Sunday, January 26, 2014

you warm my heart...

Hey there peeps!!!
Well, I have made something.
Only took me 2 months but hey, 
here it is, at long last.


I got this darling sugar nellie image quite some time ago and have finally painted it up with distress ink pads to give to my sweetie as a late anniversary card sort of thingy. 

I hope you're warm, wherever you're at. It's bone chilling in Kansas tonight.

hugs, stephanne

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Have a berry nice day

Hey there people of blogland,
has it been cold where you're at?
It's been arctic in Kansas these past weeks!!

Well, I finished this card up back in February but I never posted the photos. I think now is probably the right time of year to share it, though I confess, this is quite old lol!!


I stamped this extremely precious Sylvia Zet image called Berry (find her at Whimsy stamps!!)  on Arches watercolor paper and painted her with distress ink pads.

I hope you all are staying warm and are having a wonderful holiday season so far!

hugs, stephanne

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Have a spOOktacular Hallowe'en!!

Well hello hello to all of you out there
that might still have me on your feeds and readers
after all this time!!
Seems I can't manage my time very well lately
and have been on a bit of a crafting hiatus. 
Alas, I have returned to wish my crafting buddies
a very scary halloween
and share a project that has been in the making
 since last year when this adorable 
Cat-O_lantern image by MelJen 
was released by Whimsy Stamps



I am definitely out of practice
as far as blogging details goes, but I will try.
I painted the image with distress ink pads and pieced the image together with foam dots then distressed and inked my papers (sorry i don't know who produced these) and added bits and bobs here and there. Oh yes, that nondescript run-down will certainly help... The sentiment is manufactured by Stampendous.

Well, I hope whoever may be reading this is going to be having a lovely Hallowe'en tomorrow and it enjoying the lovely fall season!!

hugs, stephanne

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Whimsy March Release, Birthday Baby Boy

Hello and welcome to Day 7 of Whimsy Stamps March Rubber & Die Release Showcase!

On Wednesday (20 March) Whimsy Stamps released this month's new rubber designs, Shapeology dies, Whimsy Designer Paper packs, new Shape EZ templates and new Whimsy Prints. From then until 26 March the Whimsy Stamps DT and Special Guest are showcasing these fabulous new goodies with a daily mini blog hop!

At the end of release week, we will draw 3 winners from the comments left on our designers' daily mini blog hop posts and each of these 3 winners will win 2 new release stamps! You have 24hrs to enter each daily mini blog hop by leaving a comment on every blog listed for that day. The prize locations are secret, so be sure to hop and leave comments every day to win!

To take a peek at today's fabulous new release creations, please visit the
Whimsy Inspirations Blog for a complete list of designers.

Today I've used the adorable Birthday Baby Boy by Sylvia Zet along with the new Everyday Button Sentiments by Raindrop Echo Designs, you can find them in store HERE!!


Thanks for stopping by!!!
hugs, stephanne

Monday, March 25, 2013

Whimsy March Release Day 6 Lazy Susan Buggies

Hello and welcome to Day 6 of Whimsy Stamps March Rubber & Die Release Showcase!

On Wednesday (20 March) Whimsy Stamps released this month's new rubber designs, Shapeology dies, Whimsy Designer Paper packs, new Shape EZ templates and new Whimsy Prints. From then until 26 March the Whimsy Stamps DT and Special Guest are showcasing these fabulous new goodies with a daily mini blog hop!

At the end of release week, we will draw 3 winners from the comments left on our designers' daily mini blog hop posts and each of these 3 winners will win 2 new release stamps! You have 24hrs to enter each daily mini blog hop by leaving a comment on every blog listed for that day. The prize locations are secret, so be sure to hop and leave comments every day to win!

To take a peek at today's fabulous new release creations, please visit the
Whimsy Inspirations Blog for a complete list of designers.


For my creation, I've used MelJens Lazy Susan Buggies image, it's been colored in Prisma Pencils and layered several times for dimension. I've used Star Dust stickles to give the white a little shimmer.


Remember that the entire new release is available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Whimsy Stamps final February showcase day

Hello and welcome to the Final Day of Whimsy Stamps February Rubber & Die Release Showcase!

Last Wednesday (20 February) Whimsy Stamps released this month's new rubber designs, Shapeology dies, Whimsy Designer Paper packs and new Shape EZ templates. From then until today the Whimsy Stamps DT and Special Guest are showcasing these fabulous new goodies with a daily mini blog hop!

Each mini blog hop has a new release prize hidden somewhere along the way and you have 24hrs to enter each prize draw.

To be entered into today's mini blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT's posts listed below by 12.00PM EST tomorrow. All winners will be announced here on the Whimsy blog tomorrow!

To take a peek at today's fabulous new release creations, please click on the links below...
Bev Rochester
Heidy Blom
Louise Roache (Special Guest Designer)
Mariska van der Veer
Melissa Andrew
Michele Roos
Simonne Clay
Stephanne Maraver
Sylvia Blum

Remember that the entire new release is available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites.



So I've painted up the adorable Fistful of Flowers image by Crissy Armstrong with distress inks. I still need to sew up some edges and accesorize the card a bit but I figured I'd better post something today. Hoping to update within an hour or so.

Thanks for hopping by!!
stephanne

Friday, February 22, 2013

Whimsy Release Sample Day 3, You're Scentsational!

Hello and welcome to Day 3 of Whimsy Stamps February Rubber & Die Release Showcase!

On Wednesday (20 February) Whimsy Stamps released this month's new rubber designs, Shapeology dies, Whimsy Designer Paper packs and new Shape EZ templates. From then until 26 February the Whimsy Stamps DT and Special Guest are showcasing these fabulous new goodies with a daily mini blog hop!

Each mini blog hop has a new release prize hidden somewhere along the way and you have 24hrs to enter each prize draw.

To be entered into today's mini blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT's posts listed below by 12.00PM EST tomorrow. All winners will be announced on the Whimsy blog on 27 February.

To take a peek at today's fabulous new release creations, please click on the links below...
Debbie Eastman
Ellie Stover
Iris Wiechmann
Janette Garcia
Melissa Andrew
Stephanne Maraver

Remember that the entire new release is available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites.



I'm having too much fun with Whimsy Stamps new 2 Cute Ink artist Heidi Schwoerers adorable little images and punny funny sentiments!! This one is from the JUST FOR YOU set, painted up in distress inks and paired with K & Company papers and Wild Orchid Crafts flowers. I've also dipped into my Whimsy Stamps accessories and used some of that delicious Lace Tape as well as a flower charm to go with this little stinker.

Thanks for stopping by!!
stephanne 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Whimsy Stamps February release sample


Welcome to the Whimsy Stamps February 2013 rubber stamp and die release!

Today, Whimsy Stamps is releasing 22 fantastic new Rubber Stamps & Stamp Sets, 5 wonderful new Whimsy Shapeology Dies, 2 fabulous new Shape EZ by TLC templates, and 2 beautiful Whimsy Designer Paper 6x6 packs. These new goodies are available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites.

From today until 26 February, the Whimsy DT and our February Special Guest Designer, Louise Roache, will be showcasing these new products with a daily mini blog hop. Each mini blog hop has a new release prize hidden somewhere along the way and you have 24hrs to enter each prize draw by leaving a comment on every blog listed for that day.

At the end of release week (Wednesday 27 February) a release round-up will be posted on the Whimsy blog together with a complete list of winners from the daily mini blog hops.

To be entered into today's mini blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT posts listed below by 12.00pm EST tomorrow


Louise Roache (Special Guest Designer)


If you would like to join us as our Guest Designer for our April  2013 release please go to our Guest Designer Contest page to read all about how to enter. Entries close at 12.00pm (EST) on Wednesday 27 February 2013.

For a full reveal of this month’s fabulous release, please visit the Whimsy blog.



I've used one of the images from the oh so cute JUST FOR YOU set released today for the 2 Cute Ink collection at Whimsy Stamps. I've challenged myself to do a clean and simple card and here it is!!! Fighting back those feminine inclinations to slather on the layers and add flowers, pearls and laces is a tricky situation. Even as I look at this, I want to add rhinestones and laces. But I must stay true to the challenge and let this little inchworm do the talking :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy our new release!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Whimsy Stamps January Sample Love and Hugs

Hi blogging buddies and welcome back!!
Today I have a sample to share for
this months releases at Whimsy Stamps
featuring the overtly cute kitten 
from the Love And Hugs set from the
2 Cute Ink line at Whimsy Stamps
illustrated by Heidi Schwoerer!!



I've painted in distress inks and gone with a little boys birthday sort of a feel to it, a very versatile set if you choose to play down the hearts, I sure do love me those multi-use images!!
I've also used the new Balloon Cluster Die designed by the amazing Ann Vento!!

Again, my photography is lackluster, don't let it distract from the cuteness of the stamps hehe.

Once again, I need to refer you to the Whimsy Inspirations blog for a full list of participants in our mini blog hop.  I am now working a day shift (awesome!!!) so I'm not around to update lists and the like as I once was.

Thanks very much for your visit!!
stephanne

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Whimsy Stamps January Release Sample

Hi there blogging buddies!!
Long time, no see!!
Life has gone and thrown me some curveballs,
so stamping has had to take a backseat.
Alas, I am back with some samples for this months release 


*please forgive the ho-hum photography*

I've used some stamps out of the set Furry Friendship
 from the 2 Cute Ink Collection illustrated by Heidi Schwoerer and painted the image up in distress inks!! I've also used our Lace Doily Corner Die as well as some of this way too snazzy Lovely Lace tape!!!

I've posted my project early to ensure that it does, indeed, post before i head out to work this morning.
Please head over to the Whimsy Inspirations Blog for the complete list of blogs to hop by today for a chance to not only look at amazing projects with amazing products, but also, to win some secret prizes!!!

See ya soon!!
stephanne

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Whimsy Stamps December Release Sample

Hello and welcome to Final Day of Whimsy Stamps December Rubber & Die Release Showcase!

On Monday (17 December) Whimsy Stamps released this month's new rubber designs, Shapeology dies, Whimsy Designer Paper packs, Shape EZ templates and *new* Whimsy Prints pre-coloured toppers. From then until 23 December the Whimsy Stamps DT and Special Guests are showcasing these fabulous new goodies with a daily mini blog hop!

Each mini blog hop has a new release prize hidden somewhere along the way and you have 24hrs to enter each prize draw.

To be entered into today's mini blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT's posts listed below by 12.00PM EST tomorrow. All winners will be announced here on the Whimsy blogTOMORROW!

To take a peek at today's fabulous new release creations, please click on the links below...

Remember that the entire new release is available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites.



I made these tags with our new sentiement set by Raindrop Echo Designs, along with the coordinating die cuts!! This year, I'll be sending out Thank You gifts rather than Christmas ones, so these will be perfect.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Whimsy December Release Sample

Hello and welcome to Day 6 of Whimsy Stamps December Rubber & Die Release Showcase!

On Monday (17 December) Whimsy Stamps released this month's new rubber designs, Shapeology dies, Whimsy Designer Paper packs, Shape EZ templates and *new* Whimsy Prints pre-coloured toppers. From then until 23 December the Whimsy Stamps DT and Special Guests are showcasing these fabulous new goodies with a daily mini blog hop!

Each mini blog hop has a new release prize hidden somewhere along the way and you have 24hrs to enter each prize draw.

To be entered into today's mini blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT's posts listed below by 12.00PM EST tomorrow. All winners will be announced here on the Whimsy blog on 24 December.

To take a peek at today's fabulous new release creations, please click on the links below...

Remember that the entire new release is available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites.


Aren't you LOVING these kittens??!?!?
Thanks for stopping by!!
stephanne

Friday, November 9, 2012

Whimsy Stamps Ruby Sample, For Ruby

Hi there friends,
long time, no see!!
I hope all is well in your world!!

I have a card I have made for 
Whimsy Stamps October In Review Day
that we host from the Inspirations Blog
that I'm ready to share with you!!


I used the darling Ruby designed by Sylvia Zet, she's coloured in distress inks and her outline was done in Promarker. The papers are Basic Grey. I have also used our Spell It Out letter set by Ann Vento to spell out the little ladies name who this card is for. Yes, her name is Ruby and she will be 5 on the 11th, so I know your mom won't let you online, but Happy Birthday Ruby!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!
stephanne

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tuesday's October Whimsy Stamps Sample

Hi there and welcome to Whimsy's final October release day sample blog hoppity hop day thingymabobber!!

I'm posting this a little on the early side, just to make sure it actually goes live, 
so for up to the minute intel, please refer to the
for a full list of designers samples.

At long last, I have a sample to share using snazzy Whimsy Card Toppers, these ones are illustrated and coloured by Crissy Armstrong. 


The papers are Basic Grey and the little goodies are from my stash!! Perfect solution to that "Oh crap, Christmas is right around the corner and I simply do not have time to make everyone on my card list something!!!" problem we all face!! I feel disappointed in myself when I have to turn to Hallmark, and having such gorgeous precoloured images on hand will make card-making this season go by a little bit smoother!! I love to colour, of course, but I quite literally take HOURS to colour, so this helps out a ton!!!

Anyhoo, thanks for stopping by!!
Prayers to my friends on the east coast!!
hugs, stephanne

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Whimsy October Release




Welcome to the Whimsy Stamps October 2012 rubber stamp and die RELEASE (Holiday Collection Part 2)!

Wednesday, Whimsy Stamps released 23 fantastic new rubber stamps & stamp sets, 5 wonderful new Shapeology dies, 2 fabulous new Shape EZ templates and 2 beautiful 6x6 paper packs. These new goodies are available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favorites.

From today until 30 October the Whimsy DT and Special Guests will be showcasing these new products with a daily mini blog hop. Each mini blog hop has a new release prize hidden somewhere along the way and you have 24hrs to enter each prize draw by leaving a comment on every blog listed for that day.

At the end of release week (Wednesday 31 October) we will post a Release Round-Up on the Whimsy blog. This will include a selection of DT work from the new release week together with a complete list of winners from the daily mini blog hops.


Finally, here is a full reveal of the wonderful October release. Don't forget to visit today's DT and leave a comment on their blog posts to be entered into the draw to win a new release stamp!


[Please note that the following pictures are not to scale]


4 Crissy Armstrong rubber stamps
Crissy Armstrong ~ Santa & Teddy ~ Sheltering Love ~ The Littlest Reindeer

 


4 Elisabeth Bell rubber stamps
Apple Blossom's Skates ~ Chloe's Little Light ~ Little Jack Drumming ~ Sunkissed's Christmas Tree



4 Kenny K rubber stamps
Fashionista ~ Jet Setter ~ Santa ~ Xmas Shopping



3 Meljen's Designs rubber stamps
Holly Christmas Fairy ~ Stocking Kitten ~ Stocking Puppy



3 Sylvia Zet rubber stamps
Batty Boo ~ Birthday Baby Girl ~ Ruby Whimsy



5 Raindrop Echo Designs rubber stamp sets
Candy Canes ~ Holiday Mini Tickets ~ Tis The Season Notables 5 ~ Vintage Holiday Gift Tags ~ Holiday Notables 3





5 Shapeology dies
Candy Canes set ~ Holiday Gift Tags set ~ Christmas Tree ~ Holiday Sentimentables set ~ Snowflake Doily

 



2 6x6 Paper Stacks
Merry and Bright ~ Winter Blues

24 sheets per pack - 12 designs, 2 of each printed on heavy weight slightly textured papers. 
Acid and Lignin free. 




2 Shape EZ by TLC templates
Snowflake Card ~ Snowy Ball



Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy our new release!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Last day of September Whimsy Hoppin

Hello and welcome to the final day of our September Rubber & Die Release Showcase! 

On Wednesday (19 September) Whimsy Stamps released this month's new rubber designs, Shapeology dies, Whimsy Designer Paper packs and Shape EZ templates. From then until today (25 September) the Whimsy Stamps DT and Special Guests are showcasing these fabulous new goodies with a daily mini blog hop!

Each mini blog hop has a new release prize hidden somewhere along the way and you have 24hrs to enter each prize draw.

To be entered into today's mini blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT's posts listed below by 12.00PM EST tomorrow. All winners will be announced here on the Whimsy blog tomorrow!!

To take a peek at today's fabulous new release creations, please click on the links below...
It's the Grand Finale lol!!

Stephanne Maraver that be me
Bev Rochester - Special Guest 
Mariska van der Veer - Special Guest
Michele Roos - Special Guest 
Jacque Beddingfield - Special Guest



So I decided to make a circle easel card with the squeekin' cute Mel Jen image, did some paper piecing and faux stitching. Hope you like!!!


Remember that the entire new release is available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Day 4 of Whimsy Stamps September Release: Holly



Hello and welcome to Day 4 of our September Rubber & Die Release Showcase!

On Wednesday (19 September) Whimsy Stamps released this month's new rubber designs, Shapeology dies, Whimsy Designer Paper packs and Shape EZ templates. From then until 25 September the Whimsy Stamps DT and Special Guests are showcasing these fabulous new goodies with a daily mini blog hopand I am part of today’s hop!

Each mini blog hop has a new release prize hidden somewhere along the way and you have 24hrs to enter each prize draw.

To be entered into today's mini blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT's posts listed below by 12.00PM EST tomorrow. All winners will be announced on the Whimsy blog on 26 September.

To take a peek at today's fabulous new release creations, please click on the links below...

Stephanne Maraver that's me!!
Deb Routledge {Special Guest}
Colleen Schaan {Special Guest}
Alberto Gava {Special Guest}
Jacque Beddingfield {Special Guest}




And here is my card with the superbly precious Holly image by Sylvia Zet. Boy oh boy, do I feel like a lucky girl getting to play with such fine designs month after month!! 


She is, of course, painted with my beloved distress ink pads, glitteration done with Star Dust Stickles, shimmering courtesy of Pearl Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. Snow was made using a DecoArt Snow Writer and adding Stardust Stickles on top. Lovely sentiment from the newly released Holiday Notables 2 set by the talented Ann Vento of Raindrop Echo Designs.


Yummy flowers, right??!?! Oh yes, I have just gotten a delivery from Wild Orchid Crafts the other day and could hardly wait to play with them!! I was ever-so-lucky to win a WOC gift certificate, so many thanks to WOC and Kylie, the hostess of the prize!! Perfect timing, as I was needing some more floral gorgeousness!!


And those little snowflake cut-outs that I've added onto the snowy scene, well, they are the little cut outs from the Ornaments Border Die. An excellent second use for this die, as I have purchased many snowflake punches and dies, MANY, and all seem a little too big and bulky for the images. Not these!!! These are PERFECT!!!


Remember that the entire new release is available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop back to the Whimsy blog tomorrow for more new release creations!


I'm going to pop this in at:

Bunny Zoe's Distressing Challenge
Charisma Cardz Things With Wings

hugs, stephanne