Saturday, 4 December 2010

WMSC26 - L'il Tag

Hi there everyone,

Wow, where did that week go?? Thank you so much to all the 10 lovely ladies who absolutely made my week by leaving me such kind, thoughtful comments about my last card for the Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge. I do really appreciate every single one of them!

Anyway, onto my next attempt!! Here is this weeks sketch....

and here is what I came up with. I originally planned to make a mini-card but I decided it would make a lovely little I've taken shots before and after I added the ribbon and twine at the top!!

I used some of my favourite things - yummy Waltzing Mouse stamps - aren't those little cheeky gingerbread fellas adorable? and some My Minds Eye papers from the "Colorful Christmas" line. I am just loving silk ribbon and the red & white bakers twine right now *happy sigh*.

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look!

Helen x

Stamps: Bountiful Baskets Additions - Waltzing Mouse Stamps; Alphabet - Hero Arts
Ink: Brocade Blue, Real Red - Stampin Up
Copic Markers
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Small Scalloped Cirle Large
Papers: My Minds Eye - Colorful Christmas
Ribbon: Red Ho, Ho, Ho - Papermania; Cornflower Blue Silk Ribbon - May Arts (from The Ribbon Girl), Bakers Twine - The Ribbon Girl
White Vintage Button - Papertrey Ink
Other: Foam Dimensionals, White Flowersoft, Two Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter - Stampin Up, Tombow Mono Multi Glue

Sunday, 28 November 2010

WMSC25 - Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge

Here is my entry for the wonderful Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge - now in it's 25th Week!!. I really liked the simple lines of this sketch and was feeling inspired by all the cold, snowy, frosty weather we've been having here in the UK. I decided to have a go and make an icy inspired Christmas card.

I began by using a stamping some text in Versamark ink onto a square of cream card and then embossed using silver embossing powder. I then stamped the beautiful frame on top of this using the same process and added some colour using a powder blue copic marker.
I created my ornament by first stamping in silver Encore ink and then adding the detail using heat and stick powder followed by dazzling diamonds glitter. I then added some tiny seed pearl beads for definition. I stamped the little snowflake stamp onto some cream and silver patterned paper using Versamark and then embossed in silver and cut out by hand. A silver dew-drop gem for the centre and some tiny blobs of stickles hopefully bring it to life!

I really do hope you like my card and am going to go visit all the other blogs and enjoy everyone elses creations now!!

Have a fantastic weekend and enjoy the week ahead x


Stamps: Very Vintage Christmas, Very Vintage Labels No. 2 - Waltzing Mouse Stamps; Text Style II, Vintage Ornaments - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Kraft - Bazill; Vintage Cream - PTI
Ink: Versamark; Vintage Cream - PTI, Encore Ink in Silver
Copic Marker - B41 Powder Blue
Other: Silver Embossing Powder - Stampin Up; Heat Gun; Blue Velvet Ribbon, Tiny Seed Pearl Beads, Foam Dimensionals, Star Dust Stickles, Dew Drop Adhesive gems, Cream silk crochet twine, Silver edged White ribbon.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

A few little somethings....

something pink and unashamedly girly :)

in love with bookmarks!! Easy peasy Christmas stocking fillers I think :)

something to celebrate my brother in law's engagement....

Just sharing a few little somethings I've made :) Seems ages since my last blog takes over sometimes x

All the best,

Helen x

Monday, 13 September 2010

Fresh Greens!!

Before I go any further I have to have a little "toot toot" as my card made the top 3 Waltzingmouse awards for last week's sketch challenge!! I just love joining in the Waltzingmouse sketch challenges each week and look forward to see what the new layout will be!! And I have another card to share for this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge which I believe may also fit The Shabby Tea Room "Fresh Living" inspired challenge.

I stamped the label image in pale green ink onto aqua cardstock and then heat embossed the sentiment and little flourish with white embossing powder. I then used my white signo gel pen to add a little extra definition to the oval shape of the frame. I was so worried about a wobbly line that I think I actually held my breath the whole time I was drawing!! You can also see the cotton scallop lace trim better in this photo too!!

I stamped the beautiful border image from Waltzingmouse Very Vintage Christmas to create some custom patterned paper - my lack of skill in photography hasn't quite captured all the detail on this card because I also scored vertical lines at 1/4" inch intervals to guide my stamping using my's a close up......

I hope you enjoyed what you have seen today - have a great week and hope to see you again!!

Helen x

Stamps: Technique Tuesday - Loving Words by Ali Edwards; Waltzingmouse Stamps: Very Vintage Christmas, Very Vintage Labels 4 (flourish)
Ink: Certainly Celery, white embossing powder - Stampin Up; Aqua Mist, Fresh Snow - PTI
Cardstock: Kraft - Bazill; Aqua Mist - PTI
Ribbon: White Grosgrain, green grosgrain - Stampin Up
Other: Lace cotton trim on card edge - Websters Pages; white flower button - PTI; Adhesive pearl - Kaisercraft; Rose - Prima; Mini Clothes-Peg; Sewing Machine; Scor-Pal

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Waltzingmouse Goodness & a card for Sketch Challenge 13

Hello and Happy Weekend to you!!

So, another week's gone by and it's time for another fantastic Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge - WMSC13!! Wow, the Design Team and Mischief Makers really got us off to a great start with all their inspirational cards :)

This is the sketch we had to use to play along....

and here is my card:-)

I got in a bit of a muddle trying to decide which panels would go where at times but finally settled on the layout you see in the photo. I stamped the background using the beautiful lacey border from "Victorian Fripperie" stamp set onto Websters pages patterned paper using Versamagic Pink Petunia chalk ink. I also stamped extra details from Vintage Lables 5 and Victorian Fripperie onto the main square frame onto patterned paper - I just love this effect at the moment!! It may not show up too well in the photo, but also I stamped the gorgeous circular stamp from VF in Versamagic Pixie Dust Chalk ink - just to add a little extra detail - and then stamped the sentiment in soft brown over the top.
Zig-zag stiching, lace, pearls & pins and vintage button are my favourite finishing touches - I so enjoyed pulling this card together :) I hope you like it too!

Stamps: Victorian Fripperie, Vintage Labels 5 - Waltzingmouse Stamps; Signature Greetings - Papertrey Ink
Ink: VersaMagic Dew Drop Chalk ink: Pink Petunia & Pixie Dust; Close to Cocoa - Stampin Up
Patterned Paper: Websters Pages Digi - Magical Wishes Collection
Cream Cardstock: Southfield
Other: Vintage Button: Websters Pages, String of Pearls (manufacturer unknown), Offray Ribbon - sweet nectar; Pearl Headed pins

Friday, 3 September 2010

WMSC12 - Happy Anniversary JB x x x

Although I'm a little late, (and have probably missed the deadline by now) I wanted to share an Anniversary card I have just made for my husband. I used this weeks Waltzing Mouse Sketch (WMSC12) for my layout. I was holding out for my new stamps to arrive and the postman only delivered them this morning-isn't that just the way when you're desperately waiting for something!!
Anyway, my husband is a real outdoors person so the natural, earthy colours are hopefully going to be right up his street!!

Here is the sketch and my take on it below....Have a fantastic weekend x x x

Stamps: Say it with Style; Very Vintage Labels 5
Cardstock: Stampin Up
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa - Stampin Up; Tea Dye Distress Ink - Tim Holtz
Rustic Twine from stash; Brown Button from my lovely Aunty!!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge 11

Hi there,

Its time for Waltzingmouse sketch challenge 11. Guess what? one lucky random participant will win TWO new sets due for release in September just for entering this sketch challenge-how fantastic is that??!!

Those lovely ladies have provided another fab sketch to challenge us all with!! Round cards are a bit of a challenge for me, but here goes!! Here is the sketch:

I must have been feeling Christmassy when I made this - inspired by a pictures i found of Scandinavian red and white Christmas decorations & candles...

and here is my take on it.....a little card/decoration to hang on the christmas tree and a cute snowy/icy looking snowflake soap to go with it (any excuse for me to make a soap these days-am really on a soap making kick at the moment!!)

and here is the matching soap....the sentiment reads "Let It Snow"

This is the first time I customised my own ribbon by stamping the beautiful border strip from Very Vintage Christmas in red onto some white ribbon. I also stamped the red plaid using the stamp from pic-nic Patterns onto white cardstock then stamped and embossed the beautiful lacey edged circle stamp from Vintage Circles Small and a snowflake image onto real red cardstock. I pulled it all together with some vintage cotton lace trim, red & white gingham ribbon, zig-zag stitching, some buttons, red thread and a little wooden Santa - so cute!!

Thanks so much for looking and hope you've enjoyed what you've seen :-)

Helen x

Stamps: Vintage Circles, Picnic Patterns Stamp Sets - Waltzingmouse Stamps; Snowflake Stamp (unsure of manufacturer)
Cardstock: Real Red - Stampin Up; White - Papermill
Ink: Versamark; Real Red - stampin Up
Other: Circle Nestabilities - Spellbinders; Vintage cotton trim - Websters Pages; Little wooden santa - Crafty Bitz; Gingham ribbon - from stash
For details of soap making supplies, see this post!

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

August Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz

Dear all,

Welcome to my blog for this August Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz!! The theme this month is Vintage/shabby.

The summertime cold seems to be doing the rounds in our house at the moment, so I don't have a card to share today, but do have a couple of other Vintage/Shabby inspired projects I created recently to show you. I do really hope you like them - I don't find this style particularly easy, but always like to have a good go!!.

The first is a scrap page which I did for my children to give to their Grandma for her birthday.....I should apolgize for my lousy photography!!

The second set of projects were inspired by this post by Lisa Johnson. I have always loved soaps and used to collect them when I was a little girl. My very first soap was a beautiful Lavender soap my sister brought home for me when she went on a school trip to the Alsace area in France back in the early '80s. I never dreamed I would be making my own, but was so inspired by Lisa's post I just had to get involved!!
I love using clear stamps in new and different ways, and soap making is no exception - you can use your stamps in a soap mould to create the most beautiful, unique (& also practical) gifts. Trust me, your stamps will be fine. Full instructions on how to use clear stamps for soap making can be found here on the Soap Queen blog.

I used the most beautiful Vintage looking Rose from Claire's "Roses in Bloom" stamp set to create my soap from scratch. I used and organic melt & pour soap base and added some Lavender essential oil for fragrance and some Aloe Vera Gel for it's skin moisturising properties.

Here is the rose stamp in the bottom of the square shaped soap mould....

After spritzing mould and stamp with some Surgical Spirit (Rubbing Alcohol) to stop the soap from sticking in the mould (bit like greasing a baking tin) I added some melted soap which I had coloured blue to the flower stamp and let it dry for 3-4 minutes.

I then went ahead and added the second white mixture and left to set for 4 hours and here's the end result - a pretty Waltzingmouse Stamps soap!!! Add some Vintage looking lace and you're done!!

I am hooked-what to try next??!! My mind is racing now about all my other stamps - so exciting!! I can just see the rabbit or lamb stamp images from "L'il Buddies" stamp set on a soap next. My boys love using their special homemade bumble bee soap!

These are some of the very first Lavender and Aloe Vera soaps I made which i gave as gifts recently....

I hope you've enjoyed what you've seen today and hope you enjoy the rest of the Waltz. I apologize if you're not as excited by soaps as me!! Hope you weren't too bored!! :)

Thanks for looking and hope to see you soon x

Helen x

Supplies for Scrapbook Page:

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps: Fancy Phrases; Very Vintage Labels 4; Seasons of Love - Tags
Amy Butler Clear Stamps: K&Co Lotus Floral stamp set
Ink: Versamark, Cameo Coral - stampin up; Tea Dye Distress Ink - Tim Holtz
Patterned Paper: Waltzingmouse Victorian digi paper collection in cream
Cream cardstock: Papermill
Websters Pages - Sparklers Vintage Scalloped Buttons; Bloomers Flower Trim
Adhesive Pearls: Kaiser Craft
Prima - Cameo Roses in Mandarin
Fiskars Squeeze Corner Punch

Supplies for Soap:
Stamps: Roses in Bloom - Waltzingmouse Stamps; Set of 4 soaps: Round & Round - Papertrey Ink; Butterfly soap: Amy Butler Lotus Floralstamps (as above)
Soap Moulds & cosmetic grade colouring: I found mine on ebay (UK) or here (US)
Organic Melt & Pour SLS/SLES free soap base: Auldhill Soap Company
Lavender Essential Oil, Aloe Vera Gel 99.9% pure - Local Health Food Shop
Surgical Spirit/Rubbing Alcohol: Local Pharmacy

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Happy Birthday Mum!!

Hi everyone,

Had such a lovely family day today as it's my mums birthday and wanted to share the little box I made using one of Claire's templates over at the Waltzingmouse store. Perfectly tucked inside are some homemade chocolate seashells made especially for their Grandma by my two little boys!!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and I'll be back on Tuesday 17th August to share something a little Vintage/Shabby for the Waltzingmouse Blog Hop.

Waltzingmouse template - A Piece of Cake
Cardstock: Doodlebug Design embossed scrolls
Patterned Paper: Websters Pages digi design - Make a Wish
Ribbon: from local craft store
Tissue paper flower: tissue paper; scallop cirle nestabilities - Spellbinders
Prima flower; Glue dots;

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge 8

Hello everyone in Blogland!!

I've just sneeked away to post a picture of the card I have made for this week's Sketch challenge over at Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Blog. Wow, as if this week's challenge wasn't hard enough I decided to make it doubly hard for myself and make a more masculine card for upcoming birthday!! I know, I must be nuts - especially being pressed for time with my boys at home for the holidays!!I seem to be getting slower and slower making cards these days, even when I'm supposed to be following a sketch, LOL! For some reason I decided to turn the sketch 90 degrees clockwise and worked from that.

Anyway, here is the sketch and my interpretation (if a little loose - the sketch is in there somewhere I promise!!) follows after that:

Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Stamps: Waltzing Mouse - Free Spirit Boy (Wreath - just seen); Fancy Phrases (Sentiment)
ink: Fresh Snow, Hawaiian Shores - PTI
Card: Papermill
Patterned Papers: Making Memories - Just Chillin'Boy Collection
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Circles Small
Buttons: from Stash
Sewing Machine & Thread

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge 6

Hi there,

I have been trying to make something to share on the latest Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog, but time just hasn't allowed til now!! I had in the back of my mind that I needed to get it sorted before the boys break up from school for the Summer holidays this Thursday.
Well, Sketch 6 was a tricky one for me but I was glad to challenge myself again (after lots of staring into thin air, looking at blank sheets of cardstock etc -you know how it goes sometimes right?? It was however my boys and their total love and fascination with nature that inspired me. I decided on Butterflies after spending a good half hour in the garden quietly watching the most beautiful butterflies enjoying the sweet smelling Buddleia bush.

Here is the sketch....

and here's my card.....

The butterflies I used on my card are from a kit called "Flutterbies" by Hero Arts and I simply resized them in Word and printed them on Parchment paper to give them a more delicate, lighter feel than printing on Cardstock. I created the blue background by stamping the stem image from pic-nic patterns repeatedly until the whole card was covered. I am always really pleased to be able to combine several different stamp sets to create something really unique and personal.

Anyway, I do really hope you like it and thanks for looking :)

Stamps: Pic Nic Patterns, Fancy Phrases - Waltzingmouse Stamps; Friends til the End, Round & Round - PTI
Digital Butterfly Stamp: "Flutterbies" by Hero Arts Digital
Cardstock: Spring Rain, Lemon Tart: Papertrey Ink
Butterflies printed onto parchment paper
Circle Nestabilities: Spellbinders
Ink: Blue: Colorbox Queue Chalk Ink; Basic Black: Stampin' Up

Saturday, 17 July 2010

July Friends of Waltzing Mouse Blog Waltz

Hello and welcome to my very small part in the HUGE monthly Waltzing Mouse Stamps Blog Waltz!! I am so excited to be a part of this again and can't wait to be inspired by such creative ladies!! The Waltz starts over at the Waltzing Mouse House Forum where you can pick up the threads should you wish to start at the beginning (definitely worth doing-you wouldn't want to miss out!!).

If I get time, I would really like to enter this into Kate & Aimes' current challenge over at the "A Passion for Papertrey" blog too.

Onto my card......The theme is the colours of summer... blue and green (any shades of your choosing). I hope the Kingfisher/teal blue colour I've used here are summery enough & still counts??!! I raided my mum's material stash as I knew I wanted to make a fabric flower, saw this silk & just fell in love!! This material is so beautiful in real life and I'm not sure that you will be able to see, but it is woven in such a way that it looks blue/green-depending which angle you're looking from. I used this fantastic post by the uber-talented Betsy Veldman to make the flower.

I used a few different stamps on this card but I am really pleased with how the scroll from Faux Fun Circles (Waltzing Mouse Stamps) fits so nicely around the flower!!

Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed the card and have a great time Waltzing around everyone else's blogs.

Stamps: Faux Fun Circles, Fancy Phrases, Pic-nic Patterns - Waltzing Mouse; Fillable Frames 1 - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Aqua Mist - Papertrey Ink; Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise - Stampin' Up
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores - Papertrey Ink
Embellishments: Flower Centres - Websters Pages; Aqua Blue Rhinestones - Kaiser
Ribbon: Old Olive - Stampin' Up
Other: Small Scalloped Cirles Large - Spellbinders Nestabilities; Fillable Frames 1 Die; Foam Dimensional Adhesive, glue dots, tombow multi purpose glue; needle and thread.