Falling in Love With Wintertime Penguins!

Hello friends!  We are now past Christmas and getting ready for a New Year, but soon the feeling of love will be in the air!  So I thought I’d start that off with something that I personally love, which you might know, are those cute penguins!  🙂

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And of course you’ve already seen me use this super fun Wintertime Penguins Pairables set from Digi Doodle Studios in a couple of different ways, but this time I’ve added the hearts above his head and sentiment from the same set to make this a “lovey dovey” style card!  (If you haven’t YET seen the other creations that I’ve made with this adorable set, then check out my blog posts HERE and HERE!)

I kept the colors in pink and red to go with Valentine’s Day, but you could easily make this a wonderful anniversary or “any day” card for your favorite love penguin as well!  LOL!

So I grabbed some fun papers from my stash with both pink snowflakes and red/pinkish hearts paper for my 5″ top folding white base card that I layered the turquoise colored cardstock over and then applied the papers to.  I embossed some hearts on the middle strip with a piece of white cardstock and then rubbed some turquoise colored ink lightly over them.  I layered that strip onto a pice of turquoise cardstock again and then wrapped some white/clear metallic ribbon with a bow over it before attaching it down.

The sentiment was printed out from this cute set with the penguin and then I just used a banner die to cut it out with and attach to the front of the card.

I added the penguin image that was die cut and layered with some stitched and scallop circle dies.  I’ve used some craft foam to pop it up over the center, then added a heart button with twine in the center of the bow.  Lastly, I’ve added a couple of snowflake sequins and some liquid pearl “dots” randomly over the card.

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Here’s a closer look at this cutie and how I’ve got him colored up with my Copic markers.  I’ve used a white gel pen to dot his cheeks and then I took a glitter brush pen (Spectrum Noir) and covered the hearts above his head as well as the “snowy” ground under his feet for a bit of shimmer.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my “lovey dovey” card today and have been inspired in some way!  Thanks so much for joining me on my blog today!

I can’t believe that the New Year is just about to start!!  I will most definately be seeing you in 2020 my friends!! 🙂

Challenges:

  1. Tuesday Morning Sketches – Annual Anything Goes
  2. The House That Stamps Built – Anything Goes D2519 (Having problems with Linky tool still.)
  3. Aud Sentiments – Christmas/Winter + a sentiment (DDS is sponsoring!)
  4. Crafting By Designs – December Anything Goes
  5. Let’s Craft and Create – Anything Goes with optional Let it Snow

Check out the Digi Doodle products used on my card today – click photo below to see/purchase in the store:

 

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Winter Friends at Whimsy Stamps

Hello friends!  I hope that you all had a great Christmas!  I’m still celebrating with my family over the weekend and happy to be with all of my loved ones for sure!

I have this really sweet image along with some news to share with you today.

For the news:  This will be my final post as a design team member for Whimsy Stamps.  I STILL adore Whimsy Stamps and of course will continue to use the products and promote the products and still use my affiliate link with them when I can, but my term has ended and it was time for me to move on is all…I will truely miss being apart of this wonderful team and working with my friends over there for sure, but will always remain friends of course!

And, perfectly, this brings me to my card for today with this darling image.   This card was made and sent to a lovely teamie for our Christmas card swap and I thought it was perfect to send along to her….

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I have used this adorable Wee Stamps image from Whimsy Stamps called “Winter Friends“.  I just fell in love with the sweetness of it all for sure!

After coloring up the image, I die cut it out with a stitched circle die and layered it over another blue die cut circle.  I then took some “Fallen Snow Glitterstock” from Brutus Monroe and cut out a piece with the MFT Linked Chain Circle Frames die and attached that piece around the die cut circle image.

I wanted to pair this image to match up with the colors from the Whimsy Stamps “Christmas So Soft” Digital Papers Collection.  I used one panel for the entire background base that was mounted over a blue 5″ square top folding card base.  And then I used the pink strip from the same collection mounted over another strip of blue cardstock across the middle of the card wrapped with some silver metallic ribbon.

In the bottom corner of the card is where I stamped the greeting in black ink from the Whimsy Stamps Holiday Mini Sentiments clear stamp set.  The circle image was mounted over top of the card with some craft foam and then I die cut some snowflakes from the Whimsy Stamps No-See All Seasons Tree die set with more of that Glitterstock that was randomly added to the card along with placing one in the center of the ribbon bow.  I’ve also added a gem to the center of that snowflake as well.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring that I’ve done on this sweet image.  I’ve used my usual Copic markers and also used a white gel pen for highlights in certain places.  I covered the “holly berries” in her hair with a glitter brush pen and for the snow ground, I used a glue pen and then added some glitter over top of that for sparkling snow.

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A perfect image to send to one of my special DT Whimsy friends!  I hope you’ve enjoyed it as I really enjoyed creating it and sending it off to my friend too.  🙂

It’s NEVER a “good-bye”, but I’ll see you again soon my friends!  HUGS

Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today with affiliate links below:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  As You Like It – Favorite Die and Why? (I am constantly using the circle, square and rectangle stitched dies because they’re nice basic shapes but also add that stitched detail along the edges to add more interest if needed.)
  2. Daring Cardmakers – Pretty Pastels Christmas
  3. Allsorts – Anything Goes
  4. Stamps & Fun = Creativity – Anything Goes
  5. Papercraft – Anything Goes
  6. Cute Card Thursday – Anything Goes

Merry Christmas Friends!

Merry Christmas to all of my friends here and I’m honored to be a little part of your life with you in some way…I hope you know that!

**This is a pre-scheduled post to wish you all a special happy day.  I’m away spending time with my family right now, so sit back with your favorite beverage for a time out and I hope you enjoy today’s long post.**

Just wanted to share BATCHES of the cards and creations that I’ve made for the Holidays this year.  I know that I make lots of creations, but for the purposes of mailing cards, I try to keep these particular cards as “mail friendly” as possible, so these are more simple in style for me, but really enjoyed making them and just had fun:

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I tend to do bulk cards in a set of 4-6 so that I don’t get “bored” with it or run out of a certain supply or something! LOL!  So this first set of 6 cards is using the gorgeous Stampin’ Up! stamp set “Winter Woods”.  I stamped up the scene background and then covered the entire panel with double stick adhesive and then covered it with dazzling diamonds glitter.  (The deer I added is from a favorite Newton’s Nook stamp set called Serene Silhouettes.)  The white heat embossed greeting is from the Stampin’ Up! stamp set “Itty Bitty Christmas”.  (I think this set was probably my favorite to do!)

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I just *had* to get these penguins in there somewhere! LOL!  These set of cards are actaully all just a bit different, but I colored up the penguins from the “Pablo the Penguin” free stamp set included with the Making Cards Magazine for December and cut them out in different ways and then mounted them onto cards.  Some of them use some of the free papers that were also included with the issue.  So this is another set of 6 cards that were mailed out.  Love those cute penguins with the different hats! LOL!

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Here’s another set of cards that I’ve made to send out, but because these were even more simple than the ones above with very little stamping involved, I made 8 of these.  (So if you’re counting, I’ve made 20 total so far…not including some other special cards I’ve mailed out to people along the way.)  – I absolutely fell in love with this die set from STAMPlorations called “Two Reindeer” and was so excited to see that I had won a gift certificate from their blog and this was something that I knew I would be getting right away!  This was cut from gold cardstock and mounted over a piece of various different Stampin’ Up! pattern paper from my stash…it’s always nice to be able to use up more of my hoarded paper stash!  The sentiment is again from the Stampin’ Up! “Itty Bitty Christmas” stamp set.

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Now I didn’t want to leave out a couple of cards that I made especially for my boys.  They know their mom likes to stamp, but they know I have to add in a bit of my goofy humor with them as well! 🙂  So of course I had to pull out this fun Simon Says Stamp “Gnome for the Holidays” card kit (sold out) to make them!  I think I ended up using ALL of the wobblers in the kit too!  I told my son that this is me wobbling with the presents about to drop everything and my hubby is trying to save everything! LOL!

Here’s a little wobbler action for you too…

And of course I had to make another card for my other son too…

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I absolutely feel in love with all of those cute gnomes that came out everywhere this year for crafting…so I still have more that I didn’t get a chance to use, but thought this would be perfect for my son with this trendy style design…of course using a wobbler too!  And I do love him GNOME matter what! 🙂

For some reason, I thought the wobbler action on this one was more fun! LOL!  Not sure if it’s because of the weight/size or what…but cool to see the difference.

And whilst in the middle of making up all of these cards to mail out, I also had fun playing with the Christmas Advent Calendar that I had purchased from Brutus Monroe a while back.  Because it’s an “Advent Calendar” you start with December 1st and open each day.  So each day to open was pretty cool because there was a new surprise stamp inside!  So I took each day’s stamp and made a tag for each one clear up until today’s last window to open: (obviously previously opened and made to finish! LOL!)

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I will show by the week.  So this is week 1 with the first 5 days opened.  The stamp that I received for each day is noticably featured in each tag.

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And these are the tags made for week 2.  The angel tag was made with Deco Foil in the background.

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These are week 3 tags made.  The purple colored tag on the left bottom is actually a shaker.  The window sheet was glaring in the camera.

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This is week 4 of the tags.  Hubby picked out the candy canes as his favorite of all of them.  Mine was the stockings tag.

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And here is the final last week of the tags from the Advent Calendar.  Really cool to have all of these tags on hand for gifts!  I needed them! 🙂

And of course I wasn’t done with the Advent Calendar box itself because I thought I could “recycle” the little window flaps on the box because they had some cute images on them for each day…so I cut them off with my scissors after I opened that day and kept them:

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So I thought it would be fun to use them to create a card!  They had numbers on them, but I have covered them up in certain ways so that they’re not showing.  The cover die on the card base comes from Brutus Monroe as well.

Whew!  Now to get finished up with my wrapping and “merry making” before the big day!  I hope you are or have enjoyed yourself a wonderfully HAPPY Christmas day no matter how you’re celebrating it!  Thank you for spending some of your time here on my blog today!

Leaving you with this video of a wonderful song and light show that is just not Christmas for me without this music. Enjoy!

I’ll be seeing you soon my friends!

All is Calm, all is bright

Hello friends!  Are you getting ready for the big day tomorrow?  It’s Christmas Eve and not a creature was stirring except for this mouse and his penguin friend….

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They are up in the dark to see if they can capture a glimpse of Santa of course!  LOL!

Do you remember this image from Whimsy Stamps last year?  It was a special edition digital stamp especially made for a Kit and Clowder class.  The name of the image was called “Penguin Candlelight“.  The class isn’t available including the image with the bed scene, but this particular image is still available in the store!!

Well, I ended up getting the image which came with the entire bed scene, but there was also just this image portion as well, which I’ve used here.  I had started it last year, set it aside mainly because of my confidence and decided I needed to take the time to push through the class and finish it up no matter what it ended up like.  I’m glad that I did this and I plan to learn more about coloring next year to improve my skills and not only with marker, but hopefully with pencils too.

I came up with this layout for the card using pattern papers to match up with the pinks in the hat and layering it with some navy colored cardstock.  I’ve used an embossing folder for the strip across the middle and highlighted with some white ink.

The sentiment was computer generated by myself.  I added some ribbon, a snowflake wood veneer topped with a button and twine.  I added a few tiny rhinestone stars around the snowflake banner strip.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on the image.  The only added “extra” thing I did beyond the class tutorial was add some rosy cheeks and used a glitter brush pen over the candle flame.  Everything else on the panel was colored with Copics using instruction from the class.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my calm and bright card today! 🙂

Thanks for checking in!  Wishing you a very peaceful and calm evening….

Challenges:

  1.  C.R.A.F.T. – Christmas – the last stretch
  2. QKR Stampede– #377 Anything Goes
  3. Crafty Animals – #34 Anything Goes + animal
  4. Crafty Gals – ‘Tis the Season

Lavina Christmas

Happy Friday friends!  As my “Countdown to Christmas” continues, today I’m bringing you a card I’ve made using some “new to me” stamps!  I have sent this card out and wanted to make sure it was received before I posted it and so now I can share…

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I’ve been very intrigued with seeing some of my blog friends out there using these very magical silhouette style stamps and loving what they’ve come up using them!  So I decided to make a purchase or two or so of these and have a play!  🙂

I’ve used the Christmas Eve and the Stars 2 Minature Lavina World stamps for my card design here.  I’ve stamped the images out over some white cardstock with a Navy ink and then used some blue distress ink to sponge around the edges with.

For the layering of this card, I’ve used the Spellbinders “Chantilly Paper Lace” die along with some of my regular oval shaped dies.  I’ve also used an older Die-Versions “Believe” die cut for the sentiment.  That along with the large background panel were cut from some Silver Mirror cardstock.

The oval layers in the background were matted with some Silver Glitterstock along with some Navy cardstock which is also what was used for the card base.  I’ve added a silver metallic ribbon bow at the top.  I based the size of my card with the die cut so it is more of a 4″ x 6″ sized card rather than a standard A2 size.

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Here’s a closer view of the image where you can see that I’ve added some Stickles “Star Dust” glitter in certain areas on the tree as well as the star on top.

I also covered the bottom of the image panel with a glue pen and then sprinkled on some dazzling diamonds glitter to give the appearance of snow on the ground.

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This isn’t my usual “coloring in” cute style that you’re used to seeing from me, but I really enjoyed putting this one together and playing with my new stamps!  I hope you’ve enjoyed it as well!

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

Challenges:

  1.  Lavina World Challenge – Anything Goes + NO digital
  2. Sparkles – Add Glitter & Sparkle
  3. Jan’s Digi Stamps – Anything Goes
  4. Watercooler Wednesday – WWS252 Anything GoesWWC252 - Marsha's Special 3-Week AG Challenge
  5. Cute Card Thursday– Anything Goes
  6. Creative Knockouts– Anything Goes
  7. The Paper Girls – Holiday Lights (Fairies lighting the tree!)

Gnome Better Holiday!

Hello friends!  Have you noticed the craze over the gnomes this season?!  Well I guess I jumped right on board with it and got a little love crazy with them myself! LOL!  This particular one really grabbed my heart though…

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Check out this guy!! LOL!  This image is called, of course, Santa Gnome from Digi Doodle Studios!  And…if you like the gnomes too, then you need to be sure to go check out the entire collection of the gnomes over there!  CLICK HERE to see them all!  They’re all so fun and cute!!

Again, with this being a Christmas card for mailing, I wanted to keep it somewhat simple and flat, so I used the entire image panel for my card and trimmed it down to layer over an A2 sized black card base.

I thought it would be fun to pair this image with a couple of strips of the digital paper from the Digi Doodle Studios Buffalo Flannels Collection, so I added a strip to the top and bottom.  I also used a scallop die cut border to cut out a piece with black cardstock along the edges as well as a strip of gold cardstock under those strips for a border.

Before attaching the bottom buffalo check strip, I wrapped some gold twine with a snowflake button and bow over it.  I took the sentiment and a couple of snowflake stamps from the SSS Gnome for the Holidays stamp set and stamped them on the image panel with black ink.

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Here’s a closer view of the image and how I’ve got him all colored up with Copics.  I used a red gel pen to color in the “hollies” on his hat and a gold gel pen to color in his belt buckle.  I then took a glue pen and covered his outfit trim with glitter.

You will also notice a bit of dimension on his face.  I printed out this image twice and one of them I only colored up his nose and moustache, fussy cut it out and then used some foam tape to pop it up over my colored up image panel.  Just thought it would be cute!

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Really had so much fun making up this card and this cutie really has me feeling festive for the Holidays now!  So what do you think?

P.S.  Crafty Gals Corner Challenge Blog is having a special blog hop with prizes and Digi Doodle Studios is sponsoring…so be sure to stop by and play along for your chance to win a fabulous prize!!

Thank you for stopping by today!  I sure enjoy hearing your thoughts as they make me smile!

Challenges:

  1.  Sunday Stamps– SSC220 Keep it Open SketchSSC220
  2. The Sisterhood of Crafters – Anything Christmas
  3. Penny’s Paper-Crafty– Anything Goes
  4. Use Your Stuff – It’s Christmas Time!
  5. Always Fun – Santa Claus
  6. Arty Divas – Anything Goes
  7. Tuesday Throwdown – Anything Goes
  8. Crafty Gals Corner– ‘Tis the Season (Happy 6th Blogiversary!)

Christmas for a Cleaning Lady

Hello friends!  As I continue on here with my “Countdown to Christmas” sharing, I’ve also received a request for a Christmas card that I needed to work on along with my own Christmas cards! LOL!  The request was from someone that wanted me to make something special for their “cleaning lady” and here’s what I came up with:

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I actually didn’t realize how hard it was to find  a variety of this type of occupation in a digital stamp.  (I didn’t have time to purchase anything and wait for it to get here, so I had to look up something in digital format.)  This person was requesting this type of image specifically and so I sent photos of different images I found and this is the one that was picked out for me to color.

I’ve not heard of this company before, but in searching for this type of image and the one that was ultimately picked is called Spring Cleaning-Version 1 from Cute As A Button Stamps and Design.  (There’s actually some really cute images in there I might go back and take a look at in the store again!)

Because it needed to be a Christmas card, I needed to make it more “Christmas” than “Spring”…so I just tried using more traditional Christmas colors with it.  Found a nice plaid background paper with a pretty die cut to go along the edge that was cut from some silver mirror cardstock and then added the Christmas sentiment with a bow from some seam binding and then a twine bow with a glossy dot in the center.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on the image.  The eyes were requested to be brown, but I just took the image and again, added in the red and green colors for a Christmas themed look to it.

For the vaccum wheel, I added a silver brad in the center and the handle was colored with a gel pen as well as the “grommets” on her shoes. I used a white gel pen to create the “dots” on the bottom of her apron.  I covered the pail and the liquid in her spray bottle with a glitter brush pen.  You can also see the “foam” from her pail that was made with some liquid applique.  I just heat set it to make it “puffy”.

I used a stitched rectangle die to cut her out with and then sponged on some light green around the edges.  I did the same for the sentiment that was cut from a stitched circle die and then layered with a green piece cut from a scallop circle die.

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I think the colors and the silver accents really helped pull this together for a fun Christmas card taylor fit for a “Cleaning Lady”!  🙂

The person who commissioned the card has received it and was very pleased with it and even gave me an extra tip for it!  That was not necessary, but very appreciated of course!  I’m happy that it was well received and I enjoy the coloring too!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my share today and I’ll be back again tomorrow with some more Crafty Christmas sharing!  Thanks so much for stopping in!!

Challenges:

  1.  Cute As A Button Challenge – Anything Goes #51
  2. Not Just Cards – December Anything Goes
  3. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #376
  4. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes #106
  5. The Creatie Crafters – Anything Goes #23
  6. Createful Heart Design – Anything Goes #15
  7. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes #120
  8. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1950 Anything Goes