Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Southfield Michigan in the Fall!

What could be better???

Rubber Stamp, Paper Arts 
& Scrapbook Show
Southfield, Michigan

It's Autumn and we are coming to Southfield so come out and see us!

Saturday October 1, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday October 2, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Southfield Pavilion
Southfield Municipal Complex
26000 Evergreen Road
Southfield, MI 480375

We will have lots of NEW stamps & accessories 
with exciting demonstrations showcasing them.
Please come out to see us and tell a friend about the show.



For more show information: SSAT Shows Southfield, MI

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving Card

Hi everyone Beth here with my last post on this blog. I thought I would share a Thanksgiving card today. As I said in my last post I love the Stamptangle Maple Leaf stamp. I decided to use that stamp once again for my Thanksgiving card.

I stamped with Black ink on Kraft card stock because I wasn't sure if the timber brown would show all the details. I used a cosmetic sponge and pan chalk to apply my color using yellow,orange and red. I decided to not cut directly on the outline but to leave a border.

The background was done by stamping distress ink directly onto an embossing folder on the raised side.  I then wet my yellow card stock before running it through the embossing machine. For this card I used the de-bossed side. This is a fun technique because the results are unpredictable.

The sentiment panel was done in PhotoShop and then printed.

Just a reminder that there is still time to join in this month's challenge.

Before I leave I want to wish the new Design Team the best. As well as to thank Just For Fun Rubber Stamps for giving me the opportunity to be on the design team for a year.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Duluth, Georgia - Here we Come!

Rubber Stamp, Paper Arts 
& Scrapbook Show
Duluth, Georgia

We are coming to Duluth so come out and join us this year for lots of Creative FUN!
Saturday September 24, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday September 25, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Infinite Energy Center
Hall A
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097

We will have lots of NEW stamps & accessories 
with exciting demonstrations showcasing them.
Please come out to see us and tell a friend about the show.



For more show information: SSAT Shows Duluth, GA

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy Fall Y'All

I feel Fall in the air which is fine with me.  I have always loved Fall.  To me it was my "New Year's", a fresh beginning.  Why?  If you are a teacher you will know what I mean.  New first day outfit, new class, new books, new lessons, new challenges, etc., etc.

Here is something different I made with Just For Fun Stamps - an 18" x 18" wood sign made from recycled pallet boards.  This what keeps my DH in his workshop.  Lots & lots of signs.  We are selling them in 4 stores.  Some are finished others we call DIY Signs.  "We make, You finish."  We don't make a lot of money, but we can buy new supplies to keep our fun going.


I used 3 different Stamptangle leaf stamps: Stamptangle Maple Leaf (E3860), Stamptangle Oak Leaf(F3859) & Stamptangle Elm Leaf (D3858)

I base coated the sign with Ivory acrylic paint.  The leaves were stamped on the sign using Ranger Copper Metallic Paint Dauber.  It dabbed just the right amount of paint.  A couple I had to restamp, but since I was using the stamps on a cling cushion & clear stamp block it was easy to realign the stamp without too much trouble.

Just For Fun Stamps also have leaf stamps more like nature.  I do like, however, how the Stamptangle leaves came out.  It is hanging on the living room wall!

This is my last post for my year on the Just For Fun Stamp Design Team.  I have loved every minute & I know you will enjoy all the creations coming up with the new Design Team.

So "Have A Happy Fall To Y'All!"

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Set the Table for Fall

Fall means a new color scheme for table settings at our house.
I can hardly wait until it is time to put out the leaf placemats.
This year I decided to make napkin rings using the
JFF Stamptangle Elm Leaf that I love dearly.

I dry embossed and sponged strips with Distress Inks for the "ring."  
Then I white embossed the imaged
and sponged again.
Now for some comfort food like stews, soups, and such!

Join us for fall fun this month!




Monday, September 19, 2016

Hot Air Balloon Paper Piecing






E. Marie here to share another card using an assortment of the wonderful Hot Air Balloon images.  These great designs stamped on decorative paper make a great combination.



The Flower Balloon, Hot Air Balloon, and Steam Punk Balloon were each stamped on the card front in a cluster.  Then they were each stamped on different decorative papers, fussy cut, and layered on top of the matching images on the card front.



The Enjoy Life sentiment was stamped in black above the balloons.



This card front was added to layers of some of the same cardstock used for the paper piecing.

Enjoy you week.

E. Marie

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Tags, tags ... and more tags!

Today it is all about tags, tags, and more tags!  Tags are fun and easy to create ... just think of them as a small masterpiece of art then go for it.  For my tags I used distress inks and a good archival jet black ink to stamp the images over all the inks.  for two of the tags on the left (top & bottom pics) I press the ink pads to my craft sheet, sprayed with water then laid the tag in the watery inks for a watercolor effect.  for the two tags on the right (see top & bottom pics) I blended the same colors with blending tool (or sponges) then I flicked water on the tags to make water spots or what I like to call faux bleach spots.  The two seagulls on the tags are stamped, fussy cut and mounted to tags.  The birds in flight are stamped directly on tags then added white highlights and if you look close all the tags have glittery Stickles on them.  hope you like my tags.
Remember to Ink it!  Stamp it!  and Use it!
visit me anytime at Stamping Sue
check out our September challenge - Fall or anything but a card

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Westminster Here We Come!

Rubber Stamp, Paper Arts 
& Scrapbook Show
Westminster, MD

We are coming to Westminster so come out and join us this year for lots of Creative FUN!

Saturday September 17 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday September 18, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Carroll County Ag Center
706 Agriculture Center
Exhibition Hall
Westminster, MD 21157

We will have lots of NEW stamps & accessories
with exciting demonstrations showcasing them.
Please come out to see us and tell a friend about the show.


For more show information: SSAT Shows Westminster, MD

Monday, September 12, 2016

New Design Team - 2016/2017!

After much deliberation we have selected the new members of our design team for the 2016/2017 season.  Please help us welcome our new design team!!

They are in no particular order....

Heidi Macy

Steph  Ackerman

Amy Ottmers

Jen Armstrong

Wendy Bellino

Carolyn LaBille

April Williams

Jenna Paci

and our returning member 

Marie Berquist

Congratulations Ladies!!


We want to thank all of you that applied.
You made our decision a tough one but we enjoyed all of your art.
Thank you for taking the time to share it with us!



Saturday, September 10, 2016

Stamptangle Maple Leaf Candle

Hi Beth here with a quick project to create to decorate for Fall.Since right now we have our Fall challenge going and the option is anything but a card I thought I  would combine the two. I bought a flame-less candle which holds a  flame-less tea candle. As much as I love real candles they can be messy and with fur babies can be a fire hazard.


Started by wrapping raffia ribbon around my candle. The ribbon has been in my stash for a long time and never used. :-( I heat embossed the Stamptangle Maple Leaf with black embossing powder on white card stock. (I have all these scraps I need to use them up somehow) I first tried it with clear embossing powder but the detail got lost. I think in this case I actually like the black better. I then spritzed water on my image and sprinkled red and yellow pigment powders. On top of that I brushed copper watercolor paint which blended the powdered colors more.  Alas it does not show in the photo. After cutting out my leaf I adhered it to the ribbon using a multipurpose glue. I also applied a drop to the bottom of the leaf to adhere it to the candle.

When I was playing around with attaching a sentiment I discovered that adhesive from a tape runner does not work. If you decide to change to another season the ribbon is easy to take off and the glue rubs easily off the candle.

I hope you will join in this month's challenge. Details can be found here: http://justforfunrubberstamps.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-jff-challenge.html

Thank you for stopping by and have fun stamping just for fun.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Purse Notes

When I think AOTAC, I think of the gift items I make for friends.
One tried-and-true standby for me is a purse notes set that you've probably seen before.

with heat embossing and Distress Inks in vibrant colors.
Add some dry embossing to the front flap which the camera couldn't catch,
and your Purse Note Set is complete.
Won't you join us for fall fun in this month's challenge?
kReN

Monday, September 5, 2016

Life Is A Journey





Happy Labor Day.

Have you ever had the chance to ride in a hot air balloon?  Though I have not done this, and I'm not sure I would be brave enough to, I imagine it to be a magical experience.  Life is full of these experiences and today’s card is for one of those times.


I started with a simple background stamped lightly with the Stacked Blocks.  This was layered on some brightly colored decorative cardstock.


I stamped the Flower Balloon directly on the card front and then a second time on a separate piece of white cs.  I colored the second image with coordinating colors, then cut out the balloon and basket and layered them on the first image.


The sentiment, Life is a Journey, was layered on multiple layers and adhered to the front.


What magical moments will be part of your life’s journey?

E. Marie

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Post It Note holders

Today I'm showcasing another style Post it note holder which is a pop up easel just like when we make easel cards.  I did this particular style post it note holder in two sizes....the one where you can see the easel side fits a mini 2" x 1 1/2" post it note pad ... the second fits the 3" post it note pad.  Behind each image are gold dollies (don't use very often - found pkg. in my stash) and gold thread for a bit of interest.
Till next time ... Inkt it!  Stamp it!  Use it!
visit me anytime at Stamping Sue
check out our September challenge - Fall or anything but a card

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September JFF Challenge

Yes, it's September 1st already, time for a new challenge to tickle your stamping muse!  This time we are getting into the season with all things Fall...fall colors, images, sights and sounds.  What is your favorite part of fall - the colorful leaves, candy corn, pumpkins, harvesting apples???  Show us your favorite fall creation and you just might be the lucky winner of a Just For Fun Rubber Stamps gift certificate!!


You can use the collage above for your inspiration 
and if you're up for a real challenge
 try to make your creation with our secondary challenge...

Something Other Than a Card!!

It's not mandatory of course but you might like to give it a try.

Now before we get to our teams inspiring projects we have a little business to take care of... the winner from Augusts Challenge - (drawn randomly using Random.org) - and that winner is....



Congratulations Heidi!!

And now on to our lovely Fall projects....






Terry
















Roni

You have until: 
Friday, September 30th 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, 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.  Pumpkinhallow.blogspot.com

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.