Friday, October 19, 2018

Imagine and So Suzy Crackerbox Blog Hop

Hi ya everyone!  I'm excited to be participating in the fun blog hop with Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps and IMAGINE!  You know my love for Imagine products and it's so fun to use them with a fabulous stamp company like Crackerbox and Suzy!

Today, I used the fabulous stamp Blowing Leaves and the sentiment Autumn Dancing!  I stamped them on watercolor paper.  Then used my favorite Memento Dye inks to watercolor the leaves or smoosh into the background with water.  I love how I got to totally different styles with the same colors of ink just used in a different way!  I also stamped the sentiment in Nocturne Versafine Clair.  It's not easy to stamp on rough watercolor paper, but this turned out perfect with Versafine Clair.  I also added pico embellisher on the leaves I watercolored carefully.  Then was able to add the blue background ink to paint the sky.  I used the following Memento Inks:  Lady Bug, Dandelion, Potters Clay, Morroco, Rich Cocoa, Bamboo Leaves and Summer Sky.

Make sure to comment on each blog!  We have two days of hopping and if you hop and comment on both days you will increase your chance of winning either a $25 gift certificate to Imagine or Crackerbox and Suzy! Below you will find the links to today's hoppers!  Make sure to look on the Imagine or Crackerbox and Suzy blog to find all the fabulous information!
Melissa Andrew - you are here!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Autumn Leaves and Pumpkins - YES PLEASE

Hi ya everyone!  Melissa here!
I'm so excited to be sharing my first post as a LDRS design team member.  Now that fall is in the air, I couldn't wait to use the cute little stamp set called Happy Fall.  The little mice are super adorable and putting all three on a card felt right! 
 First, I created design paper with the Plaid stencil.  I took a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of white card stock and colored it all yellow with an ink dauber and the Dan-D-Lion hybrid ink.  Next, I laid the plaid stencil down and inked all over the stencil with In Your Face Orange hybrid ink.  Look how pretty that background paper is!  I also show you a background I made using Raven and In Your Face Orange hybrid ink.
I colored the mice and leaves with my alcohol markers on white card stock.  I also stamped the super cute sentiment on the card and added some glitter dots.
Last, I mounted the card stock with the colored mice onto the center of my background plaid paper.  I made an A2 sized card in brown card and added both to the card base.
I hope you enjoyed today's card and I inspired you to use the new plaid stencil to create your own background!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Blending Versafine Clair Inks

I just love fall and today I'm sharing with you my Imagine project for October!  I just love my Versafine Clair inks because they stamp the perfect sentiment, but did you know they blend beautifully too?  Check out my tutorial on the Imagine channel above!  All products used are listed on the YouTube channel description box!  Just look for the Imagine channel!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Joy Clair World Card Making Day Blog Hop

Today I am joining in the Joy Clair blog hop for World Card Making Day!  There are so many fun things happening on this day and I'm excited to be a part of it.  Joy Clair has the most adorable stamps.  My creation today used Doodle Flower Background and Best Buds.

I inked the background stamp with Versafine Clair and used the gorgeous sparkle embossing powder from Imagine.  I also used my Fireworks Spray to create two beautifully colored background papers for the stamp.  I colored the turtles with alcohol markers.


We're giving away three Stamp sets from Joy Clair Store! Just leave a comment on every destination along the Hop to be in with a chance to win!

Comments close at 23:59 EST on 7th October 2018.

Don't forget that we have a lot more going on the rest of the day! We hope to see you back here for the new events - there will be lots of opportunities to be inspired and to get crafty with us!
Happy hopping! 


Ready for more inspiration? Here is the list of my friends that are part of this big celebration "Around the World Card Making Day Blog Hop with Joy Clair"

World Card Making Day with Whimsy Stamps

Hello and Welcome to World Card Making Day with Whimsy Stamps!  We are so excited for you to join the fun today with an amazing blog hop from the talented Whimsy artists.  Each blog will have some inspiration with a card perfect for World Card Making Day. 

Today, I would like to share my project using the fabulous clear stamp sets from Whimsy Stamps called, Purre Love and Shine Bright.

I created today's card by cutting a mask out of my masking paper with a circle die in the middle.  I pulled out the circle and used the negative to place on white card stock.  I stamped my girl and kitty image and masked her.  I inked the background with Tea Leaves, Spring Pansy, Night Sky and Midnight Black VersaMagic Chalk Ink.  I splattered Platinum acrylic paint and white acrylic paint.  

I removed the mask and colored the image in Copics.  I stamped the sentiment in VersaFine Clair.  Then added stars with silver embossing powder.  Last I mounted the white card on purple card stock and added some sequence. 

The card making community is so wonderful and Denise the owner of Whimsy Stamps wanted to share her appreciation with a fun day filled with inspiration, prizes and freebies.   Make sure to comment on each blog post to be eligible for the prizes.  In order to get the beautiful freebies that will be available make sure to join our Whimsy Stamps and InspirationFacebook group.
If you happened upon my blog without knowing there is a blog hop today, make sure to start at the beginning so you don't miss any of the wonderful inspiration and prize opportunities!!!

Blog Hop List:

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Season's Greeting with Imagine

Hi ya everyone!  Today, I'm sharing a video on the Imagine YouTube Channel. I started to create some Christmas cards and I loved the idea of a red and gold theme.  The inspiration color this month is Sangria.  I tried combining two fun colors, rhubarb stalk and burgundy.  I simply water colored the background and embossed gold snowflakes from Whimsy Stamps.  

MAke sure to check out all the details on the Imagine YouTube Channel. Please make sure to subscribe and thumbs up.  There are so many amazing artists that share on that channel.  Also, we link to the products we use in the video for easy shopping!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Creepy Coffins with Imagine!

Hi ya everyone!  I'm so excited to share this project for Imagine today!  I love Fireworks! Sprays and I show you how I used them to make these fun marble pattern coffins.  I also colored my little vampires from SugarPea Designs in Memento Markers.

I hear that vampires these days sparkle so I added some fun Sheer Shimmer Spray and a bit of irRESISTable pico embellisher.  Want to see how?  All products used are linked in the description box when you go to YouTube.  Check out the Imagine YouTube Channel below:

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Creepy Clowns - Whimsy Stamps Release

Hi ya everyone!  Ready for a little scary?  Today I'm sharing a card I created using the new clear stamp set called Creepy Clowns!  At first, I was like...oh these are creepy, but I will tell you I LOVED coloring this guy.  Making darker shadows on his face and making it look like he was in front of a flashlight was SO fun.  Truly, sometimes when I see a stamp, I think I don't am I going to pull this off...then I start coloring, and I fall in love! 

I also used the new web background!  Which is a gorgeous design and fun to use.  Hate to tell you, but this one sold out FAST.  However, it will be back in stock soon!

Make sure to check out all the new release images at Whimsy Stamps!

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Sunflowers - Whimsy Stamp Release Day 3

Hi ya everyone!  Have you gotten a chance to check-out all the adorable new stamps from Whimsy?  It's release week and I just love this new background stamp called Delightful Daisies.  However, I saw sunflowers, so watercolored them as such!  I love this fun designs and used my Memento inks to watercolor the flowers.  I used Potters Clay and Dandelion as well as a Jumbo Java VersaMagic for the brown center.  I cut the Kraft card with the Hand Stitched Nested Rectangles.  I added some twin then adhered the Kraft to the card base.  The sentiment from Farmhouse Wreaths Clear Stamp set and is stamped with Versafine Clair Pinecone.


Saturday, September 1, 2018

A Frightful Halloween with Whimsy Stamps September Release - Day 1

Hi ya everyone!  It's almost my favorite time of year; football, coffee, pumpkins, falling leaves and cozy nights.  I love fall and Halloween.  Today, Whimsy starts there week long release and of course it's chalked full of Halloween fun! 

I used the new sentiment set called, You're My Boo!  It's a boo-tiful set for all your Halloween sentiment stamping!  I also used a set from last Halloween's release called Boo to You.  I colored Little Frank in my Copics with a no line technique.  The paper is from the Bo Bunny called Wonderfully Wicked.  Make sure to head to the Whimsy blog for today's release and see all the inspiration the design team has cooked up for you.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Whimsy Stamps and Glue Dots Inspirations Hop

Whimsy Stamps and Glue Dots Inspirations Hop

Join us from August 27h through August 31st for a fun joint blog hop between Whimsy Stamps and Glue Dots. Our teams will be sharing lots of beautiful projects featuring products from both of these companies. And we will have lots of prizes hidden along the hop as well as a grand prize valued at $100!

To enter into the giveaways, you just need to comment on EACH blog throughout the hop. Then for the grand prize after you have commented on all stops along the hop, enter your name and email in the linky tool at the last stop. Winners will be randomly selected and announced on Monday, September 3rd. Good luck and have fun!

Today, I used the adorable Whimsy Stamps set called Espresso-LY Great.  The tired coffee cup is perfect for a coffee drinker like me!  I need it to function and as the cup is full, I'm not yet functioning :).  I paired this adorable coffee set with the fantastic Card Builder Die set from Whimsy Stamps.  I used Rich Cocoa and Dessert Sand Fireworks Sprays to create the background.  I also used the wonderful Glue Dots adhesive roller you see above!  All I can say, is it's fantastic!

For a full tutorial please watch the video below!

Blog Hop Link List:

Full Hop Link List Glue Dots Blog
Melissa - YOU ARE HERE!
Whimsy Blog ----- you are here

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Imagine: Happy Birthday Mixed Media Tag

Hi ya everyone!  I've been super busy the last few weeks!  I'm getting a chance to post this tag I did for Imagine using a number of gorgeous Imagine products!  I love making tags.  They are simple and useful for birthday gifts!  I have a full video tutorial at the Imagine channel on YouTube!  Check it out below.
You can find a full description of items used on YouTube in the description box of the video!  Enjoy

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Hang in There with the Nope Rope!

Hi ya everyone!  I have another card I made using the adorable Nope Rope set from Whimsy Stamps!  I thought the sentiment was perfect for this guy that is hanging out in a tree!  Whimsy Stamps has a whole slew of gorgeous stamps that are available now!

I will soon share a video on how I colored and made this adorable card using the Nope Rope and Whimsy Stamps Oval Dies as well!

Get your Nope Rope by clicking on the display below!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Nope Rope is Close to My Heart

I'm so excited to share with you my very first stamp set!  You heard right.  I love these little snakes and thought the sentiments too cute not to share.  So the wonderful Denise at Whimsy Stamps turned these into a sweet stamp set that you can purchase! 

Nothing fancy for sure, but there is an adorable little tie that you can add to make your nope rope a little dapper!  I created a video on how to color the adorable little patterns on these cuties too!


Get your Nope Rope by clicking on the display below!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Whimsy Stamps August Release - Day 1

Hi ya everyone!  Welcome to Whimsy Stamp Release Week - Day 1!  This month we have some serious cuties and I'm so excited to see some beautiful fall creations sneaking into this release. 

Today, I'm sharing the adorable Honeycomb from Elisabeth Bell.  Isn't she darling.  I had so much fun choosing colors for this card. I colored her in my Copics.  I also used the Stitched Die Rectangle set from Whimsy to cut her out. 

I hope you enjoyed today's card and will head to the Whimsy Stamps Blog for more inspiration and to see all the fabulous release images this week!  I'm really excited because I have my very first designed stamp set coming out too! 

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

A Fairy Sweetie from Whimsy Stamps - Copic Coloring

Hello everyone!  I'm excited to share a card with you today.  I colored this fairy named Sweetie from Sylvia Zet while at the Whimsy Stamps Retreat with the wonderfully creative and talented Faye.  It was wonderful to sit with a friend I've known for years but had never met in person.

After coloring this beauty with Copics, I cut her out with the Basic Stitched Ovals Die.  I simply stamped the hello from the Fly By clear stamp set in Nocturne Versafine Clair.  I also added a few gold accents with irRESISTable Pico, bling and finally a white sheer bow.

Each product I used can be found below.  Just click on the image and you will find the product in the Whimsy Store.


Copic Markers are also available at Whimsy Stamps HERE.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Dog Lover Greeting Card and Watercolor Technique for Imagine

Hi ya everyone!  I am sharing my July design team project for Imagine.  I have to say, that each Imagine/Tsukineko product I use, I love it.  There are so many fun and delightful ways to use their products and today, I am sharing a watercolor technique that you are sure to love.

I wanted to do a fun watercolor card using my Memento markers.  I also used a number of Whimsy Stamp Products to create this sweet card.  I show you a number of watercoloring techniques in the video that you can use with any type of water color medium.

Make sure to watch it all and subscribe to the Imagine channel!  They have a number of fabulous artists that share daily!

Products Used:
Imagine • VersaFine Clair - Morning Mist - • Memento Markers - Summer Sky, Bahama Blue, Angel Pink, Rose Bud, London Fog, Rich Cocoa - • Imagine Embossing Powder - Clear - • Tear It! Tape - Other • Whimsy Stamps - Shaker Maker Banner Set, An Unbreakable Bond, Puppy Paws Background • Paper Trimmer • Heat Tool • Canson Watercolor Paper • White Cardstock

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ahoy Matey from Whimsy Stamps

Hi ya everyone!  I just wanted a quick card I colored using the adorable new stamp set from Whimsy Stamps called Ahoy Matey!  Isn't it just too cute.  The sentiments are awesome and coloring these images with my Copics was a lot of fun.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Watercolored Flowers - July Paper Door

Hi ya everyone!  The new Paper Door kit is available and it's so gorgeous.  Introducing, Beaucoup Bouquet.  I really love this kit and have used it in so many different ways.  The Distress Inks in the kit are amazing!  The colors of the die for and the stamps, WOW!  They also come with matching dies.  I love it.

I created a video on how to watercolor the flowers with the Distress Inks that come in the kit!

Make sure to pick your kit up today!  They won't last long!

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