Sweet Six

Thank you Cupcake Inspirations for recognizing THIS card - such an honor!!

Happy gobble-gobble day to my US friends!!




Hi friends - did any of you catch my brief periscope last week in which I used these Happy Hues cards from Concord and 9th and the Playful Blooms stencil from StencilGirl? This was my 2nd favorite card of the bunch and I turned it into a little shaker card.

The die 'smile' die is from Simon Says Stamp Happy and Smile set and cuts out the center of the flower; layered in some pretty silver and white sequins and mounted on a piece of PTI Berry Sorbet.

I used Whipped Spackle, a smidgen of  Bo Bunny glitter paste and colored it all with Mister Huey's guava mini mist before layering over the stencil. I cut the Happy Hue's card down and used the back portion on the inside of the card.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great week!!


Stamps: Hero Arts Happy and Smile die
PapersPTI Berry Sorbet and Rustic White, Concord and 9th Happy Hues card stock
InkArchival Black (inside)
Accessories: Bo Bunny Sugar Glitter Paste, whipped sspackle, Mama Elephant Femme Frames dies, StencilGril Playful Blooms stencil


Concord & 9th + StencilGirl Products

Did you catch that little periscope tonight? Nah, I don't have fancy equipment, I'm not well known, but I still thought it would be fun to show you a few of the products I used and where I landed with my experimenting...interesting outcomes! The replay of periscope will be up for another 24 hours, catch it if you'd like, you can find me at @whimsycreation.

Now, remember THIS post - I admitted I "might" kinda sorta REALLY like StencilGirl products! HA! And yes, I already ordered another stencil and might be eyeing a few more! In the post I linked to, I blended distress inks and accented the flower with distress markers; I adore how that card turned out; but I had the idea of using Bo Bunny sugar glitter paste with the stencil - talk about messy. Goodness sakes! I actually tried sugar glitter, whipped spackle PLUS sugar glitter PLUS Mister Huey mini mists for color, and sugar glitter with distress ink (that didn't turn out so well, too heavy handed) - fun experimenting though; I'll definitely be making cards with a couple of these and chalk the others up as fails. #ithappens

I used Concord and 9th's Happy Hue's watercolor card pack for all the cards; just layered on the stencil and played around.

look, I used the other side of the Happy Hue's card stock for the inside (nothing goes to waste)

Embossing and look at the sugar glitter paste - delicious I'm tellin' ya!!

Another angle of the glitter paste and foil
For this particular card I am sharing, I covered the stencil in Bo Bunny sugar glitter paste ONLY and cut the front panel down using MFT's blueprints. Layered it onto an embossed piece of PTI Aqua Mist and mounted the entire piece onto PTI's rustic white. But first, let's back up and savor that gorgeous sparkle from the glitter paste. THEN let's look at that grunge-like foil - it's not perfect huh? That's OKAY; I don't own a Minc mini or even a laminator but when Shari and Heidi recently visited Tim Holtz's studio, I saw them use a mini collage glue stick and foil - yeah, a way I could participate in foiling - can't say it's elegant like some of the cards you see with the Minc Mini but its not mean to be! I do love the touches of foiling you can add here and there to any project! I finished the card off with an embossed piece of vellum and a few MME enamel dots.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great week!


Stamps: Hero Arts Prayers
Papers: Concord and 9th Happy Hues card pack, PTI Aqua Mist and Rustic White, vellum
Accessories: Bo Bunny Sugar Glitter Paste, mini collage glue stick, Ranger foil, StencilGirl Playful Bloom stencil, MFT Blueprints, MME enamel dots, embossing folder, embossing buddy, liquid platinum embossing powder



Prayers & Thanks

Hi friends - hope you are having a good weekend!

I started these focal panels early in the week, just random watercolors thrown onto some watercolor paper. Later in the week, I placed an order with Concord and 9th...heavens to besty, how does this happen? Their Bundle of Kindness pack comes with the Happy Hues card pack...YES, those card bases are straight from the card pack; crazy how the colors match huh?

I die cut the words "Prayers" from Hero Arts and "Thanks" from MFT Stamps from the main panel. I then cut Prayers from black card stock and Thanks from aqua mist multiple times for fun dimemsion. I covered the main piece with 2 coats of clear wink of stella then a thick coat of glossy accents. Added some black hearts, coated in black wink of stella and more glossy accents. When the Happy Hues card pack arrived, I decided to make these super CAS cards; I think they look fabulous on that watercolor background.

Thanks for stopping by; take care!


Stamps: Hero Arts Prayers, Verve Visual Treasured Words
PapersConcord and 9th Happy Hues card pack, PTI True Black and Aqua Mist, DP by MFT
InkArchival Black, Distress Markers for focal point watercolor
Accessories: MFT Blueprints (main focal panel, hearts), Verve Visual Scalloped Trim Trio (hearts), glossy accents, clear and black wink of stella, MFT Many Thanks die, Hero Arts Prayers die, wash tape


  Cupcake Inspirations 336 (the PRAYERS card)



Hi friends - how are you?

Hubby and I just returned from a 3-day mini vacation! So much fun but I am so very tired. AND the laundry fairy DID NOT visit while I was gone - why is that?
Smiley from Millan.Net

I shouldn't complain too much, our son actually did all his own laundry, so I guess a cute little red-headed fairy did visit.
Smiley from Millan.Net

I have this new Playful Bloom stencil from StencilGirl, although I purchased mine through Simon Says Stamps; I thought it would be fun to add to a card and camouflage a sentiment. A-ha; the perfect sentiment from Hero Arts, Prayers!

I taped the stencil down and sponged on several distress inks: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade. After I had all my colors added, I enhanced the flower with a few distress markers (dots and lines). I die cut the word 'prayers' from the main panel, then die cut it again 4 times from MFT Cherry Crisp card stock for a great 3D touch. I stamped the sentiment in Archival black, then sponged on some falling hearts in Spun Sugar; I added the entire panel to a Cherry Crisp card front...THAT OPENED BACKWARDS - #truth!

No problem, I cut the card apart, adhered it all to a white card and sponged some more hearts on the inside. HA!

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great week!!


Stamps: Hero Arts Prayers
PapersMFT Cherry Crisp, Neenah White
InkArchival Black, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade distress inks
Accessories: Hero Arts Prayers die cut, falling hearts stencil, distress markers



Love - Hate Relationship; but a HAPPY birthday card!!

Oh goodness, who else has a love/hate relationship with their computer? HA - I typically love computers, love technology, but my gallbladder has disowned me and I think my computer is next.
Smiley from Millan.Net

This is our very last challenge at Crafts 4 Eternity; I have so enjoyed Michele's challenges! But no worries, she still has her store with lots of great treasures!

I am unable to get Photoshop to work on my computer...at the moment, so we're just going to 'roll with it'.

I absolutely adore orange, black, and purple for ANY occasion, not just Halloween! I used Sweet Sunday Sketch #293 (SSSC293) for the layout adding a watercolor panel splattered with Mister Huey's Opaque White mist. The cupcake is from Verve Visual's Carpe Cupcake and was stamped on designer paper; the 'frosting' (top) being stamped twice for lots of fun dimension. I curved the sentiment and stamped it around the cupcake finishing it off with some MFT Blueprint hearts covered in clear Wink of Stella and glossy accents. The cupcake top was also coated in glossy accents. The inside has more designer paper and a fun sentiment from Mama Elephant's Birthday Wishes set.
inside peek

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great HUMP DAY and rest of the week!


Stamps: Verve Visual Carpe Cupcake, Mama Elephant Birthday Wishes
Papers: Tim Holtz watercolor paper, DP by MME, MFT Whip Cream
InkArchival Black, MFT Distress Inks: Dusty Concord and Spiced Marmalade
Accessories: Copics, clear wink of stella, glossy accents, MFT Blueprints, white gel pen, sharpie, fun foam




Hot Flashes!

Hi friends - how are you? How is the week treating you?

Remember that one time you made a fun card and your camera WOULD NOT WORK...period, even after charging? No, never happened to you? Well, it sure did to me so I have some uber lousy iPhone photos to share of my project! I'm sure you are thinking, well, just wait and take those photos later...um...the party is TODAY, so I can't.
Smiley from Millan.Net

That's alright, you'll still get the gist. I absolutely adore these sentiment combos from Hambo Stamps - their fractured funnies are some of my absolute favorites! I paired the sentiment (Don't sweat getting older!) with lots of candles from Mama Elephant's Birthday Wishes. I added a banner, some shading of the candles and flames with Copics and the handy dandy white gel pen for the lines and dots. The remainder of the sentiment was stamped on the inside (Oh, those are hot flahses? Sorry.). Tell me, does that not make you laugh??!!

Thanks for visiting; hope you have a great day!!


Stamps: Hambo Stamps Fractured Funnies, Mama Elephant Birthday Wishes
Papers: PTI Hawaiian Shores, MFT Steel Grey, vellum, DP by MME
InkArchival Black, MFT Steel Grey, Blue Raspberry, Pink Lemonade
Accessories: Copics, PTI Notebook Die, Verve Visual Flag Banner, white gel pen, Janome Sew Mini



Crafts 4 Eternity - Halloween

It's almost here - HALLOWEEN! Are you dressing up? Do you have little ones that will be dressing up? Doing anything unique or special - TELL ME!! I don't think we have any plans, all our babes are much too old to dress up, so not sure what our Halloween day will hold! Whatever you do - make it a memorable one!!
Smiley from Millan.Net
This week at Crafts for Eternity, that's what we are celebrating - HALLOWEEN! One lucky participant will win 3 free images from Di's Digital Downloads, so we hope you will take some time to play along.

Remember THIS post last week? I'm using another fun digital image from Bugaboo Digi stamps - I love this pumpkin, just makes me giggle! I made another little 3D treat; a bag filled with Laffy Taffy and a decorative tag where the message can be written on the back.

The tag is Memory Box's Distress Tag; this time I stamped the matching stamp in MFT's Steel Grey with some of it wiped off randomly. I layered on a strip of DP, added some washi tape, enamel dots, glossy accents over the eyes, lots of colorful twine, and a tiny little clothespin to attach the tag to the bag. The polka dots on the clothespin are white, but I tinted them purple with a Copic.

Hope the recipient enjoys their little treat; meanwhile I hope YOU have a great weekend; thanks for stopping by; be sure to check out what the other designers have made - you won't be disappointed!


Stamps: Bugaboo Digi Image, Verve Visual Sweet Treats (back of tag)
PapersMisc. white card stock, DP by MME
InkArchival Black, MFT Steel Grey
Accessories: Twine, glossy accents, enamel dots, washi tape, mini clothespin, Copics, MFT Blueprints Die, Memory Box Distress Tag die


  The Challenge #47
  Simon Says Wrap It Up
  TSB - Halloween
  Make Your Mark - Halloween
  Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog - Halloween


Crafts 4 Eternity - Fruit and Vegetables

Hi friends! This week at Crafts 4 Eternity we are celebrating with Fruits and Vegetables - any project featuring either/or!

One lucky participate will win two images from The Stamping Boutique! And this is your fair warning that the next 3 weeks will find Halloween colors/themes on my blog each Friday - HA, you've been warned!
Smiley from Millan.Net

This week I'm featuring this adorable pumpkin from Bugaboo Stamps because PUMPKINS are a fruit!! Did you think they were a vegetable? I did!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Anywho, that pumpkin might be fruit but those M and M's are neither a fruit or vegetable - HA! I used this adorable frosted pillow box from Reverse Confetti, poured in as many peanut butter M and M's as possible and tied it closed with twine. I added this adorable and simple tag; the message can be written on the back. Sweet treats for Halloween - YUM!

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a GREAT WEEKEND.

PS - this was my first time to stamp/color in 3 weeks - sometimes life throws curve balls truly bigger than one person can handle...that sums my life up very well! But I'm back in the game and it feels so good - good for my soul!

Take care!


Stamps: Bugaboo Digi Image, Verve Visual Sweet Treats
PapersMisc. white card stock, DP by MME
Ink: Archival Black, Distress Spiced Marmalade
Accessories: Twine, Reverse Confetti frosted pillow box, MFT Blueprints Tag Builders 2, glossy accents, Memory Box Distressed Tag die, Copics


  Curtain Call - Pretty Pumpkins
  YNS #25


Crafts 4 Eternity - Handwriting (is this cheating?)

Hi friends - how are you? Hope your week is off to a great start...mine is off to a very interesting start...and it's already HUMP DAY!!
Smiley from Millan.Net

This week at Crafts 4 Eternity we want to see projects which feature handwriting...well, MY handwriting will never be made into a stamp (HA) but Dawn's was and I love it - so pretty and the perfect addition to this card.

One lucky participant will win 4 free images from Sassy Studio Designs; hope you will join us!

I CASE(d) another card; this one from Lindsay (HERE), isn't her card delightful? I was so drawn to the yellow; I seldom use yellow and I loved her shading...so then commenced my card which is almost identical!

I used MFT's Rose Overlay dies cutting the base flower from PTI Lemon Tart and shading with Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Lemon Drop and Hero Hues Unicorn. The leaves were cut from New Leaf and sponged with Twisted Citron. I sponged Sno Cone at the bottom of the main panel and stamped the sentiment in Archival black. Love Lindsay's inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by; hope you can join us this week with your 'handwriting' project!


Stamps: PTI Signature Greetings
PapersNeenah 110 lb. white, 80 lb. white, PTI Lemon Tart and New Leaf, MFT Sno Cone
InkTwisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold Distress Ink, MFT Lemon Tart, Hero Hues Unicorn
Accessories: Verve Visual sequins, MFT Rose Overlay Die, MFT Blueprints, MFT Layered Leaves Die, MS Lattice border punch


  SSS - No Designer Paper