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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Oh boy cover sheet

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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

 

We’re Recycling at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  I’m back to share our new challenge for Cute Card Thursday this week!  I have to say that I enjoyed this challenge and I can’t wait to see what you come up with for this one.  We would like to see some “Recycling” on your projects this week!  There are so many different ways you could go…do you have a box full of “trash treasures” waiting to be used?  Now is the time to pull it out!  🙂

Here’s what I’ve come up with for the challenge:

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I haven’t made these for a couple of years, but I like to save those Crystal Light plastic containers and decorate them and use them as “gift holders” or like I have here for some “polar bear/snowman soup” containers!

I try and keep the decorating somewhat simple, but I enjoy adding ribbon, glitter, etc just for the fun of it!  I’ve used an oldie but a goodie and my fave set from My Favorite Things called “Cool Day“.  I’ve used both of the polar bear images and colored them in, fussy cut them out and attached to the containers.  I’ve also white heat embossed the sentiments from the set and cut them out with a banner die for them to stand on.  I found some matching ribbon that I’ve wrapped around the top of the container and then added the bow.  Although I didn’t take a photo of the top of the lid, I’ve also cut out some matching pattern paper to decorate the top of the lid.  I’ve used some liquid glue to add some faux snow at the bottom of the containers and then some glitter under the polar bears feet.

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This is actually the first time that I’ve done polar bears for these.  I usually use a snowman with the snowman soup poem, but since these were polar bears, I sort of changed out the wording to make it work with my design.  LOL.  I’ve just printed it up on the computer and added a coordinating mat behind it and attached it to the back of the containers.  It slightly sticks out on each side, but I could always trim it down more if I wanted it to fit, but I was fine with it.

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I just wanted to share a photo of the original packaging of these containers.  I have my family save these up for me and I will create with them each year.  I have about 10 of them saved up for now.  As a crafter, we always keep our eyes peeled for something we can save and create with!  🙂

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And here’s a closer look at the details of the polar bears.  I used my Copics to color them.  For the green one, I used the pointillism technique to create the look on the sweater.  I also made the elbow pads and the circles on the mug.  I covered the mug with some glossy accents.  I added some glitter to the top of the hat on the red one.

Be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday blog to see the inspiration from the rest of the design team and enter your recycled creation to the gallery!  Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping in today!  See you soon!

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Always Fun – Anything Goes
  2. Christmas with the Cuties – Anything but a Card
  3. Use Your Stuff – Mood board (inspired by the sweet treats, mugs and red/white colors!)UYS mood board
  4. Double TroubleThing 1:  My sweet treat is inside the containers!  Thing 2:  I used the mood board above from “Use Your Stuff” challenge!  Thing 3:  I used lots of “sprinkles” with faux snow and glitter!
  5. Crafty Card Makers – Anything but a Card
  6. Artistic Inspiration – Just for Fun Challenge – Anything Goes

 

Birthday Wishes for Hubby

Hello friends!  Happy Friday!  I wanted to share a few things from my husband’s birthday we celebrated last night along with the card I made for him.

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I was going for a masculine look of course and I know that he likes nature, wildlife, etc. and with his birthday being in November, I thought a Fall scheme would work out nicely.  Besides, I had gotten some My Favorite Things products and wanted to have a play with them, so I used the current color challenge when making this one.  (See challenges list below)

For my design, I went with a Natural cardstock base, rounded the corners with a corner chomper and ink blended along the edges with some Vintage Photo distress ink.  I got a little more carried away with the inking than what I wanted, but then went over it by spritzing some water and dabbing it up with a paper towel for the water marks.  (I’ve also cut out some leaves with the Falling Leaves Die-namics die set and then sponged some colors around the edges for them as well.  These were added as accents on the over-all design.)

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I was so excited about using this Delightful Deer Die-namics set.  There are some T-I-N-Y bits in there to cut out and attach! LOL!  I sponged around the edges and bottom of legs with a brown ink.  I die cut some white dots and the piece for tail as well as cut out a couple of brown dots for eye and nose as well as cutting out his antlers.  I also added a few extra “dots” with my white gel pen on the deer.  It was popped up over the scene with some foam tape.  The main deer was cut from Persimmon cardstock which is also what I’ve used to cut out a banner (from the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips die-namics) that I white heat embossed the sentiment from the Essential Sentiments stamp set.

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For my scene, I took some of the MFT Candy Land Paper Pack and use the dotted “Sour Apple” color piece and die cut a panel of it with the Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX die-namics and placed it over my ink blended natural card front base.  I then used the Stitched Valley die-namics and cut some pieces from brown cardstock and lightly sponged some white ink over top of the “hills”.  I placed those over top of my natural card front base and also cut out some trees from one of the FREE die-namics dies that I received with an order from some Sour Apple card stock and attached them over the “hills”.

Lastly, I wrapped some twine around the card front base, added my die cut leaves where I wanted them, attached this panel to a top folding A2 sized white card base that I’ve also rouned the corners on with a corner chomper.  Lastly, I’ve added some clear crystal drops in random places.

I enjoyed creating this one using mainly die cuts and minimal stamping!  I hope you’ve enjoyed my masculine card design as well! 🙂

Here’s the challenges that I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  MFT Color Challenge – Persimmon, Sour Apple, Milk Chocolate, NautralMFT_ColorChallenge_PaintBook_#105
  2. Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies – HLS AG with Dies Badge
  3. City Crafter – #437 Woodland Animals
  4. Crafting By Designs – Anything Goes
  5. Creative Moments – Anything Goes

 

If you happen to follow along with me on FB, then you may have seen where I’ve had the talented lady Dina Kowal create a portrait for me using a past photo from our beloved family member Mocca that passed away this last February.  Dina is extremely talented with her pencils!  My hubby was amazed and here is a photo of him with it last night after he opened it up for his birthday present:

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He said, “Oh wow!” when he opened it and wanted me to tell her that she did an amazing job, it looks just like her!   I went through the photos with hubby (he’s not on social media) that Dina had shared of her on-going creative process with the portrait and this was one from the beginning:

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And this was the photo that she used for her creative process:

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We are thrilled and honored to have this stunning work of ‘Mocca’ art in our home and look forward to getting it framed and put up!  Thank you to Dina for sharing her talents with all of us!  🙂  You should go check out her work!

Thanks for dropping by my friends!  See you soon!

 

It’s Snowflakes at Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  It’s time already for a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday and as I can feel it growing even cooler by the day outside, I find that this challenge is very fitting and a great way to keep going on my Christmas pile!  We would like to see some “Snowflakes” on your creations this week!  We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Our sponsor for this challenge is All Dressed Up Stamps.  They’re kind enough to provide an image to use for this challenge, so here’s what I’ve come up with:

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This image is so sweet with the pup and kitty delivering their letters to Santa for Christmas is coming soon! 🙂  The image I’ve used is called Christmas Post from All Dressed Up Stamps and it already had some snowflakes within the image, but I always feel that snowflakes are big, small and fall everywhere, so I decided to add a few more with items from my stash.

I’ve colored my image with Copic markers and used some gel pens for the eyes, cheeks, parts of the mailbox lettering, center of snowflakes as well as adding some adding some random dots in the background for tiny snowfall flakes.  I’ve also had this Christmas Postmark stamp set in my stash and thought it was perfect to use as a sentiment for my card.  I stamped the circle, punched it out and layered it with another scallop circle that was punched from red cardstock.  I stamped the wavy lines post mark image behind that on the image panel.  The image panel was cut with a Wonky Stitched rectangle die.

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Here’s a closer look at the image and how I’ve colored it.  For the top of the mailbox, the snowflake on the circle postmark and for the snow covered ground, I used some Sparkle N Sprinkle dimensional glue in those areas and then sprinkled some Diamond Dust glitter over top of it for some nice sparkling snow coverage.  (I love using that stuff for snowfall!)

You can also see the silver snowflake sequins that I’ve attached and then I’ve added some silver Stickles to the centers of each one.  I’ve layered this image panel to a red cardstock layer and then added some foam tape to the back of it and mounted it over my card front.

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So for the card front panel, I took a white piece of cardstock measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and ran it through my die cut machine with a snowfall embossing folder and then I mounted this to a white top folding A2 sized card base and added the layered image panel over top.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog and see what the rest of the design team has for inspiration and join us this week with your snowflake creations! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Here’s the challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Daisy Chain – Christmas/Winter
  2. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  3. The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes Christmas
  4. Shopping Our Stash (SOS379) – Raining Cats and Dogs
  5. Creative Craft Cottage – Christmas is Coming
  6. All Dressed Up Challenge –  Oct Anything Goes + must use ADU image