August 11, 2011

WMS August CASE Competition Winner

     The winner of the Waltzingmouse Stamps August CASE competition is Jeanne J. and this is her awesome CASE of Sarah’s card. Congrats Jeanne!! Your card is absolutely gorgeous *sigh*.

August CASE winner

     Also, I want to spotlight those who CASE’d and improved upon my August SOAP cards. It made me feel great, so thanks ladies! I will have to CASE you CASE’ing me! I just love what you did. An awesome showing of creativity, to be sure.
     Deborah Frings-HERE and HERE
     Lori Techler
     Sue Plote
     Genevieve
     Cathy Weber
     Lynn Wild
     Laurie J.
     The next WMS CASE competition will take place in October so please stayed tuned!! Thanks for stopping in!

August 4, 2011

WMS August SOAP-Day 4

     Thank you, ladies, for all of your inspiring comments. I hold them near and dear to my heart.
    
     I mentioned it before and now is the time for You, my friend, to get you crafty. WMS invites you to participate in a CASE (Copy and Share Everything) competition.

     What you need to do:
Find a card or project from any of the design team’s posts over the past four days of the August parade; CASE that 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 to be highlighted with a Parade of its own on several of the Design Team blogs.
    When you need to do it by: You have one week to complete and link your project. The competition will close at 8:00 AM Claire’s time on August 10th, which is 3 AM Eastern, 2 AM Central and Midnight, Pacific time. The winner will be announced on Claire’s blog on August 11th.

      The WMS Design Team is on its last day of the Waltzingmouse Stamps Stamp of Approval Parade (SOAP). Today we all are rewinding to showcase Afternoon Tea. My card today is supposed to look like a hand-painted teakettle, fluid and far from perfect. I found when I lined all the layers up straight in preparation to assemble the card…(crickets)…boring! Was it hard for me to make sure everything, even the ribbon was a little off? A double heck yeah it was!! But hand-crafted isn’t always (and doesn’t always have to be) perfection.

Tea 1

Tea 2

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Afternoon Tea, Cameo to Go (leaf/heart image), Cameo Creations (small leaf/heart cross), You’re Lovely (medium & small flower and flourish), Flourishes-Scallops & Dots
Ink: Pool Party, Island Indigo
Paper: SU! Very Vanilla, Pool Party, Island Indigo
Ribbon: PTI Vintage Cream saddle stitch
Other: Unknown White acrylic paint; toothpick (to make dots)

The end of the parade draws near. Please be sure to stay to the end and keep on clicking. There is a lot of inspiration yet to see!

Anya Schrier
Claire Brennan
Jennifer Holmes
Julia Aston
Kate Whelan (It’s me)
Laurie Schmidlin
Lynn Mercurio
Mona Pendleton
Sandie Dunne
Sarah Martina Parker
Tosha Leyendekker

August 3, 2011

WMS August SOAP-Day 3

     It’s day 3 of the Waltzingmouse Stamps Stamp of Approval Parade. Tomorrow is the final day and the official start of the CASE competition. Check back tomorrow for all of the deets.
     Yep, you guessed it. I am continuing on with more backgrounds from sets released this past July. I’m running out of days and haven’t even used half of the released sets. Can’t help it, I was just really drawn to the cameos and ovals this month.

    When I make a background:

I always experiment on scratch paper first. It’s how I come up with my ultimate design and avoid wasting cardstock. It also allows me to get a feel for how the stamps line up with each other, and to see what fits and what doesn’t.

I always make mistakes, but I try my best to incorporate the mistake into my design or hope I can cover it up in the finished layout. If not, I cut it out and try to salvage what remains. In art, a consistent wrong can become a right.

I never manage to get everything lined up straight, to heck with it; I try to cover it up the same way I do my mistakes. The beauty of the human eye is that it naturally compensates for unevenness. Of course, a discerning eye can always spot where I am off, but remember that most people aren’t looking for the mistakes, they’re looking at the beauty.

Cameos 5

     I used Text It and Cameos to Go for this background. I had an open space I wanted to fill and the little scrolled fan image from Vintage Labels 2 fit perfectly, both size and style wise. First, I stamped all the scrolled oval frames (starting in the center of the paper and working out), then I stamped the cameos. Next, I came back and filled in with the fan image. Lastly, I stamped a Text It image over everything.

Cameos 1

     For this background, I started by stamping the small heart/leaf cross from Cameo Creations in the (what I perceive to be and never is) center of my card. From there I used the coordinating oval from the same set and stamped all around the cross, coming back to alternate between the cross and the oval to complete the design. Then I came back and stamped the solid oval from Ovals-Classic Frames (check closely, it’s not lined up at all but it doesn’t really affect the overall image). Lastly, I stamped the couple over the solid oval. And there you have it! I am supposing visuals would be more helpful. I will try to do that in the future.

Cameos 2

Cameos 4

Cameos 3

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Text It, Cameo Creations,Cameo to Go, Vintage Labels 2 (small scroll fan), Sweethearts (large I Love You), Ovals-Classic Frames
Ink: SU! Peach Parfait, Soft Suede, Pool Party, Island Indigo
Paper: SU! Peach Parfait, Soft Suede, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade
Ribbon: PTI Hawaiian Shores grosgrain; Unknown Lucky Limeade look-alike grosgrain (better match IRL)
Other:
i-rock Crystal Hot Rocks; Spellbinders Grand Calibur, Nestabilities

And please be sure to continue clicking on through the parade, there is a lot more design team eye candy to see!

Anya Schrier
Claire Brennan (Creative diva extraordinaire)
Jennifer Holmes
Julia Aston
Kate Whelan (Me)
Laurie Schmidlin
Lynn Mercurio
Mona Pendleton
Sarah Martina Parker
Tosha Leyendekker

August 2, 2011

WMS August SOAP-Day 2

     Welcome back for day 2 of the Waltzingmouse Stamps Stamp of Approval Parade. We are showcasing new ways to use the sets from the July release. On Day 4 we provide the details for the monthly CASE competition, so keep your eyes peeled for a design team member’s card that inspires you.

     I’m focusing on all the ways to create fun and easy background papers with the sets from July’s release. Today, I came up with a fruity twist on vintage. I used my background papers to represent wallpaper and a chair rail…and there hangs the portrait. I just love these colors together. They’re just so fresh.

Cameo Coral 1

     My background paper is made with the heart/leaf cross and circle cameo stamps from Ovals-Classic Frames.

Cameo Coral 3

     I wanted the bottom wallpaper to have a smaller repeat to it so I used the same heart/leaf cross stamp and created the same pattern but instead of stamping the cameos in the middle I continued using the heart/leaf cross.

Cameo Coral 2

     Claire’s sets are unique in that you will find the same elements in multiple sizes and shapes running through multiple sets. I can’t tell you how much I love that. It make her older and newer sets flow seamlessly together.Cameo Coral 4

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Ovals-Classic Frames, Cameo to Go
Ink: SU! Peach Parfait, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Pool Party (love the name of this one)
Paper:
PTI Vintage Cream; SU! Peach Parfait, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Pool Party (love the name of this one)
Other:
Spellbinders Grand Calibur, Nestabilities


     And like any good parade we want you to keep marching on to see all of the
inspiration that the design team has in store for you.

Anya Schrier
Claire Brennan
Jennifer Holmes
Julia Aston
Kate Whelan (Me!)
Laurie Schmidlin
Lynn Mercurio
Mona Pendleton
Sandie Dunne
Sarah Martina Parker
Tosha Leyendekker

August 1, 2011

WMS August SOAP-Day 1

     Thank you! Thank you for joining us on day 1 of the Waltzingmouse Stamps Stamp of Approval Parade. The design team is highlighting new and different ways to use the stamps from last months release. The design team has four days of great ideas lined up for you. For the first three days, we’re using stamps from WMS July release and on day four we’re rewinding to re-showcase “Afternoon Tea.”
     For this month’s SOAP, I am focusing on backgrounds. Yes, you’ve probably noticed a lack of DP on this blog…and not because I don’t own any. For me, I feel it is just one to many things to throw into the mix…and maybe, just because, I’m an old-schooler.
     OK, I can’t lie. I’m feeling rather crafty with the pineapple image. It wasn’t anything I thought up before hand (which always seems to be the best, from past experience). Sometimes I can just remember the fab bits and bobbles Claire includes in a set and then the light bulb goes off.
Thank You 3
     Here is the background I started with. I used the leaf image from Ovals-Classic Frames. My inspiration came from the brilliant card Joan made here. I then stamped an image from “Text It” to fill in the background. I have to give a big shout out and thank you to my step-mom. She gave half of her new SU! “In Color” paper and let me use her new in color stamp pads as well. Definitely helped with sparking my creativity.

Thank You 4

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Ovals-Classic Frames, Around Christmas (pinecone), Join Us, Text It, Vintage Labels 18
Ink: SU! Lucky Limeade, Chocolate Chip, Calypso Coral; Versamark
Paper: SU! Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Ribbon: Unknown White

Other:
  Superior Filigree White embossing powder

     Please hop on to see the wonderful inspiration that awaits you!!!

Anya Schrier
Claire Brennan
Jennifer Holmes
Julia Aston
Kate Whelan (Moi)
Laurie Schmidlin
Lynn Mercurio
Mona Pendleton
Sandie Dunne
Sarah Martina Parker
Tosha Leyendekker

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