Meow-lloween Party for 2 Crafty Critter Crazies

Meow friends! ūüôā¬† ¬†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 РPP461 Tic Tac Toe (I used middle row:  orange, die-cute and Halloweenpp461

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!¬† ūüôā

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 Рnumbers (hope a calendar counts!)
  2. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  3. Crafting By Designs – Layer it Up

Sparkle N Sprinkle New Release – Kitty Celebrates Up in the Air!

Hello friends!¬† Have you checked out all of the December New Release yet for Sparkle N Sprinkle?!¬† Do you have a favorite?¬† I’m not sure I can pick one!¬† I think they’re all fabulous really!¬† But I’m excited to start with this cute one for today:

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Tee hee!¬† Kitty got a little “carried away” with celebrating I think!¬† I have used the NEW Kitty Celebrates rubber stamp set [00-926P5] for my card. (There is also a wonderful digital set [DIGI926CS] if you prefer that!)¬† I’ve stamped him over Copic Blending Card paper and colored him in with Copic markers and then fussy cut him out.

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So before attaching him to my card, I thought it would be fun to add some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew (Gloss-dries clear) [677N] and apply a layer over my balloons to give them a shinny balloon look!  I then set kitty aside while I worked on the rest of the card.

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For the background of my card, I made a nice “blue sky” by taking some Sparkle N Sprinkle Watercolor Paper [WC69] and sprinkling some Nuvo Blue Blitz Shimmer Powder [1208N] over it and then spritzing some water over it and letting it run all over the panel until I achieved the look I was going for.¬† (LOVE the subtle shimmer over it too!) and then set it aside to let it dry.

The next thing for me to do was to create some “fluffly clouds” for the kitty to be among:

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So I took some cloud dies from my stash and cut them out with some Sparkle N Sprinkle Sticker Paper [99558].

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These sheets are sticky on one side, so I carefully peeled the release paper and handled them with some tweezers and applied some of the Sparkle N Soft Twinkling Clouds Flocking [FL207] over top of the sticky side, rubbed them with my finger to secure and tapped off the excess.  I now have some really cool soft and fuzzy clouds to attach to my blue sky!

So now all I have left to do is assemble everything for my card!¬† I started by taking the clouds and adhering them to my background with some Sparkle N Sprinkle dimensional Glue.¬† ¬†I then cut down the watercolor blue sky panel with a rectangle stitched die that fit the size of my card.¬† ¬†Then I needed to add my sentiment, so I took the sentiment from the same stamp set and stamped it with a black pigment ink and added some Sparkle N Sprinkle Sparkle EP [EP107] and heat embossed it.¬† (This is a clear style embossing powder that leaves a nice little sparkle over it!)¬† I layered this die cut sky panel over a piece of black cardstock which was then layered over an A2 sized top folding white card base.¬† Lastly, I’ve added the fussy cut kitty over top of the sky background panel with some foam dots and then randomly added some drops with the Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops [758N] over the sky panel.

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I think this turned out really cute and I sure had fun making it!¬† Here I’ve laid it down so the light catches the details of the sparkle in the clouds, the sentiment and the glitter drops in the background as well as the shine over the ballons too!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card for you today!¬† Thanks for dropping in!

**Please be sure to stop over at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog to get updates and see lots of inspiration using their wonderful products!¬† And please don’t forget that you can add any of your Sparkle N Sprinkle creations over on their Facebook Creative Challenge Group.¬† (If you don’t have any of their images, check out how to grab a free one over there!)¬† If you’d like, you can also join us over at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Monthly Challenge Blog by following the challenge guidelines (No Sparkle N Sprinkle image is necessary to play)!¬† We’d love to see what you are creating!**

*Don’t forget if you go shopping over there, be sure to add my discount code when you check out to get 10% off your order:

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Here’s the full list shopping list of products from Sparkle N Sprinkle used on my creation for today:

  1.  Kitty Celebrates rubber stamp set [00-926P5] or Digital set [DIGI926CS]
  2. Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew (gloss-dries clear) [677N]
  3. Sparkle N Sprinkle Watercolor Paper (6 ct.) [WC69]
  4. Nuvo Blue Blitz Shimmer Powder [1208N]
  5. Sparkle N Sprinkle Sticker Paper (10 sheets @ 5.5″ x 8.5″) [99558]
  6. Sparkle N Soft Twinkling Clouds Flocking [FL207]
  7. Sparkle N Sprinkle Sprinkle embossing powder [EP107]
  8. Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops [758N]
  9. Sparkle N Sprinkle dimensional glue
  10. Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat [1914E]

 

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

  1. Simon Says Stamp Monday – ‘B’ is for:¬† Balloons, Blue Sky, “Best Day ever”
  2. Tuesday Throwdown – Anything Goes
  3. Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything GoesAnything Goes badge
  4. The Male Room – Celebrate#100
  5. Little Red Wagon – House Pets

 

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! ūüôā¬† 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! ūüôā

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

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

  1.  Daisy Chain РChristmas/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

Merry & Bright Kitty

Hello friends!¬† Hope you’re having a great weekend so far!¬† I’m back to share another Sparkle N Sprinkle creation that I’ve made using the adorable Christmas Kitty Digital Stamp Set [DIGI921CS] from the October Release:

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I wanted this kitty to be the main focus of my card along with the lights and I wanted them to pop out on my design.¬† I also wanted to add my panel complete with the “extra” light string and greeting.¬† So I opened up a blank Word doc. to add my images.¬† I sized and arranged the kitty where I wanted him, then next to him I’ve added the additional “extra” lights and then positioned my greeting from the set where I wanted it, printed it out and colored in the lights and kitty with Copic markers.¬† To make the lights appear as one continuous string of lights, I took an alcohol friendly fine line marker to draw a line to the existing lights on the kitty.¬† I just love the look on his face as he was so much fun to color! ūüôā

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To get the glowing look on the lights, I added some color around each light with the same color of chalk.  Then I took the Diamond Dust Glitter and added it over the light bulbs with the Nuvo Smooth Precision Glue pen.

I then cut this panel out with a rectangle cross stitch die cut from my stash.  After it was cut, I took some blue colored ink and stamped the pine cone image from the Holiday Greetings Rubber stamp set  to frame in the kitty panel.

I decided to cut out some pine leaves with the same light blue card stock with a die cut from my stash and then I covered them with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with the Vanilla Ice embossing powder.  You will also notice a bit of sparkle around the kitty panel edge too.  I took the panel and pressed the edges into the VersaMark ink pad and then heat embossed the edges with the Sparkle embossing powder.

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Here you can see the design on my light blue card front as well.  This is where I took the same pine cone rubber stamp image and stamped randomly along the edges of the card front and heat embossed it with the Vanilla Ice embossing powder.  The heat embossed pine cone leaves were attached to the edge of the kitty panel along with a sparkly ribbon bow and a snowflake accent.  I layered a piece of black cardstock around the image panel and popped it up with some craft foam and mounted that over the front of the heat embossed light blue card front which was wrapped with some more of the sparkly ribbon.  This was mounted over an A2 sized top folding white card base.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my sparkly cute card today!¬† Please be sure to use the code below and click on the badge to shop and receive your 10% discount:

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Be Sure to check out the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog tomorrow for special sneak peeks on what is coming for the new release!!  Yay!  Stay tuned!

Sparkle N Sprinkle Product Supply List used:

Sparkle N Sprinkle Christmas Kitty (digital set) [DIGI921CS]

Sparkle N Sprinkle Holiday Greetings (rubber stamp set) [00-689P7]

Sparkle N Sprinkle Embossing Powder Sparkle (semi-trans) [EP107]

Sparkle N Sprinkle Embossing Powder Vanillia Ice (fine detail-opaque) [EP265]

Sparkle N Sprinkle Ultrafine Glitter Diamond Dust (semi-trans) [G1116]

Sparkle N Sprinkle dimensional glue 

Sparkle N Sprinkle Static Free Bag [99512]

Glitter Brush [SG1400]

Nuvo Glue Pen Smooth Precision [206N]

VersaMark Embossing ink pad [VM001]


 

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Crazy 4 Challenges (C4C458) РCard with Cat or Halloween themed
  2. Crafting By Designs – Get Ready for Christmas
  3. 4 Crafty Chicks (4CC427) – Christmas
  4. Craft Rocket – Christmas is Coming
  5. Crafting With an Attitude – Anything Goes

Anything Goes For Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!¬† It’s Thursday and time for a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!

This week is an easy “Anything Goes” challenge!¬† So please share with us what you are working on this week weather it be a card, a scrapbook page, journal page or altered item, etc.¬† We look forward to seeing what you’re doing!

I’ve decided to use another newly released image from Whimsy Stamps (our sponsor this week) on my design today:

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Isn’t this cat just too stinkin’ CUTE?!¬† ¬†I’ve used the newly released October digital stamp Scruffy Cat by Crissy Armstrong for Whimsy Stamps on my card today.¬† (When you purchase this image, you receive two digital files:¬† one containing this image with the hat, another image of the cat without the hat.)

*Edited to Add Copic marker colors I’ve used!*

For hat:¬† R59 for darkest shadows blended out with R29, R27 and R24.¬† I’ve used a white Prismacolor pencil for some highlighting.¬† I did use some B000 for shadows on the hat trimmings, but the loose glitter I glued on covers it up in the photo.

For cat:  I used W5, W3, W1 and W0 and started with the darkest color along edges and flicked in with the other colors.  R20 blended out with R00 for his ears and cheeks.

Collar:  G07 and G05.  I used a glitter gel pen for the tag.

I have used the Whimsy Stamps Notched Rectangles die set to cut him out with and mount him over a piece of red card stock.¬† I’ve also used a strip of red card stock cut with the same die and white heat embossed the sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Holiday Mini Sentiments clear stamp set and attached under the kitty.

Before attaching the kitty panel, I’ve used some of the Whimsy Stamps Christmas Cool Mix digital papers and added a white organza ribbon around it.¬† I also sponged around the edges with some white ink using a sponge dauber and then I attached that to the front of a red top folding card base.¬† Lastly, I’ve attached the kitty panel along with the ribbon bow underneath and finshed the card with snowflake sequins and silver glitter in the centers.

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Here’s a closer look at my coloring as well as the glittery details on the kitty collar tag and the loose fine glitter on the hat trimmings.

Please be sure to check out the challenge blog to see the details of the challenge and catch the inspiration from the rest of the design team!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and look forward to seeing what you come up with!¬† Thanks so much for stopping in!

Challenges:

  1.  QKR Stampede РAnything Goes #315
  2. The Paper Players (PP412) РTic-Tac-Toe:  Green, any embossing, sequins/glitterpp412
  3. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Cardmakers – Lace or Ribbon