Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Avec Creations domed blending tool- first look and try

Oh Croak!


Hiya This week I'm using the Whimsy Stamp digi stamp: Frog Prince from Sylvia Zet

It comes with a sentiment, that to me felt very Valentine's day like, it's summer so didn't use it and i wanted it to  be a pun.

So whilst I was coloring the image I came up with lots of potential sentiments, but  Oh Croak! I FROGot your birthday is what I decided to use and I printed it on the cardbase. Cut a fun shape out of masking paper and ink blended Distress inks for a fun background that could be a pond, it's up to you what you see in it.

I mounted the Frog with foamtape and adhered it to the card.

You can find the digi in the Wimsy store here: https://whimsystamps.com/products/frog-prince-digital-stamp?_pos=1&_sid=f4c5c8fe7&_ss=r

There's another one similar, if you prefer that style: https://whimsystamps.com/products/frog-prince-digital-stamp-1?_pos=2&_sid=f4c5c8fe7&_ss=r

Options are always good.

Saturday, 21 May 2022

rainbows and dinosaurs

 There's a new challenge over at Less is More: rainbows.

So naturally I use Distress inks for my rainbow background, I also splattered it  with water..it's mandatory ;-)..not really but it's just a lot of fun.

I inkblended on the card base by masking off the bottom.

the Dinos are a new Whimsy Stamps die set (raur my baby saur) and the sentiment is also Whimsy Stamps (Simple sentiment strips) and I stamped it with Versafine ink,

Added the dinosaur cut outs with liquid glue, I thought black cardstock would make them stand out nicely,

For more information on the Less is More Challenge , see this.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Baby dinos


Isn't this the cutest little Welcome Baby card? with Baby Dinos? I think so ;-)

I've used the Last Minute Manda Baby Dinos, you can find them in her store on Etsy.

I printed them, colored them with Spectrum Triblend Markers and cut them out.

For the cardbase I applied Distress inks through a home made stencil (just hexagons nesting dies ) and whatever ink was left on  my inkblending brushes.

The sentiment I made on the computer.

Mounted the dinos with one or two layers of foamtape and added them to the card.

Find the digi on Etsy

Sunday, 15 May 2022

AAA Cards Challenges #215: NO Layers + Plant, Grow, Farm


This fortnight we're all about NO layers and an optional twist chosen by Sue: Plant/grow/farm. You can interpret this very widely. I used to grow veg, Sue has a farm, but just  sowing a seed or  picking your own is fab too,  and of course you don't have to use the twist, just the NO Layer.

For my card I masked of a rectangle as the stamp from Studio Light is not long enough to fit, I rather chop it off a little and frame it.

After masking I applied Distress inks Cracked Pistachio and Tumbled Glass and whatever was left on my blending tools as always, I don't have one for every colour.

I stamped the Studio Light stamp

(StampSL353) and the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp (it's your Birthday 3x4) with Versafine ink and heat seat it all. Removed the masking tape.

For more information or to play along the AAA Cards Challenge. see this.

Saturday, 14 May 2022

Kitty Cat frame shaker part 2- I finished it according to some suggestio...

Toucan Surf

Hiya, this week I pretend to be at the beach with the Whimsy Stamps digi: Toucan Surf.
I printed it  and colored it with alcohol markers like Spectrum Noir and Graph-it Brush, cut it out.
For my scene I glued white and sand like cardstock, ripped the edges to make it look  like the water's edge.
On the cardbase I stamped the sentiment from  Simple Sentiment  Strips clearstamp, also Whimsy Stamps.
 Applied Mermaid Lagoon Distress inks and sprayed with water for texture.
Mounted the image and "beach"with foam tape and adhered it all together.

Find the Toucan Surf digi here: https://whimsystamps.com/products/toucan-surf-digital-stamp?_pos=2&_sid=956281755&_ss=r

Simple Sentiment Strips here:  https://whimsystamps.com/products/simple-sentiment-strips-clear-stamps?_pos=1&_sid=e2918fc2c&_ss=r

There are also clear stamps and dies with similar look and feel: https://whimsystamps.com/search?q=surf 

Friday, 13 May 2022

Use Your Stash 2022 #15 Whimsy Kitty Cat Frame see through shaker


I got mine in the Netherlands at  Doe@ding https://doeading.nl/home/56417-whimsy-stamps--8700714662915.html

Thursday, 12 May 2022

have a Yappy Birthday!


hi Everyone, I made a Yappy Birthday card with the 4th of July Yorkies, yes I know, but with different colors they could be partying.

Colored with Alcohol markers and Distress inked background with shimmery splatter

you can find the digi on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/nl/listing/1209792521/4th-july-yorkies-digital-stamp-set?click_key=415ccc31aa01c2250dc1ef3b11c9f1c92f316e3c%3A1209792521&click_sum=5a804342&ga_search_query=july&ref=shop_items_search_3&sts=1

Sunday, 8 May 2022

BBQ time, or is it?

This week I've used the Dragon BBQ digi from Whimsy stamps.

Prepped image and sentiment  on the pc, printed it and then colored it with alcohol makers, matted the panel and adhered it to the cardbase with foamtape.

Not just CAS but also QAE (quick and easy), I like to color watching a little show or movie on the pc, time well spent ;-)

I thought the sentiment was funny and perfect for this image and I took inspiration from a meme about brownies I saw a few years ago.  

I had Father's day in mind, it's in June in the Netherlands, might be different, but it's also cool for any Masculine birthday or just to make someone giggle.

You can find the digi in the Whimsy store:  https://whimsystamps.com/products/dragon-bbq-digital-stamp?_pos=1&_sid=f16e70b51&_ss=r


Saturday, 7 May 2022

colorful chameleon


There's a new challenge at the Less is More Blog and well I don't usually use tags on cards. Not my style, and so this card has seen a few guises before I decided this was the best for me .

I started with the Chameleon. it's a left over piece and I liked it was so colorful. It's from Craft Emotions and I watercolored it sometime ago, I think it's ecoline, but it might be Distress ink refills, in fact I think they are, but the magenta pink got me stumped. Doesn't matter really except if you want to try and  use the same colors  on the cardbase haha.

I diecut the tag from black card

as I thought the colors of the Chameleon would stand out better, the leafy branch is from the same set (115633/0270). 

On a crisp white base the black looked too stark, I liked it, but many might not. so I tried a pink or blue cardstock and they were blah . so I swiped Distress inks on a few cardbases to ground the tag..blah, inksmooshed a few cardbases, also blah. then I decided on an ink blended strip in the back. I've used Distress inks and other dye inks. also splattered with golden watercolor to match the chameleon, like he's absorbed the background.

The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps (SImple Sentiment strips).

For more information or to play along the Less is More Challenge, see this.

Monday, 2 May 2022

5 minute tip mini tongs from my bbq tote

AAA Birthday Card Challenges #37 Let's Party

 This month we celebrate our own Birthday with birthday cards as usual but seems perfect ;-)

For my card I used n image from CC design stamps (Hello ,Goodbye set). The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps (Simple Sentiment Strips)

I actually started with the sentiment, let it dry. The blob is a stencil I made and I inkblended Distress inks Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon through it, to make a meadow of sorts. Then I splattered with Metallic paints and water to give the illusion of flowers.

Mounted the image with foamtape.

Come and join us on our blog and enter your card here.

Sunday, 1 May 2022

AAA Cards Challenge #214: it's our 8th birthday


To celebrate our 8th Birthday we have a moodboard, take away what you want and play along.

We have a couple of sponsors ( I felt bad asking in these times, some is better than none). Whimsy Stamps is offering the whole May digital release as a prize!. 

I've used the newly released clear sets though.

In the moodboard I see limes, blues, purple pinks, the whole rainbow frankly. For my card I used the Whimsy Stamps Monster Birthday and I colored the images with alcohol markers (Copic, Spectrum Noir, Graphit Brush..they all play along nicely).

 I based the colors of them on the moodboard and also the background I made first. For that I drew a blob on masking paper, cut it out and inkblended Distress inks (Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet, maybe some Chipped Sapphire, not sure if I actually used it of that shade was made  by overlapping Wilted Violet and Mermaid Lagoon). I wanted to sue the cooler side of the rainbow. I actually also made one with pinks, yellow and orange, but this one spoke to me.

The sentiment seemed perfect and is also by Whimsy Stamps (Simple Sentiment Strips). I stamped it inside the "blob"to retain as much white space as possible. Mounted the images with foamtape and adhered them on top.

Bit of Nuvo shimmer pen and white gelpen for accents,

For more information, or to play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.

Saturday, 30 April 2022

Giraffes having a party


This week I am presenting to you two digis from Whimsy on one card.

Giraffe Cupcake and Giraffe Heart String, I printed them on Copic safe paper and colored them with Copic Markers. Cut the out.

For the cardbase/background I masked the edges and inkblended Distress inks in the centre (Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Twisted Citron).

The sentiment is from Simple sentiment strips clear stamps ,also Whimsy Stamps.

Mounted the images with foamtape and adhered them on top.

Giraffe Cupcake: https://whimsystamps.com/collections/april-2022-digital/products/giraffe-cupcake-digital-stamp

Giraffe Heartstring: https://whimsystamps.com/collections/april-2022-digital/products/giraffe-heart-string-digital-stamp

Simple Sentiment Strips: https://whimsystamps.com/products/simple-sentiment-strips-clear-stamps?_pos=1&_sid=fb681900c&_ss=r

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Chicken Soup


Today (April 27th) is our King's Birthday, so I had the day off, did bits in the garden and now I am relaxing with some coloring and cardmaking. I've used the Whimsy Stamps Get Well set and the same blob stencil I've used on my previous card, but rotated. Distress inks Twisted Citron and Squeezed Lemonade. Sentiment is from the same set by Dustin Pike.

You can find this set here

And there's also a version with Dragons , also Dustin Pike

Sunday, 24 April 2022

Whimsy Stamps Bunny Morning glory


This week I'm showcasing the Whimsy Stamps digi Bunny Morning Glory. I love this image even though they're two of my Vegetable plot fiends. I have battled the weed variety of Morning Glory for decades and the veg were eaten by bunnies among others. Nevertheless I loved my allotment garden.

Anyway onto the card: I printed the digi onto watercolor paper with my laserprinter and then colored it with Talens Ecoline watercolors. I've tried to keep the colors in a triangle shape and in threes, I had only one purple flower, that's fine that's the proper Morning Glory color. The weed is white or pink and perennial. The sentiment is from a clear set called Ants at a picnic , also Whimsy Stamps and I thought it matched well with the image of the bunny dangling from the vines.

I've added a pink and orange mat around the image that match the coloring.

You can find the digi here: https://whimsystamps.com/products/morning-glory-bunny-digital-stamp?_pos=36&_sid=7aa3fd08f&_ss=r

Saturday, 23 April 2022

Spring blossoms

 There's a new Less is More Challenge: One Layer card and off centre. Sounds simple enough, right? This is my third card though.

First on I tried to inkblend "freehanded" but erhm that's not me...second card I grabbed my circle stencils I made once and I was pleased with the results until I realized it was in the centre....oops thirst one is the same image from Nellie Snellen SPCS017 Spring Lovers and same ink, but different.

I've used Distress inks and as light a hand as possible for a springlike feel.

The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps Simple Sentiment Strips.

For more information or to play along the Less is More Challenge, see this.

What's up critters from Gerda Steiner


I won this Gerda Steiner set by taking part in the Easter Egg hunt. Of course I used the cat from the set for my card, I did stamp and cut all the other critters too, but hey....they'll have to wait.  It's called What's up.

For this card I started by stamping my rainbow of sentiments, that is actually from another  Gerda Steiner set called Valentine Penguins.

Then I cut a findow in this panelas I found the background was a bit bright, as intended with the rainbow, but man, traced the opening onto the cardbase and inkblended Distress inks  in the area (Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet)

Mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase. Tucked in the little cat. I kept the cat as neutral as possible  (and like my own haha) as there's so many colors going on already, black always matches ;-) )

You can fine the What's up set here: https://gsd-stamps.com/collections/new-arrivals/products/whats-up-4x6-clear-stamp-set

And the Valentine Penguins here: https://gsd-stamps.com/collections/shop-clearstamps/products/valentine-penguins-4x6-clear-stamp-set

Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Sunday, 17 April 2022

AAA Cards Challenges #213: Small and Few + Easter


Happy Easter everyone!. It seems only logical our challenge this fortnight is Easter, well the optional twist chosen by Asa, you don't actually have to use it, but the main challenge of small and few? yes!.

For my card I stamped the Easter line up from Clearly Besotted (Seasonal line up) on Copic friendly paper, had the Scan n Cut do her magic and then coloured it with Copic markers.

The sentiment is also Clearly Besotted (Tiny Type) and I stamped it with Versafine ink.

Mounted the bunnies with foamtape and adhered it to the card.

For more information or to play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.

Saturday, 16 April 2022

Hoppy Easter

 Oh I'm sorry, I;m not sure what happened to Friday to be honest...I went to the garden center with my friend and now it's Saturday evening and  I  almost went to bed...

Anyway here's my last card for the egg hunt with Gerda Steiner stamps: Bunny with eggs, I think it's retired, but there's a similare one and it's free, so go get it now.

I printed the digi with my laser printer and colored it with Talens  Ecoline a liquid watercolor medium, like an ink, very vibrant ink. I love it. I;ve tried to keep the number of colors to a minimum, but they are Easter eggs, so still colorful.
I then mated the panel and adhered it to the cardbase with foamtape.
I hope you had fun with the Egg hunt.
Happy Easter, oh I'm sorry Hoppy Easter ;-)

Thursday, 14 April 2022

Playful tiger

 Hello, this week I present to you the Whimsy Stamps Playful tiger digi. 

I prepped the image on the pc and added the sentiment  from the digi set "say it big".

printed it on watercolor paper with my laserprinter. Then I colored it with Talens Ecoline  a fluid watercolor medium.

 Sprayed fixative on it, mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered it to a cardbase, sounds easy doesn't it? It is!

You could also use the Talens ecoline markers, Zigs real brush markers (but I don't have the right colors) and or Karin Markers, or Distress reinkers, anything waterbased  would work of course, just use a fixative spray  when done ;-)

White gel pen on the eyes and nose.

find the digis in the Whimsy shop: https://whimsystamps.com/products/playful-tiger-digital-stamp?_pos=2&_sid=fa840eeb1&_ss=r


Use your stash #13 Wow Embossingpowders

Saturday, 9 April 2022

Do what makes you happy

 There's a new challenge over at the Less is More Blog and I've chosen Farmer, then mice, then farmer again...I'll explain.

I first stamped the Clearly Besotted set All round the farm, as I had to stamp it a few times with Extreme black ink from My Favorite Things, I smeared the image here and there, even with heat setting it. I wanted the circle to be as light as possible and the barn was red but light red looked pink, so I went over it with blue and then it was really dark and catching all the attention and I didn't like it, so I stamped the image again on the cardbase and thought I'll leave it B&W and well, that was too harsh  in my humble opinion. For the sentiment I wanted to use one from Animal Antics (Craftin Desert Divas is no longer in business).

So not liking my farm scene I came up with the Stampendous set Willow Climb, it's a farm animal and it went with the sentiment from the same Animal antics. Also stamped it with Extreme black in k and colored it with Copic markers, I was in fact really pleased with the CAS look, but then I realized it's farm, yes, occupation: no.

Although the mice and voles in my garden made it their job to eat every single thing I'd like to eat too.

So back to the Clearly Besotted set and accepted it was what it was, looked better now the ink has dried.

In the Whimsy Stamps'set : Simple sentiment strips"there is this one and I thought it works with the occupation and I can just see a city boy leaving everything behind to grow his own...

So that's my logic and thought process, hope you like the cards.

For more information or to play along the Less is More Challenge, see this.

Friday, 8 April 2022

Have a ball


For this week's Egg hunt I've used the Gerda Steiner set Dachshunds, images and sentiment. I stamped the images on Copic safe paper and colored them with Copic Markers.

I masked off the edges on a cardbase and applied Distress inks : Twisted Citron and Tumbled glass, fading it to the top. 

I then splattered with metallic watercolor and some water droplets also landed on the cardbase, that's all good, removed the tape and stamped the sentiment from Dachhunds with Versafine  black ink.

While that was drying I applied foamtape  on the back of my images and adhered them to the card.

I'm sharing this in the Gerda Steiner challenge blog on  website.

Monday, 4 April 2022

Friends are like Angels without wings


Pretty sure that's exactly it, especially for good friends that always stick around and are there for one and another, this sentiment feels so true.

For my card I've used the Whimsy Stamps digi Angel Clove. I kept reading and reading that title, expecting to see Angelic Love, not sure why, does it matter? not really...

I printed it on Copic Safe paper and colored it with Alcohol markers. I may have mixed a few brand, doesn't matter, use what you have ;-).I wanted to use different colors for the hair,. not blonde like Angels/Cupids usually are depicted, also his loin cloth could be burlap and warm greys for the wings.

I then used Tumbled Glass Distress ink and a cloud shaped stencil and tried to make it look like the Angel is on his cloud, maybe looking down on the person he's supposed to be guarding (like he's a Guardian Angel). I hope you can see it, it's very faint, but exactly how I wanted it, there but not intrusive on the main image.

The senitment is also from Whimsy Stamps: Big Wishes Sentiments, thought it was a perfect pairing, I added it when I was prepping the image for printing.

As my laser printer always prints on a slant I matted it,  in an effort to get it straight again.Glued the panel to a cardbase.

AAA Birthday Challenges #36: Critters

This month at the AAA BIrthday Challenge we're playing with critters and it was my choice, so you can blame me.

 For my birthday card I've used a gi from Beccy's Place and I added the sentiment on the pc, printed it with my laser printer, coloured it with Copics.

For more information or to play along the AAA Birthday Challenges, see this.

Sunday, 3 April 2022

AAA Cards Challenge #212: Along the Egde+ Your Country


This fortnight the challenge is: along the edge, plus the optional twist to showcase your country.

I am from the Netherlands, known for it's windmills canals and also bridges and grey skies ;-)

For my card I used  the Marianne Design border  (LR0381) and I cut it from the top of a panel, then traced it  on the cardpanel so I knew where to add Distress inks. I think it's Hickory smoke, but it was whatever was left on the blending tool.

The sentiment is from Carlijn Design (Nederland groetjes) and I stamped them with Versafine ink. Adhered the panel to the cardbase with tape runner.

For more information or to play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.

Friday, 1 April 2022

Just vrooming by to say...it's your birthday

 This week I've used the Gerda Steiner Vrooming by for the image and the sentiment on the front, for the sentiment on the inside of the card, I've used the GSD Dachshunds.

I stamped the image on Copic safe paper and colored it with Copic Markers. Then I inkblended the background on the cardbase with Distress inks, splattered with water.

The Dutch merchant houses are from Nel;lie Snellen (vintage houses) cut it from white card and adhered it to the cardbase. Made the road with black cardstock and a

white gel pen.

Adhered the image with foamtape.

I've entered  the card into the Gerda Steiner gallery. (when the April ons is up and running)

Wednesday, 30 March 2022

Easier and cheaper light up card with Clearly Besotted fireflies

 The Clearly besotted stampset is called a Bug's life and I used it to make a light up shaker card!

Yes with this hack you can too ;-)

I'm entering it into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: recycle as I used  "old"Christmas lights in a different way.

Saturday, 26 March 2022

Welcome Baby


The new Less is More Challenge is: Pink and Gold.

I thought it was the One Layer week, but luck me eh? I couldn't have done this card with one layer, even if I inlaid the wreath, I felt it needed matting.

For my wreath I've used the Simon Says Stamp Blooming Circle die and cut it from a panel of white, pinks and gold glitter. Now the last one didn't work it didn't cut through mine and I was too lazy to go upstairs to get others, hehe.

I've put sticky tape behind the panel and put all the bits back. I might have used a pale green for the leaves if it weren't for the challenge, so I put the white ones back.

Now I thought with the sticky tape at the back would it hold one to embossing powder? It did, not as good as with ink, but had to try. I've used Wow rich gold regular powder, sprinkled it on and melted it.

For the sentiment I used one I had on my desk, I thought the pink was perfect for a baby girl.  Might add a cute image if I feel it's a bit boring, don't know yet.

Added the panel with foamtape to the card and the sentiment strip also.

For more information on the Less is More Challenge, see this.

Friday, 25 March 2022

Wizard Dragon


This week I've used the Whimsy Stamps digi: Wizard Dragon.

To me it looked like he just woke up, so I made this eyelids bigger or this eyes smaller , you can still see the original line being black, but I thought it went with the sentiment,

I  have a t-shirt that says this:"I don't drink coffee to wake up, I wake up to drink coffee". I think that's funny even though I don't drink coffee.

I colored the dragon with Copic Markers and made this eyelids darker, much like my own panda eyes ;-)

Matted the panel and adhered it to a cardbase.

you can find the digi here: https://whimsystamps.com/products/wizard-dragon-digital-stamp?_pos=1&_sid=4670682de&_ss=r

#Whimsy Stamps #digistamp #digitalstamp #dustinpikedraws

Hoppy Mail


This week the Gerda Steiner Stamps egg hunt continues and I made this card with a Gerda Steiner Digi Bunny with Letter, it's no longer available, but you can get a similar "real" stamp .

I printed it and colored the digi with Copic Markers, then cut it out.

For met scene/backdrop I cut out this stamp like panel, masked the edges to keep them white and applied Distress inks Twisted Citron and Tumbled Glass, then I placed a stencil on top (from Create a Smile Stamps (Happy mail) and applied the same colors, so I would get a faint design.

I made  the sentiment with my label maker.

For more information or to play along the #Egghunt,  see this.

Sunday, 20 March 2022

AAA Cards Challenge #211: Anything CAS Goes + Spring Animals

 This fortnight we have a new kind of challenge for you: anything CAS goes + the optional twist of Spring animals.  The twist was chosen by Tristan.

Anything goes was chosen by former DT  lady Arlene and I added CAS to the  title as we are a CAS Cards Challenge and we'd open ourselves up to a can of worms...also Spring Animals? hehe...

Anyway CAS Card, Spring Animals if you like, but other than that Anything goes.

For my card I made the background with the Clearly Besotted stencil Around About inside a circle mask, it makes it easier to line up. I've used Distress

inks left on my foam blending tools, but otherwise I would have used Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean or Tumbled Glass.

My Spring animals are from Paperie ink (Some Bunny Talk), so it the upper sentiment. the Lower one is from Whimsy Stamps (SImple Sentiment Strips). I stamped them on Copic friendly paper and colored them with alcohol markers, Scan N Cut did her magic and I adhered the dandelion flush to the cardbase, mounted the bunnies with foamtape. Then added the white in their eyes and the string to the cans.

For more information or to play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.