WMS February DT Blog Waltz 132

Mona Pendleton | Wednesday, February 29, 2012 @ 11:00 AM | ,

Welcome to the February WMS Blog Waltz! Today, Claire, the DT and myself are sharing samples focusing on using Paris Nouveau & Labels 25. ALL NINE stamp sets will be available for purchase in the Waltzingmouse Stamps store! You should have arrived here from Claire's blog where the celebration began and where you can find ALL the details!

First up, is a card featuring the Eiffel Tower image from Paris Nouveau paired with a sweet sentiment from Compact Sentiments:
I stamped the Eiffel Tower image, distressed the edges using both a distressing tool and Distressing ink then stitched in place. I stamped the sweet sentiment from Paris Nouveau then cut using a die template from Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennants.
Next, is a card featuring a pretty label from Labels 25 which coordinates with Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Five die template and a wonderful sentiment from Compact Sentiments.
I first stamped the pretty design from Paris Nouveau then layered the sentiment label on top:
That's all I have to share today ~ I hope you have enjoyed my projects today! To continue with the waltz, please visit Sandie's blog ~ click HERE. Thanks so much for looking ~ Be Sweet :)
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WMS February Previews Day 3 50

Mona Pendleton | Tuesday, February 28, 2012 @ 12:00 AM | , ,

***I have two posts today ~ if you are looking for my Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge post, please click HERE***

Welcome to Day 3 of the Waltzingmouse Stamps February Previews! Today, Claire and many of the DT members are sharing samples made using: Compact Sentiments and Heirloom Patterns (designed by DT member, Anya Schrier).

I made a two cards to share featuring these beautiful soon to be released stamps which coordinate so well with each other as well as so many other Waltzingmouse Stamps! First up is a card, using a fun "stitch-like" pattern from Heirloom Patterns, a sentiment from Compact Sentiments and one of my favorite images from Faux Fun Circles. The pretty patterned paper used is from the Pink Paislee Spring Jubilee Collection.
Next, is a quite CAS card. The cozy Houndstooth pattern is from Heirloom Patterns, the sentiment is from Compact Sentiments and the polka dot label is from Very Vintage Labels No. 10 which coordinates beautifully with Spellbinders Labels Ten die template. The fun flower patterned paper is from the Pink Paislee Indigo BLEU collection.
Many thanks for stopping by today! For some awesome inspiration, please visit the DT: Lynn MercurioAnya SchrierBecca FeekenBelinda Chang LangnerClare BuswellJulia AstonJennifer HolmesKelly SchirmerLaurie Schmidlin, Mona Pendleton (that's me), Sandie DunneClaire BrennanSarah MartinaTosha LeyendekkerClaire Brennan (Owner)
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You're So Sweet...FTTC158 35

Mona Pendleton | Monday, February 27, 2012 @ 11:00 PM | , , , ,

Happy Tuesday! Time for a new Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge! Tammy is our dear hostess and the theme she chose to challenge us all with is: Country Cool ~ Create something inspired by country living.... a farm-theme, gardening, country patterns (gingham, plaid, calico), quilts, wildflowers... the possibilities are endless!
 What can be more country than a basket full of sweet Flourishes Strawberries? ;)
I stamped the image from Strawberries, cut using a Standard Circles SM die template then colored with the Copic markers shown below.
 and stamped the sentiment directly on the darling Melissa Frances patterned paper.
For sketch inspiration, I played along with the current Sweet Sunday sketch challenge:

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please be sure to visit the Flourishes blog for COMPLETE challenge details and for some wonderful inspiration visit the entire DT: TammyHeatherSilkeMakikoCindyBeateMona (that's me), Tera Fujan (Guest Designer)

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Flourishes Strawberries
Dies: Spellbinders Big Scalloped Circles SM, Standard Circles SM, Grand Calibur
Patterned Paper: Melissa Frances
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WMS February Previews Day 2 43

Mona Pendleton | @ 12:00 AM | , ,

Hi there! Welcome to Day 2 of the February Waltzingmouse Stamps Previews. Claire will be releasing NINE stamp sets on, February 29th. Today Claire and many of the DT members will be sharing projects made featuring Nordic Spring and Florentine Frippery.

First up is a card I made using a beautiful label and sentiment from the Florentine Frippery set along with pretty patterned paper from the Pink Paislee London Market collection:
The gorgeous label coordinates with Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Four. I hand cut the label because I do not own that die as of yet.
For my second project, I scrapped another layout of my sweet Westies, Gretchen and Griffin using many designs from the Nordic Spring set:
The pretty Nordic heart image coordinates with Spellbinders Classic Heart die template which I then layered on top of a scalloped heart cut using a Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Heart die template.
I stamped three different darling patterns all from the Nordic Spring set:
Thanks so much for looking! Please be sure to see all the inspirational projects shared by the DT members: Anya SchrierBecca FeekenBelinda Chang LangnerClare BuswellJulia AstonJennifer HolmesKelly SchirmerLaurie Schmidlin, Mona Pendleton (that's me), Sandie DunneClaire BrennanSarah MartinaTosha Leyendekker, Claire Brennan (Owner)
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WMS February Previews Day 1 61

Mona Pendleton | Sunday, February 26, 2012 @ 12:00 AM | , ,

***I have two posts today, if you are looking for my CR84FN post, please continue to scroll down or click HERE. I apologize in advance :)

Welcome to the February Waltzingmouse Stamps Previews Day 1! Claire will be releasing NINE stamp sets on, February 29th. Today Claire and many of the DT members will be sharing projects they've made featuring but not limited to: French Country, Chicken Wire and Make Your Mark. First up, I created a layout featuring lots of stamps from both French Country and Chicken Wire.

I scrapped a layout of my sweet four legged fur babies, Gretchen and Griffin ;) See the fun chicken wire designs stamped on the background here and there? Those stamps are one of two from the Chicken Wire set:
I stamped then heat embossed the beautiful intricate design using a stamp from French Country. I think it's such an elegant design, don't you?
To make this pretty flower embellishment, I stamped the petal shape design to form a flower then I carefully, trimmed the flower. 
To create this card, I stamped the pretty ornate background from French Country using SU Perfect Plum ink, sewn on a beautiful decorative trim piece that was stamped using Pale Plum and then a strip of the gorgeous design then topped it off with a sentiment from French Country as well. 
I stamped one of the many images from Make Your Mark on the back of the card to add a bit of personalization from you to your beloved.
Thanks so much for looking! Please be sure to see all the inspirational projects shared by the DT members: Lynn MercurioAnya Schrier, Becca FeekenBelinda Chang LangnerClare Buswell, Julia AstonJennifer HolmesKelly Schirmer, Laurie Schmidlin, Mona Pendleton (that's me), Sandie Dunne, Claire Brennan, Sarah Martina, Tosha Leyendekker

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Waltingmouse French Country, Chicken Wire and Make Your Mark
Dies: Spellbinders
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Friends by choice...CR84FN49 38

Mona Pendleton | Saturday, February 25, 2012 @ 9:56 PM | , , , , , ,

Hi there! Hope you are all having an amazing weekend. It's time for an all new CR84FN Color Challenge! We are welcoming the talented Shannon White as our Guest Designer for the month of March. You can see all of her lovely creations on her blog: Enchanted Ladybug Creations. For the next two weeks, we will be playing with the pretty color combination shown below. The beautiful photos used to create the graphic are Courtesy of Leslie at: a Creative Mint.

We celebrated my sweet sister Tina's birthday yesterday. Tina's not only my sister by my best girlfriend :)
Since I had my inks, sprays and paint out consuming the kitchen island, I created another page in my art journal. In celebration of Tina's birthday, I journaled a few sister quotes: "A sister is one who reaches for your hand and touches your heart."
and around the heart, it reads: Sisters by birth...
Friends by choice. This is very true for us. I have 6 biological sisters and 4 biological brothers and sadly, Tina is the only one whom I remain close with. Life happens.
Thanks so much for visiting!  For COMPLETE details, please visit the CR84FN site and for some fab inspiration, please be sure to visit: Suzanne CzosekLisa SomervilleStephanie KraftSue LelliDeborah Frings, Heather JensenAndrea Mathews and Shannon (March Guest Designer)

***I will be back Sunday, January 26th at 3:00 Eastern to share Waltzingmouse Stamps Day #1 previews. Hope to see you then! Be Sweet :)
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Courage... 43

Mona Pendleton | @ 2:48 AM | , , , , ,

Hello there! I've been stamping like a mad woman lately because Waltzingmouse Stamps previews begin tomorrow, Sunday, February 26th - February 29th. I finished all my samples and can't wait to share them with you! I set aside the stamps and pulled out my art journal, Ranger Color Washes, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists, stencils, etc... and had lots of inky fun!
The quote reads: "Courage is the discovery that you may not win and trying when you know you can lose." by Tom Krause 

Up close, you can see the beautiful design of the  Pink Paislee She Art Vintage Doily Mask:
For color inspiration, I referred to the current challenge over at The Play Date Cafe:
Thank you for visiting! I'll be back tomorrow with an all new CR84FN and Day 1 of the Waltzingmouse Previews. Hope to see you then! Be Sweet :)
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Happy Birthday Jan Marie! 48

Mona Pendleton | Thursday, February 23, 2012 @ 11:00 PM | , , , ,

Hi there! Let's light the candles and strike up the music!! The owner of Flourishes - Jan Marie Caruso - is celebrating a birthday and we're helping her by getting the party started with just about the ENTIRE Flourishes Crew! Why not leave some love on her blog HERE and while you are hopping around, be sure to visit the Flourishes team members who are honoring her special day! (list below)
Thanks so much Jan Marie for being such a kind, sweet and very generous person! I hope you have an AMAZING birthday celebration and MANY more to come! To make Jan Marie's Birthday card, I inked up a pretty image from Zinnias then used a variety of Copic Markers to color the image. I stamped the CELEBRATE sentiment from Birthday Pennants which coordinates perfectly with both Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennants and Nested Pennants.
In honor of Jan's special day, the worker bees behind the scenes decided to have a COLORFUL sale to help celebrate! TODAY and TOMORROW only ~ ALL Copic Markers will be on sale 15% off! Just use the code COPIC15 in the coupon code box at the time of check out to get this fun discount! So, join us in singing her a special little birthday song! Be sure to check out all the fun and festive wishes and grab some great ideas for birthday cards along the way!

Happy Birthday Jan! We hope your day is the absolute BEST and cheers to an even better year ahead!

Thanks for looking! Be Sweet :)
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Creative with Quotes (Pink Paislee She Art) 55

Mona Pendleton | @ 6:30 AM | , , ,

Hi there! Today I am sharing a project that I created for the Pink Paislee blog based on this week's  theme "Creative with Quotes". I would be tickled pink if you would visit the Pink Paislee blog (click HERE) as well :)
I created a canvas using mainly products from the newly released Pink Paislee She Art collection designed by Mixed Media artist, Christy Tomlinson. The She Art - Truth paper is FULL of some of my favorite quotes including "She didn't care if it was perfect". I think as designers, painters, artists, crafters, etc... we need to remember that our projects don't NEED to be perfect. It's ok to make a mistake, it's an opportunity to learn. If you don't like something, simply paint over it! :)
The She Art collection contains so many products making it so easy to create a mixed media project and so much more! To create my girl's dress, I combined the Courage polk a dot design along with the Soar multicolored/patterned design. Using fun designs such as criss crosses, scallops and zig-zag stitches from the Press Ons Rub Ons Doodle Art Stitches.
I added a bit of dimension and texture using the Vintage Doily Mask along with molding paste. What a fun and wonderfully designed stencil don't you think? I also used Press Ons Artsy Textures which add another layer and fun patterns.
In case you are interested to see how I created this canvas, shown below are some of the steps taken along the way. First I cut various pieces of patterned She Art papers and adhered it to the canvas.
Using the Vintage Doily Mask as my pattern, I applied molding paste to add dimension and texture:
Once you fill in desired area of the stencil with molding paste, gently lift up and remove the stencil revealing the gorgeous design. Allow to dry completely.
Thanks so much for visiting! Hope you enjoyed my project :) 

Pink Paislee Supplies Used:
Pink Paislee She Art - Inspire 00689
Pink Paislee She Art - Soar 00690
Pink Paislee She Art - Courage 00691
Pink Paislee She Art - Hope 00692
Pink Paislee She Art - Truth 00693
Pink Paislee She Art - Leap 00694
Pink Paislee She Art - Press Ons Artsy Textures 00696
Pink Paislee She Art - Press Ons Rub Ons Doodle Art Stitches 00697
Pink Paislee She Art - Vintage Doily Mask 00699
Pink Paislee Spring Jubilee - Soiree 00604
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