Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Waltzingmouse August Release - Sneak Peek - Day 3

Welcome friends to Day 3 of the Waltzingmouse August Release Sneak Peeks -  Tomorrow Claire will be releasing all 8 of the wonderful stamp sets we have been showing you for the past 3 days along with many new coordinating dies!  whoo hoo! 

For our last day of Sneak Peeks - we are showing you Great Big Owl, Boo and Friends and Peek a Boo Sentiments.  Dies will also available for these sets.

For my first card - I'm using one of the 2 gorgeous owls in the Great Big Owl set along with two circle designs (there are branch and leaf stamps and other little design stamps in this set) and one of the 9 sentiments.  I colored the owl with Copics and cut out the opening in his belly to frame the sentiment I stamped on the patterned paper behind him.
Inside I stamped another of the sentiments along with the crescent moon in the set.
Here's a close up of the wonderful detail on this owl stamp!
Next up I have a card featuring my grandniece, Mila.  She's 2 years old now - but this photo was from last Halloween when she was just 1 - what a dolly!!  (and she still is!)
I used a sentiment from Peek A Boo Sentiments for this card (this set has 15 sentiments in it!) - along with Claire's recently released Halloween Party witch die that goes with one of her very first Halloween sets - Halloween Party
Inside this card I stamped another sentiment from Peek-a-Boo Sentiments and a cute little ghostie from the Boo and Friends set.
And for my final sneak peek today - I stamped this cute little dracula ghost and cluster of stars from Boo and Friends along with another sentiment from Peek-A-Boo Sentiments.  I added a drippy punched edge along the bottom of the image panel.
I covered the dracula ghost and stars with Glitter Glaze to give them a lot of sparkle.  I cut out the ghost and layered him onto the panel with foam dots.
Inside another sentiment from Peek-A-Boo Sentiments with candy corn cluster from Boo and Friends.
So once again - you will find links to all of the participating Design Team over at the Waltzingmouse Blog - as well as below:
Anya Schrier
Jeanne Jachna
Jen Cuthbertson 
Julia Aston - Me!
Karin Åkesdotter
Kelly Schirmer
Laurie Schmidlin
Lynn Mercurio
Renee Lynch
Sandie Dunne
Tosha Leyendekker
Claire Brennan  - Owner and designer

Please check out all the inspiration offered!

I hope you have enjoyed my sneak peek creations - and that you have made up your 'wish list' so you'll be ready to order what you need right away tomorrow after the release at 2 pm EST!

Tomorrow we'll all be back with the Release Day Design Team Blog Hop where one lucky commenter will win a WMS stamp set of choice!! 

Boo to You
Stamps:  Great Big Owl - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, True Black, PTi, DP My Minds Eye/Cowboy
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Archival Jet Black, and Orange Blossom
Accessories:  Exacto Knife, foam dots, Copics: YR07, YR04, 1" circle punch - EK Success

Too Cute to Spook
Stamps:  Boo and Friends, Peek-A-Boo Sentiments - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, True Black - PTI, Certainly Celery - SU, DP My Minds Eye/Cowboy
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and Pear Tart
Accessories:  Halloween Party Die - Waltzingmouse, photo, Arch Frame Die - Alterations/Tim Holtz, Large oval punch - SU, Lucky Blend Sequins - Avery Elle, Glue N Seal - Ranger, foam dots.

You're Spooktacular
Stamps:  Boo and Friends, Peek-A-Boo Sentiments - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, True Black - PTI, DP DCWV Ghosts and Goblins Mat Stack
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and Gray Flannel, Archivel Dandelion.
Accessories:  Copics R59, Y17, 100, Glitter Glaze Sheer Sparkle, MFT, foam dots, Dripping punch - Martha Stewart

Monday, August 25, 2014

Waltzingmouse - August Sneak Peek - Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the Waltzingmouse August Release Sneak Peeks!

Today I have 3 cards featuring 3 more of the new Waltzingmouse sets coming out on August 27th -  Little Darlings, Little Darlings Sentiments and 'Tis the Season.

My first card features stamps from the Little Darlings set that contains 4 wonderfully vintage baby images and 3 coordinating vintage font sentiments. (This set compliments yesterday's Vintage Baby Shower) I also used two sentiments (Congratulations to You and Baby and A Baby Girl) from the 12 sentiment set -Little Darlings Sentiments.
I stamped two sentiments A Baby Girl from Little Darling Sentiments and Arriving Soon from the Little Darlings Set in light pink ink along the top and bottom edges of my card.
I stamped and hand cut the beautiful vintage baby carriage and layered it over a new die Claire is releasing on Thursday called Picot Panel - so pretty with the dotted lacey edge isn't it?!
As many of you know - I have 2 beautiful grandnieces (2yrs and 5 mos)  and 2 handsome grandnephews (4 yrs and 3 yrs) whose photos give me constant inspiration for my card designs!   So here is a sweet photo of Madelyn when she was less than a month old with a cute little yawn! 
I cut the tag with one of Claire's Stitched Tag dies and stamped this sweet sentiment from Little Darling Sentiments on it. I attahced it to the photo with a sparkle brad.
Inside I stamped another of the sentiments (a kind of 'tongue in cheek' one!) from the set on a panel of pink card stock.  "A hint for the new fangled parent - the first 40 years are the tricky bit".
And finally - the third set we're showing today - a lovely Christmas sentiment set called 'Tis the Season consisting of 4 large flourishy sentiments!   Here I've paired one of the sentiments with a die cut layered pine tree cut from some patterned paper and covered with Glitter Glaze (the tree is quite sparkly IRL!)  These lovely sentiments certainly take front and center attention!
So there's a list over on the Waltzingmouse Blog - with links to all of the Design Team that are participating in today's sneak peeks - as well as below:
Anya Schrier
Becca Feeken
Jeanne Jachna
Jen Cuthbertson 
Julia Aston - Me!
Karin Åkesdotter
Kelly Schirmer
Laurie Schmidlin
Renee Lynch
Sandie Dunne
Teresa Kline
Tosha Leyendekker
Claire Brennan  - Designer Owner

  I hope you'll check out all the inspiration from the team!

I'll be back tomorrow with a sneak peek at three more sets (hint - there'll be some Halloween fun in the mix!)  I hope you will stop by!

Congratulations to You and Baby
Stamps:  Little Darlings, Little Darling Sentiments - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, Sweet Blush - PTI
Ink:  Memento Angel Pink and Rosebud
Accessories:  Picot Border Die - Waltzingmouse, Sugar Blend Sequins - Avery Elle, Vintage Lace Die - Alterations - Tim Holtz, foam tape.

Hello Little Darling
Stamps:  Hello Little Darling Sentiments - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, Sweet Blush - PTI
Ink:  Memento Rosebud
Accessories:  Sugar Coated Brad - Doodlebug Designs, Stitched Tag - Waltzingmouse, foam dots, Vintage Lace die - Alterations/Tim Holtz.

A Very Merry Christmas
Stamps:  'Tis the Season - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, Rustic Cream - PTI, DP Paper Stash/Seasonal Ideology/Tim Holtz
Ink:  Ranger Distress Vintage Linen and Festive Berries.
Accessories:  Foam tape, home made enamel dots from Perler beads, Glue N Seal - Ranger, Glitter Glaze Sheer Sparkle - MFT, Snow Covered Stacker tree die - Dee's Distinctively.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Waltzingmouse - August Sneak Peek - Day 1

I'm excited to welcome you to the first day of the Waltzingmouse August Release Sneak Peeks!  Claire is releasing 8 exciting new sets this Wednesday Aug 27th! Today the Design Team is creating with stamps from two of the sets Vintage Baby Shower and Hello Happy Thanks.  All the sets will also have coordinating dies available for purchase.

The Vintage Baby Shower set is just that - a set of 4 wonderful vintage baby images with two beautifully fonted sentiments!  I colored the bonneted baby image with Copics layering it over some pretty patterned paper and die cuts with sponged edges.  I added 3 sparkly sequins for a little shine.
On this 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" card I used two sentiments from the new set Hello Happy Thanks - this versatile set has 3 large sentiments and 14 small sentiments - useful for so many occasions!  I also used the sweet little vintage baby shoe from the Vintage Baby Shower set on my card - a mix of modern and vintage!
You'll find links to all of the Design Team members highlighting these sets today over at the WMS blog as well as below:
I'll be back tomorrow for Sneak Peak Day 2 -  hope you can drop by again!

Vintage Baby Shower card
Stamps:  Vintage Baby Shower - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  Vintage Cream - PTI, DP Cappella Paper Pad - Basic Grey
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Accessories:  Dies - Floral Doily Motifs, Circles, Mega Rectangles - Nestabilities, foam dots, Glue N Seal - Ranger, Copics: R20, E00, B00, Sequins -Neat N Tangled.

Baby Thanks
Stamps:  Hello Happy Thanks, Vintage Baby Shower - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, Enchanted Evening - PTI
Ink:  Memento Nautical Blue and Teal Zeal
Accessories:  Stitched Mat Rectangle die - Lil' Inker Designs, Small oval punch - SU, home made enamel dots made from Perler Beads, foam dots.

Friday, August 22, 2014


I've got Halloween on my mind - after purchasing Tim Holtz new Halftone Halloween stamp set!  And I wanted to play along with Eileen Hull's August Art With Heart challenge - Anything Goes.
 Since Eileen is the very talented designer of the wonderful Cube Boxes from Sizzix -  I decided to combine my new stamps and her Block/Cube/Bank Die for my project.  This box is a 3" cube.  I cut it out of Little Sizzles Black Mat Board from Sizzix.
There are two stamps for each image with Tim's  Half Tone stamp sets . There's a background stamp made up of small dots and an outline stamp.  For example the dots piece is in blue on the skull and the outline is in black.  For the cats, the dots are the eyes.  I stamped them all on Tim Holtz Specialty Paper and hand cut them out.
 For each panel I cut a piece of Coredinations  Kraft Core Paper and sanded each piece so the kraft core showed through.  Then I stamped each panel with various Tim Holtz stamps to complement the Halloween image.  I used stamps from The Chemist, Classics #16 and Bird Feathers.
For the top piece on my box,  I stamped the witch and moon from the Halftone Halloween set on a panel I die cut with Tim's Arch Frame.  It is wider than the box So I cut away below the image, folded the small end and slipped it through a slice I made in the Kraft Core panel I was attaching to the top of the box.
 Here's the smaller piece of the arch adhered to one side of the Kraft core panel
 And here it is - all done and standing up sweet as you please!
 Here are each of the completed sides.
I used some Remnant Rubs/Apothecary that have a sheet of black rubs and a sheet of white rubs - the skull and text worked perfectly on the back of my arch - where I  layered a black arch cut to fit.  I also added the fun Idea-ology Wish Bone that I've been dieing to use on something! 
I stamped the Halloween images with Archival Inks - Jet Black, Dandelion, Orange Blossom, Carnation Red and Cornflower Blue.
 I added an Idea-ology Corked Vial to the front - having dripped some Rusty Hinge Distress Reinker inside it.  I tied black TH Jute String around the neck and added the perfect Apothecary Remnant Rub to the side!   I adhered the bottle to the arch with ScorTape and added a glue dot to the bottom to hold it to the cover. I sponged the edge of the arch with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
 More remnant rubs on the cover and a Ring Fastener attached to hold the Swivel Clasp.  I died a piece of Crinkle Ribbon by dragging it through Rusty Hinge and Stormy Sky Distress Reinkers spritzed with water, then crinkled and dried with a heat tool.
The swivel clasp makes it quite easy to open the box so the receiver can take a peek at whatever creepy things are tucked inside! 
 I tucked a piece of Trimmings/Natural Black Cream behind the skeleton.
I really love working with Eileen's fun boxes.  She has just come out with a new line of boxes called Vintage Kitchen -  and we can win one by participating in her Art with Heart challenge this month! 

I'm also linking my project to:
Inspiration Journal challenge -  Everything Goes
Frilly and Funkie Challenge - Hip to be Square

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

CC3C#9 - Stamps and Framelits - Be Thankful

I've got a two-fer today -  I'm joining in the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #9 -  Stamps and Framelits -  and also posting my project over at the eclectic Paperie Blog.
We can't describe the technique - but you'll find it in Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Vol 3 Page 63.  The CC3C rules require that we all work from our own copies of Tim's book.  So I will share lots of photos and describe the other techniques that I used on my large 6" x6" card/panel today.

 First I used Tim's technique on my Acorn Blue Print Framelit stamp and die set.
 Then I created the card base using a piece of basket weave DP from Tim's Paper Stash/Destinations,  Honeycomb die and Arch Frame die.  I sponged the honeycomb with Wild Honey Distress Ink, covered it with Glue N Seal and then poured Mustard Seed Distress Glitter over it.  After it dried I rubbed over it with my finger and then sponged over it with Frayed Burlap and Wild Honey ink.
I tied a knot of Linen Ribbon sponged with Wild Honey through the honeycomb.  I inked a metal foliage with Archival Orange Blossom and Potting Soil then rubbed some Rusty Hinge Distress paint over it and dried it with a heat tool.  I used a Trinket Pin to attach it to the ribbon.
I inked some Industrious Stickers/Borders with the Archival Orange Blossom and Potting Soil inks, dried them with my heat tool and added one along the bottom
and one along the top right corner
I added a die cut easel to hold the panel up.
This will make a pretty decoration for Thanksgiving - sitting on a shelf or counter, or even on my desk at work!

One lucky entry in the CC3C challenge will win a $50.00 gift certificate from the Inspiration Emporium!  Reason enough to join in right?!

So now I'll ask you to do two things -  check out the fun CC3C challenges here.
and check out my blog post over at the e Paperie Blog here!

This weekend I am be attending 3 workshops given by Dina Wakley at a local craft shop.  I'll be learning all kinds of new things using acrylic paints and stamps and stencils - I'll hopefully even be learning how to hand sketch faces!  I'm sure I'll be posting some of my projects - if they come out ok!!??!!  This will be all new stuff for me and I'm looking forward to stretching my artistic talents!

And then I'm on vacation for a week - right through Labor Day Weekend - so I get an extra day off!  What's up for your weekend?

Stamps:  Acorn Blue Print Framelits - Sizzix Alterations
Paper:  White, True Black - PTI, DP Paperstash/Destinations Tim Holtz
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, Potting Soil and Orange Blossom; Ranger Distress Wild Honey and Frayed Burlap.
Accessories:  Glue N Seal, Mustard Seed Distress Glitter, waterbrush, foam dots, thick foam dots, Ranger Distresser, Rusty Hinge Ranger Distress Paint, blending tool, Alterations  Honey Comb, Arch Frame , Small Easel dies, Idea-ology Industrious Stickers/Borders, Linen Ribbon, Foliage, Trinket Pin, Ranger Distress Markers - Brushed Corduroy, Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Wild Honey, Black Soot,  Spritzer

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Home Congrats Tag

I have a tag to share today that I made using a Mega Mat die from PTI rather than a tag die.  I also used another die and stamp set that I haven't used since purchasing it almost a year ago (the stamp set is only $5 and the die is only $3!). It's called  Polka Dot Parade #10 by PTI.  Because they are clear stamps - I could bend the congrats one to stamp it on the curve.
I die cut two Mega Mats -  die cut the house and roof out of one of them and then layered one mat over the other.  I stamped on the cut outs and inserted them into the openings on the top mat.  I love the look of the inlaid die cuts - so fun!  On the back of the tag I stamped "where your story begins' from the same stamp set.
My new home tag was inspired by the latest Tag You're it challenge.
Stamps:  Polka Dot Parade #10 - PTI
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Tangelo, Bamboo Leaves and Rosebud
Accessories:  Mat Stack 3 die - PTI, Cropadile, Honey Dew and Pink Sorbet Twine - The Twinery, Polka Dot Parade #10 die set - PTI, home made enamel dots from Perler beads, Glue N Seal - Ranger, foam dots.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

On the Corner of Awesome and Fantastic

I purchased this awesome On the Corner sign die along with the coordinating stamps from Neat N Tangled quite some time ago after being inspired by several cards I saw in blog land using them.  As with so many things I buy - I put them away in my craft room and there they stayed hidden!  Today, finally, I'm using them on a card!
I die cut a rectangle and circle with my Lil Inker Stitched Mat dies. (I cut the partial circle by first cutting a rectangle and then placing the circle over the edge of the rectangle so the flat edge had the stitching on it too) I made randomly spaced score lines on the panel with my ScorPal, blocked off areas with Eclipse tape and then sponged colors onto the panel with Distress Inks.  I did the scoring to give the illusion of barnboard on the background.
I colored the sign post using two shades of silver glitter pens -  you can see the two shades here but not the subtle glitter effect.

And what prompted me to get out this fun stamp set and die you ask?  (yes, I heard you ask!) - well it was this weeks Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge:

Stamps:  On the Corner - Neat N Tangled
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Festive Berries,  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Stitched Mat Rectangle and Circle Dies - Lil' Inker Designs, On the Corner die - Neat N Tangled, ScorPal, Eclipse Tape, foam tape, Silver Spica Pen, Creative Memories Silver pen, Blending tool - Ranger, Glue N Seal, home made enamel dots from Perler beads.

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