Switching to Witching | Waltzingmouse Sketch 112


I know it's still early, but I've been ready to switch over to the fall season. And it's almost here! My most favorite time to craft is during the fall season.

Last year, I realized it was my favorite season to craft for a few reasons...one, the craft room is much cooler and I am not a big fan of the heat. Second, I find that sticking with a few choice colors in warm autumn tones makes creating so much faster. Sometimes I find that having too many color choices makes me indecisive and choosing the colors takes me longer than making the card. 

Are any of you like that? Or is it just me? lol!

Today I am sharing my take on the new Waltzingmouse sketch this week. I have been anxious to use my Halloween themed Waltzingmouse stamps since they were put away last year and I finally couldn't wait any longer. 

The witch and sentiment are both from Midnight Feast. For effect, I used some distress ink and Copics to add some shading and shadows behind the witch. Then I added layers of pretty trim, washi tape, glittery stars, and buttons. I just love all that texture!

Oh! And one more thing before I go...have you seen the new Waltzingmouse stamps in the shop today? If not, you might want to check them out. An amazing collection! My favorite collection so far!

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to stop by the Waltzingmouse Sketch challenge blog to see what the design team has created with this sketch and all the details on how to play along too! Until next time...

Background Stamping | Waltzingmouse Sketch 111


I'm holding on to the last few days before the kiddos go back to school. Trying to fit it all into our schedule during this last weekend before school starts. Obviously, I don't want them to go back for selfish reasons of my own, but what's a mom to do? 

Before I head out for this weekend's last summer hurrah, I wanted to share a card I created for the new sketch posted over at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog.

This time the sketch calls for using your stamps to create a background. I decided on a floral background with a pink, green, and aqua color palette. Yum!

I used the Big Blooms Poinsettia set to randomly stamp the flowers and leaves around the corners of my card followed by the label from Very Vintage Labels No. 4 and a sentiment from Afternoon Tea Sentiments. 

And since I love texture on my cards, I added some fabric trimmings, twine, and buttons. 

To play along with us and create your own card based on this week's sketch, gather your favorite Waltzingmouse stamps to create a backgound and link it up over at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog.

Don't have any Waltzingmouse stamps? You can visit Claire's shop for some free digi images to use. 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Stamps Used for "Time for You" Card: 

Group Project for Clear and Simple Stamps


Welcome to a Clear and Simple Stamps Group Project. Today, we are showcasing projects using an all white, monochromatic theme in honor of that silly saying "no wearing white after Labor Day."

So at first I thought to myself, "All white! That's a tough one!" But after thinking about some of my favorite embellishments like, paper doilies, paint, twine, and glitter...I realized that all of these embellishments were all white. Hey, I can do this challenge after all!

Here is what I created...

I created a card with a coordinating envelope using as many white embellishments I could find. I started by using acrylic paint to "white wash" the woodgrain patterned paper from the Howdy Doody collection from My Mind's Eye. I love the end result and how it looks sort of shabby chic. 

Now I know you can't see it very well in the photos (bummer), but I die cut the banners using the Favor Flags die and used the Favor Flags Fillers polka-dot stamp to emboss them with white embossing powder. In person, this is so pretty. I really wish my camera was able to pick up that detail. Oh well!

Last, I dressed up my card and envelope with some white paper doilies and gray/white baker's twine. For a little bling, I added some white glitter using double-sided adhesive and finished the card with a sentiment from the All Occasions 1 set - I just adore that beautiful font!

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has created for our CSS Group Project. Until next time...

Suzanne Dahlberg (Guest Designer)

Supplies Used for Congratulations Card/Envelope:

Back in the Saddle | Waltzingmouse Stamp Sketch 110


Hi everyone! Is summer still in full swing where you are? I'm telling you...it's been crazy hot here this past week. And I could just about eat some ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner just to stay cool. Nothing wrong with that is there? 

I've been taking advantage of the cool evenings by getting some of my crafting done, including this card for the new sketch over at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog. 

I just love the Back in the Saddle stamp set and used it to create a little "pick me up and 'git along" kind of card. lol!

I guess it can be used as a get well card or just something to brighten someone's day.

And I just love how the sentiment is already framed with those pretty scrolling lines that Claire does so well in her stamps. 

Well, it's about as hot as can be here in my craft room. I'm going to go cool off now. Until next time...

P.S. I still have that mini album tutorial to post here very soon. I didn't forget (wink!).

Summer Party Hop | Clear and Simple Stamps


Welcome to a Clear and Simple Stamps party hop! Each designer has been asked to create a fun party ensemble using any of the new Collection 4 products paired with the new Party Elements: Celebration set. So be sure to hop to each of the designer blogs at the end of this post to see all the fun party ideas to be shared. 

Before I get started on my project, I first want to mention that my sweet daughter has staged and taken all the photos you see in this blog post. She spent a lot of time choosing the props and designing the layout of each photo trying to get everything juuuuust right. I wanted to thank her for her creative "eye" and a love for the camera. I think she did an amazing job! 

While summer is still here and the weather has been hot and perfect, I created a fun summer pool party ensemble complete with invitations, coordinating envelopes, party favors, and even little straws for drinks at the party!

The invitations were created with the new Party Elements: Celebration set now available in the CSS shop. My favorite part about this set is the new "grid style" invitation layouts available for both horizontal and vertical layouts. It makes mass producing so simple because you don't have to line anything up....just stamp once and move on to the next!

To decorate each piece, I also used the beach ball from one of my favorite sets - Beach Bum and some fun washi tapes to embellish the matching envelope. 

These party favors were created by folding small glassine bags and topping them off with the Toppers Dies Combos and stamping with the chevron pattern from Toppers Fillers

For a fun way to dress up those drinks for a hot summer pool party, I decorated some paper straws by die cutting a banner from Favor Flags Dies and stamping them with the Favor Flags Fillers. Have you seen all the different uses that the design team has been sharing with these favor flag dies? There are some seriously creative uses going on. I hope you'll check them all out!

Now hop on over to see what the rest of the design team has created for our party hop to celebrate the new Party Favors: Celebration set and the CSS Collection 4...

Supplies Used:

                                   Beach Bum

School Notebooks | Clear and Simple Stamps Release in Review


Hello, there! I have a fun project to share with you today. A little something special I created for my kiddos. My original plan was to give these to them on their first day back at school; however, they already spotted me creating them and instead, provided their input on the colors they each wanted. 

So, today I am sharing these little school notebooks I created using the new Rag Dolls series from Clear and Simple Stamps

These little notebooks are upcycled from those freebies you get with someone's advertising on them. (Sorry, to whomever was the advertising company, but your notebooks were not that cute and I needed to dress them up a bit.)

They are small - only 3 x 5 inches, but perfect for tucking inside a backpack pocket. 

I used both Willa: OMG and Jake: Cool stamp and die combo set. Yes, these cuties come with their own dies included with the stamp set. I love that!

I had fun paper piecing them with scraps leftover in my stash and giving them some life with the help of some Copic coloring. 

For both the front and back covers, I used the new Sunburst stamp to cover up some white Bazzil Basics paper. I love the texture of these papers and how it gives your stamping a little something special. Reminds me of a canvas painting. 

Last, I decorated each notebook with a some Gray/White Baker's Twine. After giving these notebooks to each of my kiddos, they've decided to each write me little notes each day or draw me a special picture, then return the notebooks to me when they are filled. 

I've been enjoying seeing what they draw for me. My son has been drawing pictures for me. My daughter has been writing a "joke of the day" on each page. Seeing these little notebooks years from now will be very special to me. 

And now, what started out as a gift for them, ended out being a gift for me! 

To see more Rag Dolls project ideas, be sure to see what the rest of the design team has created...

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time...

Supplies Used for School Notebooks:

Sweet Treats | Clear and Simple Stamps Release in Review


Hi everyone! I'm back. Sharing another project created with the newest items released during the last month over at Clear and Simple Stamps. 

Did you know that there were over 75 new products added during the month of July? That's a whole lot of stamping. Be sure to check out all the new stuff for Collection 4 right here.

This week, the Clear and Simple Stamps team has been reviewing all the new products in the shop and today we are showcasing the theme of Sweet Treats. So many possibilities available for creating a sweet little treat, gifts, and projects all packaged up.

Let's take a look...

I just love sending treat bags. They are such a simple gift, perfect for a thank you gift, a party favor, or when you need a quick little gift but don't have time to run to the store. That's usually my excuse most of the time. Besides, it gives me plenty of reason to keep extra chocolate around the house. lol!

I just love these clear bags. They are the perfect size and have a flat bottom. Ideal for filling with all sorts of goodies. 

I trimmed some patterned paper to form the base of my treat bag and placed it inside. For the front, I used the Rag Doll House die and stamped a bakery from the Rag Doll House: Shop stamp set. Added a little paper piecing and foam dots to give the bakery some dimension. I love the small details like that. 

Inside the treat bag, I filled it with yummy Hershey's Chocolate Nuggets. Each piece was decorated using the Wrap-A-Round dies and stamped with the Wrap-A-Round stamp set. I just adore this set! So many ways to customize and color coordinate your treats for any occasion or gift. Think birthdays, showers, and the holidays. Wouldn't these be adorable for Halloween? Or filled in a Christmas stocking? Oh, I just can't wait to use these all year long.

I better buy more chocolate. Just to be prepared for all the crafting I plan on doing. You know, just in case. (wink!)

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has created with the Sweet Treats theme...

Clear and Simple Stamps

Thanks for stopping buy!

Supplies Used for Sweet Treats: