Monday, July 22, 2019

Sweet Birthday Wishes

If you are like me, there is always a need for birthday cards, so I am sharing the latest one I created for a friend. 

The Floral Wreath image from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps was colored with Tombow markers.  The yellow card background was created with a die cut and then layered on Persimmon cardstock.  To create more dimension I chose to die cut a window and layer this over the image.  The same circle die and a slightly larger scalloped circle die were used to create the border around the window.  If you wanted a less labor intensive version, you could simply die cut the image with a circle die and layer on a scalloped die cut and add to the card front.  I also chose to have the bow at the top of the floral wreath.

The JFF sentiment, Sweet Birthday Wishes, was stamped in black on a hand cut banner and layered across the image.  This helped fill the open window without covering up to much of the lovely floral wreath.  I think I will be using versions of this card more often.  

Have a great week.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Silhouettes and Brushos

Today I am here sharing a card created with Brushos and the Floral Silhouette stamp from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps.  Solid stamps are great for dark silhouettes but also provide a great surface to add bright, colorful Brushos.

You can add Brushos by adding directly to stamp and then spritzing or you can paint them on.  I chose to make a rich paint in a pallet for each color and add to the stamp surface with a paint brush.  This was then stamped onto white cardstock.

The “bouquet of wishes” sentiment is from JFF's Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet.  This was stamped below the image with Distress Oxide Ink.

Have a great weekend and try to stay cool!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Enjoy Life

So many things around us inspire what we create.  I recently spotted an embossing folder that also cut out a hot air balloon window and bought it immediately.  I knew just what I wanted to do with it and this is the card I am sharing today.

Even with a plan, this card did take a while to make as I did little parts at a time.  With my recent knee surgery, I could only sit with my leg down for a limited time so lots of interruptions.  I had made some backgrounds with alcohol inks and chose one that looked like sky and clouds and ran it through the folder.  I stamped the two Just For Fun balloons on the front and the heat embossed their Enjoy Life sentiment in white on the background layer, through the cut out window.  Acetate was placed behind the window and the embossed front was popped up to create a shaker window filled with sequins.

The JFF Flower Balloon and the Steam Punk Balloon were stamped and colored with Tombow Markers.  The circular balloon and the basket from each were cut out and layered on the front stamped images.  A few more sequins were added.

These stamptangle designs are a lot of fun to color and worked great with this folder.

What inspires your cards?

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Just For Fun June Challenge

June snuck up on us and it is time for a new challenge at the Just For Fun Blog.  

Fellow designer, April Williams, loves different techniques and chose the theme of “Use A Stencil”

My card features a technique that April taught me.  It involves using a stencil and adding Color Bursts or Brushos.  You layer the stencil over your cardstock, sprinkle small amounts of the watercolor powders, then spritz with water.  Very carefully remove the stencil and let dry.  This makes a fantastic background.

The Stamptangle Dolphin from Just For Fun was colored with Tombow Markers and cut out.  I left a little white border to help it stand out more on the colorful background.  The JFF sentiment, Happy to Sea You, was inked with one of the Tombow colors, cut out with a circle die, and a second color run around the edge.

Head on over to the Just For Fun Blog for all the challenge details and more inspirational projects.  I can’t wait to see what you do with a stencil.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Summer Dreams

During this hot Memorial Day weekend I thought I would share this summer silhouette card.  I have been laid up with knee surgery so my friend, April Williams, came over and she shared some fun techniques using alcohol inks. 

We spent the afternoon making different backgrounds.  I used one of these backgrounds for today’s card.

The Pelican on Piling Silhouette from Just For Fun was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on the front.  JFF's Summer Dreams sentiment from The Seasons Word Block was stamped at the top with Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink.

A little twine was added, along with dark blue and Graphic 45 Designer cardstock layers on black.

Hope you are enjoying a long weekend of friends, family, and fun.

Friday, May 10, 2019

What's Brewing?

Here is one more coffee themed card for the 2019 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  This card features four stamps from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps.  The Coffee and the Café images were heat embossed in white on brown cardstock and cut out.  The What's Brewing was stamped on kraft cardstock.

These were all layered on some special coffee paper that my friend shared with me from this special pad of paper she had.  

I stamped the Water Ring on it in brown and added a variety of brown layers.

I’ll be back Monday with a new card.

I entered this project in the following challenge:

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Just For Fun Rubber Stamps May Challenge

When you are home, recovering from surgery, it is hard to keep track of the days. Surprise!! May is here.  So it is time for a new challenge at the Just For Fun Blog.  It is the perfect theme for May – Celebrating The Women In Our Lives. 

My mom has been in the hospital and struggling with some major health issues.  The good news is she is on the mend, but she has definitely been on my mind so I made a card for her.  The base image on this card is the Floral Wreath from Just for Fun.  It was colored with Tombow Markers and then 5 cm letters were used to cut out the word MOM.

Head on over to the JFF Blog for all the challenge details and more designer inspiration.  We would love for you to join us and see what you create.

Here is to time with mom.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Coffee Cafe

I was finally released from home health care after having knee surgery so I spent the weekend with my friends making cards.  With the start of the 2019 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, I of course focused on a coffee themed card.

This card uses the Café image from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps.  This was colored with Tombow markers and layered on sunset colored cardstock and dark blue.

This small scenic die cut was added to the corner, along with the die cut Coffee word.

Here's to a great weekend and a fun hop.

E. Marie 
I entered this project in the following challenge:

Monday, April 22, 2019

He Has Risen

What a lovely weekend for Easter.  I hope you had a special time with family and friends.  I spent mine laid up due to knee surgery but was inspired to make it into my craft room and make this card to share.

The Easter Cross, from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps, was heat embossed in white on a piece of cardstock and a piece of vellum.  The one on the cardstock was fussy cut and layered behind the one on the vellum.  This was all layered on top of light blue and a white die cut oval window placed over this.  JFF's He Has Risen sentiment was stamped on a piece of vellum and layered across the center and blue pearls added to the corners.

Have a great week.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Easter Peeps

Easter is sneaking up on us and two of my favorite candies are in the stores – black jelly beans and bunny Peeps.  How can I help but love the Just For Fun Marshmallow Bunnies images? 

The Bunnies were stamped on different designer papers and fussy cut.  After adding a little shading, these were added to the front of the layered card.

The “happy easter” sentiment from JFF's Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet was added above the baby bunnies.

Have a wonderful week.