WMSC58 - Coral Cameo

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Good Morning! First I just want to say thanks to everyone who supported me in the Gallery Idol Competition, I didn't make it through to the last round but I did have lots of fun, made new crafty friends and won some cool prizes along the way, so it's all good!! : ) Ok, on to this week's new sketch at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge, WMSC58, designed by Kelly! Such a fab sketch!!

I had fun with this one, of course I added some extra layers! I used the gorgeous colors from this week's Play Date Cafe challenge PDCC92, Coral, Petal Pink and Antique Gold.

The label is stamped using Holiday Labels No.14 by Waltzingmouse Stamps, I masked the middle. The sentiment is from Cameo to Go.

On the tag in the pocket I stamped the journalling card stamp from Victorian Frippery by Waltzingmouse Stamps, the antique gold paper at the top of the tag is some handmade block printed paper from Italy, that I bought a long time ago when I was on holidays there.

The fab coral polka dot paper is from Echo Park Victoria Gardens (I love these papers!!) I stamped the bottom half of the card using Text-It by Waltzingmouse Stamps. I used the flowers from Roses in Bloom on the pocket, stamped with VersaMark and embossed in white.

The white frame I made using some white Fimo and a silicone mold from Etsy. I love how this one turned out!! I stamped the cameo using Cameo to Go in Versamagic Pink Grapefruit (with a touch of red to get the right shade) and used a glue pen on the silhouette and sprinkled with fine glitter. The pretty flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the pearl trinket pin I made.

Pop over to the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog to see the fabulous creations from the DT and play along to be in with a chance of winning a stamp set of choice!

I'm teaching a card-making workshop in Killarney today in the local craft shop, looking forward to it. The ladies are a great group! Not looking forward to the traffic, the Irish Open (Golf) is on this weekend in Killarney. I'll have to leave extra early!! Have a great weekend! : )


Card/Paper: White card, Echo Park Victoria Gardens, Italian block printed paper
Stamps: Text-it, Cameo to Go, Victorian Frippery, Roses in Bloom, Holiday Labels No.14 all Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink: Black Archival Ink,  VersaMagic Pink Grapefruit, Ink it Up True Red, Brilliance Moonlight White
Other: Sewingmachine, fimo, silicone mold, seam binding, trinket pin, Wild Orchid Crafts paper flowers, lace, twine, ribbon.

Case study #50...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hello! Time for another challenge at the Case Study Challenge blog. It's our last week of CASEing the very talented Dawn Woleslagle. I love Dawn's card, the clean lines, the perfect balance of white space, the gorgeous stamped roses, the way the color of the roses is picked up in the punched border, the sideways stamped sentiment, the dimension and depth. Fabulous! I actually learned a lot CASEing this card and I was pleasantly surprised with my result. This much white space usually scares me but I was strangely comfortable with it! Ok, enough yapping, here's my card!

I flipped the layout of the card because I wanted to use these beautiful fuchsia stamps from Celebrating You Stamp set (designed by Nina Brackett) from The Craft's Meow, fuchsia flowers are supposed to be hanging... I have some in my hanging baskets. I actually picked one to reference the colors when I was painting the stamped image. I painted them using acrylic paints. (I like to get my brushes and paints out every now and again! eh and I don't own a single Copic... no really I don't!)

I stamped the image three times on separate pieces of white card and colored them. I cut out two of the stamped images and layered elements of the image. I didn't follow the original stamped image I added some extra flowers and leaves. I couldn't resist adding a bit of seam binding... I love this shade of green!!

Oh I didn't cut out the stamens of the flowers (I'm not THAT crazy!!) I just layered the main section of the flower with foam pads.

The sentiment is from Roses in Bloom by Waltzingmouse Stamps. It just fit nicely in here. I also added some matching pink grosgrain ribbon. The whole stamped panel is also layered on foam pads for added dimension.

Thank you Dawn for inspiring me! Wait 'til you see what the rest of the Case Study DT came up with... they're so talented!!

Oh yea, next week it's the Case Study 1st Anniversary Blop Hop!! And as Chupa said herself:

"On the 4th of August, we're holding a big celebratory Blog Hop, with our Designers and all but one of our amazing Muses, sharing with you what they do best! The theme of the event will be CASEing one of our DT gals - past or present, and you're warmly welcome to join in.
There will be a Linky widget as usual, where you'll be able to share your inspired creation, and the DT will have lots of PRIZES to give away! All you'll need to do is join in the Hop, and leave some love along the way... you won't want to miss it!"

So there'll be lots of fun things happening! One more thing, if you haven't voted in the Gallery Idol Competition yet you only have until 12 noon (MDT) that's 7pm (GMT) today. So if you like my card.... please VOTE for it, I'd love to get into the TOP 5!! Just click on my card at the top of my sidebar. Eternally grateful!! : )

Gallery Idol Round 3 - Fabric meets Paper!!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Ok, here I am in the Top 10 of Gallery Idol Competition run by Papercrafts Magazine. I'm SOO excited to have made it this far, thank you for all of your votes. You helped me get this far!! The theme for round 3 is 'Fabric Meets Paper'.

I spent ages playing with different ideas but I went with Kanzashi in the end. If you haven't heard of Kanzashi before here's a little bit about it. Kanzashi are Japanese flowers created by folding small sqaures of fabric into petals then gluing them together. Here's a link to a tutorial. You get nice crisp lines if you iron the folds. I covered a button with the same fabric for the centre. The leaves I cut from some green felt and stitched a line along the middle.

For the banner I used the same technique, in Kanzashi these little triangles are called 'falls', they're usually attached on one of the shorter sides of the triangle but I turned them on their sides to make a cute little banner!! They're glued to a strip of pink ribbon (no sewing involved!)

I used the Say it Loud stamp set by Waltzingmouse Stamps for the sentiment stamped in black, carefully cut out and attached with foam pads. I stamped the wishes text using True red ink. The white backround is embossed using the In Stitches embossing folder.

The pretty floral paper is from Crate Paper's Emma's Shoppe. I die-cut the pink border using Marianne Design Lace border die from felt. I added some yellow ric-rac across the join.

Here's the fabric I used to make the Kanzashi flowers and banner. I LOVE this fabric, I bought it ages ago from a local fabric shop. I love the pattern, the color combo, it's just so cheerful and pretty. I'm not usually a red fan but I love it in this mix of colors.. the fact it's a floral probably helps too!! : ) This was the color inspiration for my card.

I made a few Kanzashi flowers and falls before I picked the 'right one' for my card!! I love these flowers, you can make them any size, the size of your squares for each petal work out to be the size of your finished flower. You can add whatever centre you like too, covered buttons, brads, simple buttons...

Ok, that's it. I hope you like my card and if you do PLEASE VOTE for me... : ) Here's the link to the gallery at the Papercrafts Magazine website. You can VOTE for my card directly by clicking on the photo at the top of my sidebar. I can't make it to the next round (the Top 5) without your votes. Thanks for getting me this far, I'm really grateful!! Whatever happens, I've had lots of fun, made new friends and stretched my creativity, so it's all good!! : )

The Ribbon Reel - Challenge #7

Hello, it's time for another challenge at The Ribbon Reel Challenge Blog, this week Debbie is our host and she provided this beautiful inspiration photo. So the challenge is to create a card or project inspired by the photo and use a flower with ribbon and lace. The colors are pretty subtle in the photo so I went with a light and airy feel to my card.

I used Spellbinders Labels 18 and Foliage dies on my card. I pinched the leaves slightly on the foliage for a little interest. The pale pink gardenia and cream rose are from The Ribbon Reel. Aren't they pretty!

I stamped my sentiment from Fancy Phrases by Waltzingmouse Stamps directly onto some Ivory Twill from The Ribbon Reel. I stamped the polka dots from Gingham & Co in VersaMagic Aspen Mist. I also added a little White Crochet Lace. The beautiful Pink Pleated ribbon is also from The Ribbon Reel.

I added some Cream Seam binding and Natural Crochet Lace behind the flowers. Inset into the die-cut frame is some corrugated cardboard painted white. The little blue flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Don't forget to pop over to The Ribbon Reel Challenge Blog to see the wonderful creations from the rest of the DT. Be sure to play along to be in with a chance of winning a selection of goodies from The Ribbon Reel Store.

Oh and pop by later... I'll be revealing my card for Round 3 of the Gallery Idol Competition. You can see who made it into the Top 10 here. (These ladies are SO talented!!) The theme for Round 3 was 'Fabric Meets Paper'. It seemed to take me forever to create a card for this one!! I think the pressure's getting to me!! Thanks again to everyone who's voted for me so far, I wouldn't have made it here without you!! I'm very grateful!!! : ) See you later!

WMSC57... peachy : )

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hi! I'm still so thrilled from yesterday, I'm delighted to be in the Top 10 of the Gallery Idol Competition, thank you so much if you voted for me, I'm so grateful!! In this round the theme is 'Fabric meets Paper', I've no idea what to do yet, I've just done some brainstorming, waiting for inspiration to strike!! On to today's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge, here's this week's sketch, created by the talented Julia.

I went for a peach, green and cream color scheme this time, I love the warm tones of peach. I dug out my Victorian Frippery set by Waltzingmouse Stamps, (with all the new releases, I forget about the old favorites sometimes!) Stamped the border in a mix of VersaMagic Persimmon and Pink Grapefruit.

The sweet flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The sentiment is from Say it Loud by Waltzingmouse Stamps. I also used Frame-It to stamp the border around the Butterfly Garden paper (Pink Paislee). I also stamped a little music sheet in Memento Pear Tart using Musical Backgrounds.

I added a little crochet lace under the flowers and a scrunchy seam binding bow. Don't forget to check out the rest of the creations from the talented DT at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge and play along to be in with a chance of winning a stamp set of your choice.

Ok, I'm off to introduce fabric to paper!! ; ) Thankfully I have all day today to create something, Niall's taken Isabelle to visit her cousin Abi. She'll have a great time!! Fingers crossed inspiration comes my way!! Have a wonderful weekend!

CASE study... new Design Team member

Thursday, July 21, 2011

In case you haven't heard yet, I'm the new design team member over at Case Study challenge blog! I was so delighted when Chupa asked me to join the team, what a talented group! I love the variety of styles too. Two of my fellow teamies Christina & Amy are in the Top 15 of Gallery Idol with me too!! (Today's the last day for voting btw!) Ok, so on to the card for challenge #49. This is week 3 with fabulous muse Dawn Woleslagle, she has such a wonderful CAS style yet so elegant. Here's Dawn's wonderful card that we are CASEing this week.

I love the layout of Dawn's design with the die-cuts as the focal point, I also love the bold patterned paper with the simple band across the middle and the sweet little embellishment. I chose to CASE these elements while changing the colors, the stamps, etc. making it! Here's my version!!

I used papers from Emma's Shoppe (Crate Paper), some pretty gingham ribbon layered over some crochet lace. The dotty ribbon and baker's twine are from The Ribbon Reel.

I used Spellbinders Labels 18 for the label and stamped with Very Vintage Labels 18 from Waltzingmouse Stamps in Angel Pink. The sentiment is from Say it Loud stamped in Rose Bud, I simply cut around it leaving a small border and attached with foam pads. I added a pink grosgrain bow as my embellishment.

The colors I used are from the current challenge at CR84FN. I love this color combo, it's just so cheery!!

I hope I did ok, I haven't actually CASEd that many cards, I'm hoping it will broaden my creativity!! For some more inspiration, check out how the rest of the CASE study DT interpreted Dawn's beautiful card.

Andrea Ewen
Amy Wanford
Christina Kowalczyk
Debby Hughes
Jean Martin (away at the moment)
Julie Smith
Sue Kohler
Teneale Williams
Dawn Woleslagle (this month's muse!)

Oh, don't forget to vote in the Gallery Idol competition, today's the last day to vote (ends noon MDT). Here's a link to the gallery. My card is near the top of my sidebar. (Vote for it if you like it!) Have a lovely day!!


Card/Paper: Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe, white card
Stamps: Very Vintage Labels No.18 and Say it Loud from Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ink:Memento Angel Pink, Rose Bud, Black archival ink
Other: Spellbinders Labels 18, die-cutting machine, sewing machine, crochet lace and pink gingham ribbon from Wild Orchid Crafts, Spotty yellow ribbon and baker's twine from The Ribbon Reel, pink grosgrain ribbon, sticky foam pads.

Gallery Idol Round 2 - Creative Die Cuts!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Here we go! (Feeling very nervous now!) Ok, so I somehow made it into the Top 15 of the Gallery Idol Competition run by Papercrafts Magazine. I'm SO happy just to have made it this far. The standard is SO high now all I can do is try my best. The theme for round 2 is Creative Die Cuts!!

The lines are a lot cleaner in this card but my style is definitely still there. I wanted to recreate the idea of a wall of family portraits using the new cameo stamps from Waltzingmouse Stamps. I attempted to make a suitable frame for the cameos, I played with a few different dies but I found Spellbinders Labels Eighteen made the nicest shape. I used Classic Ovals Large with the other die to make each frame. I taped them both in place, die-cut and embossed, they do make perfect frames for these little cameos!

I used adhesive foam pads to add some dimension. Here I used the cameo from Cameo to Go by Waltzingmouse Stamps simply stamped in black. I'm not used to using so much white but I wanted the die cuts and embossed lines to speak for themselves. (I made several stamped copies of this card, in hope that I'd manage to have one perfectly stamped with no inky fingers by the end of it all!!)

To add some color I used Very Vintage Labels No.18 by Waltzingmouse Stamps, I tried a few different colors but went with Memento Rose Bud in the end, for a pop of color! To add a bit of variety to the texture of my card, I embossed around the stamped frames using the Labels Eighteen Dies. The smaller cameo images are from Cameo Creations by Waltzingmouse Stamps.

I thought the fab scripted text from Big Day - Additions by Waltzingmouse Stamps went nicely with the cameos. I had a little bit of hot pink grosgrain ribbon that matched pretty well.

My card may have cleaner lines but there's still a lot of detail in it. I love this lace border die by Marianne Design, so I decided to create a lace ruffle effect by layering the border. Turned out really pretty!

I tried photographing my card on a white background but it kind of disappeared, I wanted to use a plain pink background but we're only allowed to use white, black, brown or grey, so I went with the grey!

Ok, so you've seen my card, here's where I need YOUR help again. I need your VOTES to get through to the next round. Thanks so much if you voted for me in the first round, I'd really appreciate your VOTE again. I  haven't participated in anything this exiting in a long time (if ever!), I'm really enjoying myself and pushing my creativity at the same time. I'd love to get through to the next round. To VOTE for my card go to the Papercrafts website and click on my card. You can VOTE directly for me by clicking on my card in the top of my sidebar on the right. Thank YOU! : )

WMSC56 and a big thank you!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

It's been an exciting few days, my card made it through to round 2 in the Gallery Idol competition, I'm now into the Top 15!! (that IS amazing!) You can take a look at all the wonderful cards here. I just want to thank everyone who voted for me, I'm so grateful!! SO, in round 2 the theme is Creative Die Cuts and I have to come up with something amazing! (No pressure... I have until Monday!) The other great news is that I'm now officially one of the Dirty Dozen at Splitcoaststampers!! I'm so honored to be part of such a talented group, I can't believe they asked ME!! ... Ok, back to the card, this week's sketch at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge is by the lovely Julia Aston.

The colors are subtle in my card, so you have a look a little hard for the sketch!! It's in there!! I used one of the motifs from Ovals - Classic Frames by Waltzingmouse Stamps (love this set!) to make the patterned paper, I stamped it in VersaMagic Tea Leaves on some cream card then I went back over the middle sections with a white pen, I love the effect.

The sentiment is from Big Day - Additions by Waltzingmouse Stamps, I love the font! Isn't it gorgeous! The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the trinket pin I made. The leaves I stamped in Coffee Archival Ink onto patterned paper using the leaf stamp from the Roses in Bloom set.

Don't forget to pop on over to the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge to see the wonderful creations from the rest of the Mischief Makers and some of the WMS DT. Oh and play along to be in with a chance of winning a stamp set of your choice!

Ok, I'm off to create something... with dies! Wish me luck!!! : )