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Special Guest - Mary-Ann Maldonado

 Hello, Whimsy friends!  Today we welcome the versatile Mary-Ann Maldonado to the blog, and she is going to wow you with the most adorable scrapbook page!  Here's what she has to say about it....

I am so excited about the way my layout turned out.  All I used was the Build-a-Fairy Garden Die Set from Whimsy Stamps, Oxide Inks, foam tape and paper!   I pretty much created my own papers with the inks and cut them with the dies.  Easy peasy!

In my previous guest spot, I explained that I had chosen practical items from the shop: the Bold ABC Alpha Dies Set and the Checkerboard Die.  Those items are classic and totally usable over and over.  For today's post, I chose the Build-a Fairy Garden Set because it was cute and whimsical and had mushrooms!!!  Mushrooms are all the rage right now, and these fungi are perfect for any type of project.  It is almost worth purchasing just for the grass die, too!  It stretches all the way across an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper and can easily be maneuvered and layered to cover a 12x12 layout, slimline card and a traditional A2 card. 

I totally think I scored big with these items.  
Head over to the Whimsy Stamp Website and check out all the different styles. 
Thanks for taking a peek today!






Thank you, Mary-Ann, for this adorable inspiration!  This has to be the cutest layout ever!
To see more of Mary-Ann's work, be sure to visit her blog and check out her Instagram account.





Getting more out of your Background Stamps with Alanna

 Hi friends! Alanna here and I'm thrilled to be on the Whimsy blog today sharing two cards with you today using a fun technique to help you get more out of your background stamps. 

For this technique, you will need any background stamp (I used red rubber but I'm thinking photopolymer would work as well), water based markers, and a stamp positioning tool. 

For my first card, I started with the awesome Chevron Background stamp and my Tombow Dual Brush markers. I took one marker at a time and added color to one line of chevrons. I didn't bother cleaning off the residual ink from the previous lines I'd already colored. I just kept working my way down.


 I pressed down my Misti and then if I decided I needed a bit more color or if I didn't get as good of an impression as I wanted, I added more color and repeated the process.


The results will end up in more of a water colored look and won't be super precise as you can see by my finished card but it is a super fun technique and is a great way to get more mileage out of a large background stamp like this. You are essentially creating your own patterned paper.

To finish off my first card, I built my sentiment from the Fantabulous set. This set is such a fun and unique set with so many awesome words. I finished off the card with some silver gems.


For my second card, I did the same exact using 5 different colors of markers. I used the brand new Dainty Daisies Background rubber stamp. I love how this turned out. 

I added color to each flower individually, stamped the image down onto my white card stock using my Misti and then added color to a flower next to the one I had just colored and so on and so on.

I finished the card by die cutting the new Best Friend Word die two times from white card stock and then once from a pool colored card stock. I stacked them together for added dimension. I then die cut a piece of white card stock using one of the fun Envelope Edger dies. I love the fun stitching details these add.

I adhered the die cut panel to the bottom of my stamped panel and then adhered my die cut sentiment. I finished off the card by stamping the Forever part of the sentiment onto a piece of white card stock. It is from the Gnome Friends stamp set.

I mounted my stamped panel onto a piece of cream card stock and then finished the card with some cream pearls.


I hope I've given you some ideas of how you can change the look of your background stamps. If you give this technique a try, leave a comment below. I'd love to check it out.




Whimsy Stamps Supply List

New Release and Inspiration

 Hi Whimsy friends!  It's the 10th of the month which means we have another new release for you. We are introducing 7 new products to you today that include bunnies, gnomes, some fun frames with coordinating dies, a fun new wagon set and a new red rubber background stamp in a brand new size for Whimsy.

There is so much cuteness in this release and it's all available for purchase now. Just click on the individual product link below or click here to see all the products at once.

 

And as always, we have a sampling of some of what our fabulous Creative team has been working on. You'll find these plus a whole lot more inspiration on the store product pages and shared across social media the next couple of weeks.

Happy shopping and happy crafting. Be sure to tag us if you create something with your Whimsy Stamps goodies using the hashtag #whimstamps so we can come take a look!



Whimsy Stamps ~ Happy Mother's Day with the Divas

Whimsy friends,
wishing all of you mamas celebrating today
a wonderful Mother's Day!

Our fabulous Divas have had fun
with our latest release and this week
we're showcasing the sweet images from our
Meljen's Collection and our Sassy Cheryl's Designs










Check out the kinetic element of Claudia's fabulous creation above in action below.





















Coming up this week, we have a fabulous
 Facebook 'live' colouring tutorial 
by our talented Diva, Dawn Malson Gavlinski
so be sure to mark the date and time!

May 11th ~ 7pm EST

If you'd like to colour along,
you can grab the image here
so you're all set to go.




Have a fantastic day today,
however you are spending it!

Hugs and happy crafting from me