Monday, February 27, 2017

Just For You

Did your February fly by as fast as mine?  We have had such nice weather that some of the spring flowers are blooming and it is so pretty.  Today’s card features two floral images from the 4 sided -Floral Block.

The background was created using a technique that fellow designer, April Williams, taught me this weekend.  You emboss a piece of cardstock with an embossing folder and then apply the ink from 3-4 Distress Inks using direct to paper.

To create the floral images, the stamps were spritzed with water and Color Burst Powders were sprinkled lightly on top.  Then these were stamped on watercolor paper.  They were layered on purple and added to the card front.

The “Just For You” sentiment is from the To My Friend Word Block.  It was stamped with Distress Ink, layered on purple cardstock, and angled across the card front.

Just a reminder that there are only a few more days to enter the February Challenge with a “Sweet Nothings” theme.  Get the details on the here.

E. Marie

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Some Birdie Loves You

This is designer April again today and I want to show you a card I made using the StampTangle Chickadee and a saying from the Sentiments 3 stamp set. I love birds and this is one of my favorites! I love the stamptangle stamps because you can color them in many different ways and get different looks using the same stamp.

I stamped the bird with Versa Mark ink, added white embossing powder and heat set it. Then I colored the bird using various colors of Twinkling H20s. I also colored the Memory Box Fresh Foliage die with gold TH20s and added it above the bird. I love these paints because of their beautiful shimmer. Here is a closer look at them.

I used a fun technique for the background. I put a few drops of light green acrylic paint on a piece of packaging plastic and spread it rather thinly over the plastic with a brush. I laid a darker green piece of paper on top of the paint and then another piece of plastic on top of the paper. I then pressed and patted down on the plastic with my fingers. Next I lifted off the paper from the plastic and came up with a neat looking background. This is called the dentrite technique.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you will enter our Sweet Things challenge here. You still have a few days left! You might even win a store gift certificate! 

Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Furry Friend Love

Sharing some love with our furry friends...
JFF has released a couple really cute heart stamps 
for our 4 legged babies....

Have you hugged your pet today?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Masculine Love Card

Hello from design team member, Heidi!  I hope you are doing really well today.

I just LOVE this Cupid's Arrow stamp from the new release, and there are so many fun ways to use it for Valentines, but now I want to show you a quick, fun, masculine card design that can be used for a birthday, anniversary or any occassion for a very special man in your life.

I used two colors of ink to stamp with, red on the top and burgundy on the bottom. I added a few heart crystals to the design, but you could leave them off if you don't think your guy would like them.  
I hope that you will hop on over to our monthly challenge, Sweet Things, to play along (and be in the running to win a gift certificate!)  It does not have to be a Valentine, there are plenty of other cards that would work for this theme too!

Have a great one! 
Heidi @MLSB

Monday, February 20, 2017

Trust Secrets W. Mermaids

Thanks for joining us today! DT member Jen here from Scrap Shack Designs. Since I live in Upstate NY our winters are rather long....and when I received the new stamps from Just For Fun I immediately thought warm thoughts and today's card is the outcome. 

If you know JFF then you know that these are brand new stamps!! It's like Christmas but better!! Make sure to head on over and check it out here. 

For my card I used the sentiment stamp found here. As you can see I cut my stamp apart....yes, I did that! I used to be afraid of cutting my stamps but then I realized that if you are going to get more use out of them then grab those scissors and go for it. 

That beautiful image stamp is also new and can be found here. After I stamped the image in a Desert Sand ink I took various colors and sponged them in. I then wrapped some twine, attached some faux sea shells and gems, and then layered it onto the base. 

Thanks again for stopping by today. If you are curious to see more of my work you can find me here on my blog. 

Happy Crafting! 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Musical Inspiration!

This is the result of a little Pink Floyd background music while I was crafting...

♫How I wish, how I wish you were here. 
We're just two lost souls 
Swimming in a fish bowl, 
Year after year...♫♪

JFFRS Stamptangle Fancy Fish, Fish Bowl and Sentiment Hearts Mini Cube stamp images. Sentiment is my handwriting written with a Versamark pen and heat embossed with white embossing powder. 

My card started out as a swatch for my new Kuretake watercolors and ended up a card panel. Creative art...I love when that happens! Let your creativity flow and join our monthly challenge!

 (Enter the challenge to win a gift certificate!)
CLICK HERE to join the challenge and see more inspiration from the design team!


Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Sun and The Moon...

Happy Thursday. Today I am sharing a card featuring a really neat stamp and it's only available in the store at
This fun stamp is called Sun, Moon & Stars. I haven't seen another stamp like this and I just love it. It's easy to make it your own by using different color combinations or even glitter/flocking. The sky is the limit to how many ways you could use this stamp. Thanks for stopping by to see my creation. Don't forget to stop by the blog and join in on the current monthly challenge!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sunsets and Dreams

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today and I've used 2 lovely stamps that work so well together - Sunset with Palms and to watch a sunset

I've created 2 different cards - a circular card and a standard card with these stamps.

Using Spellbinders dies, I created this circular card.  I stamped the image on white cardstock and die cut it to fit the card.  First, though, I fussy cut around the palm leaves so they would not be cut off. 

I selectively colored the image with assorted Zig markers.  I then stamped and matted the image to fit across the bottom of the card.  For some dimension, I added it to the card with foam adhesives.

I really love this image so I created a second card using a standard A7 sized.  Rather than being circular I made it more of a rectangular shape.

I stamped and colored the image a little differently with Zig markers, then matted the panel with black cardstock.  I added the panel to some pattern paper then adhered it to the card.

The sentiment was stamped and matted with black cardstock and added to the card with foam adhesives.
I believe you can almost imagine sitting on a beach enjoying this sunset, don't you?
Thanks for stopping by today.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hidden I Love You Valentine

Hey y'all! Happy Valentines Day!! Jenna here again to share a Valentine card that's super quick and easy to make for a crafter of any level!
For this card I decided to use the StampTangle Teardrop Heart. I love the large size and detail of this image. It makes a great focal image. 
I stamped the image with my Versa Mark ink on a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock and clear heat embossed it. Next I used Candy Apple Distress Ink and blended it onto my embossed heart. I concentrated the color more towards the center letting it fade as I went outside the heart.
Next is my favorite part. I took a "love you" die and cut it out of the center of the heart along with 3 more out of a piece of white cardstock. I stacked all the words to create dimension. 

Next I attached my main panel to a piece of patterned paper and inlaid my die cut. I kept the insides of all my letters from my panel and glued them into place as well.
Lastly I attached the whole thing to an A2 card base.
I love the way this turned out. It was my first time trying this technique out and combined with the design in the heart it created a really cool 3D optical illusion look, however, this would work great with any larger image!
I hope I've inspired you to take a look through your stash and grab some of your larger stamps and word dies to try this with.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope everyone has a fantastic Valentines Day!


Happy Valentine's Day from JFF Stamps!

Wishing all of our friends out there 
a lovely Valentine's Day!

Be sure to check out all of the fun new stamps in the Spring 2017 stamp release, available now!

Monday, February 13, 2017

It's Time For 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

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Shimmer and Sparkle Valentine

Hey y'all Jenna here. Feels good to be back. Had to take a break from the blogging and crafting world for a bit due to some family stuff but I am back and have loads of inspiration to share!
Today I have a fun Valentine's Day card I created using a stamp from JFF's newest release and one of their older stamps. The heart is one of 2 hearts in a new set called French Postal Hearts, and I used the Love stamp slightly overlapping.
I started my card by creating my main panel. I used a piece of Nina Solar White cardstock cut down to 5"x3 3/4" and used a tiny heart stencil to create a background. I used my Bo Bunny Glitter paste and tinted it with both some Candy Apple and Wilted Violet Distress Inks . Its hard to tell in the pictures but i tried to overlap and blend the two colors towards the center. 

Once I was happy with my background, I set that aside to dry. I grabbed a piece of shimmering vellum and used silver embossing powder to heat emboss first the heart, and then the word Love, slightly overlapping the heart. I trimmed the strip down leaving some extra on the sides so I could fold it over my panel and glue it on the back. That way I didn't have to worry about and pesky glue showing through this gorgeous vellum!
Before attaching my panel to my A2 card base I layered it to a piece of black and white striped cardstock for contrast. Finally I attached the entire thing to my card base. 

I wish you could see all the shimmer and sparkle that this simple card gives off! Its subtle but definitely noticeable.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my card today and I was able to provide some inspiration. I'll be back soon with more fun cards and inspiration!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

It is April here again today wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day. I hope your day will be very special. Here is a card I made using the StampTangle Teardrop Heart.  This stamp is so lovely, don,t you think?

I stamped the heart on pink card stock using Versa Mark ink. I added white embossing powder and heat set it and fussy cut the heart. The heart was adhered on the white heart embossed background. I used a Martha Stewart border punch and layered it three times on the bottom of the card. I then added pink gingham, ribbon and bow, and three white enamel dots.

I hope you will join our February Sweet Nothings challenge here. We would love to see your wonderful creations!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!


Friday, February 10, 2017

*New Release* Stamps - Fox and Panda!

Hello from Design Team member, Heidi!  Today, I am really thrilled to share a few cards using stamps from the Spring 2017 New Release!  I immediately had to ink up the stamps from the Panda and Fox Hearts set and several of the sweet new sentiments.

I colored these foxes up with colored pencils.  I made them into a very traditional Valentine - even some glitter on the hearts.

Then, I thought I would imagine some really wild-looking foxes and colored these with water-based markers.  I think they are a fun couple!  This is going to be sent out to a teen.

Lastly, I used some glimmer mists and sprayed them onto regular cardstock.  When it dried, I stamped the sweet Panda.  I also stamped him onto plain cardstock so I could paper piece him.  This would have made a lovely Valentine, but I decided that either of these stamps would look great as a birthday card, so that is the sentiment I added.

Just a reminder that our Sweet Nothings challenge is going on all through February with a prize up for grabs!  Hope to see you there!

Heidi @My Little Stamping Blog

Thursday, February 9, 2017

New Stamps!!

Just For Fun Rubber Stamps has a NEW STAMP RELEASE!!!

These are just a few of the new stamp images...
Check out all of the new stamps here:

Happy Valentine's Day Friends!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Patchwork Valentine

Hello from design team member, Heidi!  My idea for this Valentine came from my need to use up some scraps from one of my Valentine themed paper pads.  Every time I got it out, the pieces would fall out all over.  (Surely I am not alone in this problem?)

So I decided to make an easy patchwork background with them.

I used a small square die to cut 6 different patterns of scraps.  I could have easily used my trimmer or a punch to cut them, too.  Then, I cut a piece of paper to the size of a cardfront.  I spread glue stick over the paper and then applied a row of squares and repeated the process until the full sheet was covered.  I then trimmed it down to the size I wanted.

Tips: Choose one of your adhesives, like a glue stick or liquid glue, that has more of an open time to move your square to the exact right spot.   Also, you may want to consider using a sheet of paper for the base that is similar to the colors of the patterned paper.  Then if you have some slight gaps, they are less noticeable.

The Be My Valentine sentiment is a nice, large focal point.  I really like it because it is a font good for children.

I stamped some candy conversation hearts on to various scraps and used them as my embellishments. I really love how sweet they are!

Thanks for stopping by!  If you have more ideas on how to use paper scraps, let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

StampFest is Almost Here!!

StampFest Winter 2017
Rubber Stamp, Paper Arts
& Scrapbook Show 

New Port Richey Recreation Center
6630 Van Buren Street
New Port Richey, FL 34653

Saturday February 11, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Come see lots of new stamps, fun exciting demonstrations 
& make it take it's showcasing them.
Bring a friend to the show.

For more show information: StampFest Winter


Monday, February 6, 2017

Sponged Landscaping Tag

I know you have heard me say it so many times before, but I am hoping today's post proves it. The landscaping stamptangle stamp is amazing!! I simply love all of the detail and the fact that whether I am coloring or simply stamping it always looks amazing!

Here check it out for yourself.

For this card I heat embossed this stamped image using white embossing powder and a heat gun. This gives the image a very crisp look.

After I had the imaged raised and glossy I took some Fern and Peacock inks along with my tim holtz round sponge and I got to work inking the entire tag. I started with the darkest color in the bottom corner and then I worked the lighter Fern green into it.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my project. 

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

StampFest Class Spotlights

StampFest Winter
Class Spotlight

Journey Wrap Up
Instructor: Vicki Soni & Connie Powell
Fun Stampers Journey (Independent Consultant)
Location: New Port Richey Recreation Center
Date/Time: Friday Feb,10 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Come wrap it up as we create a variety of bags and tags with Fun Stampers Journey products. Learn new techniques and play with mixed media products as you create your assortment of bags and tags ready for gift giving.


StampFest Winter
Class Spotlight
Metallic Mousse Magic
Instructor: Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies
Location: New Port Richey Recreation Center
Date/Time: Friday Feb, 10 3:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Join us for this fun class using Nuvo Metallic Mousse in 6 different ways on 4 complete cards. This is a great way to try this fun and innovative product to experience the silky wonders of Metallic Mousse. The cards made in class have incredible texture and shimmer!