Monday, February 12, 2018

Diagonal Valentine Treat Boxes


Is Valentine’s Day sneaking up on you?  Here are some little treat boxes that you still have time to make.



This first box is only 1 ½” on all sides.  It is created with two-sides cardstock and tied shut with pink polka-dot ribbon.




It opens up with diagonal edges to reveal a treat for your sweetie.  The inside shows the 2nd coordinating design and a solid colored insert stamped with the Valentine saying from Just For Fun's  Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet.





A 3-D heart was created by combining three folded die cut hearts to embellish the top.






This second box uses the same design but is a 2” cube, making room for larger treats.  One of the hearts from JFF's Sentiment Hearts Mini Cube was stamped for the sentiment.



To create the flower embellishment on top, the flower from JFF's Brushed Floral image was stamped three times, fussy cut, and the edges inked.  These were shaped with a stenciling tool on a foam pad, layered, and added to the box top.




I found the instructions and video links for these boxes here.  I hope you enjoy making them.

E. Marie

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Just For Fun February Challenge




Where did January go?  It flew by and Just for Fun Rubber Stamps' Blog has a new challenge for February.  The new challenge is "Silhouette Stamps".  


Just for Fun has so many wonderful ones in their online store and I love working with these.



I created this Valentine’s card using JFF’s Couple Under Light Post silhouette stamp.  It was stamped in red on white cardstock and layered on black.



For the background, one of JFF’s 2 Sided Postal Hearts was heat embossed in white and spritzed with water.  Color Bursts were carefully sprinkled on and allowed to spread and bleed.  When dry, this was layered on black and white and a pink card base.  Dark and light pink jewels were added to the sides.

Get all the challenge details at the Just For Fun blog.  You can also see more great samples from my fellow designers.


E. Marie

Monday, January 29, 2018

Spread Your Wings and Fly...



It has been a cold and dreary weekend and, even though it is still January, I am starting to wish for spring.  With spring comes flowers and butterflies.  Using Just for Fun's Collection image, I made this simple card from a colorful background.



I have had some fun playing with my Color Bursts and Brushos lately.  My friend and fellow JFF designer, April Williams, shared some fun techniques with me a few weeks ago and I created some lovely backgrounds just from picking up all the extra color left on my craft mat.  This is what I used for this card.



The JFF Collection stamp was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on top of another piece of this colorful background.  I trimmed around it, leaving just a little of the color around the edges.  This was layered on white and the Spread Your Wings and Fly... sentiment, also from JFF, was stamped with Salty Ocean Distress Ink at the bottom of this layer.

I hope your week is great and come back soon for more inspiration.

E. Marie

Monday, January 15, 2018

Waves, Bubbles, and Turtles



It has been a bit chilly so I am ready for some warmer beach time.  I’m thinking waves, bubbles, and sea turtles.



This card starts with the Loopy Loop Memory Box Die.  This was cut from white cardstock and layered on a large blue circle, cut with a Spellbinder’s Circle Nestability Die.



The Just for Fun Sea Turtle Seascape was stamped on decorative paper, then die cut with the Loopy Loop Die.  The center section was added to the center of the white die cut on the card front.



The same decorative paper was used for the card background.  The Voice of the Sea sentiment, also from JFF,  was stamped on the bottom of the card.  Some Hero Arts sequins from my stash were added.

Hope you have a fantastic week.

E. Marie

Monday, January 1, 2018

New Year's Challenge






Happy New Year!  Hard to believe it is already 2018.  With a new year come lots of resolutions and wishes.  At the Just For Fun blog we also have a new challenge. 
For January we have a color challenge  - Blue, Purple, Silver.



This inspiration card uses a background layer created with an embossing folder and various ink colors.  I have had this in my stash for a while, thinking I would use it for a birthday card, but it caught my eye and I kept thinking about the count down for New Year’s.  It was trimmed down and layered on dark blue and purple cardstock edged with Silver Blue Embossing Powder.



Just for Fun’s Skyline Silhouette and the May all your wishes... sentiment were both heat embossed with Silver Blue Embossing Powder on dark blue cardstock.  I used my new Tim Holtz Stamp Platform to make sure I had a fully stamped image for the silhouette before embossing, and to help me place the sentiment.  This was added to the card front.

Since I had kind of a rough December, my wish for this coming year is to be healthier.  What is your New Year’s resolution or wish?

E. Marie

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!



Merry Christmas!  This is such a special time of the year and for most of us, we really hope to see snow on Christmas day.  This is pretty rare in the south.  This card is for those of you who have been dreaming of a white Christmas.



The background is using Color Bursts and the Galaxy Technique.  I used Indigo, Ultramarine Blue, Merlot, and Yellow Ochre on watercolor paper.  After adding the water droplets to the background, I splattered it with a little Platinum Liquid Metals.  This gave a great shimmer to some spots which sadly does not show up in the pictures.



The Just For Fun new Silhouette Pines image, along with the Joy To The World from the Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet, were stamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with detail white powder.  To me this looked like a snow scene with the northern lights in the background.

Whether you have snow or not, cold or warm, I hope you have a very blessed Christmas.

E. Marie

Monday, December 11, 2017

Tea Is On...



Winter arrived this weekend in the southeast.  It snowed off and on for two days by me - those big, fluffy flakes floating straight down and settling on everything.  It left a beautiful winter wonderland that I enjoyed from my den, bundled up under blankets sipping hot tea. 



The background for the card I am sharing uses different cardstock from Authentique’s Alpine collection.  The “Afternoon Tea” Die’sire die from Crafters Companion was cut from two different cardstocks, cut apart, and layered together.  This was added to a strip of cream cardstock on top of the wintery decorative background piece. 



I love this Just For Fun sentiment, Tea pot is on...  I had planned to stamp it directly on the background but it got a little lost in all the design so I ended up stamping it on cream cardstock.  

I didn’t get to share my tea with friends this weekend, since I was actually running a temperature, but I hope we all remember to make time for those that are dear to us during this busy holiday season.  Maybe spend time sipping tea and stamping cards!

E. Marie



I entered this project in the following challenge:

Friday, December 1, 2017

Just For Fun December Challenge



I know we just celebrated Thanksgiving, but December has snuck up on us and it is time for a new challenge at the Just For Fun Blog.  It will be so easy to enter this challenge with the theme of “Happy Everything - Holiday of your Choice”



I am in the Christmas spirit, so I am sharing a Christmas card.  Just for Fun Rubber Stamps has this new image, Silhouette Pines, and I had two Snowflake Ring Memory Box dies I couldn’t wait to use.  Both size ring dies were cut from white cardstock.  The pines image was stamped and heat embossed with detail white embossing powder on blue cardstock.  This was cut out with a Spellbinders’ Classic Circle die and the large Snowflake Ring was layered on top.  The sentiment, from the JFF Sentiments1 Unmounted Sheet, was stamped with Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink onto the white center of the smaller Snowflake Ring.  This was inserted back into the die cut.  Additional ink was lightly sponged on both die cuts.



The blue cardstock for the background was run through a Sizzix Holiday Knitembossing folder.  The edges were sponged with white ink.  Both Snowflake Rings were added to the front and this was added to a dark blue layer and the white card base.

Head on over to the Just For Fun Blog to be inspired by more holiday cards and find all the details for the challenge.  I will be looking for your creations.


E. Marie

Monday, November 27, 2017

At The River's Edge



This is E. Marie, hoping all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  I had a wonderful time visiting my youngest, with my husband.  Seems like everyone is full force into Christmas preparation now, but I never quite get there until the calendar says December 1st.  As a result, I am sharing a card that still has the look of Fall.



The background for this card was created using glossy cardstock and alcohol inks.  The Couple at the Rivers Edge image, from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps, was stamped in the center of the card front and then cut out.  This was layered on black, teal, and rust cardstock.  The background piece was layered on black and rust.  



Then the image was popped up back in the center, using dimensional tape.

Have a wonderful week,

E. Marie

Monday, November 13, 2017

Harvest Bounty



Thanksgiving seems to get lost between Halloween and Christmas, but it is one of my favorite holidays.  It is that time when you stop and remind yourself of all those things in your life that you are thankful for.  These things seem to get lost in everyday life and it is wonderful to take the time to focus on the good in our lives and how blesses we are.

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The Cornucopia, also referred to as the Horn of Plenty, symbolizes to me just how blessed I am so I love to use it on my Thanksgiving cards.  This new Just For Fun image I used is named Harvest Bounty.   

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It was colored with Tombow markers and parts of a second image were popped up on top to provide some dimension.  The background paper is Bo Bunny's Farmers' Market.


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I hope this card and post reminds you how blessed you are and how thankful I am for each one of you.

E. Marie