Friday, February 28, 2014

Some tips for a scrapbook layout

Hi everyone,

Hope you are all having a great week. Here in Brazil it's a big holiday as of tomorrow, it's our Carnival. At my family we don't celebrate or go to parties as in some other cities - also because we live at the very South of Brazil, which has a big European influence and not so much Carnival celebrations :)
We take this holiday (5 days) to spend more time with family and friends and I use it to put my scrapbooking in time.
Today I would like to share with you some tips about how I create a layout and then define where to add my coloured stamp image.

* 1st: If I am using bright/strong colors, I prefer a white or cream background. This also looks great when we add black and white pictures as it gives a nice contrast to our page

* 2nd: Almost always I use a sketch from my archives or challenge blogs,magazines, or I draw my own - this is to make sure the page has a good design in terms of balance

3rd: I think I've mentioned it before here: volume. To me layouts need layers lol. Its ok if you don't like it, but this is how I create and add texture to my pages, so it depends on your style if you add bulk or not :)

4th: I choose the patterned paper and embellishments (or most of them) before and then I color my image. This way I make sure the colors match. The other option is doing the other way around: I colour the stamped image and then start choosing papers and embellishments that matches them

5th: To decide where I will add my stamped image, I first finish the layout and then look at it to find the spot that seems to me that will draw attention. I like to add it together with other embellishments creating a little "cluster" as I like to add volume to my pages.

I hope you enjoy these tips!

So here is the layout I have created with the gorgeous Posey stamp that can be found here.




And here a close up on my coloured image. (I used distress inks)



Wishing you all a great weekend!

xoxo
Fabi

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Spring is coming

Happpy happy Thursday everyone!  It's my turn (Shelby) to bring you a little bit of inspiration today:)
Spring is just around the corner (hopefully) and with Spring comes the rain showers.  These adorable pair is too stinkin cute and are perfect for bringing in the April showers.
The fantastic stamp is from the fab Crissy Armstrong and is called, I Will Carry You and the sentiment is also from January's release called Everyday Moments.

Thanks for swinging by today, and I hope the rest of your day is wonderful.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Crown


Hi :)  Kathy here with something a little bit different to show you today.
I have been loving using this crown die Simonne designed on my cards but it occurred to me that it would also make a wonderful brooch.
My youngest daughter's birthday is a bit over a month away and I thought a crown brooch with the guests names on them might be a wonderful little gift for the girls to take home in their goody bags.




With this one I actually used my daughter's name (because we won't work out the guest list until closer to the date) and I know she'll definitely want one too of course :)

So here's what I did :
  1.  Used computer to print name onto cardstock.
  2.  Aligned and stamped crown from Fairy Tale Dreams
  3.  Cut out crown using Crown Die.
  4.  Cut out 4 more crowns from same cardstock.
  5.  Used crystal effects (or Glossy accents) to "glue" crowns together.  I completely covered a crown with it and placed another on top.  I actually had 2 stacks of 2. I let them dry and then glued these stacks together plus glued the top one on and let it all dry.  Then put the jewels on and put crystal effects all over the top and on the sides too.  Wait for it to dry.  Turn over and cover the back with crystal effects and placed brooch back on it (adding a little more CE if needed). And again wait for it to dry and the brooch is done :)
  6.  Cut cardstock and stamped sentiment from Everyday Moments.  Added lines to top and bottom using ruler and black journaling pen.
  7.  Punched 2 holes in card to attach brooch.
I think for the "real thing"  I will print on the back : 
 Thanks for sharing my birthday with me.
And then get my daughter to write her name underneath.

These would also make wonderful magnets, made in exactly the same way.
  And the die would be great to make place cards for a party, party bag decorations, to decorate little notebooks as a party favour....

So many possibilities!

Thanks for dropping by for a look today.  
Hopefully I've given you some ideas of other ways to use this fantastic die :)

Kathy



Sunday, February 23, 2014

Whimsy DT Call - OPEN through February 23rd




Whimsy Stamps DT Call - Now Open

Are you a paper crafter looking to contribute to a design team by creating with rubber and digital stamps? Do you love sharing your artwork with others? Are you a team player, a dedicated and hard working person, and willing work along side other designers sharing your creativity? Are you organized and able to meet deadlines? If you answered YES to these questions, Whimsy Stamps is looking for you!

This is an open design team call for anyone from anywhere to join our Whimsy Stamps team! You MUST have a well-maintained blog and be willing to share your Whimsy Stamps creations each week. The DT term will run from March 1st through June 2014. This call will remain open from now until midnight on February 23rd.  New members will be notified via email within a few days after the end of our call and announced on our website on March 1st.

Before submitting your application for our team, please read through the DT requirements listed below. Please do not apply if you cannot meet ALL of our requirements. 


Full Time Designer Requirements:

* Design Team duties will last for a period of 4 months and will include at least one Whimsy related project per week posted to your blog.

* Please post your Whimsy artwork and any information concerning the Whimsy Stamps Company on your personal blog each time you create a new project or when there is company info to share.

* You are required to participate in any company blog hops/scheduled events and whenever possible we would like our DT members to support all Whimsy sponsored events, such as challenges, Facebook challenges, etc.  You can either join in the event by creating something or simply make a post on your blog alerting readers of the event. We encourage our Design Team members to combine challenge projects with DT work each week. This allows you to create one sample, which meets many criteria.

* As a team member, you will be granted access to our Facebook group. You are expected to join and participate in discussions with others as well as share suggestions or ideas. You will need to be an active member of the group/team.

* As a Whimsy Stamps Designer, you will receive a selection of rubber stamps and metal craft dies from each new release to work with during your DT term. You will need to use these products to create your weekly design work/blog hop work/challenge projects/etc. Your art can be any type, including but not limited to cards, scrap book pages, and altered items.

*The art you create for DT submissions is yours to keep, however, you do need to be able to photograph your artwork and share these photos on your blog, on our blog and Facebook pages, and in other online galleries and communities.

* All full time designers are required to post a project(s), tutorial, or special creation once monthly on our Whimsy Inspirations Blog. Each designer has a set day each month to post some Whimsy inspiration for our readers. 
           

Designer Benefits:

*Your photo and a short bio including blog links will be placed on the Design Team page on our website for the duration of your design period.

* You will receive a badge to display on your blog showing that you are a designer for Whimsy Stamps.

* All products received during your design period are yours to keep and use forever.  Please do adhere to all Angel Policy guidelines regarding our products. All artwork you’ve created for Whimsy Stamps design work is yours to keep using as you wish.

* Each new release, designers receive 6 images stamps (one per Whimsy artist), 4 sentiment sets (2 per Whimsy word artist), and 2 metal crafting dies (1 per Whimsy artist).  DT Members are required to use all products received and must be willing to work with products from all Whimsy artists. If you cannot commit to working with our variety of products, please do not apply.

* As a DT member you will receive a 25% discount on Whimsy website purchases, for as long as you are on the Whimsy Stamps design team.


To be considered for one of our open DT positions, please do the following…

Post a message on your blog about our DT call and share 3 of your best creations in the post. You can include cards, scrapbook pages, and/or altered items. If you have any creations using Whimsy Stamps images, please show us, although this is not required.

Then email, whimsystamps@gmail.com, with your full name, contact info including email address, blog address, and then a link to your DT application post.

We would also like to hear a bit about you when you email us. Therefore, please include a brief description about you and your stamping style, previous Design Team work, published work, and any other artistic information you would like to share.

Once we have received your email complete with all requested information, we will send a confirmation of receipt. If you don't hear from us, we did not receive your application.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Whimsy Inspiration - Emily

Hi Everyone!

It's Shannah here today to share my card from our latest Whimsy Stamps New Release!

For this card I used the adorable new "Emily" by Wee Stamps.
With 3 beautiful little nieces I'm a sucker for cute little girl cards... but they are really into their 'pinks and purples', so for something new I decided to have a play with some different colours! ;)


I chose my colours around some pretty Kaisercraft 'Marigold' papers, and coloured my image using Copic markers. I mounted my image on layered panels of the patterned papers, popped up for extra dimension.


 

To see more details (including which Copics I used) please visit my Blog "Embellished Expressions"!

Hope you have a happy day!



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Emily

Hi there, today I am showcasing a stamp from the last release - the adorable Emily by Sylvia Zet for Whimsy Stamps.  Isn’t she just the sweetest little lady?  Coloured with copics and pencils and then given a shabby look with Frantage embossing powder.
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hugs
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lia Stampz Vintage Girls Release Blog hop winners.

Hi Everyone 
we hoped you all enjoyed hopping around the New Lia Stampz Vintage Girls Release Blog hop, so without further ado here are our Hop winners

The  random winner of a Vintage Girl digital image chosen from the comments on Valou's  Blog is: Tamiko McCurry
http://mikosspot.blogspot.co.uk/


The  random winner of a 
Vintage Girl digital image chosen from the comments on Suzi's Blog is: 

Gary Rose


The  random winner of a Vintage Girl digital image chosen from the comments on Shirl's Blog is: Joni Nina Andaya

  http://jonininaandaya.blogspot.com/2014/02/sending-sweet-wishes.html



The  random winner of a Vintage Girl digital image chosen from the comments on Erum's Blog is:  VIBGYOR Krafts


And finally the random Winner of our Grand Prize of all 4 of the Vintage girls  images from the last stop on the hop which was Lia's blog is:Rose
http://inrosiesbook.blogspot.co.uk/


Congratulations Ladies if you could please contact Me (Debbie) at 
eastmandeborah@rocketmail.com
to claim your prize

Monday, February 17, 2014

I will carry you


Hello, Louise here with a card to show you
The card is made using the gorgeous stamp by Crissy Armstrong
The sentiment is from the new release and called
I have used copics to colour with and added glossy accents for rain drops although these do not show up too well on picture.
Louise xx




Thursday, February 13, 2014

Once upon a time

Happy Thursday Whimsy Fans! Ellie here today!

Today I am sharing a inky card with you, created by stamping only, and a little bit of cutting. I love coloring images, but once in a while it is nice to get inky finger too. 

This card was super easy to make, and I am trying to explain in a few steps how I did it, in case anyone is interested.

Supplies used:
Stamp set: Once upon a time
 3.75x 5 " white card stock
4.75x 11 aqua card stock (score in the middle)
distress inks (mustard, broken china, blush pink, tattered rose)
versafine onyx black ink
basic gray ink
ink applicator tool (like this one)
Whimsy slider 1 die
glimmer mist
post it notes

Step 1: 
Using your post it notes add a straight border around the white card stock
Using your ink applicator tool, apply distress (or other ink that you have on hand) onto the white card stock. Be sure to start on your scratch paper (or your post it note) and move in circular motion onto the white card stock for a smoother look. Do this with all the inks you are using. I used broken china, rose, and mustard for this.
Then I stamped the sentiment several times using tattered rose ink onto the paper.

Step 2:
Remove post it notes.
Stamp the fairy in versafine onyx ink onto the white card stock. A good idea would be to heat emboss the fairy (I didn't do that here.) 
Stamp the dragon in gray. (I didn't want him to stand out too much that's why I didn't use black!)

Step 3:
Stamp your sentiment onto some white card stock scrap, and cut out using Whimsy's ribbon slider 1 die and die cutting machine.
Cut a strip of colored card stock (matching the card base) to fit through the holes of the ribbon slider die cut.
Slide paper strip through die cut and adhere to card front.

Step 4:
Spritz card front with glimmer mist for some light sparkle.
Adhere to card base. 


You don't have to use distress inks, I find that it works just as well using SU inks, and will probably work with most inks available.

By the way, are you a facebook user? If yes, we'd love to have you join our Facebook Fan Page. We have started a new Facebook challenge, and this is the card I created for the challenge. We have a simple theme this month - something new. I hope you'll all join us, Denise is giving away a fabulous prize!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope I inspired you with my creation.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sweet Emily!

Hi, Deb here!
Here is one of my cards I created with the recently released January Whimsy Rubber Stamps.
 I used the stunning Wee Stamp Emily coloured with prismacolor pencils and the sentiment stamp Love Tiles stamped with Distress Ink Walnut Stain and then layered.   
Thank you for dropping by!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Whimsy Stamps February Digital Hop winners

Hi Everyone 
we hoped you all enjoyed hopping around the New Digital Release Blog hop, so without further ado here are our February Hop winners

The  random winner of a digital image chosen from the comments on Andrea's  Blog is: 

Rose http://inrosiesbook.blogspot.com.au/

The  random winner of  a digital image chosen from the comments on Michelle's Blog is: 


Brenda Lee - http://brendalee-amusestudio.blogspot.com/


And finally the random Winner of our Grand Prize of 5 digital images from the last stop on the hop which was Charlene's blog is 

Davinia:http://ifindoubtbling.blogspot.ca/ 

Congratulations Ladies if you could please contact Me (Debbie) at 
eastmandeborah@rocketmail.com
to claim your prize

Monday, February 10, 2014

Miss Frosty



Hi everyone Heidy here today with some Whimsy Inspiration!

For todays card I used Miss Frosty  by Sylvia Zet
Ribbon
Sewing machine
Copics

I keep my card very simple this time thats because I have a tenniselbow and it really hurts at he moment!!

Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by!!
XXX Heidy


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Digital Team Inspirations

Happy Sunday!! 

Jacki here, popping in to to share some wonderful inspiration from our very talented digital design team  showcasing some more creations by  the

Whimsy Stamps'  digital team !


Charlene
Crissy's Digi's "Littlest Angel Mother"



 Miss Rach "Lady Love Bug"


 Valou 
Crissy's Digi's "Littlest Angel Mother"







 Michele O
Marika Collins " Hippie Chick"






Suzi 
Lia Stampz "Tea Girl 






 You can find all of  your favorite Whimsy Stamps in the Whimsy Stamps Store

Watch for our newest Whimsy Stamps Challenge coming on Wednesday February 14th.

Shy Girl

Hello Everyone Iris here! Hope you all are having a fabulous weekend so far! Today I like to show you a card I made with one of the new Time For Tea Designs images 'Shy Girl'.


I colored her with Distress Inks. She was stamped onto Fluid hot press watercolor paper. I've been neglecting my Distress Inks for quite a while now and I'm trying to use them more often. It's always just so fast and easy to color using alcohol markers. But definitely enjoy coloring with DI, it's so relaxing and I love the soft look of it! 
 
This is also my inspiration card for our new Whimsy FB Group Challenge.
Come and join our group
to enter the challenge. There's still plenty of time as the challenge runs until February 28th. This month you can win a $15 Whimsy Voucher!!

Hugs,
 




Saturday, February 8, 2014

Tea for Two

Hello everyone and a big happy Saturday to you all I hope your weekend is off to a good start.  Well its Ann-Marie popping in today to share with you a little of the Whimsy love and I wanted to show you
a fun little teabag holder which I made using the gorgeous new Shapeology 'Teapot and Cup' die set together with the new 'Cup of Joy' sentiments and I think would make a great little gift.





Items used

Papers:  First Edition 'Love Letters'

Okay folks, thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your weekend and get to sneak in a little crafting!

Take care.
Ann-Marie 
xxx