Thought of the Week

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population. Albert Einstein

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Whimsy new release review

Hi Whimsy fans and welcome to our ...
September Release Grand Blog Hop

This week we are releasing 22 *BRAND NEW* red rubber stamps/stamp sets and 7 *BRAND NEW* coordinating die/die sets, and they will be available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store and selected Whimsy Stamps retailers ... TODAY!

PRIZE ALERT ... We have hidden a fabulous prize of a $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE at one of the stops on today’s hop! We will draw the lucky winner from the comments left here and on today’s design team posts (listed below), so be sure to visit everyone and leave a comment at every stop to be entered into the draw.

 Doesn't Crissy Armstrong create the most adorable and sweet stamps eva?  This one is called Jungle Bells 3 Giraffe.  The sentiment is from the new set called Christmas Presents from Raindrop Echo Designs.  I hope you've enjoyed all of the fabulous creations done by the DT and all of the amazing new stamps and dies from Whimsy Stamps!!  Don't forget to visit all of the blogs on today's hop for a chance at winning.

Lis Murphy (GDT)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Whimsy Stamps...Sept release Preview Day 1

Oh it's that fun time of the month...when the Whimsy DT gets to show you the fabulous new stamps and dies for the month!  Over the next 3 days, the DT will reveal all of the new stamps and dies available for purchase in the Whimsy Store on Wednesday!
There is a fabulous $15 prize hidden on one of the blogs today.  Don't forget to visit all of the blogs in today's hop to increase your chances of winning.

The order for today's hop is:

 This oh so sweet little guy and his friend is called Painting the Fence and is by Elisabeth Bell (Little Cottage Cuties).  I've used primarily Copic markers to color them up with a touch of colored pencils.

Thanks for stopping by today, and good luck on the hop today!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Witch Hazel

Good morning everyone!  I hope your week has been going well.  I finally got off my keister and began to seriously organize my craft space(s).  Part of the plan was to get rid of the hodge podge of furniture and storage devices I had hobbled together since this addiction of crafting began and actually purchase furniture more conducive to organizing.  What I hadn't planned on was how old I apparently became somewhere along the way.  Off to IKEA, loaded everything in the SUV (no staff anywhere to be seen to help put it in the truck, unless one counts the non-english speaking guy in the IKEA shirt who was wandering around avoiding helping load vehicles).  Oh crap, husband traveling, kids to weak to help, now I have to haul this stuff out of the SUV up a flight of stairs into the house and then down another flight to get it to the basement.  I love that IKEA packs flat...boxes slide well down the stairs.  And elves did not come and put the stuff together while I went to catch a breather.  Oh well.  While putting stuff together isn't my fav thing, I'm actually pretty good with following instructions especially when there are pictures and the underemployed Chinese engineer hasn't written the instructions.  A few hours later (or more), everything (for one room) is put together and situated.  Feeling pretty damn good about myself.  Until this morning...good heavens I might as well have run a marathon.  At what point did I get so old that lifting boxes and using a screwdriver (hello IKEA....please make your screw heads larger so they work better with a drill!) makes me sore.  Sad!
Well enough of my whinging and on to the real reason for the post.

Hazel is one of my fav Halloween stamps and just so stinkin cute.  She's from Whimsy Stamps and the talented Sylvia Zet (Wee Stamps).  I kept the colors brighter and cheerier for more of a kid's card.

She's been colored up with Copics of course.

Thanks for stopping by and hope your day is fantastic.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Whole Lotta...

Everything going on!  It's been a crazy busy couple of weeks, but of course, a good kind of busy.  I've had some awesomely wonderful coloring classes, card making classes and of course, the perennial favorite Cocktails class with some amazingly talented and uber fun students.  Toss in a visit from family and showing them the sights of the area which rounds out the fun.  I think I might need to take a nap today:)
In one of our card making classes, the students had a great time playing around with some of the fabulous Whimsy Clear Stamp sets from SC Designs.
This fun set is called Happy Everything. Love love love this set as it's so versatile and works beautifully with the die "Happy". The background was stamped and embossed, then water colored and then the embossing was removed in order to stamp.  I love how the lines still show through the stamp but the surface is completely smooth to the touch.

I hope everyone has a great rest of their weekend.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

In the Park

Two posts in two days!  I'm definitely on a roll.  The kids are still sleeping, and it's a peaceful beautiful morning and perfect for blogging another orphaned card that's been patiently waiting on my computer.

This beautiful digi is from Just Inklined and colored up with a variety of alcohol markers and colored pencils.  The paper is from Prima and the sentiment is from a Flourishes set.
Oh to have the time to peacefully read a book outdoors with no other worries:)

Thanks for stopping by and hope the rest of your weekend is fantastic!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cat Witch

Oh is it a happy happy Saturday or what?  It's been a crazy busy week, in a good way of course, with teaching and prepping all of the manuals for the upcoming classes and getting next week's classes all ready to go.  My Dad and his wife are coming for a visit next week, so I wanted to get everything done in advance so I could spend time with them doing the touristy thing in Colorado.

Onto the reason for today's post:)
Isn't this cat just too darn cute?  This ferocious kitty is called Cat Witch from Crissy Armstrong at Whimsy Stamps.

I wanted to play around with some twinkling H20s to see how they'd blend with the TH watercolor paper, and if I could control the movement of the water/paint so I didn't have to mask off the stamped image. I also wanted to check out how the alcohol markers did over top of the twinkling H20s and if there would be a resist.  I'll definitely use this again and of course the second time around comes a little more mastery than the first:)

Thanks for swinging by today, and I hope everyone has a great weekend and those in the US have a great long holiday weekend!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Kickin up some Fall

Whoohoo the kids are back in school and my ass is dragging! I guess I should've started going to bed a little earlier sooner than the night before school started to try and prep my body for the early wake up time.  6am rolls around very quickly when one is by nature an owl and 3am is bedtime.  But nevertheless, I have a whopping 7 hours all to my lonesome on the week days.  Of course it seems each week there is a day (or two) of holiday or a teacher learning something or other, but beggars can't be choosy:) 
On to the real reason for today's actual completed card!
This perfect Fall themed stamp is by Crissy Armstrong at Whimsy Stamps called Kickin up Leaves.  Don't they make the cutest pair?

They've been colored up with alcohol markers and touched up with multiliners.

The sentiment and coordinating die cut from Raindrop Echo Designs is from The Pumpkin Sentiment set and the die is called Pumpkin Die

Thanks for swinging by today and hope everyone is having wonderful week.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Summer Sweetness

Happy Friday/weekend to everyone.
  I hope everyone had a great week and have some fun things planned for the weekend.
I have just a fun post showing off one of the new August released stamps from Whimsy Stamps.

This little cutie is from Elisabeth Bell called Little Sun Kissed Summer Sweetness.  The sentiment is from SC Designs called Sweet as Candy--Sweet Labels stamped with Versafine in black.

She's been colored up with alcohol markers, and I played around with some different textures and colors for the background.

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


I hope everyone who has kids is gearing up to send the rugrats back to school! 
Fortune spent on school supplies and still not finding every ridiculous thing on the list...check
At least one outfit that doesn't have a stain on it or holes in it for the first day...check
Hair cuts...check
Back to school open houses...half way done
School fees paid...check
Personal hygiene routine re-implemented...check
Gearing up for the drop off and pick up procedures in the am/pm with parents who either 1) forget their children are really going to school 2) act like they've never driven 3) believe their Johnny is the most special kid in the entire world and need to say good-bye for 5 minutes and last but not least 4) the traffic rules and procedures DO NOT apply to those in #3 because they are as special as Johnny...check
In case you're curious, I have 117 hours and 40 minutes until normalcy returns to my daily routine:)!!

So onto the real reason for today's show a poor orphaned card (of which I have many) which I haven't blogged

I had a request for a card for the coach of a youth Rugby team and voila, here it is.  I have not the slightest idea of how Rugby balls are colored or the cleats etc, so combined with my wild ass guess and google, and here is what I came up with.  I have seen Rugby on TV at 2 am while flipping through ESPN but I never paid attention to colors...only to the cauliflower ears of some of the players thinking they would compete well with wrestlers and MMA as to who may have the largest ears.

I think I got the colors correct for the 6Nations logo and the team colors...well I kind went with Ohio State colors which had nothing to do with the coach who is actually from the UK so let's say it's not OSU but the UK!  The fabulous image is from Just Inklined and the sentiment is from a Rugby set by Dare 2 Be Artzy.  Of course the image was colored up with alcohol markers and a few DIs and some colored pencils tossed in just for good measure.

That's it for me today, and I hope everyone has a fabulous rest of their week!

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