Saturday, October 25, 2014

Waltzingmouse Oct Release Sneak Peek - Day 1

Hi everyone -  Claire has her Waltzingmouse October Release all set to go on Oct 28th -  but for the next 3 days, prior to the release, members of the Design Team will be sharing Sneak Peeks to wet your appetite!!  Today we are working with a beautiful little set called Flurries - that includes several beautiful snowflakes but also some lovely little trees, a panel of stars, some foliage sprigs and two sentiments.
For my first peek -  I made a New Year's card using the row of trees, strip of stars and one of the sentiments. I also used a new die being released in October -  called Pretty Panels #2
Here's a close up to show you the wonderful crispness of the stampings. I used Archival Inks.  I cut the Pretty Panel die twice - once in white and once in Summer Sunrise - then separated the outside border from each (it pulls right off) and put the Summer Sunrise border on the white panel.  I layered them both to another die cut from white so I could pop it up on foam dots over the linen ribbon.  I inked the ribbon with the New Leaf ink that I used on the trees.
Next I used two of the snowflakes from the set and the other sentiment.  The background panel is from an older WMS set called Nordic Winter.  I popped up the snowflake panel on foam dots over the background and added Rhinestones to the centers of the snowflakes.
Here's a close up of the snowflakes so you can see the wonderful detail on each one!
This is just a lovely wintertime set - perfect for so much more than holiday cards.  Please take a look at the rest of the Design Teams creations linked below - using the Flurries set.   I'll be back tomorrow at 2 pm EST with Day 2 of the Sneak Peeks - hope you can stop by!!

Happy New Year Card
Stamps: Flurries - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf - PTI, DP Christmas Home - Teresa Collins
Ink:  Archival Fern Green and Dandelion
Accessories:  Pretty Panel Die - Waltzingmouse, Linen Ribbon - Idea-ology/Tim Holtz, foam dots.

Snow Flake Card
Stamps:  Flurries and Nordic Winter - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Archival Cornflower Blue
Accessories - Foam dots, rhinestones - Kaiser Craft

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fusion Card Challenge - October 23rd

Happy Thursday my friends!  -  there's a new Fusion Challenge up today!  Just in time for Halloween with this lovely photo for inspiration -  or you can just be inspired by the colors and not the theme -  and what a fun and easy sketch to use for inspiration - chose one or both - and do a FUSION!
Being on the Fusion Design Team - I of course wanted to make a card for the challenge - but I was a little short on time with some other obligations this week - but being short on time should never deter us stampers from making a card - right??!!
The only thing stamped on my card is the 'be Witched' sentiment - the rest of the design is a piece of patterned paper from DCWV The Ghosts and Goblin Matstack!  How easy was that??!!  Then I just added 3 orange rhinestones and stamped a sentiment inside seen below.  Both stamps are from a wonderful Halloween set from Waltzingmouse called Hocus Pocus
My card is 4 1/4" x 4 1/4".  I was inspired by the Halloween theme and colors for my creation.
So if you are short on time - but still want to create - try going CAS! (clean and simple!)  I can't wait to see what you link up over at the Fusion Challenge!

I hope you might take a minute to check out the rest of the Design Team to see how they were inspired this week!

Michelle Folland
Michelle Lupton
Stephanie Severin

Stamps:  Hocus Pocus - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  white, smokey shadow - PTI, DP - DCWV The Ghosts and Goblin Mat Stack.
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  rhinestones - Kaiser Craft.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Vintage Journey - Halloween: to die for!

 With this post - I am over the moon excited to tell you that I was selected to be a Creative Guide for the A Vintage Journey challenges!  I have been participating in their challenges for some time now - and I am SO excited (and nervous) to be working with so many creative vintage designers.  I know I'll learn so much about this genre being on this team.
So today I have my first project to share as a Creative Guide.  I was influenced by Tim's techniques - embossing my bottle, dying my ribbon with Distress Stains - using two of his dies and several Idea-ology pieces as I'll describe below.
Anne is our Host for this fortnight (do you love how I've become British!?! That's every other week for us State side folks!)  
And here is the challenge in her words  "Halloween is one of my favourite times of year, I love when the children come to the door, in their costumes, to 'trick or treat'. You do not have to make anything scary (but it would be fun if you did!) but you must use at least one die on your creation and it must be strongly influenced by Tim Holtz.  It can be a tag, card, canvas or mixed media piece."
  I have lots of photos to show you my creative process.
 I embossed an inexpensive clear glass bottle that I picked up at Michaels using Wendy Vecchi embossing powders in Orange Blossom with a little sprinkle of Watering Can.  I sponged Archival Orange Blossom ink all over the bottle (instead of Versamark) so the powder would stick to the glass. This is a technique I learned from Wendy Vecchi on her blog.
 I die cut the pieces below using Tims Halloween Shadows  die.  I inked the pieces with Watering Can Archival Ink and embossed with Wendy Vecchi Watering Can Embossing powder.  I didn't worry about getting total coverage with the powder - I actually brushed some off of the edges to give a more distressed look.
 Here's a close up of how it looks after embossing - you can see the spaces that were brushed off.
 I inked the cork of the bottle with Archival Orange Blossom ink and just sprinkled a little bit of Watering Can Embossing Powder over it - and it came out like this.
 I slipped the trunk of the die cut tree into a Memo Pin and stuck the pin through the cork - cutting off the point so no one would prick their finger on it if they removed the cork from the bottle!  I had glued one die cut bat and the owl onto the tree and added orange rhinestones for the owls eyes. I colored the Crinkle Ribbon by dabbing Walnut Stain and Spiced Marmalade Distress Stains on my Kraft Mat - spritzing with water and dragging the ribbon through the puddle.
 I did cut the gravestones using Tim's Graveyard die.  I added a skull and crossbones from Remnant Rub/Apothecary and a rhinestone to two of the stones.  I adhered it to the bottle with ScorTape and adhered the die cut Trick or Treat sentiment over the stones with foam dots
 I let the fun die cut row of Halloween Shadows run along the bottom of the bottle.  I adhered it with foam dots placed on the 4 heads in the center of the group.
 Of course, I couldn't leave the back of the bottle undecorated!
 I embossed the Alpha Parts Framed numbers with Orange Blossom just scattering a little bit of powder over the pieces after I inked it with Orange Blossom ink to hold the powder on (you have to be careful melting the powder on the plastic as the plastic can melt!).  I added a couple of Remnant Rubs/Apothecary and Label Letters to spell BOO.
 I hope I've given you a little inspiration with my Halloween - To Die For project today!

As always, our sponsor is Country View Crafts who is offering one winner, chosen by the Creative Guides, a £10 voucher to spend in their on-line shop.  

I hope you'll consider joining in on this Halloween challenge - you will find all the challenge details and the link up over at A Vintage Journey.  (Not to mention some MARVELOUS spookiness from the rest of the Creative Guides!  You MUST check them out!!

Paper:  True Black - Papertrey Ink
Ink:  Archival Orange Blossom and Watering Can.
Accessories:  Idea-ology - Memo Pins, Alpha Parts Framed, Remnant Rubs/Apothecary, Crinkle Ribbon, Label Letters; Ranger Distress Stains - Walnut Stain and Spiced Marmalade; Alterations dies - Halloween Shadows and Graveyard Die; clear bottle - Michaels, Mini Mister - Ranger, foam dots, ScorTape, Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powders Orange Blossom and Watering Can.

Final Post on the eclectic Paperie Blog

We have had a fabulous run as members of the eclectic Paperie Design Team and wish to thank you all for your interest and support over the years. With the eP blog coming to a close at the end of the month, we all wanted to do something special to celebrate the fabulous friendships, tons of inspiration from other team members, from Kim, and from all those who participated in our challenges. Each of the current DT members is taking a day to post some of her favorite makes from her time on the eclectic Paperie team. We hope you enjoy the look back.

Needing more time for her young family, Kim has made the decision to close her brick and mortar shop as well as eclectic Paperie on line -  there are great bargains on the web store (30% off!) so you should go shopping!

I hope you'll take a peek at my post over on the eP blog today.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Waltzingmouse October Pajama Party

If you are looking for my Creations by AR post - please scroll down or click here.

It's the 14th of the month and time for another Waltzingmouse Pajama Party!  whoo hoo!!
 Claire posts the challenges for the party on her blog the 1st of each month - so you have plenty of time to create for the challenges and get them linked up on the 14th!  Here are the challenges for tonights' Pajama Party.

1. Texturize it -   use something OTHER THAN embossing folders to create texture

 I used embossing paste and a Stripes stencil to create texture on the background panel of this Halloween card.  I used stamps from Peek a Boo Sentiments and Boo & Friends (star).  The photo is of my grandnephew Landon peeking through the 'face' of a wooden witch at a local farm.  I thought the embossing paste stripes background echoed the witches hair and broomstick bristles quite nicely!
Here's a close up where you can hopefully see the texture of the black embossing paste better.
 2. Snow is falling - Make a project featuring snow

 I used Frosty in the Pines and Alpine Christmas for my Snow is Falling card.  I added a dot of Crystal Ice Stickles to the center of each of the largest snowflake stampings for a little sparkle.

3. Old Pajamas -  Make a project using any of your older Waltzingmouse Christmas sets

I used stamps from last year's release - Yonder Star - for my Old Pajamas card.  I used the Picot Panel Die for my sentiment panel cutting it in both patterned paper and in green card stock.  I put the green border piece with the patterned paper center.  I stamped the stars on the background panel and added brown sequins.
 Here's what I stamped on the inside from the same set.

4. Bedtime Story Sketch - I didn't get a card made for the sketch this month -  but it's a lovely one!
Links for all of the challenges will remain open for 24 hours
The PJ party winner will be announced at 11.45pm on the 15th Oct.

Here are the Rules
• You don't have to use Waltzingmouse Stamps to play along, but it will make us especially happy if you do!
• You can enter each challenge as many times as you like, using separate cards and separate links, but you cannot enter any one card in more than one challenge!
• Links should take folks directly to the blog post/spot where we can see/comment on your challenge entry.
• Please mention our PJ party and challenge on your blog or gallery post(- you are welcome to grab the PJ logo or sketch graphic and add those to your blog if you like)
  • You do not need to enter every challenge, but the more entries you have the better change of winning the prize!
We will have one overall winner chosen at random from the 4 challenges. The prize winner will receive £30GBP store credit for Waltzingmouse Stamps.

We hope you'll join us at the party!  You've got 24 hours to link up!

Best Witches card
 Stamps:  Peek a Boo Sentiments, Boo & Friends - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, Canyon Clay - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Wendy Vecchi Black Embossing Paste, Stripes Stencil - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous, Large Star die - Boo & Friends Witch, 2 smaller star dies - Boo & Friend Boo Die sets - Waltzingmouse, Curly Label punch - SU, photo, color printer, rhinestones - Kaiser Craft.
Snow Card
Stamps:  Frosty in the Pines, Alpine Christmas - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, Terracotta Tile - Papertrey Ink, Tempting Turquoise - SU
Ink:  Memento Bamboo Shoots, Rhubarb Stalk, Teal Zeal, Bahama Blue, Jet Black
Accessories:  Crystal Ice Stickles.
Holiday Howdy Card
Stamps:  Yonder Star - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  Certainly Celery - SU, Rustic Cream - PTI, DP My Minds Eye/Cowboy
Ink:  Archival Potting Soil
Accessories: Picot Panel  Die set - Waltzingmouse, Glue N Seal - Ranger, Chocolate Sundae Sequins - My Craft Spot. 

Creations by AR Oct Release - Armoire and Fragrance Bottles

Welcome all to Adella's Creations by AR October Release.  The Design Team is celebrating the release with a blog hop - where you will find unlimited inspiration for using these wonderful new templates.  The templates are called Card Armoire and Fragrance Bottle Set.  
The armoire is a wonderful little wardrobe container big enough so that you can use it to store your stash of cards in (or many other things as well!)  There are two fragrance bottles in the 2nd template - one a more masculine style and one feminine.  They open to reveal a little compartment where you can put a gift card or small gift item!
I've got lots of photos to share so you can see all views of these creatively designed new templates.  I decided to go very vintage in my design - and did that by using papers from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paperstash Crowded Attic and Destinations.

Here's the front view of the armoire with the doors closed.
The top piece lifts up (hinged on the back) to release the tops of the doors so you can open the armoire.
The papers I used are double sided - so when you open the armoire all the way up -  you can see the fun vintage images inside
I placed 5 cards with envelopes inside my armoire -  and there is still room for about 5 more!
Here's the view from the back - nice and finished off!
and a close up of the handles -  I used two Hitch Fasteners from Idea-ology - I had just purchased them at Joann's a week or so ago - and they were perfect for my door nobs!
An interesting side note -  this piece of patterned paper I used for the armoire panels and my fragrance bottle is all old vintage adertisements - and they are all from Eastern Massachusetts - where I live -  Salem, Marblehead, Wenham, Boston (thought that was kind of fun!)

Today I just made the masculine style fragrance bottle to go with my masculine armoire. There is a feminine style in the template package as well which I'm sure you will find a sample of on other of the DT's blog posts.
 I used a Word Band from Idea-ology that I first dabbed with Ranger Scattered Straw Distress Paint - heated with my heat tool to dry and then dabbed it with Antiqued Bronze Distress Paint and heated again - it left this wonderful rusted look. I looped a piece of Idea-ology Linen Ribbon through the ends and pulled apart the ends of ribbon - I love how much texture you get when you pull the ends.  I had also inked the ribbon with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Now the sentiment engraved on this Word Band says "life is about creating yourself"  but I just noticed that the 'cr' in creating doesn't show as clearly as the other letters so that makes it a rather odd sentiment!  I think I'll scrape it a little so the cr shows up better before giving this to someone!!
When you lift off the clever little bottle top - the sides of the bottle open to reveal this box inside
The template also includes a piece to slip inside the box that has a slot so you can use it for a gift card.  Or you don't have to put that piece in and you can use the box for a small gift!
I hope I have inspired you with my vintage creations.  
For more inspiration please check out the rest of the Design Teams blogs linked below!
1. Adela: Owner/designer
2. Lyn
3.  Julia Aston: - Me!
4.  Sue Kment
9.  Lori Brown 

As usual, there are prizes to be won and here are the details from Adela:
Two random winners will be chosen from comments left on designers' blogs and on AR FB Page
Winner #1 will receive the Card Armoire
Winner #2 will receive the Fragrance Bottle Set

Leave comments
• On each DT blog
• AR FB:

Comments accepted until Friday, Oct 17, 12:00 noon Eastern
One random winner will be announced Oct 18 at the two locations below:
AR Website:

Paper:  Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Stash - Destinations and Crowded Attic
Accessories:  Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Hitch Fasterners - Idea-ology/Tim Holtz, Template from Creations by AR, Silhouette Cameo

Cologne Bottle
Paper:  Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Stash - Crowded Attic
Ink:  Ranger Distress Vintage Photo
Accessories:  Ranger Distress Paint - Scattered Straw and Antiqued Bronze, Word Bands and Linen Ribbon - Idea-ology/Tim Holtz, Template - Creations by AR, Silhouette Cameo, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Simply Christmas - WMS Team Talk Post

I'm posting over at the Waltzingmouse Team Talk Blog today -  a quick and easy Christmas card -  I'd love if you'd take a peak!
Waltzingmouse Stamps used:
Frosty in the Pines
Alpine Christmas

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