SNOW Place Like Home

Hello friends!  Hope you are having a great week so far!  Well I have to say that this card certainly does feel like home where I’m at right now as it’s pretty cold and a bit snowy over my way!  I tried to hold onto Fall for as long as possible!

Whimsy Stamps has come out with another line of really cute digital stamps from CC Designs and this is the first time that I’ve colored one from the new line and I think they’re really cute!  Check out this card I’ve made for you today:

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This darling image is called “Iggy” and I just love these sweet little peguins with her! 🙂  Here are the Copics that I’ve used to color her with:

  1.  Coat/fur trimming – BV04, BV02, BV01/W3, W1, W0, blender, white gel pen for dots, blue gel pen to color hearts
  2. boots – W9, W7, W5
  3. Penguins – C8, C5, C3, C1, Y17, R00
  4. Skin/Hair – E23, E21, E11, E00, E000, R20, R00, white gel pen for cheeks
  5. Igloo/Snow – B04, B01, B00, B000

I fussy cut the image long with the ‘ground snow’ and left a spot at the bottom for the sentiment.  I outlined the image with a black marker and attached it to my winter snow background that I’ve made.

To make the background, I took the Stormy Sky, Peacock Feathers and Dusty Concord Oxide inks and a waterbrush to swirl a pretty winter sky pattern.  I dried it and then took a toothbrush to flick some white paint over it for the snow.  I then took a couple of the snowflake images from the Whimsy Stamps Snow Flurry clear stamp set and white heat embossed them in places on the background.  I’ve also used this same set to heat emboss the “snow” sentiment over a piece of black cardstock that was popped up with foam tape over the image panel and then the rest of the sentiment was stamped in black ink right below the image.

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Here you can better see a closer look at the details of the coloring.  I’ve also put some shimmer over the entire igloo with a Spectrum Noir glitter brush pen.    Thought I could see it when I took the photo, but of course it’s not showing up!

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I took the snowy image panel and mounted it over a piece of black cardstock and then took a very thin strip of silver glitter cardstock to lay right next to it over a piece of white card stock.  I took this white card front base and attached it to the left side of a top folding A2 #110 card base.  Lastly, I’ve taken some sequins and attached them to the snowy background for a bit more sparkle.

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

Here’s the Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today:

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Here are the challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Creative Inspirations – November Chill
  2. That’s Crafty – Winter Wonderland
  3. QKR Stampede – #321 Anything Goes
  4. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  5. Artistic Inspirations – Anything Goes

Grateful We Are Friends – Sparkle N Sprinkle November Release

Hello friends!  Stopping in today to share my  Guest Design card from the Sparkle N Sprinkle November release using the Koi Pond Friends rubber stamp set [00-919P5] along with several other really fun products from Sparkle N Sprinkle!  Please be sure to check out the entire November release in the store!  I really had so much fun creating with these new sets and awesome products!

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I started out with a piece of watercolor paper and sprinkled three different colors of Nuvo Shimmer Powders on it:  Atlantis Burst [1213N], Green Parade [1214N] and Blue Blitz [1208N].  I sprinkled all the colors at once before applying any water to it.  I sprinkled VERY little and just added a bit more here and there as I spritzed it with water.  I saturated the paper and moved it around until it was covered how I wanted it to look.  I dabbed it up with a paper towel and used a heat gun to dry it up a bit.  I just love the beautiful shimmer on this background!

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Also for the background, I took the bubbles image from the same stamp set and stamped them in VersaMark ink [VM001] around the right corner and bottom over the watercolor piece.  I heat embossed the bubbles with some Sparkle N Sprinkle Frosted Juniper [EP406] and Sparkle (Semi-transparent) [EP107] embossing powders.  I then mounted this watercolor background panel onto the top edge of a black A2 Sized top folding card base.

With the close-up view of the fish, I heat embossed them with the SnS Copper Embossing Powder [EP236] over some Bristol paper.  For the flower image, I just stamped it with black waterproof ink in the same Bristol paper.  Below I will share how I went about coloring both the fish and the flower:

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After heat embossing the fish and stamping the flower, I took the Nuvo Glitter Markers in the following colors:  Mighnight Shadows [172N], Ember Glow [170N] and Urban Graphite [188N] and pressed the pens down onto my Tim Holtz Glas s Media Mat [1914E] to get a “pool” of it and then used my Waterbrush to blend and color the images. It leaves a beautiful shimmer and blends the colors together so nicely!

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Here’s a closer view of the colored flower with the shimmer.  I fussy cut all the colored images and glued them on the card base with some SnS dimensional glue.  For the flower image, I decided to off-set it and trim off the edges with scissors.

For the greeting, using the same rubber stamp set, I stamped it with a black pigment ink and then sprinkled it with some SnS Sparkle (semi-transparent) [EP107] and heat embossed it to give it a nice sparkly look!

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For the bottom portion of my card, I cut out a strip of cardstock the width that I wanted to go across the bottom and underneath the watercolor panel.  I covered the entire strip with some  SnS Dimensional Glue and then covered that up with these stunning Bronze Mica Flakes [MF05] and let it dry.  After it was dried, I pressed and burnished them into the strip with my finger and bone folder.  The extra pieces will come off the sides as you rub it around or you could also trim it off if you prefer, but I found it to not be necessary.  You can see how big the flakes are in the photo as I scattered a few of them around my card in the photos.  This was by far my favorite thing to play with on my card! 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today and I thank you so much for stopping in!  Please be sure to visit the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog and don’t forget to play along in the monthly challenges at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge Blog as well as the Sparkle N Sprinkle Facebook Creative Challenge Group too!  Looking forward to seeing your creations there!

Also don’t forget to use my discount code when you go shopping at Sparkle N Sprinkle!  Click on the badge below to start shopping for your sparkly goodies!

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Here’s the Full Sparkle N Sprinkle product list for my card today:

  1.  Koi Pond Friends rubber stamp set [00-919P5]  *New November Release – Also offered as a digital set [DIGI919BC] plus check out the super digital bundle where you get more! – or you can check out the rubber stamp bundle too and save more money!
  2. Bronze Mica Flakes [MF05]
  3. Copper Embossing Powder [EP236]
  4. Sparkle Embossing Powder [EP107]
  5. Frosted Juniper Embossing Powder [EP406]
  6. Dimensional Glue
  7. Sparkle N Sprinkle Static Free Bag [99512]
  8. Glitter Brush [SG1400]
  9. Nuvo Glitter Marker set Midnight Shadows [172N]
  10. Nuvo Glitter Marker set Ember Glow [170N]
  11. Nuvo Glitter Marker Urban Graphite [188N]
  12. Waterbrush – LG
  13. Nuvo Shimmer Powder Atlantis Burst [1213N]
  14. Nuvo Shimmer Powder Green Parade [1214N]
  15. Nuvo Shimmer Powder Blue Blitz [1208N]
  16. Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat [1914E]

Birthday Wishes for Hubby

Hello friends!  Happy Friday!  I wanted to share a few things from my husband’s birthday we celebrated last night along with the card I made for him.

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I was going for a masculine look of course and I know that he likes nature, wildlife, etc. and with his birthday being in November, I thought a Fall scheme would work out nicely.  Besides, I had gotten some My Favorite Things products and wanted to have a play with them, so I used the current color challenge when making this one.  (See challenges list below)

For my design, I went with a Natural cardstock base, rounded the corners with a corner chomper and ink blended along the edges with some Vintage Photo distress ink.  I got a little more carried away with the inking than what I wanted, but then went over it by spritzing some water and dabbing it up with a paper towel for the water marks.  (I’ve also cut out some leaves with the Falling Leaves Die-namics die set and then sponged some colors around the edges for them as well.  These were added as accents on the over-all design.)

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I was so excited about using this Delightful Deer Die-namics set.  There are some T-I-N-Y bits in there to cut out and attach! LOL!  I sponged around the edges and bottom of legs with a brown ink.  I die cut some white dots and the piece for tail as well as cut out a couple of brown dots for eye and nose as well as cutting out his antlers.  I also added a few extra “dots” with my white gel pen on the deer.  It was popped up over the scene with some foam tape.  The main deer was cut from Persimmon cardstock which is also what I’ve used to cut out a banner (from the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips die-namics) that I white heat embossed the sentiment from the Essential Sentiments stamp set.

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For my scene, I took some of the MFT Candy Land Paper Pack and use the dotted “Sour Apple” color piece and die cut a panel of it with the Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX die-namics and placed it over my ink blended natural card front base.  I then used the Stitched Valley die-namics and cut some pieces from brown cardstock and lightly sponged some white ink over top of the “hills”.  I placed those over top of my natural card front base and also cut out some trees from one of the FREE die-namics dies that I received with an order from some Sour Apple card stock and attached them over the “hills”.

Lastly, I wrapped some twine around the card front base, added my die cut leaves where I wanted them, attached this panel to a top folding A2 sized white card base that I’ve also rouned the corners on with a corner chomper.  Lastly, I’ve added some clear crystal drops in random places.

I enjoyed creating this one using mainly die cuts and minimal stamping!  I hope you’ve enjoyed my masculine card design as well! 🙂

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

  1.  MFT Color Challenge – Persimmon, Sour Apple, Milk Chocolate, NautralMFT_ColorChallenge_PaintBook_#105
  2. Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies – HLS AG with Dies Badge
  3. City Crafter – #437 Woodland Animals
  4. Crafting By Designs – Anything Goes
  5. Creative Moments – Anything Goes

 

If you happen to follow along with me on FB, then you may have seen where I’ve had the talented lady Dina Kowal create a portrait for me using a past photo from our beloved family member Mocca that passed away this last February.  Dina is extremely talented with her pencils!  My hubby was amazed and here is a photo of him with it last night after he opened it up for his birthday present:

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He said, “Oh wow!” when he opened it and wanted me to tell her that she did an amazing job, it looks just like her!   I went through the photos with hubby (he’s not on social media) that Dina had shared of her on-going creative process with the portrait and this was one from the beginning:

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And this was the photo that she used for her creative process:

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We are thrilled and honored to have this stunning work of ‘Mocca’ art in our home and look forward to getting it framed and put up!  Thank you to Dina for sharing her talents with all of us!  🙂  You should go check out her work!

Thanks for dropping by my friends!  See you soon!

 

It’s Snowflakes at Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  It’s time already for a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday and as I can feel it growing even cooler by the day outside, I find that this challenge is very fitting and a great way to keep going on my Christmas pile!  We would like to see some “Snowflakes” on your creations this week!  We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Our sponsor for this challenge is All Dressed Up Stamps.  They’re kind enough to provide an image to use for this challenge, so here’s what I’ve come up with:

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This image is so sweet with the pup and kitty delivering their letters to Santa for Christmas is coming soon! 🙂  The image I’ve used is called Christmas Post from All Dressed Up Stamps and it already had some snowflakes within the image, but I always feel that snowflakes are big, small and fall everywhere, so I decided to add a few more with items from my stash.

I’ve colored my image with Copic markers and used some gel pens for the eyes, cheeks, parts of the mailbox lettering, center of snowflakes as well as adding some adding some random dots in the background for tiny snowfall flakes.  I’ve also had this Christmas Postmark stamp set in my stash and thought it was perfect to use as a sentiment for my card.  I stamped the circle, punched it out and layered it with another scallop circle that was punched from red cardstock.  I stamped the wavy lines post mark image behind that on the image panel.  The image panel was cut with a Wonky Stitched rectangle die.

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Here’s a closer look at the image and how I’ve colored it.  For the top of the mailbox, the snowflake on the circle postmark and for the snow covered ground, I used some Sparkle N Sprinkle dimensional glue in those areas and then sprinkled some Diamond Dust glitter over top of it for some nice sparkling snow coverage.  (I love using that stuff for snowfall!)

You can also see the silver snowflake sequins that I’ve attached and then I’ve added some silver Stickles to the centers of each one.  I’ve layered this image panel to a red cardstock layer and then added some foam tape to the back of it and mounted it over my card front.

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So for the card front panel, I took a white piece of cardstock measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and ran it through my die cut machine with a snowfall embossing folder and then I mounted this to a white top folding A2 sized card base and added the layered image panel over top.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog and see what the rest of the design team has for inspiration and join us this week with your snowflake creations! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

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

  1.  Daisy Chain – Christmas/Winter
  2. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  3. The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes Christmas
  4. Shopping Our Stash (SOS379) – Raining Cats and Dogs
  5. Creative Craft Cottage – Christmas is Coming
  6. All Dressed Up Challenge –  Oct Anything Goes + must use ADU image

Joy to the World a Penguin is Born

Hello friends!  I hope that you’ve had a great weekend and a great start to your week so far!  I’m back to share another image from the November digital release at Whimsy Stamps.

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This one is so sweet and makes me smile!  This image is called Penguin Nativity by Crissy Armstrong.  I really enjoyed coloring up this cute image for my card!  I’ve used several Copic markers to fill the entire panel:

  1.  Penguins bodies:  C8, C5, C3, C1, C0, Y00, R00, Y17, Y15, Y11 (wings:  C3, C1), (Halo: Y17, Y11, Y00 and finished with gold gel pen), (Gown:  E84, E81)
  2. seal:  W7, W5, W3, W1, W0, R00
  3. tree:  W7, W5, W1, W0
  4. egg shell:  E53, E51 (straw:  YR24, YR21, Y15), (manger:  E29, E27, E25, E23)
  5. Star:  Y17, Y15, Y13 (finished with shimmer brush pen and gold gel pen)
  6. Ground:  E21, E00, E000
  7. Sky:  BG000, BG10, BG13, Y11, Y00, 0 blender

After I was finished with the coloring, I ripped it out along the edges and then went over the edges with some distress ink and swiped it with a gold ink pad.

I’ve also taken some digital papers from the November release called Christmas Traditions (namely the musical sheet paper) and printed it out and the also ripped along the edges and attached that to another piece of ripped up brown cardstock that was also swiped with a gold ink pad.  I attached these panels to an A2 sized top folding brown cardstock base and then took an additional strip of the muscial sheet paper to add to the base of the card and took a white ink pad and sponged around the edges of the card base.

I took some natural twine and wrapped it around the musical sheet and ripped cardstock pieces before attaching it to the card base.  I took an additional strip of brown cardstock and white heat embossed the sentiment from the Whimy Stamps Holiday Mini Sentiments clear stamp set and made a tag with it by punching a hole at the top and threading the twine through it.  I made a bow and attached it to the card front panel.  I then used my fingers to bend the tag a bit for a more natural feel of the design.

Lastly, I took some foam tape and added my colored image panel to the front of the card.  I took some tiny confetti stars and glued them to random places in the sky.

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Here in the close-up details of the image, you can see where I’ve added some shimmer touches with a gold gel pen and then the places where the animals are ‘glowing’ as well as the side of the tree, I’ve added some shimmer with a clear glitter brush pen.  (Still not sure I was able to fully capture this in my photo.)  I think the ‘glowing’ feature turned out nicely.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and I’ll see you again soon!  Thanks so much for stopping in!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products used for my card today:

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Challenges:

  1.  Crafty Catz – Anything Goes with an Optional Twist:  “Must Have a Sentiment”
  2. QKR Stampede – #320 Anything Goes
  3. Papercraft – Anything Goes with optional:  “Christmas Animals”
  4. Just Us Girls – Word Week:  MusicScreen Shot 2018-09-16 at 1.02.44 PM
  5. 613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes with optional twist:  “Christmas/Winter”

Merry & Bright Kitty

Hello friends!  Hope you’re having a great weekend so far!  I’m back to share another Sparkle N Sprinkle creation that I’ve made using the adorable Christmas Kitty Digital Stamp Set [DIGI921CS] from the October Release:

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I wanted this kitty to be the main focus of my card along with the lights and I wanted them to pop out on my design.  I also wanted to add my panel complete with the “extra” light string and greeting.  So I opened up a blank Word doc. to add my images.  I sized and arranged the kitty where I wanted him, then next to him I’ve added the additional “extra” lights and then positioned my greeting from the set where I wanted it, printed it out and colored in the lights and kitty with Copic markers.  To make the lights appear as one continuous string of lights, I took an alcohol friendly fine line marker to draw a line to the existing lights on the kitty.  I just love the look on his face as he was so much fun to color! 🙂

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To get the glowing look on the lights, I added some color around each light with the same color of chalk.  Then I took the Diamond Dust Glitter and added it over the light bulbs with the Nuvo Smooth Precision Glue pen.

I then cut this panel out with a rectangle cross stitch die cut from my stash.  After it was cut, I took some blue colored ink and stamped the pine cone image from the Holiday Greetings Rubber stamp set  to frame in the kitty panel.

I decided to cut out some pine leaves with the same light blue card stock with a die cut from my stash and then I covered them with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with the Vanilla Ice embossing powder.  You will also notice a bit of sparkle around the kitty panel edge too.  I took the panel and pressed the edges into the VersaMark ink pad and then heat embossed the edges with the Sparkle embossing powder.

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Here you can see the design on my light blue card front as well.  This is where I took the same pine cone rubber stamp image and stamped randomly along the edges of the card front and heat embossed it with the Vanilla Ice embossing powder.  The heat embossed pine cone leaves were attached to the edge of the kitty panel along with a sparkly ribbon bow and a snowflake accent.  I layered a piece of black cardstock around the image panel and popped it up with some craft foam and mounted that over the front of the heat embossed light blue card front which was wrapped with some more of the sparkly ribbon.  This was mounted over an A2 sized top folding white card base.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my sparkly cute card today!  Please be sure to use the code below and click on the badge to shop and receive your 10% discount:

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Be Sure to check out the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog tomorrow for special sneak peeks on what is coming for the new release!!  Yay!  Stay tuned!

Sparkle N Sprinkle Product Supply List used:

Sparkle N Sprinkle Christmas Kitty (digital set) [DIGI921CS]

Sparkle N Sprinkle Holiday Greetings (rubber stamp set) [00-689P7]

Sparkle N Sprinkle Embossing Powder Sparkle (semi-trans) [EP107]

Sparkle N Sprinkle Embossing Powder Vanillia Ice (fine detail-opaque) [EP265]

Sparkle N Sprinkle Ultrafine Glitter Diamond Dust (semi-trans) [G1116]

Sparkle N Sprinkle dimensional glue 

Sparkle N Sprinkle Static Free Bag [99512]

Glitter Brush [SG1400]

Nuvo Glue Pen Smooth Precision [206N]

VersaMark Embossing ink pad [VM001]


 

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Crazy 4 Challenges (C4C458) – Card with Cat or Halloween themed
  2. Crafting By Designs – Get Ready for Christmas
  3. 4 Crafty Chicks (4CC427) – Christmas
  4. Craft Rocket – Christmas is Coming
  5. Crafting With an Attitude – Anything Goes

Whimsy Stamps November New Release -Seal On Ice

Hello friends!  Back with you today to share another image from the November brand new digital release from Whimsy Stamps!  Check it out:

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These seals by Crissy Armstrong have stolen my heart!  I had to create with this Seal On Ice digital image too and share it with you today!

I started with my image by coloring it up with the following Copic marker colors:

seal:  C5, C3, C1, C0 W1, W0, R00 – Hat/scarf:  BG49, BG45, E53, E51, E50

I fussy cut him/her out and went along the edges with a black Copic friendly marker.

For the card design, I found some matching cardstock to go with the seal’s outfit and used it as the 5×5 Top folding card base as well as a mat layer behind the image panel.  I took the Whimsy Stamps Pierced Border Trio Dies to cut some pieces for the snow with some glitter paper.  I put one strip at the bottom of the card base and another on the bottom of the woodgrain paper I’ve used to place the seal on.

Before adding the seal to the snow border with foam tape, I took the Whimsy Stamps Snow Flurry clear stamp set and stamped some of the snowflakes with pink ink over the woodgrain paper.  I added this layered panel onto a piece of the new digital papers this month called Christmas Roses & Snowflakes which I’ve cut out with a square stitched die along with the woodgrain paper.  I took a sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Holiday Mini Sentiments clear set and white heat embossed it and cut it out with a portion of the square stitched die as well and attached it to the design.

I’ve finished it off by adding a bow to the corner of the woodgrain paper panel with some clear sparkly ribbon and added another one of those snowflake gems to the center of it!

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Here’s closer look at the coloring details.  Isn’t this a cutie?!  I love the feminine look to it by adding in the pink snowflake digital papers and sparkly ribbon.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my creations with the newly released images this month from Whimsy Stamps!  Be sure to check out more inspiration on the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Blog and Facebook Group too!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!  See you soon!

challenges:

  1.  Cardz 4 Galz – Let’s Go Digital
  2. Addicted to Stamps and More! – Anything GoesAnything Goes badge
  3. Watercooler Wednesday (WWC194) – Anything GoesWWC194 - Anything Goes Challenge
  4. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal/teddy bear
  5. CRAFT – Winter