Monday, May 17, 2010

Happy 1st Birthday Waltzingmouse Stamps!!

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Welcome!

If you’ve stumbled upon my blog this morning, then I should tell you that you’ve visited at the perfect time!  Today we’re celebrating Waltzingmouse Stamps’ First Birthday with a very special blog waltz!!
WMS First Birthday_edited-1
The theme this month is birthdays – perfect, right?!!  Well, I loved the theme so much, I made TWO cards.  This is my first.  I have loved the images in the Sewing Box – Hugs set since I first laid eyes on it.  Every single image in this set is faux blanket stitched.  Love that!!  I’ll list the WMS Birthday Insidesupplies used for each card below, but I feel it’s important to point out that these sweet images are so fun to play with.  I stamped the  leaves onto two different colors of felt and then cut them out.  The flowers and birdie are stamped onto Fly A Kite and Thrift Shop DP to carry that vintage feel throughout.  The sentiment is from the Sewing Box – Hugs set, too.  Here’s a shot of the inside of the card, too.  I used an SRM sticker – easy, peasy!
WMS Birthday 2
My second birthday card uses two different Waltzingmouse Stamps sets – Off Beat Backgrounds and L’il Buddies.  Banners are hot right now, and I wanted to create one to celebrate the WMS First Birthday!  I stamped each of the backgrounds from Off Beat Backgrounds and punched them out with my handy dandy Fiskars triangle punch.  I adhered the triangles to some 1/8” ribbon, and then adhered the banner to the card front.  The sentiment is from L’il Buddies.  A bit of cloud DP, some stitching, a couple of buttons and voila’ – you’ve got yourself another birthday card!

I can’t believe it’s only been one year ago that I first stumbled upon Waltzingmouse Stamps.  Claire Brennan is the owner of this very fun company.  Claire cares very much for her customers, and has the kind of integrity, both as a business woman and as a person, that is second to none.  She adores anything Christmas-related, and her kind spirit oozes out of her sweet images.  Just so you know, I’m not part of the WMS DT, and have not been compensated to participate in this blog waltz.  What I say here is from my heart, and from my first-hand experience.  When I tell you that Claire Brennan and Waltzingmouse Stamps are exceptional, I tell you this from the bottom of my heart.

Happy First Birthday to Claire and Waltzingmouse Stamps!!  Wishing you many more to come – please know that I’ll be your biggest fan as long as you’re around!!

If you’d like to play along with this months’ waltz, just click on the Waltzing Mouse badge at the top of my post.  It’ll take you to Claire’s blog, where you’ll find all the details of today’s waltz.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!




A Little Birdie Told Me
STAMPS:  Sewing Box – Hugs (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
INK:  Rich Cocoa (Memento)
PAPER:  Vintage Cream CS and Aqua Mist CS (PTI), Fly A Kite and Thrift Shop DP (October Afternoon)
ACCESSORIES:  Zig Zag and Donut Chain Border Punches (EK Success), Janome Sew Mini, Corner Rounder, Stampin’ Dimensionals (Stampin’ Up!), Buttons (PTI), Rustin Button Twine (PTI), SRM Sticker

Happy Birthday
STAMPS:  Off Beat Backgrounds and L’il Buddies (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
INK:  Pixie Dust and Red Magic Chalk Ink (VersaMagic), Summer Sky and Tuxedo Black (Memento)
PAPER:  Pure Poppy and Sweet Blush CS (PTI), Clouds DP (Doodlebug), White CS (Neenah), 1/8” Satin Ribbon (PTI), Xyron Sticker Maker, Buttons (PTI), Janome Sew Mini, Stampin’ Dimensionals (Stampin’ Up!)




45 comments:

Terri said...

Both of these cards are DARLING...it's hard to even pick a favorite. That top one is so cute, love that little birdie and your stitching is perf! Love that color combination on the bottom one...you are a creative genius, I tell ya! How do you even find time to do this stuff with that new baby?! Great job!

Sue W said...

Beautiful cards both! Think my wish list has just grown!

Lee said...

Beautiful cards. Just love the banner and colours on the second card.

Julia Aston said...

Wow Karolyn! so glad you waltzed with us today - what super cards - the sewing box hugs one is so homespun with all the wonderful papers you used - and the banner card is just so fun!

sofia said...

Your cards are super!!!! Love the one you made with the sewing box hugs!!!

Belinda said...

So glad you decided to join in on the waltz! :) Fabulous cards and I love your sewing box hugs card with the fun papers! Your paper piercing is just fav!

Karin said...

These are outstanding! I love the banner...I'm seeing them everywhere! You are so on top of the hot trend :)

Latisha said...

So so so cute!!

Genevieve said...

Very very pretty!

Lynn Mercurio said...

WOW...look at you go woman. Outstanding all the way around - inside and out!

Ruth M said...

Wow, both cards are fantabulous! Will have to CASE your Sewing Box Hugs card for sure, thanks for the inspiration!

I love how you made the banner - very creative! Looks fab against the clouds!

Carly said...

Absolutely just so sweet! Lovely and creative!

Kathryn B said...

Wow! Two beautiful cards! I am in love with your first cards it's so gorgeous! I've got to get that set!

Angela Mclean said...

Mega cool!!! The banner card is so ace.. it looks professional! LOVE the wee birdie card .... so warm, cozy and sweet!
Hugs
Angela xxx.

LaurieJ said...

Wow, your cards are really outstanding! So creative. The way you've combined the DP on the Sewing Box Hugs card is perfect.

Nadine said...

Both your cards are so fun and cheerful! Love the banner on the second one and the background stamps you used on them. I totally agree with everything you said about Claire and WMS!! Your sincerity comes across loud and clear. :o)

Laurie Marmon said...

Such fun cards! The papers you used with the Sewing Box Hugs stamps goes together so perfectly! And the banner card is too cute!

Lynne Phelps said...

Both cards are so fresh and fun! Lovely!

Heather said...

Lovely cards - both of them! Love how fresh and colourful they are. A fresh and yummy treat for my eyes - thanks for sharing :)

Jen Cuthbertson said...

Great cards! The banner is just darling and I love all of the colors you used!!

Jill said...

Beautiful work!

Jill

Heather J. said...

Awesome cards!!!

Ingrid Danvers said...

Wow....stunning cards, Karolyn. I love the banner card, but the first card is my favorite. I just love how you used that stamp set. You did a fab job! ITA on everything you said about Claire and WMS.

Jen said...

Darling doesn't quite suit. You really created some great cards!
Thanks for sharing.

Pauline said...

Fab cards, love the paper piecing and the banner card too. Pauline x

Claire Brennan said...

Karolyn, I am speechless, I was gonna say how gorgeous your cards are but you floored me with that post, you are too kind and everything you say is just a direct reflection of what a lovely lady you are!! Thank you, for all of your support!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Oh my gosh! Your cards are as precious as your post! All the paperpiecing looks fabulous :)

Ann said...

Your cards are fabulous Karolyn and your post says everything I should have said about WMS and didn't - thanks for saying it for me.

I'm going to have to look out for that triangle punch too!

Janet said...

What nice cards! I really like the one with the banner.

Joanne Gilch said...

Your cards are fabulous! Please, tell us how much you love Claire and her stamps..LOL We all share your love for her and WMS. Thank you for putting it so eloquently.

Polly Pierce said...

This post is well and truly a WMS expo! Your cards are lovely, I like them all, but particularly like the Homespun Hugs card at the top of the post...

Kathy Martin said...

Such fun and colorful cards today! :)

Sharli said...

Wonderful cards! I totally agree with your comments about Claire - and I just wish I could have one of everything she makes! LOL You've bumped this set (the first card) to the top of my list now.

Nice work!

Katie Renz said...

Great job on both cards... love your bright and fun color choices.

Janelle said...

Both cards are just amazing. I have to admit that those homespun set from WMS are my weak spot because of cards just like your sweet birdie card. Simply wonderful.

carole said...

I love the sewing box card, this set is one of my favorites too.

anya said...

Karolyn! These are gorgeous!! I adore your banner card - I love how you stamped them with different backgrounds! So inspiring!

Helen said...

Wow, such fantastic cards - love them both to bits!! The papers are perfect and I love the idea of using the background stamps on the banner/flags-it works so well!! GORGEOUS!!

Charmaine Stack said...

Both your cards are just great! I am so glad I got to see them. I loved what you did with Sewing Box Hugs. Very inspiring. And I echo all your comments regarding Claire and her sweet spirit and wonderful little company. Here's to many more birthdays to come!

Erin Smetak said...

What lovely cards you have created today! I just love your style! I wish I could craft like you!!!!

Kelly S. said...

Yep October Afternoon and Little Sewing Box Birdie are a combo I like myself, hee! That banner card is SO AWESOME! I feel very cheery after your post :)

Kate Lewis said...

Two beautiful cards and a lovely post too, lovely to visit you blog today! Kate x

Rachel Webber said...

Amazing cards - I especially like the sewing box one, such fab colours

Buy Stamps Online said...

Really nice cards-i like very much.

Mary I said...

I enjoyed both cards, but I think your first one using the Sewing Box images is my favorite I've seen with this set ever. The patterned papers/colors you've used are fantastic!