Happy Birthday Stephanie!...CR84FN26 51

Mona Pendleton | Saturday, April 30, 2011 @ 8:57 PM | , , , ,

Happy May 1st! Hope you are all having a great weekend! Before I get to today's CR84FN Color Challenge, I have a few things I would like to share. In my crafty world ~ if you visit here often, you know how much I LOVE gorgeous Melissa Frances products. Well, I am tickled pink to tell you that  I recently had a project featured on the Melissa Frances blog, if you have a moment, I would be thrilled if you took a peek, click HERE :) I am also in the midst of the May Waltzingmouse Stamps Previews, so if you are interested in seeing samples that I have made with stamps that Claire is releasing this month, please feel free to take a peek (click HERE ~ Day1 or click HERE ~ Day2.)

Let's get to the CR84FN26 Color Challenge! This week we are celebrating our very own DT member Stephanie Kraft's Birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEPHANIE! Please be sure to stop by Stephanie's blog and leave her some birthday love :)

I would also like to welcome & introduce you to Lin Brandyberry. Lin will be sharing her awesome creations and joining the CR84FN DT as our May Guest Designer! Please be sure to visit Lin's blog to see all of her wonderful artwork.

Thanks to all who played along with last week's challenge! There were so many fabulous entries!
This week we are playing with KRAFT, PALE YELLOW and GOLD. Photos are courtesy of MARTHASTEWART.com 

Here's my interpretation of the soft and subtle colors:
I combined stamped yellow polka dot paper that I created by inking up the polka dot image from Waltzingmouse Gingham & Co. with SU Barely Banana ink with a few pretty My Mind's Eye patterned paper from the Lost & Found collection. I stamped the seed packet image from Artistic Outpost Bloom & Grow then adorned it with several home made flowers and stamped foliage from Waltzingmouse Faux Fun Circles.
Thanks for stopping by today :) Please hop on over to CR84FN for COMPLETE details on how to join in the fun and for some awesome inspiration, please visit all the designers blogs:
Stephanie Kraft
Heather Jensen  (may post later in the week due to lack of electricity but sure would appreciate some love, thoughts and prayers :) 
Lin Brandyberry (May Guest Designer)

Hope you stop by later today at 2:00 PM Eastern to see what I have to share for the May Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Waltz. Be Sweet :)

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Faux Fun Circles, Gingham & Co., Frame-It, Artistic Outpost Bloom & Grow
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May WMS Previews Day #3 60

Mona Pendleton | @ 12:00 AM | , ,

Hi there! Welcome to May Waltzingmouse Stamps Previews Day #3! In case you missed my last two posts, Claire will be releasing FIVE new stamp sets on Sunday, May 1st. For the previous 2 days, today and tomorrow, Claire, the Waltzingmouse DT & myself have shared and will be sharing some awesome samples of inspiration showcasing these amazing stamps! (So if you missed the past 2 days of samples, please feel free to check them out :) Today, we are all previewing Dainty-Doilies Large and *Dainty-Doilies 2 Small (*not shown here today).

I made a Thank You gift ensemble featuring several sweet doily images and sentiments from Dainty-Doilies Large.



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To decorate the gift box top, I stamped the largest doily image then using a Spellbinders Big Scalloped Circles LG to cut/emboss the beautiful image which is displayed on pretty patterned paper from the Melissa Frances 5th Avenue Collection. I topped it off with a flower made using Tim Holtz tissue paper tape and a gorgeous Webster's Pages cameo.
I randomly stamped doilies using various colored inks to create the patterned paper on the box sides and for the main background paper on the card:
Similar to the box topper embellishment is a smaller doily:
Shown in the photo below, you can see how several of the beautiful doily images from Dainty Doilies Large coordinate with Spellbinders Big Scalloped Circles LG die templates:
To create the doily patterned paper used on these projects, I inked up 5 various sized doilies from the Dainty Doilies Large:
I hope you enjoyed what I shared today! Thanks for looking! For some awesome inspiration, please be sure to see what Claire and the rest of the Waltzingmouse DT have created:


Hope you stop by tomorrow to what I have to share for the May Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Waltz and all new CR84FN Color Challenge. Be Sweet :)

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Dainty Doilies Large
Die Templates & Machine: Spellbinders™ Nestabilities®  Grand Labels One, Labels One, Labels One SM, Labels Four, Big Scalloped Circles LG, Grand Calibur
Patterned Paper: Melissa Frances 5th Avenue Collection
Other: Webster's Pages cameo, Maya Road stick pin
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May WMS Previews Day #2 63

Mona Pendleton | Friday, April 29, 2011 @ 12:00 AM | , , ,

Hi there! Welcome to May Waltzingmouse Stamps Previews Day #2! Claire will be releasing FIVE new stamp sets on Sunday, May 1st & for the next 3 days, Claire, the Waltzingmouse DT & myself will be sharing some awesome samples of inspiration showcasing these amazing stamps!  Today, we are all focusing on the NEW Join Us stamp set.

First up, I made a Thank You card:
I created a label using a single motif image from the Join Us set. First, I cut/embossed a label using a Labels Four die template, then I stamped the THANK YOU sentiment followed with a beautiful motif image above and below the sentiment. I inked up a gingham image from Gingham & Co. to create a piece of patterned paper.
Next, I made a dinner date invite by combining a few sentiments from Join Us:
I didn't count the number of images in the Join Us set but let me tell you there is a BUNCH that can be so easily mixed and matched making the possibilities endless! Such a versatile set! I showcased the sentiment on a Very Vintage Labels No. 10 label that coordinates perfectly with a Spellbinders™ Labels Ten die template.
That wraps it up for today. Thanks for looking! For some awesome inspiration, please be sure to see what Claire and the rest of the Waltzingmouse DT have created:


All Supplies Used:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Join Us, Gingham & Co., Very Vintage Labels No. 10
Die Templates & Machine: Spellbinders™ Nestabilities®  Labels Four, Labels Four SM, Big Scalloped Borderabilities Petite, Labels Ten, Grand Calibur
Patterned Paper: 1st card - My Mind's Eye, 2nd card - The Girl's Paperie
Other:  Prima flower, Vintage Crinkly Pink Bubblegum Courtesy of Kimberly @ My Craft Spot
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May WMS Previews Day #1 78

Mona Pendleton | Thursday, April 28, 2011 @ 12:00 AM | , , , ,

Hi there! Welcome to May Waltzingmouse Stamps Previews Day #1! Claire will be releasing FIVE new stamp sets on Sunday, May 1st & for the next 3 days, Claire, the Waltzingmouse DT & myself will be sharing some awesome samples of inspiration showcasing these amazing stamps!  Today, we are all previewing Gingham & Co. while focusing on projects for those special women in life known as Moms or Mothers :)

First up, I made a card using one of the gingham images to create some background paper: (shown on the left & right sides):
Gingham & Co. set not only contains various gingham images but an awesome "solid" polka dot stamp! I inked up the polka dot stamp with SU Pretty In Pink ink then used a couple of die templates to create a butterfly embellishment:
My second card features a polka dot rose with gingham leaves:
To make the rose, I stamped the polka dot image followed by the rose then, I paper pieced the rose and added a brad to the center. I created the gingham leaves by stamping a gingham image from Gingham & Co. then using several leaf dies from Spellbinders™ Nested Leaves.
That wraps it up for today. Thanks for looking! For some awesome inspiration, please be sure to see what Claire and the rest of the Waltzingmouse DT have created:


Hope you stop by tomorrow to what I have to share for the May Waltzingmouse Stamps Preview Day #2. Be Sweet :)

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Gingham & Co., Roses In Bloom, Holiday Labels No. 14
Die Templates & Machine: Spellbinders™ Nestabilities® Labels One, Labels One SM, Labels Fourteen, Labels Four SM, Nested Leaves, Classic Scalloped Borderabilities Petite, Tags Five (retired), Grand Calibur, Papertrey Ink Butterflies
Patterned Paper: 2nd card - Melissa Frances 5th Avenue Collection,  1st card - Crate Paper
Other: Prima flower, Maya Road stick pin, Vintage Crinkly Aqua Mist ribbon Courtesy of Kimberly @ My Craft Spot
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Heartfelt Thanks 50

Mona Pendleton | Wednesday, April 27, 2011 @ 1:11 AM | , ,

Hi there! Here today to share a card I made using a combination of a few of my favorite products and playing along with one of my favorite sketch challenges :) 
Once I decided to create with the beautiful Melissa Frances 5th Avenue Collection  patterned paper, the rest of the card just sort of fell in place. Gotta love it when that happens especially at 1:00 AM! I cut the Papertrey Ink Button Card, stamped the images, sewed on the buttons, added a bow & flower. The sweet Heartfelt Thanks sentiment was stamped using an image from JustRite Fancy Tags then cut/embossed using a JustRite Nested Frame Die template.
For sketch inspiration, I played along with this week's Card Patterns Sketch 112. If you are looking for some awesome inspiration, please be sure to visit the site!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you like what you see :) Be Sweet!

***I'll be back tomorrow, Thursday, April 28th at 3:00 AM Eastern with May Waltzingmouse Stamps Previews - hope to see you then :) ***

Supplies Used:
Stamps: JustRite Fancy Tags, Papertrey Ink Button Boutique
Die Templates: JustRite Nested Frame Dies, Papertrey Ink Button Card
Patterned Paper: Melissa Frances 5th Avenue Collection
Other: Prima flower, Vintage Crinkly Aqua Mist ribbon Courtesy of Kimberly @ My Craft Spot
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Thank You...SSD74 56

Mona Pendleton | Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 9:07 PM | , , ,

Hi there! Here today to share my final card as a Guest Designer for Skipping Stones Design. Many thanks to Heather, the entire Skipping Stones DT and Guests for such a warm welcome and wonderful time :) Every Tuesday, Skipping Stones Design hosts a sketch challenge and all are encouraged to join along in the fun! 

Here's my take:
I started with pretty patterned paper from the Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden Collection. This collection is full of so many beautiful patterns that are fun to combine and layer. After piecing all the layers together, I topped it off with a gorgeous Prima flower. 
 
I stamped the Thank you sentiment from Skipping Stones Design Heartsong then using a tag die template from Ribbon Tags to cut/emboss the image.
Thanks for looking! Please stop by the Skipping Stones Design blog for COMPLETE details on how to join in the fun and for some awesome inspiration please visit all the designers blogs:

Diana Fisher (Guest Designer), Amy Tsuruta, Ann Kranitz, Barb Turpin, Brenda Weaver, Gladys Chia, Jennifer Ingle, Kandi Phillips, Tammie Beaton, and Wendy Jordan.

***I'll be back Thursday, April 28th at 3:00 Eastern with April Waltzingmouse Stamps Previews***

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Skipping Stones Design Heartsong
Die Templates and Machine: Spellbinders™ Nestabilities® Lacey Circles, Labels Four, Ribbon Tags Trio, Papertrey Ink Doily Details Collection
Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden Collection
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Boys to Men...April PTI Blog Hop 80

Mona Pendleton | @ 6:46 AM | , , ,

Hi there! I'm so excited to be playing along with this month's PTI Blog Hop! Nichole, Owner of PTI is challenging us all to create a project for the men in our lives. YIKES! I must admit this is quite the challenge for me as I avoid masculine projects like the plague! I love all the frilly "girly" doo dads and pretty patterned paper. Didn't even think I owned a "masculine" PTI stamp!
Here's my take on a "masculine" card:
I started with some awesome paper from My Mind's Eye and went from there. I stamped a label from Mat Stack 4  on top of a Mat Stack 4 label die cut, inked the edges, fastened 2 brads in place then popped it on the card with 3D foam adhesive squares.

I made a few "upcycled" star embellishments. I adorned the larger star with a Tiny tag made by combining a tiny tag die cut and images from the Tiny Tags.
 Thanks so much for looking ~ hope to see you on the hop! Be Sweet :)

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Tiny Tags, Mat Stack 4
Die Templates & Machine: Papertrey Ink: Tiny Tags, Mat Stack 4 : Spellbinders™ Nestabilities® Stars Five, Grand Calibur
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Hattie Collection, PTI Vintage Cream
Ribbon: Vintage Green Baker's Twine Courtesy of Kimberly at My Craft Spot
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Mother...CR84FN25 54

Mona Pendleton | Saturday, April 23, 2011 @ 8:55 PM | , , ,

Happy Easter Sunday to all those who celebrate! No Easter egg hunting going on at my house but the Easter Bunny still visits and brings everyone their own baskets full of Easter JOY :)

Before I get to the new CR84FN Color Challenge, I would like to thank Silke Ledlow for joining the CR84FN DT as our April Guest Designer :) Thanks so much to all who played along with us last week ~ so many pretty pastel projects that filled the gallery and thanks to all who continually support the challenge, the CR84FN DT and me :)

This week, we have a little bit bolder color combo to challenge you with:
 RED, AQUA and WHITE
Photos are courtesy of MARTHASTEWART.com  

With Mother's Day right around the corner ;), I made a card for my sweet Mother-in-law, Barbara. 
I stamped the bouquet of Tulips image from Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar Spring Fillers colored with Copic markers shown below then cut the image out. Using the Papertrey Ink Jar and Lid die templates to cut the jar and lid, stamped the coordinating images then pieced it all together.
Both the sentiments are from Waltzingmouse Roses In Bloom.
Shown below is the combination of the Copic Markers used:
Thanks for stopping by today :) Please hop on over to CR84FN for COMPLETE details on how to join in the fun and for some awesome inspiration, please visit all the designers blogs:

 Silke Ledlow (April Guest Designer)

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Roses In Bloom, Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar, Friendship Jar Spring Fillers
Die Templates: Papertrey Ink Jar and Lid
Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee Parisian Anthology Collection
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with Love...WMSC44 50

Mona Pendleton | @ 1:00 AM | , , ,

Happy Saturday! Hope you are all having a great weekend, maybe preparing for an Easter Sunday celebration, if you observe the holiday? Always fun to share Easter treats!

It's time for another fun Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. Claire even added embossing to the mix!
 I combined a few of my favorite Waltzingmouse stamp sets along with a Sizzix embossing folder:
I stamped the flower image from Afternoon Tea Sentiments x 2, colored using a mixture of Copic markers and paper pieced the one flower in the upper left corner for added dimension. I stamped a label image from using VersaMark ink, embossed with white embossing powder then cut/embossed using a Labels Four die template then adhered the flowers on top.
I love the sweet little with LOVE sentiment from Afternoon Tea Sentiments and it fits so well on a PTI Tiny Tag.
Thanks so much for looking! That is all I have to share today, so I hope you have enjoyed what I made and maybe feel inspired to play along! Please be sure to stop by the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge site for some amazing inspiration from the Mischief Makers and several other Waltzingmouse DT members :) I'll be back tomorrow with an all new CR84FN challenge ~ hope to see you then!
Be Sweet :) 

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Afternoon Tea Sentiments, Very Vintage Labels No. 4
Die Templates & Machine: Spellbinders™ Nestabilities® Labels Four, Grand Calibur, Papertrey Ink Tiny Tags
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose

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