Monday, January 14, 2019

Winter Cardinal

Even though the weather by me has been really nice, we ended up with cold rain and a little ice this weekend.  Perfect time to share a winter card.  The Large Cardinal stamp, from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps, was used on this card and even though this is in their Christmas themed images, it can be used for so much more.

A white, embossed background was created to show off this brightly colored cardinal.  It was colored with Copic markers and die cut with Spellbinders’ Label 4.  After adding to the card front, it was surrounded by additional die cut/punched snowflakes and a simple sentiment (from JFF's Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet).  This card is perfect for this time of the year but can be used for any occasion – Birthday, Get Well, Sympathy - by simply changing the sentiment.

Have a wonderful week.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Just For Fun January Challenge

Happy New Year and Happy New Challenge at the Just For Fun Blog.  Starting in the new year the JFF Monthly Challenge will begin on the 1st Tuesday of each month.  The January challenge theme is

January makes me think of snow so I dug out this blue snowflake paper that I have had for a long time and used it for the card front.   

The Framed Snowflake from JFF was stamped with Paris Dusk Memento Ink on Silver cardstock.  This, along with another piece of silver, were layered on white edged with the same Memento Ink and added to the cardfront.  Then the Warm Winter Wishes from JFF were stamped on white cardstock and trimmed to look like a snowdrift for the bottom of the card.

I used this card design for birthday cards for my two daughters, who both celebrated their birthdays on December 30th.  I simply added the birthday message inside using the JFF Growing old.2-Sided sentiment.

This was especially for my eldest, who was stressing about turning 30.  So hard to believe.

Head on over to the Just For Fun Blog to get more challenge details and inspiration.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas 2018

Wishing all my family, friends, and followers a blessed Christmas.

E. Marie

Monday, December 10, 2018

Winter Wonderland

I had to work really hard to produce this card this weekend.   I had been sick earlier this week so I decided I would make a lot of cards while playing with my friends at our favorite scrapbook store this weekend.  We showed up late, ate a fantastic lunch, celebrated a birthday, and then the store closed early due to a coming snowstorm.  Didn't leave much time to get creative.  Today with all the ice, snow, and wind our power kept going on and off and it took some real determination to get out of my comfy chair and go to my chilly craft room and get creative.  Sure had fun once I got started. Since a winter storm is very unusual for our area, it seemed the perfect time to share a winter card.

The Pines along Stream Silhouette image from Just For Fun was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and a portion was die cut using Spellbinders’ Label 4 Nestability.  Then a mixture of Stormy Sky and Shaded Lilac Distress Ink and Paris Dusk Memento Ink were sponged around the edges. The Winter Wonderland sentiment from JFF's The Seasons Word Block, along with the bird section of their Lighthouse Silhouette, were stamped with Paris Dusk ink.  A little white “snow” was added to the trees and ground.  I wanted the snow to pop a little more but my poor white gel pen dried up on me and all the stores were closed (not that I could even get out of my neighborhood as the streets are still totally packed with ice/snow).  

The die cut image was layered on a larger white die cut that was embossed with an embossing folder.  This was added to blue layers on a white card base.  It is hard to see there are two different shades of blue used for the layers but these add to the winter chill of the scene.

Have a wonderful week.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Autumn Greetings

With all the Black Friday craziness, everyone around me is moving on with Christmas prep.  I am still enjoying my turkey and the lovely fall look surrounding my neighborhood.  Before I move on I have one more fall card to share.

I have had the thought and design of this card in the back of my mind for a while and finally had some time to create it.  The new Modern Leaf from Just For Fun was stamped repeatedly with Rich Cocoa Memento Ink on cream cardstock, then added to layers of brown and gold.  The same image was heat embossed in gold on fall colors of cardstock and fussy cut.  These were tucked around the Autumn Greetings sentiment, from JFF's The Seasons Word Block, and at the bottom.

Love the simplicity of this card with the pop of color.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Just For Fun November Challenge

Just For Fun Rubber Stamps has a new challenge for the month of November.  Use the colors “Brown, Orange, and Red”.

I decided to share a Thanksgiving card since this holiday doesn’t get a lot of attention and I really enjoy it.  Two of Just For Fun’s new stamps, Harvest Bundle and Wild Turkey, were used.  The Harvest Bundle was stamped with Peanut Butter Memento Ink on cream cardstock.  The edges were sponged with more Peanut Butter ink and some Rich Cocoa Memento Ink.  The orange and brown layers were also sponged on the edges with Rich Cocoa and Morocco ink.

The turkey was stamped with Rich Cocoa ink and colored with Copic Markers.  After fussy cutting, it was popped up on the card front.  The JFF sentiment, Happy Thanksgiving, was stamped with Morocco ink in the top corner.

Head on over to the Just For Fun Blog for all the challenge details and more “Brown, Orange, and Red” inspiration.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Halloween Greetings

Halloween is around the corner, with a night full of spooks and goblins.  Check out this cutie, sneaking through the woods.

I used one of the upcoming Just For Fun images and heat embossed it in white on dark blue cardstock.  The image was stamped again in black, colored with colored pencils, and fussy cut.  This was layered on top of the 1st image, leaving a spooky white outline around the image.  The Cluster of Stalks from Just For Fun was stamped in black on top of it.

The Halloween Greetings sentiment (JFF's Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet) was heat embossed at the top and black ink sponged around the outer edges.  This card front was layered on orange, black, and white.

Have a fun Halloween and be safe!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Batty Halloween

The October Challenge at the Just For Fun Blog is Halloween.  I created these two Halloween Cards using the same three Just For Fun images with just a slight difference.  The little bats are part of the upcoming Just For Fun release.

Both cards used the same decorative/colored layers.  The colorful center was created by sponging Distress Inks on white cardstock.  The Doodle Circle was stamped over the light center to create the moon.  I couldn’t decide where I wanted the little bats, in front of the moon or behind the moon.  I decided to try it both ways and share the results with you.  Then I stamped the Happy Halloween sentiment from the Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet.

Which look do you like best?

Monday, October 1, 2018

Just For Fun October Challenge

Though it still doesn’t feel much like Fall where I live, October is here and hopefully the cooler weather will catch on soon.  It is time for a new challenge at the Just For Fun Blog and October brings thoughts of ghosts and goblins so the new challenge is “Halloween.

Just For Fun Rubberstamps has some adorable new Halloween stamps in their upcoming release.  I used three of these for this challenge theme. 

The three square images were colored with Copic Markers, fussy cut, and layered on orange and crème polka dot. 

The images were then centered on additional coordinating Halloween designer cardstock.  Small black spiders were die cut and added.

Check out some ideas from my fellow designers and get all the challenge details on the JFF Blog.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Fishing Is The Life For Me

With some cooler weather starting to arrive, this is when I love to spend more time visiting my daughter and enjoying the ocean.  I love to hear the waves and see all the different boats and ships.  There is a great boat image in Just For Fun's upcoming release that I wanted to share on today’s card.

The card’s background was created using Color Burst powders.  When this was dry, the boat image and sentiment were stamped in dark blue.  Both of these stamps will be available with the new release.  The boat was cut out in a rectangular shape.  White and dark blue layers were added to the background piece and this was run through an anchor embossing folder.  Then the boat image was layered on top and small blue jewels added.

Have a wonderful week.