Anything Goes at Cute Card Thursday with Holiday Wishes

Hello friends!  I hope you’re having a great week so far!  I’m trying to enjoy the warmer temps while I still am able to before it starts getting too cold out!  I wish I wasn’t feeling achy either, so hopefully that will improve too!

Today starts a new challenge for Cute Card Thursday and this week is our monthly “Anything Goes” challenge!  We’re sponsored by Whimsy Stamps and of course you know I’m using one of those images for my card today:

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How sweet is this one!  This digital stamp is by Sylvia Zet called Wintry Fairy from Whimsy Stamps.  Really love coloring up her sweet images!

For the background white layer, it’s hard to see, but I have used a snowfall embossing folder over it.  I also took a couple of the Whimsy Stamps Christmas Fun digital papers, printed them out and cut some sections for my card layout.  I layered them with some brushed gold cardstock and put them over the white embossed layer.  The piece at the bottom also has some gold ribbon wrapped around it that I added before attaching to the white layer.  These layers were mounted over a piece of red 5″ square top folding card base.

I also white heat embossed the sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Holiday Mini Sentiments clear stamp set and then cut it out with the Whimsy Stamps Quick Strips die set.  I cut it twice so that I could get the length that I wanted and then glued it over the bottom of the layered image panel.

I then added a gold ribbon bow with some gold thread nested underneath a snowflake button that I covered with a rhinestone.  I also attached some white poinsettia flowers from my stash.

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Here’s a closer view of the image and how I’ve got her colored up with Copics.

I used a white gel pen for the bird’s cheeks and the berries as well as places on her coat.  You can see that I also took a gold gel pen and added details to her coat as well as her wings.  I then covered her wings and the flowers in her hair with a glitter brush pen.

For the snow t the bottom, I took a glue pen and loose clear glitter over top.

I used a square die cut to cut her out with and layered onto a piece of brushed gold cardstock and then another layer of red cardstock that was cut with a scallop square die.

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I hope that you have enjoyed my card today!  It’s always great to get another Christmas card done before the rush gets going!  LOL!

Please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday blog and see what the rest of the team has for inspiration for you and join along with the fun this week for a chance to win a prize from Whimsy Stamps!  Looking forward to seeing your creations!

Please excuse me for a few days as I’m not feeling well, but hopefully will be around to visit with you soon!  Thanks so much for stopping in as I enjoy reading and smiling and sometimes giggling over your comments!  🙂   I will see you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Love to Craft – Nov Anything Goes LTCCB40
  2. Sheepski Designs – Christmas is Coming!
  3. The Fairy and The Unicorn – Nov Anything Goes + Magical/Fairy
  4. Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  5. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1944 Anything Goes
  6. Unicorn – Christmas/Winter
  7. Daisy Chain – Christmas/Winter

Sending Snail Mail Hugs

Hello friends!  Yippee!  It’s finally “officially” Fall now! (According to the calendar anyway.) We are very slowly starting to get lower temps at least in the evening time anyway.  I’ve gotten out my Fall decorations and I’m ready!  How about you?

Today I have a very sweet image from Whimsy Stamps to share with you:

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Awe!  I wouldn’t normally hug a snail, but I must say, this one is SUCH a cutie don’t you think?  This digital image is called “Love You Slow Much” from Whimsy Stamps-Sylvia Zet’s Wee Stamps Collection which was previously released as a rubber cling stamp.  So now you can have the option of choosing the digital or the rubber versions!

Of course with Fall having started, I was really inspired to create with this cutie in some orange, yellow and tan toned colors!  With the exception of that blue bow tie on the snail,  I’ve colored it differently as I think that makes him really stand out especially for dispensing hugs…or perhaps receiving them! 🙂

I’ve cut out the image with a stitched circle die and then die cut another larger circle in the orange color to mat behind that.  I’ve taken a piece of decorative paper from my stash with the wording and added some stitch marks along the edge of it with a black marker and then mounted it to a piece of white cardstock.  I wrapped some white organdy ribbon around these two pieces and mounted it onto an orange 5″ square top folding card base.

I took another piece of orange cardstock and die cut a tag out from an older Whimsy Stamps die that I have and then I stamped the “hugs” sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Everyday Mini Sentiments clear stamp set towards the bottom of the tag and added it to the bow on the ribbon.  Lastly, I took some flowers and attached them around the card design.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on this image.  You can view/purchase Copic markers from Whimsy Stamps by CLICKING HERE or you can click on the numbered links below for a specific colored I’ve used:

  • Snail Body:  W7, W5, W3, W1, R00
  • Snail Shell:  E35, E33, E31, E30
  • Snail Bow Tie:  B26, B24, B21
  • Fairy’s Dress, Hair Flowers, Shoes, Wings:  YR07, YR04, YR02, BG000, C7, C5, C3
  • Fairy’s Hair & Skin:  E47, E44, E42, E41, E21, E11, E02, E00, E000, R20
  • I used BG000 and E0000 for around image and shadows
  • I’ve also used a gold gel pen for the center of the flowers in her hair and over the tiny marks behind her wings.  I’ve used a white gel pen for hightlights in the Fairy’s cheeks as well as highlights on the snail’s shell.  I took a glue pen over her wings and added some clear glitter over them.
  • I’ve also used a Copic marker (unsure of color) to color a rhinestone for the center of the orange flowers.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today and that it has inspired you in some way!

If you haven’t noticed, please be sure to take a look at the sidebar of my blog!  You will notice some new badges there to help you see what’s coming soon!  There will be a fun blog hop from Whimsy Stamps on World Card Making Day (October 5th)  so you know there will be lots of fun inspiration, games and prizes!  So be on the look out for that.  Plus during the month of October there will be lots of spooky inspiration too…so be sure to subscribe to the Whimsy Blog for all upcoming details!

Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I always appreciate your support!  I’ll be seeing you soon!!

These are the Whimsy Stamps products used on my creation today with affiliate links:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card in:

  1.  Creatalicious – Anything Goes with optional circles
  2. Stamps & Fun = Creativity – Anything Goes
  3. The Paper Girls – Anything Goes
  4. The Fairy & The Unicorn – Fantasy Anything Goes
  5. Creative Knockouts – Anything Goes
  6. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #364
  7. Creative fingers – Anything Goes
  8. Always Fun – Cute Critters

 

 

Brand New Images from Digi Doodle Studios + Video!

Hello friends!  Happy Friday!  I’m happy for the weekend to get here, how about you?!  The weather has started to cool down slightly and it’s so nice to have that air conditioning turned off for a change!

Today I’m super excited to share with you some really fun and adorable new image set that Digi Doodle Studios has come out with from the brand newPairables” Collection!  The set that I’m sharing today is adorable and so fun to mix and match images with!  Check out the two cards I made with it:

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I absolutely had so much fun creating a little scene with the images and then printing them out for coloring and making cards with!    All of the images that I’ve used here come from the new Digi Doodle Studios Charming Enchanters Wizard Pairables Digital Stamp Set and I believe that I’ve probably used most of the images from the set on these two cards here.

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For this particular card, I’ve used my computer to arrange the stars from the wizard’s wand and the sentiment how I want them placed and then printed it out twice.  One I printed on Copic blending card and another image printed out on Neenah Solar White cardstock so that I can do the ink blended background on it.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring details on the wizard.  You can see that he has a bit of a “glow” about him.  So after I colored him in with my Copic markers, I decided that I could use a yellow color pencil to add just a bit of glow to certain parts of the image.  I’ve then used gel pens to color in other detailed portions of the image and a white gel pen for the stars in the background as well.  I’ve tried to capture a little bit of that stunning shimmer for the background, but of course it doesn’t show up as great as it is in real life!

He was fussy cut out and placed over the ink blended background that I’ve made.

Since my last video on the ink blending, I’ve had a few more questions about it, so I thought I’d share a more in-depth look into it.  To see a video of how I’ve created the background on this “wizard” card, I’ve made a video to show in detail how I’ve done it with a few tips and tricks along the way.   So check it out below or watch it on You Tube by CLICKING HERE.

I hope that this helps a little more on explaining how I achieved the look for ink blending backgrounds.  I know that I’ve had people ask me to do a video on another background I’ve made on another card, so perhaps I will share another video on that later.

If you do have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment here or on You Tube or contact me and let me know!  If you have other suggestions, I’d always love to hear that too!

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Here’s the other card that I’ve made using the same Charming Enchanters Wizard Pairables Digital Stamp Set.  Again, I’ve arranged and sized the images how I wanted them on my computer, printed it out just the same as above and fussy cut out all of the colored images to place over my background.

I’ve mounted the image panel over a piece of purple cardstock and then placed it over a top folding 5″ square black card base.  I’ve used a piece of ribbon to run behind the layered image panel and then added some fun decorative metal corners on it.

For this card on the background, I didn’t distress it with water, I just left it ink blended.

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Here’s an up-close look at the coloring I’ve done on the image.  You can see again that I’ve used my gel pens to color in the tiny details like the stars on her hat, the bubbles from her couldren, the bookmarker and the tiny nail on the wall.

To get the glow on the images, I’ve taken a green colored pencil and added it in the places that I thought her green magic potion would glow from.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my creations today using this fun new digital set from Digi Doodle Studios!  Please be sure to join us over in the Digi Doodle Studios Facebook Group for inspiration and challenges!  We’d love to see what you’re making with your Digi Doodle Studios projects too!

Thanks so much for stopping in and hanging out with me today!  See you soon!

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1. Get Creative – Anything Goes
  2. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  3. Try it On Tuesday – Boys/Girls/Children
  4. Addicted to Stamps and More – Make Your MarkMake Your Mark badge
  5. Crafting By Designs – September Anything Goes

Oceans of Love for Digi Doodle Studios

**(This is my second post for today.  CLICK HERE to view other post or scroll down please.)

Hello again my friends!  I’m back to share this card I made using this adorable image from Digi Doodle Studios:

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Isn’t she adorable with her little underwater crab friend?!  This is the Nixie Mermaid digital stamp from the Digi Doodles Studios “Under the Sea” collection.  There have recently been a couple more new ones added to this, so go check out the entire collection of these cuties!  I thought she was so cute and I actually had her colored up before I ended up hurting myself and had to leave.  I finished out the card when I got better.

I have also used some fun digital papers and a sentiment that work well with this particular image.  The pretty pink patterned papers you see in the background come from the Digi Doodle Studios Summer Breeze Card Making Paper collection.  The sentiment came from the Digi Doodle Studios Mermaid Sentiments set.  I printed out the sentiment and cut it out with a ticket die, sponged around the edges with the turquoise ink color and layered it over the same turquoise colored cardstock I’ve used throughout my layout.

The layout idea came from a sketch challenge that I’m entering for below this post.  I have several layer panels including the fun turquoise sparkly paper that I’ve used that was cut with a wave border die and then sponged with some white ink.  I added some pearls to each corner of the image panel, wrapped some white organdy ribbon around the card front base, tied a bow and added a silver bow where I have attached some silver string and a starfish charm to it.  The entire card measures 5.5″ square.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring that I’ve done on this mermaid image.  Mainly colored with Copic markers, but I’ve used a gel pen to color the sprigs next to the flower in her hair and the braclets around her wrists.  I took a glitter brush pen and covered her entire fish body and the bubbles in the water with.  (Of course it looks so shimmery in person!)  I then took some glossy accents and covered the little crabs eyeballs with and then some liquid pearls to dab a dot over the pearl inside the oyster.  This mermaid image panel was popped up with foam tape over the card front.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my underwater mermaid card today!  Please be sure to join with us over at the Digi Doodle Studios Facebook Group as there is a couple of fun challenges going on right now with a chance to win something!  There is also monthly blog challenge to join if you’d like another chance at winning a prize!  We’d love to see what Digi Doodle Studio projects you’re working on! (CLICK HERE to see this page for all challenge options to join with!)

Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I’ll be back tomorrow with something fun!

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Cheerful Sketches – August Challengesketch be
  2. The House That Stamps Built – A1419 Tic-Tac-Toe (I used first row down)a1419
  3. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1933 Anything Goes

Add a Quote For Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  It’s Thursday and time again for a new challenge over at the Cute Card Thursday Blog!  The theme for this week’s challenge is to “Add a Quote” to your project!  I happen to love quotes and find them very inspirational to help lift my spirits and I think it’s a wonderful type of card to send to someone who might need a little lift.  So here’s the card I created for the challenge:

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There’s always something magical about a night sky especially with some soft glowing lights hanging up in your backyard!  I have used some Brutus Monroe products to create the look on this card.

Starting with the background, I took some Aqua Pigment paper and the amazing Night Shift Aqua Pigments along with some sprayed water and some BM Zsushing Sheets (a ‘technical term’ used by the owner!) to move around the watercolor and mix them together to create the “night” look I wanted for the background.  I then took some circle stencils that I made myself with some circle dies and the BM Alabaster Ink with a sponge to create the “bokeh effect” over the background in the upper portion of the design.  Then I white heat embossed with the BM Alabaster EP using an image from the BM String Lights stamp set.  I also heat set the quote at the bottom from the BM Conservatory of Quotes stamp set.  I also added some “splatter” at the top of the card with some watered down BM Pearl Aqua Pigment and a brush.  I also colored in some of the open stars with it. I’ve used some BM Brown Aqua Pigment to color in the branch too.  I used some yellow chalk to make the “lights” around the branch glow and then covered them some glitter.  Then I took some TINY star confetti and glued them around the branch area for more sparkle.

It’s hard to photograph all of that shimmer from the Night Shift Aqua Pigments and sparkle that’s all over this card, so I thought I would share it in motion:

 

As Christopher would say “Shinning Shimmery Splendid”!!  I want to keep replaying so that I can see that shimmer in the background!  I see purples too!

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Here’s a closer look at the quote I’ve used in case you couldn’t read it.  It’s white heat embossed with the BM Alabaster EP from the BM Conservatory of Quotes stamp set.   “It is important to remember that we all have magic inside of us.” – JK Rowling  … Love that!

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You might be able to see a little bit of that shimmer on the background here if you look at the left lower portion of the card.

Please be sure to join in the fun with us this week over at Cute Card Thursday!  I look forward to seeing what you come up with!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and I appreciate you stopping in!  Please join me again on Saturday as I will have a popular requested video tutorial for you!  Make sure to subscribe to my channel and hit that bell notification so you see when I post a new video!

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  CCEE Stampers – Embossing wet/dry CCEE1932
  2. Crazy 4 Challenges – C4C497 Inspiration from a Book (Harry Potter)
  3. Allsorts – Sun, Moon and/or Stars OR something for Baby (stars)
  4. Through the Craftroom Door – Anything Goes

Sending Smiles Mermaid Style

Hello friends!  Well it feels nice to get back into the swing of things here again!  I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the awesome welcome back I recieved from you guys!  Wish I could reach out through the screen and give you all a big hug!  🙂

Today is August 1st AND it’s on a Thursday too, so I wanted to share the card I made for the Whimsy Stamps August Digital new release as well as a brand new Cute Card Thursday Challenge too!!  Whimsy Stamps is our sponsor this week and it’s an easy “Anything Goes“, so please be sure to stop by the blog to see the wonderful inspiration from the rest of the design team and play along with us!!  We look forward to seeing what you’re working on!

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Oh aren’t these Sylvia Zet images just as cute as can be?!  I so enjoyed coloring her up!  (See the close up photo and details below.)  This is the DIGITAL version of  “Goldie” just released from Whimsy Stamps this month.  You can still also purchase the rubber cling stamp HERE, but now it’s nice to be able to have the option to choose either one!

Since her name is “Goldie“, I had to use the orangish color palette for her!  When looking at the image, I immediately saw “bubbles”, so I thought it would be fun to make a circle easel card design with her!  This actually turned out to be a “non-traditional” circle easel card with the circled image going askew from the main area…which makes it seem more like several bubbles underwater!

I have cut several different sizes of circles, one for the main circle card base and several others with some old SU! bokeh looking papers from my stash.  I used a stitched scallop circle die set to cut out the layers behind the circles.  I sponged all circles with some blue ink for more depth.  I’ve added a strip of blue glitter cardstock on the main card front layer as well as some ribbon to attach to the front.  I arranged the circles where I wanted them and added some foam tape here and there to pop up the layers.

To hold up the card front, the inside of the easel card has another strip of that blue glitter cardstock and I stamped an anchor image over one of the circle panels using an older Whimsy Stamps clear set.  I used some foam tape to pop that up so that the front card panel would prop up.

I’ve taken the Whimsy Stamps Everyday Mini Sentiments stamp set to stamp the sentiment under the image panel with black ink.  For the accents on the card, I’ve used some clear acrylic bubbles randomly and glued them in places.  For the fish, it was a wood veneer from my stash that I heat embossed with some cool orange metallic embossing powder.

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Here you can see the details from the side view of the easel design and how it’s propped up with that anchor circle holding the front card panel in place.  to mail this card, you just unfold it and lay it flat as shown in the last photo below.

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Here’s a closer look at this really sweet image.  Below are the list of Copics I’ve used to color her in with:

Click on the numbers to purchase from Whimsy Stamps.

  • Fins, flowers, Bubbles – Y38, Y35, Y32, BG000
  • Hair – C8, C5, C3, C1
  • Skin – E21, E11, E02, E00, E000, R20
  • Snail – W5, W3, W1, E33, E31, R20

Wink of Stella used for mermaid body, clear glitter and 2-way glue pen used for the bubbles.  I used a black gel pen to dot the center of flowers.

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Here’s what the folded and closed circle card looks like.  She will not quie fit into a regular A2 sized envelope because I arranged the circles differently, but a nice 5×5 size would work great.  I do have an envelope creator which is handy for those odd shaped designs that I can custom make.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Please be sure to check out the full August Digital Release over at Whimsy Stamps and don’t forget to play along with us this week over at Cute Card Thursday for your chance to win a nice prize from our sponsor, Whimsy Stamps too!!

Here are the products and affiliate links to the products I’ve used today:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Sweet Stampers – Summer (digi and stamp used)
  2. QKR Stampede – #358 Anything Goes
  3. Addicted to Stamps & More – #352 Make Your Mark Make Your Mark badge
  4. Little Red Wagon – Digital Stamps
  5. Crafty Gals Corner – 3+ layers

 

 

Wee Snippet & Mystic for Whimsy Stamps

Hello friends!  I hope you are having a wonderful week so far!  Thank you for all of your kind comments and wishes from my posts last week!  I really appreciate it so much!

Today I have a creation to share with you using a wonderful magical/mystical image from Whimsy Stamps:

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I have used this gorgeous image called Wee Snippet & Mystic by Crissy Armstrong.  This was previously released as a rubber stamp, but this month it has become available in digital format too! (Click HERE to see the June Digial release.)

I sort of let the colors of the card pull together after I had colored in the image and then I went from there.  I thought that this image would look nice with a woodgrain theme, so I’ve also taken some of the Whimsy Stamps Rustic Wood and Brick digi papers collection and cut a section and layered it with some purple cardstock for behind the image panel.  I had some pretty green colored woodgrain papers with flowers on it from my stash and used that for the background of the card design which was mounted over an A2 sized top folding card base.  The white woodgrain panel has some metallic purple ribbon wrapped around it that I’ve attached to the background of the card.

I’ve used a die to cut some edging accents for the sides of the image panel with the same color of cardstock as the background layer.  I popped this up over the card design with some craft foam.  I then added a stitched banner piece at the top right of the card design that hung over the image panel and then I have die cut some flowers from the Whimsy Stamps No-See All Seasons Tree Die set, sponged some ink around the edges and added them to the design.  I took some Purple Nuvo Crystal Drops and added a dot to the center of each one.  I’ve also taken a sentiment from an older Whimsy Stamps set and stamped it in black in the bottom corner of the card.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring on the image.  I’ve used the Copic markers listed below to color with and then used a few gel pens to add details.  I took a glue pen and went over the horn on the unicorn as well as along the edges of the die cut image panel and sprinkled on some clear glitter.  Before attaching the glitter along the edges of the image panel, I used an ink foam blending tool and some Wilted Violet distress ink over it.

  • Wee Snippet’s outfit/flower and Mystic’s saddle/reins/horn – V17, V15, V12, YG13, YG11, BG10, BG000 (gel pens for dotted accents)
  • Wee Snippets’s hair – Y11, Y15, Y17, E31
  • Wee Snippet’s skin/eyes – E000, E00, E11, E21, R20, R00 BG45
  • Mystic’s mane/tail – E49, E47, E44, E43
  • Mystic’s body/eyes – C3, C1, R11, R00, E25 (eyes)
  • Shadowing – C1, C0

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I tried to incorporate everything that I thought would bring out the “magical” essance of this image from the several layers with the paper, the glitter and metallic ribbon too.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and I really appreciate you stopping by!  I’ll see you again soon!

Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today:

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Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Creative Knockouts – Anything Goes
  2. Creative Moments – Anything Goes
  3. QKR Stampede – #351 Anything Goes
  4. Allsorts – Fantasy World
  5. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – Anything Goes PIP1923