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Friday, 18 August 2017

Whimsy Stamps August Release - Sweet Lil' Chef

Hello!

I have another card made with a stamp from the new August release from Whimsy Stamps.

This time I'm showcasing the stamp Sweet Lil' Chef 

I coloured her with distress ink markers using Vintage Photo, Worn Lipstick, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy and Pumice Stone.

For the background I used a whole bunch of sentiments from the Simple Sentiments set, stamping them with versamark ink and then heat embossing with white embossing powder. I then blended Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron and Peacock feathers distress inks over the top.

I used some patterned paper behind and finished with a selection of green and aqua hued sequins.

I do hope you enjoyed the new release, yu can catch up with all of them here.



*NEW Sweet Lil' Chef*NEW Simple Sentiments


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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Whimsy Stamps August Release - Farmer's Market

Hello!

Welcome to day one of the August release from Whimsy Stamps.  My card for today uses the Farmer's Market rubber stamp from artist Kirsten Winkelbauer  

I went back to my Distress Ink markers for this and also paper pieced her little blouse.


The sweet little sentiment is from last month's release.

Clicking on the pics below will take you straight to the item in the store.

*NEW Farmer's Market*NEW Simple Sentiments*NEW It's a Party Enamel Dots


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That's all from me today, but I'll be back again soon with some more inspiration from the release and don't forget to vist all the DT blogs.

Thanks for visiting!



Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Funky Flowers - Navy & Gold

Hello!

 I'm sharing 2 cards today, and as a bit of a change from rainbow colours and cute images, I thought I'd share something classy and subtle.

I made these cards in Navy, White & Gold a while back, because I wanted to play with my Gansai Tambi Starry Colours paint palette and I thought this deep blue cardstock would be the perfect way to show it off.

The cards are really quite simple and easy to make.
For my first card I made a top folding vertical A2 (US) card base in Nightshift Blue cardstock.

I used a stitched rectangle die from Blueprints 20 to cut a rectangle in smooth white cardstock, and the Pierced Rectangle Frames to cut a medium frame from the Nightshift Blue cardstock.
I stamped some flowers from the Funky Flowers stamp set in Versamark in on the nightshift blue cardstock and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.
I painted my flowers with my Starry Colours paints and once dry, cut them out with the matching dies.

I stamped a sentiment from the Essential Sentiments set, with versamark ink on the Nightshift Blue cardstock and heat embossed with fine gold embossing powder. I cut a frame from smooth white cardstock using the Rectangle Word Window Frames and trimmed my sentiment to fit behind it.

I adhered the white panel directly to my card base and then the blue frame on top using some foam tape.

I arranged and adhered my flowers with glue and foam tape and also my sentiment.

To finish I added a few gold and clear sequins.


For my second card I made a shaker card using the same frame die with a couple of the extra flowers and stamped and embossed a sentiment from the You Give me Butterflies sentiment set onto a banner from the Blueprints 20 die-namics.


I used the following items for my cards:

MFT Nightshift Blue Cardtock
Smooth White Cardstock
MFT Funky Flowers Stamp Set
MFT Funky Flowers die-namics
MFT Blueprints 20 Die-namics
MFT Pierced Frames Die-namics
MFT Essential Sentiments set
MFT You Give me Butterflies Sentiment set
Altenew Crisp Embossing Powder - Antique Gold
Foam Tape
Acetate
Tape Runner
Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Big Shot Machine

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!



Sunday, 13 August 2017

Altenew - Beautiful Day

Hello!

I bought a couple more stamp sets from Altenew recently and though I haven't had very much time to play with them yet I did get this fairly simple card made with the Beautiful Day stamp set.

I stamped the flowers and leaves in Versamark ink, on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper, and heat embossed with Altenew's Crisp Embossing Powder in Pure White, masking the lower left flower.

I coloured the images with Zig Markers in Persian Green, Pale Pink, Light Grey and light Green.


Once everything was dry I die-cut the panel and stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink,

I die-cut a turquoise piece of lustre cardstock slightly smaller than my card base and a pale pink piece of lustre cardstock slightly smaller than that. I adhered all my layers onto my card base popping the top panel up with some craft foam.

I finished the card with a few sparkling clear sequins.and gems.

Thank you so much for dropping by xx



Saturday, 12 August 2017

Paper Smooches - Body Language

Hello!

I have a few things to share with you this weekend. For this post I'm sharing the last 2 cards I made as part of my July guest spot over at Paper Smooches

I know it's August now, but I made several more than the required 4 cards, so I'm sharing the last of them here with you today.

First up is a fun card made using the Body Language stamp set. I used the stamps to stamp and mask out a background which I coloured with Zig markers. I coloured an extra image and die cut that out with the matching dies, popping that up on the heat embossed sentiment strip with some foam tape,


My 2nd card was a harder one for me, as I'm not a religious person. However when I saw the cross die and the little flowers in the 3D Crosses die set it made me instantly think of poppies and Remembrance Sunday, so I took my inspiration from that and made a shaker card. 
I used the Prayers die to cut the word pray several times from white cardstock layering them to make the word more dimensional and adhered that beneath the cross. I really like the white on white keeping it very clean, with just the small red accents from the poppies.

I finished the card with a few vanilla gemstones.

Thanks for dropping by, I'll be back later with more to share.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Whimsy Stamps CAS Set for August

Hello!

Popping in with a quick make for you to bring your attention to the great deal that Whimsy Stamps has for it's customers. 
Each month Whimsy Stamps will release a NEW & EXCLUSIVE stamp set as our Customer Appreciation Stamp set or CAS for short. These sets will be FREE to all customers who spend $75 or more on a single retail order in the Whimsy Store! Excluding digital products, tax and shipping. These sets are our way to say a HUGE thanks for shopping with Whimsy Stamps!
The BRAND NEW CAS set will be available a full month in advance of its release date, EXCLUSIVELY for our CAS customers. And then it will become available for purchase at the regular price of $13.99 the following month with its official release. CAS sets will be 4x6 clear photopolymer stamp sets.
For the month of August the CAS set is 
Just Dance
a fabulous set for any dancers, budding dancers or those with a love of dance.



The set has some wonderful images including a fabulous TuTu, but for this card I was drawn to the ballet shoes and as I have been having a bit of a rainbow craze recently, I decided to make a rainbow of ballet shoes. I couldn't fit a full spectrum rainbow on without making my card very long indeed, so I decided to just go with 5 colours, cutting out the red and the indigo.

I kept this pretty much a one layer card, stamping the ballet shoes in black Versafine ink and colouring with Zig markers, stamping the sentiment in black Versafine and the notes are stamped using the Zig Markers to colour directly onto the stamp before stamping.

I added this to a yellow card base and finished off with a strip of rainbow striped paper  and a few coloured gemstones.

If you would like to know full details of the CAS set please click on the picture below


If you pick this set up in August as part of the CAS programme, you might like to know that there will be a matching die set available in September as part of the new release.

If you love all things Whimsy and you would like the chance to join one of the friendliest Design Teams anywhere, Whimsy Stamps is currently having an open DT call. You can read all about it by clicking on the image below.



Thanks for visiting!


Sunday, 6 August 2017

MFT Happy Hippos meet Adorable Elephants Shaker card

Hello!

My goodness it seems ages since I last posted here. Work was incredibly busy last week and I had quite a bit to sort out at home as well,m plus I got caught up in a new author and have had a bit of a marathon read of her works lol!

Anyway I'm here today with something new and will try my best to share something new each day for you. 

This is my second card using Handy Hippos and I decided that these hippos were just the perfect match for the Adorable Elephants set, (especially as the sentiment I used worked so well for both), so I've put them together here in a sweet little purple shaker card. I've listed all the MFT products for you at the end of the post, and the Zig Marker colours are listed below:

Lilac, Violet, Light Pink, Light Violet and Purple.
I added the little white spots with a white gel pen.


MFT Products used

Blueprints 31
Happy Hippos Stamp Set
Happy Hippos Die-namics
Adorable Elephants Stamp Set
Adorable Elephants Die-namics
Tiny Check Brights Paper Pad
Circle Shaker Pouches
I also used the banner die from Blueprints 20

That's it for today but I hope to be back again tomorrow.

I'm stating to list lots of my new CAS style cards on my Etsy Store, it's a long job so it might take me a while to get them all on there lol.

Thanks for visiting.


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

You Rock

Hello!
I've another card I found in my draft folder to share with you today. I made this card a few months back now but never got around to sharing it with you, so I thought I would remedy that today.

I started off with some watercolour cardstock and stamped the SSS Circle Doodle BG stamp with Versamark ink, heat embossing with white embossing powder.
I used a blending tool and some distress inks to loosely colour in the circles, I love using this method as it's super quick and easy.
Distress Ink colours used: Blueprint Sketch, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers.
I sprayed lightly with water and blotted dry and then I added a few splatters of white paint and left to dry thoroughly.

All the dies used on this card are from Blueprints 15 apart from the word die.

I used the large rectangle to trim my background, and then cut a piece out with the smaller asymmetric die and adhered the large piece that was left to my card base, made from smooth white cardstock.


Then I used the larger asymmetric die to cut a piece of heavyweight vellum. I adhered that over my back ground, using foam tape in the places where it would be hidden by the pieces on top, and added my smaller piece of background.

I cut some of the other shapes from the set in a lustre cardstock in blue, aqua and green, stamping a word from the SSS You Matter stamp set onto the circle and embossing in white again.
I cut the You in some blue lustre cardstock and arranged all the pieces on my card, adhering them into place. Finally I added a few sequins to finish.

Items Used:

SSS Circle Doodle Background Stamp
SSS You Matter Stamp Set
SSS You Matter Die
MFT Blueprints 15 Die

Monday, 31 July 2017

MFT Stamps - Leopard Grid

Hello!

I'm popping in today with a sweet little make using the MFT Stamps Loveable Leopards stamp set.

This card was actually the first card I used making this set and it's been sitting in my draft folder for a while. I coloured this with my Zig markers, the colour combo I used for this leopard is a bit different from the others I made and I must admit I prefer the others which are a bit more golden yellow toned.


I used the leaves from the Funky Flowers stamp set in this card also as well as some paper from the Graphic Grid paper pad, Blueprints 31 and a Stitched Sentiment Strip. The window is made using the MFT Square Peek-a-boo  Window die.
The addition of a few orange enamel dots finished my card perfectly.

Items used:
Smooth White Cardstock
MFT Blueprints 31
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
MFT Loveable Leopards Stamp Set
MFT Loveable Leopards Die-namics
MFT Funky Flowers Stamp Set
MFT Funky Flowers Die-namics
MFT Stitched Sentiment Strips
MFT Square Peek-a-boo Window Die-namic

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That's all for today, thanks for visiting! 


Sunday, 30 July 2017

Altenew &My Favorite things- Celebrate

Hello!

Dashing in with a quick share for you.

I used a combination of dies from My Favorite Things, and an outline flower stamp and Gold embossing powder from Altenew to make a simple but elegant card that could be used for a birthday, wedding, engagement or anniversay...or any special day realy.


I used some MFT Cardstock in Crushed Coral to make my card base and then used the large die from Blueprints 20 to cut some vellum. I really love using layers of vellum when you want a softer effect and of course it's not as heavy as cardstock.

I took the large outline flower stamp from Altenew's Garden treasures, and stamped all over my watercolour paper with Versmark ink. I did this a few at a time, using my anti-static powder first and using the crisp embossing powder from Altenew in Antique Gold to heat emboss/
I then used my distress inks in Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral and Dried Marigold  to blend on some colour. I added a few drops of water and left for a few seconds before blotting with some absorbent paper., then I added a light misting of gold Glimmer Mist and left to dry. 

I cut the Celebrate word out several times in cardstock to match my base card, and for the top layer I sponged over with Versamark ink before adding more of the gold embossing powder and heating to make the beautiful gold finish. I then glued all my layers together to make my dimensional word.

I used a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp You Matter stamp set, and embossed with more gold powder on some vellum, cutting it out with an MFT Stitched Sentiment Strip die.

I glued all my elements together, popping the main panel up on some craft foam and then added a few sequins from Little Things by Lucy.

That's my card for today, I hope you like it and thanks for visiting!



Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Paper Smooches GDT - Rainbow Dove Shaker Card


Hello!

Popping in super quickly today with another make as part of my Guest Spot over at Paper Smooches.

July is drawing to a close fast, but I still have 5 days and another 2 cards to share with you after this one.

So for today's card I used that fabulous Dove Die again, but this time I used just the outline part of the die cut around the aperture to make a shaker card.

Because I'm rainbow mad at the moment (I've obviously been overdoing the Skittles eating), and because the theme fits perfectly with the dove, I decide to do a rainbow blended background.


It's just some standard blending with Distress Inks (Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch, Cracked Pistachio,Twisted Citron, Fossilized Amber and Picked Raspberry) on some Tim Holtz watercolour paper. Then I added a few drops of water here and there and blotted, and spritzed with some glimmer mist. Finally when dry I added some spots of white paint.

I cut the shape with a rounded rectangle die, the aperture with the dove die, added some acetate behind filled around with foam tape and added a mix of coloured sequins and a piece of white card to seal them in.
I stuck the whole thing to a card base made from bright pink cardstock and added the white dove outline, cut with the same die glued on top of the acetate.

I cut out the word hope with the hope die from Religious Words 2, several times in white cardstock and layered them together to make my word more dimensional and glued it in place beneath my shaker element. 

To finish up I added a few sparkling clear sequins.
I hope you like it.

I've had several enquiries about selling my CAS cards, so I've finally started listing them on my Etsy store, but it will take me quite some time to get them all listed, so bear with me!

Thanks for visiting!




Tuesday, 25 July 2017

My Favorite Things - Favorite Person

Hello!

I'm back with another MFT make today, and this time I'm using the super cute Jungle Gym set and matching die-namics again.

I coloured the cute images with my Zig Markers, I cannot find the list of all the colours I used but I know that I used the following:

Tiger - Light Brown, Dark Gray, Gray
Monkey: Oatmeal, Dark Oatmeal, Light Pink
Birds - Pink, Deep Pink, Cobalt Bue, Persian Blue, Pale Green, Emerald Green, Bright Yellow.



I used the Mini Cloud Stencil and Picked Raspberry, Dried Marigold, Wild Honey, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch distress ink to make the background for my card and frame it with the Pierced Rectangle Frame STAX and some Calm & Cozy  Chevron paper.

Hope you like it!.

Thanks so much for dropping by.


Monday, 24 July 2017

Happy Birthday - Make it Crafty


Hello!

Sometimes when I'm playing with inks and making background, I end up with more than I actually need, and if I don't make an additional card than and there, I'll put that extra away with the intention of using it later.

That's what I did with this card, I used the background for this card that I shared a couple of weeks ago.

I was in the mood to make a card, but without much time or many  ideas coming to mind. I had a sort through my stash of still to be used 'bits' and found this chipboard piece from Make it Crafty that I've had for a long while now.  Because it was made of a grey type of chipboard, it wasn't covered too well with my distress or dye inks as they sink into the material. However, Distress Oxides cover this beautifully, so I set to with the Wilted Violet colour that I'd used to stencil on my background.
Then I gave it a good spritz with my Gold Glimmer Mist and left to dry. 

To make the card I just made a white, top folding vertical A2 (US) size card, trimmed my background with a large stitched rectangle frame, and glued that to my card base. Then I cut another piece of white cardstock a little bigger than my chipboard panel, glued the panel to the white card and the white card to my background piece, added a few sequins and voila!

Possibly the quickest card I've made yet, but it still looks very effective. You can find the chipboard I used here.

Thanks so much for visiting.


Saturday, 22 July 2017

MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge #342

Hello!

It's been a long time since I joined in with the sketch challenge over at MFT Card Challenges, so I thought I'd dash off a quick card using the new MFT Stamps Happy Hippos clear stamp set.

I used the hippo with the present and the 3 little birds, stamping them on some Bristol Smooth paper  and colouring them with my Zig Clean Color markers, using Turquoise Green, Yellow Green, Light Green and Bright Yellow. I cut them out with the matching dies and set them aside.

I made an A2 vertical top folding card base and used a little Sno Cone Ink and the Mini Cloud Edges stencil to sponge a few clouds directly onto my card base. I cut some Limelight and Gumball cardstock with one of the Grassy Edges die and finished the edges with a stitched rectangle die, stamping a sentiment from the same set onto the top layer before gluing them both to my card base.

I cut some while and patterned paper with one of the Basic Scalloped Edges dies and finished with the same stitched rectangle die, gluing both to the top of my card. Then I added the hippo and birds with some foam tape and finished with a few enamel dots. You could omit the dots as it doesn't really need them, I just felt they helped balance the card.

If you want to join in with this week's challenge you can find it here, but you only have till Tuesday evening.

Thanks for visiting!

Altenew & Simon Says Stamp - Leaf Background Card

Hello!

I have a few cards to share with you today but as they are all different I've split them into different posts. I'm really trying to work my way through my draft folder and clear some of the backlog this weekend, or some cards will never see the light of day here.

So the next few posts may be short on text.

This card is made using the leaf die from Altenew's Graden Treasures set and a the You die and You Matter stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.

I used Distress Oxide inks in Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron for blending and stamping.
I also used Blueprints 31 from My Favorite Things, Altenew Gold embossing powder, Gansai Tambai Starry Colours watercolour paint and a few gold and mint sequins from Little Things by Lucy.

I highlighted the leaves with a Sakura Gold Star Gelly Roll pen.

Thanks for dropping by!




Friday, 21 July 2017

Whimsy Stamps July Release Day 3

Hello!

We're on the last day of our new release show case and to round off my cards today I have 2 makes with clear stamp sets to share with you.

The first uses Paper Polly Dolly.

This little cutie comes with several outfits you can dress her up in and for this card I chose the Bee outfit. The set also comes with a set of matching dies (which I don't have so I did have to fussy cut this one), to make life easier for you, and the die set actually allows you to make an additional cat outfit.

I've just realised that I completely forgot to add her little antennae!

I coloured her with my Zig markers and popped her on top of a shaker card that I made with the Honeycomb Pattern Die. The sentiment is also part of the set.



For my second card I made a background using the smooshing method, with Distress Inks and Gold Watercolour paint from Gansai Tambi.

I paired this with some gold lustre cardstock and then stamped and gold heat embossed some flower images from the Little Birdie Told Me stamp set, coloured them with my zig markers, and fussy cut them. I popped them up against my gold frame with some foam tape.

The sentiment stamped on the bottom of the frame is from the Simple Sentiments set and the numbers are made with dies from the Brush Script Number Die Set.


I finished off with a few gold and clear sequins.

Thanks for joining us during the release.



Thursday, 20 July 2017

Paper Smooches- You Heart is Pure Gold

Hello!

I'm back again with another make as part of my July guest spot over at Paper Smooches.

I used the Body Language stamp set and the Body Language Icons die set, using the heart again, but this time I stamped it out several times, didn't bother with the arms and legs and used the happy face.

I coloured then all in shades of pink and orange except for the middle one which I coloured with my Gansai Tambi Stary Nights Watercolours, to give it that metallic gold finish. I stamped the faces once they were all  dry, and cut them out with the matching die. 

I used a piece of Tilm Holtz watercolour paper and blended the same shades with distress inks, using Wild Honey for the gold. I sprinkled a few dots of water and blotted for more texture and interest.

I stamped the sentiment and the hearts with Versamark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder. Then I cut it with a stitched rectangle die and mounted on some gold lustre cardstock.

I glued my base to an A2 horizontal card base and added my hearts with foam tape.

Finally I added some googly eyes to my little heart faces.

Thanks for visiting!

Lee Holland - Teddy Birthday Hat - Whimsy Stamps July Release

Hello!

I'm back for day 2 of Whimsy Stamp's awesome release for July.

Today I have another of those adorable cute bears from Lee Holland

This is called Teddy Birthday Hat

I coloured him with my zig markers using Light Gray and Dark Gray for the bear and Pink, Orange, Yellow and Yellow Green for the hat.


I fussy cut him and added him to a background of masked distress ink stripes which I popped in top of some stripy design paper.

I added the whole lot to a yellow card base and used sentiment from the Happy Sayings stamp set.

I finished off with a few It's a Party enamel dots.

Thanks so much for dropping by, I'll have more inspiration from the new Whimsy release tomorrow!


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Whimsy Stamps July Release - Wee Stamps - Baby Giraffe

Hello!

I'm back again with my second card for today's release at Whimsy Stamps and this time it's super cute!

This is Baby Giraffe from the Wee Stamps Collection, isn't it adorable?

I stamped him/her on some Bristol Smooth card and watercoloured them with my Zig Markers.

Then I masked the image and used some vintage photo and a giraffe print stencil to stencil a background.


Finally I stamped a sentiment from the Scripty Occasions Sentiment Set and added a few clear sequins.

That's all for today but I'll be back tomorrow with more from the new release.

Thanks for visiting!

Whimsy Stamps July Release- Deb Davis - Dracula Bite Me

Hello!

It's arrived a little later this year, but welcome to the July release at Whimsy Stamps.

We seriously have so many fabulous images and dies to share with you this month that I barely know where to begin, but I'm kicking it off today with this clear stamp set by Deb Davis called 

This comes with a whole set of punny sentiments and also has a set of dies to match. Sadly my dies did not arrive till after I made my card, so I had to use a couple from my stash and some from the Dracula I Compel You die set and Stamp Set, and fussy cut my vampire, but I still love the result.

I started by making a background with distress inks, masking the moon and adding a little grey shading before stamping on the sentiment and layering on the dies and image.


Hope you liked my card for today, but don't go away because I have another card to share with you from the new release a bit later .

Thanks for dropping by!


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

MFT Stamps - Celebrate, Rainbow Blending, Stamping with Water

Hello!

I have a couple of cards to share with you today, I love making cards where you get a kind of a Two for the Price of One thing going on.

First of all I have to explain that I made the background without any idea of how I was going to use it in a card. I was just trying out some techniques I'd seen in this video from Jen McGuire where she shows stamping with water. I thought it was a cool idea and decided to give it a try.

Since I'm all about the Rainbow lately I chose rainbow colours swapping the red for a bright pink. The ink blending is all done with Distress Oxide inks which gives it that lovely soft brushed sort of finish.

I used Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, Broken China and Wilted Violet, blending them to create the additional shades.
Once I was happy with my blending I spritzed a background stamp, (this is the Wavy Colouring Book BG Stamp from MFT), with some water and stamped onto my blended cardstock. Then I blotted and dried with my heat gun.

I loved the way the pattern came out but for a few days I had no idea what I was going to make with it, and then I got the Celebrate die from MFT Stamps. Bingo!

After dabbling with the idea of using the whole panel, I decided to go for a 2 for 1 creation, making 2 cards from the 1 background. I used a Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges die to cut the sedge of my first card and then used the same card on the white cardstock for the 2nd.
I cut the outside edges with a large stitched rectangle die from  Blueprints 15.

Basically the 2 cards are almost the same, just reversed, except the first card I inlaid the die cut word and heat embossed a sentiment in white on a banner cut from Limelight cardstock, and on the 2nd I stacked lots of layers of the die-cut word to make it very dimensional and stamped the sentiment in black ink directly onto the white cardstock.

To finish both cards I added a few sparkling clear sequins.


Here you can compare the 2 cards. 

I can't decide which one I like the most, which do you prefer?

Thanks so much for visiting, don't forget to drop by tomorrow for the new release from Whimsy Stamps!