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KLM Stamps

The final days are here! Save another 10% off already reduced prices on all acrylic stamps. Hurry while supplies last! Cart Code: closingsale Click HERE to go to the KLM store.

Sentimental Sundays Challenge #40 - Chinese New Year or Asian inspired card

It's Sunday so it's time for the new Sentimental Sundays challenge. The new challenge is to make a project inspired by the Chinese New Year or an Asian theme. Don't forget to include the sentiment!

I'm sitting out this week but the DT has plenty of inspiration for you to look at on the Sentimental Sundays blog. Don't forget to check out the weekly freebie from Ann.

Have a great day!

Circle of Friends Blog Hop for Annika

Welcome to the Circle of Friends Blog Hop. If you have arrived from Patricia Garcia's blog, you are in the right place, if not you may want to start at Crystal's blog so you don't miss anything along the way.

Our Circle of Friends hop is to show our dear friend Annika Ryan that her Whimsy Family is here for her during this difficult time. Everyone needs a circle of friends, and sometimes, during those hard moments, you need to be placed in the center of that circle and be given a big group hug. Though we may be miles away, our hearts are with her along with our support.

Today we all have made her a creation to show her how much we care. Please hop along with us to support our wonderful teammate and friend, Annika.

Here is the creation I made for my dear friend and dt sister.......

If you know Annika and would like to make a creation for her, please go to the end of the hop (Denise's Blog) and link a card, then email Crystal at to privately give you h…

Music Saves My Soul

The Carolina Chocolate Drops are relatively new but they received a lot of attention in 2010. They played the AMA's and The Americana Music Association Awards and were huge hits at Bonnaroo.
I was disappointed that I couldn't find a better video of this song. The sound quality isn't too bad for a live performance recording but I don't care for the extended ending. Be sure to listen to the lyrics - I love them

If you want to play along and share a song, be sure to link up on Marcea's blog.

Meljen's Designs- I {Heart} Chocolate

Who doesn't like chocolate? Okay, I know there are a few people out there who don't like it but come on, almost every one does. I love chocolate. Make that LOVE chocolate. Dark chocolate. With nuts....

So this week end, when I was jonesing for some chocolate, I ran across this Sweet Chocolate Bar image in my files and decided I just HAD to use it.

I know the sentiment is a little hard to read, but it says "Chocolate... some things are worth the weight".
Stop by the Meljen's Designs blog to see what the rest of the design team has created this week. You can also join in our new challenge "Put Your Heart Into It. Use Hearts!" for your chance to win some Meljen's Designs digis. See the blog for details.Don't forget top stop by on February 3rd for a fun Meljen's Designs blog hop. We are going to introduce our new design team members and there will be lots of prizes. (In fact, I will be having a drawing for a Meljen's Designs digi on my blog!)


Lindsay's Stamp Stuff - Call Me!

Lindsay has a new set of stamps, Posh n' Trendy, that are so fun! I just had to use the rotary phone image for my project this week.

Here is a look at the entire set.

Thank you for stopping by today! Don't forget to stop by the blogs of the rest of the DT to see what they have created and Lindsay will have a freebie for you on her blog.

Lindsay Weirich (Owner & Stamp Designer)
Cindi Hooks
Diane Bove
Jennifer Bliss
Karin Martin
Leanne Garner
Margie Visnick
Micki Harper
Rhonda Walker
Tamara Bennett
Tracey Allen


Images: Posh 'n Trendy by Lindsay's Stamp Stuff on, computer generated sentimentPapers & CS: PaperTrey kraft & dark chocolate CS, Georgia Pacific CS, BasicGrey Hopscotch paper padInks: Distress Inks Antique LinenTools: Paper piecing tool, rotary tracing wheel, Stampin' Up word window punch, Copic markersEmbellishments: Colonial Brown Hug Snug seam binding, misc. lace & pearls, Zig chocolate brown marker, Inkssentials opaque white pen


Whimsy Stamps - Party Snail

I never seem to have enough birthday cards on hand, especially cards that can be given to boys. I thought this image would be perfect.

As you can see, I tried my hand at real sewing on a card again. I think it is a lot better than my first card but I still need more practice. Since I can't draw a straight line or put two pieces of paper together straight, I don't why I though I would be able to sew straight. That just adds character, right? Also, thank you to every one that gave me tips & tricks. My thread did not break once while sewing on this card.

Have a great day!

Stamps: Party Snail by Crissy's Digis on Whimsy Stamps, Handwritten Notes by PaperTreyInks: Close To My Heart Chocolate inkPapers & CS: PaperTrey dark chocolate & white CS, Echo Park Walk in the Park DP, misc. orange CS from Taylored ExpressionsTools: Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Sewing maching, EKSucess birthday candle edge punch, Copic markersEmbellishments: Glossy Acce…

Sentimental Sundays Color Challenge

It's Sunday again and that means it's time for the Sentimental Sundays challenge. This week we are challenging you with a color challenge (see the color sample further down this email). Don't forget to include a sentiment.

I finally bought a small sewing machine so I can try my hand at actual sewing on a card. (All sewing on my cards up to this point has been faux.) This is my first attempt. It looks a little rough but I thought it was okay on a card for a boy. If you have any tips for sewing on a card, especially on how to keep your thread from snapping, please share it in comments. I need your help! Even with the crazy stitching, I still like the way this turned out. These dinosaurs make me smile.

Here are the colors we are challenging you to use. You do not need to use Stampin' Up product, just use similar colors (like I did).I based my card on the Sweet Stop Sketch #91 but the challenge ended before I could get my card posted.

Thank you for stopping by! Be sure to pop…

Music Saves My Soul

I am so sick of winter and the cold. This week I picked a song that makes me think of summer. I just can help but smile and dance around when I hear this one.

If you would like to play along, link up your post on Marcea's blog.

Have a great day!

Meljen's Designs - Pink and Red color challenge

It's been a crazy couple of weeks and with this cold weather I feel like curling up and hibernating. Or eating some chocolate. Or both....

To help break myself out of the winter blues, I decided to make a funny card which I can use to cheer up a friend too. I followed the Meljen's Designs challenge for the week which is a color challenge of pink and red. I also used one of the newly released Meljen's Designs images and broke in to some DP that I have been hoarding. I love this pretty, glittery paper from Stampin' Up. I guess it doesn't make sense to buy it and not use it. Right? Right? (I need some positive re-inforcement here.)

All right, I know you are saying "get on with it already".... So here is my sassy card.

Ready to see the inside? Wait for it.....

Okay, what do you think? Did you at least crack a smile? If so, mission accomplished. Here is a peek at the entire new release. Think of all the cute Valentine's day cards you could make with these.


Lindsay's Stamp Stuff - Love Notes

Valentine's Day is coming! I was "feeling the love" this weekend and created my first Valentines card of the year.

Although it is not a typical Valentines card, I really love the way it turned out. The sentiment was computer generated using the Veteran Typewritter font (a freebie). I like creating my own sentiments because you can type in any sentiment you want.

Stop by to visit the rest of the DT's blog. I know they have some wonderful projects for you to look at. Lindsay will have her weekly freebie on her blog.

Lindsay Weirich (Owner & Stamp Designer)
Cindi Hooks
Diane Bove
Jennifer Bliss
Karin Martin
Leanne Garner
Margie Visnick
Micki Harper
Tracey Allen

Thank you for stopping by!

Stamps: Steampunk Stamps from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff ( nonePapers & CS: PaperTrey white & kraft CS, PaperStudios black CS, October Afternoon Thrift Shop DPTools: Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, sewing tracing wheelEmbellishments: Stampin' Up black…

Whimsy Stamps - Stars

Yesterday (Monday) was the second time ever that I had the day off work for MLK day. My husband had to work. My daughter not only had a full day of school, she had play rehearsal until 4:15. I was looking forward to a day of quiet to myself. Things didn't work out quite how I had planned but I still got some time to myself. I worked out in the morning, picked up a Starbucks mocha, got home to find my husband there. What??? (Long story that I won't go into here...) Any how, he left, I took a shower, sat down at my computer to check email and the phone rang. Play rehearsals were canceled because of the snow. Oh well.... I still was able to get one card completed in the time I had left to myself.

I used PhotoShop to change the color of the sentiment to blue (from black) in order to better match the DP I planned to use. Since I couldn't find any CS the right color in my stash, I made my own. I cut white paper to the correct size and then use a Copic marker along the edge of the…

Music Saves My Soul Saturday (on Sunday)

I am late this week. We had a funeral to go to yesterday and I was just too tired to try to post when I got home.

I was listening to my iPod earlier today while crafting and this song came up on my playlist. Since it is one of my favorite Natalie Merchant songs, I thought would share it this week.
If you would like to share a song with us, link up on Marcea's blog.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sentimental Sundays - Challenge #38 Winter

We have an exciting new Sentimentals Sundays challenge for you this week. We are challenging you to create something inspired by Winter.

For this challenge I broke out a stamp that I haven't used in at least 2 years. I actually forgot I had it until I was organizing my crafting supplies. Once again I used a sentiment from Raindrop Echo Designs to create a ticket.

Thank you for stopping by! Don't forget to join in the Sentimental Sundays Winter challenge. Be sure to stop by the blog to see the free digi sentiment set Ann is giving out this week.

Stamps: Baby it's Cold Outside from My Favorite Things, Just the Ticket from PaperTrey, Warm Winter Wishes by Raindrop Echo Designs (from Whimsy Stamps)Papers & CS: PaperTrey kraft CS, Neenah Crest solar white, Stampin' Up Perfect Plum, Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather DPInks: Memento Tuxedo black ink, Stampin' Up Perfect Plum, Close To My Heart Crystal Blue, Distress Inks Antique LinenTools: Stampin' Up edge punch…

Meljens Bird Hugs Your Way

Hello! Sorry I don't have a lot of chit-chat today. I still wanted to share this card I made with

Tweet Heart Birds from Meljen's Designs. I loved these little birds as soon as I saw them.

The sentiment comes from Raindrop Echo Designs and was printed small enough to make a ticket. Both the sentiment and the Tweet Heart Birds are available on Whimsy Stamps.

Don't forget the Meljen's Designs challenge this week. We are challenging you to make a round or square shaped card.

Thank you for stopping by!

Stamps: Tweet Heart Birds by Meljen's Designs and Miss You Sentiments by Raindrop Echo Designs (Both available at Whimsy Stamps)Papers & CS: PaperTreykraft CS, Close To My Heart Top Stitch DP pack, Georgia Pacific CSInks: Close To My Heart BlushTools: Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, PaperTrey ticket die, Copic markersEmbellishments: Sugar 'N Cream twists yarn in rose twists, Sakura stardust gelly roll pen, Zig chocolate marker, misc. button & ribbon…

Lindsay's Stamp Stuff - Thanks Chickie!

After the holidays it always seems like we need so many thank you cards. When I was looking through my stamp sets this week end, I decided to break out this cute chick from the LSS set Cute Easter.

It was fun breaking out an Easter set to use at this time of year. I love it when you do that.

Here is a look at the entire set.

Thank you for stopping by. Be sure to visit the rest of the DT to see what they made this week. As always, Lindsay will have a freebie posted on her blog.

Lindsay Weirich (Owner & Stamp Designer)
Cindi Hooks
Diane Bove
Jennifer Bliss
Karin Martin
Laurel Seabrook
Leanne Garner
Margie Visnick
Micki Harper
Rhonda Walker
Shannon Neparko
Tracey Allen


Stamps: Cute Easter by Lindsay's Stamp Stuff (, Handwritten Notes by PaperTreyPapers & CS: Neenah Crest solar white CS, Georgia Pacific CS, misc. gray CS, October Afternoon Ducks in a Row: Pat-A-Cake & Report Card: Bus Route, Modern Homemaker padInks: Memento Tuxedo BlackTools: Big Shot, Spellbinde…

Just for fun

My friend, Scrap It Girl, is offering this candy. Ends 1-26-11. Check it out on her blog HERE

Now check out this blog hop... I'm not participating because I don't have a crafting space yet but I am following the hop hoping to get some great ideas. (We are working on setting up a craft room for me but I am looking for some good storage solutions before we proceed any further.) So here is the link to the hop hosted by Bella B Designs.

Whimsy Stamps - Smile

Any reason is a good reason to smile! So true. Especially with the cold, dark winter days of January. So I broke out my brand new paper pack and this cute sentiment from Ann of Raindrop Echo Designs to make a card to hopefully put a smile on some one's face.

Of course I had to paper piece the banner, because I love paper piecing. The twine is actually from a bakery box. It may not be as cute as some of the multi-colored baker's twine you can purchase, but I love using recycled items. Here is a look at the entire Happy Things Pennants digi stamp set.

Here in south-eastern Wisconsin, we finally got some snow and it looked beautiful! I thought some of my followers from warmer climates might like to see the snow. Here are some of the visitors we had while it snowed. (Watching the birds at my bird feeders is another thing that makes me smile.)

Cardinals in the pear tree outside my office window.

A Downy Woodpecker that just left the feeders.

Purple finches or house finches? I can't…

KLM Designs - Hot Air Balloon

KLM Designs is closing their store. All stamps sets have been clearance priced. See the KLM blog for all details.I made this card using one of the last digi stamps that Kathryn gave us to work with. This balloon just screams for paper piecing for me. (I love paper piecing!)

Thank you for looking! Please stop by the KLM blog to take advantage of their store closing sale.


Stamps: Plain Hot Air Balloon from KLM Designs, Just the Ticket from PaperTreyInks: Close To My Heart Juniper & TulipPapers & CS: Close To My Heart Key To My Heart paper pack, PaperTrey Dark Chocolate CSTools: PaperTrey ticket die, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Big Shot, Copic markersEmbellishments: Misc. baker's twine, button, ribbonTechniques: Paper piecingChallenges:4 Crafty Chicks - TravelAlphabet Challenge - J=journeyAUD Sentiments - 2 word sentimentsCharisma Cardz - Birthday/CelebrationsCrafty Your Days Away - Anything goesThe Crafty Pad - Happy BirthdayDelightful Sketches - buttons & bowsDig…

Sentimental Sundays Challenge #37- Anything With Wings

The new Sentimental Sunday's challenge is "Anything with Wings". We want to see your creations with anything with wings: butterflies, fairies, air plane, birds, or anything else with wings. Don't forget to include a sentiment!

I used "Miss You Birdie", a freebie, from Meljen's Designs. It is going into my stack of cards for OWH. I kept it pretty flat so that it will be easy to mail and used faux stitching to jazz it up a bit.

I hope you will join us in the "Anything with Wings" challenge at the Sentimental Sundays challenge blog. Be sure to download your free sentiments from Ann of Raindrop Echo Designs. Enjoy the rest of your week end! Thank you for stopping by! Supplies: Stamps: Miss You Birdie (freebie) from Meljen's Designs (this image comes in the package of 23 free digi stamps. The download link is in the side bar.)Papers & CS: Georgia Pacific CS, DCWV Songbird paper packInks: NoneTools: Prismacolor Markers, paper piercing tool, Stamp…

Blog Awards & Music Saves My Soul Saturday

I have been delinquent in posting a few blog awards that I have received from my blogging friends. So here we go.

The first award, Four!, is from Anne Marie. If you haven't checked out her blog, run on over there. Gorgeous stuff.

1) Four TV shows that you watch.
* Glee (Love it!)
*Raising Hope (Makes me laugh out loud. The perfect show for my odd sense of humor)
*True Blood (Start the new season already!)
*So You Think You Can Dance

2) Four things you are passionate about.
*Crafting (you know I had to throw this in.)

3) Four words/phrases you say a lot:
* 8 million (Everything is 8 million.... if I didn't throw this in I think DH would lodge a complaint.) * What ever
* Clean your room
* Who wants a treat? (With 3 pets, it gets said a lot)

4) Four things you learned in the past
*Sometimes you just got to let it go
*You need to take time for yourself to recharge your batteries
*If something doesn't seem "right", it probably isn't
*Treasure your family an…

Meljen's Designs Challenge #40 - Make It MOVE!

I like to move it, move it! That song has been stuck in my head for the last few days. I'm totally blaming it on the new Meljen's Designs challenge, "Make it MOVE!".

For this challenge I decided to make a roller card using the new Meljen's Designs image "Loving Ewe". Good thing I didn't make a shaker card because I probably would have had KC and the Sunshine Band stuck in my head.

Here is a look at all the new digis which are available in the Whimsy Stamps store.

I hope you will join in the "Make it MOVE!" challenge on the Meljen's Designs blog. You can join making roller, shaker, slider, pop up, spinner, waterfall, or wiper cards just to name a few. See the Meljen's Designs blog for all the details.

Don't forget about the Whimsy Stamps blog hop. Several of the designers used images from this Meljen's Designs release. You can find the details about the hop on my post HERE.

Thank you for stopping by!

Stamps: Loving Ewe

Whimsy New Digi Release Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Whimsy Stamps January digi release blog hop!!!! This is my first post as a Whimsy Stamps digi design team member. I am so excited!

On the hop today, we have lots of new images created by Crissy, Ann, and Melissa to share with you. We also have some beautifully pre-colored images, designed by Melissa Jenkins of Meljen's Designs, which are great for making quick cards. Each file is JPG at 300dpi for high print quality. You can resize, flip, or rotate to fit your own project.

If you have arrived here from Anneke's beautiful blog then you are in the right place. If you were not following along with the hop, why not join in the fun by starting at the beginning of the hop, which is Debbie’s blog?

Today I used Crissy Armstrong's newly released image, Dance of Love. Isn't she gorgeous?

To find this image along with all of the new release, please visit the Whimsy Stamps store.

Be sure to leave comments as you hop. SIX mystery DT Members will be choosing a winner from …