Tuesday 23 February 2016

Waltzingmouse Farewell Hop

So sad to read the news that Waltzingmouse Stamps will be closing - Claire Brennan
created a fabulous company with fabulous products and
some of the sets she designed are among my all time favourites! 
So I'm pleased to participate in the Waltzingmouse Farewell Hop organised by Tara and Deborah
giving us a chance to share some of our favourite Waltzingmouse creations.
I always struggle with masculine creations so I've loved being able to reach for My Kind of Guy!
Here are three creations made with my absolute favourite
Waltzingmouse set - Fine Feathers with the matching Fine Feathers dies.

I made this paper tea cup using A Nice Cup of Tea template
while on the Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen team
when our monthly theme was about cozy comforts!

I've used the fabulous sentiment set Say It Loud time and time again!
Thanks, Claire, for sharing your talents with us and I
wish you all the very, very best in the future, including lots of extra
time to enjoy your beautiful family! 

Sunday 21 February 2016

Taste and See!

A friend and I led a group of ladies at our recent church retreat weekend in making
these fun cookie jar gifts.  We made up most of the die-cuts ahead of time but
allowed the ladies to choose their own colour scheme with the twine,
 the die-cut oven glove and felt flowers, all of which made a good combo
 with the kraft tags and doilies.  The top of the jar is
decorated with a die-cut using a My Favorite Things doily die
The recipe is for Cranberry White Chocolate Oat Cookies 
and if you're interested it's found on Pinterest here.
We made the recipe and the cookies are delicious!  Here's what the jars look like
when they get layered up - we printed the ingredients and the recipe for finishing them
up with eggs and melted butter and tucked the recipe in the top of the jar.

The tags were cut with Spellbinders Circles Large and embossed in white using
the fantastic Verve Plain Jane  Psalm 34:8.  The little oven glove and whisk were
with a mini clothes peg/pin. 
This was a really fun project and it would be suitable for children to do too - you
 just need an area where a few flour or sugar spills won't be a problem as they're
scooping the ingredients by cup fulls into the jars - a good suggestion here is
to use a wide mouth funnel to help!
It was fun to see how delighted everyone was with the result and also fun to
hear them all trying to decide who they were going to give their finished gift!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a very good day!

Tuesday 19 January 2016

Daisies and Distress Inks

I had so much fun making the first card, that I ended up making a set of four!  
Inks include a variety of bright colours in the Ranger Distress range including 
Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord, Twisted Citron, Shabby Shutters, 
Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Evergreen Bough, and Peacock Feathers.  

I sponged some of the ink on the corners of the  thick water color card bases, 
then added the flowers using an Imagination Crafts stencil.  
Other stencils were used to create a random background pattern.
The sentiments are four encouraging Bible verses from 
the fabulous set Good Work by Verve.
I added some ivory sequins and random dots of glitter (Stickles) 
though none of the sparkle shows up in my photo's, just some little spots!
I sure don't have the skills to be able to pick up sparkle in my photography, 
which is a shame because I've really been enjoying 
the eye-catching quality it adds in real life.
Thanks so much for stopping by today - I hope it's a good one for you! 

Friday 15 January 2016

Happy Birthday Hearts

So happy to be able to join in the Seven Hills Crafts Blog Challenge this month - the store has just re-opened with a brand new name.  If you're in the U.K. or Ireland and want to be able to order from a huge selection of some of the current trendy stamps, dies and supplies, this is the place for you!

The challenge is to use one of these colour palettes:

Using various Ranger Distress inks I sponged a background with some of my favourite shades from the middle palette.  I used Paper Smooches Linked Hearts, cutting and stacking four layers in white, then inserting the heart pieces with matching card stock - fun process, just like doing a jigsaw!
The happy birthday message is stamped in Versafine Black Onyx ink using Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler, and it's finished with some scattered sequins.

Had so much fun with this, I had to try another colour scheme as well!
I have another card to post in a day or two using this fun die with the inlay technique.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I really appreciate you 
popping in for a visit as you travel through blogland!