April New Release for Whimsy Stamps with Interactive Card!

Hello friends! (If you are looking for my “Purple Day” Epilepsy Awareness Blog Hop winner’s post, CLICK HERE)

It’s the first of the month for April and this also means a new release for Whimsy Stamps!  You can check out all of the new digital release by CLICKING HERE!

I’m excited to be sharing this really fun and unique interactive design that I’ve made with one of the cute images called Stretchy  Giraffe digtial stamp from the new release!

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This giraffe is so sweet and was fun to color up with Copic markers!  (See below for the full list of the markers I’ve used.)

I took the extended neck version of the giraffe and made some fold marks in his neck so that when folded, it looks like the “regular neck” version of the image, but when you pull up on the purple balloon at the top, the neck extends up with it! LOL!

Check out this 18 second video below to see how it works:

I’ve used the Whimsy Stamps No-See Kinetic Basics die set along with the Kinetic Straight Basics die set to make the straight track behind the large cloud that is under the flying giraffe.  This way there’s no track behind the giraffe to move the neck which I think is pretty cool with these special WS Kinetic No-See dies!

Because this was a giraffe with a long neck, I wanted to make a tall skinny type of card for this design.  (It measures 3″ x 6″ when closed.)  I’ve used a cloud die cut to hide the interactive track behind the giraffe and then I used a cloud stencil to sponge on some Wilted Violet and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide inks on the cloud die cut as well as the background white panel and the interactive pull behind the balloon so it all matches.  I thought it would be fun to add some stars, so I took the star from the Snappy Birthday clear stamp set and stamped them with the Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink.  I also took the sentiment from the Dachshund Balloon rubber stamp set and stamped it on the bottom of the white card front panel.  (I thought it was the perfect sentiment to go along with this image!  LOL!)  I’ve rounded the corners of the white panel and cloud panel with a corner chomper.

The giraffe was popped up with the black string wrapped around his left “antler” and then secured on the back.  The other end of the black string was tied around the balloon which is attached to the pull tab underneath the cloud area.  I covered the stars with a clear glitter brush and added some sequins filled with some Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops.  I’ve used foam dots to pop up the giraffe over the design.

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Here’s a closer view of the extended neck and the coloring I’ve done.  Here is the Copic list that I’ve used to color with and you can purchase them at Whimsy Stamps by CLICKING HERE:

  • giraffe body – YR24, YR21
  • spots, muzzle, mail & tail end – E15, E13, E11
  • Hooves & horns – E49, E47, E44
  • ears & belly – R20, R11, R00, R000
  • balloon – V17, V15, V12

I fussy cut the giraffe and the balloon separately from the image so that I could add my own string and make this an interactive card design.

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Really enjoyed creating this fun interactive card in a unique way with this adorable new stamp!  I hope you’ve been inspired with it too!  Would love to see what you come up with if you purchase this image!!

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

Here’s the list of Whimsy Stamps Products (with affiliate links) that I’ve used on my card for today:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  TGIF Challenge – Balloons (TGIFC205)205
  2. Alphabet Challenge – ‘A’ is for Animals
  3. Crazy 4 Challenges – C4C477 “Trick Card”
  4. Pammies Inky Pinkies – ATG (PIP1913)
  5. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal
  6. 613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes with optional:  create a kinetic card

 

 

2 Crafty Critter Crazies – You are my Happy

Hello friends!!  Happy April Fool’s Day! 🙂

Well there’s “no fooling” here today as I bring you a post to share the creation I’ve made for a new challenge over at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge Blog!  Since it’s the first of April, we have a brand new challenge starting with the “Anything Goes + critter” theme in mind!  Hope you will join us with your critter creations!

We are being sponsored by Digi Doodle Studios and this is the card I made for the challenge this month:

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Our sponsor was kind enough to share this very sweet image called Mia which I’ve used for my card today.  This is my first experience with these images and I must say they have some really cute ones in their store, so hop on over and check them out!

I’ve colored her up with Copic markers including drawing extended lines for the grass and coloring it up all the way across and down.  I cut it out with a cross stitched rectangle die and then used a sun ray stencil to ink some yellow behind  her by taping off the grass edge so I didn’t get any on that part.  I then stamped the sentiment in black ink over top of that.

To continue on with the yellow color theme I’ve got going on, I cut out a piece of yellow glitter cardstock that was cut out with a scallop rectangle die (retired from Lawn Fawn) and attached it to the back of the image panel.  I took some plaid papers for the bottom portion of the A2 white top folding card base and then attached some yellow grosgrain ribbon across the top and then attached the image panel and then added a yellow ribbon bow along the edge.  Lastly I finished it out with some yellow rhinestone crystals.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on the image.  I took a black gel pen to color in the eyeballs circles.  I wasn’t sure how to go about coloring the eyes, but this is the way that made the most sense to me.  I also went around the edges of the butterfly with the black gel pen.  I took a glitter brush pen and went over the liquid in her cup.

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I have to add that this image really got me thinking about past memories with my sweet little Mocca and how we would go out on nice Spring days like this.  She certainly was always “my happy” for sure and I still miss her like crazy.  I’m sure any of you that have lost pets understand what I’m saying.   It’s great to have the memories we’ve shared after all this time!

Please be sure to hop on over to the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies blog and check out the rest of the inspiration from the design team and play along with us this month!  Looking forward to seeing your critter creations!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I appreciate it so much!

**I will be back shortly to announce the winner of the “Purple Day Epilepsy Blog Hop” give away!  So be sure to come back and see if you are the winner!!**

challenges:

  1.  Crafty Friends – Spring
  2. Crafty Gals Corner – Spring is Here!
  3. Krafty Chicks – Coffee, tea or hot cocoa
  4. As You Like It – Favorite Coloring medium – Copic Why?  It’s my favorite “go to” coloring method and I love the way the markers blend together for shading and highlight effects.
  5. Creative Knockouts – Outside Fun
  6. Allsorts – Use Yellow
  7. Digi Doodle Studios Challenge – #15 Anything Goes

Whimsy Stamps Partner’s with Make a Wish Canada

Hello friends!  It’s my pleasure today to post information about this special image that Whimsy Stamps has just released today in honor of our beloved illustrator Crissy Armstrong’s brother, Ray Gauvreau, who is currently battling cancer.

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As you can see, this special little image designed by Crissy herself (You can see it imposed over the shirt in the photo that Ray is wearing), is available for purchase as a digital stamp called Penguin Ray.  I think it is so very sweet and what’s great is that ALL of the proceeds from the sale of this image will be donated directly to the Make a Wish Foundation of Canada!!  (This is where Ray is from)

I have made a special card just for him that is being sent out his way:

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I started out by coloring up this image with my Copic markers in the following:

  • Penguin body, IV wheels/post – C8, C5, C3, C1
  • penguin feet/beak, tongue, cheeks – YR24, YR21, Y23, R20, R11, R00, R000
  • Bandage, IV bag – E33, E31, Y11, R00
  • ground/shadow – C1, E0000

For the background of my card, I took some xyron printed paper and foiled the background which I think looks great for a masculine theme design and that is what I was trying to go for with this card.  After foiling it, I took and sponged some yellow distress ink to blend around the edges of it for a bit of color, along with the image panel.

I had an old stamp set from my stash and thought it would be a great fit for this card, so I stamped the vertical “fight” sentiment next to the IV bag and then I took the other sentiment and heat embossed it with white EP and cut it in a strip to attach over the image.  Lastly, I’ve added some white enamel dots to each corner of the design.

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Here’s a close look at the image and how I’ve colored it in.  It’s hard to tell in the photo of course, but I’ve also covered the IV bag with a clear glitter brush pen.  I think this image is a really great one to add to a crafter’s collection for “get well” cards and encouragment too like this one.  After cutting out the colored image panel and sponging the color around the edges, I’ve also layered this along with the foil panel with some black cardstock before attaching it onto a white top folding A2 sized card base.

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In this photo that I’ve laid flat, you can better see the shine from the foiled background that I’ve done.

Thank you so much for stopping in today and for your kind support too!

I will see you tomorrow for a special blog hop, so I hope you can join me!

Challenges:

  1.  Watercooler Wednesday – WWC213 – Anything Masculine GoesWWC213 - Karen's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge
  2. Aud Sentiments – Any sentiment EXCEPT “Happy birthday”
  3. QKR Stampede – #340 Anything Goes

 

Find Peace with a Winter Deer for Sparkle N Sprinkle

Hello friends!  As I had mentioned in yesterday’s post, we are currently being hit with snow AND ice over my way…so I might as well embrace it, right?!   Although I’ve been trying to sneak in some Spring creations, I also enjoy creating Christmas/Winter cards throughout the year so that I can take my time and not be hurried during the rush of the Season at the end of the year which makes it more enjoyable…and peaceful! 🙂

*affiliate links used in this post*

Sparkle N Sprinkle has released this gorgeous new stamp set this month called Winter Deer [00-935P5] which I’ve used on my card for today:

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You can also get a Digital Version [DIGI935J] -(includes more sentiments/pre-colored) of this stamp set if you prefer that to rubber, but I have used the rubber stamp set for my card here.  I started out with a piece of watercolor paper and used the Blue Blitz [1208N] and Atlantis Burst [1213N] Nuvo Shimmer Powders to create the background by spritzing it with water until I achieved the look I wanted and set aside to dry.

(You can also see my photo tutorial on the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog if you like.)

I cut this panel out with an oval die and using my cut out deer for reference to see where I wanted to position the sentiment,  I embossed the sentiment from the stamp set with White EP [EP166]  .  I used some Magic Speckle EP [EP175] for a really cool background effect over the watercolor panel! (You can see it better in the photos below.)  I’ve used both SNS Dimensional Glue [539] as well as foam dots to attach the deer image and oval layers together.  I’ve used both white cardstock as well as some gold mirror cardstock for the layered panels.

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Here’s a closer look at the Copic coloring I’ve done on the deer as well as the Magic Speckle EP effect on the background!  Since it’s a thicker type of powder, I didn’t attach it with anything.  I just added “piles” of it where I wanted and melted it from underneath so it didn’t blow all over.  Loving how it has that “icy look” to it!  I’m using this same EP again soon!  So stay tuned!

For the deer, I’ve used my Tim Holtz 5″ Mini Scissors [816E] to VERY carefully cut this image out and then used a black marker to go along the edges to hide my imperfections. For the snow over the branches, I’ve used a Nuvo Precision Glue Pen [206N] to go over it and then sprinkle some Sparkling Snow Glitter [G1003] over it.  I also took the Nuvo Red Berry Crystal Drops [667N] and covered the “berries” with it.  I set this aside until dry to work on the rest of my card.

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So for the glittery background panel behind the oval layers, I took a piece of white cardstock and attached it with a piece of the SNS Super Adhesive Sheets [SAS02] and die cut it out with a scallop rectangle die.  I removed the release paper from it and burnished some of the same Sparkling Snow Glitter [G1003] into this panel.  I attached it over another piece of gold mirror cardstock and then wrapped some organdy ribbon around it and attached a bow along the side.

In the center of the bow, I added a snowflake sequins and then put a dot of the SNS Dimensional Glue [539] in the center of it and then added some more of the Sparkling Snow Glitter [G1003].

These layers were attached to an A2 sized top folding white card base and then the oval layers were attached over the glitter panel next to the bow.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and got inspired to keep ahead of making your Christmas cards this year!  Thank you so much for dropping in!  I really appreciate your kindness and support so much!!  (Reading your comments always brightens my day more than you know! HUGS)

If you shop at Sparkle N Sprinkle using any of the links above, be sure to get an extra 10% off your entire order by using my code below:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Winter Wonderland – Anything Christmas Goes
  2. Merry Little Christmas – (MLCCB7) Anything Christmas Goes
  3. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas
  4. 4 Crafty Chicks – Lots of Layers
  5. Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with DiesHLS AG with Dies Badge
  6. Allsorts – Winter Sparkle

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

 

Celebrate for a Hoppy New Year!

**I have 2 posts today – This is post 2 of 2 – Scroll down or CLICK HERE to see my 2 Crafty Critter Crazies post!** – Thank you!

Happy New Year friends!!  Here’s wishing for a very HAPPY, HEALTHY and CRAFTY 2019 to you all!!

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To get your MOJO going in the “crafty” New Year, we’ve started up a brand new challenge over at the Sprakle N Sprinkle Challenge Blog for the month of January as well as a brand new monthly challenge over on our Sparkle N Sprinkle Facebook Challenge Group!  We love seeing what you are creating, so we do hope that you will be joining along in the fun with us this month!  Be sure to click on the badge above to see the inspiration from the design team!

I’m also VERY excited to report that Sparkle N Sprinkle has asked me to join their permanent creative design team!  So I hope you’ll look forward to seeing more projects this year from me using their products!! – I’m already excited about what I’ve been making recently to share with you soon!

So… to be festive and join in on the celebration everywhere, I’ve decided to make a special card just for the occasion!  🙂

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I’ve used this really fun digital stamp from Sparkle N Sprinkle called Max [DIGI566]  and I have used my Prisma Color pencils to color him in with over some Canson Mi-Teintes Pastel paper.  I cut him out with a circle die and then ran some glue around the edges with a Nuvo Medium Tip Glue Pen [203N] and sprinkled some Copper Jewel Glitter [G1059] over it.  I mounted another circle behind it that I’ve cut out with some  Tonic Burnished Rose Mirror Cardstock [9488E] .

For the background of my card, I’ve used some Sparkle N Sprinkle Super Adhesvie Sheets [SAS02] that I’ve cut out in different sized circles and then added some of the same glitter that I’ve used for around the frog image panel.  I cut a few more circles out with the same mirror cardstock as well.

Bfore attaching the circles, I’ve heat embossed the sentiment over the A2 sized top folding black card base with some Sparkle N Sprinkle  Bronze Rose embossing powder [EP335],which I thinks matches up beautifully with that mirror cardstock!  Right underneath the embossed sentiment, I added some SNS 1/4″ Tear-ific Tape [SAT16]  and sprinkled on some more of that pretty glitter that I’ve used all over this card.  Then I added all the circles in the background including the frog image panel and cut off the circle part sticking over the edge on the right side.

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Taking a closer look at the “party Max frog”, you can see better how he’s colored in and a few other details that I’ve added to him.  For the olive shine, I’ve used some Nuvo Morning Dew Crystals Drops [677N] and for the “liquid” glass he’s sitting in, I’ve taken the Nuvo Medium Tip Glue Pen [203N] and sprinkled some Waterscape glitter [G1108] over it.  I’ve also used the Nuvo Gold Coast Glitter Drops [770N] to add a bit of sparkle around Max’s head.  (I’m assuming that it’s a bit of “campagne pops” from the glass!  Tee Hee!)

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Just like Max here, I’m just as happy to dive right into the New Year in 2019!  I hope you are too and I hope that you will join me in this journey with Sparkle N Sprinkle too!  I would love to see you playing in the challenges or joining our Facebook Group!

If you have any questions about the products I’ve used or where to purchase them, I will always have them linked in my posts or you can find my tutorial posts over on the Sparkle N Sprinkle company blog.

**Don’t forget that if you click on any of these links to purchase, you can also use my DT code at checkout to receive a 10% discount!**

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Thanks so much for droppin in!!  Enjoy your first day in 2019!

I Woof You!

Hello friends!!  Sheesh!  It’s almost Christmas!  How did it get here SO fast?!  Today I am actually preparing for my own family dinner gathering, so I will be very busy with cooking and spending time with my family today.  But I have scheduled a post to share with you using a darling Puppy Love digital stamp set by Sparkle N Sprinkle!

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I thought this little pup was SO CUTE!  I love the little shirt with the hearts on it!  So if you are moving past your Christmas creations now, here’s some inspiration to share with a Valentine/Love theme!  🙂

For the image, I’ve printed it out and added the sentiment from the digital set underneath him.  I’ve used a scallop rectangle die to make an “Out of the Box” technique by cutting out the top of the heart balloon.  I colored the image with Copics.  I layered the image panel onto a piece of Chrome Silver Mirror Cardstock.

For the red layer behind that, I’ve taken a larger piece of white cardstock and added some 1/2″ Tear-ific Tape around the edges.  I then used a larger sized scalloped rectangle die to cut it out with.  I peeled the release paper and added the Cherry Sparkle Flocking.  I’ve also added this to the tiny hearts on the shirt as well as the Pink Spirit Flocking, but using the Nuvo Precision Glue Pen for the adhesive.  I’ve attached all of these layers onto a white A2 sized top folding card base.

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Upon a closer look at the image, you can see where I’ve added the flocking on the hearts in his shirt as well as the flocking at the top over the scallop rectangle panel.

For the balloons, I have covered them with some Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew.  It dries clear, but while it was still wet, I’ve sprinkled on some SnS Ultrafine Waterscape Glitter very carefully and lightly and let it dry.  I think it adds a bit more sparkle to the shinny balloons!  After it dried, I used some silver ribbon to make bows and then attached them with some SnS Dimensional Glue.  I also decided to add some more of the Crystal Drops on his nose!

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I love how this turned out with the flocking and glittery shine!  Hope you’ve enjoyed my card too!!  I thank you so much for stopping in today and I wanted to take the time here to wish you all a VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!!!   See you soon!

Don’t forget there’s still plenty of time to add your creation to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge Blog or on our Sparkle N Sprinkle Facebook Group Challenge!  We’d love to see what you’re creating!

Also don’t forget if you go shopping, be sure to use my discount code at checkout when ordering:

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Here’s a list of Sparkle N Sprinkle products I’ve used:

 

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Pammie’s Inky Pinkies (PIP1850) – Anything Goes
  2. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  3. Watercooler Wednesday (WWC201) – Anything GoesWWC201 - Marsha's Two Week Year End Anything Goes Challenge
  4. Crafty Gals Corner – Anything Goes (sponsored by Sparkle N Sprinkle!) Happy 5th Blogiversary!
  5. As You Like It – Anything Goes – Your Style