Saturday 7 September 2013

Waltzingmouse Fanatics is GO!

So it's our inaugural challenge at Waltzingmouse Fanatics today and we have a lovely sketch to kick it all off with.
I decided to make a couple of projects - one masculine and one feminine.  For my first project there was only one way to go - Way Out West with a focal element is from Sheriff and all done in kraft to keep it masculine.

I cut a piece of kraft card with a curved line following the sketch and then stuck it to my stamp mat and stamped two of the backgrounds from Way Out West across it - the words in crumb cake (SU ink) and the stars in black.  I adhered that to a kraft base card and kept the top part plain except for a silver stitch line.  I used another piece of kraft card to stamp the sheriff's badge and embossed with pewter ink.  Once cool I added a swipe of picket fence distress ink and buffed it off with a damp paper towel.  I'm quite pleased with this one.

For my second card I went more feminine and used the new Funky Flowers set as my focal element and a couple of sentiments from Say It Loud to create my background panels.

I'm not as happy with this one - I was trying to be clever with my background stamping and this version is my third (and best) attempt.  I cut a panel as before but this time in white and stamped the word "birthday" from Say it Loud across it in black ink.  I stamped "happy" from the same set in grey ink on my white base card but despite my best effort they didn't line up quite as I wanted (and yet I drew pencil lines and no I can't do maths!)  So I added a nice thick black line with a copic marker to cover up the mistakes and make a more defined dividing line.

For the focal element this time I stamped the largest flower from funky flowers in tangelo ink and then stamped the smaller one in pool and layered them up.  To form the flower centre I stamped the medium flower in tangelo again on shrink plastic to add a little dimension and interest.  I finished with a couple of leaves in pear tart which is my favourite green ink ever.

So now it's over to you - visit the challenge blog and play along for your chance to win a £20 voucher for Waltzingmouse stamps - you have almost 2 weeks to play so plenty of time to get your mojo rocking


  1. So glad you and Deborah founded this new challenge Tara, I've been missing the WMSC for months!
    I love the craft card with the silver embossed sheriff star, and the pretty floral birthday card, lovely stamping and colours.

  2. Tara - I love the contrast in your cards. I love, love the Western feel of your first card and the texture on the Sheriff star - Jonathan commented over my shoulder "Oh that's nice!" - praise indeed ;)) I really like the texty background and bold flower.

    So pleased that the challenge has launched!!

  3. Fabulous job on both cards.

  4. Love the idea of your 'his and hers' cards Tara! I love the 'neatness' of the first and the pretty layered flower on the second. Vicky x


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