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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Waltzingmouse December Pajama Party!

Tonight I'm happy to be attending the WMS Pajama Party - are you coming as well??  Around the 1st of each month, Claire posts the challenges for the party so we have lots of time to get creating and bring our offerings to the PJ Party on the 14th of every month.
Here are Claire's challenges for us for December (you have 24 hours to link up your projects!)

1. Put up the Tree  - Make a 3D paper tree.
 Here's what I started out with - I stamped the Vintage Christmas Background twice - to cover  a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of white card stock using Wild Wasabi ink,  die cut circles with my Nesties and sponged all the edges with Iced Spruce Distress ink
I folded each circle in half 4 times scoring each fold with my bone folder, and punched a hole in the center with my Cropadile.  Then I layered the circles from smallest to largest on a wooden skewer adhering each piece underneath with my glue gun.
 I layered my pieces closer together and didn't crease them as tightly as Martha so my tree is wider than hers.  I stamped Merry Christmas from Alpine Christmas on a banner die from Good Egg Dies - and die cut a Nestie star from gold paper for the top.  I attached my tree to a Sizzix die cut Block/Cube by Eileen Hull  and adhered patterned paper to the sides.
I'm linking my Tree box to Eileen Hull's Art With Heart December Challenge - Holiday Traditions.

 2. Deck the Halls - create tree ornaments
 For my ornament I used a clear glass ornament from Michaels filling it about 1/3rd full with metallic shred.  I used my Fine Feathers dies and stamp set to cut feathers and gold emboss them on vellum.  I curled each one a little bit using my bone folder and dropped them into the ornament. I gold embossed the sentiment from Fine Feathers on vellum and fussy cut around it.
 I moved the feathers around a little bit using a tooth pick so you could see them through the ornament - the basket shred helps hold them in place - like a little nest!

I punched holes in the sentiment and two of the smaller feathers - looped a gold cord through them and tied the cord around the top of the ornament.  I LOVE how this came out!  I never would have made this if it wasn't for this challenge!  so Thank You Claire!  I love this verse from Psalm 91 - this ornament could be displayed all year round!
I'm linking my golden feathers ornament to the Inkspirational Color challenge - Anything goes with Gold

 and the Simon Says Stamp Wed Challenge - Bling it on.

3. Old Pajamas -  Make a project using any of your older Waltzingmouse Christmas sets - 
Claire asked the  Design Team coming to the party to dig out our Country Labels 4 set.  I also, once again, used one of my fav WMS background stamps - Vintage Christmas Backgrounder.
4. Bedtime Story Sketch  
I thought I wasn't going to get to the sketch - but I found a little free time this afternoon and got it done!  Here's the lovely sketch.
And here's my card - I did it all up gold and silver! 
All the stampings are gold embossed -  Art Deco Background, trees from Frosty in the Pines and the sentiment from Flurries.  The silver panel is die cut with Pretty Panels #2 , the snow flake is Snowflake 2 die.  

I'm going to send this to a friend who has a birthday in February -
so I'm linking this card to Crazy4Challenges - Winter Themed Birthday card

PJ Party Schedule:
The PJ party post and all challenge links will go live at 11:45pm (6:45 pm EST) on the 14th Dec.
The PJ party winner will be announced at 11.45pm (6:45 pm EST)  on the 15th Dec.
Prizes:  There will be one overall winner chosen at random from the 4 challenges. The prize winner will receive £30GBP store credit for Waltzingmouse Stamps.


You will find all the Pajama Party details and Mr. Linky over on the WMS blog here.  
I hope to see you at the party !! 

Stamps:  Vintage Christmas Backgrounder and Alpine Christmas - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White - PTI, Brushed Gold - SU, DP Christmas Home - Teresa Collins, Little Sizzles black double sided mat board.
Ink:  Wild Wasabi - SU, Ranger Distress Iced Spruce
Accessories:  Sizzix Die - Blocks/Cubes 3D, wood skewer, glue gun, Nestability Circles and Stars, Banner Die from Good Egg Die Set - Waltzingmouse, foam tape 

Feather Ornament
Stamps:  Fine Feathers - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  Vellum - PTI
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Fine Feathers Dies - Waltzingmouse, gold embossing powder, Metallic Shred Basket Fill - Michaels, 3.26" glass ornament - Michaels, gold cord - from stash.

Happiness is Home Made
Stamps:  Country Labels 4 and Vintage Christmas backgrounder - Waltzingmouse.
Paper:  White and Blueberry Sky - PTI
Ink:  Marina Mist, Soft Suede and Calypso Coral - SU
Accessories:  Glue N Seal - Ranger, Enamel Dots - Home made from Perler Beads, Dies - Labels 4 and Mega Rectangles - Nestabilities,  

Sketch card - Winter Wishes
Stamps:  Frosty in the Pines, Art Deco Background, Flurries - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White - PTI, Brushed Silver and Brushed Gold - SU
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Dies - Snowflake #2, Pretty Panels #2 - Waltzingmouse,  Sentiment Strips - MFT, Gold Embossing Powder, Gold pearls - Michaels, foam tape.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Happy Birthday Heavy Metal Box for my son.

Today we took my son Josh and his girlfriend, April, out to eat for his 37th birthday (which was actually last weekend).  I always give him money - as that's what he likes most - so he can use it as he wishes - but I always put it in a homemade card.  This year I was inspired by the A Vintage Journey Heavy Metal Challenge for my design of Josh's gift container.  I made a box to hold the monetary gift.  For the challenge you can use any form of metal - paper, paint, Idea-ology  pieces and it has to be in the "Tim Holtz" style.
 Here are some photos of the steps I took to create this box.  Using Little Sizzles Black Mat Board - I die cut two pieces for the box using the Sizzix Block/Cube/Bank 3D die.  Then I masked each piece with Eclipse tape. 
I then stenciled the sides with Tim's Dot Fade, Stripes and Lattice Work Stencils using Brushed Pewter Distress Paint -  the paint, being more liquid than ink, ran a bit behind the stencils but I like the look it gives!
Then I went to work adding stampings and metal to the sides.  Here's how the decorated panels look before putting the two pieces of the box together.
Here is a close up of the top of the box.  My son was in the Army for about 8 years right out of High School.  He had hoped to make the military his career -  but he was shot (by a civilian in a robbery) while he was stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC - and had to be discharged on disability.  He was left blind in one eye, with a bullet lodged in his neck near his spine, suffering from nerve headaches and a good dose of PTS, but otherwise in good pretty good shape considering - and thankful to be alive. This all happened over 14 years ago.  He now works in a motorcycle shop and riding is his passion - so heavy metal is a good theme for him!  I chose the LUCKY Heart Charm for the top of his box -  as he was blessed to have survived when he was shot - he also has a tattoo of the word on his arm and it's his biker name amongst his friends.  I painted the Clock Key and Time Piece with the Brushed Pewter Distress Paint and used a wire pin to attach the Heart Charm.
 On the front panel I adhered  Mirrored Stars along with a sentiment and frame from Saying Stuff from Stampers Anonymous which I Black Sparkle embossed on Brushed Silver card stock.
I painted a Word Band with the same Distress Paint, wove a piece of Tinsel Twine through it and adhered it to the box with Glue N Seal.  I embossed this sentiment (Keep Cool and Bike On) from Jillian Vance Designs on silver, punched it out and adhered it with a foam dot.
More Tinsel Twine knotted through a Philosophy Tag painted with the Distress Pewter.  This sentiment is from Classics #16 Stampers Anonymous.  Again - embossed with Black Sparkle on silver card stock - I hand cut around the sentiment and adhered it with foam dots.
Another sentiment from Live to Ride set by Jillian Vance Designs - and two Sprocket Gears painted with the Distress Paint.
I'm happy to say he liked his Birthday Gift Box (along with a check and 4 Reeses Peanut Butter cups inside)!
I'm also linking this to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #5 - Ribbon, Twine and Fiber -  I used Fiber!

Stamps:  Live to Ride - ajillianvancedesigns, Saying Stuff and Classics #16 - Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  Little Sizzles Black Mat Board - Sizzix, Brushed Silver - SU
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Black Sparkle Embossing Powder - Ranger, Ranger Distress Paint - Brushed Pewter, foam dots, Glue N Seal - Ranger, ScorTape, Idea-ology Time Pieces, Clock Keys, Word Bands, Tinsel Twine, Sprocket Gears, Philosohy Tags, Wire Pins, Heart Charms, Mirrored Stars, Die - Block/Cube/Bank 3D - Sizzix, Tim Holtz Stencils - Stripes, Latticwork, Dot Fade.

Friday, August 22, 2014


I've got Halloween on my mind - after purchasing Tim Holtz new Halftone Halloween stamp set!  And I wanted to play along with Eileen Hull's August Art With Heart challenge - Anything Goes.
 Since Eileen is the very talented designer of the wonderful Cube Boxes from Sizzix -  I decided to combine my new stamps and her Block/Cube/Bank Die for my project.  This box is a 3" cube.  I cut it out of Little Sizzles Black Mat Board from Sizzix.
There are two stamps for each image with Tim's  Half Tone stamp sets . There's a background stamp made up of small dots and an outline stamp.  For example the dots piece is in blue on the skull and the outline is in black.  For the cats, the dots are the eyes.  I stamped them all on Tim Holtz Specialty Paper and hand cut them out.
 For each panel I cut a piece of Coredinations  Kraft Core Paper and sanded each piece so the kraft core showed through.  Then I stamped each panel with various Tim Holtz stamps to complement the Halloween image.  I used stamps from The Chemist, Classics #16 and Bird Feathers.
For the top piece on my box,  I stamped the witch and moon from the Halftone Halloween set on a panel I die cut with Tim's Arch Frame.  It is wider than the box So I cut away below the image, folded the small end and slipped it through a slice I made in the Kraft Core panel I was attaching to the top of the box.
 Here's the smaller piece of the arch adhered to one side of the Kraft core panel
 And here it is - all done and standing up sweet as you please!
 Here are each of the completed sides.
I used some Remnant Rubs/Apothecary that have a sheet of black rubs and a sheet of white rubs - the skull and text worked perfectly on the back of my arch - where I  layered a black arch cut to fit.  I also added the fun Idea-ology Wish Bone that I've been dieing to use on something! 
I stamped the Halloween images with Archival Inks - Jet Black, Dandelion, Orange Blossom, Carnation Red and Cornflower Blue.
 I added an Idea-ology Corked Vial to the front - having dripped some Rusty Hinge Distress Reinker inside it.  I tied black TH Jute String around the neck and added the perfect Apothecary Remnant Rub to the side!   I adhered the bottle to the arch with ScorTape and added a glue dot to the bottom to hold it to the cover. I sponged the edge of the arch with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
 More remnant rubs on the cover and a Ring Fastener attached to hold the Swivel Clasp.  I died a piece of Crinkle Ribbon by dragging it through Rusty Hinge and Stormy Sky Distress Reinkers spritzed with water, then crinkled and dried with a heat tool.
The swivel clasp makes it quite easy to open the box so the receiver can take a peek at whatever creepy things are tucked inside! 
 I tucked a piece of Trimmings/Natural Black Cream behind the skeleton.
I really love working with Eileen's fun boxes.  She has just come out with a new line of boxes called Vintage Kitchen -  and we can win one by participating in her Art with Heart challenge this month! 

I'm also linking my project to:
Inspiration Journal challenge -  Everything Goes
Frilly and Funkie Challenge - Hip to be Square

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Art with Heart Challenge - Star Student!

I finally finished my project for Eileen Hull's Art with Heart July Challenge -  Red, White and Beautiful.  
I had the box  (Sizzix Blocks/Cubes 3D) and panels all made and put together but just couldn't decide how I wanted to decorate it. But now the deadline is one day away so I put the creative engine in full gear!  And here is my interpretation of Red, White and Beautiful!
I used a Clock Key for the top and tied some wrinkled seam tape around it in a bow and let the tails dangle down.
The 3D Star die is from Savvy Dies and the gem stars are from JoAnns.  I used 2 thick foam dots layered together in the center of the star to adhere it to the sides of the block.
Given that fall and getting back to school are just around the corner (although I do NOT want to wish the summer away!!)   I'll save this to give to "a star student'  in the fall. The top of the box opens so a little treat can be placed inside.   The stamp and stitched banner are from Lil' Inker Designs.
For the panels - I stenciled a big strip of white card stock using Wendy Vecchi's Translucent Embossing Paste and Tim Holtz Layering Stripes Stencil.  Then I inked the panel with both Salty Ocean and Festive Berries Distress Inks.  To finish it off - I stenciled Graduated Stars from MFT in Archival Black ink.  Then I cut the panel into 2" squares and adhered them to the cube.  You can see it most clearly on the bottom side here.
So I guess I'm finishing this project just in time to find out what the August Art with Heart Challenge will be!

Stamps:  2 Cute Ink - Bunny Star - Lil' Inker Designs
Paper:  White Little Sizzles Mat Board, White - PTI, DP October Afternoon Farm House and Sidewalks.
Ink:  Ranger Distress Salty Ocean and Festive Berries, Memento Tuxedo Black, Archival Black.
Accessories:  Stripes Stencil - Tim Holtz, Graduated Stars Stencil - MFT, Wrinkled Seam Tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, Wendy Vecchi Translucent Embossing Paste, sticky stars - Joanns, 3d Star Die - Savvy Dies, Stitched Sentiment Flag Die - Lil' Inker Designs, thick foam dots, Idea-ology Clock Keys, Sizzix Block/Cube 3D.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Guest Tutorial Author on Splitcoast Stampers!

I'm excited to say that I have a guest tutorial over on Split Coast today - I'd love if you would check it out here:

I'm showing how I made my sweet little Ellie on her circus wagon
I also posted it on my blog a while ago here.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

CC3C Challenge #4 - Layering Stencil Texture Paste

I'm playing along with the Compendium of Curiosities Vol 3 challenges.  Challenge #4 is to use the Layering Stencil Texture Paste technique that Tim teaches us on Page 49 of CC Vol 3.  We cannot describe the technique - as they want you to purchase your own copy of Tim's book - but here is my project using the technique - and I can describe how I put it together!
I made an ATB (Artist Trading Box) using Eileen Hull's Blocks/Cube die from Sizzix. There are 3 sizes on the die.  This is the largest one measuring 2 1/2" square. I was going to be making tags for all of these challenges - but I'm really having fun with these wonderful ATB's so decided to use this technique on a block!
I used the Layering Stencil Texture Paste technique on the panels that I adhered to each side of the box.  Here is the panel before I cut it since you can't see it too well with all the findings I decorated my box with!
Here are the 2 die cut pieces that make up the box.  I cut them out of white Little Sizzles Matboard and sponged all the edges and folds with Crushed Corduroy Distress Ink
I adhered the cut stenciled panels to all of the sides and then started adding my findings.  You want to be sure you have placed things the right way up when you go to put your cube together!
All of the 4th of July images on the panels are cut from Tim Holtz Paper Stash 8X8" Seasonal.  I sponged the edges and curled the corners of the images before layering them on the panels.  I added a Chit Chat Sticker to each as well as a Mini Gear that I inked with Carnation Red Archival ink.
Here's the front.
the side
the back
and the other side - I put a piece of Film Strip Ribbon with the Chit Chat Sticker on this side.
Here's the bottom
and the top!  I added some Remnent Rubs Botanical and Life Quotes here. 
I screwed a Clock Key in the center of the top of the box, died some Crinkle Ribbon with Worn Lipstick and Salty Ocean Distress Stain and water, dried it and looped it through the holes on the key.  I added a Mini Numeral 4 to the Clock Key with a thick glue dot as well as the Paper Rosette that I cut out of Ranger Distress Core-dinations paper.
Here you can see how I just hung the tails of the ribbon over the side of the box.
CC3C is sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique this time and a $25 gift certificate will be awarded to one lucky randomly chosen winner! There's also a prize package from Tim and Mario awarded!
 I'm also linking my 4th of July box to Eileen Hull's Art with Heart June Challenge - Summer Celebrations.
Thanks so much for stopping by -  I really appreciate any comments that you leave for me!

Paper:  Little Sizzles white Matboard - Sizzix, Ranger Distress Core-dinations, Paper Stash 8x8" Seasonal.
Ink:  Ranger Distress Brushed Corduroy, Archival Carnation Red.
Accessories:  Idea-ology - Clock Keys, Chit Chat Stickers, Film Strip Ribbon, Mini Gears, Remnent Rubs Botanicals and Life Quotes, Mini Numerals, Crinkle Ribbon; thick glue dot, Glue N Seal, ScorTape, Water Mister, White Embossing Paste - Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi, Stencils: Stargaze- My Favorite Things, Cargo and Dot Fade Tim Holtz, Paper Rosette die Alterations, Blocks/Cube Die - Sizzix Eileen Hull.