Paper Fan Sunflowers


 Oh how I love fall! I used to adore the beautiful drives my parents and grandparents would take us on. I loved to see all of the rich, delicious colors we would see as we drove up the beautiful Millcreek and Big Cottonwood canyons.

Since moving to Arizona, I do miss that magical transformation of the trees but I still love fall. I am so happy to feel the refreshing dip in temperature. But I am still happy to create a little Utah fall in my home when I decorate for the autumn season.

I absolutely love sunflowers and the cheery warmth they exude. I decided to incorporate the FSJ paper fan to make various sizes.

fandie You can get a variety of sizes from this single die just by trimming the long, straight edge. You also will see you can change the opposite edge for added options as well. If you stick with the original die size, you need at least 3 fans cut out to make a full circle. It is a tight squeeze, but possible. If you choose to trim down your blossom, your number of fans will decrease depending on how much you trim off.

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Fan fold each die cut making sure to do so the same way for each fan. Glue ends together until you end up with a circle (see photos). This is also where I decided to sharpen the edges of my flower while the glue dried.

I used scalloped and regular circles to make the centers for my sunflowers cutting 2 of the pumpkin pieces per flower as one is needed for stability on either side. For added interest, I used my hole punch on the small dark brown layer so the pumpkin cardstock would show through.

If you have ever made a paper fan, you know the trickiest part is just getting the centers on. Tip the ends in so that your edges cinch up in the center. I used hot glue and added the back center piece. Then repeated this step on the front with my layered center. Voila!  A darling happy sunflower fan!


Happy Fall! Thanks so much for stopping by.



Halloween Pumpkin Decorating


Do you like to carve pumpkins? I am afraid I do not. I guess I am just not that skilled with the sharp instruments. Maybe it is just the messy pumpkin guts I can do without. Here in Arizona, pumpkins don’t last long in the heat either.  I have definitely got a preference for painting them. This year I went all out and even bought craft pumpkins.

I had a brilliant plan to stencil my pumpkins but quickly found that was easier said than done. In order to do so, I would need more flexible, possibly adhesive stencils. I had my pumpkins, I had some time, and I was ready to roll. I improvised.

I didn’t want my stencil idea to be a complete waste so I used one with modeling paste. This worked out pretty well. I used the round sponge brush, featured in the picture below, to make polka dots on my pumpkin. I was brave and tried my hand at making a scripty greeting on my last one with paint pens. I added a little ribbon and a little ghost and “voila” my pumpkins were finished!


Super simple, easy to replicate, not too many expensive supplies. Happy Halloween!

I figured I should add the TryDay Friday I did for FSJ a few weeks back.


Here’s the link:

How about a little sushi?

About a month ago, Benji informed me that he needed to try sushi. He was already certain that he loved it regardless of never trying it before. I am all for him trying new foods out. The thought of him breaking away from his usual cheeseburger, no pickles or onions meal was refreshing. So we went on an impromptu Mom and Benji date.

Turns out this kid knew what he was talking about. He loved it! He even got Darrin to try it out. Our family eats sushi almost weekly now. Yay!

My older son Daniel was on board with the sushi thing already. He and his girlfriend are big sushi lovers.

So now that brings me to a couple of fun projects I created this week. I pulled out my darling FSJ Sushi Puns stamps and dies. I must confess I have slacked off in the scrapbooking department. I am setting a goal to do at least one layout a month. This fun set was just what I needed to get it together. I love pocket pages! These make scrapbooking a snap. I just might even get caught up! 42130619_1388127981320624_7718014763002757120_n

42208434_286127798888215_4803380746834149376_nThis birthday card was so fun to create. I kept it fairly simple with just a few little details. I love to use Colorburst pencils. They are the best! I finished it off with a little Black Licorice silk and some Journey Glaze. I think we may have to hit the sushi again this weekend! What are your weekend plans?


Back to School

Well here it is, my first official blog post. I had a very unique opportunity come my way back in July. I was visiting my family in Utah and my sister, Sue and I decide to go and check out our old elementary school.

We had only planned on checking out the grounds but because of maintenance work, the building was open (though school was not in session). We decided it couldn’t hurt to ask if we could take a picture or two.

When we entered the doors of what used to be Libbie Edwards Elementary School, I was immediately struck by how small it was compared to my memory of it. As we approached the front desk of what is now a school for deaf and blind children, the staff was very warm and welcoming. They very kindly permitted us to look around. Here are a few photos from our trip down memory lane.


I think it is kind of fitting that as I embark on learning something new, I am blogging a back to school project. As a concept designer at FSJ, I have been given the opportunity to do a weekly Facebook live called Tryday Friday. It is on the Fun Stampers Journey Facebook page and airs at 3pm (Arizona Time) each friday. Here is a YouTube link to this project: TryDay Friday Passport Book

FSJ TryDay Friday Passport Book 2

Here is a link to the Fun Stampers Journey Blog where you can find more details:

Now that we have added a little personal note from Benji to our pocket, we are ready to give this to his amazing teacher!