Monday, July 27, 2015


What do you think of when you hear the word? A drawn line? A slice of color behind a die-cut line? A series of images stamped in a line?  Well, that was the challenge this week at CASology - Week 156 - Line.

I took up the challenge and here's my "Line" creation....

I actually went with 2 lines which is unusual for me...I like to use things in 3's but I figured if I was going to challenge myself with a CAS card I might as well challenge myself by using 2 instead of 3 as well.  Of course I think it would still look better with 3 but hey, that's my own little quirk - LOL!!

To create the lines I used IMAGINE Crafts fun new "TEAR IT!" tape - it's like the other double stick tapes out there but you can tear it off the roll instead of having to cut it.  Way quicker and easier to use.  

I tore off 2 pieces of tape and adhered them to the card panel, 

Sprinkled on teal fine glitter and rubbed it around with my finger tip to make sure I covered it all.

And it's ready to be stamped and embellished!


IMAGINE Crafts featuring Tsukineko: Memento Dye Ink - Teal Zeal, Tuxedo Black, Angel Pink; TEAR IT! Tape; 
Unity Stamp Co - Queen of the Universe set
Niji Waterbrush - Cardstock
Martha Stewart - Feldspar Glitter
Double Stick Foam Tape

Friday, July 24, 2015

JFF Design Team Call - Still open!!



Just For Fun Rubber Stamps Design Team Call!!

Just for Fun Rubber Stamps is having a Design Team Call!  We are looking for a few friendly, enthusiastic stampers ready to stamp “Just for Fun”.

Member Benefits:
  • A welcome package of Just For Fun Rubber Stamps plus a selection of new releases as they become available.
  •  A $50.00 bi-monthly stipend for stamps of your choosing.
  •  Design Team Member Discount of 40% on all of your Just For Fun Rubber Stamp purchases. 
  • Compensation (in the form of extra stamps) for projects published in print magazines where Just For Rubber Stamps are the main focus and named in the publication.
  • You will receive a Design Team badge for you to post on your blog.
  • A personalized page on the JFF Blog which will include a photo, bio,     and links to your own blog, online galleries and more.
Member Requirements:

·        You must be able to commit to a 6 month term.
·        Have the ability to take quality photographs of your completed projects.
·        Regularly promote Just For Fun Rubber Stamps in on-line galleries or forums, on your own personal blog (if you have one), and on Facebook or other social media sites such as Pinterest, Twitter, Flickr, etc.
·        Create at least 2 (two) projects per month to be posted on your assigned days on the Just For Fun Blog.  These projects can include but are not limited to cards, tags, ATC’s, Scrapbook Layouts, etc. and must exclusively use Just For Fun rubber stamps. 
·        Make at least 3 (three) A2 - 4.25” x 5.5” size cards per month to be sent to Just For Fun Rubber Stamps for use on display boards at various conventions across the United States.
NOTE: These cards can also be used for your blog postings.
·        Participate in one Blog Hop or Design Challenge per month.
·        Support your fellow Design Team Members by commenting and sharing their blog postings.

How to Apply:

1.  Become a follower of the Just For Fun blog.
2.  Like us on Facebook – Just For Fun Rubber Stamps.
3.  E-mail the following information to: ronijj @ with “JFF DT Submission” in the subject line.
·             *   Full Name, e-mail address and links to your blog and any galleries you belong to.
·             *  A short bio about yourself and how you would describe your stamping style.
·             *  Tell us why you would like to be a member of the JFF team.
               *  A list of current (and previous if applicable) design teams you are or have been a member of.
          NOTE: Membership on other design teams is not a requirement.
·             *  Include photos of 3-5 recent projects you have made that highlight your style.  

    Due to the high/rising costs of shipping the call is open to USA residents only. 
Deadline for Applications is August 22, 2015.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Minion Inspiration

Yep, you read that correctly - this month in honor of the new Minions movie the Club Scrap Artist Team was challenged to take our inspiration from these two fun Minion photos...

and here's what I created....

All of the papers are from the current kit - Cantina.  The flower and sentiment stamps are from the July 2006 kit - Surf's Up!

To make my little minion I simply cut him from a piece of yellow cardstock, added the eye and die-cut a hole out of a circle which was inked with Silver Delicata ink and embossed with clear embossing powder to give it a metallic look.  All of the hibiscus flowers were stamped on various papers from the kit and fussy cut.

This was so much fun!!

Here's the inside of the card...

Supplies: - cardstock, stamps
IMAGINE Crafts featuring Tsukineko - Memento Dye Ink - Cantalope, Rose Red, Bahama Blue, Tangerine; Delicata Silver; Clear Embossing Powder
Spellbinders - Circle Dies; edge die
Label Die - unknown

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Watercolor Poppies ATC

You know how much I love to use vintage text and papers in my art.  Well today I wanted to share an ATC card I'm making (for the swap) that incorporates some lovely old paper...

Watercolor Poppies...

I started off by gluing the papers to the back of a playing card using Creative Medium.  I have a bit of vintage 1880's ledger paper and some pages from a Greek (I think) book from the 1700's.

TIP: When working with vintage paper ephemera you will need to let  the paper/glue dry fully before you work with them or the paper could tear and or crumble since it's very old and fragile.

Once dry, trim the excess paper and sand the edges (optional).  I like to sand because it gives you a nice clean edge and the inks soak into these sanded areas better.

I then stamped and embossed the image using VersaFine ink and embossing powders.  Now you could color the image in any number of ways...from Copics/Spectrum Noir markers, colored pencils, watercolor paints, PanPastels, etc.  The list just goes on and on but today I decided to use Memento Inks and my waterbrush.  I love the look of the layers of ink/water on the images.

Once you're finished, let the ATC dry.

To spice it up a bit I inked the edges of the ATC with Delicata Golden Glitz Ink which adds a subtle shimmer and a warm golden glow.  And because I still felt like it was missing something I added a few spritzes of Bronze irRESISTible Texture Spray in the corners.

And here's how it turned out!!
I love's just so much fun.


Vintage Ephemera, Playing Card - my stash
IMAGINE Crafts featuring Tsukineko: Memento Dye Inks, VersaFine Ink, Embossing Powder, Delicata Golden Glitz, irRESISTible Texture Spray, Sponge Dauber
Unity Stamp Co - Poppies

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sharing a Rainbow!

I had my long awaited ear appointment with the ENT dr.... sadly they didn't offer much encouragement.  They said I can try another round of drugs (which I start tomorrow) and it *might* help...if it didn't then I could have tubes put in which again might help but no guarantees.  Not sure if I want to go through with that type of operation after I read up on it on the internet.

So I've not got anything fun and crafty to share with you but...

I am sharing a couple rainbow pictures...
A double one at that!

Sunday night we had a really bad storm here - near the tail end of it we were still getting quite a bit of rain but I noticed that the sun was shining in the west so I went out with my camera to see if I could find a rainbow and I did!  

These photos were taken in our back was so big (and close) I couldn't fit the whole thing in a single photo no matter how far I backed up....  So I took 2!

Hope you've all had a great start to the week...

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Suede Travel Journal....

YES - I love making journals and books of all sorts so I what tickled when IMAGINE Crafts gave us a travel theme to work with.  I instantly knew I wanted to make a travel journal our of some wicked suede that we picked up recently.    

It's included in today's post over on the IMAGINE Crafts blog along with a few other lovely Travel themed creations.

The complete instruction and supply list can be found here:

Here is what it looks like when it's all finished and ready to close.....

I filled the journal with all sorts of fun pages and pockets...

I wanted the extra 2 flaps to keep everything I tuck inside of it to stay where I put it, safe and sound...

And it's got a wicked wrap around strap that is secured to a post.

I hope you give it a try and make your own!

Friday, July 17, 2015

More Watercolor Window Frame Fun!

Earlier this month I shared a fun technique challenge I was able to choose for July over at Club Scrap.  Today I have several more examples of this wicked technique and a couple little variations to spice it up a bit.

This card example - is made using the original technique... a couple of nice stamped images in opposing corners and a watercolor frame around the edge.  I used green pen to emphasize the watercolor window.

The "Relax" card was stamped in the same fashion (images in opposing corners) but instead of using a yellow marker to highlight the frame I used a coordinating color to the watercolor frame.  I think it helps set off the flowers a bit more and gives it a bit more substance.  

Just a note - to stamp the flowers I colored the stamps with markers then spritzed with Shimmer Mist and pressed onto the watercolor paper and left for a few seconds.  This creates a lovely watercolor effect and a slight shimmer which you can barely see on the flower in the upper corner.  It shows up much better in person.

And for this final card - Birthdays. - I interspersed the stamped images not just in the corners but around the frame and I tossed in a tiny sentiment as well.  The frame was again highlighted by a coordinating color - Rose Red in this case.

So there you go...a couple little tricks to add to this fun technique.  Hope you give it a try - you'll be amazed at how easy and fun it is to add to your cards.

Supplies: - Papers, Stamps, Sentiments, Ribbon
IMAGINE Crafts featuring Tsukineko - Memento Dye Inks, Frost Shimmer Mist.
Watercolor Paper
Staedtler Watercolor Pencils
Niji Waterbrush

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Bit 'O Christmas....

Today I am sharing a bit 'o Christmas inspiration with you all.  JFF stamps is celebrating Christmas in July which made me shutter at first but actually, once I got going I had so much fun I ended up making several cards today.

Embossed background with a fun Stamptangle Stocking over top.

This card was originally stamped by coloring the image with markers but I didn't like how simple it was so I went over each area with StazOn Studio Glaze for a lovely effect.  Now it has some shine and dimension.  (Clean and simple is so hard for me!)

This card was really fun...I stamped and embossed the Poinsetta Frame on watercolor paper then painted on Brusho Colour Crystals in various areas.  Love how it turned out!

Another Brusho CC card...this one was wet and then sprinkled the Brusho over top...Lime and Leaf Green.  

Just For Fun Stamps (all)
IMAGINE Crafts featuring Tsukineko: VersaMark ink, Embossing Powders, Memento Dye Inks, Memento Dual Tip Markers; StazOn Studio Glaze
Brusho Colour Crystals
Bazzill Basics - Cardstock
Watercolor Paper

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Are you up for a Cupcake Challenge?

Well I am!  
A friend pointed me to this challenge blog - Cupcake Inspiration.  
It's inspiration comes from yep - CUPCAKES!!!  
How cool is that?

And here is what I made for their current Cupcake Challenge #318

And here's the wonderful looking cupcake inspiration....
Looks wonderful huh?  I'll bet it's Raspberry Lemonade.
What do you think?

Supplies: - Cardstock, Stamps, Embellishments
IMAGINE Crafts featuring Tsukineko: Memento Dye Ink - Black Tuxedo; Memento Dual Tip Markers - Pear Tart, Angel Pink, Rose Bud, Lemonade; Sponge Dauber; Sparkle irRESISTible Pico Embellisher 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Art Squares ATC's

Recently I had the pleasure of being asked to create using Art Squares by Inchie Arts.  Originally they started out offering - Inchies of course but since their inception 8 years ago they have added a whole host of sizes of their fine art squares.  These squares are cut from museum grade preservation matboard which is thicker than the usual chipboard most companies offer.  This matboard is perfect for use with all sorts of watercolor and mixed media techniques so popular right now.

As I mentioned they come in a variety of sizes - 1", 1.5", 2", 3", 4" and ATC's - 2.5" x 3.5" which I will be playing with today.

I figured that Brushos would be the perfect "wet" technique to try out on these ATC's since I tend to go a bit heavy on the wet.  I started off by sprinkling Turquoise, Orange and Rose Red powders on the ATC.

Instead of water I decided to use "Sparkle" Shimmer Mist for an extra kick.  I added lots....

and here's what they looked like while drying...

I didn't waste any of the Brusho's liquid though - I monoprinted a couple of the ATC's and used the edge of one of the ATC's to add a frame by simply swiping the color and letting it run down the edge.

And here's what they looked like...awesome huh?  The sparkle is amazing and adds a whole new dimension to the Brushos!  I have to say the ATC's didn't warp, buckle, etc....  they took the liquid perfectly and the colors are beautiful and vivid.

I only had time to finish a couple ATC's but I stamped on them, used inks and stencils and even markers and they both turned out great.  

Here are my 2 finished ATC's....
(All stamps and stencils are from

I'll have more Art Square fun to share with you in the near future...hope you stop by and check it out!


Art Squares ATC's - Inchie Arts
IMAGINE Crafts featuring Tsukineko - Memento Dye Inks, Sponge Daubers, Sparkle Shimmer Spritz, Memento Markers
Brusho Colour Crystals - Rubber Stamps, Stencils