Sunday, January 23, 2011

Layered Fragment

I am coming to this party really late. There is a weekly Compendium of Curiosities Challenge over at Studio L3 and I have wanted to play along for quite some time. Well, the series is winding down with only 7 or 8 technique challenges to go, but I managed to get this week's Challenge 28 - Colorful Layered Fragments - done at least. It's from page 57 of Tim Holtz's wonderful Compendium of Curiosities book.

I had a wee bit of trouble with this technique (Glossy Accents is not too forgiving!) so I need to go and practice some more, but for a first try this is passable. The bird collage stamp is from Oxford Impressions; the background flourish is Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous; the polka dots are Hero Arts. I am also submitting this for the Waltzingmouse Sketch this week.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz - January 2011

I am so glad to dust off my dancin' shoes and waltz again with the Friends of Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Waltz!  The theme this month is Valentine's/Love, so here you go:

I used some Spellbinders dies to cut and emboss the lower scallops, and a Sizzix brocade embossing folder to emboss the background. The cardstock is white core so a little sanding reveals the white inner layer. I coloured the velvet ribbon with Victorian Velvet distress ink to match the distressed pink heart layer. I created the small heart brad with an I-top brad maker tool and highlighted with Glossy Accents. A couple of pink Swarovski crystals are the finishing touch. WMS stamp sets used to make this card: Seasons of Love - Tags, Nutcracker Sweet (small heart on brad), and Vintage Ornaments (background behind sentiment). I also used some WMS digital paper from Victoriana Papers. Details on this waltz can be found on the WMS blog. Hope you can join us and sashay around the room!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Double Duty

I love it when I find a new way to use stamps I already have. Claire at Waltzingmouse designed a set of stamps recently that fit into baskets. She provided the baskets, or they could be used with baskets from another set. The Bountiful Baskets Additions has some cute motifs and - guess what? They ALSO fit into the cute homespun appliqued stocking and mitten in the Sewing Box - Christmas set. (I figured this out while cleaning up my stamp room and putting away the Christmas craft supplies. You can imagine how much cleaning actually occurred once I started running with this idea...)

Here are two samples of what I am excitedly blabbering about:

Bring on Christmas 2011 - I am getting ready early!

Mojo Monday 171

Well, I am too late to enter this, but thought I would share it anyways. The sketch last week was:

I am square all the way.