Friday, 20 April 2018

Whimsy Inspiration Post - April Week 4

Hi guys 💜

Today it's my turn to share my latest Whimsy Stamps card with you, and I thought I would highlight the wonderful bunnie collection of digital stamps by Crissy Armstrong. I adore these little characters, and the benefit of being digital is that you can resize, rotation and flip the images. The technique I used was inspired by one of Jennifer McGuire's video tutorials about Scatter Stamping; in her tutorial she used clear acyclic stamps whereas I used digital stamps. I have to admit I'm pleased with the results and I hope you re too.

To create my card I used PowerPoint, which made it super easy to block colour the images as well as change their orientation etc. The non blue bunnie was coloured with Copic and Spectrum Noir pens.

All the links to the Whimsy products can be seen below. I hope you like it.
 


 
Here's What I Did (sorry this is quite a heavy instructional post)

Using PowerPoint firstly created a rectangle frame 5" x 7" with a dark outside line and a white centre (this will give you a guideline for placement). Inserted the bunnies one at a time then resized and rotated them. Place some of the bunnies so that parts of them fall outside of the frame.

The sentiment was firstly cropped back to only show the word 'Hello', then resized and added to the project using the same process as the bunnies.

Once everything is safely named and saved, select all of the bunnies apart from one.
This is how ----
  1. Click onto the 1st bunnie image, and then press and hold down the CTRL button and click onto the next bunnie and so on.
  2. Release the CTRL button and right click onto one of the selected bunnies and from the menu that will pop up left click onto 'Group' and from next pop up window slide across and select Group again.  
  3. Next double click onto one of the selected bunnies and the Tool Bar will change to the Picture Tool (Format), now click the Color button. You will see there are lots of colour options, select the Blue bunnie to change the colour of all the selected bunnies. Click away from the image to change the toolbar back.
Click onto the rectangle frame and press delete to remove it. Print out the topper, then colour the one remaining bunnie with your alcohol pens.

To complete the card add a piece of black card to cover the front of a 5" x 7" top fold card. Trim the bunnie topper to size so that there will be a slim border around the edge, add it to the card front to finish.

Tips --
1 -- Make sure you name and save your project as soon as possible, and save regularly to avoid losing your work.
2 -- Why not colour each bunnie a different shade by simply double clicking onto each bunnie in turn and selecting the Color button and a shade of your choice.

Here's What I Used
Digital Stamps:'Bad Hare Day''Bubble Gum Bun', 'Bunnies Brushing Teeth', 'Bunny Boxer Bum', 'Bunny Boxers'
Digital Sentiments: 'Say it Big'

Other:
5" x 7" Top Fold Card Blank, Copic Pens, Spectrum Noir Pens, Black Card, Neenah Card, PowerPoint, Computer & Printer

Copics: W0, W1, W3, RV00, RV02, RV10, RV14

Spectrum Noir: TB1, TB2, TB3

Why not, follow us on Facebook group, Pinterest, Instagram or on our Blog we'd loved to see you.

Our Challenge
Our new challenge (#105) started on the 15th April, so why not come and join us. There a  fabulous $15 prize to win and the theme as always is #Anything Goes'. Here is the link for you, so come on what are you waiting for!

Thank you so much for dropping by, don't forget to say hi :)

Challenges entered:

Hugs

x Janine x

Thursday, 19 April 2018

For the Love Of Stamps by Hunkydory - April Launch

💛 Morning everyone

Today I'm sharing my stamping samples for the Hunkydory/For The Love Of Stamps Design Team as part of our April TV launch on Create & Craft TV today.

The stamps will be available to buy from Create & Craft as of today, and will be available from Hunkydory Crafts very soon.

I have to admit that this launch has to be my absolute favourite, I love every single set I worked with....and so will you. :)

As always due to the number of cards I've produced I am unable to write up a tutorial for each one as my post would go on forever and a day. So if you want to know anything about the cards I've created please either email me or leave me a comment plus your email address, and I'll post the details on here. :) I have still posted a list of all the products I used.




 



I Used:
Hunkydory/for the Love Of Stamps Products
Stamps & Masks - Bee Happy, Lets Go Fly A Kite, Shiver Me Timbers
Adorable Scorable Matt-astic Cardstock, 'Ink Me' Card, Black Stamping Card, Foam Pads, Masking Sheets, 'Pretty Pastel' Paper Pad

Some of the above products can also be purchase on Create & Craft's website here),

Other: Copic Pens, Prismacolor Pencils, Spectrum Noir Pens, Caran D'ache White Pencil, My Own Card Blanks, Cream Card, Colour Cloud Ink - Warm Cocoa, Summer Sky, Frosted Aqua (Cosmic Shimmer), White Chalk Paint (Cosmic Shimmer), Square Rounded Corner Dies (Tattered Lace), Hexagon Dies (Diamond Press),  Circle Dies (Tattered Lace), Circle & Scalloped Circle Dies (Spellbinders), Gold & Silver Mirror Card, Cloud Template, Distressing Inks (Tumbled Glass, Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint), Oxide Inks (Wild Honey, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet, Abandoned Coral), Lemon Liquid Glitter Pen, Silver & Gold Glitter Pen, White Pen, Versafine Black Ink, MFT Extreme Black Ink, Coffee Archival Ink, Black Memento Ink, Black Fine Liner Pen, Pearls, White Card (Sheena Douglas),  Kraft Card, Solar White & Desert Storm Neenah Card, Gold Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, Water Spritzer, Crystal Glitter

Hope you like them.

Big hugs

Janine x

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Wk 3 and Challenge Card

Hi everyone 💜

Today I've combined my weekly Whimsy Stamps DT card with my forthcoming Challenge #105 card.

For my card I've chosen  the cute stamp set called 'Espresso-ly Great' by Krista Heij-Barber. I love my coffee so this was perfect me, and I've tried to keep it simple. I used my pencils and a tad of glitter to enhance this little chap. Hope you like it, and it inspires you to have a go and enter our challenge.

Challenges Info - we have a challenge once a month, and the theme is Anything Goes, so come on and get joining in. We'd all so love to see your fabulous creations and all the girls will pop by and say hi...plus you might even win a prize which is generous $15 gift certificate to spend in the store. So come on, what are you waiting for!

The new challenge starts on the 15th April. Simply click here to visit our blog and upload your project, and check out my lovely teamies work. 

 

Here's What I Did
I completely covered an 5" x 6¼" card blank with my patterned paper. I die cut a dark brown mat and smaller one from Kraft card.

The coffee mug, heat swirls, and sentiments were stamped directly onto the Kraft card mat. The mug was stamped again onto more Kraft card, coloured in using with pencils and cut out. The word 'Coffee' and the heat swirls were coloured in, then the mat was adhered to the dark brown mat.

Glitter was added to the heat swirls and the cream on the cut out mug. The finished mug was added over the top of the image previously stamped on the Kraft topper using foam pads. The completed topper was attached to the card front using more foam pads.

Brown enamel dots in decreasing sizes were added to the card front to complete the card.

Here's What I Used
Rubber Stamps: Espresso-ly Great by Krista Heij-Barber

Prismacolor Pencils: Light Cerulean Blue, True Blue, Copenhagen Blue, Indigo Blue, Cream, Burnt Ochre, Terracotta, Dark Umber, Black

Caran D'ache Pencil: White Luminance 6901

Other:
5" x 6¼" Card Blank, Kraft Card, Dark Brown Card, Enamel Dots, 'Cherish The Moment' Dies (Tonic), Crystal Glitter, 'Beach Bliss' Paper Pad (LOTV), Zest-It, Paper Stumps
Why not, follow us on Facebook group, Pinterest, Instagram or on our Blog we'd loved to see you.

I'll be back next week with more Whimsy wonderfulness.

Thank you so much for dropping by, don't forget to say hi :) 

Challenges entered:

Hugs

x Janine x

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Whimsy Stamps - April Release #2

Good morning everyone 💜

Yep, it's me again. :)

Today I'd love to share more of the new digital range from Whimsy Stamps which was released yesterday. For my card today I used one of the beautiful new digital papers from the 'Starry Night' collection, and a sentiment from the brand new set called 'Big Wishes Sentiments'. Hope you like it. x

All the links to the specific Whimsy products can be found below and the link to the general store is here.




Here's What I Did
Note --- I have now started to use Powerpoint (a software programme that comes with Microsoft Office) as my chosen software for my digital papers and elements, it's really easy to use and super quick. As a qualified I.T. tutor if you need any help using this software please let me know and I will help the best I can.

I matted my card blank with teal coloured card and a sheet of the printed out patterned paper making sure I left a thin border around the edge. The sentiment was cropped, resized and printed out then die cut into a scalloped oval. I die cut a further 2 ovals and glued them all together to give extra dimension, this was then attached to a fancy die cut oval cut from teal card. The whole topper was added to the card front using foam pads.

To complete the card, die cut flowers and leaves in shades of blue and green were added to the oval, along with a few pearls.

Here's What I Used
Digital Sentiment Stamps: 'Big Wishes Sentiments'
Digital Papers: 'Starry Night' Paper Collection

Other: 7" x 7" Card Blank, White Card, Super Smooth Paper, PowerPoint; Printer, Floral ovals (Spellbinders Nestibilities), Medium Multi Rose Dies (Britannia), Scalloped & Plain Oval Dies (Tonic), Camellia - Complete Petals (Creative Expressions), Flower Nesting Dies (The Works), Assorted Leaves Dies (Die'sire), Teal & Blue Card, Pearls, Green Glitter Card, Gem, Star Punch (Tonic)

You still have time to enter our new challenge (#104) before the next one starts this month, so why not come and join us. There a  fabulous $15 prize to win and the theme as always is #Anything Goes'. Here is the link for you, so come on what are you waiting for!

Why not, follow us on Facebook group, Pinterest, Instagram or on our Blog we'd loved to see you.

Thank you so much for dropping by, don't forget to say hi :)  I'll be back on Monday 3rd April with more new release digi stamps....so see you then. Byeeeee!

Challenges entered:

Hugs

x Janine x

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Whimsy Stamps - April Releases #1

Afternoon peeps 💜

I can't believe how quickly 2018 is flying by, and today is April 1st.  O...M...G have I been asleep and missed January, February and March. Lol

Anyhoo, back to business --- today is the first day of Whimsy Stamps new digital stamp releases. There are also new clear stamps, stencils and dies, and they're all fabulous, you lucky bunch. So today I'm sharing one of the new digital paper collections called 'Floral Grass' and one of the new sentiment sets called 'Family Forever'.

All the links to the specific Whimsy products can be found below and the link to the general store is here.




Here's What I Did
Note --- I have now started to use Powerpoint (a software programme that comes with Microsoft Office) as my chosen software for my digital papers and elements, it's really easy to use and super quick. As a qualified I.T. tutor if you need any help using this software please let me know and I will help the best I can.

I inserted my digital paper into PowerPoint and added my sentiment over the top, resizing it accordingly and printed it out.  I die cut a doily edged square and die cut a circle into the centre, and white funky foam was glued onto the back. The frame and paper was glued onto the card base so that sentiment could be seen in the bottom left of the aperture. 

Using the Family Forever sentiment set I cropped it so that I could just use the tree. After resizing the tree I fussy cut it out leaving a white border around it. Gold glitter pen was used to colour the leaves, then when die it was added to the front of the card using more funky foam to raise it up inside the circle.

To complete the card a 3 gold glitter enamel dots were added to the top right corner.

Here's What I Used
Digital Sentiment Stamps: 'Family Forever'
Digital Papers: 'Floral Grass' Paper Collection

Other: 6" x 6" Card Blank, Strong White Card, Super Smooth Paper, PowerPoint; Printer, White Funky Foam Pads, Gold Glitter Pen (Sakura), Gold Glitter Enamel Dots, Doily Edged Square Die (Tattered lace), Double Stitched Circle (Crealies)

Our new challenge (#104) started on the 15th March, so why not come and join us. There a  fabulous $15 prize to win and the theme as always is #Anything Goes'. Here is the link for you, so come on what are you waiting for!

Why not, follow us on Facebook group, Pinterest, Instagram or on our Blog we'd loved to see you.

Thank you so much for dropping by, don't forget to say hi :)  I'll be back on Monday 3rd April with more new release digi stamps....so see you then. Byeeeee!

Challenges entered:

Hugs

x Janine x

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Whimsy Stamps Inspiration - Wk 5

Hi guys 💜

Today it's my turn to share more Whimsy Stamps with you --- and so my love affair with the fairies continues. :)  So for my card today I've used 'Spring Fairy' by Marina Fedotova.

All the links to the Whimsy products can be seen below. I hope you like it.
 

 
Here's What I Did.
I embossed a piece of Honeydew card twice using an embossing folder - the second time was to flatten the embossed detail but not lose it. This was attached to the card blank.

I stamped the fairy onto colouring card and die cut it into a square. The fairy and rabbit was stamped again onto copier paper and cut out to create a mask. The mask was adhered to the fairy and rabbit and using a stencil stars were added using coloured ink. When the ink was dry the mask was removed and the image was coloured in using Copic pens and glitter was added to the wings. The completed topper was glued onto a die cut fancy square and attached to the card front using foam pads.

To complete the card 3 green pearls were glued onto the topper.

Here's What I Used
Rubber Stamp: 'Spring Fairy'

Other:
6" x 6"Card Blank, Colour Cloud Inks (Summer Sky) Joanna Sheen Super Smooth Card, 'Dot' Square Die (Crealies), Periwinkle & Honeydew Card (Creative Expressions), 'Pearl' Square Dies (Tattered Lace), Crystal Glitter, Pearls, 'Starry Night' Memory Box Stencil, 'Retro Fern' Embossing folder (Tonic)

Copics:
Skin - E0000, E000, E00, E02, E11 / Hair - YR0000, YR000, YR00, E13, E99 / Dress - B0000, B000, B02, YG11, YG14 / Leggings & Shoes - B0000, B00, B12 / Wings - B000, B00, B12, YG11, YG14, Rabbit - W1, E31, E33, E35

Why not, follow us on Facebook group, Pinterest, Instagram or on our Blog we'd loved to see you.

Our new challenge (#104) started on the 15th March, so why not come and join us. There a  fabulous $15 prize to win and the theme as always is #Anything Goes'. Here is the link for you, so come on what are you waiting for!

Thank you so much for dropping by, don't forget to say hi :)

Challenges entered:

Hugs

x Janine x

Saturday, 24 March 2018

My Family Cards

Evening everyone 💖

I thought I would share some of the cards I never got around to blogging in 2017. These are cards I made for my family. I hope you like them.

I will list the products below the pictures, but I am unable to write up how I made them, I'm sorry. However if you would like the information please leave me a comment or email me I will do my best to write up the details and post it when I have some time free.

Xmas card made for my wonderful hubby
 
New baby card my for my newest niece
 
Xmas card made for my beautiful daughter and her partner
 
Birthday card for my hubbie
 
I hope you like my little selection.
 
See you all later in the week with my Whimsy Stamps inspiration card. :)
 
Hugs
 
x Janine x

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Post - March Week 4

Hi guys 💜

Today it's my turn to share more Whimsy Stamps with you. As I mentioned last week I just love fairies and couldn't resist another one from the March collection.

So for my card today I've used 'Fairy And Her Bunny' by Marina Fedotova. and a digital paper from the 'Flourishing Blooms' collection.  This is actually quite a big card so I could show off the beautiful fairy and paper. I used the colours in the patterned paper as my colour scheme for the image and background.

All the links to the Whimsy products can be seen below. I hope you like it.




Here's What I Did.
I covered the bottom portion of a top fold A5 card with some pretty patterned digital paper which I have previously printed out onto smooth paper. The top edge was decorated with a die cut scalloped border.

The fairy and bunny were stamped onto colouring card stock and die cut into a circle. Pink, blue, green and lilac Colour Cloud inks were carefully blotted around the image. When the ink was dry, the stamps was hand coloured with Copic pens and glitter was added to her wings.

The finished image was added to a fancy edged die cut circle and added to the card base using foam pads. The sentiment was also printed out onto plain white card, then colour tinted using the Colour Cloud inks.

To complete the card, the sentiment was added to the bottom of the card and a few gems were added to the top section on the opposite side of the card.

Here's What I Used
Rubber Stamp: 'Fairy And Her Bunny
Digital Paper: Flourishing Blooms

Other:
A5 Top Fold Card Blank, Colour Cloud Inks (Summer Sky, Rose Blush, Violet Haze, Frosted Aqua) Neenah Card, 'Double Dot' Circle Die (Crealies), Cranberry Card, White Card, 'Doily Edge' Circle Dies (Tattered Lace), 'Stitched Scalloped Border' Dies (Lawn Fawn), Crystal Glitter, Gems, Copic Pens

Copics:
Skin - E0000, E000, E00, E11, R30 / Hair & Bunny - YR0000, YR000, YR00, E13, E99 / Dress, Leggings - V000, V01, V05, V12, RV04, YR00, Y00, Y15 / Shoes - V01, V05, V12, YR00, E13 / Wings - YG01, YG03, BG000, B00

Why not, follow us on Facebook group, Pinterest, Instagram or on our Blog we'd loved to see you.

Our new challenge (#104) started on the 15th March, so why not come and join us. There a  fabulous $15 prize to win and the theme as always is #Anything Goes'. Here is the link for you, so come on what are you waiting for!

Thank you so much for dropping by, don't forget to say hi :)

Challenges entered:

Hugs

x Janine x

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Whimsy Stamps Challenge - #104

Hi everyone 💜

Today is the start of the Whimsy Stamps Challenge #104, and we'd love you to join in with us.

For my card this month I've used a Lee Holland stamp called 'I Found One', isn't it adorable. I just love Lee's illustrations, they're always so beautifully drawn. I just had to use spring colours to show off this little cutie, and create a daffodil like flower to emulate the one in the stamp. Hope you like it, and it inspires to have a go and enter.

Right then, information about our challenges. We have one every month, and the theme is Anything Goes, so come on and get joining. We'd so love to see your creations and all the girls will pop by and say hi...plus you might even win a prize. Yay! Click here to upload your project, and check out my lovely teamies work.




Here's What I Did
I cut out the frame 3 times, from pink card, white card and colouring cardstock and then glued them all together to give depth. The frame was then added to the front of a polka dot patterned card blank. on a slight angle. Three pearls were glued on the bottom left side of the frame.

The frame die I used cuts out the centre panel so I stamped the bunnie image onto the colouring cardstock panel, and put the other 2 panels away for another project.  To create a mask the bunny image was stamped again onto plain copier paper and cut out along the glass line to include the bunnie, basket and daffodil. Using a non-permanent tape pen the mask was placed over the image leaving the background free. Using another mask I created clouds using a sponge and distressing ink. When the ink was dry I coloured the stamped image in with Copic pens.

In the top right of the frame I added 2 die cut flowers and a few leaves to create a daffodil like flower, then added a large pearl in the centre to complete the card.

Here's What I Used
Rubber Stamps: I Found One By Lee Holland

Copics: Rabbit - E33, E35, E51, E53, E57, C0, C1 / Basket - R20, R30, R32, C3 / Grass - YG03, YG05, YG17 / Daffodil - Y02, Y08, Y17 / Egg - R20, R30, R32, Y02, Y08, Y17

Other:
5" x 6¼" Polka Dot Card Blank, Pink, Lemon, Yellow, Green, Pale Green & White Card, Pearls, Clear Glaze Pen, Large Pearl, 'Flower & Leaf Trio' Die (MFT), 'Rectangle Scallop Edge Frame' Die (MFT), 'Cloud' Stencil (MFT), White Pen, Crystal Glitter, 'Assorted Leaves' Die (Die'sire), 'Nested Flower' Die (The Works)
Why not, follow us on Facebook group, Pinterest, Instagram or on our Blog we'd loved to see you.

I'll be back next week with more Whimsy wonderfulness.

Thank you so much for dropping by, don't forget to say hi :) 

Challenges entered:

Hugs

x Janine x

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Post - Wk 3

Hi there, and good morning to you all 💜

Today it's my turn to share another little Whimsy wonderfulness with you, this time with one of the new release rubber stamps.  One of my favourite things to colour has to be fairies, so you can imagine my joy at colouring this little beauty in - the stamp is called 'Make A Wish' by Marina Fedotova. I used my happy colour 'orange' as the colour scheme. I love using orange and yellow as they brighten my day, which is brilliant atm as the days in the UK have been so grey and miserable lately. So here's to spring, and here's to the sunshine. :) My crafty friend recently said orange was like ‘sunshine and happiness bottled’...and I totally agree with her (thanks Wends).

The Whimsy Creative Team have all been sharing a little bit about themselves on the Whimsy blog - so if you'd like to know about me just check it out my bio here.

All the links to the Whimsy products can be seen below. I hope you like it.




Here's What I Did
This is a really easy card to reproduce as the stamp and dies do all the work.

I covered a 6" x 6" card blank with some pretty patterned paper, then covered it with a square trellis die cut from orange card.

The fairy and bunny were stamped onto colouring card stock and hand coloured with Copic pens. I add dots in varying sizes around the bunny and fairy using the same colours used in her dress. Crystal glitter was added to the wings of the fairy and around her wand.  The images was then die cut into a rounded square and mounted onto a slightly larger square cut from pale orange cardstock, Both squares were attached to the card front using foam pads to add dimension.

To complete the card, die cut banners were cut down and added to the card front then topped with pearls.

Here's What I Used
Rubber Stamp: 'Make A Wish'

Other:
6" x 6" Card Blank, Neenah Card, Orange Card, Pale Orange Card, Square Rounded Corner Dies (Tattered Lace), Trellis Square Die (Tonic),  'One Birdie Lane' Paper Pad (LOTV),
Crystal Glitter, Pearls, Copic Pens, Banner Dies (Lawn Fawn)

Copics: Skin - E0000, E000, E00, E11, R30 / Hair - YR0000, YR000, YR00, E13, E99 / Dress, Leggings, Shoes - Y17, Y28, Y38, YR07, YR15, YR31 / Wands & Dots - Y02, Y35 / Background Dots & Wings - Y00, Y02, Y35 / Bunnies - W1, E31, E33, E35 / Ground - W0, W1

Why not, follow us on Facebook group, Pinterest, Instagram or on our Blog we'd loved to see you.

I'll see you all on the 15th March with my challenge card, so TTFN

Thank you so much for dropping by, don't forget to say hi :)

Challenges entered:

Hugs

x Janine x