December 18, 2011

Backpack for Baby

ETA: I used HP Iron-on Transfers for Colored fabrics. I have also used Avery Dark T-Shirt Transfers. I specifically use the transfers for dark t-shirts (regardless of the color of fabric I’m using) because the images are applied “face up” so I don’t have to worry about images being reversed. I die cut the shapes and then stamped them w/die ink. Permanent ink is not necessary because ink jet printer ink isn’t waterproof. It can be kind of tricky/tedious to separate the transfer from the backing. I used an exacto-type knife to very, very carefully start the separation process.
     A friend of the family recently had a baby boy. I decided to take the opportunity to make one of my favorite things, onesies! This time I made a now and later gift. I made 3 onesies for now and two more “grown up” t-shirts for later. A side note: the “jack” on the bag looks a little funny because of the bag’s texture (I think).
     For the name, I use PTI’s alphabet die and used a large solid stamp (the wool from PTI’s My Punny Valentine) to color the letters. In order to get good coverage, I had to stamp the letters twice.
     Here is the whole ensemble.
j2

     I got the backpack for $1 at Mike’s.j5

     I bought the t-shirts and onesies at Wal-Mart. I washed them without any detergent or fabric softener and dried them without any drier sheets (per transfer paper instructions).j4

     For the onesies, I used fabric glue to secure the ribbon to the giraffe’s neck. I used Fray Check on the ends of the ribbon to make sure they wouldn’t fray.j3

     And here is everything in the backpack and ready to give.j1

Stamps: PTI Sweet Baby
Ink: Memento Lady Bug, Pear Tart, Tangelo, Danube Blue
Other: Unknown White ribbon; PTI alphabet dies and coordinating dies for Sweet Baby; Dark t-shirt transfer paper

Thanks for stopping by. I know it has been eons since I last posted, which brings me to my graceful out that there is a reason my blog is entitled as it is.

I hope you have a magnificent and magical holiday season!

October 15, 2011

WMS October Release-Day 4

Hello and thank you for joining us for the release of Waltzingmouse Stamps October stamps sets. There a six sets available for purchase today (you can visit the store by clicking on the link above).

The Design Team is having our traditional blog waltz today. Claire’s blog lists the entire design team dance card so if you get lost along the way, visit her blog and she will get you back in step. We are showcasing two fabby treat sets, Candy Jar Christmas and Candy Jar Christmas Fillers. These sets are yummie all the way around!

I made some tags to adorn the holiday treats I will be making. Once again, I got carried away and only touched the very surface of the possibilities that these two sets offer.

Mrs C 5

I found this box at Michael’s.
Mrs C 4

I found this jar at Walmart. They had an assortment of sizes to choose from. I think it makes a cute countertop presentation. Shhhh! These cookies are not homemade. On my way home from the store I thought of a great idea for spicing up ginger snaps. Take vanilla icing and mix it with crushed starburst mints (red or green, possibly both combined). Then spread it between two ginger snaps (probably best if homemade).  With a frosting mixture using the red and another frosting mixture using the green, I think they would make rather festive holiday treats!

Mrs C 1

Here is a picture of just a tag so you can see how I sandwiched the twill loop in between the two Nesties.

Mrs C 3

And a picture of a back of the tag. All the tags are the same except they each have a different circular saying in the middle. There are a total of four circle sayings so it worked out perfect. I’m thinking it would be best to use a Black medium tip Sharpie to fill out the To: and From: so that it stands apart from the circle sentiment.

Mrs C 2

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Candy Jar Christmas, Candy Jar Christmas Fillers, Very Vintage Labels No. 2, Vintage Circles, Small 
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU! Handsome Hunter, Cherry Cobbler
Ink: SU! Handsome Hunter, Cherry Cobbler
Other: Spellbinders Grand Calibur, Nestabilities;PTI Fresh Snow twill and satin ribbon

Your next dance partner is the one and only Laurie! You won’t want to miss her wonderful creation(s)!

Of course there is a PRIZE to be had! The prize is a WMS stamp set of choice. The winner is chosen from a random drawing of the comments left on one of the Design Team member’s blog. Commenters have until October 17th 11:59 PM, 5:5 9AM Central, 3:59 AM Pacific and 6:59 AM Eastern. The winner will be announced on Claire’s blog October 18th.

Thank you so much for joining the design team and me over the past few days. I really appreciate all the awesome comments! I thank you for taking the time to leave them. And that’s a wrap up on the October release. Now we’ll be looking to see what you’ll be creating!

October 14, 2011

WMS October Release-Day 3

First off, a big thank you to all you ladies and the gent who’ve left me such wonderful comments. Today is the Day 3 of the Waltzingmouse Stamps October Release, the day before the release. Tomorrow, you will be able to purchase the sets we have been showing you, plus the two sets we will be highlighting tomorrow on the design team blog waltz. Stay tuned!

Today the design team is showcasing 2011 Holiday Ornaments and Santa’s Coming to Town. I apologize, I got so carried away with the ornaments that I forgot to budget time for Santa. I don’t want to end up on his naughty list. That’s for sure! So, I will definitely be making time for Santa in the very near future.

2011 Holiday 6

2011 Holiday 5

2011 Holiday 4

2011 Holiday 3

2011 Holiday 2

2011 Holiday 1

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps 2011 Holiday Ornaments, Flourishes-Scallops and Dots, Seasons of Love-Tags, Very Vintage Christmas, Festive Foliage, Frame It, Say it Loud-Winter Holiday
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa, Cottage Ivy: SU! Cherry Cobbler, Going Gray, Elegant Eggplant, Soft Sky
Other: i-rock, Hot Rocks crystals; WRMK Corner Chomper

Lastly, I wanted to leave you with some of my tips about making paper bows:
For both kinds, you’ll want to use a light-weight paper (I used SU! Whisper White, which I think is the maximum thickness you’d want to use). Most DP would be perfect. Heavier-weight paper will crease instead of bend.
For the more complex bow, I used good ol’ glue to put it together, instead of staples or brads. I feel glue gave me more control in arranging the bow “petals.” Plus, there is less bulk. Then, instead of the measurements on the SCS tutorial, I used the following for the big bow: All strips were 3/4” wide, 8 @ 5 1/2,” 4 @ 4 1/2” and one at 3 1/2.”

And I’ve hoped you’ve come to expect it because there is so much more inspiration for you that is just a click away!

Anya Schrier
Becca Feeken
Belinda Chang Langner
Clare Buswell
Julia Aston
Jennifer Holmes
Kate Whelan
Kelly Schirmer
Laurie Schmidlin
Lynn Mercurio
Mona Pendleton
Niki Estes
Sandie Dunne
Tosha Leyendekker
Claire Brennan (Owner)

October 13, 2011

WMS October Release-Day 2

It’s the 2nd day of the Waltzingmouse Stamps September release and I am now back on schedule. Today the design team is showcasing Nordic Winter. I call it the “sweater set.” This is my mostest favoritist set of the release. In trying to describe how much I love it, I say this: If I were stranded on a deserted island for a year and could only have one stamp set, this would be it. I haven’t even begun to touch the tip of the possibility iceberg with this set.

I like to make items that can be reused because then I feel spending a little extra time on them is worth it. For today, I chose to make a trio of gift boxes because I thought they would best highlight this awesome set. I used two different tutorials for the bows, which you can find here and here. I don’t ever think I want to buy a bag of smooshed holiday bows again. The ornament tag is a sneak peak of one of the sets we will be highlighting tomorrow.

Nordic Winter 1Nordic Winter 2

Nordic Winter 3

Nordic Winter 4

And since pictures are worth a thousand words, here is a pictorial on how I got (or tried to get) my borders to line up on all four sides of the box (if it’s not, please let me know).

Nordic Winter Demo

Nordic Demo 2

Nordic Demo 3

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Nordic Winter
Paper: PTI SS White (for boxes), SU! Whisper White (for ribbons and ornaments)
Ink: SU! Bordering Blue, Basic Gray

Are you as excited by this release as I am? If so, you’ll want to keep on clickin’ and just watch as your excitement continues to grow, grow, grow!

Anya Schrier
Becca Feeken
Belinda Chang Langner
Julia Aston
Jennifer Holmes
Kate Whelan
Kelly Schirmer
Laurie Schmidlin
Lynn Mercurio
Mona Pendleton
Niki Estes
Sandie Dunne
Tosha Leyendekker
Claire Brennan (Owner)

October 12, 2011

WMS October Release-Day 1

Welcome to my second first day of an unexpected Waltzingmouse Stamps October release. I was a day ahead of myself an accidentally published this post yesterday. Whoops! So, I’ve taken this opportunity to add a few more pictures.

Wait until you feast your eyes on what Claire is releasing this month! I’ve had a hard time putting one set down in order to move on to the next. All the images conjure up so many great ideas.

Claire designed 6 sets for the upcoming holidays that were just too fabulous to wait until the scheduled November release. Now you will be able to get the sets with time to use them on your holiday projects. The sets will be available for purchase on Friday, October 14th.

Today, the design team is showcasing Seasonal Remedies. The stamps coordinate with Spellbinder’s Nestabilities, likely ones you already own. The set is perfect for food and beverage type gifts, whether they be homemade or store bought.

My project is based on a Lauren Meader design that caught my eye a few years ago. I went out and bought the beverage cups but lacked the motivation to do anything with them… until I saw Seasonal Remedies and inspiration sprang forth. The cups were a lot easier for me than the cup holder. It’s probably because it was the first one I made and I had no idea what I was going to do. I used glue dots to attach the knotted ribbon and for some reason me and glue dots we just don’t get along. I’m going to go back and glue the ribbon on with good ol’ Elmer’s and then I will be satisfied. I like glue. It’s reliable. It takes awhile to dry on ribbon but it’s worth it. I will be making one more for the other two cups and am optimistic it all will go more smoothly. I stuffed my cups with two flavors of cocoa and a mini bottle of Baileys-yum yum yum. Overall, I think it is a fun and rather inexpensive little gift.

Seasonal Remedies 2

Seasonal Remedies 1Seasonal Remedies 5

Seasonal Remedies 6

And the following two pictures are after I have re-glued my ribbon knots onto the cocoa clutch. It’s a subtle, but it makes all the difference in the world to me.

Seasonal Remedies 3

Seasonal Remedies 4

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Seasonal Remedies, Very Vintage Christmas (flourishes on cocoa caddy), Holiday Labels No. 14 (frame around Pure Christmas Spirit image), Ovals-Classic Frames (frame around Goodwill image)
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU! Pool Party; PTI Lemon Tart
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU! Summer Sun
Other: Spellbinders Grand Cailbur, Nestabilities; i-rock, Hot Rocks crystals; Archer Farms beverage cups (purchased at Target, I’m not sure if they’re still available); SU! ribbon; Copics

I appreciate you stopping by (again) to take a look. I hope I’ve inspired you in some small way with any plans you’ve had for upcoming holiday gifts. Please be sure to check out the other DT ladies, creative genius awaits you!

Julia Aston  
Belinda Chang Langner 
Claire Brennan (Owner)

And in response to a post I made on the Waltzingmouse Forum. Here’s how I organize my WMS. I used foam board and a glue gun. I’m beginning to outgrow it now so I will have to think of ways to expand it to fit in the limited space available on my crafting tables.

WMS storage

September 21, 2011

Bits ‘n’ Pieces–Pumpkin

     Although my blog has been silent for most of the summer, there sure has been a lot going on behind the scenes. After my appendectomy at the end of June, I had a quiet recovery during July, with the exception of finding out I was being “displaced” (no worries here, this is a blessing). In August, I had far too much time on my hands to stir up plenty of domestic mischief. I managed to sprain my ankle doing yard work and to slice the skin off the back of three of my fingers (beware of kitchen mandolins), severing the tendon in one of them, which surgery wasn’t able to fix. I have a pin in my right middle finger to hold the tip of it straight.


     Oh, and then there is my basement craft room! It is now a dry haven. The wall that was leaking has been rebuilt (it’s gorgeous) and the backyard has been completely re-graded and landscaped (love it). I painted my basement (I’d been holding off on this until the problem was fixed), cleaning the carpets and doing other minor fix ups. It’s turning out to be quite the pleasant space. This has led to me to re-paint the rest of my home.


     So enough with the yada-yada…onto the card! The post is called Bits ‘n’ Pieces because, as a WMS fan would know, I have used several bits and pieces from many different Waltzingmouse Stamps sets. When Claire released Asian Gardens Additions, she mentioned using one of the lanterns as a pumpkin and this idea stuck with me because it was brilliant. The leaves are from Rescue Remedies. While I was playing around, I discovered the flower image from the Rescue Remedies set makes perfect wheels for a Cinderella-type carriage (bippity-boppity-boo)-more to come on this. I used the pumpkin top from Halloween Party, the flourishes are from Flourishes-Scallops and Dots and the border stamp and small snowflake/star are from Very Vintage Christmas. The sentiment comes from the Peace and Plenty set. I used the period/dot from Victorian Alphabet to soften the line between the border and the pumpkins.

Thankgiving pumpkins

Waltzingmouse Stamps sets used:

September 19, 2011

WMS September Release-Day 4

     Today is the day! The sets the design team has been showcasing over the last three days are available for purchase today! Golly, there has been an outpouring of creative inspiration from the design team ladies, don’t you agree? So many fantastic ideas to CASE and techniques to try.

     So let’s get to waltzing. Claire’s blog is where the party starts. Julia Aston was your previous partner and Laurie Schmidlin is the next one up on your dance card.

     And of course, there is a prize up for grabs! Someone will win a stamp set of her or his choice!! The winner will be chosen from a random drawing of the comments left on one of the Design Team member's blog. You have until September 21st 11:59 PM, 5:59 AM Central, 3:59 AM Pacific and 6:59 AM Eastern.

     Today we are showing the winter version of A Cottage Home. It’s called A Christmas Cottage. This is my favorite set from the release. It just has oodles and oodles of potential. I have such a hard time making cards using only one set, but I did it with this card. I hand to slap my hand from adding the Santa in the sleigh image from Twas the night before Christmas…the size it just perfect to slip into the sky behind the house. It will make for a fun addition on future cards.

     I used a combination of Copics and colored pencils with OMS. I found that the Copics are great to lay down a base color and the colored pencils work perfectly for the shadows/darker areas. It is easier for me to stay in the lines with colored pencils. And boy oh boy did I use Stickles. About three layers of the stuff (apply a coat wait till it’s dry and then apply another). I get a good chunky/dimensional coating using this process. I cut out the front entryway and popped it up with foam tape. Somehow, with all the supplies I have surrounding me I have to add a bit of bling or ribbon or both. My cards just don’t seem finished without it.

Christmas Cottage

     Thanks for joining me over the last few days and taking the time to comment on my projects. I look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing your creations!

September 18, 2011

WMS September Release-Day 3

     I must thank you all again for your comments. I appreciate you taking the time to leave me words of inspiration! Well, tomorrow’s the day. The design team will have a blog waltz and the four amazing sets we’ve been previewing will be available to purchase!
     Today the Waltzingmouse Design Team is previewing Hocus Pocus. It is an awesome set that has fabulous sentiments and images that coordinate wonderfully with previously released WMS Halloween sets.
     My background uses previously released  WMS sets. All other images, with the exception of the bat, are from Hocus Pocus. I hope my use of multiple sets shows you how well the new and “old” all work together.

Happy Haunting

     This is one of the mega-sized dies from Spellbinders. It is part of a set especially designed for album making. I used it to create the intricate edges on my card. Exploring what Spellbinders dies one has can lead to a whole new way of using them, for edgers as an example. I need to remember this when I feel I’ve hit a layout rut. Of course, the Mischief Makers solve this problem on a weekly basis!

Spellbinders 1

     I appreciate you stoppin’ by for a peak of what’s in store for this month. But the fun certainly doesn’t stop here. The other design team members have fabulous peeks to share with you!

Anya Schrier
Belinda Chang Langner
Claire Brennan
Clare Buswell
Jennifer Holmes
Julia Aston
Kate Whelan (Mi, mi, mi, miiii)
Kelly Schirmer
Laurie Schmidlin
Lynn Mercurio
Niki Estes
Sandie Dunne
Sarah Martina Parker
Tosha Leyendekker

September 17, 2011

September Friends of WMS Blog Hop

(Please scroll down to the next post for WMS September Release-Day 2 preview)

     For the blog hop I’m sharing a sneak peek of tomorrow’s Waltzingmouse Stamps preview, Hocus Pocus. The set includes a fabulous cameo of Wanda, which I chose to feature on my tags. The ravens and the sentiment (love, love, love that font) are also from the Hocus Pocus set. Well, I’m off to put the finishing touches on tomorrow’s post.

Bewitched

     I plan to hop tomorrow afternoon. I look forward to seeing all of your wonderful Halloween creations! Thanks for stoppin’ by!

WMS September Release-Day 2

     I thank you ladies for all of your wonderful comments yesterday. I appreciate all of the inspiration you sent me! So, here we are for day 2 of Waltzingmouse Stamps September release. Definitely worth the wait, don’t you agree? Did you check out Becca and Kelly’s debut?  Totally awesome wasn’t it? They blew me away. Today, Clare is joining us so you know you’re in for a treat. Rock on WMS!!!
    Today all of the design team ladies are previewing Say it Loud-Autumn/Winter. Awesome, huh? Well, that’s our Claire. She is right on target, even blindfolded and with her back to the target. There’s just no stopping her (thank goodness for us all)!! In addition to the sentiments from Say it Loud-Autumn/Winter, I used Frame It and Festive Foliage.

Holly 5Holly 1

Holly 2

     Oh yes, you know it. Of course, there is so much more to see so please continue on your journey and see all of the creative inspiration the rest of the design team is sharing today!

Anya Schrier
Becca Feekan
Claire Brennan
Clare Buswell
Jennifer Holmes
Julia Aston
Kate Whelan >URHere<
Kelly Schirmer
Laurie Schmidlin
Mona Pendleton
Niki Estes
Sandie Dunne
Sarah Martina Parker
Tosha Leyendekker

     I’m sorry to say that I was confused yesterday. This isn’t a SOAP month so there is no CASE competition. However, there is still a reason to stay tuned! If you leave comments on the DT’s blog waltz posts on 9/19/11 you’ll be up for a chance to win a free stamp set of your choice!

September 16, 2011

WMS September Release-Day 1

     There’s a lot to share today, both eye candy and info wise. First off, welcome to day 1 of Waltzingmouse Stamps September release.

     There are three new design team members joining us today! Woohooo!!! These ladies are uber talented and so inspirational (they get one’s mojo flowing) and I am so pleased to have them join the team. I’m sure you’ll find them to be familiar faces. Please welcome Becca, Clare and Kelly!

     The stamps we will be showcasing over the next few days will be available for purchase on September 19th. Stay tuned because we all have a lot of lovelies to show you with the four sets that will be releasing this month. Plus, the CASE competition is on the 19th. Stay tuned for the deets, but as the name suggests, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for a design team member’s card that inspires you.

     Today the design team is showcasing A Cottage Home. I decided I wanted to make a crafty version of a “we’ve moved” announcement. It will be a set (wouldn’t ya know I ran out of Cherry Cobbler cardstock-humph!). All of the images, except the birds (Tiny Trees), the frame around the sentiment (Fancy Frames), and the address block image (Victorian Frippery) are from A Cottage Home.

Home 1

     Here’s what the back of the card looks like. This is another single-layer, non-fold card. Perfect for mailing.Home 2Home 4Home 3

Please check out what the other design team ladies have to offer. You will not be disappointed! Thanks for stopping by!

Anya Schrier
Becca Feekan
Claire Brennan
Jennifer Holmes
Julia Aston
Kate Whelan (That’s me and you’re here)
Kelly Schirmer
Laurie Schmidlin
Lynn Mercurio
Niki Estes
Sarah Martina Parker
Tosha Leyendekker

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