Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It’s Time–The August WMS Release Design Team Blog Hop

Hello friends. It’s TIME...they’re here and ready to go! Eight new sets and numerous coordinating dies are available right now from Waltzingmouse Stamps!

For the past three days we have shared our projects highlighting Claire’s newest release sets and dies. I hope that you will stay long enough to follow along today’s Blog Hop and get your opportunity to win some WMS goodies. (see details below)

If you are visiting here from Becca Feeken’s blog, then you are right where you need to be, but if you just happened along, be sure to visit Claire’s Blog for a complete list of the team members participating in today’s Blog Hop.

My project today is a Halloween card using fun images and dies that Claire’s carries with one new die, Picot Panels and a sentiment from Peek a Boo Sentiments.

I began with a black card base and took a piece of patterned paper from the older Spider’s Web collection from My Mind’s Eye, and die cut the center out with the new Picot Panel die available now from Waltzingmouse Stamps. I folded up the scalloped edges of the die a bit to help it stand out from the rest of the patterned paper. I added some twill ribbon before I adhered it to my card base.


I added the Picot Panel die cut over the open space, using foam dimensional adhesive. I cut the witch die cut using the Halloween Party Witch die from black cardstock, creating a spooky witch silhouette. I then added my bat rim, hanging upside down. HA!

I also added some fun Stampendous stickers to embellish my card


To add a finishing touch to the card, I died cut a tag using the Stitched Tag Die and added the sentiment which is from the Peek a Boo Sentiments set (new this release).

I added a scalloped border along the bottom to repeat the scalloped edges from the Picot Panel.


As I mentioned above, there will be a prize awarded by random drawing from comments left on the Design Team blogs. Want to increase your odds of winning? Well then, be sure to stop and comment on all the blogs, however you don’t HAVE to comment on every blog post to be eligible to win.

You have until midnight on August 29th to leave your comments. The winner will be announced on Claire’s blog on August 30th.

So off you go, and enjoy! Don’t forget that the store is now open and ready for your orders! 




Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Waltzingmouse Stamps August Release Preview–Day Three–BOO!

Hello friends. I hope you have enjoyed the past couple of days checking out all the great inspiration from the Design Team as we bring you samples using Waltzingmouse Stamps new images and dies that will be available tomorrow.

Today I’m sharing cards made with three new Halloween sets from Claire. The first one is Boo and Friends. This was a fun card to create that has a fun interactive element to them.

I started out with a long card base -  4X9, which fits into a business sized envelope. On an orange card base I layered patterned paper from the Spooks collection by S.E.I. I cut out circles and placed them on my card before I stamped my three little spooky ghost guys onto black cardstock, and then heat embossed them with white embossing powder. Claire also has coordinating dies for this set, which will make it super easy to create your Halloween cards!


You can see that I added some googly eyes to my nighttime creatures mostly because I wanted them to interact with the movement I gave each of the images by using Action Wobble Springs.


I also stamped the little speech bubbles and fussy cut them, adding them to the card with foam adhesive. My little ghost has some added stickles to his lollypop and pumpkin.


My bat ghost is looking down onto the sentiment, which I stamped, and as you can see, he took a bite out of the top of the cardstock. LOL


I’ve uploaded a quick GIF so you can see the fun action from the Wobble Action springs. Fun, right? Each little ghost moves when you touch the card, or move them.


My next card showcases the Peek a Boo Sentiments set. This is a set full of fun Halloween greetings suitable for cards, candy wrappers and gift bags.

Once again I used my Spooky patterned paper for my background on my focal image. Funny story about this paper collection; a couple of years ago at CHA, I attended the S.E. I. event. I won one of their prize packages, which I was thrilled about. Well, when it arrived, I discovered that I not only won the collection, but a BUYERS collection, which means I won full packages of all the papers, embellishments and stickers that come with the collection. I’m talking 25 sheets of each pattern paper, several packs of embellishments and stickers. I have enough of this Halloween paper collection to last for 100 years, so this won’t be the last Halloween that you see these papers. HA!


The ghost paper you see is embossed, so it was super easy to add some distress ink to the paper to help the ghosts become more defined before I added several of the sentiments from the set. A few strategically placed eyes bring out the creepy for my image.


For more fun, I added strips of double stick tape and applied glitter to the edge of the card base as well as the top layer.


For my embellishments I added a chipboard flower that I sprayed with a black Copic marker using my air gun. Man...that’s a fast and no-mess way to color chipboard. I also added silk ribbon, twine and a gingham flower. Fun, right?


For my last couple of projects, I used the new Great Big Owl set. This stately bird has a menacing stare which is so perfect for Halloween.

I created my background by cutting a circle from masking material, placed it on my base and working from the inside of the circle outward, I used distress ink to give the moon a yellow outline cast. Around the edges, I sponged on Chipped Sapphire Distress ink and then on the very outer edges, I added Black Soot Distress Ink.


I colored my own with Copic markers and then stamped and colored his feet and wings a second time, adding them with foam adhesive for more dimension. I added some gold Wink of Stella pen, which looks amazing in real life.


My sentiment was stamped over the moon so it could be read easily. What a great sentiment for this Big Owl!


Here is another little fun candy gift item that I created. I stamped the owl in brown ink, and filled in some spot with golden yellow Copic markers. This particular owl image contains an empty spot in the center.


I cut out the center and stamped a sentiment on a scratch piece of cardstock which I adhered to the top of the matchbox and added the owl on top with the addition to a feather I had in my stash. For a little extra fun, I added two yellow crystals to the center of his eyes, which seem to almost glow.

These little treats would be great for candy corn or jelly beans.


That’s all for me today, but you won’t want to miss out on what the rest of the team has to share with you, so hop on over and take a look.

Lynn Mercurio (That’s me, and you are here!)

Kelly Schirmer 

Renee Lynch 

Karin Akesdotter 

Jeanne Jachna 

Julia Aston 

Jen Cuthbertson 

Anya Schrier 

Laurie Schmidlin 

Sandie Dunne 

Tosha Leyendekker and


Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you will visit again tomorrow – RELEASE DAY for the Waltzingmouse Stamps Design Team Blog Hop where we will have an opportunity for a lucky winner to score some free WMS goodies.

Until then,



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