Friday, 22 July 2011

Bo Bunny Sketch Challenge

I came across a fantastic sketch over on the Bo Bunny Blog designed by Irene Tan for their layout sketch challenge.  
I love that Bo Bunny has these fabulous papers already die cut, it made following the sketch so simple!
The background papers are Olivia and I also cut the butterflies out of some leftover Gabrielle.

These photos are some of my favourites from when my guys were younger. When we lived in Scotland (the first time) my wellies were always by the door, it is a very wet place!  These two little imps were always putting them on and this day decided to do little dances while wearing them.
Papers ~ Bo Bunny 'Olivia' and Gabrielle
dies ~ marianne creatables
title ~ Thickers
Embellishments ~ Prima flowers, Basic Grey buttons, lace, 
tags from  kit by Colorbok
Hope you have a fabulous weekend, thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Whimsy Stamps July Rubber Release Blog Hop!

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

The Whimsy July rubber release happened last week on July 13th, but today we are hosting our blog hop to showcase the 9 fabulous new rubber stamps and 2 new Shapeology metal dies now available at Whimsy Stamps! These new goodies are available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favorites. We also have our wonderful special guests joining us for this hop - Deb Routledge, Elaine Hughes, Niki Estes and Zoe McGrath.

The Whimsy Stamps DT have been showcasing these fabulous stamps for the past 6 days, so if you missed them be sure to hop on over to the Whimsy Inspirations Blog for some more inspiration!

Here is a full list of the wonderful July release rubber stamps and dies:

5 stamps from Kenny K
Boogie Down ~ Holla Back Girl ~ Hot Weave ~ Spy Chick ~ Victory Kid

4 stamps/sets from Raindrop Echo Designs
A Touch of Elegance ~ Adventure Mini Postage Stamps ~ Vintage Bottle Labels ~ Vintage Transportation

2 dies/sets from Raindrop Echo Designs
Dress Form Die (coordinates with ‘A Touch of Elegance’ stamp set) ~ Elegant Flourishes

If you would like to hop along with us today, please CLICK HERE to return to the beginning of the hop at Lori’s blog.  The hop starts today (Wednesday July 20th at noon EST) and ends on Wednesday July 27th at noon EST.

For this hop we have 6 different prize draws! We have one grand prize draw where one lucky hopper will win a selection of new release stamps for hopping along with us. We also have 5 mini candy stops throughout the hop where you can enter to win a new release stamp!
On my card I used the dress form stamp from the ' A Touch of Elegance' stamp set, I also used the dress form die to cut it out.
I also used an older background stamp from Whimsy it is called 'classified ads', the papers are recollections ~ garage sale 'bingo' and 'hidden treasure'.
The receipts are 7 gypsies and the small letter stickers are left over from my Simple Stories 'destinations' kit.  the lace is vintage.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. The next stop on the hop is the super talented Crystal's blog. Be sure to pop over and see what she has for you today. And then remember to leave comments and enter for your chance to win the prizes on offer along the hop too! 

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

Thank you so much for hopping with us today and we hope you enjoy all of the DT creations!

Monday, 18 July 2011

Paris Album

It is the Whimsy Stamps July Rubber Release Day 5, we are showing you some of our creations using the new stamps that are available instore now!

 I knew as soon as I spotted these amazing vintage style transportation stamps (vintage transportation) that I wanted to make a mini album for our upcoming trip to Paris.
I also used the Adventure Mini Postage Stamps and on the front page here also used the Into the Farm Background stamp and the Good life tickets which were from the June release.
 The album is by Basic Grey, the papers are mostly Colorbok for backing with the rest being part of the Simple Stories 'destinations' kit that I used for my last travel album.  I am completely hooked on the Simple Stories papers now and can't wait for the new release they are showing at CHA!
 Can't wait to get the photographs to go in here!

 The journey quote stamp is by Rubber Stampede, I picked it up in a yard sale a few weeks back!
and a quick card I whipped up using the Touch of Elegance stamps again.
Whimsy are having a blog hop on Wednesday to celebrate the launch of all these stamps, remember though, they are already for sale in the Whimsy Online Store and also through retailers!
On a sad note, I have decided the time is right to step down from the Whimsy Stamps DT, for the past 2 1/2 years I have thoroughly enjoyed creating with their amazing stamps, it wasn't an easy decision but because I want to concentrate on scrapbooking more than cardmaking for the next little while I felt I wouldn't be doing justice to the stamps or to the team.  I know there will be some of the stamps that will be perfect for my layouts so I will still be keeping a close eye on all those future releases and I can assure you I will still be telling you all how fabulous they are.  
My last Whimsy Blog Hop will be this Wednesday for the July release when I have one last project to show. 
Hope to see you then, thanks for dropping by! 

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Birthday girl!

Happy Saturday!  Hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!
After being inspired to do more scrapping by attending the Creating Keepsakes Scrap and Play last month here is another page for my eldest daughter's album.

I used a sketch over at Creative Scrappers as a starting point, it is sketch number 164. 

 The delish papers are
Bo Bunny 'Gabrielle', I could hardly believe I was tearing these but I was brave and am so glad I did, love the effect.
Beneath the photos I used a brown paper bag which I crumpled and inked.  The lace is Prima which I am pretty sure I bought from Bunny Zoe's crafts.  You might want to drop in at Bunny Zoe's Crafty blog for some fabulous blog candy! 

Here is another sneak peek at one of the new rubber stamps released at Whimsy this week, remember these are already in the store to purchase!
I covered my old recipe book to give it a new lease of life.  The Vintage bottle labels background stamp was so perfect for this project!

Thank you so much for dropping by!

Friday, 15 July 2011

You're just my style!

It is day 2 of the sneak peeks for the Whimsy July Rubber Stamp Release!
The stamps I used on this card are from the Touch of Elegance sentiment set.  I just love the dress form, I am going to use this stamp lots!
Don't forget these fabulous new stamps are already in store and available to purchase!

 I have used an old paper pattern behind my image (hubby bought the pattern pack thinking I might make the outfits but I had other ideas when I saw it!) I used Tim Holtz papers, some voile and some pins I have had forever!
thanks to Denise for the reminder about challenges
I am entering this into the
DYSU challenge ~ sewing
MAWTT ~ favourite things
my favourites are dress forms, old patterns, stitching and distressing!
 just have to shout about this fabulous candy from Tab, how delish?
it is open until 29 July!

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Cute Card Thursday - Circles

 This week the theme for Cute Card Thursday is
we are sponsored by
Colouring medium ~ Prismacolor pencils
Inks ~ Memento and Distress Inks in Tea Dye and Vintage Photo
Papers ~ K & Co

Other challenges I am entering 
Paper Sundaes ~ Paper Piecing
Kaboodle Doodles ~ use those scissors
Don't forget the latest rubber stamps have just been released by Whimsy Stamps, they are amazing!
Here are some very quick and simple CAS cards I made using the 
new Vintage Transportation stamps

The cards were from a DCWV box of cards so were ready patterned ready for me to stamp and emboss these gorgeous masculine designs, all incorporating an image and sentiment in one!  
These stamps are so versatile, I love them, I will showing another creation using them next week at the Whimsy Blog Hop on Wednesday 20th at noon (EST)
Have a fabulous Thursday, I'll be back with another creation from the new release very soon!
Thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Whimsy Stamps July Rubber Release!

Today is an exciting day  at Whimsy Stamps because it's ...

rubber stamp and die RELEASE DAY!

This month we are doing things a little differently - we are releasing the stamps and dies a whole week before our new release blog hop! So that means... the July New Release rubber stamps and dies are available to buy RIGHT NOW from the Whimsy Stamps store! Yippee!!

We are going to be holding a fabulous new release BLOG HOP on July 20th, when we will have our usual plethora of prizes, special guests, and lots of amazing creations from our DT.

From today until July 19th, the DT are going to be showcasing this month's new release stamps and dies in the lead up to our BLOG HOP on July 20th, so be sure to stop by our blogs to see what we've created.

Today I have an album to show you that I created using the fantastic 'Touch of Elegance' stamps from Raindrop Echo Designs for Whimsy.  I loved all these stamps so much I couldn't stop playing with them over the past week and so have a few bits and pieces to show you over the next week.
On the front of the album I used the dress form from the Touch of Elegance set, the dress form die  and one of the Adventure mini postage stamps.  The papers are K&Co and the quote was also in the K&Co pack.
 Inside I also used sentiments from the Touch of Elegance set and one of the Good Life Tickets
 The sentiments from these pages are from the Vintage Transportation set and also the Touch of Elegance set.

Here is a list of  all the new stamps, sentiment sets and dies we have released today:

5 new Kenny K rubber stamps
Boogie Down ~ Holla Back Girl ~ Hot Weave ~ Spy Chick ~ Victory Kid

4 new Raindrop Echo Designs sentiment rubber stamp sets
A Touch of Elegance ~ Adventure Mini Postage Stamps ~ Vintage Bottle Labels ~ Vintage Transportation

2 new Raindrop Echo Designs dies
Dress Form Die (coordinates with A Touch of Elegance stamp set) ~ Elegant Flourishes

Remember, they are all available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store RIGHT NOW!

Happy shopping! :)

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Show me Sunday!

At last, I am back!  I have missed all you lovely peeps!  Hope your weekend is going well.  This weekend was forecast to be stormy but thankfully we seem to have got off lightly.  A big thunderstorm during the night which is when I like it, leaves the air nice and fresh in the morning! Hubby and me are just back from a lovely early morning walk and coffee at Starbucks, a perfect Sunday morning!
Fingers crossed the weather holds for the open air concert this afternoon!
*edited ~ it didn't, rotten big thunder storm cancelled the concert!
I stumbled across Stamping Caz's Show me Sunday today and as I haven't posted here in a while thought it would be a good day to play along!  
This week Caz wants to see where you craft.
My poor desk has been very neglected this past month while we had visitors.  I have been crafting like crazy over the past few days since our Mums returned to the Uk but can't show anything just yet.  We are having a week of sneak peeks with the July rubber release from Whimsy Stamps beginning on Wednesday so ......I'll be back then and you can purchase the fantastic new rubber from Wednesday!  
The mini album I am working on just now is for my daughter to take away with her to college with photos of her and the family.  It is a real labour of love, I am so enjoying creating it but the realization of my first fledgling to leave the nest is creeping up fast! Blub Blub!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend,