Monday, January 17, 2011

Will you dance with me?

ETA:  Hijacking this post to add to Glenda's RAC #100!

Welcome to my submission for the January WMS Blog Waltz!
It's been a while since I've participated but I'm finally getting in the swing of being a workin' person and I've figured out how to get some crafty time in! My card is a two-fer, it's perfect for the WMS Waltz (See the LOVE-ly participants here) and I used the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #30 (Check it out here). Here's the eye candy!



I rescued some pieces from my stash, that I have been eyeballing for a while. I never have a problem using my paper but for some reason, any type of ribbon or "embellishment" that I bought for a sewing project I can't seem to bring, even long after the fabric has been used or given away! The silver chain across the middle is something I bought in 2009 when I got this wild idea that I was going to make new stockings. I've since given away the red and white fuzzy fabrics and I sold my sewing machine in May. You'd think I would have used the chain by now, especially since I love it and think that it should be on everything!


The paper is typical fare for me, assorted DPP out of the clearance rack at my LSS, foam from a pack I was given as a stocking stuffer this year, and ribbon from my stash (most likely from the exact same place the paper came from!). The thing I'm really excited about it the adhesive! I used my brand new (Read: AWESOME Christmas gift from DH) Glue Glider Pro and I'm very happy with the results!

One last little thing, see that key? That's my Compacty effort on this card. The card really needed a key, and I really needed my house key, so I set out to buy a key for embellishing my card with. I had two options for this item 1) go to the LSS and buy a Tim Holtz pre-distressed super cute key. (Kind of pushes the limits of The Compact, but still ok) or 2) Find one at a second-hand store. I chose option 2 and spent an hour digging through boxes with my mom and my hubby before we found a few key options. I took my key home, colored it with black and red Copics and then used steel wool to rough it up and make it look a bit distressed. I think it turned out nicely! (Then again, I'm quite biased!)

I'm glad I played along this time! I have been stamping for the sake of my new year's cards (which I'm just going to send with the hubby when he goes to Montana next week) but I haven't been using WMS. When I sat down to stamp this card, I remembered why I love WMS. See that sentiment? Can you read it? Is it sharp and crisp and clear? Yeah, that's why I love WMS! Even a heavy handed stamper like me can get it right with Claire's awesome stamps! :D

Don't forget to check out the other dancers' cards! Have a super MLK day, I'm off to the zoo with my mom!

17 comments:

  1. Oh how cute! Love the hanging key you have! :) And yes, your house key is kinda important! Hahah! Love the use of the fun key at the second hand store! How cool!

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  2. Hi Stephanie,
    I love your pretty card. The red and silver go so well together and it was worth the effort to find a suitable key. Gorgeous chain by the way.
    Hugs
    Carol x

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  3. Beautiful card--I love your choice of paper, and that silver chain for trim!

    Chris L.

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  4. Loved reading your card-making story! Great job with the key from the second-hand store!

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  5. Such a pretty card! And to incorporate a real key that you distressed yourself - very cool. You did a wonderful job with the Sketch Challenge #30.

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  6. Beautiful card! I love the key and the story that goes along with it :) and your trim is fabulous, glad you decided to finally use it! Have fun at the zoo :)

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  7. That's why I love their stamps too, always such good definition :) Beautiful card xXx

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  8. What lovely details! The beautiful metallic ribbon and the key go perfectly together, and love how you worked those papers into the sketch of the week!

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  9. Beautiful! I just adore that silver chain on it. Such a great touch.

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  10. Simply beautiful my dear. Glad to see you were able to put some love on your blog. I need to do the same thing now. It has been really neglected of late. Love the paper combo and that chain is super cute.

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  11. Love this valentine! what great embellies on this and wonderful colors! thanks for playing with the WMS sketch and waltzing with us this week!

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  12. Beautiful Valentine! Love the white sentiment and what a great way to use your scraps! Thanks for playing along with the WMSC and Waltzing along :) Hope you join us again!

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  13. This is a gorgeous project. Your trim is divine and the addition of the key is such a wonderful embellishment. Awesome job.

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  14. I have old keys kicking around the house - and now I have an idea of what to do with them! Wonderful card - thanks for sharing it!

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  15. beautiful take on the sketch./ Tanks for joining us at WMSC

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  16. Love, love, love....great layout, papers and the key is perfect!

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