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Thursday, 30 August 2018

# School Is Cool

Next week the kids will be going back to school. As you can imagine both the parents and the kids have mixed feelings about this. 
My neighbour's 4 year old will be starting junior kindergarten. She is excited and nervous all at the same time - understandable right?!  

My card today features Mary J Teacher Angel from High Hopes Rubber Stamps. The card colours are not traditional school colours but I wanted to try something different.......and I didn't have school themed paper in my paper stash - gasp! so I had to step outside the box and challenge myself to find a way to use what I did have. 



I coloured sweet Mary J with alcohol markers and fussy cut her. I chose my lined background paper - appropriate for school right?! and used the school background stamp to create my patterned paper. A letter edge die helped on the edge of one piece to keep my school theme. All the edges are inked with matching ink. Next I designed and printed my sentiment on my computer and cut it out with a fishtail banner die. It is hard to see in the photo but I added some clear sparkle pen to her wings. Some simple twine and matching gumdrops finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamp: Mary J Teacher Angel, School Background - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Computer
Patterned Paper: Wood and Notebook - Simple Stories 
Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Misti, white gel pen, clear Spectrum Sparkle pen, My Creative Time die, fish tail banner die - YNS, twine, gumdrops - YNS

Spectrum Noir Markers: FS1 FS4 TN2 TN4 IG2 IG3 IG4 CG4 DG3 JG6 EB6 EB3 EB5 TN1 EB1 EB2
                  
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Thursday, 23 August 2018

Apple Friends

It is always nice to receive a surprise gift from a friend isn't it? I don't always get the chance to do this but sometimes my friends do something so nice and  unexpected that it is nice to give them a card and gift to thank them. 

This stamp has more of a spring feel to it but I wanted to challenge myself to make it into a fall feel card. I am also hoping to inspire you to find different ways to use the stamps in your stash. Changing the colours and paper can take a versatile stamp like this one and make it easy to use for any occasion or season. 




After colouring my stamp with alcohol markers, I cut it out with a stitched rectangle die. I added silver Wink of Stella to her earrings for a little bit of bling. The sentiment was stamped and mounted on matching cardstock. Some twine and enamel dots finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamp: Apple - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Friends Are For - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: I Love Family - Echo Park
Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Misti, white gel pen, Silver Wink of Stella, stitched rectangle die - YNS, enamel dots - Whimsy Stamps, twine - American Crafts

Spectrum Noir Markers: FS1 FS4 TN2 TN4 MB1 MB3 MB4 AG1 AG3 AG4 BG7 CT1 CT3 GY1 TB8 BT9 TB9 FS8 CR7 CR11 DR6 CT4 GB5 GY5

                  
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Thursday, 16 August 2018

Fall Fox Friends Photo Shoot

I think fall is the perfect time for family photos. I love the natural tones of fall colours and I have seen a lot of family photo shoots done among the changing and falling leaves.

My card today features the "Fox Friends" stamp from High Hopes Rubber Stamps. This stamp reminds me of some of the family pictures we had taken when I was younger. I have two brothers and sitting still for a family photo wasn't something that happened often! To me it looks like Momma is trying to get the little ones to sit still for the family photo. At least they are smiling!




I coloured this cute family with alcohol markers and fussy cut them. Next I coloured my tree element and added some punched leaves to make my tree. I added a wavy stitched edge to the patterned paper and inked the edges of the cardstock. The sentiment is part of a larger saying so I masked off the word I wanted and stamped it directly on to my cardstock. The sky is coloured loosley with a chalk pencil and then I used a piece of paper towel to blend it all together. A few extra falling leaves finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamp: Fox Friends, Tree Element - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: You Make Me Smile - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Wood and Notebook Basics - Simple Stories
Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Misti, Generals chalk pencils, leaf punch - Recollections, stitched border die - Whimsy Stamps, dotted rectangle die - Sizzix, umber ink - Versa Mark

Spectrum Noir Markers: BG5 BG7 BG10 FS8 TN1 EB1 EB2 TN3 TN4 TN6 EB6 EB3 EB5 

                  
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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Tweet Greetings

I love this stamp and I have had it sitting in the "new" bin on my craft desk for months. I am on holidays this week and it is too hot to do anything outside, so I decided it is the perfect day to ink up this super cute stamp and play along in the Your Next Stamp Sketch and Colour challenge at the same time! 



After colouring this adorable stamp with alcohol markers I cut it out using a stitched oval die. Some blue ink and a cloud die were perfect to add some fun clouds in the background. 
The YNS Sketch and Colour Challenge lets you choose to use the colours, the sketch or both! I have chosen to follow the sketch but i put it on a square card base. Plaid and watercolour patterned papers were perfect for this stamp. I stamped the sentiment and cut it using a fish tail banner die.
I inked all of the edges in a matching ink, added some ribbon and used my favourite - gumdrops - to finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamp: Blossom - Your Next Stamp 
Sentiment: Blossom - Your Next Stamp
Patterned Paper: Summer Plaid - Your Next Stamp, Watercolor Washes - Lawn Fawn
Misti, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, stitched oval and fish tail banner die - Your Next Stamp, Baby Blue Memento ink, cloud die - Quickutz, Celebrate It ribbon, Bark Versa Mark ink, gumdrops - Your Next Stamp

Spectrum Noir markers: AG1 AG3 AG4 MB1 MB2 MB4 AB1 AB3 GY1 CT4 RB1 RB2 RB3 FS6 FS8 

I am entering this card in the YNS Sketch and Colour Challenge #95 
Here's the sketch 


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Bubble Your Troubles Away

I don't know about anyone else but sometimes I just "need" a bubble bath. It gives me some time to put my brain in neutral and just relax. 
My favourite bubble bath was called "Chocolate Fudge Sundae". Unfortunately the don't make it any more but it made the whole upper floor of my house smell like chocolate! Heaven right?! 

My card features "Penguin Bubble Bath" digital stamp by the talented Crissy Armstrong. I love Crissy's penguins and this one sure brought back some wonderful memories of chocolate bubble baths and relaxation! 



I coloured up this fun stamp with alcohol markers and cut it out with a label die. I added a fun polka dot pattern to her shower cap just for fun!  I wanted to keep my design quite simple and I tried to keep my colours "calming". The bubbles are coloured with a sparkle maker (hard to see in the photo) so they are all quite sparkly in real life. 
The sentiment was created on my computer and cut out with a classic circle die. A few vines, flower and gumdrops finish off my card.  

Card Recipe
Stamp: Penguin Bubble Bath - Whimsy Stamps

Patterned Paper- Lawn Fawn, Pebbles, gumdrops, vines die - Whimsy stamps (retired), white gel pen, classic circle die - Spellbinders, label one die - Spellbinders, Moonstone Spectrum Sparkle marker, flower - stash

Spectrum Noir Markers:  BG5 BG7 BG10 CT1 CT3 CT4 IG1 IG2 IG6 CR8 CR11 DR7 AP1 AP3 AP2


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Thursday, 9 August 2018

Happy Trick or Treating

My card features the oh so cute Angel Bear Clown from High Hopes Rubber Stamps. Personally, I don't remember seeing any costumes this cute when we were trick or treating but I do remember the boys in the neighbourhood trying to scare the girls with horror type costumes and stories of haunted houses on our trick or treating path. These memories helped with my card theme....the spooky house.... eeekk!!!!



After colouring my stamp with alcohol markers and pencils for shading I fussy cut him out. I set him aside and created my background. This is an acetate front card so the spooky house scene is on the inside of my card base. I added some matching ghost paper to the top and bottom of my acetate help give the card some strength. The sentiment was stamped and cut out with a stitched banner die and added to the front. A few simple enamel dots finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamp: Angel Bear Clown - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Trick Or Treat Greeting - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Bootiful Nights - American Crafts 
Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Misti, stitched banner die - YNS, white gel pen, enamel dots - Echo Park, Embossable Window Plastic - Judi Kins

Spectrum Noir Markers: RB1 RB2 RB3 HB1 LV1 OR1 OR2 CR8 LG2 LG3
Spectrum Colorblend Pencils: Smoke, 113, Jade, 40 
                  
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Friday, 3 August 2018

Feeling Down?

Welcome to Day 3 of the new digital release at Whimsy Stamps!

My new release card features the new "Western Pony" digital stamp. When I had my horse, for me the biggest stress reliever "put life back in perspective" moments were all on the back of my horse. 

We loved to trail ride and he loved to keep me on my toes on every ride. For me the sentiment sticker I had in my stash sums things up perfectly! Life always felt more manageable after a trail ride. 



 After colouring my stamp with alcohol markers and pencils I hand fussy cut it and ran a black maker around the edge to get any white I had missed. 
I added some silver wink of stella to parts of the saddle, bridle and breast plate on the buckles and conchos.
My card base was cut with a side step die and I added digital paper from the "Floral Grass" digital paper collection. The sentiment is a sticker from my stash. The lasso and cowboy boot are from Jolee's and Dress It Up buttons. 

Card Recipe
Stamp: Western Pony- Whimsy Stamps
Patterned Paper: Floral Grass digital papers - Whimsy Stamps

Spectrum Noir Markers:  IG1 IG2 IG6 GB8 GB10 EB5 EB6 EB3 MB1 MB3 MB4 CG4 DG3 
Spectrum Colourblend Pencils: 50 104 013

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Thursday, 2 August 2018

Happy Fall

Okay, so it might not quite be fall yet but it is just around the corner and this month the design team will be working with fall and Halloween stamps! 

Fall is my favourite time of year. I love my cozy sweaters and the cooler temperatures. I also love that where I live, as the crops, flowers and produce come off the fields I have numerous road side stands to stop at to purchase fresh from the farm items.  

Farmer Clem is pretty proud of his corn this year as I am sure all of the farmers where I live are proud of their produce and flowers. 




I started by stamping Farmer Clem and then masking him off to stamp the cornstalk. After colouring my stamp with alcohol markers, I cut it out with a stitched rectangle die and added some clouds with a dauber and baby blue ink around the edge of a cloud die. This proud farmer was added to paper from Doodlebug, and the sentiment was masked off, stamped and cut out with a fish tail banner die. 
Some twine and gumdrops finish off my card.

Card Recipe 
Stamp: Farmer Clem, Corn Stalk - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Happy Fall Y'all - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Fall Friends - Doodlebug
Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Misti, stitched rectangle die - YNS, fish tail banner die - YNS, cloud die - Quickutz, Baby Blue Memories ink, 

Spectrum Noir Markers: CR7 CR11 DR6 FS1 FS4 TN2 TN4 TB8 BT9 TB9 CG4 CG3 JG6 IG1 IG2 IG6 MB1 MB3 MB4 OR1 OR2 CR8 EB3 EB6 EB5 AG1 AG2

                  
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