Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Introducing Green Room Designs

I have big can't-believe-I-kept-it-quiet-for-so-long news today!

I am designing stamps for Waltzingmouse! And this month my first set comes out! And today we're sharing peeks of it!

Can you believe it? (I can't. Its crazy.) I have no words to describe my gratitude towards Claire - she is one of the best.

Today is Day 3 of the countdown, tomorrow we'll have the traditional release day blog hop and the sets will be available for purchase in the Waltzingmouse store. Today we are sharing previews of two more sets: Heirloom Patterns (from yours truly!) and Compact Sentiments.

Heirloom Patterns is a background building set featuring five different designs including a cane pattern, a harlequin pattern, pin stripes, and two scales of houndstooth. Yay, houndstooth! Each image averages six inches wide, so they easily span a standard vertical or horizontal card front, just like all of WMS's background stamps.

Compact Sentiments is a delicious little sentiment set perfect for a variety of occasions, sized to fit in Claire's Spellbinders-compatible label images, and designed using one of the most yummiest fonts.

This card was created with this week's Play Date Cafe Color Challenge in mind. Three different patterned strips were a great way to combine colors and keep me from having to choose which one to use first!

The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed right on top of the pattern. Goodness, isn't that font perfect?

Here is another simple card which features the pin stripe background. It adds just a subtle touch for when you need a little something.

I combined it here with the cherry blossoms from Asian Gardens, the small scale Chicken Wire pattern, and another Compact Sentiment.

This is a little fun - who can resist a rainbow? I've always loved them. This card was really quite easy, just some fancy inking. The houndstooth background from Heirloom Patterns was inked in two colors at a time, moving on down the rainbow. Starting with the lighter color of the two and then adding in the darker (pink then red, yellow then orange) helped to create a natural blending between colors. It also serves as a testament to how easy it is to line up the images - easy!

The sentiment was stamped onto a die-cut circle, and accented with rhinestones.

Finishing off my cards for today is this little number. The background pattern for this card was created simply by stamping the harlequin background repeatedly in different colors. The first pass was in gray, the second pass was in yellow and slightly offset, and the final pass was in blue, filling in the gaps.

Now, I completely understand if you aren't a background person - but this is pure bliss to me. I love just playing around and I encourage you to give it a try. You don't always end up with a winner (as the first 3 tries of this prove...) but you might come up with something you love. (Plus, don't you wonder what a pattern like this would look like in Christmas colors?)

I kept the rest of the card simple, adding a sentiment and the felt flowers. This really might be my favorite of the bunch.

Thank you for sticking it out this far! I am really looking forward to your thoughts on today's previews. The other Design Team members who will be sharing projects are:



I just cannot wait to see what amazing things these ladies have created! They are all rock stars, aren't they?!

Have a great day!

Anya

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Recipe
Sweet Birthday Wishes
STAMPS: Heirloom Patterns, Compact Sentiments (available February 29th) - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Rustic White, Spring Rain - Papertrey Ink; Sage Shadow, Peach Parfait - Stampin' Up!
INK: Sage Shadow, Peach Parfait, Bashful Blue - Stampin' Up!; Walnut Stain Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Detail White Embossing Powder - Stampendous

Just for You
STAMPS: Heirloom Patterns, Compact Sentiments, Chicken Wire (available February 29th), Asian Gardens - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Night of Navy - Stampin' Up!; Vintage Cream, Soft Stone - Papertrey Ink
INK: Night of Navy, Going Gray, Groovy Guava, Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade - Stampin' Up!
OTHER: Corner Chomper - We R Memory Keepers

Hey, How are You?
STAMPS: Heirloom Patterns, Compact Sentiments (available February 29th) - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: White, Smokey Shadow - Papertrey Ink; Going Gray - Stampin' Up!
INK: Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Peach Parfait, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Tempting Turquoise - Stampin' Up!; Slate - Amuse|Studio; Pumice Stone Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Standard Circles, Pinking Circles - Spellbinders Paper Arts; Adhesive Rhinestones - Recollections

So Happy for You
STAMPS: Heirloom Patterns, Compact Sentiments (available February 29th) - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Rustic Cream - Papertrey Ink
INK: Going Gray, Barely Banana, Soft Sky - Stampin' Up!; Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko; Antique Linen, Vintage Photo Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Vintage Cream, Harvest Gold, Simply Chartreuse Felt - Papertrey Ink; Dienamics Rolled Flower, Dienamics Mini Rolled Flower - My Favorite Things; Blush self-adhesive pearls - Kaisercraft; Big Scalloped Circles Large, Circles Large - Spellbinders Paper Arts

74 comments:

  1. WOW Anya - HUGE congrats on your designs for WMS - they are out of this world!! & what you've done with them on these cards is fantastic!! What an awesome first set!! Well done - really well deserved x (& obviously, I want it ALL!!!)

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  2. Hi Anya,
    So cool that you are the one helping Claire designing!! Congratulations!! And your first set looks awesome already, love the patterns that you chose! And your cards are truly gorgeous!!! Will be looking forward to see the entire set for sure!!
    Hugs, Wendy

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  3. This is great news Anya!! Wow!!!
    Love the new backgrounds... so fun!
    Really love the font in the senitment set as well... cool!!
    Robin

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous. I was keeping my fingers crossed for houndstooth in this release but I think I might love the cane pattern just as much! Congratulations on your first stamps! Ger x.

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  5. Oh Anya, big congratulations on your new venture! I just had a feeling the new designer was you! LOVE the background patterns, oh my, that houndstooth, it's already in my basket lol!! Love your samples, can't wait to see what the rest of the DT have done!

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  6. Just love your designs and the colours are wonderful.

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  7. Well congratulations to you Anja - and so very well deserved! I have to say there has been a leeeeetle clue on your blog recently!! I love making my own backgrounds as I never can get on with patterned paper very well and I shall be excited to add these patterns to my arsenal.

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  8. Beautiful creations Anya, love this set. Well done you on being a designer for WMS. I can't wait to see what you come up with next ;)

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  9. Congratulations, Anya! These are lovely sets... the font for the sentiments are beautiful, and I know what you mean about backgrounds - a girl can't have too many, right?? ;) I love how you built that design with the harlequin pattern and also the rainbow houndstooth, so pretty!

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  10. Congratulations, Anya! What a well-deserved appointment. This first set looks fantastic, and I can't wait to see what else is in store.

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  11. yeah! Love your clever designs! Well done.

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  12. Die ganzen Tage habe ich schon geschaut! Heute muß ich aber mal schreiben was das DT von WMS für tolle Karten usw. gestaltet haben. Bin schon gespannt auf die Stempel!

    Liebe Grüße Moni

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  13. Oh Anya! I'm SO excited and happy for you - your own stamp line - whoo hoo!!! I just knew you would create some wonderful backgrounds with them and I was not disappointed!! Love the combo of 3 with the pretty colors, and the glorious framing with the flowers, the rainbow is such fun and that over stamped harlequin round card is just a beauty! I'm grinning ear-to-ear for you today GF!!!

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  14. Yippedy squee! I could not be happier for you and can't wait to see more sets to come! I love your new set and can't wait to use it more and MORE! Your samples are spectacular!!!! I love the rainbow, wouldn't a real houndstooth one be the best (although I would have to go to the doctor, I am sure, if I that really happened, heeee)! Awesome color schemes, too. Oh oh, and the one with the felt flowers! It makes me melty :) CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Congratulations Anya! Your background patterns are GORGEOUS!!!! How exciting for you. Love each of your cards the round one with the three colours is a beauty and your rainbow so striking...........what fun everyone will have with these patterns!

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  16. Woooohoooo.... congrats Anya - fantastic news. So exciting. LOVE your designs - they are just FAB. Looking forward to getting my hands on a set! Thanks for the amazing inspiration.

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  17. Congratulations, Anya! That could not have happened to a nicer, more talented artist and I am just thrilled for you. And, as a cherry on top, you have designed some of my most favorite patterns with which to work. I absolutely loved your first card, with the three patterns, how it all came together, the colors you used, the sentiment, and the distressing. Just lovely. Keep them coming, please!

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  18. YAY! So happy and excited for you, Anya! Love the patterns you included in your set. The pin stripe is my favorite!! All your cards are gorgeous. Congrats!

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  19. YAY! So happy and excited for you, Anya! Love the patterns you included in your set. The pin stripe is my favorite!! All your cards are gorgeous. Congrats!

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  20. Congratulations on your debut as a stamp designer for WMS! I did wonder if you were the new designer when I saw the new houndstooth header on your blog recently. I love your new set and I'm sure it will be on my list as soon as the shop reopens tomorrow!

    Lynn Wild

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  21. Congratulations! Love the patterns in Heirloom Patterns........classic styles, my favorite! I have had a love affair with houndstooth for a very long time and the cane pattern is perfect. I look forward to seeing many more fabulous sets designed by you in the very near future.

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  22. How wonderful for you! Your new stamp set looks Perfect! Beautiful cards with all those patterns.

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  23. Congratulations! Looks to be a wonderful fit!

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  24. Congratulations, Anya! Woop, woop, woop!! I am absolutely thrilled for you, AND for us! You've totally knocked it out of the park with your first set - LOVE IT! And all of your projects are fabulous, but I completely adore the little round card. Sigh. And it looks like the Compact Sentiment set is going to be a must-have as well. Again, congratulations! Hugs, Laurie

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  25. Congratulations Anya! So exciting! I LOVE the cane pattern and houndstooth pattern too - can't wait to see them all!

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  26. Anya, Congratulations! What a awesome feeling that must be to see your stamps inked and used to create awesome creative cards/layouts! Love your samples.

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  27. Congratulations! I love what you've shown of the background set (and as always - love that they are so wide!). I love stripes so the pinstripe is really talking to me. I really like how you used the harlequin in your last card - very cool.

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  28. Anya - many congratulations - so pleased for you. I love these background patterns; I can see them working for so many occasions. And I adore the houndstooth pattern. Your cards are fabulous - so, so pleased for you.

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  29. Congrats to you!!!! Love your bg set and love your cards!!!

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  30. First...
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! :)
    LOVE the logo...
    and this first set is fabulous and can't wait to see what else you have in store for us in the future!! :)
    Second...
    the cards are all amazing...
    LOVE the rainbow houndstooth...
    so much fun!
    And the Harlequin...
    stunning!!
    Just gorgeous examples...
    a much needed set...
    and so excited for you! :)

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  31. Congratulations Anya! Can't wait to see all your creations:)

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  32. Huge Congratulations Anya!! Your designs are fabulous!! I can't wait to see more from you. Stunning samples, I especially love the rainbow houndstooth!! gorgeous!! : )

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  33. HUGE congrats, Anya! What a fabulous, new adventure you've embarked upon, and we're all just so thrilled for you!

    What a stunning collection of paper-crafted creations! LOVE the color blocking technique and delicious background stamping in our take! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Play Date Cafe!

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  34. Congratulations to you and I agree with above poster who also said, good for us too with your beautiful creations. Have followed your blog for a long time and have always envied your construction of backgrounds - all I need to do now is practice fussy cutting.
    Looking forward to this release and from your future designs.

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  35. Wow wow wow and wow huge congratulations and very well deserved :O)Loving todays creations again and your backgrounds look delish! Excited!!

    Ali x

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  36. Congratulations, Anya! Soak up the joy found from this dream come true!! The stamps are beautiful and your samples and perfect... can't wait to shop for these, create with them, and support YOU. :)

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  37. Congratulations, Anya. I'm so happy for you and for us. The set you've designed is fabulous with the variety of design and scale of the stamps. And I'm with you on the last card, it's my favorite, too.

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  38. I want to wish you a huge and well deserved congrats Anya!! I love these bg's and have had a fun time working with them!! And girl, you showcased them fantastically in all your beautifully creative projects!! Awesome!!

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  39. Congratulations Anya you must have been in danger of going "pop!" keeping that quiet lol. Your backgrounds are gorgeous and that rainbow houndstooth show how easily it matches up. Well done
    Anne
    x

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  40. Congrats Anya! Well deserved for such a talented lady!! Love the sneak peeks looks like a must have set!! Great samples!!!

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  41. Congrats, Anya!! This is an amazing set and I can't wait to get it! Your background stamping has been an inspiration for me for a long time and I am thrilled for your new designing gig! Way to go, girl!! :)

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  42. Anya You little sneakie!!! CONGRATULATIONS!! I am so happy for you!!!! (And us too - because we get all the benefits!!!) The houndstooth sneekie peekie had me wondering.... WOW!! Just stunned and so pleased!!! YEAHHHHHH!!! GO YOU!!!

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  43. Congratulations on the recognition of your talent! The last card is my favorite, too. Love the effect of your technique for the background... it looks like soft flannel, or felt, so your flowers are perfect for an embellishment. Wish me luck when I try that overstamping technique! I'm sure color selection is the primary consideration and I have hit and miss luck with that.

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  44. Congratulations Anya! I am so happy for you in your new venture. Your stamps are so cute and how great you made a cane print, never seen that anywhere other than an impression plate, so how wonderful to have stamps too!

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  45. Wonderful little CAS cards! These new sentiments do, indeed, make for some easy projects!

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  46. CONGRATULATIONS so great for you!
    LOVE the stamps you designed!
    Gorgeous cards.

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  47. Congrats!!! How fun it must be to play around with your own creations!! All the cards are great, but that last one is my favorite: I love the idea of stamping the background three times, just barely offset. Looks great!!

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  48. YAY Anya!! Your new stamp set looks AWESOME! Looking forward to seeing more, more, more! This looks like a fabulous basic set that I'd turn to often!

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  49. OMG - you have stamps! Congratulations, Anya! I have always loved your work, and this is no exception. Thanks for sharing your talent with us all!

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  50. Congratulations Anya!!! I love creating backgrounds so this looks like a must have set! Can't wait to see the rest of the sets!

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  51. Wow Anya!! Congrats!!! I can't believe I know a designer!! Very nice of what we see so far can't wait to see what's coming :)

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  52. Huge congratulations Missy, an awesome set from an awesome gal!!! Biggest hugs, may you be bitten by the bug and design forevermore!!!

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  53. Absolutely fabulous news Anya! I am so happy for you and these backgrounds are stunning! Love them all!

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  54. Congratulations, Anya! This is wonderful news, doing what you love for a living! It's so exciting and I wish you every blessing and success in your new venture Kx

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  55. Woo hoo :-) Congrats on the launch of Green Room designs - your first set looks fabulous. Can't wait for the release tomorow.

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  56. SO happy for you, Anya!!! Big congrats!! The first set is gorgeous!

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    1. Congrats on going for your dream! Love your first set (it will definitely be going in my cart tomorrow) and look forward to your future releases.

      P.S. I don't think you could have picked a better person to work with than Claire.

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  57. Congrats! I am so excited for you! These sets look amazing! I can't wait to see more of them and all you have in store for us!

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  58. Congratulations, Anya! I am so happy for you and LOVE your first set--so awesome! Your samples are gorgeous--the rainbow houndstooth and the harlequin are especially wonderful. Gosh, bet you had a blast playing with your very own designs!

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  59. These are very cute. I particularly like the pinstripe-- it reminds me of ticking and that has lots of possibilities. Congratulations on your new stamp line

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  60. Congratulations on the launch of your new designs

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  61. Congrats Anya! I am so happy for you and for Claire. Two awesome folks together. The sets look fabulous (or as Claire would say, fab).

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  62. Anya, so happy for you! And of course, happy for us who get to use your amazing new stamps! I am most ecstatic about the ticking stripe! That rainbow card with the houndstooth is pretty cool, too!

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  63. I'm a background person and I could be more happy for you! Congratulations! The set looks great!

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  64. Congratulations Anya!! How exciting for you! Your set looks perfect, I can't wait to see it in its entirety. Way to go!!

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  65. Anya your sets and cards are wonderful. How very exciting for you to make a start designing with Waltzingmouse Stamps. I Love The stamps and designs that Claire puts out and her attention to detail. I love Christmas as much as she does! You are veryLucky to be hand picked by her, and I'm sure it's because of the great talent you've already shown. Congratulations on your new adventure! Love the backgrounds you've picked, or what I've seen so far, and I know I'll love the rest.

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  66. Conrats!!! It seems like a dream come true!

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  67. Congratulations Anya ! Your desings are really stunning ! Hugs, blessings and love from Catherine

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  68. wonderful projects, so fun to view. Love the sogftness of the pink and gray paris card especially

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  69. suc wonderful releases; i really love your pink and gray card with the paris image

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  70. I love the houndstooth design with the rainbow colors it is very eyecatching.

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  71. Anya! I am SO excited for you! I just love your stamp set and know it will be a go-to set for me! Congratulations!!

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  72. Anya, I have to say how much I love this set of stamps. I am late posting a comment, but have purchased the set from Waltzingmouse and am so impressed with the quality. The Harlequin background, and colouring, on 'So Happy for You' is just gorgeous. Anne

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