Anything Goes for Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  It’s time for an easy peasy “ANYTHING GOES” challenge over at Cute Card Thursday this week!!  Our monthly sponsor Whimsy Stamps will be joining us this week and I’m thrilled to share some of those products on my card today:

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I have used this really sweet digital stamp on my card called “Penguin Loves Bunny“!  He is holding him ever so tightly and not wanting to let go!! 🙂

As I’m trying to get back into the swing of things here, I wanted to be sure to join some challenges and so I’ve picked out a nice sketch to start my card with here.  (See the details below the post for all challenges.)  I’ve been wanting to get out these yummy plaid papers that I’ve had for a couple of years.  This seemed like the perfect image for that too!

So I took the panel of plaid papers and layered it with some kraft cardstock.  I took some white organdy ribbon and wrapped a piece around the left side of it and tied on a bow at the top before attaching it to the upper right of my A2 sized top folding white card base.  I’ve cut out the image with an oval die and then layered another oval piece that was cut out with the kraft cardstock.  This oval panel was layered over the plaid.

I took a sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Everyday Mini Sentiment clear stamp set and stamped the “miss you” underneath the image.  I also used the Whimsy Stamps Friend Word & Shadow die set to cut a piece of vellum with the shadow and then cut the word out with some pink cardstock and then attached them right underneath the stamped “miss you” sentiment.  Lastly, I’ve added some of the pink enamel dots from the Whimsy Stamps It’s a Party enamel dots set.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring of this image.  I’ve colored it in with Copic markers in the following colors:

  • Penguin:  C8, C5, C3, C1, Y38, Y35, Y32, R00
  • Bunny:  E47, E44, E42, E41, W5, W3, W1, R20, R11, R00

I also used a blender 0 and a white gel pen for cheeks and bunny tail

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I thought this image would be so fun for Easter too!!  I can see it used in so many different ways!  It’s a new digital release for the month of March at Whimsy Stamps, so it would be a great one to pick up!!

Also, don’t foget to play along with us over at Cute Card Thursday for your chance to possibly win something from our sponsor this week which is Whimsy Stamps!  Stop by and check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team!!  Can’t wait to see what you’re making!!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!!  Thanks so much for dropping in!!  See you soon!

Here’s the Whimsy Stamps products with affiliate links used today:

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Challenges I’d like to enter my card for:

  1.  Tuesday Morning Sketches – #493TMS 493
  2. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + related to animals
  3. Creative with Stamps – FriendsCWS#36_Friends
  4. {Cupcake Inspirations} – Plaid CIC465465
  5. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #337

 

 

Imagine…You’re Home!

Hello friends!  I have to say that I’m very happy that we’ve started the month of March and I really look forward to seeing the bit of green and growth soon to come!

Today, I have a card using one of the March New Release stamp sets from Sparkle N Sprinkle!  Have you seen all of the wonderful new products released for this month?  I look forward to sharing more of them with you later on!

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Today, my card features this really fun Lil Garden Cottage rubber stamp set [00-943P5] from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I have colored it up with my Copic markers and I’ve used the packaging from the stamp set to help with color suggestions.  (I really like that when stamp sets have a colored version on their product labels!)

Since last year I’ve been noticing lots of “fairy garden” projects and I am amazed at how many “tiny” items that are available to purchase so that you can create your own little garden!  This image sort of reminds me of that!  I think I like creating my own little “fairy garden” on paper! 🙂  Do any of you like to make Fairy Gardens?

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For the base of my card, I’ve used an A2 sized top folding kraft card base.  I took my VersaMark ink to stamp the tiny mushroom images from the set along the bottom edge of the base.  I also took another piece of kraft cardstock and heat embossed part of the sentiment with the SNS White EP and then cut it out from a circle die.  I set these pieces aside while working on the rest of my card.

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After coloring in the image, I also took the other portion of the sentiment “Imagine…” and stamped it next to the cottage image, but then heat set that one with the SNS Coffee EP.  I also took an additional piece of white cardstock to layer behind the image panel.  For that piece, I took my VersaMark ink pad and sponged along the edges of it and also heat set that with the same Coffee EP as well.  You can also see at the top of the image panel that I’ve lightly blended in some distress ink to soften up the white a bit.

For the sparkly twine at the top, I created it by taking the SNS 1/4″ Tear-ific Tape and twisting it on itself and then I ran it through some SNS Shamrock Glitter.  (If you’ve not seen this before, be sure to check out one of Demo Donna’s videos to see how she does it!)  I took a piece of it to make a bow and then glued it over my design.

I took some craft foam to pop up this image panel a bit before attaching it to the kraft card base.  I also took some more craft foam to pop up the side of the circle sentiment panel as well.

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To add a bit of detail to my image and make it my own, I stamped, colored and fussy cut out each of the mushrooms as well as the snail and then attached them where I wanted them to show up on my image panel.

I used the Nuvo Precision Glue Pen to “color in” the areas where I wanted it to be green and then sprinkled some of that SNS Shamrock Glitter over those areas.  I took the Nuvo White Crystal Drops to add a few “dots” over the red mushroom.  I then took the Nuvo Morning Dew Crystal Drops (dries clear) and filled in the “window” on the cottage as well as the “snail shell” to add some shine to it.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and that you’ve been inspired to check out the new March release over at Sparkle N Sprinkle!  Be sure to join us over at the Facebook Monthly Creative Challenge group as well as join us for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge blog too!  We’d love to see what you’re making!

If you happen to go shopping using any of these links, please be sure to use my discount code below at checkout!

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Thanks so much for dropping in today!!  I’m so hoping that I can get back into catching up with you and getting caught up on entering challenges!  I do miss all of this!

Wishing you a happy day!

Whimsy Stamps March New Release!

Hello friends!  I don’t think I ever remember being so sick before! WOW!  I was literally stuck in the bed for a couple of days there!  I’ve been taking some meds from doctor and starting to feel a bit better now, just regular cold and not so much the fever and chills any more.  Thank you SO MUCH for the very kind get well thoughts as I truly appreciate that!  So glad that’s over with now!

Have you checked out the new release over at Whimsy Stamps yet?  There are lots of really adorable digital stamps this month and I’m excited to be sharing one of those with you today:

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I have used this sweet little image by C.C. Designs for Whimsy Stamps called Bunny.  (And that little bunny is too cute wrapped up in the garden hose!!)

I have also used some fun new digital papers for the background on my card here too!  I’ve printed out a piece from the Whimsy Stamps Rustic Wood and Brick Papers digital collection and used it on the background of my green card panel.

I also used some die cuts to add some fun elements to my design as well as wrap some ribbon at the top and add a white flower with a rhinestone in the center of it.  I heat embossed a sentiment in white EP over a piece of the green cardstock and cut it out with a stitched die cut banner.

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I have it all colored up with my Copic markers and then I’ve used some metallic gel pens for the dots and for the water sprinkling from the hose.

Here you can better see how I’ve colored in the image and the details of sparkle with the gel pens.  I’ve used some craft foam behind the image panel for a bit of dimension too.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card for today and have been inspired to go check out the rest of the new release at Whimsy Stamps!

I’ll be back again tomorrow for some more inspiration!  Thanks so much for dropping in!!  Have a great day!!

Here’s a list of Whimsy products with links for what I’ve used on my card today:

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A Quick Message

Hello friends! Just want to apologize for my abscence here, but I have come down with a severe flu and it has knocked me out!  My hubby brought it home from work Friday and we have been battling with it ever since.  My energy is completely zapped.  Hopefully we will get better soon now that we have meds from doctor.  If you are sick, please stay home.

I will be back as soon as I possibly can!  Thanks for your kind support!

Brightening A Rainy Day

Hello friends!  Are you longing for that rainy Springtime showers with lots of flowers because you’re tired of snow?  I know that I’ve been wanting Spring to get here very soon!  I thought I’d bring some of that feeling into my blog post this morning:

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It’s my turn to post on the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog today…so CLICK HERE to check it out if you want to see my post there or you can read details below too!

~affiliate product links used below~

I started out with my images from these gorgeous stamp sets that were released as a bundle set from Sparkle N Sprinkle this month called May Showers Spring Bundle.  (They are rubber stamp sets which contain both the Showers of Tulips rubber stamp set as well as the May Showers rubber stamp set.  You get a slight discount when you buy the bundle set of them.  There are also digital versions with the May Showers Bundle Digi Set as well as the individual Showers of Tulips digi and the May Showers digi.)

I wanted to incoporate both of these rubber stamp sets into my design, so I heat embossed the parasol image from the Showers of Tulips set and the bows from the May Showers set with SNS White EP over some Bristol Smooth Watercolor paper.  I colored them in with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and fussy cut them out with my scissors and set them aside.

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For the background panel, I took another piece of watercolor paper and spritzed it with water to get it good and wet before sprinkling on some Nuvo Blue Blitz Shimmer Powder.  I spritzed it again to really get the water moving around and manipulted the panel so that I could get the water drips going down the panel.  Once this dried, I cut it out with the Tonic Basics Scalloped Square Dies.

Using my cut out parasol image for placement, I heat embossed the sentiment from the May Showers stamp set with the SNS Coffee EP where I wanted it over the watercolor panel.  I then took the raindrops image from the same stamp set and stamped it with VersaMark ink repeatedly over the background and heat embossed it with that SNS Magic Speckle EP.  (Remember this gorgeous pearly sheen it gave to my Winter Deer card from last week?  I told you that I would be bringing it back out for another project!  I am loving the look it gave the raindrops here.  Don’t forget that this powder is a tad bit thicker than normal embossing powder, so heat from underneath your project to help melt it so it doesn’t blow all over.)  I’ve also added some Nuvo Morning Dew Crystal Drops to the center of each drop for more dimension and shine to get a nice wet water look to it!  This was set aside to dry for a bit.

I took another piece of cardstock (slightly larger than the watercolor panel) and rubbed my VersaMark Ink pad along the edges to heat emboss it with the SNS Coffee EP.  I attached these layers together and then glued some craft foam behind it for dimension.

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I’ve used a blue 5″ square top folding card base for my design and took a piece of white doily I had from my stash and glued it on with some SNS Dimensional Glue.  I then added a strip of white cardstock covered with a piece of 1/2″ Tear-iffic Tape going diagnolly across the card base and burnished some Sunny Daze glitter over it.

Finally I added the watercolor and embossed layers over top of the card base and then took my fussy cut images and added them to the design with some foam dots.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Spring Showers card today and it’s inspired you in some way!  I thank you SO MUCH for dropping in!  I appreciate all of the kind comments and a big welcome to my new followers…love meeting fellow crafty friends!!

If you go shopping at Sparkle N Sprinkle using any of the affliate links above in my post, please be sure to add my special discount code below at checkout so that you can get 10% off your entire order:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Cardz 4 Galz – Weather (any condition)
  2. Moving Along With the Times – Little Bit ‘Shabby Chic’
  3. The Flower Challenge – Use Latest Stamp/Dies + flowers (SNS stamps)TFChallenge#29
  4. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – (PIP1907) – Anything Goes
  5. Try it On Tuesday – “Powder Your……..” (Shimmer powder, Embossing powder)

 

Adopt Don’t Shop Whimsy Stamps Party!!

Hello friends!  As mentioned yesterday, I wanted to share with you a very special post today and it’s such a fantastic worthwhile cause which is why I wanted to share it with you while it’s still happening!

Click on the badge below for complete details please:

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Right now, Whimsy Stamps is holding a special Facebook Event called “Adopt Don’t Shop” party and we would love as many people (and fur friends) as possible to join with us for this special party with fun games, giveaways and lots of inspiration!  This event will finish up tomorrow (Feb 17th) at noon…they have released an ADORABLE free digital image as well….so click on the party link above to join in the fun!

Remember if you purchase one of the following stamps sets, $1 USD per stamp set will be donated to the Gulf Coast Humane Society!  (Click on the photos below to view/purchase in the Whimsy Stamps store.)

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And of course it can’t be a fun party without some crafting involved, right?!!  So since that little doxie pup on the end was calling to my heart reminding me of my forever angel girl Mocca (on the sidebar of my blog here), I wanted to make something with that:

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Gosh this was SO fun to color!  That sheep dog in the background cracks me up!! 🙂

I have used the Adopt Don’t Shop DOGS clear stamp set and colored them up with my Copic Markers along with the grassy hill they’re on.  I also added some clouds behind the pups with a stencil and foam ink blending tool with blue ink.

  For the hearts paper behind them, I’ve used a left over strip from the Hearts A Flutter Digital Paper Collection and attached this strip to the background of my white A2 top folding card base.  I layered the doggie panel onto a strip of black cardstock and mounted it over the heart background.

For the sentiment, I’ve layered it onto another piece of black cardstock and attached it in the corner of the doggie panel.  I used a circle punch to punch out the paw print and added it to the layout with a foam dot.

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Here’s a closer view of the image and how I’ve colored the pups.  Do they not make you smile or what?!

The dogs were mainly colored with the Copic ‘E’, ‘C’ and ‘W’ families.

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To bring in some more hearts around the pups, I die cut the hearts from the Baby Animals die set and then covered them with a Wink of Stella Glitter Pen for a bit of shimmer.

Thanks so much for dropping in this evening and I really hope you will help join us in this special Fund Raiser!  CLICK HERE to join the Facebook Adopt Don’t Shop Party and play along with us until tomorrow!

I know I have been very busy this week, but I will be trying to catch up with you all very soon!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Use Your Stuff – #347 Hearts, Pink and/or Red
  2. Words 2 Crafty By – (W2CB62) Best Friends                                                                             Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. 
    “Pooh” he whispered. 
    “Yes, Piglet?” 
    “Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. 
    “I just wanted to be sure of you.”
  3. The Creative Crafters – Anything Goes
  4. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  5. Sweet Stampin’ – Love Your Pet

Late Valentine Share and Looking Into Future With More Calendar Months!

Hello friends!   (Long post with lots of photos!!)

I wanted to share the Valentine card I made for my hubby on Valentine’s Day yesterday, but I couldn’t share it on my blog until after he got it because he can be known to be a “stalker” on my blog to see what I’m up to!!  LOL!

I have been becoming quite the stalker myself with some companies over the last serveral months and have collected a few products that I’ve been wanting to have a play with!  So for my Valentine’s card, I dug into my Brutus Monroe “Love Bug” Inspiration Box and had a play:

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Since this was January’s Inspiration Box, it’s since been sold out (I have a monthly subscription to them of course), but I see that you can still purchase the stamp set called Love Bug which is what stamp set was included in the Inspiration Box.  AND…since I’m a stalker, I also joined the “Stencil of the Month” club as well which was January’s stencil here that I’ve used on my background!  And just in case you’re curious, there are SEVERAL different subscriptions you can check out by CLICKING HERE to see them all.  (In case you’re wondering, the price listed includes the shipping cost and once you are a subscriber, you get a discount on your purchases too!)  The customer service is pretty awesome too!  Very friendly and fun people! 🙂

OK…now that I’ve done my “rave review” of them, onto my card:

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I’ve colored up these super cute “wasps” with Copics and for the wings and hearts there is a bit of shimmer on them as you can see in the photo.  For that I have used the Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigments Valentine Collection plus the Aqua Pigment Pearl for the wings.  (The shimmer is amazing on these watercolors!)  I heat embossed the sentiment from the stamp set with BM Alabaster EP and I cut the banner myself with scissors and mounted it over the card with the BM Foam Tape.  (There is 108 ft. of this stuff and it comes shipped in a large pizza box people!!)  The little wooden Convo heart accent is also an “in-house” laser cut from Brutus Monroe. (on sale for 13 more days!)  Lastly, I took some Nuvo White Crystal Drops and added a few dots here and there around the hearts.

I’ve cut the “wasps” out with a stitched circle die and mounted it over some cardstock from the kit that was cut with a scallop circle die.

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So for the background of my card, as I had mentioned above, I’m in the Stencil of the Month Club and this was January’s stencil in the background which is a huge heart with several hearts inside of it!  I took some BM  Wagon Ink and sponged it over my white card front background.  (His ink does NOT react with moisture), so for this reason, I was able to take some Nuvo Moonstone Glitter Paste and go over it to add sparkly dimension to it!  LOVE how it turned out!  I stamped a couple more hearts from the “Love Bug” stamp set in the bottom corner and colored them the same as the hearts with the “wasps” using the same Aqua Pigments collection.  I also added more dots with the Nuvo White Crystal Drops.  I layered this onto a piece of red cardstock (from the box) and cut it out with a scallop rectangle die and then mounted this entire design onto an A2 sized top folding white card base.  The envelope underneath was used to house the card in and I embellished it with some heart glitter stickers that was included in the box as well.

I was SO impressed that hubby actually knew what image product I used on this!  LOL!  He’s heard me talking about it and watching Christopher’s videos!! 🙂

Challenges I’d like to enter this above card for:

  1.  Crazy 4 Challenges (C4C470) – Valentine’s Day Card
  2. Crafty Cardmakers – Love, Love, Love
  3. Always Fun – Love/Valentines
  4. Tuesday Throwdown – Falling Hearts
  5. Try it On Tuesday – Romance
  6. Crafting By Designs – Love is in the Air
  7. Crafty Gals Corner – Love is in the Air (Add a Heart)
  8. Creative Knockouts – Love is in the Air

 

Now if you remember this post I had a few weeks ago where I had started (late of course) making up my calendar pages for 2019 to put in my stamp room, I needed to make up a couple more of them as the time keeps on ticking…..

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LOL!  These cute Calendar Grumplings from Taylored Expressions so crack me up!  🙂

Oh I can’t believe we are getting ready to look into the month of March soon!  I think after having so much cold, ice and snow, I’m about ready to see some pretty flowers in my back yard! Yay!

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So here’s my March calendar and like the entire calendar card set, I’ve used the Taylor Expressions pre-made 3×4 Calendar set for 2019.  I’ve cut down this panel very slightly so that I could mat a black piece of cardstock behind it.

For the image area, I’ve used a rainbow die from Lawn Fawn and cut it out in several different colors to create rainbow strips which I’ve added to the backside of the black scallop frame from the TE Build A Scene – Calendar 2 die set.  I’ve also cut out a strip of grass from the Build A Scene – Calendar die set.  The sentiment (from the same stamp set) was stamped with black pigment ink and clear heat embossed over a strip of vellum which I cut into a banner with scissors and then attached it to the corner of the black frame.

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Here’s a closer view of the image panel.  I colored the image with Copic markers and then cut it out with the coordinating TE Calendar Grumplings die set.   I’ve also added some Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops over the clover.

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And here’s my April Calendar card using the same stamp set, coordinating dies and 2019 pre-printed calendar cards.  I slightly cut the edges to mat the blue cardstock behind it as well.  I’ve used this same color of cardstock to cut the frame from the TE Build A Scene – Calendar Dies.  I stamped the sentiment onto a strip of white cardstock and made a banner with my scissors and attached it behind the frame on the top left side.  (I’ve also used this same die set to cut a couple of clouds and sponged some gray ink at the bottom of each one.

For the bottom of the frame, I took a piece of vellum and cut out that piece from the Build A Scene – Calendar 2 dies.  I took a glitter brush pen to add some sparkle to this piece of vellum so it make it look like a “rain puddle” he’s standing in.

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For this elephant image, I also colored him up with Copic markers and cut him out with the coordinating dies.  I attached him along with the clouds over the panel where I wanted them to be.  I cut out some “rain drops” with vellum, but ended up not being able to see them very well, so I took the Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops and went over them and then created more “rain drops” with it….I ended up liking that effect better, but I had already attached the vellum and just decided to leave it and go over them.  LOL!

There you go, that just tells you that I’m either getting old and my sight is failing me or I just have been continuously crafting until I’m blinding myself!!  ha!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my crafty makes today and I will be back again tomorrow to share a special post with you for a VERY special cause and I hope you can join me to share in this event!!  So please be sure to come back tomorrow!

Have a great Friday evening and thanks for dropping by!