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Sunday, 26 February 2012

...Feb release, Day 1, second post


 Good morning all over again. You might want to scroll down to the previous post - we have all the DT links there for the gorgeous samples previewing by the ladies today. This is my second post today because the light here was not fabby and my first set of pics were awful! A very cold light here recently...roll on spring...

Today I'm showing French Country and Make your Mark - some of the ladies have also shown Chicken wire, a new background set.

On this card I used the large border from french Country. I could have used memento inks and just coloured it, BUT, I chose to do what I nearly always do - I used Tsukineko Versa Colour ink in o. 173 Neptune, followed immediately with clear embossing powder, heat set. I love how solid the Versa colour inks stamp. I get terrific results with these inks every time, they are my go-to ink. The addition of a clear embossing powder means that I can then go in with copics, water colours, whatever. This is my very fave combination of products to stamp with and you'll see it on over 70% of things I make.

I used a combination of copics and a water pen with Not quite Navy SU ink to colour the detail. The design is hand drawn, and I love the rustic feel that you get through that. I picked the yellow and blues that I particularly associate with french Provençal fabric for my pattern. I adore that combination. I love the sumptuous scrolling border and I like detail. I'm in heaven with this set!!

A simple little note shaped sentiment panel to finish it off, accented in red. The sentiment is Bonne Fête - a nice little sentiment which has a dual purpose. In France (according to my sources), it is what folks wish each other on the feast day of their Patron Saint, but it may also be used to say Happy birthday and I hear this is what is commonly said in Quebec. Just in case you are not sure, this set also has the more recognisable Bon Anniversaire.

The smaller second border is used to create the pattern at the top of the card, I liked how it made the panel look like a swatch of fabric.


Also today you will see a few folks using the Make your mark set. It is a signature set for the reverse of your cards and gifts etc and while I have shown a stamp here which proclaims WMS there are many stamps in the set that you can use on your non wms projects also. I didn't want to limit the set to wms exclusive images as I imagine that most folks make cards with product from more than just one company. The Make your mark set also features a handy little sentiment - we previewed it earlier in the week - encouraging folks to return their cards for recycling. More on that in another post, but that stamp alone is one I have wanted for a long time.


My second set of samples showcases how easy it is to prep a gift set with the French Country set with minimal stamping. The detail in that broad border means that simple one color stamping will achieve gorgeous results. I used SU inks for these 3 little soaps that I wrapped in plain card. I stamped the detailed fabric border, simply in a colour to match the card and wrapped it around the soap. Little piece of twine and a one inch circle label stamped with a co-ordinating flower bud image completed each soap. The card could not have been simpler but I loved it. Chic I  thought, even if I do say so myself!! lol.

The dainty little Sentiment here is 'Souhaits Sincères' which translates as 'Sincere Wishes' and is one of those eminently useful little phrases that is going to be good for everything from gift cards to sympathy cards.


 I'll be back tomorrow with more samples, hopefully - later tonight I will post details of the Biggie - the grand competition in which somebody will win it all, all 9 sets, plus....yep there are other things coming!!

In the meantime, hope it tickles, and don't forget to scroll down to the previous post for today's first project and the DT link list!!

38 comments:

  1. Claire - this is a must have set! Love the embossed border and gorgeous colouring on your first card. So pleased to see the sweet little mouse (at last!!!) I think he may feature on a card just cos he's so cute! Can't wait to see more!

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  2. Hi,
    your card is stunning and I also love the little wrapped soaps and the "simple" card. This mouse is so cute and I have to make sure to get my holds on this one :-)
    xx Kathi

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  3. Drop dead gorgeous! I love that you can colour the border or leave it plain - equally stunning!

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  4. Amazing set - beautiful creations - thanks for sharing.

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  5. This is SOOOOO GORGEOUS I LOVE IT!!!
    LOve the provence style have a dinner service which I use everyday with rabbits!! geese/hen...and a table cloth in green with this design..(love lavender too..my favorite smell from Weleda)
    This stampset is so gorgeous Claire a must have for me!

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  6. These samples, and the design team samples today, are just beautiful. I have a horrible feeling I'm going to love all 9 sets! How to choose! Ger x.

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  7. Gorgeous! I really love these new sets. TFS

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  8. CLAIRE! These are so amazing!!! I just love those little soap boxes and your card is spectacular. Oh and the little rooster pail from the first post is the most charming thing in the world. You and the DT are terrible enablers...all I can think about is what I want to buy next to try these projects myself :)

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  9. Love the colors, stampings and cute notebook punched tag on your card Claire - and the soap packaging is just lovely!

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  10. What? That beautiful pattern is not paper?? Gorgeous design Claire!!

    Yay - I can finally have my mouse!! :)

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  11. Beautiful! Love the font choice. This set will be mine. I lived in France in the 90s & love all things French.

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  12. Get out! That border stamp is a dead ringer for fabric! I love the simple elegancd of the hand written sentiments and have always thought your logo was too cute. Cheers!

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  13. Oh so gorgeous Claire, love these fabulous sets already! Love the little mousie too, a great addition to your stable of stamps! I can't wait for release day!

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  14. STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS!!!
    I love the blue and yellow...
    the colors that first come to mind when speaking "French Country"...
    but that "pop" of red...
    aaawwww!!!!
    I DIE!!
    That background...
    again...
    I DIE!!
    It's all so fabulous...
    a MUST HAVE...
    and now that I have a little caffeine in my system...
    off to see all the eye candy!! :)

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  15. Ooh la la, Claire! Love your coloring on the first card with the great "fabric" border. I think you really captured the french country look. And your second project is a terrific idea on how to use the new Make Your Mark set. I'm so happy to see the little Waltzingmouse mouse make an appearance in a stamp!!

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  16. Love your samples and everything I've seen so far but honestly I can't wait to have your darling little mouse stamp!

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  17. It's a must have for me, Claire. Love, love, LOVE that border and the coordinating flower bud.

    Of course, I also need that cute waltzing mouse.

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  18. Love these projects Claire! And I can't wait to see the full reveal of these new sets!

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  19. Oh my gracious, Claire!! This is so beautiful, and thank you for the nod to we Canadians. I don't live in Quebec, but I know many folks who do, and it's lovely to see Bonne fete included!

    I cannot wait to see the rest of this release! (That said, I admire your choice to release less often because I'd rather wait and be thoroughly delighted than to see Waltzingmouse subject itself to strain. Way to go, bravo.)

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  20. Oh so exciting! These are so fabby! Can't wait for Wednesday's release! Kx

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  21. What wonderful projects! I love the card- it feels like a piece of fabric- well done! It certainly captures the French country feel. I also adore your gift set and card. Such a neat way to make a small gift become a great one! I always love inexpensive ideas that make something look like a lot more.

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  22. Oh. My. Gosh. I absolutely love the French patterns you have created here. Making cards with a look of Provencal has always attracted me but there are few sets available that support it. This one will be perfect!

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  23. I just love the colors you have used in your card to highlight the design of the stamps. So beautiful!

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  24. OMG, Claire, I love French Country and you have done such an amazing job with this release! My first trip outside the U.S. was to Paris and I still adore anything French. Your card is gorgeous and Iove the sweet little soap boxes! And the rooster on the pail is just so adorable! Can't wait to see the entire set. It's definitely a must-have for me!

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  25. Wonderful collection of projects Claire! Great way to showcase your lovely stamps! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  26. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant! I love hearing about your inspiration for these sets and your fabulous way of coloring them. All your gifties are precious!!

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  27. Thanks so much for such lovely stamps. It will be hard to choose, I can tell.

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  28. Ahhhhh French Country .....I thought I was looking at Designer paper...silly me! I'm already thinking new house.......new napkins, tea towels what else?????

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  29. I can't wait for the signature set, and the rooster and the lace border are just too delicious!! Can't wait to see what the other sets entail!! Big hugs to you Claire!!

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  30. PS: I've been waiting sooo long for that little mouse!! She (cause she stands for you, doesn't she?) is so adorable!!

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  31. I am so excited about that little mouse stamp - we are planning on doing a craft fair this year, and I am so glad I'll have a way to include your logo on the items using your stamps!!

    The country inspired sets are just BEAUTIFUL, Claire! (Okay, it ALL is, always)...

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  32. I predict a huge hit with this release! That birthday wish one is perfect for my weekend.. celebrated 2 of them....

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  33. Wonderful card and just love the soap wraps - such a gorgeous border!

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  34. What a gorgeous card. Love the navy and yellow combination. Perfectly (as always) execution. And the red/white striped ribbon is the perfect highlight.

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  35. Just love it! You did a fantastic job.

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  36. You have encompassed the whole feel of this set in this one card. I know this is a set I will turn to again and again - the hand drawn images and the gorgeous border are so appealing to me. I love every single thing about this card, and your gift set is simple yet stunning!

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