Saturday 30 April 2011

Waltzingmouse Stamps Pre-Release Previews - Day 3

Good morning!! Today is the final day of Waltzingmouse Stamps previews before the new stamp sets are released and the DT are showcasing TWO sets that are pure stamping delight - Dainty Doilies - Large and Dainty Doilies 2 -Small. The sets comprise of complete doilies AND build-a-doily stamps, so you can get as creative as you wish!!

For my card I used the large doilies and inked them up with distress inks. 

I just love love love mustard and teal together. I used a linen paper because I like the effect I get when I stamp on it. First I sponged the card with Antique Linen. I stamped the largest doily in the set with Pine Needles directly onto the card, then taking some more card I stamped and cut out some smaller doilies in Mustard Seed and finally some really small ones in the Pine Needles. Once  I trimmed out the medium and smaller ones I layered them all up with dimensionals, so this card has plenty of depth. 

To finish off I added some cream pearls and gold organza ribbon. The sentiment is just a little taste of what's coming tomorrow ;) 

If you've missed the announcement of the competition and the FABULOUS prizes up for grabs then you need to visit Claire's blog to get all the details!! 

And here is list of wonderfully talented ladies playing along today - 

Thank you for popping in, and have a wonderful Saturday.

Friday 29 April 2011

Waltzingmouse Stamps May Release Previews - Day 2

Thanks to everyone who joined us for day 1 of our Waltzingmouse Stamps pre-release previews. I am so glad you were inspired by the samples which the design team created. If you've missed the details of the competition and the FABULOUS prize up for grabs then you need to visit Claire's blog to get all the details!!

Today we are showcasing Join Us, which is a wonderful set dedicated to Invitation and Thanks.

I must apologise in advance, I'm still in my 'all things pink' phase but today I have paired it with blue, lol. What can I say.... I like pink!!

I really must comment on the safety pin stamp -  seriously, have you ever seen anything cuter than this stamp??!!! I was getting that stamp on a card no.matter.what!! I inked it up with Worn Lipstick distress ink to tie in with my Blueberry Hill pink/blue papers.

I love how my card could be for a baby shower as easily as for a christening. This stamp set has so much going for it. 

I also made some 3x3 Thank You notelets

Well I do hope you are inspired to visit the rest of the design team who are also previewing today -

Thursday 28 April 2011

Waltzingmouse Stamps May Release Previews - Day 1

Good morning and welcome to Waltzingmouse May release previews. You are in for a treat this month, I am still blown away by the stamp sets to be released on May 1st.

Today the DT are showcasing Gingham & Co., a set full of wonderful background stamps - perfect for the gingham and dotty fans amongst us!

As we all know, I am a big fan of design papers but with this set it was so easy to create my own. 

I stamped the reverse polka dots onto white card using Victorian Velvet distress ink, which I had applied to the stamp and then gently touched a baby wipe to, to remove some ink and give it a distressed look. Then I took some pink carstock, and again using Victorian Velvet I used the gingham stamp to create a contrasting design paper. All of my papers were then stitched down onto brown and cream cardstocks. 

I added some white through the card by using Martha Stewart's Antique Lace punch to create a border top and bottom of my gingham card and by slipping a white doily underneath the image.  The image is from the Spring Baskets collection, as is the sentiment. 

Here is the list of wonderful ladies who are also playing along today  -  please do take a minute to visit each one as they are sure to both amaze and inspire you.

And I did hear something on the grapevine about a ginormous competition... hmm, wonder what that's about..?? ;) 

Have a wonderful day

Tuesday 26 April 2011

A Duo of Magnolia Challenges

Hi bloggers!!!! I got some crafty time here and there over the past couple of days so I made 2 cards for 2 Magnolia challenges - Just Magnolia & Magnolia Down Under Challenges. Both challenges are sketches so no chance of combining them.... lol. 

First up is Just Magnolia - because I made it first ;) I've gone really vibrant and colourful with this one,  using Basic Grey 'Hello Luscious' 6x6 papers.

Copics used  - Y00, 02, 11, 15. R32, 35, 37, 39. E00, 01, 11, 23, 25, 27. R20. G82, 85.

Wild Orchid flowers - all glittered up with Star Dust stickles, as is the punched butterfly and Tilda's flowers in her hair. 

Other challenges - 
Craft Your Passion - Show us your layers
Crazy Challenge - 3 different papers
Get Hippity with Ippity - Spring/Summer
House of Gilli - lots of layers and faux or real stitching
Make it Monday - Anything goes
Stamp Fairy - Sparkle, 3 Patterned Papers and 2 Dies or Punches
Card Cupids - use Punches
Let's Ink It Up - no digis allowed -  Stitching
Paper Sundaes -  Use at least 2 from: Sparkle, Pearls, Die Cuts and the Colour Yellow {i used them all, lol}
Cute Card Thursday - No Text
Fabulous Friday - Birds and/or butterflies

Next is Magnolia Down Under Challenges and for this card I used Prima  'Jack n Jill' papers. I punched the border using Martha Stewart's Antique Lace punch and machine stitched down all my papers onto brown cardstock.

I made a tag using Whiff of Joy's tag die, cutting out both a brown card and white card tag and then trimming the white one slightly to leave a border of brown around it. The sentiment is from Lily of the Valley. 

The flowers have been glittered up with Star Dust and glimmer mist and I've also added Star Dust to Tilda's wing.

My image has been mounted up on 3D dots or added dimension. I finished off by adding some off white self adhesive pearls aroun the card. 

Copics used- E00, 01, 11, 43, 50, 53. RV 91, 93, 95, 99. G000, 00, 02.

Other Challenges -
Stamptacular Sunday - Must use a stamp - At least 5 layers {I have 12!!}
A Gem of a Challenge -Pearls and/or swirls 
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - Add A Tag to your Project
Totally Gorjuss -  Bling it On
Polkadoodle - 3 patterned papers

Thanks for popping in!! Back tomorrow - but my blog is being hijacked by my kiddos... ;)

Sunday 24 April 2011

Whiff of Joy DT & Sugar Nellie

Hi everyone!! Happy Easter Sunday :) 

Today I have 2 cards to share. One I have made for Whiff of Joy and the other was one I made for Sugar Nellie's facebook challenge and I forgot to blog it yesterday, lol. 

For my Whiff of Joy card I used one of the sweet digi images, Sweet Nora, which was released in on April 1st.

My papers are Memory Box 'Brioche'. I've distressed the edges with Heidi Swapp edger, inked them with Brushed Cordoroy distress ink and added sparkle with Star Dust stickles. 

Copics used - E00, 01, 11, 23, 25. BV20, 23, 25.
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts & my stash
Brads - Whiff of Joy
Sentiment - Die cut alphas & Dymo label on a tinytag

Challenges -
A Gem of a Challenge  -Pearls and/or swirls
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - Add A Tag to your Project
Totally Gorjuss -  Bling it On
Bloggers Challenge - JFF - Ribbons & lace.
 Aud Sentiments Challenge  - Anything goes
C.R.A.F.T.  - Flowers
Paper Romance -  Tag it (use a tag)


For my Sugar Nellie card I used one of my oh so neglected Gorjuss Girls. 

The papers on this card are from Emma's Shoppe collection by Crate Paper and it's been matted with teal cardstock. 

I bought the tulle from Tabby Crafts about 18mths ago and have only just got around to using it again. Flower are WOC :) 

Copics used - E00, 01 11. R00, 81, 83, 85.
For the hair I used 100 and C1

Challenges - 
Make it colorful - must include colouring - Black Hair/Fur
Card Makin' Mamas  - Spring colours
Delicious Doodles -  Anything goes.
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything goes
Polkadoodle - 3 patterned papers
The Outlawz Copic Challenge - Anything goes.
Thanks for popping in!! 

Friday 22 April 2011

Tickled Pink & Sugar Nellie Challenges

Hi everyone and happy Easter Weekend.

I have 2 cards to share today. First up is my entry for Tickled Pink's Christmas Challenge, themed Jingle Bells. Kellie recently gave out a free Christmas digi of choice to those who were lucky enough to be a fan of Tickled Pink's  facebook page and I chose Lil Christmas Evie to work with. 

My papers are a mix of music note card from An Siopa Bui, Basic Grey Dasher and Pink Paislee Father Christmas. They have all been machine stitched before I added some lace and tinsel ribbon. The sentiment is computer generated.

Copics used - R24, 27, 29. E00, 01, 11, 42, 43, 44. R20. G20, 21, 24, 82, 85. Y21, 28. BG05, 07. C3, 5, 8.

Challenges - 
 Aud Sentiments Challenge  - Anything goes.
Stamp Insanity - Challenge #SISC56: Use metal.
 Top Tip Tuesday - Open Challenge
Christmas Card Challenges - Anything goes

Next up is my entry for Sugar Nellie's Facebook page Challenge which is Spot n Dots. It's been a while since I've used my Gorjuss girls. 

The papers I've used on this are from Memory Box "Brioche". I bought them with the $25 store voucher I won from Colour Me Creative, along with Minuet, also by Memory Box.  Such fabulous papers.

This is the first time I've tried red hair and I really love the tones I got from the copic combo I used, which was E07 & 09 and E18 for the darker areas.

Other copics used - E00, 01, 11. Y00, 02, 11. BG70, 72. R20

Challenges -
AiFactory - Flowes in bloom.
C.R.A.F.T. - Challenge #99: Flowers
Crafty Purple Frog - Texture & ribbon
 The Rubber Cafe - Polka dots.

Well that's it from me for today. It's back to stash sorting now.. 
Have a great day

Tuesday 19 April 2011

DT Whiff of Joy - Football Ben

Hi everyone! What a GLORIOUS few days we've had. Sun is shining and it's warm enough for the kidlets to be outside without coats! Of course along with the good, out come the bugs.. hubster 'dealt' with the most HUMUNGOUS wasp yesterday.. *shudder*

Anyhoooo.. my little man had a very busy weekend, with parties to attend. One of the parties was for a boy who is football crazy so I used Whiff of Joy's "Football Ben" digi on his card. 

And what better papers to use for a boys card than Basic Grey Archaic!! I literally only have scraps of this 6x6 pad left, but these papers are so easy to work with that scraps are no problem. 

I machine stitched the papers and added some twine. Very clean and simple. as my boy cards tend to be,  lol. 

Copics used - E00, 01, 11, 42, 43, 44. G20, 21, 24. B41, 45. YR14, 15, 18. C8, 5, 3.

Challenges - 
Simon Says Stamp - For a Child
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - One for the Boys
Make it Monday - Anything goes
Card Ideas  - Let's Hear It For the Guys
Fussy and Fancy  - Card for a child.
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything goes
Just Add Ink - JAI 64: Chocolate wrapper colour combo {mint choc..mmmmmmmm}
Stampin With The Dragon - 2W – Sports, sports & more sports.

 Thanks for popping in!!
Have a great day

Sunday 17 April 2011

Sugar Nellie Facebook Challenge & Simply Sassy GDT Call

This is my second post today - if you are looking for the Waltzingmouse post then click HERE. 

For the past number of weeks Sugar Nellie have been running a weekly challenge on Facebook based on a theme/sketch/etc. This week was a photo inspiration of the most delicious kind - a big mouthwatering strawberry cake!! So I took the colours - Green/Red/White but added a touch of yellow to take the Christmas look off the card... and this is what I came up with. 

I used the sketch from the Simply Sassy GDT call. The papers are from the Basic Grey 'Hello Luscious' collection. 

I added loads of flowers and bling and a strawberry charm to tie into the theme. Everything has been stickled with Star Dust, which coincidentally is also the name of the image I used.

Challenges -
Pile it On - Use a Rubber Stamp
Let's Ink It Up -  Stitching.
Paper Sundaes -  Texture
Copic Creations Favourite paper to use with Copics
By the Cute and Girly - Cute and Girly
My Grafico -  Anything goes
Secret Crafter - Stitching - real or faux
Stamp with Fun - Birthday
Now I have to run off quickly to drop my little man at another party - I swear the kid has a better social life than I do!! 

Back tomorrow with a Whiff of Joy!
Have a great Sunday

Waltzingmouse Stamps April Blog Waltz


Morning campers!! It's the 17th of the month and that means that it's time for the Waltzingmouse Stamps blog waltz!! This month our theme is EASTER {of course :D } 

Full deets on our monthly waltz can be found HERE on Claire's blog. If you've not added your blog/gallery to the list of participants you can do so HERE... no worries if you're not already registered, it only takes a nano-second to register on the forum. Don't forget you can chat all about the Waltz HERE.

Just to confuse you all and lead you to believe you're on the wrong blog I went totally CAS with my cards today. Granted, it takes me twice as long to do a CAS card as it does for me to layer, layer, layer.. but I think I'm really getting to grips with the CAS concept.. or at least I think I am!! 

Stamps - Spring Basket, Victorian Frippery, Vintage Labels 5
Inks - Ranger: Scattered Straw. Momento Tuxedo Black
Copics - R24, 26, 29. Y15, 17, 18. B00, 12

Saturday 16 April 2011

Basic Grey Challenges - Easter/Spring

Good morning and happy Saturday!

It's time for another challenge over on Basic Grey Challenges and this fortnight we want to see Easter/Spring projects.

I broke out an old{ish} Magnolia for this one. The papers I've chosen to use are Nook & Pantry 6x6, matted with pale yellow and green cardstock. I trimmed out around the legs before using a classic circle nestie to cut the image out, matting it on a scalloped circle cut from the green cardstock and mounting it on dimensionals.

My flower are from Wild Orchid Crafts, the distressed seam binding from Etsy and the pearls are from my stash. Sentiment is by Waltzingmouse Stamps. Doily is from my local kitchen supply store and the border was done using a Martha Stewart Antique Lace punch.

Copics - E00, 01, 11, 41, 43, 44.  R20. G20, 21, 24, 28. Y11, 15, 17, 18. B00, 12. R24, 27, 29.

Challenges -
Aud Sentiments Challenge  -  Anything goes.
C.R.A.F.T. - Easter
Crafty Purple Frog  - Texture & ribbon
Pals Paper Arts - Use flowers.
Paper Take Weekly -  Dimension somewhere On Your Card
Crazy Challenge - #62 Easter
House of Gilli - Ribbon and Pearls
Incy Wincy Designs - flower frenzy
Ooh La La Creations  - Happy Easter
Pink Elephant  - Easter
Pollycraft  - #88 Easter
Stamp-N-Doodle  - Girly
Stamps R Us  - Easter
There's Magic in the Air  - Fabric and stitching
Woodware USA - Anything goes
Shabby Tea Room -  Doilies and lace {lace punch}

 Don't forget to check out my teamies' blogs to see their wonderful Easter inspiration. And remember - to enter the challenge you must use a Basic Grey product.

Thursday 14 April 2011

PaperPlay Challenges & Colour Me Creative

Good morning! It's been such a busy week thus far and I am so glad the kids will be off school for 2 weeks from this Friday!! Yay.. 2 whole weeks of no school runs, no lunches, no uniforms and NO ROUTINE!! Of course it will most likely mean very little crafty time too, lol.

Today I have 2 cards to share today. I had a full on mojo day yesterday and I made the most of it.

First up is PaperPlay Challenges and this week we have a photo inspiration challenge for you. We are being sponsored by Kenny K Downloads and the DT are all showcasing these fabby digis!! I took the colours as my inspiration

I just love Kenny K's - they are such fun images and are a joy to colour. My papers are from Basic Grey  and have been machine stitched. The sentiment is by Lili of the Valley.

Copics - E00, 01, 11, 50, 51, 53. R20. C8, 5, 3, 1. V00, 04, 07. B12

Challenges - 
Digital Tuesday - Female Image On Card/project
Flourishes -  Flowers, flowers everywhere
Karen's Doodles Netherlands  - Anything Goes
Paper Take Weekly -  Dimension somewhere On Your Card
DDH Challenges - Stitches
House of Gilli  - Ribbon and Pearls

 Next up is a card I made for the Colour Me Creative challenge which is themed Metallics. 

I used a freebie image from Dustin Pike and some papers I've had in my stash for sooooooo loooooooooong!! lol. 

Challenges -
Simon Says Stamp - For a Child
Woodware USA -  #22 Anything goes
 Make it Monday - Anything goes
Card Ideas - Card/project for Young Child
Catch The Bug  -  Four + Layers

Do You Stack Up GDT

Good morning! I was very pleased to be invited as guest designer for Do You Stack Up after being selected as one of their Top 3 recently.

The challenge theme is Scallops and here is what I made using the image provided to me, which is called Gabrielle with Lamb.

I am just loving pink & blue at the moment. These papers are from Papermania and I've had them a long time. I used some scalloped lace to tie in with the theme of the challenge. 

Copics - E00, 01, 11. R20, 81, 83, 85. E42, 43, 44. C1, 3.

Pop over to the DYSU blog to see what wonderful creations the DT have come up with. 

Challenges - 
A Spoonful Of Sugar - All Creatures Great & Small
Digital Tuesday - include a digital element - Female Image On Card/project
Flourishes -  Flowers, flowers everywhere

Back later with a couple more challenge cards.. 

Wednesday 13 April 2011

Tickled Pink Challenges & iCopic - PINK!

This week's challege on Tickled Pink is .. yep.. PINK!!
Anything pink.... lots of pink..... a little pink.... as long as it has pink and a TPS image!

 Papers are a mix of Magnolia and Prima matted with blue and pink card from The Paper Mill - all machine stitched. Flower are Wild Orchid and the pink tulle, gems and pins are from my stash. 

I also made this card with iCopic Lover challenge in mind - which is to create a pink project. 

Challenges - 
Flourishes -  Flowers, flowers everywhere
Sweet Stamps  - For The Ladies
Tuesday Throwdown - Sparkle & Bling
DDH Challenges  - Stitches
Karens Doodles - Fancy & Feminine
Make it Monday - Anything goes
There's Magic in the Air  - Fabric and stitching
Squigglefly - #93 Fabric/stitching

Thanks for dropping by :)

Monday 11 April 2011

Waltzingmouse Stamps CASE Competition

Back on April 4th, Waltzingmouse Stamps invited you to get your craftiness on and participate in a Waltzingmouse StampsCASE (Copy and Share Everything) Competition
We are happy to announce that we have a winner. 

Today we are highlighting this great project made by Cyndie of Artful Heaven.


What a great way to make beautiful jewelry that totally personalized. Cyndie CASED her project from Anya Schrier’s SOAP Day 3 project. 

Thanks to everyone who participated in the competition…your projects were AMAZING!  You can see ALL the competitors right here.

Sunday 10 April 2011

Whiff of Joy DT - Miss Ladybugs

Good morning and happy Sunday! Today I am teaching a Whiff of Joy card class in Galway, at the Spring Extravaganza, and I am really looking forward to catching up with everyone again. We will be doing some stamping & copic colouring and hopefully at the end of the class everyone will will end up with this card.... with their own personal touches too :)

Beautiful Miss Ladybugs has been coloured with copic markers to match my Spring paper pad. All of my papers have been inked and machine stitched. The little tag has been cut out using the smaller tag die in the Sweet Hearts tag set.. love that there are 2 sizes!! The cloud border has been done using the Clouds border die. I cut the butterflies out from one of the design papers then inked and stickled them. I've also added a touch of stickles to my flowers and finished off with some pearls. The sentiment is from the General Sayings II - English Sentiments.

I have also done out a tutorial on my copic colouring and anyone taking my class will have  a copy of it to bring home with them.

Simon Says Stamp - Spring colors/Easter
2 Sisters - Spring
Card Creations & More By C - Spring related
Catch The Bug - Four + Layers
Little Claire's  -  Any Celebration with Spring Theme or Colours
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
The Rubber Cafe - Easter/Spring
Have a great Sunday!!

Thursday 7 April 2011

Just Magnolia Monthly Challenge - Anything Goes

Today I have 2 cards to share that I made for Just Magnolia's special monthly challenge of Anything Goes. There is also the option of adding buttons and I've just realised it's something I'm desperately short of! A button splurge is due soon me thinks! 

Anyway, my first card is an Easter card. I just love this image for Easter cards. I've used copics as my colouring medium. My papers are from Prima's "Jack and Jill" collection, matted with green and grape cardstock. 

All of my papers have been machine stitched. The flowers are from Wild Orchid crafts and Tabby Crafts. I slipped a half doily in behind the top layer of papers and added some Prima bling to finish off. My sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps. 

The image on this second card is one I had coloured up for a "Blue" colour challenge a few weeks back but I didn't get a chance to get it finished off. The papers are MME "Stella Rose"

I've also used Wild Orchid flowers and Prima bling on this one, along with some off white pearls. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.

I'm also entering into the following challenges:
Freshly Brewed  - flowers
Simon Says Stamp - Spring colors/Easter
Clear It Out!  - Flowers, Flowers & more Flowers
Paper Take Weekly - Anything Goes + Optional - Something New 
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Ooh La La Creations - Happy Easter

Thanks for popping in!! 
Have a wonderful day

Tuesday 5 April 2011

Tickled Pink Challenges & a Party Duo

LOL!!  I have a bit of a picture heavy post for you today. I seem to make more cards than I can blog lately - good complaint I guess. 

First up is my entry to Tickled Pink Stamps challenge, which is themed Blinging it Up. I am using the gorgeous 20's Evie, and Webster's Pages papers which have been distressed and inked. I've also added Star Dust to the edges of all my papers.

Loads of Prima bling and Wild Orchid Crafts flowers........

Sentiment by Lili of the Valley, hand cut as I found the circle nesties left too much border and the smaller one was just too small.

Just about everything on my card has been stickled to within an inch.... it sure sparkles!!!

Challenges -
SSCC - Sparkle
7KidsChallenge - Seeing Spots 
Crafty Pad  - Flowers
 Corrosive Challenges - Pastel Colours
I Did It Creations - Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes -  Spring blossoms
 Scrappy Frogs - 3W - Flowers and Lace
Allsorts - Blooming Blossoms
Catch The Bug -  Anything Goes
Secret Crafter - Butterflies
 Fashionista Friday - Sew Something


Next up are 2 birthday cards that I made recently. I usually shy away from really bright/bold colours but I love how vibrant these turned out., especially the first one which won on the Colour Me Creative challenge which was to use Primary Colours.

Both cards have been made using my scraps from the same Basic Grey paper pack and red cardstock. The sentiment on the first card is from Lili of the Valley and the sentiment on the second card is from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

Copic Creations - Favourite Technique  (feathering hair)
Stamp Something - Use something digital
Wags 'n Whiskers  - Ribbons and Pearls
Card Cupids - Dots and/or Stripes
Crafty Hos' - Birthday card using scraps, Girly, optional sketch*
Dream Valley Challenges  - Things with wings
Card Ideas  - Spotty Dotty
Craft Your Days Away  - Spots & Stripes
Make it Colorful -  Colour With Bright Colours 
One Stop Craft - Spots and Dots

All of my cards today have been coloured using copic markers.

Thanks for dropping in!!