Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Happy

I hope you have enjoyed meeting the Darling Diva's from High Hopes this month. For me it has been a challenge to choose a favourite because I like them all! 
I have one last cutie to share with you this month - tomorrow is a new month - Yikes!! My post for today features Ella and Chi Chi.  I walk my dog twice a day and I love this time of year. My neighbours are all planting flowers and it makes me happy to walk around and see all of the different colours combinations people come up with. My dog Moe often has his nose in the air like Chi Chi smelling the fresh scents of Spring!



I decided to use some bright, fun paper from the Bo Bunny Believe collection - the colours remind me of Spring. I only used half of the Happy Thoughts sentiment - Ella sure does look happy doesn't she?! 
The image is coloured with alcohol markers and cut out using a stitched oval die. A few flowers with some Crystal Stickles in the middle for a bit of bling and a sparkly gumdrop finish off my card. I also added some bling to her earring and bracelet with some Silver Wink of Stella. 

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Ella and Chi Chi - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Happy Thoughts - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Believe Collection - Bo Bunny 
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMistiwhite gelly roll pen,  Best Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, Stitched Oval die - YNS, Flowers - Recollections, Crystal Stickles, Silver Wink of Stella, White Sugar and Sparkle gumdrop - YNS

Spectrum Noir: FS5 FS2 TN2 CT1 CT2 CT4 GB5 FS8 BP2 BP4 BP6 EB6 EB5 1B2 1B3 BT7 CG4 

You have one more day to join us for our Anything Goes challenge. Here's the link: May Challenge

Here's The Sketch 


Be sure to pop back tomorrow to see some inspiration from the design team and to see what our new challenge is! 

 Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Best Dirt

For this week's post, I gave myself a challenge. The challenge was to pick a sentiment and find a way to use it in a way that wasn't "normal". 

It is gardening season so I picked a gardening themed sentiment and went through my stash to see what stamp I had to match the theme. I had quite a few gardening type stamps but I didn't want a "typical" stamp......and then I came across "Gordon Groundhog".......

Now, growing up we often had groundhogs dig holes in our yard and every year my Dad waged war on them......I don't remember him ever winning the battle but I do wonder if one of them was as cute as Gordon if he may have backed off a bit? 
Gordon just makes me chuckle and he brings out a bit of the dry, cheeky sense of humour I've been known to have  





Gordon is coloured with alcohol markers and cut out using a stitched rectangle die. The image didn't quite come to the edges of my die so I coloured some more dirt and used my Tuxedo Black Memento marker to draw the dirt line to the ends. I decided on a fairly simple layout for this card - I wanted Gordon to be the star of the show! Some patterned paper run through a polka dot embossing folder added the perfect texture. A Spade embellishment with a bit of twine and gumdrops finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Gordon Groundhog  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: The Best Dirt - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper:  I Love Family - Echo Park
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMistiBest Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, Sterling Silver Spectrum Sparkle pen, Polka Dot embossing folder - Cuttlebug, Fishtail banner die - YNS, Twine - American Crafts, garden spade - stash, Love Me Some Latte and Candy Corn gumdrops - YNS

Spectrum Markers: BG5 BG7 BG10 1G1 TN5 TN6 TN7 TB8 BT9 TB9 OR1 OR2 CR8 CT4 GB5 CG1 DG2 DG4 BT6
Copics: E31 E34 E37 B00


 Join us for our Anything Goes challenge. There are three chances to win click here for the details: May Challenge

If you like to play along using a sketch, this month's sketch is below.




Thanks for stopping by! 
Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Beautiful Day

Happy Wednesday OCS Fans! 

I had the honour of meeting up with a fellow DT member this past Saturday. It is was awesome to be able to meet up, have a coffee and catch up. We traded some fun gifty things and since we met at OCS, of course we had to do a little shopping. "N" is my favourite shopping stalker and it is easy to chat and shop in the relaxed environment that Lora has created in the OCS store.

Ginger reminds me of "N" with her dark hair and her beautiful smile - she is holding a coffee cup so...what's not to love about this cutie!?! 




My card layout is based on this month's challenge sketch. After colouring my image with alcohol markers I cut her out using a stitched rectangle die. After playing around to find the perfect patterned paper combination I cut each piece out to match the sketch. The sentiment was stamped and cut out using a stitch and piercing mark die. A flower, some "greenery" and glittery gumdrops were the finishing touches for my card.

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Ginger - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Have A Beautiful Day - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Bella Rose Collection - Bo Bunny 
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti, white gelly roll pen, Holiday Greens mini die - Sizzix, Best Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, Circles with Stitching and Pierce Makers - YNS, Flower - Recollections, Candy Land Glittered gumdrops - YNS

Spectrum Noir: FS5 FS2 TN2 TN1 EB1 EB2 DR5 DR1 DR7 EB6 EB3 EB5 BT3 1B3

A new month = a new challenge! Join us for our Anything Goes challenge. Here's the link: May Challenge

Here's The Sketch 


 Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Little Missy's Smile

Happy Thursday High Hopes Fans!

For this week's post, I would like to introduce you to an older High Hopes stamp called "Little Missy". I think she is totally adorable and would be perfect for a card for sooo many different occasions.

My card layout is based on this month's challenge sketch (below). I love using sketches when my creative brain is in hibernation - it definitely gives it a kick start! 



I started by cutting a tag out  and cardstock background with my Cricut and stamping my image. After colouring her with alcohol markers I used a white gel pen to add some fun polka dots to her dress and bow. The sentiment was cut out and a crystal was added to the dot on the "i". Some twine, a flower and glittery gumdrops finish off my card.

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Little Missy  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Journal Card and Bracket Insert die set - YNS
Patterned Paper:  Hello Baby - Simple Stories
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti, White Gelly Roll pen, Best Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, Ocean Mist Glittered Gumdrops, flower - Prima, fishtail banner die - YNS, Cyrstazzi crystal, George and Basic shapes - Cricut

Spectrum Markers: FS5 FS2 TN2 FS8 CT1 CT2 CT4 GB11 1G2 1G3 1G5 1G1 BT4 BT6 BT7 CG1 DG2 DG4 FS6 CR3 CR1


 Join us for our Anything Goes challenge. There are three chances to win click here for the details: May Challenge

If you like to play along using a sketch, this month's sketch is below.




Thanks for stopping by! 
Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

CAS Smiles

Welcome Back OCS Fans! 

This week I decided to challenge myself just to shake things up a little in my crafty world. I have alot of patterned paper - yes it's an addiction - but I also have alot of little pieces -you know the ones that are trimmed off an edge of a sheet and you just can't bear to throw it out - gasp! 

My challenge was to use some of these smaller pieces as well as create a CAS (clean and simple) card. Double whammy and challenge accepted! I decided that "Blossom" from the new Darling Diva's release at High Hopes would be perfect for my card. 



To start this card I cut out my white background using a stitched square die. The stitched scallop border edge was cut next using a die. I used my Misti to place the stamp and sentiment in the perfect spot and inked away - LOVE my Misti! After colouring my stamp with alcohol markers I added the patterned paper edge.  I used a brown marker to add some freckles to puppy's cheeks and some sparkly Stickles on the heart and dress collar give me a touch of bling. 
All of this was mounted on some cardstock and voila - double challenge met...I think...

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Blossom  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Sending Smiles - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Spring - Echo Park
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti, Crystal Stickles, white gelly roll pen, My Creative Time die, Stitched Rectangle die - YNS, brown marker to add puppy freckles

Spectrum Noir: FS5 FS2 TN2 EB6 EB3 EB5 CT1 CT2 CT4 FS8 CG2 PP1 PP3 BT3 1B2
Copics: E31 E34 E37 C0

A new month = a new challenge! Join us for our Anything Goes challenge. Here's the link: May Challenge

Here's The Sketch 


 Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Dropping By Kitty

Welcome back Whimsy Fans! It is the 15th of the month so it's time for a new challenge at Whimsy Stamps.

This month's challenge is Anything Goes - with an optional twist of flowers. You can choose to play along with the twist or not it's totally up to you and can use and Whimsy stamp, Digi stamp or paper that you like to play along.

My inspiration post features "Kitty Balloon" along with some digital paper and enamel dots. All the links are provided below.




My bestie is a cat lover and her Birthday is coming up soon so this is the perfect stamp for her don't you think?
After colouring my stamp twice with alcohol markers, I fussy cut them using my trusty cuticle scissors. The digital paper was printed and I stamped and paper pieced the balloon and bow for both images. 
The main stamp image is popped up with foam dots to add some dimension and a few enamel dots (my fav) finish off my card. 

Card Recipe
Stamp: Kitty Balloon - Whimsy Stamps
Patterned Paper: April Showers, Mint Green Dark - Whimsy Digital Papers
Sentiment: Calibri font - computer
Summer Breeze Enamel Dots, stitched rectangle die, classic circle die.

Spectrum Markers: 1G1 1G3 1G5 PP1 PP3

Have you got your stamps out yet? Here is the link to come play along!


Don't forget to pop by the Whimsy Stamps website to see all of the amazing stamps they have to offer

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!




Sunday, 14 May 2017

There's Something Beautiful

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there! 

I have had this digital Stamp called "Beautiful Day" for quite awhile and I have been just waiting to colour her up. This adorable young lady is from Miss Daisy digital stamps and is one of my favourite stamps! I have used digital paper on this one too - so fun!



I started by printing off my stamp and colouring her with alcohol markers,and cut her out using a stitched rectangle die. Next I printed off the digital paper I wanted to use, cut it to the sizes I needed and mounted it on cardstock. The sentiment is from the Beautiful Day sayings set and was printed and cut out using a stitched oval die. I added some clouds with baby blue ink and a dauber. Some crochet lace and gumdrops finish off my card. 

Card Recipe
Stamp: Beautiful Day - Miss Daisy Stamps
Sentiment: Beautiful Day Sayings - Miss Daisy Stamps
Patterned Paper: We Are 3 Miss Daisy Collection digital paper
White gelly roll pen, Crystal Stickles, crochet lace ribbon - stash, Best Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, stitched rectangle and oval dies - YNS, Cupid and Love Earth gumdrops - YNS, Baby Blue ink - Memories

Spectrum Noir Markers: FS5 FS3 TN2 CG1 DG2 CT1 CT2 CT4 BG11 
Copics: B24 B23 B28 RV11 RV32 RV34 E31 E34 E37

I am entering this card in the Miss Daisy Create and Share group Anything Goes challenge on Facebook 

I hope you have enjoyed my post - your thoughts and comments are always appreciated. Thanks for stopping by!




Thursday, 11 May 2017

You Got This!

I can't believe it's Thursday again already and my turn to post some inspiration for you! 

This week I am having a hard time keeping a straight face while I was colouring and fussy cutting "Are We There Yet?". These two just make me giggle! 

Add to that, my sister in law has decided she wants a tandem bike so trying to figure out which one she would be and which one would be my brother just adds to the humour for me. 

I also chose to use the "Don't Worry" sentiment with this.......I mean, we all need a little encouragement from our friends once and awhile don't we?



I coloured these two up with alcohol markers and then started fussy cutting them. It was honestly one of those ..uh oh, what was I thinking moments but I grabbed my xacto knife and cuticle scissors and kept going - you can't take back the first cut after all! These two buddies are popped up with pop dots too. 

I had some cloud background paper made from another project so I cut it out using a stitched square die and added some cement for a sidewalk, grass and a fence to create a little scene. 
The sentiment was stamped, cut and mounted on matching cardstock. All of this fun was put on some bright, fun paper from Doodlebug and finished off with my favourite - gumdrops. 


Card Recipe 
Stamps: Are We There Yet?  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Don't Worry - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper:  Sunkissed - Doodlebug
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti, Stitched Square Die - YNS, Fence and Lampost die - YNS, Chunky Grass die - YNS, Baby Blue ink - Memories, Best Glue Ever - ScaPerfect, 3d Pop Dots - Forever In Time, White Sugar & Sparkle gumdrops - YNS

Spectrum Markers: EB6 EB3 EB5 TN1 EB1 EB2 TN7 TN8 EB8 TN3 TN6 TN7 PP1 PP3 1G1 1G3 CR7 CR11 DR6 BG4 BG7 BG10 CT4 GB5 OR1
Copic: B02 B04

 Join us for our Anything Goes challenge. There are three chances to win click here for the details: May Challenge

If you like to play along using a sketch, this month's sketch is below.




Thanks for stopping by! 
Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Create!

I am still having way too much fun playing with the new Darling Diva's release from High Hopes Rubber Stamps! This week "Gemma" our little artist was the focus of my creativity. 

I don't know about anyone else, but after a long day there is nothing like heading for my craft room, turning on the music and pulling out the markers. I usually have to ignore the stink eye from my dog laying in the door way staring me down, but it is a relaxing way to end the day. I feel like Gemma might feel the same way...




 I coloured sweet Gemma with alcohol markers and cut her out using a banner die. There is some clear sparkle pen on the big heart and flower but it's hard to see. 
The card layout is fun to do. The middle is plastic! You form your card base and cut the middle out, glue in some plastic (today I used a page refill) and glue it on. I used the Best Glue Ever (link below) - it dries super fast, works on plastic and you don't need much of it. The sentiment on the front was created on my computer, and some ribbon and sparkly gumdrops finish off the front. 

The inside is simply some white cardstock trimmed with matching light blue cardstock, stamped with a mini heart stamp using matching ink and a sentiment.

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Gemma  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Get Your Happy On - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
and computer
Patterned Paper: Party Girl - Photo Play 
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMistiBest Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, White Sugar and Sparkle gumdrops - YNS, Banners 3 die - Sizzix, Spectrum Sparkle Pen, Mini Heart Splatter - YNS, Baby Blue ink - Memories, Galena Ribbon

Spectrum Noir:FS5 FS2 TN2 TN4 TN6 TN7 CG1 DG2 FS8 BT3 IB3 BT8 TN1 EB1 EB2 BP1 BP3 BP6 
Copics: E31 E34 E37 C0

A new month = a new challenge! Join us for our Anything Goes challenge. Here's the link: May Challenge

Here's The Sketch 


 Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Dream

Happy Sunday Whimsy fans! I hope you are having a nice, relaxing day.

I have been playing with the "Butterfly Friends" digital stamp by Crissy Armstrong, one of my favourites. 
I have had this one half coloured since it was released in March but I was "stuck" on the colours and layout so I left it ...until now. 
This morning (way too early I might add) the creative train came rushing into the building and things just kind of fell into place. Anyone else ever had that happen? 




After completing my colouring with alcohol markers, I cut out my stamp using a stitched square die. I went in afterwards and used some baby blue ink and a cloud die cut to add some clouds in the background. 
Some corner dies, lace ribbon and enamel dots finish off my card

Card Recipe
Stamp: Butterfly Friends - Whimsy Digital 
It A Party Enamel Dots

Patterned Paper: Hello Fall and Pumpkin Spice - Simple Stories
Sentiment: Cataneo BT font - computer
Stitched Square and Rectangle dies - YNS, 3D Foam Pop Dots - Forever In Time, Crochet Lace ribbon - stash

Spectrum Markers: FS5 FS2 TN2 EB6 EB3 EB5 CT3 CT4 OR1 BGR2 BGR4 BGR5 CR3 FS6 FS8 CG1 DG2 L71 LY2


Don't forget to pop by the Whimsy Digital shop to see all of the stamps, sentiments and paper! 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!



Thursday, 4 May 2017

Birthday Wishes

Happy Thursday!


I'm back with a fun birthday card I made for a very special young lady in my life. I don't want to say who because she will see it when I post it on Facebook. 

This young lady is a tom boy at heart - kinda like me when I was younger. Not afraid to get rough and tumble if she has to and will only wear a dress when she has to.  She loves hedgehogs and chocolate so I think the image I chose for her is perfect. 




After colouring up my stamp with alcohol markers, I cut it out with a stitched square die. The sentiment was stamped and cut out using a stitched oval die - I like the texture these dies add to an image. 

Some patterned paper from Photo Play was perfect for my layout and colour pallette. I love a little bling on my cards so this time I added some Stickles to the cupcake icing and some glossy accents to the cherry. Some twine and sparkly gumdrops finish off my card.

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Kovu's Birthday  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Birthday Wishes - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper:  Party Boy - Photo Play 
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti, Crystal Stickles, Glossy Accents - Ranger
Twine - American Crafts, Magical Pastel Sparkly gumdrops - YNS

Spectrum Markers: TN1 EB1 EB2 TN7 TN8 EB8 PP1 PP3 EB6 EB3 EB5 CR7 CR11 DR6 CT4 GB5 OR1 BT3 1G1

A new month = a new challenge! Join us for our Anything Goes challenge. Here's the link and a few details: May Challenge

Join us for your chance to win 2 FREE High Hopes Stamps.  
This month all you have to do is "LEAVE A COMMENT" 
Want to DOUBLE your chances to win?  Leave a comment on this card's Facebook post & you double your chances of winning this month.  
Want to TRIPLE your chance to win?  Add your card to the gallery in the linky & you triple your chances of winning this month.  You MUST use a High Hopes Stamp to enter the challenge but if you don't currently own a High Hopes image yet please use our free digi to enter.

If you like to play along using a sketch, this month's sketch is below.




Thanks for stopping by! 
Have a fantastic day!



Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Love and Hugs

Happy Wednesday OCS Fans! 


I hope you are enjoying the "Darling Divas" new release from High Hopes Rubber Stamps.

This week I had some fun playing with "GiGi". She is really fun to colour with her big heart and big poofie hair! And of course girl's gotta have bling so there is some of that added as well!





 After colouring my stamp with alcohol markers I cut it out using a classic circle die. I stamped part of the sentiment I wanted to use and cut it out using a stitched rectangle die. 
The flower patterned paper shape was cut out using my Cricut - it's nice to have a machine do the cutting for you! Some Diamond stickles were added to her bow, her shoe straps and the heart and sleeve patches (kinda hard to see). Ribbon from my stash and my fav - gumdrops finish off my card

Card Recipe 
Stamps: GiGi  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Love and Hugs - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Lullaby - Pebbles
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti,  White Gelly Roll   Best Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, Diamond Stickles, Elegant Edges cartridge - Cricut, classic circle die - Spellbinders, stitched rectangle die - YNS, ribbon - stash, Cupid gumdrops - YNS

Spectrum Noir: FS5 FS2 TN2 EB6 EB3 EB5 DR3 DR1 1G1 1G3 1G5 GT1 GT2 GT3
Copics: RV11 RV32 RV34 

A new month = a new challenge! Join us for our Anything Goes challenge. Here's the link: May Challenge

Here's The Sketch 


 Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Your Umbrella

Welcome to Day 2 of the new release in the Whimsy Digital Shop.


We have had an extra wet Spring so far where I live. It seems to rain the most during the middle of the week thankfully - so far the weekends have been beautiful! 

The rain sure made it easy for me to want to play with "Penguin's Rainy Day" from the new release! I also wanted to make a fun card to send to my best friend who is having a rough time and needs a pick me up. 




I started by printing off my stamp to the size I wanted and  colouring it with alcohol markers. Some white polka dots were added to the umbrella and his boots. I also added some to the stripe on the ducks hat just for fun. The umbrella handle is coloured with a silver gel pen, it's kinda hard to see.

The sentiment was set to the perfect size for my layout and printed on matching patterned paper. 
Some pieces of Honeycomb pattern added some texture to my card. Ribbon and enamel dots finish it off

Card Recipe
Stamp: Penguin's Rainy Day - Whimsy Digital 
Patterned Paper: Pretty Pastels, Over The Rainbow- Whimsy Digital 
Sentiment: Fish Sentiments
Honeycomb Pattern Die - Whimsy Stamps

Spectrum Markers: BG4 BG7 BG10 CT2 GB8 OR1 1G1 CT1 CT4 TN1 EB1 EB2 
Copics: B00 B01 BG01 RV11 RV32 RV34 

Don't forget to pop by the Whimsy Digital shop to see all of the new stamps, sentiments and paper! 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!