Anything Goes at Cute Card Thursday + Whimsy Stamps November Release is HERE! (Post 1 of 3 today)

Hello friends and welcome to November!!  It’s hard to believe that we are closing in on the end of another year!  Time has went by so fast especially since I’ve started back up on my new blog here! 🙂  So glad you are here with me!  Thank you for that!

I actually have THREE posts going up today and each one of them brings something fun, new and exciting with it!  So be sure to check them all out!

Today starts a brand new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!  For this week, it’s an easy “Anything Goes” challenge!  And since our sponsor this week is Whimsy Stamps, I thought this would also be a great time to introduce to you an image from the brand new Digital Release that has just came out TODAY!!  Check it out:

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This cute seal critter is presenting his underwater gift for the Holidays!  This new digital image from Whimsy Stamps is called Seal in Water by Crissy Armstrong.  I had fun coloring him up with my Copic markers.  I decided to use the markers in a “pointilism” fashion to give him a spotted seal look. (I’ve also added some light dots with a white gel pen.) Copics used:  for seal – Blender 0, W7, W5, W3, W1, R00 for hat/bow – R39, R37, R35, R32 for package – BG99, BG96, BG93 for trimming/bubbles – C3, C1, C0, BG000

For the background I used a stencil to blend some blue colors to make them appear as if he’s underwater as he has bubbles around him.  I cut him out with a stitched oval die and cut out a piece of gold foil cardstock with a larger stitched oval for matting behind the image.

If you take a look at those fun festive papers on my card, this is also part of the new Whimsy Stamps November Digital release as well!  The papers are from the Christmas Traditions Collection.  I’m sure I’ll be using more from this collection on an upcoming card soon!  I have took the corner chomper and rounded the two bottom corners and then took a gold ink pad to rub along the edges with it.  You can also see that I’ve used one of the Whimsy Stamps Penguin Christmas Sentiments 1 digital set and cut a banner with it to place on the bottom of my card.  I’ve die cut a border in red cardstock going across the middle and added some white silk ribbon with a bow.  I mounted the oval image panel on the card front with foam tape and then cut off the edge.  I mounted everything over an A2 sized red top folding card base.

I’ve finished off my card with some Christmas sequins filled with Tinsel Stickles and I’ve also covered the bubbles with some Nuvo White Blizzard Crystal Drops.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring details of my spotted Holiday seal along with the sequins, glitter and bubbles!  Gotta love that popped out belly!! 🙂

Be sure to check out not only the new Whimsy Stamps release on the Inspirations Blog, but please be sure to check out the Cute Card Thursday challenge to see the inspiration from the rest of the design team and play along this week!  We love to see what you’ve created!

Thanks for stopping in!  Please stay tuned in for more posts today!

Challenges:

  1. Winter Wonderland – Color It!
  2. Crafting From the Heart (226) – Anything Goes
  3. Make My Monday – Stencil Stories (Used a wave stencil for behind the seal)

 

It Sparkles at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  Yes, that quick and we are ready for a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!  This is a really fun one too!  This week we’d love to see your “Sparkles” on your creations!  We look forward to seeing what you come up with for it!

Here’s the creation I made:

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I have used one of our sponsor’s image this week called Reindeer and Snowman from Kinda Cute Stamps.  Now how cute is that reindeer making a snow reindeer?!  I just had to give them both a red nose!  🙂

I printed out the image on white blending card and cut it out with a wonky stitched rectangle die, and then cut out some snowflakes with silver sparkle paper along with layering the image panel over some as well.  I took a sentiment from a new My Favorite Things stamp set and silver heat embossed it over the top of the image panel.  I’ve also dotted the center of the snowflakes along with making some additional dots with some silver Stickles.

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Here’s a closer view of the image.  You can see where I’ve taken a glue pen and covered the snow-reindeer with loose glitter.  I’ve also taken a Spectrum Noir Glitter Brush Pen and covered the noses as well as the snow on the ground.  I used a glitter pen to color the charm on the reindeer’s collar.

Be sure to stop by the challenge blog and check out the sparkles from the rest of the design team!  Hope you will get your sparkles out and come play!

Thanks for dropping in!  See you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Jingle Belles – Animals (Christmas Flock)
  2. Christmas with the Cuties – Wrap Up Warm
  3. City Crafter – Silver Bells (lots of silver)
  4. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  5. Fab ‘n’ Funky – Christmas
  6. Watercooler Wednesdays (WWC193) – HolidaysWWC193 - Tristan's All About Holidays Challenge

Animal Star Gazers

Good evening friends!  Just swinging by to share a card I made with some cute animal star gazers! 🙂  I thought evening would be an appropriate time to post it:

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When this set first came out from Lawn Fawn called Upon a Star, I knew I had to get it as I fell in love with it.  I really hadn’t used it all that much, so it was great to get it out for a play as I needed to make a commissioned card.  I have created a scene for these critters using masks that I made with my circle die set and some ink blending with my distress inks.  For the stars, I took a brush and splattered some “Super Sparkle Lumiere Paint” watered down a bit while masking off the moon and hill.  The moon was created with some watered down distress inks and a brush.

I then stamped the critters sitting on top of the grassy hill where I wanted them and colored them in with my Copics.  I took a brush filled with clear water to “take out” the inks  on the critters before I did that.  I also took a gray Copic marker to create shadows on the animals as well as draw in my own shadows on the hill.  I took a white gel pen to add some highlights on the animals where I thought the moon would be shining on them.  I also put dots in the center of the bunny’s eyes to make it appear as if a star is reflected in them.

To cut out the image panel, I have used a rectangle frame die which was used to cut out some watercolor cardstock.  I then used the same die and cut out a piece of this gorgeous black glitter cardstock and popped the frame up with foam tape to go around the edges of the image panel design.  I mounted everything over a black A2 sized top folding card base.

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Here’s a closer look at the details.  Here you can better see the shimmer on the moon.  As always you have to get just the right angle for the photograph, but I covered the moon with a Spectrum Noir Glitter Brush Pen.

I took a couple of the tiny solid stars from the stamp set and heat embossed them with (a new favorite of mine!) Sparkle N Sprinkle Vanilla Ice EP [EP265].  Love the way it gives a bit of extra sparkle!  I think the stars really show up beautifully and it always looks better in person of course! 🙂

I do not have a sentiment on this as waiting for instruction on how to proceed with that if necessary.  I’m happy with the way this turned out and look forward to playing with more starry sky creations!

Thanks so much for stopping by this evening and I wish you a wonderful weekend my friends!

Challenges:

  1.  Lawn Fawnatics – Bling It Out!LawnFawnatics_BlogBadge-bling-e1539569130398
  2. AAA Cards – Moonlight #126
  3. Sunny Day Crafting – Animals
  4. The Creative Crafter – Anything Goes
  5. Simon Says Stamp Monday – Starry Night
  6. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Animal Antics

I’m Guest Designing for the Retro Rubber Challenge

Hello friends!  I’m super excited to have been asked to be a guest designer for one of the challenges over at the Retro Rubber Challenge blog!  Yay!  I really enjoy playing along in their challenges when I feel the need to break out some of my older stamps that have either been unused or neglected for a while.  If you have some stamps that are at least one year or older…or older yet as many of mine can be, then this is a great challenge to play along with!  Be sure to pop on over there and see what it’s all about, check out the inspiration from the design team and play along!

Here’s the card that I’ve created for the challenge, but be sure to check out the full details along with lots more photos below!

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For the current new challenge, they have come up with this fun “tic-tac-toe” board to play around with:

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For my card, I went with the bottom row of “animals, window and circles“:

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I have pulled out some stamps from my “penguin stash” as I like to call it!  LOL!  I have lots and lots of them and most of them are years and years old.  I’m actually not really sure how old this stamp set that I’ve used on my card today is, but it’s from Darcie’s Stamps and they haven’t been in the store for quite a while now I think.  (They still sell really darling stamp sets and there are a few on my list!) 🙂  I’m also not sure of the name as I don’t see it marked anywhere on the set.

For my card, I’ve taken a circle die and cut out my colored images.  I had to mask the hat so that it looked like the penguin was wearing it as well as mask that giggling penguin along with the hat so that I could stamp the mug so that it looked like the penguin was in front of the mug.  I also white heat embossed the sentiment and cut it out with a banner die at the top.  The sentiment also came with the stamp set.  I cut out a scallop circle and then cut the center out with the same size circle as the penguins to create the frame around the penguin scene.  I’ve used some older SU! papers from my stash to go along with my theme and then lastly added some red baker’s twine at the top along with some white enamel dots as well as a cute little wrapped up peppermint candy accent.

I have cut the center of the heart on the mug with my craft knife and now we are going to zoom in on the mug….

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Here you can see the glittery heart window with the penguin on the other side!  I have made a window by cutting out the heart on the mug and then on the other side, I’ve used some packing tape with the sticky side exposed through the window so that I could add some glitter to it.

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And then of course when you open the card, you can see this cute little penguin trying to balance himself on these glittery rolling peppermint candies!  LOL!  This is why the penguin on the front was giggling.  I think they had too much sugar!

I colored in a penguin from the set, fussy cut him out and then layered him over this line of peppermint circles that I found from an older card kit I had in my stash.  It’s from a piece of patterned paper that I cut out.  I added some shimmer over them with a glitter brush pen.  At the top you can see the cut out heart I made.

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This is just a closer veiw of the penguin on the inside.  There is plenty of room above him to write a message.  Wasn’t sure if I wanted to leave this blank or put a Christmas sentiment on the inside yet.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card for today and I hope you will stop by the Retro Rubber Challenge to see the wonderful inspiration from the team and play along with us!  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping in! – P.S.  don’t forget to enter my give away if you haven’t yet! (I took a photo and added more items to it!)  Check out the home page of my blog to see the post and enter!

Challenges:

  1.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Get Ready for Christmas
  2. 4 Crafty Chicks – (4CC423) Something Old is Something New (old stamps and paper)
  3. Crafting with An Attitude – Anything Goes
  4. Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes with Optional Twist:  ribbonoctober 2018
  5. Crazy 4 Challenges (C4C455) – Make any card in honor of WCMD
  6. Crafting By Designs – Anything Goes

Anything Goes For Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  It’s Thursday and time for a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!

This week is an easy “Anything Goes” challenge!  So please share with us what you are working on this week weather it be a card, a scrapbook page, journal page or altered item, etc.  We look forward to seeing what you’re doing!

I’ve decided to use another newly released image from Whimsy Stamps (our sponsor this week) on my design today:

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Isn’t this cat just too stinkin’ CUTE?!   I’ve used the newly released October digital stamp Scruffy Cat by Crissy Armstrong for Whimsy Stamps on my card today.  (When you purchase this image, you receive two digital files:  one containing this image with the hat, another image of the cat without the hat.)

*Edited to Add Copic marker colors I’ve used!*

For hat:  R59 for darkest shadows blended out with R29, R27 and R24.  I’ve used a white Prismacolor pencil for some highlighting.  I did use some B000 for shadows on the hat trimmings, but the loose glitter I glued on covers it up in the photo.

For cat:  I used W5, W3, W1 and W0 and started with the darkest color along edges and flicked in with the other colors.  R20 blended out with R00 for his ears and cheeks.

Collar:  G07 and G05.  I used a glitter gel pen for the tag.

I have used the Whimsy Stamps Notched Rectangles die set to cut him out with and mount him over a piece of red card stock.  I’ve also used a strip of red card stock cut with the same die and white heat embossed the sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Holiday Mini Sentiments clear stamp set and attached under the kitty.

Before attaching the kitty panel, I’ve used some of the Whimsy Stamps Christmas Cool Mix digital papers and added a white organza ribbon around it.  I also sponged around the edges with some white ink using a sponge dauber and then I attached that to the front of a red top folding card base.  Lastly, I’ve attached the kitty panel along with the ribbon bow underneath and finshed the card with snowflake sequins and silver glitter in the centers.

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Here’s a closer look at my coloring as well as the glittery details on the kitty collar tag and the loose fine glitter on the hat trimmings.

Please be sure to check out the challenge blog to see the details of the challenge and catch the inspiration from the rest of the design team!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and look forward to seeing what you come up with!  Thanks so much for stopping in!

Challenges:

  1.  QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #315
  2. The Paper Players (PP412) – Tic-Tac-Toe:  Green, any embossing, sequins/glitterpp412
  3. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Cardmakers – Lace or Ribbon

It’s New Release Time at Whimsy Stamps!

Hello friends!  Can you believe that October has gotten here so fast?!  I thank you SO MUCH to everyone that has shared about my give away and I really have been enjoying your comments about the way you share smiles through your creations.  It is such an inspiration and joy to hear about this.  To see that and enter the giveway, check it out in the GIVEWAY POST or check the top of my blog for the pinned post.

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They are available right now, so go check out everything new in the store by CLICKING HERE!!  To see the OCTOBER DIGITAL RELEASE – CLICK HERE!!!!

For my card today, I am sharing a sweet and fun festive image from the new release:

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Yes, I cannot get enough of the penguins that Crissy Armstrong makes up for Whimsy Stamps!  This image is called Penguin Elves at the Workshop and I think they’re having lots of fun for Christmas!  They’re colored up with Copic markers and then I’ve taken a white gel pen for highlights as well as a silver and gold gel pen for detailing.  I took some fine loose glitter and attached with liquid glue on parts of the penguins hats and then a glitter brush pen on the bow the penguin is holding.  I have used the Pierced Border Trio dies to cut the panel on the top and bottom of the image.  I then took an ink blending tool to add some distress ink around the panel.

For the sentiment banner, I printed out the new released Penguin Christmas Sentiments 1 and cut out a banner and then went over it with a Copic marker so that it matched up with my design.  For the front panel of my card, I also took the newly released digital papers called Christmas Red, Gold and Green and printed them out and trimmed it to size my A2 white card base.  I also took my ink blending tool to distress more coloring on the edges to match my image panel.  I then took that and mounted it over the papers and then glued some gold thin ribbon on the top and bottom of the image panel and added a bow along with some festive sequins filled with Stickles tinsel glitter glue.

There is a ton of inspiration on the Whimsy Stamps and Inspiration Facebook Group as well as the Whimsy Inspirations Blog, so be sure to check them both out for the latest release and inspiration from the design team!  There are also LOTS of fun things going on this month at both places, so be sure to check it out and follow along so you don’t miss anything!!

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Right now, Whimsy Stamps has kicked off their 2nd annual ” 31 Nights of Halloween ” event!  Click on the link or photo above to be taken to the details and enter the GRAND PRIZE drawing!  There will be more fun coming up for World Card Making Day too…so stayed tuned in for that!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today using the new digital release from Whimsy Stamps this month.  Be sure to check back for other creations I make from the new release this month too!!  Thanks so much for stopping by friend!

challenges:

  1.  The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes with Christmas
  2. Christmas Card Throwdown – Technique:  ColoringAugust technique
  3. Crafting By Designs – Get Ready for Christmas
  4. Aud Sentiments – Use a 2 word sentiment
  5. Winter Wonderland – Anything Goes + Christmas
  6. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  7. Make My Monday – Animals

Fun in the Fall

Hello friends!  I can almost feel it in the air!  Fall is coming near and I’m looking forward to joining in the crisp cool air and pretty colors with the changing leaves.  These are just a couple of things that I love about this season!  How about you?

Well this sweet little penguin certainly knows how to have fun in the Fall for sure:

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Here’s another September release from Whimsy Stamps called Penguin Fun in Fall image by Crissy Armstrong.  Of course I grabbed my purple color markers to color his hat and scarf!  LOL!  I decided to create a purple and turquoise plaid pattern.  I also gave the leaves in the air a bit of movement with my coloring as if he’s throwing them up in the air.  Trying to be a bit different with my layout, so I tilted the image panel and cut it off on the right side of my card base.

I’ve also used the September release digital papers from Whimsy Stamps called Autumn Beauty.  These are fabulous papers and I know I’m going to be using some more of these on an up-coming card!  I’ve used two differnt patterns on the background and the banner strip.  Lastly, I added some fun Autumn Leaves sequins from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.  I’ve actually had it for a while and hoarded the package and not used it until now!  I filled the centers of the round ones with some gold Stickles.  I also added a twine bow at the bottom of the banner strip.

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Here’s a closer view of the image.  Here you can see where I’ve used some foam dots to pop up the fussy cut penguin for a bit of dimension. (I’ve also colored the one underneath as you can see it peeking out a bit on the side.)   I cut the image panel out with a stitched square die, sponged around the edges with some Spiced Marmalade distress ink and then went over the edges with some clear glitter Stickles as well as put some on the penguin’s hat tassel.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my colorful Fall card today! Thanks for stopping by as I really appreciate seeing your encouraging words or knowing you’ve stopped by! 🙂

Here’s the photo/links of the Whimsy Stamps products I’ve used on my card today (click on the photo to see it in store.)

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Challenges:

  1.  Creative Inspirations – Anything Goes
  2. Crafting By Designs – Anything Goes
  3. That’s Crafty – Autumnal theme
  4. Brown Sugar – All Creatures Great & Small
  5. Use Your Stuff – Animals