Today, I am officially announcing my NEW endeavor on my personal blog. In June 2014, I was introduced to a company that was founded by Richard and Gabby Garay called Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ). This is where I have hung my coat for the past four + years. Recently, FSJ announced they are closing as a direct sales company and merging with another company as an online retail store. This announcement came as shock to me and many of my coach friends.
During the past four years. I had the privilege of leading a large team, I called Pen Pals. I met some of the most amazing kindhearted, loving and super talented artists. I attended every convention, leadership conference. went on two incentive trips, walked the stage for several accomplishments. It truly was a great Journey. But, sometimes things that you have no control over, change. While I look back over the last year, I truly believe God prepared my heart so that I could find peace in all this.
On October 11th, a friend called me. We talked for about an hour while I was sitting in my car in a store parking lot. She opened my heart that day to see things in a new way. The next day, while at church I felt God spoke to me and it was at that moment I knew what I wanted to do.
Richard and Gabby were no longer with FSJ. They were launching their new company (RG Studio 360) that very same weekend. I reached out to friend and together we decided to start a team, I signed up to be a Certified Studio Designer on October 12th.
I have been in the direct sales for over 25 years. Although RG Studio360 is not direct sales, it has a program that allows me to build a small team still. So today, I have 5 on my team. We don't have an official team name yet, but for now we call ourselves the CSD Sisters (a sisterhood of like minded, faith-filled, loving and inspiring women).
Friends, I am all about forgiveness. second chances, third chances (whatever it takes). Life is not always easy, sometimes we make mistakes and poor choices. But at the end of the day, we all put our pants on the same and are hoping for a new day to try it all over again. Being mad at someone or holding grudges is toxic to our souls, I want to live with goodness and love, living with peace and joy.
So, I hope that you will continue to follow and support me on this NEW Journey. I will inspire you with a variety of products from Altenew, Catherine Pooler Designs (love her inks), RG Studio360 and Unity Stamp Company. I may toss in a few others along the way. I only use and endorse products I like. I give honest reviews that I am not paid for.
I am currently working on getting some affiliate links hooked up to share, my applications are pending. As I get accepted, I will post links on my projects on where you can find the products I use.
Thank you for stopping by and for being patient with me as I find my NEW normal.
Happy August to all of you... it was so much fun being able to take this photo outdoors. It's absolutely beautiful in Minnesota right now. The colors are already changing some.
This year, the farmer planted corn behind our house so I used it as a background for this gorgeous card! So fun!! I absolutely love to take a piece of plain White cardstock to create something magical. This card looks hard, but it's very simple indeed. Let me walk through it step by step.
First, you will need the following pieces of cardstock (I am including the measurements)
Step One: Stamp a background image onto the piece of 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 White cardstock (I used a grid stamp). It's okay to not stamp it perfectly, it creates a fun collage when there is a variation in color.
Step Two: a stencil and Ink, apply the ink using a Large Dauber randomly with the stencil, then with a tad of ink, apply ink to areas in circular motion still using your dauber (without the stencil).
Step Three: I stamped the butterflies. I did not stamp the bottom right hard so I was able to continue with imperfection. For me, a well completed collage background, should be imperfect.
Step Four: Stamp the sentiments.
Step Five: Stamp two butterflies on a scrap of white cardstock. Color your images using colored pencils, Hand cut the images closely leaving no white. Adhere with liquid glue.
Step Six: Assemble your card, finish with Candy Drops and Black Ink Splats.
So there you have it, see how easy it is to make your OWN backgrounds? I love creating collage cards. I am Grateful, Blessed and Thankful .
I love to inspire others to make pretty things!
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I am not paid by anyone to represent their products, I use what I love. I do earn commissions via affiliate programs for promoting products if someone buys from me as a referral. There is no cost to you for ordering via me. I currently have affiliate licenses with Altenew, FSJ/Spellbinders, RG Studio360, Scrapbook.com and Tonic Studios,