I’m Otterly In Love

Hello friends!  Happy Friday!  Do have any plans for the weekend?  I have plans to probably stay in and color since there’s snow predicted for us! Brr!

I wanted to share a card I’ve made with this “OTTERLY” adorable brand new Pairables digital set that has come out today from Digi Doodle Studios:

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Isn’t that the sweetest little face?!  This entire scene was digitally created on my computer using the *NEW* Otterly Love Pairables set from Digi Doodle Studios!  If you’d like to take a look at what’s in the entire set, then check it out in the store link or see the bottom of this post!  I will have another card coming with this same set soon, so stay tuned!

*Tip*  The “thing” I love about creating scenes digitally as apposed to regular stamping is that there’s no masking involved!  Just create on the computer and you can resize and arrange/bring forward/bring back, etc all you want without the hassle and it’s easy to start over as it’s on your computer!  It’s easier than you think if you’ve never done it!

So as I mentioned, I arranged each image on my computer how I wanted the images to be and printed it out, colored it in and sponged in some distress ink along the edges so the whole panel has color over it.

I die cut it out with a stitched rectangle die and used the same die set to cut a larger piece in the brown cardstock that was layered over an A2 sized top folding white card base.

I used my Cricut to cut out the cattails along the right side.  I popped it up with some thin pieces of foam tape to add to my design.  Lastly, I finished out the card with some gold heart sequins around the sentiment.  (This is a nice flat design so it’s easily mailable too!)

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on this cutie!  I’ve used my Copic markers to color most of the panel including all of the grass blades.

I took a white gel pen to give him extra highlight on his eyeballs and cheeks.  I also covered the pond water with a glitter brush pen for some shimmer.  Not sure you can see it, but of course it’s nice and glittery in person!

I’ve also used a sponge to lightly cover the cattails with white ink.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today using this darling new Pairables set from DDS!  I’m seriously looking forward to sharing more with it soon as I think this has easily become my favorite!!  🙂

Please be sure to check out not only the store, but grab some inspiration by joining us on our Digi Doodle Studios Facebook Group as well as join in some challenges!  You can check out several ways to enter for a chance to win by CLICKING HERE!

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

Here is the Digi Doodle Studios product(s) used on my card today:  (Click on the photo to view/purchase in the store.)

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Challenges:

  1.  Country View – Love
  2. The Paper Funday – Anything Goes with optional Friendship
  3. Crafts Galore Encore – Anything Goes #71
  4. Creative Knockouts – Anything Goes
  5. Let’s Craft and Create – Anything Goes with optional:  Love is in the Air
  6. Lil’ Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
  7. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies– PIP2001 Anything Goes

Welcome Little One From Digi Doodle Studios!

Hello friends!  So now that we have celebrated the Holidays and have started the year, it’s time to look at all things “new”, right?!  I have some new things to share with you today using Digi Doodle Studios products!

To me, there’s nothing better to celebrate “new” than new crafty items to play with as well as a new baby theme:

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I hope you just said “Awe!” right along with me here!  Absolutely fell in love with this precious digital Pairables set that’s BRAND NEW at Digi Doodle Studios called “Little Ones“!  (Please be sure to check it out at the store or look at the bottom of this post to see the complete set as there are more adorable images to play with other than what I’m showing here!)

I started by printing out the images and coloring them up.  I colored the giraffe, balloon, heart and baby rattle and then fussy cut them out for my card design.  There is a very soft interlocking heart grey background papers from the Digi Doodle Studios Baby Boy digital paper pack that I’ve used for the background with the frame layout.

The frame was cut out using the Whimsy Stamps Peekaboo Window 3 die from some yellow cardstock.  I then took a brand new textured embossing folder from Sizzix that I got over the Holidays and embossed it.  Love the texture of the hearts!

I used some pop dots to lift the images up a bit and added some white twine to the balloon and giraffe.  The sentiment was printed out (also from the same Pairables set) and cut out with a banner die.  Lastly, I’ve added the ribbon bow, button and some tiny heart sequins in random areas.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on this sweet little giraffe.  I’ve used Copics to color all the images.  You can see how pretty that texture from the embossing is!  Lots of little hearts going on here! (Including on the giraffe in case you didn’t see that!)  🙂

You can see where I’ve added some shimmer to the balloon, tiny hearts on rattle and the tiny heart inside the yellow heart with a glitter brush pen.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my “NEW” creation for you today!  Please be sure to stop in the store and check it out along with all of the other new items available!

If you like challenges, then be sure to play along over at the Digi Doodle Studios Challenge Blog where the theme is “Something New” too!  And if you happen to be using a Digi Doodle Studios image, please be sure to share it with us over on the Digi Doodle Studios Facebook Group and enter the challenge there as well for a chance to win!  We look forward to seeing your projects!

To view or purchase the items used on my card today, click on the photos below:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Crafty Creations – Anything Goes #405
  2. Pearly Sparkles – Anything Goes
  3. Moving Along With the Times – All Things New (new digi stamps/papers/embossing folder and new baby)
  4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Something New
  5. Craft Rocket – Something New
  6. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #379
  7. Crafty Friends – Something New
  8. Crafter’s Castle – Anything Goes

Falling in Love With Wintertime Penguins!

Hello friends!  We are now past Christmas and getting ready for a New Year, but soon the feeling of love will be in the air!  So I thought I’d start that off with something that I personally love, which you might know, are those cute penguins!  🙂

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And of course you’ve already seen me use this super fun Wintertime Penguins Pairables set from Digi Doodle Studios in a couple of different ways, but this time I’ve added the hearts above his head and sentiment from the same set to make this a “lovey dovey” style card!  (If you haven’t YET seen the other creations that I’ve made with this adorable set, then check out my blog posts HERE and HERE!)

I kept the colors in pink and red to go with Valentine’s Day, but you could easily make this a wonderful anniversary or “any day” card for your favorite love penguin as well!  LOL!

So I grabbed some fun papers from my stash with both pink snowflakes and red/pinkish hearts paper for my 5″ top folding white base card that I layered the turquoise colored cardstock over and then applied the papers to.  I embossed some hearts on the middle strip with a piece of white cardstock and then rubbed some turquoise colored ink lightly over them.  I layered that strip onto a pice of turquoise cardstock again and then wrapped some white/clear metallic ribbon with a bow over it before attaching it down.

The sentiment was printed out from this cute set with the penguin and then I just used a banner die to cut it out with and attach to the front of the card.

I added the penguin image that was die cut and layered with some stitched and scallop circle dies.  I’ve used some craft foam to pop it up over the center, then added a heart button with twine in the center of the bow.  Lastly, I’ve added a couple of snowflake sequins and some liquid pearl “dots” randomly over the card.

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Here’s a closer look at this cutie and how I’ve got him colored up with my Copic markers.  I’ve used a white gel pen to dot his cheeks and then I took a glitter brush pen (Spectrum Noir) and covered the hearts above his head as well as the “snowy” ground under his feet for a bit of shimmer.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my “lovey dovey” card today and have been inspired in some way!  Thanks so much for joining me on my blog today!

I can’t believe that the New Year is just about to start!!  I will most definately be seeing you in 2020 my friends!! 🙂

Challenges:

  1. Tuesday Morning Sketches – Annual Anything Goes
  2. The House That Stamps Built – Anything Goes D2519 (Having problems with Linky tool still.)
  3. Aud Sentiments – Christmas/Winter + a sentiment (DDS is sponsoring!)
  4. Crafting By Designs – December Anything Goes
  5. Let’s Craft and Create – Anything Goes with optional Let it Snow

Check out the Digi Doodle products used on my card today – click photo below to see/purchase in the store:

 

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Cute Card Thursday – Anything Goes with Reindeer Farts

LOL!  Hey friends!  Did I grab your attention with my title today?!

Today starts a brand new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday and it’s an easy ‘ANYTHING GOES!’  Since it’s the first Thursday of the month, we are being sponsored by Whimsy Stamps!  Yay!  So please be sure to remember to add whatever creation you’re working on over in our gallery this week!

*News update:  This will be my last challenge as a design team member for Cute Card Thursday.  I have really loved being apart of the team and the wonderful ladies over there for over a year and a half. I wish them all well.  I’m sure I’ll be playing along in future challenges of course!*

Here’s the card I made with products from our sponsor:

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BWHAA!! HA! HA!  Yep, I’m most positive it’s probably been that cold out over my way!  LOL!  It’s supposed to get down to the teens next week! Brr!

This hilarious digital image is called Reindeer Farts by Dustin Pike from Whimsy Stamps.  It comes with the sentiment which I wouldn’t want it without that!  LOL!  This image was released back in October, but with all of the Halloween going on, it sort of didn’t get a good “spotlight” on it, so I thought now would be a good time to pull it out and perhaps send it out to my brother for Christmas…which he’ll get a kick out of!  🙂

I started out with a white cardstock panel cut with a stitched rectangle die with the printed out sentiment at the top of it.  I pulled out the Whimsy Stamps Snow Flurry clear stamp set and white heat embossed some snowflakes in the background.  I ink blended some  Distress Oxide Inks over top of them in the colors:  Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch.  I sprizted some water over it, dapped it with a paper towel and once completely dry, I stamped out some more snowflakes in a few of the Distress Oxide Inks over that to give it a little depth.  The ink marks left over the white snowflakes were easily wiped away because the heat embossing resists the inks.  I covered this entire panel with a Shimmer Spray.  (You can see it in the photo below!)

I layered this piece onto a purple cardstock base and then layered it over a blue piece of cardstock cut from a stitched A2 sized rectangle die which was then mounted over a top folding A2 sized white card base.

I’ve used some White Glitterstock and cut a “snow hill” for the deer with a stitched hillside border die and glued that to cover the entire bottom of the card.  I also took another strip of that Glitterstock and used my MS goo border punch to create the small border above the sentiment, which generates a more “cold feeling” to the card.

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I’ve printed out the deer image with Copic Blending Card, colored it up with Copics and then fussy cut it out…including the “fart cloud” and popped it up over the snowy hill with some foam tape.

Before attaching it to the glittery snow hill, I took a couple of Copic markers to create a bit of shading for the deer standing on the snow.  I also took a white gel pen and added some dot markings on the back of the deer.

You can also see where I’ve added some glossy accents to his eyeballs and I even took some Star dust glitter and added it to the snowflake in the “fart cloud”.  🙂

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Well I hope you got a giggle from my card today! LOL!  This will be a fun one to send along!  Please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog and check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team and join in the fun with us this week!

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

Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today with affiliate links:

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Challenges:

  1.  Creatalicious – #176 Anything Goes with optional Winter
  2. Sparkles Christmas– Winter Wonderland
  3. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  4. Crafts Galore Encore – Anything Goes
  5. Cute As a Button – Anything Goes with optional twist:  Let it Snow!
  6. Cardz 4 Guyz – Christmas Critters
  7. Creative Inspirations – Festive Fun

 

Teddybear Tags for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies

Hello friends!  Welcome to December!  We have already arrived at the final month of the year!  Can you believe how quickly this year went by?!  The first of the month means it’s time for a new challenge to start over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!  Remember that it is an always “ANYTHING GOES + A CRITTER“.   I love adding critters to my crafty projects so it’s easy for me!  🙂

Since I’ve been on a tag making binge, I’ve got some more to share today:

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Isn’t this the cutest little bear?!  We’re sponsored this month by Beccy’s Place and I have opted to try out this cute freebie that she has offered on her blog called Stanley’s Bauble.  (Click on the link to grab it for yourself!)

I thought he was too cute and I wanted to try coloring him up in a couple of different ways and even a couple of different sizes too!

I just took my Sunny Studios scallop circle tag dies and die cut a couple of them in my selected color choices of course to match up with his bauble and then I’ve die cut some coordinating circles and pattern papers to match.  He was fussy cut out and placed over top of the tag.  I’ve added some silk ribbon for both and added a twine bow around them.

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Here’s  closer view of the Stanley’s Bauble red and black tag.

For this tag, he’s a bit larger than the other an he was popped up over the tag with some foam tape.  I’ve colored the bauble hanger with a gold gel pen and then went over the red bauble with a glitter brush pen.

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Here’s a closer view of the smaller tag.  The light has caught this one just right to where you can really see the glitter brush over the blue bauble.  I’ve also colored his bauble hanger with a silver gel pen.

The circle layer behind the snowflake paper was cut from some silver glitter paper.  I’ve taken a Simon Says Stamp sentiment strip and cut it out, sponged it with blue ink and glued it above the bear.  Since he was smaller than the other bear, I had room for a sentiment.   He was just attached with glue this time.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these teddybear tags today!  Please be sure to stop by the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies blog and check out the inspiration from the rest of the team and play along with us this month!  We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

I will see you again tomorrow for some Whimsy Stamps inspiration!

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I will be adding these to the “25 Days of Christmas Tags” event and I was inspired by Anja’s tags from Day 7 Sunny Studio Post.

Challenges:

  1.  Fab ‘n’ Funky – Anything Christmas Goes
  2. Penny’s Paper Crafty – Anything Goes
  3. Polkadoodles – Anything Goes
  4. QKR Stampede – #374 Anything Goes

Let it Snow for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies

*This is post 1 of 2 posts today*

Hello friends!  Happy November!  The weather has come in full force with the several inches of snow that came over our area on Halloween!  I blinked and Fall was over!   I don’t ever remember it snowing this early before, but I guess it’s very fitting for my card today then! LOL!

Since today is the first of the month, we begin a new challenge over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies and the theme is always “Anything Goes + use a CRITTER” and it can be any type of crafty project you like to make!  Hope you will join us this month and share your lovely critter creations!

We are sponsored this month by The Paper Shelter and here’s the card I made:

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We were provided an image set to share for the team, and this beautiful set is called “Holy Night” and it comes with both the regular digital image, plus a colored version as well as some beautiful background scenes to go with it.

For my card, I printed out the “non-colored” image and used my Copic markers to color it and then used some oval dies to cut it out.  I also stamped a sentiment from Whimsy Stamps at the bottom of the oval.

I printed out the background scene paper and sponged around the edges with some blue ink that I’ve also sponged around the oval edges as well.  I added some silver metallic ribbon around the background layers and slipped the brown oval layer behind the ribbon.  I die cut some MFT snowflakes with silver glitter paper and added them around the card design.  These background layers were then mounted over a top folding white 5″ square card base.

I popped up the oval image panel with craft foam and then added a few rhinestones in the center of the snowflake over the oval and the one in the center of the bow.

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She looked a little Vintage to me and with the wintry papers, so I wanted to color her outfit in blue tones and accent with browns. For the “spots” on the deer, I used my blender 0.

I wish you could see it better in the photo, but I’ve used a gel pen for accents around her outfit trimmings including the lines of the inside of her cloak.  I also used the gel pen for the “berries” in the holy around the deer’s neck and her hair piece.

For the snowfall, I took a glue pen to add the “dots” over the image and lined the ground with it and then sprinkled some glitter over the entire oval image.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my wintry card today and were inspired in some way.

Please be sure to stop over at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge Blog to see how the rest of the design team used this same digital set in different ways and join in our critter loving fun with us this month!

Thanks so much for stopping in today and please stay tuned for another post coming up from me today!!

Challenges:

  1.  The Paper Shelter – #404 Make it Square (square card)
  2. Aud Sentiments – Anything Goes + a Sentiment
  3. CRAFT – Winter

Merry and Bright for Whimsy Stamps

Hello friends!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I had another great weekend out with hubby, but this time we visited Starved Rock National Park.  Really amazing nature hike we took and I’m wore out!  I sure wish I was able to do more hiking than what we did, but what we did do was amazing.  I will share some photos soon of our last two weekends out.

For today I have a sweet image from Whimsy Stamps to share with you and another Christmas card that I was able to add to my pile which is always nice to have!

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This little guy is so sweet trying to decorate his poor “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree here! LOL!!  This is another adorable Crissy Armstrong image called Polar Bear’s Christmas Tree.  He was previously released as a rubber stamp and now available in digital format this month too!

I’ve cut out the image the whole length of the card front panel and layerd it over a piece of black cardstock and then some red cardstock.  I was placed over a piece of digital paper that I printed out from the Whimsy Stamps Rustic Wood and Brick Digital Paper Collection.  I ran the edge of some scissors along the edges of it and then added some of the plaid ribbon along the left side.  I then mounted this over a 5.25″ square top folding black card base.

I die cut some pine boughs from green cardstock and arranged and glued it down over the strip of plaid ribbon.  I then added a plaid ribbon bow over top and then attached a black button with a twine bow in the center of that.

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I’ve put alot of detail into this image which is why I wanted this to be the main focus of the card.  I actually didn’t use too many different colors of Copic markers, but it took a while to get the “fur” looking the way I wanted.  (See list below.)

I started the scene by ink blending around the top edges and a bit around the sides with Weathered Wood distress ink.  After the ink blending, I took the sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Holiday Mini Sentiments clear stamp set and white heat embossed it over the top right edge of the image panel.

For finishing details, I took some yellow chalk for around the star at the top of the tree for a glow look and then covered the star with some gold Stickles.  I brushed the red ornament with a glitter brush pen and then the “hook” was colored with a gel pen.

I covered the entire bottom of the image panel with a glue pen and then sprinkled on some clear glitter for the snow.  Lastly I’ve added some red “berries” to the garland that the polar bear is holding with some Red Nuvo Drops.

Here’s the list of Copic markers that I’ve used to color in the image with.  You can view/purchase Copic Markers by CLICKING HERE at Whimsy Stamps or click on the numbered links below for a particular color that I’ve used:

  •  Polar Bear – W9, W7, W5, W3, W1, W0, blender 0, R00 and white gel pen
  • Tree and Garland – E25, E23, YG67, YG63, YG61, R39, R37, R35
  • Snow Ground and Shadows – BG000

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I love the “woodsy” look to this image and I was trying to capture it in my design too.  I hope that you’ve enjoyed my Christmas card today and were inspired or helped bring you a smile!

Thank you so much for stopping in with me today and I’ll be seeing you soon!

Here’s the Whimsy Stamps products used on my creation today with affiliate links:

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Challenges:

  1.  Merry Little Christmas – Anything Christmas Goes
  2. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal
  3. Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ – Anything Goes with optional: stars
  4. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Christmas
  6. CRAFT – Christmas
  7. Crafty Catz – Anything Goes