Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Whimsy Stamps - Pocket Tissue Holder + Video!!

Hello friends!
I certainly hope that you are having a wonderful week so far!  The Summer is ending, school has started up...and you know what comes so close to this, right?!  Not talking about Fall or Christmas even...I'm talking about that dreaded COLD SEASON!! BLAH!!
I actually have just recently gotten over a horrible cold that I believe my son brought home to his mother...how nice of him to share, right?! LOL!  AND...speaking of the "cold season", this leads me into my post for you today as well....

Welcome to another "Whimsy Stamps Wednesday"!
Today is my turn to share a project and video with you using some fun products from
Whimsy Stamps

I have taken some adorable "Get well" themed stamps and dies to make some fun and useful gift ideas for someone who may not be feeling well:
I had made these before years ago and honestly do not remember where exactly the idea came from, but I remember how fun and easy it was to put one together.  When I saw these cute Whimsy Stamps images and dies, I knew that they would be perfect to use for this idea!

You could actually get an entire package of these Kleenex pocket tissues at any local grocery or discount store.  Being a mom, as you may know, I have gotten in the habit many years ago to always keep one of these handy in my purse at all times!! :)  So here'a another great idea for them!
For this particular "Pocket Tissue Holder", I have used the fun Clearly Whimsy Stamp set called "Circles, Circles, Circles" to make the background of my tissue holder.  For the sentiment on the top part of the main design, I've used the Clearly Whimsy Stamp set "Get Well Soon".  (I have used this stamp set more extensively on the second design which you can see more closely on down within this post.)

Here's a closer view of the details with the die cuts on it:
I have used the die set from Whimsy Stamps called "Get Well Additions" where you see I've cut out the adorable bottle with the hearts on it as well as the scattering of pills and hearts around it.  You can better see the details in the cap of the bottle with the ridges that get embossed when you die cut it out.  I've added some Wink of Stella clear glitter pen over that as well as the white pills in the pile.  You can also better see the details with the glossy accents on the hearts.

If you would like to see how to make one of these "Pocket Tissue Holders" for yourself and see how they come together, then please check out my video below:
**To watch this video on You Tube or to see it in HD, CLICK HERE.**
(If you want to enlarge the video to fill your screen, click on the bottom right corner of the video.)
{If you haven't yet, please be sure to subscribe to my channel or the Whimsy Stamps channel to see more videos made using these products!} - thanks for watching!


Although I didn't mention this within the video, I thought you could easily make several of these at one time for a various amount of occasions like for a teacher, or to decorate for the seasons in your own home or even to make one for a special gift for a fellow office colleague to put on their desk.  You could even add a gift card on the back of it or design a pocket for it to fit in.  It's a great idea rather than just sending along a card, I think.  :)  And of course, as you can see, the pocket tissues can easily be slid in and out on the side of the holder when you need to refill it.

Here's a closer look at the other tissue holder:
For this one, I have decided to use this image from Whimsy Stamps called "Jenny Has the Cure" from the Lizzy Love/Oddball Art Collection.  I have colored her in with my Copic markers and fussy cut her out to prop her up on the tissue holder.  (She is secured with foam tape.)  I have also taken the "hugs" sentiment from the same image set and cut it out with the Stitched Tag Dies and tied it onto the red ribbon bow with some linen thread.

Of course to make my "background papers" on the tissue holder, I have used the Clearly Whimsy Stamp set called "Get Well Soon"...so many useful and fun images to work with in this set!  I'm sure I'll be using it again very soon! :)

I hope you've enjoyed my project and video today!  I have some more fun videos coming very soon, so be sure to stay tuned into my blog and channel to see them! :)

Thank you so much for your support and taking the time to visit!  I appreciate it!!
Stay healthy and crafty my friends!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
Alphabet Challenge - 'N' for "No Designer Papers"
Sweet Stampin' - Spots and/or Stripes
Crafty Card Makers - No Designer Paper

Monday, August 24, 2015

It's "Back to School" for La La Land Crafts!

Hello friends!
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Mine was fantastic!  I really enjoyed the time spent with hubby!  We ate out and saw a fun magic show in town..really amazing and fun! :)

So today, I'm here to share with you my creation as a guest design for
La La Land Crafts
Check out their awesome products if you haven't yet!!

Today, it's "Inspirational Monday" over at the
La La Land Crafts blog
and the theme for this inspiration is "Back to School"!

So check out the card I have made:
I thought that this Backpack Marci was SO cute with apple and backpack in hand.  The sentiment and extra apple by her feet are both from the same stamp set as well! :)

To help with the "back to school" theme, I've added some fun papers and I've used a spiral border punch to make the spiral look at the top of the lined school papers sticking out from behind her. For the yellow star and border on the design, I've used the very versatile Stitched Elements dies from La La Land Crafts as well as the Stitched Zigzags dies for added extra "back to school" design elements.  To finish it off, I had some Teresa Collins Wooden enamel dots and some linen thread to wrap around the metal paper clip on the image panel.

Here is a closer look at some of the other details you might not see in the above photo:
Of course I've colored her in with my Copic markers, but you might also notice the slight shine in the apples on this photo.  I have covered both the apple with some glossy accents.  And if you notice the die cut star on the top corner, I've covered that with my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen.

I've also used a gold glitter pen to color in the buckles on her shoes as well as the clasp on her backpack.  I was trying to give her headband a soft suede look like her shoes and backpack, but looking at his, I wish I would've colored it blue or yellow now! :)

I hope you've been inspired today with my "Back to School" creation!  If you want to see even more inspiration using these stunning La La Land Crafts products, then please be sure to check out the blog and subscribe for updates to see amazing designs from the design team!  They're so talented!

Thanks so much for dropping in today friends!
See you soon! :)

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Challenges:
Clear it Out - Theme:  Back to School/ Stash:  Office Supplies (paper clip)
Papertake Weekly - To Die For 
Penny's Paper - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Back to School
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Use a Sentiment
Cute Card Thursday - Back to School

Friday, August 21, 2015

Flashback Friday - Old Stamp meets New Papers

Hello friends!!
Happy Friday!!  Yay!  I have some fun plans this weekend for a long awaited "date night" with hubby and we are both looking forward to it!  Hope you have some fun plans going on too! ;)

For this Flashback Friday, I have a card that I had made for a friend's birthday.  I sent it out late of course, but I least I got it sent and she has already gotten it!

This stamp that I've used on this card dates back to 1996!
This was actually a set that I "used" to have back in the day, but had long since sold it somewhere along the line.  My mom had this same set and ended up giving it to me as I don't think it has even been used when I was looking at it!! LOL!!  It's actually in excellent condition...brand new like!
So thanks to mom for "saving" this for me to use!! LOL!!
This set is, of course, a Stampin' Up! set called "Nice & Easy Notes"...anyone remember?
I thought his image had a nice country feel to it and I thought it would be great to use for my demo friend who lives out in the country.  Hope she didn't mind that I used something so old!! LOL!

I have actually embossed the image and then used my aquapainter and some Stampin' Up! reinkers to color in the image with.  I forgot how much I used to enjoy coloring with my ink pads!  It's awesome that I can get the colors to match up with my papers, etc.  (Of course the photo doesn't look like it matches up the colors with the papers, but IRL, it looks more matched up.)

I have some mega punches (If anyone remembers those popular punches from a few years back before the dies started becoming really popular.) and used them to punch out the image and the scallop circle behind it.  I have popped it up over some NEW Stampin' Up! papers from the Farmer's Market DSP that I received from a paper share.  (They are awesome and I've used tons of them along with the Schoolhouse DSP...which are the two that I didn't think I'd use at all!! figures!) I just love the gingham pattern in these colors!  I thought it helped to bring out that "country feel" that I was going for with this.

Lastly, I have added some thick baker's twine in matching Blackberry Bliss color along with an Old Olive button that I attached on top of the bow.  And now that I see this photo, I see my bow was twisted and didn't get a chance to fix that before I sent it off! LOL!  So hopefully she didn't get a twisted bow when it arrived!! :)

Hope you've enjoyed my "Flashback Friday" today!!  Thanks so much for stopping in, I always appreciate you taking the time to visit!!
Enjoy your weekend and see you soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Challenges:
Creative Knockouts - Celebration Time
Sister Act - anything goes
The Friday Mash-Up - 1.  Birthday and/or 2.  Technique (I did watercolor)

Brown Sugar - Buttons & Bows
Crafty Catz - Flowers

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Addicted to Stamps with Holiday

Hello friends!
Just popping in this evening to share a card for the new
Addicted to Stamps Challenge
The theme for this week is Holiday - so create something with any Holiday or "vacation" theme.

The sponsor for this week's challenge is:
(Click on badge to be taken to the store.)
The winner from this challenge will receive a $10 gift certificate to their store!
So be sure to play along for your chance to win this cool prize! :)

The sponsor has kindly donated images for the team to use and here's what I've made:
I have printed out this Framed Poinsettia twice, but have sized them differently to layer them on top of each other to get this look.  I didn't want to color in the poinsettia, so I sponged on some ink for coloring and then cut it out and layered it onto some gold foil paper.  I had a decorative paper with poinsettia print that I black embossed the sentiment over. (Sentiment is from my older SU! stash of course!)  :)

For a finishing touch, I added some gold dazzles corner stickers to it.
It was very simple to put together and I like how elegant it looks with little effort!

Here is a closer view of the design:
Here you can better see the shine from the gold foil paper as well as a closer look at the poinsettia coloring details.  I've colored the center with my gold gel pen.  The top layer was also popped up with some foam tape over the larger image.

So I hope you will stop by the challenge blog to see the rest of the inspiration and join in the fun!
Thanks so much for stopping in today!! :)
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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Challenges:
Sister Act - anything goes
613 Avenue - anything goes
Shopping Our Stash - Layer it On Me

Monday, August 17, 2015

La La Land Crafts Inspirational Monday

Hello friends!
Hope that you had a wonderful weekend!
I'm stopping by today to share another creation I made for this week's Inspirational theme over at
LA LA LAND CRAFTS BLOG
For this week, the team is inspiring you with projects made using flags and/or banners!

Of course the first flag that came to my mind was the U.S. flag, so I have made this card:
Even though Independence Day is long gone and OWH is not accepting cards, I do know that there is special place that take cards that are given to Veterans and I thought this would be a special one for someone to receive and thank them for their service. (Veteran's Day is November 11th.)
I have used this cute Saluting Luka stamp along with the sentiment that comes with him for my card today!  I have colored his pants and hat with the camouflage pattern in mind when I did it.  It was fun coloring in a pattern on his clothes!  I've also used a silver gel pen to color in his dog tags, they are so shinny!  For the sentiment, I cut it out using the banner die from the Stitched Elements die set.  I've also used the stitched star that comes in the set for the silver stars behind Luka as well as the stars I inlaid into the Scalloped Trim Banner Die.  I cut that out twice to get a dimensional look for it.

Here's a closer view of Luka:
Here you can better see the sparkly shine on his dog tags and the camouflage pattern.
Be sure to check out the rest of the inspiration over at the La La Land Crafts blog!

Thanks so much for stopping here with me today!


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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Challenges:
Penny's Paper - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
Fantasy Stampers - Boy's Rule!


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Whimsy Stamps VIDEO Design Team! +Back to School Project with videos!

Hello friends!!! :)
Did you catch that title?!!  I'm SOOO excited and happy dancing right now...want to dance along with me?!  LOL!

I'm excited to be able to share the news with you that I'm now on the
Yay!! I can't wait to start sharing lots of fun videos with you using their wonderful products!
I have known Denise, owner of Whimsy Stamps, for a long while here in blog land and I'm completely honored to be working with her!  She is a wonderful person and has made an awesome business for herself in the stamping world!

Are you familiar with their products?  If not, then you'll really want to check out the video I have for you below!  Even if you are already familiar with Whimsy Stamps, I offer up some storage tips and ways that I like to store these products!  There is really something for everyone in every different crafting style you might have...which is why I love these stamps and dies...variety baby!! :)

So grab your favorite beverage and enjoy these tips:
To watch on You Tube or in HD - CLICK HERE!
*Don't forget to enlarge the video to fill your entire screen, scroll over bottom right corner and click on the "Full Screen" icon!*


BUT WAIT....I even have my very first  project to share with you too!! :)
So you know what time of year this is, right?!  It's BACK TO SCHOOL time!  It's time to get out all of those notebooks, pens, pencils and backpacks and get your kids in gear for the learning season!  For me, this means "back to college" for my kids!! LOL!!  They need some special inspiration too!  Even though they think their mom is a bit "corny" at times, I think they like the special attention!  :)

So I have made this really fun miniature sized "Chalkboard Easel" card for the occasion:
I've used this really cute pencil image from Whimsy Stamps called "Make Your Mark".  He was so much fun to color!!  I have him layered over a notebook looking designer paper to make it seem as if it's a piece of paper clipped on the chalkboard easel!  For the look of the spiral design, I have used a couple of Whimsy Stamps dies to make it as you will see in the video, I have a special technique that shows how to only cut the spiral edging and not the entire strip.  I've used the Spiral Notebook Die and the Stitched Border Die Trio set to get that look.

For the "A, B, C" lettering on the chalkboard, I have used this Clearly Whimsy stamp set called Stitched Alphabet Upper Case.  The entire alphabet comes in the set, but I only needed to use the first three letters for my design here. So if you'd like to see how I made this entire card to get the chalkboard design AND to see how to make the faux woodgraiin background that you see on this chalkboard easel card, then check out the video below:
(To watch on You Tube or in HD - CLICK HERE!)
*Don't forget to enlarge the video to fill your entire screen, scroll over bottom right corner and click on the "Full Screen" icon!*


Of course I wanted to carry the "chalkboard" look to the inside of the card as well and I've even written a special message to get my kid inspired to start learning! LOL!
This embossed white sentiment comes from the same set that the cute pencil guy is in!  So it makes the set even more fun to use! :)  So check out Make Your Mark!


Here is a closer view of the "pencil guy" colored in:

I have added in some details that perhaps you don't really notice from a photo, so if you'd like to see how I colored in this pencil guy, then be sure to check out the fun video below:
(To watch this video on You Tube or in HD - CLICK HERE!)
*Don't forget to enlarge the video to fill your entire screen, scroll over bottom right corner and click on the "Full Screen" icon!*

I hope you have enjoyed my "Back to School" project for you today as well as the videos on how I put it all together!  Be sure to subscribe to my You Tube channel if you haven't yet already and be sure to subscribe to the Whimsy Stamps channel to see more up-coming videos!

Thanks so much for joining in the fun with me today!
Happy crafting and see you soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter my card for:
Everybody Art - emboss
Simply Create Too - anything goes

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Guest Design for Deep Ocean with Maritime!

Hello friends!!
It's my second post for today!
(scroll down to see the La La Land Crafts new release!)

I'm here to share a fun challenge with you over at the
DEEP OCEAN CHALLENGE BLOG
I'm excited to have won a guest design spot from a previous challenge!
The challenge theme for this challenge is "Maritime"
The definition from what I understand of this word is:
"Maritime is primarily an adjective that describes objects or activities related to the sea."

So from that thought came my idea to make this:
I wanted to capture this fun "underwater scene" using this really awesome image that has been lurking in my stash for a while!  This is the "Journey into the Sea" image from Whimsy Stamps by Crissy Armstrong.  I fell in love with it when it came out a few years back and I had so much fun coloring her in!  I actually fussy cut the image and mounted it onto my watercolor background!

For the background, I have used my Kurtake Gansi watercolors with different colors of blues and greens mixed in.  I finished it off with splashes of pearl white!  (and then I covered the entire thing up!)  That's OK, because I wanted to have this underwater scene for the image!  I also pulled out my "Sea Life" stamp set with the coordinating dies to add some bubbles and the pieces of "sea weed" woven around the image.  I've also taken the sentiment and die cut it out and layered it over a piece of brushed gold card stock.

I've layered the underwater scene with the brushed gold card as well and then attached it all to a 5" square folded Garden Green card stock base.  Although I haven't added too many embellishments, I didn't really think it needed any with everything going on!  There's a lot activity underwater you know?!! LOL!!

Here's a closer look at some of the sparkle...
So as you can see, I've used my glitter gel pens to color the sea horses scales at the top portion of his body.  I've also used the glitter gel pens to color in the mermaid's hair, eyes, necklace and bracelet.  I also added some fine glitter to both the mermaid and the sea horses fins.

I hope you've enjoyed my creation this afternoon and I would love to see what your idea is for the "Maritime" theme!!  Hope you can join in the fun with us!! :)

Thank you SO MUCH for dropping in today!!  I'm hoping to "SEA" you soon!! LOL!
I will be back again tomorrow with a special announcement!! 

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some other challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
Crafts 4 Eternity - Transport
Alphabet Challenge - "M" for Mermaids
Fantasy Stampers - Lots of Layers
Come and Get It - Feature a Creature

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