Spots and Dots for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  It’s Thursday once again and time for another new challenge over at the Cute Card Thursday blog!  I really enjoy creating with challenges as it gives me inspiration and a push to finish a design in a way I might not have thought about doing otherwise.  If you haven’t done this yet with your card making, I encourage you to give it a try…you never know what you might come up with!

I know we are in the heat of August, but I think this month is going by fairly quickly and the Autumn Season will be here before you know it!  I was inspired by this along with another GORGEOUS image released this month from Whimsy Stamps, so check out my card for this week’s Cute Card Thursday challenge:

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I have used this stunning Fall image From Whimsy Stamps called Autumn Harvest Ride by Crissy Armstrong.  I had some older Fall papers from my stash that had this fun dotted print on them and used these for the theme of the challenge to combine it with this wonderful Fall image as well.

The special card design I’ve used is called a Center Step Card.  (Click on the link to see the tutorial on how to make one for yourself on Splitcoaststampers.)

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Upon a closer look at the design, I have also used a brand new (to me) elegant die cut by Spellbinders that I received as a prize winning from a fellow blog friend at Granny’s Attic.  (Thank you Connie, love the die!)  I’ve cut that with some garden green color and used that as a “back-drop” for my main image panel.  I’ve taken the Whimsy Stamps Pierced Border Trio Dies and cut another garden green piece for the image to sit.  I’ve also stamped out the sentiment with the Whimsy Stamps Everyday Mini Sentiments set and cut it out with an older Whimsy Stamps tag die to attach on the image panel with some twine.  I popped up the image panel with craft foam and layered this on the center panel of my card design.  I’ve also added a couple of Prima leaves between that.  I’ve attached some other dotted papers to the other panels including the bottom long panel and wrapped some gold ribbon around the bottom one before attaching it.  Lastly the gold ribbon and twine bows were added along with the button in the center gold bow and then I’ve added gold enamel dots on the side panels.

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Here’s a closer look at the image and the coloring I’ve done with it.  I’ve mainly used my Copic markers to color it in and then added some gold gel pen coloring to the carousel pole, the saddle and bridle with the gold parts on them.  I took some Tinsel Stickles glitter to add to the “dots” on the saddle and bridle.  I then fussy cut it and attached it over the white dotted background and garden green border panel at the bottom.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today and inspired you in some way to come and play along with us over at the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog!  Be sure to stop by and take a look at the rest of the wonderful creations from the design team.

I’ll be back again soon to share more creations!  Have a great day!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products I’ve used on my card today.  Click on the photos for a direct link to the product.

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Here are the challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
  3. My Time to Craft – More Than One Fold
  4. Shopping Our Stash – Leaves
  5. Crafty Gals Corner – Add Ribbon and/or Bow

Splish Splash New Design Team FUN!

Hello friends!  I am VERY excited to share my first post with you today as a new design team member for the Whimsy Stamps Digital Design Team!  Woot!! Woot!

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For those of you that have followed along with me for a while on my other blog know that I have previously worked with them as a DT member for other postions on the team over a period of several years.  This is simply because I adore Whimsy Stamps along with the owner and several others involved with this company.  I just love the images and working with them.  What better way to enjoy creating and coloring with the products than being apart of the team!  I’d like to share my creation today with this new image that was released at the beginning of this month:

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I find these penguins from Crissy Armstrong in the store absolutely adorable!  They all make me smile, but how fun is this cute Penguin Bubble Bath image!  🙂  The image was colored with my Copic markers as well as certain areas with gel pens and then I brushed over the shower cap and bubbles with a clear glitter shimmer brush pen.  I also decided to do a little paper piecing with her shower cap using the August release digital papers called Wonky Circles.

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Of course there is so much sparkly goodness on this card that it’s hard to capture in just one photo, so I tried to angle it a bit to give you another view from the sparkly gel pens on the bubbly drink, water and claw feet on the tub.  The shimmer brush pen details can be found on her shower cap as well as the bubbles.  And if that wasn’t enough sparkle, I’ve added a strip of glitter paper along the left side of the image and then finished it off with some Studio Katia Cyrstal Clear Confetti sequins.

The sentiment I’ve used in the upper right corner of the image panel comes from a Whimsy Stamps clear stamp set called Everyday Mini Sentiments.

I wanted to create a special birthday card with this image in mind, so that when you lift up the penguin image, the card opens up like this….

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I’ve taken more of the these Wonky Circles digital papers and used them for the inside of my card design and created a pocket for a gift card to fit inside.  I thought a Bath & Body Works gift certficate would be fun to use with this image! LOL!

For the inside sentiment, I’ve used the Whimsy Stamps Happy Everything Clear stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment in black ink and then added the circle elements with some ink to coordinate with the paper.

If you are interested in how to make a “Fancy Fold Gift Card Holder” for yourself, it’s quick and easy to do!  CLICK HERE for a link I found on You Tube!

If you are interested in a fun Whimsy Stamps giveaway, CLICK HERE on Facebook to see the full details on the Kit and Clowder FB group!!

Here are the direct links to the Whimsy Stamps products found on my card today:

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

  1.  2 Crafty Critter Crazies – Anything Goes with a critter
  2. Aud Sentiments – For the Girls + sentiment
  3. Craft Rocket – Anything Goes
  4. Seize the Birthday – with toppings of “water!”1175095_10151587494757547_730720239_n
  5. Crafting with an Attitude – Anything Goes

Shaking Up a Floating Boat and ICAD Week 6!

Welcome to Friday friends!  It’s not common that I’ve posted 3 days in a row!  Wow!

Speaking of rowing, I have a fun shaker card to share with you today:

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I thought it would be fun to pull out my Lawn Fawn Float My Boat stamp set and create a “porthole” scene shaker style card.  I cut circles with the LF Stitched rectangle dies and then used the LF Ocean Waves die to cut the circle in half which creates separation for the ocean scene.  I took the top half of the panel to create the sky by blending in distress inks and then used other distress inks for the bottom portion.  I stamped the birds from the stamp set over the sky and then I inserted the sailboat inside the wave.  As you can see, the sailboat is paper pieced with the LF Beachside Paper pad.  I’ve used this paper pad to also layer throughout my card design.

I found some cool looking shaker sequins with stars to put inside my shaker “porthole”.  I also used the stitched circle die to cut out a piece of acetate for the window and then I used a stitched circle frame die to cut out a white frame around my acetate shaker window.  I then stamped the banner from the LF Bannertastic stamp set and cut it out with the coordinating die.  I then stamped the sentiment from the Float My Boat stamp set and then popped it up with foam tape over the “porthole” shaker window until it was high enough to lay over top of it.

I mounted these onto the starry navy paper from the paper pad as well as the same red that I used on the sailboat, which was then layered onto a white A2 sized top folding card base.  I used heavy weight due to all of the layers and shaker details.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be sailing on the water about now?  OK…sorry…went off on a short day dream there! LOL!

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Can you believe that I’ve went through SIX WEEKS of this ICAD so far?!  I have struggled at times going in to figure out what to do for the prompt on a tiny index card, but I have to say that I have built quite a collection and in a few more weeks I will have completed the entire challenge!  Here is the link to the ICAD 2018 challenge if you are interested in what it’s all about:  Daisy Yellow ICAD 2018

And here are the results from Week 6:

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This week was slightly out of my comfort zone, but I went ahead and pushed through it and I’m glad I did…learned some pretty cool things! 🙂

Next week I’m going to a fun crafty event for 3 full days at a friend’s house that she puts on every year with several of her friends and family.  I will be teaching a class with my mom and I look forward to lots of crafty fun with painting, food and friends!  Maybe they will let me share some photos!  If not, I will just try to remember to post on Instagram/FB what I am up to from time to time with my crafting if you follow me there!

Thanks for dropping in!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Challenges I’d like to enter my sailboat shaker card for:

  1.  Lawn Fawnatics – color challenge LawnFawnatics_color-inspo-32-e1530374543522
  2. Crazy 4 Challenges (C4C442) – Windows
  3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Fun in the Sun
  4. Creative Knockouts – Summer Fun

 

Turtley Impossible

Hello friends!  I really wanted to post earlier this week, but life sometimes gets in the way of all of the crafty fun that you want to do as I’m sure you know! 🙂

If you remember earlier this Summer my post about the fun stamp convention I went to in Collinsville, I shared a photo of the TONS of things I got while I was there.  I still haven’t been able to play with all of it…yet, but there are a couple of companies that I fell in love with, so I decided to place an order for some things that I wished I had gotten while I was there! LOL!

This “new to me” company called Pink & Main was a booth that I went to and bought some items from.  I had seen a video last year of something that I fell in love with and was determined to purchase that while I was there.  I started following along with them and fell in love with these sweet turtles that I’ve used on my card today:

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Before I get to the details of this card, I wanted to explain what type of card this is.  There are many challenge blogs I like to follow because I enjoy challenging myself while paper crafting as many of us like to do.  So I came across this challenge that was asking us to make an “Impossible Card“.  (I have linked a tutorial that I found on Splitcoaststampers if you want to learn how to make one for yourself.  Just click on the card name.)  I had not seen nor heard of one of these before, so naturally I had to play along!  What I like about this card (NOT impossible at all…so easy!), is that the center panel naturally pops up like that AND you can fold it down to lay flat in a regular A2 sized envelope!  (You can create different sizes and such, but I kept mine simple.)

To decorate this card, I’ve taken the very cute Pink & Main Turtely Amazing stamp set with the coordinating dies to color with my Copic markers and cut them out.  I’ve also used the Pink & Main Sunset paper pad as well as the Waves Border Dies to decorate the background scene.  The white strips that I’ve used for stability on the card was stamped with the sentiment from the same set and then layered with the blue polka-dotted paper around it.  I added the cut elements and layered them on top of the strip.  For the main popped up panel, I’ve taken the cut out turtle and layered him among the cut wave border at the bottom.  I then took some of the Pink & Main Silver Glossy Dots to embellish the upper corner.  I also took some ribbon and added a bow just below the turtle.  For the light blue polka-dotted papers, I sponged some blue distress ink along the edges for a bit more color.

And since you can completely turn this card around, I wanted to decorate the other side as well:

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For this side, I took a different turtle from the same stamp set, colored and cut him out along with the other elements to arrange on my card scene.  I took some brown card stock and cut a strip with a stitched border die and inked up one edge for a sandy beach for the turtle to sit on.  I also tucked the shell behind the border and added the star fish on the strip with foam tape.  I also added some more silver glossy dots to the strip.

There would still be room to write a personal message on the bottom portion of the card if someone wanted to.  You could also easily write something on the back somewhere on the lighter blue spots.

Super easy and fun to make which is something that I needed right now, so I’m glad I decided to give this a try!

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

  1.   CCEE Stampers (CCEE1827) – The Impossible Card
  2. Brown Sugar – Two patterned papers on project
  3. Artistic Inspirations (204) – Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Creations (#370) – Anything Goes
  5. Crafting by Designs – Anything Goes

Going in Circles for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  It’s another Thursday that has gone by this month already!  This Summer seems to be going very quickly and I hope you’re out enjoying it!

There is another fun challenge this week at Cute Card Thursday!  I hope you will join with us to share your “Circles” themed creations!  Here’s the creation that I’ve come up with for my card:

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I have decided to make a circle shaped easel style card along with using even more circles within my card design!  With the exception of the circles for the card shape, everything else I’ve used is from My Favorite Things stamps!  I thought it would be fun to take the Stitched Tripple Peek-a-Boo Window die to cut out the circle windows to fit these adorable pigs in from the Hog Heaven stamp set.  I cut out an additional circle for behind the window and sponged some different colors of distress ink behind them.  I colored and die cut the images out with the coordinating dies and popped them in various places behind the circle windows as well.  I stamped the sentiment and cut it out using some circle dies and this works as a “stopper” for my easel card design.  I popped it up with some foam tape.  I stamped the flowers from the same stamp set.

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And here’s a closer look at the front of my card.  I just love how the top piggy is leaning over the circle and window and the bottom piggy is peeking out with a wave from the bottom circle window!  I thought he needed a little twine bow tie too!  Finished it out with some circle sequins with a little glitter Stickles in each center.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Please be sure to stop by the challenge blog to see the other wonderful circle creations from the team!  See you tomorrow!

challenges:

  1.  Allsorts – Use at Least 2 dies (3 circle type dies)
  2. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  3. Tuesday Throwdown – “You’re On My Mind”
  4. Addicted to Stamps & More – Make Your Mark (ink blending + Copics)
  5. Sunny Day Crafting – Any Animal on Project

Anything Goes for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends and welcome to another Thursday!  Hope you are staying cool and enjoying your Summer so far!  I am looking forward to lots of fun in the coming months and into the Fall Season as well, so I still have many things to share with you and what I’ve been working on!

Thursday brings another challenge over at Cute Card Thursday as well!  We have a very easy ANYTHING GOES this week and we are sponsored by Whimsy Stamps!

The sponsor was kind enough to donate some images for the DT and so I’ve used one on my creation for today:

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I just thought this penguin was just as cute as can be!  I’ve used the Whimsy Stamps digital image called Penguin Loves Watermelon.  I had so much fun coloring in this cute image!  I actually decided to cut him away from the scene he was on so I could just pop him up by himself on my card.

Watermelon is something that I love to eat during the Summer when it’s in season.  I had this punch that made the perfect sized “seeds” and so I thought I’d add some on the image as well as on the card I made. (Looks like he’s spitting out seeds! LOL!)  I covered the watermelon that the penguin is holding with the Spectrum Noir sparkle pen.  I covered the “seeds” with some clear sparkling Nuvo drops.

If you want to make one of these cards yourself, I found this cute template on this website here:  CLICK HERE  I ended up just printing the template directly on my decorative papers and then cut each one out.  I just cut out the “bite” with my scissors after attaching the layers.  I sponged some coordinating ink on the edges of each layer.  I think you could also easliy use a circle die cut and make your own version of this type of card as well.  My finished and folded card measures approximately 3.75 x 6.25 inches.  The sentiment comes from a retired clear Whimsy Stamps set from my stash.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my creation and I hope that you will join us this week over at Cute Card Thursday!  Look forward to seeing your creations!

Don’t forget to share some smiles today!  🙂

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

  1.  2 Crafty Critter Crazies – Anything Goes (using a critter)
  2. Crazy 4 Challenges (C4C437) – barefoot
  3. Whimsy Stamps – Anything Goes
  4. Crafting by Designs – Anything Goes
  5. That’s Crafty! – A Summer’s Day