Sunday, December 14, 2014

WMS December PJ Party ~ Let it Snow


It's time for another Waltzingmouse Pajama party, and I've created a card that fits under two of the challenges using Country Labels No. 4 and Alpine Christmas:  Old Pajamas and Bedtime Story Sketch

I just stamped one of the Country Labels No. 4 images with Onyx Black Versafine ink and die cut it using Spellbinders' coordinating die.  I stamped the "Snow" portion of the "Let it Snow" sentiment, from Alpine Christmas, with Versamark, and heat embossed it with some White Embossing Powder.  The "Let it" portion was stamped with Brick Red VersaMagic ink.  I then stamped various village images, from the Alpine Christmas set, with Onyx Black Versafine and added the white roofs with a White Sharpie.

I stamped the Snowflake (Alpine Christmas) with Whisper White (SU!), embossed it with White ep, and then die cut it using the snowflake die from the Alpine Christmas die set.

I hope you've joined the Pajama Party.  Claire's challenges can be so much fun and quite inspirational!

Happy Stamping!
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StampsAlpine Christmas and Country Labels No. 4 (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Candy Cane (Teresa Collins), Kraft, Black, Vintage Cream (PTI)
 Ink:  Versamark, Onyx Black (Versafine), Brick Red (VersaMagic)
Accessories:  Labels 4 die (Spellbinders), Alpine Christmas die (Waltzingmouse), White Embossing Powder (Ranger), Black Burlap String (May Arts), Cup Chain (Fusion Beads), White Sharpie 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Be Merry


Hello everyone!!  I'm feeling very merry this week.  My daughter flies home from college today, and my son and his wife will be flying in a week later.  So, my house is all decorated, presents are wrapped and under the tree, and everything is ready to go so I can enjoy this precious time with my kids, celebrating our blessings and the True reason we have so much to be thankful for.

My living room is decorated vintage shabby chic, so being in that mood, I colored this image from Bottlebrush Holiday in warm, neutral colors.  I then die cut them, and sponged Antique Linen (Ranger Distress), inside the dies to vintage it all up.

The base was embossed with Spellbinders' Fabric Weave Embossing folder, and I added some Gold Metal Inka Gold Gloss Paint to the raised portions to give it a bit of shimmer and shine.  I scored the back panel to give it a bead board look, added some sequins, seam binding and a sweet little button.

That's it for my project.  If you haven't already, you really should check out these Bloom Brigade Blogs.  These gals are never short on inspiration!
Copics:  W5, W3, W1, W00, R30, C5, C3, C1, E27, E25, E21, BG99, BG93, BG90, BG0000, E41

I hope you can join us for the Power Peeps Challenge this month.  I know it's busy, but you can use the opportunity to get those last minute Christmas cards made, or even to escape all the craziness and just stamp away. 
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StampsBottlebrush Holiday (Power Poppy)
Paper:  The Twelve Days of Christmas (Graphic 45), Cryogen White, Kraft (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Copics, Fabric Weave Embossing Folder, Royal Circle and Standard Circle dies (Spellbinders), Seam Binding (PrairieBirdBoutique), Button (PTI), Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh and A Gilded Life), Gold Metal Gloss Paint (Inka Gold Viva Decor) 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Waltzingmouse December Release


Today's the day!!  Waltzingmouse's Vintage Post Cards and Country Roses stamp sets are now available for purchase.  If you arrived here from Karin's blog, you are on the right track.

I combined the two sets today along with a sentiment from the Folk Art Medallion set.  I added a bit of sparkle to the blooms too, just to make them "pop" a bit.

Today's project is pretty straight forward and CAS, so I won't go into specific details.  Plus, you'll want to keep hopping.  So, next up on the hop is the super creative, and uber sweet Lynn.

    Happy Stamping!

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Paper:  White (PTI), Turquoise (Bazzill)
Ink:  Sea Breeze, Turquoise Gem, Aloe Vera, Tea Leaves, Hint of Pesto and Spring Pansy (VersaMagic), Gray Flannel and Teal Zeal (Memento), Smokey Gray (Versafine)
Accessories:  Quickie Glue Pen, Glitter (Hero Arts) 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Vintage Postcards with Country Roses ~ Waltzingmouse


For my Power Poppy post, click HERE.



Hello my friends!!  Happy Monday!  Today we're combining both sets: Vintage Post Cards and Country Roses 

So today I used the "mini" images to create this itty bitty 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" post cards for some more vintage decoration.  I stamped the Post card images with Smokey Gray Versafine.  The Country Roses were layered with just one ink: Champagne Metallic Encore Pigment Ink.  I then distressed the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink and spritzed all the cards with water to age them.  I love how the inks responded.  The encore ink lost it's sparkle, but faded nicely to give it an aged appearance, and the Distress ink ran a bit aging the paper.  Lastly I tied them all together with soft pink seam binding ribbon, and added a little enamel heart to the stamp center.


Here's a little look at the other cards in the group.


And lastly, here's a close up of some of the Post Card stamp Images.

That's it for today.  Be sure to join us tomorrow for the Waltzingmouse Hop!

   Happy Stamping!
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StampsVintage Post Cards, Country Roses (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Smokey Gray (Versafine), Champagne Metallic (Encore), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Enamel Heart (MME), Seam Binding Ribbon (Prairie Bird Boutique - Etsy)

Power Poppy Winter Blitz digi Release

For my Waltzingmouse post, click HERE.






Hello Power Poppy fans!  I hope you've enjoyed the last couple of days of Power Poppy projects.
Hop along with the Bloom Brigade today for one more day of inspiration!  And by commenting on the each Bloom Brigade blogs, you will have a chance to win the entire Winter Blitz digi release.

I combined both sets for my card today:  Winter Pick-Me-Up and Camellias.  I first created a background with the Camellias.  For a tutorial on how to do this, click HERE.  After I had the background arranged the way I wanted it, I diecut it with a Heart die (Spellbinders).  I then diecut a scrap piece, that I had printed for my first project, using Back to Basic Tags (Spellbinders), and colored it with Copics.  Dina Kowal did a beautiful tutorial on how to make tags with portions of images.  You can find that tutorial HERE.




That sums up my project for today.  Now, I'm always the caboose on the hop, but if you happened to miss a stop along the way, here are the links to the Bloom Brigade blogs. 


Copics:  YR00, YR000, Y02, G12, C3, C2, C1

  Happy Hopping!

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StampsWinter Pick-Me-Up and Camellias digis (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Epiphany (Prima), X-Press It Blending, White (PTI)
Accessories:  Copics, Basket Weave M-bossabilities, Heart, Scallop Heart, Back to Basics Tags and Jewel Keys dies (Spellbinders), ribbon and string 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Vintage Postcards ~ Waltzingmouse Stamps Dec. Release


Hello my dear creative friends!!  I've been on pins and needles eager to share this project with you because it is so dear to my heart.  For the last 3 years, for 5 glorious days, the first weekend in November I got to spend time with two very special and talented friends ( Linda Duke and Becca Feeken ) in Pasadena, CA at the Spellbound Event.  It's a time when women from all over the country and Canada, come together to learn creative techniques by incredibly talented women who have mastered their craft.  We made rhinestone and leather wrapped bracelets, a Mica dusted snowman (which appears in the final photo), Soldered bracelet charms, and a beautiful wall hanging which was my inspiration for today's project. 

I LOVE anything vintage!  I know...shocker!!  So when Claire came out with a Vintage Postcard set, I was beside myself with giddiness!!  Seriously...I'm sure I looked quite silly.  Since I had just made a lace and applique adorned wall hanging, I knew, right away, that I wanted to make a framed collage to compliment it.  This is what I came up with.



I started by stamping the top "Post Card" image with Smokey Gray Versafine ink, and added the the lined image along with some "distressed" text from the Text-It set.  To get it to look distressed, I just inked up the text, and took my finger and rubbed some off.  Easy-peasy!  Lastly I added the stamp in the corner by inking it up with Perfect Plumeria (VersaMagic) in the center, and Malted Mauve (VersaMagic) along the border.  After distressing the Post card with Antique Linen (Ranger Distress Ink, along with a bit of Vintage Photo and Black Soot (Ranger Distress), I layered it over a collage of diecut pieces, and included a few more.  All the supplies will be included at the bottom of this post. (There's quite a list.... ;)


After creating my collage, I wanted to mount it in a shadow box, so I purchased a black frame from Amazon Prime and had the frame delivered in two days.  SWEET!  But it was black.  That totally didn't fit with my vintage theme.  So, I took Champagne Gold Metallic DecoArt Acrylic paint and used a sponge dauber to add ink and texture to the frame.  The base in the shadowbox is just decorative lace paper that I purchased at Paper Source in Pasadena, CA last year while at the Spellbound Event.  You never know when a last minute purchase will come in handy.  It could even take a year.  :)


Here it is framed and hanging on the wall.  It's hard to get a good photo with the glass, and I have a huge and I mean HUGE window in the front of my home where this is hanging.



Lastly, here's a look at the grouping.  I made the snowman (taught by Colleen Moody) while at Spellbound, and the garland laying on the suspended table was made by A Gilded Life (the mother-daughter team who puts on Spellbound).  The Bottle brush trees, as well as the Tree of Pearls were purchased at Roger's Gardens in Corona Del Mar, CA while we were down South for Spellbound.  That store is INCREDIBLE!!  To say the least!!

Whew!  That's finally it for today.  I know...quite a long post.  But like I said at the beginning, it's a project dear to my heart because it will always remind me of the special time spent in Pasadena with Linda and Becca!  

Thank you so much for dropping by!!  I hope you are having an awesome weekend, and will stop in again tomorrow for another vintage inspired creation!

Happy Stamping!
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StampsVintage Postcard and Text-It (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Fabrications (Teresa Collins), Lace (Paper Source), Kraft, Vintage Cream and Smokey Shadow (PTI)
Ink:  Perfect Plumeria and Malted Mauve (VersaMagic), Smokey Gray (Versafine), Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Black Soot (Ranger Distress), Versmark
Accessories:  Dies-Vintage Bicycle die 262 (Marianne Designs), Carnation Creations, Opulent Ovals, Bow Elegance (Spellbinders), Birds and Blooms Bird and Hearts Primitive (Sizzix), Burlap Trim (Paper Mart), Shabby White and Aged Aqua Embossing Enamel (Stampendous), Felt (Prairie Point Junction), Seam Binding Ribbon (Prairie Bird Boutique - Etsy), Chunky Glitter (American Crafts), Paper Rose (Prima), Lace Trim (A Gilded Life), Silver Leaves (Wild Orchid Crafts), Mica Flakes, Rhinestone (Queen & Company)

Camellias ~ Power Poppy December Digi Release

For my Waltzingmouse post, click HERE. 


Camellias are such a elegant flower.  They're full of layers that are a delight to color. And I'm so excited to share the new Camellias Digi release by Power Poppy today.  That's just one of the nice things about Digis...you can get them right away!  Another is you can make the image as large or small as you like.  I printed mine at 2 1/2" x 4", and colored it with Copics.

Now you'll want to take a peak at what these Bloom Brigade members have to share, because they are nothing short of pure gorgeousness!!


Copics:  YR82, YR68, YR61, YR20, YR02, YG97, YG95, YG93, YG03, E57

That sums up today's project.  I hope you'll drop by tomorrow for 2 more inspirational projects!

  Happy Stamping!

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StampsCamellias (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Engraver (Prima), Black and Kraft (PTI), X-Press It Blending
Ink:  Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Copics, Elegant Ovals, 5X7 Heirloom Legacy and A2 Bracket Borders One dies (Spellbinders), Burlap Trims (Prima), Button (PTI), Dragonfly (littlescrapshop-etsy), Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh and A Gilded Life), Burlap String (May Arts) 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Waltzingmouse Dec. Release ~ Old Country Roses

For my Power Poppy Post, click HERE


I'm sharing two posts each day for the next few days, so if you missed my previous post, click on the link at the top of the post.  Right now, however, I'm super excited to share one of the new Waltzingmouse Stamps releases called Old Country Roses.  It's a layered image set full of gorgeous Roses, leaves, and this sweet sentiment.

I decided to go for a watercolor effect using a variety of Ranger Distress Inks with Watercolor paper.  I layered my rose by "stamping off" the image, onto some scrap cardstock, after inking it with Dusty Concord.  I then stamped the next layer using Dusty Concord without first "stamping it off".  Lastly, I added the final layer (the flower center) using Chipped Sapphire.  For the leaves, I inked up the leaf base with Bundled Sage, the second layer with Crushed Olive, and the final layer with Forest Moss.  After creating my background, I spritzed the paper with water allowing the inks to run.  While it was still wet, I laid another piece of watercolor paper on the top to soak up the excess ink, thus creating my background for the sentiment.  I LOVE the splotches.

That about sums up this project for today.
Thanks for dropping by!
    Happy Stamping!

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StampsOld Country Roses (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Paper:  Watercolor, White (PTI)
Ink:  Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire, Bundled Sage, Crushed Olive, Forest Moss (Ranger Distress), Black Onyx (Versafine)
Accessories:  Regal Frame and A2 Matting Basics A dies (Spellbinders), Silk Ribbon (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Sparklet (Kaisercraft)  

Winter Pick-Me-Up ~ Power Poppy

For my Waltzingmouse Post, click HERE


Hello stamping friends!!  I've been MIA for quite some time now, and I apologize.  November has been an interesting month to say the least, but I'm excited to share some new Power Poppy Digi releases with you over the next couple of days.  This first one is called Winter Pick-Me-Up, appropriately so.  The bouquet is filled with lovely delicate blooms along with Pussy Willow branches.  Super charming. 

I printed mine onto X-Press It Blending cardstock using a gray scale.  Using Word and Adobe Photoshop Elements, I sized my image angled it, and added the sentiment.  You can find tutorials on how to do this on the Power Poppy Blog HERE.

That's it for me.
Now, be sure to check out what these talented Bloom Brigade designers have to share for inspiration.

Copics Crocus: BV02, BV00, BV000, BV0000, YR04, YR02, Y08 Leaves:  YG09, YG06, YG00, Pussy Willows:  W2, W1, W00, E35, E31, T2 Snow Drops:  C1, C0, Y08, Y02 Ribbon:  R37, R35, R32 Sky:  B00, B000, B0000


Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!


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StampsWinter Pick-me-up (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It Blending, White (PTI), Enchanted Garden (Bo Bunny)
Accessories:  Copics, A2 Matting Basics die (Spellbinders), Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Sparklet (Kaisercraft), Embroidery Thread, Printer

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Power Poppy Black Friday Sale



20% Off for 24 Hours with Power Poppy's first ever sale! 

~ This Sale will run from midnight on the 28th through 11:59 PM that evening. 
~ This Sale is on clear stamps only and doesn't apply to gift card purchases or digi stamps. 

Did you hear me say gift cards? YES! Power Poppy now has them, just in time for the holidays. So,   if you want to share that fact too -- here's a link:  Gift Cards


Friday, November 14, 2014

Waltzingmouse Pajama Party

For my Power Poppy post, click HERE.

It's the 14th, and that means it's time for another Pajama Party over at Waltzingmouse Stamps.  For all the party details, or to enter your project, click HERE.

I made two projects today.  The first is for the "Wrap it up warm" challenge.  I made a box out of Kraft cardstock, scored at 1/4' intervals, and ink distressed it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger).  I made a bow out of burlap ribbon, and some fancy trim, and added a stamped tag, because a gift is not complete without a tag right?  I used three WMS sets on this tag:  Festive Foliage, Warm Fuzzies, and Elf Made.  The tag was made with a WMS die called Stitched Tags.  My flakes are a little goopy, but I liked them that way.  They stamp clear and beautiful if you use Versamark ink and embossing powder.  I used a thick white, wet pigment ink, and was stamping them while the paper was still in the die.  That made the lines less defined because of the pressure required to stamp over the die. 


The "Helicopter pods" (that's what we called them as kids.  I have no idea what their technical name is.) were "Rock-n-Rolled with Olive Grove and Rich Cocoa Memento Inks.  The berries were colored with Copics.



My next project is for the "Old Pajamas" challenge to use Candy Jar Christmas sets.  I tell ya, Mrs. Claus can be a difficult lady.  I couldn't get the framing right.  Ovals, embossing powders, white on black, or black on white.  We finally both agreed this was good.  I thought she looked very authoritative in this silhouette, so the Candy Jar sentiment "Been Good?" seemed appropriate.  :)

That's it for today's projects.  I hope you have entered some projects for the challenges.  The more you enter, the better chance you have of winning some Waltzingmouse Store credit! 

Thanks for visiting!!

  Happy Stamping!

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Gift Box
StampsFestive Foliage, Warm Fuzzies, Elf Made (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Kraft and Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Olive Grove and Rich Cocoa (Memento), Whisper White (SU!), Vintage Photo Distress (Ranger)
Accessories:  Stitched Tags die (Waltzingmouse), Copics, Scor-Pal, White Embossing Powder (Ranger), Burlap Ribbon, Vintage Lace Trim, Vintage Button, Burlap String, Green Stripe Grossgrain Ribbon

Mrs. Claus Silhouette Card
StampsCandy Jar Christmas (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Santa's List (Teresa Collins), Black and White (PTI)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Labels 41 Decorative Accents dies (Spellbinders), Pearls (MME), Sewing Machine

Bottlebrush Resist


Hello my creative friends!!  I have a wonderfully CAS (Clean and Simple) card to share with you today for this weeks Power Poppy Peeps Challenge.  I used the Bottlebrush set for this card and it came together very quickly.

I just used a simple Emboss Resist Technique for this beautiful collage of Bottlebrush Trees.  I stamped them with Whisper White Pigment Ink (SU!), and embossed them with Super Fine White Embossing Powder (Ranger).  I then took a sponge dauber and, in a circular motion, added some Spun Sugar Ranger Distress Ink to the trees.  Lastly, I added a sentiment, using Smokey Gray Versafine ink, a Metallic embroidery thread bow, along with a Sparklet (Kaisercraft) center.  Easy, peasy.  Each panel is raised with Scotch Dimensional tape, and the border was punched using an EK Success punch with a double scored line above.

I did something a little different though with the framing of the trees though.  Let me explain:

To create the frame, I took a Standard Spellbinders Rectangle and laid it on top of white card stock.  I taped it down, flipped it over and laid it on the cutting plate with the rectangle side down.  I then put my embossing mat over it, along with another plate and ran it through my diecutting machine.  When you remove the rectangle die, you have a beautifully embossed piece.  But I flipped mine over and used the other side.  I loved how the frame popped up off the piece instead of appearing debossed.  Does that make sense?  

This first photo is the framed side I used.


Here's the flip side



I tried taking a picture of each one, but, it's hard to tell the difference in the photos.  All I can do is suggest that you try it yourself.  After embossing your shape, flip the card stock over and look at the other side.

This card is a standard A2 size, so it's easy to mail too.  You could eliminate the layers for a flatter version if you like.

Now, if you'd like some more inspiration, stop by the following Bloom Brigade Blogs:
Thanks for stopping by!!  I hope you have a terrific weekend!

       Happy Stamping!

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StampsBottlebrush (Power Poppy)
Paper:  White (PTI)
Ink:  Whisper White (SU!), Smokey Gray (Versafine), Spun Sugar (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder (Ranger), Standard Rectangle Die (Spellbinders), Metallic Embroidery Thread, Sparklet (Kaisercraft), Dimensional Tape 
 
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