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Waltzingmouse Flower Show... - A Delightful Waste of Time

Waltzingmouse Flower Show…

***I have two posts today! For my Festive Friday post, please click here!***

I will always credit Claire Brennan with getting me started in blogging, clear stamping, and my general obsession with all things paper. I stumbled on her blog by chance a few years ago, and I couldn’t look away… I loved her designs, and very quickly placed my first order. The rest, they say, is history.

So, can you imagine how excited I was when I got an email asking if I was interested in participating in a fun little blog hop, hosted by my favourite mouse?

Today, a whole crew of designers are joining together to host the Waltzingmouse Flower Show! You can find out all the details on the Waltzingmouse blog, and, in usual WMS style, there is a fantastic prize to be had! Claire is offering up *five* stamp sets to one random winner! All you have to do is CASE one of the cards you see on today’s hop!

How awesome is that?!

So, you should have arrived here from the super talented Debbie Olson’s blog, but if you’ve stumbled here on your own, you can always go back to the start at Claire’s blog!

I couldn’t help but create two cards for today’s hop… I have wanted to play with this Camellia set for so long that once I got it out, I couldn’t stop stamping!

For my first card, I did a couple of techniques together to create my own background paper (you know how much I love to do that…)

To create my paper, I started with the smaller blossom, and stamped it using the rock-n-roll technique in three ink colours. Then I sprayed it with water before stamping down to give it the watery appearance. Once that was done, I went back (after ensuring my paper was fully dry) and stamped the same image and embossed it with white powder. I think it gives it a sort of batik look… what do you think?

Like I said, I couldn’t stop there!

I decided to create a really graphic background this time, using contrasting inks and Copics.

I also stamped both sized blooms, cut them out, and layered them with the leaves to create my focal point.

Here is a glance at my background:

A little shimmer spray never hurts anything, in my opinion! I ran it through with an impression plate to give it some texture, before adhering it all together!

Alright, it’s time for you to hop over to Aneta’s beautiful blog! Don’t forget to visit Claire’s blog to get the full contest details!

I just want to say a HUGE thank you to Waltzingmouse for having me… I am so honoured to be a part of today’s fun Hop, and it was the greatest thing to be invited!

34 Comments

  • Pauline
    April 19, 2013 7:05 am

    Two gorgeous card Meredith, fabulous stamping as always!

  • Anne-Elise
    April 19, 2013 7:18 am

    Gorgeous cards, Meredith! Your stamped backgrounds are always so beautiful! Fab work! Hugs

  • suezie
    April 19, 2013 9:01 am

    OMW! You have put so much effort into creating that beautiful background and I love your colour combo – that yellow is sweet. I don't yet own this set but you're making me think I should 🙂

  • Jill Norwood
    April 19, 2013 9:19 am

    Meredith these are both so GORGEOUS! I just love these backgrounds! Now I want to go get inky! 🙂

  • Taheerah (*LittleMissT*)
    April 19, 2013 10:14 am

    Beautiful cards Meredith!! Love the fun colour combo of the second but the first one is my absolute favourite with those yummy colours, rock 'n' roll technique and delicate embossing! So thrilled to be part of this Hop with you!!

  • Kary
    April 19, 2013 10:55 am

    So very beautiful!! Love your first card lots – it's exquisite!! Your 2nd card is very sweet. Great job!!

  • Helen Berry
    April 19, 2013 11:59 am

    oh my gosh Meredith!! Two absolutely stunning cards!! I LOVE your first with all those different techniques, the embossing looks wonderful over the background and love the pretty ribbon treatment and sentiment. Adore those colours on the second one too. Glad to be hopping along with you today 🙂

  • JJ Bolton
    April 19, 2013 1:25 pm

    Such a beautiful job you did with the background stamping! I love the way you stamped the images on the second card in color. (I always seem to be in the black/brown rut when I stamp images to color with Copics) It seems like such a small detail, but it gives it a lovely look!

  • Julia Aston
    April 19, 2013 2:33 pm

    What beautiful floral backgrounds you created on both of these lovely creations Meredith!

  • Kimberly Crawford
    April 19, 2013 2:47 pm

    Beautiful cards! Your use of doilies and embossing the stamped background have definitely inspired me to get creating today! HUGS!

  • Lynn Mercurio
    April 19, 2013 3:07 pm

    This is stunning, Meredith…such beautiful colors and all of the depth and dimension is really eye catching.

  • melanie
    April 19, 2013 3:31 pm

    What stunning creation it is beuatiful .Melanie

  • Deborah Frings
    April 19, 2013 5:16 pm

    Wow – Meredith – these are just fabulous! I think the backgrounds on both are super. Love the soft watercolour effect on the first card!

  • Marybeth
    April 19, 2013 5:32 pm

    Congrats , these are both very happy blooms. I love the second one and its pretty colors. Beautiful!

  • Ruth G
    April 19, 2013 6:29 pm

    Really lovely! Such gorgeous colors and designs! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Lisa
    April 19, 2013 7:23 pm

    Fabulous floral display Meredith! Beautiful cards 😉

  • Deirdre
    April 19, 2013 8:35 pm

    Two amazing cards – so different but both beautiful.

  • Kelly S.
    April 19, 2013 9:26 pm

    Beautiful Camellia cards, Meredith! Love the mix of embossing and shading on the first…and the second has such lovely, trendy spring colors…so fresh and fun!

  • *Jennyfer Leung*
    April 19, 2013 9:37 pm

    Gorgeous cards!!! Love the embossed backgrounds and doilies.

  • Kate
    April 19, 2013 9:45 pm

    Such a delightful pair of cards. Love the contrasting colours of the second but I am absolutely drooling over the colours you used in the first – makes me think of lemon and raspberry sorbet with a dollop of cream or ice cream !!!

  • Geri
    April 19, 2013 9:53 pm

    Oh, my…can't pick a favorite, Meredith…they're both gorgeous!

  • Vickie Z
    April 19, 2013 10:03 pm

    Both cards are wonderful!! Love technique/s you used in the first….white embossing on top is fabulous!! Gorgeous BG on the second!!

  • Cassie_lu
    April 19, 2013 10:04 pm

    the background you created for both is outstanding. beautifully done.

  • Renee
    April 19, 2013 10:40 pm

    That does appear to be a batik style! And I love the look of the textured card with those gorgeous colors!!!

  • -Aneta-
    April 20, 2013 12:30 am

    Maredith ..I love both cards but the second one is my favourite 🙂 I love embosing flowers on the first one BUT just adore the flower background on the second one 🙂 xxx Aneta

  • Tosha Leyendekker
    April 20, 2013 2:09 am

    Oh my how I LOVE the backgrounds you've created!! LOVE the white embossed over the watercolored Camellias. And the textures on the second are equally stunning!! You showcased this set splendidly!!

  • Hippymom83
    April 20, 2013 2:20 am

    both of your cards are gorgeous! 🙂 Love how you made two completely different cards, that have a totally unique feel, but with the same stamps!

  • Jean Bullock
    April 20, 2013 3:19 am

    Gorgeous!

  • Claire Brennan
    April 20, 2013 11:13 am

    Meredith, your cards are stunning, I LOVE the technique you used on the first one! I am so going to try that!! Thank you so much for being part of our Flower show!

  • fun stamping
    April 21, 2013 12:35 am

    Gorgeous cards – especially the first one@!

  • Barb Murphy
    April 21, 2013 1:58 pm

    beautifully stamped, gorgeous designs

  • Debbie Olson
    April 21, 2013 3:25 pm

    Love them both, Meredith!

  • Darnell J Knauss
    April 23, 2013 8:21 pm

    I came over from Kim's blog where she has cased your stunning card, Meredith! I've enjoyed catching up!!

  • Ger
    April 30, 2013 4:10 pm

    Thankyou for your kind comments on my card! Your cards are beautiful! Ger x

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