Anything Goes For Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  It’s Thursday and time for a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!

This week is an easy “Anything Goes” challenge!  So please share with us what you are working on this week weather it be a card, a scrapbook page, journal page or altered item, etc.  We look forward to seeing what you’re doing!

I’ve decided to use another newly released image from Whimsy Stamps (our sponsor this week) on my design today:

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Isn’t this cat just too stinkin’ CUTE?!   I’ve used the newly released October digital stamp Scruffy Cat by Crissy Armstrong for Whimsy Stamps on my card today.  (When you purchase this image, you receive two digital files:  one containing this image with the hat, another image of the cat without the hat.)

*Edited to Add Copic marker colors I’ve used!*

For hat:  R59 for darkest shadows blended out with R29, R27 and R24.  I’ve used a white Prismacolor pencil for some highlighting.  I did use some B000 for shadows on the hat trimmings, but the loose glitter I glued on covers it up in the photo.

For cat:  I used W5, W3, W1 and W0 and started with the darkest color along edges and flicked in with the other colors.  R20 blended out with R00 for his ears and cheeks.

Collar:  G07 and G05.  I used a glitter gel pen for the tag.

I have used the Whimsy Stamps Notched Rectangles die set to cut him out with and mount him over a piece of red card stock.  I’ve also used a strip of red card stock cut with the same die and white heat embossed the sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Holiday Mini Sentiments clear stamp set and attached under the kitty.

Before attaching the kitty panel, I’ve used some of the Whimsy Stamps Christmas Cool Mix digital papers and added a white organza ribbon around it.  I also sponged around the edges with some white ink using a sponge dauber and then I attached that to the front of a red top folding card base.  Lastly, I’ve attached the kitty panel along with the ribbon bow underneath and finshed the card with snowflake sequins and silver glitter in the centers.

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Here’s a closer look at my coloring as well as the glittery details on the kitty collar tag and the loose fine glitter on the hat trimmings.

Please be sure to check out the challenge blog to see the details of the challenge and catch the inspiration from the rest of the design team!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and look forward to seeing what you come up with!  Thanks so much for stopping in!

Challenges:

  1.  QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #315
  2. The Paper Players (PP412) – Tic-Tac-Toe:  Green, any embossing, sequins/glitterpp412
  3. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Cardmakers – Lace or Ribbon

It’s New Release Time at Whimsy Stamps!

Hello friends!  Can you believe that October has gotten here so fast?!  I thank you SO MUCH to everyone that has shared about my give away and I really have been enjoying your comments about the way you share smiles through your creations.  It is such an inspiration and joy to hear about this.  To see that and enter the giveway, check it out in the GIVEWAY POST or check the top of my blog for the pinned post.

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They are available right now, so go check out everything new in the store by CLICKING HERE!!  To see the OCTOBER DIGITAL RELEASE – CLICK HERE!!!!

For my card today, I am sharing a sweet and fun festive image from the new release:

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Yes, I cannot get enough of the penguins that Crissy Armstrong makes up for Whimsy Stamps!  This image is called Penguin Elves at the Workshop and I think they’re having lots of fun for Christmas!  They’re colored up with Copic markers and then I’ve taken a white gel pen for highlights as well as a silver and gold gel pen for detailing.  I took some fine loose glitter and attached with liquid glue on parts of the penguins hats and then a glitter brush pen on the bow the penguin is holding.  I have used the Pierced Border Trio dies to cut the panel on the top and bottom of the image.  I then took an ink blending tool to add some distress ink around the panel.

For the sentiment banner, I printed out the new released Penguin Christmas Sentiments 1 and cut out a banner and then went over it with a Copic marker so that it matched up with my design.  For the front panel of my card, I also took the newly released digital papers called Christmas Red, Gold and Green and printed them out and trimmed it to size my A2 white card base.  I also took my ink blending tool to distress more coloring on the edges to match my image panel.  I then took that and mounted it over the papers and then glued some gold thin ribbon on the top and bottom of the image panel and added a bow along with some festive sequins filled with Stickles tinsel glitter glue.

There is a ton of inspiration on the Whimsy Stamps and Inspiration Facebook Group as well as the Whimsy Inspirations Blog, so be sure to check them both out for the latest release and inspiration from the design team!  There are also LOTS of fun things going on this month at both places, so be sure to check it out and follow along so you don’t miss anything!!

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Right now, Whimsy Stamps has kicked off their 2nd annual ” 31 Nights of Halloween ” event!  Click on the link or photo above to be taken to the details and enter the GRAND PRIZE drawing!  There will be more fun coming up for World Card Making Day too…so stayed tuned in for that!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today using the new digital release from Whimsy Stamps this month.  Be sure to check back for other creations I make from the new release this month too!!  Thanks so much for stopping by friend!

challenges:

  1.  The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes with Christmas
  2. Christmas Card Throwdown – Technique:  ColoringAugust technique
  3. Crafting By Designs – Get Ready for Christmas
  4. Aud Sentiments – Use a 2 word sentiment
  5. Winter Wonderland – Anything Goes + Christmas
  6. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  7. Make My Monday – Animals

I’m Joining a Critter Challenge Design Team!

Hello friends!  Welcome to October!  There are so many fun and exciting things yet to come this month and I’m thinking it will probably fly right by me!  But first, this exciting news is something that I will share with you first!

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I have been invited to join the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge blog as a design team member and I’m truly honored to be crafting alongside several of my blog friends already on the team!  Thanks so much for welcoming me to this wonderful team! 🙂  If you are not already familiar with this challenge blog, please stop by and check it out!  Obviously you must use a critter on your creation (any crafty style make), plus it’s an always “anything goes” as long as you use a critter and you have an entire month to enter!  Of course I am a huge critter fan and love using those type of images on my creations…so I hope you’ll come along and play! – The challenges are always the very 1st of each month.

So for my creation this month, I have used a gorgeous image kindly provided by our sponsor:

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I have used Flutter Butterflies Grey Scale digital image from Ching-Chou Kuik on my card for today.  for this image, I decided to pull out my case of Prisma pencils to color it in as I thought it would be a good one to practice with.  Including the background, I’ve colored the entire panel with pencils.  It took some time to do the blending and such, but it was very therapudic and I enjoyed the process of it.  I used a white gel pen for a few highlights in areas on the butterflies.  (Some of it was also from a white pencil.)

I cut out the colored panel with a stiched rectangle die and mounted it onto a black scallop rectangle panel that I’ve popped up with craft foam.  I’ve also added a kraft doily that I’ve cut in half on both the top and bottom of the panel.  I found some pretty black and ivory design paper to mount her on.  I took some sparkly black ribbon to go across that paper and then mounted it all over a top folding A2 sized black card base.

Lastly, I’ve cut out some extra butterflies in black cardstock to accent my image panel and then I’ve added some clear glitter Stickles along the edges of the image panel to finish it off.  I really wanted the image to be the main focal of this especially since I spent so much time in the coloring.

Here’s a closer look at the image and coloring:

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Looking at this photo, I also added some shimmer to the colored butterflies with a Spectrum Noir clear glitter brush pen.  Sometimes you have to angle it just right to capture the shimmer on it.

I hope you have enjoyed my card today!  Please be sure to stop by the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge blog and see the inspiration from the rest of the team and enter your critter creation to the gallery!  Looking forward to seeing your makes this month!

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

challenges:

  1.  Crafty Creations – Anything Goes #375
  2. Fab ‘n’ Funky – All Creatures Great & Small
  3. Creative Moments – Anything Goes
  4. Creative Knockouts – Anything Goes

 

IT’S GIVE AWAY TIME!!

-Please note that I have sticky noted this post to the top of my blog, you will need to scroll down for new posts.-

Hello friends!  It has been quite some time that I have had a little give away on my blog and since I’ve started up this new place, I have thought about it many times.  Since my birthday is tomorrow, I thought it would be a great idea to give someone else a fun present instead!  I have many things going on during the month of October and it will be hard to accomplish everything, so this is another way of saying thanks for stopping in and sharing your support with me!

Here’s what I’m giving away and I hope it’s something many of you would love to get:

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I have added several of my favorite items that I enjoy using in this package.  Everything is brand new and unopened of course as I already have these items! 🙂  – I have also ordered two more Distress Oxide inks to include in this package (not shown above) that will also be included in this give away!  – Of course I will be throwing in a couple of other little fun surprises tucked inside of the parcel too!

Here’s a break down of what I have to give away:

  1.  My Favorite Things All Smiles stamp set (of course I’m all about that!)
  2. My Favorite Things Die-namics Joy die cut
  3. Lawn Fawn ( Simons Says Stamp STAMPtember exclusive SOLD OUT) -Nutty or Nice? stamp set – I bought an extra one for a lucky friend!
  4. Heidi Swapp Memorydex Oval Dividers Cutting Dies (2 dies in this pacakge for those of you that enjoy making those memorydex creations!
  5. Brutus Monroe Surface Sprays (1 bottle of Wagon and 1 bottle of Rouge – check out the store to see the unique properties on these!)
  6. FOUR Ranger Distress Oxide Inks! (you will receive an ink pad in EACH of the following colors:  Squeezed Lemonade, Mermaid Lagoon, Barn Door -not shown, Mowed Lawn – not shown)
  7. Lawn Fawn Mistletoe Single Cord 21 yards lawn trimmings package
  8. a package of approximately 30 count tags each measuring 3 1/4″L x 1 5/8″W

That’s a package well worth over $85.00!!!  Wow!  Yes, I know I’m crazy, but I’m crazy about all of you and being able to share the love of my crafting with you all is something enjoyable that I get to do every day!  I’m honored to have you join with me on this journey and that’s why I do it! 🙂

**EDITED TO ADD MORE GOODIES!!!***

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The Distress Oxide inks that I’ve described above came in! Yay!  PLUS, when another order came in, I realized that these other items are a few more “extras” that I don’t need, so I put those in there too!  Plus, there is another stamp set that I forgot to take a photo of even after this addition! LOL!  So I’m guessing this parcel will probably be well over $100.00 by the time I’m sending it out!! LOL!!

Best of luck my friends and thanks for joining me!!


*I will announce the winner right here on my blog on Tuesday, October 30th and I will also personally e-mail the winner using whatever e-mail address was provided to me in the InLinkz below.*

  1. So what do you need to do to win?!  You have choices to make!  The first choice is a really easy one to do.  All you have to do is enter your name along with your e-mail address (so I can contact the winner) through the InLinkz shown below.  No matter what, if you are at all interested in winning this prize, please enter that by October 29th! – This is open to anyone world wide
  2. IF you would like an EXTRA entry to win, then just share the photo above with a link to my blog post on how to enter!  If you do this, then please leave me a comment telling me that you’ve shared it….no need for a link….just tell me that you’ve shared it on your blog, on Facebook, on instagram, etc.  Please leave a SEPARATE comment for each time you share it!  You get another chance for each time! – I know there are some people that were wondering where I went from my last blog and were trying to find me…so I’m hoping that the people who were looking for me can find me here again to follow along if they choose to do so.
  3. Additional Optional EXTRA entry to win – I’m all about spreading smiles as far as I can with my handmade creations.  I would love it if in honor of my birthday you can find a special person or a special place/charity that takes your card donations and send a special smile to someone.  That would make my day! – If you do this, please leave me another comment about that!

Whatever way you choose to enter, I thank you for any and all of your support especially with the changes that have gone on through my blog and life!  I enjoy seeing your lovely creations, visiting your blogs and sharing my crafty life with you.  So glad that we are enjoying it together!

It’s Autumn at Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  It’s Cute Card Thursday again and we are going all Autumn over there this week!  Sounds like a great challenge to me…hope you will stop over and check out the inspiration and add your creation in the gallery too!  Looking forward to seeing your makes!

Here’s my card:

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I thought this image was so darn cute!  I’ve used an image from our sponsor this week called Girl with Wheelbarrow from Kinda Cute Stamps.  She is busy gathering pumpkins in that wheelbarrow and looks to be on a mission with it too!  I adore that sweet little bunny along for the ride!

I’ve colored the image with Copic markers including for the ground.  I’ve taken a tiny sponge with some blue ink and very lightly sponged in a sky.  The sentiment was stamped with brown ink from an older Lawn Fawn set.  I’ve also used the Stitched Leaves die from Lawn Fawn to cut out some leaves with kraft cardstock and then sponged some color over the edges to attach to the design.

I cut out both the image panel and the orange design paper with a Stitched Scallop rectangle die set from My Favorite Things.  I’ve also cut out a tiny brown banner at the top left corner from a die set from MFT as well.  Lastly, I’ve added some gold sparkling enamel dots around the leaves.

Hope you are out and about enjoying the Autumn season!  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, I’m so happy to have you here!  See you very soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Sweet Stampin’ – Dies/Punches (I stamped the sentiment-hopefully this qualifies)
  2. Always Fun – Anything Goes
  3. Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes #311Anything Goes badge
  4. Crafty Gals Corner – Anything Goes + Fall
  5. Mod Squad – Autumn Colors (Orange, red, purple, yellow, brown) I used all EXCEPT purple! – must use at least 3

Just A Girl and Her Pumpkin

Hello friends!  Wow, I think Fall has begun over my way as the air has changed with cooler temperatures and I absolutely LOVE it! 🙂  Although I’ve been busy crafting away in my room, I like to get outdoors for a few breaks to walk around and see signs of the leave starting to change over.

Today, I am over at the Whimsy Stamps Inspiration blog to share my card with you using one of the really adorable images from this month’s release called “A Girl and Her Pumpkin” digital stamp by Crissy Armstrong:

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Isn’t she adorable?!  I really enjoyed coloring her up with my Copic markers.  As I was coloring, it actually reminded me of going to a near-by apple orchid with my children as they were growing up.  I would take photos of them with all of the pumpkins surrounding them as they would pick out which one they wanted to carve for Halloween.  (my oldest was not a fan of “pumpkin guts” and so we always ended up doing that part for him! LOL!)  But it must have made an impression with them because they still enjoy going as adults now!   Besides, what’s better than apple cider donuts and freshly picked apples?!  YUM!

So after the reminencing of memories, I cut her out with the WS Hand Stitched Nested Rectangles along with the card front base and attached to a white A2 sized top folding card base.  For the sentiment, I took a piece of vellum and heat embossed a greeting from the WS Painted Sayings stamp set and I also took some of the splatter images from the same set and stamped them randomly in the background with white ink.

Before attching the image panels onto the card, I’ve added some gold ink around the edges, attached some leaves behind it and popped it up with foam tape.  The piece of vellum was hand cut into a banner and folded around card base and attached with glue behind the letters to hide it.  I then put some burlap ribbon around the card front base as well as the image panel, vellum banner and gold sequins filled with gold Stickles.

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Here’s a closer view of the image and how she’s colored.  You can also better see the gold inked edges.  And of course the photo didn’t pick it up, but I took some Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen to go over the pumpkin with.

I’ve also used a cloud stencil to lightly sponge in a nice Fall sky behind her.

I think she would look so cute surrounded by a field of pumpkins…so there’s an idea!  Maybe I’ll work on that for next time!

If you haven’t done so yet, be sure to take a look over at the Whimsy Stamps Inspiration blog and subscribe so you can get all the updates for new posts!  There is always inspiration from the rest of the design team as well as special guests, new releases every month and fun give aways too!  So check it out!

Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I appreciate you taking the time!  See you soon!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today.  (You can click the photo to go shopping in the store.  There is no additional cost for clicking on anything.)

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challenges:

  1.  QKR Stampeded – Anything Goes #314
  2. Just Us Girls – JUGS459 photo weekScreen Shot 2018-08-23 at 7.17.20 AM
  3. Crafty Friends – Autumn Colors
  4. Stamps & Fun = Creativity – Fall
  5. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes

 

It’s a Monochromatic Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  Trying to work hard on projects and gettings things ready for next month.   So please excuse me if I seem a bit sporadic in my presence!

Stopping in to share a new challenge with you over at Cute Card Thursday!  This week the theme is “monochromatic” or some people say “monochrome” which simply means that your project mainly consists of one color or tone.   Stop by the challenge blog and be sure to check out the rest of the inspiration from the design team while you’re there!  Here’s my project for the challenge:

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I absolutely fell in love with this flower image from the My Favorite Things card kit that they came out with!  And I can’t say that I came up with this idea all on my own either, as it is very similar to one of the samples on the project sheet that comes with the kit.

It’s very simple to do, just white heat embossed the floral image and color areas in with a Copic marker and then I used a sentiment from Lawn Fawn to white heat emboss over vellum and the card stock again and then die cut the word out and attach over the vellum strip.  I had been requested to make up some wedding cards and so I’m trying to make up a few of them as this is something that I’ve completely missed in my card creating.  I need to remember that along with some others that I have been requested to make up that I just don’t think about doing when creating.  Taking mental notes for myself!

We look forward to seeing your creations this week!  Hope you can play along!

Thanks for stopping by friends!  See you soon!

challenges:

  1.  QKR Stampede –  #313 Anything Goes
  2. The Flower Challenge – Anything Goes + flower(s)TFChallenge#24
  3. The Creative Crafters – Anything Goes