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Just Dropping You a Line…JiFFy Style!

Hi everyone! At long last, it’s time for our JiFFy Challenge!!   I know it’s been quite a while since we posted, so I’ll quickly recap our process.   “JiFFy” is short for “Just For Fun.”  We’re all busy and don’t always (or often) have the time to stamp just for fun.  So every month (or so), we make a point to get together to do just that.

Here’s how it works.  One of us chooses paper and mails to all while another of us chooses an image.  The fun (and sometimes tricky) part is that the paper-chooser and the image-chooser don’t know what the other is choosing.  It’s always a surprise!  Sometimes the two choices work together and sometimes they don’t.  That’s where the “challenge” part comes into play.  🙂

This time around, Lori chose super-duper cute Ramona Fishing by Stamping Bella.  ♥♥♥   And I chose October Afternoon’s “Hide and Seek” from the Sidewalk collection.  Luckily, this was one of those times where everything goes together sooo nicely.  🙂

I used Copics to color my image, adding in some pleats using YR24 and E35.  (I’ve had a lot of questions recently on adding folds so I thought I’d try to include that info each time.)

Be sure to check out what the other JiFFy girls have created using this same image and paper!  Can’t wait to see!  🙂

Thanks for stopping by!  🙂

Stamps:  Stamping Bella “Ramona Fishing”   Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black    Paper:  Bazzill Red Rock, X Press It Blending Card, October Afternoon “Sidewalks” Hide & Seek   Accessories: Copic markers (E00, E11, BV000, R20, E33, E35, Y21, YR24, R24, R27, BG70, YG03, YG06, W00, W1), MFT Circle STAX Die-namics.  Finished size 4″ x 5 3/8″.

JiFFy Time!

After taking a little break, it’s time once again to get together with my JiFFy friends.  🙂  Just as a quick reminder, one of us sends paper to all, then another chooses the image.  We never know what we’re getting until we’ve got it in hand.  Sometimes the combo is a bit tricky, but other times, like today, it’s a nice blend.

It was Amy’s turn to choose the image and she selected Admit One from The Cat’s Pajamas, so graciously sent to us by Alma.  (Thank you, Alma! We truly appreciate your generosity!)  Carole was paper-picker, choosing “Flower Basket” from Pebbles Fresh Goods collection.  LOVE this line!

I decided to take this opportunity to get ahead of the game and make my husband’s anniversary card.  I used the tiny numbers in the stamp set to create our anniversary date (on the ticket).  🙂

To add some bulk, I added foam boosters between the layers of the heart and beneath the center of the ticket.

Be sure to stop by the other JiFFy girls’ blogs to see what they’ve created using this same stamp set, paper and ticket die.  I always look forward to seeing for myself!  🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I’ll be back soon!

Stamps:  The Cat’s Pajamas “Admit One”   Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and Ladybug, VersaMagic Wheat    Paper:  The Paper Cut Wild Cherry and Whip Cream, Pebbles Fresh Goods “Flower Basket”    Accessories:  The Cat’s Pajamas “Big Ticket” die, My Favorite Things “Layered Heart,” “Mix Match Banners” and “Simply Scallops” Die-namics, buttons, jute string, Jody’s foam boosters.  Finished size 5″ x 5″.

JiFFy Time!

Woohoo!  It’s time to get together with my JiFFy friends!  One of my favorite posts of the month.  🙂  This was an especially fun one for me as I love the image and I love the paper, and together…♥ ♥ ♥! 

To recap, one of us chooses paper, another chooses an image, we send to all and then post together.  It’s a challenge (sometimes)… but always Just For Fun.  🙂 

This month Lori chose Crate Paper’s “Countryside” from their Farmhouse Collection (and a fabulous one it is).  Once she mentioned that the paper was on it’s way to each of us, I revealed that I had chosen Taylored Expressions’ “Tabitha” from The Moka Collection.

Witching You a Happy Halloween

Tabitha might be my favorite witch EVER.  I *adore* her.  (The blue/green stripes in her hair were inspired by my daughter who loves flashes of color in her own hair.)

My little “31” banner was created using My Favorite Things’ Mini Pennant Die-namics and Typewriter Alphabet.  I added a brown Dew Drop to the end of the “post.”

She’s colored with Copics and her dress and hat are pieced.  When adhering her dress, I applied adhesive only to the top portion, allowing the bottom edges to curl up a bit.  I stamped the broom a second time as well, colored and cut it out, then “curled” the broom (vertically) around a pencil to create a curve.  The top portion only is adhered, allowing me to slightly bend up the tips.

Be sure to check out what Lori, Carole and Amy have done with this same image/paper combo.  I can’t WAIT to see!  🙂

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


Stamps:  Taylored Expressions “Tabitha” (The Moka Collection), My Favorite Things “Typewriter Alphabet”   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black  Paper: Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream, Crate Paper Farmhouse “Countryside”    Accessories: Copic markers (E000, E00, E11, R20, E13, E15, E18, E31, E35, YG91, YG95, BG10, BG11, BG13, Y21, YR23, BG70, W00), Prismacolor pencils, MFT Mini Pennant and Dainty Dots Die-namics, Dew Drop, clear embossing powder, foam boosters.  Finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

It’s JiFFy Time!

This is one challenge I always look forward to…getting together with my JiFFy friends.   Just as a refresher, one of us chooses patterned paper and sends to all.  Once the paper is on its way, another of us chooses an image.  We then have to each do something with the combo.  Just for fun!  🙂

This month was my turn to choose the paper.  I love tiny flower prints and gingham so when I spotted Simple Stories’ “Simple Pleasures” from their 100 Days of Summer Collection, I knew that was what I wanted to use.  It was Jody’s turn to select the image and she chose TCP‘s adorable bunny in Take Off

Just Putt-Putting Along

I so very much love this set.  It’s just so cute!

Even though this is probably a boy bunny (I think he lo0ks like a boy), I decided to give him a floral plane.  I think he’s “man” enough to handle it (and I just wanted to paper-piece it.)   🙂

I stamped the wing a second time, colored it, cut it out and applied a thin stripe of glue just along the top edge.  Beneath the bottom of the wing, I placed one of Jody’s foam boosters.

MFT’s Pretty Posies Die-namics created a quick matching flower.

Be sure to check out what the other JiFFy girls did with this same image and paper!  I’m always eager to see for myself!  🙂

Lori Craig

Jody Morrow

Amy Rohl

(Carole Burrage and Christina Fischer will post soon.)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!
Stamps:  The Cat’s Pajamas “Take Off”   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black  Paper:  Bazzill, MFT cream Perfect Paper Panel, Simple Stories 100 Days of Summer “Simple Pleasures”   Accessories: Copic markers (E50, E51, W00, W1, W3, W5, R0000, RV93, R22, R24, R27, BG70, MFT Pretty Posies Die-namics, button/string, foam boosters.  Finished size 5 1/4″ x 5  1/4″.


It’s JiFFy Time!

Hello!  It’s time for another challenge with my JiFFy friends!  We’re running a little behind with July’s challenge, but better late than never, right?

This month Amy sent to everyone Recollections Krafty Dots patterned paper and Christina chose C.C. Designs’ “Pumpkin Emma” from their Sugarplums collection.  I have to admit, when I saw this combo I was a little nervous.  But in the end, everything turned out just fine…I think.  🙂

Season of Blessings

My original idea was to color the image monochromatically.  But after giving it a bit of thought, I decided that was NOT the way to go if I wanted to retain my sanity.  So I used traditional fall colors.  (And my sanity was not compromised…this time.)  🙂

After coloring my image, I sponged all the edges using Ranger’s Walnut Stain Distress ink.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the JiFFy girls did with this same image and paper!  Can’t wait to see for myself!  🙂

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

Stamps:  CC Design “Pumpkin Emma” (Sugarplums), Unity “Go Ahead…Wish”   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Walnut Stain Distress  Paper: Papertrey Ink Kraft, True Black and Vintage Cream, Recollections Krafty Dots   Accessories:  Copic markers (E50, E51, E11, R20, E41, E43, Y21, Yr23, E35, E17, G24, G28, W1, W3, W5, Yo000), Prismacolor pencils, buttons, jute string, foam boosters.  Finished size 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″.

Beep Beep – It’s JiFFy Time!


Hi everyone!  It’s time for another JiFFy challenge!  We’ve had some changes in our group since we last posted.  Alli has decided to step away, Julie is taking a summer break (hopefully to return in the fall!) and, as you know, Kim is super busy with her fun new stamp company.  So…we’ve added some new faces.  Joining us now are Amy Rohl, Christina Fischer and Jody Morrow!  These girls are SO much fun and I’m SO happy to be playing along with them each month.

As a quick re-cap, each month one of us chooses patterned papers and sends to all.  Once the paper is on it’s way, another of us reveals her chosen stamp image, sending to all as well.  We never know what the combo will be.  Sometimes it’s a challenge, sometimes it’s a match made in heaven.  But regardless, it’s Just For Fun.

This month Lori sent to each of us this gorgeous “Bohemian Floral” from Graphic 45’s Cirque Collection.  And Carole chose Spiffy Scooters by Paper Smooches (speaking of Kim and her fun stamps!).

Beep Beep

I colored my scooter with Copics and pieced the fenders. The sentiment panel end was cut into a flag shape, and I rippled the strip before tucking beneath the circle.

I found some 26-gauge wire in my stash (who knows how long THAT’s been there) and so I poked a little hole behind the scooter and hung the little banner.

Be sure to check out what the other JiFFy girls did with these same papers and image!  I can’t wait to see for myself! 

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

Stamps:  Paper Smooches “Spiffy Scooters”   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black    Paper:  Papertrey Ink True Black and Vintage Cream, Graphic 45 “Bohemian Floral” (Cirque Collection)   Accessories:   Copic markers (B93, B95, Y21, YR23, W00, W1, W3, W5), Prismacolor pencils, 26-gauge wire, Spellbinders Nestabilities, foam boosters.  Finished size 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.

It’s JiFFy Time!

Hi everyone!  My JiFFy friends and I are together today with our latest challenge.  And joining us is our friend, Sherrie Siemens!   Yay!  So glad you could play along with us, Sherrie!  🙂 

As a refresher, here’s how our challenge works:  One of us chooses the patterned papers we are to use and mails to all.  Once the paper is on its way, the image picker reveals the chosen image and sends to all (unless we already have it, which we often do).   Sometimes the image and paper are a good mix.  Sometimes they are not.  But it always is Just For Fun.

Hang in There


This month Alli chose Chlorine Sprinkles and Lace along with Apricot Sprinkles and Lace from Bella Boulevard’s Sophisticates papers.  And for the image, I chose Stamping Bella‘s Little Peep’s Heart.

Since I had the stamp, I decided to piece my heart and the little peep’s dress.  I added the ground with pencils, and colored my (white) string with a Copic marker.

Be sure to check out what the other JiFFy girls created with this same image and paper.  I can’t wait to see!

Julie Campbell

Alli Miles

Lori Craig

Carole Burrage

Sherrie Siemens

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

Stamps:  Stamping Bella “Little Peep’s Heart”  and “Lady Owly on Her Sign(sentiment)    Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black   Paper:  Prism Intense Teal, Papertrey Ink White; Bella Boulevard Sophisticates “Chlorine Sprinkles and Lace” and “Apricot Sprinkles and Lace”   Accessories:   Copic markers (E000, E00, E11,  E57, YR23, BG23, W1, W3, BG0000), Prismacolor pencils, white string, My Favorite Things Small Scallop Border Die-namics, Inkssentials White Opaque pen.    Finished size 4 1/2″ x 5″.

A Rather iffy JiFFy

Note:  Blog gremlins at work once again.  Ctrl-F5 to see latest post!  Thanks!

It’s been a while since my JiFFy friends and I posted, so just to refresh your memory (or if you’re new to my blog), once a month one of us chooses patterned paper and sends to all.  Once the paper is en route, another of us reveals the image we are to use.  We never know what we’re getting until we’ve got it.  Sometimes it’s quite a challenge, but it’s always Just For Fun….usually.

This month Julie chose Sweetest Day by Unity.  And Carole, just by coincidence, selected the perfect coordinating paper, Echo Park’s “Madison Plaid” from their Little Girl Collection.  But as cute as that strawberry is, we just did not get along.  And once I finally had it colored and was somewhat satisfied with my results (keyword=somewhat), I had a hard time deciding what to do with it.

Wishing You the Sweetest Day Ever

I played with the color of the strawberry so many times, I don’t even know which markers I used.  I ended up coloring the seeds with a 3-d glaze pen and the strawberry piece is popped up on foam boosters.  The sentiment is bent a bit into a ‘blowing flag’ type shape but that isn’t clear in the photo.

Aside from my “eh” card, I hope you’ll check out what the other JiFFy girls came up with using this same image and paper.  I’m sure theirs are MUCH better than mine! 🙂  Also, we have a fabby guest this month, Carolyn King!  So fun to have her play along!  🙂

Lori Craig

Alli Miles

Julie Campbell

Carole Burrage

Carolyn King

Thanks SO much for stopping by!  Have a great day!  🙂

Stamps:  Unity Stamp Co. “Sweetest Day”   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black   Paper:  Papertrey Ink White, Prism Intense Pink and Intense Kiwi, Echo Park “Little Girl” Madison Plaid   Accessories:   Copic markers, MFT Simply Scallops Border Die-namics, black Sakura 3-d glaze pen, baker’s twine, dimensional boosters.  Finished size 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″.

It’s JiFFy Time!

Hi everyone!  It’s time for my JiFFy friends and I to get together once again!    Joining us this month is Glenda Wyatt.  (Thanks for playing with us, Glenda!)

As a quick refresher on how our challenge works, one of us chooses the patterned paper, then mails to all.  Once the paper is on it’s way, another of us reveals the image she has chosen.  Lots of fun…and SOMETIMES a bit of a challenge.

This month Alli chose “Brrr” from Fancy Pants’ Tradition collection.  And Kim chose Monkey Gone Bananas by Your Next Stamp.  I will admit I was nervous once I saw what we were working with.  Snowflakes and a monkey? Yikes!  BUT…in the end, I really like how my card turned out.

Heartfelt Holiday Wishes

Luckily, Kim sent some extra images of the leaves so I was able to create a branch of sorts.  I decorated with buttons and hung the little monkey from the string, adhering him to the paper using foam boosters.

Once everything was assembled, I decided to add bit more interest by adding dots of shiny black gel pen over the monkey’s eyes and nose. 

Be sure to check out the other girls’ blogs to see what they’ve done with the same paper and image!

Alli Miles

Kim Hughes

Julie Campbell

Carole Burrage

Lori Craig

Glenda Wyatt

Thanks SO much for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Stamps:  Your Next Stamp “Monkey Gone Bananas”; Unity {picture perfect} (sentiment)  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black  Paper: Stampin’ Up Bravo Burgundy, Papertrey Ink white, Fancy Pants Tradition “Brrr”   Accessories:  Copic markers (E31, E33, E35, YG63, YG67, R20), buttons, string, clear embossing powder (over sentiment), black Sakura 3-d glaze pen, dimensional boosters.  Finished size 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.

It’s JiFFy Time!

Hi everyone!  It’s time for another challenge with my JiFFy friends.  This is how it works… One sends the paper, one sends the image, noone knows what she’ll get until she gets it.  Just for fun.  🙂

This month Lori chose this beautimous paper by SEI from their Moonrise Collection.  It’s Luminous.  Oh so pretty.   And I chose this mega-cute image by Stamping Bella, Zoe the Hearty Mug Girl.

Also, this month we are joined by Super-Stamp-Star Amy Rohl!  So glad you’re playing with us, Amy! 🙂

Zoe Peeking

I love the Bella mug girls, but I love this one especially.  I don’t know why.  She’s just so darn cute.

After I colored with Copics, I grounded her with Prismas, then popped up her bow and added tiny pearls on the mug.

I hope you’ll check out what the other JiFFy girls and our guest have done with this same image and paper! 

Julie Campbell

Lori Craig

Kim Hughes

Amy Rohl

I’ll be back tomorrow with Day 1 of My Favorite Things November previews as well as Kraftin Kimmie’s Saturday challenge!

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

Stamps:  Stamping Bella “Zoe the Hearty Mug Girl”  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black  Cardstock: Prism Birchtone Dark, My Favorite Things cream Perfect Paper Panel  Patterned Paper: SEI Moonrise Luminous  Accessories: Copic markers (E000, E00, E18, E31, E33, E35, E37, E47, R20, YR23, YR24, Y21), ribbon, Prima trim, button/string, Michaels mini-adhesive pearls, sewing machine, dimensional boosters.  Finished size 4 ¼” x 5 ½”.