Sunday, November 14, 2010

Showcasing some Whimsy paper (and stamps)

As I mentioned before, I got some new goodies in the mail the other day - Whimsy Designer papers!  Today I'm showcasing both of the packs: Holiday Folly and Very Merry.  Holiday Folly contains that are softer, more subtle, and Very Merry has papers that are brighter and bolder.  You can see that your cards can come out look pretty different depending on which papers you use :)

I've also used Whimsy stamps from the October release.  The first one is uses the image "Santa's Midnight Snack" from Crissy Armstrong along with the Holiday Ticket Sentiments.  Oh, and I've finally had a chance to use the Whimsy Stamps Ticket Die! Look how cleanly it cuts!  I tried doing the whole "dramatic shadows" coloring thing with lots of white space again.  Again, I'm still trying to figure out where the highlights are supposed to go.  Does anyone have any tips??  I created the snowflakes from Shapeabilities Create a Flake 1 and Create a Flake 2 dies and added some pale pink pearls in the middle.

The second card also uses one of Crissy's beautiful drawings from the Vintage Christmas set.  The poinsettia image goes so well with the Very Merry papers because, well, we used the poinsettia image to make those papers! Crissy gorgeously colored them and I arranged them.  Of course, my coloring is not as great as Crissy, and I managed to NOT match the poinsettia color with the paper color, but if you do it right, your papers should exactly match the image :)  Sorry for the blurry picture - I just couldn't get it right and it kept coming out the same way!

By the way, speaking of Crissy, make sure to stop by her Sundays with Crissy Challenge Blog to enter her monthly challenges! She always has a great prize up for grabs, an Artist Choice button for you to win, and also some GREAT inspiration for her super talented DT.  Make sure you check it out!

Hope you had a good weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Santa's Midnight Snack, Holiday Ticket Sentiments and Vintage Christmas
Medium: Distress Reinkers with Small Koi Water Brush 
Paper: Whimsy Stamps Designer Papers from the Holiday Folly pack and Very Merry pack
Accessories: pale pink pearls, lace, flowers from WOC, snowflakes from Shapeabilities Create a Flake 1 and Create a Flake 2 dies
ToolsCuttlebugWhimsy Stamps Ticket Die, Tonic 12x12 Guillotine Paper CutterATG adhesive gun

These cards are for a few challenges:
  1. A Spoon Full of Sugar - Snow and Snowflakes - first card
  2. The Paper Players - Color Combo - second card
  3. Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
  4. Simple Doodles - Lace and Pearls - first card
  5. If the Shoe Fits - Do it Yourself - made my own snowflakes!
  6. Crazy 4 Challenges - Christmas
  7. Sweet Stampin' - Snowflakes - first card
  8. Totally Gorjuss - Traditional Christmas Colors - second card
  9. Mark's Finest Papers - Snowflakes - first card
  10. Creative Inspiration - Christmas/Winter
  11. I Did It Creations - Traditional Christmas Colors - second card
  12. Keep it Simple - Wonderland - first card


Georgia Ehrmann said...

Both cards are wonderful! I love the sentiment tickets on the 1st one and the nice pastel colors. Your 2nd card shows the traditional colors of Christmas beautifully! Thank you for playing with us at IDIC this week! I hope to see you there again soon!

cardmaking bird said...

Wow - Ann, both cards are beautiful but especially the first one. I simply adore those pastel papers - are they available in the UK? Hugs, Marie x

jude said...

Both cards are absolutely stunning fab layout and great detail! Thanks for taking time out to join us in this weeks challenge over at Creative Inspirations good luck!Hope to see you again next time.
hugs judex

Becky said...

Both of these are fabulous. Wonderful colors and details. Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends.

Jeanette said...

These are so beautiful. Your coloring is so very nice. Thanks for sharing these beauties with I Did It Creations.

debby4000 said...

Gorgeous cards Ann.

CelticWoman said...

Both of these are great but I love that Santa in his pjs, just darling. Sandi

Anonymous said...

WOWZER Ann! These projects are so gorgeous!! Beautiful use of the papers girl!!HUGS

Riet said...

So beautiful cards Ann,I love the images and your papers.

Hugs Riet.x

Gemma said...

really gorgeous christmas cards! Thanks for taking the time to join in with our challenge this week at I Did it Creations! Hope to see you again next time! Gemma :)

redwasher1 said...

Both of your cards are gorgeous!!
Thanks for sharing it us at Speedy's Friends.

Cheryl said...

Gorgeous cards Ann! I really love the colors you used on the Santa card.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

These are gorgeous Ann!! Gorgeous coloring and designs. That paper is so yummy!!

Jenny V. said...

Lovely cards Ann! Your coloring is FAB!

Sam said...

Oh wow, these are both just stunning! Love the delicate colouring of the snowman and the realistic shading on the poinsettia. Great use of embellishments and lace too! Thanks so much for joining us at KIS this week :)

Vicki Dutcher said...

Great snowflakes - awesome coloring! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

Marie (Mazz) said...

both cards are 'ab fab' so inspirational :)

Aussie Loz said...

wow - those papers are gorgeous ♥

Softpencil said...

I love your gorgeous cards Ann!!! beautiful colours!

Mandi said...

Love your Santa,not seen him before

Thanks for joining us at KIS this week

Padster said...

Fabulous Xmas cards - thanks for joining us at IDIC this wekk
Debbie x

Abi said...

2 very beautiful cards, I don't think you need tips at all. I love the Santa with his milk & cookies, so fab! Thanks for playing along with out Sweet Stampin snowflake challenge x

Tracey said...

both of your cards are stunning! the santa image is just too cute, and i lvoe the soft colors you used! Thanks for joining us this week at If the Shoe fits....SCRAP IT!

xGemmax said...

Both cards are gorgeous hunni :o)
hugs and xxx

Annika said...

I liked these papers too much. REALLY had to push myself to cut into them!!!

Renkata said...

Sensational cards. Amazing paper and images.

Tip Top said...

Lovely card! Thanks for entering the Simple Doodles challenge - hope to see you again next time!

Brenda Dean said...

Both cards are beautiful but I have to admit that the poinsettia card is my fav! LOVE red!

Pattie said...

Oh so very pretty! I love this image and the colorsThanks for joining us at the Creative Inspirations Challenge blog for our Christmas/Winter Challenge! are fabulous!