October 15, 2011

WMS October Release-Day 4

Hello and thank you for joining us for the release of Waltzingmouse Stamps October stamps sets. There a six sets available for purchase today (you can visit the store by clicking on the link above).

The Design Team is having our traditional blog waltz today. Claire’s blog lists the entire design team dance card so if you get lost along the way, visit her blog and she will get you back in step. We are showcasing two fabby treat sets, Candy Jar Christmas and Candy Jar Christmas Fillers. These sets are yummie all the way around!

I made some tags to adorn the holiday treats I will be making. Once again, I got carried away and only touched the very surface of the possibilities that these two sets offer.

Mrs C 5

I found this box at Michael’s.
Mrs C 4

I found this jar at Walmart. They had an assortment of sizes to choose from. I think it makes a cute countertop presentation. Shhhh! These cookies are not homemade. On my way home from the store I thought of a great idea for spicing up ginger snaps. Take vanilla icing and mix it with crushed starburst mints (red or green, possibly both combined). Then spread it between two ginger snaps (probably best if homemade).  With a frosting mixture using the red and another frosting mixture using the green, I think they would make rather festive holiday treats!

Mrs C 1

Here is a picture of just a tag so you can see how I sandwiched the twill loop in between the two Nesties.

Mrs C 3

And a picture of a back of the tag. All the tags are the same except they each have a different circular saying in the middle. There are a total of four circle sayings so it worked out perfect. I’m thinking it would be best to use a Black medium tip Sharpie to fill out the To: and From: so that it stands apart from the circle sentiment.

Mrs C 2

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Candy Jar Christmas, Candy Jar Christmas Fillers, Very Vintage Labels No. 2, Vintage Circles, Small 
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU! Handsome Hunter, Cherry Cobbler
Ink: SU! Handsome Hunter, Cherry Cobbler
Other: Spellbinders Grand Calibur, Nestabilities;PTI Fresh Snow twill and satin ribbon

Your next dance partner is the one and only Laurie! You won’t want to miss her wonderful creation(s)!

Of course there is a PRIZE to be had! The prize is a WMS stamp set of choice. The winner is chosen from a random drawing of the comments left on one of the Design Team member’s blog. Commenters have until October 17th 11:59 PM, 5:5 9AM Central, 3:59 AM Pacific and 6:59 AM Eastern. The winner will be announced on Claire’s blog October 18th.

Thank you so much for joining the design team and me over the past few days. I really appreciate all the awesome comments! I thank you for taking the time to leave them. And that’s a wrap up on the October release. Now we’ll be looking to see what you’ll be creating!

October 14, 2011

WMS October Release-Day 3

First off, a big thank you to all you ladies and the gent who’ve left me such wonderful comments. Today is the Day 3 of the Waltzingmouse Stamps October Release, the day before the release. Tomorrow, you will be able to purchase the sets we have been showing you, plus the two sets we will be highlighting tomorrow on the design team blog waltz. Stay tuned!

Today the design team is showcasing 2011 Holiday Ornaments and Santa’s Coming to Town. I apologize, I got so carried away with the ornaments that I forgot to budget time for Santa. I don’t want to end up on his naughty list. That’s for sure! So, I will definitely be making time for Santa in the very near future.

2011 Holiday 6

2011 Holiday 5

2011 Holiday 4

2011 Holiday 3

2011 Holiday 2

2011 Holiday 1

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps 2011 Holiday Ornaments, Flourishes-Scallops and Dots, Seasons of Love-Tags, Very Vintage Christmas, Festive Foliage, Frame It, Say it Loud-Winter Holiday
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa, Cottage Ivy: SU! Cherry Cobbler, Going Gray, Elegant Eggplant, Soft Sky
Other: i-rock, Hot Rocks crystals; WRMK Corner Chomper

Lastly, I wanted to leave you with some of my tips about making paper bows:
For both kinds, you’ll want to use a light-weight paper (I used SU! Whisper White, which I think is the maximum thickness you’d want to use). Most DP would be perfect. Heavier-weight paper will crease instead of bend.
For the more complex bow, I used good ol’ glue to put it together, instead of staples or brads. I feel glue gave me more control in arranging the bow “petals.” Plus, there is less bulk. Then, instead of the measurements on the SCS tutorial, I used the following for the big bow: All strips were 3/4” wide, 8 @ 5 1/2,” 4 @ 4 1/2” and one at 3 1/2.”

And I’ve hoped you’ve come to expect it because there is so much more inspiration for you that is just a click away!

Anya Schrier
Becca Feeken
Belinda Chang Langner
Clare Buswell
Julia Aston
Jennifer Holmes
Kate Whelan
Kelly Schirmer
Laurie Schmidlin
Lynn Mercurio
Mona Pendleton
Niki Estes
Sandie Dunne
Tosha Leyendekker
Claire Brennan (Owner)

October 13, 2011

WMS October Release-Day 2

It’s the 2nd day of the Waltzingmouse Stamps September release and I am now back on schedule. Today the design team is showcasing Nordic Winter. I call it the “sweater set.” This is my mostest favoritist set of the release. In trying to describe how much I love it, I say this: If I were stranded on a deserted island for a year and could only have one stamp set, this would be it. I haven’t even begun to touch the tip of the possibility iceberg with this set.

I like to make items that can be reused because then I feel spending a little extra time on them is worth it. For today, I chose to make a trio of gift boxes because I thought they would best highlight this awesome set. I used two different tutorials for the bows, which you can find here and here. I don’t ever think I want to buy a bag of smooshed holiday bows again. The ornament tag is a sneak peak of one of the sets we will be highlighting tomorrow.

Nordic Winter 1Nordic Winter 2

Nordic Winter 3

Nordic Winter 4

And since pictures are worth a thousand words, here is a pictorial on how I got (or tried to get) my borders to line up on all four sides of the box (if it’s not, please let me know).

Nordic Winter Demo

Nordic Demo 2

Nordic Demo 3

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Nordic Winter
Paper: PTI SS White (for boxes), SU! Whisper White (for ribbons and ornaments)
Ink: SU! Bordering Blue, Basic Gray

Are you as excited by this release as I am? If so, you’ll want to keep on clickin’ and just watch as your excitement continues to grow, grow, grow!

Anya Schrier
Becca Feeken
Belinda Chang Langner
Julia Aston
Jennifer Holmes
Kate Whelan
Kelly Schirmer
Laurie Schmidlin
Lynn Mercurio
Mona Pendleton
Niki Estes
Sandie Dunne
Tosha Leyendekker
Claire Brennan (Owner)

October 12, 2011

WMS October Release-Day 1

Welcome to my second first day of an unexpected Waltzingmouse Stamps October release. I was a day ahead of myself an accidentally published this post yesterday. Whoops! So, I’ve taken this opportunity to add a few more pictures.

Wait until you feast your eyes on what Claire is releasing this month! I’ve had a hard time putting one set down in order to move on to the next. All the images conjure up so many great ideas.

Claire designed 6 sets for the upcoming holidays that were just too fabulous to wait until the scheduled November release. Now you will be able to get the sets with time to use them on your holiday projects. The sets will be available for purchase on Friday, October 14th.

Today, the design team is showcasing Seasonal Remedies. The stamps coordinate with Spellbinder’s Nestabilities, likely ones you already own. The set is perfect for food and beverage type gifts, whether they be homemade or store bought.

My project is based on a Lauren Meader design that caught my eye a few years ago. I went out and bought the beverage cups but lacked the motivation to do anything with them… until I saw Seasonal Remedies and inspiration sprang forth. The cups were a lot easier for me than the cup holder. It’s probably because it was the first one I made and I had no idea what I was going to do. I used glue dots to attach the knotted ribbon and for some reason me and glue dots we just don’t get along. I’m going to go back and glue the ribbon on with good ol’ Elmer’s and then I will be satisfied. I like glue. It’s reliable. It takes awhile to dry on ribbon but it’s worth it. I will be making one more for the other two cups and am optimistic it all will go more smoothly. I stuffed my cups with two flavors of cocoa and a mini bottle of Baileys-yum yum yum. Overall, I think it is a fun and rather inexpensive little gift.

Seasonal Remedies 2

Seasonal Remedies 1Seasonal Remedies 5

Seasonal Remedies 6

And the following two pictures are after I have re-glued my ribbon knots onto the cocoa clutch. It’s a subtle, but it makes all the difference in the world to me.

Seasonal Remedies 3

Seasonal Remedies 4

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Seasonal Remedies, Very Vintage Christmas (flourishes on cocoa caddy), Holiday Labels No. 14 (frame around Pure Christmas Spirit image), Ovals-Classic Frames (frame around Goodwill image)
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU! Pool Party; PTI Lemon Tart
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU! Summer Sun
Other: Spellbinders Grand Cailbur, Nestabilities; i-rock, Hot Rocks crystals; Archer Farms beverage cups (purchased at Target, I’m not sure if they’re still available); SU! ribbon; Copics

I appreciate you stopping by (again) to take a look. I hope I’ve inspired you in some small way with any plans you’ve had for upcoming holiday gifts. Please be sure to check out the other DT ladies, creative genius awaits you!

Julia Aston  
Belinda Chang Langner 
Claire Brennan (Owner)

And in response to a post I made on the Waltzingmouse Forum. Here’s how I organize my WMS. I used foam board and a glue gun. I’m beginning to outgrow it now so I will have to think of ways to expand it to fit in the limited space available on my crafting tables.

WMS storage

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