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

Exciting Guest Design News to Share! (Last Post of 3 today)

Hello friends! Sorry to be throwing so many posts out to you at once, but as you can see there are so many exciting things going on the first of the month and I’m happy to be sharing it with you!

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I’m excited to finally announe that I’ve been asked to be a guest designer with the folks over at Sparkle N Sprinkle for the next 3 months!!  How cool is that?!  I absolutely LOVE to do a little sparkling and sprinkling so this fits right in with my creating! 🙂  I hope you will enjoy seeing my creations with these products!

I also will be posting my creations on the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog too…so be sure to check out all Sparkle N Sprinkle inspiration from the design team over there as well!  (We will be showing creations made with the new release each month!!)   I’m starting out my first creation using some of the latest digital images released at the beginning of October.

I have come up with an easel card design that I’ve created using the digital set called Memory In Our Hearts:

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The great advantage to using a digital set is that they come with pre-colored images as well as outlined images to create many different looks you’re wanting.  In addition to that, you can also manipulate the size and structure of your image as I have done with my card here.  (This is a great way to come up with a unique design too!)

I have taken some of the pre-colored “sprigs” in the fall theme color and sized and moved them around in a Word doc. to create my own Fall wreath with it!  I then added the beautiful sentiment to the center and placed where I wanted it and then printed it out along with a couple more sprigs that you see on the inside of this design.

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To step things up a notch, I’ve used a protractor to draw a circle around my wreath image as well as a larger circle for a mat behind it and fussy cut them out. (I didn’t have a circle die large enough to accomodate my wreath image.)  I took my ink blending tool and some Tea Dye and Vintage Photo distress inks to add some color around the edges.  Since I made a Fall wreath design, I wanted to add some glitter to the leaves.  So I took the Nuvo Precision glue pen and added some Waterscape glitter over them.  For the “berries”, I took some Ripened Pumpkin Nuvo Crystal Drops in random areas around the leaves.  I made a bow with some natural twine and added it to the top of the wreath.  (I did this same process for the smaller “sprigs” on the inside of the card as well.)

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For my card design, I have made an “easel style” card (more on that below).  My card size is a 5 1/2″ square.  I have used the same cardstock color that I’ve used to print out my wreath image and separated it in two panels to fit on the front of my card base.  I took an embossing folder from my stash to add some texture to my design and also used the distress inks again to add some color around the edges.  I used the Sparkle N Sprinkle dimensional glue to add some “dots” in the corners and then sprinkled some “Autumn Medley” glitter over them and let it dry.  I have also taken some 1/4″ Tear-iffic Tape to the middle edges of the card base and burnished some of this same “Autumn Medley” glitter to that.  I think it really brings in that pretty Fall color theme with some added sparkle!

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And for the inside of my card, you can see that those extra “sprigs” that I’ve printed and cut out create an easel style “stopper/display” funtion for my card design.  It’s easy to create this look with a score mark made in the center of the card front base as you can see with the circle wreath shown fully.  (I know that Demo Donna has created a tutorial from one of the past video card kits if you want to learn more – check it out HERE and subscribe to their channel…you’ll love it!)

I have used some of the same colored cardstock as the printed out wreath for the inside of my card with some more distress inks along the edges as well as another strip of 1/4″ Tear-iffic Tape along the bottom edge burnished with some more of that “Autumn Medley” glitter.  I’ve used some foam tape to pop up the “sprig” cut out images so that they create the “stopper” for the front card base to rest while being displayed.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my interactive card today and I look forward to sharing many more projects with you during my guest design spot for Sparkle N Sprinkle!

And what I thought was really awesome, is that Sparkle N Sprinkle has also given me a special code for my followers to use and receive a special 10% off your purchases! (Please note the code, click on the badge to shop and enter the code at check out!):

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(I will also have this badge with the link on the sidebar of my blog so that you can find it any time! ENJOY SHOPPING!)

Sparkle N Sprinkle Supply List for products used on my card today:

Sparkle N Sprinkle Memory In Our Hearts Digital Set [DIGI917DE]

Sparkle N Sprinkle 1/4″ Tear-iffic Tape [SAT01]

Sparkle N Sprinkle Ultrafine Glitter Waterscape (Semi-transparent) [G1108]

Sparkle N Sprinkle Ultrafine Glitter Autumn Medley (opaque) [G1013]

Sparkle N Sprinkle dimensional glue

Glitter Brush [SG1400]

Nuvo Glue Pen Smooth Precision [206N]

Nuvo Crystal Drops Ripened Pumpkin [665N]

Thanks so much for stopping in today my friends!  Please be sure to check out my earlier posts from today!  See you soon!

challenges:

  1.  {Cupcake Inspirations} CIC457 – FallCIC457 Bugaboo
  2. Try It On Tuesday – Thankful

A Beary Sweet Christmas Tag for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies (2nd Post of 3 today)

Hello friends!  I’m back with another new challenge for you today!

It’s the first of the month, so that means it’s time for a new monthly challenge over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!  As always the challenge will last for 1 whole month and all you need to remember is to add a critter to your creation!  We look forward to seeing your critter makes this month!

Our sponsor for the challenge this month is Sparkle N Sprinkle!  They were kind enough to supply our team with some darling images to use for our creations!  Here’s what I’ve decided to make for my design:

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I have used this darling digital stamp set called A Peppermint Christmas  [DIGI3148M] from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  They offer colored versions with this digital set, but I opted to use this  cute polar bear and place the frame around him along with adding the sentiment above his head so I could color it.  I used a Word doc. to design it before printing it out.  Once printed out, I cut it down to size for my black tag and rounded the corners with a corner chomper.

I’ve been trying to develop my skills a bit with colored pencils and invested in a large set of them recently.  So this is what I have used to color in the images of my tag.  After coloring it all in, I thought…. I couldn’t use a Sparkle N Sprinkle image with no sparkle!! So I took out my Quicky Glue Pen [quicky] and then sprinkled some SnS Waterscape Glitter (Semi-Transparent) [G1108] over the snowflakes and dark gold star bursts.  For the stars, I’ve sprinkled the SnS Lemonade Ultrafine Glitter (Semi-Transparent) [G1091] over it for a bit more brighter sparkle!  I’ve also covered the peppermint candies with the Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss Pen [888N] for some shimmer.  AND…if that wasn’t enough, I took the Quickly Glue Pen again and went along the edges of the white image panel and added the Waterscape Glitter to the edges.

For the assembly of my tag, I’ve used a pre-made tag from Graphic 45 and sponged around the edges of it with white ink.  I took some green colored glitter paper from my stash and added a strip of it across the center of the black tag.  I then added some pink silk ribbon strips on each side of the glitter paper.  I then used some craft foam to pop up the image panel and placed it on the tag.

I finished it off with a pink silk ribbon bow and added some more of it to the tag hole for a hanging element and tied that together with a piece of white twine.  Decided for a finishing touch to add a sparkly snowflake gem in the center of the bow.

I hope that you have enjoyed my critter project and be sure to check out the rest of the inspiration from the design team over at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge Blog and come and join in the fun with us!

I have some REALLY exciting news coming up shortly after this post!!!  TEE HEE!!

Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Challenges:

  1. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes (319)
  2. Sunny Day Crafting – Animal
  3. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas Goes
  4. The Merry Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas Goes

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)