Friday, April 14, 2017

Whimsy April Rubber & Clear Release - Day 3

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Hello Everyone - Happy Friday! For Day 3 of the Whimsy April Release celebrations I have 2 creations to show. First is a little CAS card showcasing the super adorable "Mermaid Darling" by Kirsten Winkelbauer.

I colored her with my Copics (guess what....this time I wrote down the colors I've used...woohoo ;-) ). While I was coloring her I thought it would be nice to have some sorts of underwater background for her. So I drew this rock for her to sit on and added. First with pencils and outlined it afterwards with Copic Multiliner Pens. I think it looks kind of cute with the image, what do you think?
For the water effect in the background I used a blue Pit Pastel Pencil (Faber Castell). It's hard to see in the photo but the bubbles have glitter (Stardust Stickles) on them.


Here is my list of Copics used:
Hair, Seaweed Tail: RV99, R39, R37, RV29, RV25, RV00
Mermaid Tail/Blouse: YG99, YG95, YG93, YG91, YG00, YG000
Skin: E50, E53, E43, R11
Fish, Coral, Seaweed: Y17, Y13, Y11 / BV00 BV02, BV04, BV08 /
YR27, YR15 Y17 Y13 Y11 / B00, B000 / G46, G43, G40
Rock: W00, W1, W3, W5 / V91, V93, V95, V99 / E89, E84, E81
Sand: E50, E51, E53, E43

My second card is CAS as well showcasing the gorgeous Cherry Blossom Panel die - *love*

The Cherry Blossom Panel was cut out from white heavy cardstock and layered onto a sponged background. I used Distress inks to sponge the background - Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean.. The word sentiment is from the New Pretty Big Flowers Clear Set.  I've added 3 Summer Breeze Enamel Dots to embellish the card.

Wishing all of you a Happy Easter!

Hugs,



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Day 2 of the Whimsy April Release

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Welcome to Day 2 of the Whimsy April Release! Today I have a CAS card to share. I made a Sympathy card using the Word Dies Set - Sympathy, Heartfelt and Condolences.


I also used an older die from the Hand Stitched Border die set. The dandelion stamp is from the Friendly Flowers clear set. It was released back in February. Only embellishment are three sequins and the black layer is actually black glitter cardstock which I think gives an elegant look to the card.


Thanks for dropping by and I'll be back tomorrow with two more creations!

Hugs,



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Whimsy Stamps April Rubber and Clear Release - Day 1

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Whimsy Stamps April Rubber and Clear Release

Welcome Stamping Friends to Day 1 of the Whimsy April Rubber and Clear Release Celebrations!
The new stamps and dies are live in the store now! Click HERE to see all the new stamping goodness! If I counted right we have 10 new rubber stamps (eeeek soooo darn cute) 6 clear sets (amazing!) and 4 dies/sets (fantastic). 

So who wants to win some stamping goodies? You? yes of course you do! Make sure to hop on over to our Facebook Inspirations Group where the celebrations take place! There you will have the chance to participate in games and with some luck win some of the new goodies! Woohoo!

To give you some inspiration here are two cards I made with some of the new products. First up is a card using one of Crissy's new stamps called Penguin Birthday Party - just looooove this guy! 

I colored this cuddlesome guy with my Copics. Papers are older ones from my stash, I think they are Maja Design. I also used two of the new dies to cut out some embellies for my card. The NEW Cherry Blossom Panel die - such a fantastic and versatile die - and also the "happy" word die of the NEW Word Die Set - Smiles, Happy and Celebrate . Flowers are from my stash as well as the pearls. The cut out balloons are made with a retired Whimsy die, just want to mention in case if you are wondering. Oh yes and the word stamp "Birthday" is from the NEW Magical Birthday Wishes Set.

Colors used: Unfortunately I did not write down the Copic colors. *sigh* I have to get better with this. I always receive messages from some of you asking about the colors used and I am so bad taking notes.
Ok so lets see if I can remember what I used to color this little guy.

For the black on the Penguin I used the C-grays (9,7,5,3) and B41. I rarely use the color black at all. The Balloon is colored using the blues from the B90's. The pressie is E70 and 71, ribbon is BG70, 72, 75. Yellow is Y38, 15, 13, 11 and YR27 for shading. Hmmm and for the green of the hat I think I used G40, 43, 46. I also used a toner grey, I think is was T3, on some parts of the image to get an even darker shading.


Here is my second card in a more clean and simple style using the NEW Word Die Set - Birthday, Wishes and Magical.


The background was done with Brusho again - black and purple. Looks like I have a hard time to stay away from that stuff  *ggg* Then I simply cut out the three words and sprinkled on some thinned out Gesso. To finish up the card I added some mulberry flowers, rhinestone swirls and a few sequins. A fairly quick card with a stunning background effect that makes the cut out words pop, thanks to the Brusho.


I'll be back tomorrow with a new creation, make sure to stop by again! Don't forget to visit our FB Group to see some stunning inspiration from my DT sisters and to have the chance on winning some amazing prizes and celebrate the new release with us!

Hugs,



Monday, April 3, 2017

For Mom

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Hi All!

Whimsy Stamps April's digital release is now available.  We have images, sentiments, and 6x6 papers all available for instant download - perfect for those that like instant gratification.
Please visit the Whimsy blog to see all the new digital goodies.

Digital images are great because you can flip images, use the computer to “mask” and combine images and backgrounds, and re-size everything to suit your personal projects before you print them off.

Here is my release card using the New Digital Sentiment Set "For Mom 3" as well as some papers from the Mint Green Dark Papers digital set.


I colored with Copics and also used some Sequins and Enamel dots.


Hugs,




Sunday, April 2, 2017

Numbers

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Hi Everyone and Happy Sunday! I want to show you a quick, clean & simple card I made using Whimsy's Shapeology die set called Brush Script Numbers.



I also used the wavy die from the Stitched Border Trio die set and some Enamel Dots to embellish my card.

Thanks for stopping by,




Sunday, March 26, 2017

Shine Bright

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Happy Sunday All and welcome to my blog! Today I want to share a card I've made using two of Whimsy's newly released  clear sets - Shine Bright and Wish Upon a Star. 



The back ground paper was created by stamping with the stars background stamp from the Wish Upon a Star set onto yellow DP paper using Morocco Memento ink. 
The crackle background I made using a stencil and Liquitex Super heavy Gloss Medium onto heavy water color paper. I love this medium. It dries clear and you can create stunning effects with it. You will be seeing more of that soon on my cards. Once the medium was dry (it takes several hours to dry, best over night) I spritzed it with water and sprinkled on some Brusho in lemon, orange and scarlet - dabbing off the excess with a lint free cloth and let it dry again. 
The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark onto black card stock and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I then used VersaMagic Lemon Lime chalk ink to sponge the black cardstock and make the sentiment pop. I've added some die cut stars - using Whimsy's Shapeology Pierced Stars Die Set-, flowers, rhinestomes, Glitter and NUVO Crystal Drops to embellish the card and add some bling.


Thanks for dropping by!

Hugs!



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,


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