2 Crafty Critter Crazies – You are my Happy

Hello friends!!¬† Happy April Fool’s Day! ūüôā

Well there’s “no fooling” here today as I bring you a post to share the creation I’ve made for a new challenge over at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge Blog!¬† Since it’s the first of April, we have a brand new challenge starting with the “Anything Goes + critter” theme in mind!¬† Hope you will join us with your critter creations!

We are being sponsored by Digi Doodle Studios and this is the card I made for the challenge this month:

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Our sponsor was kind enough to share this very sweet image called Mia which I’ve used for my card today.¬† This is my first experience with these images and I must say they have some really cute ones in their store, so hop on over and check them out!

I’ve colored her up with Copic markers including drawing extended lines for the grass and coloring it up all the way across and down.¬† I cut it out with a cross stitched rectangle die and then used a sun ray stencil to ink some yellow behind¬† her by taping off the grass edge so I didn’t get any on that part.¬† I then stamped the sentiment in black ink over top of that.

To continue on with the yellow color theme I’ve got going on, I cut out a piece of yellow glitter cardstock that was cut out with a scallop rectangle die (retired from Lawn Fawn) and attached it to the back of the image panel.¬† I took some plaid papers for the bottom portion of the A2 white top folding card base and then attached some yellow grosgrain ribbon across the top and then attached the image panel and then added a yellow ribbon bow along the edge.¬† Lastly I finished it out with some yellow rhinestone crystals.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on the image.¬† I took a black gel pen to color in the eyeballs circles.¬† I wasn’t sure how to go about coloring the eyes, but this is the way that made the most sense to me.¬† I also went around the edges of the butterfly with the black gel pen.¬† I took a glitter brush pen and went over the liquid in her cup.

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I have to add that this image really got me thinking about past memories with my sweet little Mocca and how we would go out on nice Spring days like this.¬† She certainly was always “my happy” for sure and I still miss her like crazy.¬† I’m sure any of you that have lost pets understand what I’m saying.¬† ¬†It’s great to have the memories we’ve shared after all this time!

Please be sure to hop on over to the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies blog and check out the rest of the inspiration from the design team and play along with us this month!  Looking forward to seeing your critter creations!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I appreciate it so much!

**I will be back shortly to announce the winner of the “Purple Day Epilepsy Blog Hop” give away!¬† So be sure to come back and see if you are the winner!!**

challenges:

  1.  Crafty Friends РSpring
  2. Crafty Gals Corner – Spring is Here!
  3. Krafty Chicks – Coffee, tea or hot cocoa
  4. As You Like It – Favorite Coloring medium – Copic Why?¬† It’s my favorite “go to” coloring method and I love the way the markers blend together for shading and highlight effects.
  5. Creative Knockouts – Outside Fun
  6. Allsorts – Use Yellow
  7. Digi Doodle Studios Challenge – #15 Anything Goes

Time to Celebrate at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!!¬† I’m very excited to share my card with you today for Cute Card Thursday!¬† We are celebrating our 11th birthday this week!!¬† WOO HOO!!¬† So of course the theme for this week is “CELEBRATE“!!¬† Hope you can pop on over and celebrate with us by sharing your creation!!

This week we are sponsored by All Dressed Up Stamps and I have used one of their adorable images for my card today:

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I have used this very sweet image called Time to Shine and she is having so much fun dancing around with all of the stars floating about her!

For the card, I have taken some silver sparkle cardstock and cut cut the stitched scallop frame and then placed some pretty papers behind it.  I mounted these pieces onto a piece of black cardstock as well as the image that was cut out with another stitched scallop rectangle die, also mounted with a piece of black cardstock and then added to the center of the sparkle framed panel.

I also took some pretty, pink, silky ribbon and wrapped it around the corners of these layers and also tied a bow with it that I’ve attached to the upper right corner of the wrapped around ribbon.¬† These layers were then mounted onto a white, top folding A2 sized card base.¬† Lastly, I’ve added some stars that were die cut from the same sparkly cardstock and I’ve also added one to the center of the wooden star veneer that was glued in the center of the pink bow.

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Here’s a closer look at the Copic coloring I’ve done on this image.¬† I have added some extra sparkly details to the image by taking a Spectrum Noir Glitter Brush Pen and went over just the bottom portion of her dress.¬† I then took a silver gel pen and colored in the stars around her and added some dots to her dress and hair with it as well.¬† I wanted to create lots of sparkle and shine to this one!¬† ūüôā

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So I hope you will stop by the Cute Card Thursday blog and check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team and hope that you will play along with us to help ‘celebrate’ our 11th birthday this week!!¬† Can’t wait to see your creations!

Thanks so much for dropping by!  I really appreciate your kind comments and I enjoy reading them so much!  Hope you have a fabulous day!

Challenges I’d like to enter this card in:

  1. All Dressed Up Challenge – Anything goes + ADU image
  2. All Dressed Up Facebook Challenge – Girly Girls
  3.  Crafty Friends РLadies/Girls
  4. Simon Says Stamp Monday – Feminine/Girly
  5. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes

Another Pot O’ Gold!

Hi there friends!¬† I guess I am really feeling the luck of the Irish this week!¬† I have another fun St. Patrick’s Day themed card to share today:

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My card here may seem a bit simple, but it has a few really fun added extras to really make it shinny and glittery!  I have used one of the March releases from Sparkle N Sprinkle called Lil Leprechaun (Digital only stamp set).   I took the pre-colored versions of the set and arranged them in a blank Word.doc for how I wanted it to appear on my card front.  I used the clover images and resized them to fit around the bottom of the pot of gold area and then placed the sentiment where I wanted it off to the side.

I then printed it out and then cut it out with the Nuvo Basics Rectangle dies.

I used a couple of Copic green markers to make the “blades of grass” next to the pot of gold and clovers.¬† I also used some colored chalk to sponge in some colors for the rainbow behind the pot of gold.

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Here you can also see on the panel where I’ve taken some Super Thick Gold EP and sprinkled some in the corners of my image panel and then heat set it from underneath.

I also took a Nuvo Precision Glue Pen to add some “dots” in the center of the clovers and then of course used the SNS Shamrock Glitter to go over them!¬† I also covered the coins in the pot with the glue and sprinkled some Champagne Glitter over them for some sparkle!

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With the same SNS Champagne Glitter that I used on the coins in the pot, I also took some SNS Sticker Paper and covered an entire panel with it and burnished it in!¬† The shimmer and glitz on this is stunning in person and really sets off the card!¬† I’ve also used the Glitter Brush to take away the excess glitter particles and it’s a must have for clean up too!¬† (Instead of clinging to the brush, it repels it away!)¬† These sheets are somewhat thin, so I made sure that I’ve added some layers of cardstock in between this glitter panel for stability to the card.¬† (Keep this in mind if you are using the sticker paper for this idea.)

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I tried to capture some of the sparkle in the photo, but it really looks brilliant when you are holding it in person! ūüôā

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and I really appreciate you stopping in!!

If you happen to use any of the links in this post, please be sure to use my special discount code below at checkout for 10% off your order:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Crafting With an Attitude РAnything Goes
  2. Creative Moments – Anything Goes
  3. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #338
  4. Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  5. Pammies Inky Pinkes – Anything Goes PIP1910
  6. Not Just Cards – Anything Goes

 

Find Peace with a Winter Deer for Sparkle N Sprinkle

Hello friends!¬† As I had mentioned in yesterday’s post, we are currently being hit with snow AND ice over my way…so I might as well embrace it, right?!¬† ¬†Although I’ve been trying to sneak in some Spring creations, I also enjoy creating Christmas/Winter cards throughout the year so that I can take my time and not be hurried during the rush of the Season at the end of the year which makes it more enjoyable…and peaceful! ūüôā

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Sparkle N Sprinkle has released this gorgeous new stamp set this month called Winter Deer [00-935P5] which I’ve used on my card for today:

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You can also get a Digital Version [DIGI935J] -(includes more sentiments/pre-colored) of this stamp set if you prefer that to rubber, but I have used the rubber stamp set for my card here.  I started out with a piece of watercolor paper and used the Blue Blitz [1208N] and Atlantis Burst [1213N] Nuvo Shimmer Powders to create the background by spritzing it with water until I achieved the look I wanted and set aside to dry.

(You can also see my photo tutorial on the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog if you like.)

I cut this panel out with an oval die and using my cut out deer for reference to see where I wanted to position the sentiment,¬† I embossed the sentiment from the stamp set with White EP [EP166]¬†¬†.¬† I used some Magic Speckle EP [EP175] for a really cool background effect over the watercolor panel! (You can see it better in the photos below.)¬† I’ve used both SNS Dimensional Glue [539] as well as foam dots to attach the deer image and oval layers together.¬† I’ve used both white cardstock as well as some gold mirror cardstock for the layered panels.

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Here’s a closer look at the Copic coloring I’ve done on the deer as well as the Magic Speckle EP effect on the background!¬† Since it’s a thicker type of powder, I didn’t attach it with anything.¬† I just added “piles” of it where I wanted and melted it from underneath so it didn’t blow all over.¬† Loving how it has that “icy look” to it!¬† I’m using this same EP again soon!¬† So stay tuned!

For the deer, I’ve used my Tim Holtz 5″ Mini Scissors [816E] to VERY carefully cut this image out and then used a black marker to go along the edges to hide my imperfections. For the snow over the branches, I’ve used a Nuvo Precision Glue Pen [206N] to go over it and then sprinkle some Sparkling Snow Glitter [G1003] over it.¬† I also took the Nuvo Red Berry Crystal Drops [667N] and covered the “berries” with it.¬† I set this aside until dry to work on the rest of my card.

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So for the glittery background panel behind the oval layers, I took a piece of white cardstock and attached it with a piece of the SNS Super Adhesive Sheets [SAS02] and die cut it out with a scallop rectangle die.  I removed the release paper from it and burnished some of the same Sparkling Snow Glitter [G1003] into this panel.  I attached it over another piece of gold mirror cardstock and then wrapped some organdy ribbon around it and attached a bow along the side.

In the center of the bow, I added a snowflake sequins and then put a dot of the SNS Dimensional Glue [539] in the center of it and then added some more of the Sparkling Snow Glitter [G1003].

These layers were attached to an A2 sized top folding white card base and then the oval layers were attached over the glitter panel next to the bow.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and got inspired to keep ahead of making your Christmas cards this year!¬† Thank you so much for dropping in!¬† I really appreciate your kindness and support so much!!¬† (Reading your comments always brightens my day more than you know! HUGS)

If you shop at Sparkle N Sprinkle using any of the links above, be sure to get an extra 10% off your entire order by using my code below:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Winter Wonderland РAnything Christmas Goes
  2. Merry Little Christmas – (MLCCB7) Anything Christmas Goes
  3. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas
  4. 4 Crafty Chicks – Lots of Layers
  5. Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with DiesHLS AG with Dies Badge
  6. Allsorts – Winter Sparkle

I Woof You!

Hello friends!!¬† Sheesh!¬† It’s almost Christmas!¬† How did it get here SO fast?!¬† Today I am actually preparing for my own family dinner gathering, so I will be very busy with cooking and spending time with my family today.¬† But I have scheduled a post to share with you using a darling Puppy Love digital stamp set by Sparkle N Sprinkle!

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I thought this little pup was SO CUTE!¬† I love the little shirt with the hearts on it!¬† So if you are moving past your Christmas creations now, here’s some inspiration to share with a Valentine/Love theme!¬† ūüôā

For the image, I’ve printed it out and added the sentiment from the digital set underneath him.¬† I’ve used a scallop rectangle die to make an “Out of the Box” technique by cutting out the top of the heart balloon.¬† I colored the image with Copics.¬† I layered the image panel onto a piece of Chrome Silver Mirror Cardstock.

For the red layer behind that, I’ve taken a larger piece of white cardstock and added some 1/2″ Tear-ific Tape around the edges.¬† I then used a larger sized scalloped rectangle die to cut it out with.¬† I peeled the release paper and added the Cherry Sparkle Flocking.¬† I’ve also added this to the tiny hearts on the shirt as well as the Pink Spirit Flocking, but using the Nuvo Precision Glue Pen for the adhesive.¬† I’ve attached all of these layers onto a white A2 sized top folding card base.

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Upon a closer look at the image, you can see where I’ve added the flocking on the hearts in his shirt as well as the flocking at the top over the scallop rectangle panel.

For the balloons, I have covered them with some Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew.¬† It dries clear, but while it was still wet, I’ve sprinkled on some SnS Ultrafine Waterscape Glitter very carefully and lightly and let it dry.¬† I think it adds a bit more sparkle to the shinny balloons!¬† After it dried, I used some silver ribbon to make bows and then attached them with some SnS Dimensional Glue.¬† I also decided to add some more of the Crystal Drops on his nose!

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I love how this turned out with the flocking and glittery shine!¬† Hope you’ve enjoyed my card too!!¬† I thank you so much for stopping in today and I wanted to take the time here to wish you all a VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!!!¬† ¬†See you soon!

Don’t forget there’s still plenty of time to add your creation to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge Blog or on our Sparkle N Sprinkle Facebook Group Challenge!¬† We’d love to see what you’re creating!

Also don’t forget if you go shopping, be sure to use my discount code at checkout when ordering:

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Here’s a list of Sparkle N Sprinkle products I’ve used:

 

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1. ¬†Pammie’s Inky Pinkies (PIP1850) – Anything Goes
  2. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  3. Watercooler Wednesday (WWC201) – Anything GoesWWC201 - Marsha's Two Week Year End Anything Goes Challenge
  4. Crafty Gals Corner – Anything Goes (sponsored by Sparkle N Sprinkle!) Happy 5th Blogiversary!
  5. As You Like It – Anything Goes – Your Style

Anything Goes for Cute Card Thursday

Well can you believe the first week in December is almost already done?!¬† Yikes!¬† Christmas is coming very quickly, so I’m happy to be making up some more Christmas cards as I post along here! ūüôā

Today starts another new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday and this week it is an easy “Anything Goes“!¬† So play, create and have fun to your heart’s content and share it with us in the gallery over there!¬† We look forward to see what you’re working on!!¬† Our sponsor for this challenge is Whimsy Stamps…so be sure you don’t miss out your chance on possibly winning a prize!!¬† Yay!

So have you grabbed up any of your favorite digital stamps from the new December release at Whimsy Stamps yet?!  I am using another new one for my challenge card today:

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Now I don’t know about you, but I think a unicorn for Christmas would be a “yes please”!¬† I have used the new December image by Crissy Armstrong called A Christmas Unicorn.¬† I thought there was lots of opportunity to really bling up this fun image!

First, I have colored up this image with the following Copic markers:  (click on the underlined numbers to purchase from Whimsy Stamps.)

  1.  Unicorn mane/tail/hooves: W9, W7, W5, W3, W1, W0
  2. Unicorn body:  C3, C1, C0, R00 (nostril/ear)
  3. Unicorn horn:  YR24, Y23, Y21
  4. Candy Cane/Ornaments:  R39, R37, R35, C1 (white areas)
  5. Tree:  YG67, YG63, YG61
  6. Star/Bell:  YR24, Y17, Y15, Y13
  7. Ground/Around entire image:  B00, B000

Then I thought one of the sentiments from the Whimsy Stamps Penguins Christmas Sentiments 1 digital set fit perfect with this image.¬† I fussy cut it out by hand as to capture the curve in the design and then I used a sponge dauber to apply a bit of ink around the edges of it and glued it right underneath the image.¬† (I think it makes it look sort of like a little ‘snow drift’ in front of the unicorn.)

For the card front base, I’ve picked out some papers to use from the Whimsy Stamps Christmas Red, Gold & Green digital collection and then added a silver glitter strip as well as a red cardstock strip that I ran through an embossing folder and then rubbed some white ink over the raised areas.¬† I glued these pieces to the green paper and then cut it out with a stitched rectangle die.¬† I mounted this piece over a piece of red cardstock that I attached to an A2 sized top folding white card base.

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Now for the details of my image, I’ve used a Spectrum Noir clear glitter brush pen to go over the unicorn horn and bell around his chest.¬† I then covered the candy cane with some glossy accents.

For the garland around the tree, I took a Nuvo Precision Glue Pen and sprinkled on some Sparkle N Sprinkle Sassy Silver Glitter.  For the star, I used the Sparkle N Sprinkle Diamond Dust Glitter, and then, for on top of the sentiment as well as along the edges of the image panel, I ran some Nuvo Liquid Glue over it and then sprinkled on some Sparkle N Sprinkle Waterscape Glitter.  (You can see the difference in the glitters next to each other.  The Waterscape is more fine than the one I used on the star.)

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I’ve then mounted the image panel onto a piece of red cardstock and attached it to the front of the card front.¬† I took some silver sparkle cardstock and die cut three snowflakes and attached them to the left side of the image panel and added a red star rhinestone to the center of each one.

Really had fun with the festive colors and details on thie one!¬† Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!¬† Please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday blog to catch the inspiration from the rest of the design team and come play along!

Here’s the Whimsy Stamps products with links to the products I’ve used on my card.¬† ¬†(*For Copic markers, please refer to the list above.)

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Here are some challenges I’d like to enter my card for:

  1.  Tuesday Morning Sketches РTMS482 (I flipped the sketch around)TMS 482
  2. Fussy and Fancy Friday – Winter/Christmas
  3. Inkspirational – Anything ChristmasChallenge175
  4. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal
  5. Crafty Friends – Christmas
  6. Crafty Calendar – It’s Christmas Time

 

Merry & Bright Kitty

Hello friends!¬† Hope you’re having a great weekend so far!¬† I’m back to share another Sparkle N Sprinkle creation that I’ve made using the adorable Christmas Kitty Digital Stamp Set [DIGI921CS] from the October Release:

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I wanted this kitty to be the main focus of my card along with the lights and I wanted them to pop out on my design.¬† I also wanted to add my panel complete with the “extra” light string and greeting.¬† So I opened up a blank Word doc. to add my images.¬† I sized and arranged the kitty where I wanted him, then next to him I’ve added the additional “extra” lights and then positioned my greeting from the set where I wanted it, printed it out and colored in the lights and kitty with Copic markers.¬† To make the lights appear as one continuous string of lights, I took an alcohol friendly fine line marker to draw a line to the existing lights on the kitty.¬† I just love the look on his face as he was so much fun to color! ūüôā

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To get the glowing look on the lights, I added some color around each light with the same color of chalk.  Then I took the Diamond Dust Glitter and added it over the light bulbs with the Nuvo Smooth Precision Glue pen.

I then cut this panel out with a rectangle cross stitch die cut from my stash.  After it was cut, I took some blue colored ink and stamped the pine cone image from the Holiday Greetings Rubber stamp set  to frame in the kitty panel.

I decided to cut out some pine leaves with the same light blue card stock with a die cut from my stash and then I covered them with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with the Vanilla Ice embossing powder.  You will also notice a bit of sparkle around the kitty panel edge too.  I took the panel and pressed the edges into the VersaMark ink pad and then heat embossed the edges with the Sparkle embossing powder.

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Here you can see the design on my light blue card front as well.  This is where I took the same pine cone rubber stamp image and stamped randomly along the edges of the card front and heat embossed it with the Vanilla Ice embossing powder.  The heat embossed pine cone leaves were attached to the edge of the kitty panel along with a sparkly ribbon bow and a snowflake accent.  I layered a piece of black cardstock around the image panel and popped it up with some craft foam and mounted that over the front of the heat embossed light blue card front which was wrapped with some more of the sparkly ribbon.  This was mounted over an A2 sized top folding white card base.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my sparkly cute card today!¬† Please be sure to use the code below and click on the badge to shop and receive your 10% discount:

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Be Sure to check out the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog tomorrow for special sneak peeks on what is coming for the new release!!  Yay!  Stay tuned!

Sparkle N Sprinkle Product Supply List used:

Sparkle N Sprinkle Christmas Kitty (digital set) [DIGI921CS]

Sparkle N Sprinkle Holiday Greetings (rubber stamp set) [00-689P7]

Sparkle N Sprinkle Embossing Powder Sparkle (semi-trans) [EP107]

Sparkle N Sprinkle Embossing Powder Vanillia Ice (fine detail-opaque) [EP265]

Sparkle N Sprinkle Ultrafine Glitter Diamond Dust (semi-trans) [G1116]

Sparkle N Sprinkle dimensional glue 

Sparkle N Sprinkle Static Free Bag [99512]

Glitter Brush [SG1400]

Nuvo Glue Pen Smooth Precision [206N]

VersaMark Embossing ink pad [VM001]


 

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Crazy 4 Challenges (C4C458) РCard with Cat or Halloween themed
  2. Crafting By Designs – Get Ready for Christmas
  3. 4 Crafty Chicks (4CC427) – Christmas
  4. Craft Rocket – Christmas is Coming
  5. Crafting With an Attitude – Anything Goes