Wednesday, May 4

Wonderful Friend

Hello friends!
We are in the middle of the week in the month of May already!
I have a feeling that Summer will zoom by really fast too!

In the meantime, I have some pretty flowers to share with you today using the latest release sets from Whimsy Stamps:
I just love the versatile uses for the Mom's Layered Flowers stamp set and I like the fact that you can build with the stems, leaves and even stamp in the color of the flowers.
For my card here, I have stamped the outlined smaller flower various times and fussy cut them out and arranged them along the side of my card.  To help me follow a curve path on the front of my white A2 sized card base, I used the Whimsy Stamps Pierced Border Trio dies to cut off a section of the front of the white card base and then used a piece of kraft card stock to layer behind in which I also used the same die set to impress the straight pierced die into.  (I also added a thin strip of gold line sticker next to it.)

For the cut out flowers, I have very lightly colored the centers with some kraft colored ink, brushed some Wink of Stella glitter over top of them and used my gold gel pen to make additional "dots" in the center of the flowers.  Some of the flowers are also popped up with foam tape.

Here you can better see how the card edging looks and get a better view of the flowers:
For the sentiment on my card front, I have used one of the tiny hearts included with the flower set and for the greeting I have used the Whimsy Stamps Hand Lettered Thoughts inked up with gold.

It's a very simple design, but I think it turned out very elegant.

**It's May, so that means a brand new release is coming up at Whimsy Stamps!!**
Be sure to join me here next week to see all of the new release products for May!!  You're going to love it!!

Thanks so much for dropping in today!  See you soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday - Use Flowers
Creative with Stamps - CAS (Clean & Simple)

Crafting by Designs - May anything Goes

Monday, May 2

SCS Featured Stamper - Caseing myself, PB & J and Other Fun!

Hello friends!
Welcome to the month of May! Yay!  I really love Spring with all of the blooming of flowers.  We have gotten some good rain over the last several days, so I'm expecting some more blooms to pop out from my yard! :)

It's been far apart and sporatic posting for me, but I have many things to share with you in this post today, so please bare with me!  I hope you enjoy the variety of crafts here!

I'd like to start out with a wonderful announcement too!
I have been a community member over at Splitcoast Stampers since 2004.  It is the VERY first place on the social media that I first fell in love and connected with other crafters like myself.  It is very inspirational, informative and a great community to join with.  So it's an honor to have been picked for the "Featured Stamper" (FS482) challenge for this week over there!

What the challenge entails is that you CASE one of the designs from my SCS gallery and share what you've created in the challenge forum and/or with the key code:  FS482 when uploading your project so that it shows up in the gallery.  I would LOVE for you to play along this week and see what you come up with!  Hope to see your creation in the gallery!

So, due to this special honor, I thought I'd CASE myself! LOL!
Here is the card that I made using a current MFT color challenge:
I have used this gorgeous MFT Dienamics Flutter of Butterflies-Lace dies before and still have so many more things I want to do with it.  It also comes with dies for the center of the butterfly which I've die cut out in the matching colors from the squares, but I changed the order of the colors to make them stand out more.  I've also used the Wink of Stella glitter pen for the wings.  The centers are also covered with some glossy accents.

For the square panels, I've matched up the colors with the MFT color challenge (see below) and then stamped them with the Roses All Over Background with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with some clear EP.  I layered them onto a piece of black card stock which was mounted onto an A2 white card base.  The sentiment at the bottom comes from the MFT Totally Happy stamp set which I stamped with black ink at the bottom.  Finished off the card with a few white enamel dots.

And this is the card from my SCS gallery that I have CASED from:
CLICK HERE for the link to this card post on SCS.
Hope you can play along too!  There are MANY cards in my gallery to CASE from! :)

CHALLENGES FOR THIS BUTTERFLY CARD:
1.  My Favorite Things Color Challenge - challenge #44

2.  Cute Card Thursday - No patterned papers

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OK, now onto my second card for today which is what I call "PB & J":
When you commit to playing in a couple of challenges, sometimes it can really define how your card is going to turn out!  So let me walk you through my process here:
I wanted to play along in the current MFT sketch challenge ( see below), so when looking at it my first thought was to use the fun MFT Dienamics LLD Donuts.  I thought it would be a fun accent for that circle shape on the sketch.  I also decided to play along with a color combo challenge (see below) which pretty much decided what colors I would be using for my design as well.  So to make the strips for the sketch, I have used the MFT Dienamics Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX and then just cut the three colors in strips and connected them back together as if they were one die cut piece.

For the sentiment panel, I used the MFT Dienamics Horizontal Stitched Stripes and then stamped the sentiment from the MFT LLD Donuts and Sprinkles set.  Both the rounded stitched strips and the donut was popped up with some foam tape.  I finished it off with some die cut "sprinkles" from the LLD Donuts die and glued them on in random places.   I've also covered the die cut frosting on the donut with stamped sprinkles and then covered it with some glossy accents.

I just thought the colors and food theme reminded me of PB & J...YUM! :)

CHALLENGES FOR PB & J DONUT:
1.  MFTWSC278 - sketch

2.  {Cupcake Inspirations} - CIC358 color combo: Lilac, Apricot, Gray

3.  CASology - Sprinkle

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And now I had promised that I would share a couple of things I had made during the little craft retreat that I went to this last week.  Mind you, this was not really a "stamp retreat", but the classes that I took mostly involved painting which is very far from my comfort zone.  I don't have all of the projects finished from my classes, but the ones that I did finish up, I thought I would share with you:  (Please be kind...I'm new to this sort of media!)

I see some of my fellow blog friends with their wonderful mixed media projects and I've always been very intrigued with it, but have always been too scared to give one a try.  Well, there was a class on a mixed media project, so I gave it a go and I can see why you are all hooked on it...so fun!
This is on an 8 x 10 canvas and was prepped with some decoupage word paper and crackle paint.  In the class we added decoupage with snowman paper pieces, the sentiment and the ephemera that she provided in class.  I also decoupaged some paper at the bottom for the snow ground.  I painted over the snowman and ground papers with white paint including the added snow and over the snowman's scarf.  I painted on the snowman's face and arms and of course used some paint to float around the ephemera, snowman and snow ground.  There were also stencils, stamps, tape and other various items we used on here.  There were so many layers to this, but I had lots of fun with it.

What I added to it at home were the sequins stars on the scarf and the glitter over the snow on the snowman's arms and nose.  I also added a dot of liquid pearls to the center of the stars and the stenciled snowflakes.

For my other finished project, I painted these cute "Ghoulie Bulbs":
I thought these were so much fun!  They are actual light bulbs that I painted.  I did not draw with a marker at all...which I wanted to do, but in class we were to use a liner paint brush to draw on the face.  We even sprayed them outside to seal them and then we finished them up with the hair, hat, outfits and hangers.  A little out of my comfort zone to actually paint instead of draw, but it was lots of fun and I look forward to finishing up my other projects soon!

I hope you've enjoyed my post today and I'll be back soon!
Thanks for dropping by...have a great day!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Wednesday, April 27

Thinking of You Floral Wreath

Hello friends!
Hope you are having a wonderful week so far!  I have been having some crafty fun during a little "get away" I had and actually played with different styles of media.  Hopefully I'll have something to share with you on what I've done, but it was something that is totally far from my comfort zone for sure!

For today, I have some inspiration using this oh so pretty and versatile stamp set with coordinating dies from Whimsy Stamps:
After using this stamp set during the new release week, I completely got "carried away" with it because I loved the different looks you could get using this same wreath image.  This is the Clearly Whimsy stamp set called Spring Wreath along with the coordinating dies that I've used on my CAS style design today.  Before stamping the wreath images in the center of the white card base, I used the Whimsy Shapeology Stitched Circles die set to cut out a circle near the bottom middle of the white card front.  This die cuts the stitch lines on both sides of the die which makes it nice for various looks you want to achieve with you design.  I "paper pieced" the circle back inside where I cut it and taped it together on the back to hold it together. (The stamping was done in the center of the circle.)

For the wreath, I stamped the leaf design wreath with light green, medium green and dark green dye inks  After stamping the first layer of light green ink, I used my water brush to blend out the ink color a bit for a watercolor design look on my wreath.  I then stamped the various flowers in different colors of ink and some of them I have die cut out with the coordinating die set and popped them up with some foam tape for a bit of dimension.

I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set with black ink.

Here's a closer look at some of the details:
For the center top of the wreath I've added some linen thread that was tied in a bow and glued at the top of the wreath.  I also thought it would be fun to add a couple of clear sequins around it.  You can see the little "loops" around here and there which I've drawn in with a green marker.

For the top part of the card, I have a tiny strip of this wood-grain paper and added it to the top of the card front and then I've also added some metallic tape strips in between the strips for interest.  I've also round the edges of this white card front with my corner chomper and then attached it to a white A2 sized card base popped up on some craft foam.

Hope you've enjoyed my creation!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Enjoy your day!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Challenges:
Crazy 4 Challenges - Springtime Flowers
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps & More - Anything Goes
SSS Work It Wednesday - Use Flowers

Wednesday, April 20

Pencil Colored Masked Daisies

Hello friends!
Happy Wednesday to you!

Wanted to let you know that I'm up over on the
Whimsy Inspirations Blog 
today with a post!  Hope you can stop by and check it out!

Here's a peek at what's over there:

Hope you have a fabulous day today!!
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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Friday, April 15

Whimsy Stamps April New Release - Day 5 (final day)

Hello friends!
Welcome to DAY 5 of the Whimsy Stamps (Clearly Whimsy Stamps edition) April New Release!
Today is the final day of the April New Release inspiration that I will be sharing with you.  I hope you have enjoyed my posts this week for each new clear stamp set and Shapeology craft dies that has been released this month which is available for purchase at the Whimsy Stamps store
 RIGHT NOW!!!  Yay! 
(Have you already been doing some shopping for your favorites yet?!) 

If you have missed any of my posts this week, here are the links:
Day 1 Post (CLICK HERE) - Baby Animals with coordinating dies
Day 2 Post (CLICK HERE) - Mom's Layered Flowers
Day 3 Post (CLICK HERE) - Spring Wreath with coordinating dies
Day 4 Post (CLICK HERE) - Hand Lettered Thoughts

Don't forget about the special prize opportunities that are available during this release week as well!  Be sure to check out the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Blog for complete details so you don't miss anything!

 Whimsy Stamps newest artist/illustrator Nina-Marie Trapani has created 4 new clear stamp sets and 2 new Shapeology crafting dies to complement the stamp sets for this month's release.
For the Day 5 release, it is a "designer's choice" day to use any of the new releases or combination of the new April products that we would like to create with.
Here's what I've decided to make with some of the products you've seen this week as well from previous releases:
I think those images from the Baby Animals set are absolutely adorable!!
I chose to use the sweet panda bear for my design, but I also wanted to make something with this particular set to show that you can make other creations with it other than just baby themed designs, so I wanted to take it to make a birthday card design.

I have colored in this panda bear using Copic markers and while I was coloring in, I also colored a red balloon from last month's new release Sketched Elephants and then cut it out with the coordinating dies.  I've also cut out the panda bear with the coordinating Baby Animals die set.

For the background of my design, I have just used some soft colored rainbow looking paper, but you could easily sponge in the colors yourself for the background.  I also stamped the sentiment in black ink from the Sketched Elephants stamp set.  I had an older cloud die that I used to cut out some clouds for the background too.  For the edges of the rainbow sky panel, I have used the Whimsy Stamps Pierced Border Trio dies and just used the particular die that leaves an embossed mark, but doesn't cut out your paper.

Now moving along to the ground portion of my card, I have used the same Pierced Border Trio dies to cut some grassy hills with green colored card stock.  I have popped up the front layer with foam tape for dimension.  The flowers on the hills are from the Spring Wreath and coordinating dies which I stamped in various ink colors and cut them out to layer over the cut grassy hills.

Here's a closer view of the design:
I think it makes it look like the panda bear is getting lifted away from the balloon and is waving at you from the sky! :)  I have added some detail to the panda's face with a white gel pen and I covered the red balloon with some glossy accents.  This entire front panel scene was attached to a black A2 sized card base.

Be sure to pop over to the Whimsy Stamps blog  to see a peek at the creations with links to the other guest designer's and design team's blogs.  Make sure you join in today - Friday, April 15th for your last chance to win a prize!   Here's one way to win:  Share this badge below to any of your favorite social media and then go to the Whimsy Stamps blog to let them know you did!!
Good luck!!

I hope you've enjoyed my inspiration throughout this entire New Release week.  I certainly look forward to creating some more with these fun products, so be sure to come back for even more inspiration during this entire month!

Thanks for dropping by and enjoy your weekend! :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Thursday, April 14

Whimsy Stamps April New Release - Day 4

Hello friends!
Welcome to DAY 4 of the Whimsy Stamps (Clearly Whimsy Stamps edition) April New Release!
Today and every day this week I will be sharing inspiration with you for each new clear stamp set and Shapeology craft dies that is being released this month which is available for purchase at the Whimsy Stamps store RIGHT NOW!!!  Yay!

If you have missed any of my posts this week, here are the links:
Day 1 Post (CLICK HERE) - Baby Animals with coordinating dies
Day 2 Post (CLICK HERE) - Mom's Layered Flowers
Day 3 Post (CLICK HERE) - Spring Wreath with coordinating dies

So please join me here every day this week including the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Blog for a peek at each set with some inspiration & of course special prize opportunities!
 Whimsy Stamps newest artist/illustrator Nina-Marie Trapani has created 4 new clear stamp sets and 2 new Shapeology crafting dies to complement the stamp sets for this month's release.
For the Day 4 release, we are showcasing the new "Hand Lettered Thoughts".
Here's what I've made using this stamp set:
I was wanting to try out this really fun background using my watercolor set, so I have used several layers of color to make this fun space sky design which I thought would be a nice compliment for this stamp set.  I embossed the "believe" sentiment from the set with white embossing powder and then finished off the sentiment by stamping the "in yourself" underneath the space sky panel in black ink.

I have used the star image from this same stamp set to ink up several stars on the white background panel with gold ink.  I thought it matched up with portions of the space sky where I've added the gold.  This space sky panel was popped up using some foam tape and then I cut out the front portion of the white card base with the Whimsy Stamps Hand Stitched Rectangles Nested dies set and then attached that to my white A2 sized card base.

Here's a closer view at the details of my card:
There is some really pretty gold shimmer within the sky and it's really stunning in person when you're looking at it from different angles.  I love the dimension in the sky that the watercolor layers gave to it.  I splattered the stars on with some of the shimmer white watercolor.

Be sure to pop over to the Whimsy Stamps blog  to see a peek at the creations with links to the other guest designer's and design team's blogs. There will be chances to win prizes all week long as well! Make sure you join in today through Friday, April 15th for all the new release festivities!   Here's one way to win:  Share this badge below to any of your favorite social media and then go to the Whimsy Stamps blog to let them know you did!!
Good luck!!

I hope you've enjoyed my inspiration today!
Thanks so much for dropping by and I'll see you again tomorrow!  :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps & More - CAS

Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes

Wednesday, April 13

Whimsy Stamps April New Release - Day 3

Hello friends!
Welcome to DAY 3 of the Whimsy Stamps (Clearly Whimsy Stamps edition) April New Release!
Today and every day this week I will be sharing inspiration with you for each new clear stamp set and Shapeology craft dies that is being released this month which will be available for purchase at the Whimsy Stamps store starting TODAY!!! - (WEDNESDAY, April 13th!)
HAPPY SHOPPING!!!

If you have missed any of my posts this week, here are the links:
Day 1 Post (CLICK HERE) - Baby Animals with coordinating dies
Day 2 Post (CLICK HERE) - Mom's Layered Flowers

So please join me here every day this week including the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Blog for a peek at each set with some inspiration & of course special prize opportunities!
 Whimsy Stamps newest artist/illustrator Nina-Marie Trapani has created 4 new clear stamp sets and 2 new Shapeology crafting dies to complement the stamp sets for this month's release.
For the Day 3 release, we are showcasing the new "Spring Wreath" with the coordinating dies.
Here's my creation with this new stamp set and dies:
I think this is such a delicate and beautiful stamp set.  I love all of the different options you have with this set to create some stunning designs with or even without the wreath.  I also love the fact that it comes with the coordinating dies because I would hate to have to fussy cut out those teeny tiny flowers! LOL!!

I have taken one of the wreath images from the set and stamped it in a light green ink color and then I used another wreath image and stamped it in a darker green ink color.  I also have taken the tiny wreath "dotted" image and decided to emboss that over the green wreath with gold embossing powder.  I stamped the flowers and the bow in different colored inks and then cut every out with with the coordinating dies and attached them over my wreath in varying dimensions.  I have also stamped the butterfly image in rose colored ink and die cut that out to pop up the wings over the gold embossed sentiment at the bottom of the card.

On this closer view of my card, you can better see all of the gold details on my card including the square panel with the lined design on it.  To get this look, I simply just used my score board to make score lines where I wanted to incorporate a pattern embossed design.  I then layered that square panel with some gold card stock and then attached the die cut wreath to it and attached it to the front of the card base.  Also hard to see in the photo, but I've also added some shimmer with my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen over the yellow bow.  The wreath was popped up over the panel with foam tape as well.

Be sure to pop over to the Whimsy Stamps blog  to see a peek at the creations with links to the other guest designer's and design team's blogs. There will be chances to win prizes all week long as well! Make sure you join in today through Friday, April 15th for all the new release festivities!   Here's one way to win:  Share this badge below to any of your favorite social media and then go to the Whimsy Stamps blog to let them know you did!!
Good luck!!

I hope you've enjoyed my inspiration today!
Thanks so much for dropping by and I'll see you again tomorrow!  :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
Seize the Birthday - optional toppings:  Floral
Tuesday Throwdown - Use Your Die Cuts
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