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:

Vicki-CCT561-Snowman Joy-mass produce

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.

Vicki-CCT561-Snowman Joy

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!

Vicki-CCT561-Snowman Joy-close

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!

Vicki-WS-SnowmanCouple-Dec3

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.

Vicki-WS-SnowmanCouple-Dec3-close

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.)

rs_snow_couple_digital_color_display_-_Copy_large

penguin_christmas_sentiments_1_display_1024x1024

handstitched_20rectangles_20die_20display_1024x1024

notched_rectangles_die_display_1024x1024

christmas_azure_paper_cover_1024x1024

Christmas_Traditions_paper_cover_1024x1024

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“!

Vicki-WS-Snowy Shaker-Nov25-blog

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:

snowy_PC_color_display_large

Christmas_Roses_and_Snowflakes_display_large

holiday_mini_sentiments_online_1024x1024

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:

Vicki-CCT553-KC-Sparkles

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.

Vicki-CCT553-KC-Sparkles1

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

Top O Morning Snowman Wishes

Hello friends!  Well, it’s certainly not morning, but maybe it is where you’re from or it’s morning when you see this post! 🙂

I have a really fun Whimsy Stamps digital image to share with you today appropriately named to coincide with my post title:

Vicki-Oct16

This really sweet faced snowman is called Top O the Morning Snowman which is a digital image created by Crissy Armstrong for Whimsy Stamps.  I thought it was so cute with the little birdie joining him and his little heart buttons!  I had fun coloring him up!

I’ve colored him with Copics and cut it out using the Hand Stitched Nested Rectangles die and matted some black cardstock behind that panel.  I’ve also used the October Digital papers release called Christmas Red, Gold and Green and attached it to the front of an A2 sized white card base.  I then took the wavy die from the Pierced Border Trio dies and cut a piece of glitter cardstock to add at the bottom of the decorated digital paper panel.

I then added the snowman panel over top and then stamped the sentiment below the snowman with the Holiday Mini Sentiments stamp set.  I then added the twine bow and button as well as a few snowflake sequins and filled the centers with some Nuvo Crystal Drops to finish it off.

Here’s a closer view of the coloring:

Vicki-Oct16-close

I have used all Copic markers to color this image in the following colors:

  1.  Hat and Snowman body/snow:  C8, C5, C3, C1, C00
  2. Hat Band, buttons, bird hat/scarf:  R37, R35, R32
  3. Holly:  YG67, YG63, YG61, (hollies colored with pink glitter gel pen and covered with Nuvo Crystal Drops
  4. Snowman Scarf:  G24, G21, G20 + green glitter gel pen for lines and ends
  5. Snowman nose and cheeks:  R20, R00, R000, YR18, YR15, Y11
  6. Bird:  B34, B32, R00, E000, Y21, Y11

COPIC MARKERS FOUND HERE

I’ve also used a white gel pen for the cheeks on both the snowman and bird as well at the eyes on the snowman and to randomly add some dots for falling snow effect.  I also went around the outside of the image with a B000 marker for a bit of sky behind him.

I’ve also wanted to be sure to invite you to play along with the Whimsy Stamps Challenge over in their Facebook Group!  It just started up yesterday and we look forward to seeing your makes with a Whimsy Stamps image!  (You will need to use a Whimsy Stamps image to enter the challenge over there.)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope you’ve enjoyed my card!  See you soon!

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

COPIC MARKERS FOUND HERE

 

top_o_the_morning_snowman_color_display_1024x1024

christmas_red_gold_green_paper_cover_1024x1024

 

holiday_mini_sentiments_online_1024x1024

 

handstitched_20rectangles_20die_20display_1024x1024

 

Pierced_Border_Trio_display_1024x1024

Challenges:

  1.  CRAFT – Christmas
  2. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #317
  3. Allsorts – Christmas
  4. The Merry Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas Goes
  5. The Creative Crafters – Anything Goes

 

 

 

Christmas Non-Card Creations and Final ICAD Week 9 Results!

Hello friends and TGIF!!  Hope you have some happy plans laid out for the weekend!  I will be doing various things including helping my son move as well as some crafty fun during the Splitcoaststampers “Dare to Get Dirty” event!  I will be hosting a challenge on Sunday…so perhaps I will share the creations I made for it! 🙂  If that link does not work for you, then that means that you are not a fan club member and if you’d like to learn more about becoming one, CLICK HERE.  There are lots of advantages to being a fan club member especially if you like to “hang out” with us on the website!

If you remember my post from last Friday, I shared some hand-made cards that I had entered into my local County Fair.  There are a few other items that I’ve entered besides cards for certain categories and I thought you’d enjoy seeing a few other things that I’ve created just for the fair:

Vicki-Christmas Center Piece-Snowman Hat

My first project was entered into the “Christmas Centerpiece” category and I was excited to see that I had won first place with this!  Can you tell what I’ve used to create the “snowman hat” design?

Let’s take a closer look…

Vicki-Christmas Centerpiece-Snowman hat1

I asked hubby to save me one of his empty coffee cans and I’ve spray painted it in black.  I’ve also bought a $1.00 charger plate from Hobby Lobby in black and then attached them together to form the snowman hat.  Then I took some white paint and splattered the entire thing for a fun “snow fall effect”.  I then began to decorate it by attaching some ribbon, pine tree sprigs and pine cones.

Vicki-Christmas centerpiece-snowman hat2

I bought a really pretty snowfake onament with lots of sparkle to use as a center piece for the front of the snowman hat.  The ribbon bow was attached below that and then the pine cone and sprigs were placed and attached in the center of the bow.  (even the plaid ribbon has some pretty sparkle in it!)

Vicki-Christmas centerpiece-snowman hat-3

For the pine cones and the “snow” over the top of the hat, I have used some embossing paste mixed with some texture stones to give it a thick snow appearance.  While it was still wet, I’ve added some glitter to all of it.  Love the way this turned out!  It will be a great center piece at Christmas time! 🙂

And since I was in a Christmas mood, I also made another item for the Fair:

Vicki-Christmasbasket

This poinsettia basket was entered into the “handmade basket” category and I was happy to see that I had won first place for this entry as well!  For the fair entry, you can have a basket made of anything as long as it was handmade…so of course I made a paper one! 🙂

Vicki-Christmasbasket3

I remember a while back this awesome basket with a tutorial that someone had made from Heartfelt Creations and I knew I wanted to give it a try.  I made mine Christmas and used what papers and flowers I had on hand, but the basket and handle were made with the same dies this person used from THIS TUTORIAL It is such a sturdy basket too as I’ve used some pretty heavy duty paper to compile it together.

Vicki-Christmasbasket1

The papers that I’ve used are actually some pretty old ones from a past Stampin’ Up! collection.  They’re double-sided and you can see the pretty poinsettia pattern on the other side from inside the basket walls.  The poinsettia die was a purchase I had made from a sale item in a booth at that Stamp Convention I went to earlier this Summer.  I love the embossing details it made with the poinsettia flower.  I also took some white ink to pop them out a bit so they’re more noticable.  There is one on each side of the basket and a smaller one at the top of the handle.

Vicki-Christmasbasket4

I’ve used some gold foil paper for the center of the flowers and then added some gold enamel dots on random spots for the centers.  I took some thin and narrow gold ribbon to the edges of the handle and then tied a triple bow with it and placed the poinsettia in the center.  I just filled the basket with pine cones that I had on hand, but I could see so many things that this basket would work for!  Maybe I need to make one for another Holiday too?!

Well although I made these for the fair, they will be nice to use for my own home and of course the photos do not do justice to what they look like in person!  I had so much fun with these projects too!  (I may still have another project or two to share with you from the fair entries…so keep watching!)

Lastly, I’m also very excited that I have fully completed my ICAD challenge for 2018!!  Yay!!  I cannot believe that I kept up with it the entire time and did a card for every single day the last 61 days in June and July!!  I know that I’ve posted every week what I’ve done and this is my final set for week 9:

Vicki-ICAD2018-week9

These were so much fun!  Some days were really hard and others I zoomed right through it!  I learned many things not only from other ICADians, but also about myself with art and how it affects me physically, mentally and emotionally.  I am very surprised in more ways than one.  Just when you think you don’t have it in you…you can surprise your own self! Have you ever done something like this?  I urge you to try as it is such a learning experience.

Vicki-ICAD2018-completed

There is just NO WAY I would have enough room to get every single one of these cards in a photo shot!  I had a huge ring binder that I kept them all on and they actually just barely fit on it!  LOL!  Such a fun thing to see all of these together at once and it will be great to go back and look at later too!  Glad I wrote on the back of what each one was.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my post today and have been inspired in some way!  There are SO many crafty things I enjoy doing….there’s just never enough hours in the day sometimes! LOL!!  We crafters can understand that! 🙂

I’m not really seeing any challenges that would fit my creations here, but if you know of any that I should enter, please let me know!  Thanks so much for dropping in, I really appreciate your kind thoughts and read each and every one!  See you soon!