Saturday, January 30, 2010

Two More Valentine Crafts

I have two final Valentine Crafts to share with you today that I'll be selling at my church. Both of them are completely copied from other people! (why re-invent the wheel right?!?) and I have linked to where I found them both.

First are these adorable little glassine bags that I found on fellow Waltzingmouse DT member Jennifer's blog. The stamps are from the Sweet Hearts set. The glassine bags are from PTI.

I found these cute Valentine Bookmarks on Mish's blog. I used My Mind's Eye/Irresistable and Basic Grey/Two Scoops for my designer papers. I used 5 designs of DP (four 1"x 8" strips of each) and a 12" piece of twine (Stampin Up) for each one. See Mish's blog for how to lay them out and cut them.
The cute stamps are from PTI - Take Note and Tiny Treats Valentines. I used just 3 copics to color all the images - R59, RV32, BG10. Cute and simple and so pretty! My kind of craft!
And here's some fun news!
Claire is revealing 4 new stamp sets at Waltzingmouse on Thursday 2/4! Each day starting Sunday two of the design team members will be having sneak peaks on their blogs and Claire will be having them everyday!
On Sunday - check out Belinda and Laurie.
I'll be having my sneak peeks on Monday along with Anya.
See you then!
thanks for stopping by!!

The Wonders of Nature Bring Joy to the Soul

Today's Inspiration Challenge on Split Coast was the web site Espe. I looked at all the pretty wallets there and was inspired by the pink wallet with roses .

I used one long stem rose stamp from Rubbernecker Stamps for this card. I stamped the rose part several times on red card stock and then cut them out. On some, I only cut out the center bud of the rose. Isn't this a gorgeous rose - I love the detail on the stamping - I can just smell their lovely scent!

Then I stamped the leaves and stem on Bazzill Green card stock and cut out diffferent pieces of it attaching them to the backs of the roses. They are all popped up on foam dimensionals .

The sentiment is from a set called Petite Word Set. I only inked up the bottom half of this particular sentiment as that was all I wanted for this card. My background is the Diamonds in the Rough Cuttlebug folder.

Well - I stayed up so late to do this challenge on Friday night - it is now early Sat morning and it's only 7 degrees outside! I'm so thankful that I'm in my cozy warm home!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Rubbernecker, long Stem Rose , Petite Word Set
Paper: White, pure poppy - PTI, pink pirouette - SU, green bazzill
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tea Dye Distress - Ranger
Accessories: gems, Amuse, diamonds in the rough - Cuttlebug folder, sweet blush ribbon - PTI, foam dimensionals, designer label punch - SU
Techniques: dry embossing

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Three from the Farm

The Greeting Farm that is - here are 3 more cards I made for their fun CHA Relay Challenge. So many people participated in their challenges this week that their site kept crashing - so they had to stop before the week was over!
Starting last Sunday they gave you a free digi image - and you had to load your card to their Galleria by 6 pm the next day in order to get the next day's digi image free! You can see my Day 1 card using Mer Ian here. The card above is from Day 2 - using Digi Charlotte - isn't she a cute little Chica?!?
Stamps: Digi Image Charlotte - The Greeting Farm
Paper: Purple & Orange Bazzill, white- PTI
Accessories: Zva Crystals, oval nestabilities, Ornare piercing tamplate, Sakura Black glaze pen, Copics: Y24, YR04, Y13, Y00, V04, V06, V09, E33, bridal confetti flowers- Michaels
Day three was digi Toby Cub - how cute is this little guy?!

Stamps: digi image The Greeting farm, sentiment - Bitty Baby Blessings - PTI
Paper: PTI
Ink: memento tuxedo black
Accessories: ribbon- PTI, dew drops,copics, foam dimensionals, circle nestabilities

And Day 4 -what turns out to be the last day - we got Prince Ian check here to get your own!

I used the Sketch from Split Coast - which I turned on it's side. The pretty hearts, sentiment and bow and arrow are from the Sweet Hearts set by Waltzingmouse Stamps
Here's what I stamped on the inside.
I'm so sad the challenges ended early - now what will I do!?!?! LOL!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Stamps: Sweet Hearts - Waltzingmouse Stamps, Prince Ian - Digi image/The Greeting Farm
Paper: white - PTI, Bazzill Purple, DP - Amuse
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Plum Pudding - PTI, Tea Dye Distress Ink - Ranger
Accessories: sponge, foam dimensionals, Plum pudding ribbon - PTI, dew drop, heart punches - EK Success, Clear spica pen, edge distresser - Heidi Swapp, Copics - YG06, YG63, V06, V09, E34, E13, E37, E00, R20

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Come for Tea and a Hair Cut!

This week's Teapot Tuesday over on Split Coast was a wonderful castle teapot. I was inspired by the castle walls and made this card using a fun mosaic tile stamp from Starving Artists that I've had for ages but never inked up yet.(I say that about so many stamps! LOL!)
You ink the stamp with Versamark - then over stamp it in a color using a flower stamp (or whatever) stamp it on card stock - and then clear emboss it. I love how it came out!
The window and sentiment are also from Starving Artistamps/Doodle Factory. The story is that Rapunzle is a hairdresser in the castle and she's trying to drum up business. Hopefully this pretty wall will be inviting to people who walk by and they'll stop in for Rapunzle to cut their hair - ya think??
This also fits the Tuesday Doubledog Dare challenge this week where jdmommy (Anne) challenged us to use some kind of frame on our card. I used a window frame!
Stamps: tile - Starving Artistamps, Window & Sentiment - Starving Artist Stamps/Doodle Factory, flowers - Essence of Love - SU
Paper: white - PTI, Sahara Sand - SU
Ink: Versamark, Ocean Tides - PTI, Memento Tuxedo black
Accessories: clear EP, hot gun, foam dimensionals, labels eight nestabilities, cuttlbbug, xacto knife

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Claire's Birthday Waltzingmouse Blog Hop!

I am so thrilled to welcome you to the first Blog Hop of the Waltzingmouse Design Team!
The team is excited to be doing this first hop in honor of our Claire - who's birthday is today!! whoo hoo! Happy Birthday Claire! Are you super surprised?!?!?!

Our hop is starting with Anya - so if you just happened here because you love me (!) - please hop over to Anya first and come back to me in the proper order!!

If you arrived here from Jennifer - you are in the right place!
In honor of Claire's birthday - we are all making birthday cards using Waltzingmouse Stamps!
I just love this Earth Angel set - the angel has several sets of wings you can use and a multitude of sentiments for many different occasions. A very versatile set! The smocking at the top of her jumper is a separate stamp - how fun! I paper pieced her jumper and masked her body to stamp her wings.

Here's a pic of the inside of my card. I used the Happy Birthday sentiment (of course!), an outline heart and a cute little solid heart! I also used two strips of the same designer paper I paper pieced her jumper with.
Now - hop on over to see what wonderful creation Laurie has to share with us!

Here's the complete DT list in the order of the hop.
Julia (me!)

Thanks so much for coming by today - and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CLAIRE!!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Earth Angel
Paper: Vintage cream, Ocean Tides, Terre Cotta Tile - PTI, DP Beloved/My Minds Eye
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ocean Tides - PTI, Ranger Distress Tea Dye
Accessories: Eclipse Masking tape, paper piercer, sponge, Labels Eight & Petite Ovals Nestabilities, foam dimensionals, lace from my stash, Ocean Tides Twill - PTI, Copics - BG10, B17, R20, E51, Heart punch - McGill

Monday, January 25, 2010

Mer Ian Relay!

Yikes! I think I'm just getting this in under the wire!

The Greeting Farm is having a fun CHA relay - they gave us this free digi print of Mer Ian and you have to post a card by 6 PM CST today to move on to the next round! I just saw this at work this afternoon and luckily I live in EST zone so I have a slight chance of getting it posted by the deadline. So - without further ado - here is my Mer Ian Card.

Isn't he just the cutest little guy? I used Karen's Sweet Sunday sketch for my card. This Cosmo Cricket is just perfect isn't it - and I also added blue dew drops like underwater air bubbles! I even added a tiny little gem to Ian's little belly!

Stamps: Digi Image - the Greeting Farm - Mer Ian

Paper: white, plum pudding - PTI, Ballet Blue - SU, DP Cosmo Cricket/Snorkel/ Schools out and Carbinations.

Accessories: circle & pinking edge circle nestabilities, foam dimensionals, dew drops, gem - Amuse, Copics: R20, B23, B21, BG10, E13, E00, E11, Y02

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Black Magic Thistle

Karen Barber was the Featured Stamper over on Split Coast today. Her forte is creating beautiful cards using the Black Magic Technique. I had been wanting to try this technique but never seemed to find the time. So today I found the time! I came no where near to the beautiful art she creates but for my first try I was happy with it. (click on the image to see a close up of the thistle)

I chose her Fast Black Magic card to CASE. I thought this pretty thistle from the Celtic Heritage set by Waltzingmouse Stamps would work perfectly with Karen's pretty card design. I changed the colors, the stamp, added a sentiment, used a different edge punch, and made a knot instead of a bow on my ribbon.

Karen has a tutorial for this technique on her blog here.

Thanks for stopping by today! My vacation is over and it's back to work for me tomorrow :(
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Celtic Heritage
Paper: White, Plum Pudding - PTI, Basic Black - SU
Ink: White Craft Ink - SU, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Oval nestabilities, argyle cuttlebug folder, cuttlebug, white gel pen, Koh-I-Noor woodless colour pencils, EK success edge punch, saddle stitched Plum Pudding ribbon - PTI, small oval punch - SU, foam dimensionals

Friday, January 22, 2010

Thank You...... no ..... Thank Ewe! And some Valentine Crafts!

What a fun Limited Supplies challenge today over on Split Coast - to use a sentiment that is a Palindrome - the same spelling frontwards and backwards! My palindrome today is EWE - Thank 'ewe' to be specific!And my dotted patterned paper, as required, is the same on both sides should you fold it in half! Even my frame stamp from Waltzingmouse fits the bill - the same on both sides!
My 'ewe', from Rubber Soul, is cut out and popped up on foam dimensionals - qualifying this for yesterdays Ways to Use it challenge - cut it out!
A fun challenge today - it really made you think!! - and I learned a new word !!! LOL!!!
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Vintage Labels No 1, Rubber Soul - A Day at the Zoo
Paper: Green & white bazzill, DP - Pretty Pastels - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: foam dimensionals, labels one nestability, cuttlebug, saddle stitched Spring moss ribbon - PTi
And here are some Valentine Crafts that I made to sell at my church in a few weeks.
My sister gave me these cute heart shaped silver baskets -they were left over from a wedding shower that she had for my niece (I think she got them for $1 each at Christmas Tree?). I also had these pretty puffy hearts from a friend who was cleaning out her supplies and no longer wanted them!
So - I just stamped Be Mine on white card stock - punched it with a heart punch and attached it to the heart which I then hung off the handle of the basket. I attached a gingham bow over the knot so it looked pretty and filled the basket with white basket shred and yummy Hershey Kisses! - oh, and I also added a sticky gem to each heart!
You may have seen these boxes on this post of mine - this time I put a cute little seed pot inside (the box is called a flower pot box after all!) The seeded pots were 2 for $1 at Target!
I made a few of the boxes in pink card stock and put these pretty lucite votive candle holders inside them - again - 2 for $1 at Target!
And finally - I'm sure you all made these for Halloween treats over the past two years when this pattern was floating around everywhere?! Well - I had some of the test tubes (Martha Stewart at Michaels) left over and thought they'd make a cute Valentine treat this year! (Papertrey Ink has some in 3/4" size as well as some square ones)

I used this cute little Hedgehog from Penny Black and the Be Mine is from Waltzingmouse.

You can find the tutorial for these holders here - and below is a pic of how it looks cut, scored and trimmed!

You start with an 11"x4" piece of card stock. Holding the long edge at the top - score at 1/2", 1 3/4", 4 1/4", 5 1/2" and 8". Holding the short edge at the top - score each side at 1 1/4" Use a 1" circle punch for the hole. The long DP panel (shown below) is 5 1/4" x 2 3/8" the shorter piece (attached on the flip side on the section above the circle) is 1 3/8" x 2 3/8"

So that's it for me today! I've been on vacation this week - stamping up a storm as you can see! The week has just flown by but I did get a lot done!

Thanks so much for checking in with me today!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Life is Fabulous!

We're all traveling to Tiffany's for breakfast this week for the Mudder's Tuesday Teapot challenge over on Split Coast. Whoo Hoo!! If you don't now about these fun fantasy challenges - you can see all the deets here.

So here I am with my Blue Raspberry Martini - ummmmm I mean my blue iced Tea - and of course I have on my diamonds so I look like I've been at Tiffany's many times before! Can't wait to see you all there - we're gonna have FUN!!!

My colors are from this weeks SCS color challenge - ruby red, close to cocoa and barely blue!

Thanks so much for coming by!

Stamps: American Art Stamp - Emerson Quillin Fabulous
Paper: Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa - SU, Vintage Cream - PTI, DP Hotel Lobby - Jenni Bowlin
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: foam dimensionals, Zutter corner rounder, EK success Edge punch, sticky gems - Michaels, flowers - Wedding confetti - Michaels, Copics: B21, BG10, E33, E00, E04, RV32, Y21, Su marker Ruby Red

Monday, January 18, 2010

Three Cards on a Snowy Day

I was off from work today in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr AND we were kind of snowed in by a wet snowfall last night of about 5" so I took good advantage and made three cards for three challenges! All of them are made with stamps from Waltzingmouse.

I made my first card for the Mojo Monday sketch challenge. I just got some of this new Beloved DP by My Mind's Eye. It has such great designs and pretty colors! I used the same piece - front and back - on this card. The stamps are from the Sweet Hearts Set. I love the arrows with this set! I used oval nestabilities to frame the image and a Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Trio die to frame my sentiment.

Stamps: Sweet Hearts - Waltzingmouse
Paper: Vintage Cream, Terre Cotta Tile - PTI, close to cocoa - SU, DP My Mind's Eye /Beloved
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Terra Cotta - PTI
Accessories: twill - PTI, foam dimensionals, oval nestabilities, cuttlebug, ribbon tag trios - spellbinders

I made my second card using the New Technique challenge on Split Coast - Brick Tile. I have to say I stamped this image on 3 different pieces of paper before I found one that looked good as tiles. But I do like the final result! I popped up each 'tile' on a foam dimensional and sponged the edges of my panel with tea dye ink. These stamps are from the Irish Blessings set. I figure this would make a good masculine 'get well' card!
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Irish Blessings
Paper: White, Vintage Cream, DP Bitty Box Basics - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tea Dye Distress Ink - Tim Holtz/Ranger, Versamark
Accessories: black embossing powder, foam dimensionals, sponge
Techniques: brick tile, embossing

My third and final card today was made for the CAS challenge on Split Coast which was a color challenge - to use Teal, white and one other color on your card. I used a piece of teal designer paper from Stampin Up - overstamped it with the sentiment from Sweet Hearts and added 2 punched hearts! I guess my 'one other color' is black ink!
Ok - off I go to get some things done that I didn't get to while I was stampin' !!!
Thanks so much for coming by!
Stamps: Sweet Hearts - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper: White - PTI, DP - SU
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: heart punch - McGill

Sunday, January 17, 2010

You Have a Big Heart, Valentine!

My good stamping buddy Anne (jdmommy) is the featured stamper today! She LOVES red so I knew I had to CASE something using that color. I chose her CAS Red Hearts.

I've been wanting to use this gorgeous victorian style heart stamp from Rubbernecker and today was the day! First I stamped the heart on white cardstock - then I stamped it on two differenet designer papers, cut out the ribbon from one and the heart from the other and paper pieced them onto the white stamping. I popped up the ribbon on foam dimensionals, added layered flowers and a heart brad. The bottom edge is punched with a Martha Stewart punch. To finish it off - I sponged the edges with Tea Dye Distress Ink by Tim Holtz just to soften it a little

Thanks for coming by today!

Stamps: Rubbernecker - Heart and sentiment
Paper: white, vintage cream - PTI, Bravo Burgandy - SU, DP My Mind's Eye/Irresistable - Candy Stripe & Love Dots
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tea Dye Distress Ink - Tim Holtz/Ranger
Accessories: Dew drops, martha stewart punch, silk flowers - Darice, Heart brad - unknown, foam dimensionals, sponge

Saturday, January 16, 2010

All You Need is Love!

I was on my way to bed Friday night and snuck into Split Coast to check the inspiration challenge - and of course just had to make a card once I got inspired!

I chose this Primitive Love Plaque from the on line store, Nell Hills, because I knew this stamp from Rubbernecker Stamps was perfect to represent the image!

I embossed the image with gold embossing powder on gold card stock. I dry embossed the white card with my square nestability and then adhered the gold piece inside the frame.

All you need is love - do da do da do...... sing along with me now!!!

Have a great weekend everyone - it's a 3 day one for me as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day. Thanks so much for coming by!
Stamps: Rubbernecker - From the Heart - Love block
Paper: white - PTI, gold - unknown
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: gold EP, hot gun, square nestabilities, cuttlebug

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My Secret Recipes

Ok - are you ready for this explanation!?!?!

I made this long tall recipe book for 5 challenges today!
I used 1) this week's SCS sketch 2) this week's SCS colors, 3) Mudder's Tea Pot Challenge, 4) an old challenge from last Oct's World Card Making Day to make something with dimension - and 5) this week's Doubledog Dare challenge from Itsapassion (Anne) to use 4 challenges on your card/project!
For this week's teapot party we're in my neck of the USA woods (Hampton Falls, NH) at an apple orchard and we're trying to solve the crime of a worm getting squished in an apple - I know it's weird but that's what all Tuesdays are with da Mudder! (plus everything's pretty frozen up there right now too! - but in make believe anything's possible right?!)
So anyway - This is my SECRET recipe book (wink, wink) you can see the heavy security of it with the heart lock and the ribbon knotted tightly shut - and I think there are some clues to who's the bad apple inside - we can all take a gander when we gather in the orchard! (as you can see - the first page is written in invisible ink! LOL!!)
All the stamps on this are from Waltzingmouse Stamps Please see the links to the sets below.
....and you are welcome to join along with the Doubledog Dare Challenge to use 4 challenges on your card - can you handle it??? put DDC in your keywords on Split Coast if you can!!!
Stamps: Waltzingmouse: Little Box Labels, Very Vintage Labels No 4, Peace & Plenty
Paper: Elegant Eggplant - SU, Dark Chocolate - PTI, DP Bitty Box Basics - PTI, Sabrina - Making Memories
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copics - E33, N2, glitter - SU, Quickee Glue Stick, Ribbon - PTI, foam dimensionals, white lined notepad & cover template - PTI

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Houses on the Fence Posts

The Clean and Simple challenge on Split Coast this week was to use cut outs on your card.

I stamped these cute birdhouses in three different colors, cut them out and layered them onto the posts of this barbed fence.

I went over the barbed wire with a clear Spica pen so it shimmers a little IRL.

I added a few punched hearts so this could be a Valentine card if I wanted it to be , colored the fence with copics and tied the gingham ribbon around the top to fill in a little bit of the white space! Pretty clean, pretty simple.

My card today is 4 1/4" x 4 1/4". All my stamps are from Rubbernecker Stamps

Thanks for coming by today!

Stamps: Rubbernecker barbed Fence, KK Originals Bird House Set
Paper: white, pure poppy - PTI, basic black - SU
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Rose Bud, Rubarb Stalk, Potters Clay
Accessories: Copics: E11, E35, YG03, YG63, clear spica, Ribbon - PTI, Heart Punch - McGill, foam dimensionals

Monday, January 11, 2010

Birthdays are for Spike!

This is Spike and he is just thrilled to be on this Birthday card today - can you see his big friendly smile?!?!?

I had a busy day Sunday - with church in the morning, then teaching a card stamping class there in the afternoon with two friends. We had 12 people signed up this month which is a full class so we were all excited! I finally got home around 3:30 and wanted to pack away my Christmas decorations (yes, they are STILL up!)

But I always like to do the Featured Stamper challenge over on Split Coast so first things first right?!?!? This week it was WeeBeeStampin. I cased her cute pumpkin Emma card. I made mine a birthday card - used Spike instead of sweet little Emma - changed the sentiment and added a ribbon and some dry embossing. I did use her overall card design.

I cut the sentiment using the Labels Eight Nestabilities and just cut it off above the words. I embossed the background with the Diamonds in the Rough Cuttlebug folder.

Be sure to check out the stamps over at Rubbernecker - they are all on sale "preinventory" right now!!

So now I have no excuse for not packing away the decorations - or is there another card I need to make ...............

Thanks so much for coming by!

Stamps: Rubbernecker
Paper: vintage cream - pti, basic black - SU, DP DCWV The Pet Stack
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: foam dimensionals, Labels Eight & rectangle Nestabilities, saddle stitched ribbon - PTI, Silver Spica Pen, Copics: E11, E33, E37, BV23, BV31, 100

Sunday, January 10, 2010

There is Beauty in the World

The inspiration challenge on Split Coast this week was a web site called Groovy Inclinations - a shop full of digital images and altered photos.

I just love birch trees and was totally inspired by this image called Manches which you can see in the center of this pic (the rectangle one) along with 3 of my attempts to recreate it!

First I clear embossed this lovely Birch Forest stamp on white card stock - then I sponged with blue and purple inks masking a circle for the sun. I removed the mask and added a smaller circle mask and then sponged with appricot and a little purple leaving a white spot uninked in the center.
I used a Fantastix coloring tool to ink in the smaller circle so that I could control the size of the little white circle I left uninked (the first time I did it I used a sponge and suddenly no white spot was left! LOL!!)
I used a long rectangle nestability to cut the sentiment and sponged it with the same 3 colors before taking it out of the die.
And here's my final card - it came out just the way I had envisioned it - and that doesn't always happen!!
My stamps today are from Rubbernecker Stamps .
Thanks for stopping by today! I always appreciate your comments.
Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps - Trees/Birch Forest, Petite Word Set
Paper: white - PTI, Apricot appeal, vintage violet - SU
Ink: Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Apricot Appeal, Bordering Blue, Lavender Lace - SU
Accessories: hot gun, clear EP, Eclipse tape, Fantastix coloring tool, tall rectangle and circle nestabilities, sponge, gems - Amuse, Swiss Dott cuttlebug folder, ribbon - Summer Sunrise - PTI, corner rounder

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Sweets for My Sweet

The Limited Supplies Challenge on Split Coast was to make a card for someone you love - using red, pink, white, black and polka dots somewhere on your project. I decided to make this cute little flower pot box designed by Qbee I decorated it with stamps from the new Sweethearts set by Waltzingmouse Stamps I also used the Stitches background stamp from the Off Beat Backgrounds set along the rim and bottom edge of the pot.This also qualifies for Sharon's No Time to Stamp challenge to use Hearts. As you can see, I filled my flower pot to overflowing with yummy chocolate Kisses!I could give this to several people I love - my dear husband, my dear son, members of my extended family or some of my good friends!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Sweethearts, Off Beat Backgrounds
Paper: Pure poppy, white - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: heart punch - Marvy, crop a dile, saddle stitched ribbon - PTI, basket shred, foam dimensionals, modern punch - SU, gems - Michaels $1, hershey kisses

Friday, January 8, 2010

Embrace Your "New" Dreams

As promised - here is a card using some of my new Rubbernecker stamps - my first as a member of the Design Team! Whoo Hoo!!!

The Ways to Use it Challenge on Split Coast was to use something new - how convenient!?! On this card I used the background Bed of Roses, the bird branch and one of the sentiments (Embrace Your Dreams) from the Floral Silhouettes set.
My sketch is this weeks MojoMonday (on it's side)and I chose my colors and stamps based on the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger
I clear embossed the background and the bird on the branch after stamping them with Memento Desert Sand ink so they would show up against the textured Bazzill card stock.

I layered a piece of vintage lace over some magic mesh and I dry embossed the mustard panel with the forest branches cuttlebug folder. To finish up - I did some random paper piercing and added a few dew drops as well as the sentiment piece.
You can see the sentiment stamping better IRL - I stamped it with Potters Clay ink that kind of blends in -but I tried it in black and it was too stark looking with all the soft tans going on here.
Thanks so much for dropping by today! It's FRIDAY!!! What's up for your weekend?

Stamps: Rubbernecker - Bed of Roses, Outdoors bird branch, Sentiment from Floral Silhouettes
Paper: Bazzill cream and mustard
Ink: Memento Desert Sand & Potters Clay
Accessories: hot gun, clear EP, glue dots, foam dimensionals, modern label punch - SU, scor tape, magic mesh, Zutter Corner rounder, vintage lace from my stash, paper piercer, circle nestabilities, dew drops, forest branches cuttlebug folder, paper piercer

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A Courtin' Purse for Miss Kitty

Well - I needed to catch up on several Split Coast challenges - so this little purse covers 4!

I used the colors for the color challenge to use celery green, teal and hunter green (the big button IS really hunter green but looks black in the pic!) - It was from my dear MIL's button box and has some decorative groves on the top half of it.

And I used the Grid Technique on the Bazzill card stock which was Charlene's (Lilluvsstampin) Doubledog Dare Challenge for us this week.

Going shopping makes me happy and that was Francie G's DDC challenge to us last week to make a card or project showing what makes you happy!

AND the Mudder's back (YAY!!) with her Tuesday Teapot challenge. We're all going to Dodge City to help Miss Kitty find a new man - I thought that she could use this pretty purse when she hits the streets for the nightlife - appropriately enough, the teal brad on the button is from the Urban Prairie set by Basic Grey!

I think Miss Kitty will put her little silver derringer in here in case she needs to ward off any unwelcome advances from certain gentlemen!! It will be cleverly concealed until she has need of it!

I found the tutorial for this cute top note purse here

Thanks for stopping by today!
Stamps: none
Paper: green bazzill
Ink: none
Accessories: wide ribbon: Sharon's ribbon store, vintage button, basic grey brad/urban prairie, big eyelets- SU, crop a dile, scor tape, scor pal. circle cutter - EK success , velcro

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Some Very Exciting News! and A Paper Quilt

Hi everyone! I am just over the moon with some exciting news I can finally share with you all.

I am now officially a member of the Design Team for Rubbernecker Stamps! Check out the announcement on their blog - there it is in black and white!!!

Check out my side bar to see the list of super talented ladies I am joining! And Kittie Caracciolo is the DT Coordinator - THE designer of the exclusive Kittie Kits!! If you are on Split Coast you are probably very familiar with Kittie's wonderful cards. Yikes! I'm so honored to have my name beside these people .....

I'll be posting soon using many of the wonderful stamps you can find at Rubbernecker so be sure to check back! In the meantime - be sure to check out the store - there's a great pre-inventory sale going on!!

You can also check here to see cards I've posted in the past with some Rubbernecker stamps on them. (you'll see which ones are Rubbernecker in my supplies list at the bottom of each posting.

Ok - now that I got that exciting news off my chest - here's a Valentine for you!
What a fun Technique challenge over on Split Coast - to make a paper quilt.

I layed out my 1" squares of designer papers, glued them to a square of card stock and then cut them with a heart nestability. I layered the quilted heart to a piece of cream textured Bazzill card stock cut with the scalloped heart nestability.

I stamped the stitching from the Waltzingmouse Off Beat Backgrounds set with Versamark and embossed it in clear EP. Then I tied a piece of twine around the heart and added a vintage button. I off set the heart and placed the sentiment in the right corner. Both are on foam dimensionals.

I attached a cream heart to the inside of my card so I would be able to write a salutation and decorated it with a few little hearts punched from the same designer papers I used on the "quilt". The sentiment is from the brand new Waltzingmouse set called Sweethearts. Check yesterday's post below to see more of the beautiful stamps from this set!

You can check out all the other Paper Quilt cards here. I hope you'll try this fun technique they're really simple to make!

Thanks for coming by today and sharing my happy news!
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Off Beat Backgrounds, Sweet Hearts (to be released 1/5)
Paper: Vintage Cream, Scarlet Jewell - PTI, Cream Bazzill, DP - My Mind's Eye - Irresistable
Ink: Versamark, Memento Black Tuxedo
Accessories: glue dots, vintage button, Twine - PTI, Heart Nestabilities, clear EP, hot gun, foam dimensionals, small oval punch - SU

I Remember Making Valentine's

Whenever I get out the red and white paper to make Valentine cards it brings me back to my childhood.......We'd spread out all our heart stickers, doilies and red and white construction paper (remember that?) on the dining room table and go at it!

At school, I loved hanging a decorated brown paper lunch bag on the front of my school desk or along the wall at the back of the classroom where everyone would drop in little cards we brought for each other. When my sister and I got home from school we'd spread the Valentines all over a TV tray where our mum let us leave them for a week and we'd look at them over, and over, and over again! (and checking which ones were from BOYS!)

So that's where my thoughts were as I made this sweet little Valentine Box using stamps from the brand new Valentine Set called Sweet Hearts releasing later today from Waltzingmouse Stamps! Here's what the back of my box looks like.

I made 6 little 3x3 Valentine cards to tuck inside the box.

I made all the cards with the same colors and papers but used different stamps on each one. Can you believe how many great stamps are in this set??? And I still didn't use all of them!
These little cards could be tucked in lunch boxes or left on pillows or car seats. Wouldn't it be fun to be surprised by one of these little tokens of love?!

I just love the two arrow stamps with this set.
I stamped the same sentiment on the inside of each card - overstamping the red heart.
If you'd like to make one of these boxes you can find a tutorial here.

Basically - the box is a piece of card stock 5 3/8" x 8". Holding the 5 3/8" side along the top of a Scor Pal - score on left and right edges at 1". Holding the 8" side along the top of a Scor Pal - score on left and right edges at 3 1/4" Cut as shown below on the left.

The cover is a piece of card stock 4 3/8" x 2 9/16". Score at 1/2" on all 4 sides. Cut as shown below on the right.

Here's the whole package again - Of course - you could just fill the box with Hershey Kisses - Yum!!
So what are you waiting for?!?! Hurry over to Waltzingmouse and snap up this set before it's gone! She'll be releasing it at 7 pm her time (Ireland)
AND - check out Claire's blog for more gorgeous samples using it! She has another new set called Faux Fun that you need to check out too!

What are your childhood Valentine memories??

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Valentine Set
Paper: white, kraft, Poppy Red - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Poppy Red - PTI
Accessories: Scor Pal, Scor Tape, Heart die - Sizzix, Lacey punch - Martha Stewart, Zutter corner rounder 1/2", Fancy Tags Shapabilities, Saddlestiched Pure Poppy Ribbon - PTI, heart gems - Amuse