Thursday, April 18, 2013

WMS April Release DT Blog Waltz!

Well friends -  we've finally made it to the April Waltzingmouse Release Day!  The three new sets - My Kind of Guy, Nordic Baby and Man of the Hour -  are now available for purchase!  And as is our tradition - the Design Team is having a blog waltz    You should start the waltz at Claire's Blog -  if you arrived here from  Sandie's blog you are in the right place!
Today I've made another project using Man of the Hour.  
 

This is a tribute to my dad - who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on the 2nd day of January 1981 when he was only 66 - just 1 year after he retired (he had the flu and it turned into viral pneunomia and he was gone in a week).  I was 28 and my son (who my dad adored being the first grandchild) was just 3 years old and I so regret that Josh (and I) didn't have more time with him. He was a kind, loving, Christian man whose family was everything to him.   He was a professional artist and loved photography as well - I like to think I got my 'creative' gene from him!

I used a photo I had of him when he and my mother were visiting the Grand Canyon the summer before he died - he has his camera in hand here - I scanned the photo onto my computer and then printed it in sepia ink.
 
 I made my card a chalkboard card - white embossing two of the sentiments from this set on black card stock.  I attached the card to an easel back that I cut out of grungeboard using a Tim Holtz die.  I stamped the woodgrain background , from the Dec release, on the grungeboard as well as on the kraft card base
 
 I scribble-colored over some of the words with Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils.
 

 It just so happened that a friend at church  this past Sunday asked me if I had a baby girl card she could purchase from me for a baby shower she was going to.  So home I went and made this card for her using Nordic Baby!  I used Circle and Lacey Circle Nestabilities to frame the cute Mary Janes.  I tied some sheer pink Swiss Dots ribbon around the panel (Swiss dots are SO baby girl don't you think?!)
I colored inside the shoes with a pink Copic as if they were lined in pink satin.  I also colored inside the word BABY.  I added little pink heart rhinestones as buttons on the shoes. This card is a larger 5" x 5" size as I knew Jeanne was giving the card - not mailing it!

Next on the Waltz list is the lovely Laurie!

Don't forget to leave comments at each stop - a random comment from all of the DT's blogs will be chosen to win a Waltzingmouse stamp set of choice!  You have until April 21st at 6:59 am EST to leave a comment.  The winner will be posted on Claire's blog on Tuesday April 23rd.

Thank you so much for stopping by today -  I hope I have inspired you with my projects using these wonderful new stamps this week!  I appreciate all of the comments that have been left.

The Greatest Gift:
Stamps:  Man of the Hour , Woodgrain Background - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  Kraft, True Black, Rustic Cream - PTI, grungeboard - Tim Holtz Ideology
Ink:  Versamark, Ranger Distress - Walnut Stain, Brushed Corduroy
Accessories:  Scor Tape, foam tape, white embossing powder, hot gun, small easel die - Tim Holtz Alterations, photo printed from computer on rustic cream in Sepia ink, Prismacolor Watercolor pencils, Labels 8 Spellbinders
Welcome Baby:
Stamps: Nordic Baby
Paper:  White, Hibiscus Burst, PTI, DP Bittersweet Paper Pad - Basic Grey
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  foam tape, Circle and Lacey Circle Nestabilities, Copic - RV21, heart rhinestones -Amuse, lacey punch - Martha Stewart, dotted swiss ribbon - May Arts. 

21 comments:

Annette said...

wow both of these are amazing.. very creative and awesome..

Deborah Frings said...

I really like the card you did - and that photo of your Dad is super. Such a lovely post to read.

And the baby card is so, so sweet!

Denise Bryant said...

Fabulous tribute to your Dad! Love the baby shoes card too!

Jeanne J said...

Awesome projects - love the tribute to your dad - wonderful post today! And OMG those bitty black shoes with the pink on the insides - so sweet!!

Deirdre said...

Julia, love the baby card but have a tear in my eye after reading about your dad. Beautiful idea to use the photo of him on the card, love that. You're doing him proud with your creativity.

Lynn Hardy said...

Really lovely cards today (as always). I'm sure your Dad will be looking over your shoulder and smiling. My Dad died suddenly too (a heart attack) and I still think of him all the time and wish he was still with us.

Cassie_lu said...

I really like the picture/card holder project.

Renee said...

Awesome Julia!!
Love the tribute to your dad...
and the baby card is too precious...
the papers and swiss dots ribbon are perfect! :)

Ann said...

Great job Julie on both cards. Like the way you did the Dad tribute.
Mstgane
Ann

www.amazingpapergrace.com said...

Touching thoughs of your Dad, Julia. Thanks for sharing. Love your card it has a special vintage feel :-)

Sue D said...

Cute baby card and nice tribute to your father.

Pauline said...

What a lovely tribute to your dad Julia, the standing easel is a great piece of home decor featuring the wonderful sentiment and the fab picture of your dad.
Lovely sweet baby card too, such pretty papers, and those bootees are too cute!

Dianne said...

Wow Julia your Dad card is the BEST, I love it, its perfect for your perfect Dad:):). The baby card well its just too sweet, love the colors and those sweeet booties with the beautiful little bow, awesome Missy. Have a wonderful weekend..Thanks for sharing..

Sherry Butcher said...

Wonderful the way you did the Dad tribute. Love the booties on the baby card. TFS.

Anne-Elise said...

Great cards, Julia! The card for your Dad is just perfect and I love the baby card too! So adorable! Have a great weekend! Hugs

Miriam Prantner said...

I love that first piece! Love that you included the photo on it!

Jean Bullock said...

Love that dad card. Great job. The baby card was also lovely.

Mary-Anne V said...

Wonderful projects... the first one looks amazing with the picture.

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Alice G said...

Hi Julia, I lost my dad when I was 4 months old & never had the chance to know him but I carry his love in my heart every day! I think our dads would have been thrilled to receive such a beautiful card!

Hugs
Alice xx

ezobo said...

I love the way you used the photo of your dad. The shoe are so darling in black.