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

Fun in the Fall

Hello friends!  I can almost feel it in the air!  Fall is coming near and I’m looking forward to joining in the crisp cool air and pretty colors with the changing leaves.  These are just a couple of things that I love about this season!  How about you?

Well this sweet little penguin certainly knows how to have fun in the Fall for sure:

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Here’s another September release from Whimsy Stamps called Penguin Fun in Fall image by Crissy Armstrong.  Of course I grabbed my purple color markers to color his hat and scarf!  LOL!  I decided to create a purple and turquoise plaid pattern.  I also gave the leaves in the air a bit of movement with my coloring as if he’s throwing them up in the air.  Trying to be a bit different with my layout, so I tilted the image panel and cut it off on the right side of my card base.

I’ve also used the September release digital papers from Whimsy Stamps called Autumn Beauty.  These are fabulous papers and I know I’m going to be using some more of these on an up-coming card!  I’ve used two differnt patterns on the background and the banner strip.  Lastly, I added some fun Autumn Leaves sequins from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.  I’ve actually had it for a while and hoarded the package and not used it until now!  I filled the centers of the round ones with some gold Stickles.  I also added a twine bow at the bottom of the banner strip.

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Here’s a closer view of the image.  Here you can see where I’ve used some foam dots to pop up the fussy cut penguin for a bit of dimension. (I’ve also colored the one underneath as you can see it peeking out a bit on the side.)   I cut the image panel out with a stitched square die, sponged around the edges with some Spiced Marmalade distress ink and then went over the edges with some clear glitter Stickles as well as put some on the penguin’s hat tassel.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my colorful Fall card today! Thanks for stopping by as I really appreciate seeing your encouraging words or knowing you’ve stopped by! 🙂

Here’s the photo/links of the Whimsy Stamps products I’ve used on my card today (click on the photo to see it in store.)

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Challenges:

  1.  Creative Inspirations – Anything Goes
  2. Crafting By Designs – Anything Goes
  3. That’s Crafty – Autumnal theme
  4. Brown Sugar – All Creatures Great & Small
  5. Use Your Stuff – Animals

Anything Goes at Cute Card Thursday with a Shaped Apple Card

Hello friends!  It’s time for another weekly Cute Card Thursday Challenge!   For this week, since it’s the beginning of the month, we will have our easy peasy “Anything Goes” challenge for you this week!  We are sponsored by Whimsy Stamps!

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I couldn’t resist using this cute little fellow on my card for today!  This is the Penguin Apple Bushel digital stamp from Whimsy Stamps.  I’ve colored him with Copics and pencils and then fussy cut him out and attached him on the front of my apple shaped card with foam tape.  Hard to see in the photo, but I’ve added just a wee bit of shimmer with my glitter brush pen on the bitten inside apple he’s holding.  I’ve also added some white dots for his eyes with a gel pen.

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For the shape of my apple card, I found a fun apple card pattern and cut it out with my Cricut Explore machine and enlarged it the size that I wanted it to be.  I’ve taken some sponges and ink to add some shading and highlighting details to the apple.  I’ve taken that CUTE stamp set from Lawn Fawn called Thanks a Bushel to stamp a couple of hearts around the penguin as well as white heat emboss the sentiment on the front.

I’ve also added a black gingham ribbon along with some twine that I’ve attached an apple charm to before attaching it to the top of the apple.

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So of course I wanted to show you what the inside of the shaped card looked like too!  I thought that the inside needed to “look like” the inside of an apple, so I took the Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Apple die and cut a piece to fit the inside of the apple and then followed the “bite marks” to cut off the end and then I took a sponge to sponge around the areas of it with brown colored ink for shadows.  I’ve also taken the same die set to add a tiny green apple on the opposite side of the inside of the card.  The purpose for that was not just to add an extra decorative element, but I also wanted to cover up the back side of the penguin sticking out from the front of the card.  I then needed to add the “apple seeds” to the inside of the apple, so I took the Lawn Fawn Stitched Apple Frames to cut out the seeds die in black cardstock and glued them to the vanilla die cut apple panel. I’ve also added some shimmer to the seeds with my glitter brush pen.

I thought that there was still plenty of room for a message below the seeds or you could also write on the opposite side as well.  It’s just a fun and unique card design to go with that darling penguin!  I will need to make a special envelope to fit the card inside for giving.

Thanks so much for joining me on my blog today!  I hope you will stop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team has come up with for inspiration and I hope you will share YOUR creation in the gallery over there!  We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Have a fantastic day!

Challenges:

  1.  Stamping Sensations – “I Spy With My Little Eye, Something Beginning with ‘B’!” (Bushel, bows, blue cap, bite, barrel)
  2. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  3. Artistic Inspirations – Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Cardmakers – All Creatures Great & Small
  5. Fab ‘N’ Funky – Bingo! (I’ve used the third column:  die-cuts, ribbons, red)
  6. The Crafty Addicts – Anything Goes with optional Back to School

Basket of Best Friends

Hello friends!  Hope that you had a wonderful weekend!  I enjoyed spending time with hubby as he always makes me laugh…we have fun together no matter what we do!

Today I’d like to share another new creation I made from the Whimsy Stamps new August Digital release.  I fell in love with these guys and thought it would be perfect on just a simple little design:

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This cute image is called Pups in a Basket.  I like that you can almost create any type of color or breed with this image by coloring it however you want.  So I found this adorable image online that I wanted to try and resemble the breed/coloring of:

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Are these guys just as cute and fluffy as can be?!   I want to pet them! LOL!   Of course the real thing has got to be the best! 🙂  And how cute would it be to add a red hankerchief to one of these pups on the image?  So many fun things to possibly do with them!

I used some plaid papers I had in my stash and I wanted them to be somewhat neutral in color due to the accents of blue.  I’ve white heat embossed the banner at the top with the Whimsy Stamps Everyday Mini Sentiments stamp set.  Cut out all the panels with some dies and attached them to a top folding white A2 sized card base.  Lastly, I found some blue sequins to match and added some glitter accents to the centers.

Here’s a closer look at the image:

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I’ve used my Copic markers to color it in and couldn’t help but also add some rosy cheeks with a white dot for hightlights on them too!  This was so fun to color and how fun would this be to make up for someone with a new best friend!

So what type of breed or color(s) do you see in this image?  I’d love to know what you think!

Thanks so much for stopping in today!  Hope you’ve enjoyed my card and I’ll be back again soon to share more!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today (click photo for more information about it!):

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Challenges:

  1.  CCEE Stampers (CCEE1831) – Coloring Book Day (colored image)
  2. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  3. Creative Moments – Anything Goes
  4. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes
  5. Sunny Day Crafting – Anything Goes + animal on project
  6. That’s Crafty – Animal Magic

Dare to Get Dirty Challenge Results Finale

Hello friends!  Are you glad it’s Friday?  Sometimes I think where did the week go and other times, it seems forever before we get to the weekend!  I know that although I am a homemaker, there is still something about the weekend getting here.  Hubby still works so perhaps that the reason, I’m not sure.  None-the-less TGIF!  🙂

I know you had gotten used to seeing (lots of you really enjoyed looking at them each week too!) the Friday results of ICAD, but now that it’s over, I still have a different kind of results to share with you.  As in this last Monday’s post, the following creations that I’m showing on my blog here are from the Splitcoaststampers “Dare to Get Dirty” challenges for fan club members (only) for the week long event which ends today for the challenges.  I think they’ll give you a few extra days to upload your creations just in case you need some time to complete some challenges.  If that link above to SCS does not work for you, then you need to be a fan club member to see the challenge details.  CLICK HERE for information regarding that if you are interested.

And as I mentioned in Monday’s post also, I am not able to reveal the full details of how I went about making these creations.  But, if you are a fan club member on Splitcoaststampers, then you will know exactly what I’m talking about here! 🙂

The first card here was made for Anita’s challenge:

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I will say that the products I’ve used on this design are from a Brutus Monroe Inspiration Box.  (This was from a previously released box.)  I really love the cool and unique things in these kits! It was hubby’s idea to add the Starbucks gift card on the inside! LOL!  Good one hunny!  (He wanted me to give him credit for that!)  Let’s just say that I had a BLAST creating this one!  🙂

challenges for the above card:

  1.  4 Crafty Chicks – Out of This World/Space
  2. Creative Knockouts – Fancy Fold
  3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Distress It (distressed edges)
  4. Sweet Stampin’ – Travel

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This card was so fun!  It seems to be a creation that was commented on over in the gallery quite a bit.  This was made for Angie’s challenge and I really like how this one turned out too.  The little piggy, sentiment and sentiment die all came from My Favorite Things.  I paper pieced the heart for the little piggy.  🙂

challenges for the above piggy card:

  1.  Stamping Sensations (August) – ‘current’ favorite stamp (OMG this pig!)
  2. Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies – AugustHLS AG with Dies Badge
  3. Try It On Tuesday – Inspired by Song (‘Total Eclipse of the Heart‘ by Bonnie Tyler & ‘Smile‘ by Uncle Kracker)

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This was for Sandee’s challenge.  I’m getting ready to be in need of some masculine cards coming up in the next few months or so, so I’m trying to get ahead of the game by having them on hand!  Let’s see how that goes!   Do you remember the cool Stamp On It products that I purchased from my Stamp Convention trip in THIS POST?  I’ve used it again on this card.

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This is a challenge that is released today at the “Dare to Get Dirty” event for Kelli Jo’s second challenge.  I think it turned out pretty cool and can I just say that I wish I had this hair?!  LOL!  The sentiment was white heat embossed from My Favorite Things More Essential Sentiments and then I added some heart sequins.  And that’s all I can say about it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my creations even if you don’t understand how I’ve arrived at the completed design.  🙂    Looking back at these now, I can see how they could each fit into a masculine style category which is pretty cool!

Thank you so much for stopping through my blog and having a look!  Hope you will consider becoming a subscriber or check on updates in your favorite reader with me…I have much more to share!

Enjoy your weekend!

Card Results For Dare to Get Dirty Event

Good evening friends!  I don’t normally post in the evening, but I had been working on some other things this weekend and today and hadn’t had a chance to create a post to share my creations with you for the “Dare to Get Dirty” challenge on Splitcoast Stampers!  You can CLICK HERE to see the challenges, but ONLY if you are a fan club member, if you are not, then you can CLICK HERE to see more info about becoming one!

And of course since the challenges are exclusively for the SCS fan club members only, I cannot share the details with you about what the challenges are about…so please keep that in mind when you see my creations for this without full details! 🙂

The first three cards that I’m sharing were created for my challenge during this event.  It went “live” yesterday and there are really so many wonderful and creative entries in the gallery for this!  I’m so glad everyone has been having fun playing along with it!

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I couldn’t stand how stinkin’ CUTE this My Favorite Things stamp set was, so of course I HAD to go grab it!  I had been holding off on it for quite a while and then finaly broke down and just got it!  That cow in there just kills me! LOL!!  I am talking about the MFT BB The Whole Herd stamp set.  I’ve used a ton of different paper from my stash to create a scene for the pigs.  I’ve also used various MFT dies to put everything together.  I have hand written the words that are on the trough the little piggy is standing in.

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My next card is made using the tutorial on SCS called the Herringbone technique. (You do NOT have to be a fan club member to see this technique…it’s open for everyone.)   It’s been around for a while, but I really love the results it can bring to a background on a card!  I have used the flower image from a retired Lawn Fawn stamp set and a greeting set and die from Impression Obsession.

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This final card for my challenge is done using an ‘Iris Fold‘ technique.  I have used a circle die cut to create my design and then went around the circle with a tag die from Lawn Fawn that I also used an additional circle die that I’ve used to cut out the center of it for a framing effect and so that it looks more like an ornament.  I used an embossing folder from SU! as well as the snowflake image in the middle of the ornament along with a wonky stitched rectangle die to cut the panel out with and then added a seniment cut with a die from CAS-ual Fridays with gold foil card stock.  The gold thread was added through the tag hole at the top and secured around the back of the main image panel and lastely I added a crystal in the center of the snowflake.

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Another card I wanted to share was for another challenge issued from a fellow Dare to Get Dirty Dozen design team member.  This one took me a while to grasp how to make it happen, but once figured out, it turned out pretty cool:

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Again, I can’t share with you the details about the challenge, but it’s sort of a ‘mixed media’ based design! 🙂  I’ve die cut some stars using some silver foil card stock and added a sentiment to go with it embossed with white EP over a black banner strip.

Thought this would make for a fun masculine style card.

Be sure to stop by again tomorrow!  I have something fun to share with you!!!

Turn! Turn! Turn! – A Remembrance of My Sweet Mocca (Bean)

I can’t tell you how very hard it is for me to type up this post, but I knew it was going to come and it is just something I must do to help with my greiving process.

If you have followed along with me on my other blog, then you may have seen a few posts or photos or mentions of my beloved minature red-haired dauchshund named Mocca.  (Pronounced like the word spelled mocha)  You may have also seen along the side of this blog a photo of her and dedication of her life.  I would like to say thank you for those of you that have asked about her and sent thoughts of sympathy my way.  It is appreciated so so much!  I thought of her as a very special family member and was with her until the very end.  She was a fantastic companion and ALWAYS there for me and by my side day in and day out.  Every single one of my family members just LOVED her so much.  It has been hard on me, but I know for a fact that she has impacted the lives of everyone around her…she was loved that much.  This post is for all of us.

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It was very hard to go through her photos to pick out just the right ones that I wanted to do these various things with, but I’m very glad I did.  I will begin with this photo that I took while she was looking up at me in the very spot I am typing up this post.  I grabbed my phone and took it.  I took the photo to my local Walgreens and had them make an 8×10 canvas printing and it is hanging on the wall right above my computer, so I can always see her.  It’s a very awesome canvas printing and the photo wraps around the edges.

Newborn Mocca: (I received this photo after she was born)

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Part of the reason for my last absence from blogging was the care-taking of her.  She had developed some problems as most older dogs do, but she had arthritis, pancreatitus and lastly she was diagnosed with a rare disease called Mega-esophagus or “floppy esophagus”.  What that means is that her throat didn’t allow her to swallow and she would choke or “regurgitate” anything that was caught in there.  I had to specially make her food in meatball form and make enough to feed her small meals 4 times a day.  They needed to be spread out so that there was less of a chance of anything being caught.  Dogs that develop this disease can regurgitate and then accidentally ingest some of it causing them to die from aspiration pneumonia.  Not only this, when she did eat, she had to be in an upright position so that the food went down her throat by force of gravity.  And to make sure her meatballs got down to her stomach, I had to keep her sitting upright for at least 15-20 minutes after each feeding or any time I gave her something.  After Christmas time, she had gotten worse and was slowly deteriorating to the point she couldn’t take water without choking.  I was in a special group on Facebook that had the support of others going through the same thing with their pets and some helpful advice was given many times with her.  I started giving her “knox blocks” to help with hydration.  She was older and with her other problems, she was still dehydrated and I think she gave up because she refused to eat at the end.  Of course I wanted to keep going and hubby knew this…so he made me take her in where the vet had to spell out to me how sick she was.  She was 12 and half years old on Groundhog’s Day of February this year when we had to let her go.  I’m pretty sure I yelled NO! at the office.   You may remember photos from her 12th birthday in her special chair:

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I was hoping to be able to celebrate her 13th birthday with her which would’ve been today.  Unfortunately, we did not make it, so I thought this would be a good day to remember her.  Rest in peace my little beenie weenie….I will see you some day at the rainbow bridge.

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Something else that was very important for me to get done was her Shadow Box Memorial.  Hubby and I picked out one of our favorite photos of her.  She really enjoyed being out in the sunshine and grass.  She was very healthy in that photo.  The foot prints came from the vet and I had heard that sometimes they fall apart, so I wanted her footprints to stand out a bit, so I took some glitter paint to go over them and then covered the entire piece of clay with some sealer.  I put it back into the plastic case I was given and then glued them onto the shadow box background.

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On the other side of the paw print case that the vet gave me was this Rainbow Bridge Poem.  So I matted it with black card stock and attached it to the box.  (I appologize for the glare on the glass…hard to capture it.)  I still cannot read the entire thing without tears.

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For the lettering of her name, I took some wood veneer letters and painted them along with the pink heart in the center of the ‘O’ and glued them on the back of the shadow box.

The other items are sentimental from her like the collar.  I cut the end of her collar because it was so curled up and part of it was all cracked from use.  The heart is a piece of fabric from her favorite “bone blanket” she got for Christmas one year.  I cut out a heart shape and then stitched around the edge with some black thread.  The tiny jar above her foot prints is her red doxie hair.  I had some from her comb in her little “beauty box” as we called it.

This month was also our local County Fair and I decided that I was going to enter a simple scrapbook layout that I would be able to put in her scrapbook that I’m working on.  I ended up getting third place prize with it:

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The photos were taken on Mother’s Day of last year.  She was snuggling with me on our front porch and fell asleep so my hubby took photos of the process.   This is a 2 page 12×12 layout.

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I remember now that this was about the time I started growing my hair out…so it’s really gotten long since then! LOL!  I had some “cloud” pattern paper which I thought was perfect for this.  I added a sentiment sticker backed with black card stock along with stamping the birds and die cutting the swirl underneath the sentiment.

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I had taken the other piece of “cloud” pattern paper to place on the opposite page, but I die cut the paw prints (From My Favorite Things) so that the black would show through.  The journaling says:

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It was a beautiful day to be outside and Mocca was enjoying the weather with me as we relaxed on the porch.  She finally fell asleep in my arms.  really miss snuggling with you sweetie.

The paw prints underneath the journaling were stamped in white ink from the MFT Critter Condolences stamp set.

She had even shared time with me by scratching up a spot on the carpet in weird places on the floor in my craft room 🙂  What a precious crafty friend!

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Thank you for sharing this remembrance with me.  If any of you have ever lost a special friend like this, I know you understand.  I leave you with this old song from The Byrds called Turn! Turn! Turn!….it is a reminder about life and all of the seasons we must go through.  I wish you all LOVE & PEACE

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