Friday, November 23, 2012

Waltzingmouse sketch challenge 124

As usual, we have another great inspirational sketch  for you today. This week we have a sketch, created by our Mischief Maker, Karin Ã…kesdotter.  As you can see from the Mischief Makers’ and Design Team samples, there are many interpretations of the sketch. Set your mojo free and go with the flow.


I whipped this one up for my wonderful Mother-in law's birthday.  She is truly one special lady who we are thankful to have still with us.  Two years ago she had a heart attack on Thanksgiving day.  It's been so busy I didn't write down everything I used, but most of it was from My Favority Things, Waltzingmouse Stamps, and Papertrey ink. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

As usual, we have another great inspirational sketch  for you today. This week we have a sketch, created by our Mischief Maker, Jeanne Jachna. Feel free to follow your creative mojo and interpret the sketch by flipping or rotating the design.  As you can see from the Mischief Makers’ and Design Team samples, there are many interpretations of the sketch. Set your mojo free and go with the flow.


I thought this would be fairly quick to put together....well, that wasn't the case.  I kept changing my mind about what I wanted to add to my card or not.  It's much harder than I thought.  Luckily, we didn't have many affects from that nasty old "Sandy" so I could still work under lights and not by candle light.  I decided to start with a Christmas Card so I had some ready to fill with the customary "moolah".

I used the PTI Cover Plate Harlequin Die to cut out the harlequin shapes from the two patterned papers and pinefeather.  The leftover open plate made the perfect template and I arranged the harlequins the way the pattern appealed to me.  Stamped the pinefeather ones with the snowflakes from A country cottage christmas and embossed with Martha Stewart dove embossing powder.  Added ric rac down the center to try and make it look like two separate panels and embellished with some buttons.  Stamped the ornament with versamagic and used the WOW embossing powder to make it shine!  I didn't use the die to cut the ornament out as I had already embossed it before the brain remembered I had those.  Used an oval stax die from My Favorite Things and stamped with the sentiment Joy from Say It Loud Winter.  Had some left over holly leaves so I added them and the gold string to hold the ornament.  Propped them both up with dimensionals.  I was going for a fairly simple look, but I always add more than I thought.  Hope it's a "Joy" to look at!

 Supplies Used:
PTI:  Holly Jolly Die, Pinefeather Paper, Harlequin Cover Plate Die 
Waltzingmouse Stamps: 2011 Holiday Ornaments, Say it Loud Winter Holiday, A Cottage Christmas.
Miscellaneous Supplies:  WOW embossing powder, SU Cherry Cobbler Ink, Versa Magic Stamp Pad, buttons, twine, ric rac, gems, photo mat stack paper, my minds eye, Martha Stewart Dove embossing powder, My Favorite Things Oval Stax.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Dynamic Duo Challenge #5

Welcome to the Dynamic Duos Challenge Blog. Each week we will have two colours for you to use to create a card, scrapbook page, craft or digital project.  Only the two colours, otherwise known as "The Dynamic Duo", may be used for your project.  Neutrals such as black, white, vanilla, skin colours and kraft are also welcome.
And here's my entry for this week.  It is so hard to create a masculine card but wanted to try one to use for Father's day.  It is only a week away!
I need to remember to write down all the supplies in order to include here.  These challenges have been great!  Thank you Dynamic Duos!!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Dynamic Duo Challenge

Wanted to try my hand at the dynamic duo challenge.  You can find here  Easier to start and use two colors other than three.  So I tried to make an anniversary card for my in-laws.  It's their 50th wedding anniversary and it doesn't seem possible that I've known them for over half their marriage now.  I think it's truly amazing to be married that long!!  Congratulations mom and dad (not that they even know I have this blog). 

I thought the card came out ok, but I probably should have left well enough alone and skipped the glitter.  Oh well, thought it would add some sparkle to their magical day.  Guess I can always make a second one...seems like I get almost done and then mess it up.  Something got stuck to the bottom and the nestie creased at the top.  UGHHHH!!

Anniversary Card

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge

Challenge #96

We have another great sketch created by our own Mischief Maker, Kelly Schirmer.  We hope that you will follow your creative mojo and interpret the sketch as you see fit. Feel free to flip or rotate the sketch.  As you can see from the Mischief Makers’ samples, there are many interpretations of the sketch. Set your mojo free and go with the flow.


When I first looked at this, all I could imagine was a paw print.  I really don't know why, but I couldn't think of anything to make the paw print work for me.  Plus it's almost mothers day so I had to get a couple of cards done. 

Here's my interpretation of this fun sketch.  Excuse the slight blurriness of the pictures.  I haven't quite figure out how to get them as clear as most others do.

I tried to use the standard of three to bring the colors together.  Pink, Blue, Cream and a little bit of green.  I'm going to try and play along with color challenges.  That seems to be where I struggle to come up with a good combination.  Plus I start out with something in mind and it changes about a dozen times before I complete a project.  I need to stop thinking so hard and just go with it. 

If you know of any good videos, tutorials or challenges that might help let me know!  I'm always drooling over the gorgeous cards others make.

Waltzingmouse stamps:  Compact Sentiments
PTI:  Seed packet frame die, flower fusion #6 die, Leafy vine border, vintage cream paper, raspberry fizz paper, enchanted evening paper, raspberry fizz ink.
MFT:  Button die
Miscellaneous:  White ribbon, light green paper, Versamark ink, small flower stamp by stampin up.

Not part of a challenge, but here's the second card I tried to just throw together.  Maybe a different color ribbon would have been better, but this one only took half the time of the other to do.  Again, please excuse the blurriness of the words. I am not a great picture taker (can you tell).

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 88

Here's a great sketch that I thought would be quick and fun to do.

We have another great sketch designed by our own Mischief Maker, Renee Lynch.  Feel free to turn or flip the sketch - just use the basic principals of this sketch in your design.  Set your mojo free and go with the flow.
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Well, quick turned into a bit longer than I thought.  I get these images of what I want to try and do in my head, but it just doesn't come out on paper that way.  So, I tried to go with something simple...yeah ok.  What in my world is ever simple.  This also quite a bit larger than I thought it would be so that I could fit it all in.  Hope you like it.  (P.S. figured I get the Christmas Challenge started, two birds with one card LOL)

I used images from Sewing Box Christmas to stamp on the white PTI cardstock, then stamped the white snowflakes on more Tim Holtz distressed paper.  The diamonds were created using the Frame It 1 die from PTI and popped up with dimensionals.  The sentiment is from Say It Loud Winter (I just love how big the words are).

I'm so glad that I found Waltzingmouse through a friend, I really love the products.

Till next's in the 60's here so it's hard to keep thinking about Christmas.  Who would have thought in Mid March it would feel like May weather in upstate NY.  Hope it's nice out wherever you may be!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #2

Ok so it's really sketch challenge #86.  For me it's only the second one.  I think it took me about 4 hours to make this card....who knew you'd get so wrapped up in this!!  I think it came out fairly cute, but not always sure I have the creative juices to make it look right.  Oh well, at least it's fun right?

Check out this fun sketch designed by our own Mischief Maker, Jen Cuthbertson.  Feel free to turn or flip the sketch - just use the basic principals of this sketch in your design.  Set your mojo free and go with the flow.

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I bought a magazine recently had a free stamp set with it.  I just couldn't resist using the mouse and stamping his shirt with a pattern from Nordic Winter.  I also colored him in with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

Till next time!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

My First Challenge Sketch

Ok, it took quite some time, but I thought what the heck let me try my hand at a sketch challenge.  This first challenge probably took me two hours to complete, but I'm ok with how it turned out.  I found the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge at a friends blog and have been hooked on that site along with her blog.

Here's the challenge sketch this week:

Check out this fun sketch provided to us from our sketch coordinator, Anya Schrier.  Feel free to turn or flip the sketch, make a shaped card, or just use this shape in or another similar shape in the center of your project - just use the basic principals of this sketch in your design.  Set your mojo free and go with the flow.

So here's my first attempt.  Feel free to let me know what you think!!

Supplies Used:

PTI Raspberry Fizz paper, Tim Holtz distressed paper in blue, American Goods paper, Stampin Up Glitter Paper in Red,
Waltzingmouse Stamps:  Say It Loud Winter, Sewing Box Christmas
Cricut Heart Cut Out, Ribbon from Walmart, Red Pearls

I started out thinking Spring and then switched back to Valentines.  I loved the squiggles on this paper and layered it onto the Raspberry Fizz paper.  I then used the heart from Sewing Box Christmas and stamped with versamark black.   I then stamped Warm hugs onto a strip of Raspberry Fizz paper (3/4" wide)  and placed it on the blue card stock (1 1/2" wide) using dimensionals.  I thought it needed some more pizazz and added red pearls to the center of the hearts.  The heat is cutout with a Cricut cartridge and the ribbon run through it and tied into a bow.

Hope I can find the time to complete a challenge at least once a month if not more.  Now that the cold and snow have hit I might just be able to do it.