Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Just Because w/Whimsy Stamps

I love all things cute, don't you?  When I first saw the adorable Baby Sea Creatures Stamp Set at Whimsy Stamps, I knew that it was a set I really wanted.  When you're using a stamp set that's this cute, you really can't go wrong.  There are several adorable images and sentiments in this sweet set that will allow you to create cards for a variety of different occasions.  I have so much fun creating with my products from Whimsy Stamps, and I know you'll enjoy them as well.
This card started with a pink cardstock base layered with papers from the Mix & Match 1 6x6 Paper Pad.  I used the Scallop Rectangle Frame Dies to cut the patterned papers as well as to cut the frame and inside piece where I placed my image.  I used the Puddles Stencil with Tumbled Glass oxide ink to make the splashes of water.  The bubbles and adorable octopus are from the Baby Sea Creatures Stamp Set.  The stamped black waves are found in the Fadoodles Too Stamp Set.
I tucked a length of Metallic White Iridescent String underneath the octopus.  He, quite by accident, almost looks like he's jumping rope.  A few sequins were the finishing touch on this simple card.  It's fun to combine a variety of Whimsy Stamps products; and because they carry so many great choices, it's easy to do.
I'd like to thank you once again for visiting my blog.  I'm always super appreciative to have people stop by to take a peek and leave me their thoughts.  I hope you're creating some fun cards this week, and I look forward to seeing them.  Don't miss all the wonderful Whimsy Stamps social media inspiration, and please Follow me on Pinterest and Instagram.  I'd really love that.

Here's where I'm playing along:

Stencil FUN Challenge - July: Anything Goes w/Stencil - Optional :Shades of Blue.  I used a Whimsy Stamps stencil and made my splashes of blue water with the stencil.

Blessings,
Karen

Monday, July 15, 2024

Pretty Peony New Release at Stamp Simply

If you're not yet aware, there's a gorgeous New Release at Stamp Simply Clear Stamps and you won't want to miss any of it.  Today I'm sharing a double-layered card that features the beautiful new Peony Stamp Set.  It is absolutely lovely.  One of my favorite things about Stamp Simply is how each of their wonderful stamp sets works beautifully on its own; or when combined with other Stamp Simply sets.
I used the lovely swirls found in the new Peony Stamp Set to create the swirled background design.  I also pressure embossed this white cardstock background using the Darice Dainty Flower Embossing Folder.  I just love those adorable bumble bees, the wonderful sentiments and that amazing floral image.  I used the Fishtail Banner Dies to cut my sentiment strip.
Some ribbon was added to my flower as the finishing touch.  I used the coordinating Peony Dies to cut the circle from the center of the card.  This die allows you to see the floral image peeking through from the other side.  I took some photos of this by stamping the new Seed Packet Stamp onto a second piece of white cardstock.
I hope you can see what I mean about the circular Peony Dies.  You can see the pressure embossed circle through the cut hole where I placed the lovely peony floral.  I also stamped the cute little ants climbing around the bottom of the page....just as they would in your garden.  How cute!
Like I said before, you won't want to miss any of this fabulous New Release from Stamp Simply.  There have been several amazing new sets already released and there are yet more to come your way over the next several weeks.  We hope you'll visit the Stamp Simply Blog often for loads of fabulous inspiration, and of course at Stamp Simply for some great shopping and special promotions.  Thanks so much for visiting me today.

I'm playing along here:

Can You Handle the Pressure - I used a Darice Embossing Folder on the background of one layer.  You can see it (also) through the cut hole.

Blessings,
Karen

Saturday, July 13, 2024

July Blog Hop w/Really Reasonable Ribbon

If you're ready for a FUN and inspiring Blog Hop, then you're in the right place.  You should have arrived here by way of Misty's Blog; but if not you're able to catch up quickly.  The theme of our Blog Hop this month is Christmas in July.  I've combined some sweet die cuts with papers, trims, goodies from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and a sweet sentiment from Bonnie Garby Designs.  The prizes for this month's Blog Hop is a $10 credit to Really Reasonable Ribbon and two digital stamp sets of choice from Bonnie Garby Designs.  How sweet is this sentiment?
The Bonnie Garby Designs sentiment that I used on this card is from her The Heart of Christmas Bundle.  I cut it, and some of the other pieces, using a crimped frame from Gina K. Designs.  The sprinkles inside my mugs (gingerbread men and candy canes) are from Twiddler's Nook.  I tucked in several Double Head Stamens, a real cinnamon stick, and a length of both Black & White Bold Check Ribbon and Bay Leaf Seam Binding.  I tied a bow with the Black & White Bold Check Ribbon.
Because they're just so cute and I couldn't resist.....I made a matching tag/bookmark for this card.  I've been trying to remember to create a matching tag/bookmark and envelope when making my cards lately.  It's quick and easy, and even a simple piece of Baker's Twine could be the perfect touch every time.
The tag also uses lots of fabulous Scor-TapeBlack & White Bold Check Ribbon and a length of Teal Baker's Twine.  One of the reasons why I love Baker's Twine so much is because it's just ten cents ($0.10/yard) per yard.  Another is that it comes is so many fabulous colors - both striped and solid.  Baker's Twine is the perfect accent for tags, bookmarks and so many different projects.
I used several pieces of Scor-Tape in various widths to secure everything in place.  I also used some White 3-D Foam Tabs to raise the edges of the coffee mugs and some of the glitter-frosted marshmallows.  This was just one of those cards where I found myself adding more and more.....and then some more.  A small JenniBowlin blue ticket, a miniature Tim Holtz staple, Crate Paper stickers.  One of my signature cards where I just keep adding things as I go.
Really Reasonable Ribbon always has the perfect trims, twines and touches for every card and every project.  I'm also always so excited about the fabulous Adhesives available at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  OK, so your last stop on this Blog Hop is over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog where you'll answer one final question.  Thanks for joining us this month, and please don't forget to leave a comment on each blog.

Blessings,
Karen

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Thank You Slimline w/Whimsy Stamps

No matter what kind of card you need to make, Whimsy Stamps is sure to have FUN stamps and dies to help you.  Let your creativity run wild using their wonderful products like I did on this card.  I needed to make a thank you card and I knew the Fadoodles Blooms Stamp Set from Whimsy Stamps would be just perfect for this.  You may have seen the hand-stitched card I shared earlier this month using the Fadoodles Blooms Stamp Set.  This card uses it once again, but in a very different way.
How sweet is this?  I used basic white cardstock and the first thing I did to it was to die-cut it using the super cute Slimline Scallop Die that you see in the photos.  Next, I rubbed it with Lemonade, Citron, Mowed Grass and Green Paint Oxide Inks to create my colorful background.  And third, I used the super sweet Slimline Daisy Embossing Folder to give it some wonderful texture.
I stamped each of the four different sized flowers found in the Fadoodles Blooms Stamp Set onto white cardstock that I'd rubbed with the same colors of oxide inks.  I fussy cut each one and placed them all around my card.  The sentiment (Thank You) is also found in this stamp set, and I stamped it three times - once in each oval.  You can never really say Thank You enough, right?  A few yellow and green floral prills were placed into the centers of the flowers.
You can find so many great stamps, dies, embossing folders, stencils, and SO much more at Whimsy Stamps.  There's also plenty of great inspiration on all the Whimsy Stamps social media pages.  Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on my slimline card.  I always appreciate hearing your thoughts.

I'm sharing my card here:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Summer Fun"

Just Us Girls Challenge Blog - Challenge #735 - Summertime

The Paper Funday Challenge - July Challenge #67 - Anything Goes/Optional: Critter Crazy

Blessings,
Karen

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Stamp Simply Seed Packet New Release

FABULOUS and EXCITING!  That's just the beginning when it comes to the gorgeous New Release at Stamp Simply.  Today I'm featuring their brand new Vintage Seed Packet Stamp Set and it is beyond lovely.  I've been having SO much fun using this sweet new set, and I've found several different and creative ways to use it.  I've made a few seed pouches for giving actual seed packets, I've stamped kraft bags with treats inside, and of course I've made some lovely cards using this beautiful new set.
This card uses kraft, cream and dusty rose cardstocks that are layered.  I stamped the Vintage Seed Packet onto the kraft paper for contrast.  I did just a bit of coloring around the edges of the sweet frame to draw the pinks and greens in my floral.  I also did some paint splattering onto the paper.  I just recently learned about having a "splatter box" for this....yes, I learned the hard way.  LOL
I used one of the lovely sentiments from the new Vintage Seed Packet Stamp Set and stamped it onto a sentiment strip using the Fishtail Banner Dies.  I used the Spring Pansies Floral Cluster Stamp Set to stamp the floral image.  I colored the image with colored pencils (not the best, I'll say) and cut it using the Floral Cluster Dies.  And......just a bit more paint splattering for fun.
As you can see, there's also a wonderful new coordinating Vintage Ovals & Twigs Die Cuts set.  AND...the best thing about this new die cut set is that it works with this new Vintage Seed Packet Stamp Set as well as another new (similar) Christmas set being released next month. EEP!  SO cute.   Just like the Floral Cluster Dies cut all four of the Floral Clusters, this fabulous new Vintage Ovals & Twigs Die Cuts set will, similarly, work for both of these charming new sets.
You will find loads of fabulous inspiration on the Stamp Simply Blog each day as well as updates about special sales and promotions taking place at Stamp Simply.  You will be delighted with all the New Release items as well as the hundreds of other stamps, dies and products you'll find each day at Stamp Simply.  There's always something new and exciting.  Thanks so much for visiting me today.


I'm playing along in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Simon Says "Summer Fun" - Flowers always say Summer Fun to me.  They're so lovely.

Triple B Challenge Blog - I used only the BLOOMS on this pretty Summer card.

The Paper Funday Challenge - July Challenge #67 - Anything Goes/Optional: Critter Crazy

If You Give a Crafter a Cookie Challenge - July #194 - Aloha.  I was inspired by the gorgeous pink flowers painted on the rocks in the inspiration photo.  What an awesome inspiration, and those colors really caught my eye.

Blessings,
Karen

Monday, July 8, 2024

Seed Packet New Release at Stamp Simply

What a FUN New Release we're having at Stamp Simply.  This gorgeous new Vintage Seed Packet Stamp Set has been so much fun to use.  There are just SO many great things you can do with this set, and the ideas keep flowing through my mind.  You will LOVE this sweet new set.  I decided not to make a card this time; but rather, to make an actual seed packet pouch for some (real) seed packets.
As you can see, I didn't use any paper on this project.  I stamped the Vintage Seed Packet image onto a piece of canvas material, cut around the edge, and did some bright pink machine stitching.  Next, I used the new Vintage Peony Stamp Set to stamp the gorgeous flower and bumble bee onto canvas material.  I used the Peony Dies to cut the canvas flower and bumble bee.  Yes, these AWESOME dies cut through materials including thick canvas.
Next, I hand stitched a small pouch using burlap material and some green DMC floss.  I tucked three (real) seed packages into this handmade pouch.  Some Pink Seam Binding was the perfect accent.  I really just wanted to show you all a different way to use these sweet stamps.  It's fun to stamp on different mediums (other than paper) once in a while.
Here's a peek at the New Release items.  You can check out ALL these fabulous new products along with hundreds of other fabulous stamps, dies, papers and much more.  Stamp Simply makes stamps that you will LOVE and that will help you make beautiful cards and projects.  I'm sharing a card on Wednesday using this same new Vintage Seed Packet Stamp Set and Vintage Peony Stamp Set for even more inspiration.
You can see lots of great ideas on the Stamp Simply Blog and you can pick up these sweet new sets in the Stamp Simply Store now.  There are so many great products at Stamp Simply to help your creativity go wild.  Thanks so much for visiting me today.  I hope you're having an awesome week, everyone.

I'm sharing my Seed Packet Pocket project in the following:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Summer Fun" so I thought this would be a perfect fit, as Summer fun for me always includes gardening.

Farm Quest General Store Challenge - Challenge #18 - Country Related Project

Once Upon a Time Challenge - Challenge #24 - The Very Hungry Caterpillar - I was inspired by the idea, once again, of my Summer gardening.  We all know that the "very hungry caterpillars" are going to be stopping by my garden now and then.  LOL

Creative Artiste - Challenge #106 - Anything Goes Mixed Media

Triple B Challenge Blog - Birds, Butterflies and Blooms - This card contains just the Blooms - Peony Blooms to be specific.  I do, however, have several other fun B words that were incorporated into my card - such as Bees, Burlap, and a Bow.

Blessings,
Karen

Saturday, July 6, 2024

Eek! Creepy Cuteness w/Whimsy Stamps

While I completely realize that we've barely had a chance to enjoy Summer, I'm already preparing for the FUN of Halloween.  I don't really "celebrate" Halloween because it isn't a holiday that that excites me.  I do, however, like to take part in the fun parts of Halloween.  We enjoy doing Fall activities with our grandkids like bobbing for apples, going Trick-or-Treating, and I do like to send them cute cards.  Whimsy Stamps provides us with cute stamps and dies for every occasion.
I started with basic black cardstock.  Next, I used the Postage Window A2 Frame Die to cute the 9-square background from white cardstock that I rubbed with Lavendar and Grape Oxide Inks.  I glued that onto the black cardstock and POOF, I had a super cool and very easy background.  I used the adorable Halloween Postage Stamp Set to stamp ALL those cute little words and images.  The Halloween Postage Stamp Set is the only set I used on this card.
My photo also showcases the awesome Creepy Crawly Confetti Mix.  These awesome Sequin Mixes are great for making shaker cards and are also helpful as photo props as I've done here today.  I love using the Sequin Mixes in my photos, and of course as cute accents on my cards.  I LOVE that they come in literally every color you can imagine, which makes them the perfect finishing touch on any card or project.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  I hope you'll stop by Whimsy Stamps to look around, and then perhaps do some searching on social media for some Whimsy Stamps inspiration to get your creativity flowing.  There are so many talented artists on the Whimsy Stamps Design Teams, so you're sure to find some art that will make you say "I can make that".  Treat yourself to some new stamps and dies at Whimsy Stamps, and.....have a BOO-tiful day.

Here's where I'm sharing my creep little card:

Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge - July: Anything Goes Halloween

Halloween & Other Occasions Challenge - Challenge #16 - This fun Halloween card is a perfect fit for this challenge and I'm happy to play along when I can.

Blessings,
Karen