Anything Goes at Cute Card Thursday with Holiday Wishes

Hello friends!  I hope you’re having a great week so far!  I’m trying to enjoy the warmer temps while I still am able to before it starts getting too cold out!  I wish I wasn’t feeling achy either, so hopefully that will improve too!

Today starts a new challenge for Cute Card Thursday and this week is our monthly “Anything Goes” challenge!  We’re sponsored by Whimsy Stamps and of course you know I’m using one of those images for my card today:

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How sweet is this one!  This digital stamp is by Sylvia Zet called Wintry Fairy from Whimsy Stamps.  Really love coloring up her sweet images!

For the background white layer, it’s hard to see, but I have used a snowfall embossing folder over it.  I also took a couple of the Whimsy Stamps Christmas Fun digital papers, printed them out and cut some sections for my card layout.  I layered them with some brushed gold cardstock and put them over the white embossed layer.  The piece at the bottom also has some gold ribbon wrapped around it that I added before attaching to the white layer.  These layers were mounted over a piece of red 5″ square top folding card base.

I also white heat embossed the sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Holiday Mini Sentiments clear stamp set and then cut it out with the Whimsy Stamps Quick Strips die set.  I cut it twice so that I could get the length that I wanted and then glued it over the bottom of the layered image panel.

I then added a gold ribbon bow with some gold thread nested underneath a snowflake button that I covered with a rhinestone.  I also attached some white poinsettia flowers from my stash.

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Here’s a closer view of the image and how I’ve got her colored up with Copics.

I used a white gel pen for the bird’s cheeks and the berries as well as places on her coat.  You can see that I also took a gold gel pen and added details to her coat as well as her wings.  I then covered her wings and the flowers in her hair with a glitter brush pen.

For the snow t the bottom, I took a glue pen and loose clear glitter over top.

I used a square die cut to cut her out with and layered onto a piece of brushed gold cardstock and then another layer of red cardstock that was cut with a scallop square die.

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I hope that you have enjoyed my card today!  It’s always great to get another Christmas card done before the rush gets going!  LOL!

Please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday blog and see what the rest of the team has for inspiration for you and join along with the fun this week for a chance to win a prize from Whimsy Stamps!  Looking forward to seeing your creations!

Please excuse me for a few days as I’m not feeling well, but hopefully will be around to visit with you soon!  Thanks so much for stopping in as I enjoy reading and smiling and sometimes giggling over your comments!  🙂   I will see you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Love to Craft – Nov Anything Goes LTCCB40
  2. Sheepski Designs – Christmas is Coming!
  3. The Fairy and The Unicorn – Nov Anything Goes + Magical/Fairy
  4. Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  5. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1944 Anything Goes
  6. Unicorn – Christmas/Winter
  7. Daisy Chain – Christmas/Winter

Naughty or Nice for Digi Doodle Studios

Hello friends!  Hoping you all had a wonderful weekend!

Today I’m sharing a fun circle shaped design using a cute new Pairables set from Digi Doodle Studios:

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This cute little elf is sitting atop of an ornament, getting out the list for Santa and marking down who’s naughty or nice! LOL!  This image and sentiment are apart of the Christmas Elves Pairables Digi stamp set.   On my computer I actually expanded the ornament image to make it larger and then added the cute little elf from the set right on top of the ornament.  I printed it out as one image and colored it up with Copics.  I’ve also stamped some snowflakes around the image and cut him out with a circle die.  I used some Broken China distress ink to sponge around the edges.

I layered him onto a brushed gold die cut circle and added some gold stickles around the edges.  I then layered these onto a red die cut circle that was embossed with an embossing folder, which is also the same one that I used for the green piece on the inside of the card.

I made a circle easel card and then cut out the sentiment from the digi set in a strip  (also spoonged with Broken China ink) and mounted it over another piece of red cardstock and attached it on the inside right above the green embossed layer.  (This strip is what helps keep the front layer propped up.)

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Here you can see the side view of the card design.  These are very simple to make with die cut shapes and I love how they nicely display for the recipient.

I’ve add some green saddle stitch ribbon to the center of the red circle before attaching it to the easel card backing and then added a bow that I’ve tied 2 gold bells on with a piece of twine.  I then used the twine to make a double bow to go behind the green one and glued them on my card.

I added some snowflake accents and placed a blue rhinestone in the center of each.

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Here’s a closer view of the details on this cutie.  I actually have lots of thing going on with this image.  First, I covered the bottom of his ornament with glossy accents.  It’s a fairly thick layer and you can see the details of it in the photo below, but I had to let it dry over night!

I have taken a gold gel pen and colored the “bells” on the elf’s outfit.  I then took a white gel pen for his cheeks.  On top of the ornament, I used a glue pen and covered it with some clear loose glitter.

For the trim on his hat, I took some Brutus Monroe Snow Paste and a small brush to apply it.  It’s REALLY thick stuff, so for a small area like that, I had to be a bit careful.  Love the sparkle in it and you can see, in the photo above this one, the side view of how thick it actually is!  I heat set it with my heat gun because it “puffs” up a bit when you heat it.

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Here’s what the card looks like when it is closed up.  I think this would also make for a really cute ornament too!  You can really see the shine on the glossy accents from this photo and why it took all night to dry! LOL!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my easel card today and gotten some inspiration and/or a smile!  Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I’ll be seeing you again soon!

*Please be sure to join us over at the Digi Doodle Studios Facebook Group where there is inspiration and fun challenges to play along with that you could win a prize!  Speaking of challenges, CLICK HERE to check all of the ways to play along with your Digi Doodle Studios goodies!  Hope to see you around! ***This card would also fit into the Digi Doodle Studios Blog Challenge for this month with the theme of Christmas/Winter….so come on over and share your creation too!

Challenges:

  1.  Merry Little Christmas – November Anything Christmas Goes
  2. Pearly Sparkles – Christmas
  3. My Time to Craft – No Rectangle or Square Cards Allowed
  4. Stamping Sensations – Traditional Christmas Colors (Red, Green, Gold)
  5. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  6. Crafts Galore Encore – Anything Goes

 

It’s Christmas at Cute Card Thursday!

Well here we are friends!  Happy Halloween!!!   I hope whatever your plans are that you have a safe and wonderful evening!  I also hope the little trick-or-treaters don’t get too cold this year with the snow over my way!

Well, although it’s Halloween today, we are having a “Christmas” theme going on this week at the Cute Card Thursday Challenges!  So if you’re all packed up from making Halloween, then this would be a great time to start working on your Christmas makes for the year!  We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Here’s the card I made for the challenge:

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Isn’t this image just beautiful?!  I was so happy to pull out this stamp… finally and color it up for a Christmas card!  This was my purchase during STAMPtember from Paper Rose.  I had never heard of this company before that time, so this was the stamp set/die combo I picked to get as I fell in love with it.

I stamped the large image over a piece of Copic Blending Card and then stamped the sentiment from the set right underneath it.  Colored with Copics and then trimmed it down to fit over my card front.  I layered this panel onto a pice of brushed gold cardstock and then a piece of red.

For the card base, I took the two pine sprigs from the stamp set and randomly stamped them over a kraft colored A2 sized top folding card base.  I used the same ink color to stamp them with and then used that color to sponge around my image panel before attaching all the layers together.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring I’ve done over the image.  Although the brushed gold cardstock is a bit muted, you can see the slight shimmer in it.

I’ve taken a Copic marker and done some random “dots” all around the flowers.  I’ve also used a gold gel pen to color the center of the flowers as well as add some more “dots” around the poinsettias.

For the “berries” within the branches, I’ve added some Nuvo Morning Dew Drops which dries clear over them.  This would be the only dimension on my card which makes it nice and flat for mailing.

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I’m actually really happy to add another Christmas card onto my pile for this year and I have many places to send cards to, so I know I will be making more!

Please be sure to hop on over to the Cute Card Thursday blog and have a look at what the rest of the team has come up for this challenge and enter your project there too!  Hope you can join in the festive fun with us this week!

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

Challenges:

  1.  Allsorts – Make Your Own Background Paper (stamped on card base)
  2. Pammies Inky Pinkies – Anything Goes PIP1943
  3. The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas Goes
  4. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  5. Fab ‘N’ Funky – Christmas

 

Snowman’s Birdie Friend For Whimsy Stamps

Hello friends!  I really can’t believe how COLD it’s been our way especially for October!  We even have SNOW in the forecast!  Eeek!  Now that’s scary for Halloween!

So since Christmas is on the way, I suppose it’s a good time to get into the spirit of the cold with a cute little snowman and his friend from Whimsy Stamps:

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This guy looks so happy that his bird friend found a place to rest on his hat! 🙂  This image is called Snowman’s Birdie Friend by Crissy Armstrong for Whimsy Stamps.

I wanted to make a nice little “snowy scene” for the image, so I took out the Whimsy Stamps Snow Flurry clear stamp set and stamped some of the snowflakes from the set around the top of the image panel.  I then die cut the image out along with creating a red “frame” with the Whimsy Stamps Notched Rectangles die set.  (To do this, I just glued the red frame made with the die onto a piece of white cardstock and then glued the image panel inside the red frame.  It’s the same size, so it fit into each other.)  At this point, I added some glue to the bottom area under the snowman and sprinkled on some chunky white glitter for the snow covered ground.

Since I was following a card sketch (see challenges below), I took out some papers from my stash and cut them on a diagnol and attached them over a piece of white cardstock and then wrapped some white organdy ribbon around it before attaching it to the top folding red 5″ square card base.

I took the Whimsy Stamps Holiday Mini Sentiments clear stamp set and white heat embossed the sentiment over the red cardstock and cut it out with a banner die from my stash.  I popped this up with foam tape over the image panel.  I also had a snowflake die and a border snowflake die that I cut with some glitter cardstock and attached around the card design and added some rhinestones in different areas.  (I thought this helped add to the wintry scene of the image too.)

Lastly I’ve added a brown button and natural twine over top of my white organdy bow.

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Here’s a closer view of how I’ve colored in the image.  As you can see, I’ve done a bit of paper piecing on the image by taking the same paper from the right edge of the card design and using it for the scarf, mittens and hat band.  (I’ve used Copics to give it a bit of shading too, which you can see details below.)

Maybe a bit hard to tell in the photo, but I’ve added just a small dot of Glossy Accents to his blue nose.  There are also hightlights with a white gel pen on his nose, cheeks and the bird’s cheeks.

Here’s the Copic markers I’ve used to color the image with:

  • Snowman’s Hat – E89, E87, E84
  • Bird & Buttons – E39, E37, E35, E32 (Y17 for beak)
  • Snowman’s nose – B26, B24 (R00, R000 for cheeks)
  • Snowman’s Shadows – B00, B000, B0000
  • Scarf and Mittens Shadows – W3, W1

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Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and it has brought you joy in some way! 🙂  I sure had lots of fun putting it together!  Thanks so much for joining me today and I’ll see you soon!

Please be sure to catch the Whimsy Stamps blog as there are still a few days left to join in the “31 Nights of Halloween“!  There will be a spooktacular evening on Halloween Night I’m sure!

Here’s the list of Whimsy Stamps products used on my creation today with affiliate links:  (Just click the photo to view/purchase.)

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Challenges:

  1.  Sketch Saturday – Sketch #587587
  2. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes #401
  3. Jingle Belles – Rudolph and Friends
  4. Crafty Catz – Anything Goes
  5. Winter Wonderland – Merry and Bright
  6. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #369

Merry and Bright for Whimsy Stamps

Hello friends!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I had another great weekend out with hubby, but this time we visited Starved Rock National Park.  Really amazing nature hike we took and I’m wore out!  I sure wish I was able to do more hiking than what we did, but what we did do was amazing.  I will share some photos soon of our last two weekends out.

For today I have a sweet image from Whimsy Stamps to share with you and another Christmas card that I was able to add to my pile which is always nice to have!

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This little guy is so sweet trying to decorate his poor “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree here! LOL!!  This is another adorable Crissy Armstrong image called Polar Bear’s Christmas Tree.  He was previously released as a rubber stamp and now available in digital format this month too!

I’ve cut out the image the whole length of the card front panel and layerd it over a piece of black cardstock and then some red cardstock.  I was placed over a piece of digital paper that I printed out from the Whimsy Stamps Rustic Wood and Brick Digital Paper Collection.  I ran the edge of some scissors along the edges of it and then added some of the plaid ribbon along the left side.  I then mounted this over a 5.25″ square top folding black card base.

I die cut some pine boughs from green cardstock and arranged and glued it down over the strip of plaid ribbon.  I then added a plaid ribbon bow over top and then attached a black button with a twine bow in the center of that.

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I’ve put alot of detail into this image which is why I wanted this to be the main focus of the card.  I actually didn’t use too many different colors of Copic markers, but it took a while to get the “fur” looking the way I wanted.  (See list below.)

I started the scene by ink blending around the top edges and a bit around the sides with Weathered Wood distress ink.  After the ink blending, I took the sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Holiday Mini Sentiments clear stamp set and white heat embossed it over the top right edge of the image panel.

For finishing details, I took some yellow chalk for around the star at the top of the tree for a glow look and then covered the star with some gold Stickles.  I brushed the red ornament with a glitter brush pen and then the “hook” was colored with a gel pen.

I covered the entire bottom of the image panel with a glue pen and then sprinkled on some clear glitter for the snow.  Lastly I’ve added some red “berries” to the garland that the polar bear is holding with some Red Nuvo Drops.

Here’s the list of Copic markers that I’ve used to color in the image with.  You can view/purchase Copic Markers by CLICKING HERE at Whimsy Stamps or click on the numbered links below for a particular color that I’ve used:

  •  Polar Bear – W9, W7, W5, W3, W1, W0, blender 0, R00 and white gel pen
  • Tree and Garland – E25, E23, YG67, YG63, YG61, R39, R37, R35
  • Snow Ground and Shadows – BG000

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I love the “woodsy” look to this image and I was trying to capture it in my design too.  I hope that you’ve enjoyed my Christmas card today and were inspired or helped bring you a smile!

Thank you so much for stopping in with me today and I’ll be seeing you soon!

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

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Challenges:

  1.  Merry Little Christmas – Anything Christmas Goes
  2. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal
  3. Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ – Anything Goes with optional: stars
  4. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Christmas
  6. CRAFT – Christmas
  7. Crafty Catz – Anything Goes

Whimsy Stamps New Release with 2 Christmas Tails

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

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

 

Clear Foiling Techniques with Brutus Monroe

Hello friends!  I’m sharing another set of creations that I’ve made using the new Brutus Monroe Deco Foil products because I had so much “foiling fun” that I kept going with making more!  This time, I’m using those “clear sheets” from the Designer Toner Sheets:

For my Christmas card here, I’ve used my laminator to foil over the “clear sheet” from the Peppermint Twist Designer Toner Sheets with the new Red Static Foil Sheets.  This creates a “see-through” area for the shaker contents.

For the shaker part, I’ve taken one of the Brutus Monoe Self-Adhesive Shaker Pouches, attached it to a piece of Alabaster cardstock, very carefully trimmed off the edges, filled it with lots of sequins and confetti stars and then sealed it up to keep the contents inside moving freely.  I then placed the clear foiled piece over top of it by using some Stick-It sheets which helps to keep the adhesive from showing through.

I then took an A2 sized top folding Alabaster card base and used some score tape along the two edges and then rubbed some of the Gold Static Foil over it.  I then took the shaker panel and mounted it over top.

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The greeting and the Santa hat were attached over top from the Yuletide Greetings stamp set that I’ve cut out using the Yuletide Greetings Cut File.  I’ve colored up the hat with Copic markers and then added some glitter over the fur trimming.  I’ve just used my Xyron machine to run adhesive on the back of these pieces to adhere them.

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I’ve added a ribbon in the upper corner with a couple of gold bells tied to the center of the bow.

So I continued on with my “foiling fun” by also making Halloween too….

My second card uses one of the clear sheets as well from the Carved Designer Toner Sheets and I’ve used the Orange Sketch Foil sheet over that.  Since this is a clear sheet, I thought it would be fun to make the pumpkin faces stand out a little bit.  So I turned the sheet over and added some glitter behind each pumpkin face and let it dry.  (This might take some time to dry depending upon how thick you make it.)  Once dry, I took a Stick-It sheet again to attach it to a piece of Raven cardstock.

I mounted this over a piece of the Green Neon Cardstock that I’ve also used for my sentiment banner.  I then added these layers over an A2 sized top folding card base.

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Here you can see the glitter showing through pumpkin faces and how they appear to somewhat “glow” with the darker panel behind them.

For the sentiment banner, I took the sentiment from the Trick or Treat stamp set and heat embossed it with the Raven Sparkle EP and cut it into a banner.  I added a small wooden pumpkin for the accent that I painted with orange paint and clear glitter paint over that.

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Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I hope that you’ve enjoyed my creations and were inspired in some way!

Wishing you all a wonderful rest of your weekend and I’ll be seeing you again soon! 🙂