Nov 23

Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #110

Hi guys! The frantic month might have eased up on me and I’m looking forward to a bit of a breather before the business of the Holiday season kicks in, as well as the StampNation buzz and new projects (Thank you all so much for your encouragement and kind words! Did you sign up yet?? 🙂 ), but I’m still only half way there… I mean, the sketch is here (and I love it!) and so is my sample, but I yet again run out of time to coordinate a Guestie. Insert a pout here 🙁
Next time I’ll finally succeed I’m sure! Hope I’m not doing the wishful thinking here… hehe

So… do you like this layout as much as I do? I can’t believe I still haven’t tackled it. It has all of my favourites in it, including banners and a doily (but of course it can be whatever you fancy) and I had heaps of fun giving it physical shape. I’m also joining the November Pajama Party with my card – I know that I announced my last DT post two days ago, since I wasn’t sure if I can make it to this month’s event, but I did and therefore I’m making this one the last opportunity to put my beloved DT badge on.

I’m using the Little Lantern set, paired with the brand new, matching Cutting Edge die. What a delightful combo that is! There’s quite a bit of die cutting going on here, plus dry embossing… when did I last use an embossing folder?? Ugh, had to dust off this buddy before I put it to use earlier today 🙂

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If you would like to play along:

– You’re kindly asked to save the sketch image onto your computer first, and if you make a card based on it, please link back to this post.
– Share the link to your creation via the Inlinkz widget below, so that I can come and check it out!
Perks:
– A new sketch is posted every other Saturday night (9pm Australian EST, 6am American EST, and the link widget is open for two weeks. However, you’re welcome to play any time! Just leave a link in the comments section and I’ll pop in to see it.
– I’ll be inviting one person who uses my sketch, to join me for the next one! I’ll be also highlighting the entries that caught my eye, on my Facebook page.
– Every now and then, I will also invite an inky friend to join me as well, for an extra dose of inspiration.


Nov 21

A Waltzingmouse Christmas – decor

Welcome to the special, four day event at Waltzingmouse Stamps, called A Waltzingmouse Christmas! It’s the last day today, and we’re sharing decor items made with WMS stamps.  I’m sad to add that it’s also my last day on the Waltzingmouse Design Team 🙁 As my girls grow bigger, I find myself wanting to spend more time with them, without having have to worry about the deadlines. I also embarked on a new exciting journey (details to follow later today, please tune up to my blog at 1 pm EST!) and something else unfortunately has to give.

I’m sharing today a shadow box frame, made with two gorgeous sets, Christmas Cottage and Nordic Winter. I absolutely adore both. The house is like taken straight from a Russian folk tale (which I *love*), and the style of the latter is right up my alley, which is not news for you if you know me a bit 🙂 I coloured the house with Copics, dressed up with lots of glitter and a glitter ‘snowfall’, and added stamped borders with various Memento Luxe inks. The music sheet paper in the back, is from Simple Stories. The alpha stickers are October Afternoon‘s Mini Market in Black & Cream. I couldn’t find anywhere I could link them to.

Here are the markers I used – the two Ciaos areR37 & W3.

Here’s the list of all ladies participating in today’s festivities:

Jeanne Jachna /Jennifer Holmes / Julia Aston / Kelly Schirmer / Kim Duran / Laurie Schmidlin / Renee Lynch / Tosha Leyendekker / Claire Brennan / Lynn Mercurio / Teresa Kline / Edna Morrisedie / Anya Schrier / Becca Feeken / Jen Cuthbertson / Karin Akesdotter / Sandie Dunne


Nov 20

A Waltzingmouse Christmas – tags

Welcome to the special, four day event at Waltzingmouse Stamps, called A Waltzingmouse Christmas! Today we roll in with TAGS! You can have a proper Christmas without these!

It’s kinda lame but I ended up using the same stamp set that I did yesterday, Compliments of the Season. Figures I really love it, I know it well enough, but still my sincere intentions were to focus on something else today. Once I had an idea for a tag, I just could not find a better sentiment, though. One that would make a statement.
I took inspiration from the super lovely tags, pinned HERE to my Pinterest board, full credit for the idea goes to the designer of those beauties. I used a Spellbinders snowflake die to cut the shapes (I cut double and adhered the snowflakes back to back), and then a regular circle for the insert. I then distressed the edges generously with Old Paper ink.

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Here’s the list of all ladies participating in today’s festivities:

Jeanne Jachna /Jennifer Holmes / Julia Aston / Kelly Schirmer / Kim Duran / Laurie Schmidlin / Renee Lynch / Tosha Leyendekker / Claire Brennan / Lynn Mercurio / Teresa Kline / Edna Morrisedie / Anya Schrier / Becca Feeken / Jen Cuthbertson / Karin Akesdotter / Sandie Dunne / Laurie Schmidlin


Nov 19

A Waltzingmouse Christmas – cards

Welcome to the special, four day event at Waltzingmouse Stamps, called A Waltzingmouse Christmas! We’re right in the festive mood and eager to show you some yumminess made with old and new stamps and brand new dies too! Today the Design Team got together to share some cards, made with their favourite WMS sets. Are you ready??

I reached for my favourites, the Bright Season lantern and the sentiment from Compliments of the Season, both with their timeless elegance and old world charm. It’s also for the first time that I tried the ever-so-trendy chalkboard technique. I’ve been reluctant as an OCD in me has trouble accepting the slightly messy look, but it’s a fun stuff indeed and a great effect to boot!

I embossed the elements in white first, then added the candle in teal and the flame / aura in sparkly gold. I never mixed embossing powders before, but I’ll certainly revisit this technique again after today’s experiment. Great fun!

The nudge I needed to try this look, lies in the Muse Challenge #44, with the beautiful card by Marion. Thanks for stopping by and see you tomorrow!

Here’s the list of all ladies participating in today’s festivities:

Jeanne Jachna /Jennifer Holmes / Julia Aston / Kelly Schirmer / Kim Duran / Laurie Schmidlin / Renee Lynch / Tosha Leyendekker / Claire Brennan / Lynn Mercurio / Teresa Kline / Edna Morrisedie / Anya Schrier / Becca Feeken / Jen Cuthbertson / Karin Akesdotter / Sandie Dunne


Oct 19

WMS October Pajama Party

Are you playing with this month’s Pajama Party? No? Tune in to the fun happening on the Waltzingmouse blog, and you could win yourself a store credit (double the value if you use WMS stamps). There’s still a good couple of hours to make something for one of our challenges (Halloween and/or Art Deco – inspired), and the Bedtime Story sketch will be open for the whole week.

I decided to make a little something for the Art Deco challenge. Claire asks for black & white with a pop of colour. I’m guilty of making this card almost white & gold, with a pop of black. LOL!
I combined the new Art Deco Background and Putting On The Ritz stamp sets. I created a circular pattern with diamond and fan shapes, cut a circle in the center which I ’embellished’ with a gold glitter die cut and stamped the sentiment in the recessed inside.

The glittery strip, on the other hand, was made by applying loose glitter to a strip of double-sided tape. I added a length of white string along the top side of the strip, to visually balance the heavy focal point.
I used the CTS#50 sketch, for the card above.

I also created a Halloween card, based very loosely on the Bedtime Story sketch below:

I somehow ended up stuffing all four of the last release Halloween sets, into this number. I stamped the scene in grey ink and added some colour with Copics. Then I added the sentiment (date), the Dracula silhouette and the branches, in black ink. Lastly I cut the slits on both sides of the count (using a craft knife) and threaded a strip of vellum through so that the strip covers the card but not him. I also added a couple of silver sequins but I’ve got to apologize for the poor quality of the photos which makes them almost impossible to see. I took them at midnight; not the best of my efforts but that’s all I’ve been left with at the end of two very intense days…

Now it’s your turn! You can read more upon the details, and link up your artwork on the WMS blog. See you tomorrow! xx

The Cat’s Pajamas card

Halloween card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sep 19

WMS September Release Blog Hop

Welcome to the Waltzingmouse Stamps September Release Blog Hop! Hopefully you arrived here from Laurie’s blog; otherwise you can join us by starting at Claire’s blog. A total of eight stamp sets are being released this month, and we’ve got something for the Halloween and Christmas enthusiasts, ad well as a couple of super trendy art deco sets! Let’s get cracking 🙂

I used the images from All Hallow’s Eve, Spooky Tree and The Count, to make the tags below. Love this tree image, and on an important note, it doesn’t need to be used exclusively in the Halloween context. Autumn or Christmas cards would look lovely with it was well, or any kind of nature-themed design. I can’t wait to play more with it!


Next I’ve got Opera Tags Christmas. It was one of the sets which I missed featuring on the first day of sneak peeks. I hung one of the tags as an ornament, from the Spooky Tree (see what I mean??). It was embossed in teal, over the Zig Zag Background. The tiny bow was cut with my Silhouette.


Two more sets which I now have a chance to share for the first time, the delicious Art Deco Background and Putting on the Ritz. I can see a new trend coming, peeps! Mark my words 🙂
On the first card I created an ombre effect with one of the backgrounds, and stamped the images from Putting on the Ritz inside the negative die cut.

…while I white embossed the other, full-size background on the last card below, and sponged over with Distress Inks. The sentiment is also from Putting on the Ritz. Among the many embellies I combined on this card, is a purple craft feather, chipboard and velvet blooms, hat pins and a branch die cut from Penny Black.

Next stop in the waltz is Jeanne! Thanks for visiting me today, enjoy the inspiration – and happy shopping 🙂

Halloween tags


Christmas Ornament card


Thanks card


Swell Birthday card


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