Oak Tree Boy Hanging Onto Fall

Hello friends!  I hope that you’ve enjoyed the weekend and having a great start to your week so far!  Right now the weather guy is saying that we could reach freezing temps on Halloween night!  About 3 weeks ago we were still in hot temps and then ran right into this cold weather!  I wish I could’ve had a couple of days to open windows and it doesn’t look like I’m going to get that!  I’m trying to hang onto the Fall Season for as long as I possibly can!

Speaking of Fall, I have this really sweet image from Whimsy Stamps to share with you today!  He’s literally hanging on a tree limb for Fall!

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This adorable image is one from Syliva Zet for Whimsy Stamps called Oak Tree Boy and I have him and his little bird friend all colored up in Autumn colors!

I knew I wanted to grab the papers from the Whimsy Stamps Rustic Wood and Brick digital paper collection, so I grabbed some more plaid papers from my stash and layered it with some gold mirror cardstock that I’ve also used for the scalloped circle layer behind the image.  I attached some seam binding ribbon around these layers and added them to a 5″ square kraft card base.

I took some sparkly Prima leaves from my stash and glued them on before adding the circle image panel with some craft foam behind it.  I glued on the seam binding bow and then I took the sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Everyday Mini Sentiments and white heat embossed it over a piece of grey cardstock.  I then cut it out with the Whimsy Stamps Quick Strips die set and attached it over top of the image panel.

Lastly, I added a few sequins and filled the centers with some Nuvo Glitter Drops.

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Here’s a closer view of the image and how I’ve colored him in!  For the “bells” on his hat and the little bird’s hat, I colored them, but then they were covered with a glue pen and some clear loose glitter.  I took my Copic colors and did little “dots” (pointillism technique) around the image.  I did this with a gold gel pen as well.

You can view/purchase Copic markers at Whimsy Stamps by CLICKING HERE or you can click on the individual numbers that I’ve used on my creation below:

  • Boy’s Outfit – YG97, YG95, W5, W3, W1, E43, E40, / Shoes & buttons:  E87, E84
  • Boy’s Hair – E47, E44, E42 / Skin:  E21, E11, E02, E00, E000, R20, R00
  • Bird – E77, E74, E70, R20 / hat: YG97, YG95, W3, W1
  • Ladybugs – R29 and black pen
  • Bells on hats – Y28, Y26
  • Leaves – YR27, YR24, YR21, Y38, Y35
  • Acorns – E35, E33, E31
  • Tree Limb – E27, E25, E23
  • Pointillism and shading – E43, E41 and gold gel pen

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my my little Autumn card today and were inspired or at least brought a smile your way!

Please be sure to continue to stop over at the Whimsy Stamps blog as they are still doing the “31 Nights of Halloween” and will continue until Halloween night for the fun inspiration and prizes!  So check it out!

Thanks so much for dropping in today!  I enjoy hearing from you, so please say hello and I’ll be seeing you again soon!

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

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Challenges:

  1.  The House That Stamps Built – Fall Colors Inspiiration Palette 01619o1619
  2. Stamping Sensations – October Trees/Leaves/Autumn
  3. {Cupcake Inspirations} – CIC481 Fallcic481
  4. Crafty Catz – Anything Goes #479
  5. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #368
  6. Creative Fingers – Anything Goes #173
  7. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1942 Anything Goes

Cheerful Sketches Guest Designer

Hello friends!  Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend!  I just got back from a lovely weekend trip with hubby and we had such a great time visiting over in Hannibal, MO.  This was something we both really needed to just get away for a bit and it was wonderful to be able to go and do something fun!

Today I’m sharing my creation I made as a guest designer for the Cheerful Sketches challenge blog.  (I had won a spot with one of my creations I had entered.)  I was also shared the sketch and an image to work with:

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The was a company that I have heard of before, but this is the first time that I have actually colored one up.  This is from the My Bestie Shop in their Harvest Collection called Harvest Besties Doll 25.

Here’s the sketch below that was provided for me to follow:

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I took the image and colored it up and cut it out the size I needed for my card and layered it with some dark brown cardstock.  I took some sunflower style papers from my stash and placed a piece over a 5.5″ square dark brown top folding card base.

I cut out a couple of squares for each corner of the card and layered a scallop die cut square to each one with some orange colored cardstock.  I also took a strip of this same orange cardstock and attached it diagonally across it.

Lastly, I took the image panel and wrapped some seam binding ribbon around it with a bow, twine and button.  For the seam binding ribbon, I spritzed it with water and crinkled it up a bit and let it dry before adding to my card.  I then added some Fall Prima flowers around the design.

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Here’s a closer view of the image and how I’ve colored her up with Copic markers.  For the gold glittery details in the Fall sentiment and around her (including the buttons on her shoes), I’ve taken a Quickie Glue Pen to color it in with and then added some pretty Fall gold glitter over it.

The edges of this image panel were sponged with some Tea Dye Distress Ink and then sprayed with water for the water dropplet marks.

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She has put me in the mood to go to the pumpkin patch and bring one home!

**Be sure to pop on over the Cheerful Sketches blog and check out the October challenge post HERE to enter along with inspiration from the team.

Thanks so much for stopping in today!  Hope you’ve been inspired in some way and I’ll be seeing you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Love to Craft – LTCCB39 Oct Anything Goes
  2. Little Red Wagon – Pumpkin Party
  3. Fab ‘N’ Funky – Autumn Colors
  4. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC241 Anything Goes FeiminineWWC241 - Dawn's Feminine Anything Goes Challenge
  5. Crafting with an Attitude – Anything Goes
  6. Crafty Catz – Anything Goes with option of Ribbon, Bow or Flower
  7. Creative Knockouts – Lots of Layers

 

 

Fall is Here with Digi Doodle Studios!

Hello friends!  Now that we have started October, the temperatures will start to drop and the leaves will begin to change color and drop from the trees.  That’s when we know that Fall is truly here and I look forward to being out in it! 🙂

I wanted to capture that feeling on my card for you today using an image from Digi Doodle Studios:

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This cutie is called Joie Autumn and I just love her sweet little pup companion there playing around in the fall leaves with her!  She looks so happy and this is probably something I would do instead of actually raking them up!! LOL!!

Have you ever “googled” a card sketch?  I never really thought to do this, but I have some really cool Autumn type papers and I wanted to create some layers with them on my card, but I didn’t want it to look like a hot mess, so I picked out a card sketch and used that to create this card using some more papers from my stash!  I also got to use my Autumn embossing folder for the strip in the center along with my favorite glitter ribbon across it.

I’ve layered some gold foil cardstock with a few of the layers in there and added some Prima leaves and a button over the gold ribbon bow to finish it off.  I white heat embossed the sentiment from Lawn Fawn and cut it out with a My Favorite Things banner die.

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Here’s this sweet image upon a closer look at the coloring I’ve done!  I’ve also added a highlight with a white gel pen to her cheeks, the pup’s cheeks and the rim on her hat.  I took a gold gel pen and colored the pup’s collar with it as well as using it for additional “dots” around the sunflowers in her hair.

The light blue shading around her was used with Copic markers as well as the blending of the colorful pile of leaves on the ground.  I took colors from the leaves as well as other colors to blend and mute them together to make it appear like a leafy colored ground.

I cut this image out with a stitched rectangle die and layerd it onto some green cardstock which is the same I’ve used for the 5.5″ square card base and the embossed strip in the middle.

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I have fallen in love with these sweet images from Digi Doodle Studios.  Have you checked out the new “Pairables” Collection yet?  They’re so fun to play with and I’ll be sharing more of those with you later on!

Be sure to join us over on the Digi Doodle Facebook Group where you can get more inspiration as well as join in challenges and share what you create with your Digi Doodle Studios projects!  There are several ways to join in the challenges with us for a chance to win a prize!  So check them all out!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Fall creation today and you’ve been inspired in some way!  I appreciate each and every one of your kind thoughts more that you’ll ever know!

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

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  As You Like It – CAS or FAF Why? – I actually like both and I think my style runs a bit into both sometimes.  I feel like I have SO much crafty stash that I just want to keep adding more onto my cards…so lately it’s been this way! 🙂
  2. Cardz 4 Galz – Pretty Bows (not really sure if it’s pretty, but it’s glittery!)
  3. Stamps & Fun = Creativity – The Magic of Fall
  4. Make My Monday – Autumn
  5. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  6. Sheepski Designs – Autumn

Dies & Punches for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  It’s time for a new Cute Card Thursday challenge!  This week we’d like to see those “Dies &/or Punches” on your creations this week!  These are some of my favorite tools to use in my craft room and we’re looking forward to seeing your take on this challenge!

Here’s what I’ve made for it:

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Nothing says “Fall” to me like those ripe apples ready to be picked and especially to make a yummy carmel apple with as well!  I had so much fun pulling out several of my Lawn Fawn stamps and dies to make this interactive card design!  I haven’t played with my Lawn Fawn stuff for quite a while, so it was time! 🙂

For the interactive pull tab mechanism, I’ve used the Lawn Fawn Magic Color Slider dies along with the Caramel Apple , Thanks a Bushel and Jump for Joy stamp sets to put together this card.  I’ve also used the Jump for Joy and Thanks a Bushel dies to cut out some of the images on my card.  For the pull tab at the top, I took a sentiment from the Push Here stamp set to stamp the “pull here”.

For part of the layers in the card, I took an older Scallop rectangle die no longer available from Lawn Fawn for the white layer.  I’ve also used some Woodgrain cardstock that I’ve sponged with Vintage Photo Distress ink along the edges of it and the plaid paper which is no longer available from LF.  For the layer behind the apple panel and the base of the card I’ve used the LF Sunflower cardstock.

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Here’s a closer look at the image that I’ve got colored up with Copic markers.  I just stamped them over some Copic blending card.  For the inside slider where the caramel apple is, I didn’t want to add any layers to it so that it would slide freely.

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Here’s what the card looks like with the slider hidden inside.  I just added some twine to the end of the pull tab at the top.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my interative card design today using lots of fun dies!  Be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday blog and check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team and play along with us this week!

Thanks so much for dropping in today and I’ll be seeing you soon!!

Challenges:

  1.  Lawn Fawnatics – Awesome Autumn61-autumn-lawn-fawnatics
  2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Interactive
  3. Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember Lawn Fawn Collaboration – LF products
  4. Double Trouble – Thing 1:  Mad for Plaid, Thing 2:  Use Your Stuff Challenge entry (see below), Thing 3:  Tag &/or Frame
  5. Use Your Stuff – Tag &/or Frame
  6. Sheepski Designs – Die Cuts &/or Punches
  7. Little Red Wagon – Fruit

Brutus Monroe Decorative Details Inspiration Team Blog Hop

Hello friends!  It’s time for the Brutus Monroe Inspirational Team blog hop today and we’re focusing on the “Decorative Details” line of products to share on our creations.

I am a huge fan of putting “details” on my creations for sure!  There are so many to choose from and sometimes it’s hard to keep from getting them all!  LOL!

For my card today I’ve used a decorative detail (acrylic bubbles) that is one of my faves to use on pretty much ANY style of creation you’re making and here you can see why:

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Fall is certainly my most favorite time of the year and I really enjoy creating with all of the fun Autumn style products especially the ones that have just came out from Brutus Monroe.  The wreath and sentiment that I’ve used are from the new Fall Y’All stamp set and I’ve cut it out using the Fall Y’All Cut File that you can get for your cutting machine.  I have a Cricut so I’ve used that to cut it out with.  (Don’t forget that if you’re a subscriber to one of the monthly subscriptions, you can grab that cut file for free!)

Now that cut file does NOT cut out the center of the wreath, so I just poked my scissors in the center of it that made a large enough hole so that I could fussy cut around the inside of it.    The cut file will also cut around for your sentiment.

The base of the card is an A2 top folding Macchiato cardstock (a fave brown color of mine especially for the Autumn theme!)  I took a couple of the leaf images from the Autumn Essentials stamp set and heat embossed a couple of them on the card base with the Gilded EP.

I then glued on the cut out wreath image, popped up the sentiment in the center with foam tape and also added some gold thread behind it before attaching.  I took some alabaster ink and sponged around the edges of the card base and then finally attached the acrylic bubbles over the card.

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Here’s a closer look at the image and how I’ve got it colored in.  I’ve used Copic markers to color it along with the leaves on the sentiment.  I also took some distress ink and sponged around the edges of the cut images.

For the sentiment, I first stamped it with the raven detail ink and then cleaned off the stamp and then stamped it again with the embossing ink.  I sprinkled the Gilded EP over the sentiment and then brushed off the EP on the leaf areas as I didn’t want those embossed.  I heat set only the wording.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today and were inspired in some way!

Please be sure to check out the rest of the inspirational team’s blog links below to see more inspiration using Brutus Monroe “decorative details” products:

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Challenges:

  1.  Crafty Gals Corner – Fall Colors
  2. Cardz 4 Galz – Welcome Autum/Fall
  3. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  4. The Creative Crafters – Anything Goes
  5. Pammies Inky Pinkies – PIP1937 Anything Goes
  6. Crafty Cardmakers – Autumn Colors

It’s Autumn at Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  Thank you for joining me!  I hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far!  It’s a tad bit warmer than what I’d like to see it be in September for sure, so I’m hoping it cools down soon!

Today starts a new challenge this week for Cute Card Thursday.  This week we’d like to see your “Autumn” creations.  We look forward to seeing what you create for it!

Here’s what I’ve made using one of our sponsor’s images:

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This little squirrel is so sweet and I love how the tail on him was designed!  This is called “Bushy Tail” from All Dressed Up.  They’re sponsoring the challenge this week, so please be sure to play along for a chance to win!

I’ve dug out some papers from my Autumn stash of papers and picked some out that I thought would go with this image.  I layered a strip over a 5″ square piece of dark gray cardstock that I embossed with a leaf embossing folder that I was finally able to use!  I sponged a bit of white ink over the raised areas.

I also took some score tape and ran it down the center of the card and added some glitter over it and burnished it in.  The image panel was popped up over the card with foam tape.  I added some twine around each corner of the image panel along with a bow that I’ve placed a pearl in the center.

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Here’s a closer look at the squirrel image that I’ve colored in with Copic markers.  I wanted to keep the squirrel looking a bit softer, so I’ve used some lighter colors.

During the fall is a good time to view all of the squirrels running around our yard trying to burry their nuts.  We seem to find them in silly places sometimes as they save them for later! LOL!

I die cut the image with a scalloped square die and sponged around the edges with some Pumice Stone Distress Ink and layered it over a piece of the dark gray and then layered it again over a piece of kraft cardstock.

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Please be sure to visit us over at the Cute Card Thursday Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the design team has for inspiration too.

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

Challenges:

  1.  All Dressed Up Challenge – Anything Goes + ADU image #96
  2.   Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  3. Allsorts – Autumn
  4. Crafty Friends – Autumn Colors
  5. Creative Moments – Anything Goes with optional Fall Colors
  6. Sunday Stamps – SSC213 “Autumn Whisper” colorsSSC213

Brutus Monroe Inspirational Team ‘Subscription Products’ Blog Hop!

Hello friends!  It’s Wednesday and time for the Brutus Monroe’s Inspirational Team blog hop!  We are focusing on the September Subscription Products for this week!  So be sure to grab yourself a cup of your favorite beverage and hop with us!  Please be sure to check the links at the bottom of this post to see all of the links that will take you to the rest of the inspiration team’s blog posts too!

Here’s what I’ve made for this week:

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I have used 3 different subscription products on my card for you today, can you guess which ones?

I have used most obviously the beautiful September Stamp of the Month for the image.  It comes with 2 different sentiments that you can change out.  I’ve just colored mine up with Copic markers over a piece of Alabaster cardstock.

The second thing I’ve used is the September Stencil of the Month in the background, but what may not be obvious is that I’ve also used the September Embossing Powder of the Month as well.

I took the stencil over a piece of Alabaster cardstock and covered it with the Embossing Ink and then lifted the stencil to sprinkle the embossing powder over it to heat set.  I cut out that piece and layered it over another piece of Alabaster cardstock that I die cut with a stitched scallop die.

If you want to pick out a Brutus Monroe cardstock that matches up perfectly with this month’s subscription embossing powder, I found that the Terracotta cardstock matches up nicely with it!  It’s what I’ve used for my card base and the circle layer behind the image.

Lastly, I’ve added another circle layer from Gilded Glittersock, popped it up with some foam tape and added some gold thread nested behind it.  I took some gold sequins and filled them with gold glitter too.

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Here’s a closer look at the image and how I’ve colored it in.  I just used my Copics to color it in and shade around it.  As you know, I like to use my gel pens to add just a bit of sparkle to certain areas of the image and I’ve also added some “dots” around it with gel pens too.

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Here you can get a better glimpse of the heat embossed background on the left corner of the card.  It’s a very pretty Fall color and appropriately named “Crisp Leaves”.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today using the Brutus Monroe Subscription products!  Please be sure to click on the links below to see the rest of the inspiration from the design team:

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

Challenges:

  1.  Brown Sugar – Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Catz – Anything Goes
  3. QKR Stampede – #362 Anything Goes
  4. Simply Create Too – Anything Goes
  5. Crafty Calendar – Add Lots of Layers