Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Play Date Cafe Challenge 96

Hiya!

I'm here this morning to share the fruits of my crafty labors last night. I feel like I've been really out of my routine for the whole month of August, and am finally getting back to things being normal. I was glad to have the chance to sit down and create.

I made this little pretty for this week's Play Date Cafe Challenge. This is our color story for this week:

Doesn't Jaclyn do an amazing job putting these together? I just love to look at all those pretty photos together.

Perhaps I've mentioned how much I have been loving these Wplus9 stamps? I can't wait until the new release countdown begins.. I used the Flora & Fauna I set for this card.

I started by stamping the dogwood branch in Coffee Archival Ink and then cut it out. I used chalk pastels to color the flowers... I love the soft look this gives, and it was perfect for this color challenge with the soft pastel colors.

The patterned paper I adhered to my card base is from Bo Bunny's et cetera Collection. It is a little difficult to see, but I also die cut a piece of the same patterned paper with the Scalloped Oval Die and then punched a small hole in each of the scallops. I adhered my flowers over top of this with dimensional adhesive.

So soft and pretty! I so enjoyed playing along with this challenge. Glad to see you here today, I hope your day is fantastic!

Anya

Recipe
STAMPS: Flora & Fauna, Very Vintage Greetings - Wplus9
CARDSTOCK: Fine Linen, Rustic Cream - Papertrey Ink
PATTERNED PAPER: et cetera Collection (Watermark) - Bo Bunny
INK: Coffee Archival Ink, Antique Linen, Walnut Stain Distress Ink - Ranger Industries; Oasis Green VersaMagic - Tsukineko
OTHER: Scalloped Oval Die - Wplus9; Simple Scallop Edge Punch - Martha Stewart Crafts; Stampin' Pastels - Stampin' Up!; Vintage Cream Satin Ribbon - Papertrey Ink; Corner Chomper - We R Memory Keepers; 1/16" Circle punch; Sewing machine

Monday, August 29, 2011

Thanks Sew Much

Happy Monday morning, my sweet friends!

Thank you all for the wonderful birthday wishes - I so appreciate you taking the time to stop by. And I *loved* reading about all your different favorite cakes!! We had a few cheesecakes, a few of my 'Burgh friends rate Burnt Almond Torte as their favorite (definitely up there, and actually the cake I had for my big day :), and some other family favorites that just sound yummy. Thank you all again - now you have to share the recipes! ;)

The winner of the Say It Loud stamp set was chosen by Random.org:

That was Barb!

Barb, send me an email with your mailing address and I will send your stamp set to you right away!

Here's a card for you today, something easy and cute whipped up for this week's CASE Study Challenge.

I combined patterned papers from October Afternoon and Cosmo Cricket to play off of the sewing-themed sentiment from Sewing Box Hugs. I love the look of stamping on patterned paper but always sort of forget about it. Not this time - cute stuff!

So glad to see you here today, thanks again gals!

Anya

Recipe
STAMPS: Sewing Box Hugs - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Ocean Tides - Papertrey Ink
PATTERNED PAPER: The Thrift Shop - October Afternoon; Material Girl - Cosmo Cricket
INK: Jet Black Archival Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Fillable Frames #7 Die - Papertrey Ink; Yellow Button; Sewing machine

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Birthday Wishes


I love celebrating birthdays, don't you?

Well, today it is mine! And I thought it would be fun to celebrate by sharing a present with you! I have a brand new, shiny, all-ready-to-be-inked-and-loved copy of my favorite Say It Loud stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps just waiting for you!

Perfect, no? All you need to do is leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite kind of cake is. And if you don't like cake (really? you don't like cake?) tell me what you *do* like. Okie dokie? Me, I loooove this cake from the Oakmont Bakery in Pittsburgh that is almond cake with raspberry preserves filling and then buttercream icing on top. Ooh yummy! I can't wait to hear what you have to say - I will choose a winner on Monday, August 29th.

The card above is for my Dad, we share a birthday which is pretty cool. I was inspired by the Rocket Age paper collection from October Afternoon and went with a space theme. Does it look like orbiting planets to you? Just a bit of fun.

So glad you stopped in today and I can't wait to hear about your cake favorites! Big birthday hugs!

Anya

Recipe
STAMPS: Fancy Phrases - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Marina Mist, Going Gray - Stampin' Up!; Vintage Cream - Papertrey Ink
PATTERNED PAPER: Rocket Age - October Afternoon
INK: Night of Navy - Stampin' Up!; Antique Linen, Walnut Stain Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Various Circle Punches - EK Success; Sewing machine

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New Addition


Good morning! This week's Design Team challenge at Serendipity Stamps was to create a project with stripes and dots. We could use any images that we wanted as long as our cards had stripes and dots on them. Pretty easy! I chose to use the cute Baby Blocks stamp and pair it with gorgeous paper from Authentique.

I paper pieced the blocks with the same paper I used for the strips on the side. I love the pretty combination of pink and gray, and you can see all my fun stripes and dots! Isn't mixing patterns so much fun?

Thanks for stopping by today. Please be sure to visit the other Design Team members playing along today to see their take on this challenge!


See you tomorrow!

Anya

Recipe
STAMPS: Baby Blocks (631D), A New Addition (775D) - Serendipity Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Going Gray, Pink Pirouette - Stampin' Up!; Vintage Cream - Papertrey Ink
PATTERNED PAPER: Uncommon Collection - Authentique Paper
INK: Regal Rose - Stampin' Up!; Jet Black Archival Ink, Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Scallop Border Punch - Stampin' Up!; Stone Baker's Twine - The Twinery

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Celebrate Today


Good morning, my friends.

I am thinking of you today. I have a close friend from work who is having surgery for breast cancer this morning. She is one of the most wonderful people I have had the pleasure of meeting, and I am feeling particularly thoughtful about relationships, friends, hope and faith.

So here is a little card for you today, just a reminder to celebrate the ordinary and make the most of things.

Inspiration for this little number came from some of my favorite challenges, The Play Date Cafe Challenge and CASE Study Challenge. Our color story for PDCC #95 is the classic combo of navy, pink, and green.

And this week's CASE Study Challenge (#53) was to CASE Iwona herself, the blog's founder. If you've been to Chupa's blog before, you know that it is packed full of inspiration. I chose this card, and combined it with some paper piecing.

I used images from the Hope Seed Co. set from WPlus9. I love this set!

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope your day is wonderful!

Anya

Recipe
STAMPS: Hope Seed Co., Very Vintage Greetings - WPlus9
CARDSTOCK: White - Papertrey Ink
PATTERNED PAPER: My Mind's Eye; Scenic Route; Papertrey Ink
INK: Night of Navy - Stampin' Up!; Antique Linen, Walnut Stain Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Apron Lace Border Punch - Fiskars; Spring Moss Satin Ribbon, Hibiscus Burst Button - Papertrey Ink; Sewing machine

Monday, August 22, 2011

Happy Birthday - WMSC61


Hi there. How have you been? I've been taking a little break.. not necessarily voluntary, but sometimes things come up that you have to deal with. We're talking replacing tiles in the bathroom (not voluntarily), replacing cell phones (not voluntarily), and working way too much (also not voluntarily)!

I squeezed in a little cardmaking yesterday, making my sample for this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. Late is better than never, I say.

This week, sweet Sarah created our sketch. She also created a sketch for a scrapbook page layout! Sarah makes some pretty amazing scrapbook layouts and I can only wish to make something so awesome. So I made a card based on the card sketch:

And here is the card I made, keeping it simple for my brother-in-law's birthday (and since I made it 20 minutes before the guests started to arrive). It was just the kick start I needed.

I used papers from Cosmo Cricket's Get Happy Collection. These are perfect papers for teenage boys. Add a few punches, some baker's twine and a sentiment from Free Spirit Sentiments, and I was home free. Thanks for stopping by today!

Anya

Recipe
STAMPS: Free Spirit Sentiments - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade - Stampin' Up
PATTERNED PAPER: Get Happy - Cosmo Cricket
INK: Jet Black Archival Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Circle punches, Large Star punch - EK Success; Aqua Baker's Twine - Divine Twine

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

August Friends of WMS Waltz


Good morning, Waltzers! Welcome to the August Friends of WMS Blog Waltz. Today we're waltzing with a tea or coffee theme.

Here are the details: if you want to waltz along with us and you haven't yet linked up your project, head to the link list thread in the WMS Forum to link up your creation and view the other participants. There is also a thread for chatting about what you've seen. This month a random waltz participant will be chosen to receive a prize.

This month we are also saying farewell to Bonnie and Carly, who have stepped down from the WMS Design Team. I will miss both of these ladies more than I can tell you! Each brought something very special to our little group (more like a family!) and their absence is obvious! The DT thought it would be a perfect opportunity to waltz in their honor and let them know how much they mean to us!

So Bonnie and Carly, I just want you to know that I will always consider you both very special friends! And there is always time for friends!

This month I'm sharing a little gifty project - a set of tea towels with cute little tea cup appliques. I started with some flour sack towels I purchased (these are Martha Stewart from KMart). Then I stamped the large teacup image from Afternoon Tea Sentiments onto different patterns of coordinating fabric. I adhered the fabric to a fusible web and then cut my teacups out. A few minutes with the iron and voila! You could stitch around them if you wanted, but I chose not to.

Don't the patterned tea cups look so cute all lined up beside each other?! I tied them together with a cute little tag and that was it! These were really easy, and I think they turned out really cute! Just think of all the possibilities!

Glad you could stop in today, have fun waltzing! Please, if you could, stop by Carly and Bonnie's blogs and wish them good luck! We will miss them!

Anya

Recipe
Stamps: Afternoon Tea Sentiments - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: Manila Tags - Ranger Industries
Patterned Paper: Fly a Kite - October Afternoon
Ink: Coffee Archival Ink - Ranger Industries
Other: Flour Sack Towels - Martha Stewart; Assorted fabrics; Fusible webbing

Monday, August 15, 2011

Birthday Wishes

Good morning! Here is the card I'd like to share with you today: a combination of this week's Play Date Cafe Color Challenge and CASE Study Challenge.

Here is the color story for PDCC #94:

Such rich colors together - makes me think of fall! Oh how I love fall.

The CASE Study challenge this week was a fun one, too. Instead of CASEing a designer, we had the opportunity to case each other. I perused the galleries and chose this card from Monika Davis (from Challenge #48) as my inspiration:

And here is the card I created, using yummies from WPlus9:

I combined images from Very Vintage Greetings and Flora & Fauna I. I am loving, loving, loving these stamps.

Have a super day, sweets!

Anya

Recipe:
STAMPS: Very Vintage Greetings, Flora & Fauna I - WPlus9
CARDSTOCK: Island Indigo, So Saffron - Stampin' Up!; Rustic Cream - Papertrey Ink
PATTERNED PAPER: Early Bird - Cosmo Cricket
INK: Island Indigo, Early Espresso - Stampin' Up!; Walnut Stain Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Cappuccino Baker's Twine - The Twinery; Button

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Best Wishes


Good morning! Happy weekend!

I'm here today to bring you this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. One last fabulous sketch from Kelly Schirmer.

I have been invited to a bridal shower this weekend, so I wanted to create a card for the bride. I used You're Lovely and some other sets to create a collage-y sort of card. I envy those of you who can pull this style off! It never quite turns out like I see it in my head... :)

I combined PTI's Fine Linen cardstock with SU!'s Wisteria Wonder, one of the new In Colors. I'm a sucker for new colors, and I really like this dusty purple color.

I cut my fancy topper with a Labels 14 Nestability. This piece is actually connected to the base of the card - I trimmed the rest off and adhered it right to the front. I customized my ribbon by coloring it with a Copic marker.

Thanks for stopping by today - we hope you'll play along with us this week - head to the Waltzingmouse Stamps Sketch Challenge Blog to link up your creation. In addition to the Top Mice awards, a free stamp set is awarded each week to a random player!

Enjoy your Saturday!

Anya

Recipe
STAMPS: You're Lovely, Text It, Dainty Doilies 2 Small, Big Day Additions, Ovals Classic Frames - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Fine Linen, Vintage Cream - Papertrey Ink; Wisteria Wonder - Stampin' Up!
INK: River Rock, Wisteria Wonder - Stampin' Up!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Labels 14 Nestabilities - Spellbinders; Adhesive rhinestones - Recollections; Silk ribbon - Papertrey Ink; Copic marker; Sewing machine

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Big Top Birthday


Hi! How are you today? I'm having the kind of day where it takes me forever to do anything. I think I'm just distracted... I need to focus!

I had some fun playing with new stamps last night. Just a chance to sit down and create for the pure enjoyment of it :)

I used my shiny new Le Cirque stamp set from WPlus9. I never thought I would gravitate to a circus set, but yes my dears, I did and I *love* it. I think the silhouettes are so classy instead of campy, and there's just something about the tight rope walker. For today's card, I used the elephant image.

And who could go wrong with a coordinating die? I die cut 4 elephants from cream cardstock and stamped each of them in gray. Then I stamped them in 4 different colors on scrap cardstock so I could cut out the ball and blanket. I picked the colors based on my patterned paper - I knew I wanted to use this October Afternoon paper all along.

I added some strips of plain cardstock to the design to keep it from getting a little too busy and to give me something to help 'ground' my elephants. I stamped the ticket image from the Le Cirque set onto the pink strip.

I die cut and stamped the banner image, slightly curving the Happy and Birthday sentiments to fit inside. I added a bit of glitter with a glue pen to give it some oomph.

Love it - what fun! I hope you guys have a great day.. thanks for stopping in and I hope you are more productive than I have been!

Anya

Recipe
STAMPS: Le Cirque - WPlus9
CARDSTOCK: Vintage Cream - Papertrey Ink; Pear Pizzazz, Pretty in Pink, Crumb Cake - Stampin' Up!
PATTERNED PAPER: Fly a Kite - October Afternoon
INK: Going Gray, Pear Pizzazz, Marigold Morning, Marina Mist, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Regal Rose - Stampin' Up!; Coffee Archival Ink, Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Le Cirque die - WPlus9; Dazzling Diamonds glitter - Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

In the Water


Good morning! This week's Design Team challenge at Serendipity Stamps was to create a project of something on or in the water. I bet it comes as no surprise that I chose to use the Starfish and Seahorse images.

I kept my overall design simple, wanting to let the detailed images take center stage.

I embossed the starfish in white onto melon cardstock. I wanted my cards to have a beachy feel to them. I also embossed the sentiment.

After I had my card all assembled, I went in with a Copic marker and added some dots around the starfish.

Here is the one using the seahorse. I loved how the sentiment fit perfectly in the curve of the seahorse's tail.

I couldn't find a photo of a seahorse in our stash of underwater photos (we've only ever seen pygmy seahorses, which are very difficult to photograph) but I will share a starfish photo we took when we were in Indonesia in January:

I can't tell you how much I want to go diving again. The water is calling my name!

Thanks for stopping by today. Please be sure to visit the other Design Team members to see their take on this challenge!


Have a great day, friends!

Anya

Recipe
STAMPS: Seahorse (994D), Starfish (993E), Thank You II Horizontal (559E), Happy Birthday from Everyday Words Large Cling Set (471QCL) - Serendipity Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Melon Berry, Ocean Tides - Papertrey Ink; Crumb Cake - Stampin' Up!
INK: VersaMark - Tsukineko
OTHER: Detail White Embossing Powder - Stampendous; Copic markers


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Thanks for Being You



Hi there!

I'm combining challenges this morning, playing along with this week's Play Date Cafe Color Challenge as well as this week's CASE Study challenge.

At the PDCC, this was our color story:

At CASE study, we could pick any card we wanted from any of their designers to CASE. I chose this card from Teneale Williams (boy, she is fantastic!):

Here's the card I made.. I only sort of followed the rules!

I recently picked up this stamp in the dollar bin at JoAnn's (Studio 112 - K&Company) and it was on my desk just begging to be used. Following Teneale's fabulous layout, I used the PDCC colors to color in my image. The sentiment is from the Very Vintage Greetings set from WPlus9.

Glad you could stop by today!

Anya

Recipe
STAMPS: Art Nouveau Flower - Studio 112 (JoAnn Fabrics); Very Vintage Greetings - WPlus9
CARDSTOCK: Rustic White - Papertrey Ink
PATTERNED PAPER: Emma's Shoppe - Crate Paper; Basics Manilla - Basic Grey
INK: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink - Tsukineko
OTHER: Crinkle ribbon - MemrieMare on Etsy; Copic Markers; Sewing machine


Monday, August 8, 2011

Thankful for You


Good morning, my dears!

How was your weekend? Yesterday, I was so lucky to have the chance to hang out with some of my friends from college. One of our group welcomed a sweet little baby girl into the world a few weeks ago, and we met up to visit her. A few of my girls are close by, but a few aren't local anymore, so when we can get together I try and jump on it. Nothing like time with my besties. In October, all of us will be getting together for our 10 year reunion, and I cannot wait.

Anyway, I had the chance to play with some new stamps from Wplus9 (I feel an obsession coming on..) and whipped up something for my girls. Just a little note to say how much their friendship means to me.

I used the Hope Seed Co. stamp set, a super fun build-your-own seed packet set. It was those beautiful line-drawn flowers that pushed me over the edge.

I built my seed packet image, making mine appropriate for a friend card. Instead of coloring my flowers, I decided to paper piece them.

I used paper from Echo Park's For the Record Collection. The red plaid paper tape is a new addition to my stash from Martha Stewart (Vintage Girl Collection). Fun stuff!

I used the same materials for both cards, just switching some things up. I was tempted to whip out one for each of the different flowers in the set!

Don't they look so cute together? (I don't know about you, but I'm smitten).

I'm so glad you stopped by today. I hope your week is off to a great start!

Anya

Recipe
STAMPS: Hope Seed Co. - Wplus9
CARDSTOCK: Rustic White - Papertrey Ink
PATTERNED PAPER: For the Record - Echo Park Paper Company
INK: Jet Black Archival Ink, Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Paper Tape, Vintage Girl Collection - Martha Stewart Crafts; Pinking Blade - Fiskars; Sewing Machine; Buttons




Saturday, August 6, 2011

Luck this Halloween

Hiya friends! So how did you enjoy the past few days of WMS goodness? Aren't my fellow DT members full of inspiration?

I'm here today to bring you this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. Kelly Schirmer has brought us another fun sketch.

And here's what I created, a little peek-a-boo card using Cicely at Halloween.

The belly band slips off and the card opens to reveal Cicely in all her cuteness!

I thought I would try coloring Cicely this time. I think she's pretty darn cute! I need to practice using dark colors, but I've got lots of time before Halloween.

Thanks for stopping by today - we hope you'll play along with us this week - head to the Waltzingmouse Stamps Sketch Challenge Blog to link up your creation. In addition to the Top Mice awards, a free stamp set is awarded each week to a random player!

Enjoy your Saturday!

Anya

Recipe
STAMPS: Cicely at Halloween - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Elegant Eggplant - Stampin' Up!; Rustic White - Papertrey Ink
PATTERNED PAPER: Haunted Collection - Cosmo Cricket
INK: Elegant Eggplant - Stampin' Up!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger Industries; Tuxedo Black Memento Ink - Tsukineko
OTHER: Copic Markers; Lilac Baker's Twine - The Twinery

Thursday, August 4, 2011

WMS August SOAP - Day 4

Hi there! Today is Day 4 of the Waltzingmouse Stamps Stamp of Approval Parade. Today is our rewind day, where we pull out an old set to use - this month it is Afternoon Tea.

This is perfect timing for me, as my Nana's birthday is this weekend. She's British through and through, and she loves her tea!

Can you tell that I have watched Alice in Wonderland recently? :)

I experimented with a couple different ways of stacking the tea cups, but ultimately what I ended up doing was stamping them first onto the cream cardstock to get my placement and then onto patterned paper. I cut them from the patterned paper and then, using a craft knife, cut a slit in the lip of the cup so the one above it could slide inside - it gave the most realistic stacked look.

I decided to not even bother trying to cut the handles out, so I just colored them in with Copics to coordinate with the patterned paper. Isn't this cute? I want to make a tall card with a rainbow of about 15 of these babies. It would just make me happy.

I also made some coordinating coasters as a gift for Nana.

I followed this tutorial for making coasters with patterned paper. I thought I would try using more than one layer of paper, and it worked beautifully. I stamped the large teacups from Afternoon Tea Sentiments (a wonderful companion to Afternoon Tea) onto patterned paper and cut them out.

Let me give you a hint for cutting out the handles. I snip the bottom of the handle off (where it meets the cup) so I can get my scissors up inside the handle. After I have that all cut out, I take a tiny piece of tape and (on the back) attach the handle back to the cup. It is way cleaner than trying to use a craft knife, and I bet you'd never know I snipped that piece off if I hadn't told you!

After the tea cups were adhered to the base paper, I used Mod Podge to glue the paper to the tile. And then I podged the heck out of it. Pretty stinkin' cute if you ask me - a perfect place to put a hot cup of tea!

Gals, thank you all so much for your sweet comments over the past 3 days of the SOAP. I love the opportunity to share my ideas and passion for these lovely stamps with you! Your comments mean more to me than you know!

I hope that you have enjoyed and have been inspired by the creations we've shared over the past few days of our Stamp of Approval Parade. I know I have enjoyed the opportunity to highlight last month's sets again as well as Afternoon Tea. Now its your turn, as we invite you to participate in a CASE (Copy and Share Everything) competition.

Here are the details: choose a card or project from any of those posted over the past few days by the WMS Design Team, CASE that project using Waltzingmouse Stamps images, and link it using the Inlinkz on the WMS Blog. At the end of the competition, one project will be randomly selected to be highlighted with a Parade of its own on several of the Design Team blogs.

We hope you will enjoy this competition and that it will inspire you be creative. You have one week to complete and link your project as the competition will close at 8:00 AM Claire’s time on August 11th (that corresponds to 3 AM Eastern, 2 AM Central and Midnight, Pacific time). The winner will be announced on the WMS Blog on August 11th. I can't wait to see what you do!!

Here are the other ladies for today!



Have a super day!

Anya

Recipe
For You Card
STAMPS: Afternoon Tea, Cameo to Go (sentiment) - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Vintage Cream - Papertrey Ink; Sage Shadow - Stampin' Up!
PATTERNED PAPER: The Thrift Shop - October Afternoon
INK: Jet Black Archival Ink, Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Red baker's twine - Martha Stewart Crafts; Aqua Mist Button - Papertrey Ink; Copic markers; Sewing machine

Tea Cup Coasters
STAMPS: Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Tea Sentiments - Waltzingmouse Stamps
PATTERNED PAPER: The Thrift Shop - October Afternoon
INK: Jet Black Archival Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: 4-1/4 inch Ceramic tiles; Mod Podge

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

WMS August SOAP - Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the Waltzingmouse Stamps SOAP (Stamp of Approval Parade), our event for non-release months. We're revisiting the eight sets released in July, now that you should all have them in your inky hands!

Its an assortment of sets from me again today... I was just having so much fun creating!

My first card focuses on the beautiful frame images from Ovals - Classic Frames and also from Cameo Creations.

I stamped the frames with white pigment ink onto kraft cardstock. Then I die-cut some ovals from patterned paper to fit inside the frames.

The sentiment is one of the little phrases from Say It Loud. A little button and some inked edges finish it off.

Next up is a sweet little vintage western number. Did you see all the western stuff released at CHA? I caught peeks at a few different patterned papers with a western theme - you're ahead of the curve if Back in the Saddle and Way Out West are in your stash!



I layered a cameo from Cameo to Go onto the filigree oval from the same set. The oval was stamped with the woodgrain background from Way Out West. The sentiment is from Back in the Saddle, I curved it to frame the ovals and then trimmed it out. The background is one of the doily images from Dainty Doilies 2.



I inked all the edges with Distress Ink and added some gold pearls to the sentiment. I really love how this one came together. Isn't it great that these sets compliment each other so well?

And finally, a chance to pull out Cicely at Halloween.

Here's an option if you don't care for coloring or paper piecing - just plain old stamping! I kept Cicely plain and simple, stamped just in black with some Distress Inked edges but let the patterned paper add some interest to my card. I created a patchwork of 1-inch squares, punched from six different patterns. I adhered these to a piece of cardstock and then die-cut it with a Labels Eight die. Added a bit of baker's twine, a button, and a tag and Cicely was ready for trick or treating! Have I mentioned how much fun these little girls are? ;)

Well that's all I have to share today, here is your list of the rest of the ladies joining us today:



Have a super day!

Anya

Recipe
Thinking of You Card
STAMPS: Ovals - Classic Frames, Cameo Creations, Say It Loud - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Sage Shadow, Crumb Cake - Stampin' Up!
PATTERNED PAPER: Restoration Collection - Crate Paper
INK: White Pigment Ink
OTHER: Classic Ovals Large, Small - Spellbinders; Button

Hey There Little Lady Card

STAMPS: Cameo to Go, Way Out West, Back in the Saddle, Dainty Doilies 2 - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede, Dusty Durango - Stampin' Up!; Rustic Cream - Papertrey Ink
INK: Soft Suede, Dusty Durango, Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake - Stampin' Up!; Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Gold adhesive pearls - Recollections; Sewing machine

Halloween Patchwork Card

STAMPS: Cicely at Halloween - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Kiwi Kiss - Stampin' Up!; Vintage Cream - Papertrey Ink
PATTERNED PAPER: Various
INK: Jet Black Archival Ink, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Labels Eight Nestabilities - Spellbinders; Baker's twine - Apple Blossom Paperie; Black button - Papertrey Ink