Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Whimsy Inspiration - Week 5

Afternoon everyone 💜

Today I'm sharing quite a simple card as I wanted the stamp to shine. I was very brave and added a few extra elements which I've drawn myself,  such as the background, the pile of books, trees and castle....so please be kind. :)

The stamp is by Marina Fedotova, and it's called 'Norbert and Fiona Storytime' that was why I drew a pile of books they're sitting on. I just imagined him telling her tales of his adventures and conquests. I think I've been watching too many episodes of Merlin. Lol

The stamp is a deeply etched rubber mounted on cling cushion foam and it's available from the Whimsy Store. I coloured everything using my Copic pens, and added Colour Cloud ink for the sky using a cloud temple. I hope you like it. x

All the links to the specific Whimsy products can be found below and the link to the general store is here.

 
 
Here's What I Did
I stamped the image onto Neenah cardstock and started by drawing the pile of books they're sitting on, then added the background with the hills, trees and finally the castle. I covered up Norbert's head (poor thing!) and added the sky using Colour Cloud ink and a cloud template. When everything was dry I removed the mask and coloured the whole scene in using Copic pens.

The completed picture was matted onto a 5" x 7" card blank which I'd covered with black card. To finish the card I added a 5 tiny flower gems on each side, top and bottom.

Here's What I Used 
Rubber Stamp: Norbert and Fiona Storytime

Other: 5" X 7" Card Blank, Black Card, Neenah Card, Copic Pens,  Crystal Glitter, Flower Gems, Colour Cloud Ink (Cosmic Shimmer - Summer Sky), Cloud Template (MFT), Gold Glitter Pen

Our new challenge #106 started on the 15th May, so why not come and join us. There a  fabulous $15 prize to win and the theme as always is #Anything Goes'. Here is the link for you, so come on what are you waiting for!

Why not, follow us on Facebook group, Pinterest, Instagram or on our Blog we'd loved to see you.

Thank you so much for dropping by, don't forget to say hi :) 

I'll see you next week with more Whimsy magic ----- TTFN!

Challenges entered:

Hugs

x Janine x

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Whimsy Inspiration - May Week 4

Afternoon everyone 💜

Today I'm sharing one of my favourite cards so far (ooo am I allowed to have favourites...lol) using one of the cutest rubber stamps ever. I have to say I have little weak spot for giraffes; I just think they're so sweet and elegant. The stamp is by Krista Heij-Barber, and it's deeply etched rubber mounted on cling cushion foam and it's available from the Whimsy Store.

The stamp is called 'Giraffe Baby Love' and I coloured it using my Copic pens, and added Colour Cloud ink for the sky. I hope you like it. x

All the links to the specific Whimsy products can be found below and the link to the general store is here.




Here's What I Did
First I die cut a scalloped white card blank using a large scalloped circle die. I stamped the image directly onto colouring cardstock and die cut it into a circle. The images was stamped again onto masking paper but I also drew a semi circle around their feet to represent the ground - I cut this all out. I covered up the giraffes and the ground, which would later be the grass area and added my sky using Colour Cloud ink and a cloud template. When everything was dry I removed the mask and coloured the scene in using Copic pens.

The completed picture was matted onto a die cut black and orange circle and added to the card blank using foam pads.  To finish the card I added a little glitter to the flowers.

Here's What I Used 
Rubber Stamp: Giraffe Baby Love

Other: Strong White Card, Orange Card, Black Card, Neenah Card, Large Scalloped Circle (Spellbinders), XXL Stitched Circle Dies (Crealies), Circle Dies (Tattered Lace), Copic Pens,  Crystal Glitter, Foam Pads, Colour Cloud Ink (Cosmic Shimmer - Summer Sky), Cloud Template (MFT)

Our new challenge (#106 started on the 15th May, so why not come and join us. There a  fabulous $15 prize to win and the theme as always is #Anything Goes'. Here is the link for you, so come on what are you waiting for!

Why not, follow us on Facebook group, Pinterest, Instagram or on our Blog we'd loved to see you.

Thank you so much for dropping by, don't forget to say hi :) 

I'll see you next week with more Whimsy magic ----- TTFN!

Challenges entered:

Hugs

x Janine x

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Whimsy Stamp Challenge #106

Hi everyone 💜

Morning, well it's the start of a new Whimsy Stamps Challenge #106.  and the theme as always is 'Anything Goes', so come on and get joining. We'd so love to see your creations and all the girls will pop by and say hi...plus you might even win a prize.

Haven't got a Whimsy image......no problems. Whimsy have a few freebie images and papers that you can download and play with, here's the link to the digital freebie page. So what are you waiting for? 

Click here to upload your project, and check out my lovely teamies work to inspire you.

For my challenge card this month I am sharing a card I made for last month's digital release as I loved it so much.  I used one of the beautiful digital papers from the 'Starry Night' collection, and a sentiment from the set called 'Big Wishes Sentiments'. Hope you like it....again :)

All the links to the specific Whimsy products can be found below and the link to the general store is here.




Here's What I Did
To see how I made it, simply check back to April Release #2 and all the details are there.

Here's What I Used
Digital Sentiment Stamps: 'Big Wishes Sentiments'
Digital Papers: 'Starry Night' Paper Collection

Other: 7" x 7" Card Blank, White Card, Super Smooth Paper, PowerPoint; Printer, Floral ovals (Spellbinders Nestibilities), Medium Multi Rose Dies (Britannia), Scalloped & Plain Oval Dies (Tonic), Camellia - Complete Petals (Creative Expressions), Flower Nesting Dies (The Works), Assorted Leaves Dies (Die'sire), Teal & Blue Card, Pearls, Green Glitter Card, Gem, Star Punch (Tonic)

Why not, follow us on Facebook group, Pinterest, Instagram or on our Blog we'd loved to see you.

Thank you so much for dropping by, don't forget to say hi :)  I'll be back in a day or two with more crafty inspiration for you.  Byeeeee!
Challenges entered:

Hugs

x Janine x

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Whimsy Stamps Inspiration - May Week 3

Hi everyone 💜

I'd love to share more Whimsy Stamps magic with you, and today I'm highlighting this little elephant  by Crissy Armstrong, and one of our brand new digital banner sets. Isn't it the most adorable little ellie flump you've seen, I love how he's watering his beautiful flower.

The digi stamp is called 'Jelly Bean's Flower' which I coloured using my Ipad Pro, pencil and Procreate. I used an orange patterned paper and card for the mat to compliment the flower and butterfly in the image. I also have to admit to being inspired by the beautiful sunny weather we've been having here in the UK - hence the orange and yellow colour palette. To finish off my card I used one of the brand new word banners and re-coloured it digitally to tie in with my colour scheme. I hope you like it, and are enjoying the fabulous weather whereever you are x

All the links to the specific Whimsy products can be found below and the link to the general store is here.



 
Here's What I Did
I covered the front of a 7" x 7" scalloped square card with pretty patterned paper from my own stash. The image was hand coloured digitally using an Ipad Pro, Apple pencil and the Procreate App.

The finished hand coloured the topper was printed out, and die cut into a square with rounded corners then matted onto an orange fancy edged die cut square. The topper was then attached to the card front using foam pads. I used one of Whimsy's new digital banners that comes in the Everyday Banner Set which are normally black with white text, but on this occasion I recolored it to compliment my card. To complete the card I added 3 bronze coloured gems.

Here's What I Used 
Digital Stamp: Jelly Bean's Flower
Digital Sentiment Stamps: Everyday Banner Sentiments 

Other: 7" x 7" Scalloped Blank, Ipad Pro, Apple Pencil, Procreate App, Square Rounded Corner Dies (Tattered Lace), Square Doily Dies (Tattered Lace), Crystal Glitter, PowerPoint; Printer, Blank Canvas Paper Pad (Trimcraft), Orange Card, Gems

Our new challenge (#105) started on the 15th April, so why not come and join us. There a  fabulous $15 prize to win and the theme as always is #Anything Goes'. Here is the link for you, so come on what are you waiting for!

Why not, follow us on Facebook group, Pinterest, Instagram or on our Blog we'd loved to see you.

Thank you so much for dropping by, don't forget to say hi :) 

I'll see you next week with more Whimsy magic ----- TTFN!

Challenges entered:

Hugs

x Janine x

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Whimsy Stamps - May Release #2

Hi everyone 💜

As promised I'm back today with another new release from Whimsy Stamps. This little beauty is a digital stamp called 'Unicorn Daydreams' which I coloured using watercolours and pencils. To enhance this beautiful lady I added a pretty sentiment from a set launched last month and one of the Envelope Edger dies also from Whimsy Stamps (there are 4 dies in the set so they're fabulous value).  I think she's totally magical --- I hope you agree. x

All the links to the specific Whimsy products can be found below and the link to the general store is here.

 

 
Here's What I Did
The front of a 5" x 7" top fold card blank was covered with pretty patterned paper from my own stash. The unicorn and sentiment was printed directly onto watercolour card and trimmed down to fit the width of the card blank. The bottom edge of the watercolour card was cut using the Envelope Edger die to create a pretty scalloped bottom. 

The unicorn image was coloured with Zig Clean Color pens, Gamsai Tabi paints and a few coloured pencils. When the image was finished tiny hearts were stamped around the unicorn with pink ink. Crystal glitter was added to some of the hearts and the unicorn's horn, and glitter pen was added around the unicorn's body to give it a little shimmer. The completed panel was added to the top section of the card front.

To complete the card silver glitter enamel dots were attached to the bottom right of the card front.

Here's What I Used
Digital Stamp: Unicorn Daydreams
Digital Sentiment Stamps: 'Birthday Wishes' 
Whimsy Die: Envelope Edgers

Other: 5" x 7" Top Fold Card Blank, Zig Clean Color Pens, Gamsai Tabi, Spectrum Noir Pencils. Watercolour Card, Garden Treasures Paper Pad (Hunkydory), Silver Glitter Enamel Dots, Picked Raspberry Oxide Ink, Clear Overlay Glitter Pen (Spectrum Noir), Crystal Glitter, PowerPoint; Printer, Merry Kisses Stamp (Neat & Tangled),

Our new challenge (#105) started on the 15th April, so why not come and join us. There a  fabulous $15 prize to win and the theme as always is #Anything Goes'. Here is the link for you, so come on what are you waiting for!

Why not, follow us on Facebook group, Pinterest, Instagram or on our Blog we'd loved to see you.

Thank you so much for dropping by, don't forget to say hi :) 

I'll see you next week with more Whimsy magic ----- TTFN!

Challenges entered:

Hugs

x Janine x

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Whimsy Stamps - May Release #1

Afternoon peeps 💜

Well I'm back from my little trip away for my birthday. My lovely hubbie took me to Longleat Safari Park for a few days - we stayed in a very quaint...or dare I say quirky hotel in the grounds. Thankfully we got to see most things on our first day, as our second and last day was awful as it rained non stop all day. We did get to see lots of weird and wonderful animals though, which made me giggle and smile.

Anyhoo, back to my card of the day. I chose this little guy to show you today, isn't he the cutest. He's one of the new digital release stamps from Whimsy Stamps called 'Penguin Dr Cute'. I've also used one of the papers from a new collection called 'Going Dotty and a sentiment from a another new release called 'Everyday Banners'. All the products used are digital.

All the links to the specific Whimsy products can be found below and the link to the general store is here.




Here's What I Did
I printed out a sheet of the patterned paper and entirely covered the front of a 6" x 4" card blank. Next I resized the penguin and printed it straight onto some colouring card stock and coloured it with Copic pens. When the image was finished I trimmed it down to fit the card front, then added a strip of aqua coloured card to the right side of it before attaching them both to the card front.

Using the 'Everyday Banner' sentiments I cropped the sheet down so that all that remained was the 'get well soon' banner, this was printed out onto thick white card. The banner was cut out and added to the card front using foam pads.

To complete the card I added enamel dots in shades of blue and aqua.

Here's What I Used
Digital Stamp: Penguin Dr Cute
Digital Sentiment Stamps: 'Everyday Banners' 
Digital Papers: 'Going Dotty' Paper Collection

Other: 6" x 4" Card Blank, Copic Pens, Neenah Colouring Card, Aqua Card, PowerPoint; Printer, Foam Pads, Enamel Dots

Our new challenge (#105) started on the 15th April, so why not come and join us. There a  fabulous $15 prize to win and the theme as always is #Anything Goes'. Here is the link for you, so come on what are you waiting for!

Why not, follow us on Facebook group, Pinterest, Instagram or on our Blog we'd loved to see you.

Thank you so much for dropping by, don't forget to say hi :)  I'll be back on Thursday 3rd May with more new release digi stamps....so see you then. TTFN!

Challenges entered:

Hugs

x Janine x

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Whimsy Inspiration Post - April Week 5

Hi there everyone 💜

Wow, the last week of April, where is the time going! Well it was my birthday on Monday (23rd - St George's Day) and so my lovely hubbie has treat me to a few days away to visit Longleat Safari Park in the grounds belonging to Lord Bath. They created a BBC programme about the park and big house a few years ago and I've always wanted to visit it. Hopefully the UK will behave itself and we'll get to see some animals and their conservation work. So I've schedule this post while I'm off on my little adventure, and hopefully I'll post some cheeky animal pictures next week. :)

Anyhoo, back to biz. Today it's my turn to share my latest Whimsy Stamps card with you, and I again I want to highlight the wonderful digital bunnie collection by Crissy Armstrong. I have used the same concept as last week's design but this time I've simply added my images, printed out the sheet and coloured them in. To create my card I again used PowerPoint and coloured the bunnie with Copic pens.

As I mentioned previously I was inspired by one of Jennifer McGuire's video tutorials about Scatter Stamping. I hope you like it and give it a try.

All the links to the Whimsy products can be seen below. I hope you like it.


Here's What I Did
Using PowerPoint firstly created a rectangle frame 5" x 7" with a dark outside line and a white centre (this will give you a guideline for placement). Inserted the bunnies one at a time then resized and rotated them. Place some of the bunnies so that parts of them fall outside of the frame. The sentiment was firstly cropped back to only show the word 'Hello', then resized and added to the project using the same process as the bunnies.

Click onto the rectangle frame and press delete to remove it. Print out the topper, and coloured the one bunnies with your Copic pens.

To complete the card add a piece of black card to cover the front of a 5" x 7" top fold card. Trim the bunnie topper to size so that there will be a slim border around the edge, add it to the card front to finish.

Tip 1 -- Make sure you name and save your project as soon as possible, and save regularly to avoid losing your work. 

Here's What I Used

Digital Stamps:'Bad Hare Day', 'Bubble Gum Bun', 'Bunnies Brushing Teeth', 'Bunny Boxer Bum', 'Bunny Boxers'

Digital Sentiments: 'Say it Big'

Other:
5" x 7" Top Fold Card Blank, Copic Pens, Spectrum Noir Pens, Black Card, Neenah Card, PowerPoint, Computer & Printer

Copics: W0, W1, W3, RV00, RV02, RV10, RV14

Why not, follow us on Facebook group, Pinterest, Instagram or on our Blog we'd loved to see you.

Our Challenge
Our new challenge (#105) started on the 15th April, so why not come and join us. There a fabulous $15 prize to win and the theme as always is #Anything Goes'. Here is the link for you, so come on what are you waiting for!

Thank you so much for dropping by, don't forget to say hi :)

Challenges entered:

Hugs

x Janine x 

Friday, 20 April 2018

Whimsy Inspiration Post - April Week 4

Hi guys 💜

Today it's my turn to share my latest Whimsy Stamps card with you, and I thought I would highlight the wonderful bunnie collection of digital stamps by Crissy Armstrong. I adore these little characters, and the benefit of being digital is that you can resize, rotation and flip the images. The technique I used was inspired by one of Jennifer McGuire's video tutorials about Scatter Stamping; in her tutorial she used clear acyclic stamps whereas I used digital stamps. I have to admit I'm pleased with the results and I hope you re too.

To create my card I used PowerPoint, which made it super easy to block colour the images as well as change their orientation etc. The non blue bunnie was coloured with Copic and Spectrum Noir pens.

All the links to the Whimsy products can be seen below. I hope you like it.
 


 
Here's What I Did (sorry this is quite a heavy instructional post)

Using PowerPoint firstly created a rectangle frame 5" x 7" with a dark outside line and a white centre (this will give you a guideline for placement). Inserted the bunnies one at a time then resized and rotated them. Place some of the bunnies so that parts of them fall outside of the frame.

The sentiment was firstly cropped back to only show the word 'Hello', then resized and added to the project using the same process as the bunnies.

Once everything is safely named and saved, select all of the bunnies apart from one.
This is how ----
  1. Click onto the 1st bunnie image, and then press and hold down the CTRL button and click onto the next bunnie and so on.
  2. Release the CTRL button and right click onto one of the selected bunnies and from the menu that will pop up left click onto 'Group' and from next pop up window slide across and select Group again.  
  3. Next double click onto one of the selected bunnies and the Tool Bar will change to the Picture Tool (Format), now click the Color button. You will see there are lots of colour options, select the Blue bunnie to change the colour of all the selected bunnies. Click away from the image to change the toolbar back.
Click onto the rectangle frame and press delete to remove it. Print out the topper, then colour the one remaining bunnie with your alcohol pens.

To complete the card add a piece of black card to cover the front of a 5" x 7" top fold card. Trim the bunnie topper to size so that there will be a slim border around the edge, add it to the card front to finish.

Tips --
1 -- Make sure you name and save your project as soon as possible, and save regularly to avoid losing your work.
2 -- Why not colour each bunnie a different shade by simply double clicking onto each bunnie in turn and selecting the Color button and a shade of your choice.

Here's What I Used
Digital Stamps:'Bad Hare Day''Bubble Gum Bun', 'Bunnies Brushing Teeth', 'Bunny Boxer Bum', 'Bunny Boxers'
Digital Sentiments: 'Say it Big'

Other:
5" x 7" Top Fold Card Blank, Copic Pens, Spectrum Noir Pens, Black Card, Neenah Card, PowerPoint, Computer & Printer

Copics: W0, W1, W3, RV00, RV02, RV10, RV14

Spectrum Noir: TB1, TB2, TB3

Why not, follow us on Facebook group, Pinterest, Instagram or on our Blog we'd loved to see you.

Our Challenge
Our new challenge (#105) started on the 15th April, so why not come and join us. There a  fabulous $15 prize to win and the theme as always is #Anything Goes'. Here is the link for you, so come on what are you waiting for!

Thank you so much for dropping by, don't forget to say hi :)

Challenges entered:

Hugs

x Janine x

Thursday, 19 April 2018

For the Love Of Stamps by Hunkydory - April Launch

💛 Morning everyone

Today I'm sharing my stamping samples for the Hunkydory/For The Love Of Stamps Design Team as part of our April TV launch on Create & Craft TV today.

The stamps will be available to buy from Create & Craft as of today, and will be available from Hunkydory Crafts very soon.

I have to admit that this launch has to be my absolute favourite, I love every single set I worked with....and so will you. :)

As always due to the number of cards I've produced I am unable to write up a tutorial for each one as my post would go on forever and a day. So if you want to know anything about the cards I've created please either email me or leave me a comment plus your email address, and I'll post the details on here. :) I have still posted a list of all the products I used.




 



I Used:
Hunkydory/for the Love Of Stamps Products
Stamps & Masks - Bee Happy, Lets Go Fly A Kite, Shiver Me Timbers
Adorable Scorable Matt-astic Cardstock, 'Ink Me' Card, Black Stamping Card, Foam Pads, Masking Sheets, 'Pretty Pastel' Paper Pad

Some of the above products can also be purchase on Create & Craft's website here),

Other: Copic Pens, Prismacolor Pencils, Spectrum Noir Pens, Caran D'ache White Pencil, My Own Card Blanks, Cream Card, Colour Cloud Ink - Warm Cocoa, Summer Sky, Frosted Aqua (Cosmic Shimmer), White Chalk Paint (Cosmic Shimmer), Square Rounded Corner Dies (Tattered Lace), Hexagon Dies (Diamond Press),  Circle Dies (Tattered Lace), Circle & Scalloped Circle Dies (Spellbinders), Gold & Silver Mirror Card, Cloud Template, Distressing Inks (Tumbled Glass, Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint), Oxide Inks (Wild Honey, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet, Abandoned Coral), Lemon Liquid Glitter Pen, Silver & Gold Glitter Pen, White Pen, Versafine Black Ink, MFT Extreme Black Ink, Coffee Archival Ink, Black Memento Ink, Black Fine Liner Pen, Pearls, White Card (Sheena Douglas),  Kraft Card, Solar White & Desert Storm Neenah Card, Gold Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, Water Spritzer, Crystal Glitter

Hope you like them.

Big hugs

Janine x

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Wk 3 and Challenge Card

Hi everyone 💜

Today I've combined my weekly Whimsy Stamps DT card with my forthcoming Challenge #105 card.

For my card I've chosen  the cute stamp set called 'Espresso-ly Great' by Krista Heij-Barber. I love my coffee so this was perfect me, and I've tried to keep it simple. I used my pencils and a tad of glitter to enhance this little chap. Hope you like it, and it inspires you to have a go and enter our challenge.

Challenges Info - we have a challenge once a month, and the theme is Anything Goes, so come on and get joining in. We'd all so love to see your fabulous creations and all the girls will pop by and say hi...plus you might even win a prize which is generous $15 gift certificate to spend in the store. So come on, what are you waiting for!

The new challenge starts on the 15th April. Simply click here to visit our blog and upload your project, and check out my lovely teamies work. 

 

Here's What I Did
I completely covered an 5" x 6¼" card blank with my patterned paper. I die cut a dark brown mat and smaller one from Kraft card.

The coffee mug, heat swirls, and sentiments were stamped directly onto the Kraft card mat. The mug was stamped again onto more Kraft card, coloured in using with pencils and cut out. The word 'Coffee' and the heat swirls were coloured in, then the mat was adhered to the dark brown mat.

Glitter was added to the heat swirls and the cream on the cut out mug. The finished mug was added over the top of the image previously stamped on the Kraft topper using foam pads. The completed topper was attached to the card front using more foam pads.

Brown enamel dots in decreasing sizes were added to the card front to complete the card.

Here's What I Used
Rubber Stamps: Espresso-ly Great by Krista Heij-Barber

Prismacolor Pencils: Light Cerulean Blue, True Blue, Copenhagen Blue, Indigo Blue, Cream, Burnt Ochre, Terracotta, Dark Umber, Black

Caran D'ache Pencil: White Luminance 6901

Other:
5" x 6¼" Card Blank, Kraft Card, Dark Brown Card, Enamel Dots, 'Cherish The Moment' Dies (Tonic), Crystal Glitter, 'Beach Bliss' Paper Pad (LOTV), Zest-It, Paper Stumps
Why not, follow us on Facebook group, Pinterest, Instagram or on our Blog we'd loved to see you.

I'll be back next week with more Whimsy wonderfulness.

Thank you so much for dropping by, don't forget to say hi :) 

Challenges entered:

Hugs

x Janine x