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Special Guest - Mary-Ann Maldonado



Hello, Whimsy friends!  Today we welcome the talented Mary-Ann Maldonado the blog.

Good morning friends!
I was so excited to be asked to Guest Design for Whimsy Stamps
They told me to order a couple things and that was the hardest thing evah!!!

I did choose a couple things.  One, the cutest thing, will be shared here on the 13th.  
OMG. You WILL NEED it.  But, for today's post, I chose classic, reusable items.  Items that will go far in my stash as a scrapbooker and card maker.  

I chose the Bold ABC Dies Set and the Checkerboard Die.  The alphas can be used in so many ways.  I don't see them being too far out of reach for future projects.  The Checkerboard Die is a great background for any occasion.  You will see below how easy it is to change it for your needs.  

I think the best part about the Checkerboard Die is the automatic confetti that is produced.  I think adding them to the inside of the card so when the recipient opens them, they fall all over is a grand idea!!  An extra surprise.  They may not like the clean up, but I would love the reaction!

Here are my cards that I created for today's blog post.  I hope you are inspired to grab the dies for yourself.  Just click on the links and you will be directed to the proper items.  

Thank you, Mary-Ann, for this colorful and fun inspiration!  
To see more of Mary-Ann's work, visit her on her blog.

Tuesday Tutorial With Sue

 Hello everyone,

Oh my word - these Tuesdays come round quickly don't they! - I swear time is speeding up! (:

It's Sue here to day to share a sweet (VERY sweet)! (; tutorial!
I'm going to keep you guessing today so if you don't read ahead you'll have a nice surprise - unless you can guess what I've made! 

If like me you adore Mer-May then Whimsy Stamps has got you covered!!
I decided to try something a little different with two of the fabulous Whimsy Stamps mermaid stamp sets.
and the 
Ingredients from Whimsy Stamps

Other Ingredients
Cling Wrap
Watercolour Card
To create the inky background for my project I used (Watercolour) Sparkle Pens but you could use any sort of watercolour pens or watercolour medium for this technique. 
Black Stazon Ink
Mini Mister or Spray Bottle
Precision Scissors
Cocktail Sticks
Glue (I used a cold glue gun) 
First I placed a piece of cling wrap on my glass mat and scribbled and dotted some inks in blue, turquoise and pink onto it.
I then sprayed water onto a piece of A4 watercolour card.
I then placed the inky cling wrap onto the card, pressed it down and scrunched it up slightly.
I took the cling wrap away and this was the effect...
I repeated this with a different selection of mermaid type colours!
I ended up with two inky deliciously inky backgrounds.
Then I randomly cut the card up into about odd shaped pieces - don't overthink this, just dive in with the scissors, random is best!  I cut the card into about eight pieces in total.
I then stamped the mermaid tail from the Mermaid Dreams  stamp set onto the inky card.
I use Stazon Ink for this as it works best on top of watercolours.  It doesn't bleed and it leaves a crisp outline.
I stamped six tails in total and the gorgeous mermaid from the Lets Be Mermaids stamp set.  (You can see I also stamped the seashells but I decided not to use them this time)
I then fussy cut the mermaid tails (not my favourite part but I'm getting better at it -( I'm a bit of a muppet because I have a Scan n Cut - I'm just too lazy to get it out and set it up)!
Make sure you keep all the off cuts - you will need them later!
I coloured the mermaid with Copic Markers
Hair - E47, E39, YR27, YR24, YR21
Skin - R20, E04, E11, E00, E000
Tail - B39, BG07, BG15, BG01, BG11, YG00, White Gel Pen
I then fussy cut her...
Here's where you need the offcuts I said to save earlier! - I used the smallest and second smallest dies from the Wavy Nested Frames Die Set to cut shapes from the tail offcuts.
I then stamped a selection of sentiments from the Mermaid Dreams and Lets Be Mermaids stamp sets onto them (again with Stazon Ink)
Here is my lovely selection of tails, sentiments and a mermaid!
I used a glue gun to fix a cocktail stick to the back of each shape.  (You could use PVA but I'm impatient and I used the glue gun because it dries so quickly)!
...so, if you have n't already read ahead, can you guess what these are for! (;  ...

...well I did say it was a sweet tutorial! (:

I had a bit of a time deciding which stamp set to use for the cupcakes!  I uuuummed and aaaaaahed over using...  
Unicorn Wishes Clear Stamps - Whimsy Stamps 
Over the Moon Clear Stamps - Whimsy Stamps

...and I already have a few more ideas up my sleeve for halloween! (;

Thank you so much for popping by today!  I hope you've enjoyed my tutorial, it would be great to see your projects so remember to share them with us!

look after yourselves and those you love!

Happy creating from Sue...xxx

Mermaid Dreams Clear Stamps - Whimsy Stamps Let's Be Mermaids Clear Stamps - Whimsy Stamps Wavy Nested Frames Die Set - Whimsy Stamps

National Scrapbook Day 2021 - Last Call for Giveaways!

Hi, Whimsy fans!  
Today is the last chance to leave comments and enter to win a $50 gift certificate for our National Scrapbook Day Instagram Hop and Facebook Group giveaway.  
Below are a few more scrapbook layouts you'll see on the hop.

Also, don't forget about the giveaway on our YouTube channel.  Comments for that close on May 7th at 11:59 PM EST.

Happy crafting!


The Digital May Release!

Whimsy friends,
we're here today, to share the latest Digital Release from Whimsy Stamps
and oh my goodness, paint me excited, it's FABULOUS!
But you don't need me to tell you that,
check out the gorgeous creations
the team have created!!

Happy May Ya'll!

Now in crafty circles May is considered the month of Mermaids
often dubbed 'MerMay', so of course we had to bring you
some Mermaid cuties to colour in May!

We have another big digital release this month,
so there are extra images to check out
over via the thumbnails below

Have a fantastic May
and if you decide to join in the 'MerMay' fun
be sure to share it with us over in our Facebook Group!

Hugs and happy crafting from me