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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Rainbow of Birthday Wishes

Hello friends!
I have a fun & colorful card to share with you today:
I had so much fun putting together this colorful rainbow card!

I saw a cool technique on a video by Jennifer McGuire - CLICK HERE
I loved the concept of it and it reminds me of that childhood Fruit Striped gum, right?  LOL!  I was able to mimic what she did with the products that I had on hand.

So I've used the Whimsy Stamps Get in Line clear set for the stripes.  I continued with the second step that Jennifer did in her video with the white ink and it really does look better with it.

For the sentiment, I've used the Whimsy Stamps Painted Sayings and stamped it in black ink along with the splatter images from the same set.  I then just finished it off by layering the black card stock onto a piece of A2 sized white card base and added some sequins.

Here's a closer look at the details:


Hope you've enjoyed my card today!!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Challenges :
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - anything goes
The Friday Mash-Up - birthday theme and/or stencil (no stencil used!)

Friday, February 19, 2016

Party Pup

Hello friends!
Happy Friday!  We are finally at the weekend and I look forward to it! :)
Wanted to share a happy little card with you today:
So I just adore Lawn Fawn critters and this cute pup makes me smile!
I had gotten a sheet of images from a class I took a while back and he was just sitting there staring at me...so I got him colored up to place on a tag that I die cut with the LF Tag, You're It dies with some fun striped LF papers that I received as extra goodies from an order.

For the hat that I've placed on his head, I took out my LF So Much to Say set and colored, cut out and attached with glue.  The pup is popped up with foam tape over a hill of grass which came from the negative of the green piece I die cut with the LF Stitched Hillside Borders set.
I have also stamped the sentiment above the pup on the tag with the LF Sophie's Sentiments set.  For the balloon image, I have taken the same LF So Much to Say set and stamped it randomly in the background of the gray striped panel.  I also stamped it on the tag, but I colored and cut it out separately to glue over top of the stamped on on the tag.  The gray striped panel was cut out with the LF Stitched Rectangle die.

Finished off my design with some LF Green Sparkle baker's twine and gray colored sequins.

Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy your weekend! :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Challenges:

1.  AAA Cards - sequins

2.  Lawnscaping Challenge - Celebration!


3.  Addicted to Stamps & More - Anything Goes


4.  Crafting by Designs - Tic Tac Toe
(I used 3 colors:  green, gray & red, free space, die cut/punch)

Charm/tag
3 colors *
Word/number
Texture
Free
Ribbon/washi Tape
Glitter/bling
Die Cut/Punch
Stitching:
Real/Faux
Neutrals can count as a color (White/black/grey/cream/Kraft)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

How's it Growing?

Hello friends!
Are you ready for Spring yet?  I sure am and look forward to it's arrival!
I thought it would be nice to have a touch of that on my blog today as well:
With all of the snow on the ground, I'm ready to start thinking about flowers and planting!
I have decided to pull out these super fun Spring themed products for my design which are from the Clearly Whimsy Stamps collection:  In the Garden - discount Bundle.  (You can purchase each item separately of course, but you get the discount when you purchase the bundle.)

For my card design, I was following a sketch when putting this together. (see below)  I have die cut the watering can with some silver card stock and I've also die cut the fence and grass along the bottom portion of my design.  The flowers were inked up and fussy cut out and popped up over the design with foam tape on both the fence and watering can dies.

I have used the Stitched Border die Trio set to make the stitched lines on the sides of my popped up card panel that has been popped up with some craft foam over an A2 sized vanilla card base.  I've added a blue scalloped border and yellow ribbon in the center of the design and then  I decided to use the water drops and stitched clouds over the vanilla card base panel.
  I took some glossy accents and added it over the water drops for some shine.  I also used a Wink of Stella glitter pen to cover the flowers with for a bit of sparkle.

Today is also the start of the February Whimsy Stamps Challenge!
It's a really easy theme of "Anything Goes" so we look forward to seeing your creations!
Be sure to stop by and check out the wonderful inspiration from the team!

Hope you've enjoyed my card today!
Thanks for dropping in!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Challenges:
Retro Sketches

Friday, February 12, 2016

Whimsy Stamps New Release - Day 3 Inspiration - Card Kit

Hello friends!
Welcome to Day 3 of the Whimsy Stamps New Release Inspiration!


If you missed my post sharing the full details (and video) of the Whimsy Stamps card kit - CLICK HERE!

Today I have more inspiration to share with you using the February 2016 card kit!

Today I am sharing some projects that I made with several items from the card kit that could be used no matter which card kit you choose to purchase:
I thought the colors and fun embellishments/accents within this kit were so fun to play with by themselves even without using the rubber stamps, so I kept with the feeling of warm Spring in mind when creating these projects!  :)

Here's a closer look at the "thank you" card:
I thought the Garden Flowers die set contained in this card kit was very versatile in the different ways that it could be used.  (I have used it in different ways on other projects.)

I have used the "Gold Shimmer White" card stock from the card kit for the front card base and then die cut several of the flowers with the white card stock from the kit and glued it over top of the shimmer card stock to make an "embossed" look over it.  I've also used the shimmer card stock to stamp the frame and sentiment (included in the kit) and stamped it with green ink,fussy cut it out and popped it up over the flowered background.  (In order to get my sentiment lined up within the frame, I used my stamp-a-ma-jig.)

I have used a strip of decorative papers and also a strip of yellow glitter paper from the kit and then popped up the flowered background with craft foam and placed it over an A2 sized white card base.  Before I attached it to the card base, I took some of the twine from the kit to tie on the front with the flowered card base.  I then took some sequins from the kit and added to the front for accents.

Here's another fun project I made with the kit:
I have taken the papers and accents from the card kit and decided to "up-cycle" an old container I had for this fun hat treat container! :)

I had an old plastic container with a lid that stored some brads or something that I would normally have just thrown away, but hung on to it so that I could do something crafty with it later on.  I tend to save lots of old containers sometimes for no reason at all!! LOL!!  I think this may have came from my grandma....she would save EVERYTHING!  She always had some sort of "crafty plan" for whatever it was!!

So for this hat, I took some papers from the card kit and used my scallop circle die cut to use for the bottom, but because it wasn't as "sturdy" for the bottom as I would like, I've also die cut a piece of thin card board material (left over from a packaging that I would normally throw away).  I took the plastic container and glued it to the base with the scallop circle and then glued the plastic container in the center of it.  I also took some more of the same papers and cut out a circle that fit over top of the lid.  The edge of the hat was covered with more papers from the kit as well as the ribbon which I tied a bow and then attached some flowers and accents to the center of it which also all came from the card kit.

And so when you lift the lid on the plastic container, you can fill it with some candy!
I filled this with some coordinating colors of Skittles candy for mine here.  (I thought citrus flavors sort of went with the colors of  the design.)  I also thought you could easily put a sentiment over top of the lid or attach a tag somewhere to give to someone.

And so for my last, but not least project from this card kit is this fun watering can shaped treat container that I made using all papers and accents from the card kit.

I took the yellow card stock from the kit and printed out a template that I had found on the Splitcoast Stampers website.  CLICK HERE if you'd like to see the template and tutorial on it.  I sponged around the edges of the pattern to give it a bit of depth and dimension.

I have taken some decorative papers from the card kit and cut a couple of strips to attach around the bottom of the watering can.  I also took one of the dies from the Garden Flowers die set and cut it out with white card stock.  I took some ink to give it some color by sponging over it with green and purple colors.  I have also stamped a tag with the frame and sentiment from the card kit and colored the frame with some Copic markers in matching colors.

I punched a hole in the side of the frame and ran some twine from the kit through it to attach to the treat bag inside of the watering can.  There was also a butterfly sequins in the kit that I attached to the watering can for a final touch.

I hope you've enjoyed all of the projects that I've made using this card kit!

*Don't forget to check out the fun and inspiration over on the
Whimsy Inspirations Blog!*

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!  Have a great weekend!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Whimsy Stamps New Release - Day 2 Inspiration - Card Kit

Hello friends!
Welcome to Day 2 of the Whimsy Stamps New Release Inspiration!


If you missed my post from yesterday sharing the Whimsy Stamps card kit - CLICK HERE!

Today I have more inspiration to share with you using the February 2016 card kit!
Here's my card using the "Rosella" stamp:
I thought this image was really stunning and I enjoyed coloring her in!
I have stamped and colored her with my Copic markers.  I even added a bit of glitter to her butterfly wings.  I fussy cut her out leaving a small border around the image.

I have used all papers from the card kit to make an easel style circle shaped design with the Whimsy Stamps Stitched Circles die set.  To make the large flower behind "Rosella", I used my Cricut machine to cut out the flower and then I sponged the center with a darker yellow ink and then used some white ink to sponge around each petal.  I took my bone folder to curve the edges of each petal on the flower and then used some foam tape to pop them up for a bit of dimension.

I stamped the butterfly from the card kit and colored it in with my Copic markers and brushed some Wink of Stella over the wings.  I just used a spot of glue in the center of the butterfly so that I could lift up the wings on my design.  "Rosella" was also popped up in the center of the flower with some foam tape.

I took the frame and sentiment stamps from the card kit and colored the edges of the frame with Copic markers and fussy cut around it.  I used some foam tape to pop it up over the yellow floral papers and ribbon from the card kit.  (This helps hold the front panel in place for the easel design.)  I then added a bow and sequins from the card kit to finish it off.

Here you may be able to see the coloring details better.
I forgot to mention that I have also used some glossy accents for the centers of the yellow flowers.

*Don't forget to check out the fun and inspiration over on the
Whimsy Inspirations Blog!*

Be sure to stop by again tomorrow for more inspiration with this card kit!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Whimsy Stamps February 2016 card kit Reveal with Video!

Hello friends!
So happy you have joined me here today!

It's always an exciting time each month when Whimsy Stamps has a new release out as well as the unveiling of the monthly card kit!

Today I'd like to introduce to you the
Whimsy Stamps February 2016 card kit!!

Here are some projects I made using this card kit with the "Honey Little Spring Helper" stamp on a fun card that I put together.  For more details, check out the video further on down in this post!


This is the February 2016 card kit with the Art by Mi Ran "Rosella" stamp

Here are the projects I made using the kit contents along with a card using the "Rosella" image from this kit.

You can choose which kit you want or buy them both if you prefer!! :)  And remember there is no subscription needed to purchase any of these kits!

Here is a closer look at the Elisabeth Bell "Honey Little Spring Helper" card I made
This was such a fun card to put together!  I have used the "Spotlight" technique for my scene as well as used the same die to give an embossed look on my design.
All of the items I have used on this card come from the card kit with the exception of the Whimsy Stamps Stitched Circle dies and cloud dies.  I have also used a cloud stencil from my stash that I had made with a piece of acetate.

To see the contents of the card kit up close as well as complete details on how I've made this spotlight technique card, check out my video on You Tube or just watch it here below:


So as promised in the video, I wanted to be sure to include the cutting machine "sandwich recipes" that you will need in order to emboss with your die cut and NOT cut it out:
For the Big Shot Machines:
(From bottom to top)
1.  Multipurpose Platform on Tab 1
2.  Cutting plate
3.  rubber embossing mat (shim)
4.  card stock with the die cut on top
5.  second cutting plate

For the Cuttlebug Machines:
(From bottom to top)
1.  A plate
2.  couple of card stock shims
3.  B Plate
4.  Rubber embossing mat
5.  Card stock with die cut on top
6.  Second B plate


Here is a closer view of this image on my card:
I think she is so sweet and I had so much fun coloring her with the same colors that are in this card kit!  I have used my favorite method of coloring with my Copic markers and added some liquid pearls around her.  Doesn't it look like she's ready to just step right into that Spring scene?!  I am too so I'd like to go with her please! LOL!

Be sure to stop back by tomorrow as I share a closer look at another one of these projects from the card kit!!

Be sure to check out all of the inspiration on the
Whimsy Inspirations Blog
to see the rest of the new release, more inspiration from the DT as well as a chance to win a prize!

Thanks so much for stopping in!  See you soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sending Love to My Favorite Electrician...

Hello friends!
Just a quick post here to share a card I made for my favorite electrician!
...and in case you didn't know, my favorite electrician is my hubby! :)

I pulled out this really cute set from Lawn Fawn which was perfect to make an "electrical" Valentine card for hubby.  I know I will be able to use this set for several cards for him besides just for Valentine's Day! :)  I thought this "Turn Me On" stamp set would be great to place over a wood-grain background.  I embossed the sentiment on the red with white embossing powder.

Here's a closer view of the hearts and light bulbs.  So when I was stamping the inside of the card, the front flipped backwards while the glossy accents were still wet...so it got slightly messed up, but I don't think this is something that hubby will be too much aware of.  I might consider "redoing" the one light bulb.  I've also added some Wink of Stella to the hearts and the light bulbs before I topped them with glossy accents.

I'm going to add this card to the Lawnscaping Challenge before it ends tomorrow.

Hope you've enjoyed my Valentine's card today!!  Thanks for stopping by
See you again very soon! :)
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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

You're My Cupcake

Hello friends!
Hope you are all having a great week!
Just wanted to play around with some stamps I haven't gotten out in a while and I was happy to use up some more of my never ending stash of papers too! LOL!

I have used the super fun stamp set from Newton's Nook called Love a la Carte for my card today.  I pulled out some Basic Gray papers that I've had for quite a while now.

I've layered those papers with some silver foil card stock and some Crisp Cantaloupe card stock from Stampin' Up!  The scribble line from the stamp set was heat embossed over the strip with white embossing powder.

For the cupcake image, I have colored it in with Copic markers, cut it out and added a "nest" of silver thread to the back and attached it over my sentiment panel.  The hearts on the background were stamped with some Crisp Cantaloupe ink and very lightly colored with a Copic marker.  I then added some glitter over top of the heart on the cupcake.

I hope you've enjoyed my heart filled cupcake card today!
Thanks for stopping in and I'll see you soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
Inky Paws Challenge - love theme


Mojo Monday -sketch 433


Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes

Creative Moments - Anything Goes with optional twist: Romance/Love
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