Thursday, 24 February 2011

Cute Card Thursday - Sketch by Christine!

I am so late today, my schedule is all off this week with the kids being off school!  It has mostly been taken up with Science Fair experiments but managed to get out ski-ing yesterday!  I think I am finally starting to like it!

We have a fabulous sketch by DT Christine to follow over on Cute Card Thursday this week.  It worked perfectly for this card for my son's upcoming birthday.
WE are sponsored this week by Kraftin Kimmie Stamps
you can win 2 rubber stamps of your choice!

I make a book card for all my children's birthdays, I think it is now expected!

It holds the obligatory English sweeties (the ones they miss) and of course some cash which they also love to get despite the mountains of pressies too!

the back

the digi  image I used is by Mo Manning he is 'Paul Typing'this is so perfect for my gaming mad boy!
The papers are basic grey stamped up with Inkadinkado 'Rock Star'.
the dies I used are Nellie Snedden and Tim Holtz.
Other challenges I am entering are
Totally Papercrafts ~ do it with digis
Totally Gorjuss ~ check it out
Make it Colourful ~ smooth gradients
Stamptacular Sunday ~ SOS someone special
Paper Sundaes ~ masculine colours
Stamp Something ~ Something Funky
the shabby tea room ~ buttons and bows
A spoonful of sugar ~ birthday wishes

Thanks so much for dropping by! 

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Cute Card Thursday - Shiny, happy people!

This week Cute Card Thursday is being sponsored by Tiddlyinks.
We were given these adorable digital images to use on our projects. This one is 'Everyday Princess', so cute!
The theme this week is
Shiny, happy people!
I used some pretty shiny pearls and a little metal tab.
The small sent with love sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps.

I can also enter
Paperplay challenge ~ to add shine
Charisma cards ~ spring has sprung 
Make it colourful ~ using shadow and depth
Thanks for dropping by!

Monday, 14 February 2011

Happy Valentines Day!

If you are looking for the Whimsy February Rubber Release Blog hop please click here!

Hope you are having a great start to the week and a very special Valentines Day!

Chicken Soup has this fabulous pic for inspiration and the simplicity of it was so perfect for Hubby's Valentines card!  He is so not into flowers and frills so I kept it super simple. I loved this little devil so much I didn't mind too much not adding anything else.
He is available from Whimsy Stamps, a digital image designed by Melissa Jenkins.
I coloured him with Prismacolor Pencils.  
The die is the Stampin Up Top Note Die.

I am also entering it into
Stamp Something ~ something for your Valentine
One Stop Craft ~ Love is in the air
A Spoonful of Sugar ~ lets see some love

Thanks for dropping by!

Friday, 11 February 2011

Whimsy Stamps Postage Stamps album

A little late but here are the rest of the photos from my sneak peek I teased you with on Monday!
All of the stamps are the newly released Whimsy Stamps 'Postage Stamps' and 'Birthday Postage Stamps' designed by Ann Vento aka Raindrop Echo Designs!
There is also a new Postage Stamp die available specially designed to cut out these postage stamps, so perfect!

A little mini album held together with ribbon.

With lots of room for decoration!

I used Cosmo Cricket 'Everafter' but with this project being quite small I managed to use only one sheet of double sided paper and the rest are all from the cover sheet!

I used various flower, leaf and butterfly punches.

and lots of rub ons.  

I heat embossed all of the postage stamp images.

These little quotes are all from the cover sheet of the Cosmo Cricket kit, how is that for recycling?

and the very back page of the album
Can you tell, this is a Valentines pressie?
Our wedding photo is 18 years old, yikes!

This was so much fun to make, I enjoyed every minute of it and love the album!  
Challenges I am entering this album into......
A spoonful of Sugar ~ Lets see some love!
Everybody Art ~ Valentine
Creative Card Crew ~ For a loved one!

Thanks for dropping by, hope you have a fantastic weekend!  

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Cute Card Thursday - Hearts and flowers!

For the Whimsy Stamps February Rubber Stamps Release Blog Hop click here!

This week on Cute Card Thursday we have a Hearts and Flowers them, perfect for all those Valentines cards although not necessarily as my card shows.
We are sponsored by Simon Says Stamp!
 I decided to try one of these side step cards finally after seeing this amazing creation on Marlene's blog, she gave the link to the tutorial for the side step dresser card, you can see it here!

I used a variety of punches to create the bed and bedding and hand cut the little dress and vase.
This may be the one and only time the I don't ink around the edges but I wanted a really clean look to this card.

I used the newly released Whimsy Stamps 'Spring Sitter Bunny' designed by Melissa Jenkins.
Challenges I am entering
Cuttlebug Spot ~ Step cards
My Time to craft ~ hears and flowers
I had planned to show the inside of the sneak peek mini album from Monday but it will have to wait until tomorrow, what can I say?  It has been a busy week!
Thanks to you for dropping by, hope you have a great day!  

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Whimsy February Rubber Release Party!

Hello and welcome to the Whimsy Stamps February new rubber release BLOG HOP!

We have 16 gorgeous new Whimsy Stamps plus 2 new fantastic dies to show you today! These new goodies are available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites. We also have our wonderful special guests joining us for this hop - Beate Johns, Deb Routledge, Chris Dark, Jacque Beddingfield, Tracy Payne, and Elaine Hughes!

The Whimsy Stamps DT have been sneak peeking these fabulous stamps for the past 5 days, so if you missed them be sure to hop on over to the Whimsy Inspirations Blog for some more fabulousness!

Here is a full list of the wonderful new rubber stamps and dies being released today:

5 stamps / stamp sets from Crissy Armstrong
Fragrant Rose ~ Darling Daisies ~ Smell the Flowers ~Valerie's Spring Rain ~ Fancy Bench

3 stamps from Meljen's Designs
Balloon Mouse ~ Baby Bunny's Bottle ~ Spring Sitter Bunny

4 stamps from Kenny K
Uptown Angel ~ Star ~ Lady Raven ~ Vicki LeeVicious

4 stamps / stamp sets from Raindrop Echo Designs
Postage Stamps ~ Birthday Postage Stamps ~ Balloon Sentiments ~ Birthday Wish List

2 dies
Postage Stamp Die ~ Balloon Set Dies

If you would like to participate in the hop and you didn't arrive here from Simonne's blog, please CLICK HERE to return to the beginning of the hop at Chris's blog.

The hop starts today (Wednesday February 9th at noon EST) and ends on Wednesday February 16th at noon EST.

For this hop we have 6 different prize draws! We have not one but TWO grand prize draws, so two lucky hoppers will win a large selection of new release stamps. Grand Prize 1 will be for those who help us advertise the hop, and Grand Prize 2 will be for those who hop along with us. Also, we have 4 mini candy stops throughout the hop where you can enter to win a new release stamp! I'm not going to tell you where they are, so if you haven't found them you'll just have go back to the beginning and start hopping! *wink*

For my card I used the incredibly adorable 'Valerie's Spring Rain' and 'fancy bench', these are two seperate stamps so I had to mask off Valerie and her kitty and stamp the bench over to create this sweet little scene.  
Both stamps are designed by Crissy Armstrong for Whimsy.  

I used my brand new Prismacolors for this image, my first time with them so will take a little more practice, particularly in the face which I did first, I was a little more confident by the time I coloured the wooden bench.    I used them rather like Copics blending in the darker shades with the lighter pencils and when all else failed I used a colourless blending pencil.  I bought the 72 pencil tin and am so happy with the range of colours.

For my project, I decided to make a book card.  I love these cards as they have plenty of room inside to add little pockets for treats and gifts!  
I created a tutorial for the Whimsy Inspirations Blog last year so if you would like to see how they are made you can check it out here!
I thought the image was perfect for an 'under the weather' card so added tissues and lip balm along with a  matching bookmark, perfect to send to someone who is feeling a little unwell!  

These are the amazing Postage Stamps designed by Ann Vento aka Raindrop Echo Designs and also using the new Whimsy Postage Stamp die to cut them out!  

The back has my custom signature stamp also available from Whimsy Stamps!

The little matching bookmark also tucked inside the pocket.

So now it's time for you to continue the hop by hopping on over to Crystal's blog!

Finally, here is a complete blog hop list in hopping order:

Thank you so much for hopping with us today and I hope you enjoy the new releases!

Monday, 7 February 2011

Whimsy Sneak Peek!

Today I am sharing a sneak peek from the new selection of Whimsy rubber stamps which are to be released on Wednesday 9th February.  
On Wednesday at 12 noon (EST) Whimsy Stamps will be holding a release party blog hop to which you are all invited, don't forget there will be many opportunities to win these stamps and believe me, you will want them all!
Today we are sneaking peeks at the stamps designed by Ann Vento, aka Raindrop Echo Designs, she absolutely amazes me with her talent for designing creative ways with sentiments. As soon as I saw these stamps I knew I had to have both sets, they are 'Postage Stamps' and 'Birthday Postage Stamps' and I used almost all of the stamps on this creation.  Only showing a sneak peek for today though, you will need to come back on Thursday to see the rest!  There are lots of bits inside to show so lots of photos!
I also have something completely different to share with you on Wednesday so don't forget to pop back then!
Along with the fabulous new stamps released this week are 2 new dies, one I used here, the 'Postage Stamp Die', it is an essential tool to go hand in hand with these stamps, it cuts out the stamps perfectly!  
If you want to see the rest of the sneak peeks for today pop across to visit

I hope you will pop back here on Wednesday during the release Blog Hop!

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Whimsy sneak peek!

Today you can see sneak peeks of the Whimsy Stamps rubber collection designed by Kenny K!
Here is the list of ladies participating in the sneak peeks today!

I will be back tomorrow with my sneak peek as promised!

Friday, 4 February 2011

Sneak Peeks!

Today is the first day of sneak peeks for the new Whimsy Stamps release, today you can see peeks from Crissy Armstrongs designs.  Pop on over to the blogs below for a peek at some of the stamps which will be released on Wednesday 9th February!

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Cute Card Thursday - Banish the Blues!

A perfect antidote for the Winter blues, our theme this week on 
is 'Banish the Blues' to add some humour to your cards.
We are sponsored by The Stamp Shoppe this week!
I love these fun sentiment stamps from Stampin Up, only bought them the other week but then discovered I don't have a single stamp of someone eating chocolate! Can't believe it!  This Whiff of Joy image is still one of my favourites and as I always have a cuppa with some chocolate or maybe that is always have some chocolate with my cuppa, works for me!
Other challenges ~
Friday Sketchers ~ for the fabulous sketch
Paperplay challenges ~ stamp it out 
I have just taken delivery of my very first tin of Prismacolor Pencils and so enjoying playing with them but I cannot find a good tutorial.  Anyone know of one, I would be very grateful for the link!
You can see my results next week when I show the projects I am working on this week for the latest Whimsy Rubber Stamp release, 16 new stamp sets and 2 new dies, all I am going to say is you will love them!  
You can see some sneak peeks from the design team as early as tomorrow!
Check the Whimsy Inspirations Blog over the next few days for the daily sneak peek schedule!
Thanks for dropping in, have a fantastic day!  

Wednesday, 2 February 2011


Time for another peek at the work spaces around the world!
The sun is out here but it is sooooo cold.  - 15F when I got up at 6am this morning! bbrrrr!
Working on a top secret project, had to hide the stamps as they are not to be released until next week although the sneak peeks start soon!  I will showing mine on Monday!  All I can say is I am so enjoying working on it!
 I can  show you my bargain purchase this week! I am so thrilled with all this, only cost me $6 with my 40% off Michaels coupon too!  Can hardly believe it!  Might be back for more!
If you haven't joined in the fun over at WOYWW why not?  Pop over to Julia's blog for the details!
Thanks for dropping by and have a great Wednesday!