Friday, November 22, 2013

Waltzingmouse November Pajama Party!

Yipee!  It's here once again -  the Waltzingmouse Pajama Party that is!  Each month the challenges are announced on the WMS blog on the 1st of the month - so you have plenty of time to get your cards made up to post at the party. (you still have 24 hours if you are a procrastinator!)
The first challenge is to make a Thanksgiving/Thanks Card
Since I already have all the Thanksgiving cards that I need for this year -  I decided to make a Thank You card for my sister who is hosting the Thanksgiving meal this year.
I used my favorite set for this kind of sentiment - Join Us.  The leaves and floral spray are from Folk Art Medallion - and I used the free cut files for the shapes (although you could easily hand cut around these images!)

The 2nd challenge is to make a Christmas Card
I combined this challenge with the Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge which is to use non-Christmas stamps (accept for the sentiment) on your Christmas card.   So after thinking a bit -  I decided to gold emboss a couple of the strips from Heirloom Patterns along with this lovely sentiment from Seasonal Flourish.  Gold makes everything look like Christmas don't you think?!   I just added some gold sticky pearls and layered the stamped panel to a brushed gold panel and then to my white card base.  My card is 4 1/4"x4 1/4"

The 3rd Challenge is to make a tag that will tickle Claire's fancy (!)
I made two tags - both using the mistletoe stamp from Festive Foliage and Claire's new mistletoe die.  I think the 'Mwah!' sentiment will tickle her fancy....!
For the white tag - I gold embossed the stampings 
and for the red tag I used a piece of patterned paper for the background and did the stampings in black ink, accept for the berries which I stamped in Old Paper Distress Ink (which you cannot see too clearly in this pic!) I wanted them to look like the real berries on mistletoe!
The 4th Challenge is to make a Christmas/Holiday decoration.
When we were little, it was the tradition of my grandparents to have little net bags filled with ribbon candy on their Christmas tree for my sister and me.  I remember being so excited going to their house on Christmas day and searching all over their beautiful tree until we found our own little bags.  This memory inspired me to make some little treat bags for my grandnephews and grandniece for them to have on their trees each Christmas.
These little muslin bags are 3"x4".  I stamped them with the pretty deer from Claire's new set  Folk Art Christmas Additions using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink (put a piece of card stock inside the bag when stamping so ink doesn't go through to the back).  I used the Woodenheart Alphabet stamps for their names, stamping them in Archival Jet Black.  Luckily, Landon's mother calls him Lan because his full name wouldn't fit on this little bag!  I love the simple home spun look to these!
I filled the bags with little animal cookies - a slightly more healthy treat than candy since they are 3 1/2, 2 1/2 and 1 1/2 yrs old!  And so they will always remember when they got their little Christmas tree treat bags from their Great Aunt Julia - I stamped the year on the back!
And finally there is a sketch challenge just revealed today -  for this challenge you have one week from today to link up your card.
For my sketch card, I used one of the beautiful sentiments from the new set, Seasonal Flourish.  The round snowflake stamps are from Around Christmas Time
Phew, I'm tired from all this card making!  
I'm glad it's a PJ party - I might just go lie down on the sofa now.....and check out everyone elses creations!  Are you coming to the party?!  You can win some WMS stamps!!

We had a Wonderful Time
Stamps:  Join Us, Folk Art Medallion - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  Rustic Cream, white, Ripe Avocado - PTI, DP - Authentique/Enchanted
Ink:  Archival Coffee, Ranger Distress Crushed Olive, Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint, Memento Bamboo Shoots
Accessories:  foam dots, enamel dots - My Minds Eye, Edge Distresser.

Glory to the New Born King
Stamps:  Heirloom Patterns, Seasonal Flourish - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White - PTI, brushed gold - SU
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Gold Embossing Powder, gold half pearls - Michaels, heat gun.

Mistletoe tags
Stamps:  Festive Foliage - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  white, pure poppy, ripe avocado - PTI, DP - Simple Stories/Snap
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, Ranger Distress Old Paper, Versamark
Accessories:  Tag Sale Die #3 - PTI, Peppermint twine - Divine Twine/The Cat's Pajamas, Black/Kraft twine - Timeless Twine, gold embossing powder, heat gun. foam dots

Muslin Treat Bags
Stamps:  Woodenheart Alphabet, Folk Art Christmas Additions - Waltzingmouse
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, Ranger Distress Gathered Twigs
Accessories:  muslin bag 3"x4" -  

Sketch Card
Stamps:  snowflakes from Around Christmastime, Sentiment from Seasonal Flourish - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White -  PTI, snowflake DP - Paper Pizazz, light blue DP - Me and My Big Ideas
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, Memento Bahama Blue
Accessories:  circle Nestabilities, 1 3/4" circle punch - EK Success, Stitched Mat Rectangles Die - Lil' Inker Designs, foam dots, enamel dots - My Mind's Eye.


Kim Heggins said... have been a very busy lady, so many fabulous cards/project! I love those adorable loot bags, what a wonderful idea.

Kelly S. said...

Oh those BAGS!! What little treasures and such a fun tradition. The gold embossed backgrounds with that sentiment is so elegant and gorgeous. And oh those sweet mistletoe TAGS, yippee!

Annette Allen said...

wow wee what a great post.. everything is amazing..

artful-notions said...

Oh how cute are those bags! Love all your inspiration. The last card is a beauty in blue! But I love them all!

Karin Åkesdotter said...

WOW! I am speechless - so many wonderful and Amazing Projects! Especially love those sweet Little bags -so sweet - but I love them all!

maria f. said...

Lovely projects - I just love that mistletoe on the tags (you'll see I used it too ;)

Deborah Frings said...

Oh wow! You have been so busy. I really like your projects - the tags, the sweet bags, your sketch card and I adore the elegant gold embossing on the Christmas card! Thanks so much for playing along with Waltzingmouse Fanatics - you did a great job!

*Vicki* said...

Oh wow! So many fun and gorgeous projects going on at your house Julia!! Fantastic job! ;)HUGS

Marybeth said...

Oh wow! Love all these fabulous projects Julia! I love the simple elegant thank you card and your adorable tags. The cloth bags are adorable too. I love how nicely images come out on cloth.

Kate said...

Wonderful projects Julia. Those little bags are sooo sweet - what a wonderful keepsake for the children.

Anonymous said...

Your projects are all wonderful. I especially love the story of the bags on the Christmas tree and continuing the tradition is so special. The bags are adorable! Well done, each and every one.

Sarah said...

Love all your projects but I think my favourite is the card...just so elegant.

Claire said...

What an array of goodness Julia! Your thank you card is so pretty with its shabby chic style and I absolutely love how you've done the Christmas card. You're right everything does look more Christmassy in gold! Def think Claire will like the tags and the little goody bags are just gorgeous..I'm sure your grandnephews/niece will love them!

Lynn Mercurio said...

As always, Julia, your projects are imaginative and expertly done. Love the little muslin bags and how great the images turned out on fabric.

Truly beautiful tags with loads of dimension.

Your cards are so elegant and regal with your gold embossing. Outstanding!

Vickie Z said...

Gorgeous Julia!! Love how you used the medallion, the second card is just elegant, and those bags are adorable!! Loving the new dies!!

Loll Thompson said...

You have been busy Julia!! :) Lots of lovely items and lots of inspiration! Loll xx

Claire Brennan said...

Oh wow Julia, what a treat, so many beautiful creations, and yes! Gold does make everything Christmassy and yep, Mwah tickles!! lol!! hugs to you for playing along with it all!!

Mona Pendleton said...

Fabulous collection of projects Julia! You always pour your heart into creating your projects and it really shows! Those cute personalized gift bags are my fave! Thanks for the inspiration!

Carla said...

very nice creations.
The little bags are lovely.
Love from Holland.

Anonymous said...

Oh my, such great projects, Julia ... I adore those little treasure bags ... what a beautiful idea! Anita :)

Craftilicious said...

All your projects are great Julia - I particularly like the reindeer bags :-D

I also love your take on our Christmas without Christmas challenge - the pearl highlights on the sentiment are great and yep gold makes everything festive!
Thanks so much for joining the Waltzingmouse Fanatics again.

Beverley said...

WOW! A lovely parade of beauty - hard to choose a fave as they are all stunning. Hugs Bev x