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12 Days of Christmas Day 4 - special guest Dina Kowal - Penguin Gift

I'm so grateful to Whimsy Stamps for having me as a guest designer this month - it's been a lot of fun! And now for my first 12 Days of Christmas post...

I used a couple of Whimsy's adorable penguin stamps for the challenges over at Splitcoast - the first was for a color challenge (black, grey and peachy pink). I watercolored this little scene (Penguin Gift) using QoR watercolors (my favorite tube paints) and added in a few details with colored pencil.

I did some negative coloring, which is always fun - coloring "outside the lines" to create the snowy ground and the glow around the lamp.

My second card was done with similar techniques, but I used a Sakura Clear Glaze Pen to mask off the snowflake first - did you know the Glaze inks dry a little raised, and they're waterproof? They're perfect for masking off fine lines like these. I watercolored with the QoR paints again, creating a blocked background for this adorable little guy (Snowflake Penguin), then I added some falling snow using acrylic paint, dotted with a small stylus.

There are a couple of other Whimsy products on my card - the sentiment is from this great set, which is full of tiny and practical sayings:

Everyday Mini Sentiments

And the paper on my card base, which you can barely see except for a few snowflakes peeking out... is from this paper collection:

Winter Wishes 6x6 Designer Paper
If you like the color scheme there, you'll love the sparkly enamel dots that match - eep! 

That's all I know today - thanks again to Whimsy Stamps for having me, and thanks to you for visiting me today! Be sure to check back tomorrow for another 12 Days of Christmas special guest post!
Thanks for stopping by!

Penguin Gift Snowflake Penguin

12 Days of Christmas Day 3 - special guest Catherine Cowles - Snow Flurry

Whimsy Stamps 12 Days of Christmas 

 Hi Friends! I'm here today as a guest designer for Whimsy Stamps 12 Days of Christmas Blog Celebration. I was thrilled to be asked to do a guest spot and am I'm in love with their beautiful stamps. Today is day 3 of the celebration so let's get started!  

  Handmade Card With Whimsy Stamps

What a lovely time of year when the weather has finally cooled down! I live in Arizona, and we don't have beautiful snow filled days with swirling snow and pretty white covered trees so that is why I chose the beautiful Snow Flurry background stamp designed by Deb Davis for my first card. It's an absolutely gorgeous swirl of snowflakes and I couldn't resist embossing the image and applying deep blue colors of watercolor to allow the image to shine through. It reminded me of growing up in Wisconsin during the winter. Just after the sun would set, the wind would pick up and I'd sit by the window and see all the beautiful swirls of snow as the sky drew dark. I sat nice and warm inside the house, wrapped in a warm blanket gazing at the swirling snow and glittering stars through the window. Looking up at the sky, I would wonder if Santa was ready for Christmas and if I'd get all the toys that were on my list. I decided to add some pretty stars to my card just as I had remembered them. I just love how this card turned out and I know I'll be using this stamp for many more projects.

  Handmade Christmas Card using Whimsy Stamps

  For my second card, I used the St. Nicholas stamp set. This is such a lovely set with a beautiful whimsical Santa and I thought it would be so fun to create a border around the main image with the smaller images in the set. When I was a child, I pictured Santa with a pure white beard having magical curls cascading down to the middle of his chest. His hat would be slightly curled over with a pretty festive set of holly berries and when I saw this image, it was the Santa of my childhood imagination. I couldn't resist making him the center focal point of my card. I just love him! I want to thank you for joining me on Day 3 of the Whimsy Stamps 12 Days of Christmas Celebration. 

I wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas!  

 Find these beautiful stamp sets by clicking on the images below. 
Snow Flurry Background  St. Nicholas  

12 Days of Christmas Day 2 - special guest Libby Hickson - Hot Chocolate Honey

Hello! Some exciting news in my little corner of Stamp Land - I was asked to guest design for someone!! Yes, ME! Whimsy Stamps!! I was pretty darn excited, because that pretty much never happens. And the stamps are so cute, and so much fun to COLOR, so I am of course in heaven.

For my first post for the 12 Days Of Christmas, I'm working with this lovely girl from their recent October release - Hot Chocolate Honey.

So... I *love* coloring with my Copics, but I'm not one of those people who knows what the heck they're doing when it comes to coloring hair. I just wing it and hope for the best. So if you're expecting the perfection you normally see on the Whimsy blog - well. Let's just say I tried. (I live in Georgia - here in the south you'd just say "bless your heart"...) For the sentiment, I die cut "holiday cheer" in silver glitter paper using the Holiday Word Die Set.

I had a ton of fun coloring this sweet girl and her cocoa, and cannot wait to dive into the rest of my Whimsy Stamps pile! Thanks for having me, Whimsy!  Ya'll are welcome to come by and say hello over at my blog anytime and be sure to come back here tomorrow for more Whimsy holiday card ideas.

Hot Chocolate Honey  Holiday Word Die Set

12 Days of Christmas Day 1 - special guest Kay Miller - Oh What Fun

Hello there, it's Kay Miller and I have a fun card to share with you today that I created using a stamp set called Oh What Fun and the coordinating What Fun Die set from the Whimsy Stamps September release! This stamp set is designed by Deb Davis aka amped2stamp and is available in the Whimsy Stamps store.

This is a cute stamp set! I had fun coloring all of the images with Copic markers! I think I used every image in the set on my card! I love how they all worked together so well to create my little Christmas snow scene. I first watercolored a background on watercolor paper using Peerless watercolors. Then colored all of the images, and cut them out with the What Fun coordinating dies

I adhered everything with foam tape except for the line of trees, I just glued those down flat. 

You can find the Oh What Fun Stamp set and What Fun Dies in the Whimsy Stamps Store!

Be sure to stop in tomorrow for another Whimsy Stamps special guest 12-days of Christmas post!

Kay :)

Oh What Fun  Oh What Fun Die Set