Wednesday, May 28, 2014

R.I.P. Avro Arrow Armstrong

 Avro Arrow Armstrong  Dec 19 2000 - May 28 2014
As I used to call you, "my furry girlfriend."
We had to say goodbye "for now" to our beloved fluffy girl Avro.
We will see you in Heaven dear one.  In the meantime, run and play and eat all the cookies you want to.  You will never be sick or sore again.  You are now completely free. 

I will always love you my pet. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Hippie Birthday, Man!

I have a couple of cards to share with you today, that I made using my brand spankin' new rubber release "Hippie Birthday, Man" for Whimsy Stamps!  (for a peek at all my latest rubber images, follow this LINK).  I was born in the sixties, and although I was really young for most of it, I do remember "Flower Power", the long hair, bell-bottoms and bandanas! I coloured both images with Copics, but, I wanted to see what I'd get by using coloured pencil on top to continue the blending.  The first one (purple and green background paper) has the coloured pencil added on top of the Copics.  The second one (green and blue bg ppr) has no coloured pencil.  The only blatant difference I see is on the bird's chest, and I don't think it makes a whole lot of difference on this particular image.  Anyway, just experimenting with colour mediums.  Experimentation is how you grow as an artist!  
Both of these cards went to friends who like to make cards with me.  I hope they enjoy them!



Design Team Call for Whimsy Stamps!

Here's the info, Peeps!:


Whimsy Stamps Digital Design Team Call
Design Team Call - NOW OPEN
The Digital DT call will end on June 5th
Are you a paper crafter looking to contribute to a design team by creating with digital stamps? Do you love sharing your artwork with others? Are you a team player, a dedicated and hard working person, and willing work along side other designers sharing your creativity? Are you organized and able to meet deadlines? If you answered YES to these questions, Whimsy Stamps is looking for you!
This is an open design team call for anyone from anywhere to join our Whimsy Stamps Digital team! You MUST have a well-maintained blog and be willing to share your Whimsy Stamps Digital creations each week. The DT term will run from July 1st through December 2014.
Each Digi Team Designer is asked to...
* share one project per week on his/her blog (applicants must have a blog),
* participate in our monthly releases and blog hop,
* Participate in our monthly challenge on our Whimsy Inspires Challenge blog.
* become a member of our private Facebook group,
* share your artwork on our Facebook Fan page, Whimsy Blog, and any other online community you belong to,
* promote Whimsy Stamps by using our images, mentioning Whimsy news and promotions, and linking to our shop.
In exchange for DT work and helping to promote our products...
* members will have access to our digital stamps for use in weekly DT projects,
* members will receive a DT discount of 20% off, on all Whimsy shop purchases, while a member of our team,
* personal bio and photo will be placed on our blog.
If you are interested in applying, please send an email with your contact info, blog link, some details about yourself, and 3 of your favorite projects to whimsystampsdtcall@gmail.com with the subject line Digi DT. We will reply to let you know your application has been received. All new members will be notified via email within a few days after the end of our call and announced on our website thereafter.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Crafting By Designs Guest Designer for a day!

Cool Beans!  I joined a card challenge awhile back, "Crafting By Designs", and I got chosen from among the many participants to be a guest designer for an upcoming challenge!  I wanted to participate in the "Mother's Day" theme because I love honouring my parents and giving back to those who gave so much of themselves to raise me.  My Mom passed away in 07 but I still honour her in my heart and am grateful for what she poured into my life and her tireless example of patience and love.   Her love for us kids (all seven of us!) really is a work of "heart" that continues to live on within each of us today.
I used my new digi image, "Mother's Heart", and coloured it with the following Copics: 
Mother's hands: E000, 00, 02, V20, 22, R02, 21
Nail polish: RV10, 11, 34, Blender
Baby's feet: RV10, 11, V91, V20, 22
Blanket: G20, 24, 29, 82, 46, 94
"Mother's Heart" also comes with a bonus file of three Mother's Day sentiments, including the one I used on this card. 
I tried to make a flower as influenced by sweet Jerri Kay - you MUST go see her blog and the many flowers she makes by hand - be prepared to have your jaw drop - but I have yet to approach her league.  I think it looks all right though (its the pink one that looks like a carnation). I used the Spellbinders Rose Creations die for it. 
Anyway, thanks for popping by, and I hope all you card makers will join the Crafting By Designs Mother's Day challenge! 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

March Release of Rubber Images

New release of rubber stamps and metal dies at Whimsy today, to which I have contributed six new images.  I hope you check it out, and join the hop - there's lots of goodies to win along the way.  Here is a link to where you can find all the details:  MARCH RELEASE

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Birthday Card

Card I made for my MIL with her fav. colours.  Used faux batik for the branch in the circle.  Made the roses with the Spellbinder Rose die.  Spellbinder fancy tag for the sentiment.  Whimsy dies for the vine and branch flourish.  There's crushed glass on the roses and glitter on the butterflies, which were fussy cut.  Broken China was my ink of choice for the sentiment, butterflies, and faux batik.  The white embossed layer is raised on foam tape. 
The layout is my own, however, I have been influenced by other's that were similar so I am not going to take full credit for that.  I ogle tons of cards all the time, and so many ideas get smushed up into my grey matter, and before you know it, I've used a little bit of the past twenty cards I've seen to make one of my own.  Anyway, this took awhile because it is so detailed, but it was certainly a labour of love.  She already received it and said it was the 'best card" she's ever received.  So of course all that time and effort was worth it! I'm so glad I blessed her with my creation!
I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Challenges 4 Everybody: Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Challenge: Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday: Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet: Anything Goes
Craftitude: Anything Goes
Sister Act: Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion: Birthday Bonanza

Thanks for looking peeps! 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Funny Bunny

 Here's a b-day card I made for my daughter.  She's our family comedienne and so this funny bunny fits well with her personality.  Its one of my new digi's found HERE.  You can get a whole collection of bunnies for the low price of a single digi image.  So its a special grouping of images.  In fact, I wrote a little poem to help people understand the Terms Of Use for digi's and used the bunnies to illustrate it.  The poem is found on the Whimsy site HERE.
I coloured the image with the following Copics:
Bunny fur: E30, 31, 33, N2, 4
Inside ears and pads of feet: R20, 21, 22, N2
Bubble: RV00, 02, (E30 and N2 on the partial transparency of the bunny's face)
Gum Wrapper: RV00, 02, B16, 18, BV20 in the pink shadowed areas
Ground shadow: BV20
I'm entering this card in the following challenges: 
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Computer Game

This is not my creation, nor is it a card, but, its an amazing creation by my son Nik!  He has developed a computer game that is beyond belief amazing!  Now I personally am not into computer games, and perhaps you aren't either, but a lot of people are.  So click on the link below and let your kids and grandkids try this game out.  I'd be interested to hear their comments too, and I could pass them on to Nik.  And feel free to share this, and pass it on to any computer game lover you know.  I think it is going to go places!



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

DT Call on for Whimsy!

Just to let you all know, there is a current Design Team call on for Whimsy Stamps!  Go to the Whimsy Stamps and Inspiration blog for all the info.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine for hubby

Here's the Valentine I made for my hubby Mike.  I made the roses - each one took about forty minutes to complete.  I used the Spellbinders create a rose die on red paper.  Once cut, I then swiped my Whisper White Craft Ink on the edges of each petal, randomly.  Then dipped each petal into white embossing powder and heat set.  Then I could assemble them.  Tweezers were necessary in the process.  Its finicky work but I love the result, and this way I don't have to buy my roses, and can do them in any colour from my stash of paper!
I made the banner by hand after I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment.  Inside is pretty nice too, I think!  Of course I wrote a whole bunch of mushy stuff afterwards, but that's between me and hubby!  Stamps are from a Graphics 45 Hampton Art, a set of ten Valentine images and sentiments.  Its the perfect set for this particular day, I think!
I used some Spellbinder flourishes and also some from Whimsy Stamps - Vines and Large Leafy Flourish, which I trimmed to fit where I wanted.  Also a Memory Box heart too. Its hard to tell from the photo, but the top layer has some dimension, and the sparkly heart is actually inset on the bottom layer. Looks better in real life, they always do!
Happy Valentine's day, and thanks for visiting!! Be blessed in God's amazing love for you today!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Spread Love/ Angel Wings


Hi Peeps!  Here's a Valentine I did for someone special.  I used my rubber stamp drawing, "Spread Love".  I water coloured the image, and this coloured version became the template for a set of Whimsy Prints found HERE.   Also used the Whimsy Shapeology dies, "Vines" and "Large Leafy Flourish".

Did you know that if you use my Whimsy images (rubber or digi, doesn't matter) and you post photos of them on my Facebook page, you could get a chance to win a free digi? For every five photos posted of five different cards/projects you made with one of my images, you will get to pick one free digi of your choice from my Whimsy line.  Here's a LINK that will take you right to my FB page so you can get posting!

Now, have you seen the new Ashlan Valor Tangles yet?  They are just amazing works of art.  My friend draws these amazing designs, and now we get to colour them and put them on our cards!  Here is one of her drawings called Angel Wings that Andrea Tully coloured. Andrea put up step by step photos on her blog for you to view her colouring process, so that's a bonus too!  Is it not perfectly stunning?  I can see this on a Christmas card, a bereavement card, a birthday card or an anytime card.  But its such a work of art, I think if it was mine I would just frame it.  Go see the amazing array of tangles for you to purchase and instantly download right HERE.

Thank you for stopping by today.  God bless you!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Santa

 Hi Peeps!  This is a Christmas card (no duh!) and I used my very own "Whimsy Print".  The Santa portrait was drawn by Yours Truly, then water coloured by hand.  Whimsy has taken my original water colour and made prints to sell in the shop.  There are a set of four images in each package in multiples of three for a total of twelve pre-cut Whimsy Prints.  Each of the four images has their own pre-cut shape; square, rectangle, circle and oval. They really help the busy stamper who has to make a quick card, and might not have time to colour up a fresh image.  Or, they are great for people who love the images out there, but really are not into the colouring process.  Either way, its great to have these on hand to use on a card.  This Santa image is from my "Holiday Wishes" set. 
Thanks for popping by today Peeps!
God bless!