Saturday, August 27, 2016

I Heart Ocean

Hi Beth here with my last post ocean project post. This month the challenge has been ocean/seashore and I've been having so much fun with the stamps that go along with that theme. Last month there was a challenge to make an exploding heart card using a Summer theme. I decided to make it my own personal challenge.

My regular card stock was too heavy and I didn't get  nice folds so I decided to go with construction paper that a friend gave me several years ago. 

First I made a collage of different ocean photos I had taken to use for my cut out hearts. I didn't want to waste paper by printing out individual prints and wasn't sure what portion or photos I was going to use. I decided to cut a heart out of the sunset photo for the front and took a scrap of the construction paper to stamp and emboss the mini hearts on.

For my hearts I used a heart stencil for tracing them onto my prints after I decided what sections I wanted to use. After cutting the hearts out the fun began. The umbrella is stamped on plastic from a page protector and colored with sharpie markers on the back. The adhered with Tombow adhesive. It is the only adhesive I've found which will not show adhering down plastic or vellum. The starfish is stamped on deli paper and colored with a pencil on the back side. The flip flops and chair were stamped on pattern paper.

It took me longer to figure out how I was going to do this project than to actually do it.  I left my heart at the ocean.

Before closing today I want to thank the owners of Just For Fun Rubber Stamps for allowing me to be a Design Team Member this last year. It has been a pleasure working with the unique and excellent quality stamps.  I also want to thank  our fearless leader Roni who did a great job of keeping us all on track.  Please next month give the new design team members a warm welcome.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Happy Sails to You!

Happy Finally Friday to you all!  Keeping in the beach and sand in our toes spirit, I had to make a manly birthday card.  I have a grandpa who was a sailed a Pelican boat.  That is a type of small sail boat.  So I though this would make a great birthday card for him.  Now I just have to go make another one so I can keep one and send him one.  Lol.
Happy Sailing!  May the winds be just right.

Supplies Used:
Just For Fun Rubber Stamps- D1610 Sailing Ship & UMS 7018 Sentiments 1
Stampin' Up Stamp Pad- Cherry Cobbler
Wink of Stella- Clear
Card Stock
This is my last card and post with Just For Fun Stamps.  I have had such a wonderful time with you all and with the JFF Design Team.  I will miss you.  I have a few new things up my sleeves for new adventures in my world, but maybe I'll get to come back and join these ladies again.  You can always find me at my blog.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the end of summer!
Hugs, Heidi 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Just Flyin' By To Say Hi!

As I mentioned before I have been binge watching YouTube card techniques.  I tried one of the fun techniques I watched with this card.  Actually it was done with watercolors, but I did it with ink pads & sponges.

Pick your stamp & sponge colors on the cardstock anticipating where the stamp will fall within the colors.  The stamp, Tropical Sunset (G1442), made it pretty easy.  I added more Sand (C413) & a Crane on a Pier (C3636).  The Sentiment 3 (UMS7020) stamped & added with pop dots.

Another flat card, well almost flat, but again I built a story with the stamps.  Simple, but fun.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

May Your Day Be Filled....

Hi everyone Beth here and I know it is not Saturday and a regular day for me to post but I've been having so much fun with the beach theme challenge that I couldn't help myself when I saw an open day.  Originally I was going to use a photo I took of sunset at the beach but alas it was such poor quality printing it out. So my next choice was this one with lots of sand.

I was going to print this on tissue paper but alas the print head needed cleaning so I got streaks. Not sure that the print head was thoroughly cleaned I went ahead and printed it on copy paper and adhered it to cardstock. With my cutting machine I cut my frame out of a scrap of  calligraphy paper. I thought the color and pattern of aged paper would go nicely with the photo. May your day be filled and the Beach Umbrella were stamped with Stazon ink on deli paper.  The umbrella and sand were colored with colored pencils. I have in my stash copper spiral paper clips and thought it would be fun to fasten them on the corners.

There is still time to enter the challenge. I hope you will join in the fun I would love to see your creations.

Thank you for stopping by.

Saturday, August 20, 2016


stamps used:  seahorse, sea kelp, water

Seahorses look graceful ... don't know if they are or not but they are unique creatures of the sea.  for this card ... no you're not see double there are two cards but both the same ... I did a reverse mask ... sponge in some colors.  you are asking why those colors ... well ... these colors came to me while I was having dental work done.  at the dentist she gives me "shades" to wear so the over head light isn't so bright ... during the procedure my eyes teared a little and when I looked at the light these are the colors I saw ... purple, orange and yellow so I thought why not make a card so I did a couple of days later.  now back to the card, after sponging the colors I did a little stamping with the same color inks inside the circle.  also stamped the seahorse with black ink inside the circle with the mask in place then removed the mask and stamped more seahorses.  stamped the sea kelp ... added a few crystals for bubbles ... layered stamped piece on lavender note card.  will stamp a sentiment when I know who I'm sending this card to.
till next time ... Ink it!  Stamp it!  Use it!
visit me anytime at Stamping Sue
check out JFF August beach challenge for your chance to win gift certificate.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Life Is a Journey

I am a native Floridian and love all things related to my state--
palm trees, beaches with sunrises and sunsets, gulf and ocean shorelines,
shore birds--the list is very long.

Today's card celebrates Florida things.
Happy August and enjoy the journey!

Hammock in Palms G3650
Sunset at the Seashore G3652
Sentiments 3 UMS 7020

Monday, August 15, 2016

Stamptangle Fun


I am one of those people that absolutely love the look of Zentangle, but I really do not always have the time to create it myself.  If this describes you, then make sure you check out all the Stamptangle images in the Just For Fun online store, including many new ones.

The Stamptangle Dolphin is featured on today’s card.  I had so much fun coloring it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens on watercolor paper.  I did the same with the Stamptangle Water Splash and then cut them out to create the splashes at the bottom.

The sentiment is from the Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet.  It was heat embossed in white and die cut with Spellbinders’ Label 4.  The edges were inked to make it stand out more.

I had a little fun with the background.  I stamped the Circles Background on top of decorative cardstock and heat embossed in white.  This gave it some great color with a bubbly look.

Don’t forget about the Just For Fun August Challenge with the theme of “Sand in Our Toes”.  It’s all about the ocean and beach.  You have until Wednesday, August 31st to enter your creation for a chance at a JFF Gift Card.

Enjoy your week!

E. Marie

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Underwater Seahorse

This month the challenge is beach/seashore and Just For Fun has all kinds of stamps for that theme. I fell in love with the seahorse and because there are three different sizes you could actually create a family.  Here is my creation using the large one. I had so much fun putting together this underwater scene.

I started by airbrushing with Spectrum Noir markers the water and sand bottom. On the sand bottom I took a sea shell stencil and liquid gold paint and stenciled the shells.

Then I painted paper designed for acrylic paint with green metallic paint. Then cut out my vegetation using Spellbinders Corner Sprig dies.

The seahorse is stamped on deli paper and then colored on the back with color pencils.

After adhering everything down I adhered clear plastic that I randomly dotted with Dimensional Magic. I used Tombow glue to adhere the plastic and you have to really look hard to see where I put the dots of glue at.

I hope you will join in the fun. Would love to see what you create using the theme.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Flip Flop Kind of Day!

Happy Friday!  I am back with a fun Sand in your Toes themed card for you today!
It's been very hot here again.  I am not fond of triple digit weather.  It can go away now.  But it does make me wish I was at the beach.  So thinking those happy thoughts, I came up with this cute flip flop card.  Stay Cool and craft!!  That's my motto for these hot days. 

Supplies Used:
Just For Fun Rubber Stamps: E3619 Flip Flops & UMS7018 Sentiments 1
Ranger Archival Ink- Jet Black
Tombo Markers - 272, 823, 933, & 133
Stickles- Star Dust
Card Stock

Don't forget to join Just For Fun Rubber Stamps's August Challenge, Sand in Our Toes.  There are great prizes to be won!

Hugs, Heidi

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Oregon Sand Dunes

We live near the Oregon Sand Dunes & they are beautiful.  This week's card is a homage to our dunes.

I sponged in the "sand dunes" & stamped sand over them. I added the beach fence & grass.  A beach is not a beach without a seagull swooping down.

Now this card is very different than any other card I  completed over the past year.  Can you all tell me what it is?  OK, I'll tell's fussy cut on this card.  Yep, all I did was sponge & stamp a beach scene & I love how it turned out!

Stamps used:
  • Sand                 C413
  • Beach fence      B3336
  • Seagrass sm.     A988
  • Seagull              B3695
  • Sentiments 3     UMS7020

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Thinking of the Beach!

Hi everyone.  I have my August Challenge card here today.  This months is "Sand In Our Toes".  
I just love the beach, the sand and all the fun shells you can find on the beach and the smell of the ocean.  I would love to live near the ocean full time.  I hope to do that in the next 5 years.  Come on Lotto!!  Then I could get the house by the ocean and a large craft room or separate studio!
Dare to dream, right!
Okay, back to the card.

Supplies Used:
Just For Fun Stamps: B1782 Pacific Scallop Small & UMS7018 Sentiments 1
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads- Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, and Spiced Marmalade 
Ranger Perfect Pearls- Silver
Stickles - Mercury Glass
Card Stock & Textured Paper
I used the Perfect Pearls on the shells, but I couldn't get the sparkle to show up very well.  It looks really cool in person.  Sorry about that.  But trust me and use it if you have it.


Saturday, August 6, 2016

can you resist the beach?

Play on words here because I did a resist technique on these two cards.  they look much better in real life.  the same technique except one is just brown ink and the other is three different color inks.  so let's get started with this resist technique:  1.  ink card with whatever color (dye ink pads) or colors you want.  2.  stamp images with VersaMark ink.  allow to dry on it's own or use a heat gun.  3.  over stamp a couple of the images with white pigment ink.  4.  brush on perfect pearls to a couple of the white pigment images.  5.  heat emboss the sentiment and you are done.
till next time ... Ink it!  Stamp it!  Use it!
visit me anytime at Stamping Sue
check out our August beach challenge

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Every Day Is a Gift

August is hot and I always think of beach scenes.
Today's card uses a window card with a vellum layer colored with distress inks.
We all know that each day is a gift.
Hope you are enjoying your day to the fullest!

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Monday, August 1, 2016

August Challenge - Sand in Our Toes

August Challenge 
Sand in Our Toes

Card Sketch Inspiration...

For many of us this time of year is hot hot we decided to spend the month at the beach and feel the sand between our toes!  But we have two ways to can take your inspiration from the photo collage or create a beach themed card using the card sketch.  Either way, the choice is yours.

Before we get to the design team inspiration let's congratulate July's winner (drawn at random)....that winner is....Janett Ray from Janett's Stamping Place and her creation Cabin in the Woods

Congratulations Janett!  
Please e-mail me at ronijj at gmail dot com.

Thanks to all those who participated in our Christmas in July Challenge!

On to the sandy beach inspiration...




You have until: 
Wednesday, August 31st at 9:00 PM  (EST)
to enter with the Linky Tool below!

PLEASE follow these simple rules BEFORE entering your creation:
A) You may create a new project using any of your favorite crafting supplies by following the challenge guidelines/theme. (No digi cards allowed)

B) Your project must include a rubber stamped image somewhere in the design.

***NEW - You don't have to use a JFF Stamp to be considered for the G.C. but if you DO use a JFF Stamp you will receive a 2nd entry into the drawing doubling your chance to win!!

C)  Make a link back to this challenge blog in your post and no back-linking *meaning no linking to posts prior to date of this challenge*

D)  3 entries per person.  You may combine with up to 5 challenges as long as it includes the JFF theme/sketch/color combo provided.

Also, we'd love it if you followed the blog and liked us on Facebook but it's not mandatory.
Have fun! - Thanks for joining us!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Butterfly kisses

Today is the last day of July but by no means does that mean the summer is over.  Still lots of butterflies flying around in all their glory.  This stamped butterfly is colorful with all the colors of Perfect Pearls.  Stamped butterfly with VersaMark ink onto brown cardstock then dusted it with Perfect Pearls.  After dusting the butterfly I buffed it with a tissue to burnish in all the Perfect Pearls then spritz it with water to settle it in even more.  Add some self sticking pearls to make a flying trail.
Till next time ... Ink it!  Stamp it!  Use it!
visit me anytime at Stamping Sue
check out our challenge for your chance to win gift certificate.

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Stockings Are Hung!

Happy Friday!  I am back with another Christmas in July card for you.
You may not know, but I am also a quilter.  When I look at this Stamptangle Stocking stamp from Just For Fun Stamps, I see a quilt.  It looks like a crazy quilted Christmas stocking.  I have been wanting to make something with this stamp for a while now.  I found these papers in my stash.  (we all know what those are, but lets not tell the husband about it) and it inspired me to color this stocking in more old fashion Christmas colors.  I hope you like it too!

Supplies Used:
Just For Rubber Stamps -E3855 Stamptangle Stocking & C2614 A Christmas Note
Tombo Markers- 098, 177, 856, and 025
Stampin' Up Stampin' Write in- Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Primrose Petals and Riding Hood Red
Ranger Archival Ink- Jet Black
Stickles - Star Dust
Christmas Card Stock & Velum Paper
Versa Mark Ink Pad 
Stamp N Stuff Embossing Tinsel- Red

Hope you are all having a great summer and staying cool!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

3 Cards for Christmas in July


I have been totally binge watching YouTube craft shows.  Do you remember the Carol Duvall Show on DIY?  I loved that show, well, anyway, there was a Christmas Holiday Show & the guest demonstrated a background technique using Puffy paint & reinkers.
You place a large drop of Puffy paint in the middle of your cardstock & 1 drop of stamp pad reinker ink.  In my case it was Navy.  You take a brayer & roll out the paint/ink all over the cardstock.  Using your embossing heat tool you quickly dry the paint/ink.  The effect is supposed to be a foggy background from the dry Puffy paint. 
Of course I couldn’t find my brayer, so I used a sponge paint brush to spread the paint/ink over the cardstock & even though the effect didn’t quite look like it did on the TV show, I still liked the effect it gave the backgrounds to all 3 cards.

Because the paint is wet on paper the cardstock did warp a bit, but I think if I ironed the back of the card base it will straighten out.  Gluing it on an A2 card will probably straighten it out also.
Stamps I used:
Holiday Magic: On Dasher (A3445), Ice Skaters (F2280), Pine Forest (F3588), Sentiments Unmounted 3 (UMS7020
Happy Holidays: Getting the Tree (F3510), Pine Forest, Sentiments Unmounted 1 (UMS7018
Joy to the World: Holly Branch Sketch (G2632), Fiber Background (J2207), Sentiments Unmounted 3

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Joy Of Gifts Christmas In July

Hi everyone Beth here with another Christmas card since we are doing Christmas in July challenge. Today my card features the three kings bearings gifts on a background of Joy To The World sheet music.

Since we are also doing shimmer//glitter I used copper card stock for my base.

For my sheet music I printed it out with a laser printer as I did not want the ink to smear. Then I took a scrap of thin cardboard from a box and used Vintage Mod Podge to adhere the sheet music as well as to coat it. Vintage gel medium or anything like that would work. I just happened to have the Mod Podge from a couple of decades ago when decoupage was all the rage.

Once the Mod Podge was dry I used the dropper and Fossilized Amber Distress Ink and dropped some of the ink onto my sheet music and then took a bristle brush and brushed until I got the effect I wanted. I also took a paper towel to wipe some of the ink off in places to give more of a distress look. It takes awhile for the ink to dry so you have time to play. Once the ink was dry I took a bronze sharpie and colored the edge of the cardboard

My background for my stamp was created with an airbrush and alcohol markers. I used the blending marker as well as the colors to get my effect. I stamped with Stazon Black ink so I could paint Iridescent medium over the stars. The shimmer is too subtle to pick up in a photo. Then I took a Gelly Roll pen by Sakura to color the large star.

You still have time to enter the challenge and to get a jump start on making holiday/Christmas cards. I hope you will join us as I would love to see your creations.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Holiday Magic

Hello, Friends.  It's kReN here again to share 
a holiday card with you and to remind you,
it's time for you to enter our 
Christmas in July challenge.
Add some shimmer and shine to your card.
Sorry you can't see the silver glitter paint
but it is really sparkly in person.
Falalalala in July!

I created a special designer paper background by
dry brushing purple, pink, and blue and green 
Twinkling H20's and acrylic paints on white card stock.
Oh, the shine! 
My photographer husband could capture it, 
but, alas, I could not.
I stamped the Stamptangle Pattern Block onto
white card stock with black ink. Then I painted it with 
Twinkling H20's in sections and die cut
ornament shapes with dies.
I used Holiday Magic from UMS 7020 as my sentiment because
in person, the glitter and shine is truly magical!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Holiday Lamp

Christmas in July always gets me inspired to get a start on my Christmas cards.  This is the theme this month for the Just For Fun Monthly Challenge so I thought I would share another card I made for my favorite holiday.

I used some lovely blue cardstock with a white core and ran it through an embossing folder.  The raised area was sanded to bring out the white core and then the outer edges were inked.  Spellbinders’ Laced with Love Blooming Collection Etched Die was used to create the white frame.

The image, Christmas Lantern, was stamped in blue and die cut with Spellbinders Classic Oval die.  This was layered on a slightly larger blue oval that has been inked around the edges.  A little yellow glow was added to the lantern with a Copic Marker.

The sentiment, from the Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet, was also stamped in blue and die cut with JustRite’s Spellbinders Nested Sentiment die.  The edges were inked and small blue jewels were added.

We would love to see your Christmas creations.  You have until the end of the month to join our monthly challenge for a chance at a gift certificate to the Just For Fun store.

E. Marie