Monday, February 18, 2019

Is It Really?!? Yes, it is!

Hello everyone!
Today I am sharing a creation from the February Whimsy Stamps Paper Door Kit - Tabby Tigers! Where are the tigers, you say? Is it really from that kit?? YES, it is! This kit also comes with some very sweet birds, and I wanted to showcase them too!
I stamped the birds in Altenew's Black ink, and then colored in with Copics. I drew some grass, added clouds from a handcut stencil, and some adorable music notes from the kit's stamp set. I also added that very tiny "tweet" for the little bird. It's a perfect addition to go along with the two sentiment banners, also from the kit. I also used the stencil that come with the kit as a textured background to add some movement and interest. Pretty fun to have a stencil that is tiger stripes in one card, and just a fun texture in another!

Here's the tweet news about what comes with this month's kit:
  • BRAND NEW kit debuting on the 10th of each month
  • Each kit is a $50+ retail value for only $29.95 plus shipping
  • EXCLUSIVE 6x6 Whimsy Stamps designer paper pack collections, fun and creative designs on heavy weight paper with a beautiful sheen - 24 double sided sheets
  • TWELVE sheets of 8.5x5.5 heavy weight neutral card stock - in black and white
  • SPECIAL EDITION 4x6 clear stamp set "Tabby Tigers" created exclusively for PAPER DOOR
  • COMPLEMENTING "Tabby Tigers" outline die set to easily cut out the images from the 4 x 6 stamp set, designed exclusively for PAPER DOOR
  • SPECIAL EDITION "Tiger Stripes Stencil" and "So and Too" 4x3 clear stamp set introduced especially for PAPER DOOR
  • PRIVATE access to PDF files with step-by-step instructions for at least 4 different projects
We’ve made PAPER DOOR an easy and affordable way for you to enjoy a monthly card making kit:
NO minimums
NO subscriptions to commit to
NO wait lists to sweat out
NO multi-tier pricing
Each kit is a LIMITED EDITION and individual items may or may not be released at a later date. Supplies are limited so order yours today, and unlock your creativity with Whimsy Stamps PAPER DOOR kits!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Wow! What a Fabulous February Release from Picket Fence Studios!

Today is one of my favorite days - Valentine's Day AND it's the 14th of the month, which means LOTS of new stampy goodness at Picket Fence Studios! I have so many things to show you that I love from this release, so stay tuned! Today I am sharing two new things on this one adorable card. My images are from a darling new set called Wish We Could Hug. It is full of koala goodness, with three different images and a lot of fun sentiments to go around.
I stamped with Black Hybrid Ink, and then colored in with Copic markers. I decided to contrast their gray cuteness with the Pantone Color of 2019 and used several different shades of coral inks. It's so easy to cut them out with the matching dies too!!
The background is made using the new Random Dots Stencil and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide ink with the Life Changing Brushes. I added gray Baker's Twine and a little coral rose (Wild Orchid) to embellish, as well as a little Wink of Stella to their flower crowns. Aren't they sweet?

Be sure to check out the entire release at Picket Fence Studios - and I will be back later this week with more new release fun! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #375

(Please scroll down to see my card from the adorable February Paper Door Kit by Whimsy Stamps!)

It's Wednesday and time for a new sketch at FreshlyMade Sketches! C├ęcile is our hostess today, and has a wonderful sketch for you to try out! The team came up with such fabulous designs, so be sure to check them out HERE.
I decided to go with some tropical heat for my design. The flowers are cut from a monoprint I made with my Gel Press. The middle "panel" is sponged with Memento ink, and has a vellum strip on the left side. The ferns and little flower are also sponged with Memento, then cut. Some brightness for this winter month!
 
You really have to go see what my teamies made - there are some amazing ideas for this sketch! Come play along with us. Our challenge is open until 3 PM EST on Monday!


Stamps: Botanical Blooms (SU!) Paper: GP White, SU! Vellum, Only Orange, Rose Red
Ink: Memento Inks, Liquitex acrylic paints Accessories: Botanical Blooms dies, Kaiser pearls, Gel Press Techniques: sponging, monoprinting

Whimsy Stamps' February Paper Door Kit is Here!

It's time for the February 2019 PAPER DOOR Kit - now available to purchase in the Whimsy Stamps Shop! Just look at what Paper Door is all about this month:

  • BRAND NEW kit debuting on the 10th of each month
  • Each kit is a $50+ retail value for only $29.95 plus shipping
  • EXCLUSIVE 6x6 Whimsy Stamps designer paper pack collections, fun and creative designs on heavy weight paper with a beautiful sheen - 24 double sided sheets
  • TWELVE sheets of 8.5x5.5 heavy weight neutral card stock - in black and white
  • SPECIAL EDITION 4x6 clear stamp set "Tabby Tigers" created exclusively for PAPER DOOR
  • COMPLEMENTING "Tabby Tigers" outline die set to easily cut out the images from the 4 x 6 stamp set, designed exclusively for PAPER DOOR
  • SPECIAL EDITION "Tiger Stripes Stencil" and "So and Too" 4x3 clear stamp set introduced especially for PAPER DOOR
  • PRIVATE access to PDF files with step-by-step instructions for at least 4 different projects
We’ve made PAPER DOOR an easy and affordable way for you to enjoy a monthly card making kit:
NO minimums
NO subscriptions to commit to
NO wait lists to sweat out
NO multi-tier pricing

Today's card uses a sweet tiger, that fabulous stencil, and some of the sentiments in the So and Too stamp set. I colored my tiger with Copic markers, and then cut out with the matching die. The stencil was inked through a masked circle.
I added two patterns of washi tape in my stash for my tiger's base. I think his expression is so cute! Too cute!

Each kit is a LIMITED EDITION and individual items may or may not be released at a later date. Supplies are limited so order yours today, and unlock your creativity with Whimsy Stamps PAPER DOOR kits!
 Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Got Foil? I Am Hooked!

This week Whimsy Stamps and ThermOWeb are partnering for a fabulous week of inspiration and prizes!  All week long designers from both teams will be sharing ways to add foils and more to your projects using products from ThermOWeb and Whimsy Stamps.  Read to the end of this post to find out how you can win!  

Don't you love glimmer and glitz on your cards? I know I do. Even a touch makes the recipient feel special! Keep reading to see what sparkle I added using products from ThermOWeb!

For my project today, I am using Whimsy Stamps' Bunny Balloons Clear Stamp Set by Deb Davis - Amped2Stamp. I love the sweet bunnies and the variety of sentiments to go with them. I stamped my images with VersaFine Clair Nocturne (my favorite black ink), and then colored with Copic markers.


I chose Whimsy Stamps' Polka Dot Stencil, and used Deco Foil™ Transfer Gel to apply my Deco Foil™ Transfer Sheets in Rose Gold. It makes for a beautiful design with this stamp set! To keep my stencil in place, I taped it down with the amazing Purple Tape - it's removable and doesn't tear your project! I added some paper hearts sprinkled in with the polka dots to help convey the sentiment message for a love note to a friend! I think the shine from the foil is so pretty!


Would you like to win a $25 gift certificate to Whimsy Stamps?  To enter, leave comments on all of the collaboration posts on the Whimsy blog this week.  One winner will be randomly chosen from all of the blog posts, so the more posts you comment on, the better your chances are of winning!  You have until Monday, February 11th at midnight CST to comment.  The winner will be announced on the Whimsy blog on Tuesday, February 12th. And THANK YOU for the comments you leave me!

ThermOWeb is also offering a gift certificate, so be sure to visit their blog each day this week for more inspiration.  Leave comments on their blog for another chance to win!

Challenges: The Card Concept: #108 Love is In the Air (I was in inspired by the hearts and the title of your challenge for my Clean and Layered card!)


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #374

It's Wednesday and time for a new sketch at FreshlyMade Sketches! Jen B. is our hostess today, and has a fun (and challenging) sketch for you to try out! The team came up with such a variety of amazing ideas for inspiration, so be sure to check them out HERE.

Usually I take a few liberties with the sketch, or change the shapes or something, but today I decided to follow it as closely as I could. I happen to LOVE circles {sorry, Jen B, I know you hold the big ones at a distance! :) } and this was really fun to spend some time on.


I decided to make a rainbow of sorts and watercolor various shades of my rainbow (which includes pink more than red, of course!) on watercolor paper. And then I did something rather extraordinary ---- don't faint ---- I got out my CIRCLE PUNCHES! Yes, and I had to dust them off from sitting on the shelf for probably more than a year (I know, Marie Kondo, then why do I have them?? For days like this one: joy!). I have sizes ranging from 2 inches to 1/4 inches, and used all I had so no one felt left out. :)

The most fun was choosing which circles to use, and where to put them so that I had all the colors, as well as most in the sketch! And then I had the most perfect sentiment -- from Kylee Boo by Picket Fence Studios.


You really have to go see what my teamies made - there are some amazing ideas for this sketch! I hope you have a bubbly day!
Come play along with us. Our challenge is open until 3 PM EST on Monday!







Friday, February 1, 2019

Rainbow Card Challenge #2 - One of My Favorites!

Hello, friends! It's February 1 and a new challenge at The Rainbow Card Challenge! I have always enjoyed color, and am excited to share my creations with you each month based on the photo prompt! Can you guess our color for February by looking at my card?
February is Orange Opulence! I happen to LOVE orange. I think it's a bright, happy color, and it makes me smile. That being said, my card has more of a muted, natural orange color today as I used Stampin' Up!'s Pumpkin Pie color. :)

I first embossed the fern from Butterfly Basics (Stampin' Up!) using VersaMark and White EP. Then I created my wash with a brush using PP. I stamped the fern again in PP, as well as the postmark and hive stamps. The butterfly was watercolored using thinner colors, then cut out using the Thinlits die, and then sprayed with Gold Glimmermist. To get a more muted color, I soaked up some of the color as I went with a paper towel. I added a vellum leaf and strips of the Copper paper. 



I hope you will come check out {this new monthly challenge} and play along with us! Be sure to check out what my teamies made too!

Jacqueline | Cohenna | Em | MynnLee Ann | Sue

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Watercolor Succulent from Picket Fence Studios

Have you seen ALL of the AMAZING new products from the Picket Fence Studios Creativation 2019 January release?!?!

I am just in love with so many things, including this gorgeous image called Aeonium African Succulent. It is a beautiful, large, 6x6 image that can be colored in so many ways.


Today I am sharing a watercolored version, using Bee Watercolor paper and Zig Clean Color Markers. I don't use my Zigs nearly often enough, and I am glad the thought occured to me this morning! I taped down my paper, and then sprayed with water slightly, then just started scribbling with several different greens, including a green gray. The leaves of this succulent have so many beautiful colors in real life.

Once dry, I added some purple to the tips of a few leaves. My sentiment is from Ways To Say Get Well, and is embossed on vellum using Ranger Gold Embossing Powder. I tried many backgrounds for my succulent, including lots of fun patterned papers (which also looked awesome), but decided on a muted black textured background to highlight the image.

And -- this is my submission for this month's Watercolour Challenge at Happy Little Stampers! It's Anything Goes with optional metallics! While I didn't use metallics in my succulent, I did add the gold in the sentiment! Come play along!


Have a great week!



Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #373

It's Wednesday and time for a new sketch at FreshlyMade Sketches! Kim is our hostess today, and has a fun sketch for you to try out! The team came up with such a variety of ideas for inspiration, so be sure to check them out HERE.

I will admit I struggled with this sketch, and had all sorts of things on my desk that just weren't clicking. But when I finally thought of the diagonals first, the Ocean Waves stamp came to mind, and I knew I had found my design.


I decided on a range of blue shades, and colored the waves with a variety of Copic markers. My Sentiment is from Weathering the Storm Together. I love those words. 

I flipped the sketch to better fit the sentiment in with the curve of the waves.

Come play along with us. Our challenge is open until 3 PM EST on Monday!







Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #372

It's Wednesday and time for a new sketch at FreshlyMade Sketches! Linda is our hostess today, and has a fun sketch for you to try out! The team came up with such a variety of ideas for inspiration, so be sure to check them out HERE.

My card today uses one of the new January releases from Picket Fence Studios called Boho Zebra. I adore this image and sentiment. 


I decided on a range of purple shades, and colored my zebra with a variety of Copic markers. I chose a couple of patterned papers from the Recollections Boho collection.


Come play along with us. Our challenge is open until 3 PM EST on Monday!







Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Photo Inspiration With Addicted to Stamps and More!

It's time for a new challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, and this one is a fabulous photo collage to inspire you! Take a look:

I think you can see where I got my inspiration from:


I had picked up some fun die cuts on a recent trip to Michael's, and thought this cupcake was a perfect choice for the challenge! The letters and cupcake holder have some wonderful gold in them. 
My layout is from Mojo Monday 507:

Hope you will join us for our Photo Inspiration Challenge!


Saturday, January 19, 2019

It's the January Picket Fence Studios Release Day!

For those at Creativation (formerly CHA) in Phoenix, it couldn't be a more exciting day. The floor opens at 9 AM MST, and that's when everyone can see the super awesome Picket Fence Studios booth, and the {January Release}! You might miss the floor excitement, but the entire team is sharing the release today!

There are stencils, die cuts, and awesome stamp sets (several boho themed!), as well as some amazing and versatile sentiment sets, so be sure to check out my teamies' blogs too!

I love the sense of movement and delight in Vortex of Fish. 
I stamped in VersaFine Clair Nocturne on a watercolor background, and popped up the sentiment on a matted heart. A few Ocean Breeze sequins for sparkle and some linen thread, and it's ready to mail! 
There are many sentiments to mix and match, as well as some single fishies.

My second card for today stays in the Animal Kingdom, and shows two images from Stand in the Sunshine - plus the new Sunburst Stencil!
I used my Life Changing Brushes and Fossilized Amber DOX to create the background. The little circle and foxes (colored with Copics) are popped up for some fun dimension. This set has matching dies too, so cutting is easy!
Aren't they sweet?  
Follow Picket Fence Studios on Instagram @picketfencestudios for details on how you might win the {ENTIRE release}!

More to come this week! Stay tuned!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Thinkin' About Coffee


Goodness, it's a coffee day at my house. It's so foggy outside that I can hardly see across the street. Snow coming, and I'm thinkin' about coffee! I had this little inked square left from another project quite awhile ago, and it was perfect for what I wanted today to pair with my Trinity Stamps' images.
I inked up my cutie pie coffee pot (Coffee With Character) and sentiment (Caffeinated Sentiments) with VersaFine Clair Nocturne, and added a coffee die cut from Copper Metallic cardstock (always hard to photograph). The patterned paper background (Echo Park) has such fun coffee sayings. I thought a little doily would add a cute bit of embellishment. The heart die down the side is from a retired die set I have had in my stash.

If you haven't yet purchased Coffee With Character, you must! It's a set you will use for so many things, and with the added features of arms and smiles and so many other images, there are endless possibilities!