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

Spots and Dots for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  Hope you’re having a great week so far.  The month of October is flying right through and I know once Halloween gets here, it will be the end of the year before we know it!

Today starts a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday this week!  We are looking for “Spots and Dots” on your creations this time!  We look forward to seeing your take on this one!

For my card, I decided to keep it rather simple as I needed a card for my brother’s birthday this past weekend, so I didn’t want to add too much to it:

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This card is using items from the Simon Says Stamp Sweet Birthday Limited Edition card kit which has since been sold out, but I know that you can still purchase a few of the items that were included in the kit.

I started out by taking the SSS Celebrate stencil from the kit and spread on some Deco Foil Transfer Gel over a white piece of cardstock from the kit and let it completely dry before moving on.  After it was dry, I took the Rainbow Shattered Glass transfer foil sheet and put it through my laminator.  It looks so pretty and shinny with a wow factor to it!  I cut this piece down and layered it over a black scallop square die cut panel.  I then layered these pieces over the green colored Tim Holtz Metallic paper from the kit.

For the square card, I used a black top folding 4.25″ black card base and then layered another piece of that green metallic paper over it.  I took a ‘dotted’ piece of paper from the Honey Bee Over the Rainbow papers (included in the kit) and layered it over top of the metallic green.  Then I added my foiled balloons panel over this.

Lastly, I took the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Sweet Birthday stamp set and white heat embossed it over a piece of black cardstock that I trimmed down to a banner and popped up over the card with some foam tape.

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I really didn’t want to add too much more to it as it was for a male and I think with all of that foil and shine, it really didn’t need much else!  I think it’s fun, simple and really cheery looking especially with that foiling done.

I was able to pop this in his door before we left for the weekend and he let me know that it brightened up his day, so that was great to hear!

I know that I’m getting this fun kit out again very soon as I am in need of another birthday card to send to someone that needs a good birthday cheer and I’m happy to do it!  Besides, this kit looks to be so much to play with for sure!  🙂

Be sure to join us over the Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week!  Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!

**Please scroll down if you care to see some personal photos of our recent trips!**

Challenges:

  1.  Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1941 Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Cardmakers – Sparkle
  3. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  4. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  5. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC243 Masculine Anything GoesWWC243 - Heidi's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

**Below are some photos and details of our recent trips if you’re interested!**

Now I wanted to be sure to share some photos with you as promised from hubby and my last two weekends out and about with our shenanigans!  LOL

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The first weekend in October we visited Hannibal, MO and visited the Mark Twain museum and even went for a tour in the Mark Twain Cave!  It was very interesting!  You couldn’t be claustraphobic as there were a few tight areas in there!  I didn’t get any photos of the cave, but it’s so amazing in person!

This photo above shows us after we came back down from seeing the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse.  As you can see there are several steps to get up there, but what you don’t see is how many steps we took just to get to the point of where we are in the photo too! Whew!

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My husband finally decided to take me on that cruise…along the Mississippi River that is! LOL!  They had a Mark Twain Riverboat tour that we took and it was a fun boat to check out along the river while listening to the stories from the captain.

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So while listening to the stories from the Captain on the riverboat cruise, we heard about the story of “Lover’s Leap” and so we decided to investigate it before we left.  In the background you can see a view of the Mississippi River.  It was pretty up there and a long way down!


So we came back home for some “downtime” and to unwind before going out this last weekend for another trip near the Starved Rock Park area:

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We decided to get going in the morning but it had really cooled down over night and we knew starting out we would need our heavy coats.

And all I can say is that the photos do not do justice to what it was actually like over here.  It is absolutely gorgeous!  The photo above is our “lowest level starting point” during our ‘hike’ and that is the Illinois River behind us.

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We came through the Visitor’s Center and briefly went through the small museum and started going through some of the trails.  They seemed to wind all over the place with many different areas to go to!

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The main trail going straight was a slow incline and then several stairs to go upwards to where the top of Starved Rock was.  Here we are at the top along with tons of other people.  That is the Illinois River behind us again.  This was later in the day as you see the sun shining on us and getting warmer.

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And here we are with this gorgeous feature behind us among the trees where shelves of rock walls lay and water running down.  It had warmed up enough for me to take my heavy coat off while walking around.  I think we look more serious as we were trying to capture the pretty view behind us.  LOL!  Nothing like seeing it in person of course!  (I just wish I was able to do more than what we did, but was still excited about what we did accomplish!)

We wanted to get up the next day and try to walk around a small town festival going on along with catching a tour to the Reddick Mansion later that day before we left, but we weren’t able to get there and had to get back home. (I will try again another day.)

This was fun to just get out and enjoy nature especially this time of the year.  I look forward to many more fun little trips in the future…especially with the love of my life!

Thanks so much for stopping in and sharing a bit of myself with you!  Wishing you a beautiful day friends!

Birthday Wishes for Digi Doodle Studios

Hello friends!  🙂   Happy Labor Day!  I hope you’ve enjoyed your weekend and I hope you get a nice relaxing Labor Day Monday included with it!  I’m enjoying a nice relaxing long weekend hanging out with hubby.

I have a very sweet card to share with you today using an adorable image from Digi Doodle Studios:

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Awe!  Such a cute pup, isn’t it?!  I love how sweet this one turned out with the colors which I thought would be great for a little one’s birthday.  I have used this adorable image called Jasper’s Cupcake for my card plus some really fun digital papers from the Let’s Celebrate Digital Background Paper Collection!

I based my card around the colors of those papers and I just love the little pops of blue in them, so I found some cardstock to match up with them and started to put together my card design.

I layered the “Birthday Streamers” paper (from the digi paper collection above) over a piece of blue cardstock and then sprayed it with some “Shimmer Craft Spray” (Which I’ll be sharing in an up-coming video so stay tuned!)  Then I mounted these layers onto a pink A2 sized top folding card base.

I then took a strip of the “Birthday Chevron” paper (also from the same digi paper collection above) and wrapped some white organdy ribbon around it and attached it to the front of the card base.  I added my colored image panel onto a piece of blue cardstock and then mounted this over a piece of pink cardstock that was cut out with a stitched scallop rectangle die.  Lastly I added a sentiment and punched it out with a circle punch and added a punched out scallop circle in pink behind it and popped it up with foam tape over the design.  As you can see both of the image panel and the circle sentiment was sponged around the edges very lightly with some blue ink too.  (I almost forgot that I took some white ink and sponged around the blue edges of the cardstock too!)

I then added my ribbon bow to the right side of the card and glued a pink pearl in the center of it and added on the sequins randomly over the card.  I really like how that blue frames this design and picks up the blues from the papers too.

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Here’s a closer view of the image and how I’ve colored it in!  I just adore that pup and it looked like he needed a few extra “spots”, so I added one on his back and then gave him a darker colored tail and a different colored paw too!

After coloring this up, I took a glitter pen and covered the pink balloon as well as the frosting on the cupcake for a bit of shimmer.  You’ve got to make that frosting look sugary right?!  I wish you can see the shimmer more in the background because it looks really cool!  You can sort of see it at the top of the photo.  However, if you check out my up-coming video, I’m hoping the camera will do it justice!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my little party pup card here today and please be sure to check out all of the adorable images from Digi Doodle Studios too!  They’ve just launched another new challenge yesterday over on their challenge blog.  Plus you can join the Facebook Group for more challenges and inspiraton too!

Thanks for checking out my post today!  I appreciate ALL of your kind thoughts!  I’ll see you again soon!

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  {Cupcake Inspirations} – CIC477 Food and Drinkcic477
  2. Little Red Wagon – Foodie
  3. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC236 All About OccasionsWWC236 - Heidi's All About Occasions Challenge
  4. Crafty Animals – #30 Anything Goes + animal
  5. Pearly Sparkles – Add a Ribbon and/or Bow
  6. Sheepski Designs – Die Cuts and/or Punches

Bee Happy for Whimsy Stamps June Release!

Hello friends!  There is so much to “bee” happy about for sure!  It’s been sunny out lately, it’s the weekend and I have some fun creations to share with you for the Whimsy Stamps June digital release today! 🙂

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Check out these ADORABLE bees!!  I have made 3 different cards because I just couldn’t stand not being able to color each one of these which are all included in this set!  I have used Crissy Armstrong’s “Bee Happy” digital stamp set.  This is a set that was previously released as a stamp set, but now available in digital format starting this month!  Good news that you can now choose between either format you prefer!

I’ve sized each of these bees in the format to fit onto a 4″ square card design.  I’ve cut them out with a hexagon die cut and layered another black piece of cardstock behind each one.

For the background, I’ve taken a yellow piece of cardstock slight smaller than the 4″ square top folding white card base and embossed it with a fun hexagon embossing folder.  Before attaching them to the card base, I’ve added some black ribbon at an angle over it.  I then attached the image panels and added the ribbon bow which I then placed a bee wooden accent to the center of each one.

The story with the black splatters actually came about from an accident I had!  I opened up a black shimmer pen over top one of the cards and it had a leak in it!  When I popped open the cap, it spilled all over my card!!  OH NO!!!  Obviously, I had all of my cards done at this point and I loved the way I had colored them….so I just decided to “go with it” and added some more splatters to each one.  I actually like the way it looked after I completed it!  They look like “busy bee’s” now! TEE HEE!

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Here’s a closer look at the “couple bees” image.  For each one of the hexagon image panels, I’ve taken a black marker along the edges to make the stitch lines.  I went around the edges of the image panel with some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and ink foam blending tool for each card.  Also, for the sentiments on each card, I found an old “bee” style stamp set and used it to go with them.  I believe that the “Bee Happy” rubber stamp set comes with sentiments that go perfectly with these cuties!

CLICK HERE to purchase/view Copic markers at Whimsy Stamps.  Here’s how all of the bees were colored up with the Copic colors:

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This little dude was so fun to color up with his party accents! 🙂  Here are the Copic colors I’ve used for the accecories:  (See above for the basic bee coloring details.)

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I just love how he’s trying to hand out a flower to you! 🙂  Here’s the following Copic colors that I’ve used for the flower (Please see above for basic bee coloring details.)

I hope you’ve enjoyed my bee creation today!  Please be sure to BUZZZZ on over to the Whimsy Stamps store and check out all of the new June Digital Release today!

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

Here’s the Whimsy Stamps products used on my cards today: (click on photos to purchase/view in store.)

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Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  2. TGIF – #TGIFC214 Create a Set!214
  3. Aud Sentiments – Nature + a sentiment (hoping bees are apart of nature)
  4. Creative Knockouts – Embossing Delight (embossing folder on each card)

 

 

It’s Party Time!

Hello friends!  It’s been sort of a crazy few days with our weather!  Usually it’s pretty warm and sunny, but we’ve been having some severe rain and cooler temps.  Plus more rain coming, so I guess I’ll be in my craft room playing!  🙂

Today I have this happy party fellow from Whimsy Stamps to share with you:

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Isn’t he adorable?!  This image is called Pengun Birthday by Crissy Armstrong.  This was previously released as a rubber stamp, but this month it has been released in digital format so you can have either option available!

I have cut him out with the Whimsy Stamps Notched Squares die set and cut an additonal piece in black cardstock for a layer behind him.  For the base of my card, I’ve used a green colored 5″ square top folding card base and attached a piece of striped paper across the lower section and sponged some white ink along the edges of the green card base panel.  I then used a piece of 1/2″ score tape across the top of the striped strip panel and then used some fun glitter over top of it and burnished into the tape.

I’ve also used this same glitter to go over the Whimsy Stamps Happy Large Word die cut out from some double sided sticker paper.  I white heat embossed the “birthday” over a strip of black cardstock that I’ve cut into a banner and placed it directly underneath the glittered word die.  This came from the Happy Everything Clear Stamp set.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on this cutie.  You can also see the fun details of the glitter that I’ve used on the word die.  I love the sort of “confetti flex” contained in this glitter.  It’s something I got in a sample size from a card kit a couple of months ago and it’s great for birthdays! 🙂  Hard to see in the photo, but I’ve also used a clear glitter pen to go over the balloon and present.  I sponged around the image panel with some of the same green ink that I’ve used for the card base cardstock color.  I’ve used the following Copic markers to color him with: (Click on the following underlined links below to purchase from Whimsy Stamps.)

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It’s always nice to have a good selection of birthday cards on hand when you need to hurry up and send one out and I think this one is great for any gender or age.

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products below I’ve used on my creation today (click on photos to purchase from Whimsy Stamps):

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(Click on Copic markers listed above to purchase from Whimsy Stamps.)

Challenges:

  1.  Little Red Wagon – Happy “BIRD”day!
  2. Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  3. QKR Stampede – #348 Anything Goes
  4. Allsorts – Happy Birthday!!!
  5. Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes + toppings=Balloons!!1175095_10151587494757547_730720239_n

 

P.S.  I know that many of you have been asking for updates on the bird nest situation and so here’s another photo of what we were able to capture:

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After the flowers were done blooming, we were able to get more of a clear shot and CAREFULLY get close enough to get the mother Robin sitting on her nest!  Like I had mentioned, she doesn’t like it when we go out there.  She chirps at us and waits for us to leave.

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Here is one of her standing in the nest.  We think that she may have hatched those eggs as it looks like she might be feeding the babies!  So next time we’ll check back in and see if we can get a look at those babies in there!  🙂

Hope you’ve enjoyed my post today!  Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you soon!!

Rainbow Shaker Birthday!

Hello friends!  Yay!  It’s Friday and I thought I’d share this happy shaker card that I made for my mom’s recent birthday she had.  (Yes, I kept this one a secret until I gave it to her!)

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I saw over at My Favorite Things “Birthday Project” Challenge was a “rainbow” theme and I thought this would make for a happy and fun birthday card design!  So I pulled out the MFT Transparent Triangles Background stamp (now retired) and heat embossed it with white EP over some Bristol Smooth Watercolor paper.  I went to work with my rainbow background and sponged several colors of Distress Oxide ink in rainbow form over the heat embossed background for a “resist technique”.  I spritzed some water over it and my sprayer went a tad bit “dropy” and I ended up with a weird large droplet pattern, but I decided I wanted to keep it anyway, I liked it.

So to make sure that my shaker balloon was going to line up with my bear, I needed to stamp, color and fussy cut out this bear from the Beary Special Birthday stamp set.  I needed to fussy cut it out because the coordinating die cut would also cut out the balloon from the image, and I didn’t want to include it as I was making my own!  I’ve also white heat embossed a senitment from the same stamp set and cut it out with the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips.  I also took the Mini Balloon Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics to cut out all of the pieces that I needed for the balloon.  (I used the fussy cut out bear for placement to see where I needed to die cut a hole in the background for the shaker area.)  Before attaching the bear down, I also took some green cardstock and cut out a border with the Grassy Fields Die-namics.  I sponged the edges with green ink and took a Copic marker to give a shadow around the bear.  So after I placed my “balloon hole” where I needed it on the background, I took the rainbow sequins to place inside the Mini Balloon Shaker Pouches and added a piece of black cardstock for the background, which was placed over an A2 sized white top folding card base.

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Here’s a closer look at the bear and how I’ve got him colored in.  I forgot that in addition to the rainbow sequins I had, I put some tiny star sequins in there as well.  At first I thought I had went a bit too dark for coloring the bear, but I like how he blended out and I think he really stands out on the rainbow background and doesn’t get lost with the black accents on the card.  I took a white gel pen to his cheeks and added some shimmer to his present with a glitter brush pen.  (My mom likes the color red, so I purposely made the present red).

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Here with the card laying flat, you can better see the shaker bits on the inside of the balloon and how they really stand out against the black balloon background.

I think I got a smile and it was passed around for the shaking.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and I thank you so much for stopping in!  Wishing you a very happy and rainbow filled weekend too!  🙂

challenges:

  1.  MFT Birthday Project – Rainbow
  2. Creative with Stamps – BirthdayCWS#37Birthday
  3. Crafting By Designs – Anything Goes
  4. Little Red Wagon – “Shake It!”
  5. Always Fun – Birthday

April New Release for Whimsy Stamps with Interactive Card!

Hello friends! (If you are looking for my “Purple Day” Epilepsy Awareness Blog Hop winner’s post, CLICK HERE)

It’s the first of the month for April and this also means a new release for Whimsy Stamps!  You can check out all of the new digital release by CLICKING HERE!

I’m excited to be sharing this really fun and unique interactive design that I’ve made with one of the cute images called Stretchy  Giraffe digtial stamp from the new release!

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This giraffe is so sweet and was fun to color up with Copic markers!  (See below for the full list of the markers I’ve used.)

I took the extended neck version of the giraffe and made some fold marks in his neck so that when folded, it looks like the “regular neck” version of the image, but when you pull up on the purple balloon at the top, the neck extends up with it! LOL!

Check out this 18 second video below to see how it works:

I’ve used the Whimsy Stamps No-See Kinetic Basics die set along with the Kinetic Straight Basics die set to make the straight track behind the large cloud that is under the flying giraffe.  This way there’s no track behind the giraffe to move the neck which I think is pretty cool with these special WS Kinetic No-See dies!

Because this was a giraffe with a long neck, I wanted to make a tall skinny type of card for this design.  (It measures 3″ x 6″ when closed.)  I’ve used a cloud die cut to hide the interactive track behind the giraffe and then I used a cloud stencil to sponge on some Wilted Violet and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide inks on the cloud die cut as well as the background white panel and the interactive pull behind the balloon so it all matches.  I thought it would be fun to add some stars, so I took the star from the Snappy Birthday clear stamp set and stamped them with the Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink.  I also took the sentiment from the Dachshund Balloon rubber stamp set and stamped it on the bottom of the white card front panel.  (I thought it was the perfect sentiment to go along with this image!  LOL!)  I’ve rounded the corners of the white panel and cloud panel with a corner chomper.

The giraffe was popped up with the black string wrapped around his left “antler” and then secured on the back.  The other end of the black string was tied around the balloon which is attached to the pull tab underneath the cloud area.  I covered the stars with a clear glitter brush and added some sequins filled with some Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops.  I’ve used foam dots to pop up the giraffe over the design.

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Here’s a closer view of the extended neck and the coloring I’ve done.  Here is the Copic list that I’ve used to color with and you can purchase them at Whimsy Stamps by CLICKING HERE:

  • giraffe body – YR24, YR21
  • spots, muzzle, mail & tail end – E15, E13, E11
  • Hooves & horns – E49, E47, E44
  • ears & belly – R20, R11, R00, R000
  • balloon – V17, V15, V12

I fussy cut the giraffe and the balloon separately from the image so that I could add my own string and make this an interactive card design.

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Really enjoyed creating this fun interactive card in a unique way with this adorable new stamp!  I hope you’ve been inspired with it too!  Would love to see what you come up with if you purchase this image!!

Thanks so much for popping in today!!  I’ll see you soon!

Here’s the list of Whimsy Stamps Products (with affiliate links) that I’ve used on my card for today:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  TGIF Challenge – Balloons (TGIFC205)205
  2. Alphabet Challenge – ‘A’ is for Animals
  3. Crazy 4 Challenges – C4C477 “Trick Card”
  4. Pammies Inky Pinkies – ATG (PIP1913)
  5. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal
  6. 613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes with optional:  create a kinetic card