Sunday, 17 July 2011

Take your partners for a Waltz .....

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.... it's time for the monthly Blog Waltz with Waltzingmouse Stamps - if you've not joined in before, you can find all the details here - it's lots of fun!!  And the theme this month is BIRTHDAY PARTY!  That gives us so much scope to play!!!

I've gone a bit mad with cards for this month.  Last week I was asked to make a birthday card for a friend's nephew.  I discovered he owns a coffee cafe!!  Now I'm a huge coffee lover (and am still waiting for Claire to come up with coffee stamps :)).  I decided to make steaming coffee cups the main design element.  All the birthday sentiments are from Waltzingmouse.  I made a few so that she could pick one.

Stamps:  Impression Obsession - Smell the Coffee;  Waltzingmouse - Say It Loud
Inks:  Memento - Tuxedo Black; Versafine - Onyx Black
Promarkers:  Cobalt Blue, Berry Red, Royal Blue, Tan
Spellbinders:  Wonky Rectangles (S4-306) #5
Accessories:  DCWV - Mat Stack (red); Card and embossing powder from stash


Stamps: Impression Obsession - Smell the Coffee; Waltzingmouse - Fancy Phrases
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Up! - Cherry Cobbler
Promarkers:  Cardinal Red, Burgundy, Shale, Tan
Spellbinders: Reverse Wonky Rectangles (S4-307) #5
Accessories:  Card, ribbon and embossing powder from stash

The next one is based on the sketch for this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge - WMSC56.  The sketch has been designed by Julia Aston - it's great.


I masked off an area to the left of my card and then stamped the chevron pattern.  It has a slightly distressed look.  I've used the same coffee cups image, just coloured to match the background.  I added a thin black border with my promarkers.  I stamped the sentiment and cut it out, and added a black border to match the picture.  This was a huge mistake - I think I'm going to be fixing this card.  I like the colours though.


Stamps: Impression Obsession - Smell the Coffee; Waltzingmouse - Say It Loud
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Up! - Wild Wasabi
Promarkers:  Forest Green, Pear Green, Lime Green, Apple, Tan, Black, Cool Grey 1
Spellbinders:  Classic Rectangles (S4-130) #5
Accessories: Card, and brads from stash

I also made a blue version, but this one doesn't feature any WMS - so I'll share that tomorrow!

It occurred to me earlier, that while these are all lovely birthday cards, they are not particularly birthday party related.  So I decided to make another card.  I think this one has more of a party feel - at least that was the idea :)

This one is entirely WMS and I've used two of my lovely new Waltzingmouse sets - Eat Cake and You're Lovely.  I decided to showcase the party dress and cakes - do you think this is more party related?


I used the little cake, flowers and stand and created my background to match the multi-coloured gingham paper I used for the dress. I don't know where I got the paper - it was a little scrap, but I thought it would make a super party dress for a young lady (I know that Kathryn will love it). I cut out the beaded oval mat and added colour to the beads - again to match the dress and cakes. I threaded a pretty multi-coloured satin ribbon through the holes and tied at the back of the oval. I stamped the dress onto the mat and then paper pieced the dress. Finally, I added the ribbon down the card spine, a simple birthday sentiment and a bit of sparkle on the flowers and dress. I suppose it's really more a birthday card than party related - but I like it :))

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Eat Cake, You're Lovely
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Grape Jelly, Cantaloupe, New Sprout, Summer Sky, Lulu Lavender; Stampin' Up! - Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue, Tangerine Tango, Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette
Spellbinders: Beaded Ovals (S4-294) #4
Accessories: Card, ribbon and embossing powder from stash

I've taken a close up shot of the dress and mat - you can really see the pretty ribbon, and very subtle sparkle around the bodice of the dress - it's the same around the hem!  If only I had the figure to wear a dress like this :)


I am soooo sorry that this has turned out to be so long!!!  But I did make a few cards ;)  Now, I'm off to Waltz around the blogs!!  See you later.

34 comments:

Pauline said...

Lovely set of cards Deborah, I too am a big coffee lover, and am looking forward o the day when Claire creates a 'like you a latte' type set! Love the pretty party dress with the colourful ribbon, very sweet!

Craftilicious said...

wow Deborah - you have been busy! They are all gorgeous but the final one with the dress and all the cakes is particularly amazing.
Tara x

Cyndie said...

Wow, what a great bunch of cards! I think the dress card is my favorite--so inventive the way you did the ribbon, and the paper pieced dress is delicious!

rudlis said...

Your cards is just gorgeous, as always. I love dress card. Have a great day...

{Lynn - that's me!} said...

That a creative group of lovely designs. You have been a busy woman! I think my favorite is your "You're Lovely" card with that great gingham patterned dress. Great job on all.

Claire Brennan said...

Oh gosh Deb!!! wowee! yup I love the smell of coffee and have a set in the works, but I've seen that wee IO set you used and always thought it was super cute, love the steamy coffee cups!! I do especially love the rainbow gingham dress tho, that is just gorgeous, and your background of wee colourful cakes is so cute, I am feeling inspired to make something like that now!! I love the fresh bright colours here Deb, a really celebratory card!! gorgeous work all round!! Thank you so much for waltzing along with us and for so much inspiration!! Hugs!

Vicky Hayes said...

I love the coffee cups but the card that really caught my eye is the last one - it has a very Disney feel! Perhaps it's the 'glorious technicolor'!

I'm Renee said...

LOVE coffee!!
Sitting, smelling and drinking it now...
never start the day without it! :)
And your coffee cards are fabby...
perfect for a coffee lover!
Love the rainbow dress...
and all the bright goodness of the cakes...
gorgeous!

Joanne Gilch said...

That coffee cup stamp is cool with those steamy lines. Luv how you incorporated the pastels throughout your 'dressy' party card with the ribbons and embossed circles, and O! those luscious cakes.

Karen B. said...

You coffee cards are great, but my, that dress is outstanding! What a beautiful gradient you've achieved with the pattern!

Julia Aston said...

Goodness Deborah! what creative stamping you have been doing! The coffee cards are so fun, perfect for your nephew and the dress/cake birthday card is just lovely!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Very nice cards!! Fun and colorful!! The stamp with the coffee swirls is really great, love how you used that! Wishing you a wonderful day!
Hugs, Wendy

Inkyfingers said...

Wow, Deborah you have been so productive you put me to shame! I love how you created such different cards with the same focal stamp. The final card is just gorgeous and I love the pretty ribbon frame.
Hugs
Carol x

Karin (Peppermintpatty) said...

What bright and happy birthday cards! So pretty!

Purrfect Paper Creations said...

Wow! Your coffee cards are great, but I think I like the last one the best. The dress with the cake background is so pretty, and I love how you used the ribbon on your nestie--the way you wove it through looks really neat!

Chris L.

Charmaine Stack said...

Okay - can i just say - OVERACHIEVER! Wow, so many cards for this waltz. Well done, Deb! I am especially taken with the first one in the coffee cup series - I like the cups framed in the wonky rectangle against the bold gingham - but I like the funky individual cup used int he second one, too. Neat designs. I am also enamoured of the woven ribbon, the stencilled embossed oval, and the glitter on the dress. Thanks for the close up so that we can see the little details.

Cassie_lu said...

a great set of cards

~ Ali Watson ~ said...

Wow wow and wow Deb FANTASTIC creations full of wonderful inspiration.

thank you

Happy Waltzing

Ali x

Paula said...

Brilliant variety with your coffee cups - amazing to think it's the same stamp in all but the look is so different & I love that dress.
Paula (PEP)

Cathy Weber said...

Wow, Deb, you just went crazy with this months theme. I love every one of your cards, but especially love the one with that gorgeous gingham dress. I love the birthday cakes in the background.

Jeanne J said...

Deb, You have been a busy bee!! Great cards. I really like the colorful stamped cakes background!

LaurieJ said...

Wow, you have been busy!! Wonderful cards. I love the rainbow gingham dress especially. So pretty.

Jenny said...

Love the coffe cards, that image is so stylistic with the tall plumes of steam :)
Such a pretty dress on your last card, the colours are wonderful :)
Jenny x

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Okay, it's early evening and you've got me craving coffee. So not good! Your coffee cards are all so beautiful and charming!! And I adore your gingham party dress!!

Jen Cuthbertson said...

What cute coffee cards - I love coffee, too! And, the rainbow hues and that gingham dress are so pretty on the final card!

Julie said...

WOW! They are all beautiful, Deborah! I think I especially love the last card with the rainbow colors!

Nancy said...

Such a fun set of birthday cards...love them!

Belinda said...

Wow, so many fabulous birthday cards! You won't be missing anything birthdays anytime soon! I really love that gradient look on your gingham dress though! Super fabby!

Meredith MacRitchie said...

Holy Cow Deb!!! You were busy!!! That dress with the multi-coloured gingham is awesome!

Sarah said...

Gosh you have been busy! What a fabulous collection of stamps!

pink latte said...

Wow! I love love your very pretty dress! This is so cool Deb! :)

Helen L said...

A beautiful and wonderful card, especially for a spring birthday!!

Buffy said...

Stunning cards Debs, I love the cake with dress one.

Kelly S. said...

GAH! That multicolored gingham dress is making me swoon, it's so pretty! I LOVE all of these steamy tea cup cards, just calling for a friend to come over and join you. Such great cards, Deborah!

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