Saturday, July 31, 2010

WMS Saturday Sketch Challenge WMSC8

Please scroll down to the post below to see my card for this weeks Speedy the Cats' Friends Challenge!

Wow - it's Saturday again! and time for the WMS sketch challenge. Claire has a fun one for us this week!

I was pretty literal in my interpretation of the sketch this week.... although I did add a sentiment piece!

The stamps are all from Rescue Remedies . I popped up the front panel on foam dimensionals so you really get the feeling of depth with the punched holes!
Check out the other Design Team samples over at the challenge blog make your sketch card and post it on InLinkz by Thursday Aug 5th at 11:59 pm EST. Three entries will be chosen as Top Mouse!
You are welcome to make a card or a scrapbook page or anything else that moves you, as long as we can see the sketch in there somewhere! We'll announce the Top Mouse Awards when we post the new sketch challenge next Saturday.

If you post on Split Coast please use WMSC8 in your keywords!
Happy weekend everyone!
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Rescue Remedies
Paper: Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse - PTI
Ink: Ranger Distress Crushed Olive
Accessories: Vintage Buttons - PTI, hole punches, rhinestones - Kaiser, glue dots, foam dimensionals.

Speedy the Cats' Friends Challenge #14 - Thank you!

Welcome to another Speedy the Cats' Friends Challenge! This week Vicki challenged us to make a 'thank you' card.

I chose to use the sentiment 'Blessings' to convey my thanks on my card. These pretty stamps are from a new set being released mid-August by Marks' Finest Papers called Tweet Blessings.

I thought this Basic Grey DP matched the flowered bird perfectly! I colored the flowers on the bird with Copics, cut it out and layered it over the DP. I sponged all the edges 9on bird, sentiment and DP) with Ranger Distress Tea Dye ink and curled up the corners a little bit on the DP.

The sentiment is cut with a small oval punch and framed in a Labels 10 Nestability die cut. I added a few black gems on the bird, the corner and the sentiment.

The stamps, the lime and pink card stock, the ribbon and charm are all from Marks' Finest Papers.

So come on over to Marks Finest Papers Blog and link your Thank You card there. You could win an MFP stamp set!!

If you load your card on Split Coast please use Speedys Friends in your keywords.

Thanks for stopping by today on your busy Saturday - I really appreciate it!

Stamps: Marks Finest Papers - Tweet Blessings (to be released mid-August)
Paper: Pink, Lime - MFP, white - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Pink Passion - SU, Ranger Distress - Tea Dye
Accessories: Foam dimensionals, copics - FV02, YG13, Charm & Ribbon - MFP, small oval punch - SU, Labels 10 Nestabilities.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

5 Cards to Share

I've got 5 cards to share with you today - I made 4 of them for the Dare To Get Dirty challenges held over on Split Coast these last two weeks - and one for last Sunday's Featured Stamper also from SCS.

I squeezed 4 challenges into this whopping 6x6 card using flowered DP - mostly in orange and a chicken coop from Rubbernecker Stamps for my image.
I made the sentiment with my Brother Label Maker - sometimes you just don't have the right stamp - KWIM???
Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps - chicken coop #58-09
Paper: orange zest, vintage cream, new leaf - PTI, Bazzill Green, DP Bella Blvd/Family Tree, GCD Studios/Mini Flowers
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black, Ranger Distress Ink - tea dye
Accessories: paper piercer, sponge, copics: G28, G82, E59, E33, E35, YR02, W6, Bother label maker, black micron pen, Cutter Bee Curvy Cutter
This was my last card to complete all of the 33 DTGD challenges!!! whoo hooo!!! The heart and sentiment stamp are both from Waltzingmouse The snow flakes are Martha Stewart punches and the white panel was embossed with Swiss Dots.
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Seasons of Love
Paper: white, Bitty Star Basics - PTI, DP DCWV Christmas Stack
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & Summer Sky
Accessories: snow flake sticker - unknown, snow flake punches - Martha Stewart, Heart & Circle Nestability, Swiss Dots Embossing folder
This card was made for the SCS Inspiration challenge last Saturday as well as 2 DTGD challenges!
I was inspired by these African Masks My Aliyah image, weed, and sentiment from Fashion Icon set #455 are all from Rubbernecker Stamps I clear embossed the weeds on the bottom panel. The image is colored with copics and I sponged the edges with Ranger Distress Inks. I colored her arm bracelet and earing with a gold spica pen so they are sparkly IRL!
Stamps: Rubbernecker Fashion Icon set #455, Weed #497-09, Aliyah #501-03
Paper: rustic white, scarlet jewell, DP Text StyleHoliday Cheer - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Tea Dye & Mustard Seed
Accessories: lge oval punch - SU, petite oval nestabilities, rhinestone stickers, sponge and applicator - Ranger, foam dimensionals, copics - 100, E33, E35, IC59, C6, YG63, clear ep, hot gun, gold spica pen
I made a second card for Saturdays Inspiration challenge - inspired by the colors in this abstract sun painting. My card is also for 2 more DTGD challenges. I embossed the bg and frame with clear embossing powder. The feather is stamped with ink that matches the CS. The card is cut with a big scalloped circle nestie and the sentiment frame is cut with Labels Four.
All my stamps are from Waltzingmouse Stamps
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Say it With Style, Pic-Nic Patterns
Paper: white, summer sunrise - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Summer Sunrise
Accessories: hot gun, clear embossing powder, foam dimensionals, big scalloped circles & Labels Four Nestabilities
And my last card was made for the Featured Stamper challenge last Sunday on SCS. Ravengirl was the Featured Stamper and I cased her pretty butterfly card
I changed the colors and the stamps used - all my stamps are from the Asian Garden set by Waltzingmouse Don't you just love this bg stamp?
Well - that's it from me today - Thanks for sticking with me through this long post!!
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Asian Gardens
Paper: White, Plum Pudding - PTI
Ink: Plum Pudding - PTI
Accessories: foam dimensionals, circle punch, oval punch & scallop oval punch - SU, tiny gems - Taylored Expressions, quickie glue pen

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Waltzingmouse DT Blog Waltz - New Release!

Wow - we're finally here! The day Wanda's Pantry and Midnight Feast are finally available to purchase!

And as is the WMS tradition - Claire and the Design Team are having a blog waltz! You should start the waltz with Claire - if you came here from Belinda's blog - you're in the right place!

I have two final projects to share with you today - another ghoulish treat and a Horribly Happy card!
Ok - so here's my final offering to gross you out this week - I promise! - a tasty bottle of Vampire Blood! Before you even say 'yuck' - I'll tell you it's just strawberry jello! Doesn't this look totally cool?!?

I recycled a plastic jar of Dole Fruit for my container. The top band (to cover the word 'Dole' imprinted in the bottle) is stamped with the fripperie bg stamp from last month's release - Victorian Fripperie. I stamped the label and the panel in black on white card stock and sponged the edges with Barn Door and Tea Dye distress inks. I used the drip punch for the cover's edge. (I'm so glad I bought that punch last year on sale after season!)

For the top of the cover - I used the circle frame stamp and a sentiment, again from Victorian Fripperie - they go so well with these new Halloween sets! I stamped the little newt beneath the sentiment, added tiny gems and sponged the edges.

On the back I used two of the sentiments from Midnight Feast and 'Oh My' from Victorian Fripperie.
And finally - I just couldn't end the Sneaks without making at least ONE card!
And the happy news!!!! You have 2 chances to win a free WMS stamp set - 1) by leaving a comment at Claire's blog, and 2) by leaving a comment on each of the DT 's blogs.
Two random winners will be chosen - you must leave your comments by 11:59 pm EST on Thurs 7/29/10. Winners will be announced on Claire's blog on 7/30/10
Now waltz over to Anya's blog to see what ghoulish creation she has for us!
AND remember to order your Halloween sets here!

Thanks SO much for sticking with me through the sneak peeks this week!! I hope you have as much fun as I did!
Vampire Blood:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Wanda's Pantry, Victorian Fripperie, Midnight Feast (on the back)
Paper: White - PTI, Black - SU
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Barn Door & Tea Dye
Accessories: Drip edge punch - Martha Stewart, Sponge & Applicator - Ranger, Circle nestability, scor tape, designer label punch - SU, Gems - Michaels, Recycled Dole Fruit jar, Strawberry Jello
Stamps: Midnight Feast
Paper: Plum Pudding, Summer Sunrise, Smokey Shadow - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress -Dusty Concord, Versamark
Accessories: Foam dimensionals, hot gun, clear & black embossing powders, fence punch - Martha Stewart, circle punch, black gems - Amuse, Paper piercer - SU, distresser - Ranger

Monday, July 26, 2010

WMS Sneak Peek Day 3 - Treacherous Treats!

Welcome to Day 3 of the WMS Design Team's sneak peek. Are you enjoying all the spooky fun??! I've got yet another ghoulish treat and container to share with you today! (do you sense a theme with my peeks?? LOL!)

Caution - if the fingers on Saturday bothered you - these treats may have the same effect!!!

Today I bring you Fresh Plucked Eyeballs!

I found this wonderful oval shaped ribbed jar at Joanne's Fabrics (just $1.00!) These treats are really gum balls (does that make you able to look at them now?!? LOL!)

The Martha Stewart drip edge punch is just perfect for around the cover don't you think?!? I used Fancy Tag Nestabilities under my jar label stamping.

Here's the back of my treat jar. The SU large oval punch fits perfectly inside the oval ridge in the jar.

Tomorrow we'll be having our new release DT Blog Waltz (2 pm EST start) and the new stamp sets will be available for you to purchase - Claire is offering free shipping on all orders over approximately $70 US!!!
Now fly on over to see Claire and the following DT members to see what they have created today!

Julia (me!)
Mona - our new DT member!
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Midnight Feast & Wanda's Pantry
Paper: Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy - PTI, black - SU, DP unknown
Ink: Ranger Distress - Barn Door & Tea Dye, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: pinking circles & Fancy Tags nestabilities, drip edge punch - Martha Stewart, circle punch, Ribbon - Amuse, Modern label punch & oval punch-SU, Scor Tape, foam dimensionals, eye gumballs - Oriental Trading Co., glass jar - Joanne's Fabric ($1.00)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

WMS Sneak Peek Day 2 - Bat Droppings

Welcome to day 2 of the WMS Design Team's sneak peek at the two Halloween sets Claire is releasing on 7/27 - Wanda's Pantry and Midnight Feast! Did you have fun seeing everyone's spooky creations yesterday?!?

Today I've created another treat container - a little tamer than yesterday's fingers (so many people commented they were grossed out by them!!) Today - I bring you Bat Droppings!!! LOL!!I found this wonderful 7"tall bottle at Michaels (just $1.00!) but the neck was SO narrow I had trouble finding candy that would fit inside - I tried M&M's first, then jelly beans, and finally found Sugar Babies would fit! Phew! and they had the added benefit of looking like Bat Droppings! Yipee!! (although Claire's purple droppings on her project yesterday looked really cool!!!)
I had these great bat wings from a craft kit I purchased from Martha Stewart a couple of years ago - but you can just draw the shape to make some wings. I added a few black gems to give them a little dimension and sparkle.

Here's what I put on the back of the bottle. The to/from label is a sizzix die. Both panels are sponged with ink.
Now fly your bat over to Claire and the following DT's blogs to see what ghoulish things they have today!!!! We'll have more for you tomorrow if you can stand it!!!
Julia (me!)
Mona - our new DT member!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Wanda's Pantry (to be released 7/27)
Paper: Vintage Cream PTI, Black Bazzill
Ink: Ranger Distress - Vintage Photo & Tea Dye
Accessories: sponge, web lace - Stamp Simply Ribbon Shop (may be seasonal I got it last year), Twill & Twine- PTI, tag - Sizzix Die, circle punch, glue dots, foam dimensionals, black rhinestones - Kaiser, Sugar Baby Candies, bottle - Michaels ($1.00)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

WMS Sketch, a Sneak Peek and an Exciting Announcement!

Please scroll down to the post below to see my card for this weeks Speedy the Cats' Friends Challenge

We have lots of exciting news at WMS today - First - Claire has added another terrific designer to our team! I am so thrilled to welcome Mona Pendleton to the group - I'm sure you know her and her awesome creativity! - please welcome her when you visit her blog below!

Secondly - it's Saturday and time for another Waltzingmouse Sketch challenge! There were some great cards made last week from a very tricky sketch - this weeks design is a little bit easier I think - do you? Here it is:

and our third exciting thing today is that many of the DT are sneak peeking two fun new Halloween sets that will be available at Claire's WMS shop next Tuesday!

I'm using a stamp from the set called Wanda's Pantry on my project today. Whoo hoo! If you love Halloween - you're gonna love this set! There are all sorts of ghoulish creepy labels and images in it! I decided to make a little treat box rather than a card.

See the label ??? it reads - Partially Decomposed Fingers - and look at the fun gummy fingers I found to go inside my box!!! Creepy eh?? (They're called Gummy Flesh Fries and they come packaged in a french fry wrapper like at McDonalds!) They taste pretty good too (as long as you don't think of them as really being what they are shaped like - DH won't even try one!!!)
To make my container - I took a small gable box, covered it with panels of spooky DP and sponged all the edges!

Here's a little close up of the label and the fingers! That's a 'bloody' tip on the end of them there in case you couldn't figure that out (!) I stamped the label once on white and once on orange - then punched out the 'fingers' part and layered it over the white label.
For those of you playing with the sketch this week - check out the other DT samples on the challenge blog - make your sketch card and get it posted on Mr. Linky by Thursday 7/29/10 at 11:59 pm EST

If you post on Split Coast please use WMSC7 in your keywords!
Now - To see more fun projects using the two new Halloween sets coming out please check Claire's blog and the following Design Team members!

Julia (me!)
Mona - our new DT member!

We'll be having more sneak peeks tomorrow so be sure to stop by!
Oh - and I just rememberd a 4th exciting thing - Claire has redone the WMS shop AND she has added a gallery link where you can see cards made by the DT AND you can create your own gallery and load up your WMS cards so everyone can be inspired!! Go check it out!!
Ok I lied - here's a fifth and last thing!! - here's a message from Claire who's going on a well deserved vacation after the release: "So here's the vacation deets for the store: Orders taken after midday on Friday 30th July will be processed from Sunday 15th August onwards, I will resume shipping on the Monday 16th. I have decided to let the free shipping offer (orders over £50 GBP) run until I return from vacation."
Happy weekend everyone!
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Wandas Pantry (to be released 7/27)
Paper: DP - My Minds Eye/Night Light/Wings in the Night
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Ink - Tea dye & Spiced Marmelade
Accessories: gable box - PTI, labels three nestabilities, foam dimensionals, twill ribbons - PTI, wide striped grosgrain - May Arts (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), modern label punch - SU, Gummy Flesh Fries - Oriental Trading Company.

Speedy the Cats' Friends Challenge #13 - Make it Masculine!

Happy Saturday everyone! It's time for another Speedy the Cats' Friends Challenge - Claudine challenged us all to make a masculine card this week -

I'm sneak peaking a new stamp set that will be released in Mid August - it's called Regal and Proud and is just perfect for masculine cards don't you think? Nothing like the good old out-of-doors scenes!

This is a real clean and simple design - no layers accept the framings - I stamped the images in black on white card stock - masked different areas with torn pieces of Eclipse tape and sponged on the colors to sort of coincide with the levels of the image. This could be a congratulations card - a good luck card or a birthday card right?

Come on over to Marks Finest Papers Blog and link your masculine card there. You could win an MFP stamp set!!

If you load your card on Split Coast please use Speedys Friends in your keywords.

Stamps: Marks Finest Papers - Regal & Proud (to be released in August)
Paper: White - PTI, Black - SU
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Old Olive, Sage Shadow & Baja Breeze - SU
Accessories: sponge, Eclipse tape

Friday, July 23, 2010

DTGD Birthday Wishes

Here's another combination challenge card for the Dare To Get Dirty challenges over on Split Coast! I covered 4 with this one today! I used faux stitching, several punches, a sketch and bling on my card!

Tomorrow the WMS Design Team start the sneak peeks for two new Waltzingmouse sets being released next Tuesday AND we have an exciting announcement! so be sure to come by!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - faux stitches/Off Beat Backgrounds, tree branch and sentiment/Asian Gardens
Paper: White, elegant eggplant, aquamist - PTI, Lavender lace, Groovy Guava - SU, DP Kioshi Basic Grey Paper pad
Ink: Ranger Distress ink Vintage Photo, Tea Dye and Bundled sage
Accessories: foam dimensionals, flower punch & Modern Label punch - SU, Labels 10 nestabilities, sponge & applicator - Ranger, Rhinestones - Kaiser

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Some Dare to Get Dirty Challenge Cards

I have 2 cards to share with you today....
I made this card for the Teapot challenge - Show your hearts - and 3 Dare to Get Dirty Challenges over on Split Coast. A sketch, a color challenge and one more - can you guess what it is?

The 'Enjoy' is a Waltzingmouse Stamp, the popcorn snacks stamp is Lockhart and I printed 'the show' with my Brother label maker! The red panel is embossed with my new Tim Holtz cracked folder and the strip is stamped with a Waltzingmouse bg stamp from Pic-Nic Patterns.

I can just tuck these theater passes into this card and send it off to a friend!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Rescue Remedies Additions, Pic-Nic Patterns, Lockhart Stamps
Paper: white, pure poppy, Summer Sunrise - PTI,
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, So Saffron - SU, Barn Door - Ranger Distress
Accessories: Sizzix Embossing folder - Cracked, Copics YR61, E02, R35, E50, BG10, B05, V17, Y13, Pinking Circles Nestabilities, Brother Label Maker

I managed to get four Dare to Get Dirty challenges into this card! I don't get a lot of time each day to stamp so I really have to cram them in if I want to get all 33 challenges completed!
My fav new TV show is Miami Medical - hence the Sniff Sniff theme. The cute kleenex box is another Lockhart stamp. I used a mix of patterend papers on this card.
All members of the Fan Club can play with the DTGD challenges - so come along! you'll find them in the Forum under Split Coast Challenges!
Be sure to check back here over the weekend - I'll be sneak peeking the new Waltzingmouse stamp sets being released next week along with the rest of the Design Team! You won't want to miss the fun!!
Stamps: Lockhart Stamp Co
Paper: vintage cream, ocean tides - PTI, DP October Afternoon/thrift shop/ needs Paint & One of a kind
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Tea Dye Ink
Accessories: Glue dot, foam dimensionals, labels three Nestabilities, MS edge punch, sponge applicator Ranger, Vintage button and narrow silk ribbon - PTI, Copics E02, E50

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Apple Girl Thank You

I made this card for 7 Dare To Get Dirty challenges over on Split Coast this week! The challenges are in the Forum under Split Coast Challenges but you have to be a member of the Fan Club to access them! Come join the fun!

There are going to be 33 challenges in all - but you can combine challenges on your cards like I did with this one.

You can see all the challenge cards people have made for the challenges I did here, in the following SCS galleries:

Stamps: MFT Pure Innocence - Apple for you
Paper: White - PTI, DP Amuse
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Foam dimensionals, Copics E11, E00, E34, Y17, YG63, R20, R29, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, Gems - Studio 18;, Ribbon - May Arts/Stamp Simply Ribbon Store, quickie glue pen
Techniques: paper piecing

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Star Baby Boy!

I made these Baby Boy Thank You cards for my niece, Katie, who's having a baby boy in September.

Of course - I had to make a little box to put them all in along with some envelopes. Twelve of them fit nicely inside!
I stamped little baby phrases on the bellyband around the box and the year of birth on the top.
I used the Nestability Fleur de Lis die for the top.

When she's sent all the cards -she can use this box to store little keepsakes the baby gets as he grows!
Don't you just love baby stuff! Thanks for coming by today!

Stamps: Big Star- A Stamp in the Hand, small star - Small sayings SU, Thank you - Waltzingmouse Stamps Rescue Remedies Additions, 2010: WMS Victorian Alphabet, phrases around box band - PSX Little Bundle of Joy (retired)
Paper: White, Spring Rain, Simply Chartreuse, Bitty Stars Basics - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & Summer Sky
Accessories: rectangle nestabilities, Star punch - McGill, Scor tape, Fleur de Lis shapeability, Flower Die - PTI, glue dots, basic grey brads, Ribbon & box - PTI, 3/4" circle punch - EK Success

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Farewell Birdie

Today Latisha Yaost was the featured stamper over on Split Coast. What beautiful work she does!

I chose her I Miss You card to CASE because it featured a birdcage and I've been wanting to use my Tim Holtz birdcage Sizzix die since I bought it a few months ago!

I turned my card to accomodate the size of the die cut birdcage, used different papers and punched an edge on CS instead of using a ribbon. I used a Waltzingmouse sentiment.

I recycled a beverage coaster from a restaurant for my birdcage. You can see the coaster in my pic. I then cut another cage with DP and adhered it to the coaster.

Today I went to my niece Katies' baby shower - she's due in Sept. It's so fun to see all the sweet little baby things!
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Asian Gardens Additions
Paper: vintage cream - PTI, Bazzill Basics/Butter, Core'dinations Vintage Collection, DP October Afternoon/thrift shop/still in the box
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: gems - Rhinestones Kaizer, Caged Bird Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix, edge punch - Martha Stewart, beverage coaster

Saturday, July 17, 2010

WMSC6 AND Friends of WMS Blog Waltz!

To see my Friends of Speedy the Cat Challenge card please scroll down to my post below this!

Today we have two WMS challenges going on - Yikes are we busy little mice!!

We've got the Friends of WMS Blog Waltz which is a color challenge this month - you can find all the deets in the WMS Forum in the Playroom under Blog Waltzes AND we've got the Saturday WMS Sketch Challenge!
I combined both challenges today - the colors to use for the blog waltz are blue, green and a neutral.

I used Afternoon Tea and Afternoon Tea Sentiments creating a little table cloth with my paper doily. I made my own saucer using an oval punch! Everything is sponged in Ranger Distress Tea Dye Ink.

If you're blog waltzing with us - be sure you check out all of the Design Team cards and look for the SSSSSSpecial watermark - count up how many there are on all our posts and enter that number over at the Forum in the Playroom. One correct guesser and one random blog waltz participant will each win a free WMS stamp set!!

For those of you playing with the sketch this week - check out the other DT samples on the challenge blog - make your sketch card and get it posted on Mr. Linky by Thursday 7/22/10 at 11:59 pm EST

I can't wait to see what you create!
If you post on Split Coast please use WMSC6 in your keywords!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Tea Sentiments
Paper: Vintage Cream, Ocean Tides - PTI, Doily, DP Amy Butler Designer Mat Pad - K&CO.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Tea Dye.
Accessories: Sponge & Applicator - Ranger, foam dimensionals, large oval punch - SU, dew drops, Copic YR24, Exacto knife.

Speedy the Cats Friends Challenge #12

It's Saturday - and time for another Speedy the Cats Friends Challenge!

This week it's a color challenge - to use yellow, orange and red - bright summertime colors!

So what do I make??? A Fall Back to School card! LOL!! One student has brought an apple for the teacher - and another student has brought in a frog!

So what kind of card will you make using yellow, orange and red? Come on over to Marks Finest Papers Blog and link your card there. You could win an MFP stamp set!!

If you load your card on Split Coast please use Speedys Friends in your keywords.

Stamps: MFP - Apples and Camellia

Paper: red & cream - MFP, Orange Zest - PTI, Barely Banana - SU, DP Cosmo Cricket/Girl Friday/Monday

Ink: Ranger Distress Ink Barn Door, Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Buterfly punch - Martha Stewart, Spiral punch - SU, frog charm - MFP, Sponge & wood applicator - Ranger, glue dots, Tim Holtz Cracked Sizzix embossing folder.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Marks Finest Papers July Release Day 2!

Welcome to Day 2 of Marks Finest Papers July Release blog hop! There are 4 New Stamp Sets available today! Background Fun, Southwest Cowboy, Flourishes & Frame, and Apples & Camellia.

Today we are highlighting Southwest Cowboys!

I used the three galloping horses stamp to make my own designer paper. I cut out the big cactus and popped it up on the sentiment panel using foam dimensionals. I distressed and sponged all the edges.

All supplies for this card are from Marks Finest Papers.

For your chance to win BLOG CANDY, (a set that will be released NEXT month), visit and comment on each of the following design team members' blogs.

On Saturday, (7/17) a winner will be chosen FOR EACH DAY of the blog hop from those participants who commented on all the blogs listed for that day. (There will be four different winners, one winner for each day, Tues - Fri)

SO THAT MEANS IF YOU MISS A DAY, YOU STILL HAVE OTHER CHANCES TO WIN! And, you can go back and comment, as the winners won't be chosen until Saturday morning!

July Guest Designer- Melisa Waldorf-

Nancyruth -

Lois -


Jeanne -




Faith -

Julia (me!) -


Mark’s Finest Papers -

Stamps: Marks Finest Papers - Southwest Cowboy
Paper: Marks Finest Papers
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Ink - Bundled Sage, Tea Dye
Accessories: Distresser, sponge applicator - Ranger, Long rectangle nestabilities, foam dimensionals.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Inspired by the Blue Carrot Shop

There were so many fun nostalgic items on The Blue Carrot Shop , (the Inspiration Challenge over on Split Coast this past Saturday) I was inspired to make two projects!

First I saw these cute peanut treat bags and thought it would be fun to make some of my own.I used a new label stamp from Rescue Remedies by Waltzingmouse Stamps for my bags. I just stamped right on the bag using Blazing Red Stazon Ink (other inks will smear on these waxy bags - How do I know that??!)Then I die cut a little Sizzix tag and stamped it with Get Well from Fancy Phrases and threaded a ribbon through it.
These will make nice little treats to drop off to a friend or relative that's not feeling well don't you think?? And they are quick and simple to create!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Rescue Remedies, Fancy Phrases
Paper: glassine bags - PTI
Ink: Blazing red Stazon, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Sizzix tag die/Tag Scallop Combo, satin ribbon - PTI
Then I came upon these fun Arizona beverage glasses.

Which inspired me to make this little tag!

My stamps are a sneak peek of Southwest Cowboy by Mark's Finest Papers that will be released July 13th.

The tag is cut with a Sizzix die. I punched a circle on a piece of Eclipse masking tape - layed it on the card and sponged the sun/moon over the top of the cactus.

I spritzed the tag with gold Perfect Pearls mixed with water in a mini mister - it has a shimmer IRL that doesn't show at all here!

The sentiment is just a portion of the sentiment included in the set - but I just inked up this part, punched it out and layered it over the cactus with foam dimensionals.

I hope you like my inspired projects today! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Mark's Finest Papers - Soutwest Cowboy - July release
Paper: rustic white PTI
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Tea Dye, Blue Bayou - SU
Accessories: tag - Sizzix die/tag scallop combo, modern label punch - SU, ribbon - MFP, gold perfect pearls, mini mister - Ranger, foam dimensionals, Eclipse masking tape, hemp - SU

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Waltzingmouse Saturday Sketch - WMSC5

Please scroll down to my post below this to see my Speedy the Cats' Friends Challenge #11 - Punch it Up!

It's Saturday and time for another Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge! Claire has a fun one for us today and here it is!
I mixed old and new WMS sets on my card today.
The checkerboard panel, the frame and the scrolly arrow are from older sets and the sentiment is from a July release.
So let's see what you do with this sketch! Check out the other DT samples on the challenge blog - make your sketch card and get it posted on Mr. Linky by Thursday 7/15/10 at 11:59 pm EST.
If you post on Split Coast please use WMSC5 in your keywords!
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Off Beat Backgrounds, Vintage Labels No. 1, Very Vintage Labels No. 4, Rescue Remedies Additions.
Paper: Vintage cream - PTI, Bazzil Irish Eyes, Groovy Guava - SU
Ink: Adirondack Salmon & Lettuce
Accessories: Labels One Nestabilities, Foam dimensionals, vintage button & narrow silk ribbon - PTI, glue dot.

Speedy the Cats' Friends Challenge #11 - Punch it Up!

Happy Saturday everyone! And welcome to another Speedy the Cats' Friends Challenge. This week we have to use punches on our card or project!

I used a scalloped edge punch as well as a butterfly punch on my card today!

The stamp set is Apples and Camelia - one of the July sets being released next week! Inside I stamped Get Well Soon (one of the sentiments in the set).

I added a lot of black and white dots, the gingham ribbon and gold apple charm!

We'd love to have you join us in the challenges over on Marks Finest Papers Blog and to link your 'use punches' card there. You could win a free MFP stamp set!

If you load your card over at Split Coast Stampers, please use Speedy's Friends in your keywords.

Stamps: Marks Finest Papers - Apples & Camelia (July Release)
Paper: White - PTI, green, black and red - Marks Finest Papers.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Apple charm & black gingham ribbon - MFP, Black pearls - Amuse, Scalloped edge punch - SU, Butterfly punch - Martha Stewart, black micron pen, white gel pen.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Doggone Great!

Well - I'm bringing along this doggie to the Split Coast tea party this week - he's very unhappy that I plopped this party hat on his head and tied it around his ears... and he absolutely refused to wear the spots I was going to put on him - so I had to just surround him with them instead.

The colors are this weeks SCS color challenge.

Here's the inside of my card.Thanks for stopping by today!
Hope you can come by on Saturday - I'll have my WMS sketch challenge card as well as Speedy the Cats' Friends Challenge card - a busy day for sure!

Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps - Birthday Dog #60-03
Paper: white, Bitty dot basics, Library ledger - PTI, So Saffron - SU
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Petite oval and Petite scalloped oval nestabilities, Copics: Y21, Y26, R59, C1, Spica Gold Pen, circle punches

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hello to the 100th Color Throwdown!!

Can you believe there have been 100 Color Throwdown Challenges???! Me neither!

Well, to celebrate their 100th challenge they are having lots of prizes from lots of sponsors!!

Mark's Finest Papers is one of the sponsors and since I'm on Speedys' Friends DT I thought I'd join in the festivities! You will find the challenge and all the deets here.

The colors are rose, celery, red and blue. I water colored the holyhock, pierced the corners and drew dots around the edge of the card with my Micron 01 black pen. I sponged the edges with distress inks.

All the supplies for my card are available at Marks Finest Papers. The stamp set is Pears & Holyhocks.

See my post below for my 2nd card for the Color Throwdown!

Stamps: Pears & Holyhocks - Marks Finest Papers

Paper: Marks Finest Papers

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Ink - Bundled Sage & Mustard Seed, Rose Red - SU
Accessories: Foam dimensionals, aqua pen waterbrush, paper piercer, charm & Ribbon - Marks Finest Papers, black micron pen, copic Y17

2nd Card for 100th Color Throwdown Challenge!

I'm also on the Design team for Rubbernecker stamps, another company sponsoring the Color Throwdown Challenge!

So I made a 2nd card for the color challenge using Rubbernecker stamps.

I stamped the vintage skyline image, cut it with a Labels 10 nestability and then sponged it with blue, green and pink while it was still in the nestie. I distressed the edges of the designer paper and sponged all the edges with Ranger Tea Dye distress ink.

So hop on over to the Color Throwdown Blog for all the deets and join in! - there are lots of prizes to be won!!

Stamps: Rubbernecker - Vintage Skyline #502-05
Paper: White - PTI, Basic Black - SU, DP October Afternoon/Thrift Shop/one of a kind
Ink: Pixie Pink, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze - SU, Ranger Distress Tea Dye Ink
Accessories: Sponges, foam dimensionals, labels 10 nestabilities, distresser, prima mulberry paper flowers.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Three from Split Coast

This weeks inspiration challenge over at Split Coast came from the Oompa Toy Store web site. I went with this green lunchbox

I stamped and over stamped a weed and floral stamp from Rubbernecker using two colors of green. I used the mesh embossing folder on my back panel and sponged everthing with Tea Dye ink. I paper pierced around 3 edges of the image panel and added a little bling to the corners.

For my sentiment - I used a piece of a panel I cut with Labels One Nestabilities.

Stamps: Rubbernecker: Florals #496-03, Weeds #497-14, Sentiment/Floral Silhouette #467
Paper: Ripe Avocado, Rustic White, Spring Moss - PTI
Ink: Ranger Distressed Tea Dye, Adirondack Lettuce & Willow, Brilliance Moonlight White
Accessories: Rhinestones - Kaiser, Paper piercer & pad - SU, Mesh Cuttlebug embossing folder, ink sponge applicator - Ranger, Twill ribbon - PTI, Labels One Nestabilities
Techniques: dry embossing, sponging

Today's CAS challenge was to choose a cake from Carries Cakes web site for inspiration. I chose this blue pyramid cake

Here's what I stamped on the inside of my card. The sentiment is from Celtic Heritage.
Boy, what gorgeous cakes on this site!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps - Victorian Fripperie, Celtic Heritage
Paper: White, Hawaiian shores - PTI, DP Free digi paper - Sugar Plum Paper Daisies
Ink: Adirondack Espresso, Taken with Teal - SU
Accessories: adhesive paper ribbon - K&Co, Sticky Pearls, corner rounder punch, foam dimensionals

My third card is from the Try a New Technique challenge which was to make a flower (not just using a flower punch).
I made my flower using 4 scalloped circles that I sponged with Tea Dye ink and then crumpled up. I opened them up and attached a big black brad in the center (it has a reflection spot on it in the pic). I used the same DP for the flower as I used for the bg paper.
My stamps are from Fancy Phrases by Waltzingmouse Stamps I made this flower before using 12 scalloped circles but you would never ever be able to mail a card with that thick of a flower on it!! Using just 4 circles is thin enough to mail (although it will squish I'm sure!)
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Fancy Phrases
Paper: White - PTI, black - SU, DP Unknown
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger distress Tea Dye
Accessories: prima artful flowers, glue dots, foam dimensionals, sponge applicator - Ranger, scallop circle punch - SU, large brad - American Crafts Elements