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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