Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WMS August Release Day Blog Hop

Hi there!

Today is release day! The eight new stamp sets and coordinating dies that we have been sharing for the past few days are available for purchase in the Waltzingmouse Stamps store.

If you'd like to catch up on what I've created, check out my posts from Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

You should have arrived here from sweet Laurie Schmidlin's blog. The waltz starts over on Claire's blog, so be sure to head there if you're just popping in.

As usual, Blog Waltz prizes are up for grabs! One winner will be randomly chosen from the comments left on one of the Design Team blogs, so let us know what you think of the new release! You have until 11:59 PM EST on August 29th to leave your comments. The winner will be announced on the WMS Blog on the 30th.

Today's first card just might be my favorite of the release. I really have enjoyed using the Boo and Friends stamp set - the images are perfect for a non-colorer like me to color, and they are just fun! I know my nieces and nephews will get a kick out of these for Halloween.


The witch ghost was stamped and colored with Copics, then cut out and adhered right to my card front with dimensional foam tape. I added some stars, the speech bubble sentiment, and some glitter for good measure.

My second card is a little different - I debated sharing it, but here it is!


I used one of the accompanying circle images from the Great Big Owl stamp set to stamp a design, then combined it with one of the large words from Hello Happy Thanks. Not quite how it looked in my mind's eye, but you'll have that sometimes (for me, usually!).

I hope you have enjoyed the countdown for this month's release. The products are now available for sale in the Waltzingmouse Stamps store.

Jeanne Jachna will be your next stop along the hop, don't forget to comment for your chance to win! Take care!


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Recipe
Boo Card
STAMPS: Boo and Friends (available August 27th) - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Oatmeal - Wplus9
INK: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink - Tsukineko
OTHER: Copic Markers; Diamond Stickles - Ranger

Thanks Card
STAMPS: Great Big Owl, Hello Happy Thanks (available August 27th) - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Oatmeal - Wplus9; Going Gray, Almost Amethyst - SU!
INK: Pink Pirouette, Blush Blossom, Barely Banana, Pistachio Pudding, Soft Sky, Almost Amethyst - SU!; Slate - Amuse

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Waltzingmouse Stamps August Release, Day 3

Hi there!

Today I am back with Day 3 of the countdown for the August Release at Waltzingmouse Stamps.

The WMS Design Team has been sharing previews of eight new stamp set and coordinating dies that will be available for purchase tomorrow!

Today we have three more sets to share. I have to be honest - today is the day that I am most excited about. Hello fall stamps!

Previewing today: Boo and Friends, the coordinating Peek a Boo Sentiments, and Great Big Owl.


The Boo and Friends stamp set is an adorably cute Halloween set. The set features Boo (a ghost) with three of her costumed friends. The coordinating Peek a Boo Sentiments provides the coordinating punny lines to go with it. A great stamp set if you're the coloring type!

For my card, I stamped the bat onto gray cardstock and trimmed him out - coordinating dies will be available for all the images in the set!


Next up, the Great Big Owl set. Mr. Owl is a stern fellow, he's not your cutesy big twinkly-eyed type (and I love him)!

Playing around with this set, I was so reminded of the vintage Halloween decorations with the bold colors and slightly 'off' printing. I overlapped both the outline and solid images to achieve the look of this card. The set features a handful of sentiments that fit right there in Mr. Owl's belly, but as you can see, they are great on their own as well. Lots of other little coordinating elements in this set, per Claire's typical style that I am looking forward to combining. Dies will be available for this set, too!

So what do you think? Cutesy Halloween, or spooky Halloween?? Tomorrow we'll be back with our final release day hop - and the sets will be available for purchase - but until then be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team links for today. Enjoy!

Anya Schrier - you are here!

So glad you stopped by! Have a great day!


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Recipe
Fangtastic Halloween Card
STAMPS: Boo and Friends, Peek a Boo Sentiments (available August 27th) - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Kraft, Black, Soft Stone - PTI; Basic Gray - SU!
PATTERNED PAPER: Story Teller - Crate Paper
INK: Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko
OTHER: Chevron Embossing Folder - Sizzix; Corner Rounder; Twine

Boo to You Card
STAMPS: Great Big Owl (available August 27th) - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Oatmeal - Wplus9; Early Espresso - SU!
INK: Early Espresso, Dusty Durango, More Mustard - SU!; Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger

Monday, August 25, 2014

Waltzingmouse Stamps August Release, Day 2

Hi there!

Today I am back with Day 2 of the countdown for the August Release at Waltzingmouse Stamps.

For the next three days we will be sharing previews of eight new stamp set and coordinating dies that will be available for purchase on August 27th.

Today we have three sets to share. Continuing the baby theme, we have Little Darlings and Little Darlings Sentiments. Also starting the holiday prep with 'Tis the Season.

Little Darlings and Little Darlings Sentiments are an image and sentiment set combo with more lovely Victorian styling. I find recently I am really leaning toward some simpler, cleaner designs, so here's my take on a CAS design with some vintage twist.

Featuring the fabulous pram from Little Darlings:


I stamped and trimmed out the little buggy, layering it on the largest Stitched Tag Die as well as the new Picot Panel. A little row of pink bows completes the design.

A sampling of the elegant phrases from Little Darlings Sentiments:


I combined two phrases for my card - you will love the options in this set!

And finally, a card using 'Tis the Season.


This set features a handful of large scale holiday phrases that will take front and center on your cards. For my card I paired it with the Musical Backgrounds and Festive Foliage sets for a little extra holiday leaning.

So that is it for me today. I hope you like what you've seen so far. I'll be back with more tomorrow, but until then be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team links for today. We will be sharing previews through Wednesday when the sets will be available for purchase. Enjoy!

Anya Schrier - you are here!

So glad you stopped by! Have a great day!


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Recipe
Special Delivery Card
STAMPS: Little Darlings (available August 27th) - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Soft Stone - PTI; White, Ballet Slippers - Wplus9
INK: Going Gray, Pink Pirouette - SU!; Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko
OTHER: Stitched Tag Die, Picot Panel Die (available August 27th) - Waltzingmouse Stamps

Bundle of Sweetness Card
STAMPS: Little Darlings Sentiments (available August 27th) - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Oatmeal - Wplus9; Groovy Guava, Perfect Plum - SU!; Lemon Tart - PTI
INK: Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko
OTHER: Baby's Breath Embossing Folder - ProvoCraft; Shine Bright Sequin Mix - Verve Stamps

Very Merry Christmas Card
STAMPS: 'Tis the Season (available August 27th), Musical Backgrounds, Festive Foliage - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke - SU!; Vintage Cream - PTI
INK: Soft Suede, Always Artichoke - SU!; Cranberry Crush - Wplus9; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Pinecones Die Set; Diamond Stickles - Ranger

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Waltzingmouse Stamps August Release, Day 1

Good Morning!

Today I am happy to bring you Day 1 of the countdown for the August Release at Waltzingmouse Stamps.

For the next three days we will be sharing previews of eight new stamp set and coordinating dies that will be available for purchase on August 27th.

Today we are focusing on the Vintage Baby Shower and Hello Happy Thanks stamp sets.

First up, Vintage Baby Shower.


As the name implies, this set is full of vintage baby shower images and elegant sentiments. I stamped the parasol image in the background and layered a sentiment on top. I accented the panel with a pair of the baby booties image. I love that the color combo on this card is feminine, yet it doesn't scream pink.

My second card today highlights the Hello Happy Thanks set along with the new Picot Panel die.


This set features the large focal words 'Hello', 'Happy' and 'Thanks' along with accompanying phrases. I stamped my sentiment onto the Picot Panel die cut and layered it on to more die cuts of the same. Isn't it so elegant and frilly? This card reminds me of a lovely vintage apron.

So that is it for me today. I hope you like what you've seen so far. I'll be back with more tomorrow, but until then be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team links for today. We will be sharing previews through Wednesday when the sets will be available for purchase. Enjoy!

Anya Schrier - you are here!

So glad you stopped by! Have a great day!


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Recipe
Baby Shower Card
STAMPS: Vintage Baby Shower (available August 27th) - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Oatmeal, Soft Honeydew - Wplus9
INK: Sahara Sand, Pink Pirouette, Raspberry Ripple - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Linen Twine - SU!; Textile Embossing Folder - ProvoCraft

Wanted to Say Hello
STAMPS: Hello Happy Thanks (available August 27th) - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Soft Sky - SU!; Oatmeal - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: The Thrift Shop - October Afternoon
INK: Island Indigo - SU!
OTHER: Picot Panel Die (available August 27th) - Waltzingmouse Stamps

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

August Verve Diva Inspirations Hop

Hello there!

Welcome to Verve's August Diva Inspirations Hop. It's the 5th of the month and that means it's time for the Divas to serve up some fresh inspiration with their Verve stamps! Leave some comment love along the hop spots for a chance to win a prize, then grab some stamps and play along with our August inspiration challenge for another chance to win!

Our August challenge is Sequined Stunner:



Sequins are the perfect embellishment - sparkly, affordable and with lots of texture. Add some sequins to your project this month to make it a sequined stunner! Feel free to use the graphic as inspiration or not.

Who doesn't love to use sequins in their card making?  Verve has a great selection of these little sparklers, and my favorite is by far is the Shine Bright Sequin Mix.   I used them on my card today along with some of the sets from the new release.


I like how the sequins look like little seeds floating from the flowers.  Or bubbles :)  They have such a pretty shimmery sparkle. 

The flowers are from the newly released Happy Place stamp set (and were stamped onto the coordinating die cut from the Happy Doodles Die Set).  I used the Peaceful Medallions set to create the patterned background panel. 

My starting point was this week's Viva la Verve challenge sketch:



Need a little more inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we've got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!
1. Julee7. Sarah
2. Amy8. Sony
3. Anya9. Maureen
4. Betty10. Stacey
5. Karen11. Chaitali
6. Sankari


Anni-VERVE-sary Sale
This month we're celebrating 7 wonderful years of Verve with a storewide sale!

During our Anni-VERVE-sary sale,
all of our in stock stamps, dies, ribbons and sequins are 20% off
(excluding our new releases, which are 10% off).

Thanks for stopping by today, enjoy the rest of the hop!


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Recipe
STAMPS: Happy Place, Peaceful Medallions - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Oatmeal, Cashmere - Wplus9; Groovy Guava - SU!
INK: Blush Blossom, Groovy Guava - SU!; Tuxedo Black Memento - Tsukineko; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Happy Doodles Die Set, Flag It Die Set, Shine Bright Sequin Mix - Verve Stamps; Fancy Fan Embossing Folder - Sizzix; Cantaloupe Twine - The Twinery; Copic markers

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Twinery and Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop

Hi there!


Welcome to the Serendipity Stamps and Twinery blog hop! The festivities kicked off yesterday, and both teams will be sharing projects through tomorrow. Check out the Serendipity Stamps Blog and The Twinery Blog to find out who is posting.

There are also prizes available along the way - be sure to leave comments on the blogs for your chance to win goodies from both companies!

If you're following along the hop, you should have arrived here from Tifany's blog
Here is the list of today's line up:


I wanted to do something a little different than using the twine like I normally do - to tie a cute little button and bow to my card. I thought about one of Serendipity's new background stamps, and thought it would be fun to stitch some color onto the new Dandelion Background. I am partial to this big guy, and I can't wait to try out some other fun techniques using it. So here's my card..


I started by stamping the background onto Kraft cardstock. I used a hole punch to punch the center out of each flower that I wanted to stitch. At first I thought the holes would end up being too big, but they filled in nicely with the twine. Then I just stitched each petal, first using a piercing tool to make for an easier stitch. When I was done, I just used a bit of scotch tape to secure the loose end. I love the happy pop of colors! These solid color twines are especially fun!

The sentiment stamp is the large Hi There.

I won't keep you - don't forget to check the Serendipity Stamps and The Twinery blogs to find out all the details about the goodies along the hop!

Rebecca is your next stop along the hop!

Have a great day!


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Recipe
STAMPS: Dandelion Background, Hi There - Serendipity Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Kraft - PTI; Wild Wasabi - SU!
INK: Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko
OTHER: Strawberry, Marigold, Peapod Solid Twine - The Twinery

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Verve Stamps Release Retrospective Hop

Good morning, and welcome to Verve's July Release Retrospective Blog Hop!

The Verve Divas and guests are hopping today and serving up some more inspiration using the July release stamps & dies! Besides a peek at some really cool cards, there are also a couple of prizes up for grabs!   You should have arrived here from sweet Sarah's blogBetty will be your next stop, and you can always refer to the master list below if you stray a little! :)   

1. Julee10. Jen
2. Stacey11. Sheri {Guest}
3. Maureen12. Laurie
4. Chaitali13. Andrea
5. Marisa14. Amber
6. Teresa15. Christyne
7. Kay {Guest}16. Sarah
8. Janelle 17. Anya
9. Charmaine 18. Betty

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We're giving away a $40 gift voucher to one lucky commenter along the hop, so be sure to leave a shout out in the comments as you hop about.

I really love the new release, and am so excited to get these new sets inky!  I used this week's Viva la Verve Sketch challenge as a starting point for my card.




I used the Moments Remembered stamp set:


(Oh, the joys of trying to photograph something metallic! :)

The fonts and images are just so pretty in this set!  For my main card panel, I stamped the small peacock feather and then heat embossed it in silver.  Then I blended in a combination of distress inks, in what I thought made good peacock feather colors :)  The sentiment was heat embossed in silver, too. 

So pretty!


Want another chance to win? Now it's your turn! We'd LOVE to see what you've done with the July release. Link up your cards using at least one product from our July release and you'll be entered in a drawing to win our entire next release! All the details and the linkup widget are on the Verve Blog today. The deadline is August 23, so there's still plenty of time to get the July release if you haven't already.

Don't miss this weekend only discount offer in honor of Julee's birthday:


Thanks for popping in, I hope you have a great day!


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Recipe
STAMPS: Moments Remembered - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Taken with Teal - SU!; Oatmeal - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: pb&j - Basic Grey
INK: Antique Linen, Crushed Olive, Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass, Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks - Ranger
OTHER: Detail Silver Embossing Powder - Stewart Superior; Doily - Wilton; Rhinestones - Recollections

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Happy Birthday

Hi there! How are things?

I apologize for the lack of regular posts, but I have been staying busy with so many things going on around here. In a few short weeks we are going to start work on two of our larger room redos in the house - removing all the drywall, replacing the insulation, and then rebuilding it all. It is going to be huge, but I am really excited about it. The hard part is going to be finding a place to move all that furniture when the work starts. I don't seem to find those few minutes to squeeze in card making as much as I used to.

Today, though, I do have something I made for this week's Viva la Verve challenge. This week's sketch and inspiration photo were from Maureen Plut.



I switched it up a bit, making my card square, but here's what I came up with.


I used little bits from the Be Blessed, Wonderful Marvelous, and Peaceful Medallions sets. I really love the most recent releases from Verve - they have such great images and sentiments and I love how well everything goes together!

There is still some more time to join in with the sketch challenge fun, I hope you will!

Have a great day!



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Recipe
STAMPS: Be Blessed, Wonderful Marvelous, Peaceful Medallions - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Lake House - Wplus9; Rustic White - PTI
PATTERNED PAPER: Nostalgia - My Mind's Eye
INK: Lake House - Wplus9; Poppy Parade - SU!
OTHER: Banner Bundle Die Set - Verve Stamps; Circle die - Spellbinders; Caribbean Twine - The Twinery; Chevron Embossing Folder - Sizzix; Washi tape

Friday, July 11, 2014

Viva la Verve

Good morning!

Just wanted to let you know that I am hosting this week's sketch challenge on the Viva la Verve challenge blog. I hope you will stop over and check it out - the Divas made some fabulous samples using sets from the new release.

Here is the card that I created..


I hope you'll stop by and see the sketch and hopefully create a little something to play along! There are prizes! :)

And be sure to check out the new Verve release - the sets are just beautiful.


Have a great day!



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Recipe
STAMPS: Button Best - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Sahara Sand - SU!; Ballet Slippers, Oatmeal - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: The Sweetest Thing (Lavender) - My Mind's Eye
INK: Always Artichoke - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Detail White Embossing Powder - Stampendous; Crocheted lace; Sewing machine; Button twine

Saturday, July 5, 2014

July Verve Diva Inspirations Hop

Welcome to Verve's July Diva Inspirations Hop.

It's the 5th of the month and that means it's time for the Divas to serve up some fresh inspiration with their Verve stamps! Leave some comment love along the hop spots for a chance to win a prize, then grab some stamps and play along with our July inspiration challenge for another chance to win!

Our July challenge is Red, White and You:



Red and white are always classic, pair this gorgeous color combo with a color of YOUR choice! Make a statement or keep it muted, it's all up to you! Feel free to use the graphic as inspiration or not, we just want to see you flash a little red, white and "up to you" color on your creation!

Here is the card that I created.  I also pulled a little inspiration from this week's Viva La Verve sketch challenge:
And here is what I created.  I used a yummy peachy coral to go along with red and white.


I used the Wonderful Marvelous set (which is both wonderful and marvelous!) for my card.  I also added some lovelies from the Shine Bright Sequin Mix

Need a little more inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we've got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!
1. Julee8. Sony
2. Amy9. Susan
3. Anya11. Maureen
4. Betty11. Stacey
5. Karen12. Chaitali
6. Sankari13. Amber
7. Sarah 14. Marisa

Thanks for stopping by today, enjoy the rest of the hop!


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Recipe
STAMPS: Wonderful Marvelous - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Poppy Parade - SU!; Melon Berry - PTI; White - Wplus9
INK: Poppy Parade - SU!; Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko
OTHER: Shine Bright Sequin Mix - Verve Stamps; Washi Tape