Saturday, March 31, 2012

One Layer Bundle Sketch

A tricky one at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog this week...the elusive ONE LAYER WONDER card!

So hard to do!!!  But here is mine...

I used the negative cut with the Petite Scallops Large Nestabilities to make the outside frame.  I placed the piece on the cardbase as a template and sponged around the inside using Antique Linen Distress ink.  The heart is from Sweethearts and the sentiment from Frame-It.

What is hard to see in the first photo is the knit circle from Faux Fun Circles stamped around the inside with pink ink!  I also used a glue pen to edge the outside of the heart, and then sprinkled some Crystal Snow glitter to make it stand out a bit.

I love seeing one layer wonders and can't wait to see the links to your projects this week!  Upload them HERE by next Friday, April 6th.  Be sure to include at least one Waltzingmouse Stamps image on your card to be eligible to be the randomly-selected participant who will win a WMS stamp set of choice!

Stamps:  Sweethearts, Faux Fun Circles, Frame-It, all Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper:  PTI Vintage Cream cardstock
Ink: Fresh Ink in Pink Grapefruit, A Muse Studio Shell ink, Tim Holtz Distress inks in Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy
Other:  Crystal Snow glitter by Stampendous, twine, Spellbinders Petite Scallops Large Nestabilities

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

It's blog hop time at Papertrey Ink, and this month there was this delicious photo...
 chock full of inspiration (and yummy things!)

I made two cards for today's hop.  The first features the sweet balloon strings from Everyday Button Bits, stamped on a Button Boutique card.

The paper is from the Fine and Dandy Collection by My Mind's Eye.  I placed the button card on a panel of Harvest Gold cardstock stamped with Polka Dot Basics in Fresh Snow ink.

Added some fun buttons from my stash, a little Aqua Mist border cut with the Pearl Lace Border die from Memory Box, and a Tiny Tags die cut.

....and on to my second card...there's that Baby Button Bits cupcake again!  I am pretty that sure I used it on the last hop that I participated in!  I just love it, and think it is my most-used PTI stamp...

Paper-pieced the cupcake with gingham paper from Lily Bee Design and some white cardstock embossed with a Sizzix folder.

I'm always looking for different things to put on top!  This time it's a butterfly on PTI's Linen Vellum cut with a die from A Muse Studio.

I think we will be feeling very sunny after all of the stops at the hop today!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!


Button Balloon card:
Stamps:  Everyday Button Bits, Button Boutique, Polka Dot Basics, Tiny Tags, all Papertrey Ink
Paper:  Fine & Dandy patterned papers from My Mind's Eye, PTI Aqua Mist, Harvest Gold, and White cardstock
Ink:  A Muse Studio Buttercup, Orange, Bermuda, PTI's Fresh Snow ink, and Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  Aqua Mist grosgrain ribbon, PTI's Button Boutique and Tiny tags dies, Pearl Lace border die from Memory Box, buttons, orange Divine Twine, corner rounder punch

Cupcake card:
Stamps:  Baby Button Bits, Sending You, Papetrey Ink
Paper:  Handmade and Double Dutch patterned papers from Lily Bee Design, A Muse Studio's yellow gingham, PTI White, Lemon Tart, and Linen Vellum
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, PTI Pure Poppy
Other:  Spellbinders Lacey Circle Nesties, Sizzix embossing folder, white satin ribbon, butterfly die and red rhinestones from A Muse Studio, Martha Stewart Doily Punch

Balm of Friendship Sketch

Happy weekend!  I really couldn't wait for this one to get here what with all of that nice weather...and now the temps are going from 80's back down to the 50's-60's for Saturday and Sunday!  Oh well, at least it's not snowing!

Here's something that cheered me up...a new sketch by Renee Lynch for the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog!

Here is my card...

I turned the sketch to the right and added a label from Rescue Remedies.  Helen Berry's Top Mouse card here, from two weeks ago, inspired me to take out Pic-Nic Patterns and stamp those sweet little blooms!  The whole card started to come together in my mind after receiving the "Double Dutch" patterned paper line from Lily Bee Design in the mail.  There are even a bunch of sheets that are just different colors of gingham!  (I stamped the label on the tan one).  The flowers are actually on two separate panels as seen on the sketch, but then I ended up covering the seam with a bow...well, since it matched the papers so well :)

Now it's your turn to play along!  Upload your creation HERE by next Friday, March 31st.  Be sure to include at least one Waltzingmouse Stamps image on your creation to be eligible to be the randomly-selected participant who will win a WMS stamp set of choice!

Stamps:  Rescue Remedies, Pic-Nic Patterns, both Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper:  "Double Dutch" Collection by Lily Bee Design, PTI Kraft and Vintage Cream cardstock
Ink:  Tim Holtz Fired Brick, Tumbled Glass, and Antique Linen Distress Inks, Stampin Up Not Quite Navy, PTI Simply Chartreuse, Fresh Ink in Honey
Other:  Spellbinders Labels Four Nestabilities, little flowers from Hobby Lobby, gingham ribbon, A Muse Studio cranberry pearls, corner rounder punch

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Waltzingmouse Stamps St. Patrick's Day Blog Party!


It's time for my favorite blog party of the year at Waltzingmouse Stamps!  Today's theme (would it be any other??) is St.Patrick's Day, Irish, GREEN!  

You have until tomorrow at 1:30 to post your link at Claire's blog HERE!

I don't have any of the Irish sets (yet!) from Waltzingmouse Stamps (shame on me!!), so I used the plaid pattern from Off Beat Backgrounds and combined sentiments from Say It Loud Winter Holiday and Say It Loud.  Reminded me of an old Irish blessing!

Made my own little cluster of shamrocks using the Mini Rolled Rose die from My Favorite Things.  Cut them with some delicious green wool blend felt that I got from an shop called "BenzieBazaar."  Added some krafy stalks, then tucked them in a nestie oval stamped with Ovals-Classic Frames.

Hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day today!  No parade in Rochester for us, but it IS supposed to be near 70 degrees today!  I think some corned beef and cabbage will be attempted.  With my husband working this weekend, I'll be left to my own cooking devices (eek!).  Armed with a crockpot and I smile, I will do my best :)

Stamps:  Off Beat Backgrounds, Ovals-Classic Frames, Say It Loud, Say It Loud Winter Holiday, all Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper:  PTI Vintage Cream and Kraft
Ink:  PTI Kraft, VersaMagic ink in Sage and Niagara Mist, A Muse Studio Latte ink, Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress ink
Other:  Spellbinders Oval Nestabilities, Mini Rolled Rose die from My Favorite Things, felt from BenzieBazaar at, twine, mini brads, Linen/Canvas Impression Plate and kraft twill from Papertrey Ink

Bit O' Green Sketch


It will be a busy day at Waltzingmouse Stamps!  First up is this sketch by Renee Lynch for the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog!

Then at 1:30 PM EST, I will be back with another card for the Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Party!  Of course the theme this month is St. Patrick's Day/Irish/Green!  You can add your link to Claire's blog beginning at 1:30, and have until tomorrow at the same time to participate.  There are even some Freebie images to download for St. Patrick's Day in the store HERE that you can use today!

A bit o' green spilled over onto my card with Renee's sketch...

I stamped a background with a pattern from French Country and then dotted the centers with white opal Liquid Pearls.  Also added a little panel from Gingham & Co. with the same color ink.  The sentiment in green is from Say It Loud!  On St. Patrick's Day everyone should celebrate being Irish!  I get asked if I am Irish quite often as I have red hair, but sadly I just have to pretend today like lots of other people :)

I got a medallion die, I got one, I got one!  This one is called the Woodrow Rosette die and it's from Memory Box.  I purchased mine from Ellen Hutson.  I will admit to having a little trouble with it at first, as I was overlapping the edges too much when I adhered them.  This caused the medallion to rip when I pushed it down.  It's also easier to fold lighter weight patterned paper than cardstock.  (I used green gingham Kitschy Kitchen paper from Melissa Frances for mine.) Once I got that straightened out, it was smooth sailing and full steam ahead!  I made quite a few this weekend.  The die actually comes with a separate piece for the center, but I opted for a button cut with PTI's Buttoned Up #2 die instead.

Your turn to play along!  If you are quick, you can get something done with this sketch AND enter it into the Blog Party link group today!  Upload your creation with this week's sketch HERE by next Friday, March 23rd.  Be sure to include at least one Waltzingmouse Stamps image on your project to be eligible to be the randomly-selected participant who will win a WMS set of choice!  See you back here at 1:30 for the Blog Party!

Stamps:  French Country, Gingham & Co., and Say It Loud, all Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper:  PTI Vintage Cream and Fine Linen, Kitschy Kitchen papers by Melissa Frances
Ink:  A Muse Studio Latte ink, PTI New Leaf Hybrid ink, Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress ink
Other:  Memory Box Woodrow Rosette die, Papertrey Ink's Buttoned Up #2 die, White Opal Liquid Pearls, button, twine

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Wee Chicks Sketch

Another lovely sketch from Renee Lynch for the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog!  This week's is very versatile.  I got a sneak peek of the Mischief Makers' samples and they are so awesome!

Here is my card:

This week I used the L'il Buddies set with papers from the Melissa Frances "Kitschy Kitchen" Collection.  I just purchased them and have NO idea why I waited so long.  What an awesome collection of papers, and just my style, too!

Cut the dotted paper with the little pinked square from PTI's Button Boutique die collection.  I colored the chicks with Copic markers.  Stamped them twice to save me from having to cut out those teeny little feet!  I then popped up their bodies with dimensionals.

Can't wait to see where this week's sketch will lead YOU!  Upload your creation HERE by next Friday, March 16th.  Be sure to include at least one Waltzingmouse Stamps image on your creation, so that you will be eligible to be the randomly-selected player who will win a WMS stamp set of choice!

*DON'T FORGET!*  Next Saturday, March 17 is St. Patrick's Day!  It is also the Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Party, and of COURSE the theme is St. Patrick's Day/Irish/green!!  The blog party will start at 1:30 PM EST and you will have a whole day to upload your creations to the Mr. Linky group on Claire's blog!  I can't wait!

If you would like to participate but don't have any stamps yet, you can download some of Claire's digital freebies, there are some awesome St. Patrick's Day images and templates you could alter... find the freebies HERE!

Stamps:  L'il Buddies, Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper:  Melissa Frances "Kitschy Kitchen" patterned papers, PTI's Kraft and Vintage Cream cardstock
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Copic Markers
Other:  Pearl Lace border die from Memory Box, PTI's Button Boutique dies, twine, pearls from A Muse Studio

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The colors of yum

Oh yes, that's what I think about the color combination and photos at the CR84FN Color Challenge blog this week...kraft, yellow, and gray!  Fresh and fun and YUM!!

I have been trying my hand at some CAS cards lately, but they always end up taking me so long to make!!  For this card, I used October Afternoon patterned paper to piece the apple and pear from the Walzingmouse set, Peace and Plenty.  Also used the cane print from the new set Heirloom Patterns for the border.  See the twine...that's my one gray piece!  It's Divine Twine in the color "oyster".  The sentiment is from Dainty Doilies-Large set, and stamped on a Tiny Tag die cut from PTI.

To add a little more oomph, I ran a piece of PTI's Linen Vellum cardstock through my cuttlebug with the polka dot impression plate from A Muse Studio.  The paper is white, but there is yellow behind it on the base.  Kind of gave a glowy effect!

I will definitely try this color combination again, it's so fresh and fun!  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Peace and Plenty, Heirloom Patterns, sentiment from Dainty Doilies-Large set, both Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper:  PTI white, Linen Vellum, Kraft, Vintage Cream, Lemon Tart, October Afternoon patterned papers
Ink:  PTI Kraft and Fresh Snow, Copic markers
Other:  PTI Tiny Tags die, Divine Twine in Oyster, polka dot impression plate from A Muse Studio

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Butterfly Sketch

Time for another Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge!  This week, the sketch was created for us by Renee Lynch!  It's SO versatile...

Here is my take:

Had to use that butterfly from Nordic Spring!  Stamped it on patterned paper from My Mind's Eye.  Added swirlies from Flourishes-Scallops and Dots, and a sentiment from Say It Loud!

Your turn!  Upload your creation HERE by next Friday, March 9th.  Be sure to include at least one Waltzingmouse Stamps image on your project to be eligible to be the randomly-selected participant who will win a WMS stamp set of choice!

Stamps:  Nordic Spring, Flourishes-Scallops and Dots, Say It Loud, all Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper:  Lost and Found "Blush" Collection by My Minds's Eye, PTI Black
Ink:  VersaFine Black
Other:  Sakura Stardust glitter pen, black button, embroidery floss