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

Monday, February 27, 2017

Color Burst Flowers

Did your February fly by as fast as mine?  We have had such nice weather that some of the spring flowers are blooming and it is so pretty.  Today’s card features two floral images from Just For Fun's 4 Sided Floral Block.

The background was created using a technique that my friend and fellow designer, April Williams, taught me this weekend.  You emboss a piece of cardstock with an embossing folder and then apply the ink from 3-4 Distress Inks using direct to paper.

To create the floral images, the stamps were spritzed with water and Color Burst Powders were sprinkled lightly on top.  Then these were stamped on watercolor paper.  They were layered on purple and added to the card front.

The “Just For You” sentiment is from JFF's To My Friend Word Block.  It was stamped with Distress Ink, layered on purple cardstock, and angled across the card front.

Just a reminder that there are only a few more days to enter Just For Fun's February Challenge with a “Sweet Nothings” theme.  Get the details on the blog here.

E. Marie

Monday, February 13, 2017

All About Love

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays and only one day away.  I’m not sure which I love more – roses or chocolates.  Today’s card combines another favorite, black and red, and uses three images from Just For Fun’s latest release.

Cupid's Arrows was stamped in red on two sides of the card front. This was layered on black and the white card base.  A red strip, embossed with hearts, was layered on black and added across the center.

The Postal Hearts-2 Sided stamp was used to stamp the two heart images in black.  The roses were colored with Copic Markers and a little grey shading was added.  These were fussy cut and centered on the card front.

It’s not too late to get creative for Valentine’s Day.  How do you show your love?

E. Marie

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Just For Fun February Challenge

Time just keeps flying by and it is already time for the February Challenge at the Just For Fun Rubber Stamps Blog.  

 February’s theme is “Sweet Things”

To help inspire you, I chose the JFF stamp, American Beauties.  This was heat embossed with Detail White Embossing Powder on watercolor paper.  Then it was color using Derwent Inktense Pencils and a watercolor brush.  I used the color of my favorite roses and added a light blue wash in the background.  This was added to layers of white, light pink, and dark pink.

The sentiment is from JFF’s To My Friend Word Block.  It was stamped with Memento Ink on a yellow rectangle and layered on pink, cut with a Spellbinders Nestabilities A2 Card Creator Die.  A second die was cut from white and the pink was layered on top with it slightly offset.

Head on over to the JFF Blog for more inspiration and all the details.  If you enter the challenge you will have a chance to win a gift certificate to the Just for Fun on-line store.

E. Marie

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