Monday, January 23, 2017


The weather where I live cannot make up its mind.  First we had a snow storm, a week later it was like summer, and now it is just cold with thunderstorms.  I am still feeling like winter so I made a cute snowman card to share.

I started by creating the background.  After tearing a piece of paper, I used it to mask the bottom and sponged on blue Weathered Wood Distress Ink on the top.  Then I used the vein stamps from two different Oak Leaf 2-Sided stamps from Just For Fun to make trees (E2689 and F3021).

The JFF Snowman image was stamped on the card front and then a second time on white cardstock.  This second image was colored with Tombow Markers and fussy cut.  Since the little arm branches are hard to cut out, I simply cut them off and colored the ones on the image on the card front.  The fussy cut image was layered on top and the arms lined up great.

The sentiment was die cut from the same snowflake background paper, using a Spellbinders’ Sentiment die.  The edges were inked and it was layered slightly offset on the same die cut from blue cardstock.  A little shading was added with a light grey Tombow marker and some little spiral sequins from Hero Arts were added to the background.

Here’s to better weather (though I do like being inside and being creative).

E. Marie

Monday, January 9, 2017

Staying Warm?

The south east is pretty chilly today and many places had snow this weekend.  That is pretty exciting for some of us that do not see it very often.  Today I am enjoying a snow day at home.  Perfect timing for this winter card.

The three trees from Just For Fun's Stamptangle Christmas Trees were heat embossed in black on watercolor paper and watercolored with Zig Clean Color Watercolour Brushes.  After they dried, they were fussy cut and layered on a white frame.  This was added to a white layer run through a snowflake embossing folder.

The JFF Warm Winter Wishes sentiment was stamped with Bamboo Leaves Memento ink.  It was hand cut and slanted across the card front.

Stay warm this week.

E. Marie

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Just For Fun January Challenge

Happy New Year!!

With the start of a new year, we have a new challenge at Just For Fun Rubber Stamps blog.  It is “Free For All” so how easy is that?  I, of course, can’t help but think about snow in January so I made a winter looking card.

I had a lot of fun with the background.  Starting with light blue cardstock, different size circles were added using white pigment ink and Milled Lavender and Stormy Sky Distress Ink for the purple and blue to create this Bokeh look.  I have had the Milled Lavender color for years and have to admit I never really liked it so I just didn’t use it.  However it was the perfect subtle color for this.  To add a little sparkle, I stamped the Just For Fun Small Stamptangle Star several times on the background with white pigment ink.  Then it was heat embossed with Sparkle Embossing Powder.

The “snowflake” was created using the Large Stamptangle Star and the Small Stamptangle Star.  Both were stamped with white pigment ink and heat embossed with Detail White Embossing Powder on white cardstock.  This was repeated on white cs sponged with the Stormy Sky Distress Ink.  The different layers were fussy cut.  Using a masking technique, Milled Lavender Distress Ink was added to sections.  The various layers were added to the white base, ending with a small white center and small lavender pearls. 

A window was cut from the top two layers of the card front.  This was popped up over the white card base to reveal the Winter Wonderland sentiment from JFF’s Seasons Word Block.  Since the “snowflake” could also be a flower or a star, this card design could be used for many different occasions by simply changing the sentiment.

We would love to see your creations added to our challenge link.  Check out the JFF Blog for all the details and more inspiration. 

Wishing you the best as we start this new year!

E. Marie