Hello Cute Chicks!

Hello friends!  Err…should I say “Cute Chicks”!  🙂

I have some more Whimsy Stamps inspiration to share with you today using this sweet image by Crissy Armstrong called Penguin’s Cute Chicks.  Now it may look familiar to you and that’s because it was originally made as a rubber stamp, but starting with this month’s release it has been released in digital format!  So it’s great to now have both options available to you!

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I am a huge penguin fan and Crissy’s penguins are so fun to color!  I have colored this image with the following Copics (Click on the underlined numbers to purchase from Whimsy Stamps.)

  1.  Penguin Body, Beak, Feet, Cheeks:  C8, C5, C3, C1, C0 – YR18, YR15, YR12R00, R000
  2.  Penguin hat & scarf:  E89, E87, E84, E81
  3.  Chicks:  Y38, Y17, Y15, Y11 – Cheeks:  R00
  4. Chick blue & purple ribbons:  B39, B37, B34 – purple:  V17, V15, V12
  5. Egg shell and around image:  BG000
  6. Grass:  YG67, YG63, YG61

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I have also used some fun digital papers from the January digital release called “Oh Boy” digital papers collection.  (You may remember the “Crateful of Kittens” card that I had previously done which was using these same papers.  I’ve used both the striped and solid papers for my card here.  At the top of the striped papers, I used the Whimsy Stamps Pierced Border Trio dies to cut a curvy border.  I cut another piece like that in black cardstock to layer behind it.

I took the WS Painted Sayings clear stamp set and stamped the greeting in the upper left corner of the image panel and I also used the splatter images from the set and stamped some black splatters over the solid colored digital papers.  Before attaching the striped panel to the solid background, I added some white ribbon with a bow and a black button with a bow twine through it.  I attached this to the solid panel and then attached all layers to a white 5″ square top folding card base.

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Here’s a closer view of the image with my coloring.  For around the edges of the image panel, I took a glue pen and sprinkled on some clear glitter for a bit of a sparkly touch around the design.  I layered this onto a black piece of cardstock and then added some craft foam behind it for a slight dimension and attached it to the card front.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Thanks for stopping by!!  I’ll see you back again tomorrow for another really fun project I made!

Here’s the Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today:  (For the Copic coloring list, please see the above underlined numbers to click and purchase.)

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  As You Like It – Pearls or Buttons? (I love to add buttons in the center of bows and with different colors it can work on any style you’re designing.)
  2. Crafting From the Heart – #235 Anything Goes

Cuddle Bunny at Whimsy Stamps

Hello friends!  Hope you’ve had a great weekend!  The last time I posted I mentioned it was so nice that we could cook out on the grill, well this week it’s snow conditions and very cold!  With life in the Midwest, you never know what you’re going to get.

I thought it would be nice to turn that warm weather feeling to the inside of my craft room and create with this January released digital image from Whimsy Stamps:

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Fell in love with this darling image by Crissy Armstrong called Cuddle Bunny.  This had been a previous rubber stamp that is now available in digital format!  I think there are many advantages to getting a digital version:  1) It NEVER runs out of stock in the store because it’s a digital file, PLUS, you don’t have to wait for it to come in the mail!  2) You can size the image(s) whatever size you want it to be!  3) You can easily combine other images with it and arrange them as you’d like before printing it out.  4) You can color with Copic markers without worrying about anything getting smeared and lastly:  5) You can still feel like you’re “getting your hands crafty” by coloring and finishing out your creation with other products!  So, if you haven’t jumped on the “digital wagon”, an image like this would be a great one to try out!

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For my card, I have colored my image with Copic markers, see the detail list below and then sponged some Tumbled Glass distress ink with an ink blending foam tool and a cloud stencil.  I then cut it out with the Whimsy Stamps Notched Rectangle dies and added a yellow layer behind it that I’ve notched out by hand.

For the background I’ve taken a piece of blue watercolor paper panel and lined the top and bottom of it with a strip of flower borders from my old stash.  I used a glue pen for the centers of the flowers and attached some glitter over top.  I added a strip of sheer white ribbon across it and attached it to a piece of shimmer luster paper whih was mounted onto a 5″ square yellow card base.

Lastly, I used some craft foam behind the image panel and attached it over my card and then added the ribbon bow with a chipboard flower in the center.

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Here’s a closer look at the image where you can see how I’ve colored it.  Hard to capture in the photo, but I’ve also taken some Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops and added a tiny dot in the centers of the white flowers.  I have also used the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush and went over the butterfly.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today and I thank you so much for stopping in!  I look forward to sharing another project with you tomorrow!  See you soon!

Here’s the list of Copic colors I’ve used:  (Click on the underlined numbers below to purchase these markers from Whimsy Stamps.)

  1.  Dress, Hair Bow & White Flowers:  Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11, B00, B000
  2. Shoes:  E87, E84, E81
  3. Hair & Skin:  E49, E47, E44, E42, E21, E11, E00, E000, R20
  4. Bunny:  C3, C1, R00
  5. Butterfly & Flowers:  V15, V12
  6. Grass & White Flower Stems/Leaves:  G24, G21, G20, YG67, YG63, YG61

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products that I’ve used on my card today:  (Click on photos to purchase from their store!)

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes #22
  3. Creative Knockouts – Anything Goes
  4. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #330
  5. Use Your Stuff – Furry Friends

 

What’s New at Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  It’s Thursday time again and we have a new challenge for you over at Cute Card Thursday today!  The challenge for this week is…..”What’s New?

And remember these challenge themes are always your own interpretation!  Here’s what I’ve created for it:

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I thought this image was so TWEET!! 🙂  It is a “new to me” image from our sponsor this week by All Dressed Up Stamps called Home Sweet Home.  I thought this would be such a nice card for someone with a “new home”.

It was also nice to be able to use some older items from my stash as well!  I have colored up the image and used a heart die to cut it out with.  I’ve also sponged some color around the edges and added some stitching details with a marker.  For the patterned papers in the background, I’ve used a paper piercer tool and made stitch marks over the holes with a white gel pen.  I layered it onto a piece of white cardstock which I then layered onto a piece of 5″x5″ Sahara Sand top folding card base.  BEFORE attaching my white layer onto the base, I’ve added some twine around it.

I cut out a smaller heart from the die set I’ve used from some craft foam and attached it to the image heart panel and placed it over the twine on the front.  Lastly, I’ve added the wood veneer bird cage and flowers and twine bow.

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Taking a closer look at the image, you can see that I’ve used various colors of Copics to color it in with.  I went around the images with a W0 which matched up nicely with the colors of the main card panel.  You can also see places where I’ve added a bit of sparkle from some colored gel pens and extra “dots” around the image with a white gel pen.  It was actually a really simple and fun image to color!

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I hope that you will join us this week and share “What’s New?” with us at Cute Card Thursday!  Be sure to stop by the blog to see what other inspiration that the rest of the design team has come up with!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I wish you a wonderful day!

Challenges I’d like to enter for this card:

  1.  CRAFT – New (year/job/baby, etc.) – for me:  new home and new stash
  2. All Dressed Up Stamps challenge – Anything Goes + ADU image
  3. Cardz 4 Galz – New Year/New Stash (image and hearts dies)
  4. Alphabet Challenge – ‘U’ is for ‘Use Some Stitching:  faux or real’
  5. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  6. Try it On Tuesday – Something old/something new (new image/wood veneer, new home and old papers, old flowers, old tools!)
  7. Words 2 Craft By – HOPE (W2CB61):  “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul & sings the tunes without the words & never stops at all.” ~ Emily Dickenson                     Absolutely LOVE that!!

Spread Love at Whimsy Stamps

Hello friends!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Although it’s supposed to be VERY cold in January over my way, it has actually reached warm enough temperatures that we can cook out on the grill! I’ll take it for now as I don’t think it will last!

Have you been over to see the Digital January release at Whimsy Stamps yet?  There are SO MANY really fun and adorable images to color along with a couple of fun digital papers to help you finish up your cards!  Since Valentine’s Day is coming near, I decided to make a card with that in mind:

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I have used this darling Spread Love digital stamp by Crissy Armstrong.  I just adore her wings and “heart antlers” sprinkling hearts everywhere! 🙂

I have colored her up in Copic markers in the following:  (Click on the underlined numbers to purchase from Whimsy Stamps)

  1.  Dress, shoes and a couple of the hearts – R85, R83, R81 
  2. Heart on dress, heart antlers and other hearts – R24, R22, R21
  3. Wings – R00, BG000
  4. Hair – E27, E25, E23, E21
  5. Skin – E11, E00, E000, R20, R00 (cheeks)
  6. Around image – B000, E0000

I’ve also taken a cloud stencil to add some clouds in the background with an ink blender foam tool and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  I then embossed the sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Snow Flurry clear stamp set with some gold embossing powder.  I went around the edges of the image panel and added a few “dots” around the hearts with the Nuvo Honey Gold Glitter Drops.

For the background of the card, I’ve used the new Hearts a Flutter Digital Papers and cut out a piece with the Whimsy Stamps Hand Stitched Nested Rectangles die.  I then trimmed this piece at an angle and attached it to a strip of this white punched border that I’ve made.  I’ve also cut out a piece of pink cardstock with the same die and trimmed this out an angle as well.  Both of these pieces were attached to an A2 sized white top folding card base.  The image panel was attached over a piece of craft foam and mounted to the front of the card along with the gold ribbon.

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Taking a closer view of this image, you can see on the wings that I’ve added some shimmer to them with a Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen.  You can also see where I’ve taken a gold gel pen and went over the swirls in her dress as well as the “heart antler stems” on her head.  I always love to add little details like on my coloring and I hope you’ve enjoyed it today as well!

Thanks so much for dropping in and I’ll see you soon!

Here’s the Whimsy Stamp products I’ve used today:

Click on photos below to purchase from Whimsy Stamps.  (To purchase Copic markers, see the numbered link list above.)

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Creative Inspirations – Anything Goes
  2. Crafting by Designs – Anything Goes
  3. As You Like It – Anything Goes/Show Your Style
  4. Crafting With an Attitude – Anything Goes
  5. Daisy Chain – Add Some Sparkle

Whimsy Stamps January Digital New Release is Here + Anything Goes at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!

I’m not only here to share my creation for the new release at Whimsy Stamps, but also another new challenge for Cute Card Thursday which is also being sponsored by Whimsy Stamps this week!  The new challenge for Cute Card Thursday this week is another “Anything Goes“!  We look forward to seeing your creations, plus if you enter this week, you put your name into a draw for a win from our sponsor!  Don’t miss out!

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Now how adorable are these little cuties?!!  This is the newly released digital stamp called Crateful of Kittens from Whimsy Stamps.  I have also paired it with the newly released Oh Boy – Digital Papers.  I thought that the solid yellow and gingham would work nicely with this image to give it a happy feel!  For the sentiment I’ve used the Whimsy Stamps Bold Statements clear stamp set to stamp over some of the yellow solid paper and made my own fishtail banner with it.

I’ve added some white ribbon with a bow to go around the yellow papers and then attached it to an A2 sized white top folding card base.  For the banner, I’ve added a white daisy flower and placed a rhinestone in the center that I’ve colored yellow with a Y17 Copic Marker.

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Here’s a closer look for you on how I’ve colored up this image!  I’ve used a stitched square die to cut the image out with and additional die to layer some of the solid yellow digital papers behind it.  For the background of the image panel, I’ve used a cloud stencil and very lightly inked some clouds in the background.  I added some sparkle to the center of the flowers on the image with a glue pen and clear loose glitter.  I’ve also added some dots to their cheeks with a white gel pen.

Here are the Copics I’ve used to color with:  (Click on each underlined number to purchase from Whimsy Stamps.)

  1.  wooden crate:  E23, E25, E27, 0-blender
  2. Flowers, leaves, grass:  Y11, Y15, Y17, YG61, YG63, YG67, G20, G21, G24
  3. Kitties:  C1, C3, C5, E41, E43, E44, R20 (cheeks), W1, W3, W5

Hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today and please pop on over to check out the full, brand new digital release for January over at Whimsy Stamps!

*Don’t forget that they are also sponsoring our challenge this week over at Cute Card Thursday as well!  Be sure to hop on over there to see the rest of the inspiration from the design team and play along with us!!*

Here are the other Whimsy Stamps products that I’ve used on my card:

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Challenges:

  1.  My Time to Craft – Something NEW (New image, new papers and new friends!)
  2. Always Fun – Something NEW (ditto above!)
  3. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  4. Classic DT Challenge – open (Anything Goes)
  5. The Crafty Addicts – Anything Goes with optional:  “It’s a purrfect day!”
  6. Little Red Wagon – Hey Newbie! (new image, new papers and new friends!)

Celebrating 10 Years of Whimsy Stamps!

Today kicks off a weekend of fun to celebrate Whimsy Stamps 10th birthday! Yay!!!  If you’ve been following along with me for a while, then you know that I have been a design team member at a few different times throughout the 10 years and I’m honored to be apart of the team again to help celebrate their 10th birthday!
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Please be sure to click on the badge above to be taken to the Whimsy Stamps and Inspirations Facebook Group.  This is the place to be to participate in the games, prizes and FREEBIES!  So if you haven’t joined in, go check it out!  It’s a great way for Whimsy fans to connect and share!

And…at 4pm ET today (actually going on RIGHT NOW!!) the design team will be hosting an Instagram hop to share inspiration and a chance to win prizes! We will be giving away 2, $25 gift certificates to the Whimsy Stamps shop! Pop over to the http://instagram.com/whimsystamps to join in the fun! Happy hopping!  If you want to start with me, you can find me on Instagram here:  http://www.instagram.com/stampedsmiles  (Just remember that in order to be registered for a chance to win, you will need to comment on each IG post in the hop and follow the Whimsy Stamps Instagram as well as the design team IG accounts along the hop!) **For an EXTRA entry, be sure to tag a friend on IG**

Whimsy Stamps will be picking random prizes drawn from all of the comment posts along the hop and will be announed on the Whimsy Stamps IG page on Monday, December 17th!  (So make sure you are following to see if you’re a winner!)  Don’t have an Instagram account?  It’s free and easy to set one up!  (Please let me know if you have questions about doing this and I can walk you through it!)

I also wanted to share my birthday card inspiration here in case you’re not on Instagram:

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So what could be more fun than this little Doggie Ice Cream digital stamp to help celebrate with!  I have printed him out twice (I’ll explain below) and colored him up in the following Copic markers:

  1.  Doggie body:  E27, E25, E23, E21, R20 (cheeks) and white gel pen
  2. Doggie bib:  BG78, BG75, BG72
  3. Ice Cream bowl:  C8, C5, C3 (Used C3 for ground shadow under image)
  4. Ice Cream/bottom scoop:  R85, R83, R81
  5. Ice Cream/top scoop:  E53, E51
  6. Cherry on top:  R39, R37, R35

I have taken some older Whimsy Stamps paper packs (this one no longer available called “It’s a Party”) to use for the background of my card design…he has to have a party scene after all, right?!

I then took a thin strip of black card stock to go along the edge of the paper to give it a nice finishing touch.  I also took another piece of black cardstock and white heat embossed the fun sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Bold Statements clear stamp set and then cut a banner and attached it alongside the black strip.  Lastly, I’ve added some fun matching Whimsy Stamps “It’s a Party” enamel dots to finish off the design.

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A closer look at my image, you can see that I’ve added some glossy accents to the cherry on top of the ice cream as well as the pup’s nose.  I’ve used a Spectrum Noir glitter brush pen to over the ice cream scoops and then I took a liquid glue pen and sprinkled some more glitter under the pup image before attaching him to the paper.

The reason I printed out this pup twice is because I wanted to add some dimension to it.  I colored and fussy cut out the entire image and attached him over the glitter ground.  I took the second image and only colored his head/bib and the ice cream images.  I fussy cut those out, then turned them over to rub a tool over which make it curl around the edges a bit.  I used some foam tape to attach them directly over the image and it gives a nice dimension to it.

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Here’s a peek of what that dimension looks like underneath.  Because the edges curl, you don’t see much sticking out, but it gives a nice dimension to your image.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and I hope you take part in the celebration with us at Whimsy Stamps in any way you can!   I also wanted to thank each of you for the kind support you’ve given me with my Whimsy Stamps creations, it means so much!

Enjoy your celebration weekend and I’ll see you soon!

Whimsy Stamps Products used on my card today: (To buy Copic markers from Whimsy Stamps, please see list above.)

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Addicted to Stamps & More – Make Your MarkMake Your Mark badge
  2. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  3. Tuesday Throwdown – Anything Goes
  4. Watercooler Wednesday (WWC200) – OccasionsWWC200 - Helen's 200 Anniversary Challenge
  5. CRAFT – Anything Goes

 

 

 

 

Whimsy Stamps New Release Snowman Couple

Hello friends!  I’m thinking after the several inches of snow we recieved last week, this is a really “time appropriate” creation to share with you!! LOL!  The first of the month is always a brand new release for Whimsy Stamps, so check out all of the digital release HERE!

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For my card today, I’m using this darling new image called Snow Couple for my design!  Super quick and easy image to color up, so adding more details to it is always something fun!  🙂  I’ve taken the Whimsy Stamps Notched Rectangle dies to cut it out with.  I’ve also cut out a separate navy cardstock layer to mount behind it.

For my card front base, I’ve used the Whimsy Stamps Christmas Azure digital papers and cut it out with the Whimsy Stamps Hand Stitched Nested Rectangles die for the background and then mounted this over a navy A2 sized top folding card base.  Then I’ve also cut a strip of the muscial papers from the Whimsy Stamps Christmas Traditions digital paper collection and then ripped each side of it.  I took some distress ink and sponged around the edges of it and mounted it over the card front base along with some white ribbon.

I took the image panel and navy layer and added some craft foam to the back of it and attached it to the front of my card base layer.  I took some more of the white ribbon and made a bow to attach to the side of the image panel.  I’ve also taken a sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Penguin Christmas Sentiments 1 digital set and cut it out with a banner die that I then placed over the Hand Stitched Nested Rectangle die to make the stitch lines in it.  I then took some foam tape and attached it on the bottom corner.  For the sentiment, I’ve taken a Copic marker to go around the “cold” word and added some glitter for the snow details on it.

Lastly, I’ve taken an old Whimsy Stamps Snowflake die and cut out a piece from white card stock to attach at the top as an accent.  I put a rhinestone in the center of it.

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For coloring up this image, I’ve used the following Copic markers:  *(Just click on the underlined numbers below to purchase from Whimsy Stamps.)

  1.  Snowman top hat/coal buttons:  C8, C5, C3
  2. Snowmen bodies/arms:  BG000R00 (cheeks), E33, E31 (arms), YR24, YR15 (noses)
  3. Snowman tophat trim/scarf:  B39, B37, B34
  4. Snowwoman hat/scarf:  V17, V15, V12, C1, C0
  5. Background Sky/Ground:  B01, B00, B000

After coloring this image, I’ve taken a snowflake stencil and then added some Nuvo Glimmer Paste Moonstone [953N] over top of it with a palette knife which created these cool glittery snowflakes over top of the image.  You can still see through to the image which is exactly what I was looking for.

I then took some Sparkle N Sprinkle Waterscape Glitter [G1108] and added it to the ground, the snow around the snow couple as well as the letters on the word “cold” within the sentiment with both a Nuvo Medium Tip Glue Pen [203N] (for the ground), as well as a Nuvo Presicion Glue Pen [206N] for the snow on the lettering.

Hope you’ve got inspired with my creation wih the new Whimsy Stamps digital release this month!  Be sure to come back for more inspiration later on in the week!  Thanks for stopping by!

*Click on images to purchase Whimsy Stamps products used on my creation today:  (For Copic markers, please see the individual links above.)

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Here are some challenges that I’d like to enter my card for:

  1.  Try it On Tuesday – Winter Wonderland
  2. Crafty Catz – Anything Goes with optional twist:  Too cute
  3. A Perfect Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  4. Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers (SOSS124) – ‘W’ is for Winteredna 124 winter
  5. That’s Crafty! – Winter Wonderland
  6. Stamps & Fun = Creativity – White/Blue