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

Monday, December 26, 2016

One Last Christmas Card

Merry Day after Christmas.  Sure hope everyone had a wonderful time yesterday with friends and family.  I know I did.  I thought I would share one more Christmas themed card inspired by my parents.  They used to love going camping and would come visit us and park their big camper in our back yard.  The new little camper image from Just For Fun was perfect for this.

Dark blue was used for the background and was die cut with a star background die.  This was layered on yellow to show the stars.

The tree is the Stamptangle Christmas Tree, also from JFF. It was stamped on the blue background, then stamped a second time on a paint chip.  This was fussy cut and layered on top of the original.  The star was stamped on yellow, fussy cut, and heat embossed with Sparkle EmbossingPowder to make it sparkle.  This same embossing powder was added to the circular ornaments hanging from the tree.

The JFF CMP-Round Camper was watercolored and fussy cut.  The Sparkle EP was added to the little Christmas lights.  A glitter pen was used on the metal areas.

The “celebrate” was die cut from red cardstock and heat set with Sparkle EP.

Have a wonderful time relaxing after all the Christmas activities.

E. Marie

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

To all my family, friends, and followers 

E. Marie

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Coffee Joy

This week is the 2016 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop so I have been working on some coffee themed cards.  As a result, today's card is a mix of elegance and fun.  The elegance comes from the delicate, dry embossed background and decorative, elongated ornaments with bows.  The fun comes from the addition of the little coffee cups. 

Just For Fun's Stamptangle Teardrop Ornaments were colored with a mix of watercolors and Copic Markers.  They were fussy cut and popped up on the card front.  The Cup of Joe , also from JFF, was stamped with Rich Cocoa Memento Ink, punched out with a circle punch, and also popped up. 

The Joy To The World sentiment comes from JFF's Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet.  It was stamped with Rich Cocoa Memento Ink on coordinating cardstock and layered on blue. I actually had another sentiment in mind, but lost the stamp in the mess on my craft table.  Decided this one would work just as well.  Being a coffee lover, it definitely brings joy to my world.

I know a few other coffee lovers that will love a Christmas card like this.

E. Marie

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving Paper Pieced Pumpkin

With the holiday only two days away, my card is all about fall, pumpkins, and Thanksgiving.  In the rush to Christmas, Thanksgiving is sometimes shoved into the background but it is such an important time to let others know how grateful we are for them and also to remind ourselves how blessed we are.

Just For Fun's Stamptangle Tall Pumpkin is heat embossed in white onto 4 different decorative cardstocks and paper pieced together.  A little distress ink was sponged around the edges of each pumpkin layer.  This was adhered on top of a die cut background, cut with Spellbinders’ Leaves a Fallin' Decorative Card Front die.  The Branch image from JFF was stamped in brown and fussy cut.  Pieces of it were tucked behind the pumpkin.

The Happy Thanksgiving sentiment is from the JFF Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet.  It was stamped in brown and tucked under some fiber wraps and a silk bow. 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

E. Marie

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Fall Leaves

With the chill in the air, the leaves are really changing colors.  I love to drive through the mountains and see all the bright colors.  Our neighbor’s tree is full of gorgeous, golden leaves.  Here is a card using the Zentangles leaves from Just For Fun to share those lovely fall colors.

The Stamptangle Maple Leaf and Stamptangle Oak Leaf were stamped with Distress Inks around the edge of the card front.  The same inks were used to watercolor them and add splatters.

The card front was cut into three angled pieces and layered onto rust colored cardstock.  This was adhered to the card base, with the middle section popped up.  The JFF Thinking of You was stamped in dark brown in the bottom corner.

Take time to enjoy this lovely time of the year.

E. Marie