Friday, March 24, 2017

Whimsy March Release Inspiration

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Hi Crafty Friends! Internet problems kept me from posting part of my Whimsy release creations last week *sigh*. But I am back online...yaya :-)  (fingers crossed it stays that way) and would like to share my creations today.

On my first card today I used the NEW Distant Friends clear set.


To create my card background I used the XOXO stamp and the 'two little hearts connected with a string' stamp. Stamping randomly with purple and violet memento ink. Then I took a Copic multiliner and doodled the frame. One tag was cut out from black cardstock and the other from watercolor paper, misted with water and sprinkled with brusho. I love the effect that it created.
I stamped the sentiment onto watercolor paper and layered it with black cardstock to match the tags. To embellish my card I used a single violet pearl and a mulberry paper butterfly.


My second card uses the NEW Wish Upon a Star clear set.

Can you tell that I'm in love with Brusho at the moment? Looooove that stuff! To create this card I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink onto watercolor paper using my Misti  -BTW I can not live without my Misti anymore. It makes stamping life so much easier! -  and embossed with white super fine embossing powder. Then I misted the paper with water and sprinkled on some brusho in Ultramarine and Turquoise. I spritzed on some more water in the middle where the sentiment is. I blotted off excess water with a paper towel. I tried not to wet the edges too much after I sprinkled on the Brusho because I wanted to keep the coarse effect around the sentiment. After the paper was mostly dry I used a baby wipe and carefully  removed some color from the embossed sentiment to make it pop some more. The embossing powder resists the watercolor. To embellish I added a few star sequins.


Here comes my last card. This time a shabby chic style card using the adorable Penguin loves Bunny stamp by Crissy Armstrong.


I colored the image using Copics. DP is some left over Maja Design papers I had in my stash. I've added several layers and distressed each before adding. The sentiment is cut out from the NEW Brush Script Upper Case Alphabet. To embellish my card I used flowers, rhinestones, metal embellishments and some gauze. To give the card a more shabby chic look I've added Super Heavy Gesso from Liquitex all over the card and embellies. I just found this kind of Gesso, it's way thicker than the normal Gesso, more like a paste. Perfect to us on cards to create this effect.


Thanks for visiting!



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Whimsy Stamps March Release - Day 1

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Today kicks off our March 2017 release party over in our Whimsy Stamps and Inspirations Facebook group. You can join us for games, fun, and a chance to win Whimsy prizes.
We are releasing 10 new red rubber images, 6 new clear stamp sets and 2 new die sets. There is definitely something for everyone. Everything is available NOW to purchase. Click here to see all of the new stamping goodness.

But that's not all! Our Whimsy Challenges are starting again ...wohooo. We are doing monthly challenges now which will start every 3rd Wednesday of each month. We keep things nice and easy and our themes are always Anything goes. For those of you who want to follow a theme each we'll  have a twist to each challenge. So for March it is Anything Goes with a twist of Easter! As I said the twist is optional but to be eligible to win our prizes you must use a Whimsy Product (rubber stamp, digital stamp, sentiment or digital paper) as the main focal point of your creation. Come on and join us for the new challenge starting today and spread the word that the Whimsy challenges are back up and running again!

But now back to the release...here are my creations for Day 1 of our release celebrations:


I made a shabby chic tag using NEW Freesia by Wee Stamps. I colored that adorable Bunny using Distress Markers. The sentiment is from the digital Various Occasions 2 Sentiment. 



My second card is a CAS style card with a Mothers Day theme. I used the NEW clear set Mother Love.

Front of the card:
The flowers are included with the sentiment set. I stamped the flowers with pigment ink on the front of my single layer card. The Sentiment was stamped with black pigment ink onto vellum paper and heat embossed using black super fine detail embossing powder. The enamel dots are also from Whimsy and can be found HERE


I added another sentiment to the inside of my card. The background was done with Distress Crayons.

Inside of the card:


Hope to see you again for Day 2 of the Whimsy March Release Celebrations tomorrow

Hugs,



Thursday, March 2, 2017

Whimsy March Digital Release Day II - Some Bunny Loves You

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Happy Hello to Y'all! Did you see the new Whimsy March Digital Release yet? New digital image stamps - too cute, digital paper sets (oh so yummy) and sentiment sets as well!
Click HERE to see all the new digital additions in the Whimsy store.

For my release creation I used Bunny Boxer Bum. 
Oh my goodness! This is cuteness overload! I think it is one of the cutest images ever (so far) drawn by Crissy.




I colored him using my Distress markers, also added some highlights with a white poster pen. The papers I've used are from Tracy's collection of digital papers, also availabe in the Whimsy store. I used papers from the NEW Pink Pop and Hot Stuff sets.  Sentiment is from the NEW Various Occasions 2 Sentiment Set also by Tracy.


Here is a list of all the Distress Markers used:

Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Weathered Wood, Ground Espresso,
Hickory Smoke, Old Paper, Tumbled Glass, Aged Mahogany,
Fired Brick, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick &
a white Sharpie paint, extra fine for some highlights
Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs,



Monday, February 27, 2017

Acetate in Different Ways

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Hi Everyone, wishing you all a happy Monday! Today I have two cards to share, my Whimsy DT makes for last week and this week. Wrapped up in one posting because somehow I ran out of time last week...pfff.

Ok here we go. This is my first card using the Lovely Lavender set from the Clearly Whimsy Stamps Collection.

I made the background with my Distress markers and an acetate sheet inspired by a technique called Smackin' Acetate. You can find a tutorial HERE. It's super simple with a great effect.
I stamped over the background with Versafine Onyx Black ink and added just a few pearls and rhinestones.


I love my acetate sheets at the moment :-) Here is a card with an acetate overlay. This technique has been on my to do list for quite a while now. This is such a stunning effect, I looooove it!

This super cute little kitty is from the Clearly Whimsy Purrfect Pals clear set by our very own  Tracy. I just love her designs! I colored using Inktense pencils. I stamped the image and the sentiment (it's from the same set) with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto 140lb Canson watercolor paper


here is a closer look at the image

I used the following Inktense colors:

0260 Burnt Orange
1210 Dark Aquamarine
1540 Light Olive
1800 Baked Earth
2120 Neutral Grey

When coloring with Inktense pencils I always use the "Brush to Tip" technique, at least that is what I call it. It means with my wetted brush I take some color directly from the pencils tips. Inktense pencils are very intense and vibrant and you get an overload of color if you color directly with your pencils on your image. At least for water coloring stamped images it is too much in my opinion. Or I should say for the look I like to achieve with them. It all comes down to a personal preference. For other coloring techniques this might be just perfect. You can also use these dry like e.g. Prisma pencils. I prefer the wet technique using these. I also always work only on small areas at a time. Inktense pencils behave pretty much like water colors but once they are dry they are waterproof and you can not reactivate them anymore unlike watercolors. Working on small areas gives you enough time to lay down your color and blend before the ink dries. A great advantage is that you can layer colors easily because of the waterproof nature of these pencils. I also love the vibrant colors.


Ok back to the acetate overlay now:
I dry embossed the acetate for a 3D effect which I think gives it a really cool look. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder called Spots and Dots. The acetate sheet I used was from Grafix in a .005 medium thickness. It embossed perfectly but for my taste the acetate was a bit too thin to be a perfect overlay. It did not stay as flat on my card as I wished for. I used a tiny glue dot to hold it down on one corner. It worked, it's just not perfect! Next time I am using a thicker sheet. I already ordered me .007 which is just slightly thicker and still considered medium weight and also the .020 which is more a heavy weight acetate. 


For even more 3D effects I die cut the word birthday using the Whimsy Shapeology large word die 'Birthday' and heat embossed it with copper and green, both metallic embossing powders by Zing. I adhered it on top of the acetate sheet and the dot from the i is made using NUVO Crystal Drops in Golden Sunset.


Thanks for dropping by!

Hugs,


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hearts, Hearts, Hearts and DIY Stencil

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Happy Wednesday Stamping Friends! Today I have a little How-To to share. Did you know that Whimsy Stamps sells DIY Stencil sheets for making your own stencils? It is super fun and also super easy to make your own stencils.

You just use dies and cut out your favorite shapes and voila you have a stencil. I used the heart border die from the Card Builder - Hearts of Love set. I cut it 4 times using one of the blank stencil sheets. You just have to be careful when placing your dies on the sheet multiple times that it doesn't overlap where you already have cut outs. I used washi tape to secure the die on the stencil sheet to keep it from shifting. It's best to offset the dies when making kind of a background stencil like I did here.. As you can see on my stencil I rushed and didn't pay enough attention and two of the smaller hearts are too close together. Oh well, it is not perfect but I will use it anyway. ;-)

 
Here is the card where I used the stencil. I made my own background paper using Distress Crayons and my newly made stencil. (using the baby wipe technique) Then I cut out the large heart using the smallest die from the Stitched Hearts die set.

The large heart was also heat embossed in black around the edges. The small heart and the stitched heart border are also from the Card Builder - Hearts of Love set. The sentiment is from the newly released Friendly Flowers set. To create the red matching background I used a Distress marker (candied apple) and the Distress marker "Spritzer Tool" . A button and some burlap twine finish off my card.




Friday, February 10, 2017

Day 3 of the Whimsy Stamps February Release

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Hello Peeps and Happy TGIF! The release party goes on! idf you haven't checked out the new stamps yet click here to see all of the new products.

Today I have a card to share using the NEW Friendly Flowers set.

Another clean and simple creation. I just added a ribbon and some sequins to embellish the card.

Don't forget to visit our Whimsy Stamps and Inspirations Facebook group to celebrate with us and the Whimsy blog to see a list of participating DT members for more new  release creations.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Hugs,



Thursday, February 9, 2017

Day2 of the Whimsy Stamps February Release

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Hello Everyone! Welcome to Day2 of the Whimsy Stamps February Release! Please visit our Whimsy Stamps and Inspirations Facebook group to celebrate with us! You can join us for games, fun, and a chance to win Whimsy prizes too. 

Here our my creations for Day 2 of the Release Party:


*New* Bee-cause by Krista Heij-Barber colored with Copics on a CAS one layer card. I also used the *NEW* Shapeology Honeycomb Pattern Die. The background is done with Copic airbrush and black speckles are added with Distress marker and the Distress Spritzer Tool.
To easily adhere the cut out honeycomb pattern I sprayed it with spray adhesive. Works like a charm and no messy gluey fingers ;-).


Here we have Furry Friends by our very own Tracy Wray! I love this cute doggie set! Colored with Copics and and the background is done with Pitt Pastels. I stamped the image on the inside of the card and cut out a circle on the front so you can see through. All stamps used on my card are from the set.


Here is the inside:


Thanks for stopping by and make sure to visit our Whimsy Stamps and Inspirations Facebook group to celebrate with us and the Whimsy blog to see a list of participating DT members for more new  release creations.

Thanks for stopping by and see you here again tomorrow when I'll be sharing my creations for Release Day 3

Hugs,



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Whimsy Stamps February Release Is Here!

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Today kicks off our February 2017 release party over in our Whimsy Stamps and Inspirations Facebook group. You can join us for games, fun, and a chance to win Whimsy prizes too.

We are releasing 12 new red rubber images and 6 new clear stamp sets. There is definitely something for everyone. Everything is available NOW to purchase. Click here to see all of the new stamping goodness. 

Here are my creations for Day 1 of our release celebrations:


This is Frog Friend by Crissy Armstrong, available in the Whimsy store now in rubber! I colored the image using Distress Markers. The sentiment is stamped using the NEW Clear set Typograhy.

My second card is CAS style and showcasing again the NEW Clear set Typograhy:


Thanks for stopping by and make sure to visit our Whimsy Stamps and Inspirations Facebook group to celebrate with us and the Whimsy blog to see a list of participating DT members for more new  release creations.

Thanks for stopping by and see you here again tomorrow when I'll be sharing my creations for Release Day 2

Hugs,



Saturday, February 4, 2017

Mixed Media Butterflies Tag

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Happy Weekend All! I had a play with my new Distress Crayons today ...soooo much fun to get a bit messy and play with all the ink, crayons, paint, paste etc.



I decided to go mixed media and made a tag using Clearly Whimsy's Flight of the Butterflies set, the Honeycomb Pattern die, the Butterfly Stencil  as well as the Clearly Whimsy "Lovely Lavender" set.

Hope you like it!
Enjoy your weekend.

Hugs,



Thursday, February 2, 2017

Whimsy February Digi Release - You Are My Valentine

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Hello Friends and Happy Groundhog Day! Hope the weather is the nicest wherever you are! ;-) Guess we got lucky, here it is sunny and blue skies...just perfect :-D

Did you see the New Digital Products that were released yesterday. Super cute images by Crissy Armstrong as well as papers and Sentiment sets and papers by Tracy Wray. Click HERE to have a look. They are absolutely gorgeous!

I had a play with the adorable New Digital Penguin Valentine and also used a sentiment from the New Digital Various Occasions Sentiment Set.

I colored this little love bug with my Copics. It is a CAS one layer card and I wanted to add some kind of embellishment without over doing it. So I decided to add some stitches using the recently released Clearly Whimsy set In Stitches. Aren't they fantastic? I think they look so real! I love this set.

Make sure you visit our facebook group HERE for even more Whimsy inspiration. thanks for visiting today!

Hugs!



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