Waltzingmouse Stamp of Approval Parade (SOAP) – Day 1

Hi there blog friends, I was rendered speechless yesterday when I got up to have a look at my blog.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  You pulled me up and ferried me over a sea of sadness yesterday and reminded me why I love to craft and blog.  Sweet tears of happiness and bonding as I read your advice and experiences! 

Well, I have two posts today, this is the first one and I’m time pressed to get it into place, but I’ll be back in a couple of hours to chat.  In the mean time, welcome to the Waltzingmouse Stamp of Approval Parade – it’s my first one too.  The theme is Christmas and what the design team is doing is showing you additional ideas that you can do with some of the Waltzingmouse Christmas stamps.  It may be quick gifts, a unique technique or a card.  The SOAP runs for four days, and at the end of that four days you can get involved and I’ll have details on that as the week goes on.  Today I’m sharing a card  I think this has to be one of my very favorite Christmas stamps in the Waltzingmouse Stamps collection, Santa’s Coming to Town.  I have to remind myself to emboss with cream or white — I don’t know why I don’t think of if but I love the look – it gives it an old timey look.  So, since I’m kind of a background addict, in other words I love making my own, I used the Victorian Frippery Border to create a background.  It went down as smooth as silk even though I had about eight repeats to emboss.  Still, it only took about 15 minutes to create the background (heck I spend that looking for paper and often, much longer).  I encourage you to go back and revisit tried and true basic stamping techniques – they make for a solid card and many of them are timeless.

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Stamps – Santa’s Coming to Town, Victorian Frippery (Background)
Paper: My Minds Eye, Bazzill
Ink: Versamark, Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Accessories: Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Ornament, Ivory Embossing Powder, Prima Flowers, Seam Binding, The Paper Studio (Spare Parts) Brads, Zva Creative Pearls

Need some inspiration?  Be sure to peek in to see what the rest of the designers are up to!!

Fabulous Design Team Creations
1. Anya Schrier 7. Lynn Mercurio
2. Becca Feeken 8.  Mona Pendleton
3. Julia Aston 9.  Sandie Dunne
4. Jennifer Holmes 10. Tosha Leyendekker
5. Kelly Schirmer 11. Claire Brennan (Owner)
6. Laurie Schmidlin

Thanks so much for stopping by, I’m off to finish up and get ready for the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog Hop this morning.  By the way, I have a special treat coming on Thursday.  I have a frugal project that you can make in no time flat for Christmas, that your girlfriends will hug you for.  I hope you’ll stop by to see on November 3rd – hmmmm, I just bet there might be something in it for you too.  You’ll have to come see though!

  • Ria ReijnNovember 1, 2011 - 3:22 am

    What a verry nice set is this. Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • SandieNovember 1, 2011 - 3:47 am

    Becca, this is STUNNING!! The rich colours, the stamping, the design and detailing.. all stunning!ReplyCancel

  • MaryannNovember 1, 2011 - 4:00 am

    WAUW this is so gorgeous Becca. So elegant and warm, it really makes me feel welcome somehow and looks absolutely gorgeous hun.
    I´m so glad to hear, that you felt better after todays comments, and it´s really true, there is just not anyone on the entire eart as sweet and understanding as crating people, that´s for sure. I´ve expirienced that a few times myself, and it´s just unbelievable how warm and kind people are inhere. But you also give soo much to everybody hun, that you should get lots back ofcause when you need it too.
    I really hope, you´ll feel much better today and can think of all the wonderful memories without too much sadness hun. Concentrate on the really awesome times, that will put a smile on your face, even with a little trear, but still feels good. Take good care sweet friend and have a wonderful day.ReplyCancel

  • OlgaNovember 1, 2011 - 5:26 am

    absolutely breathtaking!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly SchirmerNovember 1, 2011 - 5:48 am

    WOW! That’s a vintage dreamy card right there! I love how you did the ornament in that warm spicy color with the white embossing. Your background is spectacular!ReplyCancel

  • FrancineNovember 1, 2011 - 5:49 am

    It is a superb rebond you treat us like no one else with another invoice to come. I will watch for it … Cannot wait. Bonne journee ! FrancineReplyCancel

  • Peggy BiggsNovember 1, 2011 - 6:34 am

    Wow this is a beautiful card Becca. I love the ornament you used and the color is so pretty…. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Helen BerryNovember 1, 2011 - 7:04 am

    Wowee! I am in total awe – your card is absolutely beautiful. The ornament just glows with warmth and the background is stunning too ;) I will be here on Nov 3rd to see what’s in store – now I’m intrigued Becca x xReplyCancel

  • Julia AstonNovember 1, 2011 - 7:17 am

    Love how you dressed up this fun stamp set with the pearls and lovely ribbon Becca!ReplyCancel

  • RichardNovember 1, 2011 - 8:20 am

    This is a beautiful card!! I really like this stamp set soooooo much!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen MNovember 1, 2011 - 9:32 am

    Becca, this is a beautiful card. I read yesterday’s post and I am so sorry for your loss. You are a very brave lady and with God’s grace and the help of your friends I hope you find more strength each day to keep on. The Lord still has a plan for you and He promises never to leave or forsake you. God bless KxReplyCancel

  • Marge R. (mer)November 1, 2011 - 9:32 am

    Like you, Becca, I don’t think to use cream/white to emboss for the BG or the main image either — LOVE this look and your card is just sooo SCRUMPTIOUS!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jan CastleNovember 1, 2011 - 10:00 am

    So Christmas-ee! Love the look you created here Becca..what an inspiration you are.

  • Sheila-UKNovember 1, 2011 - 10:15 am

    Oh this is such a beautiful card Becca..the flower and leaves just add the extra splash of colour.

    Love Sheila xxReplyCancel

  • Dana TarchalaNovember 1, 2011 - 10:42 am

    I am in love with this card! tfsReplyCancel

  • Deborah FringsNovember 1, 2011 - 10:45 am

    This is really elegant – I love the stamp and the beautiful pearl flourish. Fabulous work!ReplyCancel

  • MickieNovember 1, 2011 - 11:24 am

    BEAUTIFUL!!! Please add me to your Christmas list. LOLReplyCancel

  • Christine Harrop, Oxfordshire, UKNovember 1, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    Gorgeous card Becca. Just love that bauble.ReplyCancel

  • LaurieJNovember 1, 2011 - 1:37 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love the Victorian Frippery background with the Christmas stamps!ReplyCancel

  • LESLEY CALABRIA-BROWNNovember 1, 2011 - 1:42 pm

    Your work is exquisite, Becca…I hope you don’t mind, I think I’d like to “re-create” this as a wall piece for my holiday decorating. Thanks for all the inspiration. Bless you, Girl!ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte ZweigoronNovember 1, 2011 - 3:17 pm

    Beautiful card, Becca. Can’t wait for the surprise! I’ll be checking in….ReplyCancel

  • Francie (Montreal)November 1, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    Pure elegance! Thanks for sharing a gorgeous card with us. But then again, I believe “gorgeous” is the only description in your card repertoire.ReplyCancel

  • Dottie DavisNovember 1, 2011 - 5:50 pm

    Very lovely. Beautiful classical card…! love it.ReplyCancel

  • MarinaNovember 1, 2011 - 6:11 pm

    The colors are so elegant. I did not see the Be good stamp, I did see the Jolly Good stamp did you make your own. Love the cards. IReplyCancel

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  • Mona PendletonNovember 1, 2011 - 10:43 pm

    Gorgeous card Becca! Love the white embossed Vintage ornament and sentiment!ReplyCancel

  • Beverly UNovember 1, 2011 - 10:44 pm

    Loved this so very much that I ordered both the waltzingmouse stamp and the spellbinders. Thank you for all your wonderful talent!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn MercurioNovember 2, 2011 - 5:23 am

    Beautiful, Becca. Love how your bling outlines your sentiment so elegantly. I really like these warm colors and your pop of red with that lovely Poinsettia accent. Tremendous.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen ? CardMonkeyNovember 2, 2011 - 8:25 am

    GORGEOUS card, Becca!! I’ve never tried embossing in white or cream, and I will make this a MUST after seeing how pretty the WMS stamps are with it done this way. Thank you for your tips and wisdom!!

    Ellen ? CardMonkey

  • KathyNovember 2, 2011 - 5:19 pm

    A great card Becca..ReplyCancel

  • SharronNovember 3, 2011 - 12:00 am

    Gorgeous–love your background, your ornament and all the awesome bling! Very well done!ReplyCancel

  • alsmouseNovember 3, 2011 - 11:14 am

    What an elegant card. Just beautiful :) A perfect image for the season. I make a lot of cards and I am always looking for inspiration for them. Thank you so much for creating and sharing it.
    alsmouse ~C8> Ratty HugsReplyCancel

  • CarolaNovember 3, 2011 - 1:13 pm

    Becca, this is a gorgeous card. The images, the colours, the pretty embellishments, just very elegant and festive.

    Kind regards

  • Pet73November 4, 2011 - 9:35 am

    That’s such a fantastic card!ReplyCancel

  • AnyaNovember 5, 2011 - 1:21 pm

    A beautiful, elegant card Becca. The inked ornament and embossed background add so much sophistication to this card. The pearl flourish and vivid poinsettia are the perfect finishing touches.

    Sending big hugs to you, and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.ReplyCancel