It’s CAS at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  I hope you’re having a great week so far!!  I had forgotten to give updates on the “bird nest” situation, but actually the last time we had checked, the baby bird hopped onto the roof next door and the mother bird was chirping at us and then the baby took off and flew away!  We never were able to get any more photos.  I think there was just that one baby bird that survived.  Now we have the empty nest in the tree.  We think another bird may be trying to build on it, but we don’t see anything.

Today is Thursday which means it’s time for a brand new Cute Card Thursday Challenge!!  The theme for this week is CAS (clean & simple)  Our sponsor is All Dressed Up, so be sure to play along for your chance to win!

Here’s my take on the challenge:

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I have used this really cute image kindly donated by our sponsor called Dreaming of Summer.  I love the “dreamy” pose she has!  I thought she would look so cute proped up over a fence, so I made one for her!

**Sometimes, CAS puzzles me as to the “definition” of what it TRULY is.  To me, it is a bit different to some than others.  I feel it to be more like an “art term” where everything is subjective in it’s form and if I have to think about it TOO much, I’m not being “me” and having my fun with it…so I just create weather it is considered simple or not.  🙂  For me, this seemed like a CAS design.**

First, I colored up the image and then stenciled on some clouds behind her.  I took a craft knife and cut out just the bottoms of her elbows.  I stamped another panel with a woodgrain stamp in gray colored ink and then used a punch with a sharp point to create the “planks” for the fence.  I sponged around the edges with more gray ink and then I tucked the fence panel underneath her elbows and attached it to the image panel.  I cut out these pieces with a stitched rectangle die and layered that onto a piece of black cardstock that was layered over an A2 top folding white card base.  Lastly, I added the die cut “hello” with black cardstock in the corner.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on this image.  I’ve colored her in with Copic markers and then for the tiny butterflies, bees and flowers around her, I’ve used some metallic gel pens to color them with.  You can see the shimmer on them.

I’ve also taken some liquid pearls to place some dots around her as well.  I thought it made her look a bit more whimsical.

You can also see where her elbows are lifted up over the fence panel too.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today and I hope you will stop on over at the Cute Card Thursday blog and see the inspiration from the rest of the team and play along with us!!  We look forward to see what you come up with!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!  See you soon!!

Challenges for this card:

  1.  All Dressed Up Challenge – Anything Goes + ADU imageCrafty
  2. Craft Rocket – Summer is Coming
  3. Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with DiesHLS AG Badge
  4. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  5. Crafty Creations – #392 Anything Goes

Guest Designing for Digi Doodle!

Hello friends!  I’m back today to share some fun news with you!!!!

 

I’m very excited to finally be able to share with you that I’m guest designing for

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Digi Doodle Stamps!

Please be sure and stop by the adorable shop and have a look at these images!  They’re so cute!  They also have a fun monthly challenge if you’re interested in playing along with that too!  You can use any image as long as it’s colored!  You can also join in their Facebook Group for lots of inspiration too!

Today, I’m sharing my first card for them with this really adorable image:

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I have used the Loves Me Loves Me Not digital stamp to create my card.

What I had in mind when making this card was all of that crazy rain we were having this past month and how it seemed to never end.  I also loved the flowers she was holding because my daisies came up in my back yard and they really make me happy seeing them bloom.  So I combined this image with some rainfall in the background and took away the petals from the image to make it appear as if she’s holding out her hand in the rain!  🙂  Hubby has been taking extra great care of me while all of this rain was happening around us and I think this would be a special card for someone who always seems to bring out that happy sunshine no matter the weather!  (His favorite color is blue!)  Wink wink

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring I’ve done on her with Copics.  For the background, I’ve taken a white panel and stamped some rain drops from another stamp set in my stash.  I fussy cut out my colored image and attached her over top of that rain panel.  I took some Nuvo Glitter Drops and added them over the rain drops in the background behind her.  I also white heat embossed the sentiment (From MFT) and cut it out with a banner die and slipped that under her foot when placing it on my card.

It’s hard to tell in the photo, but I’ve covered her bow and top of her hair with a glitter pen to make it look like she’s been wet in the rain.

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For the rest of my card, I’ve added the raindrop background light blue stitched scallop card panel over a dark blue layer and attached some pink ribbon around them.  I’ve added the bow to the side and then attached a yellow enamel heart over that.  These panels were mounted over an A2 sized white top folding card base.

Lastly, I’ve added the image panel and mounted it over the yellow scalloped panel and another piece of dark blue cardstock that was attached with foam tape.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my card today and it brought you a smile!  Thank you so much for stopping by with me today!  I will be having another really super fun post to share with you tomorrow, be sure to stop by!

Challenges:

  1.  Love to Scrap – Anything Goes
  2. Creative Craft Cottage – Eileen’s Anything Goes (Digi Doodle is sponsoring!)
  3. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1922 Anything Goes
  4. The Paper Girls – Top 5 Faves (Coloring, sparkle, hearts, ribbon, flowers)
  5. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC224Anything Goes Feminine WWC224 - Karen's Feminine Anything Goes Challenge
  6. Crafting with an Attitude – Anything Goes

Anything Goes at Cute Card Thursday With Curly

Hello friends!  I hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far!!  It’s really starting to feel like Summer now with the warmer temps!

Today is a new challenge this week over at Cute Card Thursday!  This week we have our “Anything Goes” challenge with our sponsor Whimsy Stamps!  So of course I am using a cute image from Whimsy Stamps for my card today:

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Tee hee!  This little guy holding the tiny “sea creature” makes me smile and giggle!  I’m not really sure what reaction he has about it!  His name is just as cute too!  This is Curly from Whimsy Stamps.  I thought he needed a scene, so I made one for him.

I started with some Bristol Smooth watercolor paper and masked off the line between the sky and the sand.  I used my Distress Inks to blend in the colors.  After doing the sky, I thought that it was a bit too dark, so what I did was take a baby wipe and swiped it across which lightened up the colors the way I wanted them for the sky.  The bottom “sand” portion was also masked and I blended the bottom blue color into the sandy colors which created a nice shore line.  I then took a water bottle and spritzed some water droplets over it to create “texture” for the sand.  I also took some Copic markers to create more texture with the pointilism technique, plus added some white ones with a gel pen.  the water at the bottom was covered with a glitter pen.  (You can see better details in the photos/description below.)

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So I’ve got him all colored up in the following Copic markers: (CLICK HERE to see all in the Whimsy Stamps store or click underlined color below.)

  • Flippers/water gear – B32, B34, B37, Y11
  • Swim Trunks – R32, R35, R37, Y11, Y15
  • Sea Creature – BV23, BV29
  • Hair – E41, E43, E44, E47
  • Skin – E000, E00, E02, E11, E21, R20
  • I used gel pens to color lines on trunks and cheeks, I’ve used a glitter pen over the “sea creature” and his flippers along with the bottom water area.

I fussy cut this image and used some liquid glue to attach over my scene.

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For the scene, I stamped the birds in the sky and a star fish image from an older Whimsy Stamps clear stamp set. I then took the sentiment from the WS Everyday Mini Sentiments and white heat embossed it over a black strip of cardstock and then used my scissors to cut out a banner to attach over the scene.  I layered this over another piece of black cardstock that was attached to an A2 sized top folding white card base.

Lastly, I’ve taken some WS It’s a Party enamel dots and added them to the card.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday Challenge and play along with us, plus you get a chance at winning something from our sponsor too!  Thanks for stopping in!  I’ll be seeing you tomorrow for some fun news!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today:

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Challenges for this card:

  1.  A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Friends – Men/Boys
  3. Sweet Stampin’ – World Ocean’s Day/Anything Goes
  4. Use Your Stuff – Summer Fun
  5. Always Fun – Summer Fun
  6. Unicorn – For the Men/Boys

 

 

2 Crafty Critter Crazies Has So Mushroom

Hello friends!!  Yay!  Welcome to June!  I am hoping that this month will be a bit more dry than what it has been lately.  I’m growing tired of flash floods!  Rain vibes sent to those that need it too!

Today starts a brand new monthly challenge over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies as well!  So please hop on over there and play along with us!  It’s an easy challenge!  All you have to do is add a critter somewhere on your project!  That’s it!

So here’s what I’ve made for the challenge:

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Isn’t he a cutie?  Now, I’ve never seen a teddy bear on a mushroom before, but they look so happy together, so I think it works! 🙂  Our sponsor for this challenge is Rick ST Dennis and we were provided some images to use.  I’ve used one of the images from the 2 Bearii Kawaii digital stamp set. (click on the link to see both images included.)

After coloring him up, I’ve used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies to cut him out with and then I’ve used some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and an ink blending tool to go around the edges with it.  I also used this ink and tool to sponged some clouds in the background on a white piece that was cut with another Stitched Rectangle die.  I thought it would be fun to add some splatters, so I carefully covered up the image and added some splatters with the same distress ink that was watered down and splattered both the cloud background and image panel.

For the bottom of the card, I cut a piece of green card stock with the LF Mushroom Border die.  I also used this die set to cut out the mushrooms with some vanilla and red cardstock.  I white heat embossed the punny sentiment at the bottom of the grass border from the LF Oh Gnome stamp set.  I’ve attached these borders to the bottom of my cloud panel and lined it up to cut it out again with the stiched rectangle die so that it matched with the background of the card.

I then added some twine around the cloud panel and then attached this piece over top of a white top folding A2 sized card base.  Lastly, I took some foam tape and added it to the image panel and then attached the twine bow with the chipboard heart in the center of the bow.

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Here’s a closer view of the image details.  I’ve colored the image with Copic markers and then went over the bear’s bow with a glitter brush pen.  The white dots on the mushroom was covered with some Nuvo Glitter Drops.  For a bit more personality, I have decided to take a black marker and make dots in the center of the eyes on both the mushroom and the teddy bear.  I’ve also added some white dots on the teddy bear’s cheeks.

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I have to say that this card was so fun to put together!   I hope you have enjoyed it too!  Thanks so much for stopping in today!   Be sure to stop by the 2 Crafy Critter Crazies Challenge blog and check out the rest of the inspiration from the design team!

P.S.  We are also partnering with the Double Trouble Challenge as well!  So go check out the details of their challenge and play along with both of us!

I will have another post coming up shortly to share a new release with you!

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Double Trouble – (Doesn’t begin until June 3rd!) – Use a Critter and used cloud stencil in the background.
  2. Sweet Stampers – Animals
  3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes

Thinking of You with Fleur

Hello friends!  I hope that you had a lovely weekend!  Here we are with the last week of May already and Summer is showing itself in many ways right now.  I do love seeing the flowers everyone has been sharing posts of with their yards full of blooms coming up everywhere!

Today I have this card using a cute Whimsy Stamps Digital stamp:

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This cutie was released this month by CC Designs called “Fleur“.  (Be sure to check out May’s Digital Release by CLICKING HERE if you haven’t yet!)  Be sure to stop back by on Saturday to check out June’s release too!

I just love the ring of flowers in her hair!  I’ve actually printed her out twice so that I could cut a few extra flowers to add to the accents of my design!

For my card, I’ve taken a panel from the Rustic Woods and Brick digital papers and used that for the background of my design.  I took a marker and added some dash marks for a stitch look.  I added this piece to a 5″ square top folding suede card base which I sponged around the edges with some white ink.  I did the same for the die cut fence panels and the circle layer behind the image.

I’ve taken a piece of decorative paper from my stash and sponged some ink around it and also wrapped some ogandy ribbon around it before attaching to the card front base.  I then die cut some grass to go over my fence border.  My image was cut with a stitched circle die and sponged around the edges with the same ink as the decorative paper.  This was layered over top of the suede circle panel and these were popped up with some craft foam.  I’ve added the bow and the cut out flowers from the extra printed out image and then I’ve added a flower gem in the center of the bow.  Each flower including the ones on the image were filled with some Nuvo Honey Gold Glitter Drops.  I stamped a sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Everyday Mini Sentiments clear stamp set with the same suede color ink.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring on this image.  I’ve used the following Copic colors to color her in with: (Click on the underlined numbers to view/purchase from Whimsy Stamps)

  • Hair – Y00 (used for base), Y11, YR21, YR24, YR27
  • Skin – E21, E11, E00, E000, R20
  • Outfit/Shoes – E89, E87, E84, E81
  • Flowers – BG000, BG10
  • White gel pen used for cheeks and around hair flowers
  • Ground/shadow – C1, E0000

You can also see the details from the Nuvo Glitter Drops that I’ve used in the center of the flowers including the one in the center of the bow.

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If you haven’t yet, be sure to hop on over to the Whimsy Stamps and Inspirations Facebook Group and share your Whimsy Stamps creations with us!  You never know if you could be picked for a Sunday Spotlight winner!  Those shown in the “spotlight” also have a chance to maybe be apart of a guest design spot as well!  So be sure to share your makes with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I enjoy reading your thoughts! 🙂  See you soon!

Whimsy Stamps Products used today:

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(See above for each Copic color number)

Challenges:

  1.  Little Red Wagon – Flower Frenzy #498
  2. The House That Stamps Built – M2219 Anything Goes
  3. Pammies Inky Pinkies – PIP1921 Anything Goes
  4. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes

 

Paper Nest Dolls Guest Design Spot with Fishy Kisses!

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Hello friends!  Happy Memorial Day and I hope you’ve been having a great weekend!  I would like to take a moment on this day to stop and give thank you and remembrance to all of the U.S.  service men and women who’ve served our country.  Your service will never be forgotten.

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I am very excited to share a card I made wtih an image that the sweet lady, Christine, sent me to play with from the Paper Nest Dolls!  (CLICK HERE for Digital.)  I’m sharing my card as a Guest Designer for her and I’m thrilled to be apart of it with her adorable images!  Be sure to follow along and check out their blog for lots of inspiration too!

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I am using this CUTE image called Mermaid Ellie with Seahorse for my card.  (CLICK HERE for digital format.)  Isn’t that little seahorse she has her arm around adorable?!  She was so much fun to color too!

There is just so much shimmer/shine and sparkle on this…so I hope I can capture it all for you!  For the card, I’ve used the Tonic Basic Oval dies to cut her out with, but I’ve used the “Out of the Box” technique and cut out her tail before cutting the rest of the oval.  You can see in the photo below how I’ve slightly curled her tail upwards.

The background of the card was done with a stencil and ink blending.  I thought it was so fun as it reminded me of the scales!  I cut this piece out with a square stitched rectangle die and then layered a piece of aqua colored mirrored cardstock that I’ve also used as an oval layer behind the mermaid image as well as a strip at the bottom.

For the strip at the bottom, I’ve wrapped around some linen thread and tied a bow with it.  I’ve also wrapped around some ribbon to the layered stencil and mirror cardstock panels and then attached them to a 5″ square top folding card base.

I’ve taken a sentiment and heat embossed it with some “Mermaid Tail” EP and cut it out with a word banner die and sponged around the edges of it which I slipped under the first layer of the oval cut mermaid.  I’ve added some burlap and a few of the sea shell sequins behind the oval image panel and popped her up along with the sentiment banner with some foam tape.  Lastly, I added some half-back pearls randomly over the design.

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Here’s a closer view of the image and all of the shimmer and sparkle details.  I’ve colored her up in the following Copic markers:

  • hair – 100, W9, W7, W5, W3, W1
  • Mermaid shells – BG13, BG10 (covered with glitter brush pen)
  • Mermaid Tail – YG25, YG13, YG11, BG000 (pointillism with darkest and blender 0 and also green and white gel pens.  The fin at the end was also covered with a glitter brush pen.)
  • Mermaid Skin – E21, E11, E02, E00, E000, R20
  • Seahorse – V17, V15, V12, R11, R00, R000 (pointillism with V colors and blender 0)
  • Shading – BG000

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It’s hard to see it from the other angles of the card, but it looks like the sentiment heat embossed with “Mermaid Tail” shows more of the shimmer in it as well as the ribbon.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and please be sure to stop by the Paper Nest Dolls website and check out these adorable images!  Please let Christine know that I sent you over there!

Challenges:

  1.  Cheerful Sketches – using sketch below (sponsored by the Paper Nest Dolls!)sketch bd
  2. Tuesday Throwdown – Stenciling
  3. CCEE Stampers – CCEE1921 – Use a die
  4. QKR Stampede – #349 Anything Goes
  5. Cupcake Inspirations – CIC471 – mermaids471

More Calendar Months

Hello friends!  Yay!  Happy Friday!! 🙂

So I know that I haven’t been on here in a while to share calendar months that I’ve been working on and would you believe that I had actually had forgotten about continuing on with them?!   The first week in May came by and I went to look for the next calendar month to display….and it wasn’t made yet!!  LOL!

So here I am almost at the end of May with my calendar…it has been displayed for the last week though! 🙂

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It has most certainly been the “sneezin’ season” around where I live!  The wind blows that pollen everywhere!  I know how this little guy is feeling!!

Again, for all of these, I have used the Taylored Expressions 3×4 Calendar panels with the printed design at the top.  (of course mine are the 2019, but if you click on the link, it will take you to the 2020 calendars!)  I have slightly cut the edges off so that I could make a layered panel behind them and still keep the 3×4 size.

All images came from the Taylored Expressions Calendar Grumplings stamp set and coordinating dies.  I’ve used the sentiment from the set and made a banner with it that I’ve tucked underneath the elements from the Build-a-Scene Calendar dies.  I’ve colored all the critters with Copic markers.

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LOL!  This is my June month and I’ve decided to color this guy with spots!  the only thing different I did here was introduce the tree with the TE Build-a-Scene Trees dies.

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OMG!  I had so much fun with this guy!  It reminds me of the kids when, you know, you’re out celebrating for the Holiday and they want something, you say “no” and they’re grumpy and tired…so they have that frown face holding a sparkler!! LOL!  The little stars were cut with silver sparkle paper from the TE Build-a-Scene 5×7 Calendar dies and the frame was cut with blue sparkle paper from the TE Build-a-Scene Calendar 2 dies.  I die cut the sentiment out with a banner die from MFT.

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I’m thinking that when it gets August over my way, I will probably be feeling like this!  LOL!  I’ve used the TE Build-a-Scene Calendar dies for both the frame and the sun on this one.  I’ve covered the center of the sun with some glitter and the sentiment was cut out with the same banner die from MFT.

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So now that I’m all “up to date” on my calendars, I will have some time to not only finish out the rest of this year, but hopefully when the next time comes to make another batch of these to finish out the year, I will also start making up the calendars for 2020 so that I’m finished and AHEAD of it before the year starts!!  Remind me about August to see if I’ve been making those calendars, will you?

I hope you’ve been enjoying seeing these calendar months progess as I’ve been making them…those grumplings really make me smile!

Thanks so much for dropping in today!  Have a great day!

Challenges:

  1.  Addicted to Stamps & More – Make Your Mark (Copic coloring)Make Your Mark badge
  2. Crafting By Designs – Feature a Creature
  3. Creative Moments – Anything Goes