Thursday, August 4, 2011


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It's today! The FINAL day of the Wplus9DesignStudio's big unveiling!
Our latest and possibly GREATEST stamps made their way out into
blog-land this week, and NOW we're icing the cake!

And I feel like dancing!

So, I released my inner-ballerina....

From the AMAZING "Le Cirque!", the ballerina/tight-rope walker, is taking
center stage on this card - and SHE'S performing! Now you'll have to trust
me on this, because I was a-scared to try to make a video {!}, but SHE SPINS!

Having her shape in the {SOOOOOOOO AWESOME!!!!!} complimentary-shaped
"Le Cirque" die, is SUCH a splendid crafty opportunity! How EASY was this
little spinner to make? EASY peasy! Because I can pop out TWO ballerina's
lickity split - All I had to do was stamp the one side, glue it to the opposing
{pink} side, sandwiching the clear thread between - taped and hidden at the
top and bottom of the oval... Just spin her 5 - 10 times and close card. When
the card is open, she SPINS! How FUN is that!?!

Oh, but wait, don't think that a spinning ballerina is as fun as it gets, when it
comes to GROUP release night at the Wplus9 corral.... Ohhhhh, nooooooo!

CHECK out the GIRLS!


(Jean is taking a small break from blogland, but if you've never checked out her work,
I hope you'll treat yourself to a visit to her wonderful blog - her work is amazing!)

I NEVER get the chance to play along with the AMAZING artist from
the Play Date Cafe anymore, but THIS week, I seized the opportunity!

And NOW, I'm craving a fruity beverage for some reason! {Hee Hee}

Isn't THIS color inspiration, DELISH! Yummmmm!

I stamped this gorgeous flower stamp from Very Vintage Greetings
four times, water-colored the leaves and flowers for layer 1, then
fussy-cut. For the next three, I colored, the cut out the flowers only.
With those three flower shaped, I proceeded with a VERY tiny verson
of the Tim Holtz Grunge Flower, to make this teeny, tiny little sweetheart!
{ I'm diggin' how it turned out! - Home MADE embellies - MUST LOVE!}

Also, couldn't resist letting these babies out of the barn,
to make some cirque-a-licious background paper! Mmm!
Sorry for the blur-factor, but I just wanted to share the
effects of masked and sponged background FUN! {!}
~ poor photog skills were NOT cooperating~

So EASY and FUN!

These two sets REALLY spun me...!

...In a MOST glorious way! THANK YOU, thank you, THANK you for
all of the collective excitement and darling words of encouragement!
I love sharing the joy of Dawn's breath taking line of stamps and
jaw-dropping dies - they ARE such a fine compliment to the fun
and possibility of her stamps! And it's ALL about the FUN!

Hope your week HAS been kind and crafty to you!
Thanks, again, for making mine FABULOUS!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
D/P - Pink Paisley
Ink - Stampin' Up!
Embossing Ink - Tim Holtz
Embossing Powder - Stampin' Up!
Acrylic Paint - Liquitex
Baker's Twine - Timeless Twine {Etsy}
Seam Bias - Vintage Craft Store
Clear Thread and Pink Thread - Guterman


~amy~ said...

How absolutely magnificent! Love the spinning ballerina!!!!

TesaB said...

Wowzaaaa! Fantastic card. So much to love!!!!

Rosemary said...

wowee zowee my friend... your card is absolutely gorgeous and so very girly!! love all the fabby details!

Jinny Newlin said...

Gracious, girl! LOVE that stunning, layered and stamped flower and your trapeze arist dangling in space! Brilliant work with this Wplus9 release! And thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Play Date Cafe!

Indy's Designs said...

Absolutely amazing!!! A spinning ballerina, homemade grunge flower, and your own stamped-made background! Seriously you are one super-duper, creative, crafty 'mama'!

farmhouse-story said...

oh my, but this card is fabulous! love the spinner and your sweet flower!

Michelle Bala said...

Wow! This card is AWESOME on soooo many levels!!! I love how you created your bg paper! The flower and ballerina are beautiful!

FerrellGraph-x said...

This technique is absolutely perfect for the ballerina! So fabulous!
Kindest regards,
Jennifer Ferrell

Nadine said...

What a fairytaile of a card, I abolutaly loooove how that ballerina is dancing in the card!

Erum Tasneem said...

stunning! just the inspiration i needed!

Andrea M said...

*GASP* Holy balancing acts, Batman!!! This is STUNNING!!! B.E.A.U.TIFUL! From the suspended ballerina is just TOO MUCH!! But then you go and add the amazing accents and breath taking DP!!! Mercy me!!! Thanks for sharing this exquisite piece of paper craft!!!

Dana Gustafson said...

Wowsa! That masked background and the twirly twirl ballerina are amazing! Only YOU! I love it!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Elise. Oh. My. Goodness! This is ultra fabulous, in the way you've used our colors, and in the ingenuity of having that ballerina do her thing. Wow! I am super impressed. :) Thanks for playing with us at The Play Date Cafe!

Lisa Elton said...

This is so vintagey fabulous Elise!!! I can see the three ring circus now and I'm holding my breath that she makes it across!!!

Darcy said...

Hey Elise - found your link at the Play Date Cafe! This card is so cute. Love the ballerina and love the little 3D flower even more! Thanks for playing along at the Cafe (we are sponsors this week!). - Darcy

Andrea Ewen said...

Wow, beautiful! And your instructions, WOW! Not only are you totally creative and inspiring, but helpful, too! I love the soft colors and that dainty little ballerina is just precious! So glad to have you playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHH! I love love love this! I love the shabby chic feel--and I am super jealous that you have stamps and dies that match! I want those!! LOVE it:) You nailed this challenge;) THANKS so much for joining in the fun and playing along with us over at the PDCC:)

Carol L said...

This is just DREAMY with a capital D!!! The soft colors surrounding that delicate little spinning ballerina look gorgeous, and then there's the flowers! Oh My WORD they're gorgeous!! What a sensational creation............seriously!!! This is outstanding!!