Christmas Makes Countdown!

Hey friends!  I hope you’re having a great start to your week!  I have been in the Christmas making card mode the last few days and just finished sending out over twenty cards I believe.  I had previously made a few and already had those sent out over seas too.  I actually still have just a couple more to make for a few people close to me and I’ll be finished.

So I thought since I’ve been doing Christmas makings, I’d share some things that I’ve been working on with you!

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Here’s a fun “Snow Globe” shaped card that I had actually made for the Kit And Clowder Christmas card swap.  I made it in November and had actually sent it out the last week of November.  I just wanted to make sure she received it before I posted it anywhere and she did!

I have used this really sweet digital image from Whimsy Stamps called Snowman and Snowflakes by Crissy Armstrong.  I had to make it a certain size so that it would fit with my “Snow Globe” design.  So I’ve used a stitched die cut circle to cut it out with so that it could be placed on the inside of the card design.

If you would like to see how to put one of these shaped cards together for yourself, then you can check it out HERE on Splitcoast Stampers for the tutorial.

I’ve used some fun papers for the bottom and die cut a stitched scallop circle frame from some gold mirror cardstock and then used my MS “goo border punch” for the snow drip edge at the top.  I even took some white Staz On ink and stamped a few snowflakes over top of the acetate piece on the front of the card.  I added some gold ribbon and a holly sprig from Prima around the bottom.

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Here’s a closer view of the image and how I’ve got him all colored up with Copic markers.  I’ve also taken a glue pen and added some extra glitter to the snowflakes around the image as well.

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And when you open the inside of the “Snow Globe” card, this is what it looks like with the sentiment.  I have used a retired Whimsy Stamps clear stamp set called “Christmas Greetings” to stamp both the “happy” sentiment in red ink as well as the snowflakes on the piece of acetate with White Staz On ink.

I then took the Whimsy Stamps Christmas Large Word die and cut it out with a piece of gold mirror cardstock and glued that to the inside bottom of the card.  I also took some white ink and sponged around the edges of this entire inside.

I haven’t made one of these Snow Globe cards for quite a while, so that was fun to do!  I hope that you’ve enjoyed it too!  Thanks so much for stopping in today and I’ll see you again soon!

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

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Challenges: 

  1.  Make My Monday – Anything Christmas
  2. Crafty Cardmakers – Christmas
  3. The Holly & Ivy Christmas – Anything Christmas
  4. Papercraft – Christmas
  5. Sweet Stampers – Anything Goes
  6. Try it On Tuesday – Christmas is Coming!
  7. Crafty Creations – #404 Anything Goes
  8. Cute Card Thursday – Anything Goes

I’ve Been Published!

Hey friends!  This is just a quick post to share my excitement with you about having a card I made for Whimsy Stamps published in the December 2019 “Handpicked” article on p. 38 of the Making Cards & Papercraft Magazine!  If you hurry, I think there are just a couple of short days to grab your December issue and get the “Pablo the Penguin” stamp set for FREE with it!  They also give you some fun papers to go with it too!

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I would’ve shared this a bit sooner, but I wanted to take a photo of the issue in hand with me here.   The stamp set that I’ve used for my card is from the brand new December release at Whimsy Stamps called “Winter Wonderland“.  It’s a clear stamp set with lots of really sweet snowman images in it!  It’s one of my faves from the new release too!

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Here’s a photo of it that I took myself before sending it along to the magazine back in October.  🙂

I won’t go into great detail about it, but I’ve also paired this with the Whimsy Stamps Winter’s Magic Blue Digital Papers Collection as well as the Whimsy Stamps No-See All Seasons Tree die set (snowflakes only die) for my card design.

If you get the magazine, then you can see below in the article how it was put together.

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Here’s a closer view of the image and you can see the bits of glitter over it.

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This was just a really fun card to make and quite simple to put together too!  I really enjoyed it and how fun to get published with it as well!  It’s an honor of course and now that I have that adorable penguin set (from the magazine)….I can’t wait to play with it and have some fun!!  So stayed tuned for projects I will be making with those cute little guys!! 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping in and letting me share my excitement with you!

*Be sure to stop back in tomorrow for a special blog hop!

P.S.  I have a spot along the sidebar of my blog where there will be a link to the magazine website in case you’re interested as well as a link to the Whimsy Stamp set I used for my card and a link to this post as well.

Here’s the Whimsy Stamps products used on my published card above with affiliate links if you’re interested in them:

*NEW Winter Wonderland Snowmen Clear Stamps

 

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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

Anything Goes for Cute Card Thursday!

Hello there friends!  Have you been busy with your Christmas festivities?  I am doing a “run-run Rudolph” right now and trying to finish up my Christmas cards let alone some baking, preparing for a Christmas dinner and finish wrapping up presents!!   It is the fun of the Holiday Season and I enjoy spending time with my family, so I look forward to seeing them all!

It’s a new challenge today over at Cute Card Thursday!  Since it’s that time of year and busy, we made this any easy “ANYTHING GOES” challenge for you!!  We are looking forward to seeing what you’re making!

Since I am trying to finish up some Christmas cards, I thought I’d try and work on some doing “mass production” of a design.  I only do so many of these before I have to switch things up, but I thought these turned out pretty cute:

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I have used the My Favorite Things “Filled with Joy” card kit (sold out) to make these plus I have pulled out the MFT “Simply Snowflakes” stamp set (retired) to clear heat emboss the background and then rubbed some Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink over it.  The panel was cut out with the MFT Die-namics Blueprints 27 and the heat embossed sentiment strip was cut out with the MFT Die-namics Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips.

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Here you can see how I’ve pieced together the snowman.  The die in the card kit cuts out everything including the letters.  I’ve cut his top hat with some black felt paper that was also included in the kit and then I decided to cut out the snowman head so that I could cut out those tiny eyes and mouth with the felt paper as well!  So if you happen to get this card from me, please be sure to rub your finger over the felt pieces in his hat and face!!  I very carefully and lovingly placed each tiny felt dot in!! 🙂  I think that the blue snowflake background really makes him stand out even more!

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On an even closer look at the card, you can see that I’ve added a sequins snowflake to each snowman’s hat and then added some sequins to the card background.  I filled each one of these with some silver Stickles.  The snowman head was popped up with a foam circle and the rest is just glued down.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Please be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has for inspiration and come add your creation to the gallery over on the Cute Card Thursday blog too!

I’ll be back again soon!

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Daring Cardmakers – Snowflakes Falling
  2. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  3. Always Fun – Snowman
  4. The Creative Crafters – Anything Goes
  5. Double D – Let it Snow!Let it Snow Board

 

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

A Snowy Shaker

Hello friends!  I’m back again today to share a shaker card I’ve made using the CUTE digital stamp from Whimsy Stamps called “Snowy“!

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I had “snow” much fun making this shaker card!  If you’d like to catch up on the complete list of Copic markers along with the full details on how I’ve made this card, then please check it out over on the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Blog today!  (I have more and close up photos over there to share as well!)

CLICK HERE for COMPLETE DETAILS PLEASE!

Thanks so much for stopping in at my blog today!  I appreciate your kind thoughts and encouragement more than you know!  I’ll see you soon!

Whimsy Stamps products used on this card:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Simon Says Stamp Monday – “Let it Snow”
  2. Creative Moments – Anything Goes optional twist:  put sentiment on creation
  3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – “Baby It’s Cold Outside!”
  4. Aud Sentiments – Winter or Christmas Sentiment
  5. Creative Knockouts – Snow Much Fun
  6. Winter Wonderland – Christmas or Winter Characters (people only)
  7. Crafty Catz – Anything Goes with optional twist:  “All Wrapped Up”

It Sparkles at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  Yes, that quick and we are ready for a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!  This is a really fun one too!  This week we’d love to see your “Sparkles” on your creations!  We look forward to seeing what you come up with for it!

Here’s the creation I made:

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I have used one of our sponsor’s image this week called Reindeer and Snowman from Kinda Cute Stamps.  Now how cute is that reindeer making a snow reindeer?!  I just had to give them both a red nose!  🙂

I printed out the image on white blending card and cut it out with a wonky stitched rectangle die, and then cut out some snowflakes with silver sparkle paper along with layering the image panel over some as well.  I took a sentiment from a new My Favorite Things stamp set and silver heat embossed it over the top of the image panel.  I’ve also dotted the center of the snowflakes along with making some additional dots with some silver Stickles.

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Here’s a closer view of the image.  You can see where I’ve taken a glue pen and covered the snow-reindeer with loose glitter.  I’ve also taken a Spectrum Noir Glitter Brush Pen and covered the noses as well as the snow on the ground.  I used a glitter pen to color the charm on the reindeer’s collar.

Be sure to stop by the challenge blog and check out the sparkles from the rest of the design team!  Hope you will get your sparkles out and come play!

Thanks for dropping in!  See you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Jingle Belles – Animals (Christmas Flock)
  2. Christmas with the Cuties – Wrap Up Warm
  3. City Crafter – Silver Bells (lots of silver)
  4. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  5. Fab ‘n’ Funky – Christmas
  6. Watercooler Wednesdays (WWC193) – HolidaysWWC193 - Tristan's All About Holidays Challenge