Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Waltzing Mouse Blog Hop!




Happy St. Patrick's Day! It's blog hop day and I'm excited to share my projects with you. I have a link to Waltzing Mouse forum in case you aren't signed up yet to play.

For this card I used Waltzing Mouse's free digital image and colored the shamrocks with Copic markers. I next cut out my colored image with a Spellbinders Oval Nestabilities die. Emerald Blessings is also a digi stamp that I printed and cut a strip to use on my card front. I made the rick rack out of card stock using my Quickutz Silhouette machine and attached it to my white strip. Then I put the light purple card stock through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder and attached it all to a white A6 card body. Clean and simple, I have a hard time with that!

Claire had free digi stamps on her blog for us to use along with what ever Waltzing Mouse Designs stamp sets we might have.

The shamrock with Irish Blessings under is one of the digi stamps I downloaded, the frame around it is one of their clear stamps.
This was such a fun project! I came across this box tutorial at Kirsten's blog and thought the WM stamps would be perfect for it. You can find her tutorial HERE.

I downloaded the digi stamps and re colored them in my Microsoft Publisher program, I was trying to get as close a match as I could to some of my card stock. I was able to get a shade that coordinated with my Papertrey Ink Avocado & Spring Moss card stocks.

I stamped the Labels 4 frame around the digi stamp in PTI Ripe Avocado ink and cut it out with the Labels 4 Spellbinders die. I cut out and extra shamrock and popped it on top of the first one and set it aside.

Then I started working on the box! The directions said to cut 2 chip board pieces and 4 designer paper squares. Hmmm, designer papers... I couldn't think of anything I had in my stash that would match so I checked out Waltzing Mouse's digi papers and wasn't sure if I could get a match that way either. I started browsing my own digi paper stash and came across this swirl paper but it only came in red and black.

I've just recently learned how to re color images and thought, I wonder if... and I was so excited to see that digi paper I'd copied and pasted into Publisher change to the exact same green as I'd used on the shamrocks! I was so excited, I learned something that's gonna be really valuable! (to me anyway, hehehe).

I went back to the box directions and got it all put together. I sponged the edges of my designer paper with PTI Ripe Avocado ink and the drawer pulls are from an old Stampin' Up! Hodgepodge Hardware kit.

To finish the top I cut another Labels 4 die in Ripe Avocado card stock for a matte, and found the white scalloped border in my stash. I'd cut a sheet of those a few days ago playing with a new GSD file and my Silhouette machine. Another strip of Ripe Avocado card stock and some pearls and I was satisfied. I'm done.

I really like the way the box with drawers turned out but need to make a few more. Two of my drawers are tight and don't open easily. That's okay, I'm happy to keep practicing!

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the blog hop!

30 comments:

Nancy said...

OMGoodness....your card and Irish box are both amazing! I need copics...they make a world of difference in the color.
I see a WMS order in the works. Thanks for the inspiration.

Julia Aston said...

Your purple card is just yummy! what beautiful coloring on your image - and that box is just super! Thanks for the link! I love paper crafts!! Two wonderful Irish projects!! thanks so much for participating in the blog hop with us today!

Angela Mclean said...

A DARLING card and a mega mega darling box!!! Love it!
Hugs,
Angela xxx.

Bonnie said...

Oh how very pretty -both projects are divine! Isn't it fun to find a new way to use things - congrats on figuring out how to recolour images - I'm not there yet.....but soon I hope!

Claire Brennan said...

Your shamrock card is beautifully fresh Jan! the purple and green are great and your colouring is lovely!! I love the wee box!!! and I love how you coloured the digital shamrock and framed it! Happy St Patrick's Day to you and thank you so much for hopping with us!!

Genevieve said...

Beautiful card & such a pretty box :)

Lynne Phelps said...

You know, why settle for Clean & Simple when Over The Top is so much more fun! That's my story and I'm sticking to it, LOL!

Actually, I find CAS very difficult (you have to know when to STOP) and you really nailed it on your first card. But the second card with all the layers and lush patterns is my fave!

I am considering a new printer as I only have a B&W laser. What kind of printer do you have, and do you recommend it for printing digi paper?

LOVELY cards!!!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Oh my! Both of these are gorgeous creations! I love your coloring on the card & that box is really spectacular showcasing that beautiful shamrock! Thanks for sharing the link to the template tutorial! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Dolly Mixtures said...

your card is great but that box!!!!!!! I love the style. The image is lovely in that frame and the punched edging and pearls look fabulous. happy St patrick's day:) Angela (aka Dolly Mixtures)

Joanne Gilch said...

Great card and even more is the box. Thanks for all the info...you rock.

Pauline said...

Love the card and the box too, beautiful colouring on the shamrocks, Pauline x

carole said...

your projects are very differents but very beautifull.
carole

Cammie said...

The contrast of the green and purple is stunning. And the box--wow-it is so elegant!

Belinda said...

Jan these are both lovely! The coloring on the purple card is just perfect and I love your little border! The box is just too cute and stamping the frame around the shamrock is just perfect!

Stampin' Pam said...

These are both fantastic! Love the purple and green and that box is fabulous! TFS.

Katie Renz said...

Hi Jan... yup... love that label stamp. Great job with both cards and your box is lovely!

Stephanie Kraft said...

These are both beautiful, Jan! I love the green and purple in your card and that box is fabulous!!

Joan B said...

Wow these are gorgeous. That box is beyond!

Laurie Marmon said...

Both projects are lovely. The green and purple go so well! This little box is so cute. How fun!

Kelly S. said...

I was going to say so clean and simple until I saw that it was an awesome little BOX...umm, not so simple but so clean and LOVELY!

Cheryl said...

Beautiful color choices. I love the purple card, especially.

Marge said...

Stunning card. . .and that BOX -- WOW!!!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Wow...not one, but two outstanding projects. Love that box...so creative and a wonderful use of the stamps. Your card is amazing too. Just the right blend of color and texture.

Kathryn B said...

Beautiful card and that box is stunning!!! I must go check that out!!!

Tracey Cuccia said...

Gorgeous projects!! I can see that I will have to be coming by here more often -- I love your Butterfly on the next post too!! Isn't it fun when you figure out something that will be so helpful to you! I always do a little happy dance :)

Kate W. said...

WOW! Your projects are stunning!!! I love your shading on the first card, The shamrocks just POP and look so realistic. WOW!!!!

Cassie_lu said...

they are both amazing but the box one is my favorite. love how you put it all together and the colors you used.

Betty Benton said...

Your purple and green card is gorgeous! Love those swiss dots!! And the box is a fabulous project!

anya said...

Great projects, Jan! Love the green and purple together on your card. The box is a fantastic creation, too! Thanks for hopping with us!

Julie Masse said...

Such beautiful projects! Love the purple with the shamrocks - so pretty! :)