Saturday, February 28, 2015

Waltzingmouse Stamps February Release, Day 1

Hello there!

Today I am happy to bring you Day 1 of the countdown for the February Release at Waltzingmouse Stamps. This month, we are switching things up and all the products being released this month are available TODAY! So you can pop right over to the store and snatch them right up. The Design Team will be sharing inspiration for the next three days and conclude with our traditional hop on March 3rd.

Today's previews are of the Special Lady stamp set, and the Mother Die, Pretty Circles Die, and a freebie (with minimum purchase this month), the mini Hello die.

Up first, the Special Lady stamp set.

This set has a Victorian feel to it, with a beautiful period lady in her big feathered hat, an ornate circle and some fab sentiments. I pulled a little of all of them together to make this card.  The detail on that pretty Miss is amazing!

Next up is the Mother Die die.

The font on this die coordinates with that used in the Special Lady stamp set, so they make a wonderful compliment. I chose to pair it with (what else?) the Old Country Roses set for some springtime charm. After die cutting the word from regular cardstock, I doused it in gold embossing powder and heat embossed it for a metallic finish. Love!

And finally, the Pretty Circles Die and Hello die. These are also great together, so I combined them for my card.

The Pretty Circles Die is really a great die - more like 3-in-1 - as you end up with a scalloped circle, a fancy scalloped aperture in your card, and the fun little pinked bit that is between them. I can see this one getting a lot of use!

Be sure to visit the rest of the Design Team, as well as Claire on the WMS Blog. Don't forget that the entire February release is available for purchase NOW in the Waltzingmouse Stamps Store!

Anya Schrier - you are here!

So glad you stopped by! See you tomorrow with Day 2!


Special Lady Card
STAMPS: Special Lady - WMS
CARDSTOCK: Crumb Cake, Vintage Violet - SU!; White - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: The Sweetest Thing - My Mind's Eye
INK: Vintage Violet, Crumb Cake - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Apron Lace punch - Fiskars; Button - SU!; Decorative pin - K&Co.

Mother Card
STAMPS: Old Country Roses - WMS
CARDSTOCK: Barely Banana, Paper Vellum - SU!; Oatmeal - Wplus9
INK: Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Hello Honey, Mellow Moss, True Thyme, Mossy Meadow - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Mother Die - WMS; Baby's Breath Embossing Folder - Sizzix; Doily; Detail Gold Embossing Powder - Stewart Superior; Sewing machine

Hello Card
CARDSTOCK: Cameo Coral, Going Gray - SU!
PATTERNED PAPER: Fly a Kite - October Afternoon
OTHER: Pretty Circles Die, Hello Die - WMS

Friday, February 27, 2015

Tag, You're It!

Hi there!

Today I have the pleasure of being the Guest Designer for the Tag You're It Challenge! I have so enjoyed playing along with this fun challenge focusing on one of my favorite things to create - tags!

This week's inspiration comes from this beautiful design from Marybeth Lopez:

I was inspired by the floral theme and the colors, as well as the cascading placement of the elements.

I started with a Kraft tag die cut with the largest of the Stitched Tags dies from WMS and used the Spring Blooms set from Wplus9. I just love creating with these tiny canvases. It is like a quick fix when you feel the urge to create something but maybe don't have time for a whole card.

If you are inspired by Marybeth's card, too, and would like to join in the challenge, be sure to head to the TYIC blog and link up your creation!

Thank you Tracey and the TYIC team for inviting me to join you today!


STAMPS: Spring Blooms, More Fresh Cuts - Wplus9
CARDSTOCK: Kraft - SU!; Oatmeal - Wplus9
INK: True Thyme, Dusty Durango, Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon - SU!; Cranberry Crush - Wplus9; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Stitched Tags Die Set - Waltzingmouse Stamps; Spring Blooms Die - Wplus9; Shine Bright Sequin Mix - Verve

Viva la Verve sketch challenge - February Week 4

Hello there!

Today I am hostessing this week's Viva la Verve sketch challenge.

Here is my sketch for this week:

Head over to the Viva la Verve Sketch Challenge blog where you can see some samples for this sketch and link up your card. I hope you'll join us - Verve gives away a fabulous prize every month!

Have a great day, I will be back a little later today with another post AND be sure to stop back tomorrow when the Waltzingmouse Stamps February release kicks off!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Happy Tuesday!

Isn't it sad that I am looking forward to the 30 degree temperatures we're forecasted to have this weekend? Yes, it is.

Other good things are happening this weekend, though, like a new Waltzingmouse Stamps release! Yay!

But lots to do before that - I'm just squeezing in my creation for this week's Tag You're It Challenge.

Here is the inspiration photo from Donna Mikasa.

I zeroed right in on the bright color palette and the bold black sentiment. I also was inspired by the repeating shapes, but instead of lining them up so pretty, I kind of clustered them behind the sentiment.

The different sized circles are from the Little Bits set from Wplus9. The die cut sentiment is the Hand Lettered Hello die.

I also added some Star Dust Stickles to a few dots to add some sparkle. Love it a lot!

Glad that you stopped by, I hope you have a great evening!


STAMPS: Little Bits - Wplus9
CARDSTOCK: White, Black - Wplus9
INK: Regal Rose, Tangelo Twist, Daffodil Delight, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party - SU!
OTHER: Hand Lettered Hello Die - Wplus9; Tag Sale #1 Die - PTI; Star Dust Stickles - Ranger

Monday, February 23, 2015

Such a Joy

Hi there, how are things?

The past few weeks have been really trying - this cold weather and our old house don't get along so well. Our well line is really shallow, so when it hits below freezing temps we have to keep an eye on it (which means periodically waking up in the middle of the night to run the water) so its been a stressful past few weeks. I am really hoping that spring is on its way.

I am playing along with this week's Viva la Verve sketch challenge, brought to us by Stacey.

My card was created using the Kind Words and On Occasion sets from Verve.

Navy is my go-to neutral of the moment. Won't you join us for this week's fun sketch?

I am looking forward to seeing you much more this week - there is a lot going on, so I will be back soon!

Take care!

STAMPS: Kind Words, On Occasion - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Night of Navy, Groovy Guava - SU!; Oatmeal, Cashmere - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: Persimmon - Basic Grey
INK: Night of Navy, Groovy Guava, Old Olive - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Rounded Rectangle Die, Rounded Scallop Frame Die - Verve Stamps; Twine - SU!; button

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

VLV February Week 2


I'm recapping this week's sketch over on the Viva la Verve sketch challenge blog. Have you played along with us? There are Verve bucks up for grabs!

Here is this week's sketch..

And the card I created... its like a shot of Vitamin C!

Won't you stop over at the Viva la Verve challenge blog to check out the details and link up your card?

I hope so, this sketch was a fun one!


STAMPS: Happy Days - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Paper Vellum - SU!; Oatmeal - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: Carte Postale - Basic Grey
INK: Miami Spice, Flamingo, Cranberry Crush, Coconut Husk - Wplus9; Vintage Photo Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Tiny Triangles Embossing Folder - Sizzix; Circle Die - Spellbinders; Wood button; Washi tape; Sewing machine

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Bluebell Birthday

Hello there!

This week's Viva la Verve sketch was perfect for a sweet birthday card for my sister-in-law.

I rotated the sketch, and using the Framed Florals set from Verve, came up with this.

I love all the different shades of blue with the pop of the patterned paper.

There is still more time if you'd like to join this week's challenge. You can find all the details and the link up on the Viva la Verve sketch challenge blog!

STAMPS: Framed Florals - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Buckaroo Blue, Bordering Blue - SU!; White - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: Storyteller Collection - Crate Paper
INK: Buckaroo Blue - SU!; Nautical Navy - Wplus9; Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Bluebells Die - Verve Stamps; Modern Wallpaper Embossing Folder - ProvoCraft; Doily; Circle Die - Spellbinders; Waterfall Stickles - Ranger

Thursday, February 5, 2015

February Verve Diva Inspirations Hop

Hello there!  It's the 5th of the month and time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop! There are two ways to win Verve prizes.. comment on the design team's blog hop posts (linked below) to see their take on the inspiration, then go get inky and link up your take on the challenge to be eligible in our prize drawings!

You should have arrived here from Betty's blog.  Next up is Amy!

Our February challenge is Vivacious Valentine...

Nothing says "I love you" like a handmade Valentine in your signature style.
Use the inspiration graphic as a starting point, or head off in your own direction
  - just make us swoon with a fabulously flirty creation!

Isn't it fun to create a little sweet card for someone you love?  For this month's challenge, I used the More Than Love stamp set to create a special Valentine. 

I layered the heart images onto the die cut Occasion Frame, which was stamped with the coordinating frame image from the On Occasion stamp set. 

Won't you join us in welcoming back the Diva Inspiration Hop challenge for 2015 and play along? 

Need a little 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. Sarah
2. Amy9. Susan
3. Anya10. Marisa
4. Betty11. Maureen
5. Jen12. Stacey
6. Karen13. Verve Blog
7. Sankari

Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Thursday, Feb. 19.
Prize: $40 gift voucher to the Verve online store!

Thanks for joining me today, have a great one!


STAMPS: More Than Love, On Occasion - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Blushing Bride - SU!; Oatmeal - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: Woodgrain - Amuse|Studio
INK: Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Poppy Parade - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Occasion Frame Die, Holiday Sequin Mix - Verve Stamps; Sewing machine

Monday, February 2, 2015

Tag, You're It!

Hi there.

Back again tonight, this time playing along with the Tag You're It challenge. I love to create tags, and this stunner from Debbie Hughes was our jumping-off point.

I jotted some notes down to guide my creation.. neutral colors, an animal image and glitter. I cracked open a fresh copy of the Winter Pals set from Wplus9 and reached right for that cute little skating fox.

Such a fun little canvas.

Glad to see you again, join me later this week for the Verve Diva Inspiration Hop!


STAMPS: Winter Pals - Wplus9
CARDSTOCK: Kraft, Soft Sky - SU!; Oatmeal - Wplus9
INK: Soft Sky - SU!; Rich Cocoa Memento - Tsukineko; White Pigment - Wplus9
OTHER: Copic Markers; Shine Bright Sequin Mix - Verve; Stardust Stickles - Ranger; Mini Rays Embossing Folder - Sizzix