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

 

 

It’s Autumn at Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  Thank you for joining me!  I hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far!  It’s a tad bit warmer than what I’d like to see it be in September for sure, so I’m hoping it cools down soon!

Today starts a new challenge this week for Cute Card Thursday.  This week we’d like to see your “Autumn” creations.  We look forward to seeing what you create for it!

Here’s what I’ve made using one of our sponsor’s images:

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This little squirrel is so sweet and I love how the tail on him was designed!  This is called “Bushy Tail” from All Dressed Up.  They’re sponsoring the challenge this week, so please be sure to play along for a chance to win!

I’ve dug out some papers from my Autumn stash of papers and picked some out that I thought would go with this image.  I layered a strip over a 5″ square piece of dark gray cardstock that I embossed with a leaf embossing folder that I was finally able to use!  I sponged a bit of white ink over the raised areas.

I also took some score tape and ran it down the center of the card and added some glitter over it and burnished it in.  The image panel was popped up over the card with foam tape.  I added some twine around each corner of the image panel along with a bow that I’ve placed a pearl in the center.

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Here’s a closer look at the squirrel image that I’ve colored in with Copic markers.  I wanted to keep the squirrel looking a bit softer, so I’ve used some lighter colors.

During the fall is a good time to view all of the squirrels running around our yard trying to burry their nuts.  We seem to find them in silly places sometimes as they save them for later! LOL!

I die cut the image with a scalloped square die and sponged around the edges with some Pumice Stone Distress Ink and layered it over a piece of the dark gray and then layered it again over a piece of kraft cardstock.

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Please be sure to visit us over at the Cute Card Thursday Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the design team has for inspiration too.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you again soon!

Challenges:

  1.  All Dressed Up Challenge – Anything Goes + ADU image #96
  2.   Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  3. Allsorts – Autumn
  4. Crafty Friends – Autumn Colors
  5. Creative Moments – Anything Goes with optional Fall Colors
  6. Sunday Stamps – SSC213 “Autumn Whisper” colorsSSC213

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

Brutus Monroe Inspirational Team ‘Anything Goes’ Blog Hop

Hello friends!  Today is our weekly Wednesday Inspirational Team blog hop for Brutus Monroe!  So please be sure to check out all of the links at the bottom of this post so you can find more inspiration from the design team!  This week is our monthly “anything goes” theme, so we can create anything that strikes our fancy with BM products!  Yay!

Here’s what I made for today’s hop:

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I’ve been wanting to do some coloring with these oh so gorgeous Pre-printed Watercolor Card Panels (See all 10 different prints in the store!) from Brutus Monroe… so I got out several of my Aqua Pigments and Aqua Pigment Brushes and went to town with one of the panels!  What I love about these card panels is not only are they all gorgeous, but I love that the lines on the images are a bit raised as if embossed which helps with the watercolor process.

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As you can see, I’ve only used half of my card panel cut diagonally on my card.  So after coloring up the panel, I thought it was a nice way to cut the panel in half and then still have another panel left over to create another card with later!    So there’s a tip for extended more life out of your card panels!

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Here’s a closer view of my watercolor and the pretty shimmer from the Aqua Pigments!  So as you can see, I also did some foiling!  I wasn’t sure if these panels would foil correctly or not, but as you can see only a portion of the image foiled.  I was fine with that as it still adds a pretty sparkle to my card.

I did take the “hello” die from Brutus Monroe and cut that from cardstock and then added some glue over it with the Deco Foil adhesive pen and then foiled over it in my laminator with some Deco Foil Rose Gold Transfer Sheets.  Love the look of the foiling and how it turned out!

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For my card, I attached the watercolor cut panel over a piece of BM Raven cardstock that I also cut diagonally with the panel and then attached it over a piece of BM Not Your Mama’s Cardstock (VERY heavy weight cardstock and perfect for simple cards like this!)  Then I attached my foil die cut sentiment across the card and then added some of the BM Acrylic Bubbles randomly over the card and then finished it with some Nuvo Dew Drop accents as well.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  I appreciate you stopping by and please be sure to check out the talented crew in the links below to see what Brutus Monroe inspiration they have for you today as well:

*To view/purchase products from Brutus Monroe, please click on the links within the post that is underlined.*

Challenges for my card:

  1.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Clean and Simple
  2. Allsorts – Feminine
  3. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1934 Anything Goes

 

Triangle Corner Pop Up Card for Brutus Monroe + video tutorial!

Today I’m sharing another version of the Triangle Corner Pop Up Card that I had previously made during my time as a guest for Brutus Monroe.  You can check out that blog post by CLICKING HERE.  After posting that card, I have actually received several messages and comments that people wanted to see a video tutorial on how to make one.  So I thought I would come up with another version of this same style of card, but using different Brutus Monroe products to show the many different variations that you can come up with and the fun you can have with it!

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This style is a much more elegant approach which is much different than my other one.  I love that you can change the look and have fun playing with different stamps and elements to fit inside the design!

For this one, I have taken the Brutus Monroe Happy Rose and Take Flight stamp sets to stamp (with Raven Detail ink), color (with Copics and Stylefile markers) and cut out for the images on my design.  All of the cardstock is from Brutus Monroe using Jurassic 100# and Alabaster White 100# cardstock.  The decorative paper is from the BM Rustic Florals paper pad.  I stenciled the bottom of the Jurassic panel with a past stencil from BM using some Unicorn Horn Glitter Glaze.  Both of the rose images along with the small heart circle on the easel card were popped up with some BM foam tape.

For the circle easel design, I’ve cut out a scallop circle with the Alabaster cardstock in the size that I thought would fit within the design.  Then cut the body of the card with other circle dies in the Jurassic cardstock and then the front with some more of that Rustic Florals paper that I’ve used in the background.  The sentiment below the butterfly and the hearts on the small circle came from the Brutus Monroe Super Sentimental stamp set.  All of the white panels (with the exception of the scallop circle) was ink foam blending with some grey distress ink.  To keep the card “locked” in this position, I’ve used the Brutus Monroe Mini Disc Magnets shown in the video below.

If you are interested in learning how to create one of these cards for yourself, then please be sure to check out my video below.  CLICK HERE to view on You Tube.

These cards can look really intimidating, but once you see the measurements of how to put one together, they’re really easy and fun to make!

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Here’s what the card looks like completely opened up.  You can see on the left bottom panel that I’ve taken that rose from the stamp set again and stamped it in the corner with some grey ink after ink foam blending around the edges of it.  This will be the area that I’m leaving for a personal message.

To fold it down to a 4″ square card that’s close you will start by folding down on the top and then fold it over from the right side to the left.  This will completely close it up.

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Here you can see that the card is completely closed to a 4″ square size minus the rose leaves sticking out which I don’t mind.

I took another panel of the Jurassic cardstock for the front of the card and sponged around the edges of it with the Alabaster Ink and then also stamped the rose again in the corner of it.  Because I had several dimensional and extra layers on this card, I had to use a ribbon to tie it together to help it stay closed up.  You might need an envelope that is slightly larger than an A2 envelope, but if you use less layers and dimension, it should fit in an A2 size envelope.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my interactive card and tutorial today!  Thanks so much for dropping in with me! 

Please be sure to check out the links below for more interactive fun for this Wednesday’s Brutus Monroe Inspirational design team hop:

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Cardz 4 Galz – #103 Wings
  2. Crafty Cardmakers – It’s a Bug’s Life
  3. Through the Craftroom Door – Anything Goes
  4. Try it On Tuesday – In my Garden there is….

 

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

Brutus Monroe Steampunk Style

Hello friends!  Welcome to the weekend!  Hope you’re all doing well and have some fun plans!  I have some happy craft time planned while hubby works overtime!  🙂

I am SO excited as yesterday afternoon I received my Brutus Monroe Inspiration Box!  (Unfortunately it has been sold out, but I will link to some of the items below that you can purchase seperately if you’re interested.)  This box was filled to the brim with LOTS of cool items, so I couldn’t wait to make something to share today with you:

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This was something a bit different for me as I don’t believe that I have ever gone in a “steampunk” direction before with my cardmaking, but I had so much fun putting the different metallics, sparkle and shimmer on this!

I started out with a Brutus Monroe Alabaster cardstock base A2 sized and top folding.  I took a piece of BM masking paper and used a circle die to cut out an area.  I used the negative of that piece to go over the entire front of the card base.  I then took the Stencil of the Month along with the sample size glitter glaze from the kit and spread it over the circle opening on the card base.  (Set it aside to dry.)

I then took some paper from the kit and used the embossing folder from the kit to get the texture and then sponged one some Alabaster Ink to bring out the texture.  I also used a circle die cut a bit larger than the circle on the card base to make a frame with it.  I attached the silver ribbon from the kit around the bottom of it and then attached the panel over the white card base.

Lastly, I colored the very cool hot air balloon image from the stamp set called Steampunk (of course!) with not only the Aqua Pigment of the Month, but also some other metallic Aqua Pigments like Penny and Brass!  The roses were colored with a past subscription.  There is a cut file for this stamp set, but I decided to just fussy cut around it this time.  I popped it up over the card with foam tape.  I then took some of the cool sequins from the kit and attached it randomly to the design.

The photo doesn’t do the sparkle and shimmer justice.  I need another video for it! LOL!

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Here’s a closer look at the hot air balloon image along with the pretty sparkle from the Glitter Glaze.  I like the different color metallics to play with from this kit!  Even the enamel pin that comes in the kit is adorable!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today using some items from this month’s Steampunk Inspiration Box.  I had lots of fun playing around with it and I know that I’m not done yet!  I have more ideas floating around in my head that I’d like to try, so stay tuned!

If you are interested in any items from my card that I shared today, please have a look under STEAMPUNK in the Brutus Monroe store to find the products that are still available although the kit has sold out.  And if you are interested in the kit, then be sure to subscribe so you are sure to get one each month.  Any questions, just ask!

Thanks so much for dropping in today!  I appreciate each of  you very much and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Always Fun – Circles
  2. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  3. Creative Knockouts – Sparkle & Shine
  4. Creatalicious – Anything Goes with optional:  add some sparkle
  5. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes