Saturday, September 1, 2018

Just For Fun's September Monthly Challenge

Happy Labor Day Weekend!  Do you have fun plans for the weekend?  I haven’t thought past putting my pajamas on and getting some extra sleep.  School has started and I am back to work and exhausted already.  Actually it is just adjusting to an earlier schedule.  Just For Fun’s new September Challenge fits right in with a Back To School theme.

I was with my friends at our favorite scrapbook store recently and found this cute cardstock from Echo Park Paper Co.  I thought it would make the perfect background to enhance my back to school Paint Brushes. I used the front and back of one piece to create the school supply strips on top of the alphabet background.

The JFF Paint Brushes image was colored with Copic Markers and fussy cut.  I added layers of black and this really helped the image pop.  I used a Zig marker to color and stamp just part of the Colorful and Happy... sentiment, from JFF.  This was layered and adhered along the bottom.  This how I hope each day is for my students.

Check out the challenge details and more inspiration on the blog, here.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Golfer's Birthday

Just For Fun’s latest release includes a variety of golf themed images and sayings.  Today’s card shows off some of these.

The male golfer silhouette was stamped in black and fussy cut.  It was placed in front of a “grassy” background of plaid designer paper, die cut and layered on a dark green background.

The sentiment, stamped in teal and die cut with a circle die, is the perfect birthday sentiment for your favorite golfer.

Enjoy your week!

Monday, August 13, 2018


Alcohol Inks are in again and so fun to play with.  I used these, along with Just For Fun's Peacock Feather stamp, to create the background for today’s card.

Several colors of Alcohol Ink were applied with an Alcohol Ink Applicator to white glossy cardstock.  Alcohol Blending Solution was applied directly to the Peacock Feather stamp and the image was stamped on top of this background.  This was repeated several times and then lightly buffed with a soft cloth.  This removed enough of the ink to create a subtle design.

The background piece was layered on blue and black cardstock layers.  The top portion of JFF's So Glad sentiment was stamped in black on white cardstock and the word FRIENDS was die cut beneath it.  This strip was layered along the bottom.  The word was die cut again from the blue cardstock and popped up over the previous die cut word.

Thank you for stopping by.

E. Marie

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Just For Fun Rubber Stamps August Monthly Challenge

It is time for a new monthly challenge at the Just For Fun Rubber Stamp Blog.  The theme for the August challenge is

For inspiration, I decided to create my “stripes” with a die.  I die cut the top white layer with two different dies, creating the angled stripes and the oval center window.  This was sponged with red ink on the edges and added to a red layer, also inked on the edges.

The Lighthouse image from Just For Fun was stamped on watercolor paper and lightly colored with Zig Watercolor Markers.  This was die cut with an oval die slightly smaller than the window and added to the card center.

Head to the Just For Fun Blog for more inspiration and details.  We would love for you to join the challenge with your own striped creation.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Scenic Lighthouse

I am partial to scenic lighthouse images and Just For Fun has this lovely Lighthouse image.  It is a simple design and I decide to add just a little enhancement for this card.

The Lighthouse was stamped on watercolor paper.  Using Kuretake ZIG Watercolor Brush Pens, a little color was added to the sand, grass, and the lighthouse.  I did not want to distract from the image, itself.

I recently purchased a pad of Graphic 45’s Sun Kissed Design Paper and this was perfect for the background layers.  I love the sea turtles.

Thank you for stopping by.  Don’t forget there is still time to enter the July monthly challenge of Red, White, and Blue.  Get the detail and enter your project on the blog, here.

E. Marie

Friday, July 13, 2018

Owl Be There!

Last month I shared a card using Just For Fun's StampTangle Tri-Circle Block.  Today’s card uses it again in a different way.

The StampTangle Tri-Circle Block was inked with several different green Distress Inks and stamped on white cardstock.  This was fussy cut and layered on yellow cardstock with the Owl Be There For You sentiment, from JFF, stamped in brown along the side.

JFF's small Stamptangle Fancy Owl was stamped three times with Rich Cocoa Memento Ink and colored with Copic Markers.  Super easy to color.  These were fussy cut and parts of two images were tucked behind the Tri-Circle Block, peaking out of the small circle windows.  The remaining full image was adhered in front of the largest circle window, along with the fussy cut Branch from JFF.

Have a great weekend!

E. Marie

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Just For Fun Rubber Stamps July Challenge

July has snuck up on us and we have another new challenge at the Just For Fun Blog. 

Perfect time for the theme “Red, White, and Blue”

I decided to go for a 4th of July holiday card.  I started with some lovely designer cardstock and stamped Just For Fun’s Fireworks Burst several times on top with Danube Blue Memento Ink.  This was layered on two different shades of blue and the white card base, edged with Distress Ink.

The New York Tag from JFF was stamped with Love Letter Memento Ink on the lighter blue cardstock.  This was fussy cut and edged with Distress Ink, a little fiber added, and angled on the card front.  I cut and distressed a small banner and stamped JFF’s America the Beautiful sentiment on it in blue.  This was layered with the darker blue cardstock and added across the card front.

We would love for you to join this challenge.  Get the details on the Just For Fun Blog, along with more inspiration from my fellow JFF designers.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Happy To "Sea" You

I just had the most wonderful weekend, playing/stamping with my friends.  This is a card I created using Just For Fun’s StampTangle Tri-Circle Block.  It has three circles that make great windows for images and sayings and is also perfect for a shaker card.  I inked this stamptangle image with three different Distress Ink colors, though the variation in colors is hard to see in the pictures. 

After fussy cutting and cutting out the circle windows, a piece of clear acetate was adhered to the back.  This was popped up with foam tape over a white rectangle, stamped with the Happy to Sea You sentiment from JFF, and run through a bubble embossing folder.  Extra foam tape was placed all around the top circle to create a small shaker window.  This was layered on brightly striped cardstock from Graphic 45’s Sun Kissed collection.

JFF's Stamptangle Fancy Fish (Small) was stamped twice with Paris Dusk Memento Ink and colored with Copic Markers.  These were fussy cut and adhered to the card front. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Split Sillhouette

I wanted to share an easy silhouette card.  Just For Fun has so many great silhouette images and today I used the Dolphins-Palm Silhouette.  It was stamped in black and I love to use my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform with these solid stamps.  You can stamp it several times to get a dark, crisp image.  It was cut into three rectangles, splattered and distressed, and layered on white rectangles.

The background layer was created by smooshing white cardstock into various spritzed Distress Oxide Inks on a craft mat.  After this dried, it was die cut with an old Spellbinders’ Frame Die.  The three image rectangles were layered on top of this.

Have a great week.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Beach and Coffee

Happy Memorial Day.  So many families are spending this long weekend at the beach so I thought I would create a card with a beach theme.  It is also time for the 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop so I mixed it up with a coffee theme, too.  Coffee is a vital part of my relaxing weekend.

I used the Coffee Background from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps.  It was inked with various Distress Inks to coordinate with the colors I planned to use for the sunset.  This was stamped first and then the same colors were sponged on top.  Darker blue and brown were sponged around the edges.

JFF's Adirondack Sunset image was stamped in brown twice.  The first image was sponged with Distress Inks to coordinate with the Coffee background.  On the second image the sun was sponged with Distress Ink and the chair was colored with Copic Markers.  These were both fussy cut and layered onto the inked image.

Using dark brown Memento Ink, the “May your day be filled...” sentiment from JFF was stamped on a white rectangle.  Distress Inks were sponged over and around it.  It was layered on blue, along with the Adirondack Sunset Image and then layered on top of the Coffee Background.  A small Sizzix coffee cup was die cut, sponged with ink, and added with fiber.

Have a wonderful week.

E. Marie