Saturday, September 29, 2012

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 117

Hello there! It's finally the weekend yay! It's been such a gloomy week. I hope this rain goes away next week. I haven't been feeling very well. I think I might have carpal tunnel syndrome. My left hand has been hurting for days. I have yet to see my doctor to figure out what's wrong. There's pain on the back of my hand that shoots up my arm. I know that carpal tunnel syndrome has numbness as one of it's symptoms but so far I haven't had those.

It's also going to be a busy weekend. I have to help a friend with a baby shower and there's an upcoming release next week that I have to make cards for. Whew! I'm just hoping it all goes smoothly and I get everything done in time.

So, here we go. It's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 117. This one is from Kelly! Enjoy!

Here's my submission for this week's sketch. I followed the sketch quite loosely. Instead of a label, I chose to use a star and some Christmas images for my card. I used Seasons of Love - Tags for the star. I stamped it with Aqua Mist ink then I applied some glitter on it. 

The sentiment is from Very Vintage Christmas. I stamped it in red then stamped it again in Ocean Tides. Then layered the Ocean Tides strip over the red image. I also put some glitter on the edges of the tag. 

In the sketch, there were 3 flowers on the bottom of the label. Instead of using flowers, I adhered these cute little charms behind the star and have them hanging from it.

For the background, I stamped the Dainty Dolies - Large in gray. I used Colorbox chalk ink on it. I'm a little disappointed with the quality of the ink though. I have always loved Colorbox because I always get good results from it. Not with this color though. I'm not sure why. Can you recommend a good light gray ink for me please? I would really appreciate it.

The little Ocean tides images in the doilies are also from Very Vintage Christmas.

There you have it! I hope that gave you a little kick start of inspiration to join us this week in Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 117. Thanks for stopping by today. I'll see you again on Monday for the release I was telling you about. ;)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

CASE Study Challenge 110

Hi there! I'm back again! I took a little break from the everyday posting from the release. Another one is coming your it's going to be very busy around here again.
Since it's Thursday, welcome to CASE Study Challenge 110!

We have Torico for one more week. Have you enjoyed having her as our Muse? She's a very talented lady and I'm so glad she could join us this month. Here's what she has for her last week as Muse this September.

What a beautiful card by Torico. I took the layout from this sketch and gave it a little twist. Now, once in a blue moon, I try my hand at something that I struggle with. And for me, that's CAS and masculine cards. Well, I'm not sure if it was a blue moon last night, but I tried to make another CAS card as well as giving it a masculine theme. Here it is...what do you think? 

The frame is from PTI's Fabulous Frames stamp set and dies. The rest of the stamps are from my WPlus9 collection. The line is from Heartfelt Mix. The bait and sentiment are from Fish More. I just love how trendy this set is. I couldn't resist making a CAS card with it. It's just perfect for the style.

If I have my deets right, Torico is sponsoring this challenge!!! And she's giving away two Halloween digi stamps! So come join us for a chance to win! I would love to see your work over at the blog. :)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 116

Hello! I'm here again! I have one final post before the week is over. It's Saturday, so Welcome to Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 116! I hope you had a chance to join us in the last challenge. If not, we have a new one this week!

This week's sketch was inspired by none other than the head mousetress! :) 


Since I've done several Halloween cards already, I thought I would make a Christmas card instead this week. It was great to pull out my Christmas stamp sets as I have not used them in a while.

I used Festive Foliage and Seasonal Remedies for this one. Every year I tell myself that I would start making my Christmas cards early. But every year I never do and I always end up buying cards. A card maker buying cards for Christmas! lol. 

Well, since I started this one, I might just make enough for this coming December. This is a pretty simple and clean card. I let the stamps speak for themselves. And I love this color combination! :) 

Anyway, I hope you'll be inspired to dust off you Christmas stamp sets and start making your Christmas cards early! Start with this sketch challenge! I'll see you over at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge! :)

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Craft's Meow September 2012 Release Blog Hop

Hello there! I hope you're not sick and tired of me yet. lol.  I have one last post for The Craft's Meow September 2012 Release. It's our Blog Hop, so please join us!!! :)

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Did you just come from Iwona "Chupa" Palamountain's blog? If not, you might have to start at The Craft's Meow Blog to get into the right order of the hop.

Here's my card for today's Blog Hop. I used Fall Blessings, Golden Days and Good Times. For starters, I used Golden Days to make my background panel. I love to combined stamp sets and if I can make my own patterned paper for my background panels, I will. And that's exactly what I did here.

Afterwards, I adhered a strip of polka dot patterned paper over it. Then I stamped these chevron strips from Good Times and hand cut them. I tied a ribbon around them and attached some felt leaves and a button.

For my main image and sentiment, I stamped this cute little chick from Fall Blessings. I stamped him onto a circle die cut and colored him in with Copic markers. Then I used a scallop circle as a mat underneath. 

If you missed yesterdays previews you should know that Golden Days is September's Gift set. It's free for purchases $50 and over. But even better, you have the chance to win the ENTIRE September release! All you have to do is to leave a message on ALL of the blog hop's participants! Lisa will pick a random winner from all the comments. Deadline for commenting is 9:00pm PDT, Sunday, Sept 23rd.

Now that you're done here, please head on over to Jen Cuthbertson's blog. Happy hoppin'!!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

CASE Study Challenge 109

Hello again! OMGoodness!!! I totally forgot to set my post to go live this morning! I am so sorry! I wasn't feeling well last night and have been a scatter brain all week. But better late than never! :)

It's CASE Study Challenge 109! And we're back with Torico this week. Here's her inspiration card.

Isn't this absolutely adorable?! I totally loved it when I first saw it. I went with Torico's sketch and used it "partially". ;) You'll see what I mean. Hehe. Here's my card for this week's Case Study Challenge. I went with another Halloween card. I just love making them! And Torico had such a cute digital stamp from her online store on Etsy. I used her Little Witch stamp.

I printed it out and cut made a cut file for it on my Silhouette. Then I colored it in with some Copics. I also used my Waltzingmouse Stamps sets with it. Can you tell how much I love my WMS Halloween stamp sets?! lol. I used Heirloom Patterns, Hocus Pocus and Midnight Feast.

I'm still trying to work on my coloring skills. But hopefully I did this little lady justice! :)  

Please join us for a little inky competition over at CASE Study Challenge! I would love to see your work there! :)

The Craft's Meow September 2012 Release Previews : Golden Days/Good Times

Hi there friends! A storm passed through NY yesterday and everyone was on tornado watch. Tornadoes in NY? I've only been here for 4 years but I've always thought that tornadoes only occur in the South and Midwest. Thankfully, our neighborhood was unaffected. I hope it wasn't so bad in other areas though.  

Anyway, let's get down to business. Welcome back to Day 4 of The Craft's Meow September 2012 Release Previews. We have two new sets for you to preview today. Golden Days by Karen Baker and Good Times by Kaitlyn Ord

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For my first card I used Golden Days. This is a wonderful fall themed stamp set perfect for the coming season. I took one of the leaf images from the set and stamped an upper and lower border image on a piece of kraft cardstock. I punched he corners with a SU corner punch. Then I adhered a strip of striped brown patterned paper in the middle.

I die cut the banner pieces and letters from patterned paper and plain cardstock. For the smaller banner pieces, I stamped more images from Golden Days on it before adhering it to the larger banner pieces. Then I layered the letters over it.

I adhered the banner using foam tape. Then ran a piece of twine through the holes that I had punched earlier. I also stamped my sentiment under the strip of patterned paper. Lastly, I tied a gold ribbon around the top part of the card. 

Onto my second card. For this one, I used Good Times. This is a wonderful set for people who not only make cards but scrapbook too! It's great for project life too! :)

I started my card with a strip of vintage cream cardstock. I stamped the chevron pattern on it and adhered it on the top of a patterned paper panel. Then I took out some of my left over scraps of patterned paper and stamped the banners on them. I hand cut them and  ran them through my sewing machine. I adhered them on the main panel side by side like so. :)

Then I die cut a doily, a circle and a scalloped circle and layered them one over the other.  I also stamped this label and a sentiment on it and attached it on top of my stack. I added the die cut felt leaves and mini wooden clips on the side.

I adhered everything over a kraft card base. 

I'm looking at the clock and it's 1:00am now. I am officially tired. :) The black tea doesn't seem to be working anymore so I'm going to finalize things here.

Every month TCM offers up a stamp set as a gift for every $50 purchase over at the TCM store. This month's gift is Golden Days. 

Do you want a chance to win these sets? Easy! Just leave a comment on the TCM blog! Make sure you visit the other DT members' blogs. They have more inspiration for you! Come back tomorrow for the blog hop ok? You'll have the chance to WIN the ENTIRE September collection then! :) See you soon!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Craft's Meow September 2012 Release Sneak Previews - Day 3


Hello! Hello! Welcome back! It's Day 3 of The Craft's Meow September 2012 Release Sneak Previews. Today we're introducing two new sets. Fall Blessings and Fall with Fibi and Lilly from designer Mabelle-R-O.

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Since we have two sets to introduce today, I'm going to go straight to my projects. Here we go. Let's start with Fall with Fibi and Lilly.

I stamped a few images from the set and colored them with my Copic markers. Then I hand cut them. I'm planning on making cut files for them...once I get the chance to. lol. Lately I've been very busy and have had no time to do so. But since the lines were pretty simple on the images it wasn't so bad fussy cutting. :)

I adhered the images over a panel of cardstock that I had stamped with a giant cobweb. I also stamped my sentiment on it. I went back to stamp it again and unfortunately it didn't go as well as I had hoped. But it still looks good so I continued on with my card.

I made a little banner using the smaller images from the set. I stamped them, colored them in and hand cut them too. The I adhered them using foam tape then ran the twine through them. I think this is my favorite part of the card. You can make a banner of just about any image. Just line them up like this and run twine through them! :)

Onto my next card, Fall Blessings. Since my first card was colored very brightly, I decided to go a little light on this one. 

I stamped my image as usual and colored it in. Then I fussy cut it. I die cut a tag and adhered it over a panel of patterned paper. I also die cut the little flap above and stamped my sentiment on it.

I continued coloring the grass from the main image down onto the tag to give it some continuity. I hope it looks ok. :)

Enjoying yourself I hope! :) Aren't my pictures getting better? I've been tinkering with Photoshop and have managed to make my pictures brighter and clearer. I love Photoshop! lol! 

Do you want a chance to win these sets? All you have to do is to leave a message on the TCM Blog. That's it! So head on over there and leave some love. Don't forget to pass by the other TCM girls' blogs too! 

I'll see you all again tomorrow! 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Waltzingmouse Stamps September Blog Party

***My The Craft's Meow Release Preview post is just below. Please check it out!***

Hello again! I ALMOST forgot! It's WMS September Blog Party! I feel terrible that I'm not in it enough. So I wanted to make sure I was this time around. The theme for this month's party is fall! I love fall. I love all warm colors all around. Except the part where it gets messy. lol. 

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Here's my little submission for this month's WMS Blog Party! I realized as I was going through my WMS drawers that I didn't have ANY fall stamp sets! I wasn't going to give up though. I just knew I wanted to use my Candy Jar and Jar Fillers for this card. So I pulled out some other fall stamp sets that I had and combined it with what Waltzingmouse Stamps I wanted to use. 

I stamped my jar, and the topper. Then stamped the image I wanted to put into it. I colored it in with my Copic markers and viola! A fall jar! :) Seeing as I used other stamps from other stamp companies, I wanted to infuse more WMS into my card. So I grabbed my Chicken Wire stamp set and used it to make my background panel.

I added a border die cut that I cut with my Cameo above to add a little more color to my card. Then I attached my jar over some tags.

I usually scramble for ideas when it comes to fall cards. But surprisingly this came pretty easily to me this time around. I hope to be just as lucky next time. :)

Do you have any fall card ideas? Please share them with us over at Waltzingmouse Stamps!

The Craft's Meow - Lovely Ovals

I'm so excited today!!! The other night, my DH went online and bought me an advanced Christmas gift. I kept on showing it to him on you tube and he seems to like it too! I hear it's arriving tomorrow and I just can't WAIT!!!! I'll take a picture of it when I get it and show you. :) In the mean time, I'm counting the hours! Teehee!

I just had to share that because I'm so excited! lol! But let's get down to business now. Welcome back to The Craft's Meow September Release Previews! Did you enjoy yesterday's cards from the design team? I absolutely love releases. And I always can't wait until the very end when they finally show the stamp sets in their entirety. Then I grab a pen and a piece of paper and jot down my wish list. Are you the same?! :)

Well, here's another "tease" until you can see the whole release! Today, we're introducing Lovely Ovals designed by Elizabeta Kushner. This set is filled with intricately detailed pieces. If you love to make beautiful feminine cards you will definitely love this set.

 For my card, I stamped and die cut this beautiful round frame. I inked the edges then stamped the sentiment in the middle. I die cut a scalloped oval to mat the oval frame I made. I stamped the scallop border several times to make my background panel. I don't know if you can see it, but I spread some adhesive over it then dusted it with some glitter.

I adhered a die cut label over the background panel. Then I tied a ribbon around it and added the flower. Then I layered my oval frame over it. I added the heart border on the bottom for some contrast.

I hope you're having fun with the release previews. There's more on the way. If you want a chance to win this set, all you have to do is head on over to the TCM blog and leave Lisa a message! Easy peasy! :) Please come back tomorrow, we have two sets that we're introducing, and I'm pretty sure you'll love them too! :)


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