Saturday, April 30, 2011

Waltzingmouse Stamps May Release - Day 3

Welcome to the second day of the Waltzingmouse Stamps May Release previews! The DT and I will be sharing projects over the next several days featuring FIVE new stamp sets that will be available for purchase at the Waltzingmouse online store starting Sunday, May 1.

Today we're all sharing creations with the doily sets: Dainty Doilies - Large and Dainty Doilies 2 - Small. It's a fabulous set that you can use to create so many lovely doilies with! :)

So I am going to start with a quick apology. The batteries of my camera are not charged... silly Belinda. So I'm unable to pull additional pics off. :( However, I do have one layout that I did pull off earlier (yes, sometimes I don't procrastinate... just sometimes). Of course I say that and it's 1am EST. ;-)

So I have a simple layout.
A layout that if B knew she was on, she'd kill me.
She is not a fan of glitter and if she knew what a doily was, I'm pretty sure she wouldn't approve.
But because I love to tease her, I had to put glitter on any layout with B in it.
Only cos I love her!

Lucky for me she's not in the same state as me anymore. 
And I'm also 95% sure she doesn't read this blog.
Because part of me isn't really sure that state lines would save me from her wrath. ;-)

 
So I used the doily from Dainty Doilies 2 - Small. It's a little mini set that is totally jam packed with fabulous images! The larger image you see on the top corner of the photo is a 2 set stamp. You need to stamp it twice.

Are the doilies easy to stamp?
Sure.
Was it perfect the first time I did it?
No... then again, what is? ;-)
I definitely recommend playing some music (or watching some Dancing with the Stars) and just starting with scratch paper first. It's fabulously soothing and you're find what works for you.

The border is stamped with one of the images that is included in the set as well. I love that they matchy match. :) The other doily fits perfectly on the big scalloped circle (large) die from Spellbinders. A match made in heaven! :)



Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit the rest of the ladies for some fabulous creations as well!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Waltzingmouse Stamps May Release - Day 1

Welcome to the first day of the Waltzingmouse Stamps May Release previews! The DT and I will be sharing projects over the next several days featuring FIVE new stamp sets that will be available for purchase at the Waltzingmouse online store starting Sunday, May 1.

Today, we're all previewing Gingham & Co. It's such a fun background set, prominently featuring gingham -- of course! :)

Thinking About You Card
Gingham can be used in so many fun ways. For my first project, I used it as a border.
It adds a fun little look to the bottom of your cards. The leaves come from Pic-Nic Patterns and the sentiment comes from Fancy Phrases. The flower, well, that's a sneeky for you. ;-) We'll formally introduce that set later in the week.


Hi Card
You can also use it on your labels.


For this one, I die cut one of the labels 18. The gingham is then stamped and embossed with white embossing powder. Again, the sentiment comes from Fancy Phrases.




Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by these ladies for some wonderful inspiration!




Thinking About You Card
Stamps: (Gingham & Co - available May 1, Pic-Nic Patterns, Fancy Phrases, Dainty Doilies Large - available May 1) Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Ink: (Raspberry Fizz) Papertrey Ink, (Green, VersaMark) Tsukineko
Embossing Powder: (white) Ranger
Fibers: (ribbon) Papertrey Ink

Hi Card
Stamps: (Gingham & Co - available May 1,Fancy Phrases) Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Ink: Papertrey Ink
Fibers: (ribbon) Papertrey Ink
Accents: (glitter) Making Memories
Tools: (punch) EK Success, (butterfly die) SU!

Monday, April 04, 2011

April SOAP - Day 4 - Happy Birthday Balloons

Today is the April Waltzingmouse SOAP Day 4! In case you missed my post from the other two days, you may remember that ClaireOwner/Designer of Waltzingmouse Stamps announced that she will be releasing new sets every other month which we will be referring to as SOAP, otherwise known as Stamps Of Approval Parade. For the last day of the SOAP event, we are re-visiting an old friend - Spring Baskets. We also have some new team members to introduce so be sure to give them a friendly welcome! :)


For my card today, I opted to use the egg image to create balloons. The shape is so simple and makes for a grand birthday card as well as Easter cards. ;-)

I think I've mentioned before my family isn't into Easter. I remember dying eggs as a kid once and then my mom promptly left those eggs on top of the car on our way to church. Yeah... That might explain why you see no Easter cards, layouts from me. :)

Be sure to check out the wonderful DT's blog and the new ladies as well! ;-)

We hope that you have enjoyed, and have been inspired, the past few days from our Stamp of Approval Parade; highlighting last month’s sets and our beloved Spring Baskets set. Now it’s time for you to get your craftiness on as we invite you to participate in a CASE (Copy and Share Everything) competition.

Find a card or project from any of the projects posted over the past few days by the WMS Design Team, CASE that project using Waltzingmouse Stamp images, and link it using the Inlinkz on Claire’s blog. At the end of the competition, one project will be randomly selected to be highlighted with a Parade of its own on several of the Design Team blogs.

We hope you will enjoy this competition and that it will inspire you be creative. You have one week to complete and link your project as the competition will close at 8:00 AM Claire’s time on April 10th, which is 3 AM Eastern, 2 AM Central and Midnight, Pacific time. The winner will be announced on Claire’s blog on April 11th.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

April SOAP - Day 2 - Sunshine

You may remember that Waltzingmouse Stamps’ own Claire Brennan announced that WMS will be releasing new sets every other month. Well, that doesn’t mean that the WMS Design Team is going to leave you high and dry for the “off” months…no way! In the next few days, Waltzingmouse Stamps is having a Stamp of Approval Parade, or SOAP for short. In case you missed Day 1, be sure to go check out everyone's lovely creations!

We'll be highlighting last month’s new release sets for the next three days. We'll have a fun little post for you on the fourth day as well. And keep your eyes peeled for some fun chances to participate in the fun (and perhaps win a fun prize!)

It's snowing here in Pittsburgh. Yes snowing.
Earlier this week I was in the Northeast.
With fears of a Nor'easter.
(Oh boy did I change my flight so fast when I heard that)

Rain or shine, snow or sleet, I was not about to spend my weekend in New England.
Especially since I still have 2 SOAP projects to complete...
Ah, procrastination.

So I figured a little sun could cheer us all up today!.


Today I decided to showcase how you can use Bitty Banners to create a fabulous sun image that can be used on your cards or any paper crafting project of our choice. :)  I stamped two different banners in two different colors and glued them to a felt circle. I adhered some vellum behind it for a fun whimsical look.


Just in case you're wondering, I did manage to get out in time. :)
And I got to spend Friday watching the snow flurries fall from my window at work.
But "spring" will come soon, right?

Be sure to check out everyone's lovely creations!

Friday, April 01, 2011

April SOAP - Day 1 - Yee Haw!

You may remember that Waltzingmouse Stamps’ own Claire Brennan announced that WMS will be releasing new sets every other month. Well, that doesn’t mean that the WMS Design Team is going to leave you high and dry for the “off” months…no way! In the next few days, Waltzingmouse Stamps is having a Stamp of Approval Parade, or SOAP for short.
(For the CS dorks, everytime I see SOAP, I think of web services, xml and all that fun stuff.. For the non-CS dorks, just be glad you have no idea what I'm talking about)

We'll be highlighting last month’s new release sets for the next three days. We'll have a fun little post for you on the fourth day as well. And keep your eyes peeled for some fun chances to participate in the fun (and perhaps win a fun prize!)

So let's get started shall we? What better way to kick off the April SOAP event than with a "Yee Haw" layout?

I've dug up a lot of old college photos.
I miss college. Lots.

I was going to say I don't miss the late nights.
But who am I kidding?
I've been up late every night this week and the week before that and the week before that...
(No such thing as learning through osmosis)

Maybe I should restate that as I miss my college friends. Lots.
But photos of them make me happy. :)


When I saw Back in the Saddle, I knew I was going to scrap this photo. Never thought you'd see a Western set on a pink layout, did ya? ;-)

I think I use almost all the sets on this little layout. Can you spot them all?
The woodgrain from Way Out West is embossed with clear EP on kraft.
Bitty Banners is used for the polka dot pattern.
And of course, I couldn't resist using the lovely Very Vintage Labels No 18.



Hanging out with my friends makes me happy.
Scrapping those events makes me go "yee haw"!
And these ladies have fabulous projects that will make you go "yee haw" as well. Be sure to stop by all the blogs!


Stamps: (Back in the SaddleWay Out WestBitty BannersVery Vintage Labels No 18) Waltzingmouse Stamps
Embossing Powder: Ranger
Ink: Versamark, Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Tools: (circle punches) EK Success, (scallop border) Fiskars, (Labels 18) Spellbinders