23 October 2013

Whimsy Stamps October Release Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to the Whimsy Stamps October Release Blog Hop!
Today, Whimsy has released some fabulous rubber stamps and dies, papers and Shape EZs and these gorgeous new goodies are all available to buy now from the Whimsy Stamps store.

For those of you who are new to Whimsy Stamps, we hold a 3-day new release event each month: a Sneak Peek Blog Hop on the day before the release (yesterday), a Release Day Blog Hop on release day (today), and finally a Review Day Blog Hop (tomorrow) the day after the release.

Each blog hop has a prize of 2 new release stamps hidden somewhere along the way and you have 24hrs to enter each prize draw!
For my creation I used the new 'Little Jack n Bobbin Christmas' by Elisabeth Bell with the sentiments Holiday Sliders 3 by Raindrop Echo Designs and I made a matchbox Advent calendar with an easel card on top.  Here are my piccies:-

Image:  'Little Jack n Bobbin Christmas' by Elisabeth Bell for Whimsy Stamps
Sentiments:  Holiday Sliders 3
Medium:  copics
Papers:  First Edition 'Christmas Village'
Dies:  Slider 3 die, , Spellbinders 'Labels 22', Spellbinders 'Poinsettia', Cheery Lynn Matchbox Small die
I love these advents and I normally always make at least one each year to give to somebody and the great thing is it can come out year after year - you just need to decide what goodies to put in the little drawers!
A close up of the image isn't he adorable in his little onesie!

List of copics
Face/Body:  E000, E00, E21, E11, R20, R81
Clothes:  R32, R35, R37, R59 + black prismacolor pencil/G02, G05, G07, G28
Hair/Dog/Train:  E31, E33, E35, E37, E29
Don't forget to be entered into today's blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT's posts listed below by 12.00PM EST tomorrow.  All winners will be announced on the Whimsy blog on Friday. 
To take a peek at today's fabulous new release creations, please click on the links below:
Ann-Marie (ME)
Okay folks that's all from me today; have fun looking at my teamies gorgeous creations and remember to stop by the Whimsy blog again tomorrow for the final October Release Review Day blog hop!
Take care,

16 October 2013

Shabby Chic/Vintage over at Whimsy Stamps Challenge

Hello everyone from a rather soggy Bournemouth but there is an upside to that yep it means its a perfect day to stay in and just craft if you can. 

Well today its time for the Whimsy rubber team to share with you their makes for the challenge over at the Whimsy Inspirations blog which as my title suggests is Shabby Chic/Vintage.  So come on over and share with us your Vintage/Shabby loveliness there's still plenty of time to enter and we'd love to have you and as usual we have three prizes up for grabs. 

Anyway, let me show you what I made.  I'm kinda getting into full Christmas mode so I've made another Christmas card to add to my pile, my rather small pile that is, so going to have to get my backside into gear I think!!

Image:  'Snowflake Bauble' by Time for Tea for Whimsy Stamps
Medium:  copics
Papers:  First Edition 'Christmas Village' using up papers from last year
Dies:  Spellbinders 'Floral Ovals'

The usual close up.  I loved colouring her up and as usual I used my copics which I've listed below.

Copics List
Face/Body:  E000, E21, E11, R20, R81
Clothes/Shoes:  G02, G05, G28/R22, R27, R29, R59
Hair:  E31, E33, E35, E37, E29
I'm off now folks I've got a hankering for some homemade chicken soup just like my nan used to make so I've got me some chopping to do.
Take care and happy crafting.

15 October 2013

X for Xtra Special over at The ABC Challenge

Hello everyone I hope you all well and are having a good start to your week.  I'm in full birthday party mode this week, we've just had our son's birthday celebration at the weekend and now I have my party head on arranging my daughter's party for a couple of weeks time.

Anyway, its the 15th of the month and that means its time for another new challenge over at The ABC Challenge and I have my DT card to share with you all.  This challenge we are on the letter X so that's X for Xtra Special so that's a card or creation for an xtra special occasion like wedding/new baby/birthday.  We have two fabby sponsors this time Bunny Zoes and The Paper Shelter so come over and join us we'd love to have you.  My teamies as usual have been busy making beautiful creations for you to feast your eyes upon so go and take a peek at all the gorgeous inspiration.

Okay let me show you my creation.  I decided to make a card for a new baby and got to use the adorable 'Enchanted Dream' from The Paper Shelter.  I used the printed version this time rather than the digi stamp and am really impressed with the quality it printed out lovely and if you're in a hurry its a great idea for a quick card.  Anyway, enough waffle here's my card:-

Image:  The Paper Shelter 'Enchanted Dream'
Papers:  DCWV 'Nana's Nursery baby girl'
Flowers:  WOC and The Ribbon Girl

A close up of the printed version and I've just distressed the edges and added some Stickles.

Okay time for me to go now.  Have a great day folks and I'll see you tomorrow as I have my Whimsy challenge card to share with you all.
Take care

8 October 2013

Whimsy Stamps - Circle of Friends - hop for Bev

Hi everyone and welcome to our Circle of Friends blog hop especially for our dear DT member and friend Bev Rochester
Unfortunately, Bev has had to take a little break from crafting over the past few months due to ill health.  We are missing her here at Whimsy and want to let her know that we are thinking about her and wishing her a speedy recovery.   Even though the Whimsy family is scattered all around the world, we have come together as a circle of friends to show Bev our love and support by each making her a card.   Although this hop is for Bev, we do hope you will hop along with us to support our wonderful teammate and friend. 

If you arrived here from Deb Routledge, then you are in the right place! If you’ve happened upon this post by chance and would like to hop with us, hop on over to the Whimsy Stamps blog to begin the hop.

Okay for my creation, I decided to ink up 'Suzi with Bunny' by Wee Stamps and used Whimsy papers again this time 'In the Country'.  She's been coloured with copics and a few little gems added to the flowers.  I've been a bit handy with the old walnut stain distress ink again on all the papers and the flowers have even had a touch of distress crackle paint!  So let me show you my card:

Image:  'Suzi with Bunny' by Wee Stamps for Whimsy
Medium:  Copics
Papers:  'In the Country' by Michele Roos for Whimsy


Copics/Promarkers List
Face/Body:  E000, E00, E21, R20, R81
Hair:  Caramel PM, Cocoa PM, Walnut PM
Clothes:  R20, R22, R27/E41, E43/BG93, BG96, W7(for shadow)
Bunny:  E31, E33, E35
When I began crafting and blogging a couple of years ago I happened across Bev's blog and I have been a bit of a blog stalker ever since.  Everyday after the school run I would sit down with my cup of coffee and her blog was my first port of call - I had to have my fix of crafty inspiration!!!  The sentiment I decided to use on my card and is on the Doohickey heart tag tucked behind the image (which I stupidly didn't take a picture of) reads "you brighten my day", so what I wanted to say is this is for you Bev to 'brighten your day' as your gorgeous creations have mine so many times and to send hugs and best wishes your way for a speedy recovery as I'm missing my daily dose of inspiration!!!!
Okay enough from me its now time for you to hop over to ... Heidy Blom.
Finally, here is a full hop list in hopping order:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Take care,

5 October 2013

Join us for World Cardmaking Day blog hop!!!

Happy World Card Making Day 2013!
World Card Making Day is a holiday especially for card makers around the world to ... celebrate the creativity of handmade cards and the personal connection that they create between friends and family, AND to kick off (and get a head start on) the holiday card-making season! Today, Whimsy Stamps is celebrating World Card Making Day 2013 with our very own BLOG HOP! The hop starts today at 9.00AM (EST) and ends on Monday 7th October 2013 at 12.00PM (EST). We've hidden a fantastic rubber stamp prize pack somewhere along the hop, so be sure to complete the hop and leave comments on all the DT's hop posts to enter! We will announce the lucky winner on the Whimsy blog on Monday, once the hop has ended.

But that's not all! Once you've finished the hop and entered the prize draw, hop on over to the Whimsy Stamps store where you will find some free digital stamps that have been posted in celebration of WCMD! Be quick to grab them, as they will only be available for a very short time! Finally, we will be posting another announcement on the Whimsy blog on Monday, which could save you a few pennies, so be sure to check it out!

Okay folks I hope you're having fun on the hop and if you've just come from Patricia's blog you're on the right path and it's my turn to share with you.  Now that summer is over and we're heading into Autumn my thoughts are turning to my most favourite time of year.  I embrace everything Crimbly and it's the perfect excuse to bring out the magpie in me and use lots of sparkly stuff.  For my card I used 'Santa's Glee' by Crissy Armstrong and he's such a jolly chap.  Now I'm a rather fussy person when it comes to my Santa's but he is adorable and can see him adorning many of my Christmas makes this year! I went for a rather untraditional Santa colour scheme and it was the gorgeous papers 'Winter Frost' by Michele Roos for Whimsy that inspired me to colour him up in this combo.  Let me show you my card:-

Sentiment:  Whimsy Stamps 'Holiday Ticket' sentiments + Ticket Die
Medium:  Copics
Dies:  Spellbinders 'Labels 22', Marianne Design Creatables Poinsettia, Joy Crafts Winter Wishes Snowflake border, Dienamics Crochet border, Memory Box Holly Vine

An arty view coming up.  All papers were distressed with my scissors and edged with Tim Holtz walnut stain.  I got the old Twinklets out and covered the snowflake border in them and also edged the poinsettia and my image too.  Love this stuff its adds great texture.

Last pic I promise! You can see the adorable Santa better here, he's such a happy chappy isn't he and you can see some of those Twinklets better too.

Copic List
Face:  E000, E00, E11, R20, R30
Clothes:  W3, W5, W7/BG11, BG13, BG15
Boots/Belt:  C1, C3, C5, C7
Santa's List/Pencil:  E41, E43
Right that's my little contribution to this wonderful event and I hope you like it.
If you've just popped in or got a little lost along the way here's a full hop list in hopping order to help you: 
Your next stop is ... Debbie's blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and happy hopping!

4 October 2013

September Rose

Hello folks from a rather soggy Bournemouth, yep the weather has been a tad unsettled here this week but I really don't mind after the beautiful summer we've had this year I find I can quite happily cope with a bit of rain (you can remind me of that in the depths of winter after a few wet school runs!!!)

Anyway, I've popped in today to share with you a card I've made using the gorgeous Elisabeth Bell image 'September Rose' from the latest September release.  She's adorable and beautiful to colour and you can find her HERE in the Whimsy Store.  I've teamed her up with Whimsy 'Purple Cottage Charms' papers which are just gorgeous so soft and pretty.  The little butterflies were from this collection too I just cut them out as were the tags.  I used a sentiment stamp from the Whimsy 'Celebration Pennants' set and stamped it on one of the tags.  Time for piccies:-

Medium:  copics
Flowers: mixture of WOC, The Ribbon Girl and stash

Copics List
Face/Body:  E000, E00, E21, E11
Hair:  E31, E35, E37, E29
Clothes:  V12, V15, V17/B60, B63, BV04
Apples/Flowers:  R81, R83, R85, R37
Grass/Leaves:  YG11, YG13, YG63, YG67, G28
Challenges I would like to enter:-
Papertake Weekly  -  anything goes
Crafty Ribbons challenge  -  anything goes with ribbon
Cute Card Thursday  -  signs of distress
Okay time for me to dash, its my son's birthday in a few days so lots still to do!
Thank you for stopping by.  Happy Friday to you all and hope you have a great weekend.
Take care.

1 October 2013

New Challenge over at The ABC Challenge

Good morning folks I hope you all had a great weekend and are having a good start to your week.  My start has been quiet but I'm not complaining means I can catch up on a few things which is good.  
So pinch punch its the 1st of the month and that means its time for another new challenge over at The ABC Challenge and I have my DT card to share with you all.  This challenge we are on the letter W so that's W for Words so 'add a sentiment' how easy is that peeps.  We are being sponsored this time by Stamp Fairy and I got to play with 'Mimi Halloween'.   My teamies as usual have been busy making beautiful creations for you to feast your eyes upon so go and take a peek at all the gorgeous inspiration.

Okay time to show you what I made.  I decided to make a card for Halloween and used a Shape EZ template and I love how it turned out.  Anyway, piccie time:-

Image:  Stamp Fairy 'Mimi Halloween'
Medium:  Copics and Prismacolor pencils
Dies:  Spellbinders 'Fancy Tags'
Flowers:  Wild Orchid Crafts
The bats were a freebie template from this lady HERE.  Her blog hasn't been very active of late but she does make some wonderful creations and still provides loads of inspiration.  Once I'd cut out the bats I used my glue pen around the edges and middle and added flock mixed with glitter so its sparkly and soft in one - love it!

Okay, a close up of the cute image.
Right I'm off now to get crafty on another project.  I hope you folks are all well and enjoy the rest of your week.
Take care,