Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Whimsy Stamps and Wow! Collaboration Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Wow! and Whimsy Stamps collaborative blog hop.  The blog hop starts right now and will run until the 5th of April.

For my first card I stamped the Lattice Background Stamp on to patterned paper (this saved me having to ink a panel of white card, SO much easier!) with Wow! Embossing Ink Pad then I applied Bright White Super Fine Embossing Powder.  

I cut the embossed panel using the  Wonky Stitched Rectangles Die Set and adhered to the card with foam pads.  I die cut a frame with the  Pierced and Stitched Circles die set and popped a circle of vellum, behind the frame.  

I made some paper flowers using the Poppy Flower Die Set (you can see how I make these flowers in the video hereI finished off by adding some Glass Slipper Sparkles to the ends of the flowers for some pretty!  And I used Wow Metallic Brass to heat emboss a sentiment from the Everyday Mini Sentiments Stamp set


I made flowers from foamiran for the second card, and went with a DL sized card for a change.

I used Mayan Glintz Embossing Powder to give the chipboard frame an enamelled look.  I applied three coats of heat embossing to get a beautiful smooth and glossy finish. I stamped the butterflies from the Flight of the Butterflies stamp set using Turkish Nights Embossing Powder and fussy cut them out.  Once again I used Wow Metallic Brass to heat emboss a sentiment from the Everyday Mini Sentiments Stamp set


I used three layers of the largest petal to make the large flower.  I used white foamiran and coloured it with bubblegum pink Gelatos, and peach foamiran for the smaller blossom flowers (I used the smallest die in the Poppy Flower Die Set  for these dinky ones.  A few black Nuvo Drops finished off the card.  There are a few foamiran flower tutorials on my You Tube channel, the Easy Roses tutorial is probably the best one to show how to make the mini flowers (just use two layers instead of five)

The next (and last) stop on the hop is WOW! Embossing Powder

 As we have so many talented designers wanting to play along we decided to celebrate by splitting the blog hop up over two days. The Winners will be chosen at random in the week of the of 8th of April from the comments left on THE POSTS. 

There are two prizes which means two winners. WOW! Embossing Powders has - 6 powders of your choosing along with a WOW carry case to store your powders safely in. Whimsy Stamps is giving away a $25 gift certificate to their store.

To join this GIVEAWAY you must leave a comment on the designer's blog post and each comment you leave is an entry for a chance at getting your hands on these prizes.
This hop is open internationally.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Simple Poppy Flowers and video tutorial

Hello!!  I really hope you are all well and staying safe.  I've had a week and a half transitioning from office based working to home based and let me tell you, working from home is not all it's cracked up to be.  BUT!  I'm so very grateful that I can work from home, being on the NHS vulnerable list is not very fun!  Okay, so enough whinging and on to my blog post, short and sweet it is.

Whimsy Stamps have a March Special Release and this Poppy Flower Die Set and Lattice A2 Die is part of the release.  

I managed to squeeze in some time ....  after 2 years of no video making ....  and filmed a quick video to show just how quick and easy it is to make these paper flowers.  I used 160gsm (60lb)paper for the blue poppies, and 300gsm (110lb) card for the red poppies.  I did try and film the tutorial with the red card but the lighting and the video were not having a bit of it.  After umpteen attempts I went with the blue.  You'll see how much more life-like and crinkled the red flowers are, that's down to using the thicker card so do experiment with scraps, you'll get a different result with different card/paper thicknesses as you can see from the two pictures below (click to enlarge)


I used the Lattice die as the background for both cards, and adhered 3 die cuts together to give more depth to the background and finished off both cards with a sentiment from the Adopt don't Shop Dogs clear stamp set and Nuvo drops in black.

That's it from me today.  Please stay safe and keep your distance!

Friday, 20 March 2020

Pink sunflowers anyone?!

Whimsy Stamps has a special release going to today with some really gorgeous goodies up for grabs!  I fancied doing some copic colouring so decided to colour up this stunning Sunflower Background Rubber Stamp.  

I used the following copic colours:
Petals: YR20, Y11, RV29, RV25, RV23,
Centre: RV29, E17, 15, 13, YR23, Y11

Once I'd finished the colouring I die cut the panel using the Wonky Stitched Rectangles Die Set and wrapped a piece of vellum over the front before adhering in place with foam tape.  I coloured up a scrap piece of white card using RV29, RV25 and RV23 ombre style and die cut the  Celebrate Word and Shadow Die Set from the ombre card and white card, then adhering in place on the vellum.

I finished off with some clear AB sequins and I absolutely love how this card turned out.  I know you don't get pink sunflowers in the real world, but in Bev's world?  Yeah, you totally do ha!

I have some poppy flower dies that released today, and I have a tutorial and a blog post due up on Tuesday featuring those, so please do pop back.

Here's a peek at just some of the gorgeousness the rest of the DT girls came up with.

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Cow Party!

I think I can safely say the  Criss Cross Gingham Background Rubber Stamp from Whimsy Stamps is going to end up being one of my most used and favourite stamps.  I paired it with the Cow Party clear stamp set.  Will you just look at those eyes!! 👀

I stamped the background with Catherine Pooler's Bellini (this ink is seriously the BEST ink I've ever stamped with, I get a perfect impression every time).  I then die cut the panel using the Peekaboo Window Die 4, and then popped this up over the cow images with foam tape.  I used copic markers to colour the images:

Cows: BV29, BV25, BV23, E41, 4E0, W00, E02, E01, E000
Hat and balloon: RV29, R25, R21,YR07,YR04, YR01
Cake and candles: E08, E33, YR 07, YR01, Y17, 11
Background: BG01, BG000, BG0000

I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment and finished off with some black Nuvo Drops.

Products used from Whimsy Stamps:

Monday, 2 March 2020

Water Coloured Background

It's been a while since I had such a wonderful time making a card.  I really need to get my watercolour paints out more often, that's for sure.

I stamped the eggs from the Easter Memories Clear Stamp Set  in Memento London Fog ink on to watercolour paper in a pattern to create a background, then filled in the spaces with two of the feathers.  I then water-coloured these using Windsor and Newton paints.  Once the panel was dry I used the Wonky Stitched Rectangles Die Set and wrapped some twine around the top.  I matted this on to a charcoal grey card blank and finished off with a heat embossed sentiment, also from the Easter Memories stamp set, then popped on some Grey Mist Nuvo Drops.  I dropped the liquid on to freezer paper and allowed them to dry before adhering to the card, love the dimension this gives as the drops don't get absorbed into the paper.

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Whimsy March Release - gingham, treat boxes and Easter!

What happened to February?  Wow, that went quick!  So, it's a new month and a new release from Whimsy Stamps.  For today's projects I've used the Easter Memories Clear Stamp Set, the Criss Cross Gingham Background Rubber Stamp, the Nested Hexagon Die Set and the cute little Hexagon Treat Box Die.

I die cut the card base using the largest die from the Nested Hexagon Die SetI then stamped out the background with some scattered straw distress oxide ink and cut a panel out.  The image was stamped then coloured with copic markers and finished off with a sentiment from the stamp set and die cut that using the hexagon dies.  I finished off with some tiny mulberry flowers, die cut leaves and twine.

I stamped another background panel for the treat box.  I die cut the treat box from white card and assembled it (this is SO easy to do, all the lines are scored when you die cut it so a few quick folds and dabs of glue and the box is made.)  I stamped a sentiment on to the hexagon patterned paper and adhered it to the top of the box, with some strips of paper around the sides to finish it off.

I'll be back tomorrow with a water coloured card (yes, I actually broke them out and had a play) using some of the new goodies.

Here's some projects made by the other talented ladies on the DT

Products from Whimsy Stamps

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Rainbow Wishes

I challenged myself to making a card with no stamping.  Let me just think about that for a minute ... yeah I shocked myself too.  But, I love how this really quick and simple card turned out.

I cut a panel of patterned paper from the new Rainbow Paper Pack for the base of the card, and used the left over to die cut the WISHES using the Bold ABC Die Set.  This set is THE perfect size for cards! 

I then cut the lower white panel using the Rainbow Words Border Dies and finished off with some clear sequins.

I love that this card can be used for anyone and for so many different purposes.  I'm definitely making more of these to keep in my cards stash.

Whimsy Stamps products used 

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Old style pretties

I've sort of lost my way from my old style shabbyish/pretty cards lately and if I'm honest I missed it.  After finishing this card I've decided I need more foo-foo pretty cards in my craft room so today I've decided to play (aka making a mess in this room haha).

I used a paper pad I picked up at The Works as a start, loved the soft aqua and pink.  I die cut the floral layer with the Notched Squares Dies from Whimsy Stamps, and used a TH lace die for a bit of extra dimension.

I did the stamped panel by stamping and colouring the Brick Background stamp with copic markers on the bottom part of the panel then inked up the sky.  I die cut a piece of acetate with the clouds from the Cloud and Edger die set and used that as a stencil together with Tumbled Glass distress oxide.

I coloured  Polka Dot Pals Khadija with copic markers and fussy cut her out to pop on the panel, just sitting on the brick wall.

Copic colours used:
Hair: E44, 42, 40
Skin: E04, 11, 00, 000, R20
Aqua: BG32, 11, 10
Pink: RV34, 32, 11
Brick Wall: E17, 15, 13, W5, 1

I used the large star from the Primitive Shaker Dies for the star behind the panel, I cut this from some of the background paper and finished off with a digi sentiment from the Vintage Sentiments set to finish off the card, along with some mulberry flowers and sequins.

Products from Whimsy Stamps

Friday, 21 February 2020

Fresh Friday

It's Fresh Friday on the Whimsy Blog where some of the DT girlies feature and mix up products old and new.

This week I've had a play with the Illusions Background Stamp and the Celebrate Word and Shadow Die Set.  And because I'm a rebel rule-breaker I also used the Leaf Foliage 2 Die Set 

I used one of Kristinia Werner's Distress Oxide Ink blend recipes - I used Old Paper, Evergreen Bough and Black Soot and inked this on to Bristol Smooth card.  Once it was dry I inked up the background stamp using Versamark then heat embossed the panel with Wow White Superfine Embossing Powder.  I much prefer doing it this way as opposed to stamping then inking because it's way easier to see any rouge flecks of powder that you would otherwise miss when embossing white on white.

I trimmed the panel, matted on to black cardstock and adhered to the card base.  I finished off with the die cut sentiment and some leaves which I adhered on to a circle of vellum.

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Beaver Birthday

I made another scene card, though this one was way quicker than the Bearing Gifts card I did a few weeks back.  I think what sped up the process for this card is that I incorporated patterned paper into it, so a much smaller and simpler scene was needed.

Using the Grass and Cloud Edger Die Set I die cut a strip of scrap card to make a stencil for the grass.  I inked up the grass using Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide ink, then finished off the top part of the panel with some Tattered Rose and the lightest touch of Abandoned Coral DOI.  Using a copic marker I flicked in some grass on the green colouring to add a bit of dimension then die cut the panel with the Wonky Stitched Rectangles die set.  I popped this panel on to a layer of paper from the  Giraffe Paper Pack and mounted this on to a top-fold card.

I stamped and coloured the beaver and balloons from the new Beaver Birthday clear stamp set, fussy cut them out and popped them on to the panel over the fun Connected Oval Frame Die.  I finished off the card with a sentiment from my favourite set - the  Everyday Mini Sentiments Stamp set

The copic colours used are:
Beaver - E44, 42, 41, 40, W0, W00; W7, W5; E93
Balloons - YG07, YG05, YG01; BG05, 02, 01, 000

Products used from Whimsy Stamps:

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Sending Love

When I saw the Elegant Wood Frames stamp set from Whimsy Stamps I saw background stamping with the floral images so set about making a couple of really quick and easy valentines cards.

I stamped both floral clusters and the individual flowers in Versamark ink on to red card then heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  I trimmed the red panel to size then die cut a heart from the Primitive Shaker Shapes Die SetI stamped the Cherish sentiment on to the card blank then mounted the panel on top using foam pads, then finished off with some gold sequins.

The second card dame about because I hate throwing stuff away so used the heart from the other card, layered that over a black heart die cut and popped it on white card.  I die cut LOVE from the Bold ABC Die Set three times from white card and once from gold satin finish card, adhered these together then adhered to the card and finished off with a few gold sequins.

Two quick cards done and dusted 😁

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Stone House

Following on from my previous post, here's another card featuring one of the new release stamps from Whimsy Stamps, Stone House.  I coloured the image with copic markers, I was going attempt it with watercolours but this one is quite fiddly and watercolours are so not my comfort zone whereas this was easy to colour with copic markers.

After colouring, I die cut  and embossed a frame using the Card Builder Windows die set and finished off with a die cut sentiment using the Celebrate Word and Shadow die set along with a few clear sequins. 

This card took no time at all to put together once the colouring was done and it's another great addition to my cards for men box!

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Layered Dahlias - Whimsy February Release

It's the February release day at Whimsy Stamps, and I've used a few new goodies on my card today,  starting off with the fabulous Layered Dahlia Stamp Set.  This is another great addition to Whimsy's floral stamps, and it's so quick and easy to use, two layers of inking and stamping and you have the prettiest flowers.  I went with Lilac tones this time, love how it pops against the green foliage which is die cut from the Leaf Foliage Diet Set 2

I fussy cut the flowers as there aren't any matching dies.

I made the base by die cutting a panel from ivory card stock using the Zig Zag Stitched Rectabngles Die set then, using the points in the pattern as a guide I scored some lines on the back of the card for extra interest.

I adhered the flowers and leaves on the Connected Rectangle Frame Die that I cut from gold mirror card and finished off with some die cut vellum leaveand a heat embossed sentiment.  The sentiment is also from the Dahlia Stamp Set, love that font!

Here's a peek at some of the cards the DT have made for this release

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Bearing Gifts

I've had a change of heart with card-making, I was stuck in a total rut till I thought I would try going back to "cute" images and I fell back in love with card-making again after finishing this card.  I LOVED playing with creating a scene for my little bear from the Bearing Gifts Stamp Set from Whimsy Stamps  Talking of that little bear, isn't it just the cutest thing ever?  That bum! 💖😁

I started off by inking up the panel with Tumbled Glass oxide ink for the clouds.  I used the same stencil I made for my previous card (the Grass and Cloud Edger Die Set) then used Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn for the grass.  I also die cut a layer of the inked green to make the grass more 3D.  I die cut the panel with the Wonky Stitched Rectangles die set then adhered the grass layer on top.  I used a sentiment from the  Fly By stamp set.

I coloured the Bear, Presents, Balloons and Party Hat with copic markers and fussy cut them out before layering them on to the card panel and finished off with some tiny little die cut flowers and some gems.

I really did love making this card, it certainly got my creative juices flowing again!

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

You're too fabulous

Love the sentiment on this card.  It's from the Giraffe Hello clear stamp set from Whimsy Stamps, as are the trees and the cute giraffe.

I started off by inking a long slim panel with Tumbled Glass distress ink and a cloud stencil I made from card using the Grass and Cloud Edger Die Set, and used the same die set to make a stencil for the grass.  I used Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn to get the grassy layers.

I die cut the Slimline Waves Die and popped it over the inked panel with some foam tape, then adhered the trees and giraffe in place and finished off with a heat embossed sentiment and some clear sequins.

Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Whimsy Stamps Create A Scene

I did some simple ink blending and stamping for this quick thank you card.  I started off by masking and ink blending a circle with Distress Oxide inks - I used Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Blueprint Sketch, then splattered some water drops on the inking.

The trees from the Create A Scene - Forest rubber stamp were stamped with Memento black ink, along with the sentiment from the Fly By stamp set.

I die cut the panel from the Wonky Stitched Rectangles die set and adhered this to the card base with foam tape.  I finished off with some black Nuvo Drops.

Products used from Whimsy Stamps

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Cheesy Birthday Shaker Card

I'm still trying to catch up with mesel' after Christmas and didn't realise how the time had run away from me, hence the blog being so quiet.  I've got a whole heap of January birthdays coming up so it's always helpful to add to the pile and even better when I can use the cards for the boys and men., something I really struggle with.

I die cut the Whimsy Stamps Swiss Dots Die from patterned paper from the Giraffe Paper Pack and used this to make a shaker card, though before I did this I used the die cut as a template to adhere the waste circles back in to place ... I wasn't too fussed on the white holes. I then fussy cut out some elephants (also from the paper pad) and added a die cut Happy Word Die sentiment and a stamped birthday strip from the You're my Favourite stamp set.  

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