We’re Recycling at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  I’m back to share our new challenge for Cute Card Thursday this week!  I have to say that I enjoyed this challenge and I can’t wait to see what you come up with for this one.  We would like to see some “Recycling” on your projects this week!  There are so many different ways you could go…do you have a box full of “trash treasures” waiting to be used?  Now is the time to pull it out!  🙂

Here’s what I’ve come up with for the challenge:

Vicki-CCT558-Recycle-PolarBearSoup

I haven’t made these for a couple of years, but I like to save those Crystal Light plastic containers and decorate them and use them as “gift holders” or like I have here for some “polar bear/snowman soup” containers!

I try and keep the decorating somewhat simple, but I enjoy adding ribbon, glitter, etc just for the fun of it!  I’ve used an oldie but a goodie and my fave set from My Favorite Things called “Cool Day“.  I’ve used both of the polar bear images and colored them in, fussy cut them out and attached to the containers.  I’ve also white heat embossed the sentiments from the set and cut them out with a banner die for them to stand on.  I found some matching ribbon that I’ve wrapped around the top of the container and then added the bow.  Although I didn’t take a photo of the top of the lid, I’ve also cut out some matching pattern paper to decorate the top of the lid.  I’ve used some liquid glue to add some faux snow at the bottom of the containers and then some glitter under the polar bears feet.

Vicki-CCT558-Recycle-PolarBearSoup-back

This is actually the first time that I’ve done polar bears for these.  I usually use a snowman with the snowman soup poem, but since these were polar bears, I sort of changed out the wording to make it work with my design.  LOL.  I’ve just printed it up on the computer and added a coordinating mat behind it and attached it to the back of the containers.  It slightly sticks out on each side, but I could always trim it down more if I wanted it to fit, but I was fine with it.

Vicki-CCT558-Recycle-PolarBearSoup-containters

I just wanted to share a photo of the original packaging of these containers.  I have my family save these up for me and I will create with them each year.  I have about 10 of them saved up for now.  As a crafter, we always keep our eyes peeled for something we can save and create with!  🙂

Vicki-CCT558-Recycle-PolarBearSoup-close

And here’s a closer look at the details of the polar bears.  I used my Copics to color them.  For the green one, I used the pointillism technique to create the look on the sweater.  I also made the elbow pads and the circles on the mug.  I covered the mug with some glossy accents.  I added some glitter to the top of the hat on the red one.

Be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday blog to see the inspiration from the rest of the design team and enter your recycled creation to the gallery!  Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping in today!  See you soon!

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Always Fun – Anything Goes
  2. Christmas with the Cuties – Anything but a Card
  3. Use Your Stuff – Mood board (inspired by the sweet treats, mugs and red/white colors!)UYS mood board
  4. Double TroubleThing 1:  My sweet treat is inside the containers!  Thing 2:  I used the mood board above from “Use Your Stuff” challenge!  Thing 3:  I used lots of “sprinkles” with faux snow and glitter!
  5. Crafty Card Makers – Anything but a Card
  6. Artistic Inspiration – Just for Fun Challenge – Anything Goes

 

A Snowy Shaker

Hello friends!  I’m back again today to share a shaker card I’ve made using the CUTE digital stamp from Whimsy Stamps called “Snowy“!

Vicki-WS-Snowy Shaker-Nov25-blog

I had “snow” much fun making this shaker card!  If you’d like to catch up on the complete list of Copic markers along with the full details on how I’ve made this card, then please check it out over on the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Blog today!  (I have more and close up photos over there to share as well!)

CLICK HERE for COMPLETE DETAILS PLEASE!

Thanks so much for stopping in at my blog today!  I appreciate your kind thoughts and encouragement more than you know!  I’ll see you soon!

Whimsy Stamps products used on this card:

snowy_PC_color_display_large

Christmas_Roses_and_Snowflakes_display_large

holiday_mini_sentiments_online_1024x1024

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Simon Says Stamp Monday – “Let it Snow”
  2. Creative Moments – Anything Goes optional twist:  put sentiment on creation
  3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – “Baby It’s Cold Outside!”
  4. Aud Sentiments – Winter or Christmas Sentiment
  5. Creative Knockouts – Snow Much Fun
  6. Winter Wonderland – Christmas or Winter Characters (people only)
  7. Crafty Catz – Anything Goes with optional twist:  “All Wrapped Up”

Snow One Like You

Hello friends!  Stopping in to share a card I’ve made with an adorable Whimsy Stamps image and to remind you of the December challenge going on over on the Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Facebook Group.  If you are creating with any of your Whimsy Stamps products, I hope you will stop by and add your creation to the gallery!

Vicki-WS-CoffeePenguin-Nov20

This is the really adorable Penguin Coffee Break Digital stamp set by Crissy Armstrong…always LOVE using her adorable penguin images! 🙂  You actually get THREE digital images within this set.  You get the penguin alone like I’ve used on my card here, you also get one with the winter scene background behind him as well as just the scene by itself!  Pretty nice deal for one low price if you ask me!

I’ve made this a pretty simple card by printing out the image, coloring it up with Copics and then for the “snowflake” on the penguin’s shirt as well as the sentiment and the sparkly snowflakes in the background, I’ve pulled out the Whimsy Stamps Snow Flurry Clear Stamp Set.  I have heat embossed the smallest snowflake on the penguin’s shirt with white embossing powder and then I heat embossed the snowflakes in the background with some Sparkle N Sprinkle’s Sprinkle Embossing Powder [EP107] and lighly ink blended some Tumbled Glass distress ink over top of it.  I wrote the “snow” letters over the cup with a white gel pen and then stamped the sentiment from the Snow Flurry stamp set underneath the cup.  I’ve cut this panel out with a cross-stitch rectangle die and then layered it over some red cardstock and then mounted this onto a top folding A2 sized white card base.

Vicki-WS-CoffeePenguin-Nov20-close

Upon a closer view, you can sort of see the sparkly embossed snowflakes in the background as well as the coloring details.  For coloring up my penguin, here’s the Copics that I’ve used:

  1.  hat/scarf/mittens:  BG78, BG75, BG72
  2. sweatshirt/hat & scarf trimmings:  R39, R37, R35 for trimming: C3, C1, blender 0
  3. Penguin Body:  C8, C7, C5, C3, C1 for feet/beak:  Y35, Y21, Y11 cheeks:  R00, R000
  4. Cup:  W9, W7, W5, W3 liquid/steam:  E29, E25, E50
  5. Snow/shadow around and under penguin:  B00, B000, B0000

I’ve also covered the trim on his hat along with the trim on shirt with a Spectrum Noir glitter brush pen.  I added a dot of Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops to the center of the snowflake on his shirt as well as the liquid in his cup.

Vicki-WS-CoffeePenguin-Nov20-flat

It’s hard to capture the shimmer on his white hat trimmings, but you can see the sparkle in his cup and the center of his snowflake.   I was thinking of all of the things that you could add to his shirt besides a snowflake…so that would be fun to play with too!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Please be sure to stop on over to the Whimsy Stamps Facebook Group and add your creation to the challenge folder!  You never know, you might win something!!

Thanks for dropping in!  I’ll be back soon!

Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today:

penguin_coffee_break_color_display_1024x1024

Snow_Flurry_display_1024x1024

Here are some challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  CAS Colors & Sketches – color challenge:CC&S color299-001
  2. Fab ‘N’ Funky – With an Animal
  3. 4 Crafty Chicks – Snowflakes
  4. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #322

 

 

 

 

SNOW Place Like Home

Hello friends!  Hope you are having a great week so far!  Well I have to say that this card certainly does feel like home where I’m at right now as it’s pretty cold and a bit snowy over my way!  I tried to hold onto Fall for as long as possible!

Whimsy Stamps has come out with another line of really cute digital stamps from CC Designs and this is the first time that I’ve colored one from the new line and I think they’re really cute!  Check out this card I’ve made for you today:

Vicki-WS-Iggy-Nov13

This darling image is called “Iggy” and I just love these sweet little peguins with her! 🙂  Here are the Copics that I’ve used to color her with:

  1.  Coat/fur trimming – BV04, BV02, BV01/W3, W1, W0, blender, white gel pen for dots, blue gel pen to color hearts
  2. boots – W9, W7, W5
  3. Penguins – C8, C5, C3, C1, Y17, R00
  4. Skin/Hair – E23, E21, E11, E00, E000, R20, R00, white gel pen for cheeks
  5. Igloo/Snow – B04, B01, B00, B000

I fussy cut the image long with the ‘ground snow’ and left a spot at the bottom for the sentiment.  I outlined the image with a black marker and attached it to my winter snow background that I’ve made.

To make the background, I took the Stormy Sky, Peacock Feathers and Dusty Concord Oxide inks and a waterbrush to swirl a pretty winter sky pattern.  I dried it and then took a toothbrush to flick some white paint over it for the snow.  I then took a couple of the snowflake images from the Whimsy Stamps Snow Flurry clear stamp set and white heat embossed them in places on the background.  I’ve also used this same set to heat emboss the “snow” sentiment over a piece of black cardstock that was popped up with foam tape over the image panel and then the rest of the sentiment was stamped in black ink right below the image.

Vicki-WS-Iggy-Nov13-close

Here you can better see a closer look at the details of the coloring.  I’ve also put some shimmer over the entire igloo with a Spectrum Noir glitter brush pen.    Thought I could see it when I took the photo, but of course it’s not showing up!

Vicki-WS-Iggy-Nov13-2

I took the snowy image panel and mounted it over a piece of black cardstock and then took a very thin strip of silver glitter cardstock to lay right next to it over a piece of white card stock.  I took this white card front base and attached it to the left side of a top folding A2 #110 card base.  Lastly, I’ve taken some sequins and attached them to the snowy background for a bit more sparkle.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Thanks for dropping in!

Here’s the Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today:

iggy_color_display_large

Snow_Flurry_display_1024x1024

Here are the challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Creative Inspirations – November Chill
  2. That’s Crafty – Winter Wonderland
  3. QKR Stampede – #321 Anything Goes
  4. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  5. Artistic Inspirations – Anything Goes

Grateful We Are Friends – Sparkle N Sprinkle November Release

Hello friends!  Stopping in today to share my  Guest Design card from the Sparkle N Sprinkle November release using the Koi Pond Friends rubber stamp set [00-919P5] along with several other really fun products from Sparkle N Sprinkle!  Please be sure to check out the entire November release in the store!  I really had so much fun creating with these new sets and awesome products!

Vicki-SnSNov-KoiPondFriends

I started out with a piece of watercolor paper and sprinkled three different colors of Nuvo Shimmer Powders on it:  Atlantis Burst [1213N], Green Parade [1214N] and Blue Blitz [1208N].  I sprinkled all the colors at once before applying any water to it.  I sprinkled VERY little and just added a bit more here and there as I spritzed it with water.  I saturated the paper and moved it around until it was covered how I wanted it to look.  I dabbed it up with a paper towel and used a heat gun to dry it up a bit.  I just love the beautiful shimmer on this background!

Vicki-SnSNov-KoiPondFriends2

Also for the background, I took the bubbles image from the same stamp set and stamped them in VersaMark ink [VM001] around the right corner and bottom over the watercolor piece.  I heat embossed the bubbles with some Sparkle N Sprinkle Frosted Juniper [EP406] and Sparkle (Semi-transparent) [EP107] embossing powders.  I then mounted this watercolor background panel onto the top edge of a black A2 Sized top folding card base.

With the close-up view of the fish, I heat embossed them with the SnS Copper Embossing Powder [EP236] over some Bristol paper.  For the flower image, I just stamped it with black waterproof ink in the same Bristol paper.  Below I will share how I went about coloring both the fish and the flower:

Vicki-SnS-GratefulFriends-coloring

After heat embossing the fish and stamping the flower, I took the Nuvo Glitter Markers in the following colors:  Mighnight Shadows [172N], Ember Glow [170N] and Urban Graphite [188N] and pressed the pens down onto my Tim Holtz Glas s Media Mat [1914E] to get a “pool” of it and then used my Waterbrush to blend and color the images. It leaves a beautiful shimmer and blends the colors together so nicely!

Vicki-SnSNov-KoiPondFriends3

Here’s a closer view of the colored flower with the shimmer.  I fussy cut all the colored images and glued them on the card base with some SnS dimensional glue.  For the flower image, I decided to off-set it and trim off the edges with scissors.

For the greeting, using the same rubber stamp set, I stamped it with a black pigment ink and then sprinkled it with some SnS Sparkle (semi-transparent) [EP107] and heat embossed it to give it a nice sparkly look!

Vicki-SnSNov-KoiPondFriends1

For the bottom portion of my card, I cut out a strip of cardstock the width that I wanted to go across the bottom and underneath the watercolor panel.  I covered the entire strip with some  SnS Dimensional Glue and then covered that up with these stunning Bronze Mica Flakes [MF05] and let it dry.  After it was dried, I pressed and burnished them into the strip with my finger and bone folder.  The extra pieces will come off the sides as you rub it around or you could also trim it off if you prefer, but I found it to not be necessary.  You can see how big the flakes are in the photo as I scattered a few of them around my card in the photos.  This was by far my favorite thing to play with on my card! 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today and I thank you so much for stopping in!  Please be sure to visit the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog and don’t forget to play along in the monthly challenges at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge Blog as well as the Sparkle N Sprinkle Facebook Creative Challenge Group too!  Looking forward to seeing your creations there!

Also don’t forget to use my discount code when you go shopping at Sparkle N Sprinkle!  Click on the badge below to start shopping for your sparkly goodies!

SnS discount code badge

Here’s the Full Sparkle N Sprinkle product list for my card today:

  1.  Koi Pond Friends rubber stamp set [00-919P5]  *New November Release – Also offered as a digital set [DIGI919BC] plus check out the super digital bundle where you get more! – or you can check out the rubber stamp bundle too and save more money!
  2. Bronze Mica Flakes [MF05]
  3. Copper Embossing Powder [EP236]
  4. Sparkle Embossing Powder [EP107]
  5. Frosted Juniper Embossing Powder [EP406]
  6. Dimensional Glue
  7. Sparkle N Sprinkle Static Free Bag [99512]
  8. Glitter Brush [SG1400]
  9. Nuvo Glitter Marker set Midnight Shadows [172N]
  10. Nuvo Glitter Marker set Ember Glow [170N]
  11. Nuvo Glitter Marker Urban Graphite [188N]
  12. Waterbrush – LG
  13. Nuvo Shimmer Powder Atlantis Burst [1213N]
  14. Nuvo Shimmer Powder Green Parade [1214N]
  15. Nuvo Shimmer Powder Blue Blitz [1208N]
  16. Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat [1914E]

Birthday Wishes for Hubby

Hello friends!  Happy Friday!  I wanted to share a few things from my husband’s birthday we celebrated last night along with the card I made for him.

Vicki-MFTDeer-Bday

I was going for a masculine look of course and I know that he likes nature, wildlife, etc. and with his birthday being in November, I thought a Fall scheme would work out nicely.  Besides, I had gotten some My Favorite Things products and wanted to have a play with them, so I used the current color challenge when making this one.  (See challenges list below)

For my design, I went with a Natural cardstock base, rounded the corners with a corner chomper and ink blended along the edges with some Vintage Photo distress ink.  I got a little more carried away with the inking than what I wanted, but then went over it by spritzing some water and dabbing it up with a paper towel for the water marks.  (I’ve also cut out some leaves with the Falling Leaves Die-namics die set and then sponged some colors around the edges for them as well.  These were added as accents on the over-all design.)

Vicki-MFTDeer-Bday1

I was so excited about using this Delightful Deer Die-namics set.  There are some T-I-N-Y bits in there to cut out and attach! LOL!  I sponged around the edges and bottom of legs with a brown ink.  I die cut some white dots and the piece for tail as well as cut out a couple of brown dots for eye and nose as well as cutting out his antlers.  I also added a few extra “dots” with my white gel pen on the deer.  It was popped up over the scene with some foam tape.  The main deer was cut from Persimmon cardstock which is also what I’ve used to cut out a banner (from the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips die-namics) that I white heat embossed the sentiment from the Essential Sentiments stamp set.

Vicki-MFTDeer-Bday2

For my scene, I took some of the MFT Candy Land Paper Pack and use the dotted “Sour Apple” color piece and die cut a panel of it with the Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX die-namics and placed it over my ink blended natural card front base.  I then used the Stitched Valley die-namics and cut some pieces from brown cardstock and lightly sponged some white ink over top of the “hills”.  I placed those over top of my natural card front base and also cut out some trees from one of the FREE die-namics dies that I received with an order from some Sour Apple card stock and attached them over the “hills”.

Lastly, I wrapped some twine around the card front base, added my die cut leaves where I wanted them, attached this panel to a top folding A2 sized white card base that I’ve also rouned the corners on with a corner chomper.  Lastly, I’ve added some clear crystal drops in random places.

I enjoyed creating this one using mainly die cuts and minimal stamping!  I hope you’ve enjoyed my masculine card design as well! 🙂

Here’s the challenges that I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  MFT Color Challenge – Persimmon, Sour Apple, Milk Chocolate, NautralMFT_ColorChallenge_PaintBook_#105
  2. Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies – HLS AG with Dies Badge
  3. City Crafter – #437 Woodland Animals
  4. Crafting By Designs – Anything Goes
  5. Creative Moments – Anything Goes

 

If you happen to follow along with me on FB, then you may have seen where I’ve had the talented lady Dina Kowal create a portrait for me using a past photo from our beloved family member Mocca that passed away this last February.  Dina is extremely talented with her pencils!  My hubby was amazed and here is a photo of him with it last night after he opened it up for his birthday present:

BertBday-11-08-2018-gift

He said, “Oh wow!” when he opened it and wanted me to tell her that she did an amazing job, it looks just like her!   I went through the photos with hubby (he’s not on social media) that Dina had shared of her on-going creative process with the portrait and this was one from the beginning:

Mocca drawing photo 1

And this was the photo that she used for her creative process:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We are thrilled and honored to have this stunning work of ‘Mocca’ art in our home and look forward to getting it framed and put up!  Thank you to Dina for sharing her talents with all of us!  🙂  You should go check out her work!

Thanks for dropping by my friends!  See you soon!

 

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:

Vicki-CCT555-ADU-Snowflakes

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.

Vicki-CCT555-ADU-Snowflakes1

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.

Vicki-CCT555-ADU-Snowflakes2

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