Hello All! Sorry it has been over a week since I posted a card! This has been one busy summer! I am gearing down and getting some cards done so look for them a little more often again! I have lots of new stamps headed my way! I am so excited!
Today's was done with "Whimsy Stamp's" new hippo. I popped his nose and closest foot once and his hind end a second time. Now is that a cute rump or what? LOL!
The cardstock is Bazzill and the DP is DCWV "Whimsy" stack. I took a little extra time and hand sewed some seed beads around the Nestie.
Are you a crafter looking to contribute to a design team by creating with rubber stamps? Do you love sharing your artwork with others? Are you a team player 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!
We’re searching for a dependable, team-oriented person who loves to work and design with rubber stamps and paper! You need to have a well-maintained blog and be willing to share your Whimsy Stamps creations. Whimsy Design Team Submission Details:
**Submission Time line: July 21st – July 31st. This call is open to anyone, from anywhere. Late entries will not be considered.
Email, firstname.lastname@example.org, with your full name, contact info including email address, blog address and attach 4 of your best creations. You can include cards, scrapbook pages, and/or altered items. If you have any Whimsy Stamps images, please use them, although this is not required.
Please include a brief description about you and your stamping style, previous Design Team work, published work, and any other artistic information you would like to share. Previous Design Team and publication of work is not required for consideration.
Once Denise receives your email complete with all personal and artistic information, including samples, she will send a confirmation of receipt. If you don’t hear from her, she didn’t receive your submission.
If you have been selected as our new Whimsy Stamps DT member, Denise will contact you via email. She will need you to confirm your commitment to our team and once that has been done, she will make an announcement on her blog and you will be able to do the same on your blog. If she does not hear from you within 48 hours of your offer email, accepting the position, she will have to choose someone else.
**Whimsy Design Team Member Requirements:
Your Design Team duties will last for a period of 6 months and will include at least one Whimsy related project per week. Please DO NOT try out if you are unable to make this commitment.
Because you will need to share your Whimsy creations, you are required to have a well-maintained blog for posting your artwork and any information concerning the Whimsy Stamps Company. Ability to photograph and post your creations is a must.
You will be required to participate in any company blog hops/scheduled events and whenever possible we would like our DT members to support all Whimsy sponsored events, such as challenges. You can either join in the event by creating something or simply make a post on your blog alerting readers of the event. We encourage our Design Team members to combine challenge projects with DT work each week. This allows you to create one sample, which meets many criteria.
We have a yahoo group dedicated to the Design Team. As a team member, you would be granted access to this group. You are expected to join and participate in discussions with others as well as share suggestions or ideas. You will need to be an active member of the group/team.
As a Whimsy Stamps designer, you will receive a selection of stamps to work with during your 6 month period. When we have new releases during your design period, you will receive a selection of those stamps as well. You will need to use these stamps to create your weekly design work. Your art can be any type, including but not limited to cards, scrap book pages, and altered items.
The art you create for DT submissions is yours to keep; you do not need to mail it to us. However, you do need to be able to photograph your artwork and email Denise a copy and/or upload to the Yahoo group photo files for her to use in Whimsy's online gallery. As a DT member we would like to see you also posting your creations in online stamping community galleries, such as Splitcoast Stampers and/or Paper Craft Planet and SNR’s Card Universe. This will help to increase exposure to our stamps and images.
**Whimsy Design Team Benefits:
Your photo and a short bio including blog links will be placed on the Design Team page on our website for the duration of your design period. After you complete your design period with Whimsy, your name and blog link will be placed in our “Past Designers” section on the page and kept there permanently.
You will receive a badge to display on your blog showing that you are a designer for Whimsy Stamps.
All stamps received during your design period are yours to keep and use forever. DT members are also occasionally given free digital images during design periods, these are yours to use forever, but please do not share these files with others. You may print out images to share with friends, but do not share the actual file. This is against Angel Policy guidelines. All artwork you’ve created for Whimsy Stamps design work is yours to keep using as you wish.
As a DT member you will receive a 25% discount on website purchases, for as long as you are on the Whimsy Stamps design team.
Hi! Glad you dropped by! Tracey (Fred) Lynn Miller of "Fred She Said" has drawn up a darling little flowerpot she is giving away to celebrate a bunch of new releases. In conjunction, she is having a challenge with that digi. All of us girls on the design team will be picking the winner. The prize you ask...ALL of the new releases plus a $20 gift certificate! Awesome prize huh?!? All you have to do is go HERE, get your free digi, make a card, post to your blog and link it to the challenge blog. The deadline is next Monday July 27th Midnight ( EDT)
Here is my card that I made with the digi. Of course I am not eligible for the awesome prizes, but I still wanted to play along! The digi is just too cute not to!
I popped the the image several times for a 3D look and glossed the leaves with Crystal Effects. Remember, you can click on the pictures for a closer look.
I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Hi Everyone! I am soooo excited! Tracey Lynn Miller of "Fred She Said" is releasing a BUNCH of new digis! I have already played with some of them and they are too cute! Fred (Tracey) ;) has decided to have a "New Release" challenge. All you have to do is go to her blog, download the adorable FREE flower pot digi, make a card with it, following the posting directions Tracey has on her page and you could win big! Hope you will join in on the fun! I will be posting my card made with her freebie in the next day or two. It will be a judged challenge. All of us DT girls will vote. The winner will win ALL...yes ALL of the new releases plus a $20 gift certificate! Now, head on over HERE for your free digi and get to craftin'! Oh...wait! Check out my card below before ya go! I used the new release "Miss Bitty" set from "Fred" Make sure and check out all of the other DT's cards too! We have some fabby artists in our little group! ;)
"Little Miss Bitty Bug" was done with a base of Black Bazzill Swiss Dots and the DP is Basic Grey's new "Lemonade" stack. The ladybugs were hand made by me and I painted Bitty's dress like a ladybug too. This qualifies her for the challenge over at "Stampin' For The Weekend" where they are giving us 3 "Rock and Roll 70's" song titles to choose from for inspiration. I chose "3 Times a Lady by: the Commodores. I guess mine would really be called "3 Times a Lady...Bug" LOL! ;)
This week's challenge at "Stampin' for the Weekend" is being sponsored by "Fred She Said" so you have yet another chance to win "Some Fred"! $25 gift certificate as a matter of fact! So I really hope you will join us!
I am also entering this card in the following challenges: "Our Creative Corner's" "Triple Play" challenge. They have a list of embellishments and and you have to use at least 3 of them. I used brads, ribbon, thread, and crystal lacquer. Simon Says Challenge – “Summer Fruits” - Use summer fruit or summer fruit colors. I used Basic Grey’s “Lemonade” stack which is lime, lemon yellow, cherry and strawberry colors. Creative Inspirations – “Stitching…Real of Faux!” I always stitch on my cards! They are naked without it! LOL! Dutch Dare Card Challenge – “Use cutting dies and/or punches” I used my Nesties for the image and frame and punches for the ladybugs and their spots. Daring Card Makers – “Away with the Fairies” I think Bitty should count as a fairy too! Don’t you? ;) Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge – “Spots and Stripes” use ‘em. ;) Bitty has spots on her dress, there are spots on the ladybugs, and the accent panel behind the image, the DP on the inside, and the ribbons are stripes.
Thanks again for stopping by! Please remember to leave a comment if you have a second. I just LOVE 'em!
Hello and thanks for dropping by! Today's card is for a very special person...my sister-in-law. I am truly blessed that my brother chose her to be a part of our family. I wanted to make her a special card. She loves purple and green so I chose to use. DCWV "Latte" stacks. (both the DP stack and the matching cardstock stacks)
I just discovered an awesome challenge blog called "Mojo Monday". I am sure you all have heard of it but, I never really participated in sketch challenges until I DT'ed for "The Next Level" and discovered I LOVE them! I hope you all will join in...they are really fun! This is the sketch they asked us to use this week.
Another one of the design teams I am on is "Whimsy Stamps" and wanted to use one of their cute images. I just love this whimsical little owl!
I found this pretty green ribbon and the purple and green floral trim in the fabric department of Hobby Lobby. I think it works lovely with these colors. The tiny flowers on the branch and sentiment were hand and punched and glittered.
I am also entering this card in the following challenges:
One Stop Craft Challenge - “Furry Things” I hope feathers count! LOL! Raspberry Ribbons Kits and Sketches - “Circles and Ribbon” There are circles in the cardstock on the panel to the right of the image, on the inside, and on the envelope. The flowers on the trim are also circles Stamp With Fun - “Use Shapes or Punches” I used my nesties for the rectangles and a flower punch for the tiny flowers. My Time To Craft Challenge – “A Bird in the Hand” Owls are birds! I am in! ;) Creative Inspirations – “Stitching Real or Faux” Of course my card fits into this one…I always stitch! Paper Blooms – “Animal Fun” Hope I can count an Owl as an animal! ;) Dutch Dare – “Use Cutting Dies and/or Punches” I used Nesties for the rectangles and a punch for the tiny flowers. Lily of the Valley Challenge – “Animals” Now I KNOW my owl works for this one because one of the DT examples is birds! Woohoo!
The card base is made of my fave cardstocks...Bazzill Swiss Dots.
Thanks again for checking out my card. Please be a sweetie and leave a comment so I will know you dropped by! Hugs!
Hope you all don't mind but I have not had a chance to make any cards this week so I thought I would post a few of my past favorites. These were pre-Trues-blog cards, so if you didn't see them on eBay or in my slide show, they will be new to you. BTW these were my highest selling cards on eBay so they must have been other people's favs too! ;)
Pardon the verbiage...I copied from the eBay listings to save time. You can tell I was trying to sell them! LOL!
"Sparkling Poinsettia" Card
I usually make a card then look for ribbon to match. This time it was the opposite. I found this gorgeous ribbon and based the card off of it. I don’t have any poinsettia stamps so I had to get creative. Each petal and leaf were individually hand cut, painted, and glittered with a coordinating color. I then went around all of the edges with gold glitter so they would look like the poinsettias on the ribbon. They were then intricately attached to the card in a way that it looks so realistic! The flower was very tedious and time consuming but the final result was well worth the effort!
It is made with the highest quality cardstocks and and envelope have all been stitched with a beautiful gold metallic thread that matches the gold on the ribbon. The inside sentiments and Noel on the fronts were heat embossed with gold embossing powders for a very polished look. The center of the flower was made with gold glitter glue and iridescent seed beads.
This card comes with a handmade box envelope to accommodate the deep 3 dimensional features of the flower. The envelope has the same pretty gold scalloped stitching all the way around the front. It is are lined with a pretty designer poinsettia cardstock and have a beautiful golden ribbon that holds it closed.
"Pumpkin Sparkle Quilt" Card
I saw a picture of a quilt in one of my quilting catalogs and thought that it would make a nice card. Of course I had to adapt it to paper but the results are awesome if I say so myself! ;) The card is even nicer in person! To be honest, I almost kept this one for myself!
It is a large card...about 6’ by 6 ½ and is a substantial weight because of the many layers of high end cardstock. If you count from the center of the pumpkin to the back of the card, there are a whopping 21 layers! You can even feel the quality of this one! It is done in oranges, green, brown and black. Each color of the freehand cut pumpkin is a different layer popped up for a 3 dimensional effect. Notice that every layer is also stitched as you would in a quilt. I sponge painted the checkerboard boarder with black acrylic paint then stitched around every square. The black background behind the pumpkin is accented with a pretty scalloped stitching. I die cut the leaves then dry embossed the veins and added several colors of sparkle. This entire card sparkles and shines!
Open the card to reveal that the inside is almost as fabulous as the outside! It too has multiple layers with fancy stitching. I multi color stamped the beautiful “Be Thankful” pane and framed it on the left of the inside leaving more space on the right side for your special message. The inside is decorated with a beautiful sparkling sheer ribbon that I was so excited to find!
The envelope is handmade out of heavy cardstock and specially shaped to accommodate the depth of the 3D pumpkin. I even added stitching details to the envelope!
"Give Thanks For The Simple Things" Card
This is a hand sketched and hand painted 6” by 6” original artwork card entitled "Simple Things". It was done in the style of one of my favorite calendar artists. The colors are very rich oranges, reds, greens, cream and black.
The image on the front is hand sketched and painted with acrylics. The main panel is a little work of art by itself! There is a mischievous looking cat peeking out from behind some pumpkins with a curious crow standing by. The main panel is popped form the sponge painted and machine stitched checkerboard background. The pumpkins are popped a couple of times and the crow is popped also. Open the card to reveal more pretty cardstock. I didn’t use any white stock in this one and it really gives it a rich polished look. The images inside have been heat embossed and painted. There as a wonderful sentiment that states “Give thanks for the simple things in life.”
This card has lots of layers of Bazzill and other high quality cardstock. Both the front and inside have pretty stitching detail throughout. They are also are nicely coordinated and the envelope is hand made out of pretty cardstock that also has stitching detail and a painted pumpkin adorning the lower corner.
I did not use any hardware embellishments because I did not want to take away from my painting and the simple elegance of the card. The front, inside and envelope all have lots of sparkle with multi colors of Stickles.
Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my "oldies but goodies!
I would love it if you left a comment! ;)
Hello again! Glad you popped by! Remember, you can click on any picture to enlarge for better detail.
This week’s “The Next Level” challenge is based off of the sketch below, and it has an added element… You must use a decoupaged main image. This means all or part of the image needs to be popped up for a 3D effect.
I am using the beautiful “Dreamer Fairy” designed by: Louise Brigden from “Charmed Cards and Crafts”“Pixie Chicks Collection #1”. Because of the fine details in the fairy’s hair, I decided to decoupage just her wings and arms. The larger wing has been popped 3 times! She is water colored to match the colors in the DP I chose, then I glittered her wings with Stickles and her headband of roses and neckline with Martha Stewart Rose glitter. Her eyelids were painted with Shimmerz and her lips and tiny little fingernails were glossed with Crystal Effects.
I used DCWV “Once Upon a Time” stack and core’dinations cardstock. The stack had the perfect paper for the inside of the card with a glittered fairy image to tie it all together. I used lots of gold on this one. The ribbons, thread, glitter on the DP and glitter on the edges of her wings are all gold.
I don’t usually use silk flowers on my cards but I saw these and fell in love. They matched the paper and image perfectly! I added two kinds of hand punched leaves, some white beads, and some ribbon to make them look like mini bouquets.
I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Stamp With Fun - #15 Shapes or punches. I used several different sizes of Circle Nesties and punched a couple of shapes of leaves on this one.
Creative Inspirations - Gems and Pearls (either or both) I used lots of pearl beads in the mini flower arrangements.
Stampin' For The Weekend - #16 Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate. They had a picture of chocolate covered strawberries to use as inspiration. I used muted colors of red, brown, and a touch of green (the stems)
Raspberry Ribbons - This is my second entry for this one! The theme is Circles....and Ribbons of course! The main image and the element behind it are circles.
This week’s COMMENT CANDY is the beautiful digi set that this image came from. You can see it HERE. It comes with 7 pixies and tons of extras! All you have to do to get a chance at winning this lovely set is to leave a comment below about my card …that’s all! If you would like to become a follower, that would be cool too but not a requirement. It is just my way to say thanks for taking the time to let me know you dropped by for a visit. Comments make my heart smile! I will choose a winner and post it the evening of Sunday, July 19th
I have just discovered that The Cuttlebug Spot is having a contest - "The Journey to 1,000"! They are trying to reach 1,000 followers by the end of July and need your help. To enter all you have to do is go to their site, sign up as follower and complete a few easy steps and you could win a $1,000 gift certificate to Custom Crops (www.CustomCrops.com)! GO NOW and check it out at www.TheCuttlebugSpot.com I DID!!! :)
I don't usually put anything but cards and the occasional tutorial but I am going to make an exception tonight. I promised some of my card friends some pictures and this is the easiest way to show them.
Hubby and I are woodsy type people. Our dream home is a log cabin. One day!
When we read about the Big Cedar Resort a few years ago we knew we had to go. We had our 28th anniversary this week and hubby took me there to celebrate.
It was woodsy/outdoorsy but very lavish! I felt very pampered! We both has hour long massages! OOOO AAAAHHHH! ;)
We had a ball!
This is a fall shot of the lodge we stayed in from the web page..
I pulled this info off of the history page of the resort's web page so you could have a little background of the place.
As you wind through our wooded entrance to Big Cedar, the ruggedness of this remote setting will surely inspire in you curiosity about the Native Americans and wild creatures who roamed these hills for centuries, living in harmony with the land. To see our history represented pictorially, please go to our photo gallery, the "History" section or you may want to purchase online the 68 page book, written by Charlie Farmer, that chronicles and illustrates the history of this magnificent resort. Tucked deep in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, the area was accessible only by horseback or foot. Just after the turn of the twentieth century, railroads made their appearance, and this phenomenal retreat from the everyday world became a vacation paradise for travelers.
The 1920s found two prominent Missourians making plans to build lavish back country resort homes on land adjoining the Long Creek Arm of the White River known as Big Cedar Hollow. Together, business entrepreneur Jude Simmons and Frisco Railroad executive Harry Worman acquired a total of 300 lushly forested acres, and construction began.
Simmons chose a log mansion, reminiscent of the grand wilderness hunting lodges found in the Adirondacks region, while Worman constructed his retreat in the traditional Tudor style of stone and stucco. Native materials were used throughout both homes, leaving the hillsides more vulnerable to erosion.
As the Great Depression left the American economy in decline, travel became more difficult, and the two families were unable to spend time here. The property was later owned, for a short time, by a very consumptive logging firm before being purchased in 1947 by Dan Norris, a real estate executive and hotel operator. His addition of a lodge, swimming pool and stable created the Devil's Pool Ranch guest resort.
In 1958, the White River was dammed to form Table Rock Lake, and the stage was set for the Ozarks' premier wilderness resort. Following Bass Pro Shops' acquisition of the property in 1987, founder John Morris chose to restore the Simmons and Worman buildings to their original prominence, initiating a rigorous commitment to renew the natural beauty of Big Cedar Hollow.
As you become a part of the Big Cedar family, the extravagant pages of our past will mingle with the more recent awareness of our environment to surround you in warm Ozark hospitality, lots of friendly smiles, and the attention to detail, that you will soon realize are a part of everyday life in our resort. Come settle in to the sheer enjoyment of the Ozark Mountain countryside wrapped around the shores of pristine Table Rock Lake.
Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you enjoyed the show!!
Hello All! Last week over @ Simon Says Challenge", their challenge was "Happy Mail" for "Make a Child Smile". The idea was to make a card a very sick or terminally ill child would like, and to send it to them to brighten their day. I was too busy to join the challenge but it is such a great cause, I wanted to make a card when I could. This is that card. I used DCWV "Nanna's Nursery-Baby Girl" and Bazzill Dots. The image is the cute "Pajama Emma" by "Whimsy Stamps".
I am enetring it in the "Stamp With Us" Challenge where this week the theme is -Children's Cards.
I hope this will inspire some of you to look into this wonderful cause and to make a card. A little time and effort by us could really mean a lot to a sick child and their family.
Please leave a comment if you have a second! Have a great day and hugs your way!
I enjoy entering all challenges...that is obvious by my blog, but wold love to find more "judged" challenges. Most of the ones I have found are random drawings and not based on our skills or talents. I would appreciate any input or links. Thanks and hugs your way!
Hello All! Wow I have been busy the last week or two. Hubby took some time off to spend with me during my furlough from work and has been keeping me hopping! We just got back from our 28th anniversary vacation to Branson this afternoon. I finished this card a week or so ago and am just now getting the chance to post it. I was done with one of "Cuddly Buddly's" newer stamps. It is the adorable "Annie's Heart" stamp. I used Bazzill Dots, Core'dinations and DCWV Glitter stack. You can purchase all of these cardstock right there @ CuddlyBuddly.com
I stamped Annie several times, water colored her, and cut lots of little pieces out for the 3D look. Then I added lots of colors of Stickles so she really sparkles!
This card fits nicely into several awesome challenges too! They are: Raspberry Ribbons Kits and Sketches - Circles and ribbon. The image and image frame are cut out circles and there are circles in all of the flowers on the DP. I used ribbon with tiny little dot (circles) too! LOL! Paper Take Weekly - My Favourite Things - anything goes as long as you use a favorite. I used my favorite new release stamp from "Cuddly Buddly" and my favorite card base...Bazzill Dots, and my favorite embellishment...Stickles. Creative Card Crew - Ribbons I use ribbons in most of my cards and this one is no exception! I sure would like to win more! That is the prize for this week over @ CCC too! I am crossing my fingers and toes! ;)
If you came and looked, please be a sweetie and leave a quick note so I will know you were here!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend! This week's challenge over @ "The Next Level" is an easy one! That should get everyone over there to enter! All you need to do is create a card with BUTTONS and BOWS.
Please make sure and check out all of TNL DT's cards. They are soooo cute!
Mine is done with a cute little "Stampin Up" teddy bear that already comes with a button and a bow. I stamped him on cream colored cardstock. There is no white on this card.
Then I was lucky enough to find this awesome crochet lace and buttons trim and based my colors for the card off of it. Check out the cute little button brads that I used for my flower centers too.
The cardstocks used on this one are Bazzill Dots, Core'dinations, and DCWV. I do not know the DP. It was from my scrap bin... sorry.
I am also entering this card in: Cute Card Thursday Challenge 67 - Stitch in Time! They want to see some kind of stitching real or faux. As you all know...I always stitch my cards! I can't help myself! LOL! Charisma Cardz Challenge 26 - Buttons I think this card meets that requirement too! LOL! Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge 39- 3 Ribbons. They can be alike or different but you have to have 3. I used my 3 ribbons in the form of bows. The Pink Elephant Challenge 21 - Use your favorite color combo. I go thru stages! Right now, it is purple and green which are the main colors on this card. Pile It On- Use 3 different types of embellishments and enter multiple challenges. I used bows, buttons, and flowers, and am in multiple challenges! This card also fits into "Simon Says Challenge" where they are asking you to paper piece a non colored part of your image. The teddy's bow, feet and paw are all pieced from the same purple paper as the rectangular piece the lace trim is on.
This week's comment candy is a surprise grab bag!
It will be well worth the time it takes to leave a quick message. I can tell you that one of the items in the grab bag will be a piece of this awesome button trim like I used on my card, so you can come up with your own special button creation! ALL you have to do to have a chance at winning is to leave a comment about this card! Just my way of saying THANKS for taking the time to make a card artist's day! I will post the winner the evening of Sunday, July 12th.
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