Winter Birdie love

Hi friends,
The month of January and Feb are months of romance and love. Whimsy stamps are the best ones when it comes to cute romantic images. I love these adorable birdies who look so romantic and cute.



I stamped the image using a light ink on water colour paper and that helps to get a beautiful no line colouring. I used my favorite water colours to paint the cuties. I stamped the sentiment (a sneak peek for a set coming out in Feb) in two colours and that ties the card so beautifully.


I hope you liked this card for today and if you wish to buy the same stamp set visit www.whimsystamps.com 


Happy Crafting!
hugs
SUPPLIES

Happy Chocolate Day!

Hi Whimsy Friends! Today I have some Valentine inspiration for you. On my card I am showcasing a clear stamp set from the December 2017 release called Crazy For Chocolate, an older large word die 'Happy' and the newly released Polka Dot Stencil.



To make this card I started by cutting my card base 4.25" x 11" from heavy weight bright white Hammermill cardstock. Folding it in half cross-wise. Using the  Polka Dot Stencil and some pink Nuvo Embellishment Mousse I created the dotted background. I colored the bowl of chocolate from the Crazy For Chocolate set using Copic alcohol markers and cut it out using the coordinating Crazy For Chocolate die set. I've added Stickles Sprinkled Sugar to the top of each candy. Once it's dry it really looks like sprinkled sugar crystals. I love that it looks so real! Here see for yourselves:


The "Happy" part of the sentiment was cut out from brown cardstock using the  large word die 'Happy' and the other part was stamped directly on the card base. The chocolate bowl and the word Happy were attached with some foam tape to give some dimension to the card. To add some bling I adhered pink enamel dots from the  It's a Party Enamel Dots set , brown Sequins and pink rhinestones between the polka dots.

Here is another close-up of the polka dots made with Nuvo mousse. It gives such a nice effect on the card. I love using structure paste or embellishment gels/mousse with stencils for adding dimension and special effects.



Copic markers used:

R81 - R83 - R85
E23 - E25 - E27
C00 - C1 - C3 - C4 - C5

Here is a list of Whimsy products I used on my project:

*NEW Polka Dot Stencil   Happy Large Word Die   Crazy for Chocolate   Crazy for Chocolate Die SetStickles Glitter Glue - Sprinkled Sugar   *NEW It's a Party Enamel Dots   Copic Sketch - R81 Rose Pink   Copic Sketch - R83 Rose Mist   Copic Sketch - R85 Rose Red    Copic Sketch - E25 Caribe Cocoa   Copic Sketch - E27 Milk Chocolate   Copic Sketch - C00 Cool Gray   Copic Sketch - C1 Cool Gray    Copic Sketch - C3 Cool Gray   Copic Sketch - C5 Cool Gray 


Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs,

Girls Best Friend

HI, Céline here to share with you my latest Whimsy stamps card.

Today I chose Girls Best Friend set

It's a really easy card.
It's my first use of stencil.
My card base is a 13cm x 13cm square
Then I've added a patterned paper cut at 12,7cm x 12,7cm
For the wall I've cut a 9,8cm square on a white paper then I've used some red distress ink.
I've placed my sentiments to seems like a graffito.
I've colored my cat then added it on the card.
*NEW A Girl's Best Friend *NEW Brick Pattern Stencil


Hugs
Céline
  

A Simple Valentine's Day Card Tutorial using Whimsy Stencils and Stamps

Hi everyone!  Melissa here today with a brief card tutorial using the adorable new stencils from Whimsy Stamps along with the Cupid in Training stamp set!  I love the new stencils and they are so fun to use with the new Delicata inks that Denise now carries in the shop!  Here is the card I created.


I also show you in the video how I color the frog in Copics!  Please enjoy this brief tutorial.  All the links can be found below as well as on my YouTube channel.



Whimsy Products Used:
                  
     

A Copic Day with Faye Event Opportunity

Join us for a Copic Day with Faye and learn about all things Copic!

What to expect: a full day of Copic lessons taught by Faye Wynn-Jones. Morning session with a break for lunch and then an afternoon session. Instruction will include basics about Copics, papers to use, inks that work best, light source, smooth coloring, lessons for hair/skin, clothing, coloring fur, and more!

When and Where: Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the Hampton Inn and Suites at Gateway Village in Orlando, Florida. Plan to arrive by 9am and to be with us until 5pm. Actual instruction time will be about 6 hours total.

**Attendees will need to bring Copic Markers with them to use in class. All other materials will be supplied.

Purchase tickets HERE

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel before May 1st, you will receive a refund less our non-refundable deposit of $30. Cancellations made after May 1st are non-refundable.

Are you attending our 3rd Annual Weekend Retreat on June 22, 2018 through June 24, 2018? If you answered YES, be sure to contact us before purchasing "A Copic Day with Faye" as we would like to tell you how you can save on this special Copic Day event.

Questions? contact us at whimsystamps@gmail.com



3rd Annual Retreat Announcement

Whimsy Stamps 3rd Annual Weekend Craft Retreat
Tickets on sale NOW!  Confirm your spot today for a fun filled weekend packed with creativity!

Friday, June 22nd, 2018 through Sunday, June 24th, 2018
Hampton Inn and Suites Orlando Airport @ Gateway Village
Orlando, Florida

Need a weekend getaway to relax and get your craft on?  Want to meet new people while learning new crafty tips and techniques?
Join us for 3 full days of crafting and classes, friends and fun with games, prizes and more, all while enjoying a weekend away in sunny Orlando, Florida. This retreat is hosted by Denise Lynn, owner of Whimsy Stamps, with classes taught by our talented Whimsy artists and designers. It will be a jammed packed weekend full of crafty goodness!

Our Teacher Line Up:
Whimsy Illustrator Crissy Armstrong
Whimsy Designer Alanna Moses
Whimsy Designer Melissa Andrew
Whimsy Designer Iris Wiechmann
 Whimsy Designer Faye-Wynn Jones
and one more TBA

What to Expect:
Daily classes and projects taught by our talented teachers – including coloring tutorials with Copics and Distress Inks, Technique classes, and more; Whimsy Gift Bag of exclusive products not yet available to the public, games and prizes, a chance to shop Whimsy products, and lots and lots of fun!

Tentative Event Schedule:
Thursday 6/21 - 5pm to 10pm
5pm to 10pm - Sign in/meet and greet/drop off supplies/Pop Up Shop Hours
If you are arriving to Friday morning, you can sign in between 9am and 10am

Friday 6/22 - 9am to 10pm
9am to 10 am - set up and get situated for the day
10am to 12pm - CLASS 1
12pm to 2pm - lunch break
3pm to 5pm - CLASS 2 
5pm to 6pm - open crafting time
6pm to 8pm - dinner/end of class time
8pm to 10pm - open crafting/free time/Pop Up Shop Hours

Saturday 6/23 - 9am to 10pm
9am to 10 am - set up and get situated for the day
10am to 12pm - CLASS 3
12pm to 2pm - lunch break
3pm to 5pm - CLASS 4
5pm to 6pm - finish projects/open crafting time
6pm to 8pm - dinner/end of class time
8pm to 10pm - open crafting/free time/Pop Up Shop Hours

Sunday 6/24 - 9am to 5pm
9am to 10 am - set up and get situated for the day
10am to 12pm - CLASS 5
12pm to 2pm - lunch break
2pm to 4pm - CLASS 6
4pm to 5pm - packing to head home

Event Cost:  
$369 full price ticket
if paid in full by April 15th - receive an early payment discount of $50 reducing the ticket price to $319.
 $100 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot. 
*The $369.00 pricing is the cost of the event only and does not include hotel, food, or transportation.

Purchase your ticket HERE
 
Important: 
Attendees will be required to bring a basic crafting tool kit to the retreat weekend - including coloring medium, scissors, adhesive, etc. 
A full list of supplies will be emailed to all attendees one month prior to the event. 
Project and class kits will be supplied to each attendee and will include card stock, papers, embellishments, stamped images, and more.  
Each attendee will also receive a goodie bag of new Whimsy products not yet available to the public.

Hotel Information:
Hampton Inn and Suites Orlando Airport @ Gateway Village
5460 Gateway Village Circle
Orlando, FL 32812
 407-857-2830
 website
**We will receive a group rate discount, all rooms are $109 per night. A link for online booking will be sent via email once retreat ticket deposit has been made.


1 mile from Orlando International Airport - complimentary airport shuttle service is available for all guests staying at the hotel. The hotel sits across the street from various restaurants and is within walking distance of shopping and more.

Cancellation Policy:
$100 non-refundable deposit - due to requirements and hotel contract
 Cancellations made before May 1st will receive a refund of the amount paid, less the $100 non-refundable deposit. 
No refunds after May 1st however you will receive the kits for all projects made at the retreat, if you had previously paid in full.
Every case will be reviewed individually. A full/partial refund and/or transfer may be offered upon consideration.

Additional Event - a Copic Day with Faye:
 Join us for an added crafty day with Faye Wynn-Jones and learn about all things Copic! This event will be held at the same hotel on Thursday, June 21st from 9am through 5pm. For full details on this added event, CLICK HERE.
*Retreat attendees will receive a discounted ticket price for this extra day if you sign up for both events. This day is NOT part of the Whimsy Annual Retreat. You do not need to attend the Whimsy Retreat to attend this Copic Day with Faye and visa versa. 

Questions: please email us at whimsystamps@gmail.com

Meet Our Illustrators - Jennifer Dove






My name is Jennifer Dove, I have 2 adult boys and a 3 year old daughter as well as a supportive Hubby.  I live full time in an RV, giving me the opportunity to travel and teach.  I am a Copic Certification Instructor for both the Fine Arts and West Coast Regional Education team through Imagaination International Inc.  I am also the owner of DoveArts Studios and love to create and color as much as I can.  I am blessed to be apart of the Whimsy family and look forward to a long future with such talent.

 1.)    If you had to choose, what would your top 3 favorite Whimsy products be and why?   I just adore all the sweet animals.
2.)    If you could have a super power, what would it be? Creating more time - to be able to juggle a 3 year old, and life…and still have extra time to create, design, color and make lovely artsy messes.
3.)    List 3 things someone would be surprised to learn about you?  I lived in Alaska for over 10 years and was a heavy equipment operation by trade.
4.)    What is your favorite coloring medium?  My favorite coloring medium are the Copic Markers.
5.)    If you had to survive on just 3 foods, what would they be? Coffee, Coffee and Coffee with Baileys
6.)    What do you like most about being a member of the Whimsy Creative Team?  Whimsy is a wonderful company with so many different design options to choose from, making it quite easy to create a lovely little masterpiece7.)    What challenges you when stamping/crafting?  Researching and figuring out how to color something more realistic that I haven’t colored before.


Rainbows and Butterflies with Alanna

Hi Whimsy fans - Alanna here and I have a bright and fun card to share with you today for Whimsy Stamps. I started by taking some of my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and scribbled them onto a piece of water color card stock. I then spritzed the panel and let the markers move.  After the panel was dry, I then spritzed it again with a bunch of shimmer spray. You can't see it in the picture but IRL it is so beautiful and sparkly.

It was now time to get to work on the stamping. I took one of the beautiful butterfly images from the Flight of the Butterflies stamp set and stamped it 3 times with black ink. I used my Misti to stamp them multiple times to get a really crisp impression.  I added a sentiment from the Simple Sentiments set, die cut my panel with a stitched die and then added some White Blizzard Nuvo Drops. 


Meet Our Illustrators - Deb Davis

Hi I’m Deb Davis and I work full time as the creative director at Whimsy Stamps.  It’s my job to keep us on trend, to develop fun new products and to be Denise’s right hand woman (best job ever).  I also have my own Amped2Stamp line of Whimsy products.  And since I’m a long-time avid stamper it’s a huge bonus that I get to design with our amazingly talented creative team too (best team ever).

1. If you had to choose, what would your top 3 favorite Whimsy products be and why? 1-Our clear stamp sets.  Because each set has so many options/possibilities and many combine with one another for even more versatility, I like getting the most I can out of any stamp set.  2-our new stencils, I love our designs and the quality is the best I’ve ever used.  3-our complementing dies, because I love the fact they can be used to cut out their matching stamp set images but they also include dies that can be used independently of the stamp set. 

2. If you could have a super power, what would it be?  Definitely time travel but if I could have a second one it would be to talk to animals.

3. What Whimsy stamp or stamp set could you not live without and why? I’d have to say Deepest Sympathy and Magical Birthday Wishes, because you always need birthday and sympathy sentiments.

4, What is your favorite color combo and favorite coloring medium? There’s no way I could pick just one favorite color combo because I love every color I ever met.  I do like some more than others so here are 3 long-time favs, pink-grey-white, red-black-white and anything pastel peachy/ corals with pastel turquois/aqua.  But ask me tomorrow and I’d probably give you a different answer.  Just like color combos I love all color mediums but this answer is a little easier since my go-to mediums are water coloring with either distress inks or pencils and Copic markers.

5.  If you had to survive on just 3 foods, what would they be? Well between what I don’t eat, what I can’t eat and what I won’t eat that pretty much really does leave me only 3 foods to survive on.  So those three foods would have to be fruit, seafood, potatoes and veggies, oh wait that’s 4 foods, okay I survive on 4 foods not 3.

6. What do you like most about being a member of the Whimsy Creative Team? Brainstorming with Denise, seeing all the creative projects the team makes with our products and being part of a diverse, innovative, professional team of encouraging and talented artists.

7. What challenges you when stamping/crafting? Not smudging in some way or another every single project that I make.

My favorite project would have to be this one using the Paws to Remember stamp set.  This was the first set I created for our Rainbow Bridge collection and is near and very dear to my heart for many reasons.


If I could pick another one it would be this one of Franken Schmutz, because he just cracks me up every time I see him and I love that my Monster Mash collection can be used all year long and aren’t  especially for Halloween at all.  Although Halloween is my favorite hands down. 


Thanks for letting me share some stuffs about myself, I’m so very blessed and grateful to be part of this amazingly wonderful world of Whimsy!

Stamping Hugs, Deb

Meet Our Illustrators - Krista Heij-Barber

Hi, I'm Krista. I am a Canadian, transplanted to Florida, transplanted to the Midwest...so what does that make me besides super cold?! Haha! I used to work at Walt Disney Animation in Florida and am now Illustrating full time and enjoying the work I do for Whimsy Stamps!

1. Some of my favorite Whimsy products are the rubber stamps of course ;) and if I could
have matching die cuts, that is the “look” I like best. I love to co-ordinate my images with
patterned papers as a background or even an accent, such as a heart.
2. My super power..... oh boy, I really wish I had super speed. So I could get everything done in a day that needs to be done.
3. A couple things that would surprise anyone....1. I can pick up objects with my feet. 2. I am
quite an introvert, although many artists are.
4. My favorite color combo has to be teal/aqua, grey and a pale, pale pink. Really anything
combined with teal. My favorite coloring medium is digital. As you can tell by the Whimsy
ads I color all my stuff digitally. I also love coloring with colored pencils. I am really hoping
to do some videos on that in 2018.
5. If I had to survive on 3 food, I think it would be water, cream and coffee. That pretty much
says it all. :)

My favorite stamp that I’ve done for Whimsy... that’s a hard one. I never am happy with what I do, like a true artist. ;)  I am partial to the “Sledding Time” and the “Sledding Snowman”. I love the movement these have.


                    Sledding Snowman   Sledding Time

Meet Our Illustrators - Kirsten Winkelbauer



My name is Kirsten and I'm an illustrator and designer working with the incredible team at Whimsy Stamps! I love coming up with cute, fun designs that can vary from silly to spooky, and using vibrant colors in my finished pieces. While I'm new to stamping and paper crafting, I've loved how easily I've been able to merge my experiences with illustration into a new medium!

List 3 Things Someone Would Be Surprised to Learn About You:
1) I love spooky things, but I'm terrified of scary movies and stories
2) I will eat almost anything except rice pudding and quiche
3) Even though I've had dogs my whole life, I have a mild pet dander allergy. I just deal with it :)

What Is Your Favorite Color Combo and Favorite Coloring Medium? I love how different hues of mint and peach look together! I think pastels are super pretty but that's definitely my favorite. I prefer working in watercolors or markers more than anything else.

What Do You Like Most About Being A Member of the Whimsy Creative Team? I love being in a community of other crafters and creators who not only inspire me to make beautiful, fun things, but are also incredibly sweet and supportive people!

What Challenges You When Stamping/Crafting? I feel like I struggle with making up my mind about a design before jumping into it. I always have a million different ideas I want to try, so sometimes I'll be halfway through a project and decide to try something new right in the middle of it. Sometimes it works and I come out with something great, but other times it'll end up more of a learning experience of what does and doesn't work well together. In some situations, reigning in creative energy can be just as hard trying to generate it! But I feel lucky to have a creative outlet that lets me try all those new ideas, even if they don't always work.

My favorite Whimsy design that I've created do far is "Smiles and Surprises." I just like the pose and design of how silly and big the present is. It's also the stamp I use the most when making cards and gift tags for presents I give to people, so it's been well loved and used by me!

https://whimsystamps.com/collections/kirsten-winkelbauer