Friday, March 6, 2015

Halftone Thank You

Happy Friday!

Do you have any plans for the weekend? We have a handful of projects around here that have hit that 90% hurdle. It always seems like they sit there for ages. I am hoping we can hammer some of them out and move on to other projects (my hubby will love that!).

I am popping in today to share a card made for this week's Fusion Card Challenge.

I used the sketch as my main source of inspiration and incorporated some of the colors from the photo.


I used one of the larger circle images from the newly released Halftone Backgrounds set from WMS. A simple sentiment was added vertically to the panel along with a few gold sequins. Someone take these away from me!

I love how quick this one came together - I need that sometimes! Hope you enjoy your day, thanks for visiting!


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STAMPS: Halftone Backgrounds - WMS; Just My Type - My Favorite Things
CARDSTOCK: Oatmeal - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: Woodgrain - Amuse|Studio
INK: Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, Strawberry Slush - SU!
OTHER: Holiday Sequin Mix - Verve Stamps

Thursday, March 5, 2015

March Verve Diva Inspirations Hop

Wow! It's the 5th of the month already and time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop! There are two ways to win Verve prizes: comment on the design team's blog hop posts (linked below) to see their take on the inspiration, then go get inky and link up your take on the challenge to be eligible in our prize drawings!

Our March challenge is B is for Birthday...

Don't be caught short - make a fabulous birthday card to keep in your stash or give away! 
Use the inspiration graphic as a starting point, or head off in your own direction - just show us your birthday creations!
I always find myself scrambling for a birthday card, so this was the perfect challenge for me!  


I thought this was a fabulous inspiration photo and just what I needed to create this card for my niece's upcoming 5th birthday.  Do you see what jumped out at me from the photo?  I loved the black and white stripes combined with the soft peach and teal with a smattering of polka dots and gold!

I used the Petals & Wings stamp set along with the coordinating Wings & Petals die set.  I arranged them together, overlapping a bit and framing the sentiment from Better Together

I hope you are inspired to join us!
Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Thursday, Mar. 19.
Prize: $40 gift voucher to the Verve online store!

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 7. Sankari
2. Amy 8. Sarah
3. Anya 9. Susan
4. Betty 10. Marisa
5. Jen 11. Maureen
6. Karen 12. Stacey


Thanks for stopping by to see me today, I hope you have a great day!


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STAMPS: Petals & Wings, Better Together - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Soft Sky, Pool Party - SU!; Oatmeal - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: Portrait Collection - Crate Paper
INK: Crisp Cantaloupe, Soft Sky, Pool Party - SU!; Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Wings & Petals die set, Holiday Sequin Mix - Verve Stamps; Polka Dots Embossing Folder - Provo Craft; Corner rounder - We R Memory Keepers

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Waltzingmouse Stamps February Release Day Hop

Hi there - you've made it!

Today we are still holding our traditional 'release day' blog hop, even though these sets have been available for a few days. Have you been enjoying our inspiration? Are you patiently waiting for some of these sets to wing their way to your craft room?

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.

I have two more cards to share with you today, kind of a mash up of stamps and dies.


This card uses the Kaboom stamp set and Kaboom word die in a flirty color scheme that just screams tween.

The word die was stamped with the coordinating image from the stamp set. This is a great way to add even more to the versatility of these sets, the stamp just adds some oomph! I think this might be one of my favorite cards of the release.


My next card features a combo of Halftone Backgrounds, the Pretty Circles Die (here I used the surplus between the two circles) and the freebie Hello die. I am crushing on that gold embossed halftone stripe!

I hope you have enjoyed the DT showcase of this month's release and I look forward to seeing these sets popping up in your creations. All the details about the release and the information for the Pin It contest is available on the WMS blog.


My sweet friend Jeanne Jachna will be your next stop along the hop! Take care!


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You Nailed It Card
STAMPS: Kaboom - WMS
CARDSTOCK: Soft Sky - SU!; Dove Gray, Black - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: Restoration Collection - Crate Paper
INK: Sweet Gelato, Wild Mango, Fairy Dust, Sweet Nectar, Falling Star, Silver Lining, Ocean Drive, Lake House - Wplus9; Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko
OTHER: Kaboom Word Die - WMS; Twine - PTI; Clip - SU!; Rhinestones - Recollections

Hello Card
STAMPS: Halftone Backgrounds - WMS
CARDSTOCK: Kraft - SU!; Oatmeal, Ballet Slippers - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: Fly a Kite - October Afternoon
INK: Pigment White - Wplus9
OTHER: Pretty Circles Die, Hello Die - WMS; Detail Gold Embossing Powder - Stewart Superior; Sequins - Verve; Buttons

Monday, March 2, 2015

Waltzingmouse Stamps February Release, Day 3

Hi there,

I hope your week is off to a good start. Welcome to Day 3 of the February Release at Waltzingmouse Stamps. Remember, the stamps and die sets that we are showcasing are now available for purchase in the WMS Store! Tomorrow we will wrap things up with our traditional blog hop.

Today we are showcasing the Halftone Backgrounds stamp set and the Easter word die.

Halftone Backgrounds is a staple set if you like the graphic and mixed media styles, but with a little creativity, is a great accent to any style!


Nothing too fancy on this card, just some bold colors and lots of image layering. Here's a trick: I flipped the long strip stamp over and inked up the back side to add a solid shape to the mix. Any of the images in this set would be perfect candidates for this technique. The little chevrons are a fun accent, I stamped a few in a row and cut them out, adhering them to my card with dimensional adhesive. The sentiment is from the Kaboom stamp set, these two sets make a great pair!

My second card for the day features the Easter word die.


So pretty! The watercolor background was created using Distress Inks - nothing difficult, just some watercolor paper and a wet brush. The inks are very forgiving, and I was just going for something light and springy.

The word die was adhered to a strip of paper vellum and then to my card base. The 'He is Risen' is from the Nestie Eggs set.

That's all I have for today, please be sure to visit the rest of the Design Team, as well as Claire on the WMS Blog. Don't forget that the entire February release is available for purchase NOW in the Waltzingmouse Stamps Store!

Anya Schrier - you are here!

So glad you stopped by! See you tomorrow!


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You Did It Card
STAMPS: Halftone Backgrounds, Kaboom - WMS
CARDSTOCK: Midnight Muse - PTI; Oatmeal - Wplus9; Crushed Curry - SU!
INK: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party, Night of Navy, Crushed Curry - SU!
OTHER: Tin Type Sprinklers - October Afternoon

Easter Card
STAMPS: Nestie Eggs - WMS
CARDSTOCK: Paper Vellum - SU!; 90lb Watercolor Paper - Canson
INK: Picked Raspberry, Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers Distress Ink - Ranger; Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko
OTHER: Easter word die - WMS; Butterfly Chip Shapes, Mister Huey's Calico Shine - Studio Calico

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Waltzingmouse Stamps February Release, Day 2

Hello there!

Welcome back to Day 2 of the February Release at Waltzingmouse Stamps. This month, the Design Team is sharing inspiration and showcasing the sets that are NOW available for purchase in the WMS Store. We will conclude with our traditional blog hop on March 3rd, so I hope you will continue to visit to see what is new each day.

Today we are showcasing the Kaboom stamp set and Kaboom Die.

I can't see this set without immediately thinking of the vintage Batman comics:



Channeling my inner fangirl, here's what's up for today:


This card features all images and sentiments from Kaboom. I stamped and colored the words and word 'bubbles' and cut them out, adhering them with dimensional adhesive. One thing I really like about this set is that it can really go in any direction you'd like - just perfect for a younger boy but also perfectly fitting for a girl, an adult, or even your sweetie. I think this next card would make a great card for the superhero in your life.


I started by first die cutting a pinked circle from black cardstock.  Then I centered the Kaboom Die and die cut that from the circle. I trimmed a piece of cardstock big enough to fit in the die cut window and covered it with double sided tape (I used three strips of 1/2" Scor-Tape), then added a different color of glitter to each strip to create an ombre effect. I peeled the backing from one strip of tape at a time and added the glitter before moving to the next.

Then I adhered the Kaboom Die cut word in the center of the window. The die also cuts an outline for the word, and I just put that aside for this project. The additional sentiment is from the Kaboom stamp set and was heat embossed in gold. I think this would make a great Valentine's Day card for my superhero husband.

So that is it for me today, be sure to visit the rest of the Design Team, as well as Claire on the WMS Blog. Don't forget that the entire February release is available for purchase NOW in the Waltzingmouse Stamps Store!

Anya Schrier - you are here!

So glad you stopped by! See you tomorrow!


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Bam! Kaboom! Card
STAMPS: Kaboom - WMS
CARDSTOCK: Island Indigo - SU!; White, Black - SU!
PATTERNED PAPER: Rocket Age - October Afternoon
INK: Tuxedo Black Memento - Tsukineko
OTHER: Chevron Embossing Folder - Sizzix; Copic markers

Kaboom - You're the One! Card
STAMPS: Kaboom - WMS
CARDSTOCK: Steel Mill, Black - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: Rocket Age - October Afternoon
INK: Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko
OTHER: Kaboom Die - WMS; Pinking Circles Die - Spellbinders; Garnet, Fire Opal, Citrine Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Detail Gold Embossing Powder - Stewart Superior

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Waltzingmouse Stamps February Release, Day 1

Hello there!

Today I am happy to bring you Day 1 of the countdown for the February Release at Waltzingmouse Stamps. This month, we are switching things up and all the products being released this month are available TODAY! So you can pop right over to the store and snatch them right up. The Design Team will be sharing inspiration for the next three days and conclude with our traditional hop on March 3rd.

Today's previews are of the Special Lady stamp set, and the Mother Die, Pretty Circles Die, and a freebie (with minimum purchase this month), the mini Hello die.

Up first, the Special Lady stamp set.


This set has a Victorian feel to it, with a beautiful period lady in her big feathered hat, an ornate circle and some fab sentiments. I pulled a little of all of them together to make this card.  The detail on that pretty Miss is amazing!

Next up is the Mother Die die.


The font on this die coordinates with that used in the Special Lady stamp set, so they make a wonderful compliment. I chose to pair it with (what else?) the Old Country Roses set for some springtime charm. After die cutting the word from regular cardstock, I doused it in gold embossing powder and heat embossed it for a metallic finish. Love!

And finally, the Pretty Circles Die and Hello die. These are also great together, so I combined them for my card.


The Pretty Circles Die is really a great die - more like 3-in-1 - as you end up with a scalloped circle, a fancy scalloped aperture in your card, and the fun little pinked bit that is between them. I can see this one getting a lot of use!

Be sure to visit the rest of the Design Team, as well as Claire on the WMS Blog. Don't forget that the entire February release is available for purchase NOW in the Waltzingmouse Stamps Store!

Anya Schrier - you are here!

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


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Special Lady Card
STAMPS: Special Lady - WMS
CARDSTOCK: Crumb Cake, Vintage Violet - SU!; White - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: The Sweetest Thing - My Mind's Eye
INK: Vintage Violet, Crumb Cake - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Apron Lace punch - Fiskars; Button - SU!; Decorative pin - K&Co.

Mother Card
STAMPS: Old Country Roses - WMS
CARDSTOCK: Barely Banana, Paper Vellum - SU!; Oatmeal - Wplus9
INK: Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Hello Honey, Mellow Moss, True Thyme, Mossy Meadow - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Mother Die - WMS; Baby's Breath Embossing Folder - Sizzix; Doily; Detail Gold Embossing Powder - Stewart Superior; Sewing machine

Hello Card
CARDSTOCK: Cameo Coral, Going Gray - SU!
PATTERNED PAPER: Fly a Kite - October Afternoon
OTHER: Pretty Circles Die, Hello Die - WMS

Friday, February 27, 2015

Tag, You're It!

Hi there!

Today I have the pleasure of being the Guest Designer for the Tag You're It Challenge! I have so enjoyed playing along with this fun challenge focusing on one of my favorite things to create - tags!

This week's inspiration comes from this beautiful design from Marybeth Lopez:


I was inspired by the floral theme and the colors, as well as the cascading placement of the elements.


I started with a Kraft tag die cut with the largest of the Stitched Tags dies from WMS and used the Spring Blooms set from Wplus9. I just love creating with these tiny canvases. It is like a quick fix when you feel the urge to create something but maybe don't have time for a whole card.

If you are inspired by Marybeth's card, too, and would like to join in the challenge, be sure to head to the TYIC blog and link up your creation!

Thank you Tracey and the TYIC team for inviting me to join you today!


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STAMPS: Spring Blooms, More Fresh Cuts - Wplus9
CARDSTOCK: Kraft - SU!; Oatmeal - Wplus9
INK: True Thyme, Dusty Durango, Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon - SU!; Cranberry Crush - Wplus9; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Stitched Tags Die Set - Waltzingmouse Stamps; Spring Blooms Die - Wplus9; Shine Bright Sequin Mix - Verve

Viva la Verve sketch challenge - February Week 4

Hello there!

Today I am 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 great day, I will be back a little later today with another post AND be sure to stop back tomorrow when the Waltzingmouse Stamps February release kicks off!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hello

Happy Tuesday!

Isn't it sad that I am looking forward to the 30 degree temperatures we're forecasted to have this weekend? Yes, it is.

Other good things are happening this weekend, though, like a new Waltzingmouse Stamps release! Yay!

But lots to do before that - I'm just squeezing in my creation for this week's Tag You're It Challenge.

Here is the inspiration photo from Donna Mikasa.


I zeroed right in on the bright color palette and the bold black sentiment. I also was inspired by the repeating shapes, but instead of lining them up so pretty, I kind of clustered them behind the sentiment.


The different sized circles are from the Little Bits set from Wplus9. The die cut sentiment is the Hand Lettered Hello die.


I also added some Star Dust Stickles to a few dots to add some sparkle. Love it a lot!

Glad that you stopped by, I hope you have a great evening!


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STAMPS: Little Bits - Wplus9
CARDSTOCK: White, Black - Wplus9
INK: Regal Rose, Tangelo Twist, Daffodil Delight, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party - SU!
OTHER: Hand Lettered Hello Die - Wplus9; Tag Sale #1 Die - PTI; Star Dust Stickles - Ranger

Monday, February 23, 2015

Such a Joy

Hi there, how are things?

The past few weeks have been really trying - this cold weather and our old house don't get along so well. Our well line is really shallow, so when it hits below freezing temps we have to keep an eye on it (which means periodically waking up in the middle of the night to run the water) so its been a stressful past few weeks. I am really hoping that spring is on its way.

I am playing along with this week's Viva la Verve sketch challenge, brought to us by Stacey.


My card was created using the Kind Words and On Occasion sets from Verve.


Navy is my go-to neutral of the moment. Won't you join us for this week's fun sketch?

I am looking forward to seeing you much more this week - there is a lot going on, so I will be back soon!

Take care!


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STAMPS: Kind Words, On Occasion - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Night of Navy, Groovy Guava - SU!; Oatmeal, Cashmere - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: Persimmon - Basic Grey
INK: Night of Navy, Groovy Guava, Old Olive - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Rounded Rectangle Die, Rounded Scallop Frame Die - Verve Stamps; Twine - SU!; button