Saturday, June 30, 2012

WMS Sneak Peek Day #3 - My Island

Wow - we've already reached Day 3 of the WMS July Release Sneak Peeks.  Did we whet your appetite for the beach with the mini set yesterday!   I hope so - because today we have a full size seaside set to show you called My Island.  

There are often 'things collected' when we are on holiday - so today I made a slider box to hold some of these 'things' (tutorial on Split Coast Stampers) when you open this box -  the box slides out one end and a card slides out the other!
When I had the pieces for the box cut out - I stamped them with the larger chicken wire from the Chicken Wire set and sponged all the edges with Scattered Straw Distress Ink. I also stamped the images on the card part of the slider.  Then I put the box and slider together using the tutorial

I stamped the lovely palm trees inking them in brown and green, the cute straw hut over the sky background stamp and two of the sentiments from My Island onto a panel, sponged and distressed the edges and layered it to Monarch die strips on two sides.  I adhered it to the top of the box with foam tape..
I had this great starfish button from a bag of buttons my SIL Carol gave me.  I punched a hole in the end of the box and slipped a metal clip (that was holding the button onto the button card) through the metal shank on the button (see two pics above for a peak at the clip) This will hold it on securely as you have to tug a bit to get the box to slide!
Here's a view of the card part where you could write a message to the recipient or the place the momentos came from as I did - I stamped the smaller group of palm trees in the set here as well as another sentiment.  I die cut the waves that I adhered along the top.
A strip of plastic shopping bag adhered around the 'slider' piece is what makes the box and card 'slide' (see tutorial)
And here are some shells DH Kent and I picked up along the shores of Sanibel Island a few years ago.  You just cannot walk down the beaches there without picking up the gorgeous shells that are all over the sand!
I stamped a panel to slip into the bottom of the box as well.  I love the fonts on the sentiments in this set!
What summertime treasures would you put in your slider box??!
Now lets head off to the rest of the WMS Design Team blogs to see what summer fun they have in store for us! Just click on each name below!

Please stop back tomorrow for our final peek using Anya's newest stamp set (you ROCK Anya!) during our DT Blog Waltz -  you could win a Waltzingmouse stamp set of your choice!

Anya Schrier
 Becca Feeken
 Belinda Chang Langner
 Clare Buswell
 Bonnie Sharp
 Julia Aston  - you're here
 Jennifer Holmes
 Kelly Schirmer
 Laurie Schmidlin - will post later in the day
Mona Pendleton
 Sandie Dunne
 Tosha Leyendekker
Claire Brennan (Owner)

 Stamps:  Waltzingmouse -  Chicken Wire, My Island (to be released 7/1)
Paper:  Kraft, Rustic Cream, Ocean Tides - PTI
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Rich Cocoa, Potters Clay, Bamboo Leaves, Summer Sky, London Fog, Desert Sand, Ranger Distress Scattered Straw.
Accessories:  Monarch & Ocean Wave Dies - Die-Namics MFT, sqyare punch - Creative Memories, corner rounder - Zutter, ScorTape, plastic grocery bag, starfish button - from stash, slider box tutorial in Resources section - Split Coast Stampers.

Friday, June 29, 2012

WMS Day 2 Sneak Peek - North Shore

Welcome back for Day 2 of the sneak peeks for the Waltzingmouse July 1 release!   Didn't you just love all the sweet fairy princess inspiration yesterday?!! (if you missed it scroll down to my post below!)  Thank you so much for all your lovely comments!

Well - today we're going to the beach with another mini stamp set called North Shore.  Vacations are all about creating memories -  so I decorated a 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" Mini Chipboard notebook where I could write notes of my summer adventures and place a picture or two (or 20!)!

I stamped this wonderful surfer image in Bamboo Leaves ink and cut it with an oval Nestability.  Then I stamped it in Bahama Blue on a scrap and cut out the surfer and summer part of the sentiment.  I stamped the NORTH SHORE in Black and the flowers in Rose Bud cutting out and layering the pieces over the original green stamping.  The surfer and flowers are popped up with foam tape.

Then I die cut the waves, stamped the sentiment and punched it with my word window punch adhering them along the bottom as you see.  Here's a side view so you can see the popped up pieces.
I added ribbons tied in double knots along some of the 0 wires -  they remind me of seagulls flying over the ocean waves!
Inside I stamped some images from the set you will see here tomorrow on Day 3 of the Sneak Peeks!
Once again -  we are off to see what the rest of the Design Team has to inspire us with this fun summer surf mini set!   See you tomorrow for Day #3!

Anya Schrier
 Bonnie Sharp
 Clare Buswell
 Julia Aston - you are here
 Jennifer Holmes
Kelly Schirmer
 Laurie Schmidlin
 Lynn Mercurio
Mona Pendleton
 Sandie Dunne
 Tosha Leyendekker
 Claire Brennan (Owner)

Stamps:  North Shore - Waltzingmouse (to be released July 1)
Paper:  White, Simply Chartreuse - PTI, Tempting Turquoise - SU
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Bahama Blue, Rose Bud, Bamboo Leaves, foam tape, word window punch - SU, Chipboard Mini Book - Karen Foster (no longer available), oval Nestability, ribbon - May Arts.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

WMS Sneak Peek - Day 1 - Fairy Princess!

I am SO excited to welcome you to Day 1 of the Sneak Peeks for the Waltzingmouse July 1st  Release!  Today the Design Team Members linked below are highlighting the sweet new mini set called  Heroines - Fairy Princess. This set can be used all on its own - or can be partnered with Half Pint Heroines

I have a brand new baby girl grand niece coming in August -  so I know I'll be using the PRINCESS theme a lot over the next few years!
So first off -   there are two cute little froggies -  I used the one with a sly smile and a crown on his head along with the one sentiment in the set.

And here is our lovely princess in her beautiful gown, out front of her very large castle (a cut file (or PDF) from Claire that will be available for you!), waiting to get into her lovely carriage (cut file from Creations by AR includes a PDF if you don't have a cutting machine)  She's also hoping that the pesky frog will hop off the hem of her gown!
I put a little stand on the back of my Princess so she could be put in different places in her Royal World!
 See-   here she has scurried over to the front of the Carriage!  (and the frog is still with her - she just cannot shake him!)
 Here's a close up of the coach - there are even pretty curtains in the windows!
Oops!  now she is looking through the window of the carriage - she's just standing on the other side - but you could cut her in half (gasp!) and tape her inside looking out!
Goodness - can you tell I had fun with this sweet little stamp set??!! I just kept taking more and more pictures!!   Ok -  here's the last one before you go off and check out everyone elses creations!  Claire's castle cut file is supposed to be folded in half as per below - so it becomes a Castle Card! (and I see that I forgot to push out the window and top of the wall cut outs on the right side - oops!!!!)  And the poor frog is STILL waiting to be kissed!!!

Now come along with me to check out the rest of the Design Team's creations!   Don't forget to come by tomorrow for Sneak Peek #2!!!   (with this release we welcome BACK Bonnie Sharp to the WMS Design team!  Please give her some extra love when you stop by her blog!)

Anya Schrier
 Belinda Chang Langner
 Bonnie Sharp
Clare Buswell
Julia Aston - you are here!
 Jennifer Holmes
 Kelly Schirmer
 Laurie Schmidlin
 Lynn Mercurio
 Mona Pendleton
 Sandie Dunne
 Tosha Leyendekker
 Claire Brennan (Owner)

Stamps: Waltzingmouse -  Heroines - Fairy Princess (to be released on July 1)
Paper:  White - PTI, White Wash (Wheels & Curtains) & Black Wash (castle)- Coredinations, pink - Bazzill
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Copics: R20, R32, RV21, RV25, R02, E00, Y17, YR24, YG95,  Sugar Coated Brads - Doodlebug Design, Once upon a Carriage Cutting File -, glue dot, sticky pearls - Michaels, Silhouette cutting machine.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sumr - 12


 I'm the color challenge hostess today over on Split Coast  - and in honor of the coming summer - I've chosen a monochromatic color scheme - Pool Party, Island Indigo and Whispering White.

I used a fun new stamp and die set I just got - Vanity License Plate by MFT.   I stamped the cropped message - SUMR-12  on the die cut license plate adding silver brads to the holes in the plate. I embossed my card with Retro Circles by Sizzix and layered a wave cut with another die from MFT. The license plate is popped up on foam tape.

This is also for this week's CAS challenge - a sketch - I flipped the sketch on it's side. Oh - and the dessert option for my challenge today is to make it about water - the ocean, a lake or a cool summer drink!

I've been busy making cards for the Waltzingmouse sneak peeks which start on Thursday - June 28th!!  Wait until you see the wonderful new stamps Claire has designed!   I hope you'll join me every day from 6/28 up to the release on 7/1!

Stamps: Vanity License Plate - My Favorite Things  
Paper: white - PTI, Island Indigo & Pool Party - SU  
Ink: Ranger Distress Peacodk Feathers  
Accessories: dienamics dies - catch a wave and License plate - MFT, silver circle brads - Making Memories, Retro Circles Embossing Folder - Sizzix, foam tape

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Simply Black and White

Hi friends!   I have two Black and White cards to share today that I made for challenges over on Split Coast.

My first card combines last week's CAS challenge -to use white on white - and the Technique Lover's Challenge - to use half an image or die cut.
I used half of my brandy-new Weathered Clock die by Tim Holtz on my card - layering it on the white panel with foam tape. I added the clock hands secured with a brad and also popped up on foam tape. And finally one lonely white butterfly.

My sentiment is from Butterflies are Free set by Rubbernecker

Thursday is Kent and my 15th wedding anniversary - we went to a Bed and Breakfast in CT - Old Mystic Inn,  this past weekend to celebrate - but we didn't exchange cards yet - so this will be my card for him with a special message inside!
 And here's my card for this week's CAS inspiration challenge - the inspiration was a pretty black bathing suit with white ruffles along the bodice.
 I went to look in my ribbon box for some ruffled white and came upon this cute little pom pom ribbon. I adhered it to the black cake with ScorTape. I adhered the stamped panel to a black panel embossed with Wicker Weave. Then I simply stamped CELEBRATE in the corner. This could be used for a wedding, anniversary or birthday don't you think?!  The stamps are from Eat Cake by Waltzingmouse.

I also entered these in the Stamp N Plus Challenge -  Black and White.

Time Together:
Stamps: Rubbernecker - Butterflies are Free Set #538  
Paper: white - PTI  
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black  
Accessories: glue dots, foam tape, weathered clock die - Sizzix Tim Holtz, brad - Making Memories, butterfly punch - Martha Stewart 

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Eat Cake  
Paper: white, true black - PTI  
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black  
Accessories: wicker weave embossing folder - Cuttlebug/provocraft, white pom pom ribbon - American Crafts, ScorTape

Sunday, June 17, 2012

June WMS Blog Party - An Inspiration!

 Today I'm participating in the Waltzingmouse Blog Hop which happens the 17th of each month. The challenge is announced on the WMS Blog on the 1st of every month so we have plenty of time to create something!   This month the challenge is an inspiration photo:

I made 3 Christmas cards because I'm also using this for my June Christmas Card Challenge over in the WMS Forum.  This month we had to use stitches -  real or faux.  I used the colors from the inspiration photo but switched them up on each card to see how they would look.
The stitches stamp, from Off Beat Backgrounds, is one of my favorite stamps, don't they look like real lines of stitching?  I white embossed them on the gray card and silver embossed them on the blue card.  I stamped them in Bahama Blue Ink on the white card.
The tree is from Asian Gardens, the ornaments are from 2011 Holiday Ornaments.  I embossed a rectangle Nestability in the center of each card then layered the stamped tree panel inside the frame popped up on foam tape.

The Merry & Bright sentiment is from Around Christmastime.  I punched it with an oval punch layering the sentiment and ornaments on foam tape and adding silver sticky pearls.  I sponged all the edges with Ranger Distress Broken China.

You have 24 hours to link your card on the WMS Blog where you will find all the details as well!  Come along and party!!

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Off Beat Backgrounds, Around Christmastime, Asian Gardens, 2011 Holiday Ornaments.
Paper:  White - PTI, Basic Grey & Tempting Turquoise - SU
Ink:  Archival Coffee,  Memento Tangelo & Bahama Blue, Ranger Distress Broken China.
Accessories:  Foam Tape, Rectangle Nestability, Silver pearls - Michaels, large oval punch - SU.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Ahoy Matey!

Well, friends -  I've got one more shape card for you this week -  A fun treasure chest card - another project made with the help of my Silhouette cutting machine.
This one was actually published in the just released July/August 2012 PaperCrafts Magazine - in the Summer Shaped Cards section (Page 46).  I embossed the sentiment and skull on the front, sponged the edges and drew stitches with a Micron black pen.

The Ahoy Matey is from the Half Pint Heroes set by Waltzingmouse, the skull stamp is a wooden $1 stamp from Michaels.  And inside the Happy Birthday is from Birthday Basics by PTI
Perfect for all the little pirates in our lives right?!

I just have to share these recent pics of my two Grand Nephews, Landon and James.

 This is Landon (he'll be 2 in Sept) -  I was baby sitting him recently and doing a craft with him (of course!)

 and he decided it would be fun to stick these pieces of paper on his face!!!
He wore them for about 5 minutes while he continued to color his project!!

And here is my Grand Nephew James (Landon's Cousin)  He just turned 1 - here he is at his party with his dad opening presents.
And here he is with Aunt Katie (Landon's mum) in his Cat in the Hat hat!  I'm so blessed to have these beautiful little boys in my life!
I'll be back here on Sunday with my Waltzingmouse Blog Party card (are you joining in?) -  don't forget the WMS Sketch on Saturday and there's still time to join in the Stampin' Sisterhood June challenge!

And in case you were wondering when there was going to be another Waltzingmouse Release -  it's happening on July 1st!  Just wait until you see the 3 lovely sets Claire has for us!  Sneak peeks will start on 6/28!

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Half Pint Heroes, Skull - Michaels,  Papertrey Ink - Birthday Basics.
Paper:  True Black - PTI, Close to Cocoa - SU, Silver - unknown
Ink:  Ranger Distress - Walnut Stain, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark Embossing Ink
Accessories -  Black embossing powder, Silhouette Machine, hot gun, exacto knife, Micron 01 fine tip black pen.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Shape of Things

I have a couple of shape cards to share today - I cut both with my trusty little Silhouette Machine.
Here's a spool of thread acting as a get well card!  I painted the 'thread' with wide brush strokes of white acrylic paint and embossed the top and bottom of the spool with Antique Linen distress embossing powder to give the feel of rough wood.

And here's my wish for Summer to hurry up and come to New England card! (and I think it's working!)  I cut a piece of blue card stock to fit behind the castle windows - like the color of the sea - and hung a pennant flying high in the ocean breeze!

That's it for me today - thanks so much for coming by!

Hoping you're on the mend:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Quilters Sampler  
Paper: Kraft, vintage cream - PTI 
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black, Versamark embossing ink  
Accessories: Foam tape, Snow Cap Acrylic Paint - Ranger, Silhouette machine, hot gun, antique linen distress embossing powder - Ranger, spool template from Silhouette shapes 

Summer Vacation Sand Castle
Stamps: Summer & vacation sentiments $1 stamp set from Michaels  
Paper: Hawaiian shores - PTI, Close to Cocoa - SU  
Ink: Archival ink - Coffee  
Accessories: Nested pennants - Spellbinders, Scor Pal, Sand Castle cut with Silhouette Machine

Monday, June 11, 2012


Here's a card I made for the Ways to Use It challenge over on Split Coast a few weeks ago - to use complementing or opposite colors on the color spectrum wheel.

I chose Blue and Orange (although I ended up with a little green where the colors blended!)

I die cut a Labels 16 Nestability from cardstock and used the outside piece as a mask. I placed the mask over my card and I stamped my bud trees with Shimmer Goosebumps Texture  Spray using the Texture Spray Resist technique Beate taught us in the Resources section of SCS.  I was so happy to see Beate's tutorial as I had bought this bottle of Goosebumps stuff but didn't really know what to do with it!!

So - I sprayed the Goosebumps on a Blending tool sponge and dabbed it on the the Bud Trees stamp (washing the stamp off immediately after stamping) and used my hot gun to dry the stamping so I could then sponge over it (still having the mask on my card).  I sponged with Ranger Distress Wild Honey and Chipped Sapphire. And the ink didn't cover where the Goosebumps inked image was (like emboss/resist) - this is really shimmery IRL but it doesn't show in my pic.  Then I just added my punched butterflies and 1 little rhinestone.

The Bud Tree stamp is from Rubbernecker

I'm really loving the orange/blue combination lately!

Thanks for coming by today!

Stamps: Rubbernecker - Bud Tree Set #505  
Paper: White - PTI  
Ink: Ranger Distress - Wild Honey & Chipped Sapphire  
Accessories: Labels 16 Nestability for mask, blending tool, Goosebumps Shimmer Texture Spray - Tsukineko, Rhinestone- Kaiser, Butterfly Punch - Martha Stewart

Friday, June 8, 2012

Summer Sand Castle

A little early or wishful thinking perhaps (!?) to have a sand castle card here in Massachusetts.
This is for a few challenges -  The Split Coast Ways to Use It Challenge - to use banners (flying high from my castle spire!) , the Split Coast Free 4 All challenge - to machine or die cut instead of hand cutting (this castle is from the Silhouette shape store)

And finally this is for the Raise the Bar Challenge #107 -  for June, July and August - you have the whole month to link your card - the theme for June is Summer!  Hence the sand castle.

I have a couple of projects posted over at the Pouch Mart Blog - I'd love if you'd check it out and leave a comment!

Stamps: Summer & vacation sentiments $1 stamp set from Michaels  
Paper: Hawaiian shores - PTI, Close to Cocoa - SU  
Ink: Archival ink - Coffee  
Accessories: Nested pennants - Spellbinders, Scor Pal, Sand Castle cut with Silhouette Machine

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Practical Solutions

Today I have a few cards to share that were published in the recently released PaperCrafts publication - Practical Solutions for Paper Crafters

This card was accepted for the category - Paper Scraps -  and can be found on page 69

The 'Join Us' and 'for a Baby Shower' are from the Join Us Set by Waltzingmouse.  The cute giraffe is a Snag It stamp by Imaginisce.  The twine is from The Twinery.
Inside I stamped this line stamp to write the details of the shower on.  It is from the Victorian Fripperie  set by Waltzingmouse and I adhered a giraffe stamped and cut out from the patterned paper used on the front of the card. (PTI - Bitty Dot Basics)

My 2nd project was accepted for the Five for $5 section.  Where you had to make 5 cards and include the receipt showing that it cost no more than $5 to make all 5 cards!
My 5 little Valentine cards (each one is 2 1/2" x 4 1/4") actually only cost $3.07!    I found a wonderful piece of patterned paper by K & Co. at Michaels for 40 cents! (Postage Stamps from Sweet Talk Valentine's Day Collection) that was full of these little 1"x3" images.  I cut out 5 of them and layered them first to a panel of Scarlet Jewel card stock and then to the Vintage Cream card.  To finish them I just tied a narrow dotted satin ribbon around the top!
 These remind me of the little valentines we used to exchange with our classmates in elementary school  - putting them in brown paper lunch bags we decorated and hung on the wall in the back of the room! (one of our first craft projects right!?!!)
 These cards can be found on page 152 and 153.

The card stock and ribbon on these are from Papertrey Ink.

So that's it from me today!   Did you by any chance see these in the magazine??!

Thanks so much for stopping by!