Monday, September 11, 2017

You Are Fabulous



It has been very hard for many this weekend and so I thought I would share a colorful and uplifting card today.



Just For Fun's new Paint Brushes and Small Canning Jar images were used on this card.  The Small Canning Jar was stamped over the Paint Brush image and both were colored with Copic Markers.  They were fussy cut, layered on black, and cut again.



This was layered on a background created by streaking ink on glossy cardstock.  I used reinkers on a piece of felt on a handle and ran this across a piece of glossy several times.  The JFF sentiment,  You Are Fabulous, was stamped along the side in black.

Praying for all of those facing loss from all the bad weather and that you will be safe.

E. Marie

Friday, September 1, 2017

Just For Fun September Challenge






It is time for a new challenge at Just For Fun Blog and for September we have a sketch challenge.




I decided to turn the sketch sideways and created this lovely sunset silhouette using one of Just For Fun’s brand new images, Seashore Grass Silhouette.  Distress inks were sponged onto white cardstock to create the sunset background and the silhouette was stamped in black with Memento ink.  Tiny Flying Birds were added in front of the sun.


The silhouette was layered on a piece of yellow and I stamped on part of the JFF Enjoy Life sentiment.  This was  wrapped with twine and knotted at the bottom. 

We would love for you to join the challenge and see what you create.  You can find all the detail on the blog here.

Also, check out all the new stamps in the Just For Fun store.

E. Marie

Monday, August 28, 2017

Needed - Beach and Lottery Ticket





Any teachers out there that have recently returned to work?  I know you can totally relate to the card I am sharing today. 

I created the background using some new Oxide Distress Inks, lightly spritzed with water on a craft sheet.  The color was picked up with a piece of cardstock, drying in between layers.  This piece was trimmed and layered on green and blue.



The Hammock in Palms image, from Just For Fun, was stamped in black on top of the background and colored with Tombow Markers.  The image was stamped a second time on white cardstock and the leaves were colored and fussy cut.  They were slightly curved and popped up over the first image.  This gave it some great dimension.



I used a fun JFF sentiment, Needed Immediately..., stamping it in a “beachy” color and layering it on green.

Teachers, we probably will feel more like this later in the school year, but it is always a good time to be at the beach.

E. Marie

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sunset and Shells



E. Marie here, posting a card of the beach.  I just spent some time at the beach with my daughters and had such a wonderful time.  I wanted this card to show everything I love about the beach – the beautiful colors of the sunset over the ocean and walking in the sand gathering shells.  Distress Oxide Inks were used to provide all the coloring by picking up a mixture of the spritzed inks from a craft sheet on kraft cardstock several times.



Once the cardstock was dry the main image, Tropical Sunset from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps, was heat embossed in black on a rectangular piece and added to layers of black and pink.  The bird and shells, from JFF's Beach Unmounted Sheet were also embossed in black on lighter colored scraps and fussy cut.   



These were popped up along the bottom of the card and the JFF sentiment, To Watch A Sunset..., was stamped in black at the top.

The color on the card was so fun to create and a perfect background for these images.

E. Marie

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Just For Fun August Challenge






When you work for the school district and August sneaks up, you start trying to figure out where your summer went and what else you can squeeze in before the school year starts.  Definitely time for one more trip to the beach.

With the beginning of August, a new challenge at the Just For Fun Blog also begins.  Our team chose the perfect challenge theme for this month – Hot, Hot, Hot!  I can so relate to this as I am sitting in my house waiting for them to come install my new air conditioner.  I am also excited to spend time with my daughters at the beach soon, so that is what my card is all about.



Awhile back fellow designer, April Williams, showed me a colorful technique with embossing folders.  I used one of my samples to create the sunny background for this card.  I added various layers and a die cut with lots of open sections.  Then I added my stamped images and sentiment.  The flip flops, beach chair, and sunglasses all come from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps Beach Unmounted Sheet.  The sentiment is from their The Seasons Word Block.  I also added a few jewels.  Not sure if they are water droplets or sweat.

We would love to have you enter this new challenge.  You can find all the details and the link, along with more inspiration on the Just For Fun Blog.

 E. Marie

Monday, July 24, 2017

Summer Floral Cards






I am sure almost everyone is tired of the summer heat so today’s cards focus on summer flowers.  Just For Fun's Nature's Bouquet is featured on both cards, along with some new Distress Oxide inks.



This card starts with a background of Picked Raspberry, Cracked Pistachio, and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Inks.  Using a rectangle template, these colors were picked up from a craft sheet.  The Nature’s Bouquet image was stamped on top.  This was added to layers of green and pink, along with a butterfly border, punched with a Martha Stewart Border Punch.  The sentiment is from the JFF's Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet.



This second card uses the same inks, but this time they were sponged on and a die cut was used as a stencil.  Once again the Nature’s Bouquet was stamped on top.  The sentiment is from JFF's To My Friend Word Block.  Small pink butterflies, created with the same Martha Stewart Border Punch, were added.

Try to keep cool.

E. Marie

Monday, July 10, 2017

Happy Anniversary






This month’s challenge theme is “Wedding”.   Just For Fun has many lovely images and sentiments that are perfect for those wedding cards, along with cards for anniversaries.  Today’s card design could be used for either by simply changing the sentiment.  I made this card for my daughter and son-in-law's third anniversary, which they recently celebrated.



I used some black and cream coordinating cardstock to create the card background.  Cracked Pistachio and Broken China Distress Oxide Ink were used to add a pop of color.  I sponged them on the edges of a piece of cream cardstock to create the layer.  I also sponged them on sheer white ribbon to create the coordinating bow.  Then I picked up the spritzed colors from my craft sheet with a piece of cream cardstock.  When this was dry, the JFF Celebration image was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and cut out with Spellbinder’s Label 5o.  I used a small paint brush to add some water to areas inside the glasses and touched these areas with a paper towel to remove some color.  Then I colored over them with a Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen.  The “happy anniversary” from JFF's Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet was stamped above the glasses.

Have a great week.

E. Marie

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Just For Fun July Challenge






Where did June go?  July snuck up on us and it is time for another challenge at the Just For Fun Rubber Stamps Blog.  The challenge theme for July is “Wedding”.



I had this cream and black coordinating cardstock that created a lovely background for Just For Fun’s Wishing You Joy sentiment.  After stamping it with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, it was die cut with Spellbinders’ Label Four.  The edges were sponged with ink and it was centered on the card front.

To add a splash of color, I fussy cut the JFF Brushed Floral image and colored it with watercolor markers.  I popped it up along the bottom of the sentiment and added a die cut butterfly to the top.

We would love for you to join the challenge.  You can get all the details on the blog, here.  You will enjoy seeing the beautiful projects from my fellow JFF designers.  



E. Marie

I entered this project in the following challenge:
Double D Challenges – Anything Wedding