Monday, January 31, 2011

The Colors of The Week Are...... To My Valentine

I'm excited to announce that I'm going to be part of the DT for the Color Challenges over at Split Coast for the next few months! This past week Betty chose the colors of purple, red and suede!

I made a little 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" Valentine for the challenge. I used 3 different Nestabilities - Labels Four, Labels Five and Labels 16 for the dessert option. My stamps are all from Rubbernecker

Stamps: Rubbernecker - from the heart/Heart Envelope #246-17, To My Valentine - From the Heart
Paper: white - PTI, Elegant Eggplant , riding hood red - SU, Bo Bunny Decaf Dot
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Accessories: Copics: BV08, R29, E51, V12, Yg63, Heart Punch - McGill, foam tape, blending tool & nonstick craft mat - Ranger

Saturday, January 29, 2011

WMSC32 Sketch - Hi!

Happy Saturday dear friends! Look at the fun sketch Claire has for us - I think it's to remind us that, Yes - we WILL see flowers again......... sometime........after all the SNOW!!!

I was pretty literal in my interpretation of the sketch this week!


I used WMS Victoriana Digital Paper for my panel and lacey square. The stitched flower and sentiment are from Sewing Box Hugs (another one of my favorite sets!)


I sprayed granite Glimmer Mist on my flower and stem so it looks all sparkly IRL but you can't see it at all in the picture :(


This is also for the SCS Inspiration challenge today - this Gypsy linens set from Rooms by Zoya inspired me with it's colors and flowers!




Ok - so now you'll want to go check out the WMS Sketch Blog and get inspired by the cards the Mischief Makers and other DT members have created using this week's sketch.


Then make your own card using the sketch and link it on the Sketch Blog by Thursday 2/3/11 at 11:59 pm EST - you could be chosen Top Mouse !! Winners are announced each Saturday along with the new sketch challenge. And there just may be a WMS stamp set to be won too!


Stamps: Sewing Box Hugs - Waltzingmouse

Paper: White - PTI, Victoriana Digital Paper - Waltzingmouse, purples and greens -Coredinations

Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black, Memento New Sprout

Accessories: chipboard tag - Maya Road, eyelet square - Nestabilities, corner punch - Zutter, Tattered Angels Granite Glimmer Mist, Gem - Michaels, Cordoroy brad - Nikki Sivils, circle punch - EK Success, foam tape, Scor tape.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Warmed by Your Friendship!

artsy-em was the featured stamper this week over on Split Coast and her put on your party dress card inspired me to create this card. I used different colors and stamps but kept the general theme and sketch.


I bought this dress form die from PTI a few months ago and have been wanting to use it (New Year's resolution to USE my stuff!!!) and I also just got these great Circa 1934 papers from Cosmo Cricket. I paper pieced the 'form' part of the dress form! I sponged the edges of the circle and the sentiment with Ranger Antique Linen ink.


My sentiment is from Blessed by You and frame stamp is from Fancy Phrases both are from Waltzingmouse A perfect sentiment for this 'temps in the single digits' cold and snowy week in New England!!

I'll be back tomorrow with my card for the Saturday Waltzingmouse Sketch - I hope you can stop by and check it out!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Fancy Phrases, Blessed by You
Paper: Vintage cream - PTI, riding hood red - SU, DP Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934/Astaire & Chaplin
Ink: Riding Hood Red - SU, Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Accessories: Circle Nestabilities, dress form die - PTI, Blending tool & non stick craft mat - Ranger

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Claire's Birthday Blog Waltz!

The WMS Design Team and Mischief Maker Sketch Team are delighted to be blog waltzing today to celebrate our Claire's Birthday!

Claire, as you know, is the owner/designer of Waltzingmouse Stamps. She is just the nicest, most genuine, caring person and I'm so happy and honored to be on her Design Team

The waltz starts at the WMS blog where you'll find the order of the dance if you get lost along the way.

So please waltz along with us today to see a variety of the wonderful stamps Claire has designed and to help us wish her the most happiest of birthdays!

If you came here from Jennifer's blog - you are on the right track!

I went with a green palet today (thinking of Ireland where Claire lives, I guess!). I started with a piece of celtic squares digital paper from WMS. I used stamps from Faux Fun Circles, Victorian Frippery and Frame It on the front. I used circle and lacey circle Nestabilities.


And here's the inside of the card where I used stamps from Frame It and Faux Fun Circles.

Claire always says 'hope it tickles' so I thought it was quite appropriate here!


Happy Birthday dear Claire! Hope you enjoy your very own special Waltz today!!


And now if you'll be so kind as to waltz over to Mischief Maker Edna's blog to see what beautiful creation she has made!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - (circles on front & leaf inside card) Faux Fun Circles, (frame, you're so fabby, hope it tickles, happy birthday) Frame It, (jolly good) Victorian Frippery
Paper: White, Simply Chartreuse - PTI, digital DP Celtic Squares - Waltzingmouse
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, Ranger Distress Bundled Sage
Accessories: Circle & Lacey Circle Nestabilities, rhinestones - Kaiser

Monday, January 24, 2011

It's a Girl! with the CPS Sketch

PSA Essentials is sponsoring the CPS sketch this week and several of the PSA DT made cards for the challenge.
I created this sweet baby girl card using stamps from the PSA set called Carriage. You can see more PSA cards using this sketch over at PSA Stamp Camp
Stamps: PSA Essentials - Carriage
Paper: White, Dark Chocolate, Text Style Happy Spots - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Wrinkled Seam Tape - http://www.prairiebirdboutique.etsy.com , copics - RV32, circle punch - SU

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Day 2: Grand Calibur Event! & the WMS Sketch

Welcome to Day #2 of the Waltzingmouse Grand Calibur Event - if you missed yesterday - please check out the WMS blog for all the details! And be sure to check the end of my post to see how you can win stuff!
Spellbinders has come out with some wonderful new Grand Dies that are just perfect for making shaped books, photo albums, cards and scrap book pages. So, of course, they also had to design a machine that would cut these larger dies! And here it is - the Grand Calibur!!!

Due to Waltzingmouse Stamps' cross promotional partnership with Spellbinders the WMS Design Team were all gifted with a Grand Calibur! whoo hoo!! We thought this was an excellent time to showcase Spellbinders and how well they work with Waltzingmouse Stamps!
And of course prizes and a competition are involved! Just pop over to the Waltzingmouse blog for all the details and links to those who are posting projects each day.
For several years I was an avid scrapbooker - but then card stamping became my addiction and since my only son is grown I kind of left it behind.

BUT........now I have an adorable little grandnephew who needs his life documented!!! so the Grand Calibur and the Grand Dies came along at just the right time for me!

Today I have two 8"x8" scrapbook pages to share with you! One using a photograph from Christmas and one from New Year's Eve! (we already have hundreds of pics of Landon and he's only 4 months old!! LOL!)

My stamps are all from Waltzingmouse and the dies are all Spellbinders. All supplies are listed at the end of my post with links to the stamps and dies.
I just love this photo of Landon laughing with his new found friend, Santa Claus (who dances and plays music when you squeeze his hand)!
And since it's Saturday I incorporated the WMS sketch into my page - I flipped it on it's side up there on the left! See it??? Check out the WMS Sketch blog for more info on the sketch challenge!


My next page is of Landon on New Year's Eve. Now there's a story that goes with this -
Every New Year's Eve my sister, Marcia, would dress her two baby girls (Katie and Chrstie) like this (ie - just a diaper and a sign with the new year written on it!) They would wear sparkly hats and have a happy time ringing in the new year. So, of course Katie, Landon's mum, is continuing this fun tradition!! And doesn't Landon look like he's having a great celebration on his very first New Year's Eve!

Here I've laid out all of the Spellbinder dies that I used on my two pages so you can see the comparative sizes. The large Labels One, Circle and Square are from the new Grand Dies.


Just to introduce you to the Grand Caliber - here are some pics.

There is a rubber suction pad on the bottom of the machine and when you turn this white lever, it makes it stick to your smooth surface so it doesn't move when you are using it.

It comes with three plates - a grey (A) base plate, a pink (B) embossing plate with a rubber mat, and a white (C) cutting plate.

When not in use, I'm storing my Grand Calibur on a shelf in my craft room, along with the plates and the Grand Dies that I have so far.

I had this large plastic storage box with white pages that is working perfectly to store my Grand Dies - I use magnet strips to hold them to the pages. I purchased it here.

And now for the fun!!!

Folks who purchase anything over at Waltzingmouse Stamps during this 3-day event (1/21/11 - 1/23/11) will be entered into a drawing. One lucky person will be randomly picked at the end of the 3 days to receive their shopping basket free!

There will be one random winner per day from comments left on one of the DT blogs so you have 3 chances to win!

And finally! there will be a challenge on the WMS blog at the end of the event. Folks are invited to CASE a card/project from the 3 days. You'll have one week to link your entries to the WMS blog post and then Claire or Lisa will pick a random winner for a prize! whoo hoo!
Phew! this was a long post! thanks for sticking with me!!

Landon Meets Santa Page:

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - (tree, heart, pine swag) Nutcracker Sweet, Musical Backgrounds, (A new friend) Celtic Heritage, Pic-Nic Patterns.
Paper: white, blueberry sky, pure poppy - PTI, DP Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday/Tuesday
Ink: Ranger Distress - Old Paper, Peeled Paint
Accessories: Zutter corner rounder, blending tool & nonstick craft mat - Ranger, rhinestones - Kaiser

New Year's Baby:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Vintage Circles Small, (Circle cloud and circles) Free Spirit Boy, Victorian Alphabet
Paper: Bazzill Greens & Tan, Vintage Cream - PTI, DP Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934/Garbo
Ink: Ranger Distress - Faded Jeans, Bundled Sage
Accessories: self adhesive jewels - BazzillBasicsPaper, Blending tool & nonstick craft mat - Ranger.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Dad!

I used Wednesday's SCS sketch to create a birthday card I needed for my niece Katie's husband whose birthday is today!

They are the parents of my dear grand nephew, Landon, who is now 4 months old - so this is Greg's first birthday as a DAD!

I thought it would be fun to send him a card as if it was from Landon himself so I wrote a little note from Landon inside saying how he skyped me when they weren't looking to ask me to make the card for him!

I kept the sketch clean and simple with this adorable photo of Landon front and center. I used bright colors for the panels to match those of the colorful play seat Landon is having so much fun in!

On the inside I put another picture of Landon with his Dad from Thanksgiving -as well as another sentiment. The sentiments are from the Free Spirit Sentiments set by Waltzingmouse.
Gosh, I just love this kid to pieces!!!
Tomorrow I'll be back posting some fun scrapbook pages of Landon as part of Day #2 of the Waltzingmouse 3 day Spellbinders Grand Calibur blitz! Day #1 is today and some of the other WMS DT are posting - Check out all the details on the WMS blog - there are prizes to be won!!
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Free Spirit Sentiments
Paper: White - PTI, Coredinations Color Pack
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: photo

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Every Time I Thought of You

Hello dear friends!! I was home from work last Wednesday because we had a blizzard with over a foot fallen (as well as many tree branches because it was a wet heavy snow!) - and so I got to stamp!


I combined 3 SCS challenges for my card - the weekly sketch, the Teaparty challenge (gold & flowered teapot) as well as the color challenge (use 3 shades of pink)

I gold embossed my Bed of Roses stamp by Rubbernecker on the framed panel. I made my flowers from mulberry paper - cutting a circle into a swirl and rolling it up starting at the outside edge. Then I cut my sentiment with a scalloped Nestie tag adhereing it with foam tape and added a ribbon. I sponged the edges of both the embossed panel and the tag with Antique Linen Distress ink.

This card will be going to Katie Renz who was the Destination Station for the Teapot challenge - you can see her story here. You can also find details on purchasing a great combination of digital stamps with proceeds benefiting Katie on Jak Heath's Blog post here.
You can find my tutorial for making the flowers on this post here

Stamps: Rubbernecker - Bed of Roses #476, Garden Phrase Set #508
Paper: white, Berry Sorbet, Text Style Bitty Star basics, Pink Patterns & In Bloom - PTI, Mulberry Paper - AC Moore
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Blending tool & nonstick craft mat - Ranger, Scalloped tags & Rectangle nestabilities, hot gun, gold embossing powder, wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, corner rounder, Scotch Quick Dry adhesive, glue dot, foam tape

Monday, January 17, 2011

January Friends of WMS Blog Waltz


Welcome to the Friends of Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz - it all starts in the playroom of the WMS forum - you can find all the details here. We hope you'll come join us! This month the theme is Love/Valentines!

Even though my card is pretty clean and simple - I did manage to use three WMS stamp sets on it! Text It, Frame It, and Sweet Hearts.

I just love the traditional Valentine colors of red, white and black don't you?! It reminds me of making Valentines when I was little - working on the diningroom table, covered with newspapers, with red, white and black construction paper, white paper doilies, some dime store stickers and that globby paste!! LOL!! I can taste it now!!

I also love making this size card - 5 1/2" x 3" - long and narrow but still fits in a standard A2 envelope!

As usual - there's a contest going on during the waltz - there could be hidden clue(s) on my picture (do you seE them?!)- count them up and enter the total found on all the DT's cards over in the playroom. A random correct guess will win a WMS stamp set!

I'm off to check out everyone's cards!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Text It, Frame It, Sweet Hearts
Paper: White - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress - Fired Brick

Saturday, January 15, 2011

It's the Saturday Waltzingmouse Sketch!

Yay! it's the weekend again - and for me it's a long one with Martin Luther King Day on Monday - what do you think?? Will I stamp??? I hope you'll be inspired to stamp when you see this fun sketch Claire has for us this week!

And here's my take on it today....
I used Basic Grey Sultry papers for the 'tiles'. Then I stamped the dotted circle on white card stock, cut it out with a lacey circle Nestability, cut out the center with a circle Nestability and stamped the sentiment and a decorative circle on the cut out circle.
The dotted circle and decorative circle stamps are both from Vintage Circles Small and the Irish Proverb is from Words of Wisdom (I love this set!) - all Waltzingmouse of course!
I adhered the sentiment circle on the patterned paper then used foam tape on the lacey circle so it sits above it. The butterflies are adhered to the frame with glue dots.
So go and check out the WMS Sketch Blog and get inspired by the cards the Mischief Makers and other DT members have created using this week's sketch.
Then make your own card using the sketch and link it on the Sketch Blog by Thursday 1/20/11 at 11:59 pm EST - you could be chosen Top Mouse !! Winners are announced each Saturday along with the new sketch challenge. And there just may be a WMS stamp set to be won too!
And please check out the friends of WMS Blog Waltz happening in the forum on 1/17/11 - click on the Valentine at the top of my right side bar for all the deets!
If you have a minute - please check out my bridal projects over at PSA Originals Blog!
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Vintage Circles Small, Words of Wisdom
Paper: White, dark chocolate - PTI, DP Basic Grey Sultry
Ink: Ranger Distress Shabby Shutters & Walnut Stain
Accessories: butterfly punch - Martha Stewart, Lacey Circles & Basic Circles Small -Nestabilities, glue dots, foam tape, Rhinstones - Kaiser, tiny gems - Taylored Expressions.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Christening!

My adorable little grand-nephew, Landon, was Christened this past Sunday, so of course Auntie had to make a special card for him. I combined last weeks SCS Sketch with the SCS Ways to Use It challenge - to use twine.


I dry embossed the smallest Nestie cross on the panel then sponged over it with Antique Linen ink. After layering all the panels I tied blue and green twine around and tied them in a knot separating the edges and letting them hang. My stamps are from are from the Celtic Heritage set by Waltzingmouse


And here's mum Katie, my niece, and sweet little Landon - he is wearing the Christening dress that my sister and I wore at our Baptism's as well as my son Josh, niece Katie and her sister Christie. It was made by Aunt Helen, our mother's sister. She was a wonderful seamstress and had never married - so she was always making beautiful dresses for my sister and me.

Here's Christie, the Godmother, Landon, mum Katie, father Greg and Greg's brother, the Godfather.



Aren't babies wonderful!!??!!

ETA: if you have a minute - please check out my Bridal project over at PSA originals blog:

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Celtic Heritage
Paper: White, Aqua Bliss, Text Style Green Boutique - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Accessories: Bakers Twine- Martha Stewart, sticky pearls - Michaels, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder, cross collection Shapebilities

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Stickles and Kissing!

We had two fun challenges over at Split Coast last week - My first card was for Joan's Try a New Teachnique challenge - to 'paint' your image using Stickles!

I have quite a few bottles of stickles but not a great array of colors! I only had a Christmas Tree Green that had red mixed in it - so I used Blueberry Ice on the trees instead. I used Arctic Ice and Diamond on the cloud, yellow and orange peel on the sun and Frayed Burlap on the ground.

I stamped the image on a separate panel and sponged the edges. I embossed a frame on the card with my rectangle nestie and adhered the image with foam tape inside the frame - taking Joan's advice to put it all together BEFORE putting on the stickles!

I love how pretty my little forest sunrise came out. The sparkle is unbelievable! Joan did a little tutorial on her blog if you'd like to check it out.

Stamps: Rubbernecker - Trees Serene Sunrise #42-06 KK
Paper: WHite - PTI
Ink: Ranger Distress - Antique Linen, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Rectangle Nestability, foam tape, Stickles: Yellow, Diamond, Orange Peel, Arctic Ice, Frayed Burlap, Blueberry Ice


I've used the kissing technique a few times and I love how it adds dimension to a silhouette stamp! 'Kissing was the SCS Clean and Simple Challenge .

I tried several different stamps before settling on my bed of roses background stamp and the model T silhouette - it came out kind of funky - but I like it!

This could be an old abandoned car found in the woods with foliage growing all over it!

I inked the car with Antique Linen and the roses background stamp with Forest Moss - 'kissed' the stamps together and stamped the car on a panel. I sponged the edges, stamped a little of the background roses on the card and then adhered the image panel.

In keeping with 'clean and simple' - I just stamped the sentiment right on the card! All my stamps for both cards are from Rubbernecker.

Stamps: Rubbernecker: Life is a journey from Distressed Set/scuffs, scraps and stains #461, Vintage Model T #502-02, backgrounds/bed of roses #476
Paper: White - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress - Antique Linen, Old Paper, Forest Moss
Accessories: blending tool & nonstick craft mat - Ranger

Monday, January 10, 2011

Hugs for Katie


This cute little fire engine is a special Digi Stamp that Claire, owner of Waltzingmouse Stamps, created for a very special fund raiser being run today by Jak Heath.

The fund raiser is for Katie Renz - a fellow stamper and young mother of 3, who has been stricken with cancer. You can see Katie's story on her blog here.

You can find all the details about the Digital Stamp Package being offered for purchase on Jak Heath's blog.

Please check it out...

Stamps: Digi fire engine and sentiment - Waltzingmouse Stamps.
Paper: white - PTI, DP - My Mind's Eye/Beloved/lovely loops & Accessory sheet (scalloped circle)
Ink: Antique Linen - Ranger Distress
Accessories: Trio Labels Spellbinders, circle Nestabilities, bakers twine- Martha Stewart, foam tape, Copics: C8, N2, BG10, RO5, Y17, E00, R20

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Saturday Waltzingmouse Sketch - I Just Love You!

We're BAAAAACCCCKKKKK!!! Now that the holiday's are over and we've all had a chance to rest and regroup - we've got a Saturday Waltzingmouse Sketch challenge for you!


I can't believe I didn't make a purse or a container for this sketch - for some reason I went with a less literal interpretation this week!

I cut my Nestability heart out of felt, added a big black button from my button box with a yellow ribbon tied through the buttonholes and stamped hearts all over!

All the stamps are from Sweet Hearts.

Check out the WMS Sketch Blog and get inspired by the cards the Mischief Makers and other DT members have created using this week's sketch.

Then make your own card using the sketch and link it on the Sketch Blog by Thursday 1/13/11 at 11:59 pm EST - you could be chosen Top Mouse !! Winners are announced each Saturday along with the new sketch challenge.

ETA: just found out - this week one lucky entry will win a WMS stamp set of their choice!!!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Sweet Hearts
Paper: Pure Poppy - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Fired Brick
Accessories: white felt - Michaels, Nestabilities Heart, wrinkled seam tape - http://www.prairiebirdboutique.etsy.com/ , black button from stash, corner rounder - Zutter, glue dots, ScorTape.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Shaker Basket & A Doctor's Bag And News!

One of my New Year's resolutions is to clean up my craft room AND use things I find that I forgot I had purchased! So I was thrilled to see this wooden basket in the inspiration web store Neest that Stephanie showed us for the Inspiration challenge over on Split Coast this week.This is apparently a design from Sweden - but reminded me of the Papertrey Shaker box template that I bought & downloaded last year but had not yet used! This is the largest one out of the 3 templates included and is about 2 1/2" x 5 1/2". It includes a cover but I designed a handle instead to go along with the inspiration photo.

I have been home from work after surgery through the holidays and I went back this Monday (sigh....). Since I wasn't there to give my co-workers Hanakkuh and Christmas gifts - I brought in 'Happy New Year" gifts for them.

This box is the perfect size for giving these delish giant oatmeal raisin cookies (Martha Stewart Recipe). I kept the tag CAS to go along with the simple Shaker style. The wreath and sentiment are from Waltzingmouse Stamps. I sponged the edges of the box and then swiped the edge of the ink over the pieces to look like wood grain.

Stamps: Faux Fun Circles, Half Backed Gingerbread Joy - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper: Fine Linen - PTI
Ink: Ranger Distress - Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy
Accessories: brads - Imaginese, wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, scor tape, paper piercer, circle punch, shaker box template - Papertrey Ink

I thought these fun 'doctor' bags would be perfect to put treats in for the two physicians I work for.
I purchased this great template from Lynn's blog store here some months after the holidays last year (advance planning for this year!) Check out ALL of her fun templates while you are there.

I found this shiny textured Bazzill paper that looks very much like leather so it was perfect to use for the doctor bags. The names were computer generated and printed on mailing labels then layered on slightly larger rectangles of silver paper and adhered to the front of the boxes.

The top opens just enough to slip in a few of the same cookies that I put in the Shaker basket above and a piece or two of fudge! The cute padlock is actually a brad and I used a square of velcro to hold the top closed as per the template instructions.

This looks so cool from the side - the design of these bags is just super! I recommend if you purchase this template - to make one first out of scrap paper so you see how everything fits before using the 'good' paper!

And here are the two completed bags. I think they were impressed!

And I just have to share - I am SO excited to be able to tell you this!!! Check this PaperCrafts posting out and look who's a winner under Season's Greetings!!! (that would be ME in that group) did you see the wonderful gigunda package of goodies we each got?!?!? I'll post my winning card here on Feb 16th when the March/April Issue of PaperCrafts goes on sale!

Hope to see you back here Saturday when I'll have a card for the Waltzingmouse sketch challenge!

Paper: Black Tie - Bazzill Basics, Silver metallic foil board - Grafix

Accessories: Brads - Basic Grey, cropadile, pewter jumbo eyelets - Stampin Up, Avery mailing label - Staples, scor tape, velcro, pad lock brads - Creative Imaginations, template -

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Daily Dare - Sponsored by Waltzingmouse

It's the 11th day of Christmas over on the Daily Dare Blog - and Waltzingmouse Stamps is sponsoring the challenge today.

Our challenge to you - to use snowflakes on your card.

Check out all the details of the challenge over at the Daily Dare - You could win a free WMS stamp set of your choice!

You can see all of the WMS design team snowflake cards on the Waltzingmouse Blog.

ETA: Check out the PSA Stamp Camp Blog - leave a comment today for Libby and you could win a freePSA stamp set!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - snowflakes/Sewing Box Christmas, let it snow/Compliments of the Season
Ink: Ranger Distress - Stormy Sky & Weathered Wood, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: White PTI, Free Digital snowflake Patterned paper - My Time Made Easy
Accessories: Square nestabilities, rhinestone stickers - Michaels, foam tape.

Monday, January 3, 2011

It's Tea Time When the Going Gets Rough

Good morning dear stampers! Fancy a cup of tea?? Today I have two Teaparty Cards to share.

This one was for the SCS Tuesday's Teapot Challenge - Yah, It's Red, Jed Our inspiration was a white teapot with a red hat and purple flowers - like the red hat ladies attire.
So I made my card with my PTI die cut teapot with a red and purple hat layered on top - I also made a flower using mulberry paper, cuting a circle into a spiral and rolling it up.
I layered it all onto a square of patterned paper. I dry embossed a square nestability to frame my little decorated teapot. Then I stamped my sentiment in the corner., My stamps are from Rubbernecker
Mothermark always offers a destination for our cards - someone who could use some cheering and support. This tea time card will be going postal to Joyce in Utah who is suffering from cancer and the effects of recent surgery. She's a card stamper and will definately appreciate hand made cards!
You can see my tutorial on how I made this flower on a previous blog post here.
Stamps: Rubbernecker: Tea time set #457, Fashion Icon Set #455
Paper: White & DP Green Boutique - PTI, Mulberry Paper - AC Moore
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Antique Linen, Versafine - Imperial Purple, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copics - YG63, R29, Tea Pot Die - PTI, foam dimensionals, square nestability

My second Teapot Tuesday Challenge card - was to make a work of art from a blank white canvas! First, I dry embossed a nestie frame on my white canvas (ie my card!) Then I die cut my teapot and sponged it with several colors (ie abstract art!).
Then I just attached my 'art' to the frame with foam tape and stamped my WMS sentiment underneath (ie the 'title' of my art piece!)
This work of art and encouragement will be going postal to Kris - a stamper who recently had surgery on both wrists and could use a little uplifting while she is unable to stamp!
You can see my tutorial on how I dry emboss with my nesties on my blog post here
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Afternoon Tea Sentiments
Paper: White - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress - Rusty Hings, Crushed Olive, Faded Jeans, Mustard Seed, Tea Dye
Accessories: Classic Frame - Nestabilities, Pearls - Kaiser, Teapot die - PTI

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A Fresh Baked Tag for the New Year!

Happy 2011 everyone! I cannot believe how fast a year flies by. And now we start a fresh new one!

I combined two recent Split Coast Challenges for my little tag today - the Clean And Simple challenge was to be inspired by this apron and the Try a New Technique challenge was to use stitching - real or faux.
Instead of a card - I decided to make a tag that I could attach to a freshly baked gift.
I've had this wonderful apron from Lockhart stamps for ages and, shame on me, I haven't used it in over a year! So I was happy to be inspired to finally use it.
First, I stamped the apron on the tag and then I paper pieced 2 different papers on it. I quickly stitched around the edges of the tag, stamped the WMS sentiments and grid (don't the grids look like cooling racks?!) I sponged the edges and added the wrinkled seam tape.
Did you make any New Year's Resolutions or did you resolve not to make any???!!!
Mine are the ongoing, never ending ones - try to eat better and exercise more!
Stamps: Apron #2104 - Lockhart Stamp Co,, Waltzingmouse - Sentiments/Half Baked, grid/Off Beat Backgrounds
Paper: purchased tag - Staples, Patterned paper - Basic Grey/Urban Prairie/Corn Husk, Pool Plaid/Art Impressions
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress - Antique Linen, Shabby Shutters
Accessories: distresser, Blending tool, non stick craft mat - Ranger, Sewing Machine, wrinkled seam tape

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