Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sweet Peek - Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - Love is Like a Tree!

If you're looking for my Waltzingmouse Sneak peek - please scroll down to the post below this!

Today I'm excited to be showing you a Sweet Peek at a fun new stamp set from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps July 1 Release.   It's called  Love is Like a Tree.

I've been loving making tags lately - using simple oaktag shipping labels from Staples.  I sponged the tag with Old Paper and Victorian Velvet Ranger Distress inks.  Then I stamped the tree, the little sentiments and the heart 'leaves' on the card.  I stamped the sentiment and cut it with a Ribbon Banner Shapeability, sponging it with ink before removing it from the die.  I layered the tag to a piece of tan Bazzill card stock, punched a hole at the top and threaded wrinkled seam tape through it.

I hope you'll hop over to the Sweet 'n Sassy blog to find the links to the other Design Team members who are Sweet Peeking this pretty set today!
All of the new sets will be available for purchase on July 1!  (that's tomorrow guys!!)

Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - Love is Like a Tree (to be released 7/1)
Paper:  Shipping tag - Staples, Tan Bazzill, White - PTI
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Old Paper, Victorian Velvet, Vintage Photo, Dusty Concord, Brushed Corduroy.
Accessories:  Ribbon Banners Shapeabilities, wrinkled Seam Tape, cropadile.

WMS Sneak Peek Day 3 - Eat Cake with a Flourish in a Pretty dress!

Have you been loving the WMS Sneak Peeks so far??!!  Well -  today we have cakes, prom dresses and flourishes - what more could a stamper want I ask you???!!!!  The new sets we are highlighting today are Eat Cake, You're Lovely, and Flourishes - Scallops and Dots

For my projects today I made two tags- using plain old oaktag shipping tags from Staples!
For this tag -  I stamped a flourish from Flourishes - Scallops and Dots on the tag using white pigment ink and let it dry.  Then I sponged Old Paper and Milled Lavender dye inks all over the tag which made the flourish show up lightly in the background (do you see it?).  Then I stamped the cake and the lovely icing and larger draping  from Eat Cake and added some bling.  Finally I stamped the sentiment from yesterdays peek, Big Day Additions, sponged it, cut around it and layered it over the tag with foam tape.

My second tag is all about the prom with flourishes, sparkles and a pretty dress!

I used the same process for the flourish and sponging on the tag.  The flower, sentiment and dress are from You're Lovely and the flouishes are from Flourishes - Scallops and Dots.  I stamped the dress on white, sponged it, cut it out and layered it over the tag.

Now let's go see what the rest of the DT has for us today!     Be sure to come by tomorrow for the Design  Team Blog Waltz when all these wonderful new stamps will be available to purchase at Waltzingmouse!

Julia Aston  You're here!
Tosha Leyendekker

Bride + Groom Tag
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Big Day Additions, Eat Cake, Flourishes - Scallops and Dots
Paper:  Shipping Tag - Staples, Plum Pudding, white - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress Old Paper, Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender, Brilliance Moonlight white Pigment ink.
Accessories:  foam tape, rhinestones - Michaels, Blending tool + nonstick craft mat - Ranger, wrinkled seam tape.
At the Prom Tag
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - You're Lovely, Flourishes - Scallops and Dots.
Paper:  Shipping Tag - Staples, white, true black - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress Black soot, worn lipstick, fired brick, Brilliance Moonlight white pigment ink.
Accessories: Pure Poppy Satin Ribbon - PTI, rhinestones - Kaiser, foam tape, blending tool + nonstick craft mat - Ranger.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

WMS Sneak Peek - Day 2 Getting Ready for the Big Day!

Hi everyone!   Did you LOVE all the cameos yesterday??!!    Well - hold onto your hats - today we're previewing two wonderful sentiment sets Big Day Essentials and Big Day Additions -  perfect for all of your engagement/wedding projects and so much more!
My first project to show you is a 'Save the Date' card - now I'm so old that we didn't send out notices like this - letting our friends know we were getting married in a year and to be sure and hold the date - but I got cards like this from both of my nieces when they were getting married!

I found these pretty gold scalloped note cards at Staples in the stationary section. First  I stamped text  from Text It across the top half.  I stamped the man and woman cameos from yesterday's Cameo to Go set, cut
them with oval Nestabilities that I sponged before removing from the dies, and layered them to black scalloped ovals.  The Save the Date sentiment is from Big Day Essentials and the numbers are from Victorian Alphabet.  To finish it off I adhered a tiny satin bow!

Keeping with the gold paper theme -  I also made a wedding card stamping another sentiment from Big Day Essentials on the gold cardstock, adding a few rhinestones and adhereing it inside a Nestability embossed frame.  I sponged the edges of the card with Ranger Old Paper ink.  I can't tell you about the stamp
I stamped with gold ink on the envelope!  Check back tomorrow to find out what it is!!!
And now - let's go check out what the rest of the DT has to show us with these new sentiment sets!

Julia Aston - You're here!

Save the Date:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Cameo to Go, Big Day Essentials (July 1 releases), Text It, Victorian Alphabet
Paper:  white, true black -PTI, gold scallop A2 card - Staples
Ink:  Ranger Distress Black Soot, Antique Linen
Accessories:  Oval scallop + mega rectangle Nestabilities, black satin ribbon - Michaels, foam tape.
May You Live Happily Ever After:
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Big Day Additions & mystery stamp!
Paper:  Fabriano note card, gold cardstock - Canford Card (from paper store)
Ink:  Ranger Distress Old Paper, Soot Black, Color Box Gold Pigment (on envelope)
Accessories:  Foam Tape, Mega rectangle nestability, rhinestones - Michaels, blending tool + non stick craft mat - Ranger.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

WMS Sneak Peek Day 1! Cameos!!!

Welcome to the first day of sneak peeks of the Waltzingmouse July 1 release!   Claire has designed 8 wonderful new stamp sets to inspire your creativity!

Today the Design Team is previewing Cameo to Go, Cameo Creations and Ovals,Classic Frames.
My first card uses something from each of the 3 new sets.

The frame and the boy cameo are from Cameo Creations. (this cameo is so finely detailed - you can see little hairs on the top of the boy's head)  The sentiment, Dearest, is from Cameo to Go and the design line behind the sentiment is from Ovals, Classic Frames (which you can see coordinates with the frame!)

First, I embossed a square Nestability on my card base.  I stamped the frame and cameo on a white panel, layered it to a slightly larger black panel and adhered it inside the frame with foam tape.  I stamped the sentiment and cut it with an oval punch, layering it over the stamped line design with foam tape.  Finally, I added tiny twinkles on the frame and line stamping.

My second sample uses two of the new sets.
The little girl cameo and frame are from Cameo Creations and the sentiment, My Dear, is from Cameo to Go.  I love the kind of Victorian flaire to the sentiments - they go so well with the cameos!
Again, I embossed a square Nestability on the card and stamped the cameo and frame on a white panel.  I tied a piece of wrinkled seam tape around the card before adhereing the panels with foam tape inside the frame.  To finish it off, I added some tiny twinkles and a beaded stick pin.

Well - that's it from me today!   I hope you'll stop by tomorrow for a sneak peak of two more new Waltzingmouse Sets!

Now let's go check out what the rest of the Design Team has to inspire us with!

Julia Aston - your're here!
Dearest Card:
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Cameo Creations, Cameo to Go, Ovals, Classic Frames (July 1 release)
Paper:  White, True Black - PTI
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Stormy Sky.
Accessories:  Square Nestability, tiny twinkles - Taylored Expressions, quickie glue pen, small oval punch - SU.
My Dear Card:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Cameo Creations, Cameo To Go (July 1 release)
Paper:  white, true black, Hibiscus Burst - PTI
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Worn Lipstick.
Accessories:  Scotch quick dry adhesive, foam tape, wrinkled seam tape, pin & beads - Marks Finest Papers, tiny twinkles - Taylored Expressions.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sweet Peek - Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - Seeing Spots

Today I'm excited to be showing you a Sweet Peek at a fun new stamp set from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps July Release.   It's called Seeing Spots and for my first card I used the spots that have stars in them!
I think this would make a great masculine card with the colors that I used don't you??

My second card is a thank you card and is a little more feminine using two shades of pink!  and these pretty 'design' spots.  I punched some of the circles and popped them up on foam tape scattering a little bling around.

I framed them with a Nestability cut square, then layered the squares over a Floral Doily Motif Shapeability and the card base cut with a big scallop Nestability.
You'll find more info and pics of this fun new set as well as links to other Design Team samples, over at the Sweet N Sassy blog.

All of the new sets will be available for purchase on July 1!

Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy - Seeing Spots
Paper:  white, true black, Hibiscus Burst -PTI
Ink:  Memento Rose Bud & Angel Pink,  Ranger Distress Black Soot.
Accessories:  Foam tape, 3/4" circle punch - EK Success, Rhinestones - Kaiser, large gems - Darice (Michaels), Floral Doily Motif Shapeabilities, Big Scallop Circle & square Nestabilities.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

WMSC Sketch - Ahoy Matey! and a winner!

It's Saturday - again!   and time for the Waltzingmouse Saturday Sketch!!  We've got another sweet design from Belinda this week!
I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with this sketch  -  but finally came up with the following card!


A clean and simple card with lots of empty space at the top!   I die cut the waves, layering them on the card with foam tape.  I stamped the porthole and face, coloring them with copics and slipped it behind the wave.  To finish it off I stamped the little fish on the wave and the sentiment directly on the card!

All the stamps are from the sweet little set called  Half Pint Heroes.

So why don't you join us in the sketch challenge this week?!!   Check out all the details on the WMS Sketch Blog.

My card also works for the CAS-ual Friday challenge -  to have a fun edge on your card -  hopefully my waves qualify for that?!  and also for the SCS Free 4 All challenge -  Stripes!

Now I'm happy to announce the winner of my blog candy from last week's sketch post!   My DH  picked #17 as the winner and that was Velta!

Velta said...



Well Julia ~ You have done it again. Both of these last two posts are breathtaking. I just love that adorable gingerbread man! As for which set I would love to have...heck, I hate to admit it, but I do not have any...except for all of the "freebie" templates I have downloaded and used bunches of times! I like all of the WMS stamps...my go to favorite right now is the "Bountiful Baskets." They are so cute! Thanks for the chance to win!!

Velta -send me an e-mail at julia.aston@comcast.net with your mailing address and I'll get the Say It Loud set right out to you!   Congratulations!  you're going to love this set!

Advance notice !!!! -    Claire is releasing 8 new Waltzingmouse Sets on July 1 -  so the DT sneak peeks will be starting on Tuesday 6/28 -   be sure to come back and check out the new sets!!

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Half Pint Heroes
Paper:  orange Bazzill, white, enchanted evening, Hawaiian shores - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress Black Soot
Accessories:  foam tape, Catch a Wave die - MFT Stamps, creative memories silver pen, Copics: N2,N6, BG10, E13, E00, R20

Friday, June 24, 2011

Hope Your Birthday is Tons of Fun!

I made this card for the SCS Sketch Challenge this week. 


My circus images are from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps  Isn't this a great set for kids cards?!

I cut my green circle,  sliced off an edge of it and cut a slightly larger yellow one cutting the edge with Fiskar's scallop scissors. I embossed the circle with Tim Holtz Checker Board embossing folder.

I colored my circus tent, banners, tickets and letters in the sentiment with Copics.

I used the colors from the Create 4 fun color challenge. Green, aqua and yellow.

Thanks for stopping by today!   See you tomorrow for the WMS Saturday Sketch!

Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy - The Big Top

Paper: Solar white - Neenah Classic/Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, white - PTI, Blue - DCWV, New Leaf, Harvest Gold - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copics - G14, G21, B14, B21, Y17, Y13, Y02, E37, scallop circle punch, 1 1/4" punch - SU, 1 12" punch EK Success, gems Darice (Michaels), Fiskars Scallop scissors, Tim Holtz Checker Board Embossing Folder, foam tape

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Blog Hop - Old Glory!

Today I'm participating in the Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Blog Hop - the Theme is Old Glory.

I used stamps from two TE sets on my card - A Year of Sweets 2 and A Year of Sweet Sentiments.  I also used the Banner Day Die for my sentiment and Tiny Twinkles on the sentiment and fireworks.  I also added some dazzling diamonds to my fireworks so they look really sparkly IRL - I think you can see it a little bit on my pic.

Cuppie has hiked to the top of the hill to get a really good view of the fireworks this year AND he's waving Old Glory!!

Wishing an early Happy 4th of July to everyone in the US !  The long weekend will be here soooooon!!!







Stamps:  Taylored Expressions - A Year of Sweets 2, A Year of Sweet Sentiments.
Paper:  White, Enchanted evening - PTI, DP Red Vellum Swirls (no company name on the sticker)
Ink:  Memento Lady Bug, Cantalope, Danube Blue. Tuxedo Black, Soft Sky - SU
Accessories:  Dazzling Diamonds - SU, Banner Day 1 Die + Tiny Twinkles- Taylored Expressions, Copics: E40, E31, E19, B00, B37, Y13, R29., glossy accents, quicky glue pen, home made cloud template, pinking circles Nestabilities, 1 3/8" circle punch - SU, enchanted evening saddle stitched ribbon - PTI

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Biker, a Dog and a Skateboarder!

I've got three cards to share today -  all using Rubbernecker Stamps and all from challenges over at Split Coast.

This first card was made for this weeks Featured Stamper challenge. We got to check out Tami Mayberry's lovely gallery and pick one to CASE.

I chose her Enjoy the Ride card as it reminded me of this dapper on a bike stamp I recently got from Rubbernecker. 

When you CASE a card you have to change some things -  so I changed the image, the colors and stamped an argyle background instead of scoring lines but kept her theme and basic sketch. The image and sentiment are stamped directly on the patterned paper.

My next two cards were made for the Featured Stamper challenge of a week ago -  Stamper Camper (Mary) had so many fun cards in her gallery - I CASED two of them!

I loved the design of her  fun Happy Bird-Day card

I used a cute little doggie and dog sentiment from Rubbernecker instead of a bird and I used a brick wall embossing folder instead of swiss dots.

For my last card -  I CASED Mary's  On the Grow card.

I used a little skateboarder named Billy and sentiment from Rubbernecker instead of the motorbike, different colors and a star instead of a bow!

 It's always good to have some kids cards handy in my stash!  I didn't have too many kids stamps but with these fun new Rubbernecker kids stamps my supply has grown!

Before I go -   I'm so excited and happy to announce that we have added 5 wonderful card stamping artists to the Rubbernecker Design team:  Holly McMillen, Jen Cuthbertson, Judy Rozema , Charlene Driggs and Kecia Waters.   You're probably very familiar with several of them already!  You can see the whole Rubbernecker Design Team listed on my side bar along with links to their blogs.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Remember to check this post for your chance to win a WMS stamp set!  You have untill Friday to leave me a comment!

ETA:   I was thrilled to find out my card was chosen as Customer Card of the Day over at the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog today -  you can check it out here!

Bicycle card:
Stamps: Rubbernecker: Dapper on Bike #535-02, Argyle BG from Paris 1908 Set #527, Sentiment Beautiful Wishes #565-12
Paper: Vintage cream, summer sunrise, true black, DP Text Style Distressed Dots - PTI
Ink: Ranger Distress Black Soot, Summer Sunrise - PTI
Accessories: pretty pearls - Amuse

Doggie Card:
Stamps: Rubbernecker - Dog #569-18, hot diggity dog sentiment #568-11
Paper: Kraft - Gina K Designs, white - PTI, DP CDWV The Pets Stack
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Accessories: Rectangle Nestability, blending tool & nonstick craft mat - Ranger, fence punch - Martha Stewart, Copics E13, E35, E37, 100, Modern label punch -SU, foam tape, Sizzix embossing folder Bricked Tim Holtz

Skateboarder Card:
Stamps: Rubbernecker - skateboard Billy #570-13, Day to shine Sentiment - 200-04
Paper: Kraft - Gina K Designs, white - PTI, gold - Mark's Finest Papers, DP Cosmo Cricket Mr. Campy
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Accessories: Rectangle nestability, star punch -Fiskars, Swiss Dots Embossing folder - Provo Craft., Foam tape, Copics - YG03, YG63, YG95, E00, R20, W6, blending tool & nonstick craft mat - Ranger

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day to the New Dad Nephews

Both of my nieces (my sister's daughters) have new baby boys -  Katie and Greg have 9 month old Landon and Christie & Nate have 3 week old Sweet Baby James.   So I just had to make Father's Day cards for the new dads!  And I made them as if the 'boys' were giving them to their father's.

Here's Landon's card to his dad, Greg.

Isn't he a little doll!?!   I just love him to pieces (Landon that is!)  and he just happens to be sporting cool blue star sunglasses that his Great Aunt Julia (ie ME) gave him at our Memorial Day cookout!  And notice how I had the perfect paper to match his shorts??!!

And here's what I stamped on the inside bringing the star theme inside too!   These great stamps are from a set called Father Figure by Verve.
Next up is the card from Sweet Baby James to his Dad, Nate.  James is just the sweetest little thing, not even 1 month old yet - he has really long fingers (maybe he'll play the piano??!) and seems so tiny next to his cousin Landon!
 
 As you can see - Nate and James spend a lot of quality time together - catching up on their sleep!  I thought these pics were so sweet of the two of them....  I used the same stamps on this card.
Wishing a Happy Father's Day to all the father's out there!!  Remember to hug your kids today!

And don't forget to check out this post for a chance to win a WMS stamp set!

Greg's Card:
Stamps: Verve - Father Figure
Paper: White - PTI, DP Art Impression Pool Plaid, Green DCWV
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  Fiskars Star Punch

Nate's Card:
Stamps: Verve - Father Figure

Paper: White, Pure Black - PTI, DP Bo Bunny Harvest Dot
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: EK Success Heart punch

Saturday, June 18, 2011

WMSC52 - 1 Year Anniversary of the Waltzingmouse Sketch!

Today is a special day for the Waltzingmouse Sketch - it turns 1 years old today!! whoo hoo!!  Can you believe it?!?!     Be sure to read to the bottom of my post to see how you can win a WMS stamp set from me!

To celebrate this special event we're doing something a little bit different today.   Each Mischief Maker and Design Team member who is participating in today's sketch challenge has chosen a sketch from the past year and made a card for it.  

So you get to pick which sketch you'd like to use from all of those we have chosen!!  How fun is that?!?! -  you can see the sketch choices and all the details of this special sketch challenge over at the WMS Sketch blog.

Here is the sketch that I chose to use today -  Sketch # WMSC16
And here is the card I made using this sketch:

I die cut the banners out of felt with my Nested Lacey Penant Nestabilities. and I used Petite Oval Nestabilities to die cut my sentiment which is from the Say It Loud set.  I'm thinking with the dark colors, the felt banners and minimal accessories - this would make a good masculine card, right?!?!

..... and just for fun - I went searching back in my blog to find the card I made when this sketch was originally used on September 25, 2010 and here it is:
So come along and join us for this special  1 year Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge - you'll find all the details over at the WMS Sketch Blog!

And now something fun for you -  in honor of the 52nd WMS sketch - I'm offering one lucky person the stamp set I used on my sketch card today  -  Say it Loud!!    

Leave me a comment telling me if you own any WMS stamps (and what's your fav set of those you own or those you want!)  You have until Friday 6/24/11 at 11 pm EST to leave your comment -  I'll post the randomly chosen winner on Saturday 6/25  with my WMS sketch posting - good luck!
Celebrate Card:
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Say it Loud
Paper:  White, Ripe Avocado - PTI, Creamy Caramel - SU, Blue Bazzill Basics/Night Water.
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Distress Weathered Wood
Accessories: Foam tape, oval petite Nestabilities, Nested Lacey Pennants Nestabilities, Felt - Michaels, Pretty Pearls Black - Amuse, Scor Tape.
 Fall Blessings Card:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - (plaid) Off Beat Backgrounds, (leaf) Blessed by You, (Fall Blessings) Peace and Plenty.
Paper: Kraft, Terra Cota Tile - PTI
Ink: Ranger Distress - Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint
Accessories: Labels Nine Nestabilities, orange peel stickles, Rhinestones - Kaiser, foam dimensionals, blender tool - Inkssentials Ranger

Friday, June 17, 2011

June Friends of WMS Blog Waltz - 4th of July Americana

Today I'm participating in the Friends of Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz taking place in the Playroom of the WMS forum. You can check out all the details there. This month's theme is 4th of July Americana!  Get out the RED WHITE AND BLUE!!!  And.......... Uncle Sam!
I used 3 Waltzingmouse stamp sets on my card today -  Half Baked Gingerbread Joy, Frame It and Victorian Alphabet
 
I actually CASED one of my own cards from May 31, 2009 when I first stamped the gingerbread man as Uncle Sam. I thought he was SO cute - I just had to recreate him today!
 
One lucky participant in the Blog Waltz will win a Waltzingmouse Stamp set of choice!! whoo hoo!!  I'm off to check out all the other waltzers!  You coming???

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Half Baked Gingerbread Joy, Frame It, Victorian Alphabet.
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Adirondack Butterscotch, Memento Lady Bug, Danube Blue, Tuxedo Black.
Accessories:  Star Punch - McGill, tiny gems - Taylored Expressions, foam tape.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Three Sweet 'n Sassy for Summer!

Here are 3  summertime cards I've made this past week for various Split Coast Challenges.  All of them are made with stamps or digital images from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

My first card was made for last week's color challenge - Peggy gave us a monochromatic pallet of pinks -  Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo and Regal Rose.  I didn't have all the SU colors so I improvised using 3 shades of pink that I had!

I paper pieced the shells, cutting them out and popping them up on the sentiment circle with foam tape.   The stamps are from Beauty by the Sea.


My second card was made for Sunday's Featured stamper who was StamperCamper. I loved the wonderful coloring on the sun on her Sail Away card .  I used a lighthouse instead of a sailboat and added the sentiment and rhinestones on my card.

And finally - I made this beach card for the SCS sketch challenge - which Korin - owner of Sweet n' Sassy Stamps - hosted this week. 

I colored the image with Copics, cut it out a little outside the edges and adhered it to the patterned paper panel with foam tape.

The sweet little mice building the sandcastle is a digi image called Cocoa and Cookie's Sand Castle and the sentiment is from the Beauty by the Sea stamp set.
I suddenly feel like taking a drive to the ocean and smelling that sweet salt air -  do you??!!!  

I'm lucky enough to live about 5 miles away from the Atlantic Ocean on the northeast coast of the USA so I could hop in my car and go! -  well - if I'm not at work or stamping that is.... !!

First Card:
Stamps: Sweet n' Sassy - Beauty by the Sea
Paper: Card base -Amuse card, pink pirouette - SU, white & DP - Text Style Pink Patterns - PTI

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: foam tape, circle & lacey circle Nestabilities, pearls - Kaiser

Second Card:
Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy - Shining Light

Paper: white - PTI, blue textured - DCWV
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, So saffron, Only Orange, Pumpkin Pie -SU
Accessories: yellow stickles, rhinestones - Kaiser, Eclipse tape, 2" circle punch - Fiskars, Copics - W2, B05, Y13, YG63, YR65, E35


Third Card:
Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy - digi image Cocoa and Cookie's Sand Castle. Sentiment from Beauty by the Sea stamp set

Paper: white - PTI, elegant eggplant - SU, DP Cosmo Cricket Snorkel
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: foam tape, Copics - E33, E34, E31, E93, R05, R20, BV08, N2, YR23, wrinkled seam tape, adhesive gems - K& CO.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Dad's Stuff

Here's a fun gift idea for Dad for Father's Day - or any day!
I painted an unfinished wooden container from Michaels with brown acrylic paint and then adhered this fun ruler paper on all sides cutting it slightly smaller then each panel.

I stamped a grid background and Dad's Stuff , both from Waltzingmouse, on a Nestability scalloped tag and sponged the edges. Then I just tied a rope twine around it and tucked the tag under the rope.

This would be great on Dad's workbench or desk to hold all those little things needed at arms reach!

Thanks for coming by today!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Dad's Stuff from Little Box Labels, grid pattern from Off Beat Backgrounds

Paper: Rulers DP - TIm Holtz Distressables/Ranger,( I've had this for a while - not sure it's still available) Rustic White - PTI
Ink: Ranger Distress Old Paper and Tea Dye, Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Ropetwine - SU, scalloped tags - Nestabilities, Acrylic Paint - Plaid/Brown Oxide

Sunday, June 12, 2011

It's Your Birthday!

I made this card for last week's Featured Stamper over on Split Coast.

I really need some little girl cards for my stash - so I chose this sweet Fairy Birthday Card of Taylor's to CASE.  I used different stamps and placed a heart behind my sentiment but kept her basic theme and design!

My cute little girl is a digi image from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps called Abby's Birdhouse

My colors are from the Create 4 fun color challenge - pink, green, neutral.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - digi image/Abby's Birdhouse, sentiment from Ocean Paradise set

Paper: white, simply chartreuse - PTI, DP basic grey/Sultry paper pad
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copics: E00, E35, G21, B00, R20k, RV32, C1, mega rectangle Nestability, heart punch - Marvy Uchida, small oval punch - SU, tiny gems - Taylored Expressions, foam tape, quicky glue pen, wrinkled seam tape, rose on wire from packaging of wrinkled seam tape.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

WMS Saturday Sketch - Hugs and Prayers

Happy Saturday dear stamping friends -  Belinda designed our sketch this week - take a look!
And here's my card:

I used 3 Waltzingmouse stamp sets on my card -  can you guess them????

The flowers are from Teeny Trees, the gingham panel is from Gingham + Co. and the sentiment is from Say it Loud!  You knew all that right?!?! 

Do you have any of these sets???  I have to tell ya - the Say it Loud is the BEST sentiment set with the BIG words and coordinating small words....  If you don't already have it - put it on your list! (You'll thank me later!)

I hope you'll try the sketch this week -  check out the WMS Sketch Blog for all the details.

And here's some news about the WMS forum gallery -  Are you a member of the forum?? check out this notice from Anya!  This will go live on Monday.
  • To encourage use of the WMS gallery, we have developed an incentive that we are happy to roll out today. We have dedicated a special thread in the Waltzingmouse Forum (under ‘The Gallery’ topic) where we would like you to let us know when you have uploaded a project to the WMS Gallery, including a link to your project. In exchange for your participation, we will 'ooh and ahh' over your uploads and each week will select one person to be featured on the WMS Blog – we’ll call it the Big Cheese! The person selected will receive a promotional code eligible for $10 off a purchase from the WMS Store and their project will be posted to a special Big Cheese album in the WMS Gallery. We hope that this program will encourage you to share your creations in the WMS Gallery so we can keep it as a fresh and growing place of inspiration!
  • A new thread in the forum will be posted each week and a new Big Cheese will be chosen every Wednesday. We will choose our first Big Cheese on Wednesday, June 22. This week’s thread has been posted, and we can’t wait to see all the projects that you upload! Thank you all for making this a great community and source of inspiration.
  • (The discount code is not eligible for shipping costs. We ask that you use WMS images on the projects you upload to the WMS Gallery, and will disqualify projects that do not comply with the guidelines. We’re all here for WMS inspiration, after all!)
and ONE last thing -  check out Claire's blog to see who won the SoAP Case competition!

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Teeny Trees, Say it Loud, Gingham + Co.
Paper:  DCWV textured pink card, Vintage Cream - PTI, green - Core'dinations.
Ink:  Versfine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress - Pumice Stone, Worn Lipstick
Accessories:  foam tape, rhinestones - Kaiser, Sizzix leaf stem, 3/4" + 1" circle punches - EK Success, 1 3/8" circle punch - SU

Thursday, June 9, 2011

He has made Everything Beautiful!

I made this pretty flowered card for 3 challenges -   the Tuesday Teapot Challenge on Split Coast was to bring flowers to the party -  so I made this lovely layered flower using Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die.  I'm sending this card to Lindsay - along with all the pieces to make another card just like it so Lindsay will have something to help keep her busy while she's having some medical treatments -  you can read all about it at SCS in the forum.

I used the JUGS#87 Sketch for the design of my card

and I used only a sentiment -  no other stamps - for the Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge.  I used this lovely Bible verse from the Scripture 1 Collection.  I thought it complimented my flower nicely!

Thanks for coming by today!

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs - Scripture Collection 1

Paper: White, True Black, Text Style Bitty Dot Basics - PTI, Bazzill Tan
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: pinking circle Nestabilities, tattered floral die Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations, gems - Darice(Michaels), foam tape

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Let the Heaven and Earth Praise Him!

As part of the Design Team for SNSS - Today is my day to post to the Sweet 'n Sassy Blog -  and this is the card I've posted over there. 
The stamps are from the June Release set called Beauty by the Sea which is a set of lovely sea shells and sentiments including this lovely Psalm

I stamped the sentiment on white card stock, cut it with a Fancy Tags 2 by Spellbinders, sponged the edges before removing it from the die and adhered it to the card using foam tape.

I stamped the shells and starfish on the same dotted Bazzill as the panel, cut them out and adhered them also with foam tape.

I added some black pearls to the starfish and tag to finish it off! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today - I really appreciate it!

Stamps:  Sweet n' Sassy Stamps - Beauty by the Sea.
Paper:  White, true black -PTI, Bazzill dotted tan
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Accessories:  black plaid ribbon - SNSS, foam tape, Fancy Tags 2 - Spellbinders, pretty pearls - Amuse, blending tool + nonstick craft mat - Ranger,

Monday, June 6, 2011

A Whale of a Good Time - Friend to Friend!

I've got some new Rubbernecker Stamps and couldn't wait to ink some of them up!  
I made this card for last weeks sketch challenge over at Split Coast.

I used a cool new background stamp called Crackle Panel behind my little whale.  I stamped Mr. Whale on a light gray cardstock and colored him a bit with light blue Copics. I cut him out and layered him over the stamped panel with foam tape. I added some blue gems and applied Glossy Accents to the water 'blow'.  I stamped the coordinating sentiment directly on the panel and added some blue gems there as well.


This cool style card was the Wednesday SCS Tutorial last week - it's called a Center Step Card!  I just had to try this out! 

You can find the tutorial for this fun style card here in the forums of Split Coast.  Here's a side view.


 I knew this sweet little Hannah image would fit perfectly on the front panel!  I stamped the image with Vintage Photo Distress ink and then colored her a little bit with my Copics. I cut the image with a square Nestability and sponged the edges with Antique Linen before taking it out of the die.

The sentiment is cut with a Lacey Square Nestability. The pretty dotted DP is Webster's Pages.

This card was really easy to make - you should try one!  It is larger than an A2 card - lying flat it measures 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" so needs an oversize envelope or to be hand delivered!


Whale Card:
Stamps: Rubbernecker - Crackle Panel #574, Whale #569-05, Sentiment Whale of a Time #568-01

Paper: White, Softstone, Plum Pudding - PTI, DP Cosmo Cricket/Snorkel/Umbrellas, Current, Schools Out
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black + Summer Sky
Accessories: foam tape, Copics: B00, BG10, B41, Glossy Accents - Ranger, self adhesive jewels - Bazzill Basics

Friend to Friend Card:
Stamps: Rubbernecker - Hannah 581-05, Friend to Friend #565-21

Paper: white, vintage cream - PTI, Textured Tan - unknown (like Bazzill) DP Webster's Pages - Petite Papers/Hollywood Vogue + Wonderfall
Ink: Ranger Distress - Vintage Photo + Antique Linen
Accessories: Copics - Y02, BG10, G20, E02, R00, RV02, trio butterfly punch - Martha Stewart, Rectangle + Lacey Square Nestabilities, black pearls - Amuse, wrinkled seam tape, foam tape, glue dots

Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Trigger, Something Cool and Christmas Cactus!

I have three cards to share today!

The first is one that I made for the Tuesday Trigger Challenge - Here's the lovely Trigger inspiration photo:

And here's my card using Waltzingmouse Roses In Bloom

My next card was created for the Split Coast Inspiration Challenge -  Our inspiration was the Daniel Maher Stained Glass Studio.

I was inspired by this piece:
And here is the card I created using Waltzingmouse Free Spirit Boy and Free Spirit Sentiments.

And my last card was made for the Waltzingmouse Forum Christmas Card Challenge for May (I'm a tad late!)  The challenge for May was to use trees on our card -   I used cactus as my trees!  Here are my 3 versions of the same design using Waltzingmouse Way Out West and Compliments of the Season.



Thanks for coming by today!

You Mean Everything to Me:
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Roses in Bloom
Paper:  White - PTI, Blue - Coredinations
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Bahama Blue
Accessories:  large scallop die -Martha Stewart, Rhinestone - Kaiser, Tiny Gems - Taylored Expressions, foam tape.

Cool Stained Glass:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Free Sprit Boy, Free Spirit Sentiments

Paper: white, true black - PTI, Green Bazzill Irish eyes
Ink: Ranger Distress - black soot, peeled paint, faded jeans
Accessories: glue dots, scor tape, Tim Holtz Paper Rosette die/Ranger

Christmas Cactus:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Way Out West, Compliments of the Season
Paper:  White, Text Style 2008 Bitty Star Basics - PTI
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Bamboo Leaves, Ranger Distress Stormy Sky
Accessories:  Tiny gems - Taylored Expressions.


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Day 4 - Waltzingmouse SoAP - Free Spirit - Boy Revisited! And the WMS Sketch

Welcome to the last day of the Waltzingmouse Stamp of Approval Parade - today all of the Design Team is parading the Free Spirit - Boy stamp set.  Check the end of my post to see how you can participate in a parade challenge!

There are lots of summer events coming up that this set is perfect for! I made 3 cards to show you just some of its' uses!  All of the sentiments are from Free Spirit - Sentiments. (a great complementary set for Free Spirit - Boy!)

First off - I made a graduation card.

This could be for a high school or a college grad!  I love the skateboarder and bike stamps.   My design is today's Waltzingmouse Sketch -  and since this is a long post - I'll let you just check out all the details about the sketch challenge here.

Here's what I stamped on the inside:


A lot of people travel during the summer -  so I created this fun Route 66 card.

 I used my newly acquired Spellbinders Elegant Posts die and some cool road map patterned paper.

And my final offering for you is a cool summertime surfer card!  I just can not open this set up without using the fun surfboards so here's a surfing card!
First, I embossed a square Nestability on my card.  Then I stamped the boards directly on the patterned paper and adhered it inside the frame.  I die cut the waves and adhered them over the panel with foam tape. I added one little blue gem to the flower on the surfboard.  An easy peasy design!

So there you go -  I hope I've given you a little inspiration for using this wonderful masculine stamp set!

As our parade ends -   we invite you to participate in a CASE (Copy and Share Everything) competition.

Find a card or project from any of those posted during the SoAP by the WMS Design Team.  CASE that project using Waltzingmouse Stamp images, post it on your blog or gallery and link it using the Inlinkz on Claire’s blog.

The competion will close at 8:00 AM Claire’s time (Ireland) on June 10th (3 AM Eastern, 2 AM Central and Midnight, Pacific time).

One project will be randomly selected to be highlighted with a Parade of its own on several of the Design Team blogs.  The winner will be announced on Claire’s blog on June 11th.

And now I hope you'll follow the parade one last time to see what the other Design Team members have to show us using this great stamp set!  Thank you SO much for joining us these past 4 days!



To the Grad Card:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse -  Free Spirit - Boy, Free Spirit - Sentiments
Paper:  white, true black, Hawaiian Shores - PTI
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Hawaiian Shores - PTI
Accessories:  Rhinestones - Darice (Michaels), trio labels - Spellbinders, foam tape.

Route 66 Card:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Free Spirit - Boy, Free Spirit - Sentiments
Paper:  White, True Black - PTI,  Green Bazzill Irish Eyes, DP Paper Pizazz - Road Map.
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Bamboo Leaves, Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Accessories:  Key tag punch and 1 3/4" circle punch - SU, 1 1/2" punch - EK Success, circle Nestability, Elegant Posts - Spellbinders.

Aloha Card:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse -  Free Spirit - Boy, Free Spirit Sentiments.
Paper:  White, Hawaiian Shore, DP Text Style 2009 Bitty Dot basics - PTI
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  foam tape, square Nestability, waves die - MFT, gem - Darice(Michaels)

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