Thursday 31 October 2013

Cute Card Thursday - Sparkles

Happy Halloween!
Cute Card Thursday's theme this week is
Good excuse to get out the glitter and stickles!
I am making mini albums instead of Christmas cards for my kids this year, we never throw out hand made cards so they will be even more of a keepsake this time!
We are sponsored by Heather's Hobbie Haven this week!

Papers - My minds eye Winter Wonderland.

Thursday 24 October 2013

Cute Card Thursday - Spooktacular!

Our theme on Cute Card Thursday this week is 
Perfect timing with Halloween just around the corner!
Spotted a few of these square cones around but couldn't find a template that would work so I ended up drawing one myself.  It was pretty simple and I am sure I will use it again!
The papers and embellishments are an assortment of Authentique and My Mind's Eye, both my favourites!

WE are sponsored this week by Bugaboo, hope you can join us!
Thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday 23 October 2013

Whimsy Stamps October Rubber Stamp and die release!

Welcome to the Whimsy Stamps October Release Blog Hop!
We have 17 new images, 2 paper packs, 4 dies and 3 new shape EZs.  All available in the Whimsy Stamps online store today!
On my creation today I used Crissy Armstrong's Snowman String of Hearts.  Aren't they adorable? I just love these little snow people!  On the inside I also used the new Reindeer die and the Holly and berries die on the front and inside.
This is actually a Christmas planner  made from an accordion file folder, not a card.  I got the inspiration from Dena who made one the other week, the tutorial I found on splitcoast stampers.

For those of you who are new to Whimsy Stamps, we hold a 3-day new release event each month: aSneak Peek Blog Hop on the day before the release (today), a Release Day Blog Hop on release day (tomorrow), and finally a Review Day Blog Hop the day after the release.

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 on Friday.

To take a peek at today's fabulous new release creations, please click on the links below...
Thanks so much for dropping by and happy hopping!

Tuesday 22 October 2013


Currently, I am working on a bit of colouring.  This is going to be for a project I need for next week!  I am very excited about this!  I have had to order some special dies for it!  It had to be done! This is something I need to make!
Can't say more than that for now!  All I will say is, it is a bit ambitious so don't be surprised if next week I have ditched it and made a card instead!
Sorry about the shadows, pic taken in the evening and I always have sun here at this time of the day.  I love it, my room gets a lovely golden glow!
So what is on your workdesk this week?

If you would like to join in pop on over to Julia's blog for more details!

Friday 18 October 2013

Whimsy Stamps Freebie Friday!

It's freebie time over at Whimsy Stamps! This week we have an oldie called Whimsy Reindeer.
Here is an oldie I made with this stamp back in 2009!

 To download the freebie please visit the Whimsy Shop and scroll down the main page. Once you see the image, right click on it and select save to computer. For those with a Mac computer, if you do not have a right-click enabled mouse - hold down the Ctrl key when you click to get the same effect as pressing the right-click on a two-button mouse.

Be sure to grab the freebie today as it will be gone tomorrow. Freebies only remain on the website for about 24 hours, if you miss it, you can always purchase the image in the shop. Please tell your friends to stop by to grab it for themselves too. Have a great weekend!

Thursday 17 October 2013

Cute Card Thursday - Candyman

How about this for a super quick Christmas gift?  I think this would be perfect for the school bus driver or the music teacher. I will definitely be rustling up a few more.
This is my creation for this week's Cute Card Thursday Challenge! 
The theme is Candyman!
We are sponsored this week by Whimsy Stamps.
Thanks so much for dropping by!

Wednesday 16 October 2013

Whimsy Stamps Challenge - Shabby Chic/vintage

The Whimsy Stamps Challenge this month is
Shabby Chic/vintage
I used this cutie from the Crissy Armstrong Collection
I knew he would be perfect for my December Daily.
So far I have only have the front cover completed so I can't add the ribbons to the book rings yet which should finish it off nicely!
The chipboard album is Recollections from Michaels, it came with a cute mini album too.  
I have found with any book that I create that it is best to keep the covers as flat as possible otherwise you have huge problems storing them and find things get knocked off.  The dies are the perfect embellishment as they still add some texture but without the bulk.
The challenge information -
 3 Prizes - $15 gift voucher for the Whimsy Store, 5 digital stamps and a mystery rubber stamp! well as random winners being chosen each challenge, one lucky player who has used a Whimsy Stamps image (rubber or digital) will have the opportunity to be a guest designer for a future challenge. If you have used a Whimsy Image and would like to be a future guest, please add GDT to your name when entering. The guest designer will be able to choose a digi stamp of their choice from the store to create their guest card too!

Anyone can enter our challenge and we don't mind you combining with other challenges either! Please remember no more than 3 entries per challenge and all we ask is that you add a link in your blog post to tell your friends you entered the Whimsy Inspirations Challenge

Tuesday 15 October 2013


A busy desk again but at least all the stuff from last week was put away before getting this lot out!
I am working on my December Daily.  You can see the chipboard album there on the right, much bigger than my previous years' albums.  I am being a little ambitious here!  Particularly as I have never completed an album yet!
Never say never, I have all the photos, just need to get creative with them and pop them in.  In 2011 I got halfway through the month, last year  I didn't get a single photo added!  Must sort that out!
You can come back on Wednesday at 12 noon EST to see the front cover completed.  Sorry, can't show until then!
 See, it really was all cleared off.  The only thing on here at the weekend was my chipboard album waiting to be opened and some table runners that I cut in half and hand stitched for my two little hall tables. 
Love my table like this, it didn't stay that way long though!
That is my weekly show and tell.  If you want to see more workspaces or would like to join in pop over to Julia's blog for more details!

Thursday 10 October 2013

Cute Card Thursday - Neutral Zone

 Our theme for Cute Card Thursday this week is neutral zone!
We are sponsored by our regular monthly sponsor Whiff of Joy this week!
Time to get out those gorgeous neutral papers!  I used Authentique papers and the fabulous Christmas sentiment stamps are all Whimsy Stamps.
Each one finished off with the Holly and Berries die.
(Sorry for the dodgy photography, was in a hurry to get these mailed off and so by the time I discovered the blurred pics they were already dropped off at the post office!)
Love all the Whimsy Stamps letter seals, this one is from the Winter Letter Seals set!
This saying is from the Whimsy Stamps Christmas Sayings set.

 This one from the Tis the Season Notables 5
 Another from the Christmas Sayings set!
Thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday 8 October 2013


Very messy desk from me again this week.  I am hoping to get it all cleared off this week although as I am scheduled to decorate my son's room this week I will be relying on paint drying time to do anything else!
Fingers crossed next week it will be immaculate.  I am feeling frustrated trying to work in here, I do much better in a clean and tidy environment.
ON my desk are some  Authentique papers, some Whimsy stamps sentiments and some partly made Christmas cards.  These are now finished and winging their way over to Jan's in the UK for her Women's Refuge Charity.  I will be posting the finished cards on Thursday this week if you care to see them.  I am rather pleased with how they turned out for such a simple design so I plan to make more for other charities as I must confess to not sending many Christmas cards myself!
If you care to join in this week you can get all the details on Julia's blog!

Circle of Friends Blog Hop

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 Louise's 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 creation, I decided to ink up ...September Rose and coloured her with Prismacolor pencils.
I also used one of the sentiments from the Spring Letter Seals!

  So now it's time for you to hop over to ... Ann-Marie's blog. Finally, here is a full hop list in hopping order:
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Thursday 3 October 2013

Cute Card Thursday - Signs of Distress!

Here is my card for Cute Card Thursday, the theme is Signs of Distress!
We are sponsored by Bunny Zoe's Crafts this week!
Hope you can play along with us!
Colouring medium - Prismacolor Pencils
Dies - Notables 7
Paper - My Minds Eye - Vintage Christmas
Thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday 1 October 2013


This is my desk from earlier today in the process of making a card (will be shown on Thursday).  There are remnants from the Scrapping Retreat I was at over the weekend -  the Ferrero Rocher tub filled with lots of useful tools, the brand new washi packs and the magnetic pots filled with brads.
You can see the rest of the stash from the retreat below!
 A giant stack of various paper collections.  Some I purchased, the rest were freebies.  Some 6x6 pads, brads, enamel dots, sequins and other embellishments and some stickers and glue runners.
We made some amazing projects, including cards, a layout and a fantastic mini album.  (Will photograph them and share them next time!)
The retreat was fantastic as always and I loved every minute of it! I think the best thing is meeting up with crafty pals who return every year!  This was the 3rd one and I have been to all 3!  My highlight was having Teresa Collins teach a class, we made a lovely mini with her.  She is such an inspiration!
We also had American Crafts, MME and Echo Park.....sigh, fabulous!

If you want to know more about WOYWW pop on over to Julia's blog for the deets!
Thanks for dropping by!