Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #12

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Another lovely sketch this week at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog. A little easier than last week's sketch but hey it's good to push yourself outside of the box ever now and then. Here's what I came up with.

I've been neglecting my Afternoon Tea stamps by Waltzingmouse Stamps recently, so it was time to get them out, forgot how much I loved them!! I've also been a little muted in my color choices lately so I picked a nice hot pink and bright green combo to liven things up a bit! I stamped the image twice, once in Memento Rose Bud and once in VersaMagic Tea Leaves, I cut the centre out of the pink one and layered with foam pads on to the green.

I distressed the edges a little with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen and a little Victorian Velvet. I don't know what it is about hot pink but it always makes me want to add a bit of bling to my cards, I was almost finished this card and I was going to put a button there but I went for the bling! It's from my lot of odd vintage earrings, attached with superglue because it is a little heavy!

The big ruffle down the middle was easy to make from a torn strip of cream dress lining fabric, I just sewed along the middle and pulled the back thread to gather. The cream bow is from the same fabric. I pleated a little of the green seam binding and layered on top. I sponged a little Ivory Creative Inspirations Paint around the edges of the card.

Make sure you visit the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog to get some inspiration from the Mischief Makers and some of the Waltzingmouse DT. Please use the keyword WMSC12 when you upload to any public galleries. You have until Thursday September 2nd at Midnight EST to upload to the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog. Go on, this is an easy one!! : )


Card/Paper: White card, Digital papers (dots) is from Tiny Princess by Sugarplum Paperie at the Digichick, Rose Damask from Sprout at the Shabby Shoppe, beige floral paper by Carina Gardner at Two Peas in a Bucket
Stamps: Afternoon Tea by Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink: Memento Rose Bud, VersaMagic Tea Leaves, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Victorian Velvet and Antique Linen
Other: Green seam binding, foam pads, vintage earring, natural twine, cream dress lining fabric, sewing machine, lace, pink ric rac, superglue, Creative Inspirations Paint in Ivory.

Vintage Rose

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

*** My card WON card of the week at CARD PATTERNS !!! and an honorable mention at the Shabby Tea Room, I'm shocked and delighted!! ***

Just popping in with a quick post, we had a busy weekend at the local festival - 'The Rose of Tralee', lots going on, we took Isabelle to the circus (no animals), she loved it! She starts pre-school next week and is so excited! I've been working on some magazine commissions the past few days. I made a card today using Card Patterns Sketch 78 and combined it with this week's Shabby Tea Room Challenge Week#24 'A Little Bit of Metal'.

The lovely rose print paper is Floral Fantasy by Betsy Tuma at Two Peas in a Bucket. The little bit of handwriting you can see is from a scanned copy of an old letter of my grandfather's, he had gorgeous handwriting! I love using it in my cards! The lovely green color paper with subtle stripe is from Ready for Spring by Elise and Jude at the Digichick.

The rose I made using some card from the Mariposa Stack using this tutorial. I painted the white side of the card with some Ivory Creative Inspirations Paint. The little rose I painted with Mango Creative Inspirations Paint. The sentiment is from the Sweethearts set by Waltzingmouse Stamps, I stamped it using Impress Bottle Green.

Just in case you were wondering where my 'Little Bit of Metal' was, it's the little off white metal rose, it's from a vintage earring. I used some torn strips of cream dress lining for the ribbon along side the seam binding.

I also sponged a little Green Olive Creative Inspirations Paint around the edges of the card and some Mango and Ivory around the image of the roses.

I'll be back on Saturday with a brand new creation for the next Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. Oh and you still have a little time to enter this week's challenge for a chance to win two brand unreleased stamp sets!!! (I've heard they're pretty amazing, you'll definitely want to get your hands on these!!) You have another chance to win by simple leaving a comment on the Mischief Makers blogs for that challenge! Wow, how generous is that!! Full details here.


Card/paper: Green paper from Ready for Spring by Elise and Jude at The Digichick, white card, Floral Fantasy by Betsy Tuma at Two Peas in a Bucket, Mariposa Stack.
Stamps: Sweethearts by Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink: Impress Bottle Green
Other: Creative Inspirations Paint in Ivory, Mango, Beige and Green Olive, natural twine, flat backed pearls, sewing machine, peach seam binding, paper rose, cream lining fabric, crochet circle, metal rose from vintage earring.

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #11

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Oooh, a lovely sketch this week at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog. I had lots of fun with this one. The minute I saw it, it reminded me of the top of a pretty jar. I love little gifts and recycling things too. So I had a little jar that I cleaned, popped a few Iced Caramels in and decorated. Here's the top!

I was totally inspired by Betsy Veldman's recent post on how to build a doily from all your little stamps. Such a clever idea, I had to give it a go with some of the Waltzingmouse Stamps. I used stamps from Victorian Fripperie and Seasons of Love - Tags. The circle stamp I masked with tape to create a semi-circle! I stamped directly onto fabric to make my doily top for my jar. Here's a few of my experimental doilies on paper, it really is fun and strangely therapeutic coming up with patterns!!

Back to the jar! I used a regular dye ink pad to stamp on the fabric but I did leave it to dry a while before I cut it out (the second time! I learned my lesson, smudged the ink!) Another tip is to use a little double sided tape on the rim of the jar to stop the fabric moving around when you're trying to tie your twine around it!!

The sentiment is from the Sweethearts set by Waltzingmouse Stamps. The band around the jar is also a strip of fabric I stamped with the motif border from Victorian Fripperie. I added some red seam binding on top of the band. I love red and white baker's twine, it went really well with this project, I can see myself using a LOT of this at Christmas!!

I tied the seam binding at the back in a little bow. Just because I thought it looked pretty and it hides stuff!! ; )

Make sure you visit the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog to see the wonderful creations from the Mischief Makers!! Please use the keyword WMSC11 when you upload to any public galleries. Don't forget to link your project over at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog too! You have until Thursday August 26th at Midnight EST. Have fun with this one!! : )


Card/Paper: Off - White card
Stamps: Victorian Fripperie, Sweethearts and Seasons of Love - Tags by Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink: Ink it Up True Red
Other: Little jar, sweeties, cotton fabric, narrow red satin ribbon, red seam binding, red buttons, red and white baker's twine, sewing machine, double sided tape.

Sweet Birdies!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

** My card received an honorable mention at the Play Date Cafe!! **

It's Creative Inspirations DT challenge time again, this week's challenge is 'Summer Stroll', to be inspired by the colors of summer. So I went with some pretty fresh greens, sweet blue birds and flowers. I used the colors from this week's Play Date Cafe challenge #43. I used this week's Card Patterns Sketch 77 also.

This sweet digi paper is from Sprout at the Shabby Shoppe. I used a little Sky Blue Creative Inspirations Paint on the little birds. The stamped frame border is from Fiskars Kids Birthday, I used VersaMagic Tea Leaves Ink. I added a little turquoise glitter border too.

I stamped the sentiment from Sweethearts by Waltzingmouse Stamps in Aqua Marine Creative Inspirations Paint. The little tag frame is Studio G, stamped with Tea Leaves VersaMagic.

I just love this oh so soft crochet flower, it's mohair I bought it on ebay, they come in all different colors. It's so cuddly!! I just love flowers. The outer green frame I painted with Emerald Creative Inspirations Paint. Don't forget to check out the rest of the Design Team's creations at the Creative Inspirations blog. Have a lovely day! : )


Card/Paper: White card, Sprout Digi Papers at The Shabby Shoppe, lime green paper from My Mind's Eye Quite Contrary Summer Papers
Stamps: Studio G, Sweethearts by Waltzingmouse Stamps, Friskars Kids Birthday
Ink: VersaMagic TeaLeaves
Other: Creative Inspirations Paint Emerald, Sky Blue, Aqua Marine, buttons, pale blue organza ribbon, turquoise glitter, natural twine, sky blue grosgrain ribbon, sewing machine, large mohair crochet flower.

Friends of Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Waltz

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Yay, my second Blog Waltz with Waltzingmouse Stamps, my first as Mischief Maker! Apologies for any mistakes in this post, it's pretty late here and I should be in bed. I'm operating on auto-pilot at the moment!! I hope you're enjoying the waltz! I love this month's theme of Vintage/ Shabby Chic (open to interpretation!) Here's my little project! I also made this for this week's Shabby Tearoom challenge #23 'The Delicate Cottage Rose'.

I made a card and matching gift box (large matchbox!). I was making these little paper roses at the weekend so I thought I'd use them in my project. The pretty floral paper is from Victorian Papers by Carina Gardner at Two Peas in a Bucket. The text paper is from Gardenologie by Quirky Twerp at The Digichick.

I used the motif from Seasons of Love - Tags by Waltzingmouse Stamps to create the border at the bottom, I'm not sure if you can see it but I embossed it in Mirror Gold. I distressed the edges with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen and Victorian Velvet.

I tied some tulle around the card and some silk ribbon. I used some card from the Mariposa Stack to make the flower and I painted the white side with Rose Quartz Creative Inspirations Paint. I used this tutorial to make them. The flower shape I used is from Paper Flowers -The Cutting Files available from The Digichick this Thursday.

The wee box is the size of a large matchbox I used a template from the Digichick to make it. Really easy.
I used the same supplies to decorate the box as I did on the card.

I lined the inside of the box with a burgundy floral paper also from Victorian Papers by Carina Gardner at Two Peas in a Bucket. I just shoved a bit of tulle in there. Would make a nice gift box for a special piece of jewelry or some yummy belgian chocs!

The box is topped with a smaller version of the other rose. Just five layers in this one! The sentiment stamp is from Seasons of Love - Tags by Waltzingmouse Stamps, I embossed this in gold too.

A close up of the large rose, nine layers in this one. The tutorial for making these is brilliant, you can use any five or six petal flower shape or punch to make them. Really fun and I just love roses! Enjoy the rest of the blog waltz!

Waltzingmouse Stamps August Blog Waltz - List


Card/Paper: Cream pearlescent card, Victorian Papers (digi) by Carina Gardner at Two Peas in a Bucket, Gardenologie by Quirky Twerp at The Digichick, Card for roses the Mariposa Stack DCWV
Stamps: Seasons of Love - Tags by Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink: VersaMark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen and Victorian Velvet
Other: Template for Matchbox by Kelleigh Ratzlaff at The Digichick, Mirror Gold embossing powder, heat gun, Gold Creative Inspirations Paint, lace, tulle, silk ribbon, natural twine, deep rose velvet ribbon, sewing machine, gold embroidery thread, super glue, double sided tape.

Creative Inspirations Blog Hop!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Welcome to the Creative Inspirations Paint Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Shelley's blog, if you missed it then just go back to the beginning at the Creative Inspirations Blog. We're celebrating the one year anniversary of Creative Inspirations!! Above is the wonderful prize up for grabs at the Creative Inspirations Blog. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this great prize is gather all the letter clues from each of the design team's blog (they'll be big or in a different color), go back to the Creative Inspirations Blog and leave your answer in the comment box!! Easy!! You have until Midnight Wednesday 18th August to enter.

In addition, to celebrate the anniversary, Creative Inspirations is releasing four new Limited Edition colors (above). These yummy new colors are Beige, Denim, Ivory and Burgundy. The colors will only be available for a limited period, so don't miss out!! Check out the Creative Inspirations Blog for full details. Ok, so the Design Team got to play with these fabulous new colors. I made a few creations to show U how beautiful the colors are. Starting with Beige.....

What goes well with Beige? Why lemon of course!! I was inspired by a recent Waltzingmouse Sketch for this card. Lots of lovely layers and textures. I stamped the border at the bottom of the card in Beige, it's from Victorian Fripperie by Waltzingmouse Stamps.

Here we have a pretty mix of crochet flowers, buttons, pearls, satin ribbon, twine, some eyelet lace and some quilled flowers I made. I just love all the different textures!

I sponged the edges of the card with some of the Beige paint and I stamped the sentiment (Sweethearts from Waltzingmouse Stamps) in Buttercup Creative Inspirations Paint. You can really see the lovely shimmer effect on the border here. Moving on to Denim...

I decided to make a pretty tag for this color. I love teaming White with Denim, nice and crisp. Here I stamped the flower border from Great Impressions in VersaMagic and embossed in Silver Pearl, I used the resist technique and sponged over the Denim paint, then rubbed over the stamped area with a paper towel. I used a little blending chalk to soften the edges. The pretty white flower is from Imaginisce's Cottage Christmas Range - Snow Flowers. I added the button to the centre.

A detail from the border, I love with the darker Creative Inspirations colors you get beautiful silver flecks  when you paint with it. This one really is a perfect Denim color!! Moving on to the final two colors, Ivory and Burgundy, I combined the two in this card because they go so well together!

The pretty patterned paper is from the Thrift Shop (October Afternoon). I really like this yummy Ivory teamed up with pinks and Burgundy, they really work well together. I love the deep rose velvet ribbon, so soft!

This gorgeous little dusky rose crochet heart is from Annie Design at Etsy. I painted some cream silk ribbon with the Burgundy paint, made a little bow and stitched it to the heart. You always get amazing sparkle when you paint on ribbon with Creative Inspirations Paint!

I distressed the border by sponging some of the Ivory paint around the edges, I love the way it catches the light. I stamped the simple sentiment (Sweethearts from Waltzingmouse Stamps) using the Burgundy paint! I added some pretty crochet lace from the Stamp Simply Store.

Now continuing with the Blog Hop, it's time to visit Kendra's blog and see what she's created! Don't forget to look out for the next letter clue to be in with a chance of winning the fabulous prize!! Enjoy the rest of the Blog Hop!!

Lavender filled Heart (WMSC10)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Another brilliant sketch for this week's Waltzingmouse Stamps Sketch Challenge. A nice simple layout for WMSC #10. Here's my interpretation of the sketch! I also made this with this week's City Crafter Challenge in mind, they have the theme of hearts this week.

I've been wanting to make a little lavender filled heart for a while, I just love little gifts with cards! What could be better than receiving a card accompanied by the lovely scent of lavender. This heart shaped stamp from the Seasons of Love - Tags set by Waltzingmouse Stamps made it super easy to make the lavender heart. I used VersaMagic Pretty Petunia to stamp the heart directly onto cotton fabric. The sentiment is from the Sweethearts set. The heart is detachable, stuck on with sticky fixers.

I cut out the heart, leaving an edge around it. I cut out another heart the same size in plain cotton, I stamped this with a little motif also from Seasons of Love - Tags in a repeat pattern. I sewed around the edge of the stamped heart on the sewing machine (front side facing out) leaving an inch open on one side (to fill with lavender). I also added some purple seam binding at the top while I was sewing the edges. I made a little paper cone/funnel to make it easier to fill the heart with lavender. I then hand stitched it closed. I stitched on a little lavender button too.

Here's a little photo of the back of the heart. I love that little motif from the Seasons of Love - Tags set, it makes a pretty repeat pattern. Perfect for the back of my lavender heart!

I was actually really surprised how well the stamp came out on the fabric. I did ink up the stamp pretty well, I did a few test stamps before it came out perfectly. You do need a little more ink than you would if you were stamping on paper, I guess because of the absorbency of the fabric.

I'm gonna tell you why I love lavender hearts so much now. I always remember when I used to visit my gran's house as a kid, the lovely scent of lavender and these cute little lavender hearts she'd have hanging on the front of the wardrobes. That scent always brings back warm memories now. The wardrobe in the photo is actually the one from my gran's house, it was passed on to me after my gran died. It's in my guest room now, along with some other treasured pieces of furniture of my gran's. Ok, I'll stop blabbing on now! Lavender hearts were actually used to keep moths away from your clothes, that's why my gran had them hanging on the front of the wardrobes!!

I stamped the snowflake motif from the Season's of Love - Tags set in VersaMagic Spring Pansy to make the patterned paper at the bottom of the card. I also stamped the same motif along the top of the card. 

Make sure you visit the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog to see all the fabulous creations from the Mischief Makers!! Please use the keyword WMSC10 when you upload to any public galleries. Don't forget to link your creation over at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog too. You have until Thursday August 19th at Midnight EST.

Oh, I almost forgot, the August Friends of Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Waltz is on August 17th AND the theme is Vintage/Shabby Chic, YAY!! More details here.

I'll be back tomorrow with a special post for the Creative Inspirations Paint blog hop to celebrate it's one year Anniversary, there's a lovely prize up for grabs!


Card/Paper: White card, Paper from Retrospect 365 Paper Pack by Quirky Twerp at The Digichick
Stamps: Seasons of Love - Tags, Sweethearts by Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink: VersaMagic Spring Pansy and Pretty Petunia
Other: Dried Lavender, white cotton fabric,  sewing machine, needle and thread, buttons, lavender seam binding, natural twine, sticky fixers, lavender satin ribbon.

Suitcase Gift Box Tutorial

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I've a new article today over at The Hybrid Chick, it's a tutorial on how to make a little suitcase gift box. I made one last month and received lots of comments on it. A few people asked if I'd do a tutorial on it. There's lots of pics and some tips in there too! If you do pop over, I'd love if you leave me a comment, thanks! : )

Here's a little peek of the finished suitcase. I covered it in brown paper and used some gorgeous papers from Retrospect 365 Paper Pack by Quirky Twerp at the Digichick. There's more fabulous papers on the inside too!

The colors are really vibrant in these papers and I just love the floral print. The box is made from foam board, it's super light but really strong. Ok, that's all I'm going to say, if you want to know more you'll have to check out the article!! ; )

*** Just to let you know if you pop over to the Waltzingmouse Blog today there's a little competition to win a stamp set of choice!! All you have to do is use one of the FREE templates from the Waltzingmouse Stamps Store (there's some fabulous one's there!!) to make a project of your own and link it up at the Waltzingmouse Blog. You have until 11:59 PM Eastern on Sunday, August 15th. Have FUN!!! ***

Week #22- 'Reflections' The Shabby Tearoom (Guest Designer)

Monday, August 9, 2010

I'm honored to be Guest Designer at The Shabby Tearoom for this week's challenge, Week #22 'Reflections'. Just look at this gorgeous inspiration photo for this week's challenge. I used the off whites, creams, black and warm biscuit in my card. I also took inspiration from the lovely blossom branch in the photo.

I found the perfect digi paper for this project in the Fabrications Classic Paper Pack by Quirky Twerp at The Digichick, I use these papers a lot, so many pretty ones in the pack. I picked up the lovely warm biscuit color I used in the fabric covered button and touch of ribbon by painting highlights of the branch in a mix of Autumn Wheat, Sunshine and Winter Frost Creative Inspirations Paint.

I hope you can see the lovely shimmer of the paint, I used it to reflect the silver tones in the inspiration photo. I stamped the little tag in black and embossed. The sentiment is from the Victorian Fripperie set by Waltzingmouse Stamps. I distressed the edges of the card by sponging with Onyx Creative Inspirations Paint.

The gorgeous black silk ribbon is from The Stamp Simply Store. The fabric covered button is part of a mixed bag I bought on ebay. Now pop over to The Shabby Tearoom to be inspired by what the Design Team have created, I'm sure you'll enjoy!! Once you've made your card don't forget to link it at The Shabby Tearoom.


Card/paper: White card, digital paper from Fabrications Classic Paper Pack by Quirky Twerp at The Digichick
Stamps: Sentiment from Victorian Fripperie by Waltzingmouse Stamps, Studio G tag
Ink: Black Archival Ink
Other: Doily, cream lining fabric, warm biscuit ribbon from Memrie Mare, sewing machine, black silk ribbon, natural twine, fabric covered button, button, Creative Inspirations Paint in Onyx, Autumn Wheat, Sunshine, Winter Frost, foam pads, black embossing powder and heat gun.