Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Craft's Meow November Sneak Peek - Day 3

Hi friends! I just got back from an out of town trip with my family. I'm glad to see that my scheduled posts went up as planned. There was a little mix up in the order of things but that;s ok. At least everything is there. I'll post pictures of our trip after the sneak peeks so I won't take away from what I'm show casing. 

Let's get on with Day 3 of The Craft's Meow November Sneak Peeks. How have you been enjoying it so far? Aren't they wonderful?! :) Today, we're featuring Vintage Snowflakes and Vintage Ornaments from Nina Brackett. I just have to say WOW! You're going to love these!!! I made two cards today, and I've combined the two sets for my cards.

Can you believe I made a single layered card? heehee! The images are just so beautiful that I didn't need any layering for my card at all. I combined this beautiful circle with the intricate snowflake design from Vintage Ornaments and alternated it with the delicate snowflake from Vintage Snowflakes. The sentiment is also from Vintage Snowflakes. This set contains other beautifully designed sentiments. And I enjoyed using it a lot.

I distressed the sides of the vintage cream cardstock just to add a little texture and vintage feel to the card. How do you like it so far? :) I have one more up my sleeve...

For this one, I stamped a background using Vintage Snowflakes. Then I stamped a Vintage Ornament in red and added more snowflakes on the top. Unfortunately there's no die for the Vintage Ornaments, but it was easy to hand cut anyway. Perhaps Spellbinders might make one after seeing this stamp set. :)

I used another gorgeous sentiment from Vintage Snowflakes. It's absolutely perfect for the rest of the ornaments and the snowflakes. Just to add a little shabby chic to my card, I adhered some lace on the bottom portion of the panel and tied some twine.

Have you been to The Craft's Meow blog to check out what the rest of the DT members made? Be sure to drop by! Lisa always has a prize in store for some lucky people! :) Thanks for stopping by! I'll be back for another round! :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 71

Hi friends! Time to get your Waltzingmouse Stamps inky again! It's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 71. Our sketch this week is from Kelly. This sketch was just waiting to be "Shabby Chic-ed" lol! So I brought out my ribbons and lace to deck my card out.

I made a background panel using my favorite border from Victorian Frippery. It's not obvious in the picture, but I actually used some Mod Podge and some tissue paper on top of that panel. I wanted to give it some texture. Too bad you can't see it in the photo though. It came out nice though, I believe I saw the technique used by Betsy Veldman once and I wanted to try it.

I die cut and stamped Very Vintage Labels No. 18 and added my sentiment over it. The sentiment is from Say It Loud. I love stamping it and cutting it out then adhering it with some foam tape. I added the pearls for a little more bling.

I added the ribbon, lace and this beautiful lace butterfly from Martha Stewart. I found it by accident at Michael's. I think it's really pretty and delicate. I also put some pearl stick pins through the ribbon because you can't have enough bling on a card. hee! I hope you enjoyed this one. I'll see you over at Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. I can't wait to see what you make of this sketch! Thanks for stopping by! 

The Craft's Meow November Sneak Peek - Day 2

**Looking for Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 71? Just scroll down please!**

Hi! Welcome back to The Craft's Meow November Sneak Peek! For Day 2 we're focusing on Season's Greetings. This set has a very intricate and stunning label perfect for the holidays. It also has these gorgeous, elegant sentiments you'll surely love.

I'm an absolute sucker for labels. I can't have enough of them. And didn't I say the sentiments in this set are elegant? It's so beautiful. I layered some patterned papers on my card and centered my label. I was playing around with the color combination. I hope it worked for me this time. :) I also added a snowflake border on the bottom. The snowflake stamp is from The Merry Best stamp set.

I'm going to start making my Christmas cards as soon as I get home. These stamp sets are so much fun to work with. We'll have you inky in no time. yet? Sneak peeks are always so exciting! Come back tomorrow for Day 3! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Craft's Meow November Sneak Peek - Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of The Craft's Meow November Sneak Peek! TCM has an array of wonderful Christmas stamp sets this month! I had so much fun working with them and I'm so excited to share them with you!!! In today's sneak peek, we're focusing on The Merry Best stamp set.

This set has a lot of images perfect for your Christmas and Winter cards. My favorite are these cute little trees! I stamped them side by side using some Lime Green chalk ink and some Aqua pigment ink. I tried placing them on the bottom in the beginning but ended up with them on top. I wanted them to be highlighted and placing them on the top did the job.

I also stamped some snowflakes on the bottom and made it into a "border". This sentiment is my favorite one from the entire set. I love that it's so bold and it catches your attention immediately. I added some lace beneath the label, I though it looked like snow and that it would be perfect right there. No ribbons on this one.

Don't forget to come back tomorrow for Day 2! Hop on over to the other TCM girls, they made wonderful cards for Day 1! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

CASE Study Challenge 63

Greetings from the Philippines! I've been having a great time with my family so far. I've also been looking at some challenges online and am wishing I had my crafting supplies with me. lol! I was actually thinking of looking up and visiting some of the craft stores here. There are a few, but I think they sell the same thing we have in the US but a bit more expensive because it had to be shipped here. So I'm a bit skeptical about that...

Well, at least my blog won't be quite while I'm away. I'm back today for CASE Study Challenge 63. We have another beautiful card from our October muse Niki Estes. Here we go...

This one is a beauty! I just love it when backgrounds are made using regular stamps. In this case, Niki used a rose bud and stamped it several times to make her background panel. I CASEd her technique and did the same with mine.

I stamped the beautiful dogwood from Flora and Fauna I stamp set. It's one of my favorite WPlus9 sets, it's just soo beautiful! I layered it over some patterned paper and a light yellow cardstock for my card base. 

Instead of a flower in the middle I decided to go with a label and my sentiment. I used this cute label from Le Cirque, also from WPlus9 Stamps. The sentiment is from Mehndi Medallions. It's a pretty simple card, not too many layers. I kept it nice and soft instead using pastels.

Well, that's it for me today! Come join us at CASE Study Challenge! And don't forget to check out the other DT members! I'll have pictures from my trip for you soon! I'll be out of town with my family this long weekend. I'll see you all soon! 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 70

Hey everyone! While you're reading this right now, I'm in a plane somewhere up there! :) Hee! And even if I am...I wouldn't leave you high and dry without anything for WMSC 70. We have a super cute sketch from our sweet Kelly this week! I'm pretty sure you'll have a lot of fun with it. Here we go...

Super cute isn't it?! It's still Halloween I made a Halloween party invitation. I have been enjoying making Halloween cards so much. These Waltzingmouse Stamps are awesome. Too bad I didn't have enough time to get the new one that came out. I'll be sure to get them for next year though. If you haven't seen the new sets that came out you have to head on over to the store and look! :) 

I used Halloween Party stamp set for the invitation sentiment and the cute mask. I also used Midnight Feast to make a background for my card. I just love that window, it's great to use as a background stamp as well as for the main image in my cards. It's a pretty simple card, but I think it packs a lot of punch. The stamps are doing everything for me, I don't even have to lift a finger. 

I hope you enjoyed that. Please join us for some inky fun over at Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge! See you there! :)

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Caft's Meow Clearance Sale

Hey bloggies! Just dropping by really quick before I leave to tell you about The Craft's Meow Clearance Sale...have you seen this?

The Craft's Meow is taking a new direction in its product offerings, so just about everything (except stamps) is now on sale for 15% to 50% off!!! No coupon at checkout is needed... the prices have already been marked down. And you still get free shipping in the US for purchases of $65 or more and discounted shipping for international orders of $65 US or more!!! Quantities are limited so shop early for the best selection. These items will not be restocked. Be sure to check what's been newly added to the store by clicking the New Items link on the right side bar of the storefront.

Maya Road - 15% off
Pink Paislee and My Mind's Eye - 25% off
Fly Free and Soiree Card Kits - 35% off
Crate Paper, Echo Park and Graphic 45 - 40% off
Maya Road Shadowbox Kit - 50% off
Some Embossing Items - 25 - 50% off

Head on over to the store quick so while things are still in stock! :)
The Craft's Meow Store

Thursday, October 20, 2011

CASE Study Challenge 62

One more day and I'll be on an airplane flying home to see my family! I so need the break. I know I was just there 2 months ago, but almost all that time was spent in a hospital. So it will be really good to just have a vacation. My mom is doing great, she's talking, walking and eating by herself now. She just has lapses in her memory which the doctor says will take time to heal. I hope she remembers me. 

Time for some inky fun! We're at CASE Study Challenge 62. Can you believe how fast the time is going? Niki has another beautiful card for us this week. 

This is such a gorgeous Papertrey Ink inspired card. So I went to my Papertrey Ink stash for my card as well. I kept things simple and used some pretty patterned paper that mimics Niki's stamped card base. 

I die cut 2 pieces of Harvest Berries and placed them above and below to flank the pretty Simple Sunflower that I also die cut and stamped. To change it up a bit, I added this beautiful Webster's Pages cameo. Then I stamped my sentiment using Signature Greetings.

Now that we're done with should go get inky yourself! I'll see you over at CASE Study Challenge Blog! :) Come back in a few days, I'll have more for you! I've made cards ahead of time to make sure I have them ready for everyone even if I'm miles away. I'll also have some pictures of my vacation up. See you soon! Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 69

This is my second post for the day...make sure to check out  my The Craft's Meow October Card Sketch Challenge post. Scroll down please.

One more week and I'll see my mom and family again! I'm so excited! Don't worry though, I've made most of my DT cards ahead of time and hopefully won't be missing a beat even though I'm half way across the world. I'll also update my blog with my travels along the way. :)

Today's my birthday! It's also my husband's birthday! :) Yes, we share the same birthday. Too bad we won't get to spend it with my family. But seeing them again is well worth it. 
I'm off for the rest of the day to have some fun with my hubby. We're not doing anything too special though, we're saving it for our vacation next week. I'll make sure to have pictures up to show you! :)

Speaking of DT cards, it's time for Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 69. Before I became a Mischief Maker, I used to join the WM Sketch Challenge a lot. They had wonderful sketches and sometimes very TRICKY ones too. It hasn't changed at all. This week, we have one tricky, TRICKY sketch challenge for everyone. You'll see what I mean...

Didn't I say it was tricky? As you all know, I'm not very good with 3D projects...I'm leaving that up to the very capable hands of my fellow Mischief Makers. But I do have a card for everyone this week. It's kind of a "cheat"! 

I didn't have any stamps with a hat on it, so I stamped a witch with a HAT on. :) She from the Halloween Party Stamp Set. Are you liking my "cheat" card so far? I kept the colors pretty simple, a bit of change from the orange, and purple don't you think? I used Very Vintage Labels No. 18 to add my sentiment to. I thought this stamp has beautiful details on it and looked really perfect for a Halloween card. I also added some Victorian Frippery to add a little more detail to the bottom of the card. 

Make sure to check out the other Mischief Makers. The variety of projects will amaze you! See you at Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge! Come and play! :)

The Craft's Meow October Card Sketch Challenge

Welcome to The Craft's Meow October Card Sketch Challenge.  TCM has a sweet little card sketch for everyone this month. It's very open for interpretation and a lot of room for stamping! 

I used one of my favorite stamp sets from The Craft's Meow, Simply Delightful. I stamped the beautiful doily stamp on a panel with text background. Then I stamped it again in aqua and hand cut the center. I colored parts of it with a light gray Copic marker. Then I adhered some pearls on it. I layered it on top of the stamped doily with foam tape for some dimension.

I tied it all in with some light gray ribbon and some lace on the side. I changed the layout of the sentiment and just stamped it on a tag. I have several die cut tags to save time. I usually use Vintage Cream anyway, so I made several pieces of it. I also used my favorite twine and wooden button. Head on over to The Craft's Meow Blog and come and play! :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

CASE Study Challenge 61

Hello! It's week two with our October muse Niki Estes. Did you all enjoy last week's CASE Study card? We're going on CASE Study Challenge 61 this week and we have another wonderful CASE Study card for everyone. I love the color combination and texture on this one...I'm pretty sure you're going to love it too.

Here's my rendition of this gorgeous card. I chose to use the same colors as well as the texture that Niki used on her card. I changed the layout a bit, but decided on using a flower as well. I knew that this would be the perfect flower for this card after I saw Niki's. It's from The Craft's Meow, Celebrating You stamp set. 

Have you seen the new stamps over at The Craft's Meow?! If you haven't, you are missing out on a LOT. TCM has a wonderful array of stamp sets for any craft/card style you might prefer! And they're also having a 35% off FALL sale so head on over and look around the shop.

This is actually my favorite floral set. I stamped it several times, colored the layers and adhered them one on top of the other. They're at different heights to bring out the WOW factor of the flowers. :) And I fussy cut each one of the layers too....I couldn't believe I had the patience to do it. I just knew that they would look great if I did. And here they are. 

I hope I've given you enough inspiration to join us! I'll see you over at CASE Study Challenge! Get inky and meet me there! :)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 68

Did you see the sneak peek at Claire's blog today?! Gorgeous detailing!!! I'm so excited to see the release on October 15th. Which is perfect since it's also my birthday, and I have the excuse of buying myself something this year! hehe. :)

I'm also giving you, my dear friends, a heads up, I'm going back to the Philippines for another vacation. This time it's really going to be a vacation, since I won't be spending it at the hospital. My mom is doing better and she wants to see me and Ren. We're leaving on October 21st. It's going to be a loong vacation, a month probably. But I'm trying to get my DT card assignments ready so I won't miss much. And you'll still see me here even if I'm half way across the world. :)

We have a new sketch for Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 68. It's a very whimsical sketch which also leaves a lot of options open for everyone. I hope to see more people playing this week! Here's the sketch...

And here's my card. I don't know why, but when I saw this sketch I immediately wanted to use my Bitty Banners stamp set. I used a piece of canvas and stamped it straight on. You can get them cheap at Michael's in 12x12 size. I also wanted to combine it with Back in the Saddle. Isn't it such a great sentiment set though?! I was thinking of a Cowgirl Birthday Party when I was making this card. I hope it looks like it hee! :)

I combined Cameo Creations and Cameo to Go for my little embellishment. Stamped them on a die cut oval and added the scalloped oval for more contrast. I wish I had those little wooden laundry pins. I should look for them. It would have been perfect to add them to my card. 

That's it for me! Come over and join in all the inky fun over at Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge! See you there! :)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

CASE Study Challenge 60

Welcome to CASE Study Challenge 60!!! It's October and we have a new muse this month! There's so much I want to say about this fabulous lady. But words just can't explain the talent in each and every project that she puts out. My love of stamping started when I discovered Papertrey Ink. And at that time she was a Design Team member for PTI. Now she's part of the wonderful design team of Waltzingmouse Stamps. She's also one of the best Copic colorists I've seen! Who am I talking about? It's none other than the ubberly talented Miss Niki Estes! :) And here's her first sample for this month.   

I didn't even try any Copic coloring on my sample for this week. Lol! I have very weak Copic coloring abilities. Hehe. Instead, I went for stamping and heat embossing. I've been making some Christmas and Winter cards recently. Here's another one for this challenge.

As always, I wanted to use soft colors and as much layering as the design will allow. :) And in honor of the company where I first saw Niki, I used my Papertrey Ink stamps for this card. It's a simple card compared to what I would normally put out, but I thought this didn't need too much on it. :) I hope you'll enjoy it.

Join us this week for another round of CASE Study Challenge! I'll see you there! :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

WPlus9 October Release Day - Group Post

Hi everyone! I'm back for the last day of the WPlus9 October Release. I hope you've seen all of the samples from the rest of the DT and are excited to go do some shopping. It's always a good idea to start early on those Christmas cards! :) And don't forget the FREE Dear Santa set with every purchase of $30 or more! 

Here's my card for the Group Post. I used Christmas Wishes as the focal point for my card. I stamped it and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. I stamped some polka dots on the background to add a little punch of color. I also added the little white pom poms for a little "wintery" effect. I loved using the gold ribbon just to make the card more festive. 

I also used this label stamp for something other than Christmas. Scroll down to see the card I made with it. I love how elegant it looks. It would also be great for party invitations as well! I hope you've enjoyed the WPlus9 October Release. Don't forget to go to Dawn's blog to see the entire Group Post. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tuesday Trigger: Treat Yourself and Timeless Tuesday #125

Hey everyone! I made a card for two challenges tonight. I've missed being a part of these challenges coz I'm always busy with releases and my DT projects. I saw the Tuesday Trigger: Treat Yourself, over at Moxie Fab World and just loved the colors all around. I also saw that my friend Heather Jensen is hosting Timeless Tuesday 125 with a Friend Theme for this week. But it looks like I didn't make it in time. Oh well...

Here's the Tuesday Trigger for you.

Here's my card. I'm still on "WPlus9 mode" so most of the stamps I've used are from WPlus9 and the rest are from Papertrey Ink. The background is from Defining Words, the label is from our new October Release, Christmas Wishes, and the autumn leaves are from Season of Thanks.

I just love using these colors. Yellow, brown and cream is one of my fave color combos. Thanks Moxie Fab for the inspiration! :) I'll see you all again tomorrow for the WPlus9 group post. Don't forget to check out Dawn's blog for the full October Release


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