Friday, 15 June 2018

Whimsy Inspiration Wk 3 and Challenge Post

Hi everyone 💜

Morning, well it's the start of a new Whimsy Stamps Challenge #107, and the theme as always is 'Anything Goes', so it's really easy. So come on, grab your Whimsy stamp, dies or papers and get joining. We'd so love to see your creations and all the girls will pop by and say hi...plus you there's the opportunity to win a $15 certificate to spend in store. As of next month I will be the new Whimsy Challenge Blog co-ordinator - how exciting is that. I've never done anything like it before, but in my professional life I used to work as a Secretary and as an Office Administrator, so hopefully those skills will help make me super organised. Well hopefully :p

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

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? 

Anyhow, I've combined my Challenge card with my weekly Whimsy Inspiration card with you, so it's a joint post. :)  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 and base of a pre-scored easel card with black and white striped paper to reflect the gorgeous zebra by Crissy Armstrong.  Next I re-sized the image then printed it onto colouring card and die cut it into a circle. I printed the zebra, bird and flower again on to scrap paper and cut them out, I used this to create a mask. Using the mask I covered all the main features and added the cloud using ink and a cloud template (my favourite thing to do). When the sky was dry I coloured the image with Copic pens and added it to a die cut black circle which was then glued on the front of the easel card.

The word 'hello' was printed onto white card and die cut with a label die, this was matted onto a slightly larger label cut from black card - this was used as the easel card stopper.

To echo the red flower in the image, red die cut flowers with gems in the centre were added to the card base  To finish the card glitter was added to the flower centre.

Here's What I Used
Digital Stamps: 'Spring Zebra'
Digital Sentiment: 'Say It Big'

Other:  Pre-Scored Easel Card Blank, Copics, Black Card, White Card, Red Card, Neenah, Monochrome Paper Pad (Hunkydory), PowerPoint; Printer, Pearl Circle Dies (Tattered Lace), XXL Stitched Circle Die (Crealies), Camellia - Complete Petals (Creative Expressions), Gem, Label Dies (The Works), Mini Butterfly Punch, Colour Cloud Ink - Summer Sky (Cosmic Shimmer), Mini Cloud Stencil (MFT), Crystal Glitter

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:

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x Janine x

Craftsulove Design Team - June Card #1

Morning guy 💜

For this post I'm wearing my Craftulove Design Team Hat on...and yes, it's my first post for them ever. How excited am I!!

So for today's card I've used 'Wild For You' stamps from Lawn Fawn, 6" x 6" 'Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Pastel' Paper Pad from My Favorite Thing (MFT), 'Girl Assortment' matt enamel dots from Doodlebug Designs Inc, and finally Scalloped Circle Layering Dies from Tonic Studios.  The rest of the products I used are from my own stash, unless mentioned below..

I loved working with this stamp set; all the little animals are so cute and they stamp brilliantly. Once stamped they were so easy to colour as there's lots of open space. I teamed the completed scene with some bright green dotty paper from the pad, which have the most gorgeous colours inside. 

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



 
Here's What I Did
To create my card I covered the front of a scalloped card base with green dotty paper, leaving a white boarder around the edge.

To create the scene - a circle was die cut from colouring card and I worked out how I wanted my layout to be. Next the crocodile was stamped low down in the centre of the circle. The crocodile was then stamped onto scrap paper to create a mask, this was used to cover the croc up on the colouring card. The rest of the characters were then stamped over the top along with the sentiment with the help of my stamping tool. 

I created masks for the rest of the animals and covered everything up, I added blue ink around the characters and along the edge. When all the ink was dry, the masks were removed. Using alcohol pens all the characters were coloured in.

To complete the picture I stamped, coloured and cut out 2 party hats and glued them on the heads of both elephants. The completed topper was attached to a die cut green scalloped circle and added to the card front using foam pads. To finish the card 3 bright pink matt enamel stickers and a little glitter were added to the card front.

Available from Craftsulove
Stamp: Wild For You from Lawn Fawn 
Paper Pad: Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Pastel Paper Pad from My Favorite Thing (MFT)
Embellishments: 'Girl Assortment' Matt Enamel Stickers from Doodlebug Designs Inc
Dies: Scalloped Circle Layering Dies from Tonic Studios
Ink: 'Tuxedo Black' Memento 
Tools: Misti Stamping Tool

My Own Stash:
6" x 6" Scalloped Card Blank, Green Card, Alcohol Pens, Neenah Colouring Card, Foam Pads,  Circle Die, Crystal Glitter,

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

Thank you so much for dropping by, don't forget to say hi :)  I'll be back on the 30th with a new project/tutorial....so see you then. TTFN!

Challenges entered:

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x Janine x

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Whimsy Inspiration - June Week 2

Morning everyone 💜

Hi everyone, well I'm now back from my hollibobs with a bit of a tan, and feeling totally relaxed.
 Here in the UK it's not that warm at the moment......well not as warm as Spain anyway. So atm I'm sat crafting with a few layers on to keep warm. :)
 
Today I'd like to share some Whimsy inspiration with you, so I've used one of the brand new gorgeous digital papers by Denise Lynn, and it's called 'Floral Beauty'. The collection is available in the Digital section of the Whimsy Store.  I also used a sentiment from a previous release plus one of our fantastic die sets. 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 recoloured the digital sentiment 'Family' from black to white and added it to the digital paper using the Powerpoint software program. The paper was then printed out and used to cover a 6" x 6" card front.
 
I die cut some strong white card using one of the Envelope Edger dies, trimmed it and attached it to the card front using foam pads. To finish the card I used some cream ribbon and a pretty gem.
 
Here's What I Used 

Digital Paper: Floral Beauty
Digital Sentiment: Family Forever
 
Other:  6" x 6" White Card Blank, White Card, Cream Satin Ribbon, White Gem, Microsoft PowerPoint, Printer, Foam Pads

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 the new release digi images from Whimsy ----- TTFN!

Challenges entered:

Hugs

x Janine x

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Great New!!!

Hi everyone

I'd love to share my big news with you  ----- I'm now part of the Craftsulove Design Team. Woo Hoo!
 
It was announced on social media whilst I was away on my holibobs so I couldn't share it on my blog until now.
 

I'm so excited to join the lovely gang above. I've been a shopper at Crraftsulove for many, many years for it's a thrill to be working with them to share and highlight their fabulous products.
 
Here's a little about me that was shared on social media.
 
 
I can't wait to share my projects with you.
 
Hugs and thanks for reading my ramblings.
 
X Janine X

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Whimsy Stamps - June Release #2

Afternoon peeps 💜

Wow, it only seems like yesterday I added a post about our new Whimsy release....well actually it was the day before. Lol  I'm feeling a little quackers, so I've coloured up this cheeky little chappie, happily swinging on his tarzie as we say here in the UK (oops not sure if I've spelt it right though).

Today card is another cute digi stamp from the June release which I've coloured using my Copic pens.  This one is called 'Make A Splash' and can be found in the Whimsy store.

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 created a frame from strong white card by using a large rectangle die and cutting out the centre using a smaller rectangle die. To give the frame depth I glued white funky foam around the back sides of the frame, then when this was dry I repeated the process (this could easily be achieved using foam pads or tape). When everything was dry, the frame was glued in place onto the front of a 5" x 7" card blank.

The duck image was resized and printed onto Neenah cardstock and die cut using the same small rectangle die used to make the frame aperture. The duck image was printed twice again onto copier paper to create 2 masks - for the first mask I just cut off the sea section, and for the 2nd mask I cut out the duck, rope and the sea.

Next I covered the duck, rope and sea with the mask to avoid colour contamination when making the sky. To create the cloud effect I used a sponge, blue Colour Cloud ink and a cloud template. When everything was dry I covered over the sky, duck and rope leaving just the sea exposed. I used blue and aqua Colour Cloud ink to create the sea, then added a little bit of white pen and blue glitter pen to the waves. The image was then coloured with Copic pens.  When the images was completed it was glued inside the aperture.

To finish the card 3 aqua coloured enamel dots were added to the card front.

Here's What I Used
Digital Stamp: Make a Splash

Other: 5" x 7" Kraft Card Blank, Copic Pens, Neenah Colouring Card, Strong White Card, PowerPoint; Printer, White Funky Foam, Noble - Doubled Pierced Rectangle (Creative Expressions), 'Summer Sky and Frosted Aqua' Colour Cloud Ink (Cosmic Shimmer), Enamel Dots, Blue Glitter Pen, White 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 be back on Thursday 3rd May with more new release digi stamps....so see you then. TTFN!

Challenges entered:

Hugs

x Janine x

Friday, 1 June 2018

Whimsy Stamps - June Release #1

Afternoon peeps 💜

Wow, its the 1st of June....so were did May go to. I can't believe how quickly the time is going. It's crazy. Well just so you know, I'm still on my holibobs. At this present moment I'm heading over to the beach to sit and colour in the sun....bliss!

So today is the start of Whimsy release week for June, so I'm here to share one of the fab new digital release stamps from Whimsy Stamps --- this one is called 'Owl Wedding'. It's perfect for a June wedding....and I should know, I was married in June. I teamed this gorgeous pair with an embossed aperture, as I wanted them to look like they were sitting in their little tree together.

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 firstly inked around the edge of a 6" x 6" Kraft card. I trimmed a piece of Kraft card slightly smaller than the card blank (so it would leave a small border around the edge) and die cut a circle into the centre. The Kraft card was then passed though a wood effect embossing folder, and inked over the top to bring out the detail.  A piece of dark brown card was glued into place in the centre of the card front.

The owls were resized and printed onto Neenah cardstock, coloured with Copic pens and cut out. The owls were glued to the Kraft card behind the circle aperture, this was then added  to the card front using plenty of foam tape.

To finish the card a 'Wedding' sentiment was die cut from brown card along with 2 hearts cut from pink glitter card, then they were all added to the card front.

Here's What I Used
Digital Stamp: Owl Wedding

Other: 6" x 6" Kraft Card Blank,  Kraft Card, Copic Pens, Neenah Colouring Card, Brown Card, PowerPoint; Printer, Foam Tape, XXL Stitched Circle Dies (Crealies), Wedding Word Die (the Range - Cut & Make), Love Today Dies (Diamond Press), 'Warm Cocoa' Colour Cloud Ink (Cosmic Shimmer), Pink Glitter Card, Dinky 'House' Die (Xcut)

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 be back on Thursday 3rd May with more new release digi stamps....so see you then. TTFN!

Challenges entered:

Hugs

x Janine x

Monday, 28 May 2018

Whimsy Inspiration - Week 6

Afternoon everyone 💜 

Well by the time you read this post I will be winging my way to a relaxing holiday in the sun. I'm off to Majorca for a week of sun and relaxation. Yay! Mind you my hubbie and I didn't realise that it was Whit week here in the UK, and the kiddiewinks are off school all week. If we had realised we most definitely wouldn't have been going quite yet. That's the trouble when you have grown up kiddiewinks you have no idea when the school holidays are. But hey ho, it's all booked now and we're enroute.

Anyhoo back to biz --- for my Whimsy card for this week I've used a fabulous stamp by Marina Fedotova; it's deeply etched rubber mounted on cling cushion foam and it's available from the Whimsy Store. The stamp is from the set called 'Norbert and Fiona Playtime', but on this occasion I've only used Norbert the Dragon.  I stamped everything onto grey pastel paper which added a little bit of texture and then used my new Caran D'Ache Luminance Pencils to add all the detail. 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 rectangle from grey paper designed for pastel pencil and stamped the dragon, stars and sentiment. I coloured every element with coloured pencils.

The completed picture was added to the front of a black 5" x 7" side fold card blank. To finish the card I added gold glitter pen to the stars.

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

Other:  5" x 7" Black Card Blank, Grey Pastel Card, Double Pierced Rectangle Dies (Creative Expressions), Caran D'Ache Luminance Pencils, 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 the new release digi images from Whimsy ----- TTFN!

Challenges entered:

Hugs

x Janine x

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