November 4 of a Kind Waltzingmouse Style (A little blog candy, too!)

This is going to be a long one, but bear with me, there will be some blog candy offered at the end of my post.  It's 4 of a Kind time again and this time our hostess is Renee Lynch one of the Waltzingmouse Stamps Mischief Makers, so I am sure you can guess what brand of stamps Renee sent us in our kit...Waltzingmouse of course!  That was fine by me as I have been using them almost exclusively for the last six months.  For those of you who don't know what our 4 of a Kind posts are all about, here's a little background.  Every month 4 friends, Renee Lynch, Joyce Mehrberg, Kim Heggins and I have a little fun making cards using the exact same "ingredient kits" sent to us by that month's hostess.  Our challenge is to make a project using at least 4 of the ingredients.  We can use more and use anything else we have on hand, but there has to be at least 4 things from the kit included on our project.  I was the first hostess and I have to say my three friends totally blew my little kit out of the water.  Every month the kits have been better and better, packaged cuter and I am going to have to really step up my game when I host again in January. 
Here are a few pictures of the "kit ingredients" we all received this month from Renee:


Didn't she send us a lot of gorgeous ingredients using Waltzingmouse Sewing Box Christmas?  Did you notice all those cute little tags, ricrack and I hope you can see those super-cute snowflake buttons all packaged up and tied with the most beautiful gingham bow. 
I guess I've talked enough about what was in my kit, how about I show you what I made with it?

First, a red/white card.  For this card I used the embossed white snowflake panel, and red stamped Sewing Box Christmas mittens.  I stamped a WM Nordic Winter pattern on the mittens and embossed it in white and added a ton of white flock.  Don't those look warm and cozy?  I even used one of the little kraft bags that our buttons were packaged in and slipped in a few of the tags that Renee stamped for us. 

 I added some more stamped images to them, more Nordic Winter images  a few more snowflakes, even one of the cute snowflake buttons.  I slipped the tags into the kraft bag and tied the whole thing up with some of the red seam binding ribbon that Renee sent us.  I cut a cute little banner using one of the sentiments she included and layered it over a strip of polka dot paper, also included.  I can't even count how many pieces I used for this one, but it was way more than 4, that's for sure.


For my second card, I used the Sewing Box Christmas mittens that were stamped on the cutest  patterned paper.  The patterned plaid paper are from Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather.  The blue and red look so pretty together.  I layered the mittens over a die cut doily and then attached it to a PTI Tag Sale ornament.  I added a little bow of wrinkled ribbon and another of the snowflake buttons.  The last touch was the sentiment, and this is where the blog candy comes in.  Renee is going to give away a free set of the gorgeous sentiments from Waltzingmouse stamps called Say It Loud Winter Holiday kindly donated by Clare Brennan, the owner of Waltzingmouse Stamps and also the designer of all these gorgeous stamps.  Wasn't she generous?   Here is a picture of  Say it Loud Winter Holiday.

Say It Loud Winter Holiday
There are so many sentiments for just about any Winter occasion, including Halloween and Thanksgiving!  Doesn't that sentiment look pretty embossed in black?  So shiny and festive.  All you have to do is leave a comment on all four blog posts and one person will be randomly drawn to win that great stamp set.


Here's a link to the other three blogs.  I am sure you are going to see some fabulous cards made with our 4 of a Kind kit ingredients.  Don't forget to leave a comment.  You have until 11:59 CT on November 18th to enter this drawing.

Joyce Mehrberg, Cards-by-the-Sea

20 comments:

I'm Renee said...

Oh Cathy I die!!!
That red embossed mitten...
I LOVE it and will so be copying that one!
These are both so fabulous...
love how you even used that little kraft bag and tags...
all of you blew me out of the water with what y'all have created!!
I'm so glad I didn't send everyone a big mess...
I was so nervous...
but I love , love, love them both!

Joyce said...

I love your two cards. You did a fabulous job. I think my favorite is the one with the red mitten with the furry white flocking. I love how you stamped a pattern right on top of the mitten. I thought about using the bag on one of my cards, but I couldn't figure out how to make it work. Now, I see!

Kim said...

I love both of your cards, just too sweet. I wanted to use the little bag but just could not come up with an idea. The mitten on top is just adorable as well. And those plaid mittens, oh my goodness, just so sweet and over that doily too! The ribbon you used on both cards is perfect as well. Great job on both your cards.

Jen Adcock said...

Drool! Drool! And more drool! Cathy, these two cards are magnificent! I love the furry cuff of the first mitten. The brown paper bag pocket all complete with gorgeousness is just fantastic. So innovative. I also must take my hat off to you for creating that gorgeus mitten ornament on the second card, again crafting gold! I just love how you have taken to WMS. Just like a beautiful and talented duck to water. I can so see why you have been taking home the top prizes of late. Go Cathy!

Lee Anne said...

Wow! Look at that! I love the little bag and the matted banner. The colors on the second card are wonderful! You did well with this challenge!

BethieJ said...

FABULOUS!! I love what you did with the kit!! What a FUN idea too!!
Thanks for the chance to win this WM set!!
Have a GREAT day!

BethieJ said...

FABULOUS!! I love what you did with the kit!! What a FUN idea too!!
Thanks for the chance to win this WM set!!
Have a GREAT day!

Ames said...

You girls are too fun! I've loved seeing the kits you come up with and what everyone does with them.

I've been DYING to try WMS and just haven't done it yet. Thanks to you all, and Claire, for the chance to win!

Jeanne J said...

Cathy - You totally rocked this!!!! I love the first card best - so cool that you used the paper bag as a little folder. Love the ribbon the embossing and the mitten. GORGEOUS!

Marybeth said...

Cathy , like I told Joyce this is such a fun idea you girls came up with. I look forward to seeing what you all come up with. Well I love both of your cards, it amazes me how different they all trun out. I really love the one with the bag. Take care.

Super Jen said...

Sometimes limited supplies really fosters my creativity. Looks like it did for you too.

Sharron said...

Cathy, both of these are just GORGEOUS! LOVE the Nordic Winter embossing and flocking on the mitten--so cool! And your little bag of tags is adorable. Both cards are so wonderfully designed and that marvelous wrinkled ribbon is the fabulous finishing touch!

Oh, Cathy! Your cards are so lovely! I love how you used the kraft bag and stamped the pattern on the mitten and added the fuzz and topped it off with that lovely ribbon! You all did such a beautiful job with this! I have enjoyed seeing what you all make every week and am glad to see you'll be picking it back up in January!

Debgem said...

Brilliant!! Love both cards the nordic winter mitten and tartan pair - just gorgeous!

Amy said...

I love love the mitten with the Nordic Winter stamped on it......Just absolutely fabulous Cathy! Renee did such a great job with her key ingredients and what a fun challenge!

Terri said...

What a fun kit. You did a great job with it. I especially like your use of Nordic Winter on the mittens. You are making me want that set even more now! :)

Kathy Mc said...

What a great job you did with your kit from Renee! She sure included some darling and usable goodies all wrapped in her package. Your mittens (both cards) really say winter and are just gorgeous. Love all the details and would be thrilled to win this WMS stamp set to try them out. Thanks to Renee and Claire for offering this blog candy!

Pauline said...

Beautiful cards Cathy, and this is a great way to share some stamps with others, that may not have them or acces too them! I love these mitten images, and the colour combo is wonderful!

I love your cards! Especially the red and aqua one. Cute mittens.

Kara said...

love when you guys do this!! such a unique challenge!! great cards!

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