Tuesday, May 31, 2011

3 Fish, a Worm and a Butterfly!


I made this card for last Tuesday's Teapot Tuesday challenge at Split Coast -we were to bring along some fish - the more the merrier!!

So I brought three fish with me (aren't these guys hilarious!?) - as well as a very nervous worm on a hook! (well, actually, he is the bait! but don't tell him!)

My stamps are How About Lunch and Luncheon Meat from  Rubbernecker

Stamps: Rubbernecker - How about Lunch #86-18, Luncheon Meat - #86-17
Paper: white, true black - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Weathered wood
Accessories: Silver Spica Pen, foam tape, blending tool & nonstick craft mat - Ranger, Glossy Accents - Ranger, trio labels - Spellbinders, Copics: Y13, Y17, Bo5, BG13, BG18, BG31, YR07, E33

My 2nd card was made for the Featured Stamper challenge at Split Coast, Rosemary (RosiGrld) was the FS and  I chose to case her Jewel Butterfly card  to case.

I used different stamps and colors and placed my butterfly up higher on my card - inside a Lacey Square Nestability embossed frame still keeping it pretty clean and simple!

These stamps are from the set called Butterflies are Free by  Rubbernecker

I hope you can stop by tomorrow - It's the 1st day of the 4 day Waltzingmouse SoAP (Stamp of Approval Parade)!  Get ready for some inspiring ways to use the WMS May Release stamp sets you purchased!

Stamps:  Rubbernecker - Butterflies are Free #538
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress - Spiced Marmelade
Accessories:  foam tape, lacey sqaures Nestabilities, Rhinestone - Kaiser

Monday, May 30, 2011

Sweet Peak - Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - From One Beach Bum to Another

Welcome to my second Sweet Peek of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps -  today I'm using some stamps from the Ocean Paradise set.

This is a true CAS (clean and simple) card -  I just stamped the image and sentiment on the card and then colored the image with my Copics!

Wouldn't you love to be sittin' in this chair with a cool drink and a good book???  What a great view!!

You'll find more info and pics of this lovely new set as well as links to other Design Team samples, over at the Sweet N Sassy blog.

All of the new sets will be available for purchase on June 1!

I'm entering this in the Crazy 4 Challenges challenge  - this week it is to make a card showing your favorite vacation spot or activity -  well - I love sitting on the beach - looking at the ocean (or it could be a lake - as long as it's sunny and warm!!)

Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - Ocean Paradise (available 6/1)
Paper:  white - PTI
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Copics:  E31, E33, E40, BG11, BG32, YG03, C1, Y13, Y17, R14

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Public Service Announcement from Rubbernecker!

All Stamps on Sale
up to 40% OFF
Starts Saturday morning 5/28 9 AM
Ends Monday evening 5/30 9 PM
AND (as if that was not enough)
RUBBERNECKER DESIGN TEAM CALL!
 

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Sweet Peak -- Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - Relax!

Note:  if you are looking for my WMS Saturday Sketch Card - Please scroll down to the next post!  Thanks!

Welcome to my Sneak Peek of a wonderful new beach set by Sweet n' Sassy Stamps called Beauty by the Sea.

First I embossed a square Nestability in the center of my card. (you can see how I do this on my older post here)  Then I cut a piece of this fun patterned paper to fit inside the frame (I'm thinking this is like a little  beach blanket on the sand and the Starfish is laying on it getting a tan ! LOL!!!) 

I stamped the starfish on the blue cardstock, cut it out and layered it over the patterned paper with foam tape.  Then I did the same with the sentiment using an oval punch to cut it out.

Finally I added the die cut ocean waves - again with foam tape to give it a little dimension.

You'll find more info and pics of this lovely new set over at the Sweet N Sassy blog, and you'll find links to more DT samples!

It will be available for purchase on June 1 - just in time for those hot summer day cards you're going to be making!

Boy - I'd love to be laying on the beach on this cute blanket catching some rays and watching the waves roll by wouldn't you???!!!

Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - Beauty by the Sea (available 6/1)
Paper:  White + Hawaiian Shores - PTI, DP Echo Park/For the Record
Ink:  Versafine Black Onyx
Accessories:  Catah a Wave Die - My Favorite Things, Square Nestability, small oval punch - SU, foam tape.

Waltzingmouse Saturday Sketch - Colorful Birthday Wishes!

Happy Saturday everyone!   WMS has another fun sketch for us this week -  designed by our very own Mischief Maker Edna!

I took a little liberty with the sketch and made my label shape the full width of my card to accomodate my images.   My card is 4 1/4" x 4 1/4"

The colors and stamps I chose to use were inspired by the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger


The pretty birds are from the Celtic Heritage set and the sentiment, circle and leaves are from Teeny Trees.

Now please waltz over to the WMS Sketch Blog and get inspired by the cards the Mischief Makers and other DT members have created using this week's sketch!


Then make your own card using at least one Waltzingmouse stamp and the sketch and link it on the Sketch Blog by Thursday 6/2/11 at 11:59 pm EST - you could be chosen Top Mouse !!

Winners are announced each Saturday along with the new sketch challenge. And every week one lucky entry will win a free WMS stamp set of choice!!

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Celtic Heritage & Teeny Trees
Paper:  Pure Poppy, white, Orange Zest - PTI
Ink:Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Spiced Marmelade, Fired Brick.
Accessories:  Twine - Eclectic Paperie, corner rounder - Zutter, foam tape, large scallop die - PTI

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Celebrate with Stars!

Today's Ways to Use it Challenge on Split Coast was to use stars!   So  - I am having a cookout on Memorial Day and wanted to make something to use as a festive decoration on the table.

I also just got this wonderful pinwheel die (you can see the tutorial and order them here)  so I decided today was the day to make some!   So I made a pinwheel on a stick with some stars that I can use to decorate - maybe tape them to bowls or stick them in brownies on a tray......

Notice my star shaped brownie?!?! Cool huh??! I have one of those rubber (silicone) star shaped muffin trays and it's the first time I used that too  - they came out great!
The banner  is from Bitty Banners and the sentiment is from Free Spirit Sentiments - both are from Waltzingmouse.

Happy Memorial Day to all those living in the US - I'm so looking forward to a 3 day weekend! (AND my niece is in the hospital as we speak - having her baby boy! what more could you ask for??!)  I am truly blessed.

Oh - and just a little heads up about what's coming up here on my blog for the next several days- 

 ON  5/28 and 5/30  I'll be posting some sweet peaks of new Sweet 'N Sassy stamps being released on 6/1


AND - You may recall that Waltzingmouse releases new stamps every other month and on the alternate month the Design Team  reviews the last release with a SOAP - Stamp of Approval Parade
SO on June 1st through June 4th the DT will be highlighting the May release sets as well as spotlighting one of the older sets.

Hope you can drop by!!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Free Spirit Sentiments, Bitty Banners

Paper: White - PTI, DP My Mind's Eye/Bohemia/Bliss Love of my Life/Tiny Dots
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Baja Breeze - SU
Accessories: Glue dot, brass brad, pin wheel die - Lil Inker Designs, wood stick, star Nestabilities

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Happy Bark-Day!

My fellow Waltzingmouse DT member - Carly -was the Featured Stamper over on Split Coast this week - whoo hoo!!!


She has the most wonderful CAS design cards in her beautiful gallery!  I finally settled on CASEing her Puppy Friend card.

I used a different puppy and made it a birthday card and I used red instead of blue as the highlight colorl.

My dotted background stamp is from Off Beat Backgrounds by Waltzingmouse and my puppy and sentiment are from Birthday Buddies by Paper Smooches

Thanks for stopping by today!!
Stamps: Dotted Background from Off Beat Background Set - Waltzingmouse, Dog and sentiment from Birthday Buddies - Paper Smooches

Paper: Kraft - Gina K Designs, white - PTI
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Desert Sand
Accessories: Ribbon -PTI, foam tape, Copics: E31, E34, E35, R05, R20

Monday, May 23, 2011

Too Early for a New Year's Card??

Have you seen this issue of Card Creations Vol 9  by PaperCrafts yet??

If you check on page 122 and you'll find my card!

I was SO excited!
The stamps are from Waltzingmouse -  Asian Gardens and Asian Gardens Additions.


Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Asian Gardens + Asian Gardens Additions
Paper:  White - PTI, DP Kioshi Collection Basic Grey
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Milled Lavender, Dark Chocolate - PTI
Accessories: purple rhinestones - Michaels

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Have a Beauty-full Birthday

I was excited to see my good stamping buddy and fellow Paper Doll, Joanne Travis, as Queen for the Day over at Split Coast this week!   I cased her pretty CAS Birthday card

I used different colors and stamps and turned the sketch on it's side. I don't have any frame embossing folders like Joanne used on her card  (gasp!) so I just embossed my whole card - papers and sentiment - with Swiss Dots ( this technique is called embedded embossing) then added my bird cage with foam dimensionals.

I'm also entering this in the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger  - Some Royal Fun.


My stamps are from  a lovely set called Fly Free from The Craft's Meow.  In case you don't know - The Craft's Meow is owned by my good friend Lisa - who was the design team coordinator for Waltzingmouse before she took the plunge to open her own company!   I'd love to have you check out her store!

Stamps: The Craft's Meow - Fly Free

Paper: WHite - PTI, DP Kioshi Paper Pad/Basic Grey, Happy Spots Text Style - PTI
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Distress Victorian Velvet
Accessories: swiss dots embossing folder - Provo Craft, foam dots
Techniques: embedded embossing

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Saturday Waltzingmouse Sketch - and a 2 Year Birthday Party!

Happy Saturday everyone!   It's time for the Waltzingmouse Sketch but it's also a special day for our Claire and Waltzingmouse Stamps - Waltzingmouse is 2 years old today!!   Whoo hoo -   so not only is there a sketch but the DT and the Mishcief Makers are all making special birthday cards to celebrate the day!

So here's this week's sketch (which Mischief Maker, Edna designed by the way!)

And here is the Birthday card I created


I used stamps from several Waltzingmouse sets for my card.  Bitty Banners, 'Twas the Night before Christmas, Sweet Hearts, Victorian Alphabet and Dainty Doilies large!  I doctored up the sentiment -  I hand wrote the 's  on Guess Who  the 2 and ? are from Victorian Alphabet.  I stamped the images on Claire's celtic squares digital paper.

And in honor of Waltzingmouse's 2nd Birthday -  I made a celebratory cupcake using Claire's new Cuppie Love Template! Just click on the pics to see them larger.

I decorated my cupcake with a pleated ribbon, a banner sentiment tag and I made a metal flower for the top!  I found the tutorial for making these wonderful metal flowers over on Split Coast

Here's a top view of the flower -  I cut it with Tim Holtz Tattered floral die and embossed two of the layers with Sizzix embosing folder - Cracked,  and two of the layers with Provo Craft Swiss Dots embossing folder. The leaves are Sixxix leaf stem.




Now please waltz over to the WMS Sketch Blog and get inspired by the cards the Mischief Makers and other DT members have created using this week's sketch! 

Then make your own card using at least one Waltzingmouse stamp and the sketch and link it on the Sketch Blog by Thursday 5/26/11 at 11:59 pm EST - you could be chosen Top Mouse !!

Winners are announced each Saturday along with the new sketch challenge. And every week one lucky entry will win a free WMS stamp set of choice!!

Oh - and if you'd like to congratulate Claire and wish WMS a happy 2nd birthday - waltz on over to her blog here and say hello!  She'd love to hear from you!


Card:
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Bitty Banners, windows + mouse from Twas the Night Before Christmas set, Guess who from Sweet Hearts Set, 2 ?  fromVictorian Alphabet, doilies from Dainty Doilies Large set.
Paper:  Vintage Cream + True Black - PTI, Bazzill Basics green Irish Eyes,  Celtic Squares  Digital paper from Waltzingmouse.
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress - Bundles Sage
Accessories:  Copics: YG17, Narrow silk ribbon + green/white twine - PTI, foam tape. 
Cupcake:
Stamps: Hurrah from Fancy Phrases
Paper:  Coredinations - Bon Bon & Sun Coral.  Melon Berry - PTI, Copper Craft Foil
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: E6000 glue, glue dots, pleated ribbon - Taylored Expressions, foam tape, tattered florals die Tim Holtz Alterations, Sizzix Embossing folder Cracked, Provo Craft embossing folder Swiss Dots, Sanding block - SU, Leaf Stem- Sizzix, Ribbon Banners - Spellbinders.

Friday, May 20, 2011

When You're Down And Troubled - and You Need Some Loving Care......

The Way's to Use It challenge over on Split Coast yesterday was to use music in some form on your card. So I started my music theme card with this music sheet patterned paper.


Then when I decided to use this wonderful sentiment from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - all I could think of was the Carole King song "You've Got a Friend' from the Tapestry Album - that album hit the charts when I was a freshman in college (yes, I'm THAT old!) and every time I hear any of the songs on it I'm back in my dorm room with Carole King's voice blaring out the windows onto the campus!!  Boy, those were the days!


I also used Wednesday's sketch from SCS - changing it up a bit by replacing the 3rd square with a button. I sponged all the edges with Scattered Straw ink.

Thanks for coming by today - we're heading into the weekend - whoo hoo!!  and here in New England we're hoping for some sun after 2 weeks of rain and drizzle!

Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy - Let Go and Let God
Paper: white, true black - PTI, DP Provocrafts - Heritage Music Score
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Distress - Scattered straw
Accessories: foam tape, twine & vintage button - PTI, glue dots, ribbon - May Arts

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Spread Your Wings and Fly

Phew!  I've had a lot of Design Team work posting this past week  - today's card is just for fun!!

It was my turn to host the Color Challenge over on Split Coast this week - and I chose the colors of Rich Razzleberry, Regal Rose and Very Vanilla with the dessert option of using butterflies.

My stamps are from The Crafts Meow -  a sweet set called Fly Free.  I used Sketch #155 from Sketch Saturdays and I used buttons and twine - the Cas-ual Fridays challenge.

Wouldn't this make a great graduation card?!

Stamps:  The Crafts Meow - Fly Free
Paper:  Vintage Cream - PTI, Purple - Coredinations, pink - Bazzill Barnboard
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Distress - Victorian Velvet
Accessories:  foam tape, circles + big scallop circle Nestabilities, vintage buttons + twine - PTI, wrinkled seam tape, butterfly punch - Martha Stewart.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Taylored Expressions Blog Hop - Make it Masculine!

Today I'm participating in the Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Blog Hop - the Theme is Masculine.  You have to use TE stamps released prior to March 2011.

 And here's my card

I didn't have any specific masculine stamps to use -  so I used my cuppies to make an Anniversary card for  Kent - our anniversary is coming up in June - so now my card is made! ( you know how we card stampers never seem to have cards for our own family?!?!?)  Inside I stamped 'match made in heaven'!  Which is exactly what we have...!

What makes it masculine??  The colorful but dark colors, the minimal accessories and layers, and the twine!  Do you agree???  My sentiment is from A Year of Sweet Sentiments and my cuppies are from the Downtown Diva set

Here are all the bloggers participating in this fun hop today - let's go check out how to make it masculine - shall we??!






Stamps:  Taylored Expressions - A Year of Sentiments, Downtown Diva
Paper:  White, Enchanted Evening - PTI, DP - Cosmo Cricket 6x6 mini deck Social Club.
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Word Window Punch - SU, Heart Punch - McGill, Twine - PTI, Copics - R05, B37, E31, E35, YG91, YT95

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Rubbernecker Release Day! DT Blog Hop! - A Wild Garden

If you are here for my Friends of WMS blog waltz post - please scroll down to the post below!! Thank you!

Today is Rubbernecker Stamps RELEASE DAY!!  WOW, it is here already!  Thank you for joining us, we are so glad you could be a part of the fun!!  Since we had SO much fun last time, with our game .....  How about ANOTHER game?  Our release day FUN this round, will be a WORD SEARCH!! 

All you have to do is travel to EACH of the FABULOUS design team blogs, like usual, and leave them some LOVE!!  However, while you are there, you will pick up a WORD at EACH stop!!  At the end of your journey you will you then leave your ANSWERS on the RUBBERNECKER BLOG!  ONE lucky entry will receive a PRIZE……………………………….

**A $25 RUBBERNECKER STAMPS GIFT CERTIFICATE**
MY WORD IS 
“ Distress”
You will have until THURSDAY  5/19/11 to enter, for we know that everyone is VERY busy!!  You can find the HOP ROUTE below! Thanks again for joining Rubbernecker Stamps for their NEW RELEASE DAY!!! All the new stamps are now available for purchase!!    Hope you enjoy the HOP!!

Today I used two new sets -  from the Wild Garden Dandelion set -  my first card uses Dandelion Garden Border #540-02 and a sentiment from an older set Fall Trilogy #480

Instead of inking the stamp - I colored it with water based markers, spritzed the stamp with water and stamped it on a panel of watercolor paper.  After it dried - I went over the dandelions with my glue pen and dipped it in Dazzling Diamonds.  I punched the centers and added brads.  I tucked the sentiment in the grass so you'd come upon it rather than have it stand out in this tranquil nature scene!  I distressed and sponged the edges, layered the panel to a green panel and then to the black card base.

I hope you can see the shimmer on the dandelions better on this close up?! Click on any pic to see it larger
And for my last card for this release I used the Dandelion Stem Set #540-01
First I embossed a rectangle Nestability on my card.  I stamped the dandelions on a white panel and sponged the colors using round sponge daubers.  I added yellow Stickles to the centers of the flowers and tied a piece of wrinkled seam tape around the panel.  Then I adhered the panel inside the embossed frame using foam tape.

Here's the list of all the DT blogs participating in the Hop today - be sure to leave a comment at each stop!
1st Card:
Stamps:  Rubbernecker - Wild Garden Dandelion Garden Border #540-02, Sentiment 'Dream' from Fall Triology Set #480
Paper:  Watercolor paper - from art store, True Black, Simply Chartreuse - PTI
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Scattered Straw.
Accessories:  Quickie Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds - SU, Markers - Apricot Appeal & Mellow Moss - SU, Mini Mister - Ranger, brads - Basic Grey, crop a dile, blending tool & nonstick craft mat - Inkssentials/Ranger, distresser - Ranger.

2nd Card:
Stamps:  Rubbernecker - Wild Garden Dandelion Stem Set #540-01
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black, Summer Sky, Cantaloupe, Bamboo Leaves
Accessories:  Foam tape, wrinkled seam tape, rectangle Nestabilities, yellow Stickles, sponge daubers - SU

May Friends of Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz - Make it Masculine!

Today I'm participating in the Friends of Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz taking place in the Playroom of the WMS forum. You can check out all the details there. This month's theme is Masculine!

I never used these fun desert background stamps when this set was released so I decided today was a good day to get them out and ink them up!   I had this idea in my head of doing a muted background and spotlighting a section in colors -  so here it is!  Both the background panel and the colored panel are popped up on foam tape.   The stamps are from Way Out West and Back In the Saddle -  two super fun sets for the cowboys (and girls!) in your life.  Click on the card to see it larger.
 
There's a contest going on in the May Blog Waltz Chat thread in the Playroom over at the WMS Forum - so be sure to check out how you can win!


Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Way Out West, Back in the Saddle.
Paper:  Rustic White - PTI
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress - Pumice Stone, Old Paper, More  Mustard, Stormy Sky, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmelade, Scattered Straw
Accessories:  Rectangle nestability, foam tape.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Rubbernecker Preview Day #2 - All Great Things

Welcome to Rubbernecker Preview Day #2 -  thank you so much for all your lovely comments on yesterday's preview -  didn't you love all of the DT's samples of all the fun stamps being released?!

Today I'm previewing a beautiful silhouette stamp called Wild Garden Corner #559
The sentiment is from the set I previewed yesterday - Tree Set #559 don't you love the mix of fonts on this?  I guess I'm stuck in the CAS mode!  At least today there are 3 layers!  You can click on the pic to see it larger.

To make this card - I first stamped the Garden in black ink on a white panel.  I cut a circle out of a piece of Eclipse tape and placed it where I wanted the moon to be.  Then I sponged over the card with Bundled Sage, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmelade and Weathered Wood Ranger Distress Inks.  I removed the round piece of Eclipse tape and sponged over the moon with Antique Linen and a little Weathered Wood.   I layered the panel to a black panel, an orange panel and then to the white card base. 

You can find the complete list of today's participants on the Rubbernecker Blog.
You will want to visit EVERY one of the TALENTED design team participants, for on ONE of their blogs, is a chance to win a $15 Rubbernecker Stamps gift certificate!  Just leave a comment on each blog and you could win!  
Please stop by again tomorrow for Rubbernecker Release Day!  We have a fun game planned for you!

Thanks for stopping by today - enjoy all of the Design Team's  creations - and GOOD LUCK!
Stamps:  Rubbernecker - Wild Garden Corner #539-04, Sentiment from Tree Set #559 (to be released 5/15/11)
Paper:  White, Black - PTI, Orange - Bazzill
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress - Spiced Marmelade, Scattered Straw, Bundled Sage, Weathered Wood, Antique Linen
Accessories:  Eclipse Tape, 1 3/4" circle punch - SU, blending tool and nonstick craft mat - Inkssentials/Ranger.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Rubbernecker Preview Day #1 - The Difference between Wishes and Prayers is......

If you are here for the Crafts Meow DT Blog  hop  - please scroll down to the post below this -  Thank you!

Welcome to Day 1 of the Rubbernecker Previews - Dave is releasing several new stamps on Tuesday 5/17/11 - and some of the RN Design Team will be previewing the sets over the next 2 days.  See my note at the end of the post about how you can win each day!

Today I'm featuring these fun trees and a sentiment from Tree Set #559.  My design is very CAS (clean and simple) with just two layers.  I stamped the trees and  this lovely sentiment  directly on a white panel that I punched with a large scallop edge punch.  Then I just layered the white panel to a green panel, to the white card!  

It would be so easy to stamp up a set of these as a thoughtful gift for a friend don't you think? There are 4 other reflective sentiments as well as another a smaller tree in this set.  

 You can find the complete list of today's participants on the Rubbernecker Blog.


You will want to visit EVERY one of the TALENTED design team participants, for on ONE of their blogs, is a chance to win a $15 Rubbernecker Stamps gift certificate!  Just leave a comment on each blog and you could win!
Please stop by again tomorrow for Rubbernecker Preview Day #2!

Thanks for stopping by today - enjoy all of the Design Team's  creations - and GOOD LUCK!

Stamps: Rubbernecker - Tree Set #559 (to be released 5/17/11)
Paper:  White, Simple Chartreuse - PTI
Ink:  Memento - Tuxedo Black, Pear Tart, New Sprout
Accessories:  scallop punch - EK Success

The Crafts Meow Mid Month Release DT and FCM Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to The Craft's Meow's mid-month release!!! Today Little Frieda at the Seashore and Little Frieda + Lulu - My Girl can come to live and play with YOU!!! Lisa also has three brand new card kits available, so let's get the party started!!! 

You will find all the new items at the Crafts Meow Store today!   Also check out The Crafts Meow Blog for the winners from the last two days of previews!

You should start the hop at the Crafts Meow Blog.

If you came here from Alice's blog - you are in the right place!

And here's my card!


Today I used Little Frieda at the Seashore.   And I used the Card Patterns sketch  -  The Crafts Meow is sponsoring the sketch this week so be sure to check it out!
Now, how would you like to win more prizes? All you have to do is visit all the blogs on the hop, leave comments along the way, and you'll be entered to win one of four fabulous prizes:

  1. Little Frieda at the Seashore and Little Frieda + Lulu - Mischief
  2. Happiness is... Card Kit
  3. Simply Delightful Card Kit
  4. Soiree Card Kit
You have until 11:59 pm on Tuesday, May 17th to enter!!! If you happen to win a prize that you've already purchased, Lisa will refund your money or you can receive the prize and have two... perhaps one to share with a friend! Lisa will announce the winners on the Crafts Meow blog on Wednesday May 18th. Good luck!

Now off you hop to Michelle's blog!

Here's the full list in case you get lost along your way:

Stamps:  The Crafts Meow - Little Frieda at the Seashore.
Paper:  Ocean Tides, white - PTI, Kraft - Gina K Designs, DP Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 Garbo, October Afternoon Thrift Shop Needs Paint.
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Scattered Straw.
Accessories:  Copics: E00, E31, E35, E37, R20, R14, BG49, N2, N6, Jewels - Bazzill Basics, mini mosaic embossing folder - Provo Craft, Circle & Circle Eyelet Nestabilities, wrinkled seam tape, word window punch - SU, foam tape, micron 01 fine tip pen.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Crafts Meow Sneak Peak #2 Little Frieda and Lulu - My Girl

Thanks for all your lovely comments on yesterdays post with Little Frieda by the Seashore - 

Today the Design Team and the FCM are sneak peeking another little cutie - Little Frieda and Lulu - My Girl.

I made a twisted easel card today to show off this cute little Frieda and her pretty kitty, Lulu (I made Lulu grey because I have two gray cats!)   I learned how to make this style card over on Split Coast at the Try a New Technique challenge last week. Just click on the pic to see it larger.

To make this card - I started with a piece of card stock 8 1/2" x 4 1/4" that I folded in half. Then I folded the front half of the card over - corner to corner to form the triangle. Next I adhered the rectangle to the front of the triangle. The scalloped circle is adhered with foam tape and helps keep the easel up when you want it open.

Here's how it looks folded down - it will go flat and fit in a regular A2 size envelope - It measures 4 1/4" x4 1/4"

Please check over at Lisa's TCM Blog to find all the links of who's participating in the sneak peek today. 

Then be sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs. Three comments will be selected randomly from three of the blogs to win this stamp set! You have until tonight at 10:00 pm Pacific to make the rounds. Lisa will announce the winner on her post tomorrow.

Please stop by again tomorrow for the new release The Crafts Meow DT & FCM blog hop!

Stamps:  The Cat's Meow - Little Frieda & Lulu - My Girl (to be released 5/15/11)
Paper:  Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy, White - PTI, DP October Afternoon Thrift Shop Needs Paint.
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Copics: R14, R29, YR21, YR24, T2, T6, E00, B00, Gold Spica Pen, Black Glaze Pen - Sakura, small oval punch, modern label punch, 1 1/2" circle punch, scallop circle punch - SU, foam tape.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Crafts Meow Sneak Peek #1 - Little Frieda at the Seashore!

As a Friend of TCM -  I'm so very excited to be helping Lisa over at The Crafts Meow, preview one of her sweet new Frieda's -  Little Frieda at the Seashore

She is one of  two new Little Frieda stamp sets that will be released on Sunday May 15th!  (you just may see the 2nd one here tomorrow - 'wink- wink')


I painted this little unfinished frame with Ranger Distress Crackle Paint (it looks like the sandy beach doesn't it!?!) -  then I inserted a clip art picture of the seashore that I found on Microsoft Word.  I colored little Frieda and the birds with Copics, cut them out and adhered them to the frame with foam tape.  I stamped the sentiments and cut them with a Grommet Tag from Spellbinders.  I sponged around the edges before taking it out of the die.  I wove wrinkled seam tape through the holes and left them loose and blowing in the seabreeze  like the pretty ribbon on little Frieda's hat!  Finally I added a little bling to the sentiment!  Click on the pic to see it larger.

And now for the fun!   You can win this cute little set!  Please check out The Craft's Meow Blog to find the links to all the design team (and Friends of TCM) who created projects with Little Frieda at the Seashore!

P.S. Due to the extended Blogger outage, some of the design team posts may not yet be live. Please check back later. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Be sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs.  Three comments will be selected randomly from three of the  blogs to win this stamp set! You have until Saturday night at 10:00 pm Pacific to make the rounds.  Lisa will announce the winner on Sunday.

Be sure to stop by here tomorrow for a preview of the 2nd new Little Frieda set!

Stamps:  The Crafts Meow - Little Frieda at the Seashore (to be released 5/15/11)
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress - Weathered wood
Accessories:  Rectangle Recessed Plaque - Michaels, Ranger Distress Crackle Paint - Antique Linen, self adhesive jewels - Bazzill Basics, wrinkled seam tape, Gromment Tag - Spellbinders, foam tape, Copics: E00, E31, E33, E34, E37, B00, B02, C1, R20, clip art from Microsoft Word.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Make a Wish!

Happy Tuesday dear stamping friends!
I made this card for the color challenge over on Split Coast today - Joanne gave us Certainly Celery, So Saffron and Blushing Bride to work with this week. A lovely combination!


My stamps are from the May release called Butterfly Kisses over at The Crafts Meow. Isn't this the sweetest little butterfly fairy?!!  I sponged over her wings and around the edges with pink ink to give the black silhouette stamping a little color.  I love the texture of the asparagus Coredinations paper too!

I even got the dessert option of flowers in - she's blowing on a dandelion and making a wish!

I loosely used the Clean and Simple #139 sketch for my card design today.

Thanks so much for coming by!
Stamps: The Crafts Meow - Butterfly Kisses

Paper: Coredinations Asparagus, white - PTI, DP Textstyle Happy Spots - PTI
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Angel Pink
Accessories: foam tape, pleated ribbon - Taylored Expressions, gem - Darice/Michaels

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Thank's for All You Do Mum!

A Happy Mother's Day to all the mother's out there today!  My son Josh and his girlfriend April  are taking me and Kent out to dinner this afternoon.  I don't see them often so I'm looking forward to a lovely visit with them!

I made this card for Today's Featured Stamper Challenge over at Split Coast.  - I chose Jo's Bundle of Love card to CASE today.


I used different stamps and added a butterfly but kept the basic design. I made mine a thank you/Mother's Day card instead of a baby card.

My cute little girl is called Ava's Gift  and is a digi image from Sweet n' Sassy Stamps.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Shining Light.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy - digi image Ava's Gift, sentiment stamp from Shining Light set.

Paper: white - PTI, blue bayou - SU, DP Text Style Happy Spots - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Weathered wood
Accessories: foam tape, quickie blue pen, glue dot, tiny gems - Taylored Expressions, butterfly punch - Martha Stewart, Petite ovals & crown ovals - Nestabilities, small oval punch - SU, Copics: RV25, RV32, R20, E00, E31, E33, E34, YG63, BG18, BG32

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Saturday Waltzingmouse Sketch - Happy Birthday Doilies!

It's Saturday which means it's time to check out this weeks' Waltzingmouse Sketch for inspiration!

And here it is!
and here's my card.


I used two of the May Release Waltzingmouse stamps sets on my card today -  Dainty Doilies Large and Say it Loud.  I just love all the sentiments you can create with the Say it Loud set!  Have you checked it out yet??  As you can see - this is a really CAS (clean and simple) card -  I just stamped the doilies and sentiment on a white panel - added one rhinestone and popped it up on a Hibiscus card with foam tape!  Can't get much quicker or easier than this!


Now please hop on over to the WMS Sketch Blog and get inspired by the cards the Mischief Makers and other DT members have created using this week's sketch!


Then make your own card using at least one Waltzingmouse stamp and the sketch and link it on the Sketch Blog by Thursday 5/12/11 at 11:59 pm EST - you could be chosen Top Mouse !!

Winners are announced each Saturday along with the new sketch challenge. And every week one lucky entry will win a free WMS stamp set of choice!!

I hope you have fun plans for this wonderful spring weekend!   And  Happy Mother's Day to all the mother's out there - my son and his girlfriend are taking me and DH out to dinner!!  No dishes for me on Sunday!

And here's a note from our  WMS DT coordinator, Lynn,   regarding the winner from the May release and other opportunities to win:

 "Wow – what a great release.  The Design Team did an outstanding job of showcasing the 5 new sets released on Sunday.
 
We all appreciate the support and comments that we received as a result of the Design Team Blog Waltz held in conjunction with the release.  As you may recall, we mentioned that one lucky crafter would be chosen to win a stamp set of choice – selected from all comments left on the Design Team blogs.  Are you ready to learn who lucky commenter is is?  Drumroll please:
  Shirley N of Mililani, Hawaii – who posted on DT member, Kate Whelan’s blog
Congratulations Shirley.  Please e-mail Claire at claire.brennan1@ntlworld.com with your set choice, along with your contact information, and she will speed your prize on its way to you.  Thank you, and ALL who participated and left very nice comments.

Claire also has other great prize opportunities in the works.  Waltzingmouse Stamps will turn 2 on May 21st and Claire is holding a Tea-Party competition that will result in a HUGE prize haul for the winner.  To get all the details, check out THIS POST, and scroll down to THE COMPETITION.  You won’t want to miss this grand opportunity to win an awesome prize and to help us celebrate WMS turning 2.

…and if that wasn’t enough, Claire will hold another drawing in honor of surpassing a MILLION hits on her blog.  Because she knows that her customers ARE worth a MILLION she is anxious to show her appreciation and she will announce details soon right here, so stay tuned."

Lots of fun going on at Waltzingmouse - be sure to check it out!!

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Dainty Doilies - Large, Say It Loud.
Paper:  White, Hibiscus Burst - PTI
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Distress - Spiced Marmelade, Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick.
Accessories - Rhinestone - Michaels, foam tape.

Friday, May 6, 2011

We Must be Willing to Let Go


This is the first card I'm posting over at the Sweet 'n Sassy Blog today as part of my Design Team Assignments!    I'd love for you to hop over there and leave a comment on my posting!
I used the twisted easel style for my card today - isn't this cool??!!  It was the Try a New Technique challenge over at Split Coast this week.   Here's the link to the instructions from Laura's Blog:

You start with a piece of card stock 8 1/2" x 4 1/4" that you fold in half.  Then you fold the front of the card over - corner to corner to form the triangle.  Then adhere the rectangle to the front. The scalloped circle is adhered with foam tape and helps keep the easel up.

Here's how it looks folded down - it will go flat and fit in a regular A2 size envelope -  (it just wouldn't stay completely flat without me holding it down!)   It measures 4 1/4" x4 1/4"


I was so pleased with how this came out - I'll definately be making more cards using this fun style!
I used the Split Coast CAS challenge colors - chocolate, sand, baby blue and white.

My stamps are a wonderful new Faith set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps called Let Go and Let God.

Thanks for stopping by today!
Stamps: Sweet N Sassy - Let Go and Let God

Paper: Dark Chocolate, white - PTI, Sahara Sand - SU, DP Text Style Happy Spots - PTI
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Scor tape, foam tape, scallop circle punch -SU, 1 3/4", 1 1/2" 1 1/4" circle punches, rectangle Nestability

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Watches and a Tenor Saxaphone!

Today I have two more cards to share with you using newly released  Rubbernecker Stamps.

I made this first card for the Free 4 All challenge over on Split Coast last week - to use lots of layers!  I've got 4 layers of card stock - a layer of patterned paper, a layer of 3 watches and my sentiment! All tied up with twine!

My stamps are from Rubbernecker and my sketch is the Clean +  Simple Sketch #138  Click on any pic to see it larger.

I created my second card for my dear friend Anne who was chosen the Queen for the Day over on Split Coast last week so I couldn't let the day go by without honoring her by casing one of her lovely cards!  and, of course, I just HAD to pick a red one (Anne's favorite color)! Here's the card I chose to CASE (copy and share).


I used a saxaphone on my card instead of a guitar and red designer paper instead of cardstock. Again - these stamps are from Rubbernecker.  My card is 5 1/2" x 3" so it still fits in a regular A2 envelope.

I have also been wanting to try Joan's technique challenge from a few weeks ago - follow the edge where you cut around the edge of your image on the front of your card revealing the inside of the card behind it.

Dave over at Rubbernecker stamps has been releasing new stamps for the past two months - so be sure to check them out too see what's new!

Stamps: Rubbernecker - Watch Set 3 #534-03, Petite Word Set #2000
Paper: Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, Ocean Tides, New Leaf - PTI, DP Webster's Pages Petite Papers Ladies & Gents & Trendsetters
Ink: Ranger Distress - Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans, Walnut Stain, Antique Linen
Accessories: twine - PTI, foam tape, rectangle nestabilities, blending tool & non stick craft mat - Ranger

Stamps: Rubbernecker - Instruments #533, Sentiment Garden Phrase Set #508

Paper: White - PTI DP Webster Pages/Ladies & Gents, Trendsetters
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: foam tape, oval nestabilities

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Rubbernecker New Release Day - A Single Rose

Welcome friends - to the Rubbernecker Stamps RELEASE DAY!!  Thank you for joining us for the fun!!  To change it up a bit, our RELEASE hop is MORE than a HOP!!!  How about a game?  For some Release Day fun, we are having a WORD SCRAMBLE!!   

All you have to do is travel to EACH of the FABULOUS design team blogs, like usual, and leave them some LOVE!!  However, while you are there, you will pick up a LETTER at EACH stop!!  At the end of your journey you will UNSCRAMBLE the letters and figure out what the WORD should be!!  You will then leave your ANSWER on the RUBBERNECKER BLOG!  ONE lucky entry will receive a PRIZE of:

**A $25 RUBBERNECKER STAMPS GIFT CERTIFICATE**
MY LETTER IS 
“ R”

You will have until THURSDAY 5/5 to enter, for we know that everyone is VERY busy!!  You can find the HOP ROUTE below! Thanks again for joining Rubbernecker Stamps for their NEW RELEASE DAY!!!  Hope you enjoy the HOP!!

Today I'm highlighting one of the new floral roses stamps -  a single stem rose #531-10 isn't it a beauty?!

First I stamped the rose on a white panel, then I cut it with a petite oval Nestability.  I sponged around the edges before taking it out of the die and then colored the rose with Copics.  I added a little bit of yellow Stickles to the center and a little bling along the bottom.  Click on the pic to see it larger.

I used the Last but Not Least Sketch for my card which was designed this month by my fellow Paper Doll stamping buddy, Wanda Cullen.

Here's the blog list!  Be sure to leave a comment on each one and to pick up each person's letter!  Enter your guess at the Rubbernecker Blog -    And don't forget to go shopping at the Rubbernecker Store!

Stamps:  Rubbernecker - Floral Roses #531-10
Paper:  Vintage Cream - PTI, Blue bayou - SU, DP Webster's Pages Petite Papers Dotted piece from -Hollywood Vogue + Wonderfall, floral piece from  - Ladies + Gents Trendsetters.
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: yellow stickles, Copics: YG03, YG63, R02, R05, R08, Petite ovals + scallop ovals Nestabilities, rhinestones - Michaels, wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, lace - Mark's Finest Papers, bird punch -Martha Stewart, foam tape, scortape.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Rubbernecker Preview Day 2 - The Great Thing About Getting Older

Welcome to Rubbernecker Stamps PREVIEW days!   Today is day #2

Rubbernecker is releasing new stamp sets on Tuesday 5/3/11.  Be sure you visit each of the blogs of the participating Design Team and leave a comment - as one lucky commenter will win a $15 Rubbernecker Stamps Gift Certificate.

Today I used a pretty new background stamp called Pentagon Floral Panel #544.  Doesn't it make a great background for a sentiment?   This sentiment is from an earlier release -  the Garden Phrase Set #508  I stamped the panel - layered it to a green panel - tied a wrinkled seam ribbon around it and adhered it to the card.  I stamped the sentiment, cut it with a mega rectangle Nestability, layered it to a green rectangle and adhered that over the ribbon.  Then I just added some green rhinestones to the sentiment and some of the flowers.  You can click on the pic to see it larger.

You can find the complete list of today's participants on the Rubbernecker Blog.

Please stop by again tomorrow for Rubbernecker Release Day!  We have a fun game planned for you!

Thanks for stopping by today - enjoy all of the Design Team's  creations - and GOOD LUCK!
Stamps:  Rubbernecker:  Pentagon Floral Panel #544 (released 5/1), sentiment from Garden Phrase Set #508
Paper:  White, New Leaf - PTI
Ink:  Memento Bamboo Leaves, Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  Rhinestones - Kaiser, Mega Rectangle Nestabilities, foam tape, wrinkled seam tape - http://www.prairiebirdboutique.etsy.com

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Waltzingmouse New Release DT Blog Waltz - Say It Loud!!!

Yippee!  It's finally here!  the day all 5 new Waltzingmouse Sets are released!  And to celebrate - the WMS Design Team is having a blog Waltz featuring the 5th set -  Say it Loud!   A wonderful sentiment set with BIG words and little words and phrases for you to mix and match.  Something for every kind of occasion!

You should start today's waltz at Claire's Blog.  She also has the complete waltz list posted should you get lost along the way.

If you came here from Kate's blog, you are in the right place!

And here's my card - Isn't this fun!  A card celebrating a new puppy (or two!)   You could also send it to a dog lover that just had a human baby too!  They'd probably get a kick out of it!  Just click on any pic to see it larger.

I was inspired to make this card by this sweet piece of DP from Websters Pages.  I stamped the big word 'baby' and die cut it with a Petite Ovals Nestability, sponged the edges and adhered it with foam tape over my die cut Fancy Tags 2.  Then I stamped the little words phrase 'a bonny new' on a scrap of white, rounded one end, sponged the edges and adhered it over the oval.  This card measures 3 x 5 1/2 so it fits in a regular A2 envelope for mailing.

For my 2nd card I used a stamp from Gingham + Co.,  Join Us (laurel wreath) and Dainty Doiles Large (sentiment).

And my final project for the new release is a tag using Dainty Doilies Large and Dainty Doilies - 2 - Small.
Here's a close up showing the ghosting technique I used yesterday.  You can see that post with a link to this technique here.



And look!!! There will be a prize of a WMS stamp set of choice from a random drawing from the comments left on one of the Design Team's blogs today.  So be sure to leave a comment as you waltz along! You have until 11:59 pm EST on May 2nd to post your comments. (10:59 pm Central, 8:59 pm Pacific)

The winner will be posted on Clair’s blog on the 3rd of the May so be sure to check back there!

Don't forget to take your wish list over to the WMS shop to order your favorite stamp sets!

Now off you go to visit my good friend Carly!

A Bonny New Baby:
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Say It Loud
Paper:  Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate - PTI,  DP - Webster's Pages Petite Papers Ladies +; Gents and Trendsetters.
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Ranger Distress Scattered Straw
Accessories:  Petite Ovals Nestabilities, Fancy Tags 2 Spellbinders. Foam tape.

Thanks:
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Gingham + Co., Join Us, Dainty Doilies - Large
Paper:  White, Black - PTI
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Foam tape, Rhinestones - Kaiser, Scallop edge die - PTI, Square Nestabilities, Textile Embossing folder - Cuttlebug/Provo Craft.

Your're So Sweet Tag
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Dainty Doilies - Large, Dainty Doilies - 2 - Small
Paper:  4 3/4" x 2 3/8" shipping tag - Staples, Vintage Cream - PTI, Blue Bayou - SU
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress - Weathered wood, victorian Velvet, Chipped Sapphire, Brilliance Moonlight white Pigment ink.
Accessories:  sentiment banner - Tim Holtz Alterations die Regal Crest.  Scor-tape, rhinestones -  blue/Kaiser, Pink/Darice, Martha stewart Butterfly punch, glue dots, large scallop circle die - Nestabilities, enchanged evening Satin ribbon -PTI, crop a dile.

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