31 Jan 2010


I am a little busy getting things ready for the next Waltzingmouse Stamps release - previews start tomorrow on Belinda and Laurie's blogs - oh so excited for this release!

So I thought I would offer up another project I made when I was a Dirty Girl for the Dirty Dozen gallery back in September - the theme was Winged Things and I thought this little sweet Pixie Leisel was a shoe-in for cuteness!

I hope you don't mind!

She has a basket full of flowers to keep her busy today, and to remind us that Spring is coming - maybe later than sooner - depending on that silly groundhog.....

I just stamped her onto Gina K Designs Pure Luxury cream cardstock and then chose to colour her using my copics....

The wing (although it is hard to detect) has been stamped separately onto vellum and then a glue dot was rolled up under the very front of the wing so that it would poke up.....

I used the Spellbinders Oval Nestabilties to cut out the image making sure to leave some so I could use the out of the box technique. Love doing that.....

See you tomorrow with TWO posts - one for the Humble Pie Showcase and of course my Little Paper Shop challenge -- woohoo - like I said busy, busy, busy!! 

Stamps: All that Scraps 
Paper: K & Company, Gina K Designs Pure Luxury 
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black, copics  
Accessories: Spellbinders oval nestabilities, Martha STewart fern and Hydrangea punch, silk ribbon from Stamp Simply store, PTI button, twine,  

29 Jan 2010

Humble Pie Challenge Day!

Good morning! It's time for another Humble Pie Stamps challenge! If you remember I mentioned last week that I was asked to be the Humble Pie Stamps guest designer for a month - so exciting and boy they wonderfully cute stamps!!

Humble Pie Stamps are sold exclusively at the Town Scrapper, so contact Phebe - all that information is at the end of this post!

This week's challenge is all about flowers! - five or more to be exact - okay exact not the right word for five or more - but you get my meaning right?

Just use five or more flowers on your creation, post a picture of it onto your blog and leave your link on the Humble Pie Stamps blog!!


I decided to ink up this little cutie who is looking so sad! I used designer paper from Basic Grey Origins in the 6 x 6  paper pack and a LOT of Prima flowers!! 

I cut out the sentiment with my circle nestabilities and added a bit of bling - LOVE bling! Those items, along with this cute stamp are all available at the Town Scrapper!! 

You can see that I added some Diamond Glaze to the umbrella and the boots - I LOVe shiny boots!

Thanks for coming around and taking a peek today!! Why don't you take a look at the Humble Pie design team's creations and see the awesomeness yourself!! These are the girls playing this week:


Stamps: Humble Pie Stamps
Paper: Basic Grey Origins, PTI white,
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, copics
Accessories: Prima Flowers Hero Arts bling, Stamping Bella baubles, Judikins Diamond Glaze, Spellbinders circle nestabilties, my funky sewing machine

28 Jan 2010

Love Blooms....

I don't know about you but I am so ready for Spring and this image reminds me of a time long long ago, when the weather was warm and the sun shone every day......

This little card was for a featured stamper challenge at the beginning of this month on Splitcoaststampers.

Rachel Hope from Hope Stamps Eternal had stamped it for me when I was on her Design Team and I never got around to using it until the challenge.

It is a Stampavie stamp and what a cutie it is!

I used my favorite October Afternoon paper - just absolutely luvin' this paper lately! and the sentiment, cardstock, and ribbon is from Papertrey Ink!

Thanks for coming around today!

26 Jan 2010

It's a Birthday Hop!

Good Tuesday morning the 26th of January! 

It is a fun day today because it is the boss lady's birthday, and since she won't fly us all to Ireland to help her celebrate, the Waltzingmouse Stamps Design Team are bring our designs to her and having a surprise birthday hop!! 

Happy Birthday Claire!

If you want to start at the beginning of our Happy Birthday hop, then you will want to go to Anya's blog. If you just came here from Belinda's blog then you are on the right track! 

I decided to use my Sewing Box - Hugs and Earth Angel stamp sets from Waltzingmouse Stamps since these are some of the first sets I received and both are terribly under-used! 

Using Memento Rich Cocoa (for copic colouring capabilities!), I stamped the flowers from Sewing Box - Hugs, three times each, twice on Rustic Cream cardstock and once on My Mind's Eye Beloved designer paper (can you say yummy??!!). I stamped only the packaging sheet that comes with the MME package because I loved the smaller images.

I used my grey copic marker to go around each "sewing" layer to make a shadow and then layered them up with glue and pop dots.

The leaves were done the very same way. 

I sanded the edges of the strips of the Beloved designer paper so that it would look like another layer - love doing that! and then I adhered it onto the Rustic Cream card base.

The sentiment is from Earth Angel, stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa - and I love this sweet little font - I am totally into fonts right now - analyzing, brainstorming different uses, all sorts of freaky font-y ideas!

The flower centers have seed beads added to them - easy to do - just pop a clear glue dot onto the center of the flower and go cross-eyed placing seed beads on the glue dot! lol!

The flowers and leaves were then layered and popped up beside the sentiment.

I hope you like it Claire!! and have a Happy Happy Birthday!!                                             

Your next stop in the Birthday Hop is over to Jennifer's blog! I know she has something sensational up her sleeve!!

Stamps: Sewing Box - Hugs, Earth Angel (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Paper: Rustic Cream (Papertrey Ink); Beloved - the packaging sheet (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento), copics

Accessories: seed beads, pop up tape (Taylored Expressions), sanding block

25 Jan 2010

Little Paper Shop Monday!

ETA: Just a reminder that there is 15% off everything (even new releases!) at Little Paper Shop until February 1st - just use the code WINTER at check out to receive your discount woohoo!!

Well, good Monday morning to you! and since it is Monday it must be Little Paper Shop challenge time!

This weeks challenge is a colour challenge! Woo hoo! These are your colours for this week, and if you participate, your prize could be Puppy Love! a sweet little Valentine stamp set! See all the details here on the Little Paper Shop blog.

I can now attest to the fact that cleaning and organizing is rewarding!! I always pick up something here and there on sale specifically to use for my props or filling with candies or stuff like that. It all gets shoved into my stamp room closet. I finally cleaned my closet up and found these cool mugs that I got last March on sale from Hallmark!

So I thought, maybe I will give it to my honey on Valentine's Day - a set of four Valentine's mugs - I am sure I will appreciate them more than he, since they are always chipping or cracking them when they get taken out to the tractor or the truck.......this one says "my guy"- love it!!

I coloured and paper pieced little {Katie Cupcake!} I stamped and cut out her head and her arms and her dress and her legs all separately and then popped them all back on in great style- she looked kind of funky scattered on the stamp table! lol! 

The sentiment is from our just released set, {In Love}, and I added a bit of a border beneath the sentiment to balance out the tag!

I hope you can play this week - If you do please use the keyword LPSC52 - take a peek at the other girls blogs too so you can see their delicious designs!!

23 Jan 2010

In the Beginning.....

Just a short post this morning to show you a little project that I did for the June 2009 Dirty Dozen gallery.

The theme was "In the Beginning" and I put together these little favours!  I found the template here at Quietfire Designs and it was quite simple - a lot of cutting but so worth it!

They are a teeny pair of shoes complete with a little buckle on the side that does up (with the help of glue dots!) perfect for filling with chocolate for those gals, like me, that love to snack away at a shower!

Paper: Scenic Route
Ink: Tombow marker for faux stitching
Accessories: Prima flower, kaisercraft pearls, Martha Stewart punch

22 Jan 2010

Humble Pie Challenge Day!

ETA: I forgot to mention that if you enter the hearts challenge this week on the Humble Pie Blog you could win this stamp that I have used today called "Maggie in Love"!! Isn't she a sweetie??!! (The challenge isn't up quite yet-I was so excited that I kind of jumped the gun in posting heehee!! It should be up by 10:00 am Eastern.)

 Good Friday morning! I LOVE Fridays!! and particularly today as I get to tell you my little secret!

I have been asked by Humble Pie Stamps to be their guest designer for the next month! Humble Pie Stamps are sold exclusively at the Town Scrapper, so contact Phebe - all that information is at the end of this post!

Right now everything in Phebe's store is Buy 1, get the 2nd item (equal value or less) for 50% off until February 14!! How can you pass that up??!! 

Phebe is working hard to get her on-line store up and running but until then she always accepts orders over the phone and she has a ton of stuff, including the following line of stamps: Magnolia, My Favourite Things, Motivet, Humble Pie, High Hopes, Scrapmagasinet, Hanna Stamps, Whiff of Joy, CC Designs, The Greeting Farm, Kraftin' Kimmie, and Wags 'n Whiskers! I KNOW!! 

I was in at the Town Scrapper the other day (oh yes, you're jealous!) and I couldn't believe all the different lines of stamps she now carries!! I'm so excited to be working with Phebe and her team this month! 

So our challenge at Humble Pie stamps this week is to use the colours Red, White and Pink AND your card needs to feature hearts!

My card uses the brand new Humble Pie "Maggie in Love" stamp and I've used Little Yellow Bicycle papers to paper piece her little jacket and the heart.
I also used some Diamond Glaze on her boots (although you can't tell dang it) so that they were shiny!

I coloured this image with my copics, choosing to colour the little girls in the reds and the little boy in the grays - I mean isn't it really all about the girls??! LOL!

Check out all the information about this challenge at Humble Pie Stamps where you can see the links for the rest of the design team AND their fabulous creations!!

Don't forget, this stamp is only sold at the Town Scrapper so contact Phebe at or by phone at 519-882-0623.

Stamps: Humble Pie Sweethearts
Paper: Bazzill red, PTI white, Stamping UP gray, Little Yellow Bicycle
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, copics
Accessories: button, twine, ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Judikins Diamond Glaze, EK Success heart punch

21 Jan 2010

Happy Anniversary!

Good morning! What a great day this is going to be! 

On Thursday's I look after my grandchildren and today I get to take them to story hour at the local library where their mother- my daughter - is the librarian - so that should prove to be interesting - putting Grandma to the test! LOL!

I have a blingy card for you today especially for the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger that is going on right now! The trigger this week is called "I Feel Pretty in Turquoise and Gold"

Here is the "Tuesday Trigger"......

and here is my card...... I made it a bit more Victorian than the mod deco - but I like it!

I used Flourishes gold leaf cardstock and ran the top part through the Cuttlebug Textile Texture embossing folder and the bottom part through the Cuttlebug dotted border folder.

I rubbed Fresh Snow ink over the embossed gold cardstock and along the edges.

The white cardstock border is made from the EK Success fleur de lis border punch and is glued onto the gold cardstock and topped it with some aqua ribbon.

My sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps set Say it with Style and I stamped it with Versamark and embossed it with gold embossing powder.

I surround the sentiment with some Zva Creative bling and adorned it with a couple of Martha Stewart punched butterflies.

Off to story hour! - Wish me luck lol!

19 Jan 2010

be my sweetie-pie!

I forgot to post this little cutie!

Splitcoaststampers had a challenge a couple of weeks ago called Paper Quilting and it involved using your paper for quilting!

I actually used strips of scraps off my desk and glued them all together to make a 4 x 6 piece of paper.  Then I ran it through my Sizzix bunny die to cut out the little bunny.

The sentiment and heart is from the Waltzingmouse stamp set Sweethearts. The sentiment is stamped onto a Nestabilties tag and attached with a button and twine.

The heart was cut out with my Fiskars scalloped heart punch - a great match!

And are you getting sick of Martha Stewart's edge heart punch yet? I'm not - I LOVE it! You can see some faux stitching on the heart "shelf" - that is a stamp from Waltzingmouse Stamps also - it is from the Off Beat Backgrounds stamp set!!

A little mish mash of papers to make a sweet little baby card or Valentine!

Thank you for popping around!

18 Jan 2010

Little Paper Shop Monday and a Preview!

ETA: I totally forgot to mention that Little Paper Shop also has a coupon code for you.... enter the code WINTER at the checkout to receive 15% off your order!

Good Monday morning to you all!!

Today we have another Little Paper Shop preview and our regular Monday challenge! To see what you can win and for more details for this challenge, please see the Little Paper Shop blog!

The set we are showing today is called {In Love} and it features hearts and beautiful sentiments perfect for Valentine's Day or anyday for that matter!

And Silvia challenged our team to use buttons on our creations!

For my card I cut out four equal squares with my Spellbinders nestabilities, and the letters L-O-V-E with my Cricut Expressions. I also cut out the shadows for the letters and glued them together. I then adhered the letters to the squares which were in turn adhered to the card. whew.....

I stamped the heart image in red ink, cut it out and added it onto the top of the letter "O", and as you can see I glued my button onto the heart!! Cute huh?

On the inside (I have taken to decorating the inside of my cards - I know - wild and crazy isn't it??!) I stamped another one of the fun heart images and the sentiment over top of that!

I hope you have enjoyed our previews! These stamp sets will be available tomorrow at Little Paper Shop - can you just hardly wait??!

Make your rounds to the other girls blogs to see how they did in the challenge. I know they have dreamed up something spectacular!

Stamps: Little Paper Shop {In Love}
Paper:  Papertrey Ink,
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Papertrey Ink
Accessories: Spellbinders Square Nestabilities, Cricut Expressions, button, twine,

17 Jan 2010

Introducing Lily and Lucy!!

We are so excited to be bringing you a new preview from Little Paper Shop and some new additions to our {Little Cuties} sets!!

This stamp set that we are debuting today is called {Lily and Lucy Messages} and is a sweet little LOVE set that can be used for Birthday's or naturally Valentine's Day!

I chose to ink up Lily with her cute little pigtails and stamped the sentiment "Happy", which is a separate stamps, onto the heart she is holding.

When you open the card - the words "Valentine's Day" is stamped - in a written font - onto a heart that I cute out with my Cricut Expressions (love it!)

Make sure you get around to the rest of our fabulous design team blogs to see how they have previewed this {Little Cutie} set!!

Stamps: Little Paper Shop {Lucy and Lily Messages}
Paper: Prism, Papertrey Ink, WE R Memory Keepers
Ink: Memento Black, copics
Accessories: Martha Stewart heart edge punch, EK Success heart punch, cricut, button, twine, EK Success flower punch

15 Jan 2010

Skipping Stones.....start to finish.....

Yeehaw!..... It's Friday!!  I usually don't get too excited about the weekends but tonight my daughter and her husband are taking Ron and I out to dinner to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary so I am dang excited!!

Okay, remember a couple of posts ago when I was involved in the Skipping Stones blog hop - however I didn't received my stamps in time - so I wasn't really involved (confused yet??!!)

Well,  I finally got those wonderful new Skipping Stones stamps yesterday - and I had a chance to make up a card so I thought I would show you!

I love these cute stamps - they are so crisp and clear and lots of fun!

My stamp set is called "Funny Bras Volume #1" - which is wonderful because that would mean there are more volumes to come! yay!

I used my sweet October Afternoon paper and decorated the inside as well, since Moxie Fab is having "Start to Finish" challenge which basically means to finish the inside of your card.

That is something I never do, so to take the time to finish the inside of my card was painful!! but I did it because it's a challenge and it turned out kind of cute -- would you say?. 

The sentiment could just have easily been put in the bottom right corner on another piece of Rustic Cream cardstock - and then you would just write your little note on the inside......but now I kind of think it is dang okay all finished up!!

I hope you liked my very own little blog hop and I am going to go have a talk with our postal service so I can be on the up and up next time!

13 Jan 2010

Take Time for Tea.......and roses......

I'm challenging it up today with a card that meets two challenge! - the Raspberry Suite colour challenge from Dawn McVey and Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday sketch challenge -which I am such a dork, I didn't even know that Karen did sketch challenges until I went over to get one of her fabulous watermarks and lo and behold - there was a sketch.... d'oh!


I used Papertrey Ink's Tea for Two for my card and added a bunch of Zva Creative bling - because I LOVE it so much!

The bottom of the card is done with a new DEEP edger punch by Martha Stewart called Floral Vine - in fact I didn't realize it was so deep so it didn't leave a lot of room for the sentiment - which says "Take Time for tea" - it's kind of covered up by the ribbon!

Thank you all so much for the wonderful congrats for our 30th anniversary! I thought I would leave you with my 30 red roses - which are beautiful! I am not a floral arranger so they aren't arranged the best - but I love them!


12 Jan 2010

Always and Forever...........

ETA: Hubby just brought me 30 red roses to celebrate every married year together - I'll try to remember to post a picture - so excited!! they are beautiful!!

Today I have been married to the love of my life for thirty (30) t-h-i-r-t-y years!! is so amazing how it sounds like such a long time, but it has really flown by.......

As with any couple, we have been through our ups and downs for sure, but we managed to come out the other side bigger and stronger than ever (bigger in more ways than one lol!)

I am told that January 12 was a bitter cold day in 1980 but I don't remember it being cold. My clearest memory from 30 years ago, is walking down the aisle with my step-dad and seeing my hubby at the front of the church and he was so happy! 

Now, when we talk about the day we were married, we both chuckle at how young we were and how we knew absolutely nothing about life but thought we knew everything! And we survived.

Enough blabbering (and blubbering...*sniff*) that brings me to my card today - it's not an anniversary card, but a Valentine card featuring the Sweethearts set from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

I sewed a little vellum pocket with a little punched band and adhered it to the front of my card base.  

The Valentine that is tucked inside the pocket has a scalloped heart attached at the very top that serves as a little handle you can use to remove it from the pocket.

The punched edge is a combination of the Martha Stewart edge lace punch and the Martha Stewart edge heart punch layered on top.

Thank you for coming around and letting me tell my little story!

Stamps: Sweethearts (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Paper: Kraft, Stampers Select White, Vellum (Papertrey Ink); Medium Pink (Prism); Nook and Pantry (Basic Grey)
Ink: Berry Sorbet (Papertrey Ink); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Fiskars scalloped heart punch, Zva Creative Crystals, Martha Stewart heart edge punch, Martha Stewart lace edge punch, my funky sewing machine

11 Jan 2010

LPS Monday Sketch challenge....

ETA: The prize for this week's sketch has been changed to {Garden Gate} ! Julia is cleaned right out of {I Heart}!! -

Good Monday morning and welcome to another Little Paper Shop challenge!!

This week Allison has made us up a great sketch! It looked like a square card would work so that is what I made - I usually just do the A2 size, so this really was a bit of a challenge for me! 


Here is my card made with K & Company papers and butterflies - love this pretty line of K & Company papers!

If you would like to join us in this challenge, and be entered in for a chance to win {I Heart}, just make up a card based on this sketch and leave your link on the Little Paper Shop blog! All the details are over there as well as all the previews of this sketch from all the designers!!

9 Jan 2010

You Make Me Hoppy!........CPS148

 I'm still on Valentine cards - they are just such a happy creation to put together!! I used Papertrey Ink's new set Tiny Treats and followed the sketch at Card Positioning Systems this week.

I think I am just squeezing in this card for that challenge so it will be a short post! 

I was over at my daughter's house this morning for a wonderful coffee with some sort of Caramilk shooter in it - too lovely I must say - usually reserved for Christmas, but we were celebrating the fact that we got some time together to stamp!

I sanded all the edges of my designer paper, Basic Grey Sugar Rush, just to get a bit more white on this card - the center image is pretty stark.

The twine is all Nichole Heady's fault! In her last newsletter she talked about different ways of adding texture, and tying twine was one of those mentioned. I kind of like the effect and the fact that I actually had green twine was a plus, although a natural colour would have worked just as well!

I also added a couple of different sized clear Zva Creative Crystals (coloured with R59 copic marker) on my image and on the button, just to draw all the little reds together - my way of being organized lol!

Stamps: Tiny Treats (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Chocolate Chip (Stamping UP!); Sugar Rush (Basic Grey); white (Papertrey Ink)

Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Zva Creative Crystals, twine,button from Walmart, EK Success Scalloped curve punch

8 Jan 2010


ETA: It's all back thank goodness!! .......skipped a proverbial beat there......

I just lost everything on this stupid blog.........why do I try to "fix" things......double "ugh"......

Lost all my links to bloggers..........I feel quite bummed right now......maybe that is my word of the year "bummed".......

Love is in the Air.......

Good morning - I have been blog-slacking the past couple of washing machine broke and I'm so lame, I had to clean my laundry room before I could call Lorne, the repair man - my laundry room is so nice and fresh now - I just want to do laundry - weird eh?!

Sharon Johnson's blog, No Time to Stamp, has another fun challenge this week, called Love is In the Air and the challenge is to use a heart on your creation - well, I can do that!!

And Embellish Magazine's challenge is to use a heart on your project and your colours must be red, black and pink! Perfect!

I used Waltzingmouse Stamps new Sweethearts set to stamp my heart and then just stamped the sentiment right overtop.

Again, I used Papertrey Ink's Simple Valentine designer paper - truly in love with that paper!

My punches got a real workout again using Martha Stewart's edge heart punch and EK Success embossed curve punch this time!

Stamps: Sweethearts (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Cardstock: Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Designer Paper: Simple Valentine (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Hibiscus Burst (Papertrey Ink), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Heart edge punch (Martha Stewart); Embossed curve punch (EK Success); Button, ribbon (Papertrey Ink); twine (Walmart)

6 Jan 2010

Skipping Stones Design Blog Hop

Good morning! If you are looking for the Skipping Stones Design Blog Hop, I am so sorry to say that I didn't received my stamps in time! Smiley from I KNOW!! I am so bummed!!

But some people are still being directed here so I thought I would put up the Blog hop links and you can still follow along from here......

As soon as I received them I will be making up a little something for you to see - they are such sweet stamps!!

Have FUN!!

I love you Valentine..

This is for this week's  Mojo Monday which always has fabulous sketches! I am beginning to enjoy sketch challenges a bit more than I used to.

I'm not sure of the reasoning behind the dislike of sketches.....probably because I never really know where to go with it, but when you are using red, pink and white it seems to work better!

I used the Sweetheart stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps, because I love it and I have it and I WANT to use it all the time!! and followed the sketch pretty closely.

Are you getting sick of Papertrey Ink's Simple Valentine designer paper yet? I love it......everything is love at Valentine - it is so easy!

I added some Zva Creative Crystals because I have a ton of them!! I recently won first place in a Zva contest and I received $50 worth of Zva Creative Crystals - I think it must have been the wholesale price because I sure got a LOT of crystally goodness delivered!!

Thanks for popping around again!

Stamps: Sweetheart (Waltzingmouse Stamps) Paper: Pure Poppy, Stampers Select White, Hibiscus Burst, Simple Valentine (Papertrey Ink) Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) Accessories: Circle and Scalloped Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Zva Creative Crystals; Papertrey Ink ribbon, Stamping UP Scalloped edge punch

5 Jan 2010

Sweets for my Sweet.......

ETA: I forgot to mention that I tried the rock 'n roll technique on the "sweets for my sweet" triangle box, as you can see. Just thought I would mention that as I got thinking it looks like it doesn't stamp a good impression - but it does - I just don't do it very well -!! lol!

Good Tuesday morning and I do believe that TODAY is release day for the Sweetheart set at Waltzingmouse Stamps! I was so excited about it, I thought it was yesterday, so sorry for those of you that stormed the store, but today is the day!! - ......AND surprise surprise!! there will be another stamp set released along with this one!!

I am excited about this one because I kind of put the inkling into Claire's ear (humbly pat's self on back....) about one of the stamps! If you head over to Claire's blog you can read all about the new set!

I had some Toblerone singles given to me at over the holidays so I decided that since I didn't need to eat ALL of them, (I wanted to, believe me!) I would package them up. 

For those of you that don't know what a Toblerone bar is, it is the chocolate bar that is shaped like a long triangle and is HUGE!!  These chocolates that I received are Single Toblerone pieces and since each piece is shaped like a triangle - what better way to package them than in these triangle boxes! 

I found the tutorial on Splitcoaststampers here - and they are so simple to make and so cute when finished!

I didn't gussy them up too much, as my 3 year old grandson will be getting them and I don't think he will appreciate anything but what is inside them - and his mother may not appreciate even that LOL!

I hope all of our sneek peaks have persuaded you to hop over to Waltzingmouse Stamps and pick up this stamp set for yourself!!

Stamps: Sweetheart (Waltzingmouse Stamps) Paper: Simple Valentine (Papertrey Ink) Ink: Black (Memento), Hibiscus Burst, Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink) Accessories: Circle and Scalloped Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Ribbon (Papertrey Ink), crop-a-dile

4 Jan 2010

Little Paper Shop Monday Challenge

Good morning and happy Monday and happy getting back to our normal everyday routine - sad to see the holidays go by but nice to get back into the swing of things!!

The Little Paper Shop design team was challenged today by Pam - our fabulous new DT co-ordinator - to a colour challenge - Bright Pink, Black and White!!

We would love for you to play along in our colour challenge - and you could win the stamp set {I Heart} - which I just happen to be using today!  Check out all the info on the Little Paper Shop blog!!

Well, I think I fit the colour bill perfectly with this card.....whew! such pressure lol! AND I got to use my daughter's new Making Memories SLICE!!

I've decided to add this card to the "New Things" challenge on Sharon' Johnson's No Time to Stamp blog! Although the Slice isn't MY new thing (I didn't get anything scrap or stamp related for Christmas **sniff**)  I did buy it for my daughter for Christmas so that counts, I'm sure!!

I used the sentiment from {I Heart} that fit just perfectly into the middle of my pretty frame which I made with the Making Memories Slice - can you tell I am luvin' that Slice!!

I am also having a love affair with the Martha Stewart edge heart punch - it is so doily-licious! and such a Valentine tool!

Don't forget to take a look at the other Design Team members pretty pink cards too!!

Stamps: Little Paper Shop
Paper: True Black, Raspberry Fizz, Stampers Select white, Simple Valentine Patterned paper (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Memento Black
Accessories: Making Memories Slice: Zva Creative Crystals, Martha Stewart heart edge punch, Pop up tape

2 Jan 2010

Manly yes, but I like it too!

While making up these Valentine cards for Waltzingmouse Stamps Valentine sneak peeks, I discovered the plaid stamp in the Off Beat Backgrounds stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps!  I mean, I knew it was there, but I just didn't have the courage to ink it up, but I am certainly glad that I finally did it!

I chose to use Memento Rich Cocoa and Pure Poppy ink and stamped it onto Kraft Cardstock.

The main part of my card is scored as to follow the sketch challenge over at Caardvaarks.

And just take a look at that lovely Martha Stewart heart punch - doesn't it add the vavoom-ness for Valentine's Day??

AND it punched through the thick cardstock that I was using - amazing - I have broken two of her punches now because I was forcing them to go through cardstock and it just wasn't going to happen!

Of course, I didn't learn and tried it again and it actually worked -wahoo! Persistence paid off this time!

From the bit of leftover plaid that I had, I punched out a Fiskars scalloped heart and attached a button and a bit of twine to it with the added gorgous Zva creative crystal.

The red heart was also punched with the Fiskars scalloped heart punch and then I ran it through one of my Fancy Corners Cuttlebug embossing folders and inked up the edges of it with some Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Ranger ink.

I liked the "old" look so I inked around the whole thing with the Ranger inks!

The sentiment is of course, from the new Waltzingmouse Stamps Valentine set which will be available on Monday!!

I love the look of this card and am quite happy with how it turned out! (Sometimes that just doesn't happen lol!)

We are slowly getting around to cleaning up our home after the holidays - there have been some terrific snow squalls just north of here, dropping as much as 15 cm of snow every 6 hours (approximately 1" per hour) so I hope it doesn't travel down our way.

It's pretty and luscious and so very Christmas-y but I don't enjoy driving in it - oh listen to me whine - I was going to be more positive this year too! Hard to teach an old dog new!

Stamps: Off Beat Backgrounds, Valentine set (Waltzingmouse Stamps) Cardstock: Kraft, Pure Poppy, Rustic Cream (Papertrey Ink) Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento), Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink), Antique Linen, Vintage Photo (Ranger) Accessories: Zva Creative Crystals, Fiskars Scalloped Heart Punch, Martha Stewart Heart Edge punch, Cuttlebug Fancy Corners embossing folder, button and twine from Papertrey Ink, Zva Creative Adhesive Dots