Dec 31, 2012

My Favorite Five of 2012

 
Hello all,

yesterday I did "A year in Review" post on my blog, choosing my favorite cards from 2012.
Today I came across Debbie's blog hosting a "my top 5" post, so here I am trying to choose my top 5 cards. 
 

It was not easy to narrow it down, as I just so much love working with all the stamps that I create cards with, but here we go:

"It's a girl"
using Whimsy's "baby stork"

"For You"
using Whimsy's "Little Montana"


"have a holly-jolly christmas"
using Penny Black


"Winter Wonderland"
using Whimsy's "Sheltering Love"

"Celebrate"
 using Penny Black
 
As I mentioned above, yesterday I did a "year in review" post, if you'd like to see more of my favorite cards, you can click on this link to see them.

Thanks so much for visiting,

have a 

Happy and Heathy New Year!!

Dec 30, 2012

A Year in Review - some of my own favorites from 2012

Top 12 for 2012

Since the year is coming to an end, I thought it was time again to look back at what I created throughout this year, and again decided to share a year in review post using some of my favorite cards.


using Whimsy Stamps Everything's Just Ducky


using Whimsy's "Happy Little Gnome"


using Tiddly Inks
tiddlyinks

using Penny Black


using Penny Black
 
using "Peggy" from Whimsy Stamps.
 

using Whimsy's "baby stork"

using Mo Manning

using Whimsy's "Little Montana"

using Whimsy's "Little Witch Hazel"
using Penny Black
using Whimsy's "Jingle Cat"

using Whimsy's "Sheltering Love"

using Craft Uk


using Whimsy's Wee Berry

using Whimsy's "Sympathy Bugs"

 using Penny Black
Thanks for looking, I hope you liked to look at my year in review. If you are doing one of these posts too, please let me know in a comment, I'd love to come check out your favorites too!

Dec 21, 2012

Whimsy Stamps Showcase Day 5

Happy Friday everyone and thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you are safe and warm where ever you are! We got hit pretty hard with a snowstorm here in the midwest yesterday, we had up to 50mph winds or more, the wind has calmed down a little bit, but it's pretty cold now! Thinking of all of you in the  midwest, please stay safe and warm!



 It's Day 5 of Whimsy Stamps Showcase Day and Mini Hop and I'm so excited to be part of it!

On Monday (17 December) Whimsy Stamps released this month's new rubber designs, Shapeology dies, Whimsy Designer Paper packs, Shape EZ templates and *new* Whimsy Prints pre-coloured toppers. From then until 23 December the Whimsy Stamps DT and Special Guests are showcasing these fabulous new goodies with a daily mini blog hop!


Here's what I I created, using another one of Crissy Armstrong's beautiful stamps, this one is called 



It's been stamped with memento ink on neenah solar crest card stock, colored using faber castell polychromos pencils, and then cut her and her little birdie friend out.

The papers are from the pack "Lost and Found - Breeze". I used tempting turquoise card stock by stampin Up as my card base.

The sentiment is from the set "Playful Kittens" from Whimsy's Wee Stamps collection. I punched it out using an oval punch.
Simply embellished with some twine and glitter, and then did some sewing around the edges.

I would love to enter my card to the following challenges:


Don't forget, each mini blog hop has a new release prize hidden somewhere along the way and you have 24hrs to enter each prize draw.

To be entered into today's mini blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT's posts participating today by 12.00PM EST tomorrow
You can find the complete list of Designers HERE on the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations blog.
 All winners will be announced here on the Whimsy blog on 24 December.
Thanks again for visiting, and I hope you have a 
Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, 
whatever you may celebrate!!

Dec 19, 2012

Whimsy Stamps Showcase Day 3



Hello and welcome to Day 3 of Whimsy Stamps December Rubber & Die Release Showcase!

On Monday (17 December) Whimsy Stamps released this month's new rubber designs, Shapeology dies, Whimsy Designer Paper packs, Shape EZ templates and *new* Whimsy Prints pre-coloured toppers. From then until 23 December the Whimsy Stamps DT and Special Guests are showcasing these fabulous new goodies with a daily mini blog hop!

Each mini blog hop has a new release prize hidden somewhere along the way and you have 24hrs to enter each prize draw.

To be entered into today's mini blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT's posts participating today by 12.00PM EST tomorrow

You can find the complete list of Designers HERE on the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations blog.

 All winners will be announced here on the Whimsy blog on 24 December.


For today I used the super gorgeous stamp " Spread Love" illustrated by Crissy Armstrong.


I colored the image using my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and some copics for the skin, then fussy cut her out.
I thought this paper was perfect to use with the image. But I don't remember who the maker is, as I had it in my stash from last valentine season.

The sentiment is from the new set "Just a Note - notable 6" also by Whimsy Stamps. The hearts on the left are from the new set "key to my heart" also designed by Raindrop Echo designs for Whimsy Stamps.


I embellished with a clear button and some twine, and a little flower with silver brad. And of course I had to do some machine sewing.


Thanks so much for visiting, and don't forget to leave comments on all the Designers blog's by 12noon tomorrow, if you'd like to be entered into the prize draw.
You can find the list of participating Designers HERE on the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations blog.

Have a great day!!

Dec 17, 2012

Whimsy Stamps December Release Day


Welcome to the Whimsy Stamps December 2012 rubber stamp and die release!
Today, Whimsy Stamps is releasing 20 fantastic new Rubber Stamps and Stamp Sets, 5 wonderful new Whimsy Shapeology Dies, a fabulous new Shape EZ by TLC template and 2 beautiful Whimsy Designer Paper 6x6 packs. These new goodies are available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites.

We are also welcoming two new DT members to the Whimsy family today! We hope you will join us in giving a warm Whimsy welcome to Melissa Andrew and Janette Garcia. We are very excited that these extremely talented ladies have joined us here at Whimsy as members of our magazine staff! Welcome Melissa and Janette!

 From today until 23 December, the Whimsy DT and Special Guests will be showcasing these new products with a daily mini blog hop. Each mini blog hop has a new release prize hidden somewhere along the way and you have 24hrs to enter each prize draw by leaving a comment on every blog listed for that day. At the end of release week (Monday 24 December) a 'Release Round-Up' will be posted on the Whimsy blog with a complete list of winners from the daily mini blog hops.

 To be entered into today's mini blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT posts listed below by 12.00pm EST tomorrow



For today's showcase I decided to use the super adorable stamp set "Playful Kittens" illustrated by Sylvia Zet. Of course this was a have to have set for me!

Below is a quick card that I made using one of the darling stamps from the set, along with a sentiment from the set "Summer Letter Seals" by Whimsy's Raindrop Echo Designs.


I colored the image using my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. The papers are from Stampin Up, white card stock is by Neenah. I embellished with a punched out butterfly (MS), a button with some twine, and then of course glitter. 

Oh, and did you notice my new watermark on the card above? It's been designed by the amazing Ann, who is the designer behind Whimsy's Raindrop echo Designs sentiments, and she also makes the most amazing watermarks. These can also be purchased at Whimsy Stamps, several designs to choose from, you can go check them out HERE.

I had the idea to use these cute stamps to create valentines for my daughter's class. Below is a start, I still need to make about 20 more, but I won't start until after the holidays. I just thought this set would be perfect for that, and I love cute little sentiments that are included in the set.


These are really simple and quick to make, I simply added a little designer paper strip, and then the image which I cut out using circle nestabilities. The sentiment was punched out using SU's word window punch, and then I added some twine and a little bit of glitter. These were so much fun to make, and it's a great way to use up small paper scraps. 
We will add a little pack of skittles or m&m's on the inside using a glue dot, once they are starting to sell Valentine's things. These are the perfect size for them.



If you would like to join us as our Guest Designer for our February 2013 release please go to our Guest Designer Contest page to read all about how to enter. Entries close at 12.00pm (EST) on Monday 24 December 2012.

For a full reveal of this month’s fabulous release, please visit the Whimsy blog
 Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy our new release!


PS: 
All this week use the code MERRYSHIP to receive free shipping on your order! Offer expires at midnight Friday, December 21st. Our final shipment of orders will be Friday, December 21st. Then we will be closed until after Christmas.

Dec 15, 2012

D is for Deck the Halls

Good morning everyone and thanks for visiting!
It's the 15th of the month and we have a new challenge for you over at ABC challenges. We're at letter D and our challenge is 

D is for Deck the Hall

We'd like to see your handmade holiday decorations, or use an image where someone is "decking the halls". Can't wait to see your creations! LOTV is our sponsor today, and who wouldn't want to win a LOTV prize??!!


Here's what I created using one of their super cute stamps, I think it's called "Woodland Christmas".

I decided to create a tree decoration using the Shape EZ Flip ornament downloadable cut file from Whimsy Stamps. I don't have an electronic cutter, so I printed out the pdf file and just freehand cut out the shape of the ornament.

Besides printing it on brushed gold card stock, I also printed it onto designer paper.
The image was colored  using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. I added lots of glitter to the snowy hills. I just so much love this cute image with all those cute critters!
It's been embellished with a snowflake using one of the dies from the Layered Snowflakes Die set by Whimsy Stamps. Finished it off with some ribbon and a button with gold cord, and then added a few clear rhinestones. Please excuse my not so perfect cutting here, the gold card stock was a little bit heavy, so it wasn't very easy. Sometimes one of the electronic cutters would sure come in handy, but I don't think I would use one very much so I haven't gotten around buying one yet.

I am playing along in the following challenges:
Thanks again for visiting.
Have a wonderful weekend!!

Dec 5, 2012

Whimsy Stamps Review Day

Good morning and thanks so much for stopping by.

It's Review Day over at the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations blog, and the Design Team is showing you brand new projects made with the November Release stamps. 


I decided to use the cute little "Mushroom Mouse" from Whimsy's Meljen's Designs Collection, to create a bookmark for myself. Thought he would be just perfect for that!


He's been colored using Faber Castell polychromos pencils, and then cut out using a circle nestabilites shape, which I then layered onto a scallop circle. 

I cut a strip of real red card stock for the back of my bookmark, then layered it with some designer paper from My Minds Eye.
The sentiment was computer generated.

I added an eyelet to the top to put some twine trough. This twine can be bought at Whimsy Stamps. This one is Honeydew Chartreuse. It's $3 and you get 15 yards for that price. There are other colors to choose from too, it's a great way to get several colors without having to buy a hole spool.

I'd love to enter my bookmark to the following challenges:
 And that is all from me for today. I hope your having a wonderful day. And if you'd like to see some more whimsy creations by the rest of the team, just click on the logo below to visit the Whimsy Inspirations Blog.

Dec 2, 2012

Penny Black and More December - It's Your Choice



For the Whimsy Stamps "Prints" Special Blog Hop please click here! 

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Happy Sunday everyone and t hanks so much for stopping by!

I hope you're staying warm where ever you are. We actually were lucky and had some warmer weather these last few days, at least it's warm for December. Today's high is supposed to be 60 F (or about 16 C) Not too bad, as I love opening up a few windows around the house to get some fresh air in without freezing!

We have a new challenge for you over at Penny Black and More. And since we know everyone will have a busy month with the Holiday's just around the corner, we made it an easy one. It's simply

...Your Choice.

Just don't forget to use a rubber or clear stamp as your main focus, to be eligible for the prize.

This month we are sponsored once again by some amazing companies - Penny Black, Stampalot, Joanna Sheen, Crafts U Love.


Here's what I made for this month.

I don't know about you, but somehow I have a hard time using the smaller stamps from PB's clear stamp sets. The I saw this gorgeous card on Beate's blog and thought these cuties were perfect to use with a similar sketch. Thanks for the inspiration Beate. 


To make my card I punched 4 circles out of the designer paper then adhered it onto white card stock. Then I stamped the cuties inside the circles, and I popped up the balloon and flowers on the top left by stamping them a second time and cutting them out.


I embellished with a little flower, some rhinestones and some twine, and a punched out butterfly. When I was done I thought it looks a little plain, so I added the scallops on the left and right, and used the same circle punch as well as my SU scallop circle punch to cut out the scallops for each of the circles. 

The sentiment is a really old one from Stampin Up.
I really liking  how this card turned out.

I am entering my card to the following challenges:
I hope you liked my card. Would love to see you play along too. Simply click the logo below to visit the challenge blog. 
Have a wonderful day!! 

Dec 1, 2012

Whimsy Stamps Store update

  
Whimsy Stamps is having a couple of Store issue, here is a message posted directly from Denise.


To Our Valued Customers and Friends:

Over the past week some of you may have noticed intermittent problems with our website resulting in loss of carts, log in problems, and security errors. We apologize for any frustration this may have caused.


During our attempts to diagnose and correct the issues, we have discovered some problems with our current hosting provider and their servers. In an effort to serve our customers better, we have made the decision to switch providers and move our shop to new servers. 
 This change/move will require our site to be shut down for a number of hours this weekend. We do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. This change will also result in a delay of our regularly scheduled monthly digital release. But as soon as we are back up and running as normal we will release all the fabulous new images...including those from our brand new digital artist Marika Collins!

Our goal is to provide our customers with the best quality of service possible. We thank you for your patience at this time. We will make every effort to have this transition go as smoothly and as quickly as possible. Thank you for your continued support of Whimsy Stamps and our artists!


Have a great weekend!


In the meantime please do go check out our special "Prints" Blog hop for a chance to win some prints for yourself. 


And be sure to check out Whimsy's latest Mini Magazine, featuring all kinds of gorgeous projects using Whimsy Prints.
Simply click the logo below.


Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Magazine - Prints Mini

C is for Clear it Out


For the Whimsy Stamps "Prints" Special Blog Hop please click here! 


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Hello and Happy Weekend to you all!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Can you believe it's December already!!
And since it's the first of the month we have a new challenge for you at ABC challenges...

Clear it Out

We want to see you use up some of your old things.

Our sponsor this time is
Stamp Fairy,


 they have some really cute digistamps in their store, do go check them out, there is something for everyone!


Here is what I created using two of Stamp Fairy's images.

 Back in June I was the lucky winner of a challenge sponsored by Stamp Fairy, and these two stamps were two that I chose for my prize. I've been wanting to create my card with these for a long time, finally I had a chance to do so.

I printed the trees onto some old Stampin Up designer paper (I flipped one of the trees), and then I cut them out. The snowman was printed on white card stock and also cut out.
I created some snow by tearing white paper scraps and adding glitter to the torn edges. the trees and snowman were tucked under the "hills" to create some dimension.

The paper that I used for the "sky" is also from an old Stampin Up designer paper pack. So glad I was able to use these papers, I think they are gorgeous, but you all know how easy it is to push old papers back and always reach for the new stuff.

I colored the snowman with copics. The sentiment is from the set by "Winter Letter Seals" whimsy stamps. I embellished with an old SU button that I had for ages.

I would love to enter my card to the following challenges
 
 Thanks so much again for visiting. I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!