Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Hope everyone has some fun things planned for this evening. I wish you all a wonderful and safe New Year's eve and a happy and healthy New Year!
I just recently posted a new Whimsy Challenge on PCP. This one is called Flower Power. Make a project using flowers in some way....you can stamp them, use floral paper, add flower embellishments, anything with flowers. I'm getting tired of winter already and want to see some touches of Spring! Have fun with this one. Oh, and if you have a Whimsy image, please use it! I love to see all your fabulous Whimsy creations! You'll have until Saturday, January 10th to enter and I will choose one random winner to receive a free Whimsy Stamp!
This is the card I made for the challenge. I got lots of flowers for Christmas from my good friend Jo, as well as from Santa...;) my hubby!
I started with a base of pink and added some Parisian Summer dsp from SU!. I used my spiral punch on the edging, first time I think I've used this one too. I also distressed the edges. The main image is my Whimsy Animals Skunk. I colored him with an aquapainter and re-inkers and a Brick White Copic, the grass is also a Copic. Still haven't mastered the use of these markers, I need to see a tutorial! Anyone? The other embellishments are Vanilla HPH and a heart shaped piece of metal, and some ribbon.
Thanks for popping over! Have a wonderful holiday! Happy Stamping! :)
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! It's been great to be home with my family, relaxing and spending time together. I hope to have some time to stamp this week too. I feel like I haven't made anything in forever. Plus, Santa was very good to me and I have lots of new things to try out! :) Hope you got lots of new goodies too.
As some of you may know, our Whimsy Stamps Guest Design call for the month of January ended yesterday. I want to thank all of you who participated in the call for Whimsy Stamps. We had the honor of seeing fabulous creations from very talented crafters. And choosing a new guest designer was an extremely tough decision. We appreciate the time each of you took to make your cards and we hope you had a fun time creating them.
Please remember if you weren't chosen this time, we will be having a new guest designer call each month, so please try out again. Don't be discouraged, continue to pursue your design goals.
Our next guest designer, for the month of January 2009 will be Ellie Stover of Live*Laugh*Love....and stamp. We are very excited to have Ellie as a guest designer. She has a very sweet style in her card making, one we feel will fit well with our Whimsy images. Her attention to detail really adds to her creations, each accent is perfectly placed and carried out.
We hope you'll help us in welcoming Ellie to our team. Please be sure to see her Whimsy Stamps artwork during the month of January on her blog as well as in the gallery at WhimsyStamps.com.
Have a wonderful evening and start to the new week. Hope to see you soon with some new stamped projects!
Happy Stamping!! :)
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I wanted to share the teacher gifts I made for my son's Kindergarten teachers this year. I found this idea on Rach's blog, Papercrafts by Rach. She had the cutest poem for snowman soup. I found these tins at SpecialtyBottle.com. I filled them with hot cocoa, Hershey Kisses, and candy canes.
The tin has been wrapped with Ski Slope DSP. I added ribbon and felt snowflakes as accents along with a JOY ornament for his teachers to keep. The top image is a penguin stamp from Firecracker Designs colored with ink re-fills and an aquapainter. I used my Coluzzle and circle nesties to make the tag for the lid.
I made this card to go with the gifts. The image is a new design from Whimsy Stamps and will be available for purchase on January 1st. This is our Whimsy Animals Seal! The papers are Blue Bayou, Baja Breeze, and Ski Slope DSP. I added grosgrain ribbon, a felt snowflake and button, a clip and a tag for accents. The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps as well, available January 1st.
I colored this little guy with a black marker and an aquapainter. Then added some white gel pen accents. He is framed in with a scalloped circle Nestabilities. I also added some white gel pen accents around the card.
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you're all ready for your holiday festivities! Have a wonderful and safe holiday season!
Happy Stamping! and Happy Holidays! :)
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monthly guest designer for January 2009, design call now open!
We are looking for a talented crafter who loves to stamp, create and share! Each monthly guest designer will be asked to create atleast one Whimsy Stamps project per week. This project must then be posted on your blog. Whimsy Stamps will post your artwork on the gallery page of our site. We also ask that you participate in any other Whimsy related challenges.
-Anyone from around the world may enter this design call.
-Monthly Guest designers must have their own blogs to share and promote projects featuring Whimy Stamps.
-Enter as many times as you would like.
-It is not necessary, for this particular design call, to use a Whimsy Stamps image, however if you have one, please do.
Monthly Guest Designers will receive free Whimsy Stamps, during their design period, and links on our website to their blog!
To enter the Whimsy Stamps Design Call for January 2009:
-Make a card or scrap book page using atleat 3 layers and 3 embellishments with an animal image or Whimsy image
-Post this card on your blog and announce our guest designer call
-Upload a picture of your project on PCP and/or SCS with the tag whimsydesigncalljan09
-Leave a comment on this post with a link to your entry
If you would like to guest design for Whimsy Stamps, please follow these guidelines and enter by Saturday, December 27th! Good luck!
Hope you're having a good Tuesday. I've been able to get back to stamping now that power is back, school is open, and life is getting back to normal. Although, I know for some, power is still out here in NH. Hopefully, it won't be too much longer.
I made this card this morning using my Favorite Teddy Bear set from SU!. This is a retired set that I dug out of the back of my closet. It's adorable, so I think it will be staying in the front of the closet when I put it away. I never think to drag out some of the retired sets I have, but I'm going to change that! Too many good sets not to use them!
I started by coloring my teddy bear image with watercolor crayons, then added a paper pieced scarf and holiday gift. I added crystal effects and chunky glitter to the bottom for snow. I used Ski Slope DSP and felt snowflakes to complete this card. It's simple, but I like it. Now I need to find my Christmas card list and get this little guy in the mail!
Have a great day, thanks for stopping in! Are you up for a challenge? Head over to PCP and join in the Whimsy Winter Challenge for your chance to win a brand new Whimsy Stamp! Click here for details!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Well, boy am I glad that the weekend is over! I don't think I've ever been happier for it to be Monday before! We finally got our power back on at 11:30 last night, just shy of the 72 hour mark. We are very fortunate as there are still many many people without their power. We've never experineced anything like this before. It was a cold, dark, and boring weekend! I'm looking forward to life getting back to normal and getting back to stamping!
I have a card to share today, one I made last week before the ice storm. I used my Whimsy Skunk for the main image on this card along with SU! Ski Slope DSP and felt snowflakes.
I colored my skunk with markers and then added iridescent ice EP over the whole piece. To me this skunk screams sassy. So I wanted to glam her up with the glitter! I also randomly adhered some tiny rhinestones to the snowflakes and the DSP for added bling.
Thanks for stopping by, I'm looking forward to visiting all of you today too. I've missed being able to blog hop!
I'm also hoping to add a new challenge on the Whimsy group over at Paper Craft Planet today. Hope you'll check it out and maybe even play along! Have a great day! Happy Stamping! :)
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Just wanted to let you know that we are without power here in NH and could be for quite a while. We had a major winter ice storm Thursday night and power has been out since 1am on Friday! We are hopeful it will be up and running soon, but that may just be wishful thinking. Luckily we have family in the area with power, so we could check email and other things.
I promise to be back blog hopping and visiting as soon as power is restored! I miss seeing all of the creative things you all post. Having no power for more tan 36 hours is getting really old and really boring!
If you are placing orders for Whimsy Stamps, we will process those as soon as power becomes available again. Sorry for the delays.
Have a great weekend!
Friday, December 12, 2008
We have a new challenge for you on STAMP SOMETHING today, a color challenge! It's red, green, and gold! Make anything you wish for this challenge as long as you use these colors in your project! I'm happy to share that Whimsy Stamps is sponsoring the challenge this week! We'll be giving away 2 free stamps to one lucky winner. If you'd like to play along, please post your entry by 7pm EST, on Thursday, December 18th.
For my project, I chose to make an ornament using a chipboard coaster. I got this idea from Vicki Parson, of Stamped Smiles, she's always got super creative ideas!
I began by covering the coaster with printed paper, then I added a jumbo eyelet for the ribbon. The ribbon is red taffeta with gold elastic cord tied around it. I stamped and colored my moose, available now from Whimsy Stamps. Then I cut him out and glued him to the coaster. I added some snow under his feet with a snow writer pen and glitter. The sentiment is from Short and Sweet, a SU! set. The final touch was to add a scarf around his neck! This scarf came from the set Favorite Teddy Bear, also SU!, but retired.
These are so easy and fun to make, I decided to make another. This time I used my Whimsy Owl, also available now at Whimsy Stamps. I added a frame using my oval scalloped Nestabilities. I also added Iridescent Ice EP around the owl image. The accents on this ornament are felt snowflakes, white taffeta ribbon with gold elastic cord, a rhinestone brad, and some stickles.
Thanks for popping in today, hope you'll head over to STAMP SOMETHING and check out the design team samples and then maybe stamp something red, green, and gold with us this week!
Have a great weekend! Happy Stamping!! :)
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Hope you're having a good week. All day yesterday I was thinking it was Thursday, so now that today is actually Thursday, that was a bit disappointing! It's also another gross weather day here, been rainy and icy all week. Hope the days are sunnier where you are!
I have a couple cards to share today, ones that I made to send to friends for the holidays. I've almost finished all my holiday card making, then it's on to the school teacher gifts. I'll be happy when everything is done!
This first card uses A Cardinal Christmas from SU!. I took the holly image stamp and created this wreath design, then added the berries with the circle image from Heartfelt Thanks. The printed paper is a retired SU! dsp. The sentiment is also from A Cardinal Christmas. I added the ribbon by punching 2 holes in the wreath and making a bow. Not the best best bow maker, they never end up even or straight for me!
This next card is similar, but I made the wreath with the two floral images from Heartfelt Thanks and the circle again for the berries. This card also uses the same retired designer print paper.
Thanks for stopping over today! Be sure to check back tomorrow for the new STAMP SOMETHING challenge! There's also still time to enter the PCP Whimsy Sketch Challenge, I'll be drawing one random winner on Saturday this weekend.
Have a great day! Happy stamping!! :)
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
This week is off to a quick start, I have so much to do between house stuff and kids and holiday shopping. Time is just flying by! I'm sure it will be like this right up until Christmas too. Hope you're having a good week so far.
I did some stamping yesterday and took a break from holiday card making to make a non holiday themed card. I wanted to make a card with my new Whimsy Animals Collection Owl, so I grabbed some printed paper and made this card.
I think he's just the sweetest, it's hard to resist that face! The printed papers are SU! Parisian Summer dsp and Chocolate Chip and Pink Pirouette cardstock. I stamped my owl in brown staz-on ink and colored him with watercolor crayons. The embellishments are buttons, paper flowers, and a pearl. I also added some stitching with my sewing machine.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday! Happy Stamping!! :)
Monday, December 8, 2008
Hope you had an enjoyable weekend. We actually starting our holiday shopping, but still have lots to do. We always seem to wait until the last minute! I did find some time to stamp this weekend too and I made a card using some new Whimsy stamps.
This sweet guy is our Whimsy Animals Collection Moose, he's available now at Whimsy Stamps! I used some watercolor crayons and an aquapainter to color him in. Then added some snow and glitter all around him using a snow writer pen. The papers are SU! Ski Slope DSP. I also added some red ribbon, felt snowflakes and rhinestone brads to finish off this card.
Now, I'm off to finish my holiday cards and get those in the mail today! Hope you have a good Monday. Happy Stamping! :)
Friday, December 5, 2008
Yay, it's Friday! We have a new challenge for you over on STAMP SOMETHING and this week our challenge is being sponsored by FireCracker Designs by Pamela! The challenge is super easy too, it's Snow Somethings! Create a project with the theme of winter and snow. To enter for your chance at the blog candy prize... visit us at STAMP SOMETHING, participate in this challenge and post your project by 7pm EST, Thursday, December 11th. Be sure to also check out all the design team creations, they are snow fabulous! :)
Here's my card for the challenge this week. I used this cute penguin image from FireCracker Designs. I colored him with Baja Breeze and Blue Bayou re-inkers and an aquapainter, then added some glitter to the fringes of his hat and coat. He's standing in the snow, which was made using a snow writer pen and dazzling diamond dust. I used some felt snowflakes, a rhinestone brad, and grosgrain ribbon to finish off this card. The sentiment is from SU! Short and Sweet.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend. :)
One more thing...
the Whimsy Stamps shop is up and running and we've just released three new images and two sentiment sets! Stop by and check them out! Happy Stamping!! :)
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I want to share a final sneak peek at the new stamps being released this Friday from Whimsy Stamps! We are super excited for the release!
Now, you've already seen our owl, but here he is again and we also have our moose and skunk! What do you think? The actual stamp sizes will be...
owl = about 2.5" X 3", the moose = about 3" x 4", and the skunk = about 2.75" x 2.75". And just as our original three stamps, these little guys will also be mounted on cling cushion/EZ mount and will come untrimmed.
In some other news, as I mentioned before, we now have a Whimsy Stamps group on Paper Craft Planet. And this week, I'll be adding a bi-weekly sketch challenge and maybe a little candy prize too! To play along, please visit us at Paper Craft Planet, membership is free! We'd love to have you join! I hope to have the sketch posted later today! :)
Have a great Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Hope those of you in the States enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday and that my international friends have had a nice week too. We have a new challenge for you on STAMP SOMETHING today and it's one in honor of another special day here in the US. Today is know as Black Friday, the busiest, craziest, holiday shopping day of the year. Many people get up super early in the morning, stand in long lines, waiting forever, all to get that special one day only price on all their holiday gift giving needs! I've personally never really ventured out, but we are going to this year!
So for the challenge we thought it would be fun to have a Black Friday Somethings theme. All you need to do to play along is make a project that includes the color black in some form or another. It could be black paper, ribbon, buttons, anything you can think of as long as there's something black, it counts! Post your entry by 7pm EST on Thursday, December 4th for a chance at this week's blog candy prizes! That's right I said prizes...there will be two lucky winners this week!
Our new sponsor, JessicaLynnOriginal, has generously donated a $20 gift certificate and a free designer stamp as blog candy this week! Woo Hoo, thanks Jessica! Be sure to check out the design team samples for this week too, they are fabulous in black!
Here's my take this challenge....
I started with black cardstock and then layered on a piece of white cardstock embossed with the swirls embossing folder and my CB. I used A Cardinal Christmas from SU! as my image. I used the coluzzle to cut the white oval and then my scalloped oval nesties to cut the black oval. The final touches were some taffeta ribbon and white gel pen dots.
Thanks for dropping in! Hope you'll have some time to stamp something black with us today! Have a great weekend! :)
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thank you for all the kind and wonderful well wishes you've all left over the past week for Whimsy Stamps! It means a lot to me personally, as Whimsy is my dream! We have the website up and running now, however the shopping cart service is taking a bit longer to publish. Hopefully everything will be running smoothly tomorrow! If you'd like to take a look at Whimsy's site, please click here.
Now, on to the 3 blog candy winners....there were over 90 entries! I did have to remove some multiple entries as well. So here we go....as chosen by random.org...
Here are your random numbers: 33 87 51
Timestamp: 2008-11-26 20:21:01 EST
Those numbers translated are...
#33 Nicola said...
Congratulations on your new adventure. I wish you lots and lots of luck with it. I have linked you on my blog both in a post and in the side bar. These images are just the cutest ever. http://gorillamamagreats.blogspot.com/ HugsNic
#87 Katarina said...
They are so full of personality. Good call on the designers :) I've written about the line and your candy on a seperate post on my blog:kamadesign Thanks for the chance to win.
#51 flipflops4sherri said...
These are just as cute as can be! Just adorable! I posted them on my blog :). http://sherri-iloveflipflops.blogspot.com/ Congratulations on a new venture!
So ladies congrats! Please contact me with your mailing info and your choice of 1 stamp; either the frog, turtle, or duck and I'll get those mailed out ASAP!
Thanks to all of you for playing along. I loved reading each of the comments and checking out the links and your blogs. I hope you'll continue to visit and leave comments about Whimsy Stamps!
Have a great night! :)
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
We have a new challenge for you over on STAMP SOMETHING and this one is all about being thankful! With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, we figured this was the perfect challenge theme. So all you need to do is make a project having to do with giving thanks, saying thanks, or even Thanksgiving itself. We realize not everyone celebrates this holiday, so we're keeping the interpretation open to just having to do with THANKS! Have fun with this one. We have some Magnolia images up for grabs as blog candy, be sure to enter by Thursday, November 27th at 7pm EST for your chance.
I don't have any Thanksgiving stamps, so I went with a thank you card. Many of you know this has been a busy and exciting week for me with the launch of Whimsy Stamps, so I have lots to be thankful for! And because it's been a busy week, I haven't had too much time for stamping. So this is a pretty simple card.
I used some Autumn colors and then Pocket Silhouettes to make this card. I started with a base of Cocoa cardstock and stamped it with the Canvas BG from Stampin' Up!. Then I layered on a strip of Pumpkin, Washington Apple DSP, and then the image with Riding Hood Red. The images were stamped with Pumpkin and Saffron ink. The final touch was an elastic cord and button. The sentiment is also from Pocket Silhouettes.
Thanks for stopping by, we hope you'll find time to stamp something with us this week. Be sure to stop by STAMP SOMETHING and check out all the design team samples too! Happy Stamping! :)
Oh, and there's still time to enter into the Whimsy Stamps blog candy....check it out here!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Catherine Martinez of Inksomnia
Hanne Skogvold of Hanne's Kreative Krumspring
Jeanette Comerford of Happy Thoughts and Inkspots
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I have some pretty big personal news to share with all of you, news that I've been wanting to spill for some time now and today, I finally can do just that! So hold on to your hats....here goes!!!
I have decided to end my old stamping career as a Stampin' Up! demo to start my new stamping career with my very own stamp company! This has been a huge dream of mine and with the love and support of my wonderful husband, I've begun the adventure of small business owner! I'm super excited to announce the launch of Whimsy Stamps!
Whimsy Stamps is our family owned and operated business located in New Hampshire. With the help of wonderfully talented artists we are please to bring you our exclusive whimsical and fun rubber stamp designs. Our stamps are crafted from deeply etched rubber and mounted on cling cushion. They will come untrimmed, but once trimmed they will be ready to mount on acrylic blocks and ink up!
We will officially launch our website and online shop next week, fingers crossed, but for now I have a couple treats to share on my blog. First, here are some sneak peeks at our first three stamps...
Whimsy Animals Collection Duck $6.00 US, actual stamp size is approx. 2.25" x 3"
Whimsy Animals Collection Frog $5.50 US, actual stamp size is approx. 2.35" x 2.7"
Whimsy Animals Collection Turtle $6.00 US, actual stamp size is approx. 3" x 2.25"
These images were designed by our artist Katie Sowa for the Whimsy Animals Collection. Each of these images will be available for purchase on our website soon and we will ship to all US locations as well as internationally.
But, you won't have to wait until the website is up to get your hands on these little cuties! We will be offering a pre-order period starting today. If you are interested in placing an order, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a link to make your purchase via Paypal. All pre-orders will be filled and processed in the order in which they were received and will be mailed Flat Rate Priority mail via the USPS beginning on Thursday this week. All USA shipping rates are $4.80 and international are $11.95. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me! edit to add: these shipping rates are on PRE-ORDERS only. Once our website is up and running shipping rates will be Priority Mail based on the weight and destination of each purchase.
Now, on to the second treat....
BLOG CANDY!!! If you would like a chance to win one of these little guys to add to your stamp collection here's what you need to do. Add a post on your blog telling everyone about the launch of Whimsy Stamps, link back to my blog, and then leave a comment here. You will have until Wednesday, November 26th to enter for your chance to win. I will draw 3 winners using random.org on Wednesday evening at 7pm EST. Each winner will have his/her choice of 1 of these new Whimsy Animals Collections stamps! Pretty easy right! :)
Stay tuned all week for more updates! I will be introducing you to the Whimsy Stamps design team, sharing some projects featuring Whimsy Stamps, and maybe even giving you all another sneak peek, this time at our December 1st stamp release! I will also make an announcement when the website is up and running!
Thanks for stopping by today and allowing me to share this news with you! I can't wait for you to see some stamped stuff made using Whimsy Stamps, be sure to stop back!
Happy Stamping!! :)
Monday, November 17, 2008
Anyway, here's my card. I used this cute Rachelle Anne Miller image of a gingerbread man. He was easy to color and cut out, bonus! I added some CE and glitter to him too. I started to make this card for Beate's weekend sketch challenge, but it turned out a little different than the sketch. I like it though.
My cardstock colors are Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, White, and Baja Breeze. I ran the red through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder. I tied ribbon around the olive piece, add the white and then mounted those to the red. I added some snowflakes with baja ink to the white piece.
The final touches are a clip, a Very Merry tag and a snowflake button all attached to the ribbon. Then I also added some "snow" to the bottom of the gingerbread man. The snow is a snow writer pen thing that I got at the craft store.
Thanks for stopping by today, have a great Monday! Happy Stamping!! :)
Friday, November 14, 2008
Here is the sketch....
This is the card I made with this sketch. It was tough at first, but I'm happy with the way it turned out. I decided to get two for the price of one with this challenge and make a card for a child's birthday party we have next weekend.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Hope you're having a good week. It's been busy here, but I had some time to sneak in some stamping today. I actually should be planning cards for stamp club tonight, but I'm procrastinating as usual. Plus, I need to get the creative juices flowing and what better way to do that than stamp! :)
I made this card using an image my good friend Jo sent to me a couple months ago. She was kind enough to stamp me a whole folder filled with sweet little Sugar Nellie images just like this one. I adore them, they are fun to color and always put a smile on my face. Thanks Jo!
Here are some quick basics about this card, as I really need to get to my club projects. The colors are Close to Cocoa and Bashful Blue along with some Washington Apple DSP. Then I added a scalloped oval which was cut with my Nesties. The embellishments are flower brads, a metal clip, grosgrain ribbon, and some white gel pen accents.
Hope you have a great Wednesday! Happy Stamping! :)
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Our challenge this week over on STAMP SOMETHING is of course, Halloween Somethings! Share your spooky and spectacular Halloween ideas with us and you'll be entered in our blog candy chance! This week we have a special blog candy offer too, one lucky winner will be chosen to design along with us for two challenges in November! So for a chance at a guest design spot, be sure to submit your best work and something that has the theme of Halloween! Have fun!
My project is one I made for my son's kindergarten class. They are having a party today to celebrate Halloween and parents were asked to supply some items. So what better than candy corn treat bags for the kiddos and some nugget candies for the teachers!
For the treat bags, I stamped the cellophane bags with black Staz-On ink and then filled each with candy corn candies and tied on a scalloped circle tag with black hemp twine. The images and sentiments are from Haunting Halloween. I used watercolor crayons and aquapainters to color the image. I had to make 20 of these, so I kept them simple!
The nuggets have been wrapped with Halloween themed designer paper and then packaged in metal tins. I wrapped some ribbon around the tin and added a tag similar to the bag tags. These are two very simple and easy to create Halloween treat ideas!
Thanks for stopping by, be sure to check out all the Halloween haunts the design team has created this week! If you would like to be considered for the guest spot blog candy, be sure to have your project entered on or before Thursday, November 6th by 7pm EST! We'll announce the winner that evening! Happy Stamping!! :)