Showing posts with label Keep It Simple. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Keep It Simple. Show all posts

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Waltzingmouse September Release Day - DT Blog Hop

Welcome to the Waltzingmouse September Release Day!  Today Claire has all three of the new sets - Little Deer, Frosty in the Pines and Warm Fuzzies as well as the beautiful snow flake dies in the WMS shop!

You should start the hop at Laurie Schmidlin's Blog -  if you came here from  Lynn Mercurio's blog - you are in the right place!   You can also check Claire's WMS blog for the complete list.

For my final September Release Day projects,  I made 3 Christmas Tags using two of the new sets and the snowflake dies.  I love to put special tags on special gifts at Christmas and these are simple one layer tags - that are quick and easy to put together.  I used the Stitched Tag Dies for each of them.

This one uses stamps from Little Deer
Look at the lovely details on this sweet bird house - all decked out for the Christmas with holly!  I added Tiny Twinkles for berries and scattered some white/clear sequins around and looped three colors of twine through the hole at the top.
I made this pretty tag in blue and cream using stamps from Frosty in the Pines - the cute little houses, the largest of the trees and the pretty snowflakes
I scattered some white/clear sequins around this tag as well.  And looped two colors of twine through the hole at the top.
And for my third tag - I used Snowflake #1 and Snowflake #2 - cutting them out of a super sparkly Glitter Cardstock from Michaels in two shades of pink.
Because this Glitter Card Stock is thicker because of the glitter  -  all the detail pieces didn't die cut all the way through - but the outside edges did  - and you can see the lovely lines of the design
I'm linking my snowflake tag to the Keep It Simple Challenge -  No stamps

I stamped to: and from: on the back of each tag using stamps from a previously released set called Tag Collection 1.

I'm the last one on the hop - so you've made it through all the inspiration!  Now off you go to order up your favorite sets over at the WMS shop!  You can also win some WMS goodies -  check out all the details at Claire's WMS blog.

Seasons Tweetings Tag
Stamps:  Little Deer, Tag Collection 1 (on the back) - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  Rustic Cream, Pure Poppy- PTI
Ink:  Archival Watering Can, Jet Black, Tree Branch,  Ranger Distress Bundled Sage and Pumice Stone.
Accessories:  Stitched Tag Die - Waltzingmouse, Winter Blend Sequins - Avery Elle, Maraschino, Peapod and Cappuccino Twine - The Twinery, Copic: G28, Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions, Glossy Accents, Glue Pen.

Believe Tag
Stamps:  Frosty in the Pines, Tag Collection 1 (on the back) - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  Rustic Cream, Enchanted Evening - PTI
Ink:  Archival Watering Can, Jet Black and Cornflower Blue,  Ranger Distress Stormy Sky.
Accessories: Stitched Tag Die - Waltzingmouse, Winter Blend Sequins - Avery Elle, Ocean Twine - the Twinery, Black/Kraft Twine - from my stash.

Pink Snowflake Tag:
Paper:  Glitter Paper - Michaels, Rustic Cream - PTI
Accessories:  Stitched Tag Dies, Snowflake #1 and Snowflake #2 dies - Waltzingmouse, wrinkled seam tape and glitter cord - The Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, foam dots, Sugar Blend Sequins - Avery Elle. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Purple Watercolor Sympathy

I had such a busy week last week -  I spent Wed and Thurs at my nieces' house babysitting for my grandnephew and grandniece, Landon 3 1/2 yrs and Mila 1 3/4 yrs.  Mum and Dad drove to Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD to celebrate their 5th year anniversary - so I volunteered to help for 2 of the 4 days they were away.  I had a marvelous time but was dead exhausted and I took Friday off from work as well to recuperate!  I also missed out on several days of stamping! 
So here I am -  catching up with a card for three challenges.
I watercolored my background by coloring over an acrylic block with 3 shades of purple Ranger Distress Markers - spritzed the block with water - then pressed it against a die cut panel of watercolor cardstock.  After drying it with my heat gun,  I used the darkest Distress Marker to color the leaf stem stamp - spritzed it with water and stamped it on the panel over the watercolored background.  I dried it again with my heat gun and then stamped the sentiment along the bottom.  I used a stitched mat rectangle die from Lil' Inker Designs to cut the panel and layered it to a white cardstock base.  The stamps are from the Casual Comfort Set by Cas-ual Fridays Stamps - I won the set with my card submitted to last months Cas-ual Friday's challenge!
I'm entering this into the following challenges:
The Card Concept 9 -  Monochromatic Purple - I used clean and simple style
Keep It Simple - Watercolor
 Virginia's View Challenge #3 -  Use something stitched (or faux) on your card (the stitched mat die)

and here are a few pictures of my little darlings
drawing in the dirt with a stick
in the playhouse in the backyard
Having a snack after a busy day outside

Playing with their flashlights in the blanket and kitchen chair tent!
Just look at this face!

Stamps: Casual Comfort - Casual Fridays Stamps
Paper:  White - PTI,  Watercolor Cardstock - Ranger
Ink:  Ranger Distress Dusty Concord
Accessories:  Acrylic Block, Mini Mister - Ranger, water, Ranger Distress Markers Dusty Concord, Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar.  Stitched Mat Rectangle Die - Lil' Inker Designs.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Perfect Day for a Happy Birthday

I'm squeezing in a couple more challenge cards that I had time to make this week.  First is a card I used some of my brand new Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi stencils on.  The background is Check Mate and the tree is Layered Tree.  The sentiment is from Sentimental Art by Studio 490 Stampers Anonymous.  I stenciled on a panel of watercolor paper so there is a nice texture on it.  I used Ranger Distress Bundled Sage, Archival Leaf Green and Tree Branch.

I'm linking this card to the Keep It Simple challenge - Stencil
As well as Virginia's View Challenge - Stencil
and the Moxie Fab World Styling with Stencils 

For my second card I used some pretty patterned papers I just got at a friends Stampin' Up Party.   The balloons are dies from WPlus9 Whole Lotta Happy that I added twine balloon strings to!   The sentiment  Verve.
My card design is from Seize the Sketch
and I was also inspired by the Cure for the Monday Blues - the colors and mix of patterns!
Tree card
Stamps:  Stampers Anonymous Studio 490 - Sentimental Art

Paper:  White - PTI, Watercolor paper - Ranger
Ink:  Ranger Distress Bundled Sage, Archival Leaf Green and Tree Branch
Accessories:  Stencils:  Check Mate and Layered Tree - Studio 490 Wency Vecchi

Happy Birthday to You
Stamps:  Verve
Paper:  White, Aqua Mist - PTI, DP - Sweet Sorbet Stampin' Up.
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  foam dots, square Nestability, Stitched Mat Rectangle Dies - Lil' Inker Designs, Caribbean Twine- The Twinery, balloon dies - Whole Lotta Happy - WPlus9.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Waltzingmouse Pajama Party

Tonight I'm attending the Waltzingmouse Pajama Party are you joining in too!??  Claire announced the party on February 18th so if you saw that post you have had time to work on the 1st three challenges - if not - you can still join in but you have to work quickly!  Your cards have to be linked up over on the WMS blog within 24 hours - she will be disclosing the sketch challenge tonight and for that you have more time -  You'll find ALL the details on the WMS blog.

Challenge 1 -  To Die For -   use one of the Waltzingmouse Dies on your project
I used the brandy new Funky Flowers Die for my card.  I also used the Pin Stripe Mini stamp and sentiments from Half Pint Heroines.
I'm linking this card in the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More - International Women's Day

Challenge 2 - St. Patrick's Day Charm -  make a vintage St. Patrick's Day project
I used one of Claire's Digital papers - Celtic Squares for the background panel of my card - I inked the edges with Bundled Sage ink.  I stamped her beautiful Celtic heart from the Celtic Heritage set three times to make a shamrock (I love how the pattern on the heart matches up so well!) and used her linear scrolly design for the stem.  The sentiment is from Irish Blessings.  I added a piece of pretty lacey ribbon on the edge and green sequins in the corner.
Challenge 3 -  What Would Mother Do -  To show something your mother would make on your card.
My mother always had little gardens around the borders of our back and side yards - and our house was filled with little vases and jars of the fragrant and colorful flowers that she grew.  She taught me the names of many flowers - both cultivated and wild - how to recognize the weeds from the plants (!) and instilled in me my love of growing and cutting blooms - which I continue at my own home. (thank you, mum!)

Here's my card - a jar of flowers in memory of my mum, Margaret, who passed in 2002 at the age of 89 after a long and happy life.   I die cut the jar out of vellum using a die from Jar Essentials Die set.  The flowers are from Funky Flowers, the stem from Simple Sprig.  I used the Mini Pinstripe Background and sentiments from Say It Loud. (I used two of the many small sentiments in the set - so they are whispering - not saying it loud!)
Here's a close up of the vellum jar - where you can hopefully see I stamped the jar outline from Candy Jar Christmas Fillers using a gray ink.  I wanted to give the vellum jar a little definition.
And finally -  here is the Bedtime Story Sketch
My eye got a little overloaded with the cross lines on the sketch (!) - so I decided to make one of them just a scoreline - I've come to realize that I don't like things too busy on my cards!  I die cut the waves and layered them on the white panel - stamping  AHOY along the base of the blue wave.  The stamps are all from Ocean Bound.  I popped up the ship circle on foam dots and then just added a scattering of blue sequins.
I used the Ocean Bound cut files Claire has in the WMS shop for the circle I stamped the ship scene on above, and the ships wheel that I put on the inside of my card - seen below.

There are prizes to be won so I hope you'll join us at the Pajama Party!
There was a Girl
Stamps:  Mini Pin Stripe Background, Half Pint Heroines - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, Dark Chocolate - PTI, Asparagas Green - Coredinations
Ink:  Adirondack Espresso
Accessories: Funky Flowers die - Waltzingmouse, white corduroy brad - Nikki Sivils.

Stamps:   Celtic Heritage, Irish Blessings - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White - PTI, Celtic Squares Digital paper - Waltzingmouse
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, Ranger Distress Evergreen Bough, Bundled Sage
Accessories:  Lace - Ellen Hutson, Lucky Blend Sequins - Avery Elle, Glue N Seal - Ranger, ScorTape.

Thinking of You - A Bunch
Stamps:  Candy Jar Christmas Fillers, Min Pin Stripe Background, Simple Sprig, Funky Flowers, Say It Loud - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, Hibiscus Burst - PTI, Vellum - SU
Ink:  Grout Gray - Color Box, Memento Bamboo Leaves, Ranger Distress Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Salty Ocean, Archival Jet Black.
Accessories:  jar die - Jar Essentials Die Set, enamel dots - My Mind's Eye, Vellum Glue Dots

Ahoy Sailor Boy
Stamps:  Ocean Bound - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, Blueberry Sky. Simply Chartreuse - PTI
Ink:  Ranger Distress Salty Ocean
Accessories:  Ocean Bound Cut Files - Waltzingmouse, Catch a Wave Die - MFT, Caribbean Blend Sequins - Avery Elle, Scor Pal, Scor Tape, foam dots.