Thought of the Week

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday... Don Marquis

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Happy New Year's

We haven't even made it to Thanksgiving yet, and I'm already onto New Years' cards:)  I don't typically make New Year's cards but with the new stamps from Whimsy stamps, I just could resist.

And looky markers or coloring! The stamps I used are from the set New Resolutions by Raindrop Echo Designs available at Whimsy Stamps.  I did have a play around with the new Tim Holtz sprays in the blue and silver and some different stencil.  I love the brightness of the colors and of course that they react with water, but good heavens, please please please Ranger, make a spray nozzle that doesn't resemble a fire hose that is so strong that the ink is flying all over the work space even though a color catcher was used.

Of course since I already stained my clothes and fingers and everything is a 3 ft radius, I decided to make a couple more cards.

I added some Ranger liquid pearls to add some more texture to this card.

Don't you just love how I smudged the ink like I'd never crafted before:) !
Thanks for swinging by today, and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend ahead of them.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

All Tied Up

Happy Saturday everyone!  Seems like forever since I blogged but hopefully I'll be back on track in the next week.  Dang, did anyone else get hit with this cold snap?  Global warming my ass...we were in the negative digits and our average highs in November are typically around 50 degrees.  We're having a heat wave today, almost making it to 30 degrees!
Whimsy Stamps had their November release last week and there are some fabulous new stamps and dies.

This sweetie from Art by Miran was one of the new stamps.
This stamp is called All Tied Up.  I love this versatile...birthday, all occasion, Christmas etc.  The die is called Gift Box and cut out multiple times.  The coordinating stamp is from the set called Christmas Presents.

 Thanks for stopping by today and hope the rest of your weekend is wonderful.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Whimsy November release...Day 2 sneak peek!

It's the second day for showing the wonderful new stamps and dies from Whimsy Stamps.  There are 19 new rubber stamps/stamps sets and 4 new dies, and the DT began showing them off yesterday and will continue today and tomorrow.  The new products will be available in the Whimsy store beginning tomorrow.

PRIZE ALERT ... There is a hidden fabulous prize of a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE at one of the stops on today’s hop! A lucky winner will be drawn from the comments left here and on today’s design team posts (listed below), so be sure to visit everyone and leave a comment at every stop to be entered into the draw.
Here is the list of of DT hopping along today

 Don't you just love the sweetness of the Elisabeth Bell...Little Cottage Cuties creations?  This new stamp is called Christopher and Callie's Christmas.  The sentiment is from the new sentiment set called Pine Cone sentiments.

Thanks for hopping with us today and hope you enjoyed the gorgeous new stamps/dies.  Don't forget, the more comments you leave on the hops, the greater your chances are for winning!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Whimsy Stamps November release Sneak Peak Day 1

Over the next 3 days we will reveal 19 *BRAND NEW* red rubber stamps/stamp sets and 4 *BRAND NEW* coordinating die/die sets. They will be available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store and selected Whimsy Stamps retailers on Wednesday.

We are thrilled to welcome Lizzy Smith, Olivia Marmara, Miran Jung, and Crissy Armstrong as Guest Designers for this release. Welcome ladies!

 PRIZE ALERT ... We have hidden a fabulous prize of a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE at one of the stops on today’s hop! We will draw the lucky winner from the comments left here and on today’s design team posts (listed below), so be sure to visit everyone and leave a comment at every stop to be entered into the draw.
Here is the list for today's hop
Mi Ran (GDT)
Ellie Stover

Today we are excited to show you the brand new Mi Ran, Time for Tea Designs and Wee Stamps stamps being released this month:

 This sweet girl is from Sylvia Zet--Wee Stamps called Snowflake Dancer.  Isn't she just as sweet as can be and just perfect for Christmas or winter.  The sentiment is from the new release by Raindrop Echo called Pine Cone Sentiments.

Thanks for stopping by today and best of luck on the hop.  Don't forget to check out tomorrow's hop as well as Wednesday's for a chance to win some amazing prizes.

Monday, October 27, 2014


Good morning and happy Monday to everyone.  I hope those who enjoy Halloween are gearing up and have some fun plans.  The good news for my kids is the weather on Friday is supposed to be in the mid 60s during the day which means their Halloween costumes won't need to fit over their snow suits and adjusted to look good with snow boots.  Even better for me is they are old enough to run around the neighborhood trick or treating on their own!

Onto the real reason for today's post is to show off the oh so sweet Lomasi (Sweet flower) stamp from Whimsy Stamps.
Isn't she just the cutest thing eva?  She was colored up with alcohol markers.  I admit I tried to use my new Chameleon markers but it looked like I had never colored in my life!  I will definitely have to spend more time practicing to get the hang of these things:)

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy your week.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Christmas Robin

Happy Monday to everyone.  I hope your weekend went well and found some time to play in your craft area.  I had another create weekend of classes and of course, the students were great and did a fabulous job with their creations!

Whimsy Stamps released another fabulous line of stamps this month and this cutie patootie is one of them.

Christmas Robin is a new stamp from the talented Jo Davies/Time for Tea Designs. The sentiments from Raindrop Echo Designs and coordinating die cuts can be found HERE in the Christmas Shop.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Witching You

Good morning everyone!  Well Fall has definitely arrived and in the mornings it feels like Winter is just around the corner.  I think the morning skies are the prettiest this time year especially right as the sun makes its way over the mountains.  The colors are just so pretty with the pinks, blues, grays and oranges in the skies and the face of the mountains have such beautiful oranges, yellows, browns and reds.  I happened to remember to actually snap a picture yesterday morning...
Aren't those such pretty Copic colors:)?  For those of you who are local, your reference point is Mt. Herman to the left and yes the white highlights on the ridges are snow!

Okay onto the actual reason for the post...reminding everyone Halloween is also just a couple weeks away.

Isn't she just the best witch?  This digital image is from the new release from Make it Crafty and this image is called Witchy Concoctions and the sentiment is from AJillian Vance.  I needed a little review and practice with coloring night lighting.

I still need a little more practice with having the image flow better into the background shadows, but hopefully with a bit more practice, it'll look a little better.  The witch was colored up with copics and a few pastels.

Thanks for stopping by today and hope your week is wonderful!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Honey Run

Good morning everyone!  I hope your week went well and have some great plans for the weekend.  The kids are home from school today due to hell knows what...oh yes, teacher work day.  I just love those work days.  Only 3 of them so far...3 months into the school year, and a couple of more next week.  Well I've put a couple of the kids to work this morning, prepping for this month's classes and helping clean the house!  I guess all isn't lost to days out of school.

I love coloring realistic images and the new stamps from DoveArt Studios (available at CC Designs) are just fantastic.

This stamp is called Honey Run.  What a fantastically versatile stamp!  I colored it up for the Fall season, but it could just as easily be colored for any of the seasons.  

I know a lot of my students are initially intimidated with realistic stamps.  Just a couple of tips...use a reference photo if you're unsure of color or shape and break the image into smaller manageable sections and just give it a go.  After all, it is just paper and markers, and we aren't creating world peace or performing life saving's okay to toss the paper in the trash and just try again.

Thanks for swinging by today and enjoy the rest of your day!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Whimsy's October Grand Blog Hop

I hope you've been able to check out all of the gorgeousness of the October release and join in the blog hop.  The hops are ongoing until Friday morning, so there is still time to comment on the blogs for a chance to win some awesome prizes.

Today is release day and the DT is showing you samples from the new release.   One lucky winner will win a $25 gift certificate...all you have to do is leave a comment on each of today's blog.
Here is the order for today's hop.

Donna Rudy (GDT)

 This fabulous stamp from Art by MiRan is called Warm Outside.  The sentiment is from the new sentiment set by Raindrop Echo Designs called Simple Christmas.  The Shapeology die is the gorgeous Christmas Tree.

Thanks for stopping by today, and best of luck on today's hop!!

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