Saturday, May 20, 2017

Penguin Pool Party

Hi Peeps! How is it going?! I have a new rubber image to share with you today, new in the store this week.  It is "Penguin Pool Party"!  This image brings back some pretty fun memories of playing in the water on hot summer days.  I know we aren't there yet with the weather (at least, not where I live!), but we will get there soon enough!
The gorgeous papers are from some of the digital collections at Whimsy Stamps.  I used some from "Soft Spring Greens",  and also "Blue and Pink Mix", and you can find these and other beautiful digital paper selections at Whimsy HERE
I coloured Penguin Pool Party with the following Copics: 
Blacks: W1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0
Hose: G02, 07, YG45
Bathing Suit: RV07, 09, 19
Pool: B00 all over and then RV02, RB10, BV20, 23, for shading.  Also 0 for highlights.
Grass: YG61, G21, 40
Hat: BV20,  E40, 0
Penguin Whites: BV20 and a Prismacolour marker Cream
Water: B00, 60
R30 plus 0 for the cheek blush
I also used Whimsy Enamel dots for some sparkle. 
I distressed all my layers by scraping them with the edge of a metal ruler. Makes a mess, but I love the extra texture it gives the card. 
Thanks for coming by today! 
See you next time!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Exciting news for YOU!

I had a lot of fun with this card.  I used Goldfish Gertie and Goldfish Gunther digital images, as well as digital paper from the set, "Deep Sea".  The sentiment is also digital, from the Fish Sentiments (what a cute set!).  This is relatively CAS as far as card construction goes.  It is really all on one layer, because all my layers are "virtual", done on the computer before I printed it out! The colouring is actual though, done with Copic markers, after I printed the background paper. Here are the links to the products used: Goldfish Gertie
Deep Sea paper

Listen, I have some exciting news to share (about you, not me!) so take a look at what Denise had to say about giving back to her customers at Whimsy!~
Drumroll please…INTRODUCING Whimsy Stamps NEW Customer Appreciation Stamp set program! Our CAS set program is the pinnacle of our Attitude of Gratitude campaign and we’re SO EXCITED to be able to offer it to YOU our amazing customers! Starting May 8th and once per month thereafter, we will release an EXCLUSIVE NEW 4x6 clear stamp for FREE to anyone who places a retail order of $75 or more in the Whimsy Stamps store (excludes digital items, tax and shipping)! 
Our May CAS set is now available, it's called Paws to Remember, and is designed by our newest Whimsy Illustrator and Creative Director Deb Davis (who has a new blog coming 5/17). Paws to Remember is also the first set of our NEW Rainbow Bridge stamp series and will coordinate beautifully with sets from our May release, due out May 17th. #whimsystamps

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Penguin Rainy Day

Hey!! Hello there! It is Release Day at Whimsy Stamps for new Digital products! I have "Penguin Rainy Day" to show you today.  I printed it atop the beautiful digi paper, "April Showers" by Tracy Wray.  I reduced the boldness of the lines so that they were very faint (they call that the "no-lines" look!).  I coloured the image with the following Copic markers: 
Blacks: C2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Blender 0
Yellows: Y13, 15, 19, 26, V93, 95
Duck: Y04, E40, V91, BV20
Whites: E40, V91, BV20
Umbrella: RV42, 32, V91
Beaks and duck feet: YR12, 21, 14, 27
Water puddle: BG0000, 000, YR21, Y13, C2
I really like the way the image pops when it is printed atop the digi paper! I want to do this method again for sure. 
The sentiment is from Tracy's Spring Mix Sentiments, also digital. Here is the full card:
Did you know that Whimsy now has a portion of their catalogue called, "Attitude of Gratitude" which has digital freebies for Whimsy fans? Those free digital items will also come in handy if you don't have any Whimsy products and you want to join the monthly Challenges.  
There is a fifteen dollar shopping certificate for the Whimsy Store that goes to one lucky winner of the monthly challenge, so get in on your chance to win by participating (see all the details at the Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Challenge Blog)
Happy Spring everyone!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Penguin Hugs

 Hi Peeps!  Here is "Penguin Hugs", one of my newer rubber images for Whimsy Stamps. 
I coloured the image on Hammermill 100 lb paper with Copics.  It has become my favourite paper for Copic markers, allowing me to layer with ease. 
I used a Spellbinders circle die to cut out the image layer.  
My paper background is actually a couple of digi sheets, one of which I "cut" virtually in my photo program into a circle (the light pink circle) and layered it atop the beautifully designed darker pink layer.  The light pink is from "Mint Green Light" digital pack, and the darker pink is from "Mint Green Dark" digital paper pack. So even though it was two sheets of digital paper, I only used one paper for printing, because I layered them virtually!
The Pages program made it easy to automatically centre the light pink circle overtop the dark pink background layer.  Then all I had to do was hit "print" and voila, it was done! Did I tell you that I LOVE using digital papers now?! SO easy and SO versatile and no more paper scraps or having to store paper pads!  It is all "virtual" and when you print it at the exact size you want, there is no waste! Tracy Wray over at Whimsy makes the most beautiful designer paper I have ever seen... so she keeps me very, very happy with her designs! The only caveat is that it does take a lot of printer ink; however, what you spend on printer ink you save from not having to buy actual paper pads - much of which you don't end up using, and then you have to decide how to purge it from your craft supplies.  Yes, I am a big fan of digital paper!
My "Heartfelt" is from the die set, "Sympathy Heartfelt and Condolences" (although in this case, obviously, I used "heartfelt" for a happier purpose!!) and also the word "wishes" from the "Birthday Wishes and Magical" die set.  Both sets are so versatile, and can be used in so many ways and for so many occasions.  Aren't they beautiful!?
"You're Sweet" sentiment comes from Various Occasions 2 Sentiments, also a digital set at Whimsy.
Here is the Copic list: 
Grass - G21, 24, 28
Penguin on left: C0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0
Penguin on right: W0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Feet: YR12, 14, 27, E39
Whites: E40, E70, E50, RV93, BV20, 0
some RV's on the flowers
R30 for penguin's blush (plus 0 to blend it)
Thanks for looking!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Penguin Loves His Kittens

 
Hi peeps! Here's another digital image, Penguin Loves His Kittens ! 
I coloured the image with Copics and then I went over most of it with coloured pencil, just for fun, to add to the overall effect! For the Penguin Blacks I used: 
C1, 2, 3. 4. 5, 6. 8
Whites: E50, 40,41, V93, 95
Kitties: YR12, 14, 27, R30 noses and inner ears
Feet and beak - same as the kittens, although I added E37 and 39 too. 
I used some gorgeous digital papers on this one, from "Pet Papers 2" as well as "Blue Bell Bliss".  And if you notice the floral die cut panel - that is the New Cherry Blossom die panel; both the papers and the die cut are designed by Tracy Wray of Whimsy Stamps.  I just adore her work and if you haven't seen any of her paper line or dies and now stamps too, you really need to check them out at Whimsy.  She's phenomenal!
The Happy Birthday is one of three sentiments in a word die at Whimsy.  It is on clearance and you must get it now if you want it, because when it's gone, there are no more to be had!  


For some final touches on this card, I used some Copic white in random places along the edges of layers and the word die. 
Hope you are enjoying our spring weather!
God bless you!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Penguin Loves Bunny

Hi Peeps!

Penguin Loves Bunny is a new rubber image and can be found at Whimsy HERE.
The papers are gorgeous, aren't they? I used Vintage Woods digital paper.  I just LOVE that set by Tracy! I made the sentiment with Whimsy's Brush Script Lowercase Alphabet die! 
I used Copic White on the embellishments and around the edges of some of the layers.
The pine cones were found in my front yard!
I coloured the image with the following Copics: 
Blacks: N1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 0
Ear and pads: R30, E04, BV20
Fur: E21, 23, 53, 55, 74
Beak and Feet: YR12 E35, 37, 39
Whites: E70, V95 E50, B60
Don't forget to check out the month-long challenges that Whimsy is now having- they offer a free image to use (if you don't have any other Whimsy products already) and if you join in using a Whimsy image or paper (either from your own stash or using the freebies offered) you get a chance to win a 15$ gift voucher for Whimsy Stamps!! What are you waiting for!?



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

New April Rubber!

Hi Peeps! It is rubber release time over at Whimsy and I have three new rubber images plus a set of three clear acrylic stamps to show you today! Here's what's new:



Monday, April 10, 2017

Littlest Angel Mother

Hi Peeps!  Here is a card made with digital stuff - my image, "Littlest Angel Mother", and Tracy's gorgeous papers from her pack, "Blue and Pink Mix".  
I coloured the image with Copics, however, I went over most of it with coloured pencils afterwards, so there's no point in giving a Copic list.  I hope you have a great day! God Bless! 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Bunnies Brushing Teeth - New Digi's!

 Hi Folks! This is the new digi image, "Bunnies Brushing Teeth"
as well as the digi papers from Whimsy called, "Vintage Woods".
Sentiment from Friend Quotes, also digital.
Check out the ever-growing collection of digital images at Whimsy HERE!
I coloured it with Copics and some coloured pencils too. 
I used the following Copics:
Fur: V93, E70, E40, BV20, BV23, 0, B0000, C00, Prismacolour Cream
R30 for blush and ears
YG03, 05 and BV20 on toothbrush as well as 0 
Some light blending overtop with a white coloured pencil
Thanks for looking! 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Bubble Gum Bun

 Hi Peeps! Here is a Happy Monday card to show you some of the sweet stuff available at Whimsy (and a sneak peek at a sentiment from a set coming out April 1st!). I used "Bubble Gum Bun" found HERE , as well as Tracy's super gorgeous Papers from the set called, "Pink Pop Papers" found HERE and also this set, "Softly Spring" found HERE . Image coloured with Copics. Enamel dots from Whimsy too. Thanks for looking! PS Don't forget we have a card challenge up and running again (well, paper craft, doesn't have to be a card) and the only rule is that it is a fresh-made paper craft project using a Whimsy image (rubber OR digital) OR Whimsy paper! If you enter, you get to have your name in a draw to possibly win a $15 gift certificate to Whimsy, so get in on your chance if you have some Whimsy stamps or paper floating around your craft room or in your computer! Visit the challenge blog here for all the details.
Copic list: 
Bunny fur: C0, 1, B60, E70, Prismacolour Marker "Cream", 0
Gum bubble: R81, 0
Gum wrapper: R81, 0, V93, 95, B12, 93, 95, V91, 95
Ears and foot pads: R30, 32, V93, E70, 0


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Roses



Hi Peeps! I have something quite different for you today.  I decided to stretch my horizons and take a class at Kit And Clowder.  It was a real challenge for me! I wanted to learn more about coloured pencil, and so I took Alyce's coloured pencil class for February, and these Roses were the image used in the class.  The image itself (uncoloured digital line drawing) can be found at Power Poppy and it is called, "Everything's Rosey".  I printed it very faintly so that the lines would not show (known in the rubber stamp community as "no lines colouring).  For this lesson, I decided to print it at approx 4x5 inches on my 5 x 7 paper.  Let me say this; paper is important.  The stuff I used was not meant to take the punishment I gave it, and the coloured pencils sometimes started tearing and disintegrating where I went over it too hard and too many times.  Next time, I'll get the proper paper before I attempt another one of these!
I have been asked how I did the background.  I simply followed (loosely) the instructions from Alyce in the class: layer, layer, layer, and with much time and patience, this is what I came up with.  I did stray a lot from the style of colouring Alyce shows in the class, but the principals are the same.  Just layer after layer to get the effect you want. 
 I felt it was important to include some of the cup colours and roses and leaves colours into the background.  When you do that, you bring in a sense of unity to the picture, by having some of the foreground colours included in the background. 


I'm beginning to create blackish areas using colour opposites; in this case, dark greens combined with dark reddish colours like Indian Red and Caput Mortuum. 


 I did use some black, but to be honest, by this point, it was not going down as black; it was rather, sitting atop all the layers and giving me a grey layer. I just went with it!


 I went over the cup again using some of the same dark blues I had used on the background, adding touches of those colours onto the "white" parts of the cup, to unify the picture some more.  It is always effective to use colours that are close to the white object, on the white object, since white reflects the colours that are surrounding it.  I also deepened the shading on the yellow parts of the cup.  For the finishing touches, I used black in the deepest parts of the shading on the roses - just a touch here and there, of black in all the shadows.  You can really see the difference in the depth those final touches make by looking at the previous picture as opposed to this one below. 
Thank you for looking!




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Whimsy Challenge: Anything Goes/ Easter

Whimsy has begun to run their Challenge Blog again, YAY!! 
This is my offering for the first challenge: Anything Goes, and/or Easter.  Every month we will have a new challenge, and you can either choose the Anything Goes theme, OR, you can let the "twist" inspire you to create something different.  Participants must use a Whimsy image OR Whimsy Paper to qualify and to enter. You can enter on the Whimsy Challenge Blog for a chance to win a $15 Gift Voucher for Whimsy Stamps.  AND, you can DOUBLE your chances if you enter again on the Whimsy Stamps and Inspiration Facebook Page!  So what are you waiting for, get your projects done and add your photo to the Whimsy Challenge Blog, or the FB page, or both, for your chance to win a lovely shopping spree from Whimsy Stamps! 
I have created a birthday card for a good friend.  I used my digital image called "Butterfly Friends".  My gorgeous background paper is by Tracy of Whimsy, from her "Buttefly Breezes 2" digital paper pack.  I love having digital paper - being able to print off as many sheets as I want is an incredible plus for someone like me! What's more you can size it how you like too.  It sure cuts down on storage problems too! 
I coloured her with Copics and added a bit of Polychromos pencils when I was done to smooth out a few areas. 
Coloured with the following Copics: 
Skin: E000, 00, 11. 21, RV91, 95 Blush: R30
Hair: E25, 55, 57, 59
T-shirt: V12, 95, (tiny bits of V28)
Shorts: E51, 53, V93, 95
Leaves and Grass: YG03, 05, 67, G40  
Flower center: YR12, 15, 27
Butterfly: V12, Bo1, FYG1
Sky: B0000 blended into G40
Thanks for stopping by today! 
God bless!