Mar 18

March Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Party

Written by: iwona    29 Comments

First things first… big hearty welcome to my new blog!!
Do you like it?? ๐Ÿ™‚

If you made it here for the first time and you currently follow my old blog via Google Friend Connect, please feel free to sign up here using one of the provided means instead (to be found on the sidebar). On top of the RSS feed, which you can access through the Reader of your choice, I offer email subscription and Facebook syndication via Networked Blogs. There will be no Google Friend Connect widget provided on this blog, Google opted to discontinue offering the service outside their own environment.

Why the switch, you’re asking? It’s not just my whim, my dear friends, I assure you! Switching websites is a pain for the followers and I wouldn’t force you through it if it didn’t pay off generously in the future. Many of you use Blogger/ services to maintain their blogs, and so you’re well aware that there are risks to be taken when you’re not the owner of your own content. I opted for a self-hosted website, where I don’t have to worry any more that Blogger will decide to shut down my blog or apply changes that I don’t necessarily agree with. I’ve been through both and I told myself, never again!

My aim is to provide you with a more professional & reliable service, and myself with a piece of mind & greater flexibility. I believe that we will all profit from that and I sincerely hope that many (all?) of my current readers / subscribers will find their way here and make themselves at home. Many thanks for your patience and understanding! ๐Ÿ™‚


Now that I started things off nicely, by hijacking my own post, how ’bout some papery goodness??
A new WMS Blog Party is taking place right about now, and this month it’s all about LUCK!!

For my card below, I pulled out theย  Off Beat Backgrounds set, which I stamped with several shades of Memento inks to create the gradient effect, and a simple sentiment from Free Spirit Sentiments. I covered the stamped panel with vellum, to tone down the colours and let the embellishment take the center stage. Um, and how about the shamrock that I created from felt, is it recognizable? I showed this card to my mum and she said she wouldn’t have guessed it’s anything else than a simple flower! lol

I hope that I’ll have more ‘luck’ with you, crafty peeps ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s how I made the shamrock…
I die cut some felt with Die-Namics, cut four double-scallop pieces with my scissors and stitched themย together as shown below. Then I pulled on the thread to bring the centers together, masked the center with a button and voilร !

Note: you may want to use a smaller scallop to make yours. I had to fiddle a bit with the size of each piece afterwards, when I discovered that they make up for quite a full shape. Hence the not-so-perfect interpretation, I reckon :/

Below is the CTS#19 sketch, that I helped myself to. I’m also entering this card into the Chevron Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.

Check out the WMS BLOG for the rest of the Blog Party entries, also there’s still time to join so hurry up!!

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29 thoughts on “March Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Party

  1. Hello! I love your new blog, it’s wonderful! I hope you’re feeling much more in control now and happier with your web hosting – hopefully you’ll feel it’s less of a battle now and more of a pleasure ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Your card is stunning and I love how you made your shamrock – genius!

    I have subscribed by email and look forward to getting lots of Chupa goodness in my inbox! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you so much, Sian! It warms my heart to receive positive feedback and I’m glad that you decided to stick around! xx

  2. Love everything about your card…especially the background behind the panel…and the felt shamrock….and the embossing…did I mention I loved it all?

  3. Love your new blog! It looks great! I was excited to find out that it is a self-hosted WordPress website (I am biased!) I would love to hear more about the process sometime in the future.
    As for the card, it is a stunner! Love the window design with the gorgeous chevrons showing through (I must add, great choice of colors and amazing blending!).
    Sorry, I also thought it was a flower…maybe because of the button. Otherwise, the leaves do resemble a shamrock ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. wow! Lots of detail and interest and yet still CAS! Love the fresh colours, too! Thanks so much for playing along with CAS(E) This Sketch this week!

  5. Hello, pretty new blog; hello, pretty new card!! Love both of these things my clever girl, especially the clever way you made the shamrock! Hope you’re feeling all cosy and homey in your new blog home. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I still get your posts by email so That transfered smoothly. The blog looks pretty but sadly it isn’t optimized for mobile use (maybe it is supposed to be but your blog header is cut off at the side when in portrait format) and I can’t find a way to access a desktop version so maybe you could look into that. I don’t need your side bar often and usually just read straight from your email but if I did want to look at your side bar, I can’t. You also much want to reset your blog hits. It’s only at 1000 Or so!

    • Many thanks for your input, Rebecca! I will look into that for sure. I was told by the template designer, that it’s highly optimized for mobile devices, but I might have stuffed something up with the custom logo ๐Ÿ™‚ I will attempt making it work today, if you still have problems afterwards please let me know!
      As of blog hits, I don’t know about 1000 but I can see 200 showing up on the sidebar atm. I’m a bit sad to leave behind the 300 000 that I got through Blogspot, as I’ve been working on that number since 2009, but I decided to start fresh ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Love the new blog!! Love your card too!! Thinking I love your mum…she doesn’t know me., I got the shamrocks from scallops…your mum’s looking at it without the all the info… to the uninitiated to the challenge it would be a flower!

  8. Love your new look blog Chupa! Also your felt shamrock is the cutest, thanks so much for the tutorial.
    And also thanks for sharing with us at CAS(E) this Sketch this week!

  9. Love the green felt flower on that chevron background and that text panel is so fun! Thanks for playing this week at CAS(E) this Sketch!

  10. Beautiful job on the new site, Chupa! Hope it works out really well for you. *If there was a way to view each post from the home page instead of having to click on it – I would love it even more!

  11. Hey Chupa! Thanks for linking this up to the Chevron Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I’m so glad you joined in on all the fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I’ll always be a follower, no matter what format. I can’t leave ultra talent unattended – lol! Beautiful, clean look to the card as well as your blog design. Love the subtle chevron BG!

  13. Congrats on the move to the new location – am loving your new “digs”! Love your creation for the WMS hop – stunning. Best wishes for continued success on your creative journey. Hugs, Dee

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