Monday, September 17, 2012

Waltzingmouse Stamps September Blog Party!

Oh honey-colored FALL...so glad you are here!  You make the sadness of summer's end much easier to endure :)  It's blog party time at Waltzingmouse Stamps and we are celebrating fall and all of it's beautiful colors, patterns, and textures!  

This past weekend, we attended a special event hosted by our friends at Stokoe Farms.  They celebrated their 200th anniversary and had a wonderful day of fun at their pumpkin and Christmas tree farm...wagon rides, tours, a cocktail party, a mechanical bull to raise money for local charities, and a little chicken barbecue for 550 of us!  The tent was HUGE!  I even got to ride in a huge combine (driven by my daughters' bus driver...such is small town life!)  It was so interesting to hear how the farm began.  It is still run by three Stokoe sons and now their children and grandchildren also take part in the farming.  They harvest crops such as wheat and corn, have Holstein cows, and then run a pumpkin and Christmas tree farm in the fall and winter.  They also used to own the strawberry patch that I used to work at as a young teenager.  Jason still works at the tree farm a few weekends in December.  

I decided to make a harvest card to celebrate...


I have been quite obsessed with patterned papers lately.  So much so, that I forgot how much I love stamping my own backgrounds!  I decided to take out some favorites for my card. I stamped a background with Text-It and then added the beautiful border from French Country along the bottom.  So lovely in distress inks!


The sunshine is from My Island, and I added Mr. Rooster from French Country.  The sentiment and leaves stamped over the text are from Peace & Plenty.

I can't wait to see all of the warm and wonderful creations for this party!  Remember, you have until 1:30 PM EST tomorrow (September 18th) to add your creations to the Mr. Linky set on Claire's blog.  She will announce special mentions and the random winner of a free WMS stamp set on her blog on Thursday, September 20th!

Supplies:
Stamps:  French Country, Text-It, My Island, and Peace & Plenty, all Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper:  PTI Vintage Cream cardstock
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress inks in Vintage Photo, Antique Linen and Tea Dye, Fresh Ink in Merlot and Harvest, and A Muse Studio ink in Latte and Toffee
Other:  Spellbinders Deckled Edge Rectangle Nestabilities, May Arts gingham ribbon

31 comments:

Pauline said...

Kelly, this is simply stunning! A fabulous mix of stamp sets, and peachy colours. I love the rooster against the sunrise, and set into the card aperture. This is one to case!

Marybeth said...

Kelly!!!!! This is my all time favorite of yours. Oh my gosh I love this gorgeous card. Your stamped background is stunning! I tell you your card is going to be the hit of the blog hop. Can you tell I love this card? The bow is also perfect! The colors are gorgeous too!

Denise said...

I love your "honey-colored" card! I totally identified with you when you mentioned loving to stamp your own backgrounds but sometimes forgetting because of the lure of patterned paper. This is a stunner - absolutely gorgeous!! Happy fall!!

Bumblebee said...

absolutely lovely Kelly, great stamping!

Karin Åkesdotter said...

WOW Kelly - I would never have thought to combine those stamps - it's PERFECT with the rooster and the sun bg - wonderful card and wonderful design - love this!!!

Lynn Mercurio said...

This rocks, Kelly. Love the rooster who is front and center. Your background stamping is fabulous with your combination of text and leave. So well done! The My Island sun rays are a perfect compliment to this rooster too. Good morning sunshine! Super job!

Kara said...

really pretty, Kelly!!

Renee said...

Gorgeous!!!
I just love it...
so many things I'm still taking it all in!
The text...
the leaves (I'm SO stealing that!*giggle*)...
the roster and sunset...
and the colors!!
Everything about this is just fabulous beyond words!
And...
I hear you about those papers...
slight weakness;)...
but trust me...
you haven't forgotten anything about making your own!
Seriously...
stealing!! :)

Craftilicious said...

yum, yum and yum again :-D I love all your layered stamping - it's vintage fabulousness!

Deborah Frings said...

Fabulous background paper - these stamps are so easy to mix! I really like the way you've used the negative die cut to frame the rooster! Perfect!

Suzanne D. said...

Hey Kelly!!!!!! I LOVE the leaves stamped over the text, and the rooster over the sunrise! PERFECT card!

Marlena M. said...

This is AMAZING Kelly~I love the combo of the rooster and sunshine. Love it!

Laurie said...

This is gorgeous! I love how you framed the focal point! And that bow? Makes me smile!!

Barbara said...

Kelly, your card is a masterpiece! I just love everything about it...the colors, textures, image and the sentiment. You have such a flair for elegance in your designs.
Loved reading about your weekend, it sounds like fun. Yes, that is the great part of small town living, you can even socialize with your daughter's bus driver! Have a wonderful week.

Julia Aston said...

Oh Kelly! I love how you made your fall card with a French country touch! Your ribbon and colors are wonderful on this! Sounds like you had a really fun time at the farm as well!

Lori said...

This is fabulous! Love the patterned paper you created and how you combined all the different sets into one fall-themed design.

Sharron said...

OMG, Kelly, this is stunning! You have created the most amazing background--LOVE how you combined sets! The colors, your gorgeous bow, the rooster stamped over the sun image--everything is just perfect! LOVE this one so much!

Joyce said...

Wow--what a beautiful fall themed card. I love how you put the rooster on that sunburst. And, I'm thinking to myself--I'm pinning this one because I even have several of these sets. The scene you set, framed with the text and leaves is just so perfect.

Kim said...

What a beautiful card and you are just so clever to combine the rooster with that sunburst...they go so well together and your bow, just so pretty.

Cammie said...

Kelly, GORGEOUS!!! LOVE the rooster on the sunburst framed with the deckled rectangle (one of my fave dies). And the paper you designed --Amazing! Thank you for the inspiration!

Bonnie said...

Beautiful Kelly!! and needless to say - I LOVE the chicken/rooster - in all of his glory!

Cathy Weber said...

Look what you have done! So many different stamp combinations that are not traditional Fall stamps, yet you have created a perfectly spot-on Fall themed card. Love the sunshine behind the rooster and I would give anything to have a picture of you riding that bull (hope you did!)

maria f. said...

Thought I loved that rooster but now I'm in love with that distressed sunshine. Your card oozes so much lusciousness. Beautiful work Kelly.

cbuswell said...

Gorgeous, I love how you paired the sunrise with Mr.Rooster! Brilliant! Love the fab mellow tones too!

Charmaine Stack said...

What a great harvest card. The sunshine and rooster go so well together!

Amy Kolling said...

What a beauty! I love your use of French Country here Kelly! And that bow?????? PERFECTION!!!

Jean Martin said...

Oooohhhh! Kelly this is fantastic! LOVE the old world feel of it. And that ribbon! You are a gingham girl! :)

Jeanne J said...

Wow Kelly! Who needs to ever buy pp when you can stamp a background like that? Gorgeous. Love the shading/distressing and how the center window just pops off the page. That rooster never looked better!

The Paper Parade said...

I just love the sunrise behind the rooster and the way you stamped the leaves on the text! This is a beautiful and different fall card!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Beautiful card Kelly! Has such a warm welcoming feel! I love the soft colors!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Love this big huge bow, wow!