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.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge 5

Hi there,

I'm popping in really quick with my card for the latest Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge. Here is the sketch...

and here is my interpretation...

I should apologise for the quality of the photo - I wasn't able to take it in daylight, so I may have another go at taking one in the morning. Nevertheless, I hope you like what you see and thanks so much for taking the time to look :)

Helen x


Stamps: Fancy Phrases, Vintage Labels 4 : Waltzing Mouse Stamps
Cardstock: Brown: Papermill; Kraft: Bazill
Ink: Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip : Stampin Up
Designer Trim, Scalloped Sparkler Button : Websters Pages
Brown Velvet Ribbon: American Crafts
Labels 4 die : Spellbinders Nestabilities

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Summertime - where did it go??

I enjoyed Chris's challenge over at A Passion for Papertrey so much (and they do make you feel SO welcome), that I thought I would have a go at their current challenge which is to make a 'Summertime' themed card. I really didn't have any particular layouts in mind until I thought back to my childhood memories of summer holidays and remembered running over the sand dunes with my sister at Hunstanton Beach on the East Coast. The rest of the card just followed from there really :).
The little flip-flop stamp had never been inked-up before so I was delighted to be able to use the image on this card, especially as I practically live in Flip-Flops during the summer. The blue polka dot parasol is actually an umbrella from the Scattered Showers stamp set and the sand dunes are cut out and layered from old Stampin Up Patterned Paper. The background pattern for the sky is from Background Basics - Retro.

I had fun playing along with this challenge and look forward to the next one!

Thanks for looking :)

Helen x

Stamps: Scattered Showers, Round & Round, Background Basics : Retro - PTI; Flip Flop stamp - Snag 'em Stamps by Imaginesce
Ink: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores - PTI; Versamark; Barely Banana - Stampin Up; Blue Chalk ink by Colorbox
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores - PTI; Patterned Papers - Stampin Up, Whisper White - Stampin Up
Other: Twine, White Embossing Powder - Stampin Up; Yellow Button - Hero Arts, Pink Flower Sequin & crystal gem from stash; Corner Rounder Punch - X-Cut; Sewing Machine & Cotton Thread.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Wibbly Wobbly Ribbon & A Round Card

Hi there, just popping in to share a card I have made for the "Round Card" Challenge over at A Passion For Papertrey.

I can't remember if I've ever made a completely round shape card, but enjoyed making this dinky little one!! It's also my first attempt at wibbly wobbly ruffled ribbon (which other people seem to be able to make look so beautiful - Oh well, there's always next time!!)

Hope you like the card, thanks for looking!!

Helen :)

Stamps: Fillable Frames 1 - PTI
Ink: Pixie Pink - stampin Up
Cardstock: Spring Rain - PTI, Cream - Papermill, Patterned Papers
Ribbon: Fresh Snow - PTI
Pink Rose: Prima
Pink adhesive gems: Kaiser
Other: Nestabilities Circle & Scallop Circle Dies, Foam Dimensional Adhesive, Double sided sticky tape.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Golden Wedding Wishes

Today I would love to share a couple of cards I made to wish two very special people a very "Happy Golden Wedding Anniversary". Here's hoping that you have a wonderful time with friends at your "blessing" and special lunch today x

I wanted to keep it simple but sophisticated and really wanted the golden heat embossed cross, gold cardstock & ribbon all shimmer and shine without being too overpowering (I hope!).

And here's the other card I made - all with my beloved Waltzing Mouse Stamps :)

Thanks for looking :)

Helen x

Stamps: Waltzing Mouse - Celtic Heritage, Fancy Phrases, Roses in Bloom. PTI - Fancy Flourishes
Cardstock: Cream - PaperMill; Gold - PTI;
Patterned Paper: Pink Petticoat -
Other: Gold Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, Scor-Pal, Dimensional foam adhesive, Spellbinders nestabilities classic circles small, ribbon from stash.