April 30, 2011

WMS May Release–Day 3

     Welcome back for the third day of Waltzingmouse Stamps May release! Tomorrow’s the big day so please be sure to waltz along with the Design Team before the official release. All of your comments have really got me pumped! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your comments! 
     Please be sure to visit Claire’s blog and check out the posts from the first two days because there are BIG prizes to be had; you don’t want to miss out!!
     Today the WMS Design Team is featuring Dainty Doilies-Large and Dainty Doilies 2-Small. I used Dainty Doilies-Large and I am also peeking “the quiet side” of Say it Loud for my sentiments (thanks to Anya for the inspiration). 
     I felt like I was channeling “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” when I was stamping my backgrounds. I wanted to keep the sentiments small to show off as much of the backgrounds as possible. It provided the perfect opportunity to match the small sentiments from Say it Loud with the smaller very vintage Labels stamps.
     Onto the cards!
Doilies 4

Doilies 3

Doilies 1

Doilies 2

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Dainty Doilies-Large (available 5/1/11), Say it Loud (available 5/1/11), and Very Vintage Labels No. 3, 4, & 5
Ink: Memento
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; PTI SSW (for the Nesties)
Ribbon: Unknown White
Spellbinders Grand Calibur and Nesties

Please be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team’s posts. There is certainly a lot of doily eye candy to be had!!

Anya Schrier

Belinda Chang Langner

Bonnie Sharp

Carly Robertson

Claire Brennan

Jennifer Holmes

Julia Aston

Kate Whelan (Me!)

Laurie Schmidlin

Lynn Mercurio

Mona Pendleton

Niki Estes

Sandie Dunne

Sarah Martina Parker

Tosha Leyendekker

April 29, 2011

WMS May Release–Day 2

     Thank you all so much for your comments on my Day 1 post! I read them throughout the day and they really made me smile, so thank you! “Join Us” is the Waltzingmouse Stamps set that the Design Team is previewing today. This is the set that I could not put down (as evidenced by the longest post in my blog history). And for those of you, like me, who might not be an “us” but a “me”… no worries-Claire’s gotcha covered! The set covers nearly every type of celebration and the options with mixing and matching between sets that you might already own make for infinite possibilities.
     I love monograms and I think the Join Us set is perfectly complimented by the WMS Victorian Alphabet.

For the casual summer get together…

Join Us 1

Join Us 8

     How did I do the napkins? Super simple. I used dye ink (Memento) and stamped 4-5 napkins at a time. I laid the napkins on the floor and then dried them using my heat gun. Drying within minutes after stamping prevented the ink from bleeding. Because I used dye ink, I figure if the napkin gets wet the colors will likely will bleed, but I figure it’s ok for cocktail napkins because most people don’t really use them (if plate and coasters are provided).

Join Us 13

For Thanksgiving…

Join Us 12

Join Us 7

For Christmas…(easily changeable for any winter celebration)
     I used the small gingham print from Gingham & Co. for the background. I used a small circle Nestie to emboss inside the wreath. It really adds a classy touch.

Join Us 5

Join Us 6

Join Us 4

     Babies-For a boy…
     Here I did not ink the star in the wreath (seen above) so that I could substitute the cute baby pins included in the set instead. Join Us 9

Join Us 10

Join Us 11

For a girl…

Join Us 2

Join Us 3

     More possibilities I would like to try include onsies, cloth napkins, and flour sack dish towels.

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Join Us, Gingham & Co. Victorian Alphabet, Very Vintage Christmas, Free Spirit-Sentiments, Nutcracker Sweet
Ink: Memento; SU! Pretty in Pink
Paper: PTI SS White, Vintage Cream
Ribbon: PTI Spring Rain gingham
Other: WRMK Corner Chomper; Spellbinders Grand Calibur, Nestabilities

     Sorry, I didn’t mean to be a release hog, I just lost my self control! Please be sure to check in on all the design team’s blogs but words of warning-be prepared to be blown away!! Thank you for joining us!

April 28, 2011

WMS May Release–Day 1

     Wooohooo! Thanks for joining me on my first Waltzingmouse Stamps countdown. The WMS Design Team has a ton of inspiration to share with you over the next three days that lead up to the release and the Blog Waltz on May 1st (prizes are to be had-stay tuned)! Keep you eyes on WMS…you won’t be disappointed!
     Today I am showing you the “non-gingham” part of the soon to be released set of Gingham & Co. The stamp is a great polka dot background builder. Stamp size is no limit because you can match all sides of the stamp to create any size you want. Plus, I am giving you a few peeks of what is to come over the next few days.

G & C (1)

G & C2

G & C (3)

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Gingham & Co., Dainty Doilies 2-Small, Dainty Doilies-Large, Roses in Bloom, Spring Baskets, Say it Loud, Very Vintage Christmas
Ink: Memento Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Bamboo Leaves 
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Copics, i-rock Crystal Hot Rocks, WRMK Corner Chomper

Tip: You can see the difference in images between a “juicy” and “please re-ink me” pad. The green pad needs to be re-inked and gives a more distressed imprint while the orange pad has given a solid imprint. Ink and re-ink to your personal preference!

I appreciate you stopping by today! Please be sure to visit the other design team member’s blogs to see all of the amazing creativity on display today!

April 25, 2011

Vernal & Autumnal–Tiny Trees Style

     Today is a tribute to two out of my 3 1/2 seasons (I can only love about 1/2 of winter). Tiny trees is definitely a set with unlimited seasonal options. I have made several different seasonal cards with the set and I still haven’t even used half of the set. One thing I have found is that SU! inks seem to work best on super smooth papers like SU! Whisper White and Very Vanilla.

Glorious Wishes

Glorious Wishes 1

     I got a bit carried away with building this tree. It overgrew its trunk so I had to extend the trunk below the sentiment to keep it balanced. The ribbon border? Well, that covers up the faux stitching border that went awry.

Glorious Wishes 2

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Tiny Trees, Frame It, Off Beat Backgrounds, Victorian Alphabet (period), Spring Baskets
Ink: SU!
Paper: SU!; PTI SS White (base card)
Ribbon: PTI Dark Chocolate twill; Unknown Copic-colored thin white ribbon; Unknown White crochet thread
PTI Buttoned Up #1 die

Wishing you glorious spring wishes with many thanks that fall is far in the future. Thanks for springin’ by!

April 24, 2011

Little Frieda’s Flower

     Happy Easter! I have been cooking up a storm this weekend. I made a great egg bake, which I highly recommend. You can find the recipe here
     Today’s card is pretty basic because I wanted to keep the focus on this super cute little girl, Frieda.  Frieda is the star of the show at The Craft’s Meow. She’s just so darn cute!

Little Frieda's Daisy

Stamps: The Craft’s Meow Little Frieda’s Flower
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI SS White, Lemon Tart, Aqua Mist
Copic markers

Thanks for hoppin’ by! Makes sure to check out the sneaky peeks on Claire’s blog. The WMS May countdown starts on April 28!!!!

April 20, 2011

Never Say Never

     Today’s card came into being based on a background I made while messing around to see what kind of design I could come up with. It turned out to be a bright, cheery and motivating kind of card perfect for a guy.


Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Free Spirit – Boy, Very Vintage Labels No. 5, Words of Wisdom
Ink: SU! Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise
Paper: SU! Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ribbon: Unknown turquoise
Spellbinders Nestabilities, i-rock Glam Rocks – Mirror

Thanks for stopping by and have an uplifting day!

April 18, 2011

Gee Thanks!

     Thanks to all of my wonderful commenters and followers. I appreciate y’all!! Somehow the 17th got away from me and I missed the Waltz. Guess I better put that date on my calendar. I look forward to stopping by and seeing what you have made.

Gee Thanks

Gee Thanks 1

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Bitty Banners, Way Out West (large star), Very Vintage Labels No. 2, Vintage Banners (small star), Musical Backgrounds, Very Vintage Christmas
Ink: Memento London Fog, Rhubarb Stalk; SU! Basic Gray
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream
Ribbon: PTI Vintage Cream grosgrain
WRMK Corner Chomper; Spellbinders Grand Calibur, Nestabilities

Gee Thanks 2

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Very Vintage Labels No. 2, Bitty Banners, Back in the Saddle, Way Out West (large star), Vintage Banners (small star), Musical Backgrounds, Very Vintage Christmas
Ink: SU! Bordering Blue
, Basic Gray; Memento Rhubarb Stalk, Tuxedo Black
Paper: SU! Bordering Blue; PTI Vintage Cream
Ribbon: PTI Rustic Cream Button Twine
Spellbinders Grand Calibur, Nestabilities

Gee, thanks for stoppin’ by!

April 4, 2011

It’s an Eggstra Special Day!!!

     Today is day 4 of the April Waltzingmouse Stamp of approval Parade (a/k/a SOAP)! Some of you may have already anticipated this (dear, lovely Stella), but today is my first post as a Waltzingmouse Stamps Design Team member!!! YAY!! Joining with me today are Niki and Tosha! I couldn’t be more honored or excited!!! Claire and the rest of the gals are some of the most talented women from around the globe! I have always found them to be a source of awe and inspiration! (P.S. I will be at work when this posts and will be updating my blog with the Design Team links later today. I didn’t want to jump the gun and spoil everyone’s surprise.)
     For my card today, I did a bit of traditional and non-traditional masking. I don’t like to cut masks, so when I do I cut them out of a lightweight cardstock rather than normal printer paper or post-its. This way, I can use the mask more than once without fear of bleed-throughs. My “non-traditional” masking comes from the way I removed the basket handle. I stamped the body of the basket as close to the edge of my stamp pad as possible. Then, I used a wet wipe to remove the bit of ink that got on the handle. I removed some of the basket in order to make sure I removed all of the handle because I knew I could draw/trace it in later. 
 Eggstra Special

     I cut out the large egg group and glued it onto the main image and then  drew/extended the top line of the basket onto the eggs. This way it looks like the eggs are inside the basket as opposed to the straight edge left by the paper when I glued it on. It’s a small touch that visually completes the image (and hopefully distracts from the messy “o” in the sentiment…I hate when I have fuzz attached to my stamps that I don’t know about until it’s too late!!!).
     And now (drumroll please), the biggest surprise is that it’s time for you to get your craftiness on and participate in a CASE (Copy and Share Everything) competition. All you need to do is find a card or project from any of the projects posted over the past few days by the WMS Design Team, CASE the project using Waltzingmouse Stamp images, and link it using the Inlinkz on Claire’s blog at http://waltzingmouse.blogspot.com/. At the end of the competition, one project will be randomly selected and highlighted with a Parade of its own on several of the Design Team blogs. We all hope this competition inspires your creativity.
     Please note, you have one week to complete and link your project. The competition closes at 8:00 AM Claire’s time on April 10th, 3 AM Eastern, 2 AM Central, and 12 AM Pacific time.  The winner will be announced on Claire’s blog on April 11th.

Please be sure to continue on to the rest on the DT's wonderful creations!

Waltzingmouse Stamps Spring Baskets
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI SS White, Hibiscus Burst
Ribbon: PTI Hibiscus Burst grosgrain
Nestabilities; Copics; Prismacolor colored pencils; Odorless mineral spirits; Copic Multiliner SP 0.05

We hope that y’all enjoyed the first Waltzingmouse Stamp of Approval Parade; highlighting last month’s sets and the classic Spring Baskets set.

April 3, 2011

What a Day!

     I can’t tell you how much I love the new Waltzingmouse Stamps Back in the Saddle and Way out West sets, and I’m not even country folk…but, hey, there’s no need to be! ;)

Big Day & Happy Trails

     I think this card’s sentiment makes it very versatile. It could be used for a birthday, graduation, possibly even a Western-style wedding. Apparently, I had a bit of trouble getting the black mat cut straight. ;)

Big Day

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Back in the Saddle, Way out West, Bitty Banners, Earth Angel (small star), Vintage Banners 
Ink: SU! Ridinghood Red, Sahara Sand; Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Paper: SU! Ridinghood Red, Basic Black; PTI Vintage Cream

     On this next card, I used a watercolor pen to go over the lines of the mountains to give them a softer look. I watercolored on some Marigold Morning  near the skyline to soften the transition to the cream paper. I also used the pen to make the foreground look like it was covered in mist. Super simple and quick ways to add some visual interest.

Happy Trails

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Way out West, Back in the Saddle, Vintage Alphabet (period), Wanda’s Pantry (lizard)
Ink: SU! Soft Suede, More Mustard, Bravo Burgundy, Cajun Craze; Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Paper: SU! Soft Suede, Cajun Craze; PTI Vintage Cream
Other: SU! linen thread (braided), word window punch

Wishing you happy trails on your journeys today! Thanks for stoppin’ by!

April 2, 2011

Way Out West

     Where the wild things are and the only thing to guide him is the evening star. He’s the roughest, toughest man I know and his name is Cowboy Joe.
     He always sings ragtime music but the Western folks all know…
     Whatta they know?
     That he’s a high falutin’, rootin’ tootin’ son-of-a-gun from Arizona (shout out to Mona!)
     Ragtime cowboy (jazz hands Belinda!), talk about your cowboy….
     Ragtag time Cowboy Jooooe! Yeah! (more jazz hands)

Yee Haw Posse

Yee Haw

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Back in the Saddle, Earth Angel (small star), Free Spirit – Boy (small concentric circle), Way out West
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU! Soft Suede, Ridinghood Red, Sahara Sand; Ranger Distress Inks Antique Linen
Paper: SU! Soft Suede; PTI Vintage Cream; Unknown vellum

Round up the Posse

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Back in the Saddle, Earth Angel (small star), Way out West, Very Vintage Christmas, Victorian Alphabet (small dot)
Ink: SU! Sahara Sand, Soft Suede; Memento Tuxedo Black, Back Magic; Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Paper: SU! Soft Suede; PTI Vintage Cream

Yee haw, baby! Ya better round up the posse because there’s a new sheriff in town! :)

April 1, 2011

Party on Dude

     I thought the guitar stamp from WMS set Back in the Saddle could transition into a rockin’ acoustic guitar with the help of a few other WMS sets! My original intent was to create a teen guy card…I should have had the foresight that a rainbow background is more teen girl so that is what the card evolved into. Then I thought, ok, camouflage colors should be pretty dude-like and thus, the idea for the second card was born. I guess I had to get the “girl” out of my system before I could start thinkin’ like a “dude”…ummmhmmm! I’ll probably give ‘em to my stepmom to give to my teenage niece and nephew for their birthdays.

Party on Dude


Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Back in the Saddle, Earth Angel (heart), Midnight Feast, Free Spirit – Sentiments, Holiday Labels No. 14, Vintage Banners (3 small stars), Musical Backgrounds
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Lady Bug, Tangelo, Dandelion, Pear Tart, Bahama Blue, Grape Jelly 
Paper: PTI SS White
PTI Fresh Snow twill

Rockin' Dude

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Back in the Saddle, Earth Angel (heart), Midnight Feast, Free Spirit – Sentiments, Vintage Banners (3 small stars), Off Beat Backgrounds, Bitty Banners, Very Vintage Christmas
Ink: SU! Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Sahara Sand, River Rock; Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream; SU! River Rock
i-rock Glam Rocks - Mirror

Tip: SU! inks can be stamped over immediately (e.g., the stars on the guitar), but I found that with Memento inks, the base ink has to dry fully before stamping on top of it or else the two stamped images bleed together and the second image ends up disappearing.

And always remember to never get to old to keep on rockin’ in the free world! Have a kick-bootie Friday!


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