Merry & Bright Kitty

Hello friends!  Hope you’re having a great weekend so far!  I’m back to share another Sparkle N Sprinkle creation that I’ve made using the adorable Christmas Kitty Digital Stamp Set [DIGI921CS] from the October Release:

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I wanted this kitty to be the main focus of my card along with the lights and I wanted them to pop out on my design.  I also wanted to add my panel complete with the “extra” light string and greeting.  So I opened up a blank Word doc. to add my images.  I sized and arranged the kitty where I wanted him, then next to him I’ve added the additional “extra” lights and then positioned my greeting from the set where I wanted it, printed it out and colored in the lights and kitty with Copic markers.  To make the lights appear as one continuous string of lights, I took an alcohol friendly fine line marker to draw a line to the existing lights on the kitty.  I just love the look on his face as he was so much fun to color! 🙂

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To get the glowing look on the lights, I added some color around each light with the same color of chalk.  Then I took the Diamond Dust Glitter and added it over the light bulbs with the Nuvo Smooth Precision Glue pen.

I then cut this panel out with a rectangle cross stitch die cut from my stash.  After it was cut, I took some blue colored ink and stamped the pine cone image from the Holiday Greetings Rubber stamp set  to frame in the kitty panel.

I decided to cut out some pine leaves with the same light blue card stock with a die cut from my stash and then I covered them with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with the Vanilla Ice embossing powder.  You will also notice a bit of sparkle around the kitty panel edge too.  I took the panel and pressed the edges into the VersaMark ink pad and then heat embossed the edges with the Sparkle embossing powder.

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Here you can see the design on my light blue card front as well.  This is where I took the same pine cone rubber stamp image and stamped randomly along the edges of the card front and heat embossed it with the Vanilla Ice embossing powder.  The heat embossed pine cone leaves were attached to the edge of the kitty panel along with a sparkly ribbon bow and a snowflake accent.  I layered a piece of black cardstock around the image panel and popped it up with some craft foam and mounted that over the front of the heat embossed light blue card front which was wrapped with some more of the sparkly ribbon.  This was mounted over an A2 sized top folding white card base.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my sparkly cute card today!  Please be sure to use the code below and click on the badge to shop and receive your 10% discount:

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Be Sure to check out the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog tomorrow for special sneak peeks on what is coming for the new release!!  Yay!  Stay tuned!

Sparkle N Sprinkle Product Supply List used:

Sparkle N Sprinkle Christmas Kitty (digital set) [DIGI921CS]

Sparkle N Sprinkle Holiday Greetings (rubber stamp set) [00-689P7]

Sparkle N Sprinkle Embossing Powder Sparkle (semi-trans) [EP107]

Sparkle N Sprinkle Embossing Powder Vanillia Ice (fine detail-opaque) [EP265]

Sparkle N Sprinkle Ultrafine Glitter Diamond Dust (semi-trans) [G1116]

Sparkle N Sprinkle dimensional glue 

Sparkle N Sprinkle Static Free Bag [99512]

Glitter Brush [SG1400]

Nuvo Glue Pen Smooth Precision [206N]

VersaMark Embossing ink pad [VM001]


 

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Crazy 4 Challenges (C4C458) – Card with Cat or Halloween themed
  2. Crafting By Designs – Get Ready for Christmas
  3. 4 Crafty Chicks (4CC427) – Christmas
  4. Craft Rocket – Christmas is Coming
  5. Crafting With an Attitude – Anything Goes

Whimsy Stamps November New Release -Seal On Ice

Hello friends!  Back with you today to share another image from the November brand new digital release from Whimsy Stamps!  Check it out:

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These seals by Crissy Armstrong have stolen my heart!  I had to create with this Seal On Ice digital image too and share it with you today!

I started with my image by coloring it up with the following Copic marker colors:

seal:  C5, C3, C1, C0 W1, W0, R00 – Hat/scarf:  BG49, BG45, E53, E51, E50

I fussy cut him/her out and went along the edges with a black Copic friendly marker.

For the card design, I found some matching cardstock to go with the seal’s outfit and used it as the 5×5 Top folding card base as well as a mat layer behind the image panel.  I took the Whimsy Stamps Pierced Border Trio Dies to cut some pieces for the snow with some glitter paper.  I put one strip at the bottom of the card base and another on the bottom of the woodgrain paper I’ve used to place the seal on.

Before adding the seal to the snow border with foam tape, I took the Whimsy Stamps Snow Flurry clear stamp set and stamped some of the snowflakes with pink ink over the woodgrain paper.  I added this layered panel onto a piece of the new digital papers this month called Christmas Roses & Snowflakes which I’ve cut out with a square stitched die along with the woodgrain paper.  I took a sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Holiday Mini Sentiments clear set and white heat embossed it and cut it out with a portion of the square stitched die as well and attached it to the design.

I’ve finished it off by adding a bow to the corner of the woodgrain paper panel with some clear sparkly ribbon and added another one of those snowflake gems to the center of it!

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Here’s closer look at the coloring details.  Isn’t this a cutie?!  I love the feminine look to it by adding in the pink snowflake digital papers and sparkly ribbon.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my creations with the newly released images this month from Whimsy Stamps!  Be sure to check out more inspiration on the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Blog and Facebook Group too!

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

challenges:

  1.  Cardz 4 Galz – Let’s Go Digital
  2. Addicted to Stamps and More! – Anything GoesAnything Goes badge
  3. Watercooler Wednesday (WWC194) – Anything GoesWWC194 - Anything Goes Challenge
  4. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal/teddy bear
  5. CRAFT – Winter

Exciting Guest Design News to Share! (Last Post of 3 today)

Hello friends! Sorry to be throwing so many posts out to you at once, but as you can see there are so many exciting things going on the first of the month and I’m happy to be sharing it with you!

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I’m excited to finally announe that I’ve been asked to be a guest designer with the folks over at Sparkle N Sprinkle for the next 3 months!!  How cool is that?!  I absolutely LOVE to do a little sparkling and sprinkling so this fits right in with my creating! 🙂  I hope you will enjoy seeing my creations with these products!

I also will be posting my creations on the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog too…so be sure to check out all Sparkle N Sprinkle inspiration from the design team over there as well!  (We will be showing creations made with the new release each month!!)   I’m starting out my first creation using some of the latest digital images released at the beginning of October.

I have come up with an easel card design that I’ve created using the digital set called Memory In Our Hearts:

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The great advantage to using a digital set is that they come with pre-colored images as well as outlined images to create many different looks you’re wanting.  In addition to that, you can also manipulate the size and structure of your image as I have done with my card here.  (This is a great way to come up with a unique design too!)

I have taken some of the pre-colored “sprigs” in the fall theme color and sized and moved them around in a Word doc. to create my own Fall wreath with it!  I then added the beautiful sentiment to the center and placed where I wanted it and then printed it out along with a couple more sprigs that you see on the inside of this design.

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To step things up a notch, I’ve used a protractor to draw a circle around my wreath image as well as a larger circle for a mat behind it and fussy cut them out. (I didn’t have a circle die large enough to accomodate my wreath image.)  I took my ink blending tool and some Tea Dye and Vintage Photo distress inks to add some color around the edges.  Since I made a Fall wreath design, I wanted to add some glitter to the leaves.  So I took the Nuvo Precision glue pen and added some Waterscape glitter over them.  For the “berries”, I took some Ripened Pumpkin Nuvo Crystal Drops in random areas around the leaves.  I made a bow with some natural twine and added it to the top of the wreath.  (I did this same process for the smaller “sprigs” on the inside of the card as well.)

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For my card design, I have made an “easel style” card (more on that below).  My card size is a 5 1/2″ square.  I have used the same cardstock color that I’ve used to print out my wreath image and separated it in two panels to fit on the front of my card base.  I took an embossing folder from my stash to add some texture to my design and also used the distress inks again to add some color around the edges.  I used the Sparkle N Sprinkle dimensional glue to add some “dots” in the corners and then sprinkled some “Autumn Medley” glitter over them and let it dry.  I have also taken some 1/4″ Tear-iffic Tape to the middle edges of the card base and burnished some of this same “Autumn Medley” glitter to that.  I think it really brings in that pretty Fall color theme with some added sparkle!

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And for the inside of my card, you can see that those extra “sprigs” that I’ve printed and cut out create an easel style “stopper/display” funtion for my card design.  It’s easy to create this look with a score mark made in the center of the card front base as you can see with the circle wreath shown fully.  (I know that Demo Donna has created a tutorial from one of the past video card kits if you want to learn more – check it out HERE and subscribe to their channel…you’ll love it!)

I have used some of the same colored cardstock as the printed out wreath for the inside of my card with some more distress inks along the edges as well as another strip of 1/4″ Tear-iffic Tape along the bottom edge burnished with some more of that “Autumn Medley” glitter.  I’ve used some foam tape to pop up the “sprig” cut out images so that they create the “stopper” for the front card base to rest while being displayed.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my interactive card today and I look forward to sharing many more projects with you during my guest design spot for Sparkle N Sprinkle!

And what I thought was really awesome, is that Sparkle N Sprinkle has also given me a special code for my followers to use and receive a special 10% off your purchases! (Please note the code, click on the badge to shop and enter the code at check out!):

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(I will also have this badge with the link on the sidebar of my blog so that you can find it any time! ENJOY SHOPPING!)

Sparkle N Sprinkle Supply List for products used on my card today:

Sparkle N Sprinkle Memory In Our Hearts Digital Set [DIGI917DE]

Sparkle N Sprinkle 1/4″ Tear-iffic Tape [SAT01]

Sparkle N Sprinkle Ultrafine Glitter Waterscape (Semi-transparent) [G1108]

Sparkle N Sprinkle Ultrafine Glitter Autumn Medley (opaque) [G1013]

Sparkle N Sprinkle dimensional glue

Glitter Brush [SG1400]

Nuvo Glue Pen Smooth Precision [206N]

Nuvo Crystal Drops Ripened Pumpkin [665N]

Thanks so much for stopping in today my friends!  Please be sure to check out my earlier posts from today!  See you soon!

challenges:

  1.  {Cupcake Inspirations} CIC457 – FallCIC457 Bugaboo
  2. Try It On Tuesday – Thankful

A Beary Sweet Christmas Tag for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies (2nd Post of 3 today)

Hello friends!  I’m back with another new challenge for you today!

It’s the first of the month, so that means it’s time for a new monthly challenge over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!  As always the challenge will last for 1 whole month and all you need to remember is to add a critter to your creation!  We look forward to seeing your critter makes this month!

Our sponsor for the challenge this month is Sparkle N Sprinkle!  They were kind enough to supply our team with some darling images to use for our creations!  Here’s what I’ve decided to make for my design:

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I have used this darling digital stamp set called A Peppermint Christmas  [DIGI3148M] from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  They offer colored versions with this digital set, but I opted to use this  cute polar bear and place the frame around him along with adding the sentiment above his head so I could color it.  I used a Word doc. to design it before printing it out.  Once printed out, I cut it down to size for my black tag and rounded the corners with a corner chomper.

I’ve been trying to develop my skills a bit with colored pencils and invested in a large set of them recently.  So this is what I have used to color in the images of my tag.  After coloring it all in, I thought…. I couldn’t use a Sparkle N Sprinkle image with no sparkle!! So I took out my Quicky Glue Pen [quicky] and then sprinkled some SnS Waterscape Glitter (Semi-Transparent) [G1108] over the snowflakes and dark gold star bursts.  For the stars, I’ve sprinkled the SnS Lemonade Ultrafine Glitter (Semi-Transparent) [G1091] over it for a bit more brighter sparkle!  I’ve also covered the peppermint candies with the Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss Pen [888N] for some shimmer.  AND…if that wasn’t enough, I took the Quickly Glue Pen again and went along the edges of the white image panel and added the Waterscape Glitter to the edges.

For the assembly of my tag, I’ve used a pre-made tag from Graphic 45 and sponged around the edges of it with white ink.  I took some green colored glitter paper from my stash and added a strip of it across the center of the black tag.  I then added some pink silk ribbon strips on each side of the glitter paper.  I then used some craft foam to pop up the image panel and placed it on the tag.

I finished it off with a pink silk ribbon bow and added some more of it to the tag hole for a hanging element and tied that together with a piece of white twine.  Decided for a finishing touch to add a sparkly snowflake gem in the center of the bow.

I hope that you have enjoyed my critter project and be sure to check out the rest of the inspiration from the design team over at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge Blog and come and join in the fun with us!

I have some REALLY exciting news coming up shortly after this post!!!  TEE HEE!!

Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Challenges:

  1. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes (319)
  2. Sunny Day Crafting – Animal
  3. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas Goes
  4. The Merry Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas Goes

Anything Goes at Cute Card Thursday + Whimsy Stamps November Release is HERE! (Post 1 of 3 today)

Hello friends and welcome to November!!  It’s hard to believe that we are closing in on the end of another year!  Time has went by so fast especially since I’ve started back up on my new blog here! 🙂  So glad you are here with me!  Thank you for that!

I actually have THREE posts going up today and each one of them brings something fun, new and exciting with it!  So be sure to check them all out!

Today starts a brand new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!  For this week, it’s an easy “Anything Goes” challenge!  And since our sponsor this week is Whimsy Stamps, I thought this would also be a great time to introduce to you an image from the brand new Digital Release that has just came out TODAY!!  Check it out:

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This cute seal critter is presenting his underwater gift for the Holidays!  This new digital image from Whimsy Stamps is called Seal in Water by Crissy Armstrong.  I had fun coloring him up with my Copic markers.  I decided to use the markers in a “pointilism” fashion to give him a spotted seal look. (I’ve also added some light dots with a white gel pen.) Copics used:  for seal – Blender 0, W7, W5, W3, W1, R00 for hat/bow – R39, R37, R35, R32 for package – BG99, BG96, BG93 for trimming/bubbles – C3, C1, C0, BG000

For the background I used a stencil to blend some blue colors to make them appear as if he’s underwater as he has bubbles around him.  I cut him out with a stitched oval die and cut out a piece of gold foil cardstock with a larger stitched oval for matting behind the image.

If you take a look at those fun festive papers on my card, this is also part of the new Whimsy Stamps November Digital release as well!  The papers are from the Christmas Traditions Collection.  I’m sure I’ll be using more from this collection on an upcoming card soon!  I have took the corner chomper and rounded the two bottom corners and then took a gold ink pad to rub along the edges with it.  You can also see that I’ve used one of the Whimsy Stamps Penguin Christmas Sentiments 1 digital set and cut a banner with it to place on the bottom of my card.  I’ve die cut a border in red cardstock going across the middle and added some white silk ribbon with a bow.  I mounted the oval image panel on the card front with foam tape and then cut off the edge.  I mounted everything over an A2 sized red top folding card base.

I’ve finished off my card with some Christmas sequins filled with Tinsel Stickles and I’ve also covered the bubbles with some Nuvo White Blizzard Crystal Drops.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring details of my spotted Holiday seal along with the sequins, glitter and bubbles!  Gotta love that popped out belly!! 🙂

Be sure to check out not only the new Whimsy Stamps release on the Inspirations Blog, but please be sure to check out the Cute Card Thursday challenge to see the inspiration from the rest of the design team and play along this week!  We love to see what you’ve created!

Thanks for stopping in!  Please stay tuned in for more posts today!

Challenges:

  1. Winter Wonderland – Color It!
  2. Crafting From the Heart (226) – Anything Goes
  3. Make My Monday – Stencil Stories (Used a wave stencil for behind the seal)

 

GIVEAWAY WINNER + Happy Halloween – All Treats & No Tricks! :)

Hello friends!  I want to thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart for everyone of you that has entered my give away, left such sweet comments full of birthday wishes and lots of kindness that you’ve shared through something we have in common which is creating and sharing smiles!  I so enjoyed the stories that you’ve left about how you share your handmade creations with others.  (I especially thought that was so thoughtful to share a birthday card -donation- in honor of my birthday as well!  That meant so much to me!)  PLEASE continue to create doing what you love and share those smiles with as many people as you can!  It really makes the world a much better place when we can serve one another in kindness.

*I will be announcing the winner shortly…scroll down below if you can’t stand the wait! LOL!*

I have always loved Halloween as a child and have so many fond memories dressing up each year and thinking about what I would be.  I tried to pass that tradition onto my children and I dressed up right along with them!  For me, Halloween is full of lots of fun things besides just treats!  I wanted to celebrate those memories with a card today:

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Aren’t those trick-or-treaters adorable?!  Most everything that I have used on my card here came from a Brutus Monroe Halloween Card Kit.  It has long been since sold out, but You can still purchase the stamp set in the store if you are interested.  The name of the set is called “All Hallows Eve“.   I’ve stamped the trick-or-treaters and bat and then colored them up with my Copic markers and fussy cut them all out and put them aside while I worked on the rest of the card.

For the background of the card, that “tree branch” panel came in the kit, so I ran it through my laminator to foil it…it turned out awesome!  (See photo below!)  I then took my distress inks and blended in a night sky over it.  I spritzed it with water and dried it off with a towel to get the water drop look.

I took this awesome border silhouette die from Impression Obsession and attached to the bottom of the scene for the trick-or-treaters to stand on.  I sponged the bottom edge with white ink.  Speaking of white ink, this is what I used to stamp the sentiment on a piece of black cardstock as well as sponge around the edges with it.  I used the glow-in-the-dark embossing powder over top of it.  (Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a good photo of it glowing in the dark….but it does and it looks cool!)  I made a banner with that strip and attached it to the left side of the card and then popped the bat up over it with foam tape.

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Here you can capture a better look at the foiled tree branch in the background as well as the heat embossed sentiment.  I glued down the mummy girl and then I took foam tape to pop up the frankenstein for dimension and depth.  I also added some yellow Stickles to the eyes and mouths on the pumpkins.

This card was so fun to do!  Hope you’ve enjoyed it as well!

Wishing you all a very fun Halloween however you choose to spend it!  I think I will be watching some scary movies and eating some popcorn which is something I enjoy doing with hubby!

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Creative Moments – Anything Goes with optional twist: Spooktacular
  2. Crafty Gals Corner – Halloween Colors
  3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Halloween/Spooky
  4. The House That Stamps Built (O2418) – Anything Goes
  5. Moving Along With the Times – Halloween
  6. Crafty Catz – Anything Goes with an Optional Twist:  Halloween
  7. Always Fun – Halloween

 

So now are you ready to see who the winner is of the Giveaway?!!

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So this is how I went about how to pick out a name.  I wrote down in numercal order all the names that entered the give away with the blue InLinkz froggie…there were a total of 47 entries just for that!  I then went through all the comments where each person that commented about how they shared the giveaway and/or where each person mentioned how they share smiles with their crafty creations and I wrote their number and name down again for each item that qualifies for an additional entry.  I cut each name out in a strip…lots of writing and cutting!  LOL  DO YOU SEE YOUR NAME IN THERE?!

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Once all the names were cut in strips, I folded up each strip and layed them on my glass mat in a pile after shuffling them around a bit.  I walked out of my room and asked my hubby to go in and grab a strip of paper, open it up with the name showing and lay it next to the pile.

Are you excited?!  DRUM ROLL PLEASE…………

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CONGRATULATIONS to 24. Tammy A!!!!!

I have already sent out an e-mail to the lucky winner!  I’m very sorry to those that didn’t win, but this is so fun to do and I’m sure I’ll be doing something again at another time, so stayed tuned in friends! 🙂

It Sparkles at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  Yes, that quick and we are ready for a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!  This is a really fun one too!  This week we’d love to see your “Sparkles” on your creations!  We look forward to seeing what you come up with for it!

Here’s the creation I made:

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I have used one of our sponsor’s image this week called Reindeer and Snowman from Kinda Cute Stamps.  Now how cute is that reindeer making a snow reindeer?!  I just had to give them both a red nose!  🙂

I printed out the image on white blending card and cut it out with a wonky stitched rectangle die, and then cut out some snowflakes with silver sparkle paper along with layering the image panel over some as well.  I took a sentiment from a new My Favorite Things stamp set and silver heat embossed it over the top of the image panel.  I’ve also dotted the center of the snowflakes along with making some additional dots with some silver Stickles.

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Here’s a closer view of the image.  You can see where I’ve taken a glue pen and covered the snow-reindeer with loose glitter.  I’ve also taken a Spectrum Noir Glitter Brush Pen and covered the noses as well as the snow on the ground.  I used a glitter pen to color the charm on the reindeer’s collar.

Be sure to stop by the challenge blog and check out the sparkles from the rest of the design team!  Hope you will get your sparkles out and come play!

Thanks for dropping in!  See you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Jingle Belles – Animals (Christmas Flock)
  2. Christmas with the Cuties – Wrap Up Warm
  3. City Crafter – Silver Bells (lots of silver)
  4. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  5. Fab ‘n’ Funky – Christmas
  6. Watercooler Wednesdays (WWC193) – HolidaysWWC193 - Tristan's All About Holidays Challenge