Sunday, June 30, 2013

Waltzimgmouse Stamps Release Day Blog Hop!

The June release stamp sets are available at Waltzingmouse Stamps right now, and they are:
You're a Doll
You're a Doll Additions
Fine Feathers
Funky Feathers
Country Labels No. 14
Big Berry-Cherries
Crackle Background (both a full size and a mini size)
Crackle Background Reverse (both a full size and a mini size)

You should be arriving here from Becca's blog but you can always go back to Claire's blog for the full list!

I decided to focus on Big Berry-Cherries again.  LOVE that mini set! 

I stamped the cherries with VersaMark and heat embossed them with white powder.  Paired them with coordinating patterns from some of Claire's other sets...

the houndstooth from Heirloom Patterns (and also the sentiment from the previously-released "Big Berries-Strawberry)

and the polka dots from Off Beat Backgrounds.

Claire also has a little surprise up her sleeve today!  It's a mini set called Charm Squares and it's going to be FREE for FIRST 50 orders that spend over £60GBP today!  It will then be made available for sale :)

I paired Charm Squares with another label from Country Labels No. 14 and the cherries from Country Labels No. 4 (released in May). Made a little tag holder with "chalkboard" paper from Hobby Lobby.  I dusted it up with some real chalk :)

See the cute images from Charm Squares?!  That button looks so real to me, and it's easily punched out with a 7/8 punch.  That "thread" in the middle is stamped!!  Sentiment from Country Labels No. 4.

The contest!  Leave a comment on the DT Members' blogs as Claire will be choosing one random winner from all of the comments to receive a stamp set of choice! You will have until July 2nd at 11:59 PM (GMT), 5:5 9AM Central (July 3), 3:59 AM Pacific and 6:59 AM Eastern to leave comments. The winner will be posted on Claire’s blog on July 4th.

Now off to LYNN'S BLOG for some fabulous inspiration!

12 Kits! June with Jeanne!

It's the last day of JUNE, so that means it's time for another round of 12 Kits!  This month we are back to Christmas, and received a most gorrrrrgeous kit from our gal, Jeanne Jachna!

I hope that her arm is okay after cutting so many beautiful dies and stamping the coordinating images for us, heee!  It was so amazing to spread everything out on the table like this...

Thanks for the pic, Kara!

There are always a few things that catch my eye first in a kit and this time it was this sweet little girl from "Greeting Card Kits" from Stampin' Up...and this adorable paper clip!  I want to make 50 of them, so cheerful!

I watercolored her with Distress inks and then added some Stickles.  There is even a BLUE jingle bell!  I did not know of such jingle bells!  My wishlist got much longer after seeing Jeanne's kit :)

Next a fun layered card with a Santa from WPlus9,

So much fun to layer!  The little kraft section is a tiny paper bag perfect for tucking...

THIS list inside!  

Some more silhouette love...

Did I tell you yet how much I love these patterned papers from Basic Grey?!  So bold and the colors remind me of Jeanne.

Love the gems...and that awesome shimmery bauble so perfect for the sentiment.  Oh...Spellbinders Ribbon Buckles also added to my "Must Have" list :)

Last a masculine card...always think that with each kit I should make either a tag or a masculine card since I never have enough of either in my stash...

Oooo birch woodgrain paper, LOVE!  

I painted the deer chipboard die cut with Tim Holtz Crackle Paint in Picket Fence.  Added this adorable frosty jingle bell from Jeanne!

So there you have it.  As always, I have so much left over that it is pretty much sinful!  Thanks SO much to Jeanne for spoiling us this month.  

For some Christmas inspiration visit these 12 Kitters TOO ;) AND a special guest this month!!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Waltzingmouse Stamps June Release Previews, Day 3

Isn't this release from Waltzingmouse Stamps so fabulous?!  If you are just joining the fun, you can always see what's been going on by tuning into Claire's blog HERE for all of the latest release details.

Today we are debuting 2 more (out of 10!) stamp sets that will be released this Sunday, June 30th! They are Country Labels No. 14 and Big Berry-Cherries!

Up first is a card with Big Berry-Cherries...

I actually made mine pink with a healthy dose of clear coarse glitter from Martha Stewart.

I used this week's cool sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches blog designed by Jennifer Brum.

Next is a card with Country Labels No. 14.  Isn't that sentiment the sweetest?

I was waiting for my Spellbinders Labels 14 Nestabilities to arrive and so glad they were late because I got to try out a new technique that Julie Ebersole featured on her blog HERE.  She stamped some flowers onto kraft paper using white pigment ink, then overstamped them with dye inks.  I used little flowers from the previously-released sets Faux Fun Circles and Pic-Nic Patterns.

Love that it looks like chalking or folk art painting!

Now for some fabulous inspiration from these Design Team members...

...and Claire

Tomorrow is RELEASE DAY!
Be sure to come back tomorrow for our Release Day Blog Hop starting at
2:00 PM EST!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Waltzingmouse Stamps June Release Previews, Day 2

Back with more wonderful new sets from Waltzingmouse Stamps.  Today Claire and the Design Team are previewing 6 sets which are: Fine Feathers, Funky Feathers, and the Crackle Background and Crackle Background Reverse (available in both full size and mini versions).  These sets will be released on Sunday, June 30th!

Today I am featuring the Crackle Background Reverse in both the mini and full sizes.  Up first is a card with the mini version...

A lovely vintage encouragement card with the new Crackle Background Reverse-mini and Afternoon Tea Sentiments.

I paper pieced the cup with the background and then some papers from Simple Stories "Vintage Bliss" collection.

Next is the Reverse Crackle Background in the full size...

This time a more masculine encouragement card with a sentiment from Back in the Saddle to make a masculine encouragement card.

SUCH great detail on these stamps!!!

Off to see some amazing samples!  These DT members are featuring projects today:

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Waltzingmouse Stamps June Release Previews, Day 1

Hi everyone!  Today is the day when we finally get to share projects made with the 10 new sets being released on Saturday June 29th at Waltzingmouse Stamps!

Up today I have 2 projects featuring "You're a Doll-Additions."  (....My "You're a Doll" set happened to land in the wrong place, so I am featuring the little companion addition set on its own :)

My first card features the lovely little doll's face.

I stamped the face after coloring it with Tim Holtz Distress markers and then cut it out.  Added some little twine braids and a flower for her hair.  My two daughters were getting such a kick out of the little girl image and they had plenty to say about how she should look :)

Now for a fun way to use the sweetest sentiment from the set...

It just made me think of eggs and chicks!  I used the egg from Nestie Eggs and the chicks from A Good Egg. The little heart is also included in You're a Doll Additions.

See you back here tomorrow for more previews.  Here are the DT members that will be featuring "You're a Doll" and/or "You're a Doll-Additions" today...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

...and some more Waltzingmouse Stamps May Release Inspiration!

I'm back with another set of cards featuring the newly-released stamp sets USA 1776 and Country Labels No. 4, from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

I can hardly believe that the 4th of July is next WEEK!  I had to make another card with the star points from USA 1776 (the little "kite" shapes in the set) that coordinate with Spellbinders Stars 5 Nestabilities...

I cut the star out of patterned paper and then stamped one underneath.  The negative piece is placed over the top with dimensionals.  These stars are perfect for patriotic holidays...and beyond!  This lucky sentiment is from Compact Sentiments 2.

Up next is a cherry print background made with Country Labels No. 4...

I recently got this cool plaid paper in the Pebbles "Lakeside" Collection, and used it to set the colors for my background.  Stamped the little circular labels and then added the cherries from the set.

This time with a sentiment from the original Compact Sentiments.  I decided to leave this card simple, although I was very tempted to gloss up those cherries (but was too scared to after all of the circle stamping)!  In the end, my daughter Claire picked my one and only embellishment...she thought that the card would look best if I "dotted" the "j."  :)

For more inspiration, visit these DT members' blogs today!

And come back TOMORROW when we will begin previews for the June Release!!  Claire is releasing the most delightful sets...10 in all!!
Stay tuned to Claire's blog HERE for all of the information!

Star Luck card:
Stamps:  USA 1776 & Compact Sentiments 2, Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper:  Pebbles "Lakeside" and "Walnut Grove," PTI Vintage Cream
Ink:  Fresh Ink in Navy
Other:  Spellbinders Stars 5 Nestabilities, buttons, twine, Memory Box Woodrow Rosette die (pinked circle)
Cherry Background card:
Stamps:  USA 1776 & Compact Sentiments, Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper:  Pebbles "Lakeside," PTI Vintage Cream and Hawaiian Shores
Ink:  AMuse Studio ink in Mermaid, Berry, Bellini, Bubblegum and Fresh Ink in Island & Mojito, Memento Black
Other:  Basic Grey candy dot

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

More Waltzingmouse Stamps May Release Inspiration!

Today some of the Design Team members are featuring more projects made with the two newly-released stamp sets at Waltzingmouse Stamps.  They are Country Labels No. 4, and the set I am using today....USA 1776!

Both of my cards feature the amazing fireworks included in the set.  For my first card, I wanted to have my fireworks exploding in the night sky.

I stamped the images in VersaMark on a sheet of acetate and then heat embossed them with white powder.  Then I placed the piece over a sheet of navy star patterned paper.  The sentiment underneath is stamped in on a piece of linen washi tape.  (It's hard to see in the photo due to the acetate.)

My second card is a bit more elegant.

More fireworks, but this time stamped in Delicata Gold Glitz ink.  That stuff is amazing!  Totally looks like gold embossing without having to get out your heating tool.  I dabbed a dot of Liquid Pearls in Bisque in the center of each one.

I made a little "wooden" label using paper from Crate Paper's "Storybook" collection.  I love the stately eagle!

For more inspiration featuring the May release sets, be sure to visit these ladies today!

Red, White & Blue card-
Stamps:  USA 1776, Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper:  Stars paper, JoAnn's, Bazzill Basics plastic paper, and PTI white cardstock
Ink:  VersaMark, Tim Holtz Faded Jeans Distress ink
Other:  Filagree white fine detail embossing powder, Recollections red gems, gingham washi tape

Elegant Eagle card-
Stamps:  USA 1776, Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper:  Crate Paper "Storyteller," Pebbles "Walnut Grove," PTI kraft cardstock
Ink:  Delicata Golden Glitz, VersaMark, Memento Espresso Truffle, Stampin Up Cherry Cobbler
Other:  Filagree white fine detail embossing powder, gold adhesive dots, Liquid Pearls in Bisque

Monday, June 17, 2013

Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Party!

It's time for a Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Party!  The theme this month is "Summertime Fun."  You can see all of the lovely cards with the theme HERE at Claire's blog.  You still have time to participate, too!  Upload you creation to the Mr. Linky set on her blog by tomorrow at 1:00 PM EST and a random participant will win a stamp set of choice.  Claire will announce the winner and also highlight some special mentions on her blog on Thursday, June 20th.

Nothing is more fun for my family than going to visit my sister and her family in Manahawkin, New Jersey!  We visit the beaches of Long Beach Island.  My niece's husband John is quite the surfer and this card makes me think of all of his cool shirts and boards...and the Ron Jon Surf Shop in Ship Bottom, NJ...

I stamped the bubbles and wave from Free Spirit Boy onto some paper from "The Pier" collection by Crate Paper.  Roughed it up around the edges and added some woodgrain paper along the borders.

But the star of the show is the North Shore image!  I stamped it in VersaMark onto woodgrain paper from The Pier and then heat embossed it with white powder.  Colored in the sunset with some Copics and added a bit of gold Stickles to make the waves shimmer!

Can't wait to see all of the party projects!  Summer is slow in getting here in Upstate New York.  Rain, rain, and more rain.  I am ready to feel some sun on my skin about now!

Stamps:  North Shore and Free Spirit Boy, both Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper:  The Pier by Crate Paper, PTI Kraft, Recollections "Wood Floor" paper
Ink:  Fresh Ink in Strawberry, A Muse Studio Mermaid and Burano inks, VersaMark, Copics
Other:  Filagree white embossing powder, Spellbinders Oval Nestabilities, Stickles, twine, edge distresser, mini rhinestones

Sunny Side Up Sketch

It's been raining A LOT here, and I thought a sunny side up card was in order for this week's Freshly Made Sketches challenge!  Here is the sketch created by Linda Callahan...

...and my card.  I chose to turn the sketch and then changed the middle shape a bit...

I used the adorable new set Country Labels 4 from Waltzingmouse Stamps which coordinates with Spellbinders Labels 14 Nestabilities.

The sunshine is from Country Labels 4.  The sentiment, sweet hen on the banner, and all of the little folk art floral images are from the previously-released set A Good Egg.  These sets go perfectly together!  

Be sure to come back later today at Waltzingmouse Stamps will be having their blog party at Claire's blog HERE.  The theme?  Summertime FUN!

Stamps:  Country Labels 14 and A Good Egg, both Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper:  Simple Stories "Vintage Bliss," PTI Rustic White
Ink:  Hero Arts Butter Bar, A Muse Studio Mermaid, Fresh Ink in Pink Lemonade, Memento Espresso Truffle
Other:  Spellbinders Labels 4 Nestabilities, Basic Grey enamel dots, twine, corner rounder punch

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Fresh Strawberry Sketch

Loved this sketch by Rita Wright at Freshly Made Sketches as soon as I saw it!

It made me think of all things sweet with the little banners and the baker's twine.  I started off making a floral card, but the beautiful reds in this "Tangerine" paper from My Mind's Eye made me think of this Big Berries-Strawberry image from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

I originally had pennants along the bottom, but they looked too "busy" next to the "faux washi" printed right on the paper.  So I chopped them off and made little tabs.  Risky move since the card was done and sitting on my shelf!  

I was practicing with the adorable new flowers images and dies from WPlus9's Fresh Cut Florals and decided they would be perfect as strawberry blossoms!  The sentiment is also from Big Berries-Strawberry.

I am enjoying this challenge blog so much!  The DT is fabulous and so many gorgeous entries each week...very inspiring :)  

Stamps:  Big Berries-Strawberry, Waltzingmouse Stamps and Fresh Cut Florals, WPlus9
Paper:  My Mind's Eye "The Sweetest Thing -Tangerine," PTI Rustic White
Ink:  Fresh Ink in Tomato Red, Pear, and Basil, and Hero Arts Butter Bar
Other:  WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals dies, Divine Twine in Green Apple, button, yellow twine

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Fresh Flip Flops

I was in the mood for summer cards today!  I used the new sketch by Jen Mitchell at Freshly Made Sketches to make another summer card today.  This time I was thinking docks and flip flops since we were at my sister's lake house yesterday!

I used Papertrey Ink's Flipping Out stamp set and fun beachy paper from Crate Paper called "The Pier."

Love the wooden dock!  Added some stars and little opaque gems.   Didn't want to ruin the flow of the waves on the paper so added some nautical looking knots ;)!

Love these CAS sketch challenges, they really get my brain thinkin'.  Thanks so much, ladies!

Stamps:  Flipping Out, Papertrey Ink
Paper:  Crate Paper "The Pier", PTI Kraft cardstock
Ink:  Memento Espresso Truffle
Other:  PTI Flipping Out and Seeing Stars dies, opaque gems, twine

June with the Challenge Chicks

It's the first Sunday of June, yippee!  School is almost out and it's time for some fun with the Challenge Chicks!  Lydia came up with a cheerful "Here Comes the Sun" challenge...use yellow, orange, and white on a card with extra credit bonus points if we use an actual sun image!

YES!  Accepted the challenge AND got the bonus points :)!!  I cut various yellow and orange patterned papers into wedges and glued them into a sun ray pattern.  Started with the 2 pieces at the bottom meeting in the middle, then added as I went around.

Then I stamped 2 suns (one on top, then one directly underneath) from Waltzingmouse Stamps "My Island" and cut out the center portion with a circle Nestie. Stamped a sentiment from the new "Country Labels No. 4" set over the top, then used the new circle frame from Country Labels No. 4 and placed it over the top with dimensionals.  Sunny!

Upload your creations to Splitcoastampers using the keyword "CHXJUNE13" or you could link your blog post to our Facebook page HERE!

Check out some MORE sunny projects here...

Stamps:  Country Labels 4 & My Island, both Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper:  DCWV, Jilly Bean Soup, My Mind's Eye
Ink:  A Muse Studio Bellini, Hero Arts Butter Bar, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  Spellbinders Circle Nestabilities, rhinestones, enamel dots