Monday, April 23, 2018

Smile



Seems like the weather cannot make up its mind if it is spring or winter.  In my area it has been lovely the last few days.  The flowers are in full bloom and it is so beautiful.  I decided to share a card showing some lovely blooms using the Jar Daisies image.  I have been taking some Copic classes and decided to use some of what I learned to color this.



The Small Canning Jar was stamped on heavy vellum and fussy cut.  A little color was added on the back and it was placed over the flower stems.  A die cut “smile” was added to a banner and layered across the jar front.  To be honest, I had planned to simply place the smile die cut on the jar but made a little mistake and needed to cover it up.  Mistakes bring out our creativity.

Hope you are having lovely weather in your area.

E. Marie

Monday, April 9, 2018

Need Another Birthday Card




The card theme I use the most is Birthday.  It seems like there is always someone I know celebrating another year and I need a birthday card for them.  When I color an image or create a card design I really like, I try to make duplicates to keep on hand.  Adding some variation to the card layout helps me create additional cards.



I recently helped celebrated my friend, April Williams', birthday so I needed to make her a card.  I wanted to use the Three Delightful Cupcakes image from Just For Fun so I stamped it with Memento Ink and colored with Copic Markers. 



After adding glitter to the cupcakes, this was layered on  some designer birthday paper, along with JFF's The Best Things in Life... sentiment.  Fun and easy, and perfect for a man, woman, or child.



I really liked how the cupcakes came out and still had some of the designer paper so I created a 2nd card.  I needed a card for a  a sketch 


so decided to combine both.



I used all the same colors but changed the layout to match the sketch, added some ribbon, and used JFF's ...cupcake kind of day sentiment.

Which card is your favorite?

E. Marie

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Just For Fun April Challenge


Happy Easter!



This is one of my favorite holidays.  It is a celebration of new beginnings, offered to each of us through God’s love and sacrifice. 



It is also a new month, with the beginning of a new challenge at Just For Fun Rubber Stamps blog.  We are celebrating Spring, bringing new beginnings for plants, trees, and flowers, so we are looking for your projects featuring “Spring Flowers”.



My card features Just For Fun’s Lily image.  A portion of this image was stamped with Rich Cocoa Memento Ink on the edge of a piece of white cardstock.  This was masked and the image stamped again.  The flowers and background were colored with Copic Markers.



After layering on purple cardstock on the white card base, a simple die cut cross was added.  Spellbinders’ Shapeabilities Crosses die was used and a little gold was rubbed on top to bring out the design and give it an aged look.

Have a lovely Easter.

E. Marie

Monday, March 26, 2018

Easter Cross



Today I want to share a card, using one of my favorite Easter stamps from Just For FunEaster Cross.



The card background was created with a piece of cream cardstock, die cut and layered on purple.  Gold was added behind the die cut center and pieces of gold and cream were layered on the front center.



The image was stamped with Rich Cocoa Memento Ink on cream cardstock.  After coloring with Copic Markers, it was fussy cut and centered on the card front.

Have a lovely week and a blessed Easter.

E. Marie

Monday, March 12, 2018

Hop!






Wanted to share my first eclipse card.  I have seen so many eclipse samples and loved how they looked.  I couldn’t wait to try it, myself.



The Rabbit Pair, from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps, was stamped with Memento Ink and colored with Copic Markers.



The word “HOP” was die cut from the image with large alphabet dies.  It was also die cut twice from dark green cardstock.  The cardstock letters and image letters were glued together.



The remaining image, along with the middle sections of the letter “O” and “P”, were layered on dark green and additional layers of orange, green, and two different decorative cardstocks.  The die cut letters were popped up in place with dimensionals.  You can find a tutorial for this technique here.

This is a fun technique and since the monthly challenge on the Just For Fun Blog is “Use A Die-Cut”, this is the perfect time to try this and share your creation.  Find the challenge details here.

Have a great week.

E. Marie

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Just For Fun March Challenge




It is time for a new challenge at the Just For Fun blog.  The March challenge is so easy – use a die cut! 



I chose to use the Delicate Garden Frame die from Sue Wilson.  I love her dies.  I cut it out in white and used it to surround the JFF Brushed Floral image.  The image and background were colored with Copic Markers, along with the small die cut flowers.  A glitter pen was used to add a little sparkle to the middle of each flower.  The butterfly is also part of the die set.

Pull out your dies and stamp images and show us what you have created.  You can find all the challenge info here.

E. Marie

Monday, February 26, 2018

Simple Topiary



I have two versions of a simple card to share today.  This card can be used for all kinds of occasions and features stamps from Just For Fun.



The background was created by adding a variety of Distress Oxide Inks to the Stacked Blocks image and stamping on a white strip.  The Topiary image was stamped in black on top.  It didn’t show up as much as I wanted so I stamped it again on white, fussy cut, and layered it on top.



The remainder of the card was layers of white, with the images popped up in the center, and score lines added.



Since I still wanted the look of the Topiary simply stamped on top of the colors, the Stacked Blocks was stamped again with the remaining ink on the white card front.  Since this was lighter, the image showed up much better. 



A green layer was added to bring out more of the image colors.

Hope you have a fantastic week.

E. Marie

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