SNOW Place Like Home

Hello friends!  Hope you are having a great week so far!  Well I have to say that this card certainly does feel like home where I’m at right now as it’s pretty cold and a bit snowy over my way!  I tried to hold onto Fall for as long as possible!

Whimsy Stamps has come out with another line of really cute digital stamps from CC Designs and this is the first time that I’ve colored one from the new line and I think they’re really cute!  Check out this card I’ve made for you today:

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This darling image is called “Iggy” and I just love these sweet little peguins with her! 🙂  Here are the Copics that I’ve used to color her with:

  1.  Coat/fur trimming – BV04, BV02, BV01/W3, W1, W0, blender, white gel pen for dots, blue gel pen to color hearts
  2. boots – W9, W7, W5
  3. Penguins – C8, C5, C3, C1, Y17, R00
  4. Skin/Hair – E23, E21, E11, E00, E000, R20, R00, white gel pen for cheeks
  5. Igloo/Snow – B04, B01, B00, B000

I fussy cut the image long with the ‘ground snow’ and left a spot at the bottom for the sentiment.  I outlined the image with a black marker and attached it to my winter snow background that I’ve made.

To make the background, I took the Stormy Sky, Peacock Feathers and Dusty Concord Oxide inks and a waterbrush to swirl a pretty winter sky pattern.  I dried it and then took a toothbrush to flick some white paint over it for the snow.  I then took a couple of the snowflake images from the Whimsy Stamps Snow Flurry clear stamp set and white heat embossed them in places on the background.  I’ve also used this same set to heat emboss the “snow” sentiment over a piece of black cardstock that was popped up with foam tape over the image panel and then the rest of the sentiment was stamped in black ink right below the image.

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Here you can better see a closer look at the details of the coloring.  I’ve also put some shimmer over the entire igloo with a Spectrum Noir glitter brush pen.    Thought I could see it when I took the photo, but of course it’s not showing up!

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I took the snowy image panel and mounted it over a piece of black cardstock and then took a very thin strip of silver glitter cardstock to lay right next to it over a piece of white card stock.  I took this white card front base and attached it to the left side of a top folding A2 #110 card base.  Lastly, I’ve taken some sequins and attached them to the snowy background for a bit more sparkle.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Thanks for dropping in!

Here’s the Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today:

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

  1.  Creative Inspirations – November Chill
  2. That’s Crafty – Winter Wonderland
  3. QKR Stampede – #321 Anything Goes
  4. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  5. Artistic Inspirations – Anything Goes

It’s Snowflakes at Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  It’s time already for a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday and as I can feel it growing even cooler by the day outside, I find that this challenge is very fitting and a great way to keep going on my Christmas pile!  We would like to see some “Snowflakes” on your creations this week!  We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Our sponsor for this challenge is All Dressed Up Stamps.  They’re kind enough to provide an image to use for this challenge, so here’s what I’ve come up with:

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This image is so sweet with the pup and kitty delivering their letters to Santa for Christmas is coming soon! 🙂  The image I’ve used is called Christmas Post from All Dressed Up Stamps and it already had some snowflakes within the image, but I always feel that snowflakes are big, small and fall everywhere, so I decided to add a few more with items from my stash.

I’ve colored my image with Copic markers and used some gel pens for the eyes, cheeks, parts of the mailbox lettering, center of snowflakes as well as adding some adding some random dots in the background for tiny snowfall flakes.  I’ve also had this Christmas Postmark stamp set in my stash and thought it was perfect to use as a sentiment for my card.  I stamped the circle, punched it out and layered it with another scallop circle that was punched from red cardstock.  I stamped the wavy lines post mark image behind that on the image panel.  The image panel was cut with a Wonky Stitched rectangle die.

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Here’s a closer look at the image and how I’ve colored it.  For the top of the mailbox, the snowflake on the circle postmark and for the snow covered ground, I used some Sparkle N Sprinkle dimensional glue in those areas and then sprinkled some Diamond Dust glitter over top of it for some nice sparkling snow coverage.  (I love using that stuff for snowfall!)

You can also see the silver snowflake sequins that I’ve attached and then I’ve added some silver Stickles to the centers of each one.  I’ve layered this image panel to a red cardstock layer and then added some foam tape to the back of it and mounted it over my card front.

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So for the card front panel, I took a white piece of cardstock measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and ran it through my die cut machine with a snowfall embossing folder and then I mounted this to a white top folding A2 sized card base and added the layered image panel over top.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog and see what the rest of the design team has for inspiration and join us this week with your snowflake creations! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

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

  1.  Daisy Chain – Christmas/Winter
  2. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  3. The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes Christmas
  4. Shopping Our Stash (SOS379) – Raining Cats and Dogs
  5. Creative Craft Cottage – Christmas is Coming
  6. All Dressed Up Challenge –  Oct Anything Goes + must use ADU image

Whimsy Stamps November New Release -Seal On Ice

Hello friends!  Back with you today to share another image from the November brand new digital release from Whimsy Stamps!  Check it out:

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These seals by Crissy Armstrong have stolen my heart!  I had to create with this Seal On Ice digital image too and share it with you today!

I started with my image by coloring it up with the following Copic marker colors:

seal:  C5, C3, C1, C0 W1, W0, R00 – Hat/scarf:  BG49, BG45, E53, E51, E50

I fussy cut him/her out and went along the edges with a black Copic friendly marker.

For the card design, I found some matching cardstock to go with the seal’s outfit and used it as the 5×5 Top folding card base as well as a mat layer behind the image panel.  I took the Whimsy Stamps Pierced Border Trio Dies to cut some pieces for the snow with some glitter paper.  I put one strip at the bottom of the card base and another on the bottom of the woodgrain paper I’ve used to place the seal on.

Before adding the seal to the snow border with foam tape, I took the Whimsy Stamps Snow Flurry clear stamp set and stamped some of the snowflakes with pink ink over the woodgrain paper.  I added this layered panel onto a piece of the new digital papers this month called Christmas Roses & Snowflakes which I’ve cut out with a square stitched die along with the woodgrain paper.  I took a sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Holiday Mini Sentiments clear set and white heat embossed it and cut it out with a portion of the square stitched die as well and attached it to the design.

I’ve finished it off by adding a bow to the corner of the woodgrain paper panel with some clear sparkly ribbon and added another one of those snowflake gems to the center of it!

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Here’s closer look at the coloring details.  Isn’t this a cutie?!  I love the feminine look to it by adding in the pink snowflake digital papers and sparkly ribbon.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my creations with the newly released images this month from Whimsy Stamps!  Be sure to check out more inspiration on the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Blog and Facebook Group too!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!  See you soon!

challenges:

  1.  Cardz 4 Galz – Let’s Go Digital
  2. Addicted to Stamps and More! – Anything GoesAnything Goes badge
  3. Watercooler Wednesday (WWC194) – Anything GoesWWC194 - Anything Goes Challenge
  4. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal/teddy bear
  5. CRAFT – Winter

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

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:

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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:

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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

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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:

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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

 

 

 

The Feeling of Happy Mail

Hello friends!  Back with you again today to share another Whimsy Stamps digital “pretty”!  If you missed my Guest Design post for the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog, please click on the link or scroll down below this post. – thank you

You all know the feeling you get when you receive “happy mail” from the mailbox and I think this cute image on my card today really sums up that feeling:

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I have used the brand new October digital stamp from Whimsy Stamps called “Pretty Girl Happy Mail” on my card today.  Oh those curly locks are adorable!

I have colored her in with my Copic markers in the following:

  1.  Coat/hat (darker tone) – R85, R83, R81 and for trimming – E11, E00, E000 (also coat fastners
  2. Coat/hat (fur) – W5, W3, W1 and highlighted with white gel pen flicks
  3. Hair – E47, E43, E42 (eyebrows too)
  4. Skin – E21, E11, E00, E000, R20, R00 (eyes BG49)
  5. Mail – B00, B000 (unsure of tiny bit of color on postage stamp or coat fastner centers and string)

I then took a retired Whimsy Stamps clear set called “Handmade From Me” which had a couple of tiny solid hearts in it and I took some pink colored ink to stamp a few hearts around the girl.  She really loves all her mail afterall! 🙂

I cut her out with a stitched circle die and then mounted her over a piece of silver foil cardstock cut with a scallop stitched circle die.  I have used the same stamp set that I’ve mentioned above to heat emboss the sentiment with silver EP and cut it out with a banner die cut.  This is the same colored cardstock I’ve used for the A2 sized top folding card base too.

The snowflake paper is from my stash and some I’ve been hoarding because I love it so much, but the snowflakes on it are silver metallic and have the texture on it as if it was heat embossed.  I placed this panel over my card base, attached the banner and then added the circle image panel over top of that including some craft foam to raise it up slightly over the design.

I was thinking that this image would work for either Christmas, winter or Valentine’s Day.  Yes, I know, I said the V word already!! Oops!

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring that I’ve done on her as well as the heat embossing.  Had so much fun colorng her up.  I think she especially looks wonderful on such a simple style design!

Thanks so much for stopping in and sharing your thoughts with me!  I appreciate that so much!  See you soon!

*Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win my GIVE AWAY if you haven’t yet!*

Challenges:

  1.  Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  2. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #316
  3. Crafty Friends – Use more than 1 die (I’ve used 3)
  4. Stamp & Fun = Creativity – Die cuts
  5. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes

Dies and Punches for Cute Card Thursday

*I wanted to take a moment to say to those (and those with loved ones) along the eastern coast threatened by Hurricane Florence that we’re thinking of you and wishing you safety and strength.*

Hello friends!  We are quickly rolling through another month here as we are getting into Fall and I know the “C” word will be here before we know it!! LOL!  I’m trying to sneak in little creations here and there so I’m not overwhelmed.  Sometimes challenges can help with that like our new challenge this week at Cute Card Thursday!  Our new challenge this week is “Dies and/or Punches” which is something that I use ALL the time on my projects, how about you?

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This week we are sponsored by “All Dressed Up Stamps” and I have used this adorable image called “Little Skater” on my card.  I’ve colored her up with my Copic markers and then I’ve cut her out with a stitched circle die.  I then used a very old Stampin’ Up! Snowflake stamp from my stash and stamped some snowflakes in the background with blue ink and then sponged around the edges of the circle with the same color.

I also heat embossed the sentiment (From My Favorite Things) with silver EP over a piece of pink cardstock and then cut it out with a banner strip die.  I then sponged around this banner with some white ink.  (This pink cardstock is the same color as my card base.

I had a piece of this pretty snowflake woodgrain paper in my stash a long time, pulled it out for the background.  I’ve also die cut the stitched scallop circle behind the circle image panel with some silver glitter paper and attached it to the background.  I’ve also die cut some additional snowflakes in white cardstock and placed those on my layout and covered the centers of them with some silver Stickles.  I used a strip of foam tape to pop up the heat ebmossed sentiment right underneath the image and then lastly, I’ve added some clear crystal accents to the sides of the sentiment banner as well as on each corner of the background paper.

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Here’s a closer view of the image.  I have colored her skate blades with a silver gel pen and then I took a clear gel pen and went over the bow in her hair and her scarf as well as the tiny snowflakes around her.  I’ve used a white gel pen for her cheeks and hightlights on her leggins.

I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery this week!

Thanks for stopping by today!   I’m working VERY heavily on my projects for my up-coming craft shows and I’m hoping that maybe I can take a minute or two to share what I’m working on! 🙂    My time is slowly running out….yikes!

Challenges:

  1.  All Dressed Up Challenge – Anything Goes #84 + All Dressed Up image
  2. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #312
  3. Sweet Stampin’ – sketch

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4.  Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with DiesHLS AG with Dies Badge

5.  Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes