Friday, November 8, 2019

Celebrate the Season

Happy Friday! It snowed yesterday and although there is not a lot of accumulation, what did fall is still there and the roads are icy.  I had gotten out the mittens, tuques, boots and scarves as well as the sturdy winter coats.  All was in readiness.....and still we were all shocked by the sudden blast of cold and snow!

These sweet mice are helping me forget how cold it is outside.  The Very Mice Clear Stamp set is such a fun and versatile stamp set.  So far, this is my second card using the set but I already have some ideas on how to style these mice in some outdoor scenes! Stay tuned for that!

I stamped the images using Memento London Fog ink so that I get a softer look. The lines tend to fade out a little bit once you start to add color.  I usedCopic Markers and then went over some of the areas with colored pencils to deepen some of the shadows.  Always use your pencils after your copics, otherwise you will ruin your copic markers.  I used some non-traditonal Christmas colors but I really do love how these shades look together.


After coloring the mice, I masked them and added the background by blending on various distress inks.  I have been using new blending brushes and they honestly are such a game changer!  I love the soft and even blend that is so easily achieved!

I cut out the scene using one of the dies in the Rounded Rectangle die set.  I then adhered it to my cardbase with this sweet patterned paper mat.  I had some tiny button brads in my stash (they must be at least 10 years old) and I thought they were a nice tie in to the buttons in the image.


Thanks so much for swinging by!
Hugs Jeanette xxo

Friday, November 1, 2019

Christmas Mice–Whimsy November Release

Happy Friday and Happy November!  It is once again time for a new release from Whimsy Stamps and I am super excited with all the new Christmas themed products! I could not resist these sweet mice from the Very Mice Clear Stamp set.



The expressions on their faces are so sweet! I stamped the image using Memento London Fog ink so that I get a softer look. It isn’t  “no-line” coloring but it almost is!  I colored with Copic Markers and then went over some of the areas with colored pencils to deepen some of the shadows.  Always use your pencils after your copics, otherwise you will ruin your copic markers.



Originally, I had chosen another piece of patterned paper for this card, but after having completed the coloration, I realized that it was too “busy” and was actually competing with the image.  I found this paper instead and I think it ties in with the wee mouse’s scarf and compliments the image without overpowereing it!

The paper was cut using one of the dies in the Wavy Edgers Die Set.  I absolutely love the pretty scalloped curve and how it looks at the top of my card.  I then used my favorite Christmas Large Word Die to create my sentiment.  I cut it out twice and adhered them together before adding to my card.  I love the extra dimension.

Here’s a close-up of these adorable mice!




Supplies



Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hugs Jeanette xxo

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Ellie the Special Reindeer

Happy Sunday! It is a special day as we have another release for Whimsy Stamps this October.  I am especially in love with the two new items that I have used today on my card!  These are available as preorder right now at the store.  I have them linked for you below. 

The very sweet, some would say slightly bashful elephant is such a fun image. Ellie the Special Reindeer is a rubber stamp that I inked up with London Fog Memento ink. This is lighter than the ink that I usually use. I wanted the lines to be less pronounced and to blend inot the grey colors of the elephant.  I first colored the image using Copic markers and then I went over some of the areas with Polychromos colored pencils.  I went over the eyes using a 0.03 copic multiliner and then added a highlight detail used a white pen.

After fussy-cutting the image out, I added glossy accents to the bauble and then whilst it was still wet, I sprinkled some fine glitter over top.  Once it was dry, I had a lovely, sparkley bauble for sweet Ellie.


I created a standard A2 sized card base using some cream colored cardstock.  This just seemed slightly softer and went well with the patterned paper that I used.  These are just scraps that I had been holding onto but they made a nice background for Ellie.

I also used the new Twinkle stencil over the part of the cardbase that didn’t have any patterened paper.  I heat embossed it using gold embossing powder from WOW.  Then I die cut the Christmas word die using some gold foiled paper.


Supplies

I am so happy with how this all turned out and I hope it inspires you in your Christmas card-making!
Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs Jeanette xxo



Thursday, October 24, 2019

Christmas Candy Lane

Happy Thursday! Can you tell that I am getting ready for Christmas?  Well, at least in my craft room! I have a slim-line card to share with you that is super cute and looks almost edible!


I used the Candy Cane Lane Clear stamp set and colored up these three images using copic markers.  I added detail with a white gel pen and some dimension and shine with glossy accents.  I then fussy cut them all out.


I created my base with red cardstock and then used the Slim-line Scallop die to cut out both red and white glittered paper.  I have kept the pieces that I did not use to use on another card in the future. There isn’t much else to tell you…this was such a fun and fast card to make! Here are close-ups of the cute images!





Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs Jeanette xxo

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Ellie’s Question

Happy Tuesday! I am posting two days in a row….please do not fall down.  I managed to carve out a dedicated morning to preparing blog posts and I actually was able to work with a minimum of interruptions!

Today I have used the very sweet and slightly perplexed image: Ellie’s Question.  I am unsure as to what she might actually be questioning. Perhaps it was the wisdom of trying to get the star onto the treetop without any help!


The image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto some Neenah Cardstock.  I used Copic Markers to color her up and also layered a bit of colored pencil overtop to add some more depth and highlights.  Then I diecut the image using the Basic Ovals Stitched Die Set, which I also used to diecut a green mat.  I really like the stitched detail around the edges.  It add a little more interest without becoming too fussy.




After I had the image diecut, I added some Glossy Accents to each of the Christmas baubles and whilst it was still wet, I sprinkled on some dry glitter.  I did this after diecutting so that they wouldn’t end up being squished down with the force of the rollers. I think that it adds such a nice bit of sparkle to the card.

I found some patterned paper with green Christmas trees that matched my image nicely and used that to fill out the rest of the card.  I diecut the Christmas Word die with white glitter paper and green cardstock and layered them together before adhering them to the card.





Thanks for stopping by! Have a great rest of the day!
Hugs Jeanette xxo

Monday, October 21, 2019

Celebrate

Happy Monday! I hope that you all had a good weekend.  Ours went by much too quickly and we spent time outside putting the gardens to bed and generally prepping for the winter. It is always a little sad to put everything away and we will probably have quite a few raking sessions once the leaves all fall, but that is all part of our autumn routine!

With all that said, I want to show you a Christmas card! This features an image from the Happy Owlidays Clear Stamp set which was released last month. There are 3 cute little owls in the set and it was card to choose which one to start with.


I created a fairly simple card. The image was colored with copic markers and then I cut it out using the Basic Ovals Stitched Die SetI also die cut a piece of red, metallic, foiled paper to serve as a mat.  I found a piece of matching patterned paper from my stash and cut that to fit an A2 sized card. For the sentiment, I used some silver glitter paper and die cut it using the Celebrate Word and Shadow Die .


I have a soft spot for owls and so I am definitely happy that there are more owl images from Whimsy Stamps.  I will be using them all to create Christmas cards this year!



Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs Jeanette xxo

Thursday, October 10, 2019

31 Nights of Halloween–Hocus Pocus

I hosted the Whimsy Stamps 31 Nights of Halloween Blog Celebration for Night #8!


This is a month long celebration with many prizes to be won. Be sure to visit this post on the Whimsy Stamps blog for a chance to win a prize!


There is absolutely no stamping on my card, which really made the whole process very fast and easy! When I saw the gorgeous new Halloween Paper pack, I knew that I could use some of the different sheets to create framed Halloween characters in a fun slimline card! 


I used the Slimline Scallop die to cut out some black card-stock.  I spritzed it with some watered down white acrylic paint and then adhered it to my card-base.  I then used the same die to cut out some silvery glitter paper so that I could use those for the scalloped frames for my images.  I then searched through the amazing new Hocus Pocus 6x6 paper pack to find some spooky images which I then cut out using the same die once again!




How would you like to win Dracula I Compel You & It's A Nail Biter Clear Stamps Set illustrated by our wonderful Deb Davis?

Dracula I Compel You Clear Stamps  It's a Nail Biter Clear Stamps

Visit the Whimsy Stamps Blog –> At this blog posting to find out how to enter!

Check back at the Whimsy Stamps blog on the evening of October 31st to see if you are one of our winners.
Good Luck everyone and enjoy the rest of this spooky event!

Hugs Jeanette xxo


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