Saturday, October 25, 2014

Silver and Gold Flurries

Hello friends!!  Waltzingmouse Stamps will be releasing 3 more sets on Oct. 28, along with 2 new dies.  Now that is exciting news, don't you think?  Two are fun and whimsical, and the first, that we're featuring today, is crisp, clean and modern.  It's called Flurries, and has snowflakes that match last month's released Snowflake dies, along with charming trees and a couple of sweet sentiments.  Once again, it's Claire has designed a beautifully versatile set.

Silver and Gold is quite the rage this year, so I thought I give it a whirl with this set. I embossed the flakes with Gold ep (Ranger), and the trees with Silver ep (Ranger).  I also embossed two of the Snowflake One branches with Gold ep and added a few pink enamel dots (Teresa Collins).  The sentiment was framed and with one of the new dies called Pretty Panel #2.  It has a separate frame that I embossed, once again, with Gold ep.

That's it for today's project.  Be sure to stop by the other Design Team members' blogs for some more peeks.
So glad you dropped by.

    Happy Stamping!

StampsFlurries (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Paper:  White (PTI)
Ink:  Versamark
AccessoriesPretty Panels #2  and Snowflake One dies (WMS), Gold and Silver Embossing Powder (Ranger), Metallic Embroidery Thread, Enamel Dots (Teresa Collins) 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Share what you love

I can hardly believe Friday has rolled around again.  Do you ever notice, that the older you get, the faster the weeks fly by?  Or is it just me.  A week ago feels like yesterday.  It's kind of freaky sometimes.

Well, being that it's Friday, I have a Power Poppy Peeps Challenge card to share with you today.  I've been wanting to color this vegetable image from the Farmer's Market set for quite sometime, and thought it would be fun to use a neutral color scheme.  It's all colored with Copics, and I added a bit of texture with some burlap ribbon, some banners, and wooden and cork dots.

Below is a closer look at the image.  For some reason, my photography muted the colors a bit more, so I'm sorry.  They are a tad more vibrant irl.


Now, others in the Bloom Brigade have some projects they're excited to share too.  So, if you haven't already, check out what they've made today:

In just 4 more days we'll be sharing some sneak peeks of the new Power Poppy Holiday release too.  I hope you'll drop by for a visit.  Once again, Marcella has outdone herself.  These sets are exquisite.

Thanks for dropping by!
   Happy Stamping!

StampsFarmer's Market (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Blessed (Teresa Collins), Cryogen White), Smokey Shadow (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Mement), Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Copics, Standard Square die (Spellbinders), Burlap Ribbon, Gray Ribbon Trim (Prima), Wooden Dots (MME), Cork dots (Teresa Collins), Mini-Staples (Tim Holtz) 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Distress Spray Stain Embossing WMS Pajama Party

It's PJ Party time over at Waltzingmouse stamps, and I've been having a blast with a couple of the challenges!  That's what I love about this party.  Claire comes up with awesome challenges, and a sketch, and it gets the creative juices a flowin'....
For my first card, I decided to try my hand at the Texturise It Challenge.  The challenge is to emboss without an embossing folder.  In fact, I thought it would be fun to use the new Waltzingmouse Folk Art Snowflake die to create my embossed focal point.  Here's a photo tutorial on how I achieved the embossed look.


I LOVE my new Distress Spray Stains (Ranger), and wanted to create a watercolor background with them.  So I took a piece of watercolor paper and spritzed it with water; coating it pretty good.  I then sprayed 4 different stains in this order:  Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and lastly Brushed Pewter.  The background in this photo is an all important tool I use to make sure my spray doesn't get anywhere else except on my paper....that would be a cardboard box.  :)

Next, I wanted the snowflake to be "raised" on the watercolor side, so I placed the Folk Art Snowflake die on the back of my stained paper, laid it on my Spellbinders embsossing mat and ran it through my Grand Calibur.

I love the effect on its own, but I wanted my flake to pop a bit more, so I took a sanding block and sanded the embossed flake while it was still in the die so it kept it's shape.

See how it just pops off the paper now?  And it feels super soft too from the watercolor paper fibers being sanded.  I just want to keep rubbing my fingers over the embossed image because I love the texture so much.

For my card I diecut the image with a Standard Circle die (Spellbinders) and went a step further and added glitter to the whole flake by using a Quickie Glue Pen and some irridescent glitter (Hero Arts).  Lastly, I added another snowflake center using WMS's Snowflake Two die, and again, some glitter and a Rhinestone.  The sentiment is from the set Compliments of the Season Two.

After creating my photo tutorial, I wanted to do something with the Folk Art Flake alone, without the glitter and diecutting, so I created another card. This Folk Art Snowflake has such beautiful details, it deserves to be featured!

For the sentiment strip along the bottom, I used Perfect Pearls and stamped a sentiment from the Seasonal Flourish set over it.  To set it all, I clear embossed over the whole strip.  I LOVE the shiny effect I ended up with.

Okay, the PJ Party has an Old Pajama challenge each month too, and this month the Yonder Star stamp set is being featured.  I thought it would be fun to create a cozy framed piece, by creating a background using the images with a sentiment from this set, and mounting it on a burlap background.

Here you can see the background a bit closer.  It's a challenge to photograph in the shadowbox, but hopefully you can see all the details well enough here.

Okay...if you made it this far, I'm impressed.  This was an incredibly long post...especially for me. But I wanted to share with you how I created my Embossed Snowflake.  It's such a gorgeous die with so many possibilities!!  

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for visiting and for all the encouragement you provide.  I love creating and feel blessed to be able to create with Claire's images.  And if I can provide a bit of inspiration, it just warms my heart to the core.

   Happy, Happy Stamping my friends!!


Embossed Snowflake Circle Card
StampsCompliments of the Season Two (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Watercolor and Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Smokey Gray (Versafine)
Accessories: Folk Art Snowflake and Snowflake Two dies (Waltzingmouse), Circle Frame and Elements die (Marianne Designs), Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stains (Ranger), Sanding Block, Quickie Glue Pen, Irridescent Glitter (Hero Arts), Rhinestones

Embossed Perfect Pearl Snowflake Card
StampsSeasonal Flourish (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Watercolor, Black and Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
AccessoriesFolk Art Snowflake die (Waltzingmouse), Persian Accents die (Spellbinders), Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Staines (Ranger), Filigree Silver Corners (Funky Junky), Perfect Pearls, Rhinestones

Peace Be With You Framed Piece
StampsYonder Star (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Kraft and Black (PTI)
Ink:  Vintage Cream (PTI), Brick Red (VersaMagic), Smokey Gray (Versafine), Vintage Photo and Black Soot (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Grand Labels One and Standard Square dies (Spellbinders), Burlap (Canvas Corp), Shadow Box Frame, Dimensional Tape 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Joy to the World!!

Hello everyone.  I'm excited to share a card I made using a sentiment image from one of Power Poppy's newly released sets called Joyful Arrangements.  Marcy designed a collection of sentiments, for this set, in the most creative way.  I decided to feature the sentiment by using Spellbinders' Framed Labels Eighteen embossing folder to frame the sentiment that I colored with only a few Copics, making this card quite easy to assemble quickly.  After embsossing, stamping, and then coloring, I sprayed the whole base with Perfect Pearls Mist giving it all a beautiful sheen that I was unable to capture with my camera unfortunately.

The poinsettia is a Spellbinders die as well, and after die-cutting and embossing, I left the pieces in their dies and spread some Silver Glitter Paste (BoBunny) over them giving the beautiful silver dimension to their petals.  If you click on the photo, you can see the detail even clearer.

Here's a close up of the colored image, as well as the embossing detail that frames it.

That's it for me today.  Be sure to check out what these Bloom Brigade members have to share.  They're a creative bunch, let me tell ya!!

Copics:  BG13, YG25, YG23, YR82, YR02, YR00, T3, T0

Thanks so much for dropping by!  You bless with with your visits and supportive comments.

    Happy Stamping my friends!!


StampsJoyful Arrangements (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Cryogen White, Silver
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories:  Copics, Framed Labels Eighteen 3D M-Bossibilities Folder and Poinsettia die (Spellbinders), Silver Glitter Paste (BoBunny), Berry Sprigs dies (Dee's Distinctively a cut above), Perfect Pearls Mists (Ranger), Silver Cord, Lace, Rhinestone Gem, Dimensional Tape 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Power Poppy October Release!!

Hello Power Poppy fans!!  You can now head on over to Power Poppy to purchase the new Christmas sets we've been enticing you with these past few days.  I'm so excited!!  Marcy pulled out all the stops on these sets.  They're gorgeous and charming all at the same time!!  Check out all the details HERE.

I saved one of my favorite cards for last.  This stocking can be found in the Poinsettia set and is just charming with it's gorgeous poinsettia adorning the top, and all the yummy filling inside.  I stamped it, with Onyx Black Versafine, onto water color paper and embossed it using Black Embossing Powder (Ranger).  I then colored it using Distress Markers and a Water Pen. (I'll list the markers I used at the end of this post.)

I just recently purchased a Fabric Weave embossing folder from Spellbinders, and thought it would go beautifully with this image and the rustic look I was going for.  I just inked up the inside with Whisper White pigment ink (SU!), and ran it through my Cuttlebug.  I love the effect I got with that.  I embossed a piece of Smokey Shadow (PTI) cardstock for the left panel, and added some gorgeous new Prima burlap trim along with some burlap string, and there you have it.

Now, I'm always the caboose on these hops (Since my name starts with a letter near the end of the alphabet..;) but if you missed a stop along the way, here's a list of our sweet and talented Bloom Brigade and our fearless leader, artist extraordinaire, and just plain genuine soul, Marcella Hawley!!  Yes, she's just that awesome!!

Distress Markers:  Fired Brick, Faded Jeans, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, Pumice Stone, Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Black Soot

I hope you've been inspired!  I've so enjoyed sharing my ideas with ya'll!!

     Happy Stamping!


StampsPoinsettia (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Water Color, Kraft and Smokey Shadow (PTI)
Ink:  Versamark, Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress), Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories:  Distress Markers, Oval Standard die, Fabric Weave Embossing Folder (Spellbinders), Embossing Folder (Sizzix), Burlap Trim (Prima), Burlap String, Button (PTI)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Power Poppy October Release Preview ~ Day 4

Okay, I just have to say that I am having so much fun with this Power Poppy release.  Each set is just full of yummy gorgeousness!!  Seriously!!  Today, we're showcasing this gorgeous Poinsettia set.  Marcella always includes the most perfect and lovely details.  Her images really shine all by themselves.  And then we get to add a little extra sumpin' sumpin'.  I just stamped the image with Smokey Gray Versafine, heat set it, colored it with Pewter PanPastel, and added a bit of sparkle with my Quickie Glue Pen and glitter.  I was really happy with the sofness the PanPastel gave it.

Here you can see the sparkle a bit better.  If you click on the image, it's even more visible.

Lastly, I added a little tag with the sentiment.

That's it for me today folks.  Release day is tomorrow!!  You won't want miss our Hop!!  This Bloom Brigade is pretty amazing!!

Here's a list of the Bloom Brigade members participating today:
Thanks for dropping by!

     Happy Stamping!

StampsPoinsettia (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Cryogen White, It's Christmas Time (Maja Design), Kraft and Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Smokey Gray (Versafine), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  2011 Heirloom Ornaments and Tapestry dies (Spellbinders), PanPastels, Lace, Seam Binding Ribbon, Berry Cluster (Wild Orchid Crafts), Sparkler (Webster's Pages), Glass Glitter, Rhinestones (Kaisercraft), Silver Leafing Pen (Krylon)

Monday, September 29, 2014

WMS Team Talk Peek...

I'm sharing a Christmas card trio over at the Waltzingmouse Team Talk Blog.  I'd be honored if you dropped by there for a look.

Thanks a bunch!

    Happy Stamping!

Power Poppy October Release Preview ~ Day 3

Do you like gingerbread?  Have you ever made a gingerbread house?  I honestly never have.  Is that sad?  But I can now say I've colored one.

Today I have a Power Poppy card to share with you.  This darling gingerbread house is from the new set, appropriately called, Frosted Gingerbread.  I colored the house with Copics and added the little white dots, to the candied roof, with a white Sharpie pen.  For the snow, I covered the areas with Puffy White paint by Tulip and added glitter to it before letting it dry for 4 hours.  Then I took my heat tool to it and watched it puff up.  It looks and feels like frosting!  Super fun!

I took the sentiment "Hope, Peace, Cookies" cut it up, and added it to the circle's edge.  I also added some acrylic paint splatters and embossed background.  If you click on the image below, you can get an even closer look at the "frosting".

That sums up my project for today.  Here's a list of the Bloom Brigade participants:

Copics:  R: 39, 37, 35
              E: 59, 39, 37, 35, 33, 31
           BG: 15, 13, 11
              T:   3, 1, 0

Thanks for dropping by, and for the comments.  Your input is much appreciated!

   Happy Stamping!

StampsFrosted Gingerbread (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Tinsel and Company (Teresa Collins), Cryogen White
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Smokey Gray (Versafine)
Accessories:  Copics, Standard Circle die (Spellbinders), Embossing Folder (Sizzix), Enamel Dots (Teresa Collins and MME), Tombow Markers, White Puffy Paint (Tulip), Glitter (Hero Arts), White Sharpie Pen, Acrylic Paint, Dimensional Tape

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Waltzingmouse Stamps September Release

It's here!!  It's finally here!!  It's Waltzingmouse Stamps Release Day!!  If you've arrived here from Karin's blog, you are on the right track.  We've been sharing designs using the new stamp sets, but today I wanted to share a project I made to focus on the new Folk Art Snowflake die.

I diecut it with White cardstock, coated it with Versamark and embossed it with Shabby White Embossing Enamel by Stampendous.  I love the distressed, vintage look it gave it.  The sentiment is from the set Compliments of the Season Two.

That's it for me today.  Next on the hop is the super talented Becca.

We're having a fun competition too, so rather than confuse anyone, I'm going to just send you to Claire's Blog for all the details.

I hope you've enjoyed all the release previews.  Now it's time to shop.  ;)

    Happy Stamping!

StampsCompliments of the Season Two (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Tinsel and Company (Teresa Collins), Gold (DeNami Design), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Versamerk
AccessoriesFolk Art Snowflake die (Waltzingmouse), Exquisite Labels Eleven, Labels Twenty-Eight, Decorative Labels Twenty-Eight, Nobel Rectangle and Ribbon Banners dies (Spellbinders), Shabby White Embossing Enamel (Stampendous), Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh),  Ribbon, Button 
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