Thursday, December 8, 2016

A Sprinkle of Sparkle...

Good day Lovelies,
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. Today I am going to share my card featuring a fun and unique stamp. It's another wonderful zentangle inspired creation.
This stamp was fun to color up so I decided to use holiday colors with a little sprinkle of snow glitter for a little sparkle! I am all about the sparkle. This fun stamp is called Stamptangle Christmas Tree and it can be found in the store with a great selection of Stamptangle stamps that is sure to please everyone. I hope you like my creation, check  the blog daily for lots more inspiration.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Stamptangle Stars - Stamping with watercolor crayons

Hello!  Today I have a couple cards to share using a technique where you stamp with a watercolor crayon instead of ink.  It is loads of fun and also easy!

(I added some splatter to this card.  It is stamped on mixed media paper.)

My watercolor crayons are from Prima and they call them Watersoluble Oil Pastels.  There are plenty of other brands that have a similar product, including gelatos.  (Note that the distress crayons are not supposed to work for this technique.)

First, I colored all over my stamp with the lightest color crayon, and then added the darker two colors randomly.  I then spritzed two or three sprays of water right onto the stamp.

(These were stamped on regular cardstock.)

I went ahead and stamped this three times, without reinking or spraying more water on the stamp.  You can see that your look will vary a little based on how much crayon you apply to the stamp and how wet it is.  There is no wrong or right for these amounts - experiment and see what you like.

The great thing about this watercolor technique is that it works well on all the papers I have tried.  Regular cardstock and watercolor paper both work great.  My favorite results are on a Mixed Media paper -- they just seemed a little more vibrant.

(For this card, I used less splatter.  It is stamped on mixed media paper.)

The stamps I used in these projects are the Stamptangle Star - Large, Stamptangle Star - small, Have a Wonderful Christmas Sentiment and "Holiday Magic" is from the Sentiments 3 Unmounted Sheet.  Remember, you can choose from wood mount, cling mount or unmounted stamps when you shop at Just for Fun!

This is a second card design I made using one of the stars I stamped on regular cardstock in the tutorial.

If you do not have any watercolor crayons right now, try any of your water based markers for a similar look.

Don't forget to link your Christmas and Winter projects to the Just for Fun December Challenge!  You do not need to use JFF stamps for these, but if you do, you get an extra entry for the gift certificate drawing!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Stained Glass Stamptangle Christmas Tree

Hey ya'll!  Jenn here again! Hope everyone is having a good week so far! I know mine has been busy busy with Christmas quickly approaching. I am still trying to finish all of my Christmas cards. I woulda probably be done if I could stick to one or two card designs, but as many of you probably know from experience, is almost impossible with all the awesome stamps out there. The stamp I used for my card today is no exception. Its the single Christmas Tree from JFF's Stamptangle collection.
 I have been wanting to try this technique using this stamp since I laid eyes on it and I finally got the chance. Most people call it the stained glass technique. Its when you heat emboss en image on a piece of vellum and color in the backside of the image to give it a softer look. 
I began by heat embossing the tree with some Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder. Next I colored the backside of my image in with my Copic markers. You want to make sure you do this with bright colors so they will be visible through the front.

Once I had the image completely filled in I rubbed Versa Mark along the edges of the panel and heat embossed more of the liquid platinum around the edges. I mounted the panel onto some Nennah Solar white cardstock and adhered the whole thing to an A2 sized card base. I decided it needed a little something so I cut and layered the Merry Christmas sentiment out of the same solar white cardstock and added it along the bottom of my card.
I love how this turned out. Not to mention that it was super simple and quick to make as well! Hope I provided some inspiration for you today. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Nutcrackers & Stamptangle

Hi guys, it's Jen, and I am really excited about today's card so thanks for stopping in.

I have been anticipating using this stamp since I got it back in October and I finally was able to get it out and put it to good use. I am so glad that I have a beautiful stamp that not only combines my love for nutcrackers but also my love for this new stamptangle trend!!

This card came together very easy with very limited material. I started with a whisper white card base and then decided to mat and layer on top of that. The lovely pattern paper is from The Paper Studio's "All Seasons 4" pack and was layered onto some blue foil paper. I kept the border very small because that foil tends to be bright and I just wanted a little peeking out. I then decided to wrap some thick white ribbon around it and of course I popped up that nutcracker with 3-D tape. 

If you are in love with this stamp or even the stamptangle line then make sure to head on over to Just For Fun and shop around. The nutcracker stamp can be found here

Thanks for stopping by today and make sure to come on over to Scrap Shack Designs and say "Hello." 

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Crack Open a Tale

I really wanted to start the Christmas season off by going to see the Nutcracker ballet. Things didn't work out, so my reverie while crafting will have to do. Look how cute, a Nutcracker bookmark!
JFFRS Stamptangle Nutcracker image stamped in Black Soot Distress Ink and embossed with Ranger Ink Superfine Clear Embossing Powder. Image colored with Sharpie markers and a little sparkle was added with Diamond and Yellow Stickles. Eyes and teeth were colored with a Signo White Gel Pen. Card stock from the Club Scrap Literature collection. Tassel made from embroidery thread.
I may have to make a few more of these bookmarks to give as little Christmas gifts or to add as tags on presents. So perfect for Christmas reading with a cup of cocoa!
Join the JFFRS Christmas/Winter Challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate to the JFFRS online store! Details here!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Challenge - Christmas and/or Winter

Where has the year gone?  I can't believe we are starting the final month of the year.  Doesn't seem like it should be so but it is.   Welcome to December's JFF Challenge.  This month we are making it easy since we have 2 themes to choose from - Christmas and all it entails or Winter.  The choice is yours!

Before we get to the teams inspiring designs it's time to choose the winner of November's Challenge - Give Thanks.  That winner is (as drawn by 

Congratulations Theresa!
Please e-mail me so I can get some information for your gift certificate.

and now on to the wintery/Christmas fun...



You have until: 
Saturday, December 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, November 26, 2016

Fall Is Still In The Air!

Hi Everyone. It is April here once again. Even though we have just had Thanksgiving, I want to show you a Thanksgiving card I made. It seems like Fall has been so short this year because Summer just wouldn't let go! I love the Fall season and I just don't want to let go! LOL!

The new Fall stamptangle pumpkins have been some of my favorite stamps. I stamped this medium Stamptangle Pumpkin onto rust card stock using versa mark ink. I added a darker rust embossing powder and heat set it and fussy cut the image. I used a new leaf stencil and sponged over it with various Fall colors of Distress inks to make my background. I cut a fence from brown card stock using an Impression Obsession fence die.

I hope you had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. Have a great day!

Remember, you still have some time to join in on the challenge for this month. You can see the details here and you might even win a prize!


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!

Sending out Autumn Greetings to those of you 
living outside of the United States too!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here again wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.  Hopefully you have a fun holiday weekend planned.  My plans include crafting!!!!

My card today reflects the amazing colors and textures that are out and about this time of year.  Today, I'm using the Stamptangle Pumpkin Large - a beautiful large stamp that takes center stage on any card.   

I stamped the Stamptangle Gourds on peach cardstock to create a background.  Then I added corrugated cardstock and some twine before adding the panel to the card.

The Pumpkin was fussy cut and added to the card with foam adhesives.  Spellbinders dies were used to die cut "Thanks" which was added atop the pumpkin.

 Thanks for stopping by today.


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.

The 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 was stamped in brown and fussy cut.  Pieces of it were tucked behind the pumpkin.

The Happy Thanksgiving sentiment is from the 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

Monday, November 21, 2016

Embossed Resist Technique: Lg. Stamptangle Star

Thanks for stopping in today, Jeni here from Scrap Shack Designs. Today I have a project that I created using the wonderful Star Stamp found here and a fun technique called Embossed Resist Stamping. 

With the emboss resist technique, the goal is to emboss images onto a white or light colored card stock then apply darker ink around the embossed image to make it stand out. You can either dry or heat emboss your images and you will receive similar outcomes. For these cards I inked the images using Versa Mark ink, applied some ranger white embossing powder, and then heat set everything. 
After I had the embossing and inking done I simply layered the card to help that ink stand out. I then added some matching blue gems to the center of those stars. The "Season's Greeting's" sentiment was drawn out using my Cricut and a Tim Holtz's embossing pen. I then heat set that the same way you heat set the stamped star images. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my project. If you are interested in seeing more of my creations make sure to stop by my blog. Happy Crafting. 

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

I'm Thankful for "TURKEE"!

Roast turkey smells so good when it's cooking! My dad always put the turkey on early Thanksgiving morning. We'd wake up to that rich aroma that was the signal the holiday season had begun! I will still put the turkey on at my house, even if we're eating Thanksgiving dinner somewhere else. I gotta have those turkey leftovers!  I love the line from "A Christmas Story" after the Bumpus hounds steal the turkey..."The heavenly aroma still hung in the house. But it was gone, all gone! No turkey! No turkey sandwiches! No turkey salad! No turkey gravy! Turkey Hash! Turkey a la King! Or gallons of turkey soup! Gone, ALL GONE!" Yep, that's exactly how I would feel!

 On Thursday you can bet I'm going to...

JFFRS Stamptangle Rooster embossed with gold embossing powder and colored with Stamper's Big Brush markers. Sentiment created with an mini alphabet font. 

 Happy Thanksgiving!  

 P.S. There's still time to join in the JFFRS monthly challenge "Give Thanks" and show us what you're thankful for!

Wendy Bellino


Friday, November 18, 2016

Thankful Stamptangle Pumpkin

Hey ya'll! Jenn here again dropping by to share a little bit of Thanksgiving inspiration for you. Last one before I dive into Christmas projects! 
Today I am sharing a card I created using the Tall Stamptangle Pumpkin from the JFF Shop
I love large stamps like this. It makes it easy to make up a quick card using it as the focal point!
I began be stamping my pumpkin on Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper, and heat embossing with Ranger Super Fine Black embossing powder. I used my Zig Clean Color markers to do some quick watercoloring. Once I was happy with the colors I set it aside to dry.
I love the look of the raised black embossing powder against the vivid yellows and oranges!
Next, I used some black fun foam to cut out the word Thankful with one of my dies and added a bit of Wink of Stella to give it a little sparkle. I adhered it to the bottom of my panel. I mounted my panel onto a yellow A2 card base that I had sponged with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I added 2 small strips of burlap on opposite corners of the card for some extra flair. 
I love how quick and simple this card was to create. Some quick coloring and a couple embellishments and voila! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
For more details and to get a ful list of supplies I used pop on over to my blog!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Inspiration Day with Carolyn...

Hi ya JFF lovelies!  Today I am sharing with you a fun "zentangle" inspired stamp.
This lovely tree stamp is called Stamptangle Christmas Tree. You can find it HERE in the store. I decided to make a shadow box card out of kraft paper to house my colored images and I used Copics to color them up. There are so many fun zentangle inspired stamps in the JFF store, you should check them out!
Don't forget to stop by the BLOG for lots of daily inspiration and don't forget to join in on the monthly CHALLENGE.
Thanks for stopping by, happy crafting,

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Partridge in a Pear Tree


I have this unique and beautiful Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Partridge in a Pear Tree image to share with your today!  I just love this bird -- he is so unique and fun to color!  

When I use such a pretty image for a card, I often just color it and use a simple card layout to let the image shine.  Plus, then I can easily assemble a few of these for my Christmas card stash.  

I hope you like this remarkable Christmas image as much as I do!  

Thanks for stopping by today and come back to visit again soon!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Elegant Gourds

Hi, it is April here. Thanksgiving is quickly approaching! Can you believe it? I don't know where this year has gone. I want to show you a Thanksgiving card I made with the new Stamptangle Gourds and Stamptangle Tall Pumpkin.  I have been having fun using these stamptangle stamps! I stamped these stamps on various fall colors of card stack with versa mark ink. I used gold embossing powder on each one, fussy cut them and layered them on top of each other. I cut a frame from gold metallic card stock using the Spellbinders Labels 8 and Decorative Labels 8 dies. On the green card base I used  the Long Script stamp to add interest.

We are having a fun challenge this month and we would love for you to join in. You might even win a prize! You can see the details here.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful and blessed day!


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thanksgiving is Coming!!

I can't believe how quickly the year is flying seems like it was summer only yesterday and now the leaves are falling and it's time to start baking for the holidays.  It's also time to start making cards for them as well!

This card incorporates one of my favorite new stamps the Stamptangle Tall Pumpkin.  With the recent boom in adult coloring this stamps is PERFECT to fulfill that coloring need.  I have stamped and colored this stamp numerous times with different results each time by simply altering the colors used and how each little crevice is filled in.  So much fun to be had!

Happy Stamping AND Coloring!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Autumn Scarecrow

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here again with an Autumn card to share. 

As we have now said good bye to Halloween, it's time to think on to Thanksgiving.  While scarecrows are in abundance at Halloween, we can still see scarecrows, at least till Thanksgiving. 

My card was created from kraft cardstock.  I stamped the Spooky Scarecrow, Large  on white cardstock and then colored it with Copic Markers.  A circle was die cut from a slightly smaller dark green cardstock panel to allow the scarecrow to peek out from the card.  Using the Crooked Old Tree stamp, I stamped it randomly on the green cardstock panel.

A circular kraft border was die cut to fit around the image to give it a more finished look.  I also stamped it with the Crooked Old Tree before placing it on the card. 
Finally Autumn was die cut and added to the lower edge of the card.
Happy Thanksgiving.
Thanks for stopping by today.

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 fall card using the Zentangles leaves 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 Thinking of You was stamped in dark brown in the bottom corner.

Take time to enjoy this lovely time of the year.

E. Marie