Thursday, November 1, 2012

Creations by AR - Nov 1st Release Blog Hop - Pun'kins!

 If you are looking for my WMS sneak peak Day #3 please check here.

Happy Fall Y'all!  Just in time for decorating our Thanksgiving table - Adela has designed a wonderful Pun'kin Card and Party Set and the Design Team is having a blog hop to show them off!

I made my pun'kins using several different patterns of paper by Amuse - so they coordinate but don't look all alike.   Adela's templates include a card (that folds flat for mailing), a place card and a treat box. I decided to make all my sentiments using my Brother's P-Touch Label Maker! It's a quick clean easy way to add whatever words you want to your projects - and we are always pressed for time during the holidays right??!!  My wrinkled seam tapes are from Prairie Bird Boutique.

 Here's what I did on the inside of my Pun'kin Card.
How fun will these little Pun'kin Place cards look on our tables??!! - I used the names of my grand niece and 2 grand nephews on the die cut banners.
 And here they are close up so you can see how I mixed the patterned papers on each one.

 And finally here are the cute little treat holder Pun'kins.  I used 3 different dotted papers on these.
 A treat size Kit Kat fits nicely inside - or several Kisses -  or M&M's !!!

 And here they are all together
Now, come with me and let's go see what the other Creations by AR Design Team members did with their Pun'kins!

Adela Rossol:  
Amy Park:
Julia Aston:      this is me!
Lisa Somerville:   
Lori Brown:
Lyn Bernatovich:
Patti J. Gilliam:
Sue Kment

HOW TO WIN this new Pun'kin template set:

Leave comments on all the DT blogs and finish at:

Paper Crafts Planet AR Group 
AR FaceBook

You have until Sunday to leave your comments on our blogs.
There will be one winner who will be announced by Adela on Monday in these locations:

Paper Craft Planet AR Group
AR FaceBook

Day 3 - WMS Sneak Peek - Sheriff, Cabin Plaid, Half Pint Heroes Additions

If you are looking for my Creations by AR blog hop post - please check here.

Well - we've made it to Day 3 of the Waltzingmouse Sneak Peeks!  Tomorrow will be the New Release and you will be able to purchase all of the new sets! whoot whoot!!!

Today we are peeking at 3 new sets - Cabin Plaid, Half Pint Heroes - Additions (you remember last year's curte Half Pint Heroes, right?!) and Sheriff!

Sheriff is a little Western Cowboy stamp set with a big Sherrif's star badge and two sentiments - For my first project, I decorated a mirror using the badge with one of the sentiments and some stamps from last years' western sets, Way Out West and Back in the Saddle.
I didn't realize how hard it would be to take a picture of a mirror without a reflection of the other side of the room in it or bright flares from the lights!!  I hope you get a good idea of how really cute this would be for a little cowboy or cowgirls' bedroom!  I purchased this silver framed 10"x12" mirror at the dollar store - what a deal!

Here's the sheriff's badge stamped with London Fog ink.  I stamped "Sheriff " on Basic Grey card stock, punched it with a circle punch and layered it over the badge.  Then I added silver pearls and adhered it with Scor Tape in the top corner of the mirror.
I cut a white panel ~9 1/2" x 2" for along the bottom, stamping the desert landscape from Way Out West in London Fog and Gray Flannel.  The horse riding cowboy, the sentiment and the wanted poster (with the center cut out so the viewer sees that they are 'WANTED' !) are from Back in the Saddle. Now I hope one of my little grand nephews gets into Cowboys and I'll have a gift all ready for him!

I made this card for one of the Hope You Can Cling to Challenges on Split Coast (There was a challenge every day in Oct and we're sending all our cards to the Anderson Cancer Center in TX for patients and visitors to use)  This challenge was to use cork on your card.  The badge is from Sheriff and the Bless Your Heart is from Yonder Star that was peeked on Tuesday)

Next I made a card using the Cabin Plaid background stamped in yellow.  The 'Festive Greetings' sentiment is from yesterday's peeked set, Compliments of the Season - Two, and the beautiful star is from the first day of peeks set - Yonder Star.  These sets work so well together, don't you think?!

Note: For all the new large background stamps - Claire recommends placing the stamp face up on a large acrylic block, inking it up, and then laying the card stock over the stamp rubbing all over the back of the card stock with your fingers to get the best results.
Here's the inside of my card using the same inks as the front, Cantaloupe and Nautical Blue.  These stamps are both from Yonder Star.  This card is 4 1/4" x 4 1/4"
And my final contribution today - is a fun little card using Half Pint Heroes - Additions.  You remember Half Pint Heroes right?!  This little set of 2 images and several sentiments is an ADDITION to that set!   I also used the Cabin Plaid background stamp on the two panels here..

Tomorrow we will be peeking one more set for the release (it's a real cutie!!) and it's also New Release Day!

We'll be here at 2:00 pm EST with our posts so Claire has time to reset the store with the new stamps - be sure to have your wish list handy!  We will be having a DT Blog Waltz and you could win a stamp set of your choice!

Off we go for more inspiration one more time at the rest of the Design Team blogs!

Bonnie Sharp
Lynn Mercurio
 Belinda Chang Langer
 Sarah Martina Parker
Tosha Leyendekker
 Anya Schrier
Kelly Schirmer
Sandie Dunne
 Clare Buswell
 Becca Feeken
Julia Aston - you are here!
Jennifer Holmes
 Laurie Schmidlin
Claire Brennan

Sheriff Mirror
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse -  Sheriff (available 11/2), Way Out West, Back in the Saddle
Paper:  white - PTI, Basic Grey - SU
Ink:  Versafine Onyx  Black, Memento London Fog and Gray Flannel
Accessories:  Circle punch - SU, silver pearls - Michaels, Scor Tape, mirror from Dollar Store

Bless Your Heart
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - sheriff's badge from Sheriff set, Bless Your Heart from Yonder Star set (available 11/2)
Paper: Kraft, Hibiscus Burst - PTI, thin cork - Staples
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Vintage Photo Ranger Distress
Accessories: scor tape, foam tape, rhinestones - Michaels, heart punch - Marvy Uchida

Festive Greetings Card:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Cabin Plaid, Compliments of the Season - Two, Yonder Star (available 11/2)
Paper:  White, enchanted evening - PTI
Ink:  Memento Cantaloupe and Nautical Blue
Accessories:  rhinestone - from stash, small gems - Adorn It, glue dots 

Once Upon A Time
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Half Pint Heroes - Additions, Cabin Plaid (available 11/2)
Paper:  white - PTI
Ink:  Memento Teal Zeal, Versafine - Spanish Moss
Accessories:  Copics - R20, RV21, E00, E51, E35, B24, C6, YG95, foam tape, Adornit Gems.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Day 2 - WMS Sneak Peek - Compliments of the Season - Two

Wow -  did you just love the Western Christmas peeks yesterday!  Thanks for all of your lovely comments left.  Today we're moving right along to two more of the Waltzingmouse November Release sets -  Compliments of the Season - Two, a small set of 7 sentiments in varying sizes - and Vintage Christmas Background.  Many of you probably already have last year's Compliments of the Season set - so this will be a wonderful addition for you!
For some reason I immediately thought Silver and Blue with these stamps - so that's what I used for my peeks today!

First, the card -  I silver embossed this beautiful Vintage Christmas Background stamp on Enchanted Evening card stock.  Then I silver embossed this wonderfully ornate sentiment on the same color.  I layered both to Pewter Mirror Paper.  I adhered the sentiment to the background with foam tape and layered them both onto the white card base.  Then I added little silver pearls to several spots on the sentiment and larger ones to the bottom corner.
 Here's what I stamped inside - Don't you love the pretty design and fonts on this!?!
Next I made a little ornament gift tag using the same blue and silver papers.  I simply layered two sizes of the 2012 Heirloom Ornament Spellbinders dies - one silver and one blue - punching a hole through the tops and looping this fun silver/blue Glitter Eyelash yarn through the holes.  I silver embossed this smaller sentiment from the set, cut it with an oval Nestability and layered it to the blue ornament.
Here's what I stamped on the back using stamps from yesterday's peeked set - Yonder Star. Wouldn't this look lovely on a Holiday gift?!

Once again - let's go around and see what the rest of the Design Team has created with these two pretty sets!

We'll be having Day 3 of the peeks tomorrow!  Hope you can stop by again!  Which sets are your favorites so far?

Bonnie Sharp
 Lynn Mercurio
 Belinda Change Langner
 Sarah Martina Parker
 Tosha Leyendekker
 Anya Schrier
 Kelly Schirmer
Sandie Dunne
Clare Buswell
 Becca Feeken
Julia Aston - you are here!
Jennifer Holmes
 Laurie Schmidlin
 Claire Brennan

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Vintage Christmas Background, Compliments of the Season - Two (available Nov 2)
Paper:  White, Enchanted Evening - PTI, Pewter Mirror - The Paper Company (Joanne's)
Ink:  Versamark, Enchanted Evening - PTI, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  hot gun, silver embossing powder, foam tape, silver pearls - Michaels, 2012 Heirloom Ornament dies - Spellbinders, glitter eyelash yarn - Martha Stewart, Oval Nestabilities. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Day 1 - WMS Sneak Peek - Yonder Star

Welcome to the 1st day of the Design Team Sneak Peeks for the November Waltzingmouse Release!  Today we are previewing a wonderful Cowboy Western Christmas Holiday Set called Yonder Star and a coordinating Yonder Star Background stamp!

This set is perfect for cards for all those cowboys and cowgirls in our lives - it includes 7 sentiments, 2 large stars that look very much like quilt stars, two small stars, a To: and From: a pretty leafy triangle and the word Joy - for endless creativity!

Here I have stamped one of the sentiment quotes from the set in two different colors of ink - Nautical Blue for the top half and Elderberry for the bottom half.  This quote says:

"Best Wishes for Your Christmas is all you get from me, 'cause I ain't no Santa Claus, Don't own no Christmas Tree.  BUT if wishes was health and money, I'd fill your buck-skin poke, your doctor would go hungry an' you never would be broke".  Charlie Russell

In case you are wondering -  Charlie Russell was an artist who painted the old American west and this was one of his Christmas card messages - you can see his info on Wikipedia here.

I cut the sentiment with a rectangle Nestability and sponged it with Scattered Straw before taking it out of the die.  I stamped the background on a separate panel in Nautical Blue and sponged the edges with Scattered Straw.  I tied the wrinkled seam tape around the panel, layered the sentiment over the ribbon with foam tape and layered it all on the card base.

Inside I stamped one of the two stars in this set (they look like quilt designs!) and layered another of the sentiments over the star - sponging those edges as well.

Let's go take a peak at what the rest of the Design Team has created with this set!  Here are the links!

Please stop by tomorrow for Day 2 of the Sneaks!!

Bonnie Sharp
Lynn Mercurio
 Belinda Change Langner
Sarah Martina Parker
Tosha Leyendekker
 Anya Schrier
 Kelly Schirmer
Sandie Dunne
Clare Buswell
Becca Feeken
Julia Aston  - you are here!
Jennifer Holmes
 Laurie Schmidlin
Claire Brennan
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Yonder Star, Yonder Star Background (to be released Nov 2)
Paper:  Rustic Cream - PTI
Ink:  Memento Nautical Blue and Elderberry, Ranger Distress Scattered Straw
Accessories:  Wrinkled Seam Tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, rectangle Nestability, foam tape.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Barkday Bookmark

I made a bookmark for Tammie's Who Let the Dogs Out HYCCT challenge on Split Coast - to use a dog image (cancer patients and their families often have a 'ruff' day)

This is also for the SCS Queen for the Day, who is Glowbug - I cased her In the Garden bookmark.  I used a different stamp on the bookmark, brown instead of blue, and I added the dog stamp and birthday sentiment.

The dog and sentiment are from Paper Smooches.  The bookmark stamp and die are from Our Daily Bread Designs.

And finally this is also for the Cas-ual Friday challenge - to use Kraft.

My picture shows two bookmarks - one slipped on a page and the other taken off the page so you can see the full size. I kept it all flat so it wouldn't be bulky when in use!

Stamps: Bookmark birds - Our Daily Bread Designs, Dog and Happy Bark Day from Birthday Buddies - Paper Smooches
Paper: Kraft - Gina K Designs
Ink: Archival Coffee
Accessories: Scor Tape, Copic - E37, Circle Punch - SU, Bookmark die - Our Daily Bread Designs

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Leaf Kissing

For this fall card, I combined another HYCCT challenge - to use the stamp kissing technique with this week's sketch over at Split Coast. 

For my 'kissing' I used a solid leaf stamp and a gingham background stamp - both from Waltzingmouse.  First I inked up the leaf with Peanut Brittle - then I inked the gingham background stamp with one of the darker colors listed in my supplies below.  Then I 'kissed' or pressed the stamps together - and when I stamped the leaf on the cardstock - it had the gingham on it!

I used 3 different patterned papers from the DCWV Fall Stack for the panels. I sponged the leaf panel and the base panel with Ranger Distress Scattered Straw and added some rhinestones.

This busy sketch was a challenge for me as I'm more of a CAS girl at heart but I think I got it done!

Remember to check out Claire's blog - she's sneak peeking the Nov Waltzingmouse Release!  The Design Team will start their peeks on Tues Oct 30th so be sure to check back!

Stamps: Waktzingmouse - leaf and sentiment from Blessed by You, gingham from Gingham & Co
Paper: vintage Cream, dark chocolate - PTI, DP DCWV Fall Stack 2
Ink: Memento Peanut Brittle, Bamboo Leaves, Rhubarb Stalk, Versafine Olympic Green, Archival Coffee, Ranger Distress Scattered Straw
Accessories: rhinestones - Kaiser

Friday, October 26, 2012


Another two-for card from me today - I combined the SCS Featured Stamper challenge with one of the  Hope You Can Cling To challenges (we're sending our cards to MD Anderson Cancer Center all month!)

Marcie (Disaster) was the Featured Stamper - her gallery is FAR from a disaster! I was inspired by many of her cards but finally settled on her F4A84 card. I used different stamps and colors but the same underwater sub theme and design. My card is 4 1/4 x 4 1/4

I cased that card because I wanted to use acetate for Bev's HYCCT challenge which was Clearly Hopeful - to use something clear on your card

I punched the windows out of the submarine and layered acetate behind them. I stamped the face, layered it to the card and adhered the sub over the face with foam tape. I also used clear green rhinestones.  These cutie pie stamps are from Half Pint Heroes from Waltzingmouse.

Be sure to check out Claire's blog for her daily sneak peeks for the November Waltzingmouse Release!  The Design Team will start their sneak peeks on October 30th and the new release will be on Nov 2nd!  You'll love her new sets!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Half Pint Heroes
Paper: Soft Stone, Ocean Tides, Clear Acetate - PTI, DP Salt Air Cosmo Cricket
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copics: R20, E00, E35, G21, T2, Circle punch - EK success, hole punches, foam tape, rhinestones - Kaiser