Friday, 28 May 2021

LOTV Under the Mistletoe


While I was in my time out I spent some time colouring up stamps and images that had never seen the light of day, this is definitely one of those!  It's been a long while since I coloured up a LOTV image, and quite a while since I did my old style fussy card.  This cutie is called Under the Mistletoe and is available in digi format from LOTV's Etsy shop.

I used the following copic colours, and even attempted a night time scene - go me! :

Skin E11, 21, 00, R30
Browns: E47, 44, 43, 42, 40
Greens: YG67, 17, 03, 01
Reds: R29*, 27, 24, 22
Snow: BG0000, 000, Y11, Y00
Yellow: Y17, 15, 13, 11
Sky: B39, 37, 34 32

I made the paper poinsettia and coloured in the holly die cuts with copic markers.  The papers were from my scrap mountain that seems to be ever growing no matter how many times I try and clear it out.

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Bright and bold on the Whimsy Inspirations Blog


I'm on the Whimsy Inspirations Blog with a wee tutorial on how I put this shaker card together using the scrummy new sea themed goodies at Whimsy Stamps.

I used the  Under The Sea Slimline Paper Pack and Fish Fancy Stamp Set together with the Wonky Window 4 die.  Oh and also those super cute Fish Tank Sprinkletz (even though I weeded out all the green ones because the pink and yellow didn't match) lol.

I finished off with a sentiment from the Simple Sentiment Strips Clear Stamps and die cut that out with the Simple Sentiments Die Set.

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Bunny Hugs


I've always loved Crissy Armstrong's cute stamps but these bunnies from Whimsy Stamps A Bunny Birthday totally have my heart.  Those faces!!  

I coloured them with really pale copics - W3, 1, 0, 00 and R30 then fussy cut them out.  There are matching Outline Dies for the stamp set, they're on my wish list because these bunnies are going to get a lot of air time, that's for sure.

I then die cut the Big Hugs Word Die, but settled for just using the hugs so I could perch a bunny on top of it. I shaded the die cut with some inks for an ombre look.

I created a scene with distress oxides - Spun Sugar and Dried Marigold for the sky and Cracked Pistachio with a touch of Mowed Lawn and G24 copic marker for the grass.

I had to use some of those dinky little flowers from the  Slimline Meadow Die which I again coloured with copics and then finished off with a sun from the Up in the Clouds Die Set and shaded that with copic markers (Y11, 13, 15, 17).

Products used from Whimsy Stamps

A Bunny Birthday
A Bunny Birthday 
Outline Dies
Big Hugs Word Die
Slimline Meadow Die
Up in the Clouds Die Set

Thursday, 20 May 2021

Easy alcohol ink & vellum background

I stumbled across some videos on You Tube for easy alcohol ink backgrounds with vellum that I just had to try, with the added bonus of no mess - just my cuppa tea.  So I decided to attempt a background for the new Fish Fancy Stamp Set that has been released today by Whimsy Stamps.

This was just so quick and easy, I can't even!  I scribbled some alcohol markers on to a die cut vellum circle - I used Copic B97 and YG17.  I then dropped on some 99.9% Isopropyl Alcohol on to the circle and tilted it so the colours would swirl and mix.  Before the alcohol dried I dropped in some Pinata Brass alcohol ink and oh my!  Total gorgeousness and one addicted lass here.

I then stamped and coloured two of the fish from the Fish Fancy Stamp Set and fussy cut them out.  I used BV20, Y17, 15, 13 for the yellow fish and YR18, 16 and 02 for the orange fish.  I finished off with a heat embossed sentiment from the Simple Sentiment Strips Clear Stamps and die cut it with the  Simple Sentiments Die Set.  I heat embossed the frame with the same gold powder.  A few acrylic bubbles finished everything off.

Love this gold shine from the brass alcohol ink!

Products used from Whimsy Stamps

 Fish Fancy Stamp Set
Simple Sentiment Strips Clear Stamps
Simple Sentiments Die Set

I'll be back tomorrow with another card featuring goodies from the latest Whimsy release.


Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Wonderful Wishes


I'm at last starting to use up some of the non-DT stamps that I've been buying and hoarding.  I fell in love with these cuties from Clearly Besotted Stamps (along with quite a few more!).  This is the Wonderful  Wishes stamp set, these cuties are just the sweetest.

I created another of those scenes I'm loving lately, and again just had to use those diddy flowers and mushrooms from the Slimline Meadow Die from Whimsy Stamps.  

I used Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar and Dried Marigold for the sky and Cracked Pistachio for the hills.  The images and flowers/'shrooms were coloured with copic markers.  The sentiment is from a really old Personal Impressions stamp set.

Saturday, 15 May 2021

Gnome One Like You Mini Slimline


I love when I can take a die and adapt it for a different purpose, I did this here by pulling apart the Slimline Meadow Die from Whimsy Stamps and only using the bottom half of it for the grass sections, which I inked up with Cracked Pistachio DO then flicked in some more grass with copic markers.  I also die cut out the wee mushrooms and flowers from the Meadow Die set and coloured those in with copic markers.  I LOVE these little flowers and mushrooms, you're going to see them get a lot of action in future cards!

For the background, I inked in the cloudy sky with soft pastel DO's - Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac and Spun Sugar.  Because the sky was so light I drew in some very simple tree shapes with copic markers to add a bit more interest to the background.  The clouds are also from the Meadow Die (I think they're supposed to be foliage for the trees, but worked just fine as clouds for me). 

The wee gnomie from the Gnome One Like You Stamp Set was also coloured with yep, you guessed it, copic markers.

Skin: E13, E21, E00
Beard: BV20, E42, E40, W00
Hat: B04, B02, B00, B000
Balloon: R85, R83, R81

Products used from Whimsy Stamps

Slimline Meadow Die
Gnome One Like You Stamp Set 

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Slimline Daisies on Vellum


I've been wanting to colour on vellum with copic markers for a while and the Dainty Daisies Slimline Background Stamp is a great stamp to try this technique out on.

I heat embossed the stamp with white embossing powder then coloured on the back of the vellum.  I didn't fuss too much with shading, just used two copic markers in each colour.  Blue - B02, B00; Pink RV32, RV11; Lilac V15, V01 and Y19 for the flower centres.

I ran the coloured panel through my Xyron machine so I could adhere this to a panel of white card without any messy glue showing through.  This worked a treat - I must remember to use the Xyron more often!  I've been clearing out my craft room and you wouldn't believe the stuff I've found that I didn't even know I had bought!

I popped this up behind a frame I made using the Slimline Scallop Peekaboo 1 Die, I love how easy it is to convert this die into a frame.

I stamped, heat embossed and die cut the "Sweet" from the Doodle Frames Clear Stamps and Doodle Frames Outline Die Set along with the Best Friend Word Die Set that I die cut from gold satin card.  The card looked a bit unfinished so I stamped, heat embossed and fussy cut one of the Butterflies Clear Stamps and finished off with a bit of bling on the body. 

Products used from Whimsy Stamps

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Gnome Party

I've decided I LOVE making little scenes for my characters, so this sweet Gnome Party Row stamp set by Crissy Armstrong for Whimsy Stamps was just perfect to get my fiddle on.

I started off with a panel of Bristol Smooth and inked on the sky, then made a stencil using the Grass and Cloud Edger Die Set and inked up layers of grass.  I also cut a slimline length strip of grass from the Build a Fairy Garden Die Set for extra dimension.  I used Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide for the sky and Cracked Pistachio with a touch of Mowed Lawn for the grass.  Please see the end of the post for the list of copic colours used as it's rather a long one!

I then got to the fun part - die cutting and colouring those cute little flowers and toadstools to build the scene.  Aren't they just fab!?  They're all from the Slimline Meadow Die Set.  So not only a great interactive die, but the fiddle bits are perfect for all sorts of cards too.  

I stamped a sentiment from the Gnome Party Row stamp set then die cut it along with the red frame from the Simple Sentiments Strips Die Set.  This useful set is permanently out on my desk, I can't see me putting it away for a long, long time!

I coloured the gnomies with the following copic markers

Green: G16, G03, YG41
Teal: BG18, 15, 32
Blue: B87, 95, 93, 91
Violet: V15, V12, V01
Pink: RV34, RV11, RV10
Yellow: V91, Y15, Y13, Y11
Skin: E04, E11, E00 and E13, E11, E21
Beards: T3, T1, T0 and W3, 1, 0
Hair: E55, 53, 50 and E43, 41, 40

All the products from Whimsy Stamps:

Gnome Party Row
Grass and Cloud Edger Die Set
Build a Fairy Garden Die Set
Slimline Meadow Die Set
Simple Sentiments Strips Die Set

Back tomorrow with another card for the new release launched yesterday


Monday, 10 May 2021

Dainty Daisies Slimline Background Stamp

Whimsy Stamps have today released a new background stamp - Dainty Daisies Slimline Background Stamp, and it's a stunner! 

I made a very quick and simple card to showcase this pretty stamp, I heat embossed an inked panel.  I prefer to ink, leave to dry then heat emboss, I just feel the white embossing powder stays white.  I kept the colour palette simple, using just Squeezed Lemonade, Spun Sugar and Shaded Lilac, blending well between the colour changes.

Once the panel was complete I trimmed it to fit behind the larger frame from the Slimline Birthday Scallops Die Set, then mounted this on to a pale lilac card blank.

I die cut the scalloped circle from the Happy Sayings Die set three times and adhered them together after stamping the "hello" from the co-ordinating Happy Sayings Clear Stamps, then finished off with some vellum butterflies that I die cut from the Slimline Scalloped Edge Pocket Die.  Those solid butterflies are perfect for vellum.

I'll be back tomorrow with a card featuring new GNOMIES!!

Products from Whimsy Stamps used on today's card:


Sunday, 9 May 2021

Awesome Birthday Wishes


Following on from my rather pink birthday card yesterday, I went with a more colourful look for this birthday card.  It was a lot quicker to make and a lot less fiddly!

I started off with a sheet from the 6 x 6 Eat Cake Paper Pack, cut it to fit a standard card base and matted this on to a piece of red card.  I die cut the new Awesome Large Word Die from red card 3 times and adhered these together.  Once it was adhered in place on the card I gave the word and the candy a coat of Nuvo Crystal Glaze for some shine then completed the rest of the sentiment using stamps from the Happy Sayings Clear Stamp Set.

This card came together so quickly and went straight into my daughter's school kiddies birthday cards box.  Man does that lass ever get through kiddies birthday cards!

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Make a Wish - Slimline Style


I just LOVE this Make Wish Stamp Set from Whimsy Stamps - it's the perfect image for a slimline card!  I teamed the cake with the delish 6 x 6 Eat Cake Paper Pack along with the matching Make A Wish Outline Dies and the Slimline Fancy Frame Die.  I love the scallops on that frame!

I had to make like origami with the paper so that I could make the 6 x 6 work on the slimline card, so I just chopped the paper in half then added on some pink and white stripes to the bottom so it would fit behind the frame.

I coloured the cake, candles and balloon with copic colours.  The balloon started out life as the number 0 but because I used no line ink I could modify the 0 into a long balloon, though I had to fussy cut that piece so the centre would stay intact.

I used E35, 33, 53 and 51 for the cake, R85,83, 81 for the icing and balloon, BG09, 15, 11 for the plate and W3, 1, 0, YR16, Y13 for the candles. I added some "sprinkles" with a Uniball Silver Glitter Pen.

I finished off with a sentiment from the Simple Sentiment Strips Clear Stamps and die cut it with the amazing new Simple Sentiments Die Set.  This die set is just amazing as not only do you get a slim sentiment strip in loads of different lengths, you also get the perfect frame for each size like the pretty matching pink frame on this card.

Products used from Whimsy Stamps

 Make Wish Stamp Set 
 6 x 6 Eat Cake Paper Pack
Make A Wish Outline Dies 
Slimline Fancy Frame Die
Simple Sentiment Strips Clear Stamps
Simple Sentiments Die Set

Sunday, 2 May 2021

Gerber Daisies Take #2 (the easy way)


Sometimes I just don't fancy colouring so wanted to make an easy card using the new Whimsy Stamps Gerbera Daisies and Die Combo that I used on the no line watercoloured card I posted yesterday. 

I inked a panel of Bristol Smooth with Distress Inks = Shaded Lilac, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Kitsch Flamingo and Festive Berries.  I set it aside to dry then stamped out the Gerbera Daisies with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I prefer to ink then stamp, that way the embossing stays bright white rather than discolouring.

The dies hadn't arrived from the USA thanks to the not so fabulous "Covid" postage service, so I fussy cut the border (hence it not being as perfect as using the die would have been).  I stamped a sentiment from the Simple Sentiment Strips Clear Stamps on a panel of white card and adhered the inked flower panel on top.  

I created a scalloped frame using the Quilted Rainbow Inlaid Die and popped this on the card front with foam tape.

A super quick and easy card, I really need to make more of these.

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Gerber Daisies with Zig Markers


Whimsy Stamps  has a new release today, and part of the release is this stunning Gerber Daisies Stamp and Die Combo.  I decided to do a spot of no line colouring and opted for the Zig markers again, but this time instead of using water and a brush I used the blender brush included in the set.  I'm in love!  Seriously it made the colouring an absolute doddle, I thought I would be on forever getting this stamp coloured and definitely would have had I used the traditional water method.  I used one colour per flower/leaf and used the blender brush to spread the colour.  I used Strathmore Bristol Smooth again and got a really great result.  Next project is to try the blender with my Arteza markers and see what sort of result I get.

The Zig colours used are:
055 pale yellow, 052 bright yellow, 054 pale orange, 070 orange
021 light carmine, 024 wine red, 029 geranium red
060 brown
035 deep blue
041 light green, 044 deep green

Once I had coloured the image I used a Uniball Gold Glitter pen to add in some gold dots for a bit of sparkle, then heat embossed a sentiment from the Everyday Scripted Sentiments stamp set then matted this on to some gold pearl card and finished off with some sequins.

I have a pile of patterned papers that will never in a million years get used so I've decided to stop keeping them for a rainy day and have started using them to make envelopes for my cards.  This way I can make the card any size I want and always have a fancy schmancy envelope to match.

Here's a peek at what the DT have done with this newest release

I have another card using this stamp and die set, but very much easier as there's no colouring.  I'll have that up on the blog in the next few days.

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend, even though the weather looks a bit naff.