Brightening A Rainy Day

Hello friends!  Are you longing for that rainy Springtime showers with lots of flowers because you’re tired of snow?  I know that I’ve been wanting Spring to get here very soon!  I thought I’d bring some of that feeling into my blog post this morning:

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It’s my turn to post on the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog today…so CLICK HERE to check it out if you want to see my post there or you can read details below too!

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I started out with my images from these gorgeous stamp sets that were released as a bundle set from Sparkle N Sprinkle this month called May Showers Spring Bundle.  (They are rubber stamp sets which contain both the Showers of Tulips rubber stamp set as well as the May Showers rubber stamp set.  You get a slight discount when you buy the bundle set of them.  There are also digital versions with the May Showers Bundle Digi Set as well as the individual Showers of Tulips digi and the May Showers digi.)

I wanted to incoporate both of these rubber stamp sets into my design, so I heat embossed the parasol image from the Showers of Tulips set and the bows from the May Showers set with SNS White EP over some Bristol Smooth Watercolor paper.  I colored them in with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and fussy cut them out with my scissors and set them aside.

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For the background panel, I took another piece of watercolor paper and spritzed it with water to get it good and wet before sprinkling on some Nuvo Blue Blitz Shimmer Powder.  I spritzed it again to really get the water moving around and manipulted the panel so that I could get the water drips going down the panel.  Once this dried, I cut it out with the Tonic Basics Scalloped Square Dies.

Using my cut out parasol image for placement, I heat embossed the sentiment from the May Showers stamp set with the SNS Coffee EP where I wanted it over the watercolor panel.  I then took the raindrops image from the same stamp set and stamped it with VersaMark ink repeatedly over the background and heat embossed it with that SNS Magic Speckle EP.  (Remember this gorgeous pearly sheen it gave to my Winter Deer card from last week?  I told you that I would be bringing it back out for another project!  I am loving the look it gave the raindrops here.  Don’t forget that this powder is a tad bit thicker than normal embossing powder, so heat from underneath your project to help melt it so it doesn’t blow all over.)  I’ve also added some Nuvo Morning Dew Crystal Drops to the center of each drop for more dimension and shine to get a nice wet water look to it!  This was set aside to dry for a bit.

I took another piece of cardstock (slightly larger than the watercolor panel) and rubbed my VersaMark Ink pad along the edges to heat emboss it with the SNS Coffee EP.  I attached these layers together and then glued some craft foam behind it for dimension.

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I’ve used a blue 5″ square top folding card base for my design and took a piece of white doily I had from my stash and glued it on with some SNS Dimensional Glue.  I then added a strip of white cardstock covered with a piece of 1/2″ Tear-iffic Tape going diagnolly across the card base and burnished some Sunny Daze glitter over it.

Finally I added the watercolor and embossed layers over top of the card base and then took my fussy cut images and added them to the design with some foam dots.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Spring Showers card today and it’s inspired you in some way!  I thank you SO MUCH for dropping in!  I appreciate all of the kind comments and a big welcome to my new followers…love meeting fellow crafty friends!!

If you go shopping at Sparkle N Sprinkle using any of the affliate links above in my post, please be sure to add my special discount code below at checkout so that you can get 10% off your entire order:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Cardz 4 Galz – Weather (any condition)
  2. Moving Along With the Times – Little Bit ‘Shabby Chic’
  3. The Flower Challenge – Use Latest Stamp/Dies + flowers (SNS stamps)TFChallenge#29
  4. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – (PIP1907) – Anything Goes
  5. Try it On Tuesday – “Powder Your……..” (Shimmer powder, Embossing powder)

 

Whimsy Stamps New Digital Release – Willow

**Please see my TURNER SYNDROME AWARENESS BLOG HOP post for details on how to enter for prizes and learn what it’s all about!** – ends Feb 7th!

Hello friends!  So are you having a Super Bowl party today?  It’s always been sort of a little “thing” at our house each year since my kids were little….they were in it for the snacks of course!  LOL!

Today I want to share with you a card I made with one of the brand new February digital releases from Whimsy Stamps!  Check them all out by CLICKING HERE!

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I have used this darling little Willow girl on my card today!  Oh my those eyes are so catching on her!  (Had to make them a pretty blue!)  I have colored her up with the following Copic markers:  (CLICK HERE to purchase from Whimsy Stamps.)

  1.  Dress, hair bows, shoe bows – R85, R83, R81, R00
  2. Flowers – Y17, Y15, Y11, V17, V12, YG63, YG61
  3. Shoes, Socks – E84, E81, BG000
  4. Hair – E27, E25, E23, E21
  5. Skin, Eyes – E21, E11, E00, E000, R20, R00, BG49, BG45
  6. Around image – C1 (white gel dots on cheeks and eyes)

First I took the Whimsy Stamps Notched Rectangles die set and cut out the colored image.  Then I thought those yellow flowers she’s holding needed to be brought out a bit so I took the smaller flower image from the Whimsy Stamps Mom’s Layered Flowers clear stamp set and stamped it with yellow ink around the edges and die cut a scalloped rectangle layer with a suede brown cardstock to layer behind it.  I sponged around the edges with the some Brushed Corduroy distress ink and ink foam blending tool.  I did the same to the left edge of the white A2 sized top folding card base.

For the right side of the card base, I took some of the Oh Boy digital papers from last month’s release and attached it.  Then I took the sentiment from the same floral clear stamp set as mentioned above and stamped it with some brown ink at the bottom right corner of the card.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring on my image.  You can see the yellow glittered hearts and those piercing blue eyes!  🙂

I then took the layered image panel and attached it to some craft foam and added it to the center of the card design.  Lastly, I stamped a couple of hearts from the same stamp set mentioned above and filled them with some yellow glitter and added pearls to the corners.

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Please be sure to stop by the Whimsy Stamps store to check out all of the brand new February release and if you haven’t yet, join us over at the Whimsy Stamps Facebook Group and please share your Whimsy Stamps creations with us!  We’d love to see what you’re up to!  (P.S.  There’s a fun “love challenge” going on in the group too right now!  Check out the details by CLICKING HERE!)

*Click on the links above in my post to purchase directly from Whimsy Stamps*

Challenges:

  1.  City Crafter – Floral Background
  2. Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything GoesAnything Goes badge
  3. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC206 Anything GoesWWC206 - Anything Goes Challenge
  4. CCEE Stampers – CCEE1905 National ‘Thank You’ month
  5. Creative Knockouts – Flower Power

 

A Big Thanks With Floral Elegance

Hello friends!  Hope you’ve enjoyed your Thanksgiving Holiday for those that celebrate!  Stopping in to share one last guest design creation for the November release this month at Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I don’t know about you, but I can never have too many sentiment sets to use for my card making!  This “A Big Thanks” [00-928P8] rubber stamp set fit the bill perfectly with it’s gorgeous font and larger size! It’s also offered in digital [DIGI928DE] if you prefer to size it how you like though!

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Although this looks somewhat “fussy”, it is actually really simple to create!

I started by inking up the sentiment from this set on a piece of vellum with some VersaMark Ink [VM001] and sprinkling some SnS Bronze Rose embossing powder [EP335] over it to heat set.  (GORGEOUS powder! *A tip for you on this EP is that it can get a “halo” around it because of that stunning fine mica powder in it, so be sure to use the Static Free Bag [99512] before you stamp and if there is still a halo around it after you heat set it, then I find the Swiffer cloths (that you use for cleaning) really help in picking up the fine powder that might be left behind.) – it works stunning on the vellum!

I made this vellum strip long enough so that it would wrap around the card front panel of my design and then I set this aside to work on the rest of my card.

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Although the flowers look complicated, they’re really not!  I took the pretty flowers from the Sparkle N Sprinkle Lovely Magnolia rubber stamp set [00-53P5] and heat embossed them with the same SnS Bronze Rose embossing powder [EP335] over some Bristol Smooth watercolor cardstock.  I then took out several shades of my Distress Oxide Inks and sponged over them with my finger sponge daubers.  I used a water spritzer to spray onto the images, let it set for a couple of seconds and dabbed it up with a paper towel.  I then used some white shimmer paint and a paint brush to splatter over top of the flowers and leaves.  I then fussy cut them out and set those aside with the vellum strip.

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Now to work on the background of my image panel, I took some more of the watercolor paper and some Twisted Citron Distress Oxide Ink and foam blended it very lightly in the center of the card panel.  After I was happy with the look, I spritzed it with some water, waited a few seconds and dabbed it with a paper towel.  I made sure it was completely dry before moving on.

I then took the heat embossed vellum strip, turned it over and added some tiny drops behind some of the letters with SnS dimensional glue (so that it wouldn’t show) and then wrapped the strip around the back of the panel and attached it to the card front.

I then took the flowers that I fussy cut and arranged them in the corners of my card front panel by gluing some of them and then popping up a couple with foam tape for dimension.  Anything that was hanging along the edge was cut off with scissors.

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I then mounted the watercolor image panel to a piece of the Tonic Studios Mirror Cardstock – Burnished Rose [9488E] (which seemed to match the embossing powder beautifully!) and then I mounted that over an A2 sized top folding white card base.

To finish it off, I thought it would look pretty to add some Nuvo Glitter Drops in Dazzling Blue [759N] by making drops with it in random areas on the design.  The blue color matched up perfectly with the flowers on my design.

Love how this one came out, hope you like it too!  Thanks so much for hanging out with me today and stopping in! – I’ll be back later with another post for you!

Don’t forget to play along in the challenges over at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge Blog as well as the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge Facebook Group!  Would love to see your creations!

*Don’t forget to use my discount code below to get 10% off your order at Sparkle N Sprinkle when you do your sparkly shopping!  (Click on the badge to get started!)

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Here’s the Sparkle N Sprinkle product list I’ve used on my creation today:

  1.  A Big Thanks rubber stamp set [00-928P8] (Also offered in a digital set [DIGI928DE]) *New November Release
  2. Lovely Magnolia rubber stamp set [00-853P5]
  3. Sparkle N Sprinkle Bronze Rose embossing powder [EP335]
  4. Static Free Bag [99512]
  5. VersaMark ink pad [VM001]
  6. Tonic Studios Mirror Cardstock – Burnished Rose [9488E]
  7. Sparkle N Sprinkle dimensional glue [759N]
  8. Nuvo Glitter Drops – Dazzling Blue [759N]

 

Challenges I’d like to enter my card for:

  1.  Always Fun – Thank you
  2. Crafting From the Heart – Just For Fun (Anything Goes)
  3. TGIF Challenges #TGIF187 – “Sponge Worthy”TGIF Challenge Buttons 2018-039
  4. QKR Stmpede #323 – Anything Goes

 

Just A Girl and Her Pumpkin

Hello friends!  Wow, I think Fall has begun over my way as the air has changed with cooler temperatures and I absolutely LOVE it! 🙂  Although I’ve been busy crafting away in my room, I like to get outdoors for a few breaks to walk around and see signs of the leave starting to change over.

Today, I am over at the Whimsy Stamps Inspiration blog to share my card with you using one of the really adorable images from this month’s release called “A Girl and Her Pumpkin” digital stamp by Crissy Armstrong:

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Isn’t she adorable?!  I really enjoyed coloring her up with my Copic markers.  As I was coloring, it actually reminded me of going to a near-by apple orchid with my children as they were growing up.  I would take photos of them with all of the pumpkins surrounding them as they would pick out which one they wanted to carve for Halloween.  (my oldest was not a fan of “pumpkin guts” and so we always ended up doing that part for him! LOL!)  But it must have made an impression with them because they still enjoy going as adults now!   Besides, what’s better than apple cider donuts and freshly picked apples?!  YUM!

So after the reminencing of memories, I cut her out with the WS Hand Stitched Nested Rectangles along with the card front base and attached to a white A2 sized top folding card base.  For the sentiment, I took a piece of vellum and heat embossed a greeting from the WS Painted Sayings stamp set and I also took some of the splatter images from the same set and stamped them randomly in the background with white ink.

Before attching the image panels onto the card, I’ve added some gold ink around the edges, attached some leaves behind it and popped it up with foam tape.  The piece of vellum was hand cut into a banner and folded around card base and attached with glue behind the letters to hide it.  I then put some burlap ribbon around the card front base as well as the image panel, vellum banner and gold sequins filled with gold Stickles.

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Here’s a closer view of the image and how she’s colored.  You can also better see the gold inked edges.  And of course the photo didn’t pick it up, but I took some Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen to go over the pumpkin with.

I’ve also used a cloud stencil to lightly sponge in a nice Fall sky behind her.

I think she would look so cute surrounded by a field of pumpkins…so there’s an idea!  Maybe I’ll work on that for next time!

If you haven’t done so yet, be sure to take a look over at the Whimsy Stamps Inspiration blog and subscribe so you can get all the updates for new posts!  There is always inspiration from the rest of the design team as well as special guests, new releases every month and fun give aways too!  So check it out!

Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I appreciate you taking the time!  See you soon!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today.  (You can click the photo to go shopping in the store.  There is no additional cost for clicking on anything.)

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challenges:

  1.  QKR Stampeded – Anything Goes #314
  2. Just Us Girls – JUGS459 photo weekScreen Shot 2018-08-23 at 7.17.20 AM
  3. Crafty Friends – Autumn Colors
  4. Stamps & Fun = Creativity – Fall
  5. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes

 

Rainbows and Butterflies

Hello friends!

That was quite a post yesterday and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your kind words…it was even hard to read those, but please know I appreciated your kind hearts immensely!

I have a very fun and cheerful card for you today!  Although I had missed the Cute Card Thursday challenge this last time, it is still going on and you have a few more days to enter if you wish to play along with us using your Bugs and/or Butterfly creations!  I just love playing with butterflies and the first thing that came to my mind was that past Simon Says Stamp card kit called “Beautiful Butterflies”.  There was some awesome rainbow patterned paper in the kit as well as a butterfly stencil and so I decided to mix them together!

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I used the rainbow papers (from Lawn Fawn) for the base background of my card.  I took the butterfly stencil from the kit and sponged in some Distress Oxide inks for the different butterflies in rainbow ink color!  I’ve used:  Picked Raspberry, Orange Marmalade, Squeezed Lemon, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet and sponged them in with a sponge dauber.  Mounted it onto a strip of black cardstock and placed over the rainbow background.  I heat embossed a sentiment from the stamp set included in the kit with white embossing powder and then used some foam tape to mount it over the card.  I finished off the card with some black enamel dots.

Simple and fun card to make!  I hope you will consider joining in the fun with us this week over at Cute Card Thursday!  Check out the inspiration on THIS POST!  Thanks so much for stopping in today!!  See you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Addicted to Stamps & More! – Anything GoesAnything Goes badge
  2. Butterfly Challenge – Butterfly wheel on letter ‘O’:  butterfly, orange, over the edge (sentiment banner)#104
  3. Casual Friday (CFC204) – Rainbows & ButterfliesCFC204
  4. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  5. Artistic Inspirations – Anything Goes

Turtley Impossible

Hello friends!  I really wanted to post earlier this week, but life sometimes gets in the way of all of the crafty fun that you want to do as I’m sure you know! 🙂

If you remember earlier this Summer my post about the fun stamp convention I went to in Collinsville, I shared a photo of the TONS of things I got while I was there.  I still haven’t been able to play with all of it…yet, but there are a couple of companies that I fell in love with, so I decided to place an order for some things that I wished I had gotten while I was there! LOL!

This “new to me” company called Pink & Main was a booth that I went to and bought some items from.  I had seen a video last year of something that I fell in love with and was determined to purchase that while I was there.  I started following along with them and fell in love with these sweet turtles that I’ve used on my card today:

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Before I get to the details of this card, I wanted to explain what type of card this is.  There are many challenge blogs I like to follow because I enjoy challenging myself while paper crafting as many of us like to do.  So I came across this challenge that was asking us to make an “Impossible Card“.  (I have linked a tutorial that I found on Splitcoaststampers if you want to learn how to make one for yourself.  Just click on the card name.)  I had not seen nor heard of one of these before, so naturally I had to play along!  What I like about this card (NOT impossible at all…so easy!), is that the center panel naturally pops up like that AND you can fold it down to lay flat in a regular A2 sized envelope!  (You can create different sizes and such, but I kept mine simple.)

To decorate this card, I’ve taken the very cute Pink & Main Turtely Amazing stamp set with the coordinating dies to color with my Copic markers and cut them out.  I’ve also used the Pink & Main Sunset paper pad as well as the Waves Border Dies to decorate the background scene.  The white strips that I’ve used for stability on the card was stamped with the sentiment from the same set and then layered with the blue polka-dotted paper around it.  I added the cut elements and layered them on top of the strip.  For the main popped up panel, I’ve taken the cut out turtle and layered him among the cut wave border at the bottom.  I then took some of the Pink & Main Silver Glossy Dots to embellish the upper corner.  I also took some ribbon and added a bow just below the turtle.  For the light blue polka-dotted papers, I sponged some blue distress ink along the edges for a bit more color.

And since you can completely turn this card around, I wanted to decorate the other side as well:

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For this side, I took a different turtle from the same stamp set, colored and cut him out along with the other elements to arrange on my card scene.  I took some brown card stock and cut a strip with a stitched border die and inked up one edge for a sandy beach for the turtle to sit on.  I also tucked the shell behind the border and added the star fish on the strip with foam tape.  I also added some more silver glossy dots to the strip.

There would still be room to write a personal message on the bottom portion of the card if someone wanted to.  You could also easily write something on the back somewhere on the lighter blue spots.

Super easy and fun to make which is something that I needed right now, so I’m glad I decided to give this a try!

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

  1.   CCEE Stampers (CCEE1827) – The Impossible Card
  2. Brown Sugar – Two patterned papers on project
  3. Artistic Inspirations (204) – Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Creations (#370) – Anything Goes
  5. Crafting by Designs – Anything Goes