May 23, 2011

Belated H2ndB WMS!

     Dear me! It had been a bit of a sudden whirlwind. I was to start my bar prep course and I had been trying to finish up a little of little odds-n-ends until I discovered I overlooked the biggest odd-n-end of all. My bar app!!! I missed the deadline. No exceptions are made. I will have to wait until the next exam at the end of February. I was lucky enough that I can switch my bar prep course from summer to winter. I just made the deadline on the cheap side. I had to FedEx 32 pounds of books back for 2nd day delivery. Had it been next day the cost would have been somewhere between $300-$600. Hopefully, there is a lesson learned here. I am still trying to wrap my head around it all. On top of it, there is water seeping into my basement craft room from all the rain we’ve had.

     I want to wish Claire and Waltzingmouse Stamps a belated Happy 2nd Birthday!!! I am so honored to be a part of the WMS Design Team. Claire’s creativity is unparalleled, she always manages to come up with the most versatile and unique designs. WMS just keeps getting better and better! Way to go Claire on a rockin’ 2 years!

     The £200 (approx $324USD) of WMS goodies went to the very lucky Deb C of the blog Tinkering with Ink : Engineering Creativity. Yay Deb!

     My card today isn’t a birthday card, but a redo. I just didn’t like how the first one turned out, so much so, I decided to redo it.

For the redo, I ripped of the vellum and decided instead to try and cut the vellum with a Nestie. It worked great and so did the SU! ink. I got great ink coverage with one try. I think the shape of Labels No. 5 Nestie along with the WMS Very Vintage Labels No. 5 stamp make the card.

Faith Redo

      I didn’t like how the ink I originally used wouldn’t give a good impression on the vellum. I stamped it three times and this was the best impression I could get. It just doesn’t pack the punch like the redo. And I think the shape of the vellum, although true to the sketch, didn’t accent the background or the sentiment the way the Labels No. 5 does.

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Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Very Vintage Labels No. 5, Victorian Frippery, Words of Wisdom
Ink (redo): SU! Early Espresso, Baja Breeze; PTI Fresh Snow
Paper: SU! Aqua Mist; Unknown vellum
Ribbon: PTI Fresh Snow velvet
Other:
Spellbinders Labels No. 5 Nestibilities, Grand Calibur; PTI Aqua Mist button

     Well, I think my craft room carpeting might be dry enough to move things back in. I am preparing for the June WMS Stamp of Approval Parade (SOAP). Be sure to check out Claire’s and the design teams’ blogs on June 1st for fun and fresh new ways to use you May release goodies!

     Blessing and Faith to you and thanks for stoppin’ by!

May 3, 2011

WMS May Release Wrap Up

     Thank you so much for all of your wonderful comments that you left on my blog this release!!! WOW! My blog has been smokin’ from all the activity!

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     The winner of the free Waltzingmouse Stamps set of choice is Shirley N. for the comment she left on my blog! Thanks Shirley and CONGRATS!!
    
     Next up is the napkin test challenge. I stamped plain napkins for the release with Memento ink, which I heat set with my embossing heat gun. For deets, see this post. I had concerns about what would happen when the napkins were used and many of you were curious as well. So here are the results. I was surprised the napkins held up as well as they did. I finally ended up pouring water on the napkin because it was holding up so well.

Napkin 1

Napkin 3

Napkin 2

     A bit of a snafu… When stamping monograms it’s important to make sure one gets the initials correct. How do I know? Well, I learned the hard way. If your initials are SCD and/or your first and last initials are SD and your husband’s are DC and you would like me to send you the corresponding cards, etc. (items in first five pictures) from Day 2 of the Waltzingmouse Stamps May release, the first person to leave a comment expressing interests gets them.

     Lastly, I contacted Tsukeniko. I’ve finally come to the realization that Memento inks are the best on the market, especially for acrylic stamps. I’ve had a hard time converting to this mindset because of the lack of muted colors, matching paper, ribbon, etc.  What won me over is that Memento inks cover splendidly on whatever type of paper you might be using, whether it’s PTI’s Stamper Select White or paper you pick up at Wal-Mart. For me, I like that great results are a no brainer. Just ink up your stamp and have at it. This is just my opinion…Tsukeniko has no idea who I am or what I am up to. The response I received is that, YES, more colors of Memento ink are on their way. Because of the devastating effect of the earthquake, the release date is unknown at this time. Definitely something to look forward to!

Thanks ladies, my first Waltzingmouse Stamps release was a BLAST!!!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Dainty Doilies-Large, Say it Loud, Gingham & Co., Very Vintage Christmas
Ink: Memento
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White

May 1, 2011

WMS May Release Blog Waltz

     Today is the day and now is the time for the Waltzingmouse Stamps May release and the Design Team’s Blog Waltz!!
    If you have arrived here from Laurie's blog, then you are right in step. If you just happened to cha-cha onto my blog, you may want to start at Claire’s blog. She has a complete list of the Blog Waltz order, in case you get lost dancing to the tune of your own drum. 
     Leave a comment for a chance to WIN!!! Leaving a comment on today’s DT blog posts will enter you into the drawing for a stamp set of your choice. You have until 11:59 pm Eastern, 10:59 pm Central and 8:59 pm Pacific time on May 2 to comment. You don’t have to, but commenting on each and every blog will increase your chances of winning.

    The first card I am showing you is my favorite of today’s bunch. It has a picnic tablecloth kind of feel to it. The sentiment is from WMS Say it Loud. I used the largest of the three gingham designs from Gingham and Co. for the background. The doilies are all from Dainty Doilies-Large set.

Doilies 7

     Here, I used WMS Dainty Doilies 2-Small for the background, Say it Loud for the sentiment and the line border is from Very Vintage Christmas.

Doilies 5

     This next card was the prototype for yesterday’s cards. I used WMS Dainty Doilies-Large and Say it Loud.

Doilies 6

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Gingham & Co., Dainty Doilies-large, Dainty Doilies 2-Small, Say it Loud, Very Vintage Christmas
Ink: Memento
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest White; Unknown vellum
Ribbon: Unknown Black gingham
Other:
Spellbinders Grand Calibur, Nestabilities; i-rock Crystal Hot Rocks; WRMK Corner Chomper; Copics (to color Crystal Hot Rocks)

Your next dancing partner is the lovely and talented Julia! I hear she is a light on her feet and a real twinkle toes! Oh, she creates fabulous cards too!!!!!:) And that is a wrap up for this month’s release. I can hardly wait to see all the creations YOU make with the new sets! I appreciate all of you visits and am especially thankful for your comments!! Happy shopping!

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