I Believe I Can Fly!

Hello friends!  It’s been a while since my last post, but the reason is that I was of course having some computer problems!  I had to reset my whole computer back to the factory setting and try to get it back up and going to what I had.  Thankfully because of my drive, I didn’t loose any photos or anything!  I think it’s back up to “normal” now, but it was scaring me there for a few days!

Speaking of “normal”…I’m not sure pigs can fly, but boy is this image so CUTE!

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I’m using this new April digital stamp by Crissy Armstrong for Whimsy Stamps called When Pigs Fly.  I love how he’s looking down as if he’s looking at the clouds below him with a huge smile!  I thought the sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Bold Statements clear stamp set was the perfect compliment for this image too.

I took a cloud stencil and some Tumbled Glass distress ink with the foam blending tool to sponge on some clouds around the image.  I cut off the bottom portion of the image panel with the Whimsy Stamps Envelope Edger die set and cut an additional piece from the suede colored cardstock for a layer behind it.  I also cut out some clouds from an older Whimsy Stamps die that I had and sponged some more of the distress ink on the bottom of each one to layer and stamp the sentiment in suede ink over a pink panel.  I added some pretty shimmer ribbon with a bow at the top of these layers and then attached it all over a top folding A2 sized seude card base.  Lastly, I’ve added some Studio Katia Crystal Clear Confetti sequins randomly over the card.

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Here’s a closer view of the image and how I went about coloring it in using Copic markers.  Check out the selection at Whimsy Stamps.  Here’s what I’ve used:

  • pig:  R20, R11, R00, R000 – wings:  BG13, BG10, BG000 – hoves:  C8, C5, C3
  • birds:  E47, E44, E43 – beaks:  E43, E41, Y11 – bellies:  E43, R00, Y11
  • I used white gel pen for cheeks and coverd the wings with Wink of Stella

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Something to note about my card is that because this was a digital stamp, I was able to size it the way I wanted to accomodate my card design.  This is what is great about a digital stamp.  You may not like it as small as what I’ve made mine for coloring purposes, but I didn’t mind it at all and enjoyed putting this together.  Hoping to give it to someone special soon!  🙂  Hope you like it too!

Thanks so much for dropping in today!  Now that computer is back up and running, I will be back again tomorrow with another post!  Have a great day!

Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today:

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Challenges for this card:

  1.  Krafty Chicks – Chicks/birds
  2. Pammies Inky Pinkies – PIP1915 Anything goes
  3. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  4. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  5. Little Red Wagon – Look Up, Way Up (things in the sky)

Cute Card Thursday Has Spring Fever! (Plus a Free Stamp for Someone)

Hello friends!  Hope you are having a great week so far!  It is Thursday already and we are getting closer to the weekend and even closer to the end of March already! WOW!

Since it’s Thursday, it’s time for a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!  The theme of the challenge this week is “Spring Fever“!  I can feel it for sure!  Hope you can join us this week with your Spring creations!  Here’s what I’ve made for the challenge:

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You may have seen a couple of creations I’ve made using Brutus Monroe products and I’m happy that I was able to get my latest “Bunnies and Blossoms” Inspiration Box (Says it is sold out..sorry!) out for a play recently.  Oh those little bunnies with the big teeth are too cute!

So I took some Aqua Pigment Paper and did the “smooshing” technique with a couple of distress inks and the little Aqua Pigment bottle from the kit (see photo) for an added color and shimmer.  I set that aside and worked on the images.

Taking a couple of the scene images from the stamp set in the kit called “Some Bunny“, I put them together to create this scene over some X-Press It Card and colored everything in with Copics.  I then cut it out and sponged along the edge where the grass is and attached it over the smooshed watercolor panel.  I took both the bunnies from the set, colored them as well and fussy cut them out and popped up the one in the front with foam tape and glued the one in the back.  I cut both of these panels with the MFT Wonky Stitched rectangle die.

I stamped the clouds in the upper portion and colored them with a white gel pen.  I then took a sentiment from the same stamp set and heat embossed it with the Brutus Monroe Alabaster EP and die cut a banner strip.  I layered this piece over a piece of black cardstock and then took some of the paper from the kit and layered it behind the black.  This is where I took the ribbon and wrapped around the layers and added the bow too.  This was all attached to a white A2 top folding card base.

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Here’s a closer look at the image panel.  You can see the pretty shimmer from the Aquapigment from the kit mixed in.  I also took some liquid applique and put it on the bunny tails so that when I heat set them, they puffed up.  Always hard to photograph, but I’ve added some shimmer to the carrots with a clear glitter brush pen and colored the shovel parts with a silver gel pen.  Lastly, I’ve attached some sequins from the kit and filled the centers with some Nuvo White Blizzard Crystal Drops.

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From a different angle you may be able to see more of the shimmer on the card.  I love how it turned out and it certainly has me getting that “Spring Fever” where I can’t wait to go outside!!  How about you?  What do you look foward to in the Spring?

Please HOP on over to the Cute Card Thursday blog and take a look at the rest of the inspiration from the design team and play along with us this week!  Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

**BEFORE I GO**

If ANYONE is interested in this stamp set (brand new in package) from Brutus Monroe, I would be more than happy to just send it for FREE to anyone, anywhere, just please let me know by leaving a comment or shooting me an e-mail!  The stamp that I got was sent in a surprise box and I’m sure that I won’t have a need to use it.

*Update* – Sydney Austrailia Stamp has been claimed!  Phoenix stamp (below) is still available until someone wants it and sends me an address where to send it to.

 “City Sidewalks – Phoenix” is a set of 3 clear stamps. (no longer available for purchase.)

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Thanks so much for dropping in today my friends!!  Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges I’d like to enter my card for:

  1.  Alphabet Challenge – ‘Z’ is for Zesty Colors (I’ve used Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade distress inks for background)
  2. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies (PIP1911) – Anything Goes
  3. Allsorts – Favorite image, stamp or die (I love using stamps and coloring them!)

Anything Goes for Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  It’s time for an easy peasy “ANYTHING GOES” challenge over at Cute Card Thursday this week!!  Our monthly sponsor Whimsy Stamps will be joining us this week and I’m thrilled to share some of those products on my card today:

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I have used this really sweet digital stamp on my card called “Penguin Loves Bunny“!  He is holding him ever so tightly and not wanting to let go!! 🙂

As I’m trying to get back into the swing of things here, I wanted to be sure to join some challenges and so I’ve picked out a nice sketch to start my card with here.  (See the details below the post for all challenges.)  I’ve been wanting to get out these yummy plaid papers that I’ve had for a couple of years.  This seemed like the perfect image for that too!

So I took the panel of plaid papers and layered it with some kraft cardstock.  I took some white organdy ribbon and wrapped a piece around the left side of it and tied on a bow at the top before attaching it to the upper right of my A2 sized top folding white card base.  I’ve cut out the image with an oval die and then layered another oval piece that was cut out with the kraft cardstock.  This oval panel was layered over the plaid.

I took a sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Everyday Mini Sentiment clear stamp set and stamped the “miss you” underneath the image.  I also used the Whimsy Stamps Friend Word & Shadow die set to cut a piece of vellum with the shadow and then cut the word out with some pink cardstock and then attached them right underneath the stamped “miss you” sentiment.  Lastly, I’ve added some of the pink enamel dots from the Whimsy Stamps It’s a Party enamel dots set.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring of this image.  I’ve colored it in with Copic markers in the following colors:

  • Penguin:  C8, C5, C3, C1, Y38, Y35, Y32, R00
  • Bunny:  E47, E44, E42, E41, W5, W3, W1, R20, R11, R00

I also used a blender 0 and a white gel pen for cheeks and bunny tail

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I thought this image would be so fun for Easter too!!  I can see it used in so many different ways!  It’s a new digital release for the month of March at Whimsy Stamps, so it would be a great one to pick up!!

Also, don’t foget to play along with us over at Cute Card Thursday for your chance to possibly win something from our sponsor this week which is Whimsy Stamps!  Stop by and check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team!!  Can’t wait to see what you’re making!!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!!  Thanks so much for dropping in!!  See you soon!

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

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Challenges I’d like to enter my card for:

  1.  Tuesday Morning Sketches – #493TMS 493
  2. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + related to animals
  3. Creative with Stamps – FriendsCWS#36_Friends
  4. {Cupcake Inspirations} – Plaid CIC465465
  5. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #337

 

 

Anything Goes at Cute Card Thursday!

**Please see my TURNER SYNDROME AWARENESS BLOG HOP post for details on how to enter for prizes and learn what it’s all about!** – ends Feb 7th! (Today is last day!)

Happy Thursday friends! 🙂  It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for a NEW Cute Card Thursday challenge this week!  So this week it’s our beginning of the month “ANYTHING GOES” challenge!  We can’t wait to see your creations!

Our sponsor for this challenge is Whimsy Stamps.

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Are YOU thinking Spring too?!  I am, but I don’t think it’s working very well with the snow, cold and ice we’ve been getting! LOL!  So I will stay warm inside and bring my thoughts of Spring to my craft room!

I am using this really sweet digital image from Whimsy Stamps called Think Spring Bunnies by Crissy Armstrong.  It was previously released as a rubber stamp, but now it’s available in digital format!  I have printed out this image and used the following Copic Markers for coloring:

(Click each number below to purchase from Whimsy Stamps. *Please note that if you click on a link and it’s not in stock, you can enter your e-mail address to be notified when it comes back in stock.  If there’s not link, it’s not found in store.*)

  1.  Bunnies – W5, W3, W1, W0, E33, E31, E30, –C3, C1, C0 (tails)-, E44, E42, E40, Blender 0 (spotted bunny)
  2. spotted bunny inside ears, nose face – R20, R00
  3. Wooden sign – E25, E23, E21 (E23 used for center of yellow flowers)
  4. flowers – Y17, Y15, Y11, V17, V12YG67, YG61 (leaves/stems)
  5. grass – G24, G21, G20
  6. butterfly – Y11, R00
  7. sky around image – B01, B00, B000, B0000

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Here’s a closer view of the colored image.  I have also used a white gel pen in the bunny’s tails as well as the spotted bunny’s cheeks.  I also took a Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen to go over the butterfly and the flying bug’s wings.

It was so fun to color these furry bunny butts!! 🙂

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I’ve used some of the digital papers released last month called Oh Boy…really loving the ginghams in this set!  So I’ve cut out both these papers along with some solid yellow papers (from same set) and the colored bunny strip with the Whimsy Stamps Hand Stitched Nested Rectangles dies.  I also took a strip of gray colored cardstock and used an older border die from Whimsy Stamps to create the scalloped edge.

These were all layered onto a white A2 sized top folding card base.  I wrapped some twine along the edge and tied it in a bow and then lastly I’ve added some yellow crystals from Pretty Pink Posh randomly over the card.

Really hop(e) you’ve enjoyed my card today and please check out the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team has come up with!  Thanks so much for dropping in!!

Whimsy Stamps products used: (Copics see list above.)

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Challenges:

  1.  Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal
  2. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  3. Crazy 4 Challenges (C4C469) – Ground Hog or Critter
  4. Send a Smile 4 Kids – Anything Goes/Easter/Spring
  5. 613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes with optional: use a critter
  6. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes

It’s Critters at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends and happy Thursday!  We are getting ready to start the weekend and I’m ready to have some time to catch up on a few things!  How about you?  Do you have any plans for the weekend?

Today starts a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!  Yay!  The challenge for this week is probably a favorite of mine which is “critters“!  Looking forward to seeing all those critters in the gallery this week!  🙂

My project for today is another one of those that I had actually wanted to start last year, but of course it gets pushed aside for another day, so here’s the day I start!  When I went to a stamp convention this last Summer, I really enjoyed the vendor booth for Taylored Expressions and just fell in love with these grumpy critters:

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LOL!  I plan on making myself this fun little calendar for my stamp room.  I also thought about making a couple more of them for some gifts too!  So here’s my start with them.  Really simple and fun little calendar cards to make up!  I have a die coming that will help to display all of the months which I will share later on.  So stayed tuned for up-coming Calendar months made with the Taylored Expressions Calendar Grumplings stamp set!

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So is this how we all feel when January rolls around?  LOL!

When I went to the stamp convention I picked up this package of the 2019 3×4 calendar cards that were pre-printed with a special little rectangle on top with a decorative background print on it.  This is where I’m using the spot to create my “calendar scenes”.  There are dies that you can get that fit these to help you create your designs.

So I took the unhappy/surprised kitty and colored him in with Copics and cut him out with the coordinating die.  I took the frame from the calendar scene die set to cut out a frame with black cardstock and then placed some ribbon behind it to make it appear like curtains. and then I had a speech bubble punch which I punched from white cardstock and stamped the sentiment over it and sponged around the edges with some gray ink.  I took some foam tape and popped the speech bubble up over the scene.  I mounted this card onto some coordinating colored cardstock.  I wanted to keep these smaller, but I could see this work for some really cute cards too!

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And here’s the February Calendar Critter with the grumpy love pig!! LOL!

I stamped, colored him in with Copics and a red gel pen for accents and cut him out with the coordinating die set.  I also took the frame die from the calendar scene die set and cut it out from some red glitter cardstock and attached it over the pink heart backround.

I then popped him up with foam tape and stamped the sentiment right next to him.  I took the heart sequins and glued them around the pig.  I used a gel pen to draw a heart around Valentine’s Day.  Lastly I layered this calendar onto a piece of coordinating pink cardstock.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my “Grumpy Calendar Critters” today and please be sure to stay tuned in for more months in the future!  Thanks so much for stopping in! 

Check out the Cute Card Thursday blog for more critter inspiration from the design team and enter your critter creations too!

Challenges:

  1.  Use Your Stuff – numbers (hope a calendar counts!)
  2. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  3. Crafting By Designs – Layer it Up

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!)

Anything Goes for Cute Card Thursday

Well can you believe the first week in December is almost already done?!  Yikes!  Christmas is coming very quickly, so I’m happy to be making up some more Christmas cards as I post along here! 🙂

Today starts another new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday and this week it is an easy “Anything Goes“!  So play, create and have fun to your heart’s content and share it with us in the gallery over there!  We look forward to see what you’re working on!!  Our sponsor for this challenge is Whimsy Stamps…so be sure you don’t miss out your chance on possibly winning a prize!!  Yay!

So have you grabbed up any of your favorite digital stamps from the new December release at Whimsy Stamps yet?!  I am using another new one for my challenge card today:

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Now I don’t know about you, but I think a unicorn for Christmas would be a “yes please”!  I have used the new December image by Crissy Armstrong called A Christmas Unicorn.  I thought there was lots of opportunity to really bling up this fun image!

First, I have colored up this image with the following Copic markers:  (click on the underlined numbers to purchase from Whimsy Stamps.)

  1.  Unicorn mane/tail/hooves: W9, W7, W5, W3, W1, W0
  2. Unicorn body:  C3, C1, C0, R00 (nostril/ear)
  3. Unicorn horn:  YR24, Y23, Y21
  4. Candy Cane/Ornaments:  R39, R37, R35, C1 (white areas)
  5. Tree:  YG67, YG63, YG61
  6. Star/Bell:  YR24, Y17, Y15, Y13
  7. Ground/Around entire image:  B00, B000

Then I thought one of the sentiments from the Whimsy Stamps Penguins Christmas Sentiments 1 digital set fit perfect with this image.  I fussy cut it out by hand as to capture the curve in the design and then I used a sponge dauber to apply a bit of ink around the edges of it and glued it right underneath the image.  (I think it makes it look sort of like a little ‘snow drift’ in front of the unicorn.)

For the card front base, I’ve picked out some papers to use from the Whimsy Stamps Christmas Red, Gold & Green digital collection and then added a silver glitter strip as well as a red cardstock strip that I ran through an embossing folder and then rubbed some white ink over the raised areas.  I glued these pieces to the green paper and then cut it out with a stitched rectangle die.  I mounted this piece over a piece of red cardstock that I attached to an A2 sized top folding white card base.

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Now for the details of my image, I’ve used a Spectrum Noir clear glitter brush pen to go over the unicorn horn and bell around his chest.  I then covered the candy cane with some glossy accents.

For the garland around the tree, I took a Nuvo Precision Glue Pen and sprinkled on some Sparkle N Sprinkle Sassy Silver Glitter.  For the star, I used the Sparkle N Sprinkle Diamond Dust Glitter, and then, for on top of the sentiment as well as along the edges of the image panel, I ran some Nuvo Liquid Glue over it and then sprinkled on some Sparkle N Sprinkle Waterscape Glitter.  (You can see the difference in the glitters next to each other.  The Waterscape is more fine than the one I used on the star.)

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I’ve then mounted the image panel onto a piece of red cardstock and attached it to the front of the card front.  I took some silver sparkle cardstock and die cut three snowflakes and attached them to the left side of the image panel and added a red star rhinestone to the center of each one.

Really had fun with the festive colors and details on thie one!  Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday blog to catch the inspiration from the rest of the design team and come play along!

Here’s the Whimsy Stamps products with links to the products I’ve used on my card.   (*For Copic markers, please refer to the list above.)

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Here are some challenges I’d like to enter my card for:

  1.  Tuesday Morning Sketches – TMS482 (I flipped the sketch around)TMS 482
  2. Fussy and Fancy Friday – Winter/Christmas
  3. Inkspirational – Anything ChristmasChallenge175
  4. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal
  5. Crafty Friends – Christmas
  6. Crafty Calendar – It’s Christmas Time