Hi everyone! I am doing my best to get back on the blog on a regular basis. I won't lie - it's not easy with working + 2 little ones at home, but I'm trying! I have been able to get back into crafting a bit lately - it feels SO good! When we moved, most of my stuff got packed away and I'm sad to say most of it had been sitting in boxes up until a few weeks ago. However, I've decided to take over the spare bedroom as a temporary crafting area - and get myself situated in there. Eventually we will finish our attic and turn it into a true crafting room - but for now, I will just make do ;)

If you follow me on Instagram, you can get a glimpse into my unpacking and items that I've been working on. Here are some pics that I shared of my crafty organizing thus far. I'm getting there!

I took a trip to IKEA to grab some essentials for organizing. I picked up an Alex drawer unit to house a lot of my smaller items. I really do love it...can't wait to get more, ha! ;)


Some more BYGEL rails, similar to my old setup in the old house

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OK, onto some crafty creations! The other day I sat down to make a few cards. I used the Chubby Chum Pals stamp set from Paper Smooches - such a cute set. I colored all of these images using Prismacolor pencils and gamsol. WAY easier (IMO) than busting out the Copic markers. This first card is a CASE from Kristina's version.

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that's it for now - stay tuned for more projects! I just finished up a felt Advent calendar that I made from scratch and I'm pretty proud of myself. I definitely want to share that with you all! :) Thanks for reading!


More Whimsie Doodles Valentines

February 13, 2013

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Tomorrow is Valentine's Day! Here are some super last minute Valentine's that I colored using the "Valen-Tinies" Whimsie Doodle digital stamps, and my colored pencils.

I used Prismacolor pencils and gamsol to blend & shade these images. If you want to see more information on coloring using Prismacolor & Gamsol, check out my blog post & video here.

I punched most of these out with a 1 3/4" circle punch, layered on top of a 2" circle punched circle. The sentiments come with the stamp set - so I just trimmed them down and adhered to my Valentine. These measure the standard size of other Valentine's - so they are great to hand out to classmates, etc. Who needs store bought Valentine's, right? ;)


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Boy Birthday Card

January 23, 2013

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If you're like me, you're always in need of boy themed or masculine cards. I never have enough on hand! I am sharing this "Epic Birthday" fun digital stamp from Whimsie Doodles today - it makes the perfect embellishment for any boy card:

I cut some baker's twine and adhered it to the card with liquid glue to give some added dimension. The stamp was lightly colored with some Copic markers, and then I used some Glossy Accents to make those buttons pop! It totally looks like an XBOX fun! Because these are digital stamps, I printed them directly onto my cardstock. I knew I wanted some color in my greeting, so I printed the sentiment directly onto my yellow cardstock.

To be fair, this would also make a great card for a little girl or older guy, too. I know my hubby loves his XBOX games ;)

You can find this card in the "This and That" section of the Whimsie Doodle online store.

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Paper Smooches obsession

January 14, 2013

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Recently I've placed a few big orders for some new stamps and other fun crafty goodies. It had been so long since I treated myself to some new stuff!

One of the new stamp companies I decided I had to try was Paper Smooches. I purchased Birthday Buddies and Chubby Chums, and made a whole slew of cards from these ADORABLE little guys. (Please note that I am in no way affiliated with this company - I just LOVE their cute stamps and I can't resist sharing/bragging about them with you all...!)

Here are all the cards I've made so far...I have been having way too much fun coloring and creating with these critters.

I used quite a few different coloring techniques for these images. The fish above are colored with Copics, while this little doggie below was stamped on Kraft cardstock and I just used some watercolor pencils and blending pen to add shading. I paper-pieced the white eyes back onto the dog to make them nice and bright.

I just LOVE this little guy!! I used some Copics to color him in...not going to lie, it took a while. I need to invest in more/better brown Copic colors I seems to take me so long to blend my browns!

More Copics on this little chickie...

...and this cow could not be any easier. Just a small amount of grey shading.

Another doggie that I stamped on Kraft and shaded with some watercolor pencils. I wanted to make a SUPER simple card with him as the focal point. I love how he pops against the white. I added some Glossy Accents to the balloon to give it a fun look (hard to tell in these photos).

This card layout is the same as the chickie card - I really like it and it's easy to mass produce. I added some woodgrain stamping on the white circle this time for some additional color.

Whew, that was a lot! Thanks for reading! Full supplies are linked below (they won't show up if you're reading this in Google Reader, sorry!)

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Happy New Year!

January 3, 2013

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Happy 2013 everyone! I can't believe we're already through the Holidays - time seems to just fly by lately. I'm already working on fun little goodies for Valentine's Day.

Here are some super simple 3"x3" Valentine cards using Valentine Messages Whimsie Doodle digi stamps.

This camera one is my most favorite - since I'm always snapping photos ;)

These stamps are sized to fit perfectly inside a 2" circle punch. I punched them out and layered a scallop circle punch behind for an extra pop of color. All designer paper is from Martha Stewart Crafts.

I have more Valetine's stuff to share soon. I've also been able to do a little scrapbooking over the Holiday break - so I will be sure to share that soon, too!

Wishing all of my readers the very best in 2013!!

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Big Gift

December 13, 2012

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I have another new Whimsie Doodle image to share with you today - this adorable little girl...

this digi-stamp is called "big gift" and is a new release for this Holiday season. I colored her with my Copics and paper piece the white parts of her outfit, just to get them extra white. I also added glitter to the fur for some extra shimmer. I added some designer paper from Carta Bella and October afternoon. I finished off the card with some buttons and twine.

Be sure to check out the Whimsie Doodles blog for more inspirational posts, and a chance to play along in the monthly challenges.


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some recent Christmas cards

December 11, 2012

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here are some recent cards that I've made for Christmas...I used some gorgeous embellishments from Jolees as the main focal point on these cards, and added some embossing to complement the glitter:

This stamp is an oldie but goodie - I just love the look of the embossed tree.

I grabbed this stamp set at Michael's on sale the last time I was there. I just loved it. I don't have many religious stamp sets for Christmas so it's nice to have one. I felt like that image just needed to be embossed...!

I am selling a bunch of recent greeting cards on my Facebook page. CLICK HERE to see the album of available cards. I'm selling them in sets of 3 for $12. This includes shipping (within the US). If you're outside the US and still interested, email me and I can calculate postage.

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Owl Christmas Cards

December 8, 2012

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I was shopping at my local scrapbook store the other week and saw this stamp set by Lawn Fawn. I just couldn't resist this little owl...!

I made a whole bunch of cards with him. He was quick and easy to color in. I also love the sentiment that came with the set. So cute!

I decided to try some Stickles and googlie eyes on this one. (The glitter looks sort of weird in the photo.) I also busted out some embossing folders and used my Cuttlebug - haven't touched those in a while! The embossing adds a nice element to the cards - I need to remember to use them more often.

Here's my favorite out of the whole bunch. More embossing folders...I just love the colors on this one. I might have to give this one to my hubby this year for Christmas! :)

Just an FYI to those who have ordered leftover craft fair items. I am plugging away on packaging, calculating shipping costs and getting invoices out to everyone. I really appreciate everyone shopping with me! I've been trying to keep the post updated with all items that have sold. I do still have a few things left so check it out if you're interested. Thanks!! :)

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Ho Ho Ho!

December 3, 2012

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I have another Whimsie Doodle post for you today...this time I'm sharing a card with this great image of the guy in the big red suit, you can find him on the Holidays page - he is called "Lantern Santa". Brooke's new favorite thing to say these days happens to be "HO HO HO!!" - so it only seemed fitting to make that the main sentiment on my card!

I used my copics to color him in, but also did some paper piecing on his white parts - it was the only way I could get them to be perfectly white (I'm not the best when it comes to staying in the lines...!) I also added some glitter to his fur for extra dimension. The foam stickers are from the Dear Lizzy American Crafts collection - they are the perfect size to fit onto greeting cards.

Don't forget that you can follow along on the Whimsie Doodle blog with us for challenges and posts each week. Also, did you know that there are Print & Clip images available in the shop? Check out this post for some great ideas using these images! I hope to use some soon, they are just too cute.

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There’s SNOW buddy like you!

November 23, 2012

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Hi everyone! I hope you're all recovering from your Turkey hangover! ;)

I'm back today with another Whimsie Doodle share. Now that Thanksgiving has passed, I'm in full-on Christmas mode. Here's a fun card I created using the Snow Buddy digi stamp. I have been trying to use my Cuttlebug to do more dry embossing on my cards. I feel like I never use my embossing folders anymore - and I really love the look it gives, especially on a greeting card. I thought this stamp & sentiment would go perfect with my snowflake embossed background:

Again, I simply used Adobe Photoshop to fill colors in this image (using the paint bucket tool). NOTHING fancy! I then printed & mounted on some cardstock. To give him some shine, I added glitter to the brim and pom of his little hat.

This would be a great card to give your spouse, kids or friends during the Holidays. These worked up so fast that I made a few of them at once. Love it when I can do that!


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