Anything Goes at Cute Card Thursday With Curly

Hello friends!  I hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far!!  It’s really starting to feel like Summer now with the warmer temps!

Today is a new challenge this week over at Cute Card Thursday!  This week we have our “Anything Goes” challenge with our sponsor Whimsy Stamps!  So of course I am using a cute image from Whimsy Stamps for my card today:

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Tee hee!  This little guy holding the tiny “sea creature” makes me smile and giggle!  I’m not really sure what reaction he has about it!  His name is just as cute too!  This is Curly from Whimsy Stamps.  I thought he needed a scene, so I made one for him.

I started with some Bristol Smooth watercolor paper and masked off the line between the sky and the sand.  I used my Distress Inks to blend in the colors.  After doing the sky, I thought that it was a bit too dark, so what I did was take a baby wipe and swiped it across which lightened up the colors the way I wanted them for the sky.  The bottom “sand” portion was also masked and I blended the bottom blue color into the sandy colors which created a nice shore line.  I then took a water bottle and spritzed some water droplets over it to create “texture” for the sand.  I also took some Copic markers to create more texture with the pointilism technique, plus added some white ones with a gel pen.  the water at the bottom was covered with a glitter pen.  (You can see better details in the photos/description below.)

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So I’ve got him all colored up in the following Copic markers: (CLICK HERE to see all in the Whimsy Stamps store or click underlined color below.)

  • Flippers/water gear – B32, B34, B37, Y11
  • Swim Trunks – R32, R35, R37, Y11, Y15
  • Sea Creature – BV23, BV29
  • Hair – E41, E43, E44, E47
  • Skin – E000, E00, E02, E11, E21, R20
  • I used gel pens to color lines on trunks and cheeks, I’ve used a glitter pen over the “sea creature” and his flippers along with the bottom water area.

I fussy cut this image and used some liquid glue to attach over my scene.

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For the scene, I stamped the birds in the sky and a star fish image from an older Whimsy Stamps clear stamp set. I then took the sentiment from the WS Everyday Mini Sentiments and white heat embossed it over a black strip of cardstock and then used my scissors to cut out a banner to attach over the scene.  I layered this over another piece of black cardstock that was attached to an A2 sized top folding white card base.

Lastly, I’ve taken some WS It’s a Party enamel dots and added them to the card.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday Challenge and play along with us, plus you get a chance at winning something from our sponsor too!  Thanks for stopping in!  I’ll be seeing you tomorrow for some fun news!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today:

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Challenges for this card:

  1.  A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Friends – Men/Boys
  3. Sweet Stampin’ – World Ocean’s Day/Anything Goes
  4. Use Your Stuff – Summer Fun
  5. Always Fun – Summer Fun
  6. Unicorn – For the Men/Boys

 

 

It’s Masculine at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  Hope you are all having a wonderful week so far!   I’m ready for this rain to end over my way and would love to send it along to those that need it!  June is a hop-jump and a skip away, so I’m hoping that Summer will dry things up.

Speaking of June, Father’s Day will be coming up shortly for us here in the U.S. so the new challenge at Cute Card Thursday is a very timely one to have!  We’d like to see your “Masculine” creations this week!  Here’s what I’ve come up with:

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LOL!!  Our sponsor this week is Bugaboo Stamps!  I have used this hilarious image called Gus Tidbits Unconsciousness.   He’s a really good one to use for not only masculine, but humorous creations too!

For the card, I’ve printed out both the image and sentiment together and then cut out the panel with a stitched rectangle die and then layered a piece of Stampin’ Up! Soft Suede behind it.  Before attaching these pieces together, I’ve sponged some ink around the edges of it.

The checkered paper that I’ve used on my design came from a My Favorite Things paper pad collection.  I die cut a piece to layer over a top folding A2 sized white card base with another stitched rectangle die and then placed the image panel over top it on the card.

I also cut out a banner with the same papers and added it to the upper right image panel and then added on a chipboard clock button from my stash with some twine ribbon tied around it and placed it over the banner with some foam tape.  I’ve added a wooden button in the center of the bow.

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Here’s a better look at the coloring on Gus.  You can see on his eye glasses where I’ve added some glossy accents.  It was a really fun and simple card to create!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my masculine creation today!  Please be sure to hop on over to the Cute Card Thursday blog to find inspiration from the rest of the team and play along with us this week!  Look forward to seeing what you come up with!

*P.S.  Here is another update on the bird nest…we have a baby!!

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If you remember, there were 3 blue eggs in the nest.  We can’t tell for sure, but it looks like just one baby bird in there.  As you can see, there is one egg in there.  We see what looks like a crack on it, but it hasn’t hatched and we’re not sure it will.  We have no idea where the other egg/bird went to!  There is nothing on the ground.  With all of these severe thunderstorms and rain, I can imagine they’re having a hard time out there.  It shouldn’t be too much longer that this little guy will be taking flight!  So we’ll see if we can keep track of what’s going on from here! 🙂

Challenges I’d like to enter my card for:

  1.  TGIF – #TGIFC213 All About That Gingham213
  2. Papercraft – For Men & Boys
  3. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC223 Anything GoesWWC223 - Anything Goes Challenge
  4. Simons Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes

 

Under the Sea Shaker for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  Welcome to another Thursday and a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday this week!  The challenge for this week is Brads, Sequins/Gems.  So pull out your embellishments and have some fun creating!  Looking forward to seeing your creations using these items!

I decided that I was going to use all three items for my card today:

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I’ve used an “oldie but a goodie” Stampin’ Up! stamp set for my masculine shaker card here.  I’ve pulled out the “By the Tide” and “Hardwood” rubber stamp sets that I’ve had for a couple of years now.  (Not sure if they’re still available or not in the catalog as it’s been such a long time since I’ve bought any SU! products.)

I started by stamping the background “Hardwood” stamp with Basic Gray ink over a piece of Marina Mist cardstock and then blended some gray and black distress inks along the edges of it.  I mounted it with some Basic Gray cardstock.  I’ve taken some twine pieces and used it to fashion a “netting” accent from the side of the card onto the bottom front and then added some blue glitter around it for some fun texture and sparkle.

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For the shaker element of my card, I’ve used some circle dies to create the frames and that’s where I’ve attached the silver brads all around the edge.  I’ve used some more distress inks and stamp some more images from the stamp set for the inside of the shaker design.  I’ve added some sequins for the inside fo the shaker window and placed it over the front of the card over the netting accent.  I stamped the images with Gray and Cajun ink pads and then colored them in and randomly placed them over the card design.

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Lastly, I’ve taken some rhinestones and colored them with a Copic marker so that I could get the blue color for my design.

Hope you can join in the challenge with us this week over at Cute Card Thursday!  Please be sure to stop on over and see what the rest of the team has come up with for inspiration too!  See you soon!

challenges:

  1.  Simon Says Stamp Monday – Going Around in Circles
  2. Use Your Stuff – Yarn/String/Twine
  3. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  4. Retro Rubber – Anything Goes #rrcb1096a01b8d066dc39970c0240a4a41cc2200b-320wi
  5. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes

 

Whimsy Stamps Partner’s with Make a Wish Canada

Hello friends!  It’s my pleasure today to post information about this special image that Whimsy Stamps has just released today in honor of our beloved illustrator Crissy Armstrong’s brother, Ray Gauvreau, who is currently battling cancer.

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As you can see, this special little image designed by Crissy herself (You can see it imposed over the shirt in the photo that Ray is wearing), is available for purchase as a digital stamp called Penguin Ray.  I think it is so very sweet and what’s great is that ALL of the proceeds from the sale of this image will be donated directly to the Make a Wish Foundation of Canada!!  (This is where Ray is from)

I have made a special card just for him that is being sent out his way:

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I started out by coloring up this image with my Copic markers in the following:

  • Penguin body, IV wheels/post – C8, C5, C3, C1
  • penguin feet/beak, tongue, cheeks – YR24, YR21, Y23, R20, R11, R00, R000
  • Bandage, IV bag – E33, E31, Y11, R00
  • ground/shadow – C1, E0000

For the background of my card, I took some xyron printed paper and foiled the background which I think looks great for a masculine theme design and that is what I was trying to go for with this card.  After foiling it, I took and sponged some yellow distress ink to blend around the edges of it for a bit of color, along with the image panel.

I had an old stamp set from my stash and thought it would be a great fit for this card, so I stamped the vertical “fight” sentiment next to the IV bag and then I took the other sentiment and heat embossed it with white EP and cut it in a strip to attach over the image.  Lastly, I’ve added some white enamel dots to each corner of the design.

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Here’s a close look at the image and how I’ve colored it in.  It’s hard to tell in the photo of course, but I’ve also covered the IV bag with a clear glitter brush pen.  I think this image is a really great one to add to a crafter’s collection for “get well” cards and encouragment too like this one.  After cutting out the colored image panel and sponging the color around the edges, I’ve also layered this along with the foil panel with some black cardstock before attaching it onto a white top folding A2 sized card base.

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In this photo that I’ve laid flat, you can better see the shine from the foiled background that I’ve done.

Thank you so much for stopping in today and for your kind support too!

I will see you tomorrow for a special blog hop, so I hope you can join me!

Challenges:

  1.  Watercooler Wednesday – WWC213 – Anything Masculine GoesWWC213 - Karen's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge
  2. Aud Sentiments – Any sentiment EXCEPT “Happy birthday”
  3. QKR Stampede – #340 Anything Goes

 

Feeling Young at Heart with Sparkle N Sprinkle :)

Hello friends!  Stopping in to share another guest design creation that I’ve made using some of the Sparkle N Sprinkle November release products!  Have you found a favorite yet? I really enjoyed creating with them!   Here’s another I’ve made using the very sweet digital set Doctor at Heart [DIGI3152J] :

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Isn’t this image darling?!  My first thought on this set was to try and go a little “vintage” with my design.  I opened up a Word doc. to insert the image and sentiment and sized and arranged it how I wanted it to look.  I printed it out on some cream colored card stock and then cut it out with the Tonic Studios Follow Your Heart die [1918E] using the frame portion only.  (This die was from a past video kit that I had received…love it!)

I wasn’t sure I wanted the image to look “vintage” so in asking hubby, he told me that I needed to color him up with blue shorts, brown/tan shoes, orange top and blond hair!  He was very specific about that!! LOL!  So I colored this cute image up with my Copic markers and gave some “outlining” shadows around the sentiment too.  I took a gel Stardust Pen and colored in the ‘metal parts’ of the stethoscope and then added some Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew (Gloss-clear) [677N] to the heart circle the boy is holding and let it dry.  I then used some distress inks and sponged around the edges of the heart image panel and spritzed it with water, waited a few seconds and dabbed it up with a paper towel.  I love the watermark look it gives to add that vintage flair and tie it all in together.

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So when you tilt the card, you notice that the background looks like I’ve used some special glitter paper, but I did NOT!  I made my own glitter paper for the background!  I took another piece of black cardstock and covered the entire panel with VersaMark Ink [VM001] and sprinkled it with some Sparkle N Sprinkle Black Magic embossing powder [EP255]..stunning sparkle!

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For the look on the ribbon, I took some cream colored seam binding ribbon and sprayed it with some water and rubbed it in some ink that I smeared onto my TH Glass Media Mat [1914E] and crinkled it up and then let it dry.  I wrapped it around the embossed glitter background panel and added a bow with a button and natural twine for the center of it.  I mounted this glitter panel onto a 5 1/2″ sqaure cream colored card base that I’ve ink blended around the edges in the same colors that I’ve used on the heart.  The heart image panel was then popped up over the ribbon strip and glitter background with craft foam and then the seam binding bow was attached along the edge of the heart.

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For the corners of my card, I had a very old corner punch that I punched out from black card stock and attatched them to the corners of the card.  I then used the  Nuvo Crystal Drops Ripened Pumpkin [655N] to add some “dot” in the middle of each punched corner piece to finish it off.  I think that the tiny bit of orange color ties in nicely with the glitter background and his orange shirt.

I really hope that you’ve enjoyed my fun ‘vintage charm’ creation as well!  Thanks so much for stopping in today and I’ll see you soon!

*Don’t forget to use my discount code to receive an extra 10% off your order at checkout!  Click on the badge below to start some sparkly shopping!*

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Here’s the Sparkle N Sprinkle product list I’ve used for my card today:

  1.  Doctor at Heart Digital Stamp Set [DIGI3152J] (also includes precolored image) *New November Release Product!
  2. Black Magic Embossing Powder [EP255]
  3. Sparkle N Sprinkle Static Free Bag [99512]
  4. Tonic Studios Follow Your Heart die [1918E]
  5. VersaMark Ink Pad [VM001]
  6. Nuvo Crystal Drops Ripened Pumpkin [655N]
  7. Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew (gloss-clear) [677N]
  8. TH Glass Media Mat [1914E]
  9. Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Pen (2 cct)

Challenges I’d like o enter my card for:

  1.  Little Red Wagon – “Remember When” (used Crystal Nuvo Drops – Rippened Pumpkin – meant to be for Halloween)
  2. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  3. The Creatie Crafters – Anything Goes
  4. Fussy and Fancy Friday – Anything Goes

Seeing Stars at Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends and welcome to Thursday already!  It seems like the weeks are quickly going by faster and faster as we close in on the end of the year!  It’s the “crazy crafting season” for sure! LOL!

Today brings up another Cute Card Thursday Challenge and for this week’s challenge, we’d like to see “STARS” on your creations!  I think this is a good one for whatever it is you’re crafting even if it’s Christmas…or not!   I have decided to make mine non-Christmasy this time:

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I am pretty much “out-numbered” with males in my family, so most of my birthday cards are for men and I have a couple more birthdays to celebrate next month, so I thought this was a great opportunity to sneak one into my Christmas card-making time!

All the stamps and dies used on my card today come from My Favorite Things.  (I have recently purchased some Christmas items and look forward to getting my hands crafty with some of it soon!)

I started my card out with the Blueprints 27 scallop rectangle die.  I took some star images from a retired MFT stamp set called “Totally Happy” and randomly stamped them with VersaMark on this card front panel and then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.  I taped off the scalloped edges so that they wouldn’t get inked.  I’ve used the Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide inks and blended them over the stars for an ink resist effect.  I also spritzed this panel and dabbed it with a paper towel for the water drop look.

I thought it would be fun to make a shaker card, so I die cut a star from this ink blended panel with the MFT Star Shaker Window and Frame Die-namics set and then cut the frame out from some black card stock.

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What makes this such an easy shaker card is that MFT also has these Star Shaker Pouches that coordinate with the die!  So I’ve taken this and fit it through the die cut star area on my card front panel and then filled it from the back with some confetti stars, I found some matching colored seed beads and pretty sparkly silver glitter chunks… (crafty goodies from grandma passed to my mom and then she passed onto me!  The ladies in my family seem to hoard craft supplies…hmmmm! LOL!) …to fit inside and then covered the back with some white cardstock.  Just love the sound when it shakes because you can hear the seed beads! 🙂

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I then took a strip of black card stock and white heat embossed the sentiment (same stamp set mentioned above.) to stamp the greeting.  I first layered the scallop inked panel over a black piece of cardstock and then attached the sentiment strip and cut off the edges to match that layer.  I then mounted this panel over an A2 sized top folding white card base.  I finished it off by adding some silver star sequins filled with some Silver Stickles in the centers of each one.

Sometimes you wonder about “adding too much bling” for a guy, but I think this is a fun shaker birthday card that a male would enjoy too!  Hope you’ve had some fun on my blog today!  I thank you so much for stopping by!  I will see you soon!

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Challenge Up Your Life – Celebrate/Anniversary, etc.  (Happy 100th Challenge!)
  2. Use Your Stuff – Stars
  3. Crafty Cardmakers – Lots of Layers
  4. Shopping Our Stash – (SOS 380) Tic Tac Toe (I used the middle row going down:  stamps, glitter was handed from my grandma to my mom and then to me..so yeah, older than 5 years probably! LOL & Happy Birthday)nov2018
  5. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC196 – “All About Occasions”WWC196 - Heidi's All About Occasions Challenge

Birthday Wishes for Hubby

Hello friends!  Happy Friday!  I wanted to share a few things from my husband’s birthday we celebrated last night along with the card I made for him.

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I was going for a masculine look of course and I know that he likes nature, wildlife, etc. and with his birthday being in November, I thought a Fall scheme would work out nicely.  Besides, I had gotten some My Favorite Things products and wanted to have a play with them, so I used the current color challenge when making this one.  (See challenges list below)

For my design, I went with a Natural cardstock base, rounded the corners with a corner chomper and ink blended along the edges with some Vintage Photo distress ink.  I got a little more carried away with the inking than what I wanted, but then went over it by spritzing some water and dabbing it up with a paper towel for the water marks.  (I’ve also cut out some leaves with the Falling Leaves Die-namics die set and then sponged some colors around the edges for them as well.  These were added as accents on the over-all design.)

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I was so excited about using this Delightful Deer Die-namics set.  There are some T-I-N-Y bits in there to cut out and attach! LOL!  I sponged around the edges and bottom of legs with a brown ink.  I die cut some white dots and the piece for tail as well as cut out a couple of brown dots for eye and nose as well as cutting out his antlers.  I also added a few extra “dots” with my white gel pen on the deer.  It was popped up over the scene with some foam tape.  The main deer was cut from Persimmon cardstock which is also what I’ve used to cut out a banner (from the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips die-namics) that I white heat embossed the sentiment from the Essential Sentiments stamp set.

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For my scene, I took some of the MFT Candy Land Paper Pack and use the dotted “Sour Apple” color piece and die cut a panel of it with the Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX die-namics and placed it over my ink blended natural card front base.  I then used the Stitched Valley die-namics and cut some pieces from brown cardstock and lightly sponged some white ink over top of the “hills”.  I placed those over top of my natural card front base and also cut out some trees from one of the FREE die-namics dies that I received with an order from some Sour Apple card stock and attached them over the “hills”.

Lastly, I wrapped some twine around the card front base, added my die cut leaves where I wanted them, attached this panel to a top folding A2 sized white card base that I’ve also rouned the corners on with a corner chomper.  Lastly, I’ve added some clear crystal drops in random places.

I enjoyed creating this one using mainly die cuts and minimal stamping!  I hope you’ve enjoyed my masculine card design as well! 🙂

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

  1.  MFT Color Challenge – Persimmon, Sour Apple, Milk Chocolate, NautralMFT_ColorChallenge_PaintBook_#105
  2. Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies – HLS AG with Dies Badge
  3. City Crafter – #437 Woodland Animals
  4. Crafting By Designs – Anything Goes
  5. Creative Moments – Anything Goes

 

If you happen to follow along with me on FB, then you may have seen where I’ve had the talented lady Dina Kowal create a portrait for me using a past photo from our beloved family member Mocca that passed away this last February.  Dina is extremely talented with her pencils!  My hubby was amazed and here is a photo of him with it last night after he opened it up for his birthday present:

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He said, “Oh wow!” when he opened it and wanted me to tell her that she did an amazing job, it looks just like her!   I went through the photos with hubby (he’s not on social media) that Dina had shared of her on-going creative process with the portrait and this was one from the beginning:

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And this was the photo that she used for her creative process:

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We are thrilled and honored to have this stunning work of ‘Mocca’ art in our home and look forward to getting it framed and put up!  Thank you to Dina for sharing her talents with all of us!  🙂  You should go check out her work!

Thanks for dropping by my friends!  See you soon!