My Whimcees

My Whimcees

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Halloween!!!


I was making treat bags this weekend - the candy bags are attached behind the scarecrow guy. I wanted to wish you a Happy Halloween as I won't be back now for awhile - probably the second week in November. I have been working on some fun Thanksgiving items so hope to share with you then!

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a fun Halloween night! Take care!

Barbara Diane

Thursday, October 25, 2012

"Trick or Treat" at Sassy Cheryl's


I wanted to make a card with a background I created instead of using a patterned paper - and I also wanted to make a card with a cut edge that followed the outline of one side of the image. For this card I used a digital image of Cheryl's called 'Tiny Witches Spells' which is one of her older images (2010) but one of the first I purchased and one I still love. I apologize for the poor quality of the photos but it was difficult to photograph all that glitter in the light available in my studio area. I had to settle for a darker photo because of the glare. Never too much glitter I always say, but this is the most I have ever used on one card!

To join in on the 'Trick or Treat' fun of Cheryl's current challenge, go to to see all of the entries and add your own creation to the current challenge to win free images!

Thank you for stopping by today to visit my blog! Once again I am behind in my return visits to your blogs but I will play catch-up today and hopefully I will be there to see you soon! I wish you a creative and fun day!

Barbara Diane

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

"Missing You" for Meljen's Challenge


I love this funny guy - he is called "Farmer Crow" and is one of Meljen's digital images. The theme for Meljen's current challenge is 'Missing You' and doesn't he just look so lost and lonely and missing someone to come home and help him with the farming? It clearly is too much for him - all the raking of the leaves and gathering all that corn! I paper pieced the image (body included) - my most favorite thing to do - and I love the colors of the papers! So much fun to cut and paste!

I used the extra leaves from the different patterned papers to make the leaf piles at the bottom. I glued them to white cardstock and then cut around the groupings so that they had a white border to match the one around the Farmer Crow image. For some fun viewing, go to to see the great card entries for the challenge. Meljen's images are so much fun to work with!

Thank you for visiting my blog today! I love the colors of Autumn and Halloween and all of the cards and projects that I see being created on everyone's blogs at this time of year! Wishing you a happy day!

Barbara Diane

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Spooky, Sweet & Colorful on House Mouse Challenge


The current challenge on the House Mouse Challenge is to use any combination of Orange, Purple, Lime Green and Black to illustrate the theme of "Spooky, Sweet & Colorful". If this isn't a perfect everything to use my favorite shades of Stickles, I don't know what is! I made this poster for  my friend Verda - the lady of the Monday candy/hug - as my weekly thank you. Verda has poor eyesight so I try to make things that she can see with her magnifying glass and her visiting nurse to help. I hope this isn't too busy for her - but then she loves a challenge and we have great laughs at the misinterpretations! I tell her I like to keep her on her toes - which I don't know what that means exactly, but it is a phrase I grew up with. :<)

I started with a spooky tree that I found at the Dollar Store and went from there. The cute little trick-or-treat mice are stamps from the "Halloween Clear Stamp Set" and you can find it at  To see all of the wonderful inspiration of the DT and the equally creative entries to this fun challenge, go to the House Mouse Challenge at and add your project!

Thank you for stopping by today! We have a very foggy day here in this part of WI - it is to be warm temperatures for today and tomorrow and then COLD temperatures return! Hopefully they do not stay yet - I am not looking forward to winter this year. Wishing you a happy day!

Barbara Diane

Monday, October 22, 2012

Autumn Fun with Mo Manning Challenge


Today's card is my entry in the Mo Manning challenge. The current theme is "Autumn Fun" and this cute little person is ''JoJo", one of Mo's digital images. This would be a wonderful and fun Halloween costume and I have added the sunflowers that I cut out from a patterned paper to give it a bit of Autumn feel. You can find this image and more at and to see all of the great entries to the challenge and to enter it with your project, go to

Thank you for visiting my blog today! We have been having some beautiful weather here in this part of WI and more is in the forecast! Lots of sun and warm temperatures - wishing you the same!

Barbara Diane

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

WOYW? - Sassy Cheryl's ORANGE & BLACK Challenge


With Halloween almost here, it was time to make my yearly poster for my apartment door and I am so behind this year! I always have made a progressive poster - where I start with the background and add something new each day for people to follow during the month of October until the finale on Halloween Eve - but this time I made something different.

I am combining two separate posts today in one. Today is "What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday  - and you can see all of the great entries at This was my workdesk when I started the poster - beginning to cut out my images and using all my colors of orange markers as it was for Sassy Cheryl's ORANGE & BLACK challenge at Check out all of this creativity on both blogs for inspiration!

I started with a scrapbook page of patterned paper as my background. I was going to take a photo of the page before I started but forgot - so here is a part of another one that I had used the other side of for my first Concertina card. To this scrapbook page I added the completed Sassy Cheryl's digital images with dimensionals and then began to add lots of different shades of orange color with my Stampin' Up markers and glitter with orange Stickles!

My completed door poster for Halloween 2012. As you can see, I added a lot of color and glitter!

I cut out pumpkins from another sheet of patterned paper and added them with dimensionals in between the feet of the images of the children - across the top and on either side of the greeting. I also added glitter accents to them and filled in the words of the greeting.

I added some leaves I cut out from one of the digital images that I had colored with black marker.

I added glitter accents to the pumpkins in the border and also colored the blank pumpkins behind them and the vines between them.

I colored in the bodies and eyes of the two owls and added glitter to the eyes.

I added glitter to the windows of the house and to all of the stars in the sky and colored in the lines of the house to give it dimension.

I added glitter to everything I had colored bright orange in the images of the children. I cut out the parts of the images I wanted to use. They are from left to right "Sally and Her Bluebirds", "Teacher's Apple Boy" and "Sassy Sally and Her Autumn Leaves" and you can find them at

Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog today! We have sunshine this morning here in this part of WI but rain is scheduled for later today and over the next two days. Wishing you some sunshine today!

Barbara Diane

Monday, October 15, 2012

Upside Down and Backwards


This finished card is not at all what it was supposed to be! I wanted to make another Concertina card as I loved the end results of the first one I made. It started out ok - all went well with the cutting of the cardstock and the scoring/folding. Then I added the patterned paper and discovered I had glued it on upside down. So I flipped the card so that the little pumpkins on the paper were right side up and continued to plan the scene, cut out the images, color them with markers and glued everything to the card with adhesive and dimensionals.

The little trick-or-treaters looked so cute as they made their way up the hill, stopping at houses along the way  to ask for Halloween treats. Even their dog was having a great time. Little did they know yet who waited for them at the top of the hill with a cookie in hand. Pretty scary!

But wait, they are going UP the hill? They are supposed to be going DOWN the hill! Then I realized when I flipped the card to show the patterned paper right side up it made the card going the wrong direction! I put so much work and time into the layout and I couldn't remove the images to re-do it - so I folded it so it made into a card with a front and a back and the scene when it is opened. It can't stand when it is opened up but  it is cute anyway. The houses and trick-or-treaters and their dog are digital images from Mo Manning and the ghosts are some clip art I found on the Internet.

Thank you for stopping by today to visit my blog. I hope that your day is stress free and fun!

Barbara Diane

Thursday, October 11, 2012

An Old Friend Returns


Is that someone sitting on the TV behind my bookcase? What in the world!? 

Is that you Percy?

It is! It's Percy Good fellow - come back home to live. Yeahhhh!

Percy is one of my dolls who went to live with his new owner in a fabric store and now he has been returned to me to spend his retirement overseeing my studio area. Love you Percy, I am so happy to have your company again! I created Percy Goodfellow from a 'elinor peace bailey' pattern and you may remember this photo of Percy with elinor from my posting of the EPB Class that was held in 2010 when I got to meet my idol in person. It was an exciting day - as you can see!

Thank you for stopping in today to visit my blog! Wishing you a happy day!

Barbara Diane

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

WOYW? Wednesday Tutorial for Concertina Card


Another Wednesday and time again for a What's On Your Workdesk? share. I promised you a tutorial so here are the measurements for the Concertina Card. The finished card looks complicated but it is very simple to make. The card base measures 3" x 12" x 7" with a slant cut from the top of the 7" side across to the top of the 3" side. Score across the 12" side at 3", 6" and 9". Fold on the score lines and decorate! Have fun! I know I did making my first one and I am now working on another! Now to see all the wonderful happenings on workdesks throughout blog land go to visit Julia at!

These are the papers and paper punches I used on my Concertina Card. See my previous post for photos of the layout of the cut outs on the finished card.

Thank you for stopping by today to visit my blog! I am still trying to play catch up in return visits to you all. I was able to see many of your blogs yesterday - such talent and fun cards and projects! I will continue today until I reach the end of my list! I love your comments and e-mails - they make my day! Wishing you a happy one - it is SO COLD here in this part of WI today! Freezing temperatures last night! I am not ready for this!

Barbara Diane