Monday, April 24, 2017

Acrylic Distress







Today I want to share an easy technique I was shown.  It is called Acrylic Distress and it creates a framing around your image or sentiment.



You start with a piece of cardstock and simply brush white acrylic paint around the edges.  After it dries, you sponge ink along the edge of the paint and wipe off any access.  For my card I used a light blue piece of cardstock.  I happened to have a little pink waterc0lor paint left in my brush so it gave this lovely light pink edge.  Don’t you love when a mistake creates something awesome.  I used brown Distress Ink to sponge around the paint and it looked great with the light pink paint.



The new Relaxing in the Sand image from Just For Fun was stamped with brown Memento Ink in the center.  This was layered on blue and brown.



The sentiment is JFF's new The Voice of the Sea.  This was stamped on another piece of light blue cs and layered on brown.  I sponged the brown Distress Ink on some white sheer ribbon for my bow.

I think you will enjoy this technique because it is very easy and not real messy.  Try it with different light colored cardstock and different colored inks.  I love how it looks.

E. Marie

Monday, April 10, 2017

Old Time Bicycle




We are experiencing gorgeous weather and it is wonderful to spend time outside.  It has been quite a while since I have ridden a bicycle, but I use to really enjoy it.  Just For Fun’s spring release included some new images with bicycles and this card uses the Old Time Bicycle Motif.



The image was colored with Copic Markers, using colors from the background cardstock.  It was layered on blue linen, die cut with Sue Wilson’s Madison Square from her York Collection, and backed with pink cardstock.



The background cardstock is from Echo Park, backed with layers of more blue linen and pink.  Green ribbon was added, coordinating with the background paper.   

Have a lovely week.

E. Marie

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Just For Fun April Monthly Challenge





Where did March go?  It just flew by and today is April 1st and time for a new challenge at Just For Fun Rubber Stamps blog.  The theme for April is Springtime/Easter.  Here is my card using Just For Fun stamps.



I started this card by creating a watercolor background, using Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  These same markers were used to add color directly to the rubber of the Wildflowers stamp, spritzed lightly with water and stamped on the background.




The Love U Bunnies were stamped with Memento Ink and colored with the Zig markers.  They were fussy cut and added among layers of grass created with a Martha Stewart border punch and watercolored.  The Jelly Bean was colored and stamped numerous times, cut out, and placed in the grass.  Smell Jelly Beans? was used for the sentiment.

Now it is your turn.  Check out the challenge details here, along with more inspiration from my fellow designers.  Then get out those Spring/Easter stamps and get creative!

E. Marie

Friday, March 31, 2017

Jelly Beans and Coffee?





This is a sneak peak of an upcoming challenge but I made a few fun adjustments to this card for the 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!



I used Love U Bunnies, Smell Jelly Beans?, and Jelly Bean stamps from Just ForFun.  Then I adjusted the sentiment using parts of Coffee Shared and added some coffee beans using Single Coffee Bean, also from JFF.

This is my final entry for the blog hop.  Check back tomorrow for Just For Fun’s April Challenge.

E. Marie

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Best Things In Life



I am back with another card for the 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  Today's card uses the Floral Tea Cup image from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps.  It is so pretty with all the different flowers and I found this great background paper to go with it.  It has lot of flowers and coffee pots and coffee cups.



I used my Zig markers to color it and die cut it with a Spellbinders’ circle die.  It was layered on a green scalloped circle die cut and a slightly larger pink die cut circle.  The same color layers were used behind the background paper.  This really brought out the colors in the image.  The sentiment is the new Best Things In Life from JFF which is perfect for this card.  What is better than fancy coffee cups and sweet smelling flowers.

Have a great end of the week!

E. Marie

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Coffee, Coffee, and More Coffee






This week is the 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  Being a coffee lover, I can’t resist participating so here is my second card.



I would love to tell you what image this is, but it is an unmounted stamp that I bought used, just because I loved the design of the cups.  It was stamped with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink on pink striped cardstock.  The same ink was sponged on the edges and this was layered on brown, mint polka dot, and more brown.



The sentiment is What's Brewing from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps.  This was stamped with Distress Ink on the lovely floral background paper.

Relax and have a cup!

E. Marie

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sharing A Cup, Or Two, Or Three



Good morning!  How about a cup of coffee, or two, or three?  That is what I am sharing with you today. 



The Stamptangle Stacked Tea Cups, from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps, were stamped in black with Memento ink and colored with Copic markers.  I used the colors from one of my favorite coffee cups.  This image was fussy cut, leaving a narrow edge of white to help it show better on the blue background layer.



The JFF sentiment, Coffee Shared, was stamped on yellow cardstock with Distress Ink.  There is nothing more special than sharing time and coffee with a friend.



The background layers of orange and blue decorative cardstock coordinate with the colors used on the coffee cups.  Their designs made me think of bubbles and waves and a chilly beach in spring.  I just spent some time there with my daughter.  The flower embellishment was fussy cut from the design on the back side of the blue cs.

It is also time for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  This is my first entry this week.

Enjoy your week.

E. Marie

Monday, March 13, 2017

Soda Shop Sweets



Have you seen all the sweet treat images recently released by Just For Fun Rubber Stamps?  They remind me of the goodies my grandfather used to buy me at the old soda shop in our little town, so I decided to create a card with that theme.



The card is a Twist Gate Fold Card.  My friend, April Williams, shared this with me recently and you can find a tutorial here.  I used three coordinating cardstocks to layer on the different sections, sponging all the edges with pink or grey ink.  Sheer mint ribbon was used to tie it shut.



JFF's Hot Fudge Sundae is layered on the front.  It was colored with markers and then layered on mint and black cs.



When opened, their Root Beer Float and Vanilla Shake are revealed.  These were also colored with markers and layered on mint and black and The Best Things in Life sentiment was added.

This was a fun card to make with these cute images.  Check out all their new images here.

E. Marie

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Just For Fun March Challenge



It is the beginning of a new month and with the arrival of March there is a new challenge on the Just For Fun Blog.  The theme for March is “Birthday”.  


 Just for Fun’s Birthday Background was used to create this card.  Three different colors of Memento ink were added directly to the stamp and the background was stamped two times.  One was layered on purple and added to the card front.



The second layer was cut into strips and three strips were cut into candle flames on one end.  After adding additional ink to the flames, these were layered on purple and popped up on top of the first background.

Here is a quick hint – I actually used white cardstock for all the layers.  I simply added ink to the edges for the purple layers.  This is a great way to have perfect color coordinating layers.

We always need birthday cards so this is an easy challenge to enter.  Head over to the JFF blog for the challenge details and more inspiration from my fellow designers.

E. Marie