Anything Goes for Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  Hope you had an amazing Christmas and Santa brought you everything you’ve wished for!  It’s always a fun time of year to celebrate with family and friends!

Today is Thursday which means a brand new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!  Another easy theme of “Anything Goes” for this week!  Looking forward to seeing what you’ve been crafting through the Holiday Season!

Sometimes I like to try out working with different media that I don’t normally always use on my creations, so for this one I’ve pulled out my watercolor:

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I have used one of the prints from Simon Says Stamp Suzy’s Winter Warmth Watercolor Prints.  I’ve decided to use my Kuretake Gansia Tanbi Watercolor set with a #4 and #8 Silver Brushes to color the complete panel.

For a little bit of “snow splatter”, I took some white Folk Art Mixed Media acrylic paint spray around the edges of the dried watercolor piece. (Something new and fun for me to try out with this too!)

To finish up the design, I added some doodling in a couple of areas with my white gel pen and then attached the entire panel onto a white A2 sized top folding card base and rounded the corners of it with a corner chomper.

It was simple, but a fun card to make.  Because SOMETIMES, you just need to take time to chill and have fun coloring or playing around with different media, right?!  🙂

Hope you will stop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge and check out the inspiration from the rest of the team and add your creation in the gallery too!  Thanks so much for dropping in today and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  SSS Work It Wednesday – Try Something NEW (Mixed Media acrylic spray is new!)
  2. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #327
  3. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  4. The House that Stamps Built (D6218) – Anything Goes
  5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes

I Woof You!

Hello friends!!  Sheesh!  It’s almost Christmas!  How did it get here SO fast?!  Today I am actually preparing for my own family dinner gathering, so I will be very busy with cooking and spending time with my family today.  But I have scheduled a post to share with you using a darling Puppy Love digital stamp set by Sparkle N Sprinkle!

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I thought this little pup was SO CUTE!  I love the little shirt with the hearts on it!  So if you are moving past your Christmas creations now, here’s some inspiration to share with a Valentine/Love theme!  🙂

For the image, I’ve printed it out and added the sentiment from the digital set underneath him.  I’ve used a scallop rectangle die to make an “Out of the Box” technique by cutting out the top of the heart balloon.  I colored the image with Copics.  I layered the image panel onto a piece of Chrome Silver Mirror Cardstock.

For the red layer behind that, I’ve taken a larger piece of white cardstock and added some 1/2″ Tear-ific Tape around the edges.  I then used a larger sized scalloped rectangle die to cut it out with.  I peeled the release paper and added the Cherry Sparkle Flocking.  I’ve also added this to the tiny hearts on the shirt as well as the Pink Spirit Flocking, but using the Nuvo Precision Glue Pen for the adhesive.  I’ve attached all of these layers onto a white A2 sized top folding card base.

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Upon a closer look at the image, you can see where I’ve added the flocking on the hearts in his shirt as well as the flocking at the top over the scallop rectangle panel.

For the balloons, I have covered them with some Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew.  It dries clear, but while it was still wet, I’ve sprinkled on some SnS Ultrafine Waterscape Glitter very carefully and lightly and let it dry.  I think it adds a bit more sparkle to the shinny balloons!  After it dried, I used some silver ribbon to make bows and then attached them with some SnS Dimensional Glue.  I also decided to add some more of the Crystal Drops on his nose!

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I love how this turned out with the flocking and glittery shine!  Hope you’ve enjoyed my card too!!  I thank you so much for stopping in today and I wanted to take the time here to wish you all a VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!!!   See you soon!

Don’t forget there’s still plenty of time to add your creation to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge Blog or on our Sparkle N Sprinkle Facebook Group Challenge!  We’d love to see what you’re creating!

Also don’t forget if you go shopping, be sure to use my discount code at checkout when ordering:

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Here’s a list of Sparkle N Sprinkle products I’ve used:

 

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Pammie’s Inky Pinkies (PIP1850) – Anything Goes
  2. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  3. Watercooler Wednesday (WWC201) – Anything GoesWWC201 - Marsha's Two Week Year End Anything Goes Challenge
  4. Crafty Gals Corner – Anything Goes (sponsored by Sparkle N Sprinkle!) Happy 5th Blogiversary!
  5. As You Like It – Anything Goes – Your Style

Anything Goes for Cute Card Thursday!

Hello there friends!  Have you been busy with your Christmas festivities?  I am doing a “run-run Rudolph” right now and trying to finish up my Christmas cards let alone some baking, preparing for a Christmas dinner and finish wrapping up presents!!   It is the fun of the Holiday Season and I enjoy spending time with my family, so I look forward to seeing them all!

It’s a new challenge today over at Cute Card Thursday!  Since it’s that time of year and busy, we made this any easy “ANYTHING GOES” challenge for you!!  We are looking forward to seeing what you’re making!

Since I am trying to finish up some Christmas cards, I thought I’d try and work on some doing “mass production” of a design.  I only do so many of these before I have to switch things up, but I thought these turned out pretty cute:

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I have used the My Favorite Things “Filled with Joy” card kit (sold out) to make these plus I have pulled out the MFT “Simply Snowflakes” stamp set (retired) to clear heat emboss the background and then rubbed some Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink over it.  The panel was cut out with the MFT Die-namics Blueprints 27 and the heat embossed sentiment strip was cut out with the MFT Die-namics Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips.

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Here you can see how I’ve pieced together the snowman.  The die in the card kit cuts out everything including the letters.  I’ve cut his top hat with some black felt paper that was also included in the kit and then I decided to cut out the snowman head so that I could cut out those tiny eyes and mouth with the felt paper as well!  So if you happen to get this card from me, please be sure to rub your finger over the felt pieces in his hat and face!!  I very carefully and lovingly placed each tiny felt dot in!! 🙂  I think that the blue snowflake background really makes him stand out even more!

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On an even closer look at the card, you can see that I’ve added a sequins snowflake to each snowman’s hat and then added some sequins to the card background.  I filled each one of these with some silver Stickles.  The snowman head was popped up with a foam circle and the rest is just glued down.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Please be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has for inspiration and come add your creation to the gallery over on the Cute Card Thursday blog too!

I’ll be back again soon!

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Daring Cardmakers – Snowflakes Falling
  2. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  3. Always Fun – Snowman
  4. The Creative Crafters – Anything Goes
  5. Double D – Let it Snow!Let it Snow Board

 

Clearly Big Birthday Wishes

Hello friends!  Hope you are having a good weekend so far!  I have a really fun card to share with you today using a couple of the new December releases from Sparkle N Sprinkle!  I’ve combined digital papers, digital images and also rubber stamps all with a unique twist!  Check it out:

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I have made a fun “clear/see-through” card using the new Sparkle N Sprinkle A Big Birthday Wish rubber stamp set as well as the new Violets for You Digital Bundle.  (It comes with several gorgeous digital papers -some of which I’ve used on this design!)

To create the clear panel on the front of my card, I just used a standard A2 sized white top folding card base and cut off the front of it by leaving about 1″ at the top of it.  Then taking some SnS embossable acetate, I white heat embossed the “happy” sentiment all over it and cut it down to size to fit the front of the card and leaving enough “over-hang” so that I could attach it to the 1″ at the top of the card base. (I’ve used some Tear-ific Tape to attach it.)

I took a white panel and heat embossed the “birthday” & “wishes” sentiment with Berry Bliss EP and then layered a piece of black cardstock behind it.  I then white heat embossed the “wishes” sentiment over a strip of black card stock that I’ve cut into a banner and placed this underneath the “birthday”.

I’ve printed out the flower image and butterfly image from the Violet’s for You Digital Bundle.  I colored them with Copic markers, but there are several pre-colored ones if you prefer to do that.  For the top of the card, I’ve used some 1/4″ Tear-ific Tape and burnished some Caspia Sea glitter over it.  (I thought the color matched up beautifully with the digital papers from this set!)  For the bottom of the card front, I’ve cut a white strip of cardstock with a scallop die and then added a thin strip of Nuvo Burnished Rose Mirror cardstock over it.

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Having a closer look at the butterfly, you can see the sparkle on it.  I achieved this by using some Sparkle N Sprinkle Brushable Glue (it dries clear) and then spinkling some Diamond Dust Glitter over it.

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Because you can see through the front of the card, I wanted to make sure that my adhesive didn’t show on the back of the acetate on the inside, so I took a another piece of the Nuvo Burnished Rose Mirror cardstock slightly larger than the panel on the front and attached it on the inside lining it up with the front panel.  Then I cut a piece of those pretty digital papers from the digi bundle and attached it to the inside of the card.  I’ve also cut an additional white panel and lined it up with the other front panels so that you can’t see it from the front of the card, but when you open it, it gives you a place to put a message inside.

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Here the card is laying flat so that you can see how it looks completely closed up with all of the layers showing together.  This was a really fun one to put together!  Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Thanks for dropping in!

**Please be sure to follow the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog for inspiration from the design team and don’t forget that we also have a fun Facebook Group so you can share your Sparkle N Sprinkle creation, join the challenge or see live videos and ask questions!  There is also a fun Challenge blog that you play along with us too!**

If you want to go shopping, don’t forget to add my discount code when you checkout:

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Here’s the list of Sparkle N Sprinkle products I’ve used on my card today:

Stamps:  Violets for You (Digital bundle with papers) DIGI925-4008FS, A Big Birthday Wish stamp set 931P8

Embossing Powders:  Berry Bliss EP313, White EP166

Glitter:  Microfine Caspia Sea GM2048, Ultrafine Diamond Dust G1116

Ink:  VersaMark VM001

Papers:  Embossable Acetate 99602, Mirror Cardstock Satin Effect-Burnished Rose 9488e

Adhesives:  SnS Brushable Glue 540, 1/4″ Tear-ific Tape SAT16, Dimensional Glue 539

Tools:  Static Free Bag 99512, Glitter Brush SG1400, Glass Media Mat 1914e

 

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Not Just Cards – Just for Fun Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Catz – Anything Goes twist:  “Do what you like best” (coloring/embossing/glitter)
  3. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #326

 

Celebrating 10 Years of Whimsy Stamps!

Today kicks off a weekend of fun to celebrate Whimsy Stamps 10th birthday! Yay!!!  If you’ve been following along with me for a while, then you know that I have been a design team member at a few different times throughout the 10 years and I’m honored to be apart of the team again to help celebrate their 10th birthday!
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Please be sure to click on the badge above to be taken to the Whimsy Stamps and Inspirations Facebook Group.  This is the place to be to participate in the games, prizes and FREEBIES!  So if you haven’t joined in, go check it out!  It’s a great way for Whimsy fans to connect and share!

And…at 4pm ET today (actually going on RIGHT NOW!!) the design team will be hosting an Instagram hop to share inspiration and a chance to win prizes! We will be giving away 2, $25 gift certificates to the Whimsy Stamps shop! Pop over to the http://instagram.com/whimsystamps to join in the fun! Happy hopping!  If you want to start with me, you can find me on Instagram here:  http://www.instagram.com/stampedsmiles  (Just remember that in order to be registered for a chance to win, you will need to comment on each IG post in the hop and follow the Whimsy Stamps Instagram as well as the design team IG accounts along the hop!) **For an EXTRA entry, be sure to tag a friend on IG**

Whimsy Stamps will be picking random prizes drawn from all of the comment posts along the hop and will be announed on the Whimsy Stamps IG page on Monday, December 17th!  (So make sure you are following to see if you’re a winner!)  Don’t have an Instagram account?  It’s free and easy to set one up!  (Please let me know if you have questions about doing this and I can walk you through it!)

I also wanted to share my birthday card inspiration here in case you’re not on Instagram:

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So what could be more fun than this little Doggie Ice Cream digital stamp to help celebrate with!  I have printed him out twice (I’ll explain below) and colored him up in the following Copic markers:

  1.  Doggie body:  E27, E25, E23, E21, R20 (cheeks) and white gel pen
  2. Doggie bib:  BG78, BG75, BG72
  3. Ice Cream bowl:  C8, C5, C3 (Used C3 for ground shadow under image)
  4. Ice Cream/bottom scoop:  R85, R83, R81
  5. Ice Cream/top scoop:  E53, E51
  6. Cherry on top:  R39, R37, R35

I have taken some older Whimsy Stamps paper packs (this one no longer available called “It’s a Party”) to use for the background of my card design…he has to have a party scene after all, right?!

I then took a thin strip of black card stock to go along the edge of the paper to give it a nice finishing touch.  I also took another piece of black cardstock and white heat embossed the fun sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Bold Statements clear stamp set and then cut a banner and attached it alongside the black strip.  Lastly, I’ve added some fun matching Whimsy Stamps “It’s a Party” enamel dots to finish off the design.

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A closer look at my image, you can see that I’ve added some glossy accents to the cherry on top of the ice cream as well as the pup’s nose.  I’ve used a Spectrum Noir glitter brush pen to over the ice cream scoops and then I took a liquid glue pen and sprinkled some more glitter under the pup image before attaching him to the paper.

The reason I printed out this pup twice is because I wanted to add some dimension to it.  I colored and fussy cut out the entire image and attached him over the glitter ground.  I took the second image and only colored his head/bib and the ice cream images.  I fussy cut those out, then turned them over to rub a tool over which make it curl around the edges a bit.  I used some foam tape to attach them directly over the image and it gives a nice dimension to it.

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Here’s a peek of what that dimension looks like underneath.  Because the edges curl, you don’t see much sticking out, but it gives a nice dimension to your image.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and I hope you take part in the celebration with us at Whimsy Stamps in any way you can!   I also wanted to thank each of you for the kind support you’ve given me with my Whimsy Stamps creations, it means so much!

Enjoy your celebration weekend and I’ll see you soon!

Whimsy Stamps Products used on my card today: (To buy Copic markers from Whimsy Stamps, please see list above.)

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Addicted to Stamps & More – Make Your MarkMake Your Mark badge
  2. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  3. Tuesday Throwdown – Anything Goes
  4. Watercooler Wednesday (WWC200) – OccasionsWWC200 - Helen's 200 Anniversary Challenge
  5. CRAFT – Anything Goes

 

 

 

 

Embossing at Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  It’s time for another Cute Card Thursday challenge this week!  We would like to see some “embossing” on your creations this week!  You can make it heat embossed, dry embossed or I would say embossing paste would work too!  Or you could challenge yourself and try to combine more than one kind!  🙂

We are sponsored  this week by All Dressed Up Stamps, so be sure to enter the gallery for your chance to win a prize!!  Here’s what I’ve created for this week’s challenge:

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This is such a cute and fun image!    I thought it would make a really fun “New Year’s” type of card, so I created with that in mind.  This image from All Dressed Up is called Season to Sparkle.  I colored her up with Copic markers and then used a gold el pen to color in her crown.  I’ve also taken the Spectrum Noir clear glitter brush pen and colored her dress with it.  The sparkle on her wings are liquid glue and loose glitter.

I’ve cut the image out with a Zig Zag circle die and then layered a piece of gold mirror cardstock cut with a circle behind it.  I attached the circle image panel over a dry embossed black card front panel that I’ve also wrapped some gold ribbon around and attached the bow to the front.

I also heat embossed the sentiment with some gold EP and cut out a banner strip to pop up over the circle image panel.  I cut the tail end to match the card front.  This card front panel was layered onto an A2 sized white top folding card base.

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Here I wanted to show you a closer look at the image panel and the close up details of the frantage embossing powder over it.  (This is such a fun embossing powder to play with!  You have to heat it up from underneath.)  You can also see the gold embossed sentiment too.  I did take some gold tinsel Stickles and added a few drops around the image for more sparkle.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog to see the inspiration from the rest of the design team and hope you can play along with us this week!!  Looking forward to see your embossed makes!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  All Dressed Up – Anything Goes + All Dressed Up image
  2. Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  3. Pammie’s Inky Pinkes – Anything Goes (PIP1849)
  4. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes (232)
  5. Little Red Wagon – Black & White + one additional color (GOLD)

Sparkle N Sprinkle New Release – Kitty Celebrates Up in the Air!

Hello friends!  Have you checked out all of the December New Release yet for Sparkle N Sprinkle?!  Do you have a favorite?  I’m not sure I can pick one!  I think they’re all fabulous really!  But I’m excited to start with this cute one for today:

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Tee hee!  Kitty got a little “carried away” with celebrating I think!  I have used the NEW Kitty Celebrates rubber stamp set [00-926P5] for my card. (There is also a wonderful digital set [DIGI926CS] if you prefer that!)  I’ve stamped him over Copic Blending Card paper and colored him in with Copic markers and then fussy cut him out.

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So before attaching him to my card, I thought it would be fun to add some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew (Gloss-dries clear) [677N] and apply a layer over my balloons to give them a shinny balloon look!  I then set kitty aside while I worked on the rest of the card.

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For the background of my card, I made a nice “blue sky” by taking some Sparkle N Sprinkle Watercolor Paper [WC69] and sprinkling some Nuvo Blue Blitz Shimmer Powder [1208N] over it and then spritzing some water over it and letting it run all over the panel until I achieved the look I was going for.  (LOVE the subtle shimmer over it too!) and then set it aside to let it dry.

The next thing for me to do was to create some “fluffly clouds” for the kitty to be among:

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So I took some cloud dies from my stash and cut them out with some Sparkle N Sprinkle Sticker Paper [99558].

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These sheets are sticky on one side, so I carefully peeled the release paper and handled them with some tweezers and applied some of the Sparkle N Soft Twinkling Clouds Flocking [FL207] over top of the sticky side, rubbed them with my finger to secure and tapped off the excess.  I now have some really cool soft and fuzzy clouds to attach to my blue sky!

So now all I have left to do is assemble everything for my card!  I started by taking the clouds and adhering them to my background with some Sparkle N Sprinkle dimensional Glue.   I then cut down the watercolor blue sky panel with a rectangle stitched die that fit the size of my card.   Then I needed to add my sentiment, so I took the sentiment from the same stamp set and stamped it with a black pigment ink and added some Sparkle N Sprinkle Sparkle EP [EP107] and heat embossed it.  (This is a clear style embossing powder that leaves a nice little sparkle over it!)  I layered this die cut sky panel over a piece of black cardstock which was then layered over an A2 sized top folding white card base.  Lastly, I’ve added the fussy cut kitty over top of the sky background panel with some foam dots and then randomly added some drops with the Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops [758N] over the sky panel.

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I think this turned out really cute and I sure had fun making it!  Here I’ve laid it down so the light catches the details of the sparkle in the clouds, the sentiment and the glitter drops in the background as well as the shine over the ballons too!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card for you today!  Thanks for dropping in!

**Please be sure to stop over at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog to get updates and see lots of inspiration using their wonderful products!  And please don’t forget that you can add any of your Sparkle N Sprinkle creations over on their Facebook Creative Challenge Group.  (If you don’t have any of their images, check out how to grab a free one over there!)  If you’d like, you can also join us over at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Monthly Challenge Blog by following the challenge guidelines (No Sparkle N Sprinkle image is necessary to play)!  We’d love to see what you are creating!**

*Don’t forget if you go shopping over there, be sure to add my discount code when you check out to get 10% off your order:

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Here’s the full list shopping list of products from Sparkle N Sprinkle used on my creation for today:

  1.  Kitty Celebrates rubber stamp set [00-926P5] or Digital set [DIGI926CS]
  2. Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew (gloss-dries clear) [677N]
  3. Sparkle N Sprinkle Watercolor Paper (6 ct.) [WC69]
  4. Nuvo Blue Blitz Shimmer Powder [1208N]
  5. Sparkle N Sprinkle Sticker Paper (10 sheets @ 5.5″ x 8.5″) [99558]
  6. Sparkle N Soft Twinkling Clouds Flocking [FL207]
  7. Sparkle N Sprinkle Sprinkle embossing powder [EP107]
  8. Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops [758N]
  9. Sparkle N Sprinkle dimensional glue
  10. Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat [1914E]

 

Here’s some challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1. Simon Says Stamp Monday – ‘B’ is for:  Balloons, Blue Sky, “Best Day ever”
  2. Tuesday Throwdown – Anything Goes
  3. Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything GoesAnything Goes badge
  4. The Male Room – Celebrate#100
  5. Little Red Wagon – House Pets