Whimsy Blog Hop!! Start HERE!! Join the Fun!!

Zoe August 18, 2011 84

Hello and welcome to the Whimsy Stamps August new rubber and die release BLOG HOP!

On August 10th, Whimsy Stamps released our August rubber designs and new dies. Today we are hosting a blog hop to celebrate this release and to share creations made using these 15 fabulous new Rubber Stamps and 3 wonderful new Shapeology Dies. These new goodies are available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites. We also have our wonderful special guests joining us for this hop – Elaine Hughes, Zoe McGrath, Alberto Gava and Iwona “Chupa” Palamountain. The Whimsy Stamps DT have been showcasing these fabulous stamps for the past 6 days, so if you missed them be sure to hop on over to the Whimsy Inspirations Blog for some more inspiration! Here is a full list of the wonderful new August release rubber stamps and dies:

3 stamps from Crissy Armstrong
Bart Goes Golfing ~ Butterfly Sympathy ~ Hang In There
4 stamps from Meljen’s Designs
Cupcake Treat Trio ~ Monkey Toes ~ Pen Pal Mouse ~ Topsy Turvy Cake
4 stamps from Kenny K
Bathing Beauty ~ Buggin Drummer ~ Wanda Wicked ~ Wedding Garter
4 stamp sets from Raindrop Echo Designs
Bottle Cap Sentiments ~ Film Markers ~ Schoolyard Fun ~ Vintage Seed Packets
3 dies/sets from Raindrop Echo Designs
Elegant Butterflies Die Set ~ Bottle Cap Die (coordinates with Bottle Cap Sentiments stamp set) ~ Film Marker Die (coordinates with Film Markers stamp set)

Today is also the release of the second edition
of the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Magazine!

The magazine features never before seen samples and tutorials from our DT members as well as some creations from our customers and fans too! This issue is crammed full of crafty goodness and best of all it’s FREE! Just click the link below and you will be taken to the magazine where you can read it online or download it and save to your computer.

to view the Mag online!
“It’s AWESOME and you’ll even see a tutorial I created about how to mask your rubber and digi stamps together
AND the Make it Crafty & Whimsy girls, teamed up to share some amazing cards merging our images together.
You HAVE to go check it out!!!


YOU are at the BEGINNING of the HOP!!! 
(A little intimidating for me actually – ha! – but at least you’ll know there is so much talent to come!!)

The hop starts today (Wednesday August 17th at noon EST) and ends on Wednesday August 24th at noon EST.

For this hop we have 7 different prize draws!

We have not one, but TWO grand prize draws, so two lucky hoppers will win a large selection of new release stamps.

Grand Prize 1 will be for those who help us advertise the hop, and

Grand Prize 2 will be for those who hop along with us.

We also have 5 mini candy stops throughout the hop where you can enter to win a new release stamp!
I’m not going to tell you where they are, so if you haven’t found them you’ll just have go back to the beginning and start hopping! *wink*

My creation!!

Ok I have to admit, when I found out I was going first, I just about had a heart attack… because, I didn’t do the ‘normal’ what could be expected of me creation…

I… didn’t colour. argh!!

So naturally, I thought, Oh noooo, I can’t be first!

However… I still like my card. 🙂 And I am pretty certain, I mean I KNOW that there will be PLENTY of amazing colouring as you continue your way through the hop. 🙂

I wanted to play and show off these new vintage seed packets sentiments by Ann because as soon as I saw them this idea popped to mind!

It’s simple, but I think it is perfect for a garden lover. 🙂

I had originally attempted to use all four on the same card but for some reason my brain wasn’t getting it right. lol
I am sure one of you awesome card makers would be able to pull it off!!

Papers are Graphic 45 and Websters
Flowers from WOC
Flat back gems from Quixotic paperie



So now it’s time for you to continue the hop by hopping over to the gorgeous and fabulous



If you get lost along the way somewhere – just hop on back here to find your way!

Zoe McGrath 
Patricia Garcia

Crissy Armstrong

Minna Paajanen

Simonne Clay

Alberto Gava

Iwona “Chupa” Palamountain

Donna Smith

Lori Pachkowsky

Debbie Eastman

Erin Bailey

Marley van der Heijden

Stephanne Maraver

Ann Vento

Iris Wiechmann

Elaine Hughes

Annika Ryan



Thanks so much for popping by and I guarantee you’ll be blown away as you hop on through!

Big Aussie Squeezes!!

Zoe xxoo



  1. Toni August 18, 2011 at 2:11 am - Reply

    no colouring huh still an awesome card Zoe and fab use of Anns sentiments love the papers youve used too
    I like alot ;0)

  2. Gabbi August 18, 2011 at 2:18 am - Reply

    I love love love this card. I think it looks beautiful just the way it is. No coloring needed thanks for the fun hop.

  3. Lori August 18, 2011 at 2:19 am - Reply

    Oh how beautiful, it’s so elegant, love the papers!

  4. Annika August 18, 2011 at 2:26 am - Reply

    I totally love how you have placed the leaves – it balances the layout se well and that delicate bouquet looks so cute!

  5. Flo August 18, 2011 at 2:31 am - Reply

    I love those vintage seed packet stamps. They look so great on your card.

  6. Rhonda Miller August 18, 2011 at 2:37 am - Reply

    Wow, colored or not, this is gorgeous. I love how you used the seed packets. TFS.

  7. Penni August 18, 2011 at 2:44 am - Reply

    Great card Zoe, I love the vintage look.


  8. Kathy August 18, 2011 at 3:12 am - Reply

    WOW Zoe I absolutely adore this card!! It is so shabby chic and you have used such pretty colors!! Your layout is fabulous!! So so pretty!! As soon as I seen this stamp set i knew I needed to have it!

  9. Lena August 18, 2011 at 3:20 am - Reply

    Wow Im gonna have to get my hands on most of these. Lovvvee them all!!!

  10. beth August 18, 2011 at 3:21 am - Reply

    Something different is always nice Zoe. Beautiful!

  11. Shazza August 18, 2011 at 3:23 am - Reply

    this is gorgeous Zoe x

  12. Sara I. August 18, 2011 at 3:32 am - Reply

    Wow! Who needs coloring with a card like that! Stunning creation – just adore the seed packets!! Off to hop…

  13. HEIDI BRAWLEY August 18, 2011 at 3:48 am - Reply

    WOW your card is GORGEOUS! Love it just the way it is!
    hugs, Heidi Brawley

  14. Leanne Poe August 18, 2011 at 3:48 am - Reply

    Hi Zoe,
    Terrific card! It’s always fun to mix it up, coloring, no coloring… Especially when the stamps are that terrific. Gives it a nice vintage look with the brown tones. Love the layout and the fun splashes of green and white. I wish there was paper like that available at the local Michael’s in California.. TFS!

  15. Jacki August 18, 2011 at 4:01 am - Reply

    Hi Zoe what a beautiful card love it very pretty
    Jacki xx

  16. Sandra H August 18, 2011 at 4:10 am - Reply

    Wow your card is beautiful love the layout and l love the colours and the vintage look, truely is stunning:) Sandra H

  17. Tanya Phillips August 18, 2011 at 4:14 am - Reply

    This is beautiful! I am so loving the seed packets!

  18. Susie Little August 18, 2011 at 4:18 am - Reply

    Fabulous card , subtle colours but they really stand out!

  19. Anonymous August 18, 2011 at 4:19 am - Reply

    Just another stunning creation by my even more stunning friend!! I love that you just stamped and didn’t colour Zoe! It is always great to mix it up and do the unexpected. Your use of these stamps is keenly artistic anyhow. You just couldn’t help that though, that is part of who you are. 🙂 Lovely use of flowers and layout design too! HUGS!!!

  20. Astrid G August 18, 2011 at 4:38 am - Reply

    Your creation is very nice, loved it.
    Hugs Astrid

  21. Babette August 18, 2011 at 4:44 am - Reply

    Your card is great anyway, love this little seed packets sentiments.

  22. Glennis F August 18, 2011 at 5:12 am - Reply

    Love the vintage look

  23. susanna August 18, 2011 at 5:40 am - Reply

    molto bella brava
    grazie susy

  24. Aartje August 18, 2011 at 5:41 am - Reply

    Wow, you are a great start of the bloghop. This is beautyful.
    Love Aartje

  25. Deonna B August 18, 2011 at 5:52 am - Reply

    Wonderful card! I love all of the stamp work.

  26. Valerie August 18, 2011 at 6:00 am - Reply

    Gorgeous vintage botanical card, love it!
    Val x

  27. Glynis August 18, 2011 at 6:23 am - Reply

    I jsut loved the card! What a fabulous start to my first hop!!!!

    THank you Glynis

  28. creafrea August 18, 2011 at 6:46 am - Reply

    Hi Zoe, well colouring or not, this is a gorgeous card; I’m off hopping now! Hugs, Frea

  29. Martenka August 18, 2011 at 6:49 am - Reply

    Wow, what a great card!

  30. KimberleyG August 18, 2011 at 6:49 am - Reply

    Lovely card with great stamped images.

  31. Sandy G August 18, 2011 at 6:54 am - Reply

    What a lovely vintage card

  32. MaRyKaY August 18, 2011 at 7:04 am - Reply

    beautiful card. I think it is perfect without any coloring on it. makes it look more vintage.
    Love it

  33. Starla B August 18, 2011 at 7:08 am - Reply

    Oh, my! This is just gorgeous!! I love the vintage feel, and the flowers you added was the perfect touch. It looks PERFECT with no coloring!

  34. Leah Ann Gast August 18, 2011 at 7:13 am - Reply

    Very pretty! You did a great job starting out the hop :O) Hugs! Leah Ann

  35. uta.fuenfstueck August 18, 2011 at 7:15 am - Reply

    Your card is beautiful and the colours match wonderful to the theme of this card.

    Hugs, Uta

  36. mallika August 18, 2011 at 7:21 am - Reply

    your card is bful . i just read the entire issue .. it mesmerized me

  37. Jamie Larsen August 18, 2011 at 7:34 am - Reply

    love your card its so pretty thanks for sharing!

  38. Patricia August 18, 2011 at 7:42 am - Reply

    Hello Zoe, Great card, love the vintage look and the two paired images!!


  39. Mickie August 18, 2011 at 8:05 am - Reply


  40. Tami B August 18, 2011 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Classy is just one way to describe this beauty.

  41. Anonymous August 18, 2011 at 8:56 am - Reply

    I know what you mean, something just feels…… unnatural without some little cutie getting coloured up, but I gotta say, your card looks amazing!!! So happy to be creating with you once again Zoe!!
    hugs, stephanne

  42. jenn_momof2 August 18, 2011 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Beautiful card!

  43. lindaarbo August 18, 2011 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Gorgeous card. Love the stamping at the PP and to see a card from YOU without coloring. LOL.

  44. littlehamsterz August 18, 2011 at 9:19 am - Reply

    So simple yet so elegant 🙂 Lovely!

  45. Sharron / Sharrahug August 18, 2011 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Gorgeous card, Zoe! I love the vintage feel it has! Absolutely beautiful!
    Huggies ~ Sharron?

  46. Chris Olsen August 18, 2011 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Wow Zoe! Absolutely love your card!! So vintage and beautifully done!! Love every detail!! Missed joining you girls for the hop. You have all done beautiful work!!

  47. Carly W August 18, 2011 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Its lovely Zoe 🙂

  48. Anita A August 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Stunning card! I love the colors.

  49. Indy August 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    I love this card! What beautiful stamping. Loving the stamps!

  50. Sharon Moore August 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    I think the no “coloring” makes the stamps stand out better than having them colored!

  51. Robin (scrappintlc) August 18, 2011 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Beautiful even without coloring. Stunning.

  52. Naomi August 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Oh, this is just GORGEOUS! I LOVE what you did with the fabulous Seed Packet Stamps! I don’t think that we NEED coloured images on every card…in fact, it can be classier sometimes without…this being one of those cases 😉

  53. Carole S August 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Hi Zoe, this is fabulous, love it, I am looking forward to joining in and learning lots of new tips etc, love Carole.

  54. corry August 18, 2011 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    hallo zoe
    wat een geweldig mooie kaart, zowel de kleuren als de indeling,HELEMAAL GEWELDIG!
    groetjes van corry

  55. Tiiti August 18, 2011 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    This is so beautiful. SO elegant and warm! hugs, Tiiti

  56. Shime August 18, 2011 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful vintage card i made! I love colors you chosed and stamps are fantastic!

  57. Victorianrose August 18, 2011 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Love the seed card packets and vintage look. Well done.

  58. Carolyn V August 18, 2011 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    what a wonderful vintage type card, the sepia tones add to
    distressed antique look, love it

  59. Anonymous August 19, 2011 at 1:13 am - Reply

    I always love the things you create and this in no exception! Lovely and soft and just right for this new set. Great job!

  60. Queen B August 19, 2011 at 1:14 am - Reply

    That “Anonymous” comment above is mine. I hadn’t signed in!

  61. Caroline August 19, 2011 at 1:47 am - Reply

    It’s a great card and it works perfectly with no colouring! Makes it have a vintage feel.

  62. lydia August 19, 2011 at 7:19 am - Reply

    this is sooo beautiful xxx

  63. Mary Merrifield August 19, 2011 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Gorgeous card. Love the layout.

  64. Lynn Beaumont August 19, 2011 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Love the card and it’s vintage feel! Pretty colours too!!

  65. Cheryl S. August 19, 2011 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Pretty card! Thank you for the inspiration and the chance to win.

  66. Janette G. August 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Lovely card! I agree a garden lover would love this card; but also non-garden lovers! Eventhough it may not have one of your fab colored images it is still AWESOME!


  67. Shime August 19, 2011 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    I posted some words in blog to attract people from Russia 🙂

  68. Barbara August 19, 2011 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Zoe your card is gorgeous even without your famous coloring

  69. Ilona August 19, 2011 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    I love your card, the whole design – you are also great without colouring 🙂

  70. Embossing Queen August 19, 2011 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Not a scrap of colouring and I still love it!

  71. Craftdee Donna August 20, 2011 at 3:09 am - Reply

    Very clever presentation of these really nice stamps…has a lovely vintage feel, TFS Dee

  72. Tessa August 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Beautiful card, i love the vintage.
    hugs Tessa & Anke

  73. Kathi August 21, 2011 at 6:46 am - Reply

    I love your card. Sometimes coloring isn’t needed. 😉
    XX Kathi

  74. z_bina67 August 21, 2011 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Lovely card. Thank you for sharing it.

  75. Sammibug August 21, 2011 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Wow! Absolutely fabulous! Such a wonderful vintage feel. I’m in such envy because I’m not very good at the vintage look.

    By the way, I made a post to spread the word about the hop. You can see the post, here: http://sammibugscrapshack.blogspot.com/2011/08/make-it-crafty-and-whimsy-stamps-are.html

  76. Leanne August 21, 2011 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Lovely blog, and fun blog hop! Nice card very elegant!

  77. Charis August 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    I really like the tone of color of your card. Thanks for sharing! Really a beautiful card !

  78. Mint August 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    A really beautiful card! the tone on tone effect is so nice. Like the flower and the layout!

  79. Tine August 22, 2011 at 1:41 am - Reply

    Fab layout & embellishments. Lovely card.
    Tine 🙂

  80. Dawn Frost August 22, 2011 at 1:45 am - Reply

    I was pretty shocked that you didn’t colour anything, lol! Fantastic seeds packets and the LOVE the paper you used. Very vintage and lovely!

  81. Charlene August 22, 2011 at 7:18 am - Reply

    Really like the the card, very elegant.

  82. aunty sue August 23, 2011 at 8:22 am - Reply

    just stunning and classy

  83. Rosslyn August 24, 2011 at 2:49 am - Reply

    This card is awesome. Nice job. It looks lovely as it is.

  84. Calypso August 24, 2011 at 4:09 am - Reply

    Zoe, this is a gorgeous card and may have to lift it one day and very different from what I have been seeing you do with the “NO LINES” challenge buzz that has been going around. Incredible and you are helping take card making to another level….but slow down a little…I’m still working on creating pleats with my Copics!!! LOL!!!

    Keep inspiring us with your beautiful work.

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