Monday, March 12, 2018


Wanted to share my first eclipse card.  I have seen so many eclipse samples and loved how they looked.  I couldn’t wait to try it, myself.

The Rabbit Pair, from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps, was stamped with Memento Ink and colored with Copic Markers.

The word “HOP” was die cut from the image with large alphabet dies.  It was also die cut twice from dark green cardstock.  The cardstock letters and image letters were glued together.

The remaining image, along with the middle sections of the letter “O” and “P”, were layered on dark green and additional layers of orange, green, and two different decorative cardstocks.  The die cut letters were popped up in place with dimensionals.  You can find a tutorial for this technique here.

This is a fun technique and since the monthly challenge on the Just For Fun Blog is “Use A Die-Cut”, this is the perfect time to try this and share your creation.  Find the challenge details here.

Have a great week.

E. Marie

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Just For Fun March Challenge

It is time for a new challenge at the Just For Fun blog.  The March challenge is so easy – use a die cut! 

I chose to use the Delicate Garden Frame die from Sue Wilson.  I love her dies.  I cut it out in white and used it to surround the JFF Brushed Floral image.  The image and background were colored with Copic Markers, along with the small die cut flowers.  A glitter pen was used to add a little sparkle to the middle of each flower.  The butterfly is also part of the die set.

Pull out your dies and stamp images and show us what you have created.  You can find all the challenge info here.

E. Marie

Monday, February 26, 2018

Simple Topiary

I have two versions of a simple card to share today.  This card can be used for all kinds of occasions and features stamps from Just For Fun.

The background was created by adding a variety of Distress Oxide Inks to the Stacked Blocks image and stamping on a white strip.  The Topiary image was stamped in black on top.  It didn’t show up as much as I wanted so I stamped it again on white, fussy cut, and layered it on top.

The remainder of the card was layers of white, with the images popped up in the center, and score lines added.

Since I still wanted the look of the Topiary simply stamped on top of the colors, the Stacked Blocks was stamped again with the remaining ink on the white card front.  Since this was lighter, the image showed up much better. 

A green layer was added to bring out more of the image colors.

Hope you have a fantastic week.

E. Marie

Monday, February 12, 2018

Diagonal Valentine Treat Boxes

Is Valentine’s Day sneaking up on you?  Here are some little treat boxes that you still have time to make.

This first box is only 1 ½” on all sides.  It is created with two-sides cardstock and tied shut with pink polka-dot ribbon.

It opens up with diagonal edges to reveal a treat for your sweetie.  The inside shows the 2nd coordinating design and a solid colored insert stamped with the Valentine saying from Just For Fun's  Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet.

A 3-D heart was created by combining three folded die cut hearts to embellish the top.

This second box uses the same design but is a 2” cube, making room for larger treats.  One of the hearts from JFF's Sentiment Hearts Mini Cube was stamped for the sentiment.

To create the flower embellishment on top, the flower from JFF's Brushed Floral image was stamped three times, fussy cut, and the edges inked.  These were shaped with a stenciling tool on a foam pad, layered, and added to the box top.

I found the instructions and video links for these boxes here.  I hope you enjoy making them.

E. Marie

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Just For Fun February Challenge

Where did January go?  It flew by and Just for Fun Rubber Stamps' Blog has a new challenge for February.  The new challenge is "Silhouette Stamps".  

Just for Fun has so many wonderful ones in their online store and I love working with these.

I created this Valentine’s card using JFF’s Couple Under Light Post silhouette stamp.  It was stamped in red on white cardstock and layered on black.

For the background, one of JFF’s 2 Sided Postal Hearts was heat embossed in white and spritzed with water.  Color Bursts were carefully sprinkled on and allowed to spread and bleed.  When dry, this was layered on black and white and a pink card base.  Dark and light pink jewels were added to the sides.

Get all the challenge details at the Just For Fun blog.  You can also see more great samples from my fellow designers.

E. Marie

Monday, January 29, 2018

Spread Your Wings and Fly...

It has been a cold and dreary weekend and, even though it is still January, I am starting to wish for spring.  With spring comes flowers and butterflies.  Using Just for Fun's Collection image, I made this simple card from a colorful background.

I have had some fun playing with my Color Bursts and Brushos lately.  My friend and fellow JFF designer, April Williams, shared some fun techniques with me a few weeks ago and I created some lovely backgrounds just from picking up all the extra color left on my craft mat.  This is what I used for this card.

The JFF Collection stamp was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on top of another piece of this colorful background.  I trimmed around it, leaving just a little of the color around the edges.  This was layered on white and the Spread Your Wings and Fly... sentiment, also from JFF, was stamped with Salty Ocean Distress Ink at the bottom of this layer.

I hope your week is great and come back soon for more inspiration.

E. Marie

Monday, January 15, 2018

Waves, Bubbles, and Turtles

It has been a bit chilly so I am ready for some warmer beach time.  I’m thinking waves, bubbles, and sea turtles.

This card starts with the Loopy Loop Memory Box Die.  This was cut from white cardstock and layered on a large blue circle, cut with a Spellbinder’s Circle Nestability Die.

The Just for Fun Sea Turtle Seascape was stamped on decorative paper, then die cut with the Loopy Loop Die.  The center section was added to the center of the white die cut on the card front.

The same decorative paper was used for the card background.  The Voice of the Sea sentiment, also from JFF,  was stamped on the bottom of the card.  Some Hero Arts sequins from my stash were added.

Hope you have a fantastic week.

E. Marie

Monday, January 1, 2018

New Year's Challenge

Happy New Year!  Hard to believe it is already 2018.  With a new year come lots of resolutions and wishes.  At the Just For Fun blog we also have a new challenge. 
For January we have a color challenge  - Blue, Purple, Silver.

This inspiration card uses a background layer created with an embossing folder and various ink colors.  I have had this in my stash for a while, thinking I would use it for a birthday card, but it caught my eye and I kept thinking about the count down for New Year’s.  It was trimmed down and layered on dark blue and purple cardstock edged with Silver Blue Embossing Powder.

Just for Fun’s Skyline Silhouette and the May all your wishes... sentiment were both heat embossed with Silver Blue Embossing Powder on dark blue cardstock.  I used my new Tim Holtz Stamp Platform to make sure I had a fully stamped image for the silhouette before embossing, and to help me place the sentiment.  This was added to the card front.

Since I had kind of a rough December, my wish for this coming year is to be healthier.  What is your New Year’s resolution or wish?

E. Marie

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  This is such a special time of the year and for most of us, we really hope to see snow on Christmas day.  This is pretty rare in the south.  This card is for those of you who have been dreaming of a white Christmas.

The background is using Color Bursts and the Galaxy Technique.  I used Indigo, Ultramarine Blue, Merlot, and Yellow Ochre on watercolor paper.  After adding the water droplets to the background, I splattered it with a little Platinum Liquid Metals.  This gave a great shimmer to some spots which sadly does not show up in the pictures.

The Just For Fun new Silhouette Pines image, along with the Joy To The World from the Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet, were stamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with detail white powder.  To me this looked like a snow scene with the northern lights in the background.

Whether you have snow or not, cold or warm, I hope you have a very blessed Christmas.

E. Marie

Monday, December 11, 2017

Tea Is On...

Winter arrived this weekend in the southeast.  It snowed off and on for two days by me - those big, fluffy flakes floating straight down and settling on everything.  It left a beautiful winter wonderland that I enjoyed from my den, bundled up under blankets sipping hot tea. 

The background for the card I am sharing uses different cardstock from Authentique’s Alpine collection.  The “Afternoon Tea” Die’sire die from Crafters Companion was cut from two different cardstocks, cut apart, and layered together.  This was added to a strip of cream cardstock on top of the wintery decorative background piece. 

I love this Just For Fun sentiment, Tea pot is on...  I had planned to stamp it directly on the background but it got a little lost in all the design so I ended up stamping it on cream cardstock.  

I didn’t get to share my tea with friends this weekend, since I was actually running a temperature, but I hope we all remember to make time for those that are dear to us during this busy holiday season.  Maybe spend time sipping tea and stamping cards!

E. Marie

I entered this project in the following challenge: