Monday, November 30, 2015

Shalom on Cyber Monday!

Hello friends!
Just popping in here today to remind you that today is "Cyber Monday"!
Whimsy Stamps has their yearly Cyber Monday special going on too:
So be sure you hop on over there as early as you can so you don't miss out on anything before it is sold out!  Happy shopping!

I also have some inspiration to share with you today using a Clearly Whimsy Stamp set called "Happy Hanukkah"!  Just having some fun...
I am not Jewish or celebrate in this way, but I couldn't resist creating with this fun clear stamp set as I thought there were so many cute elements in it that you could even use for a birthday theme with some of the other images within the set.  You really need to check it out!  If you are Jewish, I'd love to know so I can send a card out to you and/or a friend that would enjoy one of these.  :)  - I do know that Hanukkah begins on December 7th of this year.

For my first card:
I have taken the Whimsy Stamps Stitched Border die Trio and made the snowy looking slope with the sentiment stamped at the bottom.  I have used the "dots" from the "Happy Hanukkah" set and embossed them with white EP on the light blue background.  The "dreidel" images were stamped on the white card stock with navy ink.  I've also taken my silver gel pen and added a few accents to them.  The dotted one was fussy cut and popped up over the WS Stitched Circles panel.
I added some silver ribbon with a bow over the top of the white embossed snowy sky.

Here's a look at my second card:
 For this card, I've done some ink foam blending.  You can see the bottom portion of my card where I took some yellow colored distress ink to blend in towards the bottom fading out up towards the card.
The other ink foam blending that I've done is on the stars.  I stamped and clear embossed the stars on white card stock.  I then took some blue ink to go over top of the stars.  The embossing resists the ink and shows through it.

I fussy cut all of the stars and popped them up with foam tape and attached a silver thread to each one that wraps around the back of the front panel.  I embossed the "celebrate" sentiment with white EP on a piece of blue card stock and made my own banner with scissors.

Lastly, I've added some silver sequins and then added a drop of silver Stickles in the center of each one.  I really like the extra silver sparkle on it! :)

Hope you've enjoyed my Hanukkah inspiration today!!
Thanks so much for stopping in and don't forget to get on over to the Whimsy Stamps store to shop today on Cyber Monday to catch a great deal!! :)
See you soon!


Creative Knockouts - Festive Fun
Creative Moments - ATG/Bling it Up!
Winter Wonderland - Add Sparkle & Bling
Come & Get It - ATG with a sentiment

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Blues and Golds for {Cupcake Inspirations}

Hello friends!
Hope that you have all enjoyed your Thanksgiving weekend!
I always enjoy spending time with my family and enjoying good food!  So now it's time to get in gear for the Christmas Season, right?!

Here to share with you a new challenge over at
{Cupcake Inspirations}
This week we have a beautiful color combination:
So please use the colors:  Aquamarine, Midnight & Gold on your creations this week

We also have a wonderful sponsor joining us with week as well
The winner of this challenge will receive 2 images of choice!
So be sure to play along for your chance to win!

The team was kindly provided some images to use for this challenge, so here's what I've come up with for the colors:
I have used the darling image called Happy Christmas Little Star.  I opened the image with Photoshop on my computer and took off the set of presents on it before printing it out on some Copic Blending Card.   I used some Stitched Rectangle dies to cut out the image as well as the Navy colored card stock piece I've used for layering my design. There is also a layer of brushed gold card stock in between the two.  I took some gold ribbon to wrap around two corners before attaching these two layers onto the aqua colored card base.

Here is a closer look at the image:
I have used my Copic markers and a gold gel pen to color in my image.  I added some gold dots around her dress.  I covered her wings with some Wink of Stella clear glitter pen.

The star ornament was colored in with the gold gel pen and then I added a piece of gold thread to make a bow to attach to the top of the star ornament.  I have also used some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink with my ink foam blending tool to go around the edge of the image panel.

I hope that you've enjoyed my creation today and please stop by the challenge blog to see all of the inspiration from the rest of the design team!  We look forward to seeing you creations!
Thanks for stopping by!! See you soon!!


Crafting by Designs - Get Ready for Christmas
Fab 'n Funky - Christmas
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Something to Be Thankful For

Hello friends!
Thanksgiving is tomorrow!  I have been thinking about the pecan pie that I'm making and looking forward to eating I'll have to save my stomach some room!! LOL!!
I hope that whatever your plans are for Thanksgiving, you are surrounded by those you love!  This is what I think makes Thanksgiving special! :)

Wanted to share my creation with you today for my guest design spot over at
(Click on photo to be taken to the challenge blog!)

This challenge couldn't be more perfect given the timing!  For this next challenge, we would like to see your "Thanksgiving or Thanks" creations!

Every year this is something that I enjoy doing with my family which is to say one thing that we are thankful for as we go around the room taking turns to hear from each person.  When my boys were younger, they would always say that they didn't know.  My answer was "There is always SOMETHING to be thankful for."  Then I would explain and give a few examples.  Of course after time they would come up with their own imaginative details! :)

Of course another one of our "family traditions" is to watch the "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" movie with Steve Martin and John Candy in it.  Although this is quite a humorous movie, the ending always really touches me when Steve Martin learns something about the other individual he was so rude to the entire time.  He then realized how "thankful" he really was after all.  :)
It's an older movie, but it's one that I've watched every year for as long as I can remember.

Anyway, this actually does lead me to the creation I made today:
I sometimes wonder if adding a bow is something that is just not a "masculine" thing to do, but I showed my hubby this card and he approved and actually called it "pretty"!!  :)

So for this card, I've pulled out some of my older Stampin' Up! stamps to make it.
The tag with the taffeta bow on it comes from the SAB "You Brighten My Day" stamp set in which I embossed it on Soft Suede card stock with white EP and then punched it out with the coordinating Tag Punch.  I also punched out an additional tag in vellum to layer behind it.

The background was stamped with the SU "Hardwood" background stamp with Whisper White ink on a Smoky Slate card stock piece.  The card base is another piece of Soft Suede card stock.  The leaves and acorn were stamped in various coordinating neutral colors with the SU "WonderFall" stamp set.  I ended up fussy cutting out the images and then sponging some ink around the edges to soften up the lines a bit.

One of the leaves as well as the acorn was popped up with some foam squares and then I added a few gold sequins to finish it off.

Hope you've enjoyed my design today and I hope you will take the time to join in the challenge with us!  We'd love to see your masculine style creations!! :)
Thanks for stopping in and enjoy your Holiday Weekend friends!!


613 Avenue - Anything Goes or Create Your Own Challenge Chart
(I used A2, Thank you & Gold and White)

Everybody Art - Branch or Leaf

Retro Rubber - Anything Goes (Use old stamps)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Making My Mark with Watercolor

Good evening friends!
Stopping by to share a creation with you for
Addicted to Stamps & More

For this week's challenge, we are focusing on "Make Your Mark"!
So as the name implies, use anything on your creation that would be considered "marking" like coloring media such as Copic markers, pencils, chalks, paint, watercolor, stenciling, etc.

We also have a wonderful sponsor joining us for this challenge as well:
(Click badge to be taken to the store!)
One lucky winner from this challenge will receive a $10 gift certificate to their store!
Certainly worth playing along for!!

For my card, I have chosen to do some watercolor:
I have taken Christmas to another realm with a non-traditional color palette!
I had some fun stamps from our sponsor this week and used them and have used the Joyful stamp set for my design here.  I have stamped the gift box and ornament image with Archival black ink on some Britol watercolor paper and colored it in with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I also used my gold gel pen to color in parts of the ornament with.  It is fussy cut and popped up over the design with foam squares.

For the white front panel of my card, I played around with my Zig Kuretake Gansi Tambi watercolor and brushed on some watercolor splotches including the pretty gold.  I also used some of the gold to make additional splatters in the background by tapping my brush.

I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set with the Archival black ink and then added some black sequins to the design where I've also added a dot of gold Stickles in the center of each one.

Before attaching the popped up image, I've added a strip of black card stock which I thought brought out the other black accents on the design and then I also took my corner chomper and rounded off two opposite corners before attaching it to my white A2 sized card base.

Hope you've enjoyed my creation today!
Please be sure to stop by the challenge blog to see the rest of the inspiration and join in the fun with us!  We can't wait to see what you come up with!

I'll be back soon!


Stamplorations - Anything Goes

CRAFT - Christmas Present

Brown Sugar - Anything Goes

Christmas Card Challenge - Anything Goes

The 25th Dimension in One Layer

Hello friends!
Hope you are having a great week so far!
Pretty soon it will be time for "Talking Turkey" here in the U.S. (Thanksgiving that is!)  I always look forward to spending time with family and I'm sure it will be great fun!

Today, I have a fun lone layer Christmas card to share with you:
I thought I'd have a little "play on numbers" here with my Christmas design today!
I have actually used two different stamp sets from Lawn Fawn.  They are both older sets, but I think one of them has even been "retired".  (Of course this is the first time that I've used it too!)  LOL!

So the embossed gold snowflakes on my design come from the Critters in Snow.  The "December" sentiment comes from a retired set from Lawn Fawn called "Say Cheese, Too".  I have that stamped in some Gumball Green ink.  I've also added a drop of gold stickles to the center of each gold embossed snowflake.

For the side of my design, I have used some really old (Stampin' 'Up!) Sizzix dies for the numbers.  I cut several of the numbers out with white card stock and then I took some of the Lawn Fawn (retired) "Snow Day" designer papers to cut out the red colored numbers on my design.  All of the white numbers were glued down to my card base and the red numbers were popped up for dimension over top of the strip of white numbers with foam tape pieces.

Lastly, I took some glue dots and rolled them to attach to the back of the snowflake sequins on my design which gave them extra dimension as well.  I think the only thing that doesn't have any sort of dimension on it would be the "December" word!

This concept is simple and fun.  I really enjoyed putting it together too!
Thanks so much for popping in today!  I hope you've enjoyed my one layer CAS Christmas card of the 25th dimension!! :)  See you soon!



1.  Addicted to CAS - (3rd birthday & DT call)

2.  Lawnscaping Challenge: (I've used old sets, papers and dies)

3.  Less is More - NUMBERS

4.  Just Us Girls - Color week

5.  AAA Cards - Anything Goes

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Calling All Bears

Hello friends! :)
Hope you are all enjoying your weekend so far!

Just popping in to share the new challenge with you over at
{Cupcake Inspirations}

For this challenge, we would like to see some "Bears"!
How cute are those cupcake bears?!  :)  Be sure to hop on over to the challenge and check out the rest of the "bear inspired" projects from the design team and enter your creation to play along with us!
We cant' wait to see what you all come up with!

We also have a sponsor joining us for this challenge:
Crafty Sentiments Designs
They will be giving 3 digital images of the winner's choice!  So come play along for your chance to win or become part of the "Sweet Six" picks! :)

Our sponsor was kind enough to provide the team with some images to work with so here's what I've come up with for the challenge:
I have taken this sweet image from the Couples digital image and colored in just the teddy bear portions of the image.  I fussy cut out the bears and attached them over top of some stitched snow slopes that I die cut out with some stitched border dies.  I've used the MFT Stitched Basic Edges to cut out all of the "snow slopes".

For the blue sky background, I've used some Distress Inks and my foam blending tool with the darkest color at the top.  I then used my white gel pen to add a few stars...or even falling snow if you want to look at it in that way! :)  The single silver star was cut out using MFT Lucky Stars die set with some MFT silver foil card stock which I've glued above the bears in the sky.

The sentiment below the bears comes from an older Stampin' Up! set called Home For Christmas that I have embossed with white EP on a Navy piece of card stock strip.
I have also layered the bear panel with the silver foil card stock and another piece of Navy card stock.  I then took some craft foam and mounted it on the back before I attached it to the card base which was assembled the same way as the bear panel.

Hope you've enjoyed my "Christmas Bears" creation today!
Thanks for joining me!!


Freshly Made Sketches: (FMS213)

City Crafter - Color Inspiration

Simon Says Stamp - Christmas

Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes + Sentiment

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Just Add a Sentiment

Hello friends!  Hope you're enjoying your week so far, we are almost there...just a few more days left before the weekend! Yay!

I have a card to share with you today for the
This challenge is nice and simple.  All you have to do is Add a Sentiment!
I hope you will join along in the fun and don't forget to check out the rest of the design team creations to see what they have come up with for this challenge as well!

I have made a fun CAS style design for it:
After I put this together, I noticed at first glance it looks like Christmas.  But then I thought, that's OK because it's a great idea for making up "thank you" cards for Christmas time!  That is NOT what this card was intended for, but it's another idea!

Today is actually my last post as DT for this challenge blog and I thought it was a great message for Lisa, the owner of the challenge blog to let her know that I have appreciated my time on the team and to thank her for having me be apart of her adventure.  :)  I will still join in with the challenge as often as I can and send best wishes for all of the wonderful ladies there!

So for my card, I have used an exclusive set that was only available for a limited time for the STAMPtember event collaborated with My Favorite Things.  The set is called "Thanks for Being There." which I have used to stamp the sentiment and heart.  I have used the MFT Steel Gray ink for that as well as the card base.

The reason for my color scheme here actually came from the MFT Color Challenge which you can see below under the challenges I've entered this for.  For the die cuts, I have used the MFT Falling Leaves and for the white stitched panel, I have used the MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX .  The banner I cut myself and made the "fish tail" in it.  Before I attached the white panel to the card base, I used a sponge dauber and rubbed some white ink behind it to soften the look a bit.

I've also taken my corner chomper to round two corners of my card and finished it off with some sequins.

Thanks so much for stopping in with me today!
I hope you will join in the challenge with us!  See you soon!


MFT Sketch Challenge (MFTWSC255)

MFT Color Challenge

Simply Create Too - Give Thanks

Shopping Our Stash - Thank you or Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Holiday Home Decor with a Video!

Hello friends!
Here we are in the middle of the week once again!
You may have noticed that I've slightly changed up the look of my blog including my profile photo.
I thought it was time to update everything and "lighten and brighten" up the look around here! :)
(I still have my splash of purple in there too, so it's good, right?!)

Welcome to another Whimsy Stamps Wednesday Video!!  :)
On today's post, I have something really fun and different to share...
So with the Holidays really close and the kids start their Holiday vacations and you are spending more time with family, here is a fun project you can all participate can just keep all of the fun to yourself!! ;) - In my case, my family (mainly older males) do not care to participate in such "girly" or "childish" things even-though I try to tell them it's OK to do "child-like" things once in a while!  :)  Us crafters know this is "serious" business!!  LOL!

I thought it would be fun to pull out some more stash items left over from my Whimsy Stamps November Card Kit and use them on this paper wreath with 3-D stars.  I've used some left over papers from the kit along with several embellishments.  I've also used the Whimsy Stamps Cozy Little Snowman rubber stamp peeking out from behind the stars.  (More details below.)
The stars were all cut out using the Whimsy Stamps Pierced Stars die set along with the Pierced Stacking Star die.  I have used every size of star from those dies.  The largest ribbon bow has been in my stash for a while and the purple ribbon was from the card kit.

After looking at it, I thought it would be "SNOW" fun to add some snow around the snowman with glittery snow or felt or icicle type of stuff.  There are just so many different ways you can decorate a wreath just by changing the colors, shapes, etc.  You could do one with stars for pretty much every season I think!  It would be fun to do a Halloween one, or even one for 4th of July!

There are so much fun to make, easy to put together if you don't mind taking the time with it.

If you'd like to see how to make a wreath like this for yourself, check out my video below!
(CLICK HERE to see it on You Tube.)

This is so easy and fun!  You certainly don't have to go out and purchase a wreath to decorate when you may have some extra pieces laying around your house to use for a project like this!

These would make some really fun Christmas gifts for friends, neighbors, co-workers or a nice thought I had would be take some to a nursing home to help decorate the doors on the residents rooms or something.  I always enjoy seeing a smile on someone's face when I share something I've made with them! :)  It's just good for the soul.

Here's a closer look at the details with the snowman:
I thought he was just the perfect little accent to add to my wreath!  :)
I've used the Cozy Little Snowman rubber stamp from Whimsy Stamps and
I have colored him with my Copic markers to match the colors in the wreath and added some glitter to his mittens along with a snowflake rhinestone that was left over from my November card kit.
He was fussy cut out and attached with some hot glue to the back of the wreath.

Be sure to subscribe to My You Tube Channel so you don't miss the next video that I will be sharing which is another item to get you in gear for the Holiday Season!  :)  - After that, I will be starting a "series" on don't miss out on the fun with me!!

You can also subscribe to the Whimsy Stamps You Tube Channel if you'd like to see lots of inspiration from various designers using Whimsy Stamps products!

Hope you've enjoyed my inspiration today!!
Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon!!


Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Come & Get It - Winter Holiday
Creative Inspirations - Festive Fun
Penny's Paper - Anything Goes

Monday, November 16, 2015

Tag Inspiration with Whimsy Stamps Card Kit - Winner Announced!

Hello friends!
Welcome to the start of a brand new week! I hope your weekend was a great one!
I have some more inspiration to share with you  using more products from the
Whimsy Stamps November Card Kit
**The winner of a Whimsy Stamps card kit is at the end of this post!**

I still have some more products left from the card kit that I had fun playing with!  :)
And I still have some more inspiration to share with you using additional contents from this BE SURE to stay tuned into this blog for up-coming inspiration to help you get your handmade smiles made up just in time to celebrate the Holidays!
*I'm excited to be sharing an upcoming handmade item using things you already have on hand in your craft room including using more contents from this kit - with a video!*

But for today, I'd like to share with you this fun little tag that I made with some left over items from this card kit I had:
Check out those cute little dangling mittens!!  I love how this tag turned out!
I have a photo below from the inspiration that I took to make this tag today.

I have used the blue card stock, the acetate sheet, the "mittens" die cut, the silver cord, the grosgrain ribbon, the snowflake button and the blue sequins on the tag are all from the Whimsy Stamps November card kit!  A little bit can go such a long way in your craft making!  :)

Of course some other Whimsy Stamps items were pulled out to help me assemble this whole idea together.  First, I pulled out the Whimsy Stamps Stitched Tag dies to cut out the blue tag as well as the smaller tag in the set to cut out the acetate tag that's attached to it.

I have used the Clearly Whimsy Stamps set Basic Christmas Backgrounds and stamped a border with VersaMark ink and embossed it with white EP across the blue tag.  I also used some white ink along with my sponge dauber to lightly sponge around the snowflakes to soften them up a bit.  For the sentiment I have used the Clearly Whimsy Stamps set Penguins Winter Adventure and stamped the sentiment from the set with Graphite Black Brilliance ink.  I also took a snowflake and the "ho! ho! ho!" from the same set and stamped them on the piece of acetate tag using some black Staz On ink.  I've also sponged around the acetate tag with white Staz On ink.

The die cut mittens were attached together and then I punched a small hole at the top and thread some linen thread though to attach them to the tag.  I used the linen thread to also tie a bow in the snowflake button.  The silver cord was tied through both of these tags and knotted at the end.

All that was left was to add the blue sequins to the light blue tag with some glue.
If you'd like to see more details and inspiration for up-coming card kits, then please subscribe to the Whimsy Stamps You Tube Channel, My You Tube Channel or get updates to my blog here!
I noticed that the October card kit has already sold out!  So if you missed that one, be sure to get updates so that you know when the next one will be coming out and you can get your chance at it before it is gone.  Once they sell out, they will not be restocked!  So go grab a card kit now!

And now for the winner of a Whimsy Stamps Card Kit of Choice is......

picked via
#30 - Sandra Schroeder
Congratulations on your win!!

The winner has already been contacted and has already responded!  :)

Thanks so much to everyone who entered and joined with us for the November New Release!
If you didn't win here, but participated in the other portions of the New Release, then be sure to stop on over at the Whimsy Inspirations Blog to see if you won a prize over there!!
If you sadly missed out on all of the festivities, then be sure to either subscribe here to my blog or the Whimsy Inspirations Blog so that you don't miss out on the next fun event!!  (I already know of one that will be coming up next don't miss out!)

Thank you SO MUCH for joining me here today!!
I do hope you've enjoyed my tag inspiration!!  Happy crafting friends!


1.  Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags - Create a tag inspired by one of the tags on her blog
I was inspired by this tag from Melissa Bove:
(I love how she attached the small tag and acetate!)

2.  Alphabet Challenge - 'T' for " 'Tis the Season!"

3.  Allsorts - Anything but a Card

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Bring on the {CUP}CAKE!

(This is my second post for today, please scroll down or CLICK HERE to see my Craft Rocket Challenge post!) - Thank you!
Hello friends!
I hope you are still enjoying your last bit of the weekend that's left!  I have enjoyed my time in the stamp studio and was able to get many things done!  Yay!

So today is Sunday so that means another yummy challenge over at
{Cupcake Inspirations}
This week we have a delicious color combo for you to try out:
I thought this was such a gorgeous color combination and I enjoyed the inspiration photo too! :)
So use the pretty colors shown here:  "ballet", "butter" & "coral"

We have the fabulous sponsor:
And they are giving out a $15 gift certificate to the winner!!
So be sure to come and play along with us for your chance to win!! :)

Of course they were kind enough to give the DT some images to play with and here's what I've chosen to do with the color combo:
I thought I'd play around a bit with the colors in different ways, so I've done some coloring as well as some watercoloring for my card design here.
I've used the Autumn Birth Flower Cupcakes for my cupcake image and I've matched up the challenge colors with my Copics to color it in.  I've got it popped up with foam squares over my "nest" of gold thread.

For the watercolor, I've used a mask to mask off everything on the front of the card except for the rectangle shape.  I used my Kuretake Gansi Tambi watercolors to swirl around colors that I thought would match up with the design.  I've added a bit more water to lighten it all up a bit.  It might be hard to see in the photo, but I've also used that gorgeous gold watercolor included in that set.  The sentiment was stamped with MFT Licorice Black Hybrid ink and the sentiment also comes from MFT called Delicious Birthday.  (I thought it went well with the cupcake! LOL!)

Here is a closer look at the details:
Here you can better see where all of the gold details come in.
I have used a gold gel pen to make "dots" on the cupcake flower and here you can better see where I've also added my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to the frosting on the cupcake.
You can also see spots of the gold watercolor in the rectangle too.

So I hope you will hop on over to the
challenge blog to play along with us this week!  We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks so much for dropping in today!
I'll see you again soon with a fun video!!


Fab 'n' Funky - Clean and Simple
Time Out - CASE a card - (both are gorgeous cards!)
Brown Sugar - No patterned papers
Just Us Girls - watercolor

Ahoy Matey! Anything Goes in November!

Hello friends!
Just wanted to take a moment to share my heartfelt condolences for those affected by the Paris attacks.  Our thoughts are with you.

I have a reminder post to share with you about the month long challenge this month over at
Throughout this month of November, there is a special "anything goes" challenge.
*Don't forget that there is still a couple of days left to enter the current "pearls/gems" challenge too!*
There is also a special sponsor joining us for this challenge with a chance to win a prize!

Fabrika Fantasty will be giving out a fabulous prize, so be sure to play along with us in case you've missed it or forgot about it!  This is a fairly new shop and they have some really fun and unique critters in there, so be sure to check it out!

They were kind enough to provide the design team with some images to play with and here's what I've decided to make with the image I chose:
I saw this fun guy and he just made me smile!  This is the Pirate Parrot - 1 digital stamp.  Although you can get the pre-colored version, I really enjoyed coloring him in myself!

I have used my Copic markers to color him and then for the parts on the sword I have used a gold gel pen.  I have also added some Wink of Stella glitter to the skull and cross bones on his belt.
For the background, I've just used some Kraft card stock for both layers.  I stamped the skull and cross bones image as the same one that I've used on the bottom of the card front from The Alley Way stamp set I had from my stash.  (Sad I just saw that the store is closing.  There is a liquidation sale going on if you're interested.)  The sentiment on the stitched cloud border is from the same set.

I masked off the everything on the card front except for the bottom portion of it to sponge some ink for the "sand" that the pirate is standing on.  I've also sponged some light blue ink over the stitched clouds and popped up one of them for dimension.  The pirate was fussy cut and popped up with foam tape.  I just took the card front and distressed around the edges a bit before assembling it to my card base.

I hope he makes you smile too!! ;)  I thought this would be such a fun card for a little boy's birthday, but I have plans to send it along to a children's charity that will hopefully make someone smile over there too!

Thanks so much for hanging out with me today!


Fantastic Tuesday - Anything Goes with a Twist:  Beging with 'B' - BIRD
Penny's Paper - 3 of Something (3 clouds)
Cute Card Thursday - Birds/Animals

Friday, November 13, 2015

Sharing a Cup of Christmas Cheer!

If you are looking for my Whimsy Stamps card kit post - CLICK HERE
*Don't forget to go there and enter for your chance to win a card kit of your choice - ends Monday at 8:00 am ET*

Hello friends and a very happy Friday to you!!
I have plans to just relax and enjoy my "free" time Saturday, but I'm sure I'll be cleaning for part of it anyway!  That's how it usually goes!

I have a special Christmas card to share with you today using another one of those images from
Java Card Line Art
If you haven't heard of these digital stamps, they're a fairly new digital art line of stamps that my fellow blog friend Monika has started up an Etsy shop to sell her friend's digital art work.  They have come up with several really unique designs and some with a yummy coffee theme! :)
So be sure to check them out and tell them that I sent you!  And if you missed my last post using one of their images, CLICK HERE to see that post.

So today, I have another creation to share with you using one of their images that they have kindly provided for me to use:
I have used this cozy image by Java Card Line Art called "Lady Robusta in Winter Time" for my Christmas design here.  She is sitting and enjoying a cup of "robust" flavored coffee with her hat, scarf and mittens while perusing over her cell phone!!  LOL!  So you do you think it's an iPhone?!

Of course I think this image would work well for just a winter theme, but I decided to make mine with a Christmas theme because where I live it is cold enough to wear all of the items that she's wearing during the Holiday Season for sure!! :)  It just wouldn't feel like Christmas if it was warm, but I do know that even in other parts of the U.S. it is still somewhat warm and they don't get any snow.  I'm glad that where I live I can enjoy the extreme of every Season.

I've got her colored up with my Copic markers and you can see that I've used my silver gel pen for the phone and my gold gel pen for the parts on her coat design and button.
I found some papers that I haven't even opened the package up for and I was so excited because I thought it went well with my design.  I stamped a sentiment from a set in my stash that I've had for years and cut it out with a die cut tag.  The seam binding ribbon as well as the poinsettia flower were sprayed with my white and gold shimmer sprays.  I crumbled up the ribbon, added to the tag and placed a red button with gold thread through it.  I've also used some distress inks to sponge around the image panel as well as the sentiment tag.  I've also used some lace to go around the center of the card front.

Here is a closer look at the image details:
In addition to coloring the image with Copic markers and gel pens, I have added some glitter to the hat trimming and ear muffs.  I have also added some glossy accents to her eye glasses.  It's hard to see in the photo as they are small, but it's there and you can see it better IRL.
I have also used my corner chomper to round the corners on the image panel as well as the red layer of card-stock behind it.

I was also thinking this image would be cool to have a "window scene" behind snowfall.

So...would you like to see some more inspiration using this same image?!
Go check out Monika's blog - right now!
And don't forget to check out the digital images over at JCLA!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I wish you all a fabulous weekend!!


Inky Chicks - Silent Night (Christmas)
Christmas Stamping All Year Long - Anything Goes
CRAFT - Christmas
4 Crafty Chicks - Ribbon
Aud Sentiments - Bingo
(I've used ribbon/lace, digi & flowers - OR patterned paper, flowers, die cut)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Hello friends and so happy to have you here with me today!
I have some VERY exciting things to share with you today and a special give away too!
LOTS of photos and information in this post...
So please sit back, relax and enjoy your favorite beverage for my post today!

Whimsy Stamps is kicking off their November New Release party today!
I have been playing around with one of the newly released stamps included in the newly released
November 2015 Card Kit
I've "tried" not to hoard too many items from the kit so that I can share with you all of the wonderful creative possibilities you can achieve with one kit!
Of course the problem can be that you run out of time, which is what happened to me here....otherwise I'm sure I'd have many more things to share with you because I have LOTS of goodies left over from the kit after making all of these projects:
Although I was trying not to hoard too many things from the will see in the videos below that I had a hard time trying not to conserve the extra pieces of card stock and patterned paper and such!! LOL!!

The first project that I'd like to share with you is this fun wintry
Hot Cocoa Packet Holder:
I have used the red rubber stamped included in this November 2015 Card Kit which is "Skating Krystal" designed by Mi Ran Jung.  (If you wish to purchase only this stamp, you can click on the name of the stamp above to purchase it.)  This stamp is part of the brand new release for this month.

I've got her colored in with my Copic markers which I've also added some sparkles to her with my silver gel pen on her skates as well as Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to the snowflakes and then some glitter to the circles.  The white gel pen was used to make the fur trimming on her coat and hat.

Everything you see has come from the kit including the ribbon, the accent snowflake gem in the middle of the bow as well as the sentiment and all of the papers!  All I had to do was come up with the coloring media, tools and ideas! :)

So would you like to see WHAT'S IN THE KIT?!!!
Would like to see how to make one of these cocoa packet holders for yourself?!
Then please be sure to catch my video below!
(CLICK HERE to view it on You Tube)

Did you catch that first part in the video where I mention you could win
one of the Whimsy Stamps card kits - YOUR CHOICE?!!
Then be sure to check out the bottom of THIS POST for details on how to enter!!

I didn't want to just stop there with my creating from this card I took things even further with it!  So check out this fun project which I think is just perfect to take off the "winter chill"....
So if you are not the cocoa packet fan and prefer your cocoa to be in the form of a K-Cup, then I have got the gift giving solution for you! :)

If you want to make just the two cup holder, you can do that for just one box.
If you want to make the four cup holder, then you need to watch how I put one together in the video below!  Here is the other side of the four cup design:
(By the way, EVERYTHING that I've used on this project including the die cuts, ribbon, silver cording, sentiment and sequins all come from the card kit!!)

For the designs that were stamped on the die cut mittens and hats, I have used the Whimsy Stamps Clearly Whimsy Stamp set called Scandi Christmas.  I have also used the Whimsy Stamps Stitched Tags die set to cut out the sentiment from the kit that is hanging on the silver cord from the kit.  So to learn how to make one of these fun boxes for yourself in a 2 cup or 4 cup design, be sure to catch my video below!!!

To view this video on You Tube - CLICK HERE or watch below:

Well if that wasn't enough for you to see how much you can create with the kit, I had just a little more time to create!!  Here's a closer look at them:
(You can also see them "in action" in the above video at the end as well!)

I have taken some pretty purple papers from the kit and made an elegant snowflake shaker card.
The purple ribbon as well as the snowflake button and silver cording all come from the kit.
I've used all the card stock from the kit including the acetate sheet to make my shaker element.  Even the sentiment on the inside of the shaker as well as the shaker sequins contents are from the kit!

I again have used the Whimsy Stamps Stitched Tag Dies for the shaker element on my card.  For the stamped snowflakes, I took out the Clearly Whimsy Stamp set called Christmas Greetings.

And for one more additional CAS design:
I loved the purple patterned paper so much from the last card, that I didn't want the extra left over strip to go to "waste", so I layered onto some of that gorgeous silver holographic paper from the kit and added some of that silver cording to use the left over die cut stockings that I had from the previous projects and attached them to the silver cord on the card front.  I've added a snowflake gem to each of the stockings from the kit and of course the sentiment is from the kit as well.  I just make my own banner with it by cutting in a fish tail.

So are wanting to hop right on over to purchase a kit for yourself so you can make tons of pretty stuff too?!!  CLICK HERE to view ALL of the Whimsy Stamps card kits including this one.


Would you like to win a card kit for yourself...or even to give away as a present to one of your crafty friends or family?!!  Then be sure to check out the details below on how YOU COULD WIN!!

One lucky winner will win a Whimsy Stamps Card Kit simply by entering your name and e-mail with the Linky tool below! - And the winner can choose between this newly released November card kit:
one of ANY previous card kits of the winner's choice!!

To enter:
1.  Simply fill out the information with the linky tool below including your e-mail address for your chance to win!

2.  Enter ONLY ONCE please!

3.  You do not have to have a blog to enter!

4.  You have until Monday, November 16th at 8:00 ET to enter!

5.  The winner will be announced on the Whimsy Stamps blog and my blog as well!

6.  I will contact the winner via e-mail after the give away has closed.

**Don't forget to check out the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Blog for even MORE inspiration from the November New Release by the Design Team as well as additional prizes to be given away!!**

And one more thing - GOOD LUCK!!!!

Thanks so much for hanging out with me today friends!!
Now go enter!!!


Crafty Catz - Winter
Inkspirational - Anything Goes with Silver (CAS stocking card)

Allsorts - Ribbons & Bows (shaker card)
Fantasty Stampers - Winter Wonderland
Come & Get It - Lots of Sparkle

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