Sunday 21 July 2024

AAA Card Challenge #270: Sketch

Hello this fortnight it's  a Sketch challenge again.

When I made the game badge for the AAA Challenge, I just went with a blue gradient, tried a few, they looked weird in Photoshop, and looked like the Sea or ocean , so I added a Shark image.

It doesn't have to be a silhouette, could be a sentiment too, as long as we can see a gradient and  the sketch, which you can flip, rotate . I wasn't very original with my take on the sketch, but I did rotate the orientation of the gradient so make it works for my ocean or shark tank.

I made my gradient with Distress inks in a masked off area on the cardbase:  Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Uncharted Mariner, then Splattered with water.

The silhouettes are made with a stencil from Whimsy Stamps (Ocean Stencil) and Memento Tuxedo black ink.

The sentiment is also Whimsy Stamps: Simple Sentiment Strips and I stamped it with Versafine black ink.

To play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.


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Monday 15 July 2024

AAA Colourful challenge #6


Hello this month our game badge is quite unmistakably a sunset, I see a tropical sunset.

I had found the cardbase in my project bin, I discarded it before, not sure why as it's perfect for this challenge.

But I don't remember exactly what colours of Distress inks I've used, I'm guessing Lumberjack plaid and Carved Pumpkin maybe a Candied Apple? 

I inkblended these colors between two torn  edges I made with masking paper.

The palmtrees are from Marianne Design (LR0541) and the Seagulls from Gummiapan and I diecut them from black cardstock and adhered them to the cardbase.

The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps (Simple Sentiment Strips) and I stamped it with Versafine black ink..

Can't wait to see what you make, enter your card here.

Saturday 13 July 2024

"happy" birthday

 Hello, today I'm using a Whimsy Stamps Digi by Dustin Pike. it's Caramel's Happy Day and it's funny cos she isn't at all happy, makes me giggle at least.

That's why I put the Happy in between brackets/quotes, it's from the Whimsy Stamps Simple Sentiment strips.

The Birthday is from the Birthday Wishes dieset. I diecut it from white cardstock I colored with Distress inks (picked Raspberry), kind of trying to match the hooves I colored with alcohol markers.

The background is also Distress inks: Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade. I did go for happy and Summery colors, don't think Caramel approves ;-).

You can find everything in the Whimsy Store:

Simple sentiment Strips:

Birthday Whishes dieset:

Caramel's  Happy day:

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Sunday 7 July 2024

AAA Cards Challenge #269: Anything CAS goes and the option of Summer


Hello, this fortnight we have the Anything Goes challenge again, and we're all about Summer and or Summer colors if you'd like the take the optional twist.

For my card I wanted to use the Whimsy Stamps Gullibles stampset and I  made a little scene with the rock a Gull fling away going toi Seize the fry..I thought that was funny.

I grounded the rock with some simple inkblending on the cardbase, a circle mask and some masking tape.

To play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.


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Friday 5 July 2024

Monster Birthday Wishes

 Hello, today I made a Birthday Card with  Whimsy Stamps goodies.

I printed the digis from Monster Smiles, two of them facing each other so it looks like they're holding a banner or sign.

I colored them with my newly acquired Ohuhu markers, treated myself  with them, got the bullet nib though as they're cheaper and I actually prefer the hard nib for precision.

I then diecut the Birthday from Birthday Wishes and inkblended Distress inks Black Soot and Lost Shadow, then glues it on the "banner". The Wishes is from Happy Sayings and I stamped it with Versafine Black ink. Adhered the panel onto a cardbase.

You can find everything in the Whimsy Store:

Monster Smile digi:

Birthday Whishes:

Happy Sayings:

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Monday 1 July 2024

AAA Birthday Card Challenge July: Fabulous Flowers #63


Hello, this month we're all about the Fabulous Flowers.

I prefer to color pets and animals, so I don't have a lot of them, but a few key items I do have.

Also I don't like to color flowers.

So for my card I've used a Lili of the Valley flowered circular opening into a cardpanel.

Stamped the sentiment in Versafine Morning Mist. It's from Clearly Besotted Brushed Greetings II.

On the cardbase , behind the opening I've inkblended Distress inks: Salvaged Patina and Tumbled glass, with whatever was left on the brushes.

Adhered the panel to the cardbase. I left the little bells loose as I thought that would look more whimsical.

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


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 #Handmadecard  #Cardmakers  #Designteam  #Blogspotchallenge  #SSS20YearsOfDistress

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Thursday 27 June 2024

it's a Nope from Dudley


Hello, today I felt all sassy and cheeky, but I chickened out ;-)

I did print the Dudley Flipping (Censored version) from Whimsy Stamps and the Dustin Pike line.

There's also an uncensored version in the set, so you can choose.

I did add the Nope on his little sign when prepping the digi and I colored it with alcohol markers, then cut it out and mounted it with foam tape.

For the background I've used Tumbled Glass and Lost Shadow Distress inks through the Whimsy Stamps Winter

Wonderland stencil.

I wanted to add a sassy sentiment, like "feel like going hiking? , or " let's go explore" or "let's go on an adventure", or "Want to go to the Woods today?" but I didn't put it on the front, might put it on the inside, not sure, as I say I chickened out, but you might be braver than me ;-), so go ahead and show me your makes.

you can find the digi in the Whimsy store:

Dudley Flipping:

And the  Winter Wonderland Stencil:

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Sunday 23 June 2024

AAA Card Challenge #268: Sketch Challenge

 Hello, another sketch this fortnight.

For  the sketch  I've used a cat image, but it could be any thing, doesn't even have to be a silhouette, but I took that idea and the colors of the sketch for my card.

I did rotate the sketch to the bottom, made more sense with my silhouette stamp.

It's from Nellie's Choice cscf003. The circles are inkblended with Distress inks:  Milled Lavender, Victorian Velvet and Seedless Preserves.

Sentiment from Whimsy Stamps Simple Sentiment strips and I stamped the sentiment and image with Versafine black ink.

To play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.


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Thursday 20 June 2024

Toucan Surf


Hello, today I'm using the Whimsy Stamps digi Toucan Surf, together with a few mor Whimsy Goodies, read on to find out.

For my card I printed and colored the digi from the Dustin Pike line: Toucan surf and cut it out.

For the cardbase I made a mask with the Mix and Match Marquee die set and inkblended Distress inks through it, I've used Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Gathered Twigs and Scattered Straw. Splattered with water for that ocean spray look.

Then I die cut the  Happy Large Word Die from White cardstock so brighten up the background and also so it stands out, I glued it to the cardbase.

Underneath I stamped the Birthday from the Happy Sayings clear set.

Mounted the image with foam tape and adhered it on top. 

You can find all the items in the Whimsy Store:

Toucan Surf:

Happy Word die:

Happy Saying:

Mix and Match Marquee set:

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Saturday 15 June 2024

AAA Colourful Challenge #5

Doesn't our badge look a lot like Red White and blue, for those in the U.S. celebrating the 4th of July it might spark lots of ideas.

For me it was hard. but I then came up with the idea of a Greek Village and it's all white houses, a white Lighthouse with the hint of red from the badge and two colours of blue in the sky and the waves.

I diecut the elements from Your Next Stamp (Houses on a hill), Avec 3D dies, Gummia Pan Seagull from various colours of cardstock. (My first version was all white colored in with  markers...didn't like it as it wasn't as crisp.

Stacked and glues all the elements and stamped the sentiment in  red (Whimsy Stamps Simple Sentiment Strips)

I look forward to what you make, please enter your card here.

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Thursday 13 June 2024

Mamacita needs a marghertia

 Hello this week I'm using the digi from Whimsy Stamps and Dustin Pike: Caramel Mamacita.

I printed it and colored it with alcohol markers.

The sentiment is included and I colored the outside with blue, so it stands out and gives that summer vibe, I think...

Then matted the panel and adhered it to a cardbase with tape runner.

Mounted the sentiment with foamtape

You can  find the image in the Whimsy Shop:

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Sunday 9 June 2024

AAA Card Challenge #267: Anything Goes with the option of Masculine

This Fortnight we have  an Anything Goes Challenge with the optional twist of Masculine.

Masculine cards are difficult for a lot of people so it IS optional, just a direction to give you ideas if you 're stuck.

I made two cards , the first I have since then demoted to "not good enough" and not empty enough, esp the grass portion.

I've used the Katzelkraft Stamp Robot Chien and colored it with alcohol markers. It was in my stash and  those make for quick cards and can also help you take a direction.

To ground the image I've inkblended the Distress ink Cracked Pistachio as a grass like thing. 
The Happy Birthday is from Whimsy Stamps (Simple Sentiment Strips). Then mounted the image with Foamtape and stuck it on the cardbase.

I remade the card with an inkblended sun or sorts with Distress inks (Squeezed lemonade, Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber). at first I thought to make a cloudy banner or and inkblended area, I felt I do that a lot, so I went for  the Sun, but I just realized Sue from our DT also grounded her image in a circle.  Maybe that gave me the idea, it's anything goes, so you do you.

For the Double Decker Airplane, I've used the dieset with the same name from Craft Emotions. At first I went all fancy on it with silver frame and a "red Baron"body..didn't like it, I'm so fickle ;-) I preferred it as a silhouette, but left the silver blades as if they're catching the sunlight, also so it stands out.

The sentiment is  the same as before.

To play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.


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Tuesday 4 June 2024

Age is just a number


Hello, this week I'm using the Beach Gnomes digi set from Whimsy and Dustin Pike.

I printed it, cut it out and colored it with alcohol markers, then added white gel pen details for a shiny surf board and such.

The background is in two parts, Kraft card for the beach laid on top of a white cardbase.

On said cardbase I applied Distress inks Mermaid Lagoon and Uncharted Mariner with a  bit of masking paper I cut into a curve, like waves. I then splattered with water and white paint for sea foam or spray.

I adhered the kraft cardstock with tape runner. Stamped the sentiment on the same kraft card with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink and cut it out with the Simple sentiment strip dies, the sentiment is from the Simple Sentiment Strip set.

I thought it was funny as Gnomes look like old men and  he's apparently still surfing.There's also a sentiment in the said that says Do what  makes you happy and that was my first choice, but then I spotted this one and I thought it was perfect.

Mounted the gnome and sentiment strip  with foamtape and adhered them on top of the card.

Find everything in the Whimsy Store:

Beach Gnomes:

Simple Sentiment Strips:

Simple Sentiment Strips Dies set :

Saturday 1 June 2024

AAA Birthday Card Challenge June: Cute #62


Hello, this month we're all about "Cute" and could my Bunny Ballerina be any cuter? I think not.

It's a stamp from Nellie Snellen (Nellie's Choice Bunny Ballerina) and it comes with matching dies. I stamped it on Copic friendly paper, colored it in light pastel like colors, then cut it out and mounted it with foamtape and set it aside.

For my cardbase I first went with a triangular mask as in a spotlight, but it was off centre and I didn't like it. So I, instead, went with a whole lit up stage ( at least in my head) and I've inkblended Distress inks, Picked Raspberry, Kitsch Flamingo, Spun Sugar and Wilted Violet, to deepen the Picked Raspberry). Splattered with gold glitter spray ink and stamped the sentiment from Whimsy Stamps (Simple Sentiment Strips).  Added the Bunny on top once the cardbase and ink was dry.




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


Sunday 26 May 2024

AAA Cards Challenge #266: Sketch Challenge


Hello, it's sketch fortnight again.

As I made this sketch, I can honestly say it doesn't make things easier, at all.

In fact I made 4 card for this challenge and I shall talk about  just two of them ;-), the others I don't like at all, but i've included them in  this post.

For my Cards I've used Distress inks Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin)

I made a stencil from Pronty Stencil Sheets and Star Shaped Dies (Nellie Snellen  SD003 and MFD050 and started to inkblend them on the cardbase.

For the Balloons I"ve used the Carlijn Design Stencil Balloons  and for the smallest I've used the stamp in the Simon Says Stamp  Birthday Balloons, and oldie but goodie. I also applied the Mustard Seed with my inkblending brush instead of inkpad to stamp, so I would get the same gradient.

Sentiment is from the same set and I stamped it with Versafine black ink.

I might go back later and add some black splatter, just for a bit of contrast, I think it would looks nicer, but as a Clean and Simple Challenge, I feel it doesn't need it.

To play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.


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#SuperCASchallenge   #Handmadecard  #Cardmakers  #Designteam #Blogspotchallenge 

#inkblending #SSS20YearsOfDistress   #guestdesigner #challengewinner  

Saturday 18 May 2024

Happy Father's day


Hello, today I'm using a Whimsy Stamps Digi I think it fabulous for a man's birthday, Father's Day or a "if you stop believing in the Magic of Christmas, you get ties";-)

For my card I printed the digi and colored it with alcohol markers.

For the Background I've used the new Mix and Match Marquee set and made a  mask with it and then inkblended Twisted Citron and Tumbled Glass through it, for my whimsical background. |I just love that shape

Find eveyrthing in the Whimsy Sotre:


Mix and Match Marque Dieset:

If you'd like a father's day sentiment:

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Wednesday 15 May 2024

AAA Colourful Challenge #4

 Hello this month we have lots of tule, colourful tuke in our game badge. I thought Ballerina at first, but then chose to use the colours on the background as clouds, then repeated in the unicorn as accents.

For the clouds is a stencil from Marianne Design (PS8024) and I've used Distress inks on it a sI saw them in the game badge: Shaded Lilac, Saltwater Taffy, Tumbled Glass and Squeezed Lemonade. #SSS20YearsOfDistress

The Unicorn is also Marianne Design (EC0180) and I stamped it with Versafine on watercolor paper and used the Distress inks as watercolors, adding a brick beige Zig watercolor  marker for the body.

White gel pen in the eye for shimmer.

Sentiment is from Clearly Besotted (Tiny Type) and I stamped it with Versafine Morning Mist.

Mounted the Unicorn with foamtape and adhered it to the cardbase.

If you would like to play along, enter your card here.

Sunday 12 May 2024

AAA Card Challenge #265: Anything Birthday Goes


Hello this fortnight we're celebrating 10 years of AAA Card Challenges and it's the 265th, blimey that a lot of cards, isn't it? How long have you been playing along? I can't remember exactly myself. I used to be a player and then DT and now Admin, so you tell me haha.

So Anything CAS goes, but a (10th) Birthday Card would be cool.
I made two cards,  the first with stuff I had and before we had sponsors, then I  made another with Whimsy Products as they are a  sponsor and we're so grateful. For a full list of prizes and or goodies, also donations from our wonderful DT, see our blog.

I stamped the image  onto Copic Save paper (Whimsy Stamps Monster Moods) and colored it with Spectrum Tri Blend Markers then popped it up with foamtape.

The background is created onto the cardbase with Distress inks (twisted citron and Tumbled Glass), I've used a stencil I made once, free handed a blob, but today I've only used the loved part and faded to white.
I stamped the sentiments (Whimsy Simple Sentiment Strips and Monster Moods) with Versafine black ink. White gel pen for the shine in the eyes.

For my 2nd, but actually the 1st,  card I bought a Birthday Die second hand, I've asked the seller, but I don't know the brand, I just liked it and cut it twice from thick white cardstock. then swiped the line with DIstress inks Mermaid Lagoon And set the letter back inside.
the Happy is Memento ink Bamboo Leaves and it's from the Simon Says Stamp 3x4 it's your  Birthday Set.
the Monkey is from C.C. Designs  and I mounted it onto the card with foamtape and taper runner where needed.

To play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.


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Friday 10 May 2024

Eek it's scary how old you are

 Hello, today  I wanted to show off the new Monster Smiles Digi.

I printed and colored it with alcohol markers. 

I then I die cut the Mix and Match Marquee set and the Eek word and shadow set from colored cardstock and put it all together.

For the background I've made a mask with another size of the marquee set and inkblended Distress inks trough it, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin and Picked Raspberry, I wanted it all nice and brightly colored, even though I used the EEK! and It's scary how old you are sentiment from the Monster Birthday Set, also Whimsy Stamps.

You can find everything in the Whimsy Store:


Mix and Match Marque Set:

Monster Birthday set:

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Friday 3 May 2024

Lady Bug girl

 Hello, today I'm using another digi from the latest release at Whimsy Stamps: Lady Bug Girl from the Krista Heij Barber line also.

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

I know lady bugs have more black parts, but I thought that was too dark. I even wanted black hair but opted for something a little brighter, I think that's nicer if it's for a little girl's costume, what do you think?

The background I made with Distress inks: Cracked Pistachio, Lucky Clover and Evergreen Bough.

I ripped pieces of masking paper to give  the look of rolling fields or hills, but also keeping it abstract. I did splatter with water, cos it is Distress inks, it's mandatory ;-)

Mounted the image with foamtape and adhered her to the cardbase.

The Sentiment is also Whimsy Stamps: Simple Sentiment Strips and I stampe dit with Versafine inks.

You can find the digi in the Whimsy Store here:

And the sentiment set:

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Wednesday 1 May 2024

AAA Birthday Card Challenge May : Clean and Simple #61


Hello, this month we're all about Clean And Simple.

Much like the sister blog AAA Card Challenges, we look for minimal  or no layers, minimal or no embellishments, ample empty space, aka white space.

For my card I made a rectangular mask and inkblended Distress inks Cracked Pistachio and and on top Peacock Feathers.

The feathers are a stencil from Create a Smile (Federflug which means something like flight of feathers). If they were leaves they'd go too as part of my jungle like scene. The birds and twigs are from a Clearly Besotted set ( Some Birdie loves you) and I wanted them to look like  baby parrots. White gel pen details. Adhered the branch with liquid glue and the parrots with foamtape

Sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps (Simple Sentiment Strips).

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


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 #Handmadecard  #Cardmakers  #Designteam  #Blogspotchallenge 

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Sunday 28 April 2024

AAA Cards Challenge #264: Sketch

Hello, this fortnight we have a sketch and I've used a Christmas Wreath for a "New Home"card.
I kept the wreath from Jeanine's Art (Find it Trading ) white and I colored the Heart in one of the houses red.
The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted (Tiny Type) and I colored it the same red.
Note this is a 13x18cm card  or 5x7inch, it's rather big, but otherwise the wreath would eat up all the card front and thus white/empty space.
Just a trick anyone can use if you're focal point is a tad too big for a normal size card.

To play along the AAA Cards Challenge, see this.


#AAAcards #AAACardchallenge #CASChallenge #CASCard #Blogchallenge

#SuperCASchallenge   #Handmadecard  #Cardmakers  #Designteam #Blogspotchallenge 

#inkblending   #guestdesigner #challengewinner