Friday, November 30, 2012

The Craft's Meow November Release Blog Hop

Yay! You've made it to the end of the TCM November Release! Welcome to The Craft's Meow Blog Hop! Did you enjoy the last 4 days of release previews? Well, we have a little bit more for you today before November comes to an end. 

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If you just came from Iwona "Chupa" Palamountain's blog then you're right where you're supposed to be. If not, please head on over to The Craft's Meow blog to start from the beginning. As you go along the way, leave a message on each of the blogs that you hop on for a chance to win the ENTIRE November Release! 

Also, Stitched Sentiments Two is our November gift with a $50 purchase over the store. Enjoy! Now let's get onto the hop! :)

For my card, I used Valentine Wishes, Beautiful Shelf, and Stitched Sentiments Two. I like to use different sets together to show how versatile they can be. :) 

 I made a 4.5 x 4.5 card. I stamped Xo from Valentine Wishes above and below to make a border before I stitched a panel of kraft cardstock in the middle. Then I die cut some labels and adhered them in the middle of the card. I stamped my sentiment from Stitched Sentiments Two on the top most label. I also stamped this sweet little lady and colored in some parts as well as paper pieced her skirt.

 I tucked in a little strip of crocheted lace on the bottom of the sentiment. And to finish things off, I stamped this little banner from Beautiful Shelf, cut it out and adhered it with foam adhesive on the upper left portion of the card.

 That's it for me! Now head on over to Jen's blog for more inspiration! Don't forget to leave a message for a chance to win the ENTIRE November Release! 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Craft's Meow November 2012 Release Previews - Day 4

Please scroll down for my CASE study Challenge 119 post. You won't want to miss it!

Yay! You've made it to the last stamp set preview for this month's The Craft's Meow November Release! How have you been enjoying it? I hope you like the samples as well as the images that the TCM design team made for you. 

The Craft's Meow

There's just one more stamp set to preview today before we get to our blog hop. And as per TCM fashion, you can win this stamp set simply by leaving a message over at The Craft's Meow Blog

Today, we're introducing Zoom Goes My Heart by Karen Baker. I love how trendy the images from this set are! You are going to love this!!! 

For my card, I chose this cute chevron patterned paper from My Mind's Eye. Then I picked out colors from it to use on the rest of the card. I stamped the speedometer image and layered it over a doily die cut. Both of which I layered once more on a banner that I cut out from some cardstock.

I added some crocheted lace, a ribbon, flower petals and a button over the upper left hand corner of the doily.

For my sentiment, I die cut a rectangular strip and stamped three hearts on it, then the sentiment above it. 

How did you like today's previews? Have you seen what the other TCM girls have in store? If you haven't please head on over to their blogs to have a go see. Tomorrow is our blog hop where you can win the ENTIRE November Release!!! So make sure you come back tomorrow! :)

CASE Study Challenge 119

I've been trying out what I've learned from my online card classes. These paper ornaments are worth all the time it takes me to make one. And it does take TIME to make one. Today, I used them as decorations for the little photo shoot that I did for my card for CASE Study Challenge 119. I'm planning on making more for our Christmas tree. As well as trying to make bigger ones that are free standing. 

I wonder how long that will take me? lol. :)

Let's get to the card that I made for this week's CASE Study Challenge 119. The inspiration from my card is based off our November muse, Angeline Young's card. Here it is...

I took the idea of the spiral baker's twine and made something round for my card as well. I made a paper rosette from patterned paper. I don't usually make them because I find it so hard to keep it still while I'm trying to put it together. 

Well, while I was making it, I grabbed the cover of one of my button containers. Luckily the rosette fit inside it! So I placed it in there to dry before attaching the circles above and below it to keep it in its rounded shape.

I stamped this beautiful lantern image from Waltzingmouse Stamps Little Lanterns and layered it above the rosette. I was going for a "cool" Christmas card, so I chose some light and cool colors.

For the background panel of the card, I picked out a teal-gray colored patterned paper from My Mind's Eye. Then I heat embossed some snowflakes from an old Stampin' Up set called Serene Snowflakes. I'm not sure if they still carry the wooden stamps for these.

 I tied a ribbon and placed it beside the rosette. I also added a mini pom-pom trim underneath it. Although now that I think about maybe I shouldn't have done that because you can't see it at all.

Anyway, I also attached a little tag with a sentiment from Compliments of the Season Two. Also from Waltzingmouse Stamps

Not sure if it's visible, but I tried putting Enamel Accent dots by the smaller snowflakes. I don't think it turned out so well. I have crafty friends who are absolute experts with these things. I wish I could make them look half as great! :)

Okay! That's it for me! I have one more post later on so please check it out! :) I would love to see what you do with the inspiration for this week. Thanks for joining us over at CASE Study Challenge

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Craft's Meow November 2012 Release Previews - Day 3

Hi there! It's me again! I have another post for The Craft's Meow November 2012 Release Previews. Today we're introducing Beautiful Shelf by Nina B Designs. It's a great set with wonderful images that you can mix and match.

The Craft's Meow

For my card, I embossed the faux stitching on the patterned paper panel that I adhered to my main card base. Then I die cut this beautiful Spellbinders frame and placed it on the panel. I stamped the banner and quilt image and layered it on top of the frame. These are my favorite images from the set.

The quilt I stamped and heat embossed. It came out beautifully on the kraft cardstock. I actually adhered it upside down! lol! But you can't really tell, can you? :)

Anyway, I also added a white trim on the bottom of the patterned paper panel. Then I stamped my sentiment from Stitched Sentiments 2 on the bottom. By the way, Stitched Sentiments 2 will be our November gift for purchases over $50. It was such a great hit the first time that Nina made more! :)

Well, that's it for me! If you want a chance to win this set, all you have to do is leave a comment on The Craft's Meow Blog. Easy right?! Please come back tomorrow, we have one more set to feature before the blog hop. Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Online Card Classes - Paper Ornaments

Hello there! I hope you're enjoying the second day of the TCM Release Previews. Please scroll down to view my post for today. 

I was so excited about this that I really wanted to share it with you ladies right away. I joined the most recent class being offered over at Online Card Classes. I've actually joined several of their classes and I must say they're all very informative and fun! :) 

This is one of the projects from that class that I started making last night! It's absolutely beautiful!!! Thank you so much Jennifer for sharing it! 

I'm planning on making several of these to add to our tree as ornaments. :) As you can see the light blue ornament was my first try. I didn't tighten the cones well enough and you can see some holes. But it got better on my second try with the white ornament. 

I'll try to post more projects as I go through the classes. 

Oh and before you go. I would like to share this one more time...Cheekie Charlie is opening this December! They are offering fun and innovative baby/toddler clothing. Designed by a product designer mom (my cousin) for her baby girl Charlie (my cute niece!!!) and now she wants to share it with you! :)

The Craft's Meow November 2012 Release Previews - Day 2

Hello there! Welcome back TCM's November 2012 Release Previews! I hope you enjoyed yesterday's previews of Valentine Wishes. We're introducing another stamp set today. This one is from Nina B Designs, a follow up to a previous stamp set, Stitched Sentiments 2! I loved that sentiment set and so I was absolutely thrilled to have another one added to it! :)

The Craft's Meow

This set has a wonderful mix of sentiments. I chose to go with a holiday theme for my card today. As you know, I was away on vacation and wasn't able to use some of the sets from the previous release. I took the chance to use them on my card today.

For this card, I used, Stitched Sentiments 2, Warm Winter Wishes, and Winter Fibby & Lilly. Winter Fibby & Lilly was from last month's release. Isn't this image absolutely adorable?!

I wanted to emphasize my sentiment. So I separated it with a felt strip that I adhered glitter on. It's also a great base for my main image.

Would you like a chance to win this wonderful sentiment set? Easy! All you have to do is to leave a message over at The Craft's Meow Blog! Looking for more inspiration? The other TCM girls have more in store for you. So please head on over to their blogs and leave them some love! I look forward to seeing you tomorrow! I have MORE cards and stamp sets to introduce! See you then! :)

OMGoodness! I almost forgot!!! We have a wonderful guest designer with us during this release! It's my fellow Mischief Maker, Kim Duran! Please give her a warm welcome and check out what she has in store for you! :)

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Craft's Meow November 2012 Release Previews - Day 1

Hello there! For all you TCM followers out there who have been waiting for this...the wait is over! The TCM November 2012 Release Previews are finally here! 

The Craft's Meow

First up is a stamp set from Mabelle R-O called Valentine Wishes. For those of you who love to color with Copics, this is a wonderful set to have. If you're not so good at it, like me, paper piecing is another wonderful way to go!

I stamped this sweet image of a girl with balloon hearts and colored it in with my Copics. I wish a demonstrator would come and visit us here and New York. I would love to attend a lesson or two! :)

I layered on some patterned papers and lace. Then I die cut a tag and scallop circle and placed it in the middle of my card. I also adhered the word LOVE and placed it over the scallop circle. Then I adhered the cute little girl to the side.

I stamped some hearts on the top portion and made a little border. I added a wooden clothes pin, ribbon and heart just because I love to PILE it on! :) I also used Enamel Accents to make the cute little white dots on the scalloped circle.

It's been a very busy month with very little crafty time for me. Hopefully I'll have more samples for you as the week goes by. For more inspiration, please head on over to The Craft's Meow blog and check out what the other ladies have for you today! Don't forget to leave them some love! It always makes my day when I have messages posted on my blog. :) I'll be back again tomorrow for more! Please make sure to come check it out!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 125

Hi there! Happy post-Thanksgiving! I hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving and had a lot of luck during the Black Friday sales. I haven't tried waiting in line for the door-busters. I can never stand the cold long enough to wait in line like that. lol. 

 I hope you have some time this weekend, because it's time for some Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge! This week's sketch is from yours truly. Let's get it it shall we? Welcome to Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 125.


I hope you like layers. Because as you know, I do! It gives wonderful dimension to cards and I think it's nice to take your time making your card. It sometimes takes me about 30 minutes to finish a card. But it's 30 minutes of fun for me. :)

For my card, I used the following Waltzingmouse Stamp sets: Complements of the Season 2 and Yonder Star.

I used Yonder Stars to make the background panel of my card. Then I cut strips from patterned papers (PTI) and made the banners and attached them to the top of the card. I only put adhesives on the top portion so that the bottom would "float" over the card. I layered two images from Compliments of the Season 2 and adhered it in the middle. 

This is one of my favorite color combinations. I hope I'm not over using it. lol! I would love to see what you make of the sketch for this week. Remember, you'll have a chance to win a stamp set of your choice if you join us. See you there! 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

CASE Study Challenge 118

Hello! Happy Happy Thanksgiving! It's a recent addition to the holidays that I celebrate. I started 4 years ago, and I must say that I really love it! Perhaps not so much of the after effects of eating so much food. lol!

But there are so many things to be thankful for in life. I think it's wonderful that people stop for one day to celebrate all the things we should be grateful for.

So, for CASE Study Challenge 118, I'm going to go with a Thanksgiving Theme. We have another wonderful card from our November muse, Angeline Young. And it's perfect for what I had in mind! Isn't this brilliant?! :) 

I loved the leaves and fall colors on Angeline's card. So I looked for some leaf images and decided to work with these. For my card, all the stamps are from PTI. And as always, the patterned papers are from My Mind's Eye.

I stamped the leaf images on patterned paper. Then heat embossed the veins that ran through them. I had to hand cut the leaves because I just realized that I didn't have the coordinating dies!!! A little problem that can easily be fixed. :) 

After being on my wish list for such a long time, I finally bought this beautiful frame die from Spellbinders. I stamped a flower image on it and adhered a label with my sentiment on top of it. I piled the leaves on top of the frame and added a ribbon, some felt leaves and buttons.

I added a strip of mini pompoms to the bottom to balance the top heavy look of the leaves.

If you're not too busy this week, please join us for a little inky time over at CASE Study Challenge. Check out what the other girls have for you there as well. I hope to see your submissions over at the challenge blog! I'm off to enjoy the yummy food! Hehe. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Cheekie Charlie

Hello friends! I'm going off topic today to share a wonderful product launch. My very talented and creative cousin just opened up a new online store for babies. It's called Cheekie Charlie. They have creative and functional clothing for infants and toddlers. 

Please check it out! It was designed by a mom with other moms in mind. :)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 124

Yahoo! It's finally the weekend. The week seemed to pass by quickly, and yet not quick enough. I've been waiting for the weekend so I can go watch the Twilight movie. lol! Yes, I like to follow the movies since they came out. The first two weren't all that, but the third and last one seemed to be good. So now I hope they came up with a nice one this time as well. 

Before I forget myself and keep blabbing, I'm going to go ahead with the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 124. I absolutely loved the cards from last week. So much talent! Well, here's a little something to start your creative juices. This week's sketch is from our very own Karin Akesdotter

Some of my WMS orders came in this week! I was so excited and opened them right away. This was one of my favorites, Candy Wagon, so I inked it up right away. I added more layers than the sketch had. I hope that's ok. 

There are different combinations when building the Candy Wagon. I just chose one of the Candy Wagons that the WMS DT girls made. The possibilities are endless, I can imagine combining other stamp sets with this one! :)

Since I already had the Western theme going on here, I picked out some sentiments from Back in the Saddle. Then I added some elements to it, like the glittered star, the wood grain embossed kraft panel, lace and ribbon.

I hope that gave you a bit of inspiration and that you'll join us over at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. I would love to see what combination you'll come up with using the new stamps from the last release. I'll see you there! :)


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