Sympathy & Banish the Blues

Hello friends!  Hope you have enjoyed a nice weekend.  Unfortunately, I needed to make up a sympathy card and didn’t realize that I had run out of them, so I will need to make some up in the future so I can have them on hand and not have to worry about it when the time comes again.  I had a friend who recently passed and needed a card for her family, so I pulled out a set that I hadn’t used before until now:

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This is an older set from last year’s Sale-a-Bration at Stampin’ Up! called “Heartfelt Blooms”.  I think it’s so pretty and since the lady who passed was a happy crafter, I felt good about making this tribute for her.  I will miss seeing you at lunches Penny, rest in peace my friend.

I stamped the floral image several times with a Copic friendly navy color ink over some cream colored cardstock and then colored in the images with my Copic markers.  I also went around the images with some markers and blended it all out around the design.

I then took some distress ink and the foam ink blending tool to soften the edges a bit and make it look a bit more Vintage.  I also stamped the sentiment with navy ink and die cut it along with some navy cardstock with a banner die.  I sponged around the edges of this as well.  I wrapped some linen thread several times around this panel and tied it off with a bow next to the banner.  I then attached it over an A2 sized top folding navy card base.

I created a matching envelope by stamping the image in navy ink over it as well.  Lastly finished off the design with some clear sequins.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring on the floral image I did as well as the sponged around the front panel and banner.  I thought all of the blue colors turned out really pretty and made a nice Vintage feel.

Challenges I’d like to enter for the above card:

  1.  A Bit More Time to Craft – #84 Anything Goes
  2. The Creative Crafters – Anything Goes
  3. Crafty Catz – Anything Goes with optional:  Blue, Green plus one other color (cream)

So on another {positive} note, I’d also like to remind you that there are still a couple of days left to play along with us over at the Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week!  The theme for this challenge is “Banish the Blues” which I felt like doing in my craft room and so I decided to make this “Fun-Loving” card:

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Now how happy do these cute honey bees look?!  They almost look like they’re dancing in the air!!  I don’t get to play very often with the Brutus Monroe collection that I have started to accumulate, but I’ve used items from this month’s “Love Bug” Inspiration Box for this card.

I’ve heat embossed the bees and colored them in with some of the Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigments which I’ve collected quite a few of as well! LOL!  I’ve used the paper from the kit and stamped the background and the edges of the bee panel with some SU! ink that happened to match up with it.  I then white heat embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set above the bee panel.  I sponged around the edges of this red panel with white ink and attached it to a side folding A2 sized card base.

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Here’s a closer look at the bees and how I’ve colored them.  Some of the BM Aqua Pigments are shimmery and I’ve used a couple of those colors too!  I’ve added some white dots on their cheeks as well as a few around the hearts.  I topped off their eye-balls with some glossy accents.  I’ve also stamped some more “xoxo”s on each end of this image border and layered it over a piece of black cardstock.  I took two strips of glitter washi tape from the kit and added it above and below the image panel area and then attached the bees over top but between the strips.  Lastly I’ve added a heart shaped sequins to the center of the white embossed heart “O” in the sentiment and the rest of the sequins from the kit randomly placed on the card.  I topped off the circle sequins with some Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops.

Hope this helped to end my post on a happier note with a smile and I hope you will stop by the Cute Card Thursday Challenge Blog and check out the inspiration over there and play along with us!!

Thanks so much for checking in with me today!  I’ll see you again tomorrow for more crafty inspiration!!

Here’s some challenges I’d like to enter the above “Bee card” for:

  1.  Shopping Our Stash – #SOS386 Hearts On Fire
  2. Moving Along With the Times – #89 Have a Heart
  3. QKR Stampede – #331 Anything Goes
  4. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – #PIP1903 Anything Goes
  5. Paper Girls – #168 Sparkle and Shine
  6. Double Trouble:  #20 Thing 1 Trouble Maker – “Love is in the Air” (honey bees!), Thing 2 Double Dare – Entered the Paper Girls Challenge #168, Thing 3 Twisted Sister – “Sparkling and Shining” (I used metallic watercolor, sequins, glitter drops and glitter washi tape)

Enjoy the Changes Life Brings

Hello friends!  Back with you today to share a card I’ve made using the January release stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle called Early Spring Nest!

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I had so much fun playing with this pretty Spring image and playing with some new embossing powders on this one!

To get the background, I’ve taken a piece of watercolor paper and sprinkled it with some Nuvo Blue Blitz Shimmer Powder and spritzed it with water to also move it around the paper until I got the look I was wanting for it.  I set it aside to work on the rest of my card until it was COMPLETELY dry.  After it dried, I took my Static Free Bag to rub over the area and prep for heat embossing.  I stamped the Crackle Background stamp (Really love the versatility of this image!) with VersaMark and heat set the image with the SNS Robin’s Egg embossing powder.  (Sounded like the perfect product to use for my card!)  I also used my corner chomper to round the corners on this panel.

For the scallop layer behind this panel as well as the layer behind the sentiment, I took my VersaMark ink pad and smeared on a layer around the edges and heat embossed them with the SNS Coffee embossing powder.  I also used this for the sentiment as well as the nest image, so this also works for a nice detailed embossing powder!   I made the fishtail banner layer before I did the embossing with my Tim Holtz 5″ scissors.  I took some craft foam and attached the front base panel to the embossed scalloped layer which was mounted onto a white A2 sized top folding card base.

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Here’s a closer look at the stamped Crackle background with the Robin’s Egg heat embossing over the watercolor background.  I just love the shimmer it has in it!  You can also see the Coffee heat embossed layers.  I love the pretty Copper sheen it has as well as the dark brown flecks in it!  You can also see how well it embossed the fine detailed stamped images too.

There are so many different things going on with the embossing powder on this design that you really need to capture all the different angles throughout the design to see it!

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For the coloring of the image, I just used some Clean Color Real Brush markers for it.  I like to heat emboss the images when I do this sort of coloring as it helps to keep the watercoloring inside the lines and acts as sort of a “well” so that the colors stay where you want them.

For the eggs inside the nest, I took a VersaMarker pen and colored them in with it.  Then I took the same Robin’s Egg embossing powder and heat set the eggs with it.  It really creates a fun and unique look with the blue tint and speckle flakes in it, plus it gives it a nice embossed shine for an “egg like” appearance!

After coloring in the image, I used my scissors to fussy cut it out and then added a couple of feathers from my stash and attached this image over the card front panel with some foam tape.  I finished off my design by adding a few random drops with some Nuvo Dazzling Blue Glitter Drops.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my card today and thank you so much for stopping in!

Don’t forget to use my code below at checkout when shopping:

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Here’s quick list of Sparkle N Sprinkle products used today:

Stamps:

Embossing Powders:

Ink:

Coloring Mediums:

Embellishments:

Tools:

 

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Fab ‘N’ Funky – New Beginnings  MISS IT!!!
  2. Not Just Cards – Jan Anything Goes
  3. Crafty Friends – New Beginnings
  4. Stamps & Fun = Creativity – #338 Anything Goes
  5. Pammies Inky Pinkies – PIP1902 Anything Goes

Cuddle Bunny at Whimsy Stamps

Hello friends!  Hope you’ve had a great weekend!  The last time I posted I mentioned it was so nice that we could cook out on the grill, well this week it’s snow conditions and very cold!  With life in the Midwest, you never know what you’re going to get.

I thought it would be nice to turn that warm weather feeling to the inside of my craft room and create with this January released digital image from Whimsy Stamps:

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Fell in love with this darling image by Crissy Armstrong called Cuddle Bunny.  This had been a previous rubber stamp that is now available in digital format!  I think there are many advantages to getting a digital version:  1) It NEVER runs out of stock in the store because it’s a digital file, PLUS, you don’t have to wait for it to come in the mail!  2) You can size the image(s) whatever size you want it to be!  3) You can easily combine other images with it and arrange them as you’d like before printing it out.  4) You can color with Copic markers without worrying about anything getting smeared and lastly:  5) You can still feel like you’re “getting your hands crafty” by coloring and finishing out your creation with other products!  So, if you haven’t jumped on the “digital wagon”, an image like this would be a great one to try out!

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For my card, I have colored my image with Copic markers, see the detail list below and then sponged some Tumbled Glass distress ink with an ink blending foam tool and a cloud stencil.  I then cut it out with the Whimsy Stamps Notched Rectangle dies and added a yellow layer behind it that I’ve notched out by hand.

For the background I’ve taken a piece of blue watercolor paper panel and lined the top and bottom of it with a strip of flower borders from my old stash.  I used a glue pen for the centers of the flowers and attached some glitter over top.  I added a strip of sheer white ribbon across it and attached it to a piece of shimmer luster paper whih was mounted onto a 5″ square yellow card base.

Lastly, I used some craft foam behind the image panel and attached it over my card and then added the ribbon bow with a chipboard flower in the center.

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Here’s a closer look at the image where you can see how I’ve colored it.  Hard to capture in the photo, but I’ve also taken some Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops and added a tiny dot in the centers of the white flowers.  I have also used the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush and went over the butterfly.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today and I thank you so much for stopping in!  I look forward to sharing another project with you tomorrow!  See you soon!

Here’s the list of Copic colors I’ve used:  (Click on the underlined numbers below to purchase these markers from Whimsy Stamps.)

  1.  Dress, Hair Bow & White Flowers:  Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11, B00, B000
  2. Shoes:  E87, E84, E81
  3. Hair & Skin:  E49, E47, E44, E42, E21, E11, E00, E000, R20
  4. Bunny:  C3, C1, R00
  5. Butterfly & Flowers:  V15, V12
  6. Grass & White Flower Stems/Leaves:  G24, G21, G20, YG67, YG63, YG61

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products that I’ve used on my card today:  (Click on photos to purchase from their store!)

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes #22
  3. Creative Knockouts – Anything Goes
  4. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #330
  5. Use Your Stuff – Furry Friends

 

What’s New at Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  It’s Thursday time again and we have a new challenge for you over at Cute Card Thursday today!  The challenge for this week is…..”What’s New?

And remember these challenge themes are always your own interpretation!  Here’s what I’ve created for it:

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I thought this image was so TWEET!! 🙂  It is a “new to me” image from our sponsor this week by All Dressed Up Stamps called Home Sweet Home.  I thought this would be such a nice card for someone with a “new home”.

It was also nice to be able to use some older items from my stash as well!  I have colored up the image and used a heart die to cut it out with.  I’ve also sponged some color around the edges and added some stitching details with a marker.  For the patterned papers in the background, I’ve used a paper piercer tool and made stitch marks over the holes with a white gel pen.  I layered it onto a piece of white cardstock which I then layered onto a piece of 5″x5″ Sahara Sand top folding card base.  BEFORE attaching my white layer onto the base, I’ve added some twine around it.

I cut out a smaller heart from the die set I’ve used from some craft foam and attached it to the image heart panel and placed it over the twine on the front.  Lastly, I’ve added the wood veneer bird cage and flowers and twine bow.

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Taking a closer look at the image, you can see that I’ve used various colors of Copics to color it in with.  I went around the images with a W0 which matched up nicely with the colors of the main card panel.  You can also see places where I’ve added a bit of sparkle from some colored gel pens and extra “dots” around the image with a white gel pen.  It was actually a really simple and fun image to color!

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I hope that you will join us this week and share “What’s New?” with us at Cute Card Thursday!  Be sure to stop by the blog to see what other inspiration that the rest of the design team has come up with!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I wish you a wonderful day!

Challenges I’d like to enter for this card:

  1.  CRAFT – New (year/job/baby, etc.) – for me:  new home and new stash
  2. All Dressed Up Stamps challenge – Anything Goes + ADU image
  3. Cardz 4 Galz – New Year/New Stash (image and hearts dies)
  4. Alphabet Challenge – ‘U’ is for ‘Use Some Stitching:  faux or real’
  5. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  6. Try it On Tuesday – Something old/something new (new image/wood veneer, new home and old papers, old flowers, old tools!)
  7. Words 2 Craft By – HOPE (W2CB61):  “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul & sings the tunes without the words & never stops at all.” ~ Emily Dickenson                     Absolutely LOVE that!!

Rose Heart Card for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Video Kit Club Inspiration

Hello friends!  I’m back again to share my Rose Heart card for Sparkle N Sprinkle!  I’m still “in the mood for love”, so here’s what I’ve got for you today:

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I absolutely love this new Rose Heart stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle this month!  It’s a wonderful layering stamp set and I can see so many creative possibilities with it!  I really hope to get some time to play with it some more!

I thought this stamp set had an elegant Vintage feel to it and I wanted to create with it in that way.  There are lots of fun heat embossing, ink blending and layering going on in this design.  If you would like to view the full details of how I went about creating my card, please visit my Sparkle N Sprinkle blog post HERE for more photos and steps in how I’ve made my design.

I’m also very excited and honored to have my card behind the inspiration for this month’s Vido Kit Club!  I have enjoyed watching videos from Demo Donna for a while now so it’s really cool to watch her create based on something I’ve made!  Plus she has used some really pretty glittery products that I don’t have on my card, but now are all on my wish list to get!! LOL!!

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Check out all the awesome things you will receive in the kit!  And if you subscribe monthly, you get a nice discount with it!  (I think it’s great that you can also skip any months you don’t want!)

If you’d like to watch Demo Donna’s video on how she created her version based on my card, please check out the video below or CLICK HERE to see it on You Tube):

 

Here is the list of Sparkle N Sprinkle products that I’ve used on my card design:         (Click on the links below to purchase products.)

Stamps:  Rose Heart stamp set [939]

Embossing Powders:  Antiquities [EP266], Sparkle [EP107]

Ink:  Nuvo Rose Garden Hybrid Ink Pads [83N], VersaMark [VM001]

Adhesives:  SNS Dimensional Glue [539]

Embellishments:  Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss Pen [888N]

Tools/Dies:  Tonic Layering Traditional Heart Dies [1459E], Static Free Bag [99512], Tweezers-Fiber Grip [510TWP]

Thanks so much for stopping in today and for checking out all of the links!  I appreciate your time and comments very much! 🙂  If you do click on any of the links to shop, be sure to add my discount code at checkout for 10% off your entire order!

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Challenges I’d like to enter my card for:

  1.  QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #329
  2. Simply Create Too – Anything Goes/No Twist
  3. Allsorts – Hearts and Flowers
  4. Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media – Layersjanuary 2019
  5. Pammies Inky Pinkies (PIP1901) – Anything Goes

Spread Love at Whimsy Stamps

Hello friends!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Although it’s supposed to be VERY cold in January over my way, it has actually reached warm enough temperatures that we can cook out on the grill! I’ll take it for now as I don’t think it will last!

Have you been over to see the Digital January release at Whimsy Stamps yet?  There are SO MANY really fun and adorable images to color along with a couple of fun digital papers to help you finish up your cards!  Since Valentine’s Day is coming near, I decided to make a card with that in mind:

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I have used this darling Spread Love digital stamp by Crissy Armstrong.  I just adore her wings and “heart antlers” sprinkling hearts everywhere! 🙂

I have colored her up in Copic markers in the following:  (Click on the underlined numbers to purchase from Whimsy Stamps)

  1.  Dress, shoes and a couple of the hearts – R85, R83, R81 
  2. Heart on dress, heart antlers and other hearts – R24, R22, R21
  3. Wings – R00, BG000
  4. Hair – E27, E25, E23, E21
  5. Skin – E11, E00, E000, R20, R00 (cheeks)
  6. Around image – B000, E0000

I’ve also taken a cloud stencil to add some clouds in the background with an ink blender foam tool and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  I then embossed the sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Snow Flurry clear stamp set with some gold embossing powder.  I went around the edges of the image panel and added a few “dots” around the hearts with the Nuvo Honey Gold Glitter Drops.

For the background of the card, I’ve used the new Hearts a Flutter Digital Papers and cut out a piece with the Whimsy Stamps Hand Stitched Nested Rectangles die.  I then trimmed this piece at an angle and attached it to a strip of this white punched border that I’ve made.  I’ve also cut out a piece of pink cardstock with the same die and trimmed this out an angle as well.  Both of these pieces were attached to an A2 sized white top folding card base.  The image panel was attached over a piece of craft foam and mounted to the front of the card along with the gold ribbon.

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Taking a closer view of this image, you can see on the wings that I’ve added some shimmer to them with a Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen.  You can also see where I’ve taken a gold gel pen and went over the swirls in her dress as well as the “heart antler stems” on her head.  I always love to add little details like on my coloring and I hope you’ve enjoyed it today as well!

Thanks so much for dropping in and I’ll see you soon!

Here’s the Whimsy Stamp products I’ve used today:

Click on photos below to purchase from Whimsy Stamps.  (To purchase Copic markers, see the numbered link list above.)

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Creative Inspirations – Anything Goes
  2. Crafting by Designs – Anything Goes
  3. As You Like It – Anything Goes/Show Your Style
  4. Crafting With an Attitude – Anything Goes
  5. Daisy Chain – Add Some Sparkle

Whimsy Stamps January Digital New Release is Here + Anything Goes at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!

I’m not only here to share my creation for the new release at Whimsy Stamps, but also another new challenge for Cute Card Thursday which is also being sponsored by Whimsy Stamps this week!  The new challenge for Cute Card Thursday this week is another “Anything Goes“!  We look forward to seeing your creations, plus if you enter this week, you put your name into a draw for a win from our sponsor!  Don’t miss out!

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Now how adorable are these little cuties?!!  This is the newly released digital stamp called Crateful of Kittens from Whimsy Stamps.  I have also paired it with the newly released Oh Boy – Digital Papers.  I thought that the solid yellow and gingham would work nicely with this image to give it a happy feel!  For the sentiment I’ve used the Whimsy Stamps Bold Statements clear stamp set to stamp over some of the yellow solid paper and made my own fishtail banner with it.

I’ve added some white ribbon with a bow to go around the yellow papers and then attached it to an A2 sized white top folding card base.  For the banner, I’ve added a white daisy flower and placed a rhinestone in the center that I’ve colored yellow with a Y17 Copic Marker.

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Here’s a closer look for you on how I’ve colored up this image!  I’ve used a stitched square die to cut the image out with and additional die to layer some of the solid yellow digital papers behind it.  For the background of the image panel, I’ve used a cloud stencil and very lightly inked some clouds in the background.  I added some sparkle to the center of the flowers on the image with a glue pen and clear loose glitter.  I’ve also added some dots to their cheeks with a white gel pen.

Here are the Copics I’ve used to color with:  (Click on each underlined number to purchase from Whimsy Stamps.)

  1.  wooden crate:  E23, E25, E27, 0-blender
  2. Flowers, leaves, grass:  Y11, Y15, Y17, YG61, YG63, YG67, G20, G21, G24
  3. Kitties:  C1, C3, C5, E41, E43, E44, R20 (cheeks), W1, W3, W5

Hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today and please pop on over to check out the full, brand new digital release for January over at Whimsy Stamps!

*Don’t forget that they are also sponsoring our challenge this week over at Cute Card Thursday as well!  Be sure to hop on over there to see the rest of the inspiration from the design team and play along with us!!*

Here are the other Whimsy Stamps products that I’ve used on my card:

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Challenges:

  1.  My Time to Craft – Something NEW (New image, new papers and new friends!)
  2. Always Fun – Something NEW (ditto above!)
  3. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  4. Classic DT Challenge – open (Anything Goes)
  5. The Crafty Addicts – Anything Goes with optional:  “It’s a purrfect day!”
  6. Little Red Wagon – Hey Newbie! (new image, new papers and new friends!)