It’s Autumn at Cute Card Thursday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Challenges:

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

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

Oceans of Love for Digi Doodle Studios

**(This is my second post for today.  CLICK HERE to view other post or scroll down please.)

Hello again my friends!  I’m back to share this card I made using this adorable image from Digi Doodle Studios:

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Isn’t she adorable with her little underwater crab friend?!  This is the Nixie Mermaid digital stamp from the Digi Doodles Studios “Under the Sea” collection.  There have recently been a couple more new ones added to this, so go check out the entire collection of these cuties!  I thought she was so cute and I actually had her colored up before I ended up hurting myself and had to leave.  I finished out the card when I got better.

I have also used some fun digital papers and a sentiment that work well with this particular image.  The pretty pink patterned papers you see in the background come from the Digi Doodle Studios Summer Breeze Card Making Paper collection.  The sentiment came from the Digi Doodle Studios Mermaid Sentiments set.  I printed out the sentiment and cut it out with a ticket die, sponged around the edges with the turquoise ink color and layered it over the same turquoise colored cardstock I’ve used throughout my layout.

The layout idea came from a sketch challenge that I’m entering for below this post.  I have several layer panels including the fun turquoise sparkly paper that I’ve used that was cut with a wave border die and then sponged with some white ink.  I added some pearls to each corner of the image panel, wrapped some white organdy ribbon around the card front base, tied a bow and added a silver bow where I have attached some silver string and a starfish charm to it.  The entire card measures 5.5″ square.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring that I’ve done on this mermaid image.  Mainly colored with Copic markers, but I’ve used a gel pen to color the sprigs next to the flower in her hair and the braclets around her wrists.  I took a glitter brush pen and covered her entire fish body and the bubbles in the water with.  (Of course it looks so shimmery in person!)  I then took some glossy accents and covered the little crabs eyeballs with and then some liquid pearls to dab a dot over the pearl inside the oyster.  This mermaid image panel was popped up with foam tape over the card front.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my underwater mermaid card today!  Please be sure to join with us over at the Digi Doodle Studios Facebook Group as there is a couple of fun challenges going on right now with a chance to win something!  There is also monthly blog challenge to join if you’d like another chance at winning a prize!  We’d love to see what Digi Doodle Studio projects you’re working on! (CLICK HERE to see this page for all challenge options to join with!)

Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I’ll be back tomorrow with something fun!

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Cheerful Sketches – August Challengesketch be
  2. The House That Stamps Built – A1419 Tic-Tac-Toe (I used first row down)a1419
  3. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1933 Anything Goes

Never Fear, Super Penguin is Here!

**(This will be my first of two posts today…join me back again soon!)

Hello friends!  You ever have that certain someone in your life whenever you feel that things are falling apart, that there’s one individual that makes you feel everthing is going to be alright?  It’s nice to know that you can always depend on that person to come when you call, right?  They deserve special recoginition like a hand-made card that I’ve made today:

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Isn’t he adorable?!  This is the Penguin Superhero digital stamp released this month (previously released in red rubber) from Whimsy Stamps.  I have combined some older (retired) stamps from Whimsy Stamps along with some fun ink blending and coloring to come up with this design.

I’ve used some kraft colored ink to stamp the buildings on the panel behind penguin and then used some ink blending and distress inks for the little “sidewalk strip” the penguin is standing on along with the city scape sky.  I took a stencil to go over top of the the sky background.  I popped the  fussy cut penguin over top of that with some foam tape.  This was mounted over a black cardstock layer that was mounted over the card front base and popped up with foam tape.

To make the card front, I randomly stamped some images with white ink over a kraft colored card base that I matted onto a white layer which was then mounted over a black A2 sized top folding card base.  I took a strip of red cardstock and made my own banner with it using scissors.  I did the same for the sentiment banner (from the Bold Statements clear stamp set.) in black cardstock that I white heat embossed over it.  Lastly, I took some silver stars and glued them on the design.

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Here’s a good close look at the coloring that I’ve done on this cutie.  Something different that I’ve done here is to color with both Copics and pencils on this one.  Basically the reasoning for doing this was because a couple of my Copic markers are running out of ink and it was hard to get the blend that I wanted…so I finished it off with Prisma colored pencils.  (I’m waiting for refills to arrive! LOL)  Here are the Copics that I dKraftid use on my coloring.  Check out the Copics on Whimsy Stamps to purchase or click the individual numbers below to see or purchase in the store.

  •  Penguin body – C8, C5, C3, C1, C0, R00, YR27, YR24, Y21
  • Cape, letters – R39, R37, R35, R32
  • Shirt – B39, B37, B34
  • Letter outline – Y38, Y35
  • blended with Prisma colored pencils on penguin body, cape and shirt

The penguin was fussy cut with scissors and popped up over the scene with foam tape.  I also gave the penguin’s shirt initials a bit of shimmer with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card with this sweet Whimsy Stamps Penguin from the August Digital Stamp Release.  Please join us over at the Whimsy Inspirations Facebook Group and share your Whimsy creations with us as we love to see what you’re working on!

Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll be posting again shortly…stay tuned!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today linked with affiliate links below:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Krafty Chicks –  #468 masculine
  2. The Creative Crafters – Anything Goes
  3. Sheepski Designs – Animal Madness
  4. QKR Stampede – #359 Anything Goes

Cute Card Thursday is Going in Circles!

Hello friends!  I hope you’re having a great week so far!  Today is Thursday and it’s time to start a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!  This week we are looking for your “Circles” on  your creations!  So here’s what I’ve made for the challenge:

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We are being sponsored by All Dressed Up Stamps and I’ve used this adorable “Girl On a Bike” image for my card.

I’ve colored her up and cut her out with a circle die that I commonly reach for which is the Hero Arts Infinity Circle dies and then I cut out a black cardstock circle to layer behind her as well as the sentiment circle.  I happen to find some papers that, for me, mimicked the bike wheels, so I cut that out in a circle as well for the design.  For each circle, I took my ink foam blending tool and went around the edges with the same ink color that I’ve used for the cloud background.

Now that I had all the circles cut out for my design, I used a cloud stencil to ink up background which I cut out with a stitched rectangle die along with the pattern paper circle and then wrapped some black ribbon around it before attaching it to a black cardstock layer that was then mounted over a white A2 sized card base.

I added the circle image and cut off the right edge that was sticking out along the side.  I took the sentiment circle and popped it up over the design with a foam circle and then I added some clear sparkling sequins in various places.

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Here’s a closer look at the image and how I’ve got her colored up with Copic markers.  I used a white gel pen for the flowers in her hair along with a gold gel pen for the centers of each of the flowers and her shoes and shirt waist band.  I’ve used a silver gel pen for the bike wheels, petals and end handles.

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I hope that you enjoyed my card today and inspired you to pull out some circles to play along with us this week!  Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!  CLICK HERE to go to the Cute Card Thursday challenge to enter!

Thanks so much for dropping in today!  I appreciate each and every single comment and I look forward to sharing more with you soon!

I’d like to enter the following challenges:

  1.  All Dressed Up Stamps – July Challenge
  2. Just Us Girls – SummerScreen Shot 2019-04-17 at 6.52.54 PM
  3. Crafty Calendar – August Anything Goes
  4. Always Fun – Use Stencils
  5. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1931 Anything Goes
  6. Get Creative – Anything Goes/no twist
  7. Papercraft – Summer Fun
  8. Papercraft Business – August Anything Goes with optional use a circle

Vivienne on the Beach with Video Tutorial!

Hello friends!  Summer is in full swing over my way and the temperature is typical for August which is hot!  So of course who wouldn’t love a nice relaxing sit at the beach with a cool iced drink on hand!  Happily continuing with my guest design spot, I have another fun creation for you today using this really cute Summer image from Digi Doodle Studios:

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Vivienne Beach Girl is all decked out in her cute navy blue beach outfit holding a sea shell in one hand and a cold drink in the other!  Sounds like a great idea to me!  I had so much fun coloring her in!

I have been asked by several people how I go about doing the ink blending on certain cards that I’ve made in the past.  It’s somewhat difficult to type up exactly what I’m doing when I blend and sometimes it tends to be a bit different depending upon what background and colors I’m creating with as well as the type of scene that I’m making.  So I thought it would just be easiest to create a video tutorial on how I’ve achieved this particular beach scene background:

(To view the video on You Tube, CLICK HERE or watch below)

I didn’t show the coloring of this image in the video, but let me know if this is something you’d like to see in a video from me by leaving me a comment or message somewhere.   It always helps if you let me know that you are interested in something!

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So here’s a closer look at this adorable image and how I’ve colored her with my Copics.  I fussy cut her out and went around the edges with a black marker to hide any imperfections I may have had.  As seen in the video, I’ve attached her to the background and added some shimmer to her sunglasses with a glitter pen, added some liquid glitter glue to her cup and glossy accents on her ice.

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To add details to the card, I’ve used the Lawn Fawn stamp set Life is Good by stamping a couple of sea shells, coloring them in, fussy cutting them out and attaching to the scene. I took a sentiment from the set and white heat embossed it over a navy strip and cut it into a banner. I also took a bird and stamped it in the sky twice with black ink.  I’ve layered the beach scene onto a piece of navy cardstock that was cut with the MFT Blueprints 27 Die-namics die.  I then attached these layers onto a white top folding A2 sized card base.

Lastly, I’ve added some Crystal Clear Confetti from Studio Katia with liquid glue.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and that the video was helpful!   Be sure to stop on over to the Digi Doodle Studios Facebook Group and check out the inspiration or share your creation using a Digi Doodle image as we’d love to see it!  There is also a brand new Digi Doodle Blog Challenge that just started for this month, so be sure to check out the inspiration and play along!

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

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Crafty Friends – Summer Colors
  2. Through the Craftroom Door – Anything Goes
  3. Creatalicious – Anything Goes with optional “Distress It”
  4. TIME OUT – Relaxation with optional 1 layer cardTime Out Challenge 141..1png
  5. Cardz 4 Galz – Summer fun
  6. Pearly Sparkles – Something beginning with ‘B’ (beach)

It’s CAS at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  I hope you’re having a great week so far!!  I had forgotten to give updates on the “bird nest” situation, but actually the last time we had checked, the baby bird hopped onto the roof next door and the mother bird was chirping at us and then the baby took off and flew away!  We never were able to get any more photos.  I think there was just that one baby bird that survived.  Now we have the empty nest in the tree.  We think another bird may be trying to build on it, but we don’t see anything.

Today is Thursday which means it’s time for a brand new Cute Card Thursday Challenge!!  The theme for this week is CAS (clean & simple)  Our sponsor is All Dressed Up, so be sure to play along for your chance to win!

Here’s my take on the challenge:

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I have used this really cute image kindly donated by our sponsor called Dreaming of Summer.  I love the “dreamy” pose she has!  I thought she would look so cute proped up over a fence, so I made one for her!

**Sometimes, CAS puzzles me as to the “definition” of what it TRULY is.  To me, it is a bit different to some than others.  I feel it to be more like an “art term” where everything is subjective in it’s form and if I have to think about it TOO much, I’m not being “me” and having my fun with it…so I just create weather it is considered simple or not.  🙂  For me, this seemed like a CAS design.**

First, I colored up the image and then stenciled on some clouds behind her.  I took a craft knife and cut out just the bottoms of her elbows.  I stamped another panel with a woodgrain stamp in gray colored ink and then used a punch with a sharp point to create the “planks” for the fence.  I sponged around the edges with more gray ink and then I tucked the fence panel underneath her elbows and attached it to the image panel.  I cut out these pieces with a stitched rectangle die and layered that onto a piece of black cardstock that was layered over an A2 top folding white card base.  Lastly, I added the die cut “hello” with black cardstock in the corner.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on this image.  I’ve colored her in with Copic markers and then for the tiny butterflies, bees and flowers around her, I’ve used some metallic gel pens to color them with.  You can see the shimmer on them.

I’ve also taken some liquid pearls to place some dots around her as well.  I thought it made her look a bit more whimsical.

You can also see where her elbows are lifted up over the fence panel too.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today and I hope you will stop on over at the Cute Card Thursday blog and see the inspiration from the rest of the team and play along with us!!  We look forward to see what you come up with!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!  See you soon!!

Challenges for this card:

  1.  All Dressed Up Challenge – Anything Goes + ADU imageCrafty
  2. Craft Rocket – Summer is Coming
  3. Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with DiesHLS AG Badge
  4. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  5. Crafty Creations – #392 Anything Goes