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!

 

Find Peace with a Winter Deer for Sparkle N Sprinkle

Hello friends!  As I had mentioned in yesterday’s post, we are currently being hit with snow AND ice over my way…so I might as well embrace it, right?!   Although I’ve been trying to sneak in some Spring creations, I also enjoy creating Christmas/Winter cards throughout the year so that I can take my time and not be hurried during the rush of the Season at the end of the year which makes it more enjoyable…and peaceful! 🙂

*affiliate links used in this post*

Sparkle N Sprinkle has released this gorgeous new stamp set this month called Winter Deer [00-935P5] which I’ve used on my card for today:

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You can also get a Digital Version [DIGI935J] -(includes more sentiments/pre-colored) of this stamp set if you prefer that to rubber, but I have used the rubber stamp set for my card here.  I started out with a piece of watercolor paper and used the Blue Blitz [1208N] and Atlantis Burst [1213N] Nuvo Shimmer Powders to create the background by spritzing it with water until I achieved the look I wanted and set aside to dry.

(You can also see my photo tutorial on the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog if you like.)

I cut this panel out with an oval die and using my cut out deer for reference to see where I wanted to position the sentiment,  I embossed the sentiment from the stamp set with White EP [EP166]  .  I used some Magic Speckle EP [EP175] for a really cool background effect over the watercolor panel! (You can see it better in the photos below.)  I’ve used both SNS Dimensional Glue [539] as well as foam dots to attach the deer image and oval layers together.  I’ve used both white cardstock as well as some gold mirror cardstock for the layered panels.

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Here’s a closer look at the Copic coloring I’ve done on the deer as well as the Magic Speckle EP effect on the background!  Since it’s a thicker type of powder, I didn’t attach it with anything.  I just added “piles” of it where I wanted and melted it from underneath so it didn’t blow all over.  Loving how it has that “icy look” to it!  I’m using this same EP again soon!  So stay tuned!

For the deer, I’ve used my Tim Holtz 5″ Mini Scissors [816E] to VERY carefully cut this image out and then used a black marker to go along the edges to hide my imperfections. For the snow over the branches, I’ve used a Nuvo Precision Glue Pen [206N] to go over it and then sprinkle some Sparkling Snow Glitter [G1003] over it.  I also took the Nuvo Red Berry Crystal Drops [667N] and covered the “berries” with it.  I set this aside until dry to work on the rest of my card.

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So for the glittery background panel behind the oval layers, I took a piece of white cardstock and attached it with a piece of the SNS Super Adhesive Sheets [SAS02] and die cut it out with a scallop rectangle die.  I removed the release paper from it and burnished some of the same Sparkling Snow Glitter [G1003] into this panel.  I attached it over another piece of gold mirror cardstock and then wrapped some organdy ribbon around it and attached a bow along the side.

In the center of the bow, I added a snowflake sequins and then put a dot of the SNS Dimensional Glue [539] in the center of it and then added some more of the Sparkling Snow Glitter [G1003].

These layers were attached to an A2 sized top folding white card base and then the oval layers were attached over the glitter panel next to the bow.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and got inspired to keep ahead of making your Christmas cards this year!  Thank you so much for dropping in!  I really appreciate your kindness and support so much!!  (Reading your comments always brightens my day more than you know! HUGS)

If you shop at Sparkle N Sprinkle using any of the links above, be sure to get an extra 10% off your entire order by using my code below:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Winter Wonderland – Anything Christmas Goes
  2. Merry Little Christmas – (MLCCB7) Anything Christmas Goes
  3. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas
  4. 4 Crafty Chicks – Lots of Layers
  5. Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with DiesHLS AG with Dies Badge
  6. Allsorts – Winter Sparkle

Anything Goes at Cute Card Thursday!

**Please see my TURNER SYNDROME AWARENESS BLOG HOP post for details on how to enter for prizes and learn what it’s all about!** – ends Feb 7th! (Today is last day!)

Happy Thursday friends! 🙂  It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for a NEW Cute Card Thursday challenge this week!  So this week it’s our beginning of the month “ANYTHING GOES” challenge!  We can’t wait to see your creations!

Our sponsor for this challenge is Whimsy Stamps.

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Are YOU thinking Spring too?!  I am, but I don’t think it’s working very well with the snow, cold and ice we’ve been getting! LOL!  So I will stay warm inside and bring my thoughts of Spring to my craft room!

I am using this really sweet digital image from Whimsy Stamps called Think Spring Bunnies by Crissy Armstrong.  It was previously released as a rubber stamp, but now it’s available in digital format!  I have printed out this image and used the following Copic Markers for coloring:

(Click each number below to purchase from Whimsy Stamps. *Please note that if you click on a link and it’s not in stock, you can enter your e-mail address to be notified when it comes back in stock.  If there’s not link, it’s not found in store.*)

  1.  Bunnies – W5, W3, W1, W0, E33, E31, E30, –C3, C1, C0 (tails)-, E44, E42, E40, Blender 0 (spotted bunny)
  2. spotted bunny inside ears, nose face – R20, R00
  3. Wooden sign – E25, E23, E21 (E23 used for center of yellow flowers)
  4. flowers – Y17, Y15, Y11, V17, V12YG67, YG61 (leaves/stems)
  5. grass – G24, G21, G20
  6. butterfly – Y11, R00
  7. sky around image – B01, B00, B000, B0000

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Here’s a closer view of the colored image.  I have also used a white gel pen in the bunny’s tails as well as the spotted bunny’s cheeks.  I also took a Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen to go over the butterfly and the flying bug’s wings.

It was so fun to color these furry bunny butts!! 🙂

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I’ve used some of the digital papers released last month called Oh Boy…really loving the ginghams in this set!  So I’ve cut out both these papers along with some solid yellow papers (from same set) and the colored bunny strip with the Whimsy Stamps Hand Stitched Nested Rectangles dies.  I also took a strip of gray colored cardstock and used an older border die from Whimsy Stamps to create the scalloped edge.

These were all layered onto a white A2 sized top folding card base.  I wrapped some twine along the edge and tied it in a bow and then lastly I’ve added some yellow crystals from Pretty Pink Posh randomly over the card.

Really hop(e) you’ve enjoyed my card today and please check out the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team has come up with!  Thanks so much for dropping in!!

Whimsy Stamps products used: (Copics see list above.)

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Challenges:

  1.  Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal
  2. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  3. Crazy 4 Challenges (C4C469) – Ground Hog or Critter
  4. Send a Smile 4 Kids – Anything Goes/Easter/Spring
  5. 613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes with optional: use a critter
  6. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes

“It’s a Girl Thing” TSA Inaugural Blog Hop + GIVE AWAY!

Hello friends!  So happy you are here!
Welcome to the “It’s A Girl Thing” Turner Syndrome Awareness Inaugural Blog Hop!   Before I share my project with you, here is some important information regarding what this special blog hop is all about:
Turner Syndrome is a genetic disorder where a female is born with only one X chromosome, instead of two, leaving her with life-long medical issues and learning disabilities. This condition occurs one in 2,500 female births worldwide, but is more common among pregnancies that do not survive to full term. That is why Turner Syndrome Females are considered MIRACLES!

I have to say that until I met my blog friend Lori, I was totally unaware of this condition and have learned so much through her because of her sharing about her daughter.  I’m so thrilled to be apart of this to help bring awareness and support!

Nineteen caring Sponsors have partnered with us to bring Turner Syndrome Awareness to the Public. For details on how you might win any of these fabulous prizes, please see Lori’s TS home page. Thanks for learning About Turner Syndrome.

Above are eleven caring & creative DT members who are all donating from their own personal websites/blogs to bring awareness to the public as well about Turner Syndrome!  (My blog is one you can enter below!)

**Although you don’t have to visit every single place to be eligible for a prize; however, the more places you visit and leave comments, the more of a chance you have to win a prize!  (Please see details below on how to enter the prize on my blog here!)  And be sure to visit the “It’s A Girl Thing” Turner Syndrome Awareness Inaugural Blog Hop page for information on how to become eligible for prizes.**

The card I’ve made for this blog hop uses a few colors from the TS official color board below:

Turner Syndrome and the Butterfly

The butterfly has become the symbol for “Turner Girls”. Just like a butterfly, they are considered fragile and beautiful miracles. Turner Syndrome may also cause a myriad of health complications, such as heart defects, learning disabilities and infertility, according to the Mayo Clinic. Sept 14, 2013.

Because it represents femininity, strength, and uniqueness, the butterfly was designated by TSSUS to become the Turner Syndrome symbol. “Butterflies fly on their own which is our hope for our girls.”

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I have used this gorgeous new digital stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle (Sponsoring this blog hop!) called “Ribbons of Love” [DIGI933DE] which was created by my caring blog friend Donna Ellis.  I think it’s awesome that you can choose to use the pre-colored versions from the set which I have for my card here.  It’s a perfect set to have on hand in multiple colored ribbons that can be used for any cause you like to support!  It also has some fantastic sentiments to go with it too!  The butterfly was perfect to use for this particular cause!

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I have used some pretty papers from my stash for the background and the colors all chosen from the TS color palette!  I printed out the image and sentiment together and die cut it with a stitched circle die.  For the circle glitter layer behind it, I cut out another cardstock circle layer with some Super Adhesive Sheets [SAS02] over it, peeled off the backing and sprinkled some Gecko MF glitter [GM2045] and burnished it in.  Added some blue ribbon with a bow over the papers, attached the circle layers, flowers and pearls.  I then took a clear glitter pen and went over the butterfly with it for more shimmer.  This was all mounted over a SU! Pacific Point 5×5″ top folding card base.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card and it has inspired you in some way!  Thanks so much for dropping by and taking part in this blog hop with us!

I am happy to be donating this card along with a few others to Lori so that she can use them to help raise funds for this cause as well.

**MY BLOG GIVEAWAY**

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If you would like a chance to win a $25.00 Gift Certificate from Amazon, please be sure to add your name along with your e-mail address to the InLinkz below!  This way I know who is interested in entering for this particular prize!

The winner will be announced on THIS blog as well as the “It’s A Girl Thing” Turner Syndrome Awareness Inaugural Blog Hop page so be sure to check it out for information and updates about the blog hop and prizes!

Challenges I’d like to support with this card:

  1.  Creative Fingers – #156 Anything Goes
  2. Pammies Inky Pinkies – PIP1904 – Anything Goes
  3. Tuesday Throwdown – Anything Goes

2 Crafty Critter Crazies February Challenge is Here!

Hello friends!  **This is my first of 2 posts today, but be sure to stop by right after this post for the final post this morning with a special blog hop and prizes available to win!**

Today starts our brand new February challenge over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!  Remember that this is an always ANYTHING GOES challenge, but you must include a critter somewhere on your project to enter!

We are being sponsored this month by Sparkle N Sprinkle!  The DT has created some wonderful creations using their products, so go check it out and play along with us this month!  Here’s what I’ve created for the challenge:

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I have used this gorgeous January digital stamp release from SnS called Ribbons of Love [DIGI933DE] which was created by my wonderful blog friend Donna Ellis!  If you stay tuned in later, you will see another creation I’ve made for the blog hop using this same set!  It’s a very beautiful and versatile set to have!

For this card, I’ve used the uncolored images and placed the images together how I wanted them to appear in a Word doc and then printed it out.  I printed out an extra butterfly so that I could cut it out and pop it up over the design for dimension.  All of the butterflies were colored with Copics.

For the background of my card, I took some Demo Donna’s Lace and placed it over top of a piece of cardstock that I’ve covered with a Super Adhesive Sheet.  I then sprinkled some Caspia Sea glitter and burished it over the lace layer.  (Sometimes I use the backing from the adhesive sheet to help burnish it in.)  After I felt it was burnished in, I removed the lace layer and sprinkled on some Lemonade glitter over the rest which gave me the unique glittery lace background!  As you can see, I’ve also taken a small strip of it to add to my design.  I have layered that piece with a strip of black fishtail banner and tied a white ribbon bow to attach over it.  The butterfly image panel was cut, layered with black cardstock and attached over the middle of the glittery background which as also layered with black cardstock and attached to an A2 sized white top folding card base.

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Looking more closely at the card, you can better see the glittery background along with the coloring on the butterflies.  The two butterflies at the top was brushed with some Sparkle N Sprinkle Brushable Glue and then I sprinkled some Diamond Dust glitter over top of their wings for a bit more sparkle.  I glued the center of the yellow butterfly down and popped up the wings with my finger for a bit of dimension.

Please be sure to check out the 2Crafty Critter Crazies blog for more inspiration from the rest of the design team and I hope to see your critter creation in the gallery this month!

Thanks for stopping in…stay tuned in for my next special post!!

Valentines for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  It’s Thursday already!  And you know what that means….It’s time for a new Cute Card Thursday challenge!  For this week’s challenge, we’d like to see your Valentine’s projects!  (A great way to get going on your love cards!)

Our sponsor this week is Odball Art Co. and I have used one of their images on my card for this challenge today:

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This cute little fellow is called Valentine Giraffe and so I thought he’s be the perfect image for this challenge and he was so fun to color too!  I have used my Copic markers to color him with.  It went rather quickly and I knew I wanted this to be a bit simple because you never know if this one needs to be delivered to a male! *wink

For the hearts sprinkling down as well as the sentiment, I’ve used an older Simon Says Stamp set from my stash and stamped the hearts with a rose colored ink and then shifted the image slightly to do a “double generation” stamp over it.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink next to the giraffe and then I’ve added some stitch lines around the panel as well as around the “xo” papers with a black marker.

I then added the ribbon to the “xo” papers and then popped the giraffe image over some craft foam and mounted it over the papers which was then mounted onto an A2 sized top folding white card base.

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Taking a closer look at the image, you can see how I’ve colored it in and I’ve added some white gel dots to his eyeballs and cheeks.

For a bit of shimmer, I took a clear glitter brush pen and went over the sprinkling hearts with it.  I then took some Nuvo White Blizzard glitter drops to add some extra sparkle to the heart dangling from his mouth.

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I think this is a great masculine style Valentine as it has the neutral color pallette with the pops of bright pink/rose for the hearts.  And just a touch of shimmer thrown in!

Please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday Challenge blog to see what other Valentine creations may inspire you!  We look forward to seeing what you all come up with!

Thanks for dropping by today!!  See you tomorrow for several projects I will be sharing!  Stay tuned!!

Challenges:

  1.  QKR Stampede – #332 Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Friends – Animals/Birds
  3. Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers (SOSS127) – ‘V’ is for Valentine50314687_10156931647326112_4326019102096228352_n
  4. Crafting By Designs – Animals