Blog Posts, Whimsy Stamp

Who Invited the Penguin?!

This new stamp set, Birthday Otters, is beyond adorable, just look at those faces!!!  I made a slim line card just so I could use all of them on one!

July release otter slim line 2

To start my slim line card I created an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base and trimmed another piece of thick white cardstock a little smaller than the front.  I inked this piece with shabby shutters.

Next I die cut the stitched cloud die an couple of times and inked them with dried marigold.  I then splattered with white and peach and let dry.

July release otter slim line

While the card front dried, I stamped the images, colored with copic markers, and added the white pen details.  After the front had dried, I added the bottom scallop and the the images with pop dots.

July release otter slim line up close

For the finishing touches, I added the sentiment on a quote bubble I die cut from my cameo silhouette and added sequins and white nuvo drops.

The copic marker colors I used:

  • otters: W7, W5, W3, W1, W0, W00, R32, R30 & 0
  • cake: E01, E00, E000, E0000, E29, E27, E23, E21, Y38, Y32 & 0
  • penguin: C5, C3, C1, C0, R37, R35, R32, R30, Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11 & 0
  • hats: R37, R35, R32, R30, YR68, YR65, YR01, YR000, YG09, YG07, YG05, YG01, B04, B01, B00, B000, V17, V15, V12 & V000

The new July release has been out a few weeks, if you haven’t seen it you should definitely take a look!

Thanks so much!


WS birthday otters stamps

birthday otter stamp set

WS grass and cloud edger dies

grass and cloud edger dies


Blog Posts, Craftin Desert Divas

Soaring Together!

I am continuing my Christmas in July just to try and stay ahead of schedule this year!  Being a card maker means your family and friends expect a handmade Christmas card and I want to be prepared this year!

This sweet card is a CAS card, which is usually not my style but when you are needing to make lots of cards, it helps immensely!

0715-soaring friends christmas card

I started my card by trimming watercolor paper a little smaller than my base and die cut the snowflake flurries near the top and then inked the paper with shaded lilac oxide ink, fading where I was placing the image.

I stamped the Doxie and friend, colored with copic markers, and fussy cut out.  Next, I stamped the sentiment and trimmed to make a long strip banner.

0715-soaring friends christmas card close up

To put it all together, I glued the three snowflakes left from the die cut flurry, added purple sequins, and nuvo drops in silver & purple.

I hope you are inspired to pull out your christmas stamps early and Craftin Desert Divas has a huge selection for you to get started now!

Thank you!



Blog Posts, Create a Smile

A Cool Thank You

I am so excited for you to see this new Create a Smile Stamps July release that will be available on July 19!  Today I am bringing you a slim line card featuring the Your Favorite Ice Cream stamp set and Useful Banners cool cuts (links on 7/19).

CAS July release ice cream lighter

I began my card with an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base and trimmed an piece of cardstock a little smaller than the base and inked with tumbled glass oxide ink.

I then stamped all the images from the Your Favorite Ice Cream stamp set, colored with copic markers, and fussy cut out.  I trimmed off the bottoms of the images and pop dotted the ice creams and glued down the accessories.

CAS July release ice cream close up

I wanted the sentiment to stand out with the ice cream and decided to cut the thanks in thick black cardstock.  Next, I die cut the new stitched banner and stamped the sentiment from the Your Favorite Ice Cream stamp set, leaving room for the cherry.

CAS July release ice cream

I really wanted to keep the center of attention on the ice cream and sentiment, and went with coordinating colored stickles to accent the images.

Keep checking with us at Create a Smile Stamps on Instagram and Facebook as the DT shares their amazing creations with the new July release available July 19!

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Blog Posts, Create a Smile

Best Bugs!

I love creating frame templates with dies, and these new stitched frame dies add such a nice detail!  And I have a fun summery card for you today using some of the new June release from Create a Smile!

0710-IG bee frame

I used a variety of sets to create this bright card from CAS:

0710-IG bee frame up close

I started the card by die cutting the stitched scalloped piece and inked with mustard seed & squeezed lemonade.  I then took some thick white cardstock, trimmed to fit a little smaller than the stitched edge, and die cut a window frame with the square frame.

Next, I stamped the images from Best Bugs & Easter Tweetings, colored with copic markers, and pop dotted around the frames.

0710-IG bee frame side

To add some finishing touches, I heat embossed the sentiment in white on a kraft banner and added sequins and yellow nuvo drops.

You can join the two current CAS challenges, Monthly Facebook challenge with this month being a sketch challenge & Bi-weekly challenge!

Thank you for stopping by!


Blog Posts, Whimsy Stamp

A Sweet Underwater Welcome

Candice here and I’m happy to be sharing my first post with you as an official Whimsy DT member!  Have you all been enjoying this fabulous new July release?!  Today I have a sweet welcome-baby, slim-line card for you, underwater style!
Lately slim line cards have become my favorite and are easier than you think.  To create an
8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base, you trim an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock to 8 1/2 x 7, and you will even be left with a piece to fit on the front!  The envelope size is 9A and can be purchased at your local craft store or online.
Now, to get to the fun stuff!  I took the extra piece and heat embossed the center with the Curly Q’s background stamp in poly sparkle and the Congrats in white.  I then lightly inked with Tumbled Glass distress ink.

I used the awesome new Build an Ocean die set to create the scene by inking them lightly with oxide inks in twisted citron, milled lavender, & dried marigold.

Next, I stamped the adorable Baby Sea Creatures with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored with Copic markers, accented with a white pen and fussy cut out.

For my final touches, I added a variety of sequins and Wink of Stella to the bubbles for a little bit of shine.  If you haven’t seen the Sparkletz yet, you will fall in love with these to add shine and detail to your projects!I hope you are inspired to try a slim line card and share with us at Whimsy Stamps Inspiration on Facebook!

Thank you!


Copic markers used:turtle-YG23, YG21, YG000, YG03, YG01, YG00 & 0

jellyfish-BV00, BV000, BV0000 & 0

starfish-YR00, YR000, YR0000 & 0

bubbles-B000, BV0000, YR0000 & 0

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Blog Posts, Craftin Desert Divas

Christmas Trolls Wish Big

Christmas in July really works for card makers because in the crafting community you have to start early to get it all done in time!  Today I have a sweet slim line with adorable Christmas caroling trolls!

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For this slim line card I started with an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base and trimmed another piece to fit a little smaller along the top and bottom.  I then inked the cardstock with cracked pistachio oxide ink.  I set that aside while I die cut the wish big from gold foil paper and lined it up on the front to see where to stamp the music notes.

I then stamped the trolls, colored with copic markers, and fussy cut out.  Next, i tucked them behind the wish big and pop dotted it all on the front.

0708-christmas cheer trolls slim line close up

For my final touches I added some pink sequins along with white and gold nuvo drops.

I love that these cluster stamps work perfect of slim line cards, especially to add large sentiments with!

Thank you for stopping by!


Blog Posts, Create a Smile

Art Gullery

The new June release at Create a Smile Stamps has the most amazing stitched frame dies that I knew would be perfect to create a wall of art!  As I lay in bed trying to fall asleep (this is, of course, the time all my ideas come to me!) I tried to think of which set I wanted to use for the photos in the art gallery.  I love going to these funny sea gulls and then, wham, GULLERY came to me!  A match made in heaven!

0703-blog-art gullery with products

To keep it having a modern art gallery feel, I went with a simple white background with simple art.  The new Clear Letter stamp set was perfect for the sentiment too!

To create the photos I die cut the frames from smaller rectangle frames & square frames from black velvet paper. I then die cut extras from white thick cardstock and layered to give them depth.

For the art, I stamped the images from the Gull Gang stamp set, masking on some of them, and colored with copic markers.

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Before gluing the photos down, I arranged them on the card front to line up the letters for stamping and used the misti for easy stamping.

I truly love how this came out!  I have to admit, I used to not create my ideas that came to me thinking they wouldn’t be good.  BUT I have learned that most of the time I am over the moon with the results!

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I hope I have inspired you to try your ideas, you will surprise yourself!

If you haven’t joined in yet, Create a Smile Stamps has two challenges that you can win on: the bi-weekly challenge on the blog & the Monthly challenge on Facebook.  If you haven’t purchased their amazing stamps yet, you can enter with the freebies!

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