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

Friday, June 30, 2017

America The Beautiful

This weekend many of you will be traveling to visit family for the upcoming 4th Of July holiday.  To get the celebration started I have four patriotic cards to share with you, using Just For Fun rubber stamps.

I have been playing with several techniques and this first card uses a smoosh technique with a ziplock bag.  I added Fired Brick and Faded Jeans Distress Ink to the bag and spritzed with water.  White cardstock was laid over the ink and then all of this is flipped over so you can manipulate the ink to help with coverage.  When this has dried, you can repeat the process to add more color.  Once the background was completed and dry the Striped Background was stamped with Versamark Ink and Sparkle Embossing Powder was added and heat set.

The Statue of Liberty Silhouette and America the Beautiful sentiment were stamped with the same inks on a rectangle and layered on the front.  This was added to layers of blue and black and three small, red buttons were added.

For the next three cards I did a similar background but the ink was placed directly on my work mat, spritzed, and the cardstock was dragged through the ink.  I was working towards creating a background for the Joseph’s Coat technique so once the background dried, the Fireworks Burst was stamped several times on the background with Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with Sparkle Embossing Powder.   

It was so pretty like this that I just added the fussy cut Statue of Liberty Silhouette.  The Home of the Free... sentiment was added to a layered flag across the top and three small red jewels on the bottom.

This card has the same background technique as the previous one but this time I completed the Joseph’s Coat technique by sponging Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink over the entire background, bringing out the fireworks. 

On this final card, I used Distress Oxide Inks, which gave it a more muted look.

Have a wonderful time celebrating the upcoming holiday with friends and family and be safe!

E. Marie

I entered these projects in the following challenge:
Rubbernecker Challenge #12 - 4th Of July
TTCRD Challenge – “Anything Goes”
Repeat Impressions Challenge J2817 ~ Anything Goes