December 18, 2010

WMSC #27 - Glad You’re in My Corner

     I am late once again posting my take on last week’s WM Sketch Challenge.  I decided it was time to bow up a button Maile Belles style because I had some of PTI’s silk ribbon on hand and this week’s challenge called for a button.  I like how it turned out.

Glad You're in My Corner


Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Victorian Frippery, Afternoon Tea Sentiments, Rescue Remedies Additions, Very Vintage Labels No. 2
Ink: SU! Real Red, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight
Paper: SU! Daffodil Delight; Unknown White
Ribbon: SU! Pacific Point; PTI White silk
Button: PTI Pure Poppy
Other: Copic marker

Glad you stopped by my corner of blogland today!

November 15, 2010

WMSC #23

     It has been a long time since I participated in a Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge (WMSC). As I have said before, I love these challenges because I do not have to make a physical sketch of the sketch and I love that! The challenges are easy, peasy to remember! I just cannot do fussy layouts... Fussy stamping?
Well, that’s a whole different story !! Winking smileStamping can never (ok, almost never) be too fussy or intricate for me. I just love to see how stamps can work together to create an intricate pattern – although sometimes, I do go overboard. I just love how Claire’s stamps sets have so many bits and baubles that coordinate with each other.

Best Wishes


Stamps: WMS Victorian Frippery, Fancy Phrases, Holiday Labels No. 14, Off Beat Backgrounds, Victorian Alphabet (small/wee dot), Very Vintage Labels No. 2, Text-It 
Ink: SU! Mauve Mist, Perfect Plum, Going Gray
Paper: SU! Whisper White; Unknown vellum 
Other: Unknown rhinestones

Have a simply maaarvelous day, daaaarlings! Thanks for stopping by!!!!

November 14, 2010

A Week of WMS Christmas-Day 7

Christmas Greetings 3

Christmas Greetings 4

Stamps: WMS Tiny Trees, Text-It,  Nutcracker Sweet, Very Vintage Labels No. 1
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip; PTI Fresh Snow; Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaMagic Red Magic
Paper: PTI pure Poppy, Spring Rain, Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Soft Stone
Ribbon: PTI  Pure Poppy grosgrain, True Black gingham; Unknown red & white stripe 
Button: PTI
Other: Nestabilities, Stickles, crochet thread, Fiskars Treading Water punch, Cuttlebug Swiss Dot folder, PTI Guidelines impression plate

November 13, 2010

A Week of WMS Christmas–Day 6

     A repeat of the box I made yesterday. The stamped pattern is an amped-up version from Day 4’s post. These gift bags are a lot of fun to make. I just cut a 4 1/2” square, scored it1” in all the way around to make a box that it 1” high with a length & width of 2 1/2”. I stamped a 12x12” piece of paper (Colorbok), cut it in half (6x12”) and glued it around the outside of the box. I attached the grosgrain ribbon with double-stick tape.

A Gift for You

Stamps: WMS Very Vintage Christmas, Seasons of Love – Tags,  Compliments of the Season, Secret Set (still on loan),Vintage Circles, Small
Ink: SU! Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip
Paper: PTI Lemon Tart; Colorbok 
Ribbon: PTI  Terracotta Tile grosgrain; Unknown brown gingham
Button: PTI
Other: Stickles Cinnamon, X-Mas Red; Nestabilities; crochet thread

Thanks for stopping by!

November 12, 2010

A Week of WMS Christmas–Day 5

     And on with the countdown! Today is a gift bag that I have wanted to try ever since I found the tutorial by Diana Gibbs. Di’s blog is always a worth while read. I didn’t adhere to the instructions exactly, I changed the measurements. I am very happy with the results. Great for packaging home-made caramels or even a gift card.

May Peace be Yours

Stamps: WMS Very Vintage Christmas, Seasons of Love – Tags,  Nutcracker Sweet, Vintage Labels No. 3, Vintage Circles, Small
Ink: SU! Not Quite Navy, Bordering Blue
Paper: PTI SSW; Colorbok 
Ribbon: PTI  Enchanted Evening Swiss dot satin & saddle-stitch
Other: Nestabilities

My wish for you today is to keep your mojo risin’, which made me remember that Mr. Mojo Risin’ is an anagram for Jim Morison’s alter ego.

November 11, 2010

A Week of WMS Christmas–Day 4

     I continue on in my week-long count down of Waltzingmouse Stamps Christmas cards and such. A gracious shout out to Maile Belles and her fabulous bow tying tutorial. For me, it’s the little tips and tricks that make all the difference. Thanks to all you bloggers who share these gems! A big thanks for the wonderful comments. I really, really appreciate them! They always brighten my day!

Be Merry & Bright

Sleigh Bells

Stamps: WMS Musical Backgrounds, Holiday Labels No. 14, Compliments of the Season, Very Vintage Christmas, Seasons of Love – Tags, Secret Set (Mrs. Claus let me borrow it)
Ink: PTI Fresh Snow, Ocean Tides; SU! Chocolate Chip
Paper: PTI Kraft, SSW, Simply Chartreuse, Scarlett Jewel
Ribbon: PTI Ocean Tides Swiss dot satin & grosgrain, Dark Chocolate Swiss dot satin,
Button: PTI
Other: Silver Stickles; SU! linen thread; PTI Favor It Box 1 die, Nestabilities

Soon snow will be glistening in the lane. I think we are possibly in for some snow here by the end of this week!

Keep stampin’ and stay creative! Thanks for stopping by!

November 10, 2010

A Week of WMS Christmas–Day 3

     I am continuing on in a week of more cards and less chit-chat.

Christmas Greetings 1

Stamps: WMS Tiny Trees, Text-It, Very Vintage Labels No. 1, Nutcracker Sweet
Ink: PTI Fresh Snow; Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaMagic Red Magic 
Paper: PTI Ocean Tides, Soft Stone
Ribbon: PTI True Black gingham ribbon
Button: PTI Ocean Tides
Other: Stickles; Nestabilities; crochet thread; Fiskars Treading Water punch

Have a bright and sunshiny day! Thanks for stopping by!

November 9, 2010

A Week of WMS Christmas–Day 2

A Merry Christmas to You

Christmas Greetings 2

Christmas Greetings

Yuletide Blessings

Stamps: WMS Musical Backgrounds, Big Blooms – Poinsettias, Compliments of the Season, Very Vintage Label No. 10, Very Vintage Labels No. 14, Very Vintage Circles, Small
Ink: PTI Scarlett Jewel; Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI SSW, Scarlet Jewel
Ribbon: PTI Scarlett Jewel
Other: Ranger Glossy Accents, Kaiser Craft rhinestones

November 8, 2010

A Week of WMS Christmas–Day 1

     I have made enough projects, using sets primarily from October’s WMS release, that I can post  something new every day for a week, so I decided to have my own countdown of sorts.

Christmas Trio

A Merry Christmas to You 1

Christmas Wishes

Joyeux Noel

Stamps: WMS Musical Backgrounds, Seasons of Love – Tags, Very Vintage Christmas, Very Vintage Label No. 2, Very Vintage Labels No. 4
Ink: PTI Ocean Tides; SU! Chocolate Chip; Ranger Distress Ink Antique Linen
Paper: PTI Ocean Tides, Vintage Cream, Simply Chartreuse, Scarlet Jewel
Ribbon: PTI Ocean Tides
Other: Silver Stickles, Nestabilities

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day!

October 12, 2010

The Sweet Life

     Today I am showcasing cards using a very fun Flourishes set called “Summer on the Patio.” The checkered background is stamped with WMS’ Off Beat Backgrounds. I was going with a French bistro theme. I used a combination of colored pencils with odorless mineral spirits and Copic markers.  It’s not too obvious in the pictures but I used Glossy Accents on the ice cubes.


     I colored the gingham ribbon with a yellow Copic marker.


     The purse was cut using the Tags, Bags, Boxes & More cartridge. The sentiment on the tag is from Flourishes’ Cherries and peaches stamp set.



Have a fruitful day! Thanks for stopping by!

October 11, 2010

Haute Horror Trio

     Up today is the last installment in the “Haute Horror” trio. You can see my other two posts here and here. I used the Tags, Bags, Boxes & More cartridge to cut out the popcorn box. I covered the bats in Black Diamond Stickles. Once that was dry, I covered them with Glossy Accents. I also used Glossy Accents on the orange circles. I stamped the black satin ribbon with PTI’s Fresh Snow ink. I used WMS’ Midnight Feast, Wanda’s Pantry, and Afternoon Tea Sentiments (scrolls).


     Here they are in all their gaudy glory!


Have a spooktacular day! Thanks for flying by!

October 10, 2010

Haute Horror Creepy Clutch

     The Cricut was chirping and I heeded its call! I used the Tags, Bags, Boxes & More cartridge. I felt the need to continue on in my “haute horror” theme. I am having way to much fun with the rhinestones. “Put the heat gun down and step away from the craft table.” I made this purse for a very cute neighbor girl. She likes purses… or at least she used to a few months ago. I used WMS’ Midnight Feast.


     Here’s a close-up of Wendy the witch. I covered her in Black Diamond Stickles. I also put some Glossy Accents on her apron. This was my third attempt at the Wendy the witch medallion. At first, I had her covered in glossy accents with nary an air bubble. The I got too anxious and tried to move her before she was dry and cracked her in several places. It wasn’t the look I was going for. I let my second attempt dry at an angle and let’s just say the glossy accents ran into some very unattractive blobs. For my third attempt I opted for the bare minimum.


Now, I hope your day today is all treats and no tricks! (I got that a little backwards on a previous post)

October 7, 2010

Friend, I’m Here for You

     Today’s card is rustic and nature-inspired and would work well for a female or a male. I used PTI’s Leaf Prints, Flutterby Friend (sentiment) and Guide Lines. I used PTI’s new Guide Lines texture plate. I am still trying to tweak the Cuttlebug “sandwich” to get the best impression. I think it needs to be a bit thinner than the sandwich used for Nestabilities in order to prevent the plate’s other side from shadowing impressing. The ink I used is SU!’s Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss and Old Olive. The twine and button are PTI. The Kraft and Vintage Cream cardstock is PTI and the Mellow Moss cardstock is SU!.


From one friend to another, have a fantastic day!

October 6, 2010

Thankful for You

     This card turned out to be super bright and cheery. It uses one of my favorite ink combinations: SU!’s Positively Pink, Green Galore, Only Orange and Real Red. The stamp sets I used are PTI’s Turning a New Leaf, Beautiful Blooms II, and Friendship Jar Fall Fillers. The buttons are PTI and the ribbon I found at Mike’s. I just adore the little tags from the Friendship Jar sets. The tags are the perfect size. Borrowing on an idea from Lisa Johnson, I made some cute magnets out of the tags that I will show in a future post.


I hope your day is super bright and cheery!

October 5, 2010

Haute Horror or Gaudy Ghoulishness

     Believe it or not this was supposed to be my attempt at a more masculine Halloween treat bag. A cajillion years ago, I bought some die cut boxes. It was so long ago that die cuts could only be gotten through your LSS. I traced one of the boxes onto black paper and cut it out… I think I hear my Cricut chirping my name!!!! I made my own mock bakers twine. I just colored with a Copic on crochet thread at (somewhat) even intervals. In my book (and as my dad would say), it is GEFGW, a/k/a good enough for government work. Moving on to the ribbon, I stamped the ribbon which black pigment ink. Pigment ink, unlike dye ink, won’t bleed on ribbon. The turning point of the card was when I put the rhinestones on the flourishes. I couldn’t stop myself, there was no turning back. So rhinestones ended up on the ribbon and the tag and thusly haute horror was born. I decided I had better jazz up the bats so I liberally applied Black Diamond Stickles. I used Waltzingmouse Stamps. The sets are Midnight Feast, Wanda’s Pantry, Very Vintage Labels No. 4 and very Vintage Labels #5.


May your day be filled with all tricks and no treats!!!

A Year In Flowers: September and October

     Today I am continuing on with  my Flourishes’ Year In Flower Series. You can see my previous entries here, here, and here. These card are a wee bit different from the first four in the set because I ran out of  my PTI Vintage Cream twill ribbon. There will be two more cards with the same type of ribbon and then I will change it up a bit on the next four cards. The wavy border at the bottom of the cards was created with an EK Success punch.




And to leave you with a past quote from a local Wendy’s restaurant sign, “Wishing you chili days and frosty nights.”

October 4, 2010

A Year In Flowers: August & May

     Today is a continuation of my A Year In Flowers twelve-month set. You can see my previous posts here and here. I am using Flourishes’ A Year In Flowers stamp sets. There are three stamp sets in the series. Currently, I only have six out of the twelve cards done. I better get crackin’ on the rest. I can’t give a half-year in flowers set as a gift. The recipient will surely know something is missing! :)




Wishing you a glorious fall day!

October 3, 2010

A Year In Flowers: June & July

    I LOVE to color flowers. Here are the first few cards of my complete twelve-month set. I am using Flourishes’ A Year In Flowers sets.  I think the cards will be nice for the recipient to use for birthdays or weddings in the corresponding month. (Super secret bizarre fact about me: I don’t send out cards to people. (GASP) I mainly give them as gifts) I posted my prototypes a few days back, here.  What did my prototypes teach me? Well, for me, I find it easiest to color my background first. Then I do not have to worry about accidentally blending the image colors into the background. I used colored pencils with odorless mineral spirits. The paper and ribbon are PTI. I used an EK Success punch for the bottom border.




Have lovely, lovely day!

October 2, 2010

Zoom Zoom Rocket Man

     Cheers to Elton John! This card measures 3 3/4 x 8 3/4. I have a lot of envelopes that fit is size card laying around so when I saw the WMS Design Team gals were making cards this size I thought it was the perfect opportunity for me to start using up my envelopes. The set I used for both cards I am sharing today is WMS’ Half Pint Heros. The name is as cute as the actual set!! CUTE! The rocket ship is cut out and attached with dimensional tape and I used acetate to cover the window opening. I think kids like cards that have something going on, I know I did.


     Inside: BIRTHDAY!


     Shiny! I used PTI’s silver paper. The paper took ink (Palette Noir) and colored pencils amazingly well. I started off  using aluminum foil. It stamped ok but was to flimsy to cut out. I thought it would give the rocket ship a real cute retro 50s look. I decided I should have glued the aluminum foil to cardstock before cutting. I may try to tackle it again in the future. Both the PTI paper and aluminum foil would also look cute on the submarine included in this set. The rocket ship would have looked nicer if I embossed it but, between you and me, I find it messy and putzy. I really try to avoid it at all costs. I feel the same way about glitter, but I broke down and used it on this card. When I was little, I always liked birthday cards that had glitter on them. I am thinkin’ I might add glossy accents to the lights on the rocket.

     My next card would be appropriate for a lil’ dude or an ol’ dude! It is a super basic card but I wanted the cuteness and coloring to take center stage!


    Inside: I zoomed right past your birthday! Sorry, I forgot. Happy Belated Birthday! (computer generated)

Hope you have a day that is out of this world and traffic-free! Thanks for stopping by!!

September 30, 2010

A Couple Months In Flowers

     First, I would like to thank all of my new followers.  I appreciate you interest in what I do! I would also like to thank all of you that took the time to leave such wonderful and flattering comments! Thank you!!!
     Today’s cards use stamps from Flourishes’ A Year In Flowers sets. I used color pencils and odorless mineral spirits to color the images. These were kind of my testers so now I am making a set of using all twelve stamps. I have eight done. I used an EK Success border punch on the bottom edge of the cards.




Have a scent-sational day!

September 27, 2010

Fall Blessings

     Here is another card I made using WMS ultimate fall set Peace and Plenty. You can see previous cards I made with this set here. I colored the images with colored pencils and a Copic blender pen. I think I have almost convinced myself it is time to give up the paper “stumps” and odorless mineral spirits.


Have a blessed day!

September 26, 2010

‘Tis the Bountiful Season

     If there is one fall-themed set to get, it would have to be WMS Peace and Plenty. I love, love, love this set. Normally, when I am stamping I think, “I wish this set had included a ‘whatever’ stamp.” Note: this doesn’t happen much with WMS because of all the stamps you get in a WMS set. Even if I tried I don’t think I could think of an addition. This set had it all. Plus, all of the images work so well together and with Blessed by You. I used colored pencils and a Copic blender pen to color the images. Who wudda thunk!




Have a bountiful and beautiful day!


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