Monday, October 24, 2016

Seahorses In Seaweed

Yes, I know it is fall and the cooler weather has finally arrived where I live.  However, this is the time of year that my family loves to visit the beach.  October isn’t usually as humid and definitely less crowded.  This explains the card I am sharing today.

I love seahorses and the Seahorses In Seaweed from Just For Fun is such a great image.  Light blue was added to a piece of watercolor paper.  Watercolor markers were used to paint directly to the rubber stamp, then it was lightly spritzed with water and stamped.  Layers of copper and blue green were added.

The Memory Box die, Deep Sea Corner, was cut from copper and tucked under the image on the right side.  I even found some background paper with lovely fall colors.

There is nothing like a visit to the ocean, even in Fall.

Hope you have a wonderful week,

E. Marie

Monday, October 10, 2016

Spiders and Cats, Oh My!!


I have enjoyed having my youngest home for a few days, due to Hurricane Matthew.  So glad she could be home safe and hope those of you affected by this major storm have not suffered too much damage or loss.  Praying for everyone as the east coast tries to recover.

Halloween is on its way and these sweet little black kitties can’t wait.  These are some of the new Just For Fun Stamptangle images that can be seen in their online store here.

The “happy halloween” sentiment is from JFF's Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet.  It was stamped at the top of this die cut window, which was layered on orange decorative cardstock, edged with dark grey ink.  This was added to layers of black, orange designer cardstock, and green on the white card base.

The Stamptangle Cats were heat embossed in black and and fussy cut.  After coloring them with shades of grey, these cuties were layered onto the card front.  They are totally enthralled with that little black spider.

Have a great week.

E. Marie

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Just For Fun October Monthly Challenge

Fall has arrived and with the beginning of October there is a new challenge at the Just For Fun Rubber Stamps blog.  It is all about “Halloween”.  Just For Fun has just released some great new images perfect for this spooky season that can be seen by clicking here.

Since I work with kindergarten children, when it comes to Halloween I immediately think of spiders and bats.  

I started by creating a background using a template created with a Spellbinder die.  I sponged Distress Ink on the inside and outside.

The Just for Fun Spider with Web and the Mummy were embossed in white on the card front.


The sentiment from JFF’s Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet is stamped in black along the bottom

and the Small Hanging Bat was fussy cut and added to the top.


The little embellishments were created by melting pearler beads in the oven. 

Head on over to the JFF Blog for more details on the challenge and enjoy the amazing cards created by my fellow designers.

E. Marie

Monday, September 19, 2016

Hot Air Balloon Paper Piecing

I wanted to share another card using an assortment of the wonderful Hot Air Balloon images from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps.  These great designs stamped on decorative paper make a great combination.

The Flower Balloon, Hot Air Balloon, and Steam Punk Balloon were each stamped on the card front in a cluster.  Then they were each stamped on different decorative papers, fussy cut, and layered on top of the matching images on the card front.

The Enjoy Life sentiment was stamped in black above the balloons.

The card front was added to layers of some of the same cardstock used for the paper piecing.  Distress ink was used on all edges. 

Enjoy you week.

E. Marie

Monday, September 5, 2016

Life is A Journey

Happy Labor Day

Have you ever had the chance to ride in a hot air balloon?  Though I have not done this, and I'm not sure I would be brave enough to, I imagine it to be a magical experience.  Life is full of these experiences and today’s card is for one of those times.

I started with a simple background stamped lightly with the Stacked Blocks from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps.  This was layered on some brightly colored decorative cardstock.

I stamped JFF's Flower Balloon directly on the card front and then a second time on a separate piece of white cs.  I colored the second image with coordinating colors, then cut out the balloon and basket and layered them on the first image.

The sentiment, Life is a Journey, also from JFF, was layered on multiple layers and adhered to the front.

What magical moments will be part of your life’s journey?

E. Marie

Monday, August 15, 2016

Stamptangle Fun

I am one of those people that absolutely love the look of Zentangle, but I really do not always have the time to create it myself.  If this describes you, then make sure you check out all the Just For Fun Stamptangle images in the Just For Fun online store, including many new ones.

The Stamptangle Dolphin is featured on today’s card.  I had so much fun coloring it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens on watercolor paper.  I did the same with the Stamptangle Water Splash and then cut them out to create the splashes at the bottom.

The sentiment is from JFF's Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet.  It was heat embossed in white and die cut with Spellbinders’ Label 4.  The edges were inked to make it stand out more.

I had a little fun with the background.  I stamped the Circles Background on top of decorative cardstock and heat embossed in white.  This gave it some great color with a bubbly look.

Don’t forget about the Just For Fun August Challenge with the theme of “Sand in Our Toes”.  It’s all about the ocean and beach.  You have until Wednesday, August 31st to enter your creation for a chance at a JFF Gift Card.

Enjoy your week!

E. Marie

Monday, August 1, 2016

Just For Fun August Challenge

Wow!  Where is the summer going?  I can’t believe it is August already.  With a new month comes a new challenge at Just For Fun Rubber Stamps Blog. 

 For the month of August the challenge theme is “Sand In Our Toes”.  Think beach or ocean.

We also have an optional sketch we would love to see you use.

I recently visited my youngest daughter and we spent some time at the beach.  It is always so relaxing, with the sound of the waves.  This is one of my favorite places to vacation.  Great inspiration for my card.

After creating a soft watercolor background, I stamped the Palm Trees in black.  I wanted a dark solid black image so I actually re-stamped it using my handmade Misti, using a picture frame from Ikea.  This worked great.

The sentiment, How great to do nothing, was stamped in blue, and both pieces were layered on black.   

The card was completed using additional layers of yellow and blue.

Now it is your turn.  Make sure you visit the Just For Fun blog for all the rules and details.

E. Marie

Monday, July 18, 2016

Holiday Lamp

Christmas in July always gets me inspired to get a start on my Christmas cards.  This is the theme this month for the Just For Fun Monthly Challenge so I thought I would share another card I made for my favorite holiday.

I used some lovely blue cardstock with a white core and ran it through an embossing folder.  The raised area was sanded to bring out the white core and then the outer edges were inked.  Spellbinders’ Laced with Love Blooming Collection Etched Die was used to create the white frame.

The Just for Fun image, Christmas Lantern, was stamped in blue and die cut with Spellbinders Classic Oval die.  This was layered on a slightly larger blue oval that was inked around the edges.  A little yellow glow was added to the lantern with a Copic Marker.

The sentiment, from the Just For Fun's Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet, was also stamped in blue and die cut with JustRite’s Spellbinders Nested Sentiment die.  The edges were inked and small blue jewels were added.

E. Marie

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

If Kisses Were Snowflakes...

It is Christmas In July at Sparkle N Sprinkle with all the new Christmas sets.  E. Marie here to share a card using the new Christmas set, Milton Catching Snowflakes.  This guy is adorable with his scarves and comes with four great sentiments.

I chose to create a “gap” card since I have seen so many great samples lately.  Most of these cards actually leave an actual gap between the top and bottom front sections, held together by an image or sentiment, but I chose to support this one with a piece of acetate.

After adding decorative cardstock on the top and bottom layers, Dimensional Glue was run around the edges and Twinkling Clouds Sparkle N Soft was added to look like snow.

The image was heat embossed with Detail Black embossing powder and colored with Copic markers.  Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter was added to the scarves and snowflake using a glue pen.  This was layered to the right side of the card.

I used the digital version of this set to print the sentiment and layered this on the inside of the card so the sentiment would show in the open gap.  Here is a picture of the inside.  I added white layers on the inside top and bottom of the card front to make it look neater and cover any exposed adhesive from adding the acetate.

I know you will love playing with this card style and hope you enjoyed seeing this cute set.

E. Marie