Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Whimsy Stamps Challenge #66- Party Theme

Well I'm back with another inspirational card for Whimsy Stamps and this Month's challenge is Party Theme. So here is my card and we are having a "Tea Party" using Cupcake Queen by Marika Collins. She is baking cupcakes for her friends coming over. I started off using Early Espresso for my base which is a 5"x 7" finished card size. I then used the DCWV collection called 'The Garden Tea Party' for the rest. I added 3 layers before cutting out the words 'Tea Party' using Spellbinders die called 'Label 7'. I sponged some Inka Gold 'Apricot' along the edges. I added a teapot brad in the right hand corner by Bo Bunny collection called 'Little Miss' as well as a teacup from same collection. I added a Recollections rhinestone flourish for the steam coming off the tea. I printed the Cupcake Queen onto shimmery white paper and colored her using my Prismacolor pencils. I added pink/brown polka dot ribbon. 

Our Prizes this month are:

First Winner

Second Winner

Third Winner

Third Winner

A mystery Whimsy Stamps rubber stamp

We are also Proudly Being Sponsored this month by the lovely Colleen from

Fourth Winner

Don't forget well as random winners being chosen each challenge, one lucky player who has used a Whimsy Stamps image (rubber or digital) will have the opportunity to be a guest designer for a future challenge. If you have used a Whimsy Image and would like to be a future guest, please add GDT to your name when entering. The guest designer will be able to choose a digi stamp of their choice from the store to create their guest card too!

Anyone can enter our challenge and we don't mind you combining with other challenges either! Please remember no more than 3 entries per challenge and all we ask is that you add a link in your blog post to tell your friends you entered the Whimsy Inspirations Challenge

Don't Worry if you don't have a blog but would still like to enter just email debbie at with a picture of your card and It will be add it for you. 

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Something new for me - Mix Media Journal Cover

In 1998 when my son was quite young, I wanted to doing something with my time while he was sleeping. I discovered Decorative Painting which was quite popular at the time and then one of my teachers  introduce me to oils which I fell in love with because I could dabble and dabble and the paint wouldn't dry like Acrylic does. Then fate intervene while I was looking for school books for my son, I discovered this store that half of the store was for Education Activities and the other was into rubber stamping (sadly the store closed in 2009). Rubber stamping became my life and I had to have every product that came out. I was torn between 2 different aspects of art, painting and stamping. After my husband passed away in 2008, I decided to concentrate solely on stamping, trying out for various Design Teams thinking this is what I wanted to do.  Then fate once again intervene and I was given an opportunity to create/design a poster for a gala event in February 2014. Knowing I'm no graphic artist,  I decided to do a mix media poster for the event (first time) ever doing a mix media project (sadly they didn't pick my design - out of 3 finalists). This woke up my inner artist; because it gave me the perfect fit of being able to paint and use my stamping products which help feed my addiction (can you say bad habit).. One of my supplies that I used to use in my stamping was Twinkling H20's by Luminarte which I had before and I didn't like them so I sold them all. This past August, I discovered Dion Dior's blog on the Luminarte website and I was drawn to her art. When I found out she used Twinkling H20's on her works of art, I knew I had to sign up when she offered classes. So this October, I signed up and found out how to use those H20's & find out why they didn't work for me.  Dion is a fabulous artist by the way and if you ever get the chance you must take some of her classes.
So for my project, I used this sketch book is from Stillman & Birn 'Zeta' series and based my idea on  Gabrielle Pollacco  video how to creating mix media journal cover. Another fabulous artist by the way. So I started off using 7 Dot Studio paper collection called '9th Wave' for the base. I then applied a chicken wire and swiss dot stencils by The Crafter's Workshop using some Tim Holtz distress inks in the following colours  Chipped Sapphire and Peacock Feathers. After it was dry, I applied light moulding paste to the stencils again adding some more dimension. After I heat set, I applied the paper to the journal using gel medium. I added some drywall tape along with some cheesecloth to add more dimension.  I started applying various embellishments such as chipboard letters, chipboard bird with branch, metal butterflies by Fabscrap, buttons, bottle cap, Tim Holtz Muse Tokens, TH Word Bands and some Martha Stewart lace using a strong glue to adhere them. Then I took out my white gesso and started applying gesso to all the embellishments so they would except the colorants that I was using. Then I took out my Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst spray and sprayed the journal using Afternoon Delight Denim, Bells of Ireland Green and Tainted Love Teal. Then I added some water my Egyptian Gold H20's so it would be ready for me to apply. I then took out my Silks by Luminarte applied the following colours; Azurite, Key Lime and Teal Zircon which are really transparent to my journal to add more colour.  I then took my Egyptian Gold H20 to add some highlights here and there. I added my flowers last and again took out my Silks to add some colour to my flowers so they toned in with my journal. I added some Tear Drops by The Robin's Nest in the following colour 'Baby' to various embellishments.
I then took out my Inka Gold by Viva Decor using Cobalt Blue and Turquoise applied them sparely on the chipboard letters and metal embellishments.
Here is a close up the bird's nest using some Tear Drops by The Robin's Nest.
Close up of the Chipboard letters using Inka Gold colours.
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Frosty the Snowmen with his girlfriend

I'm back with another inspirational post for Whimsy Stamps and this time I'm showing you a very cool looking snowmen with his girlfriend as they gaze out towards the stars! This adorable image is designed by LiaStampz which you can find here. I colored the snowmen using Prismacolor pencils and added some glitter for the hats. I also used some Sparkle N Sprinkle Twinkling Cloud Glitter Flocking for the snowmen. I then added some Shaved Ice by Stampendous for actual snow around the feet. I started off using blue metallic paper for my base which is a 5" x 7" finished card size and cut 2 strips 3"x 6 3/4"  of silver and light blue paper for the first layer. Then cut a piece of navy dot paper and made a banner which was laid in the middle of the other 2 papers. I then used the latest Bo Bunny collection called 'Woodland Winter' for the other 2 banners. I used a tag from the collection as well as the sign which I cut off from another tag. I added a bow using some dark ribbon along with some silver, white and blue stars.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Inspirational Post for Whimsy Stamps

Well it's been awhile, but here I'm with another inspirational post for Whimsy Stamps. This week I'm showcasing Crissy's Digi's cute little dragon called 'Dragon Party' which you can find here in the store. I printed the Cute Dragon onto shimmery white paper and coloured her using Prismacolor pencils. I added some white flocking to the hat and to the puff of smoke along with glitter on her hat, balloons and her present.  I started off using Pistachio Pudding for my base which is a 5"x 7" finished card size. I then used Basic Grey collection called 'Kioshi' for the rest. I started off using 2 layers and then cut out  a flourish by Anna Griffin called 'Cut and Emboss die A2 Flourish Scroll using a purple paper. I then added some Inka Gold 'Rose Quartz' and 'Hydrangea' to the flourish to highlight the embossed areas. I also cut out a circle using Spellbinders die called 'Nested Circles large' using some paper from the same collection. I then cut out another flourish using a Memory box die called 'Gwyneth Flourish' using light green glitter paper. I added a light green glitter ribbon which I found at Michael's.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Whimsy Digital New Release Hop for November

Welcome to the November digital release blog hop!!!!

We have lots of new images to share with you today created by

 So here is my card for this month's hop, I started off using gold metallic paper as my base which is a 5"x 7" finished card size. For my first layer I used a white striped metallic paper then used a paper from the new Bo Bunny collection called "Silver and Gold" for my second layer. I cut out a piece of white glitter paper using a die from Anna Griffin called "Cut and Emboss Die A7 Flourish Emblem". Over top of that I cut out a frame out using cardstock vellum using a Cuttlebug Plus Embossing Folders called "Brocade Window". I then added some Silver Inka Gold by Viva Decor to add highlights. I then printed out the 'Christmas Flower' by LiaStampz onto shimmery white paper and colored the Poinsettia using my Prismacolor pencils. I then added some small basic pearls which added some Glossy Accents to make sure they stayed in place, then splashed on some Ranger Stardust Glitter to add some bling. I added a 'Christmas Sentiment' by Kathyrne Stamp Art Designs which was punched out using McGill label punch. I then sponged on some Yellow Ochre and Red Barn Fluid Chalk along the edges. I added some Joy white ribbon by Michael's on top of card.
All Whimsy Stamps digital images are 300dpi for high print quality.You can re-size, flip, or rotate to fit your own project
  To find all of today's new releases please visit the Whimsy Stamps Store
Don't forget to leave comments along the way as there will be 2 mystery DT Members who will each be choosing a winner from the comments left on their hop posts!

These winners will each win a Whimsy digital image of their choice.

The Grand Prize winner of the hop will be chosen from the very last stop, which is  Blog

 This winner will receive 5 digital stamps of their choice from the

The hop will run for 1 week and end on Friday 8th November at 12 Noon EST, when the lucky winners will be announced right here.

Below is a complete list of the hop in case you get lost along the way

Jackie Smith (that's me)

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