March 27, 2011

Bunny in Egg

     Because I have been so into circle cards lately, I decided to try to make a “sugar egg.” For me, there is something fascinating about looking into sugar eggs. I tried to capture the tunnel-like effect in my card by shading around the edges of the bunny, and the “egg” itself is popped up on foam tape. I drew in the grass to give the bunny somewhere to sit.

Bunny in Egg

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Li’l Buddies, Faux Fun Circles
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU! Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Barely Banana, Wild Wasabi
Paper: PTI SS White
Ribbon: Unknown White
Nestabilities; Cotton Candy and Frosted Lace Stickles; Copics; Sakura Micron 005 Black marker

Thanks for hippity-hoppin’ by on your blogging trail!

March 17, 2011

WMS Friends March Blog Waltz

     Mmmmmm! Cupcakes!! Jennifer Holmes’ post was my inspiration. My post is half St. Patrick’s Day and half post-Valentine’s Day (still playing catch-up). Once I started stamping these cupcakes, I just couldn’t get enough! The cupcakes in this set are just like the ones that I would want to eat…I love frosting!! Mmmmmm!

Cuppy 3


Cuppy 2

Cuppy 1

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Frame It, Pic-Nic Patterns, Off Beat Backgrounds, Sweethearts, Earth Angel (heart)
Ink: SU! Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, Marigold Morning, Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Rose Red
Paper: SU! Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose; PTI SS White
Peeled Paint Distress and Cotton Candy Stickles; Fiskars Treading Water border punch; Copics

Happy St. Patricks Day to you all and thanks for waltzin’ by!

March 16, 2011

Graduation 2011

     I just love this wreath with the ribbon. When I started out, I had no intention of making a graduation card. I was going to make a monogrammed note card but when I saw the cap in the WMS free Spirit–Boy set I thought I would play around with it. This is what I came up with. I think it is a clean and classy graduation card. School colors could easily be substituted. I opted to use the lower case “l” instead of the “1” because there were two of those in the Victorian Alphabet set… and nobody knows except you and me! Now I am ahead of the game, if I happen to know someone who is graduating this Spring!

Congrats 2011

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Free Spirit – Boy, Off Beat Backgrounds, Very Vintage Christmas, Fancy Phrases, Nutcracker Sweet, Victorian Alphabet
Ink: SU! Pear Pizzazz, Concord Crush; Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: SU! Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz; PTI Vintage Cream
Nestabilities; WRMK Corner Chomper

See you tomorrow on the Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz! Thanks for stoppin’ by!

March 15, 2011

Delightful Doilies

     I was on the fence about the Delightful doilies set, but my hesitation was unfounded. The set has so many possibilities that don’t all scream “doilies.” There are a lot of fun design elements in this set to play with.

Delightful Doilies

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Delightful Doilies, Polka Dot Basics, Fillable Frames #4, Everyday Treats
Ink: SU! Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum
Paper: SU! Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant; PTI SS White
Ribbon: PTI Plum Pudding saddle stitch, Unknown White
Copics; i-rock Crystal Hot Rocks; EK Success 1 3/4” circle punch; PTI Doily Details Collection die

Have a delightful day and thanks for stopping by!

March 14, 2011

WMSC #38

     My very first circle card! It was a lot of fun to make-I’m not sure what took me so long. I felt like I have been in a layout rut, so what better solution that to try a Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge!
Now, I think I want to get into a circle card rut! Smile

Spring has Sprung


Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Spring Baskets, Off Beat Backgrounds, Pic-Nic Patterns
Ink: SU! Marigold Morning; Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI SS White, Harvest Gold, Lemon Tart
Ribbon: Unknown White
Copics; Nestabilites

Wishing you a spring in your step! Thanks for stoppin’ by!

PTI’s Make It Monday #2: Vellum Sentiment Strip

     Ok, so this is a bit more than a strip. I forget how much fun vellum can be and SU!’s ink works marvelously on it, which of course, adds to the fun. I stamped PTI’s BB Retro background in Tempting Turquoise, let it dry, flipped the vellum over and then stamped the flourish and sentiment in Marina Mist. Once everything was dry, I added two score lines and then the rhinestones and stickles. I think it turned out to be a bright and cheery card.MIM #2-1

Stamps: PTI Star Prints, Background Basics: Retro, Polka Dot Basics II, Fancy Flourishes, Big & Bold Wishes
SU! Marigold Morning, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist
PTI Harvest Gold; SU! Marigold Morning; Unknown vellum
Other: i-rock Crystal Hot Rocks; Turquoise, Yellow and Orange Peel Stickles; Copics; Unknown vellum tape; WRMK Corner Chomper; Martha Stewart Score Board

My big wish for you is that you have a brilliant day! Thanks for stoppin’ by!

March 12, 2011

L’il Buddies–Bees

     I have had a hard time putting down the L’il Buddies set. There are so many fun things to do with the images and so many different ways to use them. All of the animals and insects in the set are just so CUTE!! For the next two cards, I used the bees from L’il Buddies and Spring Baskets. Once again, the cards are clean and simple and pretty self-explanatory. I drew in the dots -“flight path”- to tie the images together and create a sense of movement. I drew pencil lines very lightly and then added the dots. I gave the dots time to dry (to avoid smearing) and then went back and erased the pencil lines. I just love these bees!

Bee 3

Bee 1

Bee 2

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps L’il Buddies, Frame It, Spring Baskets  
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU! Real Red, Tangerine Tango
Paper: SU! Real Red, Tangerine Tango; PTI SS White
Copics, Sakura Micron 005 pen

Have a Bee-utiful day! Thanks for stopping by!

March 8, 2011

L’il Buddies - Lambchop

     More WMS L’il Buddies cards today…and it doesn’t end here. Once I started, I had to force myself to stop. There are so many fun things you can do with these images and sentiments.

Ewe Duo

     For this card, I drew in the grass to “ground” the lamb (oops, that sounded bad…IOW, give him a “place” so he doesn’t appear to be floating in air).

Bee with You

     On this card, I drew in the lamb’s mouth so that it would look like she was eating the wee clover leaf. I added some Stickles to the one clover leaf to add some sparkle and make it stand out a bit more. I am hoping I used the “i’m in clover” sentiment correctly because I am not 100% familiar with the saying. I think that the way I have used it sounds convincing…at least to me!

Thank Ewe

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps L’il Buddies, Celtic Heritage (shamrocks), Sweethearts (“with”), Frame It
Ink: SU! Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery; Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI SS White; SU! Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery
Peeled Paint Distressed Stickles; Copics; Sakura Pigma Micron 005 pen

Have a wonderful day… with no mint jelly in sight! Winking smile 
(Sorry, I just couldn’t resist!)

March 6, 2011

L’il Buddies - Chick

     I can tell Spring is on its way (even though it’s snowing outside right now). It’s lighter in the morning and the birds have started to sing again. Spring is all about cute baby animals, so I decided to play with my Waltzingmouse Stamps L’il Buddies set. I made a trio of clean and simple cards featuring two of the little chicks.

Li'l Buddies - Chick

    On this card, I stamped the crumbs multiple times and I turned the stamp each time so that the crumbs didn’t have an obvious repeat pattern. 

Feeling Crummy

     For this card, I masked the chick-in-egg and then stamped the pile of eggs from WMS Spring Baskets two times, being mindful of the stamped frame.

You're a Good Egg

     On this next card, I decided to add a few free-hand touches to the plain egg from WMS Spring Baskets. Unfortunately, the pen I used has a tendency to smear. I am thinking I may have to look into Copic’s drawing pens.

You Crack Me Up

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Frame It, L’il Buddies, Spring Baskets 
Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Bashful Blue
Paper: SU! Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Bashful Blue; PTI SS White
Other: Copics, Sakura Micron 005 pen

Keep that spring in your step and thanks for stopping by!

March 4, 2011

A WMS Christmas Twofer

     It’s a sporadic second post for today. I thought I would continue the theme of WMS Christmas cards that I made this past holiday season. I think this card turned out rather bright and cheery…and merry too! For the little holly leaf I used the maple leaf from WMS Tiny Trees. I used a white gel pen to draw the leaf veins and then I smudged them a bit to soften the look. For some depth/interest/variation, I stamped over one of the three small berries a second time with the period/small dot from WMS  Vintage Alphabet.

Be Merry & Bright Too

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Victorian Alphabet, Tiny Trees, Seasons of Love – Tags, Oven fresh Gingerbread Joy, Faux Fun Circles
Ink: SU! Poppy Parade, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand
Paper: SU! Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Ribbon: Unknown – from my stash
Nestabilities; Unknown silver pop can tab-like thing

Ho, ho, ho! Thanks for stoppin’ by…again! Smile

A Memo from Santa

    This past Christmas, I wanted to design some stationery for Santa. I call the background paper on the top of the card “A Memo from Santa” because it looks like candy cane paper clips! The idea for the focal point came from Joan B.

Gingerbread Boy

Stamps: WMS Half Baked Gingerbread Joy, Oven Fresh Gingerbread Joy
Ink: SU! Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Poppy Parade, Real Red
Paper: SU! Poppy Parade, Whisper White, Soft Suede
Ribbon: PTI Fresh Snow twill

Thanks for stoppin’ by!

March 2, 2011

Asian Gardens Trio

     I am featuring a trio of cards made with Waltzingmouse Stamps. I really love the way these cards turned out. It seemed like forever before I was able to pick up and get creative with these sets, even though I loved all the possibilities of them at first sight. For me, I think it has a lot to do with ink. To me, ink is as fundamental as the stamps.  I had been under the impression that dye inks didn’t mix well with acrylic stamps. Anya Schrier proved me wrong. I invested in Stampin’ Up! inks and I couldn’t be happier. The range of colors that are ready when I am, inspires me. I discovered that I prefer dye inks with clear stamps. I feel that the combination allows me maximum control over stamp placement. Plus, it is so easy to clean the stamps with unscented baby wipes. (FYI… cleaning stamps was a MAJOR downer for me with pigment inks.)  I am still not pleased that SU! retires their colors, but I am learning to live with and accommodate the fact; maybe it’s not all bad… with a bit of preparation. I like to focus on the stamps and my design; I don’t like to worry about matching paper with inks. This is something I look for when making an investment in paper and/or inks, and I am glad to see that other companies are beginning to see the value in the combination.

Asian Gardens 1a

Asian Gardens 2

Asian Gardens 3

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Asian Gardens and Asian Gardens Additions
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, Going Gray, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Bordering Blue (Oh, how I love this color)
Paper: SU! Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzazz
Ribbon: PTI Vintage Cream grosgrain, Fresh Snow grosgrain
Nestabilities, EK Success corner rounder

If you made it this far, thank you for hearing me out out! Have a fabulously awesome day! I appreciate you stopping by!!

March 1, 2011

PTI’s Make It Monday #1: Go-To Sentiment Cards

     I found PTI’s Make It Monday series rather inspiring. I made this pair of birthday cards and also a pair of similar thank you cards, which still need a finishing touch. I will post those later this week.

MIM #1-1

MIM #1-2

     The story behind the next card is that I had a smudge on the bottom border. I am a messy stamper and am lucky to make a card that doesn’t have a smudge on it somewhere. Originally, the card had the same striped border as the one above. I thought adding to the border would distract from the smudge, but instead it drew more attention to it. On top of it, I grabbed the wrong green ink. So I decided to add a bow to hide the smudge... and soften the border. I am happy with the results.

MIM #1-3

Stamps: PTI Giga Guidelines, Background Basics: Retro, Borders & Corners {Rectangle}, Faux Ribbon, Mat Stack 1, Mat Stack 3, Birthday basics and numerous others
Ink: SU! Sahara Sand, Concord Crush, Old Olive, Always Artichoke (by mistake)
Paper: SU! Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Concord Crush
Ribbon: Unknown
Button(s): PTI
PTI Mat Stack 1 & 3 dies; WRMK corner chomper; Fiskars Treading Water border punch; i-rock Mirror Glam Rocks

Thanks for stopping by!


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