished it off by adding a few stamped, colored and fussy cut leaves. 

Mounting this image onto a bright yellow card base helped set the stage for this gorgeous fall card.  Bring on the cool, crisp air!