Thursday, 24 October 2013

Whimsy Stamps Oct Release - Review Day Hop!

Hello and welcome to the Whimsy Stamps October Release Review Day Blog Hop!

Yesterday (23 October) Whimsy Stamps released this month's new rubber designs, Shapeology dies and Whimsy Designer Paper packs. From 22 October until today the Whimsy Stamps DT are showcasing these fabulous new goodies with a daily blog hop and I am part of today's hop!

Each blog hop has a prize of 2 new release stamps hidden somewhere along the way and you have 24hrs to enter each prize draw.

To be entered into today's blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT's posts listed below by 12.00PM EST tomorrow. All winners will be announced here on the Whimsy blog tomorrow.

To take a peek at today's fabulous new release creations, please click on the links below...

For my hop card, I decided to ink up the *NEW* Kenny K Ginger Gem and *NEW* Kenny K Simone from this release, together with with Harper Blue from our September release:

Remember that the entire new release is available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites.

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy hopping!


Sunday, 20 October 2013

Bathing Beauty

Hi everyone!Hope you're having a great weekend.

Today I would like to share another of the Steampunk cards I made for issue 108 of Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine. I was asked to use some Stampendous stamps for this commission and the Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante papers were the perfect match. This corset adverts were simply cut from one of the 12x12 sheets of paper! 

Stampendous Bathing Beauty cling stamp (CRP159)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads: Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain
Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante 12x12 papers: Victorian Transformers and Eclectic Emporium
Sizzix Bigz Die - Tim Holtz Gadget Gears
Bazzill cardstock: Kraft, Bitter Chocolate
White cardstock, Chipboard
VersaColor inks: Bronze, Copper and Gold
Versamark ink
Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamel - Aged Gold
Gold half pearls, WOC roses

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Saturday, 19 October 2013

MFT Rock and Roll

Hi everyone!

It's no secret that I {heart} MFT products! I will even confess to having a teeny, tiny obsession, lol, so today's card is one I made with Die-namics LLD Accent It - Rock and Roll:

The stars and "you rock" sentiment are from the LLD Document It - Rock On stamp set, and I die-cut the letters for "dad" from Die-namics By the Letters.  Papers are by Echo Park and I added some glossy accents to the guitar!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Thursday, 17 October 2013

Paperbabe Stamps: Happy Tree Hugs

Happy Thursday everyone!

Today I have a card to share using the fabulous Paperbabe Stamps Tree Hugs stamp set, Cumulus Background stamp and some of the cloud shapes from the SVG digital cut file that coordinates with the High in the Sky stamp set.

Paperbabe Stamps Tree Hugs stamp set
Paperbabe Stamps Cumulus Background stamp
Paperbabe Stamps SVG digital cut files - High in the Sky
Versamagic inks: Gingerbread, Red Brick, Pumpkin Spice, Aspen Mist, 

Aegean Blue, Pretty Petunia, Niagara Mist, Spanish Olive
Memento Rich Cocoa ink , E21 & E25 Copic markers
Cardstock: Bazzill Kraft; Core’dinations Colorcore Rustic AO040
Sizzix Tim Holtz Embossing Folders Bricked & Woodgrain Set
Versamark ink; White embossing powder

Most of you will know me as a stamper and colourer, but I also love to stamp with inks (even though I don't do it that often, lol!).  I use distress inks, memento inks and versamagic inks for stamping, and for this creation I mostly used my versamagic chalk inks as I love the gradated effect I can create with them.

First I created the background by inking the Cumulus Background stamp with Aspen Mist, Aegean Blue and Pretty Petunia (working from the top of the stamps to the bottom). Then I used Niagara Mist and Spanish Olive to create the grass, stamping some of the grass stamps from the Tree Hugs set to create detail. I used Pumpkin Spice, Gingerbread and Red Brick to stamp the spotty tree canopy and the coordinating shadow. The tree trunk was stamped on top with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and then coloured  with E21 and E25 Copic markers.  Finally I added some SVG cut clouds and popped them and the tree up with foam pads for dimension.

The sentiment is also from the Tree Hugs stamp set. I love the sentiments that Kim includes in her sets, and especially love the way she mixes fonts!  This one is made from 2 stamps - First I stamped "Happy        Hugs" and then stamped "tree" in the space in between!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Friday, 11 October 2013

Graph'it Challenge #16: Shades of Grey & Party In Pink!

Hi everyone!

It's time for a new challenge at the Graph'it Markers blog and it's the turn of Team B (that's me, Cara and Kevin) to provide you with some Graph'it inspiration this week! Our challenge this week is SHADES OF GREY, so we want to see you colour with greys!

I used the Saturated Canary image called "Boobie Love" for my card. I was lucky enough to grab this image back in March 2012 when Krista was giving her away for free on her blog, but you can buy her HERE from the Saturated Canary store for only $0.01!  

Saturated Canary Boobie Love digital stamp
Graph'it Markers
Bazzill Watermelon Sensation cardstock
Core'dinations Color Core Stormy Grey (FB020)
Echo Park 'Be Mine' 12x12 collection: Black Damask #BM9003 (reverse) & Script Polka Dot #BM9002 (heart)
Whimsy Stamps Shapeology dies: Corner Dies; Country Heart
MFT Die-namics: By The Letters die set
Wild Orchid Crafts: 50 Mixed Pink Tone Open Roses 25mm Set A
Viva Decor Pearl Pen - 101 Ice White; Glitter; 4mm & 5mm white flatback pearls
Sewing machine & white thread

Graph'it Markers
Skin: 4180 4155 4115 4125 4120 4150
Blush: 4145 4135  Lips: 5230 5130 5125
Eyes: 7175 7170 7130 7125
Hair: 9505 9503 9501 9500
Top: 5280 5230 5130 5125 5110
Trousers: 9507 9505 9503 9501 5230 (pink stripe)
Rose: 5230 5125 5110 8290 8280

Now you may be a bit confused about the "Party in Pink" text that I've added to my card?  Well, I made this card especially for a special lady who I'm sure many of you will know - the super sweet Jacqueline Beddingfield.  Anyone who is Facebook friends with Jacque will know all about her passion for Zumba!  Jacque has been involved in a "Party in Pink" zumbathon charity event this past weekend, raising money for breast cancer.  To show my support and to say thank you to Jacque for the time and effort she so tirelessly gives to this, I wanted to make a card for her.  I coloured the image to look like Jacque and added the "Party in Pink" logo so hopefully it looks like Jacque at her Party in Pink zumbathon!! Jacque is taking donations for another week, so if you'd like to donate to this very worthy cause, click here.

I would also like to enter this card into the 3rd Annual Link Up for Pink linking party. This online party is running from 1-14 October, so if you'd like join in, you still have a couple of days to create something for this worthy cause.

So now it's your turn to get creating! You have until Sunday 20th October 2013 at noon GMT to enter our Shades of Grey challenge As always, there is an awesome prize up for grabs and the lucky winner of this challenge will be announced on the blog on Friday 25th October.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Thursday, 10 October 2013

To a True Friend ...

Hi everyone! I hope you're enjoying your week?

Today I have a card to share that I made quite a few months ago but never got around to blogging! Back in October last year (2012) I got to play with the Cricut Mini for a few days (for a commission for Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine). Sadly I wasn't able to keep the machine (darn it, lol!), but this is what I came up with:

Cricut Mini electronic cutting machine
Cricut ‘Art Nouveau’ Cartridge
Whimsy Stamps Friendship Notables 2 rubber stamp set (sentiment)
Whimsy Stamps Notables 2 die
My Mind’s Eye Indie Chic ‘Nutmeg’ 6x6 paper pad
Bazzill Bitter Chocolate cardstock
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 22 die set
Tim Holtz Distress ink pad - Vintage Photo
4mm Brown halfback pearls; Paper roses; Brown organza ribbon
Die-cutting machine

I cut the swan (at 2.5") with the 'Art Nouveau' cartridge (I'm not sure if that particular cartridge comes with the machine when you buy it, or if it was an 'extra' I was given to play with!).  I used papers from MME Indie Chic Nutmeg 6x6 pad and gave everything a good old distressing with TH Vintage Photo ink!  I was quite pleased with the result, bearing in mind there's no colouring to be seen, lol!

Thanks for popping by today!

I'll be back tomorrow with my new Graph'it Markers challenge card, so I do hope you'll stop by again then as it's a card with a special message! :)

Big hugs,

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Circle of Friends blog hop for Bev!

Hi everyone and welcome to our
Circle of Friends blog hop
especially for our dear DT member and friend
Bev Rochester

Unfortunately, Bev has had to take a little break from crafting over the past few months due to ill health. We are missing her here at Whimsy and want to let her know that we are thinking about her and wishing her a speedy recovery.

Even though the Whimsy family is scattered all around the world, we have come together as a circle of friends to show Bev our love and support by each making her a card. 

Although this hop is for Bev, we do hope you will hop along with us to support our wonderful teammate and friend. If you arrived here from the Whimsy Stamps blog, then you are in the right place! If you’ve happened upon this post by chance and would like to hop with us, hop on over to the Whimsy Stamps blog to begin the hop.

For my card, I decided to ink up one of our newest release stamps, September Rose, illustrated by Elisabeth Bell.  The sentiment on the tag is a combination of 2 different sentiments from the Handmade Letter Seals stamp set and reads "just to lift your spirits because you're special" which was just what I wanted to say:

Whimsy Stamps September Rose rubber stamp (image)
Whimsy Stamps Handmade Letter Seals rubber stampe set (sentiment)
Whimsy Stamps Shapeology dies: Country Heart; Picket Fence; Double Scallop Tag; Leaf Trio set
Copic markers
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Versamagic Jumbo Java &Wheat; Colorbox Creamy Brown
Graphic 45 Secret Garden 12x12 papers: Sun Kissed (#4500654) & Seed Fairy (#4500652)
Bazzill Kraft cardstock
Seam binding, Gingham ribbon, Cream twine
MFT Die-namics: Keys & Locks
Wild Orchid Crafts Purple/Lilac Tone Roses 25mm
Sewing Machine & White Thread

Bev, I really hope this hop brightens your day and shows you just how much we value you and miss you at Whimsy!  Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, and I really hope you start to feel better as soon as possible.  Hugs to you, my friend! x

So now it's time for you to hop over to the blog of the super sweet and talented Jacque to see what she has made for Bev!

Finally, here is a full hop list in hopping order:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Saturday, 5 October 2013

World Card Making Day 2013 - Whimsy Stamps Blog Hop!

Happy World Card Making Day 2013!

World Card Making Day is a holiday especially for card makers around the world to ... celebrate the creativity of handmade cards and the personal connection that they create between friends and family, AND to kick off (and get a head start on) the holiday card-making season!

Today, Whimsy Stamps is celebrating World Card Making Day 2013 with our very own BLOG HOP!

The hop starts today at 9.00AM (EST) and ends on Monday 7th October 2013 at 12.00PM (EST).

We've hidden a fantastic rubber stamp prize pack somewhere along the hop, so be sure to complete the hop and leave comments on all the DT's hop posts to enter! We will announce the lucky winner on the Whimsy blog on Monday, once the hop has ended.

But that's not all! Once you've finished the hop and entered the prize draw, hop on over to the Whimsy Stamps store where you will find some free digital stamps that have been posted in celebration of WCMD! Be quick to grab them, as they will only be available for a very short time!

Finally, we will be posting another announcement on the Whimsy blog on Monday, which could save you a few pennies, so be sure to check it out!

For my card today, I decided to make a Christmas card with one of the newest releases from Whimsy Stamps! I used the *NEW* Penguin Joy rubber stamp from the September release and paired it with some Echo Park Holly Jolly 12x12 collection papers.  I also used my Whimsy Stamps Holly and Berries die:

Okay, so now it's time for you to hop! If you’re happened upon this post by chance and would like to hop with us, hop on over to the Whimsy Stamps blog to begin the hop. If you’ve hopped here from the Whimsy blog, then you’re in the right place and your next stop is ... Kathy's blog!

Finally, here is a full hop list in hopping order:

Thanks so much for stopping by today and happy hopping!


Friday, 4 October 2013

Graph'it Challenge #15: We all scream for Halloween!

Happy Friday everyone!

It's time for a new challenge over at the Graph'it Challenge blog. Even though it's Team A's turn this week (I'm in Team B), I thought I'd sneak in a project as well, hehe! So as we are getting very near to Halloween, we thought it would be fun to set a Halloween Challenge, so we want to see your most spooky & scary creations! Eek!

For my challenge creation, I decided to make a tag. I'm not sure why I don't make them more often, as I love making them, lol! I used TGF Hallo Bride digi stamp (that I've had printed out for ... um ... quite a while, hehe!) and my Echo Park Apothecary Emporium 12x12 collection kit.  It's quite difficult to see in this photo, but there are spiders (covered in black diamond stickles) hanging from the silver threads:

Graph'it Markers used:
Hair: 9509 9507 9505 9503 9501 9500 0000
Skin: 9500 9501 4110 3210 9503 Blush: 4150
Bandages: 9503 3210 4110 9501 9500 0000
Black dress: 9509 9507 9505 9503

TGF Hallo Bride digi stamp
Graph'it Markers
Echo Park Apothecary Emporium 12x12 collection kit
Bazzill - Raven 12x12 cardstock
Memory Box - Puffy Clouds die set
Memory Box - Batty Border die
Memory Box - Scary Spiders die set
Black chalk ink; Stickles - Black Diamond; Black glitter glue
Paper distresser; Ribbons; Twine; Silver thread
Sewing machine & black thread

So now it's your turn to get creating! You have until Sunday 13th October 2013 at noon GMT to enter our Halloween challenge. As always, there is an awesome prize up for grabs and the lucky winner of this challenge will be announced on the blog on Friday 18th October.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Inspired by Banksy: PARKing

Hi everyone!

Quick post from me today to share the final card of a set of three cards I made using Bee Crafty 'Inspired by Banksy' stamps.  This stamp is called PARKing:

Bee Crafty Polymer Stamp: Inspired by Banksy – PARKing
Echo Park Dots & Stripes Metropolitan 12x12 paper: Concrete Small Dots (grey)
Echo Park Happy Days 12x12 collection: Ads paper (newsprint)
Echo Park Happy Days 12x12 collection: Element Stickers (car sticker)
Sizzix Tim Holtz Embossing Folders 2PK - Bricked & Woodgrain (#656644)
Black and white striped ribbon

The car was a sticker from my Echo Park Happy Days 12x12 collection pack (LOVE this line!). I stuck it onto card and then cut it out so I could pop it up on foam pads for dimension.  I chose this fab B&W stripey ribbon to resemble tyre marks ... well, that was the idea, lol!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Have a great day!