Waltzingmouse Stamps November Release Preview - Day 2

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I hope you're enjoying the previews! Today the Waltzingmouse Stamps design team are previewing the stamp sets Vintage Christmas Background and Compliments of the Season 2. I think these are my favorites from the release. The background stamp is 4 1/2" x 5 3/4" which is a really great size. Even if you don't have an acrylic block that size, you can ink up the stamp while it's still on it's carrier sheet and place your cardstock on top, then rub gently without moving the cardstock. I was surprised at how well it turned out! I stamped the background using Rose Bud ink.

The sentiment (which I adore!) is from Compliments of the Season 2, I would consider this a 'must have' set! It's full of gorgeous sentiments! Here I stamped it in black and colored the inside with a pink ballpoint pen! For my second card I went with some non-traditional Christmas colors.

I used the Vintage Christmas Background again and heat embossed the background in mirror gold. I used an embossing folder on the lower half, sanded the surface and rubbed with Antique Linen Distress Ink. Just have a look at the detail you can get with this stamp, I love it!!

The sentiment is from Compliments of the Season 2, I stamped it using Versa Magic Pretty Petunia and heat embossed with clear embossing powder, I did a little fussy cutting and decided to highlight the text and some elements with Distress Markers (Black Soot, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade)

Don't forget to visit the rest of the Waltzingmouse Stamps design team for some more inspiration. I'll be back again tomorrow with some more previews.

Bonnie Sharp Lynn Mercurio Belinda Change Langner Sarah Martina Parker Tosha Leyendekker Anya Schrier Kelly Schirmer Sandie Dunne Clare Buswell Becca Feeken Julia Aston Jennifer Holmes Laurie Schmidlin Claire Brennan

Waltzingmouse Stamps November Release Preview - Day 1

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Welcome to day 1 of the Waltzingmouse Stamps November release previews, today the WMS design team are previewing the stamp sets Yonder Star and Yonder Star Background. My first card features Yonder Star, this is such a cool set especially if you love all things Western, even if you don't the star motifs in this set are just stunning. I got all inky for this card, I stamped the background using one of the star motifs some TH Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection and Cherry Red ink. It's funny how muted the red turned out, I used the same red ink on the line of stars! I used Walnut Stain and Antique Linen Distress Stains on the edges, along with Vintage Photo and Antique Linen Distress Inks.

The set is jam packed with sentiments, I love this one! I stamped it using Coffee archival ink, then I used some clear embossing powder over it. The holly embellishment I had in my stash. My next card has less distressing but still lots of texture and layers.

This time I used Yonder Star Background stamped in Cherry Red to create some patterned paper, then I used the Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Ornaments to die cut the ornament shape. The corrugated card is recycled from a cardboard box! : )

The sentiment is from the Yonder Star set, stamped simply in black (to show off the cool texture on the font) and the edges are lightly inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink. For my last card, I kept the lines very clean and bright and did a little fussy cutting with the stars.

Here you can see how fabulous this star stamp is, (I might be wrong but I think it resembles the Ohio star?) Again I used Cherry Red and teamed it with some festive green!

Here's another fab sentiment from Yonder Star! Such brilliant fonts! Ok, I hope you're enjoying the previews! Check out what the rest of the WMS design team have created! I'll be back tomorrow with some more previews!!

Bonnie Sharp Lynn Mercurio Belinda Change Langner Sarah Martina Parker Tosha Leyendekker Anya Schrier Kelly Schirmer Sandie Dunne Clare Buswell Becca Feeken Julia Aston Jennifer Holmes Laurie Schmidlin Claire Brennan

CASE Study #114

Thursday, October 25, 2012

It's our final week at CASE Study with the talented Julia Stainton as our muse, it's been a wonderful month! Here's Julia's fab inspiration card this week!

I stayed pretty close to Julia's design, I loved the layout, the gingham and all the wonderful textures, the corrugated card, the lace, felt. I just made my card Christmassy! : )

The reindeer head die is from Marianne Design, it actually cut the felt quite cleanly. The corrugated card I recycled from a cardboard box. To remove the outer layer of card to reveal the corrugated surface of the cardboard I spritzed it with water, left for a few minutes and easily peeled away the top layer.

The sticker sentiment from We've Got Your Sticker - Merry by SRM Stickers I added to some kraft card. The twine is from my shed! : )

I couldn't resist adding a little bell, I love a card that jingles! : ) Check out the creations from the fabulous CASE Study DT!! They're so amazing!

Amy Wanford
Andrea Ewen
Christina Maclaren
Debby Hughes
Jean Martin
Maureen Plut
Teresa Kline
Teneale Williams
Jeanne Jachna (October Guest Designer)

Spiral Washi Tape Flower Tutorial (lots of photos)

Monday, October 22, 2012

As promised, I put together a tutorial on how to make the Spiral Washi Tape Flower I used on my card that was published in the Nov/Dec issue of Paper Crafts Magazine. It's pretty easy to make and you don't need many materials. The completed flower is 2 1/4" wide (not including the leaves).

I started with a 4" diameter circle of cardstock and drew a rough spiral shape in the center (it doesn't have to be perfect). If you want your finished sized flower to be larger just make your circle bigger.

Cut along the spiral line with a scissors. Don't worry about erasing the pencil lines after you cut it out, it'll be covered by the washi tape.

Now start to cover the spiral with pieces of washi tape, I just teared the pieces, you don't need to be too precise with the edges, the rough edges will add nice texture to the flower.

Once it's completely covered, check the back for any gaps and cover them with pieces of washi tape.

Starting from the outside, (I used a quilling tool to start off the rolling but this is optional, you can use your fingers) begin rolling the spiral.

Continue rolling all the way to the end. I removed the quilling tool about a third of the way through. Roll it nice and tight to form the shape. Once it's completed rolled, release the spiral and allow it to open up. Once you're happy with the size and shape apply a strong craft glue to the base of the flower.

I use a strong craft glue to fix the spiral (you could use a hot glue too) because some washi tapes have a slight waxy finish to them.

Press firmly and hold until the glue has set. Or place something on it to hold in position.

To make the leaves, I drew a simple leaf shape onto some white cardstock and cut out.

Cover the leaves with green washi tape, I covered them with pieces of washi tape going in the direction the veins of a leaf would naturally go. I added a couple of layers of tape.

Once you've completely covered the leaves (front and back), score a line down the middle, fold and using a needle nosed tweezers pinch and twist veins on either side. For more details on this see my leaf tutorial.

The washi tape actually makes the leaves quite sturdy. I added a dollop of glue to adhere them together.

Add some glue to the back of the flower and adhere to the set of leaves. Again I used a strong craft glue.

And here you have the finished flower. These also make great gift box toppers. So you can make a card, embellish with one of these flowers, then make a matching gift box!! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, if you make any of these flowers I'd love to see them, just leave your link in the comments below.

WMSC #120

Saturday, October 20, 2012

It's time for a new sketch over at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. Here's this week's sketch, it's inspired by one of my old cards, so I had to find the time to play along!

I think I'm done with Halloween so I'm in full Christmas mode now! So I brought out the Poinsettia stamps from Big Blooms - Poinsettias by Waltzingmouse Stamps. I love Poinsettias at Christmas, my plant in our hallway it still alive from last year, looking healthy too! I'm surprised it survived the year, they usually don't here!

I stamped it twice on some rich red cardstock from the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection, to add some depth of color I used some Distress Markers to bring out the details (Barn Door, Fired Brick and Vintage Photo). The mustard/gold cardstock is also from the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection. I used a glue pen around the edges of the poinsettia and sprinkled with ultrafine gold glitter. I added some pearls to the centre to brighten it a little.

The sentiment stamp is from Very Vintage Christmas by Waltzingmouse Stamps. I stamped it using embossing ink and sprinkled with Butterscotch embossing powder from Adirondack. Don't forget to check out the rest of the creations at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. Oh and the sneak peeks of the new stamps are starting on Wednesday the 24th of October on Claire's Blog, don't miss it, you're in for a treat!! : )

Waltzingmouse Stamps October Blog Party

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Scroll down to the next post for my CASE Study card. I hope you're enjoying the Waltzingmouse Stamps October Blog Party. The theme for October is a color selection, purple, orange and black. Any shade of these colors is ok to use, so I went with slightly richer tones of these colors for my card, plum, burnt sienna and black. You can also use your choice of neutral. (I did add a little touch of green in there for the foliage, I'm sure you'll forgive me though!) 

I used the gorgeous lantern from Bright Season from Waltzingmouse Stamps as my focal point, I just love this lantern and it's such a great size (just over 4" tall). I stamped it with embossing ink and heat embossed in black.

I stamped the candle and outer glow using Vintage Photo Distress Ink, I stamped the smaller inner glow by coloring the stamp with Spiced Marmalade Distress Marker. I rubbed the edges of the lantern with Antique Linen Distress Ink and added some more warmth with Scattered Straw Distress Marker. The flame is colored with Spiced Marmalade Distress Marker and a touch of Barn Door. I also added a little gold glitter to the tip. The foliage is also from Bright Season, stamped using Memento Pistachio ink, touched up with Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Markers.

The sentiment is from Seasonal Remedies from Waltzingmouse Stamps stamped in Jet Black archival ink. I inked the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink. The background is embossed with the Cottage Floral embossing folder from Craft Concepts.

To achieve the tonal depth on the embossed plum cardstock (which is from the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection) I used two different Distress stains around the edges, Antique Linen and Walnut Stain. I also used these on the tan seam binding to add some more depth of color. Ok, I'm off to check out the Blog Party!! : )

CASE Study #113

It's week three already with the wonderful Julia Stainton as our muse at CASE Study! I'm really enjoying the inspiration. Have a look at Julia's fab card this week. It's SO pretty!

I love the pink and orange color combo used in Julia's card, I CASEd this along with the cropped circle focal point and I used little stars to draw the eye around my card instead of the orange dots.

I love it when new stamp companies pop up, it's always so exciting to see what they come up with! Recently I stumbled upon a brilliant new stamp company called Clearly Besotted Stamps, their stamps are fabulous and I was totally taken by this sweet ballerina stamp set called Twinkle Toes. My little Isabelle does ballet so I had to have this set. She said to me 'Is that supposed to be me?' when she saw this card! Apart from this adorable toddler silhouette there's another silhouette in the stamp set of a grown up ballet dancer. I LOVE it!

There's a great mix of sentiments in this set, like the one I used here and I just love the fonts used! The background I embossed using the Swiss Dots embossing folder but I used the debossed side. I had to add a little sparkle to the card so I added a few little self-adhesive stars.

Don't forget to check out the creations from the rest of the CASE Study DT. I should be back later with my card for the Waltzingmouse Stamps October Blog Party!!

Amy Wanford
Andrea Ewen
Christina Maclaren
Debby Hughes
Jean Martin
Maureen Plut
Teresa Kline
Teneale Williams
Jeanne Jachna (October Guest Designer)

Paper Crafts Magazine - November/December 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hi! I'm just popping in to share a card I had published in the November/December issue of Paper Crafts Magazine. This one was for the washi tape feature - Stuck on Decorative Tape. I was surprised how well this card turned out, I didn't have much washi tape and I wasn't sure what to do with it! So I returned to my favorite thing to do, making flowers! This flower is surprisingly easy to make (I'll do a little tutorial if anyone's interested), it's basically a rolled flower covered in washi tape. The sentiment is from Compact Sentiments from Waltzingmouse Stamps. Here it is in the mag!

I also have some gift box toppers in this issue in the Tips, Tools and Techniques section! They were lots of fun to make! You'll have to pick up a copy of the November/December issue of Paper Crafts to see those though! I hope you're having a great week! My to do list for October is getting very long!!

Happy Birthday

Monday, October 15, 2012

** If you're here for the Nina B Designs blog hop scroll down to the next post.**

I've a sweet vintage style card to share which I made for the My Favorite Things Guest Designer Challenge for the month of October. They have a very generous prize package and guest designer opportunity. Here's the sketch we had to use. 

The bird is from Inspired By Caged Bird from MFT, I stamped it using Coffee archival ink and colored it using Distress Markers.

 The background paper is stamped using text from the same set on tissue paper and distressed with acrylic paint and Walnut Stain Distress Stain.

The sentiment is from the Die-Namics Vintage Cameo Frame Die & Stamp set stamped in Coffee ink and edges distressed with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. I distressed the small mustard flower using Mustard Seed Distress Marker. 

The die cut frame is from the Die-Namics Vintage Cameo Frame Die & Stamp set and I backed it onto a rectangle of card so it worked with the sketch.