Friday, November 14, 2014

WMS November Pajama Party


Hi there! What a great night to be cozy around the house for the November Waltzingmouse Pajama Party! The snow is swirling in my part of the world and the thought of a nice fire, some hot cocoa and some stamping sounds great.

You can find all the details of the four different challenges for tonight's party on the WMS Blog. That is also where you can link up your creations - the links are open through tomorrow evening.

The DT has joined in for some of the challenges, and I have put a few things together that hopefully inspires you to join in. First up, the Scandi tags challenge.


I am almost embarrassed at how easy this tag was! I started by die cutting the Folk Art Snowflake from vellum. Then I overlaid it onto a piece of red cardstock and die cut them both with the largest of the Stitched Tags Die Set. A second snowflake die cut from patterned paper gave me the solid circles that I used to fill in some of the spots. This is a fun technique and is really cool when you use bright colors. I added a sentiment (from Compliments of the Season Two) and that was it! Super easy, but still has that Scandinavian vibe!

Next up is the Old Pajamas Challenge, with this month's focus on the Candy Jar Christmas set.


This is one of my favorite sets, I love all the festive images. I wanted to put a few together, so I split my card front up into panels and used a different one for each. The colors and patterned paper pull it all together.

And lastly, this month's Bedtime Story Sketch:


Here is what I put together, using the newly released Flurries stamp set and Pretty Panel #1 Die Set.


This is my favorite non-traditional holiday color combo... a nice frosty blue and sweet peach. I stamped the different snowflakes randomly, added some distress ink and topped it all off with some sparkles. A really fun sketch!

I hope you will be able to join us for the party. There are four challenges and a shot at a huge prize! Have a great night!



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Recipe
Festive Greetings Tag
STAMPS: Compliments of the Season Two - WMS
CARDSTOCK: Pure Poppy - SU!; Linen Vellum - PTI
INK: Pure Poppy - SU!
OTHER: Stitched Tags Die Set, Folk Art Snowflake - WMS

Sweet Wishes Card
STAMPS: Candy Jar Christmas - WMS
CARDSTOCK: Crumb Cake - SU!; Oatmeal - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: 25th & Pine - Basic Grey
INK: Tuxedo Black Memento - Tsukineko
OTHER: Copic Markers; Star Dust Stickles - Ranger

Warm Winter Wishes Card
STAMPS: Flurries - WMS
CARDSTOCK: Cashmere - Wplus9; Soft Sky - SU!; Rustic Cream - PTI
INK: Soft Sky, Pool Party, Blush Blossom, Groovy Guava - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Pretty Panel #1 Die Set - WMS; Star Dust Stickles - Ranger

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November Verve Diva Inspirations Hop

Welcome to Verve's November Diva Inspirations Hop!

It's the 5th of the month and that means it's time for the Divas to serve up some fresh inspiration with their Verve stamps! Leave some comment love along the hop spots for a chance to win a prize, then grab some stamps and play along with our November inspiration challenge for another chance to win!

This month's challenge is entitled Naturally Navy:

 
Classic, bold, timeless...navy is naturally elegant! Go nautical or pair with neutrals for a creation sure to impress.

Navy is one of those colors that I gravitate to... it always seems to pop up in my wardrobe or home decor.  Here is the card that I created for this month's challenge:

  
I used the very pretty Framed Florals set for my card.  I paired it with just a little pop of coral for an outstanding color combination.    

Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we've got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!

1. Amy7. Sarah
2. Anya8. Sony
3. Betty9. Susan
4. Jen10. Maureen
5. Karen11. Stacey
6. Sankari12. Marisa

Thanks for stopping by today, enjoy the rest of the hop!


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Recipe
STAMPS: Framed Florals - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Night of Navy, Calypso Coral - SU!; Oatmeal - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: Persimmon - Basic Grey
INK: Crumb Cake, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy - SU!
OTHER: Midnight Blue Twine - The Twinery; Star Dust Stickles - Ranger; Buttons

Friday, October 31, 2014

Viva la Verve sketch challenge - October Week 5

Hello there!

I am back in action, hostessing this week's Viva la Verve sketch challenge.

Here is my sketch for this week:


Head over to the Viva la Verve Sketch Challenge blog where you can see some samples for this sketch and link up your card. I hope you'll join us - Verve gives away a fabulous prize every month!

Have a good one!



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WMS October Pajama Party


Good evening - do you have your jammies on? Its time for the October Waltzingmouse Pajama Party!

You can find all the details of the four different challenges for tonight's party on the WMS Blog. That is also where you can link up your creations - the links are open through tomorrow evening.

The DT has joined in for some of the challenges, I have put something together for the 'Old Pajamas' challenge. We are reviving an older set - this month we are using the beautiful Yonder Star stamp set.


Here is my card, a simple design using the solid star image.


I stamped the image off of the edge of the card in Sahara Sand ink and then stamped it again in cranberry and teal ink. I cut out some of the center pieces and layered them for a different look. I masked the sentiment, which was longer, to stamp just the simple word Peace.


I also put something together for this month's Bedtime Story sketch.


I used the All Hallows Eve stamp set - I really love this vintage crow image. This was a super fun sketch - just look at all those fabulous patterned papers!

I hope you will be able to join us for the party. There are four challenges and a shot at a huge prize! I hope you'll join us!



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Recipe
Peace Card
STAMPS: Yonder Star - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: White, Dove Grey - Wplus9
INK: Sahara Sand, Island Indigo - SU!; Cranberry Crush - Wplus9
OTHER: Shine Bright Sequins - Verve

Happy Haunting Card
STAMPS: All Hallows Eve, Halloween Party - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: More Mustard, Black - SU!; Oatmeal - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: Blackbird, The Spider's Web - My Mind's Eye
INK: Going Gray - SU!; Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Charcoal Twine - The Twinery; Banner Trio Die - Wplus9; Flag It Die Set, Banner Bundle Die Set - Verve

Sunday, October 5, 2014

October Verve Diva Inspirations Hop

Welcome to Verve's October Diva Inspirations Hop!

It's the 5th of the month and that means it's time for the Divas to serve up some fresh inspiration with their Verve stamps! Leave some comment love along the hop spots for a chance to win a prize, then grab some stamps and play along with our October inspiration challenge for another chance to win!
This month's challenge is entitled Fall Fancy:


The air is crisp and the colors are warm – celebrate fall with a spook-tacular creation or a thoughtful thank you using Fall as your inspiration!

Fall is my most favorite season.  I love the smell of the air and the beautiful colors.  I channeled the changing leaves for a simple creation for this month. 


My autumn wreath is actually an image from the Glad Tidings set - who says that beautiful design has to be for Christmas only? :)  I wanted the fall colors to be bold and bright, so I let the wreath take front and center.  The sentiment is from the Bountiful Harvest set, another favorite of mine. 

Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we've got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!

1. Julee 8. Sony
2. Amy 9. Susan
3. Anya 10. Maureen
4. Betty 11. Laurie
5. Karen 12. Marisa
6. Sankari 13. Jen
7. Sarah

Thanks for stopping by today, enjoy the rest of the hop!


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Recipe
STAMPS: Glad Tidings, Bountiful Harvest - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Baked Brown Sugar - SU!; Linen Vellum - PTI; Oatmeal - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: Burlap & Bouquets - Fancy Pants Designs
INK: Rich Cocoa Memento - Tsukineko; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Copic markers; Sewing machine

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Waltzingmouse Stamps September Release Day Hop

Hi there - you've made it!

Today is release day! The three new stamp sets and four gorgeous snowflake dies that we have been sharing for the past few days are available for purchase in the Waltzingmouse Stamps store.

If you'd like to catch up on what I've created, check out my posts from Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

You should have arrived here from sweet Laurie Schmidlin's blog. The waltz starts over on Claire's blog, so be sure to head there if you're just popping in.

This month we are switching things up with a new Pin It to Win competition! I hope you checked out all the details when visiting Claire - if not, head back to the WMS Blog for the info on this new contest!

My last card for today features some more elements from the Little Deer set.


I really love those tree images, and especially like the little cardinal perched on the branches. I cut the bird from patterned paper, and paper pieced the stack of presents. The cute sentiment is the perfect finishing touch.

There are so many possibilities with the sets being released this month - I will have more to share over the coming days and look forward to you stopping back!

I hope you have enjoyed the countdown for this month's release. The products are now available for sale in the Waltzingmouse Stamps store.

My friend Jeanne Jachna will be your next stop along the hop, don't forget to check out the details for our new contest! Take care!


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Recipe
STAMPS: Little Deer
CARDSTOCK: Always Artichoke, Blushing Bride - SU!; White - Wplus9; Fine Linen - PTI
PATTERNED PAPER: 25th and Pine - Basic Grey; Burlap & Bouquets - Fancy Pants Designs
INK: Soft Suede - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Swiss Dots Embossing Folder - Provo Craft; Apron Lace punch - Fiskars; Copper Shimmer Twine - The Twinery; Sewing machine

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Waltzingmouse Stamps September Release, Day 3

Hi there!

Today I am back with Day 3 of the countdown for the September Release at Waltzingmouse Stamps. Today is our last day of previews, tomorrow the new release will be available for purchase!

Today the set we are previewing is called Warm Fuzzies. I am sure you have seen how the other sets in the release compliment each other and Warm Fuzzies is no different. These three sets really play so well together and give you all sorts of possibilities for combining them.

The main character in this set is a cute little bird, he is featured in two sizes... for my first card I used the smaller version (I love this guy's hat!)


I started by stamping one of the images from the Country Labels No. 4 set, then die cutting it. The little guy was stamped onto the label and again onto scrap so I could color him and adhere him with dimensional adhesive. I created a strip of patterned paper using some cute tree images from the set. The sentiment, of course, is also from the set.

My next card was made using some of the snowflake images that are in the set.


I chose a non-traditional color combination just to mix things up a bit, but I love the soft pink and kraft together with these delicate snowflakes. The sentiment is another from the set - don't you love that beautiful font?

That is all for me today, I hope you have enjoyed the previews of the new sets. Tomorrow we'll have our traditional release day blog hop, and also be announcing a new contest! In the meantime, be sure to check out the other DT blogs to see their amazing creations!

Anya Schrier - you are here!

So glad you stopped by! See you tomorrow!


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Recipe
Warm Fuzzies Card
STAMPS: Warm Fuzzies (available September 28th), Country Labels No. 4 - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Kraft, Fine Linen - PTI; Oatmeal - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: Burlap & Bouquets - Fancy Pants Designs
INK: Mellow Moss, Crumb Cake, Buckaroo Blue - SU!; Tuxedo Black Memento - Tsukineko
OTHER: Labels 4 - Spellbinders; Woodgrain Embossing Folder - Darice; Yarn; Copic markers

Happy Winter Card
STAMPS: Warm Fuzzies (available September 28th) - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake - SU!; Vintage Cream - PTI
INK: Cranberry Crush, White Pigment Ink - Wplus9; Sahara Sand, Pink Pirouette - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Swiss Dots Embossing Folder - Provo Craft; Apron Lace punch - Fiskars; Blossom Twine - The Twinery; Button; Sewing machine

Friday, September 26, 2014

Waltzingmouse Stamps September Release, Day 2

Hi there!

Today I am back with Day 2 of the countdown for the September Release at Waltzingmouse Stamps. In case you haven't heard, WMS is now moving forward with a static release date! Each month, sneak peeks will start on the 22nd, previews will begin on the 25th and finish with the release day hop on the 28th. It is going to be great!

We still have a few days of previews before the sets will be available for purchase on September 28th. If you didn't see my post yesterday for the Little Deer set, you can check it out here or see all the DT creations on the WMS Inspiration Blog!

Today the set we are previewing is called Frosty in the Pines. Frosty is a jolly guy - sized perfectly for a card front and with nice thick lines for coloring or paper piecing! The set also includes three different sized pine trees, styled with a modern slash primitive look - how's that for fun??


I stamped Frosty onto Oatmeal cardstock and cut him out, then paper pieced his outfit and his little birdie friend :) I used the Offbeat Backgrounds stamp set to create some coordinating plaid patterned paper.

My next card today features two of the four snowflake dies that will be available this month. Oh my goodness, let me just say that these dies are amazing. They are so detailed and beautiful! Claire shared an amazing poinsettia using the Snowflake One die yesterday on her blog. You need to see it!


I die cut the snowflakes from patterned paper and adhered them to a card base that I had stitched some lines on. That's it! I let these beautiful dies take center stage, and just added a little rhinestone accent and called it done! Really, I can't say enough about how amazing these dies are and I really look forward to using them more!

So that will do it for me today, I hope you will take a few minutes and peruse the other ladies' blogs to see what they did with Frosty, too!

Anya Schrier - you are here!

So glad you stopped by! See you tomorrow with Day 3!


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Recipe
In the Meadow Card
STAMPS: Frosty in the Pines (available September 28th); Offbeat Backgrounds - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Kraft - PTI; Oatmeal - Wplus9; Old Olive, Baja Breeze - SU!
PATTERNED PAPER: North Pole - We R Memory Keepers
INK: Old Olive, Baja Breeze - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger; Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko; White Pigment - Wplus9
OTHER: Chevron Embossing Folder - Sizzix; Diamond Stickles - Ranger; Sewing machine

Snowflake Card
CARDSTOCK: Enchanted Evening - PTI; Dove Grey - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: Persimmon - Basic Grey
INK: Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger; White Pigment - Wplus9
OTHER: Snowflake Dies (available September 28th) - Waltzingmouse Stamps; Adhesive Rhinestones - Recollections; Sewing machine

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Waltzingmouse Stamps September Release, Day 1

Good Morning!

Today I am happy to bring you Day 1 of the countdown for the September Release at Waltzingmouse Stamps. In case you haven't heard, WMS is now moving forward with a static release date! Each month, sneak peeks will start on the 22nd, previews will begin on the 25th and finish with the release day hop on the 28th. It is going to be great!

So for the next four days the Design Team will be sharing previews of three new stamp sets and complimentary dies that will be available for purchase on September 28th.

This month we are delving right into the holidays! The set we are previewing today is called Little Deer. I have two cards to share with you today. The first uses the namesake little deer, along with some of the other fun elements from the set.


I started this card by stitching some Shimmery White cardstock onto my base to create the look of snowy hills. The deer, birch trees and ornament were all stamped, cut out and adhered with dimensional tape. This set is so perfect for creating a little scene. There are some other great images in the set that can be combined with the trees and deer for a fun little vignette.

For this next card, I focused just on the branches and turned them horizontally for a more modern take.


I started this card by stamping all of the trees directly onto the cardstock. Then I liked the look of the branches popped up that I stamped them all again so I could cut them out. I can't help it! Some people like coloring, I just really love fussy cutting! :) I added a little glitter on the branches to create the thought of sparkling snow.

So a few housekeeping items... cut files will be available with this month's release. Claire will be sharing more details about those on the WMS Blog as well as some information about new bundle offerings in the store. Also, each day of the previews will be highlighted on the WMS Inspiration Blog if you'd like to catch everything in one spot. But if I were you, I'd head on over to visit these other lovely ladies, who have created some gorgeous projects for today!

Anya Schrier - you are here!

So glad you stopped by! See you tomorrow with Day 2!


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Recipe
Thanks My Deer Card
STAMPS: Little Deer (available September 28th) - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Dove Grey - Wplus9; Kraft, Soft Sky, Shimmery White - SU!
INK: Going Gray, Baked Brown Sugar, Poppy Parade - SU!
OTHER: Sewing machine; Gold thread

Winter Birthday Card
STAMPS: Little Deer (available September 28th) - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Oatmeal - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: 25th and Pine - Basic Grey
INK: Sahara Sand, Poppy Parade, Regal Rose, Not Quite Navy, Going Gray - SU!; Ocean Drive - Wplus9
OTHER: Diamond Stickles - Ranger

Sunday, September 14, 2014

WMS September Pajama Party


Good evening - do you have your jammies on? Its time for the September Waltzingmouse Pajama Party!

You can find all the details of the four different challenges for tonight's party on the WMS Blog. That is also where you can link up your creations - the links are open through tomorrow evening.

The DT has joined in for some of the challenges, I have put something together for the 'Old Pajamas' challenge. We are reviving an older set - this month we are using the beautiful Seasonal Flourish stamp set.


I am feeling particularly fond of plaid again now (must be this cooler fall weather we're having) and I paired the Warm Wishes sentiment with some homemade plaid using Offbeat Backgrounds.


The little teacups are from the Afternoon Tea stamp set and were paper pieced. Very cozy, no?

So I hope you will be able to join us for the party. There are four challenges and a shot at a huge prize! I hope you'll join us!



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Recipe
STAMPS: Seasonal Flourish, Offbeat Backgrounds, Afternoon Tea - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Night of Navy, Going Gray - SU!; Oatmeal - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: Burlap & Bouquets - Fancy Pants Designs
INK: Night of Navy, Going Gray, Sage Shadow - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger; White Pigment - Wplus9
OTHER: Baby's Breath Embossing Folder - Provo Craft; Sewing machine