Come Aboard the Penguin Polar Express!

Hello friends!  I hope that you are having a wonderful week so far!  I have a cute wintry card to share with you today:

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Isn’t this the cutest little clan you’ve ever seen?!  It looked to me that the polar bear was sliding around and having fun on the ice, so the penguins decided they wanted in on the fun too and are trying to hitch a ride! LOL!!

As you may recoginize the sweet penguins from artist Crissy Armstrong, this image has come out this month in digital format called Penguin Polar Express.  I really adore her sweet images.  Be sure to check out the entire November digital release HERE.

For my card, I have followed a sketch to make my card and thought it would be nice in blue colors and sparkle.  So I printed out some papers from the Whimsy Stamps Winter’s Magic Blues digital papers and used them for my design.  I’ve also cut out some white Glitterstock for some of the layers as well as some blue cardstock for a finished top folding 5.25″ square card.  The scallop square panel was popped up with foam tape and the circle image panel was popped up with a die cut piece of craft foam.

I finished it off with some clear metallic ribbon and snowflake sequins that was dotted with some Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops.

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Here’s a closer view of the “gang” I’ve colored up with Copic markers.  I was concerned about the colors of all of the diferent hats the penguins were wearing, but thought the colors really make the image stand out from the card.  I dotted their cheeks with a white gel pen.

You can see where I’ve taken a glue pen and added some sparkle to the left penguin’s hat trimming.  I also took the glue pen and went around the circle of the image and added some glitter there too.  I colored the bottom of the image with Copics and covered it with a shimmer brush pen to make it look like ice.  (You can see it better below.)

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and have been inspired in some way or at least been amused with this sweet image on my card!  🙂

I thank you so much for stopping by today!  I look forward to seeing you soon!

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

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Challenges:

  1.  Cheerful Sketches – November sketchsketch bh
  2. Try it On Tuesday – Cold, Cold, Cold!
  3. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes #104
  4. The Creative Crafters – Anything Goes
  5. QKR Stampede – #372 Anything Goes
  6. Creative Fingers – Anything Goes

Cards From My Heart

Hello friends!  With this not cooler, but COLDER weather we’ve been having, it looks like it may be a hard winter ahead and I’m already feeling it in my body unfortunately.  So with the heating pad and warm slippers,  I’m still crafting on! 🙂

Today I’d like to share some cards that I have made for my hubby using some of the adorable stamps from Lawn Fawn …which I love:

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At the end of October hubby and I celebrated our 20 year anniversary and I made this card for him to let him know how I feel about him after all these years.  This would be something that we would certainly do where we live!  We always enjoy looking at the night sky together.

I started with some watercolor paper and blended some distress inks for the background and spritzed it with water.  I then made sure it was completely dry before white heat embossing the stars that I colored in the centers with a gel pen.  I then took a white gel pen  and added more “dots” in the sky.

I’ve used Upon a Star and the Winter Skies stamp sets for both the images and sentiment. I took the Little Town border die to add over top of the starry sky and layered it onto a navy card base that has some more die cut stars (from Upon a star coordinating dies) at the top sponged with white ink.

For the sentiment, I had to piece together a couple of words from different sets to get it to say what I wanted it to.  I cut it out with a long banner die from My Favorite Things.

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Here’s a closer view of the sky and the images.  For the fox couple, I black heat embossed it and then used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color them with and then popped them up over the corner of the scene with foam dots.

I actually used a color palette and sketch from a challenge blog, but missed the deadline to post it, but I think it turned out great and hubby enjoyed it.  He said, “Yes, this is something we would do!”  He also likes the color blue.

Here’s another card I made for hubby as his birthday was this last Friday:

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Although this one is a bit simple, it has a really fun interactive element to it!  If you’ve known me for a while, then you may know that my husband is an electrician, so this card was very fitting for him!

I have used the Lawn Fawn Turn Me On stamp set and coordinating dies along with the Life is Good stamp set for the sentiment and the Push Here stamp set to make this card.  I also have a large stash of Lawn Fawn papers that I’ve used for this which I don’t think are available any longer.

I used vellum for the light bulb that was heat embossed over it and then I colored it yellow on the backside of the vellum to place behind the die cut opening from the blue panel.  That was die cut with the coordinating dies.  I stamped and colored the light switch as well and also die cut it out over the blue panel.  I then white heat embossed the sentiment and cut it out with a sentiment banner die from MFT.  It was sponged with white ink and glued over the blue panel.

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The best part of this design is that when you push on the light switch, the light bulb turns on!  I’ve used the Chibitronics to create this feature.

You can see here what it looks like when you push on the light switch!

You can also check out this quick few seconds video to see it in action below:  (CLICK HERE if you want to see it on You Tube.)

Although this looks like a pretty simple card, mechanically it had it’s difficulites with the light up interior portion of it and it was met with some challenges and patience as I had to keep testing it to make sure it worked right!  At one point I had to tear it apart because the battery accidentally flipped over!  I also had to use like 4 layers of foam tape so that the light wouldn’t continuously be on all the time! LOL!

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It was all worth it though as it was for the love of my life and he really did appreciate the efforts that went into making it as he even took it to work with him so that he could show it to his fellow co-workers!  LOL!  They seemed to be pretty impressed with it and even offered some advice on how much to charge for something like this!  LOL

The card was thick due to the amount of foam on it, so it didn’t fit into a regular envelope. Since it went to hubby, I just hand delivered it to him! 🙂

Hope you’ve enjoyed my share of creations today that I made for hubby!  I will be seeing you again soon!  Thanks for dropping in friends…I will be visiting soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Lawn Fawnatics – Cards for Guyschallenge-64-lawn-fawnatics-guys
  2. Creatalicious – Anything Goes with optional:  For a Man
  3. Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
  4. Cardz 4 Guyz – All Wrapped Up (top card with scarves)
  5.  Get Creative – Anything Goes
  6. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  7. Retro Rubber – Anything Goes + stamps older than 1 year (ALL listed are at least 1 year or older!)6a01b8d066dc39970c0240a4e77a87200b-320wi

It’s SNOW Fun for Whimsy Stamps!

Hello friends!  Welcome to the weekend and I hope you are having a great one so far!

Today I’m sharing this adorable image from the November Digital New Release for Whimsy Stamps!  Be sure to check them all out in the store!  They’re so cute!!!!

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How fun and cute are these guys?!!  I’m using the Penguin Snow Fun image for my card today!  Now you already know how I love these penguins, but how cute are they especially that one in the middle with the mouth open! LOL!

For my card I started with a watercolor panel and then white heat embossed the snowflakes over it from the Whimsy Stamps Snow Flurry stamp set.  I then went over this panel with water and added some colors over it with Distress Oxide ink pads smooshed down on my glass mat and picked up with a brush and water.  I’ve used Peacock Feathers, Stormy Sky, Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire and Salty Ocean for the colors.  I tilted my panel to get the water to run down a bit and heat set it.

I cut a piece of glitter cardstock with the Kinetic Curved Hills die set as well as some snowflakes from the No-See All Seasons Tree die set.  I placed the hill at the bottom of the watercolor panel and randomly attached the snowflakes to the background.

For the sentiment banner, I white heat embossed it from the same WS Snow Flurry stamp set and added a snowflake in the center of the ‘O’.  I trimmed it into a banner with my scissors and added to the card.

I then took some foam tape and popped up the image over the hill and then added some gems to the center of each die cut snowflake.

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Here’s a closer look at this adorable image that I’ve got all colored up with Copic markers.  For the bear and everyone’s cheeks, I’ve used a white gel pen and for the band on the penguin’s ear muffs, I used a clear glitter gel pen.

For the penguin’s red hat trimmings, I used a glue pen and some loose clear glitter over top.  I fussy cut out the image and popped it over top of the glittery snow hill.

OOPS…a bit of the snowflake staging clinged to the glittery snow hill a bit! LOL!

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Really had a great time coloring this sweet image and getting messy creating the background too!  Hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today as well!

Thanks so much for checking in with me today my friends!  I appreciate it very much and I’ll be seeing you soon!

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

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Challenges:

  1.  Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge – Anything Goes (using watercolor) + optional: animalsNovember 2019 WC
  2. Christmas Crafts All Year ‘Round – Stockings or other Winter Clothing
  3. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal
  4. Crafty Catz – Anything Goes with optional: snow
  5. Brown Sugar – November Anything Goes

Whimsy Stamps New Release with 2 Christmas Tails

This is the second post from me today.  Please CLICK HERE to see the first post for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies or scroll down below.


Hello friends!  It’s October 1st which also means it’s time for a brand new release for Whimsy Stamps…I’m back to share a card I’ve made for the brand new digital release at Whimsy Stamps!  CLICK HERE to check them all out!

Today I’m sharing a Christmas card I’ve made using an adorable image:

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These adorable critters are having some festive fun!  This image is by Crissy Armstrong called “2 Christmas Tails“.  It had previously been released as a rubber stamp, but now you can grab it in digital format starting this month!

This is an unusual size and card opening for me on this card, but I wanted to be sure that the image fit completely on the design I was creating.

So I started with a 4.5″ x 5.75″ side folding white card base.  I took a piece of red foil paper and clear heat embossed the snowflakes over it from the Whimsy Stamps Basic Christmas Backgrounds clear stamp set.  I mounted this over a piece of gold foil paper, added the striped paper in the bottom corner, the oval cut image panel and tied a glitter ribbon around the layers and mounted it to the white card base.

I took the Whimsy Stamps Christmas Large Word die and cut it from some of the gold foil paper and layered it over top of the gold foil banner I created by black heat embossing the sentiment.  I finished it off with some snowflake rhinestones above the critters.

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Here’s a closer look at how I’ve colored in these adorable critters.  The photos never show everything about the details of the card, but it’s so cool in person! 🙂

I’ve used Copic markers to color this in.  You can view/purchase Copic markers from Whimsy Stamps or you can click on the underlined numbers below for a particular color that I’ve used to color with:

  • Santa Hats & Candy Cane – R39, R37, R35, R32, BG000
  • Bunny – E35, E33, E31, E30, R20, R00, C3, C1, C0
  • Mouse – W7, W5, W3, W1, R20, R00
  • Bell – Y28, Y26, Y21, YG13, YG11
  • Ground/Shadows – E84, E81, C1, E0000

I used a white gel pen for hightlights on the candy cane and parts of the bunny’s tail.  I also covered the bell with a glitter brush pen.  I took a glue pen and added some clear glitter over the hat trimmings.  To get the blue faded color around the image, I used the oval die I cut it out with as a “mask” to blend some blue distress ink softly over it.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my Christmas card today and have been inspired in some way!

Thanks so much for joining me today and I’ll be seeing you soon!

Please be sure to stop in and check out the Whimsy Stamps blog today and throughout the entire month of October!  Today kicks off the annual “31 Nights of Halloween” blog celebration!  There are lots of fun ways to win…so be sure to check it out!! 🙂31 Nights of Halloween-banner-badge-whimsy-stamps

Here are the following Whimsy Stamps products with affiliate links that I’ve used on my card today:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  2. The House That Stamps Built – S2519 Anything Goes
  3. Creative Knockouts – Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Catz – #476 Anything Goes
  5. QKR Stampede – #365 Anything Goes
  6. Simon Says Stamp Monday – Let’s Get Ready for Christmas
  7. Crafty Cardmakers – Add a Critter
  8. Sketch Saturday – (I turned sketch)583

 

Meow-lloween Party for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies

Meow friends! 🙂   It’s October and I’m always excited about this month because there are so many fun Fall activities that happen and I also really enjoy the Halloween atmosphere around this time.  I hope you’ll enjoy the fun right along with me!

Today, I’m excited to bring you my creation for a brand new challenge for this month over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!  Remember that it’s always an “anything goes” challenge PLUS you need to use a critter on your creation!

This month we’re being sponsored by Beccy’s Place and was generous to supply the team with an image to play with:

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I just fell in love with this adorable kitty from the Scaredy Cats digital set.  I think he’s all dressed up and seriously ready to “get this meow-lloween party started“!!

So fun to pull out some Halloween papers and colors for this card.  I usually like to add in some purple somewhere if I can, so I found some ribbon and thought it matched up with kitty’s hat.

I couldn’t help but to add a few more elements to this kitty by taking a spider image from a Tim Holtz stamp set and adding it to kitty’s hat.  I also stamped the stars at the top along with the sentiment from a Simon Says Stamp Halloween stamp set from last year…I think.  The web up in the corner is an older die from my stash that I usually pull out for Halloween creations.

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Here you can see how I’ve colored up this fun kitty with Copic markers.  I’ve also colored the belt buckle on the hat with a gold gel pen.

I used some Wilted Violet to sponge around the edges of the kitty panel after I stamped the stars at the top.

While I was filling the sequins with gold Stickles, I added a few dots to the starry sky for just a bit more sparkle.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed my fun “meow-lloween” card today!  Please be sure to stop by the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge Blog to see the rest of the creations from the design team to help inspire you!  We look forward to seeing your wonderful critter creations this month!

Thanks so much for stopping in today my friends and be sure to check right back again here today as I have another post coming soon!

Challenges:

  1. Tuesday Throwdown – Anything Goes
  2. Creative Moments – Anything Goes + optional twist: masculine
  3. CRAFT -Animals
  4. The Paper Players – PP461 Tic Tac Toe (I used middle row:  orange, die-cute and Halloweenpp461

It’s Anything Goes for Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  Here we are with the first week of September already coming to the end!  Wow!  I think it may be time to start thinking about that “C” word! (Christmas of course!)

Today is a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday today and we have our first of the month “Anything Goes” challenge this week!  We our sponsored again by the lovely Whimsy Stamps, so be sure to enter for a chance to win a fun prize!

Here’s what I’ve made with our sponsor’s product:

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I’ve used this really sweet digital image from Whimsy Stamps called “Penguins Under the Mistletoe” and of course Crissy’s penguins are so fun to color up!

I have followed a sketch for my design using a challenge (see below) and have pulled out some older papers in my stash that I thought looked really festive and went with the colors I have picked out.

I white heat embossed the sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Holiday Mini Sentiments on the green colored layer and popped the image panel layered in red cardstock over top with some foam tape.

I’ve taken some silver glitter paper and die cut a few snowflakes from the Whimsy Stamps No-See All Season Tree die set along with cutting a strip for the top of the card too.

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Here’s a closer view of the image so you can see how I’ve colored it up.  I’ve used the following Copic colors below.  You can view/purchase Copic at Whimsy Stamps by CLICKING HERE or click on the numbered links below:

  • penguin bodies:  C8, C7, C5, C3, C1, R20, R00, Y38, Y35, Y32
  • Santa Hat and Candy Cane:  R39, R37, R35, R32, BG000
  • Mistletoe:  YG67, YG61 (berries are red Nuvo Drops)
  • Hat and Scarf:  BB26, B24, B21, BG000
  • Gift:  G09, G07, Y17, Y15, Y11
  • I used BG000 for snow ground shadows

I went around the edges of the image panel with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and the ink foam blending tool.  I ten took my quicky glue pen and added some dots for the snow as well as underneath the penguins and sprinkled on some glitter.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and please be sure to stop on over to the Cute Card Thursday Blog to check out the rest of the inspiration from the design team and play along with us!

Thanks for stopping in and I’ll see you again tomorrow for something fun!

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

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Challenges I’d like to enter this for:

  1.  The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas Goes
  2. Sketch Saturday – Pick any sketch from 215-578 (I chose sketch #356)356
  3. Merry Little Christmas – Anything Christmas Goes
  4. Love to Craft – September Anything Goes
  5. Pammies Inky Pinkies – PIP1935 Anything Goes
  6. ABC Christmas Challenge – ‘S’ & ‘T’ are for Sparkle and Texture

Anything BUT a Card for Cute Card Thursday – Calendars Finished!

Hello friends!  We are already here on the last Thursday of August!  I can’t believe we are already getting close to the end of the year soon!  Time seems to just go by so fast for me anymore!

Today stars a brand new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday and for this week we’d like to see your “Anything BUT a Card” creations!  We look forward to seeing what you all come up with!

So I bet you thought that I had forgotten about my finishing up those calendars?  Well as soon as I saw that this was the last week of the month, I went to try and find the next month and of course it wasn’t there!  LOL!  Then I realized that I needed to finish out these “Grumpy” calendars for the remainder of the year!  To see the past months I had already created, you can find all the posts by CLICKING HERE.  I had so much fun with these!  So here’s the last of them:

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I think these are fairly quick and easy to do, plus they’re so much fun putting together by creating the scenes for them and they give me giggles everytime I look at it!  (There are days that we can relate to these guys, right?!)

Again, for all of these, I have used the Taylored Expressions 3×4 Calendar panels with the printed design at the top.  (of course mine are the 2019, but if you click on the link, it will take you to the 2020 calendars!)  I have slightly cut the edges off so that I could make a layered panel behind them and still keep the 3×4 size.

All images came from the Taylored Expressions Calendar Grumplings stamp set and coordinating dies.  I’ve used the sentiment from the set and made a banner with it that I’ve tucked underneath the elements from the Build-a-Scene Calendar dies.  I’ve colored all the critters with Copic markers.

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The eyeballs on this dude are too funny!  I’ve white heat embossed the sentiment on this one over black to mimick a chalk board.  I added lines around the edges with a white gel pen.  I’ve popped up the grumpling with foam tape.  I’ve added some glossy accents over the apple in his hand.  This is my birthday month too!! Woo hoo!

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BWHAA! HAA!!  This one is probably my fave not just because of the sentiment and the cute grumpling, but I love Halloween anyway.  I stamped the sentiment over some yellow cardstock and then punched it out with a circle punch so it looked in the shape of a moon and then die cut a couple of clouds to go around it.  I had a punch that punched out lots of stars and so I glued those on the background.  His broom handle was colored with a purple glitter gel pen and the frame was cut from some purple Glitterstock.

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Oh yes, all of those leaves pile up about this time and there’s always tons of yard work to clean up along with all of those dead flowers before winter gets here…this is usually how I feel about it too!  The leaves at the bottom are from a sequins mix that I had.  I do love the different colors of leaves in the Fall!

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Last, but not least is this funny “Bah Humbug” grumpling!  Things tend to get hurried this time of year for sure and by the time the end of the month rolls around, that’s about my take on it!  LOL!  I’ve used some white Nuvo Drops for the snow in the background.  The ground was die cut from Glitterstock.  The sentiment was punched out with a really old speech bubble punch I have.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed catching all of the months of this year’s calendar with me as much as I had fun putting them together.  Now, the trick is to pull out the 2020 calendars and start working on that earlier than just as the time gets here! LOL!  Thanks for hanging in there with me for it!  Hopefully you’ve been inspired in some way or at least had a few smiles with the process!

Now please do pop on over at the Cute Card Thursday blog to see what the rest of the design team has for inspiration and play along with us this week!

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  CRAFT – Back to School (Sptember month)
  2. Always Fun – Back to School (September month)
  3. Kat Scrappiness – August Back to School (September month)
  4. Through the Crafttoom Door – Anything Goes
  5. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes