Monday, February 15, 2016

Let the Journey begin . . .

Here and there I have seen cards/videos by Deb Valder  --- here are a couple of projects I have made after seeing her videos ---


and recently I made her Easter Chick Treat Holder:


Deb is very inspiring and she is very detailed on her videos/blog so you can watch her video and also make the same card/project she teaches with the same results --- which is always a good thing.  .  . so when Deb "jumped ship" and joined Fun Stampers Journey I decided to check this out. . .

Here is a photo of the the Fun Stampers Journey catalog I received:


Took it to the office supply store and had them spiral bound it with a clear cover on the front and back:


For $6 plus change I now have a spiral bound catalog--great to have the spiral on it so the pages lay flat and the catalog will not 'flop' shut all the time... Fun Stampers Journey is the brainstorm of Richard Garay and his wife Gabby. They are based in Phoenix, AZ.

What is great about this company??? Where to start -- here is an example --- just opened a new stamp set from another catalog stamp company --- only to have to take all the stamps off the rubber piece, then put the indexing labels on them -- hoping that is straight, and then deciding to throw all stamp pieces to the set in the box or put them back into the rubber piece for storage in the box??? Here is that stamp set:


Here is the new stamp set and a couple of stamps I am putting the indexing on... now once all the indexing is done how to store it? If I toss all the stamps in the set into the case then whenever I should open the case the stamps can fall out...


If I put all the indexed stamps back onto the rubber piece that held them it is neater in the case but I will have to put them back in their "holes" each time they are used:


turned over to show the indexing:


So all this work and I have yet to stamp anything.... but here is my new Easter stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey and their stamps arrive in envelopes, already with the indexing ON the stamps so no assembly required.... plus their stamps are on clear sheets inside the envelopes so open the envelope, take out the clear sheet holding the stamps, take off the stamp you want, stamp it and back to the clear sheet after cleaning for storage....quick and easy and now no waiting to for the stamp sets to be delivered only to have to assemble them all...



These stamps are of top of the line quality -- no shadows or blurred stamping. These stamps are good quality rubber and made in the USA -- always a plus.

Richard and Gabby have thought this all out --- here are photos of the inside of their catalog -- first the sections are coloured coded so if you are looking for stamp sets they are all together in this catalog:


Then they offer dies -- from sets of dies to single dies -- here is a single doily die:


Now for their dies sets -- here is a photo of their Journey Ovals die set -- it has oval dies and then piercing oval dies in the same set of 10 --- TEN dies in one set and the price is unbelievable!!


Throughout the catalog you will see stamp sets with green lines around them --- Fun Stampers Journey dies are all lime green so if you should see a stamp set with the green lines that means that stamp set has a matching set of dies BUT you can buy the stamp set only, or the die set only, or if you should buy both the stamp set and die set together you get a reduced price which is their "bundle" price:


They sells tools, accessories, embellishments, etc. The ink pads they sell are "True Color Fusion" ink pads -- no more buying a classic ink pad, a re-inker for that, then a craft ink pad, a re-inker for that... they have this down to a science --- Lots of card stocks -- printed, solids, 8 1/2" x 11" as well as the 12" x 12". Their card stocks are 80 # weight --- not 65 # weight and their prices are comparable to what we have bought from catalogs before. . .

They also sell ATS stamps -- in this catalog they have three pages of those -- an ATS is a single stamp or a single stamp that also has a greeting with it which is really great. HOW many times have we all bought a full stamp set for ONE stamp we wanted???

Quality is great and this is a company that realizes that our hobbies are important to us and that value is what we are looking for. . . I have bought dies, stamp sets, card stocks, inks from them and not only is the value there but their packaging is also good.

If you want to check out more of their catalog for yourself please visit Deb Valder at:

http://stampladee.com/

For the month of February Fun Stampers Journey is having a special -- buy certain card stocks and embellishments and receive a second one for free. Richard and Gabby realize the importance of their customer following --- unlike some stamp companies that never offer their customers anything for free or reduced -- lots of inspiration on the pages of the Fun Stampers Journey catalog and hoping you find something that you will like -- Since I had not heard of them before I saw the video about them on YouTube by Deb Valder I thought I would share this info with other stampers. TFL and YOLO

2 comments:

MaryH said...

Sounds like a company that is going to do well. I like the things you said about this company. Also can guess the company with no indexes on the stamps! Hope you had a very productive craft day at home from the ice! Stay warm. TFS the info on this company, and thanks again for the lovely Valentine card. Will share it on my Cards by Friends page at my blog, so my blog friends can enjoy the wonderfully made card too. TFS & Hugs (oh yes, totally forgot to say how much I loved the tile stamping...so beautiful. and also the cute little chicks projects.

Brenda said...

Thanks for letting us know about this new company Candee! I'm gonna check them out! Hugs, Brenda