Monday, February 25, 2013

Flapper Girl Birthday


Another Seize the Birthday post here. This time I used a free stamp that came with the January 2013 issue of Craft Stamper magazine. It is from Rogue Redhead Designs. Here's the sketch:

And here's my card for STB #7:


I used a Couture Creations Satine embossing folder on cream cardstock. The flapper girl is done with the Triple Time Stamping Technique using Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One in plain and scalloped edges. I followed the instructions provided here. I stamped the Waltzingmouse Stamps sentiment 'Birthday Wishes' on satin ribbon. And that's a wrap!


Sunday, February 17, 2013

WMS Blog Party: Doily Love

It's the 17th of the month, and that means it's the
Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Party.
The theme this month is doilies. Still in vogue in the papercrafting world, doilies are found on all sorts of cards. Those more clever than I can even manage to make something quite modern looking with them. My card, however, uses the real thing (a paper doily) and numerous WMS doily stamps to create a homespun look.

Buzz on over to the WMS blog to see the rest of the doily cards.



Thursday, February 14, 2013

Quietfire Queen of Hearts

Happy Valentine's Day! Today is also the day to upload projects to the Quietfire Design blog for the annual Queen of Hearts Challenge. I had every intention of making a card, but time got away from me. You have until midnight today to upload something.

So instead I will upload photos of the wee gifties I made for my staff this year. These are small "fast-food joint sour cream container" shaped vessels. I filled them with sewn tulle sacks that hold chocolates and cinnamon hearts. The outside of the humble cardboard containers (shhh, originally toilet paper rolls) are covered with coloured aluminum that I embossed and sanded. I used Spellbinder dies to create a little heart tag greeting. Hope it tickles!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Gents and Gems

The second week of the Seize the Birthday's current sketch calls for a birthday card for a fellow.

I quite like this dashing pirate from Kraftin' Kimmie and the 7 Gypsies striped paper served as inspiration for the colours.
I coloured him in with Copics. The label is a Spellbinders die cut. The red gems were inspired by the Gents and Gems challenge on now over at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog. Thanks for visiting today, matey!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Welcome Card

This week I have a new staff member joining my team and as is my tradition, I have made a card.  Unlike the orientation manual I put together for her, this card came together quickly, using scraps of metal in my Ten Seconds Studio scrap box.
I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background panel and the flower is cut with the T!m Holtz Tattered Floral dies and embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder . A soft white velvet flower brad provided a different texture, and I added a purple Swarovski crystal gem to the center.
The sentiment is a Waltzingmouse Stamp and I used my new Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags One set to create the tag frame. The leaves and ferns were punched out of metal, as well. The thin white mat and burgundy card are the only paper used in this almost all metal card.

I am so excited to have this gal joining our department so that I can go back to doing one job instead of two!

Wishy Washy on Washi


The Waltzingmouse Makes blog challenge last Monday morning was to make your own washi tape. Claire's post with step-by-step photos was so inspiring, but I found the process challenging nonetheless.

I recently bought the cute spring themed stamp set L'il Buddies and was itching to use it. Those little bees are adorable! I have never used washi tape (the real thing) so I am not sure how my DIY version compares, but I find it a bit fussy. It was very delicate and tore easily. I decided that was part of its natural charm, though, and tried to embrace it. I think I will use better quality double-sided tape next time and see if that helps.

In the end I really like this bright and sassy card, ragged edges and all! I also used the colours from this week's Play Date Cafe Challenge to guide me- Fuchsia, Sprout and Canary:
Thanks for checking in with me. Let's see if Claire springs a new challenge on us tomorrow morning!