Monday, May 22, 2017

Grey Heron at Waters Edge

When I visit my daughter, we have a favorite restaurant we like to go to.  We ask to sit by the window so we can watch the waterway.  We always see lot of wildlife, including many seabirds.  Today's card uses images and dies with a seabird theme and also uses one of my favorite color combos – blue and kraft. 

This card features the Grey Heron at Waters Edge from Just For Fun.  This image was stamped with Faded Jeans Distress Ink on the upper section of a piece of light blue cardstock.  Vintage Photo Distress Ink was sponged around the edges.  

A torn piece of kraft paper, sponged with ink on the edges, was layered on the bottom.  JFF's The Voice of the Sea sentiment was stamped in Vintage Photo in the bottom left corner.  Two of the birds from Memory Box’s Elegant Shorebirds dies were cut from dark blue cardstock and added to the right corner.  This was all layered on dark blue and the white card base.

There is still time to enter JFF's May Challenge with the theme “A Mother’s Love”.  Get the details here.

Have a great week.

E. Marie

Monday, May 8, 2017

Simple Mother's Day

Saturday was National Scrapbooking Day.  I am not a scrapbooker, yet, so I spent the day with my friends making cards.  I thought I would share two different versions of my Mother’s Day card.

The Just For Fun image, Floral Oval V, is stamped with Abandoned Coral Distress Ink on this simple card.  Spellbinders Oval dies were used to create a frame to layer on top.  This was layered on white cardstock, edged with the same ink. and added to the white card base.

The JFF Happy Mother’s Day sentiment was also stamped with Abandoned Coral ink on a rectangle, edged with the ink.  This was angled on the side of the image.

Since I have a hard time keeping things simple, I decided to create a second version with a few additions.  This time the die cut frame was edged with ink and the top layer was run through a floral embossing folder.  A corner rounder was used on the sentiment and a sheer ribbon bow and pearl were added.  The ribbon for the bow was originally white but the Abandoned Coral Distress Ink was added to it.  This ink is interesting as it gave the actual ribbon a slight orange look but kept the Coral color along the edges.  I felt these few changes added an elegance to the card while still keeping the simplicity.

You can share your Mother’s Day cards by linking them to JFF's May Card Challenge with the theme of A Mother's Love.

E. Marie

Monday, May 1, 2017

Just For Fun May Challenge

May has arrived and with it comes a new challenge at the Just For Fun blog.  The theme this month is A Mother’s Love.  This is perfect for all those Mother’s Day cards you are working on.

I used Just For Fun’s Mother is Born image and sentiment on my card.  I started by creating a soft pastel background, using Zig Water Color Markers on my craft mat, spritzing with water, and smooshing my cardstock in the ink.  When the cardstock dried, the image was stamped in the center with Memento Ink.  This was layered behind a white frame, die cut with a Sue Wilson Designs die.

A layer of bright pink, silk flowers, and small pearls were added.

I hope you can join the challenge.  See all the details at the JFF Blog.

E. Marie

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