Cards

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! ;)

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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!

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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? ;)

 
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 controller...how 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.

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 think...it 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 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!!