Traditional Mermaid Christmas

Hello friends!  Although it still feels a bit like Summer outside where I’m from with the temps in upper 80s and 90s all week long, I enjoy creating Christmas and snow-themed cards any time of the year!  Besides, I know that once Fall hits, it will soon be time for Christmas to come along right behind it!  I have used this adorable September release from Whimsy Stamps once again to inspire you with a more traditional Christmas themed colors and design this time:

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I have used this gorgeous Christmas Mermaid digital stamp by Crissy Armstrong for my card today.  She is an amazing image for the coloring enthusists for sure!

My last card with this image showed her in more soft pastel tones.  (You can see that post by CLICKING HERE if you don’t remember it.)  This time I went for a more traditional Christmas color theme.  I found some really cool green with white splatter pattern paper to use, so I worked around that by coloring the mermaid outfit in reds with gold trimmings.  I took inspiration from the gold ribbon, bells and buckle and added in more elements with some gold on my card as well.

I was almost too scared to try this, but after coloring the image, I took some white Shimmerz paint and a paint brush to add some white splattering effect over top of her to give the appearance of snow and to also coordinate with the pattern paper in the background.  I didn’t get too carried away, but just enough and then I cut her out with the Whimsy Stamps Hand Stitched Nested Rectangles die set and took my ink foam blending tool and went around the edges with some Pine Needles distress ink.  I then took some gold cord and wrapped it around the two corners and then added a double bow with some red jingle bells on one end.  I also glued some cheese cloth on each corner before I added some foam tape behind her to mount her on the card design.

For the card design, the base is a red top folding 5.5″ square design with the green splattered pattern paper over it.  I took some chunky glitter and glued it around the edges and then prehaps you remember this “oldie but a goodie” border die from Whimsy Stamps along the edge of the image panel?  I cut it out with mirror gold card stock and then wrapped some gold silk ribbon over it and attached to the card.  I placed the foam taped image panel over top and then added the finishing touches over the image:

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Here’s a closer look at the image where you can see all of the glitter and shimmer on her.  Before I splattered it, I covered her outfit with a clear glitter brush pen and went over her gold buckle and the jingle bells with a gold metallic gel pen.  I went over the tiny holly berries with a red metallic gel pen.  I then took some liquid glue and added some clear glitter to her hat and outfit trimmings along with the tiny creatures hats.

After she was splattered, I added some gold sequins and then some gold Stickles in the centers of each one.

Those tiny creature faces just make me giggle every time! 🙂

I know she has tons of shimmer and sparkle, but she is a mermaid after all and I do love adding a little bit of this and that as much as I can!  Do you like lots of bling?

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, I truly appreciate your time!  I’ll see you again very soon!

Challenges:

  1.  The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes + Christmas
  2. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  3. The Merry Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes + Christmas
  4. Winter Wonderland – Use Ribbon and/or Twine
  5. Little Red Wagon – Bling It On!
  6. CRAFT – Christmas
  7. Crafty Gals Corner – 3+ Layers

 

 

Whimsy Stamps September New Digital Release is Here

Hello friends!  I’m excited to be sharing with you my creation for one of the newly released images for this month from Whimsy Stamps!  Yay!

Every first of the month Whimsy Stamps will come out with a new release and the 1st day of the month begins with their digital release and the products become available for purchase as soon as they’re announced!  You may have seen my creation on the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Blog along with all of the newly released images and inspiration from the rest of the design team!  So be sure to follow along over there so you don’t miss all of it!  🙂 – CLICK HERE to check out the entire September digital release in the store!!

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Now what a cute and clever idea from Crissy Armstrong to come up with a Christmas Mermaid image, don’t you think?!  I love all the different possibilities with this one!  I thought it was a good place to start with the amazing release this month!

I kept her very soft and femine with the pink and teal colors.  Not sure if you can be underwater with snowflakes…but it seemed like the perfect accent to add and I’m pretty sure that’s why the little critters have a surprised face! LOL!

For the image, I have used an oval die and cut around the areas that didn’t fit inside the shape.  I think it makes her look like she’s in a bubble of sorts!  I also layered her onto another teal glitter oval shape and I have also die cut a sentiment that went perfectly with the image.  I’ve paired her with the Whimsy Stamps Christmas So Soft digital papers and some mint colored cardstock.  They seemed to go well with the coloring I did on the image.  I popped the oval image panel up with some craft foam and added some fun tinsel ribbon in the strip behind her.  Then attached some snowflake sequins.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring I did on the image.  I kept the colors more soft with pink and mint/teal.  I’ve used a gold gel pen to color in her gold bells and belt buckle.  I’ve also added some Nuvo clear Crystal drops on the “holly berries” the critters are holding and then went over all of the fur trimmings with a shimmer brush pen.

To get the “texture” in the mermaid’s tail area, I just took my “0” Copic blender and dotted it which also helped to blend in the colors.  Super cute and fun image to color!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Thanks so much for dropping in!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps photos/links I’ve used on my card today:

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Challenges:

  1.  My Time to Craft – Christmas in August
  2. The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas Goes
  3. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes (Challenge#311)

It’s Magical at Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends and happy Thursday to you!  Tomorrow is Friday and we are about to get started on the weekend!  I am ready for it too!

We have another brand new challenge up for you this week at Cute Card Thursday and the theme is “Magical“.  This will be fun to see how you interpret this one! 🙂  Here’s the card that I made for the challenge:

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I have used one of the sponsor’s images this week from Oddball Stamps which is Kawaii Big Eye Unicorn (with and without ornaments) Twinkles.  I have used the image without the ornaments on him, but it comes with both!  I think it’s adorable!

I printed out the image and used a wonky stitch rectangle die to cut out the panel with the image in the bottom right corner.  I printed it out a second time so that I can cut it out with some masking paper.  I placed the cut out masked paper unicorn over my card panel unicorn and stenciled the colorful cloudy background.  I colored the unicorn and the the grass he’s sitting on with Copic markers.  Lastly I stamped a sentiment from a My Favorite Things stamp set at the top with black ink.

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So looking at the unicorn from a different angle, you can see that I’ve added tons of shimmer and glitter to it.  I used a glitter brush pen for the muzzle, the hooves, the inside ears and around the eyes.  I’ve also went around the unicorn on the grass for a bit more shimmer too.  I took some clear dazzling diamonds glitter to add to the rainbow horn and tail using liquid glue.   Of course there’s even more sparkle with the sequins.  I had a couple of heart sequins to add around the unicorn as well.

So please be sure to stop by the challenge blog to see the rest of the creations from the design team!  I hope you can join in the magical fun with us this week too!

Thanks for stopping in today!

Challenges:

  1.  Papercraft Challenges – animals
  2. Addicted to Stamps & More! – Make Your Mark (stencil and Copics)Make Your Mark badge
  3. Crafty Gals Corner – Anything Goes

It’s Just For Girls at Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  Welcome to another Thursday in the month of August!  Just stopping by to share with you my creation for the new challenge this week over at Cute Card Thursday.  This week we’d like to see your “Just for Girls” creations.

We are still in August and it will be pretty warm this weekend.  Trying to think cooler thoughts lately, so my mind goes to that song from the movie “Frozen”….eventhough I have never seen it, I really do enjoy the song!

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I have used this really adorable image from our sponsor this week called Princess Snow which of course totally reminded me of the movie I mentioned above! 🙂  I also used that movie for the inspiration to color the image.  So I’ve kept her outfit and hair in the same color hues as the princess in the movie.  (See below for a closer look)

I had some snowflake papers in my stash and used a strip of it to go behind the image panel.  I added some pink and glitter turquoise card stock to accent with the image and also die cut a snowflake border with pink card stock as well.  I’ve used some white glitter ribbon and a snowflake accent in the center of the bow and then added a turquoise rhinestone for the center.  I took my corner chomper and rounded off the corners of the glitter paper and edges of card base.

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Now with a closer view of the image, you can see how I’ve colored her and all of the shimmer and sparkle too.  I’ve colored her hair band, stars in her hair and the trim on her dress with a pink gel pen.  I’ve covered the snowball and the ground she’s standing on with dazzling diamonds glitter.  I’ve also used both a white and glitter gel pen for dots around her hair and the swirl to the left of her.  Her dress was covered with a Spectrum Noir glitter brush pen.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog to see what inspiration the design team has come up with too!  Hope you can join us this week for the challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

Challenges:

  1.  QKR Stampede – Anything Goes
  2. Addicted to Stamps and More! (ATSM306) – Anything GoesAnything Goes badge
  3. Creative Moments – Anything Goes with Optional Music

 

 

Christmas Cards from County Fair, Invite and ICAD Week 8!

Hello friends!  TGIF is what I am thinking today!  Whew!

I have lots of fun things to share with you all today…so please take your time to read, relax, sip on your beverage and enjoy! 🙂

First, I’d like to share a couple of Christmas cards that I had made earlier this month and I didn’t take a photo of them until (with the exception of one of them) because I was in a hurry to meet a deadline of course and had to wait until I received them back!  (I will explain that as we go…)

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I am glad that I have started making up a few Christmas cards now because I literally ran completely OUT of any Christmas cards I had last year and didn’t really have quite enough to send out all that I had wanted.  Well I’m going to be working DOUBLE hard on my Christmas from here on out because I have 2 craft shows that I’m going to be at and I know I will really need some including several in a boxed up form!

I have TONS of Stampin’ Up! products and I was happy to pull some things out and use it on my card here.  I knew I wanted to go mostly white with this one because I wanted it to look elegant.  I used some chunky silver glas glitter around the edges of my oval.  Both the pine needles and outter pine cone where heat embossed with some clear glitter embossing powder.  The embossing folder and ribbon are all from SU! too.  I just used a wonky stitched rectangle die from My Favorite Things to cut out main panel.

This card won 2nd place at my local County Fair!  (You can see more about that below)

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Here is another Christmas card that I made using some more of my Stampin’ Up! products that I keep on hoarding in my stash and don’t use! LOL!  The only thing I did different was the background pine trees are actually a Tim Holtz stencil from last year and then the die cut pine trees along with everything else including the paper and ink are all from Stampin’ Up!  I added some Stickles clear glitter over the die cut pines and though it’s hard to see in the photo, I sprayed the DSP with some shimmer spray.

This card ended up winning 3rd place at the County Fair!

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Here are the entries that I entered in one category at my local County Fair this month.  I won 1st, 2nd and 3rd all in the same category which was “Hand Stamped Greeting – Holiday”.  They don’t award any more than than this in any category.  So I was happy to see that I placed all three!  Above, you can see that I have entered the bauble Christmas card I previously posted and it ended up winning 1st place!  You can see the close-up details of the card in THIS POST if you are interested or missed it.

I just needed to start making up Christmas cards and I thought this was a great way to not only get some done, but make the most out of it by entering them for the fair!  I’m glad I did that too.  Thanks to mom for helping to nudge me along as well! LOL!

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So if you are familiar with Splitcoast Stampers, then you know what time of year it is and the time is getting closer!  Next week will start our annual “Dare to Get Dirty” event for our special fan club members!  Not a member?  Check out the details by CLICKING HERE!

There will be tons of fun with the Dirty Dozen Design Team both past and present (like myself) coming together to bring the fan club members a special treat with at least 5 challenges a day, lots of fun, chatter, glitter in your face and prizes! 🙂  And especially for your family, you will need to fill out this form below and present this to them as to not bother you during your time to have fun!!…..

DTGD-Header-e1371861527847I hope that you will be able to come join in the fun with us!  I will be there to present a challenge that especially a paper crafter will love! 🙂  – Be sure to check out my blog for some of the creations that I’ve made especially for this event too!

And of course since it’s Friday, it’s also time for my weekly ICAD results!!  I only have ONE more week left of this 61 day challenge….can you believe it?!!  So here is the ICAD 2018 week 8 results:

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As always, things are a bit random and weird, but each day the prompts inspire me to keep on going to my room and have a play with media!

For one of the cards, I have used a Chibilights Electronic and yes it is showing as there is a reason for it! LOL!  But, I wanted to share that it DOES really work on my card:

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I just had to share that as it is the very first one I’ve ever done that I got to actually work!!  LOL!  I was pretty excited!  I will be back next week with my very final share from this!

Now you all know WHY I had random and spotted postings…I’ve been a busy stamper with getting projects done and ready for the County Fair  (I’ve entered 16 projects and I will share more later on), and I’ve been getting samples ready for my challenge as well as my fellow Splitcoaststampers DDDT challenges getting ready to start soon.

I am tired now and I think I’ll relax with hubby this weekend!  Tonight we are going to go to a hot-air balloon moon glow in our area.  The weather is beautiful for it!  Hope you all have a wonderful and fun weekend too!  Thanks so much for dropping in!

Challenges for Christmas card(s) at the top:

  1.  Use Your Stuff – Anything Goes with a Sentiment
  2. Simon Says Stamp Monday – Christmas in July
  3. Fab ‘n’ Funky – Christmas in July
  4. Back to Basics & Beyond – Use an Embossing Folder (top card)
  5. Watercooler Wednesday (WWC180) – HolidaysWWC180 - Marsha's All About Holidays Challenge