Monday 27 March 2023

Happy Easter


Hello, today I'm using one of the images in the Easter Gnomes Digital stamps from Whimsy Stamps, from the Dustin Pike collection.

I printed it, cut it out en then colored the image with  alcohol markers.Triblend in this case as I took them to work.

At first I was in two or three minds even for which occasion to make this card. A Colorful Birthday came to mine, Easter of course and even  New Home that needs painting. I went for Easter this time although without the Easter eggs I think it would work for many more occasions.

For the background I inkblended Distress inks through a mask I made a few years ago.Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron and Tumbled Glass.

Mounted the Gnome with Foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase. The sentiment I printed on the cardbase, there's none included in the set and as I didn't have any clear sets with something suitable.

You can find the Easter Gnomes in the Whimsy Store:

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Tuesday 21 March 2023

Hello Sunshine

 Hello, I'm ready for Spring and Sun, how about you? So I thought this little Dude from the Whimsy Stamps Easter Gnomes digi set was perfect for a Spring Like card.

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

For the background/cardbase I used a mask I made with the Boho Basic circles dies and I applied Distress inks through it: Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron and Tumbled Glass. removed the mask and then stamped the flowers from another Whimsy set ( Sending Sunshine) with Memento Cantaloupe yellow ink. The sentiment is from the same clear set and same Canatloupe colored ink.

Mounted the gnome with foamtape and adhered  him amidst the flowers.

You can find the digi set in the Whimsy Store:

The Clear set Sending Sunshine:

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Sunday 19 March 2023

AAA Cards Challenge #236: Inspired by a movie/book/song/etc, with video


Hello, this fortnight our challenge is to make a card inspired by a movie/book/ song or tv series,poem etc.

I've chosen the Movie franchise Indiana Jones witha Kindred Stamp  that reminds me of that (Treasure Hunter). I took some liberties with the colors s there would be too much browns in my opinion.

I made a cave or temple with a semi circle and Distress inks ( Forest Moss, Peeled Paint and Bundled Sage) then splattered with Lawn Fawn Liquid Stardust for my gold veins or diamonds in the mine.

Stamped the sentiment from the same Kindred Stamps st with Versafine Sepia ink.

Colored the image with Graphit Brush markers and mounted it with foamtape before adhering to the card base.

To play along the AAA Card Challenge, see this.

Saturday 18 March 2023

New Less is More Challenge: #479: ONe Layer- Anything Goes


There's a new challenge over at the Less is More Blog!: 
One Layer and anything goes.

I've chosen to do a Happy Birthday Card, as I always need those, although at firts I wanted Easter with a silhouette stamp.

But instead I Made a mask with a Joy Crafts die (really old, but any would work) and adhered it on the cardbase, then masked the bottom, once I new how much space I needed. 

I used Distress inks to make my scene: Wilted Violet, Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin and mUsteard Seed for my SunSet and Mermaid Lagoon for the Sea.

Peeled off the maskes and now have a crisp white Sailboat.I kinda like it, but might add shading if I feel it needs it.

Sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps (Simple Sentiment Strips) and I stamped it in Versafine Black ink.

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

Tuesday 14 March 2023

Choose Wisely


Hello, today I'm showing you a fun card I made with the Whimsy Stamps digi Evil Kitty from the Dustin Pike collection.

I printed the digi and cut it out with the Scan n Cut , then Colored it with Copic Markers. Of Course I went for my own cat  color wise, had to ;-)

Then I made the background by masking of the top and bottom of the cardbase and applying Distress inks: Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet, splattered with water and shimmery watercolor.

The edges weren't as crisp as I'd like them to be as some of the masking paper peeled up, so I covered the cardbase with cardstock, gives a bit of dimension too as I mounted the strips with foamtape. But I stamped the lower part first with sentiments from a Whimsy Stamps clear set: Simple Sentiment strips. 

I thought it went with the look on the "Evil Kitty".

Also mounted the kitty with foamtape and adhered it all together.

Find the Digi image in the Whimsy Store:

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Tuesday 7 March 2023

A Happy or Ha-Bee Hello

Hello, today I'm showing a cute little card with  Whimsy Stamps Products, Bee Happy digi from Crissy Armstrong.

I wanted a pun so I went with Happy as HaBee. I thought it was funny, but I wonder if people will get it, or correct my grammar everytime they see it ;-) Don't care, I giggled.

There's a clear set from Whimsy Hap-Bee from the Krista Heij-Barber collection that has this sentiment, but I don't have it (yet) and so I made my own on the computer and printed it out with the Bee image.

Had he Scan N Cut do the fussy cutting and then I colored it with all the alcohol marker brands : Copic, Decotime  Brush and Graph-it Brush because of their fineline nib, which I love to get into the tiny corners. If you make the image bigger those tight spaces are easier to color.  

The Hello if the Whimsy Hello Word and Shadow Die set I wanted to make the Hello honey colored ombre, so on white cardstock I applied: Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Dried Marigold and Crackling Campfire, can you spot the all? then cut it out and made the show layer white to make it stand out from the background.

Ha the's not my first rendition,  didn't like the first one, I cut hexagons from masking paper and stuck them on the cardbase, applied Distress inks Salty Ocean and Tumbled glass, like a sky, but when I peeled of the hexagon masks, the white was too stark and so I went over the whole thing with Mustard Seed to make the white yellowish and give some of the blue a green was not my best decision ;-)...I've included in  my blogpost, so you can see how plans change.

I did diecut the masks, kind of strategically from a cardpanel sized piece of masking paper, so  I used the windows it left to apply some of the same inks I used on the Hello, but in different densities, some of top of each other to give that whimsical bokeh like effect; and this is much prettier  and clean looking.

I mounted the Hello on the shadow layer with foam and liquid glue,  Mounted the word on the cardbase. I also added foam tape on the bees and liquid glue on the sentiment strip.

You can find the digi in the Whimsy Store, it's also available as a cling stamp set in case you prefer:

The Krista Heij-Barber clear set:

There's a Honey Comb pattern die if you need hexagons shapes:

Or a Hexagon Die set:

Hello Word and Show dieset:

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Sunday 5 March 2023

AAA Cards Challenge : Inkblending along an edge, with video

 Hello, this challenge we're all about Inkblending along an edge. any Edge will do, but it should be CAS.

For my card I inblended ink on the lower edge, diecut the Whimsy Hello Word and Shadow set  into a panel and adhered it on top.

I've used Distress inks: Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry.

To Play along the AAA Card Challenge, see this

Wednesday 1 March 2023

AAA Birthday Cards Challege March: #47 Stripes and/or dots


Hello this month we at AAA Birthday Cards Challenges are all about strips and or dots.

For my birthday card I've used the set from My Favorite Things : Full Circle with pretty colored inkpads from Card Deco

I did make two panel as I wanted to do some clever layering where the pattern carried on, but I smudged the other one too much to use it, so lucky the cardbase  wasn't smudged too badly.

the strips and dots are also in the set and the sentiment is from Clearly Besotted Stamps (Tiny type), and I've used Versafine black ink for this.

To play along our March Challenge, see this.