Wednesday 10 April 2024

Little Ballerina


Hello, today I'd like to show you one of the new digital stamps from Whimsy: Little Ballerina, from the Krista Heij-Barber Line.

I printed it and cut it out, then colored the image with my markers, I wanted to go for a ginger haired girl, but I think it shows up more as a brunette. of course the tutu had to be pink.

The sentiment is from Whimsy also: Simple sentiment strips, a clear set.

For the background I masked off the background with strips of masking paper, I thought they could be stage lights beaming down on the little ballerina.

To make them I've used Distress inks: Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet and Peacock Feathers, then splattered with gold watercolor paint..

The sentiment I've stamped with Versafine Morning Mist. Mounted the Ballerina with foamtape and adhered her to the card.

You can find the digi here:

And the sentiment :

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Friday 5 April 2024

Little Swimmer girl


Hello, today I wanted to show you one of the newest Whimsy Stamps digi release: Little Swimmer Girl from Krista Heij-Barber.

I printed it out on alcohol paper and made sure all the lines were connected as I wanted the Scan n Cut to do it's magic. and the hand drawn style sometimes trips up the machine. It cut it perfectly, but I cut off the  puddle around her feet in the end as I  imagined here on a beach about to go into the waves, no no puddle I cut it off ;-)

Colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers and Graphit Brush markers. added detail in the hair with pencils to deepen the shade.

For the background I made a mask with one of the Boho Circle dies from Whimsy.

Applied Distress inks: Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Mermaid lagoon for the sea, and Scattered Straw and Gathered Twigs for the same. I then splattered the background with metallic inks, removing the mask to get water splatters outside the mask as well.

Mounted the image with foam tape.

The sentiment is from Whimsy also (digi set Dragon Beach Fun.

You can find the digis in the Whimsy Store:

Little Swimmer Girl:


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Monday 1 April 2024

AAA Birthday Cards Challenge April: Shaker card #60


Hello, this month the challenge prompt is shaker, I made a  shaker card, but I was thinking a cocktail shaker or wobbler also shakes, so....

I again made more than one card, that's the danger of having them done in plenty of time and then second guessing yourself ;-)

So for my second and final rendering: 

I cut this little die from Dutch Crafts it from black cardstock.

Matched the moon with a circle shaped die and diecut that into a panel.

Stamped the Happy Birthday (Whimsy Stamps Simple Sentiment Strips) with Versafine Black ink and let it dry

Built up the shaker part with acetate, 2 layers of foamtape and filled it with gold stars confetti, maybe a few too many, but I liked the idea of golden stars  behind the Moon as if it's space. Closed the shaker with the same black cardstock and adhered it to a cardbase.

For the first card:

I started by diecutting the cloud shapes into a card panel (Joy Crafts)

I Inkblended the cardbase in different  Blue Distress inks. Adhered acetate to the back for the cloud panel and  built the wells up with thick foamtape from Heffy Doodle and added the confetti, closing the shaker with the cardbase.

The Sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps and the image with dies is from MIntopia (Voy Volando), stamped it with Extreme black ink and colored it with Copic Markers, cout him out and adhered it to the card with foamtape.

To play along the AAA Birthday Card Challenge, see this.


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Sunday 31 March 2024

AAA Cards Challenge #262: Sketch

 Hello, this fortnight we have a sketch again and as always you can rotate or flip the sketch, as long as we can see it.

The first Idea I came up with I veto-ed, I don't like it.

The second card is better, but still not as cool as I saw it in my head.

It was kind of inspired by a recently released Waffle Flower set, don't know the name, but it's mid century like shapes.

So for my card I diecut the "waves"with a slider channel actually, it's from Joy Crafts, but I thought the shape was fun and similar to the WF set...maybe don't have it. seen the Laura Bassen video only. I considered to make three waves, but instead for the third layer I stamped the Happy Birthday from Whimsy Stamps (Simple Sentiment Strips) in a darker shade.

I wanted to diecut the sun from yellow card, but too  many layer is not as CAS as we like, so I inkblended what ever yellow was left on my brush and I used a Marianne Design Stencil, the sun is quite at the top , so I  flipped the stencil in an effort to elongate the rays, but also to keep them on the left, to ensure max white space. Then I diecut the light house and seagull from Gummiapan, but somehow the lighthouse felt too intricate to me to go with the "waves", thought I's swap it for a palm tree, but the lighthouse and tree are floating mid air, and I  don't know how to fix that  and with the lighthouse it looked better, might be the rays of the sun going all the way down, not sure. But I am sure you can do a better job  with this sketch;)

I feel there's a third card in my future haha

For my 1st Card I've used a Clearly Besotted stencil: Brush Strokes and I applied Distress inks, kind of what was on my brushes, one for water one for grass, but you can do what ever you want.

I thought about embossing the daisies from the sketch with white, but came across my Whimsy Stamps   Build a pond dieset and cut the shapes from white cardstock and adhered them onto the cardbase.

Made a third card by applying Distress inks through a circle mask, in rainbow order and  the added a white gel pen detail as if they were gumballs, I think that's my favorite card so far.

Sentiment is also Whimsy Stamps (Simple Sentiment Strips) and I've used a Card deco blue ink.

To play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.


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Tuesday 19 March 2024

Get well bear

 Hello, today I've  turned one of the new digis (Sleepy Bear) into a sick bear and a get well card.

I printed the image and coloured it with alcohol markers. Then stippled the onesie with a white gelpen, so it looks like a pattern.

For the cardbase I made a mask with the Whimsy Stamps Boho circle dies and applied Distress inks: Salvaged Patina and Peacock Feathers.

The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps also, a clear set: Get well and I stamped them both with Versafine ink  and the acchoo I heat embossed in clear, so it looks wet and yucky.

Cut out the image and mounted him with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase.

You can find all Whimsy items in their store:



Boho Circles:

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Sunday 17 March 2024

AAA Cards Challenge #261: Anything CAS goes with the option of Spring or Spring Colors

Hello, this fortnight Anything CAS goes and if you can't decide may we suggest the option to make it a Spring (colored) card.

I went Easter with a digi from Gerda Steiner Designs (Kitten in Basket) , printed it on watercolor paper and colored it in with Karen markers, I don't have a lighter grey and I really wanted it to be a white bunny cat, not black like my own and or brown like the basket, so it's shadows are a bit harsher than I'd like, but hey ho...

As my printer likes to do things on a slant, I cut the panel straight and matted it onto a cardbase and then sprayed it with a fixative spray.

To play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.


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Friday 15 March 2024

AAA Colourful Challenge #2


Hello, this month our challenge  badge is all about violets, and I did go quite literal on that.

I diecut the violets from Marianne Design (LR0649) and coloured them with Distress ink (whatever was left on my ink blending brushes)

 The gate (CR1648), the Grass (LR0360),  the circle for the background mask ( CR1543) are all Marianne Design too.

With the circle I made a mask for the cardbase and I applied Distress inks (Villainous Poison and Wilted Violet ;-) ) #SSS20YearsOfDistress  Splattered with water and gold paint.

Sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps (Simple Sentiment Strips) and I stamped it in Memento Bamboo Leaves Green.

I then adhered everything to the cardbase with liquid glue or foam tape where needed.

T o  play along the AAA Colourful Card, see this

Sunday 10 March 2024

Is it St. Patrick's Day yet?

 Hello,  today I'm using the new Whimsy Stamps Dig: Caramel Beer and it gave me St. Patrick's Day Vibes; so my main color is green.

I printed the digi and colored it with alcohol markers and as I wasn't about to cut around all the bubbles and hearts I tried to disguise it  by matching it with the background.

The background is Distress inks I applied through a mask I made , it's a Barba Papa blob like shape.

The sentiment I printed at the same time and cut out, mounted both the image and sentiment with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase.

 You can find the digi in the Whimsy Store here:

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Monday 4 March 2024

I don't drink coffee


Hello, today I wanted to use two new digis from Whimsy Stamps and Dustin Pike:

Caramel Coffee and Caramel Ignores.

I prepped the images  on the pc and I cropped the sentiment that is in between them,

I coy and pasted the I do from I don't and put it on the mug, so one wakes up without coffee and the other needs it, does it make sense?. 

I didn't want to make the images smaller so I could fit a speech balloon, and I only cropped out the lower part of the sentiment later in the process as, at first I wanted it to look like they were leaning against it, or each other.

Colored the images with Tri Blend Markers from Spectrum Noir.

Matted the panel and adhered it to a cardbase.

White gel pen for the eyes.

You can find the digis in the Whimsy Store:

Caramel Coffee:

and Caramel Ignores:

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Sunday 3 March 2024

AAA Cards Challenge #260: Sketch

This fortnight we have a sketch and as  always you can flip or rotate it if you like as long as we can see it.

Now I have to admit it took me a while to find the right stamps and images and , you'd think I might consider this when I make the sketches, but nope I just go in with a blanc mind..hehe

I've used the Marianne Design  Panda's and I've stamped them on watercolor card with Versafine.

At first I did it on my cardbase with Copic safe ink, as I wanted to  use my Copics, but it would bleed through the cardstock to the inside and all the black on the panda's made stamping difficult.

So I went with watercolor card and Karin Markers

Sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps (Simple Sentiment Strips) and the clouds is a Stencil also Marianne Design and I've used whatever was left on my blu inkblending brushes, looks like Broken China.


To play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.


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Friday 1 March 2024

AAA Card Challenges March: Geometric #59

Hello, this month we play with Geometric shapes on your birthday cards.

For my card I first went blobs, liked it but then I realized organic shapes aren't onwards...My second card looks a lot like the end result, but I can't stand the look of it, so onto the third and final version.

I've inkblended rectangles with Distress ink Lost Shadow, then laid circles on top, And As Distress  inks are transparent, you can see the shapes underneath, something I loved about my organic blobs.

I've used  Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn and Mermaid lagoon.

The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted Brushed Greetings II and I stamped it with Versafine Clair ink Morning Mist.

Splattered with a bit of black metallic ink, Ok not perfect circles but I needed something organic  and a bit of shine. I think the circles look like floating Planets

 To play along the AAA Birthday Card Challenge, see this.


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Tuesday 27 February 2024

"Happy" Birthday?

 Hello, today I've used the new Whimsy Stamps Digi: Caramel's Happy Day..

I printed it with a sentiment "Smile, it's your day" but my printer prints on a slant and when you cut out things it's OK, but on a cardpanel?

I colored the image with alcohol markers and cut him out. I gave him a 5 o'clock shadow as if he's not shaved, I think it's a him ;-)

For the background I"ve masked of a strip on the cardbase and inkblended a Distress ink rainbow with: Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon and WIlted VIolet. Matched the white bits I didn't cut out on the image with the cardbase, also the balloon, rests exactly on the yellow behind...kind of on purpose ;-).

The sentiment I stamped with Versafine Black ink and it's from the Whimsy Stamps Simple Sentiment Strips set.

You can find the  digi in the Whimsy Store here:

And the Simple Sentiment Strip clear set here:

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Tuesday 20 February 2024

I paused my game to be here

Hello, today I wanted to showcase another new digi stamps from Whimsy and Dustin Pike: Gaming Monster.

The sentiment inside the screen is already in the digi, but I added the Love is: I paused my game for you"

I printed it on Copic safe paper and colored it, mostly with Graph it brush markers because of the fine details.

Adhered the panel to a cardbase.

You can find al the latest release here:

And this digi specifically:

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Sunday 18 February 2024

AAA Cards Challenge #259: Anything Cas Goes, optional twist is Birthday


Hello, this fortnight we have an Anything CAS (Clean and Simple) goes.

If you are undecided you could use the optional twist to steer you in the right direction: Birthday.

I think Anything Goes is very broad and personally I need a little extra to choose.

So I did go to my stash of precolored images and used it for my card: Whimsy Stamps Peeking Panda's. As I colored it a while ago the little strips got bent and so I cut them off. Sentiment is from the same stampset.

Background is inkblended Distress ink: Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet and Villainous Poison.

To play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.


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Thursday 15 February 2024

New challenge blog: AAA Colourful Challenges

 Hi and welcome to our first (monthly) challenge.

Inspired by our logo and twin sisters ( AAA cas challesn and AAA Birthday) our first challenge is: rainbow colours.

I've chosen to make a polka dot card with Distress inks.

Actually it wasn't my first or second card, but this is what I loved most.
I've used a circle diecut to make masks and applied Distress inks in a fun confetti and festive pattern ( I think)
I've used Candied Apple, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet and Picked Raspberry with whatever was left on my inkblending brushes
I then Stamped the sentiment with Versafine black ink, it's from Clearly Besotted (Brushed Greetings 2)
And splattered with Mow Glitter spray ink (and that's how I messed up #1 and #2)

Please come and join us, our challenges will start on the 15th of every month and run till the 14th of the next.
You don't have to make cards, the occasion is also up to you as long as we can see the colours. a neutral skin color, black or brown for maybe a critter to go with your cards is fine, so are scrapbook layouts and atc  per example.

To play along, see this

Wednesday 14 February 2024

Happy Valentine's Day

 Happy Valentine's Day if you celebrate it.

I made this card with the Whimsy digi To the Moon  from the Dustin Pike line.

I didn't add any sentiment as I feel Happy Valentine's day kind of limits the purpose of this card. Now it could be engagement, moving in together or what else you can think of; first Moon travel? I'd like to see that.

I started with the cardbase, and I went full on night sky with it. I've used Distress inks: Blue Print Sketch, Prize Ribbon, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot. Then splattered with water, white  and gold paint.

I printed the digi and colored it with  alcohol markers, cut it out and mounted it with foamtape.

You can find the digi in the Whimsy Store here:

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Thursday 8 February 2024

On the 8th day of February, my true love gave to me...


On the 8th day of February, my true love gave  to me...imagine that song with food items in the days up to Valentine's Day..more me  for sure.

Give me Pizza any day instead of diamonds haha. The image is part of the new Whimsy digi release and come with the sentiment or tick boxes; I giggled...

I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers and Graph-it brush  markers.

Adhered the panel to a cardbase with tape runner.

You can find the new release in the Whimsy Store :

Or this particular image:

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Tuesday 6 February 2024

Coffee Devil

 Hello, there's new digis in the Whimsy store and they're all fabulous!

I started my morning, not with coffee, but with coloring one: Coffee Devil. The sentiment is based on a meme or t-shirt I saw once. I can't remember the wording cos I haven't had my coffee yet ;-)

I don't really do Valentine and if you'r elike me, these digis are perfect for you.

I prepped the image in Photoshop, printed it and colored it with Tri Blend Markers this time and I did go for pink clothes and coffe cup ;-)

Adhered the panel to a cardbase.

You can find the newset digis in the Whimsy Store:

This specific one:

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Sunday 4 February 2024

AAA Cards Challenge #258: Sketch

 This fortnight we have a sketch for you again, as always you can rotate or flip it as long as we can see it.

I did move the sentiment to the bottom as mine was a trad big and eating onto my white space a lot.

FOr my card I masked off and area and inkblended Distress inks as a kind of sunset. with: Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed and Squeezed lemonade, them moved the mask for the grass with Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn.

For my images and sentiment I've used a Happy Little Stampers set: Wish you were here. Stamped the Eiffel tower in  Versafine Morning Mist and the Woman and sentiment in Versafine black ink, just so the Eiffeltower looks further in the distance, but it's all one layer.

To play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.


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#SuperCASchallenge   #Handmadecard  #Cardmakers  #Designteam #Blogspotchallenge 

#inkblending   #guestdesigner #challengewinner  

Friday 2 February 2024

Whimsy Stamps love birds

 Hello today I'd like to show you the Whimsy Stamps Digi: Love Birds

I've printed it and then cut it out and then colored it, not sure why in that order but worked.

For the back ground I've tried to make a bokeh like effect with the lightest of Distress inks and mini blending tools, then went over it with a stencil I made with circle dies and applied white pigment ink and then splattered with gold metallic spray, let it dry and then mounted the digi on top, just liquid glue.

I've used the sentiment from Yeti for Valentine (a clear set also from Whimsy). I did plan to use the 3rd word "Valentine", but I don't have a need for them, so I thought "happy Day" could be any occasion, maybe a wedding or anniversary or the like.

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Thursday 1 February 2024

AAA Birthday Card Challenges February : Heart #58

Hello, this month we're all about Hearts  on Birthday Cards, probably because it's Valentine's but I didn't know how to implement it. 

In the end I came up with a Diecut Heart window (Marianne Design CR1351 and I cut it from a cardpanel.

Traced the opening onto the cardbase and inkblended various tones of green Distress ink, like grass or a meadow or just a contrasting color

I stamped the sentiment from Whimsy Stamps ( Simple Sentiment Strips) and then mounted the panel with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase.

I had some of these diecuts left over from  a color challenge I entered last year and thought I could tuck those into the corner, so I did.

To play along the AAA Birthday Card Challenge, see this.


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 #Handmadecard  #Cardmakers  #Designteam  #Blogspotchallenge 

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Sunday 21 January 2024

AAA Cards Challenge #257: Anything CAS goes with optional twist Love is in the air


This fortnight anything Clean and Simple goes and if that's too broad for you, use the optional twist of Love is in the air as Valentine's day is coming up.   I don't do Valentine's day and so I made a snarky card with the Clearly Besotted: Purrfect Valentine and a sentiment from Impression Obsession that just made me giggle (C17253)

I colored the cat with alcohol markers, cut it out and stuck it on the cardbase with foamtape.
the sentiment was stamped with Versafine ink

To play along the AAA Card Challenge, see this.

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#SuperCASchallenge   #Handmadecard  #Cardmakers  #Designteam #Blogspotchallenge 

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Friday 19 January 2024

Gecko Love

 Hello, today for Whimsy Stamps I am using a digi from the  Crissy Armstrong line, called Gecko Love.

I printed it, cut it out and  then colored with alcohol markers. There were some heart shaped tassels dangling from the box, I cut those off by mistake, or as I call it, I butchered the cutting out part....too fine  a detail for me ;-)

I made a heart shaped mask and applied Distress inks Kitsch Flamingo and Picked Raspberry, then splattered with gold metallic paint, let it dry

Removed the mask and placed the gecko on the cardbase. I wanted the sentiment  the the right of the gecko, and it just just fits. to be completely fair, I was so concerned with it being straight that it was lucky it didn't go off the side ..phew..lucky me, it's a bit close, but hey, it's hand made ;-)

The sentiment is from Whimsy also from a clear set: Simple Sentiment Strips and I stamped it with Versafine black ink.

You can find the digi here:

and the Clear set here:

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