• Creative Team

    FSJ Fall Blog Hop

    Welcome to the October Creative Team Blog Hop!  Our theme for this month is “fall”.  Here is the link list of all of our Creative Team members.   Please be sure to visit everyone for some great inspiration.

    My card is a version of a card I’m sure you’ve seen before.  Remember this card?

    I love that card!  I thought it would be fun to show you how I made it and bring it into fall.

    First, I cut my leaf in Candy Apple, Haystack, Limeade Splash, and Citrus Cooler using the coordinating stamp and die set Autumn Days.  Then I stamped my leaf using Hazelnut Blend ink on Buttercream cardstock and die cut it with the coordinating die.

    Pulling out my FSJ scoring board, I  lined up the top of each leaf and the bottom right corner slot and made a quick score line.  Tip: I picked a number on my scoreboard (in this case, the 5 inch line) and slid my scoring tool down about 2 inches to make sure I was lining the top and the bottom in the same channel on the board.  Once I had my leaf lined up, I made my score mark.

    No fall leaf is complete without a little Dark Roast silk!

    Now I begin layering up my colored leaves with a small bead of glue down each score line.

    This card comes together quickly from here.  Stamp your sentiment in the lower corner using Thankful Friends.  Add a bit of Gold and Dark Roast silk across the card and make a trail with our Rainbow Drops.

    Finally, glue the leaf stack on and you have a beautiful card for someone you love!

    I hope you are having a wonderful autumn! It’s my favorite season,  even though it is also my busiest.  I will be back soon with some fun Halloween ideas for you.

    Sending you good vibes and big wishes!

    -Alissa

     

  • Inspiration

    Color Splash Fall

    I am so charmed by this card!  It is so simple to create. First, I die cut three of the leaves from Autumn Days out of scratch paper.   I placed them on the panel of Buttercream cardstock and sprayed gently with Citrus Cooler, Lemon Grass and Gold Splashes.  Then I lined up the matching leaf stamps with the blank spaces and stamped in Hazelnut Blend ink.  Isn’t that a pretty effect?!  The gather sentiment comes from Harvest Wishes.  Add a triple bow with Lemon Grass thread and some sparkling gems from our Rainbow Drops. Layer it all up on a Lemon Grass panel and glue it to your card base.  Voila!

    Sending you good vibes and big wishes!

    -Alissa

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  • Creative Team,  Mixed Media

    Seven backgrounds with the Cement Tile stencil

    Welcome to the Paisley Papyrus stop on the FSJ Creative Team Blog Hop!  I’m still so excited to participate on the FSJ Creative Team with these amazing ladies and this first blog hop is only the beginning of the goodness.  Monthly, we will be featuring great projects that bring paper to life with the high quality FSJ product line.  My featured product today is the Cement Tile stencil.  But before I get to that, I want to make sure you know who is on the Blog Hop with me.  Please make sure to visit each of them for some serious inspiration.

    Kazan Clark

    Lezlye Lauterbach

    Carrie Rhoades

    Christine Chan

    Jill Hilliard

    Jenny Watson

    Marty McGee

    Alissa Hall

    Just in case you lose your place, you can always check the FSJ blog to see the complete list again.  In fact, bookmark or subscribe to that blog while you are there.  It continues to provide me with regular inspiration! Now, about that Cement Tile stencil…

     

    I love a good stencil and when this one was introduced in the new annual catalog, I was smitten.  Today is the day that we see what we can create with it.  I have seven ideas to share with you on different ways to use this little beauty.

    Our first go with the stencil is to pounce some Pan Pastel in River Stone over it.  I only wanted certain sections of the stencil for this background so I moved it around as I created a design on my card front.

    I basically used the edge of the stencil and lined it up with the corners and the edge that I was using for the particular part of the design I wanted.  I moved it around six times and ended up with this background.  This is something that you need to be very gentle with.  I set mine with hairspray to try to keep the pan pastel from rubbing off.

    For the next background, I still only wanted certain areas of the stencil, so I used one of our sponge daubers with our Chambray Shirt ink to sponge on color for the design I hoped to achieve.

    I did that twice, overlapping the medallion slightly.  In this image, you can see that little bits of neighboring openings got a bit of color too.  That is okay.

    This next application with the stencil is actually a two for one.  For this one, I sprayed it with our Color Splash spray in Rustic Rose.  First on Fresh Sage cardstock.

    After spraying it, there was so much beautiful color on the back of the stencil that I couldn’t waste, so I applied it to a piece of Peaches & Cream cardstock.  

    When I laid it down, I covered it with a piece of paper towel and brayered over it to get as much color transfer as possible.

    Can you see how beautiful the colors are?  How that shimmery gold came out?  I only used the one spray – nothing added.  I thought I would love the rose and sage combo best, but I really love the peach and rose one even better!  It pays to take a chance sometimes.

    Now it’s time to break out the modeling paste.  First I smoothed the paste all over the stencil like you’ve seen a million times before.

    And that is fine, but I wanted more.  So before I lifted the stencil off, I sprayed it first with a spritz of the Rustic Rose Color Splash and then with the Chambray Shirt.

    To take it one step further, after lifting the stencil but while it was still wet, I sprinkled it with Sparkle Dust and set it aside to dry over night.

    After it dried completely, I poured the excess sparkle dust back in the jar.  But beyond that, I used a paintbrush to dust off the top layer of Sparkle Dust that was on the card front. You might think this step would take off too much of the sparkle, but it actually enhanced it.

    For the next background, I wanted a subtle effect.  I used the glossy gel medium over the stencil.  For this technique, I chose to use a disposable sponge applicator and pounce it on.  With the gel medium, you want to work quickly and carefully so that no gel medium gets beneath the stencil.  Gel medium can also be used as a glue so it will seal your stencil to your project if you use too much.  A little goes a long way.

    As with all of these techniques, you want to wash your stencil immediately.  But with this technique, you don’t want to delay at all.

    It is not easy to see in the picture, but this technique gives a lovely watermark pattern to your background.

    For our final background today, I’ve decided to mix the Chambray Shirt reinker with the modeling paste.

    You can either blend until completely smooth or leave it partially mixed for a more two tone coloring.  I elected to mix until smooth.  I used one of our clear view sheets that came on one of my stamps over a clear block for my mixing pallete.

    I obviously chose to do a tone on tone color mixing here, but it would also be lovely to have a contrasting cardstock color with modeling paste color.  That choice would give you more of a patterned paper feel.

    As you can see, this stencil can provide a variety of options for you.  But, what can you do with all of these backgrounds?  I’ve primarily used items from the Good Life collection to create a variety of cards from these.  Here is what I made.

    This card is completed by two strips of Fresh Sage and Peaches & Cream topped with Huge Hello in Fresh Sage and coated with Journey Gaze, accented with Summer Branch Die in Fresh Sage and pearls from Meadow Pearls.

    Remember when I told you that the bit of ink that got into the other openings around the medallions didn’t matter?  This is why.  I fussy cut around my medallion images and sliced it down the center to use it as embellishment atop the blue plaid from the Good Life Prints.  This card features the Many Thanks ATS embossed with Rose Gold powder.  I even dipped a tiny heart from our Forever Heart Chips in the embossing ink and embossed that in Rose Gold as well.

    This card is pretty straight forward.  It is matted on Haystack cardstock and mounted on a River Stone card base.  The sentiment is from Cottage Bouquet cut with layered dies from our new Special Day Tags.  Fresh Sage thread and Tin Pail pearls are the finishing touch.

    This one is my favorite of the entire bunch.  As Bob Ross would call it, a happy accident. I cut the background to only a portion and mounted on Peaches & Cream cardstock, wrapped with both Peaches & Cream thread and Gold thread.  The sentiment comes from the Life is Beautiful set and is accented with Peach pearls from Meadow Pearls.

    Did you know that you can use a die on dried modeling paste and it cuts beautifully?  This is an example of just that.  First I used Silver Sparkle Tape down the left edge of the card base, mounted my heart shaped cut out on top and finished with a Rustic Rose Satin ribbon bow.  Thinking the bottom was a bit naked, I pierced a design with our new Basics Piercing Template and splattered a bit of Dark Roast silk.  The sentiment comes from our Farmyard friends.

    Can you see the subtle watermarked type look the stencil gave this card?  It is just the thing to take it from meh, to magnificient!  Farmyard Friends bundle, Garden Branch die, Bloom Cluster die and Journey Rectangles all work together to make this sweet card.

    Last but not least is our simple and elegant card using a free Bloom Benefit called A Simple Hello.  Again, I embossed it with Rose Gold on vellum.  The tone-on-tone background of the Chambray Shirt colored modeling paste with the Chambray Shirt cardstock make it a lovely card.  It is completed with our Meadow Pearls and Brushed Silver Organza Ribbon.

    I hope you found some inspiration here that you can use with your Cement Tile stencil.  There are even more techniques I want to try with this stencil but I think that is enough for this week.

    Sending you good vibes and big wishes!

    -Alissa

     

  • Sale News

    September Sales

    Isn’t that some beatiful color?  This weekend I made my paper palette sampler of all the FSJ colors.  I have already used it to make selecting colors for a card easier!  I highly recommend making one yourself if you love to create projects with paper.  The exciting news is that during the month of September all of our paper and ink pads are 20% off!  That makes this the perfect time to fill out your collection with any cardstock or ink pad colors that you are missing.  Visit my Facebook page to see the complete list of sale items along with the sku numbers to order.

    What can be better than that?  Well, let me tell you…

    Each week this month, FSJ will have promotional bundles available at a special price!  Would you like to see this week’s bundles?

     

     

    Do you see something you like?  I know I do!  The Good Life bundle is selling for $45.41 (retail is $60.55).  The Mother Nature bundle is selling for $29.81 (retail is $39.75).  Let me know if you need help ordering!  Both deals go away on September 9th when they will be replaced with a new one.

    Sending you good vibes and big wishes!

    -Alissa

     

     

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  • Creative Team

    Fun Stampers Journey Creative Team

    I’ve been keeping a little secret.  Over the last two months, I’ve been making projects to showcase my creative style as part of my application process for the FSJ Creative Team.  On Friday, the company announced that I am one of eight Journey coaches selected for the team!  I can hardly believe it!  The team of talent is fantastic and I can’t wait for you to meet each of them over the coming year.  Here are the projects I submitted for each round of the application process.

     

    It has been a thrill to receive feedback from designers, coaches and the home office.  This is such a wonderful company to work with and I am looking forward to many years of creating beautiful things with the materials they supply.

    Sending you good vibes and big wishes!

    -Alissa

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  • Memories and Scrapbooks

    It’s a Good Life

    If you love our Good Life Prints like I do, you’re going to love using this paper in your scrapbooks.  This is a layout I made for my daughter’s prom pictures this past spring.  It could easily be adapted to Mother’s Day, a family outting, a photoshoot, or a day on the farm.

    Each strip of patterned paper is cut at 2×6.  The base is our 12×12 Chambray Shirt paper with a strip of Fresh Sage 12×12 cut at 3/4″ to blend the patterns with the base page.  Also featured on the page is our beautiful Cottage Bouquet stamp set.  I can’t get enough of these flowers!

    I hope you will use this layout idea to create a spread for your own album!

    Sending you good vibes and big wishes!

    -Alissa

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  • Inspiration

    My Summer in Cards

    If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you are missing a lot of my card creations.  Search for Paisley Papyrus to get inspiration in your feed several times a week.  All of the cards here have been shared on my IG account over the summer.

     

     

     

     

     

    I know I missed some so more will be coming.  I plan to begin updating the blog more often as I create so I can better share techniques and supply lists.  Until then, I hope you enjoyed this eye candy!

    Sending you good vibes and big wishes!

    -Alissa

     

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  • Tutorial

    Secret to Flat Cutting Plates

    Do your cutting plates warp and bow on you?  Would you like to know the secret to keeping them flat, even with extensive use?  I’ve got your answer.

    This picture is my actual FSJ Amaze machine and plates.  I’ve been using them daily for almost two months.  And they are still flat.  Here is my secret.

    Start with a fresh pair of cutting plates.  Pick one to use as a top plate and don’t let the cut edge of your dies go against this top plate.  Get in the habit of putting the bottom cutting plate on the platform and before each run through the machine, press your finger in the center of the plate.  If it has any “give” at all, flip the plate.  If it doesn’t give, run your die through on the current side with your paper and your cut side down, topped with your uncut top plate.

    Want to see what I mean by “give” in the plate?  Watch this 2 minute video.

    Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to make sure you never miss a tip or tutorial.

    Sending you good vibes and big wishes!

    -Alissa

     

  • Tutorial

    A Gel Press Welcome

    Whether welcoming someone to the neighborhood, church or office, we all need to have some great cards in our stash.  This one is quick and clean but so fun and messy!  (Wait… what?)  You’ll see.

    First, I cut two card fronts at 4 1/8 by 5 3/8 of Whip Cream cardstock.  I want to leave a tiny border around it once mounted on the 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card front.  Then I used my grid paper stack to line up my washi tape straight across at the top and the bottom of the area I wanted to mask.  I used the Welcome stamp to eyeball the width of my white area before laying down the second washi strip and filling in the middle area.

    Here comes the messy part of my clean card… I got out my Gel Press and dolloped on some of our creamy, thick paint in Bubble Gum, Cool Pool and Blue Lagoon before spreading it across the Gel Press with our brayer.

     

    Because there is enough paint on the Gel Press, I made two cards at once.  I don’t want to waste any of that delicious paint!  I laid my first card in the paint and gave it a good burnish around the back with my finger and pulled my first print.  I used the ink that was left on my brayer to go over the Gel Press a second time and pulled a second print.

    I peeled off the washi tape mask and set my wet card front panels aside to dry while I prepared my Simply Gold washi tape.  I wanted my borders thin so I laid my washi tape down the cutting edge of my Journey Blooms trimmer, carefully lining up the edge with the 1/4 inch grid marks provided on the trimmer.

    The FSJ Acrylic paints dry quickly so the card fronts were ready by the time I finished cutting the gold tape.  I lined the white area with our Whip Cream Sparkle Tape.  Again, using the lines on my grid paper to make sure it was all straight.

    Next, I used my cut gold washi strips to hide the line where the paint meets the white under the sparkle tape.  Since I had touched the washi tape so much and the sparkle tape has texture, I used a tiny dot of Journey Glue to secure the ends of the gold washi to ensure they stayed down.  Now it’s time to stamp.  I grabbed Catalina Splash for a nice dark blue tone to compliment the other three colors.

    Then I trimmed the edges with our non stick Grand Pro Shears.  These scissors are simply the best I’ve ever used.  I use them on virtually every craft project I make.

    Our final steps are to use our Journey Craft Glue to adhere the Gold Friendship Sequins before applying the card panel to the front of our card with Medium Foam Squares.

    Thank you for joining me to see how I made my quick and clean yet messy and fun cards! Sending you good vibes and big wishes!

    -Alissa

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  • Card Making Basics

    Team Challenge

    Sometimes, when you are creating, it is fun to have guidelines.  It takes away that overwhelming “where do I begin?” feeling that comes with having a full craft space.  Recently, the manager of our FSJ team challenged us to recreate – or even just copy – a card from the Annual Catalog.  Feeling rebellious, I decided to copy and update a card from one of our first FSJ catalogs.  Here is the original.

    Since we no longer carry the black and white striped paper, the stamp that made the flower, the banner dies under the flower or the silver star, I had to be creative with replicating it as closely as possible.    Here is what I came up with.

    I used black and white stripes from our Good Vibe print pack, Limeade Splash flowers made from the Clover Bloom die set, star strip made with our Border Details die set, Journey twine in Black Licorice, sentiment from Tickled Pink stamp set and finished off with a button from Clear Blooms Accents and a rhinestone.

    I hope you like my update to an FSJ classic!  Sending you good vibes and big wishes!

    -Alissa