Saturday, April 30, 2016

Drape it!

Today I decided to jump on the bandwagon with the Drapery fold technique. this is going to be added to all my fun folds that I like to do and you will probably see more of this fold from me. There are lots of instructions out there if you do a search.  I have two cards to show you today because of the measurements I used on my cards.
pattern paper = 12" x 5 1/2" (cut in half diagonally to give you 2 pieces)
score on the long side of pattern paper at 1", 3" 4", 6", 7", 9", 10" and 11"
next fold the scored pattern paper accordion style and tape it to your card and decorate.  that's all there is to it...if you notice on my two cards the folds are going two different directions that because when I scored the second piece I forgot I wanted to show the other side of the pattern paper.  no biggie ... you know what I always say, "there are no mistakes in stamping just happy accidents!"
Till next time ... Ink it!  Stamp it!  Use it!
visit me anytime at Stamping Sue
don't forget to check out our April JFF challenge - birds 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Butterflies R Free

Butterflies have wings & I love butterflies.  This month I actually made a few cards to give to people I know.  The card on the right was a wedding card to a wonderful couple of "kids".  Inside were two pockets which held their wedding gift of 2 checks - 1 for the groom & 1 for the bride.  Next month I will show you the pocket card with the pockets on the outside.  I reversed the instructions for the wedding card so the pockets were inside.

Of course, I forgot to take a photo of the inside of the card. Oops!

I stamped the butterfly (H3872) on the left on pattern paper & the butterfly on the right was stamped on watercolor paper.

You can see the right butterfly was stamped in multiple color ink.  I made my own "stamp pad" using the baby wipe technique.  In case you have never heard of this technique it is really simple. 
Put a couple of baby wipes in a plastic tray.  I used an embossing tray.  Choose your ink colors (use reinkers) & randomly drip drops over the baby wipe.  Make sure there is enough drops on the baby wipe to ink whatever stamp you are using but not too much so the colors get muddy.

I inked the stamp, held it away from my body & gave it a quick spritz with water.  Then, I stamped on the watercolor paper.  You probably can use regular cardstock, but I like the effect it gets on watercolor paper.

The sentiments used were from Sentiments1 (UMS7018) & Sentiments 2 (UMS7019).

Just 2 Days Left!

Yes, just 2 days left to join our Birds of a Feather Challenge!  Don't miss out, you might be the lucky winner of a Just For Fun Rubber Stamps gift certificate!

Here are a couple cards to inspire...

My first card is one I love...feathers stamped on a monoprint background which were then fussy cut and mounted over a stamped burlap text!  A few dots of Bronze Pico Embellisher to finish it off!

Now this card is an eye opener!  It didn't start off that way but there was obviously a chemical reaction between the Crystal Lacquer and the markers I used because it turned many areas neon!  Whew, when I came back to see what it looked like after the CL had dried I was quite surprised to say the least - LOL!!  Oh well, I guess we all need a shocker every once in a while!
What do you think?  

Have you ever had an unexpected surprise like that?

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Peacock Feather

Hi everyone today is my day to post. I thought since we have a challenge going having to do with birds and feathers to share a card made using the peacock feather stamp. Details for the challenge can be found at this link:April Challenge

Here is my take on the challenge:
Originally I was going to stamp on black but for some reason I could not get a good image to emboss.  I love this peacock feather stamp. The stamp can be found here:

I used Recollection Vintage Lilac embossing powder which has specks of glitter in it. I love the results I get using it. The background was in my stash and I think it is something I did playing with Brusho Colour Crystals. I really need to write on the back what technique I use. As months later I'm totally clueless.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope to see your creations linked on the challenge page. There is still a week left before the challenge closes. :-)

Friday, April 22, 2016

Pink Daisy

Happy Friday!  Today I have a quick card.  I love daisies and I had to get this awesome Daisy stamp from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps.  I always need girly cards in my stash.  I wanted something sort of generic so when I am ready to send it, I can stamp something more personal inside.  Thinking of You can be for all sorts of occasions.  Or just simply Think of You.
It's also a great summer time card.  Hope you enjoy it and get some inspiration to create something this weekend too!

List of Supplies Used:
Just For Fun Rubber Stamps; E2887 Daisy and UMS7018 Sentiments 1
Different Washi Tapes in coordinating colors
Faber Castell Gelots in two pink tones, orange yellow and green.  
Thin Paint Brush
Pink Tombo Watercolor Marker for more Pink in the flower 
White Paint Marker
Archival Ink Pad- Jet Black
Green and Pink Card Stock
White Semi Gloss Paper- Plain White Paper will work too
Green Ribbon for the Bow
Stickles - Diamond

Hope you have a great weekend!  Happy Stamping!

Don't forget you can still enter our Monthly Challenge Here!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Beautiful Bokeh Butterflies

It's kReN here again. 
 Are you feeling the change of seasons where you live?
I love to use spring colors and love to watch the butterflies in my back yard.
We purposely have plantings for butterflies-- milkweed, butterfly bushes, 
Porter Weed, and the list goes on and on.
It seems fitting that today I should share butterfly cards.
I created a background with a technique I am calling "colorful bokeh" 
and I am liking the look.
When you are applying the distress inks to your card stock, set your applicator down 
and twist it to create you circle.
Then flick with water droplets.
Fun and easy!

As you can see, one was not enough.  
I changed up the embellishments and  bling, added Wink of Stella,
 and deemed them "done."

Monday, April 18, 2016

A "Tweet" Kite Card

Today I have a shaped card to share.  This is a Kite Card that is an easy change from the usual rectangular card.

For the base of this card you start with a 10” x 4” piece of double sided cardstock.  It is scored, folded, and trimmed so it folds into the shape of a kite.  You can use coordinating colors or just the opposite side of the cardstock for the different layers.

For the front image I used the Small House Wren image, lightly adding color with a Copic marker.  It is layered over the Cattails, stamped on white with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  The sentiment is from the Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet.

The card folds open, with layered folds, to reveal the sentiment.  I used the Happy Birthday To You, also from the Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet.

For embellishments I added a bow, colored with the inks and marker I used, and two little butterflies.  This project comes from Splitcoast Stampers with detailed directions and measurements, along with a video, here.

E. Marie

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Collage stamping by the sea

Today I am showing you my version of collage stamping.  To me it's just a fun way to stamp several images together in a mess then cut them up into fun unique cards.  watch my video (give thumbs up if you like it) here or on my you tube channel.

Till next time ... Ink it!  Stamp it!  Use it!
visit me anytime at my blog Stamping Sue
come back soon to see more from my fellow design team members.
Don't forget to join in on our JFF April challenge - theme is birds!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Hot air Balloon fun

In December my parents came to visit.  
On their first day here (while I was at work)
my husband drove them around for a while, 
and they were near the mountains, 
and as the sun was coming up, so did all these amazing hot air balloons.
They only caught one picture, 
but when I saw this stamp I knew I wanted to make a card. 
For the background I used thoughts and feelings.
which I stamped using distress inks. 

For the balloon  I just stamped using black ink on a scrap piece of paper I had. 
I did a bit of "doodling" by filling in some of the circles with a white gel pen. 
I have to say these stamps are so very fun to use, 
and they give such great impressions. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Birdhouse Fussy Cut

Have I mentioned how I love to sit & cut?  Well, I do. 

Keeping with this month's Challenge - "Bird's of a Feather" I used the Bird House Row stamp (H3853) & fussy cut it to make, what I think is my favorite card.  Why?  For some reason it looks almost 3-D.  I really hope you can see it in the photo.  My Photoshop died & I am waiting for a new one so the photo is not what I hoped it would be.

Here is what the stamp looks like before all the fussiness.

Can you tell how much I cut?  It really did not take that much time either.  I first stamped the image on watercolor paper using Staz-On brown ink. I colored the image with my watercolor crayons.
I cut the birdhouse from the post & used double pop dots to make it really pop off the card.  Since the top of the birdhouse looks like wire, I used a silver chalk pen to go over the lines.  I also used the silver on the barbwire on the fence.  I bent some real wire & attached it to the top of the roof since I had to cut the stamped wire off the top.
On the bottom of the fence I stamped grass (A012) so it didn't look like it was floating.  Finally, I used a saying from Unmounted Sentiments 2 (UMS7019).

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Wish Big

Hi everyone when the March wind blows I think of getting out and flying a kite. I also think of how much fun it would be to go up in a hot air balloon. Alas going up in a hot air balloon will probably never be crossed off my bucket list but Just For Fun has several Hot Air Balloon stamps in their Summer 2015 collection. So I can stamp away and take a trip in my imagination. Dress warm and come join me as we wish big and take off up into the sky.

I found in my stash origami paper which I had bought at a thrift store. I thought the orange would be perfect to use as a mat as well as to stamp the wish Big! which is one of the sentiments on the sheet of  Unmounted Sentiments 1. If you are in need of sentiment stamps the unmounted sheets are a bargain and you are sure to have the perfect sentiment on hand.

 Nowhere is it written in stone that you must use your stamps only with ink. For this card I started by spreading Golden Molding Paste on mixed media paper. I then stamped into the still wet molding paste. This was my first time doing this technique and I took the stamp out of the paste too soon so it is a little rough around the edges of the balloon. I was afraid of ruining the stamp but found out that it is best if you let the molding paste dry with the stamp. Will be less cleanup of the stamp and I've been assured  by a stamping expert that you won't ruin your stamp.

After my molding paste was dry I then painted with acrylic paint. I used two different colors on the ballon and metallic copper on the basket. To give more definition I outlined my image with Sharpies.

I hope you enjoyed your imaginary trip in a hot air balloon. Do come back for more Just For Fun with stamps. The designers have all kinds of fabulous projects in the works to share with you.

Friday, April 8, 2016

The Ocean Card

Hi!  Heidi here with a card inspired by the ocean, after my short trip to the coast to see family.  I just love going to the ocean.  The clean air and calm quiet atmosphere.  It's so relaxing.  I need about a week or more there to unwind.  I wish we could.  But work and life sometimes gets in the way.  So I thought I would make a card that I can send to a friend and share a bit of that feeling of calmness to them.  I just love the Just For Fun Lighthouse Rubber Stamp, so what better use than an ocean themed card!
I also used the sand dollar stamp in the back ground.  It was a bit hard to see in the photo, so I hope you can see it.  I would use a white stamp next time to make them show up more.
Hope you get to enjoy the ocean at some time too!

Hope you have smooth sailing this weekend!

Here is a list of supplies used:
Just For Fun Rubber Stamps- F2303 Lighthouse & A081 Sand Dollar
Versa Mark Ink Pad
Memento Ink Pad in Tuxedo Black (note I would use my Ranger Archival Ink Pad next time as the ink wont smear when I use my water colors on it.)
Tag with Saying on it from some scraps I had ( you could type out a saying and glue it down instead)
Neocolor II Water Soluble Wax Pastels in: 
Lemon Yellow, Emerald Green, Scarlet, Brown and Light Grey
Glue, Double Sided Tape and Foam Mounting Tape
Stickles Glitter Glue in: Star Dust and Golden Rod.


Ps.  Don't forget to join in this months challenge  Here.
You could be the lucky winner!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Three Ways to Wish Big

Hello again, friends!
Today I am using Birdhouse Row H3853 and
Unmounted Sentiments 1 with several different techniques.

The first card is heat embossed with black embossing powder
and colored in with Twinkling H20's. 
I love the shimmer they give a card.
It's a bold, defined look but give you that "adult coloring book" therapy.

The second card is heat embossed with white embossing powder
and distress inks are rubbed in and around the card.

The third card is heat embossed with white embossing powder
and I created a watercolor wash around on the image.
Then I ironed off the white EP for a dreamy blurred look.
Just remember not to iron off the EP on your sentiment
or your sentiment will be dreamy blurry too!

Well, that's it for today.
See you soon!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Marshmallow Bunnies

E. Marie here to share two versions of a card using the same style and images.  Even though Easter has past, I wanted to share these cards because they could also be used for other occasions by changing the sentiment.

My favorite Easter candy is “Peeps” so this sweet Marshmallow Bunnies image was a must have.  It comes as a two-sided stamp with the basic outline of this bunny in three sizes is on one side and the shaded version of all three sizes is on the other side.  

The largest shaded image was stamped on four different designer papers, a little more shading added to the ears with markers, and cut out.  I trimmed them to fit different directions in the windows of the Cloverleaf Frame stamped in black.  The coordinating template was used to sponge Shabby Shutters Distress Ink in each window.

The “happy Easter” sentiment is from the Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet.  It was stamped several times on the top and bottom of the card front, using Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.  This was all layered on coordinating cardstock.

 The second card uses the same style of card, along with the Marshmallow Bunnies and Cloverleaf Frame images but this time I created a shaker card. 

I colored the bunny images with Copic Markers, cut them out, and fit them in the four windows.  Mowed Lawn Distress Ink was sponged inside each section, using the coordinating template, and small black and pink pearls were added to the eyes and noses.   A second Cloverleaf Frame was stamped and the inside of each section was cut out.  After adding acetate to the back, this was layered over the original window, using dimensional tape, to create four little shaker windows with little green, glass beads inside.

The Happy Spring sentiment was stamped with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink  and die cute with Spellbinders’ Ribbon Banners die.  Mowed Lawn Distress Ink was sponged on before it was removed from the die and Picked Raspberry was sponged around the outer edges.

I can think of some fun ways to use these card besides for Easter/Spring.  How would you use them?

E. Marie

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Capture those Hot Air balloons!

April is here and the weather is finally warming up!  So let's celebrate with all the Hot Air balloons flying high in the air and of course we will capture a few to hold in our pocket card.  I call this a front fold pocket card that has been around for a long time but I haven't made one in years so it's time to bring back the old and make it new!  please check out my video and let me know what you think.
Till next time ... Ink it!  Stamp it!  Use it!
visit me anytime at Stamping Sue
check out our JFF April challenge - birds, birdhouses and feathers!

Friday, April 1, 2016

April Challenge - Birds!

Welcome Everyone to Just For Fun Rubber Stamps April Challenge!  This month our theme is Birds, Birdhouses, Feathers, or anything similar to this theme.  You can use the photo collage for inspiration.

Before we get to the Design Team projects I wanted to announce the winner of the March Celebrate Spring Challenge....

April's - Sweet Bunny!

Congratulations April - you've won a $15.00 Gift Certificate to Just For Fun Stamps!

Now onto the fun projects our design team has created to inspire your creativity!






You have until: 
Thursday, April 30th  at 12:00 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. NOTE: You must use a JFF Stamp to be considered for the G.C.

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.

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